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#718095 - 08/11/11 02:12 AM It did happen!  
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In grand fashion!! Thanks guys, great time!!

A few pics.

The obligatory parking lot shot.


Eric & Bob heading out for some exploration.


A real hehe road!


Ray & Barbara.


Their view.


Dinner pics!










Going North in the AM, see ya down the road! wave


Post 'em if you got 'em!

Pat


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#718167 - 08/11/11 12:03 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Thanks for the pics, I left on Wednesday AM! Good seeing you again!

Steve


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#718234 - 08/11/11 04:32 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Thanks for the photos thumbsup What a great spot!





#718246 - 08/11/11 05:07 PM Un Check-in? : It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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I'm home! David and I took the long way home and I hit the door at around 12:20 PM. As expected, the temps crept back up the minute we dropped down into the foothills. We left the Pisgah Inn at around 75 degrees F and I pulled into the garage at 95 F. It still beats the 108 F on Monday night when I left work, headed for the UN.

This UN was just incredible. Even though we had a few hicups (Thanks to the LSI for comping the beer night), I had great time! A huge thanks from both Matt and I to all of the people behind the scenes that made this happen. The roads, routs, BBQ, beer and ice cream all worked out well. What a great time! I can't wait for another event! smile

Shawn

#718274 - 08/11/11 06:28 PM Re: Un Check-in? : It did happen! [Re: Lone_RT_rider]  
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Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
I'm home! ..... What a great time! I can't wait for another event! smile

Shawn


Matt,

Congratualtions - Happy it all went so well. Can tell you how disappointed I am that I could not be there this year. I too can't wait for another event! Anytime after my daughter's wedding on 9/10/11.

Bob


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#718277 - 08/11/11 06:39 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Back home at lunch time after a spirited ride across and down the mountain (thanks Ken grin)

It was a fantastic first UN for me. Great setting, great roads (and routes) and wonderful friends. Thanks much to Shawn, Matt and the folks who worked to make this such a memorable event.

Just a couple of photos.


If only they could have done something about the view...





Our fearless leaders.



Mmmmm. Brownies.

David


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#718282 - 08/11/11 07:04 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Dang, looks like I totally missed some of the best part!

REALLY wish I could have stayed longer, but I'm glad to have been there if only for a day smile

Thanks to Matt and Shawn and everyone else who helped to make this such a great UNevent clap


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#718304 - 08/11/11 08:32 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: KTsRidin]  
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Nice pictures, great looking spot for sure! Hope everyone had a nice ride going and coming.


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#718313 - 08/11/11 09:02 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Back in the garage by 4:30. Plenty of time for Danielle to make it to class on time. Lots of cops on 81 around Wytheville.......again, but we made it through unscathed.

Shawn and Matt, thanks so much for putting in the effort to make this happen. I had a great time, and more importantly......Danielle had a blast and really enjoyed meeting everyone. I think she is hooked, and now fully understands why we spend lots of money for aftermarket seats smile


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#718334 - 08/11/11 10:14 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Back at the house at 5:30pm. Ditto to all the above.


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#718338 - 08/11/11 10:24 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: rogera]  
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I won't be home for over a week still, but had to thank Matt, Shawn, and the rest of the UN-X volunteers for a fantastic event!.
Great seeing old friends and making new friends. hope too see all again soon!!!

Again, Great Job!!!


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#718352 - 08/12/11 12:08 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: SageRider]  
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Half way home at 3:30, visiting friends in Va Beach. Heading home tomorrow.

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#718356 - 08/12/11 12:47 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: ltljohn]  
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Back at home at around 6.30. Great ride accompanied by Angel. I81 at one spot was more stop than go, so we got off and found some other roads. Matt and Shawn and all the volunteers, big thanks for a great event!


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#718362 - 08/12/11 01:10 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Home at 7:00pm, Shannon and I really stretched out the route home! Matt, Shawn, Ken and Craig thanks for a fantastic job!!!


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#718366 - 08/12/11 01:36 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Foot]  
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Adding my thanks to Shaun, and the whole UN team. This was my first UN Rallye and it was more and better than I imagined.

Of course the roads and setting were fantastic, but the Inn, the food, the views, and the "gemutlichkeit" were also great.

It was my first UN and I look forward to more great times and new friends in the future.

Will post a few pics tomorrow.


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#718368 - 08/12/11 01:43 AM Re: Un Check-in? : It did happen! [Re: Lone_RT_rider]  
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Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
This UN was just incredible. Even though we had a few hicups (Thanks to the LSI for comping the beer night), I had great time! A huge thanks from both Matt and I to all of the people behind the scenes that made this happen. The roads, routs, BBQ, beer and ice cream all worked out well. What a great time! I can't wait for another event! smile

Shawn

Back in the barn about 930.

Thanks to you too, Shawn.

This was a great event and it was very rewarding to share "our" mountains with so many of you.

Thanks for coming along!

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#718369 - 08/12/11 01:46 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: SSTwin]  
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It was great seeing everyone and I look forward to seeing you all at future events.

Here are a few pics.
























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#718378 - 08/12/11 02:16 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Home at 8:00 after 550 mostly-backroad miles.

What a great time this past week was! Great to see so many people I don't get to see very often.

I'll post pics when I finally get them uploaded to the computer.


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#718381 - 08/12/11 02:29 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Home about 8:30 pm my time... 450+ miles; 12 hrs +\-
Had a great day leading Foot through the twisties (musta been doing something right, 'cause everytime I offered to let him get in front be declined!). But was glad for the company!

To my old friends... Thank you thank you thank you for the warm welcome, big hugs and soothing my very chafed soul!

To the new friends I made this trip... Thank you for ignoring my ADD, introducing yourselves and making this trip even better than I had hoped!!

(And Tewks... Thanks for starting this check in thread!)

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#718384 - 08/12/11 02:37 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Home as of 5:30 tonight, all's well. Busy as heck, will post more at a later date.

#718399 - 08/12/11 03:18 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Just rolled in at 11:00. A lot of construction slow downs & a sore butt but that's ok. Great time, thanks again. thumbsup

Pat


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#718408 - 08/12/11 04:59 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Home at 11:30 PM CST. Matt, Shawn, Et al, Yooz Guyz did reeel goood. Un X was Great!

thumbsup

'Nite.

zzzzzzzz.


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#718427 - 08/12/11 08:43 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Home at 2 am, including a 3 hour layover at BMW of Asheville for a new seal in the final drive on Dennis' GT. And I'm currently the leader in their mileage contest smile


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#718438 - 08/12/11 12:27 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Home safely

First Un, everyone made me feel welcome.

BIG thanks to Christopher for inviting me to room with him, could not ask for a better roomie.

