Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Fall Ride

Hey Fossils, how about one last ride before the snow flies?

Saturday Oct 11.  Meet at Maple Grove Covenant Church at 9:00 AM.  Then zoom around a bit and end up at Larry's lake cabin near Cokato for brats/burgers off the grill.  Then (probably not very directly) home again with a stop at a DQ very possible.

Please let me know soon if you want to go so we can let Larry know how many to expect.

Grace and Peace through our Lord, Jesus Christ,

Fossil Wayne
six one to  tree six niner six six ninerx2

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Trip June 26th-29

Hey you Fossils.  Our summer trip is only one week out.  We leave on Thursday afternoon (26th).

Here is who is signed up to go:  Greg, Steve, Keith, Lloyd and myself.  If you know of someone else going, please let us know.

We are meeting on Thursday in the IKEA parking lot at 3:00 PM.  Our first night is at Trempealeau Wisc where there a nice state park or a motel near by.  Your choice, I'm camping unless it's raining.

The rest of the weekend is open to interpretation.  Anywhere we go down there will involve great roads.

Also, does anyone have a daily bible study to go through?  I can do another study out of First Timothy but don't want to hog the blessing since I did it last year.

See you on Thursday,

Fossil Wayne.
six one too  tree six niner   six niner six niner

Monday, June 9, 2014

Spring Ride 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014  (click on pics for full size)
Plan was to meet up at 8:00 AM and head south and east to Nelson, Wisconsin where the best "BBQ joint in SW Wisconsin" would feed us some great smoked pork.  Then twisty alphabet roads and the required DQ stop.  As is often the case, the plan did not happen.  What's it say in Proverbs?: "The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps."

It was raining on Saturday morning and it was not suppose to stop until noon or later.  New plan: meet at noon and maybe head a different direction.  At noon it was still drizzling but the radar was promising that it should end soon.  We decided to go ahead and meet but to put the required DQ stop up front instead of later.  The DQ was nice and dry as we ordered our food and became acquainted with some new, young Fossils: Zach and Brandon.  We were 8 Fossils strong: Wayne, Lloyd, Greg, Steve, Rick S, Bill, and two previously mentioned.
By the time we were out of the DQ the drizzle had ended and the roads were starting to dry.  It looked like this plan might work!  Our scripture reading today was I Chronicles 29: Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.

We did abandon any hope of heading all the way to Wisconsin since it was still raining that way.  Instead we headed north to the Mississippi and followed the "Dayton road" along the south shore until the confluence of the Crow river, then turned left and followed it south on various county roads.


Bill lead us back across the river and we were hitting some more twisties when suddenly Bill and I found ourselves alone at a stop sign.  We pulled over to wait and no one was coming.  "Wonder what happened?" I said.  "Don't know, lets circle back and look for them" was the reply.  They were about a mile back, everyone had their kickstands down and were loitering around on the shoulder.  We pulled into an intersection and found out that Steve's right foot peg had dropped off and they had already given up the search.  The grass was deep in the ditch and half filled with water.  No chance of finding it.  Steve got creative with his highway peg, an allen wrench and some purple duct tape.  We were back on the road.


We continued south along the Crow and pulled into a city park in Delano, MN.  Steve checked his watch and realized if he hurried he could make it to a local bike junk yard before they closed where he could buy a new, used foot peg.  Goodbye Steve.   A couple of other guys also had some afternoon commitments so also had to split.  Before they left we took this picture.  (Lloyd is not pictured as he was behind the camera):


We had now whittled our numbers down to only five Fossils.  At the gas station I had a great idea of finding a restaurant that would have a piece of pie.  There we could sit and talk.  Lloyd found one on his GPS and only had to do about a dozen u-turns before we got there (I'm exaggerating).  We had the joint to ourselves and though they didn't have any pie their chocolate cheese cake was worth the trip.   We had a great time re-living the day and days of lore.  The clock on the wall said 6:30 and I suggested we go home.  After Bill about had a heart attack that it was so late we realized the clock was lying and it was really only 4:15.  Still it was a good time to head home so we paid up and headed back up the river valley.  

Another great Spring ride in spite of the weather not cooperating.  

Thanks guys!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer Trip June 26-29

Hey guys, we are about a month out to our summer trip into SouthWest Wisconsin.  RU goin'?

We will be leaving the cities Thursday afternoon the 26th.  That night will be in a town that Steve S suggested on the Mississippi (what was the name of that town again, Steve?).   Because of the deer we'll want to leave early enough so we get there before dark .  The rest of the trip is open to suggestions.  Every direction we go down there is great.  We will be back Sunday evening the 29th.

