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I've been to Mineral a couple times before, (http://tw200forum.com/forum/trails-off-road-adventure-riding/3356-mineral-city-idaho-ghost-town-ride-vid-end.html & http://tw200forum.com/forum/trails-off-road-adventure-riding/3699-chain-gang-returns-mineral.html), but you always miss stuff.

After my first time in the area, forum member jfletcb pointed out "If you ever go back, keep an eye out on the lower half, where the creek is near the road for a washed out wooden bridge if you cross and follow the road , theres an old graveyard back there."

So I just had to go back. Summer Hell's Canyon fires threatened the area, but did not reach Mineral.

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Didn't see the wooden bridge, but I found the way across the creek and found the graveyard


Found 3 headstones ...if you will. What the heck is this?


Turns out it is a special "Treestone" for "Woodmen of the World" a fraternal/insurance organization


Very interesting. I've never seen a "Treestone" before. Dum Tacet Clamet "though silent he speaks” or “here rests a Woodman of the World.”
More info on Woodmen of the World here: Woodmen | Cemeteries and Cemetery Symbols






View from above near the cemetery of what remains of Mineral Idaho


Fall colors in Mineral




...and the stuff! Did a little geocaching too. Cache is in a tire at the base of that telephone thingy.


My cache helper


Happy Trails!
 

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As always, great pics and video Admiral! Georgie sure hangs in there very well, even at the higher speeds. Was that "Peter Gunn" detective soundtrack? And of course "Pink Panther" You always have something original and interesting Admiral! Thank you! What was in the Cache this time? What did you leave there?
 

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Found 3 headstones ...if you will. What the heck is this?
Turns out it is a special "Treestone" for "Woodmen of the World" a fraternal/insurance organization


Very interesting. I've never seen a "Treestone" before. Dum Tacet Clamet "though silent he speaks” or “here rests a Woodman of the World.”
More info on Woodmen of the World here: Woodmen | Cemeteries and Cemetery Symbols
i've seen one of those before in a cemetery near here... roughly the same time frame, but definitely more urban setting. next time i'm out that way i'll see if it's the same and get a picture of it.

cool ride, thanks again for beautiful shots of inspiring beauty
 

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Georgie sure hangs in there very well, even at the higher speeds.
Was that "Peter Gunn" detective soundtrack?
What was in the Cache this time? What did you leave there?
I amazed that she sits down so much of the time, even on some of the rougher stuff.

Peter Gunn, you got it! Took me forever to remember the name. Tune was in my head, not the name.

Found a couple of fishing things and a plastic capsule with something in it. I didn't open it. Took nothing, but left a pen. Other pen didn't work. I also took a replacement container for it cause the previous cacher's said stuff inside was wet. Not knowing what size or where exactly the cache was, my container was to large. I tried! Put a rock under the container to help keep it out of the water. It was inside the tire.
 

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Makes me want to move to Idaho. I'm glad to see that your best buddy is doing OK.
Or at least visit...during the summer:D Can you see the added gray around georgie's mouth and above her eye's. She gettin older and grayer, just like me!:p
 

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i've seen one of those before in a cemetery near here... roughly the same time frame, but definitely more urban setting. next time i'm out that way i'll see if it's the same and get a picture of it.

cool ride, thanks again for beautiful shots of inspiring beauty
I guess the "Treestones" come in different styles and shape's, but pretty interesting to stumble upon something. When I was google earth searching for the cemetery, I could see something white where I thought the cemetery was, now I know for sure. Be interesting to see what you come up with. Also, before I got home, I thought they person was a logger 'er sumpin, but ended up being a club(ish). Good thing I could understand what the Latin was and looked it up! Again, lernt sumpin new today.;)
 

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I lernt sumpin new today, too! Interesting about the headstone, and the Woodmen fraternity. Now, if I ever see a similar headstone I'll know what it's all about. Great video, I like the variety of shots. The tank mount makes the TW sound like a pretty healthy race bike. I would say Georgie is one lucky dog. She gets out more than me, and gets to see some beautiful scenery and some pretty cool places. Thanks for sharing your ride with us, Admiral. Very enjoyable, as always.
 

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Very interesting, Admiral!
 

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I wish Idaho wasn't so far away! Maybe someday I will take a long drive and see it for myself.

You had a tank mount and a helmet mount -- were you using two cameras or one camera in different places?

Is that a Garmin Etrex Vista? Does the dust or vibration hurt it?