Matt, Shawn, Craig and all those involved deserve my appreciation.

Great routes by Ken and what a wonderful guy, met him the Friday before the rally at the dealer and was so enthusiastic.

Met Shannon and Foot at Pisgah, they were nice enough to chat a few minutes, enjoyed that.

LesterV and his wonderful wife.

Leaving out a lot of people so thanks to all.

Terry


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#718439 - 08/12/11 12:32 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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A bit late in reporting in but Quinn and I were home by about noon yesterday. Managed to avoid the worst heat - it was only 92 when I arrived. Had a great time - saw many old friends and made some new ones.

Want to add my thanks to Matt and Shawn and all their helpers for putting on a really great time. Hope to see everyone again sometime soon. smile


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#718450 - 08/12/11 01:09 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Home at 11:30pm last night. Lost about 3hrs in Roanoke looking for a replacement rear tire. The Road Attack went from having plenty of tread left to being completely bald at the center in 250 miles . No way it was going to last another 600 miles. Found the only tire in the right size at a small independent shop. I took it off and they mounted a new Shinko Raven. Never heard of the brand but beggars can't be choosers.

Matt and Shawn - Great Un - Gracias!


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#718464 - 08/12/11 02:14 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Armando]  
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Originally Posted By: Armando
The Road Attack went from having plenty of tread left to being completely bald at the center in 250 miles . No way it was going to last another 600 miles.

That's what happened to me on the way down Sunday morning. No way to really tell when the Road Attacks are going to give up the ghost.


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#718480 - 08/12/11 02:52 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Kinsley]  
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Ken, those are some fabulous pics. Really captures the essence of what the UN was all about.

Here are a few more;

Ken, why are these two "spouses" smiling??



Why is Frank smiling??



Bernie; our fearless ride leader; in search of our next cup of coffee!



Bernie, Bill Barger,and brother Frank.



Bernie and Bill Ford; you guys need (more) beer!!!




Say hello to "Little Sh&t"



Our hosts! Thanks!



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#718483 - 08/12/11 03:06 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: DavidEBSmith]  
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Originally Posted By: DavidEBSmith
Home at 2 am, including a 3 hour layover at BMW of Asheville for a new seal in the final drive on Dennis' GT. And I'm currently the leader in their mileage contest smile


Glad you traveled together. Good to know it got fixed. thumbsup

Here's the photo taken of E.B. at the shop.






#718487 - 08/12/11 03:22 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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A little late, as usual, but made it home safe and sound in time for dinner, around 7. Terry and I hit the Pisgah Inn for breakfast, then I split off for 450 miles of curves through NC, SC, GA and back home, with only the last 40 miles on the slab.

Big thanks to Shawn, Matt, and all their minions...especially all their minions! It was a great event, and great to see everyone! Cheers!


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#718503 - 08/12/11 04:16 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: SSTwin]  
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We were all smiling...must have been something you said.

It was great to see you guys again.


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#718514 - 08/12/11 04:52 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Kinsley]  
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Home about an hour ago. Thanks Shawn and Matt and especially Dianne's Mom for her cookies.
Great location, great riding, great views, great time.
And the rear tire held out in spite of Bernie's best efforts.
Bill

#718533 - 08/12/11 06:11 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Bill and I left Ths but didn't get back to Wilmington until about 1:30 this morning. We went south from LS yesterday and got a late lunch in Smyrna after finding a few more mile of twisties. Easy run back this morning and even cool compare to the past couple weeks.

Great event- the location was about as perfect as you can get and well away from the lowland heat. The gps files and info package are bits of organizing class that set this rally above many other but the crew that attends is what makes it.

And +1 for those cookies, especially the chocolate chip ones.

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In the hangar at 14:30 today, final drive is making some expensive sounding noises at 42K miles. Matt, Shaun, Ken and Craig thanks again for a great time. Great to see old friends and meet some new people.


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#718546 - 08/12/11 07:18 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: ltljohn]  
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Still on the road for another two weeks with Katherine, but we have to add our thanks to Matt and Shawn and all the others as well. It was a fantastic area to ride in and the location was ideal with warm days and cool nights. The Inn was quote nice and enjoyed the food. We and friends consumed their entire supply of Prosecco; they had to order a special case to keep up. It was all good. Thanks again for all the hard work. It was much appreciated.

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#718610 - 08/13/11 12:20 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Made it home at 6pm Friday with the temp at 99 as I pulled into the crescent city. Tom and I stayed an extra day and ran the SW261 route which was OUTSTANDING. Glad we stayed for that, thanks for the advice, Ken.

An excellent rally all around, thanks aren't enough for Matt, Shawn, Ken and Craig, they did an great job.

Dave


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#718618 - 08/13/11 01:03 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Another late entry,
Made it into the hanger at 6:15 pm
Great return day riding north on the parkway with Paul.
No traffic, great weather. Breakfast in Sparta, then back on the parkway to fancy gap where we got on 77 to north to 81. Most of the rest of the day was spent slabbing it north until we hit accident related traffic on 81. The slight detour took us away from the intended route, but we made the best of it.
I had a great time seeing old friends a making new ones.
cheers!


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#718626 - 08/13/11 01:47 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Got the Concurs delivered to it's new home Thursday and stayed at my daughters house.

Grandson ferried me home today by 3:00; Ahhhh, air conditioned four wheelers have their place.

Great time and thanks for putting on such a well organized event.

Maybe I have broken my falling down curse on the way to events.

Dean


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Kristina and I made it home by 8:30 this evening!
Had a great ride back to where we left the van.
I think I was slowing Kris down! We went up I77 for a while and the KLR was getting bounced around by the wind that 65mph was about as fast as I could go comfortably. Her little 250 hummed along dead straight at 70mph for a couple hours with no problems! I could hear her singing all the way through the intercom!!

The smile says it all!






Shawn & Matt, Thanks for a job well done once again!
Kristina really enjoyed herself dispite having to put up with all us OLD Folk!


Here are a few more pictures from the Un.

The Ice Cream Social was a big hit!







Has Richard found a replacement for that troublesome GT?
Well he is smiling!




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Andy,

It was great watching you guys pull away on Thursday morning when she gave a bleat on the horn on that Honda. We both got quite a chuckle out of that, but she sure looked like she was having a great time riding with dad.

How old is she?


Matt


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#718667 - 08/13/11 04:25 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Just a quick check in - no photos yet but the SD card looks like it has lots. In St. Louis tonight and watched the Cardinals with Dad. On through KC, Denver, and up to Calgary for Eta Monday PM.

Huge thanks to Sean, Matt, and Ken for the planning, the venue and the routes. It was fantastic for me to meet a bunch of you.

Maybe next year!


