Sunday, September 18, 2022

Annual OGRES MC Fall Barbecue with the Spouses Report

 


Not surprisingly, this event did not go as planned for this year. A couple of days prior to the event, I received a phone call from Bomber advising me that Mrs. B. had tested positive for COVID-19. We discussed many options but decided to keep the event at their crib which made the choice to go pot luck for this event a stroke of genius.

At the appointed hour, OMC members and their brides began to show up. Members present: G-Man, RipCity, Grim, Duke, Rowdy, Bomber and Gundy. Members absent: Krome, Slick and Smooth.

We had a very nice time and the food was great. We will definitely continue the pot luck tradition.


















Sunday, September 11, 2022

OGRES Motorcycle Club 2022 "Joseph" Fall Run Report

 

Hangry G-Man

The OMC 2022 Fall Run actually began the night before, the scheduled day and time, when the Vice President notified the President that the Garage Cafe opened at 8 a.m. instead of the usual 7 a.m. time. It was decided we would meet at the aforementioned Cafe at 7:45 a.m. and decide whether to venture forth on empty stomachs or have breakfast before departing.

All OMC members attending, and guests, met at the above place and time and decided to sit down and have breakfast. 

Members present: Bomber, RipCity, G-Man, Grim, Gundy and Rowdy. Guests: Joy and Lee. Members absent: Krome, Duke, Smooth and Slick.


Bomber

Rowdy

Grim

Joy

Gundy

Lee

Service and food were the COVID norm...slow and barely acceptable. RipCity's eggs tasted a bit like spittle the second time around. We finished up and headed outside for the safety briefing.




After our safety briefing, we headed up the road towards Oregon. The temperature was not nearly as cold, as in the past couple of years, and we were able to ride without shivering. We rolled through Parma, Nyssa and cruised by Vale. It became quite warm as we headed towards Unity and we made a stop to shed some gear.








After this short stop, we pressed on down the road to Unity. This stretch is actually quite nice with swooping curves and very little traffic. It was a nice ride and we found some shade to park in when we arrived in Unity.



Some had ice cream, some had water, while others chowed on some free popcorn. Guess who was eating the free stuff. 

After a short break in Unity, the intrepid bikers headed up the road towards the twisties between Unity and Baker City. This stretch was as much fun as usual and went by much too quickly. Presently we rolled into Baker City and stopped for gasoline.



The gaggle of riders took a quick break and filled our bikes up with gasoline just at the edge of Baker City. We consulted our google net devices and found that the steak house in Cove did not open until 2 p.m.. We decided to try our olde haunt in Haines. Off we went through town and out the other side.






We rolled into Haines and parked along the curb just prior to the location of the restaurant. G-Man's bike was very tired and decided to lay down to rest. We finally convinced the Road Glide to stay upright and be a good bike. 

We sauntered over to the restaurant while Gundy and RipCity took the scenic route circling the area several times before taking the door of their choice into the restaurant. RipCity brought the "Golden Helmet of Mambrino" in with him so the local miscreants would not make off with it.

The server was very nice and helpful and it was a fun meal and time. 

Somehow Grim ended up wearing three "cuts" and RipCity's golden helm had transmogrified to a bench outside the restaurant. All were reunited with their garb and noggin covers without much further incident.

We climbed aboard our rides and headed northward toward Powder River, Cove and Elgin. This stretch is fun with a lot of nice curves and it is fun rolling through all the small towns along the route. 

After rolling along a ways, Grim found a place next to the river to stretch our legs and get some hydration and treats aboard.




A car pulled in behind us, after a time, and a woman emerged volunteering to take our group picture. We took her up on her offer and was able to get everyone on "film" along with our usual photographer, RipCity.

We rolled on down the road with everyone refreshed and ready for more rolling vistas and adventure. We soon rolled into Enterprise and stopped for some fuel before heading on in to Joseph.

We arrived at the Indian Lodge Motel and checked in. We met the new owner and she was just as nice, in person, as she was on the phone. We checked into our rooms and found a lot of improvements and upgrades to our rooms. Very nice. Some of us went over to the Stubborn Mule to make dinner reservations while others showered and rested.



At the agreed upon time, we all headed over to the Stubborn Mule for dinner. We were able to sit out on the rear patio and it was quite nice. Our server was also the bartender but the service and food was great and it was a very nice time. 




In fact, RipCity was so "attached" to the place that a chair stuck to his butt and he was almost forced to take the chair with him. We managed to extricate him from the sitting equipment.

