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15th ANNUAL POKER RUN AUGUST 14

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    • Ace
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    Yes…it has been 15 years since I started doing these little rides.  First time out it rained (at the start)

    Over the years this ride has been one of the more popular events because it is self paced.  (more on that later)

    I have tried to spread these rides out in different parts of the state every year, moving back and forth from West of I91 to East of I91.  This year will be on the west side. Every year the route is different. Some roads may look familiar, but I will string them together in a hopefully entertaining way so that everyone has fun.

    Along the way you will be asked questions…anything you can see from the car is fair game for a question from the time you are handed your route instructions to get going. Some questions will be in the form of a riddle…some will be straightforward on what you are looking at. Cemetaries are always in play! Old TV trivia is in play also. Arnold the pig has made an appearance 3 times in questions over the years, in 3 different parts of the state!

     

    AS stated on the signup page…if you sign up…SHOW UP!! If you do not, it throws off the card count, and there are only enough cards for the number of cars participating. After everyone gets going, I usually have one person that lags behind to act as a sweep car.  That is about 20-30 minutes after the last car leaves.  So…keep that in mind if you get off course and get to a spot that is supposed to have a card and the sign is gone.

     

    Last year there were 35 cars that came out…lets see if we can match, or beat that number and make the 15th Annual Poker run something to remember!!

     

    Are you smarter than a 5th grader?…that remains to be seen!

     

    Thank you

    Joe

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    • Pro
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    Sounds like fun as usual!

     

    I’m in

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    • Gear Head
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    we (Janice and I) are in, but would like to know if any idea where yet…still says TBD.

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    • Gear Head
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    I believe Joe said it would start at Modern Motors in Thomaston. He’s been road-tripping and likely has not been easily able to communicate.

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    • Ace
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    My apologies…yes, it will start at Modern Motors in Thomaston

     

    and no…do NOT ask where it ends…its in the route instructions

     

    I have been out of the loop for the past two weeks…HS class reunion and the Miata Reunion…both in Alabama

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    • Ace
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    So..we have a start point…and i now have an end point…the middle will be entertaining.  A kinda greatest hits of roads that some may be familiar with, just strung together in a different way.

     

    As stated on the event page…if you sign up…PLEASE SHOW UP!!

     

    the number of playing cards i put out is set for how many cars are signed up.  If its a last minute cancellation, which DID happen last year due to a medical issue the morning of the event…that can’t be helped.

     

    But if you are waffling on friday…please let me know.  I pre-set the route on saturday afternoon with the signs and cards.

     

    this is RAIN OR SHINE!!…and yes, we have had moist poker runs in the past.  the cars did not melt and the color does not wash off

     

    See you next Sunday!!

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    • Ace
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    This ride is going to be VERY entertaining…

     

    challenging in some places…relaxing in others

    Definitely for those who like to drive…I found some new roads!!

     

    I see 27 names on the signup list…so fat

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    • Ace
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    Well…this is definitely a driver oriented ride.  a ‘greatest hits’ of some of the best roads we have used in the past…with some new ones thrown into the mix.  Ran the route today to get a true idea of the mileage…143 miles. about 20 miles longer than last year.

    Just an additional heads up…it took me 4 1/2 hours…and i knew where i was going!!.  finalized the last portion, which i got a pretty good giggle with.

     

    there are THREE places where you could potentially see Miatas coming the other way…and you are both correct

    the first designated rest stop / break is 39 miles in…and it took me just over an hour…so say 36mph average

    You want to test your driving skills?…this will do it.  some places are very technical at the posted speed limit…but what fun is that?…other spots are numbered roads where you can let your car breathe and stretch its legs.  I hope you all have fun

     

    Stay tuned for further updates…i will be running this route at least three more times this week

     

    If someone that is NOT signed up for next sunday wants to join me one of those times…drop me a line.  If you are signed up…fergeddaboutit!!

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    • Ace
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    weather guessers are saying this weekend will be great…lets hope they have it correct!

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    • Ace
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    Looks like we are up to 30 cars…not bad!!

     

    i hope you all enjoy what I have planned…

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    • Gear Head
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    Assuming “lunch” will be at the “ending location”?…shhhh don’t give it away.
    just asking because no stop for lunch indicated and that would certainly screw up if the sweep passed by people eating lunch. Late breakfast (Cumby) appears to be the order?  If I recall, last year the stop was at a restaurant.
    See y’all Sunday, weather does look good.

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    • Spectator

    My brother Rob and I are in!  Sadly my sister Pat can’t make it.  See everyone Sunday!

    Diane

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    • Ace
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    To answe the question about ‘lunch’…yes, the endpoint is at a restaurant…in Litchfield county…that’s all ya’ll are gettin!!

     

    There is one designated break after the first portion of the ride…you will need it!.  After that, any stops you make are up to you.  there are a couple places that you can stop if needed. Snack, bio-break..whatever.

