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A few of us in NC are planning a ride to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Pooler, GA for Sat. May 1st. The museum is off I-95, exit 102. It's open every day from 9 to 5. We will leave NC early in the morning, ride to somewhere near Columbia, SC, and stop for breakfast. Then on to Pooler, GA. Best guess is that we'll arrive at the museum between 9:00 and 10:00. Mapquest says the museum is 4 hours, 15 minutes from the intersection of highways 16 & 73 in Denver, NC. 270 miles. Not too far for a day trip, right? I am creating this thread to invite anyone who'd like to join us, meet along the way, or at the museum. Being an overgrown RTE, we'll get lunch someplace nearby. I haven't researched restaurants in the area yet. If anyone in the area has suggestions, we're open to them.

Museum info here: http://www.mightyeighth.org/home.htm

I'll start the attendee list. You can add your name or just show up. Hope to see you on May 1st.

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Was just in that area today. I won't be around on May 1st will be at the GA BMW Rally in Hiawassee that weekend, maybe ya'll would like to plan a trip over there instead... just a suggestion.

On places to eat in the neighborhood. At the same exit as the Mighty 8th there are: Cracker Barrel, Lovezola's Pizza (good local pizza), Western Sizzlin, Chinese, Mexican and several Fast Food joints. The next exit north on I-95 has: Ruby Tuesday's, Cheddar's, Longhorn, Carey Hillards (local family chain w/good seafood,bbq, american food), Fatz and several fast food joints. South about 8 miles you will find the Harley Shop (whopee), but there are: Shellhouse Seafood (local and known for it's good steamed seafood, fried too), Hooligan's, Shoney's, Hooters, Cracker Barrel, Denny's and several fast food joints.

I'd recommend Shellhouse, Carey Hillards or Lovezola's because it's not your ordinary chain places and they are all good. Hope this helps.

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I'll tag along with you. I've been by that exit dozens of times but never had the time to stop.

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As long as we aren't running production that day, I'm going. We just spent a week on Hunting Island and I just did a quick walk through at the Mighty 8th. The fellows I was hoping to run into weren't there.

I didn't see any eateries I would be interested in, but after all the gumbo and low country boils as well as other shell fish I devoured last week, I'm voting for the Shellhouse 8 miles south.

My wife confirmed my pass for this trip while on the beach. I told her I figured a 5:00 AM departure, 5 down, 3 in the museum, 2 to eat, and 5 back. Sounds like Lee's schedule is pretty close.

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The Shell House is open 7 days a week at 4:00pm. Here is the menu: http://www.shellhousesav.com/menu.pdf

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Of course I'm in Lee. Got my kitchen pass signed off. My count give us a total of four going so far.
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Whatevvvvver Daaaave

Anyway, The Shellhouse sure looks great but that 4:00 PM opening time kinda sucks for a 5 hour trip back. I can swing it ok, but if we want to get back before 10PM we may want to look at going to the river front in Savannah. I just had a great meal at Fiddlers Crab House, and would go back again in a second. Also, there's a ton of other places in downtown Savannah if several in downtown Savannah are too crowded on a Saturday.

I'm fine with the 4:00 PM dinner, just stating the fact for anyone that doesn't want to stay out late. Also, I'm good with the breakfast suggestion, but am just as good with grabbing a bite at the house before making straight for Pooler, especially if we decide to eat closer to noon time.

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The main reason for the stop in Columbia was to meet my company's safety director who has an LT and several other bikes in his stable. He has visited the forum but never created a username. I asked him if he was interested in going and he was. Then when the date got dropped, he has a prior commitment that day and can't go. Being a newbie to the group, I thought it would be better to stop than to ride by doing the c'mon wave. Not an issue now.

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I'm leaving for Florida early tomorrow morning. I'll put the Mighty 8th address in my GPS & plan on riding to the exit to get gas. That should give us a real travel time there. I plan on riding the slab all the way. If you want to try hwy. 21 or 321 between Columbia & Savannah let me know. I could maybe run one of those routes on the way home.

