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Monday, July 5, 2010

Amy & Doug's Tiddler Tour

A Tiddler Tour, for those who may not know, is a rally for old, small bikes. The usual specifications are <= 350cc and <= 1972. However, unless it's the MotoGiro (305cc & 1968), any bike that fits into the spirit of the ride is generally welcomed. This is the case with Amy and Doug which allowed our friends to join in with a pair of NX250's. Right size but only 21 years old. The curious thing is that after coming once or twice the odd rider gets the bug and shows up on a proper vintage bike which means one more bike is saved and ridden.

The weather could not have been more perfect, sunny and warm. The back roads Doug had mapped out were a perfect blend of languid rural roads to troll along mixed with twisty bits to keep it interesting. There were about two dozen riders that broke into smaller groups to ride together. Route sheets were accurate and nobody got lost to my knowledge. A long or a short route for the morning and another 50-miler for the afternoon.

After the ride Amy was the Hostess with the Mostest. Chicken, shrimp, hot dogs, and hamburgers were all on the menu plus salad, chips, cookies, eclairs, and pie. Can you say "Stuffed to the MAX"? 

As it was the 4th of July a variety of very nice, semi-professional fireworks was lit off for all to enjoy. The names of the parties involved will be withheld to protect the guilty. 

If you weren't there you missed a great time. However, there is still hope. The Ropers are planning on making it an annual affair. And the nameless party has promised even more and better fireworks next time!