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To Hell and Back Again, a Ruger’s Tale (The MI., Gathering 2014)

WARNING! this is a post from HELL!

Geez, where to start?........hmm….well….. I guess I’ll start at the beginning….
Oh, wait, I know, let’s talk about the Weather! Blasted weatherman was totally wrong! But that ended up being a good thing! It was calling for 50-80% chance of rain every day (Friday-Sunday). So, this is one reason we decided to head up on Thursday night after work instead of Friday morning.

Thursday
Ok, so it’s Thursday, the wife got out of work early. early enough that she could get a few things done that we needed to get before we left for the trip. once again, my wife ROCKS! :rockon:

By the time I got home from work, she had her bike all backed up, sitting in the driveway and she was ready to hit the road. All she needed do to was put on her gear. My bike was already backed up the night before and good to go. So, all I needed to do was change my clothes, put on my gear and hit the road. So, I get home from work and we are off.

The goal was to haul ass and try to get past “Deadman’s curve” before the “back up” starts. Well, we were doing pretty good on time, or so we thought. as we got just about a mile away from “Deadman’s curve”, the “back up” started. not to worry, good old Ruger had a “backup” plan (as I almost always do). We took a little detour through Cleveland, OH., instead of trying to go around the city. It worked like a charm. We were able to keep moving and we really didn’t loose any time either. it was a more scenic ride to boot!

After stopping in Sandusky, OH., for gas and a little break. We hit the road again. We took RT2 along the Lake shore coast into Toledo, OH., then headed up North into MI.. 30minutes into MI., we stopped at “Big Daddy’s Truck stop” for gas.
I gave Birddog a call. I got his voicemail and left him a message, letting him know we should be at the house in an hour or so.
Up to this point, we have not see a drop of rain! But as we looked up the road North, it looked pretty gray and of course, that was the way we were heading. But we only saw a few drops on our windshields just before our next stop in Dundee, MI.. we only saw rain once more and that was about a ½ mile from the house. But this was nothing more that a very light sprinkle, not even enough to wash off any of the bug guts that littered our wind shields. lol

In Dundee, MI ., we stopped by the “Christmas Store”, (for the wife). Although it was closed, it was still an interesting stop. Then we headed down the road and stopped at Cabela’s. we only had time for a photo shoot in front of the “Bears” at the entrance of the store and we were off again.

As we were cruising down RT50 (aka the green desert), the sun was setting, the sky was lit up with beautiful mix of clouds and colors. Although it was a very nice and scenic ride, that’s all that it was, “scenic”. RT50 in MI., is flat and straight for miles (hence the name “the green desert” lol ).

We cruised down RT50, until we get to the street that leads to the “road” (more like a gravel driveway than a road) that went around “Little Stony Lake”. the house we rented is at the very end of this road.

although the house that we were staying at was in the “Irish Hills” of MI., the wife and I had yet, to see even a single hill in all of MI., that we have been riding through up to this point. Then, when we got to the end of the “road”, we had to go up the gravel driveway to the house. Yup, it was on top of a hill. Lol

navigating up the twisty gravel driveway to the house, we find what we believe to be Birddog’s trailer, but not his car. we wonder if he is coming back or if in fact we were at the right house.
we park our bikes and start looking around the outside of the house. we were not sure if Birddog left the house unlock or not. after a few minutes we found an unlocked door and go inside.

after going through and checking out the whole house, we headed back to the bikes to unload. I grab the two 6-pack of Yuengling Oktoberfest out of the wife’s saddlebags and head back into the house. as I walk in through the "mud room", I notice a small refrigerator, I open it and looked inside and say "Holy Kaw"! inside I find sitting there chilling, was a not only a case of Yuengling Light, but a case of Yuengling Oktoberfest too! (I find out later), apparently, Denny couldn't make it to the Gathering and forfeited his deposit. He told Birddog to use the money for food. Obviously, Birddog used Denny’s deposit. For some reason, Birddog considers “beer” as food.:doh:
As the wife and I are getting the last of our stuff off the bikes, Birddog rolls up in his Ford Exploder. He had just run to the store to pick up some food. We greet him and we all go inside the house.

After we all get settled in, we crack some beers, sit around and talk about what is on the agenda for the weekend. Birddog lets me know what is going on with the rest of the people from MI., and since he didn’t know anyone was going to be at the house on Thursday night until the last minute, I fill in him in on who else were on their way up from Ohio.

a few beers later, Birddog hits the road and tells us he’ll be back tomorrow.
The wife and I have another beer and start texting Kanuck69 to see where he and the rest of the group were at. We got a text back saying they were in MI., on RT50, and they would be there soon.

Not much longer, we hear the roar of Rbauze’s Victory, Firetire2’s VN750 and Kanuck69’s VN900. then we see the light from the head lights coming down the road. Then it all stops. We see lights shining up the driveway, we hear the motorcycles running and we hear people talking. But it’s all at the bottom of the hill. we are wondering what is going on and what is taking them so long to come up the drive. We see a bike turn around and head back up the road. We start to wonder if the guys down at the bottom of the hill couldn't find the drive in the dark, because the road just ends and the drive is to the right and some what hidden too.
Then after a moment or two, the first bike rolls up the hill. It’s Kanuck69 and wife (6 of 9), then comes Rbauze and then Friretire2. woo hoo! They made it!

We go over to Kanuck69 and wife to greet them and the first thing out of his mouth is “I pulled a “Ruger”, at the bottom of the hill”! Meaning, he dumped his bike in the driveway. Doh! Sorry Kanuck69, but it looks like my “bad mojo” has moved on. Lol

Later, we are all settled in and having a few beers. the next thing I know, Rbauze and Kanuck69 pretend that they are in a marching band and start to play us a “tune”. Rbauze is blasting away on a French horn and Kanuck69 is blowing on a Trombone! Both are blowing and blasting as loud as they can! The rest of us can do nothing but sit there and laugh. We all laughed so hard, we were all in tears. that was just the start of the night! see what happens when you mix Buckeyes and Beer?! lol What a blast! :rockon:
 

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not going to lie that driveway scared the living $hit out of me
 

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Lol it was fun 2 up on the 750.
 

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Then it was Friday.....
While having a light breakfast we were talking about taking a ride. but none of use knew anything about were we were and we tried to call Birddog to find out where he was and when he was going to get to the house. but we got his voicemail. The only thing I knew of in MI., that was somewhat near was Hell, MI.. so, Kanuck69 whipped out his Iphone and mapped a route to Hell, MI., and we were off like a shot.

Kanuck69, took us on a nice round about way to Hell, MI.. being MI., we had to make a few detours do to the road conditions (we wanted to avoid dirt roads). I will tell you what, some of the roads here in Ohio are not the best either, but I have never rode on any road that was so full of bumps and holes, that just about made me piss my pants, literally! Some of those roads up there in MI., really do suck!

We turn one last bend in the road and there it is, Hell, MI.. boy, the wife and I haven’t been there in a few years. Yup, it still looks the same. Lol we stop at the gift shop and check out all the cool stuff that they have and take a few picks in front of the “Welcome to Hell” sign. Next we head over to the other store for some ice cream. I must say, if anyone ever goes to Hell, MI., make sure to check out the “Grave Digger”, it’s awesome!

After enjoying some delicious ice cream on the front porch of the store in Hell, we were back on the bikes and heading back to the house. but first we had to make a quick stop at the store for more food and beer. yup, us Buckeyes like to eat and drink. Lol back at the house, Birddog shows up and tells us that his phone is not working. This is why we haven’t heard from him all day.

