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Old 09-11-2013, 06:07 PM   #1291
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Next stop at Antietam was near the Visitor Center by the Dunker Church.



Dunker Church on HMDB



It somehow survived the Battle of Antietam and became an iconic image, unfortunately,
of the carnage that happened here because of this picture.



There has to be hundreds of memorials, markers and battle movement plaques all over the area where the battle occurred.



This one is across the street from the church.

This is the Maryland State Monument.



Visible from the Dunker Church is this tall monument to the left of the Visitor Center.



This is the New York State Monument.

I am amazed when I see the monuments for New York State because my 3rd AND 4th Great Grandfathers were both in the Civil War.

My 4th Great Grandfather was in Company D, 23rd Regiment, Infantry, NY Volunteers.
On their march from Upton Hill, MD to Centervile, MD he contracted a severe disability which lead to his discharge on 5/31/1862.
That was just over three months before the battle here at Antietam.
I also know his Company and Regiment were here when I found the marker for them on an earlier trip here several years ago.

My 3rd Great Grandfather did not enlist until 1864.
He was in Heavy Artillery and was shot at Petersburg in 1865 and died 13 days later at a Hospital in Alexandria, VA.

Fortunately he had one son, which he never got to see, before going off to the war.
His father, my 4th GGF raised his grandson.



The plaque and eagle on the New York Monument.



Another monument for NY.



I have read about the New York Turn-verins while researching my family history.
The men from the 20th Regiment were not far from where my ancestors signed up and mustered in around the same time as my 4th GGF.

The top of the 20th NY with a nicely done draped flag.



Twentieth Regiment Marker HMDB.



And off to the right is the Visitor Center.



Behind the New York State Monument is a grassy sloping hill.



They have a "Salute to Independence" concert put on by the Maryland Symphonic Orchestra every year around the 4th of July.

They seat just over 20,000 people in this area.
The stage is at the bottom in the middle of course.
Always a great time.

In the center of the above picture you can see the Observation Tower we were at earlier.



I found more information about the tower.
It is called the War Department Observation Tower on HMDB

Looking back you can see all of the monuments we just looked at.
The one closest to the church is the Ohio State Monument, which I did not take pictures of this day.

And just to the right of that you can see a small red dot.
That is our PC.





Cannons of the types used at Antietam.



Here is a map on HMDB with markers for all of the cannons showed here.
These are located just about where the picture of the Dunker Church was taken.

And getting the official Antietam National Battlefield sign picture before moving on.



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Old 09-11-2013, 06:34 PM   #1292
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One of the things I had never seen before was the Burnside Bridge.

So we headed over there.

More markers along the way of course.



We pulled into the parking area for the bridge but we were up on a hill.



Information signs at the parking area.





Pictures of the bridge over the years.



Hard to believe they actually use to drive cars over this.
It is not that wide !

A Crucial Crossing, a General's Namesake, a Battlefield Icon sign on HMDB.

Hiked back up to the PC to find another parking spot that was down on the same level as the bridge.



Ahh, that's better.





Could you see a 1960's Bel Air going over this?



Pictures from the other side.



To the right was this sign.
Bridge of Destiny on HMDB.





So sad the amount of people killed here.





Information on this sign HMDB.

The side we came in on was where the Union Army was.

The Confederates had the hill across the creek.



Several Monuments across the creek.

51st New York Infantry



51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry



2nd Maryland Infantry





35th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry



21st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry







The Antietam Creek looking North.



The Antietam Creek looking South.



The only spot I could get a picture of the bike and the bridge.



This was the end of our tour of Antietam.

And off we go to our next adventure.



Took that in Boonsboro, MD.

Here is a PDF Listing & Map of Antietam Monuments put out by the National Park Service.

