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Rambling and riding, Manhattan sighting, sails, squirrels, deep sound waters

Old 09-26-10, 08:21 PM
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Rambling and riding, Manhattan sighting, sails, squirrels, deep sound waters



Even on a quasi-grim afternoon the Manhattan skyline rises in gray on gray sandwiching the green of City Island, Bronx, N.Y., and the gray waters of the sound, flecked with white sails tacking up and downwind.

I stuffed my D70 and a long lens in the camelback, and rolled out. Hills, fugly gray skies with an odd beauty.



Squirrels doing hard labor. New York state of mind kind of riding.



Getting the healing body parts used to being back in the saddle bit by bit. Windy for sure, but none of the overheated, sweating and puffing Summer road melt thing, today.



More pix and rambling and riding:

https://theoutsideinsideout.blogspot....reen-gray.html

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Originally Posted by rideorglide


Even on a quasi-grim afternoon the Manhattan skyline rises in gray on gray sandwiching the green of City Island, Bronx, N.Y., and the gray waters of the sound, flecked with white sails tacking up and downwind.

I stuffed my D70 and a long lens in the camelback, and rolled out. Hills, fugly gray skies with an odd beauty.



Squirrels doing hard labor. New York state of mind kind of riding.



Getting the healing body parts used to being back in the saddle bit by bit. Windy for sure, but none of the overheated, sweating and puffing Summer road melt thing, today.



More pix and rambling and riding:

https://theoutsideinsideout.blogspot....reen-gray.html
Hmmm, look at all that pollution......

Never thought of using the CB as a camera bag, I should try that, I have one, but it needs the bladder replaced, and when I started pricing them stuck it in a corner and left it. Might just consider recycling it as a camera bag, since I haven't used it as a hydration pack in a couple of years now, or I'll toss it. We have too much crap sitting around the house, and we may be moving to the country soon (I can't say more right now), so I am trying to split belongings into Move it, Sell It, Toss It. We've been going through our stuff, and if it's damaged or broken, it's being tossed, if we haven't used it in a while, it's getting sold or given away. Interestingly enough bicycle stuff is all in the move pile , camera stuff I'm not so sure, I'll probably dump the chemistries and take the film processing stuff with me and keep the film cameras, and toss the enlarger, trays and other stuff that I am unlikely to use again, I've been moving it around, unused since 1984, I think it's time to get rid of it.
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Hmmm, look at all that pollution......

Never thought of using the CB as a camera bag, I should try that, I have one, but it needs the bladder replaced, and when I started pricing them stuck it in a corner and left it. Might just consider recycling it as a camera bag, since I haven't used it as a hydration pack in a couple of years now, or I'll toss it. We have too much crap sitting around the house, and we may be moving to the country soon (I can't say more right now), so I am trying to split belongings into Move it, Sell It, Toss It. We've been going through our stuff, and if it's damaged or broken, it's being tossed, if we haven't used it in a while, it's getting sold or given away. Interestingly enough bicycle stuff is all in the move pile , camera stuff I'm not so sure, I'll probably dump the chemistries and take the film processing stuff with me and keep the film cameras, and toss the enlarger, trays and other stuff that I am unlikely to use again, I've been moving it around, unused since 1984, I think it's time to get rid of it.

I use it mostly to carry tools, stuff, and whatnot.

I never got over the inner mountainbiker that's lost without his CB.

I don't even use the bladders anymore unless a long ride -- bottles.
I got fed up with trying to keep the mold form growing int he bladders. A royal PITA. Especially for 2-3 people.

PS. What pollution?

You should see it in summer -- then you can see the brown air over Manhattan!

This was mostly just a gray day with a storm passing way offshore.
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you took those pics today? your a better man than me, way to friggin windy today
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No, I think it was Sunday the 26th -- wind was only 10-20 ENE.

Trees on Middleneck road make for a reasonably sheltered ride most of the way, unless the wind direction is WNW or ESE.

Meanwhile back in the wooded sections, there are some juicy racetracks:

This one has a speed bump right by the right turn, so arse off the saddle, and take the bump with the knees for continued spped down to the end, keep fling till it goes back uphill (beyond view of photo), U-turn and back downhill again, left turn onto Knoll, left onto Shorewood, right onto Greenwood, right onto Old House, then back onto Middleneck/Port Washington Blvd.

Great section of the ride. Beware of squirrels a-nutting.

Shephards Lane by PhilMcPhilly, on Flickr

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This is how I carry my long lenses on a bike:


In all seriousness and despite the fact that I haven't fallen off my bike in years, I'd be way too nervous to carry my camera in a backpack.
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I'm not sure I'd risk a nice Canon lens like that either.

The D-70 has hit the deck a couple of times. Walking, and other brain fart mistakes.
And 20,000 air travel miles easy. It's pretty darn rugged.

Cycling by Execution rocks. Haunted? not according to wikipedia, but who knows. Off limits to the public.

executionrocks_19#2 by PhilMcPhilly, on Flickr


Best seats in the house for lighthouse viewing ...

Roughhood_0021 by PhilMcPhilly, on Flickr

Meanwhile heading back into town, this is the spot to time the run for a green light at the bottom of the hill, as there's a large, steep upslope waiting on the other side.

TImingthelight by PhilMcPhilly, on Flickr

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Originally Posted by rideorglide
I'm not sure I'd risk a nice Canon lens like that either.

The D-70 has hit the deck a couple of times. Walking, and other brain fart mistakes.
And 20,000 air travel miles easy. It's pretty darn rugged.

Cycling by Execution rocks. Haunted? not according to wikipedia, but who knows. Off limits to the public.

executionrocks_19#2 by PhilMcPhilly, on Flickr


Best seats in the house for lighthouse viewing ...

Roughhood_0021 by PhilMcPhilly, on Flickr

Meanwhile heading back into town, this is the spot to time the run for a green light at the bottom of the hill, as there's a large, steep upslope waiting on the other side.

TImingthelight by PhilMcPhilly, on Flickr
Actually it looks like a good way to carry a lens, that's in a hard lens case. I have a Canon 70-300mm that fits perfectly in a case made for a late 1970's Konica Hexanon 135mm F/2.5 lens actually in it's shortest position you can put a spare battery on top. Lenses in the late 1940's through the early 1980's often came with hard cases, felt lined, they worked pretty well. Modern lenses either don't come with cases or come with soft cases, that will not really prevent damage.
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Eh, that Nikon of yours really washes out the sky. You should get it fixed.

Went to Yellowstone in August and brought every lens I owned... in a nice Kata backpack. IN a moment of total brainfart, I dropped my 70-200 out of the backpack and onto the parking lot. Cracked the lens hood ($30, bfd, but it still works fine so I'm not replacing it) and dinged the UV filter on the end (if I can't screw a polarizer on there, I'll be replacing that, so bigger deal) but the lens is in perfect condition. Go figure. Those things are tougher than they look.
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I specialize in fugly gray since I went digital.

I think this was back when I used a real camera, you know, film.

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