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 Drone Kit: In case anyone is interested, below is the drone kit I carry on the motorcycle. On the left is the Skydio small case carrying the drone, two batteries, extra set of propellers and a lens cloth. The case is 10x12x3 and fits nicely into the back pack with room to spare for, say, a jacket liner. On the right is the accessory case carrying the controller (which plugs into the iPhone), and drone/controller charging cable and outlet. The accessory case fits easily into either of the panniers..

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    Skydio has a larger case for everything but it doesn't fit into anything on the redhead.
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  2. drklynoon

    drklynoon Been here awhile

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    JUST PLAIN WOW!!!!!!!!!! Pops I can't even imagine a shot that perfect until I saw this. WOW
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    A Dinner At Clamber Hill - Part 2: Having been greeted by a the nicest border collie you'd ever want to meet and having made a reservation, we just went in. The place had a beautiful hallway with nobody there.

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    I hollered, "Hello, anyone home?" Not a sound, the place was as quiet as a tomb so it was time to explore. The room to the left was quite nice and quite empty.

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    Nobody was at this end of the building so we went down the hall on the right.

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    Ending up in another empty room, it was time to holler, "Hello?" With no answer, now our dinner reservation was getting interesting. More to follow.
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    As if your photos/countryside aren't intense enough. Now we have to walk into a place like that and follow you? Come on man!!
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    A Dinner At Clamber Hill - Part 3: We had made a reservation at a place we'd never been to before - Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant - that was once a private summer residence., It was way out in the woods and being a bit overrun with foliage. There were no other cars there. We went up to the front door and walked in.

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    The place was seemingly empty so we'd wandered around from room to room hollering "Hello" finally coming into the room below.

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    It was here that we turned around and saw a woman who'd seemingly appeared out of nowhere. Not believing in ghosts, she had obviously come into the room silently. Quite friendly, she greeted us, asked if were were the 5:30 reservation (we eat dinner at a time that's somewhat early in these parts). Acknowledging that we were indeed the 5:30 reservation, she showed us to our table in the rear, enclosed porch, shown below.

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    After being seated, she would pop in and out attentively asking if we needed anything or had decided what we wanted. We split a shrimp cocktail appetizer. The shrimp were good size, fresh, cold and quite tasty.

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    We both ordered steak au poivre as the main course. Both were brought to the table in short order. Everything was cooked to perfection! Absolutely delicious!!

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    So, what we had here was a husband (cook) and wife (hostess and waitress) running a B&B that opens up as a reservations-only restaurant several days a week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings). It is probably a miracle that the place survived the covid lockdown stupidity. Having eaten one of the best meals I've had in a long, long time, I would recommend this place in an instant. Clamber Hill is located at coordinates 42.502899, -72.186460.

    We will, of course, be going back.
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  6. popscycle

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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - North American F86D

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    Milling Around On Fathers Day: Riding past the old Stanley Mill in Uxbridge, I just had to stop.

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    Mostly deserted, two of the smaller buildings are antique shops. Given a gift of calm winds, we had to launch the drone.

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    More aerial pics to follow.
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  8. popscycle

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    Made In The Shade: Just another miscellaneous on-the-road pic taken at a favorite stopping point (coordinates 42.682661, -72.338537).

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  9. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Did your brake/taillight cover come off your bike, or is normally clear like that? My BMW lost the red cover one day and had to order a new one. Very annoying.

    John
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    Well, John, you got me wondering so I went out to the motorcycle bay to see if the bluehead's tail light looked the same.

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    Yup, it did. It seems the fresnel is clear but reflects red under certain light conditions (e.g., bulb is lit). Never having given it any thought, I learned something. Thanks!
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Alright cool...BMW got modern and cool with the water cooled engines. Just wanted to make sure you were showing red tail/brake lights.

    John
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  12. popscycle

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    A Favorite Picture:

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    Taken several days ago.
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  13. popscycle

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    On The Road Shot:

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    The words "weedless topwater" came to mind while passing this pond.
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  14. popscycle

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    More Pics Of The Stanley Woolen Mill: Below are two, south side shots of the east end of the mill - first at ground level and second above.,

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    Frontal Aerial Of Stanley Mill:

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    I am thinking that is the old tail race between the building and red truck. Originally using water power, the mill went to steam and then electricity. This old mill is in the heart of the industrial revolution area - the Blackstone River valley.
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    Train Fix: Found units moving in Palmer, MA, this morning.

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    BMW has gone back and forth with clear lenses, sometimes for special models. My 1150GS has them.
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    Smoked: Stopped by my favorite sausage maker (i.e., Pekarski's Sausage Co.) this afternoon for a load of smoked bacon and smoked pork chops.

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    The bacon goes into just about everything I cook - beef, chicken, salads, soups. As for the pork chops, flash sear each side for 2-3 minutes, depending on the thickness you specify for them to cut, and they juicy and ready to eat. Serve with a maple/blueberry compote and your taste buds will do a happy dance.

    Note: I've no affiliation with or interest in Pekarski's.
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    Two Views Of A 1700s Meeting Hall & Church: Pictures taken today in New Salem, MA, of the structure at coordinates 42.4999223, -72.331694. First shot at ground level with the newly-repaired RX10 iv.

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    Despite the winds, I launched the drone for the following pic.

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    I am getting slightly less afraid of wind gusts. Once the drone has a GPS lock, it will return to a held position if moved by a gust of wind, provided the wind isn't too strong. Just don't be near things the wind can blow your drone into.
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    John, as a fellow drone pilot make sure to watch out for territorial birds. I have had birds try and attack my drone on several occasions...

    BTW, the drone captures look great!