Wayne Stevens Memorial Ride
August 2-4, 2005
Submitted by the Stevens Family
Thanks from the family to all who came to ride with us. We had 25 people from five states, ranging in ages 2 - ??? and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We had a spaghetti dinner for a get-to-know each other event on Tuesday evening, hosted and cleaned up by Ron, cooked by Tom, who was assisted by Ron’s daughter Angie.
Wednesday we started from the hotel, heading for McCall and New Meadows. The weather was so nice that the vote was to go clear up the canyon to Riggins, on the
Salmon River. The plan on Thursday was to go up to Yellow Pine, but just past the road became dirt, so we opted for lunch at Warm Lake Lodge. The Forest Service had said that the road was paved all the way to Yellow Pine now, but obviously they don’t drive their own roads! Warm Lake
On the way back to town, the leaders saw an interesting one lane road along the river, so we rode that to the end and made it back to town in time for a dinner of burgers, etc. cooked by the hotel manager, who invited us all back anytime! We had a surprise birthday cake for Ron, who started the second half of his childhood the following Sunday. We received certificates of appreciation from Ben Beberness, who was unable to attend because of a bum knee!
Friday morning several folks loaded up to head for home, but a few rode their bikes back to
where they had left pickups and trailers. We all enjoyed ourselves, and appreciate the tribute from Boise ’s many friends; maybe we’ll do it again!! Wayne
Wayne Stevens Memorial Ride
By Tim Graber
Well, it was a long awaited event. I had the pleasure of participating in the first Stevens “ride along” in
so I knew I wanted to be a part of this one. After I got all of the ride flyers out on email I blocked out the calendar and made the plans. Unfortunately Janis was not able to clear her schedule and I had to travel alone. Loaded the ole Dodge up with the knuckle head (1940 EL, original paint 22,000 miles) and made a run for the Idaho border. Great ride up 395 through Nevada canyon, Walker , and Topaz Lake . I, like my dad, will never tire of this panoramic ride. There are some 10’s of beauty in this world and this is one of them. I had a great meal at one of my little brother’s houses’ and enjoyed a sunset, star gazing, and conversation. Left town the next morning and headed out I-80 until I found 95 and cruised out and up through the Bridgeport , Nevada upper desert region into Oregon . Wow, another great ride and I hadn’t even fired up the knuck! I gave Ron Stevens a call and let him know I was on the way in. He was waiting my arrival to take some supplies up to Cascade for the run just (another) 90 miles away. When I pulled into the driveway Ron was all ready. He had a 6ft cooler strapped to the trailer and provisions with which to load it for the expected guests. I counted a couple of cases of “pop” and a larger count of cases of beer. We made sure to get them up to the cabin and to get them cooled down. It was so peaceful by the time we got things unloaded we decided to spend the night and make the round trip the next morning. Idaho
We got back into Boise about 0900am, just in time to reload the truck at Pat’s house and get over to the yard to greet the expected guests. I say expected because only a few actually arrived. Even though we delayed the ride departure a couple of hours, those that had called to announce their participation did not show.
We left the yard with a fun loving group of 8 or so bikes and a caravan of 4 trailers or, a supply trailer and 3 trailers that needed to depart direct from Friday’s start point! We experienced a great ride up to
and most of us stopped for lunch. Seems as though the famous Joe Perry missed the stop. He and Luis Ybanez were having too much fun or maybe they knew what was ahead. They met up with us again late in the afternoon at the hotel. Of course they missed all of the action. Joe’s wife Arleta was driving their truck with the trailer. After lunch she started the truck and was not able to turn the wheel. I checked on her to see if she knew the way toward the hotel and she said she had a problem. Well I checked out the situation and found that the power steering, wasn’t. A quick check under the hood and the problem was discovered. The idler pulley had broken. Fortunately for Arleta it occurred just as she pulled up for lunch. A quick huddle of the “know it alls’ present determined that the best approach was to have Ron’s son Nick run back to town on the modern BMW to fetch the part. We decided that the parts would be back in 2 hours and that Arleta should change trucks and have some fun. I had fun too. I rode out over the twistys 45 minutes and then I turned around and went back. I loaded the “knuck” into the trailer and Nick showed up with the part. It took us 10 minutes to put it on and it was time to leave. Nick assured himself that I knew the way and he charged off through the twistys to find the group. I found them 3 hours later. The hotel was fabulous. Free Idaho City DSL, fee coffee, free cookies, free breakfast, and oh so frilly.
The daily rides were superb. The roads were traffic free. The weather was perfect. Not hot, just comfortable, not humid. The sights were
perfect. The food stops were luscious and the evenings were full of camaraderie. The Stevens provided a great Italian meal (spaghetti, salad, and crust bread) for all at the cabin on the first night. Let me tell you that Pat and family are great cooks and great hosts. If they ever offer up the opportunity to go for a ride you ought to plan it, tell em you are coming and show up! I did, and I’ll never regret it. I had a blast and I actually forgot about all that I did not need to think about. Work is better now. Idaho
PS: special thanks to Joe and Arleta Perry, Don and Gail Woodard, Luis Ybanez, Jim Moore, Ron Stevens, Tom Stevens and the others who rode the ride. I would name their rides but I forgot to take notes. Ron was up on the black 47 and Tom was on the Chout.
kept us all on the rode. Thanks Wayne
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