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Tudor. Leaded windows - oak frames. Looking out onto the gardens and moat of Little Morton Hall, Cheshire, England.

 

Little Morton Hall in Cheshire was constructed during the Tudor period, with the earliest part of the house begun in around 1504-1508 and the latest addition being completed in 1610. The Moreton family were wealthy landowners in the area and built the house as a symbol of their prosperity.

 

The house remained in the possession of the Moreton family for almost 450 years, until ownership was transferred to the National Trust in 1938.

 

Number 67. Glass - theme for 115 pictures for 2015

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22.366.2012

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D7000 ISO 200 f/6.3 1/100

SB600 RADIO CONTROLLED w/ ORANGE GEL & LUMIQUEST SNOOT BELOW PLATE FIRING TO A WHITE BOARD 10cm BEHIND THE SUBJECT

WHITE SHEET OF PAPER ON RIGHT OF CAMERA FOR FILL-IN

 

Table is a picture frame glass with a black sheet below

 

Explored - Mar 14, 2011 #297

 

Looking to buy a print : buy one here

Today was amazing. I shot just about 700 pictures and three more days to go. This is a shot from inside the Hotel, at the bar that caught my eye looking out at that beautiful blue sky, clouds and a building or two. Another early day to rise. Thanks for your patience dear flickr friends. I have so much catching up to do. I truly miss your daily images.

Items on this picture:

  

1. Apple Fall - Dolly Piano

2. Seven Emporium - Lab Stool

3. Standby Inc. - Papa Elk (Dark)

4. Dutchie - Copper candleholder

5. FANATIK HOME - Provence Chair

6. oyasumi - White wood table (colored)

7. [ zerkalo ] - Chess (Karpov vs. Unzicker - Marble) - Shiny Shabby Event

8. Apple Fall - Monogram Suitcases

9. FANATIK HOME - Era Kilim Rug

10. Junk - Metal step shelve

11. What Next - Bramley Rocking Chair (rustic)- no pillow

12. Trompe Loeil - Gramercy Ceiling Fan

13. What Next - Brixton Console Table

14. [PM]Pixel Mode - Large Clay Pots

15. [PM]Pixel Mode - Small Clay Pots

16. [PM]Pixel Mode - Seed Box

17. [PM]Pixel Mode - Empty Sack

18. [PM]Pixel Mode - Trowel

19. Cheeky Pea - Dipper Bar Apple Bobbing

20. What Next - Counter

21. What Next - Bag of Coffee Beans

22. oyasumi - Cash register / red

23. What Next - Sugar Shaker

24. What Next - Napkin Holder

25. *ionic* - Cupcakes

26. HIDEKI - Scrap Parts Robot

27. oyasumi - Dentist table

28. PILOT - Metal Buckets

29. PILOT - Flower Bundle

30. [ kunst ] - Kunsteiner Tap & glass

31. [ kunst ] - Kunsteiner bottle / Lager (natural)

32. [ kunst ] - Kunsteiner bottle's box / Lager (grunge)

33. [ kunst ] - Kunsteiner bottle's box / Lager - empty (grunge)

34. [ kunst ] - Wine rack / malbec

35. [ kunst ] - Malbec glass

36. What Next - Coffee Machine

37. What Next - Cocoa Machine

38. What Next - Paper Cups

39. What Next - Brixton Bakers Rack

40. Trompe Loeil - Antique Kitchen Sink

41. Trompe Loeil - Antique Icebox Ivory w/crate

42. Junk - Old radiator

43. oyasumi - White wood frame

  

Scene based on Apple Fall's - Carnaby Row Store

Philip Glass - Facades

 

Happy accident. I'm not praying to the rock; I was taking a picture of it with my iPhone before shooting the other shot, and my super soaked remote trigger was just starting to malfunction. It would later perish on this beach. Anyway, when I heard the shutter randomly go off, I just held the pose. Yep, I meant to do that.

The new roof to Kings Cross Station concourse was opened in early 2012 when I last took pictures of it. This time I tried out my fisheye lens on it.

 

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang fisheye 8mm lens. 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. Outputted in Photomatix to contrast optimiser for a natural look.

 

Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with spicyfy preset. Some areas were excluded from the effect by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask. Topaz deNoise was also used.

 

A duplicate layer with mask was used to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 31 amount and 31 radius. A mask was used to partly exclude the effect from highlights.

 

Some of you may have noticed that I use Topaz Adjust a lot in my workflow. I have heard that they are selling this at 50% off until 31 August reducing the cost to $24.99. There are a number of Topaz plugins but Adjust is far and away the most useful. After installing it works from the filters menu of Photoshop and Elements. The Coupon code is augadjust and the link is Topaz Adjust August Sale

  

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Auction Closed! Peter Kent is the high bidder at $450! Thanks! Here is his Flickr stream.

 

www.flickr.com/photos/45072502@N02/!

  

I have entered this image in to the Flickr group Charity Print Auctions - Japan for Tsunami and earthquake relief. The group is not quite open yet but will be soon, but you can still bid below. All proceeds will go to Japan via the British Red Cross or your favorite local Red Cross for tax writeoffs. Last time, 2 bidders each bid US $400 and I made two canvas prints. So far,

Here is the print auction group page. Hmm.. still not up yet.

www.flickr.com/groups/charityprintauctions/pool/

 

The framed print that is for auction is 24 in. wide x 16 high in a 33x25 frame with non-breakable plexi 'glass' in front. It is custom framed with high quality rounded wood with two mattes and ready to hang on your wall. Here is a link to the actual framed print hanging on my wall right now that you will recieve. Here is a quick snapshot and does not really do it justice, but you get an idea of the frame.

 

www.patricksmithphotography.com/temp/Gar1OnWall25x33.jpg

 

See an 1800 pixel version here for a better idea of the quality.

 

www.flickr.com/photos/patrick-smith-photography/552045732...

 

A video showing the magnitude of the damage:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj-8Lhgv3nk

  

Free wallpaper for over 100 of my images in 6 different screen sizes is now available!

 

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You need to make a comment below the image with the amount that you would like to bid in US $. When the auction closes, the person that has bid the most, wins the print. The auction will close this Tuesday at 8pm California time. To see the bidding, just read the comments!

 

The winning bidder (or runner up if winner can not pay) will pay the amount they promised to the Red Cross.

www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Jap...

 

When you have made your donation, you MUST make a screen grab of the donation confirmation page to send to me for confirmation. This is the only way that I can know that you have paid. Then I can arrange for the print to be sent to you.

 

It is easy to make a screen print, see here!

take-a-screenshot.org/

 

I will send this print to anywhere in the world and I'll pay the shipping costs. It may take several weeks if you live in a place far from California. Last time, it took 2 weeks to get a print to Australia! I will put the winner's name and Flickr page (if any) right below:

 

The winning bidder is: ???

 

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Large waves were rolling the cobblestones on the shoreline of Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California. This was taken a few minutes before a similar photo I uploaded to Flickr earlier. This one has the wave striking the sea stacks instead fo the cliff in front. No HDR

 

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Canon 5D with Canon 17-40L @35

1/5 second exposure @F16 with 1 LEE ND grad 0.9

Cokin z-pro filter holder

ISO 50

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop

Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod

Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

Keen water shoes

 

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There was a big storm and fortunately it began to clear out right at sunset. The rocks made a lot of noise as they rolled around. It made me feel like the entire beach of rocks would slide right into the ocean, carrying me with it! Be careful on this beach because it is easy to break an ankle and it is not easy to get back up the cliff even with a good ankle though anyone in decent shape can do it with care.

 

Some rocks are easy to step on and some are slippery but of course, the closer you get for a better shot, the more slippery they become.

 

The map shows the exact location.

 

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My pictures are featured on the front page of the

state Government. of California website and the new Governor, Jerry Brown's website too. Have a look! It is Flash with my pics cut into layers for a 3-d slideshow. If you are into building apps, the State has opened up lots of data to the public, so check it out!

 

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A great weather mashup map of the world with local temperatures, weather and nice popups. See where it is hot and not!

www.wunderground.com/wundermap/

 

Google Earth

earth.google.com/

 

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

 

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)

www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

 

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

 

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/main_int.html

Or Here:

www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

 

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.

 

www.californiacoastline.org/

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You got to help me out here. I took three slightly different pictures some days ago. I have a fave and my wife a different one. Life have thought me time and time again (some never learn!) to listen to my wife. So this time I put up her choice as the main picture. My prefered version is one of the others. I don't expect you to lie, but if at least one of you could agree with me I would feel a bit better. But that would be in a perfect world I guess.....

 

I have been away a few days. I went to Oslo to see my daugther and to go to a consert with the Boston based Celtic punkband Dropkick Murphys. It was really a fantastic consert!!! I have put up this link before with little reaction, but I try again. This is a song from their new album and I admitt it is not typical for them. But if you are afraid of a celtic punkband then listen to this song and skip the other harder songs. I am pretty sure you will like it if you like hand played music with an Irish folk connection. www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d8SzG4FPyM I also got a tips about them doing a very nice version of "The Green Fields of France" and I agree, it is very good. www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_G4eq9Fudc

 

The Fields of France is a pretty strong song about the terror young men lived through in muddy trenches in western Europe 100 years ago next year. And as so often, the Irish wrote the sadest and most touching songs.

