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Old 06-29-19, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
Snapped this cement mixer drum while on a ride a couple years ago.




Is it cheating if I already knew it was there? It's been there since about 1963, the truck it came from was headed to a job site in the country, he turned onto a gravel road from the highway at a blind intersection and ran right into a Township road grader. It twisted his truck like a pretzel and the loaded drum rolled into the deep ditch, he had to be cut out of the cab but survived. Over the years the ditch filled in and at one point only a very small patch of the drum about a foot square was visible. Several years ago they widened the highway and cut back the banks along the gravel road to improve visibility and opened the ditches back up which unburied the drum. It's only about 50 feet off a main highway but very few people now even know it's there much less the story behind it.

I was in grade school when this happened, the cement truck driver's daughter was in my class in school and they lived 2 blocks up the street from us. The Ready Mix he drove for was the same distance in the other direction from us. The body shop/towing company that pulled the remains of the truck in was between our house and the Ready Mix and another friend's Dad owned the body shop and was driving the tow truck. Yet another friend's Dad was the Chief of our volunteer fire dept. and helped cut him out. Ahhh, life in a REALLY small town.........
Why was the hole cut on the drum though?
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Old 06-29-19, 06:23 PM
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Why was the hole cut on the drum though?
There was an access cover there at one time, you can just make out the lighter color around the edge of the opening where it overlapped the drum. It looks like it was cut because the drum is dented in so the edges are wavy. Guessing somebody was curious about what was inside.
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Camouflage

Would have not found these if I was
driving my truck.
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Woohoo, dollars! 😁 I have a crazy streak of good luck going, on finding money & useable goods. Most recently, I found a Gerber lock-blade knife. I took a break off the road, and when I got back on the road, it was just sitting there, like it was expecting me to find it. 🤔 👍
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Old 07-01-19, 10:51 PM
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On my evening CC bike 2 ride I spotted this cool lowered 60s era Lincoln Continental with the suicide doors

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Old 07-02-19, 04:44 AM
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On my evening CC bike 2 ride I spotted this cool lowered 60s era Lincoln Continental with the suicide doors
Was your stem slammed to match?
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Makes me think I need a crew cut, lol. 🙄 Every summer, my uncle cut us boys' hair short, wether it needed it or not. 😲 They had no respect for decent people like the Stones or Beatles back then. 😁😉
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Old 07-02-19, 09:49 AM
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Just got back in from a ride and saw this at a tote the note car lot in the middle of nowhere.
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From my ride Sunday, War of the Worlds?

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Two days ago, the first one I've seen in the wild since moving from the midwest.
Just off the River Mountain Loop Trail near Boulder City, NV.
Shell was about 8" long. Maybe not a big deal for those who have lived a while in the southwest, but it was a very big deal for me!
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Old 07-02-19, 11:29 AM
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From my ride Sunday, War of the Worlds?

I think one of them is retiring and the others are toasting it.
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Old 07-04-19, 03:15 PM
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Rode up on two fawns in the tall grass along side the road today. They scurried, but then stopped to check me out. Here's one.
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Old 07-05-19, 02:25 AM
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I have no idea what the story is behind these, but I saw them on today's ride:



Me and a zebra:



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Argyle, WI. I hope Dave rode 81, and I admire his stamina if he did. Hella road.

I've seen at least 10 of those Sabres in different places. They are kind of the '67 Mustang of fighter jets. There's one just sitting next to an empty warehouse out in the middle of nowhere near NC 35 in very rural eastern NC. No idea why it's there.
Lots of those little parks have tanks- I don’t recall seeing parks with jets (I’d bet there’s one in a park for Lance Sijan around here)

There is a park around here with a HueyCobra - I think that thing is badass.
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I remember seeing the models of them at the hobby store as a kid:

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Saw this black snake on my July 4th ride. About 4' long. It was crossing the bike/multi use path. I stopped to watch it, and also to make sure no bike path warrior would come flying along and run over it. It's the first live one I've seen in a while (I see plenty of dead ones). They are non venoumous and help keep the rodent population under control, so they are good in my book.

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Looks like the owner was worried about someone coveting his bike:
One can spot a New Yorker abroad always by the snappy way he wears his clothes (H.Marx)
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Foundation for a 149mm S Gun, Monte Verena



A bit hard to see, but this is a hunting party looking at their quarry.
Rißbachtal, Eng, Karwendel, Bavaria/Austria



didn't expect to meet him there: a sligtly spooky Pantani sculpture at Passo dei Morti/Passo Esisichie, Valle Maira
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Photo taken from The Mynarski Lancaster Nose Art, accessed 5 July 2019, photographer not credited in the article.

Cheating a little: Not my photo, but the plane is correct, just the date (1989) and location (Calgary) aren't. Out on my regular ride on 1 July (on a C&V Tommasini) I heard the unmistakable note of Merlin aero-engines far over my right shoulder. It was this Lancaster bomber, out over Lake Ontario on its way home to the air museum at Hamilton Airport after an appearance in Toronto for Canada Day and too far away to photograph with my old flip-phone. It is a familiar sight and sound during the flying season here but I had never happened to have been on my bike before when it rumbled into view. One of only two flying specimens in the world, it is a composite of two individual aircraft, both built in Canada during the war. (As with the P-51 Mustang, the Packard Motor Company built the Merlin engines for Canadian Lancasters under license from Rolls-Royce, enabling the bombers to fly to England from the factory outside Toronto.) The midsection from a derelict combat veteran aircraft found in a farmer's field was grafted in to repair damage sustained during a landing accident in 1952. (The RCAF was by then desperate to convert every surplus Lanc they could find into anti-submarine aircraft with the discovery that the USSR Was Not Our Friend.) The repaired aircraft remained in RCAF maritime service out of Greenwood, Nova Scotia, until obsolescence overtook the fleet.

Restored to flying status again by the civilian museum, she is painted to commemorate V-RA "V-for-Vera", a Lancaster shot down over France in which a gunner, Andrew Mynarksi, was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. I won't do him the disrespect of trying to precis his story here. 60% of aircrew who took off on operations with RAF Bomber Command didn't come back.

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