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https://www.amazon.com/PowerTye-501...XGMM?tag=td-motorcycle-cargo-nets-pcr-20

There's a bunch of different sizes/brands........very helpful and a lot cheaper than replacing rain gear.

Love the GPS.......got one of those on my C25.

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Originally Posted by Semper Gumby
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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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
https://www.amazon.com/PowerTye-501...XGMM?tag=td-motorcycle-cargo-nets-pcr-20

There's a bunch of different sizes/brands........very helpful and a lot cheaper than replacing rain gear.

Love the GPS.......got one of those on my C25.

Gordon

No excuse for losing that thing. It was a nice Olympia suit too, although a size 3X from the past.

I've been tying down luggage on bikes for 50 years now, I was using proper ROK straps, and I took my time this morning doing it. Didn't pull it tight enough, and didn't allow for the loops slipping along the chrome rack rails.

Brain not in gear.....


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Had breakfast at the Shady store....eggs and home fries. Marlins bike proved too cold blooded this morning. So Dick and I followed RICHARD south over the snake for about 70 miles of riding between Mountain City and Boone. I then pushed the home button and they followed the glorious BSA Rocket 3 as far as Doe Valley. Dick’s bike started loosing power which was determined to be electrical. So we left him on the side of the road (TN67) and took Cross mountain road to the back way into the camp ground. I recovered Dick ‘s pretty Suzuki 2 strike 500 twin with trusty Jeep and U-haul trailer. So all ended well. No rain so far and gas cans at the ready for tomorrow’s riding adventure.

Fire, dinner (some in camp, some for burgers in shady) and adult libations. Lies told.

In attendance: Windy, Richard, Marlin, DavidP, Lannis, Bill of the Noname variety, Tom Sanders from Florida!

Still awaiting arrival: Gordon, DPO and range targets.

Note: it’s amazing how far down the valley a britbike can be heard in the early evening.

Sincerely

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2 Triumphs leaving Indiana for Windy’s this morning!

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I won’t be coming up until later Saturday. Should be there when you all get back.

10 meter targets where the 10 is the size of a period. Looking forward to trying out a real 10 meter rifle.

Lannis.......guess it was just meant to be. The weather is looking pretty dry until Monday so you just might make it home in the dry. Those cargo nets are amazing. Bill ( aka no name man) used one big enough to cover all of his stuff. I had to get one of those too. They do not replace the straps you already use because you don’t want them being the primary fastener but they just cover everything and keeps in place. A plus is it gives you an easier way to add something to the load without undoing everything. You got 50 years of experience..... You’re also smart enough to pick up on new things.

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CAHBINN...........it took me a bit to figure that one out!!!😂😂😂

But knowing who it came from.........I’ll take that one to the bank. The only reason I’ve never used SS is because I’m cheap......now I can claim it’s because I knew better!!!

“ Don’t chip a nipple........”

Gordon.....who can post but has reached his daily limit on “likes” ??????? So let me say I “like” that Jack Adams and friend are on their way to the event.

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Well Gordon, you can have coffee made when we get back!

Lazy morning here...

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Little chilly here the past few mornings but it looks like a nice day for riding.

Of course I can make a pot.........anything else I need to do or bring?

Wilkes got resupplied over night and most of our stations have gas now. I figure the ones out your way should get resupplied soon if they haven’t already.

See ya Saturday afternoon.

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White Top Mountain......camp site photos to follow

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I'm going to post these as quick as I can. I deleted some campsite photos thinking I had sent them to myself ( I barely made it through high school so be easy on me) ..........this tech stuff nowadays is over my head.

I'm not there....I'm 80-100 miles away from where they might be. I "think" this is Dick The Deer Slayer? Mr Tom ( from Florida) and my guess is a local who will have a cool story to tell about the old bikes he saw.

I think Bill (aka Gumby) is taking the photo. (Who's taking the photo but at the same time...... thinking "Damnnnnn I bet that gravel road would be fun....wonder where it goes?"

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Tom Sanders (Fla)... no spark. Gumby Recovery (aka Bill) at the ready!

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These are photos of the campsite this morning. I'm not sure how to input comments between the photos......yet....but let me edit back through this and I'll try to describe what's in the photos. I need some help here.....but I'll do it this way for now.

Photo 1 - L to R Richrd, Marlin, Bill (aka no name man) and I think Dick. Photo taken at one end of the campgrounds bath house, laundry and field kitchen.

Photo 2 - Richrd's bikes, B44 and Commando

Photo 3 - Might be Tom Sander's bike?

Photo 4 - Dick The Deer Slayer ( I'm really just guessing here....I've never met Dick in person)

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OKAY........File Captions!!! Just noticed that so I'll try that next time. One more step up the learning ladder.

Photo 1 - Lannis's BEAUTIFUL Norton......counting Windy's there are some really nice Nortons up there.

Photo 2 - Bill's (aka no name man) TBolt. Now I really get fuzzy about this....I think he's had it since new???? Which is a story I keep telling about Greg's (aka GaCracker) Triumph and he keeps reminding me that is not true.......damnit.

