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Old 01-20-2010, 11:34 AM   #46
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Back to some old rides.

You have heard Carranza Road mentioned here.
The name comes from a Mexican pilot who was basicaly the Charles Lindbergh of Mexico named Emilio Carranza.

The road is named after him because on his flight home from New York to Mexico he crashed in the Pine Barrens at what is now Tabernacle.

The American Legion Post 11 of Mount Holly takes care of the Memorial and does services there every year to commemorate the tragedy.
The link above takes you to their information about Emilio Carranza and the Memorial.

Here is the memorial.




Close ups of all four sides.




"The Aztec eagle is a symbol of Mexican identity, pride, leadership and dignity. The descending eagle and set of footprints mark Carranza'a tragic descent and final "walk" on earth." (taken from sign shown below)





"The arrow symbolizes flight into the air - perpetual endurance of his dream." (taken from sign shown below)



Here is the sign that you can see in the first picture that the above information was taken from.


And this is Carranza Road in front of the memorial heading south east.


The road is paved here, but just a little further down it turns into dirt/sand.

Here is some more information from Roadside America.

State Tag #317 Carranza Monument.

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As you can see from the last picture at Carranza Memorial there is nothing but pine trees around here.
If you look at the map all you see is green, and tan where there are open areas of sand.

The Pine Barrens are not that bad if you go looking for things.
There are some nice scenic areas to be found.
I posted this earlier, but this is on Carranza Road about 2 miles south east of the Memorial.
This is that bridge that I got for my first tag pick-up.


Here is a view off to the right of this picture.


A little further down the road you get into some cedar swamps.


A lake here.


A swamp there.


A river here.


I find these areas quite interesting.
You can not go into them or you will sink in the muck.
Plus there's nothing out there anyway!
But the cedar stands out here are pretty nice to look at.

Sp ky at night though !
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I should mention here about the Batona Trail.

Batona comes from BAck TO NAture.

The trail is 50 miles long. OK 49.5.
It goes from Ong's Hat to Bass River State Forest.

Ongs Hat is a place I want to go to to find a tag to place.
I like the name.

Along this trail you will hike past:
-Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower shown earlier in this thread
-Carranza Memorial
-And end at Bass River SF which is near that giant Champagne Bottle

When I was in Boy Scouts I hiked this trail several times.
It only used to be 35 miles and ended at Batsto.
They extended it later.

It's an easy trail as South Jersey is flat.
The challenge is the soft sandy areas.
But still an easy trail with some great scenic areas.


Information here.
Trail Conference for NY/NJ informatin here.
Some pictures from thebackpacker.com.
And some forums on the trail if anyone wants to hike it.
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:13 AM   #49
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It has been a couple of days since I posted.
I got an e-mail from Photobucket saying that I was approaching my limit on monthly bandwidth.
I am at 74% right now.
I am not totally sure what uses up bandwidth, but it will be reset to zero on the 25th.
It apparently has nothing to do with my pictures in their files, but something to do with the amount of time my pictures are used or seen !!!

So I decided to post some of my photoshopped pictures I made for the Garden State TOR.
I made these early in my "career" in the GSTOR because the tag always seemed to stay north. Too far for trying to get a tag from down here in Southern NJ.

Someone tagged this Homestead Rest Restaurant way up north.
I decided to put my bike over top of the horse and change the sign.


I did my best not to cover the other riders bike.

Then someone tagged this brewery.
This is in Lambertville. North West Central Jersey, but still a ride from here.
I think this tag got snatched up pretty fast so I didn't have time to run out for it anyway.

I am planning a Bruce Run for late April and this is on the list of Old Tags we will be visiting.


Then there was this tag in Phillipsburg of an old mile marker.
The bike on the right got the tag.
It belongs to a gentleman who really loves my pictures !
So I thought I would make this to keep him happy !


He is our most prolific tagger.
Quite a character.
I wish I had his energy.

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If you are not familiar with Tag-O-Rama games then the word Bruce will be a question you will keep wondering about.

Well, as the story goes, the Ohio State Tag-O-Rama was one of the first games to be started.
There was a man who kept getting to the tags after other people had already been there.
I think you can guess what his name is!
Yes, Bruce.

And Bruce, if you are reading this, we use your name as a term of affection.
Some riders actually like getting bruced because they then do not have to go out and place a new tag!
It's all about the ride anyway.
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OK, bandwidth is still at 74% so lets do some more !

Someone tagged a schoolhouse to the right of this sign.


I had wondered if they saw me in the background ?

