I had an absolute blast riding in the area, rain and all. Northern Georgia is one of theist kept secrets in U.S> motorcycling, near as I can tell. Well OK the word is out I suppose, judging by the number of folks riding around. Maybe having all those Ducatis and whatnot on hand helped, but I'm hard pressed to remember being any other place where not only the numbers of bikes was high, but the variety of different kinds of motorcycles out there during our time in camp was mind bending.
Lots of women riders too! It was just generally awesome, all the way around.
This pack o dudes pulled into this overlook behind us the other day, all on modern Indians- most of the bikes also being the biggest models Indian makes- Roadmaster Deluxe (or is it Elite?). We hurried up and got ahead of them but we had a minute or three, they took our photo and we took theirs- before we bolted. I've sort of had a bit of a dream (OK call it what it is- an ILLUSION) of doing some touring on one of them big @$$ bikes, so I was all eyes-on, and did take just a second to speak with one of the guys about his bike- he was forthcoming with a glowing report, but we weren't sticking around to chat.
I guess there's a whole "6 gap ride" thing? Guess I need to pay more attention and do something else other than eat, drink beer, take photos, talk shyte, and ride! Maybe if Id a shut up for a minute I'd a got onto that before just ahead of our departure! I guess we probably rode at LEAST 4 or 5 of the 6 gaps. anyway but hey- a "quest" is always fun!
Greg's smoked pork was great and we had a couple different bar-b que sauces to choose from, too. Mike Baker brought in some fresh jalapena peppers from his garden, and there was pickles and onions. It'd be totally accurate to say I was in "hog heaven". All these years, I've talked to Georgia Craker, and seen his posts and whatnot on the site, but never had met in person so your coming down was highlight for me! REALLY nice to hang out with you all weekend and I LOVE love love that bike of yours!
The color pic has a bit of a green-iso tint to it because of Bill's green tarp, so I edited this pic to black and white also
Greg & Mike G chillin:
BTW Richard, just a note to say how much I've always enjoyed your photography, brother. Your slide show this weekend was fantastic, what great memories! Don't sell yourself short, man- your photography remains one of THE stand-outs, far as I'm concerned- you're there with a camera at every gathering I've ever been to, I do believe- your photos alone are memorable enough that I have come back to them again & again over the years. I don't get a chance shoot with too many people these days and our photo outing was SO much fun for me. Your explanation of how a polarzing filter works was the first time one of them has ever made sense to me, so thanks for that little real-world demonstration!
Speaking of shooting photos.... I did shoot 2 & 1/2 rolls of film, in 2 different cameras. I'll see the 2 full rolls in asap for developing, so in a while, after the glow has subsided a bit, I'll have some film shots to share. Later still, once I shoot the rest of roll, 3- I'll have a few more! One of the cameras is a 35mm Praktica LTL- made in East Germany. The camera has its own story and I'll tell it soon as I get that roll developed- probably in its own thread over in the R&T.. I'm not going give too much away right now but will say the camera was gift from a (Britbike dot com) guy I never met- and if he's reading this, THANKS AGAIN!) his father bought the thing thru black market connections in Poland at the height of the Soviet Era!
Oh and the icing on the cake- the Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm lens is a critically acclaimed vintage lens of some renown!
OK just some random thoughts, that's all I got for now. Couple final pics to close.
I love a guy who never loses sight of his priorities- note one hand clamped firmly around a beer whilst working on Wade's carbs!
Good on yer, Bill!
and who doesn't love leopard print ANYTHING? Big props going out to Mike Baker for this!