September Newsletter

Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information. 

September Run - Bear Hollow Camp (Fossil)

This month will see our last run of the year as the seasons are changing fast.  We have one of our favorite campgrounds near Fossil, Oregon - The Bear Hollow Camp.  Registration can be found on the BRMC website at http://borderriders.com, and closes Wednesday September 12th.  Hope to see you all there!

Monthly Recap Goldstream Provincial Park

For those of us who were riding from the South, there were two routes for getting to Goldstream. The route most used was driving up the Olympic Peninsula to Anacortes  and taking the ferry to Victoria.  This route offered some country roads and good scenery. The second option was to ride north on either I-5 or Hwy 9 to Canada and to take the ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay.  Hwy 9 is obviously the more scenic but it took much longer than I-5 which was the choice for those of us who were in a hurry.  The ferry from Tsawwassen is much larger than the Washington State ferries, and offered many eating options.  The trip from Tsawwassen took a very scenic route through the islands east of Vancouver Island.

Getting to Goldstream Provincial Park was an easy trip from either ferry.  The camp ground was a short ride north out of Victoria.  The camp site was at an isolated, quiet clearing in the forest not far from Canada Hwy 1.  Eleven members made the trip along with six guests. Given its location, there were many good places to eat nearby.  Chris L. was very helpful in arranging our meal locations not far from the camp site.  The camp site was very private.  The neighboring site was reserved and set up for a wedding that was going to take place after we left on Sunday.  Given the fire danger, we were not able to have a campfire, but for both evenings our propane campfire did just fine with the permission of the park rangers.  

There were two Saturday day rides.  A short half day ride, and a longer full day ride.  All but three of the people who went on day rides took the short ride. The long ride took a route north all the way to Nanaimo.  The shorter ride  went east on Hwy 14 along the coast.  When they left the coast they took an inland route on some great twisty curvy roads back to camp.  Thankfully, the air on Vancouver Island was better for riding than we experienced both coming to and leaving Vancouver Island.  It was much clearer than the smoky skies on the mainland.

The Saturday membership meeting dealt mainly with plans for the BRMC 50thAnniversary week-long ride. The report was made after the hard work of Troy A., Chris L. and Stan C.  The seven day run will include all three BRMC regions, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.  The first run starts in Wilber, Oregon, and the end of the last day is in Bellingham, Washington.  Members will be able to do parts of the run or can go from the beginning to the end. There will be no camping, and overnight stays will be in hotels or B&Bs.  The run will start on September 14, and end on September 21, 2019. More information will be coming later. 

 BRMC Group Photo -  Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC

BRMC Group Photo - Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC

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From the Handlebars of the President

Wow, how'd it get to be Labor Day Weekend already?  We have only one more run left and that is at Bear Hollow in Fossil, Oregon.  This is a favorite of many members and guests.  We have the whole campground to ourselves and lots of great roads to ride with very little traffic on them. 

Our run last month to Goldstream was a great weekend.  For me I left the house about 6:45 to catch the ferry from Anacortes to Sidney, BC.  After paying my fare I pulled up to the motorcycle staging area to discover Dennis and Dale already there waiting in line.   We had an uneventful ride over to Sidney followed by a short 30 minute ride to camp.  Chris did a great job of finding and selecting locations for us to eat during the weekend.  The breakfast spot on Saturday morning had huge portions!  

We weren't able to have a campfire but Dennis brought along the club's propane firepit and we were able to spend the evenings hanging around the "campfire".  It was nice to have a fire to enjoy. 

On Saturday following breakfast Tom, Iain and guest Darryl took off for a "long ride" around a portion of the island.  Another group of us were led by guest Goatboy on a shorter ride through Sooke and Shirley to Jordan River and back to camp.   The ride started off a bit chilly but warmed as we went.  We had some great views of the ocean along the way. 

That evening we had the club meeting followed by dinner in town.  On the way back to camp most of us stopped at the ice cream shop at the entrance to the park. 

Sunday morning found everyone breaking camp and heading their separate ways to get home.  Several headed for the Blackball Ferry line and home via Port Angeles, others via the BC ferry line to Tswassan and I headed to Sidney to catch the Washington State Ferry home.  We had a new guest, Brian, join us from Cortes Island, BC.  Hopefully he can join us on future runs.  

I only put about 250 miles on the bike over the weekend since most of the travel time to and from the run was spend riding the ferry.  Even though it was a low mileage weekend it was still a great weekend. 

In other news, Troy had to step down as the chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee.  Chris L has agree to take on the role of chairman.  I would like to thank Troy for the work that he put into the 50th Anniversary planning and for Chris in stepping up to take on the role of Chair. 

A 50th Anniversary Ride has been mapped out for September 2019 beginning in Roseburg, OR and ending in Bellingham.  Overnight stops will be in Bend, Hood River, Leavenworth, Winthrop, Kamloops and Bellingham.  Plans are to stay in hotels.  Additional information will be announced as plans are made. 

Hope to see all of you in Fossil!  Jeff C

Road Captain Rumblings

It’s hard to believe that another season is almost over with just one trip left this year.  Only wet we had during the season was a little Victoria Day and no cancellations in spite of all the fires and smoke.   We had a great turnout for Vancouver Island especially given the distance for many and the added complexity of needing a ferry crossing.  Thanks again to Chris for setting up the restaurants for the weekend.

