Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa February 2014
Iowa's Biker Magazine. About Iowa, For Iowa, From Iowa.
Michelle Cooper graces the cover and calendar for this frosty February. She hails from Des Moines and is brought to us by Nate Ullrich aka Natanic. She will be on hand at his booth at the Capital City Swap Meet and Bike Show (look left)to sign autographs and to look simply stunning! Stop by, say hey, and pick up some of Natanicâ€™s awesome photography. There seems to be a disproportionate number of holidays in February. The shortest month and it seems to have the most holidays. Maybe it just appears that way because it is winter in Iowa and colder than a well digger’s ass, and there is nothing better to do other than look at the calendar to see how long it will be until we get to riding season! Yep, that is just me whining about winter. Now we will go back to our regularly scheduled programing. so email them to Vernon@ thunderroadsiowa.com to be included. If people don’t know what is going on where, they cannot get out to your events. We just had our TRMI crew Christmas party a couple of weeks ago, and let me tell you, these folks are awesome. We are spread out all over this great State, so to get a majority of the group together was a wonderful evening. This is a group of Iowa bikers that has come together to help make this magazine what it is. These folks are all dedicated to keeping the tagline “About Iowa, For February brings us some cool shows and swap meets at least Iowa, From Iowa” a reality. Articles, event coverage, looking we can get out and about and get our “biker” on. The ﬁrst for supporters, and just living the Iowa Biker life is what we real swap meet of the year in the area is February 2nd in Rock are all about. We could not get everyone there, and we missed Island, the Parts Girl Promotions Motorcycle Swap Meet. Nate and Theresa Ullrich, Tony and Jessica Darveau, Susan This one day show really packs in the motorcycle parts vendors Mast, Bob Colbert, Glenda Bates,and Jack Randleman, but we and the people on a Sunday only show. Check this one out, or did have Ray Weber, Erica Kniesley, Mark Brundige, and Shari on March 2nd the same name show with a different location Putnam on hand as support staff. If you ever see one of these in Cedar Rapids. These two shows truly are a motorcycle folks out and about, introduce yourself and let them know you lover’s dream with literally tons of real motorcycle parts to read the magazine. We always love to meet more readers, pick through and ﬁnd your own treasures. The next weekend supporters, and riders. Thanks to the crew for making this in February brings the Capital City Show and Swap on the magazine what it is! 8th and 9th. Tator and crew are bringing the show back to the normal weekend and it will surely be a blast. Custom bikes, When you go out and about to brave the winter weather, please tons of parts, music, hotties, and the ever popular tattoo contest do not forget to frequent the TRMI supporters. They can all will keep you entertained both days. These are some “don’t be found on pages 10-12 on the Biker Friendly Listing. Stop miss” winter time biker events. Thunder Roads Magazine of by, tell them hey from us, and enjoy spending your hard earned Iowa will be at all three, so stop by, grab the latest issue, look dollars at places that supporting riding in Iowa! at some biker art, and have a blast with other bikers in Iowa. Get ready to ride! Spring is not far away! The event listing is growing, and here in a couple months we will start running the Iowa Bike Night listing again. If you Vernon are having a bike night let us know the dates so we can get it on the list. If you have event(s) planned, make sure we have Quote of the Month: Love is the feeling you get when you like that as well. The Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa Events something as much as your motorcycle. Author Unknown. List and Bike Night List are FREE, but we do not have ESP, 4 - TRMI TR T RMI MI DECEMBER DEC ECE EM MB MBE BE ER 2 ER 20 2013 013 13 www.thunderroadsiowa.com ww w ww w. .t .th th hun und de e err rr r roadsiowa.com m Thu Th under un u nde der Ro R Roads oad ads Magazine Ma M ag ag ga az zi in ne e of of Io I Iowa ow wa a on on Facebook Face Fa cebo b ok Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 5 On a whim one beautiful sort of sunny day, Murph and I traveled to Mason City to check out a bike show and swap meet. Murph met Vernon and tt while we were at that bike show, and he also met them again when they were doing a Biker Down Response class for the Carroll Cycle Center HOG chapter. When he came home from that meeting, he was all kinds of excited, telling me all about Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa, and these people named Vernon and tt and how we were going to be helping them by delivering magazines. They needed some help with getting the magazines out, and we were interested in helping so it was a match made in Heaven. Soon after that, Vernon and tt asked us if we would like to cover the Iowa HOG event in Waterloo. What, I asked, you want me to take pictures of people that I don’t