2021 GTR MHS Memorial Ride # 13

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Saturday 6th November 2021 - 13th Annual GTR MHS Memorial ride

We would like to remind everyone coming that due to the MHS Covid-19 health restrictions

Limit 50 riders. More than 50 participants, approval is required in advance from the governor & health department.

No official ride. Make your own way to Mae Hong Son.
Meet at the PTT in Mae Hong Son by 3pm, ready to proceed to the temple & the one ceremony at the Chedi.

Participants coming from any designated Dark Red red one, need a double vax with certificate or covid free certificate.

1 simple ceremony at the Chedi.
Wear a mask when in public!!

Piya GH
No party scene at the Piya. Social distancing to be observed.
No alcohol served.
No buffet dinner, get your own food from outside.
No music.
To summarize = no official event at Piya.

With these limitations, not everyone can gather in at Piya at once, but we expect some people to gather by the lake, or in the night market or in their own small groups.
The situation is quite fluid & something will work out on the night.
It will be different & a night to remember.


The Chedi Ceremony
For those who do come to MHS we expect everyone to front up at the GTR Chedi & temple for the ceremony to pay your respects.

A small donation will be requested to cover costs of the temple ceremonies.

PTT Rendezvous
Please park outside in the street, not in the PTT as we over crowded the PTT last year & the management was not happy.
Be ready to depart from the PTT at 3PM to the temple.

T-Shirt
A T-shirt for the ride will be available after the event.
The shop is still working on the design.


Thanks everyone for your understanding.
 
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The GTR Chedi in Mae Hong Son
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The first ride started in 2009

Some history
What started out 13 years ago as a fun ride in memory of two good riding mates has now developed into a respected memorial ride with a soul that culminates in a moving ceremony at the GTR Chedi atop Wat Doi Kong Mu in Mae Hong Son.

The first ride started here
The Tj John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

The first ride was for TJ Tropical John Hamilton and Simon Grant, two best mates from Phuket, who came to North Thailand regularly, for motorbike rides and befriended the GTR Community in Chiang Mai, such that we were all good buddies.

John TJ Hamilton, 7 April 1951 - 10 November 2008. TJ was the most loveable, happy character you could imagine. The best mate of Simon Grant, TJ sucumbed to cancer in 2008 after a short 6 month illness.
One year after TJ died, Simon proposed a ride to MHS in memory of TJ & to have a few beers to remember the good times we all had together. A date was agreed for the ride, then 2 weeks beforehand Simon was killed in a hit and run accident in Phuket. We were all stunned.
Simon Duncan Grant, 3 May 1964 - 22 Oct 2009.
We swore then, never to forget TJ or Simon & to always honour them with an annual ride to MHS, and so the GTR MHS Memorial Ride began.

At the start however there was no Chedi, and we started with plaques & 100-year old rose bushes planted at Wat Chong Klang by the lake in Mae Hong Son.

The original Ride then, was called The TJ John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Mae Hong Son Memorial Ride
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The inauguration of the GTR Chedi 2016
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In 2010 it was 12 riders
In 2011 it was 12 riders
In 2012 it was 14 riders with a hook up with the guys from Bangkok who came via Mae Sot.
In 2013 it was 15 riders with the guys from Bangkok.
In 2014 it was 11 riders
In 2015 it was 19 riders
In 2016 it was 33 riders when we inaugurated the GTR Chedi.
In 2017 it was 34 riders
In 2018 it was a magnificent 56 riders.
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In 2019 it was 52 riders
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In 2020 it was 57 riders
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How many will join in for 2021?
 
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Markus Etter

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The 13th annual GTR MHS Memorial Ride is confirmed for Saturday 6th November 2021.

The format will be roughly the same as previous events, but with a few changes.

1. Optional rendezvous start at the PTT at Nam Phrae, on the canal road.

2. Make your own way at your own pace. No ambulance service.

3. Official compulsory rendezvous at the PTT in Khun Yuam. Time to be advised.

4. From Khun Yuam ride in a convoy with a police escort direct to the GTR chedi in MHS.
There is no rendezvous at the PTT in MHS.
Khun Yuam – MHS, a back up ambulance support vehicle to be confirmed.

