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Friday, December 31, 2010

Our Motorcycle Rides 2010

December 31, 2010
Colorado, USA

OK - here are the totals for my numbers guy... 37,026 actual miles accumulated since the summer of 2008. According to HOG we have 36,277 miles (because of a glitch in the initial mileage reporting on the Heritage). 2974 miles between us and 40,000 miles. 3723 miles between us and the 40,000 mile patch. I can already hear Tim calculating in his noodle when we'll be able to sew on that 40,000 mile HOG patch - lol! It's gonna be fun getting there - that's for certain.

04/28/2010 Total 2008 Heritage Miles = 21168
12/28/2010 Total 2010 Ultra Classic Miles = 15858

Total Mileage 2010 = 17674 Woo-Hoo!
Total Ultra Classic Mileage 2010 = 15858
Total Heritage Mileage 2010 = 1816
12/28/2010 Today may be last ride of 2010 = 37 miles
12/26/2010 Total Mileage = 15821
12/26/2010 Might be the last ride of 2010 = 61 miles
12/25/2010 Christmas Day Dinner ride = 40 miles
12/24/2010 Christmas Eve Junk-tiquing ride = 26 miles
12/12/2010 Brrr... Chilly Sunday Ride = 60 miles
12/03/2010 Just a little lunch ride = 5 miles
11/28/2010 After Turkey Day Ride = 30 miles
11/07/2010 'Nother November Ride = 85 miles
11/06/2010 November Ride = 40 miles
11/01/2010 Total Mileage = 15340 miles
10/30/2010 Saturday before Hallowe'en Ride = 60 miles
10/24/2010 Breaking 15,000 ride = 100 miles
10/17/2010 Riding circles w/David for pie n coffee = 40 miles
10/16/2010 Great Fall Afternoon Ride = 60 miles
10/09/2010 Junktiquing on a Saturday Ride = 42 miles
10/5/2010 Dinner with Truckers Run = 28 miles
10/03/2010 Toy Run Sunday = 306 miles
09/26/2010 Likely the last Wyoming Ride = 178 miles
09/25/2010 Peak-to-Peak Color Ride = 191 miles
09/24/2010 BTGTW Dam Ride = 20 miles
09/19/2010 First Fall Color Ride 2010 = 164 miles
09/12/2010 Weekend Rides = about 60 miles
09/01-09/08/2010 Road Trip #3 - Texas HOG Rally = 2245 miles
08/25/2010 Total Mileage - 11077 miles
08/20-22/2010 Mini Road Trip = 679 miles
08/18/2010 Sunny and Hot BTGTWR = 30 miles
08/15/2010 Sunday Burgers & Ice Cream Ride = 91 miles
08/14/2010 Saturday Lookout Mountain Ride = 101 miles
08/08/2010 Mini Road Trip Day 2 = 458 miles
08/07/2010 Mini Road Trip Day 1 = 407 miles
08/03/2010 Total Mileage = 9144 miles
07/31/2010 Denver Passport & High Country Ride = 285 miles
07/25/2010 Sunday Passport Ride = 90 miles
07/15-07/20 Road Trip #2 - Five State Ride = 2438 miles
07/12/2010 Scootin' around weekend = 45 miles
07/11/2010 Just a short ride = 30 miles
07/10/2010 Scootin' around ride = 120 miles
07/06/2010 Total Mileage = 6065 miles
07/05/2010 High Country Ride = 275 miles
07/04/2010 Independence Day Ride = 110 miles
07/03/2010 Wyoming Passport Ride = 240 miles
06/28/2010 HOG Million Mile Monday High Country Ride = 207 miles
06/27/2010 Tejon Street Bike Fest w/Friends Ride = 312 miles
06/26/2010 - Got rain? Ride for beer! = 2 miles
06/25/2010 Friday Long Way Around to Lunch Ride = 50 miles
06/21/2010 Ride to work day = 4 miles (Ha!)
06/20/2010 Dad's Day White Water/Windy Ride = 360 miles
06/19/2010 New Friend & "Passport" Ride = 200 miles
06/14/2010 Flag Day Ride = 35 miles
06/03/2010 25,000 Miles in less than 2 years
06/03/2010 Total Mileage = 4096
05/27-06/02/2010 Road Trip #1 - Memorial Day = 2245 miles
05/23/2010 Sunday "Passport" Ride = 176 miles
05/22/2010 Saturday After Work "No Leathers" Ride = 93 miles
05/21/2010 Dam Ride = 25 miles
05/17/2010 BTGTWR - Lakes = 53 miles
05/16/2010 Sunday - testing the flags ride = 207 miles
05/14/2010 BTGTWR - TGIF = 65 miles
05/10/2010 1000 Maintenance Ride = 10 miles
05/09/2010 Breaking 1000 Mother's Day Ride = 300 miles
05/08/2010 Saturday getting closer to 1000 ride = 135 miles
05/07/2010 Long way to work ride = 65 miles
05/06/2010 33 Miles then rain ride = 33 miles
05/05/2010 Breaking 500 Ride = 91.5 miles
05/04/2010 Windy Ride to Thunder Mountain = 35 miles
05/03/2010 BTGTW Ride = 40 miles
05/02/2010 Windy and Cold Ride = 102 miles
05/01/2010 May Day Ride = 185 miles
04/28/2010 Honeymoon Ride on Ultra Classic = 107 miles
04/28/2010 Total 2008 Heritage Miles = 21168
04/28/2010 Say Bye Ride = 10 miles
04/27/2010 Tina gets a Dam Ride = 20 miles
04/24/2010 Burger ride = 10 miles
04/18/2010 Sunny Sunday Ride = 144 miles
04/11/2010 Fairplay Loop Ride = 383 miles
04/10/2010 Saturday ride = 75 miles
04/09/2010 BTGTWR Lunch Run = 20 miles
04/04/2010 In Search of the Easter Bunny Ride = 187 miles
04/01/2010 Total Mileage = 20195
03/31/2010 Chilly BTGTWR = 40 miles
03/30/2010 BTGTWR = 34 miles
03/28/2010 Finally - A great day to ride = 195 miles
03/22/2010 Signs of Spring Dam Ride = 20 miles
03/17/2010 Tim rides for corn beef and cabbage (solo) = 20 miles
03/16/2010 Long way in to work ride (solo) = 34 miles
03/13/2010 Vik's out of town - Tim's solo ride = 178 miles
03/03/2010 BTGTWR = 34 miles
03/02/2010 BTGTWR = 27 miles
02/28/2010 Fill 'er up before snow ride = 12.4 miles
02/27/2010 Vik gets first ride 2010 = 33.3 miles
01/30/2010 First Ride of the Year! = 19.4 miles
01/01/2010 Mileage = 19352
BTGTWR - Before Tim Goes To Work Ride

