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Americade 2010's rain separated true riders from the 'profilers'

"The nice thing about when it rains, the people left in Lake George are the real riders, not the 'profilers,'" he said, noting he hadn't tallied up attendance numbers yet for the year.

One of those "real riders," apparently was Vincent Morrell, 80, of Newington Ct.

Morrell said this week that weather doesn't make a difference to him in his motorcycle travels. He's been attending Americade since 1991 or so, rain or shine.

There's no question Morrell is a die-hard tourer. Eight years ago, when he was 72 years old, he completed an Iron Butt ride, which required him to pilot his motorcycle 1,000 miles within 24 hours. He made the trip in less time than most of his fellow travelers, who were half his age, he said.

"They had trouble keeping up with me," he said. "Then they decided not to run with me no more."

Since his 70s, Morrell has been primarily touring the back roads of Connecticut - except for last August, when he rode his Gold Wing 899 miles to Branford, Missouri.

This year, he attended Americade with his 19-year-old grandson Kyle Roberts, sharing tales of some of his many adventures since he started riding a 1932 Indian Chief in 1947 in his family's cow pastures.

"Riding is one of my passions," he said. "If I get up in the morning, and the sun is shining, I want to get out and go see something I've never seen before."

Morrell praised Americade for its ever-changing lineup of tours and activities. But most of all, it's the people he meets on the road that make the difference, he said.

"I enjoy good friends and good riding,' he said.

Littlefield said he enjoyed the choices of accommodations, whether it was a motel, cottage, hotel or campground.

Also, the Americaders themselves represent different interests, ages, lifestyles and choice of equipment and type of motorcycles, he said.

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