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  1. Thaddeus Kosciuszko

    Wallkill and Walkway

    I originally planned to ride the Wallkill Valley Trail back in March, but winter didn't quit upstate NY until yesterday. Trusting that the weatherman might actually get the forecast right today, meaning high 40's and low 50's, I headed out to New Paltz to ride the trail. The trail passes through New Paltz near Huguenot Street. The Huguenots fled France in the late 1600's, coming to America to avoid religious persecution. Some of the houses they built still stand, dating back to 1692. I found this one rather interesting - note the small ports for firing a musket through the wall either side of the lower windows. New Paltz today is a NYC suburb, but in 1700 it was the American frontier. The trail in New Paltz where I started The Rosendale trestle, a restored railroad trestle now used for the Rail Trail. Amazing to me, really, that so much effort would be expended for 'just a bike path', but I was grateful for all the work! Looking upstream And downstream Just off the Trail were the Binnewater kilns. These kilns applied heat to calcify the 'natural cement' mined locally. At one time these kilns and other nearby kilns supplied about 50% of the country's cement, in addition to providing the cement for the Brooklyn Bridge and the base of the Statue of Liberty. The inside of a kiln This strange formation is one of the surface mines that fed the kilns. The picture doesn't reveal it well, but the miners used a 'room and pillar' technique where they took out most of the natural cement that created 'rooms' but left sections to serve as pillars to support the rock above. Along the northern section of the trail, which typified most of what I rode on today. I rode my touring bike, but most people had mountain bikes or fat tire bikes. Riding north I pretty much had the trail to myself, but coming back the trail became busier. I left the trail to head toward Poughkeepsie and the Walkway Over the Hudson. Along the way I diverted to stop at Perrine's Covered Bridge, so named because it was built by an enterprising man who not only built the bridge, but also a hotel and - of course - a tavern at the far end of the bridge. To stay off a main road with no shoulder I'd planned to ride through a housing development. As I climbed away from the river, I saw a sign next to a building that said "Please Stop at the Welcome Center for Assistance" along with a raised road barrier. It was rather clear the 'welcome center' was a gate house, and the development was a private community. As I approached the welcome center someone came out, which pretty much meant they had cameras viewing the road too. I explained my wish to ride through on the residential road to avoid the main road. The welcome center attendant explained there were gates on the far side of the community that were locked, but maybe he could find someone who had a key. He also said I couldn't get to Poughkeepsie by going through the community because the roads didn't connect. Well, I knew they did, but I also knew he was telling me 'No' without telling me 'No'. No big deal, the people in the community wanted privacy and had gone through considerable effort and expense to establish their privacy, so I respected that. Which worked out for the better, because riding down the main road to detour the community I heard the familiar roar of a waterfall! To my surprise, because none had shown up on Google satellite view. Well, it didn't show up because in the satellite view all the floodgates were closed and the entire river coursed through the powerhouse leaving the falls dry. Here's what I found And a bonus of a small falls on a tributary to the river So from here I rode on the back roads to Poughkeepsie, taking my chances even though the local advice was that I couldn't get there from here. Actually the person was partially correct. As I approached the park where the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to Poughkeepsie started, the road was closed. I could see the park on the far side, but no way to to get through the construction. So, another minor detour. The Hudson Valley Rail Trail leads to the Walkway Over the Hudson, and this trail is paved. One of the sights along the trail The Walkway Over the Hudson is a linear state park. It too was originally a railroad bridge now converted into considerably more than just a bike path. I found it really impressive. I rode to the far end so I could claim having done the entire span, then turned around to take a few photos. Overlooking the Hudson River, Poughkeepsie, and the Mid-Hudson Bridge One of the reasons for heading to Poughkeepsie - beside the Walkway - was (what else ) a waterfall I'd seen pictures of. Because of its location in the photos, though, my chances of seeing it were slim. Well, on my way across the Walkway I spotted it and took this picture on the way back. In spite of all the development - highways and rails - the falls were still visible. Which, in turn, saved me from riding through Poughkeepsie trying to find it! Another view looking south Along the Walkway itself This shot from the middle of the walkway gives a better perspective on how long the Walkway really is A barge and tug passing under the Mid-Hudson Bridge And on up the Hudson, possibly to Albany From the Walkway it was back on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to head back to New Paltz. After the trail it was all surface roads with nothing remarkable that warranted pictures. I got back to the New Paltz parking lot with just over 50 miles for the day. On a lark I'd worn my heart rate monitor for the trip. It said I'd burned about 5200 calories, which I think is somewhat fanciful. Nonetheless, it was enough of a calorie debt indicator that I stopped at a deli in New Paltz to get a turkey wrap, a piece of double chocolate cake, and a real high-fructose-corn-syrup-not-diet Dr. Pepper. I figured I could afford the chocolate cake, anyway...
  2. Thaddeus Kosciuszko

