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Nov 22 Ride and Celebration of LifeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
CLICK HERE to see more of the Celebration of Life
As I type today's report, I have to be honest and say it is with some sadness, a good deal of pride and a ton of wonderful memories. For certain, I am happy that my life was intertwined with that of John Kelty, and hopefully I am a better person as a result of the many miles we rode together.
 
First, the ride report which Paul B, called in today. Thank you Paul.
 
10 bikes and 2 trikes with a compliment of 15 riders gathered at the Goldfield Chevron in preparation for an 8 am departure and a  short ride to Kearney. The Westside Café is again serving meals and were happy to see the Angels are including them in their ride destinations. I am told that the prices are fair, and that the food was good. Because the Celebration of John's Life was scheduled for this afternoon, it was a down and straight back outing resulting in only 102 miles of ride enjoyment.
 
This was the last of the 8 am departures. From this point forward, the Wednesday and Saturday groups will be departing at 9 am. I am not aware of the planned destinations but you can be assured that the size of the groups will continue to grow.
 
Speaking of nice sized groups, this afternoon there was a huge turn out for the Celebration of Life. It was held in the Golden Vista Ballroom and the room was full. Lots of John's family were able to be in attendance and I have to tell you that the real testament to John's life became evident when you witnessed what a great family he produced. Not all of his children were able to attend, but there was a good number of them representing several generations. Ed Kelty produced a really nice slide presentation that told the story of Blue's life. Well done Ed! There were testimonials from family and friends. Ed is a kindred spirit to me as he is a camera person (the difference being is that he takes REALLY GOOD photo's). He video taped today's celebration and I hope that he will share that with us one day soon. In addition to the family, the room was filled with friends that included neighbors, Blue's Angels, Softball Players, and even some of the Harley Davidson Ghost Riders were there to pay their respects. After the family tributes, slide show and some stories from guests, they took a break to attach a table filled with cookies, cake and pies. All washed down with hot coffee. At the same time, Ed took the video camera out where Blue's bike was parked and recorded some additional stories from attendees.
 
I did not stay for the 4 pm toast to John, but am certain the my friend was watching down on the group, enjoying that they were enjoying themselves.
 
I want to close today's report by passing along assurance from Webmaster Ed Kelty that the site will continue to be available to all who want to use it. He is hoping that more of the Angels will report on even non-organized outings. I will continue to input the reports whenever asked.
 
Blue... thanks for the ride. It has been a good one.. Ten Four!.
 
Shutterbug
Order your Memorial Patch TodayUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I had a phone call from Dollar Bill this afternoon. He is hunting deer in the North Woods and was freezing his butt off. I was in the loft at 138, taping sheetrock and was sweating like a hog.. Two different worlds...
 
Anyway, he was also on the job and has made arrangements to have memorial patches made. They will be 3" by 4" and with the exception that the motorcycle is going to be a darker blue will look LIKE THIS.
 
I have made an order form that I will give you a link to and you can print it and get the patches ordered. If you have a problem printing the patch, let me know and I will send it to you direct.  The cost of each patch is $5.00. I have had requests for 40 patches so far but an certain than number will grow.
 
It is a great way to honor the person who gave so much of himself to make riding for all of us so enjoyable.
 
HERE IS THE FORM. (When it displays, you should be able to right click on the form and then select the "PRINT" option and hopefully it will appear on your printer.
 
I will enjoy hearing what you think of the design.
 
 
You will see that there is an option of picking up the patch when Bill gets here in January, or if you will send him a stamped, self addressed envelope, he can just put them back in the mail for you.
 
If you have questions, please contact me.
 
Pat Alsup (Shutterbug)
2013 Suzuki Burgman for SaleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
FOR SALE BY OWNER
 
2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 Exel. Like new condition with only 5700 miles. Has 3 year Warranty. Cost new was $11,00. Asking $7800.00 and there is no AZ tax to pay.
 
For more information contact Ron B (Blues Angels Rider).
East Mesa   608-617-4956...
 
 
Note:  Ron, if you will provide me with photo's I am happy to display them for you.
Shutterbug
November 19th ride to Sunny Side UpUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
My thanks to Vern for today's report. Before I post it, I want you to know that there has been a pretty good response regarding those who would be interested in a patch me moralizing Blue. Bill has sent an example to the Rebel and Louree at Embroidery Magic and is waiting for a price. The more we have done, the better the individual cost and so far I have requests for 38. There might be more than that as some who just said yes they would be interested might actually want two. (Some did give me an actual number) In any case, I am still wanting names of those who would be interested.
 
And, if you have not yet made donation to the memorial fund for John, remember that you can give it to Paul B here in the resort, or mail it to Dollar Bill.
 
OK, enough about $$$... Here is the report...
 
SIX BIKES AND 7 UP MEET AT STATION AT 8 AM.  COUNTRYBOY WAS THERE WITH HIS 1941 FORD CONV.  HE HAD THE TOP DOWN.  GREAT LOOKING CAR. WE ALL LOOKED IT OVER AND HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION ABOUT IT.
 
OUR DESTINATION TODAY WAS CATALINA TO SUNNY SIDE UP.
DON (TAIL DRAGGER) WAS OUR LEADER WITH VERN C.  TAKING
UP THE REAR.  TEMP AS WE LEFT WAS 50 DEGREES AND SUNNY.
WE MADE A STOP AT TOM MIX AND THEN MADE FOR SUNNY
SIDE UP AS ALL WERE WANTING COFFEE.
 
OUR RETURN TRIP WAS A STOP IN WINKLEMAN FOR PETRO.
WE ALSO STOPPED IN KEARNY AT WEST END CAFE TO MAKE
SURE THEY WOULD BE OPEN ON SATURDAY FOR BREAKFAST.
THEY WILL BE OPEN AND WILL WELCOME US.
 
WE ARRIVED IN THE VALLEY ABOUT 1:30 WITH THE TEMP 72
DEGREES AND A TOTAL OF 192 MILES RIDEN.
 
HOPE TO SEE YA ALL SATURDAY FOR THE RIDE AT 8 AM
AND AGAIN AT 2 PM FOR BLUE'S MEMORIAL.

Memorial PatchUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
There has been some discussion about developing a "Memorial Patch" honoring Blue. It would likely say something like
 
In Memory of
John "Blue" Kelty
11/11/2014
 
If we can swing it without adding considerably to the cost, maybe there could be a motorcycle on the patch?
 
Obviously the cost of these will depend on the number we order but I am guessing that it would not be more than about $5.00 each. My question is, if a patch were developed, how many of you would be interested in having one?
 
If there is interest, we will look into it further so please take a minute and send me a reply indicating that you think it is a good idea, or that No, you would not be interested.
 
Either way, it does not reflect on how you felt about John. Adding patches to your apparel, is purely an individual preference.
 
In either case, your prompt response is appreciated.
 
Also, some of those who ride, do not get e-mail, so you might ask around as you meet other riders.
 
Send the reply to me at pmawla1963@gmail.com
 
Thanks to each of you.
 
Pat (Shutterbug) Alsup
November 15 ride to MisfitsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
My thanks to Paul B for today's report. The size of the riding group continues to grow as more of the Angels return to the valley. Today 7 bikes, 2 trikes with a total of 12 up met for the scheduled 8 am departure to Payson. Cowpoke led and Red Shirt rode the back end. It was cooler as they approached Payson (something below the 60 degree mark) but much warmer than most of the country.
 
Following breakfast, they all returned via Roosevelt Lake and it did begin to warm up by the time they reached Globe. The ride today covered 213 miles.
 
Paul (Cowboy)Breuklander has arranged with Dollar Bill to collect the money for Blue's memorial and the flowers, so if you are already in the valley, you can save a stamp and give the $ to Paul. Jay Stewart is going to contact the Wednesday riders and will do the same. I had already mailed my donation to Bill B, and if you are not in the valley now, that is probably the best course of action. Paul tells me that today he collected from 10 riders. Way to go guys!
 
