|Movie set outside of Lancaster, CA
|A really big canyon somewhere in Arizona
|Shakedown trip to Utah at the end of June 2 weeks before we closed on the house.
flattened spoon shaped bill (hence the name).
The people on the road have been remarkably friendly and helpful, always ready with a restaurant recommendation, advice on campgrounds, or a local point of interest.
Loretta is behaving remarkably well, coming up on 10,000 miles since we purchased her. We haven't used a drop of oil and she starts every time.
|Monterey Breakwater near the Coast Guard dock
|Joss House, Weaverville, CA
|Surprise rainstorm raised the water level at Trinity lake, CA
Life on the road has been a little more expensive than I imagined and now that my foot is mostly healed I have no disability income. I'm working to get some video up on YouTube, however my VR camera is being repaired. My video equipment now includes a DJI Mavic Pro drone that I hope to use for some good overhead shots. The real surprise has been the Nikon B700, nice glass for a point and shoot, and good video at 1080p 120fps. It will shoot 4k video but for only 7:30 minutes and 30 fps so not very good for fast action.
I may add a GoPro or a Garmin VIRB as the VR camera has been so unreliable.
We have settled into a routine for travel days. Shawna works in the morning (if it's a work day) while I pack up and disconnect the the bus. We withhold food from the cats (Stewie gets the whirlybirds, and Starfish just throws up if we feed them). We then verify that Google maps agrees substantially with the Garmin GPS. One of us takes the dog and drives the Subaru, the other the bus. I'll drive the bus if Shawna has to work in the evening and we try to limit the miles to about 250. If it's not a work day we will set a short goal (~250 miles) but if the roads are good and we are feeling ok we will have a stretch goal of 400 miles or so.
|Clear Lake, CA Mt. Konacti in the background.
We haven't ridden the motorcycles as much as I thought we would, mostly due to weather. Just about all the bikers in Florida ride Harleys, the roads are long and straight with slow moving traffic, perfect for hogs. Not ideal for dualsport bikes however. Soon enough we will go in search of some windy/twisties.
We plan on taking out the kayak and paddleboard as soon as the wind dies down.
|Red Tailed Hawk Skyline Park, Napa, CA
|Harvest host on highway 140 between I99 and Yosemite
I now have five or six customer loyalty cards for grocery stores, none of which seem to work in the town we are in. So add one more.
|Castello di Amorosa, Napa, CA
While I am enjoying our adventure so far, I miss being on the ocean. There is a lot more to see however, and we are just getting started.
|Near Bodega Bay, CA
|Rio Vista, CA