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2011-07-09 05:53 pm

Updating continues

Updated Bashful Dragon:

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2011-07-09 03:55 pm

Updating pics

Very slowly updating the pics of the dragons on www.urbandragons.com

Baseball Dragon (draco americanus)

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2011-07-09 11:06 am

The Call of Cthulhu

thank goodness for Caller ID.

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2011-04-30 08:23 pm

Little River canyon - drive to Alabama

Drove over to Alabama to visit Little River Canyon - a National Reserver and a scenic drive there.

260 miles round trip, about 8 hours on the bike all told, with one stop for lunch at a Huddle House in Rome.

Route taken on Google Maps

Proof I took the bike :):

Top of the Scenic Drive

Mushroom Rock
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2011-04-24 10:26 pm

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Wish I could show these to Mum, she would have liked the gardens.


Atlanta Botanical Gardens, a set on Flickr.

Visit today to the ATL

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2011-01-07 09:31 pm

New Sam Cheddar!

Tonight on Sam Cheddar, Sam & Magic face a malevolent mob of mutant muffins in “Have you seen the Muffins, man?”

(full series here)
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2011-01-03 06:16 pm

Starting the year

Started the first off at a friends where we had black-eyed peas and collard greens as is fitting for New Years Day, and some target shooting after lunch. Doug & Kelly got me a scope for my rifle and Doug sighted it in for me, was a great day.

Sunday I headed over to Amicalola Falls in the car and hiked the short trail to the falls.


Today we had off from work so I decided to add a new Huddle House to my map (#37) and get a bike ride in. Rode up to Helen and had lunch, then took a slightly longer way home - was about 38 when I set off, got up to the high 40s on the way back - the heated gloves worked a treat. I wasn't old til after I was off the bike and back inside at home. About 87 miles round trip, not bad.

The Huddle House in Helen wasn't bad, it just wasn't very good - food was ok, service was totally meh, overall the worst HH I've been to so far.


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2010-12-26 11:40 pm

Aquarium visit

I went to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta last week to see the Weeki Wachee Mermaids while they were in town. It was a good enough show, but it's definitely far better to see the mermaids in their native spring habitat down in Florida. I think I still prefer the aquarium in Tampa over Atlanta, possibly just due to the crowd difference, not sure.

One thing that irked me was that at Weeki Wachee, even before it was a state park, you could chat with a mermaid and take pictures with your own camera without being charged- at the GA Aquarium you couldn't take a picture near the mermaid they had out for people to visit with, not even of the sign stating they were in town - you had to pay for a picture. After paying $25 admission and $10 parking, I wasn't feeling all that charitable towards the Aquarium.

Anyways, some pics, not so great, but it was a decent time.





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2010-12-25 08:17 pm

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I bid thee all a good Christmas evening.

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2010-12-02 08:39 pm

Motorcycles & Madness

Winter has hit the North Georgia area, temps below freezing at night, high of 52 during the day. This makes motorcycle riding a bit chilly. Since my car is starting to act up a bit, I'd like to ride the bike into work as much as possible, so I've made some purchases to gear up for winter.

First I have a pair of Tourmaster heated gloves on their way to my cold hands - should get here tomorrow. Tonight I stopped by the sporting goods store and found a pair of insulated bib overalls that should keep my legs happy. The windshield should keep my chest comfy enough, I can always layer that up and I may end up buying a heated vest as well, but we'll see how it goes first.

I rode the bike down to FL for Thanksgiving, left home at 6am, hit downtown ATL near 7, figured I'd miss holiday rush that way - nope. Foolishly I opted not to get in the HOV lane when I first hit 85 and ran into a huge slowdown at I-20 and the exit to Turner Field - some sort of event at the stadium or something. Stop & Go traffic is a great deal of fun on a motorcycle especially in a drizzle. After I got past ATL it was a decent ride - straight down I75 for 300 miles - a bit boring but quick at least - the construction throughout south Georgia is mostly finished and traffic was fairly light, even stopping for gas twice and two rest stops to stretch my legs I made it the full 350 miles in about 6 hours - same time I take in the car really.

Visiting with the parents was a bit stressful, it happens. Bought a pair of floorboards for the bike from Dad and a set of cheap hard bags - I'll be going down at Christmas in the car and bring the hard bags home so I can paint them, etc. before I get em on the bike.

