6 Jan, 2020…And speaking of showers, I drove into Quartzsite this morning to the Main Street Laundromat and showers, 205 East Main Street. Wonderfull place to grab a clean hot shower while your clothes are washing. A shower will cost you $8…wash cloth and towel included. No time limit. The water is nice and soft giving my skin a healthy glow 🙂
All of you know when I get the hankering for something that drags my body through the air fast (or slow) I usually buy it. I LOVE motorcycling…the thrill, relaxation, being in control. I got a call from the guys at RC Hill Powersports in DeLand Fl. They asked “would you like a new Honda 250 Rally for $3995”. Holy Moly yup! I loaded up the van, drove back across the country from Utah and picked up the little beauty. I traveled all over the US, Canada, and Alaska a few years ago on my WR250R Yamadama…best ride I ever did. Regreted selling it a few years ago. So…I couldn’t wait to get back on a 250!
And…I got a new buggy!
I’m spending a lot of time out in Utah. There are places off road in the mountains I want to see but I’d never be able to get to on the bike…too technical, steep, rocky….I’m usually am alone so safety is a concern. Scott (the owner of 3 Step Hideaway) took me for a ride in his Yamaha racing side by side buggy…scared the hell out of me…he is fast!
Needless to say I got the bug (gy)! Called the Honda dealer in Grand Junction and told them I wanted one of the new Honda Talon side by sides. I settled on the blue 1000X version. I didn’t need the more racier 1000R version as I wanted mine for exploring and not going real fast. It’s a beauty!
The thing has a little over a hundred horsepower but most importantly has around a hundred pound feet of torque from it’s 1000cc parallel twin engine. There are no belts to melt and break like other SXS’s. Honda sends power to the wheels through proper drive shafts. The transmission is the Dual Clutch version with paddle shifters on the steering column and I have 12 speeds with the dual range tranny. Lots and lots of fun!!!
6 Jan, 2020…Anyway, got back from town and it was lunchtime. I love one pot meals. A little of this….
a little of that….
A little moo juice and I’m good to go…easy….just like me 🙂
Because you asked here’s the rundown on my shower system in the van. The shower head hangs on a bracket made to hold a guitar on a wall….again a simple solution. The hose is reinforced silicone that never gets stiff in cold weather. The hose is connected to a separate water pump that pulls water from the onboard tank, up through the 4 gallon Bosch water heater. The switch to turn on the pump and the shower is seen under where the hose comes out of the van. I get wet, turn off the pump, lather up, then turn the water back on to rinse. I stand on a bamboo pad I got off Amazon. If I shower when other folks are around I put on one sock and all is well….
A standard shower curtain doesn’t really fit between the rear doors of the van that well for showering. Not a problem when there’s no one around though. Several folks camping around me have portable shower enclosures. They look like a great solution to my small problem. Looks like this one has great reviews. It also includes the girl!
I love life on the road…new places…new friends…new thoughts and scents. Waking to a new sunrise each morning and heading off to sleep with another beautiful sunset. You get into a rhythm. Each morning is the same, but different. You’re always juggling food, water, finding good internet, keeping yourself and the van clean and in order. I can sit on the couch and look at the mountains for hours. The high desert is intoxicating. Rough but easy to look at. Just like me I guess.
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