Stephen

69 Kawa Bushmaster 90 - sold
72 Yamaha 175 - traded
74 Honda CB360 - sold
80 R65 - crashed
02 1150RT Aquamint - sold
06 R12Rt - Piedmont Red
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#718718 - 08/13/11 01:10 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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It seems our pics are too large to load here.

The link to my Photobucket Album on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150356788294225.400422.526824224.


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#718720 - 08/13/11 01:15 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: SK_in_AB]  
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Originally Posted By: SK_in_AB
Just a quick check in - no photos yet but the SD card looks like it has lots. In St. Louis tonight and watched the Cardinals with Dad. On through KC, Denver, and up to Calgary for Eta Monday PM.

Huge thanks to Sean, Matt, and Ken for the planning, the venue and the routes. It was fantastic for me to meet a bunch of you.

Maybe next year!



Glad you guys were able to catch a game! It was great to meet you and your dad!


Matt


2005 1200GS (Traveller)
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" ...if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? " --Ronald Reagan
#718722 - 08/13/11 01:22 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Barbie and I stayed one more night and left Little Switzerland Friday. We went through a horrific storm just East of Wilmington; but it was dry when we reached the island. The rain started after we got the bike unpacked; great timing.

Here is a link to my photobucket for pics;

http://s144.photobucket.com/albums/r189/OldBMWMaster/2011%20UnRally/


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#718758 - 08/13/11 04:18 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: OldBMWMaster]  
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Originally Posted By: OldBMWMaster
It seems our pics are too large to load here.

The link to my Photobucket Album on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150356788294225.400422.526824224.


Sorry, I'm not an Facebook. I'll just have to assume they were awesome pics based on the location! smile thumbsup

Shawn

#718767 - 08/13/11 05:10 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Lone_RT_rider]  
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Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted By: OldBMWMaster
It seems our pics are too large to load here.

The link to my Photobucket Album on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150356788294225.400422.526824224.


Sorry, I'm not an Facebook. I'll just have to assume they were awesome pics based on the location! smile thumbsup

Shawn


It is a public album; no need to be "on" facebook to view them.


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#718779 - 08/13/11 06:10 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: OverMyHead]  
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Originally Posted By: OverMyHead



Our fearless leaders.




These guys rock and everyone that made this unrally so much fun!!!


n & g

Gee I wonder where that road goes...
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#718784 - 08/13/11 06:40 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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#718786 - 08/13/11 06:40 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: HandyAndy]  
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Michael are you eating ice cream???????


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#718795 - 08/13/11 07:16 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Still on the road, we are stopped in Tewksbury, MA for the night. We will stop for 1 more night before getting home on Monday, August 15th - Acadien Day!


Rod

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#718808 - 08/13/11 08:31 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: RodB]  
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Originally Posted By: RodB
Still on the road, we are stopped in Tewksbury, MA for the night.


Why? grin Hi Rod, wish I could offer you a bed but still getting back to normal or as close to it as possible after the trip. A couple of good Italian Restaurants though.

http://www.capellinisrestaurant.com/

http://www.mangia.info/contact.htm

Hope you two are feeling better!

Pat


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#718818 - 08/13/11 09:15 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Thanks for the info, but we already took advantage of the Cracker Barrel in front of our hotel. We took a gamble with Hotwire.com and got an excellent room at the Holiday Inn for $54.
1 week now since our spill and mending good, thx.


Rod

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#718831 - 08/13/11 09:54 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Home after 8 days of riding the twisties in the Smokies. A skiing analogy says it best:

Remember that one day, when the stars aligned and everything came together…….. you found yourself standing at the top of your favorite run, on a brilliant sunny morning, after 36 inches of a light fluffy snowfall overnight and yours are first tracks! You push off and effortlessly the turns start coming, powder flying up over your face, speed increasing with every turn, yet total control. The turns are so perfect you don’t stop until you reach the bottom, your heart pounding, your legs burning and the grin so wide on your face it hurts. You do it again, and again, and again. At the end of the day, your exhilaration is overwhelming. Your soul soars. This is why you love this sport. This day, this one day, is permanently etched in your brain. One of the best days of your life!

This past week has been one of those days! grin

Thanks to all who were part of my first UN…. Tom for fantastic routes down and back, Erik for being a great roommate and introducing me to this gang, Pat and Armando for sharing the rides, the planning committee for an outstanding location and routes and everyone else I met for making this a time of my life. Hope to see you all soon.

#718842 - 08/13/11 10:23 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: JustJean]  
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Originally Posted By: JustJean
Michael are you eating ice cream???????

Who? Me??? smile
Guilty. Had ice cream every day at LS.
Back to being good now....


Michael
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#718848 - 08/13/11 10:43 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: HandyAndy]  
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#718880 - 08/14/11 12:00 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Huzband]  
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Got in around 2:30 this afternoon. Stayed with Kyle and Margie at their house an extra day then 2 days back home, with a side trip to the dealer to check repairs on another bike. What a fun group of people at the UN. Even stayed in a real room because of the hotel camping snafu. Nice digs.

#718889 - 08/14/11 12:29 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: KDeline]  
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Survived another Un......including, up the "Diamondback" and 2 trips to and thru all of Hot-lantas bristling interstates including...
I-20/I-685/I-575/I-285/I-75/I-85...I think I missed I-675...whew!

Thanks go out to Matt, Shawn, Dianne, Craig, and Ken for all the work...


Tag frame? I don't need no steenkin tag frame!
#718932 - 08/14/11 02:09 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Such a special event! I am really glad I got to meet new friends, renew "old" friendships, and only wish I could have met you all!

Rod and Marie, thanks so much for sharing your dinner table Wednesday night! I enjoyed the conversation, and learning more about my own family history! I am just secretly hoping, I am not related to LilJohn somewhere back in the distance. Hope your return is uneventful!

My mom just loves going to our events. Thanks to all who made her trip extra special! She just loves the conversations with everyone.

I hope our paths will cross again in the near future!


Dianne

#718938 - 08/14/11 02:32 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Calvin (no socks)]  
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Originally Posted By: Calvin (no socks)
Thanks go out to Matt, Shawn, Dianne, Craig, and Ken for all the work...

Chopped liver, that's all I am, chopped liver... cry

#718939 - 08/14/11 02:38 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Killer]  
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Originally Posted By: Killer
Originally Posted By: Calvin (no socks)
Thanks go out to Matt, Shawn, Dianne, Craig, and Ken for all the work...

Chopped liver, that's all I am, chopped liver... cry


Bob, we all know that without you behind the scenes, Shawn and I would lose our All Powerful Oz appearance.

Thank you too for your administration of the details, you allowed Shawn and I to make it look easy.


