NOTES FROM THE ROAD


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Putting it All Together…


Final Engine Building class…


24 February 2019: The final day of our Engine Building Workshop today meant making a diagnosis and recommendation for each engine and then putting the “good” one back together again. We learned so much in just three days it was incredible …



Getting Inside the Engine…


Learning How the Engine Works…


23 February 2019: Today we learned how to take the engine apart and evaluate the condition of the pieces as we broke the two engines down to remove the pistons, and even took some a few of the pistons themselves apart, removing the and examining the rings. It was an intensive day, and by the end of it we were all feeling a lot more comfortable with tools some of us were using for the very first time …



Meeting the Engines…


Engine Building Basics begins…


22 February 2019: The first day of the Engine Building Basics workshop with Pistons and Pixie Dust in San Antonio started out with an introduction to the engines we will be working on over the three-day class …



Some Music and an Early Night…


Enjoying the band at Sanchos…


21 February 2019: A mellow night at Sanchos just enjoying the band on a relatively “quiet” evening …



A Wilder River View…


The “wilder” river…


20 February 2019: The San Antonio River along the Missions Trail is very different than around the touristic “Riverwalk,” and is a nice place to unwind in nature right near the city center …



Back to the Riverwalk…


Grey Day on the River…


19 February 2019: Cold and wet in the city of San Antonio today, but went out to the touristic Riverwalk downtown anyway. Between it being a weekday and the uninspired weather this usually bustling location was quiet …



Guadalupe River State Park…


Out Along the River…


18 February 2019: Went a bit further from the city’s edge to a more Texas-looking landscape at the Guadalupe River State Park. It was a little cooler out today and the trails were not very crowded at all. Enjoyed a day of easy exploration …



Government Canyon…


A short walk in the woods…


17 February 2019: Headed out to a place called Government Canyon Natural Area, which is a State Park just outside the edge of San Antonio that has a lot of backcountry hiking and biking trails. Surprisingly, it was very crowded and not as “wilderness”-like as one would have imagined. Still there were many trail options and including this shorter one that climbed a steep rocky section to the top of a hill and back down. It was not the most scenic hike, but it was more challenging than expected due to the loose rock, and made for a great day outside …



On the Mission Trail…


The old Spanish Missions…


16 February 2019: Spent the day tracing the old Mission Trail around San Antonio. The Missions themselves have been grouped together as a single UNESCO World Heritage site, and the National Parks Service as well as the state of Texas and city of San Antonio have done a lot to create a unique public space around the old churches and their grounds that connects each site with hiking and biking trails as well as a driving route …


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THIS MONTH:

Learning more about what goes on under the hood via a hands-on “Engine Building Basics” workshop with Pistons and Pixie Dust in San Antonio. During this three day intensive class we will completely tear down an engine, learn about the internal components and how an engine works, and then reassemble the engine ourselves…


COMING UP SOON:

Trail Leader training with Barlow Adventures at Table Mesa. This three day series is designed to strengthen skills for leading 4WD excursions, focusing on the many facets necessary to successfully lead a trip, with hands-on practice in group logistics and common challenges. The program starts with a refresher on driving techniques, reading trails and analyzing obstacles, and anticipating how a vehicle is going to react in different circumstances. Day Two is all about recovery, with practice in winching, hi-lift and straps in various scenarios. The final day brings it all together with expedition scenarios and techniques in detail…


Back to Paris to visit friends and familiar places…


Heading to Pennsylvania Coal Country for the Women’s Wheeling Day Trail Guide Training with theOffRoad Consulting group at Rausch Creek. The full-day training focuses on the most important aspects of trail guiding and covers what is expected of Guides both on and off the trails during the event …


Joining the ladies at Woman and Machine New England for a day of automotive learning fun focused on cars, engines, welding, and more. This automotive educational and networking event is designed for those who want to understand more about their vehicles and/or explore the skill sets that make up various realms within the automotive industry. The event is open to everyone from seasoned professionals to the wrench-curious ladies who are interested in learning more about cars from other women …


Back to Pennsylvania Coal Country to guide for the 2019 Women’s Wheeling Day at Rausch Creek Offroad Park hosted by Jeep Girls Rock. The day focuses on learning, enjoying the trails and meeting new friends, and is for all trail levels, from beginners to advanced. Female Guides will be assigned to each group and will encourage those who have never wheeled before as they build confidence out on the trails and learn what their vehicle is capable of (guys are welcomed to attend and ride along with women drivers at this family event) …


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