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The Essential Geography USA, 2nd edition, David Imus, 2019

Cartographer David Imus has just released the 2nd edition of his map of the United States. In my view, it is the most beautiful, articulate map of this country ever made. The 1st edition of this map, called The Essential Geography USA, was awarded “Best of Show” in 2012 at a competition held by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. The 2nd edition is even nicer in that the shading of the land forms is more delicate and interferes less with the place names. The image above is a sample from the 2nd edition. Below (Read more) is a sample of the 1st edition so you can see what I mean.

The clarity with which this map conveys information is stunning.

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My partner’s partner, Nathan, introduced me to a YouTube channel called MotoTrek recently, which looks like a great place to learn skills and techniques related to off-road adventure riding. Bret Tkacs, the guy doing the instructing, gives clear overviews of the techniques and explains the basic physics involved. Check out this video of him showing how to tackle deep river rock. What he can do with a motorcycle is impressive stuff.

This is the most hilarious and awesome build I’ve seen in a long time. Ethan and Edwin, the two friends from north Idaho known as Grind Hard Plumbing Co., have taken a Power Wheels Princess Jeep and turned it into a a Honda CRF 450-powered awesome kart. It has a full custom frame, 4-link rear suspension, and so much pink street cred.

It’s amazing to watch it run. In this video they compare the Princess Jeep’s performance to that of a 500cc Sport Quad. It looks like a real-life Mario kart or Ed Roth drawing come to life. It also looks like mountains of fun.

If you’re thinking about buying a Range Rover Classic (or even if you’re not), you might enjoy this Australian promotional video for the 1988 model year.

My friend Nathan told me recently about the Royal Enfield Himalayan, a back-to-basics, 411cc adventure bike from India. From reviews I’ve read the bike is more pack mule than race horse. Or said another way, the long-stroke engine provides more useful torque than it does useful horsepower. But often that’s just what’s needed off-road.

I think the YouTube review above does a good job of laying out the bike’s pros and cons. After the jump there’s another video of bike on an adventure in the Himalayas. And here’s a review of the bike in Cycle World to round things out.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

If you’re looking for an interesting winter project, you could do worse than taking inspiration from this excellent DIY solar shower video. The shower is designed to fit on a roof rack, be heated by the sun, and provide a 30 psi stream of water with pressure generated by an air compressor. It’s reported to get to about 95˚F after a day of driving around in mixed sun and clouds. Not bad.

I don’t think I’ve seen a more well thought out project. And the project’s creator calls it H2OT. Watch him explain and demonstrate the whole thing in a sub-six-minute video. Excellent!

Last Sunday I took Illabot Creek Rd., in Washington’s Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, up to the Slide Lake trailhead for some winter fun and snow driving. Here are some photos and some trip notes at the end in case you go.

Chained up and ready to go.
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The U.S. House committee on Natural Resources voted last year to adopt H.R. 3650, a bill which would OK the transfer of National Forests to the States. According to sources I’ve read (Outside Magazine and the New York Times), this is seen as a thinly veiled attempt to transfer National Forests to private hands, as the States wouldn’t have the funds to maintain the lands and would, most likely, sell them. This would end public access to lands formerly held in the public trust.

The above video was filmmaker Octave Zangs reaction: go out and see Oregon’s public lands and raise awareness.

Here’s more information. If you have an opinion on this issue, write your congressman.

The Great Public Land Heist has Begun; Outside Magazine, 6/22/2016
Public Lands Belong in Federal Hands; Outside Magazine, 10/26/2016
Trump’s Interior Pick Is the Last Hope for Our Public Lands; Outside Magazine, 12/14/2016
Rule Easing Public Lands Transfer Concerns Hunters, Others; New York Times, 1/16/2017
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