Fossil Oregon will be a dramatic change from what we had at Goldstream.  Goldstream was very urban - close to many places to eat, wide open campground, and great cell service with LTE.  Fossil on the other hand is like 1 gas station, 2 places to eat, and very limited cell service.   The thing that makes it a favorite is lots of great curvy country roads with very few cars; can ride for a half hour and not see another car.

Hoping to have another good turnout for this last one of the year, and you won’t be disappointed by the riding that is available.  Dennis H

Treasurer  Treads

I’m going to change a gear for this newsletter. I will quickly say kudos to Mark & Dennis & to RC Buddy Chris Livingston for finding and executing another wonderful weekend, which it was. Good job gents & thank you. However, for this newsletter I want to talk about a conversation I had with Randy at the August campout on Vancouver Island.

Randy & I were conversing on Saturday afternoon and Randy stated how he thought the club was in a wonderful place. Not physically although it was but the club itself. Randy stated he was enjoying the club and the experiences he was having. I have been feeling the same way and I couldn’t help but get excited to have someone else say it. Unfortunately, my first reaction was that he was paying the board a compliment. I was certainly more than willing to discuss how much work I have been putting into the club and bla bla bla.

Then on the ride home we (Alan, Kas & I) got stuck behind several cages going less than my speed limit and I reviewed that conversation in my mind. I very quickly concluded that Randy wasn’t paying me or any other board member a compliment. Instead, he was talking about the quality of the members we currently have in the club. To that statement, I couldn’t agree more.

I, or any other board member could work ourselves silly and if it wasn’t for you people, it wouldn’t matter. The club is at a wonderful place in its evolution and it’s because of the members & guest that the club is what it is.

It’s because you come and participate in the camp outs. It’s because you come prepared to have fun, laugh and enjoy each other’s company. It’s because you leave your baggage at home and contribute to the comradery & brotherhood. It’s because you come to the meeting with ideas instead of complaints. It’s because you come to the meeting to see how you can participate instead of what you can take from the club. It’s because you are the wonderful members and guest that you are, and you share that wonderfulness with everyone else and the club.

To all of you, members & guest alike, I sincerely thank you for being the reason the club is at such a wonderful place. To Randy, I thank you for recognizing the progress the club has made and for saying it. Thank you, thank you and thank you, to all of you for your individual contributions to this club.

Back to Work Highlights

The club is still financially healthy so no concerns there. That said, the last camp out did not break even. We were 2 people shy of that benchmark. ☹

The application for our Not-for-Profit status has been submitted to the IRS. We are now in a waiting pattern. I hope it gets approved on the 1st attempt but I am expecting a letter asking for additional information. Once I get a final letter of determination I will let you know.

I’m continuing to work on our e-mail list. If you want to 1) update your information or 2) opt out of receiving a newsletter, now is a wonderful time to do it. Send an e-mail to Treasurer@borderriders.com and I will see what I can do for you.

If you stop receiving a newsletter in the future it might be because I have reached out to you and I have not received a response. This leads me to believe our communications are probably marked as junk mail or you are no longer interested. Check your junk mail folder or contact me if you are concerned. We hope to have this finished before the end of the year. Your help and understanding are appreciated.

Not Club Sanctioned Stuff

Due to the lack of participation/interest, I have cancelled the Advanced Riders Training “ART” Class schedule for 9/17/18. Team Oregon has stated they will find a date in 2019 for the ART class that will work well for us. They will also give us a couple weeks to register before they open it up to the public. I am considering Monday June 17th, 2019 for the ART Class. Additional information about the class can be found here, https://team-oregon.org/training/advancedridertraining/

I am looking at this date because this is a tentative Oregon camp out weekend. It is also Gay Pride weekend. It seemed fitting to just make it a full weekend of merry men and mayhem. I am thinking we could camp on Friday, Saturday & then on Sunday we could ride to Portland and ride in the parade. I’m guessing we could do dinner together Sunday night as well. Then on Monday we could meet for breakfast, do a small warm up ride and then go to the ART Class. I will work out housing options for those who want to participate. Again, this is all very tentative because Dennis is trying to get the camp out details worked out before I schedule this event.

Additionally, I had a member request that I schedule another Rider Skills Practice “RSP” Class like the one we did this summer. I am considering June 1st or 2nd in 2019 for this class. Again, I will work out housing options for those who want to attend this class. Additional information about this class can be found here, https://team-oregon.org/training/riderskillspractice/

You will see more information regarding both events around the 1st of the year so be on the lookout for that information. Mark your calendars in pencil since these are tentative dates.

BTW, this is open to guest as well as members. If you are an interested guest. don’t be shy.  Stan C

Queer Biker Invasion of Death Valley

The Queer Biker Invasion of Death Valley will be over Columbus Day Weekend, October 6th to 8th.  This is the 25th year of the event and is organized by Michael Bettinger.  Several of our members have gone on the ride in the past.  For more information contact Michael at mcpsycle@gmail.com

Calendar of 2018 Events

  • January 20 Annual General Meeting – Seattle
  • February 17 Anniversary Banquet – Vancouver, BC
  • March 17 Club Meeting
  • April 21 Club Meeting
  • May 18-21 Victoria Day Weekend Camp
  • June 15-17 Milo McIver, Estacada, OR & Portland Pride
  • July 20-21 Evans Group, Kettle Falls, WA
  • August 17-20 Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC
  • September 14-16 Bear Hollow Camp, Fossil, OR
  • October 20 Club Meeting
  • November 17 Club Meeting
  • December 8 Holiday Party

Birthdays

We have 2members with birthdays this month.  Please take a moment to wish them a great day.

