I found this while riding motorcycles on the backroads of Licking County, Ohio. It’s one of the better preserved one-room schoolhouses that still stand.
I sat there on a very modern motorcycle wondering what it must have been like when this was built. The comparison of provisions given to today’s children are so much different, but of course, so is everything about their educational requirements to succeed.
At first I thought this may have been a small church. The steeple is missing,. I’ve reconsidered when I took the size of the building into account.
National Road History peaks my interest. Every year, less and less evidence of the old road exist. More vanishes and gives way to newer things. Today I rode from Route 13 to Columbus, Ohio on Route 40 to have a look.
The Jack Town Pub Is Gone
Today, 1/2/2017, The Jack Town Pub is gone.
I heard so many rumors about the demise of The Jack Town Pub that I wouldn’t really know the exact cause. What replaces it will tell me more about what really happened here. The end result though, a missing piece of Licking County, Ohio history on The National Road. Not all of it can be saved. We can hope something promising replaces it.
The Shamrock Is Falling Into Severe Disrepair
Old historical buildings tend to turn into rummage sales, antique stores, and flea markets before their demise. It’s as if they are recalling better times and spewing out remnants from those days.
National Road history is so interesting because it’s still alive. You can drive out to it and touch and feel it. The modern day equivalent roars loud nearby on Interstate 70.
The road stretches from the middle of Illinois to Baltimore, Maryland. Where it starts and stops depends on what level of National Road purist you are.
Today’s foggy January 2, 2017 visit was just another witness to the state of the road. As for so long, it just slowly rots away and occasionally headway is made and new businesses arrive.
Tonight I went for a little ride during a “level 1 snow emergency”. Yes, that’s what they call it when you can still drive without problems, very few accidents on the road, and only spotty power outages. I’m not sure how the fit “emergency” into that equation, but I do know it drives milk and bread sales.
To me, a level 1 snow emergency meant to grab my camera. It was so beautiful out.
I’m not a medical person by any stretch of the imagination, but I have to wonder if they may be misdiagnosing Seasonal Affective Disorder to some degree. From my observations, depression and anxiety greatly increases in people around me with the bullshit calls to weather alerts that are nothing to be alarmed about. They provide no reassurance that very few people will die from a few inches of snow and that if you take the time to venture out into it, you’ll experience a beautiful world that you haven’t seen for quite a few months.
It was strange that I wasn’t even thinking about seeing Amish before I took this photo. I was riding the backroads on my motorcycle thinking about the good and bad of modern culture. I was thinking about how much better real life is than the virtual realities that we are presented with today.
I had stopped to photograph a covered bridge on Frampton Road off of State Route 586 near Martinsburg, Ohio. The light for that was horrible. As I was giving up and loading my camera into the motorcycle, I heard the hooves coming and turned just in time to catch this shot.
It’s a frequent event for my wife and I to head on out on our motorcycles in the evening. This frequently leads to seeing a sunset. Sunsets are nice, but photographically speaking, they’re boring without a subject. The night I took this photo, my subject, a farm, happened to be where the moon was rising instead.
The trick with a moon in a composition is to get into a position with a zoom lens where a good amount of zoom is required. This enlarges the moon in the photo. I’m actually quite a distance from this farm.
I hope I captured the quiet tranquility of the scene as it was. I used a Canon 55-250mm STM lens that has proven to be a great lens to carry on the motorcycle. It’s a little large, but small enough to mount on a Canon T5i Rebel and have great zoom capabilities in a camera small enough for motorcycle.