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Old 06-04-2013, 05:19 PM   #1216
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I took a week off from work.
I only got out to ride one day.
Too much work to do around the house that week.

I decided I wanted to try for the Garden State Tag-O-Rama Tag.
It was located in a town I use to live in when I went to Grade School.
Of course the State Tag was in northern NJ.

So!



This is somewhere on Route 1 just south of Newark, NJ.



This is Newark.



Well, we pretty much just road on the outskirts along the Passaic River.



I took this route on our last Bruce Run back in April of last year.
But the traffic was bad now compared to that early Sunday morning the last time I was through here !




We finally reached our destination.





I do not remember this house from when we lived here.
But I was pretty young at the time.

I know we never visited this place.



Kingsland Manor in Nutley, NJ
Built in 1790 by Joseph Kingsland.

I had to walk around, and take pictures of course!

Off to the left is the road we came in on and Nutley butts up to Clifton.



Behind the house is a nice little park.



Yes !
In New Jersey !!
Yes !!!
This is in Northern New Jersey !!!!





There are two water falls behind the house.
Looks like there was a mill here at one time.



I crossed the creek and went down the stairs to the park area.

These things area everywhere !





I could not believe how picturesque this area was.





After riding around later and also looking at the maps I noticed this is connected to a park we use to visit upstream from here behind the High School.





The back left side of the house.





I am guessing that bump is an old oven on the back right side of the house.







Reflecting on history.



Get it? Reflecting ... on ... history!





They were not open.

So !

I proceeded to reproduce one of the Taggers original shots.



The Tagger had some beautiful night shots with his bike in that park behind the house.
But I was not going to ride on their lawn, especially in the middle of the day !!!!!

But I figured the sidewalk was fair game !!!!





Kingsland Manor
Click on the "Out of the past" for the history behind this house and this area.

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Old 06-04-2013, 05:51 PM   #1217
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Time for lunch.



The Nutley Diner.

I honestly do not remember this place either for some reason.
I asked about their history and they were here when we lived here.

Nothing fancy.
Pretty average diner.





I road by my old Grade School.



Lincoln School.
First grade: second level on the left. Teacher figured out I needed glasses!
Second grade: basement level on the right. A young teacher who wore mini skirts!
Third grade: second level in the back wing. Ms. Welsh
Fourth grade: third level on the right. Ms. Tyne
Fifth grade: third level in the back wing. (I think!)



I did not know this building was built in 1915.
And NO! I was not in their first class !!!!



The school was already 54 years old when I got there.
I believe I went here from 1969 to 1973.
That's when we moved south!

Hallelujah !!!!!

The back wing.



The side door.



My second grade class was just inside on the left.

Ahhhhhhhhhh, the memories !!!!

I'm glad we moved !!!!

The apartment we lived in.



Second from the left on the bottom.
2A
There were only 8 units in this building.
97 Bloomfield Avenue.

I would walk straight up the hill in front of our apartment and make the first left and the back of the school was right there.

The hills looked steeper then !

And the ShopRite supermarket we use to shop at in town.



They leveled out the parking lot.
There was a hill along the building and the parking lot was paved on that.
They also increased the size of this place tremendously !
I could not believe how big it is now.


Here is some local information on Nutley, NJ.

Here is Nutley's website with some more history.

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Old 06-04-2013, 06:15 PM   #1218
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We did not get an early start that morning.
(But we got the Tag anyway, just so's yu know!)

I took pictures of this while we were out and decided to use it as our Tag Drop.





Ain't it interestin'?




I thought this might throw people off.



But these guys are pretty smart in New Jersey.

Believe it or not !!!!!



Hudson County, New Jersey is directly across from New York City, NY.

This piece of........machinery is in Camden County, where I live down mid south Jersey.









It says "We Buy It All", and this just proves it !!!



OK, I have no idea why there are horses in there.

I am assuming they used this for parades.
Or at least I hope that is all they used it for !

Let's break this down.

Voiture definition, a carriage, wagon, or other wheeled vehicle. (That makes sense!)
Locale 288 is a Sheet Metal Union. (That also makes sense.)
As far as the rest of the cryptic messages in letters and numbers I have not a clue !

As far as who is selling this thing it is: UnitedWeBuyItAll.com

I did see this on their facebook page, but I can not find it now.

And yes, it is still there.

Just in case any of you are interested in buying it !!!!





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Old 06-04-2013, 06:33 PM   #1219
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I have had to park my precious PC outside for a while.
We were storing someones belongings in our garage.

While the bike was out there several mice have decided they like my PC too !!!

One ate a hole in my wife's sweatshirt and made a nest in the trunk.
Gnawed through six layers of the thing.
And of course it, the sweatshirt, is ruined !!!

I go out another morning and my bike looks yellow.