The person who got this tag didn't see my bike for some reason.


Then someone tagged the "geographic center" of New Jersey.
Of course no one saw this crop circle from the ground.


I must admit that some of the riders thought I was a little nuts.
Some people actually thought my PC name stood for Photo Chop !

I must say though, when I did go for a tag in New Brunswick some people actually thought I photoshopped my bike in the picture.
That was never my intent.
My intent was that you would know that my bike was photoshopped into another riders picture.
I thought that is what made them fun.
It also kept me interested in the game when I did not have time to ride or could not get involved otherwise.
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I thought I was going to have a boring weekend without any riding.
It seems I was wrong !

On Saturday morning I woke up and looked at the GSTOR and SJTOR threads.
A new SJTOR tag had not been posted yet.
The state tag was gotten early and a new tag was put up quickly.
The time stamp on the two pictures was 7 minutes apart so I figured the tag drop was really close to the tag pick-up.
There was a picture of an elephant statue and a clue of "marbling".
I looked up 'marble elephant statues south plainfield nj' and all kinds of variations and nothing came up.
(Nothing useful for a TOR game anyway! ).
As I thought about it later I thought perhaps the clue was for a marlbe store. You know, the ones who make countertops and such.
That was it.
There were three in the area and they were all close to the previous tag.
From looking at the tag picture and comparing it to BingMap views I thought I figured out which one it was.
So I wrote down my directions for that location, plus the other two just in case, and headed out the door.
My wife was not feeling well so I went by myself.

I took the most direct route (without tolls ).
Now if you ever get the chance to ride Route 206 from around Vincentown up to Bordentown and then take Route 130 from Bordentown to Route 1 in New Brunswick, DON'T DO IT !!!

Those roads are so bad it is rediculous.
I had done this route before for another tag (you will see later) and the bumps in these roads are atrocious.

So as I was making my second to last turn I saw this store and I had to stop.


NICE, a store named after me !
In RED too !

The tag was another few miles and I found it easily.
It was right where I thought it was.


Nice shot huh?
The parking spaces on each side were taken so I took a butt shot !

I saw this painted on the spaces in front of the store.


I guess that's where Visiting Marble parks !

Here is a front picture.


The elephant is located at All Granite and Marble Corp.
But you better hurry if you want to see it, its on a skid!

If you will notice, the right tusk is misssing!
Ahhhhhh, New Jersey !

State Tag #528 Marble Elephant
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My plan was to ride to the Marble Elephant and then go to the local library and try and upload my picture so I didn't have to ride home and possibly get bruced.

It took me 2 hours to get to the tag.
Another 15 or so to get to the library.

Do you ever go into public places with motorcycle riding gear on.
You get some interesting glances from people.

Anyway,
When I looked up the GSTOR I saw that the tag had already been gotten.
Minutes after I left the house!

The tagger had already placed a new tag.
One that was not down the street either.
Unfortunately the tag he placed had already been done.
One of the rules of the game is no re-tagging of previous tags.

So I looked up the Southern game and the tag looked like it was at the First Baptist Church in Pemberton.
I know where that is.
About 25 minutes from my house!

I figured I would drive by on my way home.
There were some other tags in the area I was in now, and I figured I would ride by those and come back to the library and see where the new state tag was put.

Next door to the library was State Tag #123. Volies Memorial.
There was quite a lot of interesting stuff here so I took a lot of pictures.
I also could not remember what angle the tag picture was taken at.
(That was a long time ago!)


This is South Plainfield Monument Park.
Check out the link. Some great pictures and tributes to those who serve our country.


I thought this helicopter was pretty cool.




In the first picture you can see: A big gun (behind the little tree to the left), an anchor (under the tail of the helicopter), a clock (to the far left), and several other monuments to various wars and to those who gave their lives for our country.

Here is a picture from the othe side.


And the fireman statue.




And aparently this is where we got the name for the tag.


Volies/Volunteer

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Next on the list was State Tag#106 Drake House.


I thought I knew where I was going.
But just let me say, that I found it faster than I thought I would.
Continuing on the road the Library and Monument Park were on it was right at the end.



A picture from the side.


I am not familiar with this area or the history so here is a snippet from their web-site.

"Plainfield's historic link with its colonial past, was built in 1746 by Isaac Drake as a home for his son, Nathaniel. Today it is a City-owned public museum administered by the Historical Society of Plainfield.
It was at the Drake House that George Washington consulted with his officers during and after The Battle of Short Hills, fought over the entire Plainfield area on June 25-27, 1777."

