I was scheduled to move on from the Cedar City area today (hitting the 14day limit). So last week I asked the mail forwarder to bundle and send my mail – this would put the mail at the local USPS (general delivery) on the day of my relocation/reprovisioning. Win-win.
Normally the bundle would go out with that day’s mail, but in this case it got delayed about 1.5 days. Then USPS tracking wasn’t showing it was picked up at all.
Ju-u-u-uust off the left edge of the pic is the Rocky Peak campground where I assume the kid was from. It’s an improved campsite, which means there are trash cans, a pit latrine (BYOTP I hear), cooking rings, picnic tables, and numbered lots.
Amenities come at a price, in this case $5/night to stay on one of those lots. I think $5 is a fair price for such improvements, just not on my self-imposed budget. I am on the other side of the tracks hill where there are no amenities, no people, and no fees. I am in a dispersed campsite (boondocking spot), which is basically just a pull-off where prior campers have collected rocks for a fire ring.
The dirt two-track is rough enough that so far I have only seen ATVs, UTVs, dirtbikes and one Jeep come through. They always look a little surprised to see the Big White Rolling Barn up here. I have to go slow and pick my lines carefully. There are scratch marks in the paint all the way down both sides of the van from many such adventures. 🙂
A few times on the way up here the stiff chassis + serious trail uneveness meant only one drive wheel was touching the ground. The ABS-based traction control worked flawlessly and with no drama. It’s an elegant and inexpensive solution once the ABS is already in place.
Muffin and I were on a walk last evening and found a superior spot up the trail a bit.
further off a “main” established trail
allows me to orient the van differently — I prefer E-W orintation but I could only fit in N-S in the other spot while staying off fresh flora
tree canopies a bit higher – I was bumping into limbs before
up against a hill on the east so I’m getting usuable solar power about 45mins later (0820) than before (0745). Still achieving Vabs around the same time (1030) because of the generous paneling.
There’s also a bonus cooking rock at chest level:
Using the Coleman multifueler here because I got something physically clogged in the fuel line of the MSR dragonfly. When I tore down the pump for maintenance/troubleshooting there were bits of the pump’s red plastic collected in places. I don’t think the clog is that because there is a small filter downstream from the pump.
The fuel line is a bit annoying because the line is somehow crimped onto the burner on one end and a brass block on the other. A breakdown of a similar model suggests there may be barbs to connect replacement hose to (see below).
I have a support ticket in to MSR asking them if they sell the line. If not I’ll cut it off and roll my own with some fuel line and SS braid. I’d like a bit longer line anyhow. I’d really, really like to tear into the line now to see and measure the barbs and start planning a replacement but I’ll leave it intact until I hear back from MSR.
I wanted to leave my previous spot this morning around 9am. I was packing up when I heard Muffin losing her doggie gourd outside. A hot-air balloon had been launched across the canyon and it was giving her fits:
I stopped in Hurricane, UT on the way out and refilled with water at a Texaco. I’d recently bought a 50′ potable water hose, and it was immediately necessary. By the time I topped off with gas and went around to the water a semi had blocked the water / dump area. I parked behind him and ran the hose back to the van. Not optimal, as I couldn’t directly monitor the water level and had to stop a gallon or two short. I did fill the 5gal bladder, though, so I started the day with ~38gal. The van does settle down to a more comfortable ride when both the gas and water tanks are full.