My Vespa 946 adventures

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  1. The Virginian

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    Make the trip to the Old Dominion and use my scoot or bike to look around. ;) Thanks for reading and commenting.

    Eric
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  2. phillyrube

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    Glad you made it. Be sure to swing by Johns Drive In, 3.5 mp on the beach road, near the Black Pelican. Get the Dolphin Boat
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  3. The Virginian

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    Here's a quick video on the ferry I threw together.



    A couple of small bridges.

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  4. Buster Grumpy

    Buster Grumpy Sucker for "great deals"

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    Awesome adventure and sweet turtle head!
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  5. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Looks great Eric, nice country!

    Thanks for posting.
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  6. The Virginian

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    When I arrived the wind was howling with the outer edges of Irma. 35 to 40 mph gusts.
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    We got a bushel of crabs for supper. ;)
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    Random shot...
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    I wanted to visit some of the light houses. Here's the first one, Bodie Island Light Station. Read about it here.
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    In this picture it marks all the ship wrecks on the coastline.
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    Next up the Cape Hatteras Light Station, this one is the last one on the peninsula. Read about it here.
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    There's a tremendous amount of history regarding these light houses. There's a book I want to read Women Lighthouse Keepers. During the civil war women maned these light stations while their husbands were off to war in effect keeping the shipping commerce up and rolling. Read about it here.

    The U.S.S. Monitor sank off the coast of Hatteras as well. The Monitor had become famous when it prevented the Confederate ironclad Merrimack—renamed the Virginia—from breaking the Union blockade of the James River that was stifling the rebellious states' ability to wage battle during the U.S. Civil War. After 140 years under water they're still trying to bring up the ship. Read about it here!

    Also a German U Boat was sunk 35 miles off the coast of Hatteras. Off Hatteras was known as Torpedo Alley or Torpedo Junction as the U Boats attacked merchant ships relentlessly. Ships sailed by the dozens daily past this point.

    Here's a quick story of just one of them.
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    The U-boat skipper, Hans-Dieter Heinicke, had a crippled submarine and was headed home when he spotted the juicy allied convoy off the coast of North Carolina.

    Although Heinicke, 29, had a damaged boat, he had sunk only three ships on his four prior patrols and probably saw the 19 merchant vessels of convoy KS-520 plodding south at 8 knots as a chance to redeem himself.

    About 4 p.m. on July 15, 1942, about 30 miles off Cape Hatteras, U-576 attacked. In the ensuing free-for-all, the sub sank one ship and damaged two others but was assailed by aircraft and escorts, and sank with all hands.

    Researchers announced that they had discovered the wreck of U-576, as well as the wreck of the sunken merchant ship, and hailed the find as a rare snapshot of a little known chapter of World War II.

    In the case of the American freighter Pipestone County, torpedoed off Cape Henry, Virginia, in April 1942, Heinicke surfaced near the lifeboats and gave the survivors provisions. He apologised for sinking their ship, and no one was killed. <----- Amazing!
    The abbreviated name “U-boat” comes from the German word unterseeboot, meaning submarine or undersea boat. Read about it here.

    Here's a few more random pics of the ferry area...
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    They're building a new bridge that is amazing to me with the hollow engineering.
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    Look at the size of this section suspended.
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    Sub par pictures but it's the best I can do scooting along...
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    Fiftygrit Been here awhile

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    The pic's look great, but the crabs look better hahaha
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  8. Clampett

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    Just reread this thread. I'm considering buy a Honda Silverwing (again) but reading this makes me think about the 946. I keep talking myself out of it.
    Scooters are so much fun and easier to stop and smell the roses, so to speak.
    Thanks for the posts Eric. Ha, now I know where you live.
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  9. jon_l

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    Great beach trip Eric, I like your photos.

    Someone needs to invest in a new flag. I bet they don't last long with the wind on the beach-front.
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    Cabanza - my TU is for sale. The V7 is not much larger, not much heavier, and while not a powerful bike, it feels powerful in comparison to the TU250.

    When it is gone, we will be a 2 bike couple, first time in a long time. Looking forward to lots of space in the garage.
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  11. The Virginian

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    They were! Yum!!!!

    Larry,

    Come on down and take her your for the day. Ride your CTX up I'll put you up. ;)

    Funny you mention that which is exactly what I did. The old flag will go the American Legion who will formally dispose of it.
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    Time to finish this leg up of the trip!

    I rode home today and the weather was terrific. Wow, I lucked out all week on the weather... Just a few pics as nothing was really notable. Yesterday we hit up the beach and aquarium. First a couple critter pics and they had many sea life from the local area.
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    Albino
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    When I buy t-shirts I tend to purchase them from places that the National Parks supports as the profit goes to helping keep the doors open. This particular facility is a med clinic for turtles of all things. I asked how many patients they get a year. Her reply was 500 to 800 turtles a year, most from prop strikes from boats like this big boy that's on the road to recovery.
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    I'm a Batman fan in a big way and the had this t-shirt! ;)
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    I loved this one as well as I feel it expresses exactly how I've felt most of my life.
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  13. The Virginian

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    A Tommy Bahama ad I saw in one of the surf shops. ;)
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    Po Boy for lunch!
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    The view at lunch.
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    My pirate kite for my niece.
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    Off to Xscape, fun
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    Last one, a tiny frog hung out with me for bit.
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    I rode home and stopped in Williamsburg for gas.
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    I broke 4,000 on the ride home.
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    By the numbers.
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    One last thing, I think I've told y'all I'm a numbers guy. Believe it or not, I've been tracking exactly how many miles I've ridden in my lifetime and on this trip home I broke 1,000,000 miles. No fanfare, no plaques or awards, just a warm fuzzy and a sense of accomplishment.

    Life is short, enjoy the ride.

    Thanks for reading,

    Eric
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