 

Oh how do you do, young Willy McBride

Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside

And rest for a while in the warm summer sun

I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done

And I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen

When you joined the great falling in 1916

Well I hope you died quick

And I hope you died clean

Or Willy McBride, was is it slow and obscene

 

Did they beat the drums slowly

Did they play the fife lowly

Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down

Did the band play the last post and chorus

Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

 

And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind

In some loyal heart is your memory enshrined

And though you died back in 1916

To that loyal heart you're forever nineteen

Or are you a stranger without even a name

Forever enshrined behind some old glass pane

In an old photograph torn, tattered, and stained

And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame

 

Did they beat the drums slowly

Did they play the fife lowly

Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down

Did the band play the last post and chorus

Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

 

The sun shining down on these green fields of France

The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance

The trenches have vanished long under the plow

No gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now

But here in this graveyard that's still no mans land

The countless white crosses in mute witness stand

To man's blind indifference to his fellow man

And a whole generation were butchered and damned

 

Did they beat the drums slowly

Did they play the fife lowly

Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down

Did the band play the last post and chorus

Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

 

And I can't help but wonder oh Willy McBride

Do all those who lie here know why they died

Did you really believe them when they told you the cause

Did you really believe that this war would end wars

Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame

The killing and dying it was all done in vain

Oh Willy McBride it all happened again

And again, and again, and again, and again

 

Did they beat the drums slowly

Did they play the fife lowly

Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down

Did the band play the last post and chorus

Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

hope everyone has a fun, safe holiday weekend ~!~

Cheers!

  

*worth pressing L for Large on black

 

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Items on this picture:

  

1. What Next - Brixton Console Table

2. [PM]Pixel Mode - Large Clay Pots

3. [PM]Pixel Mode - Small Clay Pots

4. [PM]Pixel Mode - Seed Box

5. [PM]Pixel Mode - Empty Sack

6. [PM]Pixel Mode - Trowel

7. Cheeky Pea - Dipper Bar Apple Bobbing

8. What Next - Counter

9. What Next - Bag of Coffee Beans

10. oyasumi - Cash register / red

11. What Next - Sugar Shaker

12. What Next - Napkin Holder

13. *ionic* - Cupcakes

14. HIDEKI - Scrap Parts Robot

15. oyasumi - Dentist table

16. PILOT - Metal Buckets

17. PILOT - Flower Bundle

18. [ kunst ] - Kunsteiner Tap & glass

19. [ kunst ] - Kunsteiner bottle / Lager (natural)

20. [ kunst ] - Kunsteiner bottle's box / Lager (grunge)

21. [ kunst ] - Kunsteiner bottle's box / Lager - empty (grunge)

22. [ kunst ] - Wine rack / malbec

23. [ kunst ] - Malbec glass

24. What Next - Coffee Machine

25. What Next - Cocoa Machine

26. What Next - Paper Cups

27. What Next - Brixton Bakers Rack

28. Trompe Loeil - Antique Kitchen Sink

29. Trompe Loeil - Antique Icebox Ivory w/crate

30. Junk - Old radiator

31. oyasumi - White wood frame

32. Tartessos Arts - Grocery Bag

 

and "Rex" the German Shepherd ;-)

  

Scene based on Apple Fall's - Carnaby Row Store

this picture is a reflection of a window on the glass of a framed photograph

Explored 12JAN2015

 

My converted Minolta MC ROKKOR 85mm f/1.7 (built in 1970) mounted on EOS 6D full frame body. You can see the blades of the aperture set to f/8.

 

I lighted the glass with a red LED torch, whereas the rest of the camera was lightpainted with a white LED headlamp.

Picture taken with a spare body (EOS 400D) with mounted 16-35mm f/4L IS, zoomed to the wide end 16mm (FF equivalent 25mm).

Ugo Rondinone's work "Clockwork for Oracles" (4/11/08 - 3/1/10) which is displayed on the "Art Walk" at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Boston. The wall has first been wallpapered with pages from the Boston Globe which have in turn been whitewashed. Upon this has been mounted 52 mirrors of different sizes and colours. These in turn have been framed to represent windows.

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Living In The Shadow Of Myself

by Jon Coe

 

I watch myself, looking in

all the things, I have been

Things, I could have done

games, I should have won

 

See the moon, smiling down

the sun shines, with a frown

Winds blow, I hear a name

rains pour, a picture frame

 

Clovers reel, in the grass

dandelions, shattered glass

The sky is blue, this is true

here I am, in shadow's view

I used this glass for another Macro Mondays' theme.

I cleaned it carefully since I didn't want dust or hair in my picture.

Then, I started shooting, moving the glass for a better framing...

After a lot of shots I found out that my fingertip was perfectly visible on the glass surface...

Happy Macro Monday everybody! :-)

Last night, when I finished shooting my Hard Boiled Egg, I set my glasses down on the mirror and leaned back to relax and have a visit with my old friend, Jack Daniels. Imagine my surprise when, after a few minutes of visiting, I looked down at the glasses and saw my own reflection looking back at me!

 

One of those, "I gotta take a picture of this" shots!

 

Process:

Nikon D200, 1/250sec, 45mm, f/18, Nikon SB80DX flash, 1/32 power. Mirror table with black background. Flash at camera right 90 degrees, white reflector at camera left, Windex and dust rag off frame. Adjustments (minimal) in Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 - mostly janitor work.

 

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behind each old picture there are lives and stories

A wall of eye shadow pigments at Bloomie's New York.

cold sun out beyond the glass, space travelers, silhouettes, motion picture frame. animation cel. here to there. moon people.

 

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I wish all my Flickr friends and contacts a LOVEly weekend from the bottom of my HEART!!

Another fun picture of my glass heart - straight out of the camera, no effects apart from the frame :~}

 

The title was just an excuse to put the link to Owner of a Lonely Heart by Yes, lol!

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to view my photos. I appreciate that very much!

Any comments will be taken seriously by me.

Don't use this image without my explicit permission. © all rights reserved.

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For more Railway pictures take look at my other website:

500px.com/willemjsteen

or

StonePhotograpy.smugmug.com

 

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Tiefencastel is a railway station in Tiefencastel, Switzerland. It is located on the Albula Railway line from Chur to St. Moritz. Hourly services operate on this section of the line.

  

Albulaspoorlijn

De Albulabahn of Albulaspoorlijn in Graubünden (Zwitserland) verbindt Thusis met het wintersportoord St. Moritz in de Alpen. De 63 kilometer lange spoorlijn behoort tot de meest spectaculaire smalspoorlijnen ter wereld en wordt geëxploiteerd door de Rhätische Bahn. De Albulabahn werd in 1903 aangelegd. De Albulabahn werd in 1904 geopend en heeft en lengte van 67 kilometer. De lijn omvat een aantal kunstwerken, waaronder 42 tunnels en overdekte galerijen en 144 viaducten en bruggen. In 2008 werd deze spoorlijn samen met de Bernina-Bahn door UNESCO op de Werelderfgoedlijst geplaatst. Verschillende typen treinen berijden deze spoorlijn, waaronder de toeristentreinen Bernina Expres en Glacier Express en de sneltrein Chur – St. Moritz.

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The Albula Railway is a single track metre gauge railway line forming part of the so-called core network of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. It links Thusis on the Hinterrhein (697 m (2,287 ft) above sea level) with the spa resort of St. Moritz in Engadine (1,774 m (5,820 ft) above sea level).

Construction of the Albula Railway was begun in September 1898, the opening took place on 1 July 1903, and the extension to St. Moritz commenced operations on 10 July 1904. With its 55 bridges and 39 tunnels, the 61.67 km (38.32 mi) long line is one of the most spectacular narrow gauge railways in the world.

On 7 July 2008, the Albula Railway and the Bernina Railway, which also forms part of the RhB, were jointly recorded in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, under the name Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes.

The best known trains operating on the Albula Railway are the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express.

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Die Albulabahn, auch Albulalinie genannt, liegt im Schweizer Kanton Graubünden und verbindet Thusis (697 m ü. M.) am Hinterrhein mit dem Kurort St. Moritz (1'774 m ü. M.) im Engadin. Die 63 Kilometer lange Linie, die mit ihren 55 Brücken und 39 Tunneln zu den spektakulärsten Schmalspurbahnen der Welt gehört, ist Bestandteil des Stammnetzes der Rhätischen Bahn (RhB).

Der Bau der Albulabahn wurde im September 1898 begonnen, die Eröffnung fand am 1. Juli 1903 statt und die Verlängerung bis St. Moritz ging zum 10. Juli 1904 in Betrieb.

Am 7. Juli 2008 wurden die Albula- und die Berninabahn in die Liste des UNESCO-Weltkulturerbes aufgenommen.

