When boondocking in the Winter here in the desert the first thing I do is tilt my solar panels. I have to face my rig EAST – according to Lee – and Lee is a GENIUS when it comes to solar, batteries etc. etc. – in order to get the maximum from my solar with the lower Winter Sun.
However, facing East means I get all the afternoon sun on the passenger side and even with my awning and the screen attachment, it has been far too HOT to sit there. When the temperatures drop over the Winter months we will welcome the afternoon sun’s warmth.
With Barbara and Jeri around you never know when your picture is going to be taken. Here I was, mindin’ my own business, riding back to my site totally not knowing my pic was being taken. Later, Barbara sends me these two pics. I think in the first one I look terrified !! Really I wasn’t. But you sure need to focus and concentrate when riding on these desert gravel areas. It’s like riding on glass.
The hard packed ‘road’ areas are not so bad. But the washes are very sandy and that’s where you could really lose traction. Also you have to ride over the rocky areas. This is like riding on beach rocks !!
On my way back from another outing I see Jeri running out with her camera !!
I had gone out to fill my drinking water bottles. One in each saddle bag and 4 in the crate thing I have on the back luggage rack.
I’m always relieved when I get to the pavement or have gotten back to my rig in one piece !! I would prefer to park further into the desert – away from crowds etc. – but I always have to gage how far I would have to ride to get out !!
Then Duchess comes to visit Bennie. I keep a close eye on them. Duchess is just a big baby and wants to play. Bennie, however, has gotten afraid of dogs larger than him since he’s gotten older so he growls and might even make a little snap at the other dog.
Bennie really does want to play but looks very cautiously at Duchess.
Jeri took this pic. I think it’s awesome !