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Gear:
Oh! just noticed the Gear post...

Looks like 2015 Rossi doing a wheelie on your iphone screen... heh heh
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OH WOW!!! HUGE CONGRATS ON THE NEW Nove Quarantasei!!

What are great adventure! Absolutely incredible!! I bet you have great memories! I'm so envious...

And I noticed the AGV GP-Tech Vale Rossi "5-Continents" replica!! You're missing the "Tribu..." visor decal, mate! Sorr, I'm a huge Vale fan. My idol, nest to Senna... heh.

Just brilliant, mate!
Where can I get the decal?
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Wow! What a great trip report. I'm glad all went well. Love the 946 - you've shown us all that it can handle the ride!
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Senna1Rossi wrote:
OH WOW!!! HUGE CONGRATS ON THE NEW Nove Quarantasei!!

What are great adventure! Absolutely incredible!! I bet you have great memories! I'm so envious...

And I noticed the AGV GP-Tech Vale Rossi "5-Continents" replica!! You're missing the "Tribu..." visor decal, mate! Sorr, I'm a huge Vale fan. My idol, nest to Senna... heh.

Just brilliant, mate!
Where can I get the decal?
Sent you info!

You need to get the new Rossi rep in the new Pista GP-R, or even the Corsa... heh

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Super-gorgeous scoot, and the trip looks like an amazing experience.
So does ti mean you need to travel almost 2000 miles for every service Razz emoticon ?
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Super-gorgeous scoot, and the trip looks like an amazing experience.
So does ti mean you need to travel almost 2000 miles for every service Razz emoticon ?
lol I sure hope not!
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If it's alright with folks I'll just post my scooter meanderings here in this thread?

Was out scoot'n around Louisa yesterday. No rain but was really windy! Love this scooter!
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I had to go to Richmond for to get some IDs updated so I took the scoot. Windy as heck out today but the sun was shining and got another 150 miles on her today.

Over by Richmond International Airport.
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Stopped by Moto Richmond to ask about a warranty issue. Love this old school back alley shop.
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New Guzzi's being un-crated.
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A couple of parting shots on the way home.
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What a great trip! I have visited Barber, and you did a good job rapping that experience. Thanks for the ride!
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What a great trip! I have visited Barber, and you did a good job rapping that experience. Thanks for the ride!
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it.

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Wow! I had completely missed this thread... just spent the last half hour reading through, and it was great! Thanks for taking the time to post so many of your thoughts and photos
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Wow! I had completely missed this thread... just spent the last half hour reading through, and it was great! Thanks for taking the time to post so many of your thoughts and photos
berto,

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The 946 is a beautiful machine!

There's a lonely, black Armani 946 just sitting there at the Vespa dealership in Gainesville. Their main buyers are college students purchasing 50cc scooters and they sell very few larger displacement scooters.

My heart would love to snap it up. However, my brain kicks in and tells me that I would rather spend that money on more trips, tires, and oil changes.

How's it been going? Still loving it? Plan on taking it for another long road tip?

The photos of it in the countryside are awesome!
946 at New Scooters 4 Less (NS4L) in Gainesville.  I feel so sad for it.  Someone needs to adopt it.  It needs to be ridden!
946 at New Scooters 4 Less (NS4L) in Gainesville. I feel so sad for it. Someone needs to adopt it. It needs to be ridden!
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The 946 is a beautiful machine!

There's a lonely, black Armani 946 just sitting there at the Vespa dealership in Gainesville. Their main buyers are college students purchasing 50cc scooters and they sell very few larger displacement scooters.

My heart would love to snap it up. However, my brain kicks in and tells me that I would rather spend that money on more trips, tires, and oil changes.

How's it been going? Still loving it? Plan on taking it for another long road tip?

The photos of it in the countryside are awesome!
Shane,

Thanks for the reply and yes, I'm still loving it. I'm creeping up on 3,000 miles quickly and she's a ball to ride. Love it!

PM sent.

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Thanks for posting all those gorgeous pics and details of your epic trip! I own a bunch of motorcycles and nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than when I'm riding my Vespa.

Is it possible to restore the 946 to its original design in regards to the turn signals like it's sold in Europe?
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Thanks for posting all those gorgeous pics and details of your epic trip! I own a bunch of motorcycles and nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than when I'm riding my Vespa.

Is it possible to restore the 946 to its original design in regards to the turn signals like it's sold in Europe?
I don't know how I missed this reply but thanks you for stopping by and reading.
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After the photobucket debacle I've moved all my pics over to smugbug and updated this thread. Sorry for the delay on getting this updated.

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SlowLaneShane wrote:
The 946 is a beautiful machine!

There's a lonely, black Armani 946 just sitting there at the Vespa dealership in Gainesville. Their main buyers are college students purchasing 50cc scooters and they sell very few larger displacement scooters.

