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NO RIDE ON SATURDAYUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
I just had a note from Phil Parsons advising that there will not be an organized ride tomorrow. I understand that you are a bit damp there in Apache Junction and that more precipitation is expected. Perhaps that is happening so you can all prepare for Super Bowl Sunday. Stay home, fix lots to eat and enjoy the weekend.
 
Note:
I have spent most of the last two days working on the new roster. A good number of you have submitted the information sheets that I need to add you to the roster. Some have not and as this might be the last roster I will ever do, I hope that we will be well represented. As such, if you ride with the Angels and have not submitted a form and if you want to be included, it costs you nothing to be listed. The information in the roster shows your address (summer and winter) phone numbers, e-mail address, what you ride, and a picture. If you decide you want a roster, then there will be a charge for that and I won't know how much until I find out how many pages it will take. The cover is personalized to each person who buys a copy. The roster is great for those times when:
1) you can't remember the name of the person you were talking to on the last ride
2) you want to call or write one of the Angles
3) you need to make a note about an important event
4) you run out of toilet paper on a long, out of the way ride.
 
In any case, if you need an information sheet, e-mail me today at pmawla1963@gmail.com. I will help you from there.
 
Pat (Shutterbug) Alsup
 
Shutterbug
A note from $ BillUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Many thanks to Eric LaFoy, Phil Parsons and Paul Breuklander for help in finding interesting rides.  We are looking at the Cattleman's Ranch for Wed Feb 4th, Dwarf Car Museum in Maricopa, Wed Feb 11th and a future tour to the Phoenix University Stadium in Glendale.  Also remember Paul is setting up a rim ride in March.
 
PHIL WILL SEND AN EMAIL TO PAT AT APPROX 5:00 FRIDAY REGARDING THE SATURDAY RIDE.  WE MAY CANCEL DUE TO RAIN.  
 
On March 7th  nine Angel's have volunteered to host, prepare and serve the  the Sat breakfast at the Golden Vista Ballroom.  Spread the word AND all Angel's and guests from ALL parks are invited.  More information to come.
 
I have received generous gifts from several Angel's to be available for our picnic here in the park on March 14th.  The donations seem to come from the same people tho each year!!!!!!!!  Mini Al will soon be selling dinner tickets and of course RAFFLE TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.  You do not have to be present to win.
 
Ride Safe,
Dollar Bill
Jan 28 ride - Superior and beyondUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
CLICK HERE to view more of today's pictures.
On the Scenic Roads    
 
Twenty four riders with 5 spouses riding gathered for the Wednesday ride this week.  Among them were the Peters from Minnesota, and Derek’s guest Peter Savinkoff.  The first item on the agenda was a safety lecture about staying in line with 2-second spacing from our leader, Dollar Bill.  After a group picture, the riders were divided in two, with Vern Chrestensen leading the first and Dollar Bill taking the second line. Our destination for breakfast today was The Buckboard at Superior.  It’s a place we seem to choose about every 5 years, and today’s crowd was too much for their staff.
 
The conversation at the café was steady, and soon the groups drifted off to rides of their own choosing.  One group returned direct to Apache Junction, and another checked out Saturday’s destination at Mammouth.  Vern led a half-dozen riders on a swift chase to Globe, then south to Winkelman and return thru Superior.  There is color everywhere around mining country, and new riders will want to retrace the route with a chance to stop and take in the scenery. We met a couple riders doing the reverse of the same route.  All returned around 2:00 PM.  I had 149 miles in just over 3 hours at average 48 mph.  At five, a dozen riders and spouses enjoyed an informal happy hour at Char’s home, the familiar #40.
 
Plans are afoot for rides in the future.  On this Saturday the ride will depart at 9:00 for lunch at LaCasita Restaurant in Mammoth, a place new to most of our group.  Eric will lead next Wednesday to Cattleman’s Café at Marana, and there is a future ride to the Midget Car Builder’s shop near Maricopa.  Volunteers stepped up to staff the Blue’s Angels Breakfast at GV on Saturday, March 7.  That will be followed on March 14 with the Angels Picnic with tickets to be sold by Mini Al Jeanquart.  If you have a door prize to give, contact Bill.  Let’s hope the rain this week is of short duration.
 
Phil Parsons
Address CorrectionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I am about ready to give up typing all together. Those skills are about equal to my proof reading ability. Thank heavens for Wanda. She does her best to keep me straight, but unfortunately I often hit send before she has a chance to look at what I have done..
 
In any case... here is our correct address:
 
Pat and Wanda Alsup
1097 N College Rd. W
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
 
The rest of the information is correct  (I think).
 
Shutterbug
Correction (really an omission) Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
It has been pointed out that I omitted one couple from the list of those who are going on the Idaho ride this August 23rd. Below is a corrected list:
 
Pat and Wanda Alsup
Bill and Fran Barrington
Al and Marie Servais
Al $ Sandy Jeanquart
Phil & Jean Parsons
Mike McDonald
Gene Vogelesang
Bob & Mary Russell
Mike & Julie Pine
 
So that makes 9 bikes and we have room for one more.
 
Also I am told that some of those who are listed in the last Angel Roster as active riders have not yet responded. If you were listed previously and do (or do not) want to be listed, please let me know by return e-mail.
 
