PC's Adventures in Pictures

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PC-Rider, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. PC-Rider

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    My last rider ditched me at the Red Tower.

    My wife and I were on our own, and feeling lonely ! :cry

    We headed to our next stop which is a very old dry cleaners.

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    The brick chimney gives that away.

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    And nobody seems to know what MASCOK stands for.

    Or is it Mr. SCOK?
    Or Mrs. COK ?

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    Oh, must be MRS.C.O.K.
    What ever that means.

    The front of the building.

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    OH, must be MRS. G.O.K. for Mrs. G. O. Keller's. :doh

    It is a "G" not a "C" !

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    This place has been in business since 1894. February 14th to be exact.
    It is one of New Jersey's oldest and largest all around cleaners.

    G.O. Keller's website.
    And it is Mrs. G.O. Keller's.
    If you click on their History Tab they have a nice slide show of their buildings over the years.

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    #240 Mascok Stack

    G.O. Keller's Dry Cleaning & Laundry, Plainfield @14
  2. PC-Rider

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    The next stop was something I had been wanting to see since I first saw it in the Tag-O-Rama game.

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    Yup, a giant tree !

    Next to an old church.

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    The tree predates this church building by a lot of years.

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    The tree is called The Basking Ridge Oak.
    Or White Oak Quercus Alba !!!
    And it is supposed to be over 600 years old !

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    It is pretty gnarly, but very picturesque.

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    Here is a plaque under the tree from 1966.

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    This tree was here before Columbus discovered Havana ! :lol3

    It has some help staying up with a few supports and guy wires because the limbs are pretty long.

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    The pictures really do not show how long these limbs are in real life.

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    They even have grounding wires to protect the tree from lightning.
    You can see two in this picture.

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    It is said that George Washington ate lunch under this tree in the late 1770's.
    Soldiers from several wars are buried under it's canopy.
    And it is said that Betsy Ross is buried under the old oak too !
    All that and more on this informative site Basking Ridge Patch.

    "The Old Oak of Basking Ridge is 98 feet tall (46 feet shorter than the tallest
    white oak) with a circumference of 18 feet and a branch spread of 138 feet!!"

    The old White Oak has been cared for by "Friends of The Old Oak Tree".

    A little more info on Revolutionary War in New Jersey.

    Here is a post card (for sale) from 1935 showing the Basking Ridge Oak.

    The Salem Oak Tree I posted on page 15 is only 400 years old.

    Just imagine how much history this tree has seen over the years.

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  3. PC-Rider

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    There were 4 other stops on my list for this day.
    But it was getting late, due to the traffic we had run into.
    Plus we were alone. :cry
    And my wife was very tired.
    So we headed home.

    I figured I could see those other stops later, if they were still around.

    My route was not the best because it had interstates on it.
    Those are not so bad in most areas, but in Northern New Jersey they are usually a nightmare.

    But with the Triump Trophy's 1215 cc's I was a whole lot more confident than I was with the 1990 PC under my seat.

    So off we head for home.

    We got to see a nice sunset.

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    We got quickly onto I-287.
    I was going to pull off of I-287 onto US-206, but I could see traffic was backed up on the bridge overhead and the exit ramp was also backed up.
    So I thought, just keep moving and find another road !!!
    287 took me to Route 1 and that took me to I-295.
    Route 1 was a constant stream of traffic, in both directions.
    I could not believe it.
    No gaps or breaks in the traffic.
    Just a double line of car headlights coming at me and a double line of car taillights ahead of me.
    It was amazing.
    I was just wondering where everyone was going !
    Fortunately the traffic kept moving pretty good or I would have taken a side road somewhere and taken my chances at getting home later.

    As usual I made a book marker for BRUCE RUN V.

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    We only got to see 16 Old Tags on this ride, a new low ! :lol3
    My trip totaled 290 miles for the day. The actual ride was around 145 miles.
    And for the day it took us 14 hours and 25 minutes!

    It is always a long day, but I enjoy seeing all of the interesting stuff in New Jersey.

    But don't worry,... I still have a nice BIG list of things to see. :deal
  4. nichloasjerry1

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    Hey I would really love to visit your blog and follow it also so is it possible to get your blog link so I can also visit it
  5. PC-Rider

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    I do not have a blog nicholoasjerry.

    This is about as much time as I have to post stuff ! :lol3
  6. PC-Rider

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    A motorcycle on a trailer is usually a bad sign.

    First: It could mean something is wrong with it and needs repaired because it can not be ridden to the dealer.
    Second: It could mean something is wrong with the rider because he would rather trailer his bike than ride it to his destination.