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Old 09-11-2013, 08:31 PM   #1293
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hi Pc-Rider,just found your thread,wow it is awesome.Tons of great pictures and what a cool bike,never seen one of those before.Wonderfull job on the new seat,looks great with the red stiching.Keep the great pictures coming and ride safe.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:35 PM   #1294
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hi Pc-Rider,just found your thread,wow it is awesome.Tons of great pictures and what a cool bike,never seen one of those before.Wonderfull job on the new seat,looks great with the red stiching.Keep the great pictures coming and ride safe.
Thank you so much judomaniak.

I apparently like taking pictures.
Seems to drive my wife nuts sometimes !

But I can always look back at where we have been and learn some more at the same time.

And don't worry about me keeping the pictures coming!
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Heading North we stopped at Washington Monument State Park in Boonsboro, MD.



The unfortunate thing is that you can not ride your bike up to the monument.

Well, your not supposed to anyway !



This is also on South Mountain which the Appalachian Trail snakes along
from here south to Gathland, which was our first stop on our way home.

And the tower.



This is the first monument constructed in honor of George Washington.

Well, it is the first monument completed.
Baltimore started one about 15 years earlier but did not finish theirs until 2 years after this one was done.
Which apparently only took a day to build !







The plaques are a little hard to read.

The one above says:
Erected in Memory
of
Washington
July 4th
1827
by
the citizens of Boonsboro



You can find these other translation on HMDB, of course !

The one above pretty much says most of what the red sign says.

This one is a bit easier to read.
Which is good because it does not appear on HMDB !
This is on the back side of the monument.
Perhaps they did not look on that side !







You can go up into this monument to the top.



With some great views towards the west.





I believe the first one is looking over the town of Boonsboro, which you
can not see in the picture.
Antietam would be off on the left side of the second picture off in the distance.
I could not locate it on my picture !

Lets see if I took a picture of the plaque here!

YES!
This plaque shows the same view as my second picture.



Oooooo Loook, A BUG !



The stairs going down.


Which of course are the same ones you take getting up !





These signs are down by the parking lot.











This is the small visitor center, which is also at the parking lot.



And our rig.



And of course we had to use this before heading out on our way.





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Oh yeah,

I still need to drop a Maryland State Tag-O-Rama Tag !

Heading still further north we were still riding some nice roads.



Got stuck behind a slow-poke on this road.



So I pulled over to look at a sign to let them get ahead so I could enjoy the road.

Of course everyone that passed me made a line behind the speed challenged individual and I caught up to them too !



I had seen this when we went to church with our friends the day before.



I thought it might make a nice Tag.



I could not figure out what it actually was though.
It looks like a trolly car, but then it looks like a box car.
But I never heard of a Trollybox !!!!



I could not find anyplace where there could have been an engine or electric motors on the wheels either !





We still had Crabby !



I found a place where it could not be seen by passerbys.
Not that anyone else stops and looks at this stuff !!!


My lovely assistant is pointing out where Crabby was last seen!



You can see a little of the gold ring next to the short piece of wood.




I had asked if anyone had any information on this Trollybox.
In response I got the following links.

http://m.fredericknewspost.com/blogs...9bb30f31a.html

http://www.emmitsburg.net/history_t/...ss/trolly2.htm

http://www.emmitsburg.net/archive_li...008/grants.htm

http://www.emmitsburg.net/archive_li...08/trolley.htm

http://www.emmitsburg.net/archive_li...006/trolly.htm


So after dropping our Tag and seeing some great stuff in Maryland it is time to head EAST !

OH, this Trollybox is located in Thurmont, MD.

Then through more great scenery.



Stopped for lunch.



Which was getting closer to dinner !



More back roads until we have to hit the little bit of slab that goes over the bridge to home.



Not to many people are happy to see a sign directing you to New Jersey !





Looking south toward the Delaware Bay.
Notice how flat New Jersey is on the left side !
Actually all of the land you see is New Jersey.



Through the twin green towers.



And getting to dark to take more pictures.

Plus wanting to get home of course.

We passed the Muffler Man Cowboy without stopping.

