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Old 07-27-2013, 02:38 PM   #1261
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After my riding partners abandoned me I went for the South Jersey Tag-O-Rama Tag out in the middle of nowhere.



This is, unfortunately, an unfinished Veterans Memorial.







Perhaps another Eagle Scout wannabe can fix it up better than it is now !



They set it up nice.



But it looks pretty much neglected.

These are disks for the branches of our military.



And it is out in the middle of nowhere !



I could not find any information about it online.



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I have passed this quite a bit in my travels and I had wanted to use it as a Tag.



I thought this was the largest Lawn Ornament I had ever seen !

And I thought they were going to beautify it with some flowers and such.



But lo' there she sits atop a pile of rocks needing a mowing job.











I thought Hancock was a Super Hero that needed an attitude adjustment !









Neri Demolition & Excavation

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The getter of the Large Lawn Ornament earth mover took the Tag here.



This is Ancora.

That is Ancora Psychiatric Hospital !



I was not getting too close to the guarded gate.

I was afraid they might confuse me for an escapee !



I had been afraid to do this as a Tag because there are cameras all over.
After getting there I noticed there were none at this entrance, only at the one further down the road.



Ancora Psychiatric Hospital.



Sorry, I was trying not to be crude with this.

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I found some history on Ancora that is pretty interesting.
I was in a hurry to post my pictures and I did not realize the history behind
the elusive hospital back in the Pines that no one wants to talk about !

If you remember that "Old Gate across from MVC Inspection
Station, Winslow" I Tagged back on page 41, the one covered
with poison ivy!, that was an entrance to a Tuberculosis Sanitarium
built in 1914 called Sunny Rest.
They had so many patients with TB back in those days that they
closed that facility and made a larger more modern one in Blackwood.

The Ancora Psychiatric Hospital was built in 1955 for psychiatric purposes of course.
They also have a Veterans Haven complex to help ailing and homeless Veterans on the grounds.

They once had a full community across the street to provide housing for workers.
That was entirely removed, including the streets !
I remember seeing some of it when I moved down here, but now all that remains are empty fields behind the pine trees.

I found that and more information on an interesting website.
Here is some information from that website.

"Behind the Veteran's Haven complex, as far as the eye can see, snake
high metal fences enclosing the adjacent grounds of Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital. Opened in 1955, its sprawl of buildings -- all linked by an underground
tunnel system -- was originally designed to house 2,500 patients. Those patients
were attended, guarded, counseled or treated by a staff of 400, almost all of who
lived with their families on hospital grounds in rent-subsidized bungalows and
dormitory-style apartments. Covering more than 650 acres, Ancora was a
self-contained community with its own laundry, sanitation department,
power plant, police and fire departments -- even a small fenced-in
pasture for 20 dairy cows that were part of the prison farm."
I found that here., and is a must read for anyone interested in Ancora's History.

I am glad I found that information.
Now I know.

And so do you !

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I had seen this and thought it would make a nice Tag.





Between the eagle and this engine I thought someone did a nice job on these murals.







They are no longer in business at this location.







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When I stopped for gas on the way home I saw this nice Goldwing with a nice fighter jet painted on it.



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I took some time off work and we went to Philadelphia to revzilla to look for some stuff.



Greeted by a Ducati from Fast by Farrucci.



A ton of helmets.



I expected the showroom to be bigger, but they do have a lot of stuff in here.



They pretty much just sell riding gear out of their showroom

Jackets, Boots, Gloves, Helmets

Boots are behind the service desk.



They even have a bike you can sit on to try out gear that you are looking at.







And most of their employees ride to work !
Imagine that !





revzilla

They have a great website and they pretty much have a video demonstration to describe every product they sell.

This is the first time I had been to their showroom, or what the call their Gear Boutique !

They moved here in February of this year.
If you have ordered from them it probably came from here.

They also have a warehouse in Las Vegas from what I was told.

The staff was very friendly.

Thank you Kat for all your help.

Some information about revzilla:

An interesting interview with one of the founders.

They were founded sometime in 2007.
They originally worked out of their living rooms and garages until they opened their store.
Which you will see later !

