Fun Photos + Trips

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Grandpa's Gorge :: Cache LaPoudre River

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Notes: In the two photos in the center (above), you can see an arbour that stands just outside the peremeter of our deck. I buried four 4x4 posts into the ground (2' each) and cut the posts in such a way that I could mount the arbour to them to offer greater stability to the structure in the wind as well as be able to support a gate. I built a home-made fence on either side of the arbour as well as a custom gate to fit inside of the arbour. All lumber for this project was carried on the Extracycle in two trips. I estimate that my trusty steed carried 175+ lbs during the first trip and roughly 130 lbs on the second trip. R's utility trailer carried a minor load with plants and a post-hole digger on the first trip.

The most I've ever carried on the Extracycle was 220 lbs (a friend of mine) and although it was a bit wobbly, the bike carried the load quite well. I'd like to change out the 32-spoke wheels with 36-spoke wheels for extra wheel stength. This bike has carried other bikes, groceries, lumber, tools, beer, more beer, people, and who knows what else. It's probably the most useful thing I've ever owned. It was fun to do the build on the bike too; I'll detail that in another photo gallery.

The red Ford truck in the photos is a diesel truck. I've been burning bio-diesel in it since I purchased it from R's dad. We used it to haul loads for house-related projects, but mostly, it just sat in the driveway and looked pretty. My friend Dan now owns it and is using it to help haul loads for the strawbale house that he, his wife, and in-laws are building together. The sale of this vehicle funded the raft purchase. Thanks Dan!