SAM: In Search of Agent Kilo

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by timk519, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    Please, the Gullwing "Whistling Death" Corsair is the prettiest.

    Even the name is better.

    And Pappy Boyington flew one....

    C'mon!!!! They didn't make a tv show out of the P-51!!!!

    Love the story! Great style!
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  2. timk519

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    2009-06-08.3 Pakenham ON - What have we here?

    On returning back to Delta and Holiday's home base, we found mini-agent Rho aspiring to new heights of spy-dom:

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    A short chat later convinced her that her time would have to wait.

    Disclaimer: No secret weapons were activated in the taking of this picture.



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  3. timk519

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    2009-06-09.1 Pakenham 5-Span Bridge

    The next day I assisted Agent Holiday in capturing more infrastructure imaging. Our first stop of the day was at the Pakenham 5-Span Bridge:

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    From a reconnisance perspective, it's a nice structure in a landscapey-sort-of-way, but it also served as a good opportunity to practice taking pictures in some overcast and drizzly conditions.

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    I wonder what interest HQ has in this structure - do they want to use it for dead drops in the future? One can only wonder....

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    Or maybe PostCard Section is running low on inventory?

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    While Agent Holiday and I wandered around the area, some targets of opportunity presented themselves:

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    Do flowers give kisses? This picture would seem to indicate that they do:

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  4. timk519

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    Thanks! There's lots more comin'. :D
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  5. timk519

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    2009-06-09.1 Pakenham 5-Span Bridge and Burnstown Bridge - Pt 2

    After we took our fill of the Pakenham bridge, it was off for some food at a lovely little local restaurant run by the Watt family called, logically enough,
    Watt's Cooking:

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    We got a seat with a nice (and dry!) view of the landscape and river out the back

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    and on the way out were tempted by their assortment of take-out fare. Tempting as it was, this time resistance was difficult,
    not futile!

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    After we left Watt's Cooking, we rode to the
    Burnstown area for some more colorful targets of opportunity:

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    the overcast made shooting from the Burnstown Bridge posed a challenge - and this is the result:

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    some more happy flower power:

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  6. timk519

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    2009-06-09.2 Ottawa and St Lukes Ev Lutheran Church

    We left Burnstown for Ottawa, home of this unique sculpture:

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    which seemed to be dedicated to human rights:

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    We stopped by a local church and got a few more shots:
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  7. timk519

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    2009-06-10 Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 1

    Once my inspection of the Packenham safe-house was done, the next stop was in Gatineau Quebec. With a full day to make a one-hour hop, I decided to free-lance a bit and explore the area. Going off-track can turn up the most interesting bits of trivia - like how small-town country spies...er....residents share their community intelligence using strategically placed trees:

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    I also found some locals that looked like it'd be fun to try some mind games with.

    The first step is to find them -

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    then get their curiosity going -

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    "come closer my pretties"

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    however, they weren't buying what I was selling...

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    there was some milling about - was I getting through? Would they take the bait?

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    this didn't looking good for my side -

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    nope...

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    not good at all...

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  8. timk519

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    2009-06-10 Packenham ON to Gatineau QC Part 2

    Having failed to entice these locals into my snare, I cleared the area before the local authorities could arrive and investigate, and in the course of my escape and evasion I came upon the town of Blakeney, Ontario.

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    My GPS showed that it straddled the Mississippi river which could make it of tactical interest in certain situations, and that made it a photograph-worthy area.

    Their bridge over the Mississippi -

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    Making my way into the area:

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    and then gathering the intel:

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    One observation I have to make about the areas is how aggressive and persistent the local airborn troops are - every time I tried to my riding jacket off, any exposed skin was promptly dive-bombed and munched on with great vigor.

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    It was a relaxing stop overall.

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  9. timk519

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    2009-06-10 Packenham ON to Gatineau QC

    Escaping from the Blakeney ON locals was hungry work, and my escape route brought me to the little town of Almonte Ontario.


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    After I'd secured my ride and activated all the appropriate booby-traps...

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    I left find some man-fuel. A short walk later I found a walkway that guided me on my way around some construction work upstream of a local waterfall:

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    Hmmm.... an electric plant - this intel could prove useful in the future....


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    after which I found the rear entrance to this local establishment:

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    After the food was done, I made my way out their front entrance:

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    and found yet more infrastructure to shoot - on the surface, this appears to be a railroad bridge, but in my line of work one can never be sure:

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    Upstream of the dam:

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    Mugging for the camera -

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    some more targets of opportunity:

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    The rest of the trip to Gatineau was un-eventful, but an encrypted archive of images taken during my passage through Ottawa can be found here.


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  10. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    Keep'em coming Tim!:lurk

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  11. timk519

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    2009-06-11 Gatineau QC - Time to Go

    After my second visit to the Gatineau safehouse, I had one more area safehouse to check in Kanata, ON. However, I was a bit lax in getting my reports back to HQ, and they weren't happy about it and wanted more substantial evidence that I was actually completing my assigned task. Being a recon kind of guy I figured I'd gather some "evidence" of where I'd been by "out"ing Agent India's affection for bikes with large engines while apprentice Agent Juniper looked on in amazement:

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    Then Agent Archangel joined the party:

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    I figured this would keep HQ happy, and off my back for a little while.

