Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

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    The Anatomy Of A Perfect Road: Now we all understand that one person's view of the 'perfect road' can differ from another's, based on experience, geographics, steed, desire to see, etc. Having seen and ridden roads with great mountain and desert vistas here and abroad, I have little longing for them at this time, despite their splendor and beauty. My view of the perfect road has become more local and parochial - likeability and being easy-to-get-to have become a benchmark. What I like are roads with lots of hills, sweepers, twisties and hairpins that are quiet, not too technical, have little or no cage traffic and are not besotted with hoards of cruiser-faced pirates. Time with the redhead taught me that gravel, especially loose gravel, is a deterrent to much, if not most, of the cruiser and cage crowd. In addition, the perfect road should have bridges, quaint homes and villages with rivers and streams and friendly people. Riding it should make you smile and never want to stop. The previous post pictured such a road. This post pictures another.

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    I was able to chase trains in the morning, ride these roads in the afternoon and still get home in plenty of time for dinner. In a week or two, this area will be a feast of fall color. What's not to like?
  2. B10Dave

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    What's not to like indeed. John; you live in a perfect biking area for three of the four seasons. I am jealous as I live in a mostly flat area in the great lakes basin and our topography used to be lake bottoms. West of me it is so flat that kids have to use freeway overpass side inclines for sledding hills!!!
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  3. popscycle

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    I can relate to that, having grown up and spent many years in the foothills of Mt. Level (a.k.a. central Illinois). Adventure riding there consisted of mostly cornfields, country gravel roads and the occasional terminal moraine.
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    Chasing Trains This Weekend: Caught this ex-CSX unit entering the yard, which is the only place around where you have a chance of catching RR action without camping out for hours on end.

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    The unit passed some yard action of another kind.

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  5. B10Dave

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    John; mid 80's here today. Time for riding; trains and an order of fresh cut fries again. Another perfect afternoon. Caught a CN freight; a ViaRail and an Ont. Southland. If I had of stayed beside the CN track in Ingersoll I could have photoed three more CN freights in about a twenty minute span. Oh well; just another reason to go back later in the week.

    CN freight.

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    ViaRail

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    Ont. Southland.

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  6. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    How many Via locomotives have the 150 year wrap on them, do you know? Just wondering if that is a single locomotive traveling the system, that you seem to catch, or captive to the area and many are spread across the system?

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    John; I don't know how many Vias have the wrap but there are lots. If you go to the website Railpictures.ca you can see pics from all across Canada with many Via locos and cars with the Canada 150 wrap.
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    Restful, Wistful Vistas: Reminds me of the park of my youth, but with hills and a bit more water - a great place to stop, stretch and hydrate.

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    It was also a good place to consume the road food that rode in the panniers.
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    Great looking lunch stop site John. Wish we had more like that here.
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    Not The Best Old Structure: We understand this old mill building may not be the best old structure ever pictured but it is old and quite weathered. Structurally, it looks like late 1700s - early 1800s. Judging from what's been done to it of late, we're thinking some sort of a restoration/renovation may be in the works rather than a razing and we are attempting to follow whatever is being done.

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    Suffering from a bit of "if these walls could talk" curiosity, we're trying to locate and contact local historical mavens for more information. So far no luck, but it's early in the process.

    Edit Note: The building is at coordinates 42.601194, -72.736758
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    They could also be harvesting the old growth wood, very slowly and methodically using the lifter. I would love to see them restore the old place, but it does appear pretty far gone, especially with the skylight situation. - John
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    I should have some information soon. Just got an email from an area historical society person who said he'd pass my inquiry along to someone who'd know. Will report back on this, as well as, hopefully, get more pictures in the next 7 days or so. The building cannot remain like this come winter snow.

    Update: The Shelburne Falls historical folks didn't bother to respond but we got help from the good folks at the Princeton, MA library.
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    That made me wanna stop this and go ride!
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    Carpe Postmeridianus: Well, given that I had been on the computer all morning and it was now past noon, 'carpe diem' was out of the question. Seeing the post from @Platypus-3in1 made me think, "I need to stop this and go for a ride", which I did, albeit short on some close-to-home, happy-face roads like the one below. No speeding, though as some had deep potholes and gravel-laden ruts. Slow and steady makes for a comfortable ride in such conditions with no need to stand on the pegs.

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    Hi John. Sunny all morning here so after lunch I rode in to London to check for activity at the CN yard. As soon as I left my driveway it clouded over big time. Stayed warm but got very dull out. Lots of rolling stock and three locos hiding on the outside track, sitting idling.

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    At the other end of the yard two locos had just been detached from some cars and then crossed the street to be parked. I don't know how long they were to be left but they were idling the engines as the engineer left by the front access door and he can be seen locking it as he left. The one clean and nicely painted loco and the shabby one hooked to it looked familiar. Sure enough; I checked their #s and they are the locos in the previous post pulling the short freight through Ingersoll.

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    And of course; the sun came back out in all it's glory as I was returning home!!!
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    I never tire of RR yard photos. Thanks! PS: The nice thing about cloudy day photos is that you get far fewer areas of over/under exposure.
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    Mountain Greenery or Another Wistful Vista: Saw this bucolic property while riding in the hills yesterday. House design looks to be of the Revolutionary War period.

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    The Stuff In The Yard: Taken the other week whilst whizzing past the yard on the way west. Being an old kid who still longs for his long-lost American Flyer electric train, I love RR yard shots.

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    I love how the light Red paint is still showing under the eves and the top of the doors. Great shot.
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    TY, I think I have a handle on the who/what/when/why of this building. More to follow on that.