Friday, July 3, 2020

Cruising to the coast in a cage

Beverly, our daughter Kaybi along with her children Luke and Kimber and I decide to take a trip to the coast....actually we were going to Oro Valley, Arizona but a wildfire there changed our plans. Kaybi's hubby, Michael would have gone with us but he is busy serving his country in the sand box. the coast we went.

Our coast lodging called us when we were about halfway to Pendleton and informed us that they had water problems and we could not be admitted until Tuesday (one day behind schedule) no biggie, we stayed an extra day in Pendleton and had a good time.

We walked across town to do some site-seeing...

While in Pendleton, we took the "Underground tour" there and learned a lot about the early days in this interesting town.
We walked through an underground bar, meat shop, jail, ice cream shop, opium den, speakeasy and more. 
Then the tour went into the towns most famous bordello. We also walked through that fine establishment.  
The Madam there, Stella Darby (1928 - 1967).......
........who was quite a philanthropist and not only took good care of her employees, but did many fine deeds for the poorer folk in the town. For example, during an economic hard time, she bought meat and using her car transported it to town and gave it to those who could not afford such luxury every Friday for three years, never missing a single Friday.

After the tour Luke and I enjoyed a gelato shake...

Then we finally made it to the coast.

 Kimber thought the swans looked fun so we went into the water...I chose a kayak.

A few minutes before we rent our boats, this family hurries back to the dock with a sinking peddle boat....they made it before sinking - Barely!
Lucky for us we had no such problems.

On Saturday we started for home, but we still have some site-seeing to do - we had planned on the way home to stop at the Evergreen Aerospace Museum 2 hours away from our condo, and we arrived just at opening time.

Luke and Kimber take the simulator for a ride...

Then Poppy decides he needs a turn....

Take off....

Start of barrel roll...

Middle of barrel roll....

And, well..... after the barrel rolls, I tried a loop - but I was too low and going to fast so I crashed.
Luckily Luke and I walked away from us hitting the ground at over 1200 mph!  :) Whew!!

Another highlight at this museum is Howard Hughes'  Spruce Goose!
We all oohed and ahhhhed over the Spruce Goose for a good long while.
Luke and Kimber in a F-111 cockpit.

And Luke checking out a Vietnam war era chopper.

After the Evergreen Aerospace Museum we continued on to Bend, Oregon to overnight.
The next day was a loooong day in the car. But we finally made it home happy, TIRED and feeling blessed to have such a fun week in this beautiful U.S.A.

Friday, June 26, 2020

7th Annual Cache Gathering

The 7th annual Cache Gathering has arrived. This year Don, "nvr2old" is hosting the event.
He decided to hold it at Flaming Gorge, Utah.

This is the bridge near the Flaming Gorge Dam.

Mike and Don

While sitting at our camp we noticed some black smoke and went to investigate....we saw these two camp trailers burn to the ground..... Sad day for someone!

The line up of the attendees:
l to r
Karen (Spyder) Len (Strom 650) Mike (Strom 1000) Don (Strom 1000) Your's truly (Tenere) Mark and Kellie (Tenere)

Saw this on the way home....couldn't pass it up.

Another fun Cache Gathring in the books. Thanks everyone for a good time.

Sunday, June 14, 2020


Beverly and I have reached a milestone in our relationship.....our 40th anniversary has arrived. 
We decide to celebrate this event with a motorcycle know....something different for this year.

So our plan is to ride to Silver City, New Mexico and then ride the Apache Trail. After that we'll ride
 US 191 from Clifton to Alpine Arizona, and head north for home.

We leave on a Monday and ride 170 miles in rain and snow before the wet stuff finally ends just in time for the winds to begin! And they are brutal winds, when they first hit with a sudden blast I thought I had had a catastrophic air loss in one of the tires, but was just wind, a hard hard wind!

We finally make it to Bluff, Utah for our first night stay and I see I have a screw in my rear tire. 

It was holding air just fine but I don't like just leaving it in, so I screw it out and commence to plugging the tire. 

The next morning I add a couple pounds of air pressure and we take off for Pinetop, Arizona to spend the night.

While getting there we pass through the town of Snowflake, a few miles before Pinetop and we ride over to the LDS temple in Snowflake and find a quiet place to do some Earthing for a relaxing hour or so....

One of the very few complaints about the Tenere is the cruise control has a wonky cutoff switch at the hand brake, I've resorted to carrying a can of aerosol lithium grease to try to keep it functioning correctly....
it works....some of the time.

After leaving Pinetop we ride to Pie Town, New Mexico - well known for the wonderful pies that are baked there. Luckily her majesty the governor allowed business to open again a few days before our trip. So we stop at the Gathering Place where you are family the instant you walk through the door!
Their pies and other dishes are very good, but the warmth they extend to customers is their greatest asset and what makes them successful!
(it is amazing how just being greeted with a smile, and treated like family or a dear friend can make such a difference!)

I'm standing with Mike, he and his wife own/run the Gathering Place and he is an awesome guy!

We leave Pie Town fat and happy and ride south to Silver City to overnight. Once we get there we find out the Apache trail has a closed section due to a wildfire. We could ride parts of the other sections, but there is heavy smoke in the area so we decide to save it for another day and ride off toward Duncan, Arizona.

Then to Clifton, Arizona to ride the US 191, we arrive at 191 above Clifton, and find it too is closed due to another wildfire.....  Dang it all!!
So, we go to Plan C....and ride to Globe, Arizona and ride the US 60 from Globe to Show Low, which is yet another BEAUTIFUL road. We thoroughly enjoy our time on the 60

For the drivers that go too fast and over-heat their brakes, here is a very short truck runoff with an abrupt ending.....which results in a very bad day...

Part of  the beautiful US60

We overnight in Show Low, and I'm feeling the effects of riding two up in all this wind;
while Bev explored the Show Low walking paths, I explored the inside of my eyelids...

When we leave the next morning we stop and see these two guys....their story is on the plaque.

(control button and 'roll up' to make it easier to read)

We then continue on following Rt 66 for a while  

and make a stop in Winslow, and from there north to Page, Arizona to overnight.

We depart Page and weave our way through the 'millions' of boats waiting in line to go into Lake Powell.... 

And make our way to Panguitch, Utah where we stop for lunch at this hole in the wall where we have an excellent burger!

More wind on the way home, but it was a good ride, we bust out 387 miles for the final day of a 1,950 mile ride and make it home late afternoon plugged tire and all.

As my Mom used to say, "Travel east, travel west, after all.....Home is best!"
(and Home IS best when you are blessed with an amazing wife like mine!)
Life is good!