Sunday, October 24, 2021

RC track I (no bike content)

Our youngest son, Theron, bought an RC car.....pretty soon everyone in the family was buying them. 
We bought two and then I decided I needed to make a track at our house.

We have a wall in the basement that is just begging for some I start the project, not really knowing what I'm doing.
I watched some online videos about RC tracks, but didn't see anything like what I had in mind. 
The one thing they all emphasized was they made their track on a budget.
Challenge accepted, and I started gathering all my scrap wood and parts.

I install the cleats to give me an idea of what it will look like.

Then I start adding the shelf material. I bought the composite flooring at a thrift store for $10 for a package. I was able to buy a 4'X8' 1/4" underlayment at a big box for $5.00 as a corner has a small amount of damage. Then I cut the sheet to 4 lengths of 11" 'shelving'.  And the 12" x 8' length of shelving I actually found on the side of the road... no really! So far so good on the budget!

I have some hinges in my hardware bin, so I design the track so I can change the layout as wanted.

The cars need to get from one level to the next so I make an 'elevator'... it works pretty darn good. I had hoped to power it with the car and pulleys, but the little RC cars just didn't have the traction to turn the pulley.

I continue to add out for the Killer dog!!

A suspension bridge is in order...several twigs off a tree in the back yard, add some twine and wood glue and you have a very nice bridge!

The track still isn't done....and it probably will never be 'done' as I keep seeing new things to do. 
This is a video on Rumble of the track.

I hope you enjoy it!

Or the youtube link
(available on 29 Oct)

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Haulin to and home from Oregon

Middle son, Fenton has landed a new job for the Oregon Air National Guard. So he and his family are making the move to Seaside. 
Despite the fact that I'm not happy they are going so far away  I offer to help with the move.

So we toss my bike into the U-Haul truck for the trek to Oregon. I'll drive one of their cars to the new house, then when we get the truck unloaded in Seaside I'll ride the bike home.

The sunset on the way to Oregon, taken through a bug spattered windshield.

We stop at Camp 18 a few miles outside of Seaside for some leg stretching.. Its a pretty cool place.

Apparently more counter weight was needed on this truck. They welded extra frame on the front, stuck a Caddy motor on it, and ran a drive shaft back through the original engine and on to the tranny and pto.

The bike (and household goods) transport.

We stayed here while waiting for the laborious process of the closing..
Its a nice place to stay, but the waiting and waiting drove us nuts!

Still we go to lunch.

Clam "chadA"

It's a good plan and when the house FINALLY closes, we unload the truck. Kudos to his new co-workers several of whom showed up to help! They tore into that truck and it was soon empty...lucky for me... I as I was quickly running out of gas! 

And the new house!

So in two days I depart for home.

Obligatory pic with bike...

Cool covered bridge

I stop in Bend for a couple of days. 
Looking off the deck.

The weather has cooled a bit and I really didn't pack for the cooler temps....that's ok, at least I packed my 'lectric vest and I wore my I survived...
I drew a smiley in the frost....

Another stop in Ontario and then I made it home.
Cold weather be darned, I'm very glad I was able to go over and help with the move. I'm excited to go back and see the house when it is all moved in and arranged!