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Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC

Posted By: workin' them angels

Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 05:39 AM

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To make an on-line reservation at the GROUP RATE, please follow these instructions:

1. Go to the Reservations Page at: http://www.reservations.meadowbrook-inn.com
2. Select your Arrival and Departure Dates and Number of Adults
3. Enter the following access code to view the discounted rate: 80418B

You can also call the hotel at 828-295-4300 and use group code: BMW Motorcycle Group or 80418B


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....... as of 8pm EST Jan 31th, 2018
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 11:35 AM

IN..I think I can make this one bike
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 12:25 PM

Dang... that was quick! Entered info and website says already filled up... dopeslap
Posted By: marcopolo

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 12:35 PM

Originally Posted by cyclingkk
Dang... that was quick! Entered info and website says already filled up... dopeslap


Several of us have had the same issue. I'm sure the problem is that the reservations site shows the rooms as "blocked", and won't allow them to be reserved online. I'm sure calling the hotel will work just fine.

EDIT: just called the hotel and reserved a room for Bob (Endobobdds), and me.
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 12:42 PM

I have the dates blocked on my work calendar. so put me down as hopefully in!
Posted By: Burt

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 12:46 PM

IN.
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 12:54 PM

Sorry about the on-line reservation problem. For now we’ll have to call in until they release the rooms to us on-line. At least we know our rooms are blocked
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 02:23 PM

In for friday and saturday nights. Wow! 6 months in advance.
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 02:26 PM

Yes Marty, we know you’re busy, so we try to give as much notice as possible so you can squeeze a couple of days into your schedule 😏
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 02:31 PM

Hope to see you at the coffee place soon. Good to be back in the states again.
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 03:48 PM

I have been told that the online reservation system is working now
Posted By: Burt

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 05:56 PM

I have a room booked from Wed.-Sunday.
Posted By: scout6

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 07:41 PM

In. Booked Wednesday to Sunday.
Posted By: RightSpin

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 09:42 PM

In, and reservations made.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 09:56 PM

IN, we think. Going to wait a couple weeks before making reservations.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 10:07 PM

In.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 10:22 PM

IN!
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 10:24 PM

Originally Posted by TyTass
IN, we think. Going to wait a couple weeks before making reservations.


Jennie and I are IN and reservation made Wed-Sun.

Craig, why wait if cancellation is so generous at only 2 days. They only require a credit card but don’t charge it. It was gr8 seeing you and Terri. Maybe this time we can grab a bite to eat and chat more.

Dave, not understanding the arithmetic for 4 days...2*75+2*110=370 and that averages out to $92.50/day....unless I’m just java dopeslap
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 10:49 PM

Originally Posted by cyclingkk
Originally Posted by TyTass
IN, we think. Going to wait a couple weeks before making reservations.


Jennie and I are IN and reservation made Wed-Sun.

Craig, why wait if cancellation is so generous at only 2 days. They only require a credit card but don’t charge it. It was gr8 seeing you and Terri. Maybe this time we can grab a bite to eat and chat more.

Dave, not understanding the arithmetic for 4 days...2*75+2*110=370 and that averages out to $92.50/day....unless I’m just java dopeslap


What’s wrong with our math? 2x75=150, 2x110=220, 150+220=370, 370 divided by 4 = 92.50 per day average. You stay 4 nights to get that average.
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 10:51 PM

Originally Posted by Kinsley
Originally Posted by cyclingkk
Originally Posted by TyTass
IN, we think. Going to wait a couple weeks before making reservations.


Jennie and I are IN and reservation made Wed-Sun.

Craig, why wait if cancellation is so generous at only 2 days. They only require a credit card but don’t charge it. It was gr8 seeing you and Terri. Maybe this time we can grab a bite to eat and chat more.

Dave, not understanding the arithmetic for 4 days...2*75+2*110=370 and that averages out to $92.50/day....unless I’m just java dopeslap


What’s wrong with our math? 2x75=150, 2x110=220, 150+220=370, 370 divided by 4 = 92.50 per day average. You stay 4 nights to get that average.


The image says $87.50 for 4 nights. What am I missing here?
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 10:59 PM

I see that now, thanks for pointing it out.
I think I sent the info to Dave that the hotel sent me without checking the math.
We were going back and forth on rates to keep it under $100 per night, so we were averaging and saying it had to be a 3 night stay to get under $100
We will get it corrected.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 11:11 PM

In😁
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/07/17 11:58 PM

Originally Posted by Bud
In😁

Yay!
What would you be riding this time?
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 01:02 AM

Thanks for the warm and enthusiastic response for START! I'm on the road this week, so I'lll be a little slower than normal on responses. Keith and Ken - I'm not sure what you're referring to, the slide seems to have the correct math when I look at it?! dontknow money computer
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 03:41 AM

Originally Posted by workin' them angels
Thanks for the warm and enthusiastic response for START! I'm on the road this week, so I'lll be a little slower than normal on responses. Keith and Ken - I'm not sure what you're referring to, the slide seems to have the correct math when I look at it?! dontknow money computer


I knew I was cross-eyed old Must be the age whistle
Posted By: RandyShields

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 10:00 AM

In for Wed. - Sun. Laura may drive up to spend a couple of nights.

Randy
Posted By: John Ranalletta

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 11:40 AM

in. registered 18-22nd thanks 2 people
Posted By: terryofperry

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 01:45 PM

In and registered Wednesday the 18th through Sunday the 22nd.

Terry
Posted By: MikeB60

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 04:43 PM

DyAnne and I are in and registered.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 05:27 PM

Originally Posted by cyclingkk
Originally Posted by Bud
In😁

Yay!
What would you be riding this time?


Cold, very cold.😁😁😁😁😁
Posted By: TN_R11_Girl

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 06:15 PM

Putting it on my calendar and sincerely hoping to be IN! 😊
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 09:08 PM



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Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 10:07 PM

What's with the creek stuff. I'm IN and Confirmed. Will be riding Black Beauty.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 10:26 PM

Originally Posted by Bud
What's with the creek stuff. I'm IN and Confirmed. Will be riding Black Beauty.


Suspect this is Dave's way of saying we never know about Bud. grin
Looking forward to seeing you Bud no matter what you are or are not riding - just show up! thumbsup
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 10:38 PM

Originally Posted by Bud
In😁


Originally Posted by Bud
What's with the creek stuff. I'm IN and Confirmed. Will be riding Black Beauty.


Great Stuff, Bud! Looking forward to seeing you. Please advise me your arrival plans so I can place you in the appropriate category, Sir.

PS: Black Beauty - is that what you're calling her? She certainly is that! thumbsup For some reason I thought it's name was Unicorn?! wave
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 10:55 PM

She proudly wears unicorns as her talisman. In Wed, out Sunday.

Hope I can keep up with Endobob.
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/08/17 11:14 PM

Bud, you can always say you rode many more miles than Bob at FART 2017
Posted By: BMW_Ken

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/09/17 12:40 PM

I'm in and arriving on Wednesday.
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/09/17 01:57 PM

In arriving Wednesday. Nicol is a definite maybe.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/09/17 02:41 PM

Originally Posted by Kinsley
Bud, you can always say you rode many more miles than Bob at FART 2017

yes
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/09/17 02:45 PM

Originally Posted by TN_R11_Girl
Putting it on my calendar and sincerely hoping to be IN! 😊



Don't be the same without you wave
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/09/17 04:16 PM

Originally Posted by Bud
Originally Posted by Kinsley
Bud, you can always say you rode many more miles than Bob at FART 2017

yes

That's harsh! Poor Bud...
Posted By: RT_Jim

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/10/17 06:37 PM

IN! As of right now....

Unlike Craig, I'm willing to jump in and then use the generous cancellation option if needed. rofl

Jim
Posted By: DaveCinNO

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/10/17 08:31 PM

In, nice northern location.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/10/17 11:57 PM

Originally Posted by cyclingkk
Originally Posted by Bud
Originally Posted by Kinsley
Bud, you can always say you rode many more miles than Bob at FART 2017

yes

That's harsh! Poor Bud...


revit
Posted By: Highway41

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/11/17 12:50 AM

Put me in the creek watching category.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/11/17 12:57 AM

Jim, Dave and Highway - Thanks, great to have an event to look forward to - always seems to shorten Winters hold. I'll get you updated this weekend when I get done peeping (and eating Lobstah) in Maine.
Posted By: Id's_OK

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/12/17 01:16 PM

In and reserved!
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/12/17 03:53 PM

Originally Posted by Id's_OK
In and reserved!

