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Old 02-22-2012, 05:33 PM   #751
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I had forgotten this one stop from when I was down by Tobacco Road in Barnegat.



Barnegat Bay Assembly of God.



They do not appear to have a web-site !

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Old 02-22-2012, 05:55 PM   #752
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To start December 2010 I rode out to this sign one cold morning before work, before the sun was up !



That's it for pictures.
They all pretty much look the same.


OK, here is one with more of the sign showing.



Here's the story.
It was a cold dark December morning.
I get bundled up and head down the road.
The major road to get here has a speed limit of 55 mph.
So cruising at 55 mph for at least a half an hour my fingers were getting a little stiff.
When I get there I think to myself, Hmmm, I never knew popcorn was treated so inhumanely and needed adopting !
When I got off the bike I lift my visor and took some pictures.
When I went to leave I pull down my visor.
And what to my wandering eyes should appear.

The moisture on the inside of my visor had frozen.
It had not been 5 minutes since I got there.
So I scrape off what I can with my glove and stop at the WAWA down the street and wipe the rest off and head for work.

Someone posted this interesting wind chill chart.



I figured that at 55 mph in about 15 degrees of temperature I was riding in a wind chill of -11 degrees F.




I never felt that cold, but that is why you protect yourself.

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Old 02-22-2012, 06:09 PM   #753
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I had a little time before I needed to get to work so I stopped and got some pictures at a local live nativity we usually help out at.

This is the busy town of Bethlehem.



Or more like, how silently we see thee lie !



With live animals.



And of course the all important manger scene.



I figured the ground was frozen.
Plus they drive trucks on some of this to unload animals.
So I knew I would be safe.

Plus there would not be anyone there this early in the morning to call the police on me !

The Mount Laurel Living Nativity.
Check out the video too.

Using over 200 cast members to present the prophecies and life story of Jesus Christ.

Located at Fellowship Baptist Church, Mount Laurel.

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The nativity was grabbed pretty quickly, so I went out to get the next one.



Yes, Ice Cream, in the winter time.
And they are open all year long ! ! !





The name is called Maple Shade Custard Stand Drive-In, Maple Shade.

They do not have a web-site either !

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It was still two weeks before Christmas and I needed to use up some places I had been saving for this time of year.



I posted that this is "The Church of what this is"



The rubber duck was added but looked out of place ... so ... ! ! !



Now he fit right in !

The Church of the Nativity in Franklinville.
Or Nativity Parish as they also refer to it.

I found the building quite interesting.



There is also a nativity scene in this window.



And Mary holding her baby on the door stained glass.







I often wonder why some things catch my eye when other things do not.

I guess this bird nest in a bare tree was pretty vulnerable, so I took a picture of it.



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And with four days left before Christmas.
Which means we are coming to the close of my 2010 photos !



This is what Dr. James Still's Office looked like that night when we got there.







We returned six months later and took these with a little more light !





You just never know when some of these old buildings will be gone.
Even with historical value sometimes they disappear.
Like the old Indian Chief Tavern which was basically destroyed by a fire.

But it looks like the State is also trying to preserve this historic landmark.

Dr. James Still's Office, Medford. Under #12

A little more info here.

Quite the man for his time considering the circumstances he was under.
But he did not let that stop him from doing what was right in helping people.
All people.

After reading some more of that last link it turns out that this was his office at one time.
The house he lived in was torn down in 1932.
See what I mean !
The original building here was built in the 1850's and looks like it has gone under numerous renovations over the years.

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I wanted to try some Christmas lights.

I went out to find Christmas lights that I found on-line that said they had 8,000 lights and computerized timing with music.

When I got there it was not 1/10th as good as this.

Maybe someone tripped over one of the cords !

But this place is right around the corner from me !



Located on the corner of Sesame Street and Jackson Road.



And don't forget Santa on the deck.



There is no information on-line about this nice display.
I just enjoy it every time I ride by.

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OK, lets see if I forgot anything before I start back on the end of 2011.

Here is a picture of a fixer-upper I found down in Port Norris.



Here is me just before a Bruce Run.
I believe this was for the first one so people would know what to look for !





This is a picture of Blackwells Mills Canal House that we passed on that first Bruce Run.
I did not have it on my list and I did not recognize it but the gentleman who was leading at the time knew about it and pulled over.



