PC's Adventures in Pictures

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PC-Rider, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    The reason I even mention the Tag numbers and names is in case anyone from New Jersey wants to see the same places.
    With that informaion they will know what to look for.
    The "ALL NJ Tags List" in my signature are all of the Tags done in New Jersey so anyone can look up the town a tag is in and go there if they want to.
    My map, which I also put in my signature, has the same purpose, but with less information.
    The more information that gets put on the maps the longer they take to load so I am trying to keep that to a minimum.
    #81
  2. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    I had gotten Nitro Girl the day before Memorial Day.
    I had a tag in mind that was patriotic in nature.
    [​IMG]

    This is Beverly National Cemetery.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The original cemetery was established in 1863 and consisted of one acre.
    It was expanded in 1936, 1937, 1948, and 1951 to its present size.
    It is nice to honor our service men and women who served our country.
    [​IMG]

    When I got to the cemetery I had forgotten that they would probably have ceremonies here.
    This fine Marine had asked if I wanted him to take a picture of me next to my bike.
    I in turn asked if he would not mind if I took a picture of him next to my bike.
    He graciously accepted.
    I talked with him for a little while until he had other duties to attend.
    He is a fine credit to his family, the Marines and his Country.
    [​IMG]

    I found this to be a sobering site.
    [​IMG]

    The website says that out of the original 147 Union Soldiers buried here, only 10 are unknown.

    This gentleman is a Medal of Honor Recipient from the Civil War.
    [​IMG]

    What struck me about Serg. Strasbaugh is that he was from Maryland, he was wounded at the first battle of Petersburg, VA, after which he was transported to a hospital here in Beverly where he died.
    In doing the genealogy of my family my great, great, great grandfather was wounded at the Siege of Petersbug near the end of the war and was transported to a hospital in Fairfax, VA where he died of his wounds.
    That connection pulled at my heart.

    State Tag #243 Beverly National Cemetery

    ==========
    Beverly National Cemetery @
    #82
  3. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,667
    Location:
    West Mitten
    Hey PC, try polishing your headlight lens. They tend to get foggy after twenty years, it should help. Nice RR.
    #83
  4. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    Thank you exoff-roadgoat.

    The problem isn't the light intensity, but the places where no light shines.
    But any extra light will help of course.
    What kind of polish should I use?
    #84
  5. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    Here are some more roads in New Jersey that I was on yesterday.

    This is Route 70 headed East.
    [​IMG]

    Not a very exciting road.
    It is pretty straight, and there is little else out here except what you see.
    On this end of it anyway.
    The western end of this road ends near Camden and is busy all of the time.

    I had been on this road for about 20 miles at this point, and it all pretty much looked like this.

    The speed limit here is 55.
    It use to be 50.
    That was one boring ride at 50 mph.

    One of the things I remember from my early years of driving is that most of the roads in this area were concrete, so you had those expansion joints about every 15 feet, and your car would start to bob up and down as you constantly rode over them.
    You can see where they are with those dark black strips going across the road in the picture.
    The seams start to come through the pavement after a while, but the sensation is not there.

    You will see more roads in some pictures later, but this is the road I wanted to take home.
    This is County Route 532.
    One of my favorite motorcycle roads.
    It is not challenging, but it is not boring like most of the roads in the Pine Barrens.
    You can see some curves, and there are some elevation changes.
    [​IMG]

    I guess you noticed that white stuff on the road. :eyes
    We were expecting snow, but I wasn't expecting it until later. :dunno
    The closer I got to home the heavier it was, and the roads were getting covered. :loco

    Here is a small frozen lake covered with a little snow that I passed on 532.
    It looked nicer in person.
    [​IMG]

    Like I said, the closer I got to home the more snow I found.
    I had to abandon my nice road home and stuck to the State Highways of 72, 70 & 206.

    I had to take this road to get home however! :eyes
    [​IMG]
    It was slow going from here to home.
    25mph with my feet close to the ground in case the bike decided it wanted to flip me into the pavement.

    And this is the road to my house.
    2" of snow.
    [​IMG]

    I thanked God that I did not have any accidents.
    #85
  6. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    My trip yesterday was for the purpose of getting the Southern Tag.

    It was in a town called Island Heights.
    I had never heard of it before, but I found it with little problem.

    [​IMG]

    Here is a view from behind the flag poles.
    [​IMG]

    The body of water in the background is the end of Toms River which empties into Barnegat Bay just to the left.

