Next stop Baltimore. I had a lead on 2 ghost bikes. I found the first one. I spent some time shooting it, and as I was leaving, with my Polaroid camera in hand a man stopped me to ask about my camera. He was a photographer. I told him about my project and he told me that he had known the boy that was killed. He had come around the corner right as they were carting the body off. It was an old woman with failing eyesight that had hit the boy after she failed to check her
mirror before turning.
|Ghost Bike for Nathan Krasnopoler, W. University at W. 39th, Baltimore|
Next I headed to where the ghost bike was really supposed to be, and it was not there. I remember reading an article about how the bike had been hit and mangled by a car, and it was taken to the Velocipede Bike Project, who said they would reinstall the ghost bike in a couple of weeks. That article was written months ago. I suppose they hadn't gotten around to it.
|Velocipede Bike Project, Baltimore, MD|
Next I was headed to Ellicott City, MD, and again I punched in the address to my phone. It gave me another wrong set of directions, but I chose to follow it because of how lucky I felt to have discovered what I had in Harlem Park. It brought me to this bike rack donated by a senator in support of the Gwynn Falls Trail, which is a hiking and biking trail.
|Baltimore Visitor Center, bike rack donated by senator Ben Carden|
|Hell House, Ellicott City, MD|
When done at Hell House, I headed to Washington DC to look for the ghost bikes that live in DuPont Circle. They were no longer there, so I continued to my cousin and his wife's house for a visit, some dinner and some rest. Let me tell you how great it was to have a home cooked meal!!! I have been living on the tiniest food budget, so real food, and hot food was such a blessing! I don't think they have any idea how much I appreciated their hospitality.
They told me about a weird ghost bike installation near where they lived. I planned on checking that out, a few cemeteries, and a ghost bike in Fairfax, VA.
I arrived early morning, just passed dawn to shoot the "ghost bike" installation done by Tom Noll. When I was done, I decided to treat myself to a cup of real coffee (instead of the teabag instant kind I had been drinking). I got to the car and noticed a bunch of sculptures on the yards of the houses in front of which I parked. They also had a plaque (like the bike installation) saying they were done by Tom Noll with a telephone number. I was just about to write the number down, when I noticed a man getting into a truck that had "Tom Noll, landscaping and design" on the side of it. I stopped him and asked if he was Tom Noll and what the story about his "ghost bikes" were.
It turns out they are not ghost bikes at all!! They are a depiction of a children's book that he wrote about recycling. A young boy was jealous that all his neighbors had white picket fences, and he did not, so he decides to recycle bicycles and paint them white, therefore creating his own white picket fence.
|Tom Noll art installation (NOT ghost bikes), Rhode Island at NW 1st, Washington DC|
|Tom Noll sculpture, Washington DC|
From here I went to check out a few cemeteries and the ghost bike in Fairfax, VA, which I could not find. Where it was supposed to be was in a very nice neighborhood next to a country club/golf course. I suspect they removed it after some time considering it an "eye sore."
|Holmead's Cemetery in Rock Creek Cemetery (section K next to section eye), Washington DC|
|Freedman's cemetary, Alexandria, VA (they were in the process of re-doing this cemetery, it was all under construction. I do not feel like this was a very "good" thing to do, it made me feel a little "icky")|
The next day I did not find any bikes, but did find memorial flowers and a cross at two of the locations.
|Donnelle Worsely, 1600 block of Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, VA|
|Daniel Wayne Hersh, 3001 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA|
Just as I was about to be done with the Virginia Beach area, I saw a bike locked up painted all pink, even the tires. I thought maybe, just maybe this might be some sort of ghost bike for someone that loved pink. I went into the cupcake shop it was in front of to ask about it, and it turns out it was just decoration for the shop.
|Pink bike for decoration out front of Just Cupcakes, Virginia Beach, VA|
Today I will try to find two bikes in Richmond, VA and two in Buchannon, WV, and hopefully make it to Pittsburgh to spend the night.