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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by PC-Rider, Jan 2, 2010.
Triumph has been making beautiful bikes lately- congrats on yours!
congrats on the new bike.Triumph trophy on my dream list.will miss seeing the red pc in the pictures
Thank you all for your kind sentiments.
I appreciate it.
The thing rides like a dream.
But then I haven't ridden too many bikes in my 5 1/2 years of riding.
We like it just fine.
I am already planning a big trip.
When this snow stops of course !
We are getting a lot of snow right now.
So far looks like 7 or 8 inches, and it is supposed to snow through the night.
No riding on any bike tomorrow !
Or for the rest of the week from the looks of it.
Single digit temperatures for the next three nights.
And not going to be above freezing for at least a week.
Probably won't be riding until sometime in February !
Yeah we got hit pretty good today up in Old Bridge -looked like about 10" on the ground by the time I got home from work. Its still going strong - at least the roads were clean.
We did not get as much here.
It also snowed for the weekend and again the following week.
The shore areas got around 10" but we only got 2" :huh
We were finally able to get out today to ride.
It warmed up into the upper 30's on Friday and into the 40's today.
That helped clear the roads pretty good and no chance of Black Ice after the sun came out.
We stopped several places and then had lunch at Chick-Fil-A.
After that we headed for less congestion and visited our daughter at the EMS station she was manning today.
While we were there I see two big boards with patches from other EMS stations in NJ.
I took pictures of some, for different reasons.
I love the old ambulance on this one.
A friend of ours (Rob) lives up near Fort Lee.
The bridge is the George Washington Bridge that we visited in 2012 on Bruce Run III.
I thought a frog was kind of odd for an EMS logo !
But I guess it keeps the patients amused and takes their minds off of their condition.
I liked this one also because of the old Cadillac Ambulance.
I was expecting to see Sybil's Cave on there !
I still have to get to Ho-ho-kus just because the name is so cool !
I was shocked when I saw Hamburg's patch.
That is the Gingerbread Castle on there.
We saw that on Bruce Run I back in 2009!
It looks better on the patch than it did in person !
And of course the PC in front of a bigger snow pile !
A dirty one at that !
We get dirty snow in New Jersey !
As you will notice, there is no Triumph in these pictures.
First of all I would not desire to take a new bike out on salty roads.
Second, it is currently in the shop for an ECU or ECM recall.
Electronic Control Unit or Electronic Control Module.
Basically the brain of the bike has a computer glitch in it that could cause it to stall.
Although I have not read about anyone that had this problem they are taking care of it anyway.
I also had one of the bikes that had a battery from a bad batch put in at the factory.
That has been replaced.
I just hope there are no more issues when we get it back because we are ready to ride !
We should have the bike back next week.
Although it is supposed to snow again Monday and Tuesday of next week !
People in other countries were having other recall problems, but the ones sent to the United States did not have those problems.
I must say that the Dealer has been taking care of me very well.
I also gave them a flyer with my thread on it so they can see where I have been,
and where we are going with our new ride.
When the weather warms up of course !!!
I have been putting together a trip down Skyline Drive in Virginia.
Making several stops on our way to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to see a cousin.
From there we are heading west to Deals Gap. You know, The Tail of the Dragon !
Yup, I am going to try that out.
I am just hoping not to add anything to The Tree of Shame !
That would be a big bummer !
We will hopefully be able to do this some time in May, but we will see how it works out.
So there's your heads up Ben !!!
I am hoping we can get together at some point.
From there, after riding through the Great Smokey Mountains we are heading
north into West Virginia and I am not really sure of our route yet.
I am still working on that.
Of course on my list of stops I have around 8 Muffler Men to visit !
My wife is so overjoyed !!!!
Let me know when Steve...I would love to join you...NC is a huge state...long roads...
Sure Ben, no problem.
I pretty much have my route planned out and no real time for diversion, but it would be great to get together.
I will let you know when I start making arrangements.
Looking at probably the second week in May.
Got some ride time on the new Blue Beast.
The roads were dry and no dry salt flying around.
I actually was able to ride Saturday morning and Sunday.
Both days were trips to church.
Saturday was our Men's Breakfast.
It was pretty good, and I had a nice ride getting there and coming home.