After dinner, we walked down to the little grocery stored and procured our traditional Fat Boy ice cream sandwiches for dessert. We sauntered back to the motel eating our ice cream sandwiches and checked out all the bronze statuary on our return trip. Everyone hit the sack early anxious for the upcoming day of riding.

The following morning we all met at the Cheyenne Cafe for breakfast. Very slow service but the food was good as usual.

We had a safety briefing after arriving back at the motel and summarily exited the waking town prior to the car show people taking over the area.




The weather was warmer than usual and it was a pleasant trip up to the twisting roads that eventually led us to the Hell's Canyon overlook.  That stretch of road is always fun although the potholes make for careful travel. Everyone made it in one piece and we rolled in for some leg stretching and photo ops.





We also met and conversed with several groups of people also in attendance at the Overlook. It was a very nice sojourn for our traveling circus.

We reluctantly departed and headed down the mountain towards the dam and reservoir. It is always fun riding down the mountain, over the dale and around the reservoir to the dam and beyond. It was very hot and a much need stop was made at the little store at Halfway.



Grim found a nice spot for everyone to park in the shade. G-Man galloped past everyone and slid to a thundering, sliding stop in front of the store as if his britches were on fire. He vaulted like a gymnast into the store as if he really needed to find the head or the water cooler. We paused to avoid the stampede. 

We filled up on water and such while Rowdy paid a king's ransom for the gasoline on site. He might have made it to Cambridge but his gas "gauge" had ceased to function. 

We climbed back aboard our bikes and headed up the rolling hills and sweeping curves to Cambridge and on to MidVale for lunch.




We parked at the great cafe there and found our usual table waiting for us. We had a nice little snack as it was too hot to eat very much. The usual light banter was fun and we made sure to take this opportunity to make fun and talk trash about any and all OMC members who were absent from the Run. 

Maybe someday we will have all members attend one OMC Run at once.

We head on down the road unimpeded by traffic for quite some time until we came upon a junk truck around Weiser. Unfortunately, we had to follow the line of cars behind the truck all the way into Payette. The driver of the truck had no damns to give about the long line of cars behind him. We finally passed the truck but not until we had turned left onto the little byway that would take us to Sand Hollow.

After we were able to pass the truck, it was smooth and fast sailing all the way to our final group destination at the Chevron west of Middleton.


OMC Members

Guests

The final photo opportunities are taken advantage of and hugs and goodbyes transpired. The final OMC Run of the year was over but hopefully there are many more to come.



White faced RipCity was very forlorn that the OMC riding season is over but knows the Barbecue with the Spouses will cheer him up in the upcoming weeks.


Photos and Video: RipCity

Story and Text: Grim



Wednesday, August 31, 2022

OGRES MC 2022 Barbecue with Spouse Coming Up on September 9th at 6:30 PM

 


The 2022 Annual OGRES MC Barbecue with the Spouses will be held on Friday September 9th at 6:30 p.m.  

The soiree will be held at Bomber and Brenda's crib...please consult your member roster for the address. 

This will be a pot luck affair with every member bringing a dish(es) to the table. You will be contacted by Grim or Bomber with your assignment.

This should be a lot of fun as the environment and company cannot be beat. 

Let Grim know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you are attending OR if you are not attending. 

Can't wait for this special evening.



Saturday, August 27, 2022

OGRES MC "Joseph" Fall Run Report by VP Rip City via "Relive"


Special thanks goes out to our OGRES MC Vice President and historian, RipCity. He again did a great job of capturing and recording the sights and events of the 2022 OGRES MC Fall Run. 

Check out the following links:

Day One:

https://www.relive.cc/view/vNOPoRxk7Yv

Day Two:

https://www.relive.cc/view/vQvxn4VxyB6

Sunday, August 21, 2022

OGRES MC "Joseph". Fall Run Begins This Coming Thursday August 25th

 

Lake Wallowa

The OGRES Motorcycle Club Fall "Joseph" Run is this coming Thursday August 25th and Friday August 26th. 

Details of the Fall Run are at this link:

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

See you there if you have a hair...

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Prestigious Award for Stalwart OGRES MC Sergeant at Arms





 Our illustrious OMC Sergeant at Arms will be awarded the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor on August 24, 2022. Duke will received the Silver Buffalo for his prodigious support and huge body of work for that organization.

The OGRES Motorcycle Club would not exist without Duke's involvement and enthusiastic support. 

Congrats Duke !


Saturday, July 23, 2022

OGRES MC Sanctioned Run Dates for 2023

 


Many OGRES MC members have taken to getting their reservations, for next year, at checkout this year. Hence Grim wanted to put out the dates for next year.

