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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
« Last Edit: March 31, 2019, 10:49:59 PM by Virginian »
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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.

Safe travels on your flight back home.

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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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« 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, come 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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« Reply #326 on: May 27, 2019, 12:22:57 PM »
Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reflect on the contributions of those one million who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Because of the courage of these veterans, we enjoy the opportunities and freedoms today.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Try to take a brief moment to reflect on the sacrifice of those who cannot.

Happy Memorial Day!

We had a family throw down at the lake this holiday. Philbilly (my BIL) brought his Harley for a full service, new tires, flushed the brakes and we both got to try out the HF lift. It worked like a champ.
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For supper we rolled with a bushel of crabs!  8)
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Even my great niece was down with the crabs.
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Fishing in the. morning.
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Ava caught her first fish ever in her pjs. lol
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Took Philbilly (his real name is Phil, and I branded him after hillbilly) out for a scenic 45 minute run to make sure the bike was good to go. So yes, some scooter content!
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« Reply #327 on: June 03, 2019, 09:59:47 AM »
I had an exciting weekend this week. Mrs. V and I were hosting a fund raiser and everyone's cell phone goes off at the same time.
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A tornado touched down 10 miles from our home and luckily we have no damage.
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I rode up this weekend to see my great niece graduate from HS.  Bianka graduated from HS this weekend with honors. She was (I think) in the top 5 students in the graduating class. Not only did she graduate with 13 honors she also earned her associate's degree at the same time. Bianka will now take the next step in life as she attends UVA pre-law in the fall.

Her parents are amazing parents and B's accomplishments are a testimony to their heart, soul and dedication to bring Bianka into this world and make her a champion of life.

We stopped for lunch in Luray at the Moonshadow Resturant and I had the cheese grits and shrimp that was amazing! Wow, I have to revisit this place and the prices of their dishes were very inexpensive.
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I treated myself to a nice VA amber lager, it was kind of cool to see a m/c on the bottle.
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Words cannot describe how proud I am of this young lady. GO GET EM B!!!
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I was trying out a new app I stumbled into that tracks your ride. It can be used for hiking, kayaking or whatever you wish. Kind of cool actually. It's a short 2 minute view...
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Here's a couple of scenic pics from the day. The morning was cool and overcast, a perfect day for a ride.
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I hope everyone is getting out and riding this late spring!

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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« Reply #328 on: June 03, 2019, 06:04:25 PM »
I hope everyone is getting out and riding this late spring!
Yes I have, and posted a few pics in region six.

Thanks for keeping your Meandering Thread going-sharing with us. :thumbsup:


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« Reply #329 on: June 21, 2019, 06:02:07 PM »
We have had an unexpected visitors this week at Casa De Redneck. Remember Bob and Cathy form Chicago? They loved VA so much they made a return visit. They made it to Bristow, VA and were planning on riding down to the cabin on Wednesday. Tuesday was nothing but frog strangler downpours that they got caught in.

The view out my kitchen window on Tuesday...
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They made it in one piece and shoved a beer in their hand as soon as they rolled up.
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We went out to supper at one of our favorite watering holes Callie Opies and had a grand supper. http://callieopiesorchard.com/
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« Reply #330 on: June 21, 2019, 06:12:22 PM »
I had to work on Thursday so they were on their own. I flipped them the keys to the car and off they went to visit the Battlefields of Fredericksburg. After they got home I took them to another fav watering hole. The Mason Dixon Cafe! Love this place. http://www.mason-dixoncafe.com/

Meatloaf with fried mac & cheese. Bob crushed the mac & cheese before he even got to the meatloaf.
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Steak & cheese bread with fried mac & cheese.
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I had the shrimp & grits. Yum!
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A sign on the restroom, seem about right and legit for today's climate! lol
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Next door is Carl's ice cream which is to die for!
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Yep, paper hats included.
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Happy campers tonight!
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« Reply #331 on: June 21, 2019, 06:29:22 PM »
Okay, let get to the riding shall we!

They had an itch to see Monticello, home Thomas Jefferson our 3rd president and imo the most influential president this country has ever had. (more on that later)

What a beautiful day weather wise today! We took country roads all the way to Monticello. Sorry, no pics of the trip.

