GS / ST Trippin', Trials - and an Evolution !

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  1. GAS GUY

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    Funny you mention pastie.
    This time next week I should be in da UP, and I'm sure at some point I will be munching on a pastie !!:evil
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    me too as long as it doesn't have onions in it :D
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    Sorry about the pictures disappearing.
    But it is only temporary, as the monthly bandwith has been exceeded.
    The bandwith will reset on the 23rd, and the pics will be back.
    In the meantime I have another account to post from which is why the last group of pictures are still visible.
    I will be pretty busy the next week or so along with heading up to ride around Lake Superior.
    Therefore, it may be a week or two before I can finish up the current ride report from the East coast.
    While up North, I may post a few teaser photos.
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    Sweet,the pictures are back.
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    Here's your Yooper food, Pastie !!:evil
    Yesterday at a lunch stop before crossing the Makinaw bridge back into the Lower Penninsula as I was returning from the Lake Superior 1000.

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  6. GAS GUY

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    I just returned from the Lake Superior 1000.

    My final numbers were 1,052 miles in 19 Hours and 10 minutes.

    All went well,as in no breakdowns,speeding tickets,collisions with big critters and all 11 riders that started the ride finished within the 24 hour time frame.

    I will add a full ride report to this thread after I get caught up with the OBX ride report.


    This is the ride info from the flyer.

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    Friday June 20, 2014
    An IBA Pre-Approved Ride. We do the paperwork, and you concentrate on the ride.



    All makes of bikes and passengers are welcome.
    This is not a mandatory big group ride. Ride in your own small group or do your own thing individually, or ride with the balance of the riders.






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    Start & End at the Rest Area in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan,

    I-75 exit 394 ( last exit before the bridge to Canada) , west side of I-75 near the Admiral, Citgo, and Holiday gas stations.
    Have your Passport, Michigan Enhanced Driver's License, Nexus Card, or Driver's License and Birth Certificate ( See : http://www.saultstemarie.com/border-passports-91/) for crossing into Canada as well as Canadian proof of insurance ( obtain from your insurance company or agent )






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    Meet & Greet at the Rest Area between 4:45 am and 5:15 am and form small groups if desired.

    If not pre-registered, submit signed Application & Release Form at Rest Area and pay registration fee ( cash, check or money order , see below ) before the ride.
    Download form here . Please have form completed and signed before arriving at Rest Area.
    Have your odometer reading recorded before departure.



    Note : A full refund will be given if you cancel or do not successfully complete the ride.






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    Bikes and Riders will depart between 5:30 am and 6:00 am ( so all bikes don't arrive at Canadian Customs at the same time ) and do a CCW Route. Ride the north shore during the daylight hours and avoid riding into the sunrise the next morning




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    Obtain only FOUR Mandatory gas receipts at :
    Wawa , ON (#1) ,
    Thunder Bay, ON (#2) ,
    Ishpeming, MI (#3) ,
    And an Ending gas receipt at the Soo ( #4 ), NLT 24 hours after your departure time .
    Note / FYI : A Mandatory gas receipt is not required at Newberry, but there is a gas station located downtown, north of M-28 that is open 24/7 . The other gas stations located in the Newberry area on M-28 aren't open 24/7 .



    </TD></TR><TR><TD width="100%">Return to the Soo Rest Area, get your odometer reading recorded , and hand in your four Mandatory gas receipts , between 3:00 am and 6:00 am .



    </TD></TR><TR><TD width="100%">Cost for a full package is $45 ( Full Package that includes an IBA Certificate, SS1K license plate backer, and Lk. Superior 1K pin ), otherwise $40 ( Certificate and Pin only ).
    $8 additional for a passenger - includes extra passenger certificate and pin.
    Your application for certification by the IBA will be submitted as a group and will be expedited by the IBA . No logs or copies of receipts, and other forms to be submitted to the IBA by you. We do the paperwork, you do the ride.



