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Old 11-26-2014, 06:17 AM   #1
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Alaska Leather Christmas Party

Saturday, December 13, 6:00 PM. Potluck, Chinese auction. Thanks! Barb
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:16 PM   #2
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Christmas Party

Potluck and Chinese gift exchange! Bring a dish and a gift (under $20) if you want to participate in the gift exchange. We'll provide beer and soda. Bring a chair if you want to sit.

Now at 5 PM instead of 6 PM!

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Old 12-11-2014, 03:48 PM   #3
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Thank You, Barb. I , or we, will not be able to attend. Flying out to the desert that AM. Merry Christmas..
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:52 AM   #4
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it's tonight! See everyone here. Barb
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:01 AM   #5
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Stuck at work AGAIN! Someday though. Thanks for hosting this (and MANY more events) for everyone Barb. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:21 PM   #6
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I'm working till late. Maybe see you round 8.

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Old 12-13-2014, 12:29 PM   #7
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Bummer! Not coming in to Los Anchorage 'til Sunday. Gotta get Bobi to the airport early Monday morning so she can fly down to spend Christmas with her mom.

Y'all have a great time tonight, and a Very Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-14-2014, 12:16 AM   #8
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Wow, great turnout! Thanks to everyone who came. Always a pleasure seeing all of you.

And of course, as always, a very very big thank you to Barb for having us all over!

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Old 12-14-2014, 11:28 AM   #9
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I forgot to give everyone their Christmas coupon! If you attended, come by the shop and pick it up. Thanks to everyone for bringing food and gifts, it was a lot of fun. Barb
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:00 AM   #10
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Talking christmas season

I havebeen on Creta (Crete) for the last 5 weeks, perhaps the most amazing place to ride a motorcycle I have eve been. Yesterday, I left the bike in Kissamos (kastelli) and flew from Xania creta to Thessaloniki makedonia. I will be here until Jan 3rd when I will fly to Istanbul for 5 days of looking at stuff. I fly back to Xania to reunite with the bike. Expect to be on Creta until maybe march (depending on weather) head for Turkey. I expect to be back in alaska by late april or may. bob white
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:48 PM   #11
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Someone left a stool/chair in the back room. Barb
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:32 PM   #12
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I havebeen on Creta (Crete) for the last 5 weeks, perhaps the most amazing place to ride a motorcycle I have eve been. Yesterday, I left the bike in Kissamos (kastelli) and flew from Xania creta to Thessaloniki makedonia. I will be here until Jan 3rd when I will fly to Istanbul for 5 days of looking at stuff. I fly back to Xania to reunite with the bike. Expect to be on Creta until maybe march (depending on weather) head for Turkey. I expect to be back in alaska by late april or may. bob white
You go Bob! Crete... hmmm, okay it is on the list now.
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:45 AM   #13
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Cool2 creta

Creta is a unique place, mountains that look like the front range of Colorado, roads that routinely gain or loose 500 - 1000 meters of elevation in a short distance via amazing curves. In general the road surface is very high quality (unlike many places in the Balkans) and a pleasure to ride. In general, I never see outsiders on bikes, locals ride step thru scooters a lot. I imagine that changes in the summer.

There is good news and bad news riding here off season. The hotel rooms are a fraction of the summer price, if you can find one open, not always an easy task. You may find a taverna open, and there may be a menue with 50 items on it but they serve one or two items which is what you have for lunch. Typically boiled rooster and potatoes and boiled somebody else with potatoes. lunch and a beer runs 4-5 euros depending, it is very tasty.

the geography of creta is characterized by fault line canyons mostly running north and south which have developed into amazing gulches, some world famous, some hoping to be world famous. the consequence of the gullys is very deep steep narrow canyons which have roads going way in and way out as they traverse the country, plus a lot of elevation gain and loss. 2nd - 3rd gear mostly going down to 1st gear on particularly sharp step turns.

with semi trucks on them

since I have been taking mostly back roads I go through a lot of obscure villages. Many of them, if not most are way up on the mountain with the sea side places heavily fortified as pirates, a nice way to describe muslim pirate slavers that operated into modern times, were hard on the people along the coasts. the interesting thing about riding into the villages is you have no idea what you might run into, the roads which are likely very old suffered a coating of asphalt and little else. you feed down very narrow slots between stone buildings perhaps a thousand years old if not more frequently with on coming traffic, semis even.

Greece does not use road or route numbers, a certain organization has been I posed by the EU, the data base of my garmin gps show European route so and so, vaguely in the location of the exist road, or maybe not even close. the main problem is I am a functional illiterate in that I do not speak or read greek. In the big cities, around tourist areas they post signs in greek script and latin script. However out in the bushes where I tend to go there may be a sign but it is in greek script, and even though I have pretty good maps there seems to be little convention in naming things, or which name is listed as they have multiple names generally. wilderness travel skills come to the fore, I muddle my way through.

all in all, it has been a lot of fun. bob white
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:29 AM   #14
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In Isanbul

flew in yesterday from Thessaloniki, will fly back to creta to reunite with the bike. may have avisa problem in Greece, if so I will come back to sw turkey earlier than originally planned. currently one meter of snow in lake van area of eastern turkey. the haiga sofia is a knock out. bob white
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:58 AM   #15
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Cool2 Xania

I returned from Istanbul to Creta, and home to Kissamos. Kissamos has an 8000 year + human occupation timeline. Kissamos was visited my agamennon on his way home from trashing out Troy.

I moved from kissamos to xania a week or so ago, got a small apartment near the beach on the west side of town. My extra task is to get the BMW serviced for the next leg of the trip. I will likely behere for another month + waiting for it to thaw out further north. It has been a hard winter in the Balkans, with a prediction of a late spring. I enjoyed the time I spent in Albania on the way down here, but think I will return north along the black sea coast up thru Bulgaria and Romania. Perhaps into Ukraine and over through Poland, wars dependent. before that I would like to ride through turkey over to Georgia, perhaps to azerbaigan, also war dependent. There aree some things in south east turkey that interest me, have to see how things are going in the area.

I will say the food in Istanbul was a bit expensive, but increadable. If you go there opt for te Ottoman dishes rather than Turkish dishes if you like intense multiple spice mixtures.

It is very stormy today, the wind was literally high enough to blow oranges off the trees next door (for those that have been around citrus). Tomorrow I am going up into the mountains with some folks I met here, fortunately in a car.

At risk of offending the BMW fan boys I will say this about the flying brick. I have never owned or been on a bike that was more ready to hit the road and haul ass, truly amazing once you get moving. No chain to check, does not use oil, tires maintain pressure. Literally get on and ride. However

In town, and greek towns are pretty intense riding wise, it is heavy and a lot of work to go do casual chores on. I compare it to my 750 Honda daily. Of course this trip is predominantly hit the road and roll it so it is perfect.

My job, is to roll it and look at shit. bob white
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