By Fred Jewell RCB Prez
Yay! Sunshine and warm temperatures, finally. I was beginning to wonder there for a while. Hopefully it continues through this weekend for our annual poker run, 50/50 raffle and lunch at Mike Ledbetter’s palatial estate in the foothills. Don’t forget to sign up on the website ahead of time, it’s always a good time and a fun ride devised by Ken and Gordy.
It’s also good weather to start your hunt for sites in the Where’s My Name contest and collect raffle tickets towards a set of tires for your bike. There are 180 tickets available if you hit every one, but I’m going to bet even last year’s winner, Chris Navarrete, can’t make it to all of them. You’ve got until September 15 to gather as many tickets as you can and improve your chances for those tires.
Jeff Hanrahan, from A&S, told me recently that BMW will be celebrating their 100-year anniversary at the Barber Sports race track and motorcycle museum in Birmingham, Alabama Oct. 6-8.
Unfortunately, this is the same weekend as our Manchester Beach meeting, but if you’re not going to Manchester (and shame on you) you might want to join in their festivities. I wish it had been just about any other date, I’d have gone. That motorcycle museum has been on my bucket list for a while, and I’ll bet BMW will put on a great event.
There are lots of things going on in the months ahead, both our own events and others we enjoy participating in, so check the RCB calendar and plan accordingly. Get yourself and your bike ready to go, and let’s have a great riding season.
Some random thoughts: Why do we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway? If a fly didn’t have wings, would it be a walk? How come people are never combobulated or gruntled? You can’t be in cahoots by yourself.
by Fred Jewell RCB Prez
Is it just me, or has it been raining on every club meeting since I became club President (again)? I hope it’s not an omen. I believe Ken has been chomping at the bit to go to the Priest Station Cafe each time, and this Saturday is looking iffy again. We’ll see how the weather looks as we get closer, so let’s hope for the best.
Remember, April 1 starts the Where’s My Name contest, and it’s not an April Fool’s joke, you really can increase your chances for a set of tires mounted on your motorcycle by visiting the sites listed to earn raffle tickets. There are 180 tickets possible.
In the latest issue of the Owners News magazine I found an article about group riding that I felt was very apropos to this time of year, and well worth reading. To summarize, in case you don’t get the ON magazine, the author emphasized several “contracts” all riders should have in group rides: Don’t hit the rider in front of you. Be in proper riding formation (differs by road situation). Keep the rider in front of you in sight. Keep the rider in back of you in sight. Pass back road warnings and hand signals. And to me the most important, ride within your own ability. (I’ve also heard that described as every bike has its own throttle and brake). Read the whole article to get the details explained better; the information in it could come in very handy on any group ride going to Morro Bay at the end of the month. Speaking of Morro Bay, it’s looking like a pretty good turnout this year, more than we’ve had in a while. That is something I do hope IS an omen, I’m looking forward to seeing more participation in club events throughout the year. After all, isn’t that why you joined the club? Actually, the board is looking to do a survey of our members to determine just that, plus other things as well. Look for it in an email sometime in the not-too-distant future, and please answer it (honestly), it’s being designed to find out what the club can do for our members.
I know the weather will eventually turn into proper riding weather so let’s get ready. We have a lot of rides and events coming up in the next several months, so there’s got to be something that you’ll find to your liking.
After reading that ON article I was reminded of a classic discussion of knowledge v. wisdom, where knowledge is knowing Frankenstein was the doctor, not the monster, but wisdom is knowing the doctor was the real monster. In motorcycling, knowledge is knowing what your motorcycle is capable of, wisdom is knowing where your own capabilities end. Ride safely; let’s all make it home.
By Fred Jewell, RCB Prez
Instead of a mileage contest this year, I've come up with a different kind of contest. Visit these sites to collect raffle tickets for a drawing to be held at the next Manchester Beach shindig. All locations are in California, and I used members’ names to come up with sites to visit to earn raffle tickets.
*Contest begins on April 1, 2023, and ends at midnight on September 15, 2023.
*Only RCB members in good standing are eligible to participate and win.
*Contest winner will be determined by drawing at the October meeting at Manchester Beach KOA -YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!
