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Economizing and Living Independent for survival in comfort In Today America


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English: Bicycle touring

English: Bicycle touring (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World cyclist Heinz Stuecke on the place de la...

World cyclist Heinz Stuecke on the place de la Sorbonne in Paris, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The recent articles regarding my Recumbant  Trike project and my old articles regarding the Technomads Tribe is again on my mind.I have retired awhile ago so ai could devote more time to creating a rock solid self powered vehicle to travel at random with.I am hoping to get others interested in a life of travel,exercise and good times all over the USA.If others who were self supported were to go along with no demands to stay for any length of time it would truly be a happy group project.We would be that Technomadic Tribe.

Self sufficent would mean a way to support ones self along the way.The tribe would share life experience with whatever they knew best.For instance,A mechanic such as myself would help with repairs.Some one who was good with writing might help with a person supported by blogging.Some one such as a nurse would come in handy when a mishap handed out a skinned knee or elbow.A person with a long life of history background would find historical sites useful.Navigation might be a person who has traveled before.I think anyone with a good sense of their life would enjoy the friendship that will last a lifetime.Riding together has always been safer than alone.

Currently my research has been collecting articles on survival and self sufficiency of those who are experts.Articles of those already traveling on the road to lifes adventures have been a lot of help.The subtle little things they learned by hard lessons are well heeded.The type of terrain.How to cope with the different riding conditions.What to pack and how to stay out of trouble healthwise

.The vehicle you are riding would need to be rugged enough to be trouble free while not being astromonically expensive.I read about the folks that rode just acrossed the country and the enjoyment that they shared.There is also the 71year old gent that rode acrossed the USA and decided to keep riding.Has done so for years.He is quite the expert on the crossing alone.

Bicycling has been my interest since my paper route demanded a way to deliver the 110 papers to my customers.My older red head sister, Jean bought me a single speed Huffy with baskets.I have been riding every since with the exception of last year where a bit of surgery knocked me down for a while.Life is to short to just lay down and get fat…

Think for moment of the first day that you have no muscles aching and the crisp air filling your lungs as the morning greets your waking brain.The smell of bacon and eggs hits you in the nose and the smell of fresh coffee.Some one is fixing the breakfast in their turn for it.The day is just beginning and for the first time in a long time you feel healthy and alive.

The headline fears are still available to you since the electronic world has made that available.Communications with those you value are next fone linked to say I am ok or catch up on family or business  affairs.Then the morning meal with friends of the road tribe to eat,plan and get ready for the day ahead.Repair if need be and repack to get a better ride.Maybe to make the load more accessable,more,easily available.

The trip is not like the road racing bikes you see on the street.Pedaling like crazy to give their butts a ride.Going so fast and working so hard that they miss everything along the way.You all agree that the group is ready to ride and go at a leisure pace that everyone will enjoy.Stopping to take pictures,readjust for comfort and generally enjoying the time given.There is no relatable feeling that compairs to it when you finally feel in shape and nothing hurts.A few days after you started riding with the tribe the pains become muscle and your weight drops to comfort levels.Your body tunes to the athlete you always dreamed of being.You are free and alive,maybe fore the first time in a long time or the first time ever.The wind is in your face as you pedal along with your new friends who share your feelings of living.

You ride with others. Slowest riders in front and fastest riders in back to be able to pace the group.A few riders ride far ahead to scout the route for easiest passage.Your destination may be a camp ground somewhere ahead or a hotel for showers food and a rest period.The autos pass with care because there would be a lot of eyes in a misdeed done.The tribe is from all walks and professions of life.The talents and abilities are from diverse worlds united with the common love of thier life of freedom.

This article is as close as I can explain as to why I have worked for these years building a trike wih every conceivable option that I could find or think of.I wanted to retire and ride just to see the world I missed.I will be uploading  the pictures soon for those interested.I am constantly making upgrades with modifications to every part that doesnt measure up to an easy ride.

