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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    This trip was fabricated and set into effect in a whopping 48 hours and I was on a plane to go fetch his scoot. The dealership was pushing back on him in a big way that they would not store the scoot even though it was paid for in full. Thus the sense of urgency as good a deal like this on that exact scooter doesn't grow on trees.

    What folks don't know is I telework, so everyday on this trip after riding all day I have been doing my job via remote on a laptop on the go and getting very little sleep. Simply put, I'm worn out... I will return home on Monday as I didn't book my return flight home till today. I knew if I pre-booked it an incident would happen, flat tire, mechanical breakdown and I would loose my flight. I'm going to race home and pick up all the balls I dropped in my professional life and well as my personal life as soon as I get home.

    In closing, I would like to say a few thing if I may. A while ago I decided to spend my spare time writing or quasi blogging my road trips or adventures. Admittedly I'm terrible at it, so it's a self improvement thing for me and your are my targeted audience. I try hard to post facts, stats, and document the feeling or tone of what I'm dealing with good or bad. I'm a terrible writer and photographer but I do the best I can with what limited knowledge and resources that I have. I will continue to do so as I enjoy it and it has made me open up my personal life to the world wide web. Scary right? Actually no, it has opened doors to many, many good folks to cross my path in life and bless me with their presence.

    I would encourage anyone to jump in the deep end and start a 'meandering' thread of your adventures! Try to greet each person that you might just be meeting your next best friend. This very thing has happened for me with Michael. I am a very wealthy man as a result...

    The world is full of amazing people if you give them half a chance. What I choose to do in my life I call a RAOK (random act of kindness), this trip was RAOK for me. You will be amazed if you reach out and help a fellow rider at how you feel about yourself as a person. We are all just people on this planet for a very short time. Do something nice and go meet some of them.

    I have a few thank you's to deal out here:
    @cdwise - Cheryl, who spent quite a but of time talking me through some issues setting up my nav on fly and what roads to possibly take.
    @villageidiot - Colby, for offering to personally help fund this trip.
    @CashCow - Bill, for the offer in kind to put me up, buy me a hit meal and drinks.
    @ZigzagguzzI - For offering your constant traffic and weather update along the way.
    @mugwump - Dorian, who tried to get me the parts here in VA that Amazon didn't deliver in time to rig the nav and support overall in general.
    Radon222 - for the #2 son when I was going through LA.
    @Bueller - For offering his RV to crash i accompanied with supper and a beer.
    And the countless number of folks that sent me PM's who shall remain nameless offering me support on the 'incident' at the gas station when I was doubting my actions.

    I'm sure I've forgotten a few but thank you to all! Please know that I knew all along that that I was never alone on the road at any given time. I had a support system that I didn't know was there when I left and magically was there as I traversed the country.

    I know I'm a nerd or geek on this stuff but I thought I would share my thoughts anyways.

    Sincerely,

    Thank you!

    Thank you for reading my insignificant stuff and as always; life is short, enjoy the ride!

    Peace,

    Eric
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  2. The Virginian

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    PS: These pics were stolen form Conchshooter and his narrative.

    Well. At last that’s over and I don’t have to worry anymore. Lunchtime! Water glimpse dining
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    He seems in remarkably good shape. As does, more importantly, the Burgman...
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    Now we have lunch. Multi ethnic food porn. Layne’s home made pozole- Mexican hominy soup and Indian naan.
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    Under the close observation of Rusty the wonder dog.
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    Eric, don't sell your writing skills short. I always enjoy the stuff you write and post. I am also amazed at your skill with modern technology as you put in a lot of miles everyday but managed to keep posting updates in several threads on more than one forum! I know I couldn't do that. The fact that you also managed to get some work done every night is amazing.

    I agree with you about the world being full of amazing people. You and Michael are two of them. What you did here for Michael is amazing. Like so many here I have been following Michael's progress and am so happy to see him get another B200. I'm sure having this scooter will help motivate him even more to continue to work on his recovery and get to the point where he can ride again.

