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Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Day 4

May 27, 2013

It is Memorial Day. May we always spare a moment to remember the significance of the day... to every man and woman who has served this great country as no other has - we salute you!

Today we took a lazy ride, flags flying proudly behind us, stopping first for brunch at Aunt Alice's Kitchen in Longmont CO. We are never disappointed by a meal at Aunt Alice's. The service is fast and friendly, the menu is reasonably priced and the food is always great! The day was fine so we chose a spot on the cozy patio, settled in and ordered coffee and breakfast.

The Rocky Mountains
The Rocky Mountains - Purple Mountain Majesty

Flag adorned cemetery... salute!
Flag adorned cemetery - Salute!

Flags on the ride...
Flags on The Ride

The Ride keeping good company at Aunt Alice's Kitchen
The Ride keeping good company at Aunt Alice's

Aunt Alice's
Aunt Alice's Kitchen - YUM!

You didn't get that did you?
You didn't get that - did you?

Hey there Tim!
Nawww... I missed it - ha!

Did I say YUM!
Did I say YUM!

After brunch we took the long way home roaming up and down country roads until the skies began to spit and the winds kicked up. We have been procrastinating for a while but decided today was as good as any to bring home a new BBQ grill. And that's how we spent the rest of the day.

Farmer humor
Farmer humor - we hope...

The Platte River near Platteville
The Platte River near Platteville

Virga forming
Virga forming...

Heading home now - virga has stopped being virga
Heading home now... virga has stopped being virga

Today's ride was an estimated 121 miles

Memorial Day NorthTexas Style 2013

May 27, 2013
Colorado USA

Texas - Today North Texas Patriot Guard Riders on 30 to 40 bikes and patriots in multiple cages attended four events in the North Texas area doing what they do best - honoring Veterans. A friend and Patriot Guard Rider said after the missions of respect were successfully completed, I so love that we live in an area where people honor these sacrifices, recite our Pledge of Allegiance, bow our heads in prayer, and we do all of these with not a single thought about someone being offended -- Charlie Mc

Dad aka Ted aka Frosty ready to roll Memorial Day 2013
Dad aka Ted aka Frosty ready to roll Memorial Day 2013

Dad aka Ted aka Frosty with flag Memorial Day 2013
Dad aka Ted aka Frosty with flag Memorial Day 2013

Dad ala Ted aka Frosty rolling out to join PGR honoring Veterans today
Dad ala Ted aka Frosty rolling out to join PGR honoring Veterans today

My favorite PGR!
My favorite Patriot Guard Ride Captain!

The following are a series of slide shows of today's events (photos courtesy of Kirby Pacheco).

Wichita County Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony (41 photos)

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Archer City Memorial Day Ceremony (11 photos)

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Windthorst Memorial Day Ceremony (37 photos)

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Scotland Memorial Day Ceremony (59 photos)

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Lookin' good gang - you make me proud!

Memorial Day 2013

May 27, 2013
Fort Collins, CO

Freedom's Not Free by The Rivoli Revue

Every Day is Memorial Day

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Day 3

May 26, 2013
Colorado USA

The ride under our flag
We rolled out of the neighborhood about 10:30 am. We have yet to ride north this year so we decided to ride in the direction of Laramie WY. As we rolled out from under a wave cloud we were happy to find blue skies. Hwy 287 is a nice road that winds beside the historic location of Virginia Dale (formerly a famous stop on the Overland Trail). All that remains to be seen from the road are the 1880s church (services still held here the second Sunday of each month) and cemetery and the now defunct post office/cafe. I have heard rumors a museum is trying to get established in the old post office but the buildings look as deserted as they always have. The Forks is another historic location along the way In Livermore CO. Typical of a trip north on Hwy 287, we picked up Wyoming winds just before crossing the border. Snow drifts could still be seen from the road. We really didn't have a plan for the day so we stopped at Bart's Flea Market on the edge of town and did some junktiquing for a while. By the time we walked out of the flea market we were ready for lunch so we rode through town to Shari's Restaurant. We ordered soup and sandwiches, coffee and pie. I had my usual BLT and Tim ordered a ham and cheese I believe. We both had a bowl of baked potato soup. Then we topped it off with a piece of pie, peanut butter chocolate silk for me, chocolate caramel something or other for Tim. YUM!

