November 2013 Table Of Contents

Cover Photo by: Ricky Carrasco • Model: Sandra Sanchez

Making Strides Pg. 6

Biker Sunday Pg. 7

Save The Willy Pg. 10

Readers Rides Pg. 12

Sun City Biker 3

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City Biker fan regarding weather proverbs. This person wants to know how many weather proverbs I knew of that I could share. Those of us who make their living outdoors (and my die hard motorcyclist friends) must keep up with the weather on a daily basis. Weather proverbs were created ages ago to help us remember how to forecast by observing animals, the sky, and nature. Many of the folks back then would be amazed at how we predict weather today with all our high tech weather

I received an email from a Sun

Weather Predicting Proverbs

Weather 101
equipment including Doppler radar, satellites and all our weather computer models. Here are some of the many weather proverbs that have developed over time– some do affect the weather, others, quite frankly, do not. -Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman
-A cloud with a round top and flat base carries rainfall on its face. gale (strong wind).

-When small clouds join and thicken, expect rain.

-Evening red and morning gray are sure signs of a fine day. Evening gray and morning red put on your hat or you'll wet your head. -Rain from the south prevents the drought, but rain from the west is always best. -Anvil-shaped clouds bring on a

-When there is enough blue sky to patch a Dutchman's breeches, expect clearing weather -Clouds floating low enough to cast shadows on the ground are usually followed by rain.

-Black clouds in the north in winter indicate approaching snow.

Catch 'Doppler' Dave Speelman on KVIA Channel 7 or online at for your most accurate weather reports.

-If heavy dew soon dries, expect fine weather; if it lingers on the grass, expect rain in 24 hours. -With dew before midnight, the

-If three nights dewless there be, ’twill rain, you're sure to see.

-Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, never long wet, never long dry.

next day sure will be bright.

-When clouds look like chicken scratches or mare’s tails, it will rain soon.

-If you wet your feet with dew in the morning, you may keep them dry for the rest of the day.

Here is an old weather proverb. Can you provide the answer? A. 2nd and 3rd week of October “When smoke descends….”

Weather Trivia

“Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, never long wet, never long dry.”

B. Last Week of October, first week in November C. First two weeks of November D. Last two weeks of November

Answer: C – Good weather ends. Sun City Biker 5

Photos and story by: Ricky J. Carrasco

streets of the Mission valley in pink shirts, pink bandanas, even pink goatees. More than just a fashion statement, the bikers wore pink to show their solidarity for one of their own overcoming her battle with breast cancer. The Making Strides against Breast Cancer charity run was held in honor of Isela Reyes. It’s been only a few years since Isela received the news that she had been diagnosed. With the help from her friends, family, and doctors, Isela is currently in remission and doing much better. At its worst, Isela’s cancer had reached Stage IV, where the cancer has metastasized, but where it is still treatable. She elected to have a bilateral mastectomy. She says that the most painful part of her ordeal was the change in appearance. "From one day to another the change is drastic. People react to the loss of hair and all the other things that can change with the cancer and then treatment. My family was very supportive. They never allowed me to think too much about and dwell on it." She emphasized that her family was a big part of her recovery. "We really didn't cry much. They said, let's just make the best of it and let's move on. I had a lot of surgeries and procedures, but we still had our regular cookouts and parties." One thing that Isela would advise for new patients is to get educated about their condition. "I asked alot of questions. Friends bought me books. The doctors gave me alot of information. I would get sad because I would read about the side effects of the medicines, but it was better to know what I could expect to happen. It was scary, but I just took it a day at a time." Martha Solis, from the American Cancer Society office in El Paso, also places importance on education. She explained the role of the ACS in a patient's treatment. "We provide each patient with a specific portfolio that lays out the doctor's orders, information of nutrition, chemotherapy, radiation, and other forms of treatment. We also have support groups and mentors for the patients. Isela wanted to know what to expect, and what better way than to meet other survivors to give guidance. Isela is already paying it back by providing support to newer patients." The key to a faster recovery rate and survivability to any cancer is early detection and education about one’s own health. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women, and it can be hereditary. “We want to stress that each woman do their self exams as soon as she is sexually active. As a woman, you have to get your monthly exams on top of your yearly doctor’s exams, no later than starting at age 21.” Solis applauded Isela’s education and preparation as being essential to her recovery. “She got the proper information, but more important was that she got checked and detected early. The earlier you get detected, the quicker you can get treatment. The biker run on Saturday raised around $2000, all that will be donated to the El Paso American Cancer Society. Terry Almanzar helped to organize the run in honor of Isela, her cousin. “She was diagnosed in 2010. When she started getting better, we decided to start this run last year. Now that she’s in full remission, we decided to continue the run to continue to bring awareness to the community.” The money will be used to get wigs, lymphedema sleeves, prosthesis, and treatment in general. When asked if she had any other comments about her charity run, Isela simply said, “It’s a blessing to be here. I’d like to thank all the bikers and sponsors for sharing their time and donations.”
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On Saturday, hundreds of big, bad bikers were spotted cruising the

