That thing is pretty cool! You rich guys and your toys!
Thanks for coming along for the ride, everybody.
I'm sorry the groups were a little too large and unwieldy. I've never accepted the responsibility of being 'the leader,' which is why I just post the route and say when I'm leaving. This many friends getting together almost need somebody acting like the 'corporal' and assigning sub groups and telling people what to do.
I consider everybody that comes to the gathering to be a good friend and I want everyone to keep an eye out for each other, but when this many people want to ride together... it's a challenge.
Maybe we can make it more like a rally/poker run in the future, so it's more like a bunch of guys on solo rides, just going the same places. Because, no matter how many times we say, "ride your own ride" and "ride your own pace," people want to ride in a big group and 'keep up.'
I rode a lot gentler than I would have alone... keeping the max at about 70, even in the boring parts... the speeding ticket count stands at zero (unless Marty got one on the way home
) but riding with my friends is worth it.
I still have friends ask me, "Why do you make a pass when the whole group can't pass?" BECAUSE, we have to keep it from looking like a parade. That many bikes together at full speed makes the locals ready to call out the National Guard.
RicVal rode off the right side in a left hander on 74... about 5 miles west of Jasper. Same stretch Gr8eyes threw his away, years ago. I never saw Rick riding like he was in a hurry or riding over his head. I heard about three different reports of what happened, but from my experience, I'm guessing he just lost focus and looked at the ditch, so his bike took him there. He was hurting, but in good spirits and good hands. Thanks to Gary, Bob and Ed for looking after him and his belongings at the hotel. He's got broken bones in a Springfield hospital, and I'll be trying to get down there to visit this week.
Trainwreck and I rode all the favorites on a very zig-zag route back home. I had 1700 miles of fun... only a few of those on slabs. Thanks guys!