2013 new england classic charity trail ride

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by sierraoffroad, May 7, 2013.

  1. sierraoffroad

    sierraoffroad Long timer

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    thank you for a well organized ride. i rode both days of the ds ride. the mud was terrible, but i had a great time. I made a new friend :freakydavid aka junior or june yah as you nh boys would pronounce it ha ha. he was a great riding buddy till he drowned his bike just after the lunch stop on saturday. i really felt bad for him. hopefully he'll come back next year and party with us again.

    i love the trails in bear brook state park and the sections of another state forest/park on sunday near white head. very awesome.:clap

    the weather could not have turned out better than it did.

    thank you fire escape for handing out the dognuts and bagels. i look forward to it every sunday every year i'm there.

    no star trek sightings. thankfully.

    nice meeting you Natedog

    also I greatly appreciate the track letting us stay there and use the showers. and also thank you to mvtr for having plenty of porta potties.

    one more item: I noticed a few ez ups were torn up on saturday afternoon. i'm glad i had mine staked down and had it tied down to my truck.
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  2. Fire Escape

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    We can't take the credit, the porta potties were a new thing by the Speedway (have to admit that we did not know they were coming), they are stepping things up each year. Also new this year were the big recycling bins to replace the rusty barrels. The Speedway has even bought their own trash truck so that they can pick up the trash each day rather than let it 'brew' over a weekend. They really are a first class facility and we hope that they continue to let us stay there.
    Our future there is never guaranteed, all that they 'get' from our presence is is some charity PR and the warm feeling of helping a good cause. There are in truth a number of other 'good causes' out there and each year we get a few participants who seem determined to make the Speedway consider finding a different one to support. Showing up late at night without having pre-registered and then screaming at the Security folk who won't allow you in doesn't make us more popular with the staff. We did not have a 'lot' of 'problem children' this year but as always a few made their presence known.

    The flying easy-ups seems to be an event tradition, fortunately, to my knowledge no one has been injured but I am baffled that we have riders who still don't secure them before heading off for 8 hours.

    We are really glad that you had a fun time and look forward to seeing you next year.

    Bruce
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  3. sierraoffroad

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    thanks again Bruce and as you mentioned it's the arrogant people that will ruin it for us at the track. when i arrived friday at the main gate atound 11:30am the old man at the gate was not very friendly to me showing me a sheet that said not to let me in before 3pm. i politely told him i was pre registered and he looked up my name and checked me off. as i was checking in an RV went right through the gate without stopping. as you might have guessed that did not go over well. we really are on borrowed time up there and i consider it to be the ultimate privlidge to be allowed in there. i really wish other people that show up late with bad attitudes would have the same respect.
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  4. Poacher Bob

    Poacher Bob Persona non grata

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    My awning arms are pushed back a 1/4 in. more than when i showed up at the track...eek1
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  5. GirlRyder

    GirlRyder Queen of Flugistan

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    Wow this guy captured most of what I rode Sunday --

    http://youtu.be/KpJTXpnc-5g

    .. albeit, I rode it slower than a turtle, with lots and lots of help from my friend Len:crash, I made it through 50 miles of trail.:happay:queenie

    Thanks to MVTR for the great Adventure bike route on Saturday, and for putting on this incredible, well organized event for such a worthy cause. :clap:clap

    And here is the official mascot of "Team Tortuga".. nearly crushed the little guy with my bike. :eek1
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    Still amazed it made it through some deep sh*t with not much ground clearance. I'll never forget this ride!! :D
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    Most unforgettable was being stopped by the Northwood police when trying to slab it back to the track.... Even after we explained that the NEC would not let us participate if our bikes were not street legal and registered, they still had to call in and check our New Yawk credentials.. :mully
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  6. sierraoffroad

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    good job grlrider. thanks for saving the little snapper. :rofl

    i actually helped 2 little painted turtles cross the road some where in reset 8.
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  7. GirlRyder

    GirlRyder Queen of Flugistan

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    More members of Team Tortuga, no doubt! :lol3
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  8. Junyah

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    Sierraoffroad, thanks for leading and keeping an eye on me, hope to be as fast as you are slow someday :rofl Bike's had it's third oil change, all is well. It in fact seems to run better, maybe washing it on the inside helped :lol3
    I will be back next year, no doubt! Brian, I'll trade you two rain jackets for a Coleman Grill Stove :evil

    NHMS, thanks for putting up with these Heathens, they really are great people!

