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February 11, 2017 Ride to Payson AZUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Well this day turned out to be one of the better days  for a road trip to Payson, which is usually on the cool side. Today  the weather was just perfect for an enjoyable motorcycle riding bunch of Blues Angels. We had approx. 23 riders going to Payson, with a few doing the Fountain Hills ride. The first group for Payson was headed up by Gary and Mr. Bob, and the second group was led by Jay and Dottie Stewart with Don in the rear gunner position. We headed for Tiny's restaurant  emporium and were served in a mostly efficient manner. The temperature had risen after breakfast so we shed some of our leathers. A decision was declared that we should ride back via Roosevelt Lake.  The temperature  was just right and made for a great ride. With a fuel stop at Tonto Basin Shell, more leathers were removed.  One group stopped at the dam where we observed that the water is already up.  Then on down the road we travelled, with a short stop at Mr. Walton's, then off again back to AJ. We arrived home approx. 2:40 PM with 212 miles on the speedo.
 
Please note we need more prizes for the picnic raffle, and more donations from businesses in this area and from our members. We need a head count for the picnic by March 1st. Minni Al will be selling picnic tickets starting feb. 15th. Please take your donations over to Mini Al's place.
 
Our next Wednesday's ride will most likely be to Fountain Hills, with the GV movie that night.
 
Then next Saturdays ride will be to Oracle Junction, both with 9AM starts.
 
We also want to welcome a new rider today, He goes by the name of Terry Dieken.
February 4, 2017 - Ride to Arizona CityUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Hey, well again a good looking bunch of guys and girls showed up for our 9 am ride to Chris's Diner in Arizona City. We had about 26 riders with 9 trikes and 10 bikes for the outing. The first group was led by Bob and Barb Shinnick and his dragger was Mr. Gary. Then the second group was led by Mr. Servais along with his co pilot Marie, and the dragger for the second group was the always informative Mr. Don Gabbert.  We toured along through the amazing country side on our way to our destination at Chris's Diner. South of Randolph some folks noticed the road ahead looked like it was in need of repair; instead it was the contents that had escaped from a farmer's manure hauling truck spread neatly in our driving lane for some distance!   Not one of our riders stopped for a free sample.

 

We arrived at our destination for breakfast at Chris's and although the wait was a little extended, we all had extra time to go over our life history with our fellow riders. The wait proved to be worthwhile as the meals were quite scrumptious. The wait staff did a great job, as they were maybe a little short handed with the dishwasher lady filling in serving us coffee, and the Greek waitress with the cute little accent did her utmost in a most joyful manner to serve us. And she did it well.

 

After breakfast both groups ventured out and back to AJ avoiding the stuff on the road. We went on our merry way and arrived back to our homes at 1:45 pm with 128.1 miles on the speedo.

 

The ASARCO mine tour near Tucson will be next Wednesday, February 8 starting at 8:00 AM! Call Maxx if you don't already have your ticket reserved. His phone is 414 331 6441. The ride is about 112 miles one way with a short rest stop. Have some breakfast at home before you leave, and we will have lunch after the tour at the casino near there. Call Mr. Roy if you’re interested in riding there in Roy's car. Those who are not going to the mine tour, meet at 9 AM and do a breakfast run to Tags at Coolidge if you so wish.

 

Duane and his committee are serving ice cream at the free movie coming up on February  15th starting with ice cream at 6:30.

 

We need prizes for the Annual Picnic on March 18.  Tickets for it will be available starting February 15.

 

And so it goes....

Paul Andre

 

January 28, 2017 Ride to the Duck Pond alias Roosevelt Resort ParkUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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And so due to a little chill in the air, an executive decision was called upon and it was so declared that this day's ride would in fact be beginning at 10:00 am rather than the normal 9am start. Our destination was to be the long awaited Duck Pond Restaurant near Roosevelt Lake.
 