At Monticello.
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TJ has started documenting all plant, animal and bug life in North America.
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Here's an actual currancy for the 1700s for $100 that was for sale in the gift shop for the princely sum of $800.
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The entryway is noatable for two things in this pic, 1. the one handed clock, 2. there's a weather vain on the roof that runs down to the front porch so you could tell which way the wind was blowing from the front porch. We were not allowed to take pics of the interior but that 1 handed clock had another clock attached to the entryway that was 2 handed and had seconds. All of this was driven by weights and TJ wanted a 7 day clock. His walls were 15' high (I think) and this only allowed for a 6 day clock wind so he cut holes in the floor for the weights so they could accommodate 7 days. Fascinating stuff to me!
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Here's some random pics of Monticello of the exterior.
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« Reply #332 on: June 21, 2019, 06:35:25 PM »
A few more...
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Slaves toilet.
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In the main dining room, the left side of the fireplace has a false panel that's a dumbwaiter that led to the wine cellar, tap on the floor and mysteriously a fresh bottle of wine would appear.
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The kitchen...
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They would dump hot coals on the top to cook off of and the ashes would filter down into the brick openings.
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« Reply #333 on: June 21, 2019, 07:05:17 PM »
And the last of the pics.
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A few parting thoughts about Thomas Jefferson... please skip ahead as my narratives are a bit boring.

Thomas Jefferson hoped that his family would be able to live on at Monticello after his death. He left the property to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, and her children. Jefferson's enormous debt load, however, as well as the expenses of maintaining the building and lands proved too much to handle. Although there were several belated plans to save Monticello for the family, nothing came of them, and Mrs. Randolph put Monticello and its furnishings up for sale. Much of Jefferson's furniture, plate, and farm equipment, as well as 140 slaves, were bought at a public auction in 1827. The idiosyncratic mansion proved harder to sell. Finally, four years after the auction, the house and property went to an eccentric Charlottesville druggist, James Barclay, for $7,500.

James Barclay despised Jefferson's political ideals, and had very little interest in the great house itself. He wanted the land for a scheme that would turn Monticello into a silkworm farm. In order to plant mulberry trees, Barclay tore out many of the trees Jefferson had planted and uprooted the extensive gardens. Within three years, the project predictably failed, and Barclay now looked around for a buyer. In 1834, he sold the house and surrounding land for $2,500 to Uriah Phillips Levy, an officer in the United States Navy.

Uriah Levy deserves to be remembered  as his family preserved TJ's estate for 90 years before the government bought it back to make it a "state" park. 90% of the orgional artifacts in Monticello can be credited to the Levy's that are on dispal today. Not a Nat'l park, as VA still believes that the FEDs do not have VA's best interest at heart. Uriah adored TJ for his freedom of rights and freedom views. Being a Jewish Naval officer was no joke back in the 1700s, early 1800s.

TJ was broke at the end of his life. The war of 1812 broke out and Washington lost it's library in that war as it was burned down to the ground. TJ (being broke and needed the $$ sold his book collection to the U.S. which is the Library of Congress today.)

Arguably, imo TJ was is the greatest president this country has ever known. He authored the Declaration of Independence, that to this day stands the test of time and that globally "most" other nations used this document to model their rights and freedoms for their countries. More than half of the 193 countries now represented at the United Nations have a founding document that can be called a declaration of independence. ... Think about that for just a second... the impact of this ma's work.

He founded University of VA, let us not forget the Louisiana Purchase that essentially doubled the size of the nation and lastly he commissioned the Lewis & Clark expedition. Think about the expansion of the U.S. because of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Despite his freedom views he personally had 200 slaves up until he died and in his will only released 5. He fathered 6 kids with one of the slaves that no one knows their relationships extent to this day.
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« Reply #334 on: June 21, 2019, 07:10:32 PM »
We rolled out of Monticello to wrangle up some lunch and stopped at the BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville. Yum!
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Bob and Cathy head back to Chi-town tomorrow and will be missed. Until next time...

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« Reply #335 on: June 29, 2019, 06:01:40 PM »
A couple of stragglers that I forgot to post...

