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Dan, you will be missed. Your pies have made an impression, everyone who has commented on your absence this year, mentions how they'll miss the pies.

Sorry you couldn't make it this year. Hope things improve on the job front, or maybe you should seriously consider my suggestion about going into the pie business. ;-)

Sure wish I could have come this year. I hope y'all will check in on the zoom meeting on Saturday!
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Well, i'll certainly be there in spirit.
To make you guys feel a bit better, i have to work a 5am to 6pm shift on Saturday !!!!
Have fun and i'll try and sneak in on the Zoom meeting via my cell phone ;)
 

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It should be a nice ride in for those coming today. Overcast with a slight chance of rain (10% last weather report). Cools down significantly at night, last night was in the mid 60's, good sleeping weather.


To conform to Mazzeppa county quarantine rules, the deluxe accommodations for those riding in from NY have been prepared and sanitized for your protection:

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Ultra deluxe 2 holer, in case you have it coming out of both ends, you're covered.

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I went for a spirited shakedown ride this morning, reminded me why we keep coming back.

Safe ride, I'm sure the CT. boys hit the road early as Rich wakes up the rooster on most mornings.
Paul, I came via NY thruway/taconic (I avoid Hartford at all costs) and you should have a nice ride down.
The rest of you, we should be seeing each other soon enough.


Overcast and cool this morning. There are plenty of worse views to wake up to in the morning:

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I made it home safe.
Many thanks for everyone to make this happen. Especially to Steve for lodge arrangements / management, Joe for planning / cooking the evening dinners, Sebastian and Russ for your work, and Rich for leading great rides.
 

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Bill, Paul and I rode for some hours homeward Sunday morning before Paul peeled off north on I-87. Bill and I started getting wet as we entered Connecticut, Danbury specifically. A great Rally, thanks to all, as has been said, expecially Steve for hosting, accounting, and Joe for being Executive Chef! The Saturday evening tenderloin steaks were over the top! I always enjoy the rural riding there, and talking to Tony on the phone . . . "All gave some, some gave all", or something like that! For anyone who wonders about the cost of attending, including 970 miles worth of gas, my "room" fees for three nights and my share of the groceries, $147.00 from my door to my door again, 4 days. It would have cost me something to stay at home. Thanks to all for helping make 2020 just a little less awful. ;)
 

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Bill, Paul and I rode for some hours homeward Sunday morning before Paul peeled off north on I-87. Bill and I started getting wet as we entered Connecticut, Danbury specifically. A great Rally, thanks to all, as has been said, expecially Steve for hosting, accounting, and Joe for being Executive Chef! The Saturday evening tenderloin steaks were over the top! I always enjoy the rural riding there, and talking to Tony on the phone . . . "All gave some, some gave all", or something like that! For anyone who wonders about the cost of attending, including 970 miles worth of gas, my "room" fees for three nights and my share of the groceries, $147.00 from my door to my door again, 4 days. It would have cost me something to stay at home. Thanks to all for helping make 2020 just a little less awful. ;)
Arrived home at 1:45 Sunday afternoon. Didn’t encounter any serious traffic until Troy, NY. A big thanks to Bill and Rich for escorting me to the NY border. No rain on the final leg of the journey and no performance awards!
The food was outstanding, there was plenty of coffee, and I didn't have to answer the cabin phone. What more can a man ask?
Thank you to all who attended and made it possible; my condolences to those who could not.
Ride on,
Paul
 

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Sounds like you guys had a great time(y)
So where are all the pics :unsure:
Cheers......keith.....:cool:.....
 

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Sounds like you guys had a great time(y)
So where are all the pics :unsure:
Cheers......keith.....:cool:.....
I I stopped over on Sunday night expecting to lead Mondays ride over my way.

The bikes were loaded, so I wondered what's up. Here, Steves bike tipped over and stopped abruptly on the hyner view run and he went into the handlebars with his chest. He was in pain the rest of the weekend and decided to close up shop a day early. Plus, russ needed to get home for his wife's birthday.

We're waiting for an update on Steves ribs.
 

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WOW,
Thanks for the update Tony !!!!
Hope Steve is ok ??
Ironically, the Amish Rally has always been on my wife's birthday weekend and she has always given me her blessing to attend the Amish :) ..........She probably enjoys the peace and quiet....:LOL:
 

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One of the finest diners we've ever had at the Amish, or any Motorcycle Rally or any steak house I've ever eaten at for that matter.
Joe is the man. He set the bar pretty high this year.

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Yeah, I was almost done before I relealized I was cutting the meat with the back of the knife . . .
 

