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Old 03-21-2012, 07:54 PM   #1276
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Thanks rockinrog, and you're welcome. Are you going to do the entire Parkway?

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I am not sure if I will do the entire Parkway this time or not. I'll just with what feels right at the time. I'd like to check out some of the things I've passed up in the past like Linviile Falls.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:08 AM   #1277
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Jerry,
Good to see you out riding, in my age addled brain, I seen Tacoma and thought, you were out here and did not call?, oh well. Woke up to snow this morning so am enjoying riding thru you. Look forward to riding with you in Franklin in May.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:17 AM   #1278
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Great pics as always! The weather is turning quickly, we need to do a photo and tag run soon...

Keep it up, brother!
Prior, thanks! I missed your post first time around; it got parked at the bottom of one of the pages and I overlooked it. Sorry!! You and I have been pinging back and forth about the weather yesterday; I'll post-up some pix here in a couple of minutes. Fingers crossed today is ride-able, but the radar doesn't look all that great. Maybe it'll look OK come daylight...

In the meantime, how 'bout a little blast from the past?


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Old 03-25-2012, 02:18 AM   #1279
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Don't know how to post videos and such,but my mate made a GoPro video of what we have done the last week on my facebook page.It is under bigeyefish.com on facebook.Check it out.
Sorry brother, I don't do Facebook. :-(
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:20 AM   #1280
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I am not sure if I will do the entire Parkway this time or not. I'll just with what feels right at the time. I'd like to check out some of the things I've passed up in the past like Linviile Falls.
That's the best way to ADVride, in my opinion, just take it as it comes. Good on ya! Drop a line as it your ride gets closer, eh?
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:44 AM   #1281
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Jerry,
Good to see you out riding, in my age addled brain, I seen Tacoma and thought, you were out here and did not call?, oh well. Woke up to snow this morning so am enjoying riding thru you. Look forward to riding with you in Franklin in May.
Jim A
Gentleman Jim! Always good to hear from you, amigo. Wouldn't ya know it, we had sunny days and temps in the low to mid-80's out here all week, then the weekend comes and it all turns to crap. Having lived in your part of the world for my first 45 years, I know what it can be like this time of year, and how bad the riding jones can itch. It shouldn't be nice here in the Appalachians yet, and yesterday was a pretty good wakeup call, so to speak; pix in a minute.

Looking forward to seeing you and the gang in Franklin. :-)


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Gentleman Jim patiently waiting for the photographer (yet again!), during our around-the-country ride in September 2006.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:22 AM   #1282
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03-24-2012: Hail Storm

Lovely weather all week, then it turned to junk come the weekend. Go figure!

Here are some visuals of a pretty impressive hail storm that stomped on us yesterday afternoon,
starting with about ten minutes of video I rolled during the event:

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Old 03-25-2012, 03:35 AM   #1283
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03-24-2012: Hail Storm


These pix were taken a few moments after the storm cleared; it wasn't safe to take photos outside during the event, for obvious reasons,
including the lightning strikes we were getting on the back side of the storm (you can hear the thunder rumbling late-ish in the video above).
That's the trailing edge of the storm visible over the peak of the house.

Denise and I planted this Yoshino cherry tree in our front yard several years ago, and it has taken quite well.
However, with our unusually early spring/summer this year, it bloomed WAY too early,
and took a severe beating yesterday. It was probably only a couple of days away from peak bloom,
but most of that is on the ground now. :-(
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:37 AM   #1284
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:41 AM   #1285
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03-24-2012: Hail Storm


Hail stones floating in a small retention pond in the backyard, hand added to show scale.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:42 AM   #1286
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03-24-2012: Hail Storm


Most of the blooms (and many of the buds and leaves) from our young PJM's are now on the ground. :-(
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:49 AM   #1289
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Most of our "early-risers" have been badly damaged.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:52 AM   #1290
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Amazingly, there are still some blooms on the Yoshino, although they look pretty forlorn in this close-up.
Hopefully the remainder of the spring is kind to it.
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