The past Sunday had a good turn out for our winter get together at Just Eddies. This was also the transformation of the riding club 1st officer. From pass to present , John excepting the 1st officers retirement patch and I, Ron excepted the position of the clubs 1st officer,and thank everyone for your support and making it one of the best riding clubs around
Great turnout last Sunday for the first of the winter breakfast get togethers at Just Eddies. Only one bike in the parking lot but it's not the end of the riding season yet. So stay tuned for more riding days to come during the month of November.
We were a little late this year to get the full advantage of our beautiful Fall Colors in Algonquin Park but last Wednesday turned out to be one of the more memorable rides of this season. The day started off a little cool but warmed up by mid morning with clear skies and calm winds. Little traffic to contend with added to the pleasure along with recent re-paving of hwy. 60 which made the trip like riding on a pool table. Thanks to Ron for leading this great ride, Bud and Doreen for taking care of us from the rear and many of you for the pictures.
Last Sunday was sunny and warm and an ideal day for previewing the Fall colors along some of the best riding roads we have in this area. Lunch was in a pretty crowded restaurant in Dorset, lots of other bike clubs, but service was excellent and with a smile. Ride continued through to Dwight and down the beautiful Portage Road to Baysville. Thanks to Ron Hare for the excellent ride he organized for us and also the following pictures.
Last Saturday was the Midland Toy Ride which turned out to be one lonely ride for the few that showed up for a good soaking. It was raining when we left Orillia, rained harder as the day progressed, rained harder still on the Toy Ride, continued raining while eating a great lunch of bacon on a bun, then eased up for the ride back home, wouldn't you know it !!! Thanks to a hardy bunch that braved the weather.
Next day was a complete turnaround weather wise, mostly dry although cool, to say the least. Fantastic ride with a real nice bunch of people stopping at Norland for an excellent lunch. Then the big surprise came with an invite back to Ron and Jan's home for coffee and some good music with Ron on guitar and Dave on drums. Where did all this talent come from ???? Good work guys and thanks so much for the hospitality. Thanks also to Ron Hare for organizing the ride and the pictures.
Another great turnout on a dismal day for our Sunday ride to the fish ladder in Thornberry. Seemed like fish n chips was the choice of the day in the Bridge Restaurant. Good food and even better company. Thanks to Bev and Brian for the pictures.
Best thing about Friday the 13 th. in Port Dover is the Ride down there and back. Found some roads I'd never been on before and all the turn around's in gravel lots made for a little extra excitement. Great ride Ron including the reserved parking just for our Chapter when we arrived in Port Dover.
Slightly frosty by the time I arrived home at 10.30 pm with 636 kms. on the clock. Not a bad days total. Thanks to Blanka for the pictures. Where does she find these people ???
Welcome to the "Message Board" for Chapter 523 of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club
The purpose of this "message board" is to keep members and guests aware of upcoming rides, events and activities, along with a photographic gallery of past events.
You are invited to comment on any of the entries posted by clicking on a "comment" box. Also please browse through the various items of interest such as the Orillia weather, News from the Packet & Times and Friends of Chapter 523.
Shown at the top right of this page is our Orillia Chapter 523 Patch which was designed by 2 nd. Officer Pete Randle in the fall of 2009 shortly after the Chapter was formed.
The City of Orillia is commonly known as the "Twin Lake City" and the "Sun City" both which are depicted on the Patch by showing the sun rising over the Twin Lakes of Couchiching to the north and Simcoe to the south.
Staggered formation with the lead rider in the left tire track, subsequent riders alternating between right and left tire tracks, of the driving lane.
On secondary roads, a one second count will separate each rider, which will be a two second count to the rider immediately in front of you. On major highways where the speed will be increased, this count may be increased accordingly. Riding through towns at slower speeds, ranks will closed up to try and avoid splitting the group up. Traffic lights must be obeyed even if this splits the group.
Riders that require a larger separation than outlined above, for any reason especially for those members riding with a passenger, three wheeled , trikes or sidecar, motorcycle please ride toward the rear of the group but IN FRONT of the designated "Tail Gunner" of the day.
Right and left turns will be indicated by all riders using indicator lights and also hand signals as outlined by the MTO.
Slowing down or coming to a stop will be indicated by a hand signal as outlined by the MTO, this signal will be at the discretion of the Ride Captain.
Additional hand signals initiated by the Ride Captain will be used for riding in single file.
Pointing with the right foot or left hand to indicate an obstruction in the road such as a pot hole, debris or road kill that the rider behind you cannot see. (Pointing with your right or left foot would also be acceptable).
Also use a hand signal to the rider behind you if they have accidently left their blinker light flashing.
Designated Tail Gunners for Chapter .NOBODY WILL RIDE BEHIND THE TAILGUNNER. The tailgunner is the "Eyes" of the group and their primary function is to protect the group as a whole from traffic approaching from behind. This is no small task.
We do have several experienced Ride Captains headed up by Steve Shane. Their duty is to provide us with a safe and enjoyable ride within the limits of the law. It is important for the group to ride at a speed that keeps pace with the general traffic around them.
You may be asked at any time to fill in for either of the above positions and we ask that you respect this request by honoring all of the above.
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