Also, any future information sheets should be sent directly to me and I am moving, so please not my new mailing address:
 
Pat Alsup
2017 N College Road W
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
 
Any e-mail still goes to pmawla1963@gmail.com and my new phone number is 208-539-7732.
 
And, last I wanted to share a photo I took yesterday. This is the view of Billingsly Creek. Our Idaho Riders will be staying at the Billingsly Creek Lodge which sits next to this flow of water. It runs at 56 degrees summer and winter. The water in this area is why about 90% of the fresh water trout raised in the United States, comes from this area.
 
Thank you,
 
Shutterbug
Looking at the Memorial Ride PhotosUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I just finished looking at all of the photo's that have been submitted to the site that Ed Kelty set up to post and view those taken of the ride, service and gathering. It was really rewarding for me to see how many of you were there to pay tribute. It makes me proud to know that I have ridden with such a great group of people. I know that John was proud to call all of you his friends.
 
I just uploaded the pictures that had been sent to me for the web site report. There were 30 of them. I am also going to list the site addresses where you can view all of the pictures (Ed just finished uploading some more) and where you can upload those of your own. I see in the pictures that there was some video being shot. It would be great if whoever took video would upload it to this site as well. If you have problems figuring out how, I am sure either Ed, or I would be happy to help. Here are the addresses:
 
To upload pictures and videos, click on this link:  http://ppl.ug/KtGBn9Eo_i0/

To look at all pictures and videos, click on this link: http://ppl.ug/B7ExbEGRgrA/
 
Ride Save My Friends.
 
Shutterbug
 
Last Call for Idaho Angel Ride Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I have been making motel arrangements for the Idaho Ride this coming August 23rd. To keep costs in line, it is essential to make early arrangements for motels as during this time of the year, they fill up. And, as many of these areas have a short season, the rates go up as well.  The motel where I had planned to stay in Orofino rates today are half of what they are in August.  With this in mind, I have already made reservations. Hoping that we would have one more rider join us, in each case, I have one extra room set aside. Most have given us a group rate, but I have promised that I would tell them this week if I would need to cancel it so they. This allows them ample time to accommodate other groups who are looking for similar arrangements.
 
Currently the following riders are committed to the ride:
 
Pat and Wanda Alsup
Bill and Fran Barrington
Al and Marie Servais
Phil & Jean Parsons
Mike McDonald
Gene Vogelesang
Bob & Mary Russell
Mike & Julie Pine
 
We have room for one more rider (single or couple) but I need to know if you want to attend by the end of this month.
 
A quick summary of our trip......
 
We meet on Sunday, August 23rd and will be staying at the Billingsly Creek Lodge. This is in the Hagerman valley and I hope we can gather by mid day which will give us time to tour some of the attractions of the Magic Valley.
 
Monday we will depart for Salmon Idaho. This will take us through Sun Valley and over Galena Pass. This is a beautiful ride with mountains and rivers for spectacular sites.. I have reservations for us to stay at the Sacajawea Inn. I have stayed here several times. Nice rooms, biker friendly and they fix you a $3.00 bacon and egg breakfast.
 
Tuesday takes us up to Lolo and then over to Orofino Idaho. To cross this upper part of the Idaho Panhandle we ride along the Lochsa River and this road offers long sweeping turns and beautiful scenery. It is one of my favorite Idaho areas to bike. I have located a new to me motel that comes with excellent reviews. It is the Konkolville Motel and one of the things they offer is an evening steak dinner. It is optional, but for $18.00 a plate he seasons and starts on the grill a 16 oz NY Steak. You finish the grilling, he prepares bakes potatoes and salad (everything but the drink. Some of the riders might enjoy this.
 
Wednesday we ride South, down to McCall Idaho and then through the Hells Canyon area to Baker City, Oregon. Here we are going to stay two nights at the Always Welcome Inn. This is a newer motel and caters to bikers. Staying two nights allows us to make a Thursday ride up to La Grande and then make a loop around the Eastern Oregon area, down near John Day and back. I have never ridden this area, but it has been on my list to do for a long time.
 
Friday we return to the Magic Valley and spend the last night together at the motel where we began. Several of those attending are trailering their bikes here and some of the vehicles will be OK at the motel during the ride. Those they do not have room for I will find a spot for in Twin Falls, either at our home or at friends.
 
I have kept each days travel at right around 300 miles. We will have made arrangements for places to dine all along the way. My goal is to keep costs as low as possible which is why this is being done so early in the year. I do think that those who have joined me on the Wyoming and Colorado rides will agree that we had an excellent time. We hope this to be the same.
 
Again, there is room for one more bike.. I hope to hear from one of you by the end of this month.
 
Ride Safe..
 
Pat (Shutterbug) Alsup
208-539-7732
Blue's Last RideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
http://ppl.ug/B7ExbEGRgrA/
Dear Angel’s,
 
I want to first say “Thank You” for letting me lead my Dad’s last ride with the Angels, Ghost Riders and AJ Harley Riders.  It was truly a privilege to be able to do that.  On my way to AJ I knew my Dad was riding with me, but when we all left the Chevron and got on the 60, I really felt his presence.  There is no way you will all know how much I appreciated so many of his friends joining him on his last ride.
 
