Friends for Fun, Safety & Knowledge
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION H
Chapter Directors: Robert & Angela Cherry (281)573-2384 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAPTER “C”’s MEETINGS are held on CHAPTER “C”’s PLANNING MEETING is held
the 1st Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m.
at the Cedar Bayou Community Center, at Golden Corral, 4610 Garth Rd, Baytown, Tx.
7711 Hwy 146, Baytown, Texas .
One mile South of I-10 East
ALL RIDES LEAVE FROM THE CRACKER BARREL PARKING
WHAT’S INSIDE LOT ON I-10 EAST AT GARTH ROAD
Page 3 - Editor’s Notes (Northeast sector, behind the restaurant)
Page 4 - CD Chatter ******************************************************************************************
Page 5 – Word From Our ACD VISIT CHAPTER C’s WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST ON RIDES
Page 6 - Rider Ed AND EVENTS AT:
Page 9 – Their Sooo Coy www.txchapterc.org
Page 10– Chatter Room
Page 12 – Members Spotlight
Page 13 – Meet Our New Members
Page 14 – To Tattoo Or Not Tattoo
Page 15 – 50 Wedding Anniversary
Page 16 – Wing Ding of a Vacation
Page 20 – BBQ Benefit & Sonic
Page 21 – Cajun Charlies
Page 22 – Where is the Tree?
Chapter C Officers & Staff – 2005
Chapter Directors Chapter Treasurer
Robert & Angela Cherry Shelia Lewis
(281) 573-2384 (281)383-2117
Asst. Chapter Directors Chapter Co-Secretary Newsletter Editor
Buddy & Shirley Ward Mary Wilkins Rick & Sherry Lowe
(281) 426-2589 (281) 487-2972 (281) 471-0150
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Asst. Chapter Directors Chapter Co-Secretary Web Master
Michael & Betty Waddell Cheryl Morrison Jim McCormack
(281) 470-9026 (713) 453-0951 (281) 422-3198
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Educator Blood Bank Coordinator Phone Tree Coordinator
Phil & Annette Lockler Dennis Cude
(281) 422-9473 (281) 479-1281
Ride Coordinator Chapter COY Chapter Historian
Harold & Dianne DeLoach Jim & Yvonne Benton For August
email@example.com (281) 576-5047 Stephanie Howser
281-459-3873 Timeforusok@aol.com 936-336-9707
TEXAS DISTRICT STAFF – 2005
Sr. District Directors/ Webmaster District Educators Asst. District Educators
John & Bonnie Simonick John & Lydia Bourg Collen Campbell
San Antonio, Texas 78258 Sugarland , Texas 77478 (281) 839-0176
Assistant District Directors Blood Bank Coordinators District Trainers
Membership Coordinators Ron & Magaly Griffis
Ken & Barbie Peterson 361-777-3670
Dist. Treasurer/Newsletter Editor District Couple Coordinator Assistant District Directors
Pamela Meyer Merlyn & Alyce Hartman Vendor Coordinators
(281) 578-8371 (361) 573-6529 Ken & Barbie Peterson
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (817) 293-4667
Texas Dist. 2006-2007 COY
Gene & Carolyn Tice
Editor’s Have you been on a trip, had a family event,
have news to share, or would you Like to see
Notes an article from someone new. if so feel free
Rick & Sherry Lowe to send your article for the newsletter.
What a great Month July has been! We enjoyed
celebrating Jim & Yvonne Benton’s Anniversary John Bourg, District Educator
with them. What a party. Then Wing Ding. What
can I say except it was fabulous. We had so much John Bourg was admitted to the hospital last week
fun. Rick and I tried to manage the money we spent and diagnosed with acute lymphocyctic leukemia.
and we did so so. But we came home with some It is a curable type which is fantastic news. He has
goodies. A big group of us went for a 10 day undergone his first two chemotherapy treatments,
vacation and what a ride. The best part was the time and is doing well. We expect that he will remain in
we spent with all our friends. Our first vacation like the hospital for about 3 more weeks, undergoing
this and we look forward to more. Thanks to further treatment.
everyone who went, you contributed to one of the
best vacations we have ever experienced. We are He is in Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston,
already registered for next year. Then second was Texas. The medical staff has asked him to limit
the riding and the beautiful sights we saw. Third for visitors and telephone calls the next few weeks.
me was the experience and knowledge I gained on The limiting visitors will reduce the risk of his
this trip and the memories I will carry with me getting sick during and immediately after the
always. I have always told Rick that I would not get chemo treatments. Limiting telephone calls will
near any road that ends with “Gap” or “Dragon”, help him rest as he can - his blood pressure, blood
but I ended up riding Deals Gap, commonly sugar, temperature and other vital signs will be
referred to as “The Tail Of The Dragon” What a checked around the clock which will limit the
Ride! amount of sleep he will be able to get.
And time moves forward. School shopping is in full
swing. Yes that time already. I went with my Please do know that the friendship and support
daughters to do some shopping and found some means a great deal to both John and Lydia. Email is
bargains for myself. We have had a good time the way to go, he can respond to you as he has time
riding this month a still have a few more to look and energy. You can email him at TxEd@gwrra-
forward to. It has been hot but we have managed to tx.org
have fun just the same. I think the next thing we
need to buy are some cool vest. We had several
rides with Chapter Z. It is always fun to spend time
with all of them.
