I left Grande Prairie on Friday July 6th at 5:30 pm and headed for my friend Richard’s place in Hinton. The weather was picture perfect even if the road wasn’t. The road from GP to Grande Cache is in decent shape but after Grande Cache it is rough with lots of construction!
Anyway, I arrived into Hinton at about 9:30pm had a good visit and a great sleep and was up and on the road by 7:30 am on Saturday. The weather was picture perfect biker’s weather. I stopped in Jasper to see some of our Rider Friendly Business Partners and then booked it for Golden.
In Golden I saw my good friend Walter Woods AKA OzzWally - and after lunch headed out to the Hide Out in Invermere.
Above - Walter “Ozzy” Woods
There is about 5 kilometres of twisty gravel road to ride before you get into the Hide Out, and if you are comfortable riding gravel, the view of the valley is stunning - the road is hard packed and not too bad to ride.
As I rode through the gates I was amazed at how much this event has grown up. There were tons or toy haulers, cars and pickups and bikes galor!
Talking to Stan he said about 300 bikes had shown up and over 100 participated in the poker run.
Above - Mighty Joe Young
I arrived too late for the bike games but from what I was told they were a hit.
It was like old home week for me. I got to see Cindy and some of the gals from the Women in the Wind from southern Alberta, the gang from BFA (Bikers from Alberta) were there in full force. It was wonderful to see Simon and Germaine, Karen & Brent, Mike Bergeron, Linda, Cliff and so many others that I haven’t seen, some of them for two years! My friend Diana from Kelowna was there as was my friend Valerie and her man Steve from Airdrie - yes, it was very much like coming home!
The Hells Angels had a big booth and I got to see my friend Airbrush Steve and a few other old friends from the club.
Randy Moore and his son Carson were on hand from Leather & Steel and Mike from Grizzly in Calgary was there but not with a booth - just as a rider and he was LOVING that!
Kicking Horse Coffee was there - and while they have good coffee I was sure thinking it would have been nice for the Biker Coffee Company to
There was a head shop and a few other smaller vendors and a couple of different food vendors. As 7 pm neared, everyone was heading to the music compound to go listen to the bands. Horse Thief is becoming well known for the quality of musical entertainment they provide.
Mighty Joe Young, Bloom and the Overtones played to an appreciative crowd but by far the hit of the night was provided by a band of young men called the Boogie Patrol out of Edmonton.
I loved this band and I have not been excited by a band they way I was about them in a long, long time!
This band is lead by Rott’n Dan the lead singer who is this diminuative man with a voice that comes from his toes.
Watching this high energy performer you get the distinct feeling that there is nothing more he would rather be doing!
The band itself is utterly amazing - their rythyms are so tight, not a missed beat, not a sour note - in fact they are so good at what they do that Boogie Patrol’s new album - “I Try And I Try And I Don’t Know What To Do... The Plan Was Set Some Time Ago, And We Must Follow Through” was named Blues Album of the year!
From the biggest most burly of biker to the smallest not one person was standing still while this band played. Toes a tapping, fingers snapping and great big grins were the order of the evening. These men, all five of them are fabulous entertainers whose passion is clearly evident in their music and their performance.
Soulful, electrifying, energizing and passionate - these are some of the best words I can find to describe them.
The lead guitarist is Guitarist Yuji Ihara and Nigel Gale is on the bass with Sean Grieve on the keyboard, Jeff Lisk on drums and each one of them is an accomplished artist who is as passionate about the music as the lead singer Rott’n Dan who is incredibly fabulous on the harmonica.
These guys just smoke! If you are a blues, boogie woogie, R & B fan then this is one band you NEED to check out and support - you will get so much toe tapping satisfaction from them!
Visit their web site to find out where they are playing next and consider picking up their CD to have on the bike - trust me, it’s GREAT riding music.
After a great evening of tunes and some wicked burn outs I turned in and had a rather restless sleep. I was up for coffee and a breakfast bun nice and early - said good bye to my friends and headed back to Golden. After lunch with Ozzy and his son Thor, we stopped for me to fuel up the bike only to see two grande old ladies pull in from the Vintage Bike Rally that had taken place in Vernon. We chatted with the owners and shared a few road stories. After which we went back to Ozzy’s place so I could have an hour’s nap before I headed to Sicamous and Joe Shmucks, my destination for the evening!
Above: Two grande old ladies...
I had a blast at Horsethief and I am sure that if you like good music and a relaxed, easy atmosphere you will too! BDB