Now that the riding season here in the Mid-Atlantic region is in full swing (barring the horrendous rain we've been getting lately), my gf and I decided to make it a point to check out lighthouses this year. I grew up in Virginia Beach and have been fascinated by these things since my 2nd grade project about them.
So, I send a message to marylandmike, and with as much planning as I've ever done, we set to meet around lunch time in the town of Dahgren.
I wake up on the morning of, and had to do my 'final' of 3 oil changes since my brake fluid incident. Ha.
My buddy (and neighbor) Toshi and his FZ1 rolled over around quarter after 10. And I'm running late as usual, and having quit smoking cigarettes after 15+ years of being best buds with it, I was cranky as shit.
Ok, so away we go.
We stop outside of Fredericksburg and give a shout to Mike...we set to meet at McD's in Dahgren.
The suspects - me (left) and Toshi (right) talking about our morning crankiness puffing on "Black 'n Milds" - yeah, he's a pipe smoker:
Also introducing my gf, who is ALWAYS down for a ride:
Met up with Mike's butt, and had a quick lunch prior to taking off:
and we're off:
On our way to the first lighthouse @ Piney Cove:
Piney Cove lighthouse. Shortest I've seen. :
A better pic of Mike. Coincidentally, we were next to a petroleum port of sort (see background):
Back on the road towards lighthouse #2:
Mike tried taking us to Point No Point lighthouse, but we couldn't find a road to take us there. The lighthouse itself is 2 miles off the coast.
Anyways, the third lighthouse - Drum Point lighthouse:
D'oh, we arrive a day early to Cove Point lighthouse (they open in May).
At this point it's about 5-6pm, and Mike's gotta make his way back home. We continue on as I wanted to check out Chesapeake Beach (and damn glad we did):
We park at a biker friendly (bike parking out front) place called "Thursdays Bar & Grill". We sit outside, and soon after a guy comes rolling up on a riding lawnmower. He parks it next to our bikes.
He's on crutches, and has a leaf blower with him.
He disappears inside, comes back out without the leaf blower, with a glass of water in his hand. He starts chatting with a couple that's eating dinner, who most likely did not want to be bothered.
Toshi takes a video as he's leaving (hope you guys can see it, as it's on Facebook):
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We're chatting with the waitress, I tell her we've seen a few sheriff cars roll pass him without batting an eye. She goes on to tell us that he's a local boy, has been all his life, and even ran for the city mayor last year. His campaign being "trash pick up and painting buildings".
We finally get home around 9:30pm, I light a cigar and sip a Corona while I let my ass reshape itself.
Big thanks to Mike for showing us around. It was great meeting him, and his bike is very cool (check out his chain oiler!). Mike, we'll be back so we can do the cruise!