Riding to History in Virginia

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

  1. The Virginian

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    Pnoman,

    Thank you for your kind words and the links to historical markers. I checked out your website and I have a list of my favorite roads to ride in VA, WV, NC and TN if you would like to take a look, they might be beneficial to your readers? Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    Wow! Thanks for all the likes B10Dave! I never really knew to take the turtles so I always just guessed to take them in the direction they were headed. VA actually has traffic signs with a turtle on it that says Give them a brake. :) I'll try to get some more posts up later today.

    Thank you sir!

    Thanks so much for the kind words. You never know what I bump into on my travels.

    Very kind of everyone to read and comment.

    Eric
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    What an exciting weekend we had. Bob and Cathy rode out from Chicago to Philly for their nephew's wedding and they swung south for a quick visit at Casa De Redneck. They didn't even get their helmets off before I handed them a cold beer. Traveling around Philly, Baltimore, DC can be more than a challenge. After they cleaned up we all settled in for a nice supper.
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    I was poking around in the garage looking at their rigs. I have never seen a Silver Wing up close and wow, it's a big scoot! Cathy's steed standing tall.
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    Look at her set! I tips me lid it Bob and Cathy for the technology that their fingertips while on the road.
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    We had a good breakfast and Cathy took a terrible pic of me rustling up some grub for everyone.
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    The route we planned for the day was 522 to 33 west, hang a right on Skyline Drive and head north to Front Royal. Grab a quick bite to eat and then double back on 340 to 221 through the Shenandoah Nat'l Forest, shoot back down 522 to Lake Anna. Skyline Drive has a 35 mph speed limit so traveling along there and stopping at overlooks was the goal. We had the most perfectweather for riding. As in the best day weather wise this year! Woohoo!
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    The first stop.
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    We met these two gents from NY that were enjoying the day as well.
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    Their choice of rides.
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    Random shots.
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    A rest stop.
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    So we settled in for a nice chicken alfredo supper and watched Evel Live to see Travis make a few jumps.
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    And they're off to Chi-town and hopefully the roads I put them on will e rewarding on their way home.
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    Life is short, enjoy the ride.

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    There's a groups of friends that I've been riding with for the last decade or so and we try to travel to a new spot each year all over the country for a ride. Well, this year I decided to host an event and throw don at Casa De Redneck. Here's some snips from this event...

    The grocery shopping is done! Woohoo!
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    The last pie is in the oven and this poor thing was supposed to look like my Vespa. :( lmao
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    The menu for Friday:

    - 6 (ish) Homemade fresh bruschetta served on a French baguette toasted in garlic butter
    - 7 (ish) BBQ'd hamburgers marinated in Lea & Perrins with brown sugar and bourbon, chili cheese dogs, french fries, and I can make a Cesar salad
    - Homemade Granny Smith apple pies
    - Shots will be served throughout the evening

    I'll get together with everyone with regards to breakfast time and menu for the morning.

    I think we are all set and Mother Nature is blessing this great weekend. If any of you run super late on Friday, please text me and I make a plate for you when you arrive. You all should have my cell number. We look forward towards everyone's visit.

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    All your roads belong to us!

    Mine on the left, Jimmy's in the middle and VFRMike on the right. We took a short ride, maybe 200+ miles and cut back across 211 through the Shenandoah Nat'l Forest. The The roads were just perfect!
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    OHScot and Bill sporting his brand new Trumpet he bought last week. He was sneaking in the first service in this photo at Casa De Redneck.
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    OHScot's beautiful K12GT!
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    Holy crap and I was worried folks would show!
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    Jager bombs!
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    At 3:30 in the morning I was up starting to prepare breakfast. I have to go back out and look in the garage. It looks like a m/c dealership. Wow!
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    Here's the scene where everyone is asking, "where are you going?" lol
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    VFRMike headed back home to Myrtle. Glad you made the trip!
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    Big Frank didn't fit in the bunk beds so we had to improvise. ;)
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    Smoker in the house and Scott189 hiding in the back!
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    Tankhead squeaked in :)
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    I'll get a few more pictures tonight, I was lucky to get these in with all that was going on.

    (more to come)
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    Pizza!
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    Frank dusting off the oldies. ;)
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    Jimmy taking the El Camino to get the pizzas!

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    Scott189 and his son Eric. Two finest folks I have ever met.
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    I'll let Shane chime in and tell the wonderful story of this bike. This is Slayman's ride.
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    Smoker making vroom vroom noises on the FZ.
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    MotoGP qualifying in the Saloon.
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    Chill'n like a villain...
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    Our Moroccan scooter contraband!
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    Manhattans Up via Bulleit bourbon.
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    Group therapy!
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    Tankhead was first to jet!
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    Others soon followed.
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    Quaker State boys represented.
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    Eric is Chris' son, first father son m/c trip I believe. :)
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    Loaded up Big Jimmy!
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    He heard about American drivers so he opted to wear his helmet back to Canada, Oh Canada!
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    Big Frank in the house. The GPS guru!
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    Slayman!
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    Two non-members are still asleep.. Hmmm :scratch:scratch I'll have to roust these two up! lol Best friends from NC.
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    Daisy Mae heard the rumble of all the bikes enough to interrupter her snack time. (which never happens) She's going to miss all the company.
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    Moroccan Sam! Our scooter contraband attendee that was kind enough to share a load of cigars for the boys. (soon to be a member of st.o)
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    Here's the story on Slayman's bike. When he was thinking of purchasing a ZZR Slayman joined the ZZR forum. This particular bike was owned by a good member of that forum and had an accident on it and died. There wasn't much damage to the bike so one of the other members took the bike and repaired it. The ZZR forum sold off raffle tickets for the bike and Slayman won it. All the proceeds went to the the member's family. Slayman still shows up at the ZZR meets and his participation on that very forum means the a lot to the forum. I certainly thought this was worth sharing with folks.
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    The End!

    Eric
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    And we have mystery guest visiting Casa De Redneck! Conchscooter rode a Burgman 200 from Key West , FL to Niagra Falls to complete his 1500 Iron Butt. Well played Michael! He's a member here on ADV and goes by the name of @conchscooter a week or so after he got home to FL he had a terrible accident and is still recovering. He started a thread HERE , stop by and show him some love as this could anyone of us on any given day. We will ride again in 2019 as I'm trying to set up another event.

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    I just got back from escorting Conchscooter around some nice country roads covered in canopy trees, got him pointed in the right direction for his destination in Florence, SC this eveing. The scooter gods have smiled upon us this day with no rain... yet...

    First a few pics to get caught up here. I left the garage open and banner up for the welcome wagon upon his arrival. Yeah, I know I already posted this pic. Martinis in hand it was a celebration of life in the making.
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    Booted Mrs. Vs car out of the garage to make space. hehe
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    I love the Key West Mile Marker 0 key ring!
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    Went out for supper and got him a proper ribeye with a nice garlic butter pad melting down on it.
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    We pigged out and had the waitress take the obligatory photo. That's the owner in the background photo bombing our pic. lol
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    A couple more beverages and Mr. Sandman was calling.
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    We got up fairly early looking forward to doing some riding but he wanted to take a spin on my P200e. I dove into the kitchen to scare up a artery slamming breakfast. Cheddar cheese omelets, extra thick applewood smoked bacon, and my world famous cheddar cheese biscuits with drizzled garlic butter over them. Well... maybe not world famous but they're famous in my world. ;) He bought one new in 1981 and toured all over the west coast as well as in South America. I hope he writes his memoirs about that trip someday.

    Thus the instant bond with the P200e to fumigate the neighborhood of any mosquitoes. Off he goes in a cloud of smoke!
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    At one of the stops this morning I had to twist his arm to try out the 946.
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    Final stop as this is where I jumped off to head home and wished him all the best on his journey home.
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    I get within about 20 miles from home and the heavens open up and a frog strangler came pouring down. Of course I don't have my rain gear with me. Gah! I get home and start peeling off the soaked layers and I get a big grin on my face as I'm staring at my rain covered helmet. Another page has been turned in my riding portfolio and I'm blessed to have met another fine person to share my adventures with and have them share theirs with me. This was a great day in my life and hopefully it was for Conchscooter.
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    Life is short, enjoy the ride.

    Eric
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    I have a few more trips to share and this thread will be just about caught up and I"ll start sharing what I have planned for '19. Mea culpa for all the "non historical" posts and I'll get back on topic. Needless to say, 2018 was a busy year on two wheels.
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    Fabulous last set of posts, great to see all comradeship. And I'm digging the El Camino :beer
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    I was out riding today and a very old man looked to be hauling home two barn finds. The one on the right is a Matchless and the BMW (maybe an R27?) I don't know my older beemers. I wish I had gotten a few better pics and I hope pops restores them.
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    Okay, a quick down and dirty write up on Gettysburg Bike Week. https://www.gettysburgbikeweek.com/

    This weekend was going to be smoking hot so I left at o-dark-thirty and met up with my BIL Philbilly in Front Royal at & 7 am. We jetted up 522, 340 up through Harper's Ferry and had our first issue in Frederick, MD. (or as I call it Fredneck, MD) hehe

    Here's the route we took.
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    Philbilly got a flat tire... yay... Now I brought my tire plug kit but I forgot the WGs have tubes... yay...
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    As luck would have there's a right decent HD dealer in Frederick, (bought 2 Road Kings from this place) and they were just opening their doors. Had a truck there to pick him up in 25 minutes. Their tow truck was awesome in the sense it had air bags and the driver damn near set the tail on the ground. Pretty sweet!
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    So we hung out in some random parking lot waiting for the tow truck.
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    While they were getting Philbilly squared away I was milling about. A Saweet (yes, 2 syllables) '35 was on display in the service area.
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    A couple of random shots.
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    A big shout out to CJ at Frederick HD. He and the tech Jeff got Philbilly back on the road in 90 minutes from cradle to grave. https://www.hdoffrederick.com/ It's not very often I give a HD dealer props but I personally travel a long ways to do business with these good folks here.
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    By this time our friends rolled up to meet us at the HD dealer Paul and Sarah. We decided to grab a bite to eat and I said I know a killer place for a crab sammich that's .1 miles away. They were shocked that I knew about places to eat so far from home. Note the crab wind mill (for better choice of words) by the May's sign and the propellers on it were crab claw hammers twirling.

    May's Diner! A must do if you swing through these parts! https://maysrestaurant.com/
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    No filler, 100% crab.
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    Paul took us on back roads all around Gettysburg which had little to no traffic on them. Sadly, I didn't capture the routes. We couldn't check in the motel till 3 pm so we dumped our gear behind the counter and rolled to Battlefield HD in Gettysburg. Wow! There was thousands of bikes there and the store itself is huge! https://www.battlefieldharley-davidson.com/

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    The usual stuff at any Harley fest in the parking lot.
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