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Old 11-01-2012, 07:11 PM   #106
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Continuing day four, 9-24-12:

After leaving the ferry, we find Cedar Island to be mostly a rural area and some fun roads actually.






Moving the wind on the big motor....thinking about Willie Nelson singing "On th' Road Again....









Some neat sweepers along the channels...











Hard times maybe?







Think they could use a little paint...







Thinking about an afternoon snack on the way to Morehead City but maybe not here....






The Sanitary Restaurant? Uh, ...no thanks! It may be good, just does not sound like it...







We run a few errands in Morehead City so unless you want to see WalMart or the CVS, we'll skip that we check into our room for the night then go hunting for dinner. We stumble, well, not that happy yet, on this place and it was absolutely fantastic. Great awesome food!














We split a great salad and order a variety of small menu items and got to meet the owner and chef. We enjoyed his food, the service was great, and he brought us desert on the house...wow! It was a chocolate creme crepe or something but it was sooo good! Well, that's all for this day and the next day will be a big run down through Salter Path, a lunch stop in Snead's Ferry, and a bunch of fun on Topsail Island. Will post asap....


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Old 11-09-2012, 10:20 PM   #107
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So we rise on the sixth day of our journey. The trip today will take us through Wilmington, down by Kure Beach to see a friend, across the Fort Fisher Ferry to Southport and finally late in the day we find our room in Charleston on Meeting Street just across from the old slave market.

Leaving Topsail Island, we see more of these strange looking little concrete buildings:





I have been a regular visitor to Topsail for over 30 years. Locals have told me these were observation towers that used to be several levels higher when this island was occupied by the military in WWII. They were watching for the German Subs that continually tried to enter the ports in this area. When the military left, they lowered these by several levels and now many of them are used for homes or office space.

Up at Surf City, we turn west to cross off the barrier island to the mainland:







A boat rack. Neat storage system....






Crossing the draw bridge:





Needs a little TLC?? Or just give up and let it be a flower pot





You decide......





We had breakfast at Jimbo's where the tree resides in the parking area very near UNC-W and it was a great breakfast!






We rolled on down to Kure Beach to visit one of Barbara's high school classmates, Dave, and see his motel which is his pride and joy and he works very hard to make it super nice. What a neat guy he is!





The Kure Keys Motel. Check it out if you want a nice place to stay, a JAahhhhhCuzzi, and the best of hosts.





Our trusty horse tied up outside:





It was a fun visit but we had to eventually roll on toward Charleston so we hit the Fort Fisher Ferry for a brief ride over to Southport:








Here comes our ride:










We disembark from our third ferry ride this trip:






mtngal gets a photo behind as we leave the ship:






We find a lot of water towers it seems:






Having problems with her ear rings in that wind I guess Obviously we are in SC where helmets are not in vogue...






Another shot of the ever-present and growing orbs in mtngal's camera!






We enter Charleston. What an awesome bridge they have here!







Great camera work by mtngal!















That's right, she took these right in the 5pm traffic mess..timed our entrance perfectly! I was about nuts by the time we got to our room as I had this traffic, full of idiots, and the sun setting right in my face....ugh!!!






Finally we enter the old part of town near the water and our room on Meeting Street: The architecture here is incredible as you will see form a few select shots tomorrow. We spend a couple days here. Just to nice to fly through town without enjoying the culture and food.






Here ye go, at our room, valet park this! This was an awesome place to stay and the porter helped us get all the cases to our room then led me with his golf cart to their private parking and brought me back. Simple even on a bike so this gave us a great room right across from the market and a fun town to share with mtngal for a few days:







While we were unloading and our cameras were not handy, guess who we meet right outside the entrance? Remember the nice guy from Germany that I meet on the ferry? He and his friend were staying here as well! What a small world.






