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5.14.2019

Solar RV cycling log May 14th. Yes, one leg at a time, transformational.



James should feel silly maybe, but he does not. So long, so many months, to find this simple solution. Yes, this massively heavy object in coordination with the motor can be moved one leg at a time up the steepest climb in the country, except for a few others.  James carrying his own weight always, his own weight Plus 20 lb always, and often his own weight plus 50 or 60 lbs.

Refinements to the vehicle, small and large Lessons Learned, body strength gained.

But the massive breakthrough, one leg at a time can move this vehicle. The thought of this was too frightening to consider. But there it is. Probably four voyages or now successful with this as The Guiding realization.

There are several permutations of controllers and Motors that can be used. And subtleties there are being learned and applied. But they are not what is transforming this.

An old friend from several months ago showed up. Not transformational but quite nice. James, on the steepest parts, look just inches over the dashboard, and concentrate on moving the vehicle just 6 or 12 inch per rotation, / thrust of the leg. This is hard psychologically because it is right at the borderline where the Cadence is so slow that the motor would kick out and we would stop. Not a tragedy but these are dangerous climbs. But physically it can be done and with this refinement today that became more manageable. 1 mile an hour instead of 1.2 is quite a bit nicer for the body.

Another really central element these last three or four voyages is to keep very much in mind, James, are you doing what the body wants you to do? That's the top priority. Don't stress it, don't worry it, first priority is that the body is doing that one at a time thrust, one leg at a time thrust in a way that makes it the most happy. And it turns out this is quite achievable.

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