    This ride and your writeup was simply awesome:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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    Well done Sir!
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  5. The Virginian

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    I did some exploring today.
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    The one request I had I asked Conchshooter for was to stick my toes in gin blue water just once before I head back home to the snow and cold.
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    A wave came and stole my thunder of the photo op but it was awesome. Mission accomplished!
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    There were scoots everywhere and are a viable means of transportation here in the Keys.
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    The cemeteries that were above ground were fascinating. In this particular cemetery lies the bodies of many of the sailors from the U.S.S. Battleship Maine which that sank in the Havana harbor during the Cuban revolt against Spain, an event that became a major political issue in the United States. The mighty USS Maine was the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after the state of Maine. It was commissioned in 1895 and sank in 1898. They brought several of the bodies back here to Key West for a proper burial.

    Read about it here.

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    After Michael gave me the tour of the area we went to the Hogfish Grill for lunch. I had the fresh fired shrimp and chips and he had the hogfish sammich with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. Yum!
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    A truck parked out front.
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    I have a flight to go home tomorrow and will arrive in the evening and from what I'm told it was snowing there yesterday.

    As I close this chapter on my moto life tomorrow I'll turn the page to a fresh sheet of paper and start working on my next chapter. Thanks for stopping by and reading The Virginian's Meanderings.

    Eric
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  6. B10Dave

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    Thanks for posting Eric. Quite the trip.
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    Yes! Again, Kudos for the deed and RR. Look forward to you next adventure.
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    A trip of extremes. You volunteer your time to help a fellow poster and almost get stabbed in the process. And btw, who attempts to rob a guy on a scooter, 99% of our brethren are doing this out of necessity not for adventure. It's the equivalent of robbing a Kool -Aid stand.
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  9. The Virginian

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    Antietam National Battlefield

    The Bloodiest Day in American History--Hope for Freedom

    ****History Alert - scroll ahead if you have no interest****
    I usually post a boat load of pics with a few thoughts and then share a paragraph or two at the end of this ride report. I rode up to Front Royal to ride with Philbilly my BIL who is my riding partner to check out Antietam. To put that into perspective, Antietam is only 55 - 60 miles away. I'm experimenting with Vespa mapping app and see how well it does so I can do a proper report on the "Supertech" at a later date.

    You can read about Antietam Here.
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    The entryway
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    Tandem ammo wagons that were used that were horse drawn
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    Artillery
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    Rifles barrels
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    The park service volunteers were giving cannon and rifle demonstrations
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    The battle was over with the Union sitting on three sides, waiting for the next day. During the night of the 18th, General Lee pulled his troops back across the Potomac River, leaving the battle and the town to General McClellan. It was the bloodiest day in United States history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing.
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    The welcome center and museum.
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    There are so many monuments from every state that was here, a person could spend day finding them all as they're spread throughout the National Park, so I'll only post a few examples.

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    The battlefield
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    Thoughts of a few important people... worthy of zooming in and reading.
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  11. The Virginian

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    On a lighter note these guys cover the fields by the thousands.
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    One land on my scoot
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    Did you know there was a namesake aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Antietam
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    The museum
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    Friend or foe?
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    In the gift shop cartridge load candy. :lol3
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    I didn't know the Irish fought on the gray side so I bought this book to read up on the topic.
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    Many of the photos and artifacts are loaned, donated or willed to the museum.
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  12. The Virginian

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    Food for thought...
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    This caption god-smacked me about the bayonet being bent back...
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    Two Medal Of Honor recipients from that deserve to be remembered! Samuel C. Wright and George W. Hooker. Respect.
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    And their actual medals
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    Okay, enough on that...
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    We left the main part of the park and 1 mile away was great place to grab some lunch, Captain Benders Tavern. Great food, great craft beer menu and a lot of history in this Tavern. Captain Raleigh Bender was a C&O Canal boatman during the 1800’s, and proprietor of this fine tavern. Since 1936, Captain Bender’s Tavern has fed the hungry, quenched the thirsty, and served loyally, the historic community of Sharpsburg, Maryland. Today we are the best restaurant and bar in Sharpsburg and are a perfect meeting spot for locals, C&O Canal and Antietam Battlefield visitors, and Shepherdstown students.
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    There's no saltiness about the confederates here in the east, it's just a part of history so folks like this tavern proudly display both flags.
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    I had the ruben
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    Sharpsburg looks about the same as it did 100+ years ago.
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    The architecture of many of these very old homes made out of local solid stone.
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    When you ride these parts of the country, mind your self as most of it is agricultural so you will bump into horse poop on the road, combines and hay wagons.
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    One more stop and I'll wrap this pic heavy ride report of another fight within the fight I read about.
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  15. The Virginian

