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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.

     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 :
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).
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     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
March 18 - Riding the Copper HighwaysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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We ride the Scenic Copper Highways                       March 18, 2015
This week’s Blue’s Angels report begins with photos of the Angels preparing for the GV St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  A contingent of a dozen bikes started the parade and a pleasant day of feasting and revelry under cloudless skies, even including a fly-over by resident Bob Griswold.
On our regular travel day, fifteen motorcyclists plus 4 passengers left the Chevron under cloudy skies for a cruise around the Scenic Copper Highways; #177 from Superior to Winkelman, then #77 to Globe and return to GV.  The desert turns darker green each day as spring advances, and the yellow, blue and orange wild flowers along roadsides have now spread over the mountainsides as a tribute to generous rains last fall and winter.  Our leaders today were Dollar Bill and Bob Shinnick.
Dollar Bill took the group’s choices for breakfast providers, and a call was made to Maria’s in Winkelman, where the ample food is served quickly and economically in a town dominated by its mines and smelter.  Country Boy mocked his Mexican breakfast with this tortilla.  On the way, the huge Ray Mine seems to be getting a facelift.  The 400-ton mining trucks were laboring up the steep slag pile roads at a pretty slow pace.  We enjoyed the yellow mountain faces on the Eastern Scenic Highway after the meal.  There was a rest and fuel stop in Globe, and everyone enjoyed the tour of mountain country that brought us back to GV well before afternoon rain brought cool respite from warm temperatures earlier this week.  Our trip was about 155 miles in lapsed time of 3 hours 15 minutes at average 46 mph.  
Our winter play is rapidly coming to an end as warm winds tempt northerners to leave the Valley of the Sun too soon.  The long-awaited Ride around the Rim, from AJ to Payson, then Heber and Show Low, thru the Salt River Canyon and Globe, will take place as planned this Saturday, March 21.  The total trip will cover about 300 miles and include scenery from the Pines to the Canyons in our state.  Dollar Bill asked group leaders to rotate as the journey moves along, keeping everyone fresh.  The rides will continue, including a plan to ride to Gila Bend and the Gillespe Dam on Saturday April 4 if weather isn’t too hot.
Phil Parsons
St Patricks Day Parade UpdateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Regarding Tuesdays St Pat's parade in the park  "ASSEMBLE AT 9:15 AND BE READY TO START AT 9:30"
More Party PicturesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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For those of you who read your mail early last night and did not see the full compliment of pictures from the party... Ed Kelty has added a group so now there are a total of 46 images to see.  My thanks to Ed and Paul for their contribution.. If you know me at all you understand that I am a picture kind of person and think that the images are a huge part of any report. It was nice for me to be able to see so many familiar faces and all wearing smiles.
Please let me take a minute to give special recognition to Bill Barrington who has done a fantastic job of assuming the role of leader of the Angels. Bill, I know that Blue is proud of all you have done to coordinate and continue the leadership of "little group of riders".  I also want to thank Phil Parsons who regularly takes the reins to provide the written reports of each ride, normally with images included. As you know, Paul Brueklander does the reporting during the summer months and several of you step up with reports when these two get a days rest.
And let's not forget Ed Kelty, who has for these many years provided the web site and the space to record our adventures. He has always been so gracious to work with and helpful when I screw up some of the entries (YES THAT HAPPENS). Ed, you are a prince and I value our continued friendship.
I don't know how many of you take the time to really look at all the site offers. If you browse about a bit you will find bio's on many of the riders (and I hope to make this more inclusive over the next few months). You can look back at all of the ride reports, going back to 2003 and you can access all of the pictures for each of those events. When you are looking at the picture photos please remember that at the top left of the first screen there is a tab that says ACTIONS and when you click that there is a slide show option which allows you to look at all of the pictures as a group.
Finally, as the season in Arizona grows short and many of you will be returning to your summer homes, I want to remind each of you that the site is available for reporting on any of your summer rides. I can promise that we will be posting the Idaho Adventure which is scheduled for August. Just send me the information, pictures too, and I will see that they are shared with all who look at our site. (We have people from all over the world who check into the site from time to time. Not just our group, but others who find our playtime interesting.
Enough for this morning...   I have a bathroom project in the works here and need to get on the job....
Ride Safe..
