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Old 10-23-2013, 06:45 AM   #25906
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Getting ready to roll

I'm stocking up at the grocery store today. Will be packing tonight and rolling out early tomorrow morning. Anyone with any last questions? If you need written instructions on how to get there, PM me with an email address and I can send you a Word doc. Also, remember that there is no cell service past Churchville (down near Staunton on 250) or west of Harrisonburg on 33. If anyone needs contact with their families, they (your families) need to have my landline # that I sent out in the PM. The area code is 304.

I am so pumped about this. The only bad thing about freezing temps is that it makes the ground REALLY hard when you come off the bike. The good news is there won't be any mud!

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:47 AM   #25907
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So I've been in Frankfurt for two days now and have not really seen any of the cool bikes I was expecting to see. I've seen one of the BMW scooters with the roof and seatbelts, a bunch of piaggo and fiat scoots and one larger Yamaha dual sport with dial headlights. I also have decided I like the bell on a bicycle as a much better warning they want to pass instead of the yelled at the last second "on your left" that I get from the bike riders on Belle Isle back home. I did see an AC cobra and a random Ferrari.

I have seen some interesting cell phone use. One man was texting with his left while riding his scooter in his business suit. Another lady was riding her bike just fine in traffic while talking on her phone. It appears it isn't just americans addicted to the stupid phones. I guess on the scooter and bike they are les likely to hut anyone else as badly as in a car.

I also need to just say, google maps walking directions leaves a bit to be desired. My 2km walk to the office turned into 3. My walk back turned into 4 km. It doesn't do good with re-routing when you cannot cross a major street where it wants. On the way back to the hotel, it decided to loop me back to my starting point instead of recalculate from my having walked an extra block. Usually I'm not too directionally challenged but all the curved streets look very similar. I opened up apple maps for a moment and it thought I was in Ohio, so I closed it. I am going to try and wing it tomorrow and find my way without their walking directions. I cannot do much worse.

Other things to remember, if they sell Donner there, the food is probably not very good unless you like donner.
Soda actually taste good when it is made with the real ingredients. I forgot that I actually like sprite.
Cab drivers are the same everywhere. There must be a rule that requires them to talk on one cell phone while texting on another while ignoring all lane markings and speed limits to quickly get to your destination. Bonus if the vehicle has no alignment and 4 bent and badly unbalanced wheels.
Best part of this post.

I'd like to go to Germany sometime in the next year or two.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:06 AM   #25908
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So this morning I ignored the phone other than to glance at the map as I was getting closer to my destination. looking at the map, I've found myself an easy to follow route that will be pretty much the same even after I change hotels in a couple days.

I also discovered that in taking my phone in and out of my pocket during the unplanned safari around the city, I managed to drop my office keycard and it appears to be forever lost.

Also the German word of the day is "genau". I'll leave it for everyone else to look up the exact definition. I heard it so much in the last couple days I had to look it up.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:13 AM   #25909
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Also the German word of the day is "genau". I'll leave it for everyone else to look up the exact definition. I heard it so much in the last couple days I had to look it up.
It all depends on the inflection. It can range from an agreement with what you've said, all the way to "D'uh"!

I miss Germany so badly. Enjoy yourself and go visit the old part of Frankfurt on the river. Cross over, and you are in Sachsenhausen, the party part of town.

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Old 10-23-2013, 07:22 AM   #25910
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It all depends on the inflection. It can range from an agreement with what you've said, all the way to "D'uh"!

I miss Germany so badly. Enjoy yourself and go visit the old part of Frankfurt on the river. Cross over, and you are in Sachsenhausen, the party part of town.

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Sounds like a good place for a BIRTHDAY party.

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Old 10-23-2013, 07:39 AM   #25911
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Take notes Jeremy, my friends in Zurich will be moving to Dusseldorf in December, and thus I will be pinballing around Germany more in the future -- would love to hear about Frankfurt. If you are looking for an excursion outside the city, Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) isn't far and I thought worth a visit.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:56 AM   #25912
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Genau

Genau translated to English means exactly. Like saying "your exactly right".

I heard it a lot back in the 70's when I was based in Germany in the US Army. Google translate is an awesome app. It's voice activated.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:57 AM   #25913
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Pretty wild.

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:01 AM   #25914
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My DRZ has a new home in the Fan. It was sold to a gentleman named Jeb who is fairly new to bikes. He has a really cool mid-70's Honda 250 dual sport that is in great shape as well. I suspect he will be swapping back the DRZ's original dog bones as he is at least 8" taller than me. I told him about this thread and encouraged him to tag along on some rides.
My calf is feeling MUCH better, I'm really looking forward to this weekend! Still debating between working harder to go fast on the 800GS or cheating and having a ball on the KTM...
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:07 AM   #25915
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Genau translated to English means exactly. Like saying "your exactly right".

I heard it a lot back in the 70's when I was based in Germany in the US Army. Google translate is an awesome app. It's voice activated.
Nobody picked up that I had already looked it up. I guess my hint of the meaning when I told everyone to look up the "exact" definition was too subtle.

It was a new word for me. Normal everyday spoken German is different than what I studied in HS. I know enough to be a semi functional illiterate and to tell someone I cannot understand them. I was impressed with myself last night though because I was able to go into a couple stores and make purchases without the cashier resorting to english. Not that I come off that suave and proficient, more like just dumb and unable to speak other than hello and good buy and badly mispronounced words from the menu.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #25916
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Any of you at Legends last night? I saw a couple yellow GS's out and about in Richmond, and then one at Legend. Also I saw a KLX250SM a while back parked in one of the lots off Cary who works down there. I assume he just does come on here, but I saw a red Vstrom in his spot yesterday. Crazy the Adventure riders out there that don't actually use ADV Rider.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:26 AM   #25917
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Forecast for Po Folks S500 (Pendleton County) this weekend

Friday hi 47F low 26F small chance of rain
Saturday hi 53F low 34F sunny
Sunday hi 52F sunny

Our place is at 2700ft elevation, so it will be a little cooler at night. Come prepared to start the ride Saturday morning in the low 30's. Bring good winter gloves and a knit cap for sitting around the bonfire....

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Old 10-23-2013, 11:11 AM   #25918
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... Still debating between working harder to go fast on the 800GS or cheating and having a ball on the KTM...
Working harder vs having a ball? Hmmm.. what to do?

Stock seat on that ktm? That's a possible downside.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:11 AM   #25919
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Friday hi 47F low 26F small chance of rain
Saturday hi 53F low 34F sunny
Sunday hi 52F sunny

Our place is at 2700ft elevation, so it will be a little cooler at night. Come prepared to start the ride Saturday morning in the low 30's. Bring good winter gloves and a knit cap for sitting around the bonfire....

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Brrrr! At least we won't need ice for the beer! I really wish y 650 had heated grips. I think I will wire up the heated jacket liner I recently bought used. Never used one so I don't know if they are ideal for technical riding that creates body heat. Couldn't hurt I guess.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:15 AM   #25920
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Still debating between working harder to go fast on the 800GS or cheating and having a ball on the KTM...
KTM KTM KTM KTM kinda need to sing / chant it like a monk KKKKKTTTTTOOOOMMMM KKKKKTTTTTOOOOMMMM KKKKKTTTTTOOOOMMMM

Ever seen Monte Python..... wham KKKKKKTTTTOOOOMMMM wham KKKKKTTTTOOOOMMMM wham
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