My heart would love to snap it up. However, my brain kicks in and tells me that I would rather spend that money on more trips, tires, and oil changes.

How's it been going? Still loving it? Plan on taking it for another long road tip?

The photos of it in the countryside are awesome!
Shane,

Oh my gosh, I don't know how I missed you reply. I did a lot of scooting and thought about posting my adventures here. There didn't seem to be too much interest. Maybe I'll update this thread with some on my trips on the 946.

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There's always interest in where others ride. Love your tale of your journey.
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There's always interest in where others ride. Love your tale of your journey.
Okay, I'll post up some more of my travels. Thank you for the reply in kind!

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I stopped in a coffee shop in Mineral and they had keychains for sale and one was blue. lol No! I didn't buy it.
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Love this time of year! As I'm sipping my coffee and listening to the train rolling by I sometimes have to remember to stop and smell the roses from time to time.
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Like I mentioned earlier I'm creeping up on 3,000 fast and the majority of those miles have been in the rain. So I want to detail the Vespa and get a peek at all the nooks and crannies to see if there's and surface rust or the likes popping up. Usually it's a small issue in the area that the VIN is stamped on the frame. We shall see...

I typically detail my bikes once a month. Get all the bugs off and in general get them looking sharp. It's also a good way to get an up close look at your bike for loose bolts or other issues that might crop up.

When I took delivery, Vespa 946 owners get a nice gift box that contains some goodies in there and the rear pillion seat. I asked AF1 to install if for my journey home thinking in a pinch I might need the real estate to Rok-Strap a bag to. In the end I didn't need it so I want to remove it at the I think the scoot looks better with the solo seat.

Here's a pic of the dual setup.
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Here's a down view of the section I'm going to remove.
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First the leather seat pad.
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Then the main seat and the inner shroud.
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Yep, just as I thought, here's where the VIN is and I want to get that cleaned up right away.
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What I use to halt rust/corrosion in it's track is ASF-50. Google this stuff, it's amazing! If you ride year round on salted roads, this stuff on your rims will fend it off nicely.
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I cleaned up the stamped VIN and shot a small dose of ASF-50 into the cap then just used a Q-tip to apply to the area. Using the spray can for this application would crop dust the whole scooter.
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I'll check on it a year from now and I promise you it will look just like it does now.
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While the seat is completely off I usually heavily wax the areas that are covered up from body parts that are hard to reach.
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Here's a pic of the cast pillion seat which weights in at 8lbs 4 oz.
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I would like to share how I detail my bike in hopes that it may help help someone. Specifically, I'll be using 3 items for the lions share of detailing.

- Poor Boy's Leather Stuff (for the seat and my leather gear)
- Chemical Guy's Wet Butter Wax
- Chemical Guy's Jet Seal
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The leather stuff does a really decent job of getting stains off the light gray leather seat and conditions the leather as well. My leather gloves, coat and boots take a beating from road grim and bugs here in Va so I tend to got though this stuff on a regular basis.

The butter wax is greasy and easy on, easy off. Not very protective so I use the Jet Seal as a follow-up. They make a Jet Seal for matte paints as well. This stuff is amazing in the sense of putting a hard shell over your wax job and as a result the luster remains for many years to come.

These pictures don't really do it justice but you can see the reflection of the bottom of the seat like a mirror.
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The paint is well protected and just pops now when you look at it. Here's a good view of the solo seat or as the Italian's call it Bellissima! Which I prefer.
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I finally got my misspelled tag sorted at DMV. Woohoo!
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One of the scooters I sold, the Piaggio BV350 went to Alex and he resides in Philly about 1 mile away from Revzilla. He was doing to the BRPW camping trip this week and made a pit stop at Casa De Redneck and crashed here for the night. I got to catch up with him and hear about his adventures. He took a 3,000 mile trip through Egypt on a Sym 150 scooter and it was fascinating to hear about it. Hopefully he'll chime in here as he got to try out the 946 and I think he took a video.

On his way home to Philly!
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(more to come)
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I took a nice two day short trip this weekend on Bella. I've been going to a PT massage therapist for my sciatica in Front Royal and I'm happy to report I'm having good success on this front. The weather was looking bad per usual. I think the only weather this Vespa has seen has been rain. lol So I motored out of Lake Anna and cut up to Culpeper, took a right on 15 to Remington, 621, 15, then right on Ben Venue. BV is a short run but amazing technical piece of tarmac.Then 522 to Front Royal.

