Today is my last day in Phoenix, I hook up the Jeep and head towards Quartzite tomorrow morning. John and I wrapped all the projects on his RV and I managed to check everything off my list as well. Hard to believe I’ll
have been here nearly six weeks, the time has flown by. It’s been so nice to catch back up with family and friends, but I definitely feel the pull to get moving again. I’ll be boondocking for probably the next five weeks so today will be stock up day. I was able to get in one more Jeep trip this past weekend. The setup is working great and it is going to add a whole new dimension to my travels. Mixing in the excursions out in the Interceptor (my corny Jeep name to go along with the Black Pearl) will be exciting. Hopefully, the mud dries up from the rain last night here at my moochdocking spot before I set the wheels in motions tomorrow!
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
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
My time at the cabin in Forest Lakes was very relaxing. I had a good solid two weeks and it went by quickly. I handled some RV projects, including the installation of my hot water recirculation system. I made a video on that install that I embedded below. I also build a storage box system in the Rubicon, completed a video
on that project as well. I managed to get the cabin all cleaned up and organized my little storage room and garage. Beyond that, it was really a lot of just working and relaxing. I did have my friend Joe come up with his son and a friend for a weekend. Been more than a year since we had a chance to catch up. We our course played a ton of darts, enjoyed some beer, went hiking at the lake and just generally enjoyed the cool mountain air. It was great to get caught up. I closed up the cabin for the extended period I will be gone and pointed the RV back towards Flagstaff.
I scheduled to arrive a couple of days before the Made in the Shade Beer Festival. As I believed I mentioned previously, it has been four years since I have attended this event. While we lived in Arizona it was an annual trip for many many years. My cousin and other friends would be making there way up to Flagstaff on Friday in their fifth wheel for the weekend. My great friend Allen also decided to make his way up from Prescott to join in the fun and hang with me in the Seneca. As an added surprise for everyone, my oldest son Matthew was given a weekend off from the Army in Georgia and he also came up and joined us! It was almost like old (more…)by Kurt Kuhl
Our journey in Michigan took us into the upper peninsula to the town of Wells. Just outside Escanaba, Wells is located near the shores of Lake Michigan on the southern portion of the UP. Toni’s dad lives here and was kind
enough to allow us to driveway surf for a few weeks. The spot was perfect, complete with an electrical hokup. I attempted to earn our keep helping out with some work around their house. They are in the midst of a full basement remodel. There was some electrical work to be done, which happens to be my specialty. It was only a small list of desires for electrical work, but I turned it into quite a bit more. As usual for this type of project, whoever started it before they purchased the house had no idea how to properly do electrical work. It was quite the system of junction boxes and a maze a wiring. After some thought, we basically decided to just redo the entire thing. Thus began a couple days of electrical work that ended in a correctly wired and functional (more…)by Kurt Kuhl