When the mechanic finally showed up he rather quickly figured out that it was a very simple issue of a clogged fuel filter. Apparently, the super-pro guys at San Diego Freightliner, who were supposed to change all the filters and do a full lube job, overlooked the second fuel filter (which hides behind the gas tank). Mechanic ran over to get the right filter, swapped it out and in under an hour Gilli and I were back on the road.
I was about 3hr ‘Gilli-speed’ driving distance from the San Francisco Bay Area and so I headed there to visit Matthew Kurtin, who has a nice little studio in Alameda, as well as a darkroom. We haven’t seen each other in a while and so after a little catching up we exchanged portraits – he made an 8x10 Polaroid of me and I returned the favor by giving him an 8x0 tintype.
After shooting and cleaning up a bit I still had some energy left and so I headed out on the road in the southward direction. I guess I didn’t have quite as much energy as I thought I did and so rather quickly upon reentering Central Valley I felt sleep setting in and found a quiet little exit to pull off on and sleep.
Don’t know where all the energy was coming from, but after saying my adios to Chris I found myself driving all the way to San Diego County, where in the morning I was to meet with my local friend Corad Young.
The night was uneventfully quiet – just like I like it.Conrad is a great guy and always is looking to improve his skills. When I met him 3 years ago he was struggling with old chemistry, inadequate lenses and so on… It has been a real treat to see his steady progress over the time we’ve known each other and now his plates are sharp, clean, bright and well composed. In search of photogenic locations, we drove down to a local little river in Oceanside and decided to make a plate or two. Unfortunately, Conrad wasn’t feeling too well and so after one plate each we decided to pack up and head home. Here’s the last plate of the trip, after which I headed home.
Now I’m thinking of taking at least one short trip every month to keep her up and running and just to have some fun while making new work.
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