5. One official ceremony at the GTR Chedi in MHS.
Not two ceremonies as previously, but one combined ceremony at the chedi.
Time to be advised but should be around 3.30-4PM.

6. Official – private function – GTR dinner & party at Piya guesthouse, the same as in 2020.

7. Pre registration is required. The event cost / fee to be advised once catering is confirmed.

8. Optional GTR T-shirt for the ride.

9. No organized breakfast buffet. Find your own as you please.
I definitely wann come as I enjoyed last year
The thing is covid as I come from Phuket and they doing really stupid down here because off this sandbox thing.
So how or where can I register?
Looking forward to it
Markus
 

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I definitely wann come as I enjoyed last year
The thing is covid as I come from Phuket and they doing really stupid down here because off this sandbox thing.
So how or where can I register?
Looking forward to it
Markus

Many thanks for your interest. We would love to see you again.
We wont set anything up until much closer to the date, as it is too difficult right now to plan that far ahead.
We really don't know exactly what we can can / cannot do with a big group yet.
Please stay tuned - watch this space.
 

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I rode CNX Pai Wat Chan Samoeng CNX a few weeks ago.
Only had a health check at the 1095/1265 intersection.
Name, ID card, fone number. Carry on
No issue continue to MHS - and I asked
 

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I rode CNX Pai Wat Chan Samoeng CNX a few weeks ago.
Only had a health check at the 1095/1265 intersection.
Name, ID card, fone number. Carry on
No issue continue to MHS - and I asked

Indeed for individual travellers & small groups less than 10 or 20 would not appear to be an issue; however plan on taking 40-70 riders may not go down well with the local health officials at the moment.
We wont know until a month out from the event, what the guidelines are, because you cannot plan more than 10 days ahead at the moment.
 

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Ah - a group ride is planned. That changes things
SIL said yesterday she heard on Thai news that MHS province is open for tourism
 

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The 13th annual GTR MHS Memorial Ride is confirmed for Saturday 6th November 2021.

The format will be roughly the same as previous events, but with a few changes.

1. Optional rendezvous start at the PTT at Nam Phrae, on the canal road.

2. Make your own way at your own pace. No ambulance service.

3. Official compulsory rendezvous at the PTT in Khun Yuam. Time to be advised.

4. From Khun Yuam ride in a convoy with a police escort direct to the GTR chedi in MHS.
There is no rendezvous at the PTT in MHS.
Khun Yuam – MHS, a back up ambulance support vehicle to be confirmed.

5. One official ceremony at the GTR Chedi in MHS.
Not two ceremonies as previously, but one combined ceremony at the chedi.
Time to be advised but should be around 3.30-4PM.

6. Official – private function – GTR dinner & party at Piya guesthouse, the same as in 2020.

7. Pre registration is required. The event cost / fee to be advised once catering is confirmed.

8. Optional GTR T-shirt for the ride.

9. No organized breakfast buffet. Find your own as you please.
Hi
Where can I register? I will come drop phuket same as last year one bike 2 person, please advise cheers Markus
 

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Hi
Where can I register? I will come drop phuket same as last year one bike 2 person, please advise cheers Markus

Hi Markus
Thanks for your interest.
We don't have a confirmed plan yet because of covid, however we are having discussions in MHS in the next few days to see what we can and cannot do. 3 days ago MHS said they don't know yet!
We are optimistic because the situation is rapidly changing & improving, but it could be that there is a limit on numbers.
We certainly hope not, but at this stage we don't know. Please stay tuned and will make an announcement once we know & can firm up a plan.
 

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Update Revised Plan

The 2021 13th Annual GTR MHS Memorial ride.

The confirmed date: Saturday 6 November 2021.

As to be expected there are complications organizing a full-on normal GTR MHS Memorial Ride, but we note that there is considerable interest from many riders still for the ride & event, and we thank everyone who has contacted us to express their desire for the event.

We too want to hold the ride – it is a tradition & intend to continue “as normal” although with some limitations.

After discussions with the MHS Public Health department & the abbot of Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mou, we can advise that we have approval for a scaled down event.

