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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2017, 07:37:01 PM »
Here's a quick video I threw together crossing on the ferry.

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A couple of small bridges.

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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2017, 08:30:28 AM »
Glad the weather worked out for you. I always enjoy reading your adventures. And good pics, too.  :beerchug:

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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #32 on: September 11, 2017, 10:58:32 AM »
Glad the weather worked out for you. I always enjoy reading your adventures. And good pics, too.  :beerchug:
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #33 on: September 13, 2017, 02:26:09 PM »
When I arrived the wind was howling with the outer edges of Irma, 35 to 40 mph gusts.
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We got a bushel of crabs for supper. ;)
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Random shots...
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I wanted to visit some of the light houses. Here's the first one, Bodie Island Light Station.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bils.htm
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In this picture it marks all the ship wrecks on the coastline.
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Next up the Cape Hatteras Light Station, this one is the last one on the peninsula.
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There's a tremendous amount of history regarding these light houses. There's a book I want to read Women Lighthouse Keepers. During the civil war women manned these light stations while their husbands were off to war in effect keeping the shipping commerce up and rolling.

https://www.uscg.mil/history/uscghist/Women_Keepers.asp

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off the coast of Hatteras as well. The Monitor had become famous when it prevented the Confederate ironclad Merrimack—renamed the Virginia—from breaking the Union blockade of the James River that was stifling the rebellious states' ability to wage battle during the U.S. Civil War. After 140 years under water they're still trying to bring up the ship.

Read about it here!
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/12/1204_031205_monitor.html

Also a German U Boat was sunk 35 miles off the coast of Hatteras. Off Hatteras was known as Torpedo Alley or Torpedo Junction as the U Boats attacked merchant ships relentlessly. Ships sailed by the dozens daily past this point.

Here's a quick story of just one of them.
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The U-boat skipper, Hans-Dieter Heinicke, had a crippled submarine and was headed home when he spotted the juicy allied convoy off the coast of North Carolina.

Although Heinicke, 29, had a damaged boat, he had sunk only three ships on his four prior patrols and probably saw the 19 merchant vessels of convoy KS-520 plodding south at 8 knots as a chance to redeem himself.

About 4 p.m. on July 15, 1942, about 30 miles off Cape Hatteras, U-576 attacked. In the ensuing free-for-all, the sub sank one ship and damaged two others but was assailed by aircraft and escorts, and sank with all hands.

Researchers announced that they had discovered the wreck of U-576, as well as the wreck of the sunken merchant ship, and hailed the find as a rare snapshot of a little known chapter of World War II.

In the case of the American freighter Pipestone County, torpedoed off Cape Henry, Virginia, in April 1942, Heinicke surfaced near the lifeboats and gave the survivors provisions. He apologised for sinking their ship, and no one was killed. <----- Amazing!
The abbreviated name “U-boat” comes from the German word unterseeboot, meaning submarine or undersea boat.

Read about it here.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/sunken-world-war-ii-german-u-boat-and-freighter-found-off-coast-of-cape-hatteras/2014/10/21/5374c262-5938-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html?utm_term=.e7fe962eb559

Here's a few more random pics of the ferry area...
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They're building a new bridge that is amazing to me with the hollow engineering.
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Look at the size of this section suspended.
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Sub par pictures but it's the best I can do scooting along...
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2017, 05:41:58 AM »
Nice! Looks like a great time.
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2017, 04:53:12 PM »
Nice! Looks like a great time.

Thanks, just a quick trip! Winter is closing in fast!
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #36 on: September 16, 2017, 05:03:40 PM »
Time to finish this leg up of the trip!

I rode home today and the weather was terrific. Wow, I lucked out all week on the weather... Just a few pics as nothing was really notable. Yesterday we hit up the beach and aquarium. First a couple critter pics and they had many sea life from the local area.
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When I buy t-shirts I tend to purchase them from places like the National Parks that helps support as the profit goes to helping keep the doors open. This particular facility is a med clinic for turtles of all things. I asked how many patients they get a year. Her reply was 500 to 800 turtles a year, most from prop strikes from boats like this big boy that's on the road to recovery.
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I'm a Batman fan in a big way and had to have this t-shirt! ;)
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I loved this one as well as I feel it expresses exactly how I've felt most of my life.
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2017, 05:14:20 PM »
A Tommy Bahama ad I saw in one of the surf shops. ;)
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Po Boy for lunch!
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The view at lunch.
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My pirate kite for my niece.
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Off to Xscape, fun
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Last one, a tiny frog hung out with me for bit.
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I rode home and stopped in Williamsburg for gas.
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I broke 4,000 on the ride home.
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By the numbers.
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One last thing, I think I've told y'all I'm a numbers guy. Believe it or not, I've been tracking exactly how many miles I've ridden in my lifetime and on this trip home I broke 1,000,000 miles. No fanfare, no plaques or award, just a warm fuzzy and a sense of accomplishment.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Thanks for reading,

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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2018, 10:12:35 AM »
I'm planning a trip to AmeriVespa which is being held in Richmond, VA this year, June 6 - 10th. I'm unsure if I'll just commute to the events or get a room at the Graduate Hotel which is rather pricey. I know there's very few scooter fans on this site but it's a very fun event and lots of riding going on tailored to many interests and riding styles. If/when I go there will be a bunch of pics per usual.

