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George Brown

Can't find a check-in thread so I guess I'll start one. Got home at 5:45 PM today. 470 miles. Took I-91 to Mass 2 (The Mohawk Trail), MA 2 and whatever over to Troy, NY. Then 787 and 87 south. I left a day early due to my cold.

 

Great seeing old friends again and meeting new ones. I hope I didn't pass my germs on to anyone.

 

Paul and the rest of the UNCrew: fantastic job!

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TopazTiger

George, good to meet you this morning before you left.

 

I had a great ride home "the long way round" through Maine and NH en route to Cambridge, MA. No moose sightings on I-95 South; go figure...

 

Great UN! Thanks Paul, Paul's henchmen and Suzanne.

 

Hope to see you soon,

 

Rich

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Fasterpill

Home safe and soggy. I call it my 3 WOW trip. Came through 3 walls of water, some of them 20 miles! It cleared up in central VT never to drip the rest of the way home, thankfully.

 

206 measley miles.

 

I hate goodbyes and I need to keep as many vacation days as I can for next year, so I didn't see everyone I needed to before heading home. I hope we meet again soon. I wonder if the Bah Hahbah crew was as drenched as I was.

 

I bonded with so many of you, especially Ken H. We are tyre brothers and water brothers now. I enjoyed every minute (even the watery ones) from the last 2 days of the Pied Piper through my departure today. Thanks Paul and all y'all!

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Spyder

IN from the UN as well after a meandering trip through Vermont. It was great to see old friends as well as put some faces to names. Can't wait for the next one...........

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BarOne

Got back last evening -- great trip home to the Adirondacks. Got a chance to see flashing blue lights of an LEO and then to meet the nice officer. He gave me warning and a smile -- my favorite part was when he said: "I always get excited when a motorcycle actually stops for me" What do I make of that?

 

Anyway, Kelly and I had a great time losing our UnRally virginity, meeting all the crazy attendees, making many new friends and participating in such a well UNorganized activity. Kudo's to Paul and his merry men -- terrific job.

 

Hope yer fixin to make it to Asheville, bless yer hearts. Give us a holler! (just practicing my southern)

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RBertalotto

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for a great event. Although I wish I could have stayed longer, the Tuesday night dinner was fantastic and the conversation was worth the price of admission......

 

Hope to see everyone next year......

 

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More pictures here:

 

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Sellis

Got home early this AM, long day but I was too close to home to get a hotel, so I just kept riding. According to the GPS it's 959 miles to WV!

 

Really great to see old friends and make some new ones, I really enjoyed it! Also enjoyed seeing part of the country that I was not very familiar with.

 

Thanks to all who were involved in the planning, especially Paul, your hard work really made for a great time!

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Svensk

Arrived safely home about 3:30 Thursday afternoon after spending 4 hours avoiding the 2-hour direct ride.

 

Had a wonderful time at the Un! Thanks to all the folks who participated and especially to those who organized - it was great from start to finish! :thumbsup:

 

The highlight was definitely sunrise on Mt Washington followed by a spirited ride to breakfast!

 

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mos

Got home yesterday about noon. Did not not stop on the way to talk to LEO either ! Thanks to Paul, his family and support staff for a great "UN".

Mike

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RoyTemple

In :thumbsup:

 

Pictures later.

 

Roy

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TEWKS

In with a grin! :grin:

 

Thanks Paul & crew! :thumbsup:

 

I couldn't have afforded a trip like that if you were paid a fraction of what you were worth.

 

 

Pat

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ltljohn

In at 17:30 today. To Paul and crew fantastic job!! It was great to see many people again and meet lots of new friends.

 

 

Today was the strangest day I have ever ridden, overcast day, we rode wet roads almost all the way home some with standing water on them but I never got rained on how did that happen?

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ahirsch

In. Had a great ride home with Rocks and Woody. They practically escorted me to the VT border. Now it's time to rest.

 

I had a fantastic time and of course learned a bunch from all of the collective wisdom.

 

See you all soon, I hope...

 

Andrew

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enfoman

I am In from the UN! arrived at 6 pm. Very nice but albeit cool and cloudy ride through the Green mountains to Troy with a whim of a stop at the Cabot cheese creamery plant for some great fresh stuff. Habernaro Cheese............. Wow that hits you gooood! Routes 2, 15, 100,9/7, Home. Mooseless.

 

Many Thanks to Paul and Gang and to all I met and to all I rode with.

 

Many pics and vids to post.. give me some time.

 

Bob

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marty mayer

IN, Left at 6:10 this am got home at 6:45 this evening. 750 miles.

A big thank you to Paul and anyone else that made this happen. Hope to be able to make next years.

