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Motorcycle Weather Coming Our Way Soon!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Motorcycle Weather In Portland Oregon!!!
Weather Alert
Hi: 71°
Partly sunny. Highs around 70. Light wind.

Lo: 50°
Partly cloudy. Lows around 50. Light wind.

Hi: 75°
Partly cloudy. Highs around 75. Light wind.

Lo: 49°
Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows around 50.

My silhouette traveling with me.


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BANKER-CHUCK 4/24/2012 6:33PM

    Myself and a friend put on 500 miles on Sunday. My club Rose City MC is putting on its 3th annual motorcycle rally, the Rose City MC Oregon 500. It took us 13 hours total with 10 hours riding the motorcycle. We had stopped for lunch and dinner as well as 3 gas stops for a total of 3 hours.
Enjoyed the ride but really tired that evening. Went to bed at 8:30. emoticon emoticon

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GAYEMC 4/24/2012 6:18PM

    I hope you got out and enjoyed that 80+ weather! It darn near killed me to go to work yesterday.

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MRSBUCKEYE 4/20/2012 6:50PM

    Hubby has a 1980 Yamaha Midnight Special ... we won't be riding anytime soon !

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WINTERHARTT 4/20/2012 2:15PM

    Which means it is fishing weather for me! Bicycle riding & fishing in store for me this weekend! Have fun riding!!!

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Vietnam Wall Memorial Facts

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

As a Vietnam Veteran these fact tell a story. My annual motorcycle trek from Los Angeles to Washington DC is coming in 3 weeks. It is the Run For The Wall. (We don't actually physically run but ride motorcycles. We refer to an organized motorcycle trip with a destination as a "Run") This will be the 24th year for the Run, I have been on this ride for 3 years and have made it All-The-Way 2 times. This will be my 4th year to participate. Unfortunately I have other obligations that will not allow me t make it all-the-way this year, but I will be with part of the Run.

Here are the Stats:
Vietnam Wall Facts:

SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents are now deceased.

There are 58,272 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2011.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.

Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

8,283 were just 19 years old.

The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.

12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam .

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..

31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers on attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.

8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.

244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.

The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy™s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.

The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.

For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

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MUNCHIEMAGS 4/19/2012 11:32AM

    A lot of that info I did not know . . . thanks for sharing.

As you know, I still have the silver bracelet that high school girls & others wore during the last years of the war - they were engraved with the names of those missing in action. Mine was Lt James Hunt - on your first trip to the wall you took my bracelet and you found his name on the wall for me. (when I got to visit the wall I didn't have time to find him, so you did it for me).

Memorial Day is coming up - thank you to all of our veterans. emoticon

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LORIBEL1 4/19/2012 10:09AM

    Thanks for your post, Chuck.

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XME501 4/18/2012 9:16PM

    Thank you for sharing, Chuck.

A friend lost a son in VietNam. He was a helicopter pilot who did rescue missions. He had come home and then reinlisted. This time he did not return.

Your ride is a beautiful tribute to those who died. Thank you for participating.

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GAYEMC 4/18/2012 5:38PM

    I'll never forget my visit to The Wall several years ago. My 1st husband served in the Army from1968-1972. Several of my high school classmates died during Viet Nam. Thanx for the info Chuck!

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Civil War Veteran and Wife Finally Put to Rest.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I belong to the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) group. Today we stood for Peter Jones Knapp and his wife, Georgianna Eliza Pierson Knapp. This will probably be the last time this will ever happen in the United States. It was a great honor for me to attend this funeral that has been waiting for 88 years, today, since his death April 13th 1924. Several TV stations and other various news correspondents were there in attendance to memorialize the funeral event. Below is the announcement of the funeral to the PGR. Also people can Google Mr. Knapps and find various history and information.
Peter Jones Knapp, Civil War Veteran, Georgianna Pierson Knapp, Portland, OR, 13/Apr/12
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Patriot Guard Riders, we have been given a very special honor. We have been invited by the great-great-grand niece to stand for Civil War Veteran, Peter Jones Knapp and his wife, Georgianna Eliza Pierson Knapp. They have waited far too long to reach their final resting place, and we are honored to be allowed to stand for them both. After each of their funeral services, they were taken to the Portland Crematorium, but for whatever reason they were never interred. This will be the original burial for them both.

