Tuesday, December 26, 2017

seasOns GREetingS


Grim hopes all OGRES had a great one and received what they wanted for Christmas.  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

OMC 2018 New Years Day Ride (Hopefully Ride)

Hopefully Not

The traditional OMC 2018 New Years Ride (hopefully ride) will be on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 9 a.m.  We will meet at the Egg Factory at 16011 N. Idaho Center Blvd. right next to...you guessed it...the Idaho Center.

Be there or be square...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

OGRES Motorcycle Club Updated Website Events Page for 2018



The 2018 OMC Events and Runs Calendar has been updated on the OGRES Motorcycle Club website.  Here is the link:

http://www.ogresmotorcycleclub.com/index.html

You can also add a direct link on your iPhone using Safari.  It makes it very handy for checking dates.

We will review at the upcoming very special OMC meeting on January 4th.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Very Special OMC Meeting January 4th, 2018 6:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse

Now That's a Trike

The next OGRES Motorcycle Club mandatory meeting will be January 4th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Clubhouse on Fairview.

This is a very special and important meeting:

Dues of $50 per OMC member will be collected.

Since we did not meet in December, a "white elephant" New Years gift exchange will be held.  Each OMC member shall bring one superb "gift" to exchange with another OMC member.

The updated Constitution and By-Laws will be reviewed and ratified.

The upcoming OMC sanctioned Events and OMC Runs will be reviewed and explained.

Door prizes will be drawn for and distributed.

Food and drink will be provided so come to the meeting in a hungry condition.

See you there.  Please notify the President if you are unable to attend.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

MIPFMC / OGRES New Zealand

MIPFMC/OGRES New Zealand Vice President (Triumph Storm)

I have been corresponding with Mo Sewell, the President of the MIPFMC (Made It Past Fifty Motorcycle Club) in New Zealand.  They have 8 original members from their genesis in November.  You have to be over 50 years of age to be a member.

They have a bunch of guys who want to join but are in the 45 to 50 age group.  Mo is in favor of their joining with a catch.  This age group is going to wear OGRES (Old Geezers Riding Erratic Speeds) top rockers.  The "originals" will wear an OGRES patch on the front of their cuts and retain MIPFMC on their top rocker.  

The whole thing seems confusing to me.....looks like two different Clubs from afar.  I told them we had no problem with the use of OGRES.   

There is also an Moto Club "the Ogres"  in Italy and an OgresRC Motorcycle Rally Club in the UK.  I have corresponded with them also. 

They are definitely not 1%ers and they do charity runs for local cancer hospices with each biker contributing $20 per ride.  The last cancer run had 350 bikers so that adds up to some nice change.

All members of the MIPFMC/OGRES have to ride American or Euro bikes.  Mo seems like a great guy and their Club sounds pretty cool.  


MIPFMC/OGRES Ride Captain's Bike


Friday, December 1, 2017

OGRES MC 2018 Schedule of Meetings and Sanctioned Runs


Please note the following changes:  The meetings are every other month...on the odd months.  

The Summer Run has been reversed.  Make your reservations accordingly. 

The Fall and Spring Runs have been swapped again. 

I will bring hard copies of this schedule to the January Meeting and e-mail an electronic copy to everyone on an e-mail.

2018 O.M.C. Events

2018 OMC Meeting Dates


January 4 – Meeting


March 1 – Spouses Night Out


May 3 – Meeting


July 5 – Meeting


September 7 – Barbecue  (Friday)


November 1 – Meeting



All Meetings are mandatory, on the first Thursday of every odd numbered month and at the Fairview Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise notified.

OMC Members and ratified Prospects only.



OMC Challis Spring Run 2018

Friday   June 1    271 Miles

The run will begin promptly at the Chevron at Gowen Rd. and I-84 at 9 a.m.  Safety briefing at 8:45 p.m.

Boise - Mountain Home - Carey - Arco.

