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#1 wheatonFJR

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 08:27 AM

May 11-14, 2012 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday!) SE Ohio Ramble (2 riding days this year)

(Note the dates above...different than originally advertised.)

You can stay anywhere you like, but we'll be based out of the Best Western in Caldwell, OH. LINK

I've got Friday night through Sunday night booked...checking out Monday. My advice: get your rooms booked ASAP...I have no idea how many they have.

Friday - Travel day
Saturday - day loop to the east of the interstate
Sunday - day loop to the west into the Hocking Hills region
Monday - get home day

Like all Rambles, there are no room discounts, no event fees, no organized dinners (a restaurant is within walking distance), no speeches, no nuthin'...just riding and having a good time with your FJR friends, and maybe a cold beverage after the ride.

This is one of my favorite places to ride...so although I hate organizing stuff, I end up doing it nearly every year.

Both loops WILL be based out of Caldwell so as to minimize packing/unpacking. If you can only join us for one of the two days...that's fine. HOWEVER, you will weep at the missed twisty roads if you miss one of these days.

If you're signing up and coming, make a motel reservation and let me know about it. I'll add you to the list below. You won't be sorry. Guaranteed fun.

The finalized routes are now completed for
Saturday and Sunday's loop. and I have gpx files to send out to those that want them. I have some jpeg files from MS S&T of the routes...they are included below.

As a recap, remember that we are doing two days of Ramble this year. Saturday will be east of the Interstate, and Sunday will be west of the Interstate over to the Hocking Hills area.

Saturday - East Route, 312 miles (plus/minus)
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East loop - western half of loop
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East Loop - eastern half of loop
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East route - beginning and end of route
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County Roads at beginning of route- "zoomed in view"
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At Overlook, just off of 536
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East Route - northeast portion of route
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EAST LOOP TURN DIRECTIONS
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Sunday - West Route to Hocking Hills, 347 miles (plus/minus)
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West route - beginning and end of route
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Glouster and points west
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West Route - Hocking Hills area
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Lake Hope-Athens area
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West Route - Athens/555 portion
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WEST LOOP TURN DIRECTIONS
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Sooooooo....as you can see, there's enough riding to keep everybody happy for a little while. All I ask for the small bit of work to organize this is
  • Everybody ride in such a way to keep the rubber side down
  • Be respectful of the riders around you and give them plenty of space
  • Be respectful of the people in the area that we come in contact with, whether at the motel or while passing during the ride
  • Have fun during the ride and after the ride in the parking lot swapping stories of the awesome curves
  • Buy me a good beer.
I will hopefully be able to make up some turn by turn directions by May...I won't be making maps...but will highlight your map if you bring it to me the night before the ride.

I will have a rider's meeting the night before the ride to go over the the route, and talk about stops along the route, and firm up the rider groups.

Ramble Riders
1 wheatonFJR - Mark (bobsledder)
2 El Toro Joe - Joe (Stogey man)
3 drc32-0 - Denny (Local scout)
4 griff - Carl (Mr. fix-it)
5 Bockelrider (2up) - Steve (crazy fast)
6 Gray Ray - Ray (crazy faster) #65
Ray - Ray RACE DUTIES
7 SLK50 - Robert
8 Flowback - Steve WORK STRIKES BACK.
9 Philjet - Phil
10 DesignFlaw06 - Tim
11 naskie18 - Tim's Friend Nick (Triumph Sprint ST)
12 extrememarine - Wayne
mdisher - Matt Mother's Day? Oh Crap.
13 John d - John (Canuck)
14 Brian - John d's friend (Canuck w/Ducati ST3)
15 UselessPickles - Jeff
16 Bikergeek (2up) - Andrew/Susan (Buckeye with beer goggles)
17 gravity - Peter (From CT)
18 AmishFJR - Ed (Griff's bruder)
19 Bungie - Steve (Canuck)
20 Moosehead - Mike (Canuck)
21 Moosehead buddy #1- Peter(Canuck w/Ninja)
22 Moosehead Buddy #2 - Ryan(Canuck w/Gixxer)
23 AbercrombieFJR - Kevin (from ND)


POSSIBLE ??
Intech? (Sat. only)
UselessPickles wife on the FZ6R

EDIT: Added section below on riding groups.

