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Congrats to leg Captain Lowell Johnsn and the participants for completing Leg 7 of the 2018 19th Annual V2V Ride.

 

Lowell Johnson (LC)
Gerald Alkire
Ryan Alkire
Clayton Arendt
Charlie Dischner
Vivian Hardin
R.D. McDonald 
Thaine Saunders
Brian  Weston 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Leg 8 of the 2018 19th Annual began on schedule, progress of the ride can be viewed on the spot track

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Leg Captain and participants are

Lowell Johnson  (LC)

R.D.

McDonald 
Gerald Alkire
Dominic Santomassimo
   
-  Gene
 
   
 

 

 

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On 6/28/2018 at 1:08 PM, gene hunt said:

You'll be riding with me from Columbus. Are you registered? - Gene

Should be registered under John Powell and Brian Blending for the next few legs. See you in Columbus.

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I was on the road all day, sorry for late post. Leg 9 Started on schedule with Wayne Oosterhoff Jr as leg captain, looks like they are approaching Indianapolis right now. Leg 8 to 9 baton handoff pic attached.  Registered participants included:

Wayne Oosterhoff  Jr. (LC)
Gerald Alkire
Brian Blanding
Vohn Busby
R.D. McDonald 
Wayne Oosterhoff Sr.
John  Powell
Candis Thomeczek
Russell Thomeczek

 

- Gene

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Hand-off of Baton Tim to Gene. Leg 11 will start at 9AM with 2 riders Gene Hunt (LC) and Gerald Alkrie. Follow our progress on spot, some interesting set of roads to Zanesville then we will be on the Victory highway into Uniontown. - Gene

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We arrived on schedule, very nice Comfort Inn even has tables/chairs out front in the shade for a gathering. The roads this morning were pretty entertaining checkout Rt669 and Rt555 on goggle maps. I’m at the bar next door right now will post more later.

To continue I wanted those on this leg to experience some of the great roads in SE Ohio. Even though I live in Northern Virginia I know these roads because I manage to come over and ride them with some of my close friends at least yearly. For this trip I picked 2 awesome roads that I have been on many times which give a little taste of these awesome roads. So Today it was only Gerald and I. It was a little loop of 61 miles but worth it IMHO,  both Rt. 669 and a little section of Rt. 555 did not disappoint smooth pavement, good twistys, even on the XCT it was fun.

We ended up in Zanesville at Putnam Park which gave us a great photo op of the "Y" bridge, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y-Bridge_(Zanesville,_Ohio)

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We then continued on the Victory Highway, Old National Road, US40. The mile markers in Ohio are different than those in WV/PA/MD 3rd picture.

Also in Ohio there are several examples of an "S" bridge Pics 4,5,6 

Then there is the Madonna of the trail statues, there are 12 one in WV and one in Pa, we stopped at the one just outside Wheeling pic 7 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_of_the_Trail

Lastly there are several Toll Houses still standing 1 just before Uniontown, the last set of pictures

We will stop at 2 more tomorrow.

Lastly I wanted to mention that while most of this route is interesting, there are some towns you travel through that can be a little bit of a challenge with the traffic we had today at 96-98 degrees. We managed to get caught at every traffic light, even 2 out in the country! Time to fire the Leg Captain I say.

Wish you had been on the ride, any day on the Victory with the VMC is great!

 

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Leg 12 began at 8AM and we finished at 5:30. 2 riders Gerald Alkrie and myself. Good routes and we made all of the planned stops Coopers Rock, Toll house in Addison, PA, Yough lake, Casselman Bridge, Flight 93 Memorial, Lavale Toll House.

We began by taking the very entertaining  US119 south to I-68 for one exit to Coopers Rock State Park. After that stop we head over to rt.26 taking that north to rt. 281 then back on US40, National Road and stayed on that into Frederick.

We did have an interesting diversion coming back to National Road on Rt 160 they directed us off onto some other local road with no other route/detour signs we ended up on a pretty serious back road that turned to gravel and steep, steep downhills we made it okay but not sure how much fun that would have been with more bikes. So yes I know some roads but I don’t know that one and don’t want to. Good Day, earned my beer today.