I also have to thank Denny for suggesting the Patriot Guard.  It was truly moving to see them lead us into the National cemetery and then see all the members holding flags as we rode up.  My father loved this country and his the time he spent in the Army.  He even got an American flag tattooed on his shoulder later on in life.
 
I think the only things he loved more than America was his family, friends and riding.  My family and I were watching a video I shot of him at one of the Angels parties and he said something like “I bought a Harley to keep me young!”  Riding was definitely his passion and I have no doubt that it was one of the things that made his life very happy.
 
I know a lot of people took pictures and videos of the event, far more than we could put on the Blues Angels website.  I’ve setup a location to place all the pictures and videos for anyone to review and download.  I know Pat has said you can send them to him as well, which is great, but I already have over 450 pictures so I can only imagine how many there are total!  It will take me the entire day to upload all the picture and videos I have, but please feel free to take a look.  I would REALLY appreciate it if you could upload any additional pictures or video you have…   Here are the links to upload or view pictures and video:
 
To upload pictures and videos, click on this link:  http://ppl.ug/KtGBn9Eo_i0/
To look at all pictures and videos, click on this link: http://ppl.ug/B7ExbEGRgrA/
 
This is a cloud service I use and it does not have any space limitations so feel free to upload everything you have!
 
Take care and thank you again for all you have done for and with my father.  Blue’s legacy lives on every time the Angels ride…
 
Edward Kelty (i.e. Web Master)
More photo's from the Memorial RideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See them all here.
My thanks to Paul Andre who send me some additional pictures taken yesterday while at Ed Keltys gathering....  You can see all of the pictures by CLICKING HERE.
Jan 24 ride to Ma's KitchenUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Paul Breuklander called to report a successful ride on Saturday morning to Ma's Kitchen near Roosevelt Lake.  There were 7 bikes with 8 total riders and passengers.  Wind during the morning was a real challenge; after breakfast it had receded.  Red Shirt, who recently had surgery, appeared today for the ride.  He rode to Globe and returned.  The riders made their pit stop at the Shell in Globe, then turned east and south for the ride to Winkelman, then home via the Copper Corridor Highway to Superior and home.  The group was back by 2:00 with 194 miles.
 
There was talk today about a long day trip to the High Country including Payson, Show Low and the Salt River Canyon thru Globe and return.  Possible times would be either March 7 or 21.  Keep it in mind.
 
Phil Parsons
Jan 23 Kelty Memorial RideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See more pictures by CLICKING HERE
In his various careers, John Kelty was a leader.  In his retirement he created a legacy.  That legacy is Blue’s Angels, and his followers honored the Legacy by attending his Memorial committal service en masse at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek this afternoon.
 
The ride today consisted of at least 38 motorcycles and 3 cages carrying twice that number of people.  Led by Ed Kelty on John’s Harley Old Blue the single group traveled the entire distance of the freeway system HOV Lanes at a fast pace to the American Legion Post at the intersection of the 101 and Cave Creek Road where we met the Patriot Guards Motorcycle Escort Team who controlled traffic on the final 3 miles to the location of the Memorial.  It was an unusual group in that somber surroundings that quickly picked up the flags that were offered where we arrived at the Honor Shelter.  There an officer introduced us to the service that would be performed; the Chaplain offered a prayer and the Honor Guard fired its salute, followed by the lone bugler playing taps.  After the United States flag was folded by the Honor Guard and presented to Char, Jeff Kelty, the oldest son, delivered a eulogy about their family.  It was a moving story of pride and challenge, confirmed by several of the 6 children.
 
Following the burial of John’s ashes (covered by a Blue’s Angels cap) the group followed Ed Kelty to his house near Indian School Road where lunch was served in their back yard to the entire assembled crowd.  After lunch, Dollar Bill presented the Memorial Gift assembled by the Angels, and Bob Adair recounted some lighter moments from our trips. The Angels, led by Broker, returned to Apache Junction about 2;30. 
 
The Angels trip was 117 miles with 2 hours 30 minutes lapsed time at 47 mph.  There are many photos from the event that will appear for your viewing.
 
Phil Parsons
 
Note from Shutterbug...... If others attending have photos they would like to add to this entry, please send them to me and I will see that they are added.
Room for one more coupleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I have just received a note from Phil Parsons telling me that Jean will be riding with him as we take the August tour of Idaho. that is great. There is room for one more bike and certainly it can be a couple, or a single rider, willing to pay the cost of a room by themselves.  And, I have heard from several of you saying that the dates I picked are satisfactory, so you can now plan on those for the ride.  I am still waiting for the following people to tell me their room preferences and confirm that they can be ready to ride on August 23rd.
 
Mike and Julie Pine
Mike M and Gene V
Al and Sandy Jeanquart
Al & Marie Servais
 
I will also need to know how many of you plan to trailer their bikes to  Twin Falls.  There will be some space available to us at Billingsly Creek Lodge and I will find a spot for any that might not fit there. It will depend some of whether or not their RV park is full at that time.
 
Once wee are certain that our ride limit is filled, all other correspondence will be directed just to those attending.
 