Next Saturday, November 22nd, I understand there is a memorial gathering for Blue here at Golden Vista. I have not verified this, but it is my understanding that it will run from 2 pm until 4 pm and will be held in the Apache Room. I will do my best to confirm this for you before next weekend.  Paul says they are still going to ride but it will be a shorter outing (maybe to Kearney) so people will have time to get ready for the gathering...  Plan to come with a smile, as Blue definitely would not want this to be a sad affair. Think of it as a celebration of all the good miles we have ridden together.
Nov 12 ride to San CarlosUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Hello Pat
 
Here's the scoop on todays ride that left from the Goldfield Chevron pretty much on time at 0800 Hrs.  Was going to be a total of 7 bikes and 2 trikes however Jay & Dottie had to withdraw due to a minor mechanical concern so we ended up with 6 bikes, 2 trikes for a total of 10 riders.  Before we pulled out however Blue's son John came by to pass along his greetings and wish everyone a safe ride.  It was very nice of him to take the time to come and acknowledge the group.  The family well recognizes how important the Blue's Angels were to Blue and us likewise.  This being the first ride after Blue's passing brought lots of discussion amongst the group with obvious sadness as there will be a definite void from here on in without the big guy.  Just won't be the same without him.  As well Roy Boy who just got into town last night came by to say hello and hopes to join the group this coming Sat as he doesn't get his bike till later in the week.  Nice to have Roy back.

Eric LaFoy led and Max brought up the tail going out and Darrel brought up the tail coming home.  We rode straight to the Apache Gold Casino for breakfast and then decided to come back via Winkleman.  There we made a brief pitt stop at the Shell for fuel and/or relief break.  Returned around 1230 Hrs for a total of approx. 160 miles.

Suggestion:  As a special tribute to Blue I'm proposing all the Angels who have any of the Blue's Angels attire such as, caps, shirts (LS or SS) vests etc. wear them on the upcoming rides starting now.  I know Blue loved it when his Angels wore the clothing that he so proudly designed etc.  Only a suggestion.
 
Eric LaFoy
Request From Bill BarringtonUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Hello Angels and Friends of Angels…
 
This is a very sad day for all of us who have been privileged to know and ride with John “Blue” Kelty. While we certainly understand that our time on this earth is limited, it is still difficult to prepare for or accept a friends passing.
 
Blue loved this group and was so proud of each of us who wore an Angels’ cap and/or shared miles on the road with him. There is really no way that we could ever repay him for all that he did to be sure that each of us felt like one of the family but I think that it would be appropriate for us to pay our respects to his family and his memory. To that end, I am hoping that each of you will make a small donation so that we can send a nice arrangement of flowers and perhaps make some type of memorial donation in John’s name. If everyone who considered themselves one of John’s Angels would send $5.00 or no more than $10.00, we should be able to do something meaningful in John’s name.
 
Ardie Kranz has agreed to make arrangement for flowers and it is my understanding that there will be some type of memorial service, but not until most of us are back in the land of sunny rides. In the meantime, please take a minute to address an envelope to me and send whatever amount you are comfortable with. If you are sending a check, please make it payable to Bill Barrington. I suggest that you make a notation on the check that it is a Blue’s Angel Donation.
 
My address is…
E 5702 Sunrise Lane
Weyauwega, WI 54983
 
I have asked Shutterbug to keep us posted as to any arrangements for services and if you want to send a card to the family, the address that you can use is: 

  John Kelty Family
  3710 S. Goldfield Road # 40 
  Apache Junction, AZ 85119.
 
Thank you for caring enough to help us honor his memory.
 
Bill Barrington
Feel Free To Stop ByUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Click HERE for a larger version
Hello Angles and Friends.  Though our Dad, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and founder of the Blue's Angels has passed he will be remembered for a very long time to come. 
 
We invite any of the Angels or Friends that are here at the park or nearby the stop by and visit.  We’ll all be here until at least 5pm if not later.
 
We appreciate all the kind letters, thoughts and prayers we’ve received over the last few weeks.  We know Blue is in a better place now…
 
Webmaster (i.e Edward Kelty)
 
PS - This is Papa John giving my son, his grandson, some advise :)  I'm not sure Blake is listening to him...
It is a sad day.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
 
 
Angels:
 
I received this note from Jeff Kelty this morning and forward it on with great sadness.
 
Pat,
would you please let the Angels know that Blue passed away this ,morning at about 9am, surrounded by his family peacefully.

We will all miss him so, but I know he’s happy again and glad to go on veterans day.

Thank you all

And Gods peace

Jeff
 
I have to tell you that there are many things going through my mind during this sad time, not the least of which are the memories of the many miles I rode with Blue. This is not the time to relate those, but I do want to share something that I think is appropriate and maybe even a little profound.
 