In the Pine Barrens out here these pine trees shed their pollen when it gets hot out in Mid May.
It was pretty bad this year.

That greenish-yellow you see is the pine pollen.
And this is in a covered shelter!

I get that all wiped off, well, most of it, well, the seat anyway !!! !!!
And I start her up and I see another mouse running away from under my bike with two little ones still trying to grab a drink !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She is running for her life, and the little ones are holding of for dear life !!
I must say, it was quite a site !!!!

I have not found the nest yet, but I know there is one in there somewhere.
I just hope she did not leave any of her offspring behind.
I had a gas station wipe in the gas fill area and that is gone.
So when I get some time I need to pull off some more plastic and find a blue mouse nest !!!

Stinkin' Rodents !

The PC is now back in the garage.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:58 PM   #1220
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So I am pulling into the WAWA for our Throttling UP Church Ride and I pass a bike that looks very similar to mine.



I kind of figured it was a Honda ST1100.



And I was right !



But I was amazed at the similarities.



His bike being red made it look much more like mine of course.

I asked permission to take pictures !

This guy was headed to West Virginia that day !



So some fellow riders show up for our ride.



And we head off to Toms River via some back roads I connected on Google Maps !

Remember that Pine Pollen I told you about?
Well, when we were out in the woods, on paved roads of course, I could see what looked like smoke just up the road.
I figured it had to be that dreaded pine pollen.
And it was.
The guys behind me said I was kicking it up pretty good riding down the road.
I guess no one else uses the roads I took !!!!

Yup, like I said, the Pine Pollen was bad this year.
One guy told me he had it in his nose and ears and on the inside of his helmet.
Which of course is where his nose and ears were !!!!
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:08 PM   #1221
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Thats what i ride Steve...The first time you posted a tag in the GSTOR I had to do a double take cause i thought your PC was an ST1100...styling wise there are similarities ofc but underneath its a whole 'nother ballgame...a v4 st1100 powerplant vs. your twin PC800 motor...cant recall if yours is a v twin or parallel twin? Anyways Hondas are pretty darn reliable...my '01 is approaching 130000 of which maybe 50k is mine...
sorry for the sidetrack...i still am enjoying your rides ,narrative and pics. Hoping to get back up there in a couple weeks by bike ofc..
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:41 PM   #1222
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In Toms River we stopped at a place called Huddy Park.
More on the name as you will see.

There is a replica of a Revolutionary War Fort here.
A crude one built by locals.





They had three markers here telling the history of this "Block House", as they call it.

One by the parking lot.




One on the river side.




And another along a path next to the Block House.


All pretty much telling the same story !

Captain Joshua Huddy and his fellow soldiers defended their fort here in Toms River.
It did not go well for them, or the town as both were burned to the ground.
Joshua Huddy was taken north and then hung for being a traitor.

So the fine citizens of Toms River named this park after him.


This was a Tag for the SJTOR this time two years ago.

We noticed across the river they had what looked like a boat show going on.



That is actually the Toms River.
This flows to the left and empties into Barnegat Bay behind the barrier island where Seaside Heights is located.



And a pedestrian bridge in the park going over the Toms River.



And another plaque giving the name of the man who gave the river it's name.



Thomas Luker.
The first settler in these parts in 1712.



We went over and looked at the boats a little closer.



I hope no one names that one "Sandy" !

One of the vendors setting up a nice tent.



I could not believe the prices on these boats.
$$$$$$$$$

So, back to sight seeing.
None of us had enough cash to buy anything anyway !!!



So I look up Toms River Blockhouse and find a picture of not just a square row of sticks, but an actual fort looking thingy under Patriot Pirates.

So I have no idea which kind was actually built here.

Toms River Patch shares about the battle that took place 230 years ago.

It appears I missed a sign !



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Also located in this park is a 15 Ton Anchor from the Aircraft Carrier USS Randolph.

CV-15.





Yeah, it's big !







Built in 1943-44 it was named after Payton Randolph, the President of the First Continental Congress.

It was reserviced twice and renumbered CVA-15 and CVS-15.
And it looks like they changed the decking pattern for one of those reservicings.

Here she is in 1962.



And here you can clearly see one of these anchors.



Looks small compared to the ship of course !

USS Randolph from Wikipedia.

And here is a great website, NavSource Online, showing the history of this Aircraft Carrier with pictures and some crew pictrues and manifests.
The ship was hit by a kamikaze on it's rear deck on March 11, 1945.

They also picked up Astronauts Gus Grissom and John Glenn during our early space program.

And here is one of it's anchors right here in New Jersey in Toms River in Huddy Park.



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Also located here was this replica paddle boat.



Looks like they use it for touring and also dinner parties.



And of course, that is what the sign says !!!



They were loading food as we were standing there.

I thought this was being run by electric motor with that cable running to the back.