My prayers are with you and the Kelty family today.
 
Shutterbug
Prayers for Chuck MuellerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I talked with Bill Barrington this evening and learned that Chuck Mueller has just had heart surgery. I don't have any details but thing it was a triple bypass. As I have more information, I will pass it along, but in the meantime, please keep Chuck and Gladys in your prayers.
 
Shutterbug.
Billingsley Creek LodgeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I just talked with my friend and owner of Billingsley Creek Lodge which is where I am hoping for our Idaho Ride Group to begin and end their ride. I thought you might like to have a look at their web site....
 
 
Shutterbug
Idaho Summer Ride UpdateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Things are coming together for the Angel  Idaho Ride this summer. Right now it looks like the group will include:

Pat and Wanda Alsup
Bill and Fran Barrington
Mike McDonald
Gene Vogleseang
Al and Sandy Jeanquart
Al and Marie Servais
Phil Parsons
Bob and Mary Russell
Mike & Julie Pine
 
If we limit it to ten bikes then, ideally it would work well if we had one more couple and one more single rider. Mike and Gene have already paired up to share accommodations and it would be great if there was someone to split those costs with Phil.
After looking at the calendar, I want to avoid traveling over Labor Day weekend so if everyone agrees, I think we should meet here in the Twin Falls area on Sunday August 23rd. Monday would take us to Salmon, ID, Tuesday to Orofino, Wednesday and Thursday nights would be in Baker City, Oregon and Friday we would complete the circle. I know that some will be trailering their bikes here and I will have made arrangements for a place to leave the vehicles.

I am asking each of those mentioned above to please write me to let me know if these dates are satisfactory and your preference of room configurations (one double bed, 2 queens, etc).
 
And, with those dates in mind, I hope I hear from more of you to complete the group. In the meantime, I will be making arrangements for rooms. I am going to reserve 10 rooms total, then I can cancel what we don’t need. By reserving early, I hope to secure the best rates possible.
On another note, tomorrow is the Memorial Ride for Blue. I know that will be well attended and I hope that some of you will send me lots of pictures that I can post. I am also sure that Ed Kelty will have a nice posting. I wish that I could be there with you.
Ride safe and let me hear from you.

Shutterbug
Jan 21 ride to Petro and CatalinaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
CLICK HERE to see today's picturres
Hither and Yon in the South
 
Fifteen bikers and two of their spouses gathered at the Chevron today to choose a destination for the day’s ride.  There was the possibility of wind and showers “up north”, so the obvious choice was to go south.  The Petro station came up, and after announcements eight bikes headed there with Phil leading and Taildragger in the familiar position.  After some discussion over who was to lead the second group, Carroll Johnson volunteered to lead to Sunny Side Up in Catalina, a place that is well known.
 
The Petro Group took the interior route down Ironwood Road and thru Coolidge, then south on Eleven Mile Road.  There is a lot to see in the country; passing growing wheat fields, the Pinal County Fairgrounds and the Eloy Airport.  Our trip was a smooth one, except for a construction project in Eloy.
 
Petro has a new menu with several delicious Skillet Breakfasts.  There were few customers today, so we had time to talk at the tables.  A few of the riders chose to stop at Eloy Airport to watch the skydivers who could be seen from afar.  Later, the wind came up, and may have curtailed the floating chutists.  Our group took straighter roads home, arriving at GV about 1:45 as haze dimmed our view of Flatiron Mountain from a distance.  Our trip was 125 miles in 2 hours 50 minutes at 43 mph.  The Catalina group enjoyed Sunny Side Up and took off up the East Scenic Copper Corridor to Winkelman, where Carroll’s clutch cable snapped.  His riding mates launched him with a push, and Carroll rolled back to the Resort without any clutch release.  Quite a trick, Carroll!
 
The John Kelty Memorial Ride and Service will be held on Friday, January 23, meeting at the Chevron at 9:15.  Several other riders will join us, so please be on time for the ride to circle the Resort, ride to Cave Creek Cemetery and then the Ed Kelty residence.  If you prefer to travel on a 4-wheeler, be at Char’s house before 9:30. 
 
 Saturday’s Ride is officially cancelled, although riders may want to meet and plan their own ride.
 
Come prepared to suggest our next riding destination on Wednesday.  One future ride will be to La Casita Restaurant in Mammoth, site of several mines along the Copper Corridor.  See you on Friday.
 
Phil Parsons
Roster and Summer Ride UpdateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I just had a note from Dollar Bill saying that he has only 13 roster update sheets in hand. I have one that was e-mailed to me. There have been several of you who have asked for the update forms and some have sent me photo's, but we are a long way from having a roster to print... In two weeks I am going to be very busy working to get in our new house and had hoped that I would be able to input most of this data between now and then....  Please, if you want to be in the roster, either as an active or an inactive Angel, get me the information, or get it to Bill.
 
