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Over the Pond 2018

First some history...

The “OtP” story unofficially began when "Boomer" (from the UK) was considering the idea of traveling to the COG National in the USA. Boomer was a good Forum Friend of many COGgers. Because of that friendship, his Friends were discussing the idea of helping him make the trip. The decision was made, and Boomer made his trip to Klamath Falls for the COG National. "The traveler idea was born"!

At about the same time: Hans-ove Gortz of the GTR Club Europe "GCE," had an “Inspiration.” Why not send someone across the Atlantic each year? He contacted me (Ted Adcock) and Spencer Farrow. The OtP Team was formed, and we (with a LOT of help from COG and GCE members) started working to send Travelers “Over the Pond. Later Harry Martin came and Jim Culp came aboard. (and probably others that I forget to mention at this time) Our First “OtP” Traveler was Guy Young. After Guys Trip, the “OtP” Team put on “OtP” 10 more times. Unfortunately, after 11 successful Trips, “OtP” was on its last leg. The world economy, new membership (that didn’t know about OtP), cost of sending the Travelers, and a weary “OtP” Team, had taken its toll. It looked like the “OtP” party was over.

In the last few years, OtP has been an official part of COG, with support from the COG Board of Directors. The support is in the form of moral encouragement, facilitating the handling of funds, and in publicizing it (but no funds from COG budget go towards OtP). GCE/GTR is less structured than COG, but they are strong supporters as well, with hosts, motorcycles, and donations.

This year, for “OtP XVI” (2018), COG will be hosting a traveler (or travelers) from Europe. The traveler will arrive at a destination yet to be determined, receive use of a motorcycle, and travel around. The travel plans will include the COG National in Kerrville TX, June 10th - June 14th. The exact route will depend on the travelers desires, location of the motorcycle, and hosts.

To accomplish this, we need your help. We need DONATIONS to support the travel expenses. Donations can include cash, merchandise, cash, gear, cash, parts, cash, accessories, and of course cash. There will be some auctions as well to raise additional support. Several COG events will have "the hat passed" to collect donations, and these will help as well.

As you can see, we mostly need DONATIONS to make this work. Any amount you can give will help us reach our goal...

Will you help us make “OtP XVI” – 2018 a reality?

With your continued support, it will happen!

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