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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.
Coming Soon - Visiting The Beer Farm: Well, I did get there, as evidenced by the pic below of the beer barn. Also, I got there before the crowds, which make it impossible to see much of anything once the place opens, while they were firing up the smoker and stocking the beer.
Demands of the new house (i.e., last minute fixes, inspections, arranging deliveries, more fixes, starting to move stuff, etc. ) are eating up my days right now and leaving little time to fuss with pictures but will work on this report, which has a bunch of photos. Coming as soon as I can clear the "honey do" list down to a manageable size.
Hahaha. New state of the art brewery operation geared up for crowds of consumers..............with porta potties on the patio. At least let us know John, if their product is palatable or outstanding.
You wouldn't believe the crowds they can have on nice-weather weekends, which can be of a size that would demand extra 'sanitary' facilities. It isn't like they might have 50 to 200 people at one time. It can be more like 1,000 or more for beer, BBQ and music with kids running around everywhere. When I rode by last weekend, I was dumbfounded at the crowds and long lines.
EDIT UPDATE NOTE: In thinking about this, I remember those wonderful fall harvest parties on a farm. Tables full of food (fried chicken, mac and cheese, all sorts of veggies, hamburgers, hot dogs, spuds, casseroles, cole slaw, potato salad, pies, cakes, cookies, cold soda, tea and beer, etc) Everyone would eat, the adults would chat and the kids would run all around the farm. The Stone Cow place is a lot like that but with less varieties of food and on a large scale.
Tank A Day Adventure - T72: At the onset of Memorial Day weekend, I rode to the Collings Foundation's, newly-opened American Heritage Museum and spent some time photographing and obtaining information on each exhibit. Below is the 32th of these, a Soviet T-72 M tank.
The Soviet T-72M was the Soviet Union's primary, Cold War battle tank. The T-72 weighed 45.7 tons and was powered by a 780 hp, V-12 diesel engine. The T-72 had a crew of 3, could travel 37 mph with a range of 430 miles with external fuel tanks. The T-72 had 8.7 in. frontal armor with a 125 mm cannon. It is believed that over 25,000 of these (all variants) were produced from 1972 on. The T-72's low profile made it more difficult to hit on the battlefield and its thick armor made it harder to destroy. The T-72's 'M' designation meant it was a tank for export to a foreign country. Some 40 countries have used the tank.
Tank A Day Adventure - T55: At the onset of Memorial Day weekend, I rode to the Collings Foundation's, newly-opened American Heritage Museum and spent some time photographing and obtaining information on each exhibit. Below is the 33rd of these, a Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank.
The Soviet T-55 was the Soviet Union's main battle tank for the Soviet Union well into the 1980s. The T-55 weighed 39 tons and was powered by a 500 - 800 hp, V-12 diesel engine. The T-55 had a crew of 4, could travel 30 mph with an unknown range. It had 4 in. frontal armor with a 100 mm. cannon. It is believed that over 100,000 of these (all variants) were produced from 1946 to 1983 and were used by over 50 countries. By the time of the Gulf War, the T-55 was considered outdated and was easily outmatched by more sophisticated U.S. tanks with night vision and superior gun control.
Note: Am posting this early so as to get to the beer farm photos tomorrow.
The Beer Farm Adventure, Part 1 - The Beer Barn: This is expected to be a three part set of pics. This first one is of the beer barn. Second will be pics of the rest of the farm grounds (that we had access to). The third and final will be a tasting visit sometime in the future when there aren't the thirsty throngs mobbing the place. As for the beer barn, below is a closeup of the structure. You could say it is the American barn version of a classic beer hall (i.e., gasthof). There's beer and food to be had inside.
Looking in the front door, through the barn and out into the patio behind:
To the left is the area where you buy beer and stuff (no food here). When I was here previously, there was a good wait just to get near this area.
They were busy getting ready to open when I popped in (with permission). I was able to get a picture of part of their brewing equipment.
Walking back out in the barn gives you the following views. The food kitchen is off to the right in the picture below.
I am thinking this is the area where the bands set up and/or folks boogie about.
Next up will be pictures outside.
What a nice place, I can smell the hops and fresh wood just looking at it! Who on earth would choose an applebys over this.
I have always loved the smell of the farm, including eau-de-bovine, but this one ups it a notch or two by adding the aroma of hops and meat in the smoker to the smell of wood, hay, clover, campfire, stuff on the grill, etc. For some of us old, small farm town boys; that smell would be a big part of the draw. Add in an ice-cold IPA with a smoked brisket sandwich and we might think we'd died and gone to heaven.
Tank A Day Adventure - 2S1 Gvozdika: At the onset of Memorial Day weekend, I rode to the Collings Foundation's, newly-opened American Heritage Museum and spent some time photographing and obtaining information on each exhibit. Below is the 34th of these, a Soviet 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer.