Beautiful courtyard and more photos of this to come as this is a small section of it:






View from outside our door:






Yes we splurged here on the room but it was the best deal in town for parking our bike, the room is obviously elegant, and right in the shops and market for my lovely lady to enjoy ( and FOOD what great FOOD )







We went out for a stroll and I was ready for some beer and FOOD! Headed down by the market, we again run into our German friends and they had eaten at AW Shucks and loved it so we headed there. After a round of their bacon wrapped shrimp, we had dessert Yes, this fall I ended up eating my way from Shediac, NB Canada to Charleston and loved and as I sit here posting this up, I am still trying to starve the pounds off my butt !





Ok folks, tomorrow is a big day so I'll show up with that in a day or so....
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:40 PM   #108
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The seventh day of our trip, 9-27-12, is to be a fun rest day in Charleston. We start the day out by having breakfast with the nice folks we met from Germany...so funny...we kept running across them all the way down from OBX to our hotel in Charleston.





Another view of the courtyard where we ate breakfast and was back in the afternoon for a wine and cheese reception....terrible ain't it....






Our room here was very nice but it reminded us of Delft blue antique dishes But it was very nice and the bed was big enough for my long legs...






I did see a good deal on a sport bike down here....kid was riding it on a back street and was concerned about the police chasing him...





Eh...don't think it would fit me too well anyway.






Now here is a sampling from our day of browsing the shops and hanging out near the waterfront. Lots of neat architecture and equineitecture ( I made that up) if you like that sort of thing...if not...scroll on I'll post up more of the trip in a few days.





































photo of mtngal taking a photo...















Neat tree bark











I have no idea how that plant got up there...











Great food here!














The market





















































I think you may want to tilt your computer to look at this next one...









Wow,getting dehydrated just looking at this, time for some refreshments at the Noisy Oyster...































































































































Ok, enough of this and tomorrow we head down to see the Tea Plantation, Angel Oak, and then head north toward Newberry SC where we encounter a poltergeist at dinner and we have the photo to prove it...
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:16 AM   #109
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hey,
was fun rideing with you, and all on sunday...hope to do again!!!

but as wanted to ask you,, if you have ever heard, of MotoQuest.com ???

think you ,an other's (who like/flow your thread) would like ,to get up with them too..
there are based out of Alaska. that do tours ,in alaska and ,around the world.. also have rental shops across the US now,,alot on the West coast = (one in tenn) ,,,with mostly bmw or klr's rentals !!!
or go on there world tour ,an pick up ,that country' best known bike,, when you get there!! =some time never made/shipped to the USA !!!!!

Point being:: they will have a Civil War tour,,, starting/ending in D.C making a loop,,down into Va/ W Va area ,, and back,,est week long.. mostly slab = but most all on dual-sports type = some have BIG road bikes (dont think ,ever see any gravel) !!!!!!!!

THIS March 2013 !!!

main stoping points
battle grounds of - Manassas -Antietam -Getteysburg -CrossKeys -Port Republic
Harpers Ferry
Appomattox Courthouse
Museum of the Confederacy Appomattox
and the White House of the Confederacy

i hope to join them, least part of the trip.. as last time we rode (they came out here WNC) an had nice group stay the weekend, out on hwy28,, that rode some 200-300miles day..

PLEASE look them up,, an or hope to see ,you there too...!!!!!...????....
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:32 PM   #110
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hey,
was fun rideing with you, and all on sunday...hope to do again!!!

but as wanted to ask you,, if you have ever heard, of MotoQuest.com ???

think you ,an other's (who like/flow your thread) would like ,to get up with them too..
there are based out of Alaska. that do tours ,in alaska and ,around the world.. also have rental shops across the US now,,alot on the West coast = (one in tenn) ,,,with mostly bmw or klr's rentals !!!
or go on there world tour ,an pick up ,that country' best known bike,, when you get there!! =some time never made/shipped to the USA !!!!!

Point being:: they will have a Civil War tour,,, starting/ending in D.C making a loop,,down into Va/ W Va area ,, and back,,est week long.. mostly slab = but most all on dual-sports type = some have BIG road bikes (dont think ,ever see any gravel) !!!!!!!!

