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Re: Nasty Austrian🇦🇹 Conquers da 🇺🇸 & 🇨🇦
« Reply #840 on: May 18, 2020, 11:49:10 am »
welcome back Big oil! please continue your story telling, or just post videos of your two stroke mobiles revving their tits off.   :deal: :thumleft:

Thanks DXT, will do, Kamanya's all over me, birddogging my every move, I think he has a boner for me day and night, so I'd better stay away from R&P until he clears me for R&P :pot:

I've taken a deposit on one of my 2-stroke triple Yamaha's, guy is coming all the way from Quebec for it, well, once the border reopens. 

I'll still keep one.

Hope all is well with you and yours, how's your little one?  Got another on the way yet?  Did you ever move to the states, I think when you were here last, you sent your resume off while here?
 

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« Reply #841 on: May 18, 2020, 11:50:11 am »
Here's some footage from inside the Gila Cliff Dwellings.  One of the coolest places I've ever been.

 

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« Reply #842 on: May 18, 2020, 12:10:40 pm »
Here da las footage of Gila Cliff Dwellings.


 

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« Reply #843 on: May 18, 2020, 12:29:41 pm »
Doing OK, yeah. I need to get some riding and fishing done, but just have to keep that frustration in check. Go ride a bit around your neck of the woods and take heaps of photos. Then post...   ;D
 

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« Reply #844 on: May 18, 2020, 12:31:54 pm »
Doing OK, yeah. I need to get some riding and fishing done, but just have to keep that frustration in check. Go ride a bit around your neck of the woods and take heaps of photos. Then post...   ;D

Glad to read you're OK. 

Will do, our weather is a month behind currently.  We typically say April showers bring May flowers, but this year, winter lasted forever, so we are receiving our April hard rains in May. 
 

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« Reply #845 on: May 18, 2020, 12:43:25 pm »
welcome back Big oil! please continue your story telling, or just post videos of your two stroke mobiles revving their tits off.   :deal: :thumleft:

Thanks DXT, will do, Kamanya's all over me, birddogging my every move, I think he has a boner for me day and night, so I'd better stay away from R&P until he clears me for R&P :pot:

I've taken a deposit on one of my 2-stroke triple Yamaha's, guy is coming all the way from Quebec for it, well, once the border reopens. 

I'll still keep one.

Hope all is well with you and yours, how's your little one?  Got another on the way yet?  Did you ever move to the states, I think when you were here last, you sent your resume off while here?
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« Reply #846 on: May 18, 2020, 01:29:51 pm »
Entry 17- Cosmic Radio Waves and My First Flash Flood
Star date - 05 July 2018
Distance:  575 KM / 357 Miles




After 3 nights of camping in the Gila Mountains, I was ready to continue on my journey.  I awoke early, packed up camp, then went over to the shower room, took a nap in the shower, brush my teeef, donned my suit and set off for the day. 

Took forever to descend the mountains down to Silver City, New Mexico.  Only 40 miles, because of all the low speed switchbacks, it took about 1.5 hours to reach Silver City.  I was tired from all the switchbacks and was ready for a hot breakfast.  First stop in Silver City was to refuel.  I asked a local where the best breakfast in town could be found, it happened to be directly across the street.

He didn't bullshit me, it was delicious.  With belly full and heavy rain in the forecast, I nearly reserved a motel room after breakfast at the motel that adjoins to restaurant.  Looking back later that day, I wish I'd followed my gut instinct.

I decided to keep moving, riding through the Gila National Forest towards Reserve, New Mexico was a fabulous ride, lots of beauty but getting steamy hot.  Until it began to rain.  The rain was frigid, teeth chattering cold wearing my summer twat suit.  I stopped at a cafe for a warm cup o mud.  Got warm until the rain let up. 

Continuing on my way East and North, I rode by an enormous area of flat desert.  I looked over and saw the largest satellite dishes I've ever seen in my life, so I turned off my route to go see what it was all about.  I'm so happy I did, quite an experience.





I present to you VLA (Very Large Array):

Turns out I was wrong, they're not satellite dishes, they are apparently the largest radio telescopes on earth.  The closest radio telescope in the pic below was just completed.  The radio telescope inside the hangar is almost completed.









 

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« Reply #847 on: May 18, 2020, 01:34:04 pm »
There's a museum and gift shop adjacent to the laboratories. 





















 

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« Reply #853 on: May 18, 2020, 02:31:33 pm »
The SKA (Square Kilometer Array) is in the Northern Cape, similar the VLA.

https://www.sarao.ac.za/gallery/meerkat/
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« Reply #854 on: May 18, 2020, 03:06:51 pm »
The SKA (Square Kilometer Array) is in the Northern Cape, similar the VLA.

https://www.sarao.ac.za/gallery/meerkat/

Yes very similar.  In my previous work that I did, I had the opportunity to visit the SKA site a few times.  For someone like me that knows nothing about these large dishes and telescopes, it was very interresting.   :thumleft: :thumleft:
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« Reply #855 on: May 18, 2020, 09:24:55 pm »
The SKA (Square Kilometer Array) is in the Northern Cape, similar the VLA.

https://www.sarao.ac.za/gallery/meerkat/

Interesting read, thanks for sharing. 

