Monday, December 31, 2018

Very Special OGRES MC January Meeting Thursday January 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

The very special mandatory OGRES MC January meeting will be this coming Thursday January 3rd at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Clubhouse on Fairview.

Remember to bring your $50 dues for the year of 2019.  

Bring your "white elephant" gift for a gift exchange during the meeting.  Please remember there is a $50 limit on this gift.

We will discuss the upcoming ride schedule along with G-Man's proposed rides. 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Rip City Sighting

Unfortunately, Rip City has let himself go this Holiday season.  

Don't worry, Rip City.  

The extra weight will keep your Indian more stable in strong winds.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Krome's Cool Restoration Completed




Krome didn't do the restoration but he personally found many of the parts for his 47 year old 1972 Harley-Davidson Shortster.  

This bike was only made for one year.  

I can't wait for him to ride it to Challis in June!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

OGRES MC New Years Day Brunch

The annual OGRES MC New Years day brunch will be held guessed it...New Years Day, 2019 at 10 a.m.   

We will meet at the Egg Factory at 16011 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa.  The restaurant is right across from the Idaho Center.

Cages are acceptable in bad weather.  Wear yer cuts.

Friday, December 21, 2018

White Elephant Gift Exchange at January 3 OMC Meeting

Since we did not have a December meeting, there will be a "white elephant" gift exchange at the mandatory OGRES Motorcycle Club meeting on January 3rd.  

The dollar upper limit for "white elephant" gift is $50.  

More to follow about the meeting.  It is an important meeting.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Duke

December Customer of the Month

Our sergeant-at-arms should be the customer of the year as he gets his Harley serviced almost monthly due to the amount of miles he rides.

Lucky duck.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

2019 OGRES MC Event Calendar

2019 OMC Meeting Dates

January 3 – Meeting

March 7 - Meeting

May 2 – Meeting

July 11 – Meeting

September 6 – Barbecue  (Friday)

November 7 – 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 2019

Friday   June 7    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 the Pioneer Motel & RV Park, 220 South Highway 93, Challis, (208) 879-6791.  Each rider is responsible for making their own reservations.

We will ride out to Challis Hot Springs for a soak in the pool.

Saturday   June 8     220 Miles
We will attend the Challis Car Show Saturday morning.

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

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 2019

Thursday   July 18   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 19        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 20       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 2019

Thursday   August 22       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.

Friday   August 23      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 President.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

OGRES MC November 2018 Meeting Report

The OGRES MC November meeting commenced at the appointed time and place.  Present: G-Man, Smooth, Gundy, Slick, Bomber, Duke and Grim.  Absent: Rip City and Krome.

A short meeting was held in the Clubhouse to begin the evening.  Discussed were OMC Run dates and routes.  It was decided the Spring and Fall Runs would be held on a Thursday/Friday format.  The Summer Run will stay the same as in the past.  The OMC Calendar will be out soon for 2019.

A discussion was also held on the huge recall that Harley-Davidson had announced about the clutch engagement issue.  G-Man had the recall printed out.  It probably only affects him but if you have a Milwaukee Eight motor, you might inquire.

Gundy was the winner of the door prize and won a nice knife.  

The attendees then walked over to Sockeye Grill for a nice meal.  Many thanks to Slick for picking up the tab.  It was Slick's first official meeting and we were glad to have him there.

Thoughts and prayers went out to Rip City for a quick and successful recovery from his surgery.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Mandatory OGRES MC Meeting Thursday Nov. 1st at 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming is the OGRES Motorcycle Club Mandatory meeting.  It will be held Thursday November 1 at 6:30 p.m. The place of meeting will be at the Fairview Clubhouse.

That is all...

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Smooth's Annual Las Vegas Pilgrimage

Smooth is shown with a U.S. made tricycle which would technically qualify it's "rider" for membership in the OGRES.  Smooth said it is alleged to possess fantastic handling but is low in luggage capacity.  

