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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.
Scene While Riding: A pleasant stream/marshland vista.
Heading Towards Fall: In just a few weeks, these wonderful roads will get very colorful.
It Is Almost That Time: A quick visit to the orchards tells us it is nearing that time. That is, time for apple pie, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pan dowdy, apfelstrudel, apple cider jello shots, caramel apples, apfelkuchen, apple butter, apple fritters, apple wine, apple-you-name-it, etc. Yummy!
A Near Crash While Going IFR: This one's a first in 60 years of riding. Here I was zipping along IFR (i.e., "I Follow Railroads") in the right track when I see an animal racing towards me like mad in the left track. Now I am thinking about the odds that the critter will either panic and run into me or engage in some territorial attack versus eventually seeing me and diverting off the path. With the track being a little damp and slippery in some spots from a recent rain, I wasn't about to swerve and wondered if this critter would be slippery or crunchy when we met.
Fortunately, the little creature continued on past me in the left track as if I wasn't even there and was racing to get some critter tail. I think the animal was a groundhog or something similar. The whole episode got me laughing so hard I had to stop and record the scene. Although not a train, the critter was racing like one and provided a highlight to an otherwise enjoyable ride.
The Tour du Jour: I had several hours to spare yesterday afternoon and spent them all on local area gravel and trails like the one below, most of which only had mud/water in low areas. All were readily passable, if not always directly.
As I mentioned to R2 last night (via msg), the ride is so enjoyable that the only difficulty is stopping to take a pic. I did take it easy, though, as there were some deep, mud/water-filled potholes in places that will rattle your old bones. Deep potholes could ruin your day on a cruiser. Now, they are just something to slow down for and have fun with.
Decisions..decisions......do I post train pics from today's hunt or other subjects from the weekend jaunt? Trains win for now. Went to Tillsonburg looking for Ontario Southland. Nothing moving. Rode north to Ingersoll. Checked for trains on the CNR mainline and looked at the sad old CNR passenger station and the newer ViaRail whistle stop.
Went over to the OSR/CPR yard and found gold. There were two OSR power units sitting there and one was one of their F units.
I took several pictures of the stationary units and then rode over to PB's fries truck for a small order and a "diet" coke. I was just finishing my fries when the crossing lights started to flash and the bells went off. Another OSR train was coming into the yard. Well; just had to go back and take more pics.
Train from Woodstock was two power units and eight cars. Well well; another F unit still earning its's keep on a daily basis. They dropped five cars and then left for Sylvite in Putnam with three hopper cars. I love chasing OSR trains. They have no police of their own as they are a small shortline RR and as long as you respect the safety aspect of looking and picture taking the train crews just smile and wave. Stay off the actual tracks and a reasonable distance and there are no repercussions.
I followed the train to Sylvite in Putnam and took a few more pics as they dropped the hopper cars.
Temps in the high 70's ; roads to be ridden; trains to be found; fries to be eaten....is there a better way to spend an afternoon?
I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon. You done good, IMHO, and we greatly appreciate the train pics as there seems to be a deficit of trainage around here.
Weekend At The Winery: With no prospect of seeing any trains, I went to an area winery last weekend to get some birthday wine for the wife. The place was mobbed - virtually all the seating areas were filled with people spilling out into the yard and long lines inside the store. Then it dawned on me that some folks might not know that New England has some very good vintners and this particular one (i.e. Nashoba Valley) has a good assortment of regular, estate and fruit wines. In any event, I parked by the no parking sign just long enough to get a picture and then left to come back during the week when not so crowded.
An Old Freight Station: I happened by this old freight station again the other day and thought it was worth another look. Typical of those in the area, I am guessing the station dates back the early 1900s.
About That Winery: Having found the previously-mentioned winery rather crowded and busy last weekend, we went back the other day to fetch some after-dinner wine. This time, there weren't so many people about, perhaps a dozen or two in the store and around the grounds, and the lines were not long (e.g., 2-6 at checkout). That said, I took two pictures of the store/tasting room/tap building, shown below.
Being in a hurry, I didn't take pictures of the other buildings, which consist of the winery building, restaurant, brewery, storage, etc. The deck, patio and grounds can host a good number of wine tasters and looks like a good place to relax over a glass.
The restaurant, not shown, is reservations only and should, we're told, be made at least a week in advance.
Sunday was a good day to take a jaunt to Mt. Hope Airport; home of the Canadian Warplane Heritage. They were having a special weekend with the regular compliment of aircraft and an invitation only car exhibit as a bonus.
Miscellaneous Milling Around: Below are two old mills that cleaned up nice and have found new use.
The top one was taken in the PM in MA, one below in the AM in NH with a distance between that makes for a nice little ride.
Both great buildings and a wonderful re-purposing of the smoke stack!
Easter weekend the wife went to see her dad in Prescott AR. she drove, so I rode, 300 miles one way, no biggie, only that time of year the weather is a bit finikey in the Ozarks. On the way down I stopped and seen @dogjaw in Little Rock, and the queen herself Charlie Bravo graced my bike with her appearance
if your don't already know, here's her story
so when i got to Prescott I knew there was a depo there, but of course it was closed by the time i got there
so the next day was saturday and they all ran off doing what ever, I knew they would, so i had a plan, Ark, to OK, to Tx to La, then back to Presott, sounds like a IBR, but it was only 300 or so miles
no Texas pic
Times are tough all over
headed back after sunday service and stopped at Mamouth Springs Ar. there's several websites about the spring, but I was after pics of the depo,
while I was there the tracks started to buzz, and so did I , was able to get some close up pics
last pics are at the powerstation at the spring,
the depo, spring,and powerstation are all within walking distance, which makes this a fun place to stop. It's about a hour or so from the house.
Some more from the Warplane Heritage Museum. First up are a couple more planes.
You may have noticed the little donation box in the Crane picture. All the aircraft in the collection are airworthy unless under repair or restoration. Any donations in these boxes go directly to upkeep and fuel for that particular aircraft.
The panda on the side of the plane is great!
In my first post from the museum I mentioned an invitation only car show among the aircraft. Here are some pics of the star of the show. A 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe recreation. The Guild of Automotive Restorers in Bradford Ontario; owned and run by David Grainger; took on the task of recreating this '35 Bugatti. They started with a genuine Bugatti chassis and drive train and a bunch of vintage photographs. The results are stunning. You are looking at a hand crafted magnesium body and interior fittings built at the Guilds facility in Bradford Ontario. If you google "Bugatti Aerolithe" you will see an interview of David Grainger by Jay Leno about the build of this one of a kind classic automobile. Here are four pics of the result.
Vestiges Of A RR Track: While out doing some IFR (I Follow Railroads) milling around the other day, I happened to discover and follow a track that once was. What you see is a picture of corner of a mill building that was constructed over where a RR track curved down and around to connect with another. You can still see the steam engine smoke stains on the underside of the building.
Note: I have been to this building before but seeing some uncovered rails made me realize the purpose of this old mill cut-out. You learn something new every time.