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

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    Thank you. Now we can reach out and touch more trains and stuff whilst riding.
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    popscycle Fahren Away

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    Good on you. Having a 600 mm reach without all the paraphernalia is just the thing for a photog rider (or riding photog). If you've a good conversion program that works, that's even better. My old standby (Adobe Camera Raw) crapped the bed on the m4's AWR file, forcing me into new territory.
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    popscycle Fahren Away

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    Another Long Shot: Below is another view of the NS power sitting in the PanAm yard. It was taken yesterday from the bridge over the tracks at the west end of the Deerfield yard. This was another point-and-shoot, hand-held zoom shot.

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    A Favorite Old Structure: When you are within a few miles of a favorite old structure and have your new camera along for the ride, the urge to stop and get a pic cannot be overcome. Below is such a building, built in 1754 and restored/preserved around 1950. Being a fan of colonial architecture, this house remains near the top of my list. It is located at coordinates 42.541953, -72.605549.

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    Be reminded that such colonial homes often had attached extensions that were built to accommodate extended families and could have attached barns and/or carriage houses.
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    Favorite Riding Road Conditions Report: The main roads around here are almost never a problem as they generally know how to deal with snow - plow, plow again and then apply tons of salt and sand. Favorite riding roads, like the one below, are another matter and often take longer to become geezer-friendly. With only patches of snow and black ice, they were just to the point of being a great ride when Ma Nature said "No more ride for you".

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    Just when things were getting great, conditions will shortly do a 180 given that another foot or two of snow is on tap to start tonight/tomorrow and then be followed up with wintry mix thereafter. March is always this way - it gets your riding hopes up high and then kicks your ass back into the garage. Makes you appreciate good riding conditions all the more when it comes.
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    And today in Seattle we are having sunny weather and 70. A record high for us. I am in my windowless office today. A nice ride in this morning, if not a bit chilly.

    John
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    Well thanks, John, for letting me know somebody's enjoying a sunny, 70 degree ride. :lol3
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Tomorrow returns to normal Seattle springtime....low 50s for a high and moisture falling from the sky. Darn nice today, however, and 72 for a high. A warm ride home. Yard work done when I got home from work.

    John
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    Popscycle, first a big thank you for the wonderful photos. You are truly an artist with your cameras. Thanks again, Bill C
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    About that moisture falling from the sky. We've a bunch right now. It's white and we're expecting 12 to 24 inches of the stuff with 30 to 50 mph and below zero wind chill. I used to think riding in this kind of stuff was exciting when I was a kid.
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    You are most welcome and thank you for the kind words. However good the pictures are, I have to give the camera the credit. I just point and shoot.
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Yeah, our moisture will be in liquid format, instead of the frozen white stuff you are getting. Pretty breezy there it sounds like. Hopefully the power stays on for you.

    Next you need a red snowmobile to get around on!

    John
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    Winter Scene: Below is a picture I took the other day looking across an old mill pond.

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    I think this new camera, in conjunction with a new raw converter, is doing good acquiring the detail.
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    panzer The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go

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    That picture says it all, I will be posting pics from my up coming west coast trip later this spring, the capability of the new camera is beyond my expectations, thank you sir!
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    You are welcome and we look forward to anything and all you post.
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    When The Weather Really Sucks: Well, we're used to bad weather. They're called Nor'easters and we've just had three in a row with perhaps more to come. When you are retired or semi-retired and think about going out during such times, you open the garage door, look out and probably say "screw this" to yourself. Yesterday was such a day. Opening the garage door yesterday noon, there was over a foot of snow piled up with 3 - 4 ft. drifts piled up farther down the driveway and total whiteout conditions. Yesterday's day trip was going to the garage, looking out and then going back in.

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    The best course of action at such times is to close the garage door, go back inside, get a cup of coffee or your favorite libation, sit down in front of a roaring fire, wait for things to clear and be thankful you don't have to go out. Conditions got so bad that tractor-trailer trucks were prohibited from getting on the interstate for some time after a bunch jack-knifed and blocked the road. The good news is that roads and my driveway will be clear this morning.
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    A good amount of snow there. Will you get more next week? Odds are there for it. Good you have a generator.

    I think you need a Ural side car rig for days like these...2WD and the Russian tires will get you anywhere. :D

    John
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    It's a good amount of snow but not enough to be more than a 12 hour inconvenience. Thanks to neighbors, my snowblower and a helper, we were dug out and about early this morning. By noon, as shown below, the snow was just yard and tree decoration.

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    The yard had from 1 to 3 feet of snow, depending on where it drifted, with more piled up in the street. The piles can last into April. Ski operators are happier now than they've been all year.
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    Stupid Yard Pic Train Fix: The shot below needed both some brains and a tripod, both of which were in short supply. With the camera being fresh out of the box, I hadn't adjusted the LCD brightness and it was auto-adjusting itself into not being viewable. Being an intrepid, if not bright (also didn't even think about using the viewfinder), riding amateur photog, I zoomed the camera out , pointed and shot a few frames in auto mode. With apologies for the pic, there's at least a good mix of power and trackage in the picture for those of us who're train-starved.

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    This particular picture reminded me that one of my favorite places as a kid was the big (for that time) model train layout that was in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry in the 1950s. Today, if you wanted to hang out around a really big model train layout, you'd go to northlandz in NJ or Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg Germany.
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    On Frozen Pond: Between winter storms and local snow squalls, area mill ponds can be quite scenic and peaceful. With no houses or structures around it (part of a land trust), this particular pond is especially bucolic.

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    Trees and water are a necessary part of my daily visual regimen.
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