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New England's Northwest Coast

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[="3"]The Lake Champlain Islands have more shoreline and islands than any other part of Vermont. Here a traveler may come upon breathtaking views at any bend in the road. Located between two great cities, Montreal, Quebec and Burlington, Vermont, our small towns and stunning scenery offer quiet rural charm. Enjoy lakeside lodging and dining, hiking and biking trails, as well as year-round fishing, boating and golf. Sample local cheeses, chocolate and wines. Feast in autumn on apples, cider and pies, while shopping for antiques and mementos. Explore one of the world's oldest coral reefs, New England's oldest log cabin, and other historic sites. Or bask on a sandy beach in one of our State Parks. Stay a day, a week or a lifetime![/]

Destination:Champlain Islands, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 162 Miles
Duration: 3 Hours 30 Minutes

For more information about The Champlain Islands, [URL="http://www.linkvermont.com/townsvill/lakechamplainislands/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday - FREE
  • Monday - FREE
  • Tuesday - FREE
  • Wednesday - FREE

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rallyin Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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The Other Big Apple

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[="3"]Southern Vermont Orchards was originally established by Edward Hamlin Everett. In the spring of 1912 he began setting out apple trees. By 1920 he had extended his holdings from the original farm south over Carpenter Hill to Pownal, a distance exceeding ten miles. On this land, he planted cherries, quince, pears and plums as well as 65 varieties of apples. Under his guidance Everett Orchards became the largest privately owned orchard in the world, renowned for its modern agricultural practice and high quality fruit.

Following Everett's death in 1929 his property was gradually divided and sold. Today, Southern Vermont Orchards operates all the original orchard that remains in production. Our 300 acres of orchard continue to benefit from Everett's wise selection of location which enables us to raise an apple of unique quality. Southern Vermont Orchards is proud to carry on the tradition of fine fruit established by Edward Everett.

The latest generation to run the Southern Vermont Orchards, have transformed the business from the 100-year-old orchard covering the hills south of Bennington, Vermont, into a thriving bakery and produce market featured on

  • The Food Network's $40 A Day
  • Good Morning America
  • Ron Hazelton's House Calls and
  • Local NBC, CBS and public television affiliates.

The changes have involved expanding what was once a road side produce stands selling apples into The Apple Barn & Country Bake shop where the sweet smell of freshly picked apples mingles with the warm, rich aromas of an old-fashioned country bakery. It not only offers its fresh, delicious fruits and baked goods, maple syrup and many homemade specialty products, but has become a family entertainment destination. So, if you are planning a trip to Vermont, come on by and we'll make sure you have our own special Vermont welcome. [/]

Destination:Apple Barn [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Rally Site: 1 Mile
Duration: 1 Minute

For more information about The Apple Barn, [URL="http://www.theapplebarn.com/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday - FREE
  • Monday - FREE
  • Tuesday - FREE
  • Wednesday - FREE

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rallyin Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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If you like to cut it close ...


American Precision Museum

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[="3"]The Museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts, celebrates the ingenuity of our mechanical forebears, and explores the effects of their work on our everyday lives. The American Precision Museum, housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory, now holds the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.

Precision manufacturing touches us all. Without it, we would not have the mass communication, rapid transportation, modern standards of sanitation and medical care, abundant food and clothing, or the leisure for universal education.

The tools and the methods which make mass production possible were pioneered at the Robbins & Lawrence Armory in Windsor, Vermont. Using precision metal and wood cutting machines and high standards of accuracy, Robbins & Lawrence proved the effectiveness of a new type of manufacturing that would soon be known as the American System. Across America, a powerful machine tool industry grew up, flourishing especially in New England and the northern Midwest. Today, even in the age of plastics and microprocessors, the concept of precision manufacturing provides the foundation for modern industry around the world. [/]

Destination: Windsor, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 95 Miles
Duration: 2 Hours

For more information about American Precision Museum, [URL="http://www.americanprecision.org/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping - FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Destination is for the birds!

Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

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[="3"]The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum is located at the Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook on Route 9 in Marlboro, Vermont, in the southern foothills of the scenic Green Mountains. Perched on an overlook with views into Massachusetts and New Hampshire,
on a clear day the horizon is 100 miles away.

Among the exhibits featured at the Museum are mounted specimens of over 600 native
New England birds and mammals in 100 small dioramas, one of the largest collections of its
type in the Northeast. Most of these wild animal specimens were collected by Luman Ranger Nelson, a noted New England taxidermist, in the early part of the 20th century. The specimens are in extraordinarily good condition for their age.

