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Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:05 pm quote
CubsKing99 wrote:
Very nice pics, Dave. I think I may have to take that pic of me riding the duck to use as a profile pic on Facetube or something...
I love that picture!
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Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:45 am quote
I returned home, put out some work fires, and can now think about looking at the many photos I took while riding.

They are roughly in chronological order and begin with getting the Grom ready to ride from Chicago to Madison. It is a tiny machine that, once I got used to it's twitchy ride, was fun.

Then as we progressed through the rides, including Dave's famous gravel roads, bulls running and a passing horse and buggy.

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Early morning ride out of Chicago.

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Grom Shadow

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Dave caught us on the way to Richland Center.

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The number one reason for me coming was to see Sam. But I would probably attend anyway as it is such a nice bunch.

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Running of the Bulls.

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Horse and buggies were on the roads.

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Gravel roads were all smooth this year.

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Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:22 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
I returned home, put out some work fires, and can now think about looking at the many photos I took while riding.

They are roughly in chronological order and begin with getting the Grom ready to ride from Chicago to Madison. It is a tiny machine that, once I got used to it's twitchy ride, was fun.

Then as we progressed through the rides, including Dave's famous gravel roads, bulls running and a passing horse and buggy.
Nice pictures, Bill. I believe that should read infamous gravel roads. Calling them smooth was a bit optimistic.

Believe me, catching up with you guys was no easy task.

You got a better picture of the Amish girl than I did. Only after looking at my picture did I realize she was hauling milk in cans...the last time my dad did that was probably when I was three. In my picture I caught her looking over her shoulder at us after we'd passed.

Wonderful having you and Sam ride with us again.
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Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:42 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
Wonderful having you and Sam ride with us again.
We both had a very nice time.

As long as you have these, and Sam is in Chicago, we will try to come.

It makes for a great father/son time together.
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Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:31 am quote
Day two
We had a rather optimistic route for the day, roughly 140 miles. Unfortunately, found more gravel, unintended, especially SIX miles of it. The longest route was about as wide as a gravel driveway. Halfway through my GPS routefinder was telling me I was off course.

We crossed over the Wisconsin river, rode the above-mentioned gravel, and came out in Boscobel, a small old river town. Don't think I ever knew that it was where the Gideon bible originated. I'd originally intended it to be a coffee stop, but we wound up splitting up with some hitting a funky diner and others a bar.

Back on the road, crossed the river again, and would our way over to Prairie du Chien on the Mississippi. About a half mile from our lunch stop, wmak's scooter went belly up by the engine abruptly dying and wouldn't restart. Not the worst spot (again), and thanks to luckyscroller tailing us, we had a backup. It was pretty warm, and most of the group thought the 30 minute wait was best in air condition, while wmak thought heading across the river to Iowa was the better use of time. As his scooter was dead on the back of the truck, he borrowed MadisonSully's scooter from Bill. Oakwood Joe and I joined him. Crossed the channel bridge and main bridge, and I thought he'd put a foot down and turn around. I saw a road sign saying the old scenic river town of McGregor was a mile away and thought "I hope he thinks about it." He turned in that direction, we had a nice ride along the train tracks next to the river and down Main St. Still wondering when the turnaround would be, he pointed to a sign for Pikes Peak State Park, 3 miles south. The heat wasn't as bad as thinking we were going to miss lunch. Wove our way up the bluff on a curvy road, got to the park....where he turned around. Stopped for photos on the way back (can anyone resist a pink elephant? ).Pulled into the parking lot just as they were sitting down.

Some of the riders had pulled out in Boscobel (IIRC), and we lost a couple more....not surprising as we had two 83 year olds, and Bill and Sam were off to Wildcat Mountain alone. Headed up the ridge, stopped at one of the many cheese factories along the way (this one specializing in goat cheese), then the Apple festival where you could chose among THREE fried cheese curd vendors and buy raffle tickets for a gun, but had to look a bit for apple products. Rolled out of town, stopped for some apple p.i.e, and back to the hotel. Good day, except for the gravel. And Warren's dead scooter.

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Ready to ride

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Sam and Bill. The Dynamic Duo.

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Erm, where did THAT gravel come from?

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Boscobel. Russ Bees brought the bugle!

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Home of the Gideon Bible. Cool interior, from what I could see through the window anyway.

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Mark was obviously moved....

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Great cinnamon rolls. Thanks for the sample Bill!

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Not the most scooter-friendly town, it seems.

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Crossing the Wisconsin-again.

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Warren's scooter threw up a bit....

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wmak's off for Iowa.

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McGregor

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Wisconsin's off to the right....

