Roswell, New Mexico

Welcome to Roswell, New Mexico.

Im going to keep this blog on how I would have seen it if issues with the truck didn’t happen, but unfortunately the trip to Roswell starts with the truck issues.

About 80 miles East of Roswell New Mexico, the truck started sputtering as if needing fuel. Trying to make it to the next town 20 miles to go, check engine light came on, and truck just died. My biggest fear on the road is breaking down in the desert, miles and miles away from any cell service. If you’ve gone through Palm Springs, California to Parker, Arizona, you probably understand with 100 mile spaces of no fuel or cell reception. Luckily I had reception, but decided to try to start it up again. Made it 5 feet and just died.

I ended up calling for a tow which the nearest dispatch was in Roswell and the only place that had mechanics and auto part stores. Once the driver loaded us up so told him I believed it was water in the fuel, or fuel pump was bad which he agreed after seeing the symptoms.

On our way into Roswell his truck started acting up the same as mine which we had to pull over, drain the water out that mixed in with the diesel so I believed that it was the gas station I filled up at last ( which still wonder about).

I had him drop me off at auto zone to put some fuel treatment in (which he did also for his truck). We got the RPMs running good, no stalls, or any problems. Thought “great, going to head to camp about 18 miles from here”… things never go as planned.

5.6 miles to the camp, the truck dies again. Ended up road siding it for the night which wasn’t bad when you have solar, a radio, and a 12 pack on ice next to a camp chair. Besides the mosquitoes, it was pretty nice.

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Next morning I decided to make a run for it to town to hopefully get to an auto parts, but died again right in front of the sign to welcome me to Roswell. Town was still a good 8 miles to go, and another 2 to the closest auto parts… called for another tow back to autozone.

I started calling mechanic shops to see if I could get it in to get a diagnostic of what the issue was before I decided to start draining 100.00 in fuel. All shops in town were booked up for a min. Of 2 weeks, and only 2 shops in the town work on diesels which were over a month wait. After doing plenty of research, and talking with family and friends, all of us agreed that it sounded like water in the gas so at autozone, I got the tools needed and drained the tanks, added fuel, and more additives to the fuel. Took it not even a block, and it died in the middle of the road.

A neighbor in the area helped push the truck to the curb, and I just desired I need a break from the truck, and Roswell still hasn’t been explored besides autozone.

Main Street has the main attractions in the town when it comes to aliens. You can’t pass a clinic, fast food restaurant, or government building without it having to do something with aliens. Gas stations have alien wood carved aliens. Pass by Baskin Robbins ice cream and you will find a 50’ alien holding the sign. Mc Donald’s is shaped like a UFO that lights up at night. Inside looks like aluminum walls and roof. Gift shops have everything you could imagine dealing with aliens.

after a tour of the town desired to head back to mess with the truck to accomplish a task that I didn’t believe was going to get fixed.

Once the truck quit starting all together, I decided it was time for a hotel for the night since I was stuck in town. The guy that helped push the truck offered to park it in his driveway so that it wasn’t in the open, so We got the truck parked, and reeked 1.7 miles to a dog friendly hotel to take a break.

The next morning I tried starting the truck and the batteries were completely dead. Luckily Autozone was across the street so I took a battery over to be tested and found out that both batteries were completely shot. I thought I did pretty good getting the life out of them that I did that were 2 years beyond there life.

2 new batteries, later, I got enough power to get the truck back to Autozone to try and drain the tanks again to start the process over since I still had some fuel that was missed. In fear of ruining my injectors I made multiple trip to the gas station with a 5 gallon diesel can to fill up again and start the process again but this time with a new fuel filter. Once done, thinking it would work this time… and nothing. Luckily one of my brothers is a diesel mechanic (Kirk Sawyer) and recommend checking the cam sensor. Of course AutoZone didn’t have it so found an O’Reilly auto parts that had one left, so walked 2 miles to pick it up, installed it, The the truck started right up.

Hope if you visit, you have a better experience. Over all I like Roswell, Seems to be more of a tourist trap and the only place you find companies competing not of what they have to offer, but who has the best alien. My next post will be on a really nice camp I found that you will probably enjoy if your in the area and looking for a camp.

Goodnight everyone, and we will see you on the next stop.

 

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Foster Park – San Angelo, Texas

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Hello everyone! As some of you know I’ve been stuck in Roswell, New Mexico for going on the last 3 days but will get into more detail on that with the next blog I do.

Those of you that fulltime RV, and have been three Texas, know that kindling free camping can be damn near impossible. When you cut back to renting, this makes it 10 time worst finding an area that is decent.

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After doing my research trying to find a camp, I finally found one in San Angelo, Texas that met everything plus some of what I was looking for to pull an overnighter on this new journey.

