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Old 08-28-2013, 07:47 AM   #466
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I don't usually get all "what you should do and stuff" but this thread would be a hit in DayTrippin. .. jus sayin.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:50 AM   #467
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Thanks I've considered it. I am working on my website: http://lostwithmike.weebly.com and will need to parse out all of my ride reports for that too. Then it may make a good opportunity to have them all separated into the Day Trippin Section with funky orange font or something to stand out. Not drinking the kool aid though
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:43 AM   #468
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Ruck'n A!

I figured if I have a SMIB sticker on my helmet, I'd have to venture to the land of bad drivers soon enough. I completed a three day hike in two days so found my Labor Day free. Time for a no-direction, carefree ride on the scooter is in order. I packed a bathing suit, towel, snacks, sandals and sunscreen and OFF I WENT!

First probolem: I cannot cross the Wilson Bridge legally.


I went through Oldtowne Alexandria instead.


I had to venture all the way into DC then find a way across the Anacostia as well.


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I cruised up Penn Ave to Temple Hill to Livingston and eventually down to Bensville (Familiar terrain)


OH NO! A turtle. Die schildekröte sind meine leiblingstier


Ruckus approves.


Cruised up to Chapel Point for the view. I checked my email and had a tip about a nearby beach from GS Pilot. Thanks!


Chapel Point Recreation Area


Found myself a private little beach to read on and relax for a few hours.








More and more fisherman began crowding around and there was a veritable multi-family beach party going on beside me so I decided to peace out. GO RUCKUS GO!!!




Wound up at Mattawoman Creek




Then I went "exploring"


Stuff you don't normally do on a big bike...like aimlessly ride through a forest. I only got hung up on a couple tree trunks.


Deciding a tresspassing arrest or fine was not on the agenda for the day, I made my way back toward home. I just liked this sign considering I brewed a whisky-beer not too long ago.




Damn near pegged. Pretty good for a 49cc engine.


Accokeek


I cruised up Indian Head into the district then over past the WSSC to the S. Cap St. Bridge with a view of the Anacostia Waterfront and the stadium. Traffic became heavy and I focused on not getting killed the rest of the way home.


Afterward, I took the other new Ruckus for a short ride around town to shake it down.


Will he keep both Rucki'? Will he sell them both and buy a newer one? What fabric socks does he really wear? All this and more...STAY TUNED
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:37 PM   #469
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Another great RR. If you decide to dump a Ruckus... I may buy one so I can use riding to the country club or an added resource while ice fishing
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:37 PM   #470
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OK we'll be in touch. I can even slap a BMW emblem on there for ya

Consider it for hunting, you can sneak up on deer it is so quiet.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:26 PM   #471
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How apropos; 'Essays in Idleness'.





Nice pics too.....
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:23 AM   #472
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:26 AM   #473
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Ruckus stealth camping going on tonight. OHHH YEAHHHHH


Lets hope the two plugs in this rear tire hold out!
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:01 AM   #474
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I saw some dude barreling down 11th and H NE last night on a brown ruckus. Wondered if there was a tiny chance you knew him as I don't see many ruckuses (rucki?) about.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:16 AM   #475
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If it's brown

Nope don't know em. I usually chat with any other Ruck I come across - most folks do some kind of customization to theirs.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:01 AM   #476
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You were near Pomfret.


Doesn't that suck that the only way from Va to MD is though DC on a small moto. Should have tried the Nice Harry Bridge. I real way may be to push across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:09 AM   #477
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Yeah it does suck. I'd try that footpath at night but have seen a police car driving down it before It'd be hard to turn around for him though

Harry Nice Bridge is now a $6 toll from MD to VA. For that price I'd expect a happy ending. Makes me wanna jump off a bridge!
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Yeah it does suck. I'd try that footpath at night but have seen a police car driving down it before It'd be hard to turn around for him though

Harry Nice Bridge is now a $6 toll from MD to VA. For that price I'd expect a happy ending. Makes me wanna jump off a bridge!
Ya think MD would make it like the Coleman Bridge Cross the York River for $6. Heck even West Point got two new bridges with shoulders for no toll.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:22 AM   #479
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Ruck'n MD

I decided to roughly test my Ruckus camping setup overnight last Friday.


