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June 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

I very nearly forgot to do my “Corner” this month, since I was up at the Spring Classic from May 29-31 with my riding buddies. So with only about nine hours left before June 1 -- and an angry message from the Newsletter Editor – I am hurriedly setting my latest thoughts to paper (or to paper’s electronic equivalent).

The Spring Classic was a classic! The roads getting to Trinity (especially Routes 36 and 3) are nationally famous and deservedly so. About forty hearty souls ended up attending the event. That was less than last year’s record attendance but more than the number of people who had actually signed up for the event. As always, the RCB management team and all the event coordinators live by the maxim “Semper Gumby!” (“Always Flexible!"). So those extra bodies did not present any difficulties and were indeed most welcome. Saturday morning saw groups go off in various directions for day trips to Forest Service 1, the Lost Coast, Forks of Salmon, and other out-of-the-way spots. Everyone returned safely and every route got a rave review. Apparently, it is just about impossible to find a bad road if you start out from the Trinity River KOA. Three lucky attendees even snagged door prizes for themselves. We all missed Ken, our beloved Roadmeister, who is still waiting for new wheels for his ride to replace the ones a rock devoured near Berryessa. None of us could figure out why the brainiacs at BMW Motorrad would not have thought that having at least a few spare wheels somewhere in the good old U.S. of A. would be a smart idea. Hopefully Ken will be back leading us shortly.

This month features a traditional event – the Oyster Run and Campout – and a new entry on the schedule – the Newcastle Rope Swing BBQ. As usual, the Oyster Run will be the monthly Club ride to the Marshall Store for fresh oysters with the option to overnight at nearby Samuel P. Taylor State Park. The Newcastle event will be the last Saturday of the month (June 27) with a genuine rope swing (into a pond, of course!) and a barbeque. Folks are welcome to camp out on the sand (!) beach by the pond on Saturday night and then enjoy a group breakfast on Sunday morning. There will be more details and a sign up list on the website as the event date nears.

Summer is almost here. Remember that the BMW MOA National Rally is July 23-26 in beautiful Billings, Montana. I fully expect that our Club will be in the running for the award for the Club with the most members attending. We would have won that award in Salem if we were able to get our paperwork act together in time. This year we will be ready for whatever bureaucratic machinations the rally organizers devise. We will be organizing (more or less) group rides leaving on various days leading up the rally. Stay tuned for details.

That’s it for this edition. I made it with a few hours to spare.

Cheers and ride safely,
Gordy
RCBPREZ