    Here is a marker honoring those who served our country from Island Heights.
    [​IMG]

    I never realized how many communities have markers/monuments to the brave people who serve and have served our great country.

    I also like the mention here of these people serving God as well as their country.

    Here is a view down river facing east toward the bay.
    [​IMG]

    Here is a view looking up river.
    [​IMG]

    I did get the tag by the way. :D

    It took me just over an hour to get here.

    SJT 167 Island Heights

    ==========
    Island Heights Memorial @
    #86
  7. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    I had driven through Toms River to get to Island Heights.
    In Toms River I saw a number of great sites.
    This church building looks like it is attached to the library and is currently a Coffee House of some kind.
    [​IMG]

    These stainless steel sculptures looked pretty interesting so I stopped to take a picture.
    [​IMG]
    #87
  8. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    I had wanted to do a new tag in Seaside Heights.
    I was looking for a Muffler Man Pirate that was supposed to be at a miniature golf course.
    For some reason I could not find what I was looking for.
    After looking at the maps when I got home I found that I did not go far enough north.
    I was in the wrong town. :thwak

    I had seen the guy below in my "Muffler Man research" :lol3.
    There was supposed to be a lot more of "my kind of stuff" here.
    I did get to see the right side of Indiana Jones, but I could not get my camera through the chain link fence to get a picture.
    What did I expect?
    It is winter ! :doh
    Some of the stuff was taken down to protect it from the winter weather.

    At least I got these picture to add to my collecion. :D

    [​IMG]

    This guy is located at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights.

    [​IMG]

    I could not tag this guy because he was out on the boardwalk,
    and even though the signs said nothing about motorcycles,
    I decided against riding up there. :ricky

    ==========
    Muffler Man Halfwit, at Casino Pier @
    #88
  9. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    There were several things that had been used for tags in the area, so I had to stop and check them out. :D

    Someone decided these old concrete silos in South Toms River would make a great tag.
    The tags are supposed to be accessible to street bikes.
    Well, I guess this one is ! :lol3
    [​IMG]

    I knew I wasn't close enough, so I rode around to get closer.
    This is what I saw where I was supposed to turn off the paved road.
    [​IMG]

    My first picture of the silos was taken behind a row of houses.
    As I rode around looking for a way to get closer I came to this.
    [​IMG]

    Did I, or didn't I !!!!! :dunno

    :lol3

    No, I found a way around that puddle.

    I came to this wide open area that I can only describe as looking like the surface of the moon.
    If you ignore the high tension wire towers and pine trees! :eyes
    [​IMG]

    The sand looked like it should be soft, and it was to some degree.
    But beings it was only about 25 degrees I think the sand was frozen.
    I found that out when I came to ruts and holes in my path.
    They gave a little bit, but it was a rough trip getting over them.
    The silos were off to the left of the moon, so I looked for a way back there.
    [​IMG]

    I have no idea what these were used for or how old they are.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I don't condone graffiti, but I find it creative and expressive and I thought these were worth a picture or two.
    [​IMG]

    I like this picture.
    [​IMG]

    I made it in and out with very little trouble believe it or not. :dunno

    It looks like it would be fun on a dirt bike with knobby tires.

    SJT 3 Giant Piney Mud Dobber Homes (named by a northerner :lol3)

    ==========
    Concrete Silos, South Toms River @
    #89
  10. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    I have this in mind for a future tag.
    [​IMG]

    But don't tell anyone ! :rofl

    Cosmos Ocean County Auto Wreckers

    That is a 1950 Fiat Coupe that has been on their roof since 1961 !

    ==========
    Cosmo's Fiat Coupe @
    #90
  11. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    I was on my way to find this.
    [​IMG]

    This was used as a recent tag.
    Actually the tag before Island Heights.

    This bottle does not have as much detail as the one in New Gretna.
    [​IMG]

    I believe it was a Renault Winery billboard at one time just like the other 3 in the state.
    Here is a picture and some more information on this particular bottle.

    I checked the base out and it is just a plain concrete block behind the block wall you see.

    SJT 166 Bayville Bottle

    ==========
    Bayville Bottle @
    #91
  12. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    Back in September I tagged the Bayville Dinosaur.
    [​IMG]

    I mention this here because it is right down the street from Cosmo's and the Bottle.

    I tried having it ride my bike, but it was hard on the suspension.
    [​IMG]
    :lol3

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Information about the Bayville Dinosaur from Roadside America.

