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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
Feb 28 Gas From The Past RideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Max von Dahlen arranged today’s visit to the Gas from the Past Garage in Queen Valley, where Bruce runs the cleanest and most impressive Restoration business around, and works with a very unique and unusual product.  He restores and trades in old service station gas pumps.  When completed,like the $25,000 pump I’m standing beside, the pumps are sold and personally delivered to collectors and ordinary guys in the US and Canada.  In fact, over the years he has sold 250 restored gas pumps to one group in Alberta!  The raw material for his projects are these old stalwarts in the back room.  His career in restoration started with an old pump he took in trade for a repair bill 35 years ago.  He sold that one in Pomona, CA without even taking it off his truck, and he’s been busy ever since.  He and his wife provided coffee and rolls to the 18 riders, their 3 passengers and B.J. with his truck.  Max guided the two groups to our first destination with Duane Switz commanding the second platoon.  The map shows our route and various stops.
 
The Superstitions were brooding under cloudy skies as the riders moved on along an interesting 190-mile trek thru the SE Arizona mining country.  The next goal was breakfast at Maria’s Mexican Restaurant in Winkelman, where our tables were waiting, and the food was generous.  Riders regrouped with the lead shifting to Bill Lieser from Sun Life, who had been to San Manuel and the roads leading to Oracle, where we stopped for fuel.  San Manuel is a town of 4,000 people, built as a company town in 1954.  It was abandoned by the present owners of the mine who closed it recently.  Bill took us on a short tour past its well-built school and other infrastructure, circled a restaurant where we can eat another time, and on a drive down the clean residential streets.  I checked; there are nice 3-br houses for sale in San Manuel at from $28,000 to $84,000!
 
Webb Road leads from San Manuel to Mount Lemmon Parkway to Oracle.  The Parkway is partly gravel and seasonally available to drive to the peak of Mount Lemmon north of Tucson.  Another interesting place to see.  After a fuel stop we headed home on the Pinal Parkway thru Florence and home.  Riders returned about 2:15 after 4 hours of lapsed riding time averaging 47 mph, and a rich shared experience of seeing interesting places in Arizona.
 
Blue’s Angels social schedule is accelerating.  The ride next Wednesday is planned to Bartlett Lake, a reservoir with an unknown amount of stored water this year.  On Saturday a group of Angels will turn their talents to cooking breakfast of scrambled eggs and pancakes or biscuits and gravy at Golden Vista.  The cooks will be starting at 6:00, and Angels holding tickets should be there at 7:00 to appear as a group and go on a ride afterward.  The picnic will be our focus on Saturday, March 7.
 
Phil Parsons
Feb 25 .. to CoolidgeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See today's pictures HERE
Tags for Breakfast, then the Kelvin Highway
                    
A cool morning caused the Angels to reconsider their Payson destination and turn south toward Coolidge and Tags Restaurant.  There were 14 bikes and two passengers today.  Riders were invited to proof-read the new Angels Roster, which will also have a new Rider Safety section in it.  There was considerable discussion before the ride about a helmet requirement, and efforts are being made to refine the rules about group passing on the road.  Many opinions are being expressed, and the plan is to establish accurate revisions that will be included in the Roster. Attached is an important reference on tire safety.  After the Safety discussion, two groups were formed with the first led by Dollar Bill and Phil with the Tail-dragger at the rear.  Eric and Derek took charge of the second group.

Today turned out to be another beautiful spring day with the riders enjoying a big breakfast with the locals at Tags, one of Blue’s favorite spots.  Since the ride to Coolidge is now considered a short one, other destinations came up for consideration.  A few riders returned home while the primary group of 10 riders headed south for another favorite destination at Eloy Airport.  They watched individual jumpers and a military unit training there.  Their round trip was 137 miles.
 
I’ve been looking for the opportunity to ride the Florence-Kelvin Highway this year.  Where is Kelvin, you say?  Well, that disperse community is a few miles west of Kearney as we usually ride, but there is a left turn a mile south of Florence with an inviting blacktop turning east that goes about 34 miles across the Tortilla Mountains from Highway 79 to meet the 177 at the railroad crossing northwest of Kearney.  Most riders have never heard of it, because it includes about 19 miles of hardpack and gravel that is one of those lonely trails you hear about in the West.  After 13 miles of blacktop, the firm but bumpy road allows speeds of 25-35 mph through a few creek beds and curving thrustriking mountain vistas.  There is an intriguing private residence at The Boulders, and a lonely flagman was detailed to warn drivers of the construction machinery occupying the other lane at one point.  A bridge crosses the Gila River at Kelvin, so I detoured on a gravel road to the river bottom where the last vehicle crossing must have been a 3-yard Payloader.  The trees along the river are already leafed out.  The Copper Basin Railroad appeared right beside the road with a full100-car unit train coming from the Ray Mine.  That was a big load for those two engines we see occasionally.
 