So y'all scooter riders hiding in the closet, time to come out!  :naughty:
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Wednesday June 6
5pm: Meet & Greet
Scoot Richmond

217 W 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224

Thursday June 7
8:30am – 5pm: Rally registration
Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

9:30 am – 5pm: Rides
All rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!
Ride 1 History Long Ride

Civil War Battlefields (Spotsylvania)- no cost – return by 5:00

​Ride 2 Local Character Ride

Foodie Tour – return by 2:00

​Ride 3 History Local Ride

Seven Hills of Richmond – return by 2:00

​Ride 4 History Destination Ride

Hanover Courthouse / The Parson’s Cause reenactment – return by 2:00

​Ride 5 Cool off Destination Ride

Cobblestones Park – Admission $12 – return by 5:00

​6pm: Event
Maymont

1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220

​Friday June 8
8am – 5pm: Rally Registration
Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

​9:30 am – 5 pm: Rides
All rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

​Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!

Ride 1 History Long Ride

Jamestown Settlement - no cost – return by 5:00

​Ride 2 History Local Ride

Richmond and the Revolutionary War – return by 2:00

​Ride 3 Local Character Ride

Craft Brewery Tour – return by 2:00

​Ride 4 Local Character Ride

Quirky Shops Tour – return by 2:00

Ride 5 Cool off Destination Ride

Hadad’s Lake – Admission $15 - return by 5:00

7pm-11pm: Dance Party
The Broadberry
2729 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

Bands:TBA

Saturday June 9
9:30 am – 1 pm: Rides
Rides leave from the parking lot of Graduate Hotel

Rides end at the Richmond International Raceway

​Rides may change, we will keep the schedule updated!

Ride 1 Fast Ride

Indian Summer 11 – return by 1:00

​Ride 2 Fast Ride

Indian Summer 10 – return by 1:00

​Ride 3 History Local Ride

Richmond and the Civil War – return by 1:00

​Ride 4 Cool off Local Ride

Pony Pasture Park – no cost – return by 1:00

​Ride 5 Local Character Ride

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Admission $13 – return by 1:00

Ride 6 Local Character Ride

Antique shop tour – return by 1:00

​Ride 7 History Destination Ride

Berkeley Plantation – Admission $11 – return by 1:00

10am - 4pm: Vendor Exhibits


1:00 pm – 5 pm: Gymkhana
Richmond International Raceway

600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond, VA 23222

Gymkhana begins at 2 pm, Raffle at 3 pm
Gymkhana/Scooter Games/Scooter Judging/Vendor Exhibits
 
6pm: Pre Banquet Cocktail Hour

Graduate Hotel

Richmond VA 23220

​7pm: Banquet

TBD

Richmond VA 23220

Dinner & Banquet

​10:00 pm: After Party

XXXX Rooftop Bar

​Sunday June 10
Pankcake Breakfast with vendor exhibits & last raffle
 
9:30 am – 11:30 am: Pancake Breakfast & Raffle
Byrd Park

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12 pm - Til: Unofficial Post Rally Gathering

Hadad's Lake
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #39 on: February 12, 2018, 10:31:58 AM »
I've been tracking exactly how many miles I've ridden in my lifetime and on this trip home I broke 1,000,000 miles. No fanfare, no plaques or award, just a warm fuzzy and a sense of accomplishment.

Congrats.

What counts?  Miles on bicycles as a kid? Driving other peoples cars? Just your own vehicles?

What is the GPS location of the million mile spot?
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2018, 10:45:40 AM »
I've been tracking exactly how many miles I've ridden in my lifetime and on this trip home I broke 1,000,000 miles. No fanfare, no plaques or award, just a warm fuzzy and a sense of accomplishment.

Congrats.

What counts?  Miles on bicycles as a kid? Driving other peoples cars? Just your own vehicles?

What is the GPS location of the million mile spot?

Jim,

That was just on my 2 wheels, so scooter or m/c only. I really don't know the exact spot but is was somewhere in NC on my return trip from the beach. Thanks!

Eric
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« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2018, 01:08:57 PM »
WOW - one million on your own scooter / MC - that is a milemarker! 

...and you're 90 years old, yes?? LOL
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2018, 01:53:52 PM »
Methinks he needs to go with his heart-and buy a Guzzi.
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« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2018, 07:48:16 PM »
Methinks he needs to go with his heart-and buy a Guzzi.

I've had a few and there will be one more before I leave this world, this I promise.
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #44 on: February 13, 2018, 09:00:44 AM »
So y'all scooter riders hiding in the closet, time to come out!  :naughty:
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