Sorry about my long hiatus from missing the August meeting, posting here on WinniHOG to my regular email updates to you. As most of you know, Thom Cady and I departed in late July for the annual Sturgis Rally in SD. Our anticipated 2 ½ week roundtrip adventure turned out to be nearly a month of incredible motorcycle riding and perfect weather through the US and Canada. A total of 26-days and 7,078 miles were logged – truly an unforgettable experience!
Shortly after returning from the Sturgis trip, Thom and I joined 15 other Chapter Members on another ride – a 6-day, 1,200-mile tour of Nova Scotia, professionally led by Barb and Carl Harris. Aside from a few hours of rain on one day, we had nearly perfect weather and gorgeous scenery. The Wharf Rat Rally in Digby, NS was a fun, well run but small event. Some interesting vendors, the HOG pinstop and some excellent food. The Rally rides, however, were non-existent. But Barb (who was born and lived in NS) and Carl filled that void perfectly.
Now that we’re back, it’s time to tee up some interesting goings on at WinniHOG. We have a number of rides – see below – the annual Fall Harvest Dinner, Christmas Tree decorating event and elections. This year, the Director and Treasurer positions are open. Please consider volunteering or nominating another Member for these positions. Nominations can be submitted to any of the four Primary Chapter Officers at the September and October meetings. I’d like to have all nominations submitted before the November meeting at which nominees will have an opportunity to present to the Membership.
Not a WinniHOG event but still of interest to motorcyclists is the 1st Laconia Biketemberfest being held September 14-16. See https://www.laconiadailysun.com/news/local/biketemberfest-will-allow-strolling-with-drink-in-hand/article_ea19fbb4-b08d-11e8-8142-7fc43f28d587.html for more info.
The next meeting is on Sunday, September 16. This third Sunday was chosen because of the Labor Day weekend. Following the meeting will be a ride to the Flying Goose Pub in Newport, NH. Peter Christian's Tavern has been closed for quite a while - thought to have been reopened - but seems still closed.
Looking forward to seeing you all on a ride or at the September meeting. Until then, ride safe, enjoy the late summer weather and upcoming foliage and…
Upcoming Rides (September) - registration at 8:30, depart LHD 9am unless otherwise noted:
Info on the ride: The ride will leave LHD and end at the Lucknow Estate (Castle in the Clouds) in Moultonborough NH. Depending on the size of the group, I have 2 ride routes planned. We will decide that the morning of the ride. Once at the estate, there is lots to do and see.
For those that would like to tour the estate, you can enter at the main gate off Rt 171. After you pay your entry fee, you can ride up the 1.3-mile road to the Carriage house. On the way up, there is a waterfall and scenic outlooks. Once you park near the Carriage House, you can board the trolley to the estate and take the tour.
Or you can go in through the service entrance on Ossipee Park Road, park, purchase your ticket at the gift shop and then board the trolley to tour the estate. There is a trolley that leaves every 15 minutes.
- There is no group discount or group tour available on Sundays.
- Cost per person is $17.00 - Adult, $14.00 - Senior (65+), $12.00 - Veteran.
There are 2 options for lunch:
1. Carriage House Restaurant is on the property. They have indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating is on a patio that overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding mountains and area. They have tables that can seat a max of 8 together.
They do not take reservations and there is no group dining plan available. So its first come, first served. Lunch starts at 11am.
2. You can pack a Picnic Lunch and use the grounds and surrounding area all day. There are picnic tables scattered around the grounds and parking lots. There are 2 covered pavilions with tables to eat at. Or find a comfortable spot under a tree and enjoy the view.
For those that are not going on the tour, the property also has a trout pond where you can feed the fish, Horseback riding and a Carriage Ride. There are separate charges for the Carriage & Horseback rides. There are also many hiking trails that start at the property and go through the surrounding mountains. Costs and details are available on the website: www.castleintheclouds.org or call 1-603-476-8350 or (603) 476-5900
And last but not least, for those that are interested in dessert after lunch, there is a Ice Cream Stand on site called "Cones in the Clouds". And it will be open when we are there! Let’s hope for some good weather and come out and enjoy the day!
I just spoke with Tarra at the Wayside Inn regarding our Chapter overnight ride there on October 10th. She said there are 7 rooms still available out of the 10 that have been held. We have until September 29th to book the rooms before she releases them back into their system. If you would like to join us please book your room soon. There is a little info below on what you can expect.
The Inn is a old historical in located in Sudbury Mass. I would encourage anyone who would like to go to visit their web site to see it's historical side.http://www.wayside.org/
We will take a nice ride out of Laconia Harley down to Sudbury Mass. Check into our rooms, maybe grab a adult beverage. Walk over to the Martha Mary Chapel and hopefully a visit to the Grist Mill on property.
The price of the rooms includes taxes and a full breakfast in the morning. Dinner is from the Inns menu and the food is second to none. We have a separate room just for our members for dinner.
The rate is $189.00 per room and there are 8 at this rate. The other
2 are $212.00. This includes tax and sit down breakfast in the morning. They
have also secured a private dining area for us which is very nice. The dinner
is not included in the rate. Remember there are only ten rooms and at least
one, for Barb and I has already been taken. When you make your reservation you
should mention the Winnipesaukee HOG Chapter or my name.
Our Chapter Mission Statement
The Winnipesaukee H.O.G. Chapter is a volunteer organization that works in partnership with Laconia Harley-Davidson to provide a positive member experience through camaraderie and social engagement. The Chapter orchestrates events and safe motorcycle rides for our members and their quests. Our Chapter is a strong, supportive force in the community and we strive to be good stewards and representatives to our members and our sponsoring dealership.
And of course, “NO BOUNDARIES! LET'S RIDE!”.
Who We Are
The Winnipesaukee H.O.G. Chapter is located in Meredith, New Hampshire and is sponsored by Laconia Harley Davidson. We meet on the second Sunday of each month in the upstairs meeting room of the dealership at 9am (10am during the non-riding season).
We are a family friendly group who love to ride our Harleys and always welcome new members.
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