Being alone, I stopped along the highway for a look into the Ray Mine.  They’re apparently stripping some material from the Visitor area, so there were those big boys taking out 400 tons of rock with every trip.  I enjoyed an adventure tour without any white events that hardly got my Spyder dusty.  My trip was 130 miles in 3 ½ hours of riding, returning about 1:30.
 
On Saturday we’ll head to Queen Valley for breakfast at the Gas from the Past car show, followed by the ride.  Payson next week?
 
Phil Parsons
 
Note from Shutterbug
 
My thanks to Phil for the photo's of the Kelvin ride. I tried that once but my passenger did not like the road. And also thanks to Paul Andre for the pictures from Eloy.
Feb 25 .. to CoolidgeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See today's pictures HERE
Tags for Breakfast, then the Kelvin Highway
                    
A cool morning caused the Angels to reconsider their Payson destination and turn south toward Coolidge and Tags Restaurant.  There were 14 bikes and two passengers today.  Riders were invited to proof-read the new Angels Roster, which will also have a new Rider Safety section in it.  There was considerable discussion before the ride about a helmet requirement, and efforts are being made to refine the rules about group passing on the road.  Many opinions are being expressed, and the plan is to establish accurate revisions that will be included in the Roster. Attached is an important reference on tire safety.  After the Safety discussion, two groups were formed with the first led by Dollar Bill and Phil with the Tail-dragger at the rear.  Eric and Derek took charge of the second group.

Today turned out to be another beautiful spring day with the riders enjoying a big breakfast with the locals at Tags, one of Blue’s favorite spots.  Since the ride to Coolidge is now considered a short one, other destinations came up for consideration.  A few riders returned home while the primary group of 10 riders headed south for another favorite destination at Eloy Airport.  They watched individual jumpers and a military unit training there.  Their round trip was 137 miles.
 
I’ve been looking for the opportunity to ride the Florence-Kelvin Highway this year.  Where is Kelvin, you say?  Well, that disperse community is a few miles west of Kearney as we usually ride, but there is a left turn a mile south of Florence with an inviting blacktop turning east that goes about 34 miles across the Tortilla Mountains from Highway 79 to meet the 177 at the railroad crossing northwest of Kearney.  Most riders have never heard of it, because it includes about 19 miles of hardpack and gravel that is one of those lonely trails you hear about in the West.  After 13 miles of blacktop, the firm but bumpy road allows speeds of 25-35 mph through a few creek beds and curving thrustriking mountain vistas.  There is an intriguing private residence at The Boulders, and a lonely flagman was detailed to warn drivers of the construction machinery occupying the other lane at one point.  A bridge crosses the Gila River at Kelvin, so I detoured on a gravel road to the river bottom where the last vehicle crossing must have been a 3-yard Payloader.  The trees along the river are already leafed out.  The Copper Basin Railroad appeared right beside the road with a full100-car unit train coming from the Ray Mine.  That was a big load for those two engines we see occasionally.
 
Being alone, I stopped along the highway for a look into the Ray Mine.  They’re apparently stripping some material from the Visitor area, so there were those big boys taking out 400 tons of rock with every trip.  I enjoyed an adventure tour without any white events that hardly got my Spyder dusty.  My trip was 130 miles in 3 ½ hours of riding, returning about 1:30.
 
On Saturday we’ll head to Queen Valley for breakfast at the Gas from the Past car show, followed by the ride.  Payson next week?
 
