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Brainbucket Mike

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About Brainbucket Mike

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    The Right Coast
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    Just an old retired Navy biker.
    23 Years in the U.S. Navy, Married to a great gal with 2 great kids, Love to travel and have been to most parts of the world. 5 continents and 36 countries (Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Canada, China, Croatia, Djibouti, Egypt, England, France, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Italy , Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Portugal , Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, The Vatican City) and 35 U.S. States. Love to ride my Harley. Best ride yet has been our coast to coast to coast trip from Va Beach, out Route 66 to California, and back.
  1. Brainbucket Mike

    Start Of The New Year Road Tippin'

    Well, 2013 has started out with a lot of road tripping for the wife and I. So far we have made the 400 mile round trip up to Washington D.C, A 700 mile round trip to Myrtle Beach through North and South Carolina, and an almost 1200 mile through Va., Md, WV and Pa. to the northwest cornwer of PA. Puttin on a lot of miles on my Jeep Wranger. Last weekend we drove home from SC with the top down, and then this weekend it was 19 degrees and snowing like crazy as we left NW Pa. But gotta say the scenery through the backwoods of West Virginia and Maryland is incredible. Even had deer running out across the road in front of us. But my poor jeep took a stone and now I have to replace the window. Bad thing is, I just replaced it in November for the same reason. Also took lots of pictures for "South of the Border" in S.C. a kitchy rest stop, tourist atraction that's been on the NC/SC border since 1950 where it started as a beer stand. I will post pictures later. They have some very catchy and colorful billboards with witty sllogans like "Pedro's Weather Forecast: Chili today, Hot Tomale", and "You never Sausage a place (You're Always a Wiener at Pedro's!)". So, has anyone else started of the new year with lots of miles? And what interesting places have you seen?
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    View New Content Button Error

    Seems like the issues have been resolved. Thanks to all involved.
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    View New Content Button Error

    me too
  4. Well the wife has a Conference to attend in Chicago in July, so we have decided to make a road trip out of it. We will drive from Va Beach to Erie Pa to see her family for a few days, then drive to Chicago for a 3 day stay. After that we are going to drive the one section of Route 66 we haven't been on yet, Chicago to St. Louis. Then back to Va Beach. When all is said and done, it will be about a 2,200 mile, 10 day road trip. I'm pretty psyched about it. Really excited about getting back on the Mother Road again, even though that's just a small part of the trip.
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    New Years Road Trip

    Well the wife has a Conference to attend in Chicago in July, so we have decided to make a road trip out of it. We will drive from Va Beach to Erie Pa to see her family for a few days, then drive to Chicago for a 3 day stay. After that we are going to drive the one section of Route 66 we haven't been on yet, Chicago to St. Louis. Then back to Va Beach. When all is said and done, it will be about a 2,200 mile, 10 day road trip. I'm pretty psyched about it. Really excited about getting back on the Mother Road again, even though that's just a small part of the trip.
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    Route 66 Trip

    You can also get a Memory card for your GPS with all of the Route 66 Points of interest one it. Also very helpful. You can also download the GPS info at http://www.historic66.com/gps/ Viva Route 66! ike
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    New Years Road Trip

    OK, who's making a road trip this upcoming weekend, and where are ya headed? The wife and I are headed north to the Washington D.C area to spend the weekend with old friends. Mike
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    'tis The Night Before Christmas

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my fellow road trippers!
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    Se Virginia/ne North Carolina Road Trips

    @ Denny, I'll be in the VA Beach area for probably the next 11 years till I retire and move to NM or AZ. But unfortunately this weekend I'll be up in the DC area with friends. Maybe next time you're in the area? @mga707 We like the OBX area and get down there a few times a year (usually in the summer, on the bikes). Another great thing about OBX is the light houses. There are three you can get to without taking a ferry and another 2 if you don't mind the ferry.
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    Se Virginia/ne North Carolina Road Trips

    Dave and Denny, It's funny you mention the Cape Henry Lighthouse and the Wisconsin. The wife and I have been to both of those spots twice in the last 3 months. Both times taking friends and family we had visiting us. The lighthouse is only about 5 miles down the road from us on the Chesapeak Bay and the Wisconsing a bit further (Maybe 8 miles) the other way in Norfolk on the Elizabeth river. The Colonial Parkway is a great ride on the bikes. And that whole Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown area is very nice. We ride the Colonial Parkway from Yorktown, thru Williamsburg to Jamestown, then take a 15 minute ferry ride across to Surry and head back down south to VB. Will try and get some pictures posted when I get home.
  11. OK folks, I am in Virginia Beach area of Virginia. Who can recommend some good day trips in the SE Virginia/NE North Carolina area? Also any recommendation for good Mom and Pop eateries and motels would be appreciated.
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    Adding Pictures

    Becky, You did indeed fix the glitch. Thanks much. I love this site and look for new content every day. regards, Mike
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    Is This Concrete Highway Real?

    Ha ha ha! I agree 100% on all points. Long live Nucky!
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    Is This Concrete Highway Real?

    @ sit properly (eric) Going back to the original topic. I watched the Season Finale of Boardwalk Empire, and they were back on the same road. Only this time they didn't CGI in the blacktop and it was the sand road that it actually is. Poor Gyp Rosetti met his untimely demise just of the road.
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