Then some lake we stopped next to for a photo opportunity !



Nice riding up in that area near Peapack.

By the way, this is no longer at this location.
I have no idea where they moved it.



I had stopped by to see the Campbell's Kids early one morning when I was getting the Ben Franklin Bridge Tag.
I posted the Campbell Kids also.



They also have Duck Boats in Camden that go across the river into Philadelphia.



The only other thing it looks like I missed was our 2010 ADV BBQ.

With words from the Master.





We always have a nice fire.





And some people can't stop Tagging.



I can't remember if he was posting a new Tag or looking for the current one !





Did I mention the BIG fire we had.



I love this picture.



That fine young gentleman tending the fire wrote that.



And remember that giant panda ?



We put him in the hot seat.









He was smokin'

And I received that rubber duck I put my initials on and somehow keeps showing up in my pictures here and there !



So that does it up to October 2011, except for a couple of Tags I did in Philly.

Yup, Philadelphia.

I'll get to those next.

Looking back through all of those pictures I can not believe the wonderful interesting places I have been to.

Let's see how 2012 goes.
I already have a list with 21 stops I have been to !
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:29 PM   #759
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Remember that Odometer problem I had back on page 4.

After looking that up it was in February of 2010.
I finally got around to fixing it in January of 2011.

I can't believe I rode around that long without a speedometer/odometer.

It sure didn't seem that long.

Well, I finally found one on-line that a guy had bought and never used.
I bought it at a fraction of a new one.

I finally put it in.



But beings it was winter, and thus cold outside, I brought the bike into the house to warm it up !





I rode it in from the garage, through the mud room and into the family room.



But I had to take the mirrors off to get it through the doorways.

And still had the directions from my last trip clipped to the windshield !

And here was some of my help.



Now I know how far I have gone since the beginning of 2011.
Just over 8,000 miles last year.
It would have been more except for that knee injury I had that put me out of commission for about two months.
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Now for that ride into Pennsylvania.

There is a Tag Game for the City of Brotherly Love.

The Philly Tag O Rama

I never really wanted to get involved in another Tag game because of the time it takes up.
But I thought it would be neat to ride through Philadelphia at least once in my life, and feel the love !

The game actually covers a little more than just Philadelphia proper.
It also includes Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County and Chester County.
Technically Philadelphia is a county in Pennsylvania as well as a city.
The above counties surround it with Bucks North, Montgomery North West, Chester due West and Delaware South West.
Makes for a nice riding area actually !
As you will see.


So this is how my first attempt went.
We ride up to Bordentown, NJ to get the Bordentown Military Institute and post our pictures.
I ride a little further north and go over the FREE bridge into PA.

Not that I am cheap or anything !

I ride to a place I had seen about a month earlier on a trip for work.



Yup, my specialty.
Roadside Oddities !

A little hard to tell here but there are two dinosaur sculptures here.
One is made out of round plates of steel.







The other, which is smaller and harder to see, is made out of horseshoes.





I of course have to try and get them to ride my bike !





And the big one had a heart.



And someone holds the key to it !





I know this is a little backwards, but I took these pictures just in case I got the Tag.
It is OK to use pictures from the ride you made that day getting to a Tag or getting one after you get the Tag.
I normally wait until after, but I wanted pictures of this anyway.



The Philly Tag O Rama has a map link on their first page and that is where I get the Tag number from.
I added the "P" to keep it separate from my NJ Tags.
And they just use the name of the place that was Tagged.

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So, like I am prone to do, I take all "back roads" through Philly.

Back roads through Philly consist of the following, in no certain repeating order: pot holes;
trolly tracks (going the same way you are); lots and lots of traffic lights; row homes, or
attached homes as they call them in NJ; bilboards and signs all over the place; overhead
rail lines (El's, or just "L", for Elevated Train); and road over passes.
Quite the mix.
I don't remember any trees until we got out of urban pavement.

I never got any pictures.
I guess I was more concerned with not missing any turns !

We rode up along the Delaware River on State Road and cut across by Fairmount Park past the old Tastykake factory.
Head up and through Conshohocken (I had to look up the spelling of that !).
And get around some Interstate Spaghetti to a nice rural hilly area.



And get to the Tag.



An animal shelter.



