NorthwoodSTOC v9.0 @ Trail Center Lodge, Saturday, October 8, 2011

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Spikehead, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Spikehead

    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    "Ch-ch-ch-changes"-David Bowie

    Traveling north towards Grand Marais, the southern Minnesota plains
    give way to the northern woods. It happens slowly, passing unnoticed
    until at some point you suddenly realize you are now in The North
    Country. So it is with the seasons; the days become shorter, the
    air cools, the tree canopies change color imperceptibly until all at
    once you notice fall has arrived. If you're like us, you begin
    reflecting on the past summer's rides and those you won't be taking in
    the coming months. You promise yourself to get in a couple more good
    rides before the countryside is once again blanketed in ice and snow...

    Ahem.

    Announcing:
    NorthwoodSTOC v9.0 @ Trail Center Lodge
    (~30 miles North out of Grand Marais, MN on the Gunflint Trail)
    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    "He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing
    it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is
    only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain."
    -Mark Twain "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

    Twain prolly didn't have pancakes in mind when he wrote that bit o'
    prose but there's no denying he was right. So, do YOU covet pancakes? Well, DO YOU???
    Well sure you do, but whatcha gonna do about it? Huh?

    How 'bout joining some rightly wrong-minded riders on Saturday, October 8 for pancakes-n-more @ Trail Center Lodge - a mere 34 miles* from beautiful downtown Grand Marais, MN? (*Unless you're Mark Foster or Marty Leir.)

    http://www.trailcenterlodge.com/
    http://www.trailcenterlodge.com/lodge.html#eats

    In past years most riders have arrived by 9:00-9:30. If you want breakfast... and
    YOU DO WANT BREAKFAST, get there by 11:45, as Trail Center stops serving
    breakfast PROMPTLY at 12:00 TCST (Trail Center Standard Time) on Saturdays.
    TC staff hold the official breakfast time clock here, and it's probably different than what your GPS or watch says. Don't bother them with your citified version of reality, 'cause like moose they just don't care. Actually... no, wait... Go ahead and whine to them. It'll be fun for the rest of us to watch and see what happens. Hell, why not just order up a side of waffles while you're at it? You'll come away with the knowledge that things just work differently up here. And probably a delicious lunch too.

    After breakfast, ride the MN Arrowhead for more fall colors, head north to see if OPP officers will really confiscate your radar detector. (Yup!) Visit casinos even worse than those in NV. (Gasp!) Stop by Aerostich Riderwearhouse to start working on that holiday wish list, or simply head on home... taking the loooooong way back.

    Note: Our work lives are all about organizing people and planning stuff, so we're not about to make this little gathering work-like by making this a real organized event. Your route, the schedule, the entertainment, the choice between pancakes and waffles... it's all up to you. (If things WERE up to us, light beer would be banned from the market and the young folks wouldn't be wearing their baggy pants down below their asses.) One thing we WILL organize is a discounted rate on lodging so you can splurge on more 'cakes. Or beer.

    Lodging choices*** abound in GM, and most are just a short walk from the Gunflint Tavern - a fine local watering hole known to be popular with NorthwoodSTOC riders on the Friday night before breakfast. -Or so we've heard.

    ***Watch for a update on a group rate for lodging in the next few days.***


    Finally, a word on the weather. At this time of year in the MN Arrowhead, the
    weather can be... um, somewhat less than ideal for riding. But, if the sun is shining the riding is glor-i-ous. Riders should be prepared for the full spectrum of Mother Nature's offerings. (For those of you playing along at home this would be the "make the thing difficult to obtain" part.)

    There will prolly be some door prizes and awards again this year - and then again maybe not. We'll see what we can do. Only one way to find out, eh?

    Hope to see you there. Bring yer 'lectrics!

    Spikehead and Mouse
    Minneapolis, MN


    ***** THIS EVENT CERTIFIED SIDECAR, SCOOTER AND DUAL-SPORT FRIENDLY! *****
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  2. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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  3. rickcorwn

    rickcorwn Been here awhile

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    This year I stay outa the pirate bar.
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    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    Oh yes. No good comes of going in there.

    Well, bloody marys.
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    Kjharn Hrmph?

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    The bloody marys?



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  7. *Gravy*

    *Gravy* Jedi Loser

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    When is this again :lol3
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  8. Spikehead

    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    [fast talking guy] The disorganizers of NorthwoodSTOC make no guarantees, express or implied, for the weather, riding conditions, and cannot be held liable for acts of God or Godlessness. TCL waffle availability subject whims of surly cook.
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  9. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    If you can eat one of their pancakes AND a big feck off plate of their breakfast, the people at the Trail Center Lodge look at you as though you are a greedy bastard.

    It's not much of an award I know, but it is at least some sort of recognition.
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    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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  12. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    Are you going up there or what?
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    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    That's really what its all about, ask my wife :cry

    Just kidding, we may actually show up in GM together this year, just to get in a domestic for everyone, come for the pancakes, stay for the fight!
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    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    Others available, but higher priced and far far away,,, from the bar. :freaky
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  20. Spikehead

    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    Oooh... just like a Waffle House in the north woods - dinner and a show! :lurk

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