I have decent luck with birch if it’s cut and split soon after felling - otherwise it rots quickly, like poplar or beech. Most wood will release more moisture if cut and stacked in a timely manner though, so maybe birch is just more reluctant to release that moisture. But it can burn well when it’s properly dry.
This is why a “brush fire” permit around here specifies nothing over 4" in diameter. Now, no one actually follows that, but it’s written down anyway.
I, too, am working on the garage thing. Honestly in New England, it’s more of a chafe not having a garage during the other seasons when our trees shed all kinds of things onto our cars, that get into every nook and cranny of everything. And pine pitch! Oh, the pine pitch. Snow and ice are pretty easy to remove… Read more
I have one that lives in a snowbank at home and isn’t allowed to go in any of the cars, so it’s always ready for the morning snow removal. I also keep the brush in the back seat instead of the trunk or “way back” because it’s easier to open a side door without dumping snow in, than a back door (wagon) or trunk lid.
Ugh, that 2500 is ugly from the side too. Why is the hood line higher than the bed? Oh, so they could put more grille on the front... wait...
I almost put Sparco Terras on my Volvo XC70 last winter. Found these on CL instead.
We’re all kind of getting used to masks, but yeah it’s hard and the kids definitely aren’t always following the rules when no one is looking (or they think no one is looking). Some kids got in trouble last weekend for making out, which might normally be a “hey don’t do that” but this year it’s an actual policy… Read more
My friend is super fast, yeah. The only way I keep up with him on my bike is my technical skill - if you can just keep riding on technical trails, you’ll crush anyone who gets on and off their bike even occasionally. But he’s faster on the long climbs when it’s not technical. Read more
I haven’t been on as much since about June, either. Was furloughed in June then had a (pre-planned) week’s vacation, then gave 2 weeks’ notice on my first day back and started a new job teaching at a private school. Trying to teach an AP class in a subject I’m learning as we go, and trying like hell to keep myself… Read more
Oh for sure, on flat or smooth or even gentle downs, bikes are faster. This route has nothing I’d describe as flat. Not even 100 feet at any point, honestly. And a lot of the downs have switchbacks so you have to dump speed on your bike to make the corners... a friend who is at a very similar ability level on his bike… Read more
I was just looking at this photo this morning, from 2017. It’s Little Squam Lake in New Hampshire, and I took it with my iphone one morning on my way to drop off my kids at preschool. Nothing special at all, just the right place at the right time. I’ll put the color version below but even though it’s a fall photo with…
I sent this to my sister, though she probably saw it: LONG story short, one time I got some bad gouges in my leg and my sister saw them and asked, so I randomly told her I was running on a trail and got chased by a small wolverine (we’d seen one in the wild before) and rather than laugh she believed me, so I let her.… Read more