Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
When it comes to leisure summer time activities in Tahoe, nothing is more popular than floating the Truckee. This is one activity that crosses all boundaries of race, age, wealth, as well as physically shape and partying ability. I have seen one year old babies float in their own tube as well as taken my mother down the river.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I was not sure exactly how I was going to be securing the shell to the bed, so when I went down to pick up the shell I brought a handful of various clamps to hold it down. Clamping the thing down in this fashion was more than secure enough for highway cruising. Off road however would have been a different story. A permanent solution for holding the shell in place was still needed. In the past I have drilled holes and bolted the shell to the truck's bed rails. But I also had a bed liner that I would replace when not running a shell to cover up any unsightly holes. I do not have an over the rail bed linear for this truck, and thus that was not an option. I know that they also made camper shell clamps that might work. What I found instead was a clamping system called the Leer "J" hook. In fact they are not "J" hooks at all, but act very similar to one. A section of an extruded material slides into the utility track. The shell has four protrusions which stick out further than the rails. The extruded slug has a tapped hole which a bolt runs through. Real slick! I was able to get these from my local camper shell shop in Reno for $10.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The ride starts at the top of Packer Saddle. From Highway 49 turn north at Bassests onto Gold Lake Rd. Take the fist left over the bridge onto Packer Lake Rd. Take the first Right to stay on Packer Lake Rd to Packer Saddle. Once over the saddle take a left at the "T", and you will find a well established parking lot a few hundred yards from the "T".
The most difficult part of the DV DH is setting up the car shuttle. To avoid the grueling Downieville Uphill, most people shuttle the ride. Setting up the shuttle takes two cars, a long time and a lot of driving. A good option is the use Downieville Outfitters. Each van ride to the top cost about twenty bucks. These guys also rent bikes. http://www.downievilleoutfitters.com/
There are two basic options for the downhill. Pauley Creek, or Butcher's Ranch. Butcher's Ranch Trail is the most popular and starts almost immediately from the top, where as the Pauley Creek Trail requires a few miles of dirt road riding to the trail head. Actually the true start of BR starts a little bit down the dirt road, but most people take Sunrise trail to link to BR. Sunrise at the time however still had many snow patches, which resulted in mud holes. I felt bad about having a ten person crew tear through those holes, but we did not know of its condition. The beginning of the trail is south facing and great. It isn't till a little ways in that you find yourself on the cold, snowy, muddy, north face.
BR seamlessly joins up with Pauley Creek trail. Then onto the third divide, dirt road, through the campsite, first divide, and into town.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Though we hit the largest rapid of the trip we were not out of the woods yet. On some class three or two rapid we seemed to have wrapped our boat on a rock/tree. This in fact provided the most excitement of the trip. After freeing the boat, we eventually make it to Indian Valley Campground. This is the take out. From the river your only clues that this is the location is by the presence of a the campsite. It is not easy to spot.
That night we camped at Indian Valley campground, and the next day we went and hit the Downieville Downhill. But I will save that story for another day.
Friday, June 5, 2009
A fact of life in snow country are snow berms left by the plow. Driving over a berm or even worse getting stuck on a berm and backing off, can be the end of your precious splash shield.
UPDATE: The skid plate will soon come off durning pre winter work over. At this time I will be cutting two large holes in the bottom for oil and oil filter access. Have the "no hole" version of the skid plate is a good idea if you are a ralley racer. However the station wagon only sees very mild offroading and the holes would be fine. A quick e-mail to Paul E, owner of Primitive Racing yeilded some of the dimesniosn and locations of the access holes. Attached is the e-mail repsonde from Paul:
Sure, verify all measurements for yourself prior to cutting.
You can use a 2.5" hole saw.
Drain ~2.5" hole location is 4.4" up (towards front) from center of the OUTER of the 2 rear mounting holes (elongated hole, measure from center) and 2.2" out (towards outer edge of plate on passenger side. So 4.4 up and 2.2 over.
Filter ~4.25" hole (2.5" hole then jigsaw or find a 4.25" hole saw) location is 8.9" up from the center of that same mounting hole and 4.9" out. So 8.9" up and 4.9" over.
Update: I have finsihed cutting the two access holes for the skid. See: