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Old 11-24-2012, 09:37 PM   #256
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It was a very blustery day today in Sunshine, Md where 50 or 60 friends and family gathered for a small service for Robert Vliet. It was very touching. His daughter Katie read a poem she wrote about riding motorcycles with her dad. Son Fletcher sang a song. They are really nice looking kids. They make their Dad proud I'm sure.

There were some family photos, a slide show and coffee, after the service. Temperature must have been around freezing and the wind was gusting to 25 or more. That kept many bikers away I think. There was one motorcycle in attendance. An old Airhead of course. Sweet dreams and happy journeys.

Thanks for sharing and representing this community.

I always threatened to visit Robert in J.T. during my Winters in the south and raid his icebox, I regret never making the journey.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:51 AM   #257
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Thanks for being there for us, Charlie.

A lot of people frequently think "I wish I'd gone to see xxx". It seems that the older one gets, the hardest thing to take is surviving your friends.

Value your friends, even if you are a Lone Wolf. They are the greatest gift.



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Old 11-25-2012, 01:23 PM   #258
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You're right Bill! Thanks for that.

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Thanks for being there for us, Charlie.

A lot of people frequently think "I wish I'd gone to see xxx". It seems that the older one gets, the hardest thing to take is surviving your friends.

Value your friends, even if you are a Lone Wolf. They are the greatest gift.



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Old 11-25-2012, 06:10 PM   #259
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JT on Sunday

I am working out plans to drive to JT on the Dec 2nd. Anyone in the Phoenix is welcome to join me. Leaving from the Scottsdale area. Please contact me directly 602 502 6360 or email kelgroup@aol.com
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:36 PM   #260
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Thanks Rob

This is the first of this news Ive caught wind of and I have to say Im saddened and taken aback.

I crashed my bike earlier this year, and I might have had to total it were it not for Robert's guidance and advice. Thanks to Robert's help, I took that same motorcycle on a cross country trip this past summer and had an amazing time. Im glad I atleast had the chance to let him know of my travels via postcard.

Cheers mate, Ill be sure to have a drink in your name soon.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:09 AM   #261
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I have added wirewrkr to the ADV Memorial Thread.

Godspeed, Robert.

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:30 PM   #262
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We are planning a ride to Robert’s “Celebration” on December 9th. Herb will leave San Jose BMW at 1:00pm stopping briefly at Chris and Kathleen’s house (126 Mentel Ave.) Santa Cruz for others to join in; then on to Calabasas Rd. We welcome anyone to join us however a shout out would be appreciated for planning purposes.




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Old 11-28-2012, 11:00 PM   #263
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RIP. Prayers for his friends and family.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:56 AM   #264
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I keep getting images of my grandpa's funeral, or willie nelson's impending one. My grandpa stipulated in his will that he was to be cremated, thrown in a bucket, and placed next to a keg out in the middle of the desert. A little bit of "Tiger" Harold Bright in your beer......wasn't too far from JT.....Lancaster CA. I obliged, my brother obliged, not sure my sister did. I got my gapped smile from him.

I hope Robert's family and friends have a grand time in his honor, laughing and crying telling tales, and drinking red wine. I wish I had the money to be there, I still don't know what to write in his book. Thanks Flood for recognizing him here at ADV and thanks Charlie for representing us in MD.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:39 AM   #265
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What a staggering loss. He chimed in on my rebuild posts and always had super helpful input. So sad to hear this news...Rest in peace amigo.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:54 PM   #266
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Of course Robert has a left a legacy here in the pages of advrider. I keep coming across his posts, and it's always valuable stuff. I notice though, that often pictures are missing. Was this deliberate, by him? Or should we make an effort to restore them, if that's at all possible?
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:55 PM   #267
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Most likely the Photo Site that hosted his photos has had his account closed. The links to his photos to here are forever gone.

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:08 PM   #268
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I noticed that too. I went back to the thread where he cut open a muffler. I wanted to save that pic - but it's gone.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:54 PM   #269
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I noticed that too. I went back to the thread where he cut open a muffler. I wanted to save that pic - but it's gone.
Check your PM.

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:14 AM   #270
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So sorry to hear about this. Robert was a valuable member of the motorcycle family. I met him a couple times while I lived in MD.

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