Cleveland – August 2017 – Detroit-Superior Bridge Tour

The Detroit-Superior Bridge in Cleveland (so named because it connects Detroit Avenue on the West Side with Superior Avenue downtown) was opened in 1918. While renamed a few years ago to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, to most it is still the Detroit-Superior Bridge.

When it was opened in 1918 it had streetcars running on the lower level with the cars, buses and trucks on the upper level. (photo below is from about 100 different internet sites). When the streetcars stopped running in the 1950s, the lower level was closed off.

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Every once in a while the Cuyahoga County Engineers Office will open the lower level for tours. With the last tour 4 years ago the open house this year was very popular, with an estimated 10,000 people checking it out.

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The outer walkways were only partially open.

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The steel frame allows views down to the river, almost 200 feet below.

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On the west side, the abandoned West 25th Street subway station was open.

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There have been numerous proposals for use, including bike/pedestrian trails, etc.

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Columbus – August 2017 – Not the Normal Tourist Photos

The Scioto River runs through the middle of Columbus, and recently they have completed some fantastic improvements where the riverbanks are usable by people. This has lead to it becoming a favorite for residents and visitors alike. While downtown we took a long hike, which I focused on the less than standard tourist photos.

 

Symmetry in the supports for the freeway bridge across the river

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A wildlife preserve just south of downtown

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A railroad bridge crosses the path about 10′ above it.

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One of my favorite subjects is photos of people taking photos – especially in strange places such as on the railroad bridge (or in this case, just off since the train was coming through)

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South entrance to the Scioto Mile.

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Hamilton, OH – August 2017 – Remote Control Airplane ‘Flying Circus’

The Cincinnati Remote Control Airplane Club has been around for over 50 years. Once a year they host a ‘Flying Circus’ at the Butler County Airport in Hamilton, Ohio. This event allows them to showcase to the public their love of their airplanes, as well as their skill in flying them.

There were a number of models both in scope of the time of aviation design as well as scale.

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One of the highlights was an event to break balloons by flying low and fast and clipping them with (hopefully) their wheels. Not all used their wheels.

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A few slammed into the display holding the balloons.

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Some of the landings made it but a bit off course.

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The pilots went to pick up the remains of those that crashed.

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A Wright Flyer model was flown, albeit very briefly before crashing.

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The models were amazing in detail – from a distance it is tough to tell they are models.

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The coordinator had a great hat.

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A model Valkyrie deloyed a chute to slow it down when landing.

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Some of the landings were dicey, but made it.

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A trio of Red Baron bi-planes put on a great show.

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Some model jets made an appearance.

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Another close landing.

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In the end it was a great show.

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Cincinnati – July 2017 – Dangerwheel

While researching what to do for the year one event I found that was highlighted in red letters not to miss is Dangerwheel – Adult bigwheel racing down a hill in Cincinnati!

East 12th Street in Over The Rhine is not the steepest street in town, but it is more than sufficient to get the riders moving quickly.

Aided by sometimes over exuberant pushers, the racers head down the hill.

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Not satisfied with just going down a hill on a trike with no brakes or pedals, the audience pelt the contestants with water balloons.

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The second round featured large balls in the course for the racers to ride through.

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Costumes, and props are encouraged.

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Without brakes mayhem usually ensued at the bottom.

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In the end the entire event was great. We unfortunately were unable to stay to the end (they take about 7-8 hours to compete, we only had 4 hours) – next year we will spend the night in Cincinnati and stay for the entire event.

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Springfield, OH – July 2017 – Airplane Barnstorming Festival

The Springfield, Ohio airport hosted a ‘Barmstorming Festival’, celebrating vintage aircraft. Open to the public there were aircraft from the 1910s through the 1970s on display, with their owners more than happy to tell you about their planes.

 

There were a number of bi-planes.

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A WWI vintage plane.

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They lined both sides of the taxiway.

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Who flies with 3 instruments and a leather helmet?

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Some great piston engines.

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The paint jobs were outstanding on all of the airplanes.

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The Springfield Municipal Airport was the host.

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What a way to refuel your plane, stand on top to reach the upper wing where the fuel tank is.

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In addition to the planes there were a few vintage trucks.

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And they flew off into the sunset.

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West Chester, OH – July 2017 – Crazy Cardboard Boat Races

The town of West Chester, Ohio is located between Cincinnati and Dayton, with a rapidly developing suburban feel to it. It was here that we attended our second cardboard boat races ever, the first being a couple of years ago in the Ohio River town of New Richmond.

While both were entertaining this one was clearly geared more to youth, although there were some adult competitors. Still, the boats were creative, the competition at times fierce, and the opportunity for photography excellent.

 

The concept of a snow shovel for an oar must have seemed like a good idea at first – but it was an epic fail.

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The victors of a heat return to cheers.

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The ‘Five Peas in a Pod’ quickly realize one of their competition have sunk.

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One of the more creative boats was the US Airway flight that landed in the Hudson, complete with a grey stash on Sully.

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One young lady decided it was best just to close her eyes and paddle in any direction.

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A couple of the adult heats clearly knew what they were doing and were extremely intense in their competition.

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These young ladies made it back to the dock first, then promptly sunk.

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Rounding the 3rd buoy and heading for home.

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Another sinking at the dock.

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