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Day 6 of COVID

Slept greater than 16 hours yesterday. Being awake today is possible. My brain feels like it has gotten up from a nap in a hammock. Yesterday, Mike said, “my brain feels like it is in a brain hammock”.

Day 6 of positive COVID, day 7 of symptoms. Early this morning, I mowed the lawn and I almost felt like going for a bike ride. The need for stillness caught up with me though. Friends are posting about bike rides and trail maintenance. There is a memorial I am missing. My daughter is attending without us.

Self care includes a meditation, sitting outside, learning Spanish, listening to rain on the roof, writing. I’ve read articles about not rushing recovery and to be aware of symptoms daily. A competing narrative is of friends saying they had COVID and they didn’t need to pause. That just isn’t my reality.

Quarantine per CDC guidelines is currently 5 days with days 6-10 masked and able to be social/work. If I was working, I don’t think I could be doing a full day today. My son took pavlovid and was able to return to his job day 6. But, he is 14. They say the greatest violence you can inflict is comparing yourself to others. The variety of the COVID experience is ripe for inflicting this violence.

So, friends, looking forward to joining you all next week for the truly most beautiful time in Montana. Until then, hold a place for me on the trail. Hoping to be able to smell flowers by then.

Bat awning install on AT Overland camper

We picked up the Bat model awning for our AT camper. Ralston at @openskyoverland in Bozeman, MT arranged purchase and installation. We have named our Chevy Colorado Piji (bat) affectionately because of this bat awning set up.

Ralston installed the awning to the brackets within 15 minutes and demonstrated how he likes to set it up in non-wind and light wind situations. He did remove a bolt on the passenger side of the camper to mount a climbing bolt which is used to apply tension to the awning.

The Bat awning is mounted to brackets designed to twist free rather than damage the camper if sudden wind.

The awning swings open to cover the passenger side camper window and back of the camper in shade. The driver side of the camper does not have a window. The heater is mounted on that side as well.

Here is a demo video showing Raltson's set up of the Bat awning.
Ralston demonstrating bat awning

@Openskyoverland has treated us right from start to finish which included locating a new to us AT unit, installation, heater installation, advice about solar hook up. We were very grateful to find Ralston because the camper market is tight and prices are rising (2022). We feel we got a very fair deal and we’re treated like family.