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#508165 - 08/13/09 01:01 AM UN - Check in!  
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Can't find a check-in thread so I guess I'll start one. Got home at 5:45 PM today. 470 miles. Took I-91 to Mass 2 (The Mohawk Trail), MA 2 and whatever over to Troy, NY. Then 787 and 87 south. I left a day early due to my cold.

Great seeing old friends again and meeting new ones. I hope I didn't pass my germs on to anyone.

Paul and the rest of the UNCrew: fantastic job!


RideSmart and Safe, George

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#508179 - 08/13/09 01:50 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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George, good to meet you this morning before you left.

I had a great ride home "the long way round" through Maine and NH en route to Cambridge, MA. No moose sightings on I-95 South; go figure...

Great UN! Thanks Paul, Paul's henchmen and Suzanne.

Hope to see you soon,

Rich


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#508186 - 08/13/09 02:24 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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Home safe and soggy. I call it my 3 WOW trip. Came through 3 walls of water, some of them 20 miles! It cleared up in central VT never to drip the rest of the way home, thankfully.

206 measley miles.

I hate goodbyes and I need to keep as many vacation days as I can for next year, so I didn't see everyone I needed to before heading home. I hope we meet again soon. I wonder if the Bah Hahbah crew was as drenched as I was.

I bonded with so many of you, especially Ken H. We are tyre brothers and water brothers now. I enjoyed every minute (even the watery ones) from the last 2 days of the Pied Piper through my departure today. Thanks Paul and all y'all!


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#508290 - 08/13/09 02:03 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Fasterpill]  
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IN from the UN as well after a meandering trip through Vermont. It was great to see old friends as well as put some faces to names. Can't wait for the next one...........


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#508326 - 08/13/09 03:50 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Spyder]  
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Got back last evening -- great trip home to the Adirondacks. Got a chance to see flashing blue lights of an LEO and then to meet the nice officer. He gave me warning and a smile -- my favorite part was when he said: "I always get excited when a motorcycle actually stops for me" What do I make of that?

Anyway, Kelly and I had a great time losing our UnRally virginity, meeting all the crazy attendees, making many new friends and participating in such a well UNorganized activity. Kudo's to Paul and his merry men -- terrific job.

Hope yer fixin to make it to Asheville, bless yer hearts. Give us a holler! (just practicing my southern)


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#508353 - 08/13/09 05:04 PM Re: Ye Olde New England UNrally Announcement [Re: KTsRidin]  
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I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for a great event. Although I wish I could have stayed longer, the Tuesday night dinner was fantastic and the conversation was worth the price of admission......

Hope to see everyone next year......







More pictures here:

http://public.fotki.com/Rbertalotto/travel/un-rally-2009/


RoyB
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#508404 - 08/13/09 08:14 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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Got home early this AM, long day but I was too close to home to get a hotel, so I just kept riding. According to the GPS it's 959 miles to WV!

Really great to see old friends and make some new ones, I really enjoyed it! Also enjoyed seeing part of the country that I was not very familiar with.

Thanks to all who were involved in the planning, especially Paul, your hard work really made for a great time!


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#508424 - 08/13/09 09:03 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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Arrived safely home about 3:30 Thursday afternoon after spending 4 hours avoiding the 2-hour direct ride.

Had a wonderful time at the Un! Thanks to all the folks who participated and especially to those who organized - it was great from start to finish! thumbsup

The highlight was definitely sunrise on Mt Washington followed by a spirited ride to breakfast!



#508433 - 08/13/09 09:55 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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Got home yesterday about noon. Did not not stop on the way to talk to LEO either ! Thanks to Paul, his family and support staff for a great "UN".
Mike

#508438 - 08/13/09 10:05 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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In thumbsup

Pictures later.

Roy


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#508454 - 08/13/09 10:48 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: RoyTemple]  
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In with a grin! grin

Thanks Paul & crew! thumbsup

I couldn't have afforded a trip like that if you were paid a fraction of what you were worth.


Pat


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#508459 - 08/13/09 11:00 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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In at 17:30 today. To Paul and crew fantastic job!! It was great to see many people again and meet lots of new friends.


Today was the strangest day I have ever ridden, overcast day, we rode wet roads almost all the way home some with standing water on them but I never got rained on how did that happen?


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#508490 - 08/14/09 12:49 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: ltljohn]  
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In. Had a great ride home with Rocks and Woody. They practically escorted me to the VT border. Now it's time to rest.

I had a fantastic time and of course learned a bunch from all of the collective wisdom.

See you all soon, I hope...

Andrew


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#508501 - 08/14/09 01:49 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: ahirsch]  
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I am In from the UN! arrived at 6 pm. Very nice but albeit cool and cloudy ride through the Green mountains to Troy with a whim of a stop at the Cabot cheese creamery plant for some great fresh stuff. Habernaro Cheese............. Wow that hits you gooood! Routes 2, 15, 100,9/7, Home. Mooseless.

Many Thanks to Paul and Gang and to all I met and to all I rode with.

Many pics and vids to post.. give me some time.

Bob


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#508504 - 08/14/09 02:04 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: enfoman]  
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IN, Left at 6:10 this am got home at 6:45 this evening. 750 miles.
A big thank you to Paul and anyone else that made this happen. Hope to be able to make next years.

Thanks
Marty

#508507 - 08/14/09 02:14 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: enfoman]  
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Got home yesterday at 1530...on the lawn mower at 1545, welcome home, eh!! Damn that stuff grows a lot over 14 days!!

It was my first UNRally and quite a nice experience I must say. I will be sure to try harder ( and earlier ) to book a room AT THE RALLY SITE next time...I'm sure it would have been a different experience for 'newbie' if I hadn't had to ride a few miles back to the hotel each evening... it sure cut down on the 'refreshment' consumption!! And more importantly, it shortens the opportunity to meet a few more 'names'.

Fun ride with Steve and his gang up to Lake ??? ( forgot the name already ).

Thanks again to all the folks who put their own time and effort into bringing the variables together to make a great rally!

Jim


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#508509 - 08/14/09 02:25 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Got home yesterday at 1530...on the lawn mower at 1545, welcome home, eh!! Damn that stuff grows a lot over 14 days!!

It was my first UNRally and quite a nice experience I must say. I will be sure to try harder ( and earlier ) to book a room AT THE RALLY SITE next time...I'm sure it would have been a different experience for 'newbie' if I hadn't had to ride a few miles back to the hotel each evening...and back agin in the mornings, it sure cut down on the 'refreshment' consumption!! And more importantly, it shortened the opportunity to meet a few more 'names'.

So a big 'thank you' to Paul and all his volunteers, great job!!

Jim


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#508517 - 08/14/09 02:57 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Svensk]  
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Originally Posted By: Svensk
... The highlight was definitely sunrise on Mt Washington followed by a spirited ride to breakfast!





Sweet Shot! Thanks for sharing!


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#508522 - 08/14/09 03:09 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: alimar]  
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In at 2230. Two long days on the road, but it was a great time and experience for me.

Thanks to Paul and crew, a great job and a bar set high for next year.

Good thing my vacation request goes in tomorrow!


Matt


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In at 11PM. Nice ride through back roads in Main to visit friends and then slab to CT.

great to see you all.

a


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#508587 - 08/14/09 11:13 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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I was home at roughly 5pm Wednesday after a very nice ride down through Gorham, Pinkham Notch, through Conway to White Horse. Very nice place BTW. Then through the Kangamangus to a great sandwich shop in Lincoln for lunch. After that, I hit the highway.

This was my first UN. I wanted to meet you all. I must say, the entire experience exceeded my expectations! You all are great people and very glad to have met you!

