A Good Night's Sleep Can Change Evrything
Trip Start Sep 29, 2007
45Trip End Dec 01, 2007
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It is getting light right now, I have hot water, in which I made instant coffee, that turned out more like espresso. I can hear the Coyote's howling and greeting each other from last night's forays, And I am also surrounded by a river and trees. The kind of trees that I have not seen for days, old Oaks, California Sycamore's and a multitude of other Fauna.
The camp is beginning to wake up. I hear children somewhere, the Great Horned Owls just checked in for the last time for the night and the age old transition is occurring as I write. The first up was the Scrub jay, followed by a pair of Red shouldered Hawks, who are probably reacquainting after a night of separation. Their babies are probably out of the nest by now but the necessity fo food is always a point of discussion.
It probably got down in the low 40's last night and I can only say, that to skimp on sleeping gear is a huge mistake. I wrote about my sleeping bag, but I failed to mention that I had two sheets sewn together to about the half-way point. One i use an an insert to my bag, which I remove daily and wash once a week. Yhe other I stuff all of my aetra clothes into and I use it as a pillow. I originally brought a specialized pillow that supports my neck but I forgot it in some town or another so, take a minute before leaving any place you stay and make sure that you have everything. A few minutes extra minutes will not affect anything, and I am regretting that fact that I left my pillow as my neck is hurting. For me, however all I need do is think back on the hardships of others before me and I just (try) to shake my head in disgust.
As to other equipment, I cannot believe that I am able to use the net here, again AT&T wireless, the best. But in regards to camping equipment, I have a small tent I think I bought for 5 dollars, on sale somewhere. I am about 6 feet tall and I can almost stretch out, that is the long side, the smaller side has the zipper door, complete with a screen. It is a typical tent that is supported by 2 attaching segments, that once put together, slide through, bend up (fiberglass) and make the structure, which is pretty strong. The bottom is made of waterproof tarp material and extends about 6 inches vertically. It has 4 stakes made of aluminum that are pretty thin but light, and I use a 5 by 6 tarp from Home Depot under the whole thing just in case. I secure the whole thing by placing the stakes through the "eyelets" of the tarp. I also have to rain Poncho's, that during the night I cover the bake and trailer with. As far as security with my bike, The trailer is locked to the bike with two Master padlocks, the bike is lock with a heavy duty bike chain, which is not actually a bike "chain" but thick, coated wire with a combination lock. To top it all off, the BionX system has an anti-theft feature, built into the "thumb accelerator, controller." I just punch in my code and the device is set until I use my password to deactivate. If the wheel is turned one revolution, I think?, or less, the generation mode kicks into the highest setting, 4, and an alarm is set off. It would be difficult if not impossible to ride off with the bike and trailer and since the whole rig weighs about 90 pounds, picking it up and throwing the whole thing into a pickup truck would be difficult. Last night was the first night that I used the alarm function and I am curious as to the amount of electricity it used keeping the small image of a lock on the console blinking all night? The console has a cool function that keeps track of even the most minute amount of electricity used, amazing huh?
The only negative aspect of my wireless, is that it is slower than a high-speed DSL and last night before I crashed, I wanted to check some news and maybe see some clips from my favorite shows on television. to do this is impractical and I opted to read my novel instead. I started with about 5 books that I wanted to read. 4 of them were the first to go, in my downsizing.
The Dew-point was the only negative part of having a small tent, as inadvertently, I have brushed my body along the inside of the tent and the water transfered to which ever point I touched. This has been mostly my head and my hair is slightly damp, so I will wait for the sun to break and remain warm in my bag until then, which should be soon.
The last point regarding equipment is a blow-up type mat that I have awned for a long time , which is 2 by six and stayed inflated all night. That is surprising since I have had it for about 10 years. The purpose is two fold. At night it serves it's intended purpose, giving my a nice bed and during the ride, it folds around my computer and serves as a cushion at the very bottom of my trailer where it helps to lower the center of gravity and the trailer's metal structure provides additional support.
That is all for now, it is almost 8AM, 2 flocks of Geese, either Canadian or "The Giant Canada Goose" (Branata Canadensis Maxima). I am not sure about this whole issue, but I think their are two species which are around the area. Like most other issues, I think there is controversy surrounding one or the other as one is a nuisance, leaving their manure all over Golf courses, making nests in the most inconvenient places, causing a road hazard as complete families cross busy highways and most hazardously, being attracted to airports and causing midair accidents, in what are called, "bird-strikes," causing loss of human life. You may recall back a little while, where in Alaska, one of these flocks of Geese were reponsible for downing a military plane killing a lot of people, and Geese, when a number were sucked into the engines causing failure. I think it was a C-37 transport plane, correct me if I am wrong, but they do not glide well if at all.
The point is, I think there is a difference, one that is non-indigenous and should be checked, and one that is threatened by the other that needs additional protection.
Time to get up, as my coffee is tepid, and it is time to go. Last point, get a small battery charger that charges both AA and AAA. Also, get any non-AC lighting equipment that takes either AA or AAA. It is not expensive and charging can be done almost anywhere