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Old 01-28-2010, 08:15 AM   #61
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Thanks exoff-roadgoat.

I appreciate the compliments.

I guess there isn't much riding up there right now is there?

I have a friend originally from Michigan around Monroe so I've heard about the weather.
Winter and Mud I think were the two seasons !

He use to ride all over the place until he got married and moved away.
I met him here in New Jersey when he lived here.
Now he is in Kentucky.
But no bike.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:07 PM   #62
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Up untill the last couple of days January has been balmy, by Michigan standards. The roads have been clear almost all month. I have only seen one bike in W. Mich. and a few more in the Det. area all winter. I'm a wuss so I keep the scoot in the basement untill spring. You have some sweet pics of New Jersey. I never knew it was so scenic or artsey.

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Old 01-28-2010, 06:32 PM   #63
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I never knew it was so scenic or artsey.
Me either !
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:25 PM   #64
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Mr Bill's

I always wondered what became of Mr. Bill after his stint on saturday night live. It seems he opened up a convenience store in New Jersey. I guess there wasn't much call for a playdough actor in later years. Oh well, good to see he's suviving, lol.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:22 AM   #65
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I always wondered what became of Mr. Bill after his stint on saturday night live. It seems he opened up a convenience store in New Jersey. I guess there wasn't much call for a playdough actor in later years. Oh well, good to see he's suviving, lol.
Oh No!!! Mr. Bill is alive and well, or was well. I saw him in a commercial not too long ago. He had fallen out a window and got splatted by a bus, probably in N.J.Saturday nights haven't been the same since John Belushi and Bill moved on. Keep the pictures coming PC!
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:12 AM   #66
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After posting several pictures of where I had been on Saturday I ate dinner looked for the location of the Southern Tag and went to bed.

I woke up early on Sunday for some reason.
I checked the TOR games and found that the person who had gotten the State Tag relinquished it to me because he was apparently tied up at work for a while and didn't have time to get another tag up.

And the Southern Tag was still available.

Hmmmmmm !
What to do ?

I knew where the Southern Tag was, or I was pretty sure anyway, so I figured I would go for that and think about my options for a new State Tag.
The problem I had was I needed to be back home in time to leave for church (that's not really a problem).
My thinking was that I wanted to do a decent tag and if I waited until after church to post a new one it would be early afternoon, and I wanted to keep the game going.

I wasn't too concerned really because as you can see there is plenty of stuff to tag in New Jersey.
Some better than others of course !

So I rode to where I thought the Southern Tag was and there it was.


Yes, another cemetery.
With more than three people buried there!

Between the cemetery and the road I took home the night before there was a gas station.
The front of the building in the background faces the road I took.
The church for this cemetery is about 1/4 mile down that road to the left.
Either the church was originally here and moved, or they bought this land just for burial purposes.

What is interesting about this grave is the sign that says "IN GOD WE TRUST".


The plaque below the sign explains its significance.


HUH !
I never knew that before !
And I had no idea the man lived in New Jersey !

I like James Oliver's quote here: "THE WORLD IS BLESSED MOST BY MEN WHO DO THINGS, AND NOT BY THOSE WHO MERELY TALK ABOUT THEM."

I found the location of the grave marker a little confusing as the plaque states Rev. Watkinson was buried 50 yards behind the plalque by the white post.
After thinking about it my guess would be that this plaque was originally placed on the front fence to the cemetery (which looks to be about 150 feet) and later moved to the grave marker itself which is next to a white post.


Here is the story about the formation of the motto and a picture of Rev. Watkinson from a church he pastored in Pennsylvania.

Scroll down about half way on this link for a more detailed story about the motto getting onto our currency.

Rev. Watkinson is said to have been born in New Jersey but I have not been able to find out how he came to be buried out here in Pemberton.
He aparently got around quite a bit. He helped to start a church in Camden, NJ, and also the one in Pennsylvania and he also served in a church in Richmond, VA.

Some more great history in my area I never knew about.

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I took a side road home that I had been wanting to try.
It was pretty nice, but not well maintained in places.

I passed this flock of Snow Geese in a field.


Some of them started to take off when I rode by, but most of them just sat there.
I guess it was too cold to fly!
Plus a Honda doesn't make that much noise to scare anyone!!!

I actually had to get off my bike to get them to fly so I could get a decent picture.
It is a wonderful sight to see a flock like this take off.


I also got a video with my camera so I could capture the scene in video and audio.
I haven't found out how to post those yet!
But I will !

Don't worry, they only flew about 500 feet and landed again.
I was just trying to keep them warm !
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I had decided where to place the State Tag on my way out to the cemetery.
When I passed the traffic circle at the intersection of Rt.206 & Rt.70 (the Red Lion Circle) I saw a building off to my left I had forgot about. One that I thought would make a good tag sometime.
Now was the time!

After warming up the Snow Geese I had to go back through the circle to get home and you could see the tag from the circle.



The Red Lion Inn.

When I looked at their website something looked different to me.


Their sign had a red background with white lettering.
Now it has a white background with red lettering.