Also see a live hawks and owls in our raptor center, and learn about the natural history of these
beautiful and fascinating birds. Come see our latest addition, a Red Shouldered Hawk!

Enjoy our wildflower exhibit during the summer and fall. Learn about Vermont wetland
inhabitants through our amphibian and reptile exhibit. Our collection has many unusual
specimens including 9 albino birds and mammals and 3 extinct birds.

Enjoy a hike up nearby Mt. Olga for a breathtaking view of the northern New England Mountains.
[/]

Destination: Marlboro, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 40 Miles
Duration: `1 Hour

For more information about the Southern Vermont Historical Museum, [URL="http://www.vermontmuseum.org/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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200 Year Old Best Restaurant For Wine Lovers

Are you visiting Vermont for a special celebration with the SO? Want to make a spectacular impression and collect memories. Today's destination is only 40 miles from Pownal but is one of the most famous Inns in Vermont. It's not your typical motorcycle destination but it is an outstanding destination.

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[="3"]
The Dorset Inn is Vermont’s oldest continuously-operating inn and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It boasts 29 rooms with private baths. First built in 1796 the Inn expanded with additions in 1900 and 1947. Anchoring one corner of the Dorset Green it is one of 60 historic buildings in the center of this picturesque and historic community where Vermont ’s first conventions were held in 1776 to draft a state constitution. The inn is most noted for its “comfort food” and casual and relaxed atmosphere.

For more than 200 years, The Dorset Inn has offered traditional New England Hospitality. Gracious lodging, gourmet dining, fine wines and great spirits….all trademarks of Vermont’s oldest continually operating inn. Downhill skiing at Bromley and Stratton, shopping Manchester’s designer outlets, attending summer stock theater at our own Dorset Playhouse, enjoying Vermont’s unparalleled foliage season….From the quiet getaway to the outdoor adventure vacation…All of this and more are within minutes of The Dorset Inn.
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Destination: Dorset, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 40 Miles
Duration: 50 Minutes

For more information about The Dorset Inn, [URL="http://www.americanprecision.org/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Another Reason to attend the RA Rally in Pownal


60 mile radius

There is no geographic locale in the US where there is more diverse riding and access to 5 states within a 60 mile radius.

The best riding in the East awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Go Back In Time

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[="3"]Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. [/]

It's possible to turn back the clock and now choose the road not taken.

Day Hiking - Robert Frost Trail
Trail Facts:

  • Length: 1.2 mile loop
  • Feature: Poetry, Views
  • Max. Elevation Change: 30 feet
  • USGS maps: East Middlebury Quad
  • Amount of use: Heavy
  • Hiking level: Easy
  • Average hike time: 30 - 45 minutes
  • Use restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles Trail Description:
This trail is a National Recreation Trail that commemorates Robert Frost’s poetry; several of his poems are mounted along the trail in the woods and fields. Blueberries and huckleberries grow in an old field at the far end of the trail. The Forest Service maintains all of the old fields along this trail with prescribed fire to preserve the scenic, open appearance of the area. The trail is an easy walk, and the first 0.3 miles across a beaver pond boardwalk out to the South Branch of the Middlebury River is accessible and suitable for wheelchairs. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.
Directions:

From Middlebury, travel south on Route 7 to where it intersects with Route 125. Travel east on Route 125 for 5.8 miles. The parking area is on the right.

Destination: Ripton, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 97 Miles
Duration: 2 Hours

For more information about The Robert Frost Trail, [URL="http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/greenmountain/htm/greenmountain/links/re..."][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Scenes like this are one of the reasons you are coming to Vermont. I hope that during the rally I get many questions like ... Well, where should I go for a ride. And I will say ...

Ride north young man, ride north. Follow Route 100 and eternal bliss and true happiness will be your reward.

But for now a homework assignment. To prepare your path to Nirvana [URL="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Vermonts-Venerable-Byway.html?c=y&p..."][="Blue"]read this link[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Best Living History in America

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A trip to Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, is a journey through time to a rural New England town of the 1830s. Visitors are invited into more than 40 original buildings, each carefully researched, restored, and brought to the museum site from towns throughout New England. These include homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, law office, printing office, carding mill, sawmill, gristmill, pottery, blacksmith shop, shoe shop, and cooper shop.

