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Old 09-07-2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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The Bleached African Rides N.C. & all the way to the Outer Banks

Been visiting with friends here in NC, and were treated to 2 days of riding...this is just a short write-up with pics for the people back homeÖ.read it if you want.


This is Marvin (who's house I'm crashing) Jamesville NC, Charles from Hendersonville NC and Me, the bleached African from South Africa.
Charles, who rides the Wing-a-bago, rode up yesterday, a full day's ride in itself, but were ready for 2 more days of this before hanging it back home on Sunday....all in a days work when riding the flying couch .



First call of duty is to gas up. For the first stretch I was on Marvinís RF, but would swap it out for a loaned VFR a bit later.
All gassed we are set, and a great dayís riding lays ahead:

Life sure is GOOD
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
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Grabbing the 64 we rolled east to where we picked up the VFR(thanks Josh) for the rest of the ride.

As I soon learned, any stop was a bathroom break....American guys are worse than Souf Efrikan woman...s'true....

Filling the VFR was a good opportunity for Charles to grab a bite to eat....like bathroom breaks, eatin is something that happens a lot...not that I would complain about THAT though!!



The Honda V4 was thumping along like a steam train eating up the miles and soon we rolled through Plymouth and on over the Albemarle via the 45.

Heading east om Hwy 17 we hit Edenton and made a run along the waterfront:



Funky canons right there & a pretty place for sure.


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In Edenton we made a quick stop at Marvin's workplace so he could make sure people were actually working while he was out riding...I think the party started as we turned the corner and made our way to Elizabeth City

As you would've guessed it was also a perfect bathroom break



One reason we took this route is to stop by the Grave Digger shop:



Here with Charles' Wing-a-bago pozin.....

We hung around checking out all the different evolutions of the monster truck. Looking at the early version, raised all redneck style with square tubing on leave springs, you gotta hand it to these guys jumping cars with that little travel....it HAD to be bone jarring. Respect!

Since and it was close to lunch time....and they had a funky diner setup....and it was time again for bathroom break....ehem.....we had lunch in the Diggers Diner.....works for me:





and there needs tom be a picture of the food...I know, I know....



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Old 09-07-2009, 09:54 AM   #4
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All filled and fired up, the 158 took us in a southerly direction towards Point Harbor where we crossed the Albemarle Sound again.

Now where I am from we have bridges, but this thing was like all the bridges in Souf Efrika put together then multiplied by 4....and it was not even the longest one we will travel over this day.....this is truly one of those things that are bigger and better in the US....awesome experience!!

Here trailing Marvin's Purple Connie:



Next important stop was Kitty Hawk!
Here I found that I am not the only skint stylee traveler. I refuse to pay for no stinkin trophy picture and will rather go an extra mile before paying anyone any entry fee....and so we took our been there, got the picture from the free side of the First Flight monument.



Cheap people are found all over the continent....I feel better .

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Old 09-07-2009, 10:16 AM   #5
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Lighthouses:

Once on the Outer Banks we headed South chasing down the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, our next major point of interest.

The ride down this road was awesome, ocean on one side and the Sound on the other....again we don't have stuff like this back home, so again a unique experience.



First stop here though was the Bodie Island Lighthouse.



One more:



From here it was past Hatteras Island to the big momma.....
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
and the obligatory funky trophy shot.....




Marvin showed me where they moved this old girl from, and it must have been nail biting for whoever the guy in charge of moving operations were.....not a job I would've wanted.

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The lighthouse was our turn around point, and so after heading to the point where the lighthouse used to stand and the picture of the scoot out there, we headed north, back to the mainland.





Turning West when we hit whalebone and onto Hwy 64 and another one of them monster long bridges.

The Luxo-lounger covering my 6 over the Bonner Bridge:



On to Naggs Head where a bathroom and food awaits........hehe


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DOLPHIN !!! what!!.....people should not be eatin Dolphin!! Sure enough, right there on the menu.....
Flipper!!

Charles showed me the "other" Dolphin in pictures on the wall, and since I was sure to freak out at least one person back home with my story of eating Dolphin in the US.....Dolphin was what I wanted on my plate:




After another bathroom break...sheeeshh....we said goodbye to Manteo and kicked up the pace down Rt 64






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Old 09-07-2009, 11:18 AM   #8
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Getting a bit saddle sore and with my right hand on the edge of going into a terminal cramp we pull up for the last .....you guessed it....bathroom break



An hour later we park the VFR and swap back to the RF for tomorrows ride:



Day 2, Coming to a screen near you..... soon:
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:07 PM   #9
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:34 PM   #10
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Day 2 : Finding the perfect Barbecue...

Barbecue is something you eat, not something you do or heaven forbid, the thing you do it on.

Down here that is a fact that no dictionary, Wikipedia, or discussion, violent or otherwise will change...ever. So this second day of riding was dedicated to chasing down good Barbecue. Fortunately one of, or for some THE place, to find the perfect mix of chopped pig, mixed with just the right amount of chopped crackling and other things I'm not privy of can be found within easy riding distance from Marvin's house.




So after breakfast and a quick bathroom break we fire up our scoots and point them in the general direction of Ayden.


Sorry, no pictures of the ride there, I was hungry, the ride was fast, bathroom breaks few and so the camera remained firmly stacked away.

By midday we arrived at what looked nothing like a famous eatery :



Marvin said it was going to be good though, and I trust him when it comes to food...he's a Baptist.

It is called the Skylight Inn, and inside they had some impressive pictures and newspaper cuttings of all the previous presidents that had eaten here.
The dude choppin the pork looked monster serious, so things were looking good....did I mention the line were to the door?



Somehow I expected more of a taste sensation.........but some Texas Pete sorted that....



Funky looking place.....



After lunch we headed back home. Again not many pictures for the afternoon, but we did cross this cool bridge on the way out of Greenville.



Pictures of the ride back.....sorry not much there:





Just outside of Jamesville we ran across this ......yard art???



Yea well nofine....

And so ended 2 great days of riding on the wrong side of the road.

Charles hung around till around 9PM before making the trip back to Hendersonville, which he made by 4AM the next morning......Goldwing riders.......
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:14 PM   #11
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And this is late breaking news, but it seems not only GS riders like to pass you standing up while looking down on you....Connie riders do it too....



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Old 09-08-2009, 05:38 PM   #12
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I drove all the way down to Hatteras, then took a 45 minutes ferry to Ocracoke Is to spend the night. Then continued the next day via another ferry to Cedar Is. and on to Mirtle Beach.

Nice ride you did!
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Old 09-08-2009, 06:10 PM   #13
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It looks like you guys had a good time even if the BBQ was so so.

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I drove all the way down to Hatteras, then took a 45 minutes ferry to Ocracoke Is to spend the night. Then continued the next day via another ferry to Cedar Is. and on to Mirtle Beach.

Nice ride you did!
Yea it looks like you could set up a cool ride to include a few ferry trips on a OBX loop??
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Sorry to hear about the BBQ.
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