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VaFish, if you do stop for hot dogs, be prepared to wait in line for a bit. The Sunday we were there, it took about 20 minutes to get in the door. Might not be that long on a week day, but it's a very popular place. With good reason.
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VaFish, if you do stop for hot dogs, be prepared to wait in line for a bit. The Sunday we were there, it took about 20 minutes to get in the door. Might not be that long on a week day, but it's a very popular place. With good reason.
I seem to recall seeing the place on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, or one of those other food TV shows. Any place that gets on those shows gets a lot of traffic in.
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On Thursday morning, I’m heading over to US Rt. 50 East and going to the West Virginia Buell Rally. Google says that it’s 230 miles and it’ll take me 4 hours and 30 minutes. That means closer to 6 hours in reality. I’m really looking forward to it.

Today, I packed my sleeping bag and pillow into the stuff sack, deflated and rolled up the sleeping pad and put those with the tent. I got out my coffee making kit and made sure I have enough Folgers instant and that there’s enough gas for the stove. I also charged up the battery for my flashlight. I’ll pack clothes tomorrow.

I topped up the oil in the Roadster and also topped up the air in the tires. Both were a little low; not enough to be dangerous, but a couple of PSI below what I usually run. I was thinking about taking the bike to the quarter car wash, then hitting it with a coat of wax, but if I do that, it’s almost guaranteed to rain. There’s a 50% chance of showers as it is; a spit shined bike will raise that percentage to a near certainty.

The rally should be a really good time. I plotted a ride to Hillbilly Hot Dogs for Friday. It something like 140 miles and 3 - ¼ hours each way and it’s mostly on back roads. It should be fun. It’s funny; I’m the guy who doesn’t like group rides, so I plan one for the rally and I think I'll enjoy doing it. Sometimes I wonder about myself.

Trying to describe the rally makes it sound pretty lame; but it’s a great time and I really enjoy going. I guess it’s about the people. Nearly everyone who’s going to be there is someone I’d consider a friend and I enjoy spending time with them. And there are memories from past rallies; Froggy getting drunk; Jim and his wedding suit, the Wedding itself and the woman whose name I forget standing there with a shotgun, the smoker and the amazingly wonderful pulled pork it produced, Jack & Judy Gainer and their hospitality, the ride to the Asylum and ten people trying to fix Ishai’s muffler, Brad exploding metal beer bottles in the fire and, of course, Fire Pit Jenga.

This year, the call of the rally is loud and strong. I’m glad I’m heeding it.
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Carefully check those bars before you trust them, make sure the thickness of the metal is good too, nothing you can do to test metal strength accept an attempted bend test. I know often Chinese manufacturers will cut corners until the quality suffers.

I think they'll be alright. I once bought a set of adjustable brake and clutch levers for my Moto Guzzi that cost under $24.00 from China. The brake lever alone from Guzzi was $125.00 and it wasn't even adjustable. I was a bit cautious at first, but the new levers worked flawlessly.

As I said, I checked everything over and they look like a fairly safe risk for $27.99. Here's the measurements from the ad:

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They appear to be hefty with a 2mm wall thickness. I would have done the same.
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