Authentically costumed staff, called history interpreters, carry out the daily activities of an early 19th-century community. Here you may wander country roads and visit with a farmer plowing fields, listen to the blacksmith's rhythmic hammering, or smell the aroma of bread baking in a fireplace oven. With four unique seasons and more than 200 acres to explore, there is always something new to see at Old Sturbridge Village.

The period portrayed by Old Sturbridge Village, 1790-1840, is of major significance because it was a time in which the everyday lives of New Englanders were transformed by the rise of commerce and manufacturing, improvements in agriculture and transportation, the pulls of emigration and urbanization, and the tides of educational, political, aesthetic, and social change. [="3"]
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For my money this is a don't miss opportunity. It's a site worth exploring on the way to or from the rally but is a long hike from Pownal. It is the best living history in America and I have seen a lot of them. Earbuds not allowed. Headphones not allowed. The silence can be deafening but that's how it was in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Destination: Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Distance from Pownal: 106 Miles
Duration: 2 Hours

For more information about Old Sturbridge Village, [URL="http://www.osv.org/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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The British School of Falconry

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[="3"]The British School of Falconry is the nation's first school of its kind to offer hands-on lessons with trained birds of prey. Guests at the Equinox are invited to try one of the world's oldest sports in the picturesque setting of Hildene's meadows and enhance their appreciation of these magnificent birds. During a session, guests will learn to handle and fly Harris hawks. Introductory lessons and "hawk walks" are offered to give guests the opportunity to appreciate these amazing animals.[/]

A once in a life-time opportunity. Come early or stay late and learn to hunt with falcons. And there is so much more to do in Manchester, like visiting Hildene and seeing Abraham Lincoln's top hat.

Destination: Manchester, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 36 Miles
Duration: 45 Minutes

For more information about the British School of Falconry, [URL="http://www.equinoxresort.com/thingstodo/falconry/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE
Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, hang around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Slow Down And Smell The Roses

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A Short History of SVAC
Given that the history of the Southern Vermont Arts Center is peopled by heroes and heroines embarked upon a noble quest, it’s tempting to begin with a familiar "Once upon a time…" But no. Although that noble quest begins humbly, succeeds against great odds and ends happily, the Arts Center’s tale is one of real people, with real vision, who made their own magic from a relatively simple plan.

That simple plan was hatched in Dorset, Vermont, on a late summer day in 1922. On that day, Edwin B. Child, Francis Dixon, Wallace W. Fahnstock, John Lillie, and Herbert Meyer, five gentlemen who would come to be known as the Dorset Painters, got together to show their wares at the Dorset Town Hall.

"On that August day," says historian Mary Hard Bort, in Art and Soul, her definitive history of the Arts Center, "local people came to see the work of their neighbors, visitors stopped by to see what was going on, summer people came to assess the quality of the work, and the ladies of the village served punch, tea and cookies to all. It was a Dorset social event and the start of something much bigger that would encompass the entire Battenkill Valley."

Two years later, Francis Dixon and Frank V. Vanderhoof, a summer resident and fellow painter, arranged an exhibition of paintings at Manchester’s Equinox Pavilion by a group that would come to be called the "Southern Vermont Artists." It was just three years after that, in August of 1927, the ten-day Fourth Annual Exhibition of the Artists of Southern Vermont featured over 100 paintings and drew more than 1,600 visitors from twenty-eight states, Canada, Norway, England, Wales and Algeria.
[="3"]
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Destination: Manchester, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 36 Miles
Duration: 45 Minutes

For more information about the Southern Vermont Arts Center, [URL="http://www.svac.org/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Godfather, we have a problem.

Padrio,

There is an issue. A reliable source has told me that Al Ducci's in Manchester is going to be featured on this web-page as a destination from Pownal.

What shall we do?

Leave the gun.
Take the cannolis.

(to be continued)

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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Here's what Godfather wants.


OK gimoke lets hear it and NOW!

Da Godfather is going to the RA rally and out of respect will ride a Beemer instead of a Ducati but Godfather wants

  • Boston North End flavor
  • friendly service
  • a touch of wise guy service
  • roasted peppers
  • fresh made mozzarella
  • checkered table cloths
Capish?

