Saturday, November 18, 2023

The Ural is On The Road

Thursday - I started the morning with a Ural ride to the Starbucks in Hondo. I’m not a real fan of their coffee, but I received an email that it is “Red Cup Day”. A free reusable Christmas-themed cup with any holiday drink. It was an excuse for a ride. Temperature was in the 50’s (°F), and sunny sky it was a very pleasant ride. And, after deciding to try and make butter chicken from scratch instead of using a bottled sauce, I needed a couple more ingredients which necessitated another trip into town on the Ural. Any reason for a ride. It's been quite a while.

I joined the afternoon test session after running a SpeedTest and getting over 80Mbps down and 9Mbps up. It should be enough for a reliable Zoom session. The picture shows my preferred location for doing these tests. This is the front of the casita. This inside is a little stuffy and will probably be used as a storeroom rather than a living space. But that's subject to change.

Friday - We ran some errands this morning at Home Depot, Petco, Target, and Lowe's. All of them were clumped together on the outskirts of San Antonio. It was about a 45-minute drive each way. It was in the upper 70s today so we needed to run the A/C when we arrived back at the RV. It was pretty warm.

I finally got around to checking the hydraulic fluid and the engine oil level after the 1100 mile trip from Cheyenne, WY, and I'm happy to report that all is well. Hydraulic fluid still is at the. "Cold-Full" line and the engine oil is halfway between add and full, which is where it was in Cheyenne.

Saturday - I got up early to watch the second SpaceX Starship launch this morning. The launch window was 7:00 - 7:20AM CST. A pretty short window which I’m guessing was due to the day of the week. It was partially successful and pretty impressive. 

After a test session, I finally got around to switching out the 60 amp circuit breaker with a 60 amp fuse. I really prefer breakers but the manufacturer, Renogy, says to use a fuse. We’ll see if this works any better. 

I then did a little trimming on the tree on our lot and used the Ural to haul the branches to the dumpster. Some people use golf carts for such tasks but the Ural works. 

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