Part 17: Warrenton, VA to Melville, NY


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The Trip

There has been somewhat of a "hole" in my photo log, but the truth is that not everything that you see is worthy of a photo.  We left our friends John and Alice in Warrenton and headed to meet Kathleen's brother in Milford, PA.  From there, we went to see one of Kathleen's lifelong friends at her place in New Jersey.  Deby had schedule constraints, so to allow us to meet and be sensitive to her schedule, we put the pedal to the metal and headed toward New Jersey.  We had a pretty long travel day, but met our objective.  From NJ, we headed out to Long Island to visit Kathleen's relatives.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

Most of our travels have been on back roads, but for this segment we had to boogie from point A to point B.  While on the freeway, we spotted something unique.  Kathleen saw him first through her rear view mirror.  When he got close enough, she got the photo above.  We could tell from the profile that it was a military truck, but the specific type was not clear.  And, we were going 60 mph, and he was overtaking us.

As he passed us, we got a better view of the cab area.  The cab appears to be armored with suicide doors.  Note the massive hinges on the door.  What appears to be slashes or disruptions in the tread of the spare tire are actually straps that are used to hold the tire in place.  Finally, note the mount for an HF antenna.

The truck had a European style bed with side boards that folded down.  Just like the mog and Thor.  A rather small fuel tank.

From the rear, the rig does not look that stout.  Perhaps 2.5 ton capacity?  Thor is a 5 ton truck in the same form factor.

A closeup of the rear shows that there are no plates or ID markings of any kind.  Note the wimpy hinges for the tailgate.  I am not sure what this truck is exactly, but I will guess it is an LMTV, armored.

We arrived at Kathleen's brother's place in Milford, PA.  Eddie and Amy were traveling from Long Island and we arrived before them.   We went to dinner at a very nice restaurant in Milford called Hotel Fauchere.  Next morning, we were put to work.  Eddie had home improvement actions and ordered a load of supplies from the local Lowe's.  He had several pallets of stuff, so the delivery guy showed up in a full-sized 18-wheeler with forklift.

The forklift was fascinating. Small and agile but quite powerful.

The lift was designed for very close quarters and could nearly fold itself in half.

Everything on the lift is hydraulically powered.  Each wheel has its own hydraulic motor and each wheel is steerable.

The large number of degrees of freedom required lots of hydraulic plumbing to control it.

Part of the remodel effort was to repair dry wall and add insulation.  Note the walls.  Above is Sal, Eddie's son; Sal was leading the effort.

This is an external wall and was under insulated..

Some of the electrical work was just plain scary.  Aside from non-connection of the ground wires, this connection was not in a junction box.

The breaker box was cleaned up and a few extra lines were added to support the ad hoc wiring that we discovered under the walls.

Insulation was inserted and routes were added for audio cables.

Dry wall was installed and spackle was applied in preparation for painting.

The ceiling was going to be covered in dry wall as well, but that would happen the following week.  We ended our visit and headed toward New Jersey to visit a life-long friend of Kathleen.

We spent several days with Kathleen's friend Deby and then headed north again to visit a fellow mogger, Bob, in Highland Lakes.  En route, we encountered this large draw bridge.

Ah, metropolitan New York City.  What I miss least about living there: traffic.  This was bumper-to-bumper for miles and miles due to construction.

Most of our route to Highland Lakes was via freeway, toll roads and expressways, but we needed a bio-break.  Our exit took us past this restoration business with some nice specimens.

An interesting 1955 Pontiac.  The yellow car is an older Volvo coupe.  I remember that body style because that model car was a prize for a Playboy Bunny "back in the day".

Bob still has his U1300L, but it is sold and awaiting shipment pending resolution of some financial issues.  This truck is in great shape and has an overdrive and working gears.

Bob fabricated a nice mount for his front winch out of 3/8" plate.

After a very pleasant stay with Bob and Joann, we headed back to the NYC area en route to Long Island.  On the approach to the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River, we got a clear view of Manhattan.  Note the Empire State Building to the left of center in the photo above.  Freedom Tower is still under construction and is at the right.

The George Washington Bridge is a double deck suspension bridge and is quite a work of art.  And heavily used.

Houston, we have a problem.  The westbound side of the bridge just suffered a vehicle fire with a full response from relevant local authorities.  Vehicles facing the wrong way on heavily used roads is never a good sign.

The truck was still smoldering when we went past.  Water was pouring out of the access hatches on the rear of the cab.  Since the fire was in the cab and not the engine compartment, I am assuming that it was either an electrical fire or due to the driver smoking.

The traffic jab behind the fire was epic.  It stretched over the bridge and all the way across the north end of Manhattan.

The GW bridge is an engineering marvel.  The suspension cables are encased within a steel shell and are visible above.

We finally reached our preliminary goal and happily the traffic on our side of the road was light.  Note the signage and graffiti on the back of the truck in front of us.  Clearly from Chinatown.

The other side of the road was a parking lot for miles and miles.

Because of Thor's height, our path was restricted to the expressways on Long Island.  Therefore, we had to enter the island via Throgs Neck Bridge, show above.  This is a good-sized suspension bridge that crosses over a narrow portion of Long Island Sound.

The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge as seen from the approach to the Throgs Neck Bridge.  This bridge also goes over the Sound.

We finally arrived at our destination on Long Island.  We got settled in and parked Thor on the street.  Needless to say, the neighbors got very curious very fast.

Tomorrow, we would start another remodeling effort.

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