HOG Call - September 2023

HOG Call - September 2023

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Meetings are held at Eastside Harley-Davidson on the last Saturday of the Month.
Social starts at 9:30am, meeting at 10:00am. 

The ESHOG Calendar of Events




September ESHOG: MS150

9-10 MS150 Sat & Sun 09/09-10/2023 - 10:00am to 3:00pm This is not a formal ride, but a placeholder for the MS150 event being held: This event is open to Chapter members, National H.O.G. members and other guests as desired.

16 Officers meeting 9:00am

16 Dealership Poker Run -

Vannessa has asked us to organize a poker run for Sep 16, with the following basic format:

  • five stops, with two being Eastside H-D and Emerald City H-D
  • participants can start the poker run at any stop, but must finish at one of the dealerships
  • The other stops may be at lunch type place, or in their parking lot
  • there will be four prizes, best and worst hand at each dealership

17 Third Sunday Social 5:00pm

24 Oyster Run is ON - and ES HOG will be riding to it! Jason Griffin is excited to step up to lead this ride, with Ken A sweeping.

30 Chapter Meeting - Please join us for our monthly Chapter Meeting, Social starts at 9:00am, meeting begins at 9:30am.

30 Monthly Chapter ride led by Kerry Skaugset



The weather has been awesome for riding (mostly), and so many members have been out on day rides as well as multi-day rides in the last month. Keep on posting all those amazing ride photos to Facebook!

All these people out on summer rides have been helping progress towards our Ride 365 target. We’re half way there, but I know that some of you have not recorded your miles recently. Mileage forms are available in paper form at the dealership or a fillable form is available online from our website:

Eastside H-D is hosting an Open Roads Open House on Saturday, September 9th, from 10am to 5pm. There will be lots going on, including giveaways and a sweepstake. Visit the dealership on September 8 - 10 to enter the sweepstake, with no purchase necessary.

I’m also looking forward to the dealership dinner ride on Thursday, September 14th, and hope that many of you will join me. You can participate in the ride from the dealership KSU 6:00pm, or meet up at The Cut Shop, Woodinville.

Tony “Kiwi” Burton



Have you downloaded the latest Harley Davidson mobile app yet? If not, you’re missing out on a lot of fun!


It’s available on both the iPhone (IOS) and Android (Google) platforms. I’m hoping to put together a tutorial on how to use it sometime soon, but for now I encourage you to go to https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/content/h-d-app.html to read more about this cool new way to engage with Harley Davidson, install it, and check it out!




Steve Cox, Asst Director




August was an awesome month for weather and riding, and many riders chipped away (or completed!) the 5 Bridges D’s or the 9 total Destinations of Summer! Wow!

I know there are more riders yet to finish the destinations, including myself, so let’s keep this party going!!

RE: September rides: keep checking the calendar and FB for updates and ad-hoc rides, including  ESHOG riding to the Oyster Run!

If you haven’t been out to The Wilkinson Elementary School yet, check it out. There are a couple of great taverns, a pizza joint, and an ice cream joint close by to further motivate you to ride that way.

Keep on riding!


Your September D

Travel back in time with Wilkenson elementary school! See attached image.
There is also a very interesting history of the town, the Northern Pacific Railroad, coal mining, historic coke ovens for coal, and the Elementary School at https://www.townofwilkeson.com/sampl.../wilkeson-coke-ovens/


Get a pic of yourself like the one above, your bike, and Wilkeson Elementary School 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 September 29th to complete this destination.

Ken "Slacker Ken" Anderson

Let's ride!



Volunteer Opportunities


We need volunteers to staff the Poker Run on September 16th. Specifically, the Issaquah and Eastside checkpoints from 10am to 3pm. There is a $50 dealer gift card in the deal for you! If you would like to help, please let William know at [email protected] 



Third Sunday Suppers

Mark your calendar September 17th @ 5pm - Watch for the location and info to be posted on FB. 

Tammy B.  




Ride Safe & Have Fun!




September : Let’s play some catch up and join me in welcoming the following new members to the Chapter. In June we had three new members sign up including Stan Chinn, Randy Filion, and William Moorman. For July it was Andrew & Jennifer Southwick, and Eric Johnson, who signed the dotted line. Also, newer member Jeff Glaze is pictured below.  


In case you were wondering….


