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« Reply #300 on: October 08, 2019, 02:59:08 AM »

TBT - Throw Back Thursday
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Ape hangers, metal-flake banana seat, raked front end, I thought I was Evil Knievel back in those days!
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« Reply #301 on: October 08, 2019, 03:04:56 AM »

Antietam National Battlefield

The Bloodiest Day in American History--Hope for Freedom

****History Alert - scroll ahead if you have no interest****

I usually post a boat load of pics with a few thoughts and then share a paragraph or two at the end of this ride report. I rode up to Front Royal to ride with Philbilly my BIL who is my riding partner to check out Antietam. To put that into perspective, Antietam is only 55 - 60 miles away. I'm experimenting with Vespa mapping app and see how well it does so I can do a proper report on the "Supertech" at a later date.

You can read about Antietam Here. https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm

The entryway






Tandem ammo wagons that were used that were horse drawn


Artillery





Rifles barrels


The park service volunteers were giving cannon and rifle demonstrations
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« Reply #302 on: October 08, 2019, 03:26:58 AM »

The battle was over with the Union sitting on three sides, waiting for the next day. During the night of the 18th, General Lee pulled his troops back across the Potomac River, leaving the battle and the town to General McClellan. It was the bloodiest day in United States history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing.



The welcome center and museum.


There are so many monuments from every state that was here, a person could spend day finding them all as they're spread throughout the National Park, so I'll only post a few examples.

New York



The battlefield


Thoughts of a few important people... worthy of zooming in and reading.









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« Reply #303 on: October 08, 2019, 03:36:46 AM »

On a lighter note these guys cover the fields by the thousands.


One landed on my scoot


Did you know there was a namesake aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Antietam?



The museum





Friend or foe?



In the gift shop cartridge load candy.


I didn't know the Irish fought on the gray side so I bought this book to read up on the topic.



Many of the photos and artifacts are loaned, donated or willed to the museum.





(more to come)
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« Reply #304 on: October 15, 2019, 07:58:35 PM »

Some more meanderings...

Today's is wash and detail all the bikes day.

Pro Tip: Use your leaf blower after washing your scoot and you can blow off 95% of the water without ever touching the bike.


Also when waxing a Vespa just pull up the floorboard strips to avoid getting wax on the rubber.
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« Reply #305 on: October 15, 2019, 08:02:12 PM »

Some random shots of the day...






These two are a bit corny.


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« Reply #306 on: October 15, 2019, 08:05:17 PM »

Brake lever replaced, waiting on a batch of other parts to come in.

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« Reply #307 on: October 15, 2019, 08:09:33 PM »

Cooter's Place
Yes, you read that right~

After all the civil war posts I decided to lighten the mood a bit, destination Cooter's Place! Now Cooter (Ben Lewis Jones) was the mechanic that kept Bo and Luke Duke's Charger on the road outrunning the the sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane and Boss Hogg.

Here's the planned route today.


You pass through Sperryville which is a very small quaint town.




It spits you out at the mouth of the Shenandoah National Park. This area is kind of our "Rock Shop" so you're likely to see all walks of life on two wheels in these parts.


Folks, rt 211 is not to be missed if you're in this neck of the woods. Amazing!


Not long after you crest the mountains you pop out in Luray. Be sure to Check out Luray Caverns if you visit, a must see!
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« Reply #308 on: October 15, 2019, 08:14:08 PM »

Now a little backstory on Cooter, actor Ben Jones. What most folks don't know about Ben ( a local Virginian) was his political career. Here's a snip...

Following the end of The Dukes of Hazzard, Jones entered the political arena as a Democrat. In 1986, he ran unsuccessfully against Pat Swindall for a seat in the United States House of Representatives from Georgia, garnering 47% of the vote, more than expected. He ran again in 1988, against Swindall, this time easily winning with 60% of the vote. Jones was narrowly re-elected in 1990, but in 1992, following redistricting which moved his home into another district, he was defeated in the Democratic primary election. In 1994, he ran against the then-House Minority Whip and soon-to-be House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Jones received 35% of the vote.

Jones has since returned to acting, as well as becoming a well-known writer, writing many political essays and a one-man play about Dizzy Dean in which he plays the famous "Gashouse Gang" pitcher and baseball announcer.

