President's Message

Last Updated: November,  2018

“All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey. I’ve been for a <ride> on such a winter’s day. California dreaming, on such a winter’s day” – so goes the lyrics to one of my favorite songs while growing up in a small farm community in the southeast corner of Kansas. Although most people think of Kansas as “the flattest place on the planet”, my recollection is quite different in that I always picture miles and miles of golden wheat fields just before harvest time. One of the most unusual sites I recall was watching a Mack truck pulling doubles traveling at a high rate of speed along a county road with wheat fields on either side and the wind behind the big rig curled the wheat back similar to the wake behind a high-speed motor boat. Although I moved away from Kansas many years ago, the reason for my California Dreaming in late October is that I decided this might be the last good weekend to see the fall colors. Therefore, I decided to ride up Butterfield Canyon (I was told the road goes all the way over the top and into Toole, but I discovered the road from the top/down is a bit treacherous for my liking). Sadly, this weekend was a bit late for the colors as what I found was; “All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey” – not to mention that most of the pullouts are cluttered with empty beer cartons and other types of trash (why can’t they haul out what they take in?)

For some individuals, the first signs of winter indicate time to “winterize” your favorite ride, change the daily commuter over to snow tires, shut the sprinkler system down, pull up the flower/garden beds (and whatever else it is that you personally do for winterization). For others, as long as there are a few days with dry roads and clear sky, we continue to ride in temps that occasionally dip down into the low 40’s or high 30’s (during my ride up Butterfield Canyon the dash temp gauge dropped to 35 F). And I recall just a few years back that on New Year’s Day we enjoyed a wonderful Indian Summer” day of riding with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 50’s (the good type of global warming). At the very least, now is a good time to stop using “ethanol” fuel that can easily turn back to corn-syrup during extended storage periods and winter months (I personally use Maverick Clear Gas all year-round in the snowblower, lawn mower and motorcycle and have never had an issue with fuel gum up. There may be other brands of ethanol free gasoline, and now is the time to make sure you only fill-up with that blend when at the pump).

“All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey. I’ve been for a <ride> on such a winter’s day. California dreaming, on such a winter’s day” – so goes the lyrics to one of my favorite songs while growing up in a small farm community in the southeast corner of Kansas. Although most people think of Kansas as “the flattest place on the planet”, my recollection is quite different in that I always picture miles and miles of golden wheat fields just before harvest time. One of the most unusual sites I recall was watching a Mack truck pulling doubles traveling at a high rate of speed along a county road with wheat fields on either side and the wind behind the big rig curled the wheat back similar to the wake behind a high-speed motor boat. Although I moved away from Kansas many years ago, the reason for my California Dreaming in late October is that I decided this might be the last good weekend to see the fall colors.
Therefore, I decided to ride up Butterfield Canyon (I was told the road goes all the way over the top and into Toole, but I discovered the road from the top/down is a bit treacherous for my liking). Sadly, this weekend was a bit late for the colors as what I found was; “All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey” – not to mention that most of the pullouts are cluttered with empty beer cartons and other types of trash (why can’t they haul out what they take in?).

For some individuals, the first signs of winter indicate time to “winterize” your favorite ride, change the daily commuter over to snow tires, shut the sprinkler system down, pull up the flower/garden beds (and whatever else it is that you personally do for winterization). For others, as long as there are a few days with dry roads and clear sky, we continue to ride in temps that occasionally dip down into the low 40’s or high 30’s (during my ride up Butterfield Canyon the dash temp gauge dropped to 35 F). And I recall just a few years back that on New Year’s Day we enjoyed a wonderful Indian Summer” day of riding with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 50’s (the good type of global warming). At the very least, now is a good time to stop using “ethanol” fuel that can easily turn back to corn-syrup during extended storage periods and winter months (I personally use Maverick Clear Gas all year-round in the snowblower, lawn mower and motorcycle and have never had an issue with fuel gum up. There may be other brands of ethanol free gasoline, and now is the time to make sure you only fill-up with that blend when at the pump).