"Rice Berners" Tour Coal Country (and Drink Beer)

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Post Mon. Apr. 30, 2007 11:46 am

:director: NOW HEAR THIS:

Somehow, through the magic of internet logic, some of us who ride motorcycles got the idea to tour coal country in early June.

Next thing we knew, we had a generous offer from coal berner to be our local tour guide, as well as interest from a couple of our non-riding brethren on the board. It quickly became apparent that this was too good an opportunity to waste on just the motorcyclists among us. :silly:

So, in the interest of the broadest possible reach, here's the tentative plan:

We meet at the Yuengling brewery in Pottsville on Saturday, June 9, for one of the mid-day tours (11 AM, noon or 1 PM, TBA), then our brother coal berner squires us for the afternoon around some of the mines and breakers of his misspent youth in the Pottsville area. In the evening, we likely will have no choice but to eat and drink beer, then hole up at some local motel, or campground, or whatever. On Sunday, we can breakfast, ride and/or head home as we choose.

Pottsville seems to be pretty central, and there should be plenty of riding, sights, eats, grog and lodging options there. And hell, it ought to be so informative as to be nearly DEDUCTIBLE! :slicksmile:

LET'S DO IT, BOYZ! :headbang:

Post up if you're interested, or if you have any suggestions for improving the plan.

This should be fun.


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Post Mon. Apr. 30, 2007 11:56 am

Come on every one! We want to get a chance to start a fun tradition, a summer meet and greet for the coal burning crowd! :whipitgood:
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Post Mon. Apr. 30, 2007 9:35 pm

And pick up a couple of tons of coal Saturday morning for those that don't ride! :occasion5:

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Post Mon. Apr. 30, 2007 11:47 pm

Hello every one just your local coal breaker / yuengling guide checking in I had a few members asking about hrs on the breakers on saturday the hours do change in the summer so I will make a few calls tomorrow and post hrs and I had some ask about coming in on friday so they can go to the breakers early on saturday morning and get filled up with coal that way we will have more time to get back for the tour at yuenglings / and the tour of the breakers later so I think for those who are planning on getting coal that would be the best thing to do if you can make it on friday and grab a room at the 2 motels in pottsville I will call them and get some prices as well and post them with hrs for the breakers and also see if the breakers will take out of state checks and credit cards for those coming in from out state oh yes any one that has trailers you can park the at my place I am only 5min from yuenglings so you don't have to drive them around on the tour any one who need more info just p.m. me talk to you later . :occasion5:
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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 3:14 am

coal berner wrote:any one that has trailers you can park the at my place I am only 5min from yuenglings so you don't have to drive them around on the tour
Presumably to fill them up with beer? :lol:

In the words of Homer Simpson:

"MMMMMmmmm Beeer."

:P Won't be able to make, but hope everyone enjoys themselves. I'd drop by quick but Pottsvilee is quite a distance from here for a short trip.
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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 3:54 am

Richard S. wrote:
coal berner wrote:any one that has trailers you can park the at my place I am only 5min from yuenglings so you don't have to drive them around on the tour
Presumably to fill them up with beer? :lol:

In the words of Homer Simpson:

"MMMMMmmmm Beeer."

:P Won't be able to make, but hope everyone enjoys themselves. I'd drop by quick but Pottsvilee is quite a distance from here for a short trip.
well you do not have to make it a sort trip you can make it a long one if you really wanted to by the way don"t you live in the area of plymouth pa and if I am correct on your local then you are only around 48 miles away from me thats like 1 hours drive now if the guys are coming down from n.y and n.h and upfrom m.d surly you could come down from were you are come on just do it don"t be one of those girlyman just kidding I understand completely hope you will change your mind I sure would like to meet the man that created this outstanding forum take care and I hope to talk to you later good nite
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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 7:24 am

Drop the trailer? I'm going on the ride with the coal. My '87 F-150 will hang with the ricers.

Carry your speed deep into the curve, touch the apex, power out... It's all energy management.

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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 7:33 am

That's the spirit Charlie!! Is that with Nut or Rice Coal in the bed?? the Rice will slosh around like water, so you may want to allow for shifting weight, and a bit of spillage.... :lol:

Heck of a long drive for me ... Gotta look at my flying schedule...

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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 9:23 am

LsFarm wrote: Heck of a long drive for me ... Gotta look at my flying schedule...

