This rig is a GMC Mountain/Trail bike with heavy duty suspension w/21 speeds. It has all Topeak cargo gear which includes a front handle bar bag, portable cell-phone pouch, and a slide-off rear pack. There are front and rear rack mounts, tire pump & gauge, portable Kestrel weather station, 2 on board cameras (Vado units),and a Garmin GPS receiver. Other features include: a high powered lighting system with hi-lo rechargeable dual headlights, and 2 rear programmable red strobe lights for the road. One of my favorites is the self sealing tire tubes (about 5 bucks each from Wal-Mart)and they work great! Also included is a Hikers First-Aid kit, 4 1-liter water bottles, 2 heavy duty locks, wireless speedometer, bike tool kit. The bike is powered by a vintage 1957 motor: ME. (with 8" Chippewa Steel Toe Loggers) I usually try to ride at least 100 miles a week to stay in shape hauling this rig around. I keep tire pressure at 40lbs and have added weight in cargo bags. It's harder to pedal around, but I consider this "reserve" energy. When I increase tire pressure to 60lbs and lighten the load my endurance is longer and faster if need be. After a good run, nothing tastes better than a nice high calorie Fried Clam Plate at Gene's Lobster Shack in Fairhaven. www.westislandweather.com
Any season out back on the island isn't better than the other. However-you can't beat the explosion of Fall color and the aromas of another approaching winter lingering about. Sunny-of the West Island Weather Station, a 10 yr old male yellow lab gets his routine run. His pals Silas, a Siberian husky and Shelby-a boxer mix are off trail looking for squirrels.
This video clip helped promote Save West Island in 1987. 2008 Marks the 20th anniversary of it's successful mission. After almost two years of lobbying, fund raising and hard work by our group, it became "politically correct" for those who hesitated to finally join in and support our cause. A long awaited urgent message was received. In December of 1988 the Save West Island newsletter announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has concluded an agreement for the purchase and acquisition of over 338 acres of pristine wetlands and forestry of West Island for 1.6 million dollars. Tears of joy, disbelief, and relief befell the membership at the final meeting of Save West Island Inc. at the Fairhaven Town Hall. Today the land is known as The West Island State Reservation dedicated to my late dear friend and compatriot David L. Szeliga. The island reservation is a habitat for common, rare, resident and migratory birds. Save West Island Inc. received the distinguished National Award "A" from the National Audubon Society for "Excellence in Environmental Action". See menu bar above: West Isle STATE PARK for more info. Special thanks to Senator William Q. "Biff" MacLean,Jr. and all the membership and staff of SWI.