Okay...I've divided us into smaller groups for safety sake, faster gas stops, etc...so if you used to be a beotch and now you are a dick, or used to be a dick and now you are a focker...look below to find out what I think you are.

These groupings are based on past experience, peoples posts, and just plain guesses regarding what groups people might want to ride in.

This is NOT hard and fast...if anyone wants to switch, or even want to form their own group...please let me know ASAP so I can adjust the groups.

There is no designated group leader for any of these. You all are expected to learn the route, or choose your own route and choose a ride leader amongst yourselves.

Saturday

Group A (and no, that doesn't stand for a-holes) KSU = 7:50AM
Gray Ray
El Toro Joe
John d
Brian (John d's friend)

Group B (No, that doesn't stand for beotches) KSU = 7:55AM
wheatonFJR
drc32-0
extrememarine

Group C (No, that doesn't stand for crazies) KSU = 8:00AM
Griff
amishFJR
Bockelrider (2up)
Bungie

Group D
(no, that doesn't stand for dicks) KSU = 8:05AM
DesignFlaw06
Naskie18
AbercrombieFJR
UselessPickles

Group F (no, that doesn't stand for fockers) KSU = 8:10AM
Bikergeek (2up)
SLK50
PhilJet09
gravity

Sunday

If you are riding a half day only on Sunday...and are going to form your own group or leave at a later time, please let me know asap so I can re-form groups based on your choice.

Group A (and no, that doesn't stand for a-holes) KSU = 7:50AM
Gray Ray
John d
Brian (John d's friend)

Group B (No, that doesn't stand for beotches) KSU = 7:55AM
wheatonFJR
drc32-0
extrememarine (1st half)

Group C (No, that doesn't stand for crazies) KSU = 8:00AM
Griff
amishFJR
Bockelrider (2up) (1st half)
Bungie

Group D (no, that doesn't stand for dicks) KSU = 8:05AM
DesignFlaw06
Naskie18 (1st half)
AbercrombieFJR
UselessPickles (1st half)

Group M (no that doesn't stand for m'fers) KSU = 8:10AM
Moosehead
Moosehead buddy #1- Peter(Ninja)
Moosehead Buddy #2 - Ryan(Gixxer)

Group F (no, that doesn't stand for fockers) KSU = 8:15AM
Bikergeek (2up) (1ST half)
SLK50
PhilJet09 (1st half)
gravity

Please know that if I move someone to a different group, I am just trying to make a judgement to make the day a safe and fun ride for all.

The general pace is faster in group A than group B and so on...but there may be faster riders in Group C than Group B, etc...I'm just trying to put like paced people together -AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE- so people feel less tempted to go a pace faster than they should.

Edited by wheatonFJR, 10 May 2012 - 08:33 AM.


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Posted 11 February 2012 - 08:31 AM

Thanks Mark...lookin forward to it :yahoo: that Saturday route looks interesting, I've been on a few of those roads in WV

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 08:33 AM

Thanks Mark...lookin forward to it :yahoo:



wow...that was fast!

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:39 AM

I hate to commit and then have to cancel like last year,but at this time I have all intentions of being there.

Nice change up on the route.Is that 595 going south out of Murrey City,and 356 between 56 and 50?

Is a turn by turn route in the making?

Sorry,I just realized 595 goes south out of New Straitsville.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:54 AM

I hate to commit and then have to cancel like last year,but at this time I have all intentions of being there.

Nice change up on the route.Is that 595 going south out of Murrey City,and 356 between 56 and 50?

Is a turn by turn route in the making?

Sorry,I just realized 595 goes south out of New Straitsville.


Denny,
It's always good to hear that you have intentions of coming. I hate for people to cancel...just because it means they miss all the good times.

Yes...a route is in the making. I'll make a route in MS Streets and Trips for those committed to this ride. If someone needs a turn by turn sheet instead, send me a PM and i'll make one for you.


BTW, to everybody...I am guessing about good roads over in WV...just by looking at the Gazetteer I have. If someone knows first hand of issues with any of these roads...like construction...or road damage, feel free to let me know.

