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Old 12-30-2012, 05:43 PM   #511
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Yes just the one shot ... The others were taken at some big conference hotel . It was huge.. And Yuppers I have been on the Trace ..
Will do ...
Thanks that was our tan years we still farmed in 05 and worked the hay fields....
Big hotel indeed. I thought that looked like the Executive Inn parking lot. It has since been torn down. Needed it.

It has been a long time since I hauled any hay......don't miss it a lick. Penny a bale back in the day.

Nice update on the Swamp ride!
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That looks like Boudin Blanc LD.... pork sausage without the pork blood. Basically a pork & rice dressing in sausage form.
...Can't say I like it myself....was it good ?

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Well I have never eaten any critters in my life...
So if it has critters in it .. I don't eat it

Oh they had Blood Boudin there too...
It didn't pop open like this one did ..
And well as you can see I wanted that funky shot...

From what I can remember everyone liked it...

WWS... Yes that's it ... And I agree it needed to be torn down...
The ceiling fell down in our first room.. They had to move us to another one...
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WWS... Yes that's it ... And I agree it needed to be torn down...
The ceiling fell down in our first room.. They had to move us to another one...
Yeah...that sort of thing was common there. Executive Inn was a bizarre place...400+ rooms & built on the cheap inside the floodwall. What could go wrong? The only time it ever filled up was during the annual quilt show when little old ladies from all over the world descended on it. So much so that all of the mens restrooms save one were closed to men. No shit...they placed covers over all of the urinals and opened them to the ladies.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:12 AM   #514
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Our club had it just about filled both times...
I kept getting lost inside...

My mate would say what happened to you..
I would just look at him.. I made a wrong turn off the elevator..
Or I would get out on the wrong floor ...
Thank Goodness I don't get lost like that, when I'm out and about .
It's odd that happens to me every time I get into Hotels ...

HB thought I was joking ... Well he got to see it first hand this year...
We are in an elevator ,the door opens I just get out... The wrong floor..
I think it has to do with I hate elevators with a passion..
To me it like I press the button on the floor I want.. Why in hell should it open on another floor..So door opens I leave it ..

LOL yes I make sure there's a floor to step on..
I so much rather take stairs (But in some places they are NOT safe)...
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Well it didn't get above 20* today ..
I did get out for that last ride of the year !!!
I had ALL gerbings on from head to toe .. So I was toasty warm...
Only did about a 50 miler .. Have to pick up a few groceries..
It had been a few days before the Solstices since I was last out...
Man oh man it felt good to ride ....

I would like to Wish all the FF's that peek in ..

A very Happy New Year !!!

Dang 2013 .. I never thought I would see that....
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:07 AM   #516
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Well I have never eaten any critters in my life...
So if it has critters in it .. I don't eat it

Oh they had Blood Boudin there too...
It didn't pop open like this one did ..
And well as you can see I wanted that funky shot...

From what I can remember everyone liked it...

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As much as you ride...... and smile !!!
(I'm jeolous )
.....I know you have eaten at least one bug !
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:53 AM   #517
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As much as you ride...... and smile !!!
(I'm jeolous )
.....I know you have eaten at least one bug !
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Well ya have me there.... That's why I try to keep a bottle of H2O handy on my bike....

And I have been hit by a few rocks and June bugs too... *ouch*


When this June bug hit me oh the smell and the ickiness..I wanted to pull off the road and wash my face so bad...
But I also wanted to get the photo..And well after a few hours when I could get the pic.. A lot of the bug was dried up and gone..


The guys sure had a good laugh out of it...



You can see the red make as well.. Good thing it didn't knock me out.. It was 10pm when I got whacked by it .. Coming back from Alabama in 08..

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Yuppers ... June bug @ 75 mph = Big OUCH !!
It went right in between my helmet and glasses !!
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Wow.....right between the eyes. Don't ya wear a full face helmet ?

I hit a bird last year on Hwy 107 in N.C.. I was moving at about 60 mph. Got me right in the front of the helmet, half on the top edge of the face opening and half on that upper part of the face shield.

The face shield simply exploded. Broke the mechanism the face shield locks into on both sides of the helmet. Left some slight gouges in the paint.

It didn't hurt so much as scare the lights out of me. I didn't see it coming. All I got was a super loud BAM !!! And my head was knocked back as if someone gave me a good punch between the eyes. I looked back to see a cloud of feathers.

