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Old 11-06-2009, 12:22 PM   #481
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:52 PM   #482
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Thanks. All I really had to do was show up and click the button. Cheers. g
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Old 11-07-2009, 06:11 AM   #483
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This has been an absolutely thrilling thread of photos. I rode through the Great Plains this past summer while riding the Pony Express Trail, and I intend to go back next year on a coast to coast pilgrimage.

Returning from California, I rode down to St. George, Utah, to see my son, and then to Phoenix to see my mom. I headed home from there, riding up to Albuquerque for the night, then heading for Kansas. I found myself on the Sante Fe Trail, and stopped several times for photos. I liked this photo so much, I put it on my business cards and my Capital One credit card!



One other note about the book, the Great Plains: Ted Kooser is one of my favorite poets. His descriptions of countryside and life on the Plains is one of the reasons he was selected our nation's Poet Laurette a few years back. I guess I'll have to look for the book!

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Old 11-07-2009, 07:48 AM   #484
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Thought I would throw a few out there from my recent trip. I was intrigued by the wide open spaces even though my goal was to reach mountains. Some of these places had a hypnotizing effect as I rode arrow strait roads to seemly endless horizons.







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Old 11-07-2009, 08:29 AM   #485
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Horizontal Grandeur

First of all, thanks everyone for contributing to this wonderful thread! I don't know if I posted this before, but here is an excerpt from a story entitled Horizontal Grandeur, by Bill Holm. Sadly, Bill passed away last February.

Keep two facts in mind if you do not have a prairie eye: magnitude and delicacy. The prairie is endless! After the South Dakota border, it goes west for over a thousand miles, flat, dry, empty, lit by brilliant sunsets and geometric beauty. Prairies, like mountains, stagger the imagination most not in detail, but size. As a mountain is high, a prairie is wide; horizontal grandeur, not vertical. People neglect prairies as scenery because they require time and patience to comprehend. You eye a mountain, even a range, at a glance. The ocean spits and foams at its edge. You see down into the Grand Canyon. But walking the whole prairie might require months. Even in a car at 60 miles an hour it takes three days or more. Like a long symphony by Bruckner or Mahler, prairie unfolds gradually, reveals itself a mile at a time, and only when you finish crossing it do you have any idea of what youíve seen. Americans donít like prairies as scenery or for national parks and preserves because they require patience and effort. We want instant gratification in scenic splendor as in most things, and simply will not look at them seriously. Prairies are to Rockies what Paradise Lost is to haiku. Milton is cumulative; so are prairies. Bored for days, you are suddenly struck by the magnitude of what has been working on you. Itís something like knowing a woman for years before realizing that you are in love with her after all.

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Old 11-07-2009, 08:35 AM   #486
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First of all, thanks everyone for contributing to this wonderful thread! I don't know if I posted this before, but here is an excerpt from a story entitled Horizontal Grandeur, by Bill Holm. Sadly, Bill passed away last February.

Keep two facts in mind if you do not have a prairie eye: magnitude and delicacy. The prairie is endless! After the South Dakota border, it goes west for over a thousand miles, flat, dry, empty, lit by brilliant sunsets and geometric beauty. Prairies, like mountains, stagger the imagination most not in detail, but size. As a mountain is high, a prairie is wide; horizontal grandeur, not vertical. People neglect prairies as scenery because they require time and patience to comprehend. You eye a mountain, even a range, at a glance. The ocean spits and foams at its edge. You see down into the Grand Canyon. But walking the whole prairie might require months. Even in a car at 60 miles an hour it takes three days or more. Like a long symphony by Bruckner or Mahler, prairie unfolds gradually, reveals itself a mile at a time, and only when you finish crossing it do you have any idea of what youíve seen. Americans donít like prairies as scenery or for national parks and preserves because they require patience and effort. We want instant gratification in scenic splendor as in most things, and simply will not look at them seriously. Prairies are to Rockies what Paradise Lost is to haiku. Milton is cumulative; so are prairies. Bored for days, you are suddenly struck by the magnitude of what has been working on you. Itís something like knowing a woman for years before realizing that you are in love with her after all.
Thanks. That is right on.

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Old 11-07-2009, 12:09 PM   #487
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Thanks. That is right on.

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Hey Vern,

Looks like the Ducks are doing pretty good over there on the wet-side....

Great seeing your post, look forward to catching up with you again this spring...

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Old 11-07-2009, 12:15 PM   #488
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This appeared on a local website during the past week
http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2...gins_trip.html

sounds interesting

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Old 11-07-2009, 12:46 PM   #489
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South Great Plains Snapshots

I snapped this image between Lubbock and Andrews TX last month on a business trip. This is looking at the back side of a storm I drove through where the sun was shining and the storm was dropping dime size hail Enough to cover the highway completly.
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:13 PM   #490
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Hey Vern,

Looks like the Ducks are doing pretty good over there on the wet-side....

Great seeing your post, look forward to catching up with you again this spring...

Bill

Sounds great, Bill! This thread has me planning to head back to some open country next summer - too many goddamn trees here for my liking.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:40 PM   #491
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A beautiful fall day in the plains.

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Old 11-08-2009, 05:58 PM   #492
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A beautiful fall day in the plains.

Nice..............
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:19 AM   #493
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If you want

some music to go with these pics, and are not familiar with The Tragically Hip, here is their appropriate tune:

Tragically Hip At The Hundredth Meridian lyrics:

Me debunk an American myth?
And take my life in my hands?
Where the great plains begin,
at the hundredth meridian.
At the hundredth meridian,
where the great plains begin
Driving down a corduroy road,
weeds standing shoulder high
Ferris wheel is rusting off in the distance
At the hundredth meridian where the great plains begin
Left alone to get gigantic;
hard, huge and haunted
A generation so much dumber than its' parents came
crashing through the window.
A raven strains along the line of the road,
carrying a muddy, old skull.
The wires whistle their approval,
off down the distance.
At the hundredth meridian where the great plains begin
I remember, I remember Buffalo and I remember Hengelo
It would seem to me I remember every
single fucking thing I know
If I die of vanity, promise me, promise me,
they bury me someplace I don't want to be,
you'll dig me up and transport me, unceremoniously,
away from the swollen city-breeze, garbage-bag trees,
whispers of disease amd the acts of enormity
and lower me slowly, sadly and properly
Get Ry Cooder to sing my eulogy,
At the hundredth meridian where the great plains begin.
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:26 AM   #494
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On my inlaw's farm in Eastern Montana. I've posted this pic in other threads, but I like it
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:04 AM   #495
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On my inlaw's farm in Eastern Montana. I've posted this pic in other threads, but I like it

Don't know if it was or not, but that looks eye-watering cold! No mosquitoes though.
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