  • Jeff B - Sep 28
  • Kevin S - Sep 05

Meet & Greets

BRMC members will be available for new and returning guys to connect and learn more about the club and opportunities to participate.  If you are interested, check out when and where in the cities listed below.  Also, in addition to the club's monthly events, local rides may be organized, weather permitting.  To lean more, email the Road Captain for specific details, or to ensure a member to meet you, at captain@borderriders.com.

Portland: Meet & Greet - 1st Tuesday of the month, 7pm at The Portland Eagle

Seattle: Meet & Greet - 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7pm at The Cuff

Vancouver BC: Please contact the Road Captain for arrangements

Contributions of Photos & Stories

If you have photos and stories to share, please send to news@borderriders.com

August Newsletter

Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information. 

 Monthly Recap

The July run was to Kettle Falls, Washington.  It was a long ride for just about everyone, and made longer for some due to Seattle area traffic and various fires causing road detours/closures across the state.  In spite of the odds, most of us made it to the campsite to enjoy the weekend activities.  As guys arrived throughout the day, tents were setup in sites that looked like they might be under the coveted shade of the tall trees in the area.  It was good to relax and get caught up on everyone's ongoings as we got geared up again to head out for dinner 11 miles back down the road to Kettle Falls.  Places to eat that can accommodate all of us are few and far between in the town, but we managed to find places that really put out for us for food and service, and good experiences were appreciated after the day's ride.  That night, we managed to get a campfire started and enjoyed the evening social until it was time to crash and get some well deserved Z's.  

The next day we collected ourselves in the morning for a ride into town for breakfast.  From there, we broke up into groups for day rides taking us to far off places and sights.  For some of us, another long day of riding was not in the cards, so after a much shorter ride, back and camp and into the lake to enjoy the refreshing coolness of the water on a hot day.  Later as everyone returned from their rides, we held our group meeting, discussed various business and operational topics, and gathered for the group photo.  After gearing up again, it was back into town for dinner and night supplies for camp.  Another lovely evening gave us time for more social time and then to hit the sack for the long rides home the next day.

 BRMC Group photo - Kettle Falls, WA @ Evans Group Campground

BRMC Group photo - Kettle Falls, WA @ Evans Group Campground

 Sign indicating the turnoff for the campground.

Sign indicating the turnoff for the campground.

 The entrance into the group campsites.

The entrance into the group campsites.

 Parked the monster after a very long ride to get to the campground.

Parked the monster after a very long ride to get to the campground.

 The guys begin to arrive and relax after long rides for all.

The guys begin to arrive and relax after long rides for all.

 New guest, Kas, joins us for his first campout with BRMC.  Kas joined us for the Portland Pride parade last month.

New guest, Kas, joins us for his first campout with BRMC.  Kas joined us for the Portland Pride parade last month.

 New guest, Christopher, also enjoys the day on his first campout with BRMC.  

New guest, Christopher, also enjoys the day on his first campout with BRMC.  

 Camping without a campfire isn't camping.  We were still able to have one this year as the hot and dry season comes into play.

Camping without a campfire isn't camping.  We were still able to have one this year as the hot and dry season comes into play.

 Michael, Dave, and John out for a ride up the river/lake towards the border.

Michael, Dave, and John out for a ride up the river/lake towards the border.

 Sights along the way.  The Columbia River / Lake Roseavelt. 

Sights along the way.  The Columbia River / Lake Roseavelt. 

 Sights along the way.  Flame-out!

Sights along the way.  Flame-out!

 Some of the boys enjoy the cool and very refreshing lake after a day ride and hot afternoon.

Some of the boys enjoy the cool and very refreshing lake after a day ride and hot afternoon.

 Kettle Falls is not exactly a hot spot for restaurants.  We found one place that served just one thing... chicken and waffles.  Yeah, the only difference in menu items were the proportion size.  Here, Jeff enjoys a big manly size plate.

Kettle Falls is not exactly a hot spot for restaurants.  We found one place that served just one thing... chicken and waffles.  Yeah, the only difference in menu items were the proportion size.  Here, Jeff enjoys a big manly size plate.

 On the road, Don, Jeremy, and Jason from the perspective of a camera drone flying overhead.

On the road, Don, Jeremy, and Jason from the perspective of a camera drone flying overhead.

From the Handlebars of the President

It is the end of July already.  Damn, where is the year going?  July was a great month for riding.  I have been commuting on my bike to work.  I hate riding up and down I-5 but at least I get to be on the bike.

Our July run was great.  We had a good turnout.  Unfortunately we didn't have more join us.  We had a few that didn't make it as well.  Jeremy and Jason headed over a day early but Jason had a mishap with a 16 year old pedestrian on the way.  They decided to spend the night in Omak and then headed back home on Friday.  Jeremy's bike was damaged but still rideable.   Guest Daryll 's bike broke down on Thursday before leaving Seattle and he missed out joining us.  On a positive note, member Jeff B arrived on his motorcycle.  This was the first camp out that Jeff has attended on his motorcycle since breaking his ankle two years ago.  Also, it was good to see out secretary John D on his bike as well.  He too had not been on his bike much for several months. 

We had two new guests join us for the first time.  Kas, from Portland, rode with BRMC in the Portland Pride Parade and decided to join us in Kettle Falls.  This was his first time ever camping.  He rode with our treasurer Stan from Portland.  He bought some camping gear and borrowed some.  For the most part he seemed to be enjoying nature.  Hopefully we will see him again.  Christopher from Marysville also joined us for the first time.  This is his second season of riding and this was his longest ride ever.  He rode over with member Chris L and myself.  Our road captain Dennis and member Dale C rode with Christopher and I for part of the way home. 

