2,240 miles in 2.5 days

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by KillRamsey, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    We’ve got these bikes. Or rather, we had them until this weekend. They’re Dutch, they’re biiiig, they’re heavy, they haul kids and groceries like champs, and we loved them, until we moved to a very steep, hilly place. We grudgingly sold them on Craigslist, but could only find buyers in flat places without stores who sell such things… like Fort Collins Colorado and Rock Springs, Wyoming. Thus I found myself renting a minivan Friday morning at 8am, and driving 18 hours straight to deliver them both before turning around Saturday and Sunday to come right back. I was out of the house 57 hours, and was driving 36 of them. I don’t recommend it.

    But.. being alone in a car means I could pull over and snap a shot anytime I wanted, without sending it to the committee for review. I didn’t all that much, as the drive was already long enough, but I did find a few easy opportunities. I took the XT1 (duh), the Rokinon 12, the XF35, and the XC 50-230.

    Aim camera to the left, press shutter...
    30792265810_291bea1d23_b. KBRX4926 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    31016216532_0605c82a2f_b. KBRX4929 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    13 degrees F (-11C) in Wyoming.
    31045674551_0aa518587c_b. KBRX4939 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Happy recipient
    30792264900_d836e64376_c. KBRX4956 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Northern Colorado
    30792264450_e0f0df4b82_b. KBRX5011 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    31016214072_4f250c8d7a_b. KBRX5027 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Puled over to the shoulder in a nice, dark spot in Wyoming, before the moon came out. Got settings dialed in, rolled down right passenger window, propped camera on window sill, did 15 second exposure, got a little light bleed from cars but not too bad.
    30352605953_03d66ba485_b. KBRX5065 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Having a beer in a crap-tastic motel in Ogden, Utah
    31045672341_6d17f8bd91_b. KBRX5068 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Back in Oregon
    31045672301_5c47348dec_b. KBRX5086 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
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  2. Luke

    Luke FujiXspot Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 31, 2013
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    so now you buy really cool bikes for brutal hill climbing.....right?
  3. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    Absolutely. One is already figured out, and being picked up tomorrow. It's an electrified "bakfiets," or "box bike" in Dutch, similar to what we just sold, except that it's designed from Day 1 to be electric. Has a giant motor and battery, smooth electronics, big disc brakes, etc. So we can haul tons of stuff with that. 'Taint cheap, but it's meant to be a car replacement, and it's able to handle the hills here. Second bike is still being figured out. Off-the-shelf options are mostly lacking in one way or another for what I need to do with it... haul a kid on a trail-a-bike. Same idea as what we did on the Pitt-DC trip, really. That bike had some design issues as well. Looking like I might add a kit onto a simple, cheap 80's mountain bike. They're all steel, no shocks, big tires, stone-axe simple, and ubiquitous for around $80 on CL. We shall see...
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  4. Britanica

    Britanica FujiXspot Veteran

    Sep 22, 2016
    These look great! I really like the shot of the night sky. For some reason I never been able to take one that clear. I also love the shot of the rear-view mirror. Creative!
  5. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    The star shot was the rokinon 12, at f2, ISO3200, and 15 seconds. I was literally holding it still on the passenger side door sill with the window rolled down, because it was too cold to get out and tromp through the snow.