(to be continued)

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE
Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, hang around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
Pownal - Gateway to New England

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When Da Godfather Speaks We Listen

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[="3"]Author: By Sheryl Julian, Boston Globe
Date: 10/10/2001

MANCHESTER, VT - Al Scheps came here 13 years ago from Fair Lawn in North Jersey. He had worked in his Italian father's mozzarella and ricotta factory there for years, and he arrived in town looking around for a business. He opened a food shop in this southwest corner of Vermont, and called it Al Ducci, a play on Il Duce ("the Duke").

Nancy Diaferio, from Corona, in Queens, N. Y. - with an accent to match - was living a few miles away in New York State and wandered into Al Ducci's looking for a job. She had years of cooking experience and had once owned a food shop in Mount Kisco, N. Y. with her mother and sister.
He was married and she was married. But not to each other.

As Diaferio tells the story, one day she "leaned into the cheese case," and when she straightened up, she noticed Scheps staring at her. He is more discreet: "Nancy came here to work in '92," he says. "About a year later, we found each other. Unfortunately, neither of us was single at the time."
They are a likely match, not so much in style - "we're good cop, bad cop," he says, because she'll say anything to the customers and he spends a lot of time unruffling feathers - but in work ethic. Scheps, 61, and Diaferio, 41, are perfectionists.

Sixteen-hour days mean nothing to either one. She roasts peppers individually on the gas burners because she wants that charred taste. He is up at 4 a.m. six days a week to make fresh bread. The rare times that he has a fever or flu and isn't up to doing it, he comes in anyway. "Then I go back to bed," he says. Luckily, they practically live over the shop.

And in that way, Al Ducci is the sort of old-fashioned delicatessen found in urban areas a century ago. Housed in a former food market, it has a tile ceiling and a 100-year-old, creaky, uneven wooden floor. The proprietors themselves are certainly part of the reason the locals frequent Al Ducci. It's more than an Italian delicatessen with the finest prepared foods in the area. It's a hangout for the townspeople, the spot where news flows, and the place where natives go to say hello to one another and to the shopkeepers.

Al Ducci is a few blocks from the shopping activity in town, just far enough away so that you wouldn't go there unless you knew about it. The delicatessen does a brisk lunch business, serving sandwiches like Diaferio's popular grilled vegetables made with Scheps's mozzarella - which he makes on the premises with New York State milk - and bread. Bostonians who own country houses in the area have to call ahead to have cheese and bread set aside for them. By early afternoon on a Friday or Saturday, the cases are emptying quickly.

Besides plump red peppers, overlapped carefully and drizzled with olive oil, Diaferio makes caponata with minuscule diced eggplant, green and yellow squash, onions, and celery roasted with capers, olives, balsamic vinegar, and tomato paste. It's an intensely sweet and salty relish. Scheps makes chewy multi-grain bread, focaccia, Italian white bread, ciabetta made with a sourdough starter), and a semolina bread he can't keep on the shelf. The odd days any loaves are left over, they become semolina crisps, which he then hides for the regulars. He grinds lean pork with fennel, cheese, and parsley for hot and sweet sausages.

Chicken salad begins with Bell & Evans birds and contains only tomatoes, olives, capers, basil, garlic, olive oil, and parsley. "No vinegar," Diaferio says, "because it breaks down the food. If you can handle the garlic, it's dynamite." When she pulls the meat off the chicken bones, she only uses the big, moist chunks. "You know the meat that you bite into and get cartilage?" she asks. She won't use it. Instead, she wraps it up and sends it home with the customers who own her favorite dogs. They also offer his mother's rice pudding, made with risotto rice, whole milk, and heavy cream. Her precision comes with an edge. She describes herself as "a neurotic neat freak. But you have to have one of those in this business." Diaferio is also tough on her staff. "I like to see the tomatoes diced in a uniform way, because it adds to the look," she says. "And I don't like someone to go in and take a scoop of salad. I like them to stir it first." She has a long list of these particulars.

The couple works with two helpers, though they'd like more. Trained cooks who are interested in living in Vermont don't want to work in a delicatessen, she says. "When we run out, we run out."
As for the customers, well, they'd better wait their turn and have some respect for the place. She tells a story about watching a teenager head for the cold drinks. "He's got those big pants, and he's wearing a seat belt to hold them up," she says. He opened the door to the refrigerator case and while holding it open, surveyed the array. "Hey, dude!" she yelled out from a spot behind the counter where she sees and hears everything. "You know why they put glass doors on refrigerators?" And without waiting for an answer, she barked: "So you can see in!" The kid inched back and let the door swing shut.

