Hey ccmc members
Had a good turnout Saturday for both the breakfast and the group ride. When I showed up at the Oly, it was a total of twenty members present. Out of the twenty, twelve decided to brave the cool temperatures and ride their M.C. ‘s. Don the roadrunner had the route and the plan of the day. Following the breezster was: Big Daryl, Tim, Paula, Mark the glide, Kim Gee, Mick, Ralph, Dave da goose, Jeff, Harold the coach and yours truly headed for a day to Morrow Mtn. Below the recap is a map that Ralph provided of our route. Thanks Ralph, if I tried to put the route down we would have been going North to Virginia. Everybody knows by now that my sense of direction is not close to being perfect. Anyway, we left the Oly with temp. climbing to the 32 degree mark with a high to reach mid forty’s . The good thing was that the sun was shining for a great travel day. The Breeze soon had us riding clean air and nice turns and curves. Soon we were climbing Morrow Mtn. and stopping for a brief surveylance of the country side, actually access and use of the cabin restroom on the side of mountain. After a few pictures taken, we mounted up for the lunch date. Riding the M.C’s makes the group hungry again, even though breakfast was 3 hours earlier. We ended up at a quaint spot, the Badin Inn, that we have not attended in about one or two years. The restaurant sits on a golf course, and we had a room that you could watch the golfers go thru their practice putting before the round. That part of the scenery was not for everyone. We had our own waitress that handled the group very well , and the food was good. After lunch we all mounted up, and of course I was the last one ready, but I was also the last one out of the restaurant, and by the time I got to big barney, everybody else was mounted with helmets, jackets, gloves etc. , engines running,and had to wait for me to get situated, which is not easy. Moral of this story, wait for me to be first out the door, helmet on , jacket, etc. etc. and then everyone begin to get ready at that time. Honestly, I try but it doesn’t work very well, and each year my New Year’s resolution believe it or not is getting my act together faster. Well, that’s my story and I am sticking to it. After we finally departed from the parking lot, the breezester headed out a different route. Most of the group departed at I85 N. except for the breeze, ralph, mark and myself. After really getting me lost at this point, Ralph decides to depart leaving the three of us. Pretty soon we were going thru towns like Midway, Wallburg, so on and so on. Nothing for me to do but to keep on trucking and follow the breeze. I finally came across Union Cross rd. and I 40, which I immediately took a left and headed by myself back to Greensboro. I want to thank the Breezester for a great ride. I think everyone enjoyed it from their response. Thanks for the tremendous turnout, and we had some good conversations and a few laughs. Total miles clocked was around 187, but not everybody had that number of miles unless you followed the Breeze to wherever he was headed. Once he is on the Vstrom it is on auto piolet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well that’s a wrap for this ride, so for this Saturday looks great, they are predicting temps in the sixties and sunshine. Hopefully we will have a good turnout. I will show up with these weather conditions, hope I have company!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike and big Barney
Part of our long weekend at the Honda Hoot 2006 was a ride up Deals Gap in southwestern
We left the hotel with 9 bikes and 10 riders under a hazy sky and morning temperatures already in the high 70s destined to climb well into the 90s down in the flats. We headed west a short distance on I-40 and then picked up I-140 across
After about 30 miles we again picked US-129 at
The first mile or so along the lake is flat with great pavement, wide shoulders and sweeping curves. Just as our confidence begins to build, we make an abrupt left up a grade and dive into the subdued light of the forest. The engines begin to lug so its time to downshift. Downshift again! Downshift again!! I‘m in second gear! Press right! Accelerate - no upshift, sharp lefthander coming! Press left! Harder! HARDER!!!!! Stay in your lane, crotch rocket coming toward you too wide! Man, that was close!
That describes the first two turns, there were 316 to go.
Under such conditions it is kind of interesting what you see in addition to controlling your bike. What are all those scrape marks in the pavement about? Is there some kind of disease that attacks the bark on the trees along the road? Interesting skid mark patterns out there in the gravel. I don’t want to know why there was a new section of guardrail in the left hander we just went through.
After eleven exhilarating miles we broke out into a clearing and found the gas station/restaurant/souvenir shop at the top of The Dragon. There were hundreds of bikes and we had to park across the road. Everybody made it through without problems. This is probably due to our familiarity with hilly terrain on and around the
After a barbeque lunch made long by not-so-good service and a rainstorm, we were again on our way. The Skyway is a series of big, sweeping turns, great views of the
Heavy rainstorms were in the area but we were lucky and only hit some very light drizzles on the run into
It was a great day to be on a bike and enjoy a memorable ride. Heino
National Weather Forecast for New Year’s Day was for a high of 53 degrees. Guess what, they were right!We met at the gas station across from Shoney’s near NC68 and I40 at 9:45 AM to leave at 10:00 AM. Then, we road to Lake Brandt Rd at NC150 to meet
After lunch, we split up. Half the group headed South down NC 49 and made a loop back to the Triad. The rest of the group took their time going back home but with all holidays there is plenty to do around the home. We ALL look forward to 1/1/2007 and our 10th annual New Years ride to the Blue Ribbon Diner. See the pictures in the photo album!
Have fun and Ride Safe, from the members of CCMC
See the pictures in the Photo Album.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Once again, with your invaluable assistance, the M/S Society has dodged another bullet, and put the 2005 Tour to Tanglewood behind us. When I know the final numbers (both in funds raised, and participants), I will send out an email so that you will know what was accomplished. I would estimate the total numbers of participants to be well over 1300, but I won’t hazard a guess as to the amount of money raised.