They have a great attitude towards their work.

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Old 07-27-2013, 06:56 PM   #1267
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I just discovered this thread. I'm a PC-Rider too.


Mine's a white 89' that I bought brand new in 91'. I don't ride it as much as I'd like. I live in the mountains now and spend most of my riding time exploring the trails.

I just picked my PC800 up from the shop a couple of days ago. It needed a stator & regulator. I'd removed the plastic before hauling it to the mechanics, so I rode it home partially naked. I still need to reinstall it, maybe tomorrow's project.

I've thought about selling it for something newer, or sportier, or just for the money. But I when I'm riding it I know it's a great bike and that I'll probably keep it forever.

PC-Rider, I'm sure you have dreams or plans to tour the country. If you make ever make it down this way let me know and I'd be happy to show you some great roads.
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Hello GlennR,

First let me say


NEVER SELL YOUR PC !!!


OK, now that I got that out of the way,
Thank you for your kind comments.

The PC may not look the greatest, but there is nothing like them out there anywhere.
No maintenance except changing the oil.
I heard the 89's had the stator problem, but looks like you got that fixed now.
They ride great and last a long long time.
And you bought yours NEW !

Also check out this thread on ADV if you haven't already.

And I will keep you in mind.
You are in the same state as STBNE, who use to live here in New Jersey.
Maybe we can get together some time down there.



As long as you know where all the Muffler Men are !

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We were at revzilla longer than we planned.

I was looking for a helmet and a new pair of summer gloves and rain gear.

I was going to replace my helmet with what I have.
A Scorpion EXO-1100.

But when I looked at them the new ones are not Snell Approved !
Apparently any helmet now with a self contained colored visor does not meet Snell approval, even though they are DOT approved.

So with the wonderful help of Kat I landed with a Bell SR-1.
Pictures later!
I did not find a pair of gloves that I liked.
And Kat told us that the liners of our Olympia jackets should be water proof.
So she saved us some money !!!!!!!

Thank you once again for the great service.

Anyway, we were getting hungry and they told us about a local diner not far away.



Penrose Diner on Penrose Avenue !





Our meals were good and satisfying.

I ate it before I remembered to take a picture !!!

Their sign was pretty big.



The area was interesting.

Sandwiched between two raised highways that merge just up ahead.



Get it?
Sandwiched ! ?



Sorry !

The skyway to the left is the Schuylkill Expressway, or I-76.
The skyway to the right is an exit onto the Sure-Kill Expressway headed east.
(That's what we call it anyway !)

Anyway, off across the street was this interesting looking building.



With a more interesting name on it.



The tower raised up above the building I guess is what intrigued me.

Perhaps it is full of garland and glitter !



Then off back to the Navy Yard.



We also hit the Sports Complex too, but more on that later.

Penrose Diner
It was completely renovated under new ownership in 1997.
I can not find any history prior to that.
One tidbit says this is the third diner at this location.

Kindys, well, it is what it says it is.
A Christmas Factory Outlet ! Ho Ho Ho!

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We headed back to revzilla to check out the old Philadelphia Navy Yard and find some interesting stuff.

From the front of revzilla you can see a bridge on the left and one on the right.

This is the one on the right.



That is the Platt Bridge, or more specifically, the Geroge C. Platt Bridge.

Below is what it looked like just before we turned off of Penrose back onto 26th street.
The bridge is in the distance.

Also note the people in the middle of the road on the grass.
Looks like they are selling Philly Pretzels.
A common site in Philadelphia.
And some also sell flowers !

Welcome to Philly !



This bridge carries PA-291 aka Penrose Avenue over the Schuylkill River.

They are currently under a construction project.
Which of course makes things worse !

Built in 1951 it was originally called the Penrose Avenue Bridge.
They changed the name in 1979 to honor Civil War hero George Crawford Platt.

I did not know where they got the name either !
Now we both know !

After reading the information about the bridge on Wikipedia I now have to go back and find at least one of the bas-reliefs of Mr. Pratt !
Perhaps on a Sunday, early !

