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Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Ride

May 28, 2012
Colorado, USA

Happy Memorial Day USA! May we always remember those who have served our country and our interests as a free people... no sacrifice is more worthy of our humble gratitude... thank you Veterans and bless you loved ones of our Veterans!

Normally we are off to Texas or elsewhere on a Memorial Day weekend ride, flags flying behind us, the service of our Veterans, family, friends and catfish on our minds - Ha! - but this year work has us roaming closer to home.

We rolled out about mid-morning looking for breakfast. We found it at The Cowboy Corner Cafe in the downtown area of little ol' Eaton, CO on the eastern plains. Yum! The owner is a biker himself so he knows... The triple C serves breakfast all day and the rest of the menu items going by looked great! The coffee is hot and rich (and served up for tips only). The establishment is cozy and clean, popular with the locals, the service is fast and friendly and the food is served up in generous portions for a reasonable price. At present they are open for breakfast and lunch and closed Sundays. Yep! We will be back!

Breakfast at the Cowboy Corner Cafe

The Ride at the Cowboy Corner Cafe

We spent the rest of the day riding the plains and through small rural communities and then we rode the lakes in a wide, circuitous route toward home. Of course we stopped for ice cream in the afternoon - the DQ - won't Dad be proud!

Today's mileage = 233.7 miles

Slide show of today's ride (52 photos):

Alternate link to this slide show

Memorial Day 2012

May 28, 2012
Fort Collins, CO

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude, -- the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.
General John A. Logan in his General Order No. 11 of May 5th, 1868, Decoration Day

As freeborn children we should spend this day in celebration. We should do so out of respect for the sacrifices made by generations of soldiers who have paid and continue to pay the ultimate price on our behalf. We should celebrate with a proud eye on the flag. We should lend an attentive ear to the families and friends of those who have fallen in the service of our country. And, we should pay our respects to our own veterans, the men and women in our own families... grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, neices, nephews, and cousins. We cannot let ourselves be blind or deaf to sacrifice of increasingly unsung valor. We cannot become so immured to the reality of war that we fail to respect the soldier's reality - those brave souls who defend and protect and serve. Let our hearts not be so jaded that we cannot feel the loss of a single one of our brave.

Let us celebrate being American. Let us raise our flags high... let us raise our hands in salute... let us raise our voices in patriotic tribute... let us raise our heads in pride of country... let us teach our children an appreciation of freedom and liberty, justice and independence... Let us do these things and celebrate our unity. United We Stand is not just an old catch phrase - it is a call to duty. We should strive to be the best Americans we can be today and every day so that those we memorialize know that giving their all was worth the cost.

As we celebrate Memorial Day as we do so many holidays in the good ol' USA -- with picnics and beer, car races and concerts, flags and fireworks, let us pause in the revelry with grateful hearts... let us rejoice that we live in the land of the free, let us renew our allegiance, let us proudly salute the stars and stripes and honor those who have so gloriously served it...

Every Day is Memorial Day

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Realities Rally Ride

May 27, 2012
Colorado, USA

The Realities Ride for children is a big motorcycle event in Old Town Fort Collins. According to several sources about 3000 bikes registered this year for the 100 mile ride and thousands more people attended the rally set on the streets of downtown Fort Collins. Highlights of the rally are a burnout pit, tattoo competition, bikini bike wash, strong man contest, beer garden, stunt show and lots of live music. Kudos to all who participated. That said, with me being a bit under the weather we did not roll out to ride with the 3000 in the brisk and breezy early morning air of Northern Colorado, but we did ride down to the rally later in the day and strolled through the vendors.

Earlier, we saw a good many riders roll by Vern's as they came off of the Horsetooth Dam part of the ride. Verns had its own set of issues today. Something serious happened and they had no electricity to part of the kitchen so anything that needed grilling or frying or even nuking was suddenly off the menu. We contented ourselves with an almost warm cinnamon roll and coffee.

At one point during our stroll at the rally, a photographer stopped Tim and asked to shoot a pic of the back of his vest - so I caught him from the other side.

The weather did not improve with the day, gray clouds rolled in and the winds kicked up. We took a short roundabout ride home from the rally and brought ourselves on home.

Today's Ride = 59 miles

Slide show of today's ride and some rally shots (38 photos):

Alternative link for this slide show

Realities Ride 2012 Video

Realities Ride Web Site

Lest we forget...