Scheps says that some customers don't understand her. The region where she was raised in Queens, he says, "is known as Spaghetti Park." All the guys who went there were Italians who wore sleeveless undershirts. "You learn how to be tough on those streets." She says that keeping the cases in the shop filled is such hard work, that if she lets out a shriek, it's because something went wrong. "There's so much labor in everything we do. People on the other side of the counter don't understand that if I burned the frigging eggplant for a dish I was working on, I'm upset." It's quick and then it's over, she says. "I don't like things festering."

Diaferio learned to cook from her grandmother. She had two: Skinny Nanny, who was her Apulian mother's mother, and Fat Nanny, her Apulian father's mother. "Skinny Nanny was a terrible cook. Fat Nanny made lentil soup, frittata, and pepper and egg sandwiches to take to school." The olive oil dripped onto the bread so the sandwich was a mess by the time Diaferio ate lunch. "The kids made fun of me." Except for the oil-soaked sandwiches, this immigrant cooking is what Dieferio and Scheps offer, with modest concessions to modern tastes. Both claim their stamina comes from their families as well. The only way they've distanced themselves from their heritage is by moving so far away from the places where they were raised.

Once a year, they return to New York, he says, "to ride the subway and go to the museums. And see why we're in Vermont.[/]

Al Ducci is located at:
133 Elm Street
Manchester, Vermont
Phone ~802*362*4449

Destination: Manchester, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 36 Miles
Duration: 45 Minutes

For more information about the Al Ducci, [URL="http://www.alduccis.com/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in the East awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

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Don't miss this event.

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[="3"]This will be another exciting year for anyone attending the 2010 Event.
We will have many Featured Shows at this year’s event, The now world renowned Motorcycle Timeline, back by popular demand

The California Hell Riders Wall of Death, and Saturday June 12th for the first time on the east coast, the Famous MidAmerica Auctions will auction 125 quality antique and special interest motorcycles. Take a moment to look through the site and see some of what you may have missed from past meets or perhaps you have been to this unique event and you may find yourself in our pictures and video links. This Event is brought to you by the Northeast Coalition of Chapters.

  • Hudson Valley
  • Yankee
  • Big Sandbar
  • Seaboard
  • Empire & Colonial Chapters of the AMCA
.[/]

If you live on the East Coast don't miss this show. Pownal, site of the RA rally is 80 miles from Rhinebeck. Come to see the antique motorcycles and then take a scenic ride to Pownal.

Destination: Rhinebeck, NY
Distance: 80 Miles
Duration: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

For more information about the Antique Motorcycles Association event, [URL="http://www.rhinebecknationalmeet.com/"][="Blue"]click here.[/][/URL]

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Vermonters Are A Crafty Lot

Folks in Vermont are a crafty lot. With six seasons

  • Foliage
  • Winter
  • Mud
  • Spring
  • Road Repair
  • Summer
it just doesn't make sense to have a swimming pool in the back yard unless you build it large enough to double as a hockey rink in the Winter season. What to do?

Use the swimming holes that nature has provided in abundance. There are a lot in Vermont and always well used. See the above Map. Want more information about those swimming holes? [URL="http://www.swimmingholes.org/vt.html"][="Blue"]Click Here.[/][/URL]


For example:

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ARLINGTON GREEN [ARLI]: Follow RT 7A north from Bennington, turn left onto RT 313 headed west in Arlington, towards NY state. Approximately five to seven miles down the road will be Covered Bridge Road on the left. Cross the covered bridge and park in the small parking area on the right. Very Confident. Verified Lat/Lon Lat:43.10406 Lon:-73.22041

Cost of using a swimming hole - FREE. Cost of building a pool, landscaping it, maintaining it, skimming out dead chipmunks, buying chemicals, putting up a fence and then putting on the pool cover is just overwhelming And then the swimming pool season is about as long as a New York minute.

The RA is very concerned that you get the true Vermont experience so a river full of swimming possibilities borders that camping area. So ...

  1. Ride the Roads
  2. Take a dip in the River
  3. Eat Hardy
  4. Have a Brewski
  5. Go back to step one.

The best riding in the East awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

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Bibliophiles Beware - Northshire Book Store

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Somewhere in a land far far away

there lies a bookstore---not just any bookstore-----

a magical enchanted bookstore with

art festooning the outer fortress
friendly staff that read and work at a bookstore by career
cozy nooks filled with readers' accessories and knick-knacks
events with engaging authors
2 floors of well stocked organized sections
staff recommendations and highlight books worth picking up
unicorns grazing upon bright lillies and poppies in the foyer*

And this magical bookstore---is it run by a Dark Overlord or a large Conglomerate? NAY!

