“Wind Rider Ranch”
One of the results of planning for my Wind Riderz life was creating what I called “Wind Rider Ranch”.
Even before this project got started, I had been searching for a “Dream House” with all the immensities I could want in the layout. It was a ranch house because I like the idea of one floor and no stairs for later in life. I even included a spare, ‘secret’ room for my daughter, which I later modified into a tiny apartment on a second level.
I managed to find an excellent floor plan online and copied it into Visio. This was before I even started on WRz. I only made a few modifications to the house, but they made it much more suitable for me. I even changed it to be a log house, while keeping the original plan.
Once I got really involved with WRz, I decided the coolest thing would be to start a ranch. But instead of horses, I would raise motorcycles. I figured bikes would make less mess to clean up, unless they were Harleys. That’s just a joke. But they would seriously need less grazing land. Well, for this I would need a Stable. Now that was a fun design project.
I drew the motorcycles while creating the ranch house, but added more for the Sable. I loved the idea of a covered paddock and and a shop. Having stall doors would be nice in warm weather for both the stalls and the shop. But I included ceiling fans in the shop regardless. The whole design was to look just like a horse stable, but with unique size stalls… smaller for the bikes, larger for the four wheels. It was all heavy beams and a very rustic look. But with specific purpose. I even included an office and a tack room.
Some people may wonder why anyone would need a Tack Room for motorcycles. But I figured it could come in very handy. In addition, I planned to have a constant charging, individual “Battery Tender” in every motorcycle stall. Some bikes may sit for a while between rides and this would make it easy to keep the batteries charged up. The shop included a bike lift and workbench.
I allowed for eight motorcycle stalls and three stalls for four wheels, but created several other versions for more vehicles. I made the four wheel stall size large enough for SUVs since I had a Jeep Cherokee at the time and planned, at least then, for a Grand Cherokee. For both, I had to do my own drawings just like the bikes.
But it was all just another great “cowboy” project and I was having the time of my life being creative.