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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:01 AM
Just wanted to tell you all that I will be leaving this afternoon on my Harley for IN. I will stop in Hiltons, VA and stay overnight with a cousin, get up Thursday morning and leave for IN. I will be visiting some dear old friends who I haven't seen in a while, and then on Saturday, I will be attending a multi year high school reunion in my old hometown of Zionsville. My sister is going separately and we will meet up there at the reunion. I am REALLY looking forward to this trip. I haven't seen many of these folks in 30 years. I could wait a year and go to my Class of '79 30th reunion, but this trip, I'll get to see some of my sister's friends (Class of '76) and perhaps some of the younger school mates. I will also be visiting some family. My mother's two brothers are still living in Anderson, and are up in years now (84 and 80.) I will visit them and several of my cousins.

I NEED this trip. I have been feeling real disconnected from my past. It's been 24 years since I left IN. My wife has been here in GA since she was 12, and still has the same close group of friends she has had since middle school. I miss having those old connections. I have lost touch with my high school best friend. The last time we talked was when I called to tell him about my mother's passing. He's moved since then, and I tried to look him up, but couldn't find him. I doubt I'll see him at the reunion.

One other thing I am really looking forward to....I sent an e-mail to an old friend (we dated in 9th grade) asking if she was going to the reunion. She said she has out of town company coming in for the Brickyard 400, but she proceeded to tell me that she has been thinking about me lately, because her brother Bob, who was 2 years ahead of us in school, now resides in the house that I grew up in Zionsville. I lived there for five years, from ages 12 to 17, and they we great years for me. I loved that old house, and am looking forward to Bob giving me the nickel tour.

So, wish me safe travels, fair weather and happy times. This will be good for my soul. And, as HighFalls advised in another thread, I want to tell you all that I love you. If I'm able, I'll check in from IN. Ciao for now.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:04 AM
Safe travels, Brother. Reconnect and have a great time.

Oh, btw, love to you too.

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:05 AM
Have a safe and wonderful trip. I know this will be good for your soul.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:06 AM
Happy trails, Dave! Remember: greasy side down - shiny side up!

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:08 AM
Have a safe trip! Sounds like it'll be a fun time

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:20 AM
Understand where you're coming from Dave. Even though I've live here in northern Va since 1981, I still keep up with family and friends from North Carolina. Don't know what I would do without my Carolina Connection. My big problem in seeing everybody is that my family and friends are spread out all accross the state. Have a safe road trip, and have fun seeing friends and family.
 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:21 AM
Sounds like a great time all-around . . . I hope you enjoy the hell out of it.

Peace.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:28 AM
Do a wheelie !
Have a safe and enjoyable trip Dave.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:30 AM
I love you too Dave! be safe and have a great time!

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 09:35 AM
Have a safe trip Dave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 10:01 AM
Safe travels, Dave! Enjoy your trip and have a great time at the reunion! Always good to see old friends!

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 10:20 AM
Hope all goes well. God speed, eh.

Hope you got some groovin tunes for the road!

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 10:31 AM
Sounds like a fantastic plan to unwind the mind and soul. Ride safe, have fun and re-connect. It will be a chance to come full circle with your past. We moved out of my hometown in NY when I was 16 and I still go back to visit. I was also able to go inside my old house...Flashbacks!! The rooms were smaller than I had remembered! Enjoy!
 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 10:32 AM
Have fun, BDOB. I graduated in 1979 also from West High here in Knoxville. Even though I still live in the area, I didn't go to the 20th, and I am wondering if we will have a 30. I'm in touch with only a couple people I went to school with, including one of my closest friends, but for the most part we all scattered. It should be fun reconnecting, and I think at our age, it does become something that you reflect on more than when you are in your 20's and 30's. We haven't met but I read a lot of your posts. I'm sure we will meet at either Chastain or JFD, I really want to do JFD. Are you going to Red Rocks?

I have been wanting to take a long trip on my Harley, but have yet to do so. I ride it to work a lot, 90 mi round trip, so I put a lot of miles on it. (Maybe JFD, but Gadsden is not that far for me) Whcih bike do you have and do you take a lot of extended trips on it?

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 10:34 AM
Hi BDOB, sounds like your gonna have a blast. Take care and have a good road trip bro.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 10:35 AM
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Hope all goes well. God speed, eh.

Hope you got some groovin tunes for the road!
All I got is radio. My CD player crapped out, as did my MP3 player.

 

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Have fun, BDOB. I graduated in 1979 also from West High here in Knoxville. Even though I still live in the area, I didn't go to the 20th, and I am wondering if we will have a 30. I'm in touch with only a couple people I went to school with, including one of my closest friends, but for the most part we all scattered. It should be fun reconnecting, and I think at our age, it does become something that you reflect on more than when you are in your 20's and 30's. We haven't met but I read a lot of your posts. I'm sure we will meet at either Chastain or JFD, I really want to do JFD. Are you going to Red Rocks?

I have been wanting to take a long trip on my Harley, but have yet to do so. I ride it to work a lot, 90 mi round trip, so I put a lot of miles on it. (Maybe JFD, but Gadsden is not that far for me) Whcih bike do you have and do you take a lot of extended trips on it?
Alan, I won't be able to make Red Rocks. Maybe in '09....

I have a 2004 FLTRI (Road Glide.) I'll turn 30,000 miles on it on the way up to IN. I've been to IN a few times now. The last time, which was three years ago this month, I crashed 3 or 4 miles from home and broke my collarbone (dodging a GD cat of all things.) I DARE a cat to run out in front of me this time.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 11:06 AM
I waited 20+ years for my first Harley. I have pretty much had a bike of some kind since I was 9. Remember the Yamaha Mini-Enduro? I also had a Hodaka. I had a Nighthawk 650 for about 18 yrs. Then I got the Harley, 2001 FXD, in 2004 with 2400 on it. I wanted to see how much I would ride it before I spent a whole bunch on a tour type. I have put well over 20k on it in 4 yrs. I have put more in it than I did the Honda in the time I owned it. Just love the thing. I have a wind screen, bags, back rest, etc. Right now, in the business I am in (residential window manufacturer), I can't really afford to trade, but the Road Glide is really what I want. I like the fairing setup and design much better than the "bat-wing" on the FLH.

Red Rocks will pretty much be my vacation this year (slow business means no bonus), a buddy of mine and I are going. We are also going to catch the Mule on Sun and then on to Aspen on Mon to see Warren's show. So, I'm pretty stoked.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 11:51 AM
Alan, the one thing that's nice about the Road Glide is the weight of the fairing is on the frame, not the forks. This thing is really maneuverable. A lot of people I know have an objection to the light not turning with the fork, but I'm used to it. And another thing that you get on a Road Glide that you don't get on an Electra Glide Classic is cruise control.

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 12:11 PM
Have fun...

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 12:12 PM
safe travels Dave

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 12:25 PM
Happy trails to you, BigDave.

And let's be careful out there.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 12:31 PM
Thanks y'all! I'm out!!

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 12:51 PM
Safe travels and have a grand time.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 01:28 PM
Keep it vertical brother.

 

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