southern humboldt rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by brewmike, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Henny Youngman had it right Supporter

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    I need more days like this past Saturday. Thanks again to everyone that made it happen.
  2. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer Supporter

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    Meefa on the mountain... ?

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  3. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    Super last minute but I just got off (of work). I'm oddly still functioning so I'm going to try to ride to Arcata, get breakfast, then go to the airport to see the WWII planes. Planning on being at Country Store at 830 and then getting to ACV around 915 just after they open.

    If anyone wanted to come.
  4. Hookalatch

    Hookalatch Born Under Bad Sign

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    About once a year I get together with friends that all started riding when we were in high school in Vista, CA. We are in our 70's now so the group is smaller but we have all been riding since then. I was was scheduled to meet them in Fortuna for a 5 day ride.

    I almost didn't make it. Seemed like the God's were against me. 2 days before I was due to leave I slipped in the mud while watering and fell with my worst knee oddly twisted underneath me. It make a sickening sound like tearing cardboard and hurt like hell. The day before I was to leave I was trying to start the gas engine on a pressure washer and the thing kicked back furiously twisting my hand and especially my thumb backwards and I couldn't move it all night. I decided to soldier on anyway and left the next morning. 50 miles from home I had a bird strike to the gourd. I have had a lot of close calls with turkey vultures but this was the first time I was hit. There were a group of them on a long straight on Hwy 36. Even though I was traveling at 65 mph they all took off before I got to them so I didn't slow down. I didn't even see the one that hit my helmet. It felt like I had been hit with a baseball bat. I didn't go down but it took me a couple of hundred yards to process what had happened and get stopped. The bugger was laying spread eagle in the road so I went back to access the damage and take a picture. When I pulled up alongside it struggled to its feet, blood dripping from its mouth. As I left it tried to waddle a little but I doubt it survived. My only injuries were a sore neck, a splitting headache, and a small cut by my eye from my sunglasses. Still managed to have a fantastic 4 additional days on the road.

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  5. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Henny Youngman had it right Supporter

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    Is your last name Norris?
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  6. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer Supporter

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    Hmm... usually the Vultures puke on you. :puke1
  7. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Holy shi*. Good on you for persevering,some things just gotta be done.
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  8. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    Damn!

    Good on you for keepin' on keepin' on!
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  9. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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  10. Richard Dryden

    Richard Dryden Adventurer

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    Thanks for the pictures! Men were smaller back then. Those planes are pretty tight inside.
  11. Scotty707

    Scotty707 Been here awhile

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    I went to see the planes today and thought the same thing. Then I remembered watching "Memphis Belle" and thinking the B-17 looked so much bigger on the inside in the movie!

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    Full album here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEcDs2Y
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  12. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    Your pics are more artsy than mine! I was laughing at the gunner's seat in the nose of the B-17, that was like an office chair bolted to the floor. Whatever works, I guess!

    I literally could not get through the bomb bay on the B-24, I had to jump out through the bay doors. I guess I could have squeezed through but I was wearing a gun under my shirt plus the camera, and I had already smashed up my Oakleys in the B-17, so I didn't want to start banging more things up. I routinely feel like a fatty - like when I walk up stairs and such - but I got a good taste of savage self-loathing after that.
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  13. panzer

    panzer The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go Supporter

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    I always wondered how you Leo’s managed to sit in the squad car with that utility belt on...
  14. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer Supporter

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    Hell... you're not fat.

    I climbed up the ladder.
    Took a look at the opening, and backed down the ladder.
    If I went in... I would still be stuck in there.
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  15. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Henny Youngman had it right Supporter

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    ...salads....
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  16. Scotty707

    Scotty707 Been here awhile

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    That's not food. That's what food eats!
  17. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Henny Youngman had it right Supporter

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    I happen to know one very nice ass made of mostly salads.
  18. Foot dragger

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    Bicycles.
  19. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    As a kid,I worked out at the Chico Airport stripping out P2V Submarine bombers,to make them lighter,then they made them into forest fire bombers. I was the skinniest kid there so I climbed and crawled every inch of those things,during a typical Chico summer sometimes. Brutal. Extra wires were pulled out 1 at a time,every single un-needed bit was taken out. The thin aluminum skin was old,I remember dropping a very small crescent wrench and it punched a hole right on through.
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  20. Hop-Sing

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    The buzzard picture is epic. Those things are scary. I think they play chicken with me. I have had several close calls with them but never a direct hit like that. Glad you got to get out for a decent ride.
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