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    If you would like, Meet at the Clare, MI Rest Area ( Just a few miles north of Clare on US-10 / 127 . One of the few left lane exits into a Rest Area, BTW ) on Thursday at 2:00 pm for a group ride up to the Soo . See the below link for motels in the Soo area.


    Contact Jim VanDenBerghe by phone ( 231-224-6970 ) or email if you have any questions, etc.






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    You may Pre-Register : Application & Release Form






    This is copied and pasted from the Iron Butt web forum.
    This was written by the Ride organizer JIM VANDENBERGHE.


    We had 11 riders start the Lake Superior SS1K Friday morning between 5:30 & 6:00 am.

    ALL riders finished within 24 hours !! The first rider came in at 1:25 am and the last at 5:53 am. He stopped and took a 1 hour nap in Ishpeming, MI after starting to see things moving around.

    One older gentleman on a 400 Burgman ( his first SS1K ) made it back in before myself & my new riding buddy Howie ( from CT ) by 15 minutes ! I think he made only quick BBG type gas stops the entire ride. We passed him up about 6 times during the entire ride. The Tortoise & the Hare story. And he also was detained for a period of time ( he was asked to "go inside" ) when we re-entered the USA at Grand Portage, MN.

    Howie & I saw a young bear cross the road in front of us at about 1:15 PM before reaching Thunder Bay, ON.

    At the end of the ride, I also heard that Dave Olson ( WI ) got a pic. of a bear and a mother moose with two calves. I'm hoping he will send me copies.

    This ride was tougher than my BBG ride at the end of May. A lot of construction zones and much traffic between Grand Marais & Duluth. And all two-lane and 90Km / 55 mph speed limits.

    If you are ever in Grand Marais, MN I recommend the Taco Shack.

    Forgot to mention in my original post about the conditions on the bridge from Duluth, MN to Superior, WI. Yes, there is a bridge ( short-cut route) over the extreme western portion of Lake Superior between the two cities.

    It was extremely foggy with high winds across the lanes. I was being blown back & forth even at 35 mph. I was concerned about being rear-ended by a cage. The wind didn't seem to be affecting the cages - they were all passing me up. My bike was completely cover with huge water droplets by the time we reached Superior, WI.

    That was far worse than crossing the Mackinaw Bridge when going over the grating between the two center towers when maintenance has the right hand lane closed.


    Now back to the regularly scheduled program,as in finishing the OBX ride report.
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    :clapGas Guy; love the thread. Very entertaing and interesting. Thanks for posting it....Dave
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    Thanks Dave !!!
    Hopefully I can keep it going, it is amazing the time it takes when you try to put together a quality thread.
    In the past I used to just hurriedly throw stuff together, but I am trying to be patient and slow down along with putting more thought and creativity into this thread, at the cost of falling behind.
    Eventually It will get caught up, but I guess it is good I'm behind as that just means alot of riding is going on !!!:D
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    -DAY 4

    The early morning rain woke me a little after 4:00 AM.
    It was relaxing to just lay there listening to the rain pummeling the outer fly and the accompanying winds tugging at the guy lines of the miniscule one man Seedhouse.
    The unpredicted storm that blew in off the Ocean dissappeared almost as quickly as it arrived.

    With the coast clear,it was time for oatmeal and coffee so after crawling out of the Big Agnes I fired up the Jetboil and brewed up a cup of Starbucks Via.


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    Over the years I have tried many forms of camp coffee and have found the Starbucks Via to be as good as it gets if you like a strong cup and even though it is instant,it is NOT freeze dried !


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    Then it is off to the back of the campground which is significantly higher to wait for the sunrise.
    Due to the location of the Southern Outer Banks tapering Soutwest I had to settle for the sunrise coming up over land.


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    You would have to be at Cape Hatteras or further North to see the sun rise over the ocean.


    The sunrise over the dunes with the ocean in the background made for a impressive view anyway.


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    -OCRACOKE ISLAND
    The First destination today is Ocracoke Island.
    It is seperated from Hatteras Island by Hatteras Inlet.


