I haven’t posted in quite a while.. Getting ready has had some incredible challenges… I’ve been traveling at a furious pace for a little more than 2 weeks…
I’ve seen a bunch of my friends but every place has been a working stop.
I left Maryland in a dash.. I got really sick with a bone aching fever and a head full of boogers.. I hardly ever get sick… the day I started feeling human again, the snow and ice started.. The town was shut down and my plans for a yellow fever shot and welding racks for my bike were buried in 8 inches of snow. I felt strained by the long delay.
Finally, the sun came out for a couple hours.. It softened the thick layer of ice and snow that had settled on my camper. I frantically shoveled it all off the top.. but not before I put a leg through my skylight.. I couldn’t see the bump that should have been there, the snow was so deep.
I said a too-quick goodbye to my sweetheart and made a mad dash for the road. I was behind my timeline by about a week.
I would have left my camper right there in Maryland but I wasn’t sure how good I had really winterized the camper.
I stopped in North Atlanta where a good friend from the Navy lives.. he graciously let me use his warehouse to put my racks together.. another friend from San Diego texted me and said she was nearby.. traveling. She’s a welder by trade and taught me some handy lessons.. It was an awesome move because my welding skills are frankly… poor.
Next, I dropped my camper at another friends place in Atlanta..
The racks were almost done but my tank bags had been shipped to the wrong address. I forwarded them to another friend in California.
I loaded the bike in the truck and headed West. I stopped in Dallas for a few hours of rest and then again in frigid 16 F degree Gallup.
After a quick stop in Flagstaff, and again in Las Vegas with a lucky appointment for my Yellow fever shot, I made it to Tecopa Hot Springs late that night. My friend there has an amazing talent for.. everything!
He took me for a spectacular flight on his trike.. and helped me fix/finish the racks…
also, gave me a dirt riding lesson.. Sorry I dont have pictures of the wreck. I took a header.. it was a good lesson!
I had a really delightful small camper all to myself for two relaxing and fun days..
Just before I left, Jim and Laura prepared an amazing lunch! That’s Desert style living.
Pasta with olives and excpetional grilled chicken
In San Diego, I met a couple friends and family for some Paraglider maintenance, (reserve repack) paperwork (made copies of all my documents), a spare clutch cable and to replace my clutch. I didn’t do my clutch though because when I rolled it up in my friends garage, I noticed it might be good for a little flight… And it was.. I got an hour of airtime before the wind direction switched and I had to land on the beach. It felt glorious.
I’ve departed CA now. I’ve camped in two places.. Once near Yuma
and again in Oatman where I saw my old friend(s).
Hammock with bug net
His Rig… and medicine wheel
Cooking inside the Van!!
Dakotah in full Winter regalia
Closest I could get reception to order spare parts and Facebook
The ridge looks a bit smaller with Panorama.
Right after I left California, I discovered that my water pump seals were leaking. The bike is still running strong, but eventually it will quit.
Dec 23rd.. I had the seals overnighted to a place in Phoenix.
It’s later. Dec 24. The seals didn’t make it. I Facebooked that I was stuck in Phoenix and the Paragliding family came through again. A casual friend called and offered her familys house as a crash pad.. I was still convinced the part would arrive on Christmas eve, so monitored the phone constantly.. By 9:00, I knew I was going to be waiting until Thursday sometime. We had tacos and Margaritas and laughed a lot at… I cant remember at what.
Not my flight, but so fun to watch!!
My Phoenix Heroes!! Glorious Christmas hike!!
Old route.. not possible. No tickets left on Ferry to Mazatlan.
It was wonderful not to be stuck in a hotel room with the TV for company. I stayed 2 nights with my amazing and generous hosts. I bailed out today. I’m catching up with you now at a Starbucks in Scottsdale hoping for a phone call with my parts…Soon. I’m about to find a hotel next to an auto parts place.. I’ll do the repair in the parking lot so I can be close enough to a quick rescue. HOPEFULLY, I’ll leave the country early tomorrow morning.
I am blessed with so many wonderful people surrounding me… Everywhere. This has been the real grace of an itinerant lifestyle.
Special thanks to David B who has been a very surprising and warm welcome for continued support!!