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« Reply #150 on: September 01, 2018, 11:30:27 AM »

I wish I could get on the road packed so light.  I generally look more like the Beverly Hillbillies when I hit the road. 

All packed up for a weekend in the N. GA. Mountains.

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« Reply #151 on: September 01, 2018, 03:17:57 PM »

Woohoo! I can't wait to see your pictures klav! I'm about 1/3 of the way to the beach. Beautiful weather today.
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« Reply #152 on: September 01, 2018, 04:15:29 PM »

Here is a Glympse of my location: https://glympse.com/0B07-8N99
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« Reply #153 on: September 01, 2018, 04:15:51 PM »

Crossing the ferry
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« Reply #154 on: September 01, 2018, 09:23:34 PM »

I started at daybreak this morning as I knew it was going to be hot today with a 50/50 chance of rain. The day started out with 100% humidity and steaming already. A bit foggy too!



It's really tough to 'make' time and pull over to take photos, with that said here a few I took.

I was blessed with many roads with canopy trees.



A gas and restroom stop.


I passed through Jamestown, VA to get to the ferry.

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« Reply #155 on: September 01, 2018, 09:30:48 PM »

Next I drove up to the ferry and got in line. It's amazing how many times go to take the ferry and it's always on the other side. lol


Folks out enjoying the great weather.


Seagulls seemed right at home too.


Here comes the mighty Pocahontas! I love this pic.  


These fellows were warbling their throats the whole time. Musta been trying to scare up a girlfriend. ;)




The rest of the trip is kind of boring just traveling down the peninsula to Kitty Hawk, OBX area.

My view for this week.


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« Reply #156 on: September 02, 2018, 12:40:36 AM »

Outstanding pictures.  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #157 on: September 02, 2018, 06:45:24 AM »

Outstanding pictures.  Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #158 on: September 03, 2018, 07:25:12 PM »

Back to our regularly scheduled nonsense...

One of my nieces Erika (named after me ) is with child and chose to do the gender reveal the first night here. She and her husband got the envelope from the doc and sealed it and gave it to my sister Kim.

Kim set up a way to reveal for all to get involved.


Balloons filled with pink or blue sparkly stuff. Everyone threw a dart and color spooge flew. The most of what color is the gender.


It's a boy! Erika and Chris taking in what just happened. Tears of joy!


Checking the sonogram (?)


Their doc has a sense of humor. hehe


Out for fresh seafood at our favorite place to celebrate!



In the restroom. hehe


I had crab stuffed mushrooms and oysters Rockefeller, yum.


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« Reply #159 on: September 03, 2018, 07:26:48 PM »

A walk on the beach the next morning with coffee.


Breakfast at Stack 'em High.



Next stop Ho2OBX waterpart. I've never been to a waterpark before.


The concrete was sooooo hot that i scalded my feet in the first 20 minutes. Yikes!


We had a blast and road all the slides and loved the surfing on the manmade wave, I could spend all day on that! Sorry no pics of me busting my ass..
 

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« Reply #160 on: September 03, 2018, 07:27:40 PM »

Dinner at the cottage tonight and a big ol pot of chili with some homemade cornbread. Woohoo! Terrible pic of my sis, she'd be pissed if she saw this.


My bday is coming up this week so the famn damily decided to surprise me last night with a bday throwdown.







Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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« Reply #161 on: September 03, 2018, 11:14:11 PM »

Congrats to your niece.  Happy Born On Day! Ouch re the feet!   The oyster look amazing!!
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« Reply #162 on: September 05, 2018, 06:12:43 AM »

Eric, thanks for sharing.  Looks like your having a great time.
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« Reply #163 on: September 08, 2018, 07:59:46 PM »

I won't spam anymore family bologna as it's boring stuff.

My scalded blistered feet have been killing me! 


Back home and finishing up this page in my meanderings.

Here's a few sunrises, they really are spectacular at OBX.









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« Reply #164 on: September 08, 2018, 08:03:39 PM »

A few random shots...










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« Reply #165 on: September 08, 2018, 08:07:01 PM »

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« Reply #166 on: September 08, 2018, 08:14:41 PM »

And the Mermaid nightlight that gave me nightmares!


Sunrise


Sunset, as night fell last night I packed my bags for the journey home. Rain was in forecast so I had to make time very early in the morning.


5 AM I fire up Bella and kneel to every bike I've owned for 40 years to get us home safely. Kind of a prayer thing between me and my bikes.


First stop for gas in Williamsburg. There's a lot of history here that I need to dig into. "America's Historic Triangle", Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown.
http://www.history.org/foundation/historic_triangle.cfm


Overcast skies threatening to rain and canopy trees.


