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Yesterday was Donna’s birthday. Guess what one of the things she wanted to on her birthday was? That’s right you guessed it, she wanted to go for a motorcycle ride!
There were already a few other things planned so I explained we were trying to put 10 hours of activity into 8 hours. But as luck would have it, some of my Blue Knights members were trying to put together an impromptu ride in northern Georgia for today! So, we met Sean & Christine (and their Victory Cross Country Tour) in Woodstock and headed for Dawsonville to meet the three other motorcycles that were riding today; B.C. & Carol on their Harley Davidson Ultra Classic, Steve on his Harley Davidson Road King and Bill on his Harley Davidson Road King. This was also the first time in quite a while that we had more two-up motorcycles than solo riders. We had a great day riding as the sun peaked in and of the clouds and the temperature rose to 70 degrees. We all lunched in north Georgia along a river and on the way home we stopped so I could buy Donna some ice cream. And the rain held off until we were home for about an hour!
Today was my monthly Blue Knights lunch and meeting. This month it was held at Poole’s Real Pit BBQ in Ellijay, Georgia. Our Chapter Officers hatched an idea to have 2 different groups ride to Jasper, GA where we met and then ride on up to the restaurant in Ellijay. The forecast was decidedly chilly, being in the mid 30′s for the ride up. Three of us rode up from Woodstock to Jasper where we met eight more motorcycles and members. We met a few members at the restaurant who went ahead and rode up in their cars. The plan was that after the meeting our Vice President would lead a ride across Fort Mountain from Ellijay to Chatsworth and then on south towards most of our homes. We thought we had a total of three members who decided to go on the ride and then it dwindled down to just two of us. As we were preparing to leave, I asked “Were those snowflakes?” Sure enough they were. A slight chance of snow flurries was in the forecast had come true. Sean and I headed across the mountain where the temperature did drop to 31 degrees for a while as we rode through more snow flurries. Nothing stuck to the ground, the motorcycles or us and the road never got wet. It was fun seeing the snow while riding though and Sean and I had fun, both making it back home by mid afternoon.
One thing I tried out on this ride was using my Window Phone with the Scala Rider Teamset Pro. I previously had an older Windows Mobile phone that I used easily with it to make and receive short calls by voice. But my Windows Phone 7.5 has the ability to read me text messages via Bluetooth and even let me reply. So, I sent Donna a text message before we left. She replied and when the intercom gave me the choice to “ignore or read” I said “read” and it read me the message. I then said the “reply” option and spoke my reply and told it to send it. I’m not sure if I’d use this a lot but it’s nice to know that I can when I don’t have the Scala Rider paired with the GPS.
The video below is of members leaving the restaurant after our meeting.
Well here it is the first day of 2013 and I started the year off with a motorcycle ride. It might’ve been 48 degrees and raining but a friend of mine, Sean and I rode anyway. Our Blue Knights Chapter had our annual New Years Day meeting and ride. Well the ride was supposed to be to the meeting. As it turns out, because of the weather, Sean and I were the only ones who rode motorcycles to it. Like Sean said, “We’re a motorcycle club!” It wasn’t a bad ride either. You just learn to dress for it and you’re quite comfortable while riding.
This was also my first Blue Knights meeting in 4 years where I wasn’t the Chapter’s Vice President. I had encouraged Sean to run for the office and he did. He was also elected to the office. My Chapter really surprised me with a nice plaque honoring me for my 4 years as Vice President. And the lunch we all enjoyed during the meeting was pretty good too!
It was a chilly and wet ride on New Year’s Day.
The Magic Carpet reached a minor milestone today. While in Dahlonega, GA and returning home from a ride with friends the Magic Carpet’s odometer reached and passed 70,000 miles. No, I didn’t ride 70,000 with friends today!
My Blue Knights Chapter held a “Hooky Ride” today and 5 of us met and rode some crooked north Georgia roads and then stopped in at the Batesville General Store for lunch before heading home. A “Hooky Ride” is a weekday ride where you take the day off or are already off from work. Well almost everybody as two of us today were retirees. We did run into an issue on Georgia HWY 17 though. Just as we were ascending the mountain and the road was getting twisty we found that a truck or a motor home had leaked a nice trail of diesel fuel all the way up the mountain in the curves. This was not fun as diesel fuel is basically oil, doesn’t evaporate quickly like gasoline and is very slippery. Luckily none of slipped and went down. It was a great day to get out and ride 200 miles with some friends and then watch the odometer roll over to 70000!
