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Originally Posted by Richrd
What about Tom

He could grab your fenders for you.

(directed at Wade}


unfortunately Tom says he is out too...


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Originally Posted by bill50cal
mike do what you feel you have to family is more important the this ride.

I consider some of y'all family. The list of people that I'm willing to go on any kind of group ride with is pretty small but everybody thats in so far is on it. I was in Philly for my mothers funeral 4 years ago, a week or so before the TSMR when, I got the news about Ben Strain's passing. Sounds strange, but I'm not sure which hit me harder. My mother was 99 and had not been 100% for a while, it was expected. It's harder when somebody goes out on an errand and never comes back.


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Green light here, T minus 4 days till blast off!


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Mike, that's well said. Hope you can make it but if not, hope to see you at the next thing whatever that is.


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All loaded up this morning I am on my way just decided to come early came through a small town in Missouri has two colleges which means lots of college girls. Got myself invited into an apartment for a cup of coffee. anyway, must have a structural problem, there is this poleholding the ceiling up.

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Make sure she brews up a fresh pot of coffee for breakfast ... it gets bitter if it sits overnight and you have to warm it back up .....

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I always finish a pot of coffee. I have a rule that I can't drink until the coffee pot is empty.
Only applies at home though. I don't usually drink coffee at rallies. laugh


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Originally Posted by DPO
Green light here, T minus 4 days till blast off!
You mean that Red is gonna let you travel across state lines without a chaperone? laughing


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You boys be safe and have big fun!! Extra rasin pie to Windy for all that he does.

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Originally Posted by DavidP
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Green light here, T minus 4 days till blast off!
You mean that Red is gonna let you travel across state lines without a chaperone? laughing

Gumby is my chaperone!


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Sure is lonely here. The trip out was a total bit h, today is typical mounttain weather.

Just took Gordon's bike for a ride up the mountain. Turned around half way up. Cold and fogged in so went to the general store for lunch. Food wasn't bad and they now serve breakfast.


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Are they selling gas in Shady Valley now?


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Windy said yes when I asked.

In attempt to arrive in camp on the R3 without a worn out tire, I discovered a broken rear spoke! Trying to get it fixed before Wednesday here in Atlanta. I’m kinda miffed about this. It’s heavier duty than stock and it still broke. Also Buchanan would not answer the phone or return my messages. They must be on vacation.

My apologies for not arriving sooner Richard. Tomorrow looks like a nice day up there?

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Y'all be careful!
Really wishing I could be there!


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Originally Posted by Tom Sanders
Are they selling gas in Shady Valley now?

Hope they've got it to sell! The independent stations around here (Blairs, Brookneal) are running out of gas, the big stations (ExxonMobil etc) are being prioritized. Windy, let us know if it starts getting short in the Valley ....

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Did you know it's possible to climb to the top of backbone rock ?


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Yes Rich, did it the first time about 10 years ago! Nice hiking trail up there, not to be taken while drinking!!! smile


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Originally Posted by Richrd
Did you know it's possible to climb to the top of backbone rock ?

Yes, I did. Mr Ben took the climb one year. A few others have made the hike through the years. I absolutely love that place and always thought it was a great spot for a group photo. I still think the interesting story about the tunnel is....ONLY after it was completed did they realize that the smoke stack on the narrow gauge train that was going to pass through it.....wouldn’t clear the top of the “tunnel”. I’m in construction and know what that call to the boss might have sounded like.

“Uh.......well we measured to the top of the boiler. Is there anyway they can take that smoke stack off?” 😂

I wish I was home so I could post a pic of it. But the notch that had to be put in it looks so.......oops!!!!!!

Gordon

PS. Life and work has got in the way and I won’t see you guys ( and gals) until Saturday after you get back to the camp ground. Looking forward to it.

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Originally Posted by Semper Gumby
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tracker.gasbuddy.com

Neat site but it's not real-time (not that I know how it could be) ... there are stations in my county that are out of fuel that are still showing green on there.

Windy, if you can cache some fuel at the campground in case local stations aren't open, I'll chip in ... Don't want to get "caught out" here in the middle of the latest crisis/emergency that we just happen to be having ... again ....

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Don't panic and don't worry

It will get better


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Originally Posted by Richrd
Don't panic and don't worry

It will get better

Absolutely. As someone's signature says "It'll be all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end ...".

But it's a long walk from Willis to Meadows of Dan, hilly too. I like hiking, but I'd rather not make that one if I can do something to prepare for it ... !!!

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You can make out the "notch" for the smoke stack in these photos. Taken in 2007

Drilled out in 1901. My guess is before the notch the arch was very symmetrical. It's one of the shortest tunnels in the US, if not the shortest.

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Gordon's bike sure is fun on the mountain

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