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Offline springer

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« on: July 02, 2016, 08:59:43 PM »
 Don't know how many of y'all follow Dons blog or his video channel. Here is one of his latest.


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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2016, 09:03:23 AM »
Been subscribed to his blogs for awhile now... definitely some cool vids and posts!

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2016, 06:04:17 PM »
Yeah, I've been following along since the beginning. I'm jealous.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2016, 09:13:43 PM »
You know, it wouldn't kill anyone for him/you/yeti/sasquatch/large furry man/dredman/Don to post here every once in a while!  >:( !!!

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2016, 07:51:58 AM »
You know, it wouldn't kill anyone for him/you/yeti/sasquatch/large furry man/dredman/Don to post here every once in a while!  >:( !!!
I think Don needed a break from the site. He started Bamarides and was a driving force in making it what is was before the crash. The downside to that is he was the main target for members who had problems here. After a while the constant criticism can get to anyone.
 He is taking a well deserved break from all that.
Now Bamarides future is in the hands of the members. How much it grows or not is on us. If we have events like Gymkhana, a dualsports training day, a weekend "how to camp off of a motorcycle" event, or anything else for that matter is up to us.
 Do we continue having a spot in the Vintage swap meet? That is on us, the members.
 What kind of events, gatherings, rides, are questions that only be answered by the membership.

 Many of the more active members from the old Bamarides are no longer as active.

 Some of that is just the normal ebb and flow of life. Work, family life, health, can and do change.
 
The following is just my opinion and in no way represents a "official opinion'. :)

 
The main question that Bamarides now faces is "Who will be the new leaders?" The folks who will get things done. Plan events, put together rides, organize flash mobs and get members excited to be a part of Bamarides.

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2016, 09:18:22 AM »
I follow Don's blog avidly, and am proud of him for having the courage to pursue his dream. 

Like Harvie said, the natural ebb and flow of life keeps some from being able to contribute much, my own life being a case in point.  I am involved in eldercare, and not only do I not have an opportunity to ride, even if I did, I don't hardly dare, because if I fell over and got hurt, who would take care of dad?  Having someone totally dependent on you will make you re-think your level of risk tolerance.  So I ride to work a day a week or so, and it's pretty tough to get an interesting ride report out of that. 

Once my situation changes, I'll be back in with both feet.  I LOVE gymkhana events, and can't believe we're not doing one right now.  I passed that big nice parking lot in the shopping center that used to be Food World, out on 78, not far past the Kilgore Memorial exit, and thought, man, we should have a guerrilla gymkhana out here!  There's a parking lot like that near my house too.  We should have impromptu gp8 practices at places like that, with everyone aware that they might have to pick up cones and leave, if we get hassled.  The big, planned events, however, need to be somewhere where we have explicit permission.

Um... where was I going with this?  I miss being involved!  I miss the old guard.  QueenVal, WeirdBeard, Gravlee, Spaztech, WillyT, Springer, Dredman, Yamahamer, Super B, JBMFT, OhGood, JRobinson, JustaGuy, Ironslede, DynaShell, I could go on.   When I first came into this community I was first and foremost impressed with how funny everyone was.  There was some kind of rolling riot going all the time.  I can't believe I didn't get fired, because some days, all I did was watch the forum.  Don was the ingredient that made it all work.  He was super engaged and would go off on tangents and put up videos right and left.  Remember Ball Bearing Betty?  He loved to stir the pot, and the pot loved being stirred, because he loved the pot and the ingredients in it.  Later, when he began to be more disapproving of the ingredients, it really made everyone wilt, because most of us like to feel like we have the approval of our community and its leader, especially one we look up to. 

When I joined, I didn't have a hundred miles under my belt. I was fresh out of a hard divorce (are there any easy ones?) and I had a really shaky self-image.   I remember one time when the tag was at Buck's Pocket.  Don PM'd me and told me to go get it, and he told me where it was.  That was my first trip on the highway all by myself on that Rebel, and I successfully got the tag.  Everyone posted congratulations, and it really solidified how I felt about riding, and how I felt about myself.  I went on to ride the Rebel 6000 miles, all over the state, before I sold it to 6ULDV8.  The support of this community really changed my life.  Approval is key.  Not judgement or criticism.  I feel like I can do anything, with support from the BamaRides community. 

So to finally get to my point, I think it helps to have someone that people can look to as a leader, who is watching the forum closely and who hands out attention and approval in just the right measure.  Don couldn't have picked a better person than Johnny for that job.  He has a great outlook on life, a subtle sense of humor, and while he doesn't have the time Don had to make videos and flyers and new posts, he is a solid leader.  We have Slede and KD Trull for the classic BamaRides humor, Springer for cheerleading and holding things together because he's watching it, Chitza for direction and organization, LawnmowerRG for a level head and leadership when something needs to get done, and a whole passle of new kids I haven't met yet, chiming in.  Win keeps us informed with his amazing pictures and ride reports. 

I think BamaRides is going to be just fine.  There are going to be lulls, but everyone can only do so much.  I think life just keeps getting more complicated, and it's hard to devote the attention you want to devote to everything you want to do.  I will be back when things in my life change.   If I can get a sitter, I'll be at Vintage the whole time, so maybe I can meet some of you there.  I'm encouraged for the future.  And who knows?  Maybe Don will come back some day, with a whole new perspective on how to run things. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2016, 09:20:32 AM »
I'll second Springer's post....and Kris. Don hasn't logged on in over a month.

It's easy to follow Don and his adventures, http://dredman.com/3years/

Sign up for his updates. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2016, 10:56:31 AM »
I understand...read the blog....still wish he'd say "hi" every once in a while.

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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2016, 11:10:53 PM »
I really miss "Bama Rides," (Pre Crash Era.)

Seemed like many more members were way more involved then.


I know that I was. I guess I should work on that.



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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2016, 05:27:16 PM »
 Dons latest video;




 The Park Ranger who was killed by the grizzly had a couple of threads over on ADVRider.  :o

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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2016, 06:45:59 PM »
No, I do not want to see the pictures! *














* watch the video to find out why   ;D
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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2016, 06:38:05 AM »
 The latest;



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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2016, 04:45:40 AM »
 The big guy is up on the Montana/Canadian boarder. Here is the latest;



 Be sure to like, subscribe and leave a comment on the videos if you do like watching.  ;) That lets him know of course. ;D

 If you want to read/follow his blog;

http://dredman.com/3years/

 

 Yes, I am promoting what he is doing. I think it is great myself. Finding your dream, following your dream allows you to live a life you want. It just takes courage and some will to do.

 

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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2016, 03:51:34 AM »
 New video! Some awesome scenery!!


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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2016, 08:25:29 AM »
He's living the dream. Excited for him still, even through all the jealousy I have


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