Border Riders Motorcycle Club and Its Seasonal Rides

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Border RidersBy Dale Eckert, Border Riders Captain The Border Riders Motorcycle club is the largest and one of the oldest gay motorcycle clubs in North America.  Founded in 1969 it currently has over 70 members primarily from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.  The club provides social and educational opportunities for our members and guests interested in recreational motorcycle touring. Our diverse, international membership is composed of both seasoned riders and beginners, and we come from all walks of life and professions.
We also accept all types of bikes. Our members ride a variety of makes and models ranging from sport to touring motorcycles, and we welcome any motorcycle capable of sustained highway speeds. This is about riding and group camaraderie rather than motorcycle brand. The commonality that binds us is the love of motorcycling and the enjoyment that comes from touring some of the best roads for motorcycling in Canada and the USA—all in a spirit of friendship and safety.
In the off season, we do monthly meeting and look for social activities to keep people involved. These meeting are open to members and invited guests. During the summer months, we host weekend runs to great places throughout the Pacific Northwest. We invite guests to join us for the weekend runs and camping and always have a great time come rain or shine. In addition to the larger club activities the local Portland riders have a lot going on.  The first Tuesday of each month we host short Meet and Greet meetings at 7 PM at the Portland Eagle on Lombard St, just a block off I-5.  At the meeting we plan our breakfast and day ride for the following Sunday.  These are generally a full-day ride after breakfast and we depart with a full tank of fuel, an empty bladder, and appropriate riding gear for the day’s weather conditions.
Our typical seasonal camping schedule has a variety of interesting locations.
             May: Our official season opener each year is our Victoria Day Run, so named because it coincides with the Canadian holiday.  While we encourage this to be a motorcycle camping weekend - for this run we also allow other vehicles.  This means you can invite your non-riding partner or buddies to come camp.  We will expect almost a hundred people at the Pine Flats Campground in central Washington State where we truck in a full camp kitchen to serve high-quality food. Friday night welcomes riders with dinner and a bonfire and the joy of meeting new faces and reestablishing old friendships.  We often have distant riders who join us for the weekend.  Saturday will offer some spectacular motorcycle group rides; the chance to set out alone; or perhaps just hang around the camp.  Following the traditional grill-your-own-steak dinner Saturday night the bonfire will be the center for club activities.  About a third of the people remain until Monday to celebrate the Canadian Holiday. You can easily check the photos section of our website for last year’s photos.
              June: Takes us way north to Shuswap Lake for Scotch Creek BC. Some members will depart from that weekend camp to go west to the BC coast at Bella Coola and then return via Whistler, taking a week to return to Portland.              July: The warmer days of July take us to central Oregon near Fossil where we take over the entire Bear Hollow county park.                            August: Offers a ferry ride to Vancouver Island and some great day rides and a wonderful campsite near Victoria.               September 18/19, 2015:               Our last major motorcycle camping in September puts us close to Enumclaw, WA for the weekend and the option of riding the Mt. Rainier loop.               October: Silver Falls State Park near Salem Oregon offers us a late season activity with a weekend at the Ranch – a large bunkhouse that can sleep the entire group inside, warmed by a central fireplace.  Much like the first run of the season we will allow all vehicles at this event.  If the weather is good we can explore the mountain roads toward Mt Hood or Detroit Lake.  If not, we can do some easy hikes to see the spectacular waterfalls.
Again we serve all meals from the commercial kitchen. We invite you to ride with us and to explore the club and the great Northwest area we are lucky enough to call home.  For more information see our website at www.borderriders.com or send an email to captain@borderriders.com.               Please stay tuned to future editions of Tankside and PQ Monthly for more on Border Riders.