It looked like we had approx. 24 riders with 8 trikes and 12 bikes for the journey. Mr. Vern of Chrestensen led the first group with Mr. Don Gabbert doing the informative  tail dragging. The second and last group was led by Jay of Stewart with Mr. Paul Breuklander doing the dragging the last I heard. A rest stop was motioned for at the Walmart along the way for a little stretch. Great views of the lake and snow topped mountains were easy on the eyes as we toured along our merry way to The Duck Pond. There really is a duck pond there and real ducks and geese swimming about as we waited for our happy meal. Don said his stomach was eating his backbone on the ride up there. Hope he is ok now. The wait staff was also pleasant to view at, as the photo speaks. After our world solving suggestions around the tables,  a new group of hardy souls, 7 in all decided to do the round trip ride up to the Payson cutoff and return via the Hunt Hi-way. Our leader was Gary and Mr. Dale on dragging. We fueled up at the Tonto Basin Station. It turned out to be well worth the extra miles and time as the temps rose and the views of the snow topped mountains made our day. The rest of the gang returned via the same route we came to Roosevelt. We arrived back at our little homes at 3:20 pm with 174.4 miles on the speedo.
 
Our next adventure is the trip to the Gila Bend area APS Solar Panel Farm on Wednesday February 1st. Start time is 9:00 AM.
 
Then on Wednesday, February 8th. we have the Asarco Mine tour, leaving at 8AM in the morning. The trip there is 121 miles.  Max is handling the tickets, give him a call to secure your tickets. Maxx's phone number is 414 331 6441  The cost is a measly $7.00.
 
Don't forget the Free Movie on Feb. 15th. Duane and Bonnie are chairing the ice cream sales, give Bonnie a call if you can help them.
 
Blues Angels will be giving four $25.00 door prizes for the Casino Night on Thurs Feb. 23rd. This was organized by Bill Barrington and we could do this "In Memory" if you like. Be sure to come to this event.
 
Next, Phil is looking for a good computer person to help create our membership list assembled by Paul B. There are 55 active riders on the list, and we would like to make it ready for printing.  Please give Phil a call if you can help us with this matter.
 
Our Annual Picnic is on Sat, March 18th. chaired by Paul Breuklander and Bobbi and Ann and Gary Hewitt and Helen and Paul Andre. The picnic AUCTION and Program will be handled by Sandy Jeanquart and Jay Stewart. Minni Al will have tickets available to sell after Feb. 15th.
 
And so the rides go on....
 
January 25, 2017 Ride to The Florence CafeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Well today we met at the Chevron fuel station at 10 AM as this was going to start out as quite a cool morning. Riders just kept showing up cool or not as most probably had cabin fever. We ended up with approx. 23 bodies with 9 trikes and 6 bikes. Bob Shinnick and the venerable Don Gabbert took the first group, and Mr. Gary Hewitt led with Mr. Duane Switz doing the second group. The Florence Cafe in Florence AZ. was the chosen place to venture to as it is a short ride for cooler weather. I think we took up every empty seat in the place. Service was as usual, great and the wait staff did their best to serve us in a most expedient manner.

Hey, it just happened that our Leader Mr. Phil Parsons was celebrating one of his birthdays, so the happy birthday song was heard throughout the cafe. One group led by Mr. Al stopped at The Pork Shop for some tasty pork morsels.

There are several events coming up:

  • We hope the weather will be agreeable for the often-postponed ride to Roosevelt Lake this coming Saturday, January 28 at 9:00 AM.
  • Roy Karasiuk has arranged the Gila Bend area Solar Panel tour with breakfast at Sofia's coming up on Wednesday, February 1.
  • The ASARCO MINE TOUR will be on Wednesday February 8. The tour cost is $7.00 each payable to Maxx ASAP. We need a head count this Saturday. We will be leaving at 8AM that morning for the all-day tour.
  • The Angels will be serving ICE CREAM at the GV Movie Night Wednesday February 15 with proceeds to our Club.  Thanks to the volunteers for the work they do.
  • Mike and Julie Pine would be willing to lead a Tour of the Navajo Nation (all of NE AZ) if there are interested riders.  The trip would likely be 4 days, and you will get an outline of it on Saturday.
  • Tomorrow at 3:00 PM First Person Experience in the Pima Room, one of our own members Mr. Dale Strickland will be discussing his experiences in Indonesia working with the United Nations.

Today's ride was approx 67.5 miles

 

January 21, 2017 - Blues Angels Venture to Falcom FieldUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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This day in January 2017 the decision was made to take our cages for the trip to Falcon Field, which included some wives who don’t get to go very often. The rainy weather was unpredictable although we didn't encounter any rain this morning. The sun was a welcome feeling as the strong cold wind was making us bundle and huddle up even in the hanger at Falcon.
 
