Its been a busy couple of months for Bobbie and I. We didn’t get around to making an Aug newsletter. Chuck and Nancy did and I will try to put in with this one.
We were not able to make the August meeting so Chuck and Nancy did it. I have not talked to them yet but am sure that all is well.
Our chapter campout was kind of a bust not many people camped, We did have a good dinner on Saturday evening around 20 people showed up. Some of us did some fishing but nothing to report on that front ether. Next year we will change the format a bit so the chapter doesn’t pay for camping that nobody uses.
We are going to have a final meeting with Larry at the Poodle Dog and finalize the dinner issue so, I plan to have the flier for the Halloween dance at the next meeting. We will be needing people to help with the dance for setup, tare down, front door, etc. We are still planning to have the desert auction so ladies please warm up those ovens and plan to put your deserts up for auction.
Bobbie and I just got back from Wing Ding in Grapevine Texas. We lucked out and had good weather it was in the 80’s all week. We didn’t win any money or the Goldwing Motorcycle but we bought a couple of T shirts and some jewelry cleaner. Next year Wing Ding will be at Knoxville Tennessee. It was said that 4200 people attended the event.
By for now
Bobbie and Rusty
Here it is Sept. and summer is almost done. We definitely can’t say we haven’t had a hot and dry summer with temperatures reaching up into the 90s. This sometimes made it uncomfortable to ride but hopefully everyone got some good time in.
Several of us went to Cashmere for the district rally and although it was hot, I think we had a good time. It would’ve been better for Nancy and I had our RV not broken but fortunately we were able to get it fixed and get back on the road. While at district, we held the Christmas in July decoration contest which in truth, I believe chapter Q should have won. However due to some mix ups, they decided to pick the winner through a drawing. So the win went to the Canadian chapter who did put up some lights and didn’t do quite the job we did. The light parade through town drew some interest from local folks and the bike show downtown did bring in a lot of people. There was about 35 bikes in the bike show and there were some really good looking ones.
Last month we held the Chapter Q campout at Mossyrock. Members camping were a little low as we only took up four campsites. However several members did come down on Saturday for the cookout. We enjoyed some great porterhouse steaks with corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans, carrot salad, and finished it off with oatmeal raisin cookies. Due to the low turnout camping, the plan is for next year to make it a picnic and not a campout. Hopefully this will get us a bigger turnout.
I hope everyone goes out and enjoys your riding time and stay safe.
Chuck and Nancy Caldara
ACD GWRRA WA – Q
The Crazy Ride is behind us. I want to thank all the people that helped with the ride event your help made things go smoothly. South Bound Honda took great care of us again this year and because of their help we made a profit.
Next is the chapter camp out. Bobbie is going to set up the potluck dinner BBQ for Saturday evening. August 4 and 5 at Mossyrock Park, Rife Lake.
There are lots of good riding roads and the lake offers boating, swimming and fishing. You can purchase a 3 day fishing license if you want to fish and don’t have a regular license. Kids under 15 can fish without a license.
Chapter Q has new colors and the logo has been slightly changed. We had new shirts made and have given them to our active members, everyone seems to like them. The new colors are actually our old colors “Gray” The shirts look good and are more comfortable than the yellow ones.
The yellow colors have been used by Chapter L for many years. In talking to some of their members at Spring Fling, I decided to call a meeting with our chapter officers and we decided to go back to our own original colors. Chapter Q has its own identity and It was just the right thing to do.
There is availability of other items with the improved logo on them. Hats $22.00, Hoodies $35.00, and to have the logo put on anything costs $9.00. Just contact Bobbie if you want anything.
I should have the fliers for the Halloween Dance ready by mid August.
We offered a contest to re-name our Crazy Ride and we have a winner. Terry Black. She came up with The Chapter Q “Ride About”. I am working toward making the ride a camping event next year. We’ll see how it goes.
Our District Rally is coming up on July 20th to the 22nd in Cashmere I would be great if we could have a strong chapter turnout Please try to attend.
See you at the meeting on Saturday July 8
Rusty & Bobbie
Well here it is July which means we made it through half the year. It also means that we’ve gotten through the “Crazy Ride” and I’d like to thank each and everyone of you who participated in making this a fun ride. We were able to show a profit and I believe everyone had a fun time. The weather was great for riding, a little on the warm side. The food was good and South Bound Honda was very gracious in supplying all the needs such as coffee, donuts, hamburgers, hot dogs and the fixings. They also supplied the cook who did a very good job trying to keep up with everyone.
I was envious of everyone who went on the ride for as you know by now, I had surgery on my right rotator cuff on June 1 so I was unable to ride.