Matt


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#718945 - 08/14/11 03:02 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Calvin (no socks)]  
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Got in around 5:30 tonight, stopped for one day in Atlanta to visit my sister and brother-in-law. Got involved in a fact finding mission/tech-day. His R1100RT started leaking fuel like a shower head from the bottom of the motor. Busted Fuel regulator, that will be fun to replace it.
Thanks to every one for organizing such a great event, my first UN.
I meet a lot of new people and did some great riding.


Bernie
Jax, FL
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#718967 - 08/14/11 10:37 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Killer]  
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Bob, sorry for the omission! A faux pas on my part. Thanks for all your time!


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#719017 - 08/14/11 02:37 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Calvin (no socks)]  
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Home around 14:30 Saturday after 3,141 miles of smiles. grin

Thanks to all who organized and made this, my third Un, an awesome experience. Thanks also to fellow riders who let us tag along and showed us the way to find and ride the best roads around.

What an amazing group of people! thumbsup

#719031 - 08/14/11 03:45 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Arrived home yesterday. Comfortable weather all the way home. I didn't feel like I was coming home from a bmwst event because I wasn't wet.

Stayed an extra day at the Inn. After another fun day ride on Thurs it was a bit eerie and kind of depressing to come back to a parking lot empty of bikes and riders. Good times never last long enough.

The facilities, the setting, the rides and the organization were all top notch. Thanks to Matt, Shawn and everyone who put this together. Thanks also to Armando, Svensk, Vthoppy, Tewks, Enfoman, BMW_Ken, and DaveCinNewOrleans for sharing the ride.

Let's do it again in the fall.

#719087 - 08/14/11 07:39 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TomK]  
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Just want to add my note of appreciation for a great event. My 1st UN. Matt & Shaun, as well as everyone else I've failed to mention, did a fantastic job! Venue, scenery, dinner, and roads were all over the top!

Finally got home this morning, after spending the weekend on NJ's Long Beach Island. Avoided any rain until 10 miles from home, where I got soaked.

Thursday PM, Pat passed me on I-81 northbound near Martinsburg WV. I spent the night near there to take in Antietam Battlefield NP.

Looking frward to the next one.

JohnM

#719097 - 08/14/11 08:49 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: JohnM]  
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Originally Posted By: JohnM


Thursday PM, Pat passed me on I-81 northbound near Martinsburg




Nice to see a friendly face out on the slab, seemed to be a higher percentage of asshats than usual. Tell ya, that hi-viz gear is the biz, could see you a mile away. thumbsup

Pat


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#719169 - 08/15/11 01:49 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Huzband]  
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Originally Posted By: Huzband
Separated at birth? Jacqueline, are you sure?!?



Yes, I'm sure! grin

#719170 - 08/15/11 01:50 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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I got in this afternoon after a SS1000 to Lincoln NH from UN central with the Chromeheads. That was a flawless ride for me but Armando had to drop off being my wingman when the rubber was becoming UN gummed on his tires. He insisted I press on. All is good he has a new tire, I competed the SS in about twenty hours and also had a nice weekend to boot!. About 3500 miles or there abouts completed for the entire trip. Quite a milestone for me. There was one snafu yesterday when my battery bit the dust with a cell fracture (in my estimation)in the parking lot of White Horse Press. Luckily, there were some varied selections to finish the meet and get me home, not a perfect fit or right Amp hour size, but good enough for now.

BTW_ a big THANKS to those who made it an UNbeliveable event!

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#719436 - 08/16/11 02:42 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Susan and I made it home safe and sound. Great UN. Thanks.


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#719496 - 08/16/11 01:54 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Loved the UN!!! clap My first rally was a great experience even though I managed to miss all events. (Ice cream, BBQ and beer?!? Geez!)
Met some nice people (and one local drunk :)) and rode some amazing roads.

Got back to FL Friday evening (home Sat. afternoon) after a long, hot ride through western SC and east GA. Held up for 10 minutes in Brantley county, GA for a funeral procession in 102 degrees at 4 pm. 20 minutes later I had to take cover from torrential rain w/ lightning in Folkston, GA in a Dept of Forestry garage. A passing deputy stopped and talked to keep me sane(?). Soon as the rain eased up, about 45 minutes, put the liner in and clear shield on (hit dry road in just 2 miles) and continued south thru 4 more instances of precip over the last 90 miles. Fun driving across US90 and seeing a dozen cages hunkered down at the gas station. thumbsup

My sister and brother-in-law are doing well. The GW suffered only a slightly bent front brake disc and cosmetic damage in the off on the BRP. Sister has a hairline fracture of one rib and laceration on the elbow where the armor pulled up. Saturday, her husband rode the 'Wing home while she rode in the Suburban with their son who drove down.

2177 miles round trip, 1/3 of it in NC. Loved the roads, loved the Inn, loved Asheville (three stops!), loved the people. Next time I expect I'll trailer to shorten the time driving. Time to start saving for the pull vehicle and trailer, I guess.

Thank you FLRider for the loan of the RDL without which I would never have made it up. thumbsup

See you all soon, I hope. wave


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#719512 - 08/16/11 03:13 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Fubar]  
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Originally Posted By: Fubar
Met some nice people (and one local drunk :))


I guess that means you also met Boo.......B-O-O.......Boo rofl

(the local drunk's lovable old pup)


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

Making the world a better place, one rubber chicken at a time!

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#719644 - 08/17/11 12:34 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
Originally Posted By: Fubar
Met some nice people (and one local drunk :))


I guess that means you also met Boo.......B-O-O.......Boo rofl

(the local drunk's lovable old pup)

Sure did. You and the missus were there after all. Finally found out he lives down the gravel road past the A-frames. Nice dog, hope he does the majority of the driving. rofl


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#719659 - 08/17/11 01:54 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Fubar]  
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Was great to meet you Mark, let's go meet halfway and do some riding once it cools off some!


Matt


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#719681 - 08/17/11 04:09 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Matts_12GS]  
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GREAT UN! clap I made it home on Sunday evening at about 5:00pm. Richard on the other hand is here:
Nova Scotia

#719728 - 08/17/11 12:13 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Jacqueline]  
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Made it back to Canada safe and sound........many thanks to Shawn and Matt for an outstanding job. Fabulous location and organization. My wife Sheila and I appreciate it greatly.

Rod


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Congratulations to all involved. A great (un) rally at a super location. After the rally I headed to the Daniel Boone rally. A good many people, and OK weather. Headed home to Florida. Lots of heat and thunderstorms. Arrived safe and sound (and a bit worn out) yesterday.

#720188 - 08/19/11 12:24 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Matts_12GS]  
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Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Was great to meet you Mark, let's go meet halfway and do some riding once it cools off some!

