Gadget’s New Toy/Maiden Voyage

Gadget, the 3AM Treasurer for the SoCal Sentinals, is a charter member of the group and has made nearly all scheduled rides. However on all rides, including the two thousand mile trip through Colorado, he was astride a borrowed Harley Sportster. Those days are now over with the addition of a beautiful, shiny black Harley Road King to his garage.

3AM Messengers were called for an impromptu maiden voyage to accompany Gadget for a ride to………somewhere. It had been raining and cold but Sunday morning was marginally clear. The destination for a short ride was dictated by conditions dictated by Mother Nature. The obvious choice for a short ride could only be through the desert to the winter haven of Palm Springs.

Gadget, Boomer, George, Knute and Captain Vern were all available and converged at a local restaurant parking lot for the ride. After a pleasant short trek through the desert and past the giant wind generators the small group arrived Downtown at Ruby’s Restaurant. It was great to enjoy sitting outside at the sidewalk café with the bikes lined up in front.

After lunch, George broke from the group in search of some hot springs. The remainder of the group remounted to check-out an array of classic cars for sale a few blocks away. Old Cadillacs, muscle cars and exotic sports cars were available for sale, but none of the group was willing to sell their homes to buy one.

The ride back was pleasant and the group returned the members peeled off for their respective homes.   It was a nice, impromptu ride. Gadget reports his new Road King to be considerably more comfortable than the Sportster and is looking forward to future road trips. Scheduled trips include Tombstone in February, Yosemite in April and some longer trips this summer.

Boomer Can Resist Anything But Temptation

The first Sunday in November, Brotherman, Boomer, Captain Vern and Gadget mounted their iron horses bound for the House of Hope in Bloomington. The House is a Christian residential facility for men with few options. Because of its dedication to maintaining Christian Values and teaching, the home receives no external funding. It is largely funded by a gardening business in which the residents work. The four Sentinel officers wanted to tour the facility prior to the fund raiser BBQ scheduled for the following Sunday. They found a staff dedicated to Christian teaching in a well-scheduled agenda of work, meal preparation, Bible study and fellowship in a highly structured environment.

After the tour, the four remounted and headed for Temecula Motorsports which was conducting a test ride event for their new Victory motorcycles. Every model of Victory was available and all but Boomer selected a bike for the first ride. Boomer said, “No I don’t want to ride one. I might be tempted to buy one and I really don’t want to do that”.

Brotherman, Captain Vern and Gadget took off for the escorted ride through the hills of Temecula on examples of the new American Iron. After a nice follow-the-leader cruise through the hills above the city, the three returned to the dealership to find Boomer’s Harley Heritage Special was not there and he was nowhere in sight. All assumed he had become bored waiting and headed for home. A few minutes later Boomer emerged and said, “Well I bought a bike”. He had traded in his Harley on a beautiful new 2013 Victory Crossroads.   So much for his dedication to avoid temptation.