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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Historic Philly Sept 5-8

Ken the HD Guy and I are heading into Yankee land Sept 5-8. Staying downtown, planning on parking the bikes and enjoying the big bus tour for a couple of days. Ken has never seen "the stuff"- Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, etc.- and I was a kid when I did. We're winging it but still, it should be fun!

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I was up there a year or three ago! Great place - and the food! The Reading Terminal Market... You will need 3 days alone to explore that wonder . BTW, try the Amish doughnuts - You will NOT regret that! No matter what, leave here hungry!

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Don't forget to run up the "Rocky" steps. It seems to be a tourist fave.

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Hope you guys have. Sounds like a great trip.
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Still a "go" despite Hurricane Dorian. Pic below is the planned "to" routes, starting at the bottom. Since Ken the HD Guy and I are meeting in Amherst, VA we opted to run north parallel to the nightmare that is I-95 to avoid Washington, Baltimore and Wilmington. East coasters know what I mean. For me it'll be about 480 miles/10+ hrs, stretching the limits of my pre-hip-replacement endurance so we'll see how that goes. We'll be getting an early start Thurs morning so maybe, with a little luck, we won't be in the dark in an unfamiliar Huge City.

One thing I did in preparation was test the audio out from my Garmin Zumo 595. I am NOT a Bluetooth guy and I haven't used the audio portion of the gps since I bought it. I normally ride with an mp3 player in my shirt pocket with earbuds plugged in and visual routes on the gps. When I installed the 595 octopus cable, I ran the audio out tentacle to pop out at the tank trim/seat intersection inside my right thigh. With the test, I unplug from the mp3, plug into the audio port and set the volume. I also installed an SD card with music on it so now I hear music from the gps, music stops for turn instructions, then music restarts. Works like a charm! When things get too urban, I can halt the music entirely and get just the audible turn instructions. Then I figured out how to include the media player and volume control in my tools menu on the main screen so it's two-touch control instead of scrolling through menus.

We're returning on Sunday so with an early start maybe we can cut some time and jet down the interstate to Baltimore or Washington then head southwest to drop Ken off. I've been doing a little research too- in both Virginia & Maryland motorcycles are designated by law to be high occupancy vehicles and can automatically use HOV and interstate express lanes without even owning an EZ PASS transponder. Makes for significantly quicker and a little cheaper travel without tolls.

https://vcomonline.org/motorcycles-t...-hovhot-lanes/ and item #4 here -> https://www.expresslanes.com/express...and-conditions
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Have fun on your trip. Be safe
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Glad you didn't let Dorian ruin your ride. My FJR will cut through the wind but I wouldn't have the balls to ride in a Hurricane. Dorian missed us down here but have lots to clean up. Gives me a chance to use my Stihl chainsaw.
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Glad you didn't let Dorian ruin your ride. My FJR will cut through the wind but I wouldn't have the balls to ride in a Hurricane. Dorian missed us down here but have lots to clean up. Gives me a chance to use my Stihl chainsaw.
Thursday on the ride up we got a couple sprinkles but it was moderately windy, steady but you could tell it was there. It was 501 miles up, 507 miles back, both done in one day. Hip feels good but I'm a little stiff overall today. Nothing that a couple Aleve won't cure. Friday in Philly was a drizzly day from Dorian, no real rain to speak of, so we did some touristy stuff anyway. As with any big city, much more than 2 or 3 days would be needed to adequate visit all the stuff.

Lunch Thursday in Culpepper, VA and arrival pic in Philly. Our hotel is on the immediate right. We were on the 16th floor with a view of this street, very nice.
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As mentioned earlier, since our legs/hips are kind of "iffy" we chose the Big Bus Tour to get around. We wish they ran later in the day but it is what it is. So Friday (day 1) we walked some and took a self-guided tour of the US Mint while pennies & quarters were being made. Then a little more walking to a park commemorating my buddy Ben (read the plaque, very cool!) then on to Betsy Ross's house.

We were getting hungry so we hopped back on the bus and rode around to Market St taking in the tour guide (every bus had one), chose a sammich shop and had at it! Everyone's opinions differ about where to go but really, I doubt there's a crappy one in the city. Nearly every place has a menu posted by the door so we just picked one at random based on that.
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As the day was winding down we decided to just ride the entire loop of the tour bus to take in the overall sights to plan for Saturday. Nice ride even with the drizzle from Dorian with lots to explore. The things about the big city we love: the wide range of international foods to be had along with the "famous stuff" and the fact that you never know what you're going to stumble across when simply walking down the street.

Friday night was Brazilian steakhouse, Thursday night was Lebanese kabobs. The lamb was delicious!
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