Lunch will be at Pickles in Arco.

Arco - Mackay - Challis.

Overnight lodging will be at Challis Hot Springs for the first 8 or 9 guests who make reservations. Call the Challis Hot Springs at (208) 879-4442. Get your own reservations.  The remaining riders will make arrangements to stay in town.

Bring money to pay for the dinner that will be prepared and served at Challis Hot Springs.

Saturday   June 2     220 Miles
  
Breakfast will be at Challis Hot Springs. All but those 8 or 9 lucky folks who made reservations will have to pay for breakfast at the Hot Springs or eat in town.

We will depart at a time set by the Ride Captain.

Time is needed for soaking in the pool.

Challis - Stanley – Lowman.

Lunch will be in Lowman.

Garden Valley - Banks - Horseshoe Bend - Boise.

The ride will end at the Stinker Station at State St. (Highway 44) and Old Horseshoe Bend Road.

This run is open only to OMC members and who they
invite. Guests must be approved by the President 


OMC Salmon/Orofino Summer Run 2018

Thursday   July 19   251 Miles 

 The run will begin at the Stinker Station, at Highway 44 and Old Horseshoe Bend Road, at 9 a.m. sharp.  Safety Briefing at 8:45 a.m.

Boise - Horseshoe Bend – Banks – Crouch – Lowman – Stanley – Challis – Salmon

Overnight lodging will be in Salmon at The Stagecoach Inn, 201 Riverfront Drive, (208) 756-2919.  Each rider is responsible for making their own reservation.

Friday   July 20        292 Miles

The run will continue with departure at 8 a.m. sharp.


Salmon – Sula – Darby – Hamilton – Victor – Florence – Lolo – Lochsa Lodge – Kooskia – Kamiah - Orofino

Overnight lodging will be in Orofino at Best Western Rivers Edge, 615 Main Street, (208) 476-9999.  Each rider is responsible for making their own reservation.

Saturday   July 21       244 Miles

The run will continue with departure at 9 a.m. sharp.

Orofino – Grangeville – New Meadows – McCall – Cascade – Banks – Horseshoe Bend - Boise

The ride will end at the Stinker Station at State St. (Highway 44) and Old Horseshoe Bend Road.

This run is open to OMC members and who they invite.  Guests must be approved by the President.


OMC Joseph Fall Run 2018

Friday   August 24        235 Miles

The ride will begin with breakfast at the Garage Café in Notus, Idaho at 8 a.m.

Notus - Parma - Nyssa - Baker City - Haines - Elgin.

Lunch will be at the Cowboy and Angel’s Place in Elgin.

Elgin - Wallowa - Enterprise - Joseph.

Dinner will be at the Outlaw Cafe or The Stubborn Mule in Joseph.

Overnight lodging will be at the Indian Lodge Motel (541-432-2651) in Joseph, Oregon. Each rider must make their own reservations.

Saturday   August 25      220 Miles

Breakfast will be at the Cheyenne Cafe.

Joseph - Pine Creek - Hells Canyon - Cambridge - Weiser - Payette - Sand Hollow - Middleton.

The ride will end at the Shell Station at Highway 44 and Old Highway 30, just west of Middleton.

This ride is open only to OMC members and who they invite.  Guests must be approved by the 

No OGRES Motorcycle Club Meeting in December 2017

Grim


There will not be an OGRES Motorcycle Club meeting in December of 2017.

Our next VERY SPECIAL meeting will be on January 4th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse.  More to follow.

Upcoming also is the New Years Day ride.  Updates forthcoming.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rip City's Report of the OMC November 2017 Mandatory Meeting



November 2 2107 was the date of the first OGRES field trip.  The location was Caldwell, Idaho at the Terry Maybon residence.  This was RIP's big invitation to Caldwell's night life.

Of course, RIP was his usual 30 minutes early to deliver his payment of Root Beer to Terry.  Gundy showed up in usual biker style riding his motorcycle...right on time.  Duke came soon after driving his covered wagon.  Terry showed up ready to show off his 9 cool cars.

