PC's Adventures in Pictures

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  1. PC-Rider

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    I am trying to decide what to post next. :dunno
    I guess I'll just go with whatever comes to mind. :scratch

    One of the earliest tags I went for (and did not get) was this Champagne Bottle in New Gretna, NJ.
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    From looking at my pictures I believe this is the second tag I ever tried for.

    It was late April, I believe, of 2009 and as you can see it was dark and it was also raining.
    Two of my most unfavorite times to ride are when it is dark or when it is raining. :eyes
    I was out riding in both.
    I had taked a ride earlier that day and was on this road, but I turned off about 1/2 mile before this on my way home.
    When I got home and saw this posted as a tag I thought I would have this one in the bag.
    Who else would be out riding in this kind of weather? :loco
    I guess at least one other person. :lol3

    I knew the roads out this way (the same roads used to get to the church in the previous post actually) so I wasn't too concerned about too many surprises.

    This giant bottle was aparently used as an advertisement for Renault Winery.
    The bottle stands on Route 9 which was the major road through here before the Parkway was put in.
    Here is a day picture of the bottle.
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    I have better pictures at home I'll post later.

    Here is some more information on this big bottle.
    I also found some more information here.

    State Tag #212 Big Ol Bottle


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  2. PC-Rider

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    That was the tag I was going for! :ricky

    My fried stbob placed that tag before the rain hit.
    The rain was coming down pretty good when I went out to get the tag.
    As you can see in the night pictue. :eyes

    I believe that was my second attempt at a Garden State TOR Tag.
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  3. PC-Rider

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    I can see that I am going to have to go a little lighter on the pictures as it is taking a while for the pages to load.
    :D
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  4. PC-Rider

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    The other pictures of the Champagne Bottle were pretty much the same as what you see above.
    The reference to Bob is stbob who placed the tag.
    At the time I made that daytime picture he had just gotten rear-ended on his motorcycle.
    He was fine physically but his bike was totaled. :2cry

    He has a new bike now that he is running all over the state.
    In fact, he just picked up my tag at Wildwood earlier today.
    That is a trip of around 160 miles one way for him.
    And in NJ that is quite a bit when you think of the types of roads and traffic you have to deal with. :eyes

    So the Champagne Bottle was the second State Tag I tried for on May 5, 2009.
    The first State Tag I tried for was this replica paddle wheeler on April 10, 2009.
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    Nice tag on the riverfront in Burlington City, NJ called the Liberty Belle.

    I thought for sure I would get this tag.
    I saw the picture only a few minutes after it was posted and I knew exactly where it was.
    But I was beat by someone who lived closer. :2cry

    This is not far from the Burlington Bristol Bridge that crosses the Delaware River from,
    you guessed it, Burlington, NJ to Bristol, PA.

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    I have ridden across this bridge many times over the years.
    I remember when it was a nickel, then a dime (that is what my parents payed :wink: ).
    I remember paying a quarter each way when I started driving. It is now a $2 toll collected in only one direction.
    (The joke is "You have to pay to get out of New Jersey!")

    Here is some more information on the bridge with pictures of it being built and used in its early years.
    The Liberty Belle has little information available on the internet for some reason.
    I found a site that said it resided in Philadelphia, but I always see it here.

    State Tag #167 Liberty Belle Steamboat

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  5. PC-Rider

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    I finally got my picture done.
    "MY FAVORITE TAGS THAT I VISITED IN 2009"

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    You may recognize some of these already.
    The rest will be shared at some time.
    They each have a special history of their own.
    And also a story of my ride there.
    :D
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  6. PC-Rider

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    My wife and I were out riding Saturday.
    We didn't have any plans so I suggested cutting down some trees we had talked about before the holidays.
    She said she would rather go for a ride ! :eek1
    Who was I to argue ! :lol3

    I made a big long list of previous tags from the GSTOR and the SJTOR and we headed out.
    I must say here that we only got to 5 as will be explained later.