Either pop or myself bought this BMW sweatshirt while we were touring Germany over 20 years ago and has been sitting in my closet for decades. I thought Bob might enjoy it and hopefully it would fit?! It did fit and he loved it.
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Bourbon took a shine to Bob and was his shadow during their stay.
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Helmet hair at it's finest. I'm shocked no one on here has beat on me about my hair. lol I'll be 57 soon, full head of hair and no gray so what the heck, I'm letting it grow out. Funny story about my hair, when we were driving to Callie Opie's for supper I was telling our guests about an incident that happened last week a this restaurant. An old school rocker with long hair and balding (what I call a skullet instead of mullet) rolled in with his gal. This gal was staring at me through the meal. She finally came over and said, "I have to tell you I love your hair", starts running her finger through my hair. WTF???  :wow: :confused: So I blew it off and when I took our guests there, you guessed it; skullet and the hair rapest were there.  She does another drive by to our table and says, "I still love your hair". WTF X 2... I'm ready to go get a flattop after this...
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« Reply #337 on: June 29, 2019, 06:09:07 PM »
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Hitting the Blue Ridge Mountains tomorrow morning and riding out there was a 5% chance of rain. So I risked it not bringing my rain gear. Said goodbye to Bourbon and off I went winding through the mountains.
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Yep, I found the 5% chance of rain. Gah!
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The next morning we hit the mountains and sorry to say, I didn't get any good pics. Stopped at the Apple House for a bite to eat.
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Felt like Xmas in this place but the food was good and a right nice place to set a spell.
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The menus on the wall were all their craft beers and wines that have been brewed in VA. Stated where each one was located and how far away they were from the Apple House. This place makes fresh apple fritters every morning. You know the ones that look like a cow pie with glaze.  8) They are delicious and to die for here. Been coming here ever since I was a child for over 50 years.
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Just a snapshot of my life today. Back to scoot'n real soon and get this thread rolling again.

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« Reply #338 on: June 29, 2019, 06:50:51 PM »
Mmmmm.... apple fritters.

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« Reply #339 on: July 03, 2019, 03:19:07 PM »
Mmmmm.... apple fritters.

All righty then - are you inheriting the mantle of Rain Man Doug?

Sadly, I believe I do wear that tarnished crown lately...  ???

Out running errands today and it's mighty hot, the heat index is over 100*F and it isn't a dry heat! ;)

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« Reply #340 on: September 02, 2019, 05:16:05 PM »
Time for a few updates....

Not much riding in this update of my meanderings... There was a nice fellow on ADV that is 74 and bouncing back from a debilitating stoke so his Harley/BMW days have come to pass and wanted a Vespa. His local dealer kind of threw him a curve ball so I offered to help him get his new scoot home. I/we found a handy deal on 2020 Vespa Touring in Accident, Md of all places. https://www.xps-usa.com/

So we chatted on the phone and he drove to Redneckistan, VA to stay for the night. The plan was to leave in tandem in the morning and drive up to MD, then make our way back to NC.

Meet Doug with a plate full of shrimp and grits.
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So we were up nice and early and hit the dusty trail to go get his new scoot. The dealership is a little over 4 hours away from me and real close to Pittsburgh.

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« Reply #341 on: September 02, 2019, 05:18:46 PM »
We got up early and with a cup of joe down the hatch out the door we went with great expectations of today's events around 7 AM. The dealership is about 4 hours away from home so we had a lazy morning stopping for a hockey puck from McD's with Doug chasing me in his car. VA > WV > MD, that's the plan!

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze
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Almost there.
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We shot up through Winchester, VA, Paw Paw,WV, Cumberland, MD and then to Accident, MD. Accident, MD is right near the Eastern Continental Divide. The Eastern Continental Divide or Eastern Divide or Appalachian Divide is a hydrographic divide in eastern North America that separates the easterly Atlantic Seaboard watershed from the westerly Gulf of Mexicowatershed. The divide nearly spans the United States from south of Lake Ontario through the Florida peninsula, and consists of raised terrain including the Appalachian Mountains to the north, the southern Piedmont Plateau and lowland ridges in the Atlantic Coastal Plain to the south. Water including rainfall and snowfall, lakes, streams and rivers on the eastern/southern side of the divide drains to the Atlantic Ocean; water on the western/northern side of the divide drains to the Gulf of Mexico. The ECD is one of six continental hydrographic divides of North America which define several drainage basins, each of which drains to a particular body of water.

