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Trip to Grants

City trip: Today I think I will take a trip to Grants to do a few things.

12pm City Update: I did go into Grants today, picked up a few food items, did my laundry and wash the truck. I could have done all this when I move the RV to Blue Water State Park but it is a lot easier when not dragging around the RV. I may still make a quick stop at Walmart but I will not over night. Oh, I think I will move tomorrow too. I like Blue Water and I’ll probably spend two weeks there.

Walk: I forgot to turn off Mapmywalk app when I got back so the times are off, but I at least got the distance right. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 2.63mi, time: 01:28:44, pace: 33:43min/mi, speed: 1.78mi/h.

Weather: I put on pants and took a jacket with me to Grants but by the time I got back to the RV it was shorts and t-shirt weather :-)

Pictures of the area: If you want to see pictures of the this area, look at this Old Post.
Also you can look at this Flickr Set.

T.V.: One of the things I look forward to with my move to Blue Water Lake is the best that I can the remember T.V. reception is better there. I don’t do to well here, with just my antenna.

Night folks

Colder last night but better today

More cold: Hopeful it will get better after today. I am ready for some above average temperatures, not that I’m going to get any. Okay, I’ll make do :-( At least the night’s are going to get above freezing from here on. The best thing of all, is that the days are just great.

Update 12 noon: Ha, it is noon and time for some shorts and a t-shirt! May not be able to set still outside in a t-shirt, but if you’ll moving around it feels fine.

Walk: I want to, but the knees are not happy right now, so if I do it will probably be a short one, we’ll see.

Moving day coming: I will be moving in a day or two(when the notion hits ) but not far. I will be going to Blue Water lake, another one of my favorite sites.

See Out: Hey, I can see outside now that I have washed and cleaned my windows, they had a ton of wet dust on them. Just one of those things you can expect to happen now-and-then here in the southwest. The truck is still a mess.

Another workout Surrary:
WORKOUT SUMMARY for 04/07/2014 – 04/13/2014 view all
6 workouts
4 routes
16.5 miles
6.2 hours
1,973 kCal burned

Passwords: I spent about an hour updating some of my passwords, that where affected by the heartbleed bug. I was going to put a link to some info about heartbleed bug but there is just too much, you’ll have to Google it and pick what you want to read. It is still hard to find out what sites got hit with this, my Lastpass app tells me Google, Yahoo and others are in the mess.

Night folks


Not chilly but cold! : It was a cool 40° in the RV this morning and somewhere south of 32° outside(I know this because there was ice outside on my truck, after a little rain last night). The wind is blowing, making it feel even colder. I have the heater fired up and it is toasty inside now.
The hard wind yesterday which stirred up the dust and the light rain last night which mixed with that dust made a mess. That happens a lot here in the southwest. I’ll need to clean my solar panels, the truck and the RV, but today I’ll only get to the solar panels, too cold to be messing with the other two.

I’m not fussing about all this, because I knew it was coming, just saying.

Update 9am: I went outside and climbed up on top of the RV and cleaned the solar panels and the wind sure was cold, especially for a shorts and T-shirt kind of fellow like me, LOL. It was my first look outside this morning and things are indeed a mess, looks like someone sprayed muddy water. Well, that will give me something to do when it warms up.

Walk: Had a good walk today but it is about time to give the knees some slack, so maybe tomorrow will be an off day. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 2.90mi, time: 58:03, pace: 20:01min/mi, speed: 3.00mi/h.

Another Eastern Bluebird pictures:
Bluebird E 2_3210

Debugging: Cleaning the bugs off the front of the RV! Yes, ever long trip calls for a debugging :-P

Night folks

Windy and chilly

Cooler yet: Freezing temperatures, but just barely. Each day it’s getting cooler, well at least I had a little break, with the warm spell that was going on when I first got here the other day. According to the weatherman, tomorrow should be the worst day for the cold, with temperatures getting a bit below freezing. Not looking forward to that :-( Guess it’ll be time to dust off the heater :shock: Today is no picnic either with a lot of wind blowing making it feel cooler than it is. Plus, I just know that wind is being in the cooler air!

Bird of the Week: This is a Eastern Bluebird and this picture was taken in KY, 8 or so years ago.
Blue Bird photo B1AT8.jpg

Walk: Good walk today and the cooler weather was good to walk in. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 3.25mi, time: 01:01:34, pace: 18:56min/mi, speed: 3.17mi/h.

Workout Summary :WORKOUT SUMMARY for 03/31/2014 – 04/06/2014
8 workouts
7 routes
24.3 miles
7.8 hours
2,464 kCal burned
I was late posing this, there will be another one in a day or two.

75 workouts
72 routes
350.04 miles
95.5 hours
34055 kCal burned
I think I did good :-)

Had this wrote yesterday ,but forgot to publish it :(   Anyways, here it is now.

Internet and Phone, down

Cool and getting cooler: Looks like I’m in for a chill coming my way, says the weatherman. The report even has a day dipping below freezing, brr.

Took a little trip into Grants today, just for something to do mostly. Picked up a couple things from Walmart.

Walk:Took a walk about 2.5 miles, the time is off because I stopped and chatted with neighbors along the way. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 2.42mi, time: 01:14:18, pace: 30:45min/mi, speed: 1.95mi/h.

Version: Wow, I have been in this area at least 4 other times and never had any trouble with phone or internet, but today they are both dead. I talked with the Host who has been here for 5 months and he said in all that time, this was the first time his phone did not work. I guess something broke at one of the towers somewhere. I hope it don’t stay down all weekend.

6pm Update: Verizon just coming back on line. Glad it’s back :-D and I hope it stays up.