Phil Parsons
 
Note from Shutterbug
 
My thanks to Phil for the photo's of the Kelvin ride. I tried that once but my passenger did not like the road. And also thanks to Paul Andre for the pictures from Eloy.
Ammoouncement From BillUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
On Wednesday's ride Feb 25th all riders should be prepared to vote on  (1) a possible mandatory helmet rule and on (2) the statement listed in the present roster "then from the front, in order, all bikes will transfer lanes".  Front in order is not working and I  believe when permission is given by the tail-dragger or back door the group should change lanes in unison.  You should read the complete paragraph and the following paragraph printed in red before making decision.
This needs to be done now in order to print a new roster and possibly change safety guidelines printed in the back of the 2011/2012 roster.
If you are not riding Wed email me at billandfran@wolfnet.net     After the new roster is printed it is to late to complain.
In addition I will have a first run of the new roster to show you and offer a chance to make any corrections.
Ride Safe,
Dollar Bill
Feb 21 Ride to FlorenceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See today's pictures by CLICKING HERE
Scenic Arizona
 
Today was another great day in Arizona, where temperatures in the high 70’s have come to delight snowbirds like us, and spring flowers are only a few weeks from popping up everywhere.  Fourteen bikes plus two spouses were on hand for the ride to Florence for breakfast a the L & B Mexican Restaurant.  Bob Shinnick led Group one, and Dollar Bill led Group 2.  Our tables were set with sunshine streaming in the windows; a  perfect time to enjoy coffee together, and talk about our good fortune to be in this place.  Service was slow, but the food was delicious.  The sun was so strong that one table’s picture failed.
 
Today’s ride east and south from the metroplex took us through desert area turned green with calves on pasture.  Just west of us in the Valley of the Sun are the irrigated fields of wheat and alfalfa.  The Florence Museum beside the restaurant features an IH Model “M” tractor that opened the farm country, and a miniature Tom Mix statue like the one along the 79.  The primary destination was St Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery south and east of Florence, and several of the riders were organizing to go there.  A group of 6 bikes led by Dollar Bill made a quick tour of the Chapels and grounds before returning to GV for other activities.  Six bikes whose riders had been there before set out for a tour along the Park Link Road that connects Catalina State Park with Picacho Peak State Park along the I-10.  It is an outstanding area of Sonoran Desert topography, filled with Saguaro and many other cactus.  In a month, Picacho Peak Park will be covered with millions of wild flowers and the tourists who come to see them.  The travelers enjoyed 150 miles of mountains, desert and farmland by traveling 3 hours and 17 minutes for an average 45 mph.
 
All kinds of activities are flourishing in our Resorts, and compete with riding the trails.  Blue’s Angels have their own agenda, including serving the Golden Vista Breakfast on Saturday, March 7.  The Angels Picnic on March 14 will feature a motorcycle safety talk after the meal by Frank Nemeth, the Gold Wing Safety Director, and a nationally recognized safety authority.  There will also be other entertainment and a raft of prizes.  Mini-Al has raffle tickets.
 
Concern for the health of Blue’s Angels members continues this week.  Wrangler and his wife Ardie are recovering from a bout with pneumonia, and Garry Hewett is recovering after brain surgery to seal an artery.  Chuck Mueller is doing well after his heart surgery.
 
Paul Breuklander became the most recent volunteer to become an Angels Road Captain.  This was the last day to reserve and pay for your Angels Roster book that Pat Alsup is preparing.  The ride on Wednesday February 25 will be to Payson, with Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and another area as the targets.  On Saturday February 28, a visit to Queen Valley for the Gas from the Past Car Show is planned.  Enjoy these wonderful sunny days!
 
Phil Parsons
Riding SafeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I have had several calls regarding safe riding within the group and have formed a 5 man committee which helped establish  a list of issues for discussion.  The committee includes Eric LaFoy, Derrick Hudson, Al Servais, Don Gabbert and myself.
 
 Please note nothing is being changed at this time and I am requesting a reply from each of you with your thoughts.  The best way to reply is by email, billandfran@wolfnet.net, however you may also contact me in person or by phone, 480-671-2115.  You may also contact one  of the Road Captains.
 
 
Our first concern is to set up a safety meeting.  We have contacted Frank Nemeth, a certified safety instructor and hope to have a time and date established soon.  I am hoping to do this at the annual picnic on March 14th.  When it happens ALL BLUE'S ANGELS SHOULD ATTEND, former Angels and anyone else interested in safety are welcome.
 
The committee also had these suggestions:
1) Verify all riders have a motorcycle endorsement
2) Verify all riders have insurance
3) Consider a mandatory helmet requirement
4) Determine if riders understand and are capable of riding within the 2-3 second rule, staying in their proper line and operating using the staggered formation.  If a rider cannot conform do we ask him to ride behind the tail-dragger or perhaps suggest he should not ride with our group?
5) Verify tire pressures are accurate and bikes are in riding condition.
6) Establish riding in groups of 7 to 9 bikes, maintaining the speed limit and minimizing passing.
 
