Ayupmeducks

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  1. Ayupmeducks

    More from the cash cow motorist

    Brew, you can't really miss the scenery when it's laid out in front of you for miles ahead, so even with your eye's "glued" to the road, one can enjoy some of the worlds best countryside. Remember too, you should be well aware of your surroundings via the three mirrors, so technically, you are getting side and rear views while taking your eyes off the road. I spot things my wife rarely sees, ie we have to be aware of wildlife at the sides of the roads and over the fences, like deer, large birds like vultures and eagles that all can make a mess of your car/truck if they jump/fly out in front of you. Driving this side of the pond is a whole different ball game Brew. When I lived down under, we had to watch out for Roos and Wombats, Roos jump in front of you and wombats will wreck the underneath of your car. I-80 has a stretch that's nickname "the Highway to Heaven", because it stretches out ahead of you for miles and the horizon has a steep incline that looks like it's reaching up to the sky.
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    I can't say I've been bored driving the freeways over here, too much to take in, scenery, probably some of the best in the world. BUT, after driving 600 to 660 miles in one day I have been ready to pull into a Motel for the night. Truckers over here tend to space themselves out on freeways, some have governed engines locked by the computer at a max 65mph, so they get left behind, which can be a nuisance to other drivers on steep inclines, when one tries to pass another. There's a good video on Facebook of another trucker who got really peed off by two blocking the freeway on a steep grade, although I don't agree with his attitude, he did point out their stupidty by going up the right hard shoulder with his rig, then "brake testing" the inside trucker when he'd got passed him, making him go much slower, was probably on his CB too calling both Muth*# Effers.. I remember as a youngster going with Dad on Saturdays and seeing him getting sleepy on the M1 etc..Very boring roads. Nothing like the Rockies, plains and deserts here to keep your mind occupied on long journeys, plus the odd stupid driver giving you a laugh.
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    Most modern vehicles come into their own around 65-70mph, gear ratios and computer controlled engines older vehicles never had. From what I'm reliably informed, those very large V8 diesels used on heavy trucks perform exceptional well at 70mph, again from truckers, they average around 7mpg (US gallons) at 65-70mpg on freeway driving. a drop to 55mph takes them down to 5mpg (US galls) doesn't sound a lot, over 600 miles a day it's a hell of a lot, of course that cost is passed on to the customer, and then on to us, the consumer. Of course we are talking here of freeway/motorway driving, long fairly straight roads where you can set the cruise control and relax and let the computer judge the speed to fuel ratio's. Going back in motoring history, it was thought once you went over a certain speed "you'd" die, of course we laugh at such stupidity these days, most speed limits are imposed to produce revenue, take all those speed limits down and local government loses millions every year. How many accidents does Germany have on their Autobahn's?? And what are their speed limits?? I know the Germans police their Autobahn's rigidly, and so they should, doing something stupid at 100mph is deadly to others.
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    Most states allow semi trailers to drive at the same speed as four wheelers.
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    20 years back this year I took a trip up to the top part of Montana to look at some property, the day time speed limit was dropped at that time and the only requirement was you had to drive to the road conditions, ie snow, SLOW down and night time was 55mph. I found it odd driving 80mph on rural hwy's and seeing a hwy patrol car just sitting there, since then, Montana has imposed max speed limits again. But back then I think interstate speeds had been raised to 65mph. You have to be careful where you throw a u turn, most of the time you're not allowed at traffic lights or intersections unless there's a sign allowing it.
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    Ian, I don't think there are any 55mph freeways now, except approaching a city, usually it's 65mph and upwards, it's left to the states now, the feds removed the national 55mph speed limit years back. Our two lane rural hwy's are 55mph, four lane hwys, (2 one way, 2 the other) are rated at 65mph.
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    I-44 and I-40 replaced most of Route 66, there are sections still in place along it, lots of I-40 has speed limits from 75mph up to 80mph now, through New Mexico and Texas, this is becoming a worry as the Semi tyres are only rated to 70mph continuous duty, and they are experiencing steer tyre blow outs leading to dangerous accidents, there are calls to govern the top speed of Semi's to 65mph. Some trucking companies program their fleets to 65mph already. Drivers state, which is true, this will produce more accidents as four wheelers will take grave risks passing a "convoy" of slow semi's up steep grades. At the moment an 80,000lb semi won't slow down too much going up a steep grade when his hwy speed was 75mph to start with. Some states limit semi's to 65mph, "The Peoples Republik of Kalifornia" is one of those. Glad we escaped that commie state!!! LOL
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    Well so far I manage to get around without a scooter, mind I have a job getting out the truck when I stop, legs a bit wobbly for a few minutes...LOL
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    Mine goes to sleep, she's perfectly happy when I drive and give her a well earned rest. During the week she does a lot of driving, as she owns a business.
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    Life's experience