Sunday of course was church.
We went to the early service and we got several comments about being too early
beings that service starts about the time we normally start getting up at home !
The reason for the early service was so we could catch a stop on the Polar Bear Grand Tour Rides stop not far from where we live.
The sign is new.
It was put up a couple of years ago.
I posted this on page 17 when I went there early one morning and no one was around.
I posted it on page 20 when the Polar Bear stop was here in 2010.
There were a lot more bikes there that year because the weather was not as bad.
I was looking for a silver bike that belonged to someone I knew would be here.
I saw one down on the end so I road down there.
Much to my surprise I see two Triumphs sitting there ! :eek1
So I parked with the two other Triumphs making the Red, White and Blue of the British Flag, Or, Um I mean the American Flag !
The Red one is an older Trophy model.
The Silver bike is a Sprint GT.
* The first Trophy made by Triumph was a TR5 Trophy made between 1949-1958 and had a 500cc engine.
* A TR6 Trophy was made from 1956-1970 with a 650cc engine.
* They made a TR5T Adventurer/Trophy from 1972-1974 (on/off road style), which also had a 500cc engine.
* Trophy 900 was made from 1990-2002 with a 885cc engine.
* Trophy 1200 was made from 1990-2004 with an 1180cc engine.
From looking it up on the internet the red one here is a Trophy 1200.
The Trophy 900 had one squareish headlight.
I find this style interesting, but not something that strikes my fancy.
I have been told that Triumph is the oldest continuous motorcycle manufacturer.
I saw this on another bike and thought it was pretty neat.
I never did find out if the guy actually saw the Jersey Devil ! :huh:huh:huh
I know he did not see him on a Polar Bear Ride because I have never heard
a story about anyone seeing the Jersey Devil in winter ! The Devil likes it HOT !
See, we are not the only crazies out there !
The guys in this Polar Bear Grand Tour Rides group ride from the end of October through mid April.
Their stops for this club are in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Some of these riders at the Pic-A-Lilli Inn in Shamong, NJ came from New York State and Connecticut !!!
The Pic-A-Lilli sign use to be blue, but they still have that sassy Chicken riding the Mean Hot Buffalo !
Looks like the Goldwing contingent got there pretty early to park by the door.
I found this gentleman's fender ornament pretty neat.
And some of these "guys" ride around with stuffed animals on their bikes !
Of course I wasn't going to say anything about that to them !
I found the colors on this very clean Kawasaki pretty neat.
And apparently this guy was not worried about the salt build up on his Honda ST1300 !
(It looked a whole lot worse in person.)
So after my wife went in and had some hot chili and warmed up we talked with some other riders.
One rider actually had a 2013 Trophy like mine in silver.
I unfortunately did not get any pictures.
He has not had any issues with his.
So after chatting with our friend we headed out because it looked like no on else I knew
was going to show up, and they were calling for more snow to be here fairly soon.
And that was our riding between snow storms !
Really enjoying your thread- thank you for sharing. I'm a polar member member and missed that ride due to snow forecast. I' m in central jersey so didn't want to risk it.
Love the triumphs and your new bike! I actually own an st much like the salt covered one; however, I never let mine get that dirty.
congratulation on your new triumph. lets get the pictures and trips coming in. all the best for future trips. i will be following it. thanks for the pictures. well i guess summer is at the corner...more traveling i guess.
all the best, stay safe
Thank you rolarosa.
I am glad you like this thread.
It has kept me busy, until lately of course.
I try not to get my PC covered with salt either,
and especially not the new one of course!
But the roads were not that bad so we got some riding in.
I don't think I will be able to make any more Polar Bear Rides,
Unless I know some of the other riders you may have seen on this thread are going to be there !
Thank you rahza.
I would post more pictures of rides, except it keeps on snowing here !
It snowed a little on Saturday and we got another 6 inches on Tuesday.
Today it rained and got rid of some of it.
But still not bike worthy here in New Jersey.
Even the Garden State Tag-O-Rama game has almost completely stalled,
And not much stops these guys from riding!
Don't worry, I have more adventures planned !