May 27, 2012
Colorado, USA

To my family and friends and Veterans and Patriots everywhere. The following by an unknown author (probably a Vet) was shared with me via email... the well formed thoughts speak for themselves.


Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.

What is a vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the anonymous heroes in The Tomb of the Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

[Adding one here: He is the old guy in a patch/pin/medal-adorned leather vest, on a motorcycle riding in a motorcade or parade or escort for the fallen, flags streaming behind him - intent on his mission of respect - a respect born out of a certain kind of deeply embedded duty that makes him who he is - that, being a most noble sort of being - a Veteran. From a personal perspective, he is the guy at the helm of our Harley - exploring America's roads in celebration of the freedom we enjoy because they are paved with the blood of our brave.]

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say "Thank You". That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".

Personally, I don't believe Vets are all that hard to spot - A Vet is the guy or gal who actually stands to salute Ol' Glory as she marches by, knows all of the words to the pledge of allegiance, still gets a tear in his eye and a bit choked up when he hears the National Anthem and bows his head when the silence of a day or evening is pierced with the lonely sound of a bugle playing Taps.

"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag."

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Just a little ol' Dealership 'n Ice Cream Ride

May 26, 2012
Colorado, USA

Saturdays do not get any better if The Ride is headed out the driveway as is evidenced by the smile on the man's face. This is his no plans just get out and ride grin. It is a bit smoky in the high country (and just about everywhere else due to wildfires). In fact, you could not even see the mountains today, so we thought we'd just mosey out and see what's going on at the dealerships. First stop was Thunder Mountain H-D for a couple of patches... then on to Johnson's Corner for coffee and breakfast. Afterwards, we rode on to High Country H-D where I found a shirt on sale and Tim found a new wallet.

And yeah, we are flying the colors as usual.

Purty Ride!

After visiting the dealerships, we piddle-farted around (that's what Dad calls it) and found ourselves in Longmont within a couple of blocks of Aunt Alice's Restaurant... so, of course we had to stop... it's a rule ya know. We said hello and shook the hand of a WWII Veteran we see in Aunt Alice's fairly often. It wasn't really time for supper and we couldn't decide on pie so we ordered a banana split. No words needed if you look at the pic below.

And oh yeah - you can bet this work of art tasted every bit as good as it looks! Make a note - Aunt Alice's - Longmont, CO - Banana Split! Of course, we haven't had anything at Aunt Alice's that disappointed our taste buds.

The sugar high got us home a couple of hours and a few miles later. Believe it or not we finished the day off at Castillons Mexican Food where we discovered the chile rellenos are pretty darn good.

Today's ride = 153.3 miles

Slide show of today's ride (28 photos):

Alternate link to this slide show

Because of them...

May 26, 2012
Colorado, USA

...We roll out without a care in the world... except where we will park the Harley at the end of a day... that's real freedom and we are grateful for it.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


May 24, 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 ~

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Here and there ride

May 20, 2012
Colorado, USA

There's a wildfire burning in the Poudre Canyon area so our loose plan to ride the Poudre this weekend went up in smoke overnight. So, for lack of better phrasing today's ride was simply a here and there ride which means we didn't have any sort of a plan and a plan never developed. We rode on the east side of town and ventured as far north as we dared knowing a wildfire was burning northwest of town in Hewlett Gulch west of the Poudre.

Brunch was the first order of the day so we rolled south to Loveland and dined on the patio of our favorite B&G stop. Fatso's!

First stop! Brunch at Fatso's - Loveland, CO

Biscuits and Gravy on the patio - yum!

Later in the day we stopped at Cold Stone and spent a gift card that's been worrying our pocket since Christmas...

And, as is our custom we finished the day off with a beer on the patio

Today's ride = 202.7 miles

Slide show of today's ride (31 photos):

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Devils Lullaby - Biker Rock

Shared for my friend Nubbin with a shout out for his birthday!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Ride = 61.3 miles

May 13, 2012
Colorado, USA

First things first... I called my sweet Mom and wished her a Happy Mother's Day. Then...

Darn it! I was actually looking for a sunburn kind of ride today... like last year's Mother's Day ride. Oh well!

Mother Nature didn't throw as big of glitch as she could have (it was chilly but not wet) so on went the long underwear and leather and we rode out anyway and took the long way around to Thunder Mountain where I spent some of Tim's hard-earned money on a couple of summer riding shirts - I am ready when it [summer] finally gets here.

New summer riding gear...

Thanks Tim!

