Is this thing still on?
Tap tap tap ...
Yep, seems to be. Ok, then.
Seems hard to believe that it was last August that I last posted here. Lots has happened, but not much has involved the Beast, and that was only some routine maintenance. There have been some health issues, and I'll admit freely that following the national election and the advent of the Trump administration have soaked up a lot of energy. I don't intend to write much about politics here, but I'm one of people who is appalled and fearful about the direction the government is taking us. Yeah, and embarrassed. So if you're one of the people from outside the USA who's reading this, please understand that we're a big country with a lot of unsolved problems. Democracy is inherently messy, and this is a particularly messy moment.
So. The Beast is currently in the shop, getting a systems check. When I get a list of the things the folks at Frost RV think need to be done, I'll have a better idea when I can get on the road again.
My destination, I think will be the desert over near Quartzite, AZ. This is winter RV mecca for the whole dang country, and I've never been partial to parking cheek-by-jowl with a few hundred of my new best friends, so I've stayed away. But the big crowds have moved on, I gather, and it's not crazy hot over there yet, so I'll go poke around while I wait for things to thaw out up north.
The only "upgrade" I've done to the Beast is get a small solar trickle charger for the starter battery. It's hard to know whether it's really necessary, but it makes me feel all provident and green, Because ... solar!'
More later. You all OK?