It is the mystical and rare independent bookstore.

HUZZAH!

*Disclaimer: unicorns, lilies and poppies may actually only exist in the Children's section within the pages of an actual book.
[="3"]
[/]

Destination: Manchester, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 36 Miles
Duration: 45 Minutes

For more information about Northshire Book Store, [URL="http://www.northshire.com/"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

The best riding in New England awaits you!

COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.

  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

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...

The Barn at Emerson Motor Works, on Route 100 in Rochester, Vermont may well be one of the ultimate sources for parts and knowledge of anything "Airhead" in the northeast, if not the country. I can not imagine anyone on an airhead, or interested in airheads, not making a point of going there, in hopes of getting a tour through the barn. You will not believe it. David Segal, owner and proprietor, takes pride in a lot of things, not the least of which is an amazing collection of parts from full frames, engines, fairings, luggage, and more, and he also has a great collection of ready-to-ride bikes, for sale, on display.

I may be prejudiced, as I bought my '92 R100GS P/D there, and have taken some rides with David, but, this is a destination.

If you are riding on any of the suggested rides up Route 100, north of Stockbridge, headed for one of our best gap rides, Route 73, (which is just a few miles up the road) or headed for amazing food in Rochester at Sandy's Bakery, watch out for the "bike on the rock" across the road from Emerson.

Stop by and say hello to David. Not sure what kind of hours he might have during the RA weekend, but stop by or call.

[HTML]http://emersonmotorworks.com/[/HTML]

Larry

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[="3"]Our inventory includes an extensive selection of used parts and accessories for air-cooled BMW motorcycles, as well as a large number of used bikes and components. In addition, we are a full service shop with capability to handle everything from tune-ups to restorations. We are busy building, fixing and riding; most of our parts inventory is not online. Please browse our offerings and if you don't see what you want, get in touch with us because we probably have it.

Rochester is on Route 100, about halfway up the state, or midway between Killington and Sugarbush. Emerson Motor Works is across from Liberty Hill Road, 2.5 miles South of Rochester Village, 2 miles south of Route 73, 6 miles North of the Junction with Route 107 and 20 miles North of the junction with Route 4. We are on the East side of Route 100, look for the small black sign with gold letters and a roundel in front of a big white farmhouse with a red roof.
[/]

Destination: Rochester, [="Green"]Vermont[/]
Distance from Pownal: 95 Miles
Duration: 2 Hours

For more information about Emerson Motor Works [URL="http://www.emersonmotorworks.com/"][="Blue"]click here![/][/URL]

Great suggestion Larry! Thank you!

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An Account of Motorcycling in Vermont ...

A Motorcycle Trip to Vermont

Here's a first person account of motorcycling in Vermont. Ever wonder where all that famous Vermont marble came from? To find out ... [URL="http://www.ray-field.com/VT.HTM"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

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Another reason to come early

Come early and spend a day in New York City! And don't ride down to the Big Apple although there are a few nice routes into the city. But, once there ...

The [URL="http://www.williamsinn.com/index.html"][="Blue"]Williams Inn[/][/URL] is a few miles from the rally site and a bus leaves there twice daily at 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon.

The best riding in New England awaits you! Within a sixty mile radius ride:

  • 5 States
  • 5 Mountain Ranges
COME EARLY - STAY LATE - No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.
  • Sunday Camping - FREE
  • Monday Camping - FREE
  • Tuesday Camping - FREE
  • Wednesday Camping -FREE

Rally Registration is now open. For registration [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath Mass. For more information about the YB Rally [URL="http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html"][="Blue"]click here[/][/URL].

2010 Rallymeister in Vermont
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Free Teeshirt for visiting breweries

Visit 10 breweries and get free tee-shirt! Amazing! I'm sure your passport will be stamped even if you don't dring the beer since you are riding. Get a coke or a Pepsi. Try the Cuisine.

