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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:38 pm 
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Not sure about the gas consumption yet. I haven't burned through a full tank yet. Had a great ride today to Wickenburg. Then stopped by to help a friend of ours to take the cherry picker out of his livingroom. He broke 7 ribs and was using it to help himself out of the chair.

Leatherneck admitted today that I was right, about 50 to 60 miles on the Rebel is about long enough to a much needed butt stretch stop!

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:53 am 
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Couldn't resist David's tee .. showing one of our must-do trips while in the area. The Tail of the Dragon attracts those who have not ridden it. Those who have already tested it .. prefer Deal's Gap (the shop, food, souvenirs, collection of bikes, biker conversation) and taking in the excitement of each preparing for his/her RIDE .. and sharing the grins of satisfaction of those returning.

As I sat on a bench facing the Deal's Gap sign, conversing, sipping on my drink ... a caravan of 25-35 corvettes (loud, colorful, fast) came shooting off the Tail, down the slanted road behind the sign. I thought, "I'm glad I'm sitting here and not meeting every single one of them around those curves of the Tail"




Mike .. after his challenge of the Dragon's Tail on the Whizzer.

The Whizzer drew a lot of attention. Shortly after this picture was taken, he was surrounded by 3-4 people which was the usual whenever and wherever he decided to stop.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:16 pm 
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My HD died on me in Cherokee after lunch on Saturday. I turned the ignition on and nothing happened. No sounds. No lights. No nothing. A first for me at any rally. It's always been reliable. Especially since it has none HD parts.

Passing on some advice:

If you send someone to get your trailer that's an hour away because your bike needs a ride back to the hotel, make sure you not only give the person the keys but you also tell him "the secret" of getting the lock off the trailer coupler.

- had Logan not had his pick-up and trailer at the hotel, Bob was ready to take a hammer to the lock on my trailer coupler.

After messing with wires, I got the HD started. Headed back to the hotel in Andrews. Passed Logan half a mile from the hotel. Good thing they recognized me because I quit looking for them by this time.

Thank you, guys .. for trying to rescue me.

I couldn't depend on SW though she was less than a mile away. Like the HD, she's usually reliable. Except at a casino, where she happened to be with Pat. Both incommunicato.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:28 pm 
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RW wrote:

- had Logan not had his pick-up and trailer at the hotel, Bob was ready to take a hammer to the lock on my trailer coupler.

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Not entirely true RW! I also had my truck available, we could have got it in there. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:38 am 
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The past few months, expecially the last 2, have been chaotic for RW and me. Lots of road trips. All due to family deaths and major illnesses. We've driven to AZ & back, flew to HI & back, made quick trips to NC, GA, WI, & PA. After, ... we'd already driven to Seattle WA and made several stops in states between. We obviously have a large family and they are spread across the US. We hope to never have to repeat these 2 months again. Pain and loss were nearly overwhelming.

Two bright spots in this period ..

- this rally where we got to relax and enjoy the company of good friends.
- a HS graduation celebration in WI for 4. (1 grandson and 3 friends of his/ours we've known since their toddler stage)

Before sharing the celebration (simply because it was a bit unusual and FUN in this gloomy period for us) and in keeping with the motorcycle theme here ...

We found a road to ride !!

On the way to WI, we pulled off to find a motel for the night .. turned left instead of right .. ended up somewhat on a road which parallels 75 in Tennessee between La Follette and Williamsburg. Did a bit of sight-seeing then decided to return to 75 via an Alternate 75 route. My relaxing, peaceful ride suddenly turned into one where I was clutching tightly to the console & armrest and slamming my feet onto the floor to apply my own imaginary brakes. (didn't work)

We were in the Toaster (Scion XB) and, on twisties, RW thinks the Toaster is a motorcycle. In several miles of repeating 25 mph turns, I nearly punched 2 holes into the floor with my substitute "brakes".

He, on the other hand, had a ball !!