Hi Steve...Been following your travels since the beginning and ofc this thread continues to be entertaining and educational....Winter down here has been unusally cold and snowy and its a drop in the bucket compared to what you all are being whacked with...In the 35 yrs we lived in NJ only a couple winters were severe in Central NJ...but since we moved out of NJ(Dec '09) Nj has been whacked every winter since...in fact the week after we moved to Raleigh y'all got whacked with a blizzard right before Christmas that left nearly 2 feet of snow in my former town (Robbinsville)...while I'm sorry for you all...I'm not sorry to be missing that every winter. You dont want to see my pics of my little ride yesterday nor will i tell you how nice and warm it was...Hijack over..
So what you are trying to tell me is IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT !
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Riding has been sparse here in New Jersey.
We were able to get out two Saturdays ago.
I had planned on posting this earlier but I only remembered when I was away from a computer or did not have time !
I hope I can get back in the habit of posting after I ride so I don't get too backed up !
Anyway, the day was not the best, but it was rideable.
We took the Antique out because it already has salt on it.
Which I also need to take care of soon!
This is where we wound up.
You will never be able to tell from that picture, but we were down here by the river to see this.
Yup, a Statue of Liberty statue down by the Delaware River in Beverly, NJ !
And I have no idea who, what, why or how !
We were at the end of a supposed Dead End road.
It's just that the people who live down here don't want any visitors !
We are at the end of Van Kirk Street, and there is still quite a bit of snow down there by the river.
This is where we came in.
And also the way we left too !
We had a nice ride, and got some more salt on the PC because of the melting snow running across the road.
The temperature was still chilly, but doable without the heated grips and heated seats on the new MACHINE !
SJT 954 Beverly Van Kirk
Statue of Liberty on the Delaware River in Beverly, NJ @14
We were heading south so I looked up a place I had been wanting to see.
We headed for a gas station to get gas and I also set up the GPS to plan a route,
but we had someplace to be at a certain time and according to the GPS we were not going to have time to make that stop.
So, off we trek to find another option near where we were going.
We found this.
It has been a while since I have seen a Bandshell!
And this one had a name.
You would think with a full name it would be easy to look Enrico Serra up on the internet.
He was apparently a teacher at Vineland High School, probably the Band Teacher, who put the Vineland
High School Marching Band into a uniform in 1936. Or as they say, "Vineland High School Marching Clan" Found that here.
Farther back in the park is a lake.
Closer to us is a memorial.
The poem on top.
Closeups of the inscriptions on the memorial.
A couple of trees close to the memorial have ribbons on them.
It looks like this memorial was set up by "Tina's Fund for Domestic Violence Awareness".
They call this a living memorial.
It is sad that such things go on in any country, much less our great nation.
It is nice someone has taken up such a good cause.
Sad that this is said to be the FIRST Living Memorial set up in the State of New Jersey.
The memorial does not look that old and their website does not give the year it was built.
From further searching it looks like the Dedication of Domestic Violence Memorial Garden was done on October 13, 2012.
Well we had to get rolling to be on time to our destination so on our way out I made one more stop.
Just in case anyone got here while the park was closed they could take a picture of the entrance.
The signs just inside the entrance, and you can see the bandshell in the background.
As if Enrico Serra wasn't enough, the park this is located in is Albert Giampietro Memorial Park.
Ah, some information about Mr. Giampietro.
Albert Giampietro was a Mayor of Vineland, NJ.
He served on City Council from July 1, 1956 to June 30, 1960.
He served as Mayor starting on July 1, 1960 and died in office June 12, 1962.
SJT 955 Bandstand Enrico
Prof. Enrico Serra Bandstand, Giampietro Park @14
We had a couple of nice days this week!
I could not ride Saturday, and Sunday we road around on some business we had to take care of.
Took the bike to work on Monday and had to come right home afterwards.
Road to work Tuesday also and after a couple of other stops I went for the South Jersey Tag-O-Rama Tag.
That is the picture from above.
The sign is a little fuzzy, but this building was built in 1826 and is the oldest commercial building on the good ole White Horse Pike. AKA U.S. Route 30.
It has some very nice gingerbread on it.
The old beam is probably from the old foundation of the Berlin Hotel.
I did not see a sign anywhere.
This is not the original location of this old building, more on that later.
They moved it here in 2000 next to the library to preserve it.
They did attach the two buildings.
