TRIP BEGAN AT THE SOUTH END OF YELLOWSTONE PARK, 2 MILES FURTHER SOUTH
7-26 SAT LEFT BEND, OR AT 5:00PM…… Left Bend, OR at 5:00 PM after 2 weeks of preparing the trailer/boat/kayak/gear and issues with the Class B MH Van. It had a cracked head gasket. So had a mechanic fix it, put 2 new heads on, new clutch fan, new radiator, complete tune up with new plugs, wires, rotor, rotor cap…etc and it made it the 1st 200 miles on the way to Jackson Hole, WY. That was a pretty good test and indication he did a good job. I stayed the first night east of Juntura, OR.
I have set some parameters for myself. Never let the gas tank get less than 1⁄4 full and try to get it full at 1⁄2. I do carry a five gallon spare on the trailer in a tool box on the front. All my trips for years have always been Safety 1st, Comfort 2nd and Fun 3rd. I have made a commitment to practice H. A. L. T. Never get to Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. And don’t get in a hurry. It will take me a good week to get in the “Rhythm of the River”. Especially having to trade off with the Kayak and the Cataraft. I expect the 1,000 miles to take me 5 to 7 weeks. The big unknown is the getting back to where I have the Kayak or the Cat to do that segment of the river.