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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Dirt Road Cowboy, May 8, 2011.
It's pretty bad when she rides off yelling, "Fuck you!" and "You're dead to me!"
Well that sucks.
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.
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.
I got the plumbing finished today!
That means that I can get back to the fun stuff, like riding, photos and El Camino work!
We went out tonight looking for graffiti and abandoned places.
And that's just what we found!
Here's the front.
Then, we went around the side.
Not bad. Let's move farther around.
Better. We'll move back more.
That's more like it, but not so much bike in here.
Time to move Serenity.
We originally came looking for this pic.
But the building has collapsed. You can still see the skull though.
And around the other side.
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!
Be right back!
Alright. I'm back with the house pics.
First, the front of the house.
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.
Yes, I was whistling the Addams Family theme song!
Just down the road, we came across this house.
Not as pretty, but it's abandoned!
Sheree liked the door.
And on the way back, we got another shot for the Church thread.
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!
Hope things are getting better @Dirt Road Cowboy. Riding is always good.
Looks like fire got that nice house.
Possibly, but it's also possible that the fire damage was caused after the house was abandoned.
We didn't have a lot of time to explore that area, so it is on our list of neighborhoods to explore further.
This afternoon, we went to the grocery store, and on the way home we came across this.
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!
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.
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.
Then we found an abandoned beauty shop.
I guess that explains the ugly neighborhood!
And then there's Sonny's place. The signage says Burgers and Fries, but I think they're closed now.
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.
So, we went the other way, and saw this old service station.
That's taking self service to a new level!
We left there, and saw the sun shining on this stained glass window.
St. Mary's Baptist Church. I didn't think the Baptists had much to do with Mary?
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
Now, I need to get started on something else while waiting.
Oh well, it could always be worse! I could be working 9-5!
At least the weather looks like it may be clearing!
Till next time y'all!
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.
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.
I guess I'm still learning.
Thanks for the info.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'!
Anyway, that's about it for a lazy Sunday.
Till next time y'all!
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.
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.
This last one is where my boat was before it was stolen in 2007:
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.
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.
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!
Alrighty then. I'm back!
I came across an abandoned liquor store/video arcade. It was called Bigfoot Liquors.
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.
And Lakewood Church. (Not the one where Joel Osteen preaches. That's in Houston.)
Not exactly a Mega Church like Osteen's!
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!
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!
Anyway, I got this final abandoned house shot before returning home.
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!
Till next time y'all!
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!