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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Thursday, June 29, 2023

This is how my R1150GS Adventure sat on its side stand, when it arrived after purchase. It's too far over for me to be able to get it upright while sitting on it. Setting it back onto the sidestand after it was upright was panic inducing - 'Oh no, did I forget to put the stand down?!'

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

'Get to know your admin,' they say. How well do I truly know myself? I've meant to take a more active roll in my Fediverse presence anyway, so now I've taken a step in that direction. Please say hello to the Couch

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

'DID YOU GO TO SPACE?!' It wasn't the last time these two 'road-grimed astronauts' were asked that question on our recent three-week, 3750 mile road trip. I can't imagine it ever getting old, seeing how much joy it brings children to meet motorcyclists. From excited questions to enthusiastic waves, their sense that something fun is going on is infectious.

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

This project included quite a bit of something I really enjoy: making something out of "leftovers". The only "new" wood in this project is the helmet shelves themselves. Everything else came out of the scrap bin. But the piece is full of nested scraps of scraps as well.

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Saturday, April 29, 2023

I keep my guitars in their cases. But it was time to do something nicer than stack them in the corner. So I built this.

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

In my mirror, I saw him immediately pull a U-turn. When the police cruiser passed me a few seconds later, I wondered how far down the road I'd catch up to them.

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

The Rustic Roads of Jefferson county are another case of several being so close to each other that it would be strange not to ride them all in one trip.

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Friday, March 31, 2023

The algorithm got it wrong. It got it so wrong that I refuse to offer it content to attempt to keep others scrolling either.

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

When I opened the map to check that I had the right recordings for this video, my heart skipped a beat. I rode R19, R20, and R96, but the map showed a fourth road. I clicked on it. R124?!

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Rustic Road 22 is the main road through the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area. It's obvious that at any time other than early November, when the marsh was preparing for winter, the whole area must be a steamy green jungle.

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Monday, March 20, 2023

The easy solutions for lumber storage involve bolting metal shelving to the wall. I hate puting holes in external walls, though - especially basement walls that have otherwise never leaked. And why would I go buy metal shelving when I have all of this lumber on hand?

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Rustic Route 104 offered a short, fun diversion of corners and curves in the middle of a very long day of riding.

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Waushara County is the first place I ever noticed a Rustic Road sign. This past November, nearly 20 years since I first became aware of it, I finally rode it. It's fun!

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Rustic Roads 17, 57, 23, and 24 are all so close to each other that you can ride them all in less than 40 minutes. So, despite them being in two different counties, I've decided to drop them all in one video.

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Rustic Road 45 is a short gravel stretch. The color and brightness in the video are odd because it was a cold, windy, drizzly day. The clouds mostly blocked the sun, but became giant patches of white, blowing out the light balance on camera.

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Sixish miles west of the town of Kewaunee, on WI-29, you'll find Hrabik Rd. Actually, you'll probably miss it. Continue to County AB, then turn south for two miles. Turn left there onto Pine Grove Road, and you'll be at one end of RR7, where this week's video starts.

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Friday, February 10, 2023

But then I pulled what I thought was a piece of ash inside to dry, and it turned out to be basswood. What could I do with 20 inches of basswood 2x4?

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

With the Super Bowl this weekend, what better Rustic Roads to visit than those near Green Bay?

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

A wonderful thing has happened. Tom Lehrer has released all of his music into the public domain. So, in this video, you get to hear some of what it actually sounds like inside my head while riding!

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

R78 starts out paved, but quickly shifts to gravel. Along the gravel is a neat cut through a rocky hillside, and a small bridge over the New Wood River, just upstream from where it flows into the Wisconsin.

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Another January marks two years of Starlink internet service for me. As I predicted at the end of my last experience post, there wasn't any single event worth writing about. But, here's a wrap-up of the last eight months:

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

The creature grinning behind me in video logo is the Hoday, a mythical creature first photographed in near Rhinelander in 1896. But the rides in today's video happen on the other side of Oneida County, near Minocqua.

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

I hope you weren't getting worried that this blog had turned into all motorcycle videos all the time. If you have been missing the woodworking content, this post is for you.

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

Timm's Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin, at 1,951.5 feet. The road to it is Rustic Road 62, and it's the first ride in today's video of Price County.

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

Bike audio is finally back! We'll return to silent counties in a few weeks, but for now, you can listen to me apply throttle and shift. I was feeling pretty confident on this gravel, so there's a good bit of purring along.

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