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Was it Anonymous? Probably not but... We’re back! The site got hacked as part of a big Drupal vulnerability that took out many sites. In fact every single Drupal site I know of and work on has gotten hacked both personally and professionally. For the professional sites I cleaned the sites but for my personal sites I decided to take the unusual step of taking it down.
It’s done. At least for now. We are no longer nomads. We’re still full time rvers just stuck in one spot. My kid is enrolled in school so we’re going to be here 9 months out of the year which means owning a house/land becomes a sane proposition again. I plan to keep the motorhome and travel still for business, racing, and summer vacations. Whenever something comes to a close it’s fun to look back and assess what you’ve learned that might not be immediately obvious to a newcomer.
Since my last post that is. We’re still alive and kicking and all of my intent to update this blog has been met with a combination of apathy and extreme busyness. I suppose I could summarize things pretty well though. In 2014 we travelled all the way to California and back. We broke down in Iowa, I had other issues there besides that and then we also had trouble with a woman in California.
When we set out to full time, one of the things I wanted to do but wasn’t sure I’d be able to do was to go off roading in our toad. It was an important part of my decision to select the Lexus GX470. The car we bought had aged out tires so we replaced them with Goodyear Wrangler mud/snow tires as well so we were really ready. But finding out how to do this is easier said than done.
We decided to drive immediately and as quickly as possible across the country. After we got to California we would slowly make our way back towards PA with a mid November deadline. I’m trying to be back on the east coast to run my M3 with Track Daze on Virginia International Raceway and then it would be nice to have Thanksgiving with the family. After our previous blown air spring incident I had hoped that it would be smooth sailing.
We decided to save a bit on lodging along the way, and stay in a few Walmart’s overnight. We use a very helpful RV Parky app on our iPhones to see overnight friendly spots to stay along our route. We drove for a little over 300 miles today, and our day was very peaceful sans any surprises. We started driving around 10 in the morning, and experienced mostly empty roads. We pulled over at a rest area for lunch, and after eating delicious sandwiches and stretching our feet for a little bit, got on our way again.
So as it turns out, not all problems are solvable quickly. The airbag we need for our Ridewell RIA-207 tag axle is the Goodyear 1R11-202. If you look on a popular site like SD Truck Springs it shows as being available and same day shipping. Well no. As it turns out all of these sites drop ship directly from Goodyear who happily informs them that this is a specially made built to order part that has a wonderful 3-4 week lead time.
It’s been cold all summer long.  All summer long I would have had an enjoyable time performing repairs on the bus.  But nooooo it has to break when it is 90F outside.  But I’ll get to that in a minute.  My festidious planning seems to be helping as of late.  First we were to attend my younger brother’s wedding on Sunday (just before labor day).  We then were supposed to go to my mother’s house on Monday.
If you’ve been following along, you’ve probably noticed the conspicuous absence of posts all summer long (despite the visual overhaul which did take quite some time (I still hate it btw)). The difference between now and before is that my client load has come on pretty heavily and I’ve been quite busy all summer with projects. I could probably update the site but I have huge issues with balance of time.
Have you ever had an unfinished task just sitting there mocking you? Every time you went back to revisit that task you realized it’s grown bigger and bigger. So you put it off longer and longer. Posting a blog entry has become that task for me. We’re alive, we’ve been living, and things are wild and awesome. I’m getting work and we’re hanging with friends and we’ve been seeing and doing great things.