Last December we headed out for a six weeks tour of the southwest, beginning in No Cal, with family for Christmas. Our plan was to then take in Death Valley, Mohave, Great Basin, Grand Staircase, Moab region, then wander on over to Big Bend. We had no time limit but I figured 6 weeks out. 20 years of sucessful trips came to an abrupt end in Illinois where we had our very first major breakdown. I had been ignoring a very small leak from our heater core for years. It was leaking less than a pint a year. Well, it gave out in a big way as it went "bang" steamed up the windshield, then the radiator went 'Boom'! I turned the engine off immediately and saved it. Had it towed to a shop, waited overnight, then rented a car and continued to No Cal while repairs ensued. Picked up our cruzer in early January and headed home. We had considered going down to Big Bend, but as the parks were all closed, no back country permits were being issued. so, we planned to go down to big bend for a couple of weeks beginning April 2nd, as I am having extensive dental work done all through March. I'm a little superstitious so we didn't plan on leaving April 1st. Yesterday I got word from my dentist that my new teeth would not be ready till mid April. :( Late April it is just too darned hot at Big Bend, so that trip has been postponed. We haven't been on an overland trip now in almost two years because of the above mentioned failure, and because of my wifes surgery Feb of '18. Oh yea, local stuff, but that doesn't really count. I'm itching to get going again regularly, but the overlanding gods just haven't been with us. Otherwise, life is good. In July I'll be leading a three nite tour of BESF sanctioned by the Gotham City Landcruisers and the TLCA. If you're a member of the TLCA I'd urge you to take a look at the Coal Miner Cruiser Classic and sign up for one of the expo tours. We hope to get going again as soon as we can. Be good, do good !