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Old 04-22-2007, 04:00 PM   #1
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Ontario Farm and Country

Hi - My name is Tim ... and I'm an advaholic.

Hah - like that's something that needs to be confessed. Honestly, I've lurked and then posted in other people's threads, so now I think it's time to take my addiction to the next level and perform the ritual of the (dum de dum dum - insert echo effect here) Ride Report.

My only reason for hesitating is my ride isn't one of those gnarly DS's that considers single-tracks to be a food group. I do have an excuse though - I live in what has got to be one of the flattest places on earth. Checking out Google Maps the roads all have one thing in common - an abysmal, cookie-cutter, laid-out-by-a-ruler straightness. This is great for farming, but it makes adventure riding rather difficult.

So I get my MC fix riding a cruiser with the most attitude I could find - a Valkryie Interstate. Speaking of which, here she is, fresh from her winter hibernation:



The agenda for today is simple - since I live in "Farm and Country" land, the assignment is to find and shoot as many farm and country scenes as I can.

By the end of the ride, not only had I'd shot my share of country scenes, I'd also seen the local fire department at work, and law enforcement at the scene of a nasty looking accident.

But I'm getting ahead of myself...and so without further ado, let us begin!

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Old 04-22-2007, 04:06 PM   #2
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Feeding the beast

After I'd gotten my cameras and other gear assembled, the Valk and hit the road. We'd only gotten a few miles down the road when she let me know that she was not going past the next gas stop.

So, like a good and obedient rider, I obliged her:



But fair's fair - if the bike gets her tank filled, I wanted a fill-up as well. After filling the Valk up, she decided it was ok for me to get my tank filled too, so it was off to the local restaurant with us.

When we got there, we were greeted by what looked like a Pacific Coast with outriggers:



Having paid our respects, I made my way inside and put on my "I'm hungry, feed me now face."



The waitress took my order, and after some light reading:




I dug into this:



Much better!
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Old 04-22-2007, 04:08 PM   #3
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and the adventure begins!

Bike fueled: CHECK
Rider Fueled: CHECK
Weather Beautiful: CHECK

this is lookin' good.

Here's my "I hope this tripod / delayed timer thing works" shot.

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Old 04-22-2007, 04:13 PM   #4
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I did have one chore to complete before I started out on my mission - namely to get a filter for the camera lens. This required a short ride to a nearby city - which is how I came to see a fire truck pulling onto the highway. A bit further on, I saw why - something had started a brush fire along the side of the road.

Ok, nothing to see here, move along - and so with a twist of the throttle I was.

Next stop - the camera shop, where I recorded evidence that I wasn't the only one indulging my addiction:



Having obtained the filter and putting it in place, the Valk would've been upset if I hadn't shot her first. So here she is:

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On the road

So, here's the first installment of farm building shots:







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Old 04-22-2007, 04:16 PM   #6
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These started appearing around the region a few years ago.

I wonder if speaking with a British accent will be mandatory next?

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Old 04-22-2007, 04:19 PM   #7
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Hey i know that place thats country boy DAMN GOOD food its not to far from home for me either. Oh nice bike too my brothers always wanted one myself im a V-Twin guy but i understand the priciple for the valks 6cyl.
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Old 04-22-2007, 04:21 PM   #8
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Somehow, the small (and I do mean small) city of St Jacobs Ontario has managed to turn itself into a real tourist tra...er...mecca.

Here I am at the northern end of St Jacobs looking into the town:



"The Mill" shops building:



Benjamin's Restaurant:



and outdoor food stand:



A church turned into a theater:



Art Gallery:


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Amish / Mennonite

There's a significant population of either Amish or Mennonite people who live their non-modern lifestyle. But they're not above selling their wares to the rest of us. If you look carefully at the windshield line, you can see a typical "maple syrup" roadside vendor.



(I'm still working on on-the-move shots with my camera.)
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Once past the city of St Jacobs, there's the St Jacob's Farmer's market. When I first moved into the area 20 years ago, it was building, stockyard, and an assortment of vendors.

Today - the word "circus" comes to mind. Like most simple things after they're highly publicized and become famous, the trappings of modern life follow shortly.

Here's a view of the parking lot:

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Harley Tweaking Time

After pulling into the main lot, I saw a collection of Harley's parked in a little group. (What do you call a group of parked Harley's anyway?)

I wonder if the Valk'll make them nervous...



Here's another angle. I think they're using the "if we ignore it, it'll go away" tactic:



more of the same...



Confident of the Valk's ability to handle any social situation, I headed for the indoor-food-vendors building.
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Old 04-22-2007, 04:34 PM   #12
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The food court building is actually a work of country charm. There's two floors of vendors, and it's solid wood throughout.

I'll let the pictures tell the tale -















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There's also a home improvement building - which has furniture and the like:



no inside pics though...
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Old 04-22-2007, 04:36 PM   #14
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cool ! I like that area also... keep it comin'...

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Old 04-22-2007, 04:38 PM   #15
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Pan Piper

If you've heard the music of Zamfir, you'd recognize the instrument this gentleman was playing. It was quite beautiful - so I pitched the remainder of the change in my pocket for his efforts.





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