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:55 am 
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S_W wrote:
The past few months, expecially the last 2, have been chaotic for RW and me. Lots of road trips. All due to family deaths and major illnesses. We've driven to AZ & back, flew to HI & back, made quick trips to NC, GA, WI, & PA. After, ... we'd already driven to Seattle WA and made several stops in states between. We obviously have a large family and they are spread across the US. We hope to never have to repeat these 2 months again. Pain and loss were nearly overwhelming.

Two bright spots in this period ..

- this rally where we got to relax and enjoy the company of good friends.
- a HS graduation celebration in WI for 4. (1 grandson and 3 friends of his/ours we've known since their toddler stage)

Before sharing the celebration (simply because it was a bit unusual and FUN in this gloomy period for us) and in keeping with the motorcycle theme here ...

We found a road to ride !!

On the way to WI, we pulled off to find a motel for the night .. turned left instead of right .. ended up somewhat on a road which parallels 75 in Tennessee between La Follette and Williamsburg. Did a bit of sight-seeing then decided to return to 75 via an Alternate 75 route. My relaxing, peaceful ride suddenly turned into one where I was clutching tightly to the console & armrest and slamming my feet onto the floor to apply my own imaginary brakes. (didn't work)

We were in the Toaster (Scion XB) and, on twisties, RW thinks the Toaster is a motorcycle. In several miles of repeating 25 mph turns, I nearly punched 2 holes into the floor with my substitute "brakes".

He, on the other hand, had a ball !!
was that 27?


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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:32 am 
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It was 25W.

SW neglected to say this Alternate 75 trip was in the middle of the night, pitch dark. On most of it, we were between a rock & a drop. Mountainous with changing elevations

Couldn't see much in the headlights, but looked like it would be a scenic ride in daylight.

She also "forgot" to mention the ugly words she threw at me as I got the Toaster to so smoothly swing through those curves with very little braking.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:47 pm 
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I need to get my Toaster over to the Dragon and see how it does there.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:33 pm 
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Sounds like it was a nice ride to me RW!!! Jeff and Joanie, if youins make it over this way give me a shout!


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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:34 pm 
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Forgot you own a Toaster too.

Maybe we should have a Toaster rally.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:23 pm 
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We headed out to WI three days after returning home from this rally. In those 3 days, we had to come up with a gift idea for 4 graduates. What do you give a graduate? Money. Since I like my gifts to others .. Personal .. and specific to the person, I balked at the idea of just handing over an envelope containing money. Too cold and impersonal for me.

Money Leis !!

A little bit of SW history here:

- I know how to make a lei. I've made many.

- I was trained as a hula dancer from the age of 7-8. Not to entertain so much, though that came later. More for maintaining my Hawaiian heritage & customs. My mother, one of the rare pure Hawaiians left on the island, had a lot to do with my maintaining my heritage.

- Back in those days, hula dancers made their own leis, grass skirts, other costumes and accumulated their own hula implements. I don't know how it's done now.

Money Leis. Yep. I know how to do this. This was going to be a breeze. I was convinced I would have 4 money leis completed in the snap of the fingers.

NOT! NOT! NOT!

My thoughts:

- find out the school colors for each graduate.
- realized I couldn't use flowers. They'd wilt long before we got there. And it's not as though I could walk out onto my own yard or a neighbor's yard and pick the flowers I needed like I could back in HI anyway. (there went my "4 leis completed in the snap of fingers")

In the 3 days between rally and leaving for WI, RW (yes, I needed help) and I, learned, relearned, practiced ... Origami. The Japanese art of folding paper into shapes of flowers, animals, etc. I continued construction of the leis, in the car, during daylight hours of our trip up .. several hours after checking into 2 separate nights of motels .. and finished the last one an hour after the graduation party began. This is what happens when one creates one's own design because one doesn't like the "usual" money lei. A lot more work was generated for me.

The money leis were a HIT! The subject of conversation throughout the evening, after the fireworks show, and into the night.

