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« Reply #240 on: March 04, 2019, 12:52:19 AM »

I did some exploring today.


The one request that 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.




A wave came and stole my thunder of the photo op but it was awesome. Mission accomplished!


Some random pics.



There were scoots everywhere and are a viable means of transportation here in the Keys.


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)







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!






A truck parked out front.


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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« Reply #241 on: March 04, 2019, 01:00:14 AM »

Gives a whole new meaning to wearing a helmet for safety.

Was having the exact same thought as I scrolled to your post. Glad the incident ended quickly and without injury to you, Eric.

The mighty Alabama!

After enjoying a too brief visit to Charleston, South Carolina, looking for more mini-vacation destinations (Mobile Bay was already under consideration), and now seeing your photo, I have moved Battleship Memorial Park far up the list of places to visit. Your entire thread is a great read and view.

Glad you'll go back to that park as I was itching to go myself! Please post up if you go and your thoughts and experiences there. Thanks for stopping by and reading.
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« Reply #242 on: March 04, 2019, 01:03:37 AM »

OK, I know you were happy to deliver the scooter, and Michael is happy that you delivered the scooter, but I bet Mrs. Conch wasn't all that thrilled, was she?

Funny you should ask that, she was fine with it as she knows its Michael's love in his life. She asked me that I would giver her the key when I arrived which I promptly did right after i arrived. Michael has a lot more PT to do before he gets a clearance from the doc. Hopefully he's motivated now.
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« Reply #243 on: March 04, 2019, 01:06:47 AM »

Eric, always a great read and pics.  Still waiting for Spring.  Arctic forecast the next three days.  High of 14 Monday low of 0 tomorrow night. ☹️

Cathy, I sure hope you and Bob catch a break in the weather, your neck of the woods sure has been hit hard this winter. Sunny days are ahead!
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« Reply #244 on: March 04, 2019, 01:21:43 AM »

Glad you arrived safely and the new owner is happy. Now you need to post a review of the Burgman 200.

Jdbrot,

Here's my quick 2 on the Burgman 200.

This scooter is wide like all the Burgmans but yet it's low enough if you have a short inseam for most to be able to flat foot the ground. The motor is amazing  in the sense it is a class leader at its useable power range. It hums along effortlessly at 70 to 73 mph while still maintaining decent gas mileage at those sustained speeds. Michael and I spoke at great length about the speeds I was going to travel at and he said no sweat, have at it. As he took a 3,500 mile trip last summer and it never burned a drop of oil. I check the oil every gas stop to be sure and he was correct, zero loss of oil on that trip.

The gas mileage is somewhere around 90 mpg when doing 55 mph and hinder but drops to 60 mpg when you push it hard at speeds 70 and above. She tops out at 80 mph, GPS verified. There's 2 glove boxes up by the pet carrier and one has a 12DC adapter in there that I used to charge my phone and GPS on the go. The other glove box is small and good for a change of gloves and your wallet. There's ample storage under the seat for 1 helmet and a plethora of other gear as well. I don't know how far she can go on a tank of gas but I was refueling at 125 miles and putting in 2.1 gallons on each fill up. When the gas gauge fell to just one bar, I was looking for gas immediately so idk how much further on that one bar and reserve?

The baby Burger rails in the rain believe me this was tested for over 1,000 miles of pretty bad rain on this trip. The windshield is perfect for Michael but for me it falls short and I was getting the blast of wind on my shoulders and dirty air up by my helmet. There's loads of aftermarket windshields to remedy this or maybe try the Lanmar lip.

This scooter is seriously overlooked by folks and they can be found on the cheap. I would purchase one in a heartbeat if I fit on it a little better. I hope my thoughts answered your question.
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« Reply #245 on: March 04, 2019, 02:58:23 AM »

Glad you got a day to relax.  Weather looks great.
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« Reply #246 on: March 04, 2019, 03:55:53 AM »

Thanks for the review. Hope you dry out before you get home. Rain stinks for that many rides.
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« Reply #247 on: April 17, 2019, 12:06:28 AM »

Grabb'n a couple scooter tags today! Woohoo! Spring is here.

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« Reply #248 on: April 17, 2019, 04:42:37 PM »

Greening up!!
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« Reply #249 on: May 27, 2019, 07:23:53 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.



For supper we rolled with a bushel of crabs! 



Even my great niece was down with the crabs.


Fishing in the. morning.


