GS / ST Trippin', Trials and an Evolution !

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by GAS GUY, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. B10Dave

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    Thanks GasGuy.......more pictures???...no, I never suspected that.:jack

    Part that bothers me now is that I was in Oakley a week ago Friday and came there up Cty Rd 13 and 57 through Chesaning. Didn't know about the Steam Institute or I would have come south when I left Oakley. Now I will have to make another trip....Sigh
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    Even the sleepy little town of Council, Idaho had a mural to offer up.

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    I've already posted up the pictures from last Saturday - of the railroad institute. Now to share the photographs of the motorcycles and Curwood Castle.

    The Owosso Vintage Motorcycle Days is a grass roots event that Jim Reinert's farm breathed life into. Jim is a Detroit BMW Touring Club member. Now the successful event has overflowed onto Main Street of Downtown Owosso.


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    Glenn, Turbo Jim, and I met up at Fosters Coffee House. Good choice. An easy entrance with the whole front of the shop open to the sidewalk and outdoor air. Such a great feel when the whole outside wall is non-existant. An old Honda 450 sitting on the floor added a welcome touch for us riders.

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    Then we took a stroll down to view the old iron. Lots of vintage BMW's as expected. A few Harley's and some vintage British too.

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    This was my favorite of them all. Pure mechanical beauty.

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    An Evolution bagger was present too. Harley no longer produces these gorgeous fuel tanks with nostalgic and artsy logos under layers of glossy clear. The new stuff comes with gaudy badges. Rode my own Evolution Road King out to this event; a couple hundred miles of laid-back rural riding on a fine late summer day.

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    Simplicity at it's finest.

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    Then we crossed the Shiawassee River via the cable hung arched bridge as it swayed in the air - and visited the Curwood Castle. We couldn't go inside though; it didn't open until the afternoon.

    James Oliver Curwood was born in Owosso on June 12, 1878, and lived here most of his life. Writing and love of nature were his boyhood interests, and by 1908 Curwood was earning his living as a novelist.

    Most of his stories were adventure tales set in the Canadian north, where the author spent much of his time. During the 1920's his books were among the most popular in North America, and many were made into movies.

    The castle, built in 1922, was his writing studio, and a number of his later works were composed in the tower, overlooking the Shiawassee River.


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    Curwood became a zealous conservationist, and in 1926 he was appointed to the Michigan Conservation Commission.

    He died at his nearby home on Williams Street on August 13, 1927. Only 49 years old.

    Sounds like my kind of guy.


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    Glenn wanted to get a shot taken with the statue ... in case some one deemed it inappropriate - and decided to tear it down.

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    Can't say I recall ever seeing slate shingles on a castle. Interesting.

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    Just before Kenny and I reached the 2,000 mile mark on our SS2K ride into Idaho - we came across this mural near some railroad tracks in Shoshone. This little town touts the widest main street in the world; largely due to the multiple sets of train tracks that run down it. Don't know if this claim still stands.

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    Even in-between extended rides, nature is always pulling me out of the house. Even in our back yards, so to speak, miraculous visions are apparent - if only looked for. As fall makes a case for itself once again, fantastic weather changes are creeping in; cooler and more pleasant temperatures bringing with them superior air quality; those surreal misty mornings. Then the flood of familiar emotions and memories that season changes always bring about - especially fall and summer.

    Clusters of acorns have been raining and crashing down around me, piling up around the base of the mighty oak, as I spend time under my tree; that recently discovered sprawling white oak that most likely had stood patiently sentinel while overseeing Henry Ford himself build the automotive empire around it's grounds. The sunflower field I'd mentioned previously, after it had been freshly tilled and planted, has come in magnificently. Nature of this magnitude lights up the positive side of the soul and nudges you to seek out the worthwhile elements of living. Nature never lies - it always whispers the truth.


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    Beautifully written and conveyed GG.
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    Fall day trip to Stockbridge, Michigan -

    After the sun finally burned it's way through the mornings misty haze and illuminated each and every sunflower head, it was time to saddle up the Road King and roll out to Stockbridge - to attend "All Clubs Day".

