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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #50 on: July 31, 2020, 02:51:01 PM »
Calling now. 

I can't promise t-shirts but I would be able to do them if I had artwork and orders in by 3 weeks prior.

right now is closing in on the end of FY20 and I'm getting busier by the day.  But, I can make it happen if someone finds artwork they like, or re-use the one we had 13 years ago.  By coincidence, I'm wearing a 2007 ESTN shirt right now.

What do you mean "IF" you had artwork.  It was just posted.  Duh.

That shirt would be SO you, Bill.   :wave: :pokestick:
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #51 on: July 31, 2020, 02:53:52 PM »

Something like this maybe?

Riding the Twisties till you see Unicorns.   :razz:

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #52 on: July 31, 2020, 03:10:33 PM »

Something like this maybe?

Riding the Twisties till you see Unicorns.   :razz:

I love it :hurl:  I guess you had to be there
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #53 on: July 31, 2020, 03:32:56 PM »

Something like this maybe?

Riding the Twisties till you see Unicorns.   :razz:

I love it :hurl:  I guess you had to be there


I was in that group that day. God Bless Shil for escorting the guy back to the hotel.  :hail:

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #54 on: August 03, 2020, 01:29:33 PM »
Well, we'll see...  But if you guys keep insisting on unicorns I'm definitely having my daughter draw it.

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #55 on: August 04, 2020, 08:35:37 AM »

I was in that group that day. God Bless Shil for escorting the guy back to the hotel.  :hail:

Good times!
I'd love to head down for this. If the border's open I just might.

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #56 on: August 04, 2020, 09:25:02 AM »
If? I’m guessing we’re out of luck till next summer. I so so so want to be wrong. I want everyone to scream at me “I told you so. You’re an idiot for thinking it was a big deal.”
I would be thrilled to be wrong. There’s nothing I want to do more than ride in the USA in the places I know where the roads are unbelievably fantastic. The riders that have easy access to North Carolina or Tennessee or West Virginia or or or are so lucky. I have the 401.😢
The very few interesting roads around here I’ve ridden so many times that they’re boring now.
This pandemic has changed everything. And from the reading I’ve done (that’s mostly what I do now) it appears that this is just another pandemic in a line of future ones that will arrive in increasing frequency. The problem is that humans are affecting the natural world so much that animals will increasingly infect us. The number of infectious diseases coming from animals is over 40,000 and counting.
Shit!
I WANT TO BE WRONG!!!!!
My GPS just told me to turn left, then turn left, then turn left, then turn left.
So if I go too far left do I end up right?

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #57 on: August 04, 2020, 10:29:56 AM »
If? I’m guessing we’re out of luck till next summer. I so so so want to be wrong. I want everyone to scream at me “I told you so. You’re an idiot for thinking it was a big deal.”
I would be thrilled to be wrong. There’s nothing I want to do more than ride in the USA in the places I know where the roads are unbelievably fantastic. The riders that have easy access to North Carolina or Tennessee or West Virginia or or or are so lucky. I have the 401.😢
The very few interesting roads around here I’ve ridden so many times that they’re boring now.
This pandemic has changed everything. And from the reading I’ve done (that’s mostly what I do now) it appears that this is just another pandemic in a line of future ones that will arrive in increasing frequency. The problem is that humans are affecting the natural world so much that animals will increasingly infect us. The number of infectious diseases coming from animals is over 40,000 and counting.
Shit!
I WANT TO BE WRONG!!!!!

Thanks for the perspective.  I live right near some of the best that WV has to offer.  I'm going to try to appreciate that more very soon.  :) 
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #58 on: August 04, 2020, 11:00:29 AM »
I WANT Eh2zed TO BE WRONG.

But just in case ... there's this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss91kzcI4D8
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #59 on: August 04, 2020, 11:45:59 AM »
Are you suggesting that it’s going to take 10 years before I’m proven wrong?
Hell I might be dead from old age by then...or from boredom.😎
Should I be looking for another passion? (Doing puzzles, eating everything in sight, reading my 29th Trumpocalypse book, arguing with my wife about who misplaced the tv remote, counting the Canada geese on the pond, repainting the bedroom over and over and over again...)
Or maybe posting much ado about nothing on Internet forums with people I’ve met once or twice or never?
By the way is it cool for me to wear an old STN hat to an STO gathering?
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So if I go too far left do I end up right?

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #60 on: August 04, 2020, 01:27:11 PM »

I was in that group that day. God Bless Shil for escorting the guy back to the hotel.  :hail:

Good times!
I'd love to head down for this. If the border's open I just might.

