Saturday, March 9, 2024

Grim's Picks From the 2024 Boise Roadster Show

 These are Grim's picks from the Boise Roadster Show. Perhaps Grim prefers vehicles from the 50s. Gundy's 1941 Dodge resto-mod should be done and on display next year. Unusually, Grim saw no one he knew at the show. Highly unusual.

OGRES MC 2024 March Meeting Report


It was a splendid early spring evening to backdrop the OGRES MC meeting and menagerie. Gundy showed up in his bitchin' 41 Dodge and we all were able to check it out. Very cool.

Members present: Rowdy, G-Man, Grim, Duke, Smooth, Bomber, RipCity and Gundy. Member absent: Slick.

The meeting was preceded by G-Man attempting to give away a great boat but no one was able to take advantage of the "free" boat.

We then discussed the upcoming season of OMC Runs. All were encouraged to make all reservations. In a month, Grim will call Joseph and release all rooms not taken. The Runs will transpire as outlined on the website and OMC member manuals.

We then had a short training on the basics of handgun proper grip, front sight usage and trigger control. We especially talked about trigger reset and how to take advantage of it. We also discussed the pros and cons of red dot sights on pistols.

Some members were about to pass out due to hunger so we quickly adjourned next door to the OGRES approved eating establishment. We had a great server, Meghan, and we quickly had our food delivered before the demise of any OMC member. Ice cream was had by many members to round out the evening.

Thanks to G-Man for the use of the barn and to RipCity for his photos and entertainment.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

OGRES MC March 2024 Meeting This Coming Thursday March 7th

The OGRES MC March 2024 meeting will held this coming Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 

The meeting will be held at the Fairview Clubhouse.

Bring your favorite handgun for some training, if you wish, not mandatory. 

No ammo is allowed in the Clubhouse. Do not bring any ammo in the building.

Be there or be square...or some other geometric shape.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

OGRES MC 2024 Spouses Valentines Night Out Report


As planned the OMC Valentine's Day with the Spouses began at the Fairview Clubhouse at the appointed hour. 

OMC members present: Bomber, RipCity, Grim, Rowdy, G-Man and Smooth. All members were in the company of their S.S.O.s.

OMC members absent: Slick, Duke and Gundy.

RipCity had brought wonderful hors d'oeuvres and beverages for the pre-dinner social and all seemed to have a nice time in the Clubhouse.

Everyone eventually headed over to the restaurant to have dinner in the lovely train car that has become a huge OMC tradition. We were lucky to have a lovely server who has been with the restaurant as long as can be remembered.

The food was timely and tasty along with the conversation. It was a nice quiet time but also amusing and lively.

A very nice time was had by all.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

OGRES MC Valentines Day Spouses Night Out February 16th


The next OGRES Motorcycle Club event is February 16th at 5:30 p.m. There is a social hour, at the Fairview Clubhouse, at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following. G-Man has reserved the railroad car at the Sockeye Grill for the dinner.

Please respond immediately if you are attending. Conversely, respond immediately if you are not going to attend. That way we know everyone was notified of the event.

This event is only open to OMC members and their spouses. No guests or children, grand or otherwise.

Separate checks, of course.

Please do not delay.

Friday, December 29, 2023

OGRES Motorcycle Club 2024 New Years Day Breakfast at 9 a.m.


The annual OGRES Motorcycle Club New Years Day breakfast will be held January 1, 2024 at 9 a.m. 

The event will be held at Terri's Cafe. The address is at 2843 East Fairview Avenue in Meridian. It is located on the south side of the road between Eagle Road and Locust Grove Road.

This event is for OGRES members only. No guests.

See all y'all there.

Monday, December 25, 2023

Monday, December 4, 2023

OGRES MC November 2023 Meeting Report


Gundy, Smooth, Grim, RipCity, Bomber, G-Man, Duke and Rowdy

The OGRES Motorcycle Club met at the appointed date, time and location. Members present: Rowdy, Duke, G-Man, Bomber, RipCity, Grim, Smooth and Gundy. Members absent: Krome and Slick.

We had a short business segment to kick off the OMC meeting. 

Grim handed out the new inserts, for the OMC Handbook, with the new schedule of Events, Runs and Meetings. For 2024 there will be at least one OMC activity per month. 

We also discussed making all three (3) sanctioned Runs into three (3) days instead of two (2) days for the Spring and Fall Runs. Gundy and Grim will get together very soon to review the rides that Gundy had brought with him to the meeting. In the meantime we will stick to the schedule as handed out and printed on the website.

The 2024 schedule of Events, Runs and Meetings is live on the OMC website.

We adjourned to the Sockeye Grill for dinner and had a nice time telling lies, stories and talking trash about the missing OMC members. 

