Friday, August 18, 2017

TMISC Meltdown "The Greatest Show on Earth"

   Another Three Mile Island scooter Club rally in the books. Were you there? You should have been! If not, check out what you missed or if you were, relive some good memories. The clowns at TMISC have a reputation for putting on one of the best camping rallies on the East coast. This year the 2017 rally them was  "The Greatest Meltdown on Earth". The clowns were out in abundance thanks to a Circus theme.        

The registration table was open and ready to receive quests.

Friday night food was provided by Thatz'a Pizza. They kept up well with a hungry crowd providing subs, pizza, and all the side orders for us.

Friday started well with warm weather and sunny skies, but it wasn't to stay that way. The weather started to look gray and came in with a roar. The meet and great was still a success; as we had plenty of tents to be under in order to stay dry(ish). The Friday night movie was a rainout ( postponed till Saturday), but there was room to socialize and stay dry.
The water kept coming down till the tent area was a small river, So, we sat on tables and used the benches to keep our feet dry. It worked well.
   Saturday Morning started off just a tad nicer than the night before. The truck from Bountiful Feast was there bright and early; serving up a good breakfast, sandwiches, and tasty breakfast favorites.

Folks got up and spread out their gear to dry as they prepared for a good (hopefully dry) day.  The Long Ride pulled out at around 9:30 led by Paul Bolock. The lunch stop was pizza form Ciao-Bella delivered to a prearranged picnic spot by the lovely Ellen.  There was plenty for everyone.

They had a relatively uneventful ride over the hills on the way towards Gettysburg and Mr. Eds Elephant Museum

Meanwhile, the vintage ride and the slow riders were out having their own enjoyable jaunts around central PA.  After the riders all returned to the Meltdown campsite, they had only a short time to prepare for the Gymkhana and Field events.

     There was some speculation that the boggy field might force the fun to be cancelled, but the coordinators persevered (a BIG thanks to Tim) and it led to a slippery, muddy bit of entertainment for the daring riders who participated.

There were no major catastrophes, and a little additional water only added to the fun.

Following the Gymkhana, was the eagerly anticipated BBQ food with all the fixings prepared on site by Fred's Campground. The food had all the hungry riders ready to eat.....or confused. We are never quite sure with these two.                      

Of course, don't forget one of the Greatest things to appear at the meltdown. The Miller Brothers ice cream truck.

You KNOW Denny wasn't going to miss that.

After we all got to gather around for the raffle there were many great items to hope for.

 Trophies were handed out as an intermission, and Carlisle Cycle and Scooter was proud to bring home two more to add to our collection.  Bill won the Gymkhana while Cody took home the Atomic Balloon Toss.  The trophies themselves were handcrafted by JL to follow the circus theme. He did a Great job on these; quite happy to have one to display at the shop!

Then the scheduled entertainment for Saturday night arrived and we were impressed by a skilled juggler. Sophia R. from About Faces Entertainment juggled balls, knives, clubs, torches AND attempted to ride her unicycle in the boggy grass area. She was very talented, personable, and a good sport too.


Then as the activities wound down, there was music and a chance to hang out.  The  movie that had been rained out on Friday night was run on Saturday instead.          

 Free Beer made the evening complete.  Even though the river continued to rise, with FREE BEER, who can complain, right?

By Sunday morning, the river had overflowed its banks, and most of us were looking forward to drying out.

   There was a final ride out to the Old Sled Works which is an interesting Antique mall in Duncannon, PA.

Overall, although Mother Nature tried to put a damper on our favorite rally of the season, she failed (well maybe she put a DAMP...) We had a great time with old friends and new. It was time to ride home, but at least some of the trailer crowd has figured out how to ride home WITH the trailer.

How's that for the coolest way to get your scooter home from the rally?

Link to the TMISC event page for more pics and info.

Remember to frequent all the TMISC Meltown  sponsors. They contribute their time, money and prizes so the club can have a great event. Make sure you go see them when you need the products and services they offer!

Specials thanks to Kevin Jiannotti and Denny Magdule  for the use of their pics.

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