I think I waved at least !

And thus ended our furthest trip away from home to date on our wonderful PC .

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hey PC-RIDER ,like i said before that is one cool bike, but looking at it closer is it a motorcycle or a big scooter? Don't get me wrong I like it , just never seen one before and was wondering
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sorry,guess i should explain.the whole trunk thing got me thinking of a scooter with all the built in storage. I think that the trunk is a great idea,carry lots of gear and no bags to take off and on or racks to break. I sure wish i had the time to ride like you do,maybe someday. Safe traveling
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Well judomaniak you are not alone.

Most people think it is a scooter by its looks.
But it is in fact a motorcycle.

The only confusing aspect of the PC is the built in storage, aka TRUNK !

It has an 800cc V-twin engine with a manual 5 speed transmission.

It is said this is the first motorcycle body designed by Honda's car engineers.

That would explain all those tabs, slots and posts on the body plastic just waiting to be broken off !
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Mid August we had our Church Throttling UP Motorcycle ride which we took into Bucks County, PA.



Not a very big group, but we had a great time.

As usual, to get out of New Jersey into some mountainous areas without paying
a toll we rode up Route 206 and crossed from Trenton, NJ into Morrisville, PA.



This is the Trenton Makes Bridge.
I wanted to use this as a Tag by taking a night picture.
But someone just recently did this, so that is off my list of things to Tag.
But now on my list of places to get pictures of !



Of course it has to have one of those steel grates on it!
This one is a bit wobbly, but manageable.



Our fist stop was to be Washington Crossing, PA.
Where General George Washington and his troops crossed into New Jersey for the surprise attack on Trenton.

One of my fellow ADV TOR riders joined us here.



First stop !





Someones has a sense of humor !

Then off to see the sites.





It says:
WASHINGTON
CROSSED THE DELAWARE
ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT 1776
THE EVE OF THE BATTLE OF TRENTON
Erected 1895 .... Bucks Co. Hist. Soc.

And the Delaware River behind this monument.

There is a bridge here also.
You can barely see it on the right.



HMDB on the above monument.

Inside the Visitor Center is a huge reproduction painting of the famous Washington Crossing the Delaware.





Note the size:
12 feet 5 inches X 21 feet 4 inches.
It is on a stage in a small auditorium in the visitors center.





More information on the painting.
The original is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Some easier reading on Wikipedia.

Out back, or now I guess out front, of the Visitor Center is another monument commemorating this historic event.



There use to be a reflection pool between the flags.
They removed that during the several million dollar renovation they just completed.

I must say here that using the Valley of Concentration Restroom was necessary because
the nice fancy expensive bathrooms of the newly renovated Visitor Center were not working !!!!

Perhaps that is why George has his cape wrapped around him so tightly !





Plaques on the bottom of this monument.





HMDB for the above monument.

Running a little behind and having the necessary stuff taken care of we jump back on the bikes.

We ride up some hills, finally.
Cross through the Van Sandt Covered Bridge.



I posted pictures of this from March 2012 back on page 54.

No one else needed to stop and take pictures !
So we road right through.

These are also on my 2012 Map.

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Next stop was another covered bridge that happened to be on a road I picked to ride that day.





The signs say Cabin Run Bridge.
Internet says Loux Covered Bridge.
The bridge goes over Cabin Run Creek in Pipersville, PA.
Built in 1874.





Looks like close encounters !



The road we came in on.



It was weird because the very straight road we were on made a 90* turn Right.
Then a 90* turn Left and over the bridge.
Then a 90* turn Left and up a hill.
Then another 90* turn right back onto a straight road !





Held together with pegs.



And Cabin Run Creek.



Some modern machinery.



Such a beautiful peaceful place.
Very picturesque.



After some relaxation it was time to head on out for lunch.
Which I seemed to be running late on !

Information on the Loux Covered Bridge.

Wikipedia, which does not have a lot of information, but does have some links.

