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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Reagan Library -Chapter ride 12/04/2010

The regular first Saturday of the month chapter ride is to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.  It a bit chilly out this morning at 8 AM and we assemble in our usual spot at the Best Buy Parking lot in Orange.
Dan's award is the Rising Star Award, for outstanding service to STAR and Chapter 230
 
 There will be two groups of 9-10 motorcycles in each group, I'm in group 2 with Dan and Marcia leading.  Our route takes us up PCH through Malibu to Mulholland Dr. which we miss the first time, requiring a U-turn.  You would think that navigation system on Dan's beautiful red Goldwing would tell him where to turn but he missed it.
  Mulholland is a rather twisty up and downhill road and you have to be on your toes or you can get in trouble.  I did really well and kept up the whole way through and everyone did very well, even a couple of the new guests.





We arrive at the Library, and Johney and I head for the lunch room for a sandwich, where we are soon joined by John R. and Brian.  Luckily we did not come here for the food.  It is very interesting to see the history involved in the Reagan Presidency. 



 A lot of the exhibits are closed due to remodeling but we did see the Oval office where we learn some of the furniture and carpeting are replicas with a few of his actual artifacts on the desk and shelves.  We caught the lecture in the Oval Office by one of the Docents discussing all the details.  By the way, there was no lack of helpful guides and Docents anywhere you looked.  Most if not all are volunteers and it was very well staffed. 




After the Oval office it was on to the Air Force One jet, a Boeing 707.  Space inside the jet was tight with all the seating, and electronics jammed into the plane. 




















 We learned that reporters and media folks had to pay their own way on the plane...no free ride.  Looking at the communication systems you can tell it was from the 80's before cell phones and modern computers. 




From there we walked over to the Museum Store, bought a pin and a magnet for our refrigerator, then went into the miniature White House exhibit.  The detail was amazing, each room was fully furnished with very small hand made furniture, lamps, chandeliers and paintings matching what would be in those rooms for real.  Pictures were near impossible due to the very low light and flash was not allowed.





 This is a room scene with Lincoln, it is a miniature model, and very low lighting.





We walked over to his grave site and learned Nancy will eventually be buried there along side Pres. Reagan.  The view from that spot is certainly scenic.

Our ride back to Orange went smoothly and we arrived around 3:45 or so with just over 210 miles under our belt.

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