Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

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    A Day Like Today: It was a day like today many years ago but in March - windy and rainy with bone-chilling damp. The wife had driven me to the Mississippi River to pick up a new, just-out model Honda - the 4-cylinder/4-exhaust CB550. They were hard to get and I found one in MO. The urge to go and get it overcame common sense. Common sense tells you that nasty weather systems that come chugging up the mighty Mississippi like a thundering freight train can get nastier. Anyways, I paid $1,635 plus tax for and took possession of the bike.

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    Being much tougher then than I am now, I braved 200 miles in the crap weather across the prairie without dying of hypothermia (no helmet or rain suit). We didn't take picture of bikes back then. They were objects to ride, not pose and we sometimes suffered mightily to get them.
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    Remnants Of A Shaker Farm: Of the numerous pics taken of that old Shaker farmstead in Harvard the other day, I thought this one was most symbolic.

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    As previously noted, a good number of the wooden Shaker structures are still standing. As of 2017, there were thought to be only two Shakers left in the world. We have noted that celibacy makes it difficult to maintain a long term congregation. It has also been noted that their denomination got its name from religious service behavior that included trembling, shaking and what historians described as "frenzied screeching and whirling" and other forms of frenetic behavior.
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    Riding Weather: Today was much nicer than yesterday with sunshine and temps in the low to mid 50s. Yesterday saw raindrops moving horizontally with 70 mph + gusts. There were no whitecaps on the reservoir today, prompting a pull over for the following pic.

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    Out for about 3 hours this afternoon, I caught a couple of trains and some buildings. More to follow on these.
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    Train Fix: The best way to get pics of a moving train without a radio or waiting around is to shoot a scheduled, commuter train. In good times, rail traffic can be scarce and right now it seems to have slacked off even more. To further complicate things, railroads are putting more fences around places the redhead used to go. Anyway, I found this one spot several days back, went there yesterday and caught some train. Below are two pics of the MBTA heading inbound to Boston.

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    It was being pushed by an old GP. The MBTA is not known for its sparkling clean cars and trouble-free service.

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    This train was pretty much on schedule, making for a short stay trackside. I came back nearly 30 minutes later for the outbound.
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    Happy to know you're enjoying these byway pics. Yesterday, I traversed what is now a very lazy byway that has lots of old New England architecture. The picture was taken from the south side of Harvard common.

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    Sitting in front of the old general store, there was very little traffic.
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    I grew up in Old Saybrook, CT and after university lived and worked in Boston for ten years before I transferred up here with the same firm. From a riding standpoint, I thought it would be a 2-3 year deal. Family circumstances scattering everywhere with no "home" to return to see me still here.

    Edit: The primary issue was the death of my father and everyone left to find their own roots.
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    Old Saybrook is, IMHO, one of the more scenic areas down by the sea (LI sound). By contrast, I grew up in a small town surrounded by a sea of corn and soybeans about 110 miles downstate from Chicago. Most family and friends of my age scattered after high school, only to return on special occasions. Once our parents, aunts and uncles passed away, we seldom came back. When we did, it was not to ride the cornfield byways. Most Illinois roads are, comparatively, anything but scenic, with some exceptions along the Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio rivers (e.g., Galena). I used to ride a motorcycle back for special occasions. It took two, 600 mile days to get there. Now, on those rare occasions (e.g., HS reunions), we drive the cage, as shown below by the courthouse some years back.

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    The town, which used to be a vibrant and busy county seat, is pretty much dead now compared to what it once was. The now 10 year old Miata came into the picture as the wife's "fresh air and vitamin D machine" when she could no longer ride on the bike.
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    In my early days riding I enjoyed Boston Post Road from Old Saybrook through Rhode Island into Massachusetts; or southbound through Westbrook, Clinton, etc. toward NYC. Always a wonderful Sunday morning ride exploring good breakfast joints.

    Those photos are all on slides.
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    Train Fiix, Page 2: Thirty minutes later, I cam back to the same spot and got the MBTA outbound, pulled by a 1992 EMD F40.

