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Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by NYC XYZ, Apr 16, 2006.



  1. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    "Eugene Miya" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    Edward Dolan wrote:
    >>>>Anyone can fly over anything. Don't be such a sissy. Why not trek across
    >>>>Antarctica on foot?
    >>> And I didn't?
    >>> Better think again. Not just flying.
    >>> All kinds of transport.

    >>
    >>There is no way this idiot trekked across Antarctica. If he had, he would
    >>do
    >>more than just mention it.

    >
    > You have a very limited, very media biased view of the Antarctic.


    I have read many books about Antarctica. That is why, like Scott, I know it
    is an awful place. But I do not have to go there to discover that first
    hand, unlike some idiots I know.

    By the way, some media reports on faraway places are better than others. I
    pretty much trust the National Geographic channel to report truthfully.
    [...]

    Get back to me if and when you trek across the continent of Anarctica.
    Anyone can fly down there and sit in a shack for a few weeks or months.

    You think Barrow, Alaska is a neat place? I would like to hear what you
    think is so neat about it.

    Regards,

    Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
    aka
    Saint Edward the Great - Order of the Perpetual Sorrows - Minnesota
     
  2. Eugene Miya

    Eugene Miya Guest

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Edward Dolan <[email protected]> wrote:
    >I have read many books about Antarctica. That is why, like Scott, I know it
    >is an awful place. But I do not have to go there to discover that first
    >hand, unlike some idiots I know.


    Are you declaring me to be an idiot?

    >By the way, some media reports on faraway places are better than others. I
    >pretty much trust the National Geographic channel to report truthfully.


    Oh, the NG is OK.

    >Get back to me if and when you trek across the continent of Anarctica.
    >Anyone can fly down there and sit in a shack for a few weeks or months.


    Oh, you are saying that I just sat in a shack?

    >You think Barrow, Alaska is a neat place? I would like to hear what you
    >think is so neat about it.


    As the Northern most US town, it has diural cycles unlike the lower 48.
    It's surrounded on most sides by water. A large number of birders go
    there which may be a good indicator of climate change. The physical
    environment has toughened prior generations, what this means for future
    generations is unknown and likely going to involve change and loss of
    some cultural knowledge. Homes are shacks scattered all over the place
    which contrasts to the Cartesian layout of some villages on
    the North Slope post pipeline. Floyd is correct in that it
    has a more diverse population that just the local indigenous people.
    But this does not mean that Floyd has succeeded in gaining full
    acceptance into their community. Floyd does have access in information
    not covered in the touristy guidebooks. He has travelled to other parts
    of his state. This last sentence can't be easily appreciated by
    lower-48ers because roads don't play a part in AK as they do in the
    lower 48. Yet there is substantial Internet penetration. The locals
    are fairly well educated and get around.

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  3. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    "Eugene Miya" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Edward Dolan <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>I have read many books about Antarctica. That is why, like Scott, I know
    >>it
    >>is an awful place. But I do not have to go there to discover that first
    >>hand, unlike some idiots I know.

    >
    > Are you declaring me to be an idiot?


    Only if you think Antarctica is a "neat place."

    I have read that the national flag of Antarctica, if it were a nation, would
    be composed of just two colors equally divided half and half. The top half
    would be just blue and the bottom half would be just white. That is because
    that is pretty much what most of Antarctica looks like. In short, NOT a neat
    place. The Amazon, anyone?

    >>By the way, some media reports on faraway places are better than others. I
    >>pretty much trust the National Geographic channel to report truthfully.

    >
    > Oh, the NG is OK.
    >
    >>Get back to me if and when you trek across the continent of Anarctica.
    >>Anyone can fly down there and sit in a shack for a few weeks or months.

    >
    > Oh, you are saying that I just sat in a shack?


    That is pretty much all that community of scientists do down there. None of
    them could survive a week if it weren't for various technological miracles.
    Ah, for the good old days of the 19th century!

    >>You think Barrow, Alaska is a neat place? I would like to hear what you
    >>think is so neat about it.

    >
    > As the Northern most US town, it has diural cycles unlike the lower 48.
    > It's surrounded on most sides by water. A large number of birders go
    > there which may be a good indicator of climate change. The physical
    > environment has toughened prior generations, what this means for future
    > generations is unknown and likely going to involve change and loss of
    > some cultural knowledge. Homes are shacks scattered all over the place
    > which contrasts to the Cartesian layout of some villages on
    > the North Slope post pipeline. Floyd is correct in that it
    > has a more diverse population that just the local indigenous people.
    > But this does not mean that Floyd has succeeded in gaining full
    > acceptance into their community. Floyd does have access in information
    > not covered in the touristy guidebooks. He has travelled to other parts
    > of his state. This last sentence can't be easily appreciated by
    > lower-48ers because roads don't play a part in AK as they do in the
    > lower 48. Yet there is substantial Internet penetration. The locals
    > are fairly well educated and get around.


    Yes, Barrow is a scientific resource for study and that is about all it is.
    It is like Antarctica that way. I'll take soggy old Juneau any day of the
    week and twice on Sunday.

    I believe that most folks travel around Alaska by airplane. That would not
    work for me. I do not like to fly. Do you not know that being in the air is
    for the birds, being in the water is for the fish and being on the land is
    for us humans.