Early Friday morning Christopher and I met up with Chris L at the Cook Road Shell and headed east on Hwy 20.  As we headed down Cook Road towards Sedro Woolley, the skies to the east were very gray and ominous looking.  I was afraid we were going to run into rain.  We stopped in Marblemount for gas and when we prepared to depart I discovered I had left the key on.  The battery was dead.   Chris went over to this young scruffy guy that looked as if he was living in his van and asked if he had jumper cables.  He did and we tried to jump start the bike with no luck.  I tried calling bike shop in Concrete but no one answered.  It was shortly after 8:00.  We borrowed another set of jumper cables from the store clerk and Christopher unpacked his bike to get to the battery.  Why does Harley put the battery under the seat?  We had success and after returning the jumper cables and reloading Christopher's bike we headed on east.  Next stop was in Twisp for gas and lunch at BJ's Branding Iron Bar and Grill.  Can't say the food was that great but the locals started chatting us up as we were ready to leave.   Next was a gas stop in Tonasket and on to camp.  We arrived in camp around 4:30.  After setting up camp we joined the rest of the group for dinner at the BBQ place in Kettle Falls.  They had some mighty fine grub.

Saturday morning Christopher and I had a late breakfast in Kettle Falls.  We shared a table with the "Mayor" and after breakfast returned to camp.  Chris L also hung around camp and didn't go for a day ride.  We had two guests drop in during the late morning early afternoon and hung around for awhile.  Members John D and Michael C returned from their day ride and we spent some time cooling off in the lake.  Saturday evening we had the club meeting and followed by dinner in town.

We rode into town as one group.  It was great seeing everyone riding together.  It has been awhile since we had a larger number of bikes all together.  And the group actually looked good too!

Sunday morning we were up early to break camp.  Chris L was going to ride back with us but he was impatient and took off at 6:30.  At 7:15 when Christopher and I were ready to leave my bike wouldn't start.  The battery was dead again.   Dennis, Dale, Micheal and Christopher all helped me try to push start it with no luck.  Christopher rode into town and bought a pair of jumper cables.  Using Dale's bike we jump started mine.  I learned that you can connect to the starter on the bike rather than the battery.  At 8:15 we headed for home.  We had no problems on the way home.  we stopped for gas in Republic for gas, caught up to Dale and Dennis in Tonasket and had breakfast with them. Then a stop in Twisp for gas and a final stop in Marblemount for gas.  We said goodbye to Dennis and Dale in Marblemount as Dale had to seek out some ice cream. 

It was a great weekend.  Great roads to ride, great weather and great guys to hang out with.  And yes I have to admit, I was rescued not once but twice by a Harley!

Hope to see you all at Goldstream!

Road Captain Rumblings

I want to echo what Dave and Stan said about the weekend to Kettle Falls – a great trip, lots of curvy roads, short border crossings for more riding in BC, good food and great company.  The campground wasn’t great for privacy and I’m sure we woke up some of the neighbor campers on Sunday, but it was nice to be offered coffee by one of them.  It was a great turnout for such a long distance for everyone, had 22 sign up but were a few short of that for various reasons and one early departure.  There were 2 new guests and John was back on his bike again.  We were able to have a campfire even given the conditions but few night owls around it; everyone tired from the long rides and expecting similar rides home.

Looking ahead for planning for next years rides there are 2 moving targets – participating in more Pride events and the 50th anniversary ride.  Even though there wasn’t a quorum at the meeting a general consensus was reached on the long September ride.  I had also posed some questions in an email regarding Pride events and a few other items, had a number of responses and went over them in the meeting.   Look at the minutes for a summary of the replies.

Time to start planning for Goldstream Provincial Park on Vancouver Island for this month’s trip as need to account for ferry crossings both ways with several choices depending on your route.  The island doesn’t have an abundance of roads to choose from but can expect some good riding.  The campground isn’t too far out of Victoria and Chris L will be Road Captain Buddy and figuring out arrangements.  Thanks Chris.

Treasurer  Treads

Wow, what a fantastic campout Kettle Falls was. Those Chicken Waffles, that BBQ place and the roads. I want to go back just for the food. The roads are just a wonderful bonus. Can we go back Road Captain Dennis? PLEASE! Great Job finding that one Mark B.

Onto Financials...

My laptop that holds the club financials finally came home from the repair shop yesterday. I hope to work on it tomorrow but I won’t have it done in time to make this newsletter. ☹ sorry. I will however have financials at the August campout. Another reason why you should attend.

Motorcycle Safety (not a club sanctioned event)...

Team Oregon and I are working to set up a special class just for us. Only this time it is not their Riders Skill Practice Class “RSP”. This time it is their Advanced Riders Training Class “ART”. I’m so excited I can’t wait. This is the one where they put us on a go cart track and teach us some advanced maneuvers. I hope they yell “go faster, go faster, look where you want to go, go faster”.

To prepare for this you should either have taken their RSP class and been invited to take their ART class or be a very experienced rider. If you are not sure, contact me and let us talk through it.

The date for this class will be 9/17/18 which is the Monday after the Fossil campout. Unfortunately they have to rent the track and the go cart place is only closed on Monday’s. ☹ sorry. If you are interested contact me immediately at Stanley.V.Christiansen@gmail.com.