    CFF, bless you, really, for all that you do!

    Rosie, you are an inspiration young Lady! Keep your chin up and know that we are all rooting for you.

    Bruce, thanks for the coffee and doughnuts.

    MVTR you did a great job! Loved the trails.

    Only 51 weeks to go!

    Junyah
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  9. sierraoffroad

    sierraoffroad Long timer

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    anytime junyah it was a blast. i'm glad to hear your bike is running better. you would have really liked sunday's ride, except a few spots. there was some great scenery out there. i saw some yoga pants at one of the gas stops.:clap

    oh and nice gesture on the trade, but rain coats don't cook burgers, steaks, fry potatoes, etc. if i decide to sell it you'll be the first to know.
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  10. Fire Escape

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    Thank you!
    While I appreciate the inclusion I don't belong on your list. Duncan Donuts has been a great sponsor of the event for years. I just pick the stuff up and hand it out.
    Really glad that so many of you had a great time. I copied your post and sent it to the head of the event as a reminder that we often focus on the one or two problems or complaints and forget that the event does make for quite a few 'happy campers'.


    Bruce
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  11. sierraoffroad

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    does anyone know the total number of riders for the ds ride this year??
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  12. Fire Escape

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    I heard 349 registered riders on Saturday, that would probably include both the Kid's Classic and the Big Bike Ride. I do not know how many new registrations there were on Sunday. I would expect to hear the total number at next months' MVTR meeting. Numbers were definitely down over all, the kid's ride had been a 'sell out' (no more seats on the bus or room on the trailer) for years but has not filled for at least the past three years, weather forecasts were rather dismal even if the actual weather was not so bad and the economy may indeed be improving for someone but not any that I meet so.... I don't know if we will ever see numbers like 550 again.


    Bruce
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  13. natedog39

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    Good to meet you too man, sorry I didn't get over to your fire Saturday.
    We had a fire of our own and the sauce was flowing. (a little too much actually)
    Don't forget about the Quarry Run in August.:deal
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  14. sierraoffroad

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    no prob man. we went to bed early like 10 sharp. i was a little beat.

    we cooked a very big spyder. it easily spanned the size of an extra large glove. that was the highlight besides the fire. i'm bringing a woodstove next year. instead of a fire pit. friday night was cold.
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  15. jcalis

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    Here are some videos from Saturday, it's everything up to the lunch stop.
    Loved the ride, even with the mud and deep water crossings. Thanks guys!

    part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQJ4EBlDoeE
    part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQx6-R_4jAA
    part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toqx1IrOL78
    part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icc2bR2TB6U
    part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HINSdJpvFOE
    part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff8iJYbkY9c
    part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VthzbQWGIlg
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  16. sierraoffroad

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    does anyone know how many riders attended this year??

    ds ride
    big bike ride
    kids ride
    pony ride
    etc.
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  17. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Our BBR didn't have a huge turnout due to the weather which was a shame because it cleared up at just the right time and the day was great! I think we had around a dozen riders for the BBR.

    I have not heard totals but I believe Saturday morning Lisa (from CFF) announced we had around 350 at that time and I think there were another 75 or so that showed up on Sunday. So not a record year but I want to give a big thanks to all who came out in spite of the weather!
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  18. sierraoffroad

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    thanks for your reply. my friend rode his super tenere on the big bike rally and really enjoyed it. he didn't get back to our campsite until after 5pm. i was back around 2. ofcourse the bbr is twice as long and a bit slower i'm sure.
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  19. GirlRyder

    GirlRyder Queen of Flugistan

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    I think he may have gone off course.
    I saw him and a big KTM up at the fire tower, and again later, and then they..disappeared. It's not possible that Team Tortuga passed them.... is it? :lol3
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  20. sierraoffroad

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    it's very possible. after all the tortus was faster than the rabbit. :rofl
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