I drove down, through Chicago, crossed Michigan and into Canada at Detroit (border crossings were painless, all covid restrictions, paperwork have been dropped) to pick up Pete just south of Windsor. We then left at 8PM to get in the "land rush" lines with a few hundred others for camping, vender spots Friday 9AM sharp. Pete and I "slept" in the Prius front seats, it was warm but doable. The meet had exclusive use of a large, spread out fairground site, 40? acres, many buildings, barns, horse stall sheds, etc, there were extensive gravel roads, parking, mowed grass fields. Camping spots were quite nice, with many able to pitch tents in various open structures, many swap meet venders camped at their sales spots. Friday was hot then temps dropped to comfortable and cool at night with strong gusty winds. Wish I had taken some overall pics but you can see it a bit in others photos.
Organizers estimated 800 campers and several thousand visitors, I'll guess 200 venders.
3 Americans raised their hands at the breakfast. We were warmly accepted and I now have many
new friends! Both evenings, camp gatherings, food and beverage sharing and BS sessions went well into the night. Sharing, helping and camaraderie were the order of the weekend.
By Saturday morning this display greeted visitors as they entered the show. A few of us thought Weathervane should have been on the stand....... but the position had been promised to the owner of the this fine example, that represented both stock and modified.
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As featured Marquee We had a building strictly for XS's, all others were politely (Canada eh?) escorted out ;^)
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An amazing cross section of the XS650 hobby was displayed!
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I spent some serious time parsing out all the work involved in creating this bike, @Jim
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Angus' road burner 77
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This XS1, came from Calgary! SN253 shows only 2,000 miles and is as found original.
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Some other XS650's, @BluzPlayer
your cross country tourer is available, the orange one, 3500 Canadian, might need a few finishing touches......
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After the catered Sunday breakfast in the hall,
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Pete, Angus, And I loaded up the bikes, Typical; most were gone or leaving by Sunday morning
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Took Pete back to Harrow (got a shower and lunch there, THANK YOU Kathy) crossed back into Michigan at Port Huron and headed home via the Mackinac Bridge. Too bad it was dark AND raining at the bridge. Slept in a wayside and was home in time for an afternoon nap on Monday, about 1600 miles all told, but less than a mile on Weathervane
was kinda disappointing, I had worked quite bit so it was ride worthy.
Will post up even more