Paul (and crew), I'm speechless. All I can say is unbelievable and thankyou.


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In last night, ~2200.

A nice ride with Rocks and AHirsch to the VT border (mooseless, and for one day at the UN, I did NOT get rained on!). Then slab to dinner w/ a friend, and finally home.

Bear Mountain rocked, as did Mt. Washington.


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#508596 - 08/14/09 12:00 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Woodie]  
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In at 3pm yesterday. We took the slab all the way home but missed the rain. We enjoyed all the spectacular rides, but Mt Washington at sunrise was the highlight! Great to see old friends and make new ones. Good to put faces with the board names. Thanks Paul and Suzanne. Mike and Georgiana grin


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#508603 - 08/14/09 12:27 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Woodie]  
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In last night ~1915

Had a nice backroad romp down to near NYC, then hammered it home from there on the superslab.

Paul - You rule bud.......hell of a job clap


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#508604 - 08/14/09 12:28 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: mikeR1100R]  
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I can't believe you all are home ALREADY!!!! Richard and I leave Roger's Campground today. As of last night there were still 13 of us here and we had a great time last night! clap Looking forward to the next UN! clap clap clap


All materials (words and pictures) included in this ride tale are copyright protected and property of Jacqueline.
#508614 - 08/14/09 12:58 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Jacqueline]  
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In yesterday after a stop in Presque Isle, Me. It was our 1st UN and it was great. We did not get a chance to meet everybody, but I believe that's what future UN's are for.
To the whole crew that UNorganised this event: congratulations!


Rod

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#508671 - 08/14/09 04:54 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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Endobobdds and I arrived at my place around 9:00 PM after a sometimes wet tour through the Green Mountains, Catskills, Poconos and Delaware Water Gap. Bob headed out this morning for DC.

Paul & Crew...a really job...as usual!!!


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#508706 - 08/14/09 06:58 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: stager]  
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Almost home... at work. Yesterday rode nice roads to Spring Valley, north of New York City, where our son and daughter in law live, spent the night with them. Today took all slab to work where my schedule is at 1.30 pm. Then I'll go home where my dearest is waiting with dinner. Can't get much better than this.
Paul and company, THANK YOU! Amazing job!


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#508709 - 08/14/09 07:11 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Paul Mihalka]  
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I'm home...NOT!

Sitting in a rest stop in Saint John New Brunswick trying to decide on the night ferry or the land route to northern Nova Scotia. Stayed at a KOA in Bah Habah last night.

Un Good

Un Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Good!!!


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#508716 - 08/14/09 07:26 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Ron_B]  
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Home......LOL

If I lived at this truckstop in PA.

Many miles to go


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#508721 - 08/14/09 07:33 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Ron_B]  
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GREAT Un!!!! bless all who made this happen.
I had to leave Early Wed as I had urgent business at home. Rode straight on , 1200 miles I think got in at 12:16 Thurs am.
Nice ride maybe send stuff to Iron guys and see if they say yes.
I didn't plan to ride all the way but it just worked out.
Good to see all of you.


MrZoom
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#508723 - 08/14/09 07:35 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Armando]  
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IN... Well sort of...

Suzanne and the girls left me and the dogs about 9am for Portland ME. I was tasked with breaking down our campsite and ended up leaving UN HQ about 1pm. It gave me a chance to say goodbye to many of you and hang out for a little bit with Whip, Mrs. Whip, Kathy R, Sagerider plus a few others who were able to drop into the rec hall. Also had a chance to see Whip do an awesome job of changing his rear tire on the GS using tire irons and Mitch's portable bead breaker. Made it look easy and got me thinking that there IS an easier way. Oh, and that I really want a GS now too.

The family and I are in Old Orchard Beach on the Maine coast for the weekend and heading home on Sunday. Back to work on Monday...

Thanks again to the team and everyone who could make the UNrally. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time meeting and talking with many of you. Our little community continues to be a wonderful melting pot of so many different people and all have wonderful backgrounds to share. Though each and every one's story is unique, there is a certain bond here that I have not found before and I was glad to hear this feeling reinforced by others.

The unexpected gift of the framed t-shirt and the time taken to sign it was truly above and beyond. Combined with the thunderous applause of appreciation and the look of pride on my wife and daughters' faces brought emotions that will take a long time for me put into words. My family and I will remember this event for a lifetime. Thank You just doesn't seem to be enough but maybe if I put it in capital letters with exclamation points... THANK YOU!!!


For me, the heavy rains will be the memorable weather pattern. But, the sun was also often out and provided a lot of clear weather for some great riding; moose sightings; an ideal evening for the group dinner; and a perfect fog for that Mt. Washington sunrise ride on Thursday morning.

I will remember many things like: prepping the t-shirt table with rocks and RevRay; the Tuesday with friends where we "thought" about doing many things and never did anything but sit around and talk. A spontaneous and completely UNplanned cookout on the large grill that grew and grew to include nearly everyone at the UNrally; The tire changing and throttle body sync projects and how I never would have thought that changing a tire on the harbor freight changer was possible with zero mounting points but Fasterpill proved otherwise; Being one of the first to see Roy Temple's photos of everyone (and I mean every single one of us) and especially the portrait of my daughter Sarah; Leslie's all powerful hugs and Jamie's never wavering love of the board; The late night and early morning sights of all motel parking lots filled completely with bikes; the revolving conversations in the campground coffee shop as people rolled in and out for breakfast each morning; Sitting outside the country store on benches like we were Andy, Floyd, Barney, and Goober watching the bikes ride out; Then there were the stories of grand daughters working in the garden with grandma; the trials and tribulations of children learning to drive; the love of pets long gone; and the most memorable ride tales.

Suzanne and I look forward to seeing your photos and reading the ride tales.

Warmest Regards,

Paul


"SAMSAR"
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#508765 - 08/14/09 09:48 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: SAMSAR]  
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Joe Frickin Friday is home, arrived here about an hour ago (4:45 PM). I managed to visit a LOT of my Roadside Attractions list while traveling to and from the Un, got lots of great pics. And of course, I had a spectacular time at the Un itself. Ride report to follow, starting sometime in the next few days; won't be quite as detailed as My Torrey Odyssey, but will have lots of pics. Stay tuned... thumbsup

#508781 - 08/14/09 10:32 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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In at 2:20 pm today. Thanks Paul for the great UnRally!


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#508807 - 08/14/09 11:23 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Charles Elms]  
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Jean did a 600 day, left Christianburg, VA 7am and arrived Meridian, MS 4:20pm. 290 miles tomorrow morning til home.

We could have stayed another day at the UN, oh well. Met lots more people and we enjoyed the Pied Piper run, along with the UN.

Whip, if we beat you to my house, you are welcome to drop by and spend a power nap, plus Jean can cook!


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#508822 - 08/15/09 12:53 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: dhanson]  
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Great UN! Took a day to travel to Toronto, and then today made it home. Imagine my surprise, seeing that great orange, yellow ball suspended in the sky both days? Can't wait till next year and the Left Side of the country. The valve adjust and TB helped a great deal on the trip home. Much smoother through towns and lower speed sweepers.
Thanks to all!


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#508825 - 08/15/09 01:01 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Chris K and I are still on headed home, but should be there by tomorrow. If anyone is still left at the UN and is headed south through NH, I highly suggest they take NH 100 if at all possible. thumbsup

Shawn


If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious stuff...
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In yesterday at 13:30. Some rain in Worcester but was able to keep the RT above soaking speed. Had a great time and met some interesting people. Thanks to everyone!


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Still on the road, as we have more places to be, people to see. In Cincinnati tonight, planning on being back in Edmonton the 22nd.

