Our Location today is Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.
Even though we were busy the entire day yesterday which also included physically climbing on the roof of the trailer and being exposed to the bright sun I had no problem falling asleep but staying that way was another story. Kathy on the other hand tossed around for a while but once she was asleep she didn’t wake up until it was time for breakfast. When we have problems sleeping like that it also means that we sleep later to make up for that restlessness so it wasn’t until after 8:30 MST that we both got up for breakfast.
|Where I left off yesterday.|
At breakfast, we once again discussed our plans for the day and mine included wiring up the Solar Panels to the Junction Box on the roof. There was a possible trip to Discount Solar that might be needed and then on to do some visiting this afternoon. Kathy had more things she wanted to Organize in the trailer as well as some Researching before our next big move.
|Wires connected on the roof but not tied down.|
Comments on yesterday’s blog expressed concern for working on the trailer. Throughout my career, it was not uncommon for me to work a few hundred feet in the air with a much smaller surface area to move around on. You learn to move around very cautiously and must instantly be aware of your surroundings because your survival depends on it.
Back on the roof this morning I started connecting the Positive Cable of one Solar Panel at a time getting it laid where I wanted it to run, through the Cable Cinches and then connecting it to the Power Distribution Block located inside the Roof Top Junction Box. I would then run the Negative Cable from the same Solar Panel until eventually all the Solar Panels were connected. I had originally planned on Bartering for Shorter Cables rather than waste these longer ones but realized that I would need pieces of Cable when I start connecting the Charge Controller in the Basement so I simply shortened the excessively long Cables and now have the material to work with in the basement. I still need to use Bundle Clips to finish the cable install but we have to go purchase them.
It was lunch time by the time I finished what I could on the roof. Even though I had kept Hydrated the hot Sun was taking its toll on me. It didn’t take Kathy long to get lunch ready which again helped to freshen me up.
|Our kids keep asking what a wash is in the desert.|
Our first stop was the Vendors Area south of Quartzsite where the Big Tent will go up next month. We had read other blogs saying that more vendors were open so we had to check them out. We spent nearly an hour looking around and kept our spending to only a few necessities.
|John Tally enjoying life and appreciating every minute of it.|
In the background to the left of the picture is our friend
Bill working with a Solar Tech on top of his RV.
Before we started writing our blog “It’s about time” we followed many others through the Hitchitch Forum. One of those blogs was called “Confessions of the RV Loving Fiber Artist” written by Nan Tally documenting the transition that she and her husband John were going through in preparation to becoming Fulltimers. Then the bottom fell out of their dream when John suddenly took so ill that everyone reading their blog was praying for John just to survive. It was a long road to recovery but eventually their dream of Fulltiming came true. After changing the name of the blog to “Trippin with the Tally’s“ Nan suddenly stopped writing the blog. I have seen comments from her on other blogs lately and had always wanted to say “Hello”. One comment she left last week revealed her whereabouts as being in La Posa South and we had driven right by their location a few times.
|John and I still talking before we left.|
When we arrived Kathy asked how I knew it was their RV? I answered John had kept his Sports Car. Nan was just about to leave with a friend for an appointment so we only spoke with her for about five minutes but John was Home. We sat outside and spoke with John catching up on what they had been up to and how the Arizona warmth and dry air helps his breathing. We spent over an hour talking like old friends with the promise that we’ll be stopping in for another visit before the Holidays.
Thanks for the Wonderful visit John.
As we were leaving we drove by Bill and Patsy’s trailer where Bill was on the roof with the Solar Tech making upgrades to their panels. After having sat out in the hot sun Kathy didn’t feel like visiting anymore.
While speaking with John we mentioned issues we are having with our Norcold Fridge and not being able to keep Ice Cream in the freezer. He said they had the same issue but said they visited a little ice cream shop called Dorothy and Toto’s Ice Cream Parlor in Quartzsite. Kathy has been going through withdrawal’s since we left McGregor so that was the first place she wanted check out once we got back in town. We each had a Banana Split that we called our Supper because when we left there we were no longer hungry.
We stopped at Herb’s Hardware Store where they had the Plastic Wire Clips that I needed the Arizona State Map Book showing where all the BLM and LTVA are located.
Back Home at Quail Run RV Park after parking I noticed we’d had a delivery but there were two boxes. Our Heavy-Duty Antenna Rotator had arrived but so had someone else’s Laser Printer. We examined the address on the box and it was for somewhere further up the road. Inquiring at the office about it they said they’d deliver it on their Golf Cart.
Tomorrow I’ll finish off my job on the roof before wiring up the Charge Controller. At least being in the shade of the basement will be cooler than on the roof. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It’s about time.
You Might Be a Redneck If
You order a bucket of chicken for yourself.