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Published: June 27th 2017
Greetings from day 1 of InZane 17! As promised, you will find a great deal of pictures on tonight's post. I apologize for some of them, as I was playing with different lenses and flashes to get the pictures the way I want them. I think I have the camera dialed in now, so picture quality should improve. By the way, if you are a member of the VRCC and see a picture of your bike that you'd like, shoot me a PM on the board and I'll email you the full Hi-Rest RAW file.
This morning both Mrs. Alien, who arrived last night at midnight and myself were tired and the pinched nerve in my hip was particularly painful. We did jump on the bike and ride to Cracker Barrel for a nice breakfast, then back to the room to nap.
Later, we went downstairs to socialize a little. I had the opportunity to meet a few folks that I have only seen on the message board previously. I have very different political leanings than most of the VRCC members and there have been several heated exchanges on the board. However, in person, all of that goes away
and you find out that folks are all pretty much the same. Good decent folks that just want to have some fun and ride their motorcycles. I can get behind that. As political as the board can sometimes be, there is nothing but fellowship here. It goes to show you that the internet, while useful, does not convey character or tone well. Nothing beats a face to face conversation.
Late this afternoon, the opening ceremonies were held. Mrs. Alien and I were drafted to sell raffle tickets. The mayor spoke and welcomed us to his city with open arms. I have to say that it feels good to receive this kind of welcome. Sometimes it felts like just because you ride a motorcycle, people assume you're a criminal. Especially people who's only contact with motorcycles and those who ride them comes from Sons of Anarchy.
After the opening ceremonies, we had dinner in the hotel's restaurant and went back upstairs for another nap. Later we went back down, took some more photos, chatted with fellow Valkyrie owners and then sat in the hotel bar playing UNO and chatting with the other patrons.
For me, the best part
of InZane is hanging out in the parking lot at the end of the day, talking about the rides that we had on the way here, bikes, life and whatever else comes to mind.
Attendance seems lighter this year than we had last year in Morgantown but it's still Day 1 and hey, I could be wrong.
Tomorrow: Tech, Block party ride (there will be video) more and better pictures and who knows what else. Stay tuned!
P.S. If there's anything in particular that you'd like to know or see, let me know and I'll do my best to deliver.
See you on the road,
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