The Forks at Livermore CO
The Forks at Livermore

Post Office and Cafe Virginia Dale CO
Post Office and Café (now defunct) at Virginia Dale on the Overland Trail

The Church at Virginia Dale CO
The Church at Virginia Dale

Shari's for soup and sandwich, coffee and pie
Shari's for soup and sandwich, coffee and pie

Bake potato soup
Baked potato soup

My usual BLT

Peanut butter chocolate silk pie - YUM!
Peanut butter and chocolate silk pie - YUM!

The skies had changed rather dramatically while we were having lunch so I made my usual run through the Hastings book store a bit quicker than anticipated while Tim stepped in the K-Mart to check for ammo. Then we got the heck outta there!

Rolling south out of Laramie
Rolling south out of Laramie - that could look better we think

Looking to the west on the way home
Looking to the west on our way home

About 10 miles from home - we will make it in dry
About 10 miles from home - we will make it in mostly dry

Clouds built and rumbled and threatened and the weather turned cool. This is typical for that area. We had some wind and intermittent showers. We finally stopped at the rest stop near the half way point I guess and pulled on some sleeves. As we got closer to home, the temps warmed but the skies still threatened. We managed to roll in mostly dry.

Today's ride = 145.4 miles

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Day 2

May 25, 2013
Colorado USA

Today we decided to ride east mostly to get as far away from holiday traffic and tourists as possible. We found ourselves rolling toward Fort Morgan which is a nice little town we have visited before.

Tim - Ready to roll
Tim - Ready to roll

Vik - Ready to roll
Vik - Ready to roll

Rolling east away from holiday crowds and tourists
Rolling east away from holiday crowds and tourists

A nice green spot in Fort Morgan CO
A nice green spot in Fort Morgan CO

As we were taking a water and stretch break we spotted a War Memorial in Fort Morgan so we walked across and paid our respects.

War Memorial - Fort Morgan CO
War Memorial - Fort Morgan CO

Some gave all
Some gave all

If you are able
If you are able save for them a place inside you...

75 MM Howitzer

75MM Howitzer
75MM Howitzer

We stepped inside the library which I remembered as one of the nicer libraries I have visited. They are in the process of setting up a small museum in the lobby area. It should be interesting to visit.

In memory of Ruth Bloedorn Weber
Just outside the entry is this sculpture in memory of Ruth Bloedorn Weber

Mother of the Plains
In the entry is this marvelous sculpture entitled Mother of the Plains

Early 1900s Motorcycle Gathering
And on the wall in the entry is this early 1900s motorcyle photo

About the photograph
About the motorcycle photo

The rode west
The rode west toward home

Today's ride was uneventful and lazy. If we had planned it - this would have been what we planned. If anything could be said about it - I could mention it was a bit windy but considering we were on the plains - that would be normal.

Mileage for today's ride = 221.8 miles


May 25, 2013
Colorado, USA

Memorial Day: Arlington by Trace Atkins

Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Day 1

May 24, 2013
Colorado USA

We started the day with some good ol' American fun (target practice) and lunch at the A&W on the way home. But, in the afternoon we rolled out on The Ride to pay our respects at the Veterans Plaza where the traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall is set tp for the duration of the weekend. We spoke with assorted Veterans as we strolled. We stopped and paid our respects to the hero-brother of a friend, the hero-friend and brother-in-arms of a friend and a north Texas hero. We spoke with Colonel McPherson in the shadow of his restored Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey. We chatted with Charley Barnes of K99 Radio/J4J/Sleigh Rider fame and made off with some J4J gimme-shirts (thanks CB). We made our way roundabout way home about dusk.

Slide show of our ride to the wall and roundabout way home = 43 photos

Today's ride = 44 miles

Gather around their sacred remains…

May 24, 2013
Colorado USA

Before we roll out this weekend - I am inclined to share my thoughts on Memorial Day...

