Archive | October, 2014

It’s still riding season

30 Oct

Today was a bit chilly but good enough for a ride and I enjoyed some of my favourite roads this afternoon. Opinicon and Jones Falls roads are always a blast; although there was construction and wet dirty roads between Chaffey’s Locks and hwy #15.
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The historic Rideau canal is always worth a few pictures.

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Potential Impact Crater – Andover Maine

9 Oct

Ever since I parked to take a picture of the wet boggy area near Ellis Pond I have been curious about the area. The location map via my SPOT tracking device of the Lovejoy covered bridge that I visited, shows a circular pattern of hills surrounding the pond that resembles other craters that I have looked at using GoogleEarth.
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I think that have discovered that this is an impact crater, in which is located Andover Earth Station, as of Monday October 6th, 2014.
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Breakfast in Bethel – Bed in Kingston

7 Oct

A long day 11hr 30min, with rain for the first 5 hours; 668 km on the odometer when I arrived in Kingston.

Earlier in the afternoon the rain stopped by the time I arrived in Stowe VT but the Smugglers Notch road was still wet and covered with slippery leaves.
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A great 7 day adventure but it’s nice to be home safe. I’ve many pictures in the camera and phone to dump and will post some tomorrow.

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A Photographic Day in Maine

6 Oct

I had a perfect day, clear skies and cool but comfortable riding temperature. I rode about 200 miles on paved backroads and took many pictures; this creek with my phone and many with my Fuji x10.

This is Stoney Brook in South Paris Maine.
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This rock was way too big to bring home and although the leaves are faded and dry but it makes a good memory of what I saw in Maine this trip.

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I stopped along Roxbury Notch Road, hwy #120, north of Roxbury in a wet boggy area and hoped to see a moose. Instead I took a picture of a wind farm with 22 turbines, slightly visible on the ridge in the distance directly over my bike.   http://recordhillwind.com/   The other picture is looking south over moose habitat.

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I was in Andover and found a small plaque in the town park that commemorates the 1962 Telstar satellite history. “Telstar was, at once, a technical, political, and cultural happening, providing impetus to the world of globalized information we take for granted today.” The small experimental, low powered satellite, damaged and not working after about 6 month’s, is still circling the globe every 158 minutes.

http://www.corp.att.com/attlabs/reputation/timeline/62trans.html

I didn’t realize that Andover was so famous for it’s connection to outer-space.  I stumbled by accident upon the plaque in the park near the church, I had ridden past the road that would have lead me to the location of the Andover Earth Station. Literally I had missed some history by only about 700 meters. The location shown on GoogelEarth is approximately at N 44° 38′  W 70° 42′ and is in the center of this topo map.

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In an odd quirk of fate a meteorite fell in a farmer’s field near Andover on August 5th, 1898. Talk about close encounters of the bolide kind !

Check out the Andover Meteorite ( now in the Smithsonian )    http://www.rasny.org/andover.htm

A few miles south of town I was able to ride over the Lovejoy wooden covered bridge. Built in 1867, is one of few left that I’ve ridden over, and is still in daily use.
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Sunday River & sunshine

5 Oct

It began to rain lightly at 10:00pm on Friday night, continued all day Saturday and at times very heavy Saturday night. Some riders left early but the hardy ones enjoyed a fire and we deflected the rain with a tarp. Thanks Bill for bringing a big tarp. In the middlle if the night the weather changed; it got cold and windy but the rain stopped. By the time we had finished breakfast in town the sun came out and the sky was clearing.
I’ve had an easy morning and afternoon exploring locally while others have taken off, mostly heading home.
No surprise I found a rock and gemstone store to check out. I like this even if this beauty is man-made glass with copper flecks.

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Sunday River Bridge (1872) is no longer in service.
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I found the grocery store and checked into the hostel about 5:30
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A Drizzly Day in Maine

4 Oct

The light drizzle started last night about 11:00pm but didn’t put much of a damper on the group sitting around the campfire.
I woke hearing some keemers riding off to breakfast in Bethel, but elected to sleep in. I showed my face about 10:30 to the gang as they were organizing to ride off. Not sure where I wanted to go on wet roads I lazed in my cozy sleeping bag and tent figuring out a plan for the next few days. I decided to leave about 11:30 heading to a favourite eatery where I hoped to get a welcome from Sammy Angles the owner. Yup I sure did and a hug along with great food.
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After I went east to Farmington to visit my “Peaks and Valleys” friend Brad.
Along the way I grabbed a picture for my friend and neighbour Larry.
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I’ve just made arangements to stay Sunday night and on for a few days at HI Bethel. Wonderful welcome I had, I’m certain it will be comfortable. I’ve planned a nice route to Knowlton, but don’t need to be there until Friday.

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Bethel Maine

3 Oct

Cold night only 3 degrees. Breakfast at Crossrosds was good. Immediately after breakfast along the highway just north of town I had an occasion to chat with a state trooper, nice enough guy but the result was expensive. We seemed to disaggree on speeds to pass in safety so he pulled me over. The slight error on my part was not knowing that his unmarked SUV was one of the three slowoving vehicles that I passed.

Seven of us had a fantastic day of riding. Lots of dry very dusty gravel roads in Maine to explore.

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