The Geezer Factor

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Metalcarver, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    Great stuff!! Schaffer trail.. yeah its a pucker factor...went down it 2 up and the rear brake got too hot and went out...extra pucker factor!! (Of course I didnt tell her til at bottom) Thanks for your great report!! Always a pleasure
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  2. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Next year:

    Cross the Owyhee desert.

    Wasatch mountains north to south on the Skyline drive.

    Hamilton, Nevada and surroundings.

    La Pine, Oregon to Alturas, Ca

    Steens Mt. and Alvord desert.

    N. Idaho, Toboggan ridge - Montana Wansfel trail.


    For starters.

    Who's in?
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  3. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Damn! Is that a slug stretched across the road waiting for you to make a move? Oh wait. It's a stick. Never mind.
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  4. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider Supporter

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    Looks like a nice trip. Thanks for taking us along.
  5. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    My 3M tape / silicone tubeless conversion held. Same pressure as when I left.
  6. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Camera: Most were taken with the Nikon D3500, a few with the canon quick shot and motorola G5+ phone.

    Nikon photos were shot in RAW. They were processed with RawTherapee open source free software. I tried not to mess with any of the color controls and usually accepted the "dayliight" or "shade" white balance settings. When you go to the exposure tab there is a histogram down to the lower right and I adjust the exposure compensation so that all the data is pretty much in the middle of the histogram. The image that shows in the editor is usually washed out at this point so I use the lightness control to dim it down so that the picture looks "normal". Since it now has the camera's internal thinking of all the data it usually shows much richer colors and better saturation without touching any of those controls. I pull back the highlights and the lightness controls so that there is still a little detail in the highlights. Then I try to pull as much detail out of the shadows with the shadow/highlight controls below the histogram - without messing with highlight detail. Kind of a back and forth balance. Then there's a couple of "!" icons which I go back and adjust the highlights so that just a very few are washing out and same with the black so there is at least a small area of total black. Then if the colors are not quite right or boring I'll adjust the "vibrance" pastel color adjustment or saturation. If it takes any more than that then I skip it. There's a lot of pro photographers on here who know what they are doing and I do not. Just some tricks to be able to use some of these fantastic optics and sensors that are much bigger and better than the old 35mm stuff.
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  7. Ladybug

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    Great stuff. Thanks
  8. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    So I was kind of mulling the idea over of a "Geezerfest" somewhere in the mudiddle of nowhere. I have, however, noted the fate of anyone who volunteers for anything where unscrupulous motorcycle riders are concerned. No good deed will go unpunished. :deal Plausible deniability is the absolute rule!:evil:nod

    However, I have met what I consider many life long friends amongst the unwashed. So, a couple of nights of a trapper style rendezvous with the realization that some of the coots just might fly right off the handle into the wilderness. Way the hell out there but easy enough for me. Which is pretty easy. Good ditches on the road for plausible deniability. No services, but spectacular camping spot. No witnesses. Everybody welcome but they have to know how to camp and bury shit. Since it would be geezers the upwind sites would go first. We could have a ceremony for people who don't want to be geezers.:2guns:annie

    Concours d'elegance :dllama::ricky:topes:muutt:flush

    1st prize would be a colonoscopy!
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  9. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Like for instance:

    Magic School Bus 38° 4'27.07"N 110°48'45.48"W

    Anderson Crossing 42° 7'58.92"N 117°18'43.85"W

    White Pine River, NV bunch of sites 38°56'37.25"N 115°21'43.27"W

    They would all answer the following condintions.

    Why the hell would anyone want to go there? Thus minimizing competition.

    Far enough away so that if you die getting there the rest of us will have plausible deniability since it will take several days to find you.

    Easy enough so that you don't die getting there.

    No nothing. Bring everything in, pack it out, bury your shit.