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    After a very short ride to the Hatteras free ferry service,I rode the ST onto the ferry boat "Croaton" and we set off into the Pamlico Sound enroute to Ocracoke,which is about a 40 minute trip due to having to swing way around the sand bars that lie just offshore.


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    It was a beautiful day and I walked around the deck enjoying the views and fresh cool air coming off the water while talking to a few other passengers.


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    A highlight was seeing a few Dolphins surface briefly while swimming along with the ship.
    That is a first for me.

    Something about loading your bike on a ferry and setting out across a body of water just makes you feel like an adventurer !!!:lol3


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    After being safely delivered to the Island I set off for the village of Ocracoke which lies on the far end of the Island.

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    -The isolated island and it's small harbor village retain much of their early charm and character.
    Because it is close to the gulf stream,the island offers excellent shelling opportunities.

    -Ocracoke Island was the hideout of Blackbeard The Pirate.(Edward Teach)
    He was also killed here.

    After rolling into Ocracoke village and checking out a few stores I searched out and found a restaurant that wasn't too crowded.


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    Wanting to try some different things out of the ordinary,I had a smoked local Bluefish omellette with Boursin cheese and green onion at the Flying Melon.


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    With my appetite satisfied it was off to find Ocracoke Lighthouse !!
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    Just down the road is Ocracke Lighthouse.

    -Built in 1823,it is North Carolina's oldest operating Lighthouse.(Not open for climbing)

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    It is an impressive lighthouse and very clean looking due to being solid white.



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    While there I bumped into 2 other riders.One on a older BMW K75 and his friend on a 650 V-strom.
    After a brief hello I was back on the road heading towards the pony pen.

    Here are the descendents of a horse herd that once freely roamed the island.



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    Just across Route 12 from the pony pen is a boardwalk leading to the beach so I took a walk down to check that out before heading back to the ferry.

    Another pristine and remote beach,you have to love that !!!



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    This guy caught a small Sand shark while I was there.



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    While traversing the boardwalk back to the ST,I passed the 2 riders again and made a comment to them that they must be following me.:lol3

    Back at the ferry,the other 2 riders board along with me and then I say,"Ok,now I know you are following me" and we all have a laugh and introduce ourselves.



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    Both these guys turn out to be super !!!:clap
    They are from North Carolina and are co-workers who both belong to the BMW MOA club called the Knobbies.
    The club is called Knobbies because of origination from Knob hill,not Knobbie tires.
    They are doing a club ride called the 4 corners of North Carolina and having a good time touring and camping in the process !
    Barry is riding the K75 and Craig is riding the V-strom.




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    The ride back to Hatteras Island took an hour due to the strong headwinds so we had a long discussion and even spotted a couple more Dolpins surface.
    I remembered all the campgrounds were full due to Memorial day weekend so invited them to share my camp which was paid up till tommorow.
    They were grateful and so we agreed that after visiting the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum together,which was right next to the ferry docks,I would take them to the camp and they could get situated while I ran over to Cape Hatteras lighthouse and climbed it before they closed for the day.

    -Treacherous waters off the coast of the Outer Banks bear the name Graveyard of the Atlantic,a grim but fitting epithet.

    -Over 600 ships wrecked here as victims of shallow shoals,storms and war.

    -Diamond shoals,a bank of shifting sand ridges hidden beneath a turbulent sea off Cape Hatteras,has never promised safe passage for ships.
    But seafarers often risked the shoals to take advantage of the North-or South-flowing currents passing nearby.
    Many never reached there destination !!!

    We had a great time visiting the museum and they even had a impressive gift shop where I bought a couple bracelets and marble Dolphin desk ornaments for my daughters.
    The museum gift shop had interesting and quality items instead of the junky stuff I usually come across while on the road.
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    Liking the maps and menus you post. Get a better 'feel' for the area of which I know little about. Good stuff!
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    After getting them into the campground I also warned them of a few hazards.

    The one on the left is some kind of sand cactus and could hurt you bad if you stepped on one as they have very long needles and the tiny sand burr on the right believe it or not can draw blood.
    It is so small you would think the spurs are soft but they are not !!
    You often see dogs start limping and their owners having to remove a sand burr from their paw.