Last night. Eric LaFoy sent me a note with a link to a video that I am guessing that most of you have seen. He thought (and I agree) that it was a fitting tribute to our friend and given that John's last day here was Veterans Day, I think it even more so.  Please make sure your sound is up. CLICK HERE.
 
I know that Char and all of the family will appreciate your prayers and if you want to send a card, the address would be: 3710 S. Goldfield Road # 40
                   Apache Junction, AZ 85119
 
I am sure that there will be further information available concerning any pending services.
 
Ride Safe.
 
Shutterbug
Message from Jeff KeltyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Pat, would you mind forwarding this?

Angles,

Dad is, we believe, in his last days. This is a sad time for us, his family, as we lose a father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to the aging process that awaits us all.

The Kelty family wants to thank all of you for your prayers and friendship you have given Dad and Char through the years. Please continue to pray for peace and tranquility as we all grabble with the future.

Thank you all again for all you do!
 
God's Peace!

                       Jeff Kelty

          
Keep Blue in Your PrayersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I had a phone call today telling me that in Church they announced that John is not doing well. I had heard that he has pneumonia and that he bed bound and not eating. Not a good sign.
 
Please join me in a prayer that whatever ride the Lord has planned for John, that it is filled with as much joy as all of those he has shared with us these past years.
 
 
Shutterbug.
Nov 8 - PetroUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Thirteen Riders occupied the seats of 4 Trikes and 6 Cycles on this day's ride to Petro. Broker led and Red Shirt rode shotgun. It was a beautiful day to be straddling the machines. Warm, clean and nearly wind free conditions all compliment the excellent companionship.
 
Total miles for the day = 133.. Temperature at Petro was 84 degrees.
 
Wednesday riders plan on going to Apache Gold Casino and the group on Saturday has their sights on Misfits in Payson.
 
 
Nov 5th Angel RideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Hello Pat;
Good to hear you had a successful trip to Twin Falls.  Yup I hear you on the morning temps on your way up but you were wise and chose to wait it out for warmer weather.  I went on my first Blue's Angels ride Wed. and given that you had gone up to TF someone suggested you weren't going to be back till around the 10/11th.  So we really never discussed sending anything in thinking you were unavailable.

At any rate Wed. ride was a small group of 5 bikes; Michigan Mike, Jay and Dottie, Ron, Darryl and yours truly.  I think Ron and Darryl are relatively new riders with the group so sorry I can't tell you more there.  The original plan had been to ride to San Carlos Casino however as it was a tad breezy the group decided on a less challenging ride and rode down to one of our favorites being Tags in Coolidge.  It was decided that yours truly would lead the pack so we travelled via Ironwood that included Blue's favorite back roads arriving at Tags all energized and ready for a feast.  And need I say more about Tags, the food or the service as its about as reliable a restaurant as one can find.  After all were fed and watered I indicated I would be travelling west on the 87 as wanted to check in at D & D Cycles so the group decided they'd tag along but turn off onto the 202 as we travelled north on Gilbert.  No idea of the total mileage but can assure you it wasn't breath taking nor were any photos taken to prove the presence of those participating.  But one can be certain in that it is an amazing group that has been bred by Blue so felt great to be back again.
 
  Not sure where Saturdays ride is going and unfortunately I won't be able to go but will be back next Wed to join whomever's present.  At any rate here's a bit of a run down on this past Wed. ride and from my humble thoughts Pat I'd hope you do continue to be part of this group and continue with the trip reports as I for one really enjoy reading them.  Take Care.
Taking the Trike NorthUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
CLICK HERE to see more of the trip photo's
Hello Angels..
I am back and most did not even know that I was away. I thought that there might be a report from the guys that rode on Wednesday, but I have not heard from anyone..
 
So, I will take a minute and send you an account of the ride I took the first of this week. As you know, Wanda and I are moving back to Idaho and one of the concerns was to get the Trike up there before the roads turned to ice. Mission accomplished.
 
Monday morning at 4 am, I rode out of the resort, pulling my trailer. The weather outlook for the day indicated that it might be a little cool, but suggested that for most of the way I could expect mild riding conditions. It was a bit over 50 degrees at departure and at that time of the morning, traffic is very light. I rode 60 West to the 202, caught the 101 to 17 and then scooted over to Wickenburg on the Carefree Highway. It was a bit before 6 am when I stopped for a bite to eat. The restaurant did not open until 6, but I could see some of the "old regulars" going inside and it was chilly then so I took my chances. We were required to sit in the dark until opening, but had hot coffee, so I was happy.
 
