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Dirt Road Cowboy's Ramblin' & East Texas Trippin'

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Dirt Road Cowboy, May 8, 2011.

  1. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    It's pretty bad when she rides off yelling, "Fuck you!" and "You're dead to me!"
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    Well that sucks.:(
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    Couldn't imagine the wife ever saying that to me.

    My 6 year old is getting close to that sometimes.

    Here's to a better mañana.
  4. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Thanks.

    My daughter is 26. I think she has been wanting to blow up for a while now. Today was that day.
    I texted an apology for my part. It's up to her now.
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  5. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    I got the plumbing finished today! :clap

    That means that I can get back to the fun stuff, like riding, photos and El Camino work! :super


    We went out tonight looking for graffiti and abandoned places.
    And that's just what we found! :lol3

    Here's the front.

    abandoned building.jpg

    Then, we went around the side.

    graffiti 1.jpg

    Not bad. Let's move farther around.

    graffiti 2.jpg

    Better. We'll move back more.

    graffiti 3.jpg

    That's more like it, but not so much bike in here.
    Time to move Serenity.

    graffiti 4.jpg

    Much better!

    We originally came looking for this pic.

    rot skull.jpeg

    But the building has collapsed. You can still see the skull though.

    graffiti 5.jpg

    And around the other side.

    graffiti 6.jpg

    There's a little bit more under the metal siding, but I couldn't get a good bike shot there.

    Then, we came across a cool house, but that's in the next post!

    :thumb

    Be right back!

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  6. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Alright. I'm back with the house pics. :nod

    First, the front of the house.

    abandoned house 1 front.jpg

    This would have been such a beautiful house! That round gazebo looking thing is actually part of the front porch.

    Here's the side view.

    abandoned house 1 side.jpg

    Yes, I was whistling the Addams Family theme song! :lol3

    Just down the road, we came across this house.
    Not as pretty, but it's abandoned!

    abandoned house 2.jpg

    Sheree liked the door.

    And on the way back, we got another shot for the Church thread.

    St. John's Episcopal Church.jpg

    And that was about all for the night.

    We hope you enjoyed tonight's posts more than the last few.

    Till next time y'all!

    :wave


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    danh600 Long timer Supporter

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    Looks like fire got that nice house.
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  9. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Possibly, but it's also possible that the fire damage was caused after the house was abandoned. :dunno

    We didn't have a lot of time to explore that area, so it is on our list of neighborhoods to explore further.
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  10. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    This afternoon, we went to the grocery store, and on the way home we came across this.

    Patrick's ghost.jpg

    That's right, it's the ghost of Patrick, Sponge Bob's friend. Tell your kids that Patrick is dead, and you have proof!
    After their meltdown, you can tell them what it really is! :lol3


    We went back to that neighborhood tonight to explore a bit more.

    I got a pic of the house next to the one from last night.

    old house.jpg

    Not nearly as nice looking, but there are signs of some restoration going on. (Paint bucket on porch.)

    A bit farther down the road, we came across some more abandoned places.

    I don't know what it was, but it was interesting enough to get a shot of.

    abandoned building 1.jpg


    Then we found an abandoned beauty shop.

    abandoned beauty shop.jpg

    I guess that explains the ugly neighborhood! :dirtdog

    :lol3

    And then there's Sonny's place. The signage says Burgers and Fries, but I think they're closed now.

    sonny's.jpg


    Across the street was the Clubhouse for a MC that I didn't think I should get a shot of.
    I didn't want to look like a poser acting like I belonged to the club, or post their location. :nono


    So, we went the other way, and saw this old service station.

    abandoned building 2.jpg

    That's taking self service to a new level! :D

    We left there, and saw the sun shining on this stained glass window.

    St Mary's Baptist Church.jpg

    St. Mary's Baptist Church. I didn't think the Baptists had much to do with Mary? :hmmmmm

    It was getting late, so we started to head back when Sheree remembered a place she saw near where a friend of hers used to live.

    Mink plumbing.jpg

    It definitely has an Old West look and feel to it, even though it's still in use as a plumbing business.

    We headed home after that.

    It's good to get back out for some therapeutic riding again!

    Till next time y'all!


    :wave


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  11. danh600

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    I love the pictures of the abandon buildings.

    My problem is I see those places and I want to know all the stories they could tell.

    I am not much of a Facebook guy, but I do have an account. Don't do much but I am a member of a Florida abandon building group. Cool pictures but's what even neater is someone might show up and make a comment on the history of the buildings pictured. That's always interesting.

    You might find something like that for your area.

    And........good call on not taking a pictures of the MC clubhouse.
  12. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    The last couple of days have been kinda iffy with the weather. Off and on with the rain, so I was just going to work on the El Camino a bit.

    I started on the new exhaust. Lots of rotary filing yesterday, and today I was going to use the exhaust expander that I just bought to start laying out the pipes.

    I got the first flange nearly finished, then:

    broken tool 2.jpg

    It has a 1 year warranty, but it sucks that everything is made of Chinesium these days. That steel looks like it was molten, then whipped and the metalic froth was poured into a mold. :dirtdog

    Now, I need to get started on something else while waiting.

    Oh well, it could always be worse! I could be working 9-5! :D

    At least the weather looks like it may be clearing! :ricky

    Till next time y'all!