    It Is Time

    For a break. It seems to me the atmosphere in the Café has become more contentious and edgy than I remember. I fully admit that, for my own specific reasons, I contributed on occasion to the atmosphere I perceive, and I accept full responsibility for my part. I visit the Forum for enjoyment and the intelligent company, and I suspect most others here do the same. As such, in accepting the responsibility for my part I believe I would be highly disrespectful of others were I to continue to make contributions that would diminish their experience. I credit SW and the Moderators for doing their job well. Were someone to ask what I thought they could do better I’d have no recommendations to offer, but only heartfelt praise. I know in their place I could only do worse; in fact, I would do much worse. All of which leads me to conclude my discomfiture lies nowhere else but with my own sensitivities. Following my same behavior patterns is not likely to decrease or amend those sensitivities. I anticipate new patterns will, or perhaps will at least help me recognize what is driving those sensitivities. That in turn hopefully leads to some self-improvement, if I may be allowed to flatter myself that such a thing is possible to me. So why The Big Announcement? In the past when I absented the Forum several kind people became concerned about my welfare. I would be very rude and thoughtless to cause them further needless worry. Were I to send them a PM I’m certain I’d in error in leave some people out, so I resort to a general post to reach them all. Many others here have been gracious to me. I would be insensitive and a boor were I not to recognize their kindness to me as well, should I take leave without recognizing the courtesies they’ve extended. Forming habits and revising behaviors take about 30 days to ingrain; at least that is my experience for me. I believe I would need that time to recognize what sensitivities drive my discomfort, and to make changes. So, I will be absent for at least that long on the rather bold assumption I can get it right on the first try. Then it may be appropriate for me to look in on the Forum to test myself to see if I can contribute in a more positive fashion. I owe thanks to those here who helped me recognize how my sensitivities could point to the need for self-improvement, something which I admit I am often too slow to recognize on my own. In the interim, however, I ask that you accept my Best Wishes along with my sincere thanks for all the kindness and graciousness you’ve shown me!
  3. Thaddeus Kosciuszko

    Pay to park your car?

    Around here the municipalities have started to get rid of the parking meters - too much maintenance and the labor/materials were too expensive to perform that maintenance. So now they took down the meters and installed these kiosks where you pay and it spits out a receipt. Then you put the receipt on your dash where the parking 'meter' cop can see it. Works OK I suppose, except they still haven't figured out how to make this system work for motorcycles.
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    Wet basement blues

    You could bury the pipe as LJ did, and then run a gutter de-icing cable down the pipe, and plug the cable in if the pipe freezes up. I have a 30' run of underground drain pipe that carries a gutter discharge away from the foundation. The pipe runs about 8" to 18" deep and the far end runs to daylight. I ran the cable through the pipe and left an extra foot or so cable beyond the pipe so the water can run away from the pipe before it freezes. This is the first winter for operation and so far no issues.
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    not sure if you're aware...

    I used to buy the Girl Scout cookies because they are so good. They never put enough cookies in a box, because it takes me no time at all to eat the entire contents. Nowadays, when I see the Girl Scouts buying cookies I usually plunk down the money to buy several boxes for the Troops. Those serving in our military get great cookies, the Girl Scouts benefit from the sale, and I can walk away feeling a bit better about passing up on the cookies.
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    Wet basement blues

    I would suggest asking them how their product and technique will stop water from entering the entire basement (including up through the floor) and not simply transfer the problem to some other spot in the basement where the consequences of water entry would be worse. Water will find the path of least resistance into the basement. Right now it's coming in where you can see it and manage it, because that happens to be the weakest, lowest resistance spot in the basement wall. Seal up that spot, and the water then finds the next weakest spot in the basement wall. If the waterproofing doesn't address that spot, or the next weakest spot, or the next etc then all you will do is chase the leak to the next point where the water finds its way in. If their 'waterproofing' involves a latex based coating on the interior wall, just skip it. They simply peel off. I've had good luck with an oil based sealant, but only after prepping the walls well and doing all the walls. Another product that gives good results is often called 'nanotechnology' which, when applied to the porous block and/or concrete, creates a water impervious layer within the concrete or block. To work, though, it has to be applied properly, mixed properly, and cured properly. It will not work if the walls and floor are deteriorated, or if there are open cracks. Another approach, which may seem counter-intuitive, is to create an intentional 'weak spot'. This could be a sump pit that goes down through the floor slab, for example. This essentially relieves the water pressure against the foundation and floor, but it is akin to pulling the drain plug in the stern of a boat, too. On the plus side, though, you now have a place where you know the water will enter the basement, where you will have control over it, and where you can apply standard techniques and equipment to manage it and keep it from damaging the other areas of the basement.
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    If your Garmin scale says so, does that now give you a KOM on Strava?
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    Quote of the Day: Jean-Paul Sartre

    Obviously this guy was never married.
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    A proud proud day

    Perhaps we could hold a "Phorum Photoshop Contest" where the contestants would take 'stock' photos of RG and display their creative talents...
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    Beautiful Music Friday

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    Annoying Neighbor, Got Her Back Today!

    You're a better man than I. I would never have not written down all the card information and then not ordered a dozen potentially embarrassing magazine subscriptions that would not be delivered to her at work.
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    Quote of the Day: Lewis Carroll

    Crap. Now I have to decide which one of my morals to get rid of, after all the years it took me to get both of them.
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    Can't say I'm surprised

    Seriously, in today's world we can't rule out that there were women participants who would have found such a presentation appropriate, and who would have considered a male presenter objectionable, misogynistic, and an affront to their choice of lifestyle.
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    Are these safe for humans?

    Airehead is correct as this reflects the current consensus of the medical community. However I suspect it won't be very long until some medical study confirms that processed straw and sticks are bad for you, and you should be ingesting raw straw and sticks instead.
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    I closed school today

    Sounds like 44,000 first-world whiners to me...