Almost lost a tire in Troy, and only noticed because I stopped for lunch. Shockingly, there is a tire store open on Sunday? On New Years? The guys had me fixed up with a new tire quicker than I could change a tire. The spare was LOCKED anyhow, underneath the truck (rusted) and I would have been screwed on the side of the road. Thank you Troy Firestone!
It sure feels like it. The bus spewed another leak as I was getting ready to roll south for the Skoolie Palooza in Quartzsite, and after a weekend of consideration, I decided to leave it there, and move on to another vehicle. It has been a very sad week, even tho the bus has given me much grief over the last few months, it WAS my home, and it gave me a TON of freedom and introduced me to a new life. I will miss her greatly.
I sit here typing this in the dark, at the beach house, after a transformer blew, leaving me searching for flashlights. Man I miss the bus. Hooking up solar this week, so I can live comfortably, on the grid.
Went on a quick trip tieing up loose ends and errands around town before moving south, and the oil pressure drops to almost zero. A quick turn into a gas station reveals the worst. Looks like the end of my adventure – the bus has sprung yet ANOTHER leak, one losing oil faster than I can replace it. Wow, this sux so bad! Gonna rent a truck and haul ass to Florida….and get a J.O.B.
Wow this sucks so balls!!
Got a nice paddle in on Monday, but I have been so busy I am just now getting around to posting. Got my parts in yesterday, after getting blood drawn for my new Western Doctor – YAY!! So now I don’t have to beg Eastern Doc, for refills, or drive back to Bama for auscultations. Got the bike fixed by sundown, and went to celebrate – and witness the Meltdown of America I could not vote so don’t blame me!!
Sometimes it simply looks like things are not meant to be. Last year I I was unprepared for the length and the heat of the trail. This year my clutch failed. Oh well, let’s hope I can fix the bike and give it another shot. The canyon has perfect weather, and I am ready to get back in there for some more riding.
I only had 3 more weeks before they close everything up on Grand Mesa – 40 feet of snow prevents much activity. The punctured sidewall of my tire prevented me from having any REAL fun up there, so once again I moved for repairs, by-passing more of awesome Colorado. Fortunately there is much more awesome to be had in this state (if the bus holds up). Hanging out in Montrose for a few days waiting on packages, and a tire in the morning. Lots of awesome within range of this town if I can get a tire mounted in the morning.
I have not found anything “special” about this town, and yet it has been home for almost a week. I stopped here last year, while it was raining, and the views were impressive. The weather has been fantastic, although the bus heats up a good bit by 4pm, and does not start to cool till after dark – too bad my bike has been crapped out. The list of things that have broken in the last 2 weeks should impress most folks:
- Bus would not crank, and smoked when it did [resolved?]
- Bike overheated and blew fuses/died [resolved?]
- Phone died [resolved]
- Solar power system melted [resolved]
- Health issues [resolved]
I guess it was a good thing I did not have a plane ticket in my pocket? Funny, it seems I have been dealing with these issues by laughing at the oddity, and feeling “things could be much worse”. It seems to work, as most times I simply need to work my way thru the issues, and I either resolve them, or they resolve themselves. Now, let us get back to our previously scheduled adventure?
Stopped in Glenwood Springs last night, as the sun was going down. This morning bus cranked fine, and I decided to fix the bike. My cell phone DIED – DEAD!! So I will continue on my way to Grand Junction, the only Best Buy west of the Rockies, apparently.
Made it back over into central Colorado after leaving Denver yesterday. The bus did not like the first mountains yesterday, nor today. It did not want to start this morning, and it gave me a fright trying to get back on the road. Hopefully, coming down the mountains, after coming up them again this afternoon, gave it a chance to cool off, so maybe tomorrow will be better. The bike is running, and that is the main thing