March 14 - Annual PicnicUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Angels Throw a Party                         March 14, 2015
The Angels showed in force today with 75 attending the Annual Picnic, held indoors at the GV Navajo Room.  It was a grand event with Kentucky Fried Chicken and all the fixings for $5.00 plus a Club subsidy.  A selection of beverages was available, along with delicious chocolate cake and fruit choices after the meal.  Credit the arrangements to Jay and Dottie Stewart and Paul and Helen Andre; thanks to all.
 The few leftovers were auctioned off by Dollar Bill in a comic and unexpected fundraiser following the meal.  Dick Lilienthal sang with his guitar while his wife Linda had the funniest stuffed animal routine to “Rooster on that farm” and others.  Our speakers were Frank Namath and Ron Carroll from Superstition Mountain GWRR Club, who took us on a first-person tour of safety rules and practice.  They introduced the TCLOC and TCARE pre-riding safety concepts, and urged riders to Ride Their Own Ride in the group.  They pointed out that real leaders are important in group rides, and suggested that an odd number of riders are an asset for greater visibility by other drivers.  Ron gave some tips for riding cooler, including that a helmet keeps you 5 degrees cooler.  It was a great event, and pictures will be supplied by Paul Andre and Ed Kelty.
Dollar Bill asked riders to assemble at 9:30 Tuesday for the 10:00 AM St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The ride destination on Wednesday will be decided at the station.  Look for a trip northeast toward the cool mountains.  Keep Garry Hewitt in your prayers; there was another incident recently. 
Phil Parsons
Note from Shutterbug:  My thanks to Paul Andre for the pictures in this posting. I do know that Ed Kelty has a group of pictures as well. I am certain that he will either post them in a separate article, or will send them to me and I will see that you receive them.  Looks like it was a terrific party. That is a real tribute to all of you.
Oops! I forgot to ask!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I told Ed Kelty I would ask individuals at todays picnic if they took or know of anyone that may have taken a video of Blue's memorial ride.  Please contact me, if you have any information.
Sorry Ed, that I forgot to do this at that time.
March 11 - Payson & Tonto Natural Bridge RideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See 33 pictures from todays ride by CLICKING HERE
Payson Misfitz and the Tonto Natural Bridge
Confusion reigned at the Chevron this morning when Blue’s Angels and a Jeep Club gathered for trail maintenance both lined up for our respective trips at the same place.  It didn’t take long for the Jeepers to feel outnumbered and leave when Dollar Bill called the Angels to order for the Safety Lecture and announcements prior to the ride.
About 22 bikes and 5 passengers were lined up for Breakfast in Payson, followed by a trip to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park about 10 miles north of town on Highway 87.  Two groups were formed by the new Safety Marshals.  The first out were led by Dollar Bill, and the second by Eric LaFoy.  There was a highway repair delay along the Bush Highway, The southern roads were lined today with flowers like these Lupines, along with yellow flowers, primarily brittlebush. Our destination was the restaurant Misfitz, aka the 260 Café, where there was no delay by the staff in serving ample meals of morning chow for everyone.   A call ahead gave us tables set for all, along with plenty of coffee when we arrived.  Payson is a busy town; it took ardent maneuvering to get a single group aimed west out of town thru the “Circus Rings” that constitute their main intersections going west.
If you haven’t been to Tonto Natural Bridge, you missed a great opportunity.  The 3-mile entrance road goes all the way down into the Canyon at a 14% grade, where the club graciously paid the tab for admission.  The riders spread out like kids in a playground to see the Natural Bridge from its many angles.  There are 4 Viewpoints, and at least half the group walked the steep Gowan Trail down its 200-ft elevation to look thru the chasm and see the tiny rainbow effect from the falling water.  Notice the blue hats in the photos.  Our groups returned about 2:50 after 195 miles traveled in 4 hours 14 minutes at average speed 44 mph.
The buzz today is all about the Angels Picnic this Saturday, March 14.  Due to a misallocation, the location has been changed from the GV Apache Room to the larger Navajo Room, just across the patio area.  A catered dinner subsidized by the Club will be served, and committee members plus a few volunteers are asked to start preparations at 10:00 AM.  The GV Baseline Ave gate will be open all day because of a Patio Sale and other events.  All the Angels are invited to come starting at 11:00 to view all the prizes for the raffle, and meet our two speakers, who are Frank Nemeth and Ron Carroll.  They will be speaking after the meal about real-life safety from their own perspective as 2-wheel and 3-wheel riders.  There is an opportunity to purchase more raffle tickets, and the new Roster books are in for distribution to those who ordered them. 