Saturday, October 6, 2018

OGRES 2018 Fall Barbecue with Spouses (Board of Directors)

Bomber and Boss

A long overdue thank you to Bomber and Mrs. B. for hosting the September 2018 Barbecue for the OGRES club members and the OGRES Board of Directors.

Everyone was there except for Duke and his lovely bride.  The food and company was great even though some of the old war stories were retold.

It was a very nice time and the venue and food could not have been better.  

Thanks again to Bomber and Mrs. B.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

OGRES MC Barbecue with Spouses This Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The Annual OGRES MC Barbecue with Spouses is this coming Friday, September 7th, at 6:30 p.m.  The shindig will be held at Bomber's home.  I have sent the address to all members in a private e-mail but let me know if you didn't receive it.

See you there !

Saturday, September 1, 2018

2018 OGRES MC Fall Run Report: A Pictorial

The Gang

It All Began in Notus at the Garage Cafe

Breakfast at The Garage Cafe in Notus

Farewell Bend, Oregon

A Gaggle of Bikes at Farewell, Bend

Another Cool Bike Shot

Rip City Scouting for Blue Coats in Union, Oregon

Grim Warning of Rocky Roads Ahead

Lee, Rip City and Joy Enjoying a Fresh Beverage

Slick, Lee, Rip City, Joy, Krome, Grim, Bomber, Gundy, Stephen and Duke (G-Man-Photographer)

Indian Lodge Motel, Joseph, Oregon

Grim, G-Man, Slick, Stephen, Duke, Gundy, Bomber, Rip City, Lee, Krome and Gundy

Hell's Canyon Lookout

A Motley Crew

Rip City and Troublemaker

Ice Cream Stop at Scotty's

Lunch in Cambridge

Rip Modeling his Loincloth

May I Borrow Your Phone?

Slick, Rip City, Bomber, Grim, G-man (Lost his Cut), Krome, Duke and Gundy in Middleton

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018

Upcoming Fall Run Thursday August 23rd.....Yes, Thursday

Joseph, Oregon

It is almost time for the OGRES Motorcycle Club Fall Run.  Due to housing conflicts, the Run will be on a Thursday/Friday timetable.  This will actually be quite nice as we will not have to deal with Friday night traffic and crowds.

The ride will begin on Thursday, August 23rd, when we meet for breakfast at the Garage Cafe in Notus at 8 a.m.  Hopefully, we can eat breakfast, have a safety briefing and be on the road by 9 a.m.

Duke is bringing a guest and that is the only one I know of thus far.   See you there.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

OGRES Motorcycle Club 2018 Summer Run Report

Leann, Joy, G-Man, Bomber, Gundy, Barry, Stephen, Smooth, Grim and Duke

The OMC members and their guests met at the appointed time and place.  OMC members present: G-Man, Bomber, Gundy, Smooth, Grim and Duke.  Guests: Barry, Stephen, Joy and Leann.

Departure Preparation in Boise

We saddled up and headed north to began our grand adventure.  Eight of us left from Boise while Duke and Stephen departed from their overnight stop in Washington State.  

The decision to reverse the direction of this ride just got better and better as we proceeded.  Traffic was light and we only had a couple of knuckleheads on the way to Lowman.  It was cool and pleasant.

Lowman, Idaho

We stopped for a break at the Lowman Lodge to stretch our legs.  Grim had a great piece of cake and others grazed out of the goodies in Bomber's Tourpak.  Eventually we got back on the road and headed to Stanley.  The ride up over Banner Summit was smooth and it was really nice rolling into Stanley where we could view the Sawtooth mountains to our right for quite some time. 

Bomber and the Sawtooth Mountains

We stopped at the Bridge Grill in Lower Stanley for lunch.  There was some excitement in the parking lot as we parked, a scuffle in the gravel but the gang wreck was resolved in a quick and timely manner.  Grim only wished he had remembered to take pictures. We sat on the deck and enjoyed a great meal while watching the river run in the wrong direction.