In 1998, he broke from most Democrats and called on President Bill Clinton to resign during his impeachment. Jones is still active in the Democratic Party. In 2002, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States House from Virginia against Republican incumbent Eric Cantor, thus becoming one of very few recent American politicians to seek elective office in more than one state.


Now as a child growing up in VA and watching the Dukes of Hazzard and having a serious crush Daisy Duke, we would frequent his place for a barn pick'n. He had a band called Cooter’s Garage Band and all were welcome to come and set a spell and play with them. Kind of an open house and it's still that way today!

Here' s the scene...




The view folks have in these parts is amazing!



He's gone to great pains to reconstruct the garage exactly as it was on the TV show.




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« Reply #309 on: October 15, 2019, 08:19:28 PM »

Random pics.






They have a museum inside, more DOH stuff than you can shake a stick at.



And sure enough the boys were pick'n when I was there. Yes, I joined in on banjo, no I will not put myself on a public forum in that manner.


Here's a short video that's about 1 minute long to give you a flavor.
https://vimeo.com/357225263
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« Reply #310 on: October 15, 2019, 08:22:07 PM »

They had a small area for folks to watch movies of the Hazzard gang and their happenings.


Cooter is usually there and always happy to autograph anything you wish. The other actors and actresses show up a couple times a year here and throw down. I have met them all and they are solid down to earth folks.

I popped in Daisy's Diner for a quick bite to eat. Chilly cheese dog, thank you very much.



Yes this is a cheesy post, what can I say. I love cheesy! In the back of my mind I can hear Jeff Foxworthy saying, "you might be a redneck when you scooter over to Cooter's!"

You never know what's going to be posted in my thread and I like it like that. Life is a box of Cracker Jacks, open up and there's always a surprise.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my rubbish.

Peace,

Eric

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« Reply #311 on: October 15, 2019, 10:50:25 PM »

I always liked Cooter, he was employed, had a business and helped everyone in Hazzard. And he had tools and knew how to use them.
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« Reply #312 on: October 15, 2019, 11:37:46 PM »

Lots of great pictures you've posted of late, Eric!! Thanks.
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« Reply #313 on: October 16, 2019, 02:13:52 AM »

I always liked Cooter, he was employed, had a business and helped everyone in Hazzard. And he had tools and knew how to use them.

I never looked at him in that light but you're right! lol

Lots of great pictures you've posted of late, Eric!! Thanks.

I'm so far behind on my posts, I'm trying to space it out as my last batch put Cathy to sleep, ;)
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« Reply #314 on: October 17, 2019, 04:54:06 PM »

A few pics of my ride home and I'll quit spamming Battle Scooters with silly pics. :spam

Folks tend to name their bikes/scooters and typically I name them a gals name. Well, I'm going to name the GTS The Gray Ghost, a famous soldier that fought for the south that I'll write about on another day. I very quietly roll up and disappear like a ghost on my GTS.

The Gray Ghost Vineyard




I call this pic "morning wood"


A couple pics from a lazy country road.




Lastly, a couple of tags and grabs for scooter tag.




I hope many of you are out and in the wind.

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« Reply #315 on: October 17, 2019, 04:58:12 PM »

TBT - My first motorcycle ever!
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« Reply #316 on: October 17, 2019, 05:00:48 PM »

Mrs. V and I planned a trip to Auckland, NZ to attend a business related conference but I wasn't able to go for a multitude of reasons. Mrs. V shared a pic from that trip.
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« Reply #317 on: October 17, 2019, 05:04:52 PM »

While I'm waiting on parts for the GTS for repair I broke out the heat gun and removed all the Warning labels.


Here in VA you are required to have a vehicle inspection. Some smacktard at the shop put it on the leg shield, grrr... So off with the inspection! I'll have to find another spot to place it.


That's all I have for today! Carry on.

(I have lots more to share as I'm catching up on my threads)
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« Reply #318 on: October 17, 2019, 07:44:16 PM »

Here in VA you are required to have a vehicle inspection. Some smacktard at the shop put it on the leg shield, grrr... So off with the inspection!