Were you at our planning meeting? We were
running out of chairs. It was great a packed house.
We all put our heads together and came up with a
full calendar for August. Take a look at it and make
plans to join us.
Look at these Handsome fellows. All smiles after
riding Deals Gap.
Robert & Angela Cherry
2005-2006 Chapter Directors
Did you know that GWRRA has a Recruiting Recognition Program?
(From the GWRRA Guidelines)
Far and away the most effective method of Finding -New-Friends (Friend-Finding) is through
“word of mouth” referrals. Various advertising approaches have been tried with various degrees
of success with attracting new Members; however, the excitement and enthusiasm generated by
our Members has proven to be the best catalyst in introducing New Friends into our Association.
The Recognition Program consists of three basic levels. Recruits are counted based on
“headcount” The Friend-Finder Member will receive credit for the number of actual people
recruited. For example, when a Member recruits a family of six the count that is recorded is six.
Find-A-Friend Council (1-25)
The first level of The Recognition Program is the Find-A-Friend Council. To qualify for this level a
Member must have from 1-25 new GWRRA Members recorded by the GWRRA Home Office in
his or her own name. In addition, members are awarded hanger bars for each 5 additional
Hall of Honor (26-100)
The second level of the Recognition Program is the Hall of Honor. I can go into more detail if
Hall of Fame (101& Over)
The third level of the Recognition Program is the Hall of Fame. I can go into more detail if
Recruiter of the Year
Travel and lodging for the top recruiter and their spouse will be provided to Wing Ding. The top
recruiter will also be invited to enjoy Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Wing Ding from a
special VIP section. The top recruiter will be introduced and their achievements acknowledged
during one of the ceremonies. The Recruiter of the Year will also be profiled in Wing World.
In a nutshell, the Rewards Program offers a FREE renewal for every three memberships
recruited, with a maximum of three free years. A certificate is automatically sent to the recruiting
member to use with their next renewal. Life Members may use the certificate for Wing Ding
registration or purchases from the Goodie section of Wing World.
And Now A Word From Our ACD
Mike & Betty Waddell
Let’s see, what have we been up to since the last time. I could write about how special Miss Kylie
(my granddaughter) is, but I’m sure you would rather hear me talk on and on about her instead.
(Just kidding) She is growing and changing so fast that we can’t keep up with the pictures. She and
I do sit and talk (I talk and she coos and smiles).
Ok, I’ll write about something else. Betty and I just got back from a 4-day trip to Jamaica. We were invited to
attend a Wedding and so we, along with another couple, decided that it is a good excuse to go to Jamaica.
Betty really enjoyed the shopping (do I need to mention we got Kylie some souvenirs) with the haggling and
all. The wedding was held on a beach and the ladies took off their shoes and played with the sand. We then
went to another hotel for the reception. We were served a true Jamaican dinner with curry goat, a fish
delicacies along with different salads. (They did have cheesecake).
We had thought abut renting a motorcycle while we were there, but after watching the bus drivers handle the
road and playing chicken with other drivers, thought better of it. In my opinion Jamaica is a country with a
lot of contrast. While the water and the hills are very beautiful, you also see a lot of poverty. While we were
there the electrical power went out in the whole country of Jamaica that lasted 8 hrs. The resorts have
emergency generators so most tourist didn’t even know anything had happened. It’s such a small world that
on a tour bus we were on we met some people from Crosby, and San Antonio (and that was a small bus). All
in all the people are very friendly and I would go back.
I want to thank everyone that came to the chapter meeting for helping me through. You made it fun for me.
The only ride I have been on is the drive to and from work. Be safe, stay cool, drink lots of water and have
Mike and Betty Waddell
Chapter Rider Education
Phil & Annette Lockler
GWRRA Chapter TX-C
2006 Chapter Educators
Shock Absorbers Aren't
A detailed discussion of what they really do
By: James R. Davis
If the readers here do not mind, I would like to post an article that talks of shock absorbers in an effort
to remove any mystery about what they do and how they work. Safety issues are often merely
technology issues - once you understand the technology.
To begin with, they do not absorb shocks - your springs do that.
When your bike hits a bump in the road your wheels can do nothing but follow the curve of that bump.
Your tires compress fractionally, but not enough to make a meaningful difference in the effects that
bump will have on the rest of the bike, and you. If the wheels of your bike were connected directly to
the frame, without springs and shocks, the bike would rise at least as high as the bump, almost
instantly. The effect, of course, is that, if severe enough, when the bike came back down you would be
left in the air. Your hands would probably not be jerked off the grips, so they would be pulled forward
with the rest of the bike while the rest of you were still in the air - and then, worse, you would come
Obviously, the fix to that problem is to keep as much of the bike other than the wheels from rising in
reaction to that bump (i.e., make as much of the bike as possible 'sprung weight'.) There is a
tremendous amount of kinetic energy imparted to the wheels when they hit that bump. That energy
must be captured before it is transferred to the bike's frame. And that is exactly what the springs do. By
compressing, the springs absorb the energy from the wheels.
Remember pogo sticks? If all you had between the wheels and the frame of your bike were springs,
then the only difference the springs would make would be a short delay before the bike was tossed into
the air after hitting the bump. That is, once compressed the only thing the springs can do is decompress
(that's the law). The energy the springs will exert during decompression is almost equal to the energy
that went into compressing them in the first place. (A token amount of the kinetic energy will be
converted to heat to make up the difference.)