    There is controversy as to how this dinosaur started its life.
    Most connect it to the Sinclair Oil Company which had a similar dinosaur as its logo.
    Read more here about other options.

    It is supposed that this statue has been here since the 1930's.
    And it has apparently been in a few accidents which have removed its head at times.
    All is well currently with the statue. :lol3

    SJT 81 Dino the Dinosaur

    ==========
    Bayville Dinosaur @
    (if you look just to the left of the base of the marker you can see the dinosaurs head sticking out from the building overhang)
    #92
  13. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2008
    Oddometer:
    8,719
    Location:
    Southern Comfort
    Wow PC a great thread...and as everyone can see you are quite prolific yourself! :clap As a former resident of NJ(35 yrs) I must say you have done me proud...Many people dont consider NJ for much of anything...how wrong that is. NJ is very rich in culture and American history...Why the bulk of the Revolutionary War was fought in NJ...Gen'l George Washington slept everywhere :deal And Nj is far from being ugly although there are urban area and industrialized sections of the state that I would avoid...Still there is much beauty there. The network of backroads is endless. As I sit here in Raleigh on a cold winter day(we had 5"of snow yesterday) your thread has entertained me for several hours. I miss riding with you all and the Bruce Run last summer was great fun.:freaky Heres a pic of a tag at the Marina in Trenton with the Delaware River in the background...Pc had ridden fro South Jersey up to Trenton to grab this tag ...when I came along...This was in my neck of the woods...so to say...So I was able to get home and post it before he did.BTW he had a list of other tags with him that he was gonna ride to and see...so he wasnt going straight home anyways... This was the 1st time I had met him too and folks he is a real nice fellow!
    [​IMG]
    #93
  14. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,667
    Location:
    West Mitten
    Hey PC, my buddy polished my headlight with a power buffer and a light compound and it helped. They sell polishing kits for headlights at most automotive supply stores...... With the exception of the mountain states, every state I have visited has been much different from what I imagined. I doubt I'll ever visit N.J. so your pictures are appreciated. With the exception of my friends HD service car, I have never seen anyone ride a motorcycle on a snow covered street, that's gotta be tricky!
    #94
  15. Cliff-77

    Cliff-77 Lost Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,067
    Location:
    Miss,
    I can say i've seen N.J.in a way,love the history you brought out,will come thru maybe in summer this yr.i lived in Pa.70s for a few yrs.got cold,went south.
    #95
  16. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    Thanks Ben !

    I appreciate your comments.
    Miss you hear in the Garden State too !

    I too remember this day.
    I got to this place which was the 7th tag of the then newly formed South Jersey TOR and thought I had it in the bag until this guy pulls up wearing my jacket! :lol3

    He gave me a fist in the air as he pulled in, and I went over and talked to him anyway ! :rofl

    Ben was the first rider from the games I had seen on the road at a tag.
    It has only happened one other time for me.
    But I did get a nice HI sign from another rider who was going to a tag I had just come from. :D

    Ben and I had a great conversation and he lived a lot closer than I did so he was going to get home first and post his pictures before I ever could. :lurk

    We had a meeting of the bikes as you can see here and parted ways.
    He went home to post and I went to some other old tags before going home.
    Don't worry, I'll post those some day ! :D

    I'll post some more pictures of this tag later.
    #96
  17. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    Thank you for the information on the headlight. :thumb

    So is it that you don't want to visit NJ or that it is too far out of the way to visit? :dunno
    I have never known anyone to place it on their list of places to visit ! :lol3
    And unless you are going from Maine to Florida it is not a major throughway. :lol3

    The snow riding was not intentional. :eyes
    In the first picture the snow was just blowing across the road and not sticking. No problem there.
    When I got to the intersection of Rt.72 I almost lost it.
    From there I did 40 in a 55mph zone.
    Fortunately there were not too many cars out.
    When I could I would pull over to let any cars behind me pass.
    The roads seemed a little slippery at that point and I wasn't going to push it.
    So it was pretty slow going.

    I knew I had to take backroads to get home.
    About 10 miles worth.
    There was no other option.
    That is where the snow covered roads pictures come in.
    I pulled over when I could until I got to within 6 miles of home and that road had no shoulder on it.
    One truck passed me out there.
    I was only doing 25mph and I had my feet close to dragging the ground in case the bike decided it wanted to tip over.
    I would drag me feet once in a while to see how slippery it was and it wasn't too bad, but still not good.