 

Thanks

Marty

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jakfrost

Got home yesterday at 1530...on the lawn mower at 1545, welcome home, eh!! Damn that stuff grows a lot over 14 days!!

 

It was my first UNRally and quite a nice experience I must say. I will be sure to try harder ( and earlier ) to book a room AT THE RALLY SITE next time...I'm sure it would have been a different experience for 'newbie' if I hadn't had to ride a few miles back to the hotel each evening... it sure cut down on the 'refreshment' consumption!! And more importantly, it shortens the opportunity to meet a few more 'names'.

 

Fun ride with Steve and his gang up to Lake ??? ( forgot the name already ).

 

Thanks again to all the folks who put their own time and effort into bringing the variables together to make a great rally!

 

Jim

 

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jakfrost

Got home yesterday at 1530...on the lawn mower at 1545, welcome home, eh!! Damn that stuff grows a lot over 14 days!!

 

It was my first UNRally and quite a nice experience I must say. I will be sure to try harder ( and earlier ) to book a room AT THE RALLY SITE next time...I'm sure it would have been a different experience for 'newbie' if I hadn't had to ride a few miles back to the hotel each evening...and back agin in the mornings, it sure cut down on the 'refreshment' consumption!! And more importantly, it shortened the opportunity to meet a few more 'names'.

 

So a big 'thank you' to Paul and all his volunteers, great job!!

 

Jim

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alimar
... The highlight was definitely sunrise on Mt Washington followed by a spirited ride to breakfast!

 

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Sweet Shot! Thanks for sharing!

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Matts_12GS

In at 2230. Two long days on the road, but it was a great time and experience for me.

 

Thanks to Paul and crew, a great job and a bar set high for next year.

 

Good thing my vacation request goes in tomorrow!

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Armando

In at 11PM. Nice ride through back roads in Main to visit friends and then slab to CT.

 

great to see you all.

 

a

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EddyQ

I was home at roughly 5pm Wednesday after a very nice ride down through Gorham, Pinkham Notch, through Conway to White Horse. Very nice place BTW. Then through the Kangamangus to a great sandwich shop in Lincoln for lunch. After that, I hit the highway.

 

This was my first UN. I wanted to meet you all. I must say, the entire experience exceeded my expectations! You all are great people and very glad to have met you!

 

Paul (and crew), I'm speechless. All I can say is unbelievable and thankyou.

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Woodie

In last night, ~2200.

 

A nice ride with Rocks and AHirsch to the VT border (mooseless, and for one day at the UN, I did NOT get rained on!). Then slab to dinner w/ a friend, and finally home.

 

Bear Mountain rocked, as did Mt. Washington.

 

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mikeR1100R

In at 3pm yesterday. We took the slab all the way home but missed the rain. We enjoyed all the spectacular rides, but Mt Washington at sunrise was the highlight! Great to see old friends and make new ones. Good to put faces with the board names. Thanks Paul and Suzanne. Mike and Georgiana :grin:

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OoPEZoO

In last night ~1915

 

Had a nice backroad romp down to near NYC, then hammered it home from there on the superslab.

 

Paul - You rule bud.......hell of a job :clap:

 

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Jacqueline

I can't believe you all are home ALREADY!!!! Richard and I leave Roger's Campground today. As of last night there were still 13 of us here and we had a great time last night! :clap: Looking forward to the next UN! :clap::clap::clap:

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RodB

In yesterday after a stop in Presque Isle, Me. It was our 1st UN and it was great. We did not get a chance to meet everybody, but I believe that's what future UN's are for.

To the whole crew that UNorganised this event: congratulations!

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stager

Endobobdds and I arrived at my place around 9:00 PM after a sometimes wet tour through the Green Mountains, Catskills, Poconos and Delaware Water Gap. Bob headed out this morning for DC.

 

Paul & Crew...a really job...as usual!!!

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Paul Mihalka

Almost home... at work. Yesterday rode nice roads to Spring Valley, north of New York City, where our son and daughter in law live, spent the night with them. Today took all slab to work where my schedule is at 1.30 pm. Then I'll go home where my dearest is waiting with dinner. Can't get much better than this.

Paul and company, THANK YOU! Amazing job!

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Ron_B

I'm home...NOT!

 

Sitting in a rest stop in Saint John New Brunswick trying to decide on the night ferry or the land route to northern Nova Scotia. Stayed at a KOA in Bah Habah last night.

 

Un Good

 

Un Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Good!!!

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Whip

Home......LOL

 

If I lived at this truckstop in PA.

 

Many miles to go

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mrzoom

GREAT Un!!!! bless all who made this happen.