Our efforts were rewarded by the grins & pride of the graduates. In the following pictures, you won't see this because I do not post pictures of youth online. It's a personal hang-up of mine. (while realizing the picture of the 4, side-by-side, arm over shoulder, sporting wide grins is probably plastered over several social media sites)

Pictures of the Money Leis .. cut out of the original pix






Though made of paper .. each had "weight" because all "flowers" were anchored by tied-on beads at the back. As well as a row of beads at the neckline to avoid the scratchiness of stiff, folded paper at the neck.

RW's job? His job was to acquire clean, firm bills at the bank .. fold the bills and form the butterflies .. figure out how to attach the butterflies securely to finished leis yet allowing easy removal without destroying the leis.

He did good.

My grandson heads out to college in January. Guess what I plan to give him at that graduation.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:39 pm 
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I'll close out my "sharing" of this celebration with an explanation of the fireworks show.

My son, since childhood, has been crazy about fireworks. He has maintained his love of fireworks into adulthood. It's his hobby. During holidays & special occasions, he and his team (about 5) have put on fireworks shows for cities, towns, colleges, fly-ins, religious gatherings, etc.

Obviously, by this time, he does more & knows more than how to simply light a firecracker. He's knowledgeable in safety issues, rules & regulations of different states and Canada, insurance needs, transportation requirements, product improvements and interactions .. and all that stuff.

His gift to honor the graduates was an impressive aerial fireworks display which ended with a huge fireball at ground level. When the fireball slowly cleared, a sign board of flaming letters appeared through the fog/mist/smoke .. spelling out

Class of 2014

This was so cool! Of course. You had to be there to appreciate it.

(Okay. Back to the regular program. I'm done sharing.)

Jeff, are you really taking your Toaster throught the Dragon. That would be Fun!

Steve, we thought about you immediately after completing the Alternate 75 route. Wondered if you'd been on it. Although we started on 25W, I'm not absolutely sure Alternate 75 was 25W. Where's 27? And what is it?

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:02 pm 
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The secret's out. This is how Mike got the Whizzer up to Andrews NC from Warner Robbins Ga.



Nice outfit!

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:02 am 
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Purple, we gotta talk.

You have to help me dispel the visuals of Leatherneck I've been
experiencing since reading a particular phrase in your last post.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:04 pm 
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27 runs the west side of 75, as 25 w runs the east, both are good ride!


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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:55 am 
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The pix of Mike's outfit (motorcycle, Whizzer, trailer) is the last of the pictures RW & I have to share. I suspect I'll be winding down my part of this ride report soon. Though I still have some unanswered questions left.

- did anyone take pictures at the Burger Basket?

Where the crying woman couldn't stop the horn on the vehicle parked up front?

I don't know much about that situation. I was first distracted by a very nice Philly cheese sandwich, then "forced" by a heavy downpour to order & finish a big Strawberry Milkshake. One shouldn't take advantage of an establishment for shelter without buying something, should one?

- did Jeff & Joanie get themselves collapsible rocking chairs?

- what happened to the pictures I took inside Rib Country?

I was so looking forward to seeing those. Especially a profile of Guba taken in front of a huge picture of a rooster. (I think) When RW downloaded from our camera .. NO PICTURES inside Rib Country! Did I accidently flip my camera off-setting? Or is someone else's camera full of pictures he/she doesn't want? Would the pictures have turned out since the lighting was dim?

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:20 am 
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- Why do waitresses treat Steve so badly? He is really a nice guy. I wasn't there for this one .. but I understand his order was taken, but never delivered. Did he still receive a bill?

Before this thread dies a natural death, I want to make sure Steve's outstanding ride leadership is not overlooked. He did a great job! He not only provided enjoyable rides, and places to eat, .. but when threatening weather and "timing" complicated ride plans .. he simply polled the riders .. then adjusted.

- one of my own questions .. having to do with my bike-riding insecurity after nearly 2 years of non-riding .. was quickly resolved.