The Magic Carpet came home with 70,072 miles on the odometer today.
We spent the weekend with my Blue Knights Chapter on an overnight trip to the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah, NC. We had 8 motorcycles and on car make the trip for a total of 13 people. For us it was a 359 mile trip this weekend.
We left Canton, Ga on a cool Saturday morning and headed for the Iron Horse. Along the way while going through Andrews, NC we saw the clouds and fog “spilling” into the valley and between the mountains. We made it to our lunch stop at the River’s End Restaurant at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. After lunch it was a short ride to Iron Horse where we spent the afternoon on the deck for some of our rooms just sitting around and swapping stories. There may have been a few adult beverages consumed too. Donna made some seasoned oyster crackers that seemed to be a real hit. If you eat dinner at the Iron Horse on Saturday night you have only 2 choices; prime rib or salmon. After that dinner it was time to sit around the communal campfire with other guests where there was a lively discussion about what the right around the moon meant. The Saturday night temperature was forecast to drop to 47 degrees in the valley there in Stecoah along with the chance of drizzle or a rain shower. I woke in the middle of the night and checked and it hadn’t rained but the temperature was 43 degrees. On Sunday we enjoyed the “Biker’s Breakfast” before packing up to head home in the cool mountain air. Just as we were getting ready to leave, it started raining. The rain was something that wasn’t forecast. We waited for the rain to quit or let up before leaving but it became apparent that it wasn’t going to happen. It started to rain again just as we left. We spent the first half our trip home riding in 45 degree temperatures and rain. It made for a chilly ride. Let’s say too that the heated seats and the heated grips got a good workout too. You wouldn’t believe what a difference a warm butt and warm hands make in that kind of weather. The riding jackets and pants with rainguard liners really were worth their weight in gold too.
We came home on different route than usual too as we knew the Cherohala Skyway would be in rain and quite cold. Once in Andrew’s, NC we worked out way to “old” US Highway 64 and Young Harris, Ga. It it wasn’t raining, it would’ve been a much better ride.
In spite of the cold and wet ride home, we had a great ride and a great weekend with friends!
Donna & I at a rainy & cold pit stop in Andrews, NC on the way home Sunday afternoon.
Back in June I had a picture published in the magazine, BMW Owners News (the BMWMOA‘s monthly magazine). Well lightning has struck again! A few months back the magazine asked for pictures with the subject of “Autumn Rides” and I sent in another picture. I had another picture selected! The picture is from a trip with my Blue Knights Chapter taken on the Cherohala Skyway while on an overnight trip to the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah, NC in late October of 2011. The picture is photo #6 on page 16 the November issue of BMW ON. I think it’s interesting that the magazine came today and in the morning, we’re headed up to the Iron Horse on our annual overnight trip again!
The top picture is mine published in the November BMW ON magazine.
We went for a weekday ride with my Blue Knights Chapter today. It wasn’t a really long ride and only took about an hour and half and then we had lunch. We stopped in for lunch at Turner’s Corner and dined out on the deck. The Chestatee river runs behind the restaurant. While we were eating, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources stopped on the bridge over the river and began stocking the river with trout. I’d never seen this done before. Maybe I should’ve ordered the fish today? I bet it would’ve been fresh!
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Today I led my Blue Knights Chapter on a 115 mile ride down to the Whistle Stop Cafe in Juliette, Georgia. The Whistle Stop Cafe was one of the locations where they filmed the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”. It was a great ride down through the farmlands of central Georgia. It was a change of pace from the north Georgia mountains where the Chapter normally rides. It’s fun leading a ride like this and we had pretty good luck in keeping the group together all the way down there. Donna and I had pre-rode this route a while back but this was the day we led a group. While they do get their fair share of motorcyclists there as evidenced by the “Bike Parking Only” signs, it seems our 8 motorcycles were quite the spectacle and drew a lot of people to take a look. The restaurant was a bit busy so we relaxed outside and browsed the small shops. When it was time to head home we opted for the interstate as the trip time was much less. We paid for that decision having gotten caught in heavy stop and go traffic on two different occasions.
The Blue Knights Georgia VI has some photos of the ride that you can see by clicking this text.
My Blue Knights Chapter held our annual cookout for families staying at a local Ronald McDonald House while their children are being treated at nearby hospitals. It’s always a fun event!
Our Cookout At The Ronald McDonald House.
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