know? You want me to take pictures of people at a BIKER event? Then you want me to talk to people? Like the ones who won in bike shows, events in the rodeo, band members, not to mention all the OFFICIAL People who were running the show. I have always enjoyed writing, and I jumped in feet ﬁrst and haven’t looked back! My new found passion helped me ﬁnd that I really enjoy writing about the events that we cover. In fact, sometimes I like it too much, and the Editor (Vernon) has to tell me to quit writing books, and to leave room for the pictures. Murph is great at breaking the ice for me when we are at events and he works well at being my front guy. We make a great pair when we are out and about together. We hand deliver magazines every month, now in the Des Moines and central Iowa area. Sometimes we will put out as many as 2,200 magazines in a two day stretch. Yes we sleep, but once the old man gets started, he doesn’t quit until it’s done! We have also covered some righteous biker parties, and/or rallies, as well as some of the most beautiful road trips in the name of charity. While enjoying all of this, we love to document all the fun with our camera, and some of them even make it into the magazine. Murph and I also do ad sales and are always available to talk to anyone where we deliver, or even outside of our area. We are always looking to expand to new places that are truly “Biker Friendly”. One of my favorite things about searching out new homes for the magazine is meeting new people and introducing them to the magazine. I love the response of people who have not seen it and how much they dig all the interesting content of the magazine. On that day in Mason City, Murph and I entered our ﬁrst Tattoo Contest. Since that day, we have gone on to complete many “Firsts”. We got to experience Hawgstock, we have partied at Soldier, and we cheered on the drag racers at Conesville plus countless other events and runs. Along the way, our small staff of four at the magazine quickly grew to the family we have now; and a person couldn’t ask for better friends. As our magazine grows, so will our family. You see, it’s not just the staff that we consider family. Our readers and our advertisers are part of our family also. We have a wonderful thing going here, and we are all so excited to share it with everyone. The magazine is still young, over four years old, and growing every year. The old man and I are looking forward to more “Firsts” and a lot more years hanging with our Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa family. Annette Murphy 6 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook Thun under nder der R de Ro Roads oa ad ds Magazine M ga Ma g zi zine ne of of Iowa Iowa a on on Facebook Face Fa c bo book o www.thunderroadsiowa.com w ww w.th w. th hun u de err rroa o ds sio owa.c wa a.c .com om TR RMI M FEBRUARY FEB BRU RUAR A Y2 AR 20 014 - 7 TRMI 2014 At various times in life we will all face limiting and challenging circumstances, many times through no fault How about that global warming, of our own. This then presents eh? I get a kick out of hearing about us with the opportunity to try the scientists in the Antarctic that and tough it out in our own had to be rescued because of being strength or turn it over to God iced in when they were there to and lean on the strength he measure the lack of ice. Al Gore, provides. He wants us to grow, where are you? Anyway, it’s hard not shrivel up. The book of to look forward to the ride season Jeremiah talks about the Lord when it’s too cold to even go into knowing the plans he has for the garage to check the battery you; plans to prosper you and tenders on the bikes. And my late not to harm you, plans to give muzzleloader deer that is hanging is like cement. I need a you hope and a future, and that chain saw to do the butchering. This too shall pass, I think. when you call and pray, he will listen. When you seek him Hope everyone enjoyed family and friends during the with all your heart you will holidays and if you are like me you are starting to look ﬁnd him. at the swap meet and bike show ﬂyers. This year looks to bring changes in several of the bike rallies. It will be Lord, help us to remember interesting to see how Conesville ends up with the different and turn to you with all of our type of events scheduled for 2014. Also, we saw big plans for the New Year. changes to the Horse Rally in Savannah with a new location Blessings, and downsizing. Many rallies are falling by the wayside or morphing into a different creature altogether. I guess the key Mark is to enjoy what we have while we have it because things are guaranteed to change, sometimes for the good and Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian sometimes not. We have to make the best of the situations Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and and continue to go forward. God’s plan for you at www.cmausa.org With all the activity of the holidays and the year’s end behind us it sometimes can make people feel a bit empty or disappointed. We all experience those times of loneliness or longing for something we can’t quite identify and we try to ﬁll that space in a wide