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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    Ghosts Of The Past Resurface Yet Again: In a post last Friday, I mentioned how my visit to Mystic resulted in my being given a sailing book by Tom Watson Jr., who was the CEO and chairman of IBM and the man tried to get me fired. I didn't get fired but that incident was the anchor that dropped and stopped my career at that point and place at the time.

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    We had never met and Watson didn't know me from Adam, only that I was the research analyst at his 2nd largest customer who suggest the company purchase non-IBM mainframe memory. Well, the fit hit the shan, Watson sent in the troops who did more than suggest I was some kind of mentally retarded, infidel who was about to inflict great pain, anguish, discredit, humiliation and the gnashing of teeth on senior management. Believe me, these people had studied Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. As I said, I wasn't fired but eventually left the company - a firm that prided itself on being so employee friendly that almost nobody ever left if they'd been there for more than several years. I was the exception. Shortly thereafter, Tom Watson had a heart attack, left IBM and started sailing around on his boat Palawan and I came east from the foothills of Mt. Level - a blessing in disguise.

    Shortly after that first post, I received an PM from an inmate who had some acquaintance with Tom Watson's boat keeper. In fact, he still has the cotton sails Watson swapped out for Dacron and I have a good life. We both thank you, Tom. RIP.
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    Happy Trails To You: Just a couple of pics of the redhead chasing down an old wagon trail that became a post road that was eventually bypassed when a hard road was put in.

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    As these go, this one's a gem with hardpack sand/gravel and nary a pothole or washboard of any size that would slow you down. You can get up a good head of steam if that's your choice. Personally, I take it slow and watch for wildlife. There's a huge pond and one old homestead just off the road to the right, along with some protected woodlands. Not much in the way of vistas, though - too many trees.

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    Sorry to hi-jack the thread but the mention of cool blustery day in an old English car reminded me. I'm not in the practice of driving in winter but the only time the top has been put up on my MG Midget was to test it once. It fits I just don't ride without the top-down haha.
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    A Ship Of Salvation: The Gerda III was a Danish boat built in 1926 as a lighthouse tender. As such, she had a storied and heroic career.

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    Henny Sinding was the daughter of a Danish officer who was in charge of Denmark's Lighthouse and Buoy Service. Henny used the boat and a small crew to rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Denmark in WWII. Refugees were secretly taken to a warehouse along Copenhagen’s waterfront and smuggled aboard the Gerda III, hiding in the cargo hold. The boat then set out on her official lighthouse supply duties, but detoured to the coast of neutral Sweden and put the refugees ashore ashore there. The vessel was regularly boarded and checked by German soldier but they never discovered the hidden refugees. The Gerda III rescued approximately 300 Jews, in small groups. The boat was later donated to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City by an act of the Danish Parliament. In turn, Mystic Seaport cares for and exhibits the boat.

    Below is an internet picture of Henny in her Brigade uniform. After the rescue effort, Henny joined the Danish armed resistance blowing up things that would aid the Germans and eventually escaped to Sweden before the war was over. Henny died in 2009.

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    Posting Note: One of the reasons we are often so slow at posting pictures is that I have this habit of wanting to research things shown in the photos.
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    It is nice to know we aren't the only "convertible crazies" out there. Appreciate it.
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    Another Waterfront Scene:

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    Just Another Happy Picture: It was all good - the weather, road and bike

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    On Today's Ride, I Made - :

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    On my way back from NH, I had to stop by the place and see if it was still standing. They used to make lathes here a long time ago.

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    It's a classic old factory building.
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    Somebody should remove one of the "O's" on Goodspeed. :D
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    Golden Pond Meets Peyton Place At A Funeral In Berlin: I was reminded of these three movies after I pulled off the main road and into the village. It could have been the setting for "On Golden Pond", which was actually filmed a little farther north in NH. It could also be the setting for a Peyton Place, which was a fictional, New England mill town. This little village on a scenic pond was once a thriving mill town, renamed after the mill owner. As for the Funeral In Berlin, that's the third element (Third Man Theme, anyone?). Anyway, when I pulled into the village, it was the mill town view to starboard. I stopped the redhead on the small bridge where the big pond flows into the mill pond and into this pic. This was the Peyton Place part of the imagined, mental trilogy.

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    I parked the bike, got off and looked toward the large pond, which was just behind the buildings below.

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    Make note of the two folks staring at the building door in the picture above. When they saw me stop, one immediately walked over and we had an odd encounter. That was the third man here. Story to follow shortly. In the meantime, I wandered over near where they were standing to get a pic of the pond, which is much larger than the pic below shows. Queue New Hampshire Hornpipe on the bluetooth. In the meantime, the two men just walked around, seeming to look at building doors while keeping an eye on me, clear up until I left.

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    This whole "three movie" thing came together as I was standing there looking at the water. It was in this village where I had three strange encounters, today's being the third. The first happened at the village store, shown below in a pic from last year.

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    I had stopped to get a picture of the place (i.e., I generally like small town, country stores) when this fellow about my age came out, said he noticed my red bike and started asking me questions that made no sense. Noticing his accent, I asked if he was from Germany (in German) and we got into a brief discussion where he said he was an artist, didn't like the U.S. any more and would likely go back. Sensing this would likely lead to political discussion, I asked him what was bad about the country and he launched into a diatribe about how the U.S. had bombed civilian population centers in Germany during WWII. Did he not know that Hitler bombed London? That was just about one year ago to the day. On this stop, one of the two men who immediately came walking up to me when I got off the bike asked, "Did you find the man?" I asked, "What man?" He said, "The man you were looking for." I said, I am just a photographer and am not looking for anyone." The other man said, "Someone on a red motorcycle stopped here some time ago and was looking for the man." Did this really happen or was this one of those questions designed to initiate a conversation or ferret out information.