Peter joined the Union Army at a young 19 years old and was thrust into battle immediately. Seven months and several battles later, he came down with typhoid. Deemed too ill to travel the 10 miles by wagon, he and others were left in an abandoned building without medical attention for three weeks. Surviving that, he was active in numerous noted battles of the Civil War. In the Battle of Iuka, war records show his regiment lost more in this one hour and twenty minute engagement than any other regiment lost in any one engagement during the war. He was taken prisoner in the battle at Missionary Ridge. After 17 months, starved and almost blind, he escaped with others. After the Civil War, he later re-enlisted and served 15 months in the Indian War. Mr. Knapp survived in a desperate time and against incredible odds to live a long, full life.

He and Georgianna married in 1870 and remained so for 53 years. They came to Kelso, WA in 1887 and he started in the mill business. He was a justice of the peace and a police judge. He was a G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) commandant for three posts in Kelso and in charge of the indigent soldier's fund for 35 years. Mr. Knapp passed away at the age of 82 on April 13, 1924 -- 88 years ago. Mrs. Knapp lived until 1930 and passed away at the age of 76.

Please join us for this never again opportunity as we pay our respects to one who helped shape our nation. This service will take place at the Rostrum and will include "the Grand Army of the Republic 1873 Burial of the Dead" Ceremony.

Mission Date: Friday, 13/Apr/12

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LADYJAKE1 4/15/2012 12:27AM

    So are very lucky to have been apart of that.....

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DARLENEK04 4/14/2012 5:02PM

  Wow, Chuck....what an honor to be able to stand for a man who fought in
the Civil War..........

Thank you so much for sharing this.....I am a history fan so really found
this interesting.

Of course, I wonder why they were not interred all those years ago, but God
has a purpose for everything.


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WINTERHARTT 4/14/2012 12:44PM

    What an amazing story. Thanks for sharing!

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CBAILEYC 4/14/2012 10:44AM

    Thank you, Chuck.

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EARLYBIRDM 4/14/2012 8:05AM

    Thank you for sharing that story - and for being there for a veteran who earned that honor and respect. I only learned about the Patriot Guard Riders about 8 years ago. I was very impressed by them. Thank you for being there to honor so many veterans.

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LKP1949 4/14/2012 12:54AM

  Thanks for attending the event. I was there as well, as a member of the family. It was a beautiful day and an amazing ceremony.

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GRAMMACATHY 4/14/2012 12:31AM

    Wow, what a wonderful opportunity to be part of history. He sounds like a pretty incredible man.

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Back on the "Band-Wagon" again!!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

I am back on the "Diet" (LifeStyle change) band-wagon once again. I sure is a struggle trying to stay on this wagon with so many things trying, and succeeding, to throw me off. I have never lost sight of what I need to do and the goals I am trying to reach. I get side-tracked at times but I remember the guidelines I need to follow.

I am planning another motorcycle road-trip starting May 8th that will take me, for the 4th year, on the Run For The Wall annual event from Portland to Los Angeles to Washington DC. But...I will not be able to make it to DC this year since I have to be back home by the 3rd week of May or our 25th wedding anniversary. For the past 3 years I have called my wife while on the road-trip from Louisiana wishing her a happy anniversary. She has been very tolerant of my trips, so I need to comply with her request, plus I want to be here for our "special" 25th anniversary.
I have planned my route so that I will still get in about 4800 miles. This trip will take me to Lake Tahoe East shore, Carson City NV. to Bishop, CA through Death Valley where I will visit Scotty's Castle, Big Bear Lake CA Crestline, CA and on into Los Angeles area. After my portion of the Run For The Wall I will return back via the California Hwy 1 coast route.
The trouble I have on these trips is that my food choices suffer and throws me off the diet band-wagon. I will try and not let that happen this year.
I should think about what I should take along and what I should leave home.

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EARLYBIRDM 4/5/2012 5:49PM

    My husband will also be leaving from Florida on May 8th, and riding to CA for the Run for the Wall. I have made the trip with him twice; once from NY, and once from FL. I decided not to go on this trip with him. We did make a cross country trip 2 years ago on the bike, so I have "bragging rights", and decided that since he wants to make the trip to CA in 5 or 6 days, that I would skip it this time. He will be taking the Southern Route. Is that the one you are going on?

