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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Dirt Road Cowboy, May 8, 2011.
Sheree added a couple of final comments for today.
You're not to far from Louisiana.
Ever do any riding there? I still want to go see some of those old creepy looking tree tunnels at the plantation tunnels.
I haven't been to Louisiana in several years. We're working our way out farther on our travels, so who knows where we'll end up!
I love the Huey pics I was lucky enough to be able to fly them for a couple of years. The Navy had twin engine models as opposed to the Army's single engine but was otherwise about the same. The Huey was somewhat old and crude compared to more modern helicopters but it has character. Sort of like comparing an old Harley to a modern Japanese four cylinder. The Whop, Whop, Whop of those two big rotor blades compared to the whirring of modern multiblade helicopters is what really gave it that character IMO.
I loved flying down the beach at 300 feet with the doors open
You were a heli pilot?
I flew the H-46 for three and a half years out of San Diego and in the Western Pacific, then 2 years flying Hueys in Pensacola before going fixed wing for the rest of my career.
I wish I had been more of a photographer back then and taken more pics. Here's one of me on the deck of the Nimitz going up the Puget Sound with half of an H-46 in it. This was in the late 80s
I've always wanted to be a heli pilot(still do but scared to become a statistic).
Great pic to have.
Not sure if I've said it before but thank you for your service. Get out here or if for some reason I'd leave these beautiful mountains and go East, dinner is on me. Unless @sealsam or @simbaboy are around. Those guys are always stealing the check away.
Thanks. I will get out there. Hopefully next year.
@Dirt Road Cowboy sorry for the hijack!
No problem! That's what the thread is for.
I never finished getting my pilot's license. Started taking classes in the late spring of 2001. The small (and affordable) school closed down after 9/11/01. I got 12+ hours in a Cessna 150 and was about to solo when it all hit.
But, I guess I can tell my 2 near death helicopter experiences.
Around the end of 2003, and beginning of 2004, I was working on the production crew making pilot safety training videos for a medical air-evac helicopter service. There were 2 of us on the camera crew. 1 on the ground, and me in the helicopter running the 3 in-flight cameras. The flight crew was the pilot (we'll call him Paul) and co-pilot (we'll call him Dave).
We were flying out of a small, untowered field in Shreeveport, LA near the Red River. Our helicopter was an older BO-105, that was basically for back-up use and training. So, we were going through the full range of emergency maneuvers, 1 engine out on takeoff, both engines out on takeoff, 1 engine out on landing, both engines out on landing, autorotations, etc.
I had 2 cameras on the instruments, and 1 facing out the windshield. We had 1 camera on the ground shooting the external perspective.
Paul was flying and narrating, Dave was supposed to cut the engines, or whatever else was needed for the procedure.
Now comes the fun part! 1 engine out on takeoff.
We were taking off from the airfield, and there was a line of trees at the end of the field, bordering the Red River.
Paul did a normal takeoff, and as we approached the tree line, Dave killed one engine. All according to the plan.
Except plans don't always go the way they're supposed to!
As we're headed toward the trees, Paul gets on the mic and starts saying, "Dave, we don't have enough power! DAVE! WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH POWER!!!"
Well, Dave thought it was all part of the training, and did nothing! Paul pulled the nose up and used the rotor wash to blow the trees clear. From the ground camera view, it was like Moses parting the Red Sea! The rotor wash gave us barely enough clearance to keep us from crashing into the trees, and flipping into the Red River.
There was nothing I could do but sit there and enjoy the ride!
I seriously had absolutely no fear over any of it!
When Paul told Dave what happened, Dave started shaking, he was totally terrified! I just laughed about it all!
It turns out that the maintenance people had just mowed the field, and the engine air intakes were clogged with grass clippings! Our 1 engine was oxygen starved! Oops!
Paul saved all of our lives that day, and it wasn't even rehearsed!
We had to re-shoot some of the footage that the company's people didn't like, so we went to another small, untowered field in Athens, TX to redo a few procedures. Paul, Dave and I were in the same BO-105, filling the same roles. (No, I still wasn't afraid to go up!)
I forget which maneuver we were practicing, but we were coming in low and fast. Next thing I hear is Dave cutting into Paul's narration yelling, "We got a shadow!" Looking out, we could see an airplane shadow getting large over ours!
Paul banked HARD left, and we saw a Cessna 172 or 182 pass within 50 feet of us on an approach to land! We were under him, and he never saw us!