Next we are on the back deck enjoying some beers and cigars, when Nick Fury comes walking around the bushes to the deck. He says “Hi Friends” to us all and then looks at me and says “oh, wait, I've got something for you”. I say out load “oh boy! Do I really want to know?!” lol

Nick Fury returns and hands me a zip lock baggie filled with some “Nick Fury specials” and gives me a the warning “I wouldn't shoot those out of anything shorter that a 6” barrel”. Woo hoo! Sounds like a good time to me! Lol I tell him I’ll pop them off in my "snubby" and video it (film at 11, folks).

Some time (way) later, M_Angel, his wife, and his parents (Ma and Pa Kettle, who both are way cool!) get to the house. I don’t know, for someone that had one of the shortest rides to the house, it sure took them long enough to get there! Lol

even later, last but not least, Stone Pony finally gets there. Woo hoo! Now we can get this party started! Lol although it’s really late, dark and there isn’t a lot of room left on the concrete slab, but Stone Pony still finds a spot to park.

As we are all sitting around talking, drinking, laughing and just having a good old time. Nick Fury picks up his phone and say “hello?”. He starts talking to someone and after a few minutes comes back and then hands me his phone, I say “hello?” and I hear Denny6006’s voice! then I tell everyone else it’s Denny6006. we all get excited and start to hoot!
Then I ask “why did he call Nick Fury and not Kanuck69, Firetire2 or my wife’s phone. My wife checks her phone, and sees that in fact Denny6006 did call. Well, it turns out, he called ALL of our phones and nobody was answering, so he was just working his way down the list until someone did answer. Doh! Lol that was a real hoot! Thanks Denny6006. oh and of course you too Nick Fury for the use of your phone. Gee, I really hope you guys have unlimited talk on your phones. Because we all talked to Denny6006 for a long while.
 

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yep have unlimited talk text yada yada ..... Verizon owns my soul !!!
 

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yep have unlimited talk text yada yada ..... Verizon owns my soul !!!
I have Wally World straighttalk. I always have a signal, have unlimited EVERYTHING and for $45 a month. You have to buy your phone but I have a 4.2 inch scvreen android 4.x that works as well as any verizon phone for under $200. It's like freedom. Back to you Chet.
 

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I was there, and I'm still waiting to see how it ends...:)
 

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not going to lie that driveway scared the living $hit out of me
so,....it wasn't just me, then?!

Lol it was fun 2 up on the 750.
you couldn't pay me to have that kind of fun!

yep have unlimited talk text yada yada ..... Verizon owns my soul !!!
good thing! and I bet Verizon does too! lol

I just hope Denny has unlimited talk also. :blah:

Like HELLO! Don't leave us hanging here. Need the rest of the story. So Denny called, and,,,,,,,,,,,,
well, I would tell you,......but after I got done talking to Denny, I don't remember anything. so what's that tell ya?! lol :beerchug:

I have Wally World straighttalk. I always have a signal, have unlimited EVERYTHING and for $45 a month. You have to buy your phone but I have a 4.2 inch scvreen android 4.x that works as well as any verizon phone for under $200. It's like freedom. Back to you Chet.
thanks for the commercial break. I may have to look into that, the next time I'm at Wally Word. lol

I was there, and I'm still waiting to see how it ends...:)
how do you think I feel?! not only was I there, but I'm the one writing all this and I don't even know how it all ends! :confused::doh::rolleyes:
 

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As Pink Floyd said, "HEY YOU, YES YOU, I'M STILL WAITING!" Make up some sheit. It's all good!

Birdhunter, M_Angell, help him out.:pepper: Can't type 2 huge parts of a story and leave it there.

Oh and don't forget,,,,, it's coming,,,wait for it,,,,





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As Pink Floyd said, "HEY YOU, YES YOU, I'M STILL WAITING!" Make up some sheit. It's all good!

Birdhunter, M_Angell, help him out.:pepper: Can't type 2 huge parts of a story and leave it there.

Oh and don't forget,,,,, it's coming,,,wait for it,,,,





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lol yeah, I knew that was coming! what took you so long?! lol the only problem is, I didn't take any pic's, the wife did. all the pic's are on her phone. if I can, I will get them off her phone and on here, but it's gonna take a while.
as for the next part (Sat./Sun.) stay tuned.......
 

