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Dragoon Mountains, days 2 and 3

 Tuesday, March 2Although the temperature would rise to the mid-60s, there was enough wind to make it feel colder. Just before sunrise I ended up spending the morning reading inside the URRV, the book was riveting and the inside of the URRV was warm in the sun.Around 3:30 PM, I decided to take a drive with Mariko due to the continuing cold winds.  I didn't get very far, I started smelling coolant.  Checked the engine compartment, nothing.  Kept driving and the coolant smell got stronger.  This...
Tags: Walmart, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sunset, Benson, Suzuki, Sierra Vista, Yagi, Mariko, RV Trips, URRV, Dragoon Mountains, Yagi Rides, Mariko Repairs, Pearce AZ


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


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


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


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


T-Dub'ing around the BLM areas north of Truth or Consequences

 Properly layered this time, I set about exploring the BLM areas to the North and Northwest of my campsite, trying to find campsites for future trips in case the preferred sites are occupied.Didn't have much luck finding anything but just one night spots that the URRV could access easily.  I returned to the campsite for lunch and then rode south to explore the BLM areas closer to the Elephant Butte State Park. I'm thinking the rightmost formation is Elephant Butte but not sure Can you se...
Tags: Google, Motorcycles, New Mexico, BLM, Sunset, Northwest, NW, Cibola National Forest, RV Trips, Yagi Rides


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


Hanging out in the Indian Bread BLM Recreation Area

 Sunny but cool today, I don't think the temperature reached 60°F (15.5°C) which was the forecasted high.The sunrise was meh but it was a good opportunity to test the new camera's capabilities in low light conditions.  Some post-processing was again involved. I was using f8 to achieve the sunburst when the sun broke past the small hilltop to the east of my campsite.  Not bad. I did get some Cactus Wrens wandering near the URRV and it was a good chance to use the zoom capabilities o...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, TX, RV Trips, Yagi Rides


Birds, Bugs and Bushings

 A pretty quiet day here in the desert.  Some Gambel's Quails came by to check out the URRV but did not tarry.  Sorry but the camera in my Pixel 4a, as with most camera phones, is lacking when it comes to zoom function.  The below pic is shot at 2X zoom, I think its optical, but not sure. As to bugs, there have been very few flies this time around, probably the cool temperatures at night killing off any remaining flies from summer/fall.  There are however, enough black beetles crawling around, ...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Fiona, Gambel, Fiona Misc, RV Trips, Yagi Rides


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


Boondocking again in Area B of the Barry Goldwater AF Gunnery Range

 Spent the last few days with my FIL in Phoenix, AZ....parking the URRV in his complex's parking lot.  There was another RV parked a few slots over after one day; and they even deployed their slideouts!Thanksgiving was at a very small gathering in Fountain Hills, AZ.  Friends of the family comprised four of the six members of the gathering, yours truly and my FIL completing the sixpack. Friday through Sunday of the week were spent hanging out at my FIL's place, me perusing online sources for po...
Tags: Ebay, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sony, Sunset, Barry Goldwater, Fiona, Phoenix AZ, FIL, Fountain Hills AZ, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Gila Bend Martha


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


Boondocking near New River, AZ

 Spent three days at my FIL's place in Sun City, working on the paperwork related to Fiona's insurance claim, the camera insurance claim and just trying to get my mind straight on this event.Spent some time as well trying to clean up the tools I managed to recover from among the ashes in Fiona's trunk where I carried the tool cases.  Most likely will end up buying new versions of most of them I think.As if to memorialize Fiona, the sunsets for visible from Sun City were pretty good:Saturday, Nov...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Walmart, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sun City, Youtube Music, Tcl, Fiona, FIL, Lake Pleasant, Phoenix Metro, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, New River AZ, Verizon Tech Support


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


Hanging out in Area B of the Barry Goldwater AF Gunnery Range

 Wednesday, November 11: Veterans DaySpent the day relaxing close to the campsite for the most part, did a lot of nothing surrounded by quiet solitude with the occasional road noise from US Highway 85 in the background.The temperatures got into the high 60s so it was not bad at all, just sitting outside, reading my e-books and drinking a beverage.Thursday, November 12Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Martha and I being married.  Truly the woman should be sainted for putting up with me for all ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Napa, BLM, Sunset, Barry Goldwater, Martha, Fiona, Ajo, Fiona Rides, RV Trips, Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge, Yagi Rides, US Highway 85, Fort Huachuaca AZ


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


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 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


Wyoming Boondocking - Day 25: West Firehole Canyon, Blacks Fork River and other rock formations

 Sunday, September 20A sunny day today, a bit cool until about 3 PM as the temperature was not forecasted to be higher than yesterday.  But the sunshine made all the difference!Soon as it hit 50°F (10°C) I hit the road on Yagi heading towards that promising looking trail I'd spotted the day before.  It seemed to lead straight into the gap created by the west portion of Firehole Canyon and this time I had the right motorcycle for the job!It was 23 miles from camp to the entrance to Lost Dog Road ...
Tags: Wyoming, Motorcycles, BLM, Yagi, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Firehole Canyon, West Firehole Canyon Blacks Fork River, Lost Dog Road, Brinegar Crossing


Wyoming Boondocking - Day 24: Cloudy and Windy Day

 As forecasted, the weather dawned cloudy and would transform to pretty much solid overcast by 11 AM.Sunrise was "meh" but it did light up the Haystack Buttes to the west somewhat: On a happy note: Shithead Encroacher left the area this morning as I sat outside enjoying a cup of coffee.  Good Riddance! Spent the morning doing my first MPC: Motorized Police Call.  No, I didn't call for some motorcops...police call is what the Army calls it when they have the troops "police up" or basic...
Tags: Wyoming, Motorcycles, Army, Honda, Harley Davidson, Green River, Yagi, RV Trips, Yagi Rides, Yagi Repairs, Wind River Canyon, Shithead Encroacher