Coburg Riding

Jonathan is still trying to kill me:) We went on a little more than 20 mile bike ride today. We started at the Triple Oaks house, so the first mile is “straight up” according to me, “nothing” according to Jon. I’m going with my assessment. From there we fought a headwind to Herman Road. Wind is just as hard as a hill to me.

Coming back on Powerline Road was nice! My best pace is about 17 MPH, but going into the wind was more like 12-13 MPH. With the wind, it was more like 18-19, and Jon was going 20MPH.

This was the second longest bike ride I have ever taken. It may be small steps, at a slow pace compared to real bike riders, but, hey, at least I am doing something!


Furrer Farms Begins

Colleen and I just closed on a 46 acre farm across from her parent’s house on Howe Lane in Creswell, OR, USA. We have already bought and remodeled the old family farm house that Patty and Don currently live in, and had no intentions of needing more property, but this home came up for sale, and we could not resist. The old “Bonnet place” as Colleen and her Dad refer to the property is bordered on two sides by Furrer land holdings, so it made a lot of sense to buy it.

We have always dreamed of living off-grid or at least as energy efficient as possible, and our intentions are to use this place to finally live the dream. We are now in planning stages, but envision solar panels, energy efficient appliances, window coverings, gray water recycling, rain water catchment, wind power, and possibly even harnessing the seasonal creek with micro-hydro. Homes do not need all of this to be environmentally friendly, but I am interested in experimenting with them to show other people how it can work.

The “Furrer Farms” part of the equation will be a fairly large organic farm, food processing, and a commercial kitchen to help people learn about eating great local food.

Lots of plans and dreams. We’ll see how reality plays out!

One Dollar Ninkasi???

A couple old hippie programmers 🙂 are trying to drink all of the Ninkasi before the Starlight Lounge gets smart and starts charging more than one dollar for a pint of the best IPA in Eugene.

Riding Bikes For Fitness

Yesterday, Jon took me on a bike ride UP Fox Hollow road. It is steep. I think he is secretly trying to kill me. Seriously though, riding the bike is getting to be more and more fun. Weight lifting messed up my back, so I can’t really do that right now. Bike riding is a lot less impactful.

New Road Trek Motorhome

Colleen is enjoying our new motor home. This is one of our first rides to shake it down and make sure all of the systems work. All motorhomes have problems, and this one is no exception. So far, the right window will not roll back up and the coach battery seems to be having some problems holding a charge.

Crescent, OR Property For Sale

Nearly three splitable acres in Crescent, OR. Includes a house that needs work, but could be saved.

Creative real estate investors here is your chance! This property will more than double your money if you work it right. It is simply too far from my home and my schedule is too full to take on the work. Property is already in two parcels, so one split is easy (three separate parcels may be achievable). Put in a spectic, roll in a mobile home, and you are looking at rents of at least $600 per month for one parcel. Work witih the current renter, fix up the house a little, and you get rents of at least $400 for the house. That is a total of $1,000 per month in rents for very little investment.

I’m asking $55,000 for this property. I’m willing to talk to creative investors, but don’t get carried away. I can carry the contract, and there are any number of ways to make this work. Trades of any kind will be considered.