December 09, 2017

Busy Week for Bike Activities

Last Saturday was the HOG Christmas party. Although each person paid entrance fee that would cover the venue, dinner and entertainment, several of us brought appetizers to munch. The party started at 4 so I got there about 3:30 and helped the party committee set up.

HOG Placard
HOG Placard
HOG Placard

Some LOH member had made the centerpieces, which turned out awesome!


HOG Placard
HOG Placard

After socializing and dinner, the awards ceremony began. Much to my surprise I got HOG Member of the Year award. Pretty much because I took on LOH and then will be Editor. Not long after the dancing and music started so I left for home.

HOG Member of the year 2017

Sunday LOH had a gift wrapping party. The HOG chapter took on 19 disadvantaged kids and got them Christmas gifts. LOH took on the wrapping (well, we did the buying too :) - but lots of people contributed the funds). I never thought to take pictures until the wrapping was done and the snacking and socializing began.

Wrapping party
Wrapping party

Monday I took the day off work so I could deliver the presents to the charity.

  Presents delivered

When I got home, it was in the low 40's so I took a last ride.

  Bike in parking lot 12-5-17
Bike in parking lot 12-5-17

Tuesday morning the dealership picked up the bike

  Heritage van picking up bike for storage

Finally, Thursday night the dealership had a Ladies' Night. Several of LOH showed up. The dealership was conducting a drawing for a gift certificate if you modeled some clothes and posted on their FB page. So I did. Nope, didn't win.

LOH members at heritage ladies night 2017
LOH members at heritage ladies night 2017

And now it is time for bike related stuff to slumber thru the winter. Just in time too - we had the first measurable snow fall today so I was out shoveling the driveway a little bit ago.

 

Posted by Bogie on December 9, 2017 at 07:22 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (1)

December 03, 2017

Resting the Shoulder - Not

Thanksgiving day I read all day so the start of resting my shoulder seemed to start out well. Then Friday morning Rita didn't show up for breakfast, or to be let out. She always wants out in the morning so that was a bit concerning. I looked everywhere for her, but she was nowhere to be found. Late morning I went to the dump and got a few groceries. When I got back I could hear her crying in the basement. It took quite a while for me to find her; she had gotten herself wedged underneath on of the pallets of pellets in the basement. As far as I can determine there aren't any mice in the house (never seen any sign of mice inside since I moved here) so I have no idea why she decided to crawl under there. I left her for a couple hours with a bowl of food sitting just outside the pallet, but she didn't move and just kept crying.

Rita beneath pallet

Naturally, she picked the pallet of pellets that I had not been heating from. There was nothing to do but unload 69 bags of pellets (50 bags is a ton). The left pallet is the one she was under

Pellets before move for Rita-trnd

 

I was able to move most of the pellets over to the right hand stack


Pellets before move for Rita-trnd

24 bags of pellets had to be moved out into another part of the basement, then re-stacked on the original pallet after I got Rita out.


Pellets before move for Rita-trnd

The green/yellow bagged pellets put out less heat and more ash than the white bagged paellets so I have been using them for the relatively mid weather. The white bags are being saved for Jan-Feb. Well, I wasn't un-stacking the pellets on the right pallet again, so I brought in 31 bags from the garage. So yeah, I moved 69+24+31 = 124 bags; 2.5 tons in my cat rescuing mission.


Pellets before move for Rita-trnd

I then blocked up all the holes so Rita could not get into mischief like that again.

Saturday, with the temps supposed to be climbing into the 50's, I was planning on going for a last ride for the season (I have less that 5k miles this year - least ever). However, about 10 am I got an email from the HOG Activities director asking me to contact LOH to see if anyone could help him empty out a storage unit for the woman who had lost her SO. I sent out an email to all of LOH, but everyone was shopping or not in town. So I took the Explorer and went to help. The Activities Director was pulling up with his Explorer, and a trailer filled with boxes and furniture when I got to her house. I helped unload that, then followed him to the storage unit where we filled both our trucks and trailer. That emptied most of the unit. After unloading his vehicle/trailer and my truck, I went shopping (since I was in Concord anyway).

Since then, it has been quiet so I haven't had to strain my shoulder anymore. I spent Sunday and my weeknights reading.

