DV '06 rally a success despite circumstances!!
Date: Saturday, May 06 @ 01:44:33 CDT
Topic: Rally News





OK,folks,this is a bit late but my busyass schedule always gets in my way anymore........!!We had a great time despite Oliver's crash on Saturday and it was great to get away from the dregs of L.A.!

It all started on Friday last week.......I worked a 1/2 day and jammed home to get the Wing and the car loaded for the ride to Death Valley via Ridgecrest,CA. and our first nights' stop.We arrived around 3pm and checked into the room at the Comfort Inn,then spied Gary Allen and his riding bud Scotty in the pool area.As the afternoon moved into evening,the rest of Friday nite's crew got into town and we all went to the local restaurant to have dinner.

Saturday morning brought perfect riding weather in the low 80's and clear skies with no wind.The ladies left early to get there before the heat set in and to secure rooms for us and get situated.After about an hour,we saddled up and headed out.Oliver,Darrel,and Noel stayed behind to get Ollie's tire squared away at the local shop(this would prove disastrous a bit later),so we all headed out thru beautiful downtown Trona,CA(more like Meth Lab Central)and over the hill to the Panamint Valley for a leisurely putt to Death Valley.The Panamint Range was still clad in snow above what looked like around 8000ft level and shadowed us as we rode across the desert to our rendevous with the others in Furnace Creek Resort.

We pulled into Stovepipe Wells and grabbed some refreshments to stave off thirst in the 106 degree heat,then jumped on th ebikes and rolled out to Furnace Creek Ranch Resort to get our rooms lined up for the weekend and go soak in the killer spring-fed pool to ease the aches and pains.My own room was already there.so I put my stuff away and got my trunks on.Dave & Monika Krager popped in to say wazzup!for a few at this point and I passed the word on about 2 huge ice chests full of cold beer & soda in my room........

The fun began when I talked to Tammy Peck(Darrell's wife and sweetheart of a lady)about the others' whereabouts......then the phone rang with the fateful message that I was to call Noel Mechelin in Trona---I knew right away what had happened so I passed this on to the ladies and awaited further word on Ollie's condition(see post under the other DV thread for details).We were all shocked and numb from Ollie's crash and his as-yet unknown condition.

We all went to the Wrangler restaurant onsite at the resort for dinner and soon filled it to capacity;they were eager to accomodate us all(thanx Pat Z. for calling the group reservation in!).We all had a great(if not a bit pricey)meal and adjourned to our rooms to await further word on Oliver and Darrel and Noel's arrival on the bikes.We all saved leftovers from our dinners to feed them when they finally got in around 9pm,then we all went out to the pool for a bit to finish off the evening.

Sunday morning brought the sound of a throaty idle of Dave Krager's ultra-cherry turbo '79 in the morning as he headed out for more testing and seat time in the valley.He and his lovely wife Monika had arrived Friday night with a few others and he was waiting for some more seat time after Saturdays' successful testing in Death Valley and points around the park.I jumped on my Gold Wing and we took a putt thru the park to Zabriskie Point for a short jaunt and to get me checked out on Dave's killer turbo.This bike,folks,runs absolutely flawless and actually idles smooth too!It will float the front wheel and get the back end a bit greasy under boost.Dave,u da man!That bike rocks bigtime!

We both rode back to the resort and said"pool:30" and headed in the pool for the remainder of the afternoon and had a great time with the rest of the crew tossing a big huge medicine ball around the pool,water/squirt gun fights,and the like.It felt good to unwind,as we all had our buddy on our minds and we needed to have some fun!Dinner was more sedate at the 49'er's Cafe onsite Sunday evening,and more pool action after dinner rounded out the weekend nicely.

Monday morn arrived too fast,as usual,and we all packed up and prepped for the run home.I said all my goodbyes and Darrell and Noel,along with Terry Ward-Llewellyn and his wife Susan went to Ridge crest to pick up Oliver's bike and secure it at Noel's place later in the day.
We rolled out around 10am and had a relaxed ride into Trona for a splash of overpriced fuel and to Mojave,CA for lunch and home.

All in all,the rally was a success despite extenuating cir*****stances.Oliver is resting at home and is on the mend.He will be back in the saddle soon,we all hope!

My thanx to:Dave & Monika Krager, Terry & Susan Ward-Llewellyn, Darrell & Tammy Peck,Oliver Boyer, Noel & Julie Mechelin and their son Kyle, my lovely wife Donna & my son John, Andy Green, George & Pat Zanuzoski, Jeff & Ginny Ellmore, Mark Tieman and his dad, Gary Allen and his riding bud Scotty, Pete Ruff and his lady Anne and her son Sam, Chris Mee and his riding bud Tony, and a well-timed call from Rod Libby from overseas Friday nite to say hey to the crew!

You all made this happen,we'll see you at Carson City in July!Keep the rubber side down and ride safe,everyone!

Mark Miller

(P.S.-Pics in rally section of the gallery--thanx Dave!)










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