*Contest consists of visiting the sites on the list to collect the corresponding # of raffle tickets for the site.
Each site can only be visited once, and must be visited on your motorcycle. As you visit each site, take a picture of the designated location (as stated on the list) with your motorcycle in it. Note: there are some locations that cannot be reached on your motorcycle, in those cases, a picture of the location will suffice.
*Each site has a # of tickets available, anywhere from a minimum of one to as many as twelve.
*The contest winner will be awarded set of motorcycle tires of his/her choice installed on the winner’s motorcycle.
Here are the locations and the sites to be photographed for the Where’s My Name contest. Starting April 1, all you have to do is travel to the sites on your motorcycle, take a picture of the site specified with your motorcycle in it (when possible), and send the picture to my email or my cell phone. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org, cell # is 916 230 0951. Please remember to tell me who you are and what your picture is. Also, please realize that, although I tried, I couldn’t get every member’s name into the contest, and the names have no meaning to the location other than similarities. Contest ends on Sept. 15, and the drawing for the tires will be at the Manchester Beach club meeting in October. You must be present to win. Good luck to everyone!
Fred Jewell, RCB President (again)
Gordy Olson reminded me of Gorda on US 1, which boasts of having the highest priced gas in the country. Get a picture of your bike and the pumps to earn 5 raffle tickets.
Chris Navarrete, who won last year’s contest, reminded me of Navarro on hwy 128. Take a picture of your bike in front of the general store to earn 5 tickets.
Ken Caruthers reminded me of the town of Caruthers. Take a picture of your bike in front of the “Welcome to Caruthers” sign to earn 3 tickets.
There is a road outside Galt called Ivie Road, spelled just like our own Mike Ivie. Take picture of your bike and the road sign to earn 1 ticket.
Ray Nuguit made me think of Raymond, where there is the Raymond Museum. Take a picture of your bike in front of the museum to earn 3 tickets.
Scott Moseman may not know there is a town in California named Scott Bar, but you can take a picture of your bike in front of the John Scott monument for 7 tickets. It is next to the Community Hall.
Not for Al Morrison as much as for his wonderful wife Angel, you should go to Angel’s Camp and get a picture of your bike in front of the Angel theater for 2 tickets.
Jack Klauschie reminded me, of course, of the town of Jackson. There is a historical landmark for the Argonaut and Kennedy mines on 49 just before town on the right. Take a picture of the plaque for 1 ticket.
Bob Brown has a town named after him called Brown’s Valley (not really, but it sounds good). Get a picture of your bike in front of the Brown’s Valley Garden Center for 2 tickets.
Tracy Buchanan, of course, has to be Tracy, and there is the Tracy Historical Museum in town. Make sure you get your bike in front of the museum in the picture for 2 tickets.
Of course Larry Campbell has to be Campbell, and of course there has to be a Campbell Historical Museum there for you to get a picture of your bike and the front entrance to earn 2 raffle tickets.
Randy Felice and Rand Olson reminded me of the bustling metropolis of Randsburg. Not much there but there is the Rand Desert Museum, and you can take a picture of your bike in front of it for 7 tickets.
I’ll bet Steve Jones didn’t know, and probably not you either, that there is the Jones Family Park in Elk Grove. Get a picture of the sign for 1 ticket.
Bob Lawrence reminded me of Lawrence Livermore Labs in Livermore, where you can earn 2 tickets for a picture of your bike at the front entrance. Just don’t stay too long, you might start glowing in the dark afterwards.
Lewiston is where I thought of Marv Lewis, and where you can earn 5 tickets for a picture of your bike in front of the Lewiston Hotel Bar and Grill. Go in and hoist one in memory of Lois.
Stan and Gloria Davis got me thinking of the town of Davis and their famous Toad Tunnel. Find it at a place called Toad Hollow and take a picture of the tunnel (I don’t think you can get a bike there) for 1 ticket.
Don’t mind the spelling difference, but Karl Weiland reminded me of Carlsbad, where there is the Leo Carillo Historical Park. Take a picture of the sign “Rancho De Los Quiotes” for 9 tickets.