Ride home wasn't so hot - bit colder, no big deal, around 52 or so most of the way home. I hadn't noticed that I had neglected to take the bike off of reserve tank at the last fill up though and ran out of gas on the side of I75 5 miles south of the next exit. Fortunately I have roadside assistance through American Motorcyclist (Mako, strongly recommend this, I've had to use it twice and they were awesome, got towed once and gas this time) - that little glitch took an hour (bit chilly sitting there for an hour but no big deal), stopped for breakfast then headed on up the road. I got off the highway south of ATL to take the back roads around so I didn't have to deal with afternoon traffic through downtown on a Saturday afternoon, was able to go to a Huddle House (#36) that I hadn't been to yet and ride on some roads I hadn't been on so that was a win over all.

Here's a pic of the bike in FL with the new floorboards - they make a huge difference in comfort - I was surprised how much of a difference it is.

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2010-11-12 10:44 pm

Wandering and such

Thursday was Veteran's Day - I observed it by getting up early and riding across to Commerce to meet up with the Patriot Guard Riders to honor the veterans of Banks County at the ceremony at the middle school there. One of my friends is a PGR rider and a teacher at the school.

I was very impressed by the sincere admiration the kids at Banks County Middle School showed the veterans who had come to speak to the students, it was very touching.

It was a good day for a ride, a bit chilly on the way over (mid 40s) but it warmed up quickly into a gorgeous ride home, even managed to take a road I hadn't been on before which is always a bonus.

This weekend I may get across to Dalton to visit a historic cemetery there, havent fully decided yet.
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2010-03-06 09:51 pm

Euharlee Covered Bridge

Weather has started to seem spring like here in north Georgia - mid 50s again today and bright and sunny.   I decided to take a ride over to Euharlee to get a picture of the old covered bridge there to add to my collection - I've visited most of the historic covered bridges in Georgia now, mostly in the car (a couple of bridges are in seriously motorcycle unfriendly areas, the mud is still caked on my car from one).

Anyways, I started off about 11am and headed across GA 20 through Canton and over to Cartersville, past a very large Georgia Power plant and got to Euharlee, got some photos of the bridge then headed back towards home, stopping at the local pub and had a pint of Guinness and some food and warmed up a bit before heading back home.

Total ride was about 140 miles,  it was a bit chillier than the thermometer indicated but still a great ride.

Google Maps of my route

Hope y'all had a good Saturday.

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2010-02-16 12:02 am

Covered Bridges

Drove across to get pics of two more covered bridges here in NE Georgia today. Both were on slightly scary dirt/gravel side roads, one is on private land that I had to bypass a no trespassing sign for, not great photos, but 2 more green dots on the map.

Google Maps of all the bridges the GA DOT lists as well as one that they don't

Nearly got stuck in a seriously muddy road driving away from this one:

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2010-01-17 02:07 am

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Went for a drive up to NC/TN to see how the Great Smoky Mountains National Park looked in the winter. Drove up 441, got there around noon, here are some shots.

Full Gallery here

A not very successful attempt at long exposure:

Blue Ridge Mountains

Some Panoramas )
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2009-12-21 10:28 pm

On this solstice evening....

Now the frost has bitten
the winter snow will creep
in the shadows of the forest
the wood god now must sleep
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2009-12-13 02:49 pm

Winter Drive

A friend from work is moving into the area so I took him for a drive into the mountains and around the area.

Some photos.

Trahlyta Falls, Vogel State Park

Blood Mountain

Lake Trahlyta, Vogel State Park

Dedicated Fisherman - it was 38 outside.
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2009-11-27 07:11 pm

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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge & Historic Lighthouse:

Lighthouse & Keeper's Cottage

panorama )
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2009-11-21 10:37 pm

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

Today was supposed to be another rainy day so I wasn't planning on doing anything except go to the library to pick up some audio books for the drive down to Florida for Thanksgiving. Surprisingly the weatherman was wrong and it was a gorgeous sunny day so I took the bike instead.

Next to the library is the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame - it's a failed tourist attraction that was bought by the city when it failed as a private business. Admission is now free with a request for a donation, so I decided to stop by today and look at the cars.

NASCAR got its start in the area I live, with moonshiners souping up their cars to outrun the police way back during prohibition - they'd get together on Saturday nights to show off their customizations and stock car racing was born.

Bill Elliott who is apparently big in the NASCAR thing is from Dawsonville, so that's another tie to having this museum in town.

Anyways, some pics. Full Gallery

Bill Elliott's car he drove when he qualified for the first Winston Cup - a 1976 Ford Grand Torino:

More after the cut )
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2009-11-21 04:28 pm

This is what happens...

when geeks ride motorcycles:

What happens when geeks ride motorcycles. on Twitpic
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2009-11-13 11:00 pm

New site

I registered a new domain name today and put up the placeholder page.


Bikers For Global Warming - Ride 365!

(no I do not seriously endorse this, I just think it's a damned funny idea)