    First stop was this Southern Tag # 39 Ultimate Weapon.
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    This is located at one of the entrance gates for Fort Dix.
    Of course a military instalation does not share everything, so the link above is what they provide to the public.

    The Ultimate Weapon is not the Howitzer shown here, but rather the soldiers themselves.
    I like their thinking. :thumb
    "The Ultimate Weapon" statues are actually on the base itself, and as far as I can tell they are not accessable to the general public.

    I always get concerned about taking pictures near military instalations, bridges, prisons, and utilities.
    With the times we are living in the reasons should be clear as to why that is nfortunately.
    The gate for entrance into the base is further down the road, so I was not too concerned when I got there. Still on my toes though.
    Plus there were plenty of care tire tracks through the grass here so I figured I wasn't the only one looking at these things.

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    The other side of the road is the other half of this entrance sign.
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    The same plaque is posted for both guns.
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    So I got my pictures and left the way I came in.

    SJT 39 Ultimate Weapon

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    Next on the list was SJT (South Jersey Tag) 99, Petticoat Bridge Skirmish.
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    A close up of the sign.
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    Here is the bridge as it stands currently.
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    The bridge goes over the Assiscunk Creek which is currently in Mansfied Township.

    You always hear about the Battle of Trenton or the Battle of Princeton, but these lesser known battles are quite interesting. Especially when they are almost in your back yard.

    In this link the skirmish is under 21 December, Saturday.

    When this tag was posted in early October I ran out to get it.
    And I got it. :ricky
    I was the first one to get there and then post my picture.
    I believe two other people got there after me. :D

    As you will notice the first picture has leaves on the trees.
    That was when I got the tag.
    Today I was on my way to another tag that was down the street.
    I stopped here to show it to my wife and I also wanted a picture of the bridge because I forgot to take one back in October.

    SJT 99 Petticoat Bridge Skirmish

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  8. PC-Rider

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    About 1 mile down the road was another tag placed about 3 weeks later at Keeler Oak tree. SJT 124.
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    Nice big old oak which saw the skirmish at Petticoat Bridge.
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    In the link for Keeler Oak there is some more information on Petticoat Bridge.

    I never realized how many old trees are still left in New Jersey.
    And most of them have some historical significance to them.

    SJT 124 The Keeler Oak

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  9. PC-Rider

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    I also found another future tag on this trip.
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    The sun was playing havic with my pictures all day.
    Always seemed to be behind whatever I wanted to take a picture of.
    I can't complain because at least it was warm enough to ride. :ricky
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    Next on the list was SJT 85, Al's Psychedelic Tower.
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    The reason it is called Psychedelic is because Al tagged this after he couldn't find anything else around and he did some photoshop on it to change the colors.
    The sky was pink, the grass was blue, you get the picture.

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    The weird thing about this tower is it is located in a rather decent community. :dunno
    Maybe the tower was there first.

    SJT 85 Al's Psychedelic Tower

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  11. PC-Rider

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    Next to scratch off my list was SJT 111, Monkless Monestery of St. Clare.
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    The clue given was that there were no monks here.

    With that and some other clues soomeone found the Monestery of St. Clare.

    I liked this little post next to the parking lot.
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    I drove right by this the first time I went by because it looked like a house.
    When I got to the end of the road I saw a sign pointing back in the directioin I had just come, so I turned around and found it going that way.

    I wanted to get a picture of the road this was on because it was a lane-and-a-half, curvey, hilly and very pot-holey. But there was no place to stop without being a road hazard if someone else should come by.
    Unfortunately the road wasn't very long either.

    SJT 111 Munkless Monastery of St. Clare

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  12. PC-Rider

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    Next on the list was SJT 101, Crosswicks Inn.
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    Here is the sign on the front of the building.
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    I could not find any information as to what is going on with this historic inn currently, but here is some information on Croswicks from Wikipedia.