Awesome! What mods have you made so far? Jesse's? Bet you're loving the extra power and goodies or came with. We'll have to get it dirty... thumbsup
Keith
Posted By: tallman

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/12/17 08:07 PM

So, at least 3 "new" bikes (from those that started FARTing) so far(t).
wave
Posted By: ** Chris **

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/12/17 08:43 PM

I know my track record is beyond iffy, but I made reservations arriving Thursday Leaving Sunday.
Hopefully the stars will align and I can make it next year!
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/12/17 10:00 PM

Right on.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/13/17 02:40 AM

Originally Posted by ** Chris **
I know my track record is beyond iffy, but I made reservations arriving Thursday Leaving Sunday.
Hopefully the stars will align and I can make it next year!


Chris - Just glad to know you survived the hectic Fall schedule and weather dust up. We'll look forward to seeing you in Blowing Rock! clap
Posted By: randy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/13/17 02:26 PM

I think Christopher's signature line is now incorrect :-)
Posted By: Id's_OK

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/13/17 02:43 PM

Correct you are. I changed it in the "Bikes" field but not the signature. Should be corrected now.
Posted By: Chris K

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/13/17 04:38 PM

Originally Posted by randy
I think Christopher's signature line is now incorrect :-)


Ahhhh... Randy, I think you sold your KLX 250 a while ago??????
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/13/17 07:44 PM

Tough crowd. whistle
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/14/17 12:21 AM

Originally Posted by Bud
Tough crowd. whistle


You fix that 1150R yet? Tick tock..
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/14/17 01:00 AM

Needed to order a new battery. The old one gave up the ghost and wouldn't recharge.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/14/17 01:05 AM

Originally Posted by Bud
Needed to order a new battery. The old one gave up the ghost and wouldn't recharge.


Is that why your new to you bike failed to start during FART '17? Or our you talking about a car, pacemaker, or some other battery? smirk
Posted By: jimwms

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/14/17 09:39 AM

You guys are amazing. Looks like another great event. In; arriving Thursday.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/14/17 02:44 PM

Originally Posted by Endobobdds
Originally Posted by Bud
Needed to order a new battery. The old one gave up the ghost and wouldn't recharge.


Is that why your new to you bike failed to start during FART '17? Or our you talking about a car, pacemaker, or some other battery? smirk


No, the failure to start and repeated efforts seemed to kill of the 7 year old battery. wave
Posted By: Blind Squirrel

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/15/17 08:52 PM

On the radar. Have to make sure the Mrs doesn't have anything on the calendar.
Posted By: Foot

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/16/17 02:58 PM

IN Wednesday to Sunday clap
Posted By: S.O.B.

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/18/17 04:19 PM

Michelle and I are in - Arriving Wednesday night, leaving Sunday.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/18/17 04:48 PM

Nice to be back home, hope you all are able to get some riding in this week. I'm heading out ASAP. burnout

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Posted By: twistyguy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/18/17 06:07 PM

In Wednesday to Sunday. Will be looking forward to it all Winter!

Thanks for everything.

Peter
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/18/17 06:14 PM

Peter - Great to have you with us again - we missed you this Fall.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/18/17 07:54 PM

A BIG SHOUT OUT to Greiffster and all of our relentless administrators for making this happen. I wish I could take credit for the idea, but one of our faithful members woke up from a nap rofl stir and realized he'd been having a nightmare where he was trapped scrolling through page after page looking for posted routes only to find posts about plans to sell a bike, plans to buy a bike, plans to attend, plans to un-attend, plans to get a new battery for a pacemaker, mower, flashlight, garage door opener, cell phone, laptop, dog collar and the Cracker Jacks Decoder Ring. stir . . . and beer caps - good thing you don't need batteries to open those!


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Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 01:25 PM

So.... For the first time since spring of 2016.... I'm

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Reservations made and arriving Friday night. If it doesn't snow up here, I will be there.

Shawn
Posted By: Foot

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 04:16 PM

Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
So.... For the first time since spring of 2016.... I'm

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Reservations made and arriving Friday night. If it doesn't snow up here, I will be there.

Shawn


clap clap clap clap
Posted By: Id's_OK

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 04:20 PM

Hallelujah! Can't wait to see you and hear about your progress on HD's first horizontally-opposed twin! clap
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 05:17 PM

Originally Posted by Id's_OK
Hallelujah! Can't wait to see you and hear about your progress on HD's first horizontally-opposed twin! clap


What's the first rule of fight club?
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 05:22 PM

Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
So.... For the first time since spring of 2016.... I'm

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Reservations made and arriving Friday night. If it doesn't snow up here, I will be there.

Shawn


Could you send a photo so we can re-introduce ourselves? rofl
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 05:27 PM

Originally Posted by Kinsley
Could you send a photo so we can re-introduce ourselves? rofl


Sure! This is me below. I send people down dirt roads with full dressed RT's........twice. wink tongue


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Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 05:34 PM

Hey, they could have paved that road since the first time I sent you...just checking yes
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 06:04 PM

Originally Posted by Kinsley
Hey, they could have paved that road since the first time I sent you...just checking yes


Who are you kidding? You had CRS disease even back then! smile facepalm
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 06:40 PM

It always starts with me saying "Hey, there's this road..." and usually ends with the other person saying...well, things I can't repeat here dopeslap
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 08:59 PM

My lawyer will be in touch shortly, you can't photo shop my body like that without permission.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 09:01 PM

Originally Posted by lawnchairboy
My lawyer will be in touch shortly, you can't photo shop my body like that without permission.


rofl
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/19/17 09:28 PM

Originally Posted by Kinsley
Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
So.... For the first time since spring of 2016.... I'm

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Reservations made and arriving Friday night. If it doesn't snow up here, I will be there.

Shawn


Could you send a photo so we can re-introduce ourselves? rofl


Don't let them give you a hard time. They only need a re-introduction because they CRS. whistle
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/25/17 05:17 PM

Originally Posted by TyTass
IN, we think. Going to wait a couple weeks before making reservations.

Ditto
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/25/17 06:24 PM

Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
Originally Posted by TyTass
IN, we think. Going to wait a couple weeks before making reservations.

Ditto


Cool... smile
Posted By: Id's_OK

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/25/17 06:57 PM

Oops! I may have spoken too soon. 25th college reunion is that weekend. So I may have to come up Weds and leave Friday grin
It's also the 25th anniversary of the founding of our fraternity chapter, and since I was a founder, it's kind of a big deal. Ok, let the "frat boy" ribbing begin lurk
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/25/17 07:02 PM

Originally Posted by Id's_OK
Ok, let the "frat boy" ribbing begin lurk


You mean like "Funny, I don't remember receiving a check for being your friend." java whistle
Posted By: Id's_OK

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/25/17 07:10 PM

Ouch! cry

When they go low, we get high. Or something like that...
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/25/17 07:41 PM

Originally Posted by Id's_OK
Ouch! cry

When they go low, we get high. Or something like that...


But you said, let it begin! smile You know it's all in jest my friend. I took tons of crap from my Sigma Chi and TKE room mates when I was doing Calculus homework on bar night. smile Of course, they got jobs out of college stocking shelves as a rep for a potato chip company. lol.
Posted By: RightSpin

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/25/17 08:14 PM

Being a frat boy is all right in my book...if your nickname was 'Bluto.'
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/25/17 08:27 PM

Originally Posted by Id's_OK
Ok, let the "frat boy" ribbing begin lurk


I don't suppose you could supply us with some pictures? smirk
Posted By: ** Chris **

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/25/17 09:15 PM

Originally Posted by Kinsley
It always starts with me saying "Hey, there's this road..." and usually ends with the other person saying...well, things I can't repeat here dopeslap
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Originally Posted by lawnchairboy
My lawyer will be in touch shortly, you can't photo shop my body like that without permission.




Photoshop couldn't make my body look like that!
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/26/17 03:46 AM

Don't be so sure about the limits of Photoshop. Case in point - look how distorted and excessive Photoshop made this anonymous Indy 500 intoxicated enthusiastic spectator look after his intoxicated thoughtful friend in the hat poured water on him (he was out of booze) ! ohboy

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The wife and her friend in the visor were not amused with either of us. dontknow

Edit: Note the grass stain on my friends shirt. He fell out of a Ricksha in the infield . . . . rofl
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/26/17 11:27 AM

Priceless
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/26/17 12:35 PM

Originally Posted by workin' them angels

Edit: Note the grass stain on my friends shirt. He fell out of a Ricksha in the infield . . . . rofl



rofl
Nice pic. Glad to hear Indy is still Indy.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/27/17 03:47 PM

Originally Posted by greiffster
Originally Posted by workin' them angels

Edit: Note the grass stain on my friends shirt. He fell out of a Ricksha in the infield . . . . rofl



rofl
Nice pic. Glad to hear Indy is still Indy.


