Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). Live streaming video at http://ustre.am/TM8N
Monday, December 30, 2013
Started a Facebook page for the powered paragliding adventure. Thanks to my friend Paul Szendrey for giving me the idea of using the name The Flight Lab. Check it out and "like" the page if you are so inclined. There will be some extras there that won't be posted on the blog.
Put the rig on my back for the first time yesterday. That thing is pretty dang heavy. I have never worn a backpack with that much heft. Kinda counter intuitive to add that much weight to me in order to become lighter than air. Did a supply run to Alpine today and decided to pick up a bathroom scale so I would know exactly how much it weighed. The motor, frame, and harness come in at 68.8 lbs. Add a full tank of gas to that ( 2.5 gallons at 6 lbs/gallon) and I will have to tote 83.8 lbs. for a short time in order to get airborne. I am counting on the fact that there are lots of folks out there doing this with ease. 43,58,26,0,C,0