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Old 12-01-2010, 08:45 AM   #196
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Thanks all!

The ANF campout looks like a go. Except for a forecast of mid 20s when I'm due to get on the road in the morning, the weather looks like it will be good.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:05 AM   #197
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Thanks all!

The ANF campout looks like a go. Except for a forecast of mid 20s when I'm due to get on the road in the morning, the weather looks like it will be good.
Have fun! I look forward to the next Banjo Files.

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Old 12-01-2010, 10:31 PM   #198
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Have fun! I look forward to the next Banjo Files.

Hey girl!

How's that back of yours coming along since the surgery?

I know the initial report was good, I hope you're continuing to heal well!
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:45 PM   #199
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WOW Banjo, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this thread. The next time our paths cross could you give me some pointers on how you get all these shots.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:13 AM   #200
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WOW Banjo, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this thread. The next time our paths cross could you give me some pointers on how you get all these shots.
Hey Jeff Thanks.

The beautiful thing about digital is that you can take lots and lots of pics and hopefully get lucky once in a while. (I should probably delete more than I do )

'banjo pic takin' 101:

When I'm riding I keep a point and shoot camera on "landscape" mode in my jacket pocket, tethered to a break-away leash around my neck and just snap pics on the fly like a fool.

What I've learned to do is "trick the light meter" to avoid getting a blown out or white sky.

Simply point the camera up at the horizon and push the button down 1/2 way, then drop it down onto the subject and finish the shot.

The brighter the sky is the higher you aim it for good exposure, if there are lots of shadows closer to the tree tops seems better so the shot isn't under exposed.

This not only "tricks" the light meter but it locks your focus on infinity, helping to prevent blurring while shooting "on the fly"

But that's really only good when looking at far away scenery, "quick draw shots" you just take your chances.... If the subject matter was real interesting, I like to stop and try to frame things up nice but it often seems like I just passed a truck when I see something like that and end up just passing it by.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:45 AM   #201
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I did make it down to the camp-out in the Apalachicola National Forest outside of Tallahassee, FL

Warm clothing (no electrics...yet) were required. This was the scene leaving the house to get on the bike Thursday morning.





Nice and frosty.





But I was on a 500 mile track to the SouthWest so hopes were that temps would be rising.





I had a difficult time with my usual "on the fly" method of pic takin'.....seems having the bulkier gloves inside of cammo atv "hippo hands" slowed down the ability to set up the camera in time to get a shot.





Thursday needed to be more about making good time on backroads than picture taking, as the sun sets quite early this time of year.

This was in the SC Tag game recently.....nice hippo hands, eh?





My lack of pics along this corridor of South Carolina has more than been made up for by Shoganai's old "Ride to Work" thread. She posted many wonderful shots and perspectives of this area...CLICK HERE to check it out, but unfortunately she has gone back and deleted most, if not all of her posts ...some pics are still there in quotes though.


I was about half way to my destination before the sight of frost on shady rooftops had dissappeared....but it was a beautiful day.





One could spend a week or more if one stopped every time they saw an interesting subject. The South is interspersed with big fancy plantation style homes and old abandoned farm buildings...and everything in between.

Here's evidence of being way too slow on the draw......the camera had to be pointed back over my shoulder by the time it was ready to shoot.





What started out as a gas stop ended up being lunch as well.





This reminded me of of our very own ADVer JMo (& piglet)...btw she will be racing the Dakar rally in '11

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The parting shot of two little piggies......

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Old 12-05-2010, 10:14 AM   #202
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Nearing Albany, GA there is an abundance of pecan orchards all planted in pretty rows.





Some surround large plantation homes.










To harvest the pecans the trees are shook by a funny looking machine then the nuts are simply swept up into rows by tractors with rotating brushes.






The pink ribbon maybe for a new baby girl I often wonder how many generations of the same family may have lived in a place like this?






Cotton and peanuts are also big crops in this area....





As are long straight sections of roadway.






Florida before dark!






I better get another shot just in case I want to play a Florida Tag game.





I was still 40some miles from camp. Out in the middle of nowhere, with no services or supplies other than one sani-can. Farm rules: If you want it there, bring it there!


The shadows are getting long and the pavement has ended.....











My Floridian brothers.....




.....from other Mothers.





It got really, really cold that night....everything iced over with a heavy frost! I mean everything! We stayed up late by the fire and then I slept in til the sun began to melt the frozen condensate on the inside of my rainfly....