There is quite a colorful narrative that begins about 5:45am leading up to that photo, and as one can imagine, the story continues afterwards. It will make for a good parking lot tale sometime if anyone has interest. We hold 16 seats between 3 immediate rows of seats for the 500 - so there is more going on here unseen than just the unknown fan in awe seated next to me taking a picture of the Modern Version of David.

In my defense, I will only say that Brian - the water pouring gentleman - and his son had taken his sons GF for a tour of the aforementioned Infield. Brian's son had left me in charge of a large container (accounts as to the relative amount of beverage that was remaining in the container when the chain of custody fell to me is disputed between several parties) of his seemingly innocuous beverage concoction. In their absence, I discovered how tasty said beverage was. And curiously addictive. beer By the time they returned from the infield, the mystery concoction had worked its magic not only on Brian and his son (who off camera is seated - but only because he is propped up), but also on . . . wait for it . . . Yours Truly ! Shortly after this photo was taken (for posterity purposes spittake) my wife offered to hold my drink for me. It seemed very thoughtful to me at the time, since I'd dropped my phone twice by then wave - I figured she was wanting to spare the innocent fans seated in front of me the possibility of me spilling my beverage on them. . . spittake Alert readers will have surmised by now that IF that was a concern of hers, it was not her primary concern. rofl

Many in our group that year I have known all of my life. Even so, many were overheard saying variations of this sentiment: I have never seen Dave so . . . colorful. I must have had a great tan that year??

And yes, I did get the recipe for the addictive beverage whistle
Posted By: OldBMWMaster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/27/17 10:52 PM

Jerry & Barbie are IN

Confirmation #:
16391896
Posted By: OldBMWMaster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/27/17 10:52 PM

Originally Posted by OldBMWMaster
Jerry & Barbie are IN

Confirmation #:
16391896



The on line reservation worked well
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/27/17 11:04 PM

Wonderful Jerry! I look forward to meeting you and Barbie! clap

Thanks also for the online registration confirmation - all it takes is one call from Kinsely to get things straightened out computer
Posted By: vhntr1

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/28/17 01:17 AM

Count me in Dave wanted to make it this spring but life gets in the way sometimes,looking forward to meeting all you guys.
Mark
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/28/17 10:13 PM

Mark - I understand how things can get in the way. So glad you have us marked down on your calendar and are planning to join us in Blowing Rock! Looking forward our time together! clap clap
Posted By: vhntr1

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/29/17 12:24 AM

Thanks looking forward to it !
Posted By: Bud T

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/31/17 01:02 PM

I'm IN! Arriving Wednesday.

Bud Thornton

Charlotte, NC

2016 R1200RT
2005 R1200RT (sold)
1995 K1100LT (sold)
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 10/31/17 07:50 PM

Originally Posted by Bud T
I'm IN! Arriving Wednesday.

Bud Thornton

Charlotte, NC

2016 R1200RT
2005 R1200RT (sold)
1995 K1100LT (sold)



All right Bud! STARTing on your RTW clap bike Congrats on the new bike.
Posted By: Bud T

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/05/17 08:08 PM

Thanks Dave. I'm looking forward to riding with my pals from Ride Smart again!

Bud T
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/06/17 02:56 PM

I hope to be able to make this one since I missed both the UN and the FART. My wife was diagnosed in April with primary progressive MS. It only occurs in about 10% of the MS cases and occurs later in life. Unlike the relapsing-remitting form of MS, this one steadily gets worse with no periods of improvement. She had been losing the use of her left leg for several years but the doctors were unable to diagnose the problem. Finally a neurologist realized it wasn't muscles or orthopedic but the nerves from her spine and the MRI showed the tell-tale lesions. There was no drug known to affect this type of MS but one was approved several weeks before her diagnosis. It is only known to slow the progression of disease, not stop it so we won't really know if it is working since we don't know what the rate of progression would be without it.

I've been busy trying to make the house manageable (rollators on both floors and a chair-lift from the 1st to 2nd). We've worked with a builder drawing up plans for a single-level, living-in-place home and are finalizing the deal for a lot to put it on. Right now my wife isn't comfortable with me being away since if she falls (which has happened) it can be very difficult for her to get back up. So I'll need to see if I can find someone to stay with her while I'm at the START. I also need to work on her new-found anxiety of what will happen to her if something should happen to me.

So I've missed seeing you all and hope to see you in April. In the meantime, hope everyone has great holidays. Stay safe.
Posted By: Slumgullion

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/07/17 03:53 PM

IN! Wednesday tentative Thursday for sure.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/07/17 06:28 PM

George, sorry to learn of troubling issues you and your wife are facing. Sounds like you're putting your best foot forward and tackling complicated needs and issues head on. Certainly you have your hands full. We're all hoping the new medication is successful in dramatically slowing or halting the progression of MS.

We're also hoping that by April, you'll be able to slip away for some long overdue and much needed you-time and a few days of riding and time spent with friends can be re-energizing and invigorating as anything - legal or otherwise.

Best Wishes.
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/08/17 03:56 AM

Thanks Dave, Yes, hopefully I'll see you then.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/11/17 01:01 AM

Originally Posted by workin' them angels
George, sorry to learn of troubling issues you and your wife are facing. Sounds like you're putting your best foot forward and tackling complicated needs and issues head on. Certainly you have your hands full. We're all hoping the new medication is successful in dramatically slowing or halting the progression of MS.

We're also hoping that by April, you'll be able to slip away for some long overdue and much needed you-time and a few days of riding and time spent with friends can be re-energizing and invigorating as anything - legal or otherwise.

Best Wishes.


George - I think Dave speaks for all of us! Every time I think I have two much on my plate to handle I hear of situations like yours and realized once again that "life is wonderful but not always easy"! Sure hope we get to see you in April!
Posted By: tallman

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/13/17 02:53 PM

George,
Sorry to hear about your wife's MS diagnosis.
Health can be a fickle commodity.
Beth and I send positive energy and support to you and your family.
Best wishes.
Posted By: steveknapp

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/13/17 08:02 PM

Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
I took tons of crap from my Sigma Chi and TKE room mates when I was doing Calculus homework on bar night. smile Of course, they got jobs out of college stocking shelves as a rep for a potato chip company. lol.


And now after all these years, you've finally entered the potato potato trade as well. See, hard work and following your dreams pays off.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/13/17 09:03 PM

Originally Posted by steveknapp
Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
I took tons of crap from my Sigma Chi and TKE room mates when I was doing Calculus homework on bar night. smile Of course, they got jobs out of college stocking shelves as a rep for a potato chip company. lol.


And now after all these years, you've finally entered the potato potato trade as well. See, hard work and following your dreams pays off.



rofl
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/13/17 09:06 PM

Originally Posted by steveknapp
Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
I took tons of crap from my Sigma Chi and TKE room mates when I was doing Calculus homework on bar night. smile Of course, they got jobs out of college stocking shelves as a rep for a potato chip company. lol.


And now after all these years, you've finally entered the potato potato trade as well. See, hard work and following your dreams pays off.


Man, that was a reach. Did you stretch after that? You know, to avoid injury?
Posted By: steveknapp

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/13/17 09:17 PM

Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted by steveknapp
Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
I took tons of crap from my Sigma Chi and TKE room mates when I was doing Calculus homework on bar night. smile Of course, they got jobs out of college stocking shelves as a rep for a potato chip company. lol.


And now after all these years, you've finally entered the potato potato trade as well. See, hard work and following your dreams pays off.


Man, that was a reach. Did you stretch after that? You know, to avoid injury?


DYNAmic flexibility? No man, not in soft tales like the one you told.
Posted By: Id's_OK

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 11/14/17 04:12 AM

George, so sorry to hear about your wife's diagnosis. Sounds like you're doing everything possible to make the best of a tough situation. Odds can be beaten and outcomes improved with love, faith and a little hard work!

