Ride Paperwork in Progress

This is a short note to let you know that we have a number of people working to figure out what we need in order to get into and out of Canada on our Fall ride.  Just as soon as they get it all figured out, I’ll contact you so that you know what you need in order to have a legal and safe ride into and out of our northern neighbor.

Based on the information that our volunteers have already shared with me, there are options that I had no idea even existed.  We’ll get it all sorted out and then pass along the laws and regulations to each of you who signed up for the ride.  I’ll even share the information with the folks on the waiting list so that they can make sure they have what they need if people are unable to ride with us.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on this or naytnig else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!



Please take a moment out of your busy day today to remember, in your own way, the events that transpired on September 11th, 2001.

Like most Americans, I was stunned, saddened, and angered after United Flight 11 smashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  I can remember exactly what I was doing when the second plane, American Airlines Flight 175, slammed into the South Tower.  Then American Airlines Flight 77 sliced through the western side of the Pentagon.  Finally United Airline Flight 93 crashed in a field by Stoneycreek Township in Somerset County, outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

More Americans lost their lives on 9-11-2001 than died during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Think about that for a moment.

No matter what your color, creed, religion, political affiliation, race, or any of the other artificial barriers that seemingly divide us, we should stand united when it comes to the events of 9-11-2001.  We were, and remain, all Americans.

Fall Ride Location

The votes have been tabulated and the top three places were: 1) Glacier National Park and Canadian Rockies, 2) Arizona desert, and 3) Western ghost towns.

I wish I could say that I expected such a wide variance, but I had no idea that you’d come up with as many different options as you did.  Thanks to each of you who took the time to vote and, in many cases, share your thoughts with me on why you voted the way you did.

It looks like we’re heading up to Glacier National Park and then scooting into Canada for some riding in and around Banff and Jasper National Parks.  I hope we can sneak in a ride through the Whistler area because it’s incredibly pretty.

As you know, this ride will cross an international border, so we’ll have to comply with laws that might be foreign (no pun intended) to us.  I don’t know Canadian motorcycle laws, but I’m sure one of our volunteers will help explain them to all of us.

I’m asking for a volunteer, or two, to look into our need to have passports to get into Canada.  Some of you said that one is needed to fly into our northern neighbor, but not to drive (or ride) into the land of the Maple Leaf.  Others said that a passport is required, regardless of means of entry.  Another person said that you can get into Canada with proof of US citizenship (birth certificate) and a state-issued photo ID.  Someone else said that we could get into Canada with rudimentary documents, but we couldn’t get back into the US without a passport.  Obviously, there is a lot of information to sort out if we’re going to follow US and Canadian laws.

If a couple of you could look into this and let the group know what paperwork we need to get into and out of Canada, we’d all appreciate it.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Wedding Photos

A friend of mine recently asked me to photograph his wedding.  I told him I didn’t do wedding photography very well, but he insisted and I agreed.

I’m happy to share with you that he and his blushing bride are quite pleased with my efforts.  I’m elated that I didn’t botch their special day by taking terrible photos.  It looks like things worked out all the way around.

Until I did this, I had no idea just how busy I’d be before, during, and after the ceremony.  I was running all the time.  It’s a good thing that I had 3 extra batteries with me or I would have run out of wedding photos before they were pronounced man and wife.  It’s not good to miss the reason why you’re there because you ran out of batteries.  Not good at all!

Thanks to them for having faith in me.  I can’t say that I want to do that again because it’s a great deal of work in a relatively short time.  My hat’s off to people who do it for a living.  If I earned my daily bread that way, I’d have to get much better at it.  Or do something else.

If you’d like to comment on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Fall Ride Update

Last week I asked for thoughts on where we could go for our fall ride.  I received a plethora of suggestions that I’ve passed along to the group on the page with the photos from our Fourth of July ride.  Please let me know which areas would be of most interest to you.  If you’d rank them from 1 to 3, it would help me cut down the large number of possible locations to a manageable few.

I also asked for volunteers and received more than enough offers to lend a hand to make the ride happen.  I’ve contacted the volunteers in the order in which I received their notes.  I need to thank, Dave, Betty, Dashaundra, Lew, Tom, Shelly, Sabine, and Rose for getting back to me as quickly as they did.  I’ve emailed them the information they need to start lining things up once we choose the location for our fall ride.

Please take a moment or two to select your favorite locations for our next ride.  The ride’s location will be announced in the near future.

If you’d like to comment on this or something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Fall Ride

I know this post will come as a shock to many of you because I usually wait until much later in the year before broaching this topic.  I thought I’d try something different, just to shake things up a bit.

If you’d like to have a spring ride, please contact me.  The same rules apply that we’ve followed for several years.  The total number of participants will be 24 or less and the slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you don’t get your reservation in fast enough, you’ll be put on a waiting list so that you can move up if someone cancels.

I also need your help in figuring out where we can ride.  I have no preference, but I’d like to achieve a consensus so that the planning for the event can be done more quickly and easily.

I also need to ask for volunteers to help out with the arrangements and logistics that are critical in our rides.  Without your assistance, it would take much longer to get everything done that has to happen so that the ride is a success.

If you have a favorite place that you’d like to share with the rest of us, please contact me.  If you have the time and inclination to volunteer, please send me a note.  In the days ahead, I’ll let you know that happens and how things shake out.

In the meantime, if you’d like to share your thoughts with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Motorcycle Photo Feedback

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that some of the images submitted for posting on a private webpage were inappropriate.  I invited participants from the ride to share their thoughts with me.

I didn’t expect people to vote “Yea” or “Nay” on the images, but that’s what happened.  The tally was 4872 “Nay” and 298 “Yea” regarding posting the more intimate images.  This included people who participated in the ride and a large number of folks who follow this site.  Of the ride participants only a (small) handful voted to see them, the rest shared the opposite opinion.  To avoid any possible angst, I’m not going to share the official vote count from ride participants, but it was very heavily in the favor of “Nay.”

I hope this means we can lay this to rest and get on with other tings in the days ahead.

If you’d like to share your opinion with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!