Pennsylvania Covered Bridges, with an interesting picture of a truck that looks like it is not going to fit through this thing !!!

Some more scenery along the way.





Skirting the foothills of the Appalachians.



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Next stop.....LUNCH.







Nice old house from around 1740.



Inside was very nice and quaint.



Did I really just say "quaint" ?





We ate inside because it was just a tad warm outside.

But they also have a nice outside dining area.



Across a courtyard and in front of the barn they have a permanent tent for large gatherings.



The not so quaint barn.







The owner, and also chef, saw me taking pictures and wanted to know if I wanted to see the inside of the barn !

YEAH, SURE !!!



He was very nice and knew a lot about the history of his establishment.



Some more mortise and tenon jointing held together with pegs.



A hole in the floor.



The whole place is set up very nicely.





And the food was delicious !!!





Dessert was fabulous.



And the company was wonderful.

We finished our meal, and our tour and had to be heading on our way.

I found the name Palm interesting for a PA town !



Across the street is an old mill, which is now an American Legion Post.



Which has a nice 9/11 Memorial.



The owner said there us to be an amusement park here and across the street.
I don't remember what year he said that was.
And I was not able to find any information about it online.

So off we meander headed back to good ole NJ over the Commodore Barry Bridge.



Schultheis' Carriage House Restaurant

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The following weekend we went out with a couple of friends for a ride after church.

We went to lunch at the Bull on the Barn that I posted back on page 8.

Here is what is on the inside of the barn.

I was amazed at how much stuff they had stuffed in here !!!



















This is where the painted Bull sign came from.
Bull Durham Tobaco.







We ate out in the screened in porch area.





And outside !





The boat is sunk in the ground.

This is back by the restroom "WC".





I've seen Coca-Cola thermometers a lot, but never a Pepsi one !



When was the last time you saw one of these?





I am pretty sure I saw a Bald Eagle flying over those trees.



The back of the barn.





In the garage out front !











We came in this door out back.





Oooo! Look ! A Grasshopper !





And of course the Bull on the Barn.



Very little commentary needed !

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We took a nice ride out to Fortesque, Gandys Beach and Money Island.

These areas were hit by Hurricane Sandy as well and this is the first time I had been out here since then.

Fortesque took the biggest hit here along the Delaware Bay.









Others faired far worse.



The other restaurant my friend had suggested was still not open and we could see damage to their restaurant.

On the way in I had seen a stuffed "scare crow" I guess, out in the middle of the marsh.



Spiderman !!!!!

Yes, it was Spiderman !



We then went to the other places.



All of the roads out here end up at a bay community.



Yes, those are houses out there!



I can not remember if this is Gandys Beach or Money Island.
But they had this huge concrete wall surrounding the road here to protect the community against the Delaware Bay.



Off in the distance north of here is the Salem Nuclear Power Plant.
In the center of the picture.



Then off to get some desert.
On the way my friend stopped in Fariton at this boatworks I posted on pages 8 & 16.
Flanigan Brothers Boatyard

I still can not believe how they get these big boats in this little area!



And Hudocks in Quinton.



I have been here before also.
Page 15

Lots of car shows going on in the fall.



The ice cream stand.



The hot dog stand.



And the Banana Split my friend ate!



We had a nice day of riding and fellowship.
Hope to be able to do it again soon.

We split off to head in our direction for home.

And we were shown another beautiful sunset.



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The following weekend we got out for some more Tagging !



A gas pump with only this as a clue.



I could not find this for sure on the internet, but I came close by the name.

The other problem was there was no street view on this road.

So with an aerial view and a desire to get out and ride we took a chance.

And found it.





It was a tad hot out so Ice Cream Trucks 4-sale sounded refreshing !



I have no idea how these old gas pumps worked.



Sure would not fill up my Suburban on one spin of the dial !



And from watching American Pickers I was surprised the globe is still on this because some of them are worth some money !



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