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LouP407
Colorado
I enjoy exploring the West via dirt roads and back roads.
Interests: Overlanding,Flyfishing, drawing, reading, hiking, cyclocross
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Like many people, we went to Wyoming to watch the eclipse. Unlike many people, we left early in order to avoid the rush and ensure we had a decent site. Earthroamer staff had scouted out a site in advance and invited owners to join them. We arrived at our location... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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July wound up being..not what we planned. We had visions of enjoying cooler high-altitude air in the San Juan mountains and/or the BigHorns. Instead...we didn't. Fourth of July weekend was spent nursing Gus on a 12 hour round-trip tour of Colorado..mostly at slow speeds. Getting Gus fixed took a couple... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
We try to plan around holiday weekends. We've had the best experiences, and the worst. One Fourth of July we hiked to Sky Pond in RMNP and caught trout until we realized it was dark. A glance at my watch said 1400. A glance at the sky said "Oh shit!".... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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We are often asked how we stay in touch while on the road. Especially as I'm still working, and need to be able to send/receive emails and other files, staying on the grid is important. Many use mobile hotspots or use a similar service with their phone. All of our... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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Over the years, we've gone to several Overland Expos, at three different venues. Our early visits were in the name of research. The first was spent trying to find a trailer that would work for us. We wound up with an Adventure Trailer Horizon, which we happily pulled behind the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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Friday, the moving truck hauled all of our stuff over the hill from the Front Range and deposited the contents of our storage unit into our house in Fruita. We spent most of the weekend unpacking the essentials, so we could function in the house while we are here. Now,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
Thanks, Brandon! I look forward to taking you up on that invite soon.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2017 on The Joys of Moochdocking at OnlyDirtRoads
Cliff, we have a Cradlepoint in the ER, which has been a big help in staying connected.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2017 on The Joys of Moochdocking at OnlyDirtRoads
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A funny thing happened on the way to nowhere. The rationale (not that we needed one) for our nomadic life was to research and find our next home. We had a list of desired attributes and a short list of candidates for a new hometown. We were open to some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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Over the last couple of weeks, we have been working and getting some stuff lined up for the future. We got an email from a friend inviting us to join he and his wife and son to a visit to Beef Basin. Just south of Canyonlands, Beef Basin is a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
Boondocking is a term used by RVers, when they camp someplace free and not in an RV park or campground. Those of you who camp in BLM land or off Forest Service roads have seen those slightly out of place 40 foot motor homes (usually with a generator running). Moochdocking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
We haven't been plugged into a wall socket for weeks, which is a refreshing change. Of course, for the first few weeks, we've been in nothing but sunshine. Even our old panels would have done the job, although they rarely would have been able to recharge our batteries to 100%... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
When we first bought Gus, we quickly discovered we were on the wrong end of a big learning curve. A truck like #80 has many systems to learn, and most of them have a quirk or two. For instance, the diesel stove works great, but it starts up slowly. If... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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It's been 6 months since we went on the road. I'll spare you the details of how many miles we've driven, how many driveways in which we've mooch-docked, and how many tacos we've eaten. The main thing we've learned is: This life works really well for us. Despite constant rain... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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We drove over to the Desert Rendezvous on Friday morning, an easy drive from downtown Borrego Springs. We drove past more of the big steel sculptures in the southern part of Galetta Meadows. There was an entire herd of horses, made in rusty steel, which spanned both sides of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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It's early February and you can see the days getting longer. Now that we are out of the rain and back in sunshine, this bodes well for producing electricity from the solar panels. This has not been the norm for the last several weeks. Short days, cold weather, and cloudy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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I've lost track of how many times we've had to pack up the truck and relocate it far away from trees that might possibly blow onto us. Yes, I can be kind of a worrier about this sort of thing. However, only a couple of weeks ago, I moved the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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Thursday night, we left Goleta, where we'd been parked for a while while I worked with my client. It was a productive time for both myself and Nancy. Our plan was to move slightly up the road to El Capitan State Park. It's not far north, and the campsite is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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We've been in CA for a month, but until a week ago, we were seeing California, the desert. We visited all of the major desert ecosystems in a couple of weeks: Sonoran, Colorado, Mojave, and Great Basin. It is particularly interesting to see the desert when it rains, as you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
As you might imagine, with a truck like ours, we feel like slackers when staying in a campground. We don't need water, or electricity, or a bathroom...until we do. The last month has been cloudy and rainy, which is not particularly conducive to creating electricity with our solar panels. And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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It seems only appropriate that, on the first day of 2017 we were driving along the old Highway 66 just east of the ghost town of Amboy and we came across a pair of marble lions (also known as "foo dogs" keeping watch over the Mojave. They were about a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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We are beginning to feel like we ought to start a drought-busting business, everywhere we go, it rains. Arizona desert: rain. Utah desert: rain. California desert: rain. Even Death Valley: more rain. Happily, we co-exist pretty well in our little truck, although all of these cold and rainy days has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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Today was sunny and cool as we exited the south end of DEVA and headed back into the Mojave Desert. A quick stop for alien beef jerky ( no probes involved) and a few phone calls before finding a place to stop for the night. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at OnlyDirtRoads
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It seems like we just got here, but our days in Death Valley are coming to an end, I think. Our favorite back country camping places have been wiped out by recent floods, and even some of the highlights we wanted to see, like Titus Canyon, are closed due to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at OnlyDirtRoads
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The first few days of the trip, we mostly tried to just get miles in, so we could maximize the time we could spend in the UP. Naturally, when we arrived in the UP, the temperatures dropped considerably, and it rained all day every day. We explored as much as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at OnlyDirtRoads