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SMFR - Home Safe and Sound

It was a smaller group than in the past. Some old faces and some new. But I had a good time. Connie and I are home safe about 13:30 today.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in April at STC.

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post #2 of 18 Old Oct 26th, 2008, 2:17 pm
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Hey Steve,

It was good to meet you and the others. Yesterday was a great riding day, but we had to go. We did ride the BRP to Asheville, before turning more directly home. Check out the fog we hit on the BRP (photo below). Couldn't see 10 ft (literally)in front of us, for about 10 miles. Fog went on for about 20 miles total. Made it home about 5:30 pm.

Enjoyed meeting Lee and Charlie and riding with them on Saturday to Maggie Valley, even though the skies opened up on us and we had a few "river" crossings coming back to the camp. The Olympia gear's pretty good, although the waterproof pockets weren't completely waterproof. In all fairness, my rain pants let water through- I guess with rain like that, nothin is gonna keep it all out. . It was good to get out and ride, though. I couldn't see sitting around all day. Look forward to seeing you guys on another ride/ tech session/ whatever.
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Glad you made it home, Steve. It was good seeing you again.

Excellent pictures, Norwood. LaNett is good with the camera while underway. She got a really neat one of your helmet. LOL Thanks for posting the pics of us soaked to the gills. Charlie took a few (doing his best Dave Dragon impersonation) on the Skyway yesterday.

Charlie and I, along with Mike Kembrell headed out at 8:50. I got home a few minutes past 12:00. We got into some pretty heavy fog along 19/74. I don't believe it was as "soupy" as what you found.

It was good seeing everyone. I had a great time and look forward to April.

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LaNett said the pic with my helmet was supposed to give "perspective." All I see is a big head.

Hard to tell in the photo that you were soaked with that big ole grin on your face.

Took me a sec to understand what you meant.. .Charlie "took a few" ala DaveDragon. For a sec I pictured him scrubbin corners ala Dave and layin it down (unlike Dave I'm guessin). I get it- photos...

I'm sure the ride to Tellico Plains was nice. Next time. Look forward to it.

Oh yeah, we met up with the old couple on the Harley trike while leaving. They were on the side of the road (74). I stopped to see what was up. They were checkin a map to get to 19. I told him it was 12 miles back the direction we came from. He looked like he didn't believe me and just kept checkin his map. Wished him a safe ride- he did likewise. Nice couple, it seems. Good to see them out ridin. Dude looks ancient.
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Hard to tell in the photo that you were soaked with that big ole grin on your face.
Even though we got wet, it was a good ride. I think the grin was relief at being back to the Iron Horse, alive, soon to be dry!

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Took me a sec to understand what you meant.. .Charlie "took a few" ala DaveDragon. For a sec I pictured him scrubbin corners ala Dave and layin it down (unlike Dave I'm guessin). I get it- photos...

I'm sure the ride to Tellico Plains was nice. Next time. Look forward to it.
I should have read what I wrote a little closer. Yes, pictures. Charlie was snapping them the way Dave described. Dave keeps his camera in the tank bag, sees something he wants to capture, holds the camera in left hand, steers and throttles with right hand.

From Tellico Plains, Charlie and I rode down hwy 68 to 294 to 19/74/129 to 28. The whole route was 160+/- miles. We found 68 to be a very good ride and a "do again".

Are you planning to go to STC in April?

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Hope so. If it works into things, LaNett and I will be there.
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Dennis, this pic of yours could be a postcard!'

Nice job!


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Thanks Rob, but I can't take credit. I'll tell LaNett. She's in charge of photography. Took over 300 photos so a few have got to come out well! I didn't look at it that closely but now that you mention it, it is a fine picture.

Hopefully you can make the next one.
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The ride down from NY to NC for the STC is an AWESOME RIDE! The colors and the smells on the Blue Ridge is spectacular.

I plan on being there and look forward to meeting you and you're photographer co-pilot.

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I pulled into Iron Horse on Monday night. The week was incredible with three straight days of amazing weather. Spent some time on the Dragon as well as the BRP and Cherohala. My first time there and I loved it. Got to meet several of you there. (Norwood, I was in the room next to yours.) Sat out the rainy Friday and road the BRP on Sat. I drove straight through to West Palm Beach on Sunday. 14 hours. Got in about 10:00. Safe and sound. Looking forward to doing this one again.

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Hey Steve,

It was good to meet you and the others. Yesterday was a great riding day, but we had to go. We did ride the BRP to Asheville, before turning more directly home. Check out the fog we hit on the BRP (photo below). Couldn't see 10 ft (literally)in front of us, for about 10 miles. Fog went on for about 20 miles total. Made it home about 5:30 pm.

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From one Norwood to another Norwood, good to meet you and LaNett, enjoy the pictures...

hope you can return in the Spring for STC..

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I pulled into Iron Horse on Monday night. The week was incredible with three straight days of amazing weather. Spent some time on the Dragon as well as the BRP and Cherohala. My first time there and I loved it. Got to meet several of you there. (Norwood, I was in the room next to yours.) Sat out the rainy Friday and road the BRP on Sat. I drove straight through to West Palm Beach on Sunday. 14 hours. Got in about 10:00. Safe and sound. Looking forward to doing this one again.
Thanks for posting Norm, good to meet you and look for your return to STC in April...

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Even though we got wet, it was a good ride. I think the grin was relief at being back to the Iron Horse, alive, soon to be dry!


I should have read what I wrote a little closer. Yes, pictures. Charlie was snapping them the way Dave described. Dave keeps his camera in the tank bag, sees something he wants to capture, holds the camera in left hand, steers and throttles with right hand.

From Tellico Plains, Charlie and I rode down hwy 68 to 294 to 19/74/129 to 28. The whole route was 160+/- miles. We found 68 to be a very good ride and a "do again".

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Lee, good to see you and look forward to your return for STC...

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It was a smaller group than in the past. Some old faces and some new. But I had a good time. Connie and I are home safe about 13:30 today.


Looking forward to seeing everyone in April at STC.

Smaller group, but a great group of folks.... good to see you and Connie again and I know you where the first in line for getting your rooms for STC... or was it Dave Dragon first?

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Smaller group, but a great group of folks.... good to see you and Connie again and I know you where the first in line for getting your rooms for STC... or was it Dave Dragon first?
It was a tie.

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Hey Ya'll,
As has already been said it was another great time at Iron Horse even if we did blow a tire on the RV on the way up. Had a couple days of great mountain riding and got to visit an old friend over in Burnsville on the rain day. Arrived home safely around 12:00 am on Sunday with no additional tire problems.

Hey Don, Ya ready to sell me the side car rig yet? Heck, if ya won't sell it to me you need to come to STC ready for some FLYING LESSONS! What you say?

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Hey Norm,

I thought I recognized you... from your avatar. Sorry we didn't get a chance to chat some. Look forward to seeing you at the next one. First round of whatever you're drinking (or whatever we have) is on me.
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Heck, if ya won't sell it to me you need to come to STC ready for some FLYING LESSONS! What you say?
Maybe I will ready next week to "fly the chair".... you made it look too easy

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