Sunday, September 12, 2021

OGRES MC 2022 "Hagerman" Spring Run June 9th and 10th

Thousand Springs

Grim recently "ran" this route past the road captains, G-Man and Gundy, and they approved this Run for consumption by the OMC members and guests.

Hence, this the official route, dining and lodging information for the 2022 OGRES MC "Hagerman" Spring Run.

Please note the June 9th and 10th is a Thursday and a Friday. 


First Day

June 9th  (240 miles):

We will start in Star and the Star Cafe. Breakfast at 8 a.m. Safety briefing at 8:45 a.m. 

Star - Emmett - New Plymouth - Parma - Wilder - Homedale - Marsing - Murphy - Grandview - Bruneau - Hammett - Glenns Ferry - King Hill - Bliss - Hagerman

We will spend the night at the Hagerman Valley Inn (208-837-6196). Sixteen rooms. Very nice balcony area to hang out, play cards, whatever. Hopefully we will get there early enough for a very short hop over the the Thousand Springs Resort for soaking in the natural hot artesian mineral water in the huge indoor pool.

https://www.hagermanvalleyinn.net

https://1000springsresort.com

The Snake River Grill is right next door to the hotel for dinner and breakfast. Very nice restaurant. No need to ride to dinner or breakfast.


Second Day


June 10 (279 miles):

We will leave the following morning at 8 a.m.  Safety briefing at 7:45 a.m.

Hagerman - Bliss - Gooding - Timmerman Hill - Bellevue - Hailey - Ketchum - Galena Summit - Stanley - Lowman - Garden Valley - Banks - Eagle



Saturday, September 11, 2021

OGRES MC Annual Barbecue and September Meeting President's Report

 



Friday evening brought a clean sky with cool weather following the rain. OGRES members and their lovely ladies gathered for the annual September bash at Bomber and Mrs. Bs lovely home. We missed those members not able to attend.

This is always a special event and the best times ever have transpired at this location. Many thanks to Mrs. B and Bomber for hosting the event yet again. They said they would love to host it every year. Be careful what you wish for.

We lined up at the buffet table loaded with pork steaks, baked potatoes, a wonderful salad, fresh corn on the cob, and dinner rolls. Keeping it simple, indeed. G-Man had arrived with a trio of pies for dessert. 

We loaded up our plates and gathered around the table. Light conversation was mixed with the intake of the fantastic meal and great vibes of the room.

We had some great conversations starting with reminiscing  about Paul Revere and the Raiders and their connection to the Treasure Valley. It was fun having the discussion take us back to younger times.

Next up was the sharing of pet names for our spouses. It was fun to hear more about members and spouses. We also shared middle names and stories about how nicknames and formal names came to be.









A short recess was taken for getting pictures of the attendees before the evening light completely vanished.




After "photo phun", the lovely pies, that G-Man had brung, were cut and ice cream was added for maximum effect. G-Man had brought apple, cherry and a pie that looked like cookies and cream. Grim forgot to ask. There is nothing quite as good as cherry pie a la mode.

We talked about our brushes with celebrities and how we had come into contact with "famous" people. We are still not sure who had Englebert Humperdinck's baby. 

Rowdy started clearing the table so that was our cue to gather our belongings and say goodnight. Much more conversation and cajoling took place until Bomber said, " Well, I guess I should go to bed so you folks can go home". 

We all safely made it to our rides and rode into the sunset.

Text by Grim 

Photos by Rip City



Sunday, September 5, 2021

OGRES Motorcycle Club 2021 "Joseph" Fall Run President's Report

 

Garage Cafe Notus, Idaho

The OGRES 2021 Fall Run began inauspiciously at best. OMC members were to meet at the Garage Cafe at 7 a.m. Rip City, Duke and Slick arrived to find the Garage Cafe not opening until 8 p.m. They forged ahead and had breakfast in Vale.

Grim, on the other hand, was waiting for Boise Cycle to open up as he had performed a safety inspection on his Road King Special the night before. Finding the rear inflation to be at 18 psi., instead of 41 p.s.i., further inspection found a screw imbedded in the rear tire. Grim notified the aforementioned trio to go ahead without him and he would catch up if tire service could be procured. 

Carl Davis at Boise Cycle was slammed and he was unable to do the service so Grim went to High Desert Harley. The dealer was able to install a new tire and Grim was on the road by 11 a.m.  

(Writer's note: Always check the Harley dealer's work before you leave. The drive belt was not checked by the mechanic and the belt was super overly tight. I did not notice it until I took off my full face helmet after arriving back in Idaho on the second day. Then I could hear all the extra noise and whining caused by the improperly adjusted belt. Carl Davis, at Boise Cycle, adjusted it properly on Saturday and hopefully no damage was done)


Vale, Oregon

Vale, Oregon

Vale, Oregon

Unity, Oregon

Unity Oregon

Unity, Oregon

Baker City, Oregon

Baker City, Oregon

Baker City, Oregon

Baker City, Oregon


Grim cannot attest to what occurred in Notus, Vale and Baker City in the above photographs. Further inquiry may be made with the three out of control OGRES members.



