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Boondocking near the Dragoon Mountains

 This morning I left the Hot Well Dunes Rec Area soon after breakfast, it was forecasted to be a cool day with a high of only 60 degrees so might as well displace further south!Couple of hours later, and one wrong route by Google Maps, I had dumped tanks, taken on fresh water, replenished propane and found myself a camping spot at the base of the Dragoon Mountains near Tombstone, AZ. The main road is FR 687 and takes you to several designated camping areas, I'm on the southern end of this str...
Tags: Google, Motorcycles, Arizona, Tombstone AZ, Yagi, RV Trips, Dragoon Mountains, Yagi Rides


Trips into Safford, fixing a leak, 4-wheeling to the nearby hills avoiding the maddening crowds

 Friday, FEB 26The day was spent mostly riding to/from the campsite to the town of Safford, AZ which is located about 37 miles away.  It has most of your regular stores, to include a Walmart, so a better choice than Bowie, AZ which is slightly closer but without many amenities.First trip was to take the broken Sony camera to a a shipping store where they printed out for me the paperwork to be included with the camera, the Fedex label provided by Sony and I paid for a box/packaging for them to sh...
Tags: Amazon, Walmart, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sony, Fedex, Providence, Bowie, Sammy, Mariko, Safford, RV Trips, Mariko Repairs, Safford AZ


Changing campsites and a camera malfunction.

I decided to displace to a better campsite within the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area this morning, it's a bit more secluded/isolated and away from the UTV crowd that showed up last night.It was within walking distance of site 11 where I had been so not a big hassle. Not sure if it was the same road runner but one of them showed up at the new campsite, walking around the URRV like he owned the place.  I followed him around and once he was in the light, I activated the zoom on the Sony HX80....gr...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sony, Nikon, Martha, UTV, Mariko, RV Trips, URRV


Wind Pumps, a Roadrunner and more dune driving...

 An issue-free day as it pertained with Mariko!She and I drove out of the Hot Well Dunes Campground area and meandered northward, eventually finding four wind pumps while exploring trails as we found them. Driving along Tanque Road (Spanish word for Tank) Never did find the tank... Aermotor is still in business it turns out. These things are pricey! Got back to the campsite around 1PM, had a light lunch and just hung out at the campsite listening to podcasts, relaxing and f...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Mariko, RV Trips, Mariko Drives, Mariko She, Hot Well Dunes Campground


Mariko is a project at times...

 A bit of a stressful day in terms of issues that arose with Mariko.First, everything was fine as I drove the 30 miles or so to Safford, AZ where the nearest NAPA store was located.  Well, almost everything was fine, she seemed to be idling at around 1100 rpms where normally it would be between 800-900 rpm.  Hmm.I got there just fine and purchased antifreeze (50/50 mix) and another 5 quart bottle of 10W30 oil.  It didn't take very much to fill up the radiator to the top so being low on coolant i...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Napa, BLM, Mariko, RichardM, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Repairs, Mariko First, Safford AZ, Javelina Peak Got


Now boondocking in the Hot Well Dunes BLM campground, Arizona

This BLM campground is located roughly halfway between the towns of Safford on the north and Bowie on the south.  I've stayed here before, a little short of a year ago: LINK, leaving when things were starting to be shut down everywhere due to the pandemic.The hot water tubs remain closed due to Covid-19 but camping is once again permitted, at the rate of $3/vehicle per day.  A bargain!  Especially since as a American the Beautiful Pass holder, I only pay half.I even got the same spot as last tim...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Bowie, PSI, Mariko, Safford, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives


Checking out the Flea Market and some T-Dubing.

