Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Spring has come to the Willamette Valley. The days are getting longer. The sun is shining more and it's raining slightly less. The stinging nettles, dandelion, chicory, burdock and other wild edibles are ripe for picking. Hooray!
My schedule is filling up with many workshops that I will be leading through TrackersNW this spring and summer. Among them are: a wild edible plants walk, a dandelion wine making workshop and a wild plants lore bicycle tour. If you are in the area and interested in attending please check out the TrackersNW site.
The illustration above accompanies an article I just wrote for the TrackersNW e-zine about wild edible plants. Folks can sign up to receive the e-zine on the TNW site.
I had a great day yesterday. To begin I managed to find two yards of 40 year old waxed cotton canvas that I intend to sew into panniers for my bike. I have searched all over the web and had no luck finding this stuff. I found it at a local sail and canopy makers shop. I'll post some pics when I finally make them.
Also I found a new bike yesterday! It's an '87 TREK cirrus 520. A touring bike with nice lugs and cool features like a rear deraileur cable that is routed through the chainstay.
Unfortunately the paint job is kinda ugly. It's also a 64cm frame which is about the biggest I can fit and is my preferred size. The bike needs some love as you can see from the crappy seat and handlebar set up. I now have two treks that happen to be both from the 1987 model line up. The other is a Pro Series (pictured as frame only)that I found in a trash pile outside a burned down apartment a few years ago. It too could use some new paint. This one is a project that I'll probably never get around to though because its a pretty impractical bike for me being a dedicated race bike with no clearances or braze-ons. Here is a link I found to an online Trek 1987 catalog. Thats all for now.