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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

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  1. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Long timer

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    That's a beautiful home, sir; thanks for posting up the pic. Awesome view, looking across Sinclair Inlet towards East Bremerton and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, with the majestic Olympic Mountains in the background and a steady stream of stately Washington State Ferries running laps between Bremerton and Seattle by your house every day. Well done.

    I went to junior high school in Port Orchard, then our family moved out to the south shore of the Hood Canal, near Twanoh State Park, and I graduated from North Mason HS in Belfair. Later in life, I owned 14 acres in Port Orchard on Belmeier Road (now known as Phillips Rd.) near Long Lake, and then a 5.5-acre parcel with a view of the Olympics off Lake Helena Rd, way out toward Wye Lake.

    Do your retirement plans include staying in the area? My formative years were spent in Kitsap and Mason Counties, and your photograph brings back a lot of happy memories.
  2. BigOleSingle

    BigOleSingle 2 > 4, your math teacher didn't ride!

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    Nice to hear about the thick top coat. The previous owner of my Heritage was a bit short legged. It seemed that he had some difficulty getting his foot over the tank. It has a handful of moderate scratches near the seat on one side. I have considered checking with an auto body guy and see what they say about buffing them out. The wet-sanding and thick clear coats sounds very promising.

    Its one of those things that I see when boarding and deboarding but my eyes never drop that low while under way. My last ride was Christmas eve and even that was too long ago. Ya gotta love southen winters...
  3. Fast Ferris

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    When my knees heal up and our weather comes back around in the spring, let's get together and I'll take a look at your paint and give you an assessment of what I think it needs to bring it back to life. :)
  4. andredl

    andredl Back to the Desert...

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    Your bike is beautiful! If I were to own a Harley I'd take lessons from you. We are leaving Washington for warmer weather. :) . Maintaining this property takes most our summer. It seems we don't have time for motorcycles until September. Port Orchard is being overwhelmed by people moving here from Seattle, yet there is no land fit to build new roads on. These days it's dangerous to ride a bicycle on Beach Blvd. Phillips Rd. is now a busy road.

    And, okay, we can turn a tidy profit by selling.

    Every summer day for the last three years we'd sit on our deck, looking at this, and ask each other: "Are you ready to leave this?" Last year the answers were always "Yes".

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  5. rkover1

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    Small world. I spent some time in the late 70s on Hanson Road, just off Anderson Hill Road. Commuted to Seattle via the Bunmmertown Ferry (and sometimes the Port Orchard ferry). Some good memories there.

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  6. rkover1

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    The last time I went through Beautiful Downtown Gorst, I didn't even recognise it anymore.

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    Small world, indeed. My brother and his wife used to live in a custom-built log home just a few minutes south of Poulsbo proper, but when she passed away several years ago he sold their Poulsbo home and moved back into their home out in Allyn, which they had been renting for several years.

    I don't have much time in the north Kitsap area; usually when I was headed up that way it was on my way to the Hood Canal Bridge and beyond, or out to Bainbridge Island (aka "Poverty Rock") for a look-around.

    Thanks for your post. If you've got any pix from Hawaii you'd like to share, I'd love to see them. :)
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    Ah, good old Gorst! I used to work construction for an outfit based there. We got paid every Friday, Kitsap Bank used to have a satellite branch a couple of doors away, and there was a tavern just across the highway (these days I think it's a topless joint?). There were about 35 of us guys working there at the time, and every Friday night we'd be rich, and every Saturday morning we'd be broke and hungover.

    Lather, rinse, repeat. :)
  9. andredl

    andredl Back to the Desert...

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    In my case that was known as Active Duty.

    We are moving to the St. George, Utah area, mostly for the climate and good riding. It's growing too, but there is lots of protected BLM land to keep things in check. And there are good wide roads already in place in the area with the most construction.
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  10. Fast Ferris

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    Ha, ha! Thank you for your service.

    GREAT location, gateway to several states' worth of world-class riding. And..........you get to leave all the cold, dreary, maddening, relentless rain back in the Pacific Northwet. :D
  11. RedUly

    RedUly Esse Quam Videri Supporter

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    You asked about Hawaii. I happen to be in Maui:) Indulge me.

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  12. Fast Ferris

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    OMG, Jim, those photos are FABULOUS, particularly the pic of you and Mitzi with the birds. Outstanding. Well done, my friends!

