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Monday, March 4, 2019 - Sunny Flat Campground, Coronado National Forest, AZ, Day 2 - 0 Miles, 8,713.3 Miles for the Trip

A cold night, going down to 35°F by morning. I was down 24 amp hours by late morning, and with all the shade on the campsite, don't expect to make much of it up. I planned to use the stove to heat water for coffee, but since all I had was whole beans, needed to fire up the inverter to run the coffee grinder. No luck. The inverter was dead. I made breakfast, then dug in to find out what was wrong. Seems the 200 amp fuse did the same thing it did last time - broke mechanically, not because of over current. I think I know why it is happening. The output side of the fuse is connected with a 3/4" Stainless 5/16" bolt. I think it is hitting the battery cover on rough roads. The "dips" on the road out of Gilbert Ray might have floated the batteries a bit, bending the fuse. I replaced it, and ground my coffee. I'll look for a shorter bolt at the next hardware store.

After breakfast I took another walk around the campground. 3 empty sites, one that would give me more sun, but I'm too lazy to pack up & move.

There is a sign at the bathroom that says there is Verizon cell coverage at the ranger station & the town of Portal. I packed up the computer & headed out. No luck at the ranger station; their system was down. I did pick up a map of the forest service roads in the area. I drove to Portal, and while they had a good strong Verizon connection, no data. So, the pages will have to wait to be posted. I did try to call Ann e and wish her a happy birthday, but could only leave a message.

After that I drove to Onion Saddle, taking a few photos along the way. When I got back I drove to the "ghost town" of Paradise. While it is listed as a ghost town, it isn't. Some old houses, but many newer ones. They even have mail delivery along a 29 mile dirt road, although they are only about 6 miles from the post office at Portal. I also took some photos along the way.

South Fork Cabin Along South Fork Road Along South Fork Road Along South Fork Road
Along FR 42 Along FR 42 Along FR 42 Paradise Cemetery
Paradise Cemetery Believe This Sign! Paradise Paradise
Main Street - Paradise Paradise Original? Paradise Paradise
Along Paradise Road Another View    


Back at the trailer I did some reading, then made dinner.

Dinner was a Boston Market Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo dinner cooked in the oven.

Until Tomorrow -


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