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« Reply #180 on: December 13, 2018, 10:36:02 PM »

All ok, Eric?? Ready for the big snow?

Hi Maggie,

I kind of dropped off the radar here. I was feeling bad about this wannabe ride report because it was morphing into a vacation report. As it turns out I didn't have enough time to rent a scoot in Honolulu so i didn't have any more scooter content.

As for the snow we got like 6 to 7" and it's been so cold it's sticking around.

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« Reply #181 on: December 14, 2018, 06:20:37 PM »

We are beyond scooter friend now, post what you like!!  I know we all enjoy it.  I'm glad everything is going well on your end.   The snow is pretty on th elake.
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« Reply #182 on: December 14, 2018, 06:53:08 PM »

Looks peaceful, Eric. The El Camino is sweet, too!
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« Reply #183 on: December 15, 2018, 12:57:20 AM »

I have to agree very peaceful and pretty. 
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« Reply #184 on: January 13, 2019, 11:37:11 PM »

I posted the winter pics from today to let folks know that I'm alive and kicking. I stoped posting on my HI trip as it was becoming and is a vacation report, not what folks log onto ADV for. As I reread many of the comments leading up the my vacation there were a few that wanted to see that part of the world through my bloodshot eyes and lens. That said, I owe you an apology so I'll finish up this left of the vacation.

So in this post I'll share some of the Island color! Mother Nature is simply put amazing.
















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« Reply #185 on: January 13, 2019, 11:46:22 PM »

We went shopping on "craft night" and the main drag in Waikiki is swarming with folks seeing what vendors had to offer, from food to island craft. If I'm lying I'm dying, there was 10,000 folks on this drag.

A lady selling ribs standing above the crown waving them around with a Tesla dealer in the background and a car in the window on the 2nd floor.


This was outta control!


Handmade leis.


3D effect wind chimes.


Of course Mrs. V want to go shopping at the Xmas store in HI...


Parks and walkways are lit up in a very tasteful setting.




BK has surfboards for door handles.


The carved fruit for one of the festivals were absolute works of art.
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« Reply #186 on: January 14, 2019, 12:14:27 AM »

The world famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku. Read about him here.


Here are few of my take aways after my first visit to Hawaii. I spoke with quite a few locals about their statehood when they became part of the U.S. I asked them if they wanted that to happen? The general consensus was no... Which I kind of knew but most said they were still happy about it because joining the U.S. was the lesser of all the evils. They most likely would be speaking Japanese if we did not become the 50th state.

I was shocked at the amount of Japanese that vacation there. Apparently the spend serious amounts go money shopping in HI. In one high end store that sells $5,000 purses I asked the salesperson how many of these do they sell? She said that monthly Japanese shoppers will come in and buy 3 or 4 to take home as gifts.

The people of HI really are amazing. They seek peace and harmony like no other culture I've experienced before. The find forgiveness when I most likely found not depending on the issue. When they say aloha, the mean it from the heart. They're not just going through their emotions.

As most of you know WWII started in Pearl Harbor for the United States December 7, 1941. Read about it here. I had the honor and privilege to see Pearl Harbor first hand.

A few sights as we are entering Pearl Harbor.












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« Reply #187 on: January 14, 2019, 12:35:25 AM »

The Mighty Mo! The USS Missouri was sunk at Pearl Harbor and raised back to fight again for a very long time. Read about it here.

USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is an Iowa-class battleship and was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named after the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and is best remembered as the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jimaand Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the "Mothball Fleet"), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navyplan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.

Missouri received a total of 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992 after serving a total of 16 years of active service, but remained on the Naval Vessel Register until her name was struck in January 1995. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese surrendered on the Mighty Mo as I saw it today.
















After taking all I the saw and walked the decks of the Mighty Mo I was humbled...
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« Reply #188 on: January 14, 2019, 12:44:44 AM »

Here's a few scenic pics that I thought you might enjoy.








That evening we hit a traditional luau. It was an amazing meal filled with a vast culture that I have never experienced before.














