By Belt Drive Betty
The weather here in the Shuswap has been SUNNY & HOT!
A howling good time was had by all - and it was all about our K-9 and critter friends who reside at the Shuswap SPCA shelter!
We BC Lone Wolves enjoyed hosting this event as it brought so many communities to work hand in hand with each other. I can say this because I am an honorary member of the BC Lone Wolves.
Darryl Christiensen had invited me to participate as a VIP judge. I ended up seeing what was going on and how busy everyone was and I jumped in as a volunteer as well. What a feeling, working side by side with others of like mind. People who are working at changing the image of our community by showing the non riding public the things we care about, the values we truly hold.
Yes, being a motorcyclist - it is about the riding - we are after all a riding club, but it’s also about the places we live and the broader communities that we live in. Living by our core values, - making a difference where we can.
My visit with the BC Lone Wolves started on Friday. We met at the Hideaway Pub - had a quick bite to eat - a monster plate of Nachos that turned out to be enough to feed about 15 people!
After a great series of introductions, good eats served up by great staff, off we went to ride the Shuswap Shoe Lace - well, we didn’t take the whole shoe lace in but man oh man, the roads we went over brought back so many memories of my days in the Shuswap. We took a walk into Margaret Falls and went and visited the new motorcycle museum, Dreamcycle - wow what an experience. This place is magnificent and makes and had incredible quality and surprisingly a large quantity iwhat it lacks in space. The place houses a movie room that can hold about 10, has it’s own great little cafe that boasts of wonderful motorcycle names for it’s food.
At Margaret Falls
Above - insideDreamcycle Motorcycle Museum
It has a wonderful gift shop in the centre of the museum that has many unique collectors items. There is truly something for pretty much every kind of gear head too!
The museum is well, well done, taking advnatage fo every square available inch. Amazing Ducati’s, histrical bikes like the Douglas, race bikes and unique bikes, a very good representation of much of the motorcycle communities favorite old dames! I was shown what is to become the restoration area. I have also promised not speak of all it may contain until later.
The gift shop at Dreamcycle
Suffice it to say that from it’s convenient location on the side of the highway, to a wonderfully done paved parking lot that actually has brick tiles, large ones, for motorcycles to park on, this place is well, well done! The high heat tends to make the pavement very soft which is why this special parking area was put in.
The Dreamcycle™ Motorcycle Museum and Sprokkets Cafe are located at 3096 Trans-Canada Highway, Sorrento, BC. Check them out on line at www.dreamcycle.ca
After a wonderful visit, off we went, back to the Hideaway in Salmon Arm for a meal and to be briefed about Saturday morning and it’s events. Volunteers got their tee shirts and I got a BC Lone Wolves backpatch and an engraved gas cap of thanks for my office.
We sat there at the Hideaway for quite a while –
everyone else had gone to a bon fire.
Buzz was chatting with friends from Alberta and myself, well I was chatting with two fellow C.A.V. Members.
Saturday dawned early and it wasn’t long before we were off and running. Everyone pitched in the erect tents, barricades, move garbage cans and ice, watter and many other things into place. Rocking Randy’s DJ service is owned by a fellow Lone Wolf and his services and equipment were donated for the day.
I served some time on the registration booth, spent time taking photos, talking to riders and selling 50/50 tickets.
I was so proud to have helped raise some of the $2,200 + Raised by the BC Lone Wolves, it felt so good! When the event ended, I had helped to
announce the winners and handed out trophies and prizes to the cutest dog - what a rough competition that is on the judge cause all of the dogs were adorable, but in the end we stuck to the riding dog theme and I think the right dogs won.
I picked my favorite bike - a 76 Shovel and presented the winner with the Summer Stomp trophy!
What a great day this was turned out to be! After the clean up was over a bunch of us headed to Merritt and the Great Canadian Bike Rally! I will let Darrell tell you all about who won what in his column on the events of Friday and Saturday
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such great hosts and working so hard in your communities.
To contact Darrell - 250-833-5591
And remember...If your friends don’t ride, You need new friends!
Belt Drive Betty reporting on and for the BC Lone Wolves from the wonderful Shuswap region of the North Okanagan!
THANK YOU GUYS AND DOLLS!