A desert rat explores the south.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Domromer, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. okiegtrider

    okiegtrider Long timer

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    I dropped in here after I saw your post on one of the Tenere threads about sitting on one. Dude! just don't go ride one, you'll be sunk then for sure! I took a test ride a while back. I'm hooked and will have one before this year is done.

    Love the pics on your thread! :D good stuff.
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  2. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    I'd like to run out and buy one right now but they are sadly still above what I'd like to spend. I'm thinking I might try the Vee first as well. In the past it didn't fit my riding style but lately I've been doing a lot of high speed two up touring and the extra 40hp might be nice. Plus the majority of my farkles will transfer over from the Wee. This might be a nice lay over bike until used Tenere's come down to 8k or so.
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  3. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Like the rest of the country we've had a bunch of crappy weather, so the recreational rides have been kept to a minimum. Last weekend I did a big loop from Charleston to see some of the interior of the state and grab some file photos for our various SC tag games.

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    Pinopolis post office by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    On the site of old Pinopolis. by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Sandra wilding out. by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Visiting the grave of Francis Marion the swamp Fox...played by Mel Gibson in the Patriot by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Francis Marion tomb by dsrphotography, on Flickr
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  4. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Decided to take a day off and do some riding. It wasn't planned but I ended up exploring some dirt roads and grabbing a tag in our low country tag game.

    I was exploring some of the sand roads on Edisto Island when I came across this historic plaque. Apparently there was a town here at one point on the Edisto river. I thought this would make a great tag so i grabbed a quick pic.

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    Here is a view of the road a bit further down from the tag. I can't get enough of these pretty canopy roads.

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    At the end of the road was the mighty Edisto River. The longest undammed blackwater river in the country. Also where I'm pretty sure I dropped a pair of $200 sunglasses!

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    I passed this creepy looking swamp as I was driving around. I wonder if there are any gators in there?

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    So the riding got be all buzzed for more riding so I figured I'd ride south and grab the latest tag. I looked at the map before I left and was under the impression that the tag was between me and Beaufort. Apparently I can read a map because the tag was well past Beaufort. I was getting hungry so I stopped at a pretty park in Beaufort and snapped some pics whilst having my lunch.

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    I finally arrived at the tag location. The pics don't do it justice as it was a really pretty road.

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  5. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Nice - at least we have others who appreaciate a good ride and shoot...
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  6. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    This rain has me stuck inside and looking at old pics. I took this little day trip last summer when I first moved to Charleston. I heard of a really good boiled peanut stand on the edge of Columbia. I thought it was worth checking out so I headed inland.

    First stop some Jacksonville style blue crabs in North Charleston.

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    Lots of little corn fields on the way. Everything was nice and green.

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    I had the roads all to myself once I left town. I was surprised how little traffic there was. You can really get some speed up on these country roads.

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    The peanut vendor was on the far side of Columbia so I rode through downtown and checked out the river that runs through town.

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    I finally found the peanut stand. They were very good and salty.

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    More quiet country roads on the way home.

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    Came across this cool old house before I reached Charleston. I bet it was pretty neat inside as well.

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  7. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    After seemingly endless rain it was time to get out for a ride.

    The best way to start a ride is with a good donut. Charleston has a donut shop called Glazed. It's only been open for a year but has been blowing up!

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    By the time I got there at 10 all the fancy donuts had been sold out. So I ended up getting a cinnamon and sugar twist.

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    We rode to the Francis Marion national forest to do a little exploring.

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    There was lots of huge puddles after all the rain. Some parts were a little tricky 2 up.

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    An old Plantation house in the National Forest.

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    Found this Ferry that goes to Yawkey island. I might use this location as a tag.

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    Lots of birds hanging out. Must me a lot of fish.

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    We reached our final destination of Pawleys island.

