2023 Archive

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

In the middle of Rustic Road 95, you'll see me miss a turn that I then have to turn around to correct. This happens to me once in a while, because I don't use GPS for most of my riding.

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Monday, December 25, 2023

The project looked fun on its own, but then the craftsman offhand dropped, 'They look great in red oak in particular.' I have literally a ton of that, so...

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

If you are looking for a fun road to ride a motorcycle down, look for roads that follow waterways. Almost any road following water will have some enjoyable curves.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Barron County is one that should be easy to navigate. It's a square, and its roads are named for how many miles they are from the southwest corner. I spent four years navigating classes and classrooms by numbers more arbitrary than that.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

We visited the Rustic Roads in St. Croix county as some of the first two-up riding we did on the new motorcycle. It was early May and we needed to know if we'd be comfortable enough on this machine for our upcoming trip to Boston.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

I visited Rustic Road 114 in Rusk county at the end of the second day of an overnight trip. It was a grey day in the middle of summer. Remnants of a storm had scattered around the region, and I kept finding sprinkles as I grazed its edges.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Welcome back! Just as Rustic Roads content was about to fall of the front page of this blog, it's time to start Season 2.

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

I wanted to finish that project sooner than I could get a replacement dado blade, but I also wanted to keep the finger size I had designed. I figured out how to make it happen with just the 1/8in. jig that matches my rip blade! Now I'm going to write down the process and share it, so that I don't forget how to do it before next time.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

The summary: I pulled the throat plate into the blade when pulling my jig back to the front of the saw. I hope this makes you ask how in the world that's possible. I also hope that when I tell you it could be operator error that you ask what awful design could allow such an error. The rest of this post is the answers to those questions.

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Sunday, July 2, 2023

I know I'm twenty years late on this, but either "the algorithm" is echoing my searches back at me, or it really is the case that everyone else also bought a used R1150GS ±Adventure this year. So I think it might still be worth sharing this method I developed for carrying the OEM Adventure luggage while off the bike.

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