Right now it is only Steve S and I signed up for sure so please let me know ASAP.  Also, do you want a motel room or a camp site?

(Also don't forget about the Spring Ride on the 7th)  RU goin'?

Grace and Peace,

Fossil Wayne

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Ride June 7

Northern Fossils will meet at MGCC at 8:00 AM.  They will meet up with Southern Fossils at the IKEA parking lot at 9:00 AM.  We will ride south and east and have lunch at J and J BBQ in Nelson, WI.  "The Best Ribs Place on the River": www.jandjbbq.com
We will then hit some more twisties and find our way home after the required DQ stop.

Right now it's just Steve S and me signed up to go.  Anybody else? 

Grace and Peace
Fossil Wayne
6 one2*tree69*six69niner

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Summer Trip, Spring Ride

Fossils, voting is now closed and the winning weekend for the Summer Trip with five votes is June 28. We will leave town Thursday the 26th after work and be back Sunday evening the 29th.  Please make a vacation day request for Friday the 27th and mark your calendars.  You may forward this notice to any of your biking friends/family.

Destination is the "driftless area" of SW Wisconsin.  This area is filled with gorgeous hills, valleys and twisty county roads.  Exact itinerary and routes are to be determined.  Most of you prefer motels, some of us camping.  As usual, we will work it out. We will have a breakfast meeting in the next couple of months to talk it over.

Please confirm with me if you are planning on making the trip.


Also, don't forget that the Spring Ride is just a few weeks before that on Saturday, June 7.  Details also TBD but Steve S tells me of a great Ribs Joint near Nelson, Wisc which sounds great to me!

Hopefully some of the snow will melt by then!

Grace and Peace,
Fossil Wayne.
six one too tree six nine six nine six nine

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Winter Breakfast Meeting, Motorcycle Show

Hi Fossils, Merry Christmas.
 
It's almost time for our annual winter breakfast meeting.  It will be Saturday morning, January 18, at 8:00 AM.  We will meet at the Perkins in Golden Valley at I394 and Louisiana Ave.  
 
Afterwards, those who can will head downtown and go to the Motorcycle Show at the Convention Center.
 
Bring your calendar so we can plan our 2014 rides.  (I'm thinking about a Colorado trip this summer, whatcha think about that? Other ideas?)
 
 
Hope to see you there.
 
Feel free to invite any who you think may be interested.
 
Please send me a reply if you are coming so I'll know how many tables to push together.

 
 
Grace and Peace,
Fossil Wayne

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Day Five, Lake Michigan Trip, 2013

Monday Aug 19.  Neillsville Wisc to Home via US Hwy 10.

A beautiful morning in central Wisconsin.  What a great weekend to be on a motorcycle trip!    Bill needed to get home ASAP to babysit his kids so he and Jim woke up early and headed for the superslab at sunrise.  They'd be home in an hour and a half that way.  The rest of us (Wayne, Greg, Lloyd) moved more leisurely as we'd have all day to get home.  A scripture was read and a shared prayer with the two early risers.  The rest of us headed into the motel snack room to figure out the waffle maker; "You gotta flip the thing over, Wayne!"  We also examined and considered why there was vomit on the ground in front of Greg's bike.  The clerk mentioned a stray cat hanging out on his bike and we think that might have something to do with it.

Yesterday at my friend's David's house he had mentioned that we needed to be sure and stop at the "High Ground Memorial Park" west of Neillsville on Hwy 10.  That seemed like a fine idea to us so after just a few miles, we found our first stop.  This is a sculpture park dedicated to the sacrifices of our military heroes.  We spent an hour plus walking around and it was worth every minute.  A great tribute it is.



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The rest of the morning we continued west on US Hwy 10 to home.  Hwy 10 across western Wisconsin is very scenic and highly recommended.

We had another great Fossil Trip.  The weather was close to ideal and the fellowship and riding was great.  Thanks to all who were able to come.
Grace and Peace through our Lord Jesus, the Christ!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Day Four Michigan Trip. Onekama, Mich to Neilsville, WI

Sunday, August 18.  We had a tight schedule this morning in that we needed to get to the Ludington Ferry by 8:00 AM.  Since the town was an hour away we awoke before dawn to load up and be on our way.  It was a cool yet pleasant morning and the sun was up by the time we were packed and on our way.  Nice morning for a ride.

We followed my GPS to the dock which sent us down some nice country roads, no arguments here!  As we pulled into the town of Ludington and headed towards our destination, Keith waved adieu and headed further south on US31.  Keith was heading to Chicago to visit his daughter living there.  They had tickets to a Sox game this afternoon.

