May trip to the WNC mountains

We decided to ride up to the Western NC mountains for about 4 days to disconnect from the mayhem.

 

 

Stayed at Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge. Nice place.

 

Haywood Smokehouse, Franklin.

Our home for the trip. Aspen Classic camper, towed behind a Can-Am Spyder RT

 

 

Aspen Classic.

 

Very nice trip. Lots of terrific roads up there. US28, Vayah Road, US178 and a lot more.

2020 Purple Martin Season

The season started on February 11, when the first two adult males arrived. We currently have around 70 pair, and the last nest check showed 288 eggs across the entire colony. Current capacity is 72 pair. It is getting pretty tight space-wise, so we have decided to add a Gemini 24 rack for next season. We currently have 3 Super-24 racks.

Update 6/4/2020: We currently have 71 pair with a total of 298 hatched.

 

Sunday March 1st 2020 Ride

Who said you can’t ride in the winter? Excellent day in South- and North Carolina for a ride on my Thoroughbred. 60 degrees and sunny. Stopped by Rockingham, North Carolina Motor Speedway. Tried to get her on the track 😂. Not a chance.

BMW S1000XR

Oregon 620-120 Chainsaw chain grinder

Got a brand new Oregon chainsaw chain grinder, replacing and old Northern Tool grinder.

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  • 3,400 RPM, 3/8 HP direct drive motor provides enough power for daily heavy-duty sharpening
  •  4.3 Amps
  • Durable, long-lasting cast aluminum chassis
  • Variable motor grind angle to enable multiple adjustments
  • Safety shield with integrated light
  • 3-ft. cord with 3-prong grounded plug
  • One-way motor rotation for greater operator safety
  • Large motor fan and durable T-shaped cooling fins for excellent temperature regulation
  • Easy-to-use controls to make precise adjustments
  • Securely held chain parts to reduce risk of operator injury
  • Hydraulic piston automatically compresses chain vise to increase efficiency
  • Hydraulic assist closes the chain vise automatically when the motor and wheel are lowered
  • Standard chain vise attachment fits 1/4in., 0.325in. and 0.404in. pitch chains
  • 5 3/4in. dia. x 5/16in. thick vitrified grinding wheel sets depth gauges
  • Motor head can be raised to create more space for filing depth gauges
  • Large indexing chain stop provides a larger surface area, accommodating large chain types

Very accurate and consistent grind. Top notch grinder.