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My son Hunter and I visited there on the bike a couple of years ago, expected to go in walk through and get back on the bike. Spent nearly five hours in there, closed the place and ended up spending the night nearby. Needless to say we really enjoyed it. Lots of history.

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They're restoring a B-17 now. I saw it in it's really rough state last summer. You know you want to go check that out!

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If I don't have to work that weekend, spouse and I are considering attending this!

From where we are, it's nearly identical riding distance as from where Lee is starting. I've passed by the Mighty 8th many times as we zip up and down I-95 between FL and PA but never stopped in. Was not sure by the web site that it had all that much, but since Jeff said they stayed many hours, I'm game.

Spouse has been interested in seeing Savannah - least something, so we're even open to doing an overnight. Anybody willing to post some suggestions on some sights and maybe a clean motel, dinner in town, etc.?

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If I don't have to work that weekend, spouse and I are considering attending this!

From where we are, it's nearly identical riding distance as from where Lee is starting. I've passed by the Mighty 8th many times as we zip up and down I-95 between FL and PA but never stopped in. Was not sure by the web site that it had all that much, but since Jeff said they stayed many hours, I'm game.

Spouse has been interested in seeing Savannah - least something, so we're even open to doing an overnight. Anybody willing to post some suggestions on some sights and maybe a clean motel, dinner in town, etc.?

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Hi Jon,

First of all as a history nut and aviation professional, I'll tell you that this museum is first rate. This will be my 3rd visit of any length, and 5th time to stop by.

The places I have eaten in Savannah that I would recommend are, Churchills, Six Pence Pub, and Fiddlers Crab House. Sorry, as far as accommodations we have only stayed at a Motel 6 off I-95. If I were staying downtown we would consider the Wyndham across the river as you get to take the water taxi to and from downtown! They also accept pets.

It would be great to hook up with some folks from another direction on this trip.

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Thanks for the info John! I've been to the National Museum at Wright-Patt a few years ago and loved it. (Spouse and I rode to it from Philly.) Also grew up in that silly town in East Central WI where they have that EAA thing every summer. So the Mighty 8th sounds like a visit.

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If I don't have to work that weekend, spouse and I are considering attending this!

From where we are, it's nearly identical riding distance as from where Lee is starting. I've passed by the Mighty 8th many times as we zip up and down I-95 between FL and PA but never stopped in. Was not sure by the web site that it had all that much, but since Jeff said they stayed many hours, I'm game.

Spouse has been interested in seeing Savannah - least something, so we're even open to doing an overnight. Anybody willing to post some suggestions on some sights and maybe a clean motel, dinner in town, etc.?

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You might want to check out Fort Pulaski out towards Tybee Island http://www.nps.gov/FOPU/index.htm that was where Hunter and I were headed when we were side tracked by the Mighty Eighth. We did not get there on that trip as the next morning we awoke to yellow and red weather radar all around us. When I stopped for fuel in Beaufort SC that morning a cop threatened to arrest me for child endagerment if I continued with my son on the motorcycle, I kept an eye on my rear view mirrors for a while but he apparently decided not to follow us.

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Have fun guys. My family stopped in there last summer. Three hours is nowhere near enough time in the museum, imo. I could have spent that much time looking at the restoration they have going. It was probably one of the best museums I've been to. There is a LOT to see there. Enjoy.

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Made the tour several months ago and it's time to do it all over again. Well worth the time to honor our country's hero's. Nobody should be disappointed, the museum is well done and is a class act. Living near I-95, I'll catch up with you'all at the "Mighty 8". Be safe. See you on the 1st.

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Glad to have you join us Michael. As of now, there will be eight of us at the Mighty 8th if all schedules go as planned.

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Hi guys. Do we have any firmed-up plans for this day? I'm ready, just need to plan a meeting point based on routes and stops.

