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Old 01-09-2010, 06:47 PM   #16
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Here is a typical ride for me when I have time on a weekend.

I did a little work on the pictures for clarity when needed, but these are pretty much straight from the camera.

My wife and I got the Garden State Tag-O-Rama tag yesterday so I had to place a new one.
My wife normally goes with me except when it is really cold out.
I took this picture on my way out.





Our church also had their Men's Breakfast this morning so I went to that first.
It was on the way to where I wanted to go anyway.


I then rode by where my son started working in December because I had never seen the place before, and it was on my way also.



The tag I wanted to place was in Wildwood, NJ.
On mapquest it is 72 miles and 1 hour 20 minutes.
That is using highway toll roads.
I like back roads personally.
Plus I really don't like riding a bike at 65.
I don't have that much experience yet and the speed bothers me.
Plus I am too cheap to pay for tolls.

So on my ride down I drove by one of my previous tags called Menz Restaurant.



When I tagged this the parking lot was full and I could not get a good picture of this boat in their parking lot.

I used this fellow for the tag.
He was the owner.



And of course I had to have him ride my bike too.
I'll post that one later some time.
(quick notes: He is supposed to be sitting in a rocking chair smoking a cigar and he only had on leg.)

On to Wildwood.
Here is the boardwalk in winter time.



That is why I come down here to do tags in the winter.
There is noooooo one around.
That is the Convention Center on the right.

Here is the Atlantic Ocean.



OK, it's mostly beach.
The dark blue strip in the middle is the ocean.
A wide beach is a good thing.
You can fit more people and umbrellas on it.
Wildwood has the widest beach in New Jersey (from what I hear).

Here is the tag I placed.



As I stated earlier, I love this kind of stuff.
There is all kinds of interesting things on the roof.
Here is a sea captain riding a lobster which is over the entrance.





Here is a giant lobster on the corner of the building.



I liked this shot but didn't post it for the tag because the name is plain as day.



I know you can see the sign in the tag shot but it is more of a challenge.

And here is some more stuff on the side of the building.



Pretty creative !

After getting those pictures I headed for home ------- the loooooong way.

I avoided the Garden State Parkway.



Not bad at all this time of year.
In the summer this is packed with cars.
Especially on Friday afternoon.
I was using the two lane road to the left (Route 9).

I saw this on my travels and I thought it would be good for a future tag.



It is a courthouse, but I am not sure which town at the moment.
I will look that all up later if I decide to use it as a tag.

Further up Rt.9 is Somers Mansion in Somers Point.



Another place I want to use as a future tag.
I took the picture so I can decide where to place my bike.
Route 9 is a busy road any time of year but is almost impossible during the summer.
I know what this building is because I have been through here before and I was looking for it.
I will have to place the bike off to the left in a parking lot because there is no room anywhere near the house that is safe.
There is a blind bridge to the right and a traffic circle to the left and I am on a side road/driveway, but I think the other angle would be easier and nicer. I guess I'll find out at some point, in Somers Point !

I passed this and I could picture it as a good future night tag.



With MAC'S and the Lobster lit up in red is should work out pretty nice.

Here is one of the places I was looking for as another future tag.



If you look closely that is a traffic circle.
Not so unusual in New Jersey.
But this one has four graves in it.
Here is the sign telling who is buried there.



Kind of sad when you think about it!
I've got one worse than this I will share at some point.

I was on my way to Sin City of the East, Atlantic City.
I had seen this lighthouse on Bing Maps and I thought it would make a good tag too.



The only problem is this is a major road into AC at 55mph and the shoulder isn't that wide.
I think I will forgo using this as a tag for safeties sake.

As I pulled onto the island I was looking for a memorial I had seen before.
I found it but there was no place to stop.
Behind the memorial I saw this.



The Knife & Fork Inn.
Pretty interesting looking building.
I think I will use it some time.

What I really went into AC for was a recent tag placed by one of our generous northern taggers.



He had his bike up on the sidewalk here and took a picture from across the street.
I was doing good not to get run over.
Traffic was terrible.
I was able to wedge my bike onto a yellow curb area in between two trucks also parked on the yellow curb.
The truck in front of me was sticking out into the left lane (a one way street) and I did good just to get this shot.

Here is the sign on the roof.



