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2012 All Part of the Adventure
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Author:  David and Susan Bratt [ Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:13 pm ]
Post subject:  2012 All Part of the Adventure

We left really early for the ferry to Finland, once again crossing the bridge forbidden by our GPS, and driving less than two miles to the landing. They offered us use of electricity on board, which we gladly accepted: since we had to have the LP tank sealed in the “off” position, not having electricity would mean the refrigerator would be off or running on battery power for the twelve-hour trip. But when we returned to Rover at the end of the voyage, we found that something had tripped the main circuit breaker, and those few battery lights that remained were glowing red. (Surely there’s a moral to this story, but we don’t know enough about electricity to figure out what it is.)

Susan slept for ten hours of the twelve-hour trip and found a bit of time to look up her intestinal problem on the internet. It was just enough information to get her really worried. With a little help from the Viking Line information desk and a call to the US Embassy in Helsinki, we were instructed how to get to a hospital emergency room in Turku. So within 15 minutes of driving off the ferry, we were sitting in the waiting room, with Rover parked in a perfectly level and mostly free parking lot.

They did some blood tests, gave her some meds and told her to come back in the morning. So we stayed right in the parking lot overnight, running the engine for a while to bring the batteries back. In the morning (after a two hour wait) they took x-rays and then transferred her by ambulance to a bigger hospital, where she had a CT scan and was admitted with a severe kidney infection. Rover is staying put right in the first hospital’s parking lot.
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Not at all what we had planned, but all part of the adventure.

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