The rest of us found the dock, checked in and queued up with a bunch of other bikes who had the same goal today:  get to Wisconsin without having to drive all the way around that big lake!
The SS Badger is a fairly old boat that was first commissioned in the 40's to haul freight trains across Lake Michigan.  It is a coal burner which doesn't make the EPA very happy.  They have been wanting to close it down as a polluter but fortunately for us they haven't been successful yet.  We eventually were allowed to ride into the belly of the ship, lashed the bikes down (bring your own ratchet straps) and headed up for breakfast.

It is a four hour ride across the big lake but since we cross a time line the clock only moves three hours.  It was cool on deck, warm in the dining rooms.  We unloaded at Manitowoc Wisconsin at noon.  A couple of Fossils needed to hightail it home yet this afternoon.  So now we waved goodbye to Steve and Rick who were taking the superslab all the way to Mpls.  The rest of us (five in number now) found our way out of town and headed west on US 10.

Our immediate goal this afternoon was to get over to Appleton WI to the home of a friend of mine, David.  David had been in a bad motorcycle accident in Wyoming this summer and had just got home from the hospital.  He said he'd be happy to get some company even from some old Fossil bikers so we pulled in front of his house about 2:30 after a stop of sustenance at a DQ we found on the way.  We had a nice visit and were able to tour his "man's garage" where he rehabs and sells old Honda Silverwings as a hobby.

The afternoon was getting warm to hot and we had a ways to travel before we sleep.  We continued west on US 10 and found a Super8 in central Wisconsin.  Before this I had found a no name motel just east of town which almost caused a five bike pile up when I slammed on the brakes and swerved into the parking lot.  They weren't expecting that, sorry guys.  Anyhow the motel and restaurant was closed on Sundays, though for some reason, unlocked.  That was strange....!

After checking in to the Super8 we found a local Pizza Hut and had a pleasant meal and conversation.  Back at the motel we continued our bible study on "A Good Servant of Jesus Christ".

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Day Three Lake Michigan Trip

Saturday, August 17.  Gould City, U.P. Michigan to Onekama, Michigan.

Woke up to a nice Upper Peninsula morning.  Breakfast was in the same restaurant as the fish fry last night.  Breakfast Buffet for all.

After filling our bellies and a scripture reading, we headed out on Hwy 2, east towards the Mackinac Bridge.  Hwy 2 is very scenic this morning running along the north shore of Lake Michigan.   At our first gas stop Lloyd reported shifting problems related to the clutch.  We discovered that his hydraulic reservoir was low.  The cover stated DOT4 fluid was required but the gas station only had DOT3.  Volunteers stepped forward to run into the next larger town to find the requested fluid but a fellow biker assured us the DOT3 would work fine.  We went ahead and purchase the fluid and poured it in.  Seems to have worked with no dire consequences. While waiting for the repairs some of us got some education from a local man on smoking fish.  They had a very large smoker going at the station.  Fish in the structure were White and Salmon.

Our next stop was the bridge viewing park in St. Ignace.  This park is on the shore of Lake Michigan and provides an excellent view of the wonder which is the Mackinac Bridge:



As we pulled into the parking lot of the park a couple in a Corvette pulled in behind us.  We began a conversation with them and they turned out to be a delightful couple who agreed to take a group picture of us.  They also waited for us to make our way out of the park and through the toll booth and took our picture while traveling over the bridge.  They then emailed those pictures to us.  You meet the nicest people on motorcycles (and in 'vettes)!


We crossed the huge bridge without incident inspite of the fact that road construction on the bridge pushed us all over to the metal grate portion of the bridge.  Grates and motorcycle tires don't mix very well.

After getting to the "mainland" of Michigan we headed to the west end and traveled along the east shore of the big lake.  While there we happened across a very nice road called State 119, a portion of which is co-named the "Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route".  Though it was a relatively busy and narrow highway it was very twisty and scenic.  Driving through the canopy of trees was very enjoyable and is the reason for it's name.

State 119 ended at a nice tourist town called Harbor Springs on the Traverse Bay.  This is where we found a restaurant for lunch.  There was a wedding later at the Methodist Church we parked in front of but the church secretary was relived that we'd be gone before the wedding started and thereby open up the parking for the guests.  She also told us which restaurant to go to.  BTW, all the conversation took place as she was hanging out of 2nd floor church window.  As mentioned, you meet the nicest people on a motorcycle.

The rest of the afternoon was spent getting around the bay, through the town of Traverse City, west and south to Onekama and to Lake Portage Bible Camp.  Traffic was heavy, the weather warm, and getting through the City was tough.  But sometimes you need to get to a destination and do what needs to be done.  We had a nice stop at a city park in Frankfort on the Lake.  Also a pleasant lookout along the highway at the Green Point Dunes.  We pulled into the town of Onekama fairly late and stopped for supper at a restaurant before heading over the Bible Camp.


