A bunch of us Middle Easterners (of Pennsylvania) decided to celebrate the Hermy's BMW/Triumph Open House, featuring Speed Channel's Michele Smith, with a easy dual sport ride. We figured on meeting at Hermy's early, so we would return in time for food and fun with Michele. My buddy, Makman, just bought this 1200GS from Hermy's 2 weeks ago. He's anxious for a group ride and some off road fun. 8 AM, we leave my place to take the back way up to Hermys to meet up with the rest of the gang. We're first to arrive at Hermy's, followed by CAT0020 on an XR650R supermotard. Action is starting early today as Hermy's ACE salesman, LudiChris gets smoked by this Triumph Trophy rider. Most of the gang is here, me-KTM 950, Makman-1200GS, 1stiski-KTM 950, CAT0020-XR650R, Joe-KTM 640 Adventure, and MSMetz-1200GS. Walter B-Transalp, Not2fast-DR650, and Brian-Tiger show up and we're off. I just purchased a new Pentax camera to replace my Fuji which died last week in Bangor, ME after taking a picture of a Harley dealer. The Pentax and I haven't quite sync'd yet and my action shots consisted mostly of ground and sky, however, I did manage a few shots worth looking at. CAT0020 managed to loose his license plate during the ride. Dude, it's only a 77 mile loop, you can find it, I'm sure! MSMetz brushing the dust from his jacket. It hasn't rained here in some time and the dirt roads were mighty dusty. Sometimes it good to be the leader. Makman, had a great time on his 1200GS, his first group ride and off road venture. He said he almost dropped it three time, I said that he made three excellent saves! Not2fast and his DR650. He's a life RORR member, so you know he can ride! 1stiski, he's looking for Michele... The legendary Walter Barlow took a break from leading rides, came out and joined us. I sure hope I showed him a good time. Hermy's was packed! We had a heck of a time shoehorning our bikes into the crowd. After some grub, the line to see Michele had shortened, so I jumped in to wait my turn. Michele is way prettier in person, and I'm feeling pretty shy. I ask if I might have my picture taken with her. She says, "Sure thing. How about we take it with your bike?" I tell her that my bike is parked way on the other side of the lot. As she's walking out of the garage bay she says, "No problem, which one is yours?" This one here. Then she says, "How about a picture with your buddies?" I almost got knocked down as they all rushed in. Michele was great! She spent the whole day autographing pictures and running around the parking lot taking pictures with patrons and posing on bikes, and smiling! Here she is with my buddy Jason. Jason is scary fast. Above the dent in the tank of his GSXR1000, he written, "In search of Jesus, one curve at a time". I hope he doesn't find Jesus too soon. Ahhh, here's Michele again. Did I mention how great she was? Meanwhile, from the batcave... CAT has made himself a new license plate to ride home.