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If you can't take a good picture of the bridge, take one with the pink elephant.

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Lunch. Finally.

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Cheese stop. We got ours!

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Never know what you'll find along the road....

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Dinnah!

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Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:41 am quote
Sunday
The past two years I've worked on Sunday routes, and everyone had had enough riding and took off on me (to be fair, the Minneapolis people had over 200 miles to ride home yet). This year the crowd thinned out as expected, but Oakwood Joe, CubsKing and gitder decided to ride...at least part of the way. Nice morning weather, roads still mostly shady in the hills. Stopped at Elephant Trunk rock along the road. Nice stop. Gitder and CubsKing pulled off to head home, leaving just me and Joe to return to the hotel. At least I had a tail-gunner.

People are already asking about next year.....so let's see.

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Round barn!

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Frank Lloyd Wright-designed warehouse in Richland Center.

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Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:45 am quote
Re: Day two
fledermaus wrote:
while wmak thought heading across the river to Iowa was the better use of time. As his scooter was dead on the back of the truck, he borrowed MadisonSully's scooter from Bill. Oakwood Joe * and CubsKing * and I joined him.

Some of the riders had pulled out in Boscobel (IIRC), and we lost a couple more....not surprising as we had two 83 year olds, and Bill and Sam * and CubsKing * were off to Wildcat Mountain alone.
What am I, chopped liver?
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Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:42 am quote
Re: Day two
CubsKing99 wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
while wmak thought heading across the river to Iowa was the better use of time. As his scooter was dead on the back of the truck, he borrowed MadisonSully's scooter from Bill. Oakwood Joe * and CubsKing * and I joined him.

Some of the riders had pulled out in Boscobel (IIRC), and we lost a couple more....not surprising as we had two 83 year olds, and Bill and Sam * and CubsKing * were off to Wildcat Mountain alone.
What am I, chopped liver?
Oops.

C'mon, gimme a break. Keeping track of all you guys is like herding cats.
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Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:17 pm quote
Re: Day two
CubsKing99 wrote:
What am I, chopped liver?
Proof that you came with us.

That was a fun ride.

Bill

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Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:20 pm quote
Photos Wisconscoot 2017
Sorry it took so long to get these photos posted. Great ride
thanks all.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm4Xfcya

Bob Copeland
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Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:02 pm quote
Re: Photos Wisconscoot 2017
Bob Copeland wrote:
Sorry it took so long to get these photos posted. Great ride
thanks all.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm4Xfcya

Bob Copeland
Minnesota
Good pics. We actually look like we're having a good time!
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Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:47 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
oakwoodjoe wrote:
luckyscroller788 wrote:
All rides will start from the hotel. The maps are sort of in pieces as Google doesn't like extended tweaking. Saturday's ride will have a shorter option for those who don't want to ride all the way to Prairie du Chien.
I just discovered Ride with GPS (https://ridewithgps.com/). I find it works much better than Google or anything else I've tried for planning routes. I find I don't need to break rides down into segments. I installed bluetooth speakers in my helmet and can get audible turn-by-turn directions this way.
Thanks for the tip...I'll give it a look.
Before trying to use Ride with GPS I tried Rever, which is for motorcycles. I was frustrated because it didn't offer turn-by-turn directions but I just received a notice that that feature has just been added. So anyone interested in a route planning app might want to check it our here: <https>.
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Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:06 pm quote
WLeuthold wrote:
I returned home, put out some work fires, and can now think about looking at the many photos I took while riding.

They are roughly in chronological order and begin with getting the Grom ready to ride from Chicago to Madison. It is a tiny machine that, once I got used to it's twitchy ride, was fun.

