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Old 05-18-2012, 02:18 PM   #5341
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:43 AM   #5342
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This afternoon, I had a nice ride on the small roads of the Vexin natural park 50 kilometers from Paris.
By chance, I found a strange concrete road sign in the middle of nowhere and stopped to check it out.


At first, it did not look much interesting.

But there was some text to read on it and I took a History lesson !


Translation :
Aboard
the first Hydrogen balloon
CHARLES
and
ROBERT
taking off from Paris
landed
on this meadow
on December 1rst 1783



From this place
Jacques CHARLES
was the first man
to take off alone in the air.
He reached
an altitude of 3000 meters
and landed
near HEDOUVILLE.



1783-193
This stele
has been erected
for the bicentennial
of the landing of
CHARLES
and
ROBERT
in NESLES-LA-VALLEE

Gift from Senator Jacques Habert

For those interested by the whole story, check Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Charles
Abstract:

First manned hydrogen balloon flight

Contemporary illustration of the first flight by Prof. Jacques Charles with Nicolas-Louis Robert, December 1, 1783. Viewed from the Place de la Concorde to the Tuileries Palace (destroyed in 1871) At 13:45 on December 1, 1783 Jacques Charles and the Robert brothers launched a new manned balloon from the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris.[2][5] Jacques Charles was accompanied by Nicolas-Louis Robert as co-pilot of the 380-cubic-metre, hydrogen-filled balloon.[2][5] The envelope was fitted with a hydrogen release valve and was covered with a net from which the basket was suspended. Sand ballast was used to control altitude.[2] They ascended to a height of about 1,800 feet (550 m)[5] and landed at sunset in Nesles-la-Vallée after a 2 hour 5 minute flight covering 36 km.[2][3][5] The chasers on horseback, who were led by the Duc de Chartres, held down the craft while both Charles and Nicolas-Louis alighted.[3]
Jacques Charles then decided to ascend again, but alone this time because the balloon had lost some of its hydrogen. This time it ascended rapidly to an altitude of about 3,000 metres,[3][7] where he saw the sun again. He began suffering from aching pain in his ears so he 'valved' to release gas, and descended to land gently about 3 km away at Tour du Lay.[3] Unlike the Robert brothers, Charles never flew again,[3] although a hydrogen balloon came to be called a Charlière in his honour.
It is reported that 400,000 spectators witnessed the launch, and that hundreds had paid one crown each to help finance the construction and receive access to a 'special enclosure' for a "close-up view" of the take-off.[3] Among the 'special enclosure' crowd was Benjamin Franklin, the diplomatic representative of the United States of America.[3] Also present was Joseph Montgolfier, whom Charles honoured by asking him to release the small, bright green, pilot balloon to assess the wind and weather conditions.[3]
This event took place ten days after the world's first manned balloon flight by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier using a Montgolfier brothers hot air balloon. Simon Schama wrote in Citizens:
“ Montgolfier's principal scientific collaborator was M. Charles, ... who had been the first to propose the gas produced by vitriol instead of the burning, dampened straw and wood that he had used in earlier flights. Charles himself was also eager to ascend but had run into a firm veto from the King, who from the earliest reports had been observing the progress of the flights with keen attentiveness. Anxious about the perils of a maiden flight, the King had then proposed that two criminals be sent up in a basket, at which Charles and his colleagues became indignant.[8]




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Old 05-19-2012, 03:14 PM   #5343
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Thanks. A great review.
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Old 05-19-2012, 05:16 PM   #5344
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Thanks. A great review.
It SURE is.

Thanks for sharing (not to mention stopping).
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:11 AM   #5345
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I doubt this was accidental. I've heard the signs aren't there anymore, but I haven't been down that way to verify.

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Old 05-20-2012, 09:47 AM   #5346
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this is in the middle of nowhere, where you could see an eventually approaching train minutes before. But I think, the rails are no longer used.
Huhu,
where is it taken?
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:39 PM   #5347
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I doubt this was accidental. I've heard the signs aren't there anymore, but I haven't been down that way to verify.

A few years ago I passed an adopt a highway sign in Arkanasas that was adopted by the local KKK chapter. It's likely gone as well.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:02 PM   #5348
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This is no doubt MY FAVORITE OFF-ROAD sign
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:42 PM   #5349
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:46 PM   #5350
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:30 AM   #5351
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:07 AM   #5352
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Not technically a road sign....nor is it great. But it isn't a fire lane or a handicapped spot, so F'em!

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Old 05-24-2012, 09:24 AM   #5353
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Not technically a road sign....nor is it great. But it isn't a fire lane or a handicapped spot, so F'em!

I'd have parked there too. Fuck them.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:37 PM   #5354
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Found this one today on Hwy 50 between Montrose and Gunnison in CO.

It definitely was used as not long after a pickup truck came around a corner, partially in my lane, in a canyon, with gravel in the center of my lane.

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Old 05-26-2012, 05:30 AM   #5355
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