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Off to church (in the Suburban).
Too cold for my wife on the bike, plus we were not sure what we were doing afterwards.

After getting home we set out to place a new Southern Tag.
Off through the woods we go to get to Smithville.
An old stage coach stop back in the 1700's

I thought about using a picture of the rear of the Smithville Inn that faced the lake.


The picture didn't come out too well for recognition of what it is so I decided to go with the front view.


Here is their Historic Marker sign.


Now as historic as they advertise their inn is I could not find much history about it.


Smithville has been made into a Village of Shops.
A tourist attraction called Historic Smithville & Village Greene.
I did finally find some history here and the process it took to make Smithville what it is today.

This sand sculpture is in front of the right window before you go in the front door.


Across the lake you can see a number of brightly colored buildings.
This place is a beehive of activity in the Summer months.


One of the shops is this Grist Mill Gifts.
Looks like the water wheel needs some work.


Next door to the mill is this great curiosity shop.
They have all kinds of interesting stuff there to spend your money on.


It is a nice place to visit.
Especially if you are looking for something unusual or if you just want to take a stroll around some interesting buildings.

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Old 01-29-2010, 08:37 AM   #70
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nice report!



But I don't believe I gave you permission to abuse this tag photo!

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Old 01-29-2010, 08:45 AM   #71
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But I don't believe I gave you permission to abuse this tag photo!

I think that's covered under Eminent Domain !

Besides, that was 9 months ago.
You still bitter about that?

I must say though, with all of the riding I have been doing I haven't had time to abuse anyone's photos for a while.

Besides, I think the red adds a nice touch to the contrast of the original picture as it coincides with the emination of the red hue from the hewn stone.

I can't wait to see it in person on the Bruce Run II.

Kind of reminds me of my current tag.
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The Red Lion Inn tag got snatched up pretty fast.
And a new tag was placed pretty quickly but was about an hour and a half away.

I opted to place the Southern Tag instead of going for the State Tag because I felt obligated to keep the game going.
I probably could have placed a Southern Tag on the way to the State Tag, but I would rather post something I know I have been wanting to do instead of just doing something for the sake of placing a tag.

We got home just after dark on Sunday after placing the Smithville Inn tag and the State Tag was still available.
My wife was a little to tired to go with me.
She wanted to go, but decided to stay home.

I stopped for gas and headed straight to the tag.
I rode by my recent Muffler Man Halfwit tag and found the new tag easily.


Here is my night picture of The Cabin.


I have been told that the food is pretty good here.
Not that the other places don't have good food, but a couple of people commented about The Cabin.

And the picture on their website is a lot better than mine too!

I guess I should state that I did not get this tag.
I figured all of the guys would be watching the Football Playoff Games.
And I was right!
I got beat by our new female tagger!

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I think that's covered under Eminent Domain !
Well, if you are going to get all "Constitutional" on my, then you should know that you have to compensate the person you take the property away from!

Vth Amendment...."nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."

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On Monday afternoon the State Tag was placed near Atlantic City.
That's about an hour from me.
The problem was I did not have the time as I was putting some new auxiliary lights on my bike.

I have been wanting extra lights for about as long as I have had the bike.
I did not want to spend a gazillion dollars for lighting either.
The problem I was having is when the lights are on low beam I could not see very far down the road.
When the light was on high beam I could not see the road right in front of me.

I wanted to fill in those voids with auxiliary lighting.
(I do have one of those Silver Star bulbs in the light housing.)

The other problem I was having is no one had any suggestions for a PC800.
The PC800, from what I have read, only has about 90 extra watts of power.
All the lights I looked at were 55 watts apiece.
Too much for this old truck to handle.

Sooooo, I came up with my own solution.
Run one light with the low beam and point it out further.
Hook the other light up with the high beam and point it at the road in front of me.
Works great !

Now the Pacific Coast is a great bike, but just hope you don't have to do any work on it!
Here is what I had to go through to get the lights wired in.


Take out the grill, both mirrors, the cover band around the bottom of the windshield, a couple of other plastic pieces, the windshield and the light plug.
That's all !!!

The part that took the longest was making a bracket to support the lights with.
I wanted them up high and not on the forks.
The forks have all of that plastic on them and I did not want to put screws and holes in them.

I shaped a piece of aluminum flat stock to fit under the headlight area and widened it out past the plastic in the front and placed the lights there.


Doesn't look too bad for an amature!
And who could complain for $16.88 + tax.

The lights work great for what I needed.
I did blow a fuse the next day and I replaced the 10amp with a 15amp.

I think that will take care of that.
I hope so because the fuse box is behind the side cover and it takes about 15 minutes to replace one.
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And don't tell anyone, but I broke one of the tabs on the cover somehow !

I DIDN'T MEAN TO !
HONEST !!!

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Well, if you are going to get all "Constitutional" on my, then you should know that you have to compensate the person you take the property away from!

Vth Amendment...."nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."

The studying is going well!
I'll buy you a soda on the Bruce Run !
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