However, Heidi Weiland got me thinking of Heidi’s Pancake House in South Lake Tahoe. Get a picture of your bike in front of it for 4 tickets.
It’s a stretch, but Rick Kilton reminded me of Richvale, where there is a big farm called Lundberg Farms, and they have a sign on the road that you should take a picture of your bike in front of to earn 2 tickets.
Here’s a good one for Nathan Fender in Fullerton. The Fullerton Museum has an exhibit about Fender Guitars, so get a picture of the front of the museum with your bike. Gather 8 tickets and see if they’ll let you shred on a ’56 Telecaster.
Terry Lee has me thinking of Lee Vining and the Mono Basin Museum. A picture of the museum sign and your bike will earn you 4 tickets.
It’s another stretch, but I know there is no place called Williges in California, but there is one called Willits, and that’s close. Get a picture of the town sign over the main street that says “Willits. Heart of Mendocino County” for 4 tickets.
This one could be difficult to get, but Mike Bueche’s name made me think of Buellton, and there’s Mendenhall’s Museum of Gasoline there, and it’s worth 7 tickets if you can get in to take a picture of the entrance.
For Jack “Action Jackson” Weiglein look to the town of Acton where there’s a place to eat called Crazy Otto’s Diner, worth 8 tickets if you get a picture of your bike in front of it. A bonus of 2 more tickets if you can also guess what Crazy Otto has to do with me.
For Maggy and Henry Mini, I took liberties with their name and decided on Mineral. Little did I know that they love to go up there to camp, so if you get a picture of your bike in front of the Volcano City RV park sign you’ll get 4 tickets.
In memory of Stan Paolini I found that there is a road in Valley Springs called Paolini Road, so if you can find any of the street signs that say Paolini get a picture of it for 2 tickets.
For Linda Stofer and in memory of Gary Stofer and their two black Labs, I found a Lab breeder called Stofer’s Labs in Prunedale. It’s a residence, so just get a picture of their driveway at 110 Crazy Horse Road for 3 tickets.
An obvious one for Mike Robles is the town of Paso Robles and the Vina Robles Winery. Park your bike at the main entrance for the picture and earn 5 tickets.
Bruce and Lisa Cornelius got a difficult one in Cornell at the Cornell Winery. Take a picture of your bike next to their old blue pickup truck in front for 8 tickets. The winery’s pickup, not Bruce and Lisa’s.
Another memorial one, this time for Jim Cyran. In the town of Orange there is a Café called Cyrano’s. A picture of your bike in front is worth 8 tickets.
I’m really reaching for this one, but Chuck Talley got me thinking of Talmage, where there is a place called “The City of 10,000 Buddhas”. Get a picture of your bike under one of the arches of the entrance to the city and earn 4 tickets.
Tom Moe reminded me of Mojave and their sign “Welcome to Mojave Gateway to Space” which is worth 6 tickets for a picture of it with your bike.
It seemed obvious to me that Dave Swift should be reminding me of the Swift Transportation Hub in Lathrop, where a picture of your bike at the main entrance is worth 2 tickets.
Another stretch of the imagination is for Ted Alvarez. In Monterey there is the Alvarado Street Brewery, where you should take a picture of your bike in front before you go in and have a cold one. It’s worth 4 tickets.
Continuing with stretching, Ernesto Rivera gets us to Riverside and Mount Rubidoux Park, where there is a castle turret you should get a picture of. I’m pretty sure you can’t get your bike there, but it’s worth 8 tickets.
I found the town of Julian which coincided nicely with Ken Julian’s name, and there is a museum there called the Julian Pioneer Museum. There is a plaque on a rock in front you should get a picture of in order to earn 10 tickets.
Robert Wallace suggested to me the town of Wallace, so I found a place called Decorative Rock Network. You can park your bike under the sign and take a picture to earn 1 ticket.
Chuck Downing reminds me of Downieville and its grocery store, where you can take a picture of your bike in front of it for 4 tickets.
Since Campbell was already taken, I felt Jim Campbell should remind me of Jamestown, and a picture of your bike in front of the National Hotel is worth 2 tickets.
