I spent some time catching up on posting my receipts and trying to catch up on the blog. Soon, there was a plaintive voice outside asking "Does anyone at this MOTORCYCLE rally want to go for a MOTORCYCLE ride???" Flip was looking for someone, anyone, to go with him. Rainman answered the challenge and Renata got suited up to take a ride behind her husband on his Kawasaki Concours. The Connie is a fast bike but does not have the passenger amenities that their GoldWing has. They came back soon after and Renata announced she would only be riding on the back of the Wing from now on.
I got a bit of the blog caught up but spent more time mingling. For lunch, Willie Wonka and Carlene joined us at Pop's Place. Lunch was as good as breakfast, although Pops gave Willie some extra special customer attention when we were done.
There were still some new people rolling in. I wrote a bit more but was still way behind.
The Meet and Greet was scheduled for 6:00 PM at the Maggie Valley Inn. We got down a bit early and walked around looking at the Chev SSR's that meet here the same week every year. They told me there were 109 registered this year, an impressive number considering these vehicles were an extremely limited run.
Inside the hall, they had set three tables for us. Then they needed another one for the last arrivals. We were honoured to have Hizzoner Hissownself, the one and only Judge, join us. I haven't had a chance to talk to Bob much for several years. We caught up as they brought out individual salads and then family style fried chicken, ham, fish, mac 'n cheese, green beans and rolls. It was almost impossible not to eat too much. Good food and good friends made for a memorable experience.
At the motel, they got the fire lit early. We had live entertainment and people just hung out and visited. Various kinds of moonshine and other liquor got passed around.
I went to the room and sorted photos around 10:00. Sandy went to bed, but I headed back out and found myself sitting around the fire with Jax and Oak talking about all manner of things until we finally called it a night about 1:00 AM