Morro Bay resident Jack Smith is skateboarding across America to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Smith and his "A Push to Remember" team is hoping to raise $100,000 on their three-week trek from Oregon to New York. For the team's route and other information, visit http://www.apushtoremember.com/. Smith's updates on the trip will continue to be posted at http://sanluisobispo.com/.
The morning started with great promise, a wide, fairly smooth shoulder, with light traffic on Highway 14 between Winona. Minnesota and La Crosse, Wisconsin. Burt and I took took the first leg on a bike path, then we were out on to Highway 14.
After the first rotation through the order Cathy let me know that the van's automatic transmission was shifting hard. When we reached the first town of any size we stopped to ascertain the situation. Burt called his brother, who is a mechanic, he offered a few things to check, Burt then went is search of tranny additive. When he returned from his search, it was time for him to head back to his family. We all enjoyed having him along for a couple of days. You cannot find a nicer, generous or more skate stoked person then Burt Beavers.
At this point we decided to drive ahead to La Crosse and get the van checked out. First stop, Sears...too long of a wait and an unfriendly service manager. We headed to Tire Pros who checked out the transmission and said we really needed to have it looked at by a transmission shop. Ray and Steve were very nice and helpful, they even waived the diagnostic fee.
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By now it was pouring rain. We made the decision to drive ahead to Madison and see if we could find a transmission shop. Colleen and Dylan whipped out their smartphones and we were able to reach Sully Cefalu of ALL-TRANZmission. He told Dylan he was closed but would be at his shop at 7 a.m. Monday. When Dylan told him about A Push to Remember, he said he was on his way back to Madison and would call us when he was at his shop. Sure enough he did!
We found our way to the shop and Sully began to diagnose the problem, he didn't have the right adapter to check the codes, so he did it the old fashioned way: he disconnected the battery to clear the codes, then added some fluid and out we went for a test drive...the van shifted perfectly. While on the test drive he mentioned that his dad had been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's before he passed away from heart problems.
Video guy, Dylan, did an interview with Sully. We will be heading back there in the morning to check the codes before beginning our pushing. As Dylan already mentioned in his post, Sully didn't charge us for coming in on a Sunday, or for his services. So if you are ever in Madison, Wisconsin and need transmission work, ALL-TRANZmission is the place to go. Thanks again Sully. (I hope your Packer fan friends don't give you too much flack for wearing the Minnesota Viking purple PTR tee shirt we gave you.
So today was not much in the way of skating, and tomorrow's weather report looks sketchy. We're going to do our best to get south of Chicago so we can start going east again. My son and I will be making some route adjustments later tonight to keep us well away from the greater Chicago metro area.
Sometime today we broke the $3,500 mark on donations to the Alzheimer's Association PTR Page! Thank you!!