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Old 02-12-2010, 11:24 AM   #151
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When this next tag was posted I looked and looked and looked for this thing because I thought it was quite interesting and unique.



Plus I had some time to ride !



Located on the side of the Millville Municipal Complex this mural recognizes the importance and history of the former Millville Military Airfield at Millville Airport.



I found a list of the pilots who trained here.





We call it the Millville Mural.
I found some history on the mural under Millville's Wall of Rembrance.

I am still amazed at how little information there is on this interesting painting !

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Olga's Diner.
Going the way of the Traffic Circle.



Why tag an old run down diner?
Nostalgia for the most part.



I have driven by this place for around 30 years.

The location was great for a diner because it is at the intersection of two major State Highways. Route 70 & Route 73 in Marlton, NJ.



You can not tell from this angles but where these two highways meet is called the Marlton Circle.

In fact, if you drive through this circle on 73 you go straight through.
Route 70 is the road that curves around in a circle.
Who designed that ?

It was a "circle" at one time that was originally added in the 1940's to aid traffic flow.

Back in those days these roads were not that busy.
And something I did not know was that Route 70 was originally Route 40 and Route 73 was Route S-41

Today this area is a mess traffic wise.
That is why they are taking out the circle and putting in ramps and bridges to make traffic flow a lot better.



I hate to see old landmarks like this disappearing !



I am not into politics and such, but this website shows the circle as it is now, and what the new plans are.
Here is the States site.
(I have no personal opinion either way.)

This circle even made it into Wikipedia !

I love these old aerial photos of this area.
That page takes an aerial look at the circle area from 1940 through 2002.

For a special treat, here are some old photos of Olga's just after it opened (one photo down).

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Old 02-12-2010, 04:50 PM   #153
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Hi Steve...
Many different people painted this rock over the years...it seems....I do believe the flags are courtesy of the Patriot Guard Riders...of which I am a member. We ride as escorts in funerals of all veterans whose families request us to participate. We also do welcome home escorts to returning war Vets. I have not done any rides since moving from NJ though...here is a link to PGR

http://www.patriotguard.org/
Thank you for the information Ben.

I had no idea why the flag was there, but it is good to know you guys are there to help.

Thank you for your service in this capacity too !

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Thank you for the information Ben.

I had no idea why the flag was there, but it is good to know you guys are there to help.

Thank you for your service in this capacity too !

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Do you have any idea how that big rock got out in the middle of nowhere ?
Steve...I didnt want to detract from your fine thread here...so i posted my own on the PGR...a YouTube video tribute.....The local missions i went on were not nearly as big as those in this tribute...but it is the essence of what we stive for. Pls check it out...everytime i watch this..its brings a tear to my eye.
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:27 PM   #155
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After Olga's Diner I tried for the Ye Olde Centerton Inn in Centerton, NJ.



Established in 1706 it is a pretty old business.
I had not realized anyone lived in this area in 1706.



The history of this inn is very interesting.





Some nice iron work here.


I did let this guy on the sign sit on my bike.



But I was not going to let him drive it smoking that pipe !


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Here is a nice fixer-upper.





I just found it odd standing upright out in the grass.
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I was able to get out yesterday and drop a new tag for the Southern Game.



I was a little disappointed to find that that buggy on the sign is a cut out and not a real buggy like I thought it was !

This nice pile of snow was melting and refreezing on the pavement off on the left.
Yes, the way I had to go to get where my bike is.
I also had to watch for cars turning the corner as they could not see me with another big pile of snow there.

Here is some of my trip to get there.
I was able to get out at home, but it wasn't easy.


An Icy start to a not to bad of a ride.

There was still a lot of snow to avoid in the middle of some of the roads.



This will freeze up at night and cause black ice in the morning.

The road this tag is on is a major road and was not a problem.


This place has all of the amenities.




It looks like all of this snow we got shrank my house.




Stoltzfus Farm Market & The Village Shoppes is an Amish run farm market and I could not find a website for them.

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This next run of pictures comes from a trip I had planned out to visit a bunch of old tags in Northern NJ.
I had planned this for myself and I mentioned it on the State TOR thread and a couple of people wanted to ride along.


I certainly had no problem with people tagging along with me.
I had my route planned out and I was on a mission to visit as many old tags as possible.
With the word getting out I had even more people interested in joining me.


Why would anyone want to ride with a n00b ?


The ride turned out great.
I started out on August 8, 2009 at 4:30 AM.

Yes, 4:30 AM !!!
And it looked like this.


I did a ride report here on ADV if you want the first hand version.

The plan was to ride north on Route 206 which runs from my area up to the north west corner of the state and hit every tag I could.
With a group it made the logistics a lot more interesting.
I did not take as many pictures as I probably should have, but I took enough to document where I had been.

I handed out this fine home made bookmark.


We called this Bruce Run I.
The four people pictured on the bookmark are Bruce Lee, Bruce Springstein (from New Jersey), Bruce Wayne , and the real ADV Bruce (bruceride).
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I should mention here that if anyone is interested we are planning Bruce Run II.
The plan is for Saturday April 24, 2010.
The ride this time is planned for a ride up the Delaware River from just above Washington Crossing up to the Delaware Water Gap area.

Anyone interested can ask questions and discuss the ride on the Garden State T-O-R Bruce Runs thread.

