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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


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


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


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


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


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


Happy New Year!!!

 Here's wishing you all a Happy and Healthier New Year! Some pictures from my travels over this past year.....my predilection for solitude would become mandatory "Social Distancing" during 2020.  So glad this year is over. Motorcycle mileages Yep, the downward trend continues for Brigitta and Scarlett. Total mileage ridden in 2020 = 7425 (+41% over last year) Scarlett:  Ending odometer reading 67417 = 2336 Km or 1401 Miles (worse than last year) Brigitta ('87 BMW R80): Ending...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Scarlett, Fiona, Brigitta, Yagi, Umarang, URRV, Year in Pictures, Scarlett Total


ISS SSTV transmissions to commemorate 20 years of ham radio aboard ISS

From ARRL News… Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will continue its year-long 20th anniversary celebration of continuous ham radio operation from the ISS this month, with a slow-scan television (SSTV) event over the holidays. The first ARISS school contact took place in December 2000, not long after the first ISS crew arrived on station a month earlier and had made test contacts. The commemorative late-December SSTV event will be held December 24 through December 31, alt...
Tags: Radio, Iss, SSTV, Yagi, VHF/FM/Repeaters, ISS SSTV, ARRL News Amateur Radio, International Space Station ARISS


Overnight Stay at Springer Lake Wildlife Area, New Mexico

 Headed home, got about five hours of driving time closer.  Left the Monticello BLM area shortly after sunrise this morning.  Using I-25, I would arrive near the town of Springer, NM and the campground area set up within the Wildlife Area by 12:35 PM.Had the place to myself!  :)Got set up under sunny clear skies, warm temperatures in the low 70s.  It felt good even though it's forecasted to be around 18°F (-7.7°C) overnight!There was ice buildup evident on the edges of the lake, not sure how thi...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, New Mexico, Yagi, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Springer Lake Wildlife Area New Mexico, Springer NM


Now in New Mexico, Boondocking north of Truth or Consequences

 I woke way before sunrise, ate breakfast and broke camp.  I hadn't loaded Yagi onto the URRV's front bike carrier last evening due to the leveler blocks causing too high an entry angle for the ramp."Unfortunately", this meant that the S.A.W.* that had parked real close to my campsite was in the light of the URRV's headlights when I turned them on to have working light.  It was still dark you see.  Shame really, the light probably woke them up too.I got Yagi loaded up with no issue, then turned ...
Tags: Motorcycles, New Mexico, BLM, Bowie, Yagi, RV Trips, URRV, Yagi Rides, Monticello Road


Boondocking at the Indian Bread Recreation Area (BLM) and testing a new camera

I displaced from the vicinity of Gila Bend and the Barry Goldwater AF Range Thursday morning, and parked at my FIL's place so I could hand deliver the title for Fiona to my insurance company's office in Phoenix.  Thursday after, after a lot of anguished thought, much bothering of both CCjon and Scooter in the Sticks' Steve Williams, thinking about needs vs wants, trying to establish and adhere to requirements grounded in reality....I went ahead and picked up a new camera at the BestBuy store nea...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sony, Bestbuy, Dsc, Phoenix, Megapixels, Barry Goldwater, Fiona, Gila Bend, Steve Williams, Yagi, Megapixel Digital Camera, RV Trips, Sun City AZ, Indian Bread Recreation Area BLM


Cross-Country T-Dub'ing to a False Cave

 After breakfast this morning, I was walking around the outside of the URRV and happened to spot what looked like a railroad tunnel opening in the distance, high up on one of the nearby hills.Using the binoculars, it seemed to be a railroad tunnel for sure....as it didn't match the existing railroad which traverses the Barry Goldwater AF Gunnery Range I'm presently boondocking in, it was an alluring mystery.So, after gearing up, I rode Yagi the 2 miles or so across country as there was no road o...
Tags: Craigslist, Ebay, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sony, Barry Goldwater, Yagi, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Cross Country T Dub


