At this stop on today’s ride, someone stopped and asked if I was on safari. It was the first time anyone has made a comment about my new helmet – a french-style pith helmet to which I have attached a 3-point harness from an old bike helmet. So I left its shadow in the photo [...]
On Saturday I rode from Oubache State Park to a private campground near Richmond, Indiana. It was an 80 mile ride, second longest of the year for me. Towards the end, I ended up on Arba Road, which was the first road that European-American settlers built between Richmond and Fort Wayne. It’s relatively quiet now, as US 27 carries most of the traffic between those places these days.
I didn’t start my ride until 10 a.m., so had to keep moving. By the time I got to Spartanburg on Arba Road, 14 miles from my destination, the sun was getting low in the sky. But I pulled out my DSLR camera for only the 2nd time of the day to get the above photo.
I guessed it was a school — but it seemed like a very large building for this very rural area. It turns out that it was indeed a school. It closed about 30 years ago, and burned down last year. Some of the reports mention arson. There are people who miss it, and I sympathize with their loss.
I wonder if the residents and former residents of Spartanburg will leave something of it to stand as a memorial. On my rides in Indiana over the past several years I’ve been impressed by all the memorials that have been erected for former schools in rural areas or small towns. I’ve decided I should make a photo collection of them.
This, for example, is one that I came across the day before, west of Murray, Indiana. It bears some resemblance to a tombstone. One of those that I encountered last month in Fulton County was actually placed on the edge of the town cemetery. I’ll post more about that one (and others) another time.
Today was a rest day, sort of. Only 36.5 miles today. YTD 1869.