Had a wonderful time with old and new friends, a bit damp afternoons not withstanding!

Special thanks to Phil and the others will help on the tire, we got ‘er done!

Cheers!


Ken & Donna H.
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Both myself (SRG) and Ben (Quickshift) had a great time, arrived home on Wednesday. A couple of links to two excellent spots we encountered on our rides:

Rangely Lake

Kancamagus

Our first unrally . . . hope to participate in a few more.


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We did indeed have a great time. The roads were great, and have certainly removed any remaining pleasure I might have had riding the straight, flat roads around Toronto. It was great to meet some of the people I've followed/contacted on this board, and I look forward to meeting more of you at the next one, for which I'll budget more time.

A million thanks again to Paul and everyone who contributed to the success of this event!


Ben
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Checked in at the Forest Lake Motel in Grand Rapids, MN.

Route so far.

Great time in Lancaster! Glad to meet so many of you!

Now we gotta figure out where we are going from here...


Jan

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Lena and I just arrived at home.. nice long week on the road. Great to meet everyone finally.
-Ken


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Greetings from Schenectady, NY. I'm spending the weekend with dear friends and might be home sometime soon laugh

My first UN since Cody and only my 3rd UN overall. Spectacular...simply splendid...due to old and new friends and to Paul and his crew and all the hard work that went into making this a fabulous gathering.

Ride Tale once I decide to go home, hee hee. wink I don't want to get off the bike just yet/ever. rofl

To the UN, the UNetc and to those of us still on the road, WHOOHOO! I LOVE ALL YOU PEEPS clap





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IN at 6:30 PM tonight. Fantastic week of riding with old and new friends! Zumo reports I returned to DC after 2,350 miles with 42.5 hours in the saddle.

Steve and Kelly Barone - thank you for opening up your home for me and those that arrived with the Pied Piper Run - what a wonderful way to start my week of fellowship and enjoyment!

Paul - Thanks to you and your crew! Paul you ran the "best" gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts I have ever attended and helped me fine tune your suggested routes for a truly "magical" week!

Leslie and Jamie - Nice to spend a little time with you. Thank you both for your unending enthusiasm and commitment to the Board. We know the Board would not be the same without the commitment and dedication on the part of a few special people like you!

Rich (Mr. Zoom) - thanks for letting me tail along with you up to Quebec
Paul (Oldfart) - wonderful day and lunch on Wednesday! Still think you should consider a GPS.
RevRay - what a unique morning ride up Mt. Washington! Glad you took us down Rt. 116 for a short delay on our first attempt - it may have save us from hitting that moose!

Denis Stiger - what a pleasant 500 day ride we had on Thursday. Please thank your wife Carol again for allowing me to spend the last night at your beautiful home.

I look forward to seeing many of you in October in KY and plan on making the next UN somewhere in the Sierra's.


Bob Smyth
K1200RS ('02 Black)
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I'm now home in Ottawa, having arrived just after 8:00 p.m. Friday evening. I dragged DRSwift (Dave) along with me for the evening. Tomorrow he continues his Long Ride For Life by heading west to Blind River, Ontario (just east of Sault Ste. Marie).

It was a very enjoyable UnRally. Well done Paul and co-conspirators.

Dave and Michael, next year's un-organizers, have their work cut out for them.


Mark
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I made it in around 9pm Friday night after taking the long way home, including Watkins Glen, PA144, and Smoke Hole Rd in WV.

Had a great time at my first Un. Thanks to Paul and everyone for all the hard work putting it together.


Ken Martin
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Made it in 2200 last night. Spent the day at Acadia Park. Still no
moose sightings. Thank's Paul and NE Crew. Mike & Paula

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Originally Posted By: BMW_Ken
I made it in around 9pm Friday night after taking the long way home, including Watkins Glen, PA144, and Smoke Hole Rd in WV.

Had a great time at my first Un. Thanks to Paul and everyone for all the hard work putting it together.


Ken - Smoke Hole Road is one of my favorites in WV! Not many people know about that road! thumbsup


Bob Smyth
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Jean and I are in Saturday 11am, 4973 miles. Most wonderful vacation, enjoyed riding with the Pied Piper group, glad they let us tag along.

AR, MO, IA, Mn, MI, WI, Ontario, NY, VT, NH, ME, PA, MD, WV, VA, TN, AL, MS states covered on this trip.


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Still on the road. Currently at my brother's house in Indiana. Should be home next Tuesday. Great UN and always great seeing everyone. Till next time.


Roger
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In late last night. Flight delayed, then finally made my last flight connection in Seattle 4 hours late. (Thanks Alaska, mad )

Great meeting new friends and old ones as well. ( Hi Paul )

Good roads and interesting weather in New England. Ya don't like it, wait a few minutes... grin

Thanks Paul. An UN to remember. thumbsup

See some of you here next year.

MB>


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Got in about an hour ago. Thanks to Paul and the crew for a great Un! The dinner Tuesday night alone was worth the trip!


Chris Kinney
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Still on the road in Ontario, heading home. Lots of great UN memories to keep me company on the rest of my trip. Thanks to all, especially Samsar. What a fantastic Un it was! See you all out west next July.


Dave Swift
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In last night by way of Acadia. GREAT time at the Un with much thanks to Paul for making it such an outstanding event!



"Recalculating ..."
#509221 - 08/16/09 05:33 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Tom P]  
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Home last night at 7:30pm. We headed north through NH to Quebec City, to Riviere de Loop, to Mont Joli, to Amqui to St Lenoard NB to Moncton NB, (grand kids) on home to Halifax, Nova Scotia, (3700 km) Thanks again Paul and crew for a great time and wonderfull New England rides.

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Home last night just before midnight... route included early departure on Friday to get to Detroit that evening. Left there just before noon and headed home, after a brief stop at a friend's 40th b-day party near Baltimore.

Pics and videos to come... but if you're on Facebook, check out all the postings so far (Kirsten Talken).

THANKS EVERYONE FOR SUCH A GREAT TIME!!!


Iron Butt Riding site - be a part of the insanity!

KT smile

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In at 4:30 Sunday afternoon...10 days on the road.. a breakdown...fuel leak at tank quick release... tore bike apart at relatives garage in Ashford Conn.. fixed it with old mustang parts so I could do another "Un-documented ss 1000"... thumbsup


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In at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Thanks Paul and crew for a wonderful event. Deb and I want to thank you for a great 27th Anniversary Meal, the lobster was great!!

Alan


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2009 R1200GS (Sold)

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#509278 - 08/16/09 10:00 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: George Brown]  
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Just got home, glad to see everyone, what a fun bunch.

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Won't be home for a long time. I'm camping at the north end of the Cabot Trail tonight. What a place!

Oh, I almost forgot...

Un Good!

Un Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Good!!!


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Originally Posted By: Ron_B
Won't be home for a long time. I'm camping at the north end of the Cabot Trail tonight. What a place!


Ron, anywhere Meat Cove?


Mark
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Welcome Ron_B to Nova Scotia. Have a safe trail ride. If time allows go around the trail in both directions, looks totally different. Hang onto my e-mail address if there is anything I can do for you dont be afraid to call, 902.229.6886 cell, 902.864.1931 home. You are not alone, there are plenty of Unners who carried onto Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Turf man
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Check in at 3pm on Saturday. WOW what a great time. Over 4300 miles. A quick recap. I was able to ride for three days with my brother, visit family and friends that live in the area, ride new roads, and meet old and new fellow BMWSportTouring enthusiasts. I cannot comment enough on those who organized the event, including the rides to the Mt. Washington sunrise. Ride, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. It doesn't get any better.