THIS March 2013 !!!

main stoping points
battle grounds of - Manassas -Antietam -Getteysburg -CrossKeys -Port Republic
Harpers Ferry
Appomattox Courthouse
Museum of the Confederacy Appomattox
and the White House of the Confederacy

i hope to join them, least part of the trip.. as last time we rode (they came out here WNC) an had nice group stay the weekend, out on hwy28,, that rode some 200-300miles day..

PLEASE look them up,, an or hope to see ,you there too...!!!!!...????....
Will do !! Sounds like a lot of fun and neat things to see soz I'll check into it.

Yup! Good ridin' with you too and seems like you can take that KLR bout anywhere I had a blast and it was good to get out on the KTM for a change. Been wiring up my GPS mount and switch for it on the Adventure tonight and think I got it done. Going to ride it some over the Holiday then I have a Clearwater aux light system for more front running lights ( can't have too many I guess ) and they are dimmable soz that'll be a big job and I have to figger out where to mount them so I won't leave them on a stump somewhere....you take care and lets ride again soon. Thanks for checking in on my trippin thread!
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:16 PM   #111
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Now finally getting a chance to post up the next day of this trip. It is Friday 9-28-12 and we are loading up to leave Chucktown ( Charleston). Since our bike was just a few blocks down the street in a private lot for the Hotel, their bell hop took us in the cart and our luggage to the bike. Very helpful and offered to stay until we were on our way but I assured him that we would be OK or I'd call back to the desk.







So we are on the road out of town and headed south to see the only Tea Plantation in the US and since the giant Angel Oak is in the same area, we plan to stop there as well then it will be northward bound toward home with some neat stops along the way.






















Incredible place and worth a visit. Free visit unless you want to take the bus ride through the whole farm.























I thinks I'll stay out of this bed, old age is doing that for me anyway



















Custom designed, only one like it in existence.....not a cotton pickin' tea picker, just a tea picker.







Lots of huge Live Oaks here jsut like the Angel Oak we are going to visit next. The tea plantation makes different types of tea. We learned that teas are different only because of the curing process and not any difference in tea plants.







OK, back north a few miles up the road, we turn into see the Angel Oak. Disclaimer, don't go here on a bike unless you are accustomed to riding off road and in very soft loose sand. The road is flat but total sand and so is the parking lot. Loaded and 2-up was a bit tricky even for an off-roader like me!







Maybe 1/2 mile of this sand....







Awesome tree!!!











mtngal in the pic and I guess you noticed they keep some limbs propped up out of the sand.








We tried some back roads in the general direction of I-26 but did not seem to be making much time. We wanted to get north of Columbia before stopping for the night so I got on I-26 early on then we went looking for the neat little town of Newberry SC.






We found a Hampton in Newberry and decided to stay there as it was convenient, new and built to match the famous Newberry Opra House next door. There is also an excellent bistro just up the street and as an added bonus, we found out it is haunted as you will see.






Opra House...


















Newberry downtown was a pleasant surprise. Beautiful spot and we headed for the bistro to see what the chef has cooking. We asked the waitress to take our photo and she said it may not work because we had just been seated and the spirit usually joins the last guests seated but she would try and if the camera would not work, she could come back after the seated someone else. Well, me being the brave skeptic handed her my camera and ask her to shoot away....oops she said...








She tried another angle but the spirit is still there.....I think mine and mtngal's eyes are the most spooky thing in the photos






maybe this is just an indication of how much we have had to drink ( we are fuzzy right )

OK, she came back after they seated some other folks and I handed her the same camera....now this is the same camera in all pics and not the one that gave us problems in the first half of the trip. Ghost gone now.







This bistro was an old medical building and they did have a patient die there and so it been haunted since. The food was absolutely awesome!!!






OK, that's about it for this day as we took a brief stroll then off for rest. Saw no more ghosts either. The next day we head up toward Mill Spring on back roads, a stop in Black Mountain for pizza then on home near Max Patch.....I'll post those up asap.


