Jim Von Baden’s “One Special Picture” thread has prompted me to add another couple of shots from my ride on January 22. It was so great to have an opportunity to get out, after I’d put the F650CS away for the winter! Although it never got over 40 degrees, I bundled up and did okay, other than cold hands.
The bland colors and lack of foliage made it pretty clear that this was indeed wintertime.
From Baltimore, I took a lot of back roads to Westminster, and then north to a couple of small lakes a little ways over the Pennsylvania line. This old barn looks reasonably serviceable, although there was no sign of current activity.
Thankfully, there were many lakes along this route–and they nicely reflected the blue sky, adding some much-needed color to the scenery.
Many churches were also in evidence, ranging from 20th century examples…
…to the late 18th or early 19th centuries. Note the separate entrances for men and women.
Toward the end of my trip, I ran across this much-fancier-than-average abandoned house (on Sam’s Creek Road). This house was apparently part of a significant farm, with several barns and other outbuildings, all of which appear to have been abandoned for some time now.
It’s intriguing to speculate as to what might have happened. In this instance, the house and buildings are only a couple of feet above the level of Sam’s Creek. Maybe one too many floods.
Here’s a shot of the trusty CS, with one of the lakes in the background. It (the lake) was full of geese. With the above-average weather, I guess they weren’t sure whether they should be flying north or south… (I didn’t know it at the time, but within a few months that reservoir would be dry, with only a narrow creek running through the valley.)
Anyone else have any January ride photos to add?