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Old 01-02-24, 12:47 PM
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Tomorrow morning. Teya is outside of Merida. In the early days there was a lot of infighting over the train, and the city said no. At Teya we catch a tram into the city. Into a new park built specifically to receive and send off train riders. Parque La Plancha. Recently finished. Neither of us has been. We plan to do the bike trails, have lunch, generally hang out until it’s time to head back. The cost is 22 pesos for seniors, around US1.35, at current exchange rates. The tram is another 5 or 6 pesos. An 11 minute ride to Teya and probably another 15 into the city. Excited!

Once it’s up and rolling at its full schedule, it will be a game changer for us, personally, and many others too, I ‘m sure.
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Old 01-02-24, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by LAJ
The road up to the lab is a fine one for intervals. Not much of a climb though. Neat view though!
I've run it a few times but for running it's too slow up and then too slow (pounding) down, at least for me. I go up around Lehigh. Bike is different.

A few times I've been running it and seen a guy doing intervals on the bike. Must be fun. Or "fun".
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Originally Posted by t2p


I was also into the P40 / flying tiger (or whatever) … and F4U Corsair with folding wings … and … and …
That paint job may be the one that got me into fighter planes as a kid.
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Originally Posted by t2p


I was also into the P40 / flying tiger (or whatever) … and F4U Corsair with folding wings … and … and …
F4U corsair is a beautiful machine. There is a museum near my house that has a fleet of WWII and WWI aircraft. All are airworthy and are routinely flying. I asked what it would take to fly one of them, was told I could fly the P-51 if I got checked out. That would be about 15k back in 2010. I then asked about the corsair. At the time, 2010, the only pilot allowed to fly the corsair was an 80 year old pilot who flew them in WWII. The cowling is so long visibility is non existent when landing. Also, the prop is so large on the aircraft if one were to fire wall the power it would flip you on your back. True on the ground and in the air.


The only WWII type rating I want is a B-25. My uncle flew those in WWII, and He and his plane and crew are still on a mountain in the Philippines. 1943
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I should add, I was a commercially rated pilot in 2010 with about 600 hours of flight time.
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Also add, I flew Navions in 2013. Have close to 1000 hours in those. Built by North American, which built the P-51. It shares the same wing with the P-51 and was originally designed to be a navy trainer and land on carriers. The contract fell through, and I don’t think they ever were used officially for carrier use.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Emergency 24 hour vet yesterday with “younger” dog (aged 12). Severe case of cellulitis in his foot, high fever, $1100 bucks for a blood test, vet visit, gabapentin and antibiotics. Happy new year to me.

It was a nice teachable moment for the girls though. They got to understand how expensive a dog could be and that they shouldn’t get one until they are in a position to drop a car payment on vet bills without it being an undue burden financially.
About what I spent on winter tires (installed) for the Mini this morning.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
About what I spent on winter tires (installed) for the Mini this morning.

I just use my “winter” tires all year. I guess they’re considered all weather (not all season) since they have the 3 peak rating
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Do you get a commission?
I should, shouldn't I. Maybe Mojo will take the case.

Originally Posted by MoAlpha

You ain't heard the sound of freedom until you've had a couple of A10s buzz by at mast height in the PAX River.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
F4U corsair is a beautiful machine. There is a museum near my house that has a fleet of WWII and WWI aircraft. All are airworthy and are routinely flying. I asked what it would take to fly one of them, was told I could fly the P-51 if I got checked out. That would be about 15k back in 2010. I then asked about the corsair. At the time, 2010, the only pilot allowed to fly the corsair was an 80 year old pilot who flew them in WWII. The cowling is so long visibility is non existent when landing. Also, the prop is so large on the aircraft if one were to fire wall the power it would flip you on your back. True on the ground and in the air.


The only WWII type rating I want is a B-25. My uncle flew those in WWII, and He and his plane and crew are still on a mountain in the Philippines. 1943
Sorry about your uncle, Bam. My dad flew the B-26, beginning in November 1944, He loved that plane, and hated to see them all scrapped after their work was over. That war followed him throughout his long life. He was 21 when he flew his first mission. And 92 when he flew his last.
I believe there is an intact B-26 in the museum near Dulles Airport. Might be the museum you speak of.

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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Sorry about your uncle, Bam. My dad flew the B-26, beginning in November 1944, He loved that plane, and hated to see them all scrapped after their work was over. That war followed him throughout his long life. He was 21 when he flew his first mission.
Mrs. GJ's uncle flew B17s, till he had one shot out from under him and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Until seeing the last line I was going to ask if that was Chautauqua above Boulder, but I guess that's why the angle looked slightly off.
I'm not sure exactly where I was, I didn't even realize NCAR was considered Boulder until looking at the map just now. I just went where my son suggested for easily accessible good views.

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Originally Posted by BillyD
I should, shouldn't I. Maybe Mojo will take the case.


A10s are beasts.
What's the case about?
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Originally Posted by LAJ
The road up to the lab is a fine one for intervals. Not much of a climb though. Neat view though!
I passed a couple guys climbing up to Gross Reservoir. I didn't envy them.
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One of my grandfathers was an Army Air Corps mechanic during WWII. In the Pacific. He wanted to be a pilot but his eyesight wasn't good enough.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Growing up, there were always A-10s flying around over Watertown at an altitude of a few hundred feet.
They hadn't been invented yet when I was growing up.
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They hadn't been invented yet when I was growing up.
What did they use back then? Catapults??
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Mrs. GJ's uncle flew B17s, till he had one shot out from under him and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp.
Dad was a mechanic assigned to B-17 gun turret maintenance. He was staying with us for a while in the 1990s, when the nearby Moffett Air Show was going on.

Me: Hey Dad, they have a B-17 at the Moffett Air Show. Want to go see it?
Dad: NO!

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Originally Posted by BillyD
I'm not sure exactly where I was, I didn't even realize NCAR was considered Boulder until looking at the map just now. I just went where my son suggested for easily accessible good views.
Yeah it's a great area. We're thinking of looking at houses in that neighborhood below it when it's time.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Sorry about your uncle, Bam. My dad flew the B-26, beginning in November 1944, He loved that plane, and hated to see them all scrapped after their work was over. That war followed him throughout his long life. He was 21 when he flew his first mission. And 92 when he flew his last.
I believe there is an intact B-26 in the museum near Dulles Airport. Might be the museum you speak of.
That war left some pretty awful scars on everyone. My grandfather was in the South Pacific driving landing craft full of Marines to the beach in many of the major engagements. He’d enlisted in the Coast Guard hoping to defend the coast here in the states.

He would never talk about it, not to my grandmother or my father or anyone else as far as I Know. I only learned about it from people that served with him. He was never injured, but I can only imagine the horrors he witnessed.
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Originally Posted by datlas
What did they use back then? Catapults??
They weren’t even invented yet
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dang, all the Colorado pics got me jonesin' to go ride out there! Road and trails, looks great.
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Originally Posted by datlas
What did they use back then? Catapults??
Yes, with oversized rubber bands.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
dang, all the Colorado pics got me jonesin' to go ride out there! Road and trails, looks great.
Me, too. I've had too many years away from those big CO mountains.

My favorite section might be Independence Pass from the Twin Gates side. A nice grade, with big views.

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