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #61 on: August 04, 2020, 03:21:35 PM »
Are you suggesting that it’s going to take 10 years before I’m proven wrong?

Nope, won't be that long before next epidemic; could be longer till things get back to normal. 

I just really like Alvin Lee.
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #63 on: August 05, 2020, 09:13:12 PM »
I'd like to make this but things are so FUBAR'D. We'll see.
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #65 on: August 09, 2020, 04:54:49 AM »
Stop tempting me! last time I was in Sparta my Fz1 was still red

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #67 on: August 17, 2020, 04:50:07 AM »
Pennsylvania governor removed North Carolina from the mandatory quarantine list  8)
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #69 on: August 21, 2020, 02:17:11 PM »
Hey all, Barber Vintage Festival is on the same weekend... or was.  It was just canceled. I should be able to make Sparta (as I desired in the first place).

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #70 on: August 29, 2020, 08:14:25 AM »
Hahahah well, give me artwork!  If I do the art, my 7 year old is gonna do it.  Will be cute but maybe not the look folks want! (Flowers, unicorns, etc)


So, I see above i need to say "smoker sent me" to get the room rate?  Correct?


I'm drawn between this and Barber Vintage Days,  but I'm likely to get a room anyway...

If you want the discount, mention my name when you call.

Something like this maybe?

It needs glitter coming out of the tailpipe.

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #71 on: August 29, 2020, 09:10:34 AM »
Hey all, Barber Vintage Festival is on the same weekend... or was.  It was just canceled. I should be able to make Sparta (as I desired in the first place).

I know you would appreciate hanging with your daughter at Barber, but I'm glad you'll be in Sparta.
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #72 on: September 07, 2020, 09:29:42 PM »
I'll he glad to see you.  Now the question... which bike will I show up on???

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #73 on: September 08, 2020, 05:58:49 PM »
Looks like I will be riding in the area that weekend, I will stop by and say Yo!
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #74 on: September 12, 2020, 04:24:06 PM »
Wow, this is shaping up to be epic.
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #75 on: September 15, 2020, 07:15:09 PM »
The border is officially closed until at least October 21'st.

I'm officially out.  :(

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #76 on: September 15, 2020, 07:30:30 PM »
The border is officially closed until at least October 21'st.

I'm officially out.  :(

I'll buy your VFR. Please deliver it to me on October 9th in Sparta NC. You should probably ride it for a couple of days to make sure everything is functioning properly. I probably won't like it, so I may need to sell it back to you on or around October 11th.

I'll see you then.
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #77 on: September 16, 2020, 07:07:42 AM »
The border is officially closed until at least October 21'st.

I'm officially out.  :(

Unofficial border crossing? :shrug:

I'm out as well. My riding has been so limited this year I didn't even bother renewing the registrations last month. Hoping for a better year next year.

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #78 on: September 17, 2020, 09:16:24 AM »

 Hoping for a better year next year.
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That’s for sure. It ain’t looking promising....
Crap
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« Reply #79 on: September 22, 2020, 05:27:56 AM »
The border is officially closed until at least October 21'st.

I'm officially out.  :(

Make an official letterhead letter stating you are essential and needed at the meet to kick off the fall/winter riding season. Eventhough we know all year is the riding season.

That will get you into the US of A!

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #80 on: September 22, 2020, 07:16:21 AM »
Not to derail the planning, but that Canadian/US border thing always confused me. I thought we did NOT have a fence across the border?  That's a looooong border. What's to stop someone from just going from a Canadian field to a US field just out of eyesight of the border guards on the highway?  Seriously, is there any impediment?

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #81 on: September 22, 2020, 09:06:59 AM »
I recall hearing it is the longest unguarded border in the world.  The tree line is cleared in some places.  Not sure about the entire length.  If you go to Peace Park, you can take a boat ride across.  I recall seeing a road that loops from US up through Canada and back into US with no customs stations but also no crossroads, so yes, you could cross undetected in many places. 

How do you think all those Payday bars sneak across?   

Found this on Google https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/5-interesting-facts-about-the-canadian-american-border.html
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #82 on: September 22, 2020, 09:10:50 AM »
For the record, I declare all of my Payday bars!!   :)

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #83 on: September 22, 2020, 04:53:55 PM »
I like the town in Quebec/Vermont that has the border running through the library. If you go from History to Fiction you have to get cleared by CBP. 😎
Want to cross the street? Same thing.
Things have changed. Sadly.
I honestly have serious doubts about whether or not I’ll be crossing the line in 2021.😢
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #84 on: September 22, 2020, 04:58:02 PM »
Canada no longer a free country Eh

Not sure about the US either.
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #85 on: September 25, 2020, 07:46:09 AM »
Hey Doug, it's raining a lot right now... and I have my heart really set on Sparta.. maybe you should skip it?  ;)  My new Katoom is basically on slicks after all...