variety of activities. Many times those attempts are self-destructive and very temporary. We all have that hole that needs ﬁlled and whether we acknowledge it now or later, the only thing that truly meets that need is God. Whether we are well or sick, in pain or prospering, we all come to the point of knowing there is more. Psalm 107 tells us that “Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisﬁes the longing soul, and ﬁlls the hungry soul with goodness.” CMA Notes 8 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook Thunder Ro Roads oads Magazine Maga g zine e of Io Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com www.th thunderroads d iowa a.c com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 9 It’s important for you to know who your friends are out on the road! The Biker Friendly Directory is a list of establishments throughout Iowa that want you to know that they’re here for YOU. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know a business that would like to advertise in Thunder Roads Iowa Biker Friendly Places, please email email@example.com Biker Friendly Directory Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406 www.nishnavalleycycle.com Uptown Motors Sales, Inc 310 Cleveland St Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2944 www.uptownmotorsales.com Werner Cycle Works 14410 Frontier Road Exit 440 I-80 Omaha, NE 68138 402-894-3050 www.wernercycleworks.com¬ Whipp Sales and Service, Inc 701 S 8th Street Clarinda, Iowa 51632 1.800.477.0195 www.whippsalesandserv.com Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311 KC’s Tavern 120 North Main Bridgewater, Iowa 50837 641-369-2017 KC’s Tavern on Facebook Keasey’s Hideaway Lounge 911 Court Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-3001 Lampe’s Pub 608 Iowa Avenue Dunlap, Iowa 51529 712-643-5781 Open 7 days a week at 11 AM Lamp-Liter 143 South Grove Street Walcott, Iowa 52773 563-284-4061 Lugger’s 201 N Main Street Kimballton, Iowa 51543 712.773.8620 Master Griller/The Field House 142 S Chestnut Earlham, Iowa 50072 Mastergriller.com 515-782-5850 Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230 www.midwaytavernsoldier.com Montgomery Street Pub 207 East Montgomery Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-2165 Off Sides Pizza 1119 Thomas Street Redfield, Iowa 50233 515-833-2900 Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015 Pearl Street Social Club 110 Pearl Street SW Shellsburg, Iowa 52332 319-436-7100 Find Us On Facebook! Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill 1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PMPiranha Club 1215 Plaza Drive Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-9184 Piranha Club on Facebook C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close Captains Quarters 807 Main Adel, Iowa 50003 M-F 2-12, Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 515-993-4417 Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600 www.CatfishCharliesDubuque.com Dew Drop Inn Bar & Restaurant 109 Main Street McClelland, Iowa 51503 712-566-9360 Mon-Sat 11:30-Close Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close Do Drop Inn 403 3rd Avenue Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa 50128 515-314-0783 Good Sons 2815 Beaver Ave Ste 102 Des Moines, Iowa 515-681-5375 Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook Haverhill Social Club 202 1st Street Haverhill, Iowa 50120 641-475-3321 Mon-Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 Hawkeye Bar & Grill 110 North 4th Street Mapleton, IA 51034 712-882-1226 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. ~ Sun 12:00 p.m. Hazard County LoungeIowa’s Premier Night Club Biker Accessories Backroads Biker Leather Shoppe 305 N Main Street Everly, Iowa 51338 712-834-2999 www.backroadsbikerleathershoppe.com Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916 Bringing the Comfort of the Saddle to Your Iron Horse American Made Motorcycle Stirrups, Inc. 212 South 6th Street, Nebraska City, NE 68410 www.motorcyclestirrups.com Entertainment Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30 National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925 Nationalmcmuseum.org Ossy’s Show Club 1215 Plaza Drive Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-9102 Vintage Sound 93.1 FM Muscatine’s Premier “B Side” Station Request Line (563)263-9393 www.Vintage931.com Listen ANYWHERE with free mobile app Dealers Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 www.baxtercycle.com C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494 www.cc-cycle.com Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 www.carrollcycle.com Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1109 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062 www.fenderscycle.com Leer’s Cycle Center 101 Fletcher Avenue Waterloo, Iowa 50701 1-800-870-6058 www.leerscyclecenter.com Loess Hills Harley-Davidson 57408 190th Street Pacific Junction IA 51561 712-622-4000 loesshillshd.com Food and Drink B & M Bar and Grill 110 W. Main Street Panora, IA. 50216 641-755-2806 Open Daily @ 11:00 am Beer Barn and Grill 226 State Street Kirkman, Iowa 51447 712-766-3395 