Succeeded today in getting the exhaust manifold off! So glad! And from what I can tell, there are no sheared off bolts. Hope to remove it from the engine compartment tomorrow, clean it up & re-tap the bold holes and have it back on with a new gasket and running by this weekend!! Which will mean that I’m “back on schedule” for my departure date to head West for 9000 foot elevation!! Time to get away from this heat!!
If all goes well, I’ll be headed for AZ around the 21st of June. Back to the Alpine, AZ area. Will be in that area until early September probably. Still have not decided on where I’ll head from there! But I’ll be headed somewhere! LOL!
Made it a little over halfway on the first day! Made it to this roadside picnic table spot just after sunset. Actually ran longer than planned because 2 of the spots I was shooting for were shutdown. But it worked out ok. This one was in the middle of pasture land, had good breeze all night, cooled down nicely and was relatively quiet!
I arrived at the kids place at 1830 last night. I decided to run from Waco to here on I-35 & I-35W. That was almost a mistake! The traffic wasn’t any worse than usual. Actually, it was lighter than I expected. But it was HOT! Every time a pack of cars & trucks would catch up with me and pass me it was a lesson in how much air flow is restricted, even at 65-75mph, as vehicles travel down a road! Even at that speed I & Europa would start heating up!
I think Europa did better than I did! By the time I got here & parked I was completely drained. By the time I got thru the heat, the stress of dealing with the other “drivers” (I use that term loosely), I was exhausted!
I was shocked at how quickly I was able to unhook Sidekick, get Europa backed in and then Sidekick! It was all done & settled in under 20 minutes! I do believe that was a record!!
So I’m off the road for 21-28 days. Today I re-hydrate, relax some, start the unload (also called the purge) of stuff in Sidekick and prepare to get onto Europa’s issues. If all goes well she will be road ready in 3 weeks.
So hang in there with us as we make repairs, updates & upgrades to our mobile tiny house!!
Frog, Abbie & Snickers
Just a quick update…heading north to the DFW Metro area tomorrow! Have had all the beach fun I can take for now!
Have to get to the Metro so can do a few major repairs to Europa. Will be fixing the exhaust manifold issue on her. Also installing a new solar controller & adding another 100w solar panel. That will take our onboard solar output to 400w. And I’m considering adding another 100w in a couple of months.
Still planning out our travel itinerary for the next few months. Always keep an itinerary…it’s the schedule that is seemingly always in flux!
Be sure to check our website every so often. I’m about to add a page for offering “guided” trips. They will be set up for 2-3 RV’s and they will be “topical”! I’ll do all the planning – stop-overs, night camps, things to see & do and the cost per person.
The trips will not be to the spots that are usually inundated each “vacation season”, but to see things off the “beaten path” where crowds don’t exist! There will be nights in RV parks, nights in campgrounds and nights dispersed camping (that’s what I’ve always called dirt camping – off the grid).
Some of the trips I’m thinking about will be to “places” passed up by the pace of today. Other trips will be totally arranged around Nature. Some dealing with historical things. Some will be for “beginners” all the way up to the “old hands”! I’m even considering doing, possibly, age groups or family groups.
So, in case you haven’t, bookmark the site….
Also, hopefully soon, this old brain of mine will be able to figure out how to put a “subscribe” button on the site! If wanted, you can leave your email in a comment section so as I get my newsletter started I’ll be able to make keeping up with AYNTSI.
So hang in here with us…I hope to see some of you out here on the road soon!!
Frog, Abbie & Snickers
I spent 6 nights on the Padre Island North Beach, and it was beautiful! The dunes are amazing, the bird life is large and close, the ghost crabs will make a home right next to your chair & the deer come in close in the evenings to forage! It really was a great experience!
Now that being said, let me expand by saying when you go to a new place….beach, mountains, dessert….try to find a local that knows the area & double check what you are planning to do. LOL! AND make sure you have a weather app or radio that gives you accurate, timely conditions & upcoming conditions!
You know your day is NOT off to a good start when the first thing you see when you open the door in the morning is tide foam and your welcome mat missing!!
That being as it might have been, it is nice when you can call one of your kids….why else do we have them?!?!?!?….to ask if they and their hubby can come and bail your butt out of trouble on that lovely beach you were going to spend 12 days on!!! LOL!
And lo & behold, they show up with a TRUCK that can pull an elephant’s tusk out!!! And 30 minutes after they get there, I’m driving my “mobile tiny-home” back up the beach to solid ground!!
As I’ve mentioned in some of my posts & writings in the past….try to learn from my mistakes so you don’t end up making the same ones! I know it is so easy to learn from personal experience…but sometimes it is a lot easier on the emotions to learn from other’s mistakes!!
And after my week at the beach, it is kind of nice to be level, not dealing with the sand, spray, salt, average of 17+mph wind 24/7…LOL!…but I still long for the woods and wilderness of the dessert, and being on the back roads seeing what we have left in the dust!!!
I’ll be here another few days, and plan on driving around and seeing what else I can find that would be a good reason to come to the Corpus Christi area. OH! I do know that the USS Lexington aircraft carrier (Visit the USS Lexington) is on permanent berth here. It is something to see!!
So more to come in the next few days!! C’ya!!
Got my spot all set up yesterday evening. In a pretty good spot from what I can tell. High tide did get a little close….as in up to my tires! But Europa sat just fine, Sidekick did well also. On firm ground/sand, no sinking at all. Did put a couple of 4X4’s I found by Europa’s tires, and there was no “erosion” at all around the tires.
It has been rainy & overcast all day. In fact, under severe t’storm watches & warnings since 0800. But the worst of the storms have passed to the north of me .Corpus Christi & Port Aransas are about 21+ miles north, and they have been getting hammered!
It was hot yesterday, winds avg 11-15mph, water choppy. Today it has been cooler thanks to the rain & overcast skies. Winds here have only been averaging +/- 7mph. I’m actually enjoying the day! I’ll withhold judgement on the beach life for a few more days! But as of right now, I much prefer the overcast & rainy days!
I’ll have pictures up later, still figuring out how this is all going to work on the road!! LOL! I’m about to update my old blog, there’ll be somw pics on there for the time being!
C’ya soon! Frog
I’m currently 1.5 miles from the I-12 exit. For those that don’t know, I-12 takes you across LA north of New Orleans. Then I-10 comes back up & meets I-12 again & we continue to head west! Next is Tx & basically a straight shot along the coast to Corpus Christi! The only real “bump” along that part of this route is Houston! And it can be a really nasty bump – depending on the time of day you get there.
Before I end this post, I wanted to share a pic of Europa that my son, Joshua, took of Europa in front of his house my last night there…..
I have to give credit where credit due…Josh is good with a camera.
It’s close to time to get rolling! Check back soon for updates! There’s no telling what I’ll find out here…..
On the open roads of……
“America, You Need To See It!!”