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Washington State Safety VideoUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Here is a link to a video that all should watch and share as well. My thanks to Steve Alsup for sharing it with me.
 
 
Shutterbug
April 15th ride to KearneyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
      Well Pat looks like we are down to our summer riders as today the count was 4 bikes with one passenger. We went  to the West Side café in Kearny which is now operated by a friend of the original  owner. The cook burnt my sausage, so I got 10% off.

     We left the café and rode South to Winkelman where we turned south on 177, to 79 north.  That put us on a heading home via Florence.  Today we rode about 181 miles and our elapsed time was just over 4 hours.
      Cowpoke lead with Redshirt on tail. It was a little windy at times but a good ride.
                                                                   Road Captain
                                                                      Cowpoke
April 11 ride to Butcher HookUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
We had 7 bikes and 2 passengers. Not much happen for this ride.
 
 We took the long way around, because there was a bicycle ride. We went around 202 to 87 to 188. We stopped at Butcher hook. We all had a senior breakfast, Bill said the Blue's Angles was paying.  We all left the tips.
       Dennis lead us all the way, with Cowpoke on the tail. We traveled about 152 miles. About 4 hours trip.
       We will be riding Wed place will be decided at the Chevron station.
                                                              Road Captain
                                                                    Cowpoke
April 8 - WinklemanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
    Wednesday morning found 6 bikes ready for breakfast. Dollar Bill's brother from Oregon, rode with Bill. The group decided on Maria's restaurant in Winkelman. After a good breakfast, we took the back way to Globe. We stopped at a safety check area. We stayed a short time, and continued on. We stopped at the Shell for fuel . Then on home .
        Most of the riders said they were heading home for summer. I guess it will be the three who stay here all summer. Bill talked to the one's who are going to Idaho. they all sure looking forward to the trip. Also Cowpoke is going on a 9 day trip with his son and grandson. they are going, Yellowstone, up to Sturgis, South Dakota.
      The ride was about 151 mile with and elapsed time of 4 hours
                                                                     Road Captain
.                                                                       Cowpoke
April 4 - Gila Bend and Old Highway 80Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Gila Bend and Old Highway 80               

As our residents depart for their northern homes, the planned trip to Gila Bend attracted 9 bikes with12 riders pictured on another ideal spring day in Arizona.  Phil had the plan and the lead as we took to the freeways and the by-ways on our route thru the iconic and historic old Highway 80 crossing of the Gila River.  Roadside flowers are declining, and today the Palo Verde trees were casting their yellow flowers like snow on the ground below them.  Now the red Ocotillo and blue Lupine flowers are replacing them where we ride.  Next will come the cactus.
 
The 94-mile cruise-controlled ride to the Spaceship Restaurant in Gila Bend ran like clockwork.  They had our tables ready, and we thank them for a prompt and delicious meal.  In less than an hour we saddled up for some serious sightseeing through one of the most diverse rural roads in the state.  From Gila Bend the first sighting is of three solar panel generating arrays near a gas-fired peaking plant just north of town.  Thereafter comes the long Gila River valley farming country populated by a mix of corn and alfalfa fields that support several large livestock farms.  The smell of fresh-cut hay and feedlot odors tells the story of long-term agriculture extending north thru Arlington to Highway 85 and the Buckeye Freeway where we turned east to Phoenix.
 
The most interesting stop is the historic Gillespie Dam and Bridge crossing of the Gila River that you can find by dialing up AZ Gillespie Dam on your internet connection.  The dam was constructed in 1919-21 by farmer Tom Gillespie for irrigating the land he owned below the site.  An apron below the dam was the only way for vehicles to cross until the 1662 foot 9 truss steel bridge was built in 1927.  The bridge was the second longest span in AZ, and served as part of transcontinental Highway 80 until the 1950’s.  Its first repair work was done in 2012 when the rollers supporting it were replaced.  The 120-foot partial collapse of the dam in 1993 was the result of massive rainstorms, and it is now considered a special nature area for fishing and bird watching.  Pumps feed irrigation water to the lower valley cropland that responds with magnificent dark green alfalfa that matches the wide valley from Arlington to Buckeye, where we hooked the 70 miles of freeway back to AJ in the HOV lane.
 
Red Shirt became stranded east of downtown when his bike lost electrical power.  Tail dragger Paul B. stayed with him, and arrangements were made to haul Dale’s bike to D & D for repair.  Jay went to pick them up. Today’s trip was 210 miles in lapsed time just short of 4 hours at 53 mph.  Plans for next week’s ride will be made Wednesday by those who remain to enjoy the trip.  I suggest checking the water level on Roosevelt Lake.  We haven’t been there recently. 
 