Open Mon 4, Tue-Sun at 11 BJ’s Bar & Billiards 110 Ida Waterloo Iowa Home of Full Throttle Thursdays 319-234-9810 Booneville Bar&Grill Waveland West Café 35653 Ute Ave Booneville, Iowa 50038 575-987-2237 (above the BBQ Shack) 203 Main St. Lohrville. Iowa 51439 Open M-S 4pm-close. Sunday 12pm-close (712)-465-3278 Huffy’s Mule Barn 802 Main Street Anita, Iowa 50020 712-762-9995 www.huffysmulebarn.com 10 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook Pizza Ranch DENISON 510 HWY 39 North Denison, Iowa 712-393-3333 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week Pizza Ranch HARLAN 613 Court Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2262 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788 Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill The Home Plate Diner 304 E. 30th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50317 515-262-7000 The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook Dales’ Guns Buy-Sell-Trade-Gunsmithing 109 Main Street Ute, Iowa 712-885-2671 email@example.com Locked and Loaded Outfitters 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-4867 firstname.lastname@example.org Ben Franklin/Radio Shack 106 N Wilson Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-4122 Hometownvarietyinc.com Sound and Service Bike/Car/Home Audio and TV 712 Quint Avenue Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-5403 Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995 The Middle of Nowhere 112 Main Street Cumberland, Iowa 50843 712-774-5425 The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601 The Wagon Wheel 521 E 7th Washington, Iowa 52353 319-653-3637 Wagon Wheel Tap on Facebook Third and Main 301 Main Street Manning, IA 51455 712-655-2304/712-210-2304 www.thirdandmainmanning.com facebook.com/thirdandmain T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395 Woody’s Roadside Tavern 100 West Jefferson Albion, Iowa 50005 (641) 488-2220 Woody’s Roadside Tavern on Facebook Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772 Tues,Wed,Fri 9-5, Thurs 9-7, Sat 8-12 www.shootersoutlet.net Healthcare/Wellness Road Weary Muscles?? Stephanie Warren, LMT Suzanne & Co Salon, Davenport, 563-355-4200 eve & wknd appts available Shops and Fabricators Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768 Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231 Creative Industry LLC 200 N Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 email@example.com 515-689-7844 cell Dead Heads Eng, Fab, Repairs & Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 firstname.lastname@example.org 712-835-3353 Elite Auto Upholstery & Embroidery Insurance Matt McCall Insurance Agency State Farm Insurance 102 East South St, Tipton 563-886-6120 www.mattmccall.net 228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865 www.partyattheeagle.com Shenanigans Nightclub/Event Center 1805 Maime Eisenhower Ave Boone, Iowa 50036 515-298-0435 www.partyatshenanigans1.com Shenanigans Pub-Dubuque 3203 Jackson Street Dubuque, Iowa 563-513-4001 Open 364 - 3 pm - 2 am Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534 Slaby’s Bar & Grill 6020 New Liberty Road Plainview, Iowa 52773 563-843-3443 Softail Saloon 811 Hwy 9 Superior, Iowa 51363 712-858-4500 Softail Saloon on Facebook Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226 The Chrome Spur 105 2nd Street Schleswig, Iowa 51461 Chrome Spur on Facebook The Getaway Where to Go When You Need a Break! Legal Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Hupy.com IowaBikerLawyer.com Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C. Riding and Defending Your Rights for Over 29 Years 977-209-9452 Specializing in Motorcycle Seats 1313 Walnut Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-276-4392 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 www.fandjracing.com Main Street Bikes and Trikes 522 Main Street Granville, Iowa 51022 712.727.3515 www.shopmsbt.com Metal Ink 911 7th Street Ste 102 Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-2453 www.metalink.org Moser’s 4-Way Service Center Motorcycles.ATVs.Jet Skis Harley-Davidson Certified Luxemburg, Iowa 563-853-3390 Moser4way@iowatelecom.net Nelson Machine & Forge General Machining, Ornamental Iron, Weld/Fab 70 Washington Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2220 Photo and Art JW Custom Artwork 610 Grove Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-577-5264 Jwagoner13@gmail.com Ullrich Photography PO Box 1842 Clinton, Iowa 52733 563-243-8715 www.natanic.com Guns and Ammo 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 Craig.email@example.com Services 221 Main Street Vail, Iowa 51465 712-677-2200 BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344 www.brubakercomputer.