30th ANNIVERSARY PARTY JUNE 2015

Normally when you start an article about some 30 year old organization youd say “From its humble beginnings.” It was anything but humble when nearly 100 GWRRA riders met at the Simi Valley Elks club in June of 1985. They were disgruntled with the local GWRRA organization and had defected so to speak.

For a year they went on rides and began to organize their own club now known as Tri Valley Touring Riders. Coming from a well known highly organized GWRRA nothing would do but to draw up “by-laws” and appoint 20 officers…. one for every aspect of TVTR. They had 3 or 4 meetings a month with a secretary taking down minutes that were read at the next meeting.

And they not only rode bikes but camped and went to plays and other social events. Their first newsletters had recipes in them and homey information about fellow riders. They werent a club so much as they were good friends just having fun.

Then in 1995 the local GWRRA got their act together and, along with some burnout I suspect, the major part of the group dropped out of TVTR and went back to GWRRA. This left TVTR in a spin with just a hand full of people left and those 50 pages of By Laws and all those rules.

They struggled along with one Director after another until finally LISA GOMES/SHERR took over in 1996. The club never caught its breath and along with that Lisa got married and was moving up North. David & Sandy Stephens had joined in 1996 and when they heard all of this continued to show up on rides. However by 1997 they showed up for a ride and no one was there.

They rode home and pondered what to do next and Sandy decided shed try to revive it. Having just beaten cancer it was the shot in the arm she needed. Something to put all her energy into. She loved the organizing part but had zip computer skills. She begged friends for help and created a web site. Back then you could do that for free and the club certainly didnt have any funds.

After 19 years we’re still thriving with about 50 “subscribers.” The $10 we charge is for the password to our website. Oh and there are no By-Laws or officers or minutes. We’re simply an all makes and models, highly organized, SOBER bunch of riding friends with rides every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month and a few over nights now and then.

Sandy still doesnt know that much about computers but with her friend Tim Sanchez’ help she manages to update it regularly.

With lunch served from Famous Daves BBQ our committee did a terrific job of putting our 30th year party together.

Wayne & Mary Spearman, Suzanne Martin, Janis & Steve Papiro, Rex Lehto, Matt Mosher, Darrel Sparks, Debra Kraus, Jim Stauber & Julian Ruelas.

TVTR members attending included..

Founding member Nardi Martinez……. Director before Sandy..Lisa Gomez/Scherr……old timers Cliff & Char Hodge and…….. former members Dana & Debbie Smith.

Thanks to all of those who helped as well as those who joined us to celebrate.

 

 

JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER

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TRI VALLEY TOURING RIDERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY JUNE 20TH

Are you a paid member or former member of TVTR? Get your reservations in asap and dont miss this big event. All current members get in for free. All former members pay $10 a piece at the door or…if you ride a motorcycle join TVTR for $10 per couple.

The fun begins on Saturday, June 20th…at a local Simi Valley park. With MARY SPEARMAN organizing this we’ll have tons of beautiful gift baskets in our raffle along with a silent auction for 2 like new Schwinn bicycles.

In the background DEBRA KRAUS will be leading all kinds of fun games with some nice prizes as well.

Famous Daves is providing lunch with Matt Mosher and Darrel Sparks as our servers.

Thats Saturday, June 20th 11 to 3. Email your reservations to sandyATtvtr.com today!!

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SUMMER TIME AND THE LIVIN IS EASY………

CAMPWith several of our riders retiring I thought of this camp set up thanks to BERRY KEENLY. An “old as dirt” TVTR member. Congrats goes to RANDY WALKER, LEONARD & DINA CIFELLI & DAVID & JODI BEHN. Keep that shiny side up and see you on a ride one of these days.

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SUNSHINE CORNER…………………………

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A VERY HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY GOES TO….

*6/6-Nate Armstrong*6/14-Janis Papiro*6/20-TVTR 1985*

 

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NOT SO MUCH SUNSHINE FOR SOME

We were sorry to hear MATT MOSHER & DARREL SPARKS were in a car accident May 12th. Apparently some lady came out of a side street and t-boned them sending Matt to the hospital. Both have bumps and bruises but will be okay. Their car was totaled. Get well soon guys. We need you in June.

* * * * * * *                                                                                                         And after 5 months DON WEYANT has swelling of the knee from his accident. They drained fluid from the knee and that seemed to help a bit. We miss you guys. See you at the Anniversary party.

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THANKS GOES TO OUR MAY RIDE LEADERS……….

WAYNE SPEARMAN led a ride up to the Papiros for some great BBQ. As passenger MARY SPEARMAN played the role of navigator and between them the ride was wonderful. Thanks goes to STEVE & JANIS PAPIRO for an awesome lunch at their beautiful home in Santa Ynez.

And REX LEHTO stepped in and led a nice ride up to Los Olivos when Don Weyant was still recovering from his accident and couldnt do it. As always thanks goes to our ride leaders. Try organizing and leading a ride. Until then you cant appreciate the time and effort these folks put in.

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WEDDING BELLS ARE RINGING………….

tonynjanetHearty congratulations go to TONY RETREASE & JANET TRANTER who are tying the knot May 30th. And no Janet didnt twist his neck to get him to go along. Tony is still recovering from extensive spine surgery.

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SAFE TRAVELS GO TO DAVE & JODI BEHN

Dave retired and they’ve moved to Tucson, AZ….Jodi wrote “Would you please let the group know how much we enjoyed riding with them, and becoming friends with you and David and the others.  This was certainly not what we  expected to do this year.  I hope sometime in the future we can join you for something if you ride out our way.  We are outside of Tucson and have spare rooms if ever you find yourself out this way.Thanks for hosting a great riding group and I hope you have a fabulous celebration for the club anniversary.  Sounds like it will be so much fun.

