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« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2012, 03:45:21 AM »

How many riders use Scala Rider communication units ( that use proprietary blue-tooth radio frequencies)
& how many riders use ChatterBox communication units that use common FRS frequencies,
or simple FRS radios themselves ??
Just wondering who I might be able to communicate with....I'm an FRS user.
I can also do GMRS & MURS also....besides amateur radio VHF/UHF.  N5MVL
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« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2012, 03:47:59 AM »

Pete and I use Scala's.

I think with number of riders coming we can do two separate groups.   Steve will lead one and me the other,  I know Pete will be my sweeper. 
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« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2012, 04:13:07 AM »

I don't use anything at the moment but have been thinking about the Scalarider.  I mostly ride alone so I haven't been eager to purchase.  I have been lucky enough to use them with other riders and they are a great addition to a group ride.
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« Reply #33 on: August 02, 2012, 01:15:22 AM »

Maggie and I had a very pleasant conversation a few moments ago. I'm away from home until Saturday and have some alterations to the ride routes previously posted on this thread. They will all change to some extent so I will re-post them in their entirety.

I will remove some of the bridge routes that are accessible only via unimproved (some as much as 100% crushed stone and/or gravel; a poor environment for street bikes) roads and some that are no longer available to vehicle traffic. The most substantial changes will be to the third route, in the northern and eastern areas farthest from Steel Steeds, and dramatically shorten that route.

More to come this weekend when I have access to a full-size computer for map routing. I have another idea for an activity at Knoebel's that should allow most, if not all, of us to participate simultaneously. I'll have pictures and a video link this weekend.

We're looking at having the ride on Friday. After Labor Day, the area gets crowded with weekend day trippers so Friday should offer lighter crowds and traffic, making it easier for our ride groups to get around.

Many thanks to you, Maggie. I have some new ideas and changes to old ideas since the most recent visit to the area this past weekend. Bouncing these ideas around with you was a pleasure and helped the plan come into better focus, and this was the first time we have spoken on the phone. We'll meet personally soon enough; the girls were very excited when they heard you were calling on the phone!
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« Reply #34 on: August 02, 2012, 01:49:05 AM »

Steve, was all my pleasure.  Thanks so much to you and the family for scoping out the ride.  

I am very excited to see every one!

I will now work on the Saturday ride.  I promise it will not be an epic Maggie adventure but one that allows us to get out and see some of the country side while still getting back to Steel Steeds and spending time together!

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« Reply #35 on: August 02, 2012, 03:44:37 AM »

My thanks to both of you for your work in puttting this together. I am so looking forward to meeting so many folks I've been chatting with here these past few years.
Belive me I know first hand the amount of work involved.
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« Reply #36 on: August 03, 2012, 03:40:43 PM »

Thanks Lou, I know how hard you worked on STO!

Steve has the Friday ride planned and I have the Saturday ride planned.

I know on Thursday all won't be there just yet but I have a small ride planned to go down to Hershey.  

http://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/

Steve and I will be posting up the routes very soon!
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« Reply #37 on: August 03, 2012, 10:00:36 PM »

I have posted my rides. Steve will post his upon return home.  Once I have his route, I will post a loose itinerary.

These rides obviously are NOT mandatory.  If anyone wants to go off on their own they are more than welcome.

I could ride sun up to sun down but the rally is just about as much as hanging out together as it is riding.

I have learned from our HAMS rallies it is best not to saddle people into a rigid schedule.  It only serves to drive me crazy ;)

Friday night is when I plan to raffle out the sponsored things I have gathered.
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« Reply #38 on: August 05, 2012, 03:06:43 PM »

Hey Maggie.
Bought a pair of spools for my bike from MotorcycleSuperstore and they sent me the wrong size.  They were too inexpensive to return.
I will bring them down with me and you can add them to the list.
Think they will fit a Yamaha swing arm.
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« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2012, 03:35:43 AM »

Covered bridges are among my favorite subjects and eight is great. In Tennessee there are only two historic covered bridges remaining in their original location and one that was salvaged as possible and rebuilt in a new location. Only one bridge remains open for vehicle traffic. There are more covered bridges but relatively recently constructed in tourist rich locations, illusions of history.