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 11 Shops and Fab Cont. Pat Oberg Customs 102 1st Ave South Fort Dodge Iowa 50501 515-302-1695 POC Powder Coating on Facebook Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541 Revolution Cycles 120 South Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-507-9250 www.rev-ia.com Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-5876 M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call Waderichâ€™s Towing 420 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 Phone 712-263-3687 Cell 712-263-9685 Tattoo All Pro Custom Tattoo 1007 E Kimberly Davenport, Iowa 563-323-5765 Crave Tattoo 201 S 12th Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 51501 515-576-8289 FB Crave Tattoo, Inc. To buy ad space in our directory, call 712-249-5630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 12 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook Thun under und der Ro der R Roads oads ad ds Magazine Maga Maga g zi zine ine of of Iowa Iowa on on Facebook Faceb Face book bo k www.thunderroadsiowa.com w ww w. w .th thun thun und derr de rroa oa oad ads dsio iowa.c com TRMI TR MI M I FEBRUARY FEB EBRU BRU RUAR ARY AR Y 20 2 14 4-1 3 2014 13 99 C Counties ount ou nt tie i s to ot tour our ou r on nt the he eb bike, ike, ik e 9 e, 99 9 co coun counties unti un ties ti es t to o to tour tour, ur, ur , take one down, drive on around, 54 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month I will revisit each county as a featured article. I will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark of touring curiosity for our state of Iowa. Howard County Iowa Howard County Iowa may not be the biggest county in Iowa, it may not have the most roads to travel in Iowa, it may not have the largest population, but what it does have are people with more Iowa and motorcycle riding pride then you will see in a lot of places! I traveled Howard County by car this month but look forward to doing it again this summer on a bike! I started off by heading north into the county on V58 and scooted right on up to the county seat of Cresco. This is where you will ﬁnd Spiff Slifka, she works at the county tourism ofﬁce downtown and she is an incredible wealth of information about her fare county. She can tell you about the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Beadle Park Train, Ellen Church (world’s ﬁrst stewardess, actually brought on as a nurse to help ease the ﬂiers fears) and Dr. Norman Borlaug. All of these are worth checking out however Dr. Borlaug warrants a little something extra! 14 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 Dr. Dr . No Norm Norman rman rm an B Borlaug orla or la l aug i is s an nI Iowan ow owan wan t that ha at we a all ll s should houl ho uld ul d kn k know now ow about. He is the “Father of the Green Revolution”. His agricultural research developed new wheat varieties that transformed the production of wheat more then doubling the harvest saving billions from starvation worldwide. In 1970 he won the Nobel Peace Prize, 1977 the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2006 he won the Congressional Gold Medal . He is one of only seven people in the world ever to receive all three of these honors and he is from a little farm just west of V58 outside of Cresco Iowa. Under the guides of full disclosure…to head over to Dr. Borlaug’s historic childhood farm and school you will need to take about three miles of gravel. After heading north out of Cresco on V58 we came to A23 because I wanted to see the Lidke Mill just north of Lime Springs. Lime Springs is a nice little town. What I really appreciate is the fact that they have signs all over town pointing you to where you want to go and what you want to see! Well I wanted to see the Lidke Mill so I headed north on V36. It is only a few miles but worth jumping off the regular route to see. Besides the beautiful historic mill and dam there is also a great park to stretch your legs. You can camp, ﬁsh or canoe. I enjoy county roads so I headed back into Lime Springs and grabbed A23 again and headed west to V26 and that took me north into Chester, an entertaining little border town. Now if you prefer trafﬁc there is always Hwy 63, the Avenue Of The Saints, that will get you there as well. It was lunchtime and Laddy’s Bar and Grill came highly recommended. The town Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com is about three blocks long and in true form I had to stop and ask directions. I am really glad I did because it allowed me to meet TJ of TJ’s Custom Woods. He moonlights at the local gas station but his dry wit made me want to chat the afternoon away…however my tummy was rumbling so he gave me directions, “turn around, it’s one block that way” and off we went to Laddy’s. When we walked in there were two lovely ladies manning the joint and they attended to our needs post haste! We were fortunate to get there when we did because after chatting for a few minutes and giving our orders the place ﬁlled up like a small town public pool on a 105-degree day. The food was fantastic and plentiful. I did learn something new, when our meals arrived; I had the philly and wafﬂe fries it came with sour cream, when I asked what “that was for” she said “it was for the fries”. I tried it; not my thing but the locals love it! Now it was time to head south via V26 and V18 towards Elma. On this leg of the tour you will see the Hayden Prairie, the largest natural prairie in Iowa. Further on down the way on V18 you will start to see stacks of rocks in the ﬁelds. Being born and bred here and