Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    The Redhead Steps Out And Motivates: There is often one or two days in January when temps get up into the 50s and sometimes low 60s. Today was one of those days and we got the redhead out for 75 motivating miles.

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    The roads were wet and sloppy from salty snow melt, thus delivering a good bit of salty grime to said steed. When I got back and parked the bike, as shown below, the grime motivated me to get out the power washer and clean her up.

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    After the bath, the bike then looked so much better that I decided to wash the car. Once the car was washed, the combination of 60 degree temps and high (drying) winds motivated me to wax/polish the car. All of that cleaning then motivated me to go in for a cold beer and some cheese and crackers. It was a motivational ride. I didn't take many pictures, though as I was too busy riding. Life is good and we are thankful for getting in a ride.
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  2. MarkVeeMarkADV

    MarkVeeMarkADV sharing misinformation and useless trivia

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    John, I was sure it was you I saw on rte. 122 heading south on saturday. I was headed north to Orange with a
    load of furniture for a friend. in my truck. i am stealthy that way.
    I spotted about ten m/c today in total but only four in a group.
    My bikes require new registration, a piddly excuse. I will be ready after monday!
    Ride Safe.
    Sully
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  3. popscycle

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    Could be. I stopped in Petersham around 11:00 yesterday to pick up a few bottles of my favorite libation (i.e., Joe's Peach Tea) and then headed south on 122 to Barre, where I took 62 east.
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    Bier Bauernhof Verwantlung: These three words (i.e., Beer Farm Metamorphosis) came to mind as I was out riding yesterday. I had stopped at the beer farm brewery and BBQ just long enough to both fondly remember German beer gardens and take a pic of what was once the family farm house, shown below being deconstructed around this time last year.

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    Finally complete, the farm house transformation has yielded a pavilion for eating BBQ and drinking beer.

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    Aside from musing about farm transformations, I was once again reminded of humorist Jean Shepherd, who said, "Beer is the mother of us all." I have yet to try the farms "Roll In The Hay IPA."
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  5. ShOqUePoT

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    I'm a fan of their Stout and they even make a good pizza. I haven't tried their BBQ yet. It is absolutely amazing how that farm has grown since they started beer a few years ago.
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  6. popscycle

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    A Gift From Heaven: We were blessed with a 65 degree day today, which made it very difficult to choose between a 10 year old bundle of topless fun that likes to be tossed around and a 6 year old saucy redhead that likes to explore.

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    Having ridden yesterday and knowing there were things to pick up, the Miata got the nod. It was a really tough decision, though, but we are fortunate to have this choice.
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  7. popscycle

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    Naked Aviation Porn 6: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The sixth of these is the Bell P-63 Kingcobra, which was developed from the P-39 Airacobra.

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    The P-63, like the P-39, was the only WWII fighter I know of with the engine (i.e., an Allison V12) behind the pilot with a long driveshaft delivering power to the propeller. American and English pilots mostly disliked this and the P-39 for various reasons (e.g., speed, altitude). Soviet pilots loved it.
  8. popscycle

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    Motorcycles Meat And The Price Thereof: One of the things I regularly do when out riding is stop at a local (non-chain) sausage maker and throw some smoked chops, bacon or other goodies in the backpack for dinner. We reference these treats as motorcycle meat. As previously mentioned, the best of these is smoked pork chops, served with an apple/maple compote and some scalloped potatoes and veggie of choice. As a reminder to myself, I took a pic of the prices and thought some of you might find them of comparative interest.

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    An area fire chief told me the smoked duck was to die for. I will, however, probably try their ham next. Like many of their products, you have to call ahead and and get on the books for one. There's usually a backlog. As always, I have no affiliation with or interest in this place.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 7: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The seventh of these is the Convair XF-92, which was an early American, delta-wing jet. Originally conceived as an interceptor, the plane served as a test vehicle for delta-wing flight research. Only one was ever built.

