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  1. Leg 10 report Well, it didn't rain ALL night, 'cause it quit about 6:20 am.!! everyone gassed up, smiling and ready roll by 8:00am!!! these VMC family members are animals!!!! weather forecast is sunny, blue skies 0% chance of rain!!! (oh oh!) could be a little toasty as we get to the Salt Lake area! beautiful ride out of Craig, clear blue skies, nice cool air, everything vibrant color from the power wash from mother nature the night before,,, just spectacular. first stop about an hour out for potty break, and away we go, got some miles to knock down today and a lot of it is twisty and hilly, so lets keep moving kids, hey look at this,, looks like the rancher moved about 10 million cows from one field to another and used our road!!! literally HOLY CRAP!!!!, then a quick game of "why did the duck cross the road?", (didn't end so well for 1 baby duck ;-( next stop for a splash and go, and on our way to......wait my GPS just shut down,,,, and my accessory fuse blew out,,, dang it, LOST ALL MY DOWNLOADED MAPS, no big deal I can get us to lunch in Duchesne UT,,, if I could just remember the name of the restaurant!!!! and away we go!!!! :-{o) yahtzee!!! Cowans Cafe, quick phone call, let them know we will be there in about 20 minutes,,, then ride for 45 minutes to get there Ooopsy! Tony S walks outside after lunch and takes a picture of the worlds biggest storm cloud, (seems like I have never ridden with him when it HASN'T rained,,, jussayin!), OK kids show of hands, we can wait the storm out, we can try to outrun it or we can suit up, and take the escape route and head to the hotel.....rain suits on and follow that 70,000 lb gas truck UP the mountain!!!, finally,, a safe place to get everyone past the truck,, rains starting to let up,, hey the sun is comming out again,,,,man it's starting to get a little warm,,,really warm,,,like it's hot!! need to get this rain gear off!! heading down the hill into Price Utah, the temp was rising 1 deg every 1/10 of a mile!!!, sure hope we run out of hill pretty quick it's really starting to get hot!!!, just 5 miles to the hotel,,,and it's a 103f,,, who ever invented air conditioning,,, I wanna kiss that guy!
  2. Took a while, but here is the ride report from leg 9 to 10!! starting with leg 9, Johnny D did a fabulous job, pretty scenic ride across the eastern planes, up the base of the foothills into Wyoming, nice lunch in Centennial Wyoming, (thanks to our 2 Michigan'rs for riding up to lunch with us, was good to meet you), one waiter, one cook and they had us in and out in a little over an hour!!!! IMPRESSIVE! Ride over Snowy Range and Battle Mountain, terrific, now,,, about that bike wash from Baggs WYO to Craig CO? ??, man that was something!! every body on the leg got there VMC riding thru slop certificate validated, trailer Dave is a full on rockstar!! pulling a trailer (or being pushed by one), thru that rain and a 1 lane mud "road" with a 4 ft drop off on each side, very impressive! still not sure how he managed to miss the construction barrel in the middle of a 1 lane road, but he got her done! THANK YOU to our taxi service for the shuttle from the hotel to dinner and back to the hotel in Craig,,, could not have happened without you 2 ladies, these selfless acts of kindness are exactly what makes our VMC family so special. despite the torrential rain, despite the long day, despite the 70 mph winds and the "mud" adventure and of course the lightning strike that knocked out the gas pumps when Bill only had 45 miles of fuel and the next gas was 55 miles away! (got that done too!), a fun great big happy smiling family arrived at the "the bomb shelter" of a hotel in Craig,, everyone was having a good time and laughing about the day we had just had, and excited about the next days adventure.
  3. OK!!!, Aantnee is on this leg,,,, it's official,,, NOW the party is ON!! he has been practicing his German, ein he vil be vearin' der lederhosen!! ein dancin' for sure ya!, (you just can't miss that!!!,,,,,or unsee it!!!).
