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post #21 of 89 Old 05-23-2017, 07:02 AM
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strom lurker. we did talk. I did not want your spring cut...ring a bell? I did not know that was you!


edit: maybe we did not. the guy with the fuse and spring had a yellow bike, but he is from Abbington Va. but I do remember you and your wife.
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Next rally I will have a dry bag and soft saddle bags. My stuff is still damp!
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strom lurker. we did talk. I did not want your spring cut...ring a bell? I did not know that was you!
I remember now! I also asked where you rode in from. Dang. Next year we'll share a coffee or two!
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I made a huge mistake coming to this event... on Friday instead of Wednesday night.

This was my first ride farther than an hour from my house, my first time packing anything on my bike, my first time riding in the rain, and my first time at the Dragon or any other road in western NC. It was absolutely amazing. I think I'm hooked. I had a great time and appreciate you guys letting a non-Strom join. I wanted to get some advice about the bikes before purchasing one... and perhaps I will show up on my own next year. I met a few great people that I hope to ride with if they're in the area. I will also forever cherish my 7th place finish in the slow speed race.

My comments/observations:
- The Iron Horse was great. I'd be happy to go back again.
- I really did make a mistake only coming for one night. I felt an obligation to ride the Dragon/Skyway ride on Saturday and missed the museum trip because of that. I'm looking forward to it next year.
- If possible, maybe the front desk could hand out a schedule to anyone who says they are here for the rally when they check in.
- I forgot who said it in the thread, but individual pictures of the riders and their bikes would be great!
- For a first timer, I was thinking there would be more organized rides. I personally would have liked an optional "main ride" each day announced ahead of time, but I can be type A like that. I think seeing that people were going on certain routes on certain days would have encouraged me to come up for longer, and I would have felt less awkward asking around to see who was doing what. If we make it clear that people aren't obligated to do those rides, I bet there'd still be a lot of people choosing to do them on those days.
- The old Bob Hoskins-looking guy camping next to me was right - a bunk house is totally worth the small amount of extra $

Again, I had a great time and hope to see everyone next year.
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Observations from the 2017 Eastern V-Strom rally== I was posted as ride leader for the museum ride on Saturday but half way through my faithful steed swallowed a slug of good old H2O and decided to take a nap for a while, after said nap we proceeded to the Wheels Through time Museum and had a fantastic time with Dale and all the folks at the museum. Dale and the entire staff welcomed us and promptly invited us to return next year. We will see if there is enough interest. Our chef at the museum was Mark444 who did an excellent job with the dogs and made our cook-out a very pleasant experience, he even fed the museum staff.
I can say that we stromers are a very individual lot and most prefer small groups of 4-5 for their riding adventures. This museum ride was a first and we are learning what we did wrong and right thanks to some members sharing their thoughts and comments (much appreciated). We will adjust and proceed next year.
I have attended for many years and one thing that draws me back each year is obviously the Horse itself along with the excellent staff but another thing almost as important is the flexibility of the schedule for rides (read as there isn't one). After discussions with many of the attendees, we have concluded that most like to plan the night before a ride or even on the morning of their ride for purposes of weather considerations, riders wanting to ride the same route and riders with varied skill levels. It is difficult to plan all that before a rally with the limited information available in advance. We are open to suggestions on scheduled rides but have never seen the need before this Rally.
Suggestion== if you would like to lead a ride next year, start putting out the information soon on this forum and see if there are any takers, lets see where it goes. That is all my rambling for the moment, more to come later.
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Photo Bomb.

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Midway along the "Snake".


End of the "Rattler" Hot Springs.


The unknown road to no where.


All tucked in for the night in Pineola.



Along the Cherohala Skyway.


I had a wonderful time. I'll be back next year for sure.

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I have been told that my pictures may not be displaying? Can others see the pics in my posts?
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While I missed this years Rally, I'll be back next year so I'll put some thought into this that might help. Reading over some notes posted here and in the past I see where we have a percentage of first time Rally attenders each year. Especially if they are not familiar with the area they can be simply overwhelmed with "where to ride?". We have never had a firm schedule to post or give out for anything but the slow speed race ( how was it that only 4 folks entered this year? That is usually a crowd of entrants and watchers! ).

It takes most of the day to handle the organized ride, even the shorter ones take time to round up the cats and herd them away onto the route.

In past years there have been no more than 4 people actually overseeing the Rally, year before this there were two of us. Someone has to be there at all times to collect registration info, t-shirt money, give out stuff, etc. Meaning we have not had the man/woman power to organize and do the rides.

We really need a few people that could plan a route, maybe pre-ride the route or just know the area well, that could volunteer ONE ride event. At least 3-4 routes over the Rally period aimed at new attendees.

Know one is paid to do the work at the Rally, nor do they want paid. But they also would like some time to ride themselves. Consider helping out, even a couple hours watching the registration booth HELPS!

I plan to be there next year and I WILL offer to take time to lead an "organized" ride. I will have a route sheet and a couple places where we will stop for sight seeing and allow others to catch up. Simple as that. Maybe a place to eat. Think on that. Doesn't have to be a fancy route, just common roads that new "tourists" would like. There does seem to be a lot more interest in organized rides than before.
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strom lurker. we did talk. I did not want your spring cut...ring a bell? I did not know that was you!


edit: maybe we did not. the guy with the fuse and spring had a yellow bike, but he is from Abbington Va. but I do remember you and your wife.
Yep. I was the guy with the fuse issue (and thanks to Dave Tisdale for fixing the connection by cutting off part of the spring in the fuse holder). And strom lurker's yellow bike is a DL1000; mine's a 650.
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