After our sojourn, we headed up to Challis.  G-Man expressed a desire to stop at the museum in Clayton and Grim summarily rejected the proposal but as we approached Clayton his heart was softened.  We stopped only to find the museum was closed.  Note to Grim:  Stick to your guns next time.

We stopped in Challis for gasoline and enjoyed a full octane fill-up at the Phillips 66.  We then headed upriver towards Salmon.  The temperature seemed to rise commensurate with the distance to Salmon.  It was very hot the whole distance but the road was fun and curved just enough to keep G-Man and Smooth awake.

We arrived at our hotel to find that Duke and Stephen had already arrived and were headed for the pool.  Duke was wearing an especially fashionable and handsome swimming suit and many of the OMC members and guests were envious.

The Shady Nook, Salmon, Idaho

We had dinner at our usual Salmon spot at the Shady Nook.  The air conditioning must have been broken in our dining room but the food was good despite the heavy amount of horse radish on Grim's steak.  His sinuses continue to be very clear and open.  We all headed back to the hotel only for Stephen and Leann to be treated to a very naked man modeling in front of his hotel balcony doors.  Thankfully, most of us missed the show.

Departure Preparation in Salmon, Idaho

The intrepid and brave awoke the next morning for their mediocre Stagecoach Inn free breakfast.  Duke was smart enough to get his breakfast elsewhere.  We met at the Sinclair up the street and departed from the gas station.  A mini gang wreck broke out in the parking lot involving a new bike but it was quickly resolved and no switch needed to be reset.  Luckily, highway pegs had just been installed to assist in the clearing of the gang wreck.  Again, Grim was remiss in taking photos.  

We headed towards Darby and enjoyed a cool and uneventful ride on the fun and varied roads leading to our next stop.  

Darby, Montana

Darby, Montana 

We rolled into Darby while it was still cool and fairly quiet before Logger Days really got underway.  We entered our favorite shops but the usual ladies were not there.  It appears there is new ownership/management but the experience was still just as fun.  Duke bought a boom stick while G-Man was looking at antique looking deputy sheriff badges.  G-Man asked to see one and was holding it when the lady answered his inquiry about the price.  When G-Man heard it, it was as if the badge became molten hot as he dropped it quite quickly.  It is true a "Cheap Meter" sounds just like a Geiger Counter according to witnesses who were there.

Some hats were almost purchased but it turned out that candy and chocolate were the commodities that mostly left the store.  Grim definitely enjoyed the chocolate haystack he gets there every year.

After the appropriate amount of shenanigans had transpired, we climbed back on our motorcycles and headed for Lolo Pass.  The ride through the valley was nice as it was much cooler, with less traffic, than we had endured when traveling in the opposite direction in past years.  We stopped for gas in Lolo.  While gassing, Grim struck up a conversation with a local at the next pump.  The man was very congenial and gave Grim the scoop on where to eat lunch.

We finished gassing our bikes and headed up towards Lolo Pass in the search for the Lochsa Lodge and eventually found that it was a place we had stopped in a past year but did not realize there was a restaurant there.

Arrival at Lochsa Lodge, Montana

Lochsa Lodge Restaurant

Lochsa Lodge Store

Lochsa Lunch

Leann's Salad

Grim's Egg Bison Burger

Gundy's Burger

Leann Pointing To Where the Bears.......

The Lochsa Lodge was even better than advertised.  It was cool and quaint inside and our waitress was delightful.  The food was absolutely wonderful and all the diners raved about it.  We lingered over our meals as it was such a nice experience that one was loathe to leave behind.  We eventually dragged ourselves out to the parking lot and disembarked back out onto the highway.