In addition to my short safety message before each ride ask others to pick a safety concern and speak on that subject once a month.
 
Who would be responsible with the above task?  I have appointed Eric LaFoy and Phil Parson as Road Captains as they have been very helpful in leading and establishing rides in the past.  We could use more Road Captains with our size of group.
 
YOUR THOUGHTS, COMMENTS AND ADDITIONAL IDEAS ARE REUESTED.
Ride Safe,
Bill
Feb 18 ride to MammothUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Mammoth Mi Pueblito
 
A brilliant sun shone right in our faces as 20 riders with 7 passengers set out in three groups for a restaurant new to us in Mammoth.  Indeed, Mi Pueblito is less than a year old, and Maria is an enterprising owner-manager who was pleased to have us.  Notice they even have motorcycle parking.  The ride thru Florence took a short break at the Tom Mix statue, then turned left at the 77 for the remaining 20 miles past the closed San Manuel mine to our destination, where tables and coffee were waiting.  Patti, one of the cooks, told the group about working at the mine and its abrupt closing several years ago.  There was lots of chatter, as our orders progressed.  A bit of shuffling within the groups took place so one group could ride the East Copper Scenic Trail to Globe, while the rest made a fuel stop at Winkelman, returning on the 177 thru Superior.  That trip was 176 miles with lapsed time of 3 hours 32 minutes averaging 49 mph.
 
Coach Dollar Bill had a full agenda today.  He and four other riders have met to form a Riding and Safety Code for our group.  Their concern is that we tend to “ride high and loose” without recognizing that group riding is a precise and demanding activity.  The Safety committee is writing a safety check list, and plans to choose 4 Road Captains to assist in keeping the rides organized and safe.  The Code will be sent out and printed separately.
 
Char Kelty invites all the Angels for a Happy Hour tonight, Thursday starting at 4:00 at well-known #40 patio.  Word has come that Pat Alsup was involved in an auto accident yesterday in Twin Falls.  There is also concern for Gary Hewitt, who was hospitalized again for brain bleeding, and for Chuck Mueller, who is recovering slowly from heart surgery.
 
Saturday’s ride will be to see St Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery south of Florence, preceded by breakfast in Florence.  Women may want to join their riders for a point of interest ride to the extensive gardens and buildings.  Long sleeves and a scarf over your head for women is the required dress.
 
Phil Parsons
 
Note from Shutterbug:
 
I am OK.. PT Cruiser is totaled. Was T-Boned at an intersection. Glad Wanda was not in the passenger seat or that we were not on the trike.  Our prayers go out to Garry and Chuck, as they battle their health issues.
 
Following is the guideline for receiving orders for the roster. I am starting to print some of the books now but in order to have them done and back to Apache Junction in time for the picnic, will have to have those orders in not later than March 7th...  I will accept orders past that date, but they will have to be shipped separately and so cost an extra amount..  
Safety CommitteeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Bill sent me a note this morning asking me to let you know that he is in the process of organizing a safety meeting with a official from outside the park and have formed a 5 man committee to look into other ways to make the group safer.  Will keep you informed.
 
 
RostersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Just a couple of things on the rosters...
 
I mailed each of you who are in the active rider portion of the book a copy of your listing asking that you check it for accuracy. I have had a few corrections and do appreciate that. I am assuming that if I did not hear back from you saying that it is OK, or in need of a tweek, that your information is accurate. IF YOU DID NOT CHECK IT, please do and let me know as I am ready to start printing the book.
 
And.. I have started to received orders in the mail. Bill Barrington has a few book orders and wants you to know that this coming Saturday is the last day he will be accepting them. At that point he will be mailing me what he has and all future orders will have to be made by mailing them directly to me. That means that I will have to mail the books back to you individually and the cost of the book will then be $8.00.
 
We hope to distribute the books at the annual picnic and, as you can imagine, it takes time to put together each personalized roster. So please give me enough time to get it done.  Get your order in right away..
 
OK,  that is it ... Ride safe this morning.
 