    How very true PP, same with a good workshop, I couldn't afford half the tools I have now, problem is, I don't have that much time left to wear them in... I've learned so much in the last 20 plus years, and still learning, I often wondered where I found the time to earn a living!!
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    The only thing I've been booked for, was a parking ticket some 40 years back, I refuse to fund government, local state or otherwise with unnecessary fees like fines, so I'm ultra careful, I used to have a radar detector on all the time I was driving, not to allow me to break speeding rules etc, but to make me watch the speedo when I'm approaching a speed trap. I have experienced emergency services using radar to slow traffic down and make drivers alert when approaching a bad accident on freeways over here.
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    Cruise control gets a little getting used to, easily over ridden by both accelerator and brake and just resume after the braking or accelerating. I only use mine on long straight sections of roads or freeways. I suffer with my back and on long journeys, when I did them, cruise control allowed me to stretch my legs often, which was a God send when the daily mileage was 600-650 miles in a day. I remember one holiday, we toured several states in the mid west, journey home was done in a relaxed state, three to four hundred miles a day, no cruise control and a hard bench seat. It was the most uncomfortable pick up truck I ever owned!! By the time I was almost back home in Sacramento my back and right leg was killing me. Next truck had a drivers "bucket seat" and far more comfortable, WITH cruise control, which I soon got used to. My wife can't get used to driving with cruise control, seems to over power her and she feels loss of control of the vehicle.
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    The Old Market Square

    I read Band of Brothers, which was made into the TV mini series, fair few photos in that, and Dick Winters book too. On Youtube you will find many videos by the survivors of "Easy" company, who relate their personal experiences, once again, all gone now. There's also a few reunions of that company, sadly the last couple were done by the sons and daughters of those brave men, in honour of their late Fathers.
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    If you set your cruise control for 5mph below the speed limit, the only time you need to watch your speedo is going down hill. You also get the best fuel consumption on long motorway drives.
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    The Old Market Square

    Major Dick Winters wrote a fairly good history of his company, E company, very modest man, and according to the men he commanded, a brave man who led from the front, highly respected. Sadly he passed away a couple of years back.
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    The Old Market Square

    I don't think the feller on the left was a paratrooper, two on the right are, even the junior officers up to majors wore the hat the two on the right are wearing, I wonder if the guy on the left was in the army airforce??
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    The Old Market Square

    GI's wore spats over their boots and over their pant bottoms, Para's on earning their jump wings had to tuck their pants into their boots, a "badge" of what they were. ALL of those fellers were volunteers, many, I'd hazard a guess, 35%-40% never returned, and probably buried in the US war cemeteries in various European countries.
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    The Old Market Square

    Those are American Paratroopers. Note the trousers tucked into the boots.
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    The Lost City.

    Stag had a factory in St Anns, I forget the location now, but that was the one my late Uncle worked at, sometime in the early 50's he and several other employees set off for Dunedin, New Zealand, to establish a factory there, where he stayed for the rest of his life.
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    First day of Spring

    Just back, I saw some Daffs sprouting around my Mulberry trees, also flags have a few inches of growth on them and the Honeysuckle hasn't died off this year.
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    First day of Spring

    We have thousands of Daffs on this land, many around what used to be the old house site, you can pick out where the paths had been. Many, probably started from seed spread by birds as far away as my south field 1/4 of a mile away. They usually start sprouting around mid Feb to late March, depending one whether we have had a hard winter or average winter. I'll take a look when I go feed my chooks to see if any are sprouting early, as it's been a very average winter so far. I was puzzled how they spread so far away, I thought maybe moles, but doing some researching, found they can propagate from seed, but take a couple of years before they flower, that would explain a lot, as some clumps only produce the shoots for a couple of years then follow up with masses of flowers in later years.
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    How's your day?

    We used to have a Blue Heeler when we lived in Australia, when she'd had a bath, first place she went was the back fence, dig a hole under it and head for the freshest, wettest largest cow pat and roll in it!
  23. Tower Records, that's a blast from the past, being based in Sacramento, they had a large store there, I see they went into liquidation this side of the pond years back. Back then there were a few record/cd/tape/VHS clubs that sold discounted recordings, so competition was fierce.
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    New Toys.

    Seems all my new toys mean that four letter word WORK!! My two latest acquisitions are an electric log splitter to make life easier splitting logs for the fire. And todays new toy arrived just after lunchtime. A generator big enough to run the whole house when we get a power failure. It runs off the power take off shaft of the tractor and is rated at 15KW's 16KW surge. We had a major ice storm go through here last January, and the only power we had for nearly a week was from a 5KW portable genny. Not anywhere near big enough to cope with our present power needs!
  25. Holy crap!! Santa don't exist???? I need a safe place now................