As hard as it is to believe, we are in the holiday season for 2013! Happy Thanksgiving everyone. My family and I wish you a very happy, healthy and joyous season. The following is the "Official" description of two holidays occurring in November. Wikipedia is the source.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in the armed services. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day , which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)
In Canada, Remembrance Day, this year also celebrated on November 11th, members of the armed forces (soldiers, sailors and airmen) are commemorated. Some 100,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First and Second World Wars. Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday (except in NL, NWT, ON and QC) as it is in most other countries in the world where this day is observed on the national level.
Including my thankfulness for all I have been blessed with this lifetime, I am also reminded of all veterans who have served around the world for their countries. All my fellow veterans here in the US and Canada are close to my heart this month as we celebrate and remember their service. Thank you!
At this time of year, when we spend time with our families and friends, I can't help but remember how many great times there were when I was a Chapter Director and District Director and shared many holiday times with my GWRRA family. So many of your newsletters are talking about these holiday plans and we hope you too are planning on spending time with your GWRRA family. In these times of government shutdowns, cutbacks and increased pressures all around us, we are more and more in need of closer relationships. GWRRA has been providing those friendships and relationships for over 35 years now. Personally speaking, I have my genetic family and I have my GWRRA family. What a lucky guy to have two families, right? How about you? Do you have this in your life? Make sure you take advantage of what GWRRA has to offer in our family environment and opportunity to create new friendships and relationships. You will be happy you did. I have since 1979 and have been grateful ever since! Write me here and share your holiday story with your GWRRA family.
In other news, the preregistration for the national event in Nashville, Tennessee next Labor Day, "GWRRA's Weekend at the Opry" at the Opryland Resort & Convention Center is going very well. The dates are Friday, August 29, 2014 through Sunday, August 31, 2014. As we mentioned, this event will be a purely social, FUN event for our Members. We have negotiated an incredible rate at the Opryland Resort beginning at $110, including their resort fee. If you were at Wing Ding in 2006 and remember the Opryland Hotel, you will remember how much FUN we had! If you have never been there, this is one property you need to visit at some time in your life! It is an incredible facility with everything you can imagine under one roof. Not only your room, but multiple restaurants, gardens, shops, fountains, pubs, convention center, multiple seminar rooms, the world famous WSM radio station and a river with boats you can ride on inside the hotel!
The event registration fee is ONLY $15 for Members and includes a T-shirt and a pin. The weekend includes a dinner/dance, opening/closing ceremonies, fun events, seminars, optional tickets for the Grand Ole Opry and optional tours in and around Nashville. One update is that we have been able to reduce the rate of the General Jackson Showboat tour on the Cumberland River from $106 to $65 per person. We will also be offering some free seminars at the Opry, one of which will be "Meet with our GWRRA President." Please see the website at http://opryevent.gwrra.org for all the details, registration and schedule information, or call 800-843-9460 for more information. There are limited rooms available, so register early! This event will sell out quickly. See you there.
We are also very appreciative to all the contributors this month. We have some great articles below, from our Directors, Ray & Sandi Garris and our Central US, Deputy Director, Bill & Dea Ann Gray. Thanks to Joe & Gracie Mazza for their continued support and Rider Ed articles, as well as Gene Hanselmann for his articles, Tom Hendricks and Terry Dare and their jokes, stories and entertainment features. This month we also have a wonderful story from our Canadian Member, Patricia Taylor, as well as another great article from our Georgia D Directors, Phillip & Terri Kozlowski. There is a Member Ride story from Ken Harris and a Member feedback question on the left side about the use of a special CB channel for GWRRA Chapters. Please read David's question and write me here
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Mr.Price.... I was wondering if there is such a thing as a standard channel for Gold Wing riders who have CB radios.. I realize that each Chapter has a channel. They stay on when they are riding but I have run across a few groups of riders up here in New England from other states and tried to communicate with them on the CB and have not been able to. It would sure be nice to have a standardized channel when people are traveling so that other people or groups could communicate with others when they are traveling.
Just food for thought... What do you think? Would it be worth having a standardized channel so people could communicate easily or not?
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Several days ago as I left a meeting at a hotel; I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down.
I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing.
Suddenly, I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot.