It *is* hard staying on track as far as food goes when taking a trip like that, but I'm sure you have learned a lot and can keep those guidelines in mind when you choose your meals. It's all about portion control. I did bring some things along. It helps to be prepared.

Have a great trip. It is truly a moving experience. I know I will miss not being there this time, but I have a feeling he will be doing it again and I might ride along then.



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MUNCHIEMAGS 4/5/2012 3:10PM

    Yep - that's what his bike looks like when he leaves . . .just kidding. Actually he organizes & agonizes over every little thing before the trip - packing & repacking, etc. And yes, I did put the kibbosh on going the whole way to DC this year - a 25th wedding anniversary only comes once.

I do have to remind him however, that motorcycle riding is not as "passive" as one would think - there have been past years when he's returned home LIGHTER than when he left - just because he rides upwards of 500 miles per day.

While he is gone I will be embarking on my own journey back to more healthy activities - my work has issued a challenge to all employees to compete on steps walked per day, exercise minutes per day & losing 1-2 lbs per week!!! I am on a team called "The Moon Walkers". LOL
I also have a new Zumba game to try out!!! Fun!! (with shades drawn of course)

Just make sure you keep the rubber side down & come home in one piece my love.

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Spring?? This is Spring!!!??

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

This weather is enough to put a Therapist into a depression. Would a weather forecast like this for Spring make you want to hurt someone? We have been in Spring for a month now and for March we hit record rain-fall. When I do see the Sun, rarely, I feel like dropping to my knees in thanks.

Detailed Forecast Portland, OR

Today 4/3/2012
Hi: 53°
Rain at times. Highs around 50. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Rainfall amounts a tenth to a quarter of an inch.

Lo: 36°
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows around 35. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch.

Wednesday 4/4/2012
Hi: 51°
Showers likely in the morning...then showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 50. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Possible in thunderstorms.

Lo: 36°

Thursday 4/5/2012
Hi: 51°
Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the morning...then showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 50. Light wind. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Lo: 36°

Friday 4/6/2012
Hi: 50°
Partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs around 50.

Lo: 36°

Saturday 4/7/2012
Hi: 54°
Partly cloudy. Highs 50 to 55.

Lo: 38°
Partly cloudy. Lows 35 to 40.

Sunday 4/8/2012
Hi: 62°
Partly cloudy. Highs 55 to 65.

Lo: 38°
Partly cloudy. Lows 35 to 40.

Monday 4/9/2012
Hi: 65°
Partly cloudy. Highs 60 to 65.

I am an "outside" person. My sport is riding motorcycles. Getting ready to ride in this weather becomes a chore with all the multiple layers of clothes to keep warm. My safety factor goes down by 50%. I like to take long walks, jog...etc. emoticon
I NEED SUNSHINE AND LOTS OF IT!!! My Daylight "Happy-Lamp" just is not doing it for me.

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GAYEMC 4/4/2012 3:06PM

    LMBO Chuck! I sometimes wonder why I live in Portland and if that short wonderful summer/fall is really worth it. Maybe we should move to San Diego. I'm not even getting my winter sun cruise this year.

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    The midwest has some crazy weather, so some of those days don't look so bad to me lol. Early March it was still snowing and hovering around 10 degrees, then it warmed up to the 80s and now it's back into the mid-50's. Just when I thought I could put my coat away and break out the sandals. The sun will be here soon enough, though.

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BANKER-CHUCK 4/3/2012 8:41PM

    Ihave been back in Oregon for 19 years and still can't get used to this weather. I guess I stayed in Calif for to many years...25 of them.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/3/2012 5:09PM

    emoticon I miss California sunshine!

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PICKIE98 4/3/2012 12:35PM

    What country/Island do you live on? Where I live, in the Midwest of U.S. spring just began two weeks ago.. summer is not until the third week of June. Usually we have snow until April or May, so we are enjoying this weather that is above 0 degreesF. If you do not shovel snow more than six months a year, you are very lucky to have only wet weather.
I hate cold, ice, snow or cold.. but dream of retiring to some warm spot where the weather is at least as warm as yours. Maybe you can invite yourself to soembody's warm retirement spot ??
Maybe you can change careers and become a Harley parts dealer, southern district???LOL..

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MRE1956 4/3/2012 12:29PM

    Well, I know that a winter like last year's almost made me want to hurt folk.......sheesh - talk about "Snowzillas"! But I guess you gotta say "there's always something"......


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