    I am sure there is a Third option, but those are what pops in my head when I see a motorcycle on a trailer ! :deal

    So, what's my excuse?

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    Well, my wife doesn't drive.
    She doesn't even have a drivers license !
    So for me to get a bike to the shop and get a ride home and to then have someone take me back to pick it up is a very big hassle.

    So, I opted for a new trailer and a Condor Motorcycle Stand for the front wheel and Canyon Dancer II Tie Downs for the handle bars.

    It worked out very well.

    I had never trailered a motorcycle before.
    I was constantly checking my 750 pounds of metal and plastic in my rear view mirror.

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    For the money I paid for this thing I was a bit nervous.

    But the aforementioned items did their job very nicely.

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    This pile of boxes on top of the Triumph box were all for my bike ! :eek1
    There is a lot of packing material around all of the parts they sent in.
    It basically consisted of a new Lower & Middle fairing pieces.
    The Side Case Cover.
    Some Trim (the side gray air intake), Turn Signal Lens and a few other small parts.

    I also added some more Rear Lighting and a Louder Horn.

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    The parts were replaced on the other side of the bike, but the pictures did not turn out well because of the light.
    This is the cleanest it has been since I bought it ! :lol3

    The bike only had a small LED Tail and Brake Light as original equipment.

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    I added the Bullet Lights and the LED Light Bar under the license plate.
    I also had them install a Brake Light Modulator, which only affects the original brake light.
    The new lights are only hooked up for Tail Light and Brake Light, no turn signals.

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    Now I won't be run over from the back !

    And since I had the new horn installed I have never had to use it !!! :hmmmmm

    I still want to add some Auxiliary Lights to the front.
    For some reason people can not see me coming in the front.
    Even on HIGH BEAM !!!!!!!!
    It's not the bike's fault, the lights are more than bright enough.
    I really do not know what goes through peoples minds when they see a motorcycle coming and then pull out in front of it !

    I had thought about using the Clearwater LED LIghts from my PC.
    The problem is they are quite big, and I do not know where I would put them on the Triumph without making it look Hokey !

    Condor Trailer Chock information.
    It is pretty easy to use.
    I was not exactly sure if I needed to move the bottom rocker plate, but it worked where it was set at.

    Canyon Dancer 2 Bar Harness.
    I got mine from Cycle Gear along with a nice Tie Down Strap Set.

    BackOFF Brake Light Modulator from Signal Dynamics.
    They have different types based upon the lighting system used on your bike.
    My lights are all LED so I chose the one for that.
    This is the one I used, SKU 01004.

    I used Signal Dynamics 6" Light Bar with the Red Lens and Black Casing.

    I also used Signal Dynamics Red LED Bullet Lights - Black Powder Coat - Base Mount.
    LED lights do not always show up that bright when viewed from the side.
    With the back fender on the Trophy the way that it is they mounted them in the curved recesses and the lights do not face straight back.
    When I looked at this in their shop I thought it would work out better than having them facing straight out, which would have been a project to do on this bike.

    The original Horn on this bike leaves a lot to be desired.
    I used a loud horn, but not an air horn.
    Some of those take to long to recharge if you have to use it several times in a row.
    Plus there was no real place to mount the larger air horns.
    I will get the make and model when I get home and post it here.

    So that was my bikes refurbish project from my Catastrophe at Chimney Rock, NC back in May of 2014.

    She still runs great, and she once again has no scratches.

    I sure would like to keep it that way too !
  7. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha Guru

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    :clap Nobody else on ADVrider has ever combined former tags into a Bruce Run and only in NJ can you find it...well at least until someone else starts their own...:deal Thanks for allowing some vicarious brucing...:freaky
  8. PC-Rider

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    I needed to get out and ride.

    So I looked up the Tag-O-Rama games and found the Garden State Tag and the Philly Tag.
    The State Tag was gotten before we left home so we headed for the Philly Tag, which was in nice Bucks County

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    A nice old Covered Bridge.

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    It was a little tough getting pictures.
    There were a lot of trees next to the bridge and just about all the land surrounding it was posted Private Property, No Trespassing !

    The Frankenfield Covered Bridge was built in 1872 and is a decent 130 feet long.
    Some say it is the longest covered bridge in Bucks County.

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    The insides of these bridges are always quite interesting.

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    They even have wooden pegs holding it together.

