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  1. 16 points
    I thought I'd drop by to share an adventure... This past weekend I drove to South Burlington, Vermont to ride in the BikeMS Green Mountain Getaway. Way back in January I booked a campsite at the Mt. Philo campground. I chose it because they only had seven well-spaced sites, and the site I picked had a lean-to. The lean-to turned out to be a most fortuitous choice, as the night before the event it rained steadily for the entire night, except of course, when it poured. The lean-to kept my tent dry, and gave me plenty of room to sit and read; staying dry without the confines of a tent. The rain stopped early the next morning, just in time for the ride. The organizers were prepared, though, and had everything set up under tents. Lining up for the start. With some very short pre-ride comments, and a truly most excellent singing of the Star Spangled Banner by one of the riders, they let us loose on the route. Even though the rain had stopped, it was by no means certain it would stay stopped judging from the clouds. The more we rolled along the route, the skies threatened less. We saw more of views like this as we rode south away from Burlington. The route took us through Vergennes. I locked up the brakes to stop for a picture of the falls on Otter Creek. The sun became stronger, burning off the clouds and evaporating all the rain off the ground to drive the humidity up. Thankfully the rest stops had ice and cold water. As the heat and humidity went up, the scenic views continued on a route that paralleled Lake Champlain. The turnaround point was the Crown Point historical site just over this bridge on the New York side of the lake. Crown Point’s history goes back at least to Samuel de Champlain’s explorations in 1609. A French fort was built here in the 1730’s and was blown up in 1759. The English built a larger fort here, and that blew up too. Luckily for me, nothing blew up while I was at the rest stop. In this picture you can see the ruins of the French fort. I dragged myself away from all that history and rode back over the bridge, catching a view of a lighthouse dedicated to Samuel de Champlain. The route then bent along the eastern shore of the lake. A light breeze off the lake made it a bit cooler. Of course whenever a route leaves a lakeside, it means some climbing. The people who created the route found a gradual climb that kept the ride pleasant so it was still possible to look around... The last rest stop was at mile 85. As I rolled in, some dark clouds gathered and rolled in behind me, almost in conspiracy it seemed. I filled my water bottles fast and gobbled down some food trying to beat the rain. It didn’t work. The rain started to patter down as soon as I left the rest stop. About a mile down the road the rain came down in torrents, winds blew the bike all around, and thunder rumbled overhead. It was like riding through globs of water with occasional little bits of air in between. Any sane person would have called for the SAG wagon and hopped a ride to the finish. You already guessed it – I kept riding. I couldn’t have been more wet if I’d been hit with two fire hoses. But the heat and humidity had broken and clouds hid the sun, making the ride much easier for me. Even though it was the last 15 miles because it was so much cooler I found I could pick up the pace. And I crossed the finish line just about the same time the rain stopped… Here’s the profile for the ride: (Yeah, it’s a century that’s 105 miles long because I missed a turn during the deluge and had to double back). I’ve been doing MS rides for some time. This was a smaller ride, and it created a feeling more like being a contributor to a cause instead of a nameless face in a horde. I enjoyed this event, too, because it was well organized, well staffed, with a scenic route on back country roads. And it had waterfalls…
  2. 10 points
    You can test for leaks on the propane tanks while you are out there.
  3. 9 points
    Dirtyhip

    My house is verry luxurious...

    after living in a trailer for most of last month. This place is huge.
  4. 9 points
    that today is our anniversary. Well, I didn't remember, but Google reminded me. It's been 11 years. We're not the type of people that really care about, or celebrate events like this. We rarely do presents of any kind. No birthday, anniversary, Christmas... Sometimes we forget about the fake holidays like Valentines. 11 years ago, this crazy lady said yes. It was one of the 4 best days of my life, the other three were the birth of my children.
  5. 9 points
    ...in restaurants (and then bars) was going to be "a bad thing"? Either the smokers calmed down, or quit smoking(?), but I'd have to say public smoking bans have been wildly successful and a true quality of life improvement for most of us. Tom
  6. 9 points
    Further

    The Perry Monument

  7. 8 points
    Thaddeus Kosciuszko

    August Photos

    Lower Falls, aka Bicentennial Falls, on the La Chute River Lake Champlain, from Fort Ticonderoga
  8. 7 points
    Zephyr

    August Photos

    I finally got to visit a memorial for three members killed on duty in 2014. One of them was a friend of mine. Got to the East to the family cottage..... And did some paddling in the back cove with WofZ where we spent our morning with Herons, Loons and a fishing Bald Eagle
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    jsharr

    People are so easily conned!

    A warning for any of my "friends" who may be regular customers at Walmart, Over the last month or so I became the victim of a clever scam while out shopping, which has been quite traumatic. Don’t be naive enough to think that it couldn’t happen to you! Here’s how the scam works. Two seriously good looking 21 year old girls come over to your car as you’re loading stuff into your trunk. They both start washing your windshield with a rag while their cleavage is practically falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It’s impossible not to look. When you thank them or offer a tip, they say no and instead ask you for a lift to another Wal-Mart. You agree and they get in the back seat. On the way, they start having sex with each other. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and gives you a blowjob, while the other one steals your wallet. I had my wallet stolen on the 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th of last month and the 2nd of this month, 4th, three times on the 5th, three times just yesterday, and very likely again today. Also, you can buy new a wallet at Walmart for around $5.00
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    Airehead

    We have a hole

    Well at least a partial hole. It doesn't look like the whole hole necessary for the Superior Walls to be put up in the basement. I'm trying to figure out how to get Mr. Aire there to see what is going on. He sends me but I'm no engineer. I need @Thaddeus Kosciuszko to bicycle by and check things out.
  14. 7 points
    This is the look she gave me.
  15. 6 points
    Wilbur

    New clothes question

    I don't think you should be washing those.
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    Wilbur

    Sugar is poison

    ... a very addictive poison. 15 days in, 14 lbs gone. (I know, it's all water weight) Headaches gone, respiration is much better, energy is picking right up, sleep is up to nearly 7 hours per night. 10 more weeks and we start adding carbs back in..
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    Tizeye

    August Photos

    Wife wanted these two printed on canvas. I took the window, she took the stairs. My go-to for prints has been Costco but they shut down their in store photo - now online only. Was looking at a local high end fine art printer for possible giclée prints (my next project - prints to paintings), so checked their canvas prices. Exactly the same as Costco! Giving them a try.
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    Fluffy left the seat up? That's a hanging offense in my house. I was trained out of that within the first 5 years
  23. 5 points
    Couch_Incident

    Lunch

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  24. 5 points
    BR46

    Johnsonville Brats

    I use to work there on the brat line. The Johnsonville plant is 8 miles from my house.
  25. 5 points
    If you walk in backwards, everybody will think you are leaving for a job in the US.
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