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Sunday, January 29, 2012

First time over The Tooth 2012

January 29, 2012
Colorado, USA

Today the roads were clear, it was partly sunny, and the temps were mild for this time of year.

We decided to roll out just after lunch and see what the new pipes sounded like at higher speeds. Our 100 mile or so ride took us in a wide path around the city and on the way home we rode over the south end of Horsetooth Reservoir for the first time in 2012.

The pipes have a deeper rumble and Tim is satisfied with the performance. The ride was great although getting a little chilly in the shadows by the time we rolled in. We polished off the day with Mexican food, a couple of beers and a couple of episodes of Sons of Anarchy.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Ride gets a new rumble

January 28, 2012
Colorado, USA

New PipesUnder the Christmas tree at our house was mostly new gee-gaws for The Ride and the biggest among them was a set of shiny new pipes.

First though, a ramp had to be built so when we roll out of the drive we don't drag the longer pipes on the snow curb. It ain't pretty, but it is done so the new pipes went on today. The Ride sounds like it has made it past puberty now - Ha! It is a deeper not-too-loud rumble to go with thirty thousand miles or so it has traveled since April 2010.

The Ride Gets a New Rumble

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The DQ Dude

January 28, 2012
Colorado, USA

Let the ice cream games begin... ha!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

PGR Mission: TX - USAF Vietnam Veteran

January 24, 2012
Colorado, USA

Texas - Today Patriot Guard Riders of North Texas roll out to honor the service of:

SM/SGT Michael R Voyles, USAF, Vietnam Veteran who during his twenty years of service was the only enlisted officer to work in the Office of the Joint Chief of Staff under President Ronald Reagan.

Patriots will stand the flag line at the funeral services in Wichita Falls, TX followed by interment services in Olney, TX.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this Veteran.

Rest in Peace Sir, And Thank You for your Service!

Obituary: SM/SGT Michael R Voyles

Monday, January 23, 2012

Remembrance: Marine Sgt Gary S Johnston

January 23, 2012
Colorado, USA

A moment of respect for our friends
"Nubbin" and Angela Johnston
and the family and friends of
Marine Sgt. Gary S. Johnston

Marine Sgt. Gary S. Johnston
May 24, 1985 (Windthorst, Texas)
January 23, 2007 (Anbar Province, Iraq)
3rd Reconnaissance Battalion
3rd Marine Division
III Marine Expeditionary Force

What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose.
All that we love deeply
becomes a part of us.
~ Helen Keller ~

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Truck stop coffee and coffee cake ride

January 21, 2012
Colorado, USA

Johnsons Corner Coffee CakeNo, it was not really warm enough to ride - so what?

We managed to get a little over 100 miles in, taking the long way around to Johnson's Corner Truck Stop on I-25. By the time we got there we were ready for a cup of their strong, hot coffee and pie or cake or something like that. Today we chose the coffee crunch cake. YUM!

The Ride at Johnson's CornerWe were not the only ones out taking advantage of a quick break in winter weather. More snow is due in tomorrow.

Snow squallWe had flurries shortly after rolling back in the drive. We could see little snow squalls rolling over the foothills on our way back in. We were a bit chilled but it was nothing that a bowl of chili and two or maybe it was three hot toddies couldn't fix.

mBSc Alert

January 21, 2012
Colorado, USA

This just in from an unknown source:

mBScTexas - Oh nooooooooooooooooooo!

The mBSc was spotted last night at the "Cotton Patch" eatery. Let me tell you... all 5 members and of course auxiliary personnel were in attendance along with 4 other people making a lot of noise and rowdy conversation. I did notice people gazing at them and probably wondering what they were so hyped up about. I overheard one person say I think it is somebody's birthday, because I saw some kind of funny birthday cards being passed around the table of about 14 people. Whoa that is a lot of people. The table consisted of 12 people eating and then two younger ones left to do other things rather to sit around and listen to the mBSc discuss worldly problems and how to solve them.

It was a fun evening, the food was tasty, and the company was extraordinary. But beware! I think I overheard they are planning a repeat event this morning at RRHD. Do you think I should put out a bulletin warning RRHD that there will probably be 5 so called motorcycle bikers heading that way? No-no-no, let’s let them take care of the coffee-drinking, donut-eating and loud-talking supposed customers wanting to buy a ten dollar hat, I said ten dollar hat, not a ten gallon hat.

