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Selden Deemer
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Attended Robert College (Istanbul)
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Home Again, Home Again
~3000 miles in a big Dodge pickup towing a trailer with 3 motorcycles, then almost 2000 miles in the saddle. By the fifth day (Wednesday), I had found my seat, and was at ease. At the beginning of the trip I had grave reservations about finishing, due to turning 70 in July, and dealing with a 6-month bought of tendonitis in my left elbow. By the end, my elbow was feeling better, and I realized I could still keep up with guys 20 years younger. My biggest disaster of the trip was losing a Saint-Gobain camouflage baseball cap that I picked up in a thrift store in Delaware for $2.

Next year's UnRally should be east of the Mississippi, and I may give it another shot.
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Welcome home - fantastic trip - thanks for the pics.
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UnRally XV
I don't know the full history of the "UnRally" but it started 15 years ago, and traditionally flips from west to east to west each year. This year's event is based out of the Rock Creek Lodge, a few miles outside Red Lodge, MT, and attracted riders from as far away as the Netherlands. What a spectacular setting! Great location, great roads, great weather.
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In my Backyard
With this running 50 feet outside my hotel room, I decided today would be a good day for soothing R&R.
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Long Day
As expected, Yellowstone in July, even on a weekday, is slammed with tourists. I was glad to get past Old Faithful, and head out the northeastern gate to the park.
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Fort Collins, CO to Vernal, UT
Riding through Rocky Mountain National Park was a treat, even with all the crowds. On the other side, we made a couple of navigational errors, and a 330-mile day turned into 400 miles, with the last ~60 going due west into a setting high desert sun, and temperature around 90°. This was a "settle down" ride, getting to know each rider's riding style, minor tweaks to bikes and luggage.
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Ten Years Ago...
To celebrate my 60th birthday, on July 2, 2006 I set out for Alaska by motorcycle. 11,000+ miles and 45 days on the road made this the most memorable ride of my life. I'm glad I did it then; not sure if my body would hold up at age 70.
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Red Lodge - Spearfish - Fort Collins
Nice ride Thursday, never getting above 75°. A bit higher than expected through the Bighorn National Forest, where the road rose to ~9000 feet. The desk clerk at the Super 8 in Spearfish said they had once received a threatening letter from PETA, demanding that the town change its name.

Friday morning, we started at Spearfish Canyon, with a slight delay for road construction, then ~30 miles over freshly paved asphalt. Then another 100 miles of interesting roads through the Black Hills, before slabbing through high Wyoming range country. About 30 miles north of Cheyenne, we ran into a storm front with ominous black clouds, but we punched through by Cheyenne, where we were greeted with a ~45 mph crosswind from the south east — one of a motorcyclist's worst nightmares.
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The winds in WY are rough!
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Chief Joseph - Beartooth Highways
A picture is worth 1000 words. Let the pictures do the talking....
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Been there, done that.
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E-Ticket Ride
The Beartooth Highway may be the greatest road I have ever ridden, and perhaps the only one that I have ridden below the posted speed limit (65-70) for most of its distance. I was concerned about getting stuck behind a camper, or worse yet, a camper+trailer rig, but there was almost no traffic yesterday afternoon, so I could ride the entire thing at my own pace. Some of the hairpin turns leading up to the ~11,000 foot summit were greater than 180°. I will probably ride it again tomorrow, then take the Chief Joseph Highway to its high point, turn around, and ride them in the opposite direction.
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Sounds perfect. I love mountain roads (driving rather than riding, but still...)
Having fun imagining your wonderful trip, Selden.
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Vernal, UT to Pinedale, WY
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3 Guys, a truck, a trailer, and 3 motorcycles
Andy, Randy, and Selden hit the road west from Atlanta at 6:00 Thursday evening, drove through the night, and arrived in Fort Collins, CO at 7:00 MDT Friday. From east Kansas, the GPS says, 456 miles, then turn right.