I hope my pictures and thoughts gave you something interesting to view on this cold day in January. As always, thank you for stopping by and reading my meanderings. I wish you the best in 2019.

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« Reply #189 on: January 14, 2019, 12:55:05 AM »

Makes me feel warm!!  Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #190 on: January 14, 2019, 09:50:24 PM »

As I will be riding to the rally in Cooperstown next September, can you suggest a good back roads route to York PA. I will be riding through South Boston VA on my way
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« Reply #191 on: January 15, 2019, 04:41:12 AM »

As I will be riding to the rally in Cooperstown next September, can you suggest a good back roads route to York PA. I will be riding through South Boston VA on my way


I will work up some proposed routes for your trip and get back to you shortly! Thanks for stopping by and reading.
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« Reply #192 on: January 15, 2019, 07:16:50 AM »

Thank’s Eric.  Enjoyed the pics.  Hawaii along with Alaska are on my bucket list.  My father was stationed there (Army) for 3 1/2 years just after Pearl Harbor.  He and my Mom thought he was going to the front lines.  Luckily they never came back.
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« Reply #193 on: January 15, 2019, 11:18:24 PM »

As I will be riding to the rally in Cooperstown next September, can you suggest a good back roads route to York PA. I will be riding through South Boston VA on my way



I posted a pretty extensive list of road of some of the states you're going to pass through here: http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9251.0

That said this would be my recommendation. If you just head north the best you can hope for is some lazy scenic roads till you get into PA and by then you are almost to your destination. Taking this route will put you on some challenging roads, breath taking scenery and in general miss most of the heavy traffic. Plan a solid 500+ mile day!

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Drive 480 miles, 9 h 35 min
South Boston, VA 24592 to York, Pennsylvania
 
South Boston
Virginia 24592

Head northeast on N Main St toward Short St
31 s (407 ft)
Take US-501 N, US-29 N, I-64 W, US-250, ... and US-15 N to your destination in Tyrone Township. Take the PA-234 exit from US-15 N
8 h 52 min (457 mi)
 
Turn left onto Broad St
0.9 mi

Broad St turns right and becomes Wilborn Ave
0.5 mi

Continue onto US-501 N/Halifax Rd
 Continue to follow US-501 N
4.6 mi

Turn left to stay on US-501 N
42.9 mi

Turn left after Hardee's (on the right)
7.8 mi

Use the right lane to merge onto US-29 N/US-460 E via the ramp to Charlottesville/Appomattox
2.0 mi

Use the right lane to take the U.S. 29 N ramp to Amherst/Charlottesville
1.0 mi

Continue onto US-29 N
37.4 mi

Turn left onto VA-6 W
5.8 mi

Turn right onto VA-151 N/VA-6 W
 Continue to follow VA-151 N
8.7 mi

Turn left onto US-250 W
3.4 mi

Turn left onto the ramp to I-64 W
0.1 mi

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-64 W/Staunton and merge onto I-64 W
12.1 mi

Use the left 2 lanes to take the Interstate 81 S exit toward Interstate 64 W/Lexington/Roanoke
0.8 mi

Merge onto I-64 W/I-81 S
0.6 mi

Take exit 220 for State Route 262 toward US-11
0.3 mi

Continue onto VA-262 N
6.6 mi

Take the U.S. 250/Churchville Avenue exit
0.2 mi

Turn left onto US-250/Churchville Ave
 Continue to follow US-250
 Entering West Virginia
63.5 mi

Turn right onto US-250 N
 Pass by Subway Restaurants (on the left in 22.1 mi)
40.0 mi

Turn right onto US-33 E
22.4 mi

Slight left onto WV-32 N
19.7 mi

Turn right onto WV-93 E
13.0 mi

Continue onto US-48
7.9 mi

Turn right
0.6 mi

Turn right onto WV-93 E
10.2 mi

Slight right onto US-50 E
2.6 mi

Continue straight onto WV-972 N
2.1 mi

Continue onto U.S. Hwy 220 N
 Pass by Domino's Pizza (on the right in 3.3 mi)
 Entering Maryland
22.5 mi

