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Old 03-22-2014, 12:59 PM   #1441
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I had seen this log house/cabin a couple of years ago as I was passing by.



I had thought it was a Pioneers Day Leftover !

Turns out it was probably a Boy Scout Log Cabin used for Troop Meetings.
This was the only sign on the building.



Looked like Boy Scout Troop 73.

It's location was unique.







As I walked around to the back I see it has something to do with this also old small brick building.





Pretty much looks like one is a pump house and the other houses the electrical for the water tower behind it.

So it looks like this Log Cabin is part of the Egg Harbor City Water Tower Complex.



Still a neat old building.

I could not find Boy Scout Troop 73 in southern New Jersey,
so either I read it wrong or they moved north quite a ways!

I could not find any information on this Log Building online, so I guess it will remain a mystery.

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The weather for Sunday was calling for rain.
It rained a little bit, but then turned to snow !

AGAIN !

Our 16th storm of the winter season of 2013-2014 !

We got about 6 inches again !

The only good part about it is the temperatures went up during the days following and it was mostly gone by Wednesday.


You may also notice we are not riding the new bike.
Weather is a factor of course, but the major reason is the bike has been in the shop more than it has been in my garage !

I hate to mention it, but that is what is going on right now.

After our first day of riding the battery died.
It went into the shop and they replaced the battery after some testing.
While the bike was in the shop Triumph put out a recall on the ECU or ECM.
Electronic Control Unit, or the Brain of the bike.
Triumph was concerned about a glitch that would shut the engine down while riding.
I have not heard that anyone actually had that problem, but better to be safe.
Between that and the snow my bike was in the shop for 20 days.

I finally got it back and road it to work, I road it to church to a men's breakfast, and then to church on Sunday and to the Polar Bear stop I posted on the previous page.

I started it Monday night to check something and had no problems.
I went to start it on Thursday and it did absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g !!!!

Another dead battery !!!!

Well, I was able to do some diagnostics thanks to a guy in Australia who contacted me on the Triumph Trophy Forum and I was able to get the bike started and road it to the dealer.
They had it one week and did tests on it and were in contact with Triumph to figure out what the problem was.
They suspected a short was draining the battery, but they could not find anything.

Well, if that weren't bad enough, it turns out that the dealer that I bought it from went out of business !

Yes, you read that right.

The owner came in and fired everyone and left the salesman to deal with everything, including getting my bike to another dealer.

So, my bike makes it to a dealer at the end of the next week.
The dealer is not too far. Probably about the same distance as where I brought the bike, but easier to get to traffic wise.
The only reason I did not buy it from this other dealer is because they did not have any in their showroom.
And they still don't !

So they had the bike for a week and started from scratch checking everything.
They seemed to have narrowed it down to an intermittent short in the instrument cluster.
So needless to say, the dash board is out of my new bike.

I stopped by to get something out of the top box and saw this sad sight.







So that is what it looks like behind the dashboard of a Triumph Trophy !

So as of today I have had the bike in my possession a total of 16 days.
9 of those I could not ride it because it was not working and the snow prevented me from getting it to the dealer.
So technically I have been able to use the bike for 7 days !
It has been in the shop-s a total of 42 days right now.

The dealer is waiting to get the part in and put my bike back together.
I sure hope it happens soon.
I am getting antsy to ride it again.
Plus the trip we have planned for May is kind of on hold until we can see how to pack this thing with all of the stuff we want to carry.

I called Triumph on Friday to express my displeasure of not being able to ride their nice bike.
They were going to check into it for me to see if they could speed it up a little.

So that is my story right now.

Sad, I know.
But I have hope it will be okay when we get it back
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:28 PM   #1443
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The weather for Sunday was calling for rain.
It rained a little bit, but then turned to snow !

AGAIN !

Our 16th storm of the winter season of 2013-2014 !

We got about 6 inches again !

The only good part about it is the temperatures went up during the days following and it was mostly gone by Wednesday.


You may also notice we are not riding the new bike.
Weather is a factor of course, but the major reason is the bike has been in the shop more than it has been in my garage !

I hate to mention it, but that is what is going on right now.

After our first day of riding the battery died.
It went into the shop and they replaced the battery after some testing.
While the bike was in the shop Triumph put out a recall on the ECU or ECM.
Electronic Control Unit, or the Brain of the bike.
Triumph was concerned about a glitch that would shut the engine down while riding.
I have not heard that anyone actually had that problem, but better to be safe.
Between that and the snow my bike was in the shop for 20 days.

I finally got it back and road it to work, I road it to church to a men's breakfast, and then to church on Sunday and to the Polar Bear stop I posted on the previous page.