Friday

Entry One

 

Flew out of work, the fleet flight of Friday before a holiday weekend. Everyone cracks a smile upon stepping out of the concrete and glass coffin of the corporate work week. The motorcycle is quickly gassed and loaded, I leave Washington DC at three-thirty, vowing not to check the time for the rest of the adventure. Adventure, the American adventure of the open road is what I seek. The road, my cameras, and escape.

 

Right turn off of 15th St. NW and I’m motoring past the Washington Monument and the White House. Harleys and clones are already lining the Mall for the annual Memorial remembrance that is Rolling Thunder. I’m soon over the bridge and on I-66 west. I plan on avoiding major highways when at all possible. Preferring scenic byways to drab highways. 66 is a necessary evil to flee the DC metro area as quickly as possible. At the start, 66 is a good quick run, for awhile anyway. Loads of Rolling Thunder riders are heading in 66 eastbound.

 

I keep the ubiquitous two fingers down to the side salute to fellow bikers out for extended stretches of time. In my experience, HD guys return the acknowledgement about 30-40% of the time. No big deal, some animosity exist though between different bike cultures. Motor-ism two-wheel stereotypes. However with the Rolling Thunder guys there is a noticeable increase in response, perhaps due to no longer just one biker acknowledging another, but a patriotic sharing of support and remembrance for those left behind, POW-MIA.

 

Traffic worsens further out 66 and I come up on a full HD dresser. Screaming Eagle back patch worked in with POW-MIA covers his vest and is topped by a “Run for the Wall” patch. I keep back a pace and we adopt the natural offset positioning of multiple riders.

 

After some 66 backup, stop-and-go, we strike up a staccato conversation in the pauses of the traffic flow. Where you been, where you going, see the rain coming? I tell him I’m headed out to the mountains, Skyline Drive and West Virginia. He says he’s just in from there recently, was in DC for Rolling Thunder for the day and will be coming back in on Sunday again. His license plate is obscured by luggage, so I’m unsure of his port of origin.

 

Later on we part ways and my thoughts turn. Of my parents friends only my step-dad was drafted for Vietnam. Luckily, for us, he only went as far as Ft. Hood, TX, and came back with some good stories about army life and venturing into Mexico (at least the ones he’s shared with me). I think about all the life he’s lived since then, all his experiences and joys. Thinking about what all those who didn’t return gave up, lost, when they didn’t come home. The loss felt by those who loved them, families that have a name on the Wall.

 

Rain is sprinkling before Manassas. Enough to cool you off but not enough to get you worried yet, at least for a bit. Whooooo. Then come the big drops. I head off the ramp to gear up with the rain paraphernalia under the gas station pavilion. Finally get it all on and get strapped back up and out pops the sun and the rain stops. Too funny. Now I have wet clothes on under the raingear. Rain gear now keeping the wind out that would dry me. I motor on as more rain is promised on the horizon.

 

This brings up a point about rain. People always ask, “What do you do when it rains and your on the motorcycle”. I reply simply, “I get wet”. Duh. Rain riding has never bothered me. On the straight highways it’s no big deal. Just give more cushion to the cars in front of you. Drive like grandma on the exit ramps.

 

My turning point is finally reached. Off of 66 west and onto 647, Crest Hill Rd. at The Plains, VA. Crest Hill Road is my first slice of motorcycle heaven to be had this weekend. I’m delighted to find that the squiggly line I traced out on the map when planning this trip has translated so well in reality. The road is still wet from the passing rain clouds, and I give a small rabbit and then a chipmunk a near death experience. My first of many animal crossings this weekend. The road is fantastic. A mixture of hilltop road and tree lined canopies that create forest tunnels. Speed limit is 45mph, 55-60 feels comfortable on most parts. Keeping an eye out for a hilltop barn to photograph that I’ve seen in my minds eye, lit by the sun breaking through the clouds and backed by the mountain vista. No luck on any of the barns actual placement to fit the mental picture I have framed.

 

Crest Hill Road and Fodderstack Rd is a long stretch. I take shots of a church and other buildings along Zachary Taylor Highway. Fodderstack gives more of the same as Crest Hill, just a narrower road. The asphalt is of my favorite variety, freshly laid. Washington, VA is a tiny town of historic bed and breakfasts. Local wineries appear to be an attraction here too. Right after Washington the rain returns while I’m in route to Sperryville. Then it really starts to come down, a full on summer thunderstorm. Visibility is down. Road and parking lots soon resemble rivers. Rain drops of the monster variety explode on the pavement, and you know it hurts when they hit you.

 

I quick soaking circuit of Sperryville confirms there are no local hotels. I duck into a barn shaped restaurant to wait it out. My drenched gear takes on bar stool and I occupy another. There’s a few flying pigs about. The bartender get me a hefeweizen, and recommends the angus burger. Locally raised and grass fed, we exchange jokes about my passing the burgers relatives on the way in.

 

Don’t freak about the beer. I have a one only rule when riding. It was followed by a meal (best burger of the weekend!), several coffees, and this bar top journal entry.

 

Somewhere along Crest Hill road I decided to keep the cell off for the weekend. In addition no tv, newspapers, internet, or e-mail sound like a good idea. Of course I now am studiously avoid eye contact with the two beautiful plasma’s above the bar.

 

Entry Two

 

Hazel River Inn, Culpepper, VA, has the coolest street side seating in town.

 

The downpour let up at the Shady Farms bar in Sperryville and due to the deficiency in local lodging I quiz the bartender for options. Over the other side of the mountain, the opposite side of Skyline Dr via 211 is Luray with lots of motels, but I want to save the mountain for the morning. The waitress suggest Culpepper, there being a Holiday Inn etc.

 

Stepping outside the sun has broke through the clouds again. Enough for some shots of Shady Farms Restaurant and a bridge. Heading down 522, the Sperryville Pike, I keep an eye out for photo ops to catch the next morning as I’ll be rerouting back through. Following the mantra of Dale Borgeson about tour riding in the US, I aim to avoid large chain establishments, whether they are restaurants or hotels, and explore the mom-and-pop local variety businesses. I have a dive-ish roadside motel in mind, Culpepper comes through with the Sleepy Hollow Hotel.

 

Before check in I ride through downtown historic Culpepper. It’s a cool place. The Shady Farm bartender had recommended the Culpepper Thai restaurant. I see it but don’t visit, still full from the meal earlier. Cameron Street Coffee looks like a great place, located in an old warehouse. Unfortunately their closed for the night.

 

Shower and changed, room 102 at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel. I hop back on the bike, refreshed and dry and ride through the warm night air back downtown. The coffee at the Hazel River Inn comes with a sweet fudge confection on the side. The peach and blackberry cobbler with vanilla sauce is divine.

 

The reconfigured plan for this getaway is to shed. Shed worries about the job, career, housing, and relationships. My motorcycle is therapeutic. It’s 600cc’s of Zoloft on two wheels. The road lifts my spirits. This wasn’t supposed to be a solo run, and there are stretches of road where I feel the emptiness behind me.

 

The cobbler is finished and I can hear the sound of a band doing their sound check. The banging of the drum requires investigation.

 

Entry Three

 

I found Brown Bag Special in the cellar pub of the same restaurant I was in. On my way to the door the noise of the sound check floated up the stairs and directed my feet downward. Brown Bag Special opened the set, appropriately enough, with “I drink alone”. The ol’ man, Big Money, would have loved it. Drink alone started off a Big Money Blues trifecta to include “The Breeze” and “Mustang Sally”. Then they made the mistake a lot of bands make that have a great lead guitar player. They let him sing. The lead guitarist karaoke sucked his way through a Tom Petty hit. He was so off key in his singing it made you appreciate the guitar solo’s all the more for the relief they provided. Thankfully the regular singer soon resumed his duties and the night went on. More good stuff from the band.

 

Freebird

Folsom Prison Blues

Cheap Sun Glasses

 

“can’t you see, can’t you see, what that woman, what she’s done to me”

 

Off to bed now at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel with the ghost and shades of dead hookers and overdoses past.

 

150 miles today.

  

Saturday

 

Entry Four

 

Morning breaks on the Sleepy Hollow Hotel, a hot shower and I’m back on the bike. A quick stop downtown to shoot the Hazel Inn, then it’s back on the Sperryville Pike. More stops to capture some sights seen yesterday. Mr. & Mrs. Pump. The open mouth caricatures are an accurate representation of the current gas cost and the pumps eating your wallet.

 

I keep telling my daughter that her first car, college car, will be a hybrid. She thinks they are ugly. The bike isn’t so bad, averaging around 40mpg. At about 180 miles on the tripometer I start to look for a refill, although I’ve pushed it to 211 miles before.

 

A quick left in Sperryville on 211 and up into the mountain, Blue Ridge Mountains and Skyline Drive. Heading up the mountain I get the first bite of the twisties I’ve been craving. The $10 fee at the gate to Skyline Drive is well worth the price. Great scenery and fantastic views. The only drawback is the 35mph speed limit that is well enforced by the park rangers.

