As I sit here drinking a Schöfferhofer I try to remember that kind of September … September? How long ago was that? Yeah, I’m behind. September was SOFA KING busy for me. And I mean BUSY! I’m finally getting a chance to catch my bearded-gnome breath. As bad as it may be!
I will try to make these recaps as painless as I can … yet mildly interesting as well. As always, grab a pint. That’s what I did. It helps ease things along.
That motorcycle event we went to last month (August)? Made their cover page baby!!
Labor Day meant it was time to get things together for the annual military display weekend at Ft. Worden located in Port Townsend. Normally I don’t get to do on these adventures but I promised to stay in the tent the entire time (mainly because I’m a creeper). Seeing what happened in August on the garage floor … I’m still not trusted off of the sidecar.
… and THIS isn’t the riding arrangement I remember agreeing to! We took the ferry up and over. The best was hearing everybody comment on how loaded the Ural was. Good thing they didn’t get closer to get a whiff of me! I would have showed them what "loaded" was really like!
We spent Thursday afternoon through Monday morning at this event. My tender, Tracy, spent the entire weekend suited up like a WWII Soviet Soldier and gave rides to anybody who wanted them and some who didn’t. Here I am w/a collection of various types of military vehicles. And yes! I drug my bits across every one that was parked there.
I probably won’t be here for next year’s event so I’m glad I got to be a part of this one. Events like these are important to draw in the crowds. I hope next year is just as successful as this one was. As you can see I had my own medical staff as well. These people are getting wise to me!
The following weeked after Labor Day was like trying to fix 10 lbs. of cat crap in a 5 lb. bag. Not only was it the 2015 National Ural Rally Day but Tracy also got invited to assist w/a Mad Max cosplay photo shoot. Did she do both? Of course she did because that’s how she rolls. The photo shoot was over at the Beverley Sand Dunes which is on the way to Yakima and in-between BFE. Of course the convoy rally point was at a brewery.
Here is a photo of WARCAT all Mad Max’ed out:
I wasn’t allowed to fart around w/the DP-28 machine gun at all nor was I allowed out on the dunes. Wish I had one of the professional photographs to show but they haven’t been released yet. Needless to say it was too hot out there. Good thing I don’t wear pants because they probably would have melted off and I would have gotten sand all up in my crack. The Ural Rally consisted of the pre-flight check, the ride to/from the dunes and a bunch of photographs. Not the most stellar of rallies but another one for the books never-the-less. Make fun when and where you can … that’s what I always say! And if you can’t make fun of your situation … make fun of the ones you are with.
On the 14th we took the Ural and drove it three-up to a Weird Al concert. You can get much weirder than that. I had to spend the evening in the trunk so somebody wouldn’t walk off w/me.
Here is my view of the concert:
There was a little time to knock the dirt off to get ready for the new dirt that would be applied soon.
No! I didn’t break anything! It was simply time for a new tire. Geez! Have a little faith!
Another weekend another annual event! This one was called Fungal in the Jungle. I guess Tracy has been going to this one for 3 or 4 years now. This year we had another Ural join us from Oregon. This was the same fella who made it to the MBUR Rally. It was great having another Ural in camp and even more so to bomb down the trails with.
But they are NERDS I tell you! NERDS! You know what they did for a good part of Saturday? They geocached. Do you know what that is? It’s a treasure hunting game where you utilize multimillion dollar satellites to find Tupperware™ in the woods. I crap you negative!! I can’t remember how many of them they ended up finding that day but I hope this doesn’t become a new obsession.
Time for another bath! The weekends come and go rather quickly around here these days. Need to be pretty spotless for this next event.
Oyster Run 2015! Tracy has been going to this since she obtained WARCAT in 2009. We headed our way to Port Angeles Friday after work. Stocked up on beer, set up camp, time for a whiskey and time for beer. Great way to spend a Friday.
The Oyster Run isn’t technically until Sunday so Saturday was fair game. What did we do? We geocached all damn day.
1st things 1st. Tracy takes WARCAT’s photo in the same spot every year:
If anything this geocaching nonsense really got us out and about through town. We never left the city limits, put on over 50 clicks and cached for close to 10 hours. Holy hell! Now I’m talking like a nerd!
We finally stopped back in town for a beer and a bite though. Streets were packed! Didn’t see any other Urals or any other sidecars for that matter.
Finally another Ural showed up at camp. Things are about to get real!
Oyster Run Sunday!! This year was an extra special one because the organizers of The Oyster Run contacted Tracy. They were looking for a sidecar willing to give a ride. Seems there were these two 70+ year old ladies who wanted to ride in sidecars for a birthday wish. I guess they are going through their bucket list finding adventures to do every year on their birthday. As luck would have it today was Gloria’s 71st birthday and she was Tracy’s passenger. Her sister Audrey road w/Jason (who was more than happy to assist during this all important mission). They got more than they had hoped for. They each had their own person driver, their own sidecar, they got to go to one of the biggest motorcycle gatherings here in the Pacific Northwest and then out for, you guessed it, beers. Now I’m normally a jerk of a gnome but I must say I felt pretty honored to be a part of this ride. They got Ural Tshirts for joining us, Tracy gave them both Oyster Run ride pins and Gloria even got a bouquet of flowers for her birthday. To tell you the truth I couldn’t think of a better event to close out October!
Once the ladies departed for home what did Tracy and Jason do? Ugh! GEOCACHING! AGAIN! NERDS! They cached the rest of the day Sunday and then they cached all the way home through Monday. Hey! If I have to deal w/it … so do you!
What else is there for that month? Ah, yes! A trip to the dump to drop off the beer bottle “collection”!
Urals are a true utility vehicle! The thing sure earns it’s keep!
So that was my September. See why it’s taken me so long to catch up? I’m still in detox and suffering from the lack of sleep. I don't even want to think about my need to recap October yet. I many need to stock the beer fridge 1st.
Don’t go anywhere. I’ll be back to cover October before November is over.