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timk519 07-30-2010 09:59 AM

SAM: In Search of Agent Kilo
2009-06-01 Introduction, Orders Received

My ID is S.A.M., and I work as a field agent for an organization I'll just call "The Agency". Over the course of my career, some of my exploits have been so notorious the Agency's cover story resulted in a number of copycat "reality" shows in the entertainment industry.

However, time fears no man, and eventually I had to retire to a somewhat more subdued lifestyle as an Agency consultant, which in realspeak means I was put out to pasture. While I was out making the world safe for democracy, there was a sea change of attitude at The Agency with the thought that we should be "kinder and gentler" in how we did our work, and this old spy-horse's rather (ahem) dynamic style didn't fit into their plans anymore.

And then, one day, I received the following communique:

From: HQ - Operations Section
To: S.A.M. 50615
Re: Recall to active duty

A mission profile has developed which requires your unique skills and background. The profile details are as follows:

  • Agent Kilo has gone missing during a survey of agency safehouses and has not been heard from for three reporting cycles. Agent Kilo has in their possession a "package" which is critical to an Agency mission, and will become contaminated and useless unless it's located in time and returned to Agency control.
  • Since Agent Kilo did not complete their mission, we need you to trace Agent Kilo's path and complete Kilo's mission.
  • Time is of the essence, you have three months to bring this mission to a successful completion.

Owing to your current status, the character profile we've developed for you is that of a middle-aged IT professional. Due to the nature of your mission and current budget considerations, your usual mission-spec vehicle will not be available. Instead, the motor-pool has developed a vehicular configuration which will meet both the mission requirements and our budget constraints. You will find your vehicle keys in the attached envelope.

After I checked it for booby-traps, I opened the attached envelope, and found this:

That could only mean one thing ...I had to make my trip with this:

In other words, I was going to be a flipping two-wheeled road train! No smoke screen, no oil slicks, no heat-seeking missiles, no radar, no stealth mode, and no hot women! I suppose I could be thankful for small things, since this was a recon mission, I'd have to carry a fair bit of imagery gear with me... they actually gave me a secure way to carry it:

Will wonders never cease?

timk519 07-30-2010 10:02 AM

Time is ticking away
From: HQ Control
To: S.A.M. 51605
Date: 2009-06-02
Re: Time is ticking away





and soon - time'll be up!


(Did I ever mention how those characters at HQ Control have a rather strange sense of humor? This is their way of telling me to get a move-on...)

timk519 07-30-2010 10:05 AM

Shutdown, Turnoff
2009-06-05.1 Shutdown, Turnoff

The bike's packed, I've just made the final arrangements for keeping homebase secure - the time has come to shutdown and turn off everything in sight.....because it's time to hit the road!

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So, HQ, get off my back!

timk519 07-30-2010 10:42 AM

Kitchener ON to Gatineau QC - Launch!
2009-06-05 Kitchener ON to Gatineau QC - Launch!

After collecting my gear and getting the transportation ready, it was time to make a short shakedown run around town before leaving Kitchener and heading out to the first safehouse located in
Gatineau, Quebec.

The bean-counters at HQ live in a world where every bean must be accounted for, so the odometer and clock reading is all for them.

Next I had to check in with Director of Advanced Directives (aka D.A.D.):

By way of comparison, the Matron Of Mystery (M.O.M.) lives in a highly classified world. If any imagery was traced back to me, it would quickly result in my taking up permanent residence in a small, windowless room for an extended period of time.

And then I was off! With standard practice at the start of every mission required making sure the equipment was working properly, so the following images are me running the camera through it's paces while en-route to the first safe-house.

First, some local topography:

then some infrastructure - there've been an accumulation of large cranes and heavy equipment gathered at this location for the better part of a year:

and then - paydirt! A truckload of government agents on the prowl make for an excellent check to see if my cover would hold, and check out my vehicle-to-vehicle shooting capabilities!

First I had to get past their standing instructions:

and then sneak up and snap a shot of the agent before he could go to stealth mode:

and then make my escape.... victory! Bwahahahah.

The rest of the day was pretty quiet - I got some more infrastructure shots:

and then, just for fun, some geographical markers:

before I encountered another rider using a smaller version of my ride:

He didn't think much of me, which meant my cover was holding up and I was fitting in with the natives.

Overall, the weather was good, the air was fresh, and everything worked as expected - you got to love it when all conditions are nominal. :clap

Cordless 07-30-2010 10:54 AM

Son, Um, Agent Mitty?

Crawl down off the porch roof before you hurt yourself or the cat.

(keep it coming)

ScottDill 07-30-2010 01:19 PM

good start...interesting technique....keep it up Tim.

timk519 07-31-2010 04:33 AM

Gatineau QC: Sneaking and Peaking
2009-06-06 Gatineau QC: Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

On arrival at the Gatineau safe-house, it didn't take long to de-brief the local agent and determine that Agent Kilo was no-where to be found. However, he was investigating a target of opportunity the next day, which would make for an excellent opportunity for some first-class sneaking and peaking.

It sounded like fun to me, so we made plans, caught up on other business, and called it a night.

timk519 07-31-2010 04:41 AM

Sneaking and Peaking
2009-06-06.1 Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

I'm sure the open-house imagery must've made the agents in Archaeological & Historical Section wet their pants.

There were engines:

and bombs:

and aircraft similar to the ones that helped sink the

there were also Hurricanes:

and sparkly things:

a colorful

Some four-wheeled critters managed to sneak in as well:

I think they wanted to check out this "Beep Beep!" of an aircraft:

timk519 07-31-2010 04:42 AM

2009-06-06.2 Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

Some old warbirds were on display:

an old bomber:

a stunt plane:

Rumor has it this bird's pilot stopped in for lunch and an airshow ... er... open house broke out:

timk519 07-31-2010 05:05 AM


Originally Posted by Cordless
Son, Um, Agent Mitty?

Crawl down off the porch roof before you hurt yourself or the cat.

(keep it coming)

:lol3 Thanks for what has got to be the most hilarious first comment I've ever read on a RR. :clap More coming as ordered! :devildog

EnderTheX 07-31-2010 10:45 AM


timk519 08-01-2010 05:25 AM

Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC
2009-06-06.3 Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

and then there was some aerobatics - at least that was their cover story:

followed by some ground-level stealthery:

timk519 08-02-2010 05:52 AM

Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC
2009-06-06.4 Sneaking and Peaking in Gatineau QC

And then a
Corsair and Mustang went out for some reconnaissance:

Start 'em up!

Stepping out:

Moseying down to the end of the runway:

And then head for the hills!

Who'se prettier?

Return to base all too soon:

Obey the little guy with the funny mittens:

Before doing a side-by-side pose-down for the crowds:

This is a truly well polished aircraft:

BusyWeb 08-02-2010 10:05 PM


timk519 08-03-2010 04:22 PM

Sneaking and Peeking in Gatineau QC
2009-06-06.5 Sneaking and Peeking in Gatineau QC

Then a pair of
Russian Yak-52's decided they could show the Corsair and Mustang a thing or two...

The take-off was in formation:

The white Yak came down after a couple of fly-arounds:

while the Red Yak-52 put on an impressive show all it's own:

and then came down looking for Ms White Yak.....

so he could show off for the lady:

I didn't get the impression Ms White Yak was very impressed.

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