Now we can understand what the shocks do. They DRAMATICALLY slow down the decompression
of your springs (and in the process they convert much more than a token of the total kinetic energy
stored in those springs into heat.)
A shock absorber consists of a tube filled with oil, which acts as a hydraulic fluid, and a piston (which
is not physically connected to any part of the tube) that slides up and down within that tube, pushing its
Shock Absorbers Aren't
A detailed discussion of what they really do
way through the oil. The piston is connected to one end of the shock absorber via a steel rod, the tube
is connected to the other. One end of the shock absorber is connected to the frame of the bike while the other
end is connected to the wheel hub (or to a swing arm that is connected to the hub.) Thus, when the wheel
moves up towards the rest of the bike the piston is pushed thru the oil. The oil provides resistance to the
movement of the piston which slows it down. In the process kinetic energy is converted to heat. (This is why
you must change your shock absorber oil regularly - the heat breaks it down.) The oil in these tubes would
totally stop the movement of the piston were it not for the existence of a valve in the piston that allowed the
fluid to pass thru it. This is because, like water, the oil cannot itself be compressed. That valve can be made
to allow fluids to flow faster in one direction than the other. For example, you would probably want your
springs to compress faster than they are allowed to decompress. Without that valve your springs would not
compress at all, leaving you as bad off as if the wheels were directly connected to the frame. Similarly, if the
springs are too strong for the load they are carrying, too much of the kinetic energy will be conveyed directly
to the frame of the bike, because they will compress too slowly, if at all.
But just as slowing the compression rate of the springs too much results in ineffective control of bumps,
allowing their decompression to happen too quickly is just as bad. Were that to happen you would have
'pogo stick' reactions to bumps. So, it is essential that the design of the springs and shocks on your bike take
into account how heavy the bike is and what kind of riding you do. But all such designs are compromises,
and you can do things to totally frustrate the designers intentions - and end up hurt or worse as a result.
For example, when you put a passenger or heavy luggage on your bike you should increase the tension of the
springs surrounding your shocks. Failing to do that can overload the system and get you close to the 'pogo
stick' level of responses from them. Taking a street machine into the country, off road, and pretending it's a
motocross machine can do the same.
But even assuming you don't do anything that extreme you will find that the design of your shocks is not
perfect. (If it was, you would never feel a bump in the road.) The fact is, sometimes the road surface changes
from perfectly level to bumpy. And some of those bumps (and potholes) can be awesome. This is where a
few dollars can make a difference. You can replace the springs that come stock on your bike with a set that
are called 'progressives'. These provide a normal soft ride until they are confronted with an unusually severe
bump, at which point they get harder and harder to compress. And while the oil in the shocks cannot be
compressed, air can be. So some shocks are 'air assisted' - in addition to the oil they have a small amount of
air in the tubes. These 'air assisted' shock systems are sometimes attached to an onboard compressor that can
be used to increase or decrease the pressure of the air, thus making the shocks either harder or softer without
having to change the compression of the springs when your load weight or the road surface changes
substantially. (Also, of course, you can increase the weight of the oil in the shocks to slow them down.)
The shock absorber 'system' on your rear wheel tends to have larger springs and have them mounted on the
outside of the hydraulic tubes while the one on your front wheel have the springs within the tubes. The ones
in the front are contained within the 'forks'. If you take a close look at your shocks you will find that the ones
in the rear are typically angled forward from the wheel to the frame of the bike while the ones in the front are
angled backwards. These angles tend to be directly in-line with weight shifts resulting from acceleration and
Shock Absorbers Aren't
A detailed discussion of what they really do
The angle of the front shocks (forks), usually called the bike's 'rake', is essential to
maintain! It establishes, along with the front-end 'offset', the bike's 'trail' which
determines the bikes handling and steering control. The more extreme the rake is on your
bike, the 'slower' your steering will be. (Except at extremely slow speeds - where extreme
rakes often result in the wheel 'flopping' over and dumping the bike if you do not have
your hands firmly in control of the grips.) If you were, for example, to lower your bike by
shortening the front and back shocks, the wheelbase would also be shortened (the
distance between the front and back tires). Since your front wheel would touch the
ground closer to directly under your handlebars, your steering would 'quicken' as a result.
In fact, even shortening the shocks by only one inch could result in steering that was so
fast that your steering damper (another small shock absorber) could not safely handle it.
The result, known as a 'tank slapper', would be violent swings of the wheel from side to
side, and with high probability a dumped bike. (That is an overstatement. If you absorb
some of the oscillation into your arms and avoid transferring that into the rest of the bike
(through your contact with the seat), or use some braking caused weight transfer to the
front of the bike, you can abort the 'harmonic' and probably avoid dumping it.)
Your shock absorber systems make your bike controllable. Make sure they receive
factory recommended oil changes, do not modify them, adjust them for major changes in
the weight of your vehicle or expected road conditions, and they will do their jobs
We would like to thank everyone who helped us celebrate our
50th Anniversary. The party was great! We had a wonderful time,
hope all of you did! We are working on the next 50...
