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Old 01-23-2015, 08:22 PM   #1
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Eastern North Carolina on an R75/5

I was looking back through some pictures and wanted to post some of a trip with my wife. It was definitely one of the best days of my life, combining riding, good food and beer, and spending time with my lovely wife. In fact, this was her first ever trip on a motorcycle, outside of the short runs around town.

I moved to the Washington, DC area in late 2012. Unfortunately it took another 14 months for my wife to find a job up here, so she stayed back in North Carolina to continue working. My BSA stayed down there as well. I got tired of wishing I had a bike; I wanted something both reliable and old. My thoughts drifted towards an old BMW so over to Bob's BMW I went. In his warehouse of "project" bikes was an old 1973 R75/5. I was told it wouldn't pass Maryland inspection because the steering was notchy. I called my wife to make sure spending the dough was ok-after some paperwork the bike was mine.

I was living behind the house of a family and had no space to work on the bike, so my buddy Jim volunteered his garage for some space for me to get the bike running well. The steering notchiness was simply dried 40+ year old grease, some gasoline to clean up the bearings, some fresh grease, and all was right with the world.

As I was still a North Carolina resident, the bike needed to be registered in North Carolina. Antique vehicles (35+ year old vehicles by North Carolina law) only need to go through an initial inspection to verify the serial number at the county's DMV office-you have up to a year from initial registration to do this inspection. This meant I had to make a trip home. I borrowed a trailer from a work buddy and took the bike south.

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In the six years I lived in North Carolina, I never took a ferry. I thought it would be a shame to move away and never to have that experience. Leaving from our house in Washington, NC, the plan was to ride down 264, get off on 99, ride through Bath, NC and get on the Bayview-Aurora ferry (it's free!). The day was beautiful! Clear skies lots of sun-a beautiful September day. We arrived at the ferry terminal a bit early and were first in line.

The ferry finally arrived and offloaded a few cars.

The ferry goes over to Aurora, NC; it has a huge phosphate mine.

Nice calm seas meant the bike had no issues staying on deck.

After departing the ferry at Aurora, we took back roads down to the historic town of New Bern. It was the seat of the colonial government of North Carolina during British rule and then the capital of North Carolina after the Revolution. Today, though, we were just heading to eat, not to visit the historic city. There's an awesome little restaurant called The Chelsea. We had fried green tomatoes for starters.

Next came a nice beer. I had the New Orleans Pasta and she had the chicken. It was all spectacular.

Next, I wanted to stop by the Ada Mae. As an archaeologist, I would do occasional work for the Institute for International Maritime Research. This was a vessel the Institute owned. For those that grew up in the sounds of North Carolina and in the Chesapeake Bay region, skipjacks used to be plentiful. The Ada Mae is the last surviving North Carolina-built skipjack (1915), and one of maybe a couple dozen left in the world. She is a splendid sailer and wonderful (and fun!) to work on.

Persimmons, the restaurant behind the boat, is also a good place to eat. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and we headed back home. All in all, a lovely day!
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:32 PM   #2
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Not every ride has to be around the world to be epic. Your day spent on the bike with someone you love was probably more meaningful than most long rides. Nice story.
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:00 PM   #3
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Nice pictures, neat ride. I am from New Bern and use to know the owners of the Chelsea. I now live in N. VA. I've taken that ferry a many a time, along with all the other ferries.
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:06 PM   #4
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What a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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