Searching for Komet in Michigan.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Jamie Z, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2006
    Oddometer:
    8,913
    Location:
    Denver, more or less.
    Perusing some local Ride Reports, I came across Komet's report of his ride to Michigan City, MS in 2003. Searching for Wolverines in Dixie. Michigan City isn't too far from me, maybe an hour, so I thought I'd see what he saw.

    Joe stopped in Slayden, MS for this photo.

    [​IMG]

    I found the place easily. It's changed some and it was clear that even though Joe and I made our trips on almost the exact day of the year, his pics were taken in softer light. Probably a combination of overcast and later in the day.

    [​IMG]

    Joe went on down US 72 and turned up highway 7 to find this.

    [​IMG]

    I found the same place, though swamps rarely look the same year-to-year, let alone seven years later.

    [​IMG]

    Joe looked for cottonmouths across the highway.

    [​IMG]

    I didn't see any either.

    [​IMG]

    Joe raced up highway 7 to Michigan City.

    [​IMG]

    The sign is the same, but a few other things have changed.

    [​IMG]

    Wolverines were on Joe's mind when he saw this place.

    [​IMG]

    The building was nearly invisible. Only by comparing the windows and then peering through the bushes did I realize I found the same spot. Again, the lighting and Joe's wide-angle lens made it hard to reproduce the image.

    [​IMG]

    Up the street Joe found this old shop.

    [​IMG]

    Today, the awning is gone. The same blue chair is sitting there, but in my concern to find the right angle, I obscured it behind my bike. You can just barely see the top of it poking out from over my topbox.

    [​IMG]

    Next is Joe's Juke Joint.

    [​IMG]

    It's still there, though the exhaust tube and awning are gone.

    [​IMG]

    Joe found an old house in the residential area to show off his bike.

    [​IMG]

    The bike and house are a little worse for wear today.

    [​IMG]

    Joe wondered what this house had to say.

    [​IMG]

    Me too.

    [​IMG]

    Komet's swing.

    [​IMG]

    It's still there! The fence is gone. I wonder how many kids have swung in the years since Komet's visit.

    [​IMG]

    Joe stopped for a smoke to see salvation ahead.

    [​IMG]

    Today the sign is new (apparently the curve isn't as sharp) but everything else remains. Again, Komet's camera has a wide-angle which I couldn't duplicate.

    [​IMG]

    Joe's quick stop before leaving.

    [​IMG]

    They've since made it ADA compliant.

    [​IMG]

    Joe returned to Tennessee after that. I stayed in Mississippi. Thanks for the ride, Joe.

    Jamie
    #1
  2. Jason Abbott

    Jason Abbott Long time Idaho rider

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2008
    Oddometer:
    675
    Location:
    Boise, Idaho, USA
    Cool idea and a nice tribute. I love the comparisons.
    #2
  3. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2005
    Oddometer:
    14,026
    Location:
    Vigo
    :nod
    #3
  4. Rad

    Rad Done riding

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2001
    Oddometer:
    12,176
    :clap
    #4
  5. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,632
    Location:
    Kingston ON Canada
    Nice!
    #5
  6. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Oddometer:
    7,495
    Location:
    i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
    :clap :clap
    #6
  7. DC950

    DC950 Microadventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2004
    Oddometer:
    3,174
    Location:
    Las Cruces, NM
    thanks Jamie.

    I think Joe would be sad to see the continued decay though :cry.
    #7
  8. (none)

    (none) poser

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,674
    Location:
    Middle of nowhere Georgia
    Nice ride Jamie
    #8
  9. packerboy

    packerboy WANNA BE ADV RIDER

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2005
    Oddometer:
    38
    Location:
    Loveland,Co
    Very cool idea. Thanks for spending the time to find the places and set up the pictures just right. I wonder how many old threads are begging for the same treatment.
    #9
    Jamie Z likes this.
  10. Radiator

    Radiator User

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2004
    Oddometer:
    325
    Location:
    Oviedo, FL
    Very cool Jamie.

    :clap
    #10
  11. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Oddometer:
    10,549
    Location:
    Whippin' Scutt Farkus
    Very sweet.
    #11
  12. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    11,489
    Location:
    Tennessee
    very nice! and very well done! It's amazing how much the vegetation changes in just a few years. :eek1
    #12
  13. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Oddometer:
    5,283
    Location:
    Tulsa, OK
    Cool idea :clap
    #13
  14. Goran69

    Goran69 MNE

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    849
    Location:
    Montenegro Europe
    Great way to remember a friend
    #14
  15. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2006
    Oddometer:
    8,913
    Location:
    Denver, more or less.
    Me too. I like this kind of thing, but I think for the most part it would be very hard to duplicate most ride reports.

    Joe's report happened to be a special case, not least of which because he described where he went, so it was simple for me to get on the same roads.

    Also, all but a couple of his pictures are from the same small town. It was a simple matter of riding around a few streets and looking for the same buildings. Most ride reports wouldn't be so straight-forward.

    In any case, I liked the challenge of finding the same places and trying to get the bike lined up just right. Plus, it was only an hour or so from where I live. Why not?

    Jamie
    #15
  16. kometsdaughter

    kometsdaughter Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2009
    Oddometer:
    515
    Thanks for this, it make the kids and I feel great that Joe (Komet) is not forgotten. I want to thank all of y'all our ADV family for remembering Joe. The Kids are still homebound school because they are not mentally ready to go back to school yet. But showing them these pictures brought a smile to all of us. Again thank you.
    Komets girls
    #16
  17. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

    Joined:
    May 23, 2004
    Oddometer:
    9,630
    Location:
    In the mountains of Idaho!
    You done good, Jamie.:clap
    #17
  18. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,530
    Location:
    Socal near the great 33
    :thumb
    #18
  19. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2007
    Oddometer:
    14,254
    Location:
    NJ
    Jamie, great tribute. A few tears here.

    Godspeed to you too.
    #19
  20. SirWrecksAlot

    SirWrecksAlot Slowventurer

    Joined:
    May 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    12,742
    Location:
    Socorro, NM
    Nice job Jamie. Really cool. :clap
    #20