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I'm back! lol


Then it was Saturday.

On Saturday morning, M_Angel was nice enough to make pancakes for everyone. But, I got up later than all the rest and there were no pancakes to be had for old Ruger. Doh! Lol

During my non pancake breakfast, Birddog and Stone Pony were at the table with a map out, planning the ride for the day. From what I understand the ride was supposed to go something like this…we take a nice long way around to Hell, MI. (yes, again), then a nice long ride to some really good BBQ place for lunch, then head back to the house.

Here’s how it all played out…we all saddle up and hit the road. We’re cruising along at a nice steady pace with the group being led by Stone Pony and Birddog is bringing up the rear.

We ride for a while and then randomly stop at a gas station. One of Stone Pony’s mirrors has come loose and needed to be tightened up. The rest of us use this time to use the restroom and get refreshments. Also, we took this time for a "photo shoot". we all lined up our bikes and took some pic’s (which some are posted in this tread; http://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61073 ).

Then it was time to hit the road again. As everyone was firing up their rides, I asked Stone Pony, “where’s are next stop?”, I was told “Hell”. Ok, cool, got it.
I program my GPS for Hell, MI., and we are off!... Uh, well, kind of. As everyone started to follow Stone Pony out of the parking lot, the wife and I were the last in line. The wife goes to take off and her bike stalls and it won’t start again. This is the same thing it was doing way back in May and June.
The wife and I are sitting there trying to get her bike to start again and then we hear and see the rest of the group return. A few other people try to get it running but with no luck. Then Kanuck69 jumps on it and says we can try to push start it. After a few tries at that, Kanuck69 hits the starter button and the bike fires back up! Woo hoo! Kanuck69 with the magic touch got it to start. lol Ok, so we all line up again and start to head out on our ride.

I don’t know, maybe it’s a MI., Ohio, thing but the traffic in MI., is much different than Ohio. In Ohio, if there is a group of motorcycles all lined up and coming out of a parking lot into the road, traffic stops and lets all of the bike keep together. Well, not in MI., traffic doesn't stop! They just keep going and don’t care if you are all riding together or not. They treat you like just another car that wants to just cut in front of them.
with that being said, our group got divided into many parts. this is not good if one does not know the roads/area one is in. as we rode down the road we tried many times to get our group back together with very little success.

Due to traffic I got caught at a traffic light and the rest of the group kept going down the road. By the time the light turned green, the group was many miles down the road ahead of me. Once I the light was green and I got away from all the traffic, I gave my Iron Pony a good swift twist of the throttle. Now I’m blasting up the road trying to catch up with the group. Then I see them. They are on the side of the road. I figure they pulled over in order for me to catch up with them and a as they see me coming up the road the will start getting back on the road and we can all regroup again. But as I fly by them, I notice Stone Pony is standing next to someone else on their bike talking to them. Great, now, I’m in front of the group and the rest of them are sitting on the side of the road!

I figure well, since we were riding to Hell, I’ll just follow which way my GPS was telling me to go and they will catch up to me. The GPS tells me to take the next left. so I get into the left lane, which was a turning lane only with a traffic light and the light is red. as I sat at the light waiting for it to change, I see the rest of the group coming up the road, they’re all in the far right lane that goes straight. I sit at the light and watch as the group is now riding past me. I think about trying it get back over into the straight lane, but no way, that is a no go with the wonderful MI., traffic. so, I'm stuck making the left hand turn. The only thing I could do was to talk to the wife on our communicators. I told her I would meet up with them at the next stop, Hell MI..

