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Title: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Jorge on March 18, 2017, 09:23:34 am
OK... the moment we've been waiting for: 

the OtP traveler for 2017 will be Mark Hartman!!

Congratulate Mark, and hope they like him so much they decide to keep him >:D

Please keep those donations coming!!
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Post by: AmphibSailor on March 18, 2017, 09:51:44 am
Congrats Mark!  See you when you get here.... :motonoises:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Eddie-FL on March 18, 2017, 10:11:21 am
Congratulations, Mark! At least things will look a little better on this side of the pond while you're gone... :nananana:
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Post by: Rusty on March 18, 2017, 11:50:55 am
Congratulations Mark!!
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: SantaCruzRider on March 18, 2017, 02:40:55 pm
 :-\   RREEEEEECCCCCCOOOOUUUUUUNNNNTTTTTTT!!!!   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

 ;)

Congrats Mark!   :beerchug: :beerchug:  It's well deserved and I'm sure you'll both enjoy it and make COG proud.  :great:

Good on yer bud.
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Sport Rider on March 18, 2017, 07:12:48 pm
God help Europe!   :-\ :-[ :-[ :-[

Both of you guys are deserving, having spent so much time giving to our club.  Congrats to both of you!   :great:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Rev Ryder on March 18, 2017, 08:13:14 pm
:-\   RREEEEEECCCCCCOOOOUUUUUUNNNNTTTTTTT!!!!   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

 ;)

Congrats Mark!   :beerchug: :beerchug:  It's well deserved and I'm sure you'll both enjoy it and make COG proud.  :great:

Good on yer bud.
Probably were some hanging chads in the SE region.     :rotflmao:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Paulie on March 18, 2017, 09:07:36 pm
go git r dun, son...enjoy!  :great:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 18, 2017, 09:21:16 pm
This is so very cool I am humbled truly. Thank you to this great club (clubs) for this very special opportunity. Thank you very much to Jorge, Hans and the rest of the slave laborers making this happen. Jim, Dave, Ted, Ralf and others working quietly behind the scenes (NOT TED or JIM! Quietly? Puhlease ;)) Thank you for the flogomatic, of whose viciousness I intend to avoid. All of you great folks donating their hard earned coin. HUGE thanks go to my friend and compatriot Dan Breeden. As much for his very entertaining Repartee during this campaign as his contributions to COG and helping the SW area get re established. No Greater Friend! I shall carry the COG banner high and proud. I hope to make you all proud of the choice you made (or at least laugh uproariously at my foolish antics). I've said it before and I'll say it again, Let's Dance! CU in Germania! Hey, what's the rule on radar detectors there?  :beerchug:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: MotoCommuter on March 18, 2017, 10:38:32 pm
So, did the ugly or less then ugly one win??

Congrats Mark!! Trip of a lifetime, enjoy every minute and every experience.

Put your mark on it and own it!
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 18, 2017, 10:50:57 pm
So, did the ugly or less then ugly one win??

Congrats Mark!! Trip of a lifetime, enjoy every minute and every experience.

Put your mark on it and own it!
Like a dog at the dog park Kurt and thank you. I like to think the one with the rugged weather beaten good looks won. Ya know, too much sun, too much wind, too much age, too much abuse.  :beerchug:
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Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 18, 2017, 11:01:38 pm
I put in a request on the OTP Face Book page. Thought I would repost here. If possible, can we visit Belleua wood France if possible. It is a sacred place for US Marines. If it throws the schedule into chaos please disregard. I truly understand. I am a military history buff. I had the opportunity to visit several battlefields in the Pacific during my service. I've enjoyed touring sites from the revolution and the civil war in my trips to the eastern US. Again folks, if this throws things into a problem please disregard. I am so jazzed!
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Post by: bird-hill-trekker on March 19, 2017, 07:39:27 am
Hi Mark,

welcome to the exclusice club of the exquisite OTP travelers  :).

Congratulations from Anette (2016) and Bernd (2011)
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: wolfram on March 19, 2017, 08:11:28 am
Congrats Mark!
Enjoy your trip over the pond!

Looking forward to see you in Kiefersfelden.

