Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time in Tucson

Today was the first road bike ride since April 10.  It's just demoralizing how fast the fitness leaves us when we're not riding.  The Loop Path is open, we can ride from the RV park's back gate and never get on the road, unless we want to.  It was 30 flat miles, and it was enough!  We had one of those weird shifting winds that seemed to always be a head wind.
The palm trees are flowering.  I did not know they did that.

All the laundry is done, finally.  Now we're starting the extremely tedious process of washing down the cabinets, vacuuming the valences and removing the accumulated dust of Kanab.  Marco is coming tomorrow morning to wash the RV.  Soon, we will be all lemon scented loveliness.
The weather has been really weird.  It's not crazy hot.  The air is still cool, and we don't yet have the sensation of sitting in an oven.  I'm certain it's coming, however.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Camp Verde to Tucson AZ

Today's drive was uneventful.  We actually had a speed limit drive through Phoenix. 
We're in Tucson for what we think will be a week. If not a week, then maybe longer.  There will be washing of the interior and washing of the exterior of the bus.  The ice maker has frozen up again (see the pun there?) so we must defrost it in the morning.  It's warm here, but not as hot as usual.  Today and tomorrow are windy, and then it will calm down.  I doubt seriously if we'll do anything blog worthy while we're here, so posting may be light.
That's it maties, that's all I've got.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kanab Utah to Camp Verde Arizona

This morning we left Kanab for Camp Verde. We went through Page and down AZ89.  This is a  giant descent south of Page.  Here is where it starts.  They blasted through the rock to make this passageway, and down you go on the side of the mountain.

Once you come around the corner you're on the section of road that was destroyed in 2013.  You can see pictures of the damage and the time line to fix it on the ADOT site.

After you get off the grade and into the flats the road surface is just abysmal.  It's nap of the earth with many short but steep dips.  It's the kind of road that can pop out a windshield on an RV with air suspension.  After Cameron, which is full of construction, the expansion joints in the road are just horrendous. In short, the road just sucks.  It sucks so badly, we're thinking next time we leave that part of Utah to go south, we may go the long way through Las Vegas so we can spend more time on freeways and no time on AZ89.
About 10 miles south of Flagstaff  on I17 is a very long grade, it's about 18 miles.  They've signed it very well.  It's also good to have the Mountain Directory West so one knows what the route will be doing.

We're staying at Distant Drums RV Park in Camp Verde.  It's a nice park.  If you reserve here, make sure you ask for a site that does not face the video billboard for the casino.  It's so annoying.

The bus ran very well today.  The engine note has changed; it's quieter and sounds smoother than it did.  Cross your fingers!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

We're Fixed!

We're fixed!  We're leaving in the morning.  See the thing with wires coming out of it?  That's the starter motor solenoid.  See the wire attached to the bulk head over on the right?  That's a new ground.  Attaching that wire allowed the RV to start.  It then took the better part of another day to figure out why the exhaust brake wouldn't work.  It was another steenking solenoid.  Very weird, I do not understand electricity.

Apparently the engine has not been a happy engine for quite some time.  The people who rebuilt the turbo said it had been very hot on several occasions prior to our ownership.  Our valves were out of adjustment as well.  We will never know why fuel injector #6 decided to die at such a young age.

We visited the baby chicks again today.  They're growing.  Soon they will be chickens.

This part of the country is curiously devoid of RV services.  If you find yourself in dire straits in the Kanab/Page/Hurricane/Virgin area, Little's Diesel Service is where you want to go.  If you have to be towed/hauled, you want Ramsey Towing to come get you.  We are so fortunate to have washed up here and not elsewhere. 
We're going back to Tucson.  We need to wash every square inch of the inside of the RV.  There will be carpet cleaning as well.  Being parked on the edge of a dirt road has left a layer of grime everywhere.  We've bailed on all of our reservations in Gunnison - it's too cold and too wet   Until the weather settles down, we do not want to be going to 8100 feet in Colorado.  I'm looking forward to a week of warm weather and no rain/hail/wind. We must replan the late May and early July - and compete with the families with ankle biters for RV park space.
This was taken last night - there was rotation in the clouds.  Creepy, just creepy.