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Traxx822
08-03-2013, 09:40 AM
Guys, Just throwing up a thread to remind everyone in the ChicagoLand area and beyond to attend our meeting in Morris Aug 10th Next Saturday.

I know MikeG and I will be there.

PM one of us to get a phone numbers exchanged and we can get the rest of the info to you.

Rockman
08-03-2013, 10:16 AM
Sent a pm...

Traxx822
08-03-2013, 10:22 AM
Got it.

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TOO-TALL
08-03-2013, 08:05 PM
in......If anyone needs a ride.I'll have my boat.Not sure my crew will make it.Shoot me a pm.

swatguy
08-03-2013, 09:57 PM
What time you guys thinking? Also has the launch been full up with any regularity this season in the afternoon?

Traxx822
08-03-2013, 10:20 PM
What time you guys thinking? Also has the launch been full up with any regularity this season in the afternoon?

I'll be down there around 10-11.

Not sure about launch, or how busy it will be. I never launch in Morris.

In fact I hate launching.

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Rockman
08-04-2013, 10:40 AM
We have only launched in Morris and it has been fine. No backups and no issues.

Traxx822
08-04-2013, 11:06 AM
We have only launched in Morris and it has been fine. No backups and no issues.

Cool. I hate launching my boat so much I have been debating just going through the lock since I'm just one lock upriver.

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Traxx822
08-04-2013, 01:19 PM
Anyone know the water temp at morris right now?

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mikeg205
08-04-2013, 01:28 PM
down river is 80... :)

cbryan70
08-04-2013, 09:13 PM
Where is the launch in morris?

mikeg205
08-05-2013, 12:18 AM
rt 47 and washington street - stratton st park

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/i&m/east/stratton/home.htm

swatguy
08-05-2013, 07:15 PM
Thanks. It's a really nice ramp facility and pretty well organized.

Traxx822
08-05-2013, 08:15 PM
Thanks. It's a really nice ramp facility and pretty well organized.

Good to know. Cause now that I think of it I haven't actually launched there only drove by it from the river after coming through the locks.

What bars or restaurants are on that side that we can stop at?

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mikeg205
08-05-2013, 08:44 PM
Okay let's get a count of who's coming... this saturday aug 10.

here's luanch...

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt...atton/home.htm -

Trent - you going to come thru the lock?

Here's the beach location... it's just down river from the ramp at morris - it will be the first beach on the south side of the channel. probably 2 miles down river - you'll pass some campers on the north side then an island, can't miss the beach - lot's of boats always there...my cell 602 319 - 7014.

I plan on being there around 11:00am with the better half. :)

Traxx822
08-05-2013, 08:55 PM
Okay let's get a count of who's coming... this saturday aug 10.

here's luanch...

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt...atton/home.htm -

Trent - you going to come thru the lock?

Here's the beach location... it's just down river from the ramp at morris - it will be the first beach on the south side of the channel. probably 2 miles down river - you'll pass some campers on the north side then an island, can't miss the beach - lot's of boats always there...my cell 602 319 - 7014.

I plan on being there around 11:00am with the better half. :)

Probably not through the lock this time. Weekends are iffy and at later in the evening can be troublesome. So to thwart getting stuck down below with no trailer I'll just pull out and tow down to the launch in my ugly A$$ trailer.

I better not get flack on my trailer or bottom scum either :D

mikeg205
08-05-2013, 09:09 PM
Probably not through the lock this time. Weekends are iffy and at later in the evening can be troublesome. So to thwart getting stuck down below with no trailer I'll just pull out and tow down to the launch in my ugly A$$ trailer.

I better not get flack on my trailer or bottom scum either :D

ooo now - you will ;)

Tristar Racing
08-05-2013, 10:44 PM
I will be there.

88 PS190
08-06-2013, 11:48 PM
I'm also planning on being there!

Not hauling boat - Too-Tall count me as crew for atleast part of the day.

mikeg205
08-06-2013, 11:53 PM
Cool - we'll have some extra's for some water sports... DNR has been out a lot... we need pictures and videos to post - I can do some edits. :)

Traxx822
08-08-2013, 04:06 PM
Cool - we'll have some extra's for some water sports... DNR has been out a lot... we need pictures and videos to post - I can do some edits. :)

Sports. ..... I plan to relax.

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TOO-TALL
08-08-2013, 10:02 PM
I'm also planning on being there!

Not hauling boat - Too-Tall count me as crew for atleast part of the day.

