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August 2 ride to Mt HarrisonUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
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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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July 20 Over the mountain to CodyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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July 22 My time in Cody
 
Monday morning was lazy in the sense that I took my time getting ready to head to Cody. My sister  Linda had a doctor’s appointment so arriving before noon was not essential. I left Sheridan a bit after 10 am and the temperature was already in the 70's It was comfortable riding in just a short sleeved tee. My route (Rte. 14) would take me through Randolph/ Dayton, up to Burgess Junction, down Shell Canyon, over to Greybull and then to Cody. When I was on top of the Big Horns the temperature challenged my choice of attire just a bit as the temperature dropped to the upper 50's. I rode on knowing that it would warm when I reached Shell Canyon. Stopped at Shell Falls get rid of my morning coffee and take a photo.
 
Then again at Greybull for a treat. My only excitement was when I started to pass a van that had a "stay back 500 feet" warning on the back. When I pulled even with the side of the box it read "Bomb Squad" and then on the door of the cab it said "Cody Police". They were running about 67mph. The speed limit was 65 and I managed to keep it at 70 or below. They followed me pretty close for about 30 miles, but I am not in jail, so I guess all is OK.
 
 Mileage over was about 150. I spent an enjoyable afternoon visiting with Linda and Paul and then had a good dinner on the patio. I love being in this back yard. Her flowers are always so beautiful and as many Angles can attest, the hospitality here is unequaled. It was a very good day.
 
Tuesday began a bit earlier than yesterday. Linda and I had breakfast at one of my favorite spots there "Bubba's BBQ", After filling my tank I took gassed up the bike before heading toward Sunlight Basin in anticipation of riding  the Chief Joseph Highway. All of today’s ride will be familiar to the Angels that rode it with me in (I think) the summer of 2009.  The sky was clear and it was already in the 70's. At the top of Dead Indian, we stopped for a stretch and photos. Theview of the road down to Sunlight Creek is pretty special.  There we met a couple from Iowa riding a converted HD Trike. They asked if they could ride along with us which was great.
There was a quest stop for coffee at Crandall before heading toward Red Lodge MT. That, of course meant that we would be traversing one of the most beautiful rides in the US, Bear Tooth Pass. As is often the case, afternoon clouds contributed rain showers which only dampened us a bit. The view was spectacular as was the ice cream cone enjoyed at the Scoop in Red Lodge. Temps on top dropped to 57 degrees but by the time we rode back into Cody it was back in the 80's.
 
There was a bad bike accident just as we reached Skull Creek . I understand that it was the result of one bike making a U Turn and hitting a second bike. It looked bad, but I have no report as to injuries.
 
After returning home, we decided that eating out would be the easiest option and went to Olive Glen Golf Course. It was a good decision as the food and service were excellent as was the company. Here is a picture of Linda and Paul as we were heading home.  And here is one of Linda doing her best to make my bike look good. Total miles for this day was very close to 288.
 
Wednesday morning began with breakfast out and a visit with my sister. Then I packed the bike and took a different route up the mountain toward Sheridan. Before leaving town we rode by the local VFW and I was very impressed with the mural they have had painted on the front of their building.
 
I opted today to ride 14A which takes one to Powell, Lovell and then up the mountain where you catch 14 at Burgess Junction. Today had no rain and good riding temps. It is 150 miles back going this way and I arrived just after the bell struck noon.
 
After lunch I went to have a tire dealer check the tread on the trailer and found that it was separating. So, replacement was in order. Then I had to go to the Honda Dealer as the front break was acting up. There was a problem with the break cylinder on the handle bars and the handle adjustment. They worked me right in and soon had the problem solved so all should be good for our journey home.
 
As I look at the GPS for all three days I find that the total mileage was 488.3. My average speed was 47 mph and the total riding time for the three days was 10 hours and 23 minutes.  We would be a couple more days here before heading back to Twin Falls. I filled in my hours by visiting my Nephew and his family and also found time to water the plants of a Niece (other side of the family).
 
To see pictures from all three days… CLICK HERE.  Remember, there is a slide show option if you click the Action tab in the top left corner of the photo page.
 
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July 20 - Day two - headed to SheridanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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July 19th – Livingston to Sheridan

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.

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July 19 We are headed to WyomingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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July 18.. Beginning our ride to Sheridan Wyoming
This is the first day of a week plus outing. All of the ride is complete, but my laptop was unable to access the web site, so I am posting late. It may take a week or more to make all of the entries as I have pictures to organize as well. Our first night was spent in Livingston, Montana.
 