We have had a lot of rain and unable to do any riding but, we did ride
once again in the "LaPorte 4th of July Parade" the rain held off until
the parade was over. We rode to the First Methodist Church of
LaPorte for their celebration but, no bikes showed for the 'Bike
Show', so we left there and rode over to the 'Crosby Church ' for their celebration and met up
with a lot of people we knew. Thanks to Billy Thacker for helping to put on one of the best
"Fireworks" displays we have ever seen. Hope everyone had a great holiday.
Ride Safe and Ride Often
Jim and Yvonne
Jim and Yvonne Benton are amazing. I only wish that I had their spunk and energy. They are true
"Troopers", and are always eager to participate in whatever event is going on. I especially loved watching
them "cut a rug" at their anniversary party. They give inspiration to everyone. To The Bentons
The Chatter Room
Happy Birthday ATTENDANCE AT
August July, 2006
2 - Catherine Faucheux
3 Michael Cash
3 - Don Straight Playing catch-up on the June planning meeting info.
4 - Jim Benton Both Ken & I were unable to attend, so Diane was kind
5 - Richard Beck enough to take roll call for us. We had a really good
8 - Sheila Lewis attendance at the meeting with 34 members present.
Thanks Diane for your help!
13 Amy Cash
13 Sharon Walker We were a little light member-wise at our July monthly
15 Charlie Reynolds meeting. So many of our regular members were on
21 Michael Waddell their way back from Wing Ding in Tennessee. We're
22 Jim Oliver ALL going to be anxious to get blow-by-blow details of
25 Betty Waddell the rally at our next meeting.
26 Rick Lowe
We had 17 members present and 2 visitors. Ken and I
28 Tom Norris invited Randy & Terri Bivins from Kenefick to the
30 Tony Dowdy meeting. Let's all be sure to welcome them to our
31 Karen Beck chapter! They filled out an Information Sheet and will
31 Sandy Huntley be applying for a GWRRA Membership. Info for
Randy & Terri is:
Happy Anniversary 629 CR 6501
Dayton, TX 77535
6 - Pat & Berta Burgess 936-258-7179
6 - Bill & Shelley Steckert firstname.lastname@example.org
17 - Steve & Sharon Walker Ride safe & often,
19 Butch & Jan Williams Jo D4
23 Randy & Brenda Beshears
30 Rick & Sherry Lowe Ima McDaniel’s Mother was in the hospital with a
severe kidney infection and other problems. She is at
the nursing home now with Hospice care. Please
If you don’t find your birthday or remember Mac, Ima, her Mother and family in your
anniversary here, please contact
Mary Wilkins at (281) 487-2972
The Chatter Continues
The trike that went over. It is one of ours that we On June 20th at the planning meeting we all decided to
built in April. It is Howard & Betty Maxey of change the way the scrapbook is done. Each person listed
Crosby. They are both in their 70's and had never will work on the scrapbook for 1 month. Please be sure to
ridden a bike before. They got caught in the rain on send pictures to the right person each month. This way not
146 going to La Porte to visit family. The grandson one person is overwhelmed with the job and we all get to
said the rain was running over the road in the curve participate. Thanks to all who volunteered.
and they must have hit the brakes and spun out and
over after hitting a curb. Howard is out of the January through May – Angela Cherry
hospital but Betty has swelling of the spine and June – Sherry Lowe
numbness in her fingers. They are a very sweet July – Stephanie Howser
couple that we sort of took under our wings. Mr. August – Sheila Lewis
Mac rode behind him around giving him September – Betty Waddell
instructions on how to drive a trike. Mac had him October – Sandy Huntley
come over and ride our circle for several weeks to November- Kathy Sailer
get the feel of it before he took delivery. He was December – Shirley Ward
supposed to go take a course I believe sometime this
month. Their address is 19815 Wigwam, Crosby, GWRRA Supports Ride For Kids
Tx. 77532 and their phone # is 281-324-9299 Please
keep them in your prayers. The PBTF had a booth at Wing Ding. While they did not
Ima make a lot of money from donations there was a lot
Jim Wycoff’s Mother, Iola May Wycoff born May of interest from the people about Ride for Kids.
2, 1915 passed away on July 11, 2006. Funeral
services were held on July 14th in Citronelle, GWRRA made a donation of approx $19,500 to the
Alabama. Jim was very devoted and attentive to his foundation at the closing ceremony.
PO Box 170 Mary
Crosby, Texas 77532 "I just wanted to let you know that it was me blowing my
Jim we are very sorry for your loss. horn at y'all Saturday in Cleveland.First in a red truck and
then a blue one. I would have stopped to chat with you, but
Donnie Lewis’s Aunt passed away. She was I was in a hurry to turn the red truck into Enterprise before
residing in a nursing home. Donnie and Sheila were they closed. And when I had picked up my truck at the
both very close to her. They traveled to Florida for dealership, I passed you again as y'all were leaving the
her funeral. While there they found out a friend had restaurant. I hope y'all had a good ride. James has been
passed away as well. So they attended 2 funerals. working a lot of weekends with his new job so we haven't
They reported it was a sad trip for them. got to ride much. I don't get off until 7 pm so I have not
Donnie & Sheila Lewis been able to make meetings. Sure miss y'all a lot
Baytown, Texas 77520 Take care Amy Cash
Donnie and Sheila we are sorry for your loss.
Each month “C” Another Member In The Spot Light
This month meet GW & Mary Wilkins
GW and Mary have been married 22 years. They have lived in Pasadena all this time, even though GW
would prefer to be living in his native Colorado. Mary is a native Arkansas gal, which she is quick to brag
about when she has a chance.
They met at a country western dance hall in northwest Houston. He had his “place” at the rail; she was there
with her sisters. They had stopped by, after dining down the street, to say hello to her future daughter-in-law,
Julie, who worked there. When GW asked Mary for her number ,she told him, “If Julie thinks you should
have my number then she will give it to you.” Because it was so far, they talked on the phone for the first
week; he came to Pasadena a couple of times (was real impressed to see horses in the neighborhood), then
after three & a half weeks, he called her at work & told her he was coming to Pasadena to marry her. She
called her friend at the J P office & told her not to let the judge leave – told the girls at the office she was
going to the drugstore to get some aspirin for a headache, met GW a the house. They drove to Clear Lake,
got married by Judge West, came back to the office & showed them the marriage certificate – shocked the
whole group! Her bossed thought he was a shifty looking character who was taking advantage of a nice lady!
Mary has two sons, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, all of which live in the Deer Park,
Houston & San Antonio areas. GW has three sons, one daughter and 4 grandchildren, who live in Texas,
California & Illinois.
Mary retired from Certified Temporary Services after working as office manager, employee benefits
coordinator, and credit manager for 26 years. GW is employed as a District Court Bailiff with the Harris
County Sheriff’s Dept. Prior to that position, he operated and hauled heavy equipment in California and
Texas after serving in the Air Force. Most people who know him, have heard (many times), that he is
planning to retire in February 2007.
They traveled coast to coast on their first Gold Wing. Candy Apple Red “Mky Biz” had 156,000 miles on it
when they decided to buy a 2006. The new set of wheels is dark red (Cabernet). They had it triked & are
anxious to start putting some miles and somemore safety chrome on it. Mary & GW joined Chapter “C” in
1998, and consider the members to be sincere friends & family.
They are very proud to let people know they are members of Chapter “C” and GWRRA.
MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS
Brint & Elline Moore
Brint and Elline live in Tarkington. Their postal address is Cleveland. Brint works at
Equistar with Mark Faucheux. They were going to Wing Ding and Mark suggested they
ride with us and now we are happy to say they have decided to ride with Chapter C. They
are both from Pasadena but have lived in Tarkington 20 years. They are in the country and
have 10 acres. Brint raises cows. They have been married 22 years and have 2 daughters.
Christina and Kimberly. Christina is the mother to their grandson Chase who is 3. Ellline
is a manager for Palais Royal. She is temporally working at the Liberty location but will be
moving to The Atascocita store. She has worked for them for 10 years. They both enjoy
hunting, travel and spending time with family. They own and ride a 1999 black 1500 goldwing. They got back
into riding the last 3 years when they purchased this bike.
They told me they really appreciate the opportunity to ride with Chapter C. They had such a good time with us
on the way to and during Wing Ding. They are looking forward to future rides and meeting the members they
have not met yet. Do not worry they have heard all about you. Some of it was even good.
Don was born in Oakridge, Tennessee, his family moved to Texas in 1950. He now lives in Baytown with his
Toy Fox Terrier Scooter. He calls him Scooter Pooter. He retired as an Instrument Technician in 2001. But you
will not find him in a rocking chair. Don bought his 1500 Goldwing
from Steve Ferguson and he loves to ride. Keep your eyes open and you
will see him out and about. He had a Goldwing before that and gave it
to his brother. He rode to Wing Ding in Grapevine Texas with Buddy &
Shirley Ward, Mark Faucheux, and Dennis Cude. He has been riding
since he was a teenager. He is single. Don and his friend Patsy rode with
Chapter C to Wing Ding in Tennessee. They both reported having a
great time. They especially enjoyed the motorcycle campground. Don
has 2 sons that live in Chambers County. He has 2 grandkids, 3 year old
twins, 1 boy Joshua and 1 girl Macie. He has a third grandchild on the
way due in January. Rick and I visited with him in his home and even
got to see ultra sound picture of the new wee one. One of his favorite things to do is play with the grandkids at
his lake house in Goodrich. He says one day we will all have to plan a ride there. It is very nice and relaxing.
He is also a Pilot. He said when he learned to fly he could go up in the plane with an instructor for $6.00
dollars. What a deal. Can not fly that cheap these days.
Don Loves love riding and has enjoyed the friends he has made with Chapter C. He looks forward to more rides
and time spent with friends.
To Tattoo or not to Tattoo
It all started a long time ago. I saw plenty of women with nice looking and
conservative looking Tattoo’s. I had also said something to Harold about him
getting one, but he always said “NO”.
When we met with Chapter “Z” at the Sonic in Baytown, I talked with
several women that had small ones; one even had her eye make-up Tattooed
on. I was positive I did not want that, me being afraid of needles. I wasn’t
sure about a Tattoo either. But they say, “The older you get, the braver you
are.” I guess the saying is right.
One of the women from Chapter “Z” called me and said that they were going
to go after a ride and I was more than welcome to come. Well, because of
the weather the ride was cancelled but not the Tattooing, so I thought I
would go. I could always chicken out when I got there.
Then they started arriving. About five couples from “Z” and one couple from
“S2”. Most of the men had Tattoos already so they were there just for
support. I got a Yellow Rose. One of the ladies from “Z” got “Tweety Bird”,
and the lady from “S2” got “Betty Boop”.
I asked Harold several times if he was getting one. But he kept telling me
that he could not find one he liked. Then he found one, he said that it was in
sympathy for me that he got his.
It didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.
50th Wedding Anniversary
We went to Jim and Yvonne’s 50 Wedding Anniversary
and it was just great. This great event was held at the
Mount Belvieu Country Club and the theme was the
“50”s”. We had hamburgers and hot dogs to eat and then
for a special treat we all could have a root beer float.
Yumm Yumm. There were some folks that opted to
dance to the DJ, but no one could surpass the Benton’s’,
they can really cut a rug. Their kids put together a slide
show for them and we got to see the early years of the
Benton’s’. We really had a great time and thank Jim and
Yvonne for letting us share this wonderful event with
them and their family.
That’s right, Angela Cherry is our new “model student
“and we have proof just look at those head turns. She
just completed The Beginners Rider Course at San
Jac’s North campus. The instructor was our very own
Tommy Van Vacter. Angela was a bit nervous but you
sure could not tell it to watch her. She rolled with the
best of them. She passed the class with high marks and
will be a
week as soon
as she gets to
the DPS for
test. She says
you will not
see her 2
on the road
she only wanted the experience to make her a
better co-rider. Good Job Angela.
What a “Wing Ding” of a Vacation
Steve and I left on Friday, 6/30/06, with a group of our Chapter C friends for a trip to Nashville,
TN to take part in Wing Ding. After Wing Ding most of us planned to ride the curvy, scenic
roads of Tennessee and North Carolina. We all arrived in good time to take a few pictures of our
motley crew before departure. Everyone was bubbling with excitement and expectations for a
great vacation. Off we go, 4 Trikes, 6 Bikes and 1 Navigator pulling a trailer w/bike. The group
was made up of Steve and I, Rick & Sherry, Mac & Ima, Robert & Angela, Bob & Sue, Don
Campbell & friend Patsy, Brent & Elaine Moore, Jim Wycoff and Joe & Sandy pulled up the
rear in their 4-wheeler.
Friday was a long hot day, we rode from Dayton
to Little Rock, AR. Saturday we rode from Little
Rock, AR. To Nashville,TN. Once arriving in
Nashville we all went our separate ways to
different hotels and different agendas for our time
at Wing Ding.
I am very proud to say Chapter C was well
represented at the rally. We had in excess of 20
Chapter C members there. Gary & Connie, Bill &
Deanna and Michael Cash and his daughter made
the trip on their own but met up with us several times at the rally.
We started off Sunday with a trip to Kentucky (to get it
on our maps) and ended with the Talent Show on
Sunday night where Steve sang and entertained all of
us. Monday, Robert and Angela represented the chapter
well in the parade of Chapter Directors and then it was
shopping, eating, shopping, eating, and more shopping.
Everyone kinda did their own thing for most of the time at Wing Ding until Tuesday
afternoon when most of us gathered for the 4 of July Parade. We broke the record for
the longest parade of one model m/c and made it in the Guinness Book of World Record.
The organizers need to work on logistics for the parade because it was very disorganized
and several groups got disconnected and lost in the process of getting to the Stadium.
Chapter C group made it in one piece and had a great time. They had special parking for
us and food vendors there to feed us. They put on a special show to entertain us before a
spectacular fireworks display was set off. After the Talent Show at the rally the organizer
asked to sing at the event on the 4 so he entertained us again. It would only be a slight
exaggeration to say that he “opened” for Josh Turner and Ronnie Milsap. In all actuality
he sang on a stage set up for the wingers on one side of the stadium before the main
concert took place on the other side of the stadium. Steve did actually warm-up for a
local Nashville entertainer by the name of Jim Hubbard. I think we can look for Jim to
be famous one day, he was very talented. The main concert was broadcast to the Wingers
on a big screen they set up and yes ladies, Josh Turner is really that cute. The fire works
were fabulous and a perfect end to a wonderful
4th of July.
rally. The Gaylord was gorgeous and very large. Everything was inside but it took a long time to
get from one side to the other or from the room to the convention center area where the vendors
and seminars were being held. We all certainly got our exercise while there. We also made our
way to the Opry Mills Mall and found several good places to eat. We all enjoyed supper one
night at the Alabama Grill (which is a franchise owned by the musical group Alabama).
Thursday dawned bright and clear and we departed to ride Cherohalla Skyway and Deal’s Gap. I
am going to leave those stories for someone else to tell but I will say that I have never enjoyed
driving my own trike more than I did on this trip. The roads were wonderful and I had a blast.
When you see Steve or Mac, ask them how cold the Pigeon River really is and when you see
Rick ask him about his new best friend, the infamous “All Knowing”.
Of course it is always good to get home and the first thing I did was call my Grandbabies.
Thanks to everyone who made this a fun and safe trip.
Chapter C extends their gratitude to the following dealers for their hospitality and generosity. While
traveling to and from Wing Ding we had 2 incidents and these dealer’s were quick to help us, fix the
problems, and get us back on the road.
Mac & Ima McDaniel lost the engine side cover on their new trike somewhere between Dayton & Marshall.
We stopped at H&W Honda in Marshall and after some searching, Kyle Huges, the sales manager, was able
to find another cover and was very generous in his support to his customers. If you go to Marshall, please
stop by and say Hi to Kyle & his staff at H & W Honda, 3709 E. End Blvd, Marshall, Texas.