 

I shoot some self-portraits at Pollock Knob overlook. They’re funny in that with all the scrambling and hurrying to be the camera timer, then trying to effect a relaxed pose. I’ve also broke out my old friend this trip, the Lubitel 166, a medium format, 120mm film, twin lens camera. I’m like Jay-Z with this camera, I have to get it in one take. There is no digital review after the click for instant gratification. As a fellow photographer it’s “Point, Push, and Pray”. I’ll be interested to see the results. Not that I’ve left digital behind. Carrying both cameras, I’m an analog/digital double threat.

 

After the self-portraits and some dead tree shots I’m about to pack back on the bike and leave when I meet the preacher and his wife. He offers to shoot me with my camera and I return the favor with theirs. Conversation flows and in a ‘small world’ moment it turns out that he works for same Hazel family that owns the restaurant I was at last night for his Monday thru Friday job. I get a friendly “God bless” and I’m heading south on Skyline Drive. I make several more stops and break out the cameras again at Big Meadow.

 

There is a gnarly dead tree in the middle of the meadow. It has burn damage at the base, either the result of some wild fire or perhaps a controlled burn done to maintain the field. I spot and shoot a few deer, they probably won’t turn out as they’re to far away for my lens on the D100. I shoot a bunch of shots of the tree with the D100 and then totally switch processes with the Lubitel. The picture setup with the Lubitel takes about a minute-and-a-half. Manual zoom, i.e., walking back and forth to get the framing I want. Light meter reading. Then dealing with the reversed optics of the look-down box camera. It is fun though, to switch it up, change the pace and the dynamics. Just one click though, hope I caught it.

 

It’s a long but enjoyable ride to the south end of Skyline Drive. Unless you really like slow cruising I would suggest picking which third of Skyline Drive you’d like include in your trip and leave the rest. I drop off the mountain and into Waynesboro. Finding Mad Anthony’s coffee shop for a late breakfast. I overhear that it’s around noon. The Italian Roast coffee is good, in fact, it would prove to be the best coffee of the trip.

 

One of the pleasures of traveling by motorcycle is that it’s an easy conversation starter. People ask you where your coming from, where you’re heading, ask about your bike, tell you’re about their bike or the one they wish they had. One of the peculiarities of these conversations is that if the person even remotely knows of anyone that has died on a motorcycle, they will be sure to share this fact along with details. These stories usually involve a deer, a car pulling out, or someone taking a corner to fast. The conversation goes something like this:

 

Stranger“nice bike”

You“thanks”

Stranger“my cousin Bob had a friend that hit a deer and died on his bike”

 

Short silence.

 

You“yeah, deer are dangerous, got to be careful”

 

I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve held variations on this conversation many times. Luckily this isn’t the conversation I have with the owner of Mad Anthony’s. He’s a former sailboat instructor who now finds the same release and head clearing on his motorcycle that he used to get from his sailboat.

 

This brings to mind the same wave – don’t way dynamic that occurs between sail boaters and power boaters, very similar to the sportbike & HD crowd.

 

The proprietor is a coffee guru, we discuss roasting (my Italian roast was just roasted Wednesday this week). We talk about the good and the evil of Starbucks. We’re both in agreement that they over roast their regular coffee, but I think their foo foo drinks are tasty. He has in his shop both the Bodum press and the Bodum vacuum coffee pot that I got my mom for x-mas. A shameless plug here, the Bodum vacuum coffee pot makes the best home coffee ever. It’s also an entertaining crowd pleaser, no joke.

 

Leaving Waynesboro the plan was 340 northward to 33, then into Harrisonburg, VA (home of the Valley Mall and JMU). 340 proved to be boring so I jumped on 256, Port Republic Road, for a better ride to Harrisonburg. I don’t know if the coffee wore off or if I was just worn out. I pull over at Westover Park, pick out a spot of grass, and take a good nap in the sun.

 

I had my motorcycle bug handed down to me by my step-dad. My kindergarten year of school we moved right at the end of the school year. Rather than switch schools at this inopportune time my Dad stuck me on the back of his Honda and rode me to school and back again for the last month or two. Even earlier than that I have a great photo of me in 1973-4 sitting on his chopper with him. Me in a diaper and him with his long hippy hair. The wild side of the Reverend indeed.

 

Refreshed from my nap it’s back on 33 westbound. Heading out of the Shenandoah Valley and Rockingham County is more glorious twisty roads and the George Washington National Forest. GW is a beautiful tree canopy lined road with a river off to one side. Franklin, WV is the destination, a return to the Star Hotel.

 

I stayed at the Star a few years prior when they first re-opened the historic Star Hotel. The owner, Steve Miller, is a great guy, friendly and conversational. I told him I’d be back again, but it’s been a few more years than I thought. Late lunch at the Star is pesto grilled chicken on ciabatta bread with roasted red peppers. Not the type of fare one might associate with West Virginia, but people have misperceptions about everywhere. Steve promises a prime rib later at dinner tonight to die for.

 

So that there is no misunderstanding, in as much as the Sleepy Hollow Hotel was a dive, the Star Hotel is a dream.

 

Dump the gear in the room back on the bike for some roaming around. I head back to explore a river road I passed on the way in, Rock Gap. It’s a gravel affair and I follow it back a little ways. Photo some river shots. Down further there is a large cliff face with some college aged kids de-gearing after a day of climbing. I’ll try to stop back in tomorrow and shoot some climbing action, as well as some fly fishing.

 

I pick up a bottle of Barefoot Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, and drop it off with Steve at the Star to keep for later. I’ll enjoy that bottle later tonight from the 3rd floor front porch. South out of town I head, into some very secondary roads. I shoot an old decrepit cabin that would be right up Bobby Sargent’s alley. I put it in the metal folder for a possible future model shoot location, along with the river spots I’ve seen.

 

There are a couple more stops on this little ride. Once for what appears to be a feral chicken, and then for middle of the road stare down with a young doe. She’s camera shy though and is off before I can get a shot. Sportbike probably isn’t the best conveyance for nature photography. The pavement stops and gravel begins, I motor on. Rick & I once spent a full day just about on gravel roads, crisscrossing the back country around Cumberland, MD. So I’m comfortable with the less than ideal riding surface. A few miles on the road dead ends at a pair of chicken houses (source of the feral chicken’s ancestors perhaps?) and I turn around and survey the valley I’ve just ridden through. I have to stop the bike and soak in the scene. A picturesque farm is nestled in the corner of the valley, up against the hills. I meet some inquisitive cows, along with the farmer and his wife.

 

It seems that when you are in WV and you pass a sign that says “snow removal ends here” that the already suspect road conditions are going to quickly deteriorate and will soon resemble somewhat more of a logging road. I motor on through some back country, no houses, no farms, just mountains, steep roadside cliffs, and wicked gravel switchback curves. The part that gives you the willies are the downhill corners where the road grade is slanted to the outside of the curve and to the drop below. Yikes!

 

I creep along where a four wheeler would be much more functional. Although I still hit it a bit in the straights. Pavement arrives again and I’m unsure of my exact location. I follow the chicken farmers directions and soon discover myself back in Brandywine, intersecting the same stretch of 33 I rode on my way into Franklin.

 

Back at the Star Hotel it’s a shower and fresh clothes before heading down for dinner. Downstairs I find the prime rib to be as good as promised.

 

Entry Five

 

How beautifully staged is this. Barefoot on the 3rd floor patio, wine to ease the back and the ache in the knee.

 

205 miles today, the last 30 after check in, just to explore.

  

Sunday

 

Entry Six

 

Out early in the morning. I find no climbers at Rock Gap, unsure of the hours they keep. Out of Franklin on 33 west, looking for another squiggly line I had seen on a map. Bland Hill Road name is a misnomer. A single lane country road winding through German Valley. I got a few shots of German Valley from the 33 overlook before turning on Bland Hill. Now I find myself in the same location I had shot from above.

 

The road cuts through some open pasture land and I meet some cows standing in the road after rounding one bend. They’re pleasant enough, if in no particular hurry to cross, and don’t mind posing for a shot or two before meandering on. People talk about the danger of hitting a deer, a cow would really ruin your day! Off of Bland Hill and on down into the valley. I come up on the rock formation I had seen from the overlook previously. It’s not Seneca Rocks, but a formation of the same ilk. I get some more photos, then onto German Valley Road. I’m still staying at the Star, there is no real destination today. It’s relaxing to stop as much as I like.

 

German Valley Road puts me back on 33 west and not long after I’m ordering breakfast at the Valley View Restaurant. Dale Borgeson warns of places that advertise home cooking, but that’s about all you see in these parts. There are a fair number of cars here and that’s usually a good since the food will be alright. Hell, even the Army could make a good breakfast. It all works out and it’s a hell of a deal, $4 for toast, two eggs, hash browns, bacon, and coffee.