Thursday, December 30, 2010

PGR Mission: Weatherford, TX - Arnold

December 30, 2010
Colorado, USA

Wichita Falls, TX -- Dad (Ted) and fellow Patriot Guard Riders, Jimmy & Floyd (and like several other PGR) rode out about 7:30 this morning on a Patriot Guard Mission to Weatherford, TX. They will stand with respect for US Army (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Veteran, Rusty Gene Arnold. Mr Arnold achieved the rank of Sergeant in the Military Police Corps and was Active Duty Parker County Sheriff.

We are keeping a good thought for the family and friends of Mr Arnold. Thank you for your service, sir - both at home and abroad.

Slide Show #1 Posted by the North Texas Patriot Guard (Larry Maddux):

Rusty Arnold Mission - 12-30-2010

Slide Show #2 Posted by the North Texas Patriot Guard (Lil Hirtzel):


Rusty Arnold Mission - 12-30-2010

UPDATE #1: There are some great photos posted with this article.


12-30-2010 Arnold
Star Telegram.com, Colleagues pay tribute in funeral for Parker County deputy

UPDATE #2: This from a note Mom wrote, YOUR DAD FINALLY GOT HOME ABOUT 5:30 YESTERDAY EVENING. IT WAS A LONG DAY FOR HIM AND FOR ME. THE WEATHER WAS SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL FOR THEIR TRIP TO WEATHERFORD AND TO SPRINGTOWN. THE MISSION WENT VERY WELL. THERE WERE OVER 54 BIKES, 200 POLICE CARS AND FIRE TRUCKS. WHEN THEY GOT TO THE FOOTBALL STADIUM IN SPRINGTOWN THE FIRE TRUCKS WERE PARKED AT AN ANGLE WITH A LARGE AMERICAN FLAG BETWEEN THEM. YOUR DAD SAID IT WAS A AWESOME EXPERIENCE AND ONE HE WILL NEVER FORGET. THE SERVICE WAS ONE HE WILL HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT AND THE STADIUM WAS PACKED WITH FRIENDS, RELATIVES AND FELLOW POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREMAN ETC. HE SAID HE WILL NEVER FORGET IT AND RAY SAID THE SAME THING.