Grim apologizes for the long interval of time between the meeting and this report. 

See you at the New Year's Day breakfast.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

OGRES Motorcycle Club Mandatory Meeting This Thursday, November 2nd


Quite interestingly, the three above images were among the ones that "came up" when Grim googled "motorcycle club meetings". Holy cow.

Anyhow, the mandatory November 2023 OGRES Motorcycle Club meeting is this coming Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Fairview Clubhouse. The weather looks like it will be nice enough to ride.

This will be a pivotal meeting as changes to the OMC Sanctioned runs are on the agenda along with several more important topics. 

Be there or be square...or rectangular...or triangular.

Monday, September 18, 2023

OGRES MC 2023 Fall Barbecue President's Report


OMC members and their spouses met at Bomber's home for this annual event. OMC members present: Duke, Rowdy, Bomber, Smooth, Grim, G-Man and Gundy. Members absent: Slick, RipCity and Krome.

Everyone was ready to eat, upon arrival, and all the food looked and smelled wonderful. However, 13 people waited and stood around as the OMC member who was bringing the baked potato condiments was his customary 30 minutes late. (Reminder to Grim or RipCity to have that OMC member bring dessert next year. Dessert can be late.)

We had Rowdy's world famous barbecue ribs, baked potatoes, grilled chicken breast, grilled asparagus and zucchini, green salad and fruit salad. Dessert was two large cakes as two OMC members unknowingly brought the same dessert. (Reminder to Grim or RipCity for next year.)

Everyone filled their plates and began to enjoy this great potluck meal. All the food was great and the ribs were tender and flavorful. Conversation was mixed with plain enjoyment of the company of the attendees. 

It was a relatively quiet and peaceful gathering compared to events in the past but in a very good way. We also were able to check out Bomber's latest creations including the application of the light bulb he scored in Joseph during the Fall Run. Mrs. B had a gift bag for every couple and her decorations were festive fall ones.

Special thanks to Bomber and Mrs. B for hosting the affair. Also a big shout out to everyone who brought all the delicious and tasty food.

Gundy won the prize for the best motorcycle apparel. This image really sticks to you.'s all, folks.

Words and photos by Grim.

Monday, September 4, 2023

OGRES MC 2023 Fall Barbecue This Friday at 6:30 p.m.


The OGRES MC 2023 Fall Barbecue will be held this Friday, September 8th, at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at Bomber's home and the OMC members spouses are strongly encouraged to attend.

This is a potluck dining affair and the following assignments have been made:

Rowdy's World Famous Barbecue Ribs:        Rowdy

Grilled Chicken, Zucchini and Asparagus:    Bomber

Baked Potatoes:                                              Gundy

Baked Potato Condiments:                             G-Man

Green Salad and Fruit Salad:                          Grim

Dessert assignments have not been made. Please let Grim know if you can bring dessert.

If anyone would would like to bring a dish other than the above, feel free to have at it.

Other than the members listed above, let Grim know as soon as possible your attendance status so the appropriate amount of food can be prepared.

See you there!                      

Sunday, August 27, 2023

OGRES Motorcycle Club 2023 "Joseph" Fall Run Report

Members and guests met up at the appointed place and approximate time for the OGRES Motorcycle Club 2023 "Joseph" Fall Run.  OMC members present: Rowdy, RipCity, Slick, G-Man, Smooth, Grim, Bomber and Gundy. Guest: JoyJoy. Members absent: Duke and Krome.

As soon as all riders were present, a short safety briefing was held. Topics included:

After meal breaks or rest stops, all riders will leave together. No "catching up" or late starts.

Stops will be kept shorter in time to allow for more time at lunch and in the evening. Rest stops have gotten too long. When the ride leader starts putting on gloves and helmet, that is an excellent clue that others should be doing the same.

If there is an incident on the road, the rider in the number 2 position will lead past the ride leader to a safe turnout. The ride leader will take whatever measures to resolve the given problem.

After the briefing, all riders mounted up and we headed down the road. It was a nice, cool temperature that was much better than the heat we had been enduring on other rides. We cruised through Parma, Nyssa and negotiated some road construction at the intersection where we turned to go to Vale. We lucked out and hit the intersection just right so we did not have to stop.

 We made a rest stop in Vale where we grabbed snacks, breakfast sandwiches and water. It turned out, the place we stopped was busier than anticipated but we escaped unscathed.

We headed out of Vale and rode on up the road through small towns and swooping highway turns and summits. Eventually we rolled into Unity for another break and some fuel.

Unity was the usual bustling metropolis but the folks there are always friendly and helpful. Folks took care of business and we headed back down the road taking the road through Hereford and up over the twisting roads towards Baker City. The curvy roads through these mountains are always fun and it wasn't long before we traveled over and past "Krome Krash Korner". Soon after, we pulled into Baker City and stopped for fuel.

