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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    Another Small Town Center: The redhead pose was taken in Royalston Center at coordinates 42.675974, -72.187547.

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    Road Addenda & Errata: Several road shots taken in and around Royalston, MA.

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    Streamside: Below is another of those lovely, restful places that always reminds me of the good advice I get from @chethro.

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    The problem is, I'd no sooner get the kit out than I'd want to get back to riding.
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    Now that really looks fishy! :nod I can almost hear the drag squealing...
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    I found another, related, older barn photo that I don't believe has been posted before. As someone who likes old barns, I hate to see them decay like this.

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    It is also sad to see that a working, family farm has come to an end. Someone has, I believe, patched the roof since the photo was taken.
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    A Better Bridge Shot? I an not sure this is one of my better bridge pics but it's one I like a lot.

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    Perhaps one of the reasons is that I particularly like bridges with wooden deck planking that rattles when you ride over.
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    Not sure I would want to ride over that in the wet, however. :muutt

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    I am a little more cautious on wet wood, taking care to keep the bike straight up and going straight. Fortunately, most bridge wood around here is weather-warn enough to give you decent traction. Brand new planks are another matter when wet.
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    You know, it is streams just like that really get to me sometimes. I think the reason is because it was in a stream like that back in IL where I hooked a 20 lb. flathead catfish on a tiny little rig with 8 lb. test. I fought that thing for over a half hour and then still had to jump in and hog him out. The excitement of doing something like that again could kill an old goat like me, what a way to go. :lol3
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    Fly Rod Territory: Rode by this stretch of Millers River the other day and thought of my big, beautiful, graphite fly rod languishing in the basement.

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    Oh well, better the fly rod gather dust than the redhead.
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    Old Houses Seen While Riding: Just some well-kept old homes I though were interesting. The first of these below is one I think was originally an 1800s stage stop and inn.

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    Below is a rare, early brick colonial.

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    Below is a well-expanded federalist home that I am guessing was built in the 1800s

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    Finally an expanded small colonial, the first part of which probably dates to the late 1700s.

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    Ready For Spring: The redhead had been serviced some weeks ago and I just got it inspected this morning.

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    This, and another, dealer seem to be hurting. Max doesn't do pickups and deliveries from their Windsor store any more and this dealer had people leave to look for greener pastures. The good news is that noone else was waiting for an inspection. This is very unusual for this time of year. Covid related?
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    The Sun Also Sets: I thought this was a nice image,

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    Pic was taken on the Blackstone River. Clouds were enhanced as sky was overexposed due to sunlight.
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    Toppling Tree? Is this tree about to take a swim?

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    Looking at it today, I think one good soaking rain with a little wind will put it in the drink.
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    Deserted and Abandoned: In the time since this picture was taken, the barn has started to fall in.

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    I am thinking there's some valuable barnwood there.
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    I agree with you on the wood to be salvaged. A huge shame to let it go to waste.

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    I've noticed some careful dismantling of some of the old tobacco barns along the CT River. Somewhere I remember hearing that wood is highly prized. Don't know if true, though.
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    Out In The Wild Today: Well, it really wasn't all that wild but a heron was there keeping an eye on us. Can you find him?

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    The new tires, BTW, really like pea gravel.
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    The Bridge In The Woods: I got a note about the bridge in the woods, shown below, wanting to know if it is still there.

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    I'd have to almost bet the ranch it is still there given how the town tried to dynamite it and could barely make a dent. Next time by there, I will check. It can be seen from the road at our about coordinates 42.309890, -72.211526.
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    It's That Time: With new fluids, new tires, new inspection sticker and new spring weather, it is time to hit the trail; which is what I did today.

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