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Im close, about 35-45 mins so if it's nice I'll ride over. But I agree with the overall sentiment, 48 deg rain isn't gonna draw much of a crowd, better to punt and pick it up in May.
I understand. I will still be riding over from the campground for lunch. Have a nice day.
If youre still coming rain or shine, Lupe and I will ride down if it's clear. Doubt you'll draw many half-day/all-day riders tho. See ya saturday!
Looks like I'm going to chicken-sh*t out too. Forecast is calling for an inch of rain all day Saturday. Plus it's going to be pretty darn cold. 200 miles across the Smokies in a cold rain...that wasn't any fun when I was in my 30's, let alone now. I know it must be frustrating, Bob, I really do appreciate the effort you go to on these things. For me at least, next month at Jim Olivers is close enough that I'll drive my truck over if need be.
I thought the whole beauty of a casual ride-in lunch meet & greet was that you dont have to lock in plans, you dont have to travel all day and camp and commit and pay like a rally where they need firm head counts for meals and tent spaces etc.. Isnt that the point of rotating location where you can drop in, chat, look at the bikes, eat & drink (or not) and then roll home and only commit to a day trip or a half day outing? If I made reservations and paid a rally fee and planned to meet riders there, I would for sure ride in 50deg rain to get there. But it's early in the season, I have all summer of beautiful weather to ride, and I have plenty to do around the house to keep me occupied which all seems better than forcing myself out of the house in drizzling rain with 48deg temps.If the weather is nice and I feel like it and my wife hasn't devised a scheme to ruin my back and break my knees with physical labor... I'll be there.If it's raining when I need to leave, or my godson shows up with the catalytic converter we need to install on his car, or I dont get my walkway project completed during the afternoons after work this week, or I just dont feel like it.. I wont.Hope to see ya'll there!
If i only lived 30-45 min from the gathering major plans would not have to be made. I for one live 200+ and would have to do the following:1. advance notice to take time off from work2. cabin or motel reservations3. locate a rider partner that is dedicated to go4. arrangements for someone to check in on my wife (she doesn't leave the house and is on oxygen)So for me it is not as casual as a 30-45 min ride but more like going to a 1-2 day rally.Well that is my two cents for what it's worth here.
The few I've managed to attend have been great. Of course, the weather is always a coin toss. The farther away it is, the less likely I am to set off in bad weather. Close enough, if the weather is lousy, I'd attend on four wheels for the camaraderie and a good meal.
I am officially out- not going. Forecast has not changed much- cold and rain. Too bad as I was looking forward to it. Got up this morning and it was 35 degrees F outside and frost on the car windshield. Living this far north, about 40 miles east of Atlanta, has its drawbacks. Will it ever warm up? I despise cold weather.
Iím going to pull the plug as well. Itís 283 miles from my house one way, so it would be a miserable ride if rained the whole way. Since the weather guys usually get the rain percentage wrong, I donít usually pay attention to the forecast until a day or two out. Have fun
Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the much at the Smokehouse. I have a memorial service for a fellow rider that passed recently to attend. Enjoy the BBQ!
Raining this morning here in North Carolina today (Sylvia, NC). Weather forecasters were right! Darn it. Lol
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