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Updated on 08/27/05

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Matt Weinert asks for everyone to send pictures to him for submission in the Torque magazine.  Mailing a CD to him will work the best for him.

A guide to pictures:

Ron Sands' Friday Pictures Ron Sands' Saturday Pictures Ron Sands' Sunday Pictures
Garry Simmon's Pictures Greg Hammond's Pictures Ed Dreikorn's Pictures
Scott Dobson's Pictures Ken Towers' Pictures Norm Coffey's Pictures NEW

We set a new record this year with attendance shooting up to 125 (fantastic!).  But before I go too far, we really must thank our sponsors who really helped in a huge way this year!

Hermy's Cycles and Martin's Motorsports sponsored the Friday evening buffet.

Kissell's Motorsports and Windber Triumph sponsored the Grand Canyon Lunch at Colton Point.

RAT, Collin's Cycles, Hermy's Cycles, Windber Triumph, Martin's Motorsports and Kissell's Motorsports all donated great prizes that were awarded on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Thank you all!  Your support is greatly appreciated and is the main reason this event is so successful!

 

Once again, we had riders come from far and wide.  There seems to be a growing Canadian influence.

We had several packs in attendance - the largest being the Windber (WARP) pack.  Other packs included:

Hermy's (Royal RATs)

Martin's (Triumph Riders of Coventry)

Kissell's (Nittany RATs), 

Uncommon Cycles 

Triumph of Pittsburgh RATs

Capital Area Triumph (King's Brigade)

Mt. Holly Triumph (Jersey Devil RATs) 

Crazy Canucks from Ontario

 

This RAID is becoming a huge reunion for many riders who have attended many if not all of the years that it has been held.   The camaraderie is strong here!  On top of that, we welcomed new North American RAT Coordinator, Matt Weinert who has been to the RAID several times and knows many of us.  Great job, Matt!

Once again there were a few groups that rode together as well as many that went out on their own to various destinations.  The highlight of Friday was a ride to Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA.  Denny's is known for having the largest hamburger in PA.  

Afterward, many of us rode on Wykoff Run which was repaved this year and is terrific.

Wykoff Run Rd. (courtesy of Garry Simmons)

After returning from the rides, most of us jumped into the pool at the Towne House which was especially refreshing with the heat.  The bar waitresses kept many of us refreshed by bring drinks to poolside.  What a way to go!

Afterward, Matt kicked of the evening's festivities outdoors under the canopies which included the buffet and door prizes.  A long time later that evening, a few brave souls did venture out to the Bermuda Triangle Pub Crawl.

The highlight of Saturday was a lunch at Colton Point State Park on the western rim of the PA Grand Canyon.  (Several of us hit Wykoff Run once again to get there!)  Ron and Ann Woodhead made all of the arrangements for this lunch which was held at a pavilion in the park.  Thank you Ron and Ann!

After relaxing a bit during lunch, some of us headed over to the Leonard Harrison State park to see the eastern rim.  Some great sites were available from the overlooks.  Off then to the Hyner View for more spectacular views of the Western Branch of the Susquehanna.  Though hang gliders often use the rocky perch, none were there this day.

Many of hit rain at some part of the afternoon while riding back to St. Marys but Mother Nature had a surprise for us as we were taking the group shot and preparing for dinner.  A huge storm was brewing but fortunately, we were able to get the picture in and get under the tents before the heavens opened up.  The rain subsided during dinner and the outdoor presentation of awards and door prizes went off without a drop of rain.

The Towne House once again arranged for a DJ to be on hand for the Saturday evening entertainment.  A few did kick up their heels dancing to the tunes.   Another run on the Bermuda Triangle was in order for a few after the evening at the lounge.

There were no organized rides on Sunday but yet a few did their own ventures.

Several folks told me that they cannot wait until next year.  See you in 2006!

Enjoy the tons of pictures!

Ron

Saturday evening's group shot (courtesy of Ron Woodhead)

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Friday Pix from Ron:

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Matt starts the Friday Rider's Meeting Denny's Beer Barrel Pub
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End of Wykoff Run
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The pool felt so good after a hot ride! Buck enjoys a beer while Maureen washes his ST. Maureen is working hard! Cyndi Settled in for the evening
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The Friday buffet starts Ron, Matt and Erric The Royal RAT Pack from Hermy's
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Matt kicks off the welcoming ceremonies 
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An evening dip!

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Saturday Pix from Ron:

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Ed Morning in St. Marys
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Ready to go on a breakfast run to NY Garry Garry showing me 6 states worth of bugs on his RS
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Mike studying Missy cleaning Terry and Mary Alan on his Sprint Executive
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Norm and his T-Bird The ever happy Registration Team - Erric, Denise and Matt Uncommon's banner Collins' banner Mt. Holly's banner
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Hermy's banner Martin's banner Windber's banner Eben's Lounge
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Let's get this rolling!
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Rider's Meeting "Pit Stop" in Austin Colton Point Lunch Stop
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Colton Point Lunch Stop
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Colton Point Lunch Stop
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Leonard Harrison Parking area Dan taking a picture of me  taking a picture of.... Grand Canyon North Grand Canyon South
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Grand Canyon North again Hyner View parking Western View Eastern View Wooden ramp for hang gliders (not me Bubba!)
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"Cruiser Group" Shot at Hyner Towne House Group shot (note impending clouds) Yep - impending clouds! Dinner time The heavens open up
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Young Bryce gets a Rocket cap as a reward for turning in a found medalion  Woody get an award for his hard work for the Colton Point Lunch
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Garry gets an award for his extensive "route re-con" work. Kathi accepts an award for Ken for helping a rider in need The award for the "best looking Trumpet in the Alleghenies" - a Rocket 3 Missy accepts the Largest Pack in Attendance award for Windber Ted wins a grand prize jacket Another grand prize - a rainsuit
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Another grand prize - another rainsuit Bike Cover grand prize Kathi and Denise kicking it up at the lounge

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Sunday pix from Ron
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Best Trumpet winner Mt. Holly Pack

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Pictures courtesy of Garry Simmons

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Pittsburgh Pack View from Tidioute Overlook Heart's Content Rd Lower side of Kinzua Dam Upper side of Kinzua Dam
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Colton Point lunch Denise, Matt and Ron View from Hyner View

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Pictures courtesy of Ed Dreikorn

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Grand Canyon from Colton Point Young Ed at the Colton Point sign Guide to Colton Point George
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Another overlook shot
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Young Ed at Dad's Tiger Father and son having a great time! Windber Pack
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Pictures courtesy of Greg Hammond

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Pittsburgh Pack Missy's Toes Windber Pack Hyner View sign Western Shot
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Rt 120 Bridge Eastern Shot

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Pictures courtesy of Scott Dobson

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Impromptu Tech Session Garry behind the wrench to change a sprocket Doing a tire patch too St. Marks morning shot
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Pittsburgh Pack Graffitied rock Grand Canyon
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Saturday Dinner Windber Pack

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Pictures courtesy of Ken Towers

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Lunch at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub The sign says it all! Hyner Group Shot
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Outside the lounge Maureen serving drinks Partying in the lounge
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Kathi and Missy Kathi and Matt Missy showing off her kilt
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Kinzua Bridge (Trestle)

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Pictures courtesy of Norm Coffey

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