As I write this blog posting, it is 10:30am; you can see right away that we are not early risers. I should correct that – we are not early leavers. The little red trailer is wonderful in 1,000 ways, amongst them that it is cozy warm at night, and in the morning while the frost is on the ground, we are snug and toasty under a lovely feather duvet, our pillows from home, with little Katie snuffling and sighing and curled up in her little bed beside us. Tea, steeped the night before, is still hot in the thermos, and we enjoy a cuppa in bed, awaiting the sun to warm the trailer and evaporate the condensation from the windows.
Colin gets up first; it’s been very cold at elevation and around Bryce Canyon, so he bundles up and heads out to start some breakfast. Sometimes this is cereal and yoghurt, other times, like this morning, it is sausages and eggs (humane raised and cage free from – in all honesty a surprise – a tiny natural grocer in the roadside town of Escalante). Still inside, I get up, ferret out an outfit for the day, make the bed and tidy the little trailer, putting all things in their assigned place and securing shelves with cargo net so things don’t shift while in transit. These are easy and pleasant morning routines for us both, and provide a comfortable contrast to the ever-changing sights and sounds and discoveries of each day’s travels.
We’ve been on the road for three weeks and we feel very much at home. As it turns out, home is where the adventure is.
Missed less than anticipated: bathrooms
Missed more than anticipated: wifi, or even 3+ bars of internet service
I spy with my little eye something that looks like a hose supplying fuel to the Coleman stove rather than repeated use of those pesky green disposable bottles which is not very “green”. Note that several of your followers are waiting for details on this innovation. We are hungry out here.
LOL! So, it would seem that three out of three of our attempts over the past 2 weeks to respond to you desperate and quite understandable conundrum all went awry, and did not make it to their destination. Darn those lost service bars, just at the critical moment! You do indeed see a finagled arrangement to connect the Coleman to Rocinante’s built in gas supply. Colin followed a Youtube video and did get something that technically works, but the gas supply it provides goes through too many, or too restricting, a regulator, and what comes out barely creates a flame. It’s enough to keep food warm, or to boil water in about 45 minutes. We returned to the little bottles until a better solution can be found or when we just want tepid tea (which for me is never). Our next thought is to buy the converter with tube that connects straight to the 20 lb tank, then have one tank for the little red trailer’s systems, and the other tank for the stove (running the pipes parallel under the trailer, attached by zip ties). At the moment, though, even this solution is all talk. We will keep you posted once a solution is in place.