Hope to see you all this Saturday for Donny's benefit. Ride out, drive out or even walk out to Tuolumne and enjoy a good party, music and spaghetti dinner. See you there!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Lowell's a good friend of ours who has been riding in the bay area from the beginning, and has put down thousands of miles with us riding from spot to spot. He lives here in Sonora and over the last winter, put this girl together from another bike he rode before. I rode the previous version on the way to Arizona a couple of years back, and that motor is ridiculous. 120 mph in 3rd with the back tire getting loose! Insane
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Anyone that's bummed that we have canceled our Copper Old Corner party 'cuz ya wanted to come hang out with us and take a ride up to the Toulumne area should meet us Oct. 1st in old Toulumne City for Dogs Benifit / Get Together at the Toulumne VFW Hall and Central Park. Donnie is the real deal, Panhead rider for decades, source of stories that educate and amaze, and all around nice guy to boot. Please make it if you can, to help a brother out, and have a real good time.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
A friend of mine met this man the other day:
CAVAIANI, JON R.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Vietnam Training Advisory Group, Republic of Vietnam. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 4 and 5 June 1971. Entered service at: Fresno, Calif. Born: 2 August 1943, Royston, England. Citation: S/Sgt. Cavaiani distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 and 5 June 1971 while serving as a platoon leader to a security platoon providing security for an isolated radio relay site located within enemy-held territory. On the morning of 4 June 1971, the entire camp came under an intense barrage of enemy small arms, automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade and mortar fire from a superior size enemy force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani acted with complete disregard for his personal safety as he repeatedly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire in order to move about the camp's perimeter directing the platoon's fire and rallying the platoon in a desperate fight for survival. S/Sgt. Cavaiani also returned heavy suppressive fire upon the assaulting enemy force during this period with a variety of weapons. When the entire platoon was to be evacuated, S/Sgt. Cavaiani unhesitatingly volunteered to remain on the ground and direct the helicopters into the landing zone. S/Sgt. Cavaiani was able to direct the first 3 helicopters in evacuating a major portion of the platoon. Due to intense increase in enemy fire, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was forced to remain at the camp overnight where he calmly directed the remaining platoon members in strengthening their defenses. On the morning of S June, a heavy ground fog restricted visibility. The superior size enemy force launched a major ground attack in an attempt to completely annihilate the remaining small force. The enemy force advanced in 2 ranks, first firing a heavy volume of small arms automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire while the second rank continuously threw a steady barrage of hand grenades at the beleaguered force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani returned a heavy barrage of small arms and hand grenade fire on the assaulting enemy force but was unable to slow them down. He ordered the remaining platoon members to attempt to escape while he provided them with cover fire. With 1 last courageous exertion, S/Sgt. Cavaiani recovered a machine gun, stood up, completely exposing himself to the heavy enemy fire directed at him, and began firing the machine gun in a sweeping motion along the 2 ranks of advancing enemy soldiers. Through S/Sgt. Cavaiani's valiant efforts with complete disregard for his safety, the majority of the remaining platoon members were able to escape. While inflicting severe losses on the advancing enemy force, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was wounded numerous times. S/Sgt. Cavaiani's conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
What the citation does not include is that he was taken as a POW after his heroics:
He now lives here in Sonora.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
CHOPPER CAMPOUT 4A couple things have come up for us, and instead of trying to do it all, we are going to move our party to May 2012. It will be in the same location as always, and on the same date as the Frog Jumps in Angels Camp, like the past couple of years.
We've been getting a lot of questions about the next swap meet too. This is going to happen again, but not until 2012, probably later in the summer after the Campout.
Website is under construction too, we'll get that up asap
See you all in May in Copperopolis, stay tuned