I'm the geo metro guy. Three cylendar suzuki engine.
City /hwy average 40 and empty car on the hwy 50.
On one 300 mile trip i took the rear plastic bumper cover off and got 58 mpg. Though so much depends on headwinds and such.
On these long trips i generally drive around 60 mph.
The speed you drive has a lot of influence on mpg.
I have several metros, a chevy metro (98) has more comfort but when i turned on the AC i lost 9 mpg.
I am also a junkyard dog and unfortunately I've never seen a metro with more than 230.000 miles.
I bought an old mercedes diesel (240 D) and thought I'd look at a partial vegetable oil conversion. Having the metro nixed that idea and anyway, that car is so beautiful i don't want to put a lot of dirt road miles on it.
Before i broke the timing belt i was very happy with a honda dx (1988). I don't know the engine but i was getting 40 mpg fwy.
I use 6 foot t-posts 25 feet apart. I'm eternally broke so when i can i wiil put another post between them to make it 12 1/2 foot apart.
I build as i have the money.
Find a tractor supply store for the price. Don't buy the cheapest barbed wire, you will regret it.
A good time to pound your posts into the ground would be when it's wet.
Palo verde grows along the freeway west of kingman. If you want seeds now, go to yucca and find the honolulu club. South of there on the frontage road.
If you have a drink at the club let me know if you survived.
I use 4x4s for my gates. They don't handle the weight well so i cemented them in place.
One way to keep people out of my driveway was to put up a gate but without fencing.i even chain it.
They get the idea.
On my long perimiter fencing i didn't use any wooden posts. I just braced the corner post with another t-post.
I have a fenced off area in the middle of my property, sort of double insulation should a cow get in. That square has 4x4 posts at the corners. It holds up better than the perimiter fencing.
I have a ten hour drive from LA. Sometimes i wish I'd looked around your area.
Mars is exactly how i describe this area though i think a lot can be done in greenhouse(s). Wild west is another description. My nearest neighbors are a four mile walk away, the kind of people who don't blink when i ask for a ride to the train station, only 180 mile round trip.
When i was in a swale digging mood i planned on digging along a long sloped area. I had seen rain sleet down it in the past. I didn't because it wasn't fenced off and cattle would trample it. So put up your barbed wire.good fences make good neighbors, or at least keeps them out.
I can only visit my place but living there full time would make a difference.
It's going to rain/snow this week, think of all the water i could collect.
When i walk the fenceline I'm always looking at both sides to see if my area has better growth. I'm never sure.
Six years ago i started. I went out with my shovel and dug hundreds of feet of swales. Just a shovel wide
because what's the point of destroying existing grasses and shrubs in order to promote growing grasses and shrubs.
We've had a drought for six years.
Where i have dug catchment ponds in clay the grasses are significantly thicker.
There is one area where i dug a 3 foot wide 20 foot long catchment in soil. The grasses growing on the dirt mound are growing closer together and taller than anywhere else.
All of my trees are planted below the surrounding soil but that's not enough for them.
The bottom of my land has a monsoon arroyo but
passing cows chomp any possible growth.
Note: whenever i use the word "soil" it's tongue in cheek.
Is your part of spain warm enough to grow neem?
It's a beautiful tree and fast growing.
My father's property in the caribbean was full of neem and we didn't notice any decline in the mosquito population.
In florida there is a neem company called "neem tree farms". Their website has gobs of information. They sell seeds.
Jack's advice is fantastic.
Take it in the keester for a year and stay out of trouble.
Curiously i just opened aJames lee burke novel.
Quote: "like many my age, i believe people in groups are to be feared and that arguing with others is folly and the knowledge of one generation cannot be passed down to the next."
You have a roof?!
This is my rainwater collecting. I use a 12 volt bilge pump and store the water in a 10 foot aboveground pool inside the greenhouse.
It took me a while to figure out i needed 2 inch pvc to move water .
First things first, light the bbq. Nothing good comes from goats.
(I have issues with goats, when the spanish first arrived in the caribbean the first thing they dropped off were goats, utterly destroyed the plant life)
I have had trees come back after a year of being leafless though far more just died. I would wait, and watch.
Anyway, where are your neem trees??
My father visited haiti thirty odd yesrs ago and brought neem back to bonaire, an island 350 miles south of you.
Biologist are still bitching about invasive neem.
Yet the first tree locals plant at their new home is the neem.
I have about 16 acres fenced off and have fence posts in place for another 10 (+ -)
Siberian elm and friends growing in the cockpit of my boat in LA.
I'm using nonwoven bags. I doubt any of these trees will be ready by winter to go into the ground.
It's a bummer. In september i have to find room for 96 arizona cypress.
I would suggest saving your back and just buy a ten foot kiddie pool (with metal frame) for your water catchment.
About $85 .not sure what you can do with bilboard tarp.
You will be dissapointed if you buy the eight footer with the inflatable ring.
I pay a lot of attention to the condition of the land around me, what caused these conditions?
It's monsoon season, the ground is soft and t-posts are easy to pound. Once again i will be pricked, nicked, and cut by barbed wire.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong...
