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Old 05-20-2019, 08:19 PM   #211
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Stardate. Sunday may 5. 2119

We did not get up to early after watching the meteor shower. Around 11.30 we headed back in. Left Rosie in Dory and kids equipped with helmets and flashlights we made it to the same location.

We had a great time. These caves are not real difficult but enough that with a mistake you might easily break something that might include your neck.
Slightly stressful with younger kids and mom at the same time.
Had nice lunch in between and were surprised after we were caved out that it was 6 pm.
So we stayed at our camp for another night.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:10 PM   #212
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Monday..Broke up camp early and drove into Grants , NM to have breakfast. Not many places in business but we found one.
After that we visited the uranium mining museum. It has a nice representation of an actual mine. It was fun. There was an actual old miner. I had just read that the epa had made 220 million available to cleanup the contamination and asked him about it. He thought it wax rediculous. ...." That stuff was laying around for years now and had not hurt anyone... Certainly not him... Asked him about the lost Navajo miner generation... Lung cancer and worse. He shrugged and added that he smoked all his life and he was healthy as can be. When he left the lady behind the counter who was native gave me a little more nuanced answer.
It was a nice museum not to biased even though part if it was sponsored by the coal industry.
See pic of ore uranium percentage counter.
Kids liked it.

After that we drove on rt 66 to I40 and took 117 back into el malpais to finish the junior ranger stuff at the visitor center. Then back to I40 and kept following old rt 66. Ultimately had to go back on I40 . stopped at the route 66 casino for fuel, laundry and boon docking.
The next day we wanted to drive early thru Albuquerque to avoid the traffic .
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:21 PM   #213
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Wow I didn’t know you could even be near that stuff without a hazmat suit on.. is there something they mix it with that makes it actually emit radiation?
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:46 PM   #214
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Wow I didnít know you could even be near that stuff without a hazmat suit on.. is there something they mix it with that makes it actually emit radiation?
Uranium in its natural state doesn't emit that much radiation. Undergoing the fission process is what makes it hugely radioactive.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:04 PM   #215
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I have a dosimeter that reads out in Roentgen units. If I head down that way I will make sure to bring it. fun little work toy! fun travels!!!
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Old 05-22-2019, 02:11 PM   #216
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If it is R and not mRem then it is not that useful unless you are in survival mode after a nuclear attack.

In the uranium mines there are a lot of decay products.
Radon gas is one . the gov who needed the uranium did not force the mining companies to have miners wear respirators and or ventilate the mines so that they would be safe for humans. The mining companies did not inform their workers. Nothing new here.

In PA and VA we have now a return of coal mining black lung epidemic . because conveniently they forgot to include the silica component in the regulations.

People get screwed everywhere.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:18 PM   #217
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Got up early with the help of an alarm. Figured that we had to reach the I40 / I26 intersection in Albuquerque before 5AM to stay out of traffic jams.

So quickly drove off and pulled on the interstate. My scangauge device did not come on. It turns on when the battery voltage makes a quick jump because the alternator starts charging. A quick look at my voltage gauge showed indeed 24.3Volt..indeed no charging. My second check with some cursing sounds was the Ah gauge that showed that 45Ah of the 100 Ah was used. We figured that we could make it thru to Albuquerque on what was left in the battery.

Drove I40 to where central ave meets I40 on the east side. First stop a health food store. We were early and got breakfast at the waffle shop.

While Smita and kids were food shopping I measured if I had field voltage. That was not there. Bypassed the field diode trio. That brought the alternator back on line but it reacted strange that the charge current was pretty low and also the current went down at higher rpm. I expected one phase was out??

By now the sun was up and that took care of the charging. Our house and starter battery are the same.

We had a spare alternator with us but with the wrong pulley. At a surplus store on central ave I got a socket that fitted the main but. So in their parking lot we putzed around trying to remove the pulley from the alternator shaft. It looked that they were happily in love ...it took a long time before I had them pried apart.

By that time we decided that we could make it to Santa Fe where a friend of us lived and that it was better to figure it out in Santa Fe.
So we continued with our museum plan.
The nuclear science museum in Albuquerque. Great place to go. Nice science experiments for the kids and nice indoor and outdoor exhibition.

At 4 PM we got back on the interstate on the way to SantaFe to meet up with our friend Paul.
I had rigged the alternator and at a first stop and check disconnected it. It was super hot and smelled burned.
In between some cloudy moments the solar charged enough to keep us going.
It is nice to have redundancy.

Next morning Paul, Rosie and me went to a local junk / collectors yard in his nice Mercedes 280te. He had revived the mechanical Bosch k jetronics ( for the people in the know) . the yard sure had an amazing amount of old Mercedes vehicles. I realize that others here would find the other oldies more interesting.... Rosie found a nice treat on the trunk of another beauty.

We had parked Dory on a small back street and had another peaceful night.
Next day we spent time town seeing and second hand store shopping.
Paul had to get back to work and so Smita and kids took a bus ( not ours) to town while Rosie and me tore Dory apart.

Well the replacement alternator did work but the voltage adjustment potmeter was damaged. So in a second attempt ... I was pretty handy now with removing g alternators. ...I took the regulator from the broken alternator and mounted that on the spare.

We were back online and left in the afternoon.
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Uranium in its natural state doesn't emit that much radiation. Undergoing the fission process is what makes it hugely radioactive.
It used to be included in some kids' science playsets.
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I have a dosimeter that reads out in Roentgen units. If I head down that way I will make sure to bring it. fun little work toy! fun travels!!!
Is that standard equipment for LEO's these days??
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Is that standard equipment for LEO's these days??
In my particular case, yes. It is a PRD. Personal Radiation Detector. It even picks up the small amount of radiation while on a plane. Always picks up on folks who have undergone medical treatments like Iodine 131 for various procedures.


Dory keeps you on your toes!!! glad you take it in stride. could be worse places to need to fix a bus, or worse weather (rain, snow...)
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