T-Dubing about the Lake Pleasant Regional Park

 BLUF: The park is "meh" in terms of scenery, am sure it's much better when you're on a boat but that's the impression I got today.First though,  pictures of the old iPhone 6 and Sony A5000 camera as they looked when I picked them out of the ashes the day after the fire. Rode there a bit past mid-morning after a family zoom call to catch up on things back in Colorado.Temperatures were in the low to mid 60s but felt colder due to the wind chill factor while riding to/from the park.Several of t...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sony, Sun City, Martha, Angela, Yagi, Fountain Hills, Colorado Temperatures, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Dubing, Phoenix Metro Area, Lake Pleasant Regional Park, New River State Trust


Fiona is Gone

 Thursday, November 19 So, Fiona is toast.  Literally. I was riding back from taking pictures of a beautiful sunset, after a near perfect day of riding on Yagi, and about a mile away from the campsite, I heard a "pop", looked down and the left carburetor's fuel line was on fire! I immediately stopped and killed the engine, and attempted to put out the fire using dirt from the road.  Before I even the second scoop of dirt on the fire, I heard a "whomp" and the whole rig was on fire! I couldn...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Martha, Ural, Scarlett, Fiona, USAA, Shell Gas Station, Volunteer Fire Department, Yagi, Fiona Repairs, RV Trips


Light repairs, maintenance, Ospreys and fake missiles

 Still boondocking in the Block C section of the Barry Goldwater Gunnery Range and having a pretty good time with the isolation and quiet solitude.   Still lots of traffic by Border Patrol vehicles but they've become background noise to me by now. Tuesday, November 17 Rode Yagi, my TW200, to the town of Roll, AZ....Just north of the nearest town to my campsite: Tacna.  I was picking up a replacement 35 white lamp for the sidecar light on Fiona which had taken a rock and then broke...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Sunrise, Napa, Jupiter, Border Patrol, Sunset, Barry Goldwater, Fiona, Yagi, Fiona Repairs, Fiona Rides, RV Trips, Tacna, Yagi Rides, Rode Yagi


T-Dub'ing to the Betty Lee Mine and Shooting Super Stallions

 I woke near Sunrise and caught the sun as it crested the horizon: The plan today was to go nearer the Copper Mountains that are roughly 8 miles to the south and check out the Betty Lee Mine therein.The mountains themselves were OK, not much in terms of majestic scenery or such, pretty much a larger/longer version of Baker Peaks next to the campsite: From the signpost labeled F7, one takes one of the sub-trails towards the southwest and following the sign for the mine, arrives after roughly ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sunset, Uma, Fiona, Yagi, Fiona Rides, RV Trips, URRV, Yagi Rides, Betty Lee Mine, Copper Mountains


Boondocking in Block C of the Barry M. Goldwater Gunnery Range

 I displaced about 130 miles west of my campsite of the last few days, entering Block C of the same gunnery range where I'd been camping in its Area B.Block C is in the western half of the range but my permit was an all areas access permit so I was good to go after I checked in via the Luke AFB isportsman website.I'm about 2-3miles away from the small town of Tanac, AZ, south of I-8 Super Slab.  Like Area B to the east, this section of the range is open to the public and apparently little known ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Border Patrol, Sunset, Yagi, Umarang, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Barry M Goldwater Gunnery Range, Tanac AZ, TOW Missile Launcher, Border Patrol Truck


Cataloging possible campsites along the Valley of the Gods Road

 Soon after breakfast, with temperatures only in the mid-40s, I rode out on Yagi heading west on the Valley of the Gods Road to both get pics of rock formations while the sun was not too high in the sky; and to catalog possible future campsites suitable for Umarang's needs. I believe this rock formation is called DeGaulle and his followers The Lady in the Bath tub I found and catalogued in my Pocket Earth GPS App about 7 sites that should be usable by Umarang in the future...
Tags: Utah, Motorcycles, Valley, Fiona, DeGaulle, Yagi, Umarang, RV Trips, Yagi Rides


