A Long, Long, Time Ago, in a land far, far away, (or not so far away) there was a really nice man who went by the name of Dulcimer Bob!
In the fall of 2007, Dulcimer Bob had a vision. Florida had the TDA, North Carolina the TDP and in Tennessee it was the TDT. All were fine and FUN rides, but maybe it was time for the KLR community to come and experience the beauty that is North Georgia. And so, the first annual Bat Out of Helen DS Ride was born!
Friday's ride would head out of TWO (Rest in Peace) and Saturday would leave from the Unicoi State Park in Helen GA. Well the first Friday ride was met with a no show and equipment failure that would become a tradition for the "Bat Out of Helen rides for one member, but even in the rain a hardy young man from north GA and a speedy new friend from Alabama would come together for the first ever BOOH ride. Come to think of it, this wouldn't be the last time that the rains came on Friday at BOOH.
Saturday a great first ride group of eight bikes would gather at the lakeside parking lot at Unicoi State Park that would become one of the traditional launch sites for the ride.
The BOOH has always been a small group, but each and every one a great group of old and new friends! Dulcimer Bob has been missing for a few years, as well as the unnamed ride leader from TN who seems to be jinxed when it comes to BOOH, but I did see a post tonight from Bob on the "other" KLR forum where he hangs out, and he's talking about getting another KLR! Come on BACK, Dulcimer Bob, We Miss You! at the Bat Out of Helen!
There have been five years of BOOH rides now, and I hope there will be many more. So mark your calanders and plan to join us for the 6th annual Bat Out of Helen! I'll be working on some planning and will probably lead a ride on Friday (or Saturday). We'll HQ out of Helen, and I'll see what our options are for a base camp soon. I, for one, can't wait to see some old friends and make some new ones again this year!
Traditional water crossing at the Tallulah River on the first annual Bat Out of Helen in 2007
and just a little taste of North Georgia scenery from the first BOOH!