Thursday, May 19, 2016

A New Tow Vehicle!

2016 Toyota Tacoma Off Road
Not a lot is happening with the trailer but it has a new tow vehicle.  While I loved the RAV4 (except for the small gas tank) it has 134,000 miles on it & while they have a reputation of going for far more than that, I worry about being stuck with a major repair or replacement while traveling (Although I probably should have replaced it in Arizona - the same configuration was $1800.00 less in Yuma).

In any case, I'm now the proud owner of a 2016 Tacoma short bed, off road.  Even without the bells & whistles "premium" packages, it is pretty amazing how far dashboards have come since the 2010 RAV4.  It is going to take a few weeks to adjust.  My favorite gimmick is the door unlocks when I get within 2' of it.  The "key" stays in my pocket - just push a button.  My iPhone bluetooth to the Tacoma, loading all my contacts, etc.  It even "rings" over the vehicle sound system with my iPhone ring tones. I'm sure that any of you that have a new vehicle are not all that impressed, but I am!

As to the trailer, I have replaced the Go Power solar controller with a Blue Skies SB 3000i.  It can be adjusted to meet the charging specifications for the Interstate 6V batteries, while the Go Power is pretty much factory set to lower voltages.

I also washed & waxed it, added a stiffer mattress, and did a major cleaning - lots of desert dust in all the cracks & crevices.

The plans for a trip to New England are firming up - I'll probably be heading out around July 20th with the trailer, haul it back to Oswego, then go for a visit on Nantucket with my brother in August.

Until Next time -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Spring Report

Canada Geese & Goslings
Unfortunately, I'm not on a trip, but took a couple of photos of some Canada Geese families at the swamp near my house.

It has been a cool & wet April here in Oswego; I'm still trying to recover from the 70°F days in the South.  I have settled into a full sized house & started up some of my "home" routines - delivering Meals on Wheels, swimming laps at the college pool, and, of course, fish sandwiches at Rudy's, our local on-the-lake fish stand.

I took the riding mower to be serviced - at the end of the season it started blowing smoke.  Since the grass didn't stop growing while the mower was gone, I forced up my old Craftsman walk behind mower to knock down the first Spring growth.  Hard to believe, but for a mower that has not been run in 10 years it only took three pulls to get it running!  Even though it has powered wheels, pushing it around the yard sure makes me appreciate the riding mower...  

Until next time - 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Home, Oswego, NY, and Wrap Up

Sunset at the City of Rocks State Park, NM
Sunday, April 24, 2016, Home, Oswego, NY, 112.7 Miles, 7,701.9 Miles for the Trip

I left Binghamton around 10:30 AM, and had an uneventful drive on I 81 & I 481 to Oswego. I spent the entire day unpacking the trailer and RAV4, finding a place for everything (it didn't quite happen - there are piles of stuff all over the house). I'll probably spend the next couple of days getting settled in.

As to the trip, it was 194 days, 7,701.9 miles pulling the trailer and 11,067 miles on the RAV4. Spent $1414.05 of gas, $158.33 on propane, and $2236.46 on campgrounds for an average of $11.59 per night, the lowest of any of my trips. I've now spent 892 nights in the trailer since April, 2011. While this trip was designed to avoid winter in Oswego, I did take some photos - there is a collection at today's LakeshoreImages page.

So, the trip is over. I will probably make a few this summer before a late July trip to New England with Don & Anne. I'll post any trips or anything else interesting that happens around Oswego when it happens.

Until then -

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Don & Anne's, Binghamton, NY, Day 2

Saturday, April 23, 2016, Don & Anne's, Binghamton, NY, Day 2, 0 Miles, 7,589.2 Miles for the Trip

I slept well, first time in a non trailer bed in the last 6 months. Dinner last night was great. We had a full works turkey dinner, including Kweichow Moutai, an interesting Chinese rice wine that was very different from any wine I've had before. For one thing it was 105 proof. You definitely don't want to light a match around the stuff!

We spent most of the day sitting around talking & doing nothing, although once the sun came out & dried things out, Don fertilized some of the plants. It looks like Spring is here, although my son tells me it still hasn't hit Oswego.

Dinner will be left over turkey.

Until next time -

Friday, April 22, 2016

Don & Anne's, Binghamton, NY

Don & Anne's, Binghamton, NY
Friday, April 22, 2016, Don & Anne's, Binghamton,  NY, 127.5 Miles, 7,589.2 Miles for the Trip

Some light rain on the drive to NY today, mostly on I 81. I could have made it home, but stopped to visit with some friends in Binghamton, NY. Don is a former student of mine & is now the Technical Director at Binghamton University. We went to Alaska together in June & July, giving their new 16' Scamp a workout. While here we talked about a trip to New England, and made reservations for Blackwoods Campground at Acadia National Park for late July. I'm glad we got around to it - there were only 3 available sites for the 3 days we booked, none at the new Schoodic Woods campground. We will plan the rest of the two week trip around those dates.

As to dinner, it will be a big change from my usual meals over the past 6 months. We will be having a  turkey dinner Anne is putting together for some visiting Chinese professors who had heard about, but never experienced Thanksgiving.

Until next time -