Posted by Bogie on December 3, 2017 at 07:21 AM in At Home, Friends, Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (8)

November 18, 2017

HOG Duties Expanded

At the HOG meeting in October, officers for next year were nominated for 16 positions. In most cases, since all the officers have only held their positions for a year, those same people were nominated - and accepted the nomination. There were a few that declined (moving, health reasons etc), and for those we nominated new people for the position, or asked for people to think about it until voting in November. Some people took on two positions (and in one case, two people are sharing the duties).

At the November meeting we were informed that one member, who had taken on two positions suddenly needed to back out - and was already out of country for his work without being able to communicate (due to the nature of his work). We had no volunteers for one position, Editor, so I volunteered to take that on along with continuing as the LOH Officer.

So now I am in a weird position of not having a template to follow, nor having the information that had been previously been given to the former Editor for our newsletter. I know that National HOG requires certain fonts, logos and has rules/regulations to follow and I don't want to reinvent the wheel if I don't have to. Additionally, the newsletters have Volume and Edition numbers that I have no idea what they are in relation to. I am fortunate that 4 newsletters have been published this year, as that is the minimum amount that is required. However, I also want to put out a yea-end edition as there are several news-worthy items that should be shared, but wouldn't have the same impact or interest if I wait until next spring.

This will be a learning experience for sure.

Posted by Bogie on November 18, 2017 at 07:23 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (2)

October 28, 2017

Tires are Important

Last Sunday I met up with a gal from LOH here in town. We were going to ride up to the dealer's where the procession for a HOG member was starting at (see next post). I had checked tire pressure just before leaving, as the days were getting cooler. We were discussing tire pressure, as she was finalizing getting ready, when the sun and bike angle managed to grab my attention. WTF is that on my back tire? I had ridden thru some sand, so assumed it was that, but grabbed my readers and took a good look. ARRGGHH, my back tire had no rubber left on the contact patch (center of tire). In fact, it was down to the belts.

N.O.T. G.O.O.D.

Old rear tire tread2

I was smart and rode back home to grab the car. I called the dealer on Tuesday and orderd both front and rear tires as the front was worn badly (which I knew - but it at least still had rubber covering). The tires came in and I rode up this morning, in 36* and extremely foggy weather so they could install the new tires. (first pic is of new rear tire, then front tire)

New rear tire Dunlop American Elite
New rear tire Dunlop American Elite

New tires have such a weird feel to them. They aren't as smooth riding as broken in tires. However, they are much safer than what I had on there. Although cold weather has hit, and massive rain is in the forecast (thankfully not snow), there is still riding to do so I can do so with confidence now.

Posted by Bogie on October 28, 2017 at 04:53 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (1)

HOG Procession

During our HOG Chapter October 1 meeting, we got the call that a member had passed just moments before (so during the meeting). It was not unexpected, he was elderly, had been sick, and had less than 24 hours previously been transferred from the hospital to hospice. It was still sad and many members have done a lot to help his significant other (it seems just weird to say girlfriend at that age) thru the grief and the process of letting him go. Some of the LOH members also created commemorative ribbons, in the colors of his motorcycle.

Last Sunday we held a procession from the dealer to the church where his celebration of life was held. The HOG members donated food for the reception afterwards. However, the biggest contribution was carrying his ashes and his SO other on the lead bike to the Church.

Box with ashes adorned with commemorative ribbon

Jacks box prior to procession

Commemorative ribbon on an LOH member's bike
Jacks box prior to procession

Although I had planned to ride, my rear tire had other ideas, so I, along with another LOH member rode in a car at the back of the line so I was able to take pictures during the procession. It was a gorgeous fall day, with temps in the 60's and sunny. The fall foliage was still nice too.

Heading out from Heritage
Heading out from Heritage
Heading out from Heritage

Some of the bikes at the church (many others came later).

Bikes at church-lower lot
Bikes at church-lower lot

The deceased's bike (which was ridden by his son and was the second bike of the procession). Next to it is the bike that led and carried his SO and ashes.

Jacks bike

Although I didn't know him well, he was a veteran and had been a Concord HOG Chapter member since the chapter's inception. He was well liked and always had jokes to tell. Rest in Peace Jack.

Of all the truths and lies
And stories of riders in the sky
They say only the bravest try
Where eagles and angels dare to fly

Last verse from Poison's Ride the Wind

 

 

Posted by Bogie on October 28, 2017 at 04:33 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 07, 2017

Charitable Work

I haven't done much the last couple of weeks because of nerve issues no, not nervous issues :). But the HOG chapter did supply volunteers for the Concord Friends Program BBQ held at the dealership. And, the volunteers, plus others of the chapter supplied a bunch of food for the event.