    I sure would not suggest anyone do it by any means !
    Especially with street tires ! :eek1

    I guess that is where ADV comes in on this trip !
    Well, except for the dirt/sand side trip I made ! :D
    #97
  18. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    The cold is one of the things that drove Ben south too ! :lol3
    That and the cost of living is high here. :2cry

    Stay tuned, more history and odd stuff to come.
    #98
  19. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    Here is one of the places I had been wanting to visit since it was tagged in early May of last year.
    [​IMG]

    All of those poles are part of an antenna farm located here in Ocean Gate on Barngat Bay.
    It is listed as AT&T Long Lines.
    The link above has all kinds of pictures from when this place was in operation.
    There are even pictures of the inside equipment rooms.

    Here is a small one that didn't make it.
    [​IMG]

    I tried to get a far shot, but there are just too many of them on both sides of the road.
    [​IMG]

    Also noticed the fine road.
    I rode around here for a while.
    It was nice and quiet and the roads had curves and there was no traffic.

    The only problem out here is the smell from the marsh, sorry, wetlands ! :lol3
    It smelled like rotten eggs, even in 20 degree weather. :eyes
    You can see ice on the water in some of the shots.
    This looks like a tidal marsh, so the water here is brakish, meaning it is at the convergence of fresh and salt water.
    That would explain some of the smell, and the water would freeze at a lower temperature.
    I had not realized how cold it was out while riding this day.
    I must be :loco .

    I wanted to get a closer picture of the building so I drove up the driveway and turned around in their parking lot.
    [​IMG]

    It doesn't look like this place has been used in years.

    I saw this sign at the beginning of the driveway and thought, Oh good, a Wildlife Refuge, no problem.
    [​IMG]

    It wasn't until I read the whole sign after taking the picture that I noticed the Unauthorized Entry Prohibited. :eek1

    I got back to my bike fast and got out of there. :lol3

    I don't think there would be a problem, there is no one around, but better to be on the safe side.

    State Tag #216 Ol Anteners

    ==========
    AT&T Long Lines @
    #99
  20. PC-Rider

    PC-Rider venturer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,812
    Location:
    Souff Jersee
    I had intended to stop at a few more old tags.
    I had missed one somehow.
    And it was starting to snow.
    I figured it best to get home before it got to bad !!! :rofl
    Little did I realize what I was riding into.
    I made it though.

    For the Southern Tag game I used a picture I had taken while on my ride.
    [​IMG]

    What a name huh?
    Mount Misery !

    What is worse is there is a Methodist Church Camp down that road.
    [​IMG]

    :dunno

    Here was the road headed to Mount Misery.
    It was miserable ! :rofl
    [​IMG]

    Here is a local NJPineBarrens forum about some ruins in the area.
    (Great thread for local history and legends in the pines by the way.)
    I did not locate the ruins as I was on a mission for a tag.
    I looked for the ruins, but I guess they were too far off the road.

    I did see this nice "goat pen" as I call it ! :eyes
    [​IMG]

    If you want some spooky tails see this at WeirdNJ.
    I did not see anything weird while I was out there.
    Well, except for the odd pen shown above.
    Ok, well the house had all kinds of what I will call "collectables" around it.
    There was another house in just about the same shape nearby.
    These were close to the camp that is out there, so I just figured they belonged to who ever was running the place.

    If you are interested in a week campout in the woods check out the Pineland Center at Mt Misery.
    I saw this sign, but about 1/3 of the letters were missing. :eyes

    It is hard to find decent historical information about the area on-line.
    The weird stuff keeps coming to the top.


    The only thing I did see was that Mount Misery was originally named by a Frenchman as Mt. Misericorde.

    Upon looking up misericorde the prospects of a good reason for the name are even less helpful. Especially definition #3.



    mis·er·i·cord or mis·er·i·corde<SCRIPT>play_w2("M0334600")</SCRIPT><OBJECT style="MARGIN: 1px" codeBase=http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,0,0 height=21 width=13 classid=clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000>
























    </p></OBJECT>(m[​IMG]z[​IMG][​IMG]r-[​IMG]-kôrd[​IMG], m[​IMG]-z[​IMG]r[​IMG]-)
    n.
    1. a. Relaxation of monastic rules, as a dispensation from fasting.

    b. The room in a monastery used by monks who have been granted such a dispensation.
    2. A bracket attached to the underside of a hinged seat in a church stall against which a standing person may lean. Also called miserere.
    3. A narrow dagger used in medieval times to deliver the death stroke to a seriously wounded knight

    SJT 168 Mt Misery

    ==========
    Mount Misery @