The Francisvalle Home For Smaller Animals.

And pet cemetery.





Interesting that this place has roots back to 1897.
They became an organization in 1909.
Some great history on their history tab.

Francisvalle apparently comes from the name of the first dog adopted by Dr. McClellen, which he named Francis.
This building is in Radnor on Upper Gulph Road.

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Our first trip was on April 2, 2011.
This one was April 13, 2011.



This is the Devon Train Station.





The building is no longer used except for the overhangs to keep people dry when it rains.



If you noticed the platform on the other side this is how you get to it.



Anyone need a newspaper?



We waited as long as we could to see a train.



But none showed up, until we were on the bike and ready to pull onto the road ! ! !

So I pull out my point-and-shoot and grab this quick pic.



The rail line is run by SEPTA.
They pretty much run all of the public transportation in Philadelphia.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority.

Saying septa is so much easier !

Devon Train Station current information.

This particular building was built in 1890 by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
The only historical information I could find was on Wikipedia.

I had pretty much taken the same route as before except this time we rode down Kelly Drive which runs by the Art Museum.

You know the one in the Rocky Movie !
This statue was in the second movie at the top of the stairs.



It was moved down to street level later.

I saw so much interesting stuff along Kelly Drive that I just had to go back.
And we did about a week later.

Not on the bike, and too many pictures to show from that nice day.
But I could show highlights if persuaded !

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This time we headed for the Commodore Barry Bridge to get home.

We made our stop in Chester to use this as our Tag drop.





This memorial is located at the end of this walkway.







This is the real William Penn Landing Site.

Well, it wasn't really here, it was somewhere else, and the marker was moved here !

The area this is in today is quite a bit different then when good ole' Mr. Penn stepped his feet on this soil.



This is directly behind the memorial.



And this is off to the right.
Which is looking a block south of this location.





Without the bike.







The exact site of William Penn's Landing is a little confusing.
There is also a park across the creek North of this location.
If the sign is correct and he landed one block south then he may have actually landed here if that sign had
been moved from that location to this one as that park is a lot newer being mostly concrete.
Which makes sense because of the creek that is here, Chester Creek.

The white memorial was made in 1882 to commemorate this historic event two hundred years before that.
It has now been 329 years since William Penn landed here.

And all this time I thought he landed in Philadelphia !



William Penn Landing Site on Wikipedia.

The history of Chester, PA.

A little more history about WP's landing.

So those were our rides into PA.

We did a few more later with one on New Years Eve.
I will add those as we did them in chronological order from here on out.

By the way, William Penn's ship was named "Welcome".

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When we last left our brakeless picture taking PC-Rider in 2011 he was still riding his friends Kawasaki Concours.
I like the sound of that "Kawasaki Concours".

Not that I sit here and say things out loud when I type of course.
But in my head it sound nice too ! ! !


I had the parts for my brakes finally and we had some time before going to my friends house.
So with the my twisted thinking I thought it would be great to grab a Tag with the Concours and then drop the new Tag with my nice Red PC ! ! !



I just like to keep eveyone on their toes.



This is the Flight Line Restaurant located at Millville Airport.



Located off of Beacn Avenue.



So we had to ride by this.



The beacon !

This is the airport mentioned on page 11 when I posted that big mural on the side of the Millville Municipal Complex with the P-47 Thunderbolt planes and pilot.



Even this building was part of the Military Base in WWII.



And the squad emblem, which I found pretty neat.



You can not see much of the airport from this particular spot.





And we did not have time to do any more touring, but there is a lot more out here.
They have the Millville Army Airfield Museum that I would like to visit some time.



Millville Airport is still quite active.

And I had a hard time locating this because the actual name of the restaurant is Verna's Flight Line Restaurant, and they do not have a web-site.
The signs have Verna's in very small letters !

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Man, I had a busy last two months of 2011 !

We got the brakes fixed and spent time with our friends.

The next morning I rode out to drop my new Tag.



Yes, a RED TAG EVENT !



WooooHoooo, I had my PC back !





This was a closed dealership near us.
When I saw that red tag event sign I knew I had to use it.



This was Chevrolet 73.



They sold Chevys and they were on State Highway 73.
At one time they were the largest Chevrolet dealer in South Jersey.

Closed due to some creative business practices !

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