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    Ran all country roads out to the the venue. Amazing weather. The Road King really gets me "in the spirit" on the way out to these vintage events.


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    The fall event in Stockbridge is usually fantastic. First of all, the small rural town is the perfect setting; it even has a town square. Not too many towns left with those. It's ideal for staging the staggering eclectic mix of vintage iron. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.


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    The Detroit BMW club always sets up on the town square green. One member always lays his GS down when he parks. Not just on grass either. Pavement too. As long as I can remember he has been doing this. Nothing like getting comfortable with the idea of your big expensive enduro laying on it's side. Noticed he has an electric winch on the back rack.

    It was also nice to see the President of the club, Jeff Hunter, again. Since he has taken the reigns, the club has really been doing alot of incredible riding.


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    Last but not least, aesthetically, this is one of my all-time favorite Harley's. The Springer Heritage Softail. This bike just oozes nostalgia. The basket weave leather with conchos and fringe, the colored piping, the black and blu color scheme, and that glistening chrome - entirely mechanical - fork assembly is out of sight. It is also sporting an Evolution engine.

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    Yep, due to the awesome mid-September weather this year, it was by far the largest gathering around the square that I can remember. Highly reminiscent of the large gatherings when the event used to be held at Suzy's farm...
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    Again many thanks for sharing with those of us who don't have the time to visit these places, yet. Great photo and narrations! Thanks Gas Guy!
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    Gas Guy, What camera are you using for most of these pictures? Are you using any software to "enhance" them? Your pics always look great. I'm due for a cell phone update and camera performance may determine which route I go. Thanks
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    Musings on taking (amateur) pictures -

    Thanks Rich, it's good to hear that my pictures are appealing. While I've no special skills or equipment, I'm persistent and work hard to get decent photographs.

    Yes. Most of my pictures are taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smart phone. I've been using this phone for almost 4 years - pretty much the life of this thread.

    While I do tweak many of my pictures, it is all done on my phone through the Flickr mobil app. Mostly I'll just tweak saturation, exposure, and contrast; usually saturation up, exposure down, and contrast up - just slightly. Some pictures don't get tweaked at all; sometimes they just don't need it. The nice thing about the mobile app is after you slide the settings around, you can hit reset and instantly see if the original is better or worse when enhanced.

    These techniques that I use are just from trial and error over thousands of pictures. And just like writing, I try to share what appeals to me, what I feel has meaning or interest. That is all a person can do - is offer the best they have. That's good enough. Probably, the most endearing quality of any art form is honesty. For most of us mere mortals, that comes in small doses over many years. But, nothing is more liberating.


    It's all about expression, in one form or another - how deep can you go ? How expansive is your vision ? How open is your mind ? How fearful are you of failing ? Real expression comes from the heart.

    Sometimes the filters are used. Also from the mobile app. You'll notice some of my pictures have an antique or throwback feel to them. Or black and white. Or bleached. Or lomo. You have to experiment relentlessly. Different subjects and lighting can vary (respond) radically (different) to any of these techniques. Lighting is HUGE in the success of capturing the essence of a subject. The epic shots are not possible without getting lucky with the lighting - especially with the phone.

    A couple of the shortcomings of the phones camera that I've noticed are low lighting, or inside lighting, and distance. It's hard to get much quality under these circumstances.

    A few things that I feel started to make my pictures more interesting is utilizing various angles and positioning the subject off to the side or in a corner. Also holding the phone at various heights; sometimes just inches from the ground. Be as creative as possible; try everything. If a desired shot is important, take alot of pictures from different angles and heights, into the sun, sun at your back, etc.., For every picture that I keep of a foreseen highlight, I'll probably delete many that didn't come out right. Usually one of the ten really stands out; digital film is cheap. Learn to recognize and pick-out intriguing pictures by looking at your phone screen before you even take the shot; as you move your phone around and frame the picture - over time this will develop, as you remember prior captures that were incredible.