Spring Run: Thursday June 8 and Friday June 9 (Hagerman)

Summer Run:  Thursday July 20, Friday July 21 and Saturday July 22 (Salmon and Orofino)

Fall Run:  Thursday August 24 and Friday August 25 (Joseph)

The dates for the Summer Run have been moved back so we will no longer be at the Best Western with the PHU MC and the car show. It should make it nicer to use the pool and the restaurant.

Hope this helps. This should give all members enough notice so everyone is able to attend the Runs.

Friday, July 22, 2022

OGRES MC 2022 "Orofino" Summer Run Report

Jeff, Gundy, Joy, Duke, Lee, Grim, Bomber and G-Man

The OGRES MC 2022 Summer Run began at the appointed place and time. It was a fairly nice morning and the safety briefing was a little more extensive due to the route and some new riders.

Members present: Bomber, Grim, Gundy, G-Man and Duke. Members absent: RipCity, Smooth, Slick, Krome and Rowdy. Guests present: Joy, Jeff and Lee.

We climbed aboard our bikes and headed up Highway 21. The weather was cool and the traffic fairly light as we made our way past Lucky Peak and Hilltop. It was really good to be leaving the Treasure Valley behind. We cruised along until we made a short stop in Idaho City to adjust clothing and take a bio break.

We continued our ride through the twisties between Idaho City and Lowman. The road surface wasn't great but the curves were fun and the scenery was beautiful. The little bit of traffic actually pulled over for us and let us pass.


Lowman Lodge


We rolled into Lowman and made a stop at the newly reopened Lowman Lodge. The Lodge folks were more prepared, than our last visit, and we were able to get water and such. Nice people.

After a short respite, we continued on up the road just after we observed 20 plus bikes turn off the Garden Valley highway and head up towards Banner Summit. We might have caught them until we came upon road construction where we just missed the pilot car. We only had to wait about 15 minutes until we were able to follow the pilot car through the construction and headed on up to Stanley.


Sawtooth Luce's in Stanley, Idaho


Upon our arrival, some stopped for gas while Grim headed over to Lower Stanley to check out the lunch spot. The Bridge Grill is no more... as it was discovered that all the signs were down, windows boarded and door locked. Bummer.

When we first rolled into Stanley, Grim had spotted Sawtooth Luce's and thought it looked interesting. We rolled back to that restaurant and it turned out to be very nice, both in service and in substance. We had a very nice lunch.  We continued on up the road towards Challis and Salmon.

It was a very nice ride through Clayton and up and over to Challis. The closer to Challis we rode, the higher the temperature became. We stopped at the Exxon station and took a quick break. Much water and ice cream was taken on until it was time to head on up the road.

After a nice ride up the canyon to Salmon, we pulled into the Stagecoach Inn. We parked our bikes and checked in. It was found that some of our reservations did not stick but they had enough rooms so no one had to sleep in the parking lot. (Reminder: always confirm your reservations a month prior to the Run.)

Some took advantage of the pool before dinner and others settled for a shower. We head up to the Shady Nook for dinner. The service and food were greatly improved over the experience we had last year. It was a nice time. We sat around the pool afterwards and had a great time talking and swimming. However, the mosquitoes came out and ran us off to our beds.

The next morning we awoke and had "breakfast" in the hotel. It is ironic that the Stagecoach Inn is more expensive than the Best Western in Orofino. The amenities in Orofino are so much nicer along with the breakfast. Oh well.

G-Man awoke feeling "wiped out" and very much under the weather. He looked rather gray and it was hoped it was just a little fatigue. He stated he would isolate from us as much as possible just in case his condition was contagious.

As we finished loading up and had our safety briefing, the sky began to lightning and thunder. As we rolled out, the rain began to fall. We stopped at the Sinclair and tried to fuel but their gas pumps were all fouled up and we finally gave up. 




It rained on us the whole way from Salmon to Darby but the downpour was not too heavy. The road and curves were just as fun even though the speeds were lower due to the rain. The rain subsided as we rolled into Darby and we checked out the cool shops and grabbed a snack or two.  We gassed up in Darby after doing our shopping and headed down the road.

Several of the riders had geared up in their rain gear as we proceeded. The ploy worked as we encountered no more rain.

It was smooth sailing up the valley through Hamilton and Lolo. We headed up towards Lolo pass and eventually sailed over the summit, after taking a quick gas and water break at the cool, old truck stop.

It was a great ride while swooping around the curves and rolling up through the trees along the river. After some great riding, we rolled into Lochsa Lodge for lunch.