Boondocking near Cross Canyon, near the Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

 Monday, November 2Drove out of the cesspool that is the Metro Denver area at 730AM and headed south on I-25 till I reached the exit for Walsenburg, CO.From there it was US160 all the way across the bottom of the state and entering Utah at 5:30PM soon after the sun had set and twilight was gathering.  Luckily, I found myself a nice spot beforehand and managed to avoid the many deer I saw on the road there. Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day and I'm in full avoidance mode of any news thereof!) ...
Tags: Utah, Motorcycles, Metro Denver, Yagi, RV Trips, Hovenweep, Yagi Rides, Hovenweep National Monument Utah, Rode Yagi, Cross Canyon, Walsenburg CO From, Hovenweep Road


Fall Colors at the base of the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains

 A windy day but at least the morning was sunny though it would cloud up in the afternoon, making the temperatures in the 60's feel much colder than actual.I rode down to Westcliffe and then west on CR 160 which took me to the Gibson Creek Trail Head.  Near there I picked up CR 173 and after a mile or so, it got reach steep and rocky so I switched over to the "Rainbow Trail" thinking it might be better.Wrong!  It was narrower and steeper with tight switchbacks with loose soil causing me to have ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Scarlett, Swa, Sangre de Cristo, Canon City, Westcliffe, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Yagi, Fiona Rides, CO Hwy, Umarang, RV Trips, URRV, Rainbow Trail, Yagi Rides, Lake DeWeese Resort


Checking out a hilltop property near Westcliffe, CO

Main activity today, in a gloriously sunny day with temperatures in the 70s, was to see if Umarang, the URRV, was able to get up to a hilltop property, maneuver and come back down safely.  It's a pretty tight fit you see, and the listing realtor had his doubts about a 25 foot long RV fitting past the curves.The property is part of the Bull-Domingo Ranch, a name which had caught my eye as you might imagine.  The name comes from the merger of the Johnny Bull and Domingo Mines located nearby.The bl...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Uma, Ural, Scarlett, Sangre de Cristo, Westcliffe, Yagi, Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, Umarang, RV Trips, URRV, Bull Domingo Ranch, Johnny Bull and Domingo Mines, DeWeese Reservoir, Wet Mountain Valley View


A Quiet Day at the DeWeese Reservoir SWA

 Not much riding today.Pretty much just enjoyed a quiet morning at camp, watching canoes with fishermen or at least, fishing poles in them, move slowly about.  Several RVs within my line of sight but spaced out nicely and none really close to mine.   Spent most of the first half of the afternoon online perusing and discarding candidates for lands that are for sale.  Zillow is good for the initial find, but one must use tools such as google maps and valueacre.com which provides plat maps to show...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Zillow, Swa, Yagi, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, DeWeese Reservoir SWA, Lake DeWeese Resort, State Wildlife Area


Boondocking near Poncha Pass - Day 2: Fall Colors on Marshall Pass Road and within Rio Grande National Forest

 Pretty good day of riding in search of Fall Colors and finally achieving the summit of Marshall Pass after two unsuccessful attempt when there was still lots of snow on the road to the summit.Turns out, Marshall Pass Road is quite easy and even Umarang, the URRV would have had no issues achieving the summit!  Dang snow..... Not really much in the way of epic scenery from the pass summit so Yagi and I turned around and made our way down heading back the same way we came up. Here's some of...
Tags: Motorcycles, NF, Scarlett, Sangre de Cristo, Yagi, RV Trips, Poncha, Yagi Rides, Rio Grande National Forest, Marshall Pass Road, Mount Ouray Rode, Rio Grande NF


