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post #31 of 45 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Eric,

do you know if motorcyclists specifically can still be of help out there? My friend and I were thinking of riding out there this Sunday to survey the damage and assist.

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As far as needing bikes especially, I can't say. What I CAN say is that riding a bike out there will get you through the insane traffic way faster and put you on site much much quicker than a car. Once there, they very well may need riders, but at the very least you will have saved time getting there. Let me know if you want any more specific info. REALLY NEED BODIES THIS WEEKEND. And every day for the foreseeable future.


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That's quite a great story Eric. Thanks for helping out and thanks for doing all those good turns in your Bonnie.
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I couldn't resist. Blew a leak in the rear tire (Finally!) today and had to skit out of the area early to get back to civilization before I was on the rim. Barely made it. This poor girl is going to need a serious overhaul when this is said and done. Carbs are a wreck from what I'm assuming is sand and dust getting sucked in. Really starting to lug in 1st and 2nd. Stallings starting to be a problem.

Still, a lot of great work going on out there. Really inspiring stuff.

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I just went to a workshop on handling convergent volunteers in a disaster situation. Were you screened and sworn in or did they just start you on your work?
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Great job!

Back in '04; we had to live on a generator after two of the four hurricanes that came through that year, and all the clean up on private property had to be done by us (the residents).

The only help we got was from each other; so I can personally understand how much your help meant to those folks!

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I just went to a workshop on handling convergent volunteers in a disaster situation. Were you screened and sworn in or did they just start you on your work?
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Hahahaha. Sorry, just the idea of there being anything LIKE that kind of organization out there makes me chuckle. The Red Cross and FEMA finally showed up "in force" this weekend and were basically worthless. One clinic I've been working with (its in a recently gutted fur coat storage warehouse complete with soggy fur coats hanging from the ceiling) had the Red Cross show up and ask THEM for supplies. I just have to laugh at it because otherwise I get too angry. Basically I showed up day one, put a strip of red electrical tape on my leather with my name written on it, and it hasn't come off since. That piece of tape has gotten me through National Guard barricades.

My rear tire is officially punctured and my carbs are in bad shape. Going to hopefully get the tire patched tomorrow, change the air filter, and at least spray some carb cleaner in there to get things loosened up. But the annual winterization/tuneup is going to be a much bigger affair this year. The suspension probably needs a pretty serious overhaul as well. But overall she's held up great. Really bonded over the past two weeks. She's starting to get famous out there.


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Hahahaha. Sorry, just the idea of there being anything LIKE that kind of organization out there makes me chuckle.
Yeah, that's what I thought. They tell us to be prepared for "controlled chaos".

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What a fascinating recount of an adventurous tale of helping a disaster stricken area. Keep it up!
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Excellent, Eric! I lived a dozen years in NYC—both of my kids were born there—and would love to help out in such a crisis. But alas, I'm in the far West now. Good there are people like you to tote the banner.
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