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#715994 - 11/21/17 1:32 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Thanks, Gordon! Those of us who couldn't make it appreciate the window through which we can partake vicariously.

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#715998 - 11/21/17 1:51 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Barb]  
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Thank you Barb.....I know if you'd been closer you'd have been there. There were 80-90 people but I'm not posting photos of the crowd because I didn't know many of them and there were family members there that I don't want to post their photos with out their permission. I'm pissed that I didn't get a better photo of Richrd but I know I took a couple of photos of him with his camera. There were some very nice people there and a lot of like minds. It was funny but I "kinda" heard the same story over and over....." I saw a dude on a BSA and chased him down....turns out he had a shop close by and worked on bikes...."

The shop has 6 or 7 lifts......you were welcome to bring your bike over and use a lift and tools....The brothers never charged enough and were always doing stuff for free. Stories like " Yea I barley knew them and they let me work on my bike there....they were going to be gone for the weekend so they gave me a key to the shop!"

I think Dave's plans are to keep the shop open......and that a good thing for a lot of folks.

Gordon who has one more task left to do.......and I'm probably going to take care of it this weekend.

#716004 - 11/21/17 2:43 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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I didn't take that many pics, I,m too tired to look. Got home 11.30 this morning, but I,all get on it.


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#716085 - 11/21/17 7:12 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Rich, Gordon, Bill and whomever else I missed .... thanks for coming .... I know you guys had to travel a day or more to get to FLA .... glad we had some good weather for you .... I appreciated seeing you there .... you britbikers are the best


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#716091 - 11/21/17 7:30 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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#716166 - 11/22/17 3:08 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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between Mid O and the tsmr and a few other events some have become more than just friends. It may only a day here and a few there, but as someone else had said, it has become more of a family. And it is getting smaller.


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#716223 - 11/22/17 4:27 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Richrd]  
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Originally Posted by Richrd
between Mid O and the tsmr and a few other events some have become more than just friends. It may only a day here and a few there, but as someone else had said, it has become more of a family. And it is getting smaller.


That's so true.....there were several people that went to a lot of trouble to try and get people off the board face to face.......at first it worked and was in Alan's own words "magical". A family grew out of it......I'm grateful to have been a small part of it. BUT.......the site gets bigger and the family's getting smaller. Seems like fewer folks are wanting to actually meet the people they talk to on the board.....kinda a shame.

I have one more task to complete then I'll crawl back under my rock and you'll not hear from me until another family member passes.

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to post to this thread.

Gordon in NC, aka Gordon Gray and John Blue ( I still don't understand that one????)

#716225 - 11/22/17 4:37 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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I was blessed to go racing in 2008, otherwise I never would have met Mike & Dave, Tom, Rich, Greg, and many other bb.com folks at the various tracks. Mid-O was not on the AHRMA schedule by then, sadly. Never been, and will not likely get to go...


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#716233 - 11/22/17 5:32 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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I had a sad but very nice time. It was special. A pleasure to finally meet some of the BB folks. Thankyou to those who posted pictures.

#716251 - 11/22/17 7:10 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: bodine031]  
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Originally Posted by bodine031
I had a sad but very nice time. It was special. A pleasure to finally meet some of the BB folks. Thankyou to those who posted pictures.



You're one of those folks I've always wanted to meet but our paths came close but never crossed. I hate that we had to meet on those terms. It was sad and got sadder as the day went on.

But.......we now know bodine031 is a real person and fits right in with the rest of the family.....so some good came out of it.

Gordon

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#716355 - 11/23/17 4:56 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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All my photos will go away by the end of the month (photobucket....ugh) and I'm still waiting on Richrd. I KNOW I got a good photo of him on his camera....you gota see him with a beard.....come on Richrd....give it up.

With Don Roe's help we're going to take care of our last task Saturday.....more on that later.

Here's a few bike photos....why not heh?

Part of the group

[Linked Image]

Don Roe's triple

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My Giro bike

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Bill Edward's A65

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Not sure who's Norton this is????? any help out there? Mr Tom's???

[Linked Image]

I'm liking these new Triumph's more and more.......

