52 States in 8 Months

Bike trip to Pennsylvania

Posted in Newark, People by Ulf on November 15, 2008

This morning I used to work on my bike once again as the chain came off twice yesterday. So … once the bike was fixed, a test drive was required. Therefore, Jaume and I decided to follow our little creek here up to Pennsylvania. (Jaume is a math professor from Barcelona who spends one month in our group here in Delaware. He currently works on a paper about differential flatness which Susi wrote during her study thesis.)

The stone you see on the first photos is a landmark between Delaware and Pennsylvania (actually, the border to Maryland is nearby, too). As you can see on the map, the border between Pennsylvania and Delaware is a 12-mile-circle while the border from Pennsylvania to Maryland is just a straight line. Did I mention that Jaume is a mathematician? *g*

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Although there where many beautiful places that we went by on our way back, I only took a picture of an invisible fence. Stupid me, how can I try to photograph a fence that can’t be seen?bild3455
One last thing: Are there any good biologists/zoologists among you? Elke, Jens, Moritz? How is this fruit called? I’ve never seen it in Germany, but it seems to grow here everywhere:

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PS: The bike was just great today! Although we had some high speed downhills on our way (and therefore also a couple of ascents with high torque), the chain never came off within the 2,5 hours. That is a new all-time record for me on that bike. Only once my back wheel slid away when I had to brake so hard that the wheel stalled (my bike only has a back pedal brake and no hand brakes, therefore the brake force cannot be distributed to both wheels).

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  1. kalifornientom said, on November 16, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Ugh! That looks gross! Are there any nuclear plants around?!

  2. ulf84 said, on November 16, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Well, the Three Mile Island nuclear power station is not very far away. Maybe these fruits are the outcome of the 1979 incident?

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  5. Hamilton Samuels said, on September 8, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Your fruit is an osage orange, also known as a hedgeapple. I grew up in that area, and as a kid, when we played army in the woods, the osage orange made for a fine pretend hand grenade.


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