 

From 33 I hit 28 and turn off on Smoke Hole Road, just because it’s there and looks interesting. Boy, what a find it is. Combining the curvy one lane country road with nice wide smooth pavement (gravel free in the corners). It’s great. Smoke Hole Road turns out to run from 28 across the Seneca Rocks National Forest to 220 on the other side. Going west-to-east it starts out all curves and hills, then ends by winding along the south branch of the Potomac. There are lots of fly fishermen here enjoying the catch-and-release section of the river.

 

Up 220 to Petersburg, I run into some Ducati guys at the gas station. We swap riding info and I’m soon on 42 north towards Mayville. Hanging a left when I see a sign for Dolly Sods. I’m back on secondary roads and I soon pass another prophetic ‘no snow removal’ signs. It’s gravel the rest of the way up the mountain til it breaks out on top at Dolly Sod.

 

I’m real happy with today’s roads, as both Smoke Hole Road and Dolly Sods were unplanned ‘discovered adventures’. I do some rock scrabbling at Dolly Sod and enjoy the cliff top views. A fellow tourist snaps a shot for me an I hike out well past the distance that the casual tourist and families go. Shot some more shots of the rock formations with both the digital and film camera. Do some more self-portraits. I then sit down to relax in the sun with the cliff side breeze steadily blowing and update this journal.

  

Entry Seven

 

Well, fellow traveler, if you’ve made it this far I am duly impressed. I thank you for your perseverance. The rest of the day was spent riding without incident. Just more fantastic roads. You don’t have to be an explore on par with Lewis & Clark to find great rides in West Virginia. Just be curious in nature and unafraid to leave the beaten path. Drop off the numbered roads and take the route less traveled. Soon you’ll be in your own undiscovered country. Blah blah blah.

 

Out of Dolly Sod and I find myself on 32. Rough calculations put the dirt road travel around 25 miles for the day. While we are on stats, here’s today’s animal road count:

 

1 rooster

1 dead fox

2 cows

8 chipmunks

7 alive

1 dead

3 dead possums

1 squirrel

1 dead blob (undistinguishable)

No fearsome deer

1 dog

 

I guided myself today by a rather non-descript map put out by mountainhighlands.com

 

Leaving Dolly Sod on 32 puts me in Dry Fork and back on familiar 33 west to Elkins. I cruise around Elkins on the off chance I’ll run into a guy I know named Dallas. Now all you need to know about Dallas is the following:

 

I don’t know his last name

I once gave him a hair cut with dog grooming clippers

I know he works at a bike shop making choppers

 

You figure the odds of me finding him, near zero.

 

If your curious it wasn’t the first time I cut hair, albeit the first time using dog shears. In Korea I cut in the latrine for $2 a cut or for a 6 pack. Everything was barter in the Army. We had a cook that would make you a great custom birthday cake for a case of beer or feed you food out of the back of the chow hall at 3am when you staggered in drunk from the ville for the promise of a future round to be bought. Korea stories could fill another journal.

 

Anyway, out of Elkins and south to Beverly. Scott, if your reading this you were on my mind as I went through town, never forgive, never forget.

 

So far I’ve only tried to write about the positive food experiences of the trip without throwing anyplace under the bus. C&J in Beverly however, served only barely functional burgers and the vanilla shake was of the worst chemical prefab variety. There are some things that I am stuck on, good vanilla ice cream is one. The others that I’m picky about are beer, whiskey, steak, cheese-steak, and coffee. It’s just so disappointing when something you usually enjoy turns out to be sub par.

 

After C&J it’s 250 east to 28, which heads back towards Seneca Rocks and Franklin. It’s a good haul through the Monongahela National Forest. A road of the scenic variety, with good twisties up the mountain and through the scenery. These type road have become quite a common occurrence here in WV. Back in Seneca Rocks and 33 east into Franklin. I never shoot Seneca Rocks, the light is never right, number one can tell you how I get about my light.

 

The Star’s restaurant is closed on Sunday, dagger, so I shower and head into Franklin by foot. About Franklin, WV. It’s a nice little town, quiet and sleepy. No bars other than the VFW that I could see. Everybody I’ve met and spoken too has be pleasant, friendly and conversational, both here in Franklin and elsewhere in WV. I’m sure there are a variety of characters much as anywhere, this is just my observation from the tourist level.

 

Following last night precedent I grab another vino from the Shell station. The Star being closed is a dilemma; I’m in need of a cork screw (having borrowed the restaurants the night before). I wander back down to the hotel, wine in hand, and past the hotel just a bit til I meet an old man sitting out front. I explain my situation, wine without access, and he says he’ll sell me a corkscrew. He goes in the house, shortly to return with the necessary implement in hand. I figure I have it for $3-4 or maybe rent it for a one time use for $1. That proves unnecessary however, he says just to take it, and keep it for any future need.

 

The sole booking for the hotel tonight, I’m like a wraith as I glide through the halls. On the front porch with my bottle of vino in hand. I have some cheap cigars I also picked up and there’s nothing to do but kick back and watch the sunset.

 

It’s been a great trip. Somewhat lonesome at times. The lack of someone to talk to surely let to the length of this journal. It was a trip to getaway, to reflect. There was no great revelation or anything, just time to get to know yourself. The road gives you time to think. I know who I am and I like being me. I know what’s missing.

 

I’m resolved to take more bike trips in the future. It’s definitely my preferred way to travel and vacation. Motorcycling is the way to go.

 

Tomorrow I have my route generally planned out, more scenic byways for a winding route home.

 

Miles today, 240.

 

Monday

 

Entry Seven

 

Just a short postscript. 20 miles east of Washington DC, on 66, the chain popped off the bike. It’s never easy.

           

5x7 ambrotype on dollar store picture frame glass

To catch the light my gladiolis sit atop the mantlepiece. A welcome splash of colour.

The Shot

 

This is another picture from my June day trip to London. This is the new roof over the concourse of Kings Cross mainline station in North London.

 

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

 

The HDR was created using Photmatix and additional enhancements in Topaz adjust and adjustment layers in Photoshop.

 

Full details of the processing together with before and after images are on my Blog

see Edwin Jones Photography Blog

 

For Galleries, Prints and Licences see Edwin Jones Photography

 

Fiera di Senigaglia

a Roma c'è Porta Portese, a Genova via Prè, a Napoli Forcella e a Milano Sinigaglia: mercatini dei robivecchi, pieni di odori, colori e personaggi affascinanti che sciorinano per terra o sulle bancarelle la loro mercanzia: mobili vecchiotti, libri consunti, cornici, porcellane, vetri, argenti, gioiellini e giocattoli dei nonni.

(Fair Senigaglia

in Rome there Portaportese in Genoa via Pré , Naples and Milan Fork Sinigaglia : Markets of junk , full of smells, colors and fascinating characters that rattle off the ground or stands their wares : furniture rather old , worn books , picture frames , porcelain, glass , silver, jewels and toys their grandparents.)

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"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

– Dr. Seuss

 

“Sometimes moments in life are so perfect you want to freeze frame them; capture them within your soul forever so they never fade away—they burn themselves into your being until they’re a part of who you are.”

― Cassandra Giovanni

 

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The Dubai Frame [the winning design conceived by Fernando Donis] is created out of glass, steel, aluminum, and reinforced concrete. It is built to resemble a huge gilded picture frame, through which landmarks representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can view older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karama. Wikipedia

 

The structure is too slender to serve any practical purpose, per se; it does not house office space or hotel rooms. Rather, it’s intended as an Eiffel Tower-esque monument to symbolize the city.

 

Entrance to the attraction is through an “immersive” gallery of smells, projections and mist effects to illustrate the city’s history, while exit is via what is described as a “vortex tunnel.”

 

“The idea is to create an illusion of time travel through a warp vortex and arriving into the city 50 years ahead,” reads an official description. National Post

 

As of 2018, the architect and the Municipality of Dubai were engaged in a legal dispute over ownership of the copyright for the building which is a void of 150m by 105m.

 

The Frame opened in January 2018.

  

From my recent travel archive

For this weeks challenge I was trying to frame a shot of St. John's harbour with the nice curved railings of a parking garage. Off I went, climbed 8 floors of stairs, and I did it. I took off my glasses to have a view but none of the pictures 'spoke' to me. Then I see it. Yes, cliche and predictable, but looking at my glasses sitting on the railing, I loved the reflection. A little wonky and a little dirty (I totally forget to clean my glasses) but there it is, the harbour, Signal Hill, the narrows, a boat, a few buildings, and a big blue sky. What else could a girl ask for?

  

Every Week is a New Challenge - Framed

Since we tourists were packed in so tightly, it felt hard to breathe, let alone walk and aim a camera ; -) So I aimed upward at one of the most amazing stained glass structures that I could have imagined.

 

This is the Upper Chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, built in 1248, which was reserved for the king and royal family. Others used the Lower Chapel shown in the previous picture (Please click right). Fifteen magnificent stained glass windows are framed in very narrow pointed arch frames. Each window is over 50 feet high (15m)! Over 1000 religious scenes are portrayed in the windows. Unfortunately, restoration scaffolding, and tourist mob prevented a more complete picture of this Gothic marvel. I can only imagine the awe a person in the Middle Ages must have felt in such a grand building!

