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      04-20-2015, 12:03 AM   #67
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Very cool thanks for sharing! I enjoyed!
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Very interesting. Are you a history writer? How the heck do you know all this history?
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Thanks for the read. Looking forward to part 2


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      04-20-2015, 12:42 PM   #70
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Very nice pics and write up, you're getting us used to this great!
Hobbe,

Hmmm, that gives me an idea: If everyone is "getting used to this," then maybe I can start introducing subliminal messages into the text or photos, cleverly tricking you all into buying my products! What a great idea!!

Wait a second—I don't have any products… Back to the drawing board.

Seriously, I'm very glad that you enjoy these road trip reports. I'll keep 'em coming!

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Great write up! I grew up in Medford and my parents still live there. They also have a house on long beach island and my family has a ton of history there. One of my family members in my family tree went to that school house on Tuckers Island, before it was washed away obviously.

Those roads in Chatsworth are fun to drive fast on...i drive the M on them frequently...

Nice pics and a well done article!!
Bob,

Medford deserved a much more thorough tour than I had time for--it looked like a great old historic town.

The paved roads in the Pine Barrens ranged from bumpy and potholed to super-smooth and entertaining. The sandy dirt roads were another matter altogether, of course! I enjoyed driving around throughout the area.

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Thanks again Rick. Jersey boy myself so I found it extra interesting. Read it cover to cover and enjoyed it all. I love taking these trips with you... And I don't even have to get my BMW dirty.

crawfordbay,

Thanks!

Everyone jokes about how "this is the time of year that they repave New Jersey," but the state really does have a great many beautiful areas. I couldn't get enough of the Pine Barrens, and my new friend Marilyn (of Buzby's General Store in Chatsworth) tells me that there are a number of really nice places that I missed on my first visit. So obviously I need to go back for more!

I did manage to get my 335i relatively dirty, as you suspected. The good thing about sand is that it washes right off.

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      04-20-2015, 01:08 PM   #73
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Great write up and beautiful photos!
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Thanks much, I'm glad you enjoyed the report!

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Agreed. This was a totally unexpected read for me today as I sat down at my local coffee. I totally enjoyed the history.
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Glad you enjoyed it! It was certainly a fun trip for me to take and to write about.

If you'd like to see my prior reports over the last 10 years or so, check out rsftripreporter.net.

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No front page news.

A lot of passion went into it.

Thanks so much Rick for talking us on for the ride. Wunderbar !
red-sauerkraut,

Bitte sehr!

I certainly enjoyed the trip immensely, and I'm glad that feeling made it into the report. I'm planning my next road trip and hope to be on the road in another few days!

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wow, what a read! nice couple of HDR shots you took there with a great ride...
looking forward to read part II...

Pentium,

Thanks much! Part II hasn't made the BimmerPost homepage yet, but it's now available at Pine Barrens Part II: The Jersey Devil, World Wars, and Racetracks Old and New.

Happy reading!

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Very interesting!! Cant wait to read part II
hova00,

Great, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Regarding Part II, check out my prior response, above!

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Rick, you never cease to amaze us with these amazing posts!
Thank you!
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Thanks! They're a lot of fun to write up, and I always enjoy looking for information about the places I've visited. Of course, I often discover that there was something equally interesting right next door to the place I saw, meaning that I always want to go back and see everything I missed!

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Rick,

Thanks for anothe great post. I truly enjoy reading these. They are so very interesting!
DN54,

Well that works out well, since I truly enjoy writing them! Seriously, I'm really glad you enjoyed the report.

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Awesome write up!

The quality of your pictures is amazing, the colours all stand out so perfectly.
wulfy,

Thanks much! I tend to get a little carried away with the color saturation, but I can't help myself. Back in the film days, I always preferred the Kodachrome reds and yellows, too, so I'll blame it on Kodak.

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Excellent photo series and write up.
Ron,

I really appreciate your comments, especially given your exceptional talent at photography! Thanks much.

Speaking of photo journals, if you haven't already checked out The History Girl's work, be sure to do so.

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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel! Thank you for sharing
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Fantastic read. Tanks for sharing!!
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Ron,

I really appreciate your comments, especially given your exceptional talent at photography! Thanks much.

Speaking of photo journals, if you haven't already checked out The History Girl's work, be sure to do so.

Rick
Thank you for the compliment. I can see how the History Girl inspired you.
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Great read! Thanks.
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Very cool thanks for sharing! I enjoyed!
montegokid94,

My pleasure--I'm very glad that you enjoyed the report!

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Very interesting. Are you a history writer? How the heck do you know all this history?
Murph,

Before my trip to the Pine Barrens, I knew virtually none of this information. I read a little about the area and decided it would be a fun place to visit. Then I read Barbara Solem's book and learned a lot, and used that information to plan the specific places to visit.

Once I was back, I read a lot of online articles and (believe it or not!) condensed that information down for the trip report. Now I know lots about the area; the question is how much I'll remember in a year!

Ironically, I didn't care two cents about history in high school or college. Now I find it fascinating to learn about all the different things that happened in a particular place or area.

Rick

PS: I was an actuary for 40 years prior to my retirement, using mathematics and economics to help keep Medicare and Social Security from going broke.
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Thanks for the read. Looking forward to part 2


-Scott
Scott,

Part II is now available at Pine Barrens Part II: The Jersey Devil, World Wars, and Racetracks Old and New. Here's a slight preview:



Happy reading!

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