     

    this one is a bit longer than last year…143 miles according to my trip ODO…about 25 miles longer than last year, but ..in ‘celebration’ of 15 years of Poker Run, I have incorporated some of the BEST driving roads in the NW corner, and scenic to boot. Heads up…at that distance , if you AVERAGE 35 mph…it will take you 4 hours. your time will vary according to your driving style and your stop length. This is gonna be a great ride for those that love to drive. Expect some of my usual shennagins along the way. pay attention to the written directions!!

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    • Pro
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    It looks like I am going to miss this event.  Hope to make it next year.

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    • Pro
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    Joe, Cindy and I are not going to make it to your poker run this year, life is getting in the way. Sorry, I know you understand.

    ~Dave~

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    • Ace
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    Hi Dave…sorry you have to bow out…thanks for the heads up

     

    If possible, please go into the webpage and cancel your reservation

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    • Pro
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    Done.

    Hope everyone has a good time!  🙂

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    • Ace
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    Well…a couple of last minute changes…but this is shaping up to be a nice day for everyone.

    I was out this evening, and made a slight change to the instructions, making one section ‘optional’ if you think that the day is getting long

    This is the list as of 9pm Friday night

    Sargent Tower
    Ed Ekmalian
    Jim Gallus
    Marcel St Germain
    Wendy Curran
    Dan Riccio
    Brian Shaw
    Rob Trumbley
    Yelena Dasher
    David Gridley
    Dave McCaughan
    Lance Lazzara
    Bill Sigworth
    Jim Merchant
    Abby Wurtmann
    Tim Collins
    Loren Sirko
    John Brandt
    Kathleen Miller
    Scott Sailor
    Terri Christenson
    Peter Amato
    Evan Beaman
    Doug Fenichel
    Mike Lamb
    Chris Stephenson
    Michael Niss
    Richard Arden
    Diane Mierz
    Penny Daniels

    Theresa Lazarra

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    • Ace
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    Well…no last minute panic phone calls or paniced text messages…so the list is set at 31

     

    There is a nice diner just up the road from Modern Motors…rozzis…good place for breakfast if you do not want hand food from Cumberland Farms

     

    show up on time tomorrow with a full tank of gas…pen/pencil…clipboard is handy. No technology needed. but a willingness to have some fun is mandatory!!

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    • Spectator

    Ooopsie, should have asked this sooner, hope someone sees it. Google gives both a Thomaston Motors and a Modern Mazda in the same general area. I’m assuming it’s the latter, but let me know if I’m about to show up to the wrong place.

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    • Gear Head
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    Modern Mazda is the place. Likely the other is across the street. Actually they are about a mile apart, but Modern Mazda is the place to meet.

     

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    • Spectator

    THANK YOU!!!

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    • Ace
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    Modern Motors Mazda is the place…right across the street from the Cumberland farms in thomaston..I stopped in there this afternoon and they have cleared a large area in their parking lot for us in the morning

     

    the signs with the cards are out this afternoon / evening…the route instructions are checked and double checked…lets hope that everyone on the list shows up on time and has a good time tomorrow

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    • Ace
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    Thank you to all that came out for this ride today.  yes, it was long, but the comments at the end of the ride indicated that everyone enjoyed the ride today

     

    thank you for coming out

     

    Side note…next year will be East of I-91 and it WILL be shorter!!

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    • Pro
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    Absolutely fantastic day driving my Miata with my daughter doing an excellent job navigating the thrilling route Joe laid out. Despite a couple missed turns, looks like we managed to AVERAGE 39.72 miles per hour, let’s just call it 40!

    Absolutely the best Porker Run I’ve attended so far. I enjoyed every minute from the pre-run meetup, the spirited twisties, to the great food and camaraderie at Michel Angelo’s. Great job Joe, and thanks again!

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    • Spectator

    What an incredible ride!  I’ve lived in this state my whole life and hadn’t been on 90% of the roads we were on today. Stunningly beautiful and with fantastic twists and turns.  Thanks for a great time today, Joe- I know how much work goes into these tours. Great seeing everyone!

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    • Pro
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    2022 Poker Run

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    Looks like I missed a great event.  Hope to join next time.

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    • Gear Head
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    Great day out with our Miata group on the poker run….great day, great ride, absolutely great roads. Thank you all Joe… your time and planning is so appreciated … thank you
    Please post “your” pics

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    • Pro
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    Enjoyed Completely By Me, the Wife, and the 2 kids and 2 Miatas (Yes the Miatas talked to me and told me they had a good time!….)

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    • Novice
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    Great pictures, looks like the event was a blast as always.

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    • Pro
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    Brent, you have no idea! the route was epic, the best of the best of the best. If you come up, just ask joe for a copy of  the route. Best 3/4 of a tank and 3.5-4 hours of your life! Or just call me and you can be my wing man any time!

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    Best full tank here..lol!

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    Amazing time, Best one I’ve been to so far!

    Thanks Joe, awesome run!!

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