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It is a sad dayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I am so sad to report that, despite the best efforts of the medical teams here in Twin Falls and in Boise, that our friend Bill Barrington was not able to survive the massive heart failure he experienced yesterday. 
 
He was in the St. Lukes Hospital in Boise when the doctors determined that his heart was just not going to respond. Fran was with her son Eric and I am certain that they will appreciate your prayers.
 
If you want to send a card Fran's home address is
 
E. 5702 Sunrise Lane
Weyauwega, WI  54983
 
I will let you know any new information as I receive it.
 
Pat Alsup
Prayers for Bill BarringtonUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
We need all who read this to join us in praying for our friend and leader, Bill Barrington. Bill suffered a very serious heart attack this morning here in Twin Falls. His condition is serious and at this moment he is being life-flighted to Boise.
 
Wanda is driving Fran there and will be with her through this ordeal.
 
I will send more information as it is available.
 
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Sympathy Cards for RedshirtUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I just received an address where you can mail sympathy cards if you so desire.
 
They can be address to:
 
The Family of Dale Keyes
42296 Reeds Lake Rd
Janesville, Mn. 56048
Donation for Dale Keyes Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I had a phone call from Bill Barrington a couple of minutes ago. He wanted all of you to know that he is sending a check in the amount of $75.00 from the Blues Angels fund to Goldie Keyes, asking that she use it as a donation to the charity of the families choice.
 
I have no information concerning any services that might be planned but will forward that information as it is available.
 
As a separate matter of concern, I understand that as of this moment, the personal items of Red Shirt are missing. That would include his wallet, ring, cell phone and even his truck. Hopefully someone is keeping these items safe, but if they don't show up by this afternoon sometime, I understand that the family will be reporting them as stolen. I do hope that is not the case.
 
And, finally, this is to remind you that the Idaho ride the Angels are taking begins this next Monday. As I write this, Bill & Fran Barrington, Al & Sandy Jeanquart, Phil & Jean Parsons, Mike & Julie Pine and Al and Marie Servais are all in or near Wyoming with plans to be here by this Sunday. We will be departing on Monday for Salmon, Id. Tuesday we ride up to Lolo Montana and then over to Orophino, Idaho, Wednesday we travel south to McCall and then over to Baker City, Oregon where we will be for two nights. Then, on Friday, the group completes a very large circle and arrives back in Twin Falls.  I am hoping that the fires are more under control and that we have good riding conditions.
 
My report of our ride will have to wait until we return as I am not able to access the web site with my laptop. Accordingly, any follow up or reports on Red Shirt that are not here by Sunday evening will not be forwarded until we return on August 28th.
 
Be safe my friends.
 
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Roster Update - Garry and Anne HewittUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I received this information from Gary and Anne today. Please take a minute to update your personal records.:
 
 
 
Hi Pat:  We are looking forward to hearing about the amazing trip planned for this coming week in Idaho and travelling with you all vicariously!!  Could you please let the Angels know that Anne and I have made the move after being in the country for 32 years back into town. Our new address is 182 Sunterra Way, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada T8H 0W8.  We have a new telephone number: 780-467-0828, however, our email address will remain the same (thank goodness). Looking forward to seeing everyone again in December.  God Bless and safe riding everyone.  Garry & Anne Hewitt
Sad News Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I am sad to report that Dale Keyes passed away last evening. As reported, he was hospitalized after suffering a massive heart attack. I know that the prayers of those who knew Red Shirt go out to members of his family.
 
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Red ShirtUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I just received this note from Cowpoke.....   Please keep Redshirt in your prayers.
 
      Pat I just had a call, from  Marabelle.  She said  Dale  Keyes (Redshirt) had a massive heart attack this past Monday while restoring  a old tractor.  She said he isn't  doing very well.  He is at Scottsdale Osborn Hosp.  He is in I C U room #281.
       She will keep me informed.
                                                                      Cowpoke
Servais featured in Our Wisconsin magazineUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Al and Marie Servais were recently featured in the "Our Wisconsin" magazine. I wrote to see if I could get a link to the article, but they do not publish on line. However, they did send me a copy of the article which I have uploaded to our site and you can read it by CLICKING HERE.
 