Fiera di Senigaglia

a Roma c'è Porta Portese, a Genova via Prè, a Napoli Forcella e a Milano Sinigaglia: mercatini dei robivecchi, pieni di odori, colori e personaggi affascinanti che sciorinano per terra o sulle bancarelle la loro mercanzia: mobili vecchiotti, libri consunti, cornici, porcellane, vetri, argenti, gioiellini e giocattoli dei nonni.

(Fair Senigaglia

in Rome there Portaportese in Genoa via Pré , Naples and Milan Fork Sinigaglia : Markets of junk , full of smells, colors and fascinating characters that rattle off the ground or stands their wares : furniture rather old , worn books , picture frames , porcelain, glass , silver, jewels and toys their grandparents.)

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My first filter by Flickr uploading...

  

Polaroid SLR 680

Manual Focus

Impossible Project Color frame film

No flash

Slightly Darkened

 

Sherbrooke street's Tiffany window diorama, Montreal

 

Shot through Glass

  

Album Cover for Jazz Band ALGO

Fiera di Senigaglia

a Roma c'è Porta Portese, a Genova via Prè, a Napoli Forcella e a Milano Sinigaglia: mercatini dei robivecchi, pieni di odori, colori e personaggi affascinanti che sciorinano per terra o sulle bancarelle la loro mercanzia: mobili vecchiotti, libri consunti, cornici, porcellane, vetri, argenti, gioiellini e giocattoli dei nonni.

(Fair Senigaglia

in Rome there Portaportese in Genoa via Pré , Naples and Milan Fork Sinigaglia : Markets of junk , full of smells, colors and fascinating characters that rattle off the ground or stands their wares : furniture rather old , worn books , picture frames , porcelain, glass , silver, jewels and toys their grandparents.)

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this picture was taken in one of the beautiful vacation morning, i really miss those days =( . i was chatting with Danah and Norah we were having a lot of fun walla , soo much ta7sheeesh hatheek alayam , wlla shraikom ^_*

Nourah , we miss you ya aldobaaa >< o bsm allh 3leek mn albad mood <3 .

 

and this is my own small world XD. Usually, i don't like to show my personal stuff to the world specially my room I think it have it's awn privacy, but i loove this picture so much, It's remained me of many great things, so i upload it ^^

 

*The picture without edit except the frame =)

 

To Make Your Own Color Photo from the Original Glass Plate Negative, use this file: www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/prok.01114/

 

Prokudin-Gorskiĭ, Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich, 1863-1944, photographer.

 

View of the monastery from Svetlitsa [Island, Saint Nil Stolbenskii Monastery, Lake Seliger]

 

[1910]

 

1 negative (3 frames) : glass, b&w, three-color separation ; 24 x 9 cm.

 

Notes:

Forms part of: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection (Library of Congress).

 

Subjects:

Monasteries.

Domes.

Bridges.

Lakes & ponds.

Russia (Federation)--Seliger, Lake.

Russia (Federation)--Volga River Region.

 

Format: Glass negatives.

Color separation negatives.

 

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication. For additional information on commercial use, see "Prokudin-Gorskii...," lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/res/237_prok.html

 

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

 

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/prokc.21114

 

Call Number: LC-P87- 6040-2

  

Friday

Entry One

 

Flew out of work, the fleet flight of Friday before a holiday weekend. Everyone cracks a smile upon stepping out of the concrete and glass coffin of the corporate work week. The motorcycle is quickly gassed and loaded, I leave Washington DC at three-thirty, vowing not to check the time for the rest of the adventure. Adventure, the American adventure of the open road is what I seek. The road, my cameras, and escape.

 

Right turn off of 15th St. NW and I’m motoring past the Washington Monument and the White House. Harleys and clones are already lining the Mall for the annual Memorial remembrance that is Rolling Thunder. I’m soon over the bridge and on I-66 west. I plan on avoiding major highways when at all possible. Preferring scenic byways to drab highways. 66 is a necessary evil to flee the DC metro area as quickly as possible. At the start, 66 is a good quick run, for awhile anyway. Loads of Rolling Thunder riders are heading in 66 eastbound.

 

I keep the ubiquitous two fingers down to the side salute to fellow bikers out for extended stretches of time. In my experience, HD guys return the acknowledgement about 30-40% of the time. No big deal, some animosity exist though between different bike cultures. Motor-ism two-wheel stereotypes. However with the Rolling Thunder guys there is a noticeable increase in response, perhaps due to no longer just one biker acknowledging another, but a patriotic sharing of support and remembrance for those left behind, POW-MIA.

 

Traffic worsens further out 66 and I come up on a full HD dresser. Screaming Eagle back patch worked in with POW-MIA covers his vest and is topped by a “Run for the Wall” patch. I keep back a pace and we adopt the natural offset positioning of multiple riders.

 

After some 66 backup, stop-and-go, we strike up a staccato conversation in the pauses of the traffic flow. Where you been, where you going, see the rain coming? I tell him I’m headed out to the mountains, Skyline Drive and West Virginia. He says he’s just in from there recently, was in DC for Rolling Thunder for the day and will be coming back in on Sunday again. His license plate is obscured by luggage, so I’m unsure of his port of origin.

 

Later on we part ways and my thoughts turn. Of my parents friends only my step-dad was drafted for Vietnam. Luckily, for us, he only went as far as Ft. Hood, TX, and came back with some good stories about army life and venturing into Mexico (at least the ones he’s shared with me). I think about all the life he’s lived since then, all his experiences and joys. Thinking about what all those who didn’t return gave up, lost, when they didn’t come home. The loss felt by those who loved them, families that have a name on the Wall.

 

Rain is sprinkling before Manassas. Enough to cool you off but not enough to get you worried yet, at least for a bit. Whooooo. Then come the big drops. I head off the ramp to gear up with the rain paraphernalia under the gas station pavilion. Finally get it all on and get strapped back up and out pops the sun and the rain stops. Too funny. Now I have wet clothes on under the raingear. Rain gear now keeping the wind out that would dry me. I motor on as more rain is promised on the horizon.

 

This brings up a point about rain. People always ask, “What do you do when it rains and your on the motorcycle”. I reply simply, “I get wet”. Duh. Rain riding has never bothered me. On the straight highways it’s no big deal. Just give more cushion to the cars in front of you. Drive like grandma on the exit ramps.

 

My turning point is finally reached. Off of 66 west and onto 647, Crest Hill Rd. at The Plains, VA. Crest Hill Road is my first slice of motorcycle heaven to be had this weekend. I’m delighted to find that the squiggly line I traced out on the map when planning this trip has translated so well in reality. The road is still wet from the passing rain clouds, and I give a small rabbit and then a chipmunk a near death experience. My first of many animal crossings this weekend. The road is fantastic. A mixture of hilltop road and tree lined canopies that create forest tunnels. Speed limit is 45mph, 55-60 feels comfortable on most parts. Keeping an eye out for a hilltop barn to photograph that I’ve seen in my minds eye, lit by the sun breaking through the clouds and backed by the mountain vista. No luck on any of the barns actual placement to fit the mental picture I have framed.

 

Crest Hill Road and Fodderstack Rd is a long stretch. I take shots of a church and other buildings along Zachary Taylor Highway. Fodderstack gives more of the same as Crest Hill, just a narrower road. The asphalt is of my favorite variety, freshly laid. Washington, VA is a tiny town of historic bed and breakfasts. Local wineries appear to be an attraction here too. Right after Washington the rain returns while I’m in route to Sperryville. Then it really starts to come down, a full on summer thunderstorm. Visibility is down. Road and parking lots soon resemble rivers. Rain drops of the monster variety explode on the pavement, and you know it hurts when they hit you.

 

I quick soaking circuit of Sperryville confirms there are no local hotels. I duck into a barn shaped restaurant to wait it out. My drenched gear takes on bar stool and I occupy another. There’s a few flying pigs about. The bartender get me a hefeweizen, and recommends the angus burger. Locally raised and grass fed, we exchange jokes about my passing the burgers relatives on the way in.

 

Don’t freak about the beer. I have a one only rule when riding. It was followed by a meal (best burger of the weekend!), several coffees, and this bar top journal entry.

 

Somewhere along Crest Hill road I decided to keep the cell off for the weekend. In addition no tv, newspapers, internet, or e-mail sound like a good idea. Of course I now am studiously avoid eye contact with the two beautiful plasma’s above the bar.

 

Entry Two

 

Hazel River Inn, Culpepper, VA, has the coolest street side seating in town.

 

The downpour let up at the Shady Farms bar in Sperryville and due to the deficiency in local lodging I quiz the bartender for options. Over the other side of the mountain, the opposite side of Skyline Dr via 211 is Luray with lots of motels, but I want to save the mountain for the morning. The waitress suggest Culpepper, there being a Holiday Inn etc.