We need to have 12 people pay before they will schedule this class since it’s after their season for the ART class and they can sell the additional 6 spots to the public if we don’t buy them all. This class is for 18 riders but 12 is the minimum. AND, I only have a couple days to fill it so please contact me ASAP if you are interested.

I hope you are having a FANTASTIC summer and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the August campout.

Calendar of 2018 Events

  • January 20 Annual General Meeting – Seattle
  • February 17 Anniversary Banquet – Vancouver, BC
  • March 17 Club Meeting
  • April 21 Club Meeting
  • May 18-21 Victoria Day Weekend Camp
  • June 15-17 Milo McIver, Estacada, OR & Portland Pride
  • July 20-21 Evans Group, Kettle Falls, WA
  • August 17-20 Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC
  • September 14-16 Bear Hollow Camp, Fossil, OR
  • October 20 Club Meeting
  • November 17 Club Meeting
  • December 8 Holiday Party

Birthdays

We have 8 members with birthdays this month.  Please take a moment to wish them a great day.

  • Troy A - Aug 21
  • Hal A - Aug 29
  • Stan C - Aug 24
  • John D - Aug 26
  • Dave J - Aug 16
  • Bill L - Aug 10
  • Jack O - Aug 26
  • Buck W - Aug 14

Meet & Greets

BRMC members will be available for new and returning guys to connect and learn more about the club and opportunities to participate.  If you are interested, check out when and where in the cities listed below.  Also, in addition to the club's monthly events, local rides may be organized, weather permitting.  To lean more, email the Road Captain for specific details, or to ensure a member to meet you, at captain@borderriders.com.

Portland: Meet & Greet - 1st Tuesday of the month, 7pm at The Portland Eagle

Seattle: Meet & Greet - 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7pm at The Cuff

Vancouver BC: Please contact the Road Captain for arrangements

Contributions of Photos & Stories

If you have photos and stories to share, please send to news@borderriders.com

July Newsletter

Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information. 

Monthly Recap

The June run and campout was held at McIver State Park, at Estacada, Oregon.  We got the big group site, which was 'huge'!  It could have held a hundred people, so we were lost in it vastness.   The site being very private, was like having our own isolated forest camp.  Nice.

16 of us were able to make it for this run.  The weather was 'mommy bear' in the middle... not too hot, not too cold.  Lots of rabbits and squirrels running about made things interesting.  Some of us gathered for dinner just down the road for Friday night at the River View, a happening motorcycle hangout.  Breakfast the next day saw us a a mom and pop place in Estacada, which took forever to get food out to us, so it was a good thing that not many were on that menu run.  Dinner saw pizzas flying into camp so we can hang out more at this beautiful site.

Firewood was delivered by Dave, who lives locally, so we enjoyed a nice evening around it under the trees Saturday Night.  Sunday came quickly, and we packed up early so that many could head out to ride for the first time in a long time in the Portland Pride Parade.

 The guys lining it up for the group shot warm-up.

The guys lining it up for the group shot warm-up.

 Darryl in full formal leather dress.  Look'n sharp!

Darryl in full formal leather dress.  Look'n sharp!

 Lots of good cheer in getting together again on this very nice weekend.

Lots of good cheer in getting together again on this very nice weekend.

 Mike's V65 gave up the ghost somewhere along the way.  Dennis road all the way back to Washington to get his trailer.  Attempts to repair at camp were not successful as an electrical component failed.  BRMC guys stick together.

Mike's V65 gave up the ghost somewhere along the way.  Dennis road all the way back to Washington to get his trailer.  Attempts to repair at camp were not successful as an electrical component failed.  BRMC guys stick together.

 New arrivals at the park, catching up on all things.

New arrivals at the park, catching up on all things.

 BRMC Group photo McIver State Park, Oregon

BRMC Group photo McIver State Park, Oregon

Member Jeff B on Radio

Member Alan H contacted media person Crystal Ligori several months ago about possibly doing a feature story about the club.  Since that original contact Crystal began working for Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and pitched the story idea to her boss.  Long story short, Jeff B was interviewed by Kate Davidson just before the Portland Pride Parade.  Jeff did a great job representing the club!  Afterward, Jeff said, "Crystal, it seems the interview was the 'talk therapy' we both needed to get off the fence and onto bikes!"  After the interview Jeff went out and got a new battery for his bike and rode in the Pride Parade.  Jeff hadn't been on his bike for two years since his accident at the last Enterprise, OR run.  Crystal said that she was going to get her motorcycle endorsement.

Below is a link to the OPB website where the printed story can be found as well as the audio recording.   https://www.opb.org/news/article/border-riders-motorcycle-club-portland-pride/ The recording is also currently on the homepage of the club website.

From the Handlebars of the President

 From left to right, Guest Don A., Jeff C, Richard A, Marc L.

From left to right, Guest Don A., Jeff C, Richard A, Marc L.

The organizers of the Seattle St Jude's Rock n Roll Marathon asked the Border Riders Motorcycle to assist with the race on June 10th.  There were over 17,000 runners that participated in the 5K, Half Marathon and the full Marathon.  We were asked to provide rides for members of the media.  Marc L., Richard A. and his brother Don, and myself volunteered to help out.  I met Richard at 4:45 a.m. at the 300th St Park & Ride and then caught up to Don at the Everett I-5 rest stop.  We arrived at our designated meeting point at the start of the race at 6:00 a.m. where Marc was awaiting our arrival. 

