Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I SURE GOT LUCKY

Boondocking is pretty much not heard of in Canada.  Even fellow RV’ers are not familiar with the term. 

It’s not like there’s not enough land here that’s for sure.  Everywhere I drive around in the rural area I’m at now there are a gazillion acres of land everywhere !

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But thanks to BOONDOCKERS WELCOME I was able to secure several places to stay for the course of my six months.  This website was set-up primarily for an over-night or two so my situation was different.

I started in January contacting people within the area I wanted to be and only those who specified “We’ll play it by ear” under the “Max Nights” category.  I explained my situation and the fact that I would like to stay a minimum of three weeks as that is how long I can go before I have to move to deal with the tanks.

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I received five positive replies !  I guess I chose the first one randomly.  And I sure got lucky.

This location is in the ‘country’, however, very close all the major conveniences and to the friends/relatives I have in Hamilton.  Plus there are numerous places I can go for a gorgeous, scenic country bike ride.

My ‘hosts’ are just about the nicest people you’d ever want to meet and extremely funny.  I think I’ve laughed more in the last weeks than I have in the past year.  Mrs. J particularly has a great sense of humour.

Remember HERE when I stopped on my way North to have the Ramp Door fixed and I had to have the steel bar removed (that held the winch) in order to do that.

Well I just happened to mention it to Mr. R and next thing you know he’s out to my rig sizing it all up.  Easy to put back on he said.  But, like the guys that took it off said, he didn’t think it should be soldered back on.

A few days later he had brackets welded onto the steel bar….

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And next thing you know he’s attaching these brackets to the sides with Mrs. J helping by passing him the tools he needed.

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A minor adjustment to the winch and the job is done !!

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Of course like any ‘man’ he couldn’t wait to try out the winch and pull up the door.  They do like their electronic toys don’t they.  LOL

I’ve already had problems in the past with these stupid things and had to actually SAW one off.  I blogged about that HERE.

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These things are what I use to attach the safety chain to the car.  But they seize up and I can’t get them off so I would have to strap the chain part to the car using Velcro straps.  But I wanted to be able to take the chain off completely when I unhook the car for long periods of time.

So I went out and got these kind instead.

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Much easier to work with.

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I couldn’t get the old ones off and asked Mr. R if he had some kind of cutter (you should see his garage – he has EVERYTHING !!) to get them off.

At the crack of dawn the next morning – and I mean it wasn’t even 10:00AM !!! -  I notice Mr. R walking by.  I look out and this is what I see.

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SANDIE, It’s like having my very own Jim around !!

Yup !  Another job done.  THEN he asks me if there’s anything else I needed done !!

Although he is retired he does have a HUGE house and a HUGE property to take care of PLUS he does still work part-time for the nursery.

So the ‘three weeks’ came and I got the rig ready to go do the tanks.  Mr. and Mrs. said I certainly didn’t have to move anywhere else unless I really wanted to.  I certainly wasn’t in the way and they were enjoying my company.

Going into six weeks now and I’m still here and really enjoying it.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

FINALLY GOT THE BIKE OUT

Well the weather FINALLY got warm enough to get the bike out.  Actually we even had a couple of TOO HOT and HUMID days.

It is so nice to be able to have all the doors and windows open.

I had quite the audience this time while getting the bike out.  Mr. R was very curious as to how it was done and asked a ton of questions.

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Also had Mrs. J and their Daughter observing.

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As many times as I’ve now done this – it continues to be slow and very carefully and I’m ever so relieved when it’s done.

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First up after that was to clean the bike.  Boy was it dirty, still from all the Arizona dust and sand plus sitting in the garage for so long.

The next day I took it for a short spin out to Niagara-On-The-Lake – a gorgeous area about 1/2 hour or so from when I am.  AND I run into my friend Byron while riding.  He ‘claims’ he’s not stalking me !!  LOL

Turns out he came by where I was staying and of course I was gone.  He had just told me the day or so before about a particular place in NOTL and he figured that’s where I might have gone.  But still the chances of actually finding me were very remote.

There are dozens of different ways I could have gone there and come back.  So it was just by chance that he did actually find me and we ended up having a lovely little ride together.

Stopped at Tim’s for a cuppa and then he wanted to take me to a HD that was nearby.

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It was a picture perfect day for riding.

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‘DA FLIES !!!

There everywhere !  And apparently it’s not even ‘fly season’ yet.  Sure have to make sure the screen doors are closed.

I’d actually let them ‘live’ if they didn’t insist on buzzing around my head and ears !!  I must have swatted a thousand of them already.  So off to the store I go and get those sticky fly traps.  Hung several in the garage.

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And even two in the house – not attractive looking but hey it works.

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One particular day it was very hot and humid and it was so nice to sit outside reading my book – enjoying looking at the trees that are beginning to come to life again – and the gorgeous green grass – and know that “I” don’t have to maintain it !!  LOL

Bennie sure likes it also.

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I really haven’t been doing much of anything – yet the days are flying by – and every day I’m out and about doing something – just don’t know what it is !!  LOL

Saturday, May 10, 2014

MORE ABOUT MS. DAISY

NOTE:  I’ve been drafting this silly little post for a few weeks now and in the last days the weather has finally warmed up – a bit !!

‘Cause that’s all I really have to talk about.

Spring continues to take its time arriving and the temperatures are not warm by any means !

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We have had some nice sunny days but not riding weather yet – Arizona sure has spoiled me when it comes to HEAT.

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When I return to Canada each year I check my AirMiles (a Canadian Rewards Program) balance to see what I can get to redeem some of the ‘miles’ (points).

This is what I got this year.  Figure that will come in handy when I’m boondocking in the desert.

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I looked online at this and found out it was selling for $120 !!  Not that I would pay that kinda money for it.  FREE is much better.

It came with a very nice carrying bag making it easy to store.

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Now one thing about Ms. Daisy is that she sure doesn’t like WIND !  No Sireee !!  That’s likely because she’s such a tiny, slim little thing.  Not an ounce of fat on this girl.

NO power windows

NO cruise control

NO power door locks

NO alarm system

Do I miss all of those things.  Sure I do.  But it doesn’t make me LOVE MS. DAISY any less.  She sure came into my life at the perfect time seein’ as the weather has been so cold here.

She is now also officially a Canadian girl.  Got her NL Registration and Plates recently. Although she continues to tell me that her heart will always be in Arizona.

Put her new plate on but something was missing…….hmmmmm…..It looked kinda bare.

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Had to correct that so where do you think I went…

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This is their washrooms !!  LOL

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And this is what I got for Ms. Daisy.

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Yup, Much better now.

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It was only yesterday that I finally got the bike out.  Even had quite the audience.  Rolie was very interested in how it was all done.

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And as many times as I’ve done this – I’m still very VERY cautious and take it slow and easy.

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Now the weather just needs to get a smidge warmer and I’ll be riding again.  There are so many great places in this area to ride.  Can’t wait !!