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Old 11-05-2007, 09:49 AM
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We took a little river trip down below Chattanooga to see some fall colors in "The Gorge". There was a nice sightseeing cruise which cost less to ride than it would have to take our own boat, so we hopped aboard and left the driving to somebody else.

Unlike last year, there was very little color to be seen. Just too dang dry and not a good cold snap yet to get things moving in that direction. Many trees lost their leaves before they had a chance to turn. The highlight of the trip was watching Ryan, my four year old, pilot that 70' Skipperliner tour boat. Yep, the Captain let him take the helm when we visited the pilothouse. I guess that had to do for him as the promised helicopter ride from the marina didn't work out. I was looking forward to that one myself, but mechanical issues kept it from happening.

One thing I did see that I've never seen in all my years of running the Tennessee River was an offical twin engine orange USCG RIB patrol boat. Apparently Homeland Security is placing one of these type patrol boats in or around major cities in Tennessee. Prior to seeing that one on Saturday, the only USCG boats I'd ever seen were of the over-grown enclosed jon boat variety and that was a very rare sight. I guess our nuclear powerplants are a security risk. Unlike one that stopped me in FL earlier this year, this one wasn't sporting a .50 on the bow, at least not yet, when it passed us by.

Seems to me like a big orange boat in Tennessee is going to lead to some confusion, but maybe that's part of the plan. Them revenuers sure are a sneaky bunch!
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:06 AM
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We have a reverse issue here in NC, we are getting decent color but there's no water!!!!!! I usually take the Little Boat and do a slow cruise up the Yadkin River this time of year and do the leaf looking thing but there's not even enough water to run the boat...... Areas of the river that normally have about 6 to 8 feet of water are down to shoals. The trip is about 25 miles one way and you can't get more than a mile above the ramp....... BUMMER......
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:18 AM
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just starting to yellow up here...about 3 weeks late....usually take a cruise around gardiners island to end the season...went last week and it was still mostly green.....no prob with water however...first noel then a cold front today...
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We just had a big cold front come through last night with temps down into the 20's. That should get a little more color going, but many of the trees have already lost half or more of their leaves because of the drought. Maybe I'll break out the Hog this week-end and take one last little ride through the moutains to do some leaf looking.
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:23 PM
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Good color and good hog riding up here, Bird.


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Is that an invitation?
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:35 PM
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Let me get this straight. TN wants to ride Cats hog? I have got to get back on my medicine.

hehehe. Just kidding men. The colors around here are pretty bland, but the weather/temps are very nice. I would rather ride around at the lake and not see bright colors, than to be stuck in an office, and not even notice the pretty weather.
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:22 PM
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I've got my own Hog and don't know if Cataholic has one or not. Maybe he was suggesting he wanted to ride mine!

Take a blue pill and check back with us in the morning Georgia boy.
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I sold my last hog earlier this year. My wife even had a hog and we sold it too. Now I am down to one lowly 1973 Triumph 650 hardtail chopper. I plan to sell it too, but have not taken the time to get it on ebay or whatever.

Still love to ride, even was part of a nationally known MC club at one time, but the last couple of years just have not had any time for it. Last year our bikes got ridden about twice.

I am sure someday I'll own another bike, but for now I am mostly out of the business. Love to extend the invitation, TN, but you'll have to bring an extra scooter!
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Now I am down to one lowly 1973 Triumph 650 hardtail chopper. I plan to sell it too, but have not taken the time to get it on ebay or whatever.
Those old trumps have character man. Planning on turning my 69 into a hardtail, if I can get some time. The 68 will have to wait a little longer to get re built. Probably going to have that one drilled for dual plugs. Been meaning to throw the 67 BSA on e bay for a while now. I KNOW I'll never build that one, I got it for free and just wanted the custom springer off it.

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Love to extend the invitation, TN, but you'll have to bring an extra scooter!
Why would I need to bring an extra scooter?

Won't your wife ride with you on that hardtail or is that her bike?

You seem like a good feller and all, but I ain't doubling your Kentucky bluegrass ass on my scooter. Got a picture of your wife?
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Cat-a-holic - 11/7/2007 7:30 PM Now I am down to one lowly 1973 Triumph 650 hardtail chopper. I plan to sell it too, but have not taken the time to get it on ebay or whatever.
Those old trumps have character man. Planning on turning my 69 into a hardtail, if I can get some time. The 68 will have to wait a little longer to get re built. Probably going to have that one drilled for dual plugs. Been meaning to throw the 67 BSA on e bay for a while now. I KNOW I'll never build that one, I got it for free and just wanted the custom springer off it.
Actually, I have enough parts to build another Triumph chopper with a real cool girder front end, Amen Saviour plunger frame, etc. All I need is the engine and transmission. Alas, that plan has been on the drawing board for about 6 years now. If I could find someone good to put it together for me, I might keep the one chop and build the other for my woman. But I suspect 5 years from now it might all still be sitting in my garage.

The Trump is one Kool ride. If I had a picture handy I would post it--maybe later.
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Cat-a-holic - 11/7/2007 7:30 PM Love to extend the invitation, TN, but you'll have to bring an extra scooter!
Why would I need to bring an extra scooter? Won't your wife ride with you on that hardtail or is that her bike? You seem like a good feller and all, but I ain't doubling your Kentucky bluegrass ass on my scooter. Got a picture of your wife?
I only ridethe little chop between bars, and then only if they are no more thana mile or soapart. Don't know if you ever rodeone much, butthat rigid ride (no pun intended)is a young man's game--20 miles on that sucker and I feel it for week afterwards. My nickname for the bike is"the disc compressor". And it aint got no back seat.

But it is way cool and very radical. Always gets a lot of attention cause it is different from your generic choppers being put out today. I'll see if I can get a pic when I get time.
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Cat-a-holic - 11/8/2007 2:24 PM

If I could find someone good to put it together for me, I might keep the one chop and build the other for my woman. But I suspect 5 years from now it might all still be sitting in my garage.

The Trump is one Kool ride. If I had a picture handy I would post it--maybe later.
Too bad you don't live closer to MI. There are a few guys around here that put some sick Triumphs together. Plus, that's the ONLY kind of bikes they build. I think when I build mine I'm going to go with the "Chopper Shoxs" for the seat. I can't take a rigid without a sprung seat.
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TN FREEBIRD - 11/7/2007 8:38 PM
Cat-a-holic - 11/7/2007 7:30 PM Love to extend the invitation, TN, but you'll have to bring an extra scooter!
Why would I need to bring an extra scooter? Won't your wife ride with you on that hardtail or is that her bike? You seem like a good feller and all, but I ain't doubling your Kentucky bluegrass ass on my scooter. Got a picture of your wife?
I only ride the little chop between bars, and then only if they are no more than a mile or so apart. Don't know if you ever rode one much, but that rigid ride (no pun intended) is a young man's game--20 miles on that sucker and I feel it for week afterwards. My nickname for the bike is "the disc compressor". And it aint got no back seat.

But it is way cool and very radical. Always gets a lot of attention cause it is different from your generic choppers being put out today. I'll see if I can get a pic when I get time.
Yep, I've done the hardtail thing and never could understand why anybody would want to do that to themselves. It's hard to look cool when you have to have help getting off your bike when you pull up to a bar after a 20 mile ride.
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Well, it was a bit too chilly to ride today so I though I'd share a picture from the river trip we took last week-end.

Here is my not soon-to-be ballarina future boat captain.

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