Ava caught her first fish ever in her pjs. lol


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 #250 on: May 29, 2019, 06:09:55 AM »

Eric, looks like you had a good time with your family.  Thanks for sharing.

  I drove down to the St. Louis area and spent some time with family. Also spent time with Maggie, Pete and Joan.  Saw Carolyn for lunch as well.  Looking forward to seeing you in June.

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« Reply #251 on: May 29, 2019, 04:10:51 PM »

Happy Memorial Day, Eric!!  Looks like a great time!
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« Reply #252 on: June 03, 2019, 05:16:13 PM »

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.


A tornado touched down 10 miles from our home and luckily we have no damage.


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.



I treated myself to a nice VA amber lager, it was kind of cool to see a m/c on the bottle.



Words cannot describe how proud I am of this young lady. GO GET EM B!!!



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...
https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10005556905

Here's a couple of scenic pics from the day. The morning was cool and overcast, a perfect day for a ride.








I hope everyone is getting out and riding this late spring!

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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« Reply #253 on: June 03, 2019, 05:17:36 PM »

In other news...


I have a question for folks here. When I took the 946 out last weekend the cupped tire is getting super annoying. It feels like I'm riding on a rumble strip so I'll get the tire replaced. So I Googled it and here's what Dunlop stated:

When braking is applied to the front tire, the load transfer over-flexes the tire and increases the tendency for cupping and uneven wear. ... Under inflation and overloading of motorcycle tires are significant causes of cupping and uneven wear, particularly in association with hard braking and/or trailer use.

Now before every ride I top off my tires to make sure they're up to snuff. So unless my air gauge is not reading properly I just don't get why this happens periodically to some of my bikes. In this case it's a Michelin with almost 6,000 miles on it and the tread is about 50%.

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« Reply #254 on: June 03, 2019, 11:28:01 PM »

Looks like an exciting ride!!  Congrats Bianka!!

Yuck on the tornado, I'm so over this awful weather.
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« Reply #255 on: June 22, 2019, 01:01:05 AM »

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...


They made it in one piece and shoved a beer in their hand as soon as they rolled up.


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 #256 on: June 22, 2019, 01:03:37 AM »

Wow that's some rain!

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« Reply #257 on: June 22, 2019, 01:12:20 AM »

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.


Steak & cheese bread with fried mac & cheese.


I had the shrimp & grits. Yum!


A sign on the restroom, seem about right and legit for today's climate! lol


Next door is Carl's ice cream which is to die for!



Yep, paper hats included.




Happy campers tonight!
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« Reply #258 on: June 22, 2019, 01:21:55 AM »

Love the bathroom sign!!!
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« Reply #259 on: June 22, 2019, 01:29:11 AM »

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.




TJ has started documenting all plant, animal and bug life in North America.


Here's an actual currancy for the 1700s for $100 that was for sale in the gift shop for the princely sum of $800.


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!


Here's some random pics of Monticello of the exterior.





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« Reply #260 on: June 22, 2019, 01:35:10 AM »

A few more...




Slaves toilet.



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.




The kitchen...


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 #261 on: June 22, 2019, 02:05:01 AM »

And the last of the pics.






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 #262 on: June 22, 2019, 02:10:23 AM »

We rolled out of Monticello to wrangle up some lunch and stopped at the BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville. Yum! http://www.bbqex.com/home.html




Bob and Cathy head back to Chi-town tomorrow and will be missed. Until next time...

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

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« Reply #263 on: June 22, 2019, 04:10:52 PM »

Great pictures thanks for sharing!!!
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« Reply #264 on: June 23, 2019, 05:03:02 AM »

It was great seeing you and Lisa and of course all the pups.  Had a wonderful time.  I will post a report once I get home.  I either had no internet, bad cell connection and when I did I was having to much fun and or was to tired to post. 
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« Reply #265 on: July 03, 2019, 10:20:52 PM »


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

Happy 4th of July to all my scootista's & m/c friends that live in the U.S.

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« Reply #266 on: July 05, 2019, 02:56:20 PM »

Happy 4th!
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« Reply #267 on: July 23, 2019, 08:43:31 PM »

Not much riding in this update of my meanderings... There was a nice fellow on ADV that is 74 and bouncing back from a 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.


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 #268 on: July 23, 2019, 08:48:05 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




Almost there.


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.

And we arrive at Xtreme Powersports.


The view out their front door.



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« Reply #269 on: July 23, 2019, 08:51:56 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.




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.




They even had a red 946!



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