Abiquiu, NM

Abiquiu, NM
36.228336 -106.395991

10.08.2017

Lodgepole Campground

I am spending a few frustrating days trout fishing at Lake Valley Reservoir. Not even a bite!
I got a nice secluded spot, #3, at PG&E's Lodgepole campground. $25 per night. Very quiet, only a few people here. The campground closes on the 15th at 11am. Be gone or be locked in for the winter.

39.297328   -120.598301

10.01.2017

Helping Out

Visiting with my old friend Cliff. We have known each other since high school. Cliff usually  has a project that I can help him with. This visit it is a new dish washer.

Yesterday 

We removed Cliff's old dish washer, measured the opening and head to Home Depot.

Out with the old
The old unit had a small leak that caused part of the flooring to come up. We dried it out and glued the piece back in place.
New unit out of the box
Back to Home Depot for an adapter to hooking up the water line. I usually figure any project requires 3-5 trips back to the store.

Today

The replaced flooring set up over night and we begin installation. 
Wiring in the power cord
Cliff hooking up the drain
Paper towel on the floor checking for leaks.
No leaks in the water supply line. No leaks with the test wash. Cliff is good to go. Amazingly, this project took only ONE trip back to the store for one fitting.

9.29.2017

Trona Pinnacles

The garage sale is over, Thank God. Sold some things and gave more away. It is a relief to have 50 years of stuff gone and my sister and I can move on.

Now free to scratch my hitch itch, I am heading north on 395. I have wanted to visit Trona Pinnacles for a while now and this is the trip to do it.



Nice quite spot with a nice view of the Tufa Spires

25,000 to 10,000 years ago this area was a large lake where the Tufa Spires were formed on the lake bottom by thermal vents.
This alien landscape has been the location for many movies. Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek V, and Planet of the Apes to name a few. 

As RVer's like to say, the road is an adventure, and I had yet another one. When I went to start Serenity nothing happened. The starter did not even click. I called my road side service expecting them to tell me they would not cover a tow from my remote location, but thankfully Coach Net came through. 


Pro Tow out of Ridgecrest accomplished  a difficult extraction over rough terrain without one ding to Serenity. 
Warren's Automotive has a good yelp rating, so I had them drop me there. The next morning, Thursday, Tina said they could not get to me until Monday. She then said they would take a quick look to see if they need to order any parts. Two hours later they found the relay for the starting motor was missing.


Further investigation revealed that the clip on the right side of the fuse block was detached. 


I believe this allowed the fuse panel to vibrate while traveling over the washboard road out to Trona Pinnacles. The vibrations ejected the relay. That's my story and I am sticking to it.

The relay was available locally, I mounted the fuse panel correctly and was back on the road by noon. Warren's Automotive did a great job with a quick turn around. Greatly appreciated.




9.12.2017

Family Time

I am up in wine country visiting my brother. The best camping spot in California. Perched on a hill with a fantastic view of the vineyards.



Hors d'oeuvres on the veranda.


Oh that yard sale : We hired a professional estate sale person to set up and execute the event. She is doing all the work, so I headed north. Great call.

9.05.2017

Everything Goes

Our parents bought our home in 1962. I was in high school and shortly moved on to college. My younger sister continued living here until her retirement this year.  If you weren't counting, thats' 53 years of stuff. Her retirement plan is to relax on the playas of Puerto Vallarta, MX. It does not include shipping the household goods to MX.  I have been helping get things ready for our mega garage sale.  All  this in LA's triple digit heat wave.






8.27.2017

Dish Aiming

I use a portable tripod for my Directv dish. I like the tripod because sometimes the signal is blocked at the rig by trees and I can move the dish to a clear spot. I move every few days and need an expedient way to aim the dish.

First I use the app Dish Align to find the general direction I need to point the dish.

Preferred  set up option - set up the dish next to the rig where I can see the TV screen through an open window. Quick and easy



For those times when I have to set up away from the rig, I use FaceTime. I connect my computer to the net using my phones hot spot. I set up the computer where it can see the TV screen.


I then set up a Face Time connection between my computer and phone.


I can now see the signal strength bars and adjust the dish for maximum signal strength.


Success




7.18.2017

It Always Happens on a Friday

It is 12:30 pm Friday just south of Ashland, OR. The oil pressure gauge drops to zero. I get a sudden stomach knot and Oh )(%$(^%(&* flashes through my mind as I pull to shoulder and immediately kill the engine.
I have never broken down on a Monday or Tuesday, or been towed to a shop that was not booked weeks out.

Called Coach Net
They called back about an hour later saying they had a tow truck, but it was on another run and won't be there for 6 - 7 hours. Well I am not going anywhere.
I set up the dish to watch a little TV hoping to mask my fear that Serenity's engine my have given her all on I-5.



About 6 hours later, while hoping the tow truck will materialize any minute, Coach Net calls to tell me the tow truck has broken down and they are trying to find another tow service.
The short version - 2 am I am finally attached to a tow truck heading for Medford



I was towed to Oregon Light Truck and RV where I spent the weekend.
They were great. They are booked two weeks out, but they took a look first thing Monday morning. Clint attached a oil pressure gauge directly to the engine and to my great relief the gauge spun up 45 pounds. HOORAY, Serinity lives.


Clint installed a new oil pressure sender and all is well. I was out the door by 11:30 am with an apology for taking so long.  What a terrific shop.