All that’s left is the clean-up…

By the end of Friday, we’ve ridden 1,000 miles of back roads, experienced close contact with the vagaries of weather, experimented with roadside mechanics, told stories, kicked tires, and generally had a great time.
On Saturday, the clean up begins.

Everyone, even passengers help clean

Everyone, even passengers help clean


How to clean and stay out of the sun

How to clean and stay out of the sun


Dana and the Doctor show cleaning is a social act

Dana and the Doctor show cleaning is a social act

Some people are too cool to clean

Some people are too cool to clean


While this is partly good motorcycle maintenance, the polishing also has a competitive edge. Club members vote for the best of each category as well as for prizes that depend on the bike’s (or rider’s) performance during the week. Obviously, these motorcycles are not Garage Queens, but they still want to compete for the prizes.
Around noon, the bikes are pushed into line according to various categories such as Sports Velo, Rigid Velo, and Non-Velo (where my faithful Buell takes its place). Votes are handed out and members confer and bribe and generally carry on.
Paul polishes until the last possible moment

Paul polishes until the last possible moment


From some angles, the bikes ran second to the incredible landscape

From some angles, the bikes ran second to the incredible landscape


The votes are counted and the prizes awarded after the final group dinner. At this time officials for the next year are voted in – and I get to be editor of the Fishtail West once again! Yeah!
For more and better photos see Paul’s site: http://thevintagent.blogspot.com/ and Pete’s site: http://occhiolungo.wordpress.com/
VOCNA annual awards

VOCNA annual awards


Some of this year's "silly" awards along with a slide show of highlights from this week

Some of this year's "silly" awards along with a slide show of highlights from this week

Next year will be in Arizona. At this point the plan involves cloverleaf rides out of Flagstaff. I can’t wait…..

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