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Sunday, May 8, 2011

8 May - The day before

Today was mostly a hang out and make sure everything is in order kinda day. Not much going on this morning around the hotel. Many people were sleeping until late in the morning or early afternoon. This was a combination of getting to town yesterday and getting acclimated and attending the cruise. The New Jersey chapter had previously arranged a harbor cruise in New York. Mark and I did not attend because we knew they would be getting in late and since we had gotten up early it would be too long of a day. As it turned out they did not get back to the hotel until about 3-4 am. We did hear it was a good time though.

This afternoon John got to the hotel from Boston. The mechanics showed up to assist in putting bikes together and getting them ride ready. Just as last year these guys do a fantastic job of making sure the bikes are road ready. There is a room that is set up for chapters/agencies to sell items. Last year we were pretty successful here in selling our coins. This year there seemed to be a few more tables set up with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, coins, glasses and other miscellaneous items.

Here is a shot of the room where the bikes are being stored and put together.

Here are a couple photos of the mechanics at work. There were three of them today. This picture was taken after the one of the rushes when they had a line of folks and the mechanics were working furiously. Great guys.

Today also brought a little foreign item to us that we are certain you will all enjoy.

Can you tell us what this is?

We understand for our friends and family in Washington that this may be a real head scratcher. But yes that is the sun, in all its glory :-). Today was mostly sunny and 72. We had one heck of a time adjusting to that for a while.

Tomorrow is an early start for us. We are scheduled to leave at 7, which means up very early to have breakfast and check out of the hotel. The ride takes us to Ground Zero and back into New Jersey. We promise to have several photos to share.

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