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Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by Blinkerfluid, Feb 1, 2009.
Very Nice! I definately want to go back to the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy!
Nice job. LIKE the dollar bills!
Right! Well, Eggy and I had tons of fun but now, it's time to continue on. I had a great spot picked out for the drop but it was in NC. The NA TOR Map shows alot of open real estate in SC so I re-figured the drop zone.
You are looking for an Artesian Mineral Spring that was originally discovered in 1781. In the 1800's a local doctor added Jamaican Ginger to this water to help his patients with stomach problems. In 1903 he opened a bottling company to produce this wonderful beverage. The facility just out of the picture was built in 1920 and used until the company was purchased by the Schafer family in 1993. Schafer built a new bottling plant so that production could be increased and the old facility was then made into a working Museum. It gave the company the unique title of having the oldest and newest bottling plants in the US. Unfortunately, as you will see, it burned down several years ago.
Here is your TAG photo and you will find Eggy with his new favorite beverage!
It was pretty hot out and while I wasn't looking, he cracked his open.
He asked me, to ask whoever retrieves him, to bring him another Ginger Ale, he loved the burn! You can grab one on your way in, at this store:
I added a few goodies to the baggie and said my goodbye's to the little guy.
So here is a pic from behind the spring. I did not move the bike from the first pic, so use that as a reference also.
Look for the rotten log, it is just inside the weed line, just after the piece of brick between the pavement and weeds.
You can see the log standing at the brick.
Eggy is on the left-hand rear side of the log.
He should be safe here. Not much thru traffic but locals do draw water from the spring. Thanks and God Bless, Wesley
Damn, I miss Blenheim's. (just don't inhale!) You just can't get anything like it in New England. I drank a lot of when I lived in NC but I've never been to the factory. Wish I had time to make a run for this tag. Nice tag for sure.
More to come...
You must be related to Elliot Ness! Nice Grab!
That's some good Ginger Ale, isn't it?
Egg was thirsty when I arrived. While he was drinking his Blenheims ginger ale, I filled up with water out of the spring. Egg was very happy to finish off the entire bottle but not before I had a sip or too. He said it was yummy delicious and I agreed.
After I took this shot, my camera decided it wanted some water too, so it went swimming. I told it that electronics and water don't mix, but it didn't listen. In it went before I could stop it. Kerplunk. Uggh. Good thing I had a cell phone with me as a backup.
Before we set out I asked Egg which direction I should drive, where he wanted to go. Egg said that he had seen the Sandblast Rally sticker that kg4lho had added to the case and wanted to go experience some sand. What could I do but oblige by taking Egg for a ride in the Sandhills of NC.
We started out slow but Egg said that he wanted to go fast. And fast we went, topping out at a cool 105 mph in the dirt (far faster than we went on the tarmac). Egg had a Sand blast riding fast, and so did I. We didn't know where we were going, just followed the roads as they came up.
I tried to take a video of our sandhill fun but had trouble holding the phone in one hand, the handlebars in the other, and navigating the loose stuff at the same time, so I gave up. Would have been a great day for a helmet cam.
At one point we stopped to look at the remnants of an old building.
But night was coming and after we'd had our fill of the sand and long leaf pine forest we decided it was time to figure our way out of the dirt highway and head to the Nut Hut for dinner.
It was an uneventful ride north to the Raleigh/Durham metropolis. Upon arrival, the Nut Huts mistress of magnificent meals had a Mimosa and Dinner waiting for us. Egg is rather full right now and he has drank all of the Champagne so it's bed time for him but not before he takes his hot tub.
More adventures for Egg on tap for tomorrow...
Egg woke me up early, decided he wanted to grab the TriTOR before breakfast...
On the way back we stopped at the local general store/eatery "Pauls" to grab a down home southern breakfast with the Bubbas. Place was uber busy so we didn't hold up the line by grabbing photos. Will probly go back later to get some bait and take Egg fishing on the Neuse river.
So egg spent yesterday in the lab with me but first we took a post-ride massage from our favorite local therapist. She's a rider herself, offers a 20% discount for motorcyclists, and supports ADVers. There are a couple of us local who use her to work out the kinks after a ride.