Their website says they have a handkerchief used by Frank Sinatra to wipe the sweat off his face.
I didn't go in to find out.

On my way back out I found a place to stop and get a picture of that memorial I mentioned earlier.



I really wanted to go across the street and find out what it is for, but there is no place to park anywhere.
I also did not want to leave my bike alone in this area.
I don't know if I will ever get to use this as a tag, but these situations have never stopped us before.

So where was I ?
Oh yeah, I was on my way home.
I saw this building and it caught my eye.



Here is a close-up of one of the signs on top.



I haven't had time to look this up, but I was wondering if this used to be a Studebaker Dealership.

This would make a great tag also.

I had to stop for gas because I didn't think I would make it home.
I had gone 137 miles up to this point, and it was another 40 to get home.
With a 4.2 gallon tank and no fuel reserve I didn't want to take any chances.
I had filled up in the morning with 3.8 gallons.
Here I only put in 2.7 gallons.
I needed to go to the bathroom anyway.

So you see why it is difficult to post my rides as I take them.
I'll try to keep things shorter and be more informative as to what you are looking at.
Like that Memorial in AC. I have no clue what it is for. YET!

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Oh wait,
I forgot one of my pictures !!!



Ok, I can sleep now.

This is one of those Auto Parts Art Sculptures found around here in Southern New Jersey.

I thought this one was gone but it was covered with vines in the summer.
There were other statues here and those are gone now.
I haven't seen them anywhere else.
More on these things later too.

I rode by this on the last leg of my journey home.

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My Wildwood tag is still sitting down there waiting for some brave soul to go get it.
I had posted a sort of pre-clue stating the tag would be a wild one.
Someone posted the trailer for "The Wild One" staring Marlon Brando.
I of course got the idea to make my own version.



I learned how to make animated pictures a little while ago and I have done several just to keep the humor going.
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So the state tag is stuck in Wildwood.
The Southern Tag was gotten yesterday after being out there for a week.
The new Southern Tag was placed in our beloved city of CAMDEN !

If you have never heard of Camden, New Jersey you are not missing much.
It is listed as the worst city in America.
Here is Wikipedia's take on Camden.

2,333 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
The national average is 455.

So my wife & I rode to Camden today to get the tag.
Camden was a really nice city at one time but has fallen on hard times.
It is directly across the river from Philadelphia.

Here was our view going in.


Doesn't look to bad does it?
That whitish building to the left you see is City Hall.

Actually before this we stopped at a previous tag in Camden.


Just a nice stone house that is totally out of place in this city.
Across the street is this park.


Notice the "No Alcoholic Beverages" on the sign.
With that I found this in the driveway.




I don't know why the gate was shut.
The person who placed the tag used this statue of Christopher Columbus that is in the park as a clue.


With the gates closed I was not going to take my bike in there to get a picture of it in front of the statue.
I could have ridden up the sidewalk but I wasn't in the mood to get any tickets.

Poor Chris.
Looks like he has had a hard life there in Camden.


His face is pretty much gone and his left arm is missing.
And the statue was renovated in 1998.

Here is the wording on the base of the statue.


OK, on to the tag.
The tag was located at the "Triple A" Camden Riversharks stadium at Campbell's Field just to the right of the towers at the entrance.


Here was the tag.


Simple.
Just ride up on the sidewalk and hope no police ride by.
None did.
Here is a view of the entrance to the ball park.


And a picture of the plaque in front of the Campbell Kids.


Here is a view from their backs.


The building with the tower is the old RCA Building.

Campbell's Soup actually had a canning factory not far from here too.
Here is some history.

Right behind the stadium is the Ben Franklin Bridge.
An awesome site when sitting at a night game.
I have been to two games at this field and enjoyed both of them.


Going past this bridge you get into one of the areas that has given Camden it's reputation.
I rode under the bridge and down a little ways and turned around before I got to the houses down the street.
A lady pulled up next to me and asked if I was lost and needed directions.
I said no, I was just turning around to get back to the Riverfront and she said that's good babie because you do not want to go any further down this road.

WOW, a local telling me to stay out of the area.
NOW I KNOW !!!

The Riverfront area has been built up for tourism.


That is one big propeller.
Here it is next to a bus for comparison.