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    The nice thing about this spot is that (1) getting there makes for a nice 1-hour ride each way and (2) it is next door to the Pan Am tracks. Just down the street behind this pic is a another spot where the pair of two-track lines join. Maybe if/when the economy picks up, we'll catch more Pan Am traffic. Perhaps I should take advantage of shutdown's reduced traffic, ride into Worcester and see if I can find a decent vantage point for the CSX intermodal yard.
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    Not Your Bike By The Bridge But A Bridge By The Bike: I found this unused (I think) pic from years back of the lift mechanism on the RR lift bridge over the Cape Cod Canal. The bike was in the parking lot. The photo was taken some years ago in December when Kevin and I rode to the Cape on a day that was warmer than it is now.

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    I needed a happy-time photo like this to cheer me up. We're supposed to get 5-6 inches of snow tonight. Seeing or remembering this bridge in action will give you a lift (npi).
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    Pretty Last Year But Not Now: New England transplants like us know to expect snow in late April but we don't have to like it.

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    As pretty as the trees and scenes can be covered in white, but this time of year it's like nature's taking a dump.

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    We often get dumped on just as the forsythia starts to bloom and towns finish spring street sweeping. The road has about an inch of icy slush.
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    Hi John. We got some snow overnight. Was all melted by about 9 this morning. Cut my grass this afternoon. Almost finished when a killdeer started fussing and doing her fake broken wing to entice me away from her nest. Stupid bird usually nests in my gravel driveway. This year she in almost dead centre in the front lawn. Just a few feet north of my red bud bush.
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    "Mother nature is a mad scientist".
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    Critters Of Note: The only critters that have gotten my attention of late are (1) yard deer and (2) a pesky, crappy robin. A good number of deer, whether single or in herds, regularly pass through the yard. The trail cam is picking them up both day and night, as shown in one pic below.

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    Don't mind deer in the yard so much. They mostly stay within the protected wetlands area behind the yard with local, free-range chickens eating whatever tics they may leave behind.

    A nasty robin, however, has been a real pest lately by repeatedly flying into the front door window and then sitting on the rail and crapping all over the front porch. He's been doing this for over a week. I haven't seen him since the snowfall but his days are numbered if/when he comes back.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 18: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The 18th of these is a 1935 WACO YKC-S (standard cabin series) biplane. As planes go, the WACO is highly prized among biplane enthusiasts, although perhaps not as much as the Beech Staggerwing.

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    A with some of the other plane pics, I photographed this one in the New England Air Museum, which is a nice 1.5 - 2.0 hours motorcycle ride from the house, depending on the route.
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    Take It Up And Rig For Happy Riding: Pic below was taken of yours truly some years back when you could get out and ride to places wanting to be explored, like old submarines without glass barriers. Also, what normal kid doesn't want to look through the periscope.

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    I am thinking those days may be gone as trying to sanitize all the surfaces inside a sub would prove problematic.

    Edit Note: I have liked and admired subs and submariners since early childhood. Subs are, IMHO, the epitome of marine engineering and the sub above ranks just below the Nautilus in breakthrough sub engineering. It was the shape of the hull.
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    Seems like a great photo of a normal kid.

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    I am in awe of the courage of those who went to sea in subs using early 20th century technology.
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    From The Photo Vault Of Things That Might Be Interesting: Thinking there may be some that didn't know that Indian Motorcycle Company has a go at making a sporty little car, behold the 1928 Indian Roadster. Modeled after the British Austin Seven, it had Lycoming WS L-head, straight 6 engine.

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    This little runabout dates back to a time when production efficiencies brought the cost of a Ford Model T down below that of an Indian Chief motorcycle and bike sales suffered. Only four models of this car were built, the one above being the last. The 1929 stock market crash forced Indian to stop development of the car. When Paul du Pont acquired the Indian company, the final twelve of his brand of luxury cars were produced at the Indian plant. Below is an internet pic of a du Pont.

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    I took a good number of pictures of the small Indian car some years back on a ride to Springfield, MA. The car wowed the motorcycle and automotive press years earlier when it was announced the car existed in Hemmings Classic Car publication.
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    Yes, indeed! Also I am forever grateful for those sailors and submariners who didn't make it back. It is quite probable that their sacrifice did, in some direct or indirect way, contribute to the fact that my own father made it through the entire Pacific theater. I thought about that every time I toured one of these boats.

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