 

Stepping outside the sun has broke through the clouds again. Enough for some shots of Shady Farms Restaurant and a bridge. Heading down 522, the Sperryville Pike, I keep an eye out for photo ops to catch the next morning as I’ll be rerouting back through. Following the mantra of Dale Borgeson about tour riding in the US, I aim to avoid large chain establishments, whether they are restaurants or hotels, and explore the mom-and-pop local variety businesses. I have a dive-ish roadside motel in mind, Culpepper comes through with the Sleepy Hollow Hotel.

 

Before check in I ride through downtown historic Culpepper. It’s a cool place. The Shady Farm bartender had recommended the Culpepper Thai restaurant. I see it but don’t visit, still full from the meal earlier. Cameron Street Coffee looks like a great place, located in an old warehouse. Unfortunately their closed for the night.

 

Shower and changed, room 102 at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel. I hop back on the bike, refreshed and dry and ride through the warm night air back downtown. The coffee at the Hazel River Inn comes with a sweet fudge confection on the side. The peach and blackberry cobbler with vanilla sauce is divine.

 

The reconfigured plan for this getaway is to shed. Shed worries about the job, career, housing, and relationships. My motorcycle is therapeutic. It’s 600cc’s of Zoloft on two wheels. The road lifts my spirits. This wasn’t supposed to be a solo run, and there are stretches of road where I feel the emptiness behind me.

 

The cobbler is finished and I can hear the sound of a band doing their sound check. The banging of the drum requires investigation.

 

Entry Three

 

I found Brown Bag Special in the cellar pub of the same restaurant I was in. On my way to the door the noise of the sound check floated up the stairs and directed my feet downward. Brown Bag Special opened the set, appropriately enough, with “I drink alone”. The ol’ man, Big Money, would have loved it. Drink alone started off a Big Money Blues trifecta to include “The Breeze” and “Mustang Sally”. Then they made the mistake a lot of bands make that have a great lead guitar player. They let him sing. The lead guitarist karaoke sucked his way through a Tom Petty hit. He was so off key in his singing it made you appreciate the guitar solo’s all the more for the relief they provided. Thankfully the regular singer soon resumed his duties and the night went on. More good stuff from the band.

 

Freebird

Folsom Prison Blues

Cheap Sun Glasses

 

“can’t you see, can’t you see, what that woman, what she’s done to me”

 

Off to bed now at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel with the ghost and shades of dead hookers and overdoses past.

 

150 miles today.

  

Saturday

 

Entry Four

 

Morning breaks on the Sleepy Hollow Hotel, a hot shower and I’m back on the bike. A quick stop downtown to shoot the Hazel Inn, then it’s back on the Sperryville Pike. More stops to capture some sights seen yesterday. Mr. & Mrs. Pump. The open mouth caricatures are an accurate representation of the current gas cost and the pumps eating your wallet.

 

I keep telling my daughter that her first car, college car, will be a hybrid. She thinks they are ugly. The bike isn’t so bad, averaging around 40mpg. At about 180 miles on the tripometer I start to look for a refill, although I’ve pushed it to 211 miles before.

 

A quick left in Sperryville on 211 and up into the mountain, Blue Ridge Mountains and Skyline Drive. Heading up the mountain I get the first bite of the twisties I’ve been craving. The $10 fee at the gate to Skyline Drive is well worth the price. Great scenery and fantastic views. The only drawback is the 35mph speed limit that is well enforced by the park rangers.

 

I shoot some self-portraits at Pollock Knob overlook. They’re funny in that with all the scrambling and hurrying to be the camera timer, then trying to effect a relaxed pose. I’ve also broke out my old friend this trip, the Lubitel 166, a medium format, 120mm film, twin lens camera. I’m like Jay-Z with this camera, I have to get it in one take. There is no digital review after the click for instant gratification. As a fellow photographer it’s “Point, Push, and Pray”. I’ll be interested to see the results. Not that I’ve left digital behind. Carrying both cameras, I’m an analog/digital double threat.

 

After the self-portraits and some dead tree shots I’m about to pack back on the bike and leave when I meet the preacher and his wife. He offers to shoot me with my camera and I return the favor with theirs. Conversation flows and in a ‘small world’ moment it turns out that he works for same Hazel family that owns the restaurant I was at last night for his Monday thru Friday job. I get a friendly “God bless” and I’m heading south on Skyline Drive. I make several more stops and break out the cameras again at Big Meadow.

 

There is a gnarly dead tree in the middle of the meadow. It has burn damage at the base, either the result of some wild fire or perhaps a controlled burn done to maintain the field. I spot and shoot a few deer, they probably won’t turn out as they’re to far away for my lens on the D100. I shoot a bunch of shots of the tree with the D100 and then totally switch processes with the Lubitel. The picture setup with the Lubitel takes about a minute-and-a-half. Manual zoom, i.e., walking back and forth to get the framing I want. Light meter reading. Then dealing with the reversed optics of the look-down box camera. It is fun though, to switch it up, change the pace and the dynamics. Just one click though, hope I caught it.

 

It’s a long but enjoyable ride to the south end of Skyline Drive. Unless you really like slow cruising I would suggest picking which third of Skyline Drive you’d like include in your trip and leave the rest. I drop off the mountain and into Waynesboro. Finding Mad Anthony’s coffee shop for a late breakfast. I overhear that it’s around noon. The Italian Roast coffee is good, in fact, it would prove to be the best coffee of the trip.

 

One of the pleasures of traveling by motorcycle is that it’s an easy conversation starter. People ask you where your coming from, where you’re heading, ask about your bike, tell you’re about their bike or the one they wish they had. One of the peculiarities of these conversations is that if the person even remotely knows of anyone that has died on a motorcycle, they will be sure to share this fact along with details. These stories usually involve a deer, a car pulling out, or someone taking a corner to fast. The conversation goes something like this:

 

Stranger“nice bike”

You“thanks”

Stranger“my cousin Bob had a friend that hit a deer and died on his bike”

 

Short silence.

 

You“yeah, deer are dangerous, got to be careful”

 

I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve held variations on this conversation many times. Luckily this isn’t the conversation I have with the owner of Mad Anthony’s. He’s a former sailboat instructor who now finds the same release and head clearing on his motorcycle that he used to get from his sailboat.

 

This brings to mind the same wave – don’t way dynamic that occurs between sail boaters and power boaters, very similar to the sportbike & HD crowd.

 

The proprietor is a coffee guru, we discuss roasting (my Italian roast was just roasted Wednesday this week). We talk about the good and the evil of Starbucks. We’re both in agreement that they over roast their regular coffee, but I think their foo foo drinks are tasty. He has in his shop both the Bodum press and the Bodum vacuum coffee pot that I got my mom for x-mas. A shameless plug here, the Bodum vacuum coffee pot makes the best home coffee ever. It’s also an entertaining crowd pleaser, no joke.

 

Leaving Waynesboro the plan was 340 northward to 33, then into Harrisonburg, VA (home of the Valley Mall and JMU). 340 proved to be boring so I jumped on 256, Port Republic Road, for a better ride to Harrisonburg. I don’t know if the coffee wore off or if I was just worn out. I pull over at Westover Park, pick out a spot of grass, and take a good nap in the sun.

 

I had my motorcycle bug handed down to me by my step-dad. My kindergarten year of school we moved right at the end of the school year. Rather than switch schools at this inopportune time my Dad stuck me on the back of his Honda and rode me to school and back again for the last month or two. Even earlier than that I have a great photo of me in 1973-4 sitting on his chopper with him. Me in a diaper and him with his long hippy hair. The wild side of the Reverend indeed.

 

Refreshed from my nap it’s back on 33 westbound. Heading out of the Shenandoah Valley and Rockingham County is more glorious twisty roads and the George Washington National Forest. GW is a beautiful tree canopy lined road with a river off to one side. Franklin, WV is the destination, a return to the Star Hotel.

 

I stayed at the Star a few years prior when they first re-opened the historic Star Hotel. The owner, Steve Miller, is a great guy, friendly and conversational. I told him I’d be back again, but it’s been a few more years than I thought. Late lunch at the Star is pesto grilled chicken on ciabatta bread with roasted red peppers. Not the type of fare one might associate with West Virginia, but people have misperceptions about everywhere. Steve promises a prime rib later at dinner tonight to die for.

 

So that there is no misunderstanding, in as much as the Sleepy Hollow Hotel was a dive, the Star Hotel is a dream.

 

Dump the gear in the room back on the bike for some roaming around. I head back to explore a river road I passed on the way in, Rock Gap. It’s a gravel affair and I follow it back a little ways. Photo some river shots. Down further there is a large cliff face with some college aged kids de-gearing after a day of climbing. I’ll try to stop back in tomorrow and shoot some climbing action, as well as some fly fishing.

 

I pick up a bottle of Barefoot Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, and drop it off with Steve at the Star to keep for later. I’ll enjoy that bottle later tonight from the 3rd floor front porch. South out of town I head, into some very secondary roads. I shoot an old decrepit cabin that would be right up Bobby Sargent’s alley. I put it in the metal folder for a possible future model shoot location, along with the river spots I’ve seen.