I forgot to take many pictures - actually only took them as we were setting up, so not everyone is pictured.

Friends BBQ Poster-sm
Friends BBQ Poster-sm
Friends BBQ Poster-sm

Unfortunately, after a week of 80-90* weather, it was a cool and rainy day with a high of 50* (I know because the business next door has a sign that displays a continuous read out of the temp.

Additionally, the dealership didn't have any promotions or any other activities - not even the beginner motorcycle course that is held most weekends. Between these factors, there weren't a whole lot of people visiting the dealership, so the BBQ didn't fare as well as we hoped.

We did have a good time the 4.5 hours that we were there and raised just shy of $300. All food/drinks were donated, so 100% of the money goes to the services of the program. And the director of the charity had ties to food pantries and elder care services so the leftover food was directly given to other worthy organizations later that afternoon.

UPDATE: I got a copy of the latest Friends Program newsletter, and look what they had in there:

Friends BBQ Picture of HOG volunteers


Friends BBQ Picture of HOG volunteers

Posted by Bogie on October 7, 2017 at 05:43 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (2)

August 27, 2017

Patriot Flag Escort

I have a bunch of vacation days I need to take before the end of the year (use or lose) and I specifically chose Friday, 8/25/17, as one of those to participate with other HOG members in escorting the flag during its Patriot Tour.

Patriot Flag Tour pg 1
Patriot Flag Tour pg 1
Patriot Flag Tour pg 1

We left the dealership at 10 that morning and I got back home about 4:30. We didn't take the flag very far, to a dealership at the VT/NH boarder, but we took the scenic route. On the way, we took two rest stops;

First Group Stop
First Group Stop

Blake, who had carried the flag on his bike officially presented the flag to the Granite State HOG group. That is the fairing of my bike in the second picture :)

Blake handing off flag to Granite State Chapter
Blake handing off flag to Granite State Chapter

The 4 LOH members who rode in the escort: Nancy, me, Michelle, and Sandy

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After the hand off, we found a place for a late lunch (as one of the member's kids put it "Linner"), then we split up to find our way home. I and another member (of whom I have no idea of his name although he helped work the BBQ a couple of weeks ago also), who lives in Weare - basically my area, rode together until my exit off of 202.

The weather was awesome, in the 60's and 70's and mostly sunny. Had a great time and ride!

UPDATE: Today the dealership posted this on their FB page - naturally all of those who escorted the flag also gave donations before the ride.

TY from Heritage for Nation of Patriots flag tour donations

Posted by Bogie on August 27, 2017 at 06:19 AM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (5)

August 12, 2017

HOG Ride

Last Sunday I finally got to take a break and joined a Concord HOG Chapter ride. There weren't many attending as a lot were on vacation, but I prefer small groups anyway. We met up a 10 at the dealership then took a circuitous route that eventually meandered past my place and over to Peterborough, where we stopped for lunch.

My bike is closest to the camera

Bikers in peterborough

I asked Darlene to take a picture to prove I was actually there. I stood behind her trike, so am a bit hard to see.


Bikers in peterborough

After lunch, many of us split off to find our way home, while others continued on for a couple more hours. I chose to ride home in the company of two other members; one of which stores her trike in my town (although she lives elsewhere) and another trike rider who was headed back to Concord. It was cloudy and cool so I decided to wash and shine the bike up a bit. As I finished, the sun shone a bit thru the clouds - she cleans up nice :)

 

Bike wash front fender
Bike wash front fender

Posted by Bogie on August 12, 2017 at 06:45 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (1)

May 06, 2017

Live and Let Live Farm LOH Donation

Back in March, LOH of the Concord HOG Chapter held a fundraiser and half the money raised was to be donated to Live and Let Live Farm, an animal rescue organization of which one of our members is a volunteer to.

L&LLF Barn
L&LLF Barn

We wanted to give the donation at the farm and get a tour, which was great in theory. After two snowstorms, HOT training and lots of rainy weather, we finally made it come together. Although not many got to go, we had a good time feeding the animals and getting some of the background on them.

First, because the farm is a working farm and obviously very busy, we got the donation presentation out of the way; Michelle is on the left with the owner of L&LLF next to her. I'm in back with Darlene in front of me. Keith is next holding a goat. Then there is Tom and Linda (married to each other and both volunteer at the farm.

Donation group with LOH flag

This kitty was having a ball playing with its toy. He had the run of the upstairs of a barn where dogs are kept in isolation until it is determined they don't have any communicable diseases and have gone thru temperament evaluation.