I started it Monday night to check something and had no problems.
I went to start it on Thursday and it did absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g !!!!

Another dead battery !!!!

Well, I was able to do some diagnostics thanks to a guy in Australia who contacted me on the Triumph Trophy Forum and I was able to get the bike started and road it to the dealer.
They had it one week and did tests on it and were in contact with Triumph to figure out what the problem was.
They suspected a short was draining the battery, but they could not find anything.

Well, if that weren't bad enough, it turns out that the dealer that I bought it from went out of business !

Yes, you read that right.

The owner came in and fired everyone and left the salesman to deal with everything, including getting my bike to another dealer.

So, my bike makes it to a dealer at the end of the next week.
The dealer is not too far. Probably about the same distance as where I brought the bike, but easier to get to traffic wise.
The only reason I did not buy it from this other dealer is because they did not have any in their showroom.
And they still don't !

So they had the bike for a week and started from scratch checking everything.
They seemed to have narrowed it down to an intermittent short in the instrument cluster.
So needless to say, the dash board is out of my new bike.

I stopped by to get something out of the top box and saw this sad sight.







So that is what it looks like behind the dashboard of a Triumph Trophy !

So as of today I have had the bike in my possession a total of 16 days.
9 of those I could not ride it because it was not working and the snow prevented me from getting it to the dealer.
So technically I have been able to use the bike for 7 days !
It has been in the shop-s a total of 42 days right now.

The dealer is waiting to get the part in and put my bike back together.
I sure hope it happens soon.
I am getting antsy to ride it again.
Plus the trip we have planned for May is kind of on hold until we can see how to pack this thing with all of the stuff we want to carry.

I called Triumph on Friday to express my displeasure of not being able to ride their nice bike.
They were going to check into it for me to see if they could speed it up a little.

So that is my story right now.

Sad, I know.
But I have hope it will be okay when we get it back
Dang it Steve...that really sucks...Sorry to hear this about the big Triumph...I dont know what the lemon laws are in NJ...3 times the same problem? I suppose you're not ready to give up on it as of yet...still dissappointing...
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too bad about the Triumph, my dream bike, but now i'm having second thoughts. Hope you get it sorted out soon, sucks to have a new bike and can't ride it
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:49 PM   #1445
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Well I can still ride the good ole PC.



This is a little park someone shared that I found interesting.

I had no idea it was here either.
Not that I come back here, but I have ridden all around this area.





There is a road going down the hill to where the spring is.
You can not ride/drive down there so I walked.
It was not that far or that far down. It was just an embankment to a river below.

On the way down I see someone had lost their skateboard !



You can't ride that thing down here because it is all dirt with a lot of soft spots.
I expected to see some kid over the hill in the bushes all scratched up!

I made it to the bottom.
This is looking back at the hill and the actual spring that this park is named after.
My bike would be above where those rocks go up the hill to the left.



The water did look pretty clean.



Hey, it's New Jersey! You have to make sure of these things !



There were several pipes coming out of this spring house as you can see above.
Looks like water was coming out of most of them.



The water flows out of the spring and down the hill in that narrow ribbon into a small river.
The river comes from the lake that is by Clementon Lake Amusement Park that I posted back on page 28.
The water flows from left to right in the picture.



They also built a nice boardwalk system down in the park.
All of the land down here is saturated with water so you have to walk on the pathway.

Back up the hill they also have a little park area.



And I think I found out just where the water comes from to feed the spring !





Crystal Springs was an attraction for wealthy Philadelphians and Camdenites (Camdenites, I never heard them called that before ! ).
The springs here pretty much gave the name to the town here called Laurel Springs.
Walt Whitman, America's Poet, visited here and bought a house nearby and wrote some of his famous works there.
You can read more history on the Laurel Springs History site I found.

They had this tidbit on their site.
"The chief feature here is the great Crystal Spring, said to be the largest in the United States.
It is as clear as crystal and as cold as ice, and its value as a therapeutic agent has been testified to
by numerous physicians."

Hmmm!
The largest in the United States huh?
Right here in New Jersey?
Whoda thunkit!

I never knew any of this history before.

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On my way out I see something red on the other side of the railroad tracks.
No, not my bike, I am on that !
It looked like a fire engine, but not really.



Well, it was kind of like a fire engine!



Or at last half of one !







I had thought about using this for the new Tag, but it was so close to where I just was.
Although my new Tag was not much further !
Plus this was on a trailer, so I wondered if it would be here when anyone else came a lookin'!



I looked to my right and became immediately concerned about the abruptness of this rail line I was standing in front of !



Back to the front of the fire engine.



It was nice they were welcoming home a local soldier.



I tried looking this up and I also looked on the website on the board, but I could not find anything more about this nice billboard.