having picked rock in many a ﬁeld I could imagine a bored kid stacking up these rocks just for something to do to pass some time, however as I traveled further down the road I started to notice more and more of these formations and this prompted a call to Spiff who told me that it was “farmer art”. This was a conscious decision by the local farmers some decades old to add a little culture to their area. Mission accomplished! When it comes to art Howard County does not mess around. If you are feeling like playing your own personal game of “Where’s Waldo” you can get the brochure of The Statues of Howard County. Spread out all over you will ﬁnd about forty-ﬁve bronze statues, mostly of children just waiting to be discovered. It is truly a countywide venture, all volunteer and all donated material. I cannot leave Howard County without talking about the people of and the tiny town of Protivin. First they have a HUGE Czech Days festival. I know that most communities have a festival but Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook this one takes it to the “nth” degree! In true Czech form, they have Polashek’s Locker. This is a family business and what they do with sausage will put a smile on your face! I bought the jalapeno cheddar summer sausage, WOW! I had on my TRMI jacket and Cory Polashek a Thunder Cam veteran stepped out from the back room and struck up a conversation with me. He is a huge Harley fan and said if I had time I should stop over at his place, chat with his girl Michelle and check out what he had going on over there. I am so glad that I did because Michelle was so fantastic, so welcoming and kind to show me around their Harley wonderland. If you are a Harley fan and you are in Protivin and the garage is open stop in and say “Hell Yeah” to Cory and Michelle. It is people like them that make me want to do my job! Next month I am a little bit closer to home but I can not imagine it will be any warmer, Humboldt County I am headed your way. Sources Available Upon Request D Ring email@example.com www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 15 She comes with a whole lot of baggage. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the miles that she has traveled, The Iowa weather has not been very cooperative with the countryside that she has seen, and the weather that she riding, so I have spent countless hours just hanging out with has endured has taken its toll. What use to be ﬁrm and hard her. I plan to take her out on the town soon to show her off, on her rear-end is now wrinkled and saggy. Her seat has so I want her to be ready for me when it’s time to mount up. shriveled up too and looks like an old, worn out piece of I have skinned up a few knuckles cramming my ﬁngers into leather. Since she is the love of my life, I have shown her her tightest spots to ensure that they are meticulously clean plenty of affection by rubbing her down and massaging her and well lubricated. She understands that I don’t like my with oil. I don’t want anyone thinking that she was rode ladies loose, so she never objects to my sick obsession with hard and put away wet. locktite. I have been extremely gentle and I always explain exactly what I plan to do, before I whip a toy out of the Even though February is the month of love, she really toolbox and use it on her. isn’t into ﬂowers. So I won’t be spending any of my hard earned money on a silly gesture that will shrivel up and I realize that I have a sick mind but it turns out that S&M is die within a matter of days. But I do want to surprise her a real turn on for her. She has never threatened to send me with something that shows how much I really care for her. to jail and it really gets her ﬁred up. I can ride all day if we I’m thinking something shiny with a little bling. I plan to start off with a good choking and then I kick the hell out of surprise her with some new eye candy and just to prove that her. I’m committed to our relationship, I’m going to get her a couple new rubbers too. I would really like to give her all of my attention by bringing her into my winter hide out. I would make a spot I’ve been dreaming about her almost every night. I grab on for her to to her with both hands at her widest points, swing my leg hang out over the top, tightly clutch her beneath me with my knees with me in and away we go. The sun is beating down on us, the wind the living is in our hair and we are pounding out some pavement. room. I might Then just as we are starting to reach the top of a big long even throw hill, something darts out in front of us, it startles me awake. a blanket The other night when I was abruptly woken from my out on the reoccurring dream, my elbows were sore with road rash. ﬂoor in the I’m not exactly sure what happened but my dog hasn’t slept front of the with me since and he won’t make eye contact. ﬁreplace. My warped mind The most attractive feature of the love of my life is that I believes that know, whatever road life takes us down, we will travel it the warmth of together. Whatever trouble crosses our path, we will take the ﬁre would on as a team. We will hug whatever curves life puts in front make her so of us, and