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You guys know me, I like to plan in advance :grin:.

Hoping to head to Huntington, WV this July or August for a long Fri-Mon weekend. One other, my buddy Rob the Indian Guy is confirmed. He's been pretty reliable for the 10 or so yrs we've taken summer rides. Ken the HD Guy I'm not sure about yet.

It's very early in the plan so I haven't looked at routes or places. We've been up that way a couple times, there's not really any bad roads to be had. One ride, probably Saturday is to Columbus, OH. There's a bucket list item there plus 5 or so Diners, Drive Ins and Dives places there for lunch. Everything else we'll be winging it unless someone has a suggestion of a must see or do. https://www.zumouserforums.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=27

Everyone is of course welcome to join us if you can. We're leisurely riders but to each his own. I'll be posting specifics as Rob, Ken & I figure them out. Our general rules:

- ride your ride;
- some folks may choose to NOT be ATGATT. If this bothers you please reconsider attending, no one wants to be lectured about how to dress. To each his own.
- no leaders, just chilled riders. I'll have Garmin waypoints & maybe routes but we're all experienced enough to figure out where we're going.
- ride your ride.
- we choose NOT to drink alcohol when riding. Your bike, your choice, we don't care, but we do reserve the right to avoid you if we feel like it. After the day, at the pool or in the parking lot, is another matter .
- bike doesn't matter, everyone is welcome so bring the wife, kid, mistress, boyfriend. Whatever. Who am I to judge ?
- we may break into smaller groups of riders so it's less stressful for everyone. Everyone is invited to go his/her/its own way if the group thing ain't your thing.
- ride your ride.
- someone try to remember some "Hello my name is" labels and a sharpie. I always forget .
- I plan for stuff for me and my regular riding buds, no one's feelings will be hurt if someone comes but does different stuff. To each his/her/its own. We chill. Ride some, rest some, eat & drink some, repeat. It's vacation, we relax.
 

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Been yakking with Rob the Indian Guy and Ken & Chad the HD guys and it's a go! We've made reservations, July 31 to Aug 3 at

Best Western Huntington Mall Inn

3441 US Route 60 E
Barboursville, West Virginia
25504-1608

304-736-9772
 

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Sounds like a fun ride and my kind of people. However I'm not sure what my plans are for this riding season. I'll definitely keep it in mind.👍
 

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Sounds like a fun ride and my kind of people. However I'm not sure what my plans are for this riding season. I'll definitely keep it in mind.👍
We wholeheartedly encourage folks to jump in & out as needed. We're not offended at all, we all know life gets in the way sometimes. Plus it's pretty early for folks outside of the 3 or 4 of us regulars to plan so far in advance. We're all kind of loners without a big ball-n-chain called grandkids so other than Ken we just plan around work and vacation schedules.

Since we're planning a leisurely ride to Columbus, OH someone mentioned to kill some time and do some actual trying on of accessories to visit Iron Pony Superstore. We have nothing around us down here like that so maybe. Whatever. It's vacation, we relax.
 

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I dont know if I can make the ride, but a couple suggestions. Definitely go to Iron Pony if you go up to Columbus, OH, it is a Walmart sized motorcycle store, you can spend hours there. There are some great roads in Eastern Kentucky, any back road to Carter Caves State Park or Louisa would be good choices. Have fun and let me know if you are riding toward Lexington for a day.
 

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I dont know if I can make the ride, but a couple suggestions. Definitely go to Iron Pony if you go up to Columbus, OH, it is a Walmart sized motorcycle store, you can spend hours there. There are some great roads in Eastern Kentucky, any back road to Carter Caves State Park or Louisa would be good choices. Have fun and let me know if you are riding toward Lexington for a day.
I found this. Who am I to judge..... ;-)
 

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I'm just funnin', don't anyone get his/her/its panties in a wad. Looking at a leisurely ride, if we cross into KY by Huntington, WV and head south or southwest-ish, this is the first bridge back across.

So far my plans are the to & from, pictured below. Ride up the green to meet Ken the HD Guy, then the purple to Huntington. Return home on the blue, heading due east to drop Ken off then head south to the bottom of the green line to home.
 

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Sounds good

Russ, Havent ridden with you in forever, and this looks good to me. I grew up 2 hours from there in North Central WV and I can certainly offer some great riding routes. My Brother owns a farm 2 hours away in north central WV also, pretty sure we could cruise up there eat some farm fresh grub and then hit some fantastic back roads.
I have a weekend getaway with my Brother and 2 sons sometime around July or August To A cabin in the Shenandoah area for some fishing and kayaking, it's depending on one son I havent heard back from yet and his schedule.
 

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Well howdy stranger! No time no type! We got plans already for Saturday and I've be randomly picking roads to ride Sunday. It's all good.
 