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I was going to use this as the Tag Shot, but seemed a little too busy.



I kind of liked the peanuts painted on the side of the building.





OK, so I'm a little nuts !

But you knew that already !!!

I had taken this picture back in January the day we went to pick up the Triumph.


(I don't want to talk about it ! )



Monkey Joe's Big Nut Company sells all kinds of nuts and also sends them all over the world.

And their Butter Toffee Cashews are absolutely addictive !

This is not their only location.
Looks like their stores are all east of the Mississippi.

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Remember this from page 35?





Well, this is what it looked like on my way home from Monkey Joe's







WOW !

GONE !

I took my drivers test here some odd years ago !

And remember the Berlin Hotel I just posted.
This is the back of it.
The grayish tan building on the right.



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So here's the story!

We take a nice ride out near Batsto, NJ to find this nice little orange tractor.



I normally take a picture with my camera as well as the Tag shot with my phone.
For some reason I did not take another Tag shot with my camera.
So we ride a bit further and find a nice place to stop and upload the picture because it was not uploading at this location.
Still nothing.
I thought my phone was broke or something.
I couldn't even text anyone to try and help my geekless brain try and fix the problem.

So, we just continue to ride.
We were expecting our Triumph to be done this day, April 12, 2014.
We stopped at the dealer and it is still in pieces.
The part they got in did not seem to fix the problem !
I asked if the owner was there and we got to talk to him.
He made me feel a lot better that they were actually working on the bike and trying to find the problem.

So, needless to say we left still on old faithful.

We went to a friends house near Vineland and they had a BBQ going on.
They said we should stay.
And that we should have something to eat !
So, why not!

We left there before dark and stopped for a new Tag on the way home. (next post).

When I get home I have no picture in my camera with my bike and the orange tractor in it.
So I plugged the phone into the wall because the power is just about gone.
I get the picture loaded to Facebook.
I then copy it off of Facebook and into Photoshop and then into my Photobucket account.
Then I could post the picture I took at 9:30 that morning onto the South Jersey Tag-O-Rama thread at 6:30 PM.



And we still got the Tag !



I had never heard of Cletrac before.
When I looked it up I see that they made a wide variety of smaller bulldozers and sundry other equipment.

They started out in 1916 as the Cleveland Motor Plow Company.
It was later renamed Cleveland Tractor Company in 1918, which is where the Cletrac comes from.
They ended their manufacturing in 1944, although some form of the company remained into the 1990's.
Interesting website, the Unofficial Homepage of Cleveland Tractor Co..

I can not find out what particular model this is.
It is probably a Model 20, by the number 20 on the front, but they must have made many variations of their models.





The Tag name comes from the area this is in.
It is on Pleasant Mills Road near Pleasant Mills, NJ.

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Our stop on the way home was a "Tractor" we have passed many times going to and from church.



That is if you dare to call it a tractor !









I had always thought this was a Volkswagen, but looking at it a bit closer I see
a round hole in the middle of the hood, so it was probably a Studebaker.
Well, the shell anyway !







I do not see a website for them.
They are located on Piney Hollow Road in Williamstown.

Yes, Piney Hollow Road !

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I had Good Friday off from work so we took a ride over to Revzilla and got my wife a new pair of Riding Gloves.
I also picked up a pair of Gloves for the summer for when it gets really hot out.
i posted pictures of Revzilla back on page 85.

We headed to my Mom's house and I decided to ride right through the center of Philadelphia !

Right up Broad Street.
It was almost a straight run to her house on the Northeast of Philly.

Here are pictures from the ride.

From Revzilla we headed right for the heart of Philadelphia.



Some of the housing along Broad Street.







A mural painted on the side of a building dedicated to Mario Lanzo, who was born in Philadelphia in 1921.



One of the interesting buildings along the way, which turns out to be Ellsworth Federal Station, which is a SEPTA (city transit) station.



Some fancy pillars on the next corner at Washington Avenue.
There is one of these on each corner.





I had no idea what this building was, but it looked important.
It turns out to be "Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts".

Yup, a high school.
A magnet school.
For creative people !



We are getting close to Philadelphia City Hall.
Perhaps you have heard of some of the shenanigans that have gone on here over the years !



It is quite an interesting building.



That is William Penn, the founder/settler of Pennsylvania, and specifically of Philadelphia, the "City of Brotherly Love" on the top.

The battery in the small camera was dead now so I pulled over to change it, but my backup battery was dead also.
So I broke out the Nikon and took a few shots before we started out again.

This building we just passed looked totally out of place.
This is the Union League of Philadelphia.

