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Posted on Mon, Sep 05, 2005 23:30

Okay everyone... post here so we all know you are safe and sound. Also, share a few memories of the after party ride.

Mine started with Doc, Rocky, Reign, Milkman (Yeah it is guna stick man!) as we rode out of Char's at about noonish to hit the rodeo in Chillicoated or someplace.

We took a good 6 hours or so to do that 4 hour ride as we decided to hit the back roads, and it was worth it! Great ride in!

We hung out there and decided to leave at about 9ish. Listened to music, checked out vendors, and I actually ran into a guy I knew from the older days. We then headed to Columbus, and decided to have dinner there, and stopped at a Texas "Non-damn smoking anywhere even the bar" Roadhouse.

On the way, well.... things seemed to get a little cooler. In one stop I was robbed of my clothing! Well, Doc was a little chilled and I gave hin my black fleece. This picture you have to see.... like a biiiig black jelly bean! Reign, the only one without a windshield looked miserable wearing her sporty, and spendy Harley Wind Proof (Yeah RIGHT it is) fleece.

So a few minutes later, she is wearing my leater jacked, a knit "Support you Local ______ " hat (Which I hope you did not wear through PA!) and a black bandana. She looked like she was out to rob a bank! I still want to know who took my undies and my socks... or at least why they were safe in my bags?

Then, arrived at The Roadhouse, had a great dinner, and chats. Great bonding time with you folks. We then gassed up (I had been on reserve for some time) said good bye, Doc gave me another hug resembling a "Hello, so YOU are my new Cell Mate!" and we split ways. I headed West, and "Milkman" took the rest of the weary ones East.

Pretty uneventful from there on out... until I got into Indy. Well, other than the fact I was wearing Reign's yuppie fleece and shiverring a little. But I threw Stinky on my head and that seemed to help.

Well, in Indiana, They repaved some roads and left like a two inch trench between lanes. I went to change lanes, got popped, wheel shimmy in the front end that a quick rip on the throttle would NOT straighten out. I slowed from 75 to about 30 before I went off the road. Then on the side of the road. As I came back onto the road, a car did not yield to me, and I went OFF the road again, and made a nice acquaintance with the snow fence. The fleece is fine though Reign. I just tore my chaps on the way off the bike.

Impact was only at about 10 miles an hour or so, so it was no biggie, and the engine guards make it easy for me to get the bike back up. So, back on the road, a little cold, and now a little shaken, I arrived in Indy at about 2:00 a.m. Spent the next afternoon there, and hit the road about 6ish p.m., and slid into home about 11 p.m. Home safe.... well, my SECOND home anyway. Slick Willies for a night cap... and then home safe.

No camera though, so any of you got pictures, I would appreciate if you could email em or drop em to disk for me and drop me an email... I will tell you where to send em.

Doc, I will email ya my address for the jelly bean skin. Reign, drop me a email on where to send that Fleece that a workning man at minimum wage could buy with a week or two's wages (heh heeee) and I will let ya know where to send my jacket...

Thanks again for all the fun... except for the Indiana State Road Workers... them I need to have a little talk with.

AJ (who may have to go back to grey)



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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2005 21:40


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Springer:

You know for sure one day I will take you up on that offer for a place to stay. I am planning a little Souix City, Deadwood, and on to Colorado run soon as Spring hits. My bro Gypsy lives out your way there -- Boulder.

Also, I knew you were a good peep when I read your stuff. This was confirmed by the fact you are the ONLY person besides ME that I have ever seen in the "Billings" leathers. And, of course, you have pretty damn good taste in the ladies. So, all that shiznit with yer smarts and your wit... yeah, yer a good shiznitz.

Keep in mind also that Wisconsin is not a bad place to stop when you take a jaunt to Ohio. I am glad you found something special there, and I truly hope you two make it work. Although that statement is a bit of non logic. Just LET it work I guess :)

You are always welcome in my neck of the woods. Rain or shine, richer or for poorer. Too bad you saw yer first leaf fall though...

Way I figure, I still can grab about 5 or 10k miles between now and the snow.

One thing about you, and Bear, Doc, Lowrider, Whiskeyrich, and others. Jaunting a couple thousand miles on a whim to go have fun with friends.... THAT is what makes ya riders! It is the journey... the rain in your face, the sun on your back, the cruising into the valley ahead, the breakdowns, the western union bail money! The stinky sheets in a Mexican jail! Dont EVER stop yer journey... and better yet, make sure it brings you MY way for a day or two!!!

Keep the rubber on the road and yer assets in the saddle!

AJ


AJ

I got your addy and you can bet I will be up WI way! I really want to go around the Great Lakes and didn't make it this summer.