My husband has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them.
His theory is that the car will be stolen.
As I burst through the door, I came to a terrifying conclusion. His theory was right. The parking lot was empty.
I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.
Then I made the most difficult call of all, "Honey," I stammered; ( I always call him "honey" in times like these.)
"I left my keys in the car and it's been stolen."
There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard his voice.
"Are you kidding' me", he barked, "I dropped you off"!
Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come and get me."
He retorted, "I will, as soon as I convince this cop I didn't steal your car."
Yep it's the golden years...
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Bill & Dea Ann Gray
GWRRA Deputy Director - Central US
GOLD WING RESTAURANT REVIEW ASSOCIATION
We've all heard it! We laugh about it! As I look at Chapter calendars, we seem to live it! It's been said that some groups ride from bar to bar, while Gold Wingers ride for dinner and ice cream.
Most Chapters plan "dinner rides" weekly. After a while, Members start to pick and choose their rides based on the restaurant. Does that sound familiar? How many of you have planned a dinner ride to a restaurant twenty minutes from your gathering place? Let's think about this......Is your priority the restaurant or the ride? Some "old timers" told me it was nothing to jump on the bike in Tulsa, OK and have lunch in Amarillo, TX. They would have dinner in Wichita, KS and be home by 10pm. Now THAT was a dinner ride!! NO, IT WAS A RIDE THAT INCLUDED DINNER!
Members drop out of Chapters and GWRRA altogether because "the Chapter does not ride enough!" Maybe we need more "rides that include dinner!" I suggest during your next planning meeting, think about roads to ride and places to see rather than what restaurant to eat in. Put some food in a cooler and have a picnic somewhere along the way. GOLD WING RESTAURANT REVIEW ASSOCIATION? No, it's GOLD WING ROAD RIDERS ASSOCIATION!!
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submitted by: Ray & Sandi Garris
Our 20th Year Anniversary with Strangers
In 1993, Sandi and I were honored to serve as the National Couple of the Year. During our reign we tried to attend as many GWRRA functions as possible. One of the events that caught our eye was the first M&M Balloon Fly-In in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This event was put on by Chapter F with the support of a local Honda dealer - M&M Honda. Since the event was held during "Balloon Week," the hotels and motels were all full. In desperation we called the dealer inquiring about any local motel and hotel availability. The dealer then turned the phone over to the NM-F Chapter Director who just happened to be standing near by.
The voice on the phone came with a southern accent and full of southern hospitality as he said every motel is full this week but "would you folks like to stay with us?" Just as shocking as the question was, so was our answer, "Yes, thank you very much".
Later that week we arrived at M&M Honda where we met, for the first time, our gracious host and hostess. They greeted us with hugs and then extended their hands and said "I know you folks are going to want to get cleaned up after your long ride, so here is a map to our house a few miles up the road, our garage door opener and house keys. Just pull your bike and trailer in the garage and make yourselves at home. We have to help get ready for our event here. Let's plan to meet back here in a couple of hours." That day was the start of a fabulous friendship that has now spanned 20 years as of this week - Balloon Week in Albuquerque.
During that 20 years, we have hosted more overnight or longer stays at our respective homes than we can count. We have traveled 1000's of miles together on motorcycles, cars, and even a few cruise ships. The friendship that started 20 years ago by accident has been a golden experience for all of us.
Our question for you today is..."Would you open your home to a total stranger giving them total access to your possessions -- unaccompanied?"
The next question is, as that stranger, would you accept this invitation? The answer to both questions might be "yes" if you all have been Members of GWRRA for a while and truly felt it was an extended family.
This experience is just another example of our motto at work, "Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge." It certainly counts as another benefit for Members of GWRRA.
Sandi and I hope all of our Members of GWRRA and its extended "Family" will enjoy a similar experience. Cost of membership is $55 annually. The Value is priceless.
Enjoy your experiences as you travel "down the road" and be safe and count your many blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at GWRRA. Thank you.