As you will read, among their favorite rides are trips to Wyoming and Colorado which I am proud to say I participated in as well. And, in just a couple of weeks Buck and Marie will be here in Twin Falls where they will join 7 other of the Angels for a week long outing in Idaho and Oregon. I hope they are able to add that time to their favorites list.
 
As you might guess, we will be posting those outings with lots of pictures, so stay tuned.
Prayers for Jean & Phil ParsonsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I learned today that Jean Parsons sister (Elaine) passed away this morning. She had a recent fall and that contributed to a fast decline in her health. The services will be this Friday. Please keep that family in your prayers.
 
If you want to send a card, the address is:
Phil & Jean Parsons
1400 Creek Lane
Northfield, MN  55057
 
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July 26 Kemmerer to Twin FallsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
View this days pictures by CLICKING HERE
July 26 – Last Leg Of Our Journey

Morning came early, or we assume that it did. Are not certain as we slept in. I was not certain yesterday if Wanda would want to get back on the bike. For an hour or so after we arrived she could still close her eyes and feel the motion of the bike and said it felt as if her helmet was still on her head. But, getting home apparently was incentive enough to put her boots and helmet back on (well the other things too) and we were packing the bike between 8 and 9. We prefer to ride for a bit before having breakfast so would look for a place to eat in Cokeville which was a half hour or so up the road.

The morning was beautiful. We were wearing light jackets and were quite comfortable. The persistent winds had not yet made an appearance and being a Sunday morning, traffic was almost nil. As sit turned out, the only eating establishment in Cokeville was closed so after making a short trip through town and talking to a young family on their way to church, we determined that our best bet would be to have a morning repast in Montpelier, another 30 minutes West.

Sure enough, we found Coopers Kitchen on the west end of Montpelier. It was not busy but that pretty much defines the entire community. One retired gentleman (originally from Utah) stopped to visit and confirmed that being retired was about all there was to do in this area. That, however, did not diminish from the quality of the breakfast. We had something new. I forget the name but it was a potato product fashioned like a pastry, battered like French Toast and deep fried. It came swimming in Blueberry Syrup and produced a real sugar high. As you can see, Wanda dug right in. Yum!

About an hour after arrival we were again on our way. I might mention that our route today began on route 30W which we would follow through Cokeville, Montpelier, Inkom and into Pocatello. There we would pick up I-86 which joins with I-84 just before Burley and then into Twin Falls a distance of 283 miles.

We had to make a stop at Lowes in Pocatello to pick up the extenders for the last solar lighting tube we are installing in our home. There were three of them and as it turned out, they fit on the bike and trailer just fine. We also topped off the gas tank and were soon headed home.

It was just after 1 pm when we pulled into the drive. The temperature was in the low 80’s and yes, there was a bit of a breeze. While we were away, our garden managed well without us. As you can see, the zucchini matured past the “just right for a light salad size” and there were some tomatoes and beans ready for harvest as well. Some of the zucchini was used to make several batches of delicious bread and three of them went to a neighbor who I think has similar plans for them.

It was a great outing. We loved seeing friends and family and most of the hours spent on the bike were a welcome change for our everyday life. I have some issues with the trike that will require an appointment at the Honda dealership. I want it performing at the top of its game when the Angels arrive for our ride here in Idaho. That starts on August 23rd and you can bet that I will be posting that information as well.

There has been no report from any of the Arizona riders lately. I am assuming that it has just been too hot to ride?  I did get a note from Phil Parsons and here is a portion of the content:  An unfortunate part of growing older is that your friends and relations grow older with you. Jean's sister Elaine is 87. She fell in her home a week ago and cannot communicate or take food or water.  She is cared for by hospice, and her failing has begun. We don't know when her life will end, but will have to stay until death overcomes her and the funeral is held. Consequently, we just have to stay in contact.
On a lighter note, I enjoyed a 700 mile trip into South Dakota, ending at the farm that I still manage for a client. The crops and foliage in our entire area are wonderful this year with an abundance of rain.  I enjoyed perfect weather and a couple of nights camping in my tent, a thing I continue to take pleasure with.
 
Our prayers go out to Phil and his family. We look forward to additional information.
 
There are fewer pictures today and if you want to view them, CLICK HERE.
 