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    The Burnside Bridge

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    Seeking to improve connections between roads in Washington County, fourteen bridges were commissioned to be constructed. It is one of five bridges designed by master bridge builder John Weaver, its construction was completed 1836. It was constructed by local Dunker farmers. The three-arched, 12-foot (3.7 m)-wide, 125-foot (38 m)-long bridge provided a passageway over Antietam Creek for farmers to take their produce and livestock to market in Sharpsburg. The bridge's three arches are constructed of locally sourced coursed limestone, masonry walls contain the roadbed and has wooden parapets. The original cost of construction was $3200 (now between $73,000 and $84,000.)

    The bridge has two other names, one is "Rohrbach's Bridge", after a local farmer Henry Rohrbach who lived nearby. The second name, "Lower Bridge" is in reference to the Upper Bridge and Middle Bridge located further upstream that also allowed movement of freight, animals, and people across the creek.

    Battle of Antietam
    Crossing over Antietam Creek, the bridge played a key role in the September 1862 Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War when around 500 Confederate soldiers from Georgia under General Robert Toombs and Henry Benning, for several hours held off repeated attempts by elements of the Union Army's IX Army Corps, whose leader was Major General Ambrose E. Burnside, to take the bridge.

    The first attempt was by Col. George Crook's Ohio brigade, partially supported by Edward Harland's brigade of Rodman's Division, but the Ohioans got lost and emerged too far upstream. The 11th Connecticut Infantry found the bridge, and engaged the Georgians under Brig. Gen. Robert Toombs. After taking heavy casualties, the 11th Connecticut withdrew in all haste.

    The second try to carry the bridge was by the 2nd Division's 1st Brigade under James Nagle - the 2nd Maryland & the 6th New Hampshire Infantry rushed to the bridge via a nearby farm road but was stopped by the Georgia sharpshooters before getting halfway to the bridge. Toomb's 450 Georgians held off 14,000 Union attackers.

    Finally, the 51st New York Volunteer Infantry and the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry, from Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero's brigade, attacked from the field on the Union side of the creek, stopped briefly at the walls near the bridge to duel with the sharpshooters, and then charged and seized it, but not before the attack had been delayed for several hours beyond what had been expected.

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    I think it's safe to say the river ran red that day...
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    On a side note here's some interesting fact about President William McKinley. Our 25th President!
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    And the monument dedicated to him at Antietam.
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    The time period correct fencing around his monument.
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    Thanks for stopping by and reading.

    Life is short, enjoy the ride!

    Eric
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    crossbones Been here awhile

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    Ha!
    In the mid 80's, I took an "easy and ridiculous" college course that traveled around Va. Cival War Battlefields.
    Leisurely, easy 'A' or so I thought.
    Until then, I did not understand that time period and had contempt for it. (as is the current fad)
    The two week trip ended up pretty much changing my life.
    Not only were the destinations spectacular and the landscapes hard to dislike, we all found out how little modern society knows or cares about the history of the time period, or how it led to what they know now.
    Now people want to make it disappear.

    When I started riding motorcycles, the first thing I did was revisit a lot of the Va. Civil War sites.
    You simply can't visit them all.

    Looking forward to a moto trip from Ford's theatre down to southern Md in June following the John Wilkes Booth escape route.


