Monday, July 25, 2016

Big Trouble in little Baltimore.

When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?"

"Yessir, the check is in the mail."

     That is how it all started. An idea, and then a decision to pull together a Baltimore rally. It was a good decision.
    Friday night's meet and great was held at Waverly Brewing Company which offered some great beers (I had an old bay) ,and some fantastic scooter only parking under 83. 
   There were good tunes, fun games, and some great hugs from friends I haven't seen in a while.

       Friday night everyone headed home to cool off and get prep'd for some Balmor hospitality the next day. The city has so much to show and share, and our hosts knew the way around.There was a city short ride for those who wanted to stay local, Hon.

And for those wanting a cooler venue, and some more distance; there was a long ride into the county.

    Once the rides were done, it was time for food, a live band, and some rally games. The location for Saturday night's meet was pretty cool.We met up at Housewerks, a vintage gas pump house from the 1800's that now specializes in antique and vintage artifact sales.

      There was just a spot of rain (15 minutes), but that always brings everyone together under shelter. There was a Chinese buffet with all you could eat. The cold beer and cold water were much appreciated by all. They were both kept cold all night !!!

       Once the rain cleared off it was time for music with The GTVs from Philly. They played some good music in that heat! 
   It was also time to squeeze in some rally games with a slow ride in the dark.

 If I had seen the trophies first, I may not have bowed out of the slow race :). I thought the trophies were awesome!
   There were a few  TMISC riders in attendance, but the showing was a bit slim for a rally so close to home. We will do better next year.
     The big thrill of the evening was an appearance by Lo Pan himself.
There were raffle prizes, a few good laughs and a cool evening for the ride back.

The rally was summed up well well in this video by one of the hosts:

    We headed home Saturday night the long way. Who knew it took 78 miles to get to Westminster from Baltimore? The roads were great, the air was cool, and a few good riders enjoyed the backroads all the way home. Like Jack Burton always says, "It's all in the reflexes".
     A GREAT rally, many hugs, good food, good rides and a fantastic time.If the heat gets turned down 10 degrees next year it would be great, but everyone enjoyed the weekend. Thanks Bmore for a great rally.

A special thank you to Kevin Jiannotti for some additional pics!

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