You still planning on coming out? Some of my crew have backed out

Rockman
08-09-2013, 08:07 AM
Troy,

We will have a few extras in our boat if you need a spotter or driver.

What time you heading down?

Traxx822
08-09-2013, 09:01 AM
I'm bringing 3 so I'm legal!!!

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mikeg205
08-09-2013, 12:28 PM
See y'all tomorrow... !!! :)

TOO-TALL
08-09-2013, 06:13 PM
Troy,

We will have a few extras in our boat if you need a spotter or driver.

What time you heading down?

We had four now down to two.......I'LL be there around 10ish.

Rockman
08-09-2013, 07:57 PM
We had four now down to two.......I'LL be there around 10ish.

Good deal.

TOO-TALL
08-09-2013, 08:57 PM
Whats the name of the launch?

TOO-TALL
08-09-2013, 09:06 PM
got it....

Traxx822
08-09-2013, 09:16 PM
Looks like just me and the lady. Had two bail as well Troy. I just don't get it.

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mikeg205
08-09-2013, 09:20 PM
Looks like just me and the lady. Had two bail as well Troy. I just don't get it.

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HEy chillin' on the river is hard work... ;)

cbryan70
08-09-2013, 09:54 PM
We are still 50/50. If we make it down it will be a little later

Rockman
08-09-2013, 10:19 PM
Looks like just me and the lady. Had two bail as well Troy. I just don't get it.

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Quality over quantity. We will have fun!:D

Rockman
08-09-2013, 10:20 PM
We are still 50/50. If we make it down it will be a little later

Hope to see ya!

88 PS190
08-09-2013, 11:05 PM
I'm still planning on being there, worked till 730 to clear my work, so at the moment no am work.

As long as that holds as of ~830 am - I will be out.

Traxx822
08-09-2013, 11:16 PM
I'm still planning on being there, worked till 730 to clear my work, so at the moment no am work.

As long as that holds as of ~830 am - I will be out.

Over achiever. :D

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Traxx822
08-09-2013, 11:19 PM
We will be there 11 ish so meet at the beech. Save some spots guys. Park like an a hole. You own an MC they already assume it.

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cbryan70
08-09-2013, 11:57 PM
My biggest issue is launching the boat and retrieving with just me and the wife. How are the docks by the launch? How is the boat traffic on the river the s&s does NOT like waves lol

Rockman
08-10-2013, 04:15 AM
I'm still planning on being there, worked till 730 to clear my work, so at the moment no am work.

As long as that holds as of ~830 am - I will be out.

Sweet!:D

Rockman
08-10-2013, 04:16 AM
We will be there 11 ish so meet at the beech. Save some spots guys. Park like an a hole. You own an MC they already assume it.

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I will just put out both booms, that will save 2 spots for sure.;)

Rockman
08-10-2013, 04:17 AM
My biggest issue is launching the boat and retrieving with just me and the wife. How are the docks by the launch? How is the boat traffic on the river the s&s does NOT like waves lol

Not an issue...get your a$$ down here...we will give you a hand.

Dock is fine...you can always duck behind a barge to avoid the rollers!;)

Traxx822
08-10-2013, 07:22 AM
My biggest issue is launching the boat and retrieving with just me and the wife. How are the docks by the launch? How is the boat traffic on the river the s&s does NOT like waves lol

Just keep her in the truck, and do it yourself. Do not include her in launch or load. I repeat,for the sake of marriage. Do not include her in any part of launch or load. Leave her in the truck.

Lol. Just kidding :D

I never launch with people helping btw. Always do it alone. Kinda prefer it that way.

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Tristar Racing
08-10-2013, 11:11 AM
Not going to make it. Hope you guys have fun and take some pictures. '13 has been brutal for boating for me...

Traxx822
08-10-2013, 11:43 AM
Not going to make it. Hope you guys have fun and take some pictures. '13 has been brutal for boating for me...

Need my truck? It's just sitting here.

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88 PS190
08-10-2013, 01:57 PM
Made it half way there this morning, had to go back for work,

made it TO MORRIS at noon, had to go back for work.

Not gonna happen today.

swatguy
08-10-2013, 06:20 PM
You guys had some great weather. Unfortunately I had the morning from hell. Took 14 stitches at 2am chasing some gangbanger into a vacant lot where the tree branch almost made me a pirate. No biggie. Had everything all packed up. Rolled out with the family got to about I 355 and North Ave when the semi next to me blew its tire and smoked my trailer. Ended up bending my rim and axel. Sun was shining on the Hwy while I was waiting. Hope you a took advantage. Was really looking forward to pitting some faces with names.
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mikeg205
08-10-2013, 07:00 PM
So sorry to read Swat.... Hope that heals up quick!

