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Old 05-30-2017, 02:28 PM
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Ride Home

Phil and I had planned to depart for the Great White North just after the tunnel, so we watched the three bikes disappear around a corner ahead and we wound our way through a few more miles of biker heaven until we could see a major highway way up above us.

We stopped to ask where the on ramp was, and some local folk started coming out of the woodwork. Interesting at first, but then it started to get a bit weird, and Phil was giving me the signals to get back on the bike. I started pulling on my gloves a bit quicker after the young fella talking to us said, Oh you guys were up a Dingess? Them people up there are crazy"

So turned a corner, caught a ramp up to 119 and headed north. A great ride home with an overnight stop that included dinner and beer at a nice pub for what seemed like a mistake on the bill, it was so damn cheap!

Thanks to Darrel and Marty for putting on a great event, and to Phil for helping me get there and back safely and being a good friend
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:53 PM
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Total distance

Since I was presented the longest distance award, thought I would share my odometer reading for all miles racked up since leaving home

2,725 km or 1,693 miles

...and besides burning a couple of litres of oil, the 78E ran like a champ
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Old 06-02-2017, 07:53 PM
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pictures anybody?

Does anyone else have photos to share?

Perhaps from some in the group that wasn't 'lost' ?
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Old 06-03-2017, 12:00 AM
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Does anyone else have photos to share?

Perhaps from some in the group that wasn't 'lost' ?
Phone camera is broken, so no photos from me, however, i will be posting the first 2 hours of Saturdays ride from my gopro soon.

I too would like to see some pics from yall! Post em if ya have em!
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Old 06-04-2017, 01:07 PM
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Earl gets the 1st Brent Hoovestol "Promptness Award"
You know, we are all lined up, engines running, and someone still hasn't put on their helmet and put out their ceegar...


Congratulations to all who won awards, and to each who attended. I missed Y'all. I rode my XS locally this XSeast holiday weekend, and thought of my long time XSive friends. Do not blame Earl entirely for his promptness; At his first XS rally, I explained to him that XSives were great folks, a friendly bunch, that it was good to visit and especially to welcome newbies. Then the example I set smoking and chatting, answering questions about seats, oil, tires..., ..., ..., I am honored to see an award named after me and pleased to see Earl receive it. Enjoying an adventure again by hearing or telling the story of it is fun. (AND more comfortable without the worry of being lost, low fuel, broke down, hardships, etc. but still fun). I have heard some stories involving me. Those who were there know, even if it is hard to believe. New XSives can believe. These stories are not made up to see how gullible you are. Any time I have made corrections for exact historical accuracy, I have found that the stories were not exaggerated, but understated. I overheard advice to a newbie; "Oh, you are riding in with brent?. Plan on it, you will be late, But you will be a better person for it."

Thanks & enjoy the trip.
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Old 06-04-2017, 03:55 PM
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Brent and Earl 2 more of my Brothers from another Mother well that kinda includes all you Xsives
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:32 AM
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This appeared on my morning new feed. If we had taken 52 east out of Welch we would ridden right past the store. Walmart sucks!





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Old 07-14-2017, 08:22 PM
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This appeared on my morning new feed. If we had taken 52 east out of Welch we would ridden right past the store. Walmart sucks!





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Hi Tom,
An interesting read. However a town of 18,000 could hardly support a store of that size. None of the comments refer to buying anything other than some vegetables ? WalMart is just the visible symbol of the rape and pillage by large corporations of the rest of us
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:33 PM
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I wonder if now gone, there might be some new little businesses start up, like seeds sprouting after a wildfire, and renew what was once there, and provide the small things required by the local inhabitants
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Old 07-15-2017, 05:49 AM
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I wonder if now gone, there might be some new little businesses start up, like seeds sprouting after a wildfire, and renew what was once there, and provide the small things required by the local inhabitants
Not likely. Who's going to invest there? Coal was the thing. It's mostly gone and all the jobs with it. Wal-Mart comes in and all the small businesses are forced out. One Wal-Mart leaves, all that's left is a big home for the rats.

Turn it into a motorcycle resort!
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:58 AM
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That is an great idea
Very good roads down there if you can get to share them with the coal trucks!
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