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The Event

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I'm so glad I pay for vacations and such a year or so before I take them. Next Tuesday I'm leaving for Reno for a rally called Street Vibrations. It's the fourth largest motorcycle event in the country.

The reason I'm glad I've already paid the non refundable fees is that this year I'm flat broke. We missed almost six months of work, but it seems to be picking up some.....fingers crossed!

The group leaves Tuesday the 18th and will be home the 25th. It's usually a two day ride to Reno but on the way home we're going to take a different route and go through Crater Lake Park. That will turn the 2 day ride into a 3 day ride.

Thank God for cell phones and the Weather Channel app! If it even looks the least bit cold at Crater Lake, elevation of around 7000 feet, there's no way in hell I'll be riding through it, even with my heated gear.

I'm kind of wondering how this year's rally will go. They've made it into a "no colors" event, which means the clubs, better known to the public as gangs, won't be able to wear their "cuts," their vests proclaiming which "club" they belong to.

Street Vibrations has traditionally been claimed by the Hell's Angels and their support clubs.  Sometimes other clubs try their luck and show up. At last years event a member of the notorious club called the Vagos (look 'em up, their some pretty bad dudes) shot and killed a Hells Angel chapter president in a casino firefight and the war was on. The next day an Angel shot a Vago.

This years dress code is pretty strict, down to shoe laces. No club colors in bandanas, patches, wrist bands, shoe strings, etc. Which leaves me in the lurch, some of the bandanas I usually take are red and white, the colors of the Hell's Angels. It's going to be interesting to see what takes place this year and if they're able to keep the clubs at bay or if the clubs will rebel and show up in full force.

Either way it will be interesting and a much needed time away.

I'll try to post some pics along the way. It's a beautiful ride and the event itself is pretty cool, well, if you like motorcycles. 

 More later,


 

11 comments:

middle child September 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM  

You are bringing your gun, right? You have been sounding better lately and for that I am grateful. The economy has messed with more people than we will ever know. My daughter and her family were evicted Aug 15th. Her husband was out of work for 3-4 years. Yeah, he could have found something, anything, but he really didn't look. He has a good job now. I wish you and Jeff peace an safety on your journey. Muah!

lalalady September 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM  

Great news for both of you. May you be blessed with great weather, good times, good sleep, and may you make new friends. Take care, Be safe.

YeamieWaffles September 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM  

It's great to read that work is picking up Diva and that you've got this awesome holiday to look forward to! I know how much you love biking so this event really should be up your street and hopefully you really enjoy it, have a blast Teri!

Rob-bear September 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM  

Hope you have a great time away.

And about the cold at 7,000. I'm sure you're hot enough that you can handle anything that comes along, weather-wise.

The Bipolar Diva September 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM  

I don't know Rob, us Divas can get pretty chilly! :)

8 Ball September 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM  

Enjoy the ride, both you and Jeff deserve to let the wind blow the spider webs from your heads, and allow you to let the stress and pain just flow from you.
As for the clubs, they will still wear their colors, they might actually wear a hoodie or something over them. I have no doubt both the HA and the Vagos will be there, as well as the Mongols, and other clubs. I have a feeling you wont have too much trouble over your Red & White.
Have a great time both of you, and enjoy the road down and back.
Catch ya on the road sometime...

Rob-bear September 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM  

Chilly, or Cool? I though all Divas were Cool!

Princess Kate September 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM  

Sounds like you both need a nice getaway. Forget about life for awhile. Enjoy.

Unknown Mami September 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM  

I love going on your trips vicariously.

Pat September 17, 2012 at 7:48 AM  

Have a great time. Everyone needs to get away. Looking forward to see some photos.

criticalcrass September 17, 2012 at 8:24 AM  

don't look now, but not only am i at your blog, i'm commenting! it's a red letter day! i'm actually being sociable. hah!

one. i am SO sorry that yall are having financial difficulty right now (and all the stress that stems from that).

two. i am SO glad that you're awesome about financing vacations in advance. that is a damned fine way to go about doing things. i should try that some time. i'm happier still that yall get this little breather. enjoy!

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