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Prepping for 10 days in Europe

Courtney, Evandra and I are about to set out on a journey through a few select locations in Europe that is reminiscent of trips my mom took my brother and myself on 25 years ago. We start in Paris – a classic in European destinations. We are going to hit as many landmarks as we …

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Hiking Mad River Dam with Fox and Ivan

Today’s hike was only about an hour. Fortunately, the sun was out but it was quite windy at the crest of the dam. We tried a trail that wrapped around the South bank of the Mad River Reservoir which offered a break from the wind, but introduced swamp-like areas along the trail which were often …

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Hiking the Tunxis Trail with Fox

The Tunxis Trail is a nice hike in CT. It doesn’t loop but offers some interesting features and is very lightly trafficked. I believe I’ve only crossed paths with another person once in the past year. I started hiking it toward the end of 2018 and recently started hitting this trail again. I’ve probably walked …

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A search for wild grape seeds on a hidden CT hiking trail in Winchester

Evandra and I went on a search for wild grape seeds on a little-known hiking trail in CT this weekend. My previous reconnaissance in September 2018 held that this might be a great spot to recover some seeds from a vine in the area. None of my trail apps show this as an active trail, …

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When your girl grabs the firewood

I cannot comment on the following except to say that I love you, Courtney Kane.

Halloween 2013

Thanks to Courtney Kane for the camera work on this one. I believe she filmed it on a flip-phone.

A Hike with Marc

It was a bit chilly and certainly mushy in parts on account of the bizarre snowfall the day before, but the hike in the Winsted Woods, which has entrances at Gilbert High and traces along old route 8 North, was scenic and enjoyable. Both Marc and I got a chance to break in and test …

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First Ride of 2012

We rode, we drank, we all like cannolis without chocolate chips – we are the Bulgarian Racing Team.

JATO 3.3 at Mulch Mountains

I found the best place to run the JATO – amidst mountain of mulch, right near the DMV in Winsted! Mulch is great for many reasons. First, it’s got plenty of little bumps and humps to make driving fun and challenging. If you wipe out, it’s not as abrasive on the car as pavement or …

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JATO 3.3 Ready to Rock

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of picking up a like-new Traxxas JATO 3.3. My JATO had somehow gotten rusted over the winter in my barn. Lesson learned. However, the aluminum hop-up parts I’d bought were still almost mint. They needed a buffing and I cleverly thought to throw a couple coats of clear enamel on …

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Head-butt a tree

Go ahead and give it a shot.  You will not win.  Not even if you take a running start up to the thing.  Not even if you take a running start up to the tree on a downhill.  Not even if you take a running start up to the tree on a downhill and you’re …

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Terratrike Cruiser brake line improvement

Today, I found a kink in my left brake line which was probably the result of the brake line getting caught in the spokes and wrenched. It was making the brake stick, so I got a replacement cable and sheilding from the LBS. After installing, I was testing the steering and I realized that there …

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