OK, November is penciled in!!
FL C2C ride?(11/12/11) You can show us that bakery in Mt. Dora.


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#720465 - 08/19/11 10:53 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Gar and I pulled into our driveway at 2:45pm after 5 weeks on the road. Had an absolutely wonderful time at the UN. Matt and Shaun,along with their excellent support staff did a fantastic job.
They certainly know how to put on a party.
After the Un we headed for the Wheels of Time motorcycle museum, then to Alabama to Barber Motorsports. That made a total of 4 motorcycle museums on this trip(previous was AMA museum and Bills Bike Barn). Halfway accross Kansas Gar seen a sign for Kansas Motorcycle Museum. I kindly explained to him that I didn't think that was a good idea. Our next stop was Rocky Mountain National Park. Breathtaking. Stopped back to our friends in AZ. then on home. Road home today via I40 but even that wasn't too bad temp wise. Other than the heat crossing the plains on the way it was a great trip. Loved seeing and meeting new folks and spending time with old friends. Can't wait to do it again.


n & g

Gee I wonder where that road goes...
check out Y2Y

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#720856 - 08/21/11 05:25 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: SageRider]  
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Pulled in the driveway yesterday after a great trip!
As posted before, thanks to all!


Michael
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#720887 - 08/21/11 07:22 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Jacqueline]  
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Originally Posted By: Jacqueline
GREAT UN! clap I made it home on Sunday evening at about 5:00pm. Richard on the other hand is here:
Nova Scotia


OK where are they now? Can't wait to hear about their adventure. Are you guys coming to Torrey?


n & g

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#720920 - 08/21/11 10:36 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: gottago]  
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Pulled into the driveway @ 1430 8/21/11. after three weeks on the road.
Although my entire trip was all but UNplanned.
I did manage to UNattend part of the UNrally. Many thanks to all the UNorganizers who helped make that part of my trip a success.


Neil
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#720932 - 08/21/11 11:24 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: gottago]  
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Originally Posted By: gottago
Originally Posted By: Jacqueline
GREAT UN! clap I made it home on Sunday evening at about 5:00pm. Richard on the other hand is here:
Nova Scotia


OK where are they now? Can't wait to hear about their adventure. Are you guys coming to Torrey?


At 3:31pm (pacific time) today, they were in Omaha, Nebraska. I don't think we are going to make this next Torrey... Richard does not have that weekend off and between the month on the road to the UN and back, and a week for Hawaii, he will have used up most of his vacation time. You and Gary are welcome to come up and send a few days thumbsup.

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Originally Posted By: Jeepster
Pulled into the driveway @ 1430 8/21/11. after three weeks on the road.
Although my entire trip was all but UNplanned.
I did manage to UNattend part of the UNrally. Many thanks to all the UNorganizers who helped make that part of my trip a success.


It was great to meet you. Glad you made it home.

#721023 - 08/22/11 10:41 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Just thought I'd share a couple of pics from Quinn and my early ride down the BRP on Thursday morning. We had gone a little way past Mt. Mitchell when i took these pics and when we decided to turn around and head north.

Looking out over the overlook:















Looking down the road (our intended destination):

















Needless to say, we decided to head north to the lower elevations. This was the only "weather" that didn't cooperate.


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#721211 - 08/22/11 11:27 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Glad I slept in that day. grin
Ok, I slept in every day. eek
Nice pics, though.

Hey, Beemer Boy, did you make the UN? Never found you.

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#721362 - 08/23/11 01:30 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Jacqueline]  
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I met two riders in a bar in Wilkes-Barre. Said they were coming from Nova Scotia. If one of them was Richard, pass along my thanks for welcoming me to this site. I'm new to riding and need the advice and support provided by a site like this. They said they would put a contact card on my bike but it must have blown off by the time I rode away in the morning. I was hoping to find a way to thank them and I think this is it.

#721364 - 08/23/11 01:35 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: RobertH]  
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Originally Posted By: RobertH
I met two riders in a bar in Wilkes-Barre. Said they were coming from Nova Scotia. If one of them was Richard, pass along my thanks for welcoming me to this site. I'm new to riding and need the advice and support provided by a site like this. They said they would put a contact card on my bike but it must have blown off by the time I rode away in the morning. I was hoping to find a way to thank them and I think this is it.


If it was in a bar it couldn't have been Richard and Barry. laugh


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#721473 - 08/23/11 08:14 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Jacqueline]  
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Originally Posted By: Jacqueline
Originally Posted By: Jeepster
Pulled into the driveway @ 1430 8/21/11. after three weeks on the road.
Although my entire trip was all but UNplanned.
I did manage to UNattend part of the UNrally. Many thanks to all the UNorganizers who helped make that part of my trip a success.


It was great to meet you. Glad you made it home.

Likewise Jacqueline. I had met Richard at a Tech-day in Temecula, a year or two ago.
It was very nice to meet you and everyone else on this site that I only know through the Innerwebs.
Too bad about your Torrey plans. I hope to see you again soon.


Neil
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#721551 - 08/24/11 12:37 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: Nice n Easy Rider]  
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Originally Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider
Originally Posted By: RobertH
I met two riders in a bar in Wilkes-Barre. Said they were coming from Nova Scotia. If one of them was Richard, pass along my thanks for welcoming me to this site. I'm new to riding and need the advice and support provided by a site like this. They said they would put a contact card on my bike but it must have blown off by the time I rode away in the morning. I was hoping to find a way to thank them and I think this is it.


If it was in a bar it couldn't have been Richard and Barry. laugh

Yeah, that sounds like the pair I met. I think it was their first time in a bar. Whoever knows them, send a hello from Robert, the slightly tired noobie riding the K75 from St Louis to Connecticut last Friday.

#721576 - 08/24/11 01:50 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Well, silly me ... I had such a great time I didn't take many photos, and those I did take I took at a low quality setting with my cheap little PnS camera. Doh! I did however capture a good bit of video with that same cheap little camera of my rides on Tues, Wed, and my ride home Thurs.

CLICK HERE to watch a video I put together of that Tuesday's ride with Matts_12GS, Foot (Alan), and Dan (BarelyOnBoard). Unfortunately I ddidn't catch any video of Dan as he wished to ride sweep all day.

I think this video unfortunately proves how much work I need in the riding department. Besides the numerous bad lines, what cracks me up are the curves I found myself in too high a gear, the bike rumbling as I throttle up! Oh well, the point of the video is to be entertaining and to hopefully communicate the fun we four had that day.

Please just view and do not disseminate in any way. Thank you.


Craig
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#721627 - 08/24/11 10:52 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Very well done Craig, I really enjoyed it.