Making Strides

With that said, Isela hopped onto her husband’s Harley and rode off with the rest of her bikers and continued the way she’s dealt with this ordeal: with a smile and surrounded by friends and family. For more information about breast cancer and cancer in general: Call the El Paso office of the American Cancer Society at 915-633-1231 or go to

Photos and story by: Ricky J. Carrasco

the biker community for Sun City Biker for a little over 3 years. I have seen some extraordinary things that the bikers do for the community and for which they do not receive nearly enough praise. Thankfully, most bikers do not require it. One of the events I like to show to non-bikers is Biker Sun-

I have had the honor of following

We never know when our cross will be up there.

Biker Sunday Memorial:

Rather than me trying to distill the

The culmination of the day is when the handmade crosses are presented to the families of the fallen riders, after which several bikes are turned on and revved hard in memory. The subsequent silence is followed by quiet crying, not just from the families, but also from the rest of the attendees, myself included. It is such a powerful moment that, regardless of whether you know of any of the fallen riders or not, you can’t help but be swept up in the tide of emotion.

day, where the Biker community comes together for themselves in a show of what it means to be a biker in El Paso. On that day, more than any other, patches, makes of bikes, colors….not of that matters. The ministers from the various spiritual organizations lead the rest in prayer and honor each other as the family that they are. They remember those who have passed and hope for the best in the time to come.

Paul Charron (World Traveller), by his wife: (Paul passed away due to heart attack. He was 75 y/o.) He had been a rider forever. I think he got his first bike when he was like 11 or 12. He was retired military. We travelled everywhere on the bikes. We went on all the bike rides, the toy runs. Just everything that had to do with motorcycles, he loved it. [His daughter Jill]: My dad did alot for the orphanage (in Fabens). He was known as the World Traveller. He did alot to get donations for the kids for every season, Easter, Christmas, etc. He just grew up

Desiree Blake for her grandfather Sean Blake: He was riding home from Cabo Joe's. We're not sure what happened. I think he lost control and he hit a soft sand pit and was thrown from his bike. He was a fun guy. He was an amazing man. He taught me alot about life. He taught me to live life and enjoy it. He taught me how to work for a living. To have a good work ethic. He was always there for us. He was a hard worker. For as long as I've known him, he's ridden. When I was little, I used to ride with my dad. We used to go camping and go on bike runs together. There are countless times that we used to go riding for fun, for a cruise. He was a very spontaneous man. If he had a chance and the time, then he was ready to go anywhere with anybody. He didn't care who had money, as long as they were having fun, that's what it was all about.

day into a few paragraphs, the following are but a few of the words from the attendees. Frank Bremmerman, president of “Kings and Priests”: The whole purpose of Biker Sunday is to say thank you to the motorcycle community for all that they do all year. They do their fundraisers for all of their charities like the Candlelighters, March of Dimes, Reach for a Star and many others. We invite them out, feed them lunch and say thank you. The second part of that is to honor our fallen brothers and sisters that have fallen to an accident, illness or age. We give out crosses to the families and have a prayer for them. That is how we come together. We gave out 15 crosses. The families were really grateful and they were surprised at how the community comes together to honor their loved ones.

loving bikes and getting everybody involved. He was just a really good dad. He was awesome. He was always looking after people who needed help. If they didn't have the things they needed, he would get together with his friends and find the donations, food, whatever. He was a very kind man. His friends and him would just love to get together and ride out to the orphanage and they would bring things and just spend time with the kids and just help out, you know? He did alot of good for everybody. Gale Reynolds for Don Reynolds: My husband has been riding motorcycles since he was 16 years old. He was 83 when he passed. He passed of cancer August 26th. He was a million mile rider. He and I are both Gold Wing Gold Riders Association life members and I'll continue on with that. (What kind of guy was he?) Wonderful.