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I had stuffed in my Kriega 6 good sized ribeyes packed with two freezer packs that I had been marinating in Lee & Perrins and a bourbon/brown sugar rub! I also had my dock kit, rain suit, two changes of clothes, laptop, chargers, tinted shield, a doggy life preserver I bought my niece for their pup and a copy of Labyrinth to watch with the kids. Love that movie! My pack was over G'd!
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And the weather when I got to PT... As usual I'm a dripping mess walking into the joint.
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After PT I motored up to Luray. A beautiful town right on the Blue Ridge mountains and worth visiting on two wheels. The stormy weather made for some spectacular smokey mountain views.
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Right at dusk it was amazing! Sadly I don't have a decent camera to capture the beauty.
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After supper we broke out some small fireworks for the kids and had a few beers around the bonfire.
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The next morning my nephew-in-law took the 946 for a spin. He loved it!
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We decided to go to a local brewery and here's a few pics of Luray.
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Hawksbill Brewery, all of their brews are from local crops in the area and they are brewed on the premises.
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Pimp!
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One of the twins. 8)
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While we were there a freight train rolled through and blew the horn. Good night it woke the dead!
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My neice.
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Some random pics my niece took.
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Thanks for reading!

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

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Time to head home so I cut across the Shenandoah National Forest. Beautiful piece of road to enjoy the scoot on and wasn't raining!
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Shit house lilies are popping up everywhere.
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Until next trip, thanks for reading.

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Great pics. Thanks for posting
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So what's Virginian been up to?

Today's update is the only modification I have planned for Bella. To meet U.S. DOT standards they put winkers on stalks all the way around. I literally cannot stand them so I rooted around and found the OEM part numbers for the LED signals.

Here's a look at the U.S. stock winkers.
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You have to tear down the scoot quite a bit to get this job done. In this case I don't mind as it gives me a chance to get the grit and grime of almost 4,000 miles mostly in the rain.
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Here's a look at the rear turn signal entry and you can see what I'm talking about.
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Pop off the Piaggio badge and there's a bolt to hold on the front fascia.
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Remove the from panels and floorboards.
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I ordered the resistor from Revzilla as it's a plug-n-play.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/competition-werkes-universal-led-flasher-relay

Here's a view of the stock relay vs. the one to accommodate the LED signals.
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Find the correct wiring harness for the appropiate signal and pull it down for access.
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But first you must decide on a suitable place to fit the resistors, as they can heat up to over 100°C in operation (with long signalling or using your hazard warning lights if you break down), so they need a little cooling air. They should not be completely enclosed or mounted in direct contact with a plastic surface. It's a good idea to make a little mount plate out of sheet aluminium and place that in the bike.

The new signals are a Piaggio OEM part as the scoot should be.
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Remove the stock signals.
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Nip the ends off the wires and add a connector that mates with the new signals. Be sure to use the little rubber condom as it make the connector waterproof. (snicker)
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After I got her temporarily wired up I wanted to text it before I buttoned her up. Here's a quick 12 second video.
https://vimeo.com/231792371

The front took a 3 pin connector and the rear took a 2 pin connector. I ordered them on fleabay or you can find them on Amazon.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-Kit-2-Pin-Way-Sealed-Waterproof-Electrical-Wire-Connector-Plug-Terminal-Set/141654621467?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
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Be sure to check all your metal tabs for the bodywork as they tend to rust quickly if not treated.
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And here's the final product finished as Piaggio intended, Frenched in and smooth! Clean up the scoot nicely and why have stalks on a big butt? Removing the stalks make the curves stunning to me! Love a clean looking big butt!
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I have a long(ish) ride coming up in a week so lots to come weather permitting!


Il 946 è intagliato da un angelo e dalla bellezza personificata.

The 946 is carved from an angel's tear drop and beauty personified to be.

Life is short, enjoy the ride.

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My family is renting a cottage (off season) at Kitty Hawk, NC (OBX) and the plan was to take the Vespa down and enjoy trip as well. Irma has been threatening to put the kibosh on the whole trip but as luck would have it the show is going on.
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After my trip from TX on the Vespa where I saved a couple of turtles crossing the road on my way home, my friends are calling the me the turtle whisperer. I was shopping for a new helmet and found this one. The Vespa is slooooow like a turtle and I feel compelled to always stop and get them out of harms way.

I bring to you the AGV K3 SV Tartaruga Helmet. I love it!
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Sure enough not one mile from my home into the trip I bump into this fellow. The vibrant colors Mother Natures gives him/her (?) just stunning camo.
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Here's a peek at the planned route.
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I should mention that I tend to post a boat load of meaningless pictures. It's my hope that some of you enjoy them.

So I took back roads around Lake Anna and spit me out onto US 95 followed the James River. I mean to tell you today's riding weather was perfect!

Leaving home.
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Somewhere along the James River
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There was a hosted triathlon going on and it was a little problematic getting around some of the event riders.