[Linked Image]

The rest of this bike is in the shop.....just one of the bikes the brothers are/were working on.

[Linked Image]


Happy Thanksgiving......Gordon Gray






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#716382 - 11/23/17 7:38 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Yes it was a tough way to meet. I am sure our paths have crossed. I have been to 9 Barber events, the 1st and many Brits in the Blue Ridge, The 1st AHRMA race in Daytona all the way till the last March races. A buddy of Richard (Trident Man) has my BSA Starfire he got 2 Aprils ago. The 2003 Bonny in your picture next to the silver Norton I bought new in Sept-03. A wonderful fun motorbike. I am determined to make the 2018 TSMR. Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Bodine

#716609 - 11/25/17 8:09 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Mike Carter's last ride.......

Today with Don Roe's help we took care of one of Mike's last wishes............I rode on the back of Don's BSA and we scattered Mike's ashes along the road know to some of us as the "Goat Path". A 7 mile section of Hwy 194 from Banner Elk, NC to Valle Crucis, NC

I can't tell you how much of an honor it was to be able to take care of this for Mike.

A fitting place for a fine man.

Gordon



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#716629 - 11/25/17 10:34 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Thank you Gordon and Don for the photos, the words and the deeds


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#716636 - 11/25/17 11:24 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: BeezaBryan]  
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Bryan, there had been some discussion about waiting until May but it didn't feel right waiting that long. I was taken back when he asked me to do it. He was born and raised in Florida and I would have thought he would had wanted to be there. I guess the times he spent on that road meant a lot to him. I know it meant a lot to Don and me to do it for him. Mike's last ride......he was one of the good guys.

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You all be safe out there......Gordon

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#716692 - 11/26/17 1:27 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Gordon, I believe the silver/gray Commando in your pictures above belongs to Tom Sanders.

#716703 - 11/26/17 2:22 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: SteveM]  
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Originally Posted by SteveM
Gordon, I believe the silver/gray Commando in your pictures above belongs to Tom Sanders.


I think you're right Steve.....It looks like his jacket. He has so many fine looking/running bikes...hard for me to keep up with him.

If it wasn't for Mr Tom I wouldn't have known about Mike's struggle. I think out of all the friends in Mike's life Tom Sanders stands out above them all. He was with Mike through thick and thin. Mike was lucky to have him around.

All my photos will crash at the end of the month.......sorry.

Gordon

#716705 - 11/26/17 2:35 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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For those of you that don't know the story about the "Goat Path"

When I first laid out the Three State Mountain Ride I wanted to have a technical section followed by an easier section so the rider could relax a little. I picked that section of Hwy 194 (heading North) because if was a local favorite and pretty technical. Back in the early 2000's it was pretty rough and narrow. After our first ride John French spoke up and said " That's no road.....it's a Goat Path".........and that name has stuck for all these years. There was about a three year spell where they worked on some of the worst curves and did a resurface and we had to stay off of it but it's back on the loop now. There is one section of the Goat Path that (IMO) is very unique. For a horizontal distance of just a little over 100' the road makes a couple of switchbacks and probably drops over 50' in elevation. So if your in the section.....lets say your in the middle you can see a bike above you going in the opposite direction and a bike below you going in the same direction as you. All within a hundred feet.

I made sure Mike's watching over that section.

A little bb.com history......more than you wanted to know.

Gordon (not Grey)

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#716752 - 11/26/17 6:35 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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WOW AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!

#716780 - 11/26/17 8:39 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Its still difficult to grip that Mike is not around anymore, fantastic that you could fulfill his wish to be spread his ashes along the TSMR path.
Maybe one day I'll be able to make that ride with you guys.
Thank for sharing.


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#716936 - 11/28/17 1:25 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Thanks for that share Gordon.

Late to this thread, but I wanted to add to the Mike Carter memories.

I only got to meet Mike a few times...TSMR being one of those meetings.

His smile and personality just said..."hey friend, good to see you.".

Genuine.

My recollection of Mike reminds me of good and dear friends that I have known for ages, and yet I barely knew Mike.


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