On the way to ride Cherohala Skyway, Patsy noticed a screw in Don Campbell’s front tire. Not wanting to
ride the winding roads of Tennessee and North Carolina with a hole in his tire, Mac & Everett were able to
locate a tire at Yamaha Motor Sports LLC. Their service department immediately took Don’s bike in &
replaced the tire with a new one. Our thanks to Yamaha Motor Sports LLC, 613 Congress Pkwy N.,
The difference between Harley riders and Harley riders:
Goldwing drivers: Cross city ride ends at topless bar.
Harley riders: Cross country ride ends at Dairy Queen.Harley
"Live to ride. Ride to Live." riders:
Goldwing drivers: National riders group meeting called "Hog Rally".
"Eat to ride. Ride to eat Goldwing drivers:
International group affair called "Wing Ding".
Harley riders: Harley riders:
"Loud pipes save lives." Riding in groups of two.
Goldwing drivers: Goldwing drivers:
"Honey, will you turn down the radio?" Riding in groups of twenty.
Black leather jacket and chaps Harley riders:
Goldwing drivers: Ape hanger bars and (proctologists dream)
Red snowmobile suit splinter seats.
Harley riders: Big wide seats for big wide butts.
Black leather vest with chain closure and skull and Harley riders:
lightning bolt on the back Rolling thunder.
Goldwing drivers: Goldwing drivers:
Gray twill vest with trading pins and BarcoLounger with wheels Harley riders:
GoldWing Road Riders Association chapter Dew rags covering up steel plate in the head
patch on the back from riding without a helmet. But looking COOL.
Harley riders: Goldwing drivers:
Meets other riders at "The Dam Ice House" Helmet with headset and microphones, covered
Goldwing drivers: in reflective patches
Meets other riders at Denny' Harley riders: Harley riders:
Biker Mama on the back. "This beer is flat, let's trash the place."
Goldwing drivers: Goldwing drivers:
HER Mama on the back "This cappuccino is cold. Let's only tip 10%."
On Saturday, July 8th, while a lot of our buddies were
returning from Wing Ding, some of us attended a BBQ benefit
for Grant Beeson, held at Eastside Honda. Grant is a young
man who was the victim of a hit & run driver in May. He was
skateboarding when he was hit and suffered extensive injuries
on his arms & legs. We enjoyed a wonderful BBQ lunch in
addition to some scrumptious baked goodies. There was a raffle
and auction for some very inviting items.....I wanted the 4
Astro's tickets, but, no luck.
"C" members there included, Diane & Harold DeLoach, Jim &
Yvonne Benton, Jim & Charlotte Cooper, Ken and Jo DeFoor, Mark Faucheux, Billy
Thacker, and me & GW.
After we ate, Charlotte, Yvonne & myself went to the back of the pavilion to talk to
Grant - he was on crutches, in the company of some of his friends who were just "goofing
around" playing basketball. After he explained all his injuries to us we asked, "What are
you going to do when you recover & get off those crutches?" His quick reply was, "Get
back on my skateboard!"
Ahh, to be young again!
Sonic Night July 30, 2006
Ice Cream, any one want Ice Cream? Evidently they did and we had a
good turn out for an evening ride and ice cream. 6 bikes left Cracker Barrel
and I believe 4 more met us there plus guest and Chapter Z. I lost count of
the bikes once my ice cream arrived. Right before we arrived in Texas City
Donnie and Sheila were smokin! Seems it was coming from their back brakes though.
Figured it was safe to get it home so Robert and Angela rode with them to be sure and all
went well. Judy arrived on a 2 wheeler. She rode her son’s bike and did a good job of it.
We had a good turn out from Chapter Z. It is always a good time when they join us. We
all had treats and spent time together. We agreed we would have to do it again soon .
Saturday, July 15, 2006
We all met at Cracker Barrel at
11:00 AM. We had a nice turn out.
Started with 9 bikes and planned to
pick up Wayne and Stephanie in
Liberty. But we were running late
and they were not there so on we
went. All except Rick he was not
feeling well and headed home. He
went to bed and slept all day. He
said he would have never made it. It
took us about 3 hours to get there.
Not sure why I did not realize how
long it would take. It was a nice ride.
We had a special guest with us, Jessica the daughter of Randy and Brenda Beshears. She was
new to riding. She had a good time but did mention it was hot. She rode with Randy and Brenda
rode with Mark. Oh forgot to tell you Brenda had a flat on the way to Cracker Barrel in her car.
She honked for Randy but with the radio and chatting he did not hear her. So what’s a girl to do?
She changed her flat her self and rode on with a dummy spare. Turned out she had a whole
screwdriver in her tire. Never saw that before. Ok we arrived and goodness there was Wayne and
Stephanie about to leave. They thought we had left them so they headed to the restaurant. They
had eaten already. Being the good natured folks they are they stayed and visited with us. We
were pleasantly surprised to have Jim Wycoff meet us as well. There was a gift-souvenir shop.
Yes we all did some shopping. But we did eat first because it was about 2:00PM and we were all
starving. They had a buffet of Cajun and seafood that was pretty good. Hard not to get seconds
and many did. Looked like everyone tried the fried yams. After a good meal and a lot of visiting
it was time to go. Robert led us back along the coast. There sure was not much to see but even so
we were riding and hey that’s what we all wanted right? But it was Hot. So after a long stretch of
nothing we found a place to stop and cool off. Mike and Wanda bought a whole gallon of water.