I have had this on my "close to home and lack of time" list for quite a while.
I almost used it last January.
The picture below is from January of 2013 when riding was much more possible then it has been January of 2014!
This area is pretty busy, so standing in the road to get a picture took some good timing !
And it was best to be on the curb when anyone was coming. One car swiped pretty close by me in the right lane even while I was on the curb !!! :eek1
The White Horse Pike is almost all four lanes from Atlantic City to Haddon Heights, except for this section through Berlin.
That is what makes is such a congested area.
The Pike widens back out in front of this building.
Ironically the original location of this building was .3 miles East, and that is where the road narrows getting into Berlin on the other end !
I would come up this road and see this building right in front of me before turning onto the Pike.
The RiteAid now stands where the Old Berlin Hotel did.
The Hotel was very close to the road back then.
The house was moved by Myroncuk House and Structural Movers in New Egypt, NJ.
Here is their facebook page with a picture of the building going down the road.
Listed under February 20, 2014. The building with the yellow top and gray bottom.
The Long-A-Coming Historical Society uses an old picture of this building on their home page.
As has been mentioned before in my thread, Long-A-Coming is the original name of Berlin, NJ, because it was a long ways a coming from Philadelphia back in the Stage Coach days.
Information on the Berlin Hotel on their site.
Hopefully the link at the top for PIctures of the Berlin Hotel works as it was not working for me in Google Chrome.
This building was on the "10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in New Jersey" back in 1998.
Here is a nice picture of this building coming down the road in the Courier-Post.
S956 Long-A-Coming Hotel
Berlin Hotel @14
My next stop was only a couple of blocks east across the street.
I have been eyeing up this interesting painting on the side of an "antiques" shop for a while.
This fine lady and her dog seemed a little out of place among the other stores lining the White Horse Pike.
Well, I am guessing that is a dog.
I don't know what other kind of animal it could be !
The shop is called Nana B's Memories, which does not match the sign on the building.
Looks like Miss Nana does not have a website !
But it is listed as both Nana B's Memories and Nana B's Attic !
S957 Nana Be Antiquing
Berlin Antiques, Nana B's Attic @14
WOW, Another nice day !
Unfortunately we had other things to do today, like cutting down trees.
We used up all of our firewood this winter.
We are totally out ! :eek1
But God has always provided for us.
As far as riding is concerned, we were able to get out last Saturday.
One of the Northern guys was down here at a soccer tournament with his son.
It was actually behind this red barn.
Yes, that is the name of the red barn !
I thought this was a strange looking silo !
At least we had good phone reception !
While we were here we saw lots, and lots of cars turning down the road next to the Red Barn.
But I knew there was nothing back there except a Sod Farm.
The same one I posted on page 24.
I had seen the signs for something on the fence as we pulled out, but I did not notice it was for a soccer tournament.
We took a nice ride out to Batsto and had a nice walk and a relaxing rest by the Batsto Lake.
I was surprised to see that I had not posted about Batsto before on my thread !!! :huh
Batsto is an old Iron Furnace Town out in the Pine Barrens.
It is one of only two that I know of that has kept some of it's history in tact.
I will save that for later when I get some more pictures of the place.
So we grabbed the Red Barn Farm Market tag, went to Batsto, and took a ride to the new tag I wanted to
drop and the guys whose son was playing soccer asked for anyone to stop by, so we did on the way home.
When we got back to what was green fields back in June of 2011 we saw this.
It may not look like a lot in the picture, but there were thousands of cars parked on the nice brown grass !
And this is only some of the many, many, many soccer fields set up for the tournament.
I was not able to find the guy I was looking for, so we went home and had dinner.
Red Barn Farm Market is also known as Penza's Red Barn Cafe where they sell Penza's Pies.
Bodacious Blueberry Pies too !
OK, Bodadious means:
1. excellent, admirable, or attractive.
Must be some pie ! :dg
Red Barn Farm Market history tab.
Shows that this barn has been around for 120 Years ! :eek1
And it was moved across the road to save it from being demolished !
Very interesting history we pass sometimes and don't even know it !
The windmill was used to pump water too back in the day.
SJT 958 Penza's Pies
Red Barn Farm Market and Penza's Pies @14