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Hey there everyone! I didn't see this fund raising event listed anywhere else in the forums so I thought I'd put it up. Its a group charity ride for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Check out the link.

www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids/calendar/2009/asheville.html

I'm not affiliated with the organization but, its a great cause. And yes, I do know its a little late notice. I thought that it might be of some interest to some of the bikers in here.

Maybe I'll see some of you there?
 

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I'll be there. I volunteer for it every year in the Triangle and at Asheville.

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Thanks for the update.

If I don't do the ride (not a big fan of group rides) I'll be sure to send a check, it's a very worthy cause.
 

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You should at least ride down to Biltmore Square Mall on Sunday morning then to donate. Check out the bikes and grab you a cup a joe and a donut. Your donation goes to a very worthy cause.

I don't care for your typical poker run or small fundraiser ride either, but the planning that goes into the Ride 4 Kids rides make it very safe and enjoyable. You will begin to base the quality of other rides in the future on this one. It is meticulously planned out and organized. Plus the route that they take to Lake Lure rocks!

I'll be on the burgundy V if your able to come by.

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Thanks, we'll check it out.
 

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Asheville Ride for Kids

Alrighty. So I have solidified my plans. I will be rolling into God's high country (aka Asheville) on Thursday evening to hang out with my college friend "Greg" and catch the Led Zeppelin cover band Zoso at the Orange peel that evening.

Friday 8/28 - I plan on throwing down some miles on the bike and hitting some side roads. Might even head to Deal's Gap and back for kicks and giggles. (Local Stromtroopers are welcome to join me). Grab some dinner and kick back a few local brews and a good credit cigar that evening after the return from the gap .

Saturday 8/29 - Do some more riding. Meet up with friends and grab supper at 12 Bones or some other awesome eatin' joint.

Sunday 8/30 - Ride for Kids ride. Voyage back to Raleigh.

Man! I can't wait until next weekend!

Hope you all can come join us at the RFK Asheville ride!

Fletch
 

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Friday 8/28 - I plan on throwing down some miles on the bike and hitting some side roads. Might even head to Deal's Gap and back for kicks and giggles. (Local Stromtroopers are welcome to join me). Grab some dinner and kick back a few local brews and a good credit cigar that evening after the return from the gap .
I'll make it an earnest goal to leave friday open.

Saturday is a sure thing.
 

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Friday/Saturday Ride then Sunday Ride for Kids

Aaaahhh! I've sparked some interest!! Dakotasdad....are you going to ready your bike to come out and play on Friday or Saturday?

Stromin'Nroman and I are going to throw down some miles either Friday or Saturday if you want to join us. He's promised me he won't get us too lost. :)

If we get on a dirt road and see a guy sitting on a stump picking a banjo sporting coveralls with no shirt and a shotgun leaned up against a neighboring tree, we promise to quickly turn around and haul a%# back to civilization.

(Sorry, the thought of having a day off from work fuels my active imagination. Something I am seldomly allowed to explore at work due to budget constraints). :)

Any other takers?

Fletch
 

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Hey guys! Been a little busy at work lately. Fletch, its great to see that you're going to volunteer at the event!

And man! I wish I could get to Asheville earlier in the week but unfortunately duty calls. So, I won't be able to get over there until Sunday AM. I'll be making the trip in from Salisbury so I'll have to leave kinda early in the morning to make the registration cut-off.

I'll be on this when I come up. Wearing a flourescent orange Olympia patton jacket.



Hope to see you guys there!
 

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Dakotasdad,
Sounds good! I'll see ya there. I haven't found out what task I will be doing yet. Normally I'm under the registration tent. I'll wear my yellow Suzuki hat so you all can pick me out of the crowd. Make sure to say hello prior to the ride if you see me.

Be safe coming up.

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I'll wear my yellow Suzuki hat so you all can pick me out of the crowd.
I'll be wearing my Groucho Marx, Glasses/nose/mustache kit so you wouldn't be able to pick me out in the crowd.

My bike however, will be sporting modified Dunkin' Donuts tank magnets and road grime.

Looking forward to Sunday.
 

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Fletch,

Enjoyed the ride friday despite the rain and my early bail right as the weather got nice, but family is family, they drove 13 hours to see my sorry ass so I might as well burn some meat for them. And remember when you make it back that the roads I highlighted on that map are asphalt-challenged.

Dakota's Dad,

Nice to meet you, I knew the minute I saw your tank graphics that I was dealing with one of the lunatics here. Sorry I didn't get to do the ride, see my excuse above, hope Dakota's feeling better.

Both:

I don't know if you saw the other red or gray 'Stroms but it was nice to see as many as I did. My favorite bike there was the KLR hack.

Hope you enjoyed the ride to Lake Lure, it's a favortie lunchtime ride for me and the missus. 74 can be a hoot.

How much was raised?

Best wishes,

Norm
 

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The foundation raised $115,822 on Aug. 30. Over 600 motorcyclists, brain tumor survivors, and supporters participated in the event.

Norman,
It was nice to meet you too! Glad you and your family had a good time together. Oh, I have a shot of you standing by my bike when I was taking a shot of the crowd at the mall. Purely accidental.

Fletch, also good to meet you too! I looked for you when we got to Lake Lure but I couldn't locate you amongst the crowd.

I really enjoyed seeing all the bikes and the hacks too. My daughter and I really would like to get a car from Dauntlessmotors so we can party together. She's 5.

The ride to Lake Lure was really nice, slow, but nice. I caught myself sightseeing instead of trying to blast the turns. And that's how it should be sometimes.

I was very fortunate to be able to witness the Harley Davidson Traffic enforcers in full effect during the ride. (sarcasm) It was quite interesting to say the least.
You see, some poor yellow subcompact car (I think it was a chevy aveo) had wandered into our little parade accidentally. Two guys on Baggers took it upon themselves to attempt to force the driver to pull off the road. Smart, not so much. Of course he didn't pull off the road even though one of the Hog baggers had pulled ahead of the car and slammed on his brakes to make the driver slow down/stop. This cute little display went on for about a mile. As this was going on I was having a little conversation with myself about how I would have handled it in my head. No big deal, it was properly taken care of when we approached a law enforcement traffic blockade. The little car was promply removed from the parade much to the enjoyment of the two gents on the baggers I'm sure.

All in all, I enjoyed the ride immensely with a great group doing great things. I left pretty much after I got there. I couldn't find Fletch in the crowd and the fact that all the bag lunches were all gone before I got there inspired me to strike out on my own. Great day for riding, cool temps in the 70's, skies were nice and clear and the roads had little to no traffic. I headed out on the road past Lake Lure towards 74A to 64-I40 to get back home. It was a good time.

I'll be there next year for sure.

Oh, Norman, the pad from Wally World may work for some, however, its not for me. I was numb after about 30 minutes. I guess I'll be saving my pennies for a Russell I think?
 

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Glad to hear you enjoyed the ride. The ride raised over $30K more than last year which is impressive. That stretch of 74 is a blast when you don't have cars in front of you.

I set up toward the front on the left side of the stage. I got up about halfway through the celebration of life and went and checked out the bikes. Those two Boss Hoss bikes that rode up front were ridiculous. One had a 502ci Chevy engine with Nitrous. There were a couple Can Am Spyders that had some awesome paint as well.

Norm
I enjoyed the ride tremendously on Friday. I ended up riding about 150 more miles after we split up. :) Next time I come up we'll have to hit some dirt roads too.

Until then....Take care,
Fletch
 
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