Did life ever hand you a miserable week of stress? One where you could hardly wait til that massage on Saturday morning? You’d come out feeling like a limp rag and ready for another week?
Bikers have a secret in that regard. Their ‘massage’ for the soul is a motorcycle. No need to travel 100s of miles or be gone for days.
It was a warm 80 degree day in the middle of March when MATT MOSHER met a group of us at the Chevron. He warned us it was only about a 100 mile ride. What he didnt warn us about was that it had poured down rain just weeks before so everything was like a carpet of green. As we turned a corner the strong sweet smell of orange blossoms filled the air and as if that wasnt enough he’d found a road with deer grazing in a field. Someone said later they liked riding along the ocean and someone else said WE DID? There were so many sites and sounds and smells it just flooded our senses.
He took a break up in Ojai and then we headed for Thousand Oaks and that CHILI DARREL SPARKS had been cooking up all morning. Darrel had met us at the Chevron and collected a can of chili from each rider. One couple..Mark & Stephanie Reid…on a Harley showed up saying theyd found our web site online could they ride with us but they had no chili. Darrel assured them there would be enough and they joined us.
We got to Matt & Darrels house, right at noon, hot and hungry. He had put together 2 chilies this time. One vegetarian and one FULL of tri tip and olives and other goodies. They were both mouth watering delicious. There were piles of veggies and condiments you could add to the mix and…of course….corn bread muffins. Full to the brim Darrel announced there were root beer floats for dessert!
After lunch we sat around and visited and Darrel had us play a game where we each listed all the motorcycles we’d ever owned and their makes. David Stephens won for having owned the most bikes and Leonard Cifelli won for having ridden the longest number of years. They each got a huge bag of Starbucks coffee!
Its our well kept secret that 100 miles and some great chili works better than a massage any day of the week. Well done Matt & Darrel…..well done!
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The Space Shuttle Endeavor Orbiter Vehicle-105 completed 25 missions into space, including the first service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope and the first mission to add a U.S.-built component to the International Space Station.
The Spacehab was an add on to the shuttle that served as a workshop for astronauts, the Spacehab gave astronauts extra room to live and work in space.
And then there was the SSME. Still the most advanced, efficient rocket engine in the world. Space shuttles main engines helped push the shuttle up to orbit.
What, you are probably asking, has this got to do with motorcycles? TVTR riders are friends first and riders as kind of a bonus so we decided we’d like to do something totally different. With David Stephens as our organizer a Bakers dozen met at the Chatsworth train station and boarded the articulated Orange line bus headed for The California Science Museum in down town LA. At some point in time we went from that mode of transportation to the subway and then took a train for our last leg of our trip.
While on this bus, subway, train trip..our fellow rider DUANE RODMAN mentioned that he was the project manager on the “part of the shuttle where the fire comes out.” He was talking about the SSME! The most efficient rocket in the world. We were all just blown away because Duane is such a quiet fellow. Never thought of him as a celebrity but thats what he became once we got inside. He began telling us the interesting details of his project and as he did strangers kept approaching him and asking him if they could take his picture with the SSME in the background.
After learning how the astronauts peed and managed to eat food and live in that weightless environment and viewing that amazing huge hulk of the Shuttle Endeavor we’d worked up an appetite.
Half of us ended up at McDonalds and the rest of us had the best food Ive found out of a pre packaged display. That and a bag of chips and a drink and we were happy.
Only one slight mishap…….As we waited for our train home Mark Olson happen to notice Rex Lehto looking out a stopped trains window and he began to shout “GET OFF ITS THE WRONG ONE!” As we all turned around there was Rex barely clearing the exit doors as the train sped away down the track. From then on all eyes were glued on our “leader” David.
There are so many new riders in Tri Valley and the long train rides gave us all a chance to get to know each other. Thanks for playin everybody.
Now…….where shall our adventure be next year?
On a bright sunny 80 degree day in Simi Valley…….24 hungry bikers managed to get themselves to the Stephens house one way or another. It was probably due to the ALL YOU CAN EAT CHICKEN N RIBS more than the fact we were celebrating our 28th year as a Simi Valley club.
With 16 riders, following close behind, David Stephens led the group out of the Sycamore Chevron and in the opposite direction of the BBQ just to keep them on their toes.
By noon BECKY MILLER and old TVTR friends DENNIS & DIANAH RILEY had found the Stephens house along with MARK & SUZANNE OLSON and MIKE & ROSEMARY ANDERSON. We were very sorry to hear GOG MILLER had had a mc accident the day before and spent his day in Los Robles Hospital with a broken femur.
Thanks to Green Acres we had enough chicken and ribs to feed an army along with salads and a birthday cake to boot.
After lunch the fun began. Sandy had put together a mind challenging game with 13 random ride pictures over the last 2 years. The challenge was to guess what the ride was…what month is occurred and what year. With instructions not to discuss your answer with anyone the room grew quiet accept for a few that just had to…..cheat a little…then they broke up into couples. There’s no controlling this group! 🙂
As the day ended and folks were ready to leave there was one last thing Sandy had planned. Each person was given a bead necklace as they came in but only a few had stars. Those folks each won a prize as well.Jodi kindly modeled her treasure.
A special thanks goes to David for leading the RIde……Esperanza for making sure everyone signed in…..Matt Mosher & Darrel Sparks for taking pictures and..Leonard Cifelli for being our tailgunner. A great turnout to celebrate our 28th year as a club. Here’s to many more!!