The race began at 6:30.  Marc had the official photographer as a passenger and I had the videographer.  The other two media people did not show up so Richard and Don went to breakfast and headed home.  Every few minutes a group of runners would be released and after several groups had left the starting point we headed out on the motorcycles.  We followed the runners on the route.  It was a challenge to ride with the runners and stay on the route.  There were two very steep hills that were a challenge to navigate up slowly with a pack of runners surrounding the bike.  

At various points along the route they had bands playing.  The bands varied from Rock N Roll to Japanese drummers to country music.  There were full bands as well as just individuals performing.  The race began and ended at the Seattle Center.  On the lawn area of Seattle Center they had a large stage set up with bands playing throughout the afternoon.  The Marathon followed the same route as the Half Marathon for the first first half and shortly before the finish line the Full Marathon veered off for the second half of its route.  We only completed the Half Marathon.  I can now saw that I have completed a half marathon......okay maybe it was on a motorcycle! 

I am looking forward to the run this month over at Kettle Falls.  It will be an opportunity to explore an area that I haven't been to as well as ride some roads I haven't been on.  I plan to head out Friday morning and go over Hwy 20.  I always enjoy the scenery of riding over the North Cascades Hwy.  I hope to see you in Kettle Falls. 

50th Anniversary

At our March club meeting it was decided to focus on two main events to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary next year.  The first event was to do a circle tour or long road trip.  The idea is to have a ride that would be for five to seven days.  It was decided that due to weather conditions and busy summer schedules to have the ride in September.  This would also be a good way to conclude the riding season for the 50th year.   At this time the committee is seeking ideas for a route or destination.  Please send your ideas to Troy A at troy@besthomesrealty.net

The second event is to have a bigger and better Anniversary Banquet.  The Anniversary Banquet will be held in Seattle in 2020 and we would like to get as many current and former members there as possible.

Road Captain Rumblings

The June run to Milo McIver in Oregon was slightly different than most.  We had a very spacious campground, but it was very underused.  The bulk of the Washingtonians didn’t make it to the campground on Friday due to a delay with problems with Michael’s bike.  He stayed at a hotel with his bike and others stayed at another hotel further on.  I went back to Seattle to get trailer for Michael’s bike as didn’t figure he would be able to get it fixed on Saturday.  We had other offers of help from the Portland area and it feels great to have a group that really looks out for each other.  The other thing is given the proximity to Portland we had a few that commuted to the campground rather than staying.

Then on Sunday off to breakfast and the ride in the Portland Pride Parade.  Because of the previous events I didn’t ride in the parade, but the Facebook posts looks like everyone had fun in spite of slow riding and heat on the air-cooled bikes. 

Riding in Portland’s parade raises some questions for future planning.  I’ll be sending out an email to members shortly asking about riding in future parades.  Some of the things to ponder are:   Is it something we want to do in the future?  Do we want to rotate between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland even if it involved changing the camp weekend?  I will have the list of questions out in the next week and would appreciate response tally before the July run so can discuss at the meeting.  

I hope to see many of you at the runs throughout the summer, get out and ride. 

Dennis Hummel, Road Captain 2018

 BRMC in the Portland Pride Parade

BRMC in the Portland Pride Parade

 BRMC in the Portland Pride Parade

BRMC in the Portland Pride Parade

Upcoming July Run

The trip to Kettle Falls will be a long haul for most riders, but well worth it.  Unlike many parts of Eastern Washington which are flat and boring there are many great opportunities for day rides in the area.  We’ll be staying at Evans Group Camp 11 miles north of town.  Kettle Falls is not a large city, but definitely larger and more offerings than Fossil.  Bring your passport or Nexus as a northern day ride would take you into Canada.   

Evans Group Camp is along the northern shoreline of Lake Roosevelt. The site is long and narrow, an orientation that allows for a fantastic, clear view of the lake from every vantage point. Lake Roosevelt is a 130-mile lake on the Columbia River created by the Grand Coulee Dam.

Evans provides ample shade with thick forests of ponderosa pine, douglas fir and maple trees. The lake area is abundant with wildlife, including moose, elk and deer. Quite a few bald eagles have been spotted around Evans.

Much of the water in the originates from glaciers and snow in the cold, high Canadian Rockies, though temperatures are pleasant to swim in during summer.

Beach fires are permitted year-round on the exposed lake bed, EXCEPT when the fire danger rating for the park is at or below Level 2 as indicated by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for the area,  Because of being right on the lake chances are better for a campfire than many areas, so we'll have to see as we get closer.  

Cost is for the campout is $25 for members, $35 for guests, Canadian prices adjusted per the standing order.  Watch your emails for registration opening and reminders to register.

Calendar of 2018 Events

  • January 20 Annual General Meeting – Seattle
  • February 17 Anniversary Banquet – Vancouver, BC
  • March 17 Club Meeting
  • April 21 Club Meeting
  • May 18-21 Victoria Day Weekend Camp
  • June 15-17 Milo McIver, Estacada, OR & Portland Pride
  • July 20-21 Evans Group, Kettle Falls, WA
  • August 17-20 Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC
  • September 14-16 Bear Hollow Camp, Fossil, OR
  • October 20 Club Meeting
  • November 17 Club Meeting
  • December 8 Holiday Party

Birthdays

We have 11 members with birthdays this month.  Please take a moment to wish them a great day.

