Charlotte: Ride Planning, 3rd Thursday Pizza-Meet and General Hooliganism

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by JoeyBones, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    A handful of hooligans here in the Queen City get together on the third Thursday of each month to eat pizza, tell lies about their riding prowess, brag about their latest farkles and plan a ride or two.

    Hawthorne's Pizza at 1701 E. 7th St. is sorta kinda centrally located re: North vs. South, etc. and has some of the best pizza in town.

    Update 2014: This thread has become as much a ride-planning thread as anything else! If you landed here on this page please go to the last few pages (they turn over pretty quickly these days) and you'll find folks to ride with - street bikes, big dual-sports, little dual-sports, even straight up dirt bikes.

    Update May 2015: I am proud to have started this thread in November of 2009. In May of 2015 I find myself moving to Florida and leaving this Charlotte ADV tradition in the capable hands of "BluRidgeRider" and "AugieDog", along with the dozens of others who make this a great place to meet fellow riders in the Carolinas. As always, the last few pages will have the latest on local rides - dirt or street or both. - Joe

    MEET-UP ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH AT HAWTHORNE'S (1701 E. 7th ST). AROUND 6 PM FOR MOST FOLKS BUT SHOW UP WHEN YOU CAN! THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE IS:

    2015: May 21st * June 18th * July 16th * August 20th * September 17th * October 15th * November 19th * December 17th *

    2016: January 21st * February 18th * March 17th * April 21st * May 19th * June 16th * July 21st * August 18th * September 15th * October 20th * November 17th * December 15th
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  2. tacoma87

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    Im pretty sure I am in....I hate to pick teams with two conflicting dinners but Fridays usually dont work for me so I will commit to this one for now....Also asked you in a PM but I am sure others will be interested....Is this going to be wife friendly?

    Ben
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    Cool stuff - already have about 8 folks from the CR forum looking to join up, and I can think of a few more that haven't posted up yet! :clap

    Gonna be a good time!:freaky
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    Wife-friendly AND girlfriend-friendly (not at the same time of course).

    :rofl
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    dam i can't have them there at the same time :huh :lol3 :lol3
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  7. bpg

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    Dang - this is growing fast! Now there are at least 12 folks hoping to make this grip-'n-grin from the Carolina Riders Forum. :freaky C'mon out ADVers in the Charlotte area - meet, eat, and spin yarns all evening!
    :clap
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    new here today and glad to see some one has got this together sounds like a plan underway. i will be there with maybe 3 to 4 others.:clap
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    Excellent! I stopped by there today and spoke to one of the Managers - they look forward to seeing us on Thursday. I'll post up tomorrow with some parking info etc.

    :freaky
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    There's only about 5 or 6 parking spaces out front, and then there's ample parking in the back. Most of the areas in the back are OK for parking after 5 PM, except for the one gravel lot (not that I like parking on gravel anyway). The gravel lot is off limits.

    Look forward to seeing a few folks Thursday eve!
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    Looks like I will not be able to attend this one. You guys have fun.
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    Cool stuff - I'll try to get there around 6 and park tightly into the corner of a space. Feel free to cram as many bikes behind/beside it as possible, just try not to knock any mud er dead birds off the bike, OK??:wink:
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    I will do the same. In fact, maybe I'll get there at 5, block off TWO spaces in the front and take my every-Thursday-at-5PM-conference call from the parking lot. Or the bathroom. Or the street corner.

    HEY! Maybe I could find some of those those little orange traffic cones.....
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    sounds good! gonna be nice out today, so whoever gets there first maybe see if we can get a few tables outside. :thumb Lot easier to converse, move around, pull up chairs, etc. if we are out o' doors.

    I think there are 2 outside areas, maybe they'll let us "occupy" the Hawthorne St side?

    I'll likely be wearing a white Fuzzy Beaver Rally shirt, see y'all this evening! :clap
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    I had a great time this evening and enjoyed meeting everyone. - Special kudos to Caroleen (NavyCoat) for wobbling out in her full-length leg cast!

    In the future I won't be so formal as to get everyone's name and "handle", but it helps me to learn names and stuff when I first meet folks. Present and accounted for at the first "Charlotte / Pizza / 3rd Thursday", from both ADV and the Carolina Riders forum were...

    VFRCAUV, BPG, rocketman1098S, NavyCoat, Livermush, XRsquared, Jeff2051, puddle jumper 2, Mike Dap, MachVIII, NascarVirgin, SgtMike and of course yours truly JoeyBones.

    I think a Billion pictures were taken - POST 'EM UP!!

    And a special thanks to co-host and official CR forum liaison, BPG (aka BPGxx).
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    It was nice to meet all in person at the first dinner party :clap .I would like to see it grow and we can plan some group dual sport rides
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    Had a great time! :clap

    Here are some pics I lifted from Bill (VFRCauv) on the Carolina Riders Forum:

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    13 folks - pretty good for a chilly night in November! :deal

    As mentioned, plenty of us are planning on doing some great riding this winter: Brown Mtn, Brushy Mtn, Wilson's Creek area, and maybe an overnighter to Buzzard's Roost/Hurricane Creek/Chataloochee - so keep yer eyes and ears on the ready :freaky
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  18. vfrcauv

    vfrcauv Been here awhile

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    Just found this thread. Was going to post about Pizza night, but won't need to now! :wink:

    Looking forward to riding with & meeting everyone.

    Here is a shot of Lost Cove Creek, guess that's the creek name, close to Pineola FR between Mortimer & Pineola taken last month by a fellow Adventurer.

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    Here is a shot of Wanderer and Driller fixing a tire on Maple Sally Road last year. :D

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  19. JoeyBones

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    Bump for the December meet-up! Third Thursday (17th) @ Hawthorne's...

    Hey Brendan - I posted this up in CR as well...

    I'm pleased to say that the November get-together led to plans for me to ride one day soon with Bill (vfrcauv) and volunteer at the SandBlast rally in February with SgtMike. Hope to see a few folks on the 17th.
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  20. vfrcauv

    vfrcauv Been here awhile

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    Count me in for the 17th. :D
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