 Clear skies today, but a high of only 61°F (16°C) and gusty winds.  It was definitely a long pants and fleece jacket kind of day.Sunrise: Drove into Las Cruces to check out the Flea Market, searching for a replacement handle for the scissor jack that came with the Sammy.  Found out it was very helpful for me to know Spanish when asking a vendor of tools and stuff like that for this item.  In spite of being understood, no one had one on hand, they'd all left theirs at home, darn it. The rest...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, New Mexico, Lowe, Rio Grande, Sammy, LAS CRUCES, Suzuki Samurai, Yagi, RV Trips, Box Canyon Road, Yagi Rides, Mariko Drives, Mariko the Sammy, Sammy Found, Mariko Can


A hike up Picacho Peak and more light four-wheeling

Warmest day in quite a while, it was in the high 60s in the late afternoon though quite breezy with gusty winds bringing a bit of wind chill factor.Started walking from my campsite at 9:02 AM and would be standing at the top of the highest point of Picacho Peak 40 minutes later.  Yes, several stops to catch my breath were made on the way up! Near the start of the trail up, you can just see what I called the gateway rock formations upper center. The gateway rock formations, things would g...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, Uma, UTV, LAS CRUCES, Mariko, RV Trips, Box Canyon Road, Mariko Drives


A Recycled Roadrunner, some 4-wheeling and finally got the package.

 After breakfast, I drove Mariko out towards the Recycled Roadrunner, a roadside attraction located at a rest stop on the I-10 super slab (eastbound side).More info re this attraction here on roadsideamerica.com:  The roadrunner didn't originally stand on the rock....but after it was refurbed, they located it on a rock to discourage the morons who liked to climb aboard for pics. A closeup of the right wing... Now that's a lot of tennis shoes... Neat attraction, the only n...
Tags: Walmart, Motorcycles, Usps, New Mexico, Martha, Ural, Sammy, LAS CRUCES, Mariko, RV Trips, Organ Mountains Desert, Mariko Drives, Low Range, General Delivery


Now boondocking near Picacho Peak, waiting for a package.

 Nope, not the Picacho Peak in Arizona, which I climbed up to the top of back in January of 2020: LINKThis Picacho Peak is located just outside of Las Cruces on the west side of town and isn't quite as imposing as Arizona's peak.Why such a short distance displacement you ask?  Well let me tell ya.  The package Martha mailed via the USPS to the post office near where I had been camping has been "delayed".  The original arrival date was the 16th, it's now the 18th and the folks at the post office ...
Tags: Chile, Motorcycles, Usps, Arizona, New Mexico, BLM, Martha, LAS CRUCES, Organ Mountains Desert Peaks, Commerce Drive, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Mariko Drives, Picacho Peak, LINKThis Picacho Peak, BLM Recreation


Visiting the White Sands National Monument with Mariko

 Today, the weather was warmer than the last couple of days but still more cloudy than desired, so it was still a brisk experience, walking among the dunes when the sun was hidden by clouds.I'd been to this park before, back in December of 2018, better pictures than the ones taken today here: LINKSo I learned one thing about the "white sands" at this monument.  If you visit after shortly after a snow fall, the sands are still wet if not still around and turns the sand, well, sand colored!  It wa...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, New Mexico, Sammy, Alamogordo, White Sands National Monument, Mariko, RV Trips, Mariko Drives, Mariko the Sammy


Visiting the Missile Garden

 That's the nickname given to the White Sands Missile Range's museum's outdoor display of the missiles, rockets and associated equipment, drones, and launchers that have been developed/tested at this range.Last time I'd tried to get into post to take the pictures, the rules still didn't allow me access onto post as I didn't have a military ID card anymore.  Now, as of over a year ago, I now have access to active military posts with my Veterans Health ID card.  So after registering myself and the...
Tags: Texas, Motorcycles, Arizona, Nice, New Mexico, Don, Martha, White Sands Missile Range, White Sands National Monument, Mariko, Fort Bragg NC, MLRS, RV Trips, Mariko Drives, Missile Garden, Las Cruces Gate


After the snow storm...