Fall doesn't mean I will stop riding but expecting anymore 5 day weekends with clear skies will be more hit and miss. Soon westward journeys that require a climb over 10,000+ peaks will require a little closer look at the weather. I can easily get 9 out of 12 months of riding in with some spots in between just have to watch out for the gravel they throw down for ice. Once the ice is gone the gravel remains.

As for letting it work; I am just letting it "BE" and enjoying the wonderful Grace that has been bestowed upon me and intend to shine on and water it well and keep it healthy! What a marvelous, unique, amazing and wonderfully real human being I have been blessed to know.
Thank you for your sentiments!

I think riding is smelling the variety of grasslands or the scent of freshly tilled earth. Seeing rows of afternoon sunflowers all bowed in prayer facing east for the coming sun. Then returning at dawn to see there bright faces embracing the sun. It is rolling along the curves of the earth like tracing a line across a woman's body seeing all the different textures in her skin as wind embraces you and draws you in and on!
It is knowing your are entering a modern city by the increasing acidity in the air and glamorous glow of high dollar neon signs of links in a national chain. It is the smell of greasy food feeding frenzied fast paced lives and filling the sky line with plastic and brick facades of marvelous modern momentary merchandise.

It was interesting in the back roads how hard it is to find a cafe or restaraunt where people have the time to eat at home and the demographics are too unfavorable for a chain to wrap itself around a small town.

Well I am finally waxing poetic again so I think I am well rested. Now to fix that rear tire and get Blues back on the road.

AJ you do the same and I will see you in a future frame of time.

Stay out of the cracks! We don't need anyone else slipping through!



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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2005 20:56


secretsquirrel write:

msbikerkittenmi write:

secretsquirrel write:
nobody likes the black jelly beans they always spit them out!

thats the only jelly beans i like...snicker



why did I know you would Kitty?

Beware Doc! or not? HA!

caught this shot on the ride to Tina and Doc's

why does daddydoc got all the black ones?



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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2005 20:44


msbikerkittenmi write:

secretsquirrel write:
nobody likes the black jelly beans they always spit them out!

thats the only jelly beans i like...snicker



why did I know you would Kitty?

Beware Doc! or not? HA!

caught this shot on the ride to Tina and Doc's

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msbikerkittenmi write:

secretsquirrel write:
nobody likes the black jelly beans they always spit them out!

thats the only jelly beans i like...snicker

Lord I'm not going to touch that one LMFAO

  


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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2005 19:17


secretsquirrel write:
nobody likes the black jelly beans they always spit them out!

thats the only jelly beans i like...snicker



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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2005 18:41

nobody likes the black jelly beans they always spit them out!



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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2005 18:40

Here ya go AJ...glad to hear your O.K.!

but the shirt even though its stretchy will never be the same.....he killed another cow!

Black Jelly Beans BEWARE!!!!

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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2005 11:31

Springer:

You know for sure one day I will take you up on that offer for a place to stay. I am planning a little Souix City, Deadwood, and on to Colorado run soon as Spring hits. My bro Gypsy lives out your way there -- Boulder.

Also, I knew you were a good peep when I read your stuff. This was confirmed by the fact you are the ONLY person besides ME that I have ever seen in the "Billings" leathers. And, of course, you have pretty damn good taste in the ladies. So, all that shiznit with yer smarts and your wit... yeah, yer a good shiznitz.

Keep in mind also that Wisconsin is not a bad place to stop when you take a jaunt to Ohio. I am glad you found something special there, and I truly hope you two make it work. Although that statement is a bit of non logic. Just LET it work I guess :)

You are always welcome in my neck of the woods. Rain or shine, richer or for poorer. Too bad you saw yer first leaf fall though...

Way I figure, I still can grab about 5 or 10k miles between now and the snow.

One thing about you, and Bear, Doc, Lowrider, Whiskeyrich, and others. Jaunting a couple thousand miles on a whim to go have fun with friends.... THAT is what makes ya riders! It is the journey... the rain in your face, the sun on your back, the cruising into the valley ahead, the breakdowns, the western union bail money! The stinky sheets in a Mexican jail! Dont EVER stop yer journey... and better yet, make sure it brings you MY way for a day or two!!!

Keep the rubber on the road and yer assets in the saddle!