This isn't the most prayin' community, but you and your family will be in my prayers nonetheless.
Posted By: rogera

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/01/17 12:32 AM

Put me on the probably in list. Will make final
decision in February. smile
Posted By: Selden

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/01/17 01:42 AM

Probably out, as we are making plans for a 7-day tour of Tuscany 7-day tour of Tuscany. We plan to drive up to Delaware, leave the car at my mother's place, then fly out of Philadelphia, leaving April 29, returning ~May 15. I don't want to burden neighbors with cat-sitting for 2 separate back-to-back trips, so START 2018 is out.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/01/17 02:17 AM

Originally Posted by Selden
Probably out, as we are making plans for a 7-day tour of Tuscany.


A "worthy" excuse! - we will miss seeing you.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/01/17 11:37 AM

Seldon, enjoy Tuscana! Truly a wonderful area.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/03/17 12:37 AM

Rogera - Great - we'l put you on the hopeful list and look for your confirmation after the New Year. lurk

Sheldon - I'm encouraged by your trip to Tuscana! Last Fall you were busy, yet we had the good fortune of running into you and your wife. We'll hope for the same outcome this year, at the least thumbsup
Posted By: Limecreek

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/03/17 04:19 PM

Penciled this one in. It depends on my travel schedule that month, but I am going to try to finally get out to see what all the fuss is about. :-)
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/04/17 01:34 PM

Originally Posted by Limecreek
Penciled this one in. It depends on my travel schedule that month, but I am going to try to finally get out to see what all the fuss is about. :-)



I hope you can make it this time. I owe you at least one beer. smile
Posted By: markgoodrich

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/04/17 09:16 PM

Room reserved. I might actually arrive.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/04/17 11:21 PM

Originally Posted by markgoodrich
Room reserved. I might actually arrive START .


Fix it! wave Hope you make it this year Mark!
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/08/17 11:10 PM

Originally Posted by Limecreek
Penciled this one in. It depends on my travel schedule that month, but I am going to try to finally get out to see what all the fuss is about. :-)


Greg, you know this isn't in TX, right?

Hell, if he's in then I'm in....
Posted By: markgoodrich

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/09/17 01:52 PM

Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
Originally Posted by Limecreek
Penciled this one in. It depends on my travel schedule that month, but I am going to try to finally get out to see what all the fuss is about. :-)


Greg, you know this isn't in TX, right?

Hell, if he's in then I'm in....


Ah, dang.
Posted By: ** Chris **

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/11/17 03:33 PM

Originally Posted by Selden
Probably out, as we are making plans for a 7-day tour of Tuscany 7-day tour of Tuscany. We plan to drive up to Delaware, leave the car at my mother's place, then fly out of Philadelphia, leaving April 29, returning ~May 15. I don't want to burden neighbors with cat-sitting for 2 separate back-to-back trips, so START 2018 is out.


Bob, Is it because I threatened to show up again this year?
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/12/17 04:18 PM

My Canadian friend, Paul, said he would be there "barring massive rains and hurricanes".
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/12/17 07:49 PM

Originally Posted by markgoodrich
Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
Originally Posted by Limecreek
Penciled this one in. It depends on my travel schedule that month, but I am going to try to finally get out to see what all the fuss is about. :-)


Greg, you know this isn't in TX, right?

Hell, if he's in then I'm in....


Ah, dang.



Come on along, I'll buy you breakfast.
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/13/17 12:39 PM

I am going to pencil this in, i haven't taken a multi-day ride since 1979, and i have never met any of you fine people.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 12/25/17 02:25 PM

Set your expectations on low.

smile
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/02/18 02:28 PM

Originally Posted by lawnchairboy
Set your expectations on low.

smile


Don't mind Chris. He just tries to keep his human contact time down to an absolute minimum. There are quite a few friendly people on this board that love to conversate and tell lies about their riding after being out on the road all day, though I am not one of them. lol

Shawn
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/02/18 02:45 PM

Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
There are quite a few friendly people on this board that love to conversate and tell lies about their riding after being out on the road all day, though I am not one of them. lol

Shawn


It would not take much time in the parking lot for one to find a true originator of the parking lot lies...You will be there won’t you Shawn rofl
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/02/18 02:50 PM

Originally Posted by Kinsley
Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
There are quite a few friendly people on this board that love to conversate and tell lies about their riding after being out on the road all day, though I am not one of them. lol

Shawn


It would not take much time in the parking lot for one to find a true originator of the parking lot lies...You will be there won’t you Shawn rofl


With my new location, I might not come in from playing on the roads until long after these conversations stop. lol smile I'm positive that you'll keep the conversation rolling for me though. wink
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/04/18 02:37 PM

Got a "revised" PTO accrual schedule via email today at work. Turns out I'm getting an extra week of vacation from here on out......WooHoo! I already promised myself I would spend it on 2-wheels. Can't wait to knock the rust off
Posted By: hANNAbONE

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/04/18 03:04 PM

wELP, I guess I'm gonna hafta check this out.

I haven't been on the board for quite a while so this whole trip is news to me.

Let me see if I can't make this happen.

Hmmmm.....the possibilities...
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/04/18 03:25 PM

Originally Posted by OoPEZoO
Got a "revised" PTO accrual schedule via email today at work. Turns out I'm getting an extra week of vacation from here on out......WooHoo! I already promised myself I would spend it on 2-wheels. Can't wait to knock the rust off


Awesome! I owe you a beer for missing you in York PA. It will be good to see you again.


Originally Posted by Hannabone
Let me see if I can't make this happen.

Hmmmm.....the possibilities...


Bone, when did you move to Indiana? Jeese sir...I had no idea. I hope you can make it too. I'll be riding through there on my way to meet a riding friend in Lexington, KY. Whatcha thinking sir?

Shawn
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/04/18 07:00 PM

Originally Posted by hANNAbONE
wELP, I guess I'm gonna hafta check this out.

I haven't been on the board for quite a while so this whole trip is news to me.

Let me see if I can't make this happen.

Hmmmm.....the possibilities...


Would be good to see your mug again!
Posted By: Limecreek

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/04/18 10:25 PM

Room is booked. Arriving Friday. May have to order an RDL for the RS - they have the little wings version for sport bikes. :-)

One question - do they have pie out there?
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Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/04/18 10:26 PM

Dude..... We have .....Cobbler!
Posted By: rogera

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/04/18 10:35 PM

In, arriving 4/18 thumbsup
Posted By: Bernie

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/05/18 12:11 PM

Yup, they invented pie in the SE.
And some of the best donuts and coffee in the area is available in neighboring Boone, NC.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/05/18 12:35 PM

Ride to Eat, Eat to Ride thumbsup
Posted By: Tasker

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/05/18 06:59 PM

Reservation made. Arriving Wednesday, departing Sunday.
Posted By: Slumgullion

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/08/18 07:14 PM

In on Wednesday via Charlotte, room booked for now smile
Posted By: LeBill

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/08/18 08:27 PM

I expect to be able to join up. I live close enough, that I will be 'commuting'. I live just on the other side of Boone. I also have a trailer and tools close by...just in case. Sounds like fun.
LeBill
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/08/18 10:04 PM

Welcome LeBill. Glad you can join us. wave clap
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/09/18 01:39 PM

Originally Posted by Slumgullion
In on Wednesday via Charlotte, room booked for now smile


Awe hell, there goes the neighborhood. wink
Posted By: Chris K

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/09/18 01:45 PM

Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted by Slumgullion
In on Wednesday via Charlotte, room booked for now smile


Awe hell, there goes the neighborhood. wink


It gets worse Shawn, I will be joining him.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/09/18 01:49 PM

Originally Posted by Chris K
Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted by Slumgullion
In on Wednesday via Charlotte, room booked for now smile


Awe hell, there goes the neighborhood. wink


It gets worse Shawn, I will be joining him.


Oh Bloody hell......

facepalm dontknow rofl
Posted By: Bernie

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/09/18 07:27 PM

Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted by Chris K
Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted by Slumgullion
In on Wednesday via Charlotte, room booked for now smile


Awe hell, there goes the neighborhood. wink


It gets worse Shawn, I will be joining him.