    I would be interested to know what the initials under the stars stand for.

    SJT 101 Crosswicks Inn

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    There was a Quaker Meeting House in the same town but for some reason I don't remeber it.
    It was tagged just after I found the Garden State Tag-O-Rama thread.
    GST#169, Crosswicks Quaker Meeting House.
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    I had written my directions coming from a different direction so I turned the wrong way and had to backtrack to find this.
    I am glad I did.
    There is some great history here.
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    The cannon ball mentioned on this sign is still in the building and is visible from the outside.
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    That black dot in the middle of the morter is the canon ball. :eyes

    Their sign.
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    Here is the Quaker Friends Meeting website.

    Here is some information from a pamphlet I picked up.

    "Friends settled here among the Leni Lenapi natives building their cabins amongst the wigwams along a trail through the forest. Our present winding Main Street was this trail.

    The first Meeting for Worship was held in the home of Thomas Lambert in 1677. The present large brick building is the third on the property in the middle of Crosswicks, the first having been of log construction. This building with its cedar interior and hand wrought nails was built in 1773 at a cost of $3750.

    During a Revolutionary War skirmish, two cast-iron cannon balls passed through the roof of the building and a third penetrated the north wall. It can be seen between the first and second window sills on the second floor. Hessian soldiers were using the building then and marks from their bayonets and musket muzzles are visible on the floor and benches."

    I thought this would make a good picture.
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    State Tag #169 Crosswicks Quaker Meeting House

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    We were now looking for a place to take care of some necessary business.
    We were also looking for a park to sit down and eat lunch.
    At this time of year the two situations would have to be done at two different locations.
    The problem we were running into was there were no parks listed on the map.
    I knew we were close to a Denny's and some other places so I headed in that direction.
    The road I took brought us too far north.
    I knew there was another tag around here somewhere so I headed in that direction.
    We were getting close to another rider's home that we had used for our Tag-O-Rama Picnic Gatherings and I had wanted to see him again anyway.
    So I found the road (from memory ! :eyes ) and I found his house without a problem.
    I pulled in the driveway and turned to my wife and said, 'Do you think they are home and want to be bothered?'
    As I turned around again the man comes out of his house like he was expecting us. :dunno
    It turns out he was just looking up information on the Garden State TOR site and had just mentioned my name to his wife when he looked out his window and saw us coming. :D

    We had a great visit.
    I wish I had gotten a picture of him and his wife.
    Very nice couple.
    We stayed longer than we should have probably, but we had some great conversations about stuff we had been doing or were planning on doing and we were able to help one another.

    Great to be able to see other riders.
    Even if not on the road on a bike.

    We left with some daylight left and I took the long way home on roads I had never been on before.
    I rode past several other old tags, some I recognized, and some I didn't find out about until later, but it was getting too late to stop and take pictures.
    We stopped for dinner at a place that could be used for a tag.
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    With the marble lion and the neon that would make a great night tag shot.
    The problem is they are not open 24 hours.
    I guess there is no one in the Pine Barrens going out to diners at 1 in the morning.
    Here was my meal (after I started on it!).
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    Chicken Parmegiana.
    One piece of meat too ! :eyes
    I had never seen a chicken that big! :eek1
    :lol3

    Then off to home ready for my/our next adventure.

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  15. PC-Rider

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    It appears our next adventure was waiting for us when we got home.
    One of the new riders to the game had picked up the SJT that I placed at Green Bank United Methodist Church.
    He picked up the tag in the middle of the woods on Friday night.
    He placed his new tag Saturday at around Noon.
    So when we got home I checked to see what had happened that day and my wife looks at his picture and says "I know where that is!".
    She said, "Let's go back out and get it!" :eek1

    Who was I to complain ! :lol3

    The tag was not too far.
    About 15 miles or so.
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    The tagger had placed his bike in front of the arches in the background.
    There was a truck parked there now and I sure didn't want anyone calling the police on me after such a nice day of riding.
    Here is the sign for the tag.
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    Believe it or not there are quite a few Wineries in New Jersey.
    This one, Tomasello Winery is in Hammonton.

