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Archive for February, 2009

Tunkhannock

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Here are some photos from a recent drive Sarah and I took to the rather quaint town of Tunkhannock, PA, and the surrounding area. I don’t have much commentary, except that I managed to get the car temporarily stuck on an ice patch while attempting to turn around. A guy in a pickup truck came by and suggested an alternate route, which worked out very well.

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Tracks by the Susquehanna River

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Looking the other way

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Tunkhannock

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Another part of Tunkhannock

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Weird house

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The house across the street

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Darkness falls

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Door

Bunker Hill, Carverton, Eighth Street ride

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I’ve had a hard time getting out to ride lately. I’m still incredibly busy with my new company, and all the snow and ice haven’t helped. Some people love riding in stuff like this, and I do sometimes, but it keeps me indoors more than I’d like. Fortunately, I’ve been very productive work-wise during this downtime. And I have been getting out more than my blog indicates since, well, I just haven’t had time for blogging.

Back on January 23, we had an unusually warm day. The temperature was hovering around 40 degrees, and I couldn’t help myself, I had to ride. I rode up Bunker Hill Road, which is a long, grueling climb — made more difficult by my relative inactivity as of late. My legs felt strong, but my breathing was more labored than usual. I’ll have to get back in shape, once the conditions improve. Argh. Here’s a map of this ride.


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The long climb

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Icy rocks

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View from Bunker Hill Road

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Power lines where I rode recently

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Looking back toward the valley

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The Trucker

Even though it was a tough climb, it felt great to ride. The roads were wet in places, but even though there was quite a bit of snow and ground, the roads were clear. I’ve noticed that tends to happen around here: we’ll have snow, but sometimes the same snow will stick around for a long time, and unless a fresh snow falls, the roads mostly stay clear. I definitely could ride more than I have been.

I decided to check out Fire Cut Road, which I explored a bit back in November. (Note: I forgot how incredible the colors were at that time! Wow.) This is a nice quiet country road that follows some rolling hills along the ridgetop, with views of some houses and fields.

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Barn

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Field and a building

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Line of trees

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Rolling hills

I took a detour to explore a side road I hadn’t noticed before. It went down a big hill and then ended, but it was quite beautiful, and I found a pond with many ducks and geese toward the end of the road.

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Goose pond

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Lovely, curving wet road

Next, I had a long, steep descent down toward Frances Slocum Lake. This is becoming familiar territory, but I always enjoy seeing and photographing the same things, in different seasons.

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Steep descent, and distant mountains

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Approaching Frances Slocum Lake

The lake was frozen and covered with snow. A few ice fisherman were out to see what they could catch. I contemplated riding on the ice, but decided against it.

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Ice fisher

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Frances Slocum Lake

I contemplated which way to make the descent back to the valley, and decided to take Eighth Street. It’s a long, gradual, flowing descent, as opposed to Bunker Hill Road, which has a lot of steep sections and twists and turns. I figured I would have good traction on Eighth, and I did.

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Descending toward Eight Street

Once back in the valley, I decided to try taking a different route home. I normally take Shoemaker / Main / etc., but I have encountered a lot of rude drivers on that road. Instead, I found a street that took me to Murray Street, which proved to be a nice, quiet, mostly residential road.

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Typical scene on Murray Street

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Run-down buildings on Murray Street

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