Familiar Territory

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Just GO!, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Just GO!

    Just GO! Countersteer it.

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    We lived just a hundred yards or so up this road on the right.


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    A tiny house where 4 brothers shared the same bedroom...stacked on top of each other like cord wood...two bunk beds for sleeping and two dressers to stuff our clothes into. Personal space was at a premium. :lol3

    The neighborhood matriarch, Margret Miller, ruled her subjects with and iron hand. The Millers lived across the road on the hillside and occasionally Margret would make an appearance on her front porch and let out a belch like a sailor that would echo across the valley for several minutes just to let everyone know she was still in charge. Margret Miller was old then....but to a 12 year old 35 was ancient. She is still living BTW.....in that same house......ruling the neighborhood with that same firm hand. Some things never change.

    Four Burkhart boys, four Travis kids and two Miller boys made up the usual suspects and there was sometimes a few occasional stray kids that made their way into the fray.


    In the hot summer days Margret would frequently announce that she would be taking all of the neighborhood kids swimming. :clap That was the highlight of my summer days....I just loved it.

    We would all grab our towels and anything else that we wanted to take and she would lead us like the Pied Piper down the road to the swimming hole in Duck Creek.

    And this is that same swimming hole as it looks today...........


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    And it looked exactly the same 45 years ago. Yep....some things never change. :deal
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  2. dox

    dox How much for the ape?

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    Just a photo of us out enjoying the water that surrounds us. Let's hit the water next year for some photos... Have kayaks, will travel.

    Great stuff so far, Denny. :lurk
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  3. Just GO!

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    I'd be up for that, Tim. I'd love to give kayaking a try
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  4. Just GO!

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    This picture was taken from the bridge where Killwell Run meets Duck Creek. There used to be a railroad trestle that crossed here also.................


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    You can still see the wooden abutments for the railroad bridge............

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    I can remember the smells of the creosote soaked railroad ties that we walked across to get down to the creek.


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    This giant oak still casts an imposing shadow on the swimming hole......

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    It's water battered roots standing the test of time...

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    My feet remember the first step into that cool water, walking out into deeper areas and the feel of the stones against calloused soles.



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    Damn................................what memories.




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  5. Just GO!

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    The Ohio River is born in Pittsburgh with the joining of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers and flows for 981 miles to the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois. And it's a busy waterway to both water and aircraft.

    Aircraft?? :huh


    Yep....................aircraft..........



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    I was being watched with suspicion as I was taking these pictures of the geese......:lol3


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    The Muskingum River travels from it's beginning at Coschoton, Ohio, 111 miles to Marietta where it joins the Ohio.



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  6. Just GO!

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    The rivers have a life of their own......and they seem to change from day to day.


    This is lock #2 on the Muskingum at Devola........



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  7. Just GO!

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    Rural livin' does have it's benefits. One of those is a relaxed environment. And one of the ways I like to relax is casting a line into the waters of some fine farm ponds.

    Check these out.....


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    And out of those ponds..............


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  8. Just GO!

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    A southbound barge



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    and a DRZ



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    a ghost from the past




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    and a fallen tree




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  9. dox

    dox How much for the ape?

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    Speechless. :cry
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  10. windmills

    windmills Gnearly Adventurer

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    Oh my.

    Thank you very much for your thoughtful posts and your gorgeous photography.
    There is a lovely tranquility to your writing and the beautiful countryside that you obviously love, despite your loss.

    I like your style!
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  11. Just GO!

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    I knew the leaves would not be around much longer so with a day of beautiful weather I put some errands on ignore, fired the DRZ to life and went for a little ride. Just to get things straight from here on out......this RR is for ADVriders, not rats. I just want to clarify that. No rats, OK? And just to emphasize that even more......here's a picture.....




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    NO RATS ALLOWD!!!!!!!!! :lol3





    I was takin' pics not long after leafing the house.



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    The DRZ is serving me well. As much as I liked the KLR250 I like the DRZ. I never was much of an off-roader so I don't really need a true dualsport bike and the DRZ is taking me everywhere I need it to...for now.




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    The yeller DRZ blends in rather nicely, don't it?


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    The colors in southeastern Ohio aren't as brilliant as in other parts of the country but there are some areas of bright color that really pop.
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  13. Tetched

    Tetched Local Village idiot

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    Hey Denny :wave

    Nice photos as always
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    Hey Mike. How's everyone across the river?
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    :thumb
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  16. Just GO!

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    Say hi to Kay for me. :wave
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  17. Just GO!

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    These fall leaves were gone not long after I was out riding that day.


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    We have been blessed with very nice weather this fall. It's a great time of year but the Old Man is just around the corner. We turned our clocks back one hour last week and it's dark now at 6:30. :cry

    This old man really does not like winter. :bluduh


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    The road drops off to the right here about 50 feet down into this little valley.......I've always wanted to stop here for a few pics.........


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    Mmmmoooooooooooooving on..................


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  18. dox

    dox How much for the ape?

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    Western part of our fair County?

    Road with the valley and shelter cave reminds me of Cave Hill Rd or maybe Linton Hill. :ear

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    It's on Davis Hill Rd. I rode behind Lawrence Elementary school, crossed the Little Muskingum on Chandler Rd. here......the river crossing is about 60 yards or so behind the DRZ in this pic........

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    and took Chandler to Davis Hill Rd. which circles back to Bear Run.


    Nice area for gravel running. :thumb
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  20. Just GO!

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    This little fall ride was quickly coming to an end. It was one of those perfect, mid October days that you wish could last all year round.


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    Southeastern Ohio is by far not the most beautiful spot on the planet but when you know where to look and pay attention to the little things it's not too bad of a place to call home.


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    See what I mean.....................


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