My latest project is trying to interest people in buliding trikes to travel this road with me.Perhaps for a summer,perhaps…..

I will be writing again soon I welcome those who are becoming followers and readers alike.WELCOME DEAR READERS


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Photo of an Irish breakfast taken by Ludraman with a Sony Cybershot DSC-P9. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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DIY Recumbant Trike Update Latest Design Changes to My Project.

a bike-buggy especially designed for extensive...

a bike-buggy especially designed for extensive outdoor bike-trekking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Shimano XT front derailleur (top pull, bottom swing, triple cage) on a mountain bike (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Shimano Deore XT Schaltwerk hinten (am Mountainbike) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometime ago I wrote an article regarding my trike that I had built from scratch .
It was a bolt together frame and built from various parts of bikes that I recycled.
It has rear suspension for comfort when riding over the roughest roads.This was cut from a mountain bike with an aluminum frame.I used the seat post as my seat back support.A pipe was bolted to the lower bar that originally past forward to the fork tube.The pedals were from an old Fugi 10 speed.The pedal tube was from a noname bike with 12 speeds.That was bolted to the pipe that ran from front to back,passing under the seat.I rebuilt an English 3speed hub to except a deraileur sprocket on the hub using the original 3spd sprocket as an adapter to mount the multi spd sprocket on the rear wheel.The result is a rear hub that is a full 10×3=30spds all on the rear wheel.#more sprockets on the pedals is a full 90spds.I re-spoked the fragile rear whell with a wide rim of 26inch size.Later it may be a 29inch for better travel characteristics.

You may ask why so many gears?I intend to tour this summer with no problems climbing hills or keeping pace on downhills.

Tune in again and I will be working to find a way to add a jackshaft to further the ease of pedaling along.I was thinking about a possible sail setup that would make a tailwind useful.Many states here in the USA do not allow electric power units on bicycles/Trikes.The multiple power units would make the trip a little more pleasant without police lights pulling behind me.I know of no law using the wind on the highways.(as long as it is not a hazard).

I also have placed a solar cell atop the trike for the charging of batteries and it will make a great shade provider. on sunny days as well as on overly sunny days.
During the night when I might get hung up to ride a little after dark,I have a 12volt Bicycle Generator in the ready to engage position.The voltage controller that came with the solarcell works to charge from both Gennie and solar cell with a cutout relay from RadioShack. Central Tractor Stores sell a book on Wind and solar cells for children that explains the procedures.

Running lights are from a auto parts store.They run down the left and right sides of the frame,seat frame and end up on both sides of the frame in front of the axle.

My headlights are converted bullseye minilights for a car.The conversion is 12volt quartz halogen mini spot bulbs from a haardware store.2 more mini lites are superbrite LEDs in mini flashight conversions.(original insides removed and heftier electronics installed.Finally a small rechargable 12volt light installed behind the semi-reclined seat.Seat is lightweight sheet aluminum covered with hi density foam and then with a type of breatable cordura..It looks good and works for me.

Steering is direct and tilts into corners by tilting the axle.I havent flipped it yet.
I am currently working on converting a bike trailer into a small lightweight untility trailer.I am for the moment a little delayed in my work on bicycles.While The local hospital was saving my life after I had a stint with severe ilness hittting me.Someone broke in and stoled all my bicycle tools.
Wrenches I have had for the past 40years orso.My grandfathers antique wrenches,My dads and his brothers tools that I have always used.They took only my tools.It is like someone who thought it would stop my love of this hobby.If you are blocked in your process then lokk for the way.Over,under,around or though.It will be awhile till I can budget the replacement of those tools that I once uced in my bike shop.Till then I guess theres time to think what the next idea is..

See You soon dear friends.

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30days to Our Countries Recovery by an Expert,Big Brother &The huge Budget Would be gone from our Lives .