And finally, the highest valued location has to be the “town” of Jewell, where, if you can find it, a picture of the sign for the town is worth 12 tickets. Realize that this may be very difficult, I’m not sure if it’s still there, it was 37 years ago when I was there last.
Here's a gpx file with most of the point locations.
Here it is the end of February as I write this and it looks like March is coming in like a lion (as a lion?), so let’s hope it goes out like (as) a lamb and we can get back into riding! Our first semi-organized rides are coming up soon – the Whale of a Tour ride to Mendocino on March 10th and the Ladies’ March ride and luncheon on the 11th. You still have time to reserve a room in Morro Bay for the ride in April, a fun weekend and great ride, although I’m not sure if highway 1 will be open by then. There are many alternate routes available if it’s still closed, check with Terry Lee.
April 1 is also the start of the annual mileage, er, destination contest, this year called the Where’s My Name contest. Details and the complete list will be coming out at the end of March. You just need to participate, no need to sign up in order to have a chance in the raffle for a set of tires installed on your motorcycle. The drawing will be held at the October meeting at Manchester Beach, and you must be present to win, as if you needed another reason to attend our biggest and most enjoyable event of the year.
March’s Board of Directors meeting will be on Tuesday the 7th due to a scheduling conflict at Pete’s Brewhouse in Folsom, just this one time only. The rest of the year we should be there on our regular 2nd Thursday of the month. All members are welcome to attend and see how unorganized we are, but the food is good.
A new item we’ll be trying out at the monthly meeting in March in addition to the raffle – a 50/50 raffle done separately from the regular raffle, so bring an extra dollar or ten and try your luck. Who knows, you could win enough to buy breakfast for months.
Not too much else to talk about at this time of year, but there’s a lot coming at us soon, so get your bikes ready, we’ll be on the road in no time.
Fred J. President (again)
by Fred Jewell, RCB Prez
February. Not the best month for motorcycle riding, even around here, but compared to the climates in many places I’ve lived around this country, it’s almost tropical. Just think about hopping on your bike in Denver, Omaha, Chicago or Stamford, CT right now and you’ll be thrilled with our climate, which, by the way, is looking really good for our club ride this Saturday.
Speaking of rides, it looks like Terry Lee is getting things together for our unofficial first group ride of the year, going to Morro Bay. If you haven’t gone on this ride before I strongly suggest you do, as it has many things we like to do as RCBers, which is to ride twisty roads, eat good food and drink adult beverages. Riding highway 1 is an incredible route to ride to get there. The Hearst Castle is well worth seeing while you’re down there, just make reservations well in advance. There is plenty of shopping and restaurants in the Embarcadero in Morro Bay, And Solvang is close enough for a day trip. Check out the motorcycle museum there. Paso Robles has a reputation as having wine as good or better than Napa, so wine tasting is available nearby.
I have just about finished the locations for our mileage - I mean destination - contest. Look for it showing up on the forum next month as the start date is April 1. Rules and the prize for the winner will be announced in March also. Needless to say this one will be easier to understand and to earn raffle tickets for the prize. I’m fairly certain that Chris won’t be able to go to every location this time, but you never know with him.
Greg Gibson is currently working on a 4 day ride in northern California that is motel oriented, and I think it is going to be really good, I can’t wait for the details to come out, stay tuned. And the best part is, no camping involved!
So it’s kind of a slow month for the club, but a lot of stuff is coming soon, so get your bikes ready, (maybe ask Gordy to tune your carburetors) and we’ll be on the road in no time.
by Fred Jewell, RCBPREZ
Well, I think it's been around 11 years since I last wrote one of these columns, so bear with me as I get back into it. Let's just say it's an honor to be president of this club once again, and I hope to do it justice.
A lot of things have changed since I was president last:
- Money and budget issues are not at the forefront as they once were.
- Membership is up, and significantly so.
- More members are stepping up to volunteer or organize events.
- Covid. Enough said. I'm just glad to see our club survive (and thrive) after some tough times.
- Bikes have gotten even better. I love that R1250RT motor!