 I ended up running the catalytic propane heater almost 24 hours during the recent snow storm and used up about 1/8 of the propane in the onboard tank, so not bad at all!Though today started overcast, it would clear up in the late morning and it was then that temperatures started to steadily climb out of the high teens to the low 30s.  The sun felt good I must say.As it had been overcast all day yesterday and this morning, I ran the Predator generator most of the morning and into the early after...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, AutoZone, Sammy, LAS CRUCES, White Sands National Monument, RV Trips, URRV, Mariko Drives, Watt Electric Heater, Sammy Bundled, Mariko the Sammy


A Cold and Monochromatic Day

 Woke to a Winter Wonderland of snow covered vegetation and cloud-enshrouded mountain peaks.The peaks would play hide and seek with us campers at their base throughout the day, but mostly hiding in the freezing clouds which brought sporadic snow flakes down on us.It's supposed to get into the high teens tonight, the fresh water intake hose that's exposed outside froze by late afternoon and I switched to water cans for washing dishes and flushing the toilet.  I did check the water in the fresh wa...
Tags: Texas, Post Office, Motorcycles, Arizona, New Mexico, Dripping Springs, RV Trips, Las Cruces Still


More minor chores on Mariko as the weather cools...

 Though the sun did shine through on occasion today, it was mostly overcast with gusty winds making it feel colder than the indicated temperatures.  I don't think it got above 62°F (16.6°C) as a high temperature.The lighting being what it was, I postponed the trail ride from the Sierra Vista Trailhead until a sunnier day.Instead, I drove into town and did some light stimulation of the local economy with trips to Harbor Freight and an O'Reilly's Auto Parts.  It was at this particular O'Reilly's t...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, Sunset, Reilly, Martha, Mariko, RV Trips, Mariko Drives, Sierra Vista Trailhead


The weather is turning cooler....

 Looks like the weather is turning cooler here in southern New Mexico, major storm up north in Colorado apparently, might even bring a little rain here!The day dawned solidly overcast and would be cool and gray most of the day.I spent the morning doing chores on Mariko, basically ensuring all the spark plugs were gapped at .035" per the Samurai Guru I met in Elephant Butte.  The other chores were touching up the black paint parts, mainly the bumpers, where rocks had pitted the paint and rust sho...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, New Mexico, Mariko, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives, Organ Desert Peaks


Testing the Jack Extension and Taking Mariko's Top Off

 A pretty lazy morning today, starting with a shot of the sun as it crested over one of the Needles: Really didn't do much, nor felt the need to do so, just relaxed and read....enjoying the warm sun which made the morning temperatures feel warmer than they actually were.  The lack of wind probably helped with that as well. I did get around to testing the viability of the 6" Jack Extension I'd purchased from SafeJack to extend the reach of the 6 Ton Bottle Jack I got from Amazon to go with i...
Tags: Amazon, Motorcycles, Sunrise, New Mexico, Jack, Martha, Sammy, LAS CRUCES, Mariko, RV Trips, Mariko Gear, Mariko Drives


Boondocking at the western base of the Organ Desert Peaks

Sunrise near Elephant Butte, NM: After 11 days at the above location, I am now camping near Las Cruces, NM, within the Organ Desert Peaks National Monument.On the way down to Las Cruces, I stopped in the Village of Hatch, NM to dump tanks and fill up with fresh water.  Before doing this though, I finally got pics of the "roadside art" on display in this village, they'd always caught my eye but I'd never stopped while driving through on previous trips: A menacing looking giant holds a small RV...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, Hatch, LAS CRUCES, Las Cruces NM, PSI, Sierra Vista, Ham Radio, Dripping Springs, RV Trips, Baylor Canyon Road, Mariko Drives, Hatch NM, Sierra Vista Dispersed Camping


Lazy Last Day at the Monticello Road BLM area.

