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The New Ross Island Explorer

 

The New Ross Island Explorer. I took off the paddlewheel and added a

propleller, something I've always wanted to do. This was a challenge,

because it required a right angle gear of some kind. It also required

a somewhat hydrodynamic screw, which this propeller was not.

The sheen of my greasy wake as I slowly pedaled myself backwards while

concentrating on balancing myself within the center of gravity of my

reduced pontoon footprint was encouraging, though, between getting

bucked off by the diving prop.

  

Some people give me grief when I mention that greasy sheen, but they're the

same people who are aghast that I put my body in the Willamette.

Superfund site, underwater toxic waste dump which was mistakenly

mined, two-stroke outboard motors, floaters from the combined sewer

outflow? Paper mill? Leaky cars on the bridges? The otters didn't

mind me.

  

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Taken on August 13, 2011