Bella has 5,400 hundred miles on her now and she has been rock solid.


By the numbers.


476 miles
10.1 hours seat time
47 mph Average speed
67 mph Top speed

Nothing epic, just life in the slow lane.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. Life is short, enjoy the ride.

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« Reply #167 on: Today at 07:27:11 AM »

Mrs. V is born and raised in Seattle and attended Seattle University. So we are pit-stopping in Seattle for a day or two before we're off to O'ahu. So the in-laws picked us up at Seatac and off we go to visit some of Mrs. V's old stomping grounds.

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First stop for lunch, the Metropolitan Grill. Yum! Mrs. V's fav restaurant in the whole world.


The appetizer of dungeness crab is amazing!


I had the 1/2 French Dip Au Jus with a cup of clam chowder.


Amazing bar at this place.

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« Reply #168 on: Today at 07:35:56 AM »

I was speaking with the bartender about bourbons and they had an extensive list to choose from. They had select made small batches for the The Met from Buffalo Trace, Woolford Reserve and Rare Eagle. I've never seen a restaurant have "their version" of these fine bourbons.

The bartender was kind enough to let me try a sample of each.




My sister in-law. Always a good time to see family!


Next stop was Pikes Market. Mrs. V loves the maple bars!


Always an eclectic crowd at the Pikes Market!



The fish throwers!


The taste of home when she took a bite of the maple bar.



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« Reply #169 on: Today at 01:04:23 PM »

Looks like fun and your having nice weather.  I was in Seattle in 2005-08 visiting my nephew.  Great city.  Thanks for taking us along can’t wait for more pics.

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« Reply #170 on: Today at 02:34:55 PM »

Thanks for taking us along, Eric.  Looks like a great time.  Everything looks fantastic.  Glad the weather is cooperating for you.
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« Reply #171 on: Today at 04:24:05 PM »

Thanks Cathy and Maggie! There's not much scooter content (yet?) but I hope to have some on this trip. We'll see! I enjoy taking lots of pics and sharing and hope folks enjoy.  
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« Reply #172 on: Today at 05:27:05 PM »

*** History alert! ***

January 27, 1791

Whiskey Tax of 1791



After a spirited debate, the House passed, by a 35 to 21 majority, the Excise Whiskey Tax—legislation that proved wildly unpopular with farmers and eventually precipitated the “Whisky Rebellion.” The measure levied a federal tax on domestic and imported alcohol, earmarked to offset a portion of the federal government’s recent assumption of state debts. Southern and western farmers, whose grain crop was a chief ingredient in whiskey, loudly protested the tax. In 1794, farmers in western Pennsylvania attacked federal officials seeking to collect tax on the grain they had distilled into whiskey. The administration of President George Washington dispatched a force of nearly 13,000 militia to put down a feared revolt. Resistance, however, dissipated when the troops arrived. This happened in parts of Virginia as well..

So all the farmers (rednecks) pulled up their stakes and set up distilleries in TN and KY. It all started with our first president George Washington. Hmmmm those boys are getting paid?!!!! Send some troops and tax them. These boys said, oh hell no! lol

After the moonshiners set up shop they packed their whisky into oak barrels to store it and floated it down the mighty Mississippi River to New Orleans. A great way to transport it undetected. Most folks don't know this but whisky was clear back then. By the time it floated down the river the oak barrel had tinted the whisky color to caramel that we know today.

Bourbon whiskey /bɜːrbən/ is a type of American whiskey, a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name ultimately derives from the French Bourbon dynasty, although the precise inspiration for the whiskey's name is unsettled; contenders include Bourbon County in Kentucky and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, both of which are named for the dynasty. Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century. The use of the term "bourbon" for the whiskey has been traced to the 1820s, and the term began to be used consistently in Kentucky in the 1870s. While bourbon may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South, and with Kentucky in particular. As of 2014, the distillers' wholesale market revenue for bourbon sold within the U.S. is about $2.7 billion, and bourbon makes up about two-thirds of the $1.6 billion of U.S. exports of distilled spirits.


The House of Bourbon reaches as far back as the mid 13th century and boasts descendants as famed as Louis XIV (aka The Sun King) and Louis XVI (aka The King Who Got Freakin’ Beheaded). However, it’s important to note how unlikely it is that bourbon whiskey was named directly after French royalty. It’s more likely the booze was named for Bourbon County, Kentucky, where much of the sweet elixir was (and still is) distilled in the 19th century.

More than you ever wanted to know about bourbon.

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