Oh Bloody hell......

facepalm dontknow rofl


rofl wave
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/10/18 06:20 PM

What a great and enthusiastic start to the New Year! If you're considering joining us - and yes, you should be old dance , please make your reservations. We've had to expand our block of standard rooms and standard rooms are getting tight for 4 night stays and Fri & Sat. I'm waiting to hear back the precise numbers of standard rooms that are currently available. You can register at NO RISK to you, as long as you cancel by 2pm 2 days prior to your arrival. WHAT A DEAL, 'eh' (Marcopolo)? We have Kinsley to thank for arranging the generous cancellation policy! bike read

I'll get us caught up on the Who's going tally shortly, first I'm off for my first ride of 2018. Remember, we keep the event info on the first page and update it as needed.
Posted By: TN_R11_Girl

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 02:32 AM

Was hoping to make reservation... But online says no availability. Will try calling tomorrow. Looking like I'll be able to manage this trip even with the new job!!
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 02:42 AM

** FIRST THINGS FIRST~ Had my first ride of 2018 Through Bitter Winds and Stormy Skies today. Those of you following at home feel free to mix a beverage of your choice in celebration of this minor milestone.

But I digress . . .

Well . . . How did I miss all these posts? Or more to the point, how many pain meds were in my system when I saw them?! Did I see them?!? So many questions. . . . old Apologies for for not acknowledging the posts, which seem to have multiplied like rabbits ohboy whistle dontknow Anyway, lets see how many sign-ups have there been since . .. uhh .... errr...let's see, carry the one... and ummm TEN sign ups from here and a couple others arrived via the downlow clap beer

The good news is that the hip replacement is great and no more pain meds computer, so I guess I need to get back at it. Now where's my drink?!

Oldironken, OoPEZoO, hANNABONE(!), rogera, Tasker, LeBill and Chris k > Welcome and glad you can join us! I think you'll find you'll feel right at home and we look forward to seeing all of you - some for the first time and some others we've already had the pleasure of meeting and knowing clap

I've updated the attendance slide on the first page of the thread, and also posted it here below. Unless there is a special announcement, sign up updates are updated on the second slide on the first page. ALSO Standard Rooms are getting tight, so if you're on the fence, you may want to consider firming up a room and if things don't work out, you have plenty of time to cancel.

I'm not sure which days some of you are arriving, so I've made my best guess based on your geographic area. If I've got it wrong - SUCK IT UP, BUTTERFCUP shoot me a PM and I'll take care of it. If I'm proficient at anything, it's misappropriating a few riders every year. dontknow computer You can thank me in your declining years for helping to keep your mind limber and reading skills sharp! shake facepalm

This is going to be a great year and Kinsley and I are working on a few surprises for Blowing Rock. Happy New Year to one and all. See you soon!

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Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 02:46 AM

Originally Posted by TN_R11_Girl
Was hoping to make reservation... But online says no availability. Will try calling tomorrow. Looking like I'll be able to manage this trip even with the new job!!


Happy New Year Shannon! They have added some rooms as of today. But, yes, give them a call. I will follow up with them as well to be sure they update the web interface.
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 02:49 AM

You can slide me over to the OUT category. On the good side family vacation is Hawaii this year. I get to take my son to Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 02:55 AM

Originally Posted by TN_R11_Girl
Was hoping to make reservation... But online says no availability. Will try calling tomorrow. Looking like I'll be able to manage this trip even with the new job!!


Woo Hoo! clap wave

With the Unicorns still on my bike, perhaps I will be able to ride more than 23 miles???????
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 02:58 AM

Originally Posted by ltljohn
You can slide me over to the OUT category. On the good side family vacation is Hawaii this year. I get to take my son to Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial.


Sorry to miss seeing you again, but a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do. Have a great trip!
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 03:00 AM

JOHN!! Man, I've been saving this for your confirmed arrival date.

Enjoy the Islands and eat some Macadamia Nuts for me.

[Linked Image]
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 03:01 AM

Originally Posted by workin' them angels
** FIRST THINGS FIRST~ Had my first ride of 2018 Through Bitter Winds and Stormy Skies today. Those of you following at home feel free to mix a beverage of your choice in celebration of this minor milestone.





You are a tougher man than I am. Glad to hear you are progressing so well.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 02:41 PM

bring the snuggie.
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 09:54 PM

Originally Posted by workin' them angels
JOHN!! Man, I've been saving this for your confirmed arrival date.

Enjoy the Islands and eat some Macadamia Nuts for me.

[Linked Image]


WOW I am famous I have a road named after me!
Posted By: Foot

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/11/18 11:16 PM

What ever you do, don't buy the SPAM flavored Macadamia nuts. My sister almost killed me with this years gag gift from Hawaii. GAG is the operative word!
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/12/18 01:29 AM

Originally Posted by Foot
What ever you do, don't buy the SPAM flavored Macadamia nuts. My sister almost killed me with this years gag gift from Hawaii. GAG is the operative word!


Why would you even try one of those?
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/12/18 01:50 AM

Micky D's sells spam for breakfast in HI.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/12/18 02:14 AM

Originally Posted by ltljohn
You can slide me over to the OUT category. On the good side family vacation is Hawaii this year. I get to take my son to Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial.


Worthy excuse to miss START '18! I had a fantastic 4 year Navy tour in Hawaii and returned 6 years later for my retirement ceremony on the Arizona Memorial.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/14/18 05:52 PM

Our host hotel has added all of their remaining standard double queen rooms to our reservation block. clap The web interface isn't reflecting the additional rooms yet, but that should be corrected soon. Please advise if you run into issues reserving your rooms.
Posted By: SockMonkey

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/18/18 05:09 PM

As usual, I’m late to the party,
I’m In, will be arriving on Thursday and rooming with Ken M. Looking forward to seeing most of you. 😉
Posted By: Burt

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/18/18 08:39 PM

Originally Posted by SockMonkey
As usual, I’m late to the party,
I’m In, will be arriving on Thursday and rooming with Ken M. Looking forward to seeing most of you. 😉


You're not looking forward to seeing everyone? grin
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/19/18 02:12 PM

Argh, late scheduling attempts on my part will not permit me to make this one...

At least i'm thinking about it more proactively about future ones and will plan accordingly.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/19/18 02:20 PM

Ken, just sent you a PM. I am just up the road a few miles, let's catch up and ride!
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/19/18 06:40 PM

Originally Posted by SockMonkey
As usual, I’m late to the party,
I’m In, will be arriving on Thursday and rooming with Ken M. Looking forward to seeing most of you. 😉


Steve - you're not late at all, plenty of time and we're glad to have you. Most of us anyway whistle




Originally Posted by Oldironken
Argh, late scheduling attempts on my part will not permit me to make this one...

At least i'm thinking about it more proactively about future ones and will plan accordingly.


Ken - Booo!! I hope scheduling will change and you'll be freed up to join us this Spring. If not, no doubt you'll be ready for a good FART in the Fall and can plan to join us then!
Posted By: CruisinCruzan

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/22/18 06:04 PM

Stephen (Cruisincruzan) arriving Wednesday, checking out Sunday
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/23/18 04:26 AM

Fantastic Stephen - glad you can join us. Great road choices on your way down (if you have the extra time).
Posted By: TN_R11_Girl

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/26/18 11:23 PM

Hey All, I'm still a bit on the fence about whether I'll be able to make this one due to the new gig... But, in the event I can make it, I'd sure like to save the $20/night and get a standard room as opposed to paying for one of the suites (per the website, there are no standard rooms available as of this evening.)

So, if anybody who has a standard room reserved finds out they're not going to make it, would you be kind enough to PM me and let me know so I can try to snag the reservation?

Thanks!! wave
Posted By: randy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/28/18 04:13 PM

I am in
Arriving late (10pm) Thursday evening
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/28/18 04:55 PM

Originally Posted by randy
I am in
Arriving late (10pm) Thursday evening



Fantastical Randy! yes dance Glad you'll be joining us - Blowing Rock will be here before we know it!
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/29/18 02:26 PM

Originally Posted by randy
I am in
Arriving late (10pm) Thursday evening


Please don't bring your work computer. smile I'd really like to be able to talk to Chris on this trip. rofl
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/30/18 03:53 AM

New hip is in my future and riding at START is out. Hopefully I will see some of you at the UN.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/30/18 06:31 AM

Good News Bad News Bud. Glad you're going to get your hip fixed, it'll be good as new! Sad to not have you join our (mostly) Merry Band of Riders - but there are plenty of opportunities in this Young Riding Year to show off you new parts and bike. clap bike beer old
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/31/18 04:15 PM

In, reservation made for a suite. Arriving Thursday afternoon, meeting one of my old homies from FL there.

Hey you northeast guys, how do you get down there without slogging down I-81?
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/31/18 04:27 PM

Matt - Great news, so pleased your new location will allow you to join us. Looking forward to learning what interesting roads you find avoiding I-81. revit thumbsup
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 01/31/18 10:47 PM

Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
Hey you northeast guys, how do you get down there without slogging down I-81?



