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post #1 of 17 Old 01-26-2008, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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V-Strom Get-Together East VI (2008)

Are any of you heading down to the Tail of the Dragon for the V-Strom meet 16-18 May, 2008? It's at the Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge.

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-26-2008, 06:06 PM
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I'll be there Friday and Saturday but you are probably looking for Canadians.

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I am looking for ward to meeting you! I was looking for Canadians that want to ride down together for the Toronto to Ottawa Area.

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I'll be there Friday and Saturday but you are probably looking for Canadians.

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How long would it take to get there?
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I think it would be a coupe of *long* days or maybe three depending on the route taken. If we connected with my brother (who is heading down from Pembrooke) somewhere aroud the Kingston area. It depends how much of the Blue Ridge Parkway we ride on.. probably anyting from 1800 to 2000 km from our neck of the woods.

A scenic route would be something like this:

http://tinyurl.com/yv8n2z


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Autoguy,

Your particular style of riding determines how long it will take you to get to western North Carolina. I am 700 miles south of that location, and I could cover that distance in one long day, or two very enjoyable short days.

You are close to 1000 miles or 1600 kilometers north and east of Cherokee County North Carolina, so you divide that distance by a comfortable day's ride for you, and voilą. There is a lot to see en route, especially if you take US62 from Buffalo all the way to I-79. Check it out, because the road is freshly paved, lightly travelled, and altogether a fine way to avoid the NY Thruway tolls. Plan on three days, more or less, depending on your endurance. Bring your tent and save lots of money on motels!

The last time I was in Pefferlaw, about three years ago, I saw a ground effect machine parked in front of somebody's house. Understand, that was a few years ago, but the machine did not look as if it was going anywhere in a hurry. Please tell me it is still there. Many years ago, probably in the 1970s, Jungle Jay Nelson was a DJ on CHUM radio in Toronto, and he would occasionally interview Cap'n Steve, a pilot for Air Pefferlaw, who was invariably hung over in the worst way. When I saw that GEM parked in Pefferlaw, I realized with delight that I had at long last actually FOUND Air Pefferlaw! I will be devastated if I learn that I have to find it again!

I have been a fan of Pefferlaw ever since Jungle Jay made it (sorta) famous so long ago. I am delighted all over again to find out a V-Strom lives there ... and you too of course.

I very much hope to ride with you this summer. :-D
Best wishes for an early spring -- shoot that damn groundhog!
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It's your ride, but I have an idea or two ...

V-Tom,

If you can persuade your brother to join you and ride between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, you can reduce your distance by 400 kilometers. If you make that change, you can make NC in two days, each 802 kilometers, or else in three easy days with lots of scenery. You may get more riders that way.

Then you can spend some of that saving by taking scenic roads in Ontario, namely 406 and Netherby Road and Niagara Parkway, also US62 through New York and Pennsylvania, then US19 through West Virginia and US21 through Virginia. That little chunk of US21 is particularly twisty and educational. My Wee-Strom was on a trailer when it went over that route. I could hear it pleading for a chance to whirl along the road, but until I figure out how to pull the van AND the trailer behind the Strom, it has to tag along.

If I had to skip all the twisties but one, I would ride US62. In the spring, that road is particularly delightful, because it follows the Alleghany River for many miles, and crosses it several times.

Watch out for speed cops at Summersville West Virginia if you take US19 through that state. You will pay plenty if you go 51 MPH in a 50 zone! It makes me very thirsty to explain how I know this, so if you want the explanation, you will need to buy me a beer ... um, two beers!

Best wishes,
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PS When I alter your route to use the Peace Bridge and US62 etc, here is the 1604 Kilometer route:

http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&hl=en...02393&z=8&om=0

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Tom, I rode down to Cherokee NC in two days from Barrie.

First night I stayed at Harrisonburg VA, about 1000km from Barrie all interstate. I crossed at Fort Erie and took I-90 to I-79 and went by Pittsburg then I-70 to I-81. This gets you about 1/2 hour from the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Second night I stayed in Cherokee NC, I started on the BRP at 8am and arrived at Cherokee 10 hours later. I stopped for a few pictures, got gas twice and ate a quick sandwich along the way. I was doing my usual pace, you know what that is. I passed lots of bikes and some cars, no one passed me. It's 470 miles I think, I averaged over the speed limit with two gas stops and some pictures.....

Cherokee is about 1 or 1 1/2 hours from The Dragon if I remember correctly.

You can do it in two days easy but you must ride the BRP top to bottom, it's the best road down there. I wasn't too concerned about slabbing the first day, you'll get your fill of twisty roads when you're down there.

BTW - beware of the tunnels. They curve and your eyes don't adjust quick enough to see where you are going. The sides of the tunnels are really rough and don't look inviting.

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Autoguy,

The last time I was in Pefferlaw, about three years ago, I saw a ground effect machine parked in front of somebody's house. Understand, that was a few years ago, but the machine did not look as if it was going anywhere in a hurry. Please tell me it is still there. Many years ago, probably in the 1970s, Jungle Jay Nelson was a DJ on CHUM radio in Toronto, and he would occasionally interview Cap'n Steve, a pilot for Air Pefferlaw, who was invariably hung over in the worst way. When I saw that GEM parked in Pefferlaw, I realized with delight that I had at long last actually FOUND Air Pefferlaw! I will be devastated if I learn that I have to find it again!

I have been a fan of Pefferlaw ever since Jungle Jay made it (sorta) famous so long ago. I am delighted all over again to find out a V-Strom lives there ... and you too of course.

I very much hope to ride with you this summer. :-D
Best wishes for an early spring -- shoot that damn groundhog!
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What is a ground effect machine? I have no clue what to look for.
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What is a ground effect machine? I have no clue what to look for.
"Hovercraft" perhaps.

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