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    Then I ran over to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as I wanted to climb the spiral stairs to the top and see what kind of view it afforded me.


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    -The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects one of the most hazardous sections of the Atlantic Coast. Offshore of Cape Hatteras, the Gulf Stream collides with the Virginia Drift, a branch of the Labrador Current from Canada. This current forces southbound ships into a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar called Diamond Shoals. Hundreds and possibly thousands of shipwrecks in this area have given it the reputation as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”.


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    -The new lighthouse was lit on December 1, 1870. The 1803 lighthouse was demolished in February of 1871. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse received the famous black and white stripe daymark pattern in 1873. The Lighthouse Board assigned each lighthouse a distinctive paint pattern (daymark) and light sequence (nightmark) to allow mariners to recognize it from all others during the day and night as they sailed along the coast.

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    -The Fresnel lens installed in the 1870 lighthouse was powered by kerosene and could be seen approximately 16 miles from the shore. The keeper had to manually rewind the clockwork apparatus each day. The Fresnel lens usually took 12 hours for a complete cycle. When the lamp was electrified in 1934, the manual mechanism was no longer needed. Damaged by vandals, the giant glass Fresnel lens had to be replaced by a modern aero beacon in 1950. Today, electricity provides the rotating power and a photocell turns the light on and off.


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    -In 1999, after years of study and debate, the Cape Hatteras Light Station was moved to its present location. The lighthouse was moved 2,900 feet in 23 days and now lies 1,500 feet from the seashore, its original distance from the sea. The Double Keepers’ Quarters, the Principal Keeper’s Quarters, the dwelling cisterns, and the oil house were all relocated with the lighthouse.


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    It is a long strenuous climb to the top but well worth the effort !!
    You get an amazing view looking back North up Route 12.
    I feel fortunate to have the cool weather on my side.I'm sure it can be very tough on a hot and humid day.That is something to consider when visiting this area.

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    Also an interesting view of the Cape, which is where the Diamond shoals lie,is to be had.


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    Before heading back down I took a picture of the light at the top.


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    While in Buxton I decided to fuel up before heading to dinner since the plan was to head back North in the morning.

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    Thanks !:D
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    Back to Capt'n Rolos' for dinner. Tonight I had fish taco's. Would you believe it is the first time I have had them?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    They were delicious! <o:p></o:p>
    Fresh local fried striped bass,a.k.a Rockfish,strips along with crispy shredded cabbage and cheese topped with a spicy salsa in a soft tortilla. <o:p></o:p>
    At first I was hesitant upon ordering but in the end I made the right choice. <o:p></o:p>
    After all, a man can't live on cheeseburgers. :D
    Back at the campground my new found friends had set up their tent and left me a note saying they would be back shortly with food to grill and beer to drink and that I was welcome to join them.<o:p></o:p>
    I took this opportunity to go down to the beach and spend a few last hours there as tomorrow morning I would be breaking camp and heading back Northwards.



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    <o:p>I just sat on my towel looking out at the ocean and listening to the music it played, getting lost in my head and contemplating life as I often do.<o:p></o:p>
    I don't know if I am cursed or blessed with being an intense thinker and analyzer.<o:p></o:p>
    These days mostly natural things such as the dynamics of life and death, along with spiritual and psychological thoughts. Of course, motorcycles and travel are also at the forefront.<o:p></o:p>
    I suppose being an intense thinker along with my teenage and early adulthood being forged with many hardships has taught me how to entertain myself and feel right at home lone wolfing it and often even finding my comfort zone there.<o:p></o:p>
    Don't get me wrong though, I also enjoy social interaction and have strong bonds with a few riding partners and love our rides and adventures together.<o:p></o:p>
    As with all things in life, an ever elusive BALANCE is sought after. <o:p></o:p>
    After getting my fill of Natures therapy. I once again traversed the boardwalk across the barrier dunes back to camp.