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After supper we found the Camp and Keith found our cabin.  He is good friends of the director who was very hospitable to allow us to crash in one of their dorms.  It was very nice accommodations and we were very grateful.  The bible study was continued into I Tim 6 on more points of "A Good Servant of Jesus Christ"  "Discipline yourself for Godliness".


Day Three was another long one but very nice.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day 2 Summer Trip Lake Michigan

Friday August 16.  Couderay Wisc to Gould City, Michigan (U.P.).

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  Breakfast was sausage and french toast.  Dishes washed, bags packed and we were ready to go @ 8:00 AM.  Plan is to take twisty county roads in northern Wisc and end up at Eagle River at the east end of the state for lunch.  My favorite brother-in-law, Charlie, will be our tour guide this morning.  He has a guitar pickin' gig this evening and will need to get back home for that.   A scripture reading then a prayer and we were on our way.

County  C, CC, B, S, FF, K were some of the "alphabet roads" we hit this morning.  All were nice and twisty.  S was very twisty but turned bumpy after awhile, it also is designated a "Rustic Road" by Wisconsin. I stopped for a picture, the state will send me a certificate once I have ten pictures of myself on Rustic Roads:



 Weather was ideal, scenery was great and traffic was light.  Perfect in every way.

We made it to Eagle River, WI for lunch as planned.  Found a family restaurant, rested and ate a pretty good meal.  I warned everyone that our best riding of the day was behind us in that we now had to make some headway on heavy traveled roads to get to our destination in the Upper Peninsula.  This meant state hwy 70 then U.S. 2 east.  70 actually wasn't too bad but US 2 was kind of miserable.  Heavy traffic, some construction, slow down for towns and heat.  We also bid adieu to Uncle Charlie.  He would be taking Hwy 70 straight west to home.


We made a quick stop to pick up some meds for Lloyd at a neat town called Manistique.  It's a tourist town on the north shore of Lake Michigan with many beaches.  Unfortunately we had no time for beaches today.  The shadows were getting long and we still needed to find our resort/campground.  Just another 30 miles or so to the Michihistrigan.

The Michistrigan was chosen because it was the only place I could find that had both beds and campsites for the two odd ducks who wanted to pitch a tent (Steve and me).  We had the largest cabin reserved for the other six guys which had three bedrooms with double bunk beds and a living room and bath.  Pretty nice accommodations for around $13 a head.  There also was a newly remodeled family restaurant offering all you can eat fish.  Cod, haddock or whitefish.  Our waitress, Jen, thought it was strange that we had all ordered cod or haddock until she explained that the whitefish is local and fresh.  It was then whitefish all around and it was delicious!  I will insert a picture of us at the restaurant if/when those other Fossils share them with me.  In the mean time here we are in front of the cabin:

After our fish dinner we had a bible study.  Back into the qualifications of a "Good Servant of Jesus"  Point two: Be nourished on the words of faith and sound doctrine (I Tim 4:6b).

Lights out and to bed (or sleeping pad) we went...

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Summer Trip, Lake Michigan, Day 1

Thursday, August 15, 2013.  MSP to Couderay, WI


Our meeting place was the Fleet Farm Parking lot off of I35W in Blaine.  Meeting time was 3:30.  We are eight Fossils strong:  Steve, Rick, Lloyd, Wayne, Jim, Bill, Keith and Greg.  Weather was sunny, in the mid 80's.  This weather would remain the same all weekend.... Can't beat that!

We already were meeting other bikers and sharing our business cards.  Steve really got excited about a guy on another Honda Magna, unfortunately he wasn't a member of our group (yet).  Keith read a scripture from Isaiah: "The LORD is watching out for us".  Then a prayer and we were on our way.  Our goal today is supper at the DQ, in Turtle Lake Wisc then Wayne's huntin' shack near Couderay before dark.  In MN we were on I35, MN97 & 95.  In Wisc, US8, then WI48.  Too much of a hurry to spend much time on twisty side roads today.



Everything went according to plan we made it to the county road near my (Wayne) cabin and the shadows were getting long but still well into daylight.  We were seeing deer around the edges of the woods but they stayed off the road.

At the shack everyone unloaded and found a bed.  Then the bible study.  I Tim chapter 4 is our study this year.  The description of a "Good Servant of Jesus Christ".  Twelve points are in the chapter, chances of getting through all of them in four days are slim.  We made it through the overview and the first point:  "A good servant of  Jesus points out error" (vs6a).

The rest of the night was snacking and talking.  It is good to be a gang again.