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Title: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Chris Baum on July 17, 2011, 11:04:05 pm
Nebraska COG’s “Over the Pond” Grill Out

Date:  August 1st, 2011
Time:  6:00-9:00PM

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska - Chris's Place

“OTP Winners” - Bernd Neumann of Germany
“OTP Tag-a-Long” - Gie Lambeir of Belgium

Here is your chance to hangout with Bernd and Gie, swap motorcycle stories, and enjoy some good food before they start their trip to the COG National Rally in Snow Mountain, Vermont.   

If you can attend the BBQ respond to this post, so we can plan for food. Please bring a drink of your choice, maybe two or three.  Also bring some cash as we will pass the hat for contributions to help pay for gas and food for the guys on their 5,000+ mile trip around the USA. 

The “Over the Pond”  (OTP) is an event sponsored by COG members to help send other COG members from Europe or US to travel over the pond.   Every odd year, a European rider comes to the U.S. and every even year a U.S. rider travels to Europe.  The “OTP” got its start in 2000 and has been going strong every since.

Please RSVP.  A post on this topic is adequate.
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Rick Hall on July 19, 2011, 10:04:24 pm
Chris:

Pencil me in would ya? If I can get the dishes done in time I'll ride out to Lincoln with Bernd.

Rick
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: fisheyes on July 21, 2011, 01:34:05 am
count me in
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Summit670 on July 21, 2011, 06:35:50 am
Do you need to be an official current COG member to attend?  If not, I think that may work for me.

Hi Rick, hope to see you there.  Two years ago or so 3 of us met up with 2 of you guys in Ft. Collins and rode the Mtns.

Jim
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Rick Hall on July 22, 2011, 09:06:42 am
Do you need to be an official current COG member to attend?
You don't have to be a member of anything for OtP. Always been that way.

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Two years ago or so 3 of us met up with 2 of you guys in Ft. Collins and rode the Mtns.

I remember :) See you in a few...

Rick
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Summit670 on July 23, 2011, 10:02:23 am
Ok, I'm in.
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: connie_rider on July 24, 2011, 10:29:03 am
Geez, I wish I could be there.
Hard to believe that they will be arriving in 5 days!!
Chris, if they snore,,,throw them outside to sleep!!

Ya'll have a good time! Drink a cool one for me.

Rick, glad to hear your gonna try to be there....
Bernd will appreciate your company on the ride.
Is Phil gonna ride with you??

Tell Bernd/Gie, I'll see them in Mt Snow!!!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Summit670 on July 24, 2011, 01:46:04 pm
I80 is boring but quicker but if you have a little extra time do the 2 laners.  I'd probably stay on the south side of 80.  Watch for State Patrol, esp between Ogallala and Lincoln (virtually all of I80). 

Hwy 34 in Nebraska or something like that.  Of course it depends on the starting point.

Kansas has Hwy 36 so if coming from Denver stay on 36 then cut NE to Alma Nebr, then go east, etc.

Don't know what road construction is happening down that way but could check that too if interested.
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Rick Hall on July 24, 2011, 02:14:51 pm
Current plan is US-36 in KS, then diagonal up to Alma and Holdredge. (huh, just like you propose ;) ) US-34 till the traffic starts to suk, with I-80 as the detour. US-34 (& 6) seems to jam up at/near Hastings for some odd reason.

I recall the speed on the secondaries is 65MPH, not much time lost compared to the interstates. No truck traffic, not much traffic for that matter, prettier ride too.

Rick
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Summit670 on July 24, 2011, 04:58:48 pm
Cool.

Minden has Pioneer Village.  Many relics from the past.

Hastings, east of there on 6, has the Old WWII ammunition depot with earth covered bomb storage buildings and a lot of concrete buildings.  (oh, btw, they patrol 6 pretty good within about 20 miles of Hastings.

If you want to skip those, you can go east at Alma.   North at Franklin.   East on #4.   North on 15.

Then go by Dorchester and thru Crete.  About 6 miles east of crete you can take a left and go thru Denton.

From Denton, you probably will want to take W Denton Road east to Lincoln.

I am full of ideas, of course I'm not logging the miles like you guys.

I may be able to meet you in Crete if you want.  Maybe somewhere further west of there too.


Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Rick Hall on July 24, 2011, 05:33:56 pm
Chris is near 40th and Neb Hwy. So if we kept on US-36 til US-81 (or NE 15), Crete is doable. Howz dat work out?

Keep in mind I'm serving breakfast in the AM of our departure, dishes and crap will have to be done before we depart CO. Too may sight seeing visits will put us late into Lincoln. And the A/C unit, and cool showers, and... ;)

Bernd will have my toss-away cell. It's frequently off, and you can't leave VM.
three oh three 6 oh one twenty seven sixty five.

Rick
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Chris Baum on July 24, 2011, 07:47:47 pm
Rick,

Now, don't be to late!  We will need to go to Lazlo's Brewery for dinner that night and try their brew sampling menu along with some good food for Bernd and Gie.  You might remember the Lazlo's Brewery we took Patrick "OTP" there in 2007!   

One place you might want to make a quick stop for Bernd's sake.