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How much coal you figger you can take back in that aeroplane? :jester:

Seriously, gotta be lots of muni airports around there. Y'awda come on down for this!

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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 12:55 pm

Well I was thinking of my flying schedule [earning money] and/or commuting into an airport that has scheduled service. I could drive in for the weekend, park the truck/trailer at my truck-buddies place in Hummelstown or at Matthaus' place and commute into JFK or LGA for work on Sunday/monday, fly the week's sched, commute back and drive home. puff-puff-pant-pant.

Or I could try to change my regular schedule bid and get done on Thursday, drive out friday, pickup coal on Satruday AM, park the trailer, chase the ricer-bikes with my diesel pickup, bend the elbow a few times. And drive back Sunday. another puff-puff-pant-pant. But we only live once, gotta make the most of it.

Quote from somewhere: Life is meant to be lived to the full extent. At the end, skid to a stop out of a full 4-wheel drift, shake your head and say" 'What a Ride!!'

I'm not sure I will come to a stop out of a full 4-wheel drift, but maybe I'll squawk the tires just a little... :lol:

I'll see what I can do, I really do want to show up, and meet everyone. And coordinate it with a coal-haul and maybe a boiler pickup.

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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 3:33 pm

greg /ls farm you know my doors are open for you any time so if you can try to make it p.m. or e-mail or call me as for airports we have a few with in a 45-min to 1 hour away l.v.a. is one reading airport small one harrisburg pa hazeton pa wilkes-barre pa the joe zerbe air port thats a small one to but the breakers are a stone throw away well greg I hope you can make it in and if you need any more info just call me talk to you later take care
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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 3:47 pm

Come on and see us Greg, got a nice parking spot reserved for the trailer! :lol:

Besides you need to make sure those truck tires never cool down. :thumbleft: :lol:
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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 4:29 pm

well every one I was on the phone with the breakers today and some will be open and some will not be open here are the hours for the summer mon-fri 7-3 sat 6-2 and some 6-4 mon -fri -7-5 and sat 7-12 how ever when I told some of them about are tour 2 of them said if I would call on fri they would open up for us on sat to get coal and I told them about this grate forum they were very interrested and had no idea there was anything like it so mybe we will have some more members and the one breaker that owns a mine said mybe they will give us a tour down in it mybe we will have to be good boys and girls and I will try to call another one that I no and see if we can go there as well by the way here are the motel and hotel in the area of pottsville I posted them on the other one and forgot that there is one right in pottsville on center st. 3 blocks down from yuengling it is the quality inn and suites phone # is 570-622-4600 the next 2 are with in 1/4 mile to 1/2 of yuenglings pottsville motor inn 570-622-4917 last one is fairlane motor inn 570-429-1696 all are local off of route 61 by the way I hope dick yuengling gives me some kick back after all of this being I will be filling is pockets with all of this extra cash ha ha any one that needs more info just P.M. me oh almost forgot when I talked to the breakers and told them what some of you are paying for coal they could not believe it and they said they might beable to deliver to some of you so when we get there who ever is interested my talk to them about it well everyone got to go now talk to you all later take care oh for those who want to keep there trailers on there trucks when we go on the tour of the breakers do not forget your tarps and shovels you we need them on the roads we will be going on shovels are for when we hit the twisty and curvy spots on the road so you can pick up all of the coal thats going to fall off your trailers ha ha :shock: see ya P.S. some will take c.c. most like cash only
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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 9:18 pm

Charlie Z wrote:Drop the trailer? I'm going on the ride with the coal. My '87 F-150 will hang with the ricers.

Carry your speed deep into the curve, touch the apex, power out... It's all energy management.
GREG is correct and do not forget I will be takeing you to all wet breakers lots of water a few hundred lbs worth so before you get back on the scale you will drive up on any incline we can fine so you can get most of the water off remember you are buying coal not water most of them will take off for water lbs but not all and trust me some of these roads pretty bad we have a wonderfull governor ask GREG about last time he came down it is up to charlie I don't want to see anybody hurt or fined by are locals P.D. and there is lots of them with nothing better to do with there time now when we hit the dirt by all means balls to the wall just got to look out for the big yuks and shovels and other people on bikes and 4-wheelers don't worry we will all have a good time lots of coal and lots of beer and food
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Post Tue. May. 01, 2007 9:33 pm

Hey man, hurry! Dump that coal. I'm going after those bikes!

Don't worry - she handles like an overloaded shopping cart on 15" wheels.
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