Steve and Dee’s Ride – May 2013

Cruisers,

Steve and Dee’s ride for May will be May 19, 2013.  We’ll be doing a short pre-ride through the country before getting to the Blessing of the Bikes in Dayton between 10 and 11.  This should give us plenty of time to enjoy the food and music before the actual blessing at 1pm.  It’s a good time, even if you’re not particularly “faithful” :).   The ride will be starting from Cracker Barrel in Middletown on State Route 122.   Kickstands up about 9 am.  Dee and I will be getting there about 8am for some breakfast if anyone would like to join us.

The end of the ride is the Blessing so riders may feel free to depart the event at their leisure.  Hope to see you there!

If you’re interested, check out the report and pictures from the 2012 Blessing of the Bikes

Here’s this year’s flier for the event:

Ride to Rabbit Hash – Report

Cruisers,

If you missed the ride to Rabbit Hash, you missed a good time!   Several riders met Rod at the starting point in Germantown and several more joined in near Ross.  Later, John and his wife from 088 met up with us in Rabbit Hash proper.  By the time it was done we had riders from three chapters!  We visited Rabbit Hash and Jane’s Saddlebag before crossing the river at Markland dam and making our way back through Rising Sun, Aurora and Lawrenceburg.  Last stop was Flubs for some ice cream in Hamilton.

While we were in Rabbit Hash, a couple of us looked for and found a geocache called “Lost Keys in Rabbit Hash”.  Here’s Steve’s log of the find.

Check out the pictures:

Rabbit Hash Ride – April 14, 2013

Cruisers,

State Officer Rod Armstrong will be leading a ride for 044 and any other interested chapters to Rabbit Hash, KY.   The ride will be starting at the Shell station on SR725 west of Germantown and next to Captain 9’s.  Kickstands up 10am.  RSVPs appreciated so we’ll know who to expect.

If you’ve never been to Rabbit Hash, check out pictures from the last time we were there.

Here’s a map to Captain 9’s and Shell if needed.   And.. if you’re so inclined, a map of Rabbit Hash.

Lastly, if you’re a geek like me, you can download the ICS file to import into your calendar

Steve

Ride to Waldo – April 6, 2013

Cruisers,

If you missed it, you missed a great ride.   Riders from 044 met up with riders from 179 in Mechanicsburg and finished the ride together into Waldo Ohio for some fried bologna sandwiches at the awesome G&R Tavern.  We totaled 7 bikes and 9 riders.   There’s some images from the ride below.  You can also find some on 179’s Facebook page.

Short Notice Ride – Waldo OH, Fried Bologna!

Good Evening Cruisers,

The weather is supposed to be awesome on Saturday and Dee and I are in the mood for some fried bologna sandwiches from G&R Tavern up in Waldo.  As such, weather permitting (because we all know it can change) I’m going to be riding up there on Saturday and leading a ride if anyone wants to go along.

I plan to leave from “somewhere” about 10AM, enjoy a leisurely ride up there and have lunch.  Ride back will be leisurely too, but maybe a bit more direct depending on how long we spend at G&R.

I will be leaving from home in Hamilton, but we can set up a “start” point based on who else wants to go along, so if you’re interested in going, please let me know and we’ll plan a convenient meeting point to start.

If bologna isn’t your thing, the menu is here:  http://www.gandrtavern.com/Menu—Sandwiches.html   The various pies for dessert are to die for.

Steve

Update: 20130405-1800

Not much response on this ride so far.   At this point, the plan is that I’m rolling out from Hamilton about 9:30.    I’ll be cruising through Red Lion, Waynesville, Xenia and Mechanicsburg.   We’ll be meeting up with at least one from 179 in Mechanicsburg before heading on to Waldo for those fried bologna sandwiches.    Everyone is welcome to join.  If you want to go along, let me know where you want to join up with us.

Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Escort Ride

Cruisers,

Coming up this Sunday March 24, 2013, members of the Patriot Guard and other motorcyclists will be escorting the Vietnam Traveling Wall from Harrison to Columbus in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Commemoration being held in Columbus.   This is a major event which includes among others, the Governor of Ohio and the Director of Ohio Veterans Services.  The State Highway Patrol will be escorting the ride all the way to Columbus.

Staging is at the ODOT Weight Station on I-74 Eastbound near Harrison at 1000.  Kickstands up at 1100.   There will be a fuel stop at I-71 and US35 in Jeffersonville.  Kickstands up from there at 1300.