This propeller is part of the Merchant Marine Memorial.
Around this memorial you have a park, and a marina (in front of the ship in this photo) and the Battleship USS New Jersey.


You can tour the Battleship. It's pretty amazing to go on.
16" guns. WOW !

The Adventure Aquarium was also put here off to the right of the front view of the propeller.
The Battleship is off to the left.

Time to get out of here.
I tried to get some pictures on the way out but I did not dare stop on the streets and take pictures.
You never know can happen and our trip so far was very uneventful and I wanted to keep it that way.
I did get this one picture however because there was no one around.


That was my Camden Adventure for the day.

SJT 106 & 150 Ben Franklin Bridge
SJT 151 Stone House in Camden
SJT 154 Campbell Kids
State Tag #360 USS New Jersey

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I had to post a new tag for the Southern TOR.
I ran home and picked up my wife and we rode into the woods for a tag that has nice roads leading to it.
Well, nice for South Jersey anyway.
Two lanes and some curves here and there.

Here is what I tagged.


Green Bank United Methodist Church.
This church is out in the middle of nowhere.
As far as population goes anyway.

Here is the view you will see on their website.


While I was there I was looking for several graves to use as clues.
I found Nicholas Sooy who built this building between 1823 and 1830.


But I could not find the grave of the original owner of the property Samuel Driver.
Samuel Driver built a house here around 1740 next to the Mullica River.
He died in 1748.
While I was there a gentleman came up walking his dog.
I asked him if he knew where Samuel Driver was buried and he led me here. (Beneath the red flowers on the left.)


At the base of this cedar tree is this marker.


The gentleman I was talking to turned out to be the Mayor of Green Bank, NJ.
He lived next door and had lived here all his life.
I asked about the original house and he said it was the section closest to us and it was incorporated in the current building structure that included 3 additions and several other building projects over the years.
Nice history lesson.
I wish I had had time to learn more, but I wanted to get out of the woods before it got too dark.

I found these little wood grave markers in a section that seemed to be dedicated to children.


Such a sad site to see this.

So we pulled out and headed home.
We passed this place that I have in mind for a future tag.


The Mullica River is pretty wide here, but it is not very deep.
There is a narrow channel running through it that boats can go through, but if you go out of the channel you will run aground.
Especially at low tide.

The road we took in was pretty nice as far as being somewhat curvy, but the pavement was pretty rough.
The Mayor told us of another road to take out of there.


It was nice, but it was straight as an arrow for the most part.
This part was going through a stand of cedar trees.
I also think this way was longer and it was a lot less interesting once we got onto the 4 lane road to home.

So until next time.
Keep ing!

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I am trying to decide what to post next.
I guess I'll just go with whatever comes to mind.

One of the earliest tags I went for (and did not get) was this Champagne Bottle in New Gretna, NJ.


From looking at my pictures I believe this is the second tag I ever tried for.

It was late April, I believe, of 2009 and as you can see it was dark and it was also raining.
Two of my most unfavorite times to ride are when it is dark or when it is raining.
I was out riding in both.
I had taked a ride earlier that day and was on this road, but I turned off about 1/2 mile before this on my way home.
When I got home and saw this posted as a tag I thought I would have this one in the bag.
Who else would be out riding in this kind of weather?
I guess at least one other person.

I knew the roads out this way (the same roads used to get to the church in the previous post actually) so I wasn't too concerned about too many surprises.

This giant bottle was aparently used as an advertisement for Renault Winery.
The bottle stands on Route 9 which was the major road through here before the Parkway was put in.
Here is a day picture of the bottle.


I have better pictures at home I'll post later.

Here is some more information on this big bottle.
I also found some more information here.

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Nice thread Steve, looking forward to seeing more pics...
That was the tag I was going for!

My fried stbob placed that tag before the rain hit.
The rain was coming down pretty good when I went out to get the tag.
As you can see in the night pictue.

I believe that was my second attempt at a Garden State TOR Tag.
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I can see that I am going to have to go a little lighter on the pictures as it is taking a while for the pages to load.
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The other pictures of the Champagne Bottle were pretty much the same as what you see above.
The reference to Bob is stbob who placed the tag.
At the time I made that daytime picture he had just gotten rear-ended on his motorcycle.
He was fine physically but his bike was totaled.