 Didn't really get much done in the morning, was content to just sit and listen to my current e-book and putter around the URRV and the Sammy.I did pull the plugs on Mariko and the color of the plugs look good now.  I had thought they were too white or lean before but now they're a faint caramel color so things should be good with them.I did go for one last drive in the northern trails of the Elephant Butte State Park, checking out trails I'd not wandered down before....nothing earthshaking foun...
Tags: Texas, Motorcycles, Arizona, New Mexico, BLM, Sunset, Sammy, LAS CRUCES, Yagi, Mariko, RV Trips, URRV, Mariko Drives, Monticello Road BLM


I meet a Samurai Guru...

 Quite the eventful day today.I'd driven down to the City of Elephant Butte to retrieve a package sent to me by my loving wife Martha.  It had the TPMS sensors for the Sammy so I know all is OK when towing her with the URRV. At the front entrance to the T or C Municipal Airport Package retrieved, I went to the Autozone in Truth or Consequences and what did I spy in the parking lot but another Suzuki Samurai!  I parked next to it and its owner came out to chat.  Mike W. works at Autozone and is...
Tags: Facebook, Kentucky, Motorcycles, New Mexico, Mike, Laura, Samurai, AutoZone, Martha, Sammy, Zilla, Suzuki Samurai, Zuzi, Mike W, Mariko, Laura Mike


A tool run, some light off-roading to the foothills, and a phone drop!

 This morning's task was to replace the gear oil in Mariko's Transfer Case with new 80W90 oil.  Why?  I'd found the oil in the transfer case contaminated with water last month.  I had changed it out then, and this change was to ensure no water remained.I found I was missing the 24mm socket I'd used in my garage.  So before I could do the swap, I drove into T or C and the Autozone Auto Parts store there.  Before I got to the store though, I stopped Mariko at nearby buildings to take pictures of t...
Tags: Verizon, Motorcycles, New Mexico, Sammy, Mariko, Mitchell Point, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives, Autozone Auto Parts


Ridge Running with Mariko

 A cloudless sunrise this morning but I took this picture anyways, I liked the glowing color. I spent a couple of hours wiping off the oily dirt and grime that had accumulated behind Mariko's engine and on top of the transmission's bell housing.  Samurai's apparently are known to leak from the o-ring located at the base of the distributor where it mates to the engine.I also discovered, to my chagrin, that Suzuki had left some sharp edges in the vicinity of the distributor and transmission bell ...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, Samurai, Suzuki, Mariko, RichardM, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives, Monticello Point Road That, Yagi my Yamaha TW200 Dualsport, Monticello Point


Mariko Tasks, RV Vent repair and a brisk ride with Yagi

 Sunny but cool today, with a high only in the mid-60s....the steady wind made it seem much cooler.After some more looking at the fuel pump and ruminating over the problem overnight, it finally occurred to me to forego using the existing mount point on the floorboard of the Sammy.Instead, I secured the metal clamp that encircles the pump onto the cable sheath used by the parking brake!  Much quieter now, I can still hear it (just not as loud) when I turn the ignition to ON, can barely hear it wi...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, Monticello, Sammy, Yagi, Mariko, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Mariko Maintenance, Elephant Butte State Park, Exit 89


La Jornada del Muerto, Spaceport America and meandering the north side of Elephant Butte State Park

 Drove into Truth or Consequences this morning after breakfast to pick up a rubber bumper to try and isolate the new fuel pump and perhaps ameliorate it's tapping sound.  I tanked up Mariko and determined 21.7 MPG with a mix of offroad and pavement driving. Geronimo portrait on the side of a building....there's a museum I might check out another day. As I was in town, I decided to check out La Jornada del Muerto or Dead Man's Journey.  A stretch of road that had been part of the Camino Real o...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Mexico City, New Mexico, Spaceport America, Geronimo, La Jornada, Mariko, RV Trips, Mariko Drives, Elephant Butte State Park, La Jornada del Muerto Spaceport America, Cibola National Forest So, Mariko Poor Yagi