Now that the “Crazy Ride” is behind us, it is time to start putting our efforts into the Halloween dance in October. This one I’m going to leave in Rusty and Bobbi’s capable hands.
Once again I want to thank everyone who helped us with the “Crazy Ride” and although our numbers weren’t exactly the greatest, I do believe we had a very good ride.
So here’s hoping to see everyone at this month’s meeting and that everyone has a safe riding season.
Chuck and Nancy Caldara
GWRRA WA-Q ACD’s
TIPS FOR A SAFE RIDE
General Information & Tips on how to ride your motorcycle safely.
Whether it’s a quick trip to the corner market for a few things, or a two-week touring trip with friends, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your motorcycle driving is safe and enjoyable.
It would be nice if the road was always smooth, and without bumps, but those bum, potholes, breakdown’s, lost riding moments and more are out there. The best way to avoid trouble from these instances is to be prepared. You can also improve your own safety, as well as that of your passengers and vehicle, by not only following the laws and rules of the road, but also by knowing them well and always practicing courteous and calm driving.
Safe From the Start
The best way to start off right and ensure you have a smooth ride, and to anticipate problems that may occur, is to prepare and pack for your trip, bringing water, extra clothing, and a map of the area you’re driving, or other items that might be necessary, depending on your trip. You should also be sure you have some safety basics, particularly a first-aid kit, and a charged mobile phone if possible.
It is also important to make sure that your bike is well-maintained and checked, and that all fluids and major systems, including braking and lights, are i9n working order. You cannot predict and prevent all vehicle failures and breakdowns, but you can reduce the risk by maintaining your motorcycle.
Next, you will need to make sure that you, as the driver, and any passengers are properly seated on the bike. This means sitting squarely on the center of the seat with feet on the footpegs and hands holding handlebars or the rider. Also, make sure you and passengers ae always wearing protective helmets. It may not be the law in every state, but is common sense for safety.
One of the most obvious things you can do to make sure your driving is safe is to practice defensive driving. This does not mean you have to drive extra slow, but you should use extra caution at all times, and remember that other vehicles are not just other cars and trucks, they are people. Defensive driving consists of a few basic driving tips that are intended to help keep you focused on the road, raise your awareness of your surroundings, and prepare you for a fast reaction to avoid a crash.
A List of Defensive and Safe Driving Skills and Practices
Avoid distractions, including mobile phones and other devices, which and divert your attention, even with hands-free functionality.
Aim high when looking out over the handlebars at the road.
Keep your eyes moving, meaning don’t just stare at the road ahead; check mirrors and other views frequently.
Leave yourself an out; this means anticipating what would happen if you had to swerve or slam on the brakes.
Position both hands firmly but comfortably on handlebars.
Never drive while feeling drowsy or sleepy; pull over at a rest stop or other safe place to take a break and get some rest.
Courtesy is Cool
It is easy to get caught up in rushing yourself, as well as other motorists, when riding. It is important to remember that although you may be late, or another driver may have cut you off or otherwise disregarded the rules of the road, riding is no race or competition.
One of the biggest causes of accidents i9s vehicles following each other too close. The general rule of thumb for driving is one car length, but it never hurts to extend the buffer between yourself and the vehicle or vehicles in front of you, especially on a motorcycle. This can also help you maintain a smoother ride that saves fuel and wear and tear on your bike. If you are spinning out every start and constantly hitting the brakes, you are accelerating too fast and following too close.
Courteous driving also consists of allowing other motorists to merge into9 traffic by giving them the space to do so. Similarly, if you are merging, maintain a safe speed, but do your best to quickly accelerate to the flow of traffic.
From the CD’s
We have had some great riding weather lately and a few of us have been taking advantage of it.
We had a small group that went to the Armed Forces event at Everett Power Sports on Veterans Day, we rode up as a group and returned somewhat less than a group as Bill and Larry Jetted down the hi-way at warp speed never to be seen again on the trip. We had a good lunch and looked at some cool bikes.
The following Sunday. I had to get Bobbie out of the house from noon to 6:00 pm. We called some folks to join us for a Sunday ride, Norm, Phil & Debra, Mike, My self & Bobbie left Star Base Wall Mart at about 11:15 and warped over to Skate Creek Road and on to Packwood where we stopped for a picnic lunch.
We proceeded along HWY 12 to Randall where fuel tanks were topped off and we decided to head up to Mt. St. Helens. as we started up the 25 road we encountered a natural zone that told us the road was closed to Windy Ridge. Not allowing this to end our exploration of this section of space I decided that we would head up to an area I was familiar with, called Tower Rock. It’s just what it sounds like “A towering rock formation” Its some 900 Ft, tall.
As we passed Tower Rock I headed to an area of space that no Phil had ever gone before. It was a one lane road that cuts thru the “Gifford Pinshot National Forrest” It was paved but a little bumpy. It was also very beautiful country.