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« Reply #86 on: September 25, 2020, 10:32:56 AM »
That jinx was broken.  Or it might just have been a statistical anomaly.

We had 5 days of perfect weather last time Doug was there. 
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #87 on: September 25, 2020, 10:59:27 AM »
Right about now I'm pretty sure he's in Knoxville TN...

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #88 on: September 25, 2020, 11:09:58 AM »
Hey Doug, it's raining a lot right now... and I have my heart really set on Sparta.. maybe you should skip it?  ;)  My new Katoom is basically on slicks after all...

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« Reply #89 on: September 25, 2020, 03:34:08 PM »
Hey Doug, it's raining a lot right now... and I have my heart really set on Sparta.. maybe you should skip it?  ;)  My new Katoom is basically on slicks after all...

Well, as it says in the Good Book, "it rains on the just and the unjust...but mostly on Doug."
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« Reply #90 on: September 26, 2020, 10:04:34 AM »
Confirmation sought...people are arriving on 10/9 (Friday)?
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« Reply #91 on: September 26, 2020, 11:00:58 AM »
Confirmation sought...people are arriving on 10/9 (Friday)?

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« Reply #92 on: September 26, 2020, 03:30:54 PM »
I'm out. 

I agreed to some prerequisite travel criteria back in August.  NC is back on the self-quarantine list and the northern border is still closed.  So I'm going to spend the weekend hiding in the basement.  Not to worry, there is a large cache of wine, at least one 6-pack of assorted craft beers, assorted distilled spirits, lots of spiders if I need a garnish, and various power tools if I get bored.   :(
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #93 on: September 27, 2020, 03:44:39 AM »
Since when is PA on a quarantine list?  I was just in DuBois last weekend.
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #95 on: September 27, 2020, 07:14:04 PM »
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

Right. None of those states are in the mix for Sparta. And NC has no travel restrictions at all. But I don't think Skee is comfortable traveling anywhere at this point in time regardless of the lack of travel restrictions. I'll miss him... The number of regulars that show up at these meets is slowly shrinking.
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« Reply #96 on: September 27, 2020, 08:58:54 PM »
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

Thanks, NC was on a list when I looked at it earlier last week, because I recall discussing it with the nurse who pulled it up.  The page was dated 9/21, but it never occurred to me to check whether the list on it was current.  Doesn’t matter - Gary is correct - I’m not comfortable traveling out of state when the socially responsible thing to do is limit non-essential travel and socialization to minimize transmission of the virus.

I’d really like to run my new Versys on 311, the snake, dragon etc. & down a couple of pints with you.  I was hoping to make a week long trip out of it. 

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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #97 on: September 28, 2020, 06:21:40 AM »
I guess travel is a relative term.  We have a vacation scheduled but since we're doing the RV thing, our interactions with other people are extremely limited.  With the exception of having to get gas, I can go a very long time without interacting with another person or thing that isn't my own.  We can do a week long trip in an isolated campground, ride the quad on sparsely populated trails, and hike about with the dog and barely come into contact with anyone. 

Conversely, I just recently traveled for work and it was a soup sandwich.  Restaurants, hotels, people everywhere.  Blech.  Hate.

I would like to have made Sparta, especially after have just done some time on the Parkway.  Sigh.
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #98 on: September 28, 2020, 09:35:26 AM »
I guess travel is a relative term.
it sure is when your home is on wheels. 

I’d be going to Sparta if I had a toy hauler (and my schedule was clear). That’s in my long term plan if Covid lasts 2 years or more. 

My wife & I travel a lot, and quite frankly, we enjoy upscale hotels in urban areas.  An RV is an anathema to her. I’m trying to talk her into it as a realistic possibility.  We’ll see what happens next year.  In the meantime, as a distraction, we’ve been taking virtual tours of trips we’ve had to cancel.  We should be on a plane back from Ireland today.  But there’s no point in going anywhere - even if we could get through Customs - because pretty much everything is closed worldwide. 

Hope to see you folks next year. 
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Re: 2020 STO Fall meet---Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC Oct 9-11
« Reply #99 on: September 28, 2020, 04:02:53 PM »
Garry, do you have a GPX of the route we did in 2017?
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