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post #1 of 18 Old 08-19-2012, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Adios Amigos

It's been a long time since I've hooked up with you guys. We've had some really good rides over the years. I've had some life events that haven't been pleasant over the past year. I lost my Lil Dove after a brave fight with breast cancer, the company I worked for folded in April with 10 minutes notice

Listed my house just south of Tampa and it sold in 12 hours so I have to leave. Me my spaniel mix, the Sweedish Vallhund and the Hurricane Cat will be closing on a beautiful cabin in the heart of Maggie Valley NC by the end of next month.

The road up there is a beeyotch. It has a switchback on gravel going straight up near the entrance. I'm not sure the Moto Guzzi can make that or not, but I'll try once.

Moral of the story is I always have an extra room and a cold one for my old ridin' pals. I'm probably too young to retire but I have options.

Might need a Wee or even more dirt to enjoy those roads.

Come set a spell.

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Oh here's the new crib:

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-19-2012, 05:04 PM
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Sorry that you last year sucked. Your new house and it's location are amazing.
Here is hoping you have many good years.
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-19-2012, 08:20 PM
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Sorry that you last year sucked. Your new house and it's location are amazing.
Here is hoping you have many good years.


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That's not a cabin either...

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Thanks for your help through the years. I wish you the best of health in your new place. Glad you sold your place in Tampa. I am in transition myself.

If you make it up to Maine, give me a shout.

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It's been a long time since I've hooked up with you guys. We've had some really good rides over the years. I've had some life events that haven't been pleasant over the past year. I lost my Lil Dove after a brave fight with breast cancer, the company I worked for folded in April with 10 minutes notice

Listed my house just south of Tampa and it sold in 12 hours so I have to leave. Me my spaniel mix, the Sweedish Vallhund and the Hurricane Cat will be closing on a beautiful cabin in the heart of Maggie Valley NC by the end of next month.

The road up there is a beeyotch. It has a switchback on gravel going straight up near the entrance. I'm not sure the Moto Guzzi can make that or not, but I'll try once.

Moral of the story is I always have an extra room and a cold one for my old ridin' pals. I'm probably too young to retire but I have options.

Might need a Wee or even more dirt to enjoy those roads.

Come set a spell.

Rod

Oh here's the new crib:

412 Highview Drive, Maggie Valley NC 28751, MLS #509681, Weichert.com

Howdie, neighbor.

Give me a holler, I'd love to show you around the 'hood.

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post #6 of 18 Old 08-19-2012, 09:38 PM
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Rod,
Really sorry for your loss. Best of luck to you in your transition.
Since you will be a local, hope to meet you at the Ironhorse next spring.
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post #7 of 18 Old 08-19-2012, 10:04 PM
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Thumbs up Thanks for the memories ...

Rod, I will miss you. I have enjoyed riding with you and swapping the occasional lie with you. I keep hoping to make another Zombie Invasion of Okeechobee, because I feel honored that they are trying to prepare for it. It will not be the same without you.

I will think of you when I see your original DL-650, which I have
led across much of Ontario and followed across much of Florida.

I hope your new home is a joy and a source of problems that you enjoy solving.
(All homes are sources of problems; some problems are rewarding to tackle.)
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Rod, I will miss you. I have enjoyed riding with you and swapping the occasional lie with you. I keep hoping to make another Zombie Invasion of Okeechobee, because I feel honored that they are trying to prepare for it. It will not be the same without you.

I will think of you when I see your original DL-650, which I have
led across much of Ontario and followed across much of Florida.

I hope your new home is a joy and a source of problems that you enjoy solving.
(All homes are sources of problems; some problems are rewarding to tackle.)
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Thanks Keith. We will get those zombies next time if it's not a government holiday. Thanks for all the wishes to the other guys. That's very nice of you. Clem, I got nuthin but time and I've never been to New England so that's a deal.

Certainly I plan to ride with the crew from Iron Horse. Norm, I would love to have a tour guide. In fact, I might have to get a dual sport bike although I do enjoy the sport-touring rigs but there might be other stuff to see on the softer stuff. What would you suggest?

I'm serious. Any Strom guy is welcome to bed down at my house.

I'll be back to the FLA from time to time and look forward to seeing everyone.

Rod
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What would you suggest?
A DRZ400 or DR650 with a spare set of wheels to make it a super motard would work to go up and down your impossible driveway.

Keep the Guzzi in storage in town.

Every Wednesday in Asheville at the Wedge Brewery in the River District ADV Rider folks gather to plan rides, get-togethers, train spot, and drink beers.

Home - Wedge Brewing Company - Asheville NC

You're here just in time for some of the best riding weather, especially if you're tired of the FL heat.

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post #10 of 18 Old 08-20-2012, 03:19 PM
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Sorry I never met you Rod (although we probably attended the same events). Having lost my wife to cancer in '08, I think I can relate.

One thing I know for sure, if you're in Norm's neighborhood, you're going to have fun!

Good luck, and God Bless.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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