The lab was kind of deserted, being summer time and all, but egg wanted to work on some faunal analysis so I had him sorting shells with me. I let him go through the reference collection first.
Then it was on to the real work...classifying the remains.
He was pretty good at it but got bored quickly by the seemingly endless pieces of shell. So we moved onto a little paleo botanical analysis. He was intrigued by the microscope and was pretty good at keying out the pollen spores.
However egg really wanted to experience the cool things we do like dealing with morturary remains and constructed artifacts. I figured he'd like the pottery and I was right. He totally got into that.
He wanted his picture taken with the skulls.
He became quick friends with Rosco too.
And he dug the photos from this summers excavations...
Today started out in usual Nut Hut style with coffee and a walk in the gardens.
Egg sat and contemplated life at the fish pond with Buddah.
He then helped weed and water the veges.
And for the rest of the day // into the night he'll be helping me work on my research into the dispersion and spread of coconuts across the Pacific from SE Asia to the Americas.
Tomorrow he'll be joining us for the weekly ADVRider Wednesday lunch at "A Gracious Plenty" in RTP.
Egg came out to the Durham/RTP Wednesday ADV lunch at A Gracious Plenty in RTP today to eat with the locals.
It was a little hot in the triple digits. Bike thermometer topped out @ 104 degrees.
After we arrived he said hello to Mick and wanted to stay behind the counter but changed his mind when we told him we had an outdoor table all lined up.
Special this week is Barbecue. He got the pulled pork Barbecue sandwich but the food at AGP is good no matter what's on the menu.
He hung out for a while and got to know some of the other FFs in the area.
Then it was off to the local BMW shop to pic up service supplies and begin scheduled maintenance in preparation for eggs next journey to the drop spot. Egg hasn't decided where he is going yet but several inmates have already made suggestions. Eggs hoping to get back on the road by the weekend but the bike is more than two thousand miles past it's service interval already and also needs a new front tire (current ones @ wear bars). We'll be working on the maintenance this afternoon and get egg back on the road as soon as we can.
Don't everyone jump in here all at once. You guys sure have been quite lately.
Flashback, I like your write ups. Go Eggy, Go!
The egg must like the eats of the NC group. Twice now I have been a part of a meal where Egg has shown up to enjoy the company and the food. Good to see it again.
eggy eggy eggy... come to th' wet side - we haz cookies!
Well egg had a good day in Raleigh. We went to see Harry Potter 7 in 3D in a special advanced screening. Egg indulged in the complimentary concessions and had fun with his swag bag.
Hey that's not a pic from inside the theater is it? Egg had a special seat all to himself.
When the movie let out we were greeted with a free concert and beach band...egg joined in some Carolina Shag.
Getting him ready...tagged Egg with the dremel and added a couple things to the swag bag.
---> I also replaced the USB Drive. The one in the Tag Bag was having some connection issues...required that it be held in position to stay connected to the computer.
Working on mapping out a route to the drop spot...
Woo-Hoo...great job there Flash!!!
did EGGy eat all your popcorn??? he made such a mess at my place.
I'll keep 'Egging' you on from out here!!!
Thanks for the egging-on!
1) Don't need to update the tag map but the readme requests a replacement/update to the newest version from the forum. Where can I find that?
2) Same thing with the tag list -> the one on the USB hasn't been updated in over a month. Where do I find these in the forum?
3) Do we want to consider moving to the cloud? Google Fusion is the ideal platform for a game like this: http://www.google.com/fusiontables/public/tour/index.html
I'm currently working on developing a spatial research database of radiocarbon dates for the Caribbean on Fusion. It's easy to use and even easier to maintain. But if we wanted to go a bit lower tech we could fairly easily port a google spreadsheet to Google maps. The current spreadsheet that's on the USB is perfectly set up for such a thing.
Hey Erik ..Thanks for the freebie to Harry Potter. I had a great time and finally met Mr Egg...Eggy. I know he had a cool time too. he saw my ST and had fond memories of the 3 Amigos from ST-Owners that took Eggy all the way down to Belieze... Heres Eggy eggin on the band for an encore
Naturally Eggy had to check out and approve of my ST which he gave 2 yolks up! Bon Voyage MR Egg safe travels and I'm sure our paths will cross again