Night folks

No hurry

Nice day coming down: The morning is starting out kind of cool but I think it will be a fine day. The weather man says it will get to just over 70° today. I have looked at the weather averages for the area and it is likely that I will enjoy some nights at or near freezing with cooler temperatures in the days, but that is better than 100° days in AZ. So there may be a few pants and sweater days. This morning it is just over 50° in the RV and I’m setting in my recliner with a blanket over me, staying toasty. No hurry to do anything today.

We are in for a cool down to more normal weather, which is cooler than it is now and more like what I expected to see here.

Artificial Sweeteners : Today is one week with no drinks of any kind with artificial sweeteners :-) So the caffeine habit is kicked, now it is just a matter of letting the ideal of no sweet tasting drinks set in. I have quit soda pop and tea a few times over the pass 7 years of my RVing but never both at once and completely. This time I have. I think for me to see any progress in my weight lost with this move, it will take some time as my mental cravings and habit for the sweet taste fades. Right now, I think I may be replacing those cravings with eating, but I do believe that will pass. Also I am drinking water by the gallons, literally. I easily drink 2 gallons a day. I want to drink at least a half gallon a day, but 2 gallons is a bit of a over kill, again I think this is just part of the replacement of the sweet taste and I do believe that it will pass.

Exercise: I have not got to do my exercise for two days now with all the traveling, but today I will. Not sure whether it will be a bike ride or a walk but one is in the makings.

Walk: Yes, a walk it was. This is off a bit because I started out and got about 100 feet from the RV when I decided to change into my shorts and T-shirt, so I paused the Mapmywalk app and then forgot to un-pause till well into the walk, in which case it just makes a straight line from the start point to the point where it is un-paused. Maybe add a half mile? Close enough. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 4.70mi, time: 01:17:20, pace: 16:28min/mi, speed: 3.64mi/h.
http://mapmywalk.com/workout/533646114 This is just a beautiful place to walk.

Night folks

Another move

Weather: It is cool this morning but not as bad as I thought it might be. It was about 50° in the RV this morning, cool but not cold. It was a fine night for sleeping last night with the cooler temperature. The night before I left Lake Havasu it was way too hot in the RV for a good night’s sleep, much better here.

Where to? : Not sure where I will go today. I had kind of planned to stop in Winslow, AZ at McHood park, but the place had a sign that said no overnight camping. Another good one shut down to overnight RVing. Well maybe it will come to me where to go to as the day goes on, I’m in no hurry. We’ll see.

Propane: One thing I intend to do today is get a propane tank filled and the valve changed on it. There is a propane place here in Gallup that is very reasonably price so I’ll stop by there at some point today.

Update: Before leaving Gallup this morning I did get my new valve installed and the tank fill with propane.

Here: The Walmart here in Gallup is a very convenient place to overnight with many near by stores, there is a Home Depot, Dollar tree, sports store, fast food places and others near by. I’ll look around a bit before leaving today.

Moved: I have moved to one of my favorite areas here in NM, near El Malpais National Monument . I have done my major move of the spring, and will not move this far again till the fall. From here to my volunteer job for the summer is not to far, about another 200 miles, and I’ll make that move sometimes in April.

Night folks

Here I go

Move:I am now on Gallup, NM Gallup, NM Wow, it was a long drive and costly, fuel wise.

Time zone: I’m in a new time zone(mountain) got to change all the clocks and get my body clock use to the new time.

Home? : I’ve been out full-timing now for over 7 years, but as I cross into NM today, it kind of felt like home. I like NM as a state and I may one day stay here. Certainly not wrote in stone, but one never knows, home could end up being about anywhere, or I could never go home, wherever that might be …… or not be :-P  Bottom line, if I had to pick a state to call home right now, I would pick NM.

 Location updates: I update my location in three places when I move one: here in the blog post, two: On my past locations page and Three: The “Where I am Now” on the right side of the blog. So I will do that now. I am thinking on adding a blog with just my Locations on it so I can do more detail about the area I’m in, just thinking for now. I could do pictures of just the lay-out of the place this way too, not the Walmarts but other places.

Weather: To my surprise, it feels fine here :)

I’m beat and I’m going to watch a little TV and call it a night.

Night folks

Too hot

Walk: : Only a short walk today. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 2.30mi, time: 51:27, pace: 22:25min/mi, speed: 2.68mi/h.

Heat: It is starting to set in for the hotter months now, so it will be time to get on the road soon. Today is going to about 95° and tomorrow even hotter, getting to much for me. However the path to my summer location is going to be way to cool for my taste, no matter, it is going to have to happen soon. Need be, I can heat the RV while boon-docking but there is no way to cool it while boon-docking. Guess I should get the long pants and sweaters ready :shock:

Chores: I best get them caught up today, might be busy tomorrow :-P With that thought in mind, I’m going to do some laundry, pick up some drinking water, a few food items and maybe fuel up the truck.

3pm: Chores done. I even took a look on top of the RV to see if anything needed done and to make sure things where ready to travel, just in case. Oh, I also washed the truck while I was out, so now I’m ready for a new coat of bugs, if I hit the road.

Night folks

Walk:Had a good walk this morning with lots of mountains. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 3.59mi, time: 01:38:01, pace: 27:16min/mi, speed: 2.20mi/h.

Boat ride: Going out later this morning on a boat ride, should be fun.

Yes, I did go out on the boat ride and it was a long one. We went from Lake Havasu to Laughin. If you Google that you can see that is a long ride. The boat speed probably averaged about 40 mph, over 6 hours of riding.

Basketball : Finish off my day watching the final four championship game, Kentucky versus Connecticut.

Kentucky lost :-( but it was a good game.

Night folks


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