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Cold weather, good friends, good foodUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Cold weather, good friends, good food:
 
Freezing weather greeted the Angels as we gathered at the station for the first ever election of a Leader to replace Bill Barrington, who died of a heart attack in Idaho.  Eric LaFoy presided over announcements and casting ballots by all the riders.  Breakfast tables were waiting for us at the Mirage Restaurant in Apache Junction, where the results were announced and everyone enjoyed the meal and the service along with great conversation.  I want to thank the group for electing me their leader.  After the meal the four Road Captains and I met to set some goals and plan some of the schedule for this month.  Eric LaFoy will be the Safety officer, and Cowpoke as a Road Captain will lead off-season rides. Mini-Al will continue to have patches and be our Treasurer.  We look forward to the Angels Spring Picnic on Saturday, March 19 (meal at 12:30) with entertainment and door prizes being arranged.  Jay and Paul are in charge.   I want others to share in planning organized events without the feeling of regimentation.
 
The ride on Saturday will be to Ak Chin Casino south of Maricopa, with the return planned across the wide swath of land thru Casa Grande and Coolidge, a combined distance of about 130 miles.  Road Captains Eric LaFoy and Buck Servais will lead. 
 
We have learned that Wrangler Fred Krantz is recovering in Michigan after having fluid pumped from his lungs and Fran Barrington has arrived in Golden Vista.  Let’s Ride!
 
Phil Parsons
 
After the Election and breakfast six hardy souls left for Fountain hills. We were led by Bob Shinnick on his trusty 3 wheeled Harley steed .The tail dragging was done by Dale Strickland. We stopped for coffee in Fountain Hills at Euro Cuisine (kinda hi end). It turned out to be a beautiful day for a ride, as the temperature was just great. We rode approx.. 85 miles total.
 
Paul A.
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I just want to take a second to congratulate Phil on his being elected to the leadership position of the Angels and thank him for accepting the responsibility. I am certain that "Blue" and "Dollar Bill" would be pleased with your decision. I also want to commend the Road Captains for accepting the responsibility of their positions. Keeping all of you safe is so important and while occasionally that job might result in some hurt feelings, I know that everyone understands that the safety of the group ultimately results in the safety of each individual.
 
I also want to thank Ed Kelty for providing us with the web site as it is the best way for all to stay in touch. It also exposes the Angels to interested individuals all over the world.  I know that you all read his recent update concerning efforts to convert the site to a new format. When completed I think it will be easier for members of the group to do their own input, update profiles and load photo's. These things take time and Ed is a busy guy, but I hope that this will be a priority for him as I know that much of the communication today is done with e-mail and those reports are not always added to the site, or are delayed which results in notifications of events arrive after the event happens. 
 

I received a nice phone call from Phil Parsons last night as well as notes from Eric LaFoy and Paul Breuklander, all of which extended an invitation to attend the memorial service on the 27th. Wanda and I will not be able to make the trip but please know that we will be there in spirit. Our prayers go out to Fran and her family as well as to all of you.
 

Ride Safe
 

Pat (Shutterbug) Alsup
Blue's Angels Planning Meeting February3, 2016Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
  1. Attended by the 4 Road Captains: Paul Breuklander, Gary Hewitt, Eric LaFoy and Al Servais
  2. Thanks to the Road Captains, who should be the leaders; earning their recognition.

    *Eric LaFoy agreed to be the Club Safety Officer.

    *Phil agreed to speak with Roy S. about staying in position.
  3. The Picnic is on Saturday, March 19 starting at 12:30.

    *Mary Russell will ask BACA group to entertain the group.

    *Agreed there will be no ride that day.
  4. Bill Barrington's Memorial will be on February 27. Phil will formally invite Pat Alsup to attend.

    * Plan made to ride from station to Ballroom parking for parking/seating in a group
  5. Vern Chrestensen will be asked to join the Road Captains

Tentative Schedule – to be released by the week in the weekly story

  • Saturday, February 6 AK Chin Casino Ride thru Stanfield, Casa Grande and home

    Road Captains: Paul B. and Buck Servais
  • Wednesday, February 10 Florence, then circling thru Oracle/Mammoth/Winkelman. Offer split.