    Note: No motorcycles were harmed in the taking these pictures.


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  12. timk519

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    Will do! :freaky
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    2009-06-12.1 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building, Currency Museum

    After I left the Gatineau safe-house, my next stop was in Kanata, Ontario, and the safehouse of Agents Tango and Rho, who, among other things, are tasked to watch the Canadian Federal Government. I needed my best undercover behavior for today's mission, because Tango and I were off to the Canadian Parliament buildings, which houses the HQ for the Federal Government of Canada.

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    Agent Tango's always getting into it. How he survives as a secret Agent is a mystery to me.

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    This is the elevator to the Parliament Building's Peace Tower.

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    which yields an unmatched view of the Ottawa area:

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    A historical artifact from "back in the day":

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    Here's the Peace Tower's Carillon bells:

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    Capturing images of these bells was a challenge because they can only be seen for ~2 seconds while the elevator's passing them. There's no time to aim or focus - all I could do was point, shoot, and pray.
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    2009-06-12.2 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Memorial Chamber

    After we left the Peace Tower, our next stop was the national Memorial Chamber, which honors Canada's war dead:

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    The Memorial Chamber's entrance, which holds various Books of Remembrance:

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    The South African War / Nile Expedition Book of Remembrance:

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    The Newfoundland Book of Remembrance:

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    A floor inscription - the battle of Vimy Ridge. These name plates were made from the casings of actual shells used during the war.

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    This central platform is the "Altar of Remembrance" and contains the World War I Book of Remembrance, which includes the names of all 66,000 men and women who lost their lives during the "Great War":

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    Plaques commemorating various theaters of war:

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    Windows above the Chamber's entrace / exit.

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    You can see a virtual tour of the Memorial Chamber here.

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    2009-06-12.3 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Wandering the Hallways

    Having paid our respects at the Memorial Chamber, we started our patrol of the remainder of the Parliament buildings. The central area just inside the front entrance is the Rotunda:

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    The Hall of Honor houses a diverse group of sculptures and plaques and pays tribute to the people and events of Canada's past:

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    At the bottom floor we found a room that told the tale of the legislature's history:

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    Including a ballot box that was once used in Parliament:

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    Agent SAM Makes Mischief!
    One of the lamps that illuminate the various columns in the Rotunda had a camera mounted on top. Being the kind of spy I am, I thought it'd be fun to take a picture of a camera taking a picture of a camera, much to the dismay of Agent Tango. This little maneuver drew the attention of the local security guard who wanted to know why I was interested in imaging that camera. Deleting the picture made both Tango and the security guard happy - and kept my cover from being blown.

    What makes this amusing is the wide variety of locations where one can take pictures of this rather obvious security device. It's so obvious, I wonder if it's even hooked up!

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    2009-06-12.4 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Outside

    Since we'd attracted too much "official interest" inside the Parliament Building, we exited the building in order to recon the exterior:

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    The Olympics are coming to Canada!

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    This is Parliament Hill's East Block:

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    and Parliament Hill's Central Block & Peace Tower:

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    The Langevin Block is the home of the Privy Council Office and Office of the Prime Minister, and the working headquarters of the executive branch of the Canadian government:

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    View from below Parliament Hill overlooking the Ottawa River:

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    Heading up the Rideau Canal:

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    Somewhere on the Hill there's a facility for the care and feeding of stray cats. I wasn't able to find a similar place for the care and feeding of stray Parliamentarians...

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    I found it odd that most of the local residents were anything other than the official residents:

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    2009-06-12.5 Ottawa ON - Canada Currency Museum

    After clearing the Parliament Hill area we talked our way into the Bank of Canada's Currency Museum:

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    This museum tracks the evolution of currency and money over the years, including such events such as the Devil's Head bill, so named because Satan snuck a cameo of himself into the Queen's hair behind behind her ear. Can you see it?

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    As a study in economics and supply & demand for money, these bills illustrate the effects of inflation which resulted in the local governments printing some truly huge bills:

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    This sounds remarkably like what the US Federal Reserve is doing these days....

    Following are some examples of how religious faith affects money:

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    Even Prisons of War get money in POW camps:

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    How the Molson (beer brewing) family got into banking:

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    Outside of the museum was a sample of the heaviest currency on earth - a "Yap" Stone that weighs two tons:

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    Agent Tango wanted to send it back to HQ for further analysis, I thought it better to leave it where it was and left moving this as an exercise for the local agents. :)


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    Thanks for the tour of our and glimpses into our history :thumb
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    You're welcome!

    And stay tuned - there's lots more to come. :deal
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    Today was spent planning my departure from Kanata ON Monday AM for Montreal QC, after which it was either either head straight for Moncton, NB, or go to Moncton NB via James Bay QC. I wasn't sure which way I was going to go because a side trip to the James Bay Hydro Dam will be at least a 4 day round-trip on the road with the longest stretch of unserviced (ie no fuel, etc.) road on the continent, ending at a dam that produces over 16GW (giga-watts) of power.
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