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Tom Lindsay
PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:38 am  Reply with quote
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Best TNR ever. Longest TNR ever. Possibly the most riders? We had 9, which is at least the most we've had this year - I think I remember a ride of 10 last year.

With the cloudy sky it wasn't exactly the chance to howl at the setting sun that I'd been hoping for, and my druid suit got slightly damp, but at least it didn't really rain, and the two loops around the roundabout were excellent. Oh, and thanks everybody for breathing my overly-rich two-stroke smoke - I adjusted my mixture screw today, shouldn't be so bad next week.

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The roundabout riding was magnificent, as was the stop at spooky Griggs Mansion (thanks for the explanation, Robert). The displays of balance and clutch control at the stoplights were badass. But I think the best part for me was watching Michelle make like she was pedaling her scooter while riding in the bike lane between Calhoun and Lake of the Isles--that cracked me up!

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My favorites:

1.) Big truck honk that scared poor Tom pantsless. (well, almost... i think the holes got bigger!)

2.) Round-about, fo sho.

3.) Meeting Patrick, Davey, and Richard! Welcome!!!

4.) Rounding the corner from Summit avenue into the monument parking lot and seeing Becky & Richard waiting there... That was so cool!

5.) Incredible slow-ride practice at each and every stoplight/sign.

6.) the potato-chip incident (Dave - you're such a good sport!)

7.) Waving & honking at everyone & everything.

Great night & great ride!! Thanks to Tom and Robert for co-leading and everyone else for showing up. I seriously want to put a banana seat and streamers on my scooter. There's nothing better than riding in a group! Yippee!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:40 am  Reply with quote
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Hear, hear. Excellent idea, Tom! Thanks for leading the second half, too. Took me hours to get rid of the "fumes" headache tho. I've been spoiled up front. :) Best TNR Evar.

And thanks to god^H^H^H the raw science that is meteorology for the great weather. I got a little rain on the way home, but not enough to count.

And would someone remind me at the BEGINNING next week about the whole "putting your foot down on a stop" thing? I never remember until edgecumb, for some reason.

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dmarquis
PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:40 pm  Reply with quote
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Great Ride. All I gotta say is Puffy Muffins....

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Oh it was a blast... I may now be forced to attend regularly.

I think my favorite part was stopping and sitting and staring at the green light due to someone stopping a little too early? Or maybe that was just the funniest...

I am happy my 50cc's can keep up though. I was a smidge nervous beforehand, sitting in the parking lot inside that small ocean of Stellas.
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Dave - I don't remember seeing any...
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mister_p
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Great ride. I look forward to many more! Hopefully with a little less rain.

I've learned that forgetting your glasses and the riding in the rain is less fun.
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Weren't they right under your nose? :-)

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Hey Richard... about that stoplight thing. That was totally intentional... :) didn't want the group to get split by the light.

it is pretty funny though, huh?
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Tom Lindsay
PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 10:56 am  Reply with quote
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Yeah, when you're leading a group of scooterists (and/or herding cats) you have to watch the pedestrian walk lights, not the auto stop lights - when they switch to "don't walk", it means that you probably don't have enough time for your whole group to make it through the light - so generally the leader stops at a green "don't walk" light. Downtown there's a lot of long "don't walk" lights, so we ignore that down there. The group just happened to be a little closer together than I thought.

It *is* funny though, in the front, to stop at an intersection for a green light.

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I always have this sheepish feeling when I'm doing it, up until the moment it turns yellow.

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dmarquis
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Then it's balls to the wall. :-)

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I think that stopping at a GREEN light is real good way to get an SUV suppository. You guys should just go through and pull over when you find a good spot, and leave enough room for the stragglers to pull in behind you. Or just go slow and let them catch up. Seems that your doing alot of risky moves for a small group ride. JMHO.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:06 pm  Reply with quote
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Tom Lindsay wrote:
The group just happened to be a little closer together than I thought.


Ha ha! I will take this as a sign of improvement. I may still be a really fucking pokey, back of the group rider (especially off the line--how do you guys get going so fast?), but I suck much less than I did before! Thanks for lookin' out, though, Michelle and Tom.

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