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Re: Mid-O Vintage Days 2019 Dates Announced [Re: Rich B] #777640 06/30/19 8:44 pm
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Greetings!
Count me in as usual for the set up, breakfast @ Millersburg & maybe even Hog Heaven in New Philly! Hope the weather cooperates!

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Re: Mid-O Vintage Days 2019 Dates Announced [Re: Lannis] #777653 07/01/19 12:15 am
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Originally Posted by Lannis
Originally Posted by edunham
Just looked at the weather forecast. Looks like another Mud-Ohio.

Ed from NJ


Still a week out, and the weather-guessers aren't very accurate until they can see it on the radar ... !

Lannis


Usually the weather guessers figure out it is raining when they stand outside and their hair gets wet......


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Re: Mid-O Vintage Days 2019 Dates Announced [Re: royaloilfield] #778068 07/07/19 12:43 pm
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It was good seeing some of you again.....it's been way too long. I didn't make it to the campsite but I did try. I was the first ( if you know me that's not a surprise) through the spectators gate on Friday Morning and was in the swap by 7:20. Stayed there all day and finally hung it up around 4. I was mostly looking for metric stuff and did find a few things. Got a nice heat shield for a VS for a song. First time ever going to ALL the vendors......it was a work out. OH........I was in a VERY BIG cargo van and getting around the campground was a real pain. I saw you guys but there was no where to park that damn thing and I wasn't in the mood to park it back over at the swap and walk......I was walked out. I decided to go ahead and leave Saturday morning.....I can't put my finger on it but the place had changed....maybe it's just me but there seemed to be a LOT more kids on bikes that weren't street legal...I had a heck of a time getting out of the parking lot and driving around the campground....I was being passed on the left and right. Lota stress there. I'm glad I went.....needed to see for myself. Glad i got to shake your hands. Hope you had a fun and safe weekend.

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Re: Mid-O Vintage Days 2019 Dates Announced [Re: Gordon Gray] #778072 07/07/19 2:09 pm
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Good to see you too. I saw yer van driving there but didn't recognize you. We would have made room to park you. See you next time


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Re: Mid-O Vintage Days 2019 Dates Announced [Re: royaloilfield] #778080 07/07/19 6:15 pm
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NNM.........to be completely honest by the time I loaded up my cart and the beer I couldn't give away I was done. I did ride around the campgrounds looking for the Ton UP boys....figured they would take the beer off my hands but come to find out they didn't get on site until 2:30 Saturday morning. I was enjoying the AC and needed a break out of the heat.

Maybe at the OSMR if I can make that happen this year. Take care.....always good to see you...you never change, which is a good thing IMO.

Gordon in NC

Re: Mid-O Vintage Days 2019 Dates Announced [Re: royaloilfield] #778376 07/11/19 3:47 pm
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I was there but never hooked up with you guys,had my B25 sitting over in ohio valleys spot for a while and went back after the storm on friday to ride it back to the campground which dirtied it up quite a bit,spent $35 in the swap meet (an all time low),generator in RV ran most of the daylight hours keeping my under the weather wife comfortable with the AC running
I have to agree with Gordon,things did feel different this year,may be the last time I spend a weekend there


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Re: Mid-O Vintage Days 2019 Dates Announced [Re: smitty] #778381 07/11/19 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by smitty

I have to agree with Gordon,things did feel different this year,may be the last time I spend a weekend there


For me, the positives are:

1) Hanging out with the guys. Brian (royaloilfield), Mike (rocketscientist), Ed (Dunham), and the Ohio Valley BSAOC had chairs, shade, coolers, snacks, and good conversation whenever I was tired of wandering the swap meet or when a storm came over. RichB, RonT, MWNN, and our BB crowd had the same over in the campground. I stayed in my all-time favorite B&B ("Somewhere in Time") over near Bellville, about 5 miles from MidOhio; good company there too.

2) One trip through the swapmeet, and a bit of watching the vintage racing. I'm in "Declutter" mode at home as I mentioned, so I only bought things that would go in my pockets or a backpack. Always interesting to see what sorts of things are for sale at what prices. The best deal at the meet was rocketscientist's Moto Giro eligible Benelli 200. The racing is always fun.

And there's really one big negative that's close to swamping it all out.

1) Management of the event. They announce that camping (first come first serve) will open at a certain time on a certain day. Guys line up and patiently wait so that they can choose a site, but when the gates are flung open, it turns out that half the campground is already full. Same happens at the swap meet; "some people" are allowed in with a huge wad of cash and snarf up all the good deals before it's even open to the public.

2) Facilities. Thousands upon thousands of campers, no showers or facilities in the campground. A shoutout to the guys on the tractor collecting trash from the hundreds of trash cans at the site - they worked hard and kept the grounds clean. I stepped into the track shower block once and stepped right back out to find a porta-john.

I suppose that the above are just "comfort" things that most people are willing to put up with. I'm getting too old for that though.

Finally -

3) Swap meet and campground chaos. Thousands of pit bikes, trail bikes, scooters, road bikes, everything, clogging up all the paths in the swap meet and in the campground. Kids pulling wheelies, noisy rapping expansion chambers and drag pipes, and what surprised me most, probably half of the traffic is older guys just riding up and down, up and down, up and down and round and round through the swap meet. Not even looking at the vendors, just riding at 5 MPH through the mud and dust for miles and miles, all day long. You can hardly walk through the swap meet, and I only rode over to the campground once; it was like riding through a mad beehive.

It didn't used to be like that. Licensed vehicles and drivers only. A few bikes going up and down, but not many.

Not sure why they allow it. It's about to put me right off.

So there's good and there's bad. I'll figure out the mix of the two before I get tickets next year ..... !

Lannis


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Re: Mid-O Vintage Days 2019 Dates Announced [Re: royaloilfield] #778400 07/11/19 7:25 pm
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As a fairly long time swap meet guy, the sanitary facilities have never been pleasant in the swap meet area. Can't speak to the camping area. The "chaos" in the swap meet was, if anything, a whole lot less than it used to be. I use to describe the swap meet to folks as the equivalent to the opening scenes of "Slumdog Millionaire" in the slums of Moombai (or is it Calcutta?). In 20 some odd years of coming, I don't ever recall it being "orderly." I think we are all getting older and need canes to wag at the damn kids and tell them to slow down!

Ed from NJ

Re: Mid-O Vintage Days 2019 Dates Announced [Re: edunham] #778406 07/11/19 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by edunham
As a fairly long time swap meet guy, the sanitary facilities have never been pleasant in the swap meet area. Can't speak to the camping area. The "chaos" in the swap meet was, if anything, a whole lot less than it used to be. I use to describe the swap meet to folks as the equivalent to the opening scenes of "Slumdog Millionaire" in the slums of Moombai (or is it Calcutta?). In 20 some odd years of coming, I don't ever recall it being "orderly." I think we are all getting older and need canes to wag at the damn kids and tell them to slow down!

Ed from NJ


That's entirely possible about the tolerance decreasing as we get older.

I DO, however, remember that in the times I've been there, from 2004 - 2010 or so, that they enforced the "licensed vehicle only" thing, and I DON'T remember having to spend half my swap meet time leaping for the edge as lines of Yamaha 125 motocross bikes came through.

It was never orderly, but I don't remember it being like this ....

Never saw "Slumdog Millionaire", but the layout reminded me of the scenes in "Road Warrior" where Humungous's gang was riding round and round and round and round and round in front of the petroleum refinery .....

Lannis


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