Sunday, June 28, 2015

V-Strom Cache rally 2015

The V-Strom Cache rally is the weekend of June 27 so I leave Thursday heading north and will eventually end up in Victor, Idaho  -  the rally site.

On my way I see this cool barn near Huntsville, Utah;
Lady Liberty and Beaky...I love them both!
I arrive at the Teton Valley RV park and set up camp.

On Friday Jude, Andreas, Don, Phil and I go for a super ride.

This is at Warm River...the fish are thick, unfortunately I don't have an underwater camera...


 Then to Mesa Falls.


 And on our way back to our rally site we stop for some refreshment...I see "Huckleberry shake" on the menu and can't resist!
 The next day the rest of the rally goers show up. Bob rides all the way from Virginia to bring the Cache!

L to R
Don, Bruce, Steve, Bob (holding the Cache), Jude, Andreas, Doug, Phil, Yours truly.
 Andreas (back to camera) surprises us by bringing some chicken and a bag of hamburger patties! We all pitch in with condiments etc and his contribution ends up feeding the group for two nights! 
Bonus!!
Our camp site.

 Saturday we go for a short 110 mile ride.
 We stop at Alpine, Wyoming and decide to extend our ride .. 
 We stop at Henry, Idaho and decide to extend our ride... 
 We stop for gas at Soda Springs, Idaho and decide to extend our ride..... 
 We eat at Montpelier, Idaho and then head back north. Our short '110 mile ride' is nearly 300 miles when we are done. And it was a GREAT ride!
Back at the rv park Bob does the Cache hand off  to Phil.
 Don's tent gets an unwelcome visitor...Doug assists with the First Annual Great Mouse Hunt!
Who in their right mind would go to Victor, without visiting the Emporium and having a Huckleberry shake? 
Not these guys;
Don, Me, Steve and Phil enjoy a shake and some great conversation.
Was a super way to spend a long weekend! 1135 miles for me, and a TON-O-FUN riding, visiting, and eating with good friends.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Friends of Ted II

Or more accurately the title should read Family and Friends of Ted Sessions.
This is the second annual road side clean up in Honor of Ted. If you want to know more about Ted you can check out last years post "Friends of Ted" July 13, 2014

One way to make a good cause even better is by turning it into a reason to go for a ride.
Adrian and Cyndi, Rooster and Wendy, Kenny and Jan, join Beverly and I for a 400 wandering miles ride from Salt Lake, Utah to Driggs, Idaho.
 We stop for fuel and drinks at Randolph, Utah; Wendy practices using a straw with mixed results.... 
 Another stop at Freedom Arms at Freedom, Wyoming. 
Inside the bathroom...

 Some of the trophies they have mounted.
 Cyndi thinks it's time for a nap...I agree!
We gather that night for dinner at this place. It was good, but LOUD!

 Grand daughter Izley Rose and Poppy.
 The next morning we are ready for the clean up. We do the pre clean up brief. 
 And everyone gets to work!
 There is nothing quite like picking up roadside trash to say "I love you"....
 Ted's oldest son Craig.

Baked potato anyone?
 Ted's son Ryan, and  my son Theron renew a life long friendship.
 You have to be at least 18 to pick up along the road, so these top notch parents got their kids involved by having them pick up garbage along the jogging path that parallels the road about 100 feet away from the road. Good job!
 And............DONE! It didn't take long with all the help we had.
A bunch of us meet after inside this nursery.....
 ....at The Marigold Cafe...a neat place for lunch.
 Ted's daughter Stacy and 3 of Ted's 4 grandchildren.

(Later that day....)
 Going to Victor and not getting a huckleberry shake at this place is criminal!! 
The post shake chat...

 A back side view of the Tetons.
So...another year down. There were about 30 people there to help with the clean up. Everyone worked hard and I think...had a good time while doing this service.

As for the ride, it was about 730 excellent miles.
THANKS to everyone who helped! See you next year.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

35. (No Moto Content)

I walked in the house last night, my son and his wife were visiting...I asked my DIL if she knew where Beverly was at?
"She is down stairs wrapping your presents" Callie answered. Hmmmm...'my presents', I thought,....it's not my birthday for another month, Callie must be mistaken.
I was preoccupied with a maintenance problem so I just said, "ok" and kept walking to the bedroom....but a little alarm went off in my head like; 'beep beep, hey Ken you should pay attention to how Callie put the emphasis on 'your presents'" it said...but like a honda transmission the thought smoothly snicked in and out of my brain and I continued thinking about the maintenance problem.
Then this morning I was in the den googling for answers to 'the problem' when Beverly walked in with two wrapped presents in her hands, "happy anniversary!" she said.
Anniversary? I thought, has it really been a year since we bought the yamaha??
She saw my confusion and said, "Remember, 35 years ago today we got married?" 
"Oh yeaaaaaa" I said - a somewhat dim light replacing the alarm in my head..
"But I didn't get you anything" (it was her turn to be surprised, but she hid it well). "That's ok" she said, "I have you and that's enough."
'Sweet', I thought, 'who said marriage is hard?'
[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ Happy Anniversary Beverly!!!!]]]]]]]]

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Alaska or bust!

(Departed for the north on April 27, 2015)
I'm almost ready for my ride north. Just a few more farkles to add to the bike and I should be good to go.

First, I ask friend Elmo to fabricate me a gas can holder.



Looks pretty good eh?
Thanks Elmo!

 Second, oldest son Will, gave me a Hula Girl to keep me company on my ride. Grand-son Ryker helps me attach Maui-Mona to the dash shelf. 
Hopefully she stays there and is not gone to maui.....
 Thanks Will and Ryker.
And lastly I  treat my clothes with Permathrin to help keep the mosquitoes away. Here they are drying in the garage on a rainy day. 
I think I'm ready.
I'll be posting trip updates as often as possible.