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2 June…I’ve been in Maggie valley NC a couple of days now…nice to get away and ride some old familiar roads on the new bike…the thing is perfect…had a good ride on Hwy 209 today up to the tiny community of Trust for a coffee and to rock in one of the chairs on the porch…when I lived down the road a few years back I’d come here several times a week.

I’m set up (again) at my friend’s motel (Holiday Motel) in downtown Maggie. Rob and Gabi, the owners, have a big grassy field next to the motel and let me park (camp) anywhere I want anytime I’m in the area….nice folks. Gabi is also a real estate agent. I asked her to keep an eye out for a nice little patch of property I might want to buy to eventually build an off-grid tiny home here in the mountains. I love the west but really miss the roads and people around here…we will see.

The blue bag on the back of the bike holds my spare tubes and tire repair tools…the tank bag has all my makeup.

On the way up the other day my Dometic fridge took a crap…had to stop and buy a cooler and a bag of ice to keep my stuff cold…I’m not traveling with as much perishable food stuffs theses days so a medium sized cooler is working well. Instead of going through the hassle of shipping the Dometic to a service center for $150 then paying who-knows-what for the repair I’ve decided to purchase what’s considered to be the most well built, highest quality, most reliable fridge/freezer in the world….an Engel. They’ve set the standard for rugged, reliable fridges for over 50 years. Their US headquarters are in Jupiter Florida, about 3 hours from my place. I’ll drive down there next week and pick the new one up.

Engel MT45F-U1CD-P platinum series AC/DC combination Fridge/Freezer

All stainless steel construction and a swing type compressor that draws 30% less current than the Dometic I’ve been using. The unit has a three year warranty…from all the reviews, I don’t expect I’ll ever worry about the thing taking a dump.

Will be about $1,100 well spent.

Super thick insulated walls!

I can use this unit as a fridge or a fridge and freezer combination by adding the partition seen in the middle in the bottom photo…I’ll mainly use the whole compartment as a fridge but when I may want a gallon or two of butter pecan ice cream I can use about half to the compartment as a freezer…pretty slick set up.

4 June…it’s 3:46 in the morning and I’m out and about…I love walking when the air is cool and the wind is calm…not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse…I count the steps as I travel along the main road through Maggie…not a car is moving…really nice and calm…this is my favorite time of each day…I hit the rack early and rise early…usually a small cuppa…I bought a little candle the other day from a Cracker Barrel store…cinnamon scented…I like that smell…the light it gives off goes well with my coffee and mood most mornings…will get another when it’s done.

My iPhone does a nice job with very little light…this image is only illuminated by street lights.

Kinda rainy yesterday…this is what I did between naps and walks :)…just watching people’s lives go by

Nice early lunch yesterday at the Mex joint across the street with my friends Roger and his lovely wife (the Bosslady)…good conversations over some good Mexican grub…I’ve been eating the same thing at that place for almost 30 years…one beef enchilada with beans and rice…never get tired of it…it’s nice to eat at a place where the food is consistently good over the years.

The rain is supposed to be negative most of the day today so I’ll be out for another ride…the bike is running perfect and so am I.

5 June…it’s another beautiful day for a ride in the mountains 🙂

3 thoughts on “Page 31

  1. Life’s good Tim. It’s great to check in and read your updates. Beautiful new bike, you can’t beat putting around the BRP on a 250 (or 300) cc moto. I guess you are hauling the bike in the little enclosed trailer? In case you’ve never heard of them, Strapinno self retracting ratchet straps are a game changer for moto tie downs.

    Ride safe.


    1. HI Walt, yes I have a small 5×8 trailer the bike travels in…the bike is wonderful…I’ll take a look at the Strapinno straps…look interesting!


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