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Poker Run 8/11/19

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    This is still several months away, with a lot of other things happening before this one…but in keeping with the spirit of recent posts…

     

    I can definitely say that this event will happen…and it will be on the EAST side of I-91.  We were in the Northwest corner last year, and I really try to alternate areas.

     

    Start point?…haven’t a clue

     

    End point?…ya gotta follow the route instructions because I will NOT tell you ahead of time

     

    This is a self paced ride, with written directions and questions to answer.  so grab a navigator and come on out for some fun

     

    Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

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    OK folks…this little get together is only 2 weeks away…I will be out working on this ride all weekend so look for updates tomorrow night

     

    Some background…this is the ONLY self paced ride we do every year…this is Poker Run XII…yup, been doing it a while.

     

    This thing works like this…you are given a start point.  Show up with two people in the car, a pen or pencil (old school!!)..clipboard comes in handy…and a willingness to go out for a day of fun and games.  You will be given a set of Route instructions…turn by turn..NO MILEAGES!!!  Can you read and follow directions?  Are you smarter than a 5th grader?  Along the way there will be questions to answer.  this is more to keep the navigator entertained than the driver, because he/she will be busy.  These little rides have a tendency to find some of the more obscure back roads in the state, but don’t worry…NO DIRT ROADS!!  As you go along in the instructions, you will find something that says…TAKE A CARD…so before you do the next instruction you will be looking for a sign on the right side of the road.  Then you stop, safely, and on the sign there will be a ziploc bag.  in the bag will be sealed envelopes with a playing card.  There will be 6 on the route and you will get one at the beginning.  End of the ride the person with the best poker hand gets the cheezy trophy.  Simple?…well…that remains to be seen.  At the end we will go over the questions.  anything you see along the route is fair game for a question, and some will be in the form of a riddle.

     

    Any questions?…if you sign up…PLEASE SHOW UP!!!  this is critical.  I have to know EXACTLY how many cars are coming because I go out the day before to place the signs, and I only put enough cards in the bags for the number of cars.  so cutoff for this event is…FRIDAY AUGUST 9 AT 8pm

     

    This is a rain or shine activity…trust me, your Miata will not melt or the color wash off if it gets wet, and we have seen some wet ones in the past.

     

    Stay tuned for further info as the date nears

     

    Joe

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    I can not believe I’m going to miss this run this year!!!! But a family reunion prevents me from attending 😒

    For those who enjoy a little spirited driving every now and again… this is YOUR run. Great roads…guaranteed, great food and beer at the end… it’s a given. Sign up, enjoy, and raise a pint for me at the end. Enjoy!

     

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    First things first…the past few days have been…hhmmmma ‘challenge’ on the family front with my mother.  All well now

     

    I was out working on the Poker run last weekend and had to abandon my efforts to take care of that…but not to worry!!

     

    I have a start point…and an end point…

     

    Start point is in

    PORTLAND, CT

    221 Marlborough St, Portland, CT 06480

     

    This is the parking lot of the Top Dog Hot Dog stand…which is directly across the street from a nice Cumberland Farms, which has gas, food and rest rooms

     

    End point?

     

    NOT GONNA TELL!!

     

    But it is a nice place with 50 beers on tap and good food…and they have plenty of parking

     

    So sign up and come out to have some fun!!

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    OOPS!!…left out one important tidbit…drivers meeting at 9:30…first car out for fun and games at 10am…figure at least 3 hours to complete the ride at a ‘normal’ pace. Yes, you might be able to complete in shorter amount of time, but remember…THIS IS NOT A RACE!!  You can stop whenever or wherever you wish for a break of a cold beverage…and there are places that can be done.

     

    Stay tuned…

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    Well..peter has posted a really good summary on the actual event signup page with ALL the information anyone needs about this year’s Poker run

     

    There is a reason I pre-run this thing several times…and in order to keep true to my work of NO DIRT ROADS…this also goes for fresh CHIP SEAL WITH LOOSE GRAVEL!!…yyeecchhh!!