We lined up for the Falcon Warbirds Cruise-in breakfast and were served sausage and scrambled eggs and pancakes and of course coffee. We could have used a second cup of coffee but it failed to materialize. The chill was in the air even in the hanger, but  we worked our way through it.
 
We viewed the aircraft in the hanger and discussed how we would complete the necessary repairs required to make them fly again.  Gene Bonnes was a pilot and he shared some of his knowledge with us; thanks Gene.
 
We then drove over to the Commemorative Aircraft Museum and looked around. The entrance fee was not in our budget, so we went outside and watched them start up an Army plane that looked like a DC3.  Looks like we had more than 20 members in total out for the day today.
 
This coming Wednesday we will be leaving the Chevron station at 9 am for either Mammoth AZ or the restaurants at Oracle.
 
January 18, 2017 Ride to Maria's Winkleman, AZUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Well, as we gathered at the Chevron fuel station this morning the decision to ride to Maria's in Winkleman was made as cool weather was in the area of the Duck Pond along Roosevelt Lake.  It turned out there was also a road closing in the area.
 
We had 20 riders on 5 trikes and 10 bikes ready to make the run to Winkelman this day in Arizona.  Two groups were formed for the run with Duane as leader and Vern performing the tail dragging job for the first group.   Eric was leader of the second group with Derrick as his tail dragger.  We returned via Oracle and did an ice cream stop in Florence, arriving home at 2:30pm with 174.2 miles on the speedo. Phil and Bob Keeler successfully returned on the part gravel Kelvin-Florence Highway.
 
It was announced this morning that Jay Stewart will be a new Road Captain. Thanks Jay.
 
On February 8, the Ray mine tour is coming up.  So far we have 16 bodies committed.  The tour cost is $7.00 US.
 
Sandy Jeanquart gave checks for two different causes from the Angels at Monday’s GV Chit-Chat.
 
At next Thursday’s GV First Person Experiences, Dale Strickland, one of our own, will be talking of his endeavors in Indonesia while working for the United Nations.
 
The ride this coming Saturday January 21st begins at 8 am at the station, Rain or Shine to the Falcon Field War Birds Hangar. If it is raining we will take our cars there, and anyone is welcome to go along.   The Angels will go to Impala Bob’s, 4753 E. Falcon Drive, Mesa, arriving about 8:40.  You are welcome to join us there if it’s closer.  The intent will be to be escorted as a group from there onto the tarmac, depending on the weather.  The Falcon Warbirds will have breakfast and open house there and antique cars will be there as well. Breakfast is $8.00.
 
Paul Andre
January 14, 2017 ride to Casa GrandeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Well, as a group of hardy folks gathered at the Chevron fuel station a decision was made to head for Casa Grande aka Cracker Barrel restaurant rather than the Duck Pond this time as "Rain" The Enemy of Bikers was lurking about that area.

Today we had approximately 16 riders with 5 trikes and 8 bikes for the journey to Casa Grande. Two groups were sorted out with Mr. Vern and Mr. Don in charge of them. The second group was headed up by Mr. Dennis and Mr. Duane in charge of that outfit. Also one cager with Paul, Bobbie, and Helen A. made the trip.

The Cracker staff was most efficient at serving up a variety of edibles for our consumption.  The weather turned out great as the SUN came out and shone down on Blues Angels as we zigged and zagged our way back through the sunny countryside to our little homes in AJ.  We arrived back dry at approx. 1:15 pm with 119.6 on the speedo.

Paul and Bobbie Breuklander are heading up this year’s Blues Angels picnic, Sat March 18th, 2017.  They are looking for donations from our members and businesses around Apache Junction and area. Give Paul a call if you have something to donate for the picnic. Also Mini Al is handling the tickets for the event, which will be on sale starting in mid-February.

Max's Mine Tour on February 8 is getting closer.  We will need to leave at 8am, so make your own breakfast at home and we will then eat later at the Casino near the mine as the ride to the mine is 112 miles one way, with a rest stop on the way. Please let Phil know if you are going as we need a head count ASAP.

We may get a chance to try the Roosevelt Lake trip on Wednesday, depending on the weather.  Partly cloudy is forecast at present; plan for a trip east and maybe north.

