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Feb 3rd 2018, 02:26 PM   #1
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

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Hey Gorge Riders, Get in Here....

Hello Gorge Riders:

It''s February, and here at the edge of the desert, it's starting to feel like spring. Yeah, the garage feels like a deep freeze, the roads are still sandy, but...the sun's a little higher, the creeks are rising, and the daffodils are sprouting. Any evening now we'll hear the clarion call as the first sportbike starts winding out across the valley and climbs into the switchbacks, and this gives us pause to consider the 2018 Gorge season. A few of us met for Saturday Morning Coffee ("SMC") this morning, and we discussed plans for 2018:

As R1 Jackal suggested in another thread, we're going to vary the location of SMC from place to place throughout the summer. Some weeks we will be in The Dalles, other weeks in Hood River, White Salmon; wherever. Changing the venue allows more riders to attend, and breaks up the routine. We'll post the SMC location here on PNWMoto on Thursday nights.

When summer gets here, we're going to play hooky. We're going to invite riders to join us on designated weekday late afternoon after work rides around the Gorge. Afterwards we may grab some supper or a favorite beverage. This is a good opportunity to invite co-workers to join us on some rides. Day of week and meet-up place to be announced in a separate The Dalles Forum thread.

We decided we needed to do a better job of welcoming new and returning riders to the Gorge. We meet a lot of riders out here; many express an interest to join us on rides, and although we're always inviting them to join us "next time", we rarely follow up. We need to be better "ambassadors of our sport"; if you guys have good ideas for outreach, please chime in.

We're really lucky out here; we have a good riding community, lots of sunshine and endless twisty roads. It's time to give a little something back to our sport; we'd love to hear your ideas.

Thanks, as as always, Good Riding to You.

Quixote
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Feb 3rd 2018, 09:02 PM   #2
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

Changing up the meeting place for SMC might be a good idea, and it's worth trying. Maybe some "new to the group" riders will feel more comfortable if the meeting place is in their locale and familiar to them.

I guess I need a secret decoder ring to know when the SMC will meet and where. I checked email and here on PNW this morning, but I found no chatter about SMC today. Communication is fundamental to participation, IMO.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to more riding this year. You're right, Quixote, lots of great roads and sunshiny days ahead and the weather is getting better all the time.
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