    Once you are taking the picture, hold still, even for a second after taking the photo. This may or may not matter, depending on your phone and conditions. If you know you are taking an epic picture, take a couple identically and consecutively. Sometimes for no apparent reason a picture will come out blurry or just lack clarity. If you took multiples, one will be crystal clear, most likely, preserving that moment in time that you would have lost. Delete the weakest of the three.

    If you are trying to capture a specific moment that is elusive, set the phone on "burst" mode. When you press and hold the button, your phone will then machine gun off a string of photos, till you release the button. Like ... alot of photos. Go back and grab the exact pose or position that you were looking for. I've used this feature while riding my trials bike over a log or rock to get that exact moment that I was looking for, with someone else taking the pictures, of course.

    Some of my pictures have the vignette effect around the perimeter of them - drawing your eyes to the center of the picture. This is built into the phone features themselves. Same with cropping. Sometimes you will want to crop pictures; maybe to reposition the subject or to eliminate unwanted area and enlarge the remaining subject matter.


    As far as I know, there is no way to post pictures to the thread directly from the Flickr mobile app. So, I use a laptop when at home. When I'm posting pictures live, directly from the road, the pictures are straight off the phone and unaltered.

    When taking pictures of people, it's usually best if they don't pose. Better yet if they don't even know you are taking their picture. Nature always whispers the truth - and a natural moment always carries the most "spirit".

    That's all that comes to mind at the moment, hope some of this helps.


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    Great info man! I really appreciate it. I've promised myself that I am going to start taking more pictures when I'm out on a ride...something that I've never done consistently in the past. Off to download the FLICKR app...

    Thanks again!
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    It's interesting that Buckeye Rich mentioned promising himself to take more pictures, when just recently the subject of not having any pictures of rides from decades ago was brought up by Scott, as we were taking a break outside the shop.

    This discussion was prompted by Tony's Shovelhead aquisition; as we were looking over his 1980 Harley Davidson FLT 80 cubic inch Shovelhead - an "80-80" - Scott started reminiscing of pictureless rides from long ago while aboard his old Low Rider Shovelhead.

    Scott rode his to Sturgis, Maine, and Daytona Bike Week. One interesting story came up of a very cold ride across the Ohio Turnpike to his mothers in Ashtabula, Ohio. He was so cold that he would stop along the road at overpasses and run up and down the hill to build up heat and stave off hypothermia. Then back on down the road to the next hill and repeat the process - all the way across the state.

    Occasionally, I'll entetain the idea of picking up an old Shovelhead. It would have to be the right one. Tony and I have discussed this over the years, as he has also expressed interest. Well, last week while perusing the somewhat local offerings, I'd come across this guy just over the Ohio border, in Point Place, who had a few Shovelheads for sale, that he supposedly acquired from an estate sale.

    So, after a phone call and a few text messages I'd decided to pass on what he was offering. The 1980 unit (which is the one Tony ended up with) had only 8,000 miles on it, and he was asking $6K. It is an FLT, which means originally it had the Tour Glide (shark nose) fairing on it. Someone had removed it and in it's place installed an old classic batwing shell. A couple positive attributes of this being an FLT are the 5 speed transmission and the rubber mounting of the engine.

    Friday morning he shot me a text saying he would take $4500. Tony was nearby and said he would be interested in it for the right price. So I went to work on negotiations. After some back and forth haggling, we agreed on $3800. Tony went after work and picked it up. Then rode it into work the following day.

    Tony called the guy while on his way down to pick it up, and the guy asked if I was coming down with Tony. When Tony told him no, he (in good nature) responded, "Good, he would probably beat me out of my lawn mower." Then he went on to tell Tony that If I decided to purchase one of his other bikes, for Tony to come and get it - and leave me back home. Guess the wheeler and dealer felt he met his match. :lol3


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    Often, as I'm rolling through Detroit on I-75, this ginormous mural catches my attention alongside the freeway on the side of an old rundown industrial building. Supposedly, it is the largest mural in Michigan. I've always wanted to check it out, but between dodging traffic at speed and not knowing exactly how to reach it, a visit never materialized.

