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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Nice break in the winter weather and everyday life

Early this month I spent some nice time with Kit in Durango and around the 10th headed south in the Chinookie for the desert near Quartzite, Arizona and the 2nd Annual Rubber Tramp Rondy put on by my friend Bob Wells, a nomad who lives in a cleverly converted utility trailer and who spends his life living on various spots of public land.

Last year he counted a total of 43 nomads attending at least part of the three weeks of Rondy and this year by the third day of it he had already counted over 50!

I met my friend Jon B. from TorC there and we spent a little over a week  socializing, going to the workshops and taking a couple long walks in the desert every day. Every night we had a great bonfire and lots of good company and laughs and during the mornings held the various workshops/seminars on subjects important to anyone trying to live lightly and "green" as well as cheaply, in a vehicle of any kind.

The first workshop I attended was the one held by Radio Brian on comm of various kinds from CB to amateur radio. Excellent, informative and inspiring to me to go out and buy a small CB for the sidecar rig! Found the perfect one at a secondhand goods booth in the mix in "Q" for $10 and Brian checked it out for me as "good".

Later in the week Bob held a session on Mexico border health topics with Brian the Younger and Brian the Elder (me) giving tidbits about travel and camping in Mexico. Another traveler, Ann gave some insight regarding overlanding as far south as Panama and a lot of good info was passed around.

Many meals put together by various folks, spaghetti, stew, soup  and it was another huge success by this slightly odd but very open and caring group of nomadic folks.

On the way home to TorC Jon and I stopped in Why, AZ to visit a couple days with our friends Steve and Sue (nomads as well) and Sue's son Sly.  I was looking forward to meeting Sly and am pleased at having a new young friend. He is very artistic, doing me a great drawing of my future self with a pimped out walker and Dina still with me....

Home and feeling good and grateful for my very full and complete life....Again I say, I have never had it so damn good! Thanks to the Creator, good friends and a sober, clean life.

May your roads be smooth and the wind at your back,


  1. Been missing you and Jon, Bri! Glad you're home safely. I want more details and pics with regard to the new inspiration. You guys missed the ndn tacos for dinner and fry bread for breakfast. I definitely want to make that up! Emial forthcoming! Been having a few charging issues...


  2. Hi Cyndi, I have been missing being with you all too....REALLY missed the frybread and ndn tacos! Damnation!
    I hope you get the charging issues fixed. You are sure in the right place to do that...

    Looking forward to an email. I don't have any more pics of the inspiration at this point...been looking for some but they don't seem to be out there. The idea is to build a very lightweight but as roomy as possible hard-sided camper unit to replace the sidecar tub on my rig. At this point I am looking at resin impregnated cardboard, fiberglassed on both sides. More will be revealed...I would love to be able to pull into a truckstop or Wally World and slip into the camper for the night...rain, wind or snow be damned!

  3. Nice blog post. Good to see you again at the RTR. The sidecar photos are a hoot. Neat you went to see Sue. I hope to get up that way to see her and also Steve Ballee' before heading to CA for a few weeks, and then to CO for a summer job. Take care and happy trails.


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Baja Bri

Me and my buddy

Me and my buddy
Bri and "Dina Whitesocks the Dancing Dervish Dog"

B.O.B. and Dina

B.O.B. and Dina


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well, I am a 70 year old married man with a couple of sons and 4 grand kids and am currently wending my way around the planet in any way that I find interests me. I am a retired mechanic, certified motorcycle nut, ride a sidecar rig and practice living in the moment. I am a 31 year friend of Bill and Bob and have lived a life beyond my wildest dreams.