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English: A map of the 12 districts of the United States Federal Reserve system. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Organization of the Federal Reserve System

Organization of the Federal Reserve System (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many years ago I had ran across an article that I would like to run by you for your thoughts.The article was from the leading economist of that time period a few years back.The author s name isLiewellyn H.RockwellJR. President of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute,Auburn University,Auburn Alabama,36849-5301

Its a  30 day plan to turn the economy around by raising funds from the resources that “WE” the american people have as assets.With no further comment till the end and a hardy Thank-You Sir,for the expert opinion on the ever growing disaster area that we have as our economy…I give you the honorable President of Tha afore mentioned Institute:

Day 1)The federal income tax is abolished and April 15th is declared a national holiday.The 40%reduction in federal revenues is matched by a 40%cut in spending.The budget is still as big as Former Prez.Jimmy Carter’s.

Day 2).All other taxes are abolished,including the corporate income tax,The capital gains tax,The gasoline tax,”sin”taxes,Excise tax,etc.Business would boom and the new legitimate federal functions are funded with an inexpensive head tax.People that choose not to vote would not have to pay taxes(that’s the way the 19th century worked it).

Day3)The federal government sells all “its” land,freeing up tens of millions of acres of  forestry,Private parks,farming,developement,etc.The government uses the revenue to pay off the national debt and other liabilities.

Day4).The minimum wage is reduced to zero,creating jobs for exfederal bureaucrats at their market wage.All pro union laws and regulations are scrapped.The jobless rate falls to dramatically.

Day5)The Bureau of  Labor Statistics,like the   the Labor department,is sent to that big hiring dept in the sky.Without the detailed economic statisic,future planners will be blind and deaf.

Day6)the Department of Commerce is abolished .Therest of Big business has to make its own way in the world,without subsidies and privileges at the expense of its competitors and customers.

day 7)The plug is pulled on the Dept. energy, oil and Gas prices plummet.

Day8)All regulatory agencies,from the Interstate Commerce Commision to the Federal  Commision are deep sixed.Competition is legalized.

Day9)Hud is squashed like a bug.Theres a building boom in cheap,private apartments.

Day10)The interstate hiways reopen as private businesses.Road entrepeneurs price travel according to customer demand.using modern technologies,drivers are billed once a  month.non drivers no longer pay for roads they don’t use.

Day11Government welfare is wiped out.Bums work or starve.The deserving poor find a cornicopia of private services to make them independent.Private charity explodes,as American people already the most generous in the world,find their incomes almost doubled,thanks to the tax cuts.

Day12)The federal reserve closes its open-market operations and stops protecting the banking industry from competition.But banks can now engage in all the non-bank financial activities previously forbidden to them.The business cycle,which is caused by monetary expansion through the credit markets,is liquidated.

Day13)The Federal deposit insurance is scrapped.All insured deposits are redeemed from federal assets which include the personal assets of high level government employees. The threat of bank runs forces the banks to keep 100% reserves for their demand deposits and prudent reserveson all other accounts.There are no more inherently bankrupt banks that proopt up pby the government,at  taxpayer expense,and no more bailouts.

Day 14)The shaky flat dollar is defined in terms of gold,with the ratio determined by dividing the governments gold stock by all existing dollars on that day.

Day15)The federal government sells National and Dulles airports to the highest bidder and stops all subsidies to other socialist airports around the country.All constraints on airline prices and services cease.It costs more to fly during peak hours than off peak,but overall,air travel drops in price.

Day16)All government regulations that create and sustain cartels are abolished,including those for the past office,telephones,television,radio,and cable TV.Prices plummet,and a host of new and unforseen services become available.

Day17)Centrally planned agriculture,as imposed by Hoover and Roosevelt is repealed:There are no more subsidies,payments-in-kind,marketing orders,low cost loans,etc.Farm prices drop,entrepreneurial farmers get rich.Welfare farmers go into another line of work.The poor,eat like kings.

