Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Boondocking/Uraling near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Off on another RV trip again, eventually ending up in Sun City, AZ, to help out my FIL once he gets out of heart surgery at the end of the month.

In the meantime, due to prior plans, logistics and just plain shack rot, I started out yesterday from Colorado and ended up overnighting in a rest stop off of I-40 near Clines Corner after failing to find the BLM spot nearby in the dark.

Note to self:  Don't try to find BLM campsites in the dark.  There's no signs most of the time.

After an uneventful night in the rest stop (New Mexico allows a max of 24 hours stay but no camping); The cold temperatures woke me, it was 42°F (5.5°C) inside the RV with the heater on low and a chilly 2°F (-16.6°C) outside!  I headed south on I-25 after transiting Albuquerque before their morning rush.

Ended up stopping at the BLM campsites (dispersed) on Monticello Point Road just north of the oddly named town of Truth or Consequences.  I thought it'd be some interesting story of how this town got named but turns out they renamed themselves from Hot Springs.  This was all part of a game show of the same name's promotion effort.  Oh well.

Still, I like the spot, not a soul around me but I can see the I-25 highway way off in the distance.  4G coverage was very good and I got a lot of work done.


The view of nearby mountains from the campsite

After the last work call, I geared up and rode with Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar rig down the end of the unimproved road I was parked next to.  It ended up, after a few nasty spots, at the Elephant Butte Reservoir.

The reservoir I found unremarkable and not much in terms of scenery so no pics.  I exited the reservoir area, passed by an RV park and got back onto I-25 one exist south of where I was staying.

Having some time before sunset, I decided to roam the area west of the highway and worked my way neared to some scenic hills.

 This is almost as close as I got to these interesting hills.

I headed back to the campsite for sunset pics, I give you a pretty nice New Mexico Sunset:






The day hadn't been that warm to start with (high of 46°F (7.7°C)) and with the sun going down, temperatures plummeted.  I'm slightly further south and lower in elevation tonight so it's not supposed to get below 32°F (0°C).  I'm not worried, I've got the catalytic heater and an electric heater as backup.

Only a single house battery, on its last legs, so running the generator most of the time.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Just Sunsets ... and less Facebook

So here we are, a couple of weeks into 2018.

Not much riding here for me, just working and sunset watching mostly.  The weather has been really warm here in Colorado while most of the east coast froze their collective "fourth point of contact" off.

We've replaced Thing Two's stolen car with a newer car and he's formally joined the ranks of the indebted by being a joint applicant on the car loan involved.  He now drives a 2014 Ford Focus, pretty nice I must say, and hopefully very reliable.

Oh, and a belated New Year's resolution.  Reduce Facebook time, drastically.  I've let it become a big "time suck" and that has to stop.  I think the first step is removing it from my phone.   More riding and garage time, less time staring at a screen when it doesn't involve work!

Here's a series of sunset pics, more diverse riding pics are planned for but for now it's all I've got. 

 January 5

January 6

 Denver, the cesspool with its brown cloud
January 8

January 12

 January 13



Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Miles and Ken's first sidecar lesson plus a sunset with Brigitta

We took both my Ural Sidecar Rigs out to the nearby high school parking lot; empty since they're on Winter Break.

It was Miles (my youngest son) and Ken P. a fellow Rounder Rider practicing riding the sidecars and learning to lift the chair on purpose.

Not many pics or much video taken, was busy relaying instructions to Miles via the Sena Bluetooth Intercoms and ensuring Ken and Daimler (his German Sheperd and a natural at being the monkey) were doing good as well.

Thing 2, driving a rig for the first time.

Fellow Yearroundrider Ken P and his monkey: Daimler

Daimler looks pretty relaxed for his first sidecar ride!

Later on, I rode Brigitta to the usual sunset picturing spot and got some decent shots of her in the light of a pretty good sunset.







A very short video of both riders.  I should have shot more but was concentrating on making sure they got comfortable "flying the chair" on purpose and not.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone, several trips, many changes, a year older though I wonder about the wiser part.   :)

Here's hoping 2018 is a great year for you and yours!  Thanks for sticking with the blog and my meanderings.


Total mileage ridden in 2017: 10,272 miles broken down by motorcycle:

Scarlett:  Ending odometer reading 51,607.  9938 Km or 5962 Miles

Brigitta ('87 BMW R80): Ending Odometer 99,714.  1298 Miles (Still Pitiful)

Fiona: Ending odometer: 4674 (odometer replaced at 19777), 5021 km or 3012 miles.

RV Stats:

We went glamping with Umarang, the URRV, for 72 days.  She took us Utah, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and several spots around the great state of Colorado.