Shutterbug..
Feb 14 ride to Ma's KitchenUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See more pictures HERE
If you missed it…
 
Before making plans for today’s ride, a contrite group of Angels bowed their heads in silence for Yvonne Voit, who died a week ago tonight after an accident at Miami, Arizona.  Fourteen bikes with 4 spouses riding chose to enjoy the well-known ride to Ma’s Kitchen on Lake Roosevelt on this perfect day.  With a light turnout because of Valentine’s Day, Dollar Bill led the group with Vern at the tail.  Because of the Renaissance Fair, we now ride the left lane thru the lights and past its entrance regardless of other vehicles, then re-assemble after the right lane becomes available after the turnoff.
 
If you missed today’s ride, you missed one of those ideal trips with the best of Southwest scenery.  Deep shadows graced the mountains in their purple majesty, and wispy haze appeared at the edges of the horizon.  The Kitchen was ready and waiting, putting coffee in our hands and plentiful food on the table. Check the serving Roy is looking at.  In less than an hour, the riders were at their bikes, ready to continue the journey past the lake and back toward the Valley of the Sun on the Beeline. A stop for fuel at Tonto Basin was the only interruption.  Jean and I separated from the group at Tonto National Monument to enjoy the scenery because I wanted to add a couple scenic mountain photos.  We often pass the Hoodoos east of Superior without noticing their grandeur.  It was marvelous to look out on the ancient views from Tonto; the same ones that a civilization saw from their cliff dwellings 700 years ago.
 
A primary concern for safety is a function of each meeting of the Angels.  A member called attention to the risk of rear tire failure, especially 2-up on large touring bikes.  The most important maintenance function is to check tire pressure regularly.  Recommended pressure is the best safety measure to reduce tire heat and helps extend tire wear.  Dollar Bill announced that Pat Alsup has prepared the Blue’s Angels Roster, and many members have already received their signup form with cover choices to make.  Bill is receiving the forms with a check for $7.50, or you can send it directly to Pat.  Caps and patches can be purchased directly from Bill, and Mini-Al has tickets for the March 14 picnic and Raffle.  Today’s ride for the group was about 178 miles, and they returned about 1:00.  There will be another great ride on Wednesday.
 
Phil Parsons
Roster editingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
In the last two days I have e-mail each person who is listed as an active rider, a copy of the listing as it is now set to appear in the book. This includes the photo that goes with it. I urge you to check these closely for any errors. There is still time to correct things like wrong phone numbers, change of address, and other misc. typos.
 
Typing errors to occur. I don't have the smartest fingers and sometimes reading your handwriting is a challenge. Some of you have already pointed out errors and they are corrected.
 
With the copy of the listing I also attached a roster order form which if you download, you can print. Then you can give it to Bill Barrington, or mail it to me at the address on the form. Please understand that printing and collating the books takes time and I hope to have them back to Bill before the annual picnic so PLEASE get your order in right away.
 
I am happy to print rosters for anyone. Friends, family, or just the occasional rider who did not ask to be included in the publication, but would like to have a reference to look at when trying to figure out who in the hell it was that you were talking to at breakfast on this mornings ride.
 
I have dedicated this issue to "Blue". I know how much he appreciated having the roster and I have been proud to be able to put them together.
 
On another note, I am also looking forward to our summer ride in Idaho. You can look at the web site for the information. We still have room for one more bike but need to finalize the arrangements in the next couple of days. Let me know if you, or someone you know might like to join us.
 
Ride Safe.
 
Pat A.  
NOW TAKING ROSTER ORDERSUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I am happy to report that the rosters are finally ready to be printed. I had hoped to have them ready a bit sooner, but my production time has been relegated to evenings as I spend every day working on our new home.
 
I mentioned a few days ago that there would be two options for covers. Both are personalized to the purchaser but the format is different... There are two ways to order books. I am sending a small supply of order blanks to Bill Barrington with the hope that he will find people to help him determine who wants what. He will collect the $ for the roster if you order it from him.  Or, if you prefer, you can send me an e-mail at pmawla1963@gmail.com and I will send you the order form. It shows the two formats and you can fill it out, mail it back to me (or take it to Dollar Bill) with your remittance.
 
I hope to have all of the orders in time that I can mail as many as possible to Bill so he can distribute them at the annual picnic. If I can mail them all at once, the cost of each roster is $7.50.  If I have to mail them directly to you, the cost per book is $8.00.
 
I am also sending Bill a sample of the roster. I hope that you enjoy your copy. This is likely to be the last time I take on this project.
 
Ride Safe..
 
