Riding to History in Virginia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by The Virginian, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    I’ll certainly have to head down and get the scoop on some routes that way! I generally wind up heading W towards teh Luray area from Woodbridge for most of my causal riding.
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  2. The Virginian

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    I've ridden most of the roads around VA and neighboring states, I'll PM you a list of the very best roads that fall under the category of do not miss if you would like them?
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  3. DCrider

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    Would like to join sometime but still a M-F working slug. You make it to Port Republic yet, lots of great history there too.
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  4. The Virginian

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    Well if you get a weekend or holiday hit me up. Nope, I haven't been to Port Republic and that is now added to my list, thanks for the suggestion!
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  5. DCrider

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    I see you are on Lake Anna, my sis is too off Ridge Rd in a small waterfront community across from the state park. I'll ping you next time we visit her.
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  6. cblais19

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    Why yes, yes I would. Thanks!
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    Need to go check the thread on the Husky. I was sort of getting close to buying the 400 or the 700.

    Being a stickler for detail and quality I'd seen a few things on the 400 that I did not like and the 701 was just a bit pricey for what is actually provided(IMO).

    Still love the look/concept.
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  8. The Virginian

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    I was out running errands today and made quite a few stops. First stop was Fredericksburg Motor Sports for some oil, filter and what not for the first service on the Xmax which is coming up quickly.
    While I was at the parts counter they had this pic sitting on the counter. Yes, that's a patron of the place! Bwahahaha! :loco:hmmmmm
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    Stopped at a historic marker, nothing epic.
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    1 mile from the yammerhammer shop is George Washington's "childhood" home. Hmmm.. I've never stopped to look but the sun was shining and I was in no rush, why not.

    So I scoot on in and I'm greeted by the welcome center. Ferry Farm George Washington Center. http://www.kenmore.org/ff_home.html
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    So I went inside and was milling about to see if there was anything interesting. They had very little to showcase in the welcome center as far as artifacts. That said, here's what they did have...
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    Soooo... I promply signed the register and rolled out to see the grounds and GW's "home"!
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    A beautiful manicured estate.
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    I walked along the pathe to get to the main attraction, GW's boyhood home! Signage to get you pumped about being there. There's some nuggets of info here that might be noteworthy.
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    As I approach the "home" I'm greeted by this curator.
    - Him: "May I see your badge?"
    - Me: Um, I waited a half hour for the lady at the desk but she seemed over G'd so I just walked back here.
    - Him: So I'm going to have to ask you to leave the premises and take no more pictures until you get a pass.
    - Me: Ummm...okay, can I ask one question? Is that GW's boyhood home pointing behind him.
    - Him: There is no record what his house looked like and this home is a typical representation of what a home looked like back from that era.
    - Me: So all the banners and what not are conjecture as well?
    - Him: Yes
    - Me: Have a good day sir.

    So I snapped one pic of the alleged home and bounced. Honestly, I felt like going back to the welcome center and changing what I wrote in the visitor log...
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    My advice is take a pass on seeing this sight. :flush:becca
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    Soo... I'm scoot'n today and happen upon this baby box turtle. Shuffled him off into the woods.
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    I scooted up to see my family today and as luck would have it my nephew-in-law and my BIL so we went for a nice country road ride along the Shenandoah River. Talk about 3 amigos, we have Harley dude, Ducati dude and scooter boi. lol
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    Stopped off to see my great niece Ava play her first soccer game.
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    Settled in for a nice lunch. Life was most excellent today.
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    AmeriaVespa starts this Wednesday and I'll be meeting up with two friends at the cabin and then headed to Richmond. We'll see how the roads are getting there as it's been a little crazy weather wise.

    I'll do my best to get lots of pictures for folks and try to get them posted by the end of each day. Tomorrow I'll detail the 946 and get packed for the trip. I'm not sure if I'll post a Glympse, not exactly an epic trip. lol

    More to come in 48 hours!

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    Just got checked in at the Graduate Hotel in Richmond!

    First my friends riding down with me met up at Casa De Redneck. Alex who bought my old BV350 and Ahmed is visiting from Egypt to attend the event. Ahmad offers scooters tours across Egypt.
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    The other guy in this pic is Alex as well, he own's a 946 in white with the red leather and a member on MV. ;)
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    We get parked in the underground parking and first sight I see is one or two of the 2018 Scooter Cannonball contestants. I believe the beige scoot is Brooks!
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    Random shots.
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    Check out these two twins!
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    Up in the hotel lobby. ;) The one on the right is being raffled off.
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    Hmmm??? We must of gotten the doghouse room. lol
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    Nice of them to set a stand for my Rossi helmet!
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    (more to come)
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    We hit up a pool hall that was the chosen hangout this evening and was in walking distance so we could partake. :) Scooters covered the front and side.
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    I chatted with this gal that had a two tone red/white Vespa that was stunning. She was super proud of it and she should be.
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    The scene!
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    Bulleit on the rocks for me!
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    First person I recognize is GoPam who just completed her first Cannonball. It was great hearing about her adventures on the journey.
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    GoPam orders a drink and they randomly hand you a coaster. Amazing what hers said on the title!
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    The front is a partial pic of the art a local did and is hanging in the bar.
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    So off we went to find this piece of art. Bam!
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    How about an Allstate.
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    I'm sorry I didn't catch this young couples names but they were having a great time.
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    We didn't get to eat so we stopped at an all night diner and found this place where I ordered a pattymelt.
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    A couple of random pics and I'll be darned if I forgot these fine folks names. Apologies.
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    Alex and Ahmad on the right, Brook and his lovely wife on the left.
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    The room keys have famous peeps on them that I think have stayed in the old Graduate Hotel.
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    This concludes day 1!
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    @jon_l this part of the story is from your neck of the woods.

    So I opted for the long ride of the available rides today and motored out to Monticello. Home of our 3rd U.S. president and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.
    https://home.monticello.org/

    First a few pics from the garage as there always seems to be a new batch when I happen by.
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    A pic of us ready to roll on the ride today.
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    We scooted along country roads for 70 to 80 miles and when we arrived at Monticello we stopped for gas. Everyone was in festive spirits!
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    Bagel tried out the 946. ;) He rode his Vespa 4,600 to get here from CA.
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    We stopped for lunch and had some awesome southern fried chicken.
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    This fine gent from NC had the big screen of navs! Wow!
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    Next stop Monticello!

    We entered at the David M. Rubenstein Center. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rubenstein
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    Looks like TJ had brass balls! ;0
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    The view from his home.
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    Look familiar? Monticello is on the U.S. nickel or back then known as a half dime.
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    Check out these trees! The trunk on this one was 6' wide!
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    This one had branches that extended 20 yards, yes I said yards. They are so heavy the they grew back down to the ground.
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    Some fun facts.
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    Thomas Jefferson had a thing for clocks and an anti-thing for grandfather clocks. Every room had multiple clocks that most were weight driven like this one. Inside it had a pulley system which used heavy weights which only lasted 6 days. TJ stated his entryway was only a 6 day wall height, not a 7. lol The engineering in this home is astounding for the 17th century. Sadly no pics of the interior as we were not allowed.

    Note this clock only had 1 hand.
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    At the entryway if you looked up was a compass driven by the weather vein on the roof. Fascinating stuff! I should mention that 90% of this home and artifacts are real.
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