Day18)The justice department shutters its antitrust division.Companies,Big and small,are free to merge-up,down,sideways.Stockholders can buy any other company,or sell their stock to anyone else. Marginal producers can no longer battle their competitors with bureaucratic weapons.

Day19)The Department of Education flunks the constitutionality test,and is kicked out.Private charities set up remedial reading and writing programs for the former bureaucrats.Local school districts become responsive to to parents or close,pressured by a fast growing private school sector(which many more parents can now afford).

Day20)All federal monuments are sold.I some cases to non-profit groups based on the Mt.Vernon Ladies Association,which owns and runs George Washington’s Home.The VFW buys the Vietnam Memorial.There is much bidding for the Jefferson and Washington Monuments.Nobody wants the FDR’s So it’s torn down and land is sold to a farmer.With the federal government cut back to its constitutional size.Much of Washington reverts back to productive uses like agriculture,as in the late 18th century.

Day 21)The computerized financial and political maintained dossier maintained by the government on every american  erased.The public wanders through the federal offices to make sure,in a reprise of the East Berliners visits to Stasi HQ.

Day22)Equal rights are granted to all American,Even members of non-victim groups.There is no affirmation action,no quotas,no set asides,no public accommodations laws.private property and freedom of association are fully restored.

Day23)The EPA is cleaned out,with all “clean air”and similar big government laws repealed.Ten thousand Lawyers leap from their balconies.Private property is established in air and water.Americans harmed by pollution are free to sue the polluters,who are no longer protected by the federal government.

Day 24)Americans are given complete freedom of contract,restoring rationality to malpractice and product liability law.

Day 25)Government scrambles for more assets to sell(ie.The National Zoo also known as Washigton Zoo)to pay off the liabilities of the privatized social security system.

Day26)Porn Artists Have to earn their own living,as the National Endowment for the arts tries to raise its budget through sidewalk painting sales.

Day28 )Foreign aid is outlawed as unconstitutional,unjust,and uneconomic,Foreign politicians have to steal their own money.The world bank,IMF,and the United Nations close their  super luxurious doors.

Day 28)The American people are given the unrestricted right to bear arms.

Day29)he Defense reoriented to defense.American troops come home from all around the world We remember the Founding Fathers teaching that we cannot have an Empire abroad and a Constitutional Republic at home.

Day30)All tariffs,quotas,and trade agreements are put through the shredder.Americans can trade with anyone in the world,without barriers or subsidaries.Japanese car prices drop an immediate 25%

Summary: in just 30 days exhilarating days,we will have established the outlines of a free market economy.Radical?maybe so.Me I can’t wait til month 2

This article appeared in the survival magazine many years ago.It is quite radical,while giving a very different view of what could be done to “fix” the National problems that seem to be chaotic for the leaders to even hold civilized conversations about.Maybe someone up there in their Ivory Towers of our Nation will read this and consider the options available.The biggest problem will be getting anyone to even listen.

I don’t agree with everything here and it is presented only as  a possiblity.So please read it and save the Hate mail for those who havent fixed anything since this was first written all those years ago.But this is still America.We(The American Citizens) still have time left to fix the problems.Not much time,but maybe enough.The citizens of  the world still have time to change the systems  that are broken .Our voices out number the bureaucrats millions to one.

For now RJP see you soon.

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Has Anyone Seen The Latest Positive Newscast?