Foster park has 4 days of free camping, picnic table, and BBQ grill for each site. A beautiful pond to swim, fish or feed the ducks that will come right up to you searching for food. As of right now, campfires are ok since there has been so much rain this last season.

pros: free camping, beautiful scenery, not many campers during the work week but weekends I here gets pretty crowded

cons: close to a road that gets a good amount of traffic, closest anything is 10 miles away, bathrooms are in the day use area across the river with the only access of driving or walking across the bridge.

This was a real gem finding such a nice campground in a state that is hard to find free camping. If you have any questions about here, send me an email. Like I said earlier, my next post will be in Roswell, New Mexico that has put a little damper on things for the moment on vehicle issues.

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How To Make Money On The Road

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I had a post about a year in a half ago about a typical day workamping at campgrounds, but haven’t gave a whole lot of detail on how to find these jobs, or if someone wants to start doing this life style but doesn’t have a rig to haul. This post will help the new RVers that are riding on the sales of there house they just sold but have no knowledge on how to find work, and for others that can’t afford a rig but would love to live the nomadic lifestyle.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Harvesthost, this is a program that with a paid membership will let you stay at farms, wineries, breweries, museums, and other amazing places for free while on the road in exchange but not required that you purchase something that these places sell or a service that is offered. At the farm I am currently working at, we have this program (which some of you that follow us know since you have boondocked here).

Some of the full timers that come in are brand new to this life style, that just sold there house, living on the expenses of there house, but don’t have a clue on what to do next for an income. If not planning right, expenses for food, fuel, campgrounds, and entertainment will wipe you out faster then you think. When we first started, we blew through $20,000 in about 3 months not properly planning.

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http://www.workampers.com is probably the best resource if hauling a trailer, motorhome, or any other RV. With a low yearly cost of about $40.00, this will help you get a resume set up on there system, give yourself exposure to every campground across the country, receive email alerts 5 days a week of new openings across the country, let you apply to jobs, and let’s campground owners and managers contact you directly on possible opportunities. You can literally set it up, and just wait for calls to come in. I typically get 10 to 15 new positions open during a work week with 2 to 7 calls weekly on positions that are interested in hiring me. One thing that most don’t realize is that there are more campground hosting alone then they have full timers looking for work, so it’s easy to get picky of where you want to work around the country.

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Have a skill? Use that skill or talent to your advantage. Most resorts have areas that you can put your services at the front office for short and long term campers to see. This can be anything from mechanical work, cutting hair, dog walking/sitting, arts and crafts, and so on. Why travel miles out of the way to get a haircut when you can just see your neighbor about getting one. Long term campers like to vacation from there vacation and need someone to care for there animals. The possibilities are endless.

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Blogging. Yes that’s right, you can get paid documenting your travels as you go. This does take a lot of work, but there are many fulltime RVers that do this for a living.

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Don’t have a rig and can’t afford one? Don’t let this discourage you from living a nomadic lifestyle. Places like http://www.coolworks.com have positions all over the country that you can tent camp, or even get into positions with housing and food included. Best part is, is that these jobs are all fun jobs. Examples of jobs I’ve seen is ATV riding tours in Arizona, white water rafting guides down the Colorado River with training included, kayaking tours in Alaska and the Virgin Islands, taking care of sled dogs in Alaska, hiking guides, camp counselors for kids, camphosting, working at some of the top lodges and resorts, fishing guides, and the list goes on and on. About 75 to 80% of these jobs will give you housing whether in a tent or dorm, will supply 3 meals a day, and will even pick you up from the airport if traveling greater distances.

Finding work has been a lot easier for me personally on the road then living in the sticks and bricks, and reasons for this is because:

– Your not stuck in a specific area looking for work that is close to your house. The United States, becomes your job searching area.

– There are more positions open then they have workampers on the road so your not competing against thousands of people for that one position.

Hope this information helps you out if your just starting out, or wanting to do this but fear of how you will make an income to support your journey.

http://www.workampers.com

http://www.coolworks.com

http://www.craigslist.com

 

Changes for the Summer

“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” – Jon Krakauer

Hope everyone is having a good day!

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One of my all time favorite movies is “Into the Wild” about a guy that gives it all up to venture into the Alaska outback. There are mixed opinions on what he did by throwing it all away to venture off with no experience in wilderness survival. Burning, and donating all of his money living true freedom along his travels. My opinion is that I respect what he did, but believe a little better planning should have been done on his part.

So I mentioned in my last post of some changes I’m doing this summer. Some believe it’s a little nuts, while others don’t understand my logic behind it. I’m leaving the RV behind in Texas, and will be nomading out of a canvas tent for the next few months in extremely isolated areas.

reasons for this change:

1. To test the boundaries a little further.

2. Save on fuel.

3. To see areas I can’t with a trailer.

4. To take away most technology.

5. To give myself a new challenge.

I will still be documenting places to see along the way, but will be getting into wilderness survival also. We will be looking at everything from trapping, shelter building, wild game processing, and the bait to be used. We will get into areas of making camp perimeters to keep predators away, gadgets from solar to how to live in the wilderness comfortably.