Source: North Texas Patriot Guard Calendar
http://www.pgrtexas.org/North%20Texas/2010/December/December-30-Arnold.htm

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Correction: December 26 not last ride of 2010

December 28, 2010
Colorado, USA

Tim is on a rare week of day shift, so when he arrived in from work about mid-afternoon, we couldn't resist the idea that we might squeak in a short ride. We did. A short, cold ride. The afternoon sun was simply too weak to do much more than allow us to throw a shadow. We rode over to west of Loveland to check out a new leather shop we heard about. Beaver's Den Leather on Hwy 34. But, they were not open. We decided to take the route through Masonville and around the south end of Horsetooth Reservoir which is a great ride but darn cold in the shadows of the mountains.

15,858 milesThe Ride is eight months old today - 15858 miles

It was pretty darn cold riding today

The sun didn't give us much more than a shadow today

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day after Christmas ride

December 26, 2010
Colorado, USA

Well, color us happy. We got a ride in for the third day in a row. We never saw the forecasted mid-50s but we have no complaints about riding in the mid-to-high 40s under mostly sunny skies. Better yet, we had little more than a breath of wind. Most of our Texas friends are stuck inside and did not get a ride in over the holiday so we are feeling pretty lucky.

Snow-covered MountainsView of the mountains from east side of I-25

We rode out of town and past all the hustle and bustle of the day-after at the shopping centers as quick as we could. We chose to ride at a leisurely pace up and down the country lanes and the farm roads east of busy and getting busier by the minute I-25, not breaking 45-50 mph most of the time. We managed to stretch about 60 miles out over nearly three hours, stopping once for coffee.

The mileage on The Ride clicked over 15,800 while we were out today. The Ride is two days shy of being eight months old. We finished out the day with the odometer reading 15,821 miles. This is likely the last ride of 2010 as we will see the New Year in with temps dipping into the single digits. Yikes!

What a great year this has been... stay tuned for the recap of 2010 and I'll finally get around to producing the videos of our adventures this year.

The Ride sporting new stubby antennas

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Dinner Ride

December 25, 2010
Colorado, USA

Gifts for the Harley KidSanta was good to the Harley-Kid this year

Santa was good to us and the Harley-Kid but I think the best gift was being able to leather up and ride warm enough to get to dinner and back. Again, we rode in the 40s, a couple of digits above yesterday's temp. Today we had sunshine so we took our time getting to our favorite truck stop on I-25 which is where we would have Christmas dinner.

Today is the first time in several days we had a decent glimpse of the mountains which have received snow measured in feet rather than inches this year.
Longs Peak/Peak-to-Peak Highway area on the left, Estes Park (Rocky Mountain National Park) on the right
Ice on the move on not quite frozen lake

Johnson's Corner is a great place to eat on I-25 in northern Colorado and the last decent place to eat before you get to Wyoming. The food is great, reasonably priced and the staff is always friendly and efficient. Even today. Our wait was about half an hour or so. The place was busy, apparently being one of the few restaurants open for a holiday dinner. Our Christmas dinner was served up in generous portions of thick-sliced turkey, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole baked stuffed apple and pumpkin pie. Yum!

Christmas FoxThe next couple of pics are of a fox we saw at an intersection in Fort Collins on the way home.
Christmas FoxHe came out of this shrubbery as we pulled up to an intersection near dowtown Fort Collins
Christmas FoxBeautiful markings and long black stockings

Needless to say, we were a little better insulated for the leisurely ride home. Today's ride was over 40 chilly miles. By the time we arrived back at the house in time to pay a Christmas visit to our friends across the street, the shadows were long and temps were dropping quick into the 30s. We rode in high on the promise that tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and warm. We are looking forward to it.

Merry Christmas from Tim & VikMerry Christmas!

Hope Santa found his way to your house.