when life gets stormy, we will tuck our chins and hot she would take it head on. just drip with excitement. Doing life behind bars with the one I love. But I will just leave her Shifty LaRue in her place, because she is 16 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook I was minding my own business just walking through the boring humdrum of non-riding biker life in Iowa and I accidently stumbled into Cupid. That little bastard shot me with an arrow which landed squarely in my heart and it happened, I AM IN LOVE! She is a beauty, long, lean, perfectly curved, big ole set of jugs and when the light hits her, she sparkles. She is full of energy and when she hits high gear, you better hold on tight because it’s going to be one hell of a ride. She looks good in leather, never talks back and when I decide I need to twist one off, she responds. too wide to ﬁt through the doorway and too damn heavy to carry up the steps. She has an occasional bout of PMS and can be a little obnoxious at times. Sometimes, she gets all choked up and coughs spits and sputters. She can get pretty loud and has a healthy set of pipes on her, but when her timing is right, she sings. Sometimes when we are together, I think she even purrs, if I have to explain you wouldn’t understand. Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 17 18 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook Thun Th under u un der de r Ro Roads oad ds Magazine Ma aga gazi z ne n of f Io Iowa owa wa on on Facebook Fac Fa ce eb bo oo ok k www.thunderroadsiowa.com www. ww w th w. hun unde derr er rr roa roa o ad ds sio iowa wa. .c co om m T TR MI FEBRUARY FEB E RU UAR A Y 201 20 014 - 1 9 TRMI 2014 19 Model: Michelle Cooper from Des Moines-Meet her at the Capital City Show and Swap. Background: Natanicâ€™s Motorcycle Garage Photographer: Nate Ullrich aka Natanic. You can find more of his work at www.lyfebehindbars.com www.thunderroadsiowa.com Here at Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa, we have never been vague about our support for the Military. We feel a strong pull to support our troops, and to support Veterans of our Armed Forces as much as possible. This page is always dedicated to some aspect of Military support. The main gist of this page is to give props to a rider that is or has served. Other avenues for these pages have been to talk about things that are of interest to the Military Biker world. This month’s page has something to do with any and all current or past Military personnel. The Christmas season and the following months have always proven to be a tough time of year for many. Issues with depression, feelings of being alone, and even extreme me cases of people thinking that there is no reason to live prompted mpted this page this month. I saw numerous reports from around the country of Veterans that took their own lives this past holiday season. To me this is a travesty and is not acceptable. Men and women that have served, fought, and been scarred for life, in some instances, still feel that they have nowhere to turn. I did some digging and found d a program offered by the he Veterans Administration n that will hopefully combat some of these issues, and give Soldiers rs and Veterans a place to turn when in need. The program is called Make the Connection and is aptly named as that is exactly what the program is trying to do. It is an avenue for Veterans to connect with other Veterans, friends, family, information, resources, and solutions to problems that are affecting them. The campaign encourages Veterans and their families to “make the connection” — with information and resources, with the strength and resilience of Veterans like themselves, and with available resources of support. The success of Make the Connection depends on support from everyone who interacts with Veterans; community members around the country, Veteran Service Organizations, community-based groups, and health care providers who have direct contact with Veterans every day. Download, print, and share these Make the Connection materials to spread the word about this useful resource for Veterans and their loved ones. More 22 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 can be found at http://maketheconnection.net/veterans. If you have any questions, please contact Koby South at koby. firstname.lastname@example.org. Make the Connection provides personal testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. Many of our Nation’s Veterans—from those who served in World War II to those involved in current conﬂicts—return not only with physical wounds but also mental health issues they may not recognize. Central to this campaign; MakeTheConnection.net is MakeTh a one-stop one-s resource where Veterans Veteran and their families and friends can privately fri explore explor information about physical and mental menta health symptoms, challenging life events, challe and m mental health conditions. On this cond site, Veterans and their families and friends can fam learn lear about available resources and support. reso Powerful personal Pow stories and sto testimonials are at tes the th heart of Make the th Connection, illustrating how