On to the BRR.


Ron
Tallahassee, Fl.
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Home!


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#509366 - 08/17/09 01:23 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: SAMSAR]  
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I can't remember the dates of the the 2010 UnRally that was announced last week and have not seen it posted as yet.

Can someone post the dates for the UN next year or send me a PM please.


Bob Smyth
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Originally Posted By: Endobobdds
I can't remember the dates of the the 2010 UnRally that was announced last week and have not seen it posted as yet.

Can someone post the dates for the UN next year or send me a PM please.


12-16 July in the Sierra Nevadas is what I recall, but I stand to be corrected.


Mark
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Bullett and I are in Red Lodge, MT for the night.

Today a too close encounter with bison on the road in Theodore Roosevelt NP North. Backed 200' when a big one stepped in front of me and gave me that look. Next car spooked two of them and they bolted. Was glad I backed out.

We missed the last two overlooks, but what we saw was great!

Overcast, 50's and windy in the morning. Then high wind in the afternoon, 32 mpg kind of wind (50+ is normal). Finally light winds and sun until storms in Red Lodge.


Jan

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#509481 - 08/17/09 01:02 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: marcopolo]  
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Originally Posted By: marcopolo
Originally Posted By: Ron_B
Won't be home for a long time. I'm camping at the north end of the Cabot Trail tonight. What a place!


Ron, anywhere Meat Cove?


Marc, I'm at a private campground at South Harbor. Leaving in a few minutes for Meat Cove, then down the west side of the trail. This place is really beautiful!

Turf Man, Thanks!


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Thanks to Paul and his whole crew for a great Unrally!!!!
I arrived in South Eastern Arizona last night, where I expect to be exploring the general area for the next week before heading home.
I tremendously enjoyed the camaraderie and riding and thank all those I had contact with for making this a very memorable (at least as well as my memory serves dopeslap ) event.

and yes, the dates for next year's unrally are 12-16 July in the Sierra Nevadas. A more formal announcement will be forthcoming...


Michael
2010 Unrally IX Sierra Adventures Co-Chair
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Home around 4pm today, after visiting folks along the way. wave

I had a FANTASTIC time and cannot wait to get to the West next UN. Paul and gang were FABULOUS in their organization and execution. The Tues night lobster dinner was yummy, as were all the meals we shared in the "barn".

Honestly, I could have just ridden west NOW! This weestrom is perfect for moi cool

I really enjoyed hugging old and new friends. What a great bunch of people! clap





#509671 - 08/18/09 01:12 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Kathy R]  
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West Yellowstone, MT.

Great morning on the Beartooth, despite construction. Yellowstone, not so much. A giant parking lot.

Time to go find something to eat.


Jan

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#509672 - 08/18/09 01:14 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Twisties]  
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Anxiously awaiting pic's Jan... wave

Hope you guys are having fun.

C ya soon

MB>


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03 1150RT
04 DRZ400
15 1200RTW

......and a Jeep Rubicon

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Home at 3:00pm. Another great ride in the books. 4,625 miles.


Roger
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Home at 7:00 pm, right at 6000 miles. Great ride, great folks, great places!


Jan

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#510128 - 08/19/09 01:41 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Twisties]  
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Originally Posted By: Twisties
Home at 7:00 pm, right at 6000 miles. Great ride, great folks, great places!


OK then......chop chop on getting those pics up wink

Good to see you two again


-Keith (Yup, thats me...and my rubber chicken)

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Arrived home today. From the Un we (myself and DaveC) took five days to ride in Quebec north of the St Lawrence. Highlights were rte 381 through the spectacular mountains of the Charlevoix region and rte 389 to the Manic Cinq dam at the "Eye of Quebec" (That name will make sense if you look on a map.) Rte 155 along the St Maurice river as far as La Tuque is also special and not bad the rest of the way to Lac St Jean. Vive la Quebec!

Thanks to Paul and the others who made the Un happen. Amazing work!

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clap


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Life is short have fun while you can!

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Waiting for some weather to pass us in St. Jo, then off to Colorado Springs. At least 6000 miles so far (temporary malfunction at the GPS junction).

We are having SUCH a good time!


Leslie

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T-Shirts here!

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Home at LAST! WOWEEEEE!!! What a long, wonderful trip it's been! I've got SO many pictures to crop and upload and Ride Tales to write and SO many people to thank for making this year's trip--that Leslie and I look SO forward to every year--exceed ALL expectations! Life is good--life is VERY GOOD! clap


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Yeah, Mom and Dad are HOME!!! ( I mean that affectionately smile )





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So who's still out there? Ron, Richard, Jacqueline. Anyone else?


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Originally Posted By: Twisties
So who's still out there? Ron, Richard, Jacqueline. Anyone else?

Ken & Donna.

Home tomorrow planned.


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Ron B just called clap to say he'd be here around 2pm EST. He's had connectivity issues this week in Canada.





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How many miles & how many days Jamie?


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Just arrived home last night after a couple of days along the Utah / Arizona border.


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I think RevRay is still out...he was headed north


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Rolled in 3:30AM In the mother of all rain storms. Circled Nova Scotia and Cape Breton all back roads with maybe 80 klicks on slab.

Long live the Un. and all the Un'ers

is that the sun I see grin


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I got in 2130 on 8-20. I planned a couple of side trips, then home.

After I left Lancaster, I rode up to Pocologan, NB to take in the Bay of Fundy. I planned to ride to St. John, but the border crossing at Calais, ME took almost an hour. By Pocologan, I was tired and it was getting cold. I needed to start for home this night.

I stopped in a small local recreational park, got some photographs, and headed back home. 1600 miles and three days to make it home.

Crossing over into rural Maine, I soon became tired and caught a nap at the Iron Butt motel near Amherst Township on highway 9 (Airline Highway)

Somewhere between Clifton and Aurora, ME, I heard the sound of bare wheels rolling across a washboard. I coasted to stop on the shoulder hoping it was a flat. Tires fully inflated. Bike would not go forward. Engine ran fine, transmission shifted, but no go.

No oil on the rear wheel.

I wonder why it is that the towing service always insists on an address. This area is so rural, that Maine considers it as "undeveloped."

In the fullness of time, Eddie from the towing service shows up with the dedicated dolly for loading a bike onto a rollback.

The closest dealer is in Falmouth, ME. Off we go to Bangor to change drivers and then on to Falmouth. Approximately 160 miles.

Great dealership, Street Cycles, diagnosed the problem. Not the dreaded final drive. The drive shaft had shed the universal joint.

Parts were ordered for overnight delivery so I could be out of there and on my way on Saturday. The drive shaft did not come, just the ancillary parts. So Saturday was bust, and Tuesday was the next best day. I take off from work Monday.

Chilling in Falmouth, ME. I had the opportunity to meet a repeat Iron Butt Rally competitor and spend a couple of nights with him and his wife. Many thanks Bob and Sharon Collin.

No drive shaft on Tuesday. Turns out that BMW did not ship it. Oops.

In for a dime, in for a dollar. I take one more day off from work, and wait. Wednesday, the parts are all there. Work proceeds apace. The service department at Street Cycles is on it. Bike is ready around 1:30. I go get it and return to the motel to pack. I am on the road in the heat around 3:00.

I slabbed it to Allentown, PA for the night. Up the next morning and on the way. My daughter was watching the spot tracker. She said I must have been in the BMW mode for the time that I made. It was hot when it was not storming.

Falmouth is a nice smallish town. Nevertheless, 5 days there with nothing to do but wait was less than intriguing.

The UN was great. Great food, rides, and folks.