Cat

The cattle loved the carrots that I brought


Cat

As did the goats. The goats are so energetic and fun to watch


Cat

The fowl (geese, chickens etc) are allowed to roam the grounds freely. This goose has set himself up to be the greater / protector of a specific barn that housed several hens, some horses, goats and sheep.


Cat

Keith, our Director, feeding a horse


Cat

 

Linda, an LOH/HOG member who also volunteers a lot of her time at the farm


Cat

 

I got to pet and feed a mustang who was being worked with by the farm's "horse whisperer". The horse was very good at taking the carrots out of my hand and seemed to be thriving under the whisperer's guidance.
Cat

 

These two mini horses roam the grounds. They are very good with people and kids. They, of course loved the carrots.
Cat

Some of the animals had horrific stories and it was amazing how a lot of them have come back to trusting people again. They took in 5 horses from an alleged neglect situation a couple of days after our visit. There were a lot of children there volunteering their time - some with their parents and some were dropped off by parents who did not share their children's interest, but who had found a great outlet for their children's love of animals.

Posted by Bogie on May 6, 2017 at 09:16 PM in Life in General, Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (3)

International Female Rider Day 2017

Today, 5/6/17, was International Female Rider Day (IFDR). Our LOH group had a group ride planned by Assistant Director Michelle and for which a couple of us ladies contributed by arranging the additional insurance (it was open to anyone, so we needed gap insurance for the day) and creating the flyers. Michelle also made sure we had additional Road Captains to help keep us safe (they all have communications so if anyone had troubles or if part of the group got caught by a light/stop sign they could keep in touch).

And, just like last year, Mother Nature decided not to cooperate and it rained quite heavily Friday afternoon into this morning. However, we have a core group of die hard ladies, and all our Road Captains are quite hardy too, so a group of about 8 ladies and 3 Assistant Road Captains, and one guy that goes to everything set out for the 1.5 hour ride. We had a great time and only saw a couple of light showers. Pictures before we left:

In the purple is our Assistant Director Michelle and Blake, her husband and one of our Road Captains is the guy next to her. Behind Blake is Sandy, our Membership Officer and way to the left in the background is Darlene, our Secretary. I don't know the name of the other guy in orange and yellow - he just joins any ride and has that beautiful bike with red, white and blue decals. Oh, and my bike is the closest one to the camera.

Bikes lined up with Michelle-Blake-Darlen-Sandy-sm

 

The two ladies, Gina and Traci, in this next picture don't belong to our chapter. They rode from near the seacoast to join our ride. Apparently the group they had planned on going with wimped out for IFDR :). They were great and we were glad to have them join us! Traci's bike is the gold Deluxe and Gina's bike is the Road Glide (the one she is standing behind).


Bikes lined up with Michelle-Blake-Darlen-Sandy-sm

Dave, our Editor a(the tall dude) and Bob, our Safety Officer (the smaller guy) who rode Sweep (last) were both Assistant Road Captains. Sandy is over on the right and Michelle is way back there by her beautiful purple bike.


Bikes lined up with Michelle-Blake-Darlen-Sandy-sm

 

This was the registration table with Patty, our Treasurer next to Bob. Sylvie, our Merchandise Officer is in the white coat and is standing next to our Director (sitting). Peter, our Activities Officer is in the background. Everyone under the tent stayed and ran raffles and held a BBQ.


Bikes lined up with Michelle-Blake-Darlen-Sandy-sm

 

The BBQ was just getting set up and we were happy as heck there was food there when we got back around noon!


Bikes lined up with Michelle-Blake-Darlen-Sandy-sm

And then the Group photo after we came back; Gina and Traci, our guests are at the very left. The tallest one in back is Patty, and the short one in front of her is Darlene.  Peeking over Darlene's shoulder is Nancy, who had a heck of a time getting out of her muddy driveway so she joined us part way thru the ride. Then of course, there is me, then Michelle, then Sandy.

IFDR group pic 3

After eating I left for home, and naturally it started pouring so I got soaked (seams in rain pants don't keep out water when you are sitting in a big puddle - the seat). Fortunately it was fairly warm, almost 60, and I had my helmet on, so my biggest worry was that traffic on the highway could see me thru all the road spray and rain. I got home fine and of course the sun came out about 10 minutes after I pulled into the garage. No matter, I still had a great time!

Posted by Bogie on May 6, 2017 at 08:06 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (0)