  4. So It must be May in Colorado, It's snowing and 35 degrees!!!, oh boy only 7 weeks to V2V!!! :-{0) It's May 2nd, You have missed the deadline to get signed up for your V2V event shirt, HOWEVER, I still want you to come ride the V2V with the rest of the non shirt challenged participants, it's OK to be an otherly shirted participant, as the saying goes, when shirts are outlawed,,, only outlaws will have shirts. You can still get your hotel booked, you can still ride with the group, you can still have a cold adult beverage with your BFF's. Make plans, IF you didn't get signed in, let the leg captain know that you intend to ride on his/her day, I know it makes no sense, we have some 'splainin' to do, and really need to know how many are going to be ridding on a particular day. Even IF you are a last minute participant (LMP!), let your leg captain know as soon as you do, please,,,and thankyou.
  5. Good morning everyone, Today is the 20th of April,,,,sooooo, you have 10 days to get registered for the V2V and get in line to get your participant shirt, they are super cool this year, If you were to get something like this at your local Hardley Riddenson store it would be upwards of $50,,, and you wouldn't get to participate in a very kewel club event that runs from coast to coast, every year. just a little fun fact I want to make people aware of on the Craig Colorado to Springville Utah leg, taking place on July 1st this year, this is a l o n g days ride, going to be about 3 tanks of gas, (2 to 3 gas stops, depending on your application of right wrist!), IF you are joining us from lower elevation cities, you may want to get hydrated, drink lots of water beginning at least 48 hours ahead of the ride, we are mostly riding at about 6,500 ft above sea level, but,, we have a few sections that are up around 9,500ft, and super twisty, if you are oxygen challenged, (and at this point in our lives, most of us are!), or simply don't want to ride that many hours, (I hope you do, it's spectacular country/ riding) don't fret!!, there will be a few options for you to take a different route, you will still get to the hotel, and won't get much above 7,000' ASL. I know as we grow grayer, the onboard pressure relief system we have becomes weaker, and requires more service stops, and adding all that extra liquid just makes it that much more of an issue, but altitude sickness is not pleasant either!. Get signed up, get your hotel room reserved, get excited, it's a very fun event.
  6. WWWhhhaaaatttt!!!! You are going to be in Craig!!! I will alert the authorities right now!!!! I am so excited I am going to be spending a few days riding with you,,, it's been waaaaay to long since I have had a mama bear hug!!!!!
  7. Good Mornin' I am your Leg Captain for the Craig to Springville Utah leg of this years V2V, this year we are very fortunate, this year, we are riding some of the most "scenic", days of the V2V, and we are on an "end of the week" schedule, so if you live "out East", take a couple of days "off", and even only go as far as Springville UT, you have the whole weekend to ride home, you can take US Highway 40 (the Victory Highway) the whole way home if you wish. If you live "out West", you can ride East for a couple of days,(Fort Morgan Colorado, is right on US 36/ Interstate 76 just south of I-80 and Just north of I-70), and ride back with the V2V group over the weekend back toward your casa, and meet some of your VMC family, get a T shirt, and ride with some of the greatest people you would ever want to meet on a motorsiykle. (of which you would be one!). You can now sign up for the 2022 V2V, it's active, it will take your money. and you need to sign up for the leg you want to ride!,,, WHY???, because there is a lot of planning that needs to happen based on who signs up for each leg, like YOU need to get your hotel booked for each nights stop, NOW, Sooner rather than later, masks are "off" and people are traveling! The Leg Captain for the day of your ride, needs to have an idea of who is going to be riding that day, and if you're not signed up, and "things" happen, and they,,, change the leave point, change the route, etc., YOU won't be aware of any of it. Lunch stops need to be co ordinated with the restaurants, with the current way the world works!, gas stops for 30 bikes are a whole different animal than a gas stop for 3 bikes, the ride time for the day can change dramatically based on the number of people attending, so get your hotel booked, most rooms can be canceled IF you're plans change, event T shirts have to be ordered, and manufactured, these things all take time, don't happen spontaneously, do YOUR part, get signed up, and get ready to "enjoy the ride!".
  8. Yup, Got my room booked and confirmed, It was nutz trying to deal with the hotel, while I was on the phone with them, and they were having trouble! I jumped on Booking.com, booked my room, got a confirmation, and told the guy at the hotel forget it, I already have it done!!!! Now, as long as I don't get called in to work that week!!!! ?
