Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Motor Bike?

I had seen this bike with a motor on it going down the road some time ago, and had wanting to get a closer look at the set-up.
So I saw it locked up and stopped to get some pictures and a closer look.

This is a Diamondback, older model, but a strong frame.

I could not tell what the motor was, could be Honda, Yamaha, or some thing else.

It is a 2 stroke that runs on mix fuel. So, gas and oil has to mixed together, like 30/1 mix.

Meaning 30 part gas to 1 part oil.
And the reason for this, is that 2 stroke do not have a oil pan to oil the bottom of the motor when it running.
Un-like you car motor it has a place to hold motor oil so the bottom of engine is lubed, with a oil pump and splashing oil.

This looks to be about 50 cc to 90 cc motor from a real motor bike, like a kids dirt bike.

 I think it would be interesting to make something like this with a weed eater motor, I have a 49 cc motor in the shop, one of these days.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Day At Squaw Lake

On Saturday, March 23, 2013.
We took a trip up to Squaw lake, that is located above Applegate Lake. about 7 miles or so.

The picture is of Daniel at little squaw lake, it is about 10 acres in size. Not to many people out to day.

Good thing Daniel did not fall in. so had no wet and smelly Daniel for the ride home.
Here is Daniel, Rochelle and Lucy(way in the back ground) on the trail hiking alone the shore of Little Squaw lake.

We did find about 6 geocaches in the area.
And a new trail called Summit Lake TH, must lead up to some high lake. looks like about 3.5 to 4 mile one way. I think I'll come back with the mountain bike and ride this one.
And hide some caches as will.

The Last Snow of 2013

 As you can see the snow isn't much, but in was Febuary 19, 2013 a little late.
I'm glade its over, I only had to get up early 2 morning and drive roads this year.
This year we had to chain up 13 bus for the PM run in Rogue River, not to bad.
Only last 3 set of chains from being to loses.

Sure looks pretty, :)
Only came to about 3/4 inch.
Work for me the last snow.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

To Miller Lake

 Miller Lake is localed just out of a little town of Applegate, up a road call Thomson creek road.
It about 12 miles to the top, were the road forks, and the left turn goes to Applegate lake and the hard right goes to Gray back mountain, a right and 7 miles will get you to Miller lake.
I was there in ?????? I was able to drive right up to the trail head and hike the 1 mile to the lake. But, the bridge washed out about 4 years ago and was not replaced. So now you cross the in the creek.

As can be seem, the barren with the painted signage, "Miller lake 4 miles" on the other side was the bridge.
 The next picture is the creek crossing, not to bad, but it is about 12 inch deep and pretty rocky.

I parked in front of the bearer and but the bike together and took my shoes off and push the bike across in the water and the temp was really good, I would have guessed about 60 degrees. The current was a little much, I put the bike on the up stream side and just leaned into it a little, the front pushed back a little, but the back wheel would swing around behind and hang there till I was out of the water.
On the other side was a large rock to seat on to air dry my feet for a few minutes.
I started out in lowest of the 27 gears I had for about the first 1/2 mile, then I was about to 2 and 3 off the bottom gears for most of the ride to the lake.
I got to the trail head in about 1:05, this some how came out to 3.33 miles, 3.5 advage speed. pretty slow.

From the TH its about 3/4 of  a mile of pretty good trail. some parts are real rock parts,
due to water washing down the trail leaving a butch of rocks on top, none much bigger than 6 inch in size.

I did push the bike up the trail about 1/2 mile and hide it, and walked into the lake.
I use the mark a spot on the GPS so I could find the bike later, if I need it. More about that later.

The Lake is about 7 acres in size as can be seen from the pictures, and it is all snow melt coming off the peak that is about 800 feet above the lake. There is a stream about 2 feet wide pouring into the lake, in the third picture from the top you can
just see the stream pouring.
The was a natural lake, but was a little smaller, so a 20 foot dam was build out of dirt and added a shoot for the over flow form  a year around creek. I believe it was used for irrigation around 1910 to 1930s and some mining.
There is a cache here, "Is it Miller Time" there was another cache about mile away, on the other side of the lake, up on the peak.
So I went up the trail above the lake and found that it was going in the wrong way so I cut over the ridge back to the bike I had marked on the GPS. For some reason the GPS lead me to another trail that looked just like the one I hike up the trail to the lake, and there was no bike at the spot? So I know that the real trail was down the hill, closer to the creek, so I walk on down there and guess what I found my bike after about 15 minutes of looking around. As it turn out, what ever happened, the bike was about 400 feet from wear it should have been. The ride down the hill was pretty quit, took about 25 minutes to get to the car. So I got 7.5 miles in 1 hour and 25 minutes