    It was then that I thought back to the previous year and another 2nd man, a NH rider just passing through, who said this town was an enclave, perhaps socialist, communist or something else, of people from other places. Thus bringing A Funeral In Berlin or the Third Man Theme into play. It all sounds like a good movie plot to me, if somewhat complicated - an old couple in a cabin on a pond in an old mill town besotted with spies amid social and international intrigue. Maybe the spies thing is just mental interference from memories of Checkpoint Charlie (i.e., spy central) from the old Cold War days when things were often not what they seemed.

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    The above pic was taken in the summer of 1968 with a Yashica SLR shooting Ektachrome when I was crossing back through the Friedrichstraße checkpoint (i.e., formally checkpoint C) from east to west Germany after a short stay in that God-awful Soviet satellite. That too was a place of strange encounters.
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    Abandoned Pu Pu Place Seen: This afternoon, I was riding back after a visit to a dentist who's several towns away and stopped to look at this abandoned place. It would take three pictures to show the entire site, which is U-shaped. Not shown are the adjacent, motel-like apartments that were also part of the enterprise.

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    With minimal research, I learned it was once a restaurant named Tanala featuring Chinese/Polynesian/American cuisine and was quite popular back in the 1970s. Sometime later some ill-informed group tried to reopen the place with a heavy-metal venue, which would seem to be appetite-limiting in scope.
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    Wilton Townscape: Below are several pictures taken while riding through the old mill town of Wilton, NH, on a scouting expedition. I was checking out potential fall foliage and other scenes (and I found a good one for later). The first is looking down Main Street, where I pulled over to get this pic.

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    The main reason for pulling over was to get a better photograph the old B&M train station, which is now used as office space.

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    Farther on, I pulled into the parking lot by the police station to check some map references and water the innards. The lot overlooks the Souhegan River.

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    My primary discovery here, though, was a functional old mill that will be featured later, when the leaves turn, God's willing and the creek don't rise.
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    Train Fix: Got a train fix last week. It was kind of a crappy pic that resulted from shooting into the afternoon sun but there was enough info in the RAW file to make it decent, if not good, without going the HDR route.

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    As a related note, I am convinced that some of the best train watching to be had in the U.S. is at Fort Madison, IA, and not at the Rochelle, IL, diamond as I previously thought. I'll probably not ride the bike out that way any more, though.
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    Sabino: Shown below, Sabino is a coal-fired, 57 foot, wooden steamboat built in 1908 at Boothbay, ME. Built and still used as a small passenger ferry, the boat was last used for jazz cruises on the Merrimack River until moving under lease to Mystic Seaport in 1974. Mystic later purchased the vessel and maintains it as a National Historic Landmark.

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    Sabino is thought to be the last coal-fired ferry in the country. There's a rumor that some conversion to electric as a second propulsion system is being considered. Is Musk a board member?

    Edit Note: Am still behind on Mystic photos but am catching up.
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    Riding Into A Small New England Village: During my search for potential fall foliage shots, I rode through a number of small towns. In one of these, where there was little traffic, I took a short sequence of pictures. Coming into this one was rather abrupt. One minute countryside and the next village.

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    I like the small fountains that can often be found in such places, even when surrounded by signs and poles.

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    I turned right, rode up the street a short distance and parked the bike to stretch the old legs and knees.

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    Looking back in the direction I came from:

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    I happened to park in front of an interesting old house (am guessing late 1700s or early 1800s vintage).

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    Having two front doors was not uncommon in colonial homes. One was often for entrance to a certain part of the home (e.g., the formal parlor for guests) and the other for more informal living quarters. Sometimes they were added later for a separate family member or renter entrance. Perhaps the house layout was the whole-house equivalent of the bedroom bundling board.
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    Lunch At A Meetinghouse: I've a favorite place to stop around noon when tooling around southern NH. It's at an old meetinghouse that was built in 1791, which makes it both historically interesting and a good lunch spot.

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    The location is also a quiet place with shade that overlooks the main drag through the village. You can relax in shade and watch the world go by while leisurely getting around a sandwich. Below is a look back at the meeting house from a little farther on down the hill.

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    The meetinghouse is at coordinates 42.950943, -71.871909.
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    Interesting Houses: This pic fits in the category of "old and/or interesting houses I've ridden by." This particular place is the Barrett House in New Ipswich, NH. This federalist style manse was built in 1800 by Charles Barrett as a residence for his son, Charles Jr. I had photographed it sometime in Aug. of last year but don't remember getting the bike in the pic back then.

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    I am reminded of and thankful for my own father, who made me buy my own things once I was old enough to work. That included my first car and both high school and college expenses. He did say he'd buy me a nice car if I graduated from college but, by that time, I already had one (a new Pontiac) and suggested he buy himself one.
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    Teaser: I ran across this in the back woods of NH. Sometimes your explorations are hit and miss; however, finding this was a Eureka moment hit. The contraption you see below is a small part of a much bigger picture that I have yet to fully explore.

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    Getting the bigger picture of this place is now on my dance card. I need to revisit the place when someone is there.
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    Very clever -- I see what you did there.
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    Found another picture of the Sabino that was taken later that day.

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