First Ride

Route: Harvey Gap to New Castle and return via Peach Valley.
Mileage: About 35
Weather: Cold, threatening rain and/or snow. Temperature about 45-50.

Don Taylor, W0DET, and I went on our first ride of the season. I was using APRS (Amateur Radio Packet Reporting System) but not the real thing – an application for my Droid, to track us. It’s not ham radio, but it works.

This is the route:

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Rocket Stove

I bought a Rocket Stove, which is a cookstove that’s very efficient. One of Cathy’s friends’ sons is involved in bringing this design to the third world, where it could be use with just about any fuel. I bought this one from a company in Oregon. It was made in China.

We tried it out at Terry’s house. Helping us were the next door neighbors, Jack and Colin. Jack is a Cub Scout so he knows a bit about how to make a fire.

We put some more green wood in the stove and it backfired, or so it seemed. Note how Colin has disappeared and Jack has backed up to a safe distance.

But when we got home, it worked just fine. Terry noticed that I was using a grill that puts fake grill marks on the hot dogs. I hadn’t noticed that.