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The Two Mile Ride
October's Ride ended just two miles from where it started, but our intrepid ride leader managed to take us on a 49 mile shortcut. The Pernicious Panheads were again out in force, but an Unbeatable ULH, two Invincible Indians, and an eXcellent XLCH evened out the consist.
The Riders: Joe Earman, Craig Williams, Chip Brady, Juan Sakata, Mike Mueller, Tom Hardy, Bob Nicholas, King Troensegaard, Dave Hennessey, and we welcomed Danny Burns, a Panhead rider from across the Potomac River.
The Party Crashers: Steve Geissler and George Downes showed up at the Hennessey's just in time for the food and free beer.
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We met at George Downes' large truck repair shop, New Baltimore Garage, or as George lovingly calls it, “The Grunge Emporium”.
A dozen doughnuts disappeared directly. The riders made a timely rendezvous, a relative rarity for the Highlands Chapter.
We headed south on U.S. Route 29, and soon turned on to rural Green Road, where our first stop was the Warrenton Air Park, also the home of the DC Skydiving Center. We watched a number of people, mostly young girls, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. We then hopped back on our land-bound steeds, and proceeded onto Rogues Road, one of Fauquier County's most scenic byways.
Rogues Road brought us to Vint Hill Farms Station , a now-defunct U.S. Army Intelligence facility. As WWII was starting in Europe, a farmer called the FBI to report that he was receiving radio transmissions in a strange language. Soon, the U.S. Army was moving in, and the cows were moving out. Vint Hill Farms Station was an important Army/NSA facility until it closed in 1997. Today, Vint Hill is home to the Federal Aviation Administration's Potomac Consolidated TRACON, which provides air traffic control for all of the Washington DC airports. We toured the TRACON a couple of years ago.
But more importantly, Vint Hill is now home to Old Busthead Brewing Company, where we sampled their beers, took a 30-minute tour of the brewery, and learned all about the four fundamental forces of the universe: water, malt, hops and yeast.
After tasting and touring a commercial brewery, we rode the last few miles to the Hennessey's, home of the nano-sized Broad Run Brewing where we quaffed a few pints of Tsawwassen Ferry Pale Ale. Dave cooked cheeseburgers and knockwurst on the grille, and Jennifer served up a variety of side dishes. George Downes showed up a few minutes later in his 1929 Ford Model A Speedster, which caused a great sensation. Soon Steve Geissler pulled in riding his 1948 Indian Chief.
Good Weather, Good Friends, Iron Steeds