2018 - 10th Gtr Mae Hong Son Memorial Ride

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    #1 DavidFL, Sep 7, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2018
    A reminder.....Folks the 2018 annual GTR Mae Hong Son Memorial ride is scheduled for the 1st weekend of November 2018.

    That is Saturday 3rd November - Sunday 4th November 2018.

    This year marks ten years since we first started the event in honour of TJ & Simon
    The Tj John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

    The event has grown over the years to include & honour other departed riding buddies, who we have ridden with in North Thailand, and/or contributed to GTR.

    Last year's event was the biggest so far, and thanks go to everyone who made the ride.
    GTR - IMG_0108.JPG

    The Ride: 2017 9th Annual Gtr Mhs Memorial Ride

    With the ten year anniversary this year we would like to make it a but more special, and want as many riders. All riders are welcome to join in & ride with us to MHS to pay our respects to our departed riding mates at the GTR Chedi in Mae Hong Son.

    GTR - IMG_4154B.JPG

    The format will be similar to previous years. Meet at the PTT south of town. Break up into small groups to ride at your pace. Lunch in Mae Chaem & meet up again in Mae Hong Son. IT is not a "caravan ride."

    In MHS the Buddhist ceremony will be a special Shan ceremony, conducted Saturday afternoon by the chedi atop Doi Kong Mou. Seating & a canopy will be arranged. There will be no Sunday morning Buddhist ceremony this year, so you can party on Saturday night to celebrate the lives of our mates in the chedi.

    Johnadda will play with a 3-piece band at the Sunflower for us Saturday night.

    Sunday ride back to Chiang Mai at your own pace & in your own group.

    Full details are to come closer to the time - once confirmed fully with MHS - the temple & the Sunflower.
    Donations will be required from riders to pay for the ceremonies & band in Mae Hong Son.
    If anyone wants to "sponsor in a limited way", we are appreciative of bigger donations. This is a non profit event and any surplus funds go to the temple Wat Doi Kong Mou.

    Stay tuned.
     
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    For the record the chedi contains ashes & plaques for 6 riders so far.
    1. Tropical John Hamilton
    2. Simon Grant
    3. Dan White
    4. Crazy John Olsen
    5. Tom Forde
    6. Tom Wignall

    2018 has been a good year. No additions.

    Please continue to ride safe guys & stay upright.
     
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    6 of Us booked in already! Should be a Fantastic Event!
     
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    #4 DavidFL, Sep 17, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2018
    Some GTR accommodation choices in MHS

    Mae Hong Son Accommodation

    Riders are requested to please book your own room direct.

    I understand the Piya has one room left, so the other places are recommended.
     
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    This will be my fourth GTR memorial ride, looking forward to meeting up with old friends and making new friends, and of course renembring our fallen friends! Bring it on!
     
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    Will make it this year. See ya all soon.
     
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    #7 DavidFL, Sep 22, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2018
    Confirmed riders for the 10th annual GTR MHS Memorial Ride
    Riders
    1. David Unk
    2. Tim
    3. Veronica
    4. Scotty
    5. Ian Bungy
    6. Kay
    7. Oddvar
    8. Ben Kemp
    9. Paul Black
    10. Fabrice
    11. Cham
    12. Russ
    13. Rob Gray
    14. Robert Hoghead
    15. Colin Panton
    16. Richard
    17. Dave CMPT
    18. Liam & Nom
    19. Brian Jones
    20. George Hua Hin
    21. Keith Mc Veighty
    22. John Blackie
    23. Jurgen
    24. Kevin Ducati
    25. Patrick
    26. Highonthai
    27. Steve Princey.
    28. David Lek.
    29. Graham E
    30. Jozef Jazcm
    31. Alan Kelso
    32. James Assero
    33. Gregory Joyner & partner
    34. Charles Winter
    35. Brian & Mon
    36. RedBeardBoogaloo
    37. Marcel Vander Zwaag
    38. Zed
    39. Sam
    40. Opal
    41. Kate and Andy Brennenstuhl
    42. Peter Parris
    43. Michael Creagh
    44. Mike Gagne TBC
    45. Bob Connell
    46. Stu Lloyd
    Who have I missed out - anymore names please?
    There are quite a few other riders who have yet to confirm. We need confirmation as early as possible to make arrangements at the Wat & Sunflower in MHS.
    We are also working on a new black T-shirt design for the 2018 MHS Memorial Ride.
     