 We departed Twin Falls at just after 7 am and it was a beautiful morning with temperatures in the low 60's. We stopped in American Falls for breakfast. This is a community we lived in some 40 odd years ago and on the way out we rode by the home Wanda and I built Now, This was an early experience at construction. We bought a Capp Kit and had it rough framed and then we completed it. We were happy to see that it is in good repair. It has been re-sided and a bay window installed so it looked good and brought back nice memories.

Our next stop was at Lowes in Pocatello to buy extension tubes for the solar lighting we are installing in our Twin Falls home.  TheTwin store was out so we put them on hold and will pick them up on the way home.

We had a lot of miles to make this day, but did find time for coffee and french fries at Ponds Lodge before continuing on up through West Yellowstone, MT. We did not see many animals, but did scare up a bevy of dudes. We ran into rain just North of West so stopped to put on the rain suits. We hit additional spots of weather but the rest of the ride into Bozeman, MT was enjoyable and beautiful. We were pushing hard as we had made arrangements to have an early dinner with long time friends Bob and Vickie Stoltz. We met them at 4:30 at the Montana Ale and had a great visit.

When we went to get a room but the only thing remaining was over $200 (and that was at the Super 8) a night so we rode here where we are in the least expensive room they have. This time of the year many motels near Yellowstone get $400 nightly. We rode on to Livingston (also near a Park Gate) and paid only $149 a night. Still way more that it was worth but I was not getting Wanda to ride to Billings (2 more hours).

Tomorrow morning we will head on to Sheridan where Wanda will see her sister Judy who has just had surgery to repair a broken hip.

Our miles today totaled 395.9 with an average speed or 56 mph.. Time moving 7 hours and 5 minutes. Wanda was beat and went directly to bed. . I had to download her pictures and then I would follow her good example.
 
Wanda did a good job of collecting memories. You can see them here.
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July 12 - The trip homeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
There was a significant change in the route home today. Unfortunately Wanda spent most of the night in the ER.  As was our habit, we had gone to bed early and sometime after midnight I heard her crying. As it turns out, she had been up for some time with a pain in her left eye. Assuming something was in the eye she had been trying to flush it out but the pain just got worse. Fearing real problems, I called 911 and asked for an ambulance which arrived quietly and in a very short time. Off she went and I followed on the trike.  The ER doctor numbed the eye and worked to flush it out. She could not see anything there or evidence of why it was hurting. So they kept numbing it until morning when they were able to get her in to see a Ophthalmologist. He examined her carefully and saw that there was a scratch on the cornea but no evidence of how it happened. By this time, Wanda was hurting much less. He put a contact lens in to protect the eye and told us it was OK to ride back home. 
 
Originally Steve had planned a back road adventure that would take us back over the Little Dragon and to the Owyhee Dam, which none of us have seen before. That dam is one where they developed many of the techniques that later were used to build the Hoover Dam. (Maybe we can work this into the August ride???)
 
Steve met us at the eye clinic and we rode back to the Motel, checked out, had breakfast with most of the group and then the two bikes headed directly back to Twin, riding interstate all of the way.  We stopped for a break at Farewell Bend, again for fuel and a drink in Boise, (Wanda had a very large iced coffee) and as Steve predicted we stopped again in Mountain Home (30 miles) so she could pee.
 
Apart from losing her sun glasses (clip ons that apparently blew off) on the last leg, the ride was without incident.  We came into Twin just after a very good rain storm had passed through and we had only a light sprinkling as we left I-80.  Total miles coming home = 259 and we rode it in 4 hours 8 minutes. 
 
There were no pictures taken on this day as the principal photographer was injured.  I want to take just a second to thank Dallas Wilson Production for planning and making the arrangements for this July adventure. I hope you will include us in future outings.
 
Our next ride comes this Saturday when we depart for Sheridan, WY.  Wanda's sister Judy is recovering from a broken hip and both need some sister time. We hope Wanda can be of some assistance while Judy's daughter is away for a week.  We will have the laptop, but I am unable to access this site with it. No ride reports until we return and that will be sometime during the last week of July.
 
Hope you enjoyed the accounts of our Baker outing.
 
Ride Safe
 
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Day Three -Baker City RideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I am not sure if the real reason for this outing was to attend the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally or that was just the excuse used to get out on the bikes... Whatever the impetus, I am thankful for the invitation.
 
On Saturday morning, the first thing I heard in the hallway of the motel was that most of the rides had been canceled because of the rain. That caused some concern but the truth was that while the road to Hells Canyon had experienced a flash flood, nothing had been cancelled. There were a number of possible rides and each individual could pick and choose what they wanted to experience.
 
