Thursday, July 20, 2017

Buena Vista Boondocking 18-19JUL17

Spent a couple of days in the vicinity of Buena Vista, CO.  I was in Umarang, the URRV and towing Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol.

The idea was to test the use of the old Honda eu1000 portable generator in terms of providing electricity to the RV except for the tasks of air conditioner use and microwave oven use.  These two items require at least 1500 watts which is beyond the capacity of the small Honda generator.

I wanted to also find out how long it would last on one tank.
Wednesday: started at 730am.  Using it in eco mode where it ramps up automatically under high loads then throttles down when not working as hard to provide power.

Some data for record:

Found on Internet: Normal conversation: 60-70db

Coffee Maker: 800W unit.  while heating: mid to upper 50s db
While not under load, low 50s db.

70db 20 ft from left side of rv where generator is mounted.
60db 25 ft from right side of rv, with bulk of RV blocking some of the noise.

The Honda will NOT provide enough amps for the air compressor I carry.

Straight run duration, light loads: 5 hours to out of gas.

 The view from the RV's window, as I worked on
Tuesday afternoon.

 A view of Mt Princeton as I rode out with Fiona
after work, to scout sunset locations.

 Mt Princeton, on Wednesday morning.

A view of Mt Princeton from the boulders located near
the RV at the campground.

Here's a short time-lapse sequence showing the clouds above Mount Princeton as the storm front moved in....

Sunday, July 16, 2017

SLC RV Trip - Day 8: Boyd Lake State Park

Although the original plan had been for me to continue heading west while Martha flew home from Salt Lake City today; the continuing very hot weather led to a change in plans.

I shall try for a RV trip that reaches the west coast sometime during Fall Break perhaps.

So, Martha and I packed up Uma the URRV and we headed east on I-80 out of Utah, through Wyoming and ended up stopping for the night at Boyd Lake State Park just south of Loveland, CO.

We were about 2.5 hrs from home at this point, perhaps less, but the prospect of arriving tired, in the dark and still having to put things away just led us to instead have a relaxed evening near Boyd Lake.

Nice RV park, not much on amenities but they did have electric pull-through sites and good cellphone coverage which is all we needed for one night.

Our site had good views of the setting sun, but the sunset itself proved to be a mild one in terms of color.

 Yep, didn't have much time after setting up camp to unload
Fiona, so she's on the trailer still....

Note the mast used to raise the weBoost cellular
booster antenna to a height of about 18 feet for
a -21 dBm gain in signal strength.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

SLC RV Trip - Days 6 and 7: Hot Weather

NSTR (Nothing Significant to Report) for day 6 except for really hot weather, no fun rides and dinner at the Texas Roadhouse Steak House with the Machidas.

RichardM did provide tools and wise counsel/guidance in the mounting of a universal tractor seat bracket obtained from the Tractor Supply Store.  Now the Harley-Davison Police Solo seat I'd mounted is far more secure.

Day 7 would prove to be one of the hotest days I've ridden a motorcycle in.  RichardM and Bridget got on the road to Idaho and said our goodbyes as we were staying one more night.

 Uma and Fiona

After Bridget and RichardM left for Idaho, Martha and I started the day's sweltering riding with an errand, then we went to the Fort Douglas Army Museum near the Army Reserve center of the same name.

A nice, small museum, covering a bit of the early days of the US Army's involvement with the Utah Territory, the Mormon rebellion known as the Utah War and a nice display of Army weapons, uniforms and vehicles.

There was an emphasis of course of vessels, military personnel related to Utah.

 The business end of a 155mm Howitzer

 M551 Sheridan Light Tank, I saw it used in 
the 82nd Airborne Division

A WWII icon, the M4 Sherman Tank, though
not as armored/powerful as its opponents in Germany,
it's prodigious numbers overwhelmed superior German tanks.

After the museum, we gassed up Fiona and then headed up Emigration Canyon, the road used by early settlers to get into the Utah Valley.  Not much to see but a nice short ride.  We then got on Interstate 80 for a short bit to get off at Park City, UT.

It was still very hot and all we did was a short potty break off of main street and then we escaped this ski resort town for UT 224 and the road up to Guardsman Pass.

The summit of the pass was choked with cars as folks had come out to try and get away from the heat of the valleys.  It was 79 degrees Fahrenheit up there but it did feel cooler than the 94 degrees Fahrenheit down in the valley as we left it!

Today's heat beat my record of 101 degrees Fahrenheit with a new record: 103.6 degrees Fahrenheit!  It was truly like riding inside a blast furnace.

Our sunset for our last evening in the Utah Valley:

I finish this with a couple of photos, by Martha, of the iconic Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City.

Friday, July 14, 2017

SLC RV Trip - Day 6 Uraling to Guardsman Pass

Hot day in the Utah Valley today!

We displaced via RV to the Pony Express RV Park about four miles north of the BMW Rally held in the state fairgrounds in Salt Lake City yesterday.

After work, RichardM (who's attending the rally) came by the RV and we then met up with Ry of the Two Wheels to There blog for a meet/greet and ride.

Ry led us via surface streets, in the sweltering early evening heat, to a nice Vietnamese diner where we had a nice chat and sandwiches.  Lots of veggies in those Bahn Min? sandwiches, probably healthy for me.

After eating, Ry lead us to the Big Cottonwood Canyon road which twisted and turned their way upwards and into blessedly much cooler conditions.  The road led us past the Solitude Resort and we eventually ended up on top of Guardsman Pass.

Quite the view from there, you can see to the east the valley where Park City is located.  You could use this road to get past the big mountains that form a wall to the east of SLC I suppose.

Ry and RichardM on Guardsman Pass, Utah

Ry, knowing my penchant for sunset shots, had timed things so that we were at Guardsman Pass at the right time to catch the sunset on the side of the road, just shy of the pass summit.

an attempt to capture the sunset on Ry's Moto Guzzi's
gas tank

 and the sun went lower....
 and lower....
and now behind the distant mountains

We stuck around a bit longer hoping for last minute illumination by the sun of the overhead clouds but no dice.

We headed back down the mountain/canyon towards SLC and after a brief tour of both the LDS temple and the State Capitol areas, were back at the RV Park by 10:30 PM or so.  No pics, we just cruised by these sights.

Thanks Ry for the tour!  Very good to meet you in person!

Note: we saw a low of 61 degrees Fahrenheit on the summit and temperatures in the mid to high 90s in the valley!