    Virginian.....
    If you are monitoring this, thanks for the 9 pages of report. (I got nothing done today...)
    Where did your friend live in the Fla. Keys?
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  17. The Virginian

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    I rode out to my families to celebrate my sister's birthday. After we celebrated I bounced to get home as temps were dropping fast. I check the usual online social medias to keep up with family members and I happened upon this post from the Luray Police Dept. You gotta love small town police departments.
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    I planned on passing through Culpeper on the way home and wanted to take a few pics to give folks a flavor of some of the small town here in Virginia.


    But first a few pics for scooter tag, old country roads and then on to the main event. I hope you folks like pictures....
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    The Blue Ridge mountains peeking.
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    Random shots.
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    I mosey into Culpeper with a destination in mind that I wanted to investigate and happen upon this mural. William and Mary here in VA is called Bill and the bitch. :rofl
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    Back alleyways of Culpeper.
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    Note the brick cobblestone, lamp clocks, old colonial buildings with white pillars.
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    The architecture of the building on left with the roof-line sloping uphill.
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    This small quaint area should be commended in the sense that they have preserved the original buildings and the businesses that built them.
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    The light green structure was originally an Inn, you can see the old signage.
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    The seafood restaurant in the above pic, here's a close up of the fish sign. Love it! They have a raw bar as well.
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    This building was originally the post office, Farmers & Merchants Bank, and Clark & Co. grocers, all housing new stores today. Look at the brick work on the building on the right.
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    Cameleer??
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    The old movie theater still in operation with the neon sign on it touting 'air conditioning'!
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  20. The Virginian

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    Today's trip was to visit the Culpeper National Cemetery.

    - Eligibility
    Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit our eligibility web page.

    During the American Civil War, the territory around the city of Culpeper was defended vigorously by both sides, as it was a strategic point almost exactly between Washington D.C. and the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. Numerous battles took place in the region, including the Battle of Cedar Mountain and the Battle of Chancellorsville. The dead from those conflicts were buried nearby in makeshift grave sites. After the war a reburial program was initiated, and in 1867, Culpeper National Cemetery was established to reinter many of the remains from the makeshift sites.

    The original cemetery comprised 6 acres (2.4 ha), bought from Edward B. Hill of Culpeper for $1,400. The original Second Empire Victorian caretakers lodge was built in 1872 and was designed by Montgomery C. Meigs. Many improvements to the grounds and facilities at the cemetery were made during the 1930s as part of the New Deal. These make-work improvements included replacing the original 1870s tool house at the cost of $8,000 in 1934, raising and realigning 912 headstones in May 1934, by the Civil Works Administration, and realignment and re-setting 402 headstones in 1936 though a Works Project Administration project.

    Having operated without any major improvements since the 1930s, the cemetery was closed to new interments on November 17, 1972. On September 1, 1973, administration of the cemetery was transferred from the U.S. Army to the Veterans Administration's new National Cemetery System created by the National Cemetery Act of 1973. In 1975 another 10.5 acres (42,000 m2) was donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burton-Hammond Post 2524, and in 2001 another plot of 12.3 acres (50,000 m2) was purchased, which has been developed for future interments. The cemetery was reopened to interments on January 16, 1978.

    Culpeper National Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It is included in the South East Street Historic District.

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    Notable monuments
    • The states of Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have erected markers dedicated to regiments from those states who had members die in the Battle of Cedar Mountain.
      • The Maine monument is of granite construction and is dedicated to the 22 officers and soldiers from the 10th Maine Volunteer Infantry who died at Cedar Mountain.
      • The Massachusetts monument was erected by members of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry in 1893.
      • The New York monument was erected in 1902 to honor the members of the 28th New York Volunteer Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Corps, Army Corps of the Potomac who died at Cedar Mountain.
      • The Ohio monument is of granite and bronze construction and was erected by the 7th Ohio Regimental Association.
      • The Pennsylvania monument was erected in 1910.
    • The Armed Forces Monument was erected November 1992 and was sponsored by the American Legion Post 330 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2524. The monument was officially dedicated May 28, 2001.
    • A memorial to all of the Unknown burials from the Civil War was erected in 1988 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burton-Hammond Post 2524.
    • The seven and a half feet tall National Military Cemetery monument constructed from a cast iron seacoast artillery tube.
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