Su ba, someone i knew in oahu was driving up the pali and saw a big ole cane spider on the outside of his windsheild. He smacked the glass with his palm, hard, to scare it off....oops, it was inside the glass.
And no pork anywhere.
I'll keep that beneficial animal thought.
I saw a snake on top my RV stove. I immediately thought rattler, that's what i see here the most.
I went outside for a stick and all i could think was that i had to see that snake leave or i would never feel safe.
I was suspicious of the shape of it's head in the two seconds i saw it.
It was brother king snake. It could smell my mouse problem.
I gently helped it out.
Beneficial but only if you have a strong heart.
Silver lining..as i cleaned up the mouse nests in dark corners i found an envelope with 200 bucks.
I'd bought the RV at auction. Someones hidden money.
Dale, you ever think you might have pissed off a witch who cursed you?
As a boy in Bonaire i met a baracuda who i thought was bigger than me.
I aleays saw skinny cudas, when did they start getting so fat?
I stayed in the area to prove how brave i was but even then i notice i was looking over my shoulder a lot.
As an adult i was anchored off of puerto rico where working on my mast i dropped a shiny wrench.
Notice i said shiny?
I jumped in the water and i could see my shiny wrench, i could also see the large baracuda.
I was pretty quick about it.
Later i was boarded by the coast guard. I notice that being boarded was less painfull when she's blond and cute. Gun and all.
Crock or aligator if it were next to me i think I'd be belly up in shock.
Sailing off the coast of Hispaniola i saw a large (mammal?) Inspecting the keel of my boat. That it was nearly the length of my (35') boat gave me pause.
I spent the rest of the day wondering what creature, other than the kraken, was known to sometimes ram boats.
I could do the same in Colon harbor,pondering "saltwater aligator? Crock? As it swam alongside me.
N.E. Arizona, rattlesnakes, i spend so much time looking where i walk that it was two years before i knew i had a juniper shrub on my property. (The only one for miles) if i want to look in thr distance i stop walking.
As i rule i don't kill them, especially if they give fair warning. I'm only a visitor once a month.
At the marina in Colon Panama i snorkeled to find an anchor i had dropped in the drink. Later someone told me that he saw me in the water and kept an eye on the local aligator on shore. Actually going to town in Colon alone was the scariest thing to do there.
Su ba, cane spiders, i don't know about their bite but their size and speed scares the hell out of me.
The closest call was in borneo at a sidewalk bar. We had chicken skewers. When the waitress cleaned up i saw her give the skewers back to the cook. Yuck!
Find a tractor supply store. A six foot "T" post is about five bucks.
I might have about twenty acres fenced off. If I'm desperate i place them 50 feet apart, (i said desperate) otherwise twentyfive feet apart with the plan of another in the middle at twelveish apart. With fence stays between, they make all the difference. If cows are familiar with fencing then three strands of barbed wire will keep them out. Give up on controling a calf.
I am jealous of your trees. All of the trees in my area, for miles and miles are at the ranchers fence line, actually the trees are the fence line, cut down so many years ago.
Siberian elm trees are fast growing and hardy. If you want seeds PM me.
The trucker's hitch probably has some boaty name.
You will need it when you leave the reefing of the main a little too late and you need to tighten that outermoast clew.
A young man who made a worlds record sailing around the world alone gave a talk at my marina.
Someone asked him what he would do differently on another trip.
A shorter boat name. Saying a long hawaiian boat name over the radio was hell he said.
A month later some austrailan girl broke his record.
He saw a boat he liked at a marina in panama so he got the owner's numer and gave him a call in the states.
As they were going back and forth on the price he heard the boat owner's wife in the background:"just sell the damn thing!"
Don't all texans have an arsenal? No worries about being solo.
In one particular harbor i was speaking to an Australian woman who had bright red lipstick and a dainty hat on the back of her head. When she left the group another woman said:" i know, she looks like she wouldn't know how to hammer a nail, yet she sailed here fron Australia, alone".
That night at the harbor bar a (tipsy) woman approached me and asked me how old i was. When i answered her she asked:" what happend? Was it the drink"?
Sometimes i think i have a bullseye on my forehead.
Note: my place is in arizona. I swear everyone carries....except me.
When i lived in hawaii i worked on boats in drydock.
I never saw collusion between yacht brokers and surveyors but i wouldn't trust them. The boat world can be very chummy and i would be suspicious of the relationship between boat owner and surveyor.
My last boat was wood and i felt it needed the protection of a couple of coats of bottom paint. Not so sure about fiberglass gelcoat. I think just keep the bottom clean. Whenever i do haul out I'm replacing all the through hulls, that's for sure.
In hawaii it was common to put cayenne pepper in bottom paint. The bottom of your boat feels like 120 grit sand paper but it works.
I paid $2000 for my ericson 27 at the long beach boat auction. Five boats later another ericson 27 sold for $800. My boat had more toys but I'm not sure if it was $1200 worth.
I wonder what more a slightly larger boat would have for $17.000 ?
I did anchor my boat in a lake off of the intracoastal waterway in north Miami beach (maul lake). I had no debt, i rode my bicycle to work (and sweated in summer) and generally had fun exploring the mangroves. Now I'm in debt and i live in toxic southern california. What happend!?