1. Atlanta, Nebraska on the east-side of town, just before Holdrege, is a WWII prisoner of war camp, for German POW's over 3000 stayed there during its time.  There is a historical marker, and all that is left is the chimney and water tower.

 
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Summit670 on July 24, 2011, 08:03:17 pm
If you guys have time, it's only a thought for the backroads.  Look at google maps and you'll see the options pretty plain.

81 is 4 lane for the most part.  Nice road though.

You could always do breakfast the John Wayne way - throw some bacon on a biscuit and head out.  Ha.

Alma to Lincoln using the fastest way is about 3 hours.  It is 180 miles.    You can decide from there how much time you have.

Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Rick Hall on July 24, 2011, 08:43:01 pm
Rick,

Now, don't be to late!

You know the way I ride ;)

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We will need to go to Lazlo's Brewery for dinner that night and try their brew sampling menu along with some good food for Bernd and Gie.  You might remember the Lazlo's Brewery we took Patrick "OTP" there in 2007!
Do I remember ?  Sure do!

It's 9+ hours at 'brisk' speeds via two lane, 8 hours via I-76/70 at posted.
Unsure when we'll depart, will press for 'early'.
You remember when Patrick and I arrived? We had a four hour head start from my place though (St. Francis), but dawdled a lot getting to Lincoln.

Rick
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Maverick on July 25, 2011, 01:09:02 am
You guys are gonna have a good time with them, Bernd is a really funny chap (don't try to match his beer drinking during happy hour !!) , Gie is very knowledgeable about the C10 and where to ride in Europe.
The US lucky winner for the 2012 "over the pond" rally in Europe will be in for a treat, as it will take place in the beautiful Dolomite mountains in Italy.
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: idphillips on July 25, 2011, 06:51:30 am
Please put me down for two  :) me and my girlfriend will be coming from Blair. Looking forward to meeting everyone as well as the two OTP'rs!
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: idphillips on July 25, 2011, 06:53:49 am
BTW, not a newbie either, just haven't been on much since the site crash, mainly lurking. same SN on the old site.
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: connie_rider on July 25, 2011, 07:07:49 am
You guys are gonna have a good time with them, Bernd is a really funny chap (don't try to match his beer drinking during happy hour !!) , Gie is very knowledgeable about the C10 and where to ride in Europe.
The US lucky winner for the 2012 "over the pond" rally in Europe will be in for a treat, as it will take place in the beautiful Dolomite mountains in Italy.

Italy?????? arghhh, I wanna go! I wanna GO!

Just a note: Hans. (OtP Boss, the great Poobar, the enlightened one, his Honour, the Flog-O-Matic guru,,, whatever,,,, ) has sed that the OtP Slave Laborers are eligible next year......
(Don't tell Harry)    :-X :-X

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Summit670 on August 01, 2011, 08:25:20 am
Is this get together happening August 1st about 6pm?   
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Rick Hall on August 01, 2011, 01:54:12 pm
Is this get together happening August 1st about 6pm?

As far as I can tell, yes today (Monday) 6:00 PM until??

I'm here w/ Bernd and Gie, Chris is currently out doing some shopping.

BTW, Chris has a new C-14 in his garage....

Rick
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Summit670 on August 01, 2011, 02:23:50 pm
Ok.  I was looking thru some of the other OTP threads and it looked like the schedule was bumped up a day because I didn't think you guys were leaving Colorado until early this morning and Chris was concerned about the riding time with all the "detours" or "alternate routes" that were being thrown out there.

I'll try and be there by 6 (Chris' place?) or are we meeting somewhere else?

Jim
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Rick Hall on August 01, 2011, 02:32:38 pm
Would have bben nice for another day, but such  is life. We left yesterday AM, arrived ~ 8:00PM. Hot  :o

Yes Chris's place. His address in a PM

See ya soon!
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Summit670 on August 01, 2011, 03:14:46 pm
Thanks.  Hope it is warm enough out for everybody.   Ha Ha  (103 according to NWS site a minute ago and that can be an hour or two behind, I didn't check the time it was read)  It may get warmer than that when the final report comes out.

Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: connie_rider on August 01, 2011, 03:46:21 pm
Here is the first few days of the schedule.
As far as I know everything is on schedule.

 :chugbeer:
 :nuts:

Friday, 29 July
Bernd arrives in Denver, CO.
Stays with Rick Hall in Lyons, CO.
Done..........

Saturday, 30 July
Gie arrives in Lincoln, NE.
Stays with Chris Baum in Lincoln, NE.
Done.........

Sunday, 31 July
Bernd rides to Chris Baum's home in Lincoln, NE. Rick Hall to escort Bernd to Chris Baum's home. 
Wuz a TAD HOT!!!      :hitfan:
Done.........

Monday, 1 August
Travelers tour the Kawasaki plant and prep motors for trip.
Todays plan,,,, no info yet??

Tuesday, 2 August
Travelers ride to Kevin Cummings' home in Foley, MO.
Kevin Cummings to escort.
Plan fer tomorrow........

