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March Prez Corner

Thursday, March 05, 2020 8:51 AM | Anonymous member

Well, all we got was a trace of rain in Feb. and that came on the 29th. If it is not gonna rain (I know, we need it!) nice weather is fine with me. The weather has indeed been fine and the last month has been great for riding. I hope everyone has been able to take advantage of it and worked on wearing out a set of tires. I have hardly used heated gear this winter. Climate change I suppose! Next week may bring rain for most of the week and it is still technically winter. We shall see.

The RCB culinary staff fed the crowd on the 22nd at the A&S Swap Meet. Weather was great, the crowd was large and the burgers and dogs went fast. There were quite a few interesting bikes for sale there including Ray T’s side hack. Hope you sold it Ray! Anyway, it was an enjoyable day even with the cooking thing.

So, after Sat’s meeting there will be a GPS seminar with Capt. Ken, Terry Lee, and Rich Gay teaching folks how to deal with their GPS’s and Garmin Basecamp. Ken with the Windows folks and Terry and Rich with the Apple users. Hopefully there is a good turn out for this. I have had my share of Basecamp headache so this seminar should really help members get the most from these expensive boxes hangin off our handle bars. They are complex electronics and are not all that intuitive in their operation so all who attend should have a much better grasp of all things GPS!

Something that completely snuck by us all in the event planning this year was the annual Memorial Poker Run in May after the club meeting. What? How could that happen? I immediately began to freak out cause Bob Highfill and the High Road Goddess Joanie had hosted this event for the last two years and I felt as though it would be too much to ask them to host a third year. What to do? Well, here comes Rich Gay at the BOD meeting who volunteered to host the event this year. FANTASTIC! Thanks Rich and Brenda. Great members and great people. That is makes the club what it is. I am sure The Capt. will have a great route for us.

Not to get ahead of myself here (I have!) The Coastal Classic which is in Fortuna this year is on April 24th, 25th and 26th.  Information as to lodging is here on the website and Terry will lead a group up Fri. and most likely post other routes up. Thanks Terry. I have booked my room and recommend, if you’re coming that, you do the same. The North coast is beautiful and the roads are fantastic. Bring Gore tex or rain gear tho’ as the North coast can get wet. Quick!

 So, Spring is upon us and so is another great riding season. I am pretty sure we will have at least two new members at this month’s meeting. Welcome them to the fold and make them feel comfortable being new to the club. Sometimes I think we need to do more to make newer folks feel as tho’ the are part of RCB. They are. We all are.  I like this family and I enjoy being part of it.

I want to thank all of our members who volunteer. From the club officers.  and directors to those that show up to cook burgers and dogs at A&S, to those that put together group rides and post them on the forum. Those who volunteer their RV’s and time to cook for events and ask for nothing in return. Those that organize events and pull them off. Without these volunteers there would be no RCB. Thank you all! I was reading an RCB newsletter from 2007 where then Prez. Gary Stofer (RIP) was railing about lack of volunteers for RCB events. Even then Central Cal. was asking RCB if they were interested in co hosting the Beemer Bash in part because they were experiencing a lack of help. Wow, as Gary stated at the time, “I see a pattern here”. Thanks again to all who help and a shout out to folks who might wanna help and are not sure what to do. Your ideas and suggestions are welcomed.

Get up to speed on your bike maintenance and get ready for a great riding season! Good health to all and ride safe and often!




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