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July 25 Sheridan to KemmererUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Riding over the Big Horn MountainsSee all of today's pictures by CLICKING HERE
July 25th  Winding Across Wyoming

Today we began our journey back towards home.  In retrospect, the quickest and easiest way would have been to retrace the one we took to Sheridan, but if you know me at all, you will understand that riding roads the bike has not yet traveled seems to be my preference. So, I convinced Wanda that it would be just as quick and about the same distance to take K-90 to Buffalo and then hop over the Bighorns on 16W to Worland where we could catch 20S to Thermopolis and Shoshoni. There we would catch 26 to Riverton, 789 to Lander, 287 & 28 over South Pass to Farson and then 28 to 372 to 240 which meets US 30 at Kemmerer and that we would ride into Montpelier.

You will note that I titled this entry Winding Across Wyoming.  Now, you can interpret that two ways, both being accurate. It is a winding road over the Big Horns, through Wind River Canyon and over South Pass. And we certainly did ride in a lot of wind for most of the day. See. True both ways.

Our start was a little later than we normally plan but being retired I guess we figured time was not a problem. Here you see us as we said our good-byes to Dean and Judy Shaw as we pulled away from their home in Sheridan. Breakfast was just 36 miles down the road in Buffalo. By the time we put down our napkins and started over the Big Horns, it had warmed to where just a light jacket was more than sufficient to keep us comfortable.  This is a long pull but beautiful as you climb up the long hillsides. Once at the summit it is a curvy descent down to Ten Sleep where we stopped to stretch and get fuel. From there the country changes from trees to sage brush. It also became quite breezy. We opted not to stop for lunch in Thermopolis but instead paused along the Wind River while riding through the canyon. There we snacked on some carrot cake and a cookie that Wanda had received from a friend in Sheridan. It was a good stop. We saw rafters launching there and a train passed by on the far side of the river. Equally important, it was a little protected from the wind which was becoming more of a factor as we made miles.
At Shoshoni we turned  the bike directly into the wind and continued on to Riverton and Lander. Here I asked my riding partner if she wanted to stop for the night. A check of the remaining miles to our home prompted her to opt for more miles this day so up over South Pass we headed.
 
 That may not have been the best choice as the wind was really howling as you can see here at this rest area. I was hoping that maybe we could find a motel at Farson, and there is one, but one look at it and the only eating spot in town prompted us to fuel and continue on. I knew that riding all the way to Montpelier was going to be too much of a day so Kemmerer became our goal.

I think it was close to 6 pm when we finally rode into town (Kemmerer and Diamondville are all one community) and there was a huge gathering going on in the city park. Turns out there was a 3 day music festival going on. Now this is a small community with limited room accommodations. The Best Western had no rooms available and the next best choice did not answer their phone so you know they were full. We did find a place that was OK. It was clean but old.

Once off the bike, there was no way I was going to get Wanda back on to go for supper and the cake and cookies were history. So, I went looking for a Subway salad and while ordering this meal was very surprised with a couple from Twin Falls walked up behind me. They had been to the festival and were headed home. What a surprise. We chatted a bit, took a selfie and they headed out. I finished my purchase and returned to the room where we dined in private. Wanda was in bed early. 

We had ridden 396 miles, much of it in winds 40 mph or more and some of it quite cool. Total time on the road was about 8.5 hours. Like I said, the other route might have been a better choice, except in Kemmerer the room cost less than $60.00 and in Montana it would have been three times that. And, we did ride new roads.  Tomorrow we will be home.
 
Today I posted a good number of pictures. There are two pages of them so if you do not use the slide show option under the "Actions" tab, then you will have to use the arrow to move from page 1 to page 2. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICTURES.

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August 2 ride to Mt HarrisonUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
click here to see all of this days photo's
This past Sunday 4 bikes with 7 up departed for a ride SE of Twin Falls. Destination.. Mt Harrison Fire Lookout. The day was breezy and the forecast was for temperatures in the 90's. Our son Steve was in charge of the route and we were joined by Arizona friends Mike and Sally Craiger as well as Matt Triner and Deb Kelly. Departure was not until 10 am.
 