    SJT 156 Tomasello Winery

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  16. PC-Rider

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    So,
    While we were out !
    We dropped the new tag not to far from here.
    My wife had wanted to tag this spot since she found out about it.
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    Pretty impressive huh ? :lol3

    No, really, this place has some historical significance.
    The rock you see commemorates an event in Hammonton's history.
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    Here is the street sign at this corner.
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    And here is the significance.
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    Hey, its Southern New Jersey,
    What did you expect ? :dunno
    :rofl

    Known as Reagan Rock or Ronald Reagan Rock.

    SJT 157 Reagan Rock

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  17. PC-Rider

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    It rained Sunday, and I was busy anyway with other things.
    One of the early taggers in the GSTOR came over from Pennsylvania and grabbed our Reagan Rock tag.
    Actually this rider had posted a picture of this when he was down here last year.
    He did not use it as a tag, he just wanted to share it with everyone.
    Thanks John! :thumb

    I was a little reluctant to use this tag because I did not want John to get upset with me in case he wanted to use it as a tag later.

    He placed a tag on his way back home.
    Yes, Pennsylvania.
    Kind of South Easterly Pennsylvania.
    He placed the tag at one of our auto dirt tracks that we have in NJ.

    My wife and I ran out after work on Monday to get the new tag he placed. :ricky
    Not a bad ride.
    I took the back roads to avoid the traffic that NJ is known for. :loco
    We finally reached our destination.
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    Bridgeport Speedway.

    They have two different sized dirt tracks behind those bleachers.
    All of the gates were closed so I could not get any pictures of the track itself.
    My wife was surprised that I only took a couple of pictures.
    I said, what else is there to take a picture of?

    SJT 158 Bridgeport Speedway

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    Truly an excellent report. Very entertaining and educating! Cheers
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    It had been mentioned to ride further down the road to see some interesting stuff.
    So I did !
    Looking at the map before I left I knew I would run into the Delaware River.

    I was amazed at how wet the land was all around.
    The water was almost over the road.
    The name of the road is Floodgate Road.
    There is a reason for that.
    When we pulled up to the end of the road the road went up-hill.
    Here is a picture looking down.
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    Aparently this is a levee we were on.
    I never knew the Delaware River had any levees.
    I sure wouldn't want to live there.
    The river level was a lot higher than the road we had come in on.
    Here is a little information on the levee here in Logan Township.

    I thought about using this picture as the next tag.
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    That is the Commodore Barry Bridge that crosses into Chester, PA.

    The reason I didn't want to use this is that it was too close to the last tag.
    Assuming I would get this one (suspense music here........yes, we got it!).
    After work on Tuesday we are headed out for a new tag in another direction.

    The picture above is looking south towards Wilmington, DE.
    The next picture is looking north towards Philadelphia, PA.
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    You can just barely see it on the right in the picture over the marsh grass between the trees. :eyes

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    On our trip to Bridgeport Speedway and the levee we found some interesting stuff and I took pictures on the way out.
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    The gentleman that lives here came out and asked about my bike.
    He said he had a Goldwing in his garage. :thumb
    Nice to meet another rider.
    He explained his native flag stone garden complete with cedar stumps.
    Very nice work.
    It has been very wet and the area was now muddy.
    Plus it looked better in person !

    Here is a wind chime he built out of stuff he found in the river.
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    This is the firehouse for the town that is closest to the levee.
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    I just like the name for some reason. REPAUPO !
    It seems to be Swedish I think.
    It is hard to find any information on the name or the place.
    I'll check further.

    We also passed this really nice looking old house.
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    I really need a better camera. :lol3

    This would be great if fixed up.
    The problem I guess is it is right next to the Turnpike and 322.
    Two major roads in NJ.
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