As always, this route will not be prescouted by me because of the distances from home involved and my limitations on vacation time...so we may run into a surprise or two on the Ramble days. If that happens, just hang loose and we'll play it by ear. :)

It's not like this is an EOM gathering or anything...it's just a bunch of us having fun riding around.:yahoo:

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:16 AM

...Is that 356 between 56 and 50?

Yes.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:31 AM

Well I will not make this one. Have to conserve on time off a little due to the cross country ride planned for NAFO. Very good possibilty of hitting that area later in the year.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:46 AM

Well I will not make this one. Have to conserve on time off a little due to the cross country ride planned for NAFO. Very good possibilty of hitting that area later in the year.


That's too bad Bob. I kinda figured it though with the big trip to BC coming up.

We sure had a lot of fun last year though, didn't we!:D

Last year after the Ramble, Bob was too scared to ride home by himself, so Yamafitter, griff, 0Face and myself escorted him through WV. (Bob is the 4'-10 guy on the right.)
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What a pussy that Bob guy is. :clapping:
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Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:54 AM

Ahh...Good times!!!

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 11:56 AM


Well I will not make this one. Have to conserve on time off a little due to the cross country ride planned for NAFO. Very good possibilty of hitting that area later in the year.


That's too bad Bob. I kinda figured it though with the big trip to BC coming up.

We sure had a lot of fun last year though, didn't we!:D

Last year after the Ramble, Bob was too scared to ride home by himself, so Yamafitter, griff, 0Face and myself escorted him through WV. (Bob is the 4'-10 guy on the right.)
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What a pussy that Bob guy is. :clapping:
:lol:

I was scared! That bald tire on the back made for some interesting turns on those wet roads. I just noticed that Griff looks like someone stole his rubber duck in that picture. And by the way, it's 4' 11"!

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 12:03 PM

In any case, had a great time riding with you at last years's Ramble. Have fun this year at Joe's camping meet and barb's CFR meet.:clapping:

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:08 PM

BTW, looking for someone (non-snorer) to room split (two queen beds) at the Best Western for Fri, Sat, Sunday nights. Send me a PM if interested.

EDIT: Room splitter found.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:26 PM

BTW, looking for someone (non-snorer) to room split (two queen beds) at the Best Western for Fri, Sat, Sunday nights. Send me a PM if interested.

I guess that leaves me out

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 01:08 PM

Hey Mark,
This is the best news I've had all week. You can count on me both days. My brother, as usual, is a certain maybe.Ray will probably be there as well.
Does this date change mean that you're going to be at Nelson Ledges Race Track on the 19th. The offer still stands about using one of my race bikes.
I'm so excited that I think I'll take a nap.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 01:15 PM

Hey Mark,
This is the best news I've had all week. You can count on me both days. My brother, as usual, is a certain maybe.Ray will probably be there as well.
Does this date change mean that you're going to be at Nelson Ledges Race Track on the 19th. The offer still stands about using one of my race bikes.
I'm so excited that I think I'll take a nap.

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Alright Ray...putting you down for both days. Glad you can make it! :clapping:

I will let your brother and Ray post up if they decide to commit. Hope they can make it.

As far as your offer of a race bike...I am definitely not worthy. I'm just a bike tourer from Wheaton. I know nothing about racing...but thanks again for the tremendously gracious offer. (I can't believe I just said no again. Ray you are the devil...stop tempting me.)


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Posted 17 February 2012 - 06:07 PM

Hey Mark,
This is the best news I've had all week. You can count on me both days. My brother, as usual, is a certain maybe.Ray will probably be there as well.
Does this date change mean that you're going to be at Nelson Ledges Race Track on the 19th. The offer still stands about using one of my race bikes.
I'm so excited that I think I'll take a nap.

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Just talked to my wife - I am in! Sounds like a great time. :yahoo:

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 06:14 PM

Gray Ray will need to break out his long distance touring seat again: :bleh:
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 06:18 PM

Gray Ray will need to break out his long distance touring seat again: :bleh:
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I love it! LMAO! Is that thing water proof in the rain?

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:21 PM

Just talked to my wife - I am in! Sounds like a great time. :yahoo:


Excellent...putting you on the list Ray.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:22 PM

Gray Ray will need to break out his long distance touring seat again: :bleh:
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Does he put that seat on his race bikes as well?