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Old May 3rd, 2011, 03:45 PM
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1,000 mile trip from NJ to Edenton, NC

Took the Defender from Hoboken, NJ on Thursday down to my parents' place in Edenton, NC for the weekend. My parents are heavily involved in historic preservation, and bought the house there (after retiring and living in NJ for many years) because of the strong preservation society down there.

I had a few purposes for the trip. One was to stretch out the truck a little. Since I've owned it, it's only been driven about 2k miles or so, and I wanted to get some real highway miles under its belt. Other purposes were to see the awesome old architecture, and to bring down a bed frame that is old at this point, that my grandfather had rebuilt a significant amount of before he died, so it has sentimental value. it's only a full, so it had to go before I move back to NYC. I also had not seen the house my parents bought with a bunch of other neighbors to help preserve it and to later sell. The house, Pembroke Hall, was for sale for a few years before going into bankruptcy, and its lot was in danger of being subdivided for mini mansions before they all got together. They have done a ton of work to it, and it shows.

www.pembrokehall.org

I left on Thursday after work, packed up my bag and other essentials, and was expecting to have to put the headboard up top. Was completely surprise when everything fit in the back! With room to spare...

Left at 6:45 and got down there around 2:45am Friday morning; it's always a flat 8 hours. I filled up three times and put extra gas in the AUX tank when I hit Delaware but never had to use it.

I had a great time, and I really got to spend some quality time with the Defender which was awesome. Kept the top on for the tornados and hellish winds we had along the East Coast last week, but the top came off on Fri an has remained off ever since. The ride back was loud as you could imagine, but it was great just being able to pump up the tunes, listen to the music and droning tires. Not a single problem! I filled up the oils reservoir before heading back, and that was all that was really needed!

I was nervous about making the trip on my own, and contemplated taking a flight at the last second, but I'm really glad I didn't! I guess I just really wasn't comfortable with the truck because of some issues I had when I first bought it, but the truck has been nothing but flawless since then, so I'm really happy I made the trip! Now for some glamour shots.

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It looks like I was getting about 14mpg, and spent roughly $0.30 a mile at current premium prices.

Anyone interested in visiting this beautiful town can go to:

www.visitedenton.com

Www.edenton.com

Www.cupolahouse.org
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 03:55 PM
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 04:15 PM
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Haha nope I'm from New Jersey...which probably explains even more.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 05:09 PM
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Nice trip Josh. Good run for the 90 too. I was in Edenton a few years ago checking out my Regulator as it was in the production process. Very nice town.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 05:25 PM
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Yup, had it for years since new...lightest bike I've ever owned by far. Rode it to the garage this morning since I was running late. The gf's apt is way further from the PATH than my old apt.

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How tall are you?..looks like a ....50-52cm frame....just a guess though.
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I am guessing 48 cm. Horsey it's amazing how douchey you made this thread by turning a nice road trip into talk of a preservation society (not to mention the sweet pic of you parking on the sad gardener's mulch pile).

All I can picture is your dad yelling at you about how you need to take up a cause to make the world a better place. "You can start by saving all the plantations in the South. We must never forget our slaves!!!!"

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Yup, had it for years since new...lightest bike I've ever owned by far. Rode it to the garage this morning since I was running late. The gf's apt is way further from the PATH than my old apt.

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Horsey it's amazing how douchey you made this thread by turning a nice road trip into talk of a preservation society (not to mention the sweet pic of you parking on the sad gardener's mulch pile).
always stomping on other peoples posts. I grew up on one of Virginia's original tabacco plantations-land grant from the King of England, National Register of Historic places etc. My farm house dates back about 230 yrs so while you may have no appreciation your assumption that no one else does..... never mind you buy off road accesories based on appearance not functionality.
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Doug,

I actually don't buy off road accessories at all so you got that part wrong but you can keep coming back to it if you want. I appreciated Horsey's thread. I actually really like architecture but I also like mocking Horsey. I thought my comment and my picture were decent for a laugh.