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    The XF-92 first flew in Sept. 1948. Once turned over to the USAF, the first Air Force pilot to fly the plane was Chuck, Yeager, who, a year earlier, was the first pilot to break the sound barrier in the Bell X-1.
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    Lazy Laser Lettering: Just a few iPhone pics taken today showing setup for lettering trademark information onto the back of a batch of ornaments. With cold and rain predicted today, shop work replaced riding.

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    Taking pictures helps remember the proper setup for doing this in the future. Procedurally, it involves proper work piece registration and setting .001 in. for clearance, plunge and Z-axis start position to prevent extra laser movement. You also have to figure out proper laser power and feed rate for the material, which involves a bit of trial and error for the particular job. All of this assumes you've laid out the toolpath in software and fed it to the proper laser post processor for your machine. Once all set up, you can lazily do one after another.

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    Conveniently, you can save tool path files onto a thumb drive and insert that into the CNC controller pendant instead of cabling directly to your PC. Once started, it takes a about 60 seconds to letter TM info. These ornaments are limited run, made to order for the non-profit as remembrance giveaways.
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  11. red bud

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    I have a interest :dukegirl
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    lol, I was thinking I need to ride that way
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    The Redhead On The Road: Below are a few pics taken several days ago with the bike in the pic. The first below shows the status of one of my favorite trails. I have to say I would have headed down this one with no hesitation in my youth. Today it is simply, "Nope, nope, nope!"

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    I also stopped to get a pic of the 1920s manse of an area industrialist that's now one of those B&B, wedding and banquet places.

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    Located at coordinates 42.421834, -72.107823, I have ridden by this place for over 30 years and never noticed it until recently. This is the first picture I've taken thereof.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 8: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The eighth of these is a head-on shot of the North American X-15, which was a late 1950s American rocket plane. It is shown without any auxiliary, outboard fuel tanks that were needed to boost the plane into sub-orbital space.

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    You don't get a good picture of this bird from the front. I'll have a better naked view of this plane in a future post. I just thought this view was interesting.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 9: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The ninth of these is another shot of the North American X-15, which was a late 1950s American rocket plane. This pictures shows the plane with auxiliary, outboard fuel tanks that were needed to boost the plane into sub-orbital space.

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    This plane set the world speed record for powered aircraft in 1967 at Mach 6.70, which still stands today.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 10: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The tenth of these is the Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21, which was a 1950s Soviet jet fighter. Over 11,000 of these planes were built, with exports to some 60 countries, including North Vietname, where it came up against the American F-4.

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    Somewhat more agile than the F-4 Phantom, it was one of the first planes capable of performing the cobra maneuver.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 11: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of .attention. The eleventh of these is the North American A-36 Mustang, which was a WWII aircraft originally developed for Britain in the early 1940s. Some 500 of these planes were built,by 1943

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    The A-36 is a comparatively rare aircraft. Only a few are known to still exist, one of which is in the Collings Foundation (Stowe MA) collection and is airworthy. The one above is in the National Museum Of The Air Force at Wright-Pat AFB.
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    Deja View: I walked into the kid's place this afternoon to check on some things (with them away), looked out the dining room window and remembered I'd taken a picture out of it exactly two years ago to the day - on Jan 19 2018. I had taken the that picture, shown below, wondering what it would be like to living here. I didn't know at the time that I would be.

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    Now we are (in the carriage house in back) and the scene out that window is exactly the same - same sky, same amount of snow, walk shoveled, etc. etc. Some of the nearby farmland is being gobbled up and turned into subdivisions. Fortunately, a good part of the surrounding area is in a public land trust. The view above was quite different from where we were living, which was in a cul de sac with homes closer together. The view out our front window that same day in 2018 is shown in the pic below.

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    Both places are picturesque in their own way, one more suburban and the other more country like. If you can't enjoy riding, at least enjoy the winter scenery around you to whatever extent you can.
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    John; I'm enjoying the winter scenery so much (7 inches of snow yesterday) that I have booked my Florida campsite for the month of March. Probably another 5,000 KM again this year while down there.