Appears they chose a fixed platform instead of rail.

Neat that countries from around the planet share data.
 

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« Reply #856 on: May 19, 2020, 01:30:56 pm »
After leaving VLA, I continued due East towards Socorro, New Mexico.  I arrived in town with blood boiling, my polar bear skin melting.  I had a bad feeling again I'd better book a hotel and rest for the rest of the day.

Then, the little voice in my head said, just cool off with something cold to drink and make it to Albuquerque before calling it a day.  I listened to the voice.  Damn, I wish I wouldn't of.

I continued on, straight north towards Albuquerque when I began seeing a dark sky in front of me.  I'd read of how intense thunderstorms are in the western United States, but I guess until you've experienced one, one doesn't really understand. 

I learned the hard way.  NEVER in my life have I experienced a thunderstorm like I did that day.  The sky was exploding, the lightning bolts so bright and intense, I could feel the change in temperature as they were exploding all around me.  I exited the highway, parked my bike at an old service station that was open, the type of service station you see in the movies out west in the middle of nowhere, parts, tires, and junk cars all over the place, the floor hadn't been swept in decades.

I ran inside to find what looked like a 400 pound man with a beard that looked as if he hadn't bathed or showered in months.  Another much younger man was working on a car, I hate to say this, but he looked inbred.  I said hello, the fat bastard didn't say a word, he looked at me like who the fuck do you think you are getting out of the hellish thunderstorm in my shop, he began giving me shit.  The son told him to stop being an asshole.  I had a weird feeling, like these two had dead bodies buried all around this place.

I waited until the lightning quit and moved on, it was still raining buckets.  I'd seen on my geepus that there was a town a few miles north.  That's when I experienced my first flash flood of my life.  Water everywhere, I was now riding through 18-30 inches of water.  I made it to the town, pulled into a McDonald's, which was on high ground, and just sat there on my bike watching the deluge moving down the road.

After the rain stopped, I left, I had to ride through at least 2 feet of water to enter the roadway which was now not flooded, just the sides of the road.  People were honking at me and pointing, I didn't know what the hell for.  I just went about my business.  I got to the main road and headed towards Albuquerque.  That's when I felt behind my back for my KTM water reservoir/backpack ($120) that had my Sony action camera ($400), my  chargers, and spare batteries ($200), my Sony RX100V ($1,200) along with some other essentials.  I'd had them secured by a nylon elastic spider harness with hooks on the end.

My bag was not there.  I turned around, rode at high velocity back to the McDonald's where the cars had been honking and pointing at me.  I saw one sandal ($120 pair) that was underneath the net in the opposing lane on my way back to McDonalds. Couldn't find it my bag anywhere.  I dismounted, and walked through the deep water at the edge of the roadway, no luck finding the bag. 

Upon walking back to my bike, there was the backpack and spider harness behind my tire  :imaposer:  One hook, of the six, was still hooked to my bike frame.  I had been dragging it for miles by just one hook.  I'm probably lucky it didn't get locked in the tire upon my return to McDonald's because I was riding at a high rate of speed.

So, after securing the bag back to the bike, I removed the expensive items and placed them in my tank bag, I continued North. I stopped at the one sandal I'd seen and tried to locate the other with no luck.  By the time I arrived in Albuquerque, I was mentally spent from all the stress of the thunderstorm and thinking I'd lost nearly 2 grand in goods. 

I have the worst luck losing things on my adventures.  By this point, I'd lost kneepads I'd purchased in Texas and now the sandals.  :xxbah:  Oh well, what can one do, the show must go on.

I booked a hotel for a few days, decided I'd regroup, go to the Apple Store the next day and replace a broken charger, buy some new sandals, and wait a few days for the Sandia recreation area to open up as it was closed down due to fire hazard.  I was told it would reopen in 2-3 days, and it was one of thee areas I'd really wanted to ride on my trip.
 

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« Reply #857 on: May 19, 2020, 02:26:29 pm »
After leaving VLA, I continued due East towards Socorro, New Mexico.  I arrived in town with blood boiling, my polar bear skin melting.  I had a bad feeling again I'd better book a hotel and rest for the rest of the day.

Then, the little voice in my head said, just cool off with something cold to drink and make it to Albuquerque before calling it a day.  I listened to the voice.  Damn, I wish I wouldn't of.

