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Simpson Family Pix - 2004 & 2005
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      Some of the Events in 2004   


The Cancer Research Ride
Thanks to Team Winnebagoland for  helping to make the
2004 Cancer Research Ride such a success .
We raised nearly $4000 and donated all of  it to 2 non-profit charities - The  Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and PanCan.  This  was our 3rd and final ride started in memory of Velma's dad, David Gomez, who died from pancreatic cancer .

And a special THANKS to Katie & Wayne who really pitched in and helped make the ride a success. They helped with registration, setting up the after ride party and door prizes.
Katie & Wayne really helped make it a success

Happy Birthday to you
My dad turned  70 in 2004

(He's the one in the middle)  Even my brother showed up to celebrate

Our 2004 Motorcycle Oddessy
(or The Vacation from HELL as Velma calls it)
With our friend Jim Pike, Velma & I  left Winneconne, WI on July 17, 2004  and rode south to Asheville, NC where we picked up the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We rode the BRP thru Virginia to it's northern end and continued on to Conn. where we visted Velma's sister and made some needed repairs (new brakes).  Then we rode north again thru MA, NH & VT and across upstate New York into Ontario, Canada at Ogsdenburg.  Then across Ontario on TC-17, back into the states at Sault. St. Marie and home.  By the time it was done 10 days later - we had ridden 4000 miles and rode thru 20 states and Ontario.  The weather was perfect and we encountered great people and fantastic scenery.  But our backsides paid a heafty price by the time we were home.  The trusty V-Star was replaced by a Royal Star Venture a couple months after getting home.  Here are just a few of the many pictures we took along the way.

Riding the Blue Ridge Parkway
Starting out on the Blue Ridge Parkway
One of the many stone tunnels
One of the many stone tunnels on the BRP
3 Knobs Overlook
Here is the view from 3 knobs overlook.

Somewhere along the BRP - 500 miles of great scenery.
On the BRP
And another great vista on the Parkway
Point Judith, Rhode Island The lighthouse at Point Judith, RI  on the Atlantic Ocean
Awesome sunset in Vermont
An unbelievable sunset as we rode to Montpelier, VT
Au Sable Chasm - NY
This is Au Sable Chasm in upstate New York.
We made it to Canada!!
Crossing into Canada at Ogsdenburg
Lake Lauzon, Ontario
Headed for home - Our last day, Lake Lauzon, Ontario.
Our Traveling companion - Jim Pike
Jim Pike, our friend & traveling companion

Here is the bike that replaced the V-Star in Sept. 2004

2000 Yamaha Royal Star Venture

Ready to Ride
June 2005

In May, 2005 went to Mackinaw Island to celebrate our 7th anniversary.  We rode the bike to St. Ignace, then took the ferry to the island.  We reserved the same room at the Cloghaun B & B  where we stayed 7 years ago.  This time we toured the old Fort, downtown and walked on the Grand Hotel grounds.  

West Bluff
West Bluff - our wedding spot 7 years ago
The Cloghaun B&B
The Cloghaun B&B
The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel - we did NOT stay here
The view from the fort
The view of "downtown" from the top of the old Fort
Seagull at Sunset

And on May 5th, 2005, Velma & I became Grandparents!  Esther & Scott brought Elliana Joy Bills into the world and our lives.

Welcome Ellie!
Happy Birthday Ellie!
The Bills Family
Ellie (3 months), Esther & Scott in Aug.
Athe Reunion
Esther & Ellie at the Evely Family reunion in August
6 months old!
Six months old already!
L-R - Katie, Wayne, Velma, Red, Scott, Esther & Ellie
Clockwise L-R - Katie, Wayne, Velma, Red, Scott, Esther & Ellie.

 In April, Katie joined the US Navy, left for boot camp in August and in October, she graduated from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  
Seaman Recruit Simpson
She is currently stationed in Gulfport, MS until she graduates "A" School.  She is a member of the 7th Construction Battalion.  Yep, a SeaBee!  Hoo Ra!

And for the last year, we have been babysitting and training Wayne's dog, Chicago.
Will he ever go home?
Or is he training us?

Well, that's the really big stuff for the last couple years.  Coming in 2006 - We have a trip to Mexico in Feb. and a trip on the bike to the Ozarks in June - plenty of pix for next year!  
I did take a ride to Deals Gap on the TN/NC border and another one to Indiana to meet some of the VentureRiders.  Velma & I also rode to Wildcat Mountain State Park & to Algoma, WI.  
To see those pictures - click on the bike below.

Go to the Motorcycle Rides page

  We wish you all a happy, healthy and fun 2006.  Please drop us a note so we can stay in touch.

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 Bellringing for the Salvation Army
Happy Holidays & may God Bless us, everyone!