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Rider Education Article
Joe and Gracie Mazza
Assistant International Director Rider Education
2013 Region A Rally/Convention-Winter Riding
The 2013 Region A Rally/convention was once again held in Eufaula, Alabama. Region A Directors, Bob and Nan Shrader, did their usual outstanding job of making the event both fun and informative. Unfortunately, this was their last rally as Region Directors. However, they have accepted the newly created position of Eastern Deputy Directors. While in their position as Region A Directors, they presided over many conventions. All of which reflected their extreme competence and skill at overseeing such complex events. We will miss them as Region Directors and are looking forward to seeing their superior abilities utilized in their new position.
I had an MA table at the convention where I was able to distribute many yard signs, window stickers, auto clings, bumper stickers and other MA items. I also projected the "Motorist/Motorcyclist Awareness" videos for the three days. All in all a very successful convention with many MA safety items given away.
With the weather starting to change, just a quick note on winter riding. Riding in the winter can go from uncomfortable to downright dangerous if you're unprepared. Cold wind is the biggest thief of body heat. When the wind-chill factor cracks like an icy whip, it can leave you gasping. The thermometer may register a reasonable 40 degrees at a standstill, but at 65 mph on a motorcycle, it's more like 23 degrees.
The motorcycle you ride, and whether it has a fairing or windshield, will greatly determine how hard the cold hits you. Breaking that wind dramatically reduces the loss of body heat. Motorcycle-specific winter gear is vital, and quality trumps quantity every time. Quality leather gear provides substantial pavement protection and can keep the wind out, but may not be as flexible or offer sufficient insulation underneath. Modern textiles are generally lighter, quite breathable and more moisture-resistant. It comes down to personal preference.
Keeping your core warm and dry, your hands and feet warm and your face and neck protected from the wind are the best steps you can take to enjoy riding in the winter cold. Also, keeping positive about the upcoming spring riding helps us all get through those frigid winter days.
Tom Hendricks, TX-U
State of Mind
"There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age." - Sainte-Beuve
Envision a fancy rider in leathers and helmet who just flew by you on his motorcycle trike. That is me in five years. Leathers and a helmet might be safe and hide a whole lot of ugly, but underneath I'm a person who is still pushing my limit, looking to the next milestone and living the life. Now, envision that guy on the sidewalk with the walker? That could have been me, (barring some other types of disasters) stuck in first gear and never accelerating my engine due to my state of mind.
As I look around I see people with all kinds of states of mind. (I also see many of whom I consider to be in a mindless state.) They are young, old, mid-aged, male, female, bike and trike riders, or whatever. They, on the whole, are not much different than you and I.
One of the more interesting "states of being" I've encountered is that of people older than myself. Some are in their 70's and 80's, doing some very active things at an age when many folks think they should be slowing down. They are doing things like riding motorcycles to Wing Ding via New York City, fixing roofs at their hunting camps, and volunteering on multiple levels. What a state of mind these folks have! They won't rust out, although they might eventually wear out. Bless their little old hearts.
I consider myself to be pretty active. I ride whenever possible, see a movie or stage show 8-9 times a year, go to the dog park 3-4 times a week, and am involved with 2-3 activities within my community, in addition to keeping up with my family activities. My cup is full and I like it that way, but when I look at these older folks I realize that although I'm doing well for my age, it's going to be hard keeping this up and maintaining this standard at the same level for the next 20-30 years. (Tell me I'm not an optimist.)
So, what's the answer to ensure having a good state of mind in your golden years?
I believe it is to make a commitment to live life to the fullest, or at least your definition of the fullest, within your physical and mental limitations, whatever that might be. Push the envelope as much as possible, for as long as possible, as long as it is enjoyable.
I probably need to do a few things to ensure I can last for the duration and be one of those who follows "the older persons to the promised land, at the latest possible time." To do that I need to subscribe to the following:
Stay physically active and medically aware. Whatever exercise I am doing needs to be increased, and if I'm not doing anything I need to jump start my program. There are too many pluses for one not to take advantage of the benefits of activity.
Never quit learning or participating in what makes you happy, and in what you are passionate about. Don't be myopic. Have a few passions. If by chance you cannot continue one, you are not done, you have other options open.
Make friends with younger folks, as you will have fewer and fewer peers as time goes on.
Do something for everyone and anyone, because you know "what goes around, comes around," and soon you will be at that stage where that little something someone does for you can also make your life a lot more bearable.
Monitor your money. Ensure you have the resources to support your quality of life throughout your golden years.
