Our monthly dinner ride for January was at Fuddruckers on Speedway. We had a good turnout. We even had Al Tomlinson from Bisbee make the ride to join us. Those in attendance were; Rich & Debbie Fancher, Jon McQuay, Al Tomlinson, Stan & Patti Thibaut, Bud Welch, Randy & Cindi Palmer, and yours truly. Here are a few pictures.
Well our annual ride to Palm Springs is history for another year. This year was our largest turnout yet. Over 100 members, family, and friends made the ride to Palm Spring. We did have a few members from our chapter, Jim Kneup, Frank Brunetti, Bob Ferrier, Mike Schultz, John Chruscincki, his friend Susan Baldwin, and yours truly. There was a lot of good chats and renewed friendships from members we may have not seen for a year. There were also a lot of different rides and things to do. The Palm Springs Aerial Tram was a popular excursion this year as was Julian. Here are a few pictures of the trip.
On Sunday January 18th Bob Ness was baptized at the Sonoita Bible Church. Besides his friends, family, and Retreads some of his fellow Blue Knights also made the trip. Those who were there were:Bud Welch, Susan Wagner, Jim Kneup, Stan Thibaut, Rev, and myself. Here are a few pictures of the festivities.
On Saturday we had our monthly breakfast. This month we chose Old Chicago Deli in Green Valley. What a great turnout we had this month with 18 members and family making the trip to Green Valley. Joining us on Saturday was Frank & Kate Brunetti, Jeff & Kellie Jamieson, Bud Welch, Randy & Cindy Palmer, Jim Kneup, Pat Shely who brought along our newest member Bruce Distler, Bob Ferrier, Terry, Duane Lewis, Bob & Rusty Ness, Rich & Debbie Fancher and finally yours truly. There was great conversations among everyone and we also discussed Bob’s upcoming Baptism on Sunday January 18th. Here are a few pictures of our BK Family.
On Tuesday we had our monthly dinner ride to Thunder Canyon Brewery in the Foothills Mall. We had a rather good turnout where thirteen members and family came to join us for dinner. Those in attendance were: Jim & Barb Kneup, Ray & Donna Valenzuela, Alan Stewart and his wife Susan Wagner, Stan & Patti Thibaut, Frank & Kate Brunetti, George “Bud ” Welch, Mark Maisto, and yours truly. Here are a few pictures of our members at dinner.
I was recently contacted through our Web Page by a Blue Knight from Quebec Canada, Tony Berardiucci, QC XIII. He was staying in Mesa during his trip around the US. He was driving his truck towing his Yamaha Venture behind. I provided him with the other Arizona Chapters so he might be able to connect with other BK’s in Arizona. We met at Picacho Peak Travel Center on Moday 12/29 and decided to take a little ride. We departed there and headed back into Tucson. We exited @ Tangerine and went to Oracle Rd., Rt. 77, where we headed north. Heading north we went past Catalina, the Biosphere, and into Winkelman where we stopped for gas. From there we headed NE through Kearny and Hayden past the open pit mines to US 60. We stopped at the Visitors Center which is an old Red Caboose. From there we continued east until I departed, heading south at Rt 79 back to Tucson while he continued on to Mesa. We had great weather and a very nice ride of over 250 miles. On Tuesday he met with the Blue Knights from Prescott. Below are a few pictures from his meeting with them.
Well we had our monthly breakfast ride today on 12/13/14. Not too often you get the month, day, and year in sequential order like that. Anyway we met at Old Times Cafe for our monthly breakfast. Even with the in-climate weather we had 14 members and family come for breakfast. We even had one brave soul, Bud Welch, ride his Victory in the rain. As we were looking over the breakfast menu they have a breakfast challenge for the competitive eaters. There is a TWENTY-FOUR egg omelet that includes one meat, one vegetable, one cheese, two pieces of toast and one beverage. If you can eat this behemoth within one hour it is free. If not it will cost you a hefty $24 price tag. There is NO SHARING and you cannot buy it as a group to split. It is only as a challenge for one person to try and eat.
Those who made the ride today were; Frank & Kate Brunetti, Norm & Mary Hubbard, Stan Thibaut, Jeff & Kelli Jamieson, Pat Shely, Duane Lewis, Bob Ferrier, Bud Welch, Bob & Rusty Ness, and yours truly. It has been quite sometime but it was really great to see Bob and Rusty make the ride up from Patagonia. It is always a treat to see our dear friends Bob & Rusty. Below are some pictures of our members.
We had our annual Christmas Party at Bill (Rev) and Antje Calkins home. Bill & Antje graciously opened their home once again to our festivities. Those who made our dinner were of course Bill & Antje Calkins, Jeff & Kellie Jamieson, Bill & Jackie Daily (who traveled from Strawberry), Frank & Kate Brunetti, Norm & Marry Hubbard and yours truly. After enjoying appetizers we sat down to a lovely dinner of deep fried turkey, ham, calico beans, scalloped potatoes, fruit salad, and dessert. After dinner we all sat down for the White Elephant/Chinese Gift Exchange. Below are pictures from the dinner party.
We had our monthly dinner ride at Mama Louisa’s on Tuesday the 25th. Unfortunately we only had six members and family for dinner. A lot of this was most likely due to the fact that our dinner ride was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I am sure many of our chapter members were either on the road to enjoy Thanksgiving with family out of town or were making their own preparations for Thanksgiving at their respective homes. Those who did join us were Stan & Patti Thibaut, Bud Welch, Jim Kneup, Al Tomlinson, and yours truly.
We had a GREAT turnout for our November breakfast @ Sky Riders Cafe at the Marana Airport. A total of 17 members, family and friends made the trip. Those who made the ride were: Randy & Cindi Palmer, Jim Kneup, Norm & Mary Hubbard, Terry, Russ & Jackie Cole, Jeff & Kelly Jamieson, Frank & Kate Brunetti, Mike Leeper, Bill Calkins, our newest members Bob Ferrier & Al Tomlinson, and myself. There was great conversation meeting our new members. After breakfast a few of us road through Sandario and through the mountains to Ina Rd. Here are a few pictures.