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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #300 on: March 02, 2019, 12:37:37 PM »
I'll get this thread updated later but here's a short video. I'm here and more importantly the bike is in one piece.

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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #301 on: March 02, 2019, 01:10:06 PM »
That is just awesome.  :thumbsup:  :inlove:
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #302 on: March 02, 2019, 09:00:15 PM »
I just got back from an amazing supper and I'll try to update this chapter in my moto profile.

Today was my lazy day of the trip. Just a couple hundred miles and I will have completed my mission at hand. I first want to apologize for all the type-os and bad grammar during this trip. I have been trying to fend off texts from family and friends, pm's from members on 3 forums, updating 3 forums, updating glympse, trying to answer or thank each and every one of you for your suggestions and help in general. All while standing in the rain with a cellphone pecking away with waterlogged fingers. (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it)

I woke up very early today wanting to get a jump on the day as I kind of knew the weather would get hot as the day went on. I checked out of the motel and was on the road by 6 am this morning. As I traversed the Everglades the fog set in and was really thick. As in I can't see more than 20 yards thick.
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Meanwhile I'm passing caution signs of "panther crossing" for many miles. My inside voice was saying, would that be the bees knees if I plow into a panther on the end of this journey? I was treated to an amazing sunrise as I motored on.
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As I broke out of the Everglades I was hit with South Florida traffic. All lanes entering Rt 1 turnpike were blocked with no way to access so I turned around and tried from the opposite direction, no joy... So I weaved my way through a bunch of heavy traffic and found another access to Rt 1 a few miles south. As soon as I jumped on the toll road there was a newer Kia on fire in the middle of the road. Huge plumes of black smoke rising! I scooted around that and got on my merry way.

During my run down the peninsula maintaining sane speeds I was getting almost 90 mpg, so I believe cruising at 55 to 60 mph you will achieve 200 miles per tank full with plenty left for reserve.
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #303 on: March 02, 2019, 09:15:36 PM »
I didn't stop to eat as Conchshooter had said there would be a nice meal waiting for me when I arrive. I'm not much of an early breakfast kind of person and if I do have a hardy breakfast I skip lunch.

On one fuel stop I was sitting there giving my butt a break as it was hurting in a big way. As I reflected upon that moment I felt the mighty Burgman 200 was fairing much better than I was after all we have been through.
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During another fuel stop, again resting my backside... this fellow pulled up on his HD bagger. I greeted him and he asked where I was from. I gave him the Reader's Digest version of the backstory behind this trip. He said, I know exactly why you're making this trip for Conchshooter. He had just come from a memorial for his best friend who was hit a week ago and died. He was on a 250 mile ride trying to clear his head. My heart sank as I digested what he just shared. Here i was having the best ride this day of my entire trip and here he was having the worst ride of his life trying to shake off what has happened in his life. Never judge another man/woman till you walk a mile in their shoes. You just don't know what they're dealing with in life.
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At one stop (as I'm going stir crazy being alone so much) I had to chuckle for a moment. All my life I have been a a wannabe hardcore Harley rider. I was wearing my  SOA hat across America on a 200cc scooter. T'was a good day in my life.
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I finally rolled up to Michael's home and there he was filming the occasion as I came into view cover on many miles of of slag, rain, and bugs.
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Tears of joy crept out of the corners of my eyes as I tried to be manly and pretend they weren't there. His lovely wife took a photo of us shortly after.
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #304 on: March 02, 2019, 09:25:21 PM »
Michael and his wife took me out for a lovely supper and I had the pan seared scallops with caramelized onions, butternut squash with spinach. Yum!
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There were crayons on the table for children and Michael started doodling.. Hmmm... I can't imagine where his mind is at!
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I asked the waitress to take a pic and she happily complied.
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The stats for today.
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The stats for the trip (but not accurate as my nav was intermittent). The total miles by my calculation were 1,603. Wow, about half way across the United States! I have a warm feeling come over me when I think about this as a sense of accomplishment. (I know, I'm a geek on stuff like this)
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #305 on: March 02, 2019, 10:09:39 PM »
This trip was fabricated and set into effect in a whopping 48 hours and I was on a plane to go fetch his scoot. The dealership was pushing back on him in a big way that they would not store the scoot even though it was paid for in full. Thus the sense of urgency as good a deal like this on that exact scooter doesn't grow on trees.

What folks don't know is I telework, so everyday on this trip after riding all day I have been doing my job via remote on a laptop on the go and getting very little sleep. Simply put, I'm worn out... I will return home on Monday as I didn't book my return flight home till today. I knew if I pre-booked it an incident would happen, flat tire, mechanical breakdown and I would loose my flight. I'm going to race home and pick up all the balls I dropped in my professional life and well as my personal life as soon as I get home.