Since I'm setting up the camper in the mountains north of Asheville on Sunday the 2nd and will be commuting from there all week, I need to plan a few things pretty close.

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Dave and I will be meeting Sat. We have talked about getting away from the intersection of hwys 16 & 73 by 5:00 am. That will put us in Pooler, GA around 10:00, allowing for fuel stops, RR breaks, etc. If we take our time and really take in all the museum has on display, it will probably take several hours to see it all. Dave was thinking the Shellhouse wouldn't be far from opening by the time we were finished with the tour. Fill up on seafood and head back north. The Shellhouse is on the east side of I-95 exit 94. Hooters is on the west! We'll get the specifics hammered out and I'll post them.

John, how did the reconfigured AirHawk work for you?

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Horrible. I'd like to try one of the Air Riders next Sat. Otherwise, the beads do the best for me at this point.

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A local restaurant (New South Pub) has relocated and is now open at the Museum. I couldn't find a menu online but the review I read sounded good. It might be worth a look at the menu when we get there.

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Hey guys,

I'm still planning on coming up from FL! Spouse will not be making it (long boring but valid story and she really wanted to come along). Anyway, since the distance is about the same for some of you folks, I plan on leaving about the same time as well and hope to get up there around 10-ish too.

Too bad the spouse has the camera.

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Final details for the ride. Note the change of meeting place.

We'll be leaving from the Waffle House at the intersection of US 321 and NC 150 at 6:00 Sat. morning. Dave, Jessie, and I will be at the Waffle House between 5:00 and 5:15 to eat breakfast. Anyone wanting to ride to the museum or to just get up early and join us for breakfast, come on over. Our route will take us south on US 321 to I-85 north, then on the outer loop of I-485 to I-77 south. Mapquest says travel time of 4 hours and 25 minutes. We expect to be at the museum between 10:00 and 10:30, if all goes as planned.

As of now, we have 6, maybe 7, riding south and 1 riding north. There's always room for more.

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I'll be leaving Southern Pines around 5:30am and stopping at the Hess station located at I-95 and SC Hwy 38 (exit 181) for breakfast and gas. I hope not in that order. I should be arriving around 6:45am. If anyone wants to ride along, the company is welcomed. Ride safe.

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Another great ride on the LT Four of us left Denver (Lee Wilson,Jessie Brown,John Bowles & myself & met up with Mike Dale & Jon Dickinson at the museum. What a great place. We met a super nice guy a WWII P-51 fighter pilot & I can only hope my memory is half as sharp as his if I ever live to be his age . It was especially interesting to me because my father was a P-51 fighter pilot. We are working on next months RTE (as Lee calls it Ride to Experience & eat) We talked about the Fort Bragg (Fayetteville) area museums.

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Tk's Lee for setting up a another fine ride. As Dave mentioned Mr. Scott (WW2 pilot) it was a honor to listen to him. Thats the great thing about the "Mighty 8" museum the volunteers. Are there for the guest and willing to stop and share their stories. We met with Mr. Scott in the Pub and I think he would have stayed all afternoon, if we had the time.

Next month lets get together at the "Special Ops museum in Fayetteville,NC. Another well done museum in honor of our country's heroes. Its good news to hear everybody got home ok. Until the next ride, be safe.

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All right, that was a good day. Arrived last but not least at 10:00 PM last night. Good to see you guys again and great to meet Jon and Mike. That was a good 10 hours of seat time.

Nice capture on the turnover, Dave. Gotta be quick on the draw on that one.

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Hey guys,

First a big thank you to Lee and everyone I met yesterday. Very nice to meet all of you and would like to meet up again if you all would not mind. Mike, the Special Ops museum is about 540 miles each way for me which brings that a three day weekend for me - which is possible as I have every other Friday off. Hmmm...

Then there's the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum down in Fort Pierce, FL. Also the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum (with an active public indoor range) in Titusville which is right next to the Kennedy Space Center (which is excellent too).

