Yesterday, January 6
Part of the morning was spent helping Lori Z. figure out how to enable the tracking features of her drone. We ended up going to a nearby open area to fine tune things as you'll see in the below video:
The process took a bit of time but I'm sure you'll agree the results were worth it!
After lunch, I got notified by Amazon that the relay and other items had arrived at the Amazon Locker in Safford, AZ. I geared up and rode Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol the 32 miles to town and retrieved everything I'd ordered; to include the replacement starter relay for the TW200.
Made a run at the local Ace Hardware store as well for some supplies then headed back to Hot Well Dunes.
Of course I immediately fitted the new relay and was disappointed to find it also just made buzzing noises when one pressed the starter button! Chris and I did more diagnosing, to include running power directly to the TW's starter using jumper cables, nothing! It was getting dark so we decided to wait till tomorrow to take apart the starter to see if anything was amiss.
We had a lovely dinner in the VRRV, with prime rib courtesy of my loving wife Martha's culinary preparations prior to the camping trip's start. I learned from the Z's the trick of sprinkling the meat with a bit of water before heating it in the microwave. It came out almost perfect!
Today, January 7
In the morning, after installing metal plate extensions for the fog lights on the front cargo rack, it was time for Chris and I to take out the starter from the TW and take it apart.
Sorry, no pics of the starter's innards, it wasn't that complicated a process and we found nothing untoward inside. So everything was put back together after some cleaning, tested before installing and still, a buzzing noise when Chris pressed the starter button! Dammit.
Then Chris suggested doing further cleaning of the positive battery terminal and connections (I might have been too lavish with the corrosion prevention spray as well). Reconnected everything and the TW started right up! I couldn't believe it, a little bit of corrosion was stopping us?
Chris believes something might have been amiss inside the starter as well and our taking it apart and cleaning things might have helped as well. At this point, I'll take the results!
After lunch, Chris and I rode out into the dunes and meandered up and down, all around the area near where the small rock ledge with the cross was located. The cross is gone by the way, we couldn't find it.
I had Chris lead from there and he had a grand old time running up dunes (I got stuck on one), winding our way in and around dunes and vegetation. I was riding slower and more cautious than Chris who is actually rather good.
Good as he was though, he did manage to have some minor falls in the deep sand portions of the "trails".
Some more wandering about trying to head back to camp, we managed to locate the drainage pond for the hot spring:
We made it back shortly after the above pic was taken, we turned out to be not far from our campsites at this point! We'll go out some more I'm sure and I'll try to stop more for pics the next time.
The TW's starter worked each and every time while we were out, so am very happy and grateful to Chris Z. for his help with it. I had been resigned to taking the TW to a shop in Tucson in the near future to have them look at it.
Dinner was once again in the VRRV, and we finished off the last of the delicious prime rib courtesy of "La Martha". It was yummy to the last and then some Caramel Moonshine for me and Cinnamon Whiskey for the Z's rounded out the evening.