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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
Gordon Gray #820999 08/24/20 12:12 pm
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Trying to remember all the riding we did.

Wednesday: Solo loop ride 64 Lightning Rocket. 30 ish miles. GA 60 to Princess Rock to Turners Corners up 129 to GA 180 and back to camp. And then the Ride to Walmart and Back Again with Rich Stone. Another 40 miles but on the Star 650.

Thursday: ride to the Dragon with Mike and Bob. Return on the Cherehala Skyway. 350 ish miles on the 64 LR.

Friday: I think this is the Ride to Watley’s in Baldwin GA. 150 ish miles on the 63 Star 650. Spent the evening fixing Wades LH carb and balancing and syncing the carbs on his 72 Bonnie. I think I also did the loop ride with Bob where I drifted the Star in a corner in the wet on some oil. The front end pushed out in a right hander and the rear followed suit. I stood the bike up a bit and traction returned. Very near thing. Managed to stay upright and in the lane. It was then we noticed multi-colored sheen of oil drops every 200 yards or so. We figured it was a truck.

Saturday: dual sport extravaganza 90 miles with Marlin, Wade and Mike Baker. Wade blew a fuse About 15 miles in on the Bonnie but we got him fixed and he rode out. Mike and I finished this ride - Cooper Gap Road to FS42 to Doublehead Gap Road to FS 58 up the creek and some waterfalls back to FS42 to FS 68 and Fish Hatchery road to GA 60 south back to camp. Lightning Rocket as the Firebird with the knobbies is broken.

Sunday: Return to Watley’s for fanny pack with Lowndes Watley. Did the gentile giant loop. GA 180 to GA 75 up to US 74 to GA 197 and returned to an empty camp by way of ALT 75 and the Richard B Russel parkway and Craig Gap Road and GA 180. 200 miles.

David Patterson and I were the last hangers on. Thank you David for the 6volt tail light bulbs and the “6 volt guy in a 12 volt world” shop shirt. This is Somehow the most appripo thing I have been gifted all year long. Thank you David.

Thank you Gordon. That is really good honey! Great weekend. Great company. The tents made the rain not a problem. Burgers Brats Grits and Eggs Yinglings Guinness and even a few PBRs and one ice pack. wink

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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
Gordon Gray #821006 08/24/20 12:58 pm
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Glad to be hearing nice reports, especially of nobody hit by cars or bikes on fire.

Sadly, a friend from my teen years was very badly injured by a car plowing into him on his Beemer, up in the Colorado mountains.

Worse, my brother-in-law is in intensive care (NOT Covid), and my wyfe is in San Antonio overseeing his medical care.

Hence, I have been doing the "Mr. Mom" deal and never looked in to the online version of the bb.com camp-out, and (understatement of the year) I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE no matter how much rain there was...


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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
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Originally Posted by Ob1quixote
Chasing David Saturday

Following Lowndes on Sunday.


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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
Gordon Gray #821017 08/24/20 5:21 pm
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What a great time !!! Awesome food - Great conversation - Great roads - and Great friends....... And a beautiful part of the world.... That campground is the bee's knees ..... I will be back ...


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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
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[quote=Semper Gumby]OK I think this was Thursday and yes it was raining. but believe it or not the rain was actually a blessing: it kept the temps in the sixties and seventies instead of the normal August temperature in Georgia: 90-100 degrees.

Somehow the driest sense of humor on the planet emerged from the maelstrom on his red Norton - safe and sound - a miracle.



That was about the only part of me that was still dry!


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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
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Originally Posted by Ob1quixote
Good to see you again Mike!

And you as well Ob1. Very Nice Gold Wing by the way thumbsup


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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
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These are not art by any means but it gives you a flavor of what it was like to be there ... Glorious in every way

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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
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Wade.....you sir did not disappoint...beautiful photos and yes they capture it perfectly. ( at least for me and I was there) I'm still waiting to hear if Bill made it home but thought I'd post a pic.

Side note: The Wilderness was the next major battle after Gettysburg.......Grant chasing Lee. But I forgot it was months apart and in a different part of the North. You have to forgive me. Being born and raised South of Tallahassee Florida......anything above Thomasville Ga is North to me. It was really good to be able to sit and talk with you......you're one of the good guys. I can't thank you enough for the photos of our friends that have passed on......empty chairs. Things had to be rearranged once I made it to the campground and I decided on the "set up". The tent I brought usually sits where our kitchen was.....that display would have been on a table in front of my tent. Our typical Mid-Ohio set up.......but we needed that space so instead I moved out. With the weather I didn't want that stuff out in the open for long. I also realized that there were a bunch of folks that had never met some of these folks. I"think" when this thread sorta runs out of steam......I'll see if we can't come up with a story or two about each of folks to share with the site. I'll be asking for help with that. More on that later.