    Have y'all ridden yet to the top of Mount Haleakala? It's just a tick over 10,000 feet at the top, and you'll feel like you're looking down on the world from an airplane up there. It'll be C-C-COLD at the summit, so pack accordingly.

    A couple of past-lives ago I rented a Road King and spent several days riding around the island. The Road King had just been introduced and I think I was the first person to rent this particular machine. The owner couldn't wrap his head around the fact that I didn't want the windshield on the bike, and I had to help him figure out how to remove it.

    He made me promise on my life that I wouldn't ride down to Hana, because the road was (still is?) so bad, so of COURSE I set out for Hana! I didn't have any real riding gear with me (cargo shorts, tank-top, flip-flops, no helmet), and about halfway to Hana the monsoons let loose. You're there, so you know the rain is plenty warm, but it's still rain and it's still wet, and it was coming down so hard I could barely see, so I finally abandoned ship and headed back to the drier side of the island.

    Thanks for the pix! Got more? :)
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    You are making that Road King look good. :)

    We watched the sunrise at the top of Haleakala on new year's day. Via car not bike. The stars were so amazing.

    We road to Hana via the paved way, then drove it another day, continuing around the unpaved side. Totally could have ridden that, but like you was forbidden to by the rental guy.

    Mitzi is going diving on Saturday, so I have rented a bike again. I am going up Haleakala, though maybe via the state park rather than the national one.

    Let me look for pictures.

    BTW, the waterfall/bridge picture is the road to Hana.
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    A few of the good ones
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    Great pix, sure takes me back, thanks for posting them up! Hi to Mitzi. :wave
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  16. Dnutz

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    But of course! Did I not say "YES!" :raabia
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    VERY NICE!!! Thank you!
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  18. rkover1

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    A couple more Hawai'i photos. The first is at Kualoa Park on O'ahu, the second just outside Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.
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    (Enjoying your build photos. We're extending the roof over our lanai here at the moment.)

    Aloha.

    doc
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    Security system. How crappy is it that we need such things.
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    TMan: Yeah, I hate that it's so. 99% of the population are stand-up folks, but the other 1%...wayle, they're not taking advantage of us without a fight.

    The folks across the street from us used to rent out their cabin, and over the years they had some real losers in there - as long as you had a pulse, they'd rent the place to you. One guy got so bad I called an LEO that I know and had him run the guy's record. He had a rap sheet two and a half pages long, of minor and not-so-minor crimes that he had committed literally from coast to coast, including drugs, burglary and assault on a police officer. One night it got so bad here that I sat guard in our living room all night, window blinds open and all the lights out, phone at my side and rifle across my lap. Good times.

    Another night another set of renters got into their bi-weekly drunken scream-at-each-other-at-the-top-of-their-lungs night fight. She ended up dragging him around the yard in their car, she at the wheel and he trying to climb in the driver's side window to take the keys from her. Great neighbors.......not.......

    Our former next-door neighbors to the north had a delinquent son who they'd let hide out at their place periodically when things got too hot for him down on the Piedmont. Several years ago a half-dozen sheriffs swooped in unannounced and cuffed-and-stuffed him. I asked one of the cops on-scene what the kid had done to warrant basically being SWAT'd. He said, "Can't go into specifics for obvious reasons, but it involves firearms and drugs." This was after our neighborhood had been subject to several months of home burglaries; many of the homes in our 'hood are owned by part-timers, and it's pretty easy to tell if a place isn't regularly occupied. People were losing computers, TV's, guns and the like, stuff that could be easily carried through the woods on foot. I have a hunch where all this stuff was going...

    Did we ever tell you the story of Denise's near-kidnapping on the Parkway several years ago? She was hiking up after our mail one afternoon when a couple of tweakers in a van tried to abduct her. Thank the good Lord for her quick-thinking, the .38 on her hip (the mere sight of which caused them to change their minds in a hurry -- "an armed society is a polite society," as the saying goes) and hours and hours of self-defense training.

    Like I said, most folks you don't have to worry about, but that 1% or so out there, looking to prey on the weak and oblivious, is not welcome at our place, hence the security system (and several other layers of defense). Nothing's fool proof, of course, but we try to stack the odds in our favor every chance we can. Having walls stripped down to the studs is a great time to add new infrastructure.

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    Back to motorcycling: It was nearly 70 degrees up here in the mountains this past Sunday, sunny, calm and absolutely picture-postcard. Heard lots of Harleys out plying the Parkway, and sure wished that me 'n D were out there with them. Soon enough, I reckon.

    How's things? :)
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