I am also in the midst of completing the latest rendition of the annual mileage contest, which does not actually involve racking up huge miles, but does involve going to places all over the state of California. It's similar to last year's, but this time raffle tickets will be earned instead of points, with no location being worth less than one raffle ticket, and some worth 10 or possibly more. The locations were picked by me being reminded of places that sounded like member's names. I will say that Caruthers, CA and Jewell, CA figure prominently. If you have an idea of one that fits your name, send it to me, and I'll add it in if I haven't already.
As for events this year, I see that there are some camping events, more camping events, and even more camping events, so if you like to camp, you're in the right place. I do know that there are some motel-oriented events that some members are currently working on, so stay tuned. One in particular that I discussed with a member sounded very interesting, I'm sure it will come to fruition, that particular member is an expert at organizing just such an event.
I'm really looking forward to continuing on with moving the club forwards as the previous presidents have before me, without them stepping up I don't know where the club would be today.
One last note: the Board of Directors meeting place has changed to Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, 6608 Folsom-Auburn Rd. in Folsom. See you there January 12 at 6 p.m.
So if you're going somewhere, ride there. It's why you bought the motorcycle, isn't it?
by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ
This is both the last President’s Corner of the year and my last President’s Corner for my current term as RCBPREZ. It is hard to believe that 2022 is almost over, but I think it has been a great year for the club. We are almost fully recovered from the pandemic and our recent rides and meetings have been drawing record crowds. I have a feeling that 2023, under Fred Jewell’s experienced leadership, is going to be even better.
The annual Christmas/Hanukkah/Eid/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice Party was a huge success. I was very sorry that I was unable to attend personally, but I was excited to hear that the actual elf from the movie (“Elf”) covered for me and handled the emcee role with dignity and aplomb. I couldn’t have done better myself! I hear that there was plenty of food and drink, but that the real joy was the affection we all have shown for each other. We even got to celebrate “Jack the Lawyer’s” 70th birthday (with “Jack the Other Lawyer” in attendance!).
In keeping with the spirit of this “season of miracles,” Fred Jewell actually bought raffle tickets (Miracle #1) and then proceeded to win a personalized Bloody Mary apron (Miracle #2). WHAT ARE THE ODDS???? We all look forward to seeing him model his outfit proudly at Manchester Beach next October. Save the date!
The annual Toy Run is coming up December 10 at the Children’s Receiving Home. RCB and the Vagos will join in our traditional role of representing the best and worst, respectively, of motorcycle clubs that day with gifts and food for the children experiencing some really hard times. That annual event is probably the only time an outlaw motorcycle club and an ATGATT-believing BMW-centric bunch occupy the same space and time. Maybe there is hope for world peace after all.
I have truly enjoyed my most recent term as RCBPREZ and wish Fred all the best for the future. The club is in very good hands indeed.
Ride safe, often and as fast as practicable!!
Cheers, Gordy (your soon to be RCBPREZ Emeritus)
by Gordy Olson
Attention, readers!!! This Saturday, November 5, is Election Day! I know some media sources are reporting that Election Day is November 8, but that is “Fake News”! Sure, folks around the country will be choosing senators, congressmen, and governors on November 8, but the really critical election is November 5 when RCB’ers around the globe will be selecting their new leadership. Please come to the monthly meeting and cast your ballot as you wait to hear your raffle number called. At least on November 5, YOUR VOTE COUNTS!! (BTW: Dominion Voting Systems has nothing to do with the RCB vote count, so you can stop worrying about any potential ballot shenanigans!)
This year is flying by and we are already getting prepared for bigger and better things in 2023. The annual RCB planning meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 6, from 5-7pm at the Roundtable Pizza at Greenback and Madison. In addition to lively debate about the future of the club, there will be free pizza and beer!! Be there if you want to have a say on what's gonna happen next year.
The annual Holiday Party is also coming up soon on December 3 at A&S from 6-9pm or thereabouts. In addition to food, beverages, and good fellow- and galship, there will be mega-raffle!! Rumor has it that elves may be there, but you never know.