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This is what can happen when you put up 800 sq ft of shade, a grill and a few tables.......I had only planned on one group meal but we ended up having 4. This was the Thursday evening feast, Friday we had a group breakfast and an absolutely perfect smoked pulled pork dinner. Saturday was the ole standard burgers and dogs. Hats off to the people who stepped up to cook and prep.....more on that with the AAR.


Total head count after all the dust settled was 20.


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PS....posting a photo after Wade does is like coming on stage with your high school garage band right after the Rolling Stones.

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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
Wade.....you sir did not disappoint...beautiful photos and yes they capture it perfectly. ( at least for me and I was there) I'm still waiting to hear if Bill made it home but thought I'd post a pic.

Side note: The Wilderness was the next major battle after Gettysburg.......Grant chasing Lee. But I forgot it was months apart and in a different part of the North. You have to forgive me. Being born and raised South of Tallahassee Florida......anything above Thomasville Ga is North to me. It was really good to be able to sit and talk with you......you're one of the good guys. I can't thank you enough for the photos of our friends that have passed on......empty chairs.

PS....posting a photo after Wade does is like coming on stage with your high school garage band right after the Rolling Stones.

No worries ! In fact I want to see other peoples photos. I feel like I have had blinders on sometimes when people capture moments I miss.... There were a lot of photos on that slide show that Richard put together that I would like to have copies of. A few of me and many of our dear friends . Those that have passed and those that are still here.... I'll hit Richrd up for those....

I will look into that battle. I love Civil War history....

Notice I didnt post photos of Bill from Saturday .... That is his story to tell....

I hope our paths cross many more times ....


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Home at 6. As always it's a let down to sit here after 8 days of riding. May e later i,ll fill in the blanks and tell a out flying with tha angles through ky. Totally surreal

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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
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Fist of all I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU

to Gordon and to everyone, really. What a wonderful time we had.

It was, as always, great to see everyone, all the regular crew- but it was great to see David P again, and great to meet Greg aka Georgia Cracker & Marlin aka Hugh De Man. I enjoyed meting the Whatleys, and appreciate Richard Hosting us at his garage for a while.
Finally- not to mention, of course, that it was so much fun to ride with everyone. I'm used to seeing lots go motorcycles out & about, but not like this, with such a wide variety of bikes- and nutlike these roads down here! WOW

Meanwhile....

Well we made it home after many hours of travel and some hours of F-ing around. At one point the trailer was flapping wildly about on the back of the truck and not exactly like a towel in hurricane but closer enough to that than one might hope for a trailer worth ANYthing on it much less two BritBikes! Wade assaying he was hearing some sort of clunking noise. I can't hear sh*t anyway, and even if I could I could barely take my eyes off the bikes weaving and waggling about in the rear view mirror!

I actually had to slow down if that tells you anything at all. That said, I was told numerous times by more than one person over the weekend that it's not (really) advisable to drive 75 MPH towing a trailer! Who knew? laugh

We stopped at one point to air up the tires on the trailer, aded fit to. one rear tire on the truck, checked the lug nuts on teh trailer and never looked at teh hitch itself. Started. back down the road and it still wasn't pretty, so we pulled off again. I grabbed ahold of the trailer tongue and gave it a mighty wiggle and WTF. shocked

Turned out that the hitch ball was SUPER LOOSE! There were a couple threads showing yet, between the bottom of the nut and the post of the ball when we discovered it. The nut was what you'd call finger tight, well finger LOOSE was more like it. I had a box of tools along, one of which was a 12" adjustable wrench, so after some Tightening Of The Nut, we. hobbled up the road a ways to find a truck repair shop, with visions of massive sockets and a1/2" or 3/4" impact driver dancing in our heads. Instead we got a massive socket and a 4 foot long breaker bar. It took em a while to get to us but then they didn't charge us for helping us out.

We dodged more than one bullet there, lemme tells ya.

Rolled out of camp about 8 (ish) AM.
Arrived at the house about 12.30 AM
Tired but elated.

SO here are some pix and I'll post more later. These are phone pix. I also shot at least 2 rolls of 35mm film and took numerous digital photos.

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There was a gathering of Italia motorbikes at the campground Saturday. In general, the joint was jumping- LOTS of people and motorcycles coming and going all day. It was a gas. A few of that crew was around all weekend and hung out with us. REAL nice folks.

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more later doods.

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GREAT WEEKEND!
Unfortunately I didn't take many pictures. On the two group rides I took the leader never stopped. We only stopped on the second ride as I was almost on reserve. The Sunshine Market only has two pumps, regular and premium, both non ethanol.
Once fueled I separated and headed into town for cigars. Almost to the first traffic signal in Dahlonega and the sound of the bike changed, a silencer had come loose from the hanger. I put it back on and headed slowly to the Auto Zone. Paid too much for some nuts and bolts, but I got him fixed.
I did manage to stop at Neal's Gap, where the Appalachian Trail crosses the highway.
On Sunday I took one last ride down to the Rock Pile to pay my respects to Trahlyta.
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Must have worked, nothing fell off the bike on the way back to the campground.
There were many nice Italian bikes there. Herds of Ducati, and one very nice example of the bike I would buy if my numbers hit. A triple done right!
An awesome weekend. Thanks to everyone who came from far and wide. Special thanks to Gordon for getting us all together.

