Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tennessee Whiskey.....

7:58 am - Tuesday - July 30th - Ramona, CA - 62° F, 90% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the east......clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 91° F.

A few years ago we bought a single Coleman propane burner from Amazon to replace an old 2 burner Coleman stove we had been using for years to cook breakfast outside.  Even though the old stove was a two burner there really wasn't room enough for two pans side by side.  When we attended the Quartzite RV show a few years ago we saw this single burner Coleman being demonstrated, and were very impressed with it.  The price on Amazon was actually better than the price at the RV show so that is where we bought it.  Fast forward to Monday, July 29th....we have been carrying this cool burner around with us for several years and had only used it once.  This was mostly due to the fact that where spent our last two summers was not conducive to cooking breakfast outside.....



....for instance, in Yellowstone there were two many bugs the first part of the summer, and then when the bugs finally stopped being an issue we were getting up early on our off days to get in our 100 miles of hiking.  In the Grand Canyon it was winter and too, too cold to do anything outside on any morning.  In Maine last summer there were the bugs again, and most of our off days found us getting out early to hike.

All that being said, I suggested to TLE that we try and break the cycle of non-use and get the burner out and actually use it for the purpose which we intended.  I decided to wash the VW while there was still shade, and by the time we got around to breakfast it was past 8:30 am and getting warm, even in the shade of our awning, but we persevered and cooked breakfast outside.....finally!



It really is a an easy to use, wonderfully made burner, and we have determined that we will use it many more times this summer....we just have to get out there earlier to beat the arrival of the morning heat.

That was pretty much the high point of our entire day.  We sat outside reading after breakfast until close to 10 am, but it was getting quite warm by then so we headed indoors to read and enjoy our A/C.

I had not yet watched the entire Stage 21 of Le Tour de France, so around noon I watched the entire recorded 21st Stage....the ride into Paris.  They arrived in downtown Paris in late afternoon, and by the time they finished 8 laps up and down the Champs-Élysées the street lights had been lit.  Many of the riders were averaging over 40 mph for those 8 laps.  I can push about 25 mph on my road bike on the flat for about 5-10 minutes, but 40 mph for an hour plus?  Wow!  This is the first time I have ever watched pretty much every minute of all 21 stages.

By 5 pm the afternoon breezes had kicked up enough to sit outside reading, but it was still too warm inside the Newell to turn off the A/C.  Around 6:15 pm I grilled another filet mignon (2 minutes per side for all four sides) and some nectarines for dinner, which we also took outside.  

After dinner we actually sat outside reading, of course, until 8:30 pm before heading in for the evening.  It was a very nice day off work doing absolutely nothing, but relaxing, reading, and eating our meals outside.....perfect!

Love this R&B song by Chris Stapleton!

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