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2011 Valparaiso Cerro Abajo downhill mountain bike race

Video of the 2011 Valparaiso Cerro Abajo downhill mountain bike race in Valparaiso, Chile. Sent us by Kevin Kelly.

Larger size of above video: http://vimeo.com/20228599
"The race here can be explained in one word. Sketchy. From the dogs on course, to the insane fans, to the multitude of uneven stairs with absolutely no flow, Valpo aims to please. The features are large and the ground is slick cobblestones for much of the track. It makes for great spectating, and 10 000 rabid fans filled the streets last year to watch."

For Sale on eBay: Newly Built Classic Style Travel Trailer

"The owner of this unique teardrop-style travel trailer has lived in it for a few months and is now selling it on eBay. She said it held up really well during the Canadian winter. It was built in 2010 and is 20 feet long. The trailer has been road tested for nearly 4,000 miles through high crosswinds and in extreme temperatures with no issues. You can view more photos at the owner’s website, Tiny Home Teardrop Trailer or on the eBay page." (Starting bid is $10,000.)
This, as well as the below post on the green wood stove, is from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/

StoveTec GreenFire-M MK2 stove

Retail Price: $119.95
Dimensions: Stove: D-10 3/4 in H-11 1/2 in Door: W-4 1/2 in H-4 1/4 in

The StoveTec GreenFire-M MK2 features a refractory metal lining that protects the ceramic insulation, increases the life of your stove, and improves combustion efficiency.…This stove features a durable, reformulated 6-pronged cast iron stove top that improves heat transfer for all pots including round bottom pots and woks.   The bottom of the combustion chamber is lined with a custom fit replaceable, abrasion-resistant, and kiln-fired tile to increase the life of your stove.…
More info: http://is.gd/stovetec
From: http://tinyhouseblog.com/

More moss collecting pics

Dieter is an adventurer after my own heart (see below post), If he lived closer I'd be hanging out with him. All the stuff he does "resonates" with me, from sailing on a catamaran in Baja California to cruising in Alaskan wilderness waters. He finds ways to have fun out in the natural world. Top pic is Dieter, lower pic is Anne Lee.

Dieter and Anne collecting moss in Alaska

Dieter Klose was one of the featured builders in Builders of the Pacific Coast. He recently sent us photos of him and girlfriend Anne Lee collecting moss for a living roof in his boat out of Petersburg, Alaska. He writes: "It's a renewable resource, and doesn't house any creepy-crawlies, none that bite anyway.…"

They also collected bark, as a base layer, for moss food. I asked about the boat and location: "The best harvesting comes off of downed dead trees, and boulders, but low branches often have a good load, and even hold what we call "Boa's", which are about a foot wide, 6" thick, and 4' to 7' long. They're the best!…Location is at Scenery Cove, about 18 miles from home by water; total wilderness, although theres all likelihood they will put a hydro plant in that otherwise untouched cove.
The cruiser is custom made for me by a friend, of welded aluminum, and her name is FANG (named after my daughter, Wrenna, whos nickname is white-fang, or Fang for short).
The boat is 21ft long w/ a 150hp outboard, a double bunk, small settee and mini galley. Its a perfect rig for around here, as it goes up to 40mph, comfortably 30mph, as this is not the best place for sailing: too much or too little wind, with lots of tidal current."
More pics tomorrow…

Homeward bound

Instead of driving straight down coastal Highway One, I cut across the coastal mountains on the Stewart's Point/Skaggs Springs road. Of the 5 or so cross-mountain roads from Pt. Arena to Jenner, this is the nicest to drive. Not too many hairpin corners, lots of creeks, and the Gualala river was rushing; it was almost emerald green since it hadn't rained in a few days -- the time the steelhead start their upriver journey.

It was around 10 PM when I got into San rafael and I stopped at one of my favorite nightclubs, the 4th Street Tavern. You'd swear the place was in Bakersfield or Texas, for  that matter, instead of all-too-precious Marin County. Different band 7 nights a week, almost always a group I've never heard of, and almost always good. Friday it was Buckaroo Bonet and Los Tres Borrachos, funky rock n roll, loud and kick-ass, with a rockin guest singer. $5. cover charge.