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as I've said before, it's the people that make these events worthwhile, and this one is no exception. I do wonder why we get so few new inmates. Is Bob that scary?

so a few rambling thoughts of a wandering mind.....

The slide show, any wants a copy burned to a disc drop me an email [email protected]

I may have to start trailering. the days when I could set the Norton at 72 mph and relax are gone. I75, 24, and 40 that I have to ride have gone from a millon trucks to three million trucks and at leat that many idiots doing stupid sit in cars. the rid down what pure hell. The ride home was slightly better, being Sunday,but not much. 'cept for a run thru KY. I was taking a break in the right lane from trying to make time, when two of the more famous mc club went flying by in their usual side by side formation..(don't want to mention any names but one word started with h and the other didn't). Shock number one, they waved at me. Shock number two, they were wearing full face helmets. I figured if they weren't worried about cops, I wouldn't be either and tucked in behind them. Spent the next hour pushing cars out of the left lane at 90 to 95 mph. When they turned off, they waved at me again. far out!

pics later.

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Nothing to see here folks...keep moving. Well, a second of inattention, a wet road and a really good brake made for some bruising. Ankle ,knee, hip, shoulder, indicators and ego. Things are mostly fixed by now. Great time with y'all regardless. Marlin (on the way down) and Mike (on the way back) for invitations to overnight at their abodes. Gordon for being Gordon and everyone else for being there to make it all fun


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I "think" every one has made it home safe and sound? As any good mother hen would do I can't help but worry. You see........I think of these folks as family.......always have. My giveashit about some things has run dry but not for people I consider family/friends.

This whole thing started with.... I'm in the process of purging some of the clutter I've gather over the years........those canopies (1000 sq ft total) were something I wanted to let go. So.......WTH, why not one LAST time? There have been 100's of tales and lies told under those things. I hosted our Mid-Ohio get together for 7 years straight.......one or more of those canopies had been there every time. We used them for the TSMR's 10th ( which was actually the 11th year) get together at Windy's camp ground. Last time I set them up was for a BIBR get together. My plan was to load, set them up and HOPE to find someone to take them from there. If there had been no takers they were going to the landfill when I got back to NC. Windy said he would take them and if his schedule would have allowed for him to be in Georgia on Sunday I would have gladly helped take them down and load them up.....but that didn't happen. An employee at the campground said she'd take them......so I left them standing and drove off......first time ever.

The site has grown over the years but we first started these get togethers to give forum members a chance to meet each other face to face. It has been a "regional" thing but we've had visitors from Sweden, UK and Germany over the years. It has ALWAYS been open for ANYBODY.......and even if Brit Bikes were the focus....it didn't matter what you rode.

to be continued.....

Gordon

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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
Richrd #821092 08/25/20 2:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Richrd
as I've said before, it's the people that make these events worthwhile, and this one is no exception. I do wonder why we get so few new inmates. Is Bob that scary?


No, he's just misunderstood shocked

I may have to start trailering. the days when I could set the Norton at 72 mph and relax are gone. I75, 24, and 40 that I have to ride have gone from a millon trucks to three million trucks and at leat that many idiots doing stupid sit in cars. the rid down what pure hell.


I don't think anybody can fault your for trailering, you've more than paid your dues over the years and I doubt too many others will break your record for miles ridden to and from the 3 State thumbsup




The ride home was slightly better, being Sunday,but not much. 'cept for a run thru KY. I was taking a break in the right lane from trying to make time, when two of the more famous mc club went flying by in their usual side by side formation..(don't want to mention any names but one word started with h and the other didn't). Shock number one, they waved at me. Shock number two, they were wearing full face helmets. I figured if they weren't worried about cops, I wouldn't be either and tucked in behind them. Spent the next hour pushing cars out of the left lane at 90 to 95 mph. When they turned off, they waved at me again. far out!

pics later.

Nice to have somebody to ride with...when do you get patched in? wink



Next time I'll bring scotch...sorry facepalm


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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
Gordon Gray #821106 08/25/20 5:08 pm
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tom doing what tom does
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I enjoyed playing with the cameras, but I'm not going to try to compete with the pro. but here are a couple of mine.
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and finally, I've heard about these Georgia cocoons but this is the first one I've seen. Bears look at them as a kind of green burrito, Chewy in the middle.
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they hatch in the morning and wobblies , make that Whattlies, crawl out.


Rich (last remaining member ThreeMustGetBeers)
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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
Gordon Gray #821108 08/25/20 5:32 pm
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There was one of them cocoons over by my cabin... tiny little fly... I think he ended up sleeping on the front porch Saturday night/Sunday morning!


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Re: BRITBIKE.COM REUNION CAMP 2020
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