Up at the campground, the group assembled itself. It was smaller than yesterday because some key players opted to take a different ride or (in some cases) get over their hangovers in peace.
Supper tonight included hot dogs and hamburgers Steve cooked on the grill along with leftover pork from yesterday done in the crock pot. It was great but we had just eaten a few hours before. Still, I did my best to make sure there were no leftovers. After supper, we took down the shelters and got them stowed. Then U-Turn and I started a libertarian discussion. B Bear chimed in with some interesting points and then others joined the fray. About this time, Sandy and I opted to leave and said our goodbyes to everyone, fading off into the setting sun.
There has been talk about the future of this rally. There is a lot of work done by very few people and they are getting tired. Joe handed it off to Steve who is looking for someone to take over but no one has stepped up to assume overall responsibility. Many of us pointed out that the workload and complexity can be reduced by cutting out some of the features. All we really need is a location and a date. We can look after ourselves for the rest. Interlochen is a fine example of just this type of gathering.
In any case, thanks to Steve and Dee for ramrodding this, U-Turn for doing the paperwork, Joe and Karen for being there, Bobcat for assistance and all the other who pitched in. Our whole travel schedule is based on being where VROC gathers and this is one we really enjoy. Let's hope we can find a way to keep it going.
One wrinkle that developed this weekend was a leak in the left fork seal. I think it happened on the road after the Hurricane Mountain adventure, but who knows for sure. The problem is that not just anyone can work on the Traxxion front end. My shop looked at the instructions and the special tools required and suggested I should take it to a pro. There is only one in Ontario, Paul Hilliard in Merrickville. I put in a call to Paul and found he has been quite sick since February and is unable to do the work. He referred me to Mark in Lake George who got right back to me. He was leaving tomorrow for a ten day vacation so that was out. Then Paul called back and said his Honda dealership could do it if Paul brought the special tools and supervised. So we have a plan. On a side note, as much as I love the Traxxion, I will never put anything on a bike again that a regular dealership can't fix.
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