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This tale unfolded at Zeager Mountain View Camp, during the 2020 Amish Rally of the HTTA. It was revealed to and unfolded for my fellow rally goers in real time, to their rapt attention. But they didn’t hear the last chapter, so here is the story, by request.
There was (is) a white rabbit we’ll call Harvey. Seems he had over grown his front teeth as rabbits will if they don’t have the proper food to gnaw on, causing eating disorders of, ahem, growing proportions. The problem had become too great for Hugo’s family to deal with and his wife suggested they try to find a new home for Harvey. The kids would understand. That is his real name, because as he is guilty of such a horrible crime I have no desire to protect him! Hugo mentioned it at work and immediately a co-worker expressed interest in taking Harvey off Hugo’s hands. An exchange was arranged at the company where I work and where Hugo is a subcontracted janitorial “technician”. That morning on this first day of the rest of Harvey’s new life, the deal tragically fell through. Perhaps the prospective owner didn’t like Harvey’s toothiness, or maybe the thought of remedial rabbit denti$try gave them pause, but whatever the reason, after a discussion which was presumably conducted in some Central American Spanish dialect, Hugo was left “holding the rabbit”. Being a quick thinker, and not burdening himself very long with the thought of how a domestic white rabbit would survive in the wilds of Connecticut, he released Harvey at back of our building near the edge of the lawn. In plain view of the security camera. It was about 8:30 AM, so Hugo clearly was not being very secretive in his actions, probably didn’t even realize he was committing a heinous crime in the eyes of our tree hugging employees. After all, the cook pot was another option, right? Harvey just sat there, dumfounded. To Be Continued
 

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By 9:30 AM our employees were outside on their morning break and Harvey was discovered. Word of the terrible deed quickly found its way up the command chain, bypassing me because I and my GL650I were enjoying our leisure at the Amish Rally in PA. But our senior VP, not knowing I was taking a couple of vacation days, emailed me anyway, probably making no difference at all to Harvey, but perhaps changing Hugo’s career path. As the maintenance supervisor for the facility, wayward white rabbits were obviously within my jurisdiction. I texted my senior tech to check into it and see that Mr. Sr. VP was given satisfactory answers. Within an hour security video was reviewed and Hugo was fingered. His contractor supervisor was notified and Hugo was promptly relieved of his door access card and fired. I was later notified of what was assumed to be the end of the story, by text, at Zeager Mountain View Camp. Along with the information that one of our employees had adopted Harvey and he was headed to a new home, probably with a big toothy grin and presumably much happier than Hugo, who then had the task of going home to explain to his wife why he was no longer employed. To Be Continued
 

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I felt bad, and the other fellows at the rally laughed. Some thought our employee who had found Harvey should also be fired for causing the distraction. I still felt bad, I knew Hugo a little, he was an alright bloke who caused no trouble and did a reasonably good job, and worked for a pittance. He would probably have considerable difficulty finding another job. The punishment seemed to be a miscarriage of justice considering the relatively low gravity of the crime. It was evening by now and knowing I was on a first name basis with the (quite large) cleaning service’s owner, who I had motorcycled with and who had even come to the Vermont rally at my cabin a few years ago, decided I could still make a difference here. I had his number on my phone so I texted him an executive summary of the situation, said I understood why his supervisor felt he had to do what he did, but that he, as owner, had more authority and options. Would he consider moving Hugo to another location but not fire him? I pressed send and felt a little better, no matter the eventual outcome. “Bob” texted me back ten minutes later and said he was not aware of the issue, but would look into it.
You Know, To Be Continued
 

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The next day Bob texted that he was going to review the case with his site supervisor later that day and he would get back to me. I then offered that Hugo could even stay on at our building as my boss who was not directly involved, said he didn’t care one way or the other, and most of the other folks at my building didn’t actually know the identity of the perp. My boss was the first person in this saga with a reasonable point of view IMO because he didn’t care one way or the other! A pretty low bar I will admit. Later Bob let me know that Hugo would be given a short disciplinary suspension and reinstated (the suspension was mostly so as not to undermine his site supervisor too much).
Bob then said “since you said ToyMakers Café is closing for good Labor Day Weekend, are we going to ride there and say goodbye to Greg?” Hence the plan is afoot to visit ToyMakers Café early this Sunday morning. I get Greg’s really good sausage gravy on biscuits with eggs on the side and a bottomless cup of joe, Hugo gets his job back, and Harvey will presumably die of natural causes surrounded by adoring kids some years hence. Now you know the whole story.
 
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Rich,
You and Bob have elegantly restored, albeit briefly, my questionable faith in humanity and somehow managed in the midst of the maelstrom to arrange a farewell visit to Toymakers. Truly awe inspiring! May Harvey live long and prosper.
 

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Another great year at the Amish Rally! Best food ever. Joe is an amazing cook. We didn't eat a single meal in a restaurant thanks to Joe. I can't stay home for the same $. Steve managed the finances and camp organization well as per usual. Thanks Steve. I think we laughed more this year than ever before. I hope whoever left the blue water in the toilet got over their health problem. We were all greatly amused by "The Rabbit Saga". PA is a lovely place to ride. I look forward to next year. - Russ
 
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