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    OK, Fred. Challenge accepted!

    I was really enjoying your Fire Tower posts and they got me to thinking....They are not very spectacular like the ones in the Sierras... but we have Fire Towers in Rhode Island, too. They are not used anymore. Let's go find some!
    So Mrs Trip and I set off this morning. Not far from home, we duck into the woods...its an old town road, now abandoned...



    I had to cut that fallen tree a couple of months ago...so we could get the bikes through....



    That's my riding buddy....



    about a mile and a half, we pop back out onto a paved road.... soon crosses a bridge where a stream flows into a pond...



    A couple of more miles, and we cross NooseNeck Hill Rd at the top of the hill, where the NooseNeck volunteer fire department has their station



    and there's a Fire Tower, too! It looks out over the Big River watershed, and Noose Neck Valley. There were lots of deer in the lush valley in Indian times, and they would make nooses with the supple birch saplings that grew there to capture them.



    East from there, then south on the old New London Turnpike



    ...chase the chickens out of the road as we blasted by....





    New London Turnpike has turned into a hero section on the downhill, so we opted for Bell Schoolhouse Rd instead...







    ooh...that's a nice looking bike......



    ...and this little piggies going to Idaho.....



    ...watch out for the muddy bits.....



    OH! and the rocky bits, too!!!



    ...No Problemo....



    That's Dawley Park Rd now...and it comes right out in back of Twisted Throttle World Headquarters....



    ...more to follow....

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    Wow, you two have such good adventures whether it be scattering chickens or tracking down towers. Enjoyed the deer snare history lesson too.
    Those towers got me searching e-bay for one of my very own...would be nice to look down on the neighbors.
    However lately I'm craving something more in the line of a wooden water tower like that of Petticoat Junction. petticoat-junction-kristin-elmquist.jpg
    A local restaurant has a nice one, but alas we don't have a Hooterville.

    Now more pictures of that ride please!
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    it's sure good to see you guys having fun!!!
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    Route 3 has 4 lanes and hardly any traffic in front of Twisted Throttle, and we turned south. This section of road is overbuilt, because it was used as the final section of Interstate 95 - from Florida to Maine- was completed. We only ride a couple of miles, cross underneath I-95, and back onto some dirt...



    ...north up Blitzkrieg Trail...







    ...across Rte 165 and through the trees... this is part of our route that runs from East Beach to the Puppy Dog trail through Vermont to the Canadian border.....



    Through the sand....



    ...and through the scrubby pines....



    ...good, so far!



    This is Barber Rd...





    snakes its way uphill....



    ...then off to the northwest....



    One thing we have a lot of is old graveyards.... there were over 2,000 people living in West Greenwich in 1790... by 1920, it had dropped to 387...the last census shows about 5,000...but as you can imagine, the settlement pattern is very different today....





    ...here's an old foundation.... a house, or maybe a tavern here at an old intersection....



    ...less than a mile, up the hill, and we encountered another rider....



    It's the Rhode Island Trials Club, and they're having a meet. They have a special area where they are allowed to ride... a year ago, when we were in Colorado, they had a World Championship event here...the top riders from all over the world! We parked the bikes and checked some of the action....











    I think that's his Dad. "Come on, little jimmy, ride your bike down this sheer rock face..."



    The adults were getting into the act, too....





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    We hung around for about a half an hour... I think the top classes were already done... but these guys were still pretty impressive....



    The Trials Area is right where the dirt we'd been riding meets the paved Escoheag Rd, and we turned north as it gradually sloped further up hill. A couple of miles and we reached the top of Escoheag Hill, where there's another fire tower....



    But Whoa! What happened to the little cabin thingy up there...it was intact the last time I was here... granted a couple of years ago... but then I vaguely remembered hearing it had been burned by vandals... an ignominious end for a fire tower!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    However lately I'm craving something more in the line of a wooden water tower like that of Petticoat Junction. petticoat-junction-kristin-elmquist.jpg
    Now if that was converted into a hot tub, you'd REALLY have something!

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    At the top of the hill, Escoheag Hill Rd becomes Hazard Rd and we continued north...





    Soon enough, the pavement runs out. Dusty today, though.



    Onto Lewis Farm Rd...





    Then up Old Rice City Rd... Rice City was known for its taverns, gambling, and women of easy virtue... an overnight stop for teamsters a couple of hundred years ago...





    Through the Swamp Meadow bridge on the old Plainfield Pike...



    across the Scituate Reservoir, that cut off a lot of the old roads when it was built...



    And over to Howards Chowder Shack for a late lunch....



    Yum! Can't beat the Ocean State for seafood... or any food for that matter. Chowder, Clam Cakes, and Fried Clams... oh, yeah!
    A greedy hand reaches for the chowder before I can even get a photo!



    ...west from the Chowder Shack to the top of Chopmist Hill... and another fire tower!



    The fire tower is now at the district headquarters of the RI Dept of Environmental Management, but Chopmist Hill has some interesting history. In World War Two, it was the site of a secret radio "listening" installation, so powerful, they could evesdrop on radio communications between Rommel's Afrika Corps tanks! Global eavesdroppers: In World War II, dozens of radio operators in Scituate dialed into enemy conversations worldwide - News - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

    Then, in 1946, it was on the short list of possible locations for the United Nations! Quahog.org: Chopmist Hill and the United Nations

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    Just down the road a piece from the Chopmist Hill tower is a beautifully restored old house... from the 1600's. It is what's known as a "stone-ender" a style unique to Rhode Island, with a huge hearth and chimney that form the whole end of the house...



    We turned south from Scituate, and headed towards home. We can work our way on almost all unpaved roads...



    another old cemetery....










    What's that sign say? "Dead End" That's our favorite!





    "You're not sneaking around some boulders there, are you?"







    That's Pig Hill Rd...it gets increasingly rocky as it goes on....



    ...and the final hill. Mrs Trip is not a fan, but she's a trooper, and slowly picks her way down the rocky slope....



    ...and then just a couple of miles, around the pond, and we're home! Thanks, Fred! Both for the fire tower theme, and for the challenge to go ride!!! That was fun!

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    Wow, awesome ride. How did you get more than 5 pics per post?
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