My state of mind is like the President's State of the Union Message. I see where I am and visualize where I am trying to go. I hope I can remember the route to the retirement home, as I'm having trouble remembering the address.
Phillip & Terri Kozlowski
Senior Chapter Directors
New Friendships with Florida Chapters
The Georgia Chapter D Roadrunners had a destination ride over the 2013 Labor Day weekend to St. Augustine, FL. We had mentioned this to FL1-G Members Tom Mitchell and Linda Nesmith (now Mitchell too) at the Amazing Team Challenge at Wing Ding in Greenville where we spent time together. Tom and Linda invited the Roadrunners to ride with them and find out more information about the Order of the Red Spoon. The Roadrunners are always ready for FUN and ice cream and we agreed to meet up Saturday
afternoon. We had a great ride, albeit HOT ride on some backroads of Florida with 6 bikes from FL1-G and 5 bikes from GA-D to the Dairy Queen in Pulaska, FL. All the Roadrunners (Phillip & Terri Kozlowski, Buddy & Debbie Bertram, Carl & Janet Gadei, Bubba & Debra Roberts and Kyle & Maria Tolkacevic) were knighted into the Order of the Red Spoon in a lavish ceremony. We had a wonderful visit and a FUN time with FL1-G.
Later that Saturday night, while we were waiting for the St. Augustine Lighthouse haunted tour to begin, we received a phone call from Sweet Harold King of FL1-J asking if we wanted to meet up with another Florida group for some seafood at Schooner's. We of course said yes...all GWRRA Members like to eat and when in Florida you have to eat seafood. So on Sunday afternoon, we met up with 12 people from 3 different Chapters: FL1-J, FL1-Y and FL1-X. What a wonderful group of people. We talked, we ate, we laughed (Terri even tried to encourage two Members to step into leadership roles in their Chapters)...we had a lot of FUN! I think that I was told that FUN is the number one rule in Florida (isn't that right Gina Berry). Then after we ate a huge meal a smaller group of us, who wanted to continue the FUN, went to get pie at the Village Inn. Thanks to Geno & Kathy Jette, Sweet Harold King, Ralph Lambert, and Gary Lynn for spending the time with us on Sunday afternoon; we really enjoyed the company.
These 4 GWRRA Chapters in Florida show the true spirit of "Friends for FUN" in the GWRRA motto. They heard about our travel plans and wanted to show another Chapter the FUN that can occur when you visit their area. They made a difference, they made the trip more special for us, they added more FUN, and they added more laughter, one Member at a time. GA Chapter D truly appreciated the special time that these unique Members spent with us.
Another Member Story:
submitted by: Gene A Hanselman
Member #135067, Chapter OH-D3
I'll Never Forget
As I think back through my life there have been many memorable and unforgettable events, activities and happenings that "I shall never forget". Some have been planned, some orchestrated and others spontaneous. I have decided to share my top 5 motorcycle experiences. I hope you enjoy.
#5. Buying my first real motorcycle, 1962 Honda Dream: I was a junior in high school and I wanted a motorcycle that I could carry my girl friend on comfortably. I didn't have much money and I knew my parents were going to throw a fit when they found out I had purchased one. I bought it from a guy in a nearby town and took it to my sister and brother-in-law's house to hide it.
I was unable to keep it a secret. All my friends knew and of course they told their parents and it got back to my mom and dad.They were more upset that I tried to keep it from them, than the fact I had bought it.
#4. Building my first Chopper: In 1970 we had just bought our first house, had our first baby and depleted our savings account. My Norton bike had bit the dust and I had gone two months without a motorcycle. My buddy told me his father-in-law wanted me to go with him to check out a new Harley and if I helped him find one he would sell me his 1958 Harley FLH cheap. We went to a lot of dealerships and finally bought one at Farrow's in Columbus. I bought his old Harley for $250.00, CHEAP! When I got it to my shop I stripped it down to bare frame and engine. I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like from all the pictures I had seen in chopper magazines. I bought a used peanut tank and a set of drag pipes. I had an old solo seat from another bike and my brother-in-law turned down the front glides on his lathe. I installed a wheel and tire from a Honda 750, a chrome headlight and mount and 6-inch extended forks from Big Bike Shop. A friend painted everything black with red and yellow flames and it was complete, all for around $600, bike included. It was an instant hit around town and I rode it like I stole it. It was cool and I was satisfied just to have a scooter to putt around town. Soon others bought choppers, but I was the first to build one. I rode it for 3 months and sold it for $2500.00. That began the start of building choppers to sell and I never went without a motorcycle again.
#3. My first motorcycle wreck: I was working second shift in Delaware, Ohio doing maintenance at American Can Company, in 1971. I always enjoyed riding my bike to work and looked forward to riding it home in the cool of the night. On this particular evening I went downtown to fill up with gas before going to work. As I was tooling along about 25 mph a lady didn't stop at a cross street and pulled out in front of me in a Buick 225. I couldn't get stopped soon enough and had no room to miss her. I laid the bike down and slid into her path with the bike under the car. She ran over the rear end wheel and frame and didn't even stop. I laid on the street and watched her drive off as though nothing happened. I told the police what she had done and it was confirmed from people in the yard and other motorists that had observed the accident. The police knew the lady in question and gave her tickets for "Failure to Yield" and "Leaving the Scene". An ambulance took me to the hospital, where I was checked out and released.
#2. Trip to New Orleans: In July of 1980 I decided to go to the Elks National Convention in New Orleans on my motorcycle, a 1974 GL 1000. My buddy was flying down to the convention and he would take my "good clothes" with him on the plane so I only had to pack very light with riding duds. It was a very hot summer and I planned on doing some sightseeing on the way down. I stayed off the 4-lane interstates, and enjoyed a most delightful trip down through the mountains. I stopped at scenic overlooks, little pubs and bars for food and even took in a movie. I reached my hotel on the 3rd day out, near the convention center and met up with my buddy and we did the convention thingy. We also hit the French Quarter, farmer's market, ate peanuts and shrimp until I was ill and got my bike up to 70 mph in a parking garage. I left the parking garage on the 6th day at 5:30am in one of the biggest downpours I ever witnessed. I rode in my rain suit until I hit the Mississippi-Alabama border and then the sun came out for another hot, hot day. My plan was to drive the freeways home and I had a room reservation in Nashville for 3:00 PM that day. The rain had slowed me down and I was hell bent on making up time. I was cruising 75 mph up I-65 when out of nowhere appeared a Smokie behind me with all the cherry's and sirens on. I pulled over to the side of the road and this big, burly patrolman came up to my bike and said, "Where's your helmet boy." I explained to him that I was a member of the AMA and had checked which states required helmets and I showed him the list I received from them and Alabama was listed as no helmet law. Read More
Canadian Member Story
Submitted by: Patricia Taylor
Pat Taylor and GWRRA
Prior to becoming GWRRA Members, my 535 Yamaha Virago went into the Honda shop in PEI for a new tire. My husband spotted this used 1989 Wineberry GL1500 Gold Wing. I fought and found every negative thing but lost the battle, the trade was done, a 72 year old priest got my bike and with some cash, we got his wing. We went on our first ride together and against every grain in my body, I enjoyed it!!
We moved to Portage, Manitoba in 1991, for only 10 months, and touring the little towns on the bike was amazing. We became GWRRA Members in Feb., 1992 but there was no Chapter in the area. Paul just wanted the magazines.
Off to Edmonton for 2 yrs...Our lives took a change! There was an active Chapter. My first meeting found the people very friendly but all the couples were dressed the same. The conversation at home that night to my husband was "don't even think about it". We are not dressing alike". Again, I lost....or did I win? We began our amazing life with the GWRRA holding position as Assistant Chapter Directors to Alberta Chapter B. Lots of wonderful trips, (usually camping) parties, Wing Dings or just hanging out together.
Next posting was North Bay for 2 years. We were only there a few months when I discovered that I had cancer. When our old Chapter (AB-B) found out, they took it as a mission to get me through it. Every week for months I received notes, cards, newspaper clippings and flowers. By this time, we were involved with Chapter N and they were also caring and very helpful. Same wonderful world of GWRRA surrounded my whole family.
Comox, BC was where we lived for the next 2 years. New town but yet again, GWRRA was there to welcome my family to the Island -- too many memories to mention.
Paul retired from the military so off we move to Moose Jaw, Sask. The closest Chapter was two hours away in Swift Current. We didn't care; it's all about the ride anyway. Again the Chapter was supportive and caring. Read More
Submitted by Ken Harris
I just finished reading the latest "Wingin It" newsletter for September and very much enjoyed it all. I really enjoyed the feedback from the 4-digit Life Members. I'm kind of a new Member to GWRRA Chapter AZ-R joining in late 2009 mainly to get the Wing World. I am a member of a couple other motorcycle groups (Blue Knights and American Legion Riders) but find that GWRRA is the group I'm really enjoying to ride with. Last year after talking to some Members that went to Wing Ding, I decided I was going to make my long ride to Greenville, SC.
I started talking to friends to find some that may want to ride from the Phoenix, AZ area. I found 5 others that said they would go. A nice number -- two to a room to cut expenses -- but then one by one they started backing out. Two weeks before we were to leave it was down to two of us and then my good friend went into the hospital with heart problems. By then I had reservations at Wing Ding, my wife had tickets to fly to NC where she would ride with me to SC and then fly home from Greenville on the Sunday after Wing Ding. Well, I headed out at 4:30am to beat the heat and traffic on 24 June by myself, looking forward to both the ride with bucket list of roads and Wing Ding ahead of me. As I hit the last 22 miles of freeway for the next couple days, I was on as many secondary roads as much as I could find. The ride through the mountains (yes mountains in AZ) to New Mexico was a beautiful ride. I took highway 380 eastbound all the way to Dallas, the road was straight and flat through farms and for the most part a two-lane roadway.
My first two days, I put on a lot of miles so I could start the third day at Natchez, Mississippi to do the entire Natchez Trace all 442 miles. This is a road that everyone with a Gold Wing should have on their bucket list, the 40 and 50 MPH speed limit and beautiful tree covered smooth roadway with no stops and businesses along the way. One hint, get the park map. There is a fuel pump icon on the side of the crossroad were there is fuel within a mile of the parkway. I did hit some freeway to make it closer to highway 129 to do the Tail of the Dragon the next morning.
Yes, I did Tail of the Dragon, Noonshiner 28 and the 411 -- all fun rides and beautiful areas. From there I headed over to my sister's in Pine Hurst, NC getting there an hour before the rain started. My wife Carol arrived Saturday afternoon and we headed out to Wing Ding Tuesday late morning in the rain. This was the first longer trip my wife decided to go with me on and it had to be raining. We made it safely to Wing Ding and thanks to Frog Toggs we were dry.
Being our first Wing Ding, we were a bit overwhelmed but very pleasantly surprised. Once we checked in, we spent most of the morning just viewing all the vendors. After lunch we did our first of many seminars and learned a lot. Since it was raining we spent more time in the seminars and we were glad it was raining. The rain did stop for a while and we rode into town and walked around there for lunch. We made the pancake breakfast and parade. Carol got a thrill out of being able to carry the Arizona Flag in the parade. We met so many great people and learned so much by Saturday afternoon. We did not win any of the great prizes they gave away, but we had a lot of GREAT time there. If you've never been to Wing Ding, you are missing out. Carol flew home on Sunday and I headed north.
Now, I started doing some additional bucket list roads. The first was the Dragon's Back out of Morison, VA. (http://backofthedragon.com
) another nice backroad with lots of twists and turns over three mountain ridges along tree lined roads. I found myself in WV, so I headed back south to the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway, then the Skyline Drive. Two more fantastic roads for a Gold Wing.
From the end of the Skyline Drive I headed into Washington, DC and spent a couple days with a horde of people in the city. I was able to spend some quiet time with brothers and missed friends at The Wall late at night. By the way, if you have not seen the WWII Memorial at night, you are missing out. I did spend a lot of my time in DC at night, as there were a lot less people. I did spend a day at the Marine Museum before heading out to find back roads to Hot Springs, AR where I spent a couple day at a Blue Knights International Conference. The ride home from there was with friends. In all, I did 8,142 miles.
I had a great time with the ride, but the best part was Wing Ding (Yes part of that was having Carol with me). I will be going to every Wing Ding I can, from here on out.
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