Current H.O.G. members will be automatically grandfathered into the Harley Owners Group tier of the H-D Membership program, at no additional cost, and can renew upon expiry at $59. Former HOG Associate members will be able to continue as HOG Passengers in the new H-D Membership Program. It will still cost $59, but HOG Passengers will receive a 3,000-point reward (worth $30) as a credit. Please note HOG Passengers are not eligible for Multipoint inspections or Roadside assistance benefits.


Have a great month!

LaNelle - Membership Officer







Happy to answer any questions when I return from my sabatical.  

Steve B.



Have you ever just sat in silence? I mean, actual silence. It’s difficult for me to pull it off, sitting in silence. My mind is always busy. Looking for input. Running a million miles an hour. Even when I should have nothing happening between my ears - there’s a podcast, or a new song, or an old favorite to listen to.


Falling asleep in front of the TV isn’t just a pass time. It’s the God given right of every middle-aged man (yes – I plan to live to be 120). The remote, a bowl of ice cream, and some meaningless show on the tube. Ok. Maybe not God given, but I digress. My point is that I don’t really spend enough time sitting in silence. I mean, if I don’t have some distraction surrounding me, I might be left alone with my thoughts. Can’t have that.


Music is a huge part of my life. Always has been. That’s why I always have music on (probably way too loud) when I’m on the bike. I recall several years ago while riding down to Mesa, AZ for a Black Sheep gathering, I listened to my entire collection of RUSH in chronological order from their first studio album (1974) to their last studio album (2012). When that playlist was exhausted, I listened to all their live albums in chronological order. That got me from Bothell, WA to about 100 miles northwest of Phoenix before I had to find something else to listen to. What a Rush! I honestly hadn’t ridden without music since the transmission in my old Dyna blew up back in 2011.


Until the trip to Sturgis this year. My friend David and I had been planning our ride to Sturgis for three months or so. Routes, things we wanted to see, setting up accommodations – all the things you do to plan a big ride like this. A month or so before the trip, I got a call from David. He asked me if my helmet had headphones in it. I knew where this was going. I told him my full-face helmet does, but I’d only be wearing that helmet in bad weather. He told me that he doesn’t like listening to anything while riding – not his music, not my music. Not even Pink Floyd (his favorite band). He explained that for him, riding was a chance to think, meditate, and pray. He said, “So if you do listen to music on the ride and you look in your rearview mirror and I’m a mile behind you – you’ll know why”. David wisely wanted to bring this up well in advance, just so there weren’t any surprises on the road.


At first, I wasn’t sure what to think. No music for nearly two weeks? How is that even possible? But then I recalled the scripture that instructs us to put others before ourselves. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2: 3-4 (NIV)


That cleared it up for me! It’s not that big of a deal. I certainly didn’t want to ruin the trip for David. And to be honest, there is a lot on my mind these days, and I knew I could really benefit from taking David’s suggestion to think, meditate, and pray on this ride. We met up in Moscow Idaho, where we got to take my youngest daughter Sarah to breakfast (best day of the trip to be honest). So, for the remainder of the trip (even after I dropped David off in Payette, ID) the stereo was turned off. You know what happened? I thought through some big stuff and came to some important conclusions. I meditated on the promises from God. I prayed. And I listened. I listened to the voice of God. Was it like Moses at the Burning Bush? Uh… no. But it was exactly what I needed. In the Book of Psalms, the Bible tells us to “Be still and know that I am God…”. Psalm 46:10 (NIV). It’s all about faith.


You may recall the story of Job (likely the oldest book of the Bible, by the way). Job’s entire life is turned upside down and he loses everything. The devil was trying to get him to turn away from God. Even Job’s wife told him to “Curse God and die”. But instead, Job worshipped God. And he entered a lengthy dialogue with Him. He had listened to three close friends, but all they did was accuse him of sin. So, when Job was finally ready to hear what God had to say, here is what God told him:


“Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak. If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want to vindicate you. But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.” Job 33: 31-33 (NIV)


For me, the silence was rewarded. It was one of the most enjoyable rides I’ve ever been on. God could knock me off my bike to get my attention – like he did with the Apostle Paul. But instead, He speaks to me with that “Still, small voice”, as Elijah discovered (but that’s another story for another time). I didn’t turn on the stereo on the bike until the day after I returned home. And when I did, it was cathartic for me. Made me a bit emotional. Does that mean that my days of listening to music on the bike are over? Not a chance. But I know that when I do shut down all the noise and sit in silence, I’m putting myself in position to hear from God. I’m pretty sure His favorite band is RUSH.


Kerry Skaugset “Chaplain”  



PS: Your retired ESHOG editor is always available for vector graphic projects.


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