Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sunday Afternoon in August

Yesterday I had a rather lengthy post about a road trip through southern Ohio ready to publish and in seconds Blogger erased my work and saved a copy of the now empty text box. Bummer.

So, instead of recreating the work – which was probably too wordy in the first place – I’ll just post some of the pics and provide a brief description.

You see all kinds of things on the road. Here’s someone with a new purchase.

Years ago, when we moved into the home we live at now, we had a cast iron claw foot tub. We yanked it out and sold it for $100. Now days, I could probably get $500 for it. Oh well.

We took SR 159 out of Lancaster towards Chillicothe. The views from the road were mostly corn and soy beans.

We stopped at The Great Seal State Park which was not so great unless you have a horse to ride. So we continued on to Athens and then to Burr Oak State Park.

The park has a lodge and restaurant. The menu was modest but the view over Burr Oak Lake was pretty awesome.

And the park has plenty of deer with little fear of humans. You can bet that with 3 fawns beside the road, at least 2 doe were nearby.

We traveled SR 78, a designated Scenic Byway, to McConnellsville.

This route is in the same area as the famed Ohio Triple Nickel, SR 555. I’ll ride that route someday but it will probably be solo as Teresa loves the wind in her face, but not so much the leaning required for the curves.

Crossing the Muskingum River at Malta and McConnellsville.

Traveling SR 60 north to Zanesville, riding in tandem with our shadow.

The sun had set before we headed west and home again. It was a great ending to a great ride.

One last indulgence if you don't mind. A story: Between Chillicothe and Athens on US 50 is a wide spot in the road with about a dozen residents. As soon as I passed the sign I had an overwhelming sense of deja vu. And then it hit me: I have been here before.

When I was about 8 years old, my mother, grandmother, sister and I traveled this same route. When we came to the village sign, my grandmother pulled the car over to the side of the road and said, "Get the camera. We need to take a picture!"

I dutifully grabbed my Kodak Brownie camera and exited the car with them and took a picture of the three of them bent over in front of the Prattsville sign. Fortunately, their backsides remained covered.

This time around I felt a strange compulsion and had to do the same showing what some have said is my best side. Ride Safe.


Micah said...

Hey! Some of that is my old stomping grounds.

We used to camp and go fishing at Burr Oak when I was growing up.

irondad said...

I was doing good until I saw the last picture. Is that some new helmet you're wearing? It looks like somebody's butt.

Do I hear a new idea sprouting? A motorcycle trailer with a tub of cold water on it. We've finally solved the riding in the hot weather problem.

Doug C said...

Micah - Its a beautiful area. Very quiet and peaceful. And when I need a vacation close to home without cell phone coverage, this is the place I choose.

irondad - I knew the bath tub irony would not be lost you after suffering all those days in the 100s and upper 90s.

As for the last pic... Rule #1 - Never take yourself too seriously. There's plenty people to do that for you.

Conchscooter said...

Some people have pretty wild grandmothers. Thats one more thing to envy someone else. Mine croaked before I met them (self defense I'm sure) but their photos always show them sucking lemons- not sticking their backsides in the air.

Doug C said...

Conch - I learned this morning that my technologically challenged mother reads this blog. She called me laughing hysterically, recalling the incident, and offered no justification for their actions.

She did however search for and located the old photo and will no doubt cause me to re-live that not-so-traumatic experience again as we turn the pages of the photo albums.

I am told that my grandmother grew up in the old Ohio State Penitentary (which is probably worthy of it own story space) and may explain some of her excentricities...

Conchscooter said...

Okay here's how to "scan" old prints into digital. Lay the print flat in decent light, put the camera on macro and frame the shot trying to avoid reflections and backlighting. Clock shutter. Upload. pronto.
(I do it all the time with my old pictures, I expect to see the original soon).

RazorsEdge2112 said...


That's a great ride report and your pictures never disappoint!

Doug C said...

Ken - Thanks. I will pass your kind comments onto the ride photographer.