RW needed to gas up. I went with him.

(Note the picture with the collapsible rocking chairs. Beyond the grassy area in the background is a building. This is a combination mini grocery store, gas station, and Huddle House. Very convenient for bike riders at the hotel.)

As RW gassed up, I rode around the pumps & the building. He headed back, and I continued across the street into the rest area. I entered the rest area, still, fairly tense. I exited with a wide grin and "oh, WOW!". All my parts worked .. in conjunction with each other .. and I didn't even have to THINK about them.
I just RODE.

At the first deep, long curve on the route to the Dragon, I reminded myself to face fully the end of the curve.

RebelRed and I immediately became 1.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:51 am 
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I didn't get any pics at the Burger Basket. It was one of the few times I didn't have my camera. I nearly forgot about posing at the Rib place with the picture background until SW reminded me.

RW riding a motorcycle is like riding a bicycle, you never forget. ;)

As for Steve, I think they have security camera footage of him online somewhere repeatedly going back to the buffet. New facial recognition software probably flagged him. I'm afraid he's probably on a black list somewhere that's shared by all the restaurants. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if they even gave him a special security code, like "code gastronome" or something along those lines. For future rides he should consider using a face mask of Richard Nixon, that would help to convey the message that he isn't a crook and it might help to prevent triggering the "code gastronome" while we are all there. Who knows, he may even get the VIP treatment that he so deserves.

:lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:16 pm 
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That was great Guba, I don't know about the Nixon mask though, lol !! I'm glad I got a chance to show youins a lol of the area. But weather permitting, I wasn't allowed alot of time! But we surely did get a bunch of front porch sittin time!!! HH, won't even serve me, and there not even a buffett!!! And with there dingbat staff, I don't think they could follow a computer warning of my abilities!! Thank you SW for the kind words!! Can't wait to meet up again with all!!! We ought to get a bet going on what Delbert' s next machine will be!! Hey, maybe a Whizzer ?!!!


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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Andrews NC Rebel Rally 5/30,5/31
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:00 pm 
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Like Purple & John, I nearly acquired a new motorcycle this year. Unlike Purple & John, my choice was totally inappropriate for me. That's what I've been trying to convince myself for the past 4 months.

RW & I stopped by our local dealership in March where I bought a new riding jacket in prep for this rally. On my last ride, I'd casually tossed the old-faithful silver jacket over my Rebel, resulting in a melted zipper.

While waiting to complete my jacket transaction, I glanced over the showroom floor .. and zeroed in on .. a bit of handlebars & the top of the fork. As yet, I haven't got a clue as to why I was so drawn to a motorcyle I could barely see. I wended through the corral of bikes, looked down at it (it was a bit lower than surrounding bikes) .. and fell in love.

Why was I drawn to this bike? A Black motorcycle. I prefer being visible on the highway and avoid black vehicles (both truck & Toaster are white, bikes are red).

This motorcycle is not just black .. it is BLACK
- a two-tone paint job of matte/shiny black,
- blacked out engine
- black frame, handlebars, rims
And I understand it doesn't sound like a sewing machine. It has a throaty rumble.

A 2014 750 Shadow .. "The Phantom"

Bigger .. Heavier .. More Powerful .. More Expensive

Was my first bike not the same?
An 883 HD. A Sportster.

Whenever my thoughts dwell on the motorcycle, I'll look at its picture online. The picture does not do it justice. It lacks the impact of a Phantom up close and personal. Which is probably a good thing for me.

In making my decision to buy or not, I weighed all the pros & cons. Added the fact we've been on our bikes ONCE this year and won't again for the rest of the year. Once. A huge reduction from at least 3 long distant rallies a year & multiple quick jaunts where RW & I would slap on the gear .. head out together with no real destination in mind. My common sense said, " No .. too many reasons not to buy it".

Purple & John are out there somewhere, enjoying their new motorcycles.
I'm sitting here with no new motorcycle .. just common sense.
Sometimes common sense sucks.

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