December 25, 2010
Colorado, USA



Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve in Search of Santa Ride

December 24, 2010
Colorado, USA

The Ride - Christmas Eve Woo-Hoo! Yesterday, we finished shopping for the Harley-Kid in the garage and Tim finished his shopping, so this afternoon was open for a Christmas Eve Ride. The weather in northern Colorado does not normally cooperate with such activity so we're thinking Santa is thinking we have been really good this year. Ha!

We rode with temps hovering just over 40 degrees and a light cloud cover. Every year on Christmas Eve (if we are still in Colorado), we ride or drive to our favorite junk-tique store and usually add a few vintage Santa pieces to our rather large collection. This year, we got to ride over on the Harley.

It wasn't a long ride (about 26 miles). As we rode in about 3 pm with our Santa loot, the temp was dropping fast. So we parked the ride and hopped in the Tahoe and went in search of Christmas Eve dinner before the sidewalks cleared the way for Santa.

This is me in the middle of a HO! HO! HO! let's go find Santa!

We were happy to see the Shadow Riders - with temps in the 40s - we needed all the sun we could get!

Tim - ready for a Christmas Eve ride.

Vik - ready for a Christmas Eve ride.

Tim & Vik after the Christmas Eve ride

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

PGR Mission: Dallas, TX - Vergauwen (1945-2010)

December 21, 2010
Colorado, USA

Wichita Falls, TX -- Dad (Ted) and fellow Patriot Guard Rider, Jimmy rode out this morning to attend a Mission for long-time friend, James Vergauwen US Army, Vietnam Veteran (1968-1969) today at the DFW National Cemetery.

From the obit: Vergauwen was active in the Sunrise Optimist Club, was known as "Band Dad" by the Big Red Band [Wichita Falls High School] and was a supporter of Coyote activities. His hobbies included race cars and motorcycles, but the biggest pleasure of his life was his family.

In my memory, the name Vergauwen was well known, respected and synonymous with the automotive business and auto-racing in Wichita Falls.

We are keeping a good thought for the family and friends of Mr Vergauwen. Thank you for your service, sir.

Notes: Dad tells me the experience of attending a mission at DFW National Cemetery is one he will never forget and he was honored to be a part of it.

Standing the flag line (Dad and Jimmy just to the right of the PGR captain in the foreground) for James Vergauwen

Slide Show #1 Posted by North Texas Patriot Guard (Walter Royal):

J A Verguawen Mission - 12-21-2010

Slide Show #2 Posted by North Texas Patriot Guard (Bobby Short):

James Alfred Vergauwen Mission - 12-21-2010


Source: North Texas PGR Calendar, http://www.pgrtexas.org/North%20Texas/2010/December/December-21-Vergauwen.htm

Legacy.com, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wacotrib/obituary.aspx?n=james-a-vergauwen&pid=147176745&fhid=8614

HO! HO! HO!

December 21, 2010
Colorado, USA

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

PGR Mission: Send off

December 16, 2010
Colorado, USA

Wichita Falls, Texas - Dad (Ted/Frosty) and fellow Patriot Guard Riders stood the flagline at the Municipal Airport today for Allan Drage. Sgt Drage (a medic stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base) is deploying to Afganistan.

PGR SendoffGood luck soldier and thank you for your service!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Brrrr.... Cold Sunday Ride

December 12, 2010
Colorado, USA

Tim & Vik - Brrrr.... We count ourselves lucky if we get to ride at this time of year in northern Colorado. Last year we had icy, snow-packed streets for what seemed like f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

We could have hung around here and finished up the outside Christmas decorations. We could have spent the day in the Tahoe getting our Christmas shopping done. None of that sounded like fun...

Was it warm enough to ride today? Not really, but we layered up and leathered up and rode out of here anyway. At about 11 am, the temp was 37 degrees. It was cold riding all day, but we had sun. Temps were supposed to climb into the low 50s. It never made it past the low 40s.

A winter storm was raging in the high country. The Rockies usually visible along this route were socked in. We caught only an occasional view of a snow-covered peak throughout the afternoon.

We rode to one Harley dealership, stopped, shopped and warmed up. We took a leisurely route so we didn't have to travel over 60 mph. Most of the time we scooted along at 45-50 mph. Then we rode to another Harley dealership, stopped, shopped and warmed up. Then we rode to Johnson's Corner (our favorite truck stop on I-25) and stopped to warm up again. Going about 10 miles at 80 mph with temps near 39 degrees chapped our faces, our gloved hands and a few other places. We thought about having a bite to eat but the temps were dropping and the sun was soon to slide behind low clouds rolling over the foothills. We wussied out and brought the ride on in home. It was a good decision.