  • Hugh S - Jul 05
  • David F - Jul 10
  • J. Scott G - Jul 04
  • Kerry H - Jul 23
  • Chris L - Jul 05
  • Marc L - Jul 09
  • John M - Jul 06
  • André P - Jul 21
  • Ryan S - Jul 24
  • Dan S - Jul 26
  • Jeremy W - Jul 24

Meet & Greets

BRMC members will be available for new and returning guys to connect and learn more about the club and opportunities to participate.  If you are interested, check out when and where in the cities listed below.  Also, in addition to the club's monthly events, local rides may be organized, weather permitting.  To lean more, email the Road Captain for specific details, or to ensure a member to meet you, at captain@borderriders.com.

Portland: Meet & Greet - 1st Tuesday of the month, 7pm at The Portland Eagle

Seattle: Meet & Greet - 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7pm at The Cuff

Vancouver BC: Please contact the Road Captain for arrangements

Contributions of Photos & Stories

If you have photos and stories to share, please send to news@borderriders.com

June Newsletter

Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information. 

Monthly Recap

The 2018 season kicked-off with the 49th annual Victoria Day campout at Pine Flats Campground, Washington.  As usual, it was a mixed bag of weather, ranging from beautiful warm sunshine to driving rain.  We were all prepared, with 36 members and guests signing up for the run (noting that a few could not be with us at the last moment).  

The early arrivals all helped to get the event organized by bringing out the hardware from the Entiat storage locker (Thanks, Dan), rounding up the generator, and shopping for food.  Back at camp, the tents, tables, chairs, and kitchen were set up and made ready for the next wave of arrivals.

Rain.  Yeah, there was rain.  Let's just say about an inch fell the first night which made for an early turn-in.  Saturday was not too bad, and many choose to ride to outlying places, while others explored local towns.  The kitchen crews kept everyone happy with great chow, including thick steaks for Saturday's dinner. 

Sunday saw the ceremony held in remembering those no longer with us this year.  Some guys headed back and others stayed another day to help tear down camp and get everything all dried and stowed for next year.

 Group Photo - Victoria Day, Pine Flats Campground, Washington

Group Photo - Victoria Day, Pine Flats Campground, Washington

 Mark and Leo take up camp at a prime spot next to the river.

Mark and Leo take up camp at a prime spot next to the river.

 Dan constructs the opening campfire arrangement.

Dan constructs the opening campfire arrangement.

 Randy rides in after a long day on the road.

Randy rides in after a long day on the road.

 What are they looking at?  A UFO drone that Don brought to take some high altitude photos.

What are they looking at?  A UFO drone that Don brought to take some high altitude photos.

 Gathered around for Saturday Night steak dinner.

Gathered around for Saturday Night steak dinner.

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From the Handlebars of the President

It is hard to believe that it has already been two weeks since our 49th Victoria Day.  As others have stated we did have a bit of rain this year.   Sunday was a gorgeous day for those that stayed over.   We had a fun day of relaxing around the camp with a few going off to explore some forest service roads.  We finished up loading the truck Sunday evening and by 8:30 Sunday morning just about everyone had left camp.  Some met Dan at the storage locker in Entiat to unload the truck and return the rental equipment while other hit the road.

We decided to return home via the North Cascades Highway.  It was a beautiful day for a ride and as usual the ride over the pass was great.  Traffic was minimal on Monday and we stopped at several viewpoints to take in the scenery. 

Thanks again to everyone for pitching in and helping to create another great Victoria Day.   And in just two short weeks we will be camping in Oregon and riding in the Portland Parade.   The parade this year, as is tradition, will be led by the Dykes on Bikes.  One of the parade organizers has for several years had a vision of having a motorcycle group also be the last entry in the parade.  And this year that will be happening with the Border Riders being the final entry.   Please be sure to invite your friends to join us.  I am looking forward to the June camp out as well as riding in the parade. 

Road Captain Rumblings

The 49th Annual Victoria Day was a little wet, not a soaker, but enough to dampen the spirits a little and reduce the riding a little bit.  It seems that the weather recently alternates years for us, so the 50th should be a great weekend!  I failed at my road captain duties in that the notes said the directional signs for the campground were in the locker at Entiat when in fact they were at home.  Because of that the only guest that hasn’t been there before gained the nickname of “Ditch” after missing the campground and having a little mishap turning around.  I want to thank those that helped in my absence as my time was limited due to work.

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Looking ahead to the summer season the 3-month forecast calls for warmer than normal temperatures so that will likely mean limited campfires on the runs again this year.  The first ride only run is June 15-17 at Milo McIver State Park, followed by riding in the Portland Pride Parade on the 17th.  The campground is near Estacada, a 45-minute ride from Portland.  The site has flush toilets and the park boasts it’s 27-hole disc golf (basically frisbee) course and discs are available to rent or buy.   There are good roads around the Mount Hood area for day rides.  For those familiar with Butler Motorcycle maps the red, orange and yellow highlighted roads are the ones we're looking for and there are plenty in the area.

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I hope to see many of you at the runs throughout the summer, get out and ride. 

Dennis Hummel, Road Captain 2018

Upcoming June Event

The June 15-17 campout will be at the Milo McIver park near Estacada, OR.  In addition, following the campout on Sunday, riders will be participating in the Portland Pride Parade.

Cost is for the campout is $25 for members, $35 for guests, Canadian prices adjusted per the standing order.  Watch your emails for registration opening and reminders to register.

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club will be in the Portland Pride Parade on Sunday, June 17st.  The Club will be the last contingent in the parade. We have done this in the past and had a great time. Being the last in the parade means that we will have time to wander around the stepping off area and visit the other contingents.