And about the summer ride... I looks like it is going to happen and we have some who have indicated that they plan to be here... We have not settled on a date yet, but it will be late August or early September...  I am already working on places to stay and eat. There is so much to do on these outings, and again, I need to know if you plan to join us.. Here is the list of those who have said yes.  Bill and Fran, Mini Al and Sandy, Al and Marie, Phil Parsons, Mike and Julie Pine, Mike McDonald. 
Dennis McKinney expressed interest and I am betting that we fill up soon. 'we have such a great time on these outings and it always turns out that those who wanted to but were late in committing (when we had no more room for riders) are always sad they hesitated...  So, if you want to join us, let Bill and me know.
 
I have been checking on things to do that first day in the Magic Valley.. Have you ever been to a Sturgeon Hatchery7.. We have one and an alligator farm as well. 
One more thing...  Only one of the people I mentioned that had not picked up the Memorial Patch they ordered have done so...   Please contact Bill B to let him know when you will be picking yours up. 
 
Shutterbug.
Jan 17 ride to Payson AirportUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See today's photos by CLICKING HERE
The scene was a busy one at the Chevron this morning as two motorcycle groups were assembling, along with a group going 4-wheeling.  We had to spread out into the open lot for Dollar Bill to make his announcements.  Not to worry, it’s a big world out there, and the 19 riders with 3 spouses aboard were headed for breakfast at Payson Airport.  Group 1 was led by Dollar Bill with Vern at the tail, and Group 2 was led by Paul B with Tail dragger at the rear.
 
We find a welcome wherever we go with a call ahead, and the waitresses had our tables waiting at the Cross Winds when we arrived.  Their service and food are great.  There’s always some action on the runways as well.  After everyone had finished, re-grouping put 10 of the bikes on the Roosevelt Lake circuit; the rest took the Beeline directly home.  There was a gas/rest stop at Tonto Basin and another short one at Miami Walmart, arriving home about 2:45.  Someone remarked how crisp and clear the mountain scenery was today, but the lake is still at a low 42% of capacity.  The Roosevelt Lake circuit showed 211 miles in 4 hours 13 minutes riding time averaging 49 mph.
 
Those riding to Blue’s Memorial Service on Friday, January 23 are asked to assemble at the Chevron prior to 9:30 AM.  If you prefer riding on 4 wheels, be at Char’s (GV #40) home at the same time.  A ride is planned for Wednesday the 21st, but is uncertain on Saturday the 24th.
 
Plan ahead for the Blue’s Angels Picnic on Saturday, March 14 at the GV Apache Room.  Paul and Jay will have the picnic spread in place, and Mini Al Jeanquart will have tickets for the event.  Some information slips were collected for this year’s Angels Roster being prepared by Pat Alsup, and more are expected.  The photos taken at Roosevelt Lake Bridge are included today if you would like to save yours.  Pictures will be taken when the group meets on February 4 and 7.  We hope every one seeking a new picture will come to the gathering point, even if you’re not riding on those days.
 
Phil Parsons
A note from Dollar BillUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
My records indicate that the following Angels ordered Memorial Patches but have not yet picked them up. Don Fields, Rennie Heckert , Bob Keeler, Lonnie Spearhawk, Dallas Tolbert, Wm Scott, B.J. Williams, Sue Cartwright, Ron Blankeheim,  and Dick Lilienthol.  It is possible one may have picked his up and not signed for it. Please make arrangements with me right away to get these.
 
I have approx. 12 patches left for sale.
Mini Al is looking for cash or gifts for prizes for the picnic.  The date is March 14th and EVERYONE including past members are invited and anyone who ever wished they did.  Dinner tickets will be available soon.
 
Remember the memorial this coming Friday.  Call me for questions regarding info in this message.
 
Dollar Bill
480-671-2115
Side note, I will need 2 or 3 trike riders to take passengers to the Friday memorial.
New Roster Information SheetsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Good Morning Angels
 
In the past few reports Bill and Phil have both made mention of the upcoming Blue's Angels Roster that I will be putting together for this year. It is my hope that this will be our most complete roster yet and to that end I need the cooperation of everyone. If you have received previous issues, you know their value. First of all, it has photos of those who are active riders and for those of us who are not so good remember names, it is a good reference that I can go to and figure out who it was that I sat next to at breakfast on the last ride. It also has both Arizona and Home contact information, E-Mail Addresses,  CB Handles, phone numbers, and data on what they ride. It is a really fancy phone book. We also hope to have similar information about inactive members and there will be a memorial section featuring those who have passed. If you want one of the rosters, they will be for sale and I will have the price which will be determined by the number of pages. I don't do it to make extra cash but do need to recover the cost of printer ink and paper.
 
I understand that Dollar Bill has been handing out Roster Information Forms and asking that they be returned to him. Not all of you will see Bill and I want ALL OF YOU to be in the roster, so if you have not received your information sheet, please send me an e-mail at pmawla1963@gmail.com and I will immediately send the form back. You can then complete it, and either mail it to me or to Bill. We hope to have all of this information in the next two weeks so don't delay. 
 
As to the photos, it is important that I have images that are good head and shoulder shots. If you like the image that was in the last roster, I can use that. If I don't have a picture of you or you want a new one, it is up to you to get it to me. You can send an actual photo, or e-mail me a digital image. Phil Parsons is willing to take new images and will send them for me.
 
In any case, it is important that you respond. I need your authorization to put you in the roster so please don't just assume that because you were in the last roster that you will be included in this one.  I look forward to your prompt response...
 
