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Old 12-27-08, 08:15 PM   #1
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Cold ride with lots of photos

Today's ride was very cold for this desert dweller. When I rolled out of my driveway it was 37 degrees and I was decked out in my new tights, skull cap, and winter gloves.

I got about 2 miles from my house and almost turned around. But I decided to go a little further, which turned into a little further, which turned into 32 miles which consisted of 50% streets and 50% MUP.

Here are some photos I took with my new camera:


This is the rattlesnake bridge, which crosses a major street into Downtown Tucson.


This is the inside of the snake bridge.


And the tail of the snake. There is a motion detector near the tail which triggers a rattle sound. Scared some drunk homeless guys pretty good.


The Davis Monthan Air Force bone yard is right next to the MUP. Anyone know what plane this is?


Yes that is snow on those Mountains surrounding Tucson.


This is the basket bridge which is supposed to look like a Native American basket.


The inside of the basket bridge.


And lastly Downtown Tucson

The cold weather isn't expected to last long, thank goodness. Should be in the low 70s on Monday.
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Old 12-27-08, 08:17 PM   #2
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Nice Pics. What camera is it?
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Old 12-27-08, 08:20 PM   #3
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Thanks! It is a Canon PowerShot SD1100 Digital Elph. It is very small and fits well in the back pocket of my jersey.
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Old 12-27-08, 08:37 PM   #4
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Neat place to ride... I think I would like it there in winter. But where are the icy patches? No fun without those! After a big thaw (60 deg.) yesterday, our MUP was mostly cleared out of snow and ice today and I managed my first ride in two weeks. It was 25 deg. with 15-20 mph steady wind and I actualy had a blast. Will get some pics of the fun if weather remains good tomorrow.

I love the combination of art and practicality with those bridges.
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Old 12-27-08, 08:58 PM   #5
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I love the combination of art and practicality with those bridges.
Ditto that!

Thanks for sharing the photos, and congratulations on the ride.
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The plane you asked about is an A-6 Intruder. See the Wikipedia entry for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-6_Intruder
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Can you walk around the bone yard. If so I must live there. I would be there all the time. I LOVE ariplanes
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Can you walk around the bone yard. If so I must live there. I would be there all the time. I LOVE ariplanes
You can't really walk around, in fact there was a sign saying to keep out, but there is a local museum called the Pima Air & Space Museum that has a bunch of various planes you can walk right up to. They also conduct tours of the bone yard. There are thousands of planes in the bone yard.

If you go to maps.google.com and search "Tucson Kolb and Escalante" it should take you to the corner of the bone yard and then you can check out all the planes from above.
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Blue skies, sunny conditions.. Can't be all that bad for those motivated by blue skies.. Base layers makes a huge difference. without the bulk , and easier for shedding as the day gets warmer... Great pics. thanks.
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Can you walk around the bone yard. If so I must live there. I would be there all the time. I LOVE ariplanes

That would be awesome to be able to run around that place! Unfortunatly there are to many collectors out there, everything would be stripped down.

Nice shots with the cam! And I sure wish it was 37 degrees here!
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The plane you asked about is an A-6 Intruder. See the Wikipedia entry for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-6_Intruder
Might be an EA-6B Prowler similar to the Intruder but fitted for electronic warfare. See the pod on the tail.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EA-6B_Prowler
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Might be an EA-6B Prowler similar to the Intruder but fitted for electronic warfare. See the pod on the tail.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EA-6B_Prowler
You are correct, EA-6B Prowler. The aircraft to the left appears to be a P-3 Orion.
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Yep, it's a Prowler, and it's a real good chance the next plane over is indeed an Orion. Kind of hard to be positive from the rear angle like that.

I know the electronic signatures of those two planes very very well being an old submarine Electronic Surveillance Measures guy.
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