Mt. Washington is far and away more dramatic than is Mt. Mitchell.

The new drive shaft runs fine.


Chris
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Originally Posted By: Twisties
So who's still out there? Ron, Richard, Jacqueline. Anyone else?


Near Minneapolis today, will be home Monday. Linda and I spent a week after the Un working up the Maine coast and going around Cape Breton in the heat wave of the summer. Every side trip to a lighthouse was appreciated for the cooling breeze from the ocean. Cape Breton was weird, heat and high humidity made visibility very poor. Trip over the Highlands was done in fog limiting visibility to about 500m. Luckily we didi it in the fall a few years ago with gorgeous conditions.

Will post pictures and other impressions later but the highlites were:

  • Meeting new and old friends at the UN
  • Lighthouses of the Maine coast - had to see Portland Head and West Quoddy
  • Acadia Park
  • Supper at the Rossmount in St Andrews, NB - near perfectly seared fresh Nova Scotia tuna
  • Staying with friends near Moncton and seeing Hopewell Rocks at low tide
  • Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, NS


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A keeper, certainly a keeper





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Originally Posted By: mikeR1100R
How many miles & how many days Jamie?
Just over 8000 miles in 21 days. At one point in Quebec we were 3000 miles (5000Kms) from home!

WHAT A GREAT TRIP! clap


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Home yesterday (8-22). Since I'm originally from the Northeast, I got to visit friends in Maine, got to ride thru Vermont, Massachusetts, then saw my kids and grandkids in NJ, CT, and family and friends in NY.
Thanks to Paul and crew for an outstanding UN. thumbsup


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We are home.

In one of those weird sort of things; as we turned onto our little street the GPS (having been reset as we where pulling out 19 days earlier) showed exactly 10,000 km! (Approx. 6200 miles.)

While this was likely our last UN, long junkets on a motorcycle being increasingly hard to justify, both environmentally and financially; we did immensely enjoy seeing old again and making new friends! And of course the superbly organized UNevent!

Cheers!


Ken & Donna H.
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#511748 - 08/23/09 04:48 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Ken H.]  
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"While this was likely our last UN, long junkets on a motorcycle being increasingly hard to justify, both environmentally and financially"
Com'on Ken, you only live once! If I would only do things in my life I can "justify", I'd prefer to be dead!
It was great to see Donna and you again. I certainly hope it was not the last time!


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Originally Posted By: MikeRC
Linda and I spent a week after the Un working up the Maine coast and going around Cape Breton in the heat wave of the summer.


Look at Cape Breton now. Hurricane.

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Sorry to hear about your breakdown Chris. Glad it is all straightened out. Hope the rest of the trip was interesting but uneventful.

Your Mt. Washington sunrise friends,

Mike and Georgi


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I'm with Paul on this one, Ken. Kelly and I just met you guys -- no way you can pull out of the UN's for a couple more years anyway.


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The next one will be closer to home, and fine riding all the way.


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Originally Posted By: BarOne
I'm with Paul on this one, Ken. Kelly and I just met you guys -- no way you can pull out of the UN's for a couple more years anyway.



I missed riding with you two at the last two east coast UNs but Judy and I are looking forward to riding with you in CA/NV next year, which will be our first left coast UN. Should be able to find some dirt there. Maybe Mark and Sylvia will make it and we can have a Staunton reunion ride.


RideSmart and Safe, George

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Quote:
long junkets on a motorcycle being increasingly hard to justify, both environmentally


Junket?
Environmentally?

A ride to the Sierra's can hardly be called a junket. If you love the planet you will want worship it. To do that you must travel it. You can't just focus on a tiny piece of it.

You already own the bike, so your carbon footprint isn't going to shrink a great deal if you don't ride it. It's the creation of the bike that costs the environment. Just don't buy any more new bikes, is all.

Financially?
Well, we all understand that one. Thank goodness we have almost a whole year to save up. Start your change jar now.





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Steve is right, we enjoyed riding with you and Donna, and being in the slow group that would stop for gas!

I agree with Paul also, no way can I justify the trip other than I had a blast and really loved the new places and roads. Course Jean likes to ride also so that makes it for me.

You aren't fixing to get a Harley??


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I made it back last monday night, after continuing on to the coast of Maine, Rhode Island and Long Island to visit with friends and family. My thanks to everyone who made my trip so enjoyable. My only regret was not getting up for the Mt. Washington sunrise trip V. 2.0. I had checked the weather observatory on top of the mountain late wed. night and they were calling for thunderstorms and clouds/fog till Thurs. afternoon so I decided to crawl into a bottle of Goslings rum with some good friends instead. No worries, give me something to shoot for next time i'm in the area. Kudos to Paul and crew for running such a smooth event and putting up with all of my stupid questions.



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Originally Posted By: LOST on my LT
and putting up with all of my stupid questions.


John, there are no stupid questions....


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You never know you may be there next year!! It will probably be closer to you the next time!


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Jacqueline and I are HOME

8249.8 (gps) glorious miles and we have now both ridden in all 49 states in North America!!!

It will be weeks before I can write up a ride tale, maybe even that long before I can sit for any length of time!!!

Thanks so much to UnOrganizers for an incredible Un!!!


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8249.8 (gps) glorious miles and we have now both ridden in all 49 states in North America!!!


Time to have the Unrally in Hawaii. We can book a tramp steamer, load all the bikes in California, then travel to the 50th state. I wonder how many participants we need to make this cost effective?


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Originally Posted By: dhanson
Steve is right, we enjoyed riding with you and Donna, and being in the slow group that would stop for gas!

Ah yes, the “slow” group that stops for gas; and still gets there first. Gott’a love it! thumbsup


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rofl rofl

I'm still scratching my head over how the term "non-stop" was interpreted with such variety.


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Originally Posted By: Les is more
rofl rofl

I'm still scratching my head over how the term "non-stop" was interpreted with such variety.


rofl rofl


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Originally Posted By: Les is more
rofl rofl

I'm still scratching my head over how the term "non-stop" was interpreted with such variety.



Non stop between stops??????

grin


I am their leader, which way did they go?
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Precisely!


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I think I am the culprit on this "faster group" conversation.

Actually, I don't recall the phrase "non-stop" being mentioned. I do recall that the group that went out first was referred to as the "express" group which I incorrectly interpreted to mean "brisk or peppy". Had I known that translated to "no bathroom break" or "fill the camelback back up rather than stop" I would have worn my Depends, which, Kelly smirked, I should probably include in the ATGATT list.

You guys can ride!


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Kelly smirked...

grin thumbsup

In the group of 7 bikes starting the express run, only 2 had no need / desire to stop.

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Plus, the Express group was also the non-chatter group, which unfortunately, didn't work as the chatter group could be heard clearly because the Express was so slow... sigh. grin


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rofl


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Originally Posted By: BarOne
Actually, I don't recall the phrase "non-stop" being mentioned. I do recall that the group that went out first was referred to as the "express" group which I incorrectly interpreted to mean "brisk or peppy". Had I known that translated to "no bathroom break" or "fill the camelback back up rather than stop" I would have worn my Depends, which, Kelly smirked, I should probably include in the ATGATT list.
rofl

To be fair, I am to blame for not communicating clearly and assuming everyone would have the same interpretation of ambiguous terms like "Express bus" or "we're not stopping". grin

Leslie and I may ride faster on our own bikes, but on one bike loaded down with gear for traveling cross-country, having the responsibility of bearing the Queen safely to the UnRally on unfamiliar roads and in the rain . . . I admittedly dialed it back a bit.

