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Glad things worked out. That Niagara Mohawk building is a stunner! Way over the top! I will have to visit that someday.
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It's Gone!


Affordable Tree Service has taken down the rotted tree in the back yard. It is now in firewood sized pieces on the ground. I no longer have to worry about it coming down on my house; or worse, my next door neighbor's house.

Oh boy; am I happy!

The remains



From a different angle

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Looks like a lotta tree! Silver Maple?
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Some variety of poplar. It had been hit by lightning about 8 years ago, and that started the bottom of the trunk rotting. If I hadn't had it taken down, it would have fallen within a year, the tree service told me as they pointed out the areas that were rotted internally.
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Age it and use it in the fire pit or better yet to heat the house.
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Haven't thought about the Syracuse Dinosaur since I was up that way in the Army. That place was tasty.
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I wrote the following Snippet a couple of days ago, but the WiFi at the Iron Horse Lodge was so bad, I couldn't post it:


At The Meet & Greet.


I left Cheviot yesterday morning and immediately hit stopped traffic as soon as I got on I 75. Once I got through town, speeds picked up to normal, even though the traffic remained pretty heavy. I only missed turns a couple of times; once in Murvil (Maryville), TN and once on Rt. 28. The second mistake wasn’t all bad; I wound up riding over the top of the Fontana Dam. It’s impressively large, and there are lots of high tension power lines leading away from it.

I eventually found the Iron Horse Lodge and was immediately met by a member of the XL forum who recognized me. Actually, he recognized the Roadster with its Hepco & Becker bags and concluded that I must be Crusty. That started the introductions. Since I have that weird memory condition where I have a lot of trouble remembering people’s names (sometimes I’ll blank out on someone’s name who I’ve known for years), I’m not even going to try to list everyone. However, by the time I went to bed, there were 18 of us. I think.

This morning, a large group of us went and rode the Cherohala Skyway to Tellico Plains for lunch. Brad on Badweb raves about some bakery in Tellico Plains, but I couldn’t remember the name of it. Still, we found a good quality restaurant and increased their business for a day. I got a roast beef sandwich with grilled onions and peppers and it was both huge and very tasty. It was big enough that I’m going to skip dinner this evening.

After we left the restaurant, the large group split up into smaller segments. Some folks were going north to ride the Foothills Parkway and some were going to ride back on the Cherohala, and I don’t know where the rest were heading.

I really don’t enjoy riding in a group any more. I used to; and I had a few friends that I’d travel with almost every week, but as time passed, I’ve come to prefer to ride alone. Once the group of Sportsters started breaking up, I decided to do likewise and rode back to the campground by myself. There has been a 60% chance of rain here, and I rode over some patches of wet pavement, but it never rained on me. It was interesting; the road would be completely wet for a couple of hundred yards, then it would be bone dry for a stretch, then wet again. I zipped the tent fly before I left this morning, so all my sleeping gear should be dry. There are still clouds of variable density overhead, so it still might cut loose at any time. The Roadster is parked under a roofed motorcycle parking area, so it should be OK.

I have to say that it’s exceptionally beautiful around here. The roads are very twisty and the pavement is good. It’s a magnificent place to ride a motorcycle.

Anyhow, I took a few pictures, but I won’t be able to share them until I get back home. One reason is that I can’t download them from the camera to this computer. The other reason is that the WiFi here keeps going away. I doubt that I’ll be able to post this Snippet until it sorts itself out. I hope it starts working right soon.
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Uberdog, the Border Bus and a Knucklehead Trike


I’m at a bit of a loss. I don’t know how to write about this past weekend. It was a great time with good people in a beautiful location, but I can’t quite figure how to describe it and do the event justice.

Make no mistake; it was an event. One that I’ve left with new friends and some great memories. I don’t think I could have had more fun. And, like all great events, it wasn’t the motorcycles that made it great, but the people.

I got to meet many of the people who were only forum names before the rally, and I liked everyone I met. For some reason, I can remember people by their Forum names easier than their real names. Gravydog, Cotton and Miz Cotton (not Mrs.), Rokytnji, MikeLI, Sportster Paul, Flame_, Screw Loose Dan; aw hell, everybody was fun to be with.

I did a good amount of riding. I rode the Tail of the Dragon three times, the Cherohala Skyway twice, the Foothills Parkway, a little bit of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a lot of other roads. I rode through the Great Smoky Mountain National park at a snail’s pace in heavy traffic, but most of the riding was at a comfortable speed just a little above the speed limit (Well, sometimes a bit faster than that).

I finally made it to the Wheels Through Time Museum, and it turned out to be much better than I was expecting. They had bikes I didn’t know existed, like a 1941 Knucklehead Trike with shaft drive and tractor – ish tires designed for the military. I got to watch one of the employees start several Fours from the teens and 20s. The 1924 Henderson four started with one kick! All the bikes in the museum are runners. I guess Dale Walker (the owner) likes to do burnouts with the Crocker inside the building! At least, that’s what I was told by one employee, and I saw the skidmarks on the floor.

I got to go out for Mexican in the Border Bus with a bunch of people. Somehow, we wound up at a brew pub instead of a Mexican Restaurant, but the food was good and we all had a good time. The Border Bus is how Gravydog’s name got changed to Uberdog.
This might sound bizarre to most of the folks reading this, but those who were there know what I’m saying.

I’ve been to rallies put on by Buell people and rallies put on by Moto Guzzi people. All of them have been good, but different from each other. This was my first Sportster rally. Someone asked me how it compared to the others. I answered, it’s different. After thinking about it a bit, it reminds me a bit of the American Thunderbike Club’s Family Reunions when Jay and Donna Hawley were running the club. It definitely was a good time, and I hope to attend more in the future.

From what I understand, the rally moves from one location to another each year. I hope next year’s rally is as good as this one was. The Meet & Greet was well worth attending.
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Oh; I posted the photos in the Meet & Greet thread:

http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread...056225&page=56
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It was a great time at the Iron Horse! Im a bit late to this thread, but subscribing now.

Thanks for the insight at the museum!

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