May 13, 2016 – Happy Birthday Debbie and the Charm of Ashland, VA

We had a rather short day on the road … passing a couple of additional colorful cars;

Green Car

Butterscotch Car

several old barns and abandoned houses;

Old Barn 3

Old House

Old Barn 2

Old Barn 1

the predictability of  many “Stars and Stripes” waving free in the wind;

American Flag, Along I-95, Southern VA - 2015-05-13

and perhaps not surprising, a single “Stars and Bars”;

Confederate Flag, Along I-95, Southern VA - 2015-05-13

more gorgeous median color;

Red Flowers

Yellow Flowers

more county and community water towers;

Prince George County, VA - 2016-05-13

Along I-95 - Nash County, VA - 2016-05-13

Along I-95 - Wilson, NC - 2016-05-13

and the sleek lines of a cable-stayed bridge.

Cable-stayed Bridge, I-95 Southern VA - 2016-0-13

After a quiet afternoon at our campground in Doswell, VA

2016-05-13 - Kings Dominion Camp Wilderness, Doswell, VA - Site 191

we headed for downtown Ashland for Debbie’s birthday dinner

2016-05-13 - Dick and Debbie (on her 70th Birthday), Ironhorse Restaurant, Ashland, VA

at

Ironhore Restaurant, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

aptly named as the former Richmond-Fredericksburg-Potomac rail line runs down the middle of the street in front of the restaurant.

Train Tracks Running thru Downtown Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Currently owned by CSX, it is an active set of tracks.

CSX Train (a) Roaring thru Downtown Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

CSX Train (b) Roaring thru Downtown Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

CSX Train (c) Roaring thru Downtown Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

This train was carrying nearly 100 hopper cars of coal

CSX Train (d) Roaring thru Downtown Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

As in the Northeast corridor, AMRTAK also uses the CSX lines

AMTRAK Roaring thru Downtown Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Just a block away was the Ashland Depot … and active AMTRAK stop.

Ashland Train Depot, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

And, while Philadelphia has it Love Park

Philly Love Park

Ashland can boast it’s LOVE Train Luggage Truck.

''LOVE'' Train Depot Luggage Truck, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Founded in 1858,

Town Clock, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Ashland has a memorial building mural

Mural of Ashland's Founding, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Which also memorializes that it is the home of Randolph Macon College.

Welcome to Ashland, VA and Randolph Macon College - 2016-05-13

Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13  Randolph-Macon College History Marker, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Many towns are dotted with wildly painted horses, cows and even dolphins.  However, in Ashland, vividly decorated bikes are ubiquitous.  In May 2015 Ashland Main Street Board member Nancy Cozart and her sons created five Bike Gardens as a project to promote the arts and to welcome our visitors for the UCI Road World Championship Bike Race which ended Sept 27, 2015.  In five months over 120 bikes were uniquely decorated and strategically placed at businesses, schools, churches, organizations and many homes throughout Ashland and Hanover County.  Bikes were even placed on the rooftops with lights!  News coverage on the Bike Gardens was plentiful!  Bike Fever continues as more and more have since been gathered from a local dump and from others disposing of old and unused bikes.

Bike a, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike b, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike f, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike j, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike k, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike i, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike c, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike l, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike d (with a Giant Strawberry), Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike g, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike h, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bike e, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

Bikes Atop Ashland's Old Movie Theater Marquee, Ashland, VA - 2016-05-13

H A P P Y     B I R T H D A Y

Happy Birthday (a)D E B B I E

 

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