Picked up a Subway foot long to save on having to make dinner.


Looked over and noticed Sugarloaf Mountain basking in the golden hour rays of the sun.




OHHH YEAHHH


The fading rays of the sun had already passed over the Potomac River as I reached the end of the road. The verdrant vegetation only has another month or less until it brightens up for the fall colors.


I found an ATV path just beside the train tracks and explored it until it dead ended at a creek.


This seems like a good place to hang my head for the night!


I crack open a Guiness, string up my hammock and kick back for a nice relaxing evening beside the babbling creek when I hear the distinct rattle of a dirt bike exhaust. Crap. It grows closer and closer. I pack up the hammock quickly, hide my beer and act like nothing is out of the ordinary...just hanging out on my 50cc scooter down an ATV trail in the woods in MD. The usual.

This 14 year old kid comes tearing through the woods on a mini sized ATV and stops just as he gets to me. His eyes were wide and I could tell he was wishing it had a reverse gear. I waved and said "Howdy!". Somewhat disarming him, I go to shake his hand, and he limply shakes mine and introduces himself as Josh. He lived in the house I passed up the gravel road. He waved back when I cruised past an hour earlier. We chatted about how him and his pop built this four wheeler out of a 125cc dirtbike engine and how much fun it is for its size because of the clutch and small tires. I moved the ruckus and he drove it into the creek to show off. It grew dark, he grew tired of riding around the creek and I helped push him out. He invited me to go night fishing but I told him I'd pass. Had a long day.


Off he went and out came the hammock again. The frogs chirped their distinct song of summer as I hung in the hammock listening to the creek. Every 30 min or so the MARC Brunswick line rolled past and later in the night, a couple CSX freight trains.


The morning silence wasn't broken too harshly when I started up the little 50cc Ruckus. Up and running, she blasted off into the cool morning air at a respectable 30mph. We're off like a herd of turtles!


The sunrise over Sugarloaf Mountain was beautiful as the mist hung in the bean fields.




I had some coffee and a fast food bfast sandwich and headed back down the road onward to home. I may not be that far from home but getting out into the country in the morning feels so right. The smells, the sights, everything stirring and waking up.


I took a side tour down to Seneca Creek where I saw the old C&O Canal Aqueduct.


They had a nice picnic area and some mowed trails I imagine would be great for birdwatching. Or hiding a Ruckus in the future




The morning scenery:


Maryland is very active with cyclists on the weekends. This was outside Potomac. They really ride the roads out here with a vengeance.


Believe me...he was moving fast.


Nuff Said


Stats for the trip! (My lowest everything ever) It ain't about the miles, sometimes it is about the smiles.


Oh yeah I went back on a similar route in the afternoon with Dr. Beard on the GS's and snagged the Goose sign I missed.


WE saw this nice 308 outside Boulangerie in Potomac.


Then I let him go ahead on River Rd.


White's Ferry Rd and the lovely grove of trees.


Passing maneuver.


And on up to Harper's Ferry






Then a short cruise along the Shenandoah




The elusive octopus GS rider was hot on my tail


That's more like it.


Caught up to this stranger on 66.


After getting home, I loaded my inflatable kayak on the Ruckus and went down to the water for a maiden voyage.




Beautiful Great Blue Heron


Bald Eagle


Fowl


Paddled from Belle Haven to Jones Point Lighthouse


The wind picked up making it interesting in my inflatable boat. I took a short break paddling back. Enchiladas were at 7PM and it was nearing 6:30. Time to get home and grab some beer on the way!




It was a full Saturday!
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:15 AM   #480
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Great pic Mike...

I love the inflatable
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