Last night I got home from one of the best rides I've ever been on! I just found out that everyone else made it home safe, also. We had a couple of flat tires (with the chase truck there, how fortunate is that), a leaky radiator, a few pinched wires, and a loose turn signal... No crashes or scary, near crashes! A very successful 7 day tour of southern Oregon, indeed!
Joe Fuller planned the week out with lodging all pre-paid for each night. Scott Wilson was the "Pit Tootsie" and took care of all the chase truck duties. He had all our bags waiting for us in our room every night. That guy is over the top! Mike "Hamster" Moore, a later minute fill- in, was a huge asset with his Ham Radio knowledge and rock solid riding skills and attitude. Walter Koch was also very knowledgeable with radio info. He got us on board with some excellent radios and "Pilot Style" headsets. With "Push to Talk" buttons mounted on the bars and noise cancelling mics, we had easy to understand communication, nearly the whole time! Imagine being able to hang back 2 miles, out of the dust, and using both lanes on wide gravel roads, and having a 2 minute warning for on coming traffic! Tom Niemela was our GPS router/planner and found some pretty tasty, out of the mainstream, backroads. We "definitely" got off the beaten path! I was just along for the ride and helped where ever I could, mainly things like useless trivia, a specialty of mine... Also, I tagged a few bikes, and for that reason I've dubbed this ride, "The '09 Joe Fuller - That Guy Ride". With all the planning and work Joe put into this very successful week, I think he should have major props!
There will be pictures and videos to follow, so stay tuned! Danno
"I usually tighten my nuts better"