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ChefC14
04-28-2009, 03:33 AM
OK, I know this is pretty far away but I know we are all busy with life and juggling things around on a daily basis. I don't like organized rides much, I think they are pretty much boring. I don't like when others set my pace and I would rather ride with a couple of my good friends than a large group of people that are trying to out do the others. However this is a good organized ride in my opinion so I wanted to share with you. On the 3rd Friday of August the goldwing group puts a ride together called the Midnight ride. They start in Grand Rapids Michigan and ride to St Ignace. They cross the Mackinac Bridge around 8 a.m. B-Kinger did this ride with me once about 5 or 6 years ago. When you leave grand Rapids there are about 500 bikes give or take. When you reach the Mackinac bridge there are about 2000. They go to St Ignace casino for breakfast. There is police escorts through the little towns and there isn't much stopping. There are some scheduled stops along the way. Grand Rapids to Alma, Alma to Houghton Lake, Houghton Lake to Gaylord, Gaylord to St Ignace. Each little jaunt is about 50 miles. The next day they do have parades, rides and vendors. I was thinking that the bunch of you Detroiters could get together and meet me and my riding buddies in Grands Rapids, then we could all ride the ride together. Just an idea. Plenty of planning time here,so get your ducks in a row and get out of the chity. (spelled wrong on purpose)

B-Kinger
04-28-2009, 10:22 AM
Yea it's a great run for those that can tolerate riding for such a distance during the wee hours of the nite, but it was quite different, and a great experience. Well worth the effort. We even had a great time at the motorcycle rodeo the next morning. I only suffered on the ride home that afternoon. OH YEA, Sarge, that was when I rolled into West Branch on fumes on the Vmax!

Twisted
04-28-2009, 05:43 PM
Goldwing group? Those RV's on 2 wheels can handle it, my ass would be killing me.:eek: Jus' kidding, it's not the ride that intimidates me, it's the large group of unknown riders. I already ride with a small group of maybe 20 bikes sometimes, and that's scary enough. They are all over the place.
Do you have to stay with the group?

B-Kinger
04-28-2009, 06:31 PM
Tell her the plan Marco...

Bob
04-28-2009, 06:56 PM
We where up in St. Ignace about 2 years ago and it was just packed with Goldwings. Was pretty cool to see.

ChefC14
04-28-2009, 11:22 PM
No you don't have to stay with the pack. I usually ride with them fo rthe first 100 miles or so. Once you get to around Grayling I tend to leave the pack. At least I have every year so far. Sometimes as early as Houghton Lake. It's really cool to get to Gaylord before the group then watch them pull in. In Gaylord is where the sun comes up. You can get some goo pics after that. Then I usually leave Gaylord before the group and run up to Indian River and stop at a bridge and watch the group come through there. If we did get a group together I'd probably stay with the group though unless everyone wanted to go ahead. I usually just head home from there. Again, if we did get a group together I might just go up for breakfast. I never have before because standing in line doesn't excite me plus I can cross the bridge any day I want to. It's only 25 miles from my house. I have done this trip many times but I'd be willing to do it differently if we got a pack of 2wheelmichigan riders. It isn't too bad Monica, it's mostly freeway riding and anytime you feel unsafe just hit the passing lane and get away from whatever made you feel uneasy. Like I said I usually give it 100 miles. The first 50 you definitely want to stay in the pack cuz it's farmland and cornfields. I feel a little safer in the pack hoping that the deer might stay away from the 500 plus motorcycles.

B-Kinger
04-29-2009, 08:37 AM
Ha ha, good point man, sometimes the best way to avoid the deer is to stay with the cows. :rolleyes: Seriously, it's be a blast.

ChefC14
04-29-2009, 10:57 AM
Ha ha, good point man, sometimes the best way to avoid the deer is to stay with the cows. :rolleyes: Seriously, it's be a blast.

Off topic, Mike you gotta get up here. This morning I went to Gaylord after work and I took all back roads. I was thinking about you and the B-King while I was taking the sweepers. I thought to myself, "self, Mike has to get his ass up here." Sell everything and bring your Monica, kids ex-wife whatever it takes. We didn't see any deer but lots of turkeys and 0 cops. 38 degrees when I left work and 50 degrees when I got home. Now I have to sleep and I don't want to, I wanna go play. The north is my playground and I'm willing to share it with a few good friends.

B-Kinger
04-29-2009, 11:17 AM
HA HA HA, how about I sell the ex wife!!!!!

Twisted
04-29-2009, 11:46 AM
Sell the goat instead, worth more, better condition, and has less miles. :rolleyes:

B-Kinger
04-29-2009, 11:55 AM
OOOOH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! And keeps looking better with age!!!!!

ChefC14
04-29-2009, 03:00 PM
With the economy the way it is I think you'd have better luck selling the ex. There are a few guys in the backwoods that have a nice trailer and a couple of teeth you could probably work a deal out with.

ChefC14
05-03-2009, 05:33 AM
A pic of last years ride and a brochure for 2009 with all of the details. Last year they raised $25,500 for the juvenile diabetes research foundation.

http://www.mi-gmidnightriders.org/09midnight_ride.htm