It has been many years since Wanda and I were on Mt Harrison. I think it was when our oldest son was still in school and went skiing on Pommerell. The road is paved all the way to the lookout which was not manned on this day. I don't know if they have stopped using it or not. On a clear day I am told that you can see the Tetons in Wyoming, down into the Salt Lake valley of Utah and even into Oregon. This day was hazy but as you can see,the view was still very special.
 
From there we rode SW to the City of Rocks. We thought the roads through there were paved but they are not so after stopping at the visitors center and then having a nice lunch at a local steak house in what I think is Elba. We will be going back to the City of Rocks with the car as we want to experience that. It is an area traveled by thousands in wagon trains and when we do will send you some photos.
 
We rode about 250 miles total and had a really great time. 
 
I am looking forward to the arrival of those Blue's Angels who are joining us on the Idaho/Oregon ride later this month and in the next day or two will send you the remainder of the report on our journey to Wyoming. I have not had a report from any of the Arizona riders so assume they are staying out of the heat. Bill and Fran Barrington recently took a 640 mile trip to a state ALRA (American Legion Riders Assoc) meeting then stayed overnight.  Many of the miles where back-roads just wandering. I understand that  Mini Al and Sandy were recent visitors with the Barringtons.
 
If you want to see pictures from the Saturday ride.. CLICK HERE.
 
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July 19 Headed to LivingstonUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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(Note)  I am reposting this entry as there was a hiccup in the system and it apparently did not go out to subscribers.....
 
Day two of our journey is in the books. We are now in Sheridan, WY, enjoying the hospitality of Dean and Judy Shaw. If you have been following my postings, you know that Judy recently broke her hip and I am the driver of the person who is volunteering to be of whatever assistance she can be.
Today's ride from Livingston here was uneventful. We did not depart until after 8 am and other than being windy all the way, it was warm enough and there was no rain. I think the low temp was 66 and the high 86. We rode a total of 254.4 miles. Average speed was 61 and it took us 4 hours, 8 minutes of actual riding time. We made a couple of stops to stretch and swear at the wind.
I will say that riding the interstate is fine if you want to make good time, but I prefer the back byways and like to ride when you can stop, take pictures, read the historical data information and be relaxed. And, on this leg, making good time is a real question mark as they are working on all of the bridges in the section we just traveled, so for a mile or two before each bridge, the speed limit dropped to 45. No one was working, but the signs remained in effect.
In the next couple of days, I am going to leave Wanda to her sisterly duty responsibilities and retrace some of the miles shared with some of the Blues Angels when they joined me in Cody for a week long ride. I will be headed to Cody in the morning.
 
A reminder that when looking at the photos, you can activate the slide show option by clicking the Action tab.
You can see a few pictures from todays journey by CLICKING HERE.
 
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 About the Blue's Angels

The “Blue’s Angels” was formed in 1995 by John H. Kelty. The name of the group came from John’s original 1993 1500 cc blue Goldwing which he named “Blue”. The "Angels" was chosen because all the riders are all such good little boys with their toys, and most of all because we wanted prayer involved as we rode and socialized.

Blue’s Angel's started with six bikes from the Golden Vista Resort in Apache Junction, AZ. and four from West Phoenix. There are now over 40 active, enthusiastic guys and girls. Every time “Blue” met a new person at Golden Vista he asks “why don't you buy a motorcycle?” Many did!

Blue’s Angels strive for comradeship while doing a fairly dangerous hobby and enjoying every minute of the time we ride. Blue loved people and wanted them to all feel the joy of riding as he did.

In the Spring of 2012, Blue handed the leadership of the group to Bill (Dollar Bill) Barrington who did so with the mutual agreement that it remained "Blue's Angels" and that while he would coordinate the rides and the general direction of the riders, John Kelty remained "THE MAN"

Unfortunately after over 20 years of riding nearly 250,000 miles, Blue succumbed to cancer on November 11, 2014. Up until his last days he loved to ride and it was his hope, as well as his families, that the Angels remain together and continue riding and loving the open road as much as Blue did.

The Angels have no specific restrictions of membership. The only requirement would be that members maintain a safe bike. All riders are encouraged to complete a motorcycle safety course. To be an official member one must invest $12.00 to buy a Blue's Angels Cap. After that huge expense, there are no dues or fees.

The main goals are:

- to keep the group going forever

- to keep it simple and informal

- to keep the prayers flowing for all in need

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