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Eye Catching Yellow Flowers

Yellow Flowers Catch My Eye

I took these photos of yellow flowers because they caught my eye and drew me in. I had to do some research to find out what some of them are. The first is a woodland sunflower. It’s interesting that it looks nothing like the garden variety sunflowers.

Woodland sunflowers.
Woodland sunflowers. These were found at the Kokosing River near Howard, Ohio.

I’ve noticed quite a few yellow flowers that have drawn my camera’s view finder.

Lance Leaf Coreopsis
Lance Leaf Coreopsis
Woodland sunflowers on a nature trail.
Woodland sunflowers on a trail near Granville, Ohio.



Sunday In Amish Country On Motorcycles

Riding Motorcycles In Amish Country On A Sunday

Lucky To Live Near Amish Country

Living near Amish country gives me a different perspective on life. I don’t study it too much, but simple observations reveal more than anything else. There’s a different smell and feel around farms that use old methods. It’s a different world.

Sunday is the day to ride motorcycles in Amish Country if you’re doing it for the sake of riding. Tourist traps are closed and the traffic is light.

On the way up to Millersburg, I noticed this small prayer chapel in Greer, Ohio. The plan was to do some trick of photography with it, but I’ll have to go back and try again. While I was trying to find a unique angle, there was a child’s voice belting out hymns in the backyard of the house next to the church. He was singing with all he had and it was actually very good singing. I didn’t want to embarrass the little guy so we quietly left.

Honda Goldwing parked next to a tiny church in Greer, Ohio.
Large motorcycle, tiny church.

We went down state route 557 just outside of Millersburg, Ohio. The area is so beautiful and the farms are so full of life that it makes you wonder if God doesn’t give extended protection to this area. The farms used contour farming and it creates an interesting pattern on the hillsides. The woodlands and creeks are dotted in between the patchwork. Haystacks dotted the fields.

I didn’t spend much time taking photos. The ride was just to pleasant to stop this time. I was planning how I would approach photography here. Amish beliefs often cause them to shy from cameras so it’s not polite to photograph them. On the other side of that, it’s a free country and we can photograph almost anything in the public view. I try to use that freedom in a refrained manner.

Ragersville, Ohio tavern.
Tavern Of Ragersville.

We ended up at the Tavern Of Ragersville. I like bars with history. Some may consider these old bars “dive” bars. Whatever the vernacular, The Tavern Of Ragersville had character and I enjoyed the cold beer and good food.

After leaving, I headed home and the ride continued to be full of curves and fun. We found State Route 751 which led us back to State Route 16. A short break in Roscoe Village, then a ride down a familiar favorite road, State route 541 to Martinsburg, Ohio near home.

A highly recommend the area for riding, but I’ve found that Saturday is not favorable due to traffic. There are a few non-Amish restaurants that do keep short Sunday hours.

Weathervane To Licking County Courthouse.

A Worker Placing the Weathervane On The Licking County Courthouse.

Licking County Courthouse 1876 Weathervane
1876 weathervane added to The Licking County Courthouse in Newark, Ohio.

The Licking County Courthouse restoration project is starting to show progress. They topped it with a new weathervane and more is being revealed as they peel away the plastic from the scaffolding.

Fudged Up At The Sporting Goods Store

A visit at a large sporting goods retailer recently put an question in my head that has just been rattling around like crazy. There was a massive fudge section in this store. Why?

Here you are in this huge display of wildlife and outdoor gear and there is this fudge shop. Nobody questions why and people were buying plenty of it. There is a short circuit in my head when it comes to fudge and sporting goods.

The best answers I  came up with when I asked on my Facebook account were:

  • It’s a peace offering to the wife when you spend to much money there.
  • I don’t know, but it mesmerizes me to watch the lady make it.

I searched the Internet and found an answer I’m going to accept. It has to do with your sense of smell. There’s an entire science about scent marketing. Searching more on the topic will tell you the science behind it.

Now that I know this science is out there, it makes me even more aware of the attempts to separate you from your money. My opinion is that this is unfair because the customer is not aware of how they are being manipulated.

Question everything.

Honda Shadow Aero VT750 Wheel Removal And Installation

Honda Shadow Aero Wheel Removal/Installation

These video is a bit of an afterthought. After falling short of a video to give a workaround for the manuals instruction to remove the exhaust, I wanted to share this to show how we removed the lower shock bolts to access the axle on the Honda Shadow VT750 Aero.

Just reverse the instructions here for wheel removal. Consult the Honda manual and expert advice too. I’m just a hobbyist.

Portrait Of My Dog Hunter

My Dog Hunter After A Playful Romp

My dog after playing.
My dog hunter after a short burst of playing.

Hunter’s going on 10. He’s slowed down quite a bit after raising our daughters and losing his long-time buddy Gomez.  He prefers to spend most of his time just laying in the backyard now. Any attention you give him, he appreciates now.

It’s tough watching an animal like him who was so strong and active in his younger days get older. Happens to everyone though. Sadly, it happens much to quickly with dogs.

The Licking County Sheriff MRAP

Licking County Sheriff MRAP

Licking County Sheriff MRAP
Licking County Sheriff MRAP

The military MRAP is an impressive piece or equipment. “What the hell?”, would be the most common sentiment heard when people walk up to it.

I won’t get into my opinions of it. Information about the pros/cons of military equipment used in civilian applications is bountiful. Here is a link to counter the, “Price doesn’t matter if you care about the lives inside.”, argument. This article discusses the many hidden dangers of the MRAP in civilian applications.

Ride to Geauga County

Geauga County, Ohio Added To Ohio Project

Geauga County is now added to the Ohio Photo Project.

Geauga County Courthouse
Geauga County Courthouse in Chardon, Ohio.

The motorcycle ride to get this photos was pleasant. First up to Coshocton, Ohio on the backroads to get to State Route 514. Then we picked up 93 north through the Amish country. In Waynesburg, we picked up State Route 44 to Chardon, Ohio.

After a visit in Chardon, we went to Burton. The historic downtown was worth a visit. Then onto Blazin’ Bills Barbecue, a popular motorcycle stop. Then a ride back home.

I enjoyed the ride on 93 more than the rest of the trip. It was interesting to find so much agricultural activity so close to the Cleveland Metro area. Maple products, cheese, and of course – corn. The Amish community is larger than I expected too.

Geauga County really doesn’t have any large metro areas, just smaller cities. The county seat,  Chardon, is beautiful to walk around, but most places were closed on a Saturday afternoon. Like most old Ohio small towns, the rent is cheap and much of the downtown area is just antique and specialty shops.