Thanks

Terry


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Very nice editing........


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#721710 - 08/24/11 03:17 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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nice job.


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#721767 - 08/24/11 05:53 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Angel]  
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HOME!!! Rolled in at 17:30ish yesterday.

10,300 amazing miles and right at a month on the road!

Barry and I had a great trip after, and the Un was outstanding!

We split about 15 miles from my place so I can't check in for him...

Thanks to all the hard work to pull of such a smooth and wonderful event to all those involved in making it look that way! I'm sure it was a lot of work and many bumps along the way in order to pull of something that worked so well!

Awesome people and a great place to Un! (Yes Un can be a verb!)


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#721768 - 08/24/11 05:53 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: RobertH]  
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Originally Posted By: RobertH
I met two riders in a bar in Wilkes-Barre. Said they were coming from Nova Scotia. If one of them was Richard, pass along my thanks for welcoming me to this site. I'm new to riding and need the advice and support provided by a site like this. They said they would put a contact card on my bike but it must have blown off by the time I rode away in the morning. I was hoping to find a way to thank them and I think this is it.


Robert,

Welcome to the board! That was me and I'm glad you found this place. I was at the dealer when they opened the next morning and a new rear tire was installed and I was road ready by 10:30...

See you on the road soon!


Richard
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#721775 - 08/24/11 06:18 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: BeniciaRT_GT-GT]  
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I'm back home too. Made it in at 6-ish last night but was too beat to fire up the computer and post. After 27 days together Richard and I are considering filing for domestic partner status. Sorry Jacqueline, the wedding's off.

What a great UN (my first) and I'm so glad I made it through all the miles and heat. What a fun group of crazies! I may have to do this again. Let me add my thanks to all of the people who obviously worked hard to make this UN such an enjoyable event. A special shout out to Chopped Liver!


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Good to hear that you guys are back safe. Nothing like a month long dose of road therapy...


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#721838 - 08/24/11 10:57 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: Angel]  
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True!

However, it will be a VERY long time before a ride tale will be posted from me... I got THE wedding and then over 6000 pictures to sort though!!!

Amazing ride indeed!!!


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#721897 - 08/25/11 01:39 AM Re: It did happen! [Re: BeniciaRT_GT-GT]  
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Arrived home with Katherine at about 2:30 this afternoon after riding from Waterbury, Vermont. We spent three weeks on the road, taking the slow road home up the east coast after Little Switzerland. We hit Williamsburg VA, Annapolis MD, Beacon NY, Newport RI, Boston and finally Waterbury VT. Met a lot of interesting people, had great food and great wine. My clothes shrunk somehow, though. Time to do it all over again. The UnRally was great once again. Thanks again to all for the outstanding effort and results.


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Glad you guys are back in the barn safe and sound. Thanks to Katherine for the advise on Nova Scotia. We really enjoyed the Red Shoe Pub for lunch and also dinner the following day! Great food and we enjoyed talking to the locals although they were difficult to understand with the Gaelic accent.


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Nice video Craig, but why was it in slow motion? rofl


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Originally Posted By: BeniciaRT_GT
True!

However, it will be a VERY long time before a ride tale will be posted from me... I got THE wedding and then over 6000 pictures to sort though!!!

Amazing ride indeed!!!



Oh Yeah, I heard about that thing.. clap .
wonderful news, best wishes!
Cheers!


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Home finally, fully roasted and toasted. 11,891 miles for the trip. Had a great UN. Janet and I look forward to the next one out west.


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Glad you made it back Dave. You were on the road a long time. I'll bet you took a ton of photos.


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Originally Posted By: drswift
Home finally, fully roasted and toasted. 11,891 miles for the trip. Had a great UN. Janet and I look forward to the next one out west.


Glad you are back Dave, I was looking at some of the photos you have on facebook, what an odyssey!!


Matt


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Here is the story on how I got to where I had to go after the UN............

I made it! I just got my official IBA notice that I am an Official member tonight!

I wrote a saga for the MOVer issue that was just published this month. I was waiting for official notice from the IBA and the article to go out on the Motorcyclist of Vermont October issue before putting the story out else where. So, with out further delay, here is my saga for all of you to enjoy or anguish over. Yes, it can be done on a C!


"Twenty Hours to Think."
Robert Bailey - MOV Director

This is an unusual title for a story don't you think? I suppose it is appropriate as I get into the story.

It So happens that when I was planning for my summer riding season, it did not occur to me that I would be having a back to back set of rallies to go to where one started on the day that another finished. No problem you say, makes for a great week of riding and friendship with no lag time in between or having to fit work in between the events.
Whoa mate!
It seems I planned one in North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the other to be had in Lincoln, New Hampshire! What is a soul to do but take one on the chin and RIDE!

The First Rally was with my good friends and riders of the BMW Sport Touring Virtual Group. They have annual rally each year somewhere in the country that is hosted by a few willing or Crazy members that step up to do the task. Not easy when about 130 members show up! The Venues tend to switch from coast to coast each year. This year, it took place at The Little Switzerland Inn in Little Switzerland, NC. It is a very nice hotel on top of the Blue ridge Parkway near Marion, NC. The view is fantastic there for a nice three day event that ended on Thursday, August 11th. However, I, as a Chromehead member, make it a religious point to attend the annual Ramblin' Pigout held somewhere in the Northeast that has also morphed into a three day event. The Ramblin Pigout V took place in Lincoln, New Hampshire this year, about 1077 miles riding distance from each venue.

So, OK, it is August, the temperature this time of year is good, weather may be good, the heaviest part of the vacation season is over and if I plan my route right, I maybe able to do a Saddle Sore 1000 in less than a day, Maybe less than 20 hours! All of the sudden, it seemed that my neglect in planning and possible confusion of canceling one of the events when I realized it in July after the MOA International Rally I attended, was now turning into a conquest!

Could this be accomplished realistically while riding my 1999 R1200 C with about 48000 miles on it? Would the Comfort be there? Would I physically hold up to the stresses and strains that riding that amount of time damage to my body? Those questions and many more while I was planning and riding came to light.

I decided to go for it. I had the backup services of a little gizmo called a SPOT Gps locator which I got on sale during the spring as I felt it would give me piece of mind and a record of my routes planned for this year (somewhere in the 12,000 mile range total). My health seemed to be going good so far and long range forecast seemed favorable.

Little did I know that on Thursday, August 11, 2011, it was to be one of the best meteorological days of the year on the east coast! Not only that, the moon was at or nearly full to help illuminate the roadways while riding into the Northeast.