After we got out of the worm hole, the threatened mutiny was obverted and the decision was made to stop in Morton for Ice Cream.
It was a successful mission for me as I got Bobbie home just in time for her surprise birthday party.
Last weekend Bobbie and I went to Spring Fling at Kennewick. Chapter “L” did a great job, there was plenty to see and do, lots of good food, nice weather and some old friends. Bobbie & I decided to take a ride into Pendleton Oregon for lunch, and on the way back missed the exit to take us back to the fair grounds, so we rode about 20 miles out of the way to get back, no big deal it was only 98 degrees. All and all it was a good time.
Don’t forget no meeting in June we are meeting at Little Park @ 0630 to head for the “Duck Hunt” event in Aberdeen. Bobbie are going to ride up but we can’t stay for the festivities, so we will be coming back before the run.
We will be having our July meeting as planed at Little Park.
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE “CURRENT EVENTS TAB” IT CHANGES OFTEN
See you all down the road, Ride Safe
Rusty & Bobbie.
Well we’ve made it to June and it looks like we might get some sunshine. Hopefully the sunshine will hold out past June 24 so that the Crazy Ride will go off without a hitch. We have determined that the grand prize for this ride will be $250. We have collected many items for door prizes and the brown bag auction. However we are still in need of any new or slightly used items for the brown bag auction. I hope to see all of you at Southbound Honda in Lakewood on June 24th.
I myself will not be riding as I am having rotator cuff surgery and will be out of commission for about 4 to 6 weeks. I will however be present for the Crazy Ride.
For those of you who are not yet aware, it was decided that there will not be a Chapter Q meeting this month as many of the people will be riding in the Chapter D Duck Hunt in Aberdeen. For reasons previously stated, Nancy and I will not be attending the Duck Hunt. I do hope that it will be a good ride and that we can support Chapter D.
So I will close by stating that I wish everyone good riding weather and that I hope to see everyone at the next month’s meeting.
Chuck and Nancy Caldara
Bobbie and I have been working the Halloween Dance. It will be at the Poodle Dog again this year on October 21st. starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 10:00 pm. The music will be by “Juke Box”.
The prices are still being looked at so we will be getting that done soon. There will be a no host bar for those who like to lift their sprits, and a beverage bar for those who prefer sodas, etc. The beverage bar has a cost of $3 but is refillable all night for free.
We do know this is to be a family event this year, minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fliers should be out by June.
There was a planning meeting at Nancy and Chucks house last week and Chuck has the chapter ride nailed down and ready to go.
Thank you Chuck and Nancy for the use of your home for this meeting. The brownies were great!
Our website is still a work in progress, but it is progressing, slowly is ok by me that way I get to know how to use it.
Norm, Gerry, Mike, Bobbie and I went to the Chapter E meeting last month to plug our Crazy Ride. We offered a free Co-rider entry and they could not find anyone to take it. So we may not have many people from that chapter.
Phil has a few early registrations in already.
Don’t forget to check the new tab on the website for “Current Events” the meaasage on there can change and be added daily.
Hope to see everyone at the meeting on May 13. Don’t forget guys Mothers day is Sunday May 14th.
By for now
Rusty and Bobbie
Well here it is May and if we’re lucky it may even stop raining. I don’t know about you but I’m getting just about ready to build an ark in my garage. Let’s hope at least that we can start doing some riding. I’d like to get out and ride my new trike before I have to have surgery on my shoulder. For those you who don’t know, I have a torn rotator cuff and they are going to also remove a portion of the my collarbone. This will occur on June 1st so I have a limited time in which to get out and do some riding.
On April 27, Nancy and I held a meeting at our house to discuss the details of the “Crazy Ride”. There was a good turnout and we were able to come up with five destinations for the ride. We were also able to work out most of the logistics for the ride. We are however still searching for a grand prize. Rusty is going to contact a person he knows who might be able to get us a couple of nights at the Quinault Casino and Lodge in Ocean Shores let’s hope he can make that happen. There are still many things that people can help with at the ride on 24 June and we’re still looking for new and gently used items for the brownbag auction.
Once again, I hope that I don’t have to continue working on my ark and that we will be able to get out and enjoy some nice riding weather.
Chuck and Nancy Caldara
ACD GWRRA – Q
Motorcycle Touring 101
Planning a Great Road Trip
Motorcycle trips demand for more planning than the equivalent journey in a car. Though riding provides an inherent sense of freedom, practical limitations require motorcyclists to think ahead when choosing to hit the open road.