Baker City, Oregon


Grim and guest caught up with Slick, Duke and Rip City in Baker City at the Chevron Station just off the middle exit from the freeway.  The trio had already had lunch so Grim and L Dub filled up on chicken gizzards purchased at the gas station.  

Grim had recalled going out the road next to the Chevron in the past but couldn't remember the route exactly. He asked a local if this road would take us to Union and got a positive reply in return. 

First mistake: Grim deviated from the original plan and took the alternate route. Second mistake: Grim made a right hand turn at the first likely looking intersection instead of going straight to the correct second intersection. Dang.

The pack of OGRES members took this highway for quite a ways with Grim continuing to expect a left hand turn any minute that would send us back in the direction towards Union. It never happened. Finally, Grim pulled over, Duke got out the maps and it was determined we were headed towards Halfway and Oxbow instead of Union and Cove.

Grim was really wishing G-Man was on the Run as he knows all the roads and is expert at making sure Grim is not leading the bunch astray. 

Swallowing his disappointment, Grim led the pack towards Halfway. It was kind of fun to check out Halfway and we stopped there for a break. Then we continued on until we found the round that would take us up past the Hells Canyon overlook and on over to Joseph.

The ride up over the mountain was fairly uneventful except for having to navigate through 3 or 4 groups of cattle on and along the road. Grim also went a little too fast making it more difficult for the group to navigate the potholes and rough road. Sorry, guys. 


Almost To Joseph The Wrong Way

L Dub


Duke

Duke and Grim

Grim and Rip City

Rip City, Duke and Slick


We stopped at the intersection to Imnaha for a few minutes to warm up. Okay...just for Grim to warm up and everyone else wondered why we were stopping so close to Joseph. 


Indian Lodge Motel


We proceeded on down the road and into Joseph, Oregon. We went straight to the Indian Lodge Motel as the lone Chevron gas station was backed up with folks wanting fuel.

We all checked in smoothly until it was discovered that the motel had lost Duke's reservation. All possibilities were checked but no reservation could be found. The motel was full due the the huge vintage car show in town that weekend. Grim will not go into detail here, but the customer service was less than stellar except the ladies did try to find a room up the road. 

Rip City jumped in, at the point, and suggested Duke take his room and he would bunk up with Grim, due to Grim having a room with two beds. This turned out to be a perfect solution and we adjourned to our rooms. Grim went across the street and secured a reservation at the Stubborn Mule for dinner. 


Stubborn Mule Back Patio

At the appointed hour, the intrepid travelers sauntered over the the Stubborn Mule and found that it had been arranged for us to sit outside in the rear covered patio. This windfall turned out to be a really nice experience. A table with children was just leaving so that left our table of adults with one other. We had a very nice meal in a super environment and it was agreed we would make sure to get these arrangements in future years.

We went back to the motel and planned to grab some shut-eye. Suddenly, a card broke out in L Dub's room with four players. Rip City lost steadily until Grim set a deadline for card playing to cease at 11 p.m. Rip City's acumen and luck changed and he almost broke even before he bailed. The other players kept on for a bit longer. At game's end, it was not surprising that Grim was the big loser (since he had pretty much been a loser all day).

The motorcycle quintet met at the Cheyenne Cafe for breakfast the following morning. It was the usual great food with equally great company. 

Shortly thereafter, we hit road to head back over the mountain towards Hells Canyon. This time the trip was a much nicer as there were no cattle and Grim went much slower making it easier to negotiate the potholes, corners and rough road. Our first stop was the traditional one at the Hells Canyon Overlook.



Grim, Rip City, Duke, L Dub and Slick


Slick and Grim

Slick

Rip City Antics

Slick and Rip City

L Dub and Duke Slim







The overlook was much nicer than in years recent. There was hardly any smoke and the view was wonderful. It was also unusually quiet and the air smelled great.


Scotty's Place


The ride down the backside of the mountain was smooth, quiet and a little faster with more straightaways. We stopped at Scotty's place to take our heavier clotbing off and prepare for warmer weather. A small banquet broke out with oyster treats.

We continued on around the reservoir and across the dams. It was a nice ride over and around and up over onto Cambridge where we made a quick stop for fuel. We topped off and headed off down the road towards Midvale. We came across some road construction but were lucky to catch the green light with perfect timing to ingress down the one lane detour. 

We stopped at the little cafe in Midvale for a quick lunch. It was the usual great diner food at a pleasant table. Our server was great and Rip City was able to get his usual bowl of vanilla ice cream. 