    Road Captains: Gary H. and __________
  • Saturday, February 13 Open
  • Wednesday, February 17 Open
  • Saturday, February 20 Palo Alto Nuclear Generator plant??
  • Wednesday, February 24 Open
  • Saturday, February 27 Memorial for Bill Barrington; ride to Service
  • Wednesday, March 2 Kitt Peak Ride w/Alternate ride
  • Saturday, March 5
  • Wednesday, March 9
  • Saturday, March 12
  • Wednesday, March 16
  • Saturday, March 19 Angels Picnic @12:30
  • Other ride suggestions; “Going Round” the Beeline to Snowflake, return via Salt River Canyon

The meeting was adjourned about 11:30

Great Circle Ride February 6, 2016Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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Sunshine is our friend, and it was present in gorgeous amounts as the Angels gathered at the Chevron for a ride to Harrah's Ak Chin Casino, followed by an arcing circle route back to Apache Junction. Twenty-two bikes with 6 spouses plus Jay and Dottie in their convertible made up the two groups ready to travel west on the 202. Our Road Captains were Paul “Cowpoke” Breuklander who chose Tail dragger Don and Buck Servais, who also chose a tail dragger. Two riders new to the group are Peter VanderWorff and Al Nugen.
 
Before riding, there were announcements to start our day. Vern Chrestenson has agreed to be the 5th Road Captain, and Mini-Al Jeanquart will continue being the Treasurer. He rode for the first time this year (shoulder surgery), and his 250 Honda kept up the pace remarkably well. There are several opportunities for tours this spring, and the first will be next Wednesday to Gas from the Past in Queen Valley. Mini-Al reported that Fran Barrington is in the Resort, and that Bill's Celebration of Life will be held on February 27. The group agreed to give a Memorial gift from the Club.
Ak Chin Casino is south of Maricopa, and was filled with gamblers pushing the buttons and hearing the tingling bells. It's a big place where you walk all the way thru the hall to the Agave Restaurant. We could give them a heads-up, but no reservations can be made, so it took a while for all to be served a delicious meal. Meeting outside at the bikes, we re-assembled to ride south, then west toward Stanfield where there are huge rows of dairy barns followed by several cattle feed lots. We noticed the feedlots have only Holstein cattle that progress thru various ages and sizes in their pens. Next came the industrialized west part of Casa Grande, where one bike experienced alternator failure and was aided by Jay with his “chase car”. After a fuel stop where several bikes became separated, the riders turned north on Highway 387, then west on 287 past the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, the Coolidge exit and across to Florence and home to Apache Junction. This has become the favored route since it was discovered to be nearly the same travel time as Ironwood Road with less traffic congestion. A stop at McDonald's by 4 couples for ice cream completed a great day on the road.
 
Our riders were split several ways by the time the last returned to GV about 3:20. Today's ride was 142 miles in 3 hours 24 minutes lapsed time at average 41 mph. Roy asked us to thank the riders for helping him get home and to leave his bike at a shop. Next Wednesday the ride will begin at 9:00 with the first destination in Queen Valley, followed by a meal in Globe and likely ride around the Copper Canyon Scenic loop.
 
Paul Andre
Voting for a new leader for the AngelsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Hello Angels;
 
Tomorrow is the day we’ve all been waiting for but unfortunately the weather hasn’t exactly co-operated.  So given the current cool temps we have decided to keep the ride short and go for breakfast first.

So here’s the agenda:
  • 0845 Hrs - Meeting commences with the introduction of all three candidates, the 5 Road Captains, and any messages anyone may have.  Ballots will then be distributed to each person but there will be “No” Proxy voting.  Ballots will then be collected by Eric LaFoy.
  • 0900 Hrs - Or whenever we complete the voting process, everyone will travel to the Mirage Restaurant - 725 Apache Trail (near Ace hardware) in Apache Junction where a reservation has been made.  At the restaurant the successful person for the new leader of Blue’s Angels will be announced.

After breakfast a ride may or may not happen but this can all be decided at that time.  Important for everyone to please “VOTE”…….

Candidates for Blue’s Angels Leader:

Mini-Al - Al Jeanquart
Cowpoke - Paul Breuklander
Spiderman — Phil Parsons

Everyone please come and vote and see you all tomorrow.

Eric LaFoy
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A large group of enthusiastic riders and passengers met at the Chevron this morning. A talk by Phil Parsons included the subject of electing a new President for the Blue's Angels.
 
Two gentlemen have let their names stand, so an election is planned for next Wed. Feb. 3rd. at the Chevron location at 8:45 am. Phil read out some of the requirements of a President, including:
  • Must Be A Leader
  • A Good Rider
  • Be Able To be On Most Rides
  • Knowledge Of Most Roads In Our Area
  • Resident of Golden Vista

There are 5 Road Captains, Eric LaFoy, Gary Hewitt, Vern Chrestensen, Paul Breuklander and Phil Parsons, but we may need more to step up.  Road Captains don't have to live in Golden Vista Resort. Mini Al mentioned he has more Dollar Bill Patches for sale if you haven't bought yours already, and he has tickets for sale for the Annual Picnic for Sat. Mar. 19th 2016.