I did have just a bit of a sore neck the next morning.

I was very nearly hit by a bird on one other occassion. Close enough that in an instant I saw it's feet tucked under it's breast.
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I wear a modular helmet..
But very seldom have it down..
I know,I drop it in rain, And when it's super cold ...
But I like the wind and all the cool smells..

Now that I'm finished with NewYears ..
I'll try to work on the rest of Lafayette ride....

I had made Baklava today
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Part 2 of the romp in De Swamp

Well after the pool party we all headed back to our rooms to get ready for the Costume party … Yeah Halloween in Louisiana!!

Well I had worked on my costume for a week.. And on HB as well .
Most of our costumes are our normal clothing with a few added accessories..
Now you know what was in the big black plastic bag I was carrying .. It was HB sombrero..



Warren was a frog /blowfish ..LOL… His sign said :
OK I got LadyDraco Mad at me….
Is it too late to say I’m Sorry…
And Yes that’s my eyes in his sign…


Too bad ya can't really see my throwing knife on my leg.. If you look real hard you can jut see the tip of the sheath...



My Parrot was drunk most of the night..



There was a lot of great costumes…




Watching all the shenanigans going on


The Winners HotGlue and FlamingoBabe and the runners up…Lilo and Stitch …



Charlyne was so tickled that they won !!!



Well after a night of partying it was time to hit the hay….
As the next day was a big day of riding….

And here’s Lilo and Stitch out of costume..



And there little riding buddies…



Striders giving his ride YOUR own ride speech



Awww that’s JP’s little doggie…No it’s not real his granddaughter gave that to him IICR...



Riders are ready to roll….


First ride to the Vermilion Plantation Village.. We sure did fill the parking lot..



Oh yeah a Tabasco wooden barrel!!!



This photo almost seems real.. You can really feel. What the life was like..



This was a cool fireplace …




There was a nice Bayou behind the Village..



This hut was so cool.. I would love to build one …I’ll just post a run of the Hut photo’s







I would really like to have one of these in my yard..
I bet it bakes some great breads!!!





Just check out this hut !!





Swamp boats …



Oh wow this one is Hand Honed!!



I really love Spanish moss….What a cool setting..



All the buildings in the Village had so much cool stuff…





Then we saw these handmade decoys.. Hahahaha I’m choking a Goose..



More cool tool for wood working..




This tree had a very strange feel to it..



These next groups of photos are the beauty that’s the Louisiana Bayou




I was told that the Moss and the tree agree to live together..







What a grand stand of trees and moss..




The leaves are webbed together..Nature is so cool…



What a cool loom…



A spinners wheel…



What a nice group of dyed yarns



Hey that’s a quilting frame up there…



Old Timey irons…



I was having a blast with the Moss…



With it being Halloween, they added a few ghouls in the trees..
And the day of the dead faces….



I must say La has some cool foliage..



All the buildings were rebuilt in the village..



It looks so real….



Well ok maybe not.. But it’s still cool…



The Bayou at Vermilion Village..



That’s a nice setting…



Pecan and Bamboo ….



Hard to believe and big boat like this can run the bayous..


I have always called this Ironwood…



They call it Crape Myrtle..



Bamboo is cool… And tasty too .. But I don’t think this is the same..
And I do know it has to be very young shoots .. Like eating fiddle heads when they are very young..



More Bamboo….



Lets look closer …



This place that Strider took us all to was just so cool..



The Forge building..



More of the Forge shed..



Oh it must be a wheel wrights shop.. Some nice outer rims..



We end the tour with a Mummy….



Back on the bikes and head to the Big Swamp ….



Lets see what’s behind me…



Well that’s all for now …Stay tuned for the next part of The Romp in De swamp
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Part 3 of The Romp in De Swamp...

Lets see where did I end off?? Oh yeah the back to the ride…
At a stop light I spied this Choo Choo ..




Well we made a few turns after the light going the back way to get to the levees and the swamp… And yuppers you guessed it we lost some of the group… JP said we waited long enough… But we all waited a tad longer and they all caught up to us..




We stopped to eat at a cool place .. Where you could see gators .. But *sigh* all we saw was suckers…




They had some cool stuffed critters…




Hey check out this Gar …




Now that’s a big ole Catfish… I wonder if it was caught via noodling ?




