Will Wheel for Food
Sean Holman’s April column (Trail Foodie) really drove home a point for me about food at the end of the day. In my role leading and training volunteers to help keep our sport alive, I have found nothing more important in the nurturing of volunteers than to feed them at the end of a good work day or project. Of course, a good thank you is always in order; but food . . . aw, food . . . it does the trick every time. I usually manage to get the grub donated and find a pack of volunteer helpers to do the cooking. If it’s done on the trail or project, like we do with Friends of the Rubicon, it really makes the experience complete. And one more point: being a cook is a great duty for someone who can’t wield a shovel or bend over too much to pick up trash. With groups like FOTR, everyone has a job, and there’s no job more important than a willing cook!
BlueRibbon Coalition Ambassador
Mokelumne Hill, CA
Thanks for the kind words, Del, and for your work with BlueRibbon. But what’s your specialty dish? If it has a slab of beef and an open flame, you can sign us up for your next trail ride.
Fuso Freaks of the World, Unite!
Crazy idea, but have you ever considered doing an article or project on Mitsubishi Fuso medium-duty commercial trucks? Specifically, I’m thinking of the FG140, which comes in a 4x4 diesel cab-and-chassis configuration. Not the average reader ride, but this truck could be outfitted similarly to the 4x4 service vehicles you see in the Dakar Rally.
Derek van Nes
You’re right, it is a crazy idea. And we have to admit, we kinda like itthough with full-floating solid axles, leaf springs at each corner, 4.88:1 gears and a 14,000-pound GVW, we don’t think we’d need to make a lot of modifications to improve the FG’s off-road capabilities. On the other hand, we’re guessing that nobody’s ever built one with a 502 Ram Jet, Rockwells and 53-inch Michelins . . . Okay, we’ll have Stover get in touch with the Lavender Brothers, and while we’re waiting on the buildup, we’re sending some FW stickers your way. Are we in a generous mood this month, or what?
We’re Guessing He’ll Run It in Reverse
I would like more information for the Border to Border series from Canada to Mexico. I have the map from your website but would like more info on where to go so I don’t get lost (the map isn’t the greatest). I want to do this trek myself.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Border explorer Chris Collard replies: Thanks for the note, and congratulations on pursuing a B2B type trek. I’ve had a number of requests for my general route and may have to provide some references in my new column.
Because much of the route morphed as the trip progressed, I don’t have a detailed itinerary. If you follow along through the B2B series and a map (the DeLorme atlases are great for this; Google Earth is great as well), you should be able to retrace most of my route, since most of the roads are identified and named. I would err on the side of caution around the military bases, though; there is much activity these days.
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