Boondocking near Poncha Pass - Day 1

 I displaced from the Penrose BLM Common Use Area this morning, and drove the URRV to another BLM area just south of Poncha Pass, which itself is south of Poncha Springs, CO.I've stayed in this area before, I think three times before if I recall correctly.  Each time, in a different spot within the dispersed camping area.  This time was no different, after doing a recce via Yagi, I got the URRV situated in a spot I'd seen before but had not had a chance to camp in.  Great 4G signal, but a bit di...
Tags: Motorcycles, BLM, Martha, Yagi, Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, RV Trips, URRV, Poncha Pass, Poncha Springs CO, Poncha, Yagi Rides, Rio Grande National Forest, Marshall Pass


Boondocking again in Penrose, CO

 Not even home a week and once again out boondocking!Martha and I are planning on looking at some land for sale in the Cañon City area again, somewhere along the CO Hwy 9 corridor north of US50 and west of the city.This time, just land, no structures to be sought but utilities like power/well/septic tank being big discriminators.  After recent experiences on public land and seeing site squatters and crowding idiots, we are thinking once again its time to explore the concept of private land.I'll ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunset, Martha, Canon City, Metro Denver, Yagi, CO Hwy, RV Trips, Penrose CO, Penrose BLM


Boondocking in Rabbit Valley - Day 3: Exploring BLM Trails

 Thursday, September 24Decided to explore some of the trails I'd spotted while riding to/from the Knowles Overlook Campground on Wednesday.  Trail #2, which I began enroute to Knowles Campground, turned out to be not much in terms of scenery.I cut back to McDonald Creek Road and instead of turning left to go to the campground, kept going straight on a road which led to a locked gate at the Utah border.  On the way to said gate, I had spotted an interesting rock formation so I turned around and p...
Tags: Utah, Motorcycles, BLM, Colorado River, Fiona, Centennial, Yagi, Kokopelli Trail, Fiona Rides, RV Trips, Rabbit Valley, Yagi Rides, Knowles Overlook Campground, Knowles Campground, McDonald Creek Road, Nice BLM


Boondocking in Rabbit Valley, CO - Day 2: Knowles Overlook

 Wednesday, September 23Two rides to the same place, one before mid-morning and one in the late afternoon.The destination was the Knowles Overlook Campground, another place that I'd missed before due to lack of signage.  Now there is signage and maps....go figure, now it's not hard to miss.First though, I went east on the Kokopelli Trail which spans a large portion of the McInnis Conservation Area, of which Rabbit Valley is a part.  The trail was pretty easy with Yagi, it would have been a bit l...
Tags: Utah, Motorcycles, Valley, Fiona, Knowles, Castle Rock, Yagi, UDF, Kokopelli Trail, Fiona Rides, RV Trips, Rabbit Valley, Yagi Rides, Knowles Overlook Campground, McInnis Conservation Area, McDonald Creek Trailhead


Back in Colorado - Rabbit Valley Boondocking

 Tuesday, September 22I left the Flaming Gorge Brinegar Crossing campsite just before 8 AM and was soon in Manila, UT.  The sunrise that greeted me this morning wasn't too shabby: I dumped tanks at the free dump site provided by the nice citizens of Manila.  It was next to the grocery store which made it convenient to get some supplies.  The grocery store is next to the gas station which made it convenient to fill the URRV gas tank up.  Almost like they thought it up that way when they put in...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunrise, BLM, Sunset, Manila, Yagi, RV Trips, Rabbit Valley, Yagi Rides, Rabbit Valley Colorado, Colorado Rabbit Valley Boondocking, Flaming Gorge Brinegar Crossing


Wyoming Boondocking - Day 26: T-Dubing around the Haystack Buttes

 Monday, Sep 21Today I rode to the nearby rock formations called Haystack Buttes.  The formations are on BLM land and the area is accessible via wire gates, with access trails leading off WY 530, so easy to spot.I started with the gate closest to the entrance to Brinegar Crossing where I'm boondocking.  At first, I wasn't very close to the buttes so I just pootled along the trail which forms a big loop to the west of the rock formations and eventually dumps you back on WY 530.Along the way, ther...
Tags: Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Motorcycles, BLM, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Yagi, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Brinegar Crossing