Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer bicycling

my summer clothes for my commute;:
I recently changed my job, and now ride my bicycle 6 miles round trip each day.  A somewhat more hilly commute than my previous job.  And I use an evaporative cooling towel around my neck.  It works well.  After soaking it and draping around my neck, I am cool for the whole ride.  And at the end of the ride when I stop and heat up, it is handy as a wet wipe for my sweaty self.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January bicycling and Solar Cooking

This month I am riding to work for the first time in January since I started commuting by bicycle 6 years ago.   Not so much snow, and temperatures in the thirties.

I also got my solar cookers out for the first time.  It was partly cloudy this morning, but an early afternoon shower put a damper on things.  I finished the apple in the microwave, and finished the biscuits in the toaster oven.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Bicycling in Snow

My first bicycling to work in snow on Thursday, December 29, last day of work this year.  A good pair of snow boots helped keep my feet warm.  Generally, I have not bicycled in the month of January due to cold and snow.  Perhaps I will start in 2017.




Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bicycle Lights

As I was riding to work this morning, about 6:30 while it was still dark, I saw ahead of me the faint silhouette of a bicyclist crossing 3 lanes.  WOW.  They had no lights.  This was an area where cars speed by at 50 mph.
I have added lights over the years, first to be seen, then to be able to see the road ahead of me.
I now have a red rechargeable blinking light on the back of my helmet, and a rechargeable light on the top of my helmet strong enough to light up the road ahead of me.  I also have lights on the front, varying from two to three, battery powered,  And one light on the back of my seat, a red blinker, battery powered.
When I just had a single light for the rear, I did find at least once that the battery had died and I had ridden home with no shining light to warn people behind me.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Solar Cooking Update



Cooking Biscuits

Using Jiffy baking mix, one cup with 1/3cup milk.  It made  6 biscuits that I put n the two cookers.  The cat found a warm spot n the sun .  Our high temperature was in the 60's today.  
We also picked some gourds from our jungle of vines in the back 



A Second Cooker

I wanted to make a more portable cooker.  This time I used plywood, plexiglass, and foam board from our local Valu Home Center.  The black paint is Rustoleum high heat black spray paint.
This has been an ongoing project.  Today I tried cooking in two cookers.
I tried reflectors out of foam board, but the heat softened the tape holding it together, and the ever present breeze blew it off the cooker.
So my highest temperature, 200 deg. F., occurs for an hour each side of solar noon.  My goal is still to improve the temperature.
I cooked a serving of instant oatmeal from 9 am t 11:30 am, and then some instant cream of wheat in the afternoon.  Also a baked apple.









Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ratatouille In the solar oven.

I made some modifications to the solar oven, reinforcing the top of the cardboard with some wood.  While shopping this morning, we picked up ingredients for ratatouille:  zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant,  onion, tomato purée, spices.  Then into the oven at noon.  After 4 hours, things were pretty well done, but some things were a little al dente.  I finished them off in the microwave.  We had the vegetables with rice.  I also rounded up material for my solar oven II.