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Welcome to a very late spring! Despite the uncertain weather, we had a great turnout for the inaugural Easter Service Veteran Ride, in aid of the charitable organisation Nine Line Veteran Services.
The New Ride 365 form for logging HOG miles seems to be working well. It's quite encouraging to be able to track our progress, so keep on submitting those forms. Remember that passengers can also log miles now. There are two simple rules to follow when recording passenger miles:
1. Each chapter member can either record HOG miles for the bikes they own, or passenger miles, but not both.
2. Each member recording passenger miles needs to keep a journal of the miles recorded. This is just in case there is an audit.
The HOG Ride 365 Annual Mileage Recognition Challenge has been extended for 2023, but this might well be the final year. Earn H-D Promo Cards for racking up your miles.
2,500 MILES = $50 |10,000 MILES = $100
Patch Lady Diane is going to be a regular at our meetings. I'm sure we have plenty to keep her busy!
We could not have asked for a better day for our post-meeting ride to Concrete and the North Cascades National Park entrance. Thank you to all involved for making this ride such a success. Everyone enjoyed the day once we got past the traffic to Arlington. There's some amazing riding to be done on the back roads of Skagit and Snohomish counties.
Our chapter has been invited by Inland Empire Chapter, Riverside CA, to ride in West Coast Thunder on Memorial Day, an event they started more than 20 years ago. This event is now one of the largest motorcycle rides in the country. This year Harley-Davidson will be handing out commemorative pins to HOG members at Riverside Harley-Davidson all weekend, May 26-28.
Also this month, four of our chapter members will be heading off to participate in the Run for the Wall, two of them "FNG"s. I wish them well on their epic journey.
RIDE MOTORCYCLES · HAVE FUN
Tony "Bypass" Burton
Hello ES HOG!
As we head into May and sunnier weather (!), I want to make note of our Road Captains for 2023 and thank them for their leadership and desire to assist in getting chapter members out on fun rides in groups this year! It is not an easy thing to coordinate and manage a ride, but group riding is what we enjoy as a Chapter!
If you are interested in leading rides to the places you want to ride to, and at the time you’d like to go, then maybe you’d be interested in becoming a Road Captain! If you’d like to know more about being a Road Captain and what we do, please talk with me (or any one of the RC’s) to know more.
Additionally, you don’t have to be a RC to lead rides! If you want to go somewhere at the time you want, simply put it out on FB - and lead a ride!!
Mid-Month Chapter Ride
For the mid-month Chapter ride, ES HOG, led by Eric S., along with some of Jet City’s HOG Chapter, are riding over to one of our 5 D’s of summer: Umtanum Creek Bridge. This will be followed by meeting with the Yakima Apple State HOG Chapter and heading to the Zillah Teapot Service Station ride, which is on HD’s 10 for ’23 list! How fun is that!?
Remember, there will be a $50 raffle at year-end for all who rode to that Service Station!
The May Destination - GET POSTER
The "Welcome to Concrete" silo in Concrete WA.
The giant greeting "Welcome to Concrete" is a cinematic artifact; it was painted on the cement plant silo for the 1992 filming of 1993's "This Boy's Life," starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Get a pic of yourself, your bike, and The Concrete Silos in the background for a chance at a $25 gift card at our upcoming chapter meeting! Send it to [email protected] or post it on our ES Roadhog Facebook page! You have from now through May 20th to complete this destination. This is a short month for completeing the D due to Memorial Day weekend.
Ken "Slacker Ken" Anderson
Third Sunday Suppers
your calendar May 21, at Five O’clock Flat Stick Pub located at 7530 164th Ave NE, Redmond 98052.
Please RSVP by May 13 as we will need to book a tee time.
Appreciated . . . I would appreciate any suggestions from our members to
suggest their favorite restaurants (in all different areas). Also, any activity
suggestions would be very much appreciated.
There will be a "ride to the ride" on July 8th for the Angel Ride. This will start at Eastside H-D and include a brief stop at Emerald City H-D to pick up members from our sister chapter GNW HOG. Details will be published on the calendar and on Facebook soon.
Don't forget the "Intro to Group Riding/Refresher" event!
Ride Safe & Have Fun!
needs to complete a 2023 Membership Form.
Welcome to May …and here’s to hoping the little saying “April showers bring May flowers” holds true. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some sunshine and nice riding weather!