 

There are a couple more stops on this little ride. Once for what appears to be a feral chicken, and then for middle of the road stare down with a young doe. She’s camera shy though and is off before I can get a shot. Sportbike probably isn’t the best conveyance for nature photography. The pavement stops and gravel begins, I motor on. Rick & I once spent a full day just about on gravel roads, crisscrossing the back country around Cumberland, MD. So I’m comfortable with the less than ideal riding surface. A few miles on the road dead ends at a pair of chicken houses (source of the feral chicken’s ancestors perhaps?) and I turn around and survey the valley I’ve just ridden through. I have to stop the bike and soak in the scene. A picturesque farm is nestled in the corner of the valley, up against the hills. I meet some inquisitive cows, along with the farmer and his wife.

 

It seems that when you are in WV and you pass a sign that says “snow removal ends here” that the already suspect road conditions are going to quickly deteriorate and will soon resemble somewhat more of a logging road. I motor on through some back country, no houses, no farms, just mountains, steep roadside cliffs, and wicked gravel switchback curves. The part that gives you the willies are the downhill corners where the road grade is slanted to the outside of the curve and to the drop below. Yikes!

 

I creep along where a four wheeler would be much more functional. Although I still hit it a bit in the straights. Pavement arrives again and I’m unsure of my exact location. I follow the chicken farmers directions and soon discover myself back in Brandywine, intersecting the same stretch of 33 I rode on my way into Franklin.

 

Back at the Star Hotel it’s a shower and fresh clothes before heading down for dinner. Downstairs I find the prime rib to be as good as promised.

 

Entry Five

 

How beautifully staged is this. Barefoot on the 3rd floor patio, wine to ease the back and the ache in the knee.

 

205 miles today, the last 30 after check in, just to explore.

  

Sunday

 

Entry Six

 

Out early in the morning. I find no climbers at Rock Gap, unsure of the hours they keep. Out of Franklin on 33 west, looking for another squiggly line I had seen on a map. Bland Hill Road name is a misnomer. A single lane country road winding through German Valley. I got a few shots of German Valley from the 33 overlook before turning on Bland Hill. Now I find myself in the same location I had shot from above.

 

The road cuts through some open pasture land and I meet some cows standing in the road after rounding one bend. They’re pleasant enough, if in no particular hurry to cross, and don’t mind posing for a shot or two before meandering on. People talk about the danger of hitting a deer, a cow would really ruin your day! Off of Bland Hill and on down into the valley. I come up on the rock formation I had seen from the overlook previously. It’s not Seneca Rocks, but a formation of the same ilk. I get some more photos, then onto German Valley Road. I’m still staying at the Star, there is no real destination today. It’s relaxing to stop as much as I like.

 

German Valley Road puts me back on 33 west and not long after I’m ordering breakfast at the Valley View Restaurant. Dale Borgeson warns of places that advertise home cooking, but that’s about all you see in these parts. There are a fair number of cars here and that’s usually a good since the food will be alright. Hell, even the Army could make a good breakfast. It all works out and it’s a hell of a deal, $4 for toast, two eggs, hash browns, bacon, and coffee.

 

From 33 I hit 28 and turn off on Smoke Hole Road, just because it’s there and looks interesting. Boy, what a find it is. Combining the curvy one lane country road with nice wide smooth pavement (gravel free in the corners). It’s great. Smoke Hole Road turns out to run from 28 across the Seneca Rocks National Forest to 220 on the other side. Going west-to-east it starts out all curves and hills, then ends by winding along the south branch of the Potomac. There are lots of fly fishermen here enjoying the catch-and-release section of the river.

 

Up 220 to Petersburg, I run into some Ducati guys at the gas station. We swap riding info and I’m soon on 42 north towards Mayville. Hanging a left when I see a sign for Dolly Sods. I’m back on secondary roads and I soon pass another prophetic ‘no snow removal’ signs. It’s gravel the rest of the way up the mountain til it breaks out on top at Dolly Sod.

 

I’m real happy with today’s roads, as both Smoke Hole Road and Dolly Sods were unplanned ‘discovered adventures’. I do some rock scrabbling at Dolly Sod and enjoy the cliff top views. A fellow tourist snaps a shot for me an I hike out well past the distance that the casual tourist and families go. Shot some more shots of the rock formations with both the digital and film camera. Do some more self-portraits. I then sit down to relax in the sun with the cliff side breeze steadily blowing and update this journal.

  

Entry Seven

 

Well, fellow traveler, if you’ve made it this far I am duly impressed. I thank you for your perseverance. The rest of the day was spent riding without incident. Just more fantastic roads. You don’t have to be an explore on par with Lewis & Clark to find great rides in West Virginia. Just be curious in nature and unafraid to leave the beaten path. Drop off the numbered roads and take the route less traveled. Soon you’ll be in your own undiscovered country. Blah blah blah.

 

Out of Dolly Sod and I find myself on 32. Rough calculations put the dirt road travel around 25 miles for the day. While we are on stats, here’s today’s animal road count:

 

1 rooster

1 dead fox

2 cows

8 chipmunks

7 alive

1 dead

3 dead possums

1 squirrel

1 dead blob (undistinguishable)

No fearsome deer

1 dog

 

I guided myself today by a rather non-descript map put out by mountainhighlands.com

 

Leaving Dolly Sod on 32 puts me in Dry Fork and back on familiar 33 west to Elkins. I cruise around Elkins on the off chance I’ll run into a guy I know named Dallas. Now all you need to know about Dallas is the following:

 

I don’t know his last name

I once gave him a hair cut with dog grooming clippers

I know he works at a bike shop making choppers

 

You figure the odds of me finding him, near zero.

 

If your curious it wasn’t the first time I cut hair, albeit the first time using dog shears. In Korea I cut in the latrine for $2 a cut or for a 6 pack. Everything was barter in the Army. We had a cook that would make you a great custom birthday cake for a case of beer or feed you food out of the back of the chow hall at 3am when you staggered in drunk from the ville for the promise of a future round to be bought. Korea stories could fill another journal.

 

Anyway, out of Elkins and south to Beverly. Scott, if your reading this you were on my mind as I went through town, never forgive, never forget.

 

So far I’ve only tried to write about the positive food experiences of the trip without throwing anyplace under the bus. C&J in Beverly however, served only barely functional burgers and the vanilla shake was of the worst chemical prefab variety. There are some things that I am stuck on, good vanilla ice cream is one. The others that I’m picky about are beer, whiskey, steak, cheese-steak, and coffee. It’s just so disappointing when something you usually enjoy turns out to be sub par.

 

After C&J it’s 250 east to 28, which heads back towards Seneca Rocks and Franklin. It’s a good haul through the Monongahela National Forest. A road of the scenic variety, with good twisties up the mountain and through the scenery. These type road have become quite a common occurrence here in WV. Back in Seneca Rocks and 33 east into Franklin. I never shoot Seneca Rocks, the light is never right, number one can tell you how I get about my light.

 

The Star’s restaurant is closed on Sunday, dagger, so I shower and head into Franklin by foot. About Franklin, WV. It’s a nice little town, quiet and sleepy. No bars other than the VFW that I could see. Everybody I’ve met and spoken too has be pleasant, friendly and conversational, both here in Franklin and elsewhere in WV. I’m sure there are a variety of characters much as anywhere, this is just my observation from the tourist level.

 

Following last night precedent I grab another vino from the Shell station. The Star being closed is a dilemma; I’m in need of a cork screw (having borrowed the restaurants the night before). I wander back down to the hotel, wine in hand, and past the hotel just a bit til I meet an old man sitting out front. I explain my situation, wine without access, and he says he’ll sell me a corkscrew. He goes in the house, shortly to return with the necessary implement in hand. I figure I have it for $3-4 or maybe rent it for a one time use for $1. That proves unnecessary however, he says just to take it, and keep it for any future need.

 

The sole booking for the hotel tonight, I’m like a wraith as I glide through the halls. On the front porch with my bottle of vino in hand. I have some cheap cigars I also picked up and there’s nothing to do but kick back and watch the sunset.

 

It’s been a great trip. Somewhat lonesome at times. The lack of someone to talk to surely let to the length of this journal. It was a trip to getaway, to reflect. There was no great revelation or anything, just time to get to know yourself. The road gives you time to think. I know who I am and I like being me. I know what’s missing.

 

I’m resolved to take more bike trips in the future. It’s definitely my preferred way to travel and vacation. Motorcycling is the way to go.

 

Tomorrow I have my route generally planned out, more scenic byways for a winding route home.

 

Miles today, 240.

 

Monday

 

Entry Seven

 

Just a short postscript. 20 miles east of Washington DC, on 66, the chain popped off the bike. It’s never easy.

           

My friend... I'm going to say admiring the artwork, although I'm not sure admiration was the overriding sentiment really here. Don't think as maths and engineering students that we really fitted in that well with the collection of people in bright clothes with coloured glasses that seemed more at home there!

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