    Then the other day, as I was leaving the city and heading to Biker Bob's demo days, the GPS had me exit the freeway to make a U-turn, and there it was. Although, I did have to back-track a short distance 'against the grain' on the one-way service drive to reach it.

    This mural was painted by Detroiter Kobie Solomon. A custom rendition of the mythological Chimera; an animal made up of various animal parts. This one has a blend of elements from the logos of Detroit's four professional sports teams. There are also images that depict the city's industrial might and creative soul. Notice the lions made is made up of pencils and paint brushes.



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    Great pic. I could immediately pick out the Lions, Tigers and Red Wings elements but had to really study it to see that all the joints are Piston heads. Awesome mural.
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    Murals In The Market -

    Against my better judgement, Sunday I'd made a run into the heart of the city - around high noon on a Lions home game. Needless to say, it was madness. Traffic congestion and fans walking everywhere, besides the construction and accidents. It was also a scorcher; unusually hot for a late September day.

    The third annual "Murals In The Market" was in progress. This was the motivation that prompted me to foray into the mess that I knew was awaiting. So, the Road King and I slowly made our way through the Eastern Market District in search of some new intriguing murals. We found some. Then some more that I frustratingly could not even reach due to the precariously hectic situation. Will have to get back down there soon to snatch them up. Lions are playing away this weekend. Even stumbled across a slew of muralists in action. It'll be interesting to go back and see the finished product.


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    A Glimpse into Amish Country ....

    .... or how I rode 500 miles for a pair of boots - then returned home without them.

    Slipped an empty check into my wallet, since the Amish harness shop doesn't accept credit cards (cash or check only) then strapped the Wolfman dry bag onto the rear rack of the GSA to haul home a pair of Red Wing boots - and rode off towards Northeast Ohio.

    A pair of Red Wing 202's have been on the radar for awhile now. These stores up here in Michigan are a little too proud of them for my budget. Probably, there is more over-head to absorb. But I'll also assume some price gouging is involved.

    The simpler Amish life in rural Ohio affords some perks - to it's locals and also for the opportunistic traveler. A very large savings was to be had; enough to pay for my day of adventure: fuel, breakfast, lunch, shirt, belt, boot dressing, and probably some change left over. Can't tell you where it is .... but I can take you there. You must go in person. Then he will send subsequent pairs of boots in the future, after you send a check. But, the adventure is the journey.


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    It was one of those days though. Could feel the depression slowly creeping in. When it comes it comes. For whatever reason it chooses. No ryhme or reason. It could be chemical or spiritual, triggered by a season or weather change, a song, or a thought. Then magnified by any number of seemingly routine occurences. It doesn't matter that I've come to expect and somewhat understand it, or that I know there really is no basis for it - when it sets in and tries to wreck your soul, for some reason you believe the lies that it smothers you with.

    Generally, if I just stay rolling, it passes at some point. On this day, it wasn't until towards nightfall - while hammering home. For no particular reason, it just dissipated - and everything felt all right within the world.

    On the way out in the morning, the first stop was my little home town of Genoa, Ohio for breakfast in a dingy, but homey, cafe. Old brown paneling remained on the walls, along with well worn commercial carpeting. But, this was the kind of place where a local walks in and says good morning, even to a stranger such as myself. And the down home breakfast was made with care, and superior to any bustling restaurant in the city.

    Back out on the country by-ways between Genoa and Woodville, just as I spotted some large debris (car parts) in the road, the unmistakable smell of raw flesh and fresh blood filled my nostrils, intensified by the crisp morning air.

    After squeezing down on the binders, I came to a stop within a few feet of the deer carcass. It's glazed (and now souless) eyes staring at me as I assessed the damage. Blood, skin, and body parts were smeared for 40 feet or more as the body was devoid of fur after most likely being dragged by the car; the abrasive road skinned the animal and left a lump of flesh. Grotesque. Must have happened recently. The car simply shed some body panels, a bike wouldn't have faired so well.