 Please e-mail me today and let me know that "YES you want to be in the roster" or "NO you prefer not to be included.
 
Shutterbug  (Pat Alsup)
Jan 14 ride to WinklemanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See more of today's ride by CLICKING HERE
Winkelman in the Sunshine – January 14, 2015
 
It was a brilliant, cool morning as 18 riders and one passenger assembled for today’s ride to Maria’s Mexican Restaurant at Winkelman.  After announcements, the riders were divided into 2 groups; one led by Jay Stewart and the other by Dollar Bill.  The choice of routes today was easy; there was fog southwest of us and lingering clouds north of Payson that shifted over Globe to drop a touch of rain on our windscreens as we returned.  Did you see the desert in the valley is turning green?
 
Copper Canyon Scenic Highway lived up to its name today, as the colors in the Ray Mine were at their best in the morning sunshine.  Jay and Bill negotiated the sweeping curves with aplomb, and our tables were waiting for us when we arrived at Maria’s.  Our two servers made quick work of delivering coffee and breakfast to the hungry mob. Notice the moon captured on their wall in the photo.  The return through the East Copper Canyon is one of the most geographically interesting in our area, with whole mountainsides uplifted over geologic time.  Water from the San Carlos Dam cuts thru the deep valleys of this lonesome mining area.  There are also whole forests of Saguaro Cactus in the area from Kearny to Winkelman and north, only to disappear entirely before we see Globe.  A stop for gas, another hour from Globe, and we’re home about 1:45 with 149 miles in 3 hours riding time at average 49 mph.
 
Your thoughts and prayers should go out to several Angels with cares and concerns this week.  Those named are Gary Hewitt(brain surgery), Marie Servais(returning from hospitalization), Gene Vogelsgang(death of spouse) and Chuck Mueller(heart issues).  Bill again has hats to sell, as well as a deal on 8 Memory patches paired with an Angels patch.
 
Pat Alsup has offered to prepare a new Club Roster, and personal information sheets for the roster were distributed to be returned in two weeks.  Pat has sent an outline of a possible 6+ day Idaho ride in late August/early September to our membership, and interested persons should contact Bill to reserve a place.  Pat will make all the arrangements as a local resident if enough are interested.
 
The Blue’s Angels Spring Picnic will be held at the GV Apache Room on Saturday, March 14.  Paul Andre and Jay will chair the event; make plans to attend.
 
Chances for a ride north to Payson on Saturday are good, with the weather expected to turn warmer.  See you at the station.
 
Phil Parsons  
Riding SafeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Today I received an e-mail from Gene Bonnes that I will attaché below...  You know how we always advocate "ride safe"..  Well, this is a prime example of what not to do when riding.....  Thank you Gene.
 
Shutterbug
 
 
Take a look at these 'CRAZY' Russian m/c riders.............
 
It hurts to watch some of this but some of it is funny too.  The Russian accents are funny; the fights are funny.  There are some good examples of how not to lane split, etc....... 
Interested in an Idaho Ride?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Hello Angels…

As most of you know, Wanda and I are in the process of making our permanent residence here in Twin Falls Idaho and as such, our riding months will be reduced by several months. Still, the country we have access to is pretty spectacular. Last winter, I talked with Dollar Bill and suggested that I would be willing to organize an Idaho ride if there was sufficient interest. Several of you have joined us when we did the week in Wyoming and then the equally beautiful tour of the mountains of Colorado. I really enjoyed those miles and even the hours spent putting the arrangements together. I guess that the fact of the matter is, I am still a bit crazy and am willing to try it one more time.

These trips do not happen overnight. Done right they need to be set up months in advance which allows for getting the best rates in motels and satisfactory arrangements for group meals. And, on your end, traveling to Idaho requires advance planning. My thoughts for the ride are to have it the last week of August or the first part of September. I am not much for traveling with large groups and, accordingly, will restrict the number of bikes/trikes to a total of ten. Knowing that many who come ride as a couple I estimate that will give us between 15 or 20 riders With luck, those who ride alone will be able to share motel accommodations with another unaccompanied rider. Obviously, until I know how many riders we will have, it is difficult to work motels for group rates or arrange for restaurants. 

Following is a suggested itinerary.

Day One:   I have friends with a motel (cabins) in the beautiful Hagerman Valley (home of 1,000 springs) and adjacent to the Snake River. I propose that we try to gather there arriving my midday. This would allow us an afternoon to tour the Magic Valley area. If you wanted to ride to Twin Falls where we could see Shoshone and Twin Falls, drive down into the canyon on both sides of the river, maybe see some of the parachutists jump off the Perrine Bridge. There is a distant view of where Evil Keneval attempted his jump of the Snake River. One can also soak in the area hot springs or visit some of the trout farms that are in the area.
 