Angie Reyes for her son, Ray “Flik” Reyes: He was killed by a drunk driver and I still haven’t gotten any answers. And I want answers because I know my baby didn’t kill himself, and that’s what they keep telling me. My son was everything to me. He was a very great son, a father, a brother, an uncle. He would do anything for anybody because that’s just the way he was. When people would call him “Hey Ray, I need you”, he would be right there, no matter what. He helped a lot of people. I raised my kids to always help people if they need it. We don’t know that tomorrow, it could be us. I always told my children, you help that person, no matter who it is.

Matt Hyatt, biker brother for Larry Arelleno in Maltese Knights: Larry was one of the founders of the Maltese Knights (a fire department-based motorcycle club). He passed away recently and unexpectedly. It was a great loss to us. He was very kind and gentle person. He went in for a procedure and there were some complications. He simply didn’t make it out. Larry was big in stature and big in heart. About all I can say is that our loss is the Lord’s gain. I just remember whenever we’d be out, if anyone needed help, Larry would always be there. I can only hope that in the future, I could be as reliable as Larry was.

In October, several of the motorcycle ministries held a mountain top ministry at the top of Transmountain Road. The gathering, led by Greg from HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry, and supported by Seed of Abraham and Kings and Priests and others, drew many of El Paso's bikers to hear the Word and gather in biker brotherhood. Bikes were blessed and spontaneous prayer sessions could be seen all over by the light of the setting sun.

Mountain Top Ministry
Photos courtesy of Seed of Abraham

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In October, the 1st ADR Riders along with CMA, hosted a charity run to "Save the Willy". Darrell Mond, president of the 1st ADR Riders and owner of a restored 1953 Willys Jeep painted in Army colors. The Jeep has been featured in various Coalition events in El Paso, and for various runs and veteran's events. Casa Ford has donated the labor, but because it is a historic vehicle and Mond would like to keep it as original as possible, the ongoing restoration costs have piled up. Mond would like to have the Jeep ready as soon as the upcoming Toy Run and hopefully for some of the upcoming Veteran's Day events.

Save The Willy

33rd Annual Las Cruces Toys for Kids Motorcycle Parade

et your motors running…it’s time for the 33rd Annual Toys for Kids Motorcycle Parade! 33 years ago, a few guys strapped some toys onto their motorcycles, took a ride, and donated the toys to some needy children. This small group eventually became over 2,000 strong. This year, the Toys for Kids Motorcycle Parade, or Toy Run, as it is commonly referred to as will take place November 24, 2013. The streets of Las Cruces will once again come alive with the roar of chrome pipes and the sight of hundreds of leather clad bikers with

The parade has a new venue this year, the Las Cruces Convention Center. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Mesilla Valley Mall, ends at 11:30 and resumes at the convention center starting at 12:00 noon. The parade will depart from the Mall at noon, head south on Don Roser, west on Missouri, south on Solano, west on University and turn south onto El Paseo and enter the parking lot of the Convention Center (reserved for motorcycles). Participants can also park across the street at NMSU, Pioneer Bank or other nearby lots. Participants will be entertained with music by Overcome and Taking Over, receive a barbeque dinner and drinks, and can shop local vendors. The festivities also include a bike show, grand prize drawing from Las Cruces Motorsports, 50/50 and leather jackets (donated by Barnett’s Harley Davidson) raffles, silent auction and plenty of door prizes. Registration is $10.00 plus a new toy valued at $7.00 or greater and the parade is open to motorcycle riders who must be street legal, registered and insured. Non-riders are encouraged to show their support by lining the parade route and joining the event at the convention center. Several years ago the partnership with Tresco Outreach and Training Services (TOTS) was developed and TOTS became the primary beneficiary. TOTS is the only non-profit early intervention agency in Dona Ana and Sierra counties. In addition to the children in the TOTS program, thousands of Southern New Mexico children will benefit from the Toys for Kids Motorcycle Parade. Last year 22 additional agencies that serve children benefited from the event. Over the past 10 years alone, over a hundred thousand dollars has been donated from the parade to programs that make the holidays happier for thousands of children in Southern New Mexico. Please see for additional information or call Mack Adams at 575-527-7552.

dolls, stuffed animals, toy cars, and baby toys strapped to handle bars, sissy bars and held by passengers.

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