My annual Spring ride is now complete with a ride up to Gloucester to visit Joe Hot Dog. Joe Hot Dog is run by a man I dubbed Surly Joe because, well, he's surly. One word answers and an oft repeated joke is what you get. The food isn't gourmet truck spectacular, this is a man with a truck pulling a trailer with boiled hot dogs, mustard and some other fixins'.
Here are some photos of the trip.
Joe has scaled back a bit this year. His awning is rolled up and the bar stools aren't out in front of the cart. He also was only serving hot dogs today. No Italians or beef. Sorry for the dodgy photo, I took it quickly with the zoom lens from afar and didn't give the camera time to focus.
The meal. A hot dog with mustard, relish and onions, bag of chips and a water. And yes, when I asked for water Joe pointed out to the harbor and says, "you can have all you want", I told him I wanted something less salty, he told me, "you'll get used to it".
Do you see the structure in the middle of the frame. On the fourth of July they grease the pole and put a flag at the end. Then swimmers go out to the structure and one by one try to reach the flag by crawling or hanging from the greased pole. That's total no-money fun on a summer day.
I really like this statue, dedicated to the fisherman who were lost at sea. It sits right before the memorial.
Here is part of the memorial. It lists the year and names of the fisherman who never came back.
I spliced the starting stone with the last, 1716 - 2011. The dates up to the early 1900's make up most of the plaques.
Afterwards I took a ride down the coast on HWY 127.
I took a short hike through Rafe's Chasm Park. Apparently the story is it was named after a former slave who lived in the area after the Civil War. A sign stated that many of the stonewalls in the area were his works.
The park leads to the ocean where I happened upon an artist. This is fairly common site in New England, seeing artists out in the wild.
I made my way home after that, still putting the break-in miles on the new Versys. Only have about 150 so far. I'm going to add to this thread in the future, there are so many neat little spots to eat in this area. I will add the address or in Joe Hot Dog situation the general area in case anyone inclined and nearby wants to visit
Joe Hot Dog
near the Fisherman's Memorial
Please feel free to add photos and names of places you've found on your ride to this thread. The more the merrier.