I said, nervously, "Let's wait for the Thuesons".  That was my big mistake.  I called them twice and was being told "We're just about there",  Finally, after what seemed like half time at a football game, they showed up.  All was forgiven when Bomber showed up in a vintage old Ford pickup truck.

MIA was our Pres., Smooth and Krome.  Too bad, they missed some cool, cool rides.

Terry had documentation of taking rusty metal, shaped like door handles, of some forgotten muscle car and turning it into a "meant of showroom" quality piece of automobile jewelry.  Several cars have taken First Place at regional car shows like a 67 Camaro.   And also a Cobra kit car that was as close to the real thing that any of us had ever seen.  Several times he started up cars and grins were abundant.  The cars we saw represented our 25 years of Terry missing TV in order to be out in his man's cave creating works of art.

Then it was time to depart Terry's cool pad to go eat.  Of course, RIP let the way...and got lost in Caldwell.  Finally, while wondering where to go, we looked right across the street to the Sunrise Cafe.  We, of course, rolled in wearing our cuts and scaring people as we have been trained to do.  As usual, Rip met a Mexican friend he hadn't seen for 20 years.

The food was excellent, the service was excellent and Duke was excellent...paying for our meal.  Thanks, Duke !

RIP would like to invite Terry to our Club meeting in January 2018 to show him the Clubhouse and all the cool cars in the Clubhouse.  RIP awaits response from the Pres....

Submitted by:  Rip City



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

OGRES MC November 2017 Meeting This Thursday at 5:45 PM

1948 Cadillac

We will meet at the Clubhouse at 5:45 p.m. for those wanting to drive en masse to Terry Maybon's place in Caldwell.  It should be fun to check out his hot rods and classic cars.

I will send his address out in a private e-mail for those who are going directly there.  We will arrive/meet at Terry Maybon's at 6:30 p.m.

The plan is to grab a bite to eat after smelling the rust and checking out the rides.

See you there.  This is the last OGRES meeting in 2017.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

OGRES MC 2017 October Meeting Report



The OMC October 2017 meeting was called to order at the time and place designated.  Present:  Rip City, Grim, Smooth, Krome, G-Man, Gundy, and Bomber.  Absent (except for a short phone-in):  Duke.

Krome, Gundy, Grim and Bomber were on their bikes.  Rip City showed up in a classic muscle car.  It may have been the one in the above photo..........and it may not have been.

The meeting began with the scarfing down of $85 of Taco Bell Locos Doritos tacos.  They were delicious and were washed down by beverages furnished by Krome.

Many subjects were discussed including the decrease in overall attendance for the OMC events and meetings.  It was decided to keep on with the Club with a few changes:

1.  Meetings shall now be held on the first Thursday of every ODD month of the year.  They will be held at the Fairview Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. 

2.  The three OMC Runs will be the default Runs of the OGRES Motorcycle Club.  

3.  Members are welcome to submit Runs to replace any of the three default Runs but they must be held on the same days/dates as the default Runs on the calendar.  

4.  Any replacement Run shall NOT exceed 300 miles PER day.  Replacement Runs must be submitted to the President by April 1st to allow time for hotel reservations and other logistics.  No last minute or late submissions will be considered.

5.  Additional Runs may be added by any members in addition to the three OMC sanctioned default Runs.  The President will assist in getting the word out after any additional Runs are submitted to him. 

After further shenanigans, lies and exaggerations, the meeting was adjourned.

We will have a November 2017 meeting but there will not be a meeting in December.  The November Meeting will be held off-site and should be a special one.  Details are forthcoming.

'Nuff said...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

OMC October Meeting Today Thursday October 6th at 6:30 p.m.

Not A Peg Guy But If I Was.....