AJ



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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2005 11:18

Like eating at MacD's was some kind of heavenly reward for her going to church? Please. Glad you got out of there, Nodey. Me, I'd have told her there are more Christian bikers of all denominations in the CMA and Soldiers for Jesus than people who go to her church.
Missed all of you at the party, but as you know I had prior plans for the 4 Corners Rally.
Met jvfree2bme and wingstofly and headed for Durango (where they were staying) and then Cortez to my hotel. 405 miles one way to avoid the passes, and jv did an awesome job learning the new bike and getting used to group riding. Both she and wings did a great job of using braking skills when necessary, and everyone got there safe and sound.
Rode 150 miles or better for the next two days each, and then 375 back home, this time over passes.



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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2005 10:28

Me and Rich had a bizarre experience on our way home Sunday. We stopped south of Louisville to gas up and grab a burger,since we were on a very tight time schedule to get me home for work.
On our gas stop we ran into the Mcdonalds to grab a bite. Now,it was pretty cool after the sun went down,so we had on our chaps and jackets. Waiting in line I turned and noticed a group of elderly people,who at that time of the evening, were dressed for what it looked like church. One of ladies was rubbernecking Rich and I in a major way.
We sat down and proceeded to gulp our meals down when Church Lady came over and introduced herself. She then lit into us about how the Lord was a wonderful thing to have in her life. We let her go on her ranting spell. I figured after 5 mintues she would run out of wind. But noooooooooooooooo!!!! She stood there in the middle of Mcdonald's ,in our face,trying to save the both of us,with our evil,black leather wearing souls. she must have thought we were riding with the devil,as Rich would later say.

Had we been the evil doers she suspected of us being,she would have not been able to stand there for as long as she did.
The lady was a nut! I grabbed our jackets, and we got the hell out of there!I shall never stereotype another person as long as I live!

Oops..did I say Hell????? Now wasn't THAT special?!

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Posted on Wed, Sep 07, 2005 17:08

Blues and I taken a break in the hometown of so many marvelous Mark Twain stories.

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Posted on Wed, Sep 07, 2005 14:49

I am so glad ya'll made it here and back home safely.
You are riders!!!!



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Posted on Wed, Sep 07, 2005 13:49

Between when I left my house on thursday to when I pulled in after Midnight on Tuesday I did about 1900 miles!!!

Gotta love dat chit!!

Can't wait till the next ride!!

Hey Whiskeyrich, amazing how much better your bike looks with the Southern Bell Goddess on it isn't it??



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Posted on Wed, Sep 07, 2005 12:29

After pullin 800.5 miles to get there late Saturday, Nodey and I enjoyed the party, enjoyed meetin' everyone and had a real good time. Sunday saw us gettin' brealfast around 12 and on the road around 1pm. Made better time goin' home than we did ridin' up, and pulled into Nashville at around 10pm (Tenn time). Nodey pulled two 600-mile days in a row, without a backrest, and with out a single complaint, my kinda ridin' mate, hmmm mmm. I got up the next morning and pulled the last 230 miles to Atlanta. Hard ridin' but a wonderful weekend!



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Posted on Wed, Sep 07, 2005 04:01

AJ, Bikeman and Bear,

It was good to meet you! I am glad you each returned safely.

AJ glad you recovered from your incident with only chap damage.

Hopefully the future holds some more riding together next summer. Fall was waiting for me in Kansas and I actually went under one falling leaf so I know the weather won't be favorable for long distance rides for long.

Keep it colorful in WI, MA and PA Mi Amigos!
Ride safe until next time!
SSoul

  


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Posted on Tue, Sep 06, 2005 23:07


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Okay everyone... post here so we all know you are safe and sound. Also, share a few memories of the after party ride.

Mine started with Doc, Rocky, Reign, Milkman (Yeah it is guna stick man!) as we rode out of Char's at about noonish to hit the rodeo in Chillicoated or someplace.

We took a good 6 hours or so to do that 4 hour ride as we decided to hit the back roads, and it was worth it! Great ride in!

We hung out there and decided to leave at about 9ish. Listened to music, checked out vendors, and I actually ran into a guy I knew from the older days. We then headed to Columbus, and decided to have dinner there, and stopped at a Texas "Non-damn smoking anywhere even the bar" Roadhouse.

On the way, well.... things seemed to get a little cooler. In one stop I was robbed of my clothing! Well, Doc was a little chilled and I gave hin my black fleece. This picture you have to see.... like a biiiig black jelly bean! Reign, the only one without a windshield looked miserable wearing her sporty, and spendy Harley Wind Proof (Yeah RIGHT it is) fleece.

So a few minutes later, she is wearing my leater jacked, a knit "Support you Local ______ " hat (Which I hope you did not wear through PA!) and a black bandana. She looked like she was out to rob a bank! I still want to know who took my undies and my socks... or at least why they were safe in my bags?