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    I was taking my life in my hands walking through the bridge.
    The road is pretty well traveled, for being out in the middle of nowhere,
    and people just did not slow down going through it.
    Even though you should stop to see if there is any oncoming traffic coming the other direction, because this is a one lane bridge ! :huh

    Plus there is a STOP sign there ! :doh

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    I did not realize they had this many covered brides in Bucks County, PA.

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    And apparently they do not.
    According to the article I liked below there were 26 covered bridges in Bucks County, of which onlly 11 remain.

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    The bridge was originally built as a single span.
    The middle support was added later.

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    The bridge is on Hollow Horn Road and spans the Tinicum Creek in Erwinna, PA.
    Some have it listed in Point Pleasant, PA.

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    There is a small stream running next to the approach that flows into Tinicum.
    My bike is parked just to the right of that bridge.

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    Nice roads in this area.
    But the guard rail left a lot to be desired !

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    This is the best article you will find on the Frankenfield Covered Bridge on Frankenfield Reunion.

    Frankenfield is the name of a family the property here when it was built.

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    PA, Erwinna, Frankenfield Covered Bridge @14
  9. PC-Rider

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    The Garden State Tag was moved way North from the previous spot.

    I figured I had a nice day to ride and the time to ride.
    No place to be, for once.

    So I headed up into Sussex County, NJ.

    Oh, I did not get the Philly Tag.
    Someone beat me by about an hour ! :lol3

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    This is a farm in Autusta, NJ called Country Heritage Farm.
    Their specialty appears to be Christmas Trees.

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    The area up here is very nice and relaxing.
    And the roads are nice for motorcycle riding.

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    I was a little concerned going down the hill that had loose gravel and not much room to stop at the bottom.
    But we made it.

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    Country Heritage Farm website.

    It had taken us about and hour and a half to get here from the covered bridge.

    And it took us 3 HOURS to get home !

    And I did not get this Tag either.
    I was beat by about an hour on this one too ! :cry
    And I had checked the game probably just before they posted their get picture or I would have not come up this far.

    But it was a nice ride.

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    #2579 Christmas Barn Quilt

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  10. PC-Rider

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    No problem Ben.

    It's all about getting out and riding. :ricky
  11. judomaniak

    judomaniak Been here awhile

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    hey PCRIDER enjoying your thread. how is the triumph treating you now, get all the bugs out?
  12. PC-Rider

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    Thank you judomaniak.
    I am glad you are enjoying my escapades.

    The Triumph Trophy is working like a dream.
    I love it.
    It was good to get out and ride on Friday.
  13. PC-Rider

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    Things are a little slow here in New Jersey.

    Between the rain/snow/freezing rain/ice/SALT there is not much time to ride.

    I hope some of you are fairing better.

    I moved my PC around the garage to get into the attic and I noticed the front brake lever went back pretty far.
    I need to check the Fluid Level when it warms up a little.
    But even at that where is the fluid going ? :hmmmmm
    Just one more thing to add to the list of why I need to sell it to someone who can better take care of it and ride it. :cry

    And a little late, but HAPPY NEW YEAR !
  14. PC-Rider

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    I was finally able to get out and ride with no snow, ice or accumulated salt on the roads.

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    I road 20 miles to get to my work 5 miles away ! :D

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    And yes, that lake is frozen over. :vardy
    But I had a nice ride anyway.

    It was good to get out.

    How are the rest of you fairing this winter?
  15. enormiss

    enormiss Been here awhile

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    1st ride in awhile will be tomorrow...
    It's finally gonna be above 50 here!
    But since your here and my here are the same you already knew that :lol3
  16. PC-Rider

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    :lol3 YES I DID !

    I am hoping my wife and I can get out tomorrow afternoon.

    Not sure where we will go yet, but we just need to getouttahere !!!!!

    :rofl
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    Ice is fine Steve...on the lakes not the roads!!!:clap...It was 60 here today...we have not had winter yet and it looks like we might not get any...aww dang...:lol3
  18. enormiss

    enormiss Been here awhile

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    If you like hockey I'm headed to brigantine street hockey rinks, war at the shore tournament.
    Son plays 2pm for waterford vs. berlin in semifinal, but he played for berlin in regular season :D
    I need to map a back road ride out
  19. PC-Rider

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    We never made it out yesterday. :cry

    I hope you found a nice route home.
    Not many good options from Brigantine unless you go north on 9 to Port Republic and hit some back roads in the Batsto area.
    Everything else is pretty much a straight boring road. :puke1

    How did his team do?
  20. enormiss

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    Lost in OT 1-2, but he did get the teams goal. Berlin went on to win the final.
    Nice ride, Pitney rd up to Port Republic, over to Pleasant Mills, Nesco, Airport...