Lochsa Lodge, Idaho

We dismounted after finding the only parking left. There were a ton of bikes and ATVs in the parking lot and we hoped there was room in the restaurant.

G-Man's health had deteriorated and he was very fatigued, grey-faced and developed cold-like symptoms. The waitress was extremely helpful and found him a couch to rest on in the next room. He rested while the rest of us had a great lunch, as usual, along with great service. 

We headed out after waking up the G-Man. He looked a little better.

After we had cruised along through the sweeping turns along the river, for a while, we observed an older couple next to their upturned car that was mostly in a ditch. We found a turnout and Bomber and Duke went back to check on them. It turned out, they had already received help. When the aforementioned duo, returned we mounted up and headed down the road. We thought. 

After a short bit, Grim noticed half the group had disappeared. After finding yet another hot and sunny turnout, Grim headed back to find them. Grim passed Jeff who had also pulled over. Grim next came across Duke who advised that G-Man had removed his chaps and had put them in Bomber's saddlebag. However, G-Man had neglected to take his fob out of his chaps and was unable to start his bike when we all pulled away. 

After much motorcycle musical chairs, we finally headed on our way. After some more nice riding, we stopped at the Three Rivers Resort for a break. Water and refreshment was badly needed. 

As we rolled up and stopped in the little bit of shade, we observed a person inside the convenience store hurriedly putting up a sign in the window. The sign said that the store was closed until 3:30 and it was barely 3 o'clock. Nice folks....NOT. They won't ever get any business from Grim. We headed on our way.

We continued to ride towards Kooskia where we stopped for water and to gas up Jeff's bike. G-Man's condition was a little scary as he wasn't very lucid and seemed dizzy. We kept our speeds low and smooth the rest of the way into Orofino. Grim was able to avoid the monster pothole that had tried to eat his bike the two previous years.

Upon our arrival, it was found we had again chosen the same weekend as the Pipe Hitters Union MC. The car show was also the next day so the Best Western was pretty crowded. We will be going a week later next year to avoid this congestion.

We checked in and retired to our rooms until dinner. The pool was busy so that was not an option at this time. G-Man went straight to his room and his bed, telling us he wouldn't be at dinner. 


Orofino, Idaho at the Best Western

At the appointed time, we headed over to the restaurant next door. Our reservation, made the night before, had been lost but our table was just being vacated. It became clear that the restaurant did not have enough help and the help that was working wasn't very effective. The food was pretty good but the service and time spent was pretty bad. 
Hopefully, things will be better next year.

We hit the pool after dinner and the water felt great. After enjoying the hot tub and the pool, we all headed off to bed. 

The next morning, we awoke and had a good breakfast. We waited until 9 a.m. for the pharmacy to open so we could buy COVID-19 rapid tests. Bomber and Grim went and retrieved them. Bomber and G-Man took the tests in the hotel. Bomber result was negative but G-Man's result, not surprisingly, was positive. Gladly, G-Man felt much better after the night's rest. 

We then mounted up and headed towards Kamiah where we took 162 up and over to Grangeville. It was the usual great ride up and out of Kamiah with the scenery turning from pines to great open fields of wheat and such. 


Grangeville, Idaho


Grangeville, Idaho

We made the usual stop in Grangeville taking on snacks and water. After a bit, we started up the bikes and headed south down Whitebird Grade. What a great time that was. As usual, the temperature rose quickly at the bottom of the grade. We rolled down through Riggins and on through the valley to New Meadows. We stopped in New Meadows for lunch as the Pancake House in McCall has closed for good. 

We ate at The Intersection BBQ, Bar and Grill. It was actually a pretty nice place and the food was good. G-Man and Bomber ate outside in the heat but the rest of us were inside. We had ice cream next door and then departed. Jeff told us of a road that would take us around most of the congestion in McCall. Boydstun Road. Grim watched vigilantly for the road but was foiled by a huge camper waiting at the road blocking the road sign perfectly until Grim saw the sign too late. Oh well.

We made it through the madness of McCall and then rode down through Donnelly to Cascade. We stopped at the Chevron station in Cascade and gassed up. We also grabbed some water and such to stay hydrated. 

On down through the winding road we went. The traffic was fairly light and we made good time. We rode through Horseshoe Bend and flew up the grade and over into the Treasure Valley.

We said our goodbyes at the Chevron at 55 and Beacon Light before heading to our respective quarantines.

At the time of this writing, Grim is just leaving quarantine after getting a negative PCR test at the doctors, even though I have had minor cold symptoms. 

Can't wait for the OMC Fall Run. It should be great!


OMC Members

Guests: Joy, Jeff and Lee



Text and photos by Grim