Hey it was cheaper than by the bottle. We made good use of it to pouring it on each other. It was
cold and did shock the body but refreshing at the same time. Richard bought a bag of ice. Do not
know if he ever got it back. Angela had it in her vest and was giving us “cool” hugs. Then the
bag made the rounds on backs, under shirts and well lot’s of places. We were feeling pretty cool!
Some had ice cream, the perfect treat. After that we headed home each one going his own way.
But we all wished each other well until the next time. It was a great ride and let’s do it again
Where is The Tree?
By Shirley Ward
When we first started eating at “The Tree” in Hillister, Texas (just off highway
69 between Warren and Woodville) there was a huge beautiful oak tree in the parking lot.
Katrina took care of the oak tree, so now “The Tree” has more parking spaces. I sure
miss seeing that tree there. I think it will always look kind of empty, like something is
missing there. One thing that is not missing though is the good service; the great food
and of course those wonderful rich and sinfully huge cinnamon rolls that they bring to the
table after we have finished our meal. You can’t help but to hurt yourself eating at “The
In spite of the threat of rain there were 15 bikes/trikes and 1 four-wheel vehicle
that made the trip Saturday, July 22. We had a great ride there and back with no rain. It
was still warm, but I think everyone was prepared for the heat with plenty of water. My
brother Ray Wells and his wife Cynthia met us on the trike that they bought from GW
and Mary. They have really had a wonderful time riding and just recently bought Randy
and Brenda’s camper trailer. They are really impressed by Chapter C and are looking
forward to joining the local chapter in the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area.
If you happened to miss the ride to “The Tree” just keep your ears open for plans
for the next trip and join us then – you won’t be disappointed.
Till next time, having fun riding safe with knowledge
GWRRA Returns to Billings, Montana, in 2007!
Phoenix, Arizona (July 3, 2006) — The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is pleased to
announce its 29th annual Wing Ding will return to one of its most popular sites—Billings, Montana—next
year. The event opens Wednesday, July 4, and runs through Saturday, July 7, 2007, at the MetraPark
Wing Ding is the world’s largest convention of owners of Honda Gold Wing motorcycles. Wing Ding 29 will
highlight the celebration of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association’s 30th anniversary.
More than 14,000 Gold Wing motorcycle owners are expected to attend Wing Ding 29. Due to its proximity
to Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument,
Beartooth Pass and some of the most exciting and beautiful motorcycle riding in the world, Billings has
been a favorite destination ride and vacation site for GWRRA Members. As with Wing Ding’s previous visits
to Billings—in 1997 and 2000—the event is anticipated to generate $10-15 million dollars in direct
economic impact to the Billings area.
“I believe our Members are excited by our decision to return to Billings in 2007,” says GWRRA’s Executive
Director Don Brock. “The citizens of Billings have been among the most welcoming of all our host cities,
and the riding to and from Billings, Montana, is some of the best we encounter anywhere. We are
especially pleased to welcome our many Canadian friends and Members, and we promise a busy and fun-
filled time for everybody!”
Wing Ding will again offer packaged area tours arranged through a local destination management
company, enabling groups of Wing Ding delegates to travel together in air-conditioned coaches to see
historic and natural attractions throughout the region. These tours, offered at the previous two Wing
Dings—in Nashville, Tennessee, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, have proven to be a very popular way to see
outlying points of interest as well as host city highlights.
“The townspeople of Billings are ecstatic when they talk about their hometown,” says Ed Price, Managing
Director of Event Management Group, in charge of planning Wing Ding 29. “Billings has expanded its
downtown area, improved its convention facilities, and added new hotels and motels specifically to attract
visitors to the area.”
“We urge GWRRA Members who want to attend Wing Ding 29 to make their room reservations early,” Ed
says. “Those who want to stay in one of the two co-host properties, in newer, upscale properties or in
lodging close to MetraPark will need to act quickly to get what they want.”
The quickest way to make room reservations for Wing Ding 29 is to visit the www.wing-ding.org Web site,
then click on the link to the Billings Housing Bureau and register on-line, or phone toll-free (888) 995-
3088. A variety of hotel and motel properties, carefully selected for their quality, value and prices, make
up the GWRRA room block.
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August 12 Texas Chapter I Marshall Civic Center Ruby Seale 903
3rd Annual Spirit Marshall, Texas 856-5153
September Texas Chapter R TBD Gary & Alice 940
9 Rally Meyer 497-4818
September Texas Chapter X Guth Park Ron & Magaly 361
16 Mardi Gras Rally Corpus Christi, Texas Griffis 777-3670
September Texas Y2 Canton, Texas Allen Carter 903-570-3917
16 Rally & Fun Run
October 14 Texas Chapter H San Antonio, Texas Charles Fleming 210
Wings In The Park 682-1446
November Texas Chapter M 2 Montgomery Community Dennis & Nancy 936
11 Center Kwiecien 273-4182
November Texas Chapter Z Pasadena, Texas Kadie Shipley 281
11 17th Annual 479-1018
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Sep. 23 -25 Kansas WinfieldFairgrounds John & Paula Crow 785-828-4801
District Rally Winfield, Kansas email@example.com
May10-12 Arkansas Hot Springs
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