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Friday, September 12, 2008

Latest Painting by Chase Chen - Daughter and Me

BFT and daughter Ona, Hansen Dam

Chase Chen's latest oil painting (large) is of me pulling my daughter Ona in a pony cart (Sulky) over in Hansen Dam in Shadow Hills. I modified this cart adding the rattan seat and used it to train a lot last year, preparing for a self-assisted Badwater attempt that was not meant to be.

I am moving back to Shadow Hills to be closer to my daughter. More reports to follow.


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Monday, July 16, 2007

Pony Cart Adventures

Photo by Brian Fink

Took my pony cart for some extreme climbing on Sunday. Decided to strap 5 gallons of water (44 pounds) to the cart and pull her up La Tuna Canyon.

I am working hard to figure out the perfect way to pull a cart. Why? Because I want to do next year's Solo Badwater Ultramarathon self-supported, like Marshall Ulrich (see here). That means I would carry all my own water and food from the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, Badwater in Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level, all the way to the summit of Mt. Whitney, highest peak in the contiguous USA at 14,496 feet. Total mileage over 140 miles.

I really enjoy pulling the cart. I have created a special harness that has suspenders over my shoulders and a girdle that hugs my hips. When this is fitted just right, it feels good, and pulling is easy for me. Keeping the arms free is key. Also, going up hill is made easier with a walking cane.

This cart opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities for running off-road in the desert.


Pony Cart Transport Vehicle

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Rickshaw (Pony Cart) Suspenders

Running with Rickshaw Suspenders
As many of you know, I have been using a pony cart as a rickshaw since last December (Xmas present).

One thing that has made it less comfortable is having to hold the rails while I run, which takes away the extra horsepower the arms can give when you pump them.

Well, today I used some braided hemp cordage to make some suspenders to hold the rails in a balanced position. Furthermore, I used the dog's harness at the front like a girdle to hold the rails against my midsection and give me the ability to get forward motion by pushing from my hips.

I was able to develop a comfortable pace pulling my wife through the neighborhood. Much easier than when I had to hold the rails and pull the rails forward with my arms.


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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Hercules Back on the Wagon for the First Time

Hercules has found a new passion: pulling Ona on the Horse Cart.

I finally figured out how to rig our pony cart for him by using old inner tubes tied around the handles.


PS. All is well until he sees another dog or horse. Then it is full-speed ahead followed by a crash.

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Goodbye 2006 Rickshaw Ride

I pulled the ladies over 5 miles today. We ran over the top of Hansen Dam. The ladies were getting cold. I was hot. Damn, that's a good workout, especially after doing 26 mountain miles yesterday.

I look forward to more of this cart training. Wore my Vibram FiveFingers, my favorite barefoot shoes. We got a lot of attention. Perhaps we'll start a new fad. It sure would do a lot of folks a lot of good to get outdoors together. 2007, the New Year for family exercise.


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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas Rickshaw Ride

I got the ladies a rickshaw (pony cart) for Christmas.

I have been taking them on jaunts around the neighborhood. I am going to get strong pulling this thing around.

The cart is really nicely made. The handles are oak with leather. I bought it used from Mutiny Farms owner Bob LaBounty, the little farm with peacocks down the street. I am going to revarnish it and use it around the neighborhood...barefoot of course.


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