Jodi Behn”
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GOT A FEW $$? THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A NEW HELMET TO MAKE THAT RIDE MORE FUN………HERE’S SOME IDEAS………..:)

HAIRYHELMET BALDHEAD WATERHELMET

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OCTOBERFEST IN BIG BEAR WEEKEND SEPT. 25-27TH…………..

Yeah October seems like its a year away but get your reservation in NOW! Half the rooms are taken already. DUANE RODMAN has a home in Big Bear and has invited us up for dinner Friday September 25th. We have a group of rooms blocked at the Motel 6(under the name of Sandy Stephens) less than a mile away. CALL AND MAKE YOUR RESERVATION ASAP  Be sure and tell them if you are over 60 and get the SENIOR RATE or use your AAA for a discount.

The Big Bear convention center is right across the street from the Motel 6 and this is Octoberfest weekend so we’ve got plenty of things to do and see.

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WE ARE A TOURING RIDERS CLUB…..SLOW N EASY……

You’ll never see the word wheelies in any ride article here. How do they do that anyway? Didnt he just fall over backwards?

WHEELIE

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UPCOMING RIDES…………..

You can always see what the next 4 or 5 rides are by clicking on our home page here but did you know about these rides? Mark you calendars so you dont miss them………..

Aug. 16th-Jalama Beach with Darrel Sparks leading

Aug. 29th-Dinner Ride to Lovis Deli in Calabasas with Rex Lehto leading

Oct. 4th-Solvang Motorcycle Museum with Randy Walker leading

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DECEMBER 5TH HOLIDAY PARTY

We’re in need of a venue for this event. Anyone want to volunteer? The food is catered and you’ll gets lots of help. We just need a good sized space to feed about 20 people.

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FOXEN CANYON IN FEBRUARY RIDE

1FBFOXENOr…5 Harleys, a BMW, and a Goldwing with a scooter leading us ride.

JIM STAUBER is full of surprises in so many ways. Having worked for AT&T for 30 years he knows every back road in So Cal so it was a piece of cake for him to lead this great 240 mile ride up to Santa Ynez via Foxen Canyon.

4FBLESNMERTWe no more got out of the Chevron when our newest members LES & MERT MONTROSE broke down. YES it was a Harley but they had simply over filled their gas tank causing a vacuum…..well you know what that means. So we left them behind to sort it out.

With temps in the mid 70s and ready for some awesome back roads we……climbed on the freeway headed South. SURPRISE! With a short stop in Oxnard to pick up Julian (another Harley)we rode along that beautiful So Cal coast up to the 154 for our butt break/gas stop.

3BLPOPPIESThen it was up past Lake Cachuma headed for beautiful Foxen Canyon. It was difficult to pick just a few pics to post here but this one has an added bonus. Poppies!!

BLCOVERThe CBs went quiet as we meandered over a rather bumpy Foxen Canyon. Everyone seemed to be trying their best to take in the miles and miles of green pastures with that stark blue sky in the background.

Drunk on scenery Jim led us over to Santa Ynez and a little place called the Burger Barn……to find Les & Mert waiting there with tables saved for all of us! (They made lots of points for their first ride with us) Good food……….great service and the best of company.

Lunch over..Rex & Espe won in the who could be on their bike headed home first department. Must admit it was past 2 and we were hours from home. As we eyed the red lights in front of us Roy & Dorothy Kautz (on their Goldwing) decided to take the scenic route home.

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Feet on the road pegs thinkin about the day and a hot bath when Jim comes on the CB and announces hes stopping in Carpenteria for Ice Cream. Id forgotten that this is Jims thing. When he leads a ride there’s ALWAYS ice cream. As the group took the off ramp the Stephens on their Harley Tri Glide smelled the barn and kept on going.

We had 4 new TVTR members on this ride……Besides Les & Mert we also welcomed PAUL FOGLE (front left in this pic)and JEFF SCHAVER (center in the back) Thanks Jim for yet another great job of leading. Who said a scooter couldnt get up and go???

ATGATT or ALL THE GEAR ALL THE TIME

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by Don Weyant, certified MCSI

roadrashATGATT – What does this mean to you?  To me it means All the Gear All the Time.

We would hope that all riders look at this in the same light, however that is not the case.  We, as riders, see people every day riding their motorcycles in less than ideal gear.  We have seen people riding in jeans and t-shirts with sneakers.  We have seen people riding in shorts and flip flops.

I have to ask, do these riders understand how much damage your skin takes when sliding on asphalt?  At pretty much any speed, above a walking pace, you will get road rash.  As the pace increases the damage becomes more severe.  I spent 7 years as an EMT on a Trauma Life Support ambulance and I have seen road rash, 3rd degree burns, and skin and flesh being destroyed by motorcycle crashes.  These riders are putting themselves at great risk, not only from road rash but from severe burns if their legs touch the exhaust or engine.

To break down ATGATT, these would be my minimum recommendation.  Always wear a ¾ or full face helmet, a riding jacket that is either textile or leather, which should include armor as well.  Jeans or riding pants at the very least as well as over the ankle boots, and full finger gloves.   I personally will not ride in anything less than the gear described as I am required by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to wear proper gear at all times.

Most of you already wear proper gear, but for those that don’t I want you to think of your loved ones at home when you ride, because I know they want you to come home safely.