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[Most Recent Entries]
Below are the 15 most recent journal entries recorded in
Curves & Canyons' LiveJournal:
|Friday, May 11th, 2007|
C'était un rendez-vous set to Gwen Stefani's 4 In The Morn (Jaques Lu Cont remix)
|Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007|
|Saturday, October 28th, 2006|
Driving a portion of the Cascade Loop
I have not posted in a while, been busy moving up to WA state. I recently took the family out in the Mazda 6 to see what we could find. I snapped a few pics in the car and more up through the sunroof. It was difficult to get the right angle out of the sunroof, but I didn't like most of the in-cabin pics. This wasn't easy to do it the best sections, but it would definitely be possible to get better pics. I just wish I had a good cam mount for the car for movies.
We drove East on I90, North on US97 and West on US2. Highway 2 had some of the most technical driving, but most of the pictures are from Highway 97. North on 97 there is a wonderful downhill that affords you the opportunity to freewheel for quite a while, (Assuming there isn't some jackass in front of you riding their brakes.)( Tell me what you think of the pics under the cut.Collapse )
|Sunday, June 25th, 2006|
The Kank & Bear Notch Rd
Today I found myself leaving the Lake Winnipesaukee (New Hampshire) area around mid-morning, with no plans for the rest of the day other than to return home to Maine at some point. Taking a scenic route made sense. After glancing at a map, the answer was obvious - the Kancamagus Highway
. I hopped north on 93 to the western end so I could work my way back toward Maine to the east.( My driveCollapse )
Learned a little more about my car today. Power is great. Handling is good - stiff enough for the curves, but still soft enough to soak up the bumps. I just put a set of Kumho Ecsta SPT tires on the car, and for my kind of driving, I'm loving them. Didn't squeal them once, even on Bear Notch Rd. My brakes are the only real weak point. An upgrade to autox pads and racing fluid should fix that.
|Saturday, June 24th, 2006|
Here is a website I have been looking for for a while.
The website for LINES the Movie has some nice video of Oregon's canyons.
Click pic for link.
|Sunday, June 18th, 2006|
Dr. Gonzo and the Sausage Creature
to borrow a friend's overbored Ducati yesterday reminded another friend of Hunter S. Thompson's similar experience. Enjoy.
"There are some things nobody needs in this world, and a bright red, hunchback, warp-speed 900cc café racer is one of them -- but I want one anyway, and on some days I actually believe I need one.
"The Café Racer is a different breed, and we have our own situations. Pure speed in sixth gear on a 5,000-foot straightaway is one thing, but pure speed in third gear on a gravel-strewn downhill S-turn is quite another.
"The brain is such a wonderful instrument (until God sinks his teeth into it). Some people hear Tiny Tim singing when they go under, and others hear the song of the Sausage Creature.
"Of course. You want to cripple the bastard? Send him a 130-mph café racer. And include some license plates, so he'll think it's a streetbike. He's queer for anything fast.
"Some people will tell you that slow is good -- and it may be, on some days -- but I am here to tell you that fast is better. I've always believed this, in spite of the trouble it's caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba....
"I was too hysterical to shift gears, so I went the whole way in first at 40 miles an hour.
Whoops! What am I saying? Tall stories, ho, ho.... We are motorcycle people; we walk tall and we laugh at whatever's funny. We shit on the chests of the Weird....
|Friday, June 9th, 2006|
|Thursday, May 18th, 2006|
Be careful in your activities! never go 10/10ths on the road.
Hi all, tell me if you want one of those ego-padding intros from me LOLhttp://web.aanet.com.au/floody/StupidDriver.wmv
This was filmed (not by me) on one of my favorite roads, the Old Pacific Highway (Old Pac to the locals) which was bypassed by the F3 freeway some years ago. It runs from the northern part of Sydney to Gosford (Australia) before rejoining the freeway.
The guy in the MX5 was doing all the wrong things for a public road (But nothing different to what I normally do on that road LOL)
Old Pac: Google Earth:
|Wednesday, May 17th, 2006|
|Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006|
S-chassis cars at home in their natural environment.
The players: Me in my S14 (front), My old S13 is the camera car with my friend driving.
No, it wasn't a mad jdm touge battle or anything, just a fun cat and mouse run on a short downhill on a local road near here. Just checking to see how much dirt was on the road, and as you can see (especially on the hairpins) there is still a sizable amount. Spring rain should take it all away at any time now. :nonod: My friend is fairly new to aggressive driving, hence the funky shift points and somewhat unconfident driving. And me being like 50 cars ahead of him at the end, lol
My friend says this video didn't have enough dorifto, sorry guys.
Thanks to him for the video hosting, don't kill his bandwidth too much. http://www.spotabeeracing.com/Files/Video/touge.wmv
|Thursday, April 13th, 2006|
|Saturday, April 8th, 2006|
How to obtain/post good sat photos
A few of you asked how I got the overheads in my intro post, so here is a quick tutorial.
First off, I used Google Local, and put it on the "Hybrid" setting, (Which takes the satellite image and overlays a map.) If you know how to get the image just from that, good on you, but here are more detailed instructions.( Read more...Collapse )
Notice how I included the TN/NC border and a few highway junctions for reference.
BTW, you CAN use MSpaint for this if you want, it just isn't as easy. But it works. Make sure you save as a .jpg instead of a .bmp if you can.
I host my pics using TinyPic, (A relative of ImageBucket.)
Hope that helps...
|Friday, April 7th, 2006|
I thought I would make an introductory post to let y'all know a little more about me as well as my bio as a canyon driver/rider.( Cut for lengthCollapse )
By far, my favorite hillclimb on the motorcycle is the legendary South Grade Road, better known as Palomar.( Read more...Collapse )