Ed & Beth Harvey

Ed & Beth Harvey
The Namesake of Our Group

Saturday, January 17, 2009

World's Largest Ball of Twine Located!!!!

Bob found it!!!! He and I both noticed the gleam in Perry's eye when he mentioned visiting the World's Largest Ball of Twine. He tried to play it off, but I am a keen observer! We surfed the web until our fingers were bare to find it. So here it is, just off of our path to Sturgis, in Cawker City, Kansas. The folks in the picture look super excited to be there.....imagine how jacked up Perry would be!!! I'm just saying.........

World's Largest Ball of Twine

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Cawker City, Kansas

When exactly did the citizens of Cawker City bug out on their big ball? We're not sure. But one thing is certain -- what started as one man's convenient storage of scrap twine has mutated into a community project, binding together the whole town.

The World's Largest Ball of Twine endures as a paragon of strange US tourist attractions. Uttering the phrase instantly conveys core roadside values -- the mind-boggling achievement, the one-track obsession, the over-the-top silliness. For us, visiting a Twine Ball is a religious pilgrimage. That's why we feel bad we're two hours late....

Tourists add to the Twine Ball.
Jack Clover briefly relinquishes control of the twine unspooler to tourists Stephanie Kawachi and Christian Cerrito,

The Twine Ball story began in 1953, when farmer Frank Stoeber, like thousands of his rural brethren, found it tidy and efficient to roll spare bits of sisal twine into a small ball in his barn. But over the years, instead of re-using or disposing of the twine, Frank kept rolling. By 1957, his twine ball weighed 2 1/2 tons and stood 8-ft. tall. By 1961, when he turned it over to the town, Stoeber had over 1,600,000 feet of twine rolled into a sphere 11 feet in diameter.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Had fun riding as Santa on Christmas Eve. I enjoyed watching cars passing me taking pictures and the kids being amazed watching Santa ride his Harley

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Planning Meeting 01-10-09

On direct orders from Pam I am posting this as quickly as possible (love ya Pam!). The first planning meeting for Headwest 2009 was a big success. It was really nice getting together to meet everyone, have some laughs, and start working on the nuts and bolts of the trip. Perry did an awesome job putting it all together and getting us headed in the right direction. We all can't wait to see Gregg's new bike and are glad that Cindy has decided to join us for the whole trip!
Thank you Lisa for providing a place for us all to meet and allow Perry to give his briefing.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Polar Bear Ride 2009

I am trying to get some practice at this blogging thing so I figured I would add one about our Polar Bear ride on New Year's day. We had a great trip even thought it was a tad bit chilly. Most of us met in Bealeton and then we finished forming the group in Catlett. We rode down to Longhorn's Steakhouse in Manassas and the food and company was great. As you can see by the picture we all bundled up well. Remember Dave, mine is the shortest one!

I also want to give a big Kudo's to all of the ladies who hung in there and rode with us unlike that whimpy group we saw on 28 riding without their ladies.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Planning

The videos to the right are Perry actually preparing his map and plans for the trip at the house last night. I took this video to compare it to how he does on Saturday explaining it to the rest of the group.

Starting out

OK. I really don't know what I'm doing yet, but I am going to set up this blog for our Big Trip out west scheduled to leave July 30, 2009. I am so glad that Perry decided to put forth the idea of doing this trip this year. I hope that the blog name is OK with everybody because everytime I asked different members of the group what our name was I kept hearing Harv's group. I know that we have a lot of planning to do and I just wanted to capture every moment of the planning and the trip so we all can share it with our friends and family. As I get older I realize how important all of that is.

If anybody has any ideas or suggestions please do not be bashful about sending them to me. I am so looking forward to this trip and I hope that everybody else is getting excited about it as well.