Take the I-68 E/U.S.40 N/U.S.220 N ramp
0.4 mi

Merge onto I-68 E/US-40 E
37.8 mi

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 82A-82B to merge onto I-70 E/US-40 E toward Hagerstown
 Continue to follow I-70 E
33.4 mi

Take exit 35 for MD-66 toward Smithsburg/Boonsboro
0.2 mi

Sharp left onto MD-66 N/Mapleville Rd
1.5 mi

At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit
240 ft

Continue onto MD-66 N/Mapleville Rd
3.5 mi

Turn right onto MD-64 E/Jefferson Blvd
1.1 mi

Turn right onto MD-77 E
10.1 mi

Turn left to merge onto US-15 N
 Entering Pennsylvania
28.7 mi

Take the PA-234 exit toward Heidlersburg/E Berlin
0.2 mi
Continue on PA-234 E. Drive to N George St in York
36 min (22.2 mi)
 
Turn right onto PA-234 E/E Berlin Rd
 Continue to follow PA-234 E
19.5 mi

Turn left onto PA-462 E/W Market St
2.7 mi

Turn left onto N George St
49 ft
York
Pennsylvania

Copy and paste the "entire link" to view the route in google maps and make adjustments.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/South+Boston,+VA+24592/York,+Pennsylvania/@37.8378412,-79.387833,9z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x89ad6389299e76d9:0xa8be56d99cbb3f2!2m2!1d-78.9013987!2d36.6987493!3m4!1m2!1d-79.9465479!2d38.6713455!3s0x884b0e487ce1f2c3:0x5221e35ddc28068d!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c88bc157ae8561:0x1aacfaea5ef213cd!2m2!1d-76.727745!2d39.9625984!3e0

I hope this helps you on your journey.

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« Reply #194 on: January 16, 2019, 06:51:35 PM »

John- If you're thinking of going to the Harley plant, you'd be better off hitting up Gettysburg.
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« Reply #195 on: January 26, 2019, 01:08:37 AM »

More to come!
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« Reply #196 on: January 26, 2019, 01:39:22 AM »

Husqvarna  :-)
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« Reply #197 on: January 27, 2019, 06:17:34 PM »

I started a thread here http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=9652.0 if you have any interest in this bike. I'll be updating that thread as it unfolds.

My latest bad decision... 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
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« Reply #198 on: January 27, 2019, 07:07:41 PM »

I was hoping it was the Svartpilen!!  They are so cool looking!
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« Reply #199 on: January 29, 2019, 06:22:12 PM »

Bourbon is helping me research parts for the Svartpilen this super cold day. Gah! 90 days to spring time.

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« Reply #200 on: February 05, 2019, 12:47:29 AM »

I was out meandering today and stopped at one overlook for a quick pic or three. What a treat to have upper 50s in February, seize the day!

Stopped by the dealership for some parts.


A quick gas stop.


A spectacular view on a winter's day.





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« Reply #201 on: February 06, 2019, 12:54:33 AM »

Trying to capitalize on the nice weather I traveled out to Colonial Beach for a cup of coffee, roughly 60 miles each way.


Temperature got as high as 72*F/22*C which is amazing for this time of year. Normally in the spring and summer these roads offer canopy tree shade as I carve my way around Fort A.P. Hill.


When I get there I just soak in the scenery and revel in the moment as life is good today.




No much of an adventure but it's a great start in February '19.
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« Reply #202 on: February 06, 2019, 04:25:17 PM »

Looks like a good day to be out and about!!
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« Reply #203 on: February 25, 2019, 04:04:36 PM »

My friend Michael that I posted about above is on the road to recovery and still a couple months out from riding. In the mean time I've been keeping my radar open for a replacement of his beloved Burger 200 and I found one in Houston, TX with only 375 miles on her for a steal of a price. That's the good news, the bad news is he's in no condition to travel for a fly and ride let alone a trailer drive to and from The Keys to Houston.