Join us.

And bring your camera !
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The starting point for Bruce Run I was Mercer Oak in Princeton, NJ.

This is the group of riders I found when I arrived just before 6 AM.




I did not really expect that many people.
I was a little overwhelmed.



Great group of riders we started with.
We had riders come and go throughout the day.
The ride was designed for anyone to join us at anytime and leave at anytime they wanted.
Our next ride is set up the same way.

Mercer Oak is located in Princeton at Princeton Battlefield.



This is not the original oak tree.
The original tree fell down in 2000.
It was replaced with a tree grown from one of the original tree's acorns.
The new tree is in the fenced in area.



Mercer Oak was named for Brigadier Genereal Hugh Mercer who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Princeton January 3,1777 and laid beneath the White Oak Tree after refusing to leave the battlefield until the battle was over. He died nine days later of his wounds.

Princeton is in Mercery County, which of course is also named after BG Mercer.

More Mercer Oak information.

Princeton Battlefield information
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The next stop was just down the road.


Princeton Friends Meeting House.
Originally called Stony Brook Preparitive Meeting. sic.



If you have not noticed by now, there were a lot of Quakers who settled in Southern New Jersey.
Back in those days the southern portion of what is now New Jersey was considered Western New Jersey.
If you look at NJ on the map you can see why it was divided that way.
A lot of the northern part of the state was settled by the Dutch, in what was then called Eastern New Jersey.



Here is a picture and brief description of the contents of the 'Cover of the 1775-1785 Stony Brook (Princeton, N.J.) 'Preparitive Meeting Book'

I love this old history,
Unfortunately I could not find any more history about this place on-line.

Looking back I should have taken a picture of the sign next to the building.
I am sure to be back in that area again, so I will stop by and see what else I can find.

I had originally wanted to meet here for our ride, but I could not pinpoint it exactly on any map.
Parking at Mercer Oak was not as bad as I expected.
The problem there was we had to stop and sit along the road.
Fortunately the road was not busy at all, and there was a good shoulder there to park on.

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I was supposed to be leading the way on this trip.
I had all of my directions printed out and ready to go.
The problem was that I had never driven around Princeton before.
Or most of the rest of the areas we were gong to visit this day.
I figured if someone else knew where they were going they could lead.
Some of the men with me had either placed these tags or got them, so they knew where they were going.
Not a problem for me.
I don't mind following.
I'd rather we get there easily instead of me trying to read my directions and drive at the same time.

Plus I didn't want anyone to know how bad of a driver I was !
Come one, I had only been riding for just over a year.
I figured I could learn something from following.

Next stop was Morven.


I know, the name didn't do much for me either.

This is the former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion and the 18th century home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. .
The current Governor's Mansion is just down the street a little ways.



Apparently the name Morven comes from "a mythical Gaelic kingdom in the epic poems of Ossian".




More on Morven !
There is also some brief history on Morven on the same website.

Just in case anyone wants to know where the current Governor lives it is called Drumthwacket.



I don't know about you, but when I think of New Jersey politicians the word almost seems appropriate .......... "Drumthwacket" !!!

The name comes from two Scottish Gaelic words that mean "wooded hill."

It's just too coincidental for me !!!!!!!


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Next stop, Princeton University's East Pyne Hall.


Beautiful old buildings.

East Pyne Hall was built in 1897 as Pyne Library
It was used as a library until Firestone Library was built in 1948.



The university itself was started in 1746 in Elizabeth, NJ and in 1756 moved to Princeton.

The original buildings here were used during the Revolutionary War by both sides.
Nassau Hall, the original building of the university, received a scar when a cannon ball hit it during the Battle of Princeton.
Nassau Hall sits behind and to the right of East Pyne Hall from this angle.

Technically speaking we should not be parking where we did.
But there was no one around and I must have missed the sign.



This is a statue of John Witherspoon.
He was the sixth president of Princeton and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.






I thought this building was a church.
It turns out this is Firestone Library.
The Chapel is to the right of this picture.

I told you I should have taken more pictures.



I wanted to see this play, but it only had a BRIEF run !



History of Princeton University from Wikipedia.

Woodrow Wilson was Princeton's 13th president from 1902-1910, he then became Governor of New Jersey from 1911-1913, and then our 28 U.S. President from 1913-1921.
Busy guy !

More history on Princeton University.

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One of my favorite pictures from this ride.



There are two of these stainless steel tiger sculptures in front of Princeton Universities Stadium.
These were created by sculptor Ruffin Hobbs in 2000.
The mascot of Princeton is the Tigers.
The stadium is on the east side of the campus.

This picture gives you an idea of the size of these things.



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Out next stop was actually built by one of our ADV Garden State Tag-O-Rama participants.



A little trivia (from Hofbrau)... The house was designed by J. Robert Hillier the founder of one of the largest Architectural firms in the country. It has won numerous awards worldwide. It is a duplex (2 homes) and both sides have elevators. If you wanted to buy one side, be prepared to spend a cool $975,000. I was the builder...



Good work !

A little outa my price range though !

This is still in Princeton and not far from the University.

When we pulled out of here we were waiting at the light to get back onto 206 and a red Pacific Coast drove by right in front of us.
We were all like !
What were the chances of that happening ?

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