I got home a bit after 8 PM. Had a fair SE head wind that dropped the MPG enough to required an additional fuel stop. Glad I had the Veskimo - though all the ice and cool water were gone by the FL line.

Thanks too for posting the photo's.

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Just got my pic's back.
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And a few more. I haven't used this camera in a long time but it was only $4 to get the pic's developed & put on a CD.
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I made it home about 9:30. 601 mile day for me. It's been a while since I ran miles like that. It was a great trip to an excellent tribute to the Greatest Generation. Mr. Ken Scott was our guide through the B-17 Mission Experience. Mike found out beforehand that he had 4 kills in the P-51, but only 3 confirmed. The last one had no witnesses and the camera wasn't working. Sounded like he's still bitter about that one! Speaking to Mr. Scott again at the Pub, he told us he was a test pilot and flew the Saberjet. Served for 29 years before retiring. Did anyone ask or hear what his rank was?

Jon, it was good to meet you and put a face with a name.

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Another great ride with the south east group what a great bunch guys to hang out with. As I was reading threw the posts about the ride there was not one negative note about my running out of gas issue. Guys purchase the gas can and fuel and Lee made the run back to my location on the interstate. My thanks to each of you.

I can now say I have the feeling of what it would (kinda) be like to be someone in a race (we were not racing) with only a few laps to go and see your tachometer bounce around a few times and then start losing power (not a warm and fuzzy feeling). So for all the LT2005 owners and your BC has a display -20 miles until empty and then it just jumps to -0- start looking quick for fuel I only had about 2 miles running at 70 mph before she said I done.
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As some of you might have been keeping up with our ride, I did a quick search of Lt. Kenneth J. Scott and found this story of a true American Hero (s).

March 1945 5th During the first of two missions, 47 P-51s of the 361st provided escort to Ninth Air Force A-20s and A-26s. Lt. Raymond L. Schrup of the 376th was hit by flak in a fuel tank, but crash-landed safely in Holland. 9th The first of three missions saw the Group provide freelance target support to 9th AF B-26s and claims of 2.5 E/A destroyed. 374th pilots Lts. Barry R. Hicks and Thomas J. Moore each destroyed a Fw190 while Capt. Anthony Maurice of the 375th shared another with the pilot of an unidentified P-51. 14th While leading his squadron on a patrol over the Remagen bridgehead area, Capt. Eugene Cole of the 375th suffered engine failure, but successfully crash-landed his plane north-west of Koblenz and was taken prisoner. 21st 361st Mustangs conducted a target escort mission to Plauen, with claims of two E/A destroyed. 375th pilot Lt. Richard D. Anderson and Lt. Harry M. Chapman of the 376th each destroyed an Me262 near Wittenberg. 22nd The Group escorted a force of 227 RAF Lancasters attacking Hildesheim marshalling yards. 24th In support of the airborne assault and crossing of the Rhine by Allied forces, the 361st flew six missions as a continuous area patrol from Minden to Marburg, but Capt. Russell D. Wade of the 375th was hit by light flak and KIA. 30th During an anti-jet patrol in the Meldorf-Hollingstedt area, Lt. Kenneth J. Scott, Jr. of the 376th destroyed an Me262. 31st Four more '262s were attacked and damaged near Brunswick, but F/O Deane E. Jackson of the 374th was posted missing in action.

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Lt. Kenneth J. Scott, Jr.[/B] of the 376th destroyed an Me262.
I wonder if that's the one he told us about. IIRC the Me262 was a jet. Mr. Scott said the jet turned in on him, but the Mustang could turn much quicker, so he was able to get a better position and shot the jet down.

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...there was not one negative note about my running out of gas issue.
I knew I wasn't going to mention it, since I contributed to it by not stopping soon enough. There wasn't any way in...well, you know where, that I was going to wait while John or Dave brought the gas around the block. I hate that it happended. It all worked out in the end. The fire ants that attacked me were a nice touch! Paybacks for letting one's riding partner run out of gas are a stinging, swelling, reddened pain!

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