Hard to believe I have already been here in Bend for more than three weeks. I actually have less than a week before I start my Southward travel. Other than being in San Diego, this is the first time I have actually picked one city and spent an entire month. Bend is an incredible place to stay, there is so much to do. October is really considered out of season, as evidenced by the rate here at Crown Villa RV Resort being less than half of the peak season rate. This is really the first time I have stayed in such fancy place. All the sites are huge and you
actually park on paver bricks. Each site has a block storage unit large enough for bikes and about anything else you may have. All the connections are also placed behind a nice block wall as well. They pick up trash and recycling from the sites each day and keep the place up perfectly. If there is any downside, it is that I am not able to get satellite reception from my site (first world problems). But, they do have cable with a ton of channels so it has not really been a big deal, other than really missing my DVR for pausing.
I’ve had the chance to spend time with friends, both old and new. Several other fulltime travelers are actually choosing to settle down for a while in Bend. Easy to see why, the vibe here is amazing. With my friends Dave and Shannon of 2Wanderaway having Bend as their home base I was able to overlap for a few weeks with them. Having lived in Bend for many years, they have been an amazing resource for feeling like a local. They filled me in on all the locals nights and best places to eat. Within a couple days I already felt like I had been here for weeks. It is cool to get to know a town a little more in depth by spending an extended period of time. I can pretty much get around anywhere (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Well I’v managed to do it again, a HUGE break in between posts to the blog. My last entry had me sending my sister Kim back off to Boston after spending time with me in Colorado. That was way back on August 30! I cannot believe
how time has flown by. Leaving Colorado I spent a couple weeks in Wyoming. I made a couple day stop in Lander, WY, where I stayed the Lander City Park. They actually allow RVers to stay up to three nights for free at the park. My spot was amazing, right on the river and only a few feet from the bike path to town. I put a ton of miles on the bike just running around and exploring town. Lander Brewing Company had some great beers and I meet a couple of great locals there as well and chatted it up for a few hours! I really enjoyed the town and actually wish I could have stayed longer, but I adhered to the three day limit. In the words of Arnold, “I’ll be back”. The next week plus I spend based out of Curt Gowdy State Park a few miles west of Cheyenne. I’ve stayed in this park before and love it. I snagged a secluded spot elevated up above the lake with a sweet view. I spend the entire time riding the mountain bike and Jeeping. The MTB trails at Curt Gowdy are way cool, I think I rode most of them several times. I took the Jeep out (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
When my sister Kim asked me a few months ago if she could come out and join me for a couple of weeks on the road I was super excited. I think it’s fun to share this lifestyle with other people and this is the first time for a family member! I did things a little differently than usual, I decided to actually make…dare I say it…
plans. Wondering around with no real plan is not a good way to use up someones vacation, at least that’s what I was thinking. So, back when we decided on some dates, I set out to figure out just what we would do. We only had ten days, so I tried to pack in all different types of experiences. She would be flying into Denver, so that would be the starting point.
Denver…I wonder how we should start? I had just the thing, I setup a tour at Earthroamer! I mean, how can a person come to Denver and not go there….or is that just me? We meet up with my friend Allison who lives in Denver to visit the factory with us. Great tour (as usual, Annie the sales manager may have recognized me from prior visits), but I still am having a hard time convincing my sister that the Earthroamer is the best future living accommodations for me. The three of us talked about it over some beers at Industrial Revolution Brewery. Oh, did I forgot to mention my sister also is a craft beer fan? Terrible, I guess we will have to add in some beer exploring as well. In Denver we also hit up Great Divide Brewing, had to have me a fresh Yeti! (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
After my time in Crested Butte I moved on to Breckenridge. Having never been to the area, I was really just expecting sort of a “touristy” place and not much else. Wow was I surprised. My original plan was to hang out at the Prospector Campground above the Dillon Reservoir for a week and figured I would be ready to move on
by then. Turns out there is TONS to do in this area. The Jeep trails around here are incredible. I think I ended up with more that 250 miles of 4wheeling in the area. There were incredible passes such as Webster, Mosquito and Deer Creek just to name a few of my favorites. The views and scenery were insane. I believed the area around Telluride was the best I had seen, but this place may be even better. Not only was the scenery awesome, many of the trails are actually semi challenging, unlike all those around the (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
My next stop was boondocking in Crested Butte Colorado. Even with all the traveling I have done around Colorado, I’ve never been to CB. As with many other small town in Colorado, I had high expectations. I was certainly not disappointed. For starters, the spot where I camped was amazing. I was out in Washington Gulch, only five miles from town. The wildflowers were blooming everywhere and there were views in every
direction. And to make my two weeks here even better, I was meeting up with several friends. Dave and Shannon had arrived the day before me and Jase and Lauri has already been in the spot for a week or so. The spot that Dave picked out took us down a little bit of a precarious road. It was not all that steep, but it had some pretty deep ruts that went across at an angle as well some fairly off camber spots. The Seneca handled it with flying colors, although I’m pretty sure the twisting did not do it any good. I gave the rig a good once over for anything loose as a result. Dave made it his mission for the next few days to collect rocks and create a bridge thru the ruts to make the exit easier. His work was quite impressive!
One thing I had to take care of right when I arrived was a problem with my supplemental braking system for the Jeep. I use the ReadyBrake system, actually have had it for more than five years and it has worked flawlessly. I love that it is totally mechanical. It has close to three years of fulltime
travel on it now, and I started to notice that is was getting pretty sloppy. Well, when I stopped to fuel up in Montrose I noticed it was beyond loose, it actually had become bent! And not just a little bend, it was pretty extreme. Once I setup in Crested Butte I took the tow bar system apart and was shocked at just how damaged it was. I contacted ReadyBrake and explained the situation. They agreed to make repairs or replace it under (more…)by Kurt Kuhl