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Old 04-30-2014, 03:42 PM   #976
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Wheels Through Time

Sunday's plan was to tour the museum in Maggie Valley. If you have never been there, you are doing yourself a disservice.









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Old 04-30-2014, 03:43 PM   #977
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:46 PM   #978
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and a nice old advert.

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Old 04-30-2014, 05:06 PM   #979
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:07 PM   #980
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:10 PM   #981
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Dale was in the parking lot when we went out to gear up. He struck up a conversation with us and even coached me through starting one of his bikes.



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Old 04-30-2014, 05:18 PM   #982
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dude I've been there several times & have yet to get to ride one of those


although me & wormette got throw out of the corvette one time
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:20 PM   #983
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Stanley Sieja Jr

Interesting fellow.

http://www.peshtigotimes.net/?id=8696


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File this one under To Strange to Believe, or never judge a book by it's cover.

I was heading East on I-70 near Hancock, Western MD,in April, 2009, just about dusk. Saw a Grizzled old biker walking West on the Eastbound shoulder. I saw a bike with it's lights flashing, way down the Eastbound shoulder. Figuring he had run out of gas, I stopped to give him a hand. He said he had thrown his chain and was walking back to get it and was going to repair it alongside the road. I told him it was getting dark and with a narrow shoulder, he was going to get hit by traffic and convinced him to pick up his chain and I would go to my house, about 12 miles east and return with my trailer. I did so and as I passed his bike and old shovel FL, I noticed it had Wisconsin tags.

I returned and we loaded the bike and headed for my shop. I asked him where he was heading and he said he was on his way to Delaware for work. Judging from his worn clothing, grizzled red and grey beard and a real set of working class hands, I figured he was heading for the race tracks or similar work. No, he said he was an Ag pilot, like in cropdusting.

I asked how he got involved in that and he advised me he was a Marine Corps aviator. After putting his bike up on my table we discovered two sprockets with missing teeth, and the inner and outer primary broken. It was Saturday night plus no HD shops carry anything much for shovels so I began contacting friends and between what I had and was able to pickup, we had his bike ready to roll by Monday evening.

When we opened the primary I noticed a lot of very large hard sand particles in the primary and asked about the sand and commented his bike looked like it had been rode hard and put away wet. The man laughed and said it didn't look to bad for having been rode around the world. At that point I wasn't sure who I had brought home but after listening to his story I commented it must have been an exciting trip.
At that point the man said "Well it was but not as exciting as when I flew around the World" He then proceeded to tell me of his flying around the world in a single engine, fabric covered airplane. Later He mentioned, quite casually, that he had sailed around the world in a 26 foot, 30 year old wooden boat, sailing out of the Chesapeake Bay with no navigational experience and nothing but a book on celestial navigation and a plastic sextant and compass.

His stories continued over the several days and by this time I was sure I had simply invited the world's greatest storyteller to my home. We worked late Monday night and the bike was finished. I headed up to the house and the man slept in my motorhome. I sat down to check my email and just for the hell of it, I Googled in the man's name, Stanley Sieja Jr. To my surprise I found a load of info about him, and everything he told me was true.

I have neither the time or room to tell all his fabulous stories about his three trips but you can find some info if you Google his name. Stanley has stopped by my home numerous times on his trips between Wisconsin and Delaware and is always a welcome figure. He was kind enough to send me two of the stories he has written about his travels and they make the hair stand up on your neck.

I hope somehow, Stanley can publish his stories so everyone can enjoy the activities of a very courageous yet humble man. Keep your eye open for him between DE and WI, he will be on a red shovel with a white fairing and knapsacks and bedroll on the back. What a guy!


On one of our first ride bike trips,Ellen and I discovered Maggie Valley and the Wheel Through Time Museum.

Great place.

We also got to see Dale start an old Indian.

Everything in the museum runs.
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Dale is a great guy
We love WTT ....
great pic as always Rick
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:42 AM   #985
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although me & wormette got throw out of the corvette one time
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Thanks for that link, Dan, I'mm going to have to do some reading on Stanley.

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Old 05-02-2014, 02:39 AM   #988
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I am so glad that I finally got to see the museum.

We bought quite a few raffle tickets; maybe we will
get lucky and win one of the bikes, maybe not. I told
Dale that regardless of whether we win or not, I am
more than happy to support his endeavors to remain
in North Carolina.

It's been a difficult road for him; he has worked hard and
certainly had his share of obstacles, yet, he has made
the world a better place!

Definitely worth the trip!

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I haven't been able to find the Expresso Vodka over here....
maybe you could pick me up a bottle and I will reimburse you
at RDV (?)...

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Went through the WTT museum two years ago after Old's Cool. Money well spent.
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