COVID has forced us all to slow down and seek out nearby places that are often overlooked. Interesting things happen when you change pace. My preferred method has been to switch from a car to a bike. Since late March, I’ve ridden my Bianchi Impulso 500 miles, taking in Hunterdon County’s endless back roads, small farms and beautiful vistas.
When you go slow, you see more, including those markers commemorating local history. I find them endlessly entertaining. Here are two of the more memorable ones I have ridden past:
Liver Eating Johnson was born in Little York, NJ and moved West at an early age. When Crow Indian’s killed his wife, he went on a 25- year killing spree. As an added insult to the dead, he would eat their livers, as the Crow believed they could not enter the afterlife with out a liver.
America’s first artificially inseminated cow was born in Stanton, NJ in February of 1939. The man behind the operation was Rutger’s professor Enos Perry It’s fascinating story and if you want to get a feel for the times, have a listen to Orson Wells radio broadcast of War of the Worlds which had aired just 4 months before, with the spaceships landing in a New Jersey field.
Keeping me honest in all of this is my cycling partner, Oscar Jones. We plan to keep riding until October.