In closing, I would like to say a few things if I may. A while ago I decided to spend my spare time writing or quasi blogging my road trips or adventures. Admittedly I'm terrible at it, so it's a self improvement thing for me and your are my targeted audience. I try hard to post facts, stats, and document the feeling or tone of what I'm dealing with good or bad. I'm a terrible writer and photographer but I do the best I can with what limited knowledge and resources that I have. I will continue to do so as I enjoy it and it has made me open up my personal life to the world wide web. Scary right? Actually no, it has opened doors to many, many good folks to cross my path in life and bless me with their presence.

I would encourage anyone to jump in the deep end and start a 'meandering' thread of your adventures! Try to greet each person that you might just be meeting your next best friend. This very thing has happened for me with Michael. I am a very wealthy man as a result...

The world is full of amazing people if you give them half a chance. What I choose to do in my life I call a RAOK (random act of kindness), this trip was RAOK for me. You will be amazed if you reach out and help a fellow rider at how you feel about yourself as a person. We are all just people on this planet for a very short time. Do something nice and go meet some of them.

I have a few thank yous to deal out here:
cdwise - Cheryl, who spent quite a but of time talking me through some issues setting up my nav on fly and what roads to possibly take.
villageidiot - Colby, for offering to personally help fund this trip.
Cashcow - Bill, for the offer in kind to put me up, buy me a hit meal and drinks.
Zigzagguzz  - For offering your constant traffic and weather update along the way.
mugwump - Dorian, who tried to get me the parts here in VA that Amazon didn't deliver in time to rig the nav and support overall in general.
Radon222 - for the #2 son when I was going through LA.
Bueller - For offering his RV to crash i accompanied with supper and a beer.
And the countless number of folks that sent me PM's who shall remain nameless offering me support on the 'incident' at the gas station when I was doubting my actions.

I'm sure I've forgotten a few but thank you to all! Please know that I knew all along that that I was never alone on the road at any given time. I had a support system that I didn't know was there when I left and magically was there as I traversed the country.

I know I'm a nerd or geek on this stuff but I thought I would share my thoughts anyways.

Sincerely,

Thank you for reading my insignificant stuff and as always; life is short, enjoy the ride!

Peace,

Eric
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #306 on: March 02, 2019, 10:40:32 PM »
PS: These pics were stolen form Conchshooter and his narrative.

Well. At last that’s over and I don’t have to worry anymore. Lunchtime! Water glimpse dining
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He seems in remarkably good shape. As does, more importantly, the Burgman...
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Now we have lunch. Multi ethnic food porn. Layne’s home made pozole- Mexican hominy soup and Indian naan.
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Under the close observation of Rusty the wonder dog.
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #307 on: March 03, 2019, 07:34:06 AM »
 :clap: :clap: :clap:

Always a treat reading your epic ride-adventures,
 look forward to reading many more.

Thanks Eric!
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #308 on: March 03, 2019, 07:59:03 AM »
Don't sell yourself short.  I don't care about much on the interwebz.  Yet I find myself drawn to these adventures and actually make an effort to get to the computer just to catch up.  Grammar and spelling must not be too bad cuz I'm kind of a nazi (when reading others' stuff) and I'm not offended at all.  You get a pass for this type of RAOK.  I even read your build threads and modification to existing bikes just for the read and photos. 

Keep doing what you're doing.  You're probably having more of an affect than you will ever know. 

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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #309 on: March 03, 2019, 08:52:46 AM »
Congrats Eric!!!

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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #310 on: March 03, 2019, 09:59:57 AM »
Don't sell yourself short.

Keep doing what you're doing.  You're probably having more of an affect than you will ever know. 

Good on ya, Mate!

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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #311 on: March 03, 2019, 12:26:42 PM »
Awesome adventure report Eric! Your reports need no apologies. The fact that you take the time to share them with us is enough. I wish I'd been able to follow along in "real time". Well done!
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #312 on: March 03, 2019, 12:39:20 PM »
Don't sell yourself short.

Keep doing what you're doing.  You're probably having more of an affect than you will ever know. 

Good on ya, Mate!

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Yep, exactly.   And that is especially true this time of year when sometimes it's hard to tell this is a motorcycle forum.

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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #313 on: March 03, 2019, 04:50:24 PM »
I did some exploring today.
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The one request I had I asked Conchshooter for was to stick my toes in gin blue water just once before I head back home to the snow and cold.
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A wave came and stole my thunder of the photo op but it was awesome. Mission accomplished!
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Some random pics.
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There were scoots everywhere and are a viable means of transportation here in the Keys.
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The cemeteries that were above ground were fascinating. In this particular cemetery lies the bodies of many of the sailors from the U.S.S. Battleship Maine which that sank in the Havana harbor during the Cuban revolt against Spain, an event that became a major political issue in the United States. The mighty USS Maine was the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after the state of Maine. It was commissioned in 1895 and sank in 1898. They brought several of the bodies back here to Key West for a proper burial.