Pics to follow Mile markers in PA look like national monument, then in MD look like headstonesimageproxy.php?img=&key=19e107beb98c8a3eimageproxy.php?img=&key=19e107beb98c8a3e

- Gene 

First 2 pics are Coopers rock.

Then Youghiogheny river lake.

Toll House at Addison, PA

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And some more

Flight 93 Memorial

Lavale Toll House, Toll Gate Post, Mile Marker at Lavale this style is used from Wheeling, WV to Cumberland, MD

Mile Marker at Hancock MD, this is the style for Markers from Cumberland to Baltimore

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More pics for Leg 9.  We had a HOT day but great riding though IL/IN.  Thanks Gene for organizing such a great ride.  Here is hoping more VMC riders can participate next year in this great event for our bikes, club, and country.

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Ride is done ended at John F Kennedy Memorial Park Sommers Point NJ. Today was a bit much bot the ride to the coast wasn't bad actually. I arrived ~12 Noon, which would have been fine if I had been staying overnight but I elected to try and get home. I got home at 8PM I'm a little tired but a nice shower and a Beer and I'm already feeling much better.

The 3rd,4th pictures are where the plaque for the National Road was in Ellicott City before the flood/

The last 2 picture are taken on the Somers Point NJ waterfront, John F Kennedy Park.

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I cannot thank the Leg Captains enough for making this event go smoothly and everyone who participated deserves a big round of applause this was a great event because you participated! THANK YOU!

We did this under budget, did some great riding, saw some great sights, hung out with friends, and made some new ones. Remember this, in case some on the sidelines call to end this event.

I will file my Final Report with the Events chair this weekend, if there is something you want me to include in that send me an email twolanefun@outlook.com

- Gene

 

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I got this note from Graham Vincent:

Gene,

I want to bring something to your attention about the participants in the V2V this year, I think that Gerry Alkire  rode almost the whole ride!, and I believe he should have an honorable mention for his achievement, if you include the miles from his home, and then the 1,000 miles we did to meet up with the V2V in Midway Ut., then he was planning to ride to New Jersey, and then turn around and ride back to his home in Missouri!, just outstanding commitment, his son, Ryan rode a lot of those miles with him, at least as far as Kansas City?

I was astounded, once he "suited up", he never took his gear off, unless it was to eat or pee!, and at fuel stops he was always the first one, sitting on the bike ready to go, he is exactly what the VMC family is all about!, (too bad he sold his Vision to get a Hardley Riddenson!), he has a passion for riding a motorcycle, he never, ever complains, he is never "that guy", he is "ready to ride", LOVED riding with him, and his son, they always had a smile on there faces, were ready to ride at a moments notice.

Graham Vincent

I could not agree more, he was the sole rider with me on Legs 11 and 12, and I have to tell you that diversion we ended up on during Leg 12 was scary stuff with both of us riding full tours loaded.  He also planned to do Leg 13 but I talked him out of it because of his need to go to home to Missouri then onto California.  BTW he still has his Vision as far as I know. - Gene

 

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Graham and Gene, thank you for the kind words.  Had a blast, July 4th was a good ride Gene gave me some good roads to get to I64. Gene the turn out for the falls was full, so didn't get to stop.  Made the iron but to Mo. in 19.5 hours, got home at 0230 the 5th, 1116 miles.  Had a blast, would love to do the whole thing, but sorry Gene I did trade the Vision in on  the Harley.  The total on the ride from my home to the start of leg 4, leg 4 to 12 and back home was 5,609 miles, what fun.  July 9 I leave for California for my uncle's funeral.  Loved the ride.

Take care and ride safe

Gerald Alkire

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Gerald glad you got home safe and sound. I hope you plan to go again next year. I plan to do Legs 1 and 2 for sure but hope I can do the whole ride.

Thanks for keeping me company, I'd be honored to ride with you again no matter what your riding.

- Gene

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