First stop Jamestown, VA where quite frankly this country got started in October 1st, 1608 by an English investment colony. There's quite the museum here if you happen by.
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Each flagpole tells a brief history of that state. Here's a couple from my region.
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Just a couple of pics from the museum to share but definitely a scenic area and well worth your time to visit. There was a rather large Pocahontas exhibit as well.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas
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I cannot imagine traveling from England to Virginia in one of these ships. I've done quite a bit of sailing in my lifetime and I just shudder looking at these ships...

Next up the Ferry!

(more to come)
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I'm sitting on the beach writing this with a Corona in my hand feeling very fortunate today for the weather, the spectacular view, wifi that reaches the beach, good health and my family that is with me.

Life is good!
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There's a ferry operated VDOT that takes you from Jamestown to Scotland that's free.

Waiting on the ferry.
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Here she comes apply named Pocahontas.
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Loading up there some birds hanging out for the ride.
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I asked a nice lady to snap my pic.
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The James River was named after King James who approved the grant for the English expedition to Virginia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_River

I made it to Kitty Hawk with not much notable to take pics of by suppertime. The wind picked up in the evening and taking the long bridge from Point Harbor over to OBX was a little hairy. Whitecaps across the entire body of water.

My view for the week!
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Here's a quick video I threw together crossing on the ferry.

A couple of small bridges.

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When I arrived the wind was howling with the outer edges of Irma, 35 to 40 mph gusts.
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We got a bushel of crabs for supper.
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Random shots...
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I wanted to visit some of the light houses. Here's the first one, Bodie Island Light Station.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bils.htm
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In this picture it marks all the ship wrecks on the coastline.
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Next up the Cape Hatteras Light Station, this one is the last one on the peninsula.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/chls.htm
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There's a tremendous amount of history regarding these light houses. There's a book I want to read Women Lighthouse Keepers. During the civil war women manned these light stations while their husbands were off to war in effect keeping the shipping commerce up and rolling.

https://www.uscg.mil/history/uscghist/Women_Keepers.asp

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off the coast of Hatteras as well. The Monitor had become famous when it prevented the Confederate ironclad Merrimack-renamed the Virginia-from breaking the Union blockade of the James River that was stifling the rebellious states' ability to wage battle during the U.S. Civil War. After 140 years under water they're still trying to bring up the ship.

Read about it here!
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/12/1204_031205_monitor.html

Also a German U Boat was sunk 35 miles off the coast of Hatteras. Off Hatteras was known as Torpedo Alley or Torpedo Junction as the U Boats attacked merchant ships relentlessly. Ships sailed by the dozens daily past this point.

Here's a quick story of just one of them.
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The U-boat skipper, Hans-Dieter Heinicke, had a crippled submarine and was headed home when he spotted the juicy allied convoy off the coast of North Carolina.

Although Heinicke, 29, had a damaged boat, he had sunk only three ships on his four prior patrols and probably saw the 19 merchant vessels of convoy KS-520 plodding south at 8 knots as a chance to redeem himself.

About 4 p.m. on July 15, 1942, about 30 miles off Cape Hatteras, U-576 attacked. In the ensuing free-for-all, the sub sank one ship and damaged two others but was assailed by aircraft and escorts, and sank with all hands.

Researchers announced that they had discovered the wreck of U-576, as well as the wreck of the sunken merchant ship, and hailed the find as a rare snapshot of a little known chapter of World War II.

In the case of the American freighter Pipestone County, torpedoed off Cape Henry, Virginia, in April 1942, Heinicke surfaced near the lifeboats and gave the survivors provisions. He apologised for sinking their ship, and no one was killed. <----- Amazing!
The abbreviated name "U-boat" comes from the German word unterseeboot, meaning submarine or undersea boat.

Read about it here.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/sunken-world-war-ii-german-u-boat-and-freighter-found-off-coast-of-cape-hatteras/2014/10/21/5374c262-5938-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html?utm_term=.e7fe962eb559

Here's a few more random pics of the ferry area...
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They're building a new bridge that is amazing to me with the hollow engineering.
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Look at the size of this section suspended.
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Sub par pictures but it's the best I can do scooting along...
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Time to finish this leg up of the trip!

I rode home today and the weather was terrific. Wow, I lucked out all week on the weather... Just a few pics as nothing was really notable. Yesterday we hit up the beach and aquarium. First a couple critter pics and they had many sea life from the local area.
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When I buy t-shirts I tend to purchase them from places like the National Parks that helps support as the profit goes to helping keep the doors open. This particular facility is a med clinic for turtles of all things. I asked how many patients they get a year. Her reply was 500 to 800 turtles a year, most from prop strikes from boats like this big boy that's on the road to recovery.
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I'm a Batman fan in a big way and had to have this t-shirt!
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I loved this one as well as I feel it expresses exactly how I've felt most of my life.
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