Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Fairfield, Virginia, USA
Model: GL1200A Bike & GL1500SE/GTL Trike
I've been riding since about 1972, started on a '70 Norton 750. Then came a Trident, life, jobs, school, basic, career, marriage ..... no kids yet .... then in 1995 "Wife Unit" accepted a ride on back of a buddies tourer as we were out on a ride .... she liked that better than the back of our '74 Trident (I know, makes no sense to me neither) so I started looking and August 1995 found a '85 GL1200A that had been owned and garaged and ridden through two POs, both of whom were agents in my Dept and one of whom who had trooped his early days with my riding buddy. Like extended family. We bought it based on a phone call, pulled a trailer across state to pick up.
Then .... we started looking for more further longer ride opportunities and I soon learned about GWRRA and "Wing World", I had no PC. I joined for the magazine in Dec 1995. Through and into early 1997 I either rode just us two or with my buddy, he was also my work supervisor. May 1997 saw this bunch of GLs at Staunton Mall, then it was open walkways. It was a "Mall Show". New Chapter VA-R meet and greet. Soon I started getting hand written newsletters with invites to meetings each month so then .... we started attending .... then we started going on rides ..... and my HD riding buddy and his wife joined us on these chapter rides ..... THIS WAS FUN.
2001 I got a call about being CE .... took that on until 2006, became ACD, then a couple short months later, CD through 2011, since then I've dropped back some, did the MEC deal, am WM and RC now, ..... and through it all met and made "from-then-on" life long friends, some of whom we have lost sad to say due to illness, but not forgotten while others we've seen just stop coming as their life took them down a different path for whatever reason, but all of them have been a lot of FUN.
It's a good hour's ride / drive to any chapter meeting, staff meeting, most dinners, and many ride start points .... I've burnt a lot of gas just getting there ..... but that's OK. This weekend Saturday was our Christmas Party .... and then Sunday, our regular meeting (yeah, might could have spread those two out a week apart).
Anyway, joined it for the magazine back in the day, now I hardly spend more than an hour a month on the magazine. But I recall the rides, the meals, the parties, the picnics, the jokes, the learning, the evenings spent on a patio with friends in the cool night air with a fire pit for heat knowing that there was a dark & very cool 1-1/2 hour ride home and work the next AM at zero dark thirty .... Yeah ..... I've more than gotten my dues worth out of my GWRRA membership dues.
Just today I got my "Life Membership" cards and patches for "Wife Unit" and my vests .... 20 years.
'97 GL-1500 SE / Lehman GTL Trike
...( Candy Spectra Red )
'85 GL-1200 Aspencade
...( Vintage Red )
NRA, VSPA, & GWRRA Life Member
"Make Courtesy Your Code of the Road!"
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