Day Two:  Travel to Salmon Idaho We would probably have breakfast in Shoshone, spend some time riding through the most scenic parts of Sun Valley and maybe even let the ladies window shop in some of the “oh so pricy” shops.  The ride north takes us over Galena Summit where you can look down on the headwaters of the Salmon River. This is all mountain country and there would likely be stops at Redfish Lake. We would ride through the communities of Stanley, Clayton and Challis. One of those communities would be my target for lunch.  It is about 270 miles from Hagerman to Salmon so I am guessing the day will end up with close to 320 plus, 

Day Three:  Salmon Idaho up to Lolo Montana and then Highway 12 to Orofino, ID. You might remember Lolo if you are a fan on the movie “A River Runs Through It”..  The ride from there across the panhandle of Idaho is one of my favorites. Lots of long corners and for a good portion of the ride we will be following the Lochsa River and hopefully spend that night in a Orofino motel sits right on its bank. This is nearly a 300 mile day but if you are up to it we can take a short run up to the Dworshak State Park and Reservoir.
 
Day Four: We will turn the cycles South and ride through Grangeville and down to McCall Idaho, one of the premier vacation spots in Idaho. This will be a target for lunch and a bit of time in the pines before heading East again toward Hells Canyon and Brownlee Dam.. That night we will stay in Baker City Oregon. You will have ridden a very twisty highway and have covered over 310 miles so will be ready for a good night’s sleep. Or, if you still have energy there is always theOregon Trail Interpretative Center
 
Day Five… It is at this juncture that I have not made a decision. From Baker City it is a day’s ride back to the Hagerman Valley and Twin Falls, but if you want, we can spend one more day and take what I am told is a very nice ride up through La Grande , Oregon and then take highway 244 over to Ukiah where we jump onto the Pendleton – John Day Highway down to Mt Vernon before turning East again and returning to Baker City. That would give us one day riding without changing motels.  It is a 256 mile day.

Day Six      (or Five if we skip the above ride)… takes us back to the Magic Valley in Idaho. For a time we would ride I-84 S to the Olds Ferry Onterio highway which would then put us on a less traveled route over through Weiser, Payette, Emmett and Boise where we would then catch I-84 down to Bliss and then the Hagerman Valley… Here it is the end of the tour. I am guessing that if any of you trailer your bikes to Idaho, that you would be able to leave them at the motel we started at and we would spend the night there. Or we can look for accommodations in Twin Falls.  The last day, to Hagerman is about 240 miles.

You will see that I have included links that will highlight many of the beautiful areas that this ride can include. Again, this is just in the planning stages, but if there is sufficient interest, I would love to be your travel host and make the arrangements for accommodations and meals. And I will do my best to keep us on track and not too lost. I know that Dollar Bill will be helping to coordinate this, so if you think you are interested, he is the person to talk to. You will need to let him know if late August or early September works best and again I stress, getting started early is the key to making it work. I am not interested if trying to put it together starting in July.. Early April would be much better.

Ride Safe.

Shutterbug
Jan 10 ride to Roosevelt Lake and Butcher HookUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Today was cloudy and cool as 18 Blue’s Angels bikes left the Chevron this morning.  The first group was led by Dennis McKinney, Taildragger Don at the rear.  Group 2 was led by Vern Chrestensen with Dollar Bill as the taildragger.
 
With Butcher Hook Restaurant as our goal, we headed for the mountains thru the Bush and Beeline Highways.  At mile 31 from home, the Four Peaks appeared against a familiar blue sky.  As elevation increased, the riders became well aware of it as the temperature dropped well below 50 degrees.  Turning right on the 188 soon brought us to now-expanding Tonto Basin and the start of Roosevelt Lake.  Ahead of us loomed snow-covered Mount Ord that brings memories to some of their traversing the 4 Peaks Road.
 
Butcher Hook was well-attended today with more than 40 motorcyclists arriving together for breakfast; another group had the same place in mind.  Our hostess assured us they were up to the crowd, and in exactly one hour we had enjoyed an ample breakfast and were again ready to travel.  Rolling along beside Roosevelt Lake, we can see it is about half full, with virtually no one on the lake.  Group one stopped at the parking lot by the bridge, where picturing all the riders for a new Directory was begun.  The groups met again at the Globe Shell station for fuel and a break before riding through the colorful canyons and mining areas around Superior.  Rain drops spattered our windshields as the bikes came down the final mountainside toward the Valley of the Sun.  Today’s trip was 176 miles in 3 hours 20 minutes lapsed time at average 53 mph.
 
Announcements:  Dollar Bill gave some safety reminders.  Those riding to Blue’s Memorial Service on Friday, January 23 are asked to assemble at the Chevron prior to 9:30 AM.  They will leave promptly for the several events.
 
Gary Hewitt came home to GV last night, and is reported to be feeling good.  Several new or returning riders were introduced.  Pat Alsup has offered to print a new directory, and Phil will take pictures by request to be included.  Pat is also interested in planning an Angels Idaho Summer Tour.  Stay tuned for the date and plans.
 
Jay and Dottie are in charge of Wednesday’s ride which is currently headed for Payson, with tolerable weather forecast.
 
Phil Parsons
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Good evening Angles...
 
Today in the mail I received one of the memorial patches and for those of you who have not, or may not have ordered your as yet I wanted you to see it..  The patch is 3 1/2" high and 4" wide. It is well done and Dollar Bill did a fine job of getting it produced. If you still need to order one you can contact Bill by calling 480-671-2115,  e-mailing  him at  billandfran@wolfnet.net.  The cost is $5.00 if you pick it up and $6.00 if it is mailed.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PATCH.
 