This is where things get really fun! as I make the left I try to take the first right to get back to the road the I just turned off of. I ended up in some huge parking lot that I was unable to make a quick turn around in and get back to the group. by the time I got back to anywhere near the road that the group went straight on, they were miles away. so I decided just to follow my GPS and just meet up with them in Hell.

twenty minutes later, I'm in Hell. I pull into the parking lot of the "Dam Site Inn", that's the name of the bar in Hell. I back my bike up into a spot right next to a couple of other bikes with two guys standing next to the bikes. one of the two guys standing next to the bikes, says to me "you're from Ohio?". I take off my helmet and say "yup". he was amazed that I rode all the way from Cleveland, Ohio. he then asks me if I've ever been to Hocking Hills? I think to myself, Dude, you did not just ask me that! lol oh boy. he has no idea who he just asked about the "HILLS", as I hear in my head the crack of the can of whoop-ass being opened! lol

I sit the boy down and school him a little on the Hills. I even gave him and his buddy some business cards for the "Hocking Hills Motorcycle Ranch". If you ride and are in the “Hills”, you’ve got to stop by the HHMR! Even if it’s just to meet “M”, she the greatest!

all the while, as I was talking to my new MI., friends, I was trying to call and text the wife to tell her I was in Hell and I'm was waiting for the rest of them at the bar. I knew I took a faster route than they were taking. I figured that they were taking the "scenic" route. boy, was I wrong! doh!

More than half an hour later, the group rolls into Hell. then everyone but my wife and Stone Pony head into the bar. Stone Pony walks over to me and my wife and starts apologizing up, down, sideways, inside and out. saying something about being called into work in the middle of the ride and had to run home to take care of some work business. I told Stone Pony "no worries, it all worked out in the end".

I then turn to my wife and ask “what took them so long”? she tells me that they ended up at some fair or festival of some sort. she had to tell them that I was in Hell and I was waiting for them there. so, they headed back to Hell to meet back up with me.

Then she tells me that BJ31702’s wife (The Master) called her and told her that they were in MI., now and just about an hour away from the house. we went into the bar and told rest of the group, that were now sitting at a table ready to order food, that we decided to skip lunch and head back to the house to meet up with BJ31702 and his wife.

we hit the road and are heading back to the house. then the wife gets on the intercom and tells me she needs gas, like right now! She just switched to the reserve. I tell her, we will stop at the next gas station we see. Just up ahead of the road, we see some cars stopped. In front of them is a police car in the middle of the road with a cop standing in front of the car directing traffic. Two blocks down the road beyond the cop we can see a gas station. But there is a big semi truck trying to turn off some side road that was come from the other direction via the detour that we now have to make our way through also.

After a few minutes of sitting at idle in the middle of the road, we start to navigate the detour. Now the wife is getting worried that she is going to run out of gas before we can make it to the gas station. we are just about all the way through the detour and about two streets away from the gas station. But first we need to get through one last traffic light and there is a line of cars in front of us. Well, the light is only letting two cars at most through at a time and it would stay red for like 5 minutes at a time!

Getting to the gas station in just a nick of time, we then find out why there is some much traffic and what is up with detour. There is going to be a parade. We look at the main road that we need to go down and all we see is bumper to bumper traffic. I tell the wife, there is no way in Hell, I’m getting into that line of cars. So we have to take our own little detour around the center of that town.

After the detour, we then we got back on the road we need to be on. All is good for a few more miles down the road until, once again we see a some cop cars in the middle of an intersection up ahead of us. Once we get there, we are redirected left or right. Blast! We need to go straight, but that’s not an option.

Of course the roads to the left and right are both dirt roads! This is not good. I get on the com and tell the wife to take the road to the right. I figure it should take us to a paved road at the next intersection and we can then get off this damn dirt road.
A few fun filled miles later, we reach an intersection. But once we reach the intersection it’s a 4-way of all dirt roads! I check the GPS and it tells me to take the road to the left. so we do. miles later that road ends and once again we have two choices, left or right, either way it’s another dirt road! Blast! Are you kidding me?! What the Hell is up with this damn state and all its damn dirt roads?! Well, this road is the one that finally brings us back to pavement.