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    DRC...those expanders are only made to push out the dent made by the clamps on an old pipe or muffler so you can push a new pipe into it. They aren't made to actually expand new pipe.
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  14. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Really? I've used them back in the 80's to help tighten the gap between pipes and make them tighter when they slide together. :hmmmmm

    I guess I'm still learning. :mulie

    Thanks for the info.
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    Some great photography there, Cowboy.
    East Texas sure has some neat spots to visit. The old house with the fire damage was so cool. Sad that it will probably end up being bulldozed.
    I agree with danh600, the stories some of these places could tell.
    Ever see any old dance halls? They used to be on every main street in Texas.
    The Sporty sure has come a long way since you got it. Great looking bike. The matte finish on the tank really looks sharp.
    Stay Safe!
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  16. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Thanks Moonraker.
    I've lived in East Texas for a little over 25 years now, and I wasn't even aware of most of these places. Too busy with work, and destinationitis to see them until this year. Being forced into an early retirement has given me time to slow down and see more.

    I have tried to find some local history to add to the photos, but there is a lot around here that was abandoned in the early 80's when the big oil bust happened. Many people moved away, and never returned.

    As far as dance halls go, I'm not aware of any in the area. I live in Smith County, and up until 2012 it was still a dry county, and it is still heavily influenced by the Baptists in the region. They aren't much into dancing.

    The Sporty has been a "work in progress" for most of the year. I think I have got her about where I want her, unless I decide to add something else, like a windscreen/bug deflector. The matte black was just something that I like, and can apply myself without too many problems.

    Thanks for following along.

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  17. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Now, on to today's riding.

    We didn't go anywhere special, just hitting a few stores. On the way home from the first ride, Sheree wanted to stop at a yard sale.
    The folks there were the arts & crafts type. and their fence shows it.

    fence mural.jpg


    Sheree got a couple of little things, then we headed back home.


    Then for the second ride, we took a ride out by Sheree's work place. On the way back, I stopped to get a pic of the new/retro facade that they just built for the Trane air conditioning factory.

    Trane offices.jpg

    I thought it looked like a throw back to the 60's or 70's style architecture.

    Then we came across this mural on the electrical box.

    mural box.jpg

    It was the first one that I saw when the city started putting them on the boxes to help add some beauty to the place.

    When Sheree first saw it, she asked if the kid was poopin'! :photog

    Anyway, that's about it for a lazy Sunday.

    Till next time y'all!

    :wave

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  18. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Since Sheree had to work today, I took a little solo ride out to the bigger lake in the area.
    3 bridges cross the lake on the highway, so I got shots while stopped on all of them. :D

    If you cross the bridges in the early morning, you can see the big birds sitting on them waiting for fish. I've seen pelicans, kingfishers and herons there, plus a lot more that I couldn't identify.

    These shots are on the return trip since that was the best view.

    Aye, there be monsters in this area.

    lake bridge 1.jpg

    lake bridge 2.jpg


    This last one is where my boat was before it was stolen in 2007:

    lake bridge 3.jpg

    On the far left of the picture, there is a small dock that is just visible. It used to be bigger with several boat slips. That place was a combination RV park and marina, and I was paying for my boat to be kept there.

    I guess I haven't talked much about my boat yet, have I?

    Here are a couple of shots from 20 years ago, just before I bought it.

    westerlymooredtoo.jpeg westerlyk.jpeg

    It's a 22' 1969 Westerly Nomad.

    I bought it in 2003, and was paying to keep it in the ship where it is in these photos.

    One day in 2007, a friend came into my office for a visit. He asked me where I moved my boat since he didn't see it where the docks were. In fact, all of the boats were gone.

    I reported it as stolen, but the police weren't any help. I offered rewards for info, and anything else I could think of, but no one was helpful. I finally found it in 2012, 150 miles from here. It was in fairly rough shape, but I finally got it back home, and it's in my yard on a trailer right now. Yeah, another project on the list. :doh

    I have an old blog that goes into more detail about it if you're interested. http://dmtravelnik.blogspot.com/2013/04/

    So, back to the ride today, I got a few more pics of some abandoned places, churches and more, but they're in the next post.

    Be right back!

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  19. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Alrighty then. I'm back!

    I came across an abandoned liquor store/video arcade. It was called Bigfoot Liquors.

    abandoned liquor store.jpg

    This area was one of the places that people in Smith County had to go for booze when we had a dry county. They don't get as much business anymore. There are still some that remained open to sell the hard stuff since only beer and wine are usually available here.

    Also in the area is the headquarters of Schambach Ministries.

    Schambach Ministries.jpg

    And Lakewood Church. (Not the one where Joel Osteen preaches. That's in Houston.)

    Lakewood Church.jpg

    Not exactly a Mega Church like Osteen's! :lol3

    Then, I took a back road home and went past this gazebo. Even though Sheree wasn't with me, I knew that she would have wanted me to get a pic. She wouldn't have rode with me through the field to get to it! :D

    gazebo lake.jpg

    Right after I got the gazebo shot, the bike started sputtering, and I switched to reserve. Filled up in the next town for $7, and continued on the back road.

    I don't think I've mentioned it before, but every time we go riding back roads looking for interesting places to photograph, that road suddenly becomes a major traffic route! Cars, trucks and even semis come from nowhere, and make it nearly impossible to stop sometimes! :loco

    Anyway, I got this final abandoned house shot before returning home.

    abandoned house.jpg

    Our evening ride was just to pick up a few things from the store, so no pictures of anything tonight.
    The leaves will be turning colors soon, and I'm really looking forward to getting some pictures of the fall season! :nod

    Till next time y'all!

    :wave

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    Not sure if you're familiar with it but there is a unsupported, quasi race called the Texas200 that they run every year.. always follow it an always wanted to participate in it!
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