So, Onto the Ride-
My North Carolina rally roommate, Armando (now wingman) and I set off early in the wee hours of about 0530 am.
As I have heard and has been recommended by the Iron Butt Association, it is imperative to get an early start as one wants to make use of as much dawn,day and dusk light as possible for an endurance run of this sort. August days are still rather long, so this will be to my advantage. According to IBA rules, The start time and stop times are official when the first and last receipts are gathered per the fuel pump you stop and start at with a witness verification. All of the forms and procedures can be found on their website.

I was behind the eight ball from the very first fill up. We pulled in to fuel at 0620, the receipt I had from the pump had a time stamp of 0555. Great! I am already 25 minutes behind before I even start as I realize the err a few miles down the road. So, the process of the story title begins..... the questions come into play as I ride and continue for the trip, "will this loss of 25 minutes ultimately do in my quest to succeed?" I sure hope not. while riding, I was working. This is not just another ride for enjoyment, it is as W would say "Stratigity" If I was to succeed I would have to be smart.

The First goal was to get to the interstate and start to make as much time as I can without "speeding" Although this is a race, IBA wants all riders to arrive alive and not go nuts ripping down the highway. The best way to do this in my estimation is to take the interstate highway system and make tracks. The Plan is to ride I 40 to I 77 to I 81 to I 88 to I 90 through the Capital district of NY, Stop at home there to freshen up with a shower and change of clothes quickly with a short "how is everything?" then on to Rt 7 to Bennington, the Molly Stark Trail to Burlington, I 91 to northern Vt, onto the secondary roads to Lincoln, NH.

The First leg was successfully accomplished without fault. We ran down rt 226 to I 40 and the interstates rather nicely watching the sun rise and area traffic increase as rush hour settled in around 0800 by Hickory, NC. Traffic continued to be heavy as we rolled onto I- 77 in Statesville, NC. My wingman alerted me to the turnoff coming up to I 77 there as my GPS showed me to be OK in the far left hand lane at the exit before, but the exit for the I-77 was right after it. I quickly and safely advanced and merged to the exit lane for I 77. It was wonderful to have a wingman that helped with his extra set of eyes make the turn. I fear that If I blew past that exit, I may have lost another 15-20 minutes of precious time.

One of the longer sections of the trip was I 77. It ended where I picked up I 81 in Fort Chiswell, VA. Along this section of the route, Armando noticed that his rear tire on his RT was looking a bit strange and started to worry about it. It was a Continental ATTACK tire where I believe he said he only had about 6000 miles on it. We gassed up and continued on vowing to monitor the tire at every gas up and agreed to pull over if a problem developed. The 1200 C not blessed with a huge gas tank, limited our stops to about 110- 125 miles for fill ups. When we stopped just outside Roanoke,VA, Armando's tire was in bad shape. The tire was losing it's rubber quickly now with ghost lines of bias belts showing beneath the rubber that flattened on the crown of the tire. On top of the tire, small gummy pellets of rubber was sticking to it, not good to continue on. The question was asked and the heavy pondering starts again. "How many miles to the next dealer?" Where is the next dealer?" Could we make it to possibly Hermy's in PA?" The decision was made. Armamndo decided it would be best to lay back and find an independent in Roanoke and have me continue on. I was not too comfortable about losing my wingman from Connecticut, but it turned out it was a good choice. All was well. After consulting the Anonymous book and making a few phone calls, Armando had a Shinko tire installed at a Yamaha dealer in about 3 hours.

Now alone, riding north, the next obstacle appears ahead. Traffic comes to a dead stop. Apparently an accident occurred. Three lanes of traffic crawled for about a mile, maybe a mile and a half before it was forced to exit prior to Harrisonburg,Va. About 95 miles from where Armando and I said our goodbyes. The detour took me into town a bit, around a three mile detour. What do you know but along that detour was a Honda dealer open for business! If we had known, possibly he would of made it to this dealer and purchased a tire but then, maybe the other variables may have made a play too. Just adding the thinking into the 20 hours of the title again along with thoughts of just how bad that accident may have been. Apparently, It was good for me that I at least had only a mile of backed up traffic. On the other side of the detour, Traffic from the north was backed up for many more miles!

The long route of I 81 continues. A few gas stops along the way, doing the minimum necessary to stretch the legs, fill the tank and quickly answer nature's call. On into Pennsylvania after a short ride through Maryland. Seemingly endless miles of slab. One of the best things for me to have at least was a well varied selection of music programmed into my MP3 player. The player I have is the new Apple Nano Shuffle. I have a good varied assortment from Vivaldi to Seager, to "Nitty gritty dirt band" and of course, The Green Mountain Rally Favorites, "Snake Mountain Bluegrass" . There is little to worry about or keep your eyes from getting heavy when a favorite selection is in your ears.

Passing Harrisburg, Pa, I am back in some familiar territory as I have been through this way many times, it all seems the same. Through Scranton, PA and Camp Hill on into the Allegheny Mountain range moving to Wilkes-Barre. Once again, I see the flashing approach lights before the runway of the Wilkes-Barre Airport and as it happens to be, I arrive in this section of road between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre during The Five o'clock Rush. Traffic moves along rather slow. This includes the fact there are lane restrictions due to resurfacing. One uncaring Harley rider and possibly commuter takes to the varied littered shoulder and blows right by the traffic, seemingly uncaring about what ever debris lies along the road. I ride alongside for some time with another female rider who has a pack on the pillion going to destinations untold on a mid sized Yamaha. Gas is getting low through here and despite heavy traffic, I had to make an exit and do the routine stop. When I exit, I find my way into an even more congestion full of the influx of vehicles within the confines of Wlikes-Barre's sprawl Shopping district. Plenty of places to shop but not too many to gas up, Long Lights. Of course, there are multi lane left and right arrows that slow the progress of finding somewhere to pit stop. After a series of u turns, and lights, I find a national gas / convenience chain. I was hoping to find a Wendy's to satisfy my urge to eat and regain some nourishment but to no avail. I quickly got my gas fill up and went inside. I selected a half of a premade ham sub and a chilled bottle of Ice tea. While enjoying the meal outside on and around the bike, looking it over while I eat for signs of Final drive leaks or low tires and the such, a local Policeman fills his patrol car with gas at the station which I thought was quite odd in a large city such a s Wilke-Barre. What was not odd however was the fact that he looked like your typical patrol car cruiser cop complementing a good 54 inch waist line.

OK- so, Now, onto Binghampton NY and to battle some more of the high peak winds of the Allegheny that I neglected to mention before. The Sun is now casting longer shadows and the traffic has let up. It was surprising that so far in this amount of miles to this point, the only patrol car I have seen was filling his own gas or diverting traffic. It must be that budget cuts have taken many off of the radar scenes in most states. But then, we get into NY!