To the left of revzilla is the Girard Point Bridge.



This one was built in 1973.
Just before we moved to this area.

It also crosses the Schuylkill River and carries Interstate 95 on a double decked bridge.
Looks like South Bound takes the Top Deck (going right in this picture), while North Bound takes the Bottom Deck.

Want to see what it is like to drive in Philadelphia? (VIDEO)

Or how about a live Traffic Cam?

Financier Stephen Girard must have been a really popular guy in Philadelphia.
He has an Avenue, a Land Point (Peninsula?) and a Bridge named after him.

Anyway, between revzilla and the Girard Point Bridge is Tastykake.





OK, that means nothing to anyone outside of the Philadelphia area.

Well, it use to anyway.
They have gone a little more National lately.



Started in 1914 two guys, a baker and an egg salesman, went into business and started making some fine desserts!





Krimpets, Cup Cakes, Tandy Cakes, Donuts, Individual Pies & Crumb Cakes, you get the picture !



They recently moved here in what looks like 2011 (Help me out enormiss!)

Here is their history on their website.

And here is a listing of their products, but not for the faint of heart !

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I had never been in the Philadelphia Navy Yard before.
It was always restricted to those who had to be there.
Some kind of government regulation sort of thing !

So I figured now was my chance beings the government shut it down a while back.
And now there are private businesses in there along with some ships still left over.

The history of the Navy Yard is quite extensive so I will post generalizations and post the pictures of what I saw the day we were there.



Lots of nice old big brick buildings !



This one had a date of 1904 on the top.



I love the old arched and round windows and the brick work around them.





Probably not very practical though !

The ornamentation was fascinating.







They do still have a lot of old Navy Vessels here.



There is a Dry Dock behind the one ship.

I am pretty sure these are the ones we saw from New Jersey at Fort Mercer.



I was looking for the USS John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier, but it was back behind a lot of those brick buildings !

I have no idea what kind of ships these are.



They kind of looked like catamarans, but I can not find any information about them.
Even though the one says US Navel Ship GUAM !



And of course I spied out a nice roadside oddity !!!!



We came in past Revzilla and over a green draw bridge in the North West corner.
We road through and came out through the main entrance on Broad Street at the North East corner.
Too much traffic to stop and get a picture.

Philadelphia Navy Yard:

"The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (PNSY) was the country’s first naval shipyard. The origins
of The Navy Yard date back to the founding of the country in 1776, when the Continental
Congress leased land along Philadelphia’s Front Street docks to support the new nation’s
fledgling Navy. The site became an official part of the United States Navy in 1801, but was
moved to its current location around the time of the Civil War, on South Broad Street.

Over the ensuing years, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard became a vital part of the Navy’s logistical
and industrial infrastructure. Many of the Navy’s most significant technological advances
and historic ships were produced right here in Philadelphia.

Due to shifting requirements, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) announcements of
1991 and 1995 brought the closure of nearly all naval activities at the Naval Shipyard. The
only Navy facilities that remained after the 1995 BRAC were Naval Ship Systems Engineering
Station (NAVSSES), the Propeller Shop and Foundry, and the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance
Facility, all which remain in operations to this day.

Today, The Navy Yard is a thriving 1,200 acre business campus with 130 companies occupying
more than 6.5 million square feet of office, industrial, manufacturing, and research and development
space. In its new form, The Navy Yard has reemerged as one of the region’s most important
centers of employment as it attracts new businesses and investment to Philadelphia. Since 2000,
when the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development acquired 1,000 acres on behalf of the
City of Philadelphia, more than $130 million in publicly funded infrastructure improvements
has leveraged in excess of $700 million in new private investment."


Found here along with more history.
Check out the interactive feature at the bottom.
That has quite a bit about everything including the buildings.
The USS New Jersey was built here and is now docked just up river in Camden, NJ.
It is said when they launched her she got a little carried away and actually touched New Jersey soil (under the river of course).

I had no idea the Philadelphia Navy Yard had been around that long.

I had also thought it was on an island, but looking at the aerial view it is a small peninsula.

