Post by washi on Jun 21, 2016 0:37:42 GMT
Washi, kudos on the bike ride. I prefer to have a 1500cc engine attached to my bikes!
But is it not written that a man cannot lose by oatmeal alone, but also by the grunt that cometh from the pushing of the peddles.
Actually, I've been lobbying my wife to allow me to buy a scooter for years. I'd love to be able to explore further afield than my legs can carry me, but if I can't find a bicycle rental shop in more distant places I'm kind of stuck to a 10 mile radius of my home. My wife resisted first on the grounds of the danger, and I countered with the argument that I didn't want a long life if it was also boring. Then she said I was too old to get a license, which I guess may be true, but that has become a moot point. The dollar has lost about 21 yen since the first of the year, and as a result the ol' income has taken a nose dive. I'm lucky these days to afford air for my bike tires.
I read all of the recent posts, often ignoring which forum they come from, and as a consequence I sometimes respond to stuff in the TOSS forum. In responding to a recent POST, which supposed that three dilapidated buildings in the Bogda Shan mountains in western China were some kind of base, as a joke I marked two other traces of human activity in the immediate area as also being ”bases”. Another user called attention to one of these two places as further evidence of human activity. In the process of pointing out that the activity in that area was minimal, I began looking at the area south of the mountains at the edge of the Taklamakan Desert. I found lots of evidence of mankind's presence, and one of these was an elaborate site which greatly puzzles me. Mozilla put two placemarks on it in 2005, calling it an air strip, but there are no planes visible, and the "runways" are only a half mile long, unless the Chinese have developed a plane that can execute a 55° turn during take offs and landings. I did an image search for this screenshot:
Most of the hits I got were about a book by a Japanese author claiming it was a guided missile base. HERE is an example
Another Japanese person had a WEBPAGE claiming it was a kind of Chinese Area 51 base for space aliens.
As none of these three explanations satisfy me, I'd appreciate hearing your shrewd observations, Mr. Frank Conan Doyle. And incidentally, I really enjoy your aircraft identification posts with text and pictures that even I can understand.