I picked up a Raleigh Folder and, as expected, it need a bit of work.
The bottom bracket is always a challenge. The cotter pins never come out easily for me. I was able to finally get both cotter pins out (had to drill one out), but before I got out the drill, I thought it would be easier to just use a Raleigh Sports spindle I had laying around. Unfortunately the Sports spindle is shorter than the one for the Folder, so it didn’t work:
After reassembling the hub, cleaning and replacing the wheel and bottom bracket bearings I cleaned all the rest of the parts and refit them to the bike. I still need to replace the non-original seat with something a bit more original as well as figure out how to get the brakes to work a little bit better.
We went camping for the second time this year. This time we went with a group of people, rather than alone. There were 5 other campers, but no other traffic.
The campsite was near a creek that fed into the near by swollen river. The creek was high and running fast but that didn’t keep Fisher out of it though. At one point we were yelling at him to stay out, but he jumped in any way and got washed away quickly. He hit a couple of down trees and was able to get back to the shore, but it was scary for a minute. He had a blast running around all day (we hardly saw him).
On our way home in the morning we saw what we thought were deer, but as we got closer we realized they were Bighorn Sheep!
We took a video as we pulled up:
Read more about Yakima Bighorn Sheep HERE
Here is a Map:
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After selling the Buchla, it was quickly replaced by a small Euro synth for about 1/3 the cost. Functionally and sonically I am very pleased.
I only miss a few things:
1. Banana jacks. I really hate 1/8″ cables by comparison.
2. the 223e interface (not the programming however)
3. the 291e filter (not the programming)
I think the Piston Honda and Hertz Donut sound incredible. The Borg filter is by far the best filter I have used….really awesome resonance.
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Part of our local explorations took us to Leavenworth, WA a Bavarian style village. We happened to stumble on it during Octoberfest, and the place was packed. We definitely plan to revisit the area when it is less crowded.
For the past few weekends we have been exploring the area around our new home. We have been biking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, and were disappointed with the tunnel closures really causing road blocks on what could be an incredible trail. We started at Lake Easton and made it to a closed tunnel. We made it past the tunnel but were stopped again by a closed bridge over the river. Both the bridge and tunnel were in great shape as far as we could tell, but we were not able to proceed on without major detours.
We then took a trip to the Snoqualmie tunnel (on the John Wayne Trail at Snoqualmie pass) which is a 2.3 mile long tunnel through the mountain.
We both had a mag light flash light (one small and one large) and the baby had two little night lights and a glow stick)……this was not enough light, especially after the small mag light broke. As we left the daylight of the tunnel opening behind us, we quickly got disoriented. Eventually we were able to see the pinhole of an opening on the other end and just focused on that faint light. We finally made it through the cold tunnel to the Seattle side and ate lunch in the clouds. We then turned around and did it all again and had a blast.
From the snoqualmie wikipedia:
The tunnel was constructed from 1912-1914 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road, as part of its line from Chicago to Seattle. Electrification in 1917 eliminated smoke dissipation issues.
In 1980 the Milwaukee Road received approval from the Interstate Commerce Commission to abandon its western lines. On March 15th, 1980, the final Milwaukee Road train passed through the tunnel. Later, Washington state acquired the right-of-way for recreational use.
Today the tunnel is part of the Iron Horse State Park rails-to-trails project. It is usually closed between November 1 through early May due to ice formations inside the tunnel. On July 5, 2011 the tunnel re-opened after 11 months of renovations. The $700,000 renovation added a 4-inch layer of concrete to the walls and ceiling, a reinforced structure, and a new and improved walking surface of crushed rock.
And the state park website:
Here’s a trivia question to toss out during your next trail party: The Iron Horse Trail and Washington’s other cross-state trail, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), intersect but never touch. Why not? Answer: Because the Iron Horse Trail runs through the 2.3-mile-long Snoqualmie Tunnel while the PCT rolls up and over the peaks south of Snoqualmie Pass. When you head out to explore this dark Iron Horse section, be sure you bring a flashlight–and a headlamp. In fact, make sure every person in your party has a primary light and a backup–this is not a hike you want to do without light. The tunnel is long enough that you’ll be in deep, total darkness much of the way. And it’s easy to get turned around inside. I’ve seen savvy hikers bouncing like pinballs inside the tunnel because they couldn’t get themselves headed straight down the tunnel after losing their light.
Find the trail on the south side of the parking area, and turn west to hike along the open railroad trail until you reach the eastern portal to the tunnel. Stop and recheck your flashlight batteries before diving into the darkness.
You might also want to pull on your sweater before you go in so you don’t have to fumble in the darkness. It can be 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside on a bright, sunny day, but underground the temperature drops into the 50s. The dampness makes it feel even colder.
Also, note that the tunnel is gated November 1 through May 1 for safety reasons. Giant icicles form in the tunnel during the cold winter months, creating massive spears that could threaten the unwary.