I had to leave Early Wed as I had urgent business at home. Rode straight on , 1200 miles I think got in at 12:16 Thurs am.

Nice ride maybe send stuff to Iron guys and see if they say yes.

I didn't plan to ride all the way but it just worked out.

Good to see all of you.

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SAMSAR

IN... Well sort of...

 

Suzanne and the girls left me and the dogs about 9am for Portland ME. I was tasked with breaking down our campsite and ended up leaving UN HQ about 1pm. It gave me a chance to say goodbye to many of you and hang out for a little bit with Whip, Mrs. Whip, Kathy R, Sagerider plus a few others who were able to drop into the rec hall. Also had a chance to see Whip do an awesome job of changing his rear tire on the GS using tire irons and Mitch's portable bead breaker. Made it look easy and got me thinking that there IS an easier way. Oh, and that I really want a GS now too.

 

The family and I are in Old Orchard Beach on the Maine coast for the weekend and heading home on Sunday. Back to work on Monday...

 

Thanks again to the team and everyone who could make the UNrally. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time meeting and talking with many of you. Our little community continues to be a wonderful melting pot of so many different people and all have wonderful backgrounds to share. Though each and every one's story is unique, there is a certain bond here that I have not found before and I was glad to hear this feeling reinforced by others.

 

The unexpected gift of the framed t-shirt and the time taken to sign it was truly above and beyond. Combined with the thunderous applause of appreciation and the look of pride on my wife and daughters' faces brought emotions that will take a long time for me put into words. My family and I will remember this event for a lifetime. Thank You just doesn't seem to be enough but maybe if I put it in capital letters with exclamation points... THANK YOU!!!

 

 

For me, the heavy rains will be the memorable weather pattern. But, the sun was also often out and provided a lot of clear weather for some great riding; moose sightings; an ideal evening for the group dinner; and a perfect fog for that Mt. Washington sunrise ride on Thursday morning.

 

I will remember many things like: prepping the t-shirt table with rocks and RevRay; the Tuesday with friends where we "thought" about doing many things and never did anything but sit around and talk. A spontaneous and completely UNplanned cookout on the large grill that grew and grew to include nearly everyone at the UNrally; The tire changing and throttle body sync projects and how I never would have thought that changing a tire on the harbor freight changer was possible with zero mounting points but Fasterpill proved otherwise; Being one of the first to see Roy Temple's photos of everyone (and I mean every single one of us) and especially the portrait of my daughter Sarah; Leslie's all powerful hugs and Jamie's never wavering love of the board; The late night and early morning sights of all motel parking lots filled completely with bikes; the revolving conversations in the campground coffee shop as people rolled in and out for breakfast each morning; Sitting outside the country store on benches like we were Andy, Floyd, Barney, and Goober watching the bikes ride out; Then there were the stories of grand daughters working in the garden with grandma; the trials and tribulations of children learning to drive; the love of pets long gone; and the most memorable ride tales.

 

Suzanne and I look forward to seeing your photos and reading the ride tales.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Paul

 

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Joe Frickin' Friday

Joe Frickin Friday is home, arrived here about an hour ago (4:45 PM). I managed to visit a LOT of my Roadside Attractions list while traveling to and from the Un, got lots of great pics. And of course, I had a spectacular time at the Un itself. Ride report to follow, starting sometime in the next few days; won't be quite as detailed as My Torrey Odyssey, but will have lots of pics. Stay tuned... :thumbsup:

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Charles Elms

In at 2:20 pm today. Thanks Paul for the great UnRally!

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dhanson

Jean did a 600 day, left Christianburg, VA 7am and arrived Meridian, MS 4:20pm. 290 miles tomorrow morning til home.

 

We could have stayed another day at the UN, oh well. Met lots more people and we enjoyed the Pied Piper run, along with the UN.

 

Whip, if we beat you to my house, you are welcome to drop by and spend a power nap, plus Jean can cook!

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scout6

Great UN! Took a day to travel to Toronto, and then today made it home. Imagine my surprise, seeing that great orange, yellow ball suspended in the sky both days? Can't wait till next year and the Left Side of the country. The valve adjust and TB helped a great deal on the trip home. Much smoother through towns and lower speed sweepers.

Thanks to all!

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Lone_RT_rider

Chris K and I are still on headed home, but should be there by tomorrow. If anyone is still left at the UN and is headed south through NH, I highly suggest they take NH 100 if at all possible. :thumbsup:

 

Shawn

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AZgman

In yesterday at 13:30. Some rain in Worcester but was able to keep the RT above soaking speed. Had a great time and met some interesting people. Thanks to everyone!

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Ken H.