Wolfram

AAD-Germany, GCE# 37
Over The Pond VIII Traveler 2009
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Post by: ZG on March 19, 2017, 01:33:09 pm
 :1rij:  :08:

Better stock up on smokes Europe...  ;)
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Post by: connie_rider on March 19, 2017, 05:23:29 pm
Congrats Mark!
Enjoy your trip over the pond!

Looking forward to see you in Kiefersfelden.

Wolfram

AAD-Germany, GCE# 37
Over The Pond VIII Traveler 2009

Wolfram/anyone? can you tell Mark where Kiefersfelden is?
ie; Which country and what part of that country?
Mebbe a map???

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: AmphibSailor on March 19, 2017, 06:41:14 pm
In Bavaria, 85 km SE of Munich.  (Germany at the Austrian border.)

 Google maps (https://www.google.de/maps/place/Kiefersfelden/@47.6278959,12.1184053,11z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x4776398e26b62741:0xa438b8a4376aa95e)<---Click

Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: connie_rider on March 19, 2017, 06:59:51 pm
Thanks Patrick.
   I looked it up too and sent the map to Mark.

Wuz trying to show him where it is {in comparison with Belleua Wood France}..
Seems to me that Belleua Wood might be doable, if he arrives/departs where I suspect he will..

Ride safe, Ted

PS: Mark is a Marine, so we must explain very slowly.. <smart eleck grin>  :)

Ride safe, Ted (Fly Navy)
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: AmphibSailor on March 19, 2017, 07:08:52 pm
Kiefersfelden is about 3-4 hours from here(Stuttgart).  Belleau Wood is about 5-8 hours from Stuttgart. (5 hours by autobahn.  8 hours by back roads.)
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Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 19, 2017, 09:12:32 pm
Kiefersfelden is about 3-4 hours from here(Stuttgart).  Belleau Wood is about 5-8 hours from Stuttgart. (5 hours by autobahn.  8 hours by back roads.)
Awesome Patrick. Thank you. Did that aerostich work? Looking forward to meeting you Sir!  :great: :beerchug:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: AmphibSailor on March 20, 2017, 05:59:28 am
Sad to say, haven't put a lot of miles on the stitch.  After the incident in the Alps (broken foot) I've been off the bike, recuperating and then I put the bike up due to winter (salt, snow, ice).  The stitch fits well and is in good shape.  I've washed it and applied NIKWAX to it for waterproofing. Its ready to go.  The weather has started warming up and we've had enough rain to wash the salt away.  I'm sure I'll get some miles in it, soon.

Have you checked on tickets and figured out which airport you're going to fly in to?   
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 20, 2017, 12:12:42 pm
Not yet. Not sure how this works. Need to talk to Jorge.  :beerchug:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: notsluggo on March 20, 2017, 01:12:07 pm
O.M.C. for the win!

Congrats, Mark. 

Needing help with the luggage?
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Camper Dave on March 20, 2017, 01:27:31 pm
Oh Great.... Sending another WHINER to OTP....  ::)

When are you guys gonna learn to screen these candidates??  >:(

Ohhhhh.... That says WINNER.... Never mind  :-[

 :nananana:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: connie_rider on March 20, 2017, 01:55:11 pm
As I understand it, the actual arrival point hasn't been determined yet.
That location will be decided after a bike is finalized...   :motonoises:

According to the schedule, arrival will be approx. June 1.

Geez,,, I've been trying to stir Mark up with pointed Marine comments for days and he hasn't fought back yet.   :pokestick:  >:D
   He REALLY must be in a daze!  :104:



Keep those donations coming in!
Even $5.00 - 10.00 add up and will help us send Mark out of the country!!!   :great:

Ride safe, Ted


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Post by: Sport Rider on March 20, 2017, 07:36:18 pm
As I understand it, the actual arrival point hasn't been determined yet.
That location will be decided after a bike is finalized...   :motonoises:

According to the schedule, arrival will be approx. June 1.

