Category: Long Island

Equinox to Equinox Rally: Bonus Hunting in Old Cemeteries

Equinox to Equinox Rally: Bonus Hunting in Old Cemeteries

For the past couple weeks since the Equinox to Equinox Rally started I’ve been peppering my regular rides with picking up points. As I mentioned in the post Photo Rally Bonus Hunting – Links, Books, Google Maps, I’ve got maps full of places and points of interest to ride to.

But sometimes… sometimes you just don’t feel like “working.” So, I’ve been taking it easy and making an effort to stop and see some of the places I’ve been visiting and not just doing drive-by point collecting.

Lately the thing that has been capturing my attention is – old cemeteries.

st george manor cemetery

I don’t know what it is about about certain places or things that makes you have an affinity for them. Is it the place itself? Is it what is represents? Is it strictly the visual experience? Maybe it is all of those things?

old cemeteries

The information carved on old grave stones can be surprisingly deep – the cause of death, age in years months and sometimes days. I read one stone that said the young boy buried was killed by a wagon wheel. Way to embarrass the kid for eternity.

This stone from Piscatawaytown Burial Ground in NJ was pretty descriptive – mushrooms!

Stone Reads:
Spataters under neath this tomb lies 2 boyes that lay in one womb the eldest was full 13 year old yongest was V twice told by eating mushroms for food rare in a day(s) time they poyseond were Richard Hoop(ar) and Charles Hoopar desesed august anno dom 1693

Apparently the type of stone, the decorative imagery and lettering itself give clues to who the local carver was. I’ve just put my toe in the next to water researching information about stones on Long Island. It’s fascinating.

So what is it that makes me keep looking at these old burial grounds? I wish I knew. I don’t find them morbid or anything. On the contrary the spaces are often peaceful and a place of quiet reflection. These people were here. They walked the Earth, they mattered to someone.

old baptist cemetery coram

During the week I rode to a burial ground in the town of Coram. It was a little less cared for than I would have hoped. Many broken stones, some trash, lots of leaves and bits of tree branches laying throughout it. The sign at the entry way is hanging on by a thread and a prayer.

I parked and walked up the small hill in to the grounds and wound up meeting a gentleman who was also there looking through the stones. We struck up a nice conversation and talked about other old burial grounds on Long Island. He was a very nice fellow.

So, my single friends – if you don’t know where to go to meet a nice man or woman? Cemetery.

You’re welcome.

Snowpocalypse – Blizzard Drives Long Islanders Mad

Snowpocalypse – Blizzard Drives Long Islanders Mad

Here where I live on Long Island, we got pummeled by nearly 3 feet of snow on Friday. One of the first questions everyone in my circle of friends asked was ‘Did you take the Ural out?’

snowbound in the garage for now

No, I haven’t. From Friday in to Saturday the county asked that all non-emergency vehicles stay off the roads.

With echoes of Hurricane Sandy – response here on Long Island was bungled. In some crazy breakdown of infrastructure, it is now Monday morning and the majority of roads in our county still remain unplowed. Highly taxed residents are outraged.

Abandoned snowbound cars sit silently littered on our roadways. These cars have to be dug out and towed away before a plow can clear those areas. Residential side streets are a mess with some random system of plowing having taken place. Some larger side roads were plowed through once, creating large barriers of snow to smaller streets that are still unplowed.

The Long Island Expressway, our largest artery, was shut down for snow removal from Sunday morning at 9am until 7am Monday morning. A 6 to 8 lane highway! That blows my mind.

my car, burred under snow

Kenny and I walked to the supermarket which was surprisingly open on Sunday. Adventurous (or stupid) drivers were out creating gridlock, maneuvering around car-filled snowbanks, stuck vehicles and accidents. They were doing a whole lot of honking and not a lot of moving. The two of us were able to walk faster than people were able to drive.

Tensions were very high on the road. Exasperated people idling in their cars were asking us why the traffic was stopped as we walked by. Oh, I don’t know… we had 3 feet of snow and no plowing? Maybe everyone who doesn’t need to be driving should stay the hell home until the roads get sorted out?!

We saw someone curse out a snowplow driver who was trying to squeeze through a blocked intersection. Brilliant.

Many people panic in the face of crisis and just can’t seem to find a way to make the best of a bad situation.

I’m glad to report, we’re still smiling.

Keep calm, carry on.


A Little Thumper Sunset Therapy

A Little Thumper Sunset Therapy

Yesterday I took the Husky out for a cruise to help clear the cobwebs away from my mind. With each thump of her little heart my mood brightened.

Sure, I know it doesn’t exactly excel at riding around on the street. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to use it for that anyway. There is just something about the bikes personality, its sound that I love so much. She’s a sexy beast.

I was already on my way back home when the sky just seemed to have a special look to it. Though home was to the left, I made a right and headed for the water. I had a feeling that the sunset was going to be a doozy.

As it turned out, I was right.

Husqvarna at sunset

As Seen on TV – The Riverhead Muffler Man Indian

As Seen on TV – The Riverhead Muffler Man Indian

Continuing the tv/movie vibe from my post about the Buzz’s Skelly ~ In the same town of Riverhead is a Muffler Man Indian that was featured in an episode of the Sopranos. I have posted about him before but, every now and again I stop by to say hello.

Muffler Man Indian Riverhead Long Island

With these big fiberglass beauties standing outside and braving the elements year after year – you’ve got to check on them every once in a while to see how they’re holding up.

Muffler Man Indian Riverhead

It’s starting to look like the Indian could use a little TLC. He’s got some cracks in his fiberglass that are giving way to holes and he could really use a fresh coat of paint. I hope the folks at Riverhead Raceway give him a little love soon. It would be a shame to watch him deteriorate further.

Buzz’s Skelly Gas Station – Coen Brothers Filming Location?

Buzz’s Skelly Gas Station – Coen Brothers Filming Location?

The Coen Brother’s are currently shooting a movie called Inside Llewyn Davis staring Justin Timberlake. Some of the scenes are set to shoot here on Long Island in the town of Riverhead. While out riding today, after an off-handed comment by my friend Ben about an old gas station – I thought I would go take a look. I mean, I love that sort of Americana.

But when I got there, what I saw was too “perfect” to just be something a local was putting up for their own enjoyment. Then it dawned on me…

It’s part of the Coen Brothers movie set. The station doesn’t really exist. It’s on one of the roads set to close and well, you can see it’s a false front if you look to the side of the building.

Coen Brothers Buzz Skelly Timberlake Riverhead

I thought this was a pretty cool find.

Buzzs Skelly Gas Station Movie Location

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