I fill up at Bighampton as I know that I 88 going to Albany has limited availability of stations. Ah, yes, familiarity is a great asset in also planning your ride. Getting towards about 7pm or 1900 hrs, the ride is lonely and long by most accounts on this stretch of highway. Well that was until now. After I have done so many miles before I arrived here, I will not look at I 88 that way again. It seem to move behind me that much faster than when I ever traveled it before. Keeping within my ultimate power band in fifth gear, I was running about 80 MPH indicated which as we all know is around 72 MPH. Going at a nice clip, I see some cars faster, some cars slower, but all of them moving in nice bands. I found that it was good to move along the highways at this rate of speed. Just enough to get by the vehicles on the right and letting them know that you are not in their blind spot. Anyway, As I was saying about NY troopers, I did see 2 or three patrol cars lurking in the woods monitoring traffic. I think there was one pulled over.

Coming into the Northeast-

Home is just on the Horizon as I see signs for Rotterdam and places like Schenectady. Ah, home. I must now decide on this part of the leg (part of the Twenty hours to think) exactly when I should fill up. I know just about every station on this leg. and I want to time it to make my fill up in Bennington last as long as I can. I decide that the Pilot Station just before the entrance to the I 90 tolls is good. It will be about 100 miles by the time I get to Bennington and besides, The gas IS cheaper in VT! So be it! That is done, I am on my way without even getting off the bike. Having a gas/ Credit card handy in your pocket for fill ups if a great time saver. As with the other stops, I retrieved my receipt and logged my entry. My stop at home was very brief. As I said before according to plan, I arrived around 9 PM, 2100hrs. I am running a bit late. a quick change of clothes, nothing serious is going on, I feel a chill so I decide to also change to blue jeans from kaki slacks, put on my BMW heated vest and Girbings liners for extra warmth but not plugged in yet.

I make my way up Hoosick street in Troy,ny past MAX BMW where traffic for a Thursday night is rather light. As anyone who travels this street, it can be pretty congested at times. As I ride out through Brunswick and into Hoosick Falls, I find that the NYS DOT has done partial pavements from the road's edge to below the crown which makes handling the bike difficult and challenging in the dark of the night. I take appropriate speed reductions to compensate. At just after 10 pm or 2200, I fill up at the Stewart's in Bennington and continue to Burlington via the Molly Stark. I find that recent work was done on several miles of the road and with fresh marking paint, it made the ride very pleasent. I continue on past Brattleboro and onto I 91 where I will start to once again rely on my instincts, skills, and experience to get me through undiscovered territory in the dark of the night. Interesting enough, My Magellan, which has been flawless thus far, pulled a big quark on me at the Pultney exit. It directed me to get off but then told me to get back on I 91 South! I obliged thinking it hasn't failed me but I knew that was not right. I made a median U turn back to the north. Soon after I decided that I really needed to at least get some heat to my gloves on the 59 to 62 degree dampness of the night. I pulled off on the rest stop ahead and found I only Had my cables for the gloves and nothing in case I wanted to get the vest warm. (The next day I did find those wires- Lesson learned, be better prepared) Set to go, i thought ahead on I 91 I should be thinking of a gas stop. I am running around 110 miles on the tank I think so next exit. No good signs for gas. continue to the next, a 24 hour sign. I exit but did not find an open store. Back on, Exit sign once again says 24 hour gas. I pull in to one, Not open but lights on, maybe the pump will still take a credit card. Yep! It dispensed all of 10 cents worth! I continue to Rt.5 hoping that Windsor,(home of member Tim Herbert) had a 24hr store. I recalled when I visited him before the town was vibrant and my have such a facility. It Did and I found the Cumberland Farms open with a bunch of juveniles playing on skateboards and such. I wondered if the town had a curfew as I saw a few Windsor Cop cars patrolling the streets. Well, On with the mounted fillup here. No need to stop, must push on the time is fleeting I think it is well past 12 am or 0000 hours. A check of the Receipt says 0029 or 1230 am.

Confident I now have enough gas to make it to Lincoln, I set off and find a ramp to I 91 above Windsor. Some miles up the road, I forget now how many, I am totally relying on my GPS to get me to Lincoln. My Cell phone is dead and it would not do me much good as it was not in range of it's carrier(Sprint) most of the day. I crossed a small bridge and I am in New Hampshire! I follow the GPS on some rural farm roads until I get to Rt. 112 I think. I get into Lincoln and fill up at 0211 or 2:11am. I am lucky I have found a 24 hour store in town. I ask the keeper to witness and sign my form and ask for directions to the Rally hotel of which I have forgotten the name of. All I remember was that it was a hotel with "White "in it. HA! I had an address but he did not recognize it. My only recourse was to drive around town, Look for a internet hook up and refer to the rally postings on our Chromeheads forum. I found a Comfort Inn, asked to use his desktop for reference from where I found the White mountain Hotel where everyone was staying. Saying thanks, I plugged the Address in my Magellan and arrived. at 0330 or 3:30am. Relieved, I found a few dozen R1200C's and knew it was the place! I thought that when I pulled up to the place my loud Z-tec pipes would wake some one up and I would be welcomed in and directed to my awaiting bed and room that I was to share. There was not a sound! The welcome mat was rolled up! I figured that I would not disturb anyone as it was real late, there was no sign for me on any doors so I just sat on a nice Adirondack chair, watched the Perseid Meteor shower and maybe fall asleep. I did. Then, about 0515 or 5::15 am, I was suddenly startled awake by a small pat onto my leg. I must of jumped about four feet and screamed! It seems a neighborhood cat lurks around the motel and was checking me out! Needless to say, I was awake for awhile and watched the sunrise, 24 hours after I started the trek north seeing it come up much differently than the preceding day.

Official Start- 0555 @ 49726 miles - Marion NC
Official End - 0211@ 50788 miles - Lincoln, NH
11 fill up of gasoline-
Stops-
Dobsen, NC
Roanoke, Va
New Market Va
Carlise, Pa
Wilkes- Barre, Pa
Binghampton, NY
Rotterdam, NY
Bennington, Vt
Windsor,Vt
Lincoln, NH


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#731303 - 10/01/11 05:58 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: enfoman]  
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Congrats on the SS1000! thumbsup Great writeup on your ride. This should be a stand-alone post in Ride Tales, not a hang-on for the Unrally X . If you ask, I'm sure a moderator can do that.


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#731304 - 10/01/11 06:25 PM Re: It did happen! [Re: TEWKS]  
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Shoot! I looked for a Thread on a SS1000 but could not find one. Did not think it was right to Hang on the IBA rally thread either. Thanks Paul.

Mods feel free to perhaps start a SS1000 ride report thread or add this on to one that may be out there somewhere

Bob


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