Monday September 21, 2015 Columbia Creek, near Maggie’s Summit Nevada
Posted from the computer lab at Owyhee, Nevada at the Duck Valley Indian Reservation
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We were going to move camp today, so I took my boat out for a yak before putting it back on the top of the van.
Marty’s van has a serious problem
It turns out that Marty had noticed his gas line, where it was going into his carburetor was leaking at a gas station before we got to Winnemucca a couple days ago. He tightened the brass fitting up trying not to strip out the treads as that is a serious problem with these carbs, stripping out the fine treads in the input fitting. It’s a serious thing as it dumps gas all over the place and so it has to get fixed or else.
Marty felt the treads were very close to being stripped out, so didn’t want to tighten it up too much. He took it all apart and cleaned up the threads and applied what is called Rector seal or yellow snot by plumbers, to the treads and carefully tightened it up. We waited an hour before holding our breaths and starting the engine to test it out. It worked, but would it hold on all the rough roads we where going to travel?
Posting on the above the dam
We broke camp just before noon and drove up to the top of the Willow creek reservoir dam to see if his cell would work for an internet connection.
We were on the road to Maggie’s summit, but we turned off just before going up the hill at Columbia creek where I knew some sheep herders hung out with a few thousand sheep and some dogs. We saw some of the sheep as we drove in the road to our new camp.
After positioning our vans and putting out our chairs we rested up for a bit.
I said to Marty, let’s go check some of the stuff out around here.
A close encounter
As we were walking through the grasses, I spotted this bee type nest just off the ground. The last time I was here the grass was greener and I saw this and thought it was a soccer ball and was thinking of giving it a kick, but didn’t and went by to look at the stream. When I came back by it I noticed it wasn’t a ball and if I’d have kicked it, things would not have been good for me.
Back at camp we took it easy for the rest of the day.
Tomorrow we plan to try posting at the top of Maggie’s summit and then drive up to the Duck Valley Indian Reservation to gas and get some supplies and then head to our next camp up on Sunflower Flat. Getting a cell internet connection may become more difficult up in those areas, so it might be awhile before the next posting.