Living in Pennsylvania years ago, I needed an annual inspection on my Morphous. The shop placed the sticker on the left front fork leg. Didn't like it there, but it was probably better than any other location. The leg shield would have been worse.
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« Reply #319 on: October 18, 2019, 04:55:59 AM »

EU licence plates have room on them for the safety sticker. I'd like to be kind and suggest that they designed them this way but I know better.
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« Reply #320 on: October 18, 2019, 12:06:23 PM »

Folks, rt 211 is not to be missed if you're in this neck of the woods.

Not long ago, I was on 211, detouring around an I-81 crash near New Market. Unfortunately, this involved my truck pulling a trailer full of household items rather than a scooter or motorcycle. If this part of 211 is anywhere near like the part you rode, what a pleasure it must be. From the map image, looks like I was close. But I turned south on 340 towards Harrisonburg, and recall the beautiful environment and pleasant drive.
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« Reply #321 on: October 18, 2019, 03:25:26 PM »

Here in NY, they usually put the required inspection sticker on the lower left fork tube, but it can be anywhere on the left where it's clearly visible.
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« Reply #322 on: October 18, 2019, 03:57:05 PM »

Left front fork is SOP for inspectors here in VA but the issue is there's not much of a fork on a Vespa.
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« Reply #323 on: October 18, 2019, 04:01:04 PM »

Folks, rt 211 is not to be missed if you're in this neck of the woods.

Not long ago, I was on 211, detouring around an I-81 crash near New Market. Unfortunately, this involved my truck pulling a trailer full of household items rather than a scooter or motorcycle. If this part of 211 is anywhere near like the part you rode, what a pleasure it must be. From the map image, looks like I was close. But I turned south on 340 towards Harrisonburg, and recall the beautiful environment and pleasant drive.

You were close and sorry to hear about the detour. That corridor of 81 is treacherous so when something goes wrong it almost always ends up in loss of life. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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« Reply #324 on: October 19, 2019, 01:08:59 AM »

So this evening as the temperatures very quietly are dropping I loaded up Bella and headed to the mountains, broken toe and all. The sun was shining and it was a perfect evening for a scoot!


It's close to Halloween so I don the pumpkin head and get on down the road.


A few random pics from today's ride.





Some roads lead to gold!



Fall is falling and the leaves haven't turned yet but they're close. Not an epic trip, just a ride to clear my mind for the day. I hope all of you are in the wind and enjoying life.


Life is short, enjoy the ride.

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« Reply #325 on: October 19, 2019, 02:47:01 AM »

GREAT pics every one. Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #326 on: October 19, 2019, 06:21:11 PM »

Eric, it is always a joy reading your posts.  The pictures are awesome and so is the commentary.  I know it takes a lot of time posting your meanderings and I for one appreciate it.  Gets me through the winter with a smile on my face and and closer to retiring out your way. Eastern TN hopefully.
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« Reply #327 on: October 20, 2019, 06:01:50 AM »

I'll echo most of what Cathy had to say but Crete is my destination.
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« Reply #328 on: October 21, 2019, 06:43:57 PM »

GREAT pics every one. Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you!

Eric, it is always a joy reading your posts.  The pictures are awesome and so is the commentary.  I know it takes a lot of time posting your meanderings and I for one appreciate it.  Gets me through the winter with a smile on my face and and closer to retiring out your way. Eastern TN hopefully.

Thank you Cathy, stay warm.

I'll echo most of what Cathy had to say but Crete is my destination.

Thank you sir.
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« Reply #329 on: October 26, 2019, 10:58:38 PM »

Kind of an impromptu update. Okay, here's the latest scooter project. I have a nephew that wants to try his hand at scooters. So after many discussions he opted for a 50cc scoot and wants to do it on the cheap. (who doesn't?) I originally found a Metropolitan but it was well weathered when I went to see it and in disrepair at it price range I took a pass.

Next I found a Ruckus in disrepair not running at somewhat a handy price. I had to venture in towards D.C. to look at it which if you live in these parts is a mess fo sho!

The deal on this scoot is the folks daughter used it on campus going to University of Maryland. Brought it home and it got parked in the backyard where it sat for 3 years. It will not start now and (hopefully) will make a good project scoot to resurrect for my nephew.

Sold! Another scooter adventure to get another person on 2 wheels in the wind.



Got it home and finally got some time to crawl allover it and see what I'm dealing with.







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