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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-11-2002, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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Wednesday morning.. A Day like any other day for most of us around here. Except for me and a few from my area. You see, Wednesday is "Bike Night" at this little diner called "Happy Days" in a town 25 miles from my house. It's a nice ride and since hitting the dog on that night a while back I have had 2 other close calls with them 4 legged critters since but keep going back every Wednesday to meet the guys. Since it started getting cold the turnout it is less and less. The other night there was only about 10 of us. Only 3 of us left from my town here to go down there for a bite to eat and hang out for a while.
What makes this ride a good ride and makes me think about our "cold" weather is interesting. One of the guys that rode down there with us almost dumped his bike that morning because of the 1/2 inch of frost that was on the ground when he left his house in Maine that morning.
My friend and fellow VOL member Tony has moved to Maine and left his house that morning for trip to Pittsburg and stopped by here to go down there with us and spend the night at my house before continuing his journey to Pittsburg on Thursday morning. I talked to him last night and his Pizza was just getting delivered to his Motel room there and he made it safe and sound.
I thought it would be interesting to post this because he hasn't been able to read much on the VOL and din't even know this site opened up till I told him about it. He hasn't had the time or resourses to get on the board so I thought I'd give a short story of his trip.
He left Wednesday morning for Ct. at 7:30 am. 28 Degrees and 1/2" of frost on the ground. Stopping only for gas 2 times before hitting Worchester, Mass. before it started to warm up enough to be comfortable. From Worchester, after lunch and some warm up time he lands himself in my town at around 3:30 in the afternoon.I call him and he's right around the corner gassing up and gets to my house at 4:00. At 5:30 we're back on the road for trip to "Happy Days". Temps drop from 54 to high 40's. We get back to my house and catch up and warm up. Thursday morning I am up and walking around at 5:30 and Tony gets the words out " You don't have to be quiet, I'm awake". As I walk into the wall I tell him I'm consentrating on watching where I'm going cause I can't see.
He's gets some thing done and after shooting the breeze for a while I have to get off to work and he gets ready for some more coffee. Tony leaves around 8:00 or so and heads out to Pittsburg. His goal is to make it by dark. There's a chance of rain and we're crossing our fingers. It appears that didn't help too much. He hits rain in Ct. first for a while. It clears up and he doesn't hit it again till Pennsilvania after 4 traffic jams and construction sites. Then it satrts to rain every other 1/2 hour for about 10-15 minutes. Just enough to dry up a bit and it starts again. This goes on all the way across Penn. until he lands in the route 79 area, which is almost to the end of the trip. Pulling into Pittsburg around 6:00 he notices the warm breeze and how much overdressed he is he finds his Motel and calls for the pizza to settle in for the night. This is when I called to check up on him.Everything is going fine and he'll be stopping by on the way back to Maine in a few days.
This is a particularly interesting story because I don't how many of us would decide to go on a 900 mile trip in the middle of October and leaving in 28 degree weather. I did have to give up some gloves I had just bought this past Sunday at Marcus Dairy because there was no way I could let him go on with good concience knowing he could use them more than me if the need arose. I'm looking forward to his return in a few days to tell of the wedding on Sat. and the return ride across the state of Penn.

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Man, and we were just talkin about Tony this past sunday. Tell him I said hi!

Chances are he drove past my house no farther than a few minutes deviation. I am just that far from most of the major highways... if you talk to him tell him he can stop in for a pit stop if he needs it, or even a place to crash for rest on the spare if he needs it.

Thanks for the story Gary.... I think the answer to your question is: Not Many
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That was nice Gary .
I enjoyed it .
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Nice Post.

I belonged to the BMW/MOA years ago. It was a bunch of BMW riders that offered help/food/lodging/repairs etc to fellow members who were on cross country rides.

It's great to see that VR/VOL members are into the same kind of brotherhood as the the BMW/MOA members were.

I'm looking forward to meeting up with some of you folks in the future.
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Still Looking forward to meeting you one of these days.
Maybe next time you'll stop at Dunkin Donuts when I'm there. heh heh heh. I went through the Norwich area 3 Sunday mornings in a row a little while back and then on a Sunday afternoon. No Dawn Patrol. I must be riding through the wrong section. Next time you hear pipes coming down the road that sound like they belong on a race track you might want to hop on and chase them down. LOL. Just remember, you might be chasing them for a while cause the sound travels quite far.

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