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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!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

PATRIOT GUARD MISSION

We meet at Stan's home for a ride to a private airport facility on the south side of LAX to provide a flag line for a returning Army hero, Jinsu Lee Specialist U.S. Army.  Our STAR group includes Stan, Johney, John and me.   We get there rather early since traffic was light and Johney with his GPS-Nav leads right to the LandMark terminal.

His family arrives, along with military escort, hearse and a Bagpipe player.  This is the first mission I have been on where a bagpipe was played. 






 Many of the PGR riders ( some arrive by car or truck) are from our Wednesday flag ceremony in the City of Orange



 Always difficult to witness a scene like this.


Scary 8 seconds coming home:

View Larger MapI was in the right lane, SUV was in the left in a line of vehicles.

I am coming from the 91 Fwy on the overpass to the 57 north. It rises up over the freeway below with a steep curve and posted for 45 mph as I recall. I am in the right lane of the 2 lane road very near the top and heading towards the down slope part. I am passing several vehicles on my left as that line is slower and my lane is open. Suddenly a blue Cadillac SUV pulls out right into me and all I see is a huge fender on my 9 o'clock coming right at me. I attempt to swerve to the right and I know I am going to get hit. No time to blow the horn and not a lot of room to maneuver due to a wall that if I were to go over is probably 50-60 feet in the air. As I see the fender fall behind me, he must have swerved back at the last second and we avoid an encounter. I literally had to look when I arrived to make sure I was not hit.
I do not know how he put all these parts together, a very strange contraption.


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