30 minutes later, I topped off the tank and headed North on 93. It was still not light but the temperature had dropped to the low 40's and remained there until I was nearly to Las Vegas. At about 9 am (Vegas time) it warmed to 48 degrees but at Hoover Dam the wind came up and was my riding companion for the remainder of the day.  I did not do a lot of stopping for pictures but here is a shot taken just before I reached Ash Springs. I had fueled at Boulder City and did top the tanks and curbed my appetite at Ash Springs. The temperature was dropping here so I had wind and low 40 degree riding conditions as I rode up to Ely. There I should have stopped as it was about 12 hours from departure, but with daylight remaining it seemed at the time that I might be able to make it all the way to Twin Falls...  NOPE... as by the time I was within 30 minutes of Wells, the temperature was 30 degrees, it was nearly dark, the wind was still blowing and I thought to myself, "Pat you might be a little crazy, but don't prove yourself to be stupid". So, with 740 miles behind me, I rented a room and spend the remainder of the day near the heat source. 
 
Tuesday at 5 am, they had coffee and donuts as the "Continental Breakfast" and I was the first in line. A check of the temperature and a reading of 16 degrees prompted me to work the morning crosswords, and watch the news. By about 9 am, here is what the bike looked like and this was the temperature. The ride on into Twin Falls was about 100 miles and by arrival it had warmed back into the 50's...    Had lunch, a nap at my son's house and that evening he, two friends and yours truly got in his car and drove back to Ely where we spend the night at the Nevada Hotel. Just so you know, these are pretty nice rooms and only $25.00 a night.
 
Wednesday morning we continued South on 93 taking the long route  around by Pioche. We stopped at Cathedral Gorge to stretch and take a picture or two before continuing on to Vegas where they dumped me at the airport and I waited for the Allegiant flight home.
 
This is likely the last ride the trike will make before next spring and that part of this decision to move is a little sad. But, we look forward to occupying half of our new duplex and living closer to our boys.
 
Most of the packing is done, we will load the U Haul truck on Nov 26th and early Thanksgiving morning we will head North. Ash Springs is our target and that will get us into Twin on the 28. Offload the 29th and then, in early December I will drive back to finish up some work on the last property we have here at Golden Vista. It has to be ready for my January renters...
 
If the group wants me to, I will continue to post the ride reports and if someone else is selected to do that, I will look forward to reading of your outings.  Stay well, all of you and RIDE SAFE.
 
Shutterbug
November 1 Ride - Butcher HookUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
NOVEMBER.... HOW IN THE HELL CAN IT BE NOVEMBER?  Someone check the counting system.. Something is screwed up...
 
Anyway, regardless of the date, Angels gathered as they do on Saturdays., Today there were 4 bikes and two trikes with a cumulative total of 8 up and the destination was Butcher Hook. Paul led and Red Shirt rode shotgun. The outgoing route was up the Beeline. I heard no complaints about the quality of the vittles, she speed with which it arrive or the price, so am assuming that will continue to be a destination of choice. 
 
The route home included a stop for fuel at the Miami Shell station. That is a ride of about 180 miles and today it would have been quite comfortable as the temperatures are in the mid 80's here in Apache Junction.
 
The Wednesday group is electing to ride to the Apache Gold Casino and next Saturday the plan is to ride South to Petro.
 
I stopped by to see Blue for a minute today. He mentioned that Wrangler will be arriving this next week. It will be good to have him back with the Angels.
 
I will be taking my trike to Idaho on Monday and then flying back. Time grows short as we will be headed North for good on Thanksgiving Day.
 
Ride Safe.
 
Shutterbug
 
 

 About the Blue's Angels

The “Blue’s Angels” was formed in 1995 by John Kelty.  The name of the group came from John’s current 1993 1500 cc blue Goldwing which he  has 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 and four from West Phoenix.  There are now over 40 active, enthusiastic guys and girls.  Every time “Blue” meets a new person at Golden Vista he asks “why don't you buy a motorcycle?”  Many do!
 
Blue’s Angels strive for comradeship while doing a fairly dangerous hobby and enjoying every minute of the time we ride.  Blue loves people and wants them all to feel as he does.
 
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 remains "THE MAN"

 
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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