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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. chethro

    chethro Long timer

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    The top pic is one of your best. The entire frame...tables, plants, pillars and train just work so well together in that image. You caught it at the precise moment necessary. Sometimes we just luck into those things and then there are times we wait and can't catch the moment.

    It's fun for me when I knowingly try to replicate what I liked best from past pictures I enjoy and try to capture something similar in a new image.
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  2. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    I hear you. I've been so busy trying to lose the blur in my pictures taken at sped that there are now too many green road images in the library. With that hopefully solved, I can go back to getting more interesting objects and contrasts into the photos. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I like taking pictures of trains and related infrastructure.

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    I suppose there's a fine line across which having too many different objects in a picture is a distraction, but I don't know where that line is. I also know there are photos where the bike, which has been seen multiple times, is a distraction. I could have ridden the redhead back here and parked it in the middle of the picture but thought that spoil the image.

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  3. popscycle

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    Haunted Hoosac Pilgrimage - At The Tunnel: We got to the tunnel where absolutely nothing was happening and parked by the memorial. We used the stop as an opportunity to eat lunch (a granola bar).

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    The area around the tunnel entrance is a staging area for the addition or removal of railroad materials. On this day, it was a pile of ties/sleepers. I've wondered if CSX would raise the roof of the tunnel to handle double-stack iintermodals should they buy Pan Am. If so, this area would be buzzing with activity.

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    Nothing has changed and there were no trains, ghosts or that spooky fog coming out of the tunnel.

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    The tunnel was the midpoint of a good ride. The ride was also a shakedown of the new pocket cam. We left and went home.
  4. guywithchickens

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    Didn't the tunnel have damage a couple years ago? Partial cave in? I suppose it's all fixed now.
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  5. popscycle

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    These Are Getting Scarce: That would be those Indian/Native American gift shops along major highways. Also known as tourist traps, these kinds of places proliferated along busy highways following WWII. Below is one of the few left in this area and, surprise, it was open for business when I rode by some days ago.

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    I don't know the history of this place but did learn the Indian statue was placed there in 1974. I suspect the shop existed well before that. The shop is located at coordinates 42.620752, -72.750851.
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  6. snorkie

    snorkie I"m a nice guy.

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    Thanks again @popscycle for this amazing thread. I just got back yesterday from a 6 day trip to the northeast with my son. While I didn't get in any motorcycle riding, I did manage to make a special side trip to the American Heritage Museum per all of your photos. It did not disappoint. My 17 year old son was totally engaged with the exhibits. Totally worth the visit!

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  7. popscycle

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    It was great to hear you and your son enjoyed the museum, @snorkie. As an FYI, right about the time you posted above, I received an email from the Collings Foundation saying they would be acquiring and displaying the iconic Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless at the museum sometime this year. Shown below, the SBD (Scout Bomber Douglas) is currently in the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum in Honolulu, HI and will be moved to the museum sometime before October. I feel a fall trip to the AHM coming on.

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    I trust folks know the SBD (Slow But Deadly) was key in winning the WWII Battle of Midway.
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  8. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Yes, there was a cave-in on Feb. 12, 2020 just a short way into the west portal. The area in front of the east portal (i.e., the one pictured above) was heavily used as a staging yard, especially for concrete/gunite mix used to patch the tunnel. I rode out there in April just after they had reopened it.

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    Notable was the amount of concrete mix remaining (above) and the strange lean-to (below)

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  9. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Not A Minor Junket: I made a 200 mile, round-trip to Shelburne Falls the other day and parked by the river. I learned the city's Bridge of Flowers had reopened and wanted to see what state it was in. More on this to follow but now I need to get out and ride, not to mention getting a train fix.

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    More to follow.
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  10. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Train Fix: I rode almost 200 miles today in 90° heat and didn't see one train. Must have been too hot for them. Anyway, I dug back a few days and pulled these out for my train fix.

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    The power trio below was crossing over the diamond, backing up, crossing over again and repeating this at least a half-dozen times.

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    I couldn't figure out if they were shunting cars around, building a new consist or both.
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  11. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    A Historical Building Is Going To Pot: There's this old Mechanics Hall (a gathering place for mill workers) in East Princeton, MA that I rode past in late May. It still wears a condemned sign.

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    I rode by it again this morning on my way to the Mohawk Trail. Thinking it could go at any time, I stopped and posed the redhead.

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    When I got home, I looked to see if there was any news on its disposition. The town had been trying to sell it for some time.

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    I read they had sold it to a marijuana dealer.
  12. popscycle

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    All Around The Station: Some additional photos taken on a recent ride to the old Palmer RR Station, which is now a restaurant.

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  13. popscycle

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    D-Day Remembrance Photo: Thinking of all those who gave all.

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  14. ShOqUePoT

    ShOqUePoT GS Pot

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    Powerful. I can't imagine being too young to drink and being herded out of that thing with a backpack and a rifle.
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  15. popscycle

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    Some Road Shots Of Late: Taken on rides within the last several weeks and as recently as several days ago.

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  16. popscycle

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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - Bell P39 Aircobra

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    I am not sure this plane is still in the museum's collection, as a different Aircobra is listed.
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    parts department isn’t much better
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  18. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Train Fix: Standoff at the Junction

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  19. ShOqUePoT

    ShOqUePoT GS Pot

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    I was driven to the CT dealer as well. A couple weeks ago, I brought the bike in for recall work (the only reason I would go to a dealer) and was told it would take 60 minutes over the phone. When I dropped the bike off, they told me 90 minutes. They called 4 hours later and informed me it would be done soon.
    Where to try next??
  20. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    When I last dealt with them, I had several warnings from the dealership personnel about the service department. How's that for making you feel good about going there?
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