It depends on how much time you have and or how long you ride each day. If you want to go quick there is no other way.

I have a few ideas call me.
Posted By: Medic Mike

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/01/18 12:35 AM

Ok, reservations made....had to get the suite...so if anyone plans on canceling and have a normal room, please let me know via PM so I can downgrade my room.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/01/18 12:49 AM

Wow! I must need to go outside and look at the night sky - The Stars are lining up nicely for START! Still missing some Banditos though . . . Mile - glad you're making START and FART a habit my friend! clap
Posted By: vhntr1

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/01/18 01:42 AM

I still plan on coming Dave,but I can't decide to ride my BMW or my new moto Guzzi stelvio I just bought.If I ride it I hope nobody will chases me away.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/01/18 02:44 AM

Originally Posted by vhntr1
I still plan on coming Dave,but I can't decide to ride my BMW or my new moto Guzzi stelvio I just bought.If I ride it I hope nobody will chases me away.


Mark - The Stelvio is a SaaweeeeT burnout bike my friend!! Bring it! Offer rides on the back for $5 bike Bring whatever you want, you're always welcome. In fact, Might Could Be you'll have keep your eye out for those Cocky KTM riders - they've been multiplying like Wabbits this Winter. stir lurk

Glad things are going well, but I don't feel sorry feel sorry that you have such a tough decision to make! wave
Posted By: vhntr1

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/01/18 12:22 PM

Thanks I would like to get some miles on it ,this NW Ohio winter is not being kind this year only 200 miles so far.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/01/18 02:30 PM

Right on!
Posted By: randy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/01/18 06:39 PM

ok, sorry but I ALWAYS bring my work computer, part of my job description. But I feel confident after almost 3 years of riding since that incident and never a lost item since then, that you are safe :-)
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/01/18 07:29 PM

Originally Posted by randy
ok, sorry but I ALWAYS bring my work computer, part of my job description. But I feel confident after almost 3 years of riding since that incident and never a lost item since then, that you are safe :-)



rofl
Posted By: Foot

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 04:26 PM

Unfortunately I am out. 6 broken ribs and a separated shoulder has me sidelined for awhile. If miraculously I heal by then I will try and show up.

Alan
Posted By: terryofperry

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 04:39 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
Unfortunately I am out. 6 broken ribs and a separated shoulder has me sidelined for awhile. If miraculously I heal by then I will try and show up.

Alan


Oh My! Heal well.

Terry
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 04:48 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
Unfortunately I am out. 6 broken ribs and a separated shoulder has me sidelined for awhile. If miraculously I heal by then I will try and show up.

Alan


Dude.... that's like 2.5 month's away. What if we drop buy and get the GS to the bottom of the mountain for you? Granted, we might start it up, put it in gear and shove it down the mountain but we will get it there for you!! laugh
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 04:57 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
Unfortunately I am out. 6 broken ribs and a separated shoulder has me sidelined for awhile. If miraculously I heal by then I will try and show up.
Alan
Ouch!
Hope you heal quickly and that you have an interesting story to tell or lie about! grin
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 07:02 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
Unfortunately I am out. 6 broken ribs and a separated shoulder has me sidelined for awhile. If miraculously I heal by then I will try and show up.

Alan


So sorry to hear. Heal quickly my friend.
Posted By: marcopolo

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 07:10 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
Unfortunately I am out. 6 broken ribs and a separated shoulder has me sidelined for awhile. If miraculously I heal by then I will try and show up.

Alan


Your wife packs quite the punch!

Get well soon, Alan.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 08:39 PM

Alan - So sorry to hear this! While your wife may pack a punch, I know you're in great hands while healing up! I know a thing or two about great spousal nursing and support and so I know something of what I speak (unlike most times).

Best wishes for healing well and quickly.
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 08:44 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
Unfortunately I am out. 6 broken ribs and a separated shoulder has me sidelined for awhile. If miraculously I heal by then I will try and show up.

Alan


Yikes! Heal up my friend.
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 08:51 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
Unfortunately I am out. 6 broken ribs and a separated shoulder has me sidelined for awhile. If miraculously I heal by then I will try and show up.

Alan

Wow Alan! I feel for you... Your entertainment value will be missed unless you'd still consider coming in the cage.
Heal well and heal as fast as you ride.
Keith
Posted By: TN_R11_Girl

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/02/18 10:46 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
Unfortunately I am out. 6 broken ribs and a separated shoulder has me sidelined for awhile. If miraculously I heal by then I will try and show up.

Alan


WTH?!? Oh Alan! That's awful... what in the world happened???
Posted By: RandyShields

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/03/18 12:05 PM

What she said. We need the gory details to talk about you while you are recovering!
Posted By: Foot

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/03/18 03:46 PM

I did something stupid. dopeslap
Riding down to Cedar Key with Chris K we were on a lot of roads they sanded and in some cases put gravel on the bridges because of the recent ice/snow. Once we got into southern Georgia the roads were straightening out and we were making good time. Most of the time I was in 5th or 6th gear.
So here is my stupid part. tongue We came up to our next turn which came up a little quick. I guess I didn't down shift from 5th gear. I was leaned in the turn and I start to give it gas to straighten the bike up. The bike stalled and slip the rear end. I didn't realize the stall and thought I was sliding in sand. So I am off the seat trying to ride out the skid. The bike ran out of momentum and violently high sided pile driving me into the ground. All of this at 10-20mphs. Six days in the hospital. The hospital recognized there was something wrong with my shoulder they wanted me to get it evaluated when I got home. I have to see my Doc on Monday to get me into the Orthopods to evaluate how bad my shoulder is separated. I can tell them it's bad, I can't hold my arm up.

Chris K and Joel went the extra mile for me. Joel came down with his truck and picked up my bike, all my gear took it back to his shop. Chris came down to the Hospital in south Georgia took me to meet Deb north of Atlanta. She got me home. Craig called every night and talk for at least a half hour each time. That really helped me take my mind off my situation.

According to Chris my bike's only damage is a chunk taken out of the windshield.

Now here is my note to myself. Down shift before a turn. dopeslap Hahaha. At least I can laugh on paper! Hopefully I made sense here, pain drugs mess with my already bad writing.


Alan
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/03/18 04:58 PM

Glad you are mostly OK and here to share your experience. Heal quickly!
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/03/18 05:01 PM

WOW. Sorry to hear of that chain of events. Kudos to all who helped you! clap

Best wishes to a very speedy recovery!!!! thumbsup
Posted By: Id's_OK

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/03/18 05:06 PM

Damn, man, that’s scary but glad you’re on the mend. You’ll get all those joints straightened out and back on the bike before you know it!
Posted By: Id's_OK

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/03/18 05:12 PM

So good news/bad news situation. The bad news is that I won’t be making it to START. The good news is that I won Presidents Club at work which comes with a trip to Prague! So while y’all are scooting around the Smokies I’ll be touring cathedrals or museums or something. But hopefully see some of you for lunch in a couple weeks. Cheers!
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/03/18 05:17 PM

Originally Posted by Id's_OK
So good news/bad news situation. The bad news is that I won’t be making it to START. The good news is that I won Presidents Club at work which comes with a trip to Prague! So while y’all are scooting around the Smokies I’ll be touring cathedrals or museums or something. But hopefully see some of you for lunch in a couple weeks. Cheers!


They rent bikes in the Czech republic. Just saying.... smile
Posted By: RandyShields

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/04/18 12:42 PM

Not what I was expecting when pushing you for the details. So sorry to hear about your get off. Even at low speed, it probably happened way fast. Heal quickly. And I would not have expected anything less from your riding posse.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/04/18 07:09 PM

Sorry to hear about your get off Alan.
I hope you have a speedy recovery and maybe the shoulder isn’t as bad as it sounds.
I am glad nothing else serious is wrong.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/04/18 07:11 PM

Originally Posted by Id's_OK
So good news/bad news situation. The bad news is that I won’t be making it to START. The good news is that I won Presidents Club at work which comes with a trip to Prague! So while y’all are scooting around the Smokies I’ll be touring cathedrals or museums or something. But hopefully see some of you for lunch in a couple weeks. Cheers!


