Monday, June 27, 2011

A stop at Thompson's Mills

We planned to stop at Thompson's Mills because it is a State Heritage Site and because it had a bathroom. However, events transpired about a quarter mile away from the site, which required a stop there for sure.

As reported earlier, my tire needed a lot of air in the morning when stopped to use the Bike n' Hike's pump. I found that a little odd as normally a once-per-week inflation keeps me rolling steadily and it had only been a few days. Indeed, just past Shedd I noticed a bit of wobbling and soon after that the tire deflated with a whoosh. We walked the last quarter mile to Thompson's Mills where I happily unwrapped my brand-new CO2 charger.

I brought along a hand bike pump, but I've used a hand pump to inflate a tire before and it takes a long time. The CO2 charger was quite exiting. With a quick squeeze the tire was inflated in seconds.

The bike repaired, we took in the historical information about the mill.

The displays about grain production and the mills' lifetime were informative and interesting. For instance, at one point there was a town (named Boston) right next to the Mill. When the railroad went through Shedd's Station, the place where I noticed my tire losing air, the town around the mill was abandoned and many buildings were moved to Shedd.
Our historical thirst quenched, we continued on to Brownsville.

To see the photographic record of our trip Matt posted on Facebook go here:
Don't worry, it's public, you don't have to be a member of Facebook to see it.


Sara K. said...

That was a nice two-fer. A good place for a repair and a nice bit of local history. Hopefully the walking from Shedd was not too obnoxious. You didn't mention the weather all that much, was it baby-bear and just right (I see shorts and tanks) or was it a little too cold?

Patricia said...

It was just right: Sunny with a breeze.