Interested?  Here is some information for you. You will have to register with the NW Pride Committee and the cost is $20.    The link to register is on the Border Riders website;  https://borderriders.com/rides/2018/6/17/ride-with-pride.  You must have a valid driver’s license and insurance.

Parade starts at 11:00am.  Assembly time is 10:15am but since we are the last contingent, we are being allowed to show up later. Expected time we will enter parade is 1:00pm.  Assembly area is in North Park Blocks area, and we are expecting to meet at NW Glisan St and NW 9th Ave.

If you have any further questions, text Mark Brayford (last year’s Road Captain) at 503/480-6937 or markbrayford@hotmail.com

Hope you can join us!

From the Parade website

Motorcycle Rules: Due to City of Portland ordinance, no motorcycle rider shall rev their motor, circle, ride figure eights, wheelie, or any other “hot-rodding” behavior. All motorcycles shall proceed along designated parade routes in a “traffic-like manner”.Pride Northwest reserves the right to determine and limit the use of motorcycles in the parade. Helmets are not required DURING the parade, but all city and state laws are required before and after the parade.

Basically, ride like you are on a normal street; wear your helmet before and after, and no “revving” of motors.

From the Pockets of the Treasurer

Yo Bros,

I’ve got 3 things on my list this month. First is a correction and kudo to Dave H. Second an update on the pride parade and how to get BRMC to pay for ½ your entrance fee. Last, an update on the motorcycle “Riders Skills Practice Class”.

Most importantly, let me start by correcting a statement I made at VD. I gave kudos to Joe C, Jack O, and Dave J for making a contribution to the 50th Anniversary Fund. While all that was true, I neglected to give kudos to Dave H as well. After the meeting Dave H pointed out to me that he also made a contribution. It turned out that Dave did make a $100 donation in 2017. This happened before I became treasurer and when I was setting up this account to fit my software, I missed this contribution. My apologies to Dave H and I thank Dave for bringing this error to my attention in such a professional manner, privately. Big Kudos to Dave H for making this generous donation of $100 to the 50th Anniversary fund. Thanks Dave for your generous support.

OK, onto the Pride Parade and how to get BRMC to pay for ½ your entrance fee. Since you all read this newsletter you will know there was a vote at the April meeting to have the club pay for ½ the pride parade entrance fee of $20, it passed. To be reimbursed, please bring a legible, printed copy of the paid slip you will receive (via e-mail) from Pride NW showing your name and I will see to it you get paid. As an option, you could also give me this same receipt and let me know you would like to donate your $10 to the 50th Anniversary fund and I will be happy to take care of that for you as well. I will only be accepting these receipts when we gather at NW 9th and Glisan in preparation to ride in the parade.

Finally, the motorcycle “Riders Skills Practice Class”. The class is described as “This half day course for licensed riders sharpens cornering, braking & emergency maneuvering skills. Whether you’ve been riding one your or 20, RSP will improve your skills and awareness.” Also, don’t forget that this class may qualify you for an insurance discount so check with your insurance agent. The date for the class is set for Saturday June 23rd, 2018. We need to be on site no later than 12:45. The site is a parking lot on the Clackamas Community College Campus in Oregon City, OR. The class will wrap up between 4 & 5. As in other classes, I will set up a place to meet for lunch prior to the class but that will be done privately for the attendees. We might also go on a small warm up ride prior to lunch but again, that will be for the attendees. The cost is $100 and you will need to register ASAP to insure your spot. To register, call Tammi at Team Oregon 800.545.9944 & she will get you hooked up. We were not able to make this class a private event so you are competing with the public for a spot. I am expecting about ½ a dozen of us to attend. Please contact me at Stanley.V.Christiansen@gmail.com once you have registered so I can make sure you know what we are doing prior to the class. I also need to state, this class, warm up ride, lunch….. is NOT a club sanctioned event. Please feel encouraged to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this event.

I hope to see you all at the next campout and at the pride parade. That’s it from the money man.

Stan

Calendar of 2018 Events

  • January 20 Annual General Meeting – Seattle
  • February 17 Anniversary Banquet – Vancouver, BC
  • March 17 Club Meeting
  • April 21 Club Meeting
  • May 18-21 Victoria Day Weekend Camp
  • June 15-17 Milo McIver, Estacada, OR & Portland Pride
  • July 20-21 Evans Group, Kettle Falls, WA
  • August 17-20 Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC
  • September 14-16 Bear Hollow Camp, Fossil, OR
  • October 20 Club Meeting
  • November 17 Club Meeting
  • December 8 Holiday Party

Birthdays

We have 5 members with birthdays this month.  Please take a moment to wish them a great day.

  • Mark B - Jun 28
  • David F - Jun 28
  • Ron L - Jun 17
  • Iain M - Jun 08
  • Ron VD - Jun 20

Meet & Greets

BRMC members will be available for new and returning guys to connect and learn more about the club and opportunities to participate.  If you are interested, check out when and where in the cities listed below.  Also, in addition to the club's monthly events, local rides may be organized, weather permitting.  To lean more, email the Road Captain for specific details, or to ensure a member to meet you, at captain@borderriders.com.

Portland: Meet & Greet - 1st Tuesday of the month, 7pm at The Portland Eagle

Seattle: Meet & Greet - 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7pm at The Cuff

Vancouver BC: Please contact the Road Captain for arrangements

Contributions of Photos & Stories

If you have photos and stories to share, please send to news@borderriders.com