Congrats on the promotion, I hope you have a great trip.
We will miss you at START, but this means you will have to come to FART.
wave
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/04/18 11:32 PM

Originally Posted by Id's_OK
So good news/bad news situation. The bad news is that I won’t be making it to START. The good news is that I won Presidents Club at work which comes with a trip to Prague! So while y’all are scooting around the Smokies I’ll be touring cathedrals or museums or something. But hopefully see some of you for lunch in a couple weeks. Cheers!

Congrats! And here I was looking forward to getting that GS dirty on some adventurous back roads.
Keith
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/05/18 03:39 PM

Originally Posted by cyclingkk
Originally Posted by Id's_OK
So good news/bad news situation. The bad news is that I won’t be making it to START. The good news is that I won Presidents Club at work which comes with a trip to Prague! So while y’all are scooting around the Smokies I’ll be touring cathedrals or museums or something. But hopefully see some of you for lunch in a couple weeks. Cheers!

Congrats! And here I was looking forward to getting that GS dirty on some adventurous back roads.
Keith


+1. Good on you, Christopher. thumbsup
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/05/18 03:45 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
.... I have to see my Doc on Monday to get me into the Orthopods to evaluate how bad my shoulder is separated. I can tell them it's bad, I can't hold my arm up.

~~~healing vibes. Let us know what the Doc says.
Posted By: ** Chris **

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/05/18 10:58 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
I did something stupid. dopeslap
Riding down to Cedar Key with Chris K we were on a lot of roads they sanded and in some cases put gravel on the bridges because of the recent ice/snow. Once we got into southern Georgia the roads were straightening out and we were making good time. Most of the time I was in 5th or 6th gear.
So here is my stupid part. tongue We came up to our next turn which came up a little quick. I guess I didn't down shift from 5th gear. I was leaned in the turn and I start to give it gas to straighten the bike up. The bike stalled and slip the rear end. I didn't realize the stall and thought I was sliding in sand. So I am off the seat trying to ride out the skid. The bike ran out of momentum and violently high sided pile driving me into the ground. All of this at 10-20mphs. Six days in the hospital. The hospital recognized there was something wrong with my shoulder they wanted me to get it evaluated when I got home. I have to see my Doc on Monday to get me into the Orthopods to evaluate how bad my shoulder is separated. I can tell them it's bad, I can't hold my arm up.

Chris K and Joel went the extra mile for me. Joel came down with his truck and picked up my bike, all my gear took it back to his shop. Chris came down to the Hospital in south Georgia took me to meet Deb north of Atlanta. She got me home. Craig called every night and talk for at least a half hour each time. That really helped me take my mind off my situation.

According to Chris my bike's only damage is a chunk taken out of the windshield.

Now here is my note to myself. Down shift before a turn. dopeslap Hahaha. At least I can laugh on paper! Hopefully I made sense here, pain drugs mess with my already bad writing.


Alan


I am sorry to hear about the accident. I am glad you were well taken care of. Hurry up and get better so that you can make it to South Dakota this summer!
Posted By: TN_R11_Girl

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/06/18 03:06 AM

Alan, so sorry to hear about the off... Listen to your docs and Deb.... 😏

Chris, congrats on the award!!! Great stuff!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/06/18 11:47 AM

Originally Posted by TN_R11_Girl
Alan, so sorry to hear about the off... Listen to your docs and Deb.... 😏

Chris, congrats on the award!!! Great stuff!


+1, heal quickly Alan! thumbsup Wow a chipped windscreen is all, man those GSAs' are tough mudders! revit


Pat
Posted By: brianh70

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/06/18 04:15 PM

Alan - Bummer, man! Get well soon and I hope to see you at FART. "at" being the operative word, here. smile I don't want to see it, nor hear it, and most certainly not smell it in the other context.

Christopher - Great news! Enjoy Prague, and while you're there, have a glass of Krusovice. It's really good beer. It's pronounced crew-so-VEE-chay with a slight roll on the "r." I'm sure you'll sound like a local when you order it! rofl

I'm not going to be making it to START this year. I'm slated to go to Finland, Germany, and Bulgaria for work sometime in April so they've requested I leave my schedule open. The *ART's are easily the most fun motorcycle events I've ever attended, but c'mon! A company-paid trip to Europe? What would you all do?
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/06/18 05:17 PM

Originally Posted by brianh70
A company-paid trip to Europe? What would you all do?


Oh~ The HUMANITY!! Any job that requires travel by Air (vs 2 wheels) is not job worth having; and a job that sends you to strange lands with un-'merican dialects is no job at all! Take a stand, quit this meaningless and isolating job immediately and go to work at Taco Bell where you can serve others international exotic food with the down home dialect so rare these days at such places.

Brain - GO FOR IT!! All I can say is that if this trend you and Christopher are STARTing continues, we may be forced - FORCED I say, to host a International START/FART. Very happy for the both of you, whenever I head across the pond, I have to pay my own way - and that hardly seems fair, what with you lollygaggers flying to and fro while others of us toil at really, REALLY important things like measuring float values of Battery Tenders.

Have a great time the both of you and enjoy.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/06/18 05:42 PM

well... Shite.

any one you can walk away from is good.

heal fast buddy.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/08/18 07:48 PM

Linn Cove Viaduct closed
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/08/18 11:04 PM

Originally Posted by Matts_12GS


Stinks, but 221 isn't too shabby as a detour. thumbsup
Posted By: Foot

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/09/18 01:20 PM

My separated shoulder got reattached yesterday. My ribs feel so much better, now that they have something to hold them up and in place clap

Now it's time to heal!

Thanks all for the well wishes.

Alan
Posted By: Bernie

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/09/18 01:24 PM

Great news. We will see you START.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/09/18 05:26 PM

[align:left][/align]Yeah Alan, make it snappy with the healing already!!!!

Otherwise, I may pester Craig into getting your bike ready so I can ride it at START...
Posted By: Burt

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/09/18 06:21 PM

That's great. I hope you heal quickly.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/09/18 06:33 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
My separated shoulder got reattached yesterday. My ribs feel so much better, now that they have something to hold them up and in place clap

Now it's time to heal!

Thanks all for the well wishes.

Alan



Good for you!. clap clap

Heal quickly, there are people who want to see you in person so they can give you a hard time. whistle
Posted By: RandyShields

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/10/18 11:14 AM

Good. Feel better. And I hope you didn't learn the hard way the no. 1 lesson of broken ribs -- at all costs, avoid sneezing! eek
Posted By: cyclingkk

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/11/18 03:03 AM

Alan, this is absolutely fantastic news! Hope you heal up for START.
Posted By: ** Chris **

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/12/18 05:08 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
My separated shoulder got reattached yesterday. My ribs feel so much better, now that they have something to hold them up and in place clap

Now it's time to heal!

Thanks all for the well wishes.

Alan


Now that you are past your separation anxiety, you can work on feeling better. Hopefully see you in April!
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/12/18 09:16 PM

Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
[align:left][/align]Yeah Alan, make it snappy with the healing already!!!!

Otherwise, I may pester Craig into getting your bike ready so I can ride it at START...


If Alan cant make it, the availability of his bike will be dependent on my being able to figure out how to ride his bike without squishing the boys every time i stop! smile

(JK Alan!)
Posted By: Bernie

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/12/18 09:28 PM

Originally Posted by TyTass
Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
[align:left][/align]Yeah Alan, make it snappy with the healing already!!!!

Otherwise, I may pester Craig into getting your bike ready so I can ride it at START...


If Alan cant make it, the availability of his bike will be dependent on my being able to figure out how to ride his bike without squishing the boys every time i stop! smile

(JK Alan!)


You guys think you can even reach the ground on that bike? LOL
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/12/18 09:53 PM

Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by TyTass
Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
[align:left][/align]Yeah Alan, make it snappy with the healing already!!!!

Otherwise, I may pester Craig into getting your bike ready so I can ride it at START...


If Alan cant make it, the availability of his bike will be dependent on my being able to figure out how to ride his bike without squishing the boys every time i stop! smile

(JK Alan!)


You guys think you can even reach the ground on that bike? LOL


No problem, but they aren't as flashy as Craig's other riding boots. smirk

[Linked Image]
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/12/18 10:00 PM

Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by TyTass
Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
[align:left][/align]Yeah Alan, make it snappy with the healing already!!!!

Otherwise, I may pester Craig into getting your bike ready so I can ride it at START...


If Alan cant make it, the availability of his bike will be dependent on my being able to figure out how to ride his bike without squishing the boys every time i stop! smile