  9. well, If Donna and Rose are there,,,,, Smokin' Hot!!!! :-) Actually, it won't be CRAZY hot most likely, there is very little humidity (hopefully!), probably like mid 80's to maybe mid 90's F, it will be warm, but not unbearable you gotta remember Ely is at about 6,500 ft and Reno is at about 4,500 ft ASL, so it can be a little cooler than say Vegas. (about 2,000 ft). The air conditioning in the Jailhouse is really good!!
  10. There are NO rooms being held at the Springville UT Days Inn for the V2V , You will have to make a reservation for the evening of July 1st thru you're favorite booking website. You can book thru Wyndham Hotels website, Booking.com etc. they have double queen rooms and single King rooms available, there is also a Microtel in the same parking lot IF the Days Inn is not available. It's a whole new world, and hotels in "popular tourist" locations, on "holiday" weekends are not interested in "blocking" rooms, they are selling all the nights they want, at rates of double what we are accustomed to paying!. they are mostly now using a "booking" company, it just adds another hurdle to the already difficult enough world of group travel! I am sure that when the ride organizers have all their ducks on the pond, the list of "team" hotels, sign up for the event, shirts, etc. will all be available for every VMC member to sign up, ride, and find out first hand what a wonderful event this is. The ride goes from one side of the country to the opposite coast, thru what is about as close to the a centerline as practical,, should be pretty easy for a vast number of members to enjoy part or all of this event, even during the work week, (remember those?!), you can ride out to the dinner and enjoy a meal and the excitement of meeting your VMC family.
  11. The V2V IS a great ride, the Victory Highway is still a mostly great road to ride, most of the "Eagles" don't exist, the ones that do are not actually on highway 40!. but we know where they are and typically we stop at them. I think that as time goes by, the "intent" of the ride has strengthened, not weakened, because the purpose of the ride is brought to the forefront every evening as the baton is passed to the next leg captain. Last year our VMC brothers and sisters ran a leg of the "V2V" across Europe!!!, if that doesn't show what the "original intent", of the V2V is all about, I am not sure anything will. The original intent of the "Victory Highway" was to honor and always remember those who gave their lives in the first world war. Get ready to get signed up to ride the V2V, the leg nearest you, or a couple of legs, or the whole thing, this ride is more than just an "event", it's about meeting your "family", past and present,,, God only knows how many of our family are no longer here, but they all ride from coast to coast with us every year.
  12. Good Afternoon Boys N Girls, Don't want to step on any ones toes, but LOTS is happening behind the scenes to get this ride up and running, Hotel prices are way up from last year, (at least on the "West" legs, like by about 30% MINIMUM!), this of course creates a few issues for the leg captains, (of which I am one), to try to find hotels at an "affordable" cost, that are close to a restaurant for the evening meal and baton transfer ceremony, (meals have also seen about a 20% increase in cost), gas prices of course are about 50% more money than they were a year ago, why am I telling you this?, because a lot goes on behind the scenes to get the most bang for your buck on many fronts, ALSO, hotels are not real interested in blocking out "discounted" rooms for us, when they can sell every room they have at the crazy high prices they want!!! It's going to be another great event, you have seen the dates that the V2V comes closest to you, I highly recommend you make a commitment of both funds and time to attend a couple of legs, you can cut the cost of your hotel room in half by sharing a room with your buddy,,, watch out though,,,, there are known "spooner's" amongst us ?
  13. in the past we have been rolling in the 8:30 to 9:00 ish time frame, it's a fairly long day, and usually stop for lunch in Vernal Utah, if I was not staying at the hotel, my plan would be to get to the Zermatt by 8:00am, worst case would be I would have time to have a coffee. Mike posted his phone number at the beginning of this thread, you could always call him the evening before we leave and see what his plan is.
  14. OK lads n lasses, VITO week is finally here, mask restrictions have been lifted in Colorado, sure it's still snowing,,, but only at night, and as I mature, (nope, no one's is going to believe that!), I have made the decision, it's pulling weeds OR shoveling snow, not both?. I am fully inoculated, still have enough cash for some $4 gas and $8 beers,,,, look out Eureka Springs here I come!!!?
  15. Woop woop! Already can't wait to see see everyone at Zermatt, ride to Craig will be epic, like the last 6 or 7 have been ?