But someone said it looks like hydraulic.
Which makes more sense beings there are two lines and I did not see an electric motor on the paddle.

Across the river from the paddle boat I see a torpedo, which was another previous Tag.



That is the New Jersey South Submarine Veterans Memorial.

Found some information here about 3/4 of the way down.





Ready to move on.

River Lady

They have been doing this for 25 years.


And makes a distinction of being the only stern-wheeler in the state of New Jersey.

I found their history interesting too.

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I had to put this in it's own post.





No, that's not really my attitude.
But I found it extremely funny none the less.

The problem is that most people have a poor attitude toward New Jersey and don't have any trouble speaking their mind about it.

The people of New Jersey have an attitude too.
Being stuck between New York City and Philadelphia we are usually considered a thruway and not a state.
The "Yeah, what exit?" joke!

If you should happen to be unfortunate enough to have to travel through the state you keep a mental list of do's and don'ts!
Keep the windows rolled up.
Don't stop.
Don't talk to anyone.
Get through as fast as you can and breath in as little toxic smoke as possible.
Just keep your eyes straight and ignore the people with drugs and guns on every corner.


So, does that describe it pretty well ?

Joe Piscopo started that whole "What Exit" joke.
He is apparently from New Jersey and wrote a song about his home state.
"Joe Piscopo's New Jersey Song"

We get no respect here in the Garden State.
Yes, we are known as the Garden State.

I had thought this went back to colonial times, but apparently only became our moniker in 1876 !!!!
Found that here.



So that bumper sticker kind of gives people back what they think of us.
Even though we are not really that bad.



Well, most of us anyway !!!!!!

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I have that bumper sticker on my car :)

and i mean it !
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:36 AM   #1227
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I have that bumper sticker on my car :)

and i mean it !


That was the first time I had seen that bumper sticker.

It still gives me a good laugh.
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On to our lunch destination.



One of the guys from our church kept bragging about White Castle Hamburgers.



The rest of us weren't too sure.



They were small and the rest of us didn't see much between our buns!



I tried a size comparison.



Apparently started long before McDonald's the White Castle has not been as predominant as the Golden Arches.

I have never seen a commercial for White Castle, so maybe they needed their own clown or king character!

I was surprised that they reacted this fast !!!!





I can not remember the last time I ate at a McD's or a Burger King.
So the experience was not very memorable on the food side of our stop.
We did have a good time making fun of our friend though!!!!

He took it well.
And he still tells me how I am going to be craving these things pretty soon.

I am still waiting !

They did have some nice stained glass windows!



Nice view !



We were trying to compare the size of our burgers to the older photographs.







We figured they are about the same size, or perhaps a little smaller !

We were concerned our friend would turn out looking like this if he ate too many more.



You are what you eat !!!!!

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I had not planned on stopping to do the Tag-O-Rama game while we were out.
But the South Jersey Tag was only about 2 miles from the White Castle.
I mentioned it and the guys said I was leading and they would follow.

Soooooo !!!!!



They humored me !

It was only a slight detour.

Nothing fancy and I did not want to take too much of our time taking pictures.





I had bought my truck from Pine Belt Chevy back in 2005, so the name was familiar to me.

They hold whatever function they can fit here.
Sporting events, like the local High School Basketball team games, concerts, trade shows, etc.
It only seats 3,208 people.

Wikipedia

Pine Belt official website.

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Our next destination was Seaside Heights to see the Rollercoaster in the Atlantic Ocean at Casino Pier Amusements.

I had been told they were going to remove the Rollercoaster from the ocean due to local concerns.
When I dug further I come to find out they were supposed to be removing it after Prince William visited
the area the week before we were going to be here. And it was only supposed to take four days
to remove it.

We find a parking spot pretty close.
They are still working on cleaning the area up for the opening of the Shore Season, which began the following weekend of Memorial Day.



I see some of my friends from my last visit.





When we got to the beach we get a nice view.



Of where the Rollercoaster was.
It was directly ahead in the ocean.
It had been totally removed.

It was just to the left and rear of that white building.



Originally it was behind that white building before the pier collapsed.

The steel supports and the hole in the boardwalk are for the skyway cable ride that goes along the boardwalk.

You can see that the pier under the white building still looks unstable.
They were not doing any work on that section of the pier.
I am sure they will fix that before they put anything on top of it.

They were working on getting Casino Pier back together and putting rides up.



They had totally rebuilt almost all of the boardwalk.







The Arcade Building next to us.



And they totally repaved the road along the ocean here.



I also notice that they changed the color of the rook roofs from red to blue !



So with not much more to see here and some of us needed to get home.
And a slight threat of rain !
We got back on the bikes and took Route 35 north to Point Pleasant Beach to see what kind of devastation was still around.
Seaside Heights was pretty well rebuilt.
The further north we went the more it still looked like it did right after the storm last October.
Still a sad sight.
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