Elephant Butte, errands and more off-road meandering

 In other posts regarding Elephant Butte, I'd posted pictures of the rock formations I thought had been the inspiration for such a name.  I was wrong all the previous times.This morning, I was perusing a Garmin map and lo and behold, it showed a small rock formation near the dam that forms the Elephant Butte Reservoir!So after breakfast, I headed on down to Elephant Butte, the town, and eventually found the spot shown on the map.  I must say two things.  First, maybe I see the elephant's head bu...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, Garmin, Bullocks, Mariko, Cibola National Forest, RV Trips, Mariko Maintenance, Mariko Drives


Exploring old and new locations north of Truth or Consequences

 Pretty nice day today, presaged by a pretty nice sunrise: About mid-morning, I headed out driving Mariko, the '87 Suzuki Samurai to go check out locations I'd been to before on motorcycles and also range further into the southern boundary of the Cibola National Forest.First was a drive to Mitchell Point and the Stone House located there.  Mitchell Point is located near the Rio Grande which feeds into the Elephant Butte Reservoir to the south.   The interior of the stone house is empty but ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunrise, New Mexico, San Mateo, Monticello, Rio Grande, Stone House, Forest Road, Vick, Suzuki Samurai, Yagi, Mariko, Mitchell Point, Cibola National Forest, RV Trips, Elephant Butte Reservoir


Boondocking again near Truth or Consequences

 I'm back to my preferred boondocking spot about 14 miles north of the New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences.  Yep, a town which renamed itself after a TV Game Show.....google it.Here's a picture of the site I spent the night at, last night: Got here around 1PM after having refilled the propane tank and taken on water in the fresh water tank now that I'm south enough to not worry about freezing temperatures.Most of the other obvious boondocking spots nearby are occupied as well.  I guess thi...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunrise, New Mexico, Mariko, RV Trips, Mariko Drives


Now in New Mexico

Saturday, JAN 29The sunrise for today wasn't too bad: Penrose Sunrise Found out the hard way that a 40 acre plot of land I was curious about was within the confines of a gated community.  So, no way to get in and wasn't interested in waiting on the offering realtor.  Still, it was a nice drive out with Mariko.Did some errands in the town of Cañon City and managed to get a view of their Castle Rock which seems to lie within one of the prisons' land; so not easy to get closer to it:  In the a...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, New Mexico, Albuquerque, Yamaha, PSI, Pueblo CO, Canon City, Yagi, Mariko, RV Trips, Santa Fe National Forest, Bernal NM


Boondocking again in Penrose, with Mariko and Yagi

 Packed up the URRV this morning and by 10:30 AM I was heading out of my home neighborhood and headed South/Southwest towards Penrose, CO.About three hours later, made it to the Penrose Commons BLM area next to the small town of Penrose off of CO Highway 115, no issues, a couple of stops to check out the towing bits that were pulling Mariko the Suzuki Samurai along as a dingy/toad behind Umarang.I got my preferred spot, and though it did take a few light hammer blows, didn't have any real issues...
Tags: Motorcycles, Penrose, South Southwest, Metro Denver, Yagi, Mariko, Umarang, RV Trips, Penrose Commons BLM, Brush Hollow Reservoir, Mariko Drives, CO Highway 115, Mariko the Suzuki Samurai, Blue Ox Tow bar, Mariko Took, Catalytic Propane Heater


Home Again

 Dec 09, Wednesday:Got back to the clogged cesspool that is the Metro Denver area soon after noon today.  Left Springer, NM soon after the sun had risen above the horizon with temperatures hovering at 21°F (-6°C).Temperatures would climb throughout the drive and it would be in the mid-60s as I unloaded the URRV and then took it to the storage yard before the forecasted cold/snowy weather that starts tomorrow.I was gone for 37 nights this time out.  It wasn't as warm as I remembered Arizona, this...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Nevada, Phoenix, Owen, Ural, Scarlett, Fiona, IAA, Beemer, Metro Denver, URAL Patrol, RV Trips



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