After dropping the leathers and warming up a bit, we hopped in the Tahoe and drove for a couple of beers and a pulled pork sandwich with cherry chipotle sauce at Serious Texas BBQ. Yum!

It was about 60 miles of damn chilly fun. No, we did not learn our lesson. We rode in with a smile and agreed - we would do it again and soon...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Stand Strong McAlester, OK

December 9, 2010
Colorado, USA

See updates below:

Members of the irksome WBC (Westboro Baptist Church) are scheduled to descend like a flock of carrion birds on the town of McAlester, OK today and will be up to their usual contemptible hate-mongering. What I wouldn't give to command a flock of flying monkeys to set upon them and carry them far, far away.

They plan to picket schools and city hall among other places... for no reason other than petty vengeance... because the last time they rolled through McAlester, OK, they were not able to roll quite so easily out of town - ha!

See: Some Places are not so tolerant of hate-mongering, November 16, 2010

Stand Strong once again, people of McAlester, OK. The WBC is nothing more than a collective sub-species of ill-bred, delusional lunatics who do not deserve your time, your trouble or your angst.

I have often thought the best way to combat them when they show up to terrorize towns is to simply roll up the sidewalks, lock the doors and pull the blinds. Hate-mongering protests are only effective if they are actually seen and heard. But, that will not stop them. They have lost control of their faculties and reason is foreign to them. Like most cowards, they love the sound of their own voices and they live to inflict themselves upon the helpless and suffering among us. They target the grief-stricken, widows and children. They crave violence. They feed on anger. They need an audience and publicity and will stop just short of breaking the law to get it.

So, I say again - stand strong and proud McAlester, OK. If the Patriot Guard are among your numbers today (as I suspect they will be), grab a flag and join them. The Patriot Guard have been effectively quelling the hateful speech of the WBC, mainly at funerals, for a long time. Line your streets with pride and courage and dignity. Know that many, many Americans of like mind and values stand with you and behind you today.

UPDATE:
McAlester, OK (2), WBC (0)
I think the WBC is outnumbered and outmatched again today in McAlester, OK... (their number was 9 which included at least 2 children) Apparently, the protest has had all the effect of a limp noodle... what is it they say about people who repeat the same mistake over and over expecting a different result? Ha!
Source: McAlester News.com, Protesters draw Counter-Protesters


See: Some Places are not so tolerant of hate-mongering, November 16, 2010
Funeral protesters now targeting Oklahoma's Children, November 20, 2010
Heads Up WBC - Children are off limits, November 20, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Laura!

December 9, 2010
Colorado, USA

Happy Birthday Laura!Sometimes we meet people on the highway of life who instantly step across the threshold of our lives as more family than friend -- it is both a delight and a comfort to know you - welcome aboard...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

PMS

December 8, 2010
Colorado, USA

PMS The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine...

Friday, December 3, 2010

This one is on my stocking list...

December 3, 2010
Colorado, USA

Features Kid Rock riding his Road Glide...



The Lyrics to Born Free by Kid Rock...

Fast, on a rough road riding
High, through the mountains climbing
twisting, turning further from my home.
Young, like a new moon rising
Fierce, through the rain and lightning
Wandering out into this great unknown.

And I don’t want no one to cry, but tell em’
If I don’t survive ………

Chorus
I was Born Free!
I was borrrrrrn free
I was born free, Born Free.

Free, like a river raging
Strong, if the wind I’m facing.
Chasing dreams and racing father time.
Deep like the grandest canyon,
Wild like an untamed stallion.
If you can’t see my heart you must be blind.

You can knock me down and watch me bleed
But you can’t keep no chains on me.

[Chorus]

And I’m not good at long goodbyes but look down
Deep into my eyes.

I was born free!

Heyy yayaaa yaayayaaa.
Ohhh hooo…

Calm facing danger
Lost, like an unknown stranger
Grateful for my time with no regrets.

Close to my destination
Tired, frail and aching
Waitin patiently for the sun to set.

And when its done believe that I will yell it from that mountain highhh!

[chorus]

And I will vow to the shining seas and celebrate God’s Grace on me.

[Chorus]

Oh, ohh ohh ohhwaahhoo..