Ten years ago I rode to Alaska and back; having hit 70 last month, I'm scaling back a little. This trip will involve about 2000 miles of riding.
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Longwood Gardens
One of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. Perfect weather today both for walking and, with a light overcast, for photography, with diffuse light, no extremes of contrast..
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Beautiful photos - and you/re absolutely right about the light - flowers are really difficult in bright sunshine.
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Library Automation Consultant / Retired
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Computers & Operating systems (OS X, Chrome OS, Linux), Answering questions
Employment
  • Biblio Solutions, LLC
    Library Automation Consultant / Retired, 2013
  • Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies
    Assistant Library for Public Services, 1971 - 1978
    Responsible for reference services, library instruction, inter-library loans, circulation, public relations, reference (and other as needed) acquisitions, and for training and supervision of student assistants. Helped plan an expansion to the existing library building.
  • University of Petroleum & Minerals
    Library Systems Analyst, 1978 - 1983
    Planned and coordinated changes in library organization, staff training, and retrospective conversion in the implementation of DOBIS/LIBIS, an integrated library information system marketed internationally by IBM. Responsible for liaison with data processing center staff, including defining specifications, modifications, and enhancements to the system, as required by UPM Library.
  • University of Michigan
    Library Systems Analyst, 1983 - 1985
    Provide general support for Systems Office activities, with special emphasis on microcomputers & communications. Responsible for staff training, evaluation and testing of microcomputer hardware & software. Work with a wide variety of micro hardware and software, including IBM-PC, Zenith Z-150, Osborne, Macintosh, and Altos 8000 microcomputers, using Enable, Condor, SuperCalc, WordStar, Smartcom, MacWrite, MacPaint, MacDraw, and a wide variety of Macintosh public domain software.
  • Emory University
    University Library Systems Administrator, 1985 - 2012
    Responsible for liaison with computing center staff, including defining specifications, modifications, and enhancements to library systems required by Emory University Libraries. Team lead for central library automation services, including operation of Unicorn-based integrated library system, Primo, MetaLib, SFX, and EZproxy, and LibX plugin. Project lead 2007-2008 for implementing Ex Libris Primo as a charter customer. Primary technical support for EndNote, including instruction, customer support, development of custom import filters, Z39.50 connections, and maintenance of the EndNote@Emory web site.
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New Castle, Delaware - Delaware - Turkey - California - Saudi Arabia - Michigan - Georgia
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Sometime motorcycle adventurer; fulltime enthusiast
Introduction
I retired at the end of 2008 after a 25-year career working for Emory University Libraries. Being a Top Contributor on the Google Chromebook Central product forum keeps me so busy that I don't have time to be bored.
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Chromebook Central TC, Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000 (>1000 miles in <24 hours on a motorcycle)
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  • Robert College (Istanbul)
  • University of Michigan
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Bugaboo is an exit ramp restaurant, suitable if you are on a cross-country trip and nothing better is available. Large portions of cheap food, overly salted. Three stars is generous.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
My wife and I ate at Southbound for the 5th time last night. The place just keeps getting better. The only drawback is that since it's in a converted factory building with bare brick walls, it can be noisy downstairs. The upstairs dining room is much quieter, but open only Thursday-Saturday. Among the small plates, the wood grilled octopus with potatoes, green tomatoes, and creme fraiche is especially worth noting. We weren't quite prepared for the entire tentacle that was served, but once we got over the visual shock, it was tender enough to cut with a fork, and the flavors of each component of the dish were extraordinary. Highly recommended, but be prepared for how it looks!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
*Update:* In the past 2 years, Sprig has slipped. Service and the vibe are still good, but each meal I have had this year has been less satisfying, to the point that I do not plan to return. Chicken in a red wine sauce tonight was so overcooked that it must have been prepared before noon, and kept on a hot plate for 7 hours. Expecting the crisp, bright green beans I had in the past, I was disappointed by mushy, overcooked "Southern style" beans. I am lucky enough to live only 2 miles from Sprig, and over the past 2 years it has become my favorite place to eat out. My wife and I have never experienced anything but outstanding service, and perfectly prepared food, made from locally sourced ingredients. The bar staff really cares how they make mixed drinks, and at one time I set a goal of (responsibly) working my way through Sprig's cocktail menu — but they keep changing it, so I gave up. Of the mixed drinks that I have tried, Sourwood Smash is my favorite. To take advantage of available ingredients, the menu changes seasonally, so there is always something new, although some things, such as the outstanding onion rings and the Sprig Burger are always on the menu.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I have traveled past Franklin, NC for years, and never stopped to eat, because it appears to have nothing but fast food and chain restaurants. A few years ago, a friend recommended Caffeé REL, which has become my favorite place to eat in this part of North Carolina. A Hot Spot gas station in downtown Franklin is an unlikely place to find a French bistro, but that is exactly what you step into when you walk through the front door. The food is varied, and the service is excellent. The staff are well trained, and there is very little turnover — usually a good sign of a well-run restaurant. As others have observed, Richard can be a little eccentric, but I have never had a problem with him — quite the opposite, as he is quite willing to strike up a conversation. My favorite entreé is the Shrimp Grits (better than I have had anywhere else in the south), and my favorite dessert is Richard's grandmother's towering Belgian chocolate cake. Ask for a piece on your birthday, and it's on the house, but be prepared to share, as a single slice will easily feed 2-3 people.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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After reading some of the negative reviews, I was pleasantly surprised by a Black Friday "European Recliner" (it's Chinese, of course) purchase experience. Salesperson was polite, not pushy, didn't try to upsell me or pad the price, and I was in an out of the store in 35 minutes, with the chair in a carton ("some assembly required") in the back of my car. The chair is comfortable, and more adjustable than I first realized; everything operates smoothly and seems well-engineered, with a robust steel frame. Fit and finish are very good — much better than I expected at the $286 price. It's "pleather" (polyurethane leather) of course, but has a decent feel. As far as I can determine, exactly the same chair is listed as "on sale" at Target for $520 (regular price $650).
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Dinner here far exceeded my expectations. Beer, service, and food were all excellent, especially the pork potstickers, which are offered as an appetizer, but are ample enough for an entreé.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago