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Fall Riding

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by YamadudeXS650C, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I have mixed feelings about the fall season. Outdoor music festivals (my cocaine) have come to a close, and I start to go into withdrawal. Things are starting to turn brown, and the prospect of putting the bikes into storage is beginning to loom. Perhaps I still harbor gloomy emotional memories of returning to school after a fun summer; I hated most of high school.

    However, a long afternoon ride in the country reminded me, today, that the fall is my favorite season to ride. It was a balmy, breezy day, and the leaves were skittering across the road in front of the bike.

    In the town of Pompey, I stopped at a homestead on a quiet side road, where the landowner was out in his yard, tinkering with his mower. I asked if I could take a picture of my bike in front of his old silo and superb sumac. At first I thought his response was one of disbelief, but then he smiled, and mentioned that he had an old bike behind the house. Steve, he offered with with a handshake, noted that when his father bought the land in 1949, and it had a large barn attached, but it burned down the day they moved in. They never did discover the source of the fire.

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    He went on to say, proudly, that only a couple months ago, he found out that the small rooms in the basement of his early 1800's farmhouse were used in the Underground Railroad.

    In Delphi Falls, I stopped at a nicely maintained Meeting House that was built in 1815.

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    It had this historical marker;

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    I followed a county road that I had never been down before in the town of Elbridge, and just as I thought that the tarvia conditions were beginning to get too primitive for my old bike, I came upon these stone buildings.
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    Investigating to get the permission of the owner to take a few pictures, I discovered that he restored old bikes, and he had a cool RD400 to show me, along with many others.

    This was, in fact, one of the finest local rides I can remember taking.

    There was a moment when I thought, "O.K., if I die right now, it will be just fine."

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  2. Signal

    Signal XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Nice bike and write up.
     
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  3. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Another beautiful day tour with our ‘Dude - love it!

    I do have a question....the farm chap said that he had an old bike out back - did you get to see it and if so, what was it?

    Pete
     
  4. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Thank you Pete, and Signal.
    My error to not mention what the farmowner had. He said he had a '78 Suzuki750 or such. SImply didn't interest me.
    But Keith at UTD (I imagine Ken Hanson will know of him) had this RD400
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    and a Honda 550, amoung others, including an XT500.
    He seems to share an interest in vintage adverts, as I do. From his FB page:

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  5. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Also at UTD (United Two Design) is a conglomeration of crafters, designers, and fabricators (including a blacksmith).
    Keith's wife creates jewelry, and he does metal and wood fabrication.
    "Farmpunk coffee table":
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    [​IMG]this wall is covered with vintage helmets.

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  6. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Dude - you DO get around, don’t you!!
     
  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I failed to see this write up until just now! Another cool road trip! I love the back stories on people you meet along the way.
    Dude, your photography is getting better and better. Really outstanding photos and composition. You keep this up you can print your own calendars!
     
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  8. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    What sort of camera are you using Dude?

    As Mailman’s said, your photos are so nice and sharp - hard to imagine you are shooting them on a phone camera....
     
  9. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Thanks, tho actually I've always regarded MM's photos as being a quality that I am striving towards.
    My earlier photos were from a Canon ftb 35mm, which I used for longer than most folks,
    [​IMG] before moving to a digital, an Olympus camedia C-4000,

    upload_2017-10-16_21-3-8.jpeg but just recently have been using a pocket-sized Canon ELPH 190.

    upload_2017-10-16_21-4-49.jpeg so that I can just grab the thing when the occasion arises.
     
  10. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Well, that little camera is doing a really nice job!
     
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  11. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Took this one today standing on the hillside where my paternal grandfather is buried. Until maybe ten years ago there was a farmhouse in that area in the foreground. The little barn or shop is still there, sort of. The way out there is ten miles of winding road through this.

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  12. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    That's beautiful country. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  13. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    It always sucks being away from home in the fall.
     
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  14. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Wow! That almost doesn't look real the colors are so vivid!
     
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  15. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Saw this today. We kids used to throw M80s in this pond, back when they were like hand grenades.

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  16. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    So...YOURE the one!
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  17. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    It's a strong spring that comes out of the hill about 1/4 mi to the left and makes a little creek that flows into a dammed area. I never heard of it being stocked, but ppl around here will catch fish at a stocked lake and release them elsewhere, so decades later and nobody fishing it, who knows.
     
  18. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Yeah musta been him! Cause it sure wasn't me, honest.
     
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