Kelly and I both have new bikes coming into our possession soon, so it was time to commence a project to allow for additional carrying capabilities. Airstream does offer their own proprietary bike rack, but it’s ridiculously expensive and is permanently mounted to the trailer — two characteristics I was hoping to avoid.
So, like many of friends, I opted for an entirely different approach. Specifically, I sought out a welder to fabricate a custom hitch received that is mounted into the bumper, directly attached to the trailer’s frame.
To carry bikes, I’ve purchased a 1Up bike rack that fits perfectly into the 2″ receiver … which also happens to be the same same receiver on my truck. Now, I can easily swap the bike carrier between the trailer and truck as I please.
A lot of sweat, elbow grease, and a few beers later, things are once again looking presentable at the tongue end of the trailer.
45,000 miles of road scars are no more … and I’m looking forward to accumulating the next round of travel bruises.
It was another hot one here in Ashland today. Consequently, I was inside the Airstream most of the day. While comfortable in the confines of air conditioning, by the time my work day ended, I was more than ready to get myself outside and into a change of scenery.
At Kelly’s suggestion, we decided to explore a nearby trailhead and see where it would lead. Unbeknownst to us, the expansive Pacific Crest Trail sat quietly just down the road from where we’ve been parked these past few days. The PCT proved to be just perfect – it was close, was not too steep, and afforded us lots of tree cover to block any direct sun.
To my surprise, the trail itself was exceptionally well marked. We covered only a few miles, but we must have passed a dozen trail markers. The trail is maintained primarily by the US Forest Service and I’d be curious to know if the entire system is so well marked.
One of many trail markers
We had a nice walk and per usual, Lilly was out front the entire time.
Lilly, always ready to keep moving
All in all, a great walk. We arrived back to the Airstream just in time to capture a nice sunset and enjoy a late dinner.
Tomorrow we begin the trip back to Half Moon Bay.
Having spent the past five weeks living full-time in the Airstream, Kelly and I used the Labor Day holiday as an excuse to hit the road and let the Airstream stretch her legs. We’ve been parked for far too long without a trip and were really excited to get away. Of course, we chose Oregon as our initial destination … southern Oregon to be specific. Odds are good we’ll land someplace near Ashland. We’ll see what happens.
For now, we’re parked in a beautiful place – Brandy Creek campground near Whiskeytown, CA. We’re traveling I-5 in order to make decent time. I also wanted to get our truck/airstream combo weighed which essentially limits us to the interstate where semi-truck mega stop are plentiful. Have yet to weigh our set-up, I was anxious to verify whether or not we are loaded with too much stuff. (UPDATE – we were not … in fact, we had lots of room to spare, but our weight distribution needs some refining).
Brandy Creek is a bit out-of-the-way – about ten miles, but the detour was worth it. There are no hooks-ups, which was fine with us because we needed/wanted to test drive our new Yamaha generator. All went well I happy to report.
There were about 30 total sites, of which about half were taken. Of course, the people next to us thought it would be cool to be loud — too loud I thought. Who decides to wait until 10:30pm to set-up tents? Is the 40 foot RV and the monster generator not enough? Good grief.
Apparently – as you can see in the pictures below – the deer were not annoyed. Food is food and the knuckleheads next to us had seemingly unlimited supplies of bread to toss on the ground. The deer seemed quite satisfied.
In addition to its namesake creek, there is a great beach and mountain lake, but I forgot to grab my camera, so no pictures.
Tomorrow we’re off to Oregon.