And then they closed the campground where I volunteer. Escapees from big cities and mountain resorts have been arriving in the desert in droves. Along with the summer travelers whose plans have been thwarted by Covid-19 they have filled up this small town. The Utah desert is closed to overnight visits so the Grand Valley is about as far west as you can go. Stay at home orders, toilet paper hoarding, you know the drill by now
On the up-side there have been a lot of beautiful Zoom meetings as people come together online to stay connected
We headed over the mountains from Denver to Fruita the other day and got caught in a traffic jam. Brake light city! I had to do some fancy steering to avoid a collision and the swerve action emptied the cabinets onto the floor. Dumped the boys on their butts too
The only real damage I can find is a box of crushed crackers and a box of spilled pasta. Maybe a broken back-up hard drive too. We got SUPER-LUCKY!
We’re more than 1/2-way to spring though winter is still holding on tightly. We had a very nice night with cold temps and freezing fog. This morning there was a crystal forest outside our windows. As the temps soared above 12* (-11c) the frost fell from the trees and drifted slowly, gently down like snow
The sun came out after our big deep-freeze and this fine Husky was soaking up the solar goodness. Big dashboard for a big dog!
Kitty wants to be a Pipeliner! There are a half-dozen welders working on a big gas pipeline project near here and Kitty thinks it would be fun to learn how to weld pipe
I was thinking of going over the mountains the first week in February but mamma nature thinks I should stay put and burrow under the covers. It has been snowing a fair amount and the temps are crazy-cold. I hope she approves of my new plan to go west the first of March
Last week I came back from an event on a 14* night and walked into a cold house. Brrrr! The furnace had failed to light while I was away and the heat inside slowly flowed to the great outdoors. It failed a dozen more times to light while I was standing over it shouting encouraging slogans! After a couple hours I gave up on the idea of it working and I went and bought a second electric heater to keep us warm through the night. I kept the fresh tank from freezing by circulating the water through the water heater and back to the fresh
The next morning I woke and dove into the great YouTube looking for answers. Sure enough, people have made videos about this.
Seems the issue was cat fur on the sail switch that kept it from closing and telling the gas valve to make some hotness.
I cleaned the fur off the sail switch and all the other bits and parts inside the furnace box then put it back together. Now it makes toasty, toasty hotness!
There is not a lot to share with you this time and so I will bore you with some weather updates. We made the trip from Wheat Ridge to Ft Collins without incident. The weather here is mostly icy side-streets with occasional fresh snow to hide the ice. I had so hoped the first snow would melt before additional snow was added on top but alas, ’twas not to be
The sun is low in the southern sky and the wind from our friends in Canada is a frosty -3C. The snow can be heard to laugh heartily at the sun’s meager solar resources trying to liquefy it
The stock brake/ turn/ tail lamps were not that great to begin with and I’ve been planning some sort of brightness upgrade for awhile. I’m mostly concerned about it when I’m going slowly and have the 4-way flashers on. Putting the Adventure-450 on the back of the trailer changed the game by blocking the lamps completely. Call to action!
I ordered some 10-LED lamps from etrailer (because no one near me stocks things like that) and installed them above the Adventure-450. The LED’s are much brighter than the stock cheapo-lights and they can be seen above the bike. I bought surface-mount lamps and installed them with some 3M double sticky tape. I ran the wires on the surface and into the bottom of the existing lamps. It’s kind of lazy-looking, but I didn’t want to cut into the walls and ruin the insulation or the water-tightness
Packing up and getting ready for our annual migration in the opposite direction. Most full-time RV peeps head south for the winter. We’re going north again this year
Got my new toy strapped to the back of the RV with time for kitty to practice a little bit of yoga before we go. The bike-on-back thing seems to be working except it covers the turn signals. Look for a repairs and mods post addressing that issue shortly
The drive over was unusually quiet. Not much traffic, no snow or other weather hazards, and we made the trip in just over 5 hours. We had an uninterrupted run at Vail Pass (and the tunnel) and Truck 2.0 pulled them at 55 mph no problem
Well it looks like riding season on the east side of the mountains is wrapped up
It seems the snow has forgotten how to fall down and is now practicing some new upward-falling moves
The last Motorcycle ride of the year was a great time. Rode from Gateway Co to (almost) Moab. I’ve been working out a couple of routes this fall. One for dirt bikes and one for big twin adventure bikes. Now I have most of the routes ironed out for each type
I started this when it was hot out and now it’s just barely warm enough to ride and there is only 4 hours of ridable daylight. The sun sets early in the canyon bottoms
Winter in the desert is just around the corner now. Mountains are getting snow and the passes are all yucky. I took a quick trip to Ft Collins and got some snow and mud on me. I spent the weekend in retreat with friends and became fully illuminated one morning (it wore off by lunch).
I’ve also been playing with my Mini-ADV bike. The all-new Husqie Adventure-450 is turning out to be a lot of fun and is keeping me from paying attention to my mountain bike. Friends and I are planning to ride in Idaho next summer, we’ve named it rIdaho. That’ll be a hoot!
In other news Truck 2.0 turned 300,000 miles this month. I spent a few hours and dollars chasing down a coolant leak, and a fuel leak but we seem to have that all sorted now.