Ooo a scary cat face …. NOT …



Once we all ate .. It was off to the Swamp boat ride .. Oh yeah !!




Once we got backed out ,our boat Capt asked who was in the Navy ..
Well our buddy Ray aka EarlyBird said me I was in the Navy. SO the Capt
Gave him the wheel … LOL But what little did he know Ray has NEVER piloted a boat …LOL




On our 2 hour tour .. Thank goodness it wasn't a 3 hour tour.. After all ya
Remember what happened to them folks from Gilligan’s Island …Hahaha
We saw Geese..




We even saw a house on De Swamp !!! Swamp people !!!




And Cypress knees !!!




Our group filled 2 boats… Here are the folks on out boat ..
HotGlue and FlamingoBabe~ Lilo and Stitch …




Sidewinder and Jody ~Wizard…



The next groups of photos all show the beauty of the swamp …
A cool Inlet..




Cypress trees…




Timbered Cypress trees ..




Here’s a real nice cluster ..




It was just so peaceful… Our Capt. Was telling all kinds of great swamp story’s … And Swamp lure….




I was in my glory with all the trees…




This was the first time I was ever on the Bayou.. Very cool for sure..




I mean just look at how grand this 100+ yr. old tree is ….
They are just as deep as they are as tall..




All 3 of these trees had writes up on them . But only 1 stayed clean from the hurricanes.. Spooky




The rings of water History …You can see just how high the swamp can get..




WOW I-10… And just think a few days before I was up there !!




Here’s a cool shot …..




This is what was left from the old train tracks ..




Just a tranquil setting..




The other boat going to see a resident gator..





Our Capt. Had a little buddy.. No that is not a stick pin, it a real lizard …
He sure is cute…




The other boat sees the gator…




There he is !! We can see the Gator as well.. Just his eyes.. He’s a 12 footer they say…




Ah yea that should hold for a while ….




There was a lot more people on the other boat ..




Some swamp people heading out in to the Swamp..




Just a cool shot of our boat cutting through the swamp..



Swamp ducks.. Ok they are Mallards..




As we depart our ship…I thought it had a sweet name …




Strider did a great job ,setting us up with this swamp tour.. And our captain was wonderful.. The group on the other boat said there Capt. didn't say a word.. We learned a lot from ours… He told jokes ~And sang some Cajun songs for us .. Told us all about Cajun life on De swamp..

Now we went down the road and past a few Levees to a small local bar ..
For water and a little Hollywood history ..
Of course I would take a photo of a cool Cajun cat…




The Catahoula Bar.. Yea they are great dogs too .




This bar was in the movie “The Apostle ” With Robert Duvall …Cool




This IS not a Catahoula dog…It’s Ringo the bars guard dog…




Bandit went in to the cane field to bring us who wanted to suck chew on some.. Man it was good . It had been a long time since I chewed on cane fibers… Ah brought some fond memories…




Heading out of the Bayou ..




We did go past a few more cane fields..




Look at this big ole cool tree…




Strider looking to see if we have everyone…. Nope we sure don’t…




There’s my Honey…




This is Wizard , he’s real old school…




Bandit and his lovely wife..He can really ride that Valk of his..





Why did the Roster cross the road ?? It’s funny there are chickens loose all over the place .. This is a rose comb.. Kind of like a fighting cock..




That night we had more food at pool side … This time they had Pulled pork
And some other stuff….. Wow it was one heck of a party …




The next day strider had a real treat for the ones who could stay …
That’s Bird & Moonshine , Strider sitting on the curb and Highbinder
We are all waiting for a Shuttle …. Why you ask ??? Well you remember me talking about the Thunderbirds ???




Strider entertained us .. This guy was walking like this …




Then the guy said hey I know you …




Then he tripped and fell …. Ya had to be there.. Strider can really tell a yarn..




The Shuttle arrived and dropped us off at the airport..
We are going to an air show !!
Where I got this cool shot of smoke rings..




This Hanger is filled to the gills ….




I had never been to this kind of air show… Hell we still haven’t gotten to the field yet.. And just look at all the cool stuff going on…







Oh wow the F-16 Falcon ….




The story about it …




I thought this was such a cool shot on the big rig..




The inside .. Yikes is that a tight area…




A few Thunderbird pilots.. I got an autograph..\




F-16 in flight .. They use to fly where we use to live in BlueGrass,VA. .. We would watch dog fights and barrel rolls from the yard…And sometimes they flew so low we could see the Pilot !!




