Set up some portable panels I made last year, and demonstrated why you should be really careful when installing electrical devices.
I have been down this road before, so the process went pretty quickly. Surprising how smoothly the process can go when you have the confidence and experience – trial and error zaps your time and energy quickly.
Wouldn’t you know it? I am having fun once again, and the snow drives me away! I guess I am always having fun – maybe THAT is the problem? Well, I was really looking forward to exploring around Bryce Canyon and the Dixie National Forest, and a winter storm drops in to say hello – DAMMIT! I did get the velocipede out for some pics and exercise, found the perfect campsite 4 miles away, and BOOM – Mother Nature comes calling – the slut!
Well down into the valley and Cedar City, to regroup and decide on a non-snow-laden destination south of here. Any suggestions?
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?
After overnighting in a shopping center, waiting on my $400 solar battery evaluation, I decided that being parked next to a fancy donut shop all night was simply too tempting. Had a very productive day yesterday – put the bike in the shop, washed the filthy bus, dropped off ailing battery, did laundry, and even got some cleaning done. I think I deserve a little bit of deviance?
I have plenty of other things to do while waiting on the bike, and Ft. Collins is a GREAT place to do them. Blazing Internets, everywhere, and it appears everything I need is jammed into a few blocks. Everyone rides bikes or skateboards, or walks here? I even saw some bike-riding kids picking up donuts this morning. Look for more from Ft. Collins this week.
Removed the existing panels, and added adjustable, tilting panels, to maximize the radiation captured everyday. The old panels were converted into folding, moveable extensions of the array. So currently I have 400 watts total mounted panels, and another 200 watts to enable me to move out of the sun if needed.