Beware the mBSc are on the loose today and nobody knows, the trouble these rough bikers can get into...

Signed: Unknown source

My sources confirm the rumor although I have it that one mBSc almost went MIA... as he had yet to come out of his pj's - LOL!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

PGR Mission: TX - Belated Welcome Home for Vietnam Veteran

January 19, 2012
Colorado, USA

Texas - This evening Patriot Guard Riders of North Texas will ride out on a Welcome Home Mission for Vietnam Veteran Carl Gustafson. Severely injured in 1967 while serving, Gustafson is returning home today from a VFW-sponsored remembrance trip to Vietnam. His daughter has asked the PGR to welcome her Dad home from Vietnam in a manner that should have been the standard over 40 years ago.

Welcome home Sir! And thank you for your service!

Followup: January 20, 2012

Vietnam Vet Received Hero's Welcome Home

By: Mechell Dixon

Great video report! Thanks Mechell!

Carl Gustafson was an E-5 Marine Sergeant in the Vietnam War.

A $1 million dollar endowment grant to the VFW provided him with an all expense paid trip to Vietnam.

He returned home from that trip today, and thanks to his daughter and dozens of other Texomans, Gustafson received the hero's welcome home he never got 40 years ago.

As soon as Carl Gustafson walked off a plane this Vietnam Veteran became curious.

However, once he walked into the lobby of Wichita Falls Municipal Airport curiosity turned to crying.

Gustafson's daughter organized this hero's homecoming to give her father the welcome home he never got four decades ago.

"I never dreamed that it would get this big. I hoped it would but it feels like a dream that I was able to do this for my dad," says Shannon Turnbo, Gustafson's daughter.

Active duty military, civilians and Patriot Guard Riders all joined in to show their support.

It's support thousand of soldiers say was missing when they returned home from the war.

"I came back in 1968 and we were not allowed to wear our uniforms," says Vietnam Veteran Carl Gustafson.

"People spit on you. They'd give you the bird sign and it got to the point when we got home we took our uniforms off and we wouldn't even tell nobody that we was Vietnam Veterans," Gary Tedford, who is a Vietnam Veteran and a Patriot Guard Rider member.

"They didn't want to see us. We were the bad people. They didn't realize that we were helping them and they didn't care," explains Ted Foster, Patriot Guard Rider and Vietnam Veteran.

But folks here used cheers, smiles, hugs, flags and military music to show they cared.

That caring continued as Gustafson received a police and Patriot Guard limousine escort to a reception at Faith Baptist Church where a cake and punch reception just added icing to this sweet event.

Gustafson says today's welcome was amazing and it's something he'll never forget, but he also says he just wishes other Vietnam vets could get the same treatment even if it is 40 years after the fact.

Source: Times Record News

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Check out the road pegs ride

January 14, 2012
Colorado, USA

Road pegsOne of the gifts under the Christmas tree for the ride was a set of road pegs so what better thing to do after they were installed than to ride out on the country roads and give them a test run?

At this time of year, we ride fairly close in so we traveled the country roads just east of the city. We added about 75 miles to the mileage today.

Geese on the frozen part of Loveland Lake

Obligatory mountain shot

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Serious Texas Lunch Ride

January 5, 2012
Colorado, USA

My turn! My turn! The Ride rolled out of the garage for the second time in 2012. Not only was it time to start putting some miles on it but it was high time we made the first lunch run of 2012 to Serious Texas BBQ.

Yeah, it's a might "airish" as Tim would say at this time of the year in Northern Colorado but it was 23 miles or so of clear the cobwebs out of our noggins fun.

The Shadow Riders made their first appearance of 2012 today

The Ride sitting outside Serious Texas BBQ - yum!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

First Ride 2012

January 4, 2012
Colorado, USA

First Ride 2012It was just a get it out of the garage ride... you know re-charge the battery of both man and machine -- 12 miles and grinning wide from frosty ear to frosty ear when he rolled back in.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012
Colorado, USA

Happy New Year!

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