The intrepid OMC Pack shortly was headed through town and we stopped in Haines for lunch at the Frontier Cafe. The server was super nice and we all had a decent meal and break. 

We saddled back up and headed on down the highway as fast as the law would allow. We rolled through Powder River, Union and Cove through the cool temperature still enjoying cool temperatures. 

However, after exiting Cove, Grim (ride leader), made a wrong turn down a road that looked paved and benign but turned out to be gravel dressed in paved road clothing. It was the "exciting ride of Mr. Toad" until we could get stopped and turned around. G-Man showed us the proper turn for Lower Cove Road and Grim will not miss it again.

We rolled through the countryside taking the short cut over to the main highway to Joseph. We turned onto the main road and rolled into Imbler, Oregon. Grim had always wanted to stop in the picturesque town especially to check out the little quaint market that had banners promising ice cream heaven. 

As usual, expectations exceeded reality. Grim was expecting some special ice cream a la Baskin and Robbins. Turns out, the usual little freezer containing Blue Bunny confections was all we found. It was still a nice stop but the temperature was rising.

We were on our way and had fairly smooth sailing through more small towns until we stopped for gas in Enterprise so we would be ready for the following day of riding.

It was a short hop over to Joseph where we checked into the Motel sans Slick who had a room in Enterprise. We stowed our gear, gathered together and rolled to do the "walk about" in downtown Joseph. It was fun to check out the stores and RipCity and Bomber both found treasures to take back home. RipCity finally procured the elusive Joseph cowboy hat and Bomber found a really cool light to put with other things to make other things.

Later, we reconvened at the Stubborn Mule for dinner and drinks. Our server was very efficient and friendly making sure everyone was taken care of. Grim's steak was tough as shoe leather but most everyone seemed to have a good meal. We then retired for the evening.

Morning dawned earlier than expected due to texts being sent a 3:48 a.m. preceding the alarm that was set for 5:30 a.m. Our departure was moved up after several different weather services issued a thunderstorm warning at the time period we had intended to begin our riding day. All participants were notified and we gathered an hour earlier skipping breakfast at the usual cafe. It started to rain big drops of rain as we were completing our safety briefing. In fact, ominous thunder punctuated RipCity's ride leader remarks. RipCity, in fact, was the ride leader for the day.

We rolled out of town and headed for the mountain after finding out that some Harley-Davidson models will only start if the kickstand is up. It was crisp, cool and especially beautiful as we rolled out of town over the farm land. The rain had slowed to a few drops. We encountered no wildlife but did have to ride carefully around some bovine creatures. One three thousand pound bull was taking up an entire lane of traffic and was unfazed and unbothered by any and all motorized traffic.

Just as we stopped at the Hells Canyon Overlook, the rain started back up to a medium steady patter. The canyon was fog filled and you could not see the other side. Only one stubborn rider left the safety of the motorcycles to venture out. We did meet some travelers from Switzerland who had been journeying through the Americas. 

We motored on out of the Overlook and down the mountain through winding roads and twisty turns. Always a fun route. We rolled past down the highway and turned right on the road to the dam. The temperature was starting to rise but still wasn't too bad. There was no traffic and the roads were clear. 

We stopped at the Gateway Store to get some treats to hold us over until lunch in Midvale. It was also a good place to shed some gear as the temperature was rising. We soon departed and rolled into Cambridge for some gasoline. Grim had enough fuel to get to Boise but never passes up the opportunity for ethanol free premium gas.

Eight more miles found the group rolling in to our usual cafe in MidVale. It is always a pleasant place to stop and eat some salad bar, burgers and the like. The servers were very attentive and pleasant bringing us food and directing our buffet experience. Rowdy showed us how to properly empty ketchup out of a bottle but I think part of it is magic and sleight of hand.

It had gotten hotter but we were cooled by the breeze as we rolled out on our motorcycles. JoyJoy had a saddle bag snafu that was finally figured out but eventually we rode through Weiser and into Payette where we turned onto old Highway 30 headed towards Sand Hollow Road. Again traffic was light or non-existent as it had been for most of the Run. No doubt avoiding Saturdays on our rides is helpful in this regard.

Gundy and JoyJoy

The Fall Run ended at the same place it started. Everyone actually stayed and chatted a while after the obligatory phots were taken. It was not quite as hot as previous rides and it was a great two days of riding.

RipCity did a very good job of leading the ride for the second day. Grim rode at the back for the first time with only Smooth trailing. Truth be told, Grim had a great time but maybe will try being mid pack next time just for the heck of it.

See you at the barbecue with the spouses. More info about that to follow. Great job by everyone.