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Sounds like a fun time. I'm in Brownsburg IN,so not too far away. Newly retired and looking for some rides. I'm going to put it on the calendar. Not sure what we have going on at that time. I would be solo unless I can get another bud to join.
 

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Time for an update I guess.

It's a go! Of course we have no idea what'll be open or not or where we're eating, etc. but honestly we don't care. We're going!

Thus far it's just me and Rob and Ken. Hotel listing in post #2. See ya's!!
 

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You guys know me, I like to plan in advance :grin:.

Hoping to head to Huntington, WV this July or August for a long Fri-Mon weekend. One other, my buddy Rob the Indian Guy is confirmed. He's been pretty reliable for the 10 or so yrs we've taken summer rides. Ken the HD Guy I'm not sure about yet.

It's very early in the plan so I haven't looked at routes or places. We've been up that way a couple times, there's not really any bad roads to be had. One ride, probably Saturday is to Columbus, OH. There's a bucket list item there plus 5 or so Diners, Drive Ins and Dives places there for lunch. Everything else we'll be winging it unless someone has a suggestion of a must see or do. https://www.zumouserforums.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=27

Everyone is of course welcome to join us if you can. We're leisurely riders but to each his own. I'll be posting specifics as Rob, Ken & I figure them out. Our general rules:

- ride your ride;
- some folks may choose to NOT be ATGATT. If this bothers you please reconsider attending, no one wants to be lectured about how to dress. To each his own.
- no leaders, just chilled riders. I'll have Garmin waypoints & maybe routes but we're all experienced enough to figure out where we're going.
- ride your ride.
- we choose NOT to drink alcohol when riding. Your bike, your choice, we don't care, but we do reserve the right to avoid you if we feel like it. After the day, at the pool or in the parking lot, is another matter .
- bike doesn't matter, everyone is welcome so bring the wife, kid, mistress, boyfriend. Whatever. Who am I to judge ?
- we may break into smaller groups of riders so it's less stressful for everyone. Everyone is invited to go his/her/its own way if the group thing ain't your thing.
- ride your ride.
- someone try to remember some "Hello my name is" labels and a sharpie. I always forget .
- I plan for stuff for me and my regular riding buds, no one's feelings will be hurt if someone comes but does different stuff. To each his/her/its own. We chill. Ride some, rest some, eat & drink some, repeat. It's vacation, we relax.
HOLY COW! Not only are you coming up to my neck of the woods, you're heading to my hometown! My family's Yamaha/Honda/Polaris dealership is about a mile from where you're staying. (Yes, I grew up with this stuff!) I just may have to join you to Huntington & back to Columbus (if you come back this way).

Iron Pony was mentioned (and here's the stupid part), but despite living in Columbus area for over 15 years, I've never been there. If y'all go that way, I just might have to join you.

Oh, and you were chuckling at Fort Gay. That's actually just across the river and a dogleg (or two) from my family's home. Not much exciting to see there, quite honestly. That said, I don't know if the old fort is still there or not.

I've definitely got to make some time for this. Looking forward to it!

And if you see this post over in the thread I started, it's because I browsed back and didn't realize it. Oooops... :oops:
 

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Update- still a go! Not much changed from earlier. Leaving out from my place around 8am Friday. Meeting Ken outside Roanoke, VA around 11 am. Then meander northeast to Barborsville, WV.

Saturday as posted, Sunday randomly picked 280 mile ride. How bad can it be?

See ya's around!
 

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A butt break for lunch and a random pic. We're so far in the boonies they still have payphones b/c there surely ain't no cell signals out here! 390 twisty, turny miles for me on the day.

Hoping to get some pirogi in Columbus, OH today.
 

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So Saturday morning we head off to the big city and nearly immediately come to a road closure and have to backtrack. "Oh boy", I'm thinking, "this is not a good start." But my recent skill improvements with my Garmin 595 GPS helped tremendously and off we go without a hitch through some fine country roads for a few hrs. But alas, no pirogis we'd hoped for. Place is closed. But Columbus, OH has 4 other Diner, Drive Ins & Dives so.... But we stumbled across a Greek Express place so there ya go! We zipped across town for a quick bucket list selfie and stopped in at Iron Pony Power Sports, a WalMart sized biker shopping place. Impressive. Rob the Indian Guy got himself a nice helmet, Ken and I didn't. Also got to see a new 2020 FJR ES. Meh.

We had been riding on and off in rain all day so we decided to hit the US hwys back to the motel. No biggie. We all wear 2 piece rain suits so we had the bottoms on and one time when we stopped to put the jackets on a pickup truck guy stopped and offered us his barn up on the hill for cover if we wanted to sit it out. Nice guy, young fella, we had a nice chat.

Today it looks like we might stay dry! WooHoo! Nothing special, a big loop ride into Kentucky. We're thinking maybe bbq for lunch but you never know on the road, right?
 

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