The information that will be given is good for fulltime RVers, to the people that want to learn a little on wilderness survival stills.

Those of you that made the leap to fulltime nomading understand the research that was involved before you decided to make that leap into the unknown. I felt like I started all over with living on less then the little I had. Fear is all in the mind, how you transfer that fear is what will make or break a person, and if you think about it, is the only way to make change to venture into more unknown territories.

People that know me personally know that I try to push the limits to see how far I can go. Once comfortable, I push it farther to see if I can take the next level.

I will be working at an herbal medicine farm, learning about the old ways of farming using bio dynamics which is a step above organic.

Kitty will be staying in Texas due to financial obligations, and as of right now, I will be bringing 3 dogs with me.

we will see you soon next week to our first camp area.

 

 

Cowboys of the Sky

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When I quit working iron with the Pacific NW Ironworkers #29 to venture into new territories, I never felt any less brotherhood with other Ironworkers, and still today support them, and understand how dangerous the job can be. There’s a saying “Once an Ironworkers, always an Ironworker.” There is so much truth to be had in this.

Recently there was a collision that killed 2 Ironworkers out of local #29 and local #86 from a crane collapse. Both were far to young to leave this world. Below is a link For any donations that will be going to the Ironworkers families to help for their recent loss in this accident.

“The Ironworker’s Prayer”

“Monuments built by human hands, bridges, towers, and buildings, too by men who work for me and you.

Men with strong callused hands who toil all day upon our lands.

They work in weather dark and dreary, then day is done they come home weary.

They work in hottest heat of day, and earn every bit of their weekly pay.

They work in mud, sleet and snow.

And go where no others dare to go.

They work alone and with each other

And that is why they’re called “Brother”

They climb where angels fear to tread

They never look down in fear of dread.

So don’t wait until the bye and bye

To say a prayer for the one on high

For men on whom we all rely,

Bless the Ironworker in the sky.”

 

Author “unknown”

 

Travis Corbet Local #29

Andrew Yoder Local #86

Construction trades, brother hoods, nomads or who ever is put into risky situations, Stay safe out there brothers and sisters.

 

Ironworkers Supporting Ironworkers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm Life

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Hello everyone, I know it’s been some time since my last post, but prefer to blog with the adventures, and not the everyday normal life of work.

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It has been 8 months working at Austin Orchards working with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and farm animals outside of Austin Texas. As most of you know that have been following from day one, this is a LONG time for me of staying put for that amount of time.

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Those of you that don’t know, but remember Drifter, he has passed away due to antifreeze poisoning. Before he went, he did have some beautiful puppies with one of the old chocolate labs that we had here at the farm, and ended up taking one that has more of the markings of a German shepherd… Meet Gypsy.

She has been a very good dog so far, and hope that she stays that way.

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My dad came out here for a month to see what Austin Texas had to offer with a little NASCAR, Indy Car, and Moto GP racing to venturing off into some of the best BBQ that you won’t find in the Pacific NW. It was great having him here, and for him to have a better understanding of what this lifestyle is like.

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For any of the Fulltime RVers that follow my page, Austin Orchards is with Harvesthost now, so if in the area, stop on by.

I am gearing up to take off for the summer back to Oregon, but will be making this trip a bit different, possibly more extreme, or some may even consider it nuts. My next post will give more details on what will be soon to come for the trip back to Oregon.

Have an awesome day, and safe travels if on the road!

Route 66 (Kansas)

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When traveling Route 66, make sure you don’t blink or you may miss the state of Kansas that this Hwy travels through!

When reading about attractions to see in Kansas, most of the reviews I read was the drive is only about 14 mins. in. Yes, this state was very short, but has been my favorite so far out of the states traveled on this Hwy due solely on luck of a stop we made.

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As We came into Kansas, we knew that we had to find a spot where souvenirs, and gifts were sold before we got into Oklahoma. (Those that travel full time I’m sure know why these places are very important).

We ended up in Baxter Springs Kansas where we found a Route 66 Travel Center, so we decided to stop to see what they had in there. Place is set up like an old gas station and is hard to miss in Baxter Springs. We ended up buying a couple items, talked to the guy working there, and got our names marked on the board. We were guided to backtrack to Galena, Kansas to see where Radiator Springs was inspired from, with the real life Cars autographed by the inspirations behind each of the main characters.

 

Meet the man we were talking to in the Route 66 visitor center. Dean Walker.

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Dean Walker’s old tow truck is on the far right, followed by Tow Mator. Talk about making a lucky stop to see!

Kansas was our favorite on this Hwy so far, but there is still more Hwy to see, and attractions to visit.

Have a great Monday everyone and we will see you in Oklahoma.