For starters, most motorcycles are limited in their storage capacity. Though all-out touring bikes such as the Honda Gold Wing offer numerous hard cases or the storage of extra clothes and gear, long distance riders are often forced make tough decisions about the details of their trips, and how much of what item they need to pack.
Important points to consider: The first question you’ll want to ask yourself when planning a trip pertain to how long you plan on being gone, where you intend to go. And what you have in mind for lodging.
First on your list of “must pack” items is a safety and repair kit.
Inspect your bike. Using the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s T-CLOCS method is an efficient way to inspect your bike before traveling;
T: Tires. Make sure both tires are properly inflated, using an air pressure monitor that you bring with you on rides. Don’t risk riding on tires that might need replacement; if you suspect a tire will not last long enough for a ride, have it replaced.
C: Controls. Are your cables (clutch and brakes) and controls intact and working?
L: Lights. Make sure your headlights (high and low bear), turn signals, and brake lights work.
O: Oils & Fluids. Check everything from engine oil and coolant to break fluid.
C: Chassis. Ensured that the frame, suspension, chain, and fasteners are all secure and intact.
S: Stands. Make sure the center stand and/or side stand isn’t cracked or bent, and that springs properly hold the assembly away from the pavement when stowed.
Pacing Tips: Packing for a long distance motorcycle ride is a delicate balance between bringing enough items to ensure comfort and not overloading yourself with unnecessary weight and bulk. After you’ve planned your route you’ll want to check the weather forecast and get an idea of what to expect in terms of the elements.
A good touring suit is an excellent investment, and when choosing your clothes, considers packing several this layers of clothing, rather than a few thick ones. Flexibility is the key to staying comfortable; it’s far better to have the option to stop and shed or add layers as necessary, than to shiver or sweat your way through what would otherwise be an enjoyable, scenic route.
Be sure to bring energy bars or trail mix and water; if hunger or thirst strikes while you’re far from convenience stores or gas stations, the nourishment will come in handy and keep your riding skills sharp.
When loading up your bike, always put; heavier, more solid items in the bottom and sides closer to the bike frame (to centralize weight.) Lighter items should go on top.
Finally, equip yourself well, the overall benefits of choosing safety over style are vast when considering your long-term health and well-being
Plan, Plan, Plan…..
Though it’s tempting to hit the open road and simply follow your nose, don’t forget that you’re more vulnerable to the elements, fatigue, and potentially serious injury on a motorcycle. Prepare yourself with clothing appropriate for the weather. Plan a route and, if you don’t have a portable GPS system, do whatever it takes not to get lost – even if it means taping directions to the top of your fuel tank. Err in the direction filling up with gas too frequently; because of their relatively low cursing range, most bikes will barely make it across some of the North American stretches’ of highway that are sparsely populated. When in doubt, fill up.
Pace your travels realistically. Don’t try to ride so many hours in a day that it might affect your reflexes or decisions making ability; after all, most of the fun is in the journey, not simply in reaching a destination. While riding, be sure to stop whenever necessary – whether for a snack, a stretch, or a nap. The simple act of taking a breather will make the ride all the more enjoyable.
…But Don’t Overplan!
Once you’ve prepared sufficiently, enjoy the possibility of the unexpected. Riding requires a certain amount of discipline and logistical planning. But part of the joy of the journey is the process. Be open to re-writing your plans when necessary and you’ll have a blast nonmatter where you end up.
Meeting about the Crazy Ride at Nancy and Chucks h0use on April 27th @ 7:00 PM
11109 130th St. Ct. E. Puyallup WA. 98374
Anyone planning to help at the ride should attend.
The weather is getting better and a few of us have been able to ride some, now if we could just get some riding together!
There is a chapter E meeting on Saturday the 15 of April and I am hoping we can get some members together and ride to that meeting (weather permitting). I got a chance to ride my new bike a couple times and am ready for some riding this summer. I will have more time to ride because I am now retired.
Norm, Phil, Bobbie and I went to the chapter B meeting on Saturday and the Saturday before Norm, Bobbie and I went to chapter O’s meeting.
Chuck and Nancy have done a great job with the Crazy Ride and the fliers are posted on our website, They have some good door prizes but in your travels please ask venders you meet for donations. I have asked Norm to head up the Santa Parade again this year, and he has accepted that challenge.
This is our new website, we are still working on it but it is allot easier to use than our old one. The main challenge we have is the calendar, at present every item needs to be entered each month. As you read through it please alert me if you see something wrong.
Our meeting is next Saturday the 8th. Bobbie will be installed as the new Membership Officer. Hope to see everyone there. The weather says 70% chance of showers so no ride is planned.
If anyone has something they want to put in the newsletter email it to me by the 1st of each month. We are in need of articles, story’s and pictures with captions.
Be safe and ride safe
Rusty and Bobbie