     

    So today I am hitting the road..again…to revamp the first section of the ride that I lost because of this on two roads that I had planned on using…one road twice, and one intersection twice…there is a huge hint there…just because you see another Miata coming at you from another direction does not mean that either one is wrong…it WILL happen…and I am really bummed about having to re-do the beginning, I lost some really nice twisties. I also discovered that I was a little short on projected mileage…so I will be adding, and I know just where I can do that…

     

    Long range weather forecast is looking good for next weekend too…so no excuse for not coming out to play!!

     

     

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    OK folks…deadline is rapidly approaching and 18 cars so far…surely there are others that want to come out and play?!?

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    I have had a couple of late-comers and have encouraged them to get on board with dues payment.  Wendy Curran wants to do it and another newbie whom I have copied you, Joe, with their email.  Maybe 20 cars?

    =Jim M

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    As always…the last few days can be a ‘challenge’…Just found out earlier this evening that Dick Benton had back surgery today so he and Holly are out…lets hope for a speedy recovery for Dick

    Here is an updated list…according to the information I have right now…slightly different that the official sign up list

     

    ·         Dave Little

    ·         Ed Ekmalian

    ·         Dan Riccio

    ·         Marcel St Germain

    ·         Bill Arcari

    ·         William Moffitt

    ·         Mike Zilinek

    ·         Peter Amato

    ·         Phil Goldberg

    ·         Jim Merchant

    ·         Cheryl Frawley

    ·         Chris Wolfe

    ·         Michael Cristina

    ·         Penny Daniels

    ·         Randall Stuart

    ·         Philip Rosselli

    ·         Amanda Starbala

    ·         Fred Wright

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    Yes, best wishes for a speedy recovery for Dick Benton.

    Joe gave me a “sneak peak” of the run. With the knowledge that I was going to be away this weekend for a family reunion, I have been sworn to secrecy. But I can tell you, the roads are a blast. Keep your confidence, because Joe’s route will have you questioning your navigator 😉.

    A “self paced” run is really an amazing opportunity, completely different from a follow the leader style run.

    Just do it. It took me 4 years in the club before a ran my first poker run, and boy, do I wish I had done it sooner!

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    Thank you Dave for the kind comments…

     

    I was talking with Penny last night (she gave me the info about Dick)..and she is already trying to figure out where the endpoint is, based on the 50 beers comment…I should know better…

     

    sheesh folks…just run the ride and stop trying to read my mind…that ain’t gonna work!!

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    updated list…if you are on the fence, today is the last day!!..if you sign up..please show up..it does make a difference…if you are not coming, please cancel your reservation on the events page

     

    Dave Little

    ·         Ed Ekmalian

    ·         Dan Riccio

    ·         Marcel St Germain

    ·         Bill Arcari

    ·         William Moffitt

    ·         Mike Zilinek

    ·         Peter Amato

    ·         Phil Goldberg

    ·         Jim Merchant

    ·         Cheryl Frawley

    ·         Chris Wolfe

    ·         Michael Cristina

    ·         Penny Daniels

    ·         Randall Stuart

    ·         Philip Rosselli

    ·         Amanda Starbala

    ·         Fred Wright

    Justin Daniels

    Dave and Jake Acampora

    Stephen Riley

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    Another list update…

    Dave Little

    ·         Ed Ekmalian

    ·         Dan Riccio

    ·         Marcel St Germain

    ·         Bill Arcari

    ·         William Moffitt

    ·         Mike Zilinek

    ·         Peter Amato

    ·         Phil Goldberg

    ·         Jim Merchant

    ·         Cheryl Frawley

    ·         Chris Wolfe

    ·         Michael Cristina

    ·         Penny Daniels

    ·         Randall Stuart

    ·         Philip Rosselli

    ·         Amanda Starbala

    ·         Fred Wright

    Justin Daniels

    Dave and Jake Acampora

    Stephen Riley

    Gary Lohr
    Rich Lenihan

     

    Just a little note to all that are signed up…I ran the route for the 6th time late Friday afternoon…at MY pace, and I KNEW where I was going…and it still took me 3 hours.  Now understand also…I was by myself, verifying the route instructions, checking the questions, writing down the answers so I have all the CORRECT answers…and I was still going at a pretty quick pace…your results will vary..widely

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