Here is a link for the Drake House Museum.

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Then I went to State Tag #72 Ashbrook Golf Course.


The monument here commemorates the Battle of Short Hills that was mentioned in my Drake House post above.


The above plaque was the only one left of the four.
The others looked like this.


Ahhhhhhh !!!! New Jersey !

Ash Brook Golf Course.


Not too many golfers out swinging the ole golf clubs.


I'll bet it really looks good in the summer.

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From here I headed back to the library to check on the state tag.
Nothing new there.
Stay turned. More on that later!

So I went home the way I came.
I drove back by the elephant.
I stopped at the tag that was placed before that.
It was about 1/4 mile up the road here.


A monument for Hadley Airport wich use to be at this location.


Here is some great information about Hadley Field.

This area is currently the Holiday Inn South Plainfield and Ruby Tuesday.

State Tag #527 Hadley Airport

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The trip report would not be complete without a construction zone picture.


And a traffic picture.


I know it doesn't look that bad here.
I was in a line of traffic, and there was a line of traffic coming the other way until I finally had time and room to pull over and taka a picture, then alll of the traffic disappears.
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I have mentioned here before about a grave site that was worse than the one in a traffic circle.



The gray brick island you see is the final resting place of 3 people !
Currently in the rear parking lot of a Lowes Movie Theater.


Here was my picture from June 6, 2009 when I went for the tag.


And a close-up of the grave marker.


The bridge you can see in the background of the second picture is Route 1 over the Raritan River in New Brunswick.

I must say though, it looks better now then it did in this picture.
You can also read a legend about Mary Ellis on this link as well.

Here there is a picture of this little graveyard in it's original setting.

I rode by this on my way home so I stopped to get some pictures of the orientation of the grave.

I find this to be a sad sight personally.

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I guess I should say that I did not get this tag back in June.
I was there at 10:00 and I took backroads home to have an enjoyable ride rather than speed home on Route 1, 130, and 206.
I also wanted to avoid the risk of premanent damage to my posterior on those bumps.
It took me 3 hours to get home back in June.
And about and hour and a half on Saturday.

In June, two other riders got there around 11:45 and had a race to see who could post on site the fastest.
They shared the tag and dropped a new one together.
One on an 55 Harley Shovel/Panhead and one on a 2009 BMW R1200GS.
Good comradery.

I took this nice picture of a trash dump that day!


No,not the car, the hill in the background !

This is also the day I found that Muffler Man Halfwit in the red shirt.
I have been saving him that long!
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So on the ride home I am tooling down Route 1 and Route 130 doing the speed limit at 55mph.
I am staying in a little strip of asphault on the left side of the left lane bacause there seem to be fewer bumps there.
Not the easiest maneuver on two wheels, but it seems to be working for me.

>Siderant:
I have no clue who decides where to put the seams in a road.
I am no highway engineer, but I would think in between the lanes would be a good spot.
Maybe its just me!
Siderant over<

It was getting late and I wanted to get home not too long after dark.
So the traffic thins out as I pass I-195 and I am closing in on Bordentown doing 55 when I look down at my speedometer and it reads 105 !!!!! .
A quick check of my surroundings shows I am not passing anyone.
In fact I am at the same distance I was to the cars in front of me as I had been for several minutes.
A quick look at the tac shows my RPM's are where they should be for 55 mph.
Hmmmmmmmm!
I just replaced that speedometer cable about 6 months ago.

The odometer keeps rolling along.
I figured it had to be some electronic thingy between the fairly new cable and the dohicky that makes the needle point to it's proper location.
I'm no mechanic or electrical engineer either.

I figured I'd just be replacing another cable in the near future.

I stopped at a diner that makes some great cheesebread.


Mastoris between Route 130 & Route 206 in Bordentown.

I stopped to get this for my wife who was not feeling well.
She appreciated my thoughtfulness !

As I left there my speedometer was working fine.

Works for me!

So I take a side trip to look for the Southern Tag and come up empty again.
I found the First Baptist Church of Pemberton with no problem.
But there was no cemetery to be found around it.
I rode around a little bit and the only cemetery I found was for the Presbyterian Church, and the tag was not in there.
So I drove home.
Unfulfilled in my exploits of tagging for the day.

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Old 01-28-2010, 06:19 AM   #60
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Nice trip report fellow PCer. Very entertaining with quality pictures to boot! The one with Howdy Doodie on your bike is a all time classic. Just what the doctor ordered for a cold ass, boring ass, January morning. Keep up the good work!
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