The Soviet 2S1 is a fully amphibious, self-propelled gun (SPG). The 2S1 weighs 17.6 tons and is powered by a 300 hp, YaMZ-238N diesel engine. The 2S1 had a crew of 4, could travel 37 mph on land or 3 mph in water with a land range of 310 miles. It had 0.78 in. frontal armor with a 122 mm. howitzer. It is believed that over 10,000 of these (all variants) were produced from 1971 to 1991 and were used by 30 countries. This Gvozdika was captured by the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm.
Tank A Day Adventure - M60A1 Patton: At the onset of Memorial Day weekend, I rode to the Collings Foundation's, newly-opened American Heritage Museum and spent some time photographing and obtaining information on each exhibit. Below is the 35th of these, an American M60A1 Main Battle Tank.
The M60 was America's main battle tank up until the introduction of the M1A1 Abrams. The M60 weighs 47 tons and is powered by a 750 hp, Continental AVDS-1790-2 V12 engine. The M60 had a crew of 4, could travel 30 mph with a range of 300 miles. It had 4.29 in. frontal armor with a 105 mm. cannon. Some 15,000 of these (all variants) were produced by Chrysler from 1960 to 1983. The M60 was extensively used by the US Army and Marine Corps prior to the M1A1 and widely exported to foreign governments.
Another, Long Forgotten Source Of Happyface: Today, I finally had something I've not had for over 50 years and it made me smile a lot. That would be a clean, brightly-lit (both windows and LED strips), totally uncluttered garage space in which to shine up the wheels.
The last space like this was back in the late 60s BCC (i.e., Before Children and Clutter). It too was a well lit, single car garage in which a 68 Dodge Charger got loving care. I still have a can or two of the polish I used back then (Astro-Shield). It, along with some others, has kept the old Miata looking good.
The MX adds variety to your riding and is highly recommended for the pillion who can no longer ride on back.
Tank A Day Adventure - M551 Sheridan: At the onset of Memorial Day weekend, I rode to the Collings Foundation's, newly-opened American Heritage Museum and spent some time photographing and obtaining information on each exhibit. Below is the 36th of these, an American M551 Sheridan Light Tank.
The M551 was an American amphibious, light battle tank. The M551 weighs 17.4 tons and is powered by a turbocharged, 255 hp, 6-cylinder Detroit Diesel engine. The M551 had a crew of 4, could travel 43 mph on land or 3.6 mph in water with a land range of 350 miles. It had 1 in. frontal armor with a 152 mm. gun/launcher. Some 1,662 of these were produced by Cadillac from 1966 to 1970. The M551 was used in Vietnam and Panama and saw limited combat with the 82nd Airborne in Operation Desert Storm as a placeholder until further support arrived.
The Sheridan, which could be rapidly deployed by parachute and "swim" across rivers, was liked for its mobility and firepower but had two major drawbacks. Light armor and an unreliable gun/missile launcher combination made the tank vulnerable. They were retired from frontline service in 1996.
Reality extends beyond the limits of our perception.
Stumbled on this Museum while attending a car show last week. I instantly thought of this thread.
Great find, @WRC51 and thanks for taking/posting the pics! Love the stuff they have laying around and it looks like somebody was collecting donkey engines. That said, now we're all wondering what is in that toasty old RR shed.
They were closed that day, you can bet I will be back to check it out.
We like finding interesting and toasty old stuff to photograph. Two of our best barn finds were fire fighting equipment (e.g. an old hand pumper and a huge old Mack hook and ladder). Finding old railroad equipment (e.g., cars, speeders, locomotives, etc.) would be about as good as it gets. Below is the old hook and ladder.
Should you find a toasty old RR engine, you win great barn find acclaim!
John; I have some rail related pics for you that you won't see every day. There was a forty car and one DPU derailment in the Sarnia Ontario/Port Huron Michigan International Rail Tunnel a couple of days ago. These pics show some of the cleanup efforts on the Canadian side of the tunnel; as well as the train of new rail that will be laid when the cleanup is finished. The cleanup was complicated a bit by having to pump up the contents of a tank car of sulfuric acid from near the middle of the tunnel. All the auto racks and their contents of new vehicles are being scrapped on the spot and possibly more cars as well that have not been removed yet. The DPU locomotive was towed out of the tunnel last night and is currently sitting near the Sarnia station. The cleanup/scrapping crews are not disconnecting batteries or draining fluids from the vehicles so the pile of scrapped vehicles has caught on fire at least twice now. I will be going to Sarnia tomorrow for breakfast with the Vintage Motorcycle fraternity but will not get any pics of my own as the police are now clearing off any spectators from the road overpass because it is actually a construction zone at present and the sidewalk; although public is in the construction zone. I will list the photographers at the end of the second post so photo credit is given.....Dave
Photographers include CBC Corp.;Dereck Jackson; Rick Scott; Rob McClintock; Hunter Holmes; and Scott Orchard.