I know that members from Greenville’s Chapter 179 will be riding along.  I will also be making this ride.    If any of you are interested in joining us, you are welcome to meet us at the Harrison staging area, or, if you prefer, let me know and we’ll coordinate a meetup between us and 179.   I’m told they’ll be coming down US127 and taking SR128 out towards Whitewater to make the staging area, so we can join up with them somewhere along that route.

Here is a link to the PGR Forum post.

Steve

2012 Blessing of the Bikes

Four riders on three bikes met at the Frisch’s on SR122 in Middletown this past Sunday for a quick breakfast before heading off on a 50 mile pre-ride prior to the 2012 Blessing of the Bikes at UD Arena.  One of the riders reports: “I’m beat and burnt, but a great ride and big fun”.    If you missed it, you missed a good time.   The pre-ride took riders through a diverse combination of long straight “on the throttle” country roads interspersed with some tight twists and turns.   Along the way we passed numerous beautiful scenic spots, at least one covered bridge and several historic locations, not to mention a quick break to stretch our legs at a scenic and unusual iron bridge.  Check out the pictures:

Fall Covered Bridge Ride 2011 – October 16

Good Morning Cruisers,

The fall colors are out and I will be leading a ride to Preble County’s covered bridges this Sunday.    We’ll be meeting at the Frisch’s on State Route 73 just west of I-75.    Here’s a google maps link: http://g.co/maps/9e8j2

Kickstands up at 10:00 am.   Please be a few minutes early for a ride briefing.   I’ll probably be there earlier still for some breakfast.

RSVP’s are appreciated.

Please note, this is a bit of a “photographer’s special” ride.   We will be visiting all of the covered bridges in Preble County and and at least one in Montgomery County.    Plan to bring a sack lunch.   We will be stopping at two or more of the bridges for a break and photography.   This will depend some on the number of riders.  Parking is limited near some of the bridges.   If you don’t want to pack something from home, there is a Subway a little west of our starting point.  A sandwich with condiments on the side travels well in the saddlebags.    I estimate about a 120 mile run.  Not sure what time we’ll be back.  Depends on how long we spend at stops.

The route we’re taking doesn’t have much in the way of fuel or convenience.  Lots of country roads!  Please be sure you’re fueled and ready.  I’ll be pre-riding the route again this week, so if there are any updates on route or length, I’ll let everyone know.

Steve

PS, here’s one of the bridges we’ll be visiting:

Project 911 – Indianapolis – April 9, 2011

The weather was a mix of pretty much everything over the course of this event.   On April 9, 2011, members from Chapter 044 had the honor of joining many other chapters and tens of thousands of other riders in the honor guard escort of two steel beams from the World Trade Center Twin Towers as they traveled to Indianapolis, IN to become part of the 9-11 memorial being constructed there.  Members met up with a number of Ohio and Indiana Chapters in Liberty, IN to travel as a group to the staging location in Richmond.  While in Richmond, the rain began, but it didn’t seem to dampen spirits any.  In Richmond, we welcomed the arrival of the beams and attended a ceremony there.   After that, it was kickstands up as the massive group of bikes escorted the beams to Indy.  Bikes stretched for miles down the expressway.  Some reports have tallied the count at 16,000.  Others have reported that bikes passed by for an hour and a half.  It was awe inspiring.    Once in Indy, we participated in another ceremony before heading back.  Check out our pictures below, and be sure to visit the chapter’s facebook page as well.  There we’ve linked videos and other images from the event.

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Members of SCRC Chapter 44 meet up with other Ohio and Indiana Chapters to ride into Richmond as a group for staging of the Project 911 Ride

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Members of SCRC Chapter 44, along with tens of thousands of other riders staged in Richmond, IN waiting on the arrival of the beams from the Twin Towers. After the welcome ceremony, the riders escorted the procession to Indianapolis

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Members of SCRC Chapter 44, along with tens of thousands of other riders escorted the beams from the Twin Towers to Indianapolis where they will become part of the Project 911 Indianapolis memorial, expected to be dedicated September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

2010-3: Rabbit Hash, KY – June 27, 2010

Cruisers, the next scheduled ride for the Miami Valley Chapter will be to Rabbit Hash, KY on Sunday June 27, 2010.  Join us for a scenic ride to bike friendly Rabbit Hash and a brown bag lunch at nearby Bone Lick State Park.  Chapter 044 members and guests wishing to ride should plan to be at the Thorntons on SR127 near New Miami, gassed and ready to ride by 10:15 am.  We will be meeting up with riders from Chapter 179 and riding with them.  We’ll also be meeting up with riders from Chapter 309 in Rabbit Hash for lunch.  Please let the First or Second Officer know you will be joining us so we can be watching for you.

A map to the starting location can be found here! Hope to see you there!