We are also looking for donations of prizes from our members and/or from business around this area.  Nothing is too small to donate, boys and girls. Contact Mini Al when you have something to donate. Jay and Dottie, Helen and Paul and Mini Al and Sandy will take care of doing the picnic requirements.

A note was made that Wrangler is going home for an operation, and can use our prayers.

There was a discussion on where to ride today--Gila Bend, Cattlemans and Kearny. We ended up with 3 groups going to all 3 locations.
 
Garry Hewitt leading and Dale Strickland as tail drager left for Gila Bend in Arizona with 15 riders and passengers. We had breakfast at the Space Age restaurant. On the way back we stopped at Casa Grande for ice cream to cool down. A big thanks to Gary for leading us safely down to Gila and an interesting ride though the countryside on the return trip. The Gila trip was about 212 miles today.
 
Paul Andre reporting...with photos...
 
The second group Comprised of 5 bikes and 1 trike and 1 cage with Jay and Dottie. Eric LaFoy led with Derek Hudson bringing up the rear. It was nice to start the ride off with a balmy 55F which is a welcome change. Today's route went via hi-way 79 towards Florence then down the Hunt hi-way, Attaway Rd., Coolidge Ave. and then over to hi-way 287 and the I-10 to Marana.
 
As on all Wednesdays at the Stockyard it is auction day and this day was no different. Lots of activity but the cafe was ready as we arrived. Table discussion varied from who is going to be our next leader to where we will go next week to how best to organize the larger groups of people as the Angels appear to be growing.
 
One suggestion was that the weekly rides be predetermined with an optional ride. i.e. the main group would ride to Gila Bend and the second group would ride to Marana as was done today. This would help to keep the ride numbers down not only for ride purposes but also to avoid the large numbers in some restaurants.
 
There was also some discussion around the Ride Captains taking more of a lead role in routes as opposed to leaving it all up to the main leader. All food for thought and some good suggestions. Our group offered the suggestion of a ride to Kitt Peak south of Tucson with an optional route to Oracle. The trip to the Cattlemans today took in a total of aprox. 200 miles.
 
The 3rd. group of 2 guys went to Kearny for breakfast.
 
Eric LaFoy reporting... (hopefully coming soon!)
 
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Hello my Blue’s Angels friends.  I thought you might be interested in some trivia about the Blue’s Angels website.  Did you know:
  • There are over 1600 ride updates posted on the Blue’s Angels website that go back over 10 years!
  • That in the last month there have been over 191,000 “hits” on the website homepage
  • That if my calculations are correct, there are over 15,000 pictures stored on the website
  • That over 130 people get an email every time an update is posted on the website
  • That every member of the Blue’s Angels does or could have a “Bio” online
I want you to know that the website is a reflection of a dream Blue, our founder and my father, had about riding with friends and doing what he loved.  As membership changes, please help new members know there is a website http://www.blues-angels.com. It is here for everyone as a resource and an archive of all the good times spent riding.  New members can send me their bio and I’m happy to get it updated on the site.  If any of the existing members would like their bio’s updated, just email me the changes.
 
Also, updates automatically generate an email any all the members of the Angels and anyone interested such as family members and friends.  If someone is not receiving email updates please send me their name and email address and I’ll have it added to the system.
 
Ride safe and take care!  The Webmaster
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Sixteen bikes plus Jay and Dottie in their convertible checked into the station lineup today for a ride to Payson, where we haven't been since December because of cool temperatures. Cowpoke Paul took charge of organizing. Without the right phone number, it took a few moments to settle on the 260/Misfits Cafe as the goal. Broker McKinney became today's leader with Bill Lieser doing the back end.

Today's temperatures in Payson were questioned, but by the time we reached the Beeline, it was 66 degrees. Snow graced the peaks of Mount Orr, bringing it back to 53 degrees. Somewhere after that point there is a climate line where the elevation is high and the lowest temps are reached. In just a few miles the desert turns to pine forest and you have left the valley behind. There instead is a temperate climate where summer heat doesn't come.

Thanks to a reservation and a nice young server, twenty hungry people were quickly seated and served. The meals were delicious, and conversation flowed around the tables. Back on the bikes, a few riders headed home because of time limitations while most riders chose the route less traveled thru Tonto Basin and along Roosevelt Lake. Let it be known that the lake level still has not risen (47% of capacity), and more rain is needed for the next season.

After a fuel stop and a short rest at the Miami Walmart, there was a chance to observe progress on construction of the 60 between Globe and Superior (closed usually on Tuesday and Thursday) and we were home about 2:45.

