I'd thought my wiring problem was a loose wire, but it turned out that the alternator was not putting out nearly enough current. So after making it to Sacramento where there was not enough power to make the blinkers blink, I gave in and took it to a truck stop garage. Fortunately my friend Sharat lives here. When the parts company delivered my alternator to another garage, we ended up going and getting it, only for it to turn out to be the wrong alternator...anyway, it has a happy ending, and the beast is running great and the lights are as bright as they should be. So I'm having a little dinner, and will then make some more headway. I'm shooting for Salt Lake City on Friday, although if all goes very well it could be very late tomorrow.I now have a copilot - a Matilija Poppy, native to California, also known as a fried egg plant. My friend Todd in Ireland wrote me that his young cousin is in a coma and he had been to California and loved it, and could I find a California-native plant before I leave the state and bring it to Massachusetts. So Sharat and I went and found a nursery and picked this critter up (this is giving me weird ideas about mobile terrariums...). And I got a tour off downtown Sacramento, which I'd never been to. It is quite lovely. I promise more Javaesque content soon!