Ride safe, Ted   :D
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: ptarman on August 01, 2011, 04:59:16 pm
Steve Cook and I were Bernd's guides in the Rockies on Saturday.  We took him over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, ate a leisurely lunch in Grand Lake, and then back over Trail Ridge and back to Rick's for the evening BBQ. 

Bernd is nowhere near as language-impaired as I was when I was in German as the OTP Tag-a-long in '08.  He is very fluent and very enjoyable to ride with and visit with.  He and Gie will be great ambassadors from GCE.

I'll be going to Lincoln with Steve Cook on the 15th of August to meet them both there and then Steve and I will ride back to Lyons and spend a day riding in the Rockies with Rick and Gie on the 17th before Gie flies home on the 18th.
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: ptarman on August 01, 2011, 05:08:36 pm
I just read about Chris's new C-14.  I guess everybody's who's anybody is getting a C-14.  Well, except Rick...and he can probably outrun anybody on a C-14 on his 160K+ C-10.

Is Chris gonna' keep the C-10 as a permanent OTP loaner?

Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: connie_rider on August 01, 2011, 05:10:44 pm
Hello Phil....
Err, it ain't Chris bike..    (Read below)
http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=34645 (http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=34645)

Ya'll be careful on that ride. You Colorado guys ain't used to the 100* heat.
How did Harry (Dirty Rotten Scoundrel) do. Whatever he sed about me wuz a lie!!!

Just talked to Chris about "the plan"... and got info off of Gie's Blog....

Monday, 1 August
Travelers tour the Kawasaki plant and prep motors for trip.
Todays plan,,,, no info yet??

Mother Kawasaki gave Bernd a C-14 to ride to Vermont!!!!!
I'm waiting to hear from Bernd now..
Want photo's!!!!!!!!

NOTE: Chris has a BBQ for Bernd tonight....
Hmmmm,,,, I hear something all the way to my house.. (Texas/Gods Country)
Sounds like a party going on!!!!   :chugbeer:

Ride safe, Ted






Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: idphillips on August 02, 2011, 02:51:21 pm
Kim and I enjoyed meeting the OTP winners and everyone else! Thanks for hosting Chris and family!
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Summit670 on August 03, 2011, 06:42:58 am
Yes, thanks Chris and family.  It was a nice turnout. 

If anyone is going to Euro Bike Night in the Lincoln Haymarket tonight we should get together.   I plan to be there around 6:45.

Jim
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: connie_rider on August 03, 2011, 07:36:24 am
If anyone got pictures from the Cookout, (or of the "OtP" Travelers anywhere) can you please post a few?   :feedback:

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Rick Hall on August 03, 2011, 08:53:28 am
If anyone got pictures from the Cookout, (or of the "OtP" Travelers anywhere) can you please post a few?


A few OtP pix @ the Lincoln stop here: http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=13 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?action=media;sa=album;in=13) More when I return to CO.

Rick
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: connie_rider on August 03, 2011, 11:12:53 am
Thanks!!!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: fisheyes on August 03, 2011, 11:48:16 am
It was great meeting everyone, and thanks Chris and family for hosting the festivities.
Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: Chris Baum on August 13, 2011, 09:21:00 pm
COG Nation,

I want to thank everybody that came to the "OTP" Nebraska Grill-Out for Gie and Bernd at our home.  It was nice to see some old friends and make some new friends that evening.  I know that Gie and Bernd had a great time meeting everyone that night before they started their trip to the COG Nationals in Vermont.   Below are two links with pictures for the Kawasaki Plant tour and the Grill out. 

Kawasaki Plant Tour Pictures
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.115589308539230.17969.100002644854788&l=4943d3b797&type=1 (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.115589308539230.17969.100002644854788&l=4943d3b797&type=1)

"OTP" Nebraska Grill-Out Pictures
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.118690754895752.19213.100002644854788&l=0dff79fc35&type=1 (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.118690754895752.19213.100002644854788&l=0dff79fc35&type=1)

Title: Re: Nebraska COG - "Over the Pond" Grill Out
Post by: connie_rider on August 14, 2011, 07:46:39 am
Chris, the OtP'ers are headed your way.
Should be in Michigan today.
Said the crossing into Canada worked out ok. Took only 20 mins to get thru....
Haven't heard yet about the crossing to get back into the US of A?

When they arrive at your place. Be prepared for some stories. They have a lot to share!!
Brace yourself!!  I understand that Steve and Phil will be headed your way to travel to Colorado with Gie?   :yikes: :yikes:
Luckily, Harry Martin (Dirty rotten scoundrel) will NOT be coming.   :loco:

Speaking of Harry.   (DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL).. He did good.
 (Please don't tell him I sed that)

Harry's shirts were worn by quite a few at the National. They really looked good. Stood out in the crowd!
We made a X-Men shirt photo to share.... (I think there were 6 of us)
Try to take another with the Travelers when they reach you.....

Ride safe, Ted

PS: Are ya gonna have ANOTHER Cook Out??? :chugbeer:

PS again: Do you have your OtP X tee shirt?
               If anyone wants a "OtP X" T Shirt,,,, to add to your T Shirt Collection.....  here is the info

http://www.cafepress.com/hmcartoons/6732951 (http://www.cafepress.com/hmcartoons/6732951)