Read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Maine_(ACR-1)

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After Michael gave me the tour of the area we went to the Hogfish Grill for lunch. I had the fresh fired shrimp and chips and he had the hogfish sammich with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. Yum!
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A truck parked out front.
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I have a flight to go home tomorrow and will arrive in the evening and from what I'm told it was snowing there yesterday.

As I close this chapter on my moto life tomorrow I'll turn the page to a fresh sheet of paper and start working on my next chapter. Thanks for stopping by and reading The Virginian's Meanderings.

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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #314 on: March 07, 2019, 11:10:17 AM »
Western ho!

So here a few thoughts on my next big adventure.

A friend in AL and I have got this idea of hauling his Kymco Like 150i and my Vespa 946 out west and riding to some places that most people wouldn't consider riding a scooter. I'll drive down to AL in one day, load up and we drive west. Unload and hit hard! What kind of places? I know we can't hit all these so it's just in the spitball'n stage. Timeframe would be either this may or in August.

1. Pikes Peak.
2. Mt Evans.
3. Valley of the Gods, Moki Dugway and out to Muley Point.
4. Shaffer Trail and part of the WRT and maybe some other stuff around Moab
5. The Burr trail.
6. Zion NP
7. Grand Canyon North Rim
8. ????

And whatever else sounds intriguing. Doing all of these places on one trip might not be practical and I'm not expecting to get them all. We want to get some great pictures at some of those places. That might mean getting up real early to catch the sunrise or waiting for the sunset.

I know that 150cc will not be enough to keep up with traffic on a lot of roads out west but it's a hell of a lot of fun. It just wouldn't be nearly the adventure on my full size bikes.

So right now it's just an idea in my head.

Any ideas for other places I should go?

There will be my usual day drips to historical sites throughout the year but this one would be kind of a big deal to me. I posted this in Region 1 as well as many folks don't visit this thread.
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #315 on: March 07, 2019, 03:18:44 PM »
Black bear pass to Telluride. ;D
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Re: Virginian's Scooter Meanderings
« Reply #316 on: March 07, 2019, 05:29:45 PM »
Definitely pikes peak and moab (which includes canyonlands, arches, and dead horse point state park).  While in CO, take the park road through RMNP, and while black bear is mildly tongue in cheek, there are some of those passes that aren't that hard.  Last Dollar Road is totally doable and even some of corkscrew from 550 heading up the mtn depending on how motivated you are. 

http://vulcanbill.blogspot.com/2014/09/kims-perspective-today-was-phenomenal.html - last dollar road and ophir pass

canyon is soooooo far away from everything and I don't think Zion has much payoff from a parked on the side of the road perspective

I'd throw Yellowstone in there and there's some pass nearby that would be a hoot on scooters. 
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« Reply #317 on: March 07, 2019, 05:59:41 PM »
Very helpful guys, thanks!
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« Reply #319 on: April 21, 2019, 04:31:14 PM »
 Looks like a great Easter activity on a cool bike--Happy Easter!

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« Reply #320 on: April 22, 2019, 08:40:15 AM »
Looks like a great Easter activity on a cool bike--Happy Easter!

Thanks Mike, hope to see you if you're passing through VA, com e stay a spell.
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« Reply #321 on: April 22, 2019, 09:33:32 AM »
Thanks Eric, had a little health issue on 3/18 and had a few stints placed in the old ticker, so I'm convalescing in Canyon Lake Tx at the moment dying to get back on the bike.  Really wanted to make the May meet but that pretty much looks impossible. Anyway thanks for the invite and enjoy the new Harley and Husky, both look like a blast!  BTW the twisty roads out here are diving me nuts with no bike :-[.

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« Reply #322 on: April 23, 2019, 08:51:58 PM »
Hey Mike, I bet them stints are gonna fix you right up!  Good for another 100,000 Miles!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #323 on: April 23, 2019, 09:18:51 PM »
Hey Mike, I bet them stints are gonna fix you right up!  Good for another 100,000 Miles!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #324 on: April 23, 2019, 10:06:05 PM »
Hey Mike, I bet them stints are gonna fix you right up!  Good for another 100,000 Miles!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #325 on: May 04, 2019, 07:19:33 AM »
I know Eric won't say anything, but he's got some surgery scheduled for the 7th. Best wishes for a quick and easy recovery, my friend!
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