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  Saturday, 28 October 2006

Since I've owned my xtracycle many people, upon seeing it for the first time, ask the same old questions about it. Is that a skateboard on the back? Can you carry passengers? Is it strong? Why would you want to haul loads on a bike? Did I make it myself? What's the point? Anyone who knows me well and my passion for kite buggying usually gets around to saying something like, "Its pretty cool and everything but you won't be able to carry your kite buggy and kites on it". Well for all those doubters.... 5 words.
Oh. Ye. Of. Little. Faith.

For the record the load consists of 1 kite buggy, 3 kites, 1 backstrap, and tools. Nothing loaded above the deck so the weight is all low, and no need to tow anythng.

Cars are for sissys.

I rode to the Wakapuaka Sand Flats and spent 2 or 3 hours buggying in a gusty northwester. It only took about 20 minutes (its usually a 8 minute drive). The best thing was being able to ride my bike right out onto the flats where motor vehicles aren't allowed. My friend Sam met me there too. You can just see his kite (a PL Vortex) in the back ground of the photo below.

Here I'm all unpacked and ready to go with my 5.5m PL Pepper.

Packed up and ready to head home before the rain get here.

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  Wednesday, 25 October 2006

"The Belief that man is outfitted with an immortal soul, differing altogether from the engines which operate the lower animals, is ridiculously unjust to them. The difference between the smartest dog and the stupidest man... is really very small, and the difference between the decentest dog and the worst man is all in favor of the dog."
H. L. Mencken

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  Sunday, 22 October 2006

A while back I was musing about refinishing the snapdeck on my Xtracycle. I put a few design ideas out there and decided I liked the lizard design. best. I got as far as getting a 60cm sticker of the design printed. A while after I first posted the design I got an email from John asking where he could get a lizard for his snapdeck, which he was in the process of refinishing. I sent him the graphic I had made and he got it printed that day. Today he sent me a shot of his finished lizard snapdeck. Pretty cool huh? I a little more motivated to finish mine now!

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  Saturday, 21 October 2006

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  Friday, 20 October 2006

I was forced to drive to work yesterday. Bleh. The vans clock was still an hour behind due to daylight savings. That's how long it's been since I've used it. I had to drive due to my bike having a severely buckled back wheel (not sure how that happened). Its all fixed now so today I am really looking forward to my ride to work. I missed it yesterday and sat at my desk yawning all day as a result. The ride gives me a chance to really wake up in the morning and I arrive at work pumped and ready to go. Without it my body was a little put out.

There is currently about a 30knot SE wind out there. I can see the pines on the hill swaying in the 40knot gusts. The willows across the river are groaning and creaking. I'll be riding into it. I hope I make it to work before the weekend.

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  Wednesday, 18 October 2006

I can now add didgeridos to the list of things I can transport by Xtracycle.

You may be wondering why I needed to take my two didgeridos on my commute to work this morning. Well, I had an engagement to play this afternoon, after work. My Mum, my older Sister, and my neice all help run a Pippins troop (think mini Girl Guides). They have been learning about a different country each week, and this week was - you guessed it - Australia. So along with singing Australian songs, and hearing Australian stories, today the heard an Australian didgerido. A most attentive and appreciative audience they were too.

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  Sunday, 15 October 2006

She was born early this morning and has just found her legs.

Mother and daughter. Mum only stands waist high and belongs to one of my neighbours.

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  Saturday, 14 October 2006

Spring has sprung and I've got heaps to do in the garden. I've made a small start for the season. I've got a good crop of garlic coming through (thanks to a lot of worm castings). In the photo above is a nice bright variety of silverbeet, and in the same bed are a variety of brasica's (cauliflower, brocoli, etc), two varieties of lettuce, a very large rubbarb plant, and a sprinkling of strawberries. I don't like to plant things in rows or group plants together. I just scatter them around. Seems more natural to me and makes better use of space.

After last seasons success with spuds-in-a-tire I'm doing that again.

I've got chinese cabbage growing wild now (great). They are a winter crop so right now they're brightening up the place with their flowers.

My strawberry planters I prepared months ago are developing berrys.

I'm not sure what this plant is. It just popped up.

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Thirty degrees in the shade here (86 fahrenheit).

Just finished mowing my lawn and I'm seriously thinking about swimming, if I could just move.

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  Tuesday, 10 October 2006

Derek, over at Bike Rubbish has some very nice bikes in his garage. This Ghost Rider/Xtracycle conversion is the latest, and has got to be the coolest. Here it is still missing a chain and cable but you get the idea. Check out the original bike before it was streched here.

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  Monday, 9 October 2006

(Thanks A & P)

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  Sunday, 8 October 2006

It's been a while since I had the kayak wet. It seems I have to many hobbies, or not enough weekends. I think it's the later.

Today the weather and tides were perfect for one of my favourite paddles, and one that's only 10 minutes from home, Pepin Island.

There were four kayakers in our party; Mark, Pamela, Devon and myself. We left the land bridge at high tide, paddled across the esturay, out the harbor mouth, and clockwise around the island. I also dropped of a Geocache in one of the islands little many coves, the co-ordinates of which I will be publishing soon. (now published here)

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  Saturday, 7 October 2006

The garden is really coming to life now. I've got a few plants in (lettuce, beans, silver beet or swiss chard, cauliflower, brocoli, potatoes) and they are doing well, but it's the bird life really makes it feel like the growing season again. The kingfishers are back in the poplar tree by the back door, and their call is now the first sound I hear each morning. They'll probably nest in the same hole in the tree trunk that they had chicks in last year. Such shy and wary birds. This year I may even build a hide to photograph them from. Its the only way I'll get close enough for a good shot.

This morning a native pigeon, Kereru, was posing in the plum tree when I drew the curtains. I'm sure he was just waiting to have his portrait taken. He sat there while I made a coffee, grabbed my camera, walked out to the front lawn, took a few shots, then just after I turned to walk away again, he took off; probably up the hill to find some morning sun that was now creeping down the walls of the valley.

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  Monday, 2 October 2006

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  Sunday, 1 October 2006

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