Today was one of our few planned days so far into the trip. The other night we sat down and looked up things to do. There was an Alaskan Transportation Museum with retired mining cars, planes, trains, and old trucks strewn across 20 acres of land. I love this stuff. Gears and levers make me more excited than a mouse snatching cheese from a mousetrap. Katie is not a fan of gears and levers. We planned a day apart which is exactly what we needed. Look, we love each other. That being said we also still need our time apart. Katie decided to venture off and go do some thrift shopping while I took in the grand visions of rust glory.
The rest of the awesome pictures from my day will be posted to the page of Random Awesomeness. For now, let's concentrate on the usual blog. Katie came back from the stores and I was done looking at old abandoned junk. I hooked up the jeep and we took off. Twenty miles down the road and something happens. What the hell is that? Roo loses power and suddenly I feel the change in the power. Roo can't pull, it's losing speed, and slows down instantly without throttle. I immediately go into troubleshoot mode and start going through the gauges and back off the throttle to slow down. What is it... what's going on? Katie looks over and asks if the jeep is ok. We pull over and I see a haze in the mirror. It's wafting up and coming from the rear of us. So I pop out of the RV and the front brakes of the jeep are SMOKING.
This is what I see when I back there. The towbar came unhooked and that activated the emergency brake system. Shirley locks her brakes up slows down the whole train. So remember back when I said Katie came back and I hooked the jeep up? Turns out I forgot to pin one of the hitch pin clips in before we left. Oops....