The wife gets a call on her communicator. it’s “The Master” (BJ31702’s wife), she tells the wife that they are now at the house, sitting on the back deck, enjoying a cold one. Man, I wish I was there right now. Lol the wife tells “The Master”, that we are about 30 minutes away and that we should be there soon.

Give or take 30 minutes, we climb the hill to the house and see BJ31702’s Ford Exploder. We get off the bikes and greet our Buckeye buddies. They decide that they want check out this cool motorcycle store down the road that Birddog told everyone about. So we all jump in the Exploder and head down to the shop. “The Master” was looking for some chaps but didn’t find what she wanted, so we headed back to the house.

When we arrived, we see that the rest of the group is back from the ride. we go into the house and everyone is sitting around drinking beers and BS-ing. Then there is talk about going to the range. I say there is a range about 15 miles/20 minutes just Northeast of here. There is some back and forth about going or not and just as I crack open a nice ice cold bottle of Oktoberfest, it’s decided that we are in fact going to hit the range. Doh!

So I give my beer to the wife and we (BJ31702, The Master, Nick Fury and I) grab our range gear and all jump into the Exploder...... a shooting we will go, a shooting we will go....
The ride should have taken us only about 20 minutes or so, it took us more like 45 minutes! The damn GPS kept changing the mileage. It would say turn left and your destination is in 1.5miles. we’d turn left and go 1.5 miles and then the damn GPS would tell us to turn right and our destination would be in 2.3 miles. This went on for a while. But we did finally find the range. Only to find out that the range closed at 4:00pm and it was some time around 4:30ish when we got there. To say the least, we were all bummed that the range was closed. The Master was really upset. She was looking forward to some “snubby time”, she just loves my snubby. lol
since the there was to be no range time, we headed back to the house. once there, we cracked some beers and stared to get food ready for dinner.

Rbauze goes to fire up the grill and finds out that the gas grill is not in the best of working order. Hell, he could barely get a flame out of any of the burners! but not to worry, with Frietire2, and Kanuck69, in the house (these guys can fix anything!), they got that old piece of crap grill to work and Rbauze cooked us all some awesome chicken and burgers.
As we were enjoying our food out on the back deck, The Master turned Nick Fury on to some "Traveler Jacko Shandy", which Nick Fury just loved. He liked it so much, he had to take a pic of it (which he posted here;:http://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61073). lol

The rest of the night is now history. But I will say this, it was some crazy history and believe it or not, Birddog, the “Buckeye Bunch” were actually being very “tame” the both nights you were there. If you think not, you should see us in the “Hills”, of Ohio! Lol

To be continued……
 

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Don't feel bad man...I didn't get any pancakes either. I did have some good eggs and taters though.
 

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Loving the write up. Please do continue:beerchug:
hell, I didn't even think anyone was even reading any of this stuff :blah:........and now you want more?!
 

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I like to read detailed adventures of others.:rockon: I have been invited on a lot of overnight rides this year (and planned a few) but we have been more than blessed with work so the only one I got to do is the Tenn 'rain ride' with Old Dog and Denny.

Oh, and as far as anyone reading this stuff, 243 views as of me typing this. I ain't alone in the reading class:<)
 

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Don't feel bad man...I didn't get any pancakes either. I did have some good eggs and taters though.
But you could have. I heard the batter wasnt gone! Ltms
 

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But I will say this, it was some crazy history and believe it or not, Birddog, the “Buckeye Bunch” were actually being very “tame” the both nights you were there. If you think not, you should see us in the “Hills”, of Ohio! Lol

Of that I have no doubt. Was just worried about the care takers. I may just have to find out at the hills. Been jonesen to go there...
 

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hell, I didn't even think anyone was even reading any of this stuff :blah:........and now you want more?!

Are you B-S ing me....I am on my second bag of popcorn !
:rockon:

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But you could have. I heard the batter wasnt gone! Ltms
Lol yeah I could have made more but then there would have been lots of surplus pancakes. I doubt Ruger and I could polish off a whole new batch. Plus...you know I was getting too hungry to cook.
 
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