Monday, August 12, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

PAUL THEROUX: MY TRAVEL WISH LIST

Paul Theroux: My Travel Wish List
From the article:

“You’ve been everywhere,” people say to me, but that’s a laugh. My wish list of places is not only long but, in many cases, blindingly obvious. Yes, I have been to Patagonia and Congo and Sikkim, but I haven’t been to the most scenic American states, never to Alaska, Montana, Idaho or the Dakotas, and I’ve had only the merest glimpse of Kansas and Iowa. I want to see them, not flying in but traveling slowly on the ground, keeping to back roads, and defying the general rule of “Never eat at a place called Mom’s, never play cards with a man called Doc ...”

Nothing to me has more excitement in it than the experience of rising early in the morning in my own house and getting into my car and driving away on a long, meandering trip through North America. Not much on earth can beat it in travel for a sense of freedom — no pat-down, no passport, no airport muddle, just revving an engine and then “Eat my dust.”

Sunday, October 7, 2012

RACKED & BOXED: 2000 FORD CHINOOK CONCOURSE

My friend Kevin and his pals in Bozeman, MT helped me install all the components on a beautiful Sunday, thanks.
COST (THULE ROCKET CARGO BOX): USD$200
COST (THULE EXCURSION ES CARGO BOX): USD$150
COST (THULE CROSS BARS & FEET): USD$128
ODOMETER (MILES): 32408
GENSET (HOURS): 68.8
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Friday, September 21, 2012

SERVICED: 2000 FORD CHINOOK CONCOURSE

Red's Superior Automotive (Springfield, OR) did the work for $430.
COST (SERVICE AUTO TRANSMISSION): USD$204
COST (30000 MILE SERVICE/INSPECTION): USD$78
COST (FUEL FILTER): USD$68
COST (LUBE, OIL, FILTER): USD$45
COST (AIR FILTER): USD$35
ODOMETER (MILES): 30472
GENSET (HOURS): 68.3
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

RE-POWERED: 2000 FORD CHINOOK CONCOURSE

Affordable Mobile RV Service LLC (Eugene, OR) did the work for $390. Ask for Manny.
COST (TWO MARINE BATTERIES, INSTALLATION, ROADSIDE SERVICE): USD$300
COST (ONE ENGINE BATTERY, INSTALLATION): USD$90
ODOMETER (MILES): 30190
GENERATOR (HOURS): 66
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Monday, October 17, 2011

SOLD: 2000 FORD CHINOOK CONCOURSE XL

A very weird symmetry is happening with increasing frequency in my life and manifesting itself in small, coincidental (meaningless) ways. Example(s): This vehicle was bought & sold on the 17th day exactly five months apart, and ended its tenure with exactly 7000 miles on the odometer. My summer trip to Oregon began with a flight on the 4th of July and ended on the 4th of September, exactly two months apart. Both flights were one-way tickets (meaning the dates were randomly selected).
PRICE: USD$ CLASSIFIED
ODOMETER (MILES): 89252
GENSET (HOURS): 489.7
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

RHODE ISLAND

I pass nearly 60 days out west without rain, and all that time without a rousting, but I get both within 48 hours of returning to New England. The soggy view from within my warm camper at Weekapaug, RI., before the 1:00 AM flashlight & tap on the window. It was all worth it for three days of fun in the rain as Hurricane Katia swept past the Rhode Island coast. Here I enjoyed a well-known spot in the SW:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

REGISTERED: 2000 FORD CHINOOK CONCOURSE

COST (TAX): USD$1200
COST (REGISTRATION): USD$65
COST (TITLE): USD$31
COST (VANITY PLATE): USD$38
COST (VIN VERIFICATION): USD$15
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

EUGENE

COST (WATER PUMP & INSTALL): USD$130
COST (SYSTEMS INSPECTION/SERVICE - H20, AC, LP, GENSET): USD$100
COST (OIL & FILTER CHANGE, CHASSIS INSPECTION): USD$50
ODOMETER (MILES): 26137
GENSET (HOURS): 63.6
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011