Archive for September, 2010

Sunset on the Trail: Florence Rd

Forrest and I had returned to Florence Rd a bit late.  Forrest ran off to check his Ebay bid for some geeky uwave power meter.   I stayed to enjoy and photograph the Sunset.  The scale of the image is fairly large as the final result was three images, digitally stitched.

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Sunset-SCT-Florence

Sunset-SCT-Florence

Thanks Paulding County!

Dwayne Cochoran from Paulding County Parks and Recreation came out with their New Holland loader and helped move out all the excess dirt we had from the tunnel work.  He worked most of the day and moved a lot of dirt.  This was very important because the excess dirt had the potential to generate mud and foul the drainage.

Amazing what this equipment can do.

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cleaning the trail with Santa and his Billy Goat?

Jim Brannon has done a masterful job mounting our industrial strength trail blower, a 9hp Billy Goat 902 model blower on a Honda 350 Rancher atv (photos below).  Jim is the owner of FreeWheeling Honda-Suzuki in Douglasville,GA.  Jim, in addition to being a champion motorcycle and go-cart racer (he’s won the Baja 1000 twice) is an avid recumbent rider.  Both he and his wife Becky love riding the Silver Comet Trail.  I met Jim and Becky while working at the tunnel on the clean-up project.    Jim is a modest, like-able character.  You see, he looks like Santa Claus.   When I found out he was a motorcycle dealer, I had already been thinking about trail blowers because of discussions with Danny Ashley about the Polk County blower.   Danny had asked me to take a look at their blower because of the problems they had towing it.

Jim took the Polk blower and rebuilt the carb, remounted the pull point, based on our discussions of the towing dynamics.  It was this blower that we used for our first prototype.  Here’s the video of Jim testing out the prototype atv-blower at the tunnel.  Note, this was a section that the Paulding County guys had cleaned with backpack blowers two days prior.   In this video, it is the return trip, note the color differences in the concrete as Jim had already cleaned the left side of the trail.

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He really does look like Santa, but this Santa would use his 180 mph go-cart.  Check out the video below; this guy is fast.

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This is our Billy Goat.  A monster 9hp Billy Goat blower hung off the front of a Honda 350 atv. (click images to enlarge)

Billy Goat blower, Honda 350 atv

Billy Goat blower, Honda 350 atv

Difficult to tell from the front view photo, but Jim fabricated a steel sub-frame to suspend the blower.  It almost looks like the blower was designed to fit the Honda ATV.  The precise fit extends the blower speed and nozzle control to within driver reach.

Billy Goat blower, Honda 350 atv, side view.

Billy Goat blower, Honda 350 atv, side view.

A big THANK YOU to Jim for all his hard work and design/fabrication skills.  And an even bigger THANK YOU to FreeWheeling Honda-Suzuki for providing the Honda 350 ATV.  Also, a very special THANK YOU for Paul Wright, whose generous donation helped pay for the ATV.