Paul Andre

 

January 11, 2016 Ride to Arlington, AZUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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So today as we gathered at the Chevron fuel station we had a surprise  visit from Bob and Mary Russell. It was great to see Bob and I'm sure he was happy to see a lot of his riding buddies.
 
Phil had a meeting with the road captains on Monday January 9th. Discussions included adding a new road captain, and getting badges for them.  Eric LaFoy will be acting as our safety officer. Future rides and dates, club activities and how to accommodate larger groups were among the topics.  We have 58 active riders on our list.
 
Don't forget to take in First Person Experiences on Thursdays at 3:00 in the Pima Room, as there will be the chance to hear from 2 submarine officers who spent considerable time manning one.
 
Today we had 23 bodies out for the trip to the Coop Grill at Arlington AZ.  There were seven trikes and 14 bikes ready to go. The leader of the first group was to be Mr. Phil and his tail dragger was to be Mr. Don. The second good looking group was led by Mr. Duane with hi trusty GPS, and his tail dragger was the tall fellow Mr. Vern.  The outbound trip was on the 202 and the 10 freeways, and so after 100 miles non stop riding we arrived at the Grill place in the middle of farm country.  Breakfast was not on the menu so we enjoyed a lunch, drinks fries etc. There were some discussions and a few pictures taken while we were there.
 
The return trip was broken up with a fuel stop and a rest stop at the longest bridge in Arizona, which is The Gillespie Dam Bridge. We arrived home at 2:50 pm with 213 miles on the speedo.
 
Some future ride destinations will be a Solar Generation farm near Gila Bend on February 1, the Falcon Field Warbird Open House on January 21 and the ASARCO Pima Mine Tour on February 8, all depending somewhat on the weather.  More important will be the ride on this Saturday, which will be to Duck Pond and Ma’s Kitchen near Roosevelt Lake.
 
Paul Andre
Blue's Angels Picnic - March 18th, 2017Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Hello Angeles,  the picnic  will be in the Apache Room at Golden Vista, the same place as last year. It is located on north west corner  of  Beryl  Drive and  No name street north of the complex.
Bobbie and I are doing it this year and We sure could use about  5 or 6 people who has helped in the past to step up an help or at least give us a idea what you think we can do to make this a special year for the Angeles. We need all of you that know you will be there to call me at  480-671-2067 or email me at:

paul.breuklander@yahoo.com

So we can get a head count for the food we need to get. Thanks to all of you. and HAPPY NEW YEAR

Road Captain Paul

January 7, 2017 Ride to SunnySideUp-Catalina-AZUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Well, on this fine day, an amazing 36 riders and passengers showed up at the Chevron fuel station for our 9 am ride start. There was a mixture of approx. 24 bikes and trikes, plus two Slingshot machines, plus one cager with 3 on board.

Two groups were formed for the ride to the Sunny Side Up restaurant in Catalina. Gary Hewitt led the 1st group with Duane doing the tail dragging. The second group was led by Bill Lieser and Mr Vern Chrestensen on tail dragging. The restaurant was well prepared for us with plenty of good looking and capable wait staff at our disposal. We were treated with plenty of smiles and great service.  It was mentioned that we might have to divide between 2 restaurants as a lot of restaurants can't handle this many people at once.  From all reports our meals were of excellent quality and reasonably priced. The whole group was served and finished in an hour and fifteen minutes.  Many discussions were had and some were approved by the majority.  After our meal we gathered out side for a group photograph, then we split into three groups,one headed back home, one to the Park Road and the last group of 12 bikes made their way to Winkleman for a fuel stop and some discussions, then over to Superior for great views of the copper mines and the changing landscapes for an excellent portion of our ride today. Then we toured through Superior's back streets and back home for a well needed nap!

Note the Road captains meeting at Phil's abode on Monday Jan. 10th. 4PM.  Mini Al has gate openers and Blues Angels caps for sale.

The Angels have an opportunity to serve ice cream sundaes at the free movies on Wednesday, February 15.  Let Phil know if you can serve ice cream that night.  Also we need 2 couples to volunteer to handle the annual picnic duties this year.  Let Phil know if you’re interested in this most important function.

Our next ride on Wed. Jan. 11th. at 9am will be to the Gila Bend area with a lunch menu at the Coop Grill in Arlington, AZ.  From there we’ll ride along the Gila River farmland and solar panel farms to Gila Bend and home thru Maricopa.
 
Paul Andre

 
 

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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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