Geez,,, I've been trying to stir Mark up with pointed Marine comments for days and he hasn't fought back yet.   :pokestick:  >:D
   He REALLY must be in a daze!  :104:



Keep those donations coming in!
Even $5.00 - 10.00 add up and will help us send Mark out of the country!!!   :great:

Ride safe, Ted

is a one-way ticket cheaper???   :nananana:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 21, 2017, 12:25:17 am
As I understand it, the actual arrival point hasn't been determined yet.
That location will be decided after a bike is finalized...   :motonoises:

According to the schedule, arrival will be approx. June 1.

Geez,,, I've been trying to stir Mark up with pointed Marine comments for days and he hasn't fought back yet.   :pokestick:  >:D
   He REALLY must be in a daze!  :104:



Keep those donations coming in!
Even $5.00 - 10.00 add up and will help us send Mark out of the country!!!   :great:

Ride safe, Ted

is a one-way ticket cheaper???   :nananana:
Well Can't argue to much with Truth Ted. But then again us Jarheads are like Dinosaurs. We stub our toe and 10,000 years later we say ouch. You funny Man Dave! Who says I'm coming back? I heard one of the locations is Amsterdam. May just decide to get hazy lazy there.  ;) :beerchug: :motonoises:
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Post by: Ranger Jim on March 21, 2017, 10:51:11 am
Might as well get lazy in Amsterdam. Your counterweight says you're lazy here. :)
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Post by: Bruce_Reafsnider_TN on March 21, 2017, 11:13:09 am
Mark,
After the battle, the French renamed the wood "Bois de la Brigade de Marine" ("Wood of the Marine Brigade") in honor of the Marines' tenacity.
Please also visit Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near there where most of our brothers were interred.  Oh, post photos.  Lots of photos!

Semper Fi
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: connie_rider on March 21, 2017, 02:36:11 pm
I agree Mark.
We want to see photo's!

Just to let you know I've been funnin' ya about the Marines.
I've been talking to my old Squadron Shipmates to see if I can get ya a free ride. {NOTE: I are retired Navy Avaition)
They may have a C-130 going that way and don't mind pushing ya out the back as they fly over..
But, you'll havta supply the parachute...
Assuming all goes well, I'll see if I can arrange a return flight..

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 21, 2017, 11:56:27 pm
Might as well get lazy in Amsterdam. Your counterweight says you're lazy here. :)
She is correct!  :great:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 21, 2017, 11:58:39 pm
I agree Mark.
We want to see photo's!

Just to let you know I've been funnin' ya about the Marines.
I've been talking to my old Squadron Shipmates to see if I can get ya a free ride. {NOTE: I are retired Navy)
They may have a C-130 going that way and don't mind pushing ya out the back as they fly over..
But, you'll havta supply the parachute...
Assuming all goes well, I'll see if I can arrange a return flight..

Ride safe, Ted
Course ya are Ted. Like I make fun on ya wearing those funny soup bowl hats. You get that flight. Ya know Jarheads walk on water (with the Navy's help)  :beerchug: :)
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: CRocker on March 22, 2017, 12:35:36 am
Congrats Mark!
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 22, 2017, 01:27:06 am
Congrats Mark!
Miss your Face Brother!  ;)
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: bird-hill-trekker on March 23, 2017, 07:04:45 pm
Hi Mark,

are you still happy to win OTP?
Are you curious?
Are you nervous?

OTP is not for fun,
It is serious!

And this is, what Hans (our big boss  :allhail: ) is preparing for you:
https://youtu.be/xgV2imaOCao (https://youtu.be/xgV2imaOCao)
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Post by: connie_rider on March 23, 2017, 07:28:12 pm
The sample in Bernd's video,,, is "normal" Surströmming.
   (I know this because the can is flat and it didn't spew into the air, when the guy opened it).

Hans only brings "Premium" Surströmming.
The cans he brings are pressurized by the fermenting fish.
        (The tops of the metal cans' are stretched into an oval shape)
  He opens them underwater so they don't spray Surströmming juice all over him and the crowd.

NOTE: During Al and Charlie's sample opening; there was enough pressure in the can, that it sprayed juice into the air. {"even though it was underwater"}

Update; Good news Mark, {you lucky Devil}.
I talked with Hans.
 He said, {since your a rough/tough Devil Dog/Marine}, he's looking for a "Extra Premium" Can of  Surströmming for you to sample!!!  >:D
   Survival Hint: Don't forget the Crackers and Schnapps!!! {Lots of Schnapps!}

Ride safe, Ted

PS: We're still waiting to find out if we're gonna support 2 "OtP" Traveler's this year.
       (Personally, I think we REALLY need to send 2. {So Dan can enjoy the Surströmming too}). <evil grin>
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Post by: mattchewn on March 23, 2017, 07:41:09 pm
I want to see video proof this year!!!!

