Thursday, September 28, 2006

dclxvi updates

Megulon-5 has provided further illuminations regarding the streets and kobold mines of Brooklyn, NY.

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Aquachop 2006

In the summer of 2004 CHUNK 666 crossed the Willamette River to Ross Island & back on a small squadron of amphibeous choppers. Last summer we were too busy saving kittens from the glue factory or something to make to a second attempt. But this summer the CHUNK aquacycles again wobbled down to the river & gingerly lowered themselves into the warm soothing currents of the Willamette.

Thud re-equipped & up-graded the Swampthing's amphibious attachments. Namely, adding a winch constructed out of pile-acquired cranks and bottom-brackets which allowed him to lower his barrel "X-Wings" from thier upright, terra firma-riding position down into thier aquatic aquacycle postion. Swampthing is the only chopper to make the Willamette crossing twice.

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Krak, as is typical of his methodology, simply secured four barrels to the almighty Family Truxter and called it good (it then subsequently outperformed everything else in the fleet).

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Ah, the comic relief/runt of the flotilla: the good garbage skow S.S. Walter S. Mondale. Starting at the last minute, I constructed this simplistic aquacycle the day before using a kid's bike and a lot of scrap wood laying around my basement. The vessel's name kinda redeemed it, tho.

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Big B. liberated the side-by-side double-bike thing from his back yard and birthed with bamboo & wood & steel the bipedaliferous leviathan Willamaconda. Crewed in a Huck Finn-style by himself and 99.

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Willamaconda possessed the largest pedal paddle wheel to navigate the river to date. The wheel could be adjusted vertically in the water for optimum performance.

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Megulon-5 fabricated the Ross Island Explorer, a tall-hydrocycle!

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The Ross Island Explorer's chain drive fulfills a dual function. It drives a wheel to get to the river, and one to get you around the river.

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Thoroughly victualed, the flotilla wobbled its way towards the river.

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Then, into the drinkā€¦

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The Willamette flows north, although the main channel of the Willamette is on the other side of Ross Island. The wind was blowing strongly from the north, and aquachoppers don't so much sit in the water as on top of it. What I'm getting at is lighter craft, like Swampthing and the Walter S. Mondale, were simply pushed south by the wind. In the case of the aqua-tallbike Ross Island Explorer, Megulon-5's own body functioned as a sail of sorts, & he was propelled all the way south to adjacent Hard Tack Island. Heavy craft like the Willamaconda and Truxster, however, bee-lined across.

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For the return trip the lighter craft banded together, figuring on portaging to the northern tip of the island, lashing the 3 vessels together, & "party barging" our way back - letting the wind do the work for us.

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The view from the north end of Ross Island is mildly disorienting. You're below the city.

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Thud tried to pull Megulon-5 and myself with the Swampthing, but at some point he was taking a break and one of us said "let's set up a sail." Tarps were quickly unraveled. Megulon simply stood on his barrels and leaned against the frame of the Ross Island Explorer, holding his tarp roughly around him. Thud zip-tied the corner of another tarp to his backrest and I zipped the other corner to my homemade paddle and held it up like a spar.

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The remainder of the voyage back to the shore was short and pleasant. S

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Pic by Thud.


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Pic by Thud.

Monday, September 4, 2006

WIDEBAND CHUNKATHALON

We flipped the chunkcathalon into a two-day rolling commingling of CHUNK-style events & festivities.

Chunkathalon 2006


Saturday was an off-road time trial, a big ride w/ 40-something choppers & tallbikes to BBQ, portages over some bridges, around Ladd's, and then to a Rink.

Sunday was the derby & baby rescue ride. Here are some photos from Sunday.

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The Baby rescue concourse.


Terry may or may not have broken BOTH of his feet in the baby rescue. He also earned the chunkathalon merit badge for 'Repair Angel' for actions on Saturday.

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Steph somehow managed to heed the call to spontaneously embrace mother earth Saturday on the offroad time trials (chin) AND on Sunday during the baby rescue (elbow). But she kept laughing so we gave her the merit badge for spirit.

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Also of note but not pictured: Big B. got a merit badge for Navigator and also had the best time in the trials (thud & hang tied for second). Ian got the Sportsmanship badge for pulling Truxster when its chain broke with his belt. Metal Nate from Jesus Horse got the Baby Rescue patch for winning the baby resuce tourney & Darren got the Dumbest Bike patch.