- 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.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Today, January 27, 2011 Thursday dawns with a unique ride wrapped in a purpose to support a new prospective STAR 230 member on her way to Phoenix. Carolyn on her Harley Heritage Softail is riding solo to see her daughter in Phoenix and the thought occurred to me that the route goes right past Palm Springs and a famous Tyler's hamburger spot in down town Palm Springs. If we combine the conceptual elements involved in this scenario we get a whole entirely tangible and valid reason to ride 160 miles for potato salad. The thought sends shivers up my spine! She likes the idea and mentioning the details to a few friends, delirious at the thought of Tyler's potato salad, we have a group ride.
Sure enough- as I roll in to our usual meeting place at 7:25 AM on Chapman Ave. in Orange, already gathered awaiting Carolyn our primary leader, is John R., Johney H. and Bob (Concho) you may recall from our previous ride to Molly's in Helendale, me and a few minutes later in rides Carolyn all loaded for her trip to Phoenix.
As engineer and fabricator of this ride out to Indio where we will bid safe trip to Carolyn, I am appointed ride leader with Carolyn second, then Bob, with John and Johney as Tail. There is no concern about losing those last two as they can keep up with just about any land based vehicle allowed on the roads in California.
Rest stop in White Water on the 10 Freeway
An initial concern for today is possible wind out along the 10 Freeway especially Cabazon and White Water where all the wind generators are, but the weather grants us a reprieve and we sail through to Dillon Road where we gas up and after a few road tips from John R. who is very familiar with the route ahead, we turn back toward Palm Springs and taste bud nirvana in the form of home made style potato salad, leaving Carolyn to head on her solo journey.
John orders a hot dog covered in sauerkraut, Johney tries a tuna melt, Bob-cheeseburger and me a hamburger. Naturally we each get an order of potato salad at $4.00 per, and NO sharing. I also get an egg salad sandwich to go as my tribute to the motorcycle gods (or Mrs.) to allow me to continue my diligent and never ending search for the perfect culinary delight of epicurean proportion along with an increasing odometer reading on the motorcycle. It's a small price to pay.
Carolyn arrives in Phoenix at 2:35 PM after a invigorating trip on her own and we arrive back home after a total of 250 miles.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Everyone signed the back of this plaque to be presented to his parents.
On Tuesday 25 January 2011 the PGR (Patriot Guard Riders) will gather at the Katella Deli-Restaurant 4470 Katella Ave Los Alamitos, CA 90720. Following the mission briefing the PGR will move to the arrival site, there the PGR will form a flag line as SPC Torre is brought home to his family. Following his arrival the PGR will escort him 8 miles to Dimond & Shannon Mortuary 10630 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840. At the Mortuary the PGR will form a flag line as SPC Torre is taken from the coach.
Another PGR mission at Los Alamitos Air Base today Tuesday January 25, 2011. The pictures really tell it all. As the Gunny seargant said during the briefing, the family has had a baleful of grief dumped on their shoulders and all we can hope to do is help lift a small chunk of that off to make the burden a tiny bit lighter, so as time goes by it will lighten up enough that this loss of their son will not be the first and last thing they think of every day...So true!
Riders start showing up and the numbers are growing. Estimate eventually over 230+ motorcycles, plus other vehicles. Three STAR members are here today, Johney, Chuck and Me.
Everyone mounts up and we head out in two lines toward the Air Base at Los Alamitos just down the street from Katella Deli.
The route will take us past his High School in Garden Grove where the entire student body turns out to line the street to pay respects. A very moving tribute and experience.
Police motorcycle escort is flawless, with every intersection held until the entire procession passes.
Everyone arrives at the funeral home
Additional photos provided by Johney Harper.