Oct 1, 2020, 6:44:17 PM10/1/20
to VA Guzzi
WOO-HOO new computer is FINALLY up & running. My old win7 unit
became "corrupted" about the time of my surgery last month. The tech
at the computer shop was able to get the win7 un corrupted, and
transferring all my data was supposed to be straightforward. But it
turned out he was not so familiar w/Thunderbird, the email software
I use. Sooo, things took a little longer.
My thanks to Mike Jones for hosting the Sept lunch, his report:
Hi, Ron. I hope you’re having a nice
weekend. We had a successful Guzzi lunch today, though we
certainly did miss you. I was hoping that Alice would drive you up
to meet with us, but I guess your knee is still a bit too sore for
that. It was a beautiful day for riding, though: the air was cool
down in the valleys and outright cold for September (47 degrees)
up on the Parkway, but the sun was shining and the roads were dry.
I switched on my grip heaters just to make sure that they’re
working when winter comes, and then I left them on for a while for
the pleasure of having warm hands.
There were a total of twelve humans and
one large, furry, friendly dog that showed up for our rendezvous
at the picnic area. Nate rode his Breva and I rode the Convert.
Had it been a hot day I would have ridden the Sport, but the
Convert is much better suited to cool weather. We were there only
a few minutes when Lannis and Fey showed up on “Fey’s” big blue
Triumph Trophy. Then Brad Krauder pulled in on a Suzuki V-Strom,
followed by Jeff Wilk on a BMW K100, a classic “flying brick.” I
always liked those engines: they’re unique. At this point the
score was 2 to 3 in favor of the non-Guzzis, but then Al Chappell
pulled in on his Moto Guzzi V7iii, tying the score. Unfortunately
for “team Guzzi,” the next rider to arrive was McKinley Gomar
(sp?)...... Gowan....... on his BMW R1100GS,
putting “team other makes” ahead again.
At this point arriving motorcycles were
replaced by arriving cars: first an Oldsmobile driven by a
gentleman who’s name I didn’t get but who’s big, friendly dog was
popular with everyone, and then by a Subaru (I think) driven by
McKinley’s wife (Delphine?).....Correct.... and her
friend Bo. Thankfully, before we walked over to the picnic tables
to eat, we were joined by one last bike: Dave Phillips on his Moto
Guzzi SP1000. That tied the score at 4 to 4, which is nice: I like
to see a variety of bikes, and I like that the Moto Guzzi group
isn’t cultish about our favorite marque.
I hope you can join us next month, Ron.
Mike will be hosting the lunch again in October. Watch for an email
w/location etc. in 10-12 days