At this point in this narrative, Grim wants to apologize to the rest of the pack.  The leader of a run is supposed to keep the speed at a rate that can be absorbed by ALL members of the group to maximize the enjoyment of the group as a whole.  From Lochsa Lodge to Orofino, Grim rode too fast and furious for the aforementioned goal to be realized.  The speeds were too high during this stretch and made the ride less than enjoyable for the group as a whole.  Grim should have also made one more stop in Lowell, Idaho to break up this leg of the run.   It will be better next year.  My apologies.

The Best Western on the River, Orofino, Idaho

We rolled into Orofino and found that a white cage had parked where we normally park our bikes.  Grim tried to be a traffic cop and in the future will not make that mistake again.  We eventually parked and went inside to check in at the Best Western.  This is always a treat as the hotel is so nice as are the staff.  After a few refreshments, much of the crew hit the pool and hot tub.  It was very refreshing and fun.  If only there were rocks on the bottom of the pool.

We went to dinner at the great restaurant next door and really had a nice meal and dessert.  Everyone was in rare form and the laughter came often and in large volumes.  The company and mood was as good and as much fun as Grim can ever remember.  We stayed at the table for a long time as we were having too much fun to leave.  The spirit of fellowship was thick and sweet but we eventually headed back to the hotel for a good nights sleep.  

G-Man, Bomber, Leann and Grim were finally able to head to their respective rooms after playing with every stuffed animal puppet that was on display in the lobby.  Gundy also joined in as we repeated all the funny story title/author jokes we could think of.   

The next morning, all riders awoke and had a nice free breakfast in the hotel.  This hotel knows how to do it.  

As luck would have it, there was a local car show in the City Park next door.  Most all went over the train trestle to check it out.  Many cars had not arrived yet but the best in show, in Grim's opinion, was the 1955 Chevy 4WD pickup that wasn't even in the show.  It was fun checking out the locals and their cars.  Grim doesn't know why he didn't take any photos, especially of the pickup truck.  

We climbed aboard our iron horses and headed down the road towards Grangeville.  One could tell that we were getting closer to Grangeville as the temperature rose the closer the proximity.  We had one close call with a couple of deer going into Sites, Idaho but we were able to avoid them.  Duke must have had his deer whistle turned off.

After a quick ice cream break in Grangeville, we headed down White Bird grade.  The temperature really rose the closer we came to the bottom of the grade.  We continued down to the "banana belt" of Riggins and on through New Meadows.  

The Pancake House, McCall, Idaho

We rolled into McCall where a fuel stop and lunch was planned.  Grim had never seen McCall so packed with people and traffic.  There must have been a family reunion for the whole state of California that weekend.  Holy cow.

We finally did make it to the Pancake House where we had a pretty nice meal.  Grim could eat breakfast every meal of the day.  Just remember to get the buckwheat pancakes and not the buttermilk ones, Bomber.

After that nice respite, we got back on the road and enjoyed a pretty nice ride down to Smith's Ferry except for a couple of idiot cages that got mixed up with us for a bit.  Oh well.  Our last break of the trip was held in the shade at Smith's Ferry as we finished up the last of the deli from Bomber's Tourpak.  

We headed on down the road following a slow vehicle train but took our time as there was a lot of rafting and vacationing traffic.  Next year we will probably go through Cambridge and Weiser.

Reluctantly we ended up back where we started to end the Summer Run and say our goodbyes.

Current Club Members Attending the Summer Run

However, we did not conclude the closing ceremonies before Barry was inducted as the newest and youngest member of the OGRES Motorcycle Club.  Barry is a great addition to the OGRES MC and we look forward to our continued friendship and affiliation with Barry.  Congratulations to him and we are lucky to have him in the Club.  Grim will announce his Club moniker as soon as it is finalized.

All of us greatly enjoyed this Run and considered it one of the best ever, if not the best.  

There were some participants who stated they would have rather been home working on their sprinkler systems.  Oh well, there are some things you just can't account for.

See you at the barbecue with the spouses in September.  More information about that to follow.

That's all, folks....