Pat Alsup (Shutterbug)
Feb 11 - Maricopa Dwarf Car OutingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See lots of pictures by CLICKING HERE
A Day with Dwarf Cars
 
It was a bittersweet gathering of Blue’s Angels at the station after the Memorial tribute to Yvonne Voit on the previous evening.  Phil distributed bulletins from the service to those who were unable to attend.  Today’s ride included 22 bikes along with a half-dozen passengers for the ride to visit Ernie Adams’ Dwarf Car facility 15 miles southwest of Maricopa.
 
The ride was planned by Eric LaFoy, who stressed that riding safely is of paramont importance.  He reminded riders that two-second spacing between alternating bikes allows a rider space to maneuver if there is danger.  Riding a motorcycle requires 6000 separate movements, compared to only 2400 separate movements to drive a car.  Eric led the first group with Peter as tailgunner.  Mini Al Jeanquart led the second group with Vern at the rear.  Today’s route on the 202 shifted at the 87 because of traffic congestion.  There was slight confusion with the addition of a snapped clutch cable as we eased off the Freeway and on to Queen Creek Blvd and Highway 347 thru Maricopa.
 
Breakfast today was at the Ak Chin Casino, where a timely call produced along patio table beside the pool with several wait staff to serve a generous meal.  Unfortunately, pictures of the tables failed to transmit.  More tickets for the spring picnic on March 14 were sold by Mini-Al.  The riders seemed to have no trouble walking past the gaming machines, despite a crowd of arriving bus passengers.  The trip thru Ak Chin farm country yielded the wonderful smells of open country past standing alfalfa and occasional feedlots.
 
The Dwarf Cars have added souveniers and organization to their garage operation where the cars are displayed.  The most attractive to me is the accurately detailed’49 Mercury shown with Dale beside it.  How would he fit inside?  Easily, it turns out.  Our riders had a field day looking at the variety of cars, memorabilia and video on display.  Vern is shown by the old gas pumps and the price that gas was sold for.  It’s a great event that motorheads can appreciate.  A few riders returned direct to GV by 1:30; the rest stayed to enjoy the garage and the country for a longer time.  Total mileage was 134 in lapsed time of 2 hours 55 minutes at average 45 mph.
 
Relief for motorcycle phobia will be repeated Saturday at 8:00.
 
Phil Parsons

 

Note from Shutterbug:

Thanks to Phil for his interesting reports and photo's. Also want to acknowledge the extra pictures sent by Eric LaFoy. I am a picture person and think they make for a better report.


 
Yvonne Voit Celebration of LiveUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
A crowd of more than 300 attended the Celebration of Life for Yvonne Voit yesterday at 4:00 PM.  She will be remembered as energetic, personable and friendly by all the diverse groups she and Roger took part in, both within and outside the Resort.  Their three daughters arrived in Phoenix within hours of the accident, and were a great comfort to their dad in his hour of grief.  They will all return to Wisconsin Rapids starting Thursday morning.
 
The accident happened on the streets of Miami on Saturday morning when a rear tire lost pressure are Yvonne was thrown when they went down.  Roger was virtually unhurt, and the Gold Wing sustained minor damage.  A group of Angels brought the bike back from Miami yesterday morning, and will take care of it after the family has left.
 
Phil Parsons
Yvonne VoitUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yvonne died during the night.  Please keep Roger and his family in your prayers.  I have no other information at this time.
 
Dollar Bill
Needing and Angel PrayerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Bill Barrington called me this afternoon with sketchy information concerning Roger and Yvonne Voit. He asked that I hold up reporting this until there was better information available. I just received this note from Bill and in sharing it, ask that you keep Yvonne and her family in your prayers.....
 
I am very sorry to report that Roger and Yvonne where in a serious accident this morning.  Vern, Bob S. and I just returned from Scottsdale Health Care in Scottsdale where Yvonne was airlifted from the Globe area.  Not much information is available, however the Care Manager expressed that she was in very serious condition.  Surgery was performed on her brain to reduce swelling and as of tonight she is still in a induced coma.  The good news is that she has been able to breath on your own again within the last few hours.  Roger was not injured.
 
They where riding alone when the accident happened as they decided to ride up to Globe and left the Blue's Angels at the 60 and 79 intersection.  The accident apparently was caused by sudden loss of air from the front tire.
 