Our ride was 208 miles with 4 hours 9 minutes lapsed time at average 50 mph. No clear path was decided for Wednesday's ride; Oracle, Gila Bend and Marana were all suggested.

Phil Parsons w/photos by Paul Andre

Angels on TourUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
[NOTE: This is getting posted after the fact - sorry - webmaster - hopefully there will be a report about how the tour went!]
 
Angels on Tour
 
Last week, Blues Angels passed the River Co-op cotton gin on Skousen. Road.  Roy Karasiuk has always has always wondered about the gins and this cotton producing area, and called to ask if they would conduct a tour. Melissa Campbell, the manager, agreed to conduct an exclusive tour of the plant for Blues Angels on this Wednesday, January 20 starting about 10:30 AM. It is the last week of operation for this very modern operation at the end of the ginning season.  There is room for 25 on the tour.
 
The Angels will meet at the regular 9 AM Wednesday morning time, and travel in a group to the gin, located at 9142 N. Skousen Rd., Coolidge.  Plan to eat some breakfast before you come. We will go to a nearby restaurant for lunch after the tour is over.  
 
Phil Parsons  -- Minnesota/Arizona Connection
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Arizona sunshine was back in style as 15 bikes and a quartet of “insiders” gathered for a trip south to the Petro Truckstop today.  Five couples who usually ride were missing today; they went to a race event in Tucson. The gathering at the station began with Al Jeanquart announcing the Angels Annual Picnic to be held on Saturday, March 19 in the Apache Room at GV with Dot, Jay and Paul Andre organizing the dinner, which will be catered at $6/person.   Now, that event comes later in the season. Yes, the season’s mid-point comes soon.  We welcome Roger Voit back to the Resort; you may want to go and visit with him.  It was nice to have Jay back after surgery, and he will again be patrolling our section of Baseline on Monday if anyone wants to help.

Two groups were formed with the first being led by Spyderman Phil with Don the Taildragger at the back and Vern Christensen leading the second followed by Bill Lisser bringing up the rear. An interesting crossover took place as the first group chose to travel Ironwood Road while the second group took the highway thru Florence.  The second group lapped the first at Coolidge, then was intersected again at 11-Mile Corner, arriving first at the restaurant.  The groups reversed course on the way home, since there are many different options for this trip.  There is 3 miles difference in the distance.

Petro hardly ranks as a “classy” restaurant, but thanks to Paul B’s call there was a long table with coffee waiting for us when we arrived.  Generous servings have tasty variety, and everyone was rewarded with a Senior discount.  The table talk covered a wide variety of subjects, and no one was in a hurry.

Riders returned to the Resort around 1:45 with 124 miles of travel in 3 hours of lapsed time at average 40 mph.  Assuming continued warm weather, the ride on Wednesday will be to Payson. See you then.

Phil Parsons w/photos by Paul Andre

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Good friends, good bikes and good weather make life great in Arizona.  Today was such a day, as 18 bikers with two spouses gathered at the station for a trip to Hayden/Winkelman and Maria’s Mexican Restaurant.  Among the announcements made today was one by Max Von Dalen, who offered that Sewing by Bobetie Ph 480 984 9046, located just north of Superstition Ranch market on the Trail west of Meridian will sew patches by calling her before you come over.
 
It was indeed an ideal Arizona Morning as temperatures were rising toward 65 degrees under a brilliant sun.  We divided into two groups; the first led by Captain Gary with his taildragger Knightly Derek and the second group led by Bob Russell on one of his Orange Harleys, followed by Taildragger Don.  There are always interesting sights among the many mines along the Scenic Copper Highway.
 
Maria’s is the survivor in a declining mining town, and it offers good food at good prices.  Today the waitress seemed overexcited, but everyone was served and had shifted outside to the bikes in one hour.  Good time had by all.  A few bikes returned to AJ the way we came.
 
After eating well, we continued our trip north from Winkelman to Globe thru some of the most geologically interesting mountains where shear forces have created huge cliffs near the mountain peaks.  There was snow above the 5000-ft level in the Pinal Mountains and Apache Peak on either side of Globe.  A rest stop at Globe refreshed us for the ride thru Miami to Superior, where the road is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays for construction, consisting of blasting rock away for widening this major transportation link.  It would appear that lots of rock will need to be blasted and hauled away to make the road any wider.  Our trip today was 149 miles in 3 hours 3 minutes lapsed time at average 48 mph.
 
Saturday’s trip is planned to the Petro Station south of Casa Grande, and we look for more passengers in the coming good weather.
 
Phil Parsons w/pix by 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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