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Bridges over Watery Wooded Graves (in NNY)

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There.. bet that title got your attention.

100 (I cheated: it was only 97, left the coleman pad at home and my butt got sick of the TW seat) mile ride, about 50% dirt, 50% pavement. Temperature outside when I started the ride was about 38F. Got up as high as 52F during mid-day, and was around 45F when I got home. Beautifully sunny all day.

Started by finding a cemetery that I hadn't seen before, on a short dirt road not too far from home. It's called the White Church Cemetery, and the stones average in the mid-1800s; very very few newer than 1910.

Next stop was down a dirt road I hadn't been on since I was a kid; I found a seldom-used spur trail off it that lead to a beaver pond; rather nice scenery if you like that sort of thing.

Back on the main road, another hop to another dirt road, which is mostly hunting clubs and private land on the sides, but there is a nice State Forest area at the far end. Along this road is a corner with a sheer cliff face on the left. I was disappointed, some time in the last 2 or so years, they replaced the old bronze white tail deer statue at the top with a wooden sign (you can't read it, but it says "Stillwater Club", who owns the vast majority of the land in that region). Too bad, the deer was pretty awesome. I didn't take a picture of it, but they built a long walking bridge across the river to more easily get to their club.

Further down the same road, we get to the entrance to the Stone Dam Trail (state forest, as mentioned). Imagine my surprise when I see this:

The logging theme continues for a while, now, as I photo-documented quite a lot of the region I remembered looking a "little different" when I drove up there a few years ago. This logging was all done last year, I've been told.

At this point, I'm *miles* out into the wild here, and I park on top of the biggest hill around to have a look and a snack. Imagine my surprise, again, when I find a beer container museum next to a rock about 150ft off the trail; obviously used by 2 or 3 generations as a hunting watch point. All of these were found in a 3ft radius around the rock. I'll do my best to get these in order by age:

.. To be continued in the next post, apparently I posted too many images
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It is interesting to see the differences in 'our' riding regions. What frequently tickles me is looking at pictures presented by those half way round the world and thinking, that looks just like a place I ride. The video recently presented by our Hong Kong representative reminded me alot of the time I spent churning up dirt in an area we use to call the Hayward hill climbs.

Jontow, nice pictures. When back East, I have been amazed the the density of the forests. In general, the trees are lots smaller than in the areas I frequent, but boy are they packed tight. My guess would be that stepping off the trail for only a few feet can present you with the very real chance of getting lost. In 'my' forest, it is not uncommon to walk thru the forest and still see the ridge a few miles off. Seeing those thinned sections reminded me of home.. Bet it will look very different when the trees leaf-up. Take care & thanks. Gerry

What remains after a big fire and then salvage logging:

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Operose, in those shots, the forest does not look recently logged. Is this then how the 'woods' look in your general area? My comment was made on the assumption that once 'back East' the forest took on a very different look. Though I have been through Rochester,Albany and Syracuse, perhaps my memory is still fixed in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. It just seemed that should I need to leave the pavement for a restroom break, I better not venture to far into the woods as I often found it to be very, very dense and lots of foliage at eye level obstructing the ability to orient myself.

Your Toyota looks to be a very capable offpavement rig. I like, but kind-of chuckled at your door mod. I did something similar to a VW beatle I used to explore the outback. The welded door help strengthen the pan after I cut off the roof. Thought it looked cool, kind of Jeep like. Little did I anticipate the problems that it would present to the Wife and my less flexible peers. My list of riding buddies dropped off dramatically as getting into the rig required some serious leg-lifting. Adding the folding step helped. Gerry

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