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June 23-25, 2000

Roadtrip 2000
Battle for a Cure. Puyallup, Wa.

One Friday afternoon John MacRitchie, Don Scott and I headed for a South of the Border excursion. The weather cooperated for our journey across the border to Tacoma.A garage fulla Buells The Interstate 5 isn't the most adventureous highway and we were looking forward to the weekend for some twists and turns at the BattleTrax the next day.

Staying with Bob and Debbie Gussenhoven is always memorable, with a little help from the various guests. I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing after a day of Buelling than kicking back with a few buddies.

Seattle CossacksAfter our first night, we awoke to rain on Saturday morning. A soggy start to an otherwise hot and sunny day for Battle for a Cure at Pierce College in Puyallup WA. This 2nd North West Wings Drill Team annual event incorporated fundraising for the American Diabetes Association and a BattleTrax course. There were also performances by the North West Wings and Seattle Cossacks as well as a band that kept the toe tapping throughout the day's event. Many vendors kept the place busy for those of us not competing in the event and the college was kind enough to be open for some nice clean bathrooms. Sure beats the port-a-potties from last year. (Nothing worse than struggling with riding gear in a tiny little closet!)

As for the event, I don't remember everyone who won, Dave Posing with the Buells at BattleTrax in Puyallup WAHaggensen (sorry if I got that wrong!) got 1st Place for quickest time in the Sport Class and from our group Bob Gussenhoven received 2nd Place in the same Sport Class. I was impressed with everyone that participated. There weren't many women and the ones who did compete should have been awarded for getting out there and showing the rest of us wannabees how it's done! (Girl Power!!... Okay guys... I'm done ;o)

ropetrik2sm.jpg (3339 bytes)Saturday night we livened up the local bar for a late dinner and some cold ones, then headed back to Bob and Debbie's for a night of gut (neck?) wrenching laughter.

Sunday we took the long way home and to make sure we gotA beautiful day for a ride pointed in the right direction, a few Buellers escorted us north. We stayed away from the I5 as much as possible, heading up Hwy 16 through Bremerton. We stopped for breakfast in Poulsbo then over to Mike's house on Bainbridge Island. Beautiful area with roads meant for motorcycling.

Bikes on the ferry, from Hondas to Buells...Eventually we rode into Port Townsend and Beautiful day to be on the water, or on a Buell...stopped at a local pub for a pitcher of cold refreshments. Time was on our side as we made the ferry just before it sailed. It was great spending more time with our friends during the ferry crossing to Whidbey Island. However, it's always with a bit of sadness that we wave and head our separate ways at the Hwy junction.

deceptpass1sm.jpg (2643 bytes)We had a great weekend and thoroughlydeceptpass2sm.jpg (2080 bytes) enjoyed our time spent with some fellow hooligans. Thanks for your hospitality Bob and Debbie, we really appreciate it!

Lorraine Scott




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