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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Charged up finally

I have been not posting from here in Quartzsite because not only have I been non stop busy, but I've had issues with keeping my phone charged and connectivity in general. My AT&T Mobley hotspot quit working. Luckily it is the aftermarket power supply that died. It is done for until I get back to civilization. My other hotspot works, but the tower is jammed so access is slow.

Around Thanksgiving Home Depot had a sale on solar panels and I bought a couple of 100W panels. Once I got here I got the rest of the parts and I now have a way to charge my coach batteries as well as using the two USB ports on the charge controller. Just in time as for some reason my generator no longer gives me 120V electricity when it runs. I'm guessing it also is not charging the batteries. A friend checked it out as best he could, but I see a trip to a shop once I'm back.

Turtle Lady and I (mostly her) gave a talk on hammocks yesterday. It was well received. I am now totally spent from everything. I'm seeing a trip to town for a shower and to cruise the flea markets.

I went to K&B Tools to get some things to pit the solar stuff together. I was told they are no longer in the tool business (?) And are moving to being a RV supply place. Parking is already difficult in that area.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Food storage.

I came in the motorhome yesterday and Turtle Lady had found a solution to storing the fruit. Normally a mirror hangs there but I take it down when I move.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Catching up

I was basically sick for a couple of weeks. Not horribly sick like a lot of people, for which I'm grateful. Just sick enough that I sat on the couch with Bosley and didn't go out unless I had to.

Turtle Lady flew in on Monday to go to the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous with me. We had planned to drive to Quartzsite on Tuesday, but the storms were forecast to move through, and we had shopping for groceries to do. I made the command decision to put the move off to Wednesday. We had great fun hitting Costco, Ranch Market, the 99 cent store, and Walmart. I have more food in my fridge, shelves, car, tied to the roofs (ok, maybe not that far) than any other time. At least since the last time she and I went shopping together.

Wednesday morning we headed out with Turtle Lady driving my Mazda and me driving the motorhome. We stopped at the Chevron station to gas up, get propane and air up the tires on the RV. It took awhile as I had to move the RV around for each step. Finally I started to drive out and saw Turtle Lady running after me yelling that the Mazda wouldn't start. Que a detour to buy a new battery.

We did get here and friends had found a great place to set up where we can run the generators in the morning for a half hour or so.

Tomorrow we head back to Payson in the Mazda to overnight at Mom's. My friend will take care of Bosley, making sure he is fed and his ears scratched so he doesn't feel abandoned.

And so another day winds down here in the desert.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Made it

I'll give more of an update tomorrow.

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Headed to Quartzsite, sort of.

The motorhome is gassed up, propane topped up, tires aired up. Then the Mazda wouldn't start. Once we have the new battery in, hopefully we will get on the road.

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