(JK Alan!)


You guys think you can even reach the ground on that bike? LOL


I couldnt reach the ground with so much as toe nails from both feet even after changing the seat to the lowered position ... hence my comment about needing to figure out how not to squish "the boys."
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/12/18 10:15 PM

Originally Posted by TyTass
Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by TyTass
Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
[align:left][/align]Yeah Alan, make it snappy with the healing already!!!!

Otherwise, I may pester Craig into getting your bike ready so I can ride it at START...


If Alan cant make it, the availability of his bike will be dependent on my being able to figure out how to ride his bike without squishing the boys every time i stop! smile

(JK Alan!)


You guys think you can even reach the ground on that bike? LOL


I couldnt reach the ground with so much as toe nails from both feet even after changing the seat to the lowered position ... hence my comment about needing to figure out how not to squish "the boys."



Ohhhhhhhh to have such problems with the bikes I'm around lately!!!! Jeeeese!
Posted By: Bernie

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/12/18 10:18 PM

Originally Posted by TyTass
Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by TyTass
Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
[align:left][/align]Yeah Alan, make it snappy with the healing already!!!!

Otherwise, I may pester Craig into getting your bike ready so I can ride it at START...


If Alan cant make it, the availability of his bike will be dependent on my being able to figure out how to ride his bike without squishing the boys every time i stop! smile

(JK Alan!)


You guys think you can even reach the ground on that bike? LOL


I couldnt reach the ground with so much as toe nails from both feet even after changing the seat to the lowered position ... hence my comment about needing to figure out how not to squish "the boys."


Does this mean you will have to ride your own GSA to START, as Foot's GSA is to big to push out of the trailer?
Or will you trailer both to START?
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/12/18 10:21 PM

Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by TyTass
I couldnt reach the ground with so much as toe nails from both feet even after changing the seat to the lowered position ... hence my comment about needing to figure out how not to squish "the boys."


Does this mean you will have to ride your own GSA to START, as Foot's GSA is to big to push out of the trailer?
Or will you trailer both to START?


Oh man... The excrement just got 3 dimensional.
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/12/18 11:48 PM

Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by TyTass
Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
[align:left][/align]Yeah Alan, make it snappy with the healing already!!!!

Otherwise, I may pester Craig into getting your bike ready so I can ride it at START...


If Alan cant make it, the availability of his bike will be dependent on my being able to figure out how to ride his bike without squishing the boys every time i stop! smile

(JK Alan!)


You guys think you can even reach the ground on that bike? LOL


I can't even find the pegs never mind the ground.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 03:47 AM

lurk whistle
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 06:16 AM

Originally Posted by greiffster
Originally Posted by Bernie
Originally Posted by TyTass
Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
[align:left][/align]Yeah Alan, make it snappy with the healing already!!!!

Otherwise, I may pester Craig into getting your bike ready so I can ride it at START...


If Alan cant make it, the availability of his bike will be dependent on my being able to figure out how to ride his bike without squishing the boys every time i stop! smile

(JK Alan!)


You guys think you can even reach the ground on that bike? LOL


No problem, but they aren't as flashy as Craig's other riding boots. smirk

[Linked Image]


I gotta get me some of those!
Posted By: TyTass

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 06:21 AM

Originally Posted by Bernie
Does this mean you will have to ride your own GSA to START, as Foot's GSA is to big to push out of the trailer?
Or will you trailer both to START?


Trailer both? Are you kidding? I thought you knew my trailer only fits one bike. tongue

And I frankly still don't know (and doubt) I'll be able to make START this year. Perhaps I'll surprise everyone and show up anyway. Or, maybe I'll give you a heart attack and show up on the bike, with no trailer! rofl
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 01:02 PM

Originally Posted by TyTass
[quote=Bernie]... Perhaps I'll surprise everyone and show up anyway. Or, maybe I'll give you a heart attack and show up on the bike, with no trailer! rofl

That's my plan...
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 01:28 PM

Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
Originally Posted by TyTass
[quote=Bernie]... Perhaps I'll surprise everyone and show up anyway. Or, maybe I'll give you a heart attack and show up on the bike, with no trailer! rofl

That's my plan...


"Nothing clears the head like 3 tanks of gas at speed" ~ Shovel head Ed
Posted By: Limecreek

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 05:01 PM

Unfortunately out for me. Starting a new job in March and the dates no longer work for me. Maybe someday....
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 05:09 PM

Originally Posted by Limecreek
Unfortunately out for me. Starting a new job in March and the dates no longer work for me. Maybe someday....


Oh bloody hell Greg....

Congrats on the new job though. smile
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 05:09 PM

Booooooo
Posted By: StretchMark

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 07:50 PM

In! Reservations made. Arriving Thursday-Leaving Sunday.
Hope to have Christine with me (Real Estate business dependent). Also could have a new rider in tow, my daughter, Abby.
Going old school, no GPS, no communications. Any roll charts available?
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 07:51 PM

The hotel should have roll charts in every room.
dopeslap bike
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 07:57 PM

Originally Posted by Matts_12GS
The hotel should have roll charts in every room.
dopeslap bike


The small white ones? They come with a hand refractive optical viewer behind them?
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 08:02 PM

That helps seeing the next turn
Posted By: StretchMark

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 08:21 PM

This group always has your back...:)
Posted By: randy

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/13/18 08:32 PM

[quote=StretchMark]In! Reservations made. Arriving Thursday-Leaving Sunday.
Hope to have Christine with me (Real Estate business dependent). Also could have a new rider in tow, my daughter, Abby.
Going old school, no GPS, no communications. Any roll charts available?

simple
I-985 to clayton
Warwomen to 28 to 107 to 74 into Waynesville
109 to Hot springs then basically 19E to Blowing Rock

If you actually need a roll chart I have a word document that I use to make roll charts for my G450x :-)
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/14/18 03:26 AM

Originally Posted by StretchMark
In! Reservations made. Arriving Thursday-Leaving Sunday.
Hope to have Christine with me (Real Estate business dependent). Also could have a new rider in tow, my daughter, Abby.
Going old school, no GPS, no communications. Any roll charts available?




Way to go Mark! Kinsley bike and I are geared up for a Big Time in Blowing Rock, made even better with you and yours joining us clap
Posted By: TN_R11_Girl

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/14/18 04:18 PM

Originally Posted by StretchMark
In! Reservations made. Arriving Thursday-Leaving Sunday.
Hope to have Christine with me (Real Estate business dependent). Also could have a new rider in tow, my daughter, Abby.
Going old school, no GPS, no communications. Any roll charts available?



How exciting!!! I've got my reservation and my fingers crossed that the new job will allow me to make this. Would love to see Abby and have a chance to ride with you and Christine again!!
Posted By: Foot

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/20/18 12:48 AM

Three weeks and a half weeks since my off. I have two months to heal, this may get interesting!

Alan
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/20/18 12:55 AM

Originally Posted by Foot
Three weeks and a half weeks since my off. I have two months to heal, this may get interesting!

Alan


I bet you can do it. There's some tough people up on that mountain. Would it help If we came and pushed your bike down to the bottom for you?

jaw yes whistle rofl
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/20/18 01:00 AM

Originally Posted by Foot
Three weeks and a half weeks since my off. I have two months to heal, this may get interesting!

Alan

I fully expect you to be at START. I showed up in 2016 about 10 weeks after my quadruple bypass surgery.

Remember Alan - There are priorities in life! Heal quickly, get your taxes filed, and show up at START!👍
Posted By: DaveCinNO

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/20/18 01:06 AM

Alan, just caught your get off post...WOW. Take it easy and recover fully, the shoulder is nothing to mess with. Follow the doc's orders! Hope to see you at START.
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/20/18 05:07 PM

Originally Posted by Foot
Three weeks and a half weeks since my off. I have two months to heal, this may get interesting!

Alan


I have no idea how to get to Blowing Rock from the McDonalds in Pikeville. dontknow
Won't you help a brother out?
Posted By: Foot

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/20/18 08:39 PM

Originally Posted by greiffster
Originally Posted by Foot
Three weeks and a half weeks since my off. I have two months to heal, this may get interesting!

Alan


I have no idea how to get to Blowing Rock from the McDonalds in Pikeville. dontknow
Won't you help a brother out?


Do you want the fast way tongue or the fun way clap!
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Spring Tune-up Appalachian Riding Tour (START) - Blowing Rock, NC - 02/20/18 09:50 PM

Originally Posted by Foot

Do you want the fast way tongue or the fun way clap!


The fun way. thumbsup. Heal up, the Nashville squad needs our tour guide. grin
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