Monthly Archives: August 2013

South Carolina on 2 Wheels

Myrtle Beach, SC (August 2013) – Tami and I wanted for a few years now to take a long distance motorcycle ride together.   So, given the chance with short notice, we decided to go to a dream location of Tami’s, Myrtle Beach, SC and we had only 5-days.

I made sure that our oils where changes for the 2,000 mile trip and that our bikes where in good general working order to make the adventure.   We planned everything, well almost everything;  we’ll get into that in a bit.  From the packing standpoint, we agreed that I’d carrier most of the baggage, as I had the HD luggage that fit perfectly into my saddlebags (Thx Craigslist). and I’d strap the rest to the backseat of my ride.

We started out in the afternoon and wanted to get past NYC and into NJ for the night. It was a bit difficult when we started, it was raining and we thought that doing 55 – 65 mph on the highway would be fine with the yellow rain-suits from Walmart that Tami purchased that morning.  NOT THE CASE.  We looked like halloween zombies on motorcycles as the rain suits ripped to sheds.  We just faced the rain with clothes on our backs.  The rain finally stopped about 30-mins after this.  It was a bit tense in NYC as Rte 95 was under construction with deep groove roads, you know the grooves I’m talking about, the ones just before they lay new asphalt, the ones the huge machine that grinds the road.  Yes, grooves was one challenge, another was what seem to be speed bumps that we leaped over.  Not really speed bumps, but joins in the road that acted like jumps at 55+ mph.  To add to our wide eyed irises was that it was dark.  The sun was almost over the horizon, the street lights are on and car are whizzing by us like we’re standing still, crossing lanes like it was a NASCAR race.  We got into NJ and stopped for the evening as we where tired from driving 8+ hours.

We started the following day and we wanted to make it to MB in good time.   It didn’t rain a bit from NJ to SC or till we got 45 mins from our MB hotel.   Again, this was 10pm at night and its pitch black out on wet country-like roads that connected these small towns together.  Not the most fun in the rain, but we were excited to get to the beach, even if it was dark.   Let me remind you or explain to non-riders that when its wet / cold and your covering your nose and mouth from rain that feels like pins and needles hitting your face…… plus your body is warmer, it creates glass/goggles to fog up quickly.   Meaning, I can’t see squat in front of me….  Let me tell you, we slept good that night.

It rained the following day, so we checked out the beach on foot and we walked down the boulevard in/out of the shops.  Checked out the Landshark Bar (Jimmy Buffet owned) and had some lunch next to the huge ferris wheel and park.  If it was a warm sunny day, this would be the bar to be at….  right on the beach.  We jumped into a shop and Tami even tried on some SWEET footwear!!!

Finally, we had a great time on this trip and look forward to the next bike trip.

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Boat Was Sold :(

Happy and Sad……

The end of summer is here ( that was quick ) and with that said, the boat is gone too; sold that is.

Even though I never got the motor running from being winterized years ago, I did do some small cosmetic improvements in the past year that came out nice.   Things like,

Looking at the front of a 20ft Stingray SS with its mooring cover on in storage.

Looking at the front of a 20ft Stingray SS bow-rider with its mooring cover on in storage.

repainted the stern drive, refinish the teak wood, install sport gauges, replace the marine plywood on a few cushions, replace some snaps on the fiberglass hull for the morning cover, and general cleaning/vacuuming of the interior.  This boat was nice and perfect for a family to ski, board, or just bask in the sun on.

Not going to lie, I’m going to miss this ‘baby.  Even though this sounds like an oldie, it had simple character and charm that only an 80’s boat have.  The hull, floor, interior, and paint was in great condition.  It still had original leather seats in it.  It was the motor or heart that needed some work.  A brand new motor (uninstalled) was in the 4k range or 8 times the price of what I paid for the boat with trailer, so I wasn’t to thrilled about going upside down of it at the end of the season and storing it for the past 12-months.

Personally, I’ve always wanted a boat for the past 25-years and the passion for owning one always magnified when at a lake or shoreline. The reason for this desire is multifaceted, for example, everybody on a boat always has a smile on their faces(even the pets do), having fun laughing together, meeting new people, or just relaxing in the sun while staying wet and with a cool beverage.

Moving forward, I still envision a watercraft of sort in my future.   Just not sure if it’ll be a PWC (jetski) or speed boat…..   I do know for “shore”,  it won’t be a sailboat… haha.  Nothing against sailboats, just not for me.   🙂

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