[URL="http://brewersvt.com/alchemist"][="Blue"]Alchemist Brewery[/][/URL] in Waterbury, VT

[URL="http://brewersvt.com/bobcat"][="Blue"]Bobcat Brewery[/][/URL] in Bristol, VT

[URL="http://brewersvt.com/trapp-family-lodge"][="Blue"]Trapp Family Lodge[/][/URL] in Stowe, VT

There are two in Bennington, VT just a few miles from the rally site!
[URL="http://brewersvt.com/madison"][="Blue"]
Madison Brewery[/][/URL]

[URL="http://brewersvt.com/northshire"][="Blue"]Northshire Brewery[/][/URL]

For all the rest of the breweries in the passport challenge, [URL="http://brewersvt.com/passport"][="Blue"]click here![/][/URL]

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These are all such great riding ideas. But I have an important question: will print-outs be available on site? I won't be bringing a laptop with me, and I would love to peruse these on site to decide which side trip to take each day, depending on the weather, etc. Otherwise I will have to print everything out (destroying trees, maybe even Vermont trees) and lug it with me. Thanks in advance for the advice.

*******************

Michael

'03 R1200C Montana Flashtone (sold 2/06)

'05 R1200RT Dark Graphite (5/06)

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We will have some great maps provided by the state of Vermont. The top ten rides along with gpx files will be available at the rally.

Paul

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A day of fun

For a day of fun visit the Bromley alpine slide. There is also a new zipline for additional thrills. Go north on Rt 7 then west on Rt 30. Follow the signs to Bromley ski area. Great fun off of the bike.

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Good place to eat if you are near Brattleboro, VT

A new lunch restaurant has opened in Brattleboro. It's called the Works. They have very good sandwiches. It is on main street just south of Western Ave (Rt 9) on the west side of the street. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

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Welcome to the Pownal Community Fair - Saturday, July 31

The fair committee would like to welcome everyone to the 17th annual Fair to help Pownal Celebrate the 250th birthday.

Hope everyone enjoys this very special Fair. Remember that the admission is free as always and games are affordable with tons of prizes and bikes for each and every game.

11:00 The Pownal Valley Fair Horseshoe Tournament will start. Entry fee is $5.00

Food Court: hamburgers, hot-dogs, sausage pulled pork sandwiches and corn on the cob.

11:30 50/50 bingo

2:00 Pig Roast

2:30 Wild Country Cloggers

Free fireworks at 9:30 pm.

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In the years when the MOA had rallies in Vermont and Mass we asked local ride leaders to create maps of great riding roads. I've put those links here: http://www.raidersporttouring.com/RARally/ That page also includes upcoming rides by our group in October that may be of interest.

Pleae note that Susan Galpin was to lead two seminars at the Vermont Rally this year but now cannot attend for family reasons. Susan is happy to visit with folks passing through her area for one on one ride training sessions depending on her time and she does not charge for this and the Raiders have hosted her each year for the last three years for a seminar with on-road coaching. Spouses and significant others as a team have especially benefitted. So if you hoped to see her in Vermont but might be in Tennessee some time, contact her at susangalpin@gmail.com. As well if there is interest we will convene a weekend at one of our upcoming events that includes her so contact me if you'd want to be notified about that dancindave@aol.com

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FREE FOOD from MAX! Just in case you are not on Max's mailing list:

[="3"]BMW RA INTERNATIONAL RALLY:
MAX BMW Rally Week Essentials[/]

We're excited to welcome so many riders to the area for the BMW RA International Rally in nearby Pownal, Vermont. (Just in case you haven't yet been made aware of this event, you can find more info at [URL="http://www.bmwra.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?31-2010-Rally"]www.bmwra.org.[/URL] We have been fielding many questions over the past couple of weeks and thought it might be easiest if we tried to answer some of them for you in advance:

Will there be free food?
You know us too well. (And we know you!) Of course there will be free food. Please see the Cafe MAX meal schedule in the next section.

Since there will be free food, how do we get to MAX BMW's New York store?

Our NY location is only 28 miles from the Rally site, so it's a convenient stop on our way in, or as a quick trip from the Rally.

Before you leave, be sure to put our address into your GPS, and our number into your cell phone. Or, clip the box at the top of this page and slip it into your tank bag.

MAX BMW NY: 845 Hoosick Road, Brunswick, NY 12180
GPS coordinates: N42° 45.0529', W073° 37.8711'.