Hey, what do I know !?

But, did the infamous Philadelphia Experiment actually happen?
And did it happen right here?

I'll let you know when I get ba

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Our stops in Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping at the Phillies Stadium for my wife.

Citizens Bank Park

She has been a big fan for years, although with all of the recent disappointments that is waning !



But who could pass up a photo op with Phillies Third Baseman Mike Schmidt?





He is of course located at the Third Base Gate.



Mike Schmidt at Baseball Hall of Fame.



Then of course there is "Lefty" pitcher Steve Carlton.



They have him at the Left Field Gate.

Steve Carlton at Baseball Hall of Fame.



Then at the First Base Gate where the ticket window is they have "Whiz Kid" Pitcher Robin Roberts.



Looks pretty intense.



I am guessing the white and gray painting on the statue was because they had no color pictures of him !



Robin Roberts at Baseball Hall of Fame.



Across the street are the ever disappointing Eagles.



Lincoln Financial Field.

Or "The Linc" as it is called around here.

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Official Site, .......... just in case you were looking for tickets !!!



Then caddy corner to Mike Schmidt is the Flyers & 76ers stadium.

The Wells Fargo Center.



It has already been through a list of names since being built in 1996!!!

The Wells Fargo Center[7][8] (Spectrum II (prior to construction), formerly the CoreStates Center, First Union Center and Wachovia Center) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. wikipedia

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They also host the Philadelphia Wings Lacrosse team and Philadelphia Soul Arena Football.

Plus concerts !


Between Schmidt and Carlton on the other side of the street is another statue I had not seen before.





Mr. Baseball !



Before Citizens Bank Park we had Veterans Stadium, which did both Baseball and Football, before that was Connie Mack Stadium, also known as Shibe Park, which was the first concrete and steel baseball stadium! Before that the Phillies played at Baker Bowl and the Philadelphia Athletics played in Columbia Park. Both teams moved to Connie Mack. The A;s moved out of Philadelphia and the Phillies stayed and moved to Veterans Stadiium. Then again, what other city would want a team named "Phillies"?









This statue was erected in 1957 and placed in a park across the street from Connie Mack Stadium. It was moved to Veterans Stadium in 1971, and ultimately to Citizens Bank Park in 2004.



Connie Mack at Baseball Hall of Fame.



Nice being here without a mass of people being around.

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Next stop was this old huge ocean liner.



Right across from the IKEA store in Philadelphia, PA.





This is the SS United States.



Imagine being a passenger in this big ship back in the 1950's.





The SS United States held the transatlantic speed record for years,
and according to some still retains it, for passenger ships.

Crossed on its maiden voyage east from NYC to Bishop Rock, UK in 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes.
Broke the Queen Mary's record by 10 hours !!!!



She did the return voyage in 3 days, 12 hours, 12 minutes at an average speed of 34.51 knots.



Should be able to see an iceberg from there !







This is its setting along the South Philadelphia riverfront at Pier 84



Built in 1952 entirely in the United States it is the third ship with this name.

Its fate is still uncertain after being in service for 17 years and being moved around quite a bit after its retirement.

Information on Wikipedia.

ss-united-states.com

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One more stop before heading out of Philly.



If you ordered something from revzilla before February 2013 it probably came from here !!!





Funny thing was that when I looked this up on google maps street view I could have sworn that same USPS truck was in the same spot !



Looking the other way this is Interstate 95.



Looks like it was pretty secure !



And no one pics up their mail I guess !



Then again, who uses phone books anymore ?

revzilla's name was not on any of the mailboxes.

Because they moved !



To a much nicer location.

As you have already seen !



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A couple of days later we went out for another SJTOR Tag.





I really do not like going to these places and taking pictures.

I am just never sure what to expect !

But who could pass up 2Z's ?



My wife said "I wondered when someone would tag this."
I was wondering, "I never noticed this before!"

Apparently 2Z's was 3Z's at some point.
And no one is absolutely sure what happened to the other Z.
And it appears no one is willing to ask either !!!

Here is a picture of an older bigger sign they had at one time from flickr.

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