    Regards,

    Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
    aka
    Saint Edward the Great - Order of the Perpetual Sorrows - Minnesota
     
  4. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Hey, how long do they hang around for usually anyway?
    "Sorni" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > NYC XYZ wrote:
    >
    > > I HATE THEM!!!!

    >
    > Premature exclamation?
    >
    > Springtime Bill
    >
    >
    >
     
  5. Gary S.

    Gary S. Guest

    On Thu, 18 May 2006 12:23:01 GMT, "Dave" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Hey, how long do they hang around for usually anyway?
    >"Sorni" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >> NYC XYZ wrote:
    >>
    >> > I HATE THEM!!!!

    >>
    >> Premature exclamation?
    >>
    >> Springtime Bill
    >>

    Varies with the area. Mosquitos breed in standing water, so in swampy
    areas, or areas with standing water, they will be around much longer.
    Black flies breed in running water, which is why there are far more of
    them in the Spring during and just after the snowmelt runoff.

    Bugs will be gone by the time the first serious snowstorm hits.
    Happy trails,
    Gary (net.yogi.bear)
    --
    At the 51st percentile of ursine intelligence

    Gary D. Schwartz, Needham, MA, USA
    Please reply to: garyDOTschwartzATpoboxDOTcom
     
  6. pmhilton

    pmhilton Guest

    Gary S. wrote:
    ..
    > Black flies breed in running water



    Here in northern Maine, at least, they can breed in wet grass; having a
    prolonged showery spell or even seasonable summery mornings with heavy
    dew can test one's patience and preparedness.

    Pete H
     
  7. Gary S.

    Gary S. Guest

    On Thu, 18 May 2006 22:34:03 -0400, pmhilton <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Gary S. wrote:
    >.
    >> Black flies breed in running water

    >
    >Here in northern Maine, at least, they can breed in wet grass; having a
    >prolonged showery spell or even seasonable summery mornings with heavy
    >dew can test one's patience and preparedness.
    >
    >Pete H


    Nice to know how versatile the little bloodsuckers are.

    In general, rain followed by warm weather will create an upsurge in
    the bug population. This weekend in NH, for example (guess where I am
    going to be :-( ).
    Happy trails,
    Gary (net.yogi.bear)
    --
    At the 51st percentile of ursine intelligence

    Gary D. Schwartz, Needham, MA, USA
    Please reply to: garyDOTschwartzATpoboxDOTcom
     
  8. DougC

    DougC Guest

    Hull 697 wrote:
    > Remember the anteater in B.C.? When he sucked up the ants the noise was
    > something like "Zoot"?
    >
    > Believe the sound the large (non stinging, thank God) bug that went up
    > my right nostril Saturday at approximately 28 mph made a sound more
    > like "Zok". Only downside I can see to bent riding so far, the nostrils
    > are upright and wide open for insect intruders.
    >
    > Maybe we should devise a sort of bug screen that would hang in front of
    > the helmet and still let the air through?
    >
    >

    I am skeptical of the windwraps/zzippers because they don't extend up
    high enough to shield your head (like a motorcycle windscreen does!).
    People say that BIG bugs bounce off them, but my particular problem is
    riding into sunset-time clouds of tiny gnats that probably won't
    "bounce" much if at all. And $300-$350 is a lot to pay for something
    that might not help at all with the problem you have. ....The other
    advantages (faster speed and riding in cold weather) don't interest me
    that much, but I might pay $350 to never be covered with gnats again. I
    just don't think the commercial fairings can do it though.

    Also I have seen (!) that if you have a SWB with above-seat steering,
    putting a headlight on the bars attracts bugs to where they collide with
    your face. And to work the windscreen would need to be attached close yo
    your face, which meant fixing it to the SWB bars, which I didn't think
    would work well for steering's sake. I gots a LWB now, maybe I'll get
    out the heat gun and waste some lexan again.
    ~~~~~~~
     
  9. NY Rides

    NY Rides Guest

    I just read something about carrying a sheet of Bounce fabric softener in
    your pocket can repel those critters.

    "Gary S." <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Thu, 18 May 2006 22:34:03 -0400, pmhilton <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Gary S. wrote:
    >>.
    >>> Black flies breed in running water

    >>
    >>Here in northern Maine, at least, they can breed in wet grass; having a
    >>prolonged showery spell or even seasonable summery mornings with heavy
    >>dew can test one's patience and preparedness.
    >>
    >>Pete H

    >
    > Nice to know how versatile the little bloodsuckers are.
    >
    > In general, rain followed by warm weather will create an upsurge in
    > the bug population. This weekend in NH, for example (guess where I am
    > going to be :-( ).
    > Happy trails,
    > Gary (net.yogi.bear)
    > --
    > At the 51st percentile of ursine intelligence
    >
    > Gary D. Schwartz, Needham, MA, USA
    > Please reply to: garyDOTschwartzATpoboxDOTcom
     
  10. Mike Nowacki

    Mike Nowacki Guest

    Yeah, it's the "April Fresh" scent in Bounce that does the trick. The bugs
    around here don't come out until May, so when it smells like April they go
    back to sleep. ;-)

    --
    Mike Nowacki
    m***@nowacki.ca

    "NY Rides" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I just read something about carrying a sheet of Bounce fabric softener in
    >your pocket can repel those critters.
    >
     
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