Sunday, July 27, 2008

Back To The Barrens

Well, I'm finally getting the final photos posted from my Archer Avenue trek. In a few hours, I'll be on DSL and that will keep me from getting aggravated, otherwise these would have been up a week ago. If you walk up Ashland past the el entrance, and as I did I completely by surprise encountered a man on crutches urinating against a pillar, you'll find a hill full of weeds and detritus. That's ground level for the decayed railroad spur I posted a month or so back, when I described Hobotown. The side of the abandoned factory had a huge steam pipe above the coal chute and as I got to the top of the hill, the spur in sight, an Amtrak train roared past just feet from my head. I stumbled back, recalling the steam pipe almost too late. The train still rumbling by, I again ascended, but decided to give up when the decayed spur broke away in chunks as I touched it. Next time, I might go completely around the building, but I think that brings me to the water's edge. I kinda wonder how the eye wash sink got there.