It was a quiet day today and I didn't do much of anything except relax and think, more relaxing than thinking. In fact I'm not even sure I was thinking but I can remember relaxing so maybe I was just thinking about relaxing, But anyway.
I've had two more RVs park near me since yesterday, and one is like 30 feet away. What in the world is in people's minds that do that. There was literally a football field of empty space around me and someone has to park 30 feet from the back of the Arctic Fox. I just don't get it.
Why does someone boondock out in the desert where people normally go for some peace and quiet and to not have people parked all around you and then pull up right next to a stranger. It just doesn't make any sense.
There are people here that are parked close to each other, but their friends, they got 10 chairs arranged around a campfire, there going in and out of each other's trailers. Their close together on purpose.
You would think the fact that I'm sitting off by myself would tell people that I don't want to listen to your generator, your TV, your music, or your domestic discussions, but it doesn't, apparently to some people that means, I'm really lonely please park so close to me I can't put out my awning.
And It's not like this is the first time it's ever happened, it seems to happen to me all the time, and the only thing that I can think of that would explain it is there must be a rumor going around that people in Arctic Fox's are nice, friendly folks that are a joy to be around. Well I'm starting a new rumor right now. Fact is Arctic Fox people are mean, cruel, unwashed, half crazed crackheads running from the law, and if you don't want to be overcome by the smell you should park at least 100 yards away.
I'll give it some time for that to get around and see if it helps.
These three pictures are just views around my neighborhood
This is my boondocking spot at the Hi Jolly BLM boondocking area In Quartzsite Arizona.
I left Ben Avery's rifle range this morning and arrived at the Hi Jolly boondocking area in Quartzsite about lunch time. I almost didn't leave this morning because it was so windy but when I realized the wind was coming from the East and I was heading West it brightened up my whole day.
It's pretty warm here today, my outside thermometer says 84 and when you stand in the sun it feels like it, but if you get in the shade of the trailer it feels more like 64. That's the way it works when the humidity's 15 percent.
It's still pretty crowded here at Hi Jolly but I assume there were a lot more folks here during the Big show. I drove by Scaddan Wash where I was boondocked a week ago and there was still a lot of people there but not nearly as many as before. In the winter Quartzsite's always crowded but the crowds are easy to deal with until the Big Show is in town.
I parked the Arctic Fox next to a Wash which will be a handy place for riding the little Beta. There's people boondocked closer to me than I prefer but I didn't want to drive any further down the dirt road because I'm not sure how long I want to stay at Hi Jolly yet.
As I was setting up the Arctic Fox a medium-sized fifth wheel pulled in about 100 feet from me and I didn't see any solar panels on his roof. Guess what I'll be listening to tonight, and it won't be music to my ears.
This is the dry wash that runs right by my boondocking site
I spent the morning getting ready to leave tomorrow. I've got the packing up thing so its fairly quick and easy and in fact the most time-consuming thing is loading up the motorcycle. Putting it on the rack is now as easy as pie, tying it down is easy but takes a little bit of time, putting a chain on it and locking it to the rack is fairly simple, but the most time-consuming thing is putting the cover over it and tying it down so it doesn't blow off, and fixing it so it doesn't cover up the trailer tag or the taillights.
I got to ride the little Beta around the campground a few times so I'm getting more used to it now but it's still an alien feeling motorcycle and I think there's two reasons for that. One is the lightness of the motorcycle I don't think I've ever owned a motorcycle that weighed less than this Beta does. It feels more like riding a bicycle than a motorcycle.
There's a term dirt bikers use called flickable, which means you can quickly throw the motorcycle from side to side and it still feels stable, and because its lightweight the little beta is certainly flickable. The other thing is the angle of the front forks which is called the rake. If you look at a bicycle the front forks are almost straight up and down with just a little bit of forward rake. On a motorcycle the forks are at more of an angle, and the more rake or angle they have the more stable they are at high speed and the more input it takes at the handlebars to make it turn. The little beta doesn't have much of a rake because it's designed to turn quickly and easily so it responds to the gentlest touch on the handlebars and I'm not used to a bike doing that, but that's part of its trials bike heritage.
When I get around to it I'm also going to change the gearing on the Beta. The seat and extra gas tank combination that I just put on came with a different sprocket set for the motorcycle which raises the gear ratio a bit. Trials bikes are geared very low so they have a lot of low-end torque because they're not required to go fast they just have to have lots of power, which is great for a trials competition but not so great riding down a dirt trail, putting the new sprockets on will fix that.
I put a little two-minute video at the bottom of the page to show everyone what these little trials bikes can do in the hands of an expert. To me it's amazing and even unbelievable what these little motorcycles without seats are capable of doing.