Meeting Recaps

Meeting Recap--September 28, 2019

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Our meeting started with a video from Lutheran Hour Ministries' "What THEY DIDN'T TEACH YOU IN SUNDAY SCHOOL". It featured the Old Testament book of Esther, and how it relates to the Jewish holiday of Purim.

Next we concentrated on the possibilities for a Camp-N-Ride for Friday/Saturday of October 11-12. The group came up with three ways riders could participate:

Option A) meet Friday morning, go north and ride mountain roads in north Georgia and Tennessee, then end the day, late Friday afternoon, to set up camp at TWO. On Saturday, break camp and ride north Georgia roads;

Option B) meet Friday afternoon, ride to TWO and set up camp, ride locally, in the TWO area, Friday afternoon, then ride north Georgia roads Saturday

Option C) meet early Saturday morning, ride to TWO to join the others for a day's riding in north Georgia.

Almost all at the meeting said they would participate in Option A, others can join them or participate via Option B or C.

Since the 11th and 12th are coming up in less than 2 weeks please let Larry know, (copy all) how you plan to join in.

Later in the meeting we took a look at what is known about Ewan and Charley's planned South America adventure (The Long Way Up). The most surprising revelation is the plan to  ride Harley-Davidson's electric motorcycles. With, at best, a 150 mile range, Ewan and Charley will have to solve the re-charging dilemma. No route has yet been published.

We also took look at suggested riding techniques from McRider and Mototrek.



Meeting Recap--August 31, 2019

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The Labor Day weekend had an expected effect on meeting attendance yet four riders (Dave, Richard, Mel and Bob S.) managed to make it to Timothy to discuss plans for September and October.

After a short review of the Old Testament's book of Ruth provided by the Lutheran Hour we moved on to discuss ride option for the coming months. We settled on a September 14th ride to an old favorite, the Cherohala Skyway. While it may be too early for leaf color at the lower elevations, there's a chance that trees above 4,000 '' elevation may be in color. In any event the Cherohala seldom disappoints riders looking for a great motorcycle road. Details regarding time/place to meet will be available as the ride date approaches.

No plans were set for October as Larry is planning to pull together an Autumn Ride/Camp for mid-October. 

Richard brought his suspect Rectifier-Regulator to the meeting. He had done a test of the regulator and found it was not properly limiting the voltage to an acceptable level at higher rpm thus being the most likely culprit in hi two battery failures.

A MCrider video reminded us of three instinctual movements that can cause serious problems when riding a motorcycle. The third, being the most common and possibly the most serious.

While not motorcycle themed, we all were interested in seeing what Smarter Every Day was up to, and found the latest revelation centered on Grain Bins, and their unique  construction.

After the meeting the four of us went to Silvia's, sat under the oaks, had a hamburger and solved the world's problems.



Meeting Recap--February 23, 2019

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Eight riders (plus Presley) met this overcast, drizzly day. Dave received this month's "hero award" as he was the only one to brave the weather and come on two wheels.

The meeting opened with LHM's video that gave "the rest of the story" regarding David's encounter with Goliath.

We set March 9th for our March club ride with March 16th as back up in case of a rain cancellation on the 9th. The ride will be of intermediate length and include a stop at VanZantd's in Dial and lunch at TWO in Suches. A route map and additional details will follow as the ride date nears.

Larry has been working on specific destinations and a timeline for a 4 day three night ride currently scheduled for the first week of June. Larry will be e-mailing a chart to all TLCMC riders  that roughly shows the details of each day of the ride. He is soliciting feedback from everyone that may be interested in going on the ride, and specifically, which 4 days in that first week in June would best fit your work/vacation schedule.

We wound up the meeting viewing and discussing lessons that included: why Phillips screwdrivers are not the best for Japanese bikes; the best way to break-in a new motor, the variety of sidecar rigs here and there and a segment of a trip video the showed what can happen when a mix of experienced and newbie riders go off-roading together.