il Veterans face and V overcome mental o health issues and h The stories and challenges. These testimonials come from Veterans of all service eras, genders, and backgrounds and each of them the provides a resounding and compelling example of the positive outcomes for treatment, recovery, and the many paths to more fulﬁlling lives. Through Veterans’ own voices, Veterans have the chance to hear from trusted and credible sources—other Veterans like themselves. MakeTheConnection.net helps Veterans recognize that there are people out there, like them, who are going through similar experiences, overcoming challenges, reaching positive outcomes for treatment and recovery, and ﬁnding paths to fulﬁlling lives. Let’s all try to help support the troops, even after they are home. Let’s help them “Make The connection”. Vernon Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 23 Los Altos Mexican Restaurant 223 S. Division Street Stuart, IA 50250 515-523-8000 This bad boy is a flour tortilla stuffed (and they do mean STUFFED!!!) with rice, beans and your choice of chicken or steak fajitas, sautéed onions, tomatoes and bell peppers. Served with lettuce, tomato and sour cream. Sounds good doesn’t it! Now I must admit when I think of a burrito I envision one of those red hot thingys (technical food term) that you get in the cooler at a convenience store! This is NOT one of those!!!! This thing is HUGE!!!! It easily covered the whole plate and was flavorful awesomeness (another technical food term) all the way from one end to the other!!!! I would advise you to bring your A game if you’re thinking of ordering this.... it will definitely fill you up!!!! Lynnette decided on the (which brought a look of dismay Camarones Rancheros. This from Lynnette since that’s one of was found under the seafood her favorite places). Tonight is section of the menu (kinda an authentic Mexican only night. made me wonder... you know A trip south is in order! Well... at “honey... you do realize this least to the south side of Stuart. is a Mexican Restaurant?”). Los Altos Mexican Restaurant Check out this description... has two locations, one in StuFried shrimp wrapped with art (located in the old Cyclone bacon (BACON!!!!! is there any Drive In building) and one in need to go on????), topped Greenfield (located in the old with grilled onions, tomatoes, Pizza Hut building). We had been forewarned that there is often a waiting line at bell peppers and melted cheese. Served with rice, Los Altos in Stuart. On the particular night we visited lettuce and tomatoes. There was a picture of this on we were lucky and only had to wait for a booth to be the menu but they had me at bacon! Everything is better with bacon!!!! Am I right? Well, this didn’t discleaned. The staff is very friendly and helpful; the appoint! Shrimp wrapped with bacon, what a glorimenu is very diverse including appetizers, salads ous combination!!!! It was truly great! and all the traditional things you think of when you think Mexican. Los Altos in Stuart and Greenfield. «Like» them There are even on Facebook. Visit either location but don›t some surprises forget to bring your appetite! When your order such as good arrives just try to suppress the urge to say old fashioned «Challenge Accepted!!!» hamburgers and fries and I Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! saw corn dog listed on the Craig Little kids menu! The menus are filled email@example.com with pictures of PS If you have someplace you think we should what I assume check out are their more in your popular selecneck of tions. The picthe woods, tures were extremely helpful to an illiterate gringo shoot me such as myself! I wish it were possible to have a total an email. picture menu but I realize that would be impractical due to the massive amount of selections available! It’s Friday night, hunger sets in and I have a craving for Mexican. Oh, but not just any Mexican will do... no T Js tonight After quite a bit of studying I finally decided on having a burrito. That at least narrowed it down to one page of the menu. Now to decide which one! As I stated the pictures were very helpful but I ended up choosing one that wasn’t pictured simply by the description. My choice? The Fajita Burrito! 24 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook will ride to eat Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 25 f o s l r i G We want you on our pages! If you are an Iowa Girl of Thunder, send us your name, year and model of bike, and where you are from to v firstname.lastname@example.org Carol McHugh Kimballton 2013 Harley-Davidson Triglide T d McLaughlin M L hli hl i Trudy 2002 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Stacey Nichols Liscomb 2012 Dyna Switchback 26 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 27 Two weekends in the Iowa Biker life that I dig are Memorial Day weekend, and Labor Day weekend. These two weekends seem to be the opener and the finale for the biker season for the most part in Iowa. I know, many of you ride well before and after those dates, but these weekends seem to make people want to gather and party it up. In the past we went east for the first part of