It turns out that the flight company was supposed to have a NOTAM issued to warn pilots that there would be training maneuvers being done that day, and either it didn't get sent out, or the pilot never got it. I don't know.
All I know is that Paul saved our lives again! And I laughed about it all when it was over, again!
See, sometimes I live to tell about things that happened to me!
For some reason, most people don't think those stories are funny! They get scared, and they weren't even there!
Ok. The next post will be back to our adventures for today!
Our first trip today was to give y'all some more history lessons!
This is a part of history that we shouldn't be proud of, but it happened.
We visited the site of the Battle of the Neches, and the Chief Bowles Historical Monument.
It's hard to find down a really bad road, and this is the entrance sign!
This sign was just past the entrance.
If I didn't mention it before, Sheree is new to riding, and is afraid of riding on dirt, rocks, gravel, grass and sand!
Today's ride was all of the above!
I guess I sure know how to show a gal a good time!
So we go down the washed out road and come across the info center. It's been closed for a while.
That section of the road that Serenity is on is one of the better sections!
We kept going down the road, with me promising that I'd keep her safe (and I did).
The road ended up at a parking area.
Yeah, I could have rode all the way down, but I don't want to be disrespectful!
And we came across the trail of marker stones. There are quite a few, and I hope I don't bore you with showing all of them, but I want to honor those people by posting them.
They will be in alphabetical order since that's how they're stores on my computer.
(Beginning in the next post.)
Chief Bowles gathered together 13 tribes to try to stop the white men from putting them all on reservations.
These are the remembrance stones for the tribes that gathered.
(Since we're limited to 5 pics per post, we'll continue in the next one.)
More memorial stones
More in next post.
Memorial stones, continued.
Somehow this didn't get posted in order.
Then there were these Blair Witch looking things in the trees, or at least that's what I told Sheree that they were.
(So, yeah, I was being a dick! )
After these, we got to the main memorial.
Which will be in the next post!
This is the monument to honor Chief Bowles.
A close up.
And a nearby tree where people put things to pay their respects.
Close up of the tree stuff.
So, yeah, there is no Blair Witch here!
And after this, we went hunting for more stuff for y'all!
But that's for the next post!
We came across another plane on the way home.
I wanted to set it free from its cage, and keep it, but I don't think they would have approved!
So, we kept heading back, and came across another caged critter.
Couldn't fit it in the bike, so it had to stay there.
Anyway, it was getting late, and we had to get home. My poor dog can only hold it for so long! Besides, she misses us when we're gone!
But don't worry, we did go back to find more stuff!
And it will be in the next post!
After dinner, we headed back out again in search of . . . I don't know.
But we found more train stuff!
How about a train crane?
Or maybe some more art?
Notice that there is more rocks, gravel and sand?
And abandoned buildings!
And, we avoided hitting any nails!
But, at least I got to keep these!
And that's about all we have time for tonight kids!
See ya again tomorrow!
Well, today I pulled a dumb-ass rookie mistake!
We took a little trip to Arp, TX just because Sheree had never been there. She's working on getting her highway confidence built up for longer rides.
There really isn't much in Arp. Population 470, one Dollar General, a small main strip, and that's about it.
I always thought the name was funny, like the town was named after someone burped!
Yes, sometimes I turn into a 12 year old kid. Other times I'm worse!
We passed a water tank with the town logo, and decided to get a pic on the way out. (For the water towers thread.)
Then we saw their main water tower and stopped for a pic.
I took Sheree through the rest of the town, and we turned around to start the trip back.
Now for the rookie mistake.
Going down the little paved access road, or at least I thought it was pavement!
The gravel on top of the asphalt was the same color, and I got preoccupied looking for the best spot for the picture, not looking at the loose stuff, and the front wheel washed out at almost zero mph.
And we went down.
Or at least mostly down because my foot was pinned with my heel caught under the oil tank, and my right big toe bent backwards holding the bike up!
And it hurt! Still does, and it's swollen and getting dark. I may have broken it again!
Sheree was able to help me get my foot out, and then I lifted Serenity back up. Long sissy bars are good for leverage!
A kind person did stop and offer help too!
The only damage to the bike was a bent pipe.
And scuffed mirror.
The scuffs on the MC cover and lever were already there.
But we got the picture for you!
I still feel like a jackass for getting distracted like that. I'd be kicking myself right now if my foot didn't hurt so bad!
Sorry for the lack of interesting shots today.
Oh, we did get another water tower on the way back in Chapel Hill.
And we went out for some candy for the second trip, but no pics.
Till next time y'all!