Sunday, August 4, 2019

July 20 Warbirds Over Iowa RC Airshow

Since my recent retirement I have committed to attend some of the activities that look interesting and I may not have attended due to the perception that "I had to get other tings done".

RC airplanes (and military airplanes) have always interested me.  It was arguably one of the hottest days of the year but it was a free event and if you wanted to make a donation it went to sponsor local Honor Flights.  It ws a good time but I only lasted an hour or two in the heat.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

May 2 Georgia Mountain Rally

My first trip attending the Georgia Mountain Rally in Hiawassee GA.  Rode 843 miles in one day to get there from Iowa.  The first 100 miles or so was in the rain and dark.  Not fun.  It was worth it for the last 80 miles of the ride along the Ocoee River and a beautiful campground surrounded by a lake.  Dave had it all scoped out for us and had a great campsite staked out.

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The Lake

Sunset over an island in the lake
Sunrise our first morning

Dave checking out the dock
The Ocoee River

Workers bridge over a dam in the river

One of my very rare selfie by the river
Old fashioned all you can eat buffet at Steve's
Local Brewery and flights of beer

Local beer, catfish, hush puppies, and tater tots.  Wow

OK I think I have violated a few of these

A very nice autographed Penton
So Saturday we had to endure a bit of rain.  You can see Dave's tent with the Pure Stodge flag in the background. Beer and boredom make for interesting activities so there ended up being an entertaining Kentucky Derby pool that was started while we sat out the rain (we didn't win) (the winner was disqualified)

After the rain we had a great meal with everyone cooking their own steaks.
Ian (in the kilt) was our ambassador from the sponsor club and also the cook for the chili supper.  In addition on the last night he kept us entertained with his "An Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman walk into a bar" jokes. 

April 17 Autobahn Raceway

Testing Alan's MG Vintage Racer At Autobahn Raceway in Joliet, IL.  First time on the track.  Got a chance to take a couple of parade laps with him. 

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 5 Retro Rewind Dubuque

Retro Rewind is a nice small midwinter car/bike/music/pin-up show/swap meet.  It always gets me wound up to attend the larger spring Vintage Torque Fest.  The weather was great for January so I questioned if I should have been riding (as a few people did) or going to the show.

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Vintage Cars 


Various Bikes


And Music

2018 Summary and 2019 Pledge

I apologize that I wasn't very active on the blog in 2018.  Here is a quick photo summary of some bike trips.

In 2019 I make a pledge that I am going to do a better job at posting

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 6, 2018 Retro Rewind Dubuque

Road trip to Dubuque on Saturday for the Retro Rewind car/bike show.  This is the warm-up show to the bigger Spring show Vintage Torque Fest.

It was cold outside but a nice trip.  It's a small show, but a good way to spend a cold day in January. I ran into a couple of old friends who had recently retired and made a few new friends.  You can see cars, bikes, swap meet, pinup contest, listen to live music, watch some cheesy old movies in the theater, and just plain people watch. If you want to stay around in the evening they have live music in the theater.
There are some music videos of one of the bands "One Night Standards" at the end of the post.
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 Some classy old cars

Then the Bikes

The Swap Meet parts

And the Music
One Night Standards - Video 1
One Night Standards - Video 2
One Night Standards - Video 3

One Night Standards - Video 4
One Night Standards - Video 5
One Night Standards - Video 6