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  8. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Finally some motorcycle action after months of commuting boredom... Picked up an 02 Dl1000 to keep my DL650 Company. I'm going to spend the next two weeks getting it ready for my Florida trip.
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  9. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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  10. bogey78

    bogey78 Been here awhile

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    Fantastic pictures and ride reports. I really enjoyed reading up on all of the places you've visited. The Vee should be perfect for all the 2up traveling you do.
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  11. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Decided to skip out on work and go for a ride today. Ending up doing about 280 miles round trip from my place in Charleston down to Savannah.. Pics and my impression of the DL1000's maiden voyage coming soon.
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  12. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Finally another trip to write about! I ended up taking the Vee on it's maiden voyage down to Savannah. We did 4 miles of dirt forst on a loop that goes through the Savannah National wildlife Area. We saw plenty of gators, some fish and a few various birds.

    After the leaving the wildlife reserve we drove into Savannah proper. The first stop was to the back in the day cafe where I scarfed down a delicious old fashioned cupcake. No pics as I ate it too fast. It's a tasty cupcake but at $3 each they make me wince a bit...I guess I'm just that cheap.

    My wife has been interviewing for a new job and she had to get on a conference call so I left her in a quiet park while I explored downtown a bit and snapped some pics. I really like Savannah. It has a real city vibe you don't find many places in the south East. I think the fact that the SCAD campus is spread over the entire city helps the whole place maintain it's fresh vibrant feel.

    I found a coffe shop on one of the squares and sat down and watched the world go by. The coffee was tasty and the hipster staff was only slightly rude. I spent some time just chilling before I ambled back to the park and collected my wife.

    The ride home was non eventful other than the weather was perfect and the nice evening light made the marsh look very pretty.

    The first ride on the Vee was very nice. I really enjoyed the extra power over the Wee and the suspension was nicer than the wee as well.

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    The new Vee heading down at dirt road at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    This alligator was chilling on the bank of a brackish canal. I knew alligators can be in brackish water but I had never seen it. by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Two guys fishing in the canals at the wildlife refuge. by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Birds and gators by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    We saw about 20 gators. by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    The new Vee posing again. by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Calhoun square in Savannah by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Another pretty park in Savannah by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Cool building by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Savannah Street scene. by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Inside the coffee shop by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Having a coffee and watching the world go by by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Very cool car cruises by by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Cool coffee shop worth checking out by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Funky bathroom by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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    Funny grafiti by dsrphotography, on Flickr
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  13. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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  14. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Heading down to Florida for a 7 day motorcycle trip. The plan is to ride the coastline of the entire state with the exception of the panhandle. Left Charleston this morning and the weather was pretty hairy. The winds were 30mph with gusts up to 40...made for some exciting bridge crossing.

    Once we were south of Savannah the winds really picked up and the rain started to come down pretty heavy. At one point a gust of wind hit us so hard that the rear tire lost traction and kicked out a while we were crossing standing water on the highway... At that point we made a command decision to find suitable accommodation. So here we sit at the quality Inn at Darien Georgia. The room is covered in wet gear draped all over the furniture.

    Tomorrow's forecast calls for rain in the morning then clear weather for the next ten days. After a nice big breakfast the plan is to hit the road with Fort clinch state park being our first stop of the day..

    I highly Recommended the quality Inn of Darien Georgia... They have great motorcycle parking.

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  15. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Finally after hours of rain we finally made it Florida!

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  16. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Yep, that was terrible weather y'all had to ride thru. Reminded me of hurricane squalls. It was beautiful weather after lunch today, though. Ride safe. I enjoy your reports & pics! :thumb
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  17. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Finally the clouds parted and we were treated to a beautiful spring day. This is the beach at our campground at Flagler Beach. The storm cleared but left behind some great waves. I went swimming for the first time this year and got in some great body surfing.

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  18. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Today we are heading inland to Deland and then to swim in some springs. In Deland we stopped at our favorite donut shop.

    Here is a view of our beach last night

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  19. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Deleons springs in Deland.

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    Making pancakes at the old sugar Mill at deleons springs

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  20. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    eating lychees for breakfast in Miami

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