Off On An Adventure But My Traveling Buddy Aborts, Darn

Monday July 16, 2018 Highway 95 camp Nevada

We get a good start, but

I met Marty at his house this morning and we took off east headed for Nevada’s North East.

We were into the trip about an hour or so when I got a call on the radio saying something about pulling over, so we did at the first opportunity.

Bad news

He said his van’s engine was stumbling a lot coming down into the valley. We talked a a bit about it and we concluded it would be a good idea for him to abort this trip as it was a long way over there where we were headed. He’s been having an on going problem with this and hasn’t been able to pin down what the problem is.

I was sorry to see him leave but not likely as sorry as he was as he likes to go on adventures. We used to go on a lot of adventures together as we worked next to each other when we worked at HP.

We said our goodbyes and disappointments and he was off headed for home.vans


Trying some new shortcuts

I continued on taking some shortcuts east that I’ve never been on. I was mostly following a track I put on my GPS, but it was making some mistakes like trying to get over highway 5 when there wasn’t a way, so I had to up to Williams about a mile and cross and then hit my shortcut which would bypass Colusa. That road turned to gravel with a bit of wash board and one might think it wasn’t worth taking, but it saves a lot of miles staying out of Colusa which is north of here.

The next shortcut I wanted to do was bypass Yuba city and Marysville as a bunch of highways come together there at the bridge.

I had to maneuver a bit on roads, but the traffic was light and it was pretty easy so I’d try it again. the GPS did a good job on this part.

Big Gate

Next I wanted to go check out the Yuba gold placer area just outside of Marysville, but the road my GPS showed to get there from the south had a big gate across it and was private so that didn’t happen.

Van still runs too hot

It’s a hot day and I was hoping my van’s engine heating problem would be better after I added an external cooler. It might be a little but it’s still running pretty hot, but it didn’t boil over anyway.

So I wanted to stop to let the engine cool so I could check the coolant level and in general check out all the cooling stuff.

So I found a place on Caulk Buff road and pulled off and had some lunch to let the engine cool down.chalk


Everything  looked ok and the coolant level was right up to the top so everything was working as good as it could.

Just need to slow down

On highway 80 east the speed limit is 80 and I was doing about 75  and the temp gauge was running high. I finally got behind a guy pulling a trailer going just over 55 so I stayed behind him which helped keep the temp down some.

Tonight’s camp spot

I made it to my camp where highway 95 comes into highway 80. I’m on the north side and drive out the power pole maintenance road about a half mile or so and camp.

Here’s the power pole road I drive out.road


I parked in my spot and opened all the van’s doors so the big pile of metal can cool off.

Trains not running

I noticed these guys working out in the valley. It looks like a bridge is being repaired for the trains. It’s a main track east west and must be down as I haven’t seen any trains go


Just before dark I took a little walk around the camp area. Here’s my camp for the


This camp is really a great camp mostly because it means I’m out of the fast civilized world and can relax now with only a little more highway 80 to drive but it’s pretty wide open.

I saw these lights come on down where the guys are working so they must be going to work all night. Got to get those trains back on schedule.night


So tomorrow I’ll head for Winnemucca and gas up and then back on 80 a short distance to Golconda and on to the Midas Tuscarora road headed North East.

I’ll post this blog in Winnemucca and then it might be a bit before you hear from me again.

That’s it for another day.

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Peeps, a Motorcycle Ride and Finishing Prepping the Van For a Desert Trip

Sunday July 15, 2018 Guerneville CA.

Testing how much the chicks eat

Last night I emptied the black feeder as I wanted to see how much feed the chicks consume in a day. Turns out they only lowered the white pipe six or seven inches which means I have plenty of feed to tide things over while I’m on this trip.chicks


I’m going to putter today

This was a puttering type day as all I really had to do was finish getting the van loaded up for this trip to the desert and I didn’t have too much of that to do either. So it was mostly a sit around day. All my other projects are mostly completed so there was no need to deal with any of that stuff either.

Motorcycle ride to check the water level

In the afternoon I decided to charge my brother’s motorcycle battery and also check the water tanks to see how full they were.

Here’s our water tanks and they are full of water, to the top.tanks


I rode the bike up the hill to the ridge top and had a nice break here for a


Of course there’s always the view of the town of Guerneville down there.guerneville


As the day cooled I got to work

Once I returned home I sat around some more waiting for the sun to start down. Once it was down a bit I loaded my kayak and paddles and stuff for the boat and since the van was cooled down I loaded some more food stuff and some shirts. I never know what I might need in shirts so I always end up with way more of them than I need, but at least they are light and store easily.

Here’s the loaded van almost ready to go.van


It mostly just needs the cold stuff loaded which I will do in the morning.

That was pretty much my day for a lazy one.

Off to the desert

Marty and I will be leaving tomorrow morning for the north eastern part of Nevada and south Idaho. We’ll be near the Duck Valley Indian Reservation and the Jarbidge area and internet might be a bit shaky but I’ll post when I can.

Nice day.

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