8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Hardin KOA to Milk Bucket Bakery to fix flat trailer tire. Then to Jeff and Janelle’s farm to camp.
Odometer: 5,368 – 5,377
Average Speed: 0 mph
Climb: 0 ft. — Descend: 0 ft.
55-80° F : Did not turn on GPS because never got out of town.
Note: All charging and range data after the World Record Day will be published in Excel format at a later date.
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I tried to get an early start today because I thought it was going to be a LONG 75 miles to the next campground in Ranchester just north of Sheridan, Wyoming.
As it turned out, the long day actually began 3 miles after I started riding.
Just before leaving the KOA I checked the tires and the trailer was flat, again.
I aired it up and rode slowly into town. I needed something for breakfast and time to think before I could deal with the situation.
When I parked in front of the Bison sculpture at the Milk Bucket Bakery, the tire was flat, again.
The tube that’s currently in the trailer tire is the original tube filled with the Armodiloz sealant that doesn’t work. I patched this tube the first time I picked up a nail on Day xxx.
The other tube that I have is the heavy duty motorcycle tube that I purchased in Whitefish, MT.
It’s filled with Slime and currently has at least 4 holes that aren’t patched yet.
This is the tube that I took out in Livingston, MT when I also had to change the rear scooter tire. When I saw the Slime oozing out of the four holes, I marked them with a pen but decided not to patch them because the weather was cold and rainy.
Finding a 16×3″ wide bicycle tire is proving to be more difficult than I imagined.
In fact, it’s virtually impossible to get this size tube or tire anywhere other than online or at a large motorcycle parts store likeIfoundin Whitefish, MT on Memorial Day weekend.
The wide format is great for its added strength and durability, but if it can’t be readily serviced it’s not a practical choice for this sort of Journey.
I thought this might turn out to be the case and that is why I ordered a narrower tire for my next spare. I just need to get back to Colorado to put it on and then test it for durability.
After a great breakfast and not a few cups of coffee at the Milk Bucket, I pushed the scooter to the Veterans’ Park next door to deal with the tire, again.
It was a gorgeous morning and a perfect place to digest and patch the 4 holes in the tube.
A couple of hours later I was ready to travel.
That’s when I realized that I didn’t have enough time left in the day to make it to the Connor Battlefield Campground in Ranchester, WY.
Since getting the new charger in Stewart, BC, I can only charge at a maximum of 6 amps because it only has one connector and my charging fuses are only 8 amps.
I can’t risk blowing the fuse so it’s taking an extra one or two hours each day to charge.
Hopefully tomorrow I can leave Hardin early (as soon as it’s above 55°F) and make it to Lodge Grass before noon to recharge.
For tonight, Kay at the Bakery has called her friend Janelle and arranged for me to hang my hammock up at Janelle and her husband’s ranch.
It turns out that they have power at this site and a perfect place to hang.
God is Good!…
I’m looking forward to a great night’s sleep under the Big Sky stars without the glaring lights of another RV park!
Tomorrow it’s off to Ranchester, hopefully.
But for tonight it’s a wonderful dinner in a great location basking in the light of an imaginary fire…
On a side note, Jeff and Janelle, if you’re reading this I would like to let you know that yesterday at the KOA campground I overheard the owner’s speaking with a young lady that I think is in need of a place to put her RV.
She and her husband are both teachers who have jobs here and I think she was asking the KOA owners if they had a spot, but they told her the campground will be closing for the season in a week or two.
Also, the KOA owners seemed to know the woman either from her being a Hardin local or from her having worked at the campground previously.
At any rate, if you’re interested in helping someone else you might give the Hardin KOA a call and ask them about the woman and what she needed.
Perhaps you can begin your RV Park sooner than you anticipated and help two young teachers in need at the same time.
Best wishes for your success!
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