The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

The one thing I’m never without on my bike is my camera.  The bike has taken me to more than a few fantastic photo opportunities.  Of course the real trick is to stop myself long enough to get off the vehicle and take some pictures.  The above is an abandoned tug I came across above Peterborough on an old branch of the Trent Severin Waterway system.  I love the drop anchors.

I don’t know wht it is that draws me to old equipment.  Maybe it’s the attention to detail, maybe it’s the fact that great things mechanically were created with tools far lower tech than we have available to us today.  Sometimes it’s just the fit and function of the thing and other times it’s the history of the object itself and for a scant few, it’s the personal connection.

But I also love the idea of the life of that object.  I remember seeing a cargo plane in the Winnipeg Aviation Museum.  It was a Bristol 170 Mk31 Freighter, it’s last flight was delivering a bulldozer up North.  The Dozer went through the floor on landing (but not enough to damage the rest of the airframe).  The dozer extracted, the aircraft was flown to Winnipeg and donated to the museum.  When I saw it, the cargo area was still a mess.  But there was a plane that had lived a life.

I’m looking forward to a slower meander through Penn. State.  I went by more’n a few old oil derricks and pumps on my trip out to Columbus Ohio.  That time I didn’t have time to stop and see but this time, this time I’ll be sure to capture a piece or two of fading history.

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