Both Roger and Yvonne are in need of your prayers during the next crucial days.  Family members will arrive tonight.  I will pass on further information when I can
 
Thank you Bob and Barb Shinnick for getting Roger to the hospital and offering support during the long day.
Dollar Bill
 
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Feb 7 ride to CoolidgeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Flight Deck at Coolidge
 
It was another perfect Arizona day as 11 trikes and 14 two-wheeled Angels assembled for the first 8:00 AM ride of the season.  You can tell from the ladies’ picture that warm days are here again.
 
Dollar Bill, our leader, opened with a sincere safety message.  There is concern among riders about the pace and position of riders in the group along the highway.
       **Occasionally riders allow too much slack space behind the rider ahead.  The space should be two seconds of travel time behind the rider ahead, which varies by speed and amounts to 40-50 feet.
           **Stay in your position in line!  Weaving across the lane is restricted by the sightline of the rider behind you, which must be retained.  The leader will identify parallel traffic along the roadside when single line travel is needed.
            **If you have guest riders, tell them the rules and ride behind them to observe.

           **Blue’s Angels strongly supports riding with helmets!
 
Today the entire group rode in the left lane of the 60 until we passed the Renaissance on its first day of their season.  Bill was the leader, with Vern as the tail dragger.  Our destination was the Fly-in Breakfast at Coolidge Municipal Airport.  It is a monthly affair where locals and riders fit right in with the pilots of the many small and large planes on the tarmac.  As we arrived there were 8 planes in formation laying smoke trails over the destination; a striking air display. The airport itself is a WW II training base with a very long runway and a long line of patrons for a sumptuous breakfast.  Scrambled eggs and pancakes with sausage and bacon, coffee and juice on picnic benches beside the parked planes were delightful.  In one hour, we had negotiated the line, eaten our fill and were cruising the displays.  There was even time for photos from our group. We made a direct return to AJ before noon with 85 miles traveled in 2:04 hours at average 40 mph.
 
Wednesday’s ride to the Dwarf Car Shop will be led by Eric.  If interest is expressed, there is a Swap meet coming up with breakfast there.  Tickets and raffle chances for the Angels Picnic on March 14 are now being sold by Mini-Al.
 
Phil Parsons
2015-16 Roster Cover OptionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
The roster information is compiled and the formatting is nearly complete. I have been working on the format for a this years cover and have settled on two options.. The theme of the cover honors the memory of John Kelty but I still want each cover to be personalized to the individual rider. You will remember that the last roster featured a photo of the rider and his ride and had the name of the rider as well.. I have an option of that cover for this year and you can see an example of it BY CLICKING HERE.  Obviously this requires that I have a photo of the rider and their bike, or I can just use a portrait photo of the individual (your choice)
 
Option #2 Still has the owners name on the cover, but features a larger picture of John on his ride... SEE A SAMPLE HERE
 
And there could be a third option where I print come copies that are not personalized to the rider, but would be available to interested parties some time in the future.
 
Options #1 and #2 require that the order be placed in advance and paid for before I print and ship. I would prefer to be able to run the bulk of them at one time and ship them to Arizona for distribution. Hopefully this can be done so they can be distributed at the annual picnic.
 
I am not accepting any new active rider listings, but if there are any of you that want to be included as an occasional or inactive rider, I think I can fit a few more in. In a day or so, I will prepare a list of who is in the book and you can decide if you want to include your name in the second category.
 
I will appreciate your thoughts and comments on the design of the cover.
 
The cost of the rosters this year will be $7.50 each for those that I can prepare in advance and ship to Arizona for distribution at the picnic. Any individual orders shipped separately to any other location in the US will cost $ $8.50.
 
These costs, depending on the # of rosters prepared, will cover my cost of cover stock, paper and printer ink. It is the color ink that adds up.
 
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Message from Bill BarringtonUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
REMEMBER STARTING THIS SATURDAY 8:00 IS THE DEPARTURE TIME.  WE ARE ALSO TAKING PICTURES FOR THE NEW ROSTER AND THIS IS THE LAST OPPURTUNITY TO HAVE THIS DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Caps and patches will be available starting this Saturday.  Caps are $12.00 ea and patches are $5.00 ea.  Both the Blue's Angels and the Apache Junction, AZ patches will be on hand.
 
I have received several concerns regarding unsafe driving recently.  Remember if you are weaving back and forth in your lane or not keeping a 2 or 3 second interval with the bike ahead of you your probably one of the riders your companions are concerned about.  I have been asked to say something about this to you but hope this message will suffice.
 
Dollar Bill
 
 

 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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