We climbed back on our bikes and headed down through Weiser and Payette with little traffic and what traffic we encountered was moving right along.

We made the turn on Old Highway 30, in Payette, and cruised right along until we encountered the police who followed us for a while causing our speed to lower a tad.

We wished the police was still behind us as we were south bound on Old Highway 30 at Galloway. A "lady" in a Buick LeSabre was westbound at the stop sign. She suddenly and unexpectantly pulled out in front of the northbound traffic. Grim could not see how the oncoming truck kept from t-boning the Buick as she slewed across the lane and turned left right in front of our pack of motorcyclists. We had to brake heavily but a collision was averted. The "lady" then accelerated rapidly while weaving within her lane. Probably under the influence of intoxicating substance.


Tradition

We rolled on to the Chevron at Old Highway 30 and Highway 44 where we stopped for the final time for this Run. Goodbyes and such were made while declarations of gratitude for a great ride abounded.

'Nuff said.




Saturday, September 4, 2021

OGRES MC Mandatory September Meeting (Barbecue at Bomber's) This Coming Friday September 10th

 

112 Days Until Christmas

The Annual OGRES MC mandatory meeting (Barbecue at Bomber's) will be held this coming Friday, September 10th, at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at, you guessed it, Bomber and Brenda's home.

RSVP by answering the following multiple choice question:

A.   Two attending

B.   One attending

C.   Not able to attend

Please RSVP right away so that Bomber and Brenda will be able to plan for the event in a timely manner.


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Dutch is the New Language for OMC Sanctioned Runs

 


Effective immediately, no OMC member will pick up the collective check at meals when we are on OMC sanctioned runs or meetings. Payment will be "dutch" or separate checks.

Please bring sufficient cash if we run into a restaurant that won't do separate checks. In this instance, one member will pay the check but be immediately reimbursed by the other OMC members present.

I won't belabor this subject on this medium but will be glad to have a private conversation with any OMC member(s).

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Upcoming OMC 2021 Fall Run This Coming Thursday August 26th

 

Joseph, Oregon

The OGRES Motorcycle Club 2021 Fall Run will be held this coming Thursday, August 26th. We will meet for breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Garage Cafe in Notus, Idaho.

For those not attending the breakfast, the Safety Briefing will be held at 7:45 a.m. with the Run commencing by 8 a.m.

That is all.


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Special July 17 Meeting: Election of Vice President and Road Captains Report


 

A special meeting was held on the last day, July 17, of the 2021 OMC Summer Run. Since we don't have a meeting until November, due to the OMC Barbecue being held in September, important Club business needed to be accomplished at this time.

Grim had noted during his career, and by observing life in general, that people often do a lot of work without recognition, compensation, or credit. Many studies show that recognition is more powerful in people's lives than money or sex.

Grim had observed that Rip City had been working hard for the past couple of seasons and had unintentionally been fulfilling the role of Vice President. His documentation of the Runs and Meetings in video, word and photos had taken a huge load off of the President's back. Rip City has always been effective and timely in his interactions both in and outside the Club. Most recently Rip City interfaced with the Pipe Hitters Motorcycle Club while the OMC was in Orofino. This led to a fun and interesting time interacting with the PHMC.

Additionally, Gundy and G-Man have already been doing the work of Road Captain both on and off the bike. They both have assisted the President and the Club helping to keep everyone safe on the road. Gundy and G-Man are expert and adept at devising and creating Runs and rides for the Club.  Both the Summer and Fall Runs were devised by G-Man and they are Club favorites.

Grim opened nominations for Vice President and nominated Rip City as Vice President. Grim also nominated Gundy and G-Man as Road Captains. Grim also advised the Club that the OMC By-Laws also called for a nomination committee and for a vote to take place 30 days after the nomination committee was formed.

Smooth made a motion that G-Man be thanked for his years of service to the OGRES Motorcycle Club. Smooth further moved that the OMC Vice President position be filled by Rip City. He also moved that Gundy and G-Man be the Road Captains for the OGRES Motorcycle Club. The final part of his motion was that the aforementioned election requirements be waived for this election. The motion was seconded by Rowdy.

All motions carried with a unanimous vote of the 8 members present. The requirement that 3/4s of the Club membership must vote in the affirmative for a new Primary Officer was met.

The OGRES Motorcycle Club thanks G-Man for his years of service to the Club.

The OMC also congratulates Rip City as the new Vice President. The OMC also congratulates G-Man and Gundy for their new positions as Road Captains.

The change in Primary Officers was effective July 18, 2021.

The meeting was adjourned.


President Grim, Bomber, Smooth, Road Captain Gundy, Vice President Rip City, Slick, Rowdy and Road Captain G-Man