Road Trips

Shepard Bridge

Back in 2008 I shot some video as I drove the older Ripley County alignment of the Michigan Road and crossed the Shepard Bridge. The video is shaky as I shot it handheld, but it gives a pretty good flavor of this alignment. This alignment is as close as you’re going to get to experiencing the Michigan Road of old.

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Crossing the Shepard Bridge

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Film Photography

Fresh 127 film is hard to come by. Kodak stopped making it in 1995. Croatian film producer Efke kept 127 alive until they ceased all film production in 2012. The two remaining sources are Rera Pan b/w film from Japan or the Bluefire Murano color film from Canada. But they’re often out of stock.

I found a fellow on eBay, user jrdnmark, who cuts 120 film down to 127 size. He makes his own backing paper but uses old 127 spools. He offers a whole bunch of popular films in 127: Ektar, Portra 400, Provia 100F, T-Max 100 and 400, Tri-X 400, Delta 100, and HP5 400.

I bought two rolls of Ektar from him to push through my two 127 cameras (both Kodaks: a Brownie Starmatic and a Baby Brownie) soon as part of Operation Thin the Herd.

custom127film

This fellow also offers hand-cut film in 16mm format for spy cameras, if that’s your jam. Do check out his eBay store if this appeals to you.

 

A source of fresh 127 film

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Music

Broadway HotelI have built quite an internal repertoire of popular music. I can sing along with hundreds, maybe thousands, of songs. It’s not something I set out to do — I just like to sing along to songs I like, and the lyrics have stuck.

Some song or other plays in my head at virtually all times. The places and things I encounter, as well as the conversations in which I take part, frequently remind me of a song. Then my mind plays it, on repeat, until some other experience changes the tune.

Upon encountering Madson’s Broadway Hotel, an old Al Stewart song filled my head the rest of the day. It’s a sad, odd little song with a lovely piano and violin interlude, and it has nothing other than a shared name to do with this old-timey inn in Madison.

Broadway Hotel

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Preservation

A dozen years after being gutted by arson, the 1904 Elks building in downtown Madison, Indiana, is being restored.

BPOE

Here’s what it looked like in 2008, for comparison.

Burned BPOE

I first remarked on this building last November when Indiana Landmarks became involved; read about it here.

Madison Elks Lodge is being restored

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Collecting Cameras

I have added several cameras to my For Sale page (here), all at attractive prices. I’ve listed some really wonderful cameras, so move fast!

Canon AE-1 ProgramIf you want one, contact me via the form on the For Sale page to make sure it’s still available. (I remove cameras that have been claimed, but sometimes there’s a lag.)

To streamline the process, prices now include shipping via USPS anywhere in North America.  If you buy more than one camera in a single order I’ll knock $5 USD off the second and each subsequent camera since combined shipping is cheaper. If you’re outside North America, I’ll charge actual shipping (which, I warn you, will be super expensive) but knock $10 USD off each camera you buy.

I accept only PayPal for payment. After I receive funds, I’ll pop your camera(s) into the post within three working days.

You’ll find everything I’m selling listed here.

Another batch of cameras for sale

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Life

I just sold my Ford Focus to my son, Garrett. It has now been owned by three generations of Grey men, as I bought it from my father in 2012.

This car took me, and sometimes my sons, on a whole bunch of great road trips. It was wonderful on the old roads, small and easy to maneuver. That was very important when I needed to get out of a dead-end abandoned alignment! It was also a blast to drive, with good power and fantastic handling.

Here it is at the Wagon Wheel Motel on Route 66 in Cuba, MO.

Wagon Wheel Motel

And here it is on an abandoned section of the old Dixie Highway near Martinsville, IN.

Abandoned bridge on Old SR 37

I’m experimenting with short posts, shared whenever I have something quick to say. Welcome to the first one!

Goodbye road warrior

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