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Welcome to bigal's Travel Page. Here is where I will be keeping a record of my travels for all of you to read. Please feel free to leave a comment for me. If I have time in between discovering new places and meeting new people I will reply to them!

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Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Location: UTAH

Well we have got the computer going again

Bonnerville was amazing, it was like being on the moon but got sunburnt.
Anthony has learnt alot from going there and collecting the T shirt
It was a good chance to see what was required to mount a challenge in such harsh enviroment.
See photos

Today 14th drove up the Provo Canyon and visited the Heber Creeper, Restored railway which follows th Provo River from half way through the canyon to Heber City, round trip 3 hours.

Also today visited Park City where the 2002 Winter Olympics were held. Today it is used by USA team members and people training for winter sports like bobsled, luge, ski jump but all through summer. many young people were trying out training as well

Tomorrow it off to vegas - thats another story

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Location: ROY

Today we travelled to Hill Air Base Aeronautical Museum, 40 minutes North from Anthonys house, pass Salt Lake City. at a place called Roy.

Spent all day there looking at the various exhibits, a great place to visit if you are near, that is if you like aircraft, vintage and modern.

Travelled back to Springville via Provo and looked at the Provo railway yards, very impressive.

See photo page for an idea.


That it for today

Thursday, 09 August 2007

Location: Salt Lake City

Arrived at Salt lake City at 9pm Wed night
Drove 30 minutes south to anthonys house in Springville.

Today Ant, Michael, Damien,Bandit and alan drove 30 minutes to Mona, to where ant has been building the bike with the help of Greg ( ZZ Top) 38 degrees F today
Tuesday this week ant took the bike for a test run, it got to
50mph then the counter shaft bent, dropping the drive chain.
Today at gregs Ant made a new shaft on the lathe and milling machine at Gregs workshop, we refitted the shaft and took it for a test ride on a two mile stretch of road out the back of Mona.
On reaching 50mph and putting the bike into 3rd gear the same thing happened again.
So its back to the drawing board, to develop a better way of building the drive train unit.
The bikes engine is fine, the handling is fine but more R and D is required before it is run on the salt.
Ants going to use the unpaid entry fee $550US plus the T shirt money to buy materials etc to solve this issue.
Good news is that there are 9 more similar event around the country he is able to enter in to have a crack at the record.

We will be going to Bonnerville for the day on sunday to be part of it and get the T Shirt.
We are all off to a Airforce museum 1 hour north of Springville
on Friday 10th.
Saturday off to Park City to see where the Winter Olympics contestents train, have a go down the Luge and bobsled run on wheeled versons (no snow) this time of year.
Monday - Day free
Tuesday - Trains Heber Creeper - model shop
Wednesday drop Paul (bandit) off at airport ( hes off to Seattle, then we drive to St George to D and Ws summer house
Thursday - Las Vegas, Shelbey Mustang Museum. Bolder Dam
Friday - Grand Canyon and Zion National Park
Saturday - Drive back to Springville
Sunday - Day off
Monday Fly home game over

Sunday, 29 July 2007

Location: Bonneville, Utah

Hi there all

On thursday 9th August Michael, Damien and I will be in Utah at the Bonnerville raceway to support my 2nd sons (anthony) attempt at the 100cc land speed record on a motorcycle he has built, modified from a standard 100cc Honda bike similar to one used by the postman in NZ.

We are planning to do other things while in Utah on our 12 day holiday,

I will keep you posted


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