BRIDGE CAMERA LINE UP–Reasonably Priced Big Zoom Cameras

Bridge Camera Roundup

By Allan Weitz

Published Fri, 2011-11-18 12:35

B&H Photo, where this info was obtained – click here!  Great website

Despite the growing availability of some impressively small mirrorless digital-camera systems, the market for bridge-style cameras continues to hold its own. If you think about it, it’s kind of cool to know you can purchase a technology-packed digital camera that can capture up to 10 frames per second, HD video with Dolby sound, and sports  a fixed 36x optical zoom lens no less for a few hundred dollars. I take that back. It’s very cool.

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We want to know where everyone is from who is taking a look at the BLOG….if you wouldn’t mind leaving a comment as to where you are in the world and how did you hear about this BLOG we would love it. Thanks! Cheryl & Leslie

Oh and don’t be shy 😉

Update:  We see so many visits from all over the world…would love to hear from the folks in the far east, South America, Australia, everywhere…so many taking a peek but not chiming in…as we said above don’t be shy…share where you are from so we all can see.  Thanks for taking the time to view our BLOG!  Also, feel free to share our link…the more the merrier! 😉

Cheryl being Cheryl
Leslie’s as always self-portrait


Anchorage, Triumph & Duke



July 21st 2011

Meet Duke the 12 year old Black Lab

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Meet Dean, Duke’s owner

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Now reintroduce yourselves to our hosts, retirees Deb & Gary

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Duke lives with Dean who still works and everyday after Dean leaves for work Duke comes over to Gary & Deb’s house right down the dirt road.  After we had breakfast, which was a deliciously prepared meal compliments of Gary

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Duke was patiently waiting by the garage door to come into Gary & Deb’s home and be their friend for the day.  You see Duke has two homes.  One by night, one by day.  Duke has a very strict routine as well.  When he comes over he gets treats and hangs with Deb & Gary.  Each day he gets to go to the dog park for a daily walk around the University lake too.  We came along today and Duke seemed to adjust to having strangers take part in his walk.

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Oh yeah, Duke has at least 3 favourite walking sticks that he chases every once in awhile.  Duke is 12 and does not play as much as he used too but manages and is one very happy and lucky dog.

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Always looking back to make sure his best friends are right near by.

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Although he does not swim like he used to he knows the spots where he can get in and out of the lake real easy.  That way he can get wet without really swimming.  Smart Duke.

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Dukes stays with Gary & Deb all day until Dean comes home from work and feeds him dinner.  All in a day in Dukes life.  Just fantastic!

This is a picture Gary gave me of Duke chasing a bear in their yard.

After breakfast Cheryl  I headed out to The Motorcycle Shop to be there at 10 when they opened.  This is the same shop Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman got their bikes looked after when they arrived in Alaska after their trek across the world in 2004. They still have a bent rim in the back of the shop. I want to get a picture of the two of us by it.

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Now meet Zack the Service Manager at the Motorcycle Shop. Zack had no idea who we were or anything about our adventure and relationship with Triumph Canada at this point.

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Zack is helping us diagnose and resolve our stalling issues that both Tiger’s are having.

Zack is really laughing in this picture because Triumph Canada and Triumph America are contacting his store directly to assist with getting the data off the bikes computers which was sent to Atlanta Georgia to be interpreted by Triumph’s lead tech guy.  Zack was given some direction as to how to fix our problems.  Zack was like “who are you guys?”

How Gary sees and  heard it goes something like this.

Diagnostics done, shop said codes indicate a stepper motor (between the air filter and throttle bodies) issue. They will tear into it tomorrow (Friday) in anticipation of the FedEx arrival of the new air filters. If everything goes okay, should get the bikes back tomorrow afternoon.

We are crossing our fingers that we can get back on the road by Saturday. While at the Shop we met these two guys,  I will add their names later to the pictures. Got their names out of my tank bag and to the left is Jeff who rides a new V-Strom 650 and is very unhappy with the poor gas mileage he has been getting.  Wants to give his bike back to his dealer!  Jeff is from Desert Hot Springs, CA. Next is Jim who has been riding his FJR1300 u the Dempster and all the crazy roads here.  I think Jim is from California too.

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They really wanted to know who we were to have Triumph loaned bikes.  The guy on the left said to us, “Who the hell are you?” We said “No body.”  He said “well, I am the biggest no body there is how do I get free bikes?”  Too funny and nice chatting with the guys who by the way had great weather and dry riding not only on the Dempster but the Dalton too.  Whatever we saySmile with tongue out.

Gary & Deb came and picked us up so we did not have to stay at the shop all day.  We did have to return to hear the eventual news that I all ready posted.

So, we went to Alaskan Leather of course to check out the famous store.

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Barb was not there, she was in Pennsylvania for a rally, but we met Noah and crap I forgot the other staff’s name and they were great, gave us don’t ride naked decals and off we went. I was just told by Gary that the woman in this picture is Joanne.

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Beautiful mountains surround Anchorage and we have been very fortunate to have Gary & Deb helping us out with transportation and great food/lodging while in town.  This is their very peaceful, tranquil home.

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Now meet Kathy.  Kathy is a woman who has been following our trip on Facebook as well as the ADV Rider forum.  Kathy wanted to meet us so Gary invited her over for dinner and Tacos which were delicious.  Bad group picture but Kathy is in the upper right.  Nice to meet you Kathy and thanks for stopping by.

