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* The Story of 56 men that made 4th of July possible
Lest we forgetů
Independence Day. Ah yes, a day of picnics, hotdogs, beer and baseball games. But for the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence it was no picnic. And I suggest that we stop chewing on our hotdog, set the beer aside, and pause the baseball game for just a moment, to remember who they were and what happened to them.
These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians rebelling against their own government--Britain. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but valued liberty more. When they signed the Declaration, they knew full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. But they stood tall, straight, and unwavering as they pledged " each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Many of them lost the first two, but never gave up the third--"their sacred honor." Nor should we as we recall who they were and the price they paid for our freedom and once again remind ourselves that freedom is not free.
Five of them were captured by the British, considered traitors to their government, and tortured before they died.
Nine of the 56 fought and died of wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
Two lost their sons fighting in the Revolutionary Army.
Another had two sons captured.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and gristmill were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died of a broken heart.
At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr. noted that his home had been taken over by the the British General Cornwallis as his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire on it. His home was destroyed and he died bankrupt.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter sold home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
The properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnet, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton were looted of everything of value.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The British jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
So now you can go back to chewing on your hotdogs, slurping your beer, playing baseball and enjoying the freedom of living in a country where you are free to gripe about your government--a freedom that a lot of us are excersizing these days. And that's OK, just so long as you don't forget that freedom is not free, and never well be.
Draik is an amazing kid that has the hearts of our members here at ETB. Chasing his dream of racing this year he has stepped up to the Ninja250 and is starting out this season pulling off some amazing podium Finishes. Given we are no business with cash flow and just a member supported group. We do what we can to help Draik further his dreams. Keep up with his race season on our track addicts board. His Father Kurt (R6boater) keeps us up to date with his current races and achievements. And also some really sweet Go-Pro footage. Also make plans to attend our swap meet/fundraiser Sunday May 5th. Any help with this event would be greatly appreciated. Check out the thread in upcoming events. Here is one of his latest videos....
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xx Happy Birthday EsrTek!
Today at 03:04:49 AM by Deuce
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xx PAULRIDES, Jul 20 -- SUN Morn - BBQ & a View Ride (Clouds, Mtns, Water, Roads)
July 20, 2014, 10:38:34 PM by PAULRIDES
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Sunday was a DGNP (no plan) RIDE.  I did have sprinkles for a few miles to start with (started at 8:15AM), and very damp, to damp, to damp/dry mix until near Walland.

I did tell Betty I would come home and take her for BBQ to either the little Yellow Stand on John Sevier (do not remember the name) or the Lakeside Grill on Hwy 139. So, I guess one could say it was a Ride to Eat plan vs a No Plan. Betty likes her own healthy cooking and was not interested.
I ended up at Lakeside BBQ at 1PM despite fact I had been riding to the WEST and the Yellow Stand was closer (Y S was closed when I got there at noon, closed Sunday).

Sat at a table at Lakeside BBQ with a Rider (Triumph Touring Bike) that lives in Dandridge. Young (compared to me -- I estimate early 40s) that estimated he had a Million Miles under his belt (rode in several other countries as well as USA). Has has had only two what one would call Bad Accidents (had minor injuries from them - Lucky). He is wondering if he has used up all his LUCK?  One was when he was a teenager and a car crowded him into a parked car, another was a 96 yr old Driver in FL (FL is Dangerous Place) ran into him when he was stopped at a light. The driver did not even slow down (knocked his bike out from under him and then he hit the hood of the car and knocked him to where he landed on top the bike, nearly 80 feet down the road). Got a tail bone injury and a peg on his MC gouged into his leg when he landed on the bike. He was able to go back and ask the 96 yr old driver what was he doing -- the 96 yr old said he thought the light was turning green. FL is Dangerous.

Other than BBQ. the ride was to Walland, Foothills, Lake Chillhowee, Vonore, back to Hwy 95, to 321, to 333, to John Sevier, to the BBQ Yellow Stand (closed). Then highballed to Lakeside Grill via Thorngorve and 25 to to Deep Springs.

Pictures are mainly of Cloud Scenes (beautiful today), Water Scenes, and a few roads. No pictures after the lake scenes on Hwy 333 except at Lakeside Grill.

The grill was very busy, They have good BBQ, Excellent BBQ Sauce, and Reasonable Prices at $5.50 for small sandwich (big as you need) and two sides. I picked beans for both sides, STAND BACK for a few days. :-) 
Not bragging about the BBQ sides -  Just OK (I add a lot of BBQ sauce to the beans).  Grin

xx What have you been doing for your bike today?
July 18, 2014, 10:17:31 PM by Chris
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I spent the day spooning new tyres onto the old Honda CM400.  I bought the tyres from Ian but was shocked when he told me the going rate for mounting was $60 USD per tyre.

That's 123% of what the tyres cost.  Doesn't that seem beyond strange? Consider for a moment that if I were to pay the same percentage for mounting new tyres on my Volvo I'd pay $1000 USD for the tyres and $1230 USD for the mounting and balancing.  I can't wrap my head around that.  

I could have afforded the shop's mounting fee but paying more that the tyres cost to have them mounted just rubbed me the wrong way, especially as I can mount the darn things myself.  Having them mounted at a shop is just a convenience.

So, three hours of work and a little sweat later, the little Honda has new shoes.  It would have gone faster but these were probably the first tyres I've mounted in 20 years and I was a little out of practice.  I also spent about half the time cleaning the wheels while they were off the bike and bare.  The old Honda ComStar wheels are good and strong but almost impossible to thoroughly clean on the bike.

Of course, while working on the wheels I also found some new jobs for the little 400's maintenance schedule.  The front brake is dragging so the caliper probably needs a rebuild and the steering head bearings need replacement as the dreaded straight ahead detent has formed.

Bikes, sports cars and boats...they always need something...

So, what are you folks working on?


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