Phil Parsons
April Fools Day ride to CoolidgeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
     Wed. April 1, found 10 bikes and 3 passengers ready to begin a new month. Cowpoke set up a ride to Tags Café in Coolidge.  We staggered the formation with 5 bikes and 5 trikes.  I asked if anyone wanted to lead, but no luck. So cowpoke lined us up, and took off with Cowpoke in the lead and Mini Al covering the tail.
      I told them I didn't remember the way.  So first I lead them by 287 and on south to, South Coolidge road. We followed this to N. Arizona Blvd. Then, instead of turning right at the light I turned left, went to the R.V. repair shop where we made a "U" turn. I said "opps"  went back North on N Arizona Blvd. about 1/4  mile to Tags café
     We had a very good breakfast and everyone was good natured about the ride. They all seemed pleased.  We left  there and I took them back the correct way. Only one trike stayed in the area to visit friends.
 
The trip was 93 miles about 3 & 1/4 hour.
Those who will still be here Saturday the 4th, are looking forward to Phil's trip to Gila Bend.
                                                                 April fools day
                                                                     Cowpoke  Paul B
March 28 ride to CatalinaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
      The Angles met at the Goldfield Chevron. Dollar Bill gave a brief talk along with a safety brief. We all decided to go to Catalina for breakfast. We left in one group of 14 bikes and about 7 passengers. Mini Al led with Cowpoke on the tail.  We took the 77 south, with a stop at Tom Mix rest area, for a stretch. Then on to the Sunny Side UP Café. We got there about 9:45.We all had a meal and a lot of talk. As we got ready to leave, Cowpoke took off for the Circle K to top off his tank. There was a accident just before the station. I saw a path on side that I could get to the station.  I called Dennis on the CB to tell them about the accident. Told them to stay in left lane. They all made it I joined them after they cleared the accident.
 
Dennis lead us on a nice side trip threw Oracle and Mt. Lemmon.  We turned left  to 77 and stopped at Winkelman for a break. Some got a cold drinks and ice cream,...We had 11bikes, 3 bikes that went  back home through Florence..
     We rolled into Golden Vista about 1:45.  We had about 202 miles under our belts. The speed was comfortable. No one took pictures.  Phil Parsons has a ride for Sat. 4 April, near Gila Bend.
 
 The ride Wed April 1 will be a group April fool ride.

 Cowpoke
     Road Captain
Pictures to yesterdays rideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Paul Andre sent me pictures from yesterday's ride. It was after I had posted the report and shut the computer down for the night. You can view the report by logging on to the web site at :  http://www.blues-angels.com/default.aspx
March 25 ride to Eldorado Bar & GrillUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See more picures by CLICKING HERE.
 Fifteen bikes and five trikes gathered at Chevron station. We left in 2 groups of 10.  "Dollar Bill " lead the first group, with Don Gabbert serving as 'TAIL DRAGGER". The second group was lead by Bob Shinnick and left left about 15 sec. after, after the first group. "Cowpoke" Paul B. was the tail dragger. We started out on 60 west to the 202 north, then over Usury Pass  87 West.  That took us to Mc Dowell Rd and finally right to SCOTTDALE and the Eldorado Bar & Grill. Both groups arrived at about the same time. They opened early so they could feed us before their regular customers and they were ready & waiting for us. They did a great job and the food was great, and at seniors prices.

      After we fed our faces we went outside for a group picture with  the two waitresses and Chuck and Gladys Mueller. Some of the Angles who knew Chuck & Gladys went to their house to renew friendship. About 10 bike headed straight back home. That group was lead by Paul B. I don't know who was on the tail because, by the time we got home there were only 4 bikes.
 
 I think every one had a good time.
     We traveled about 85 miles at about 50 miles per hour. Nice ride guys and gals.          
                                             Road Captain
                                              Paul B.
 
Note from Shutterbug... there were no pictures submitted. Am glad to hear that Chuck and Gladys were able to meet the group. I hope Chuck is on the mend.
Your InvitedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Char would appreciate visitors THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT 4:00.  No special reason but she would like a visit from friends.  This includes Blue's Angels, spouses and anyone else under the age of 123.
 
Mar 21 Ride - The Big LoopUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See all of today's pictures by CLICKING HERE
     We gathered at Chevron at 7:30 AM & left 8M. There were 4 trikes & 14  bikes that left the station. One dropped off at Idaho Rd.  There was 2 groups. The first group was led by Dennis with Verne as tail dragger. Group 2 was led by Don Gabbert & Paul B on the tail.

First stop was the Mobil station at Payson Casino.
We then traveled to hwy 260 & east the Christopher Creek Loop, to Creekside Steak House and Tavern.  The new owners, Mike Jellinek & Sheila Marcum, co managers-partners welcomed us.  The waitress Darlene handled our large group with no problem.  The food was plentiful and good.
     Dennis left early to meet someone in Heber  Then we all started out for Showlow & stopped at Shell for fuel.  Where we met up with Dennis and the first group   The first group left heading South through the canyon.  Then group 2 left with a 10 min. gap

     It was very nice day with white clouds &  little windy  Both groups stopped at an overlook, remove our heavy jackets and took a potty break.

Paul A took some nice pictures.

   Both groups left heading for Globe.  Second group switched places with Paul B leading and Derek as tail.  We ran a lot of different speeds.  Total miles 320.

     Pictures provided by Paul Andrea

              Road Captain, Paul Breklander
 
 

 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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