January 1, 2022

From Gerald R. Lucas

2022: Here We Go

I wish I could say I’m sanguine about 2022, but the last two years have been as nasty as a fresh cat turd on my new rug. I’m going to take it one day at a time. I will try to find something positive about everyday. I will try to be present, patient, mindful, and positive, though these qualities are generally antithetical to my nature.

I will begin the new year with a long motorcycle ride after a morning with my family.

Happy new year, all.

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The weather was a bit ominous this morning, but I thought I’d chance it and take the BMW R 1200 GS on a ride. The clouds were heavy and dark, but scattered and blown around by the occasional wind gust. I packed the Leica SL wearing the Summicron 2/35 and headed west toward Thomaston via the usual route. I thought about continuing on toward Callaway Gardens, but after consulting Google Maps, I took a back road southeast out of Thomaston. It was curvy, hilly, and the sun and blue sky started peeking through the clouds. I don’t think I passed one car in 20 miles until I got to US-80.

I discovered two more lovely back roads: Hopewell Road to Musella (the eastern part I had ridden several times before), and US-42 between Roberta and Byron. The former is a tighter two-lane that rolls through the small hills—just beautiful and not well traveled. The latter was a bit more crowded, but what a road it turned out to be: a wide two-lane, super-curvy strip that took me right into downtown Byron. I will do these again.

Giles, you missed out. 😉

Leica Camera and Lens Information
📷: Leica M8 (09/2022–) • Leica M (Typ 262) (01/2017–12/2020) • Leica SL (Typ 601) (12/2020–). Leica Lenses: Leica Summicron-M 2/50 (Typ IV)Leica Summicron-M 2/35mm ASPH (Typ V). Other Lenses: Asahi Super-Takumar 1.4/50 8-ElementAsahi Super-Takumar 1.8/55Asahi Super-Takumar 2.5/135Canon 1.4/50 LTM Helios 44m-4 2/58Industar 61 2.8/55Jupiter-8 2/50Jupiter-9 2/85Konica Hexinon AR 1.8/40Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 2.8/100Olympus Zuiko 2.8/24Olympus Zuiko 2.8/28Olympus Zuiko 1.8/50Olympus Zuiko 2/85Vivitar 2.8/28 • Voigtländer Nokton Classic 1.4/40 MC • Voigtländer Ultron 1.8/21Voigtländer Ultron 2/28. Processed with Capture One Pro.