But there is a valuable lesson here and it's one that I thought I had learned many years ago: the importance of the pre-ride "rider meeting". As the leader of my group I failed in that and I take full responsibility. When the departure from Steve and Kelly's got bumped up 15 minutes due to the rain starting I was not as prepared as the rest and we had no time to meet before departing. Then when the restaurant got crowded and the one waitress was trying desperately to keep her head above water as my table was last to be served I tried to put my table's bill on one check to speed things up. She had already divided everything up so it took every bit as long and it meant that everyone else was already out in the rain waiting on ME or had already gassed up down the street waiting on me again with helmets on--and again no meeting. Two of our group had no radios so they could not follow the conversation over the air. It's unfair to them NOT to let them know what's going on and it's unsafe to just leave them hanging wondering WTF is going on when one or more of the folks with radios change the initial plan on the fly. IMHO, one (in this case I, as ride leader) has an obligation to stop the group and fill them in on the change of plans. Some of us had not ridden together before and we had different ranges with respect to gas tank and bladder capacity. This is no one's fault--but it must be recognized and addressed ahead of time in the rider meeting to avoid problems (I did not do that). True, some of us were perhaps not being honest with ourselves about our preferences/needs/limitations and a group relies on its members' candor to get down the road in a timely fashion while having fun doing it.

One of the advantages of testing oneself against the Iron Butt Association's benchmarks is in refining one's riding style, stretching one's range/comfort zone and knowing one's limits. I could no more "hang" with "Eebie" doing the "Iron Butt Rally" (11,000+ miles in 11 days) than some others could "hang" with Leslie and I doing a 50CC (Coast-to-coast in <50 hours). I barely managed to complete the Bun Burner Gold (1500 miles in 24 hours) ride--my two riding buddies carried me and it kicked my ass. The key is in knowing where along that very broad "Sport Touring" continuum your personal comfort and riding style lies. "Are we talking about a 'Bun Burner Gold' pace or a 'Saddle Sore 1000' pace or just a 'smell the roses pace' so I can plan appropriately"? grin

I've noticed that geography plays a significant part in the "default" one chooses to measure a ride. In the West you frequently need to cross a thousand miles or more just to get to somewhere else fun to ride. You can also get there fairly fast if you limit your stop time and handle as many details en route as possible. Bike-to-bike radios make this an incredibly efficient way to move a group down the road and I see now why ArizonaAl carries so many spare parts on group rides--even if you can only monitor the conversation--you're not left out in the cold. I was hooked on radios my first group ride with some of the founding members of this Forum and I can't look back. Whereas in the East, it seems to me you can't usually get as far as fast so the "default" of what is considered a "long ride" is a bit shorter.

I don't want anyone feeling bad about the group ride we had--it came off incredibly well considering the disparate group we cobbled together for that last leg. For the K-bike riders: you have a right to be concerned about gas range when riding with fuel tankers like the 1200RT's--hell, even I was the weak link on the way out with my puny 1150RT and it's 37 mpg loaded down in the wind. Know your needs and communicate them ahead of time--if it's no fun for you, why do it? For the pillions: you frequently have a harder job riding on the back--and don't let your pilot tell you otherwise until they've ridden back there for a day themselves! tongue

This gives me a good idea for a post to have riders attempt to accurately describe or somehow quantify their riding style for hooking up with compatible riders they've never ridden with before at a gathering or doing a Pied Piper Run in the future. Hmmm, I'm going to have to give that one some thought! thumbsup

Anyway, Leslie and I had a GREAT time! I apologize for contributing any stress to the group in any way (but I was admittedly a bit "barn sour" myself towards the end) and I don't want anyone to feel like they were "the culprit" in any "who done it" scenario. It's no easy feat taking a very diverse group of a dozen or so bikes--a few of them two-up--and getting them down the road together safely over wet, foreign roads. We had no serious problems and everyone arrived safely at the UnRally--which is, AFAIC, the "Prime Directive" for such rides. Besides, if Jan hadn't needed to stop to feed his blood sugar demons, we would have missed seeing Tom "3Putt" and Joyce in Montpelier, VT! Since they had to cancel from the Pied Piper Run, that was one of the highlights of the day for me! thumbsup

I need to take this opportunity to again thank Paul "rocer" and Kath as well as Steve "BarNone" and Kelly for their UNBELIEVEABLE hospitality on our Pied Piper Run! There'll be no Pied Piper Run for Leslie and me next year as "Un IX" is only a "day's ride" from the house . . . grin . . . but keep a look out in 2011 for another group of crazy riders hooning through your neck of the woods! cool


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Sometimes I have an argument with myself as to if it's time to stop and pee and get gas and should the helmet come off or stay on and should I center stand the gas fill or not and is it ok to down a power bar or should I see what the station has to offer and hey look at that car over there...wander off





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....got bumped up 15 minutes due to the rain starting


When the rain starts is when I stop and sit back until the roads are good, washed and wet. But, I ride alone and can make all my decisions and only have one person to complain to.

I applaud y'all for Pied Pipering it. What a tale you laid for us who had not yet left home. Thanks for the excitement and anticipation.





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<<<<<<<<<I'm ridin' with her... grin

Ah yes, group riding. Always an experience. tongue

Nice post Jamie.

Makes ya think.

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#512909 - 08/26/09 03:45 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: mbelectric]  
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Part of the Pied Piper experience is realizing that one will be riding with both the stop and smell the roses as well as the tank to tank riders and all showing some tolerance. This Pied Piper run went extremely smoothly. The roughest spots were actually quite humorous (GPS Madness day, and turtle wacking hare day grin )
Also, everyone just praying my radio would quit as the insufficient ground isolation on the PTT circuit made my transmissions loud and distorted. To the point of actually being told to shut up... Only to be asked for info later grin dopeslap

All in all, I wouldn't have traded a moment for anything else....... welllll... except for that moment in Yellowstone where my front tire was plowing through the mud/gravel of the road construction without an ounce of grip..........


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Group riding is certainly not for everyone and as much as Leslie and I enjoyed the PPR on the way out, we equally enjoyed the freedom to not plan much at all and dally as we wanted on the ride home. Just as there is the freedom to do what you want riding solo, there is the . . . "magic" that happens when you're riding with a group of like-minded riders flying through the countryside and sharing the experience. Ask anyone who's done it and I'd say most have a positive recollection as well as stories that will last them a lifetime. Things like "the Tunnel of Death" are SO much better when shared! rofl

I've run into riders on the road traveling alone and the one thing many of them comment on is they like the solo riding, but they get tired of eating alone at the end of the day in a strange place. Many of us here are introverted and anti-social enough to think that might not to be a problem, but if you can find a like-minded group and adapt your riding style and needs to fit, it's a unique experience that has no equal.

Plus, riding sweep has some really neat views! thumbsup

This is the image that got me hooked:




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Originally Posted By: KMG_365


This is the image that got me hooked:



Indeed....

An image from the UnRally 09 still lingers in my mind...the aborted Mt Washington run a 4am...12+ bikes runnin' east on Route 2...taillights blazin'..
wickin' it up to make up for the wrong turn... grin

Good stuff. thumbsup

Perhaps a 4am run (UnRally 2010) to Monitor pass for a sunrise...and no mooses.. grin

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Originally Posted By: KMG_365
To be fair, I am to blame for not communicating clearly and assuming everyone would have the same interpretation of ambiguous terms like "Express bus" or "we're not stopping". grin

Leslie and I may ride faster on our own bikes, but on one bike loaded down with gear for traveling cross-country, having the responsibility of bearing the Queen safely to the UnRally on unfamiliar roads and in the rain . . . I admittedly dialed it back a bit.