We brought the ride on home as the day turned colder and gloomier. We drove to Crazy Jack's Saloon, had a few beers and a BBQ pork sandwich and wouldn't you know that after that second beer the sun forced its way out !!#!!@!$#!!. That made us sort of contrary so we just ordered a third beer and called it a day. Summing up: all-in-all it was a pretty nice day.

Today's ride = 61.3 miles

A slide show of today's ride (16 photos)

Alternate link to this slide show

Happy Mother's Day MOM!

May 13, 2012
Colorado, USA

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lake, Lunch and Dam Ride = 58.1 miles

May 10, 2012
Colorado, USA

OK - so it's Thursday... but you see this sunshine on chrome and that mowed lawn in the background? That's the chore for the day DONE! so we rolled out in search of lunch by way of a BTGTW dam/lake ride. We found lunch at Serious Texas BBQ (Texas Tacos and Zuberfizz Rootbeer - YUM x2!). And the lake was looking fine this day!

Serious Texas BBQ

The road that winds up to No-Name lake near Chasteen Grove - Loveland, CO

Horsetooth Reservoir looking fine today

Part of the Dam ride that is so much fun

Tim calls this stretch of road approaching Bingham Hill an "obstacle illusion" - ha!

Today's ride = 58.1 miles

Slide show of today's ride = 38 photos

Alternate link to this slide show

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Before the rain junk & pie ride = 52 miles

May 6, 2012
Colorado, USA

Rain is in the forecast but as we rolled out Tim said it ain't here yet. We decided we could at least sneak in a junktiquing ride so we rode to the next town over - Loveland, CO and shopped for a little while at Canyon Collectibles (indoor flea market). We took the back way home and as we rounded the south end of the "tooth" decided pie and coffee at Vern's would be just the cure for a gray afternoon. So, over the dam we went.

The Ride at Canyon Collectibles, Loveland CO - one of our favorite junk-tiquing spots.

The Ride keeping good company at Vern's.

Blueberry Pie for Tim and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie for me - yum!

The skies spit on us about three blocks from home.

Today's ride = 52 miles.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

5th of May in the USA Ride

May 5, 2012
Colorado, USA

Yep! It is the 5th of May in the USA and we do not need any reason to celebrate other than that. We rolled out for a ride around the lakes after Tim's Saturday shift. As usual we headed up and around the south end of Horsetooth Reservoir and around No-Name Lake at Chasteen Grove near Loveland. Then we continued on to Flatiron Reservoir and followed the twisty, steep road up to Pinewood Lake at Blue Mountain. The photo attached to this paragraph is a view of Flatiron Reservoir from the road that travels up to Pinewood Lake. We haven't traveled this road in a couple of years... we had forgotten how much fun it is... although it is one way up and same way down.

This is a view of Carter Lake which was the next lake on the tour. This body of water is popular with the sail boat crowd and campers. It is normally breezy and not all that unusual to find sand drifted across the road as we did today on the south end. We noticed that the Windjammer is now peddling breakfast on Sunday mornings and made a mental note to get up there early sometime this summer.

Riding down from Carter Lake we wound our way toward Hwy 66 through Longmont and rolled into Lyons to see what was going on in that neck of the woods. The answer is not much - the Outlaw Saloon seemed to be doing a good business as was Oscar Blues. We made our usual pitstop in the park and then rolled toward home (the long way of course) and dinner - Tim had southwest food on the brain. We found that at Chili's.

What are the odds of catching a profile reflection in the Harley mirror?

Celebrating the 5th of May in the USA with chips n salsa, shrimp tacos and good ol American beer - what can I say I am an American girl - through and through.

Today's ride = 107 miles.

Slide show for the 5th of May ride (48 photos):

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Celebrating the 5th of May in the USA

May 5, 2012
Colorado, USA

Friday, May 4, 2012

BTGTW Lunch Ride

May 4, 2012
Colorado, USA

Burger and a BLT at Vern's plus a DAM ride takes the edge off of a Friday or any ol' day of the week.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

PGR Mission: TX - US Army, WWII Veteran

May 3, 2012
Colorado, USA
Texas: Today the Patriot Guard of North Texas will stand the flag line at funeral services in Vernon, TX for:

Gus H. Schumann, US Army, WWII Veteran

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this veteran. This Army veteran was a sargeant in field artillery and mechanics. He is the beloved Uncle of one of our own.
Rest in Peace Sir and Thank You for Your Service!

Obit Times Record News Gus H Schuman