a few updates.
the tuner has definitely made mpg improvements. worst miliage ive seen since the tuner is 12.6 (up from a pretty religious 10.8), and the best was 16.7 (tailwind is all i can figure). have had numerous fillups in the 13.5-14.5 range with all kinds of driving, trailer, city, highway, & dirt road travel. so really happy with the tuner purchase so far.
life threw me a curveball as well. 2 days before a race i put on here (and the reason i couldnt go to the jh meet & greet), i get a call from my brother in law that my sister has been in a serious accident. to idaho falls i go...shes in icu when i get there. ended up being a 120+ mph right front to right front head on. i started crying when i went to go look at her car. i was speechless. we are very lucky shes still with us.
her accident was june 19th and she left the hospital on july 4th. she has a 10 day window of blank. shes doing outpatient physical therapy, but they expect a full recovery. only thing that might not heal is some ocular damage to her right eye. it wont dialate, or track with left eye, but has 100% vision. they are hopefull that it will heal in time. she went camping for the first time since the accident this past weekend. she had a hard time walking on uneven ground due to her eye, but she was glad she went. its nice to have her back
with the tearjerker stuff said, we are enjoying the hell out of our van every chance we get. just did our 8th adventure this last weekend. a few pix from the various trips.
camping near bellevue idaho (halfway between my sister and I) at a campground called stanfords crossing where we meet my sister and hubby. this was two weeks prior to her accident.
bryces (her hubby) catch.
and some moose that snuck up on my wife.
a week later we went to the idaho city area. found a great place to camp where no one else had. was wondering why there was no one else around...then found out we were on private land. that explains that huh? guy was nice. knew we had been there a week before and since we left zero trace we were there other than a fire pit, he wasnt mad, was just concerned we were prospecting his gold. great area...currently on fire
out the barn doors
my bike and the dam we built to have a sitting pool.
during our trip to idaho city (more specifically, grimes creek) my van bit me.
i needed to tinkle, had to have been 4:30-5am, and was not wanting to get out of van. finally the bladder overruled sleep. i had parked on blocks to level van so pass side was a bit higher than normal. my knees, well, thier shot. so i figured i could use the door to kinda help me down. i ended up coming down on the latch mechanism. my wife said all she heard was the door open, a loud thump, an f-bomb, and the door close. hobbled away from van, but on way back i noticed my leg wasnt working very well. i went to step into van and it wouldnt lift up. i looked down and had an egg sized lump on top of my knee. i had to sit on floor and slide into van. when we got up around 10, all swelling had gone down, but i limped for a good week afterwards. be carefull of that little piece of metal...its freaking sharp.
next trip was to the north fork of the salmon river where a handfull of our friends were fishing for the bigass salmon. they were stocking the river the friday morning prior, so we didnt get any pix of the huge fish they caught, but most were in the 3' range. was pretty impressive to say the least.
only real pix we got we of the dam at the end of deadwood lake.
then out junkyard hopping, I found this little gem for a 20 spot (and about 25-30 feet of piano hinge) from a campervan.
crafted some brackets with the help of a buddy. (note this was the trial phaze. these will be sprayed and plastidipped now that i know wife and i can install in the field
a few pix from this last weekend near idaho city again, but closer to lowman idaho at a place called edna creek.
tried a trail up to a place called jenny lake, but failed due to running out of water. it was easily 100 degrees out. we were about 1 mile shy of reaching our destination. we will go back and concour...and get beautiful pix to prove it! on way up i caught a snake thats super hard to find in this area. the only native constrictor to the usa, the rubber boa. thought it was a worm at first, lol. super doctile. didnt even strike at me.
and a few of the new awning. which btw, was a HUGE hit with the wife.
and us sitting in the water having a drink after a long hot day.