In the news are reports that claim Memorial Day celebrations will suffer because of Sequestration cuts, citing denial of requests for flyovers and military color guards that allegedly operate with government funding. There is no mention that government operates courtesy of tax payer funding but who are we the people to quibble over such trivialities?

Memorial Day is not about government so the solution is to turn a deaf ear to government entities who seek to pervert the purpose of the day with shameless self-promotion. Anyone who understands the significance of Memorial Day knows to limit support of patriotic celebrations is an ineloquent statement of complete and utter disrespect by the powers that be for anything that buoys the spirit of the American people.

Honoring our legacy of freedom by respecting the service and sacrifice of military veterans does not require government dollars. Sure, we will be thankful for troops, guardsmen, military bands, color guards and flyovers if we can get them but politicians do not own this day by rule or writ or rhetoric. Grieving hearts and respectful sentiment own this day. People of all ages and from all walks of life will gather across the land in common purpose and reverence – all without the bidding and benevolence of government.

Trust this. Flags will wave. Bands will play. Bells will toll. The Star Spangled Banner will ring out across the land. Heads will dip in remembrance and respect as the names of the fallen are called.

The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall arrived in Fort Collins earlier this week escorted by local law enforcement, motorcycle clubs and independent bikers, many of them veterans, all of them patriotic to the core. The procession was greeted with flags and applause and cheers. I spoke with a young man as we watched the escort roll by and sadly noted in my mind as I explained the significance of it that he had no idea what it was all about.

The Wall arriving in Fort Collins with Escort

The Wall did not get here by bureaucratic edict. Rather it is here compliments of local businesses and individuals who donated time and hard-earned money as well as labor and materials to make it happen. They are the best among us and deserve our patronage.   

Personal Note: Patriot Guard Riders, Combat Vets, American Legion Riders and dozens of other organizations as well as countless individuals will roll over thousands of miles this weekend to various celebrations and memorials across this land. My 77 year old Dad is scheduled to attend at least four such events on Monday alone. I just want to say to all of you - Ride Safe. Ride Free. You make me proud.

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 and 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 and lend an attentive ear to the families and friends of those who have fallen in the service of our country. We should stand in silent support beside a friend who once again grapples with the fact that they made it home alive while others did not. Lest we forget, we should pay our respects to veterans past and present in our own families.

We cannot let ourselves be blind or deaf to the sacrifice of increasingly unsung valor. We cannot become so immured to the reality and violence of war that we fail to respect the soldier's reality - those brave souls who defend and protect and serve. We cannot harden our sensibilities so that we do not see the pain of sacrifice in a mother’s eye or the bewilderment in the expressions of widows and orphans. 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 for the veteran elders among us and guide them on the path that preserves freedom and liberty, justice and independence for all time. Let us do these things in celebration of diversified unity. United We Stand is not merely an old catch phrase - it is a call to duty. It is our duty, one we should impart with diligence to younger generations. It is a duty we should demand of anyone standing on our free and bloodied soil.

As we celebrate Memorial Day like we do so many holidays in the good ol' USA -- with picnics and beer, car races and concerts, flags and fireworks, motorcycle rides and mountain drives, let us pause in the revelry with grateful hearts and rejoice that we live in the land of the free. Let us renew our allegiance to the ideal that is the United States of America.

Finally - let us look our living veterans in the eye, acknowledge their service – tip a hat, shake a hand, hug a neck and keep in mind what Samuel Adams once said, If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. Every day we wake in a free and civilized country is a reason to be grateful for those who have done the hard work and we can take comfort in the fact that they would all do it again.

Every day should be Memorial Day in the USA.

More than I can ever repay

May 24, 2013
Colorado USA

Veteran IOU

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Wall Arrives in Fort Collins

May 22, 2013
Colorado USA

Vietnam Wall Arrives in Fort Collins CO
May 22, 2013

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The Wall Arrives in Fort Collins

Memorial Day getting off to a good start

May 22, 2013
Colorado USA

Vietnam Wall - Fort Collins