No more pics til Friday when HTSRocker lead a couple of us on big piggie bikes along a nice little scenic tour of the forest.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:56 PM   #203
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It did in fact get quite cold Thursday night.....a normal Florida heavy dew was a thick frost already hours before I crawled into my tent. Dr.Z and myself were the last two idiots out by the fire til who knows what hour of the morning?...it was still dark though.

All I know is that these Florida boys wouldn't be riding before it warmed up in the morning so I stayed tucked into my mummy bag as long as I possibly could.

I awoke to the makings of a beautiful day....and that's the crapper waaay over there across the lake!





The firepit remained a popular place throughout the morning hours.





Florida's National Forests are probably the most exploited and at times appear to be just giant govt. tree farms.





At about 1100 3 of us riding pigs headed out for a ride....the DS guys couldn't make a decision as to what or where they wanted to ride to save their lives!





HTSRocker was our fearless leader and tour guide for the day!





I remember this guy's real name, I think but, not his screen name.





It was about 15 miles through the forest to the big city of Sumatra where we had what turned out to be a really good lunch.





The rest of the thriving metropolis.





Need to mail anything?....there's not much for cell service out there.

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Old 12-05-2010, 10:28 PM   #204
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After lunch we zig-zagged around on some two-track until we were down on the Apalachicola River, which is the boundary of Eastern and Central time zones.







"Hey, that guy that led us down here is over there talking to a tree, should we be worried?"










Cypress are kind of spooky looking without any leaves, don't you think?





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Old 12-05-2010, 10:37 PM   #205
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Next I think that we just sort of followed the river down to the gulf, even though we never could see the river from the FRs.





A contrast in crossing styles.

Slow moving GS





Faster GS






And finally a big dummy on a Strom (courtesy of HTSRocker)











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Another shot of me courtesy HTSRocker






The favor returned.









Spanish moss is pretty cool in kind of a spooky way too, I think.









Next up was a swamp full of "dwarf cypress" that are said to be 200 years old....





This was in Tate's Hell State Park which adjoins ANF.






There's a boardwalk where a road once passed, but the area has been re-flooded in an attempt to restore the natural wetlands.





Back in Sumatra, this is your only chance for gas and supplies before heading back to camp.










Well, well....look who all finally got their acts together and got out for a ride!





Back at camp before sunset.






Chillin' out after dinner ....(and before an early bedtime for me)





The star show was excellent both nights that I camped there!





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Old 12-06-2010, 07:24 AM   #207
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Hey Jim!

Every one of your pics is something that I missed.

I hope that all is/remains well for you while over in Korea.
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:22 AM   #208
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OK let's go ahead and wrap up the rest of this past weekend's pics.


Saturday morning may have been 15 to 20 degrees warmer as there was no frost at all when packing up at first light.

It was a beautiful morning riding across Georgia, but I was heading Northeast and it did get cooler and frosty before it got warmer.

Here the sun is beginning to burn off the frost and fog from the fields.






A fly by shot of a neighbor....just for contrast.






The cloud cover steadily increased throughout the day.....






In Bartow, Ga I decided that my legs could use a little stretch.






Even though the old depot was decorated the rest of the town looked to be occupied by ghosts.












But it was Saturday












The break in the clouds would only be temporary.












The only ghost that I actually seen in Bartow.







One last fly by shot......





As I entered SC the clouds began to look more like snow clouds to me!

Saluda became a lunch stop and a message came in from a friend that it was sleeting back home. Thankfully I didn't have to ride in any sleet but it did sprinkle intermittently in the final 100 miles and the temps dropped from the 60s to the 30s.

The hot shower at home felt real good.

Thanks for stopping by but now that winter is upon us my day trippin' may slow down....but hopefully not by too much.
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You were one of the last ones up by the fire? That doesn't sound like you....

Looks like you had a good time.
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:34 PM   #210
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You were one of the last ones up by the fire? That doesn't sound like you....

Looks like you had a good time.
au contraire, 'ol 'banjo may have very well been the 1st to go to bed Friday!

PK just posted a pic of tired little 'ol me on the way back to camp....




It was a great time none the less!...but you should see the pics of the feast I missed on Saturday night!

Oh the screen name I forgot was clark-kentski....I pilfered one of his pics of what I missed.

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