Written by Deryle & Wanda Mehrten
Any ride to Alpine has to be either up or down the Coronado
Trail, what once was Highway 666 and is now Highway 191. This
is the premier road in Arizona for twists and turns for miles,
all up in the high forest. There are enough blind rights and
lefts to keep you busy and then you come to bunch of off camber
blind left and right turns. A road to ride with respect and
keeping within your limits. The old, “A man must know his
The trees are in their fall colors and the road was in excellent
shape. We shed layers all morning and enjoyed the cool of
Hannagan Meadow at 8-thousand some feet. The weather was just
about perfect all day Friday. What a surprise we had Friday
night and Saturday morning when the temperatures were in the
twenties. Sunday morning a couple of bikes needed a boost to
get going. No problem, half the folks there had a set of jumper
Friday night the place for dinner was the Fox Fire at Alpine.
Their food was excellent and the cottage atmosphere made it even
more close and fun. Their selection of Bourbons was impressive
and the wine wasn’t bad either. Good eats, we’d go there again.
Saturday night we had a crowd! There were 39 SEAT members and
guests. Everyone got a door prize and
hopefully had a good time enjoying the food and camaraderie. We
pushed the limits of the Alpine Grill with so many folks. We
all joined in singing a SEAT Happy Birthday to Chris Frey. And
congratulations to Rich Reilly on winning the 50/50, he took
home $70. Thanks to all the folks who bought 50/50 tickets, and
thanks to Don Cameron for helping us sell so many. Good times.
Back at the hotel Saturday night it was hard to be outside it
got so cold. After a few adult beverages of choice most folks
were inside pretty quickly. Fall was in full fall flight, it
was downright cold Saturday night and Sunday morning. We donned
our Frogg Toggs Sunday morning to help keep the chill out.
Breakfast for most was at either the Alpine Grill or the Bear
Wallow Café. Both do a reasonable breakfast though the Bear
Wallow just seems to out ambiance the Grill for breakfast. Most
folks were up and gone by 8 or 9 am. Some of us waited until 10
or so when it got warmer.
Combined with Craig’s Kingston Overnighter this was one of the
best SEAT October
ever! And it’s all because so many folks came and enjoyed each
other’s company. It’s always the guys and gals who join in that
make the SEAT club so much fun. We’ll keep planning ‘em if
you’ll keep coming to ‘em!
SEAT Members present: Skip Blecker, Gary Bloomstrom, Jim Breen,
Don Cameron, Steve Cantrill & Barbara Zirinsky, Dave & Carole
Delie, Chris Frey & Stacey Cada, Roy & Phyllis Fox, Bill Getter,
Jack & Camille Herbst, Tony & Tami Ivy, Craig & Jan Littlefield,
Mike LoGalbo, Al Maurine, Deryle & Wanda Mehrten, Bev Ford &
Richard Pettigrew, Dick & Sioux Prince, Rich & Claudia Reilly,
Len Robbins, Frank Ruffin, Roger Salzgeber and David Swain.
Guests: George Arvanitis, John Atkins,
Ron Foltz, George Kostiew, Hayes Paden and Zach Wilson.