    <o:p>Holy cow! Barry and Craig were serious when they said they were going to cook. Pots and pans, cups, bowls, a cooler, condiments, a camp stove, and my god...even cast Iron!!<o:p></o:p>
    They had stuff strewn from one end at the camp site to the other. :lol3
    After standing there evaluating it all, I said, "All that came off your bikes?"<o:p></o:p>
    I'll bet bet there was nothing left in the kitchen at home, and their wife and kids had to eat at McDonalds every night waiting for their return with all the kitchen utensils!! :rofl


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    With that being said, I have to give those guys credit. They grilled up fresh local Tile fish and boiled shrimp to dip in their cocktail sauce along with corn on the cob and I think even potatoes all the while drinking beer on ice in their collapsible cooler. <o:p></o:p>
    Even so, I teased them often about packing so heavy and spending so much time cooking and cleaning up, and preached a little about a more minimilistic approach.


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    These guys were really outstanding human beings though and completely down to earth, my kind of guys and the little time I spent hanging out and talking with them was great and I am better for it.<o:p></o:p>
    It is "chance" meeting like these that really adds a dimension to a journey and makes it memorable, and they most often happen when you are traveling solo, so don't be afraid to take off on a trip by yourself, as you never really know what exciting experiences await you.<o:p></o:p>
    You might even find yourself!

    After returning home,Barry sent me an email and picture.


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    Just wanted to say again that it was a pleasure meeting you and we appreciate you sharing your campsite with us Saturday. Craig and I had to head on north Sunday to find our last corner and get our documentation so we didn't linger. We had no problem finding it unlike what we had been told. I attached a photo. We then headed west through Virginia on US hwy. 58 over to Buggs Island Lake and stayed Sunday evening at a very nice campground. It would have been a short hop for you but it was a long day for us. 58 was 4-lane but traffic was light, the road surface was great and it goes through a very scenic part of VA. Hope your trip home was uneventful and you had a good visit with your dad.<o:p></o:p>
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    Anyway hopefully you can get down this way in the future and we can catch up with you. I went to the ADVRider website and enjoyed some of the pictures. Haven't had time to read any of the threads yet but we'll look for your report from last weekend. I have been considering your advice on packing light and have decided to start moving in that direction. I need a new sleeping bag so when I get one stuff size will be a big issue. A jetboil system or smaller type stove and gear is tops on the list too. Craig and I enjoy the camping part as much as the riding so we do like to cook in camp and so I will need to continue to carry some cooking gear but I promise to get rid of the cast iron frying pan!<o:p></o:p>
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    Hey Glenn, fellow Iron Butt rider !!! I'm glad you found and are enjoying the thread.
    Soon I will complete the OBX ride report and start on the Lake Superior 1000 ride along with 3 additional days in the Upper Peninsula.
    You and your bike should even be in a few pictures, so stay tuned.
    Are you considering the Lower Great Lakes 1000 on August 8th ??
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    Yes, I am considering it. Have a trip to Montana planned in the meantime, and depending on the start/finish date for that I will ride the Great Lakes ride...thanks for the heads up. I also stayed in the U.P. until Monday...almost surprised we didn't cross paths again. I would like to have bought you lunch and picked your brain a bit on protocol, etc. It was really cool that you stuck around the finish check-in of the Lake Superior Ride to see others come in. I was ready for a shower and a nap, and it didn't occur to me at the time that maybe I should have returned also. Etc, etc.
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    -DAY 5

    As the sun began to ascend,the three of us efficiently broke camp as we have done many times before.
    After exchanging contact information and goodbyes we parted ways.

    Passing through Buxton,I stopped at a little cafe for breakfast and coffee.
    Although it didn't look like much from the outside....

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    ....it was very sharp on the inside with brilliant colors that captured the ocean atmoshere !!!

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    Back heading North on Route 12 as it carried me along this spectacular sandbar called the Outer Banks.

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    And back over the Bonner bridge spanning the Oregon Inlet to Bodie Island.

