Monday, February 20, 2017

BBBC 2017 #20

This post is part of ToadMama's Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 which is an attempt to make February go by a little more quickly. There are 28 topics, one for each day. 

Favorite road close to home

Sort of a slight deviation from the actual challenge. This is my favorite loop when riding, It's 30 miles of mostly 2 lane roads and includes some hills, some twisty turns and some divided highway. When I first started riding, I took this route as my scenic ride home. I used to ride the same loop on my bicycle but it took quite a while longer. The "favorite road" part is Goldstream Road and is the north western part of the loop and has runs through the next valley north of Fairbanks starting near the university and ending in the community of Fox.

Overcast Days

2/19 5pm amp-hrs
Not much solar power produced with multiple cloudy days. The draw on the battery bank with the inverter powered up with a small load is 800 ma or about 19.2 amp-hours per day from the 430 amp-hour battery bank. I'm going to leave it running for the next week or so to see if it's able to recover from the intermittent openings in the clouds. Saturday night, it read -1.5 amp-hours so there was not quite enough sun on Saturday to fully charge the battery. There is sun in the forecast on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. I'm curious if it will be enough.

This morning, the Trimetric monitor was reporting the bank down to 91%.  


  1. I wonder if every new rider doesn't develop some riding loops like you have. I know I have several that are categorized by ride time and food stops.

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  2. I wish my scenic loops were as nice and nearby as yours. :) It's great to have a trusty standby to ride and clear your head.