Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Exploring Rte 301, MD

On Saturday, Emily and I drove down to MD to check out some locations along Rte 301 which has a few abandoned things of interest. We soon came across this wonderful retro sign outside a motel which seemed to be doing a thriving business but had no interest in repairing its sign. All good for us as I'm sure we wouldn't have given it a second glance had it looked like new.

Further down we found some abandoned trains and almost reluctantly let the cool haven of the car to trudge along the hot gravel in the blazing sun with temperatures nearing a 100 degrees.
The carriages were from New York's Long Island metro system and were in pretty good condition until you got to the last ones, which out of sight from the main road were plastered in graffiti.

I found one of the carriages open and we clambered inside to an almost pristine interior apart from layers of dust. I found an old ticket dated from August 1995 on the floor and a Christmas poster advertising Fox Family movies was still hanging on the wall.

We wearied quickly under the relentless glare from above and after a few ground shots, I called it a day and hurried back to the car's AC.

Carrying on down 301 we approached the Harry Nice Memorial Bridge and not wanting to pay tolls, we pulled off into the marina where there was a small beach with fishermen. As we drove slowly alongside the beach, we saw a bald eagle sitting on one of the posts jutting out of the water, but I wasn't able to get my camera out in time to capture the image. We were only able to stop for 20 minutes before we had to pay a fee so after a few shutter clicks, we were back on 301 heading north.

On a side road, we found this old car, a Ford Fairlane 500 which I'm sure is a 1959 model. It's parked on the grass on the side of the road with weeds growing inside it and looks like it's been there for years.
We finished up in a little horsey village which I have no idea what the name was. We sat in a small pizza restaurant and had lunch surrounded by vintage horse racing photos and bits of straw attached to the walls with paint and plaster. This lovely water tower was close to a racetrack but after fruitless searching on Google, I'm unable to identify the town. If anyone recognizes this, please let me know!

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