The OGRES October Meeting is today, October 5th, at 6:30 p.m.  This should not be a surprise especially since I sent out a survey that will be discussed at the meeting.

Taco Bell will be furnished by the Club.  Bring your own drink.

That is all.

Monday, September 18, 2017

OGRES MC 2017 September Meeting Report by the Vice President



Attending were G-Man, Bomber, Gundy, and Duke (who arrived a few minutes late).  Absent were Grim, Rip City, Krome and Smooth.

Bomber drove his “sweet” Desoto, and we mentioned how classy it was.  Gundy deserved an award for being the only OGRES member who rode his motorcycle to the meeting.  We sat down, and dutifully “roasted” all who were not in attendance, including our President.  However, he had the best excuse, stating he had to support his beautiful wife on a trip someplace.  The others not in attendance were “seared in hot oil and roasted very well done’.  In fact, Rip City was “crispy” when we finished.  Actually, Krome and Smooth were only slightly roasted. 

After a few minutes sitting in the clubhouse, we walked over to the Sockeye Restaurant and had a fine dinner.  Duke enjoyed his fried meat-loaf; Bomber enjoyed a fantastic roast beef sandwich with flavorful au jus for dipping; Gundy had a huge chicken salad bowl; and G-Man had salmon roasted on a shingle with memorable fried vegetables.  We all thought the food was fantastic.  The waitress was excellent, and allowed us to sit and visit all evening, filling our glasses with soda’s and water for quite a while after the dinner plates were removed. 

With such good company, we talked into the night, leaving late at about 9:30.  She earned a pretty nice tip and we all great-fully appreciated Bomber who picked up the  dinner tab for everyone.  Several members protested with “alligator arms” extended, but Bomber prevailed.  

We enjoyed talking about the excuses the other members not attending offered up, the summer rides taken, and the desire to take more fall rides.  It was a great evening enjoyed by all.  Duke seems to have won the award/badge again…for most miles ridden this summer.  Gundy is finishing up his Harley themed pickup.  Bomber has been busy working on his projects in his classy garage at home during the past month.  G-Man is…just busy working at his job, trying to make enough dough to buy a new bike AND remodel the kitchen at home. 

It was a great meeting!  

G-Man

Monday, September 4, 2017

OGRES MC 2017 September Meeting This Coming Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m.



The OMC 2017 September meeting is this coming Thursday, September 7th, at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will start at the Clubhouse on Fairview.  

The meeting may be mobile if the weather is good and the Vice President has a plan.

See you there.  Please advise if you are not able to attend so we don't wait around for you if we decide to ride somewhere for the meeting.

'Nuff said.....

Monday, August 28, 2017

OGRES MC 2017 Fall Run Report (Challis)

Gundy, Joy, G-Man, Rip City, Lee, Bomber, Grim, Fresh, Duke

OMC Members present:  Gundy, Duke, Rip City, Grim, Bomber and G-Man (caught the pack at Challis after a late start).  Guests: Joy, Fresh and Lee.  Absent:  Krome and Smooth.

Members and guests met at the appointed start and had a nice breakfast/safety meeting.  The Sgt. at Arms made sure the ride began on time and we headed down towards Mountain Home.  Traffic was fairly light on the freeway and even less traffic was experienced on the road through Fairfield.  The weather was perfect and the ride was smooth and pleasingly uneventful.


Gundy, Stephen, Joy and Duke

Lee, Rip City, Bomber and Duke

We made a stop at Timmerman Hill to stretch our legs and have some snacks.  The temperature had increased but was still comfortable.  

We started up again and headed out through Picabo and Carey.  Between Carey and the Craters of the Moon a domesticated pig "road kill" was spotted on the side of the road.  Poor piggy.  Riders had never seen that sight before.  Perhaps the pig jumped from the back of a cage.