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    Well, I think it's about time I joined you guys on a ride. So sign me up.
    Scott Annand
    BTW, is Simon the same Simon that used to hang out at the Jazz bar?
     
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    Cool, added you to the list.
    Not the same Simon.
    This Simon, Simon Grant, used to live in Phuket. He was best mate of of TJ. They both came to Chiang Mai often & became good mates with many of us guys in Cnx.
    The original idea for the memorial ride was Simon's.
    TJ had died suddenly from cancer & Simon wanted to honour TJ with a group ride to MHS.
    We all agreed, but just a couple of months before the ride Simon was killed, hit and run, in Phuket. Absolute tragedy, so we vowed to have an annual GTR ride to Mae Hong Son to honour these guys. Hence the original name, but now other fellow riding mates have passed on, so we have more ashes in the chedi, and continue the ride out of respect for these departed friends who we have ridden with.
     
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    Please add me? ( work permitting?)

    Love to come again
     
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    Progress a 10th Anniversary T Shirt design completed.
    Final-GTR-MHS_Memorial-Tshirt.

    The characters in the image are all the participants at the chedi last year. Thanks guys & gals who came - you're all GTR stars.

    GTR - IMG_4154.JPG
     
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    For newbies coming you need to book your own accommodation.
    The GTR accommodation recommendations for MHS are here

    Mae Hong Son Accommodation


    1. Piya Guesthouse: 053 611260
    https://www.facebook.com/piyaguesthouse
    the Piya already full .

    2. Palm House: 053 614022 / Normal Loft Palm House

    the next most convenient location after Piya & the Ngam Tha

    3. Rom Thai: Tel: 053 612437

    5. Ngam Tha:

    โรงแรมงามตา แม่ฮ่องสอน Ngamta Hotel Mae Hong Son | Facebook

    6. Jongkham Place
    Jongkham Place - Amphoe Muang Mae Hong Son, Mae Hong Son, Thailand - Hotel Resort | Facebook

    6. Sang Tong Huts
    Sang Tong Huts - Accomodation in Mae Hong Son

    Booking.com :
    Help! Which hotel is best?

    Food & Drink in MHS

    Mae Hong Son Restaurants
     
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    #13 DavidFL, Sep 28, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2018
    A rough outline of the proposed program
    Depart from the same PTT Nam Phrae as last year 2017.
    Riders set off in small groups & go at their own pace.
    The route is the same traditional route.
    Chiang Mai - Doi Inthanon / Mae Chaem. Mae Chaem - Khun Yuam - Mae Hong Son.
    A buffet dinner will be set up in Mae Hong Son at the Sunflower.
    We will have our own band - a Johnadda 3 piece band playing at the Sunflower.

    There is no Sunday morning Buddhist ceremony in 2018 (so you can enjoy yourselves a bit more Saturday night).
    In 2018 we will have a special Shan - Buddhist ceremony for deceased elders that will be conducted Saturday afternoon.
    This ceremony will be conducted at the top around the chedi. There will be seats & tents for shelter from the sun (or rain, if it rains.)
    The starting time will be 4pm, and the ceremony will last about 45 - 60 minutes.
    All riders should are required to attend this ceremony to pay their respects with the group.

    To start at 4PM we want riders to be in MHS by 3PM = an earlier start from Chiang Mai.
    Once we have a firm idea on numbers, we will confirm the exact start time closer to the day, but the start time for the slower riders should be around 8.15-8.30AM.
    The rendezvous time at the PTT should be 40 minutes before the start.

    If you want to join in, please let us know asap.
    Having a firm idea on the numbers going helps prepare for catering & costing in Mae Hong Son.

    We do not ride in a convoy to Mae Hong Son, but start off in small groups 5-10 minutes apart.
    Riders are free to ride at their own pace.
    Stop for a snack in Mae Chaem, drinks in Pang Ung & then onto to Mae Hong Son.
    Rendezvous in MHS will be at the PTT at the south end of town.

    More details to come.