You must have a stick up your ass today. You and Horsey should get together for afternoon tea and see whose house had more productive slaves.
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I actually don't buy off road accessories at all so you got that part wrong but you can keep coming back to it if you want. I appreciated Horsey's thread. I actually really like architecture but I also like mocking Horsey. I thought my comment and my picture were decent for a laugh.

You must have a stick up your ass today. You and Horsey should get together for afternoon tea and see whose house had more productive slaves.
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Nice trip Josh. Good run for the 90 too. I was in Edenton a few years ago checking out my Regulator as it was in the production process. Very nice town.
Hmmmm Regulators. I used to fish one years ago. They make fantastic boats. I prefer them to Gradys.
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Took the Defender from Hoboken, NJ on Thursday down to my parents' place in Edenton, NC for the weekend. My parents are heavily involved in historic preservation, and bought the house there (after retiring and living in NJ for many years) because of the strong preservation society down there.

I also had not seen the house my parents bought with a bunch of other neighbors to help preserve it and to later sell. The house, Pembroke Hall, was for sale for a few years before going into bankruptcy, and its lot was in danger of being subdivided for mini mansions before they all got together. They have done a ton of work to it, and it shows.

www.pembrokehall.org

Josh,

I know the house, Pembroke Hall. Friends of both my wife and I had their wedding down on the waterfront in Edenton summer before last. The husband's family is from there. We also go down with some other friends every so often and stay on their boat, which they keep at a marina just outside of town. Great place to visit and plenty to enjoy just by walking around. Great sunsets too (see pic below).

I looked around the house when it was still for sale back in 2009. I had heard about the bankruptcy. Fantastic lot, and some potentially spectacular views of the sound (if the surrounding overgrowth was cleaned up). But the house was in horrible condition then . I see they've done some substantial work, definitely a project! The best of luck in their continued efforts!
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I'm 6'10''. I come from a long line of people who ride bikes that just can't accomodate our height.

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The sad gardener would by my father. haha.

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always stomping on other peoples posts. I grew up on one of Virginia's original tabacco plantations-land grant from the King of England, National Register of Historic places etc. My farm house dates back about 230 yrs so while you may have no appreciation your assumption that no one else does..... never mind you buy off road accesories based on appearance not functionality.
Sounds awesome...glad someone gets the point! Edenton is well known as a place where some of the first Lords from England settled, and many of their homes are still in tact. Many of the homes have been passed down from generation to generation, and over time some of those families have come under great financial pressure. The big move to protect the homes that made the town so special came when a family sold off the entire interior of a home that has been called one of the most architecturally significant homes built in the US. That interior is now housed at the Brooklyn Museum.
The places have so much character, it's crazy. If you look closely at the picture of the brick home my Defender is pictured in front of, you'll see a spiral staircase running along one side of the house. No windows are on that side, because owners back in the 1700's bricked them over and created a false interior wall as well as a staircause inside that space that would go to a tunnel that brought them out to the water, where they could escape if they came under attack.

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Josh,

I know the house, Pembroke Hall. Friends of both my wife and I had their wedding down on the waterfront in Edenton summer before last. The husband's family is from there. We also go down with some other friends every so often and stay on their boat, which they keep at a marina just outside of town. Great place to visit and plenty to enjoy just by walking around. Great sunsets too (see pic below).

I looked around the house when it was still for sale back in 2009. I had heard about the bankruptcy. Fantastic lot, and some potentially spectacular views of the sound (if the surrounding overgrowth was cleaned up). But the house was in horrible condition then . I see they've done some substantial work, definitely a project! The best of luck in their continued efforts!
Very cool. Yeah, it's a spectacular place. They ripped out all of the green carpeting and redid almost the entire interior and fixed up the bathrooms a bit, rebuilt the porches and exterior stairs, etc. and are finishing up the roof before more events are held there. Some of that overgrowth has been ripped down, and the view is slowly coming back (I had included a pic from the second floor porch looking out to the water). I wonder if my parents know the husband's family.

The pictures I took turned out better than I had anticipated and I just figured I'd share in case some people would like to know a bit more about where they were taken.
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