Day 41 - Time Travel

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
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Trip End Sep 24, 2008


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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Today was a step back in time. I woke up... strapped my flux capacitor on the motorcycle and was off. I decided that it would be a good day to explore some places I haven't been for a very long time and share those with everyone.  Before I got started I stopped by mzinga and visited a good friend of mine, Brian Stone.  Brian and I worked together and became friends about 12 years ago. I've only seen him a few time in the last 10 years. I thought it would be great to catch up. We hung out and talked shop a bit then I was off on my ride.
 
First I rode up by the Camp Hill mall. I got a picture of Boscov's, one of the anchor stores there. It's just like any other store but I remember when they first built it back in the 80's they filmed some scenes from the movie mannequin there before it opened. Just a little factoid that I remembered so I thought I'd share. I then traveled down Trindle Rd which runs next to the mall toward the center of Mechanicsburg.  I took a picture of Trindle Bowl.  It's basically like any other bowling alley except they have the honor of having employed me while  I was in high school. I remember when they built that Garage on the right side to house the owner's big RV bus. Geeze that was a long time ago. Somewhere along the way I seemed to have gotten old.  Anyway, after that I rode out Walnut Street in Mechanicsburg  towards Rt 11 and boy has that who l area changed. There used to be a drive in theater and a racetrack fro sprint cars. That is all gone and now there is a Target and a bunch of other stores there. The wheels of progress just keep on turning.  I shot a picture of the old Phico insurance building. They aren't in there anymore. It looks like some construction is going on there for something now. Not sure what. My sister may know.... She can share that with us later. Anyway, two interesting things about this building are that it has a copper roof. It looked funny when they built it but over time it turned green.... Just like cheap jewelry does to your finger or an old penny left outside. What makes this interesting for me is that Daniel's dad won an award for designing the forms that they used to make the concrete staircases. It was said that it couldn't be done as it was designed. I guess he showed them. Every time I see this building it reminds me of him. He was an amazing carpenter.
 
Time travel made me hungry so I stopped over at the Silver Spring Diner across the street. This place was new to me so I thought I'd check it out. It was OK. I took a picture for the sake of the blog. It wasn't Denny's, after all.
 
Moving on, I rode down past my high school, Cumberland Valley. I only recognized it by the characteristic dome over the gym. They redesigned and rebuilt the whole thing at some point in the past few years. Looks good but it's not my school any more. I snapped a few quick photos and was off again. I decided to pass by my elementary school. I took the route that used to run over an old iron bridge that I always thought was cool as a kid. The bridge ran over the
Conodoguinet Creek. They replaced it with a  concrete bridge. I took a photo of the bridge and the creek running underneath. A few miles down the road was Middlesex Elementary, where I attended so many years ago. Well, it's not even there any longer. There is a school with the same name but nothing remains of the original building and the site is completely different. No picture here because I couldn't easily get a good shot. Didn't figure it was worth the effort. Turning right at the end of the road I headed toward my old home. Whoever owns the place trashed it pretty good. But I snapped a picture from out front. You can't see the house off to the left because it is hidden by a bunch of trees. Even moving to the side I couldn't see it because it's so overgrown. The barn was visible, as you can see. I spent a lot of time there as a kid. The still use the edge of the property as a bus stop. We never had such a fancy little shed when I was standing there in the rain an snow.
 
Turning around and heading "up the mountain" I decided to ride through Perry County. Perry county is one of the largest counties in PA and has the reputation of being a bit "redneck".  They have no traffic lights in Perry County and are proud of that.  Topping the mountain I hit the county line and snapped a pic of the sign at the top. Continuing on via Rt 34 I noticed that there is a lot more up here than there used to be. That whole traffic light thing will have to be rethought in the near future.  I grabbed a pic of what used to be a great ice cream shop called Twin Kiss..... Then it became TK's now its just a diner.  A few miles more brought me to New Bloomfield, the county seat. I got some pics of the square and the courthouse. There is also a big military academy up here for unruly youth to get the discipline they need.  ;-) .  None of the shops I remember are here, however, nothing is abandoned either. Passing through New Bloomfield took me to the next stop down the road a few more miles to Newport, another small Perry county town where I lived for a time. Again, the square looked similar but I didn't recognize anything.  Just outside of newport I jumped up on the highway (22/322) and headed back toward West Fairview. I did swing into Red Rabbit with the intention of grabbing a soda and perhaps a bunny burger but was met with a closed sign. They are only open on the weekends. I'll have to try again later. I did grab a nice picture of the river in Marysville and a sign that describes the railroad bridge that is still used today.
 
On the way back riding the 20 miles or so, I reflected on my life a bit and the events that tied together in my youth that brought me to where I am today. It's amazing  how different familiar places look when viewed through the lenses of time and experience. Even if those things haven't substantially changed. For years I viewed the challenges I encountered in my youth as useless annoyances that got in the way of me being able to grow up and live my life.  Now looking back many years later, I realize that those annoyances, and learning to deal with them, were the  building blocks that helped me form the foundation that has given me the strength and stamina to withstand many things that I doubt I would have handled as well as I have in my adult life. I guess it's true. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Now time to get back to the future.


Joe
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