#tbt: Off Track

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It was the summer of 2009 and we were vacationing in western Maine at the Sunday River ski area of Newry. On the morning of August 17th I had ventured out in the early hours with my camera with the rare hope I might see a moose or just something of interest. I got on Route 2 in Bethel and drove west towards the New Hampshire border. As I approached Gilead, Maine the traffic was backed up and moving slowly which I thought was because of road construction. However as I slowly advanced I discovered that late Saturday afternoon on August 16th a westbound St. Lawrence & Atlantic freight train traveling from Auburn, ME to Quebec, Canada had derailed 20 cars along Route 2. Of the 20 derailed cars, 11 contained ethanol but were empty and the other nine carried paper.

I pulled over just up the road and walked back to the derailment sight. Introducing  myself to the Fire Chief, we chatted a bit and I went about my business taking several images.

St. Lawrence & Atlantic derailment in Gilhead, ME on August 17th 2009. Canon EOS 3, Kodachrome 64.

St. Lawrence & Atlantic derailment in Gilhead, ME on August 17th 2009. Canon EOS 3, Kodachrome 64.

St. Lawrence & Atlantic derailment in Gilhead, ME on August 17th 2009. Canon EOS 3, Kodachrome 64.

St. Lawrence & Atlantic derailment in Gilhead, ME on August 17th 2009. Canon EOS 3, Kodachrome 64.

St. Lawrence & Atlantic derailment in Gilhead, ME on August 17th 2009. Canon EOS 3, Kodachrome 64.

St. Lawrence & Atlantic derailment in Gilhead, ME on August 17th 2009. Canon EOS 3, Kodachrome 64.

 

Postcard of the Week:

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Vintage "Ski Vermont" 1970's postcard. © collection of Joe Geronimo

Vintage “Ski Vermont” 1970’s postcard. © collection of Joe Geronimo

This week’s “postcard of the Week” happens to be one of my most favorite. It took me a while to acquire this one as I just love the graphics on this!

1. Barre Skyline, 2. Bromley, 3. Birdseye Mt., 4. Black Mt., 5. Burke Mt., 6. Burrington Hill, 7. Carinthia. 8. Cold Hollow Mt., 9. Dutch Hill. 10. Glendale, 11. Glen Ellen. 12. High Pond, 13. Hogback, 14. Jay Peak, 15. Judgement Ridge, 16. Killington, 17. Living Memorial, 18. Lyndon Outing Club, 19. Mad River Glen, 20. Magic Mt., 21. Middlebury Snow Bowl, 22. Mt. Ascutney, 23. Mt. Mansfield, 24. Mt. Snow, 25. Mt. Tom, 26. Northeast Slopes, 27. Northfield, 28. Okemo Mt., 29. Peacham Community, 30. Pico Peak, 31. Pine Top, 32. Prospect Mt., 33. Smugglers Notch, 34. Snow Valley, 35. Springfield, 36. Stratton Mt., 37. Sugarbush, 38. Suicide Six, 39. Underhill Ski Bowl.

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Steamtown's "Ice Harvest" train accelerates out of Scranton, PA on January 17th 2009.

Steamtown’s “Ice Harvest” train accelerates out of Scranton, PA on January 17th 2009 by Brian Plant.

This week’s “Photo of the Week” comes from Brian Plant of Syracuse, NY. On January 19th 2009 Brian captured the essence of American history as Steamtown’s “Ice Harvest” train accelerates out of Scranton Pennsylvania taking its passengers to Tobyhanna, PA where the Ice Harvest Festival was taking place at Mill Pond #2.

Stop on over to see Brian’s Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/98250884@N06

Winter Running:

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Here we are the last day in January with no significant snowfall so far this winter and none in sight for the coming week. I’ve enjoyed this weather so much and as a matter of fact I’ve even run several days this month in shorts and a long sleeve shirt. I can proudly say I’ve only used the treadmill a handful of times due to my schedule and the wind. I hate the wind!

It has been a good month for me running and with no real races planned for the next 90 days I’m enjoying it even more. I call it stress free running. One thing I have noticed over the past two months is a tiny bit of speed improvement but by far I’ve seen my aerobic fitness increase. Last year my mileage was reduced quite drastically and I saw my fitness drop. However I have a long way to go in that department but the progress is promising.

This month the boys brought home the plague from school and kindly distributed it throughout the house. Ok not the plague but a cold to us guys is like the plague. I managed to get through it and have one of my biggest running mileage months. With a scheduled long run this morning I thought it would be best to get started early. Waking at 0545 in order to get myself together and get out there I hit the pavement by 0645. With winter still on the fence today was one of those shorts and long sleeve shirt days. I finished a strong month today with a total of 209.57 miles.

I’m hoping this weather pattern continues for February.

Cheers!

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I had the privilege to witness an Amtrak training drill involving several law enforcement agencies. To watch these men work and train was amazing. Such professionalism. During  this drill non-lethal rounds were used. Please note that I have removed several faces in order to protect some of the involved. © Joe Geronimo

I had the privilege to witness an Amtrak training drill involving several law enforcement agencies. To watch these men work and train was amazing, such professionalism. I cannot divulge what this drill entailed but non-lethal rounds were used. Please note that I have removed several faces in order to protect some of the individuals involved. © Joe Geronimo

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Yggdrasiltunet Bed & Breakfast on the island of Kvaløya in Northern Norway.

Yggdrasiltunet Bed & Breakfast on the island of Kvaløya in Northern Norway.

This weeks “Photo of the Week” comes from Katie Vaz a local artist from Candor, NY. Katie traveled to the northern Norway island of Kvaløya near the city of Tromsø to relax at Yggdrasiltunet a farmstead bed and breakfast. Please take a moment to visit Katie’s website either by clicking on her name or by following this link. http://www.katievaz.com

 

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