If you've got some time on a rainy day take a look at the whole video: ( you may have to bleep the Ural rider's language at times. Sorry)




Meeting Recap--January 26, 2019

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Nine of us, not counting Presley, met this cold Saturday morning to map out our plans for future rides
 and to take a look at Dave's recounting of his extended ride up north.

After a visit with the Pauline letters via  LHM's "What They Didn't Teach You In Sunday School" we launched straight into
 Dave's slide presentation, for a day-by-day account of his 12 day 3,100 mile ride with his son Joe. Both rode Triumphs and
followed a route that avoided four lane highways. While most of their ride was in the USA they did cross into Canada for part of two days
riding in Ontario. They had a great time together and only had two days with rain. Thanks Dave.

Speaking of rain, our often rescheduled November ride is now scheduled for February 9th, More details as the ride date approaches.

Larry was asked when he thought the Spring Overnight would happen, and he figures  June 7-8 would probably be best.

We looked at two possible destinations for Spring rides, one the Airborne Infantry Museum in Toccoa (think Band Of Brothers), the other a
 muzzle loading cannon competition in Pelham Tennessee.

No firm plans for either were made.

Since we are headed into our 10th year of riding together we took a look back at videos of past rides and recalled riders who were once very active
but for health, family, business or other reasons have moved on. Think Jim B, Frank B, Steve G., Bob (the younger), Robert (the school principal), Melinda, Mark and Abby, Nelson, and possibly Tad, Al, Scott and
Garrett, good folks all. Should their circumstances change we'd welcome them back in a heartbeat, to add to the fun, as they did in the past. Still, we've welcomed new riders and meetings and rides are well attended.

After a brief look at other video clips and a fine dancing exhibition by Presley, Dan's young daughter, we adjourned at 11:30

Our next meeting is scheduled for February 23rd

Meeting Recap--November 24, 2018

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In spite of it being a cold and soggy Thanksgiving weekend seven of us drove in for our monthly meeting at Timothy.
After an interesting lesson from the Lutheran Men's Network "Time To Take A Test" about Cerinthus' brand on Gnosticism, we moved on to discuss the calendar for December. We agreed to not have a meeting in December but have a short group ride on December 8th. In keeping with the discussion I plotted a route that is just short of 100 miles, that picks up a lot of scenic points north east of Canton. The ride includes a stop at the model plane area on Old Federal Highway and lunch at Amos's BBQ. Here's an approximation of the route:

We touched on a few motorcycle topics/videos but as usual got off on other topics. As an example of our wide ranging off topic discussion  we homed in on "firefighters" and why some are assistants that aren't authorized to "lay water on a fire" while others are. This led to talk of water streaming techniques, which believe it or not sparked discussion of how toilet water drains above/below  the equator. I promised a definitive answer on the latter subject. Here it is:

Our next meeting will be on January 26th, but don't forget the ride on December 8th.

Meeting Recap--October 27,2018

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Scattered rain this morning resulted in no bikes in our parking lot, only four wheelers. Never-the-less we had five members attending, one from Athens and another from Dallas. Good show!

First on the agenda was a look into a first century heresy, Gnosticism, as described by Paul Wurdeman from Lutheran Men's Ministries.

Next we discussed if the Maggie Valley overnight trip should be rescheduled for November but it was thought best to save it for Spring/Summer 2019 when daylight is available later in the day and temperatures are warmer. For November we decided a more local ride was in order for November 10th. A proposed route and additional details will  be available as the date approaches.

Two off-road riding techniques were shown, one dealing with negotiating up/down dirt hills, the other ways of overcoming obstacles, like logs, blocking the "roadway". We saw how enduro riders used, or misused, these techniques in competitions.

A short video from MC Garage about Ducatis' desmondromic valve train shed light on the Ducati sensation of the '50s that still endures today.

Smarter Every Day provided a look at how modern day Marines learn how to cope with the up-side-down world of a ditched helicopter.

MotoTrek Adventures (remember them from their TAT trip?) have produced another fine video of a Spring time ride in Appalachia. We took a look at their episode#2 where they rode on some very familiar roads, Here it is:

Our next meeting will be on November 24th