For the 36 members and guests who rode to Simi Valley this past Saturday it was a mix of a little bit of the old and familiar, and a lot of “new and improved.” Although the gravesite, Air Force One and the Oval Office remain unchanged, and the monolithic piece of the Berlin Wall still sits at the edge of the garden, the remainder of the museum has been dramatically overhauled. You can certainly see every bit of the $15 million General Electric donated to the renovation.
There is much, much more on both the economic struggle this country faced during the 1980s, and the efforts put into ending the Cold War by bankrupting the Soviet Union. The Bible used in both inaugurations is on display, and there are numerous interactive exhibits.
Although somewhat out of time – there is a 1,200 lb piece of one of the steel beams from the North Tower of the World Trade Center on display. Seeing and touching it is enough to sent a chill down your spine.
The weather cooperated for the ride, even if it was a little cool on top of the ridge, and the tour and lunch arranged by Jolyn Cleveland were both excellent once again.
If you were unable to make the ride last Saturday, I can wholeheartedly recommend making the trip to see the Library when you can.
Don Oldaker – Director
Thanks to everyone who came out for February’s bike night at Jersey Mike’s on Coffee Road. About 15 – 20 bikes and nearly 30 members turned up with their families. The food was great, as usual, and Jersey Mike’s donated a portion of their receipts for the evening to MDA.
Remember to check the weekly calendar and this website for information about future bike nights.
Bakersfield H.O.G. holds its bike nights on the second Thursday of every monthat local restaurants who are willing to support MDA.
What can I say about Saturday other than thank you to all who were able to participate, and to all who though absent in person were present in spirit.
I did not get an exact count, but I would estimate that HOG members accounted for at least 50 of the more than 200 bikes that showed up at Valley Plaza for the short ride to the American Legion to remember and honor Budd Ray. Everyone who attended was able to reconnect with old friends, and listen to and share stories which reminded us what a great individual we have lost.
The outpouring of sympathy, support and friendship was a fitting tribute to the larger than life journey of a larger than life individual.
He will be missed – but he will never be forgotten.
The American Legion Riders – Chapter 26 have set up a ride to honor Budd Ray this Saturday. The ride leaves from the Valley Plaza parking lot near Sears at 11:30 a.m. H.O.G. Members should plan on meeting at Bakersfield Harley-Davidson at 10:00 a.m. We will leave the dealership at 10:30 a.m. and ride as a group to the Valley Plaza meeting location. From there the ride will go North on Wible / Oak Street to 21st and then East to the American Legion Post 26 on H Street at 21st.
Everyone has been asked to bring a dish for people to share. You can drop them off at the Legion Post before the ride, or have someone take them.
Carol Ray and her family have requested that donations be made to the Legion Post in Budd’s name in lieu of flowers.
There are sympathy cards available at the dealership for you to sign. The cards will also be available Thursday evening at Jersey Mike’s on Coffee Road.
Budd and Carol contributed greatly to our group and remained members even after focusing their considerable energies on the ALR. No one who was fortunate enough to know Budd could help but feel comfortable in his presence. I am still in shock to think that he is gone.
Please do whatever you can to make this ride to provide support and sympathy for Carol and her family, and to honor the life of a fine individual.
. . . that I post about the passing of Budd Ray. There is no-one who was part of this group between 2002 and 2008 whose life was not touched in a positive way by Budd and Carol Ray. Although formidable in appearance, Budd’s heart was even larger. His contributions to our Road Captain group have survived well beyond his tenure, as have Carol’s contributions as Activities Officer for several years. I know that our collective hearts go out to Carol and her family during this difficult time.
Budd will be missed . . . .