Telephone: 518-279-3040

What are your store hours?
We are maintaining regular store hours at both our NY and NH stores. Stop by and enjoy some Rally specials or just take a break in our cool Air Conditioned visitor lounge:

Max's Hours:

Wednesday, July 28: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday, July 29: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday, July 30: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday, July 31: 9 AM - 4 PM
Sunday, August 1: Closed
Monday, August 2: Closed
Tuesday, August 3: 9 AM - 6 PM

Will you have bikes available for demo rides?
Yes, we have a full suite of demo bikes at each of our shops. Skip the crowds and come try out the bike you've been thinking about. We will also have 10 G 450 Xs available for demo rides at the rally site.

Is your service department open during the Rally?
Yes. We have made accommodations in our schedule to open up our service departments to help as many travelers as possible. We have a large stock of tires and parts in both stores and will be here to help meet your service needs.

Can I change my own oil at your shop?
Yes. Do-it-yourself oil change will be available in our parking lot with the purchase of oil and filter.

What if I have a breakdown or need road side assistance?
Our service trucks will be dedicated to helping rally attendees. If you experience a breakdown at the Rally site, we will be able to transport your machine to our store in NY for repairs and will return it to the Rally site. We are also available to provide road side assistance and emergency bike transport. If you require assistance from the road, please call 518-279-3040.

Will you have a booth at the Rally?
Yes, MAX BMW Motorcycles will have a booth at the Rally. Look for our big blue MAX BMW Motorsport tents. We'll also be spending a lot of time out at the GS course!

Will I be able to meet Rusty?
So many people from all over the country know Rusty Gill from ordering parts on the phone and online that he's practically a celebrity. Good news, folks: Rusty will be at the Rally. Stop by our booth and introduce yourself!

BMW RA INTERNATIONAL RALLY:
MAX Café's "Meals on 2 Wheels"
(aka Free FOOD!)

The only thing better than a great ride is one that ends with free food and generous hospitality! MAX BMW NY will have three catered food events during the Rally:

Thursday, July 29th: Pizza Dinner 5:00 - 6:30

Friday, July 30th: BBQ Lunch 11:30 - 2:00

Saturday, July 31st: BBQ Lunch 11:30 - 2:00

Each of these events is FREE and everyone is welcome.

No reservations required, all attire acceptable! Wh[="3"][/]ether you're on your way to the Rally, out for a day trip or just want [="Blue"][/]an excuse to come visit, our NY store is an easy ride (28 miles) from the Rally site. [="3"][/]

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Keene NH is an easy ride to the east and on Saturday the 31st there is a free classic car show and when in the area you can check out all the covered bridges in Swanzey.

Keene, NH July 31st, 2010
Cruizzin’ Downtown Keene
Car registration limited to the first 100 entries. A $5.00 suggested donation will be given to The Historical Society of Cheshire County.

When: 10am-3pm
Location: Main Street Keene, NH
Cost: FREE Admission

Swanzey Covered Bridges
[URL="http://www.town.swanzey.nh.us/index.asp?Type=B_LOC&SEC=%7BF5D94994-EFD1-..."]http://www.town.swanzey.nh.us/index.asp?Type=B_LOC&SEC=%7BF5D94994-EFD1-4E8A-A134-108BF5F732A7%7D[/URL]

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Emerson Motor Works - Rochester Vermont

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you are an airhead aficionado, or someone who likes Airhead BMW motorcycles, then you can't miss this place. Add to that, the fact that the roads to get there are PRIMO Vermont motorcycle roads, and an amazing meal can be had just down the road, and you have a serious day trip. In fact, if you are taking any number of the day trips mapped out by the local club people, you are probably going to pass this place, anyway. They are right on Route 100, just south of the town of Rochester, Vermont. Look for the "Bike on the Rock" across the road.

From their web site: The Barn at Emerson Motor Works is a BMW motorcycle shop located in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont. We are a riders shop, started and run by passionate motorcyclists, specializing in sales, repair and restoration of air cooled BMW motorcycles.

Dave says he will be in the shop Thursday and Friday, and be closed on Saturday to attend the rally. You can probably reach him on his mobile, at (917) 287-4113, while at the Rally. The shop number is 802-767-6033.

The web site is: [URL="http://www.emersonmotorworks.com/"]http://www.emersonmotorworks.com/[/URL]

Here are some recent pix:

This is a great place to see, and if you are lucky and David gives you the tour, it will make your day.

Have fun at the Rally,

Larry

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Hearty and well earned congratulation to Paul. This thread, and the one on the MOA forum, generated great interest in the rally. We printed off the entire thread and chose those rides we felt would be the most fun. If the rally lasted a month we would not have been able to ride all that we wanted to.

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