• S.N.I.F.F. 2016


    October 14 – 15!

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    Your host, Redbeard Emeritus

    For years it´s been postulated that whether an early October party in Jackson was announced or even if we just quietly slipped out of town, most Shirley a party would ensue in any case. Well, this time we’re not going to test the entire premise. We’re planning to be around. And tho we´ve never had any real experience with a BYOP (Bring Your Own Party), we´re game, so here goes.

    The theme for this year´s festivities is:

    “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service”

    (Of course shoes never have been a part of the package, so why start

    Now pay attention. We´re talking about the second Friday of October but not the second Saturday! This would be October 14 – 16th. If folks of good will were to show up on Friday or even Saturday (or even Sunday) and loiter on or about the property, we will not call the cops to have the place cleared. Thirsts will be quenched (or bring what you want); palates will be sated (at least in the evenings). We cannot ensure that no lies will be told (by accident
    or even on purpose), but we can safely predict that much merriment will no doubt break out.

    We have a block of rooms reserved at

    The Best Western Amador Inn
    (209) 223-0211

    at a rate of $79/night.

    Or you’re welcome to throw out a bag, but we make no promises about nice quality sleeping sites. (The property is not exactly level.)

    Your humble hosts,
    John & Connie Herrell
    1 French Bar Road
    Jackson, CA 95642

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  • Darcy Hager

    Posted on by dp

    We lost a great friend and rider today (July 22, 2014). Darcy was killed in a collision in Edmonton, Alberta this morning. It appears a Jeep left its lane and struck Darcy head on. Darcy will be remembered for his quiet wit, his miracle hat, and his love of riding. It was my great pleasure to ride with Darcy and to share stories at the end of the day. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him and shared the blue highways with him.

    Darcy Hager

  • Run for the Border, Blues Fest, and Poker Run!

    Posted on by dp

    North Central Washington State – This is so cool, lots of hard work is going into this – The weekend of May 17 – 18, 2014, two great events come together for a fun time for Blues fans, bikers, wine aficionados, and people who love nature and meandering country roads. The Rally At The Border Blues Fest at Oroville’s Deep Bay Park is happening on Saturday with live music from 2 to 10 PM. Lordy, you have to be here for that! The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is fully behind this and has thrown out the welcome mat as by special arrangement, overnight camping for riders is available at the park.

    Blues Bands from around the Pacific Northwest will blow you away, and the local wineries, restaurants, and miles of back road riding will provide for a very memorable weekend. Vickie Hinze, proprietor of the Pastime Bar and Grill (Link) in Oroville has been working with the city and local businesses to pull this event together. Local musician Mark Morris of the Deepwater Blues Band (Link) is rounding up the talent and his band will also be playing at the Blues Fest.

    Also on Saturday, the Columbia River H.O.G. Chapter (Link) is holding the 12th annual Run for the Border from Wenatchee, WA north to the Canadian Border at Oroville, WA. The music should just be starting when the two-wheel fun is over.

    On Sunday there will be a Poker Run, route is TBD at this time, but it is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM. I’m kind of hoping it winds up through the Okanogan Highlands as that area is gorgeous. Update: I get my wish! (Link)

    Additional details should be available in the coming week and will be published here. Please visit the Rally at the Border Blues Fest (Link) web site. Also visit the FaceBook page (Link) and browse the Okanogan Gazette-Tribune (Link) for additional information about the area.

    Here are some details for Saturday.

    SATURDAY May 17, 2014

    10:00 AM Columbia River HOG sponsored 12th Annual Run for the Border departs from Wenatchee for Oroville
    2:00 to 10 PM Blues Bands play at Deep Bay Park
    1:00 to 5 PM Local Wineries Barrel Tasting
    5:00 to 7 PM Cruise-In Car Show by North Country Car Club
    Gold Digger Park on Main Street
    10:00 PM – 2 AM Post Blues Fest Jam Session at Pastime Bar and Grill


    Scroll down to see the posters – Please print and distribute them!

    Posters suitable for printing and sharing:

    Rally at the Border Blues Fest

    Rally at the Border Blues Fest
    Rally at the Border Blues Fest

    Columbia River H.O.G. Chapter 12th Annual Run for the Border
    Map to start of the Run for the Border, Wenatchee Food Pavilion (Link)

    Run for the Border Poster
    Run for the Border