Saturday, June 02, 2018

Boid playing

8:09am:
Baby Boid makes up games for himself. One game that he made up recently was to knock one of his swing's supports off. Then Boid climbs up on to the swing which is now hanging by only one support and messes around.



Note: The sound in the background is the PBS Newshour.




8:25am:
John Day Oregon
When we head out of the City of Burns today, we will continue northbound for the City of John Day. It's about 70 miles away.

We are now approximately 260 miles away from Riggins Idaho, our destination. We began this trip on Friday, May 18th, 10 days ago. We have traveled 894 so far since leaving San Diego.

9:01am:
Recent Happenings
#1: For some unknown reason, lately our T-Mobile connection has been excellent!

As you may recall, T-Mobile throttled down our data speed when we exceeded our 51GB allotment. So far in this billing cycle, we have used 59 GB.

We will receive a fresh allotment of 51 GB of high-speed data on June 9th.

#2: We have Blogged to you about Señor Tránsito's front wheel drive slipping when we go off a paved surface. A little bit of sand is all that is necessary for Tránsito to lose traction.

We have also Blogged to you about the possibility of getting a new RV rig setup. However, we are not likely to replace Scampy or Tránsito in the immediate future.

For now, we will drive only on paved surfaces and stay away from roads that may cause Tránsito's front wheel drive to slip.


12:35pm:
Arrived John Day
There is no T-Mobile service here. We drove thru town looking for open WiFi and found one at the Grant County Fairgrounds RV Park!

We are now going to check out this RV Park.

Some of today's trip looked like this. 


And some looked like this.


1:27pm:
Booked Up!
The RV Park is booked solid. There is a shindig going on at the fairgrounds. A zillion trailers for hauling livestock are parked around a field. Maybe a rodeo?

We are going to try street camping at a spot where we are able to use the RV Park's WiFi.

Note: The RV Park's WiFi is very slow. As a result, uploading pics to our Blog does not happen.





3:01pm:
Afternoon Camp
We found a lot with a large shade tree. Tránsito with his solar panel was positioned to be in the sunshine. Scampy, of course, was in the tree’s shade.

We watched a movie. “12 Angry Men” with Henry Fonda.






5:11pm:
Washing Tránsito & Scampy
Little iPhone’s alarm went off at 5pm announcing that the time to do exterior washing had arrived.

The good thing about doing daily washing is, soon the things being washed become looking really good! We always pick the dirtiest sections to clean. We expect that in a week, we should be cleaning places that are not too dirty!


6:02pm:
Open WiFi
We are going to drive around The Town of John Day and scan for open WiFi. 

During our earlier WiFi search, we found one coming from the Les Schwab Tire Dealer. And of course, the RV Park.

For a few minutes, we accessed the Les Schwab WiFi. Then it vanished!

We are now using the County Fairgrounds RV Park WiFi. So far, so good!





Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 3,074 feet


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21 comments:

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    1. Hi You Two!

      I am going!

      Thanks for your support,
      George

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  2. Baby Boid is so happy that he can re-arrange his own furniture! Boid is such a smart little thing.! I love how he talks to his reflection in the mirror. As always I enjoy reading your blog everyday. Safe travels to you and sweet Baby Boid!

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    1. Boid says, "Thank you, Anon!"

      Boid & George

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  3. George you may want to try more aggressive tread patterned tires. They do make a difference.
    For testing you can just put them on the drive wheels. By shopping for a used pair the experiment could be rather inexpensive.

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    1. Hi David,

      Thank you for this idea!

      George

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  4. Enjoying your journey George. If you do not have a weight distributing hitch, you may want to read up on what one could do for you. Google is your friend! This may really help with your poor traction. If you have one installed then disregard this attempt to help.
    Carry on!

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    1. Hi Ben,

      Thank you for this idea.

      George

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    2. Ben is right George. I recommend

      http://www.reeseprod.com/mobile/products/weight-distribution/light-duty-wd/weight-distributing-kit-light-weight/xihofqeC8HJjZZHcC5mjH1hAUzBjJfsG

      Please take a look at

      https://www.etrailer.com/question-47214.html

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  5. Hmmm...How did you end up in John Day? Did you take a left turn instead of a right turn? I thought you would go to Ontario; Payette; Weiser--on 95.

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    1. Hi DB,

      I just followed my paper map.

      You likely are thinking that I am traveling the most direct route to Riggins Idaho and the Main Salmon River.

      I'm not.

      George

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    2. Fair enough! You, my friend, are the driver. Travel safely. :-)

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  6. You've got an excellent setup. Most rigs have some limitations. Transito and Scampy compliment each other.

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    1. Hi LBM,

      That is such a good compliment!

      Thank you so much!
      George

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  7. I wonder if you could repack your stuff in Transito so that more weight is toward the front. If you can get more weight on those front drive Wheels, you will have a lot better traction.

    You could even get a front hitch, put a rack on the front of Transito, and store some of your heavy things up there.

    I don't think a truck camper is the right thing at your age, especially if you might start having a hip problem. It's a lot of stairs, including in the middle of the night to pee!

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    1. Hi [Who are you?],

      Interesting comment.

      George

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  8. This is not the total answer for your front wheel spin situation a rear wheel drive vehicle would be your best option
    But this system would help with a good part of your situation
    So I'll drop it in your ballpark and you to do research
    Your issue with wheel spin is very simple look at the mechanics push down on the back lifts the front
    For every pound you put on the back lift the front by approximately half
    But remember you're also losing steering and breaking capacity
    And your solution is this
    I honestly can't believe nobody here was smart enough to suggest this

    http://www.hitchingup.com/weight-distribution-hitch.htm

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    1. Hi Ed,

      BenHermit suggested a weight distribution hitch. Look above.

      George

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  9. Perhaps the swing is a little more like a tree branch now capable of moving like a branch in breeze and Boid likes that. Check with the visitor's center for RV parks in the area. Google shows lots of them near John Day..one on a lake with 66 sites.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Boid sure loves that swing when it is suspended from only one side!

      George

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  10. 12 Angry Men - such a classic and great movie. Excellent choice, George. Safe travels

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