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

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    The Monastery: St. Joseph Abbey is a Trappist monastery located in Spencer, MA, just off Rt. 31 at coordinates 42.298619, -72.012241. The grounds are an extraordinarily peaceful place to stop, stretch and perhaps relax for a bit. If visiting the chapel is something you'd like, there's that also.

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    The monastery is an especially attractive stopping point in the spring.

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    The grounds, which are far more extensive than shown, are bounded by well-kept fields.

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    More to follow.
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    Surprise, A Bridge: By jove, there was a bridge ahead.

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    De ja view.

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    Who doesn't love covered bridges?
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    A Very Nice Stream: I had to stop here. It reminded me of a stream of similar size where I used to live back in the flatlands (i.e., the foothills of Mt. Level). It was a stream that looked just like this from which I pulled a 20 lb. flathead catfish.

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    I still get the urge to wet a line in a place like this; however, that urge is not as strong as the one to ride.
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    Two More Stream Pics: Just got these two converted. I also found them to be picturesque, if not jigsaw puzzle worthy.

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    Brookies, pickerel or hornpout? That's a question.

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    Grasshopper: My only, rather poor, photo of a Piper L-4 Grasshopper.

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    I took the photo just to see if the camera would work. It mostly didn't as all the remaining photos of that bird never made it to memory.
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    Not An Ambulance Fan: Although I find ambulances far afield from interesting vehicles, this old WWI ambulance caught my attention. Don't know anything about it and didn't ask as I was in a hurry not to miss the tank demonstrations.

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    As it turned out, you had to watch the tanks running around from far and the zoom, along with every other control, on the camera quit working so I left.
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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - BUFF

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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - Douglas C-124

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    I couldn't agree more. I called the MA dealer first to get the fuel pump changed per the newest recall and just the attitude over the phone has me travelling to CT, where the dealer treated me like a valued customer.
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    I would have preferred to have Kevin's bike serviced in S. Windsor but it was unregistered and unrideable and Kyle could no longer transport from up here.
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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - B36

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    Six turning, four burning.
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    Monastery Meandering: Several more pictures taken at the Trappist monastery.

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    These pictures only show a very small portion of the monastery grounds. There are no sounds except the birds and the wind in the trees.

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    The only time the tranquility is interrupted is when the noisy pirates show up and feel the need blip their throttles. It happened while I was there.

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    A Word About The New Camera: So far, I've only found one major flaw in the new, backup camera I purchased while the big dog is being fixed. The flaw: the body is too slick to get a good grip. You need to buy a grip accessory shown below. This one screws into, rather than sticks onto, the camera body. It uses the tripod screw mount but provides another.

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    Otherwise, it was just too slippery to take on the road and use safely while moving. I also didn't want to go far without a glass screen to protect the viewfinder, which is another must-have accessory. With that and an extra battery, we're now good to go. This is a lot of camera packed into a very small package. The main thing missing is the zoom ability of the big DSLR. One other thing: DXO Photolab for some reason can't open this camera's RAW file. Fortunately, Adobe Camera Raw can.
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    Out In The Field: Two field shots with no poses. Some photos just don't need a motorcycle in them.

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    There's nothing I need to say about either picture.

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    Avenger: Amongst the myriad of pictures taken on last week's rides were these two pics of the Grumman TBM Avenger.

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    Monastic Images 1: Last week's ride to the Trappist Monastery produced a number of images that will be posted here as I get them converted.

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    The monastery is at coordinates 42.298619, -72.012241. It should be noted that the monastery produces beer (i.e., ale, pilsner, lager and IPA); however, it is only sold through distributors, not at the abbey.
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    Monastic Images 2: Last week's ride to the Trappist Monastery produced a number of images that will be posted here as I get them converted.

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    The monastery is at coordinates 42.298619, -72.012241.
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    Monastic Images 3: Last week's ride to the Trappist Monastery produced a number of images that will be posted here as I get them converted.

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    The monastery is at coordinates 42.298619, -72.012241. The above shows the new RX100 pocket camera doing a good job taking pictures in the shade without having sunlit areas totally washed out.
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    Chasing Trains - On The Road To Palmer Diamond. Earlier this week, I took a day trip to Palmer, MA, where CSX intersects with NECR. Below are three road shots taken on the way there. All were shot with the new RX100vii pocket camera.

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    I didn't take many pictures while riding as the camera was too slippery to grasp well, even with the wrist strap. That problem has not been fixed with the addition of a grip accessory.
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    That's a great backup camera...

    I won a lightly used Sony RX100 Mk III at an eBay auction and have added the Fotomix LB-RX100 L-Bracket along with Magfilter adapter ring so I can mount a circular polarizer.