Very cool RK, thanks for sharing. I kinda gleaned over the text but I was wondering were you allowed to walk all over the ship?
While we were there, we had a chance to talk to a few of the volunteers. We weren't dressed to tour the boat and we weren't that excited about leaving the bikes unattended for too long. Probably go back with the car and bring coolers and snacks for a real day of exploration.
The guys at the gate, each dressed in some form of a military uniform, were happy to give us the inside line about the ship and what to look forward to. We found out it's 18 bucks to go on the ship. Right now, You are allowed to go every where above decks, meaning no lower or interior decks access. The plan is to get the entire ship ready for full access and that won't be completed until next year.
Eventually the entire ship will be safe to check out. Engine rooms and turrets and every thing you can get to. Right now they are in the process of getting the ship, ship shape.
Here's a couple of pics with the bike.
Had a blast - gonna do it again.