But there is a valuable lesson here and it's one that I thought I had learned many years ago: the importance of the pre-ride "rider meeting". As the leader of my group I failed in that and I take full responsibility. When the departure from Steve and Kelly's got bumped up 15 minutes due to the rain starting I was not as prepared as the rest and we had no time to meet before departing. Then when the restaurant got crowded and the one waitress was trying desperately to keep her head above water as my table was last to be served I tried to put my table's bill on one check to speed things up. She had already divided everything up so it took every bit as long and it meant that everyone else was already out in the rain waiting on ME or had already gassed up down the street waiting on me again with helmets on--and again no meeting. Two of our group had no radios so they could not follow the conversation over the air. It's unfair to them NOT to let them know what's going on and it's unsafe to just leave them hanging wondering WTF is going on when one or more of the folks with radios change the initial plan on the fly. IMHO, one (in this case I, as ride leader) has an obligation to stop the group and fill them in on the change of plans. Some of us had not ridden together before and we had different ranges with respect to gas tank and bladder capacity. This is no one's fault--but it must be recognized and addressed ahead of time in the rider meeting to avoid problems (I did not do that). True, some of us were perhaps not being honest with ourselves about our preferences/needs/limitations and a group relies on its members' candor to get down the road in a timely fashion while having fun doing it.

One of the advantages of testing oneself against the Iron Butt Association's benchmarks is in refining one's riding style, stretching one's range/comfort zone and knowing one's limits. I could no more "hang" with "Eebie" doing the "Iron Butt Rally" (11,000+ miles in 11 days) than some others could "hang" with Leslie and I doing a 50CC (Coast-to-coast in <50 hours). I barely managed to complete the Bun Burner Gold (1500 miles in 24 hours) ride--my two riding buddies carried me and it kicked my ass. The key is in knowing where along that very broad "Sport Touring" continuum your personal comfort and riding style lies. "Are we talking about a 'Bun Burner Gold' pace or a 'Saddle Sore 1000' pace or just a 'smell the roses pace' so I can plan appropriately"? grin

I've noticed that geography plays a significant part in the "default" one chooses to measure a ride. In the West you frequently need to cross a thousand miles or more just to get to somewhere else fun to ride. You can also get there fairly fast if you limit your stop time and handle as many details en route as possible. Bike-to-bike radios make this an incredibly efficient way to move a group down the road and I see now why ArizonaAl carries so many spare parts on group rides--even if you can only monitor the conversation--you're not left out in the cold. I was hooked on radios my first group ride with some of the founding members of this Forum and I can't look back. Whereas in the East, it seems to me you can't usually get as far as fast so the "default" of what is considered a "long ride" is a bit shorter.

I don't want anyone feeling bad about the group ride we had--it came off incredibly well considering the disparate group we cobbled together for that last leg. For the K-bike riders: you have a right to be concerned about gas range when riding with fuel tankers like the 1200RT's--hell, even I was the weak link on the way out with my puny 1150RT and it's 37 mpg loaded down in the wind. Know your needs and communicate them ahead of time--if it's no fun for you, why do it? For the pillions: you frequently have a harder job riding on the back--and don't let your pilot tell you otherwise until they've ridden back there for a day themselves! tongue

This gives me a good idea for a post to have riders attempt to accurately describe or somehow quantify their riding style for hooking up with compatible riders they've never ridden with before at a gathering or doing a Pied Piper Run in the future. Hmmm, I'm going to have to give that one some thought! thumbsup

Anyway, Leslie and I had a GREAT time! I apologize for contributing any stress to the group in any way (but I was admittedly a bit "barn sour" myself towards the end) and I don't want anyone to feel like they were "the culprit" in any "who done it" scenario. It's no easy feat taking a very diverse group of a dozen or so bikes--a few of them two-up--and getting them down the road together safely over wet, foreign roads. We had no serious problems and everyone arrived safely at the UnRally--which is, AFAIC, the "Prime Directive" for such rides. Besides, if Jan hadn't needed to stop to feed his blood sugar demons, we would have missed seeing Tom "3Putt" and Joyce in Montpelier, VT! Since they had to cancel from the Pied Piper Run, that was one of the highlights of the day for me!

Blab, blab, blab.

You’re just slow. laugh grin


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#513148 - 08/26/09 05:07 PM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Ken H.]  
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rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl

Nope, he was just conserving finite resources wave


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Originally Posted By: KMG_365
...it meant that everyone else was already out in the rain waiting on ME or had already gassed up down the street waiting on me again with helmets on.


Now who is everyone waiting on again? Oh, how easy the propaganda begins with a tiny fact...without the benefit of the whole story. I seem to remember this one time, at band camp:




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Originally Posted By: mbelectric
Originally Posted By: KMG_365
This is the image that got me hooked:

Indeed....
An image from the UnRally 09 still lingers in my mind...the aborted Mt Washington run a 4am...12+ bikes runnin' east on Route 2...taillights blazin'..
wickin' it up to make up for the wrong turn... grin

Good stuff. thumbsup


I have to agree, riding pre-sweep was pretty neat. Watching the red tail-lights, the amber marker lights, (and Armando's almost-blinding HID light,) was really cool.


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As usual, I was freeloading on Jamie's fine preparation of the PPR and having a literal BALL, could barely contain myself on the radio.

Jean and I could have easily broke off at about any point and trudged ahead on our own, but, no way in hell was I going to miss this ride!

On stops, Jean and I tend to partake in everything available like it is the last chance for unknown hours, including top off gas, bathroom, split a gatorade and trailmix snack. Loved it and highly recommend to ones with radios.

No one in my local club uses radios, can't even begin to relate to them what they are missing.

Picture is group as escorted from Rocer's place in Minden Hills.


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Originally Posted By: dhanson
As usual, I was freeloading on Jamie's fine preparation of the PPR and having a literal BALL, could barely contain myself on the radio.
To be fair, I really didn't prep anything on this ride. Jan and Michael did the lion's share of the prep and planning for the first few days. Paul "rocer" lead us out from his place in Ontario and SAMSAR had three different routes laid out from Steve's place to the UnRally. I just happened to ask Ken to put the routes in my GPS and ended up leading part of the group that day. I might have been better prepared had I been involved from the beginning, but I was underwater right up until we left so I was very grateful that others did almost all the work and I could also freeload! thumbsup

And Ken and Richard . . . you will pay! grin


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I must be a left brained person because I literally took no stops as no stops and told David follow Ken I'm stopping! thumbsup

Kudo's to Jan and Michael for the route planning and hotel picks, and aren't you glad you experienced the trains in Detroit Lakes!! rofl

The host homes were exceptional. clap


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I know Jan and Michael did route planning, and they did a heck of a job by the way. But everyday we had a meeting either before or after leaving (on the radio) so we all were on the same page sorta, and that was Jamie's roll.

Some people might not know, but Jan has no GPS and doesn't need one, he has an atlas and most of the route for the day or more memorized. That to me is a pretty good advantage, as us GPS users really have no clue where this woman is trying to take us or why.

It was really great approaching the hosts, as I knew the routes were local picks and GOOD. The receptions from the hosts was special also!! thanks a bunch.

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Originally Posted By: dhanson
I know Jan and Michael did route planning, and they did a heck of a job by the way. But everyday we had a meeting either before or after leaving (on the radio) so we all were on the same page sorta, and that was Jamie's roll.

Some people might not know, but Jan has no GPS and doesn't need one, he has an atlas and most of the route for the day or more memorized. That to me is a pretty good advantage, as us GPS users really have no clue where this woman is trying to take us or why.

It was really great approaching the hosts, as I knew the routes were local picks and GOOD. The receptions from the hosts was special also!! thanks a bunch.


