Published: July 27th 2010July 27th 2010
Motorcycle hang out!
It was time for an upgrade. I left for my three day adventure a little after 10 in the morning and headed down 378 to meet my buddy Jim in Myrtle Beach, SC to change out my aging problematic Garmin Street Pilot III for a newer 2610 model. It was a nice ride that I made in just less than three hours. I called Jim when I was about thirty minutes out so he could head on over to Jeff’s Garage, the unofficial motorcycle hang out in the area. He met me with a warm BBQ sandwich from Little Pigs BBQ. Jeff was not home but he left the garage open and we had the GPS wired and changed out in less than an hour.
Once the bike was put back together we headed to White Lake, NC to meet up with our wives for a weekend of camping. But of course I had to do some Ton and Burg hunting
on the way. We had to go just a few miles or more out of the way but we were able to get Wilmington, NC, Bolton, NC, Elkton, NC and Clarkton, NC on our way to the
campground. We were attempting to find Abbottsburg, NC but got an emergency call from our wives. They were at White Lake and did not have a key to get into the cabin. We abandoned the last Burg of the day and meet the girls at the cabin. I was glad that we did, when we got there we were met by two lovely ladies with a bucket of chicken.
Jim and I got up early and left out for a day of Ton and Burg hunting while the girls went shopping in Elizabethtown. We headed out for our first success of the day but when we saw a really neat diner that was surrounded by cars in Pink Hill, NC. We pulled over and had the best Hobo Sandwich at Potters Hill Diner
. With a full stomach we left out hoping for a successful day. On the way to Kinston, NC we found Woodington, NC. The sign to enter and exit Woodington was on the same post. Can you say small town!
We continued on through the North Carolina country side and were able to get good photos of Kinston, Grifton, Hookerton, Scuffleton, Renston, Walstonburg, and
Stantonburg before having our first failure in Saulston.
Jim and I decided that we needed food to get back onto a string of Ton and Burg successes. So we headed over to Goldsboro, NC to have World Famous BBQ at Wilber’s
. I will have to say that Wilber did serve the best BBQ plate that I have ever had. However, Wilbur is very proud of his food and I really noticed once I got to the cash register. Don’t forget to try the Banana Pudding before you leave. I will say that even for the price, Wilber’s is a must stop the next time you are in or near Goldsboro, NC.
We left Wilbur’s and headed for Newton Grove and got our first after lunch success. Then things took a turn for the worse. Our next stop was Hobbton. We found several schools with Hobbton on it and a volunteer fire station but no city limits sign or post office so we headed off towards Salemburg, but never made it. As we were coming out of Roseboro I had a truck pull out of a side road right out in front of my bike. There was no way
to avoid hitting the truck so I hit the brakes hard hoping not to t-bone the side of this full sized truck, this caused me to lock up the rear wheel and slide into the rear bumper of the truck before sliding off the roadway. The truck then speed away leaving me in the middle of the road without even checking on my well being. Luckily a nurse stopped and stayed with me until EMS responded.
The bike was towed away by a local wrecker service after the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded. I had to call the girls to come and pick me up. The EMS guys were glad to see that I was wearing all my gear and only ended up with some bruising and a swollen ankle.
The bike did not really look that bad, but I am told that since the pipes and tank are dented along with all the other minor damage that the insurance company will more than likely total it out. I am not sure how I feel about that. On one hand I was hoping to put 100,000 miles on this little Shadow touring the country side but on the
other hand I would really love to upgrade to a proper touring bike. I might even enjoy sipping some of that BMW Kool-Aid.
To help me improve my not so sunny disposition Jim suggested that we head back into Newton Grove to Eddie’s Café for yes some more BBQ. Eddies was good and they had my wife’s favorite, seafood on the menu to.
Well I was lucky my wife brought the car up to White Lake, after a nice morning by the lake we packed up and headed back home.
I had plans to get photos of all of us at the lake and other photos of the family for the blog, but after the wreck I got side tracked and forgot all about the camera when we all were out doing things that did not include hunting for my Titanic Rally photos, for that I am sorry. We had a great time and you would have enjoyed seeing all the great fun we had.
Now I just have to sit and wait and find out what Allstate is going to do about my bike and start looking for a new helmet and riding
White Lake, NC
View from cabin
See my other 2010 Titanic Grand Tour Blogs: 2010 Titanic Grand Tour Hunting for Icebergs TON’s Of Fun with My Son 5000 Miles - Coast to Coast to Coast Goat Trails and Country Roads Finding King Neptune Small Town, USA
Total miles ridden = 643.1**
**This does not include the miles the bike spent on the tow truck or the miles home as I road with my wife in the Explorer.
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