We were aloud to check out a few planes and Helicopters…
Mark is wondering if the security guys are around ??




HotGlue said to me lets take it for a spin ….




Hey I wonder what this button does !!




Yee Haw we got the whirligig prop thingy is starting to turn …




Ok I better get this door shut …




Mark said he’ll close his door..



Busted!!!No sir we are not taking it for a ride.Hey be better get out of here…




Go Army !!! I liked this plane..





It was so cool to touch the planes..




Sweet engine …




Now that’s a hat .. It must come from Brumby. Where they know hats..




Hey it’s upside down…




The Yack .. I always like the looks.




Ooo like this one too…



Check out the flames..




The F18 is very nimble.. And can also fly with the landing gears down .. That’s what they said over the PA…




The F-18 and a Mustang .. Would ya look at the side difference!!




P-51 Mustang ?? I think…




I give you the Thunderbirds plane… Very colourful ..




This Yack 52 was piloted by a female..She put on a heck of a show




It was really cool that they let ya check out the planes on the ground..




Look at the size of this thing.. Reminds me of Operation Dumbo drop..



Warren (Strider) Bandit & HB huddle up…




A local .. He was very nice in letting me take his photo…




Poor JP aka HardSix .. Remember we had a heck of a party the night before.. He is a casualty …




The ThunderBirds taxiing out…




The ground crew…Very important people…They talk to the pilots the whole time…




The tightness they fly in was amazing…




This plane did a 3 mile climb straight up !!! Amazing…




A cool shot…




When they would flyby the ground shook and your chest shook as well…




Another tight group..




Ah the soft underbelly LOL…




All I can say is they put on one heck of a show with tumbles..
Tumble with the holds..



The Canopy to Canopy was very cool…I’m on a bad line but they were right on ..At the right view…




The MidAir cross over was WOW !!!




This was cool….



Putting on the brakes fast !!!




Oh wow what a cool cork screw…




The sound when they would throttle up was wild !!!




Honoring a fallen pilot …




The blue bird bellies..




This one is Belly to Belly..




I know I said it already.. But man o man did they put on one very cool show.. Very thrilling.. And our announcer did a hell ova of a job..
Telling you what was going on..




I give you our ThunderBirds … Many many years and hours of practice..
And it sure showed.. Very cool indeed..




This was the finally of the Air show… If you ever get a chance to see the Thunderbirds .. Do it just once .. WOW !!!




All I can say is my Dear friend Strider really hooked us all up with a great weekend in De Swamp…. We did and saw a lot of things..
And the Air show was just the topping of a wonderful time ..
Made New friends… Saw some old ones.. And enjoyed the time as large as it could get… We went to bed some what early and had loaded the bikes up that night..

We got up @ 3:30 and was on the road by 5 am… Being we took an extra day we had to IB it back home…




It was chilly out ..As now it was Nov…




Early sunrise over De Swamp




Maybe it’s pre Dawn … But it sure was pretty… And we had I-10 all to out selves…




We had been on the road a little over an hour now..




Now this was the dang est. thing.. This is Sugarbee (Donna) we are just outside of Hammond by now … And stopped for coffee… Donna saw us from across the street .. And she just had to say hello… And yes we know her… He husband Rusty aka Beekeeper also rides a Valk…




We did see some cool clouds on the way home…




I had to grab this sign Alabama Adventure…




This has got to be one of the most boring roads..At least it has trees…




You can see the trees were just starting to show some colour in the beginning of Nov..




Side by Side .. It was that time of the long shadows…



Sure do like this kind of shot.. it’s a fitting photo for a wonderful weekend for our first moto trip to Louisiana Cajon country ..
Oh yes we did the whole thing in one run 900 and something miles..
In 18 hours .. And many great memories….
One little side note when you are on I-10 .. Do not I repet do not speed while you are on that long bridge over de swamp.. They watch it like a hawk…

Till next time…Ride Safe …
And keep an eye out for more RR’s….
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I can't believe I haven't been on the bike since 12/31... ..
I hope to get out today for a quick spin...
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I can't believe I haven't been on the bike since 12/31... ..
I hope to get out today for a quick spin...
You need to learn some patience - up here in the Great White North the bikes will be hibernating until sometime in March.
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