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Old 10-27-20, 12:55 PM
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Crossing PA last month. For a couple of days, smoke all the way from western fires partially obscured the sun. The morning after I took this I could really smell it when I dropped down into a valley.


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Old 10-29-20, 09:29 PM
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Old 10-29-20, 09:36 PM
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Old 10-30-20, 10:24 PM
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Old 11-02-20, 06:51 AM
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From 2018. I rented a restored 1917 caboose for the night in Chester, MA. The bench cushion was surprisingly comfortable. No need for my mattress. The old station has been converted to a museum/event hall. Rental of the caboose comes with a key to the station to access the restrooms. Only woken up by three trains that night



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Old 11-02-20, 09:41 AM
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That's pretty neat. They used to have a caboose or two that you could rent for an evening lodging on the Katy Trail many years ago but I'm not sure if they're still available.
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Old 11-02-20, 12:25 PM
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That is a cool caboose. They have on in Durbin W.Va for rent. It is near the West Fork Trail but I think you need to take the train to it for sleeping/eating.
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Old 11-02-20, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
That is a cool caboose.
The caboose was $60/night. A bit pricey for one (it can sleep up to 12), but the only legal camping close by was $40/night and right long U.S. 20, so I splurged. Nice to be inside on a chilly night when it looked like rain.

It's next to the main line of the Western Railroad, predecessor of the Boston & Albany (later, New York Central, Conrail and now CSXT), which crosses the Berkshire Mountains of Western Mass. It was the line that showed the doubters that railroad go cross mountains. A couple of miles to the west is a segment that includes several dry laid stone bridges, meaning they were built without mortar. Took a walk out of town to see a couple.
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This was the coolest unusual lodging I've ever stayed at on a bike trip, the Blue Nose fire lookout near Shoup ID. Not a caboose but the same cozy feel and this one was free! Here's an artistic exterior photo of Blue Nose. Not mine and probably copyrighted so I'll just post the link ...

https://piasano.files.wordpress.com/...enosetower.jpg

My interior and observation deck snapshots ...




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Old 11-02-20, 08:17 PM
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I gotta say, the caboose is neat, but a fire tower, wow. That must have really been something else.
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Old 11-03-20, 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by djb View Post
I gotta say, the caboose is neat, but a fire tower, wow. That must have really been something else.
In the US there are many available for rent:

https://www.myfrugalhome.com/places-...lookout-tower/
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
In the US there are many available for rent:

https://www.myfrugalhome.com/places-...lookout-tower/
none near here unfortunately, but super cool eh?
When I waa a kid we used to hike up to a ridge where there waa one, and I longed to be able to climb up it!
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The caboose was $60/night. A bit pricey for one (it can sleep up to 12), but the only legal camping close by was $40/night and right long U.S. 20, so I splurged. Nice to be inside on a chilly night when it looked like rain.

It's next to the main line of the Western Railroad, predecessor of the Boston & Albany (later, New York Central, Conrail and now CSXT), which crosses the Berkshire Mountains of Western Mass. It was the line that showed the doubters that railroad go cross mountains. A couple of miles to the west is a segment that includes several dry laid stone bridges, meaning they were built without mortar. Took a walk out of town to see a couple.
Thats a decent price. The train I was speaking of, was not Durbin but the Cass Scenic RR. The RR takes you to the caboose at the top of the mountain. Don't remember the cost but sleeps 4-6 if memory serves (and often it does not
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Old 11-09-20, 09:21 PM
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I thought this was a neat picture (the situation not the photography). This was a tour that went by Lassen National Park in California about 6 years ago. California had a pretty bad fire season that year, but not nearly as bad as this year's season. The amazing thing is that this cabin survived in the middle of a burned out forest. The fire had burned through the area about a month earlier. There are a couple of things that could explain this. If you look at the trees on the ridge behind the cabin, the needles are burned off the Ponderosa Pine trees. This indicates the fire was crowning, burning in the tops of the trees at a high intensity.

The trees around the cabin were killed by heat but the needles are still intact indicating the fire was burning on the ground at a lower intensity when it went by the cabin. Also the cabin owner could have established a "defensible space" by thinning the trees on their property preventing the fire from spreading from crown to crown. The metal roof helped and there may also have been a fire crew with an engine working the area , and a lot of luck.


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The Louvre Museum, France



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What's going on? The Emergency Medical Technician is running interference for the ambulance on this narrow 2-way street.

Pierrelatte, south eastern France



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A photo bomb that I could not pass up




The Surly LHT can handle anything you throw at it.



It is also pretty stable, and so was my wife. She was riding behind me when she took this picture.


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Old 12-22-20, 06:12 PM
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A fire tower! What a view! Thanks for posting the pictures - giving me some motivation to try and get a bike trip in once the weather gets a little nicer
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That's a funny juxtaposition
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yes Doug, its a neat shot.
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Misty rain-- The Netherlands
Great picture!
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Summer camping.
A pleasant campsite at the end of a short 60km overnight trip.
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This is one of my wife's photos. Posted with her reluctant permission. We are in the middle of a challenging editing session, and all kinds of things pop up

Netherlands Oops, Berlin

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