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Saturday October 8, 2016Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

A real nice day for a ride. When I got to the Chevron there were 5 people waiting, it made me feel good. There was Max and Linda, Jay and Dottie, and Mike. They decided on Tag's restaurant in Coolidge.  We left the station at 8:oo.  There wasn't much traffic so we made  good time. I lead with the two trikes and Jay and Dottie in their Mustang.  They had their radio with them so I had someone to talk with.  Jay said his bike should be ready in 2 weeks.

Jay gave me a card from D & D and they are having their annual luncheon on Sat December 3, 2016.  “Mark it on your calendars”

     617 S McClintock Dr. Ste 5, Tempe, AZ 85281

We had a good breakfast at Tags along with 3 other M/C groups.  When we arrived Tag's had a yellow Ford hot rod seating out front.  Sorry no pictures.  I am waiting for Paul Andre to get here from Canada to show me what I've been doing wrong with my camera.

We rode 84 miles, was home at 11:00.  Ride safe.

Road Captain  Paul B

October 9th Ride - Alsups to Sun ValleyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Today, Wanda and I took advantage of much improved weather and took a ride North to Sun Valley, ID. As you know, our season to ride will soon be over and while it was a chilly 55 degrees at departure, the day promised to be in the 70's and did not disappoint us.
Our destination today was the annual Trailing of the Sheep festival that celebrates the moving of woolies from the high summer range to warmer winter grounds. In conjunction with this there is a three day competition where sheep dogs compete as they show their skills in controlling and moving small bands of the animals they work year around. There is also a parade (which is what we went to see) and following that I understand a gathering in a local park where you can buy lamb products and items produced by local Basque families. I was under the impression that there were be thousands of sheep being trailed but the fact is, the industry is having difficult times surviving. The government regulations on summer range, the low price for wool and higher costs of operations make it more difficult for this industry to survive. The actual number of sheep was probably closer to 1000.
That did not detract from the fact that we had a great time and a much needed ride. Our son Steve drove his car up early in the day to meet some of the other people we ride with. They wanted to watch day three of the dog trials which I understand were very interesting. Wanda and I departed a bit before 10 am. It was chilly and breezy but we did not care. Our trip to Ketchum was without any stops. Once there the parade route was already filled with chairs and their owners. We had to search a bit for a place to park and then had bit of a walk to get back to meet Steve who took our chairs up with him. We had to settle for a spot back away from the street but that was OK.
The parade was not fancy. There were some Basque and Peruvian dance groups as well as one from Canada. They would perform at the mid point of each street, so things did not move fast. As you will see, there were also some sheep wagons, a couple of Peruvian black horses (very high energy), boy and girl scouts and of course the band of woolies.
After the parade, we opted to head back toward home, stopping in Bellvue for a late lunch at Brandies Kitchen. Great food! Wanda and I split a chicken fried steak sandwich with onion rings... Steve managed a cheese burger. By a little after 4 pm, Wanda and I were back home, having traveled a total of 163.5 miles. Our actual riding time was 3 hrs and 18 min which reduces to an average speed of 45mph. 
We took a number of pictures and some video. Am including some of the photo's. Hope you enjoy them.
October5 ride to Sunny Side UpUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
We had  nice weather on Wednesday, a little on the cool side but enjoyable riding weather. There were three of us again: Mike, Jay, and myself. We went south to Sunny Side Up in Catalina.  The breakfast  was good, as always.  We stopped at the Tom Mix Memorial on the way down as it is a good spot to stretch.

Mike and I stopped at the Circle K for gas before heading  home.  Jay lead all the way and I rode shotgun.

On the way back Jay's bike developed a wierd sound from the rear end that sounded like the gears in the drive shaft area. I hope it nothing  serious. He left the bike on Attaway Road, about 3/4 mile from Hunt Highway. With Mike's help we went on home, where Jay and I got the trailer he fixed up for just these emergencies. The winch he mounted on the trailer hitch was a big help in loading the bike.
We left the Chevron a little after 7:00 and returned the first time at 11:45.  Jay then picked me up about 12::30, we  then got the trailer from his storage unit. We returned with the bike in tow at 3:00 p.m.
Beginning this Saturday (Oct 8th) we will start the rides at 8 am.  Hope we have some more riders by then.
  Road Captain  Paul B
Oct 1st - Arizona RideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Hello Angels,  Well I see some of our winter riders are back.  Three bikes showed up for our first ride of Oct. As usual, departure was from the Chevron Station. We waited tell 7:00 and no others showed up. There was Mike McDonald,  Max and Linda Von Dahlen, and me. Mike has a different bike. It is a 1997 Honda  Victor, ( I think that was what he told me).  It looks like Jay's  bike, but with a trike  on the back.
So there were four people that headed out for Marie's Restaurant. The weather was great, but a little cool. The smelter was working in Hayden, we could see smoke coming out the big stack on the hill.
We arrived at Marie's some time after 8:00. All enjoyed a good breakfast, and talked till  a little after 9:00. We left and made a quick stop for gas at Winkleman.  We turned left on 77 and headed SW to 79 and then took a short rest at Tom Mix rest area, for a water break  and to rest our steeds.
Then we headed on to the 60 and home. Just outside of  Florence I lost Max and Mike so I turned around to look for then and we soon passed one another. I made a U turn and caught  up. Mike had a Bee in his helmet, He was laughing about it so I guess he was all right.
We decided that this Wednesday's ride would be at 7:00 but beginning Sat Oct 8  we will start at 8:00. Our ride today took 4 3/4 hour, and traveled 181 miles
                                   Road Captain  Paul B

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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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