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Toys For Tots, 2012

 
            I recieved an email from a friend yesterday asking if I was going to the T4T run here. I had been thinking about doing it, but it gets cold here in the morning and The Runtyun is not too fond of shivering. I was not sure what to do. Then Ashley asked what my plans were.
I struggled with the whole thing for a few hours, and finally called some really good people and they jumped at the chance to help out. It turns out their daughter and mine are great friends at school. Can you say sleep over?
After dropping The Runtyun off I was bound for Walmart to get something as an offering. 
Finally the morning came and it was time to get going. 25 degrees and a solid frost on the grass. I have never found a decent pair of cold weather gloves and this was the day for it too. Let’s just say the coffee mug at the Breakfast Shop, in Swannaoa  did more than warm my insides.
Ashley showed and breakfast was really great! Time went by, we went to the Harley Davidson of Asheville and looked around for a minute then went to the start point for the ride. When we got to the start site, there were only a few bikes and everything was only getting started.
After a while more bikes would show up. Ashely and I walked around a little. I am not much of a talker, but Ashley was real easy to talk with.

After a while Santa’s elves came around and every body had to get a pic, I am not immune either.
We settled on the hill, this old guy’s legs were getting tired. Ashley showed her street creds.
As the departure time came closer, I got on the hill and took this photo. At this point there were only 

about a hundred bikes.
At this point, we had more than 45 minutes for more bikes to roll in, yet the staging area was more than ⅔ full.
About this time, Santa showed up with his police escort. I wonder if this is Rudolf?
Watch out Henderson County They got Beemers on the watch!
Then of course Santa and his bride came along. I wonder if she gets jealous of those elves?

The safety lecture.
Finally we were off. I have never ridden in a rally of any sort, so I did not know what to expect. Truth is, I thought we would be walking the bikes most of the time. We got into third gear and moved along pretty well. It was well organized and fun.
While we went through the Tunnel on Tunnel Rd. Ashely turned on the recorder (Turn up the base!)

So, I guess there were almost 2000 bikes on this run. Many kids who may not have gotten gifts for Christmas will have something under their tree. I am truly happy I participated this year, Ashley and I plan on doing it again next.
Thanks again, Ashley for that email. And a GREAT BIG shout out to my friends that had The Runtyun for the weekend!

OLC

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