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Old 12-12-2011, 11:05 PM   #71
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We finally made it to Alamogordo, NM today, and had a hell of a time doing so. Things started off great back in Austin, where we met up with DieselDan who had 70gal. of non-jello oil for us (which we've already burned through, thanks again!).



But Dan you jinxed us!!! Your story about your trailer breaking and sparks flying behind came back to haunt us as we crossed into Carlsbad, NM. We were about 8miles from our Walmart stop when we hit a bump and saw the sparks flying.



I'm still not sure exactly how it happened. I inspected everything the next morning and nothing was broken other than some metal scrapping and the tip of the kayak ground some. The latch still appears to be fine, nothing bent... I guess the angle of the trailer and the ball was just right.. who knows. I bought a heavy duty ratchet strap to help secure the trailer to the ball, and we drove on.. until we overheated (again) crossing the mountains just before Alamogordo. I think it was just the stress of the mountain climbing, but if we can make it to Albuquerque I think I'm going to have to get it looked at. We have a lot more mountains to cross on this journey and if there is something wrong with the radiator we need to get it fixed. Anyway, weather isnt looking to good for our white sands visit tomorrow Just have to wait for the morning and see...
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:38 AM   #72
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Re: Green Energy Project

Currently www.wunderground.com is saying...

Today: Tuesday
Mostly cloudy with rain showers. High of 61F. Winds from the NE at 5-15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 41F. Winds from the South at 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Wednesday
Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning. High of 48F. Winds from the ESE at 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy. Low of 30F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Thursday
Clear. High of 52F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Thursday Night
Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Friday
Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 46F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 36F with a windchill of 28F. Winds from the East at 10 mph.

Saturday
Overcast. High of 50F. Winds from the ESE at 10 mph.
Saturday Night
Clear in the evening, then overcast. Low of 37F. Winds from the ESE at 5 mph.

I use the "BestForecast" (Experimental) version. More accurate since it is based on the immediate local readings but varies widely & changes often (usually temps and by a couple of degrees). This is for Alamogordo as of this AM. BTW, there is water about a foot below the sand! All that sand and it is sitting on water.

Have fun! Temps start dropping again on Monday... as of this time.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:03 PM   #73
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...But Dan you jinxed us!!! Your story about your trailer breaking and sparks flying behind came back to haunt us as we crossed into Carlsbad, NM. We were about 8miles from our Walmart stop when we hit a bump and saw the sparks flying....
Noooooooooo! Not the dreaded trailer sparks!

Ah well, thank God for safety chains. Glad to hear the trailer is still hangin' together. Maybe you just need to tighten up the hitch connection? I haven't used a trailer in many years, but I think the part that locks the hitch onto the ball is adjustable, no? And you have a pin or padlock or something to lock the release lever in place, right?
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:11 PM   #74
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DieselDan- I'll take another look at the bolt under the ball socket part, it felt tight but perhaps it could be tightened further. I do have a padlock on the lock mechanism. We made it to Albuquerque without further incident so the ratchet strap may be helping as well.

The white sands was really a site to see. It rained off and on while we were there, stopping long enough for a rainbow to poke through the clouds at one point. We are definitely going to have to come back when its warmer and camp for a night here.





Thanks to Lornaschinske's suggestion we stopped at the Valley of Fires on 385 as well. There was a light but steady rain during our visit, but it was amazing how vast the lava flow was.





We are now in Albuquerque visiting with a friend. It's verrrry cold, 40s/20s everyday this week. Unless we find a local veg. supply or a biodiesel place near by, we're going to have to stay here until we raise the $400+ to pay for diesel to get us to San Diego because its too cold to filter any. I have some mural jobs lined up but we'll see if they follow through.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:21 PM   #75
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Angie's mom and sister flew out and met us Friday in Albuquerque and we went to the Grand Canyon for the weekend. Very cold time to visit but it was beautiful. Now back to finding money to move somewhere warmer.... If anyone knows someone in San Diego or southern CA who might be interested in helping out a pair of amateur traveling filmmakers with a place to park their bus let us know! We're hoping to ride out the rest of the winter/early spring there but it doesn't have to be that long term.




We saw lots of elk, mule deer, and a few coyote but no mountain lions or bobcats one day...
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:38 PM   #76
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Yummy! Venison!

Want to lots of wildlife? Go up to PieTown and make sure you lock everything (foodwise) up. The 4 legged critter are rampant!

You could go out to Quartzsite or the Slabs. Go To SKP forum and search for Quartzsite and Slabs or Slab City. Quartzsite seems to be more popular and safer. It is a combinations of two or three BLM LTVA. I've heard everyone needs to do Quartzsite at least once. We may, we may not. I do have other places to see while still out here (like the Grand Canyon among others)

If you go to the Slabs, bear in mind that it has gotten a little rougher. You may want to keep your "stuff" locked up and keep a gun handy. Slab City info they do have a solar powered internet cafe

This is dispersed camping at Quartzsite....

http://www.planetizen.com/node/43369


RV show http://www.roadtripamerica.com/rv/Quartzsite.htm
http://www.quartzsitervshow.com/

BLM website
Boondocking guides has info on BLM boondocking

boondocking website that may interest you
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:18 AM   #77
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Big Easy now in matchbox size!
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:08 PM   #78
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:41 PM   #79
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Ever since I watched 'Into the Wild' Slab City has been on my list of places to visit, we will definitely try to make it there at some point. We have just arrived in Phoenix, AZ today. Not much else to report, had to replace a headlight but otherwise smooth (and slow) sailing. I'll be trying to renew my license here tomorrow, as mine expires on my birthday at the end of the month. Hopefully I can pass whatever test I might need to take, and AZ licenses are valid for 25years!! Thats amazing compared to VA (5 years ) Before we left Albuquerque we visited the hot springs @ Ojo Caliente which were fabulous..



We will be here for the next 2-3 weeks while we continue to look for someone to stay with in CA. If you know anyone send us a message! Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:25 PM   #80
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Thanks for the offer! We wont be headed back that way until summer but we appreciate it
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