Back to the summer trip. Five weeks after the transmission broke down, I flew back to Salt Lake City to pick up the van and drive it home. I should have brought it to Advance 4x4 since they are in SLC, but the breakdown happened on a Friday afternoon and we were already out of town...
I decided to visit Moab anyway. The exhaust was still giving me problems. The place that did the re-routing left a lot of leaks and I burned 5 O2 sensors during this trip. It's amazing that the two things I didn't do, transmission and re-routing the exhaust were the ones that ruined the trip. I tried in Denver and several other places to have the leaks fixed and nobody was able to help. "I can take a look in a couple of weeks..."
In Moab, of all places, I found a welder that helped me the same day and didn't rip me off. Sometimes someone restores my faith in humankind. Thank you Moab Metal Works.
Another Natural Gas refil. the whole CNG system came with the van. I think I was able to find CNG 3 times during the whole trip and in some cases I have to take detours. DEfinitelly is not worht it. I'll keep the tanks and fill them to use as range extender in remote areas. They are definitelly not worth it.
Lonely camp spot in public lands. I love this. Too bad Texas has almost zero land for free use.
Being in Moab, i had to visit Arches Nat'l park. You need to book a entry perit in advance, but if you arrive before 6 am, you don't have to. Early weak up, give you also great light over the arches. I'm not a morning preson, but it was worth it.
Always espectacula the European heavy weight overlanders. This is a French Reanult. Probably a retired fire truck. Not sure if i'll like this better than my van.
Getting back to Texas I stopped at Roswell NM. Cheesy turist trap. Last time i was here was 14 years ago. Same stuff, just 14 years of accumulated disrepair since.
Near Rosweel, a nice place to visit if you are in the area are the cenotes