Ugh. Is it better to be sweaty and hot and uncomfortable in southern Utah, or chilly at night in Colorado...?

There is a difference of opinion in our family on this point, but it's warm here. When we finally settled into the Sandstone elementary school lot after 730, and it was still 97 degrees outside, I was happy to report that I have figured out how to run the generator to allow full A/C performance when needed without overheating. Last night we ran into an issue of the generator temp running above 200 degrees with 5 A/C units running to cool things down before bedtime in the campground. The generator didn't like that. It didn't shut itself down, but I started playing with power use to keep the temp low enough to run happily. Tonight, we're able to run 3 units, which makes it very pleasant inside- we will be running the A/C throughout the night, as it cools the sleeping areas. We're going to try using schools for paved campgrounds- obviously without hookups- but also no cost since they're set up for kids to play and offer safe neighborhoods.... Being Saturday night, we feel safe that we won't be in the way here on a Sunday morning.


At bedtime, everyone has a drawer for their clothes. It works better if everyone gets into their drawer at the same time.

The drive today was good- on the road around 10am, when the buzzer on the remote control on the house batteries sounded for a low battery alarm- seems the batteries won't support as much hair dryer use that we had this morning... New rule is for hair dryer and vacuum use only when on a shoreline or running the generator. Before leaving, I had a nice visit with a guy from Canada, that's been traveling with his wife for 5 seasons (6 months each year) and had a few good pointers about where to stay

, and a general perspective that I found most helpful. He said, "Don't be in a hurry. If you find a good spot just 25 miles from where you start, STOP and camp there. If you rush to get to the next destination and push through, you'll just be disappointed." (Duly noted and thanks, Lester.)


Simon gazing away in between blowing bubble gum.

Driving West from Torrey we passed by Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park and through some spectacular scenery. It was helpful that the bus wanted to go about 15 miles an hour in 1st gear up the 12-14% grades, which kept Bussie's motor cool, and allowed us to gawk. Nobody even honked at us. I think we made it over 4 summits, up and down all afternoon. It was the longest day, and the most miles we traveled to date (275 miles). We passed buffalo, passed through a 13' 6" sandstone arch, made chicken salad on the move and chugged along with the van without any overheating. The more I learn, the more work it is to drive this bus: keep the temp below 210 deg by maintaining 12-1600 RPM, while at the same time keeping the turbo below 1.5 bar, while at the same time shifting the automatic transmission to just the right gear, while at the same time using just enough retarder to keep it under 2000 RPM when it gets rolling too fast but not fast enough to shift, while trying to watch Simon blow bubbles in the tour guide seat up front.


A view of the instruments as we ascend another pass outside of Bryce CNP: (from left to right): Spedometer at 18MPH, tachometer at 2,000 RPM, temperature is about 190 degrees and turbo is under the max of 1.5bar. The temp is falling, and we're getting a great view.

We pulled off in St George for supplies and now have quite the cozy setup with the A/C running and laptops humming. Lauren is setting up an online store and website for her crafts, Kelly is answering emails and I am scanning local police while updating you.

Now, time to research tomorrows destination- maybe Las Vegas or thereabouts?