AV RVA Over the Rivers, Mountains, and Through the Woods
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Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Posts: 2345
Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:16 pm quote
Fledermaus and I decided to ride to Richmond for AV, but he didn't have unlimited time off from work. I'm retired, so I proposed he trailer from WI to my house in KY, and we would ride to Richmond together. We ended up picking up a new friend, Travlin' man, in WV on the overnight. The first leg 325 mi, was from Carrollton, KY to Bluefield, WV. We arrived a little tired but excited for the adventures to come. We scooted on in from Bluefield, with a stop at Appomattox Courthouse for a history fix, and made it in time for the Wednesday meet & greet. We had such a great time at the rally this year, big ups to all the Seven Hills folks, as well as the amazing VCOA staff!

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Two scooters waiting the return trip at Pikeville, KY

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Patrick Henry. He got both.

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The Three Amigos

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One of our neighbors on Lombardy St

Molto Verboso
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
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Location: Minneapolis USA
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:16 am quote
Three Scooter Dudes
I really liked the Selfie with three distinct styles of facial hair.
Could well have been the "Three Musketeers".

Fledermaus is obviously D'Artagnan.

Bob Minnesota
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1969 Vespa Rally 180, 2014 Yamaha Bolt 950, 2015 Vespa Primavera 150, 2015 Honda Grom 125
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Location: Gulf Breeze, FL
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:44 am quote
So glad that you made it, and had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Hooked
'14 Vespa 946, '18 Yamaha Xmax
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Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:58 am quote
I'm sorry I missed you at AV but like said, what a great time.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 7494
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:04 pm quote
Strange, I just saw this thread today. I'll chime in with a few more details....

Yes, having an extra 2-3 days would have likely made the trip more relaxed, but it was still a really enjoyable ride. It's unusual for me to do group riding to any degree, so riding cross-country with Warren and Phil was uniquely enjoyable. Besides good companionship on the trip, it's great to look ahead or behind you and see another scooter buzzing along.

It was my first time in Kentucky, and appreciated having a local help sort things out. Great roads, great scenery. Lots of places to think about coming back to. As one of our routes was passing within a couple of miles of Appomattox, we stopped there for a break and quick visit.

Phil went his own way for the trip back, and because yours truly was pressed to get back to work, we hit the road fairly early after AV. Warren's wife Susan had graciously offered to bring my car and trailer to Lexington to shorten my trip back. Despite generally sticking to (non-Interstate) highways, we got routed through an awesome National Forest road before hitting the 4 lane once again.

The original thought was to go as far as we could, overnight and continue on the next morning for the remaining miles, but after riding through most of the day and making good time. Warren suggested we could just go for it and shoot for Lexington. Another quick meal, and we were off. The weather had held up well, and other than a few showers we were doing fine. As we approached Lexington, I spotted lighting, and the storm closed in on us. We finished in a heavy downpour....I swore it was hailing as I heard banging on my helmet. No way to outrun it, but had this overwhelming desire to arrive as I'm rather rapidly getting soaked. We hadn't bothered with rain gear as it was just too sudden and too close to our destination. I'm gritting my teeth as wetness took over, but suddenly I felt this icy sensation in my groin and my brain shouted "FFS, MY D*#K'S GETTING WET!" Pretty much shot any composure I'd had left.

We finally arrived, and Warren's wife Susan was waiting at the house for us, so we were welcomed with hot showers and changed into dry clothes.

IIRC, we rode 525 miles in roughly 12 hours. Despite some wiggling around to stay comfortable, the stock GTS seat was really pretty tolerable, and I didn't feel all that wrung out for the miles. Not sure I'd welcome doing it again, but no regrets. Certainly feel like the scooter was well up to the task. Great riding with some great folks.

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Pre-ride tour of wmak's neighborhood

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Coal country

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Roadside attraction

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Local produce

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Appomattox

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Keeping up with wmak.....

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1986 Honda Elite 150 (sold), 2009 Scarabeo 200 (sold), 2007 GTV "Pazzo"
Joined: 15 Oct 2008
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Location: Talent, Oregon
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:41 am quote
Cool trip...and very cool photos!
Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
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Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:53 am quote
Oy!

Cool city, good peeps, though hanging with you and Dave were definitely my Richmond highlight.

Let's all tour Spain -- or some other eSpanish speaking country -- one of these years!

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 7494
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:48 pm quote
tdrake wrote:
Oy!

Cool city, good peeps, though hanging with you and Dave were definitely my Richmond highlight.

Let's all tour Spain -- or some other eSpanish speaking country -- one of these years!
Likewise. One of the best moments was after two days of riding and weaving our way through Richmond to our lodging was to see your scooter out front and you sitting on the front porch waiting for us!

Yes.... Espain would be great...though I'd better get back to practicing my Espanish!
Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Posts: 2345
Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:30 am quote
Just got back from Catalunya, we can most def take a trip there sometime! VCdM is currently planning a trip to Portugal, so my inner polyglot has a new challenge!
Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
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Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:33 am quote
wmak wrote:
Just got back from Catalunya, we can most def take a trip there sometime! VCdM is currently planning a trip to Portugal, so my inner polyglot has a new challenge!
My best bud is currently walking the Camino de Santiago in Portugal...everything I've heard makes it sound muy guay!
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