Damn on the trailer - will the trucker pay for your trailer axle and rim? How did you get your boat home?

I just got home a little bit ago... next year - the plan will be to go later in the afternoon. River was extremely busy today.. I will post some pictures later.

Heal up and good luck on getting the trailer fixed and thanks for chasing down the bad guys for us.

88 PS190
08-10-2013, 07:36 PM
Same thoughts - looking forwards to the pictures.

Did someone have an all white MC behind a blue truck - with a tower?

Saw that while taking a message in the lot at Culvers.

mikeg205
08-10-2013, 07:41 PM
There were 3 MC's on the river that weren't part of our group - nor did they stop when there were a line of 5 MC's parked at the sand bar (beach) 94 PS190, 2003 X2, 1979 S&S, 1995 Maristar, 1995 Prostar...

Awesome day... just too much traffic - lots of big rollers... next year afternoon evening outing...

Traxx822
08-10-2013, 09:51 PM
Keep up the good work Swat. Sorry you had a bad day.

swatguy
08-10-2013, 10:25 PM
Thanks for the thoughts guys.

Yea the truckers insurance should cover it. Report was made. My boat made it home on a flat bed. I will be able to use my neighbors trailer for his X2 to get mine to my lift while mine goes in for repair. The trailer swap will take a bit with a couple bottle jacks and few guys but at least I can get it to the water while the trailer is getting fixed.

I guess being sunny and 83 for the first Saturday in like a month will bring everyone out.

Side note if anyone is interested in going to WWA Worlds up just across the boarder in Pleasant Prarie next weekend I have few extra tickets if anyone needs em. I will most likely be there Saturday. Compliments of Dano-the -Mano (aka the Announcer at all the stops).

Traxx822
08-11-2013, 10:16 AM
Thanks for the thoughts guys.

Yea the truckers insurance should cover it. Report was made. My boat made it home on a flat bed. I will be able to use my neighbors trailer for his X2 to get mine to my lift while mine goes in for repair. The trailer swap will take a bit with a couple bottle jacks and few guys but at least I can get it to the water while the trailer is getting fixed.

I guess being sunny and 83 for the first Saturday in like a month will bring everyone out.

Side note if anyone is interested in going to WWA Worlds up just across the boarder in Pleasant Prarie next weekend I have few extra tickets if anyone needs em. I will most likely be there Saturday. Compliments of Dano-the -Mano (aka the Announcer at all the stops).

I didn't know worlds was next weekend. Do they run on Sunday or only Saturday?

swatguy
08-11-2013, 04:54 PM
Both days. Qualifying Saturday. Finals Sunday. I like Saturdays because you see a much wider variety of riders competing.

Traxx822
08-11-2013, 05:13 PM
Both days. Qualifying Saturday. Finals Sunday. I like Saturdays because you see a much wider variety of riders competing.

Saturday is my bachelor's party and was planning to go to Chicago air and water show in Sunday. But I've done that before. May go to worlds instead. What lake is it on?

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mikeg205
08-12-2013, 09:30 AM
Some pics from a fun event... first annual - was a good time... Thanks to Raz for battling the Illinois River leviathan... but it appears he lost ;)

TOO-TALL
08-12-2013, 06:54 PM
Good times...thanks for setting this up mike.
First time I've been on that part of the river .I will go back.

Swatguy sorry to hear you had all the problems.


Next stop for me buckeye bash..

88 PS190
08-12-2013, 07:11 PM
Alright who's boat is the white w/ blue stripes at the tower?

mikeg205
08-12-2013, 07:12 PM
Alright who's boat is the white w/ blue stripes at the tower?

Traxxx

Traxx822
08-12-2013, 08:20 PM
Alright who's boat is the white w/ blue stripes at the tower?

Its mine. Why 88?

I thought you were gonna make it down? What happened?

88 PS190
08-12-2013, 10:26 PM
You have a blue truck?

At about noon I was sitting in the parking lot at Culvers in morris taking a call from a hospital and I'm pretty sure you drove by.

Now I live up by oak lawn. So I worked late Friday trying to clear work for sat. But got two calls I had to do for work - so the first trip I was in Bolingbrook on I-55 at about 920 - had to go back, second time morris at noon - had to go back.

At that point I gave up - being on call and trying to go to the river sucks.