  16. Wazzup buttercup? I think either route is good, St Francis is always a great stop, no matter which way you go I am fine with it. If there is room at Lake Wilson for 1 tree hugging hippie, mark me down, (pretty sure you could get at least 3 in the shower), water is not a renewable commodity, the more we save now..... As you know I live to chuck dirty wrenches into clean machinery! Can't help it, it's just what I am good at!,,,but I believe the Elephant is closed on a Sunday, which is the day we are leaving the world center of feed lots, (Ft Morgan), and heading Mrs Simpsons place!!
  17. Wazzup buttercup? I think either route is good, St Francis is always a great stop, no matter which way you go I am fine with it. If there is room at Lake Wilson for 1 tree hugging hippie, mark me down, (pretty sure you could get at least 3 in the shower), water is not a renewable commodity, the more we save now.....
  18. No problem, got my hotels booked between Utah and Wilson Kansas, really looking forward to getting out of the house ? going to make getting both my shots worth it!?
  19. Viv, Congrats on being the driving force for the 2021 V2V, as I am challenged in most things, with maybe the exception of consuming of adult beverages, is there a "sign up/ registration" for this years event?
  20. The cost on hotels goes UP every year, and availability gets tougher every year, where possible I have tried to use Comfort Inn, HOWEVER, in the great Rocky Mountain Region (basically Denver to Ely Nevada for our purposes), it is VERY PRIME SEASON (their regular rates are about 70% higher that there "normal" rates!!!), and Comfort Inn has been less than willing to give the V2V group a "killer deal" on rates when they are typically sold out anyway. OK, so what this means to you is, if you are planning on ridding any of the legs from Denver-West, (and you absolutely should!) budget around $150 a night for your room, if you can talk a buddy into coming along with you, (and you should bring at least 1) that breaks down to about $75 a night per bed, (we can usually get double queen rooms if we know in advance). Most of the hotels we try to "block" offer some form of a breakfast, either included in the cost of your room, or for about $15 including tip. You will burn thru about 1 and a half tanks per day of gas, currently we are in the $3.65 range for gas in "the mountain towns". I am sure it will be closer to $4.35/ $4.65 per gallon by next summer, budget $35 a day for fuel and you will have enough to maybe even have a bottle or 2 of water or Gatorade, you will need that, because it's usually pretty warm, (like in mid 90's or higher), lots of water really helps stop altitude sickness, so plan on at least double what you would normally consume, and don't worry, we are old too, "P" stops are usually not an issue!, 1 tip is, every day, buy a bottle of water and your favorite flavored Gatorade/Powerade, cut it 50/50 with water, and you will be thankful for the electrolytes and the water, (and for having 2 x's the fluids available). An oil and filter change before you leave the house, tires that will "easily" go "twice as far" as "you think you are going to ride", (don't leave the house on tires that you can "get one more ride out of"!), 1) you can't, 2) you won't be near a dealership when the guy riding behind you starts telling you what kewel colored chords your tires have, 3)you are going to spend a chunk of fun tokens renting a truck and trailer and buying Walmart tie downs, to get your bike to the nearest dealer, who "thinks he may have a tire that fits, (he doesn't), but his mechanic can't get to it for "a while", don't be THAT guy!, flats happen, mechanical's happen, bald tires should never happen! Although it never rains on the V2V, bring decent rain gear, it has been known to "sprinkle" once in a while, (isn't that right Gene?) another reason to have decent tires, mountain roads are no fun on bowling balls, and really miserable on worn out bowling balls in the rain/fog. Dinner each evening is typically around $20, adult beverages, the same, (your mileage may vary!). you will not regret riding a few legs of the V2V, great company, top class experience, and while I can't vouch for riding across Kansas and Eastern Colorado, the next 3 days of the V2V in 2019 are a motorcyclists dream!. Finally, don't forget, you are riding away from home, as much as you don't want to, ya gotta home sooner or later, so a few extra hotels, meals, gas and miles, most of all JUST DO IT! I think if you plan $225 a day after you leave the house until you get back home, you may have enough to buy your leg captains a refreshing beverage, and, should arrive home with a little seed money for 2020, and what will be probably a few of the best days riding you have ever had!, a ton of new friends, who you will want to ride with again.
  21. Way 2 Go Max! bet the room would have been cheaper than your bar bill is going to be!! :-{o) Cheers!!!!
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