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« Reply #342 on: September 02, 2019, 05:19:12 PM »
We see Doug's scoot dead center all shined up with a 'sold' label on it. I like to think this pic is when a person and their dream come together, a good day indeed it was.
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After the features and benefits demonstration they shuffle Doug in the back to roll him for his cash. So I meander about the store. All I can say is wow, they just picked up Vespa not that long ago and they have some stock not to mention Betas, Aprillias, MGs and few others.
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They even had a red 946!
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« Reply #343 on: September 02, 2019, 05:20:12 PM »
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If I could have any Vespa in the place it would be this one. I love the gloss gray color.
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The new V85 ADV bike from MG!
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There's a little bit of coin in this nook in the store. Each one of those Aprilia's is in the neighborhood of 15 to 30K each.
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« Reply #344 on: September 02, 2019, 05:20:48 PM »
Doug getting his demonstration of the features on the display.
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We wrestled with getting it loaded on the rear rack of my car for about an hour in the heat. We were ready to jump in the a/c of the car.
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Put it in reverse to head to NC. Yep, still there... whew...
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Me watching the whole way to NC.
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This is what it looked like all the way to his house. Nothing but rolling mountains and green trees.
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Passing through a tunnel and arriving back in VA on the other side.
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VA doesn't look much different.
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Then NC, woohoo!
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Pretty near a full moon tonight.
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Safe and sound in his garage. I'm off to bed to drive home in the morn.
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« Reply #345 on: September 02, 2019, 05:24:22 PM »
In other news this happened about 20 yards away at dusk. Pics are crappy as my phone doesn't do well in low light conditions.
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Here's a quick 22 second video (pardon the very foul language)  :o
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« Reply #346 on: September 02, 2019, 05:31:36 PM »
June and July were the hottest months on record here so I wasn't getting much riding done.

I've been working on the boathouse so not much riding going on of late. Bourbon my shop foreman was on the scene causing trouble. :facepalm:
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Bourbon was trying to Finding Nemo, as he looked tasty!  :bigsmile:
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Building a rack to store the life jackets and shelves all around.
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« Reply #347 on: September 02, 2019, 05:53:17 PM »
I bumped into a meandering soul Wolfeboats from ADV on the BRPW! Actually this was planned as his wife had an event to attend in Harper's Ferry so he brought his scooter and we're Going to hit up the BRPW.
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« Reply #348 on: September 02, 2019, 05:56:09 PM »
Pigging out at Outback which was a stones throw away from the hotel up in Waynesboro.
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« Reply #349 on: September 02, 2019, 06:11:29 PM »
YOLO

You only live once....

I did the first service on the Svart and here's what popped up.
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And the residue in the oil pan.
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I contacted my dealer and got the, "there should be some shavings speech." I sent them pics and here's the service manager's response.

Husqvarna wants your vin# and mileage to start a log on it. They also request you bring the oil filter in to us for examination. They did say that it is considered normal to see debris in the screens. With the log being created, if it becomes an issue they have documentation.
I personally think you may have something going south, but we need to go with Husky's recommendations. Do you have any bad sounds from the engine? Can you bring the bike for me to listen to when you bring the filter?


Long story short, the motor was indeed going south so I beat on the dealer to beat on Husky morning noon and night. They got very close to what I paid for the bike and traded it in. I just don't have the time or patience to sit this one out during prime riding season. This will take months to fix and straiten out. So there goes my hopes and dreams of a fun small bike to ride this summer.

So I'm labeling this update yolo... So I need to come clean with battle scooterista's. I traded in the Husqvarna on a 2020 Vespa GTS 300 supertech. At the end of the day I know where that bike is headed and what will be involved to straiten it out and I'm just not willing to walk the extra mile during riding season. So I made an irrational decision and purchased a GTS 300 that I think I will enjoy immensely. I feel like a squirrel and fellow riders are most likely laughing at me..
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About as new as you can get.
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I won't really comment on the Husqvarna situation more as I do not have nice things to say. I love the product but simply put I got a bad apple...

(More to come tomorrow)

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Eric

P.S. The dealership forgot to give me my owner's manual so he texted me a pic of it. lol I'll pick it up next week and will have to wing it on the supertech stuff.
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