As the weather cools and (hopefully) the rain arrives, don’t be like our brothers and sisters in the Far North and just park your bikes for the winter. Remember: There is no bad riding weather only bad preparation and bad equipment. With heated grips, seats and vests there is no reason not to get out there and ride. Just watch out for that little blinking snowflake on the instrument panel!
That’s it for now.
Cheers, Gordy (Your soon-to-be-ex-RCBPREZ)
Hard to believe, but it is already October and 2022 is about to be in our rearview mirrors. It has been quite a year and so far RCB has weathered it extremely well.
My original plan for this month’s Prez Corner was to do a thorough critique of all the problems at the Gary Stofer Memorial Manchester Beach event. I have always wanted to be an investigative journalist and blow the cover off some sordid scandal by exposing all its flaws and shortcomings. Unfortunately, after exhaustive research on every aspect of the event the only problems I could identify were: (1) attendees seemed to be having too much fun and; (2) the weather was too perfect and the riding was too superb! It was almost like I was living in Jimmy Buffet’s world where “The beer is too cold and the daiquiris too fruitful!”
The Manchester weekend was everything the club stands for. We had a fantastic turnout (87 members and guests), great food (some provided by club members and some catered), a roaring fire every waking hour, great scenery, a hot tub, plenty of beer and other libations, and continuous good humor. The event could not have happened without the hard work of many members: Karl and Heidi provided the home base for the event and hosted Friday night’s dinner and daily breakfasts. All the Board members assisted in one way or another. Scott handled the finances expertly (as usual). Fred managed the “Ride to Eat” contest all year and presented the winner with his new set of tires (partially replacing the two sets of tires our winner wore out visiting EVERY RESTAURANT on Fred’s list). Our hosts at the KOA were as accommodating as ever and both they and we are looking forward to next year’s event scheduled for October 6-8. It is never too early to make your reservations, especially if you are planning on renting a Kabin.
This November also marks a very important election. In addition to selecting members of the Senate and House of Representatives (who cares?!???!), we will also be electing new club officers and directors. While those on the left and those on the right will never agree on anything, all RCB’ers can certainly agree on the importance of keeping the club going by selecting folks with the time and commitment to make our great club even better in 2023 and beyond. If you are interested in running, please let me know. We will vote at the November meeting (November 5).
Finally, I want to wish the club a very happy 40th birthday. I see no reason why folks won’t be enjoying the benefits of club membership for another forty years.
Ride safely, ride often, and ride just as fast as you are comfortable going (but no faster!)
Greetings, all! Yes, I am late again with The Corner but this time only by a week. Last time I was a month late, so I am getting better. Who knows, the October Corner may actually come out on October 1 (October Fool’s!).
On to the news… I trust that most of you have been smart enough to limit your motorcycle time this past week to reading motorcycle magazines, polishing your bikes (assuming your garages are air conditioned), and planning for the upcoming Manchester Beach weekend. With that segue, Manchester Beach is coming up fast! In just three weeks we will be enjoying the coastal cool weather, the great roads, the giant raffle, and the camaraderie we have come to expect at Manchester. This year we will also find out the winner of Fred’s “Ride to Eat” contest and someone will win a set of new tires to replace the ones he or she wore out trying to win the contest. Please sign up on the RCB Forum so we have a good idea of how many attendees to expect. In past years we have had upwards of 100 riders and guests there. Let’s try to beat that this year in our first real post-COVID gathering.
We have had good turnouts at our meetings and monthly rides as we all get back into the swing of things. The Tahoe Chill was a bear-filled adventure with great food, perfect weather and plenty of storytelling around the faux fire. We will definitely continue that tradition, so keep the middle of August free next year. Many thanks to Jack and Lynell for the fantastic food. You guys continue to spoil us every year.
If you have ideas for rides or events please share them with the RCB Board. You can e-mail us at email@example.com with suggestions. Campers can come up with rustic trips and the non-campers can counter with rides to luxurious spas to pamper sore riding muscles. Ideally, we can have something for everybody but we need your input. Free beers can be available at either type of event.
PLEASE… GO ONLINE RIGHT NOW AND SIGN UP FOR MANCHESTER! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!
Ride safely once it gets cool enough to ride at all, Gordy (Your once and future prez)
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