So for 2021 the current situation is
  • Limit 50 riders. More than 50 participants, approval is required in advance from the governor & health department.​
  • No official ride, but meet at the PTT in Mae Hong Son by 3pm, ready to proceed to the temple & the one ceremony at the Chedi. Make your own way to MHS!
  • Participants coming from any designated Dark Red red one, need a double vax with certificate or covid free certificate.
  • 1 simple ceremony at the Chedi.​
  • Wear a mask when in public!!​
  • No party scene at the Piya. Social distancing to be observed. No alcohol served. No buffet dinner, get your own food from outside. No music. To summarize = no official event at Piya.​
  • A small donation will be requested to cover costs of the temple ceremonies.​
We need to know asap who intends to come. If there are more than 50 people we need to apply for approval before the event!

Accommodation
GTR has block booked Piya guesthouse.
There are 15 rooms. They are all now taken.

The Piya Room status
1. Ian # 5
2. Robert # 10
3. David Unk # 1
4. Jurgen # 7
5. Dave DKT # 6
6. Greg V (Brian Jones cancel)
7. Graham Edwards twin
8. David Lek
9. Mr Scotty. 2 nights 6 & 7th
10. John Blackie double bed.
11. Andy Fill (Mark Lakota cancelled.)
12. Kiwi John
13. Matthias
14. Brian Sage
15. Pauly Gee

Other accommodation options in MHS. Please book your own room.

Palm House · Charm-naan Satit Rd, Chong Kham, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand

NGamta Hotel - โรงแรมงามตา · 5, 9 Khunlumprapas Rd, Chong Kham, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand

Sarm Mork Guest House สามหมอกเกสท์เฮ้าส์ · Charm-naan Satit Rd, อำเภอเมือง Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand

Jongkham Place · 7XX9+RQC, Chong Kham, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand
 
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2021 GTR MHS Memorial Ride Participants

1. Ian
2. Robert
3. David Unk
4. Jurgen
5. Dave DKT
6. Brian Jones
7. Graham Edwards
8. Arty Graham Edwards
9. David Lek
10. Nettie
11. Mr Scotty.
12. John Blackie.
13. Mark Lakota
14. Kiwi John
15. Markus Etter
16. Markus Etter 2nd
17. George Hua Hin
18. Matthias
19. Greg V
20. Brian Sage
21. Tom Zerlau (Tom89)
22. Chris Maple
23. Pauly Gee
24. HawaiianBrians
25..Fon Brian
26. Simon Williams
27. Charles Shaw
28. Natthanicha Shaw
29. Bob Staat
30. Jum Bob Staat
31. Mike Pielak
32. Patrick Henry 1
33. Patrick Henry 2
34. Steve Merchant.
35. Lee Cooper
36. Vincent Messina
37. Geezershot.
38. Dave DKT # 2
39. George V.
40. Andy F
41. Chas W
42. Khun Toenee

5 cancellations now
# 6 Brian Jones
# 17 George Hua Hin
# 21 Tom 89
# 13 Mark Lakota.
# 37 Geezershot
 
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I'd like to join, too, incl. stay at Piya guest house. Will bring a valid "covid free certificate" (aka PCR test, I guess) from BKK.
Matthias
 

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Hi Dave can you add Brian Sage to the list please. I will grab a room at Piya if available.
 
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Hi David,

Please add 2 names.

1. Tom Zerlau (Tom89)
2. Chris Maple

Thanks, David DKT.
 

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All the rooms at Piya are now taken

1. Ian # 5
2. Robert # 10
3. David Unk # 1
4. Jurgen # 7
5. Dave DKT # 6
6. Brian Jones
7. Graham Edwards twin
8. David Lek
9. Mr Scotty. 2 nights Saturday 6 November & Sunday 7 November.
10. John Blackie double bed.
11. Mark Lakota
12. Kiwi John
13. Matthias
14. Brian Sage
15. Pauly Gee

For other accommodation please book yourself

Palm House · Charm-naan Satit Rd, Chong Kham, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand

NGamta Hotel - โรงแรมงามตา · 5, 9 Khunlumprapas Rd, Chong Kham, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand

Sarm Mork Guest House สามหมอกเกสท์เฮ้าส์ · Charm-naan Satit Rd, อำเภอเมือง Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand

Jongkham Place · 7XX9+RQC, Chong Kham, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000, Thailand