Rey and Ron were driving the shuttle carts. All in all a very active group of people and a joy to be with.
Back to Sundance in Casa Grande for the final week gave us an opportunity to tick off the last few items on our “To Do” list. We have a white board on the fridge door that has places for maintenance items, grocery needs and a spot for when the black tank needs emptying.
last couple of items of maintenance where “Rear tire valve”
“Check tire pressures” and “TV antenna”.
|A white board from the Dollar Store and double sided tape hangs it on the fridge door.|
My anxiety disorder plays havoc with my maintenance items. If you have never suffered with it it seems kind of weird. You get an idea, you know you can fix it. Then the anxiety thing kicks in and invents reasons why you might not be capable of doing it, or some hidden problems that might pop up and stop you finishing it.
It's like laziness, you keep putting things off. But you aren't lazy just afraid of things going wrong. I know it's happening and I have to get over it.
The best way I have found (But it doesn't work 100%) is to go lay down on the bed and meditate. I think of all the good things I've done in the past. Rebuilding engines, making a motorcycle out of a pile of parts. Then I tell myself that if I can do all of that then fixing the rear tire valve is easy. If I get into trouble I can always call the tire shop's mobile repair guy like I did last year when the Rexhall's tire inflation extenders had problems.
So all fired up I went out and tackled the job. Turned out to be a loose Schrader valve core.(http://banbrv.blogspot.com/2015/08/tires-what-rotten-trick.html)
I checked all the tire pressures, adjusted the ones that were slightly off and packed up my tools.
|This will be our new "Business Card" picture|
This year we decided that we want to watch all the Formula 1 car races. We attended the US Grand Prix in Austin TX several years ago and love the glitz and high tech aspects of the races.(https://banbrv.blogspot.com/2015/10/usgp-at-circuit-of-americas.html)
In order to watch it we need access to either DirectTV Now or ESPN2. Last year we did DirectTV Now but it didn't work well for us.
The only way to get ESPN2 is by Satellite TV so we bought a Dish TV receiver. The coach has a fancy built in satellite dish which we soon found didn't work due to it being obsolete! We bought a used fixed antenna on Craigslist. This setup worked OK until the antenna blew over in high winds at the Escapees Rally
|The "Fixed" satellite dish that had to be aligned manually each time.|
|Self aligning satellite dish on stand.|
A final game of darts and the next thing we knew we were finding places to put everything, storing the Fiesta again pending settlement of the law suit with Ford (Again) and filling the rig up with diesel.
It felt good to be setting out for the summer once more. This will be our 4th year “On the Road” the basic plan is to spend a week in Yuma then about a month in the San Diego area catching up with friends. We already have invites to a birthday party and a “Bacon Fest” with a group of friends. Add a “Shanty Shakers” breakfast and Rally for good luck and we will probably be surprised how fast the time goes by.
|Beautiful spring flowers at KOFA Yuma Arizona|
Although we don't like Interstates there is little choice going from Casa Grande to San Diego and 175 miles seemed to fly by. This is our first full year in the new Monaco Cayman rig. The big diesel in the back is so quiet. The airbags have you floating along with none of the jolting crash when you hit bad spots in the road. Instead of shouting over the gas engine at 40 mph as we climbed several steep grades, we chatted, laughed and reminisced at 55 mph on the steepest ones. I think the Monaco is growing on us. We still miss the Rexhall though, it certainly did us well for the first 3 years of our fulltime adventures.
|Our favorite spot for lunch "El Pariso" in Algadones Mexico|
In Yuma we like to stay at the Escapees KOFA park. Generally we drop in twice a year on our way to and from Casa Grande. Very reasonably priced with excellent facilities, it provides us with a base to revisit our old haunts at the Prison Hill Brewing Company, Da Boyze Pizza, Arizona Marketplace, Algadones Mexico, the Yuma Elks Lodge and several others.
|A nice big site at the KOFA RV Park Yuma.|
|A bougainvillea cover trailer in KOFA|
So stay tuned for more adventures!