Then, arrived at The Roadhouse, had a great dinner, and chats. Great bonding time with you folks. We then gassed up (I had been on reserve for some time) said good bye, Doc gave me another hug resembling a "Hello, so YOU are my new Cell Mate!" and we split ways. I headed West, and "Milkman" took the rest of the weary ones East.

Pretty uneventful from there on out... until I got into Indy. Well, other than the fact I was wearing Reign's yuppie fleece and shiverring a little. But I threw Stinky on my head and that seemed to help.

Well, in Indiana, They repaved some roads and left like a two inch trench between lanes. I went to change lanes, got popped, wheel shimmy in the front end that a quick rip on the throttle would NOT straighten out. I slowed from 75 to about 30 before I went off the road. Then on the side of the road. As I came back onto the road, a car did not yield to me, and I went OFF the road again, and made a nice acquaintance with the snow fence. The fleece is fine though Reign. I just tore my chaps on the way off the bike.

Impact was only at about 10 miles an hour or so, so it was no biggie, and the engine guards make it easy for me to get the bike back up. So, back on the road, a little cold, and now a little shaken, I arrived in Indy at about 2:00 a.m. Spent the next afternoon there, and hit the road about 6ish p.m., and slid into home about 11 p.m. Home safe.... well, my SECOND home anyway. Slick Willies for a night cap... and then home safe.

No camera though, so any of you got pictures, I would appreciate if you could email em or drop em to disk for me and drop me an email... I will tell you where to send em.

Doc, I will email ya my address for the jelly bean skin. Reign, drop me a email on where to send that Fleece that a workning man at minimum wage could buy with a week or two's wages (heh heeee) and I will let ya know where to send my jacket...

Thanks again for all the fun... except for the Indiana State Road Workers... them I need to have a little talk with.

AJ (who may have to go back to grey)


Yea I got yer jellybean ya li wiseazzzz!! Ug left Monday early, Rocky and me didn't rolloutta Chars till 3:30 pm or so, we only did 180 miles or so before gettin a room. We did 500 miles Tuesday, didn't get back to Attleboro MA till about 12 Midnight, long azz ride!! Rocky had her first 500 mile day

Thanx all for the good times shared and the rides, I'm tired, crashin out!!
peace



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Posted on Tue, Sep 06, 2005 18:55

Glad to hear all made it home safely! AJ - just a small incident, glad it wasn't any worse! SS - Sounds like a long/beautiful ride, I so admire your kind of riding! Bear-n-Jade, just a little lost on the way home as well. Don't feel so bad, I was too. They closed the exit for 77N. With NO detour signs or anything! Glad you found your way! LOL!

  


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Posted on Tue, Sep 06, 2005 18:06

Well I went through at least three Springfields in three states along with passing Scotland and London so talk about being confused. Am I still in Ohio? Where is Kansas Toto? and when did I cross the ocean?

The midpoint of a line is the home of a great friend and the gathering point of many others. It is the sweet spot in one's journey where there is jubilation and much joy as the soul is renewed and replenished in laughter, hugs, smiles, stories..ok that never took off, jokes...cable guy.. what a great time! AJ at least the Romans didn't have to communicate across this great country. It would have taken longer than 3 days.

What I learned on my ride home.
When car parts remain in a road after an accident Missouri youth think it is fun to run them over and send sharpnel flying. Luckily my Jedi training forsaw this and I watched the pieces go zinging by along side the bike much lower than my head...Reign I don't ride with a windshield either.

Kansas farmers occassionaly loose tractor seats on the road or maybe they just kicked them off and went surfing on their John Deere. Who knows just steer clear. Now the Pony Express Highway there is a ride. It isn't quite as straight as one would think thinking of Kansas but it is absolutely gorgeous. Really makes you think about times when it took weeks or months to the cross this country. I crossed the Mississippi and the Missouri River in one day.

Kansas won the big bug award and I really think it is a new way to put tatoos on your face!
Missouri along side the Mississippi going down the 79 was my contribution to eliminating mosquitos but I don't think I made a dent in the population but sure couldn't see!
"Let go Springer let your feelings flow from you sense the road."
If you get to Hannibal, MO and you want a cool little cafe check out the Java Jive the first coffee house West of the Mississippi. Great owners, good coffee and did I mention the Louisiana sweet tea?

Hey did everyone know there was a gas crisis going on? Well obviously the state patrol did because everytime you hit an interstate they were thicker than bees on honey. Funny how when they give us a holiday weekend we have to be supervised.

I finished the returning 1600 in 30 hours with 7 hours for rest.
Lastly it takes 3 days for the helmet to become part of your head and you learn to breath without your throat.

  


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