Traxx822
08-12-2013, 10:43 PM
You have a blue truck?

At about noon I was sitting in the parking lot at Culvers in morris taking a call from a hospital and I'm pretty sure you drove by.

Now I live up by oak lawn. So I worked late Friday trying to clear work for sat. But got two calls I had to do for work - so the first trip I was in Bolingbrook on I-55 at about 920 - had to go back, second time morris at noon - had to go back.

At that point I gave up - being on call and trying to go to the river sucks.

Yeah I have a blue truck. Musta been me. We drove all over that downtown area trying to find the launch.

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88 PS190
08-12-2013, 10:49 PM
Morris is a zoo on drive night - they do a legit car show though.

cbryan70
08-12-2013, 11:14 PM
That car show is huge took me a while to figure out how to get out of there with all the streets closed

swatguy
08-12-2013, 11:15 PM
Saturday is my bachelor's party and was planning to go to Chicago air and water show in Sunday. But I've done that before. May go to worlds instead. What lake is it on?

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It's on a private lake . No motor boats above 10hp are permitted except the event boats. Really nice setup. You can sit right in the water if you bring a lounge chair. Last year they switched sides of the lake to allow a more grassy fan area and a bigger event /tent area. It's the first exit north of the boarder.








Those pics are great. That was a perfect sunny day. (One of maybe 5 this year).

Traxx822
08-12-2013, 11:49 PM
Morris is a zoo on drive night - they do a legit car show though.

Downtown was a cakewalk compared to the launch. If I ever go to morris again I will stear clear of it at peak hours and have boat prepped before I get there. Nightmare!!!!

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Rockman
08-15-2013, 09:22 AM
Some pics from the weekend...

Rockman
08-15-2013, 09:25 AM
Couple more...

Rockman
08-15-2013, 09:27 AM
Long day...JD was the first to go and then Livi once we got all the gear put away at the house.:)

Traxx822
08-15-2013, 09:51 AM
Great photo's Rockman.

samasm
08-23-2013, 08:38 AM
Hey all....sorry I could not make it. I have that Blue and Gray 2013 X-30 Mike had mentioned previously. On 07/26/2013, my 14 year old wake surfing/wake-boarding daughter was in a severe car accident in Bristol...helicoptered to Oaklawn (Advocate) hospital Trauma 1. Have been there...more or less... since then. She is coming around. For all of us on here who are parents - what I kept talking to her about while she was unconscious and what is keeping her strong through therapy (Up to a year more to come??) is wake surfing and wake boarding. She has a big picture of her wake surfing on the wall of her room in the hospital. We have watched countless episodes of wake brothers together. Soul Surfer is a great movie that she and I have shared as of late. The times on the water that I spent with your kids will resonate throughout there lives... I really try to be the best "me" that I can be... they really pick up on the small stuff. This has been a trying time, but also a time to really get to know my daughter and myself. My level of patience, my faith, my beliefs, have grown strongly... Despite being told by a resident doctor that "the life your daughter had, as you knew it, ended with that accident" and that we "need to seek long term nursing home facilities" - we will be out...wake-boarding, knee-boarding and wake surfing next spring. I cannot help to think that if she had not spent so much time over last winter on the indo board and working out for this summer's water time, that her rehab would be going slower. Funny how things work.

mikeg205
08-23-2013, 08:44 AM
Hey all....sorry I could not make it. I have that Blue and Gray 2013 X-30 Mike had mentioned previously. On 07/26/2013, my 14 year old wake surfing/wake-boarding daughter was in a severe car accident in Bristol...helicoptered to Oaklawn (Advocate) hospital Trauma 1. Have been there...more or less... since then. She is coming around. For all of us on here who are parents - what I kept talking to her about while she was unconscious and what is keeping her strong through therapy (Up to a year more to come??) is wake surfing and wake boarding. She has a big picture of her wake surfing on the wall of her room in the hospital. We have watched countless episodes of wake brothers together. Soul Surfer is a great movie that she and I have shared as of late. The times on the water that I spent with your kids will resonate throughout there lives... I really try to be the best "me" that I can be... they really pick up on the small stuff. This has been a trying time, but also a time to really get to know my daughter and myself. My level of patience, my faith, my beliefs, have grown strongly... Despite being told by a resident doctor that "the life your daughter had, as you knew it, ended with that accident" and that we "need to seek long term nursing home facilities" - we will be out...wake-boarding, knee-boarding and wake surfing next spring. I cannot help to think that if she had not spent so much time over last winter on the indo board and working out for this summer's water time, that her rehab would be going slower. Funny how things work.