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After dinner Kathy went home and we went down to Girdwood about 30 min drive to see the local bikers and get some ice cream.  Deb jumped at the chance to take her Super Sherpa out for a ride on a very nice evening.

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But first Cheryl had to try out the Sherpa first.

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Off Deb went and we followed

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We will be heading down the Seward Highway this weekend for the next leg of our trip.  Beautiful once again.

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While in Girdwood we met Ulla and Don.  Ulla does not know Don but rode in together.  Ulla is a older gal who loves her CBR and is also a bush pilot.  Don is a friend of Gary & Deb’s who met us down at the strip mall. Ulla is the one in all black and turquoise shirt.

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We all were just telling stories and enjoying the night.

Now, we met these two guys,  The woman has been riding a motorcycle for 4 days and has only put 70 miles on her first ever bike, a Ducati 1100 Monster. Surprised smile  Her first bike and all we could say was have fun and be safe.  Her buddy has an ‘06 Speed Triple, his first street bike but he has been riding for years. I am not really good at remembering all the names of the people we meet. I think their names were Sue and Chris.

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Here is Don.  He owns many bikes and is a very interesting friend of Gary & Deb’s.

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So, after the socializing we headed back to Anchorage and eventually got to bed.  What a really enjoyable day and we are hoping for good news about our bikes on Friday.

Deadhorse to Fairbanks (800 KM) in ONE day!

July 16th 2011

Observation:  The employees who work in Deadhorse, the staff at the hotel were all so polite and respectful.  The hotel was super clean, The Prudhoe Bay Hotel that is, everyone opens and closes doors for you. No booze in town, hard working folks from all over the world made for just a nice short visit.

When we set out this morning we thought to ourselves why not try and get back to Fairbanks in one day?  I mean it is only 800 KM of riding in unknown weather conditions as well as how the Dalton would be on the way down.  I checked the weather before we left Deadhorse and it said moderate rain outside Deadhorse all the way to Coldfoot.  That made it less promising that we could make it all the down but in the end we did.  What a day of riding this was. Continue reading “Deadhorse to Fairbanks (800 KM) in ONE day!”

Deadhorse Tour

You ever wonder what Deadhorse looks like?  Ever wonder why so many ADV riders come here other than the Arctic Ocean?  Here is Deadhorse in a nutshell.  Also, in my last post I mentioned meeting a man named Ray.  Well, we ended up chatting with Ray at dinner

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only to find out that he is a published author and after Googling his name we found out this: Continue reading “Deadhorse Tour”

University of Alaska at Fairbanks to Wiseman (408 KM)

July 14th 2011

I was up really early this morning about 0430.  Guess you can say I was anxiously awaiting to get back on the road and see what the Dalton Highway was all about.  We checked out by 0620 and were on our way to Prudhoe Bay.  It’s a long ride to the actual beginning of the highway, all pavement from Fairbanks but a nice ride with some decent curves and views.

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July 13th 2011

Left the dorms early this morning to ride up to Chena Hot Springs for a quick tour of the Ice Museum.

Some info about where we went today and then pictures.



Fairbanks, Alaska is the capital of ice art in the world and home to the World Ice Art Championships. Many top ice artists in the world make Fairbanks their home.

The Aurora Ice Museum was built as a way to boost tourism at Chena Hot Springs Resort, located 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks while simultaneously offering year-round employment for Steve Brice 15 time world ice carving champion and wife Heather Brice six time world ice carving champion. Continue reading “CHENA ICE CASTLE (206 KM)”

The Taylor Highway to the Alaska Highway (456 KM) Chicken to Fairbanks

July 11th & 12th 2011

Ever wonder how one sleeps in Alaska when the sun barely goes down?

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Yep eye shades or eye goggles as Leslie would say and ear plugs when you are in a noisy campground.  Just thought I would add this in for a little hint for those wondering and needed some advice how to sleep in day light. Continue reading “The Taylor Highway to the Alaska Highway (456 KM) Chicken to Fairbanks”

Respect the Dempster! 492 KM (Arctic Circle to Dawson City)

July 9 2011

Budgets?  When we set out of a trip like this money is always on our minds.  We always think we will save with lodging and food.  In reality what happens when traveling on a motorcycle it goes something like this….you ride up the Dempster and are exhausted and hungry. You see a sign that says Oasis and it has a roof.  Right away out comes the wallet and a key is handed to us for a warm dry room with a comfy bed and a shower.  Out of pocket there goes an easy $152.  It is that easy to over spend the nightly budgeted money for lodging.  Not a bad thing just reality.

We woke up to this

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The pancakes were ridiculously LARGE and Cheryl barely made a dent.

The we decided that right after breakfast we would head right to the Arctic Circle from Eagle Plains Lodge.  It was only 37 KM away one way so off we went and were glad we did! Continue reading “Respect the Dempster! 492 KM (Arctic Circle to Dawson City)”

Doing the Dempster– 408 KM (remember to click on pic for bigger version)

July 8th 2011

Eagle Plains population is 8

So, the DEMPSTER! The Dempster….recently we have heard of 5 medical attentions and one rider needing to be air lifted out. The Dempster has wrecked numerous cars and trailers that we have heard about too. I am sure many reading this might think these incidences are no big deal, but many have totaled their bikes or got really hurt. We will not be one of those statistics. Smile The amount of rain the highway is seeing this year is not usual and proven to be quite the hassle for even the cagers.

According to Wikipedia: Continue reading “Doing the Dempster– 408 KM (remember to click on pic for bigger version)”

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