I went into town and did laundry first thing this morning. I always dread doing laundry because it usually means I have to set around for 2 hours waiting for everything to wash and dry which is usually pretty boring. But this time I had some errands to run in town so it worked out that I got some things accomplished while doing the laundry. The laundry was pretty expensive, each washing machine was $2 and I needed 3. And the dryer took almost another $2 to dry my clothes, so all in all I thought it was pretty costly.
I called Fremont motorsports, the place I bought my Yamaha WR450, and they said they got my title and other paperwork back from the state. This is real good news because now I should be able to get my tag and be able to ride the bike on the street. Even though I don't care about riding on the street that much I need to be able to ride on some streets just to get to the dirt roads I want to be on, and Colorado has a lot of fun dirt roads.
After doing laundry I spent the rest of the entire day trying to get the taillights to work that I put on the motorcycle rack. It didn't look like a very difficult job but for some reason it took me half a day to figure it out. I must've hooked them up wrong a dozen times before I finally got them to come on when they were supposed to. The weird thing is I hooked up my entire solar system which seemed a lot more complicated than a couple of taillights and got it right the first time.
The taillights still aren't finished, I have to route the wiring so it's out of the way and a few other odds and ends. But at least now I know what wire goes where so the hard parts over. I should be able to finish it tomorrow after getting back from Fremont motorsports.
Well here it is lunch time again and the thundering herd has raced, limped and waddled back to the flatlands from which they came. They have put up with daily afternoon thunderstorms, picked up many pounds of dog poop, endured their neighbors music, breathed the exhaust fumes from dozens of generators, but now the fun's over and they have to go back to work..... Been there done that.
I re-uped for another week here at the Colorado National Forest campground and it just so happens that my 14 day stay limit ends on the 4th of July. Now I'm hoping that the campground host will bend the rules a little and let me stay until the 5th or the 6th, because there's no way on earth I will be able to find a place to stay on the Fourth of July. The campground hosts are real nice folks and I'm sure they would let me stay, but their boss is a government employee so being nice may have nothing to do with it.
I went into town this morning and bought a few groceries and some nuts and bolts for the Yamaha WR 450. The town was really crowded and the highway was busy. Which makes me start to wonder if Colorado is where I need to be in the summer. I knew Colorado was an expensive place to be but in all the years I've lived here I never had to compete with the tourists for places to stay. Other full timers tell me that the mountains of Montana and Wyoming are not only very nice but not as crowded and inexpensive to live in. I'll have to see how the summer goes here in Colorado maybe I just haven't learned how to deal with the summer crowds yet.
The last night before the thundering herd arrived at the National Forest campground
By 6 o'clock last night the campground looked full. The only sites I saw empty were the reserved sites and they didn't have to be here till Saturday.
So here it is Saturday about lunchtime and the place is packed. I'm glad that I've had a chance to stay here on the weekdays because if the weekends were normal for this place I would never stay here. This national forest campground is convenient for me to take care of the things I need to do in Woodland Park. And if it weren't for that I would be somewhere else. I am kind of lucky that I picked a little meadow to stay in. I didn't want to be under the trees because I needed the sunshine for my solar panels. but most people want to be in the woods and their packed together tighter than I am out here in the meadow.
It is beyond me why people want to spend a weekend in a camping situation that is not much different from the city they left to come up here. There's a bunch of people wandering around, it's noisy, there's cars driving by every few minutes, music is playing from 3 different directions, there are generators running in stereo, and I've heard car alarms go off twice, so I don't see much difference in this and being in Colorado Springs.
Now bear in mind this place is not their only choice there are literally millions of acres of Pike national forest that you can camp in for free, just like I did the night before I got here. But for some reason these folks want to bunch together just like the way they live in the city.... And maybe that's the answer, their city folks and their more comfortable with other city folks all around them. There's nothing wrong with that of course, I just don't agree with that philosophy.
My little meadow is not too bad, but the woods are packed with people
Despite all of that I've had a productive day working on the Yamaha. I've been putting off installing the black rear fender because I knew it was going to take some fabrication to make it fit but I finally started on it this morning and have it about 90% done. tomorrow I have to go into town to the hardware store and buy some metric bolts and hopefully I'll be able to finish the project by the afternoon.