October/November 2021 Vacation Day 11 · · PAGE 37.
November 5, 2021: Friday, this is the
location of my largest distributor when viewed approaching from the East.
with a visit with an old friend and son of the founder of Toner Cable Equipment,
Inc. He sent an invitation to Linda and I to join their banquet on
Saturday night, November 6, 2021. I brought Linda to their office to meet and
greet some of the folks I have known and worked with over the past 30 years.
We were allowed to bring Chase into the building to meet my friend.
We arrived at 12:23 PM for a short tour after the greetings to the staff that
were not on lunch break. We departed at 12:39 PM to go for our lunch
break. We will see everyone at the Saturday evening banquet.
Here are some satellite antennas on the East side of the building that are
connected to their test and evaluation lab inside.
The oldest dish is at the rear of the building. They purchased this
one from the
company where I worked in the 1980's.
When we departed, we went East on Horsham Road to go North on PA route 611
about 2.6 miles away. I had always thought state route 611 was previously US
611. Here is an online article that tells the story of this highway.
Highways: US 611 (Decommissioned) (pahighways.com) My photo
posted here is the
sign for the state route 611 today as we go north to get our lunch.
Below is an original US 611 road sign photo which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
English: US 611 sign at Cheltenham Ave.
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file is licensed under the Creative
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There is an old Naval Air Station beside this state highway as we climb the
hill going north from where we turned onto PA route 611. The runways have
a big YELLOW "X" painted along their length to indicate
this is a closed airport, not in service.
The Wings Of Freedom Aviation Museum contains a number of aircraft from
the 1950's and 1960s on their grounds at the edge of the old naval air station
adjacent to the 611 highway.
The US Navy Sea Dart was an experimental aircraft that is discussed in
this article: Convair
F2Y Sea Dart - Wikipedia There was one of these at an air museum in
Kissimmee, Florida back in the late 1970's. The museum there was built to
house one of two Boeing SST
prototypes that were never completed. The blue Sea Dart was parked outside the
main exhibit building in Kissimmee when I saw it in my early RC model airplane days in 1978.
Here is the front of museum as seen from the street passing by its
location on PA route 611.
Here is a view of the aircraft on the north side of the building.
Here is a reminder of what this location was before base closures turned
this place into a public business area. Now there are no gates or guards
at this entrance since this is no longer a military base.
This Wendy's is about 6.2 miles from Toner's front door. We had
take-out of course with Linda's dog Chase being the reason. We parked under a
shade tree behind Wendy's just inside the parking lot for the Home Depot next
After that meal, it was time to fight some Friday afternoon traffic on the way to our motel for
tonight near Valley Forge, PA.
As we started going south on route 611 to our next motel, we passed the one I use when I come to
visit Toner Cable. This Days Inn works out fine as it is close to a
Friendly's restaurant down the street.
Here is that Friendly's Restaurant on the other side of the street a bit
south of the Days Inn. They have a full menu for breakfast, lunch, and
I usually have early morning appointments when I see the folks at Toner
Cable. This Dunkin Donuts is where I pick up some treats to put in the
break room. The next traffic light seen in this image is the junction of
Morristown Pike. I take that route to get over to US 202 going south when
I am leaving town.
US 202 going south from here will take us to our motel for the night down
by Valley Forge, PA.
This William Penn Inn is the oldest operating hotel in Pennsylvania.
It is located on US 202 less than 7 miles north of Norristown, PA.
Parts of US 202 have been under construction for several years to add dual
roadways in this stretch south of the William Penn Inn seen in the image above.
Down near the center of Norristown, the four-lane construction project is
approaching the bridge over the Schuylkill River.
This aerial view shows how to get to our motel since the two major
highways near it have no direct access to the Motel 6 that accepts pets.
We spent two nights at this Motel 6 on US 202. We arrived here at
3:16 PM and got settled in unloading the car with the things we wanted in the
room tonight. I went to a nearby Wal-Mart at 6:48 PM and returned to the
motel at 7:34 PM. I got a couple of small frozen pizzas and some bananas.
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