Scott - so sorry to read about this... I wish your daughter and family the best and a great recovery.

mikeg205
08-23-2013, 08:45 AM
Couple more...

Great shots ... thanks for posting those up.

mikeg205
08-23-2013, 08:47 AM
Long day...JD was the first to go and then Livi once we got all the gear put away at the house.:)

Awesome! - I remember those days...

Traxx822
08-23-2013, 09:22 AM
Hey all....sorry I could not make it. I have that Blue and Gray 2013 X-30 Mike had mentioned previously. On 07/26/2013, my 14 year old wake surfing/wake-boarding daughter was in a severe car accident in Bristol...helicoptered to Oaklawn (Advocate) hospital Trauma 1. Have been there...more or less... since then. She is coming around. For all of us on here who are parents - what I kept talking to her about while she was unconscious and what is keeping her strong through therapy (Up to a year more to come??) is wake surfing and wake boarding. She has a big picture of her wake surfing on the wall of her room in the hospital. We have watched countless episodes of wake brothers together. Soul Surfer is a great movie that she and I have shared as of late. The times on the water that I spent with your kids will resonate throughout there lives... I really try to be the best "me" that I can be... they really pick up on the small stuff. This has been a trying time, but also a time to really get to know my daughter and myself. My level of patience, my faith, my beliefs, have grown strongly... Despite being told by a resident doctor that "the life your daughter had, as you knew it, ended with that accident" and that we "need to seek long term nursing home facilities" - we will be out...wake-boarding, knee-boarding and wake surfing next spring. I cannot help to think that if she had not spent so much time over last winter on the indo board and working out for this summer's water time, that her rehab would be going slower. Funny how things work.

Sam, I am very grateful to hear your daughter is ok. And getting better. You mentioned that her working out on the boat and core strengthening activities on the water have helped her gain advantages on her recovery.

That is excellent news. I pray for your daughter and family in this trying time.

To lighten the burden, you can drop off that new X30 at my slip in channahon. Anytime. :cool:
(I hope some humor wasn't in poor taste)

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Rockman
08-23-2013, 10:47 AM
Sam, thoughts and prayers go out to your daughter and your family for a speedy recovery!

Hope to meet up with you sometime!

samasm
09-20-2013, 04:05 PM
Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and concerns about my daughter Sam. She was released from the hospital on 09/10/2013 - two days earlier than initially anticipated and started out-patient therapy on 09/12/2013 at RIC in Willowbrook. She insisted that she WALK out of the hospital and she did. Her RIC therapists told her/us that they had read her file and were amazed that she walked in for therapy. She (with limited assistance from me) has been practicing her indo-board...granted not as good or for as long as before - but still better than I could have expected. We have a yoga instructor coming to our house 2 days a week and we are arranging for acupuncture to start next week. She really wants to get in the water, but I think it wisest to wait until next year. She did ride a bike today though...tough and courageous kid!

Traxx822
09-20-2013, 04:30 PM
Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and concerns about my daughter Sam. She was released from the hospital on 09/10/2013 - two days earlier than initially anticipated and started out-patient therapy on 09/12/2013 at RIC in Willowbrook. She insisted that she WALK out of the hospital and she did. Her RIC therapists told her/us that they had read her file and were amazed that she walked in for therapy. She (with limited assistance from me) has been practicing her indo-board...granted not as good or for as long as before - but still better than I could have expected. We have a yoga instructor coming to our house 2 days a week and we are arranging for acupuncture to start next week. She really wants to get in the water, but I think it wisest to wait until next year. She did ride a bike today though...tough and courageous kid!

Awesome news!!

mikeg205
09-20-2013, 05:54 PM
Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and concerns about my daughter Sam. She was released from the hospital on 09/10/2013 - two days earlier than initially anticipated and started out-patient therapy on 09/12/2013 at RIC in Willowbrook. She insisted that she WALK out of the hospital and she did. Her RIC therapists told her/us that they had read her file and were amazed that she walked in for therapy. She (with limited assistance from me) has been practicing her indo-board...granted not as good or for as long as before - but still better than I could have expected. We have a yoga instructor coming to our house 2 days a week and we are arranging for acupuncture to start next week. She really wants to get in the water, but I think it wisest to wait until next year. She did ride a bike today though...tough and courageous kid!

Great news scott... we can make an event of her first outing next year... we can arrange a flotilla of MC's to escort her first ride... :)