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Old 02-24-20, 10:01 AM
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We were riding on Assateague Island yesterday and found that the tide was around 26" below normal, so we decided to dismount and take a walk on the bayside beach. Here is a tree that is usually 15 to 20 feet from shore. I think it may be a choke cherry since cherries and cedars are predominate on the shore line. If you look closely you can see barnacles on the roots of the tree - most of them were alive, but tightly closed.


A great example of erosion. Trees don't grow in salt water.
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A great example of erosion. Trees don't grow in salt water.
Indeed. Many of the pines on the island are either dying or severely stressed as the water level rises and keeps their roots in salt water for extended periods.
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Although not exactly a raptor, this duck is still a bird. 😁 He or she actually has a nice shady spot. 😎 And for DD, a couple turtles. ✌️


This is at the West Wetlands Pond, in Yuma, Arizona (right close to the Colorado River). This town is way cooler than I thought it would be, and Iíve killed about a week here, without really trying to. 🙂
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Old 02-28-20, 04:30 PM
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This Jaguar XK120 has one of the most iconic front ends I've ever seen on an automobile. Mid-to-late `50s is the best I can do for dating it. But it suits this thread perfectly, don't you think?
That is actually an XK150, which indeed dates as you wrote. XK120 is late 40s, early 50s.

All lovely cars, thanks for posting.
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Old 02-28-20, 06:38 PM
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I didn't see anything flying today (i.e. no birds), unless you count the little white stuff....



although it doesn't look as impressive when you zoom back out to a normal view.
Nothing significant, but definitely a sign that spring hasn't made it to central Illinois just yet



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Old 02-28-20, 09:58 PM
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That is actually an XK150, which indeed dates as you wrote. XK120 is late 40s, early 50s.
All lovely cars, thanks for posting.
Wow. Thanks for clarifying that. From what I remember, from reading "The Last Open Road" series of books by Burt Levy, these Jags were actually capable of the speed their names claimed. So the XK150 was supposed to be capable of 150mph? From a ~200 hp, 3.4 litre inline 6? That's impressive! And yeah, William Lyons really had an eye for styling these cars. Way ahead of his time, I think.

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Thanks for posting this!

My first car was a 1955 Jaguar XK140. I was 15 when I found it abandoned in a parking lot in Virginia, and a friendly police officer helped me track down the owner who was in California. I contacted him and offered all the money I had - $50. He accepted and I towed it home where I worked on it night and day for most of a year. Finally got it running for my final years in high school.

I still dream about that car and my high school sweetheart, smiling beside me. It was 55 years ago. Sometimes I dream I got the car back. Sometimes I dream I got the girl back too.
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Wow. Thanks for clarifying that. From what I remember, from reading "The Last Open Road" series of books by Burt Levy, these Jags were actually capable of the speed their names claimed. So the XK150 was supposed to be capable of 150mph? From a ~200 hp, 3.4 litre inline 6? That's impressive! And yeah, William Lyons really had an eye for styling these cars. Way ahead of his time, I think.

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As I indicated in a prior post in this thread, I had a '55 Jaguar XK140 back in the late 60's. After I got it running, I took it out on the newly opened Route 66 in the Virginia countryside, and opened it up. As the speed increased, so did the noise. The tattered convertible top was crackling and thrashing, engine screaming and roaring road noise coming thru the floorboards. The speedo needle was bouncing off the peg at 140mph, but I think it was a malfunction. However, I think I exceeded 100mph and it felt like 500mph because the seat is only inches off the ground. Seeing that long, eager hood with bugeye headlights made me want to drive forever.
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
these Jags were actually capable of the speed their names claimed. So the XK150 was supposed to be capable of 150mph
reminds me of the XJ220, it only managed 217mph (atrociously slow!)
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I ride mostly in Lancaster Co. PA, and see a lot of "PA Dutch" country stuff .. '74 Motobecane Grand Jubilee (bought new) in front of a covered bridge during the 'Covered Bridge Classic' last August. You can just see an Amish buggy exiting the bridge. I did the 100K leg, sponsored by the Lancaster Bicycle Club. Great event!
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nice red paper towel holder on the (very dirty) bike lockers at work. just seems odd sitting there, maybe I will bring roll of towels in

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We did a 40 mile club ride out thru Westlake, CA yesterdsy, and stopped at Stonehaus to re-fuel. They have added this big painted bunny near the bike rack. I was told it's an art project and they are all over town, but thjs is the only one I saw.

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Eating lunch at the local grocery...

...but a couple pics along the route.



overlooking Red Bank. Lots of mean storms up north last night but just heavy rain here. Which it'll do again tomorrow.
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I rode down to Hastings, Minnesota on a Saturday night and found myself in the midst of a car show. There were the usual American Muscle Cars, a few Antique Classics, and some really rare (in USA) foreign classics parked all up-and-down the main street of Old Hastings.

The only reason I am posting this here is because I managed to photograph an image that captured the spirit of an era that we all hold dear, for whatever reason. This Jaguar XK120 has one of the most iconic front ends I've ever seen on an automobile. Mid-to-late `50s is the best I can do for dating it. But it suits this thread perfectly, don't you think?

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On a club ride this morning up the California coast, Ventura to Summerland, we passed by Carpentaria High School, and I was impressed by all the bikes in the bike rack. I don't know if our local H.S. even has a rack, but I see lots of Beemers in the parking lot.


My '64 Legnano, had since new. One of my favorite rides. After all these years, 4 Strava PRs today, 16+ mph average over 40 miles. No, I didn't ride it to high school.

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On a club ride this morning up the California coast, Ventura to Summerland, we passed by Carpentaria High School, and I was impressed by all the bikes in the bike rack. I don't know if our local H.S. even has a rack, but I see lots of Beemers in the parking lot.


My '64 Legnano, had since new. One of my favorite rides. After all these years, 4 Strava PRs today, 16+ mph average over 40 miles. No, I didn't ride it to high school.
In certain well heeled communities a Beemer is the new bike. Glad to see some kids still ride.
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Bluebird Day in Durango

Picture is from Baker's Bridge, which is about 13 miles north of Durango and is a locally famous movie location from Newman and Redford's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".

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OK, enough bird pics, letís show some love for the sheeple people, huh? 😁😉 Near Seeley, California.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Saw this out on the Fanno Creek Trail near my home.



Post your oddities seen out riding.
I finally found some teddy bears, in the teddy bear tree. 🤪😁😉 This is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just West of the Devilís Gorge bridge.
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^ You pedal that rig while wearing that backpack? Damn.
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^ You pedal that rig while wearing that backpack? Damn.
Itís nowhere near as bad as it looks, unless it rains & gets everything soaking wet. 🙄😉 Heavier stuff goes in the panniers, down parka & light clothing & food in the pack. 😎
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It’s nowhere near as bad as it looks, unless it rains & gets everything soaking wet. 🙄😉 Heavier stuff goes in the panniers, down parka & light clothing & food in the pack. 😎
I saw this guy on his way to Florida and it made me cringe just to look at him. I mean, even if the backpack is resting on the duffel...


Also saw two backpack riders years ago on the western approach to Monarch Pass (elevation 11,312 feet) and still haven't gotten over that.
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The Monarch pass is quite a huff! Its easier going over the Marshall Pass, more scenic and a lot less cars!
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