I continued on, straight north towards Albuquerque when I began seeing a dark sky in front of me.  I'd read of how intense thunderstorms are in the western United States, but I guess until you've experienced one, one doesn't really understand. 

I learned the hard way.  NEVER in my life have I experienced a thunderstorm like I did that day.  The sky was exploding, the lightning bolts so bright and intense, I could feel the change in temperature as they were exploding all around me.  I exited the highway, parked my bike at an old service station that was open, the type of service station you see in the movies out west in the middle of nowhere, parts, tires, and junk cars all over the place, the floor hadn't been swept in decades.

I ran inside to find what looked like a 400 pound man with a beard that looked as if he hadn't bathed or showered in months.  Another much younger man was working on a car, I hate to say this, but he looked inbred.  I said hello, the fat bastard didn't say a word, he looked at me like who the fuck do you think you are getting out of the hellish thunderstorm in my shop, he began giving me shit.  The son told him to stop being an asshole.  I had a weird feeling, like these two had dead bodies buried all around this place.

I waited until the lightning quit and moved on, it was still raining buckets.  I'd seen on my geepus that there was a town a few miles north.  That's when I experienced my first flash flood of my life.  Water everywhere, I was now riding through 18-30 inches of water.  I made it to the town, pulled into a McDonald's, which was on high ground, and just sat there on my bike watching the deluge moving down the road.

After the rain stopped, I left, I had to ride through at least 2 feet of water to enter the roadway which was now not flooded, just the sides of the road.  People were honking at me and pointing, I didn't know what the hell for.  I just went about my business.  I got to the main road and headed towards Albuquerque.  That's when I felt behind my back for my KTM water reservoir/backpack ($120) that had my Sony action camera ($400), my  chargers, and spare batteries ($200), my Sony RX100V ($1,200) along with some other essentials.  I'd had them secured by a nylon elastic spider harness with hooks on the end.

My bag was not there.  I turned around, rode at high velocity back to the McDonald's where the cars had been honking and pointing at me.  I saw one sandal ($120 pair) that was underneath the net in the opposing lane on my way back to McDonalds. Couldn't find it my bag anywhere.  I dismounted, and walked through the deep water at the edge of the roadway, no luck finding the bag. 

Upon walking back to my bike, there was the backpack and spider harness behind my tire  :imaposer:  One hook, of the six, was still hooked to my bike frame.  I had been dragging it for miles by just one hook.  I'm probably lucky it didn't get locked in the tire upon my return to McDonald's because I was riding at a high rate of speed.

So, after securing the bag back to the bike, I removed the expensive items and placed them in my tank bag, I continued North. I stopped at the one sandal I'd seen and tried to locate the other with no luck.  By the time I arrived in Albuquerque, I was mentally spent from all the stress of the thunderstorm and thinking I'd lost nearly 2 grand in goods. 

I have the worst luck losing things on my adventures.  By this point, I'd lost kneepads I'd purchased in Texas and now the sandals.  :xxbah:  Oh well, what can one do, the show must go on.

I booked a hotel for a few days, decided I'd regroup, go to the Apple Store the next day and replace a broken charger, buy some new sandals, and wait a few days for the Sandia recreation area to open up as it was closed down due to fire hazard.  I was told it would reopen in 2-3 days, and it was one of thee areas I'd really wanted to ride on my trip.

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« Reply #858 on: May 19, 2020, 02:48:18 pm »
Entry 18- Sandia
Star date - 09 July 2018
Distance:  152 KM






I spent the remaining days resting and relaxing after only one day in the saddle, the heat was really getting to me, I felt sick from the ridiculously high temps, but I enjoyed myself best I could by trying new things around Albuquerque, I dined on Nepalese food for the first time, definitely an acquired taste. 










I ate authentic Mexican food and real Coca-Cola (real sugar), numerous times.  I became addicted to Mexican Coca-Cola.  So much better than the sugar substitute Coke we get here in da Mitten.  If any of yous ever find yoselves in Albuquerque, delicious authentic Mexican food and Coca-Cola can be had here.








Sandia Recreational Area and the famous NM-536 aka Sandia Scenic Byway never did reopen, I tried, but was stopped by forest rangers and had to turn around.  So, the only thing I could do was take the tram to the top.  It's a long video, but here's the ride up.  I recorded it in HD 1080P with my Sony FDRX-3000, so be sure to select 1080P for best quality.

Once we arrived at the top, we were told we'd only have a few minutes to spend, winds were picking up and there was a thunderstorm on its way to the area.  On the way down, we had to stop and wait due to high winds, we were stuck in the sky car for what seemed like eternity.  I'm quite claustrophobic, so it was unbearable to be stuck in one place for so long.  I guess there's worse things.

Anyway, here's some footage and pics.























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« Reply #859 on: May 19, 2020, 04:28:05 pm »

Awesome :ricky: :ricky: Enjoying your ride report :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: