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Dynamick 10-22-2010 09:51 PM

Have Beard, Will Travel.
 
Apparently I suffer, well my wife suffers from it, I've just got some kind of attention deficit issue, so in my wanderings, I wander...

I have decided to make this a thread dedicated to on going Beard related travel by motorcycle. You say "How often do those two things collide?" I tell you, more than you think! Will the thread stick with that topic? Doubt it.

Newest Adventure starts at post count 61.



More than a day trip, less than a... Bike trip, Beard contest and some Tag o Rama too.

Western PA Beard and Mustache Alliance was holding it's 3rd annual beard and mustache contest in Oil City,PA. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=125371897504913
As last year's Full beard winner I've gotta go to defend my title...

According to Google maps, roughly 288miles a less than 5 hour trip... I can stretch that out. Instead of just heading up and out from Baltimore (Home) I was thinking about making a run for the current tag in the MD ToR game. Drop was made by
RFlagg42 in Bittenger, MD at their Vol. fire dept. Out of the range of the game's more active players, that tag would sit for maybe a week. :rofl Not too far off coarse from OC-PA. As a bonus there had been chatter about a diner.
That was it, had to try.
I left work in the morning and made a bee line to what I hoped would be the new tag. I have shot my tag drop on the way to a tag. It adds to the excitement of going and increases the chance of being Bruced.

Trip Odo at Zero
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2001.jpg

Future Tag
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2004.jpghttp://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2005.jpghttp://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2006.jpg



http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20048.jpg
The GRAB shot
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20049.jpg
The diner stop...

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2002.jpg
Tacked on the wall, It's a sign...
And the picture that will make you :tb
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2008.jpg
Yum, Chocolate Chip :thumb

Scenic View pull-off
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2009.jpg

And me :wink:
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2010.jpg

Took a wrong turn, into Pittsburgh.
:cromag Friday afternoon rush hour, just shoved my way through.:baldy Pulled into OC-PA in time for dinner.

Tomorrow
road exploration
Meet the other beards, Have a beverage
Contest, in a bar
Celebrate, Have another beverage
TAKE MORE PICTURES

Dynamick 10-23-2010 01:14 PM

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2035.jpg

Decided to poke around outside of town.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2031.jpg
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2032.jpg

And here Pithole City is...
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2033.jpg

Truth in advertising
:lol3


Of coarse sometimes the pavement runs out.
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2028.jpghttp://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...00/OC%2030.jpg

Back to town.

The twin spires of St. Joseph's can be seen from nearly any where in the city.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20003.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20004.jpghttp://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20005.jpg

Another overlook
, not far from the church.
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20006.jpg

One of the most popular signs seen in this area...
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20007.jpg

I think I love PA:raabia
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20026.jpg


Sorry, sign distraction. Time for lunch.:D
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20019.jpg

The place is owned by someone who apparently likes small cars and bikes.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20020.jpg

The "money" shot
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20021.jpg
Oh yeah, bacon.

The crew that interviewed me for a documentary they are making "Mansome" Bearded Men vs
Tanned and Manicured. They were interested in the biker/beard connection. I didn't have any insights but I do use it to get through airports. TSA is looking for terrorists not bikers.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20022.jpg
Me personally, I consider myself a motorcyclist. Biker vs Motorcyclist is a different thread so...

More pictures in town.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20018.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20023.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20025.jpg

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http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20030.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20031.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20032.jpg
Town of many bridges.

Now on to the Beard Competition
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20028.jpg
Ya like my super-legal parking?

GB 10-23-2010 06:28 PM

Nice ride!! ZZ Top would be proud :lol3

Mark_S 10-23-2010 11:05 PM

I enjoyed reading this

thanks

Mark

Dynamick 10-24-2010 05:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gadget Boy
Nice ride!! ZZ Top would be proud :lol3

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark_S
I enjoyed reading this

thanks

Thank You Gentlemen.

pbharvey 10-24-2010 05:54 AM

Nice Mick. :clap
Looks like you might have a shot at scooping up the tag on your way home.

bobw 10-24-2010 06:04 AM

Fun report. Great beards :lol3 Not sure if anyone would know me without one I've had it for so long, good one but no contest winner.

Cheers
:freaky

Dynamick 10-24-2010 06:25 AM

A quick run down of last night's Event, The Competition.

Dave and Nathan, Brothers and leaders of the Western Pennsylvania Beard and Mustache Alliance (WPBMA)
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20033.jpg
I think the facial hair just might help identify who is who in the next picture :lol3
Jack Passion the two time World Beard Champion, Founder of Old Dominion Hirsute Society: Peter Eggers (very soon to be a inmate of this forum) and myself.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20037.jpg

The :beerthen kicked into high gear. I will skip some detail, for frankly they are hazy now. The judging began.

The judges
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20072.jpg

1st The Scruff Beards
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20042.jpg
The winner was the green shirt in the far left.

2nd The goatees
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20043.jpg
The winner, the guy with a mudflap for a face, Steve aka Stubie.

3rd
:The Musketeer
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20045.jpg
Peter took top honors.

One person showed for both the Mustache and Free Style categories. Each instantly became winners.
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20049.jpghttp://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20048.jpg

Full Beard was up next. As last year's winner I was tossed in...
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20061.jpg
Jack was THE Winner!

Then came my category, The Garibaldi
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20068.jpg
Here I took top honors.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20083.jpg

After the contest the :beerresumed and the Beardos got to take a victory ride through town in a API (?) Some 6 wheeled thing from I don't know where, owned by a local, who wasn't drinking... Yet
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20076.jpghttp://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20077.jpghttp://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20078.jpghttp://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20080.jpghttp://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20082.jpg

One great night!

Sunday morning, time to pack the bike and head home...




Dynamick 10-24-2010 06:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pbharvey
Nice Mick. :clap
Looks like you might have a shot at scooping up the tag on your way home.

Has anotherguy posted the new one?
Bringing the tag back to Baltimore would really round out this story.:lol3

Dynamick 10-25-2010 06:06 AM

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20034.jpg
Th
e new MD ToR Tag didn't get posted before heading out of Oil City.
After a breakfast that can best be described as continental, I hit the road.
Beautiful day, sun was out, air was warm it was an unprecedented rain-free October week-end in northern PA. I decided to take a direct route, at a leisurely pace home. South out of town and then 322 east. Tried to keep my mind on the road but it keep drifting back to the night before...

Talking with and actually meeting Jack was nice. I had met jack at two other occasions before, without introductions. I got a copy of his book... autographed.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20084.jpg
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20085.jpg

Took a bit of Super-Slab to make some time. Random break at a rest stop.
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20087.jpg
Rest stop art and a self portrait

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20086.jpg
Back on to 322 gave me a Childrens' Playground with a TANK :eek1
I want a tank :lol3
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20089.jpg
I wish I had a better shot of the playground section but I was distracted by the tank :D
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20088.jpg

OK enough, back to the ride... To my castle.
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20091.jpg
No, not my castle but not far east of tank-town.
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20092.jpg

A couple hours later it was time for another break and fuel.
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20093.jpg
This stop had cookies. Large cookies.
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20094.jpg
Yummy cookies.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20095.jpg

Saw a sign that I had to take a better look at....
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20099.jpg
Not this sign but the one to the right of it...
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20096.jpg
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20100.jpg
Apparently, in PA, for full nudity, alcohol is not served, you have to bring your own. We Marylanders are sooo spoiled.:rofl
The main thing is, the whole set up seems like a Perv-Trap.
Oh, it gets better, with a mural.
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20097.jpg
:eek1

Familiar roads lead to familiar signs and then before I knew it.
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20101.jpg

So if you haven't gotten a ram ball mount and bluetooth for your phone yet. Keep your hands on your grips. A short time later I pulled into my drive.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AG3Hj9LtwPQ/TM...2010%20102.jpg

696.2 on the trip odometer, a very nice week-end.
:D

A very quick note... If you are interested in beard & mustache events feel free to contact me.



Dynamick 10-25-2010 04:40 PM

Pictures Back
 
I stupidly screwed around with my Picasa site and ruined damn near all my photos. Hooray for back-up! :thumb If you looked earlier and saw nothing... it wasn't you.
-Mickey

crazydrummerdude 10-26-2010 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dynamick

Hubba hubba.

badguy 01-31-2011 08:45 AM

Good stuff! I hadn't noticed this link in your sig until you mentioned it yesterday.
There certainly was some epic facial hair at that competition, I'd be embarrassed to enter with my scruffy beard :lol3

ClearwaterBMW 01-31-2011 09:17 AM

what a great thread
awesome ride report
and a very interesting competition..... thanks for sharing with us

skierd 04-10-2011 08:39 AM

:D. Looks like fun Mick!


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