Matt :)
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Post by: connie_rider on March 23, 2017, 07:44:08 pm
hmmm,,, I think there "was" a video made of Al and Charlie.
Bernd, can you post Al's Surströmming video here?

Ride safe, Ted
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Post by: FTB530 on March 23, 2017, 08:38:01 pm
Looks like the anchovies I use for fish bait, think I will buy some and try it in the river.
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Post by: Old Man on a Connie on March 23, 2017, 11:54:57 pm
I was at Johnson City for the great reveal. Upwind! Took me 2 days to wash the stench off my skin! Ain't skeert. I have done this though. Always a huge hit with the crowd.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5betKv46GB4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5betKv46GB4)  :beerchug: ;) :)) :)) :))
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Post by: MAN OF BLUES on March 24, 2017, 09:06:19 pm
I was at Johnson City for the great reveal. Upwind! Took me 2 days to wash the stench off my skin! Ain't skeert. I have done this though. Always a huge hit with the crowd.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5betKv46GB4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5betKv46GB4)  :beerchug: ;) :)) :)) :))

I thought for sure someone was shooting video at Johnson city when we were chowing it down....
I do remember Ted... backing up... and crying like a red headed step child being  spanked, and having his butt painted with turpentine...

Ahhhh good times..... :great: :beerchug:
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Jorge on March 24, 2017, 10:58:56 pm
I posted this also on the other OtP thread...
We're trying to get Dan over with Mark!
It looks like it's going to happen, but we're not sure yet.
Keep those donations coming, Mark (and Dan hopefully) will appreciate it. They've done a LOT for COG... let's give them something back for their service.
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: connie_rider on March 25, 2017, 04:42:33 pm
Yahoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

Europe will never be the same!!!
   (They've barely got over Al and Charlie..

C'mon COGgers,,, lets make this HAPPEN!!!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: mtnbandit on March 25, 2017, 05:58:36 pm
 Congratulations Mark. You certainly deserved to go OTP.   :)
  Brent
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Post by: SantaCruzRider on March 25, 2017, 06:27:07 pm
We're trying to get Dan over with Mark!


I like LOVE the sound of that!!!  I've already started doing some trapezoid and shoulder exercises 'cause Mark tells me that one of the duties of the Runner Up is carry with Winner's bags.   :))
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Jorge on March 25, 2017, 07:12:03 pm
Keep it up Dan,
you also get to carry the OtP manager's bags at the COG National!
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: connie_rider on March 25, 2017, 07:19:02 pm
Keep it up Dan,
you also get to carry the OtP manager's {"and" Mark carries the ex-OtP Managers"} bags at the COG National!

There, I fixed if for ya..   :rotflmao:

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: connie_rider on March 25, 2017, 07:21:55 pm
hmmm,,, I think there "was" a video made of Al and Charlie {eating Surströmming}.

Ride safe, Ted

Found it!!!!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=02JazjcD0oo&app=desktop#t=0.6411875 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=02JazjcD0oo&app=desktop#t=0.6411875)

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Jorge on March 26, 2017, 09:04:54 pm
Guys,
In case some of you weren't aware, there have been some Auctions benefitting OtP 2017.
There is one still running currently in the Emporium for a REALLY nice jacket in Men's Medium size; here is the link to it that thread, which includes photos with a gorgeous model  :)

http://forum.cog-online.org/emporium/otp-2017-auction-kawasaki-jacket/#lastPost (http://forum.cog-online.org/emporium/otp-2017-auction-kawasaki-jacket/#lastPost)
Title: Re: OtP 2017 - annnnnnd WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Post by: Jorge on April 01, 2017, 09:47:50 am
UPDATE: We have (sort of) two winners. Since there will be two bikes waiting in Europe, Dan is also planning to go.

Keep donations coming!