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Old 08-09-2013, 03:50 PM   #12441
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A few minutes ago I heard a distinctive rumble and ran out onto the deck to see this flying over at ~ 3,000 ft. Didn't have time to grab my camera - had to rely on Google Image to find a photo.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:35 AM   #12442
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A few minutes ago I heard a distinctive rumble and ran out onto the deck to see this flying over at ~ 3,000 ft. Didn't have time to grab my camera - had to rely on Google Image to find a photo.
I had that happen ~1986-87.

Driving past the local airport with about a 4,700 foot runway I saw a B-17 flash by on final coming over the trees and thought I must have been hallucinating. Went into the airport and sure enough there it was! A CAF B-17 on the ramp. A 20-minute ride could be had for $100 but since I was saving hard for a house at the time I didn't do it.
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Walt, I learned this was the "Texas Raider" , a CAF B-17 based out of Houston. It is in San Antonio this weekend for a reunion of the 381st Bomb Group. (Their ranks must be getting really thin by now.)

You should have taken that $100 ride when it was a relative bargain as prices have increased by substantially more than the inflation rate:

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If I'd had a camera with me I probably would have done it, but they were leaving before I could get home and back. And I really wanted to get out of Mom's house into my own so I was pretty much hanging onto every nickel I could at the time.
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It started out as a short errand, but it was such a nice day I decided to "take the long way around" on the motorcycle. There's a road on the way that appeared to go straight up a mountain (out west you guys would call them hills but this is West Virginia) that I'd never been on before so I decided to follow it and see where it went.

The first few miles were great since the road had recently been repaved, and very smooth. That part ran out halfway up the mountain the rest of the road looked like it hadn't been repaved since the Ford administration. Bear in mind I'm on an 800 lb. touring bike (the one in my avatar) and this is no dirt bike. It does not play nice with gravel roads, as in "Don't even think about touching the front brake" so I'm hoping that the road stays at least paved, which it did. But the shock absorbers got a pretty good workout.

This turned out to be your stereotypical West Virginia back country road. Barely wide enough for two cars to pass, mostly tree-shaded, I think there was maybe a stretch of 50 yards that went in a straight line, and lots of hairpin turns, as in near-idle in 1st gear speed. Most of the ascent/decent was in 2nd.

This came out somewhere onto a wider road that meandered sort of northwest so I figured eventually I'd come across someplace I recognized and sure enough that road came out on Rt 522 south of Berkeley Springs, WV. So I head north and figure to take Rt 9 west toward Martinsburg and from there back home. But I'd forgotten something - it's Saturday, and on summer weekends Berkeley Springs is a place to avoid because of the tourist traffic so I ran into a mile-long backup at the traffic light. Now, I practice AGATT (All the Gear All The Time) which means I'm wearing a mesh suit made of a type of Kevlar material that is comfortable even in 90+ temperatures when the bike is moving because so much air moves through it. Stopped, not so much as it adsorbs a lot of heat from sunlight. I am definitely getting hot. Wandering off on a series of side roads that cumulatively meander north I eventually come out on Rt. 9 and head on home.

Three hours for a 20 minute errand and a nice ride. That's a good way to spend a chunk of the day.
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Went with the GK to a kite festival to see the Chicago Fire Kite Team. Those people are amazing.
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Walt34, Sounds like a good way to spend the day. I also make it a point to ride AGATT. Summer riding around here can be pretty hot too so I generally wait until it starts to be a little more comfortable riding in the morning. I see too many folks around here riding without a helmet in a T-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops. I just don't heal as fast as I once did. I also like to avoid or at least be aware of sand/gravel on the roads. 700-800 pounds is a lot to have to pick up regardless of age or physical condition.

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Took my 12 y.o. grandson to the go-cart track. They are only 6.5 HP, but are still peppy enough around the tight turns to be lots of fun. Poor guy saw a side of me that doesn't come out with my daily driver - heh.
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Impromptu road trip to Mammoth Springs State Park.

Cloudy day, still a beautiful trip.



This was view from restaurant deck. Food was pretty lousy, but the view of the fly fisherfolks more than made up for it
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Woo-hoo!!! Exciting times in the martyb household this week, huh? I hope you get it, that the inspection goes well, and that it is the perfect house for you.

Will this be in north Louisiana? I love how low our property taxes are in much of Louisiana.
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Returned from a trip home for the Perseid meteor shower. There's a group of us that have been getting together for this for about 35 years so if hadn't shown up there would have been hell to pay. This years shower was very nice but mostly quite dim objects. Not a problem though as we have a camp site where the nearest artificial light is about 8 miles away.
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DD is in town with her BF so we went out for Chicago hot dogs last night. DW and I celebrated our 37 with jumbo dogs, polish sausage, fries and beer. Life is good.
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Put a vacation rental property up for sale today. 60 miles is too far to drive for maintenance. Also, flood insurance is doubling this year.
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Yesterday, I had an office visit at a specialist, and then went to a lab for a procedure that turned out to be more unpleasant than I had thought. Good grief! I was driven home by my wife afterwards, and slept most of the afternoon for a recovery.

As I said before, people who cringe at something as benign as a colonoscopy better prepare themselves for tougher times ahead, something like other procedures that I have been through.

Of course, if one just kneels over due to his/her ticker quitting, that would be a quick way out. Else, people generally have to go through unpleasant or even painful medical treatments if they want to die of old age.

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Drove from Seattle to Kelowna (480 Km, 300 m). Missed a ramp to I5 in Seattle and the second one was closed for construction. Once on I5, smooth sailing. Crossed the Skagit River Bridge (temporarily fixed), left I5 at Burlington, meandered through farms and little towns on the way to the border, crossed from Sumas to Abbotsford, then up the Transcanada to Hope via Highways 5 and 97C. I must say the portion from Hope to Kelowna is a spectacular drive. Highest elevation is actually close to Kelowna at 1729 m (5673 feet). I have done this several times both ways but would not attempt it in winter.
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Been back and forth from home to camp for the past three weeks... three or four days at a time... 26 miles apart. DW has decided that "camping" is no longer her shtick, and prefers cards and luncheon with her friends. Works for both of us.
Weather has been incredibly nice...70's to low 80's and sunshine. Lots of biking on our campground's 43 miles of road and 17 miles of trail, and canoeing on our lake. Continue with the never ending project of repairing the 110 feet of seawall. Winter ice lifts the wall and repair is preferable to the $8,000 replacement cost.
Spent two early mornings 3 to 4AM out on the lake to watch the meteor showers... Total darkness, so could see 2 or 3 every minute. Best view ever. Next weekend, the car show in town next to the camp... started in 1990 with 20 cars... expect about 1,000 this year. Town population 400.

As my old drinking buddy used to say:
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