Friday, FEB 26
The day was spent mostly riding to/from the campsite to the town of Safford, AZ which is located about 37 miles away. It has most of your regular stores, to include a Walmart, so a better choice than Bowie, AZ which is slightly closer but without many amenities.
First trip was to take the broken Sony camera to a a shipping store where they printed out for me the paperwork to be included with the camera, the Fedex label provided by Sony and I paid for a box/packaging for them to ship it for me. Cost to me? $6.31.
I then went to the Walmart and picked up some groceries. Had I been thinking, I would have done some more stops but instead I just gassed up Mariko and headed back to camp.
Lounging back at the camp, it occurred to me to check the 21mm socket I'd planned to use to remove the wheel lug nuts on Mariko should the need arise. I was shopping for a jack handle (missing, not provided by previous owner) on Amazon and realized I lacked a lug wrench as well.
Turned out, the socket was too shallow and useless for removing the lug nuts. It was solely good Providence that Mariko hasn't had a flat tire since I've owned her; I wouldn't have been able to remove the punctured tire to place the spare tire in its place! Note: I do carry a tire plugging kit but still, not having the ability to put on the spare troubled me greatly.
So, it was time to do yet another run to Safford to purchase a lug wrench! 37 miles later, I was back in Safford at the O'Reilly's Auto Parts store and found what I needed, along with a couple of other items for Mariko: A fluid pump that uses caps to engage to gear oil bottles and a small air filter for the crankcase vent opening on the engine.
Back at camp, I installed the air filter to hopefully relieve the air pressure better than what the PCV valve is accomplishing. The current theory being this might be contributing to engine oil usage beyond desired levels.