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Good post Jamie.

Thanks


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Originally Posted By: BarOne
Actually, I don't recall the phrase "non-stop" being mentioned. I do recall that the group that went out first was referred to as the "express" group which I incorrectly interpreted to mean "brisk or peppy". Had I known that translated to "no bathroom break" or "fill the camelback back up rather than stop" I would have worn my Depends, which, Kelly smirked, I should probably include in the ATGATT list.
rofl

To be fair, I am to blame for not communicating clearly and assuming everyone would have the same interpretation of ambiguous terms like "Express bus" or "we're not stopping". grin

Leslie and I may ride faster on our own bikes, but on one bike loaded down with gear for traveling cross-country, having the responsibility of bearing the Queen safely to the UnRally on unfamiliar roads and in the rain . . . I admittedly dialed it back a bit.

But there is a valuable lesson here and it's one that I thought I had learned many years ago: the importance of the pre-ride "rider meeting". As the leader of my group I failed in that and I take full responsibility. When the departure from Steve and Kelly's got bumped up 15 minutes due to the rain starting I was not as prepared as the rest and we had no time to meet before departing. Then when the restaurant got crowded and the one waitress was trying desperately to keep her head above water as my table was last to be served I tried to put my table's bill on one check to speed things up. She had already divided everything up so it took every bit as long and it meant that everyone else was already out in the rain waiting on ME or had already gassed up down the street waiting on me again with helmets on--and again no meeting. Two of our group had no radios so they could not follow the conversation over the air. It's unfair to them NOT to let them know what's going on and it's unsafe to just leave them hanging wondering WTF is going on when one or more of the folks with radios change the initial plan on the fly. IMHO, one (in this case I, as ride leader) has an obligation to stop the group and fill them in on the change of plans. Some of us had not ridden together before and we had different ranges with respect to gas tank and bladder capacity. This is no one's fault--but it must be recognized and addressed ahead of time in the rider meeting to avoid problems (I did not do that). True, some of us were perhaps not being honest with ourselves about our preferences/needs/limitations and a group relies on its members' candor to get down the road in a timely fashion while having fun doing it.

One of the advantages of testing oneself against the Iron Butt Association's benchmarks is in refining one's riding style, stretching one's range/comfort zone and knowing one's limits. I could no more "hang" with "Eebie" doing the "Iron Butt Rally" (11,000+ miles in 11 days) than some others could "hang" with Leslie and I doing a 50CC (Coast-to-coast in <50 hours). I barely managed to complete the Bun Burner Gold (1500 miles in 24 hours) ride--my two riding buddies carried me and it kicked my ass. The key is in knowing where along that very broad "Sport Touring" continuum your personal comfort and riding style lies. "Are we talking about a 'Bun Burner Gold' pace or a 'Saddle Sore 1000' pace or just a 'smell the roses pace' so I can plan appropriately"? grin

I've noticed that geography plays a significant part in the "default" one chooses to measure a ride. In the West you frequently need to cross a thousand miles or more just to get to somewhere else fun to ride. You can also get there fairly fast if you limit your stop time and handle as many details en route as possible. Bike-to-bike radios make this an incredibly efficient way to move a group down the road and I see now why ArizonaAl carries so many spare parts on group rides--even if you can only monitor the conversation--you're not left out in the cold. I was hooked on radios my first group ride with some of the founding members of this Forum and I can't look back. Whereas in the East, it seems to me you can't usually get as far as fast so the "default" of what is considered a "long ride" is a bit shorter.

I don't want anyone feeling bad about the group ride we had--it came off incredibly well considering the disparate group we cobbled together for that last leg. For the K-bike riders: you have a right to be concerned about gas range when riding with fuel tankers like the 1200RT's--hell, even I was the weak link on the way out with my puny 1150RT and it's 37 mpg loaded down in the wind. Know your needs and communicate them ahead of time--if it's no fun for you, why do it? For the pillions: you frequently have a harder job riding on the back--and don't let your pilot tell you otherwise until they've ridden back there for a day themselves! tongue

This gives me a good idea for a post to have riders attempt to accurately describe or somehow quantify their riding style for hooking up with compatible riders they've never ridden with before at a gathering or doing a Pied Piper Run in the future. Hmmm, I'm going to have to give that one some thought! thumbsup

Anyway, Leslie and I had a GREAT time! I apologize for contributing any stress to the group in any way (but I was admittedly a bit "barn sour" myself towards the end) and I don't want anyone to feel like they were "the culprit" in any "who done it" scenario. It's no easy feat taking a very diverse group of a dozen or so bikes--a few of them two-up--and getting them down the road together safely over wet, foreign roads. We had no serious problems and everyone arrived safely at the UnRally--which is, AFAIC, the "Prime Directive" for such rides. Besides, if Jan hadn't needed to stop to feed his blood sugar demons, we would have missed seeing Tom "3Putt" and Joyce in Montpelier, VT! Since they had to cancel from the Pied Piper Run, that was one of the highlights of the day for me! thumbsup

I need to take this opportunity to again thank Paul "rocer" and Kath as well as Steve "BarNone" and Kelly for their UNBELIEVEABLE hospitality on our Pied Piper Run! There'll be no Pied Piper Run for Leslie and me next year as "Un IX" is only a "day's ride" from the house . . . grin . . . but keep a look out in 2011 for another group of crazy riders hooning through your neck of the woods! cool


I was willing to stop with Jan because I thought we were going for Thai food. . . instead I got lousy Chinese buffet. tongue I should have known. dopeslap

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Part of the Pied Piper experience is realizing that one will be riding with both the stop and smell the roses as well as the tank to tank riders and all showing some tolerance. This Pied Piper run went extremely smoothly. The roughest spots were actually quite humorous (GPS Madness day, and turtle wacking hare day grin )
Also, everyone just praying my radio would quit as the insufficient ground isolation on the PTT circuit made my transmissions loud and distorted. To the point of actually being told to shut up... Only to be asked for info later grin dopeslap

All in all, I wouldn't have traded a moment for anything else....... welllll... except for that moment in Yellowstone where my front tire was plowing through the mud/gravel of the road construction without an ounce of grip..........


It was fun riding with you Michael; even with the radio that made me want to "keel" you for talking. grin

My only regret is that I unplugged my sound and missed the radio com's about David hitting the sk---, um, I mean, the "turtle wacking hare." rofl


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#513506 - 08/27/09 11:41 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Bullett]  
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I enjoyed riding with Michael also, until he talked then I cringed like a turtle pulling his head back in the shell.

That was no skunk!


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#513782 - 08/28/09 01:47 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: dhanson]  
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Geeez, is this the check in thread???

OK, it says "UN - Check in!" at the top.

Just got in at 8:36 CST.

Tired. Soaked. HaPpY! grin


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#513793 - 08/28/09 02:09 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: dhanson]  
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Originally Posted By: dhanson
I enjoyed riding with Michael also, until he talked then I cringed like a turtle pulling his head back in the shell.

That was no skunk!


Skunk Whacker, Jeez how did I leave that out of the ride tale?


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#515429 - 09/01/09 02:09 AM Re: UN - Check in! [Re: Ron_B]  
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Originally Posted By: Ron_B
Geeez, is this the check in thread???

OK, it says "UN - Check in!" at the top.

Just got in at 8:36 CST.

Tired. Soaked. HaPpY! grin



So Ron_B is home late on 8/27/09. So are there any of the other Unrally 09 participants still out there?

With respect to the issues raised with the near hijack of this thread: I love to ride from fillup to fillup, however, if I ever get the chance to ride with Jamie again I will plan on having an auxillary gas tank on my KRS! grin


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