Friday, January 14, 2011

I Wonder... Do I Make Folks Nuts? and Other Rambling...

Some guys... you leave for six years... and when you come back you'll find exactly what you left, with only maybe a few more gray hairs... or... just a few fewer hairs...

Me? ... Not so much...

You'll still find the often grumpy, cranky, hot tempered Ol' Cowboy Biker... but... ever'thing else has an open season on it!

I'll bet both my kidneys and half my liver... that there's a lot of folks think I just have a bad case of A.D.D. ... and... maybe so they're right! But... I prefer to think I'm just a Gypsy by Natural Nature, in pretty much ever'thing I do... I'm just not comfortable, settin' up in one place day after day... or one idea for all eternity...

I'm always thinkin'; "OK... that worked pretty good... hmmmm... I wonder if it'd run just a lil' better if I tweaked on this what-cha-ma-callit?"

... and so, the consequence of me not bein' able to leave well enough alone is... I hear a lot of; " I thought you were gonna's" :o) ... well... yeah I was... but then I had an Idea! :o)

 I got to thinkin' 'bout this one more time 'cause of a comment yesterday askin' 'bout my Bike... Got to thinkin' maybe I swap ends so fast and so often, folks that miss a day or a week might could get confused. ;o)

So... here's to clear up any lil' confusion 'bout my Bike. MY BIKE, is fair and hearty, and settin' out, right beside the eagle... The Red Raider is My Motorcycle, an' always will be. Take my bike away... you might as well just plant me right then... I won't be good for anything any more...

She climbs a ramp and rides up on the truck... just too big a Lady to sit in a motorcycle carrier on the back of the fifth Wheel... at least without doing some considerable frame bracing and reworking of the carrier... her rear tire wouldn't even squeeze into the track! :o)

*How I load and Where MY Bike rides when we move camp*
 The Bike that I carried in the Motorcycle Carrier on the Tail end of the Eagle, The black bike, The V Star, Was my bike...

When I moved on to that awesome Raider Motorcycle, Heidi thought maybe she'd like to ride her own, so we kept the smaller V Star for a while... until she made the decision that she really preferred back seat on the Raider to riding solo on the black bike... so... We sold the V Star... a melancholy day... that was a great bike, with a lot of fine miles... sounds all weak kneed and soft brained to some, but I still miss that good Ol' motorcycle... but... like I said... I've got the Raider... and will 'till they put me in a box and shovel dirt in my face...

A few have wondered how the generator "sounds" sitting on the tail rack where I mounted it in the last few days... well... can I hear it? you bet. Is it "quiet"... I'd not call it quiet, that's the difference between a $400 generator and an $1800 unit... It's not quiet, but you CAN hear yourself think. You CAN carry on a conversation without shouting... 

You darn sure know the thing is running... but bad? or, nails on the chalkboard, make you wiggle and quiver obnoxious? ... It really isn't that either... The tone has a deeper note to it... not the hard, almost painful grind of a lawnmower... It's just louder than those super quiet Hondas. Life in the west.

... also, I was wondering myself what it would do, having it Bolted to the Rig... would the vibration pass on through and shake the place like we were building a martini for that Bond fella? ... Nope...

I'm sensitive to... too much noise... I like it quiet... and I can live with this... You can hear it... I can't say that I could Feel anything... as in the floor vibrating or other such insults! :o)

Now... our deal is... We have little intention of using the generator as our primary source of power. It's intended as backup to our solar system. It will allow us to utilize shady camps that are just too pretty to pass up... and.. .maintain full power in the batteries, during periods of bad/cloudy weather...

So... for a difference of $1400 bucks give or take, between our Champion RV Generator and say, an eu series Honda of similar size... and factoring in our wispy thin budget... I'll put up with the extra noise, for the time we use it... and not spend the greenbacks we don't really have anyway. :o)

Finally... a way too long a dang time since part of it departed the rig on I-25... we finally got that broken window ordered. Been runnin' around with a good Ol' Redneck, Duct Tape and foam board window cover for too long...

Funny thing too... there's two replacements listed for our fiver in the Jayco system... the "Regular/Standard" clear, is something like $700 bucks... while the "Thermopane, Tinted"... the "better quality" is just a tad over half that! ??? well, OK... I'll take the better one for a lot less money... although... $400 for one, rather small window still seems a mite excessive... I guess, when they have you captive...

It's just lucky for them even I can't stand Duct Tape windows for too long! :o)

Gonna be pullin' out for the Quartzite Desert in a few days... still have a few odds and ends of my Maintenance/Repairs/reorganization/RV Whatevers to do... so I'll go get to it...

Slowed Down on the Winter Desert
Brian

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Brian, Your storage rack looks great. Do you have a cover for all the stuff? Seems like the generator would need a cover. where do you carry fuel for the generator? How much do you carry? I am spoiled as my genny runs on diesel from my fuel tank. Do you ever expect to get east, as Texas, FL, and then up the Atlanta coast? ernie

flyfishnevada.com said...

Thanks for showing me where the bike goes!

William said...

Are you nuts? What about those of us who read your posts? Anytime a person choses the" path less traveled", who makes decisions that do not follow the "accepted norms" those on the more well traveled path and those within the "norms" might think they are nuts. ( I assume you are refering to the technical term for "bat Sh-t crazy") I am a sailor and when I read about Joshua Slocum's circumnavigation in the late 1890's I am sure many thought he was nuts. But today many follow his path. Everyone should chose their own star and follow it.

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Boxy said...

Good Job Amiego.Ya know I'm gonna steal some of your ideas. Keep the info flowin, some of us rookies out here need the help.
PS. I drove the big red Dodge today and will wheel and deal on it tomorrow. Things are comin togeather but never fast enough. I gotta get out of the frozen northland before it thaws out.

Brian said...

ernie: Covers are planned, I'll wrap the generator till then. carry 5 gal. it's in a can tucked behind the generator for travel.
one day we hope to make a circle clean to maine... had it planned a few years ago... until the economics of the world slapped us down

FFN: My pleasure!

William: Me thinks we agree :o)