April 3, 2005
Our chapter did a run to Hoisington today to visit the Living Joy church. One
of our chapter members was the pastor of this church in its former location
for some time, but went to be with the Lord after he got off his bike and
collapsed after arriving at the church on September 22, 2003.
When we arrived
we got parked, Wes rang
the bell, and the service started. Following
the service, there was a lunch provided in a manner that only a small church
full of loving people can provide!!
April 9, 2005
Today was "test and tune" at the SRCA drag strip, and Ivan, Deana, and
their son, Nick, had the chapter drag bike out there for its first passes
of the season. The bike had a new motor put in it to start the season last
year, but tuning problems limited the racing done with it, and the times
and speeds attained. Those problems have been corrected, however,
and it was apparent today.
When I arrived, Ivan
and Nick were preparing the bike to run, and it wasn't long before
Deana, who rides
the bike, was ready to make her first pass. She made several passes this
afternoon, and could tell the bike is running much better than it ever
had before. While the two of them were near the water box on two
occasions where I was working, I did some photos of them. While
Deana was on the line preparing to go on
one of those passes, I did another. After one of her passes I turned
and noticed Ivan and
Jack were very pleased. I won't say anything about which one
of them forgot to turn on her air shifter before she got a really good
launch on one of those passes. Of course, I've never done anything
After the activity noted above, this became a very frustrating
month. The frustration extended into May while I tried to get ready
to go to Houston for the art car show.
When I rolled the BugWing out of the garage to go to the drag strip
on April 9 I noticed some resistance when I pushed it. My assumption
was that one of the brake calipers was hanging up, and I assumed it would
be on the Goldwing. I was right. I rode about three blocks before
I touched the rotor very quickly and found it was very hot. I rode
it back to the garage, parked it, and called a friend for help. After
he pulled the caliper off, the BugWing sat like this through the rest
of the month of April, and into May, while I waited on parts.
I won't go into detail, but I ordered the parts immediately and the
order was botched in several ways on three occasions. It took almost
five weeks to finally get the parts I needed just to rebuild the caliper.
The right parts finally arrived the night before I had to move the
BugWing to another location for a modification of some the wiring in preparation
for the run to Houston. While I waited on parts I pulled the seat
out to have some sewing done in two areas that did not get finished before
I put it on the road, but I ran into snags on that little job, too. That
problem took three weeks itself, and I finally had to take it to another
business to get that finished. On thing after another, on top of those
mentioned, happened while trying to prepare to go. I got to the point
I just prayed the doors would be opened if I was supposed to go, or that they'd
be closed if I wasn't supposed to go, for whatever reason. While talking
with someone about all the obstacles I ran into while trying to get things
ready to go, she said, "Something really good must be getting ready to happen."
She was right.......