Please remember to RSVP each month for the Chapter meetings via HogScan on your phone app or you can go to eshog.com, our chapter webpage, choose calendar, pick Monthly Chapter meeting and choose RSVP. This expedites the check-in process at the meetings. Or if you open the app on your phone and choose the QR code at the bottom of the screen, we can scan that and voila! You’re check-in in! Love technology. Well, for the most part.
Do you still need to complete your 2023 Membership Form? Our chapter must obtain a current Chapter Membership Enrollment Form from you in order to maintain your active status in our Chapter. Click here, print out and date and sign. Can’t be electronic signature.
Your national membership must be current prior to sending in your form. If you are not sure when your membership expires, or can’t remember your National Member ID, you can log into the National HOG site to obtain it. Click here. Harley Owners Group | Harley-Davidson USA.
If you don’t have a national member number ID, please follow the link to HOG to Join. Please complete the form, and mail your form to the dealership at:
Eastside HOG C/O Eastside Harley Davidson 2350 136 th PL NE Bellevue, WA 98005 OR drop the form at the Dealership in our drop box at the reception desk. If you have questions, please contact me at [email protected]
on Members . .
love to get a picture of you and your bike and maybe a sentence or two of what
you’ve enjoyed about the chapter so far, or maybe your favorite ride or fun
fact about yourself? If you are an “old-be”, we would like to get a pic of you
too along with a blurb about yourself you would like to share with the chapter.
Members in April:
Nars Martinez & Craig Lundblad (Picture below)
I'm a lifelong Bellevue resident, went to Newport High School in the 80s, been with Boeing since '89, married with 1 Daughter. Had my first motorcycle when I was 17, drove a 750 V-twin (not a Harley) in college and just now getting back into the scene.... Riding a Lowrider S and looking forward to getting in on a lot of rides.
Thank You All, Lanelle B.
Happy to answer any questions.
Iron Sharpens Iron
by Kerry "Kry Baby" Skaugset
Everyone in this chapter has had at least ONE bad day. Some of us may have even had several bad days. It’s all part of the deal. If you’re living on this planet, it’s bound to happen. Some of us might have a rosier outlook than others of us. Take my friend Bill, for example. Any time someone asks him how he’s doing; his answer is always the same. “I’ve never had a bad day in my life!” he exclaims. Every time. C’mon Bill. You’re a retired cop. You’ve never had a bad day? I assure you that he has. He just chooses not to focus on such things. He has a very positive outlook. I love that about him. I’d guess that we all know someone like that. Some of you are like that. The rest of us need to hang out with you more.
We all need to be encouraged from time to time. And just as important, we all have the capacity to encourage others. I don’t mean encouraging your best friend to cross the train trestle over the Columbia River between Pasco and Kennewick with an oncoming train on the horizon (I am speaking from experience here). I’m talking about pouring into the lives of others when they need it most. Helping someone through a difficult time. Giving them that last little push in the right direction or covering over their confidence gap with a positive word. Sometimes it’s as simple as sitting with your friend in silence as he works through a challenge. Sometimes a smile is all that’s needed.
According to an article in gloscience.com, a simple smile can change someone’s entire day. From the article: “A genuine smile shared with another person can make someone else smile, feel better about themselves, and feel better about their situation — even if it’s just for a moment! Smiling also affects how others see us, because people will typically associate smiling with positive emotions like happiness or contentment.”
And this goes for our furry friends too! (Except cats. Cats could care less if you smile at them or not.) Again, from the article: “This phenomenon doesn’t just apply to humans. Dogs also respond positively when their owners smile at them; this further confirms what we already know about how important it is for humans to smile as much as possible! It’s amazing to see how smiling affects others, including dogs.”
The title of this article is “Iron Sharpens Iron”. You have probably heard that phrase before. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (ESV) In the same way that iron is used to forge and sharpen an iron blade, you and I can sharpen each other too. A word of encouragement. A smile. Sitting with someone in silence.
I’ll end with a personal note. Throughout my recent health challenges (prostate cancer and treatment), I have experienced an overwhelming number of words of encouragement from so many people – both in this group and outside of this group. Believe me when I say, you’ve made a difference in my life. For that, I am grateful. Far more than you can know.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
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Adam Sandoval ScootinAmerica will be coming to Eastside Harley on May 25th from 4-6pm as a part of his #greatamericanconvoy. We are honored to be one of only 120 dealerships, and his only stop in Western Washington on his mission to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project and to celebrate Harley-Davidson's 120th Anniversary. He's inviting anyone and everyone to join him at any stop on the tour to ride as many or as few miles as they can! THIS IS EPIC! And you won’t want to miss out! https://adamsandoval.com/
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