In addition, the St Patricks Day Parade in GV will be next Tuesday the 17th, with the Angels assembling by 9:30 at the South Gate area to ride in the Parade which will start at  10:00 AM.
Garry Hewett had an unexpected third surgery this week, and is doing very well.  Chuck Mueller called Bill today to say “Hello”, but his recovery continues to be slow.  It’s a busy time for all the Angels!
Phil Parsons
Party UpdateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I received a call today from the Goldwing Safety Officer and we will have a safety meeting after the party.
Schedule for Saturday
11:00 am:  doors open (the trainer would like to meet as many riders as possible at this time before his part of the program)
12:00 pm: dinner
1:00 pm: entertainment
1:30 pm:  safety meeting
Important Notice From Dollar BillUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Wednesday March 11th is the ride to the Natural Bridge.  THE $5.00 FEE TO ENTER THE PARK WILL BE PAID FROM THE BLUE'S ANGEL'S FUND.
The Blue's Angels picnic (March 14th) is expected to reunite approximately 65 to 70 members and former members and will be our biggest turnout ever.  The party starts at 11:00 and dinner will be served at 12:00.  Thank you to all that have donated prizes.  Some of the prizes include gift certificates, $50.00, $40.00, $25.00, $25.00, $25.00, $25.00 and $10.00.  In addition we have donations of bike luggage, two new helmets, a new leather vest, a Joe Rocket jacket. a clock/compass/thermometer, a gate key, two ratchet style tie-down straps, couple neat signs, Route 66 signs and stickers and more.  REMEMBER THAT YOUR $5.00 TICKET IS NOT EXPECTED TO MEET THE COST OF THE MEAL SO BRING CASH TO BUY RAFFEL TICKETS AND FOR THE SILENT AUCTION.
  We anticipated a certified safety instructor to show but it appears this is not going to happen and may have to re-schedule this for next season.
The new rosters will be handed out at the party.  Thank you Pat for all your work!!!!!!
Tuesday March 17th is the St. Pat's parade at Golden Vista>  Meet inside the Baseline gate by 9:15 and be ready to start at 9:30.  Char will be leading the parade and we will follow in a DIFFERENT FORMATION this year by not riding  individually from side to side but instead using two lines, two abreast.
The Rim ride is Saturday March 21.
I do not know who donated the $10.00 gift certificate, please let me know so I can give you credit.
Ride Safe
Dollar Bill
March 8 - Our first ride of the yarUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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The Bookkeeper and I joined our son and 4 of his friends this afternoon on a 100 mile ride. It was "spring like" with riding temperatures just below 60 degrees. Going East the wind was at our backs but on the way home, the wind chill did have some effect.
We had lunch at a cozy little bar in Eden, ID. As you can see, the sandwiches are of sufficient size that they are easily shared. And while it was a big bite for Wanda, she held her own and nearly finished her half.
Just as we entered Burley, we stopped at the Snake River and took some pictures of Mount Harrison and the Albion Mountains. They are still covered with a generous amount of snow. This summer we will be heading there to have a look at the lookout station.
It was good to be on the trike again. This is my first ride of the year and really the first since last October. If felt good.
March 7 - Breakfast for GV & Ride to Fountain HillsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Angels make Breakfast at GV                                    March 7, 2015
The Angels tried their hand at something new today-serving breakfast to one and all at the Golden Vista Ballroom.  And come they did-133 paying customers. 
Led by our fearless leader Dollar Bill, and assisted by Betty Cross, Roland Wilvers and Chris Gibson from the Activities Office, the crew came up with your choice of two delicious breakfasts, coffee, juice and all the fixings. You can see the patrons were pleased with the results. Paul Andre reported that after breakfast was completed and cleaned up, six riders and one passenger met at the gas station at 10 am. Paul B. led them on a leisurely ride along the Bush Highway to Fountain Hills. There was a lot of construction taking place there and the traffic was quite heavy in town. The group parked the bikes and wandered over to the park to view the kites taking part in the Kite Festival. There were a lot more Coots lazing about on the lawn than there was kites flying. After a half hour of kite viewing and Coot viewing the riders headed back the same way they came except four bikes that had to make a stop at the Village Inn on Signal Butte for a coffee and a slice of pie.  The bikes returned  home about 2 PM with 87 miles on the odometer.