So I'm stewing on the the idea of helping him out with the idea that I have cabin fever here in VA as it is still a tad sketchy weather here. Hmmm.... so I called him up and many texts later we decided I'll fly out one way to Houston, ride it to the Keys, toss him the keys, catch a plane back to the Old Dominion! What could go wrong?

Conchshooter's new steed!



This will not be a stop and smell the roses tour but a delivery tour with some points of interest pictures. Talk about deja vu, a third of the route is almost the same route I took when I purchased my 946. Here's roughly the route I have planned as best I can as I have 24 hours to do my job, prep and pack, buy tickets, etc., etc. I'll stop in Louisiana to visit some friends and the work my way down the left coast of FL and eventually to Key West. I hope Mother Nature cuts me some slack on this trip as she has pounded me on the last couple. I'll post my adventure (not much of one) here with many pics and a glympse of my location should you have any interest in where I'm at on this journey.


My plane leaves Richmond at 6 AM tomorrow morning so I'll be up and headed to the airport at 4 Am, here we go another redeye...

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« Reply #204 on: February 25, 2019, 04:13:00 PM »

I just realized I didn't post what happened to Michael in this thread so here's backstory. I did ask him if it was okay to share and he was more than fine with it. So my apologies for the reverse oder here folks.

Conchshooter:

1/2 mile from his home he T-boned a car. I got a frantic phone call from Michael while he was laying there waiting for the EMS to arrive. I have spoken with him and he at the time felt he was at the end of his road and needed to say a few things to folks. He called his wife to give an update but more so the tell her he loved her. He called me next and we had phone connectivity issues so he left a voicemail. Eric... It' Michael.... I had a bad wreck... my leg hurts... love you... bye... is all that was said.

After some time I was able to reach him and find out the severity of is accident.

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I got T- boned. Simple as that. I had driven up the connecting road to US One and within half a mile I was at speed limit, 45 mph and passing two cross streets near the Square Grouper restaurant. I saw the white compact entering on the right stop for the large pick up in front of me. Inexplicably it pulled forward on my approach. I knew I was fucked and I saw what was coming. With ABS brakes I just pulled hard on both levers on my Baby Burgman. I hit the sedan at the front wheel and I never lost consciousness. Iím writing these words from my bed in Intensive care at Jackson Memorial, Miami. I have a major operation in a few hours to reassemble my pelvis. I trust I wonít bleed out in the table but it is a possibility.





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« Reply #205 on: February 25, 2019, 04:15:17 PM »

Spin forward to this day he is still in rehab, very down about not "yet" being able to ride and working hard on his rehab to recapture his life. I fear that this may be me one day or any of us for that matter so I do what I can to help. If you wish to read the entire backstory, you can read about it here. https://advrider.com/f/threads/conchscooter-nearly-bites-the-dust.1337256/

As I post on many on my threads:

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

Thanks for reading,

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« Reply #206 on: February 25, 2019, 04:51:22 PM »

Use the will to ride as a motivator and every painful rehab session will get you closer to your goal. He needs to make sure his PT is aware of his need to regain riding fitness as well. First meeting with every one of my physical therapists has included goals and they like motivated patients. Hope your friend starts getting excited about the new scoot and gets back to riding when he is ready.
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« Reply #207 on: February 25, 2019, 05:16:57 PM »

Use the will to ride as a motivator and every painful rehab session will get you closer to your goal. He needs to make sure his PT is aware of his need to regain riding fitness as well. First meeting with every one of my physical therapists has included goals and they like motivated patients. Hope your friend starts getting excited about the new scoot and gets back to riding when he is ready.

So true what you posted. Thank you for the kind reply.

The route is planned!

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« Reply #208 on: February 25, 2019, 06:03:31 PM »

Have a safe and hopefully rain free trip.
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« Reply #209 on: February 26, 2019, 01:50:38 AM »

Keep us updated on your progress. I was going to post about your kind act this morning, but our power has been out all day. Be safe and give Conch our regards.
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