Shutterbug.
Need a patch sewn on?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I received this note from Rocky Roy today and thought you would find it helpful.  Bobett has done several sewing jobs for me. She does outstanding work at a more than reasonable price. My thanks to Roy for the reminder.
Shutterbug>
 
Should anyone have need for a patch sewn on I would refer you to Bobetie.
Sewing by Bobetie Ph 480 984 9046. I do not have the exact address but she is located just north of superstition ranch market on the trail w of Meridian.
She does not charge for sewing on memorium patches but will accept a small donation. Phone first and she will give you exact directions and whether she can do it while you wait.
Rocky Roy
Memorial Patches are now availableUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Extra patches now available!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
For those who did not pre-order a Blue’s memorial patch and have been waiting to hear if there would be more available you may now order one by calling me at 480-671-2115,  e-mailing  me at 
billandfran@wolfnet.net  or by joining one of our weekly rides.  The cost is $5.00 per patch.  If you wish yours mailed the cost is $6.00.  For the few riders that did not pick theirs up please do so soon.
 
Read Phil’s email for the Jan 23rd memorial information.
 
Ride safe,
Dollar Bill
 
Note from Shutterbug:   I should be able to provide you with a picture of the patch in a day or two. Bill is sending me a copy.
Jan 7 ride to Casa GrandeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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The Purple Mountains’ Majesty shown again on a partly cloudy day as Blue’s Angels swept down the highway to Casa Grande and breakfast at Mimi’s.  Today’s announcements by Dollar Bill covered a wide range of topics; that comes later.  The 22 riders with 2 passengers were divided into two equal groups; one led by Don Gabbert and the other by Vern Chrestensen.  There was a short holdup along the road when it was discovered that some papers were left at the meeting site, but they were recovered.
 
Mimi’s at the Promenade Shopping Center was pleased to have our group, and had tables and waitresses ready when we arrived.  It’s a pleasant place, and everyone seemed to enjoy the food.  The mood today seemed particularly jovial; so much to talk about that it extended to the parking lot where a get-well card was signed for Gary Hewitt.  Groups returned to GV by going north across the farmland west of Coolidge.  Did you notice that the wheat crop is off to a good start?  Our group arrived back at 1:35 PM with 110 miles in 2:32 hours lapsed time averaging 43 mph.
 
Announcements:  Dollar Bill expanded the three stage program for Blue’s Memorial Service to be held on Friday, January 23.  Riders should assemble at the Chevron at 9:30 AM for a ride led by the Keltys to Char’s home in GV, followed by a ride thru the Park and to 2309 N Cave Creek Road, the cemetery where he is buried.  Cars for non-riders will be available.  After the Memorial, friends are invited to Ed Kelty’s home near the cemetery for an informal reception.
 
Derek Hudson brought news that Angel Gary Hewitt had critical brain surgery at a Scottsdale hospital after concern for a severe headache led to an ambulance run for his life across town.  His skull was drilled in two places to drain accumulated fluid.  His pain and risk have passed, and Anne reports tonight that he’s doing fine and hopes to be home in a couple days.  Our prayers for his recovery go out to him.  A handy person is needed to install footboards already purchased for his Spyder.  Contact Ann if you can help.
 
Plans for the ride on Saturday focus on “going north” toward Roosevelt Lake to see the lake level in this wetter season.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a day like today?
 
Phil Parsons
Jan 3 ride to FlorenceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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It was a fine day for a ride, albeit the temperature started out at 40 degrees.  The ride season begins anew after the holidays, and there were 7 riders and one passenger to enjoy the ride to Florence for a new/old destination at L-B Cantina.  Ed Paster and his sister Anne were among us.  Don Gabbert was the leader, with Vern Christensen at the tail.
 
Dollar Bill Barrington arrived on New Year’s Day, but needs a couple days before joining us with his new Harley.  He brought the new “Memory of Blue” shoulder patches and a string of announcements.  Patches were distributed to those who ordered them, and will be for sale to others at $5 each when orders have been filled.  There will be a Memorial Service for Blue on January 23, with a Ceremonial Riders’ Parade before.  More than $300 in memorial funds was collected, most of which is to be given to Lung Cancer research. The Angels will sponsor a breakfast at Golden Vista in February.  Volunteers will be needed.  There is a possibility for a summer ride arranged by Pat Alsup in Idaho for those who may be interested.
 
Table talk at the Cantina centered on trail riding in the nearby Tortilla Mountains, where various 4-wheelers roam among the draws and mines.  Concern was expressed about the damage done to historical places by careless explorers.  A delicious meal was served by Lupe on a Mexican schedule.  After the meal our entourage turned left on the Hunt Highway, angling thru the Anthem communities to Ironwood and back to GV by noon.  I went over to AJ Kawasaki to see the new Polaris Slingshot where a guy took a poor pix of me in it.  Our trip was 86 miles in 2 hours 15 averaging 38 mph.
 
The ride on Wednesday will head for Petro or Flying J south of Casa Grande, and plans for Saturday are to ride to Ma’s Kitchen at Roosevelt Lake. 
 
Phil Parsons
 
 

 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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