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the air is filled with the smell of fresh cut pine,

blue tarps on roofs,the whine of generators,the buzz of chainsaws
swarms of yellowjackets,babys crying for milk,looting,curfews,
no power.no water,no phone,no cable,no nothing since sept 16
where will the next bag of ice come from?crickets,no birds,wires everywhere
million dollar boats stacked like pringles,shelters,MRE's,no gasoline,
short tempers,the best of people,the worst of people,rolls of wet carpet,
appliances laying everywhere,the beach is a landing strip,interstate bridge
crumbles,--- life is simple,all your problems vanish,nothing really matters
except protecting your family and your home

we took it hard :cry:

growing up on the east coast and living here for 30 years i've been thru
my share of storms both on land and at sea- six hurricanes since i've
been in florida and i have never experienced anything like this
total devastation - sadly 12 people lost their lives to ivan and hundreds
of familys are homeless

sustained wind at my house was 125-130 with gust of 150-160
my house took the storm fine - but i was not so lucky with the tornados
took a 22" pine tree to the roof and put 2 bedrooms out of commission
blew my barn away,lost 4 trees total,1 blown out window-no one was hurt

we rode it out here-

not for the the faint of heart-it was dicey for about 5 hrs as to whether
or not we could keep enough wind out of the house to keep the roof on
but we prevailed - did'nt sleep for 2 days

the bikes and hot rods were well protected and made it fine

trapped om my street for 2 days till we could cut a bike trail down the
street-once again kawasaki proves itself as it was my only source
of transportation for a week and performed flawlessly as a pack mule
hauling ice,water and mre's to folks who could not get out.

a few of us teamed up with law enforcement to provide assistance where
we could with curfew enforcement and looting control - but we still felt helpless

many many thanks to the guys from arkansas who cut the trees
the guys from texas who restored the power
volusia,pasco,st petersburg,sherriff's dept.
the florida national gaurd
the united states army
the doctors
the nurses
local law enforcement
the truckers
and the list goes on and on - these are the heros-the real heros

i'm glad to be back with my web friends and have some catching up to do
but i'll be busy for a little while cleaning up

thanks to those who sent pm's to me saying i was in their thoughts
they know who they are

hope everyone here is doing well and i've thought of several of you!!
 

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Biko Glad to here you an your's made it thru safely I was wondering how things were down there, heard your area got it the worst. The house can be fixed an things will get back to normal in time . I can tell you the lumber mills in the northwest and western canada have started working overtime to supply materials for the southeast . Take care , Dwaine
 

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glad its getting better and you and your family are fine. welcome back
 

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Amazing. What a compelling post about the resilience of mankind, and how life's priorities change. Glad you are OK bike. Let's hope that that's the end of it for Florida this year.
 

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bikeaholic,

Protect your family and stay safe. Hope you have enough of the basics to get through this.

Good to hear from you. Let us know if you need anything.
 

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thanks fellas

we'll be fine - coming back bigger,better,stronger this time :wink:
 

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glad to hear you are ok, as well as your fam. can't imagine what everyone is going through though. they were asking for help from local municipal light depts like mine, but we are too small for our boss to send anyone. lots of crews from mass electric and some of the bigger municipals are down there or on their way. good luck and hang in there, hope things get straightened out soon, at least somewhat.
 

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Bike,

Glad you and your family made it through safely. We were wondering how you were doing.

Sorry to hear about the damage to your house. I hope you were able to save personal items that can't be replaced.

I can't imagine what you and your family must be going through emotionally after this, but I wish you all the best.
 

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Well done... family safe and sound, helping others, giving thanks, you are a class act...Well done.

Ride safe...God bless

-Ron
 
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