The Union League of Philadelphia, founded in 1862 as a Patriotic Society to
support the policies of Abraham Lincoln, is today a private members-only club.
Founded by Philadelphia society, it remains a bastion of the elite; among its
3,300 members are leaders in business, academia, law, medicine, politics,
religion and the arts. Members gather to socialize, dine, network, attend
events, exercise and relax in the 1856 Second Empire-style building. The
club is ranked first on the Five Star Platinum Club list.
From Wikipedia.

And I thought that was just the stuff of movies with conspiracy theory plots !



And William Penn on the top of City Hall in front of us.



This is looking North at City Hall.



This is on the East side.



I really want to get back to this area because there is so much right around here as well as all of the great stuff right on City Hall itself.

Some kid thinking on the lower left and someone else sitting on top.
Plus all of the stuff in between.



And if you look really closely you can see all of the antique air conditioners !







A statue that says Gettysburg on the side and SEPT 2, 1820 on the front.



Then just up the street is this giant paint brush.
This is at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts.



Like I said, I need to get back here some time!
Look they even have a fluorescent Hi-Viz Gumby statue !



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Saturday we were preparing for Easter Sunday.
I got done what I needed to do and my wife let me take a ride without her while she did some more preparation for food.
Not my forte, unless you don't like eating!

I road all the way down to Cape May for the Garden State Tag-O-Rama tag.



This is Saint Mary by the Sea.
A retreat center for nuns as far as I can tell.
It is hard to tell when this particular building was built, but Saint Mary by the Sea has been around since 1889.

This retreat center is sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia.



So there you have Mary and Joseph at the same location !

A nice statue across the street.



I would assume that is Joseph holding baby Jesus, who holds the Whole World in His Hand!



At the end of the street is an access to the beach at Cape May Point.



Ahh, my first look at the Atlantic Ocean for 2014.



As I looked out I see one of the Cape May-Lewes Ferries headed to Delaware.
I posted the Ferry back on page 63.



A jetty trying to keep the sand from washing away.



If you read the History on the link at the end of this post they talk about how
much land had been lost to erosion over the years before they put these jetties in.

This is looking at Saint Mary's as seen from the Sea.
Behind it you can see the Cape May Lighthouse which I have posted several times already.



Well, technically it is an Ocean, but Saint Mary by the Ocean doesn't have the same ring to it !



And just up the beach is one of those 12" Gun Batteries from Fort Miles that I mentioned in the post on page 80.



But it's time to start heading back to reality now.
Well, after I do some more riding !





As I was wrapping up my stay here and setting my GPS another rider pulls up.
He looked familiar, but I thought, "I thought this guy dropped this Tag, what's he doing here?"
Turns out he road all the way down here to look for his glasses that he lost when he dropped this Tag.



Unfortunately we never did find his glasses.

This Saint Mary by the Sea History is very interesting.

Here is a nice article about what goes on here and some more history,
which states Saint Mary by the Sea has been here for 116 years.
Apparently started in 1909 it looks like the square section on the right end
was the original hotel they purchased and added onto over the years.

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So after all of that riding I need to make a pit stop.

I decided to stop at this Retro Wawa store which had recently been used as a Tag.



This Wawa is unique in that it does not look like the usual stores you see around even though it is the same as all the rest !





This Wawa was flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

And this is just up the road from where I crossed that flooded area back on page 26.
Although I do not think this store was here at that time.

And just in case you were wondering here is information our Wawa convenience stores.

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I had been looking to use this place for quite a while, so while I was down here!





Yes, Lollipop Motel !









The sign looks a little brighter and cleaner then the last time I saw it.

I took this picture back in November of 2009!



Here is their website.
Make sure you have your sound on !

It is considered a Doo-Wop Landmark as it has been here for almost 50 years.

I need to spend a night in Wildwood some time to get pictures of all the neat old signs around here.

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So on my way home I stopped at what I thought was an old church just in case I would get the Southern Tag which was a lot closer to home.





The sign actually says Goshen Public School 1872 !

A SCHOOL !!!

Turns out the church was across the street.







I am not really sure what this sign is for.
The best I can tell it is a Christian Education group here in Goshen, NJ at the
Immanuel Baptist Church which looks like it also is held in the tan building.





Pretty neat looking old building.
I am amazed at how many old buildings have survived down here on the peninsula of New Jersey.
Although hurricanes tend to bypass this area with direct hits because they tend to
shoot off of North Carolina out into the ocean and then slam back into New England.
But that's just my non-professional opinion !



Looks like they are trying to preserve this old school building.



The church across the street is actually Goshen United Methodist Church and not the Immanuel Baptist Church.





Believe it or not, but the old school was used until 1961.

Here is information on the attempt to preserve that building.

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