Sitting here waiting for my water pump to stop running, signaling that the water heater is 6-gallons full. The onboard water system was the last system on my long list of "stuff to figure out". More about that in a minute.
Surely I’ve summited this huge learning curve and am on my way down? I’ve had the GDB for 4 and ½ months now and am finally feeling as though I’ve kind of maybe close to figuring it out.
I am parked in what is my most scenic campsite so far, surrounded by saguaro, mesquite, and creosote, enveloped by the towering desert mountains. Folks rave about this campground. For $20/night, electric only, you get all this …..
|That's my antenna communicating with the saguaro.|
|Waaaaay better than a hotel.|
I spent the morning (after another great night’s parking lot sleep) completing the 10 or so tasks required by my new employer. Including a post office run for a pre-paid express mail envelope I'll need for mailing documents in the next few days. With a feeling of relief, I finished the work by 11. Stopped at a grocery, ATM, and then at this restaurant for lunch.
Next I headed toward the campground, determined to conquer the onboard plumbing system. You see, I’ve always used city water (or bottled water when dry camping). There were fresh water stations everywhere.I had a few missteps – non fatal. In my concern over not spilling water all over my open rear cargo area, I forgot to turn the valves to the proper orientation and, as a result, the front (summer) tank filled up. Realizing my mistake after about maybe 10 gallons, I stopped, drained the front tank and started over. As I told, Robert (who has excellent instructions on his website about how to master the Roadtrek 2-tank system), I’m glad the only witnesses were the saguaro.
The pump is still running. It's been at least an hour. Not sure what is up with that. I’ve sent a distress signal to Robert.
Gonna go catch the sunset before it's over.