Solar System Install Initial Phase in Parks AZ

We spent the weekend at an undisclosed location near Parks Arizona where our friends Bruce and Bill helped us start the installation of our solar system for the trailer. We got the panels installed on the roof and ran wiring to the Solar Charge Controller. There will be more posts highlighting our system once it is complete. In the meantime enjoy these photos to understand why we want to be on the road meeting new people and enjoying beautiful places.
Parks AZ RV Solar Panel System Install Trailer and House Shot

Parks AZ RV Solar Panel System Install House Porch Shot

Parks AZ RV Solar Panel System Install House Sunset Shot

Parks AZ RV Solar Panel System Install Sunset Shot

Parks AZ RV Solar Panel System Install Sunset Shot

Parks AZ RV Solar Panel System Install Sunset Shot

Parks AZ RV Solar Panel System Install Sunset Shot

Parks AZ RV Solar Panel System Install Sunset Shot

Boondocking in Chicago

One of the first destinations for our grand road trip is to the Clio Conference in Chicago in Sept 22nd and 23rd 2014. The problem is that the closest RV park is over 50 miles from the conference hotel downtown at the Radisson Blu Hotel which would be a sucky way to start the two days of the conference. So I did some Googling of ‘boondocking in chicago’ and found this PDF talking about the McCormick Place Marshalling Yard:
Boondocking in Chicago PDF McCormick Place Marshalling Yard
McCormick Place Marshalling Yard
31st St and Lakeshore Dr.
312-808-3138

RV Camp Review on the Chicago McCormick Marshalling Yard

RV Network discussion on staying at the Chicago McCormick Marshalling Yard

$30 a night should be plenty of room.

First planned stay: El Malpais National Conservation Area

I know this is a pretty microscopic view of our extended road trip but thats the ADD kicking in. We determined on the last trip that the maximum distance to be driven in one day is 300 miles. At a 50MPH averages which includes stops for fuel and bathroom and lunch means thats 6 hours of driving in one day, which is almost a full time job. The other requirment is that we have decent cell coverage for the Verizon hotspot. As long as I have Verizon LTE access I can do streaming video and generally at better quality than a business Cox cable connection gets.

El Malpais National Conservation Area

Based on that self imposed sanity clause and leaving from somewhere near Flagstaff on Sept 1st towards Fort Collins, CO we have determined that the Joe Skeen campground in the El Malpais National Conservation Area is going to be our first location. At 261 miles we are well within our distance requirement and it looks to be a pretty awesome campsite for FREE with some decent cell phone reception so work will be happening.

Google Map view of the first day of driving:

Great writeup on staying at Joe Skeen campground in El Malpais Conservation Area

Fun blog from Me and My Dog on staying at el malpais national conservation area.

For More Information, Contact:

Paul Yoder
PYoder@BLM.gov
http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/el_malpais.html
PO Box 846, Grants, NM 87020
505.280.2918 (Ranger St. 9a-4p)