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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
Tom Sanders (Fla)... no spark. Gumby Recovery (aka Bill) at the ready!
Ah, the stories we'll have to tell.

Tom's Norton quit sparking near Damascus.

Gumby rides back to camp to fetch his Jeep and trailer to rescue him.

On the way there, Gumby's Jeep transmission, after 250,000 miles of service, dies in the middle of Damascus, surrounded by 15,000 blue-haired hippies and girls with hairy armpits smelling of patchouli.

Gumby calls in, and No Name Man hooks up HIS trailer, Lannis hops in for the ride, and they get back to Damascus, and pull up next to Gumby's broken car in a miraculously open parking space.

NNM then discovers that his tailgate is open, and a full 5 gallon can of diesel has fallen onto Tennessee 133 at speed, presumably splattering all over the highway, not only creating a EPA SuperFund site and causing multiple motorcycle crashes, but causing the enraged Greens to organize a lynch mob to deal with the perpetrators.

However, our readers will be relieved to hear that this was the low point of the ill-starred series of events.....to be continued...


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Just then, Tom pulls up on the Norton, which, once he realizes that no help is coming soon, has his motivation kicked into overdrive and manages to coax it back to life. All of Gumby's stuff along with the trailer, is transferred to NNM's truck and everyone heads for camp.

And then, wonder of wonders and miracle of miracles, after a 15 mile drive listening to NNM cursing himself with every hard name in the book for not securing that fuel can, THERE IT WAS, lying in a grass ditch, intact and unravaged by savage diesel-hungry Tennessee hillbillies, just a half mile from camp.

And once Windy, the Norton Whisperer, tightened up the loose EI trigger screws, the adventure was at an end.

And the ride hasn't even started yet.... Stay tuned.

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I'll see you guys and gals this afternoon........I'll check in to see if there any tales from the road to share during the day.

Gordon

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Wish I was there...


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It was good to see you folks.

Windy did a bang up job again and everyone seemed to have a good time.......typical breakdowns and such. Some VERY nice motorcycles in that bunch.......wow. Been a while since I saw a group of Norton's that looked that good.

Windy got a chance to take the group down the "Goat Path"this year, good on him. Not sure if you remember but we placed Mike Carters ashes along that entire section........it was one of Mike's favorites.

There were mixed emotions for me........I felt for Bill for having car trouble. He's not the first vehicle to bite the dust at a TSMR. I lost an engine in a Ranger one year and I swear.......only made it home because it's downhill all the way. Mr Ben.....I think he had a Trans go bad????
I delivered auto parts to Don Roe along 421 one year.......it's part of the tradition but Bill's a long way from home, has a ride back but I'm not sure what the fate of the Jeep is. I didn't get to talk with him much at all.

Enjoyed watching the fire and talking with old friends.

The weather for the ride was amazing.

I'm sure there'll be photos?

Gordon

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Great weekend, great friends, great ride!
Although 175 miles of devious twisty roads just about wore me ragged. I need to get in better shape before next year, Wotan handled the ride much better than I did.
Even so, a triple could definitely benefit from a close-ratio box on these roads.
So, I finally rode the Snake, twice, and survived. Next year I wanna ride it toward Bristol too.
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I am glad some of you stalwarts continued the tradition. Sounds like the normal amount of mechanical difficulties and the willing support of others to make it a good day. Weather looked great. Gonna make a major effort to make it next year. I'll bring my tent that pitches on the bed of my truck. I think I made the first dozen rides or so at BRI and haven't made one since. That's pretty sorry!

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So after riding in the “rescue vehicle” with Greg and NNM, which was a adventure in itself, and enjoying the barbecue, I retired to my shelter pretty whacked. Was awoken around 4-4:30 by a distinct noise just outside my tent. Cans being rummaged through by SOMETHING. Having visions of being mauled by something BIG kept me awake and alert. Seen daylight and feeling a bit safer, I fell back to sleep for a bit.Found Richard and Gumby picking up trash that was scattered all about. A raccoon was the general suspect, but COULD have been Bigfoot, right!!!!


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Well I had all good intentions but it wasn't happening this year. Spent a couple nice days with my father, rode the Norton out into PA Amish country a bit and enjoyed family time. Next year for sure.....but I hope to see a few of you in upstate PA this fall.

On another note, was any recon work done as far as a new base of operations (motel/inn) for next year? I'm all in on Switchback Creek myself but I know it's not everybodys thing.

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I would be more than happy to return to Windy's next year. That being said, I am going to try to lay out a ride in this area should a more southerly venue be chosen. Personally, I'd like to see two events, one in the spring, and another in the late summer/fall. But then, I'm retired, so every day is Saturday here!

I have to give a ton of credit to Windy for a really kick ass ride. 180 miles of beautiful scenery, some really nice roads, and the chance to be a bit of a hooligan on the way back. The Country Store does a pretty good breakfast, even if they have a few issues. The cabin was a must every night, it got cold!
It was great to see the stalwarts again, and I even (unintentionally) provided some comic relief. Twice.
I'll let my literary betters tell the whole tale. I can't wait for next year, to do it all over again.

THANKS! to everyone.


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