Still on the road, as we have more places to be, people to see. In Cincinnati tonight, planning on being back in Edmonton the 22nd.

 

Had a wonderful time with old and new friends, a bit damp afternoons not withstanding!

 

Special thanks to Phil and the others will help on the tire, we got ‘er done!

 

Cheers!

 

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SRG

Both myself (SRG) and Ben (Quickshift) had a great time, arrived home on Wednesday. A couple of links to two excellent spots we encountered on our rides:

 

Rangely Lake

 

Kancamagus

 

Our first unrally . . . hope to participate in a few more.

 

 

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quickshift

We did indeed have a great time. The roads were great, and have certainly removed any remaining pleasure I might have had riding the straight, flat roads around Toronto. It was great to meet some of the people I've followed/contacted on this board, and I look forward to meeting more of you at the next one, for which I'll budget more time.

 

A million thanks again to Paul and everyone who contributed to the success of this event!

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Twisties

Checked in at the Forest Lake Motel in Grand Rapids, MN.

 

Route so far.

 

Great time in Lancaster! Glad to meet so many of you!

 

Now we gotta figure out where we are going from here...

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R80RTKen

Lena and I just arrived at home.. nice long week on the road. Great to meet everyone finally.

-Ken

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Kathy R

Greetings from Schenectady, NY. I'm spending the weekend with dear friends and might be home sometime soon :D

 

My first UN since Cody and only my 3rd UN overall. Spectacular...simply splendid...due to old and new friends and to Paul and his crew and all the hard work that went into making this a fabulous gathering.

 

Ride Tale once I decide to go home, hee hee. ;) I don't want to get off the bike just yet/ever. :rofl:

 

To the UN, the UNetc and to those of us still on the road, WHOOHOO! I LOVE ALL YOU PEEPS :clap:

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Endobobdds

IN at 6:30 PM tonight. Fantastic week of riding with old and new friends! Zumo reports I returned to DC after 2,350 miles with 42.5 hours in the saddle.

 

Steve and Kelly Barone - thank you for opening up your home for me and those that arrived with the Pied Piper Run - what a wonderful way to start my week of fellowship and enjoyment!

 

Paul - Thanks to you and your crew! Paul you ran the "best" gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts I have ever attended and helped me fine tune your suggested routes for a truly "magical" week!

 

Leslie and Jamie - Nice to spend a little time with you. Thank you both for your unending enthusiasm and commitment to the Board. We know the Board would not be the same without the commitment and dedication on the part of a few special people like you!

 

Rich (Mr. Zoom) - thanks for letting me tail along with you up to Quebec

Paul (Oldfart) - wonderful day and lunch on Wednesday! Still think you should consider a GPS.

RevRay - what a unique morning ride up Mt. Washington! Glad you took us down Rt. 116 for a short delay on our first attempt - it may have save us from hitting that moose!

 

Denis Stiger - what a pleasant 500 day ride we had on Thursday. Please thank your wife Carol again for allowing me to spend the last night at your beautiful home.

 

I look forward to seeing many of you in October in KY and plan on making the next UN somewhere in the Sierra's.

 

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marcopolo

I'm now home in Ottawa, having arrived just after 8:00 p.m. Friday evening. I dragged DRSwift (Dave) along with me for the evening. Tomorrow he continues his Long Ride For Life by heading west to Blind River, Ontario (just east of Sault Ste. Marie).

 

It was a very enjoyable UnRally. Well done Paul and co-conspirators.

 

Dave and Michael, next year's un-organizers, have their work cut out for them.

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BMW_Ken

I made it in around 9pm Friday night after taking the long way home, including Watkins Glen, PA144, and Smoke Hole Rd in WV.

 

Had a great time at my first Un. Thanks to Paul and everyone for all the hard work putting it together.

 

 

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BOXDAWG

Made it in 2200 last night. Spent the day at Acadia Park. Still no

moose sightings. Thank's Paul and NE Crew. Mike & Paula

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Endobobdds
I made it in around 9pm Friday night after taking the long way home, including Watkins Glen, PA144, and Smoke Hole Rd in WV.

 

Had a great time at my first Un. Thanks to Paul and everyone for all the hard work putting it together.

 

Ken - Smoke Hole Road is one of my favorites in WV! Not many people know about that road! :thumbsup:

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dhanson

Jean and I are in Saturday 11am, 4973 miles. Most wonderful vacation, enjoyed riding with the Pied Piper group, glad they let us tag along.

 

AR, MO, IA, Mn, MI, WI, Ontario, NY, VT, NH, ME, PA, MD, WV, VA, TN, AL, MS states covered on this trip.

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