Photo Blog - 2012

Day 8. The last ride day of 2012

Posted 08-12-12 by billsapsis

I knew this day was coming but i didn't want to think about it.   Morning prep was the same as always excpet that Greg let Eddie take a quick ride on his bike.  I'm not sure I can convey just how huge this is.  Greg is the spritiual leading of this group, as least from a motorcycle point of view.  Seeing someone different on the big Harley is just...odd.  Not wrong, somehow, but certainly different.  But there it was, Eddie driving off on Greg's bike and Greg...
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Day 7. Madras, Oregon to Yakima Wasgington

Posted 08-11-12 by billsapsis

Lots of changes today.  The weather was  as capricious as can be.  We saw 40 degree (F) swings as we went from the high plateau around Madras and into the valley below Bend  Then back up into the Mt Hood National Forrest where it was down right cold.  On the way into Yakima we hit the high desert and it got hot...again.  So we spent a fairportion of the day putting leathers on and taking them off again. The other change was my letting Eddie ride my bike after lunch...
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Day 6. Crater Lake

Posted 08-10-12 by billsapsis

A good day.  The weather was cooperative; sunny and chilly in the am and up to the low 80's by mid afternoon.  Great riding weather. We lost a rider and gained one today.  Eddie Raymond, one of the chase car drivers, traded his steering wheel for handlebars first thing this morning.  He road Sheryl's Sportster, she road Jonathan's (her husband) Shadow and jonathan rode in the chase truck.  Midday Phil Genera had to ride back home to Mountain View so he can get back to...
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Day 5. Coos Bay to Ashland

Posted 08-09-12 by billsapsis

Weather started out clowdy but cleared early.  By the end of the day it was hot.  Morning prep included visits from our Stagecraft Mailing List friends Pat Kight, Bill Meyer and Don Taco.  Don has a multicolored VW bus that reminds me of my travels in the 60's.  What I remember f them, of course. About 10 miles down 101 and then east on Oregon 42.  Fun road.  Lots of high speed curves through the Pacific Coast Mountain Range.  The I-5 south to Wolf Creek for...
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Day 4. Highway 101

Posted 08-08-12 by billsapsis

This was our longest day.  400 miles give or take a slow moving RV or two.  The day started with overcast skies and some rain.  It cleared up around lunchtime as we rode into Oregon.  The rest of the day was spent...in no particular order...behind slow moving rv's, going round curves posted at 45 mph but much more fun at 65, or slowing down for the nice police officer sitting at the end of one of those curves.  The destination was Coos Bay.  Dinner was at a local...
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Day 3. Back to the USA

Posted 08-08-12 by billsapsis

No internet access on the night of Day 3, so this is coming a day late.   The weather again looks good this morning.  Our day starts off with a few block ride over to the Royal theatre and a photo op out front with TD, Tom Heemskerk. Then it was over to the harbor and the ferry ride from Victoria to Port Angeles on US side.  The boat wasn’t as nice as the one from Vancouver but hey, we didn’t have to swim across so who am I to complain.   We lost Mimi today, she had to go...
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Canada, Day 2. The Saga Continues

Posted 08-06-12 by billsapsis

Great bike riding weather today.  Sunny and not too hot.  So, of course the first thing we did was take a ferry ride.  Vacouver to Vancouver Island.  About 2 hours.  It was nice.  When we got on the ferry we discovered that they don't use tie downs for the bikes. They use chock blocks.  this was a first for me and most of the other riders; we've always used tie downs.  We were skeptical, to say the least but, when in Rome....  So chock blocks it was...
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And so it goes

Posted 08-05-12 by billsapsis

My travels to the 2012 ride began in Des Moines, IA where i was doing some training for Local 67.  (Hi Guys.  Your donation went through)  From there I flew to San Francisco, met up with Eddie & Diana and spent 2 days driving to Seattle.  All that was relatively normal and trouble free.  Not much of interest to report.  It was after we arrived in Seattle that things started to get, well, interesting.  While unloading the bikes off the trailer I/we...
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