Gundy, Joy, Fresh, Grim, Duke, Bomber, Lee and Rip City

We rolled into Arco and stopped at our usual lunch spot.  The place was pretty packed but we found a table for eight.  Everyone settled in except for Grim who continued to look for a better table.  One happened to open up with more room right next to a window.  With much moaning and complaining the crew moved to the lovely table claimed by Grim.  During our visit, we were regaled with stories, jokes and bugling by a military veteran "subtly" identified by his apparel.  It was fun to experience his repartee with Duke.  No one got a picture of him, much to Grim's chagrin.

Joy made a comment about the nice weather and Lee advised her the weather can change at any time along the route between Arco and Challis with showers at any time.  Lee jinxed us.

We grabbed some fuel at the local Chevron, er....., Mobil station and headed towards Mackey.  It was a nice ride through Mackey.  Past Mackey, it was evident we had just missed a good storm as the road was wet and the passing cars were throwing up spray.  We had a tailwind, however, instead of the usual strong crosswind.  We did experience a couple of light showers, albeit a little lighter than a shower.  A sprinkling?


We rolled into the Challis Hot Springs and checked into our rooms. It didn't take long for everyone to hit the water.  The water felt great and we stayed in quite a while.  Grim had foresworn any alleged rock throwing so the atmosphere was pretty relaxed.  G-Man showed up mid-dip and caught some trash talk as he made it into the water.

Duke, Fresh and G-Man made sure to have a wet business meeting so as to be able to write off the trip on their taxes.  Grim was glad to be retired.


We took off at 6:30ish to make our way to dinner.  We were going to the Challis Lodge to check out the new ownership but G-Man insisted we go to the Teacup Cafe, Bakery, Expresso Shop and Foot Massage Parlor.  The place closed at 8 pm. and it was clear we caught them off guard with such a large party as we experienced a slow start with the service.  Most of us had Prime Rib but Fresh was smart and had the special: New York steak.  Most had a nice meal and others......not so much.  

We grabbed some fuel and some snacks at the local gas stations and headed back to the Challis Hot Springs.  We decided to forgo a card game and had a nice bullshi....., er, visit in the house.  Rip (60 Minutes) City interviewed Bomber about the intimate details of his life.  Others avoided the spotlight.  Rip City smelled like high octane for some reason and we all got a little high from the gas fumes emanating from his person.  Participants ensured the commensurate amount of trash talk was given about the OMC members who did not make the Run.  

Gundy, Joy, G-Man, Rip City, Lee, Bomber, Grim, Fresh and Duke.

Duke announced it was past everyone's bedtime so we called it a night and hit the sack.

The breakfast the next morning was the usual excellent fare that the Challis Hot Springs crew, Cathy and Mike, always serve and we filled up.  Shortly thereafter, we were off and down the road towards Stanley.  The 62 miles to Stanley were the usual tremendous curves and roads we always enjoy.  Even the construction zone was opened for the weekend so there were no delays.  We rolled into Stanley and took a little break for Advil and other more savory snacks.  

We rolled out of Stanley and soon crested Banner Summit and headed down the mountain to Lowman.



Our intention was to merely stop and check out the newly opened Lodge in Lowman but after venturing inside, the cool dining room and the overall welcoming ambience lured us in for lunch.  The planned lunch in Crouch was forgotten.  It turned out to be the best meal of the Run and the respite was very pleasant and filling.

Eventually, we headed down to Garden Valley where fuel and the promise of ice cream awaited.  We fulfilled both promises and then headed down the rest of the way to our finishing point at Highway 44 and Old Horseshoe Bend Road.

What a great Run.  The company, weather, roads and food was outstanding and made us wish there was another Run before cooler weather prevails.  

Hmmm...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

OGRES MC 2017 Fall Run This Coming Friday



The OGRES MC 2017 Fall Run is happening this coming Friday.

We will meet at the Chevron Station at Gowen and I 84.  The safety briefing will begin at 8:45 a.m. and we will be rolling promptly at 9 a.m. sharp.