I picked up two Vistas off ebay for a song. When I checked the way points in them they were for places in Baghdad. They both work.

As always, I enjoyed your video and pictures. Keep 'em coming so us urban people can see what we are missing.
 

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I like the variety of shots. The tank mount makes the TW sound like a pretty healthy race bike.QUOTE]

Variety of camera angles = more editing time :(, but may be worth doing more in the future. I kinda like that throaty sound with this camera on the tank mount too, particularly when shifting. Makes the TW sound like a 1000cc superbike. Of course the sound doesn't match the video (slow slow TW):p
 

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You had a tank mount and a helmet mount -- were you using two cameras or one camera in different places?

Is that a Garmin Etrex Vista? Does the dust or vibration hurt it?

I picked up two Vistas off ebay for a song. When I checked the way points in them they were for places in Baghdad. They both work.
I did use two camera's. Oddly, my less expensive Tachyon camera works better than the Contour camera on my tank mount. The Contour works better on the helmet. I like the tank mount better for ease of use and I can tell if the camera is on or not. Contour has better picture clarity & quality, but I use the Tachyon about 90% of the time cause of the mount location.

You know, I've heard of people complaining about handlebar vibration causing their GPS's to quit working, but I've never had a problem. Been using an eTrex for 3-4 years now I think, and I've never had an issue with dust or vibration. I'd almost call the eTrex "dust proof", though somebody will have a horror story to tell I'm sure. I do use one of those screen protective sheets to help protect the original screen from scratches. Lots of better GPS's out there, but eTrex works for me just fine for the type of riding I do! Interesting, Baghdad eTrex's, must have belonged to contractors I'd guess. Hey, if they work...not a problem.
 

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Sometimes I stumble across something interesting to others. Glad this one perked your interest!:)
Yup, I don't always post, but I always find your tales interesting. I'd heard of the WMotW before, but didn't know anything about them. I'll have to look for one of those trees.
And Miss Hawks sure would be glad to see that Latin class coming in handy. Shoulda paid attention.
 

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Along with my goggle cam I have a Swann camera very similar to a GoPro only cheaper. I bought an adapter to mount the Swann to the mount for the GPS which is mounted on the handlebars. I am using Ram Mounts!

So, any pros or cons to mounting the camera to the handle bars? A gas tank mount is an option if the handle bars don't work out.

 

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So, any pros or cons to mounting the camera to the handle bars? A gas tank mount is an option if the handle bars don't work out.
Let me start my opinion and experience with the following, handlebar vibration on the TW is an issue with any camera no matter how good it is.

So the cons for a handlebar mount: Vibration; back and forth handlebar movement (not steady)

Pros: Convenient location, variety of camera angles/direction


I could never truely overcome vibration issues, so I've abandoned handlebar mount for the camera's I use (Contour & Tachyon).

I had similar vibration problems with the tank mount, but I was able to come up with a solution for me. I copied B-dubs tank mount, but (1) I lengthened the plastic tube to touch/rest on top of the gas cap (w/padding) for extra stability and vibration reduction. (2) I drilled and put a bolt through the rubber & tube for more stability. Not perfect, but pretty good for what I do. I use dual lock velcro to secure the tachyon camera to the tank mount, and after a close call in losing my camera, I now tether the camera.

Camera's: Tachyon doesn't work as good as I would like on the helmet mount, but works well on the tank mount. The (better or should I say more expensive) Contour is opposite. Too much (wavy) vibration on the tank mount, but works great on the helmet.
 

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Great ride report and pictures. The treestones are really neat. Here's one from the Central City Cemetery in Colorado. There's some very unusual headstones up there.
 

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admiral -- not what I wanted to hear but definitely something I was afraid might happen -- vibration and the sweeping back and forth.

I use a Ram Mount with the long clamp thing that goes in the middle for a GPS and it seems to absorb a lot of the vibration -- much less vibration when I touch the GPS than when I touch the handlebar directly. I am hoping that this Ram Mount will work as a camera mount on the handlebar and / or the gas tank. I have an extra gas cap I can butcher for the tank mount and judging from the way your video turned out I will no doubt give it a try.

Reports to follow (someday).................
 

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Great ride report and pictures. The treestones are really neat. Here's one from the Central City Cemetery in Colorado. There's some very unusual headstones up there.
Well there ya go! Good find. When ever I visit a cemetery in the future, I'll be on the lookout for one of these treestones.
 
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