Edited to add - Definitely want to get there in time for chocolate world.
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« Reply #40 on: August 15, 2012, 01:58:18 AM »

Finally posting some long overdue revisions to the now-Saturday ride routes. First up is the first segment from Steel Steeds to Centralia, via Elysburg:

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=PA-405+S&daddr=40.8583468,-76.7615358+to:40.8669148,-76.738332+to:N40+52.24++W76+43.39+to:N40+52.63+W76+30.33+to:N40+52.69+W76+29.00+to:N40+50.85+W76+30.44+to:Centre+St&hl=en&ll=40.838749,-76.500549&spn=0.30078,0.65918&sll=40.794838,-76.344337&sspn=0.15049,0.32959&geocode=FfO8cAId5yxr-w%3BFepybwIdQbZs-ynVz7uYQWrPiTEZ3ERsPH55bA%3BFWKUbwId5BBt-ykPGKHPLmrPiTEz-EJwmmWZBQ%3BFQujbwIdIUxt-w%3BFW-8bwIdZJ5w-w%3BFVfAbwId-_Rw-w%3BFYxIbwIdO5dw-w%3BFTKebgIdqBFz-w&mra=dme&mrsp=7&sz=12&via=1,2&t=m&z=11

The reason for the change is the dense traffic in and around Knoebel's. Location "C" is a covered bridge in the middle of the amusement park. This area is heavily congested with vehicular and pedestrian traffic during operating hours. Passing through this location at about 9:00 AM is preferable to the 11:00 AM opening time, when a group of riders would easily get disconnected. The covered bridges at locations "D" and "E" are on a convenient course returning to Route 54. We'll pass near these bridges on the second segment from Centralia back to Knoebel's, but then the general traffic flow will be more important.

I'll also need to confirm the covered bridge at location B is still available to vehicle traffic. We passed through this area in late July, intending to come back through to check it out. Circumstances intervened; we never made it back, so another preview ride is necessary. Many of the roads in the area are still in poor condition since the powerful storms last September; counting on what I saw in the area last year isn't always a reliable indicator of current conditions.

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« Reply #41 on: August 15, 2012, 02:23:31 AM »

And now the second segment from Central to Knoebel's:

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Centralia,+PA&daddr=40.899244,-76.3737087+to:N40+54.08+W76+23.67+to:40.9204621,-76.4429539+to:N40+54.63++W76+26.40+to:N40+54.40++W76+27.59+to:N40+54.38++W76+28.37+to:N40+52.69++W76+29.00+to:40.8596509,-76.4894969+to:N40+52.05++W76+30.49+to:40.8768701,-76.5104611+to:Knoebles+Pkwy&hl=en&sll=40.868807,-76.49085&sspn=0.037581,0.082397&geocode=FZ6fbgId6CJz-ynPxJT-vozFiTHDbnh_TuZ7Dw%3BFawScAIdNKFy-ym3dh8jMInFiTFcRMpRQf_C0Q%3BFdUacAId_E9y-w%3BFY5lcAIdt5Jx-ylzhX4czYnFiTFJPXlW_XpM6Q%3BFaQ-cAIdQJ5x-w%3BFasvcAIdx1Bx-w%3BFV0ucAId_x1x-w%3BFVfAbwId-_Rw-w%3BFQJ4bwId6Nxw-yk91yJiu2HPiTHuklvZEMn8nA%3BFayWbwId-ZNw-w%3BFUa7bwIdA4tw-ylpMvpremHPiTFDsqzVQezWNg%3BFXXJbwIdkahw-w&mra=mrv&via=1,3,8,10&t=m&z=14

All of the changes from the previous version are at the end of the second segment, near Knoebel's. You may note that location "D" in the first segment and location "F" in the second segment are the same covered bridge. Recently, I was attempting to not use any of the same roads twice, but group safety and cohesiveness was a greater goal. By this time, Knoebel's will be open and traffic density will be growing.

Approaching Knoebel's on Route 487 and making the hard right turn on to Knoebel's Parkway leading to the motorcycle parking at location "H" is important. The "hard right" turn looks much more challenging on the map than on the road. RVs, trailers, etc. easily navigated this turn; there is plenty of room for riders of any skill level. Knoebel's Parkway quickly splits into two incoming lanes leading to the general parking area. Observing the traffic flow for two days, I concluded that riding against this flow of traffic was inadvisable, and our entry route now "goes with the flow."
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« Reply #42 on: August 15, 2012, 02:33:39 AM »

Looks awesome, I'm ready to go now.  Thanks for all your hard work!
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