    However, in order for this to work someone else needs to nominate some locations, giving me plausible deniability.
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  10. Snapper33

    Snapper33 Globetrotter Supporter

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    Thanks for the ride-along. Ride well. Be well.
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  11. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Dave,

    There goes my keyboard, once again.... some smears and a puddle - a mixture of drool and a few tears for the sake of "blending." A hearty hail and another SALUTE to you, my friend. You managed to punctuate an otherwise pseudo-crummy end-of-season with a magnificent short-term opus, as is both your talent and signature bent. We bow to your mastery at pulling it off. And, you return home not with war wounds, fog-brain or the weariness that a man half your age would be complaining of for his efforts, but rather a mixture of current routes to be tackled before the holidays are on us in full force!

    "What's red and gooey and goes 100 miles per hour?"

    "A millenial in a blender." For starters.

    AVDrider-Salute high res.jpg

    Here's me looking down to where you were at near Beatty, above Rhyolite. Marshal Byrd took this pic of me on "FYYFF Ridge" on the border of Death Valley. Your trip really takes me back. Miss ya buddy. Wish I was along for your ride.

    Talk soon. Thanks for the stunning pics and pen! Happy Thanksgiving, Good Sir...


    Stovey
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  12. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Recruitment video. Actually this is my first attempt at making a Google Earth video. This is 8 miles out of 3900 that I have spent 4 years plotting for the Fremont Trail. Looking for accomplices, size 19 neck and size 1 helmet would be perfect. Three to four weeks starting end of July.

  13. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    This adventure route will traverse so much varied terrain and cross so many state lines, how are we ever going to figure out where to bury the survivors?

    :clap

    Thunderous applause in earnest, from the peanut gallery, Good Sir!

    Stovey
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  14. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Dangit. Now ya got the feds involved. Crossing state lines and everything.

    "He mighta went on living but he made one fateful slip
    When he tried to match the ranger with the big iron on his hip"...
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  15. Ladybug

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    Looks like a cool adventure but it also looks sandy. Am I seeing that correctly?
  16. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    On that particular track I know the mountains and it's probably rocky and gravel the whole way. However, I have been on roads that look fine in GE and turn out to be a sea of baby heads. No substitute for a pre-ride. So I went pretty conservative on this route. Tried to find roads that show up on both GE and Benchmark maps. Looked for signs the road has been maintained like grader berms and culverts and those angled drainage ditches that take water away from the road can be seen pretty easily in GE. That means somebody spent some money on the road. A road that has a name is a good indicator. But, you only hit what you aim at so...

    Outline of the Great Basin

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    This is the Big Bike route:

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    And this is the all pavement route:

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  17. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    Oh Grand Geezer Vizer, ?Wouldest thou consider producing a thumbest or CD of KMZ's and GPX of this noble pilgrimage? Those of us whom are still working would gladly monetize the supreme wisdom of our mendicant's mystical motorcycle meanderings.:deal dd
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  18. pictish ratter

    pictish ratter Been here awhile

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    Totally fekin awesome pics:clap
  19. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Wait a minute! You're a geezer and you're still working? Taking jobs from the millenials? No wonder they spend all their time fiddling with their collective orifices.

    Anyway, I have a kmz file, gpx, and screenshot of every track. I made my fortune off of pet rocks so I was just going to give it all away AFTER I ride it.:deal Just looking for people to blame it on.:evil

    The route begins and ends at Red Rock Pass in Idaho very close to Downey. This is where Lake Bonneville drained into the Snake and seemed like a good start so that's where they're numbered from. Also Downata Hot Springs would be a good place to begin and end. It's a family resort, swimming, RV sites etc out in the country. I haven't asked but it looks like they would have room to store trailers and such.
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  20. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    I'd love to try to pre-ride this route. I'm fascinated by what you have put together. Sand gets me every time so I'm getting to the point where I try to avoid it. The small Superbug:pyndwith it's skinny tires does do so well when things get loose. I'd rather play in babyheads. Perhaps I need to get a TW200 for routes that could turn into sand for portions of it.