Then as we progressed through the rides, including Dave's famous gravel roads, bulls running and a passing horse and buggy.
Great photos Bill!
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Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:58 pm quote
oakwoodjoe wrote:
Before trying to use Ride with GPS I tried Rever, which is for motorcycles. I was frustrated because it didn't offer turn-by-turn directions but I just received a notice that that feature has just been added. So anyone interested in a route planning app might want to check it our here: <https>.
Opps! Address for Rever is missing. It should be https://rever.co/
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:07 am quote
Fuel pump
Hey, just got back from Cincy. Seth (Ohio's best Vespa tech) tells me that the recall covers parts and labor. Hope to have the GTS back on the road next week. I will get some video up, just haven't taken the time yet. Great photos Bill!
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:27 am quote
Re: Fuel pump
wmak wrote:
Hey, just got back from Cincy. Seth (Ohio's best Vespa tech) tells me that the recall covers parts and labor. Hope to have the GTS back on the road next week. I will get some video up, just haven't taken the time yet. Great photos Bill!
Great news! I was wondering what happened to your scoot. I'm also excited to see your video when it's ready!
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:34 am quote
Re: Fuel pump
wmak wrote:
Hey, just got back from Cincy. Seth (Ohio's best Vespa tech) tells me that the recall covers parts and labor. Hope to have the GTS back on the road next week. I will get some video up, just haven't taken the time yet. Great photos Bill!
That's good news, except that it's taken too long!
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Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:15 am quote
Re: Fuel pump
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
wmak wrote:
Hey, just got back from Cincy. Seth (Ohio's best Vespa tech) tells me that the recall covers parts and labor. Hope to have the GTS back on the road next week. I will get some video up, just haven't taken the time yet. Great photos Bill!
That's good news, except that it's taken too long!
Yeah...but it's worth the good news. Hate to have to have to lose all those stickers.
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Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:37 pm quote
Ruh-roh
Well, I went to pick up the GTS today, went on a test ride, and as soon as I got back to the shop, the engine died. We couldn't get it started again, so Seth is going back to the drawing board, so to speak. We hope it's just a matter of getting the fuel mapping software squared away, having eliminated all the other problems. I'll keep y'all updated.
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Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:41 am quote
Thanks for the Memories
Our Ride Leader Dave Langholff and his Tail-Gunner Rob Sullivan made this Rally a great adventure.

Bob Copeland
Minnesota

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Dave on left, Rob on the Right with Nora Sullivan

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Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:23 am quote
Re: Thanks for the Memories
Bob Copeland wrote:
Our Ride Leader Dave Langholff and his Tail-Gunner Rob Sullivan made this Rally a great adventure.

Bob Copeland
Minnesota
Thumbs Up for these guys (Nora too)

Dave for organizing the rally and Robert (Nora too) for loaning me their fine scooter.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of two of these so far (and I will definitely be back)

Bill
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Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:16 pm quote
Here is a Pair to Draw To
I wonder who these two characters are? Bill, what a great deal being able to ride with your son. See you on the ModernVespa Forum.

Bob Copeland
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Sam and Bill Leuthold

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Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:33 am quote
Re: Here is a Pair to Draw To
Bob Copeland wrote:
I wonder who these two characters are? Bill, what a great deal being able to ride with your son. See you on the ModernVespa Forum.

Bob Copeland
Minnesota
Thanks Bob.

Nice photo.

Riding with Sam is among my favorite things.

The rest of the group is cool too.

Bill
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Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:36 pm quote
FYI, Menards has a 4K GoPro knockoff on their 3 day "pre-Black Friday" sale this weekend. So, if our fearless leader wants to replace his fallen soldier, or anyone else wants a more or less disposable one, you know where to go...
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Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:48 pm quote
CubsKing99 wrote:
FYI, Menards has a 4K GoPro knockoff on their 3 day "pre-Black Friday" sale this weekend. So, if our fearless leader wants to replace his fallen soldier, or anyone else wants a more or less disposable one, you know where to go...
Thanks for the tip, Mark. My daughter's having friends over for her birthday, so ANY reason to get out of the house is welcome.
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Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:22 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
CubsKing99 wrote:
FYI, Menards has a 4K GoPro knockoff on their 3 day "pre-Black Friday" sale this weekend. So, if our fearless leader wants to replace his fallen soldier, or anyone else wants a more or less disposable one, you know where to go...
Thanks for the tip, Mark. My daughter's having friends over for her birthday, so ANY reason to get out of the house is welcome.
No problem. Oh, and the other important point that I missed was that it's only $30, which is why I said it's more or less disposable...

Mark
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Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:41 pm quote
Finally
Well, I got the GTS back today. Seth found out that the real culprit was the injector, but the fuel pump was under recall, so Piaggio did furnish a new one. The coolant was leaking a little around a corroded pressure valve, so Seth replaced that. Everything is working just fine, so I hope to get a few more rides in before the crap winter weather sets in. Tomorrow looks like a likely candidate for a pretty fall ride.
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Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:44 pm quote
Re: Finally
wmak wrote:
Well, I got the GTS back today. Seth found out that the real culprit was the injector, but the fuel pump was under recall, so Piaggio did furnish a new one. The coolant was leaking a little around a corroded pressure valve, so Seth replaced that. Everything is working just fine, so I hope to get a few more rides in before the crap winter weather sets in. Tomorrow looks like a likely candidate for a pretty fall ride.
Relatively good news. Glad you didn't need a new engine or worse, new scooter.

Enjoy those last rides of the season.
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