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Old 12-06-2012, 09:35 PM   #112
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The last day of our little trip to the coast is here. It's been 8 good days. Looking a bit rainy but I guess that's the odds since we have seen very little. We roll out of the nice town of Newberry and head generally north with a brief run on I-26 then off on US 9 north through Mill Spring NC and on toward Black Mountain NC.
































Home looms in yonder distance







I hope this little guy was not abandoned! He wanted to go with us so bad.....







The golden rods are in full color now and the Joe-Pye is 10 feet tall..








We approach a favorite ride location for cruiser bikes.



















The lake is nice today even though its a damp day.











I wait patiently as mtngal gets a few nice shots from the last day











What's that pretty girl doin' with a sasquatch??? Definitely a happy couple!








Rolling on toward Black Mountain we pass through Chimney Rock.















Now we are back on the sucky crooked roads! At least nobody can tell how poor I am at riding a straight line.











Lets roll.......







dang it never ends..........











We had planned to get lunch at a great sandwich shop but....







No water????!!!!






Well, too bad...guess it's on to pizza in Black Mountain.










Ain't no straight roads around here!



















Pizza order is in!!!






It's looking wet and stormy







They are moving us inside cause the umbrella can't handle this...







Just like our whole trip, everything has just worked out perfect. Some good left-over pizza and since it's time to roll, the sun is back out for us....wow!






A shot of the depot as our BMW train leaves town....



















A brief run on Aye-fourdy...






Patton Ave. in Asheville as usual a mess as we try to get on 63 north.







Back to Madison er' Bloody Madison as some say.... ( it ain't really...just a lot of nice folks like us )







Ah... home at last........




Kidding



Ugly place ain't it?






Wet again but we don't care as we are close to home...






Darn these roads!
























Getting tired of seeing these roads yet?




Oh just one more....







The top!! Now we get to do the same back-down....






Ok...I'll spare you the grief...now bottomed out at Trust....only one more mountain to cross then up on the next one























In the driveway....







Oh no! We are being attacked...or...Murphy wants to checkout all the smells on our pants






Somebody is happy to see us home!!!







Thanks for following us along. Your comments are welcome and hope you enjoyed our trip. It is now early December and we have a few more little one day rides to post up. Also, the wonderful GS you saw us riding has been traded off for a demo new GS Adventure which is working out just great so far. We have more range with the extra fuel, some lower low gears for the hills and larger cases so we are looking forward to a good trip in the Spring. Til next time...oh...Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or whatever you celebrate just do it!


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Old 12-07-2012, 02:58 PM   #113
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What a great trip! I've throughly enjoyed following along. Thanks for taking all the time to post this up!
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:06 PM   #114
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What a great trip! I've throughly enjoyed following along. Thanks for taking all the time to post this up!
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #115
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Wow. Nice photography. Carolina.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:17 PM   #116
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Thanks _anatic, KingJarhead, and Gaston Gagne! We did have a good trip and mtngal took most of the photos. She would have put more of the shots through photoshop but there was just not enough time with so much material. We enjoy being able to share with you guys and all those out there who followed along but did not say anything.

I have the new ( almost new...a demo with 2K on it) Adventure pretty well dialed in to fit me now with a few handlebar and pedal adjustments and it feels just as comfortable as the GS did so I am looking forward to 2013 being a good riding season...maybe a few short day trips this winter weather permitting
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:01 PM   #117
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Good job, brings back lots of good memories!
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:26 AM   #118
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Thanks for sharing your pics and your ride. It looks like you had a fine time. I enjoyed seeing old familiar places from a different perspective. I really enjoyed seeing new places that I now want to ride to so I can see them for myself. Thank you for taking us along!

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Old 12-09-2012, 02:47 AM   #119
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Wow, great trip! Thanks for sharing all of the great photos of Charleston (I recognized most of them ). Did you make it over to the College of Charleston campus? It is a beautiful campus with great architecture.

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Glad you enjoyed the report Mtn man. We will have more later and a short half day report on an area close by that few have been in I think.
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