    If you want to join in, please let us know asap.
    Having a firm idea on the numbers going helps prepare for catering & costing in Mae Hong Son.
    The more riders, the earlier we may need to start.

    Thanks for all your support & early confirmation.
     
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    This will be my fourth one in a row, its always one of the highlights of my yearly visits. I'm really looking forward to meeting up with riders again and sharing a few beers.
    Just got back from a ride to Portugal from England - very good but not as good as CM.
    Safe riding
    Paul
     
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    Three more names added. Graham, Jozef jazcm, Alan.

    For riders who have asked if they can just meet up in MHS. NO, we would like everyone to join the group at the start out of respect for the departed to honour the ride for them. It is a ride for remembrance.

    We've all had good times here riding with different mates. Those times should be cherished and remembered forever; plus it's a bit of a reminder of the life we lead riding bikes in the region, here today gone tomorrow sometimes. So let's enjoy it and the camaraderie while we can.

    We don't ride as a long caravan for safety reasons. Riders are requested to form their own little groups & ride at their own pace. Slower riders set off first & faster riders set off last. The theory being that we should all arrive in MHS closer together then.

    Your arrival time in MHS should be 3PM, because we want to start the Shan spirit ceremony around the chedi at 4PM. The ceremony should be about 45-60 minutes, so around 5PM we are ready to go back downtown & start celebrating the lives of our departed riding mates.

    There is no Sunday morning ceremony this year (maybe next year 2019 we will have another Sunday morning ceremony).

    On Sunday, riders are free to carry onto Chiang Mai at their own time & pace, or wherever they wish.

    We have orders for 29 Tshirts so far. Printing of these will be done by the time I return from MotoGP & should be sent out before the ride. If anyone else wants a souvenir 10th Anniversary GTR MHS Memorial ride T-shirt please let me know. We've got time to silk screen one for you before the ride.


    forum-gtr-mhs-shirt_order-.
     
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    Back from MotoGP

    2 more riders confirmed
    1. James Assero
    2. Gregory Joyner
     
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    Added Charles Winter # 35
     
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    Yes, I think I can finally come along on this - please sign me up also.
     
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    Gday Dave please add Brian and Mon to the crew.
    Thanks
     
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    The first batch of T-shirts has been printed

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    A second batch will be printed for those who would like one & place an order.

    The size & price info is here
    forum-gtr-mhs-shirt_order--.
    the inches size shown is the chest size.
     
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    2108 is the 10th Annual GTR MHS Memorial Ride

    The original idea started in 2008 here: The TJ - John Hamilton Memorial Ride - The Mae Hong Son Loop

    and it didn't work at the first attempt, so was postponed until 2009.

    The Memorial Rides

    The first ride in 2009: The Tj John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

    2010: The Tj John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

    2011: The Tj John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

    2012: The Tj John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

    2013: The Tj John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

    2014: The Tj John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

    2015: The Tj John Hamilton – Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride # 7

    In 2016 saw the inauguration of the GTR chedi: The Gt Rider Memorial Chedi

    2016: The 2016 8th Annual Tj John Hamilton-simon Siinthai Grant Mhs Memorial Ride

    2017: The Ride: 2017 9th Annual Gtr Mhs Memorial Ride

    The ride has grown every year to become a special event & a bonding time among riders to honour departed riding mates who have lived and ridden in North Thailand.
    The ceremonies we do at the temple are very traditional respectful ceremonies that the abbot of Wat Doi Kong Mou deeply appreciates seeing farang perform them. It's unique & a moving experience to be involved in this ride and event. A small donation will be requested from riders to cover the cost of the ceremonies at the Wat. Any surplus money is given to the temple to thank the Wat for their generosity in allowing us to build the chedi on the temple grounds.

    Thanks in advance all those riders who wish to participate fully and pay their respects.
     
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    #22 DavidFL, Oct 13, 2018
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    Added 1 more rider
    Marcel Vander Zwaag
     
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    #23 DavidFL, Oct 14, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018
    Added 3 more riders
    1. Zed
    2. Sam
    3. Mike Gagne TBC on his return from China.
     
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    Added 1 more couple
    Kate and Andy Brennenstuhl

    thanks for your confirmation.
     
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    Added 2 more riders
    Peter Parris
    Michael Creagh
     
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