So, after meeting for breakfast, most of us headed down town to check out the venue. There were a number of merchants in tents with goods for sale and several stores marketing goods as well. There were also a good number of bikes on display some of which you will see in today's photo's.
 
A couple of our riders decided that they wanted to just spend the day in town while the rest of us opted for time on the road. Going over the Little Dragon was high on the list of "why we came" and while it had some wet spots and even with the rain we encountered getting there, it was as billed. Lots of elevation change, sharp and frequent turns and beautiful scenery. I am going to include this in our August ride, one way or another.  We also visited the Sumpter Valley Railroad exhibit and rode into the town of Sumpter as well.
 
As I indicated, the day was a little damp. Those with rain gear fared a little better but all who rode enjoyed the day.  Our ride was only 130 miles but the enjoyment level in the thousands...  Had supper in town. Tried, unsuccessfully, to entice a lovely young lady to marry our son. Seems being married to an EMT and having 4 children was a bit of a deterrent. Again, Wanda and I left the kids to do what they do so well. Fortunately all of them got home safe and were able to ride the following morning.
 
To see pictures from today.. CLICK HERE.
 
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Oops... forgot the link to the picturesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
 
It has been so long since I posted any pictures to the site, I have forgotten how.... Of course, one day often affects my memory...
 
They are not all in order... some were taken with my cell phone and had been put in the mix later.
 
Sorry
 
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July 9.. A ride from Twin Falls to McCallUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This is the first report on a four day ride that Wanda and I enjoyed with our son and his friends. I will tell you up front that the two of us were able to stay with them on the motorcycling part, but apart from sharing time with them while they had the first drink of their evening celebration, we were home in the motel, allowing our bodies to recover for the following day. Oh to be young again!!!
On Thursday morning six bikes gathered at our home for a seven-ish departure. Temperatures were perfect for riding (mid 60's) and the weather forecast indicated that a little rain might be possible, but we were hopeful for clear skies. Two of the bikes carried only one rider while the remaining four rode with two up. Dallas Wilson, who organized the ride would not be able to join us until later, as he has a business to run and could not get away. We opted to take the long way up which allowed us to ride new (to us) roads.
 
Steven (Lumpy) Alsup led the group and I rode shotgun. The first let of our journey would take us up 93 through Shoshone to Belleview. Breakfast was at Brandies Kitchen and I am leaning toward this being where our August group of Angels will stop on our first morning out. We dined on the patio. Service was OK and give that we are in the Sun Valley community, the prices were OK. I don't remember if there are photo's of the Sun Valley airport but the number of private jets there was amazing. I think Wanda counted in excess of 50, and while some were inexpensive smaller Lear jets and others were probably the fancy corporate jobs... So much money sitting there while my discover card is about maxed out. Just does not seem right.
 
Next stop on our journey north was at the lookout at Galena Summit. From there one looks down on the headwaters of the Salmon River and it is a spectacular sight. As yes, we have avoided riding in the rain but there has been evidence of showers not much before our arrival. It is cooler at this elevation. As I remember it was 55 degrees here but once we made it down the mountain, it would again climb to the high 60's. As we continue, we are riding in a fertile valley. There is a lot of ranching, with hay meadows and cattle. There are also a lot of places that cater to travelers and offer guided rides, fishing, snowmobiling, etc. The road parallels the Snake River.
 
The group we are riding with are a kick to be around. Just looking as some of the license plates might indicate that.. Steve's bike..  John's Bike... Rusty's bike.
 
This section of the ride is one the Angels will cover in August but at Stanley we turned West and headed toward Lowman. Here we ride into narrow canyons with lots of sharp corners and changes in elevations. Much of the way, streams and rivers join together making for areas of rapids and white water, followed by long sections of calm deep rivers. At Lowman the road divides. You can go South to Boise, or ride on West to Banks. We go West and it is after 2:30 when we stop in Cascade for lunch. We are not too far from McCall, but are ready for a break.
 
From Cascade to McCall we ride along the banks of Cascade Reservoir and then the S. Fork of the Payette River. McCall is at the West edge of Payette Lake... The Angels will see this area on the going home part of our August outing.  Once we have arrived in McCall we check into the motel and await the arrival of our organizer and his lovely companion. That gives us a chance to rest and some a chance to start on the evening refreshments. We rode into McCall about 4:20 having covered 299 miles. Dallas and Tammie get there after 7 pm and we have already found a place for supper.  It is not long before Wanda and I retired to our rooms. I did not ask how long the rest of the gang were playing....  It was a very good day to ride..
 
There are over 100 pictures that Wanda took today. Remember you can watch them in slide show option under the Action tab.
 
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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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