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Has  anyone found a newscast that has positive events to report.I can’t believe the negative reporting by just about anyone on the tv or radio these days.I remember listening to the radio in the days when radio and tv was trying to uplift the population(masses) with positive things.Events such as the Kennedys happenings were even made to be positive.with the event of their deaths being the exception of course.Through out the years news and programs have gone from the Lone Ranger and Tonto,Jack Benny,more recently the voice of the great Paul Harvey.Both senior and Paul Junior were a daily listen for me when I was traveling around the various parts of the United States and Canada.
It seems that the broadcasters today seem to value the caustic sarcasm style of people bent on acting like that relative your family tries not to invite for holidays.You know,thatperson that spends their time whining and bemoaning everyone that has a different view on lifes many facets.Apparently their viewpoint is without color or dimension.I can only imagine that their mindset is the drabbest shade of greasey grey goo.I heard a broadcaster that ranting about a singer that I have grown to listen to sing.They were saying  very uncomplimentary things about her.Everything from the meat outfit she wore to the way she sings.Blah,blah,blah etc
Forget the fact that she is an inventor,extremely smart and has a heck of strong voice for a pint size powerhouse.I will not mention her by name because the stars have become targets for the nobodies sitting in deadend jobs with no hopes of anything in the future.
The media has become a dumping ground for degrading the people that we used to look up to.The lifestyles of the famous has become the focal points of their humaness  instead of the things they can do.The services and talent they provide to us everyday.We search for the slightest imperfection to start degrading and demonizing them.I have no idea as to why this has become so popular these days.We may never return to those thrilling days of yesterday.Perhaps that’s why our society is in chaos with bullies in the news and School shooting copy cats making our headlines.The constant barrage of negative input is melting our Spiritual Conciousness.Would we see empty shells if our vision could see  the spiritual outlines of our being.
This leaves  themselves degraded while they try to make everyone as low as they think of themselves.Maybe Our bullies have learned too well, from the political radio folks or the announcers that show them how to degrade others to help them feel better about their own opinion of themselves.Teach your children well,Their parents hell…a popular song was singing on the station that the announcer above spoke.I guess that lesson escaped  him .

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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


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constitutional rights eroded by dictation without recourse

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Map of daily truck traffic on United States highways in 1998. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The newscaster stated that our President has bypassed the system to place into existence  a law that limits our Constitutional Rights.It may seem shocking to hear that those in charge of the masses can just yank the slats out from the constitution.The people who have the Job of keeping this country running have been under the gun for years.They are a couple hundred thousand strong doing their jobs every day with the rules dumped on them by bureaucrats. Bureacrats that run the dedicated people lives by computerized virtual reality.These particular bureaucrats can destroy a work background with the simple push of a computer key.
This action leaves a destructive mark on a federal record that cant be fought by the now unemployable worker.
Your no doubt are  wondering who these hard working and dedicated folks are that are living with this shadow hanging over them.Read on and remember that these folks have regulations that have quietly been in effect without recourse.

The CDL Trucking industry was infected by a new reporting department that is call ,unlike the older DAC record has no recourse if your ticketed.You are guilty without any way to protect yourself from the rath of any D.O.T. officer that got out of the wrong side of bed.That Is also the power it gives to trucking companies to destroy the older more experienced drivers.The older drivers must be paid more for their years on the road.Anyone that has driven tractor trailers for any amount of years would have noticed the huge rise in inadequate driving schools.If you know what a puppy mill is then you can easily identify my example.
There is more people being turned out as drivers than ever before.they get a government backed loan,goto several weeks of “school” and are now professional drivers.They may then goto a few more weeks of a driver with possibly 6months experience riding with them.The older “blackballed” driver is left sitting at home in an unemployable state while the company merrily puts a rookie in his old truck.I have many pictures of these Pro’s with their new rigs stuck under bridges and in the ditches.
Who ever passed the CSA rules new there wasn’t anyone to protest the unconstitutional value of a law that didnt effect anyone outside the CDL jobs.
That said folks….Hows it feel to have it visit your life?Theres an old saying that has several paraphrasings.I will paraphrase a new version:when they came for the homeless folks  rights,no one spoke up.When they came for the People in the streets rights,no one spoke up.When they came for the CDL drivers rights no one spoke up.When they came formy rights,there was no one left to say anything,Because they found they no longer had a right to speak.
Dont let those who would destroy the greatest nation in history do the dirty deed without speaking out ,before you no longer have a right to do so.
When good folks do nothing,evil prevails.

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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


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