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    Another stop at Bodie Lighthouse,but with some time to burn,allowing me the oppotunity to join a tour and climb to the top and hope for some stunning view !!
    I feel fortunate for being able to do this as Bodie Lighthouse has only recently become available for climbing.
    It was built in 1872 and still has its original 1st-order Fresnel lens.

    Rising 165 feet and painted with striking black and white stripes, picture-perfect Bodie Island Lighthouse is actually the third attempt to illuminate the perilous stretch of coast between Cape Hatteras and Currituck Beach.

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    Note the spelling on the marble wall.

    Reportedly, Bodie Island, originally “Body,” is named after the family who owned the land, but folklore would have it that the name resulted from the many shipwrecked bodies that washed ashore.


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    There are 214 steps to the top !!

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    This was a guided tour by a park ranger,so it took a while to get to the top because he would stop at all the landings so everone could catch their breath and tell us all some of the history of the lighthouse and OBX.
    The view was definately worth the climb and $8.00 admission.

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    -Bodie Island marshes teem with waterbirds,visible from a viewing platform near the lighthouse.

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    On this return trip to my Dad's,the plan was to map out an alternative route between his place in Surry and the Outer Banks allowing me to bypass the hustle and bustle of the Norfolk area.

    So Highway 64 West across Roanoke Island ("The Lost Colony") was chosen.
    The bridges spanning the Roanoke and Croatan Sounds along with the Intracoastal waterway kept it interesting and a little to the west the road passed just above Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge as this is the Dismal swamp region.

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    Along the road I encountered a sign for a Bear crossing area.That surprised me as I wouldn't have thought they would be this far East.
    Shortly after the Bear crossing sign,another indicating a Red Wolf crossing appeared.
    Now the Red Wolf, I do distinctly remember hearing about being reintroduced into this area some time back,along with a small number in the Smoky Mountain area.

    Then I followed Route 32 North over the Albermarle Sound and along relaxing country roads all the way up and across the Virginia State line and through Suffolk to route 10 which carried me the remaining distance to the small countryside town of Surry and my Dad's place.

    This turned out to be an effective alternative route and in the future will be the one used if needed.

    The rest of the evening was just spent relaxing and spending a last few hours with Dad before a big day tommorow returning home on Memorial day so I can make work Tuesday morning,until Baby (The feral cat from Detroit) came into the living room through the doggy door with a Rat..... A LIVE RAT !!! :eek1

    Baby dropped it,and the rat scurried behind the TV.
    After getting all the cats out of the room we made a blockade and channeled the rat out the door.

    My Dad's girlfriend Debbie was mad.She gets seriously freaked out about these sort of things.
    Him teasing her didn't help matters any,especially when he yelled out in a panic stricken voice "TWINKIE HAS ANOTHER ONE" !!!
    Now she was furious !!!:rofl
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    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    -DAY 6

    The last four days have been spent sight seeing and exploring, but all things must come to an end, and as such it was time to hustle back to Detroit and reality. It is time to devour some miles. Since I was not in the mood to deal with Washington D.C. traffic I decided to climb over the Applachian mountain range through Northern Virginia and West Virginia before popping into Ohio for the final sprint home. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    This route would be somewhat slower and longer, but was worth it for me today, rather than the crapshoot through D.C.
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    When a long day in the saddle is in order, I prefer to hit the road first thing and stop later for coffee and food. In this way, I feel I get a more efficient start and establish an effective rythym for the day. <o:p></o:p>
    By 5:00 AM I was rolling.<o:p></o:p>
    After a short stop in Hopewell for fuel, I bypassed Richmond heading west on Interstate 64.

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    With a solid 120 miles under my belt I felt it was time for coffee and a bite to eat, so I whipped into Charlottesville and made a quick pit stop at McDonalds. <o:p></o:p>
    Back rolling, knowing I am going to be "torching tanks" on the interstate all day, and seeing a sign for Rock Fish gap coming up (Northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway) I zoomed out the GPS and after a few mental calculations decided to treat myself to a shortcut consisting of the Northern 50 miles of the parkway.

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