    Wandered more country roads, staying off the turnpike on the way out, before arriving to the boot and harness shop out in the country. Parked the bike not far from a pair of horse and buggies, while various configurations of horse and carriage clip-clopped down the road behind me. As I looked over at them, the young amish would look back over their shoulder at my motorcycle as they passed by; perhaps a mutual envy for each others alternative means of transportation.


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    Tried on a few sizes and widths before settling on 12E. Normally, I wear size 13, but these Red Wings seem to run larger. There was another guy buying boots also while I was there.


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    Handed the boots to the owner while he handled the other customer and I continued to look around the shop. When I approached the counter to write out the check, Reuben looked at me and said, "We have a problem".

    He apologetically explained to me how he handed the other customer my box of boots. The customers box still sat on the counter. The customer had already left and Reuben had no way of contacting him. And he did not have another 12E in stock.

    That is why I arrived back home with NO boots.

    But Reuben assured me he would ship out a set: a new set or my set when the other customer realizes and returns, first thing Monday and free shipping.

    I've finally accepted that things, especially in this day and age, are unbelievably and constantly going wrong, and just smiled and said, "no problem" while writing the check.

    Now, time to wander around for awhile and shake the dreary mood that had snuck in on this beautiful fall day. See what I may happen across in this unique country setting.

    Was heading toward Warren HD, when a sign popped up along a country intersection with an arrow pointing to the left. The sign proclaimed that the 'End Of The Commons General Store' was approximately 5 miles down the road. Sounded interesting, so I bought in and followed.

    Mesopotamia, Ohio -

    This bustling hub of Amish activity was worth the detour.


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    In 1798, $2500 was paid for a five-mile square of wilderness in the Great Western Reserve. This area was named Mesopotamia, which means "Between Two Rivers." This historic community is well known for its "Commons" and all of the century homes and buildings that surround it.

    The gas station dates back to the 1940's. The station has recently under gone a renovation and it is similar to filling stations that existed in the 1940's.


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    The "End Of The Commons General Store" was built in 1840 and has been in continuos use as a general store since that time. A couple and their 11 children are the current owners and operators of the historical filling station and general store.

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    The sign below the flag reads: This flag signifies our belief in the Christian faith and the motto of Ohio. "With God All Things Are Possible" MATT 19:26

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    Cosmic Flyer Bicycle.

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    Throughout the store there are many relics of the past displayed i.e. old grocery items, old scales, cash registers, post office, bean cabinets and the original wooden floor.

    Amish kid standing in front of me at the checkout - on the old wooden floor. Inlaid historic license plates.

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    Today, this is a very active grocery store, bulk food store and gift shop. The store's primary customers are the Amish, since there are nearly 2,000 Amish people within this tiny historical community. The entire NE Ohio Amish community makes up the 4th largest Amish settlement in the US. It is the 2nd largest in Ohio.

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    A couple of young Amish girls roll up on their push bikes ....

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    .... and proceed to the deli counter.

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    Out front there was also the worlds largest horse and buggy on display.

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    There was also an old ice house with an interesting sign outlining the history of ice making.

    In the early 1800's, many of the townspeople worked together in the winter months cutting large chunks of ice from the rivers or surrounding ponds.

    They used horses to pull the slabs of ice to a nearby shed or barn for storage. Six inches of either sawdust or hay was layered alternately with ice up to the roof of the barn. By using this method, the setttlers could be assured that their would be plenty of ice to last everyone into the next cold season. The ice was used throughout the year to prevent their food from spoiling.

    Today, much of the world has refrigeration, but block ice is still necessary in many Amish communities, such as Mesopotamia, Ohio. The average Amish family uses 1-2 tons of ice per year. Even so, some of the locals still cut their winters supply of ice from their own ponds. Understandably, however, most of the Amish purchase ice that has been manufactured for this specific use.


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