Wednesday’s ride is the oft-delayed trip to Payson and Tonto Natural Bridge.  A $5.00 Park fee/vehicle is charged.  There will be different options for breakfast as well as other destinations if you don’t wish to go to the Park.  The Park should entice many passengers.
The annual Picnic at the Golden Vista Apache Room will be next Saturday, March 14 at noon.  For your $5.00 ticket you get the whole meal with everything arranged, including plates and silver as well as dessert.  There will be lots of prizes for those buying raffle tickets-see Mini-Al.
Phil Parsons


The rosters have all been packaged and sent to Dollar Bill. I presume they will arrive in ample time to be distributed at the Annual Picnic.  If you cannot attend the picnic, then you should contact Bill Barrington to make arrangement to pick your copy(s) up.

There were no pictures from the ride to Fountain Hills. I am wondering if Phil's reference to coots was real or literal. Was he referring to the duck type or the geezer variety?  I wonder?


March 4 ride to Bartlett LakeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Today Dollar Bill gave a safety talk before we left. He said we would ride in two groups about 300 yards apart as we had approximately 17 bikes and trikes. We will drive the speed limit and only pass when necessary. We will use the SNAKE method to pass from front to rear. Remember you are responsible to check for your own safety.
Also mentioned was that next year the club members will be asked to fill out a form stating you, as  member, have a MC license and also have insurance in place. Bill said he is still trying to confirm that the MC safety Director will be attending our picnic on March 14 -15.
Note for volunteers for the BREAKFAST on March 07 -15 should be at the hall by 6AM. Other members should be there at 7 AM .Don't forget to buy your tickets in advance so you don't have to wait in line.
Note: Eric mentioned that this issue of Goldwing Magazine has a good article on tire wear and road debris.
Note: After approximately 74 easy riding miles, we arrived at Harold's in Cave Creek for breakfast. Then on to Bartlett Lake for a view. The level looks quite low. We noticed Vern's boat was getting launched there but we had no time to go fishing today.
All in  all it was a great day to be out riding and we returned safe and sound at approximately 2:30 pm. Total miles were about 180.
Check list on Roster OrdersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Last Chance
     It has been a long day, but I have just completed printing and assembling all of the rosters that I have a record of being ordered. I hope that I have not missed any as, on Saturday morning, I plan to mail them all out. Most are going directly to Bill Barrington who will have them available for distribution at the annual picnic. As I look at the list of those that I have printed, I am fearful that some of you may have said at one time that you wanted one, but did not complete an order form. So, I am including a list of everyone that I find an order form for.
      If you name is not on this list it is imperative that you contact me AT ONCE and I will make every effort to get your book personalized so it can be shipped Saturday.
      Hopefully the list is alphabetized, or close to it.  Unless otherwise indicated, I have printed one roster for each of the following:
Alsup, Pat (2)
Andre, Paul (2)
Barrington, Bill (2)
Blankenheim, Ron
Bonnes, Gene
Brueklander, Paul
Chrestensen, Vern
Fields, Don
Gabbert, Don
Heckert, Rene
Hewitt, Garry
Hondrud, Darrel
Hudson, Derek
Jeanquart, Al
Johnson, Carroll
Kakala, Char
Karasiuk, Roy
Keeler, Bob (2)
Kelty, Ed (7)
Krantz, Fred
LaFoy, Eric (2)
Lilienthal, Dick (2)
McDonald, Mike
McKinney, Dennis
Parsons, Phil
Ringuette, Dale
Stewart, Jay
Servais, Al (2)
Shinnick, Bob (2)
Switz, Duane
Strickland, Dale
Valvick, Irving
Vogelgesang, Gene
Von Dahlen, Max (2)
Williams, B J
Again, if you intended to order a book and forgot, or with all of the confusion in our relocating, I have screwed up and lost your order, please let me know ASAP. 
I am also sending my thanks to Bill B, Phil P and Gene B for their help in collecting the orders and taking photo’s.  Thanks also to Ed Kelty for his work in preparing a nice tribute to John which is on the back cover. I am proud of this publication and hope that there are no errors.
Pat (Shutterbug) Alsup

 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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