Apr 192015

On Saturday April 18th the IV Annual Brian Terry Memorial Ride was held in Tombstone.  There was a large turnout of fellow LEO’s who came from as far as San Diego and San Clemente California.There were members from Legion Riders, VFW, Usual Suspects, Choir Boys, Hallowed Few, and Hired Guns and of course our Blue Knights AZ IX. Those from our chapter were Randy & Cindy Palmer, Dan Thrasher and yours truly.  Larry Houghland was not able to ride but he did come to Tombstone.

The ride started and ended at the American Legion in Tombstone on Allen Street.  First stop was Chosin Cycles in Huachuca City, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Benson, The Rock Saloon & Brill at the Triangle T Ranch in Draagon, VFW in Pearce, and finally back to Tombstone.  Here are some pictures of the MANY motorcycles that were there.

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Apr 112015

Our April breakfast ride has come and gone.  This month we had 14 members and family attend breakfast.  Those who made it today are; Stan & Patti Thibaut, Bruce Distler, Russ & Jackie Cole, John Falzone, Jim Kneup, Terry, Norm & Mary Hubbard, Twan, Al Tomlinson, Mike Leeper, and yours truly.  Here are a few pictures of breakfast.

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Apr 012015

Well another dinner ride has come on gone.  This month we had fourteen (14) members and family make the ride to Shlomo & Vitos’s Italian Delicatessen.  Those who made the ride were; Jim & Barb Kneup, Bruce Distler, John Chruscinski, Ray & Donna Valenzuela, Will Harris, Jeff Jamieson, Terry, John & Garnetta Falzone, Bear & Robi Campbell and yours truly.  A great time, food, and conversation was had by all.

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Mar 302015

The Missing in America Project Ride (MIAP) was on Saturday March 28th.  We met at Adair Funeral home where we picked up 17 urns containing the ashes for WWI, Vietnam, Peace Time Vets, and one urn containing the remains of a spouse.  We preceded to RV City in Huachuca City where we met many of bikers from there we went to the Veterans Cemetery for the formal Ceremony.  Well over 100 motorcycles from PGR, ALR, VFW, CMA, Combat Vets to name just a few were in attendance.  Larry Houlgan, Dan Thrasher, Robert Perry and myself represented BKAZIX.  The MIAP team has traveled to over 1700 funeral homes looking for unclaimed Veteran remains in hopes of returning them for proper burial.  There are over 23,000 funeral homes in America.  I have put a photo gallery on our Web Page under the “Photos” Tab.

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Mar 142015

We had a very good turnout this month for our monthly breakfast ride.  We had a total of fourteen members and family for breakfast.  Those who made the ride were; Jim Kneup, Dan Thrasher, Terry, Bill “Rev” Calkins, “John Wayne” McQuay, John Howe, Twan Van Der Sanden, Frank Brunetti, John Falzone, Bruce & Bonnie Distler, Bear & Robi Campbell, and yours truly.  It was good seeing some familiar but old faces who have not made any rides lately.  After breakfast Jim, Bruce, Dan, Bear, John Wayne, and myself headed for a short ride up to Mt. Lemmon.  Several of these guys have never been so it would be a nice ride.  We started out with a balmy 75 degrees.  By the time we reached Ski Valley it was a chilly 52 degrees.  We walked around the area watching the chair lift in operation.  Jim decided to head down the mountain while Dan, Bear, Bruce, and I explored Summerhaven.  After a short ride through Summerhaven we headed back down the mountain toward our respective homes.  Here are a few breakfast photos and some from Mt. Lemmon.

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Feb 262015

nWell another dinner ride is in the books.  We had our monthly dinner ride in February to Chuy’s on Ina Road.  This month brought out some of our newest members and oldest.  Those who made the diner ride were; Stan & Patti Thibuat, Ernie & Priscilla Wolf, Bud Welch, Ray & Donna Valenzuela, Frank & Kate Brunetti, Randy & Cindy Palmer, Bruce & Bonnie Distler, Barry (Bear & Robi Campbell, Rich Fancher and yours truly.  All toll we had 17 members and family attend our dinner ride.  Here are a few pictures.

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Feb 152015

Well our Valentines day breakfast is over and history.  We had a GREAT turnout this month.  This breakfast even brought out some of our long lost members.  A total of 17 members and family made the ride.  Those who joined us for breakfast were; Jim Kneup, Frank & Kate Brunetti, John Falzone, John Howe, Mike Stoddard, Norm Nestlerode, Norm & Mary Hubbard, Russ & Jackie Cole, Stan & Patti Thibaut, Terry, and Bruce & Bonnie Distler, who were celebrating 34 years of marriage.  After enjoying a wonderful breakfast at the Vail Steakhouse several of us took a short ride/detour to Green Valley by way of Wentworth and Sahuarita Road.  However once on Sahuarita Road we had to make and unexpected stop.  One of our Harley riders, we won’t mention names, had inadvertently activated his road hazard lights only to find he didn’t know how to turn them off.  After consulting his manual, every H-D rider has one, he was able to turn off the road hazard lights and we continued our ride to Green Valley and back to Tucson.  Here are a few pictures of those who made the Valentines Day breakfast.

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Jan 302015

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.

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Jan 272015

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.

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