He has a new bike now that he is running all over the state.
In fact, he just picked up my tag at Wildwood earlier today.
That is a trip of around 160 miles one way for him.
And in NJ that is quite a bit when you think of the types of roads and traffic you have to deal with.

So the Champagne Bottle was the second State Tag I tried for on May 5, 2009.
The first State Tag I tried for was this replica paddle wheeler on April 10, 2009.


Nice tag on the riverfront in Burlington City, NJ called the Liberty Belle.

I thought for sure I would get this tag.
I saw the picture only a few minutes after it was posted and I knew exactly where it was.
But I was beat by someone who lived closer.

This is not far from the Burlington Bristol Bridge that crosses the Delaware River from,
you guessed it, Burlington, NJ to Bristol, PA.



I have ridden across this bridge many times over the years.
I remember when it was a nickel, then a dime (that is what my parents payed ).
I remember paying a quarter each way when I started driving. It is now a $2 toll collected in only one direction.
(The joke is "You have to pay to get out of New Jersey!")

Here is some more information on the bridge with pictures of it being built and used in its early years.
The Liberty Belle has little information available on the internet for some reason.
I found a site that said it resided in Philadelphia, but I always see it here.

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I finally got my picture done.
"MY FAVORITE TAGS THAT I VISITED IN 2009"



You may recognize some of these already.
The rest will be shared at some time.
They each have a special history of their own.
And also a story of my ride there.
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My wife and I were out riding Saturday.
We didn't have any plans so I suggested cutting down some trees we had talked about before the holidays.
She said she would rather go for a ride !
Who was I to argue !

I made a big long list of previous tags from the GSTOR and the SJTOR and we headed out.
I must say here that we only got to 5 as will be explained later.

First stop was this Southern Tag # 39 Ultimate Weapon.


This is located at one of the entrance gates for Fort Dix.
Of course a military instalation does not share everything, so the link above is what they provide to the public.

The Ultimate Weapon is not the Howitzer shown here, but rather the soldiers themselves.
I like their thinking.
"The Ultimate Weapon" statues are actually on the base itself, and as far as I can tell they are not accessable to the general public.

I always get concerned about taking pictures near military instalations, bridges, prisons, and utilities.
With the times we are living in the reasons should be clear as to why that is nfortunately.
The gate for entrance into the base is further down the road, so I was not too concerned when I got there. Still on my toes though.
Plus there were plenty of care tire tracks through the grass here so I figured I wasn't the only one looking at these things.



The other side of the road is the other half of this entrance sign.


The same plaque is posted for both guns.


So I got my pictures and left the way I came in.

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Next on the list was SJT (South Jersey Tag) 99, Petticoat Bridge Skirmish.


A close up of the sign.


Here is the bridge as it stands currently.



The bridge goes over the Assiscunk Creek which is currently in Mansfied Township.

You always hear about the Battle of Trenton or the Battle of Princeton, but these lesser known battles are quite interesting. Especially when they are almost in your back yard.

In this link the skirmish is under 21 December, Saturday.

When this tag was posted in early October I ran out to get it.
And I got it.
I was the first one to get there and then post my picture.
I believe two other people got there after me.

As you will notice the first picture has leaves on the trees.
That was when I got the tag.
Today I was on my way to another tag that was down the street.
I stopped here to show it to my wife and I also wanted a picture of the bridge because I forgot to take one back in October.

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About 1 mile down the road was another tag placed about 3 weeks later at Keeler Oak tree. SJT 124.


Nice big old oak which saw the skirmish at Petticoat Bridge.


In the link for Keeler Oak there is some more information on Petticoat Bridge.

I never realized how many old trees are still left in New Jersey.
And most of them have some historical significance to them.

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I also found another future tag on this trip.


The sun was playing havic with my pictures all day.
Always seemed to be behind whatever I wanted to take a picture of.
I can't complain because at least it was warm enough to ride.
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Next on the list was SJT 85, Al's Psychedelic Tower.


The reason it is called Psychedelic is because Al tagged this after he couldn't find anything else around and he did some photoshop on it to change the colors.
The sky was pink, the grass was blue, you get the picture.



The weird thing about this tower is it is located in a rather decent community.
Maybe the tower was there first.

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