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Scavenging the Slabs

January 8th, 2010

It’s amazing the difference the mountains make. We were literally driving through rain all day until we finally crossed through the mountains into the California desert. Minutes later, it was dry and I was considering whether or not to turn on the air conditioner. Once again, we arrived at Slab City in the dark and were unable to find the primo campsite. So, we just settled for the same site we had last year, pulled in (checking for nails) and staked our claim.

Unlike last year, we had two bikes and didn’t need to get the scooter out right away. At least, we had two bikes for a couple of hours until Jenn’s pedal came off because it had been put on the wrong side. Back to one bike and two riders, it was time to get the scooter running again.

Just like last year, it had another fuel leak. This time, however, nearly the entire fuel line was dry rotted and I wasn’t able to clip enough from somewhere else to fix the problem. But, like Leonard Knight says, ‘If you go eight miles out in the desert, you can find anything you need.’

By way of introducing myself to our neighbors, I wandered over, dodging a vicious puppy, and said, ‘Hey, you know where I can find a piece of fuel line?’ Now, if you’ve ever been looking for some random part in the middle of nowhere, you realize I didn’t really expect anything from this except, just maybe, directions to the nearest auto parts store. Instead, I got directions to the Slab City mechanic.

Sure enough, when I found him, he was able to scrounge up a bit of vacuum line that was the right size to replace the fuel line on our moped. Sure, it probably won’t last too long, but neither did the cheap rubber on our Chinese moped. The vacuum line, had already survived a car fire, which is more than I can say for the original fuel line.

We have a few other scavenger hunt projects going on. I hope they all work out half as well as the moped. But either way, it’s an interesting way to meet folks when you get tired of scrounging around the desert and decide to ask directions.

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5 Responses to “Scavenging the Slabs”

  1. We love the slabs!! Hope you’re having an awesome time.

    If you get a chance, seek out Container Charlie at East Jesus (down at the end of Sidewinder Rd – last road before the bombing fields). Tell him Technomadia sent ya. http://chaster.us

    • jenn says:

      If I had to pick a mantra, I think it would be: Where ever you go, there you are.

      It’s been a great time so far. Almost everyone has greeted us with the same warmness that we have tried to show them. We were only going to stay for a week. It’s been two already.

      We visited his garden last week, but have not got the chance to make his acquaintance. When we do, I will be sure to mention you guys.

  2. cyberhobo says:

    I tried to seek out slab city once by bicycle and failed. Looking forward to my first visit in the camper! Soak up some warmth for the rest of us…

    • jenn says:

      I hope you have better luck locating it in the truck camper. If so, I hope you like what you find. Most people either love or hate Slab City. While there is a lot of garbage here, rotten people are pretty rare.

      It’s also a good place to get some work done. We have sprint EVDO and the connection is incredibly fast. You can also be a hermit if you want and no one will bother you. Though, if you were, you would really be missing out. Most of the folks here are friendly and interesting.

      If you do come out this way before we leave, be sure to look us up!

      Yeah… the weather is is best in the country right now. I’m loving it! Today was a little warmer than the last few. It was 80F.

  3. Johnny Boy says:

    Hi, this is the best for reading, I’ve had in a long time! Keep it up! Your new acquaintance John.

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