If you are late and have to catch up, the itinerary is on the website at this link:

http://www.ogresmotorcycleclub.com

I talked to Mike at the Hot Springs today and they will not be serving us dinner due to manpower and other restraints.  I assume they will still be serving us breakfast.

So we will eat in town at the Challis Lodge and Lounge.

So far, by my count, all members are going.  Let me know if you are not going.  Also remind me if you are bringing a guest other than:

Grim:      1 guest
Gundy:   1 guest
Duke:     1 guest

See you Friday morning.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

OMC August 2017 Meeting Report - Spouse's Barbecue at Bomber's Crib

Gundy, Duke, Rip City, Grim and Guests (Photographer: Bomber)

OMC members present: Grim, Rip City, Duke, Gundy and Bomber.  OMC members absent: G-Man, Smooth and Krome.

OMC members met at the appointed place and time for our annual Barbecue with our spouses.  Many, many thanks to Bomber and his lovely bride for the great hospitality.  

Members and guests first met in the formal garage for hors d'oeuvres.  We all had a nice chat while Bomber finished up the steaks on the new grill.

No one was trampled during the transition into the dining room although Grim had a free hand in moving around the place markers for the diners.  The boy/girl/boy/girl tradition, however, was upheld.  We were served the largest and most tasty steaks Grim has witnessed along with delicious green, fruit and quinoa salads.  It was a gastronomical delight and the best meal Grim has enjoyed for a long time.  

The conversation was witty, intelligent and mostly funny.  We spoke of homilies, politics, race and religion but no fist fights broke out and things remained calm.  

We sat around for quite some time, after the food was consumed, trading stories, lies and pointed insults/trash talk/disdain for the OMC members not in attendance.  At least 2/3s of the missing members had good excuses for not attending.  

After dinner, the guests checked out Mr. Bs collection of homemade pendants and marbles.  Each guest even left with a very nice bouquet of flowers in used moonshine jars.

The men adjourned to the driveway to talk cars, motorcycles and to further talk trash about the OMC members who were not in attendance.  I should not have been surprised, when the conversation turned to classic cars, to see the picture Rip City conjured up on his phone.  Bomber and I talked of the classic Bel Airs, DeSotos and Pontiac Chieftains that are the mainstays of American culture.  Rip City interjected with his phone picture of a Datsun B2000.  Holy cow.

I checked out the very cool Mustang in Bomber's garage but the car paled in comparison to the DeSoto parked next to it.  

As the evening waned, Bomber turned to Mrs. B and stated that they better go to bed so Grim could go home.  Grim got the hint and the screech of tires could be heard through the neighborhood as he departed.

Next year, the barbecue will be held in September again.  Perhaps then Krome will show up instead of celebrating his wedding anniversary and G-Man will hang with his OGRES brothers instead of doing a motorcycle trip with the Crash Riders.

Huge OGRES thanks again for Bomber and Mrs. B for hosting such a marvelous and fitting evening.  Wow.

Peace...Out.


Monday, July 31, 2017

How...Big Chief...Vertigo City

An OGRE is An OGRE - No Matter Where They Are


How Big Chief


Rip City Found A 2cc Rehab Indian


Rip City
Is in OGRE mourning, wearing OGRE black veil
Sack cloth and ashes.
Sitting in lazy boy with neck brace at 45 degrees looking straight forward into oblivion.  So sad all dressed up in brown leather in my mind and making motor sounds.
I am really bummed.
Ride free and talk trash freely of me and my bike.

Rip

Friday, July 28, 2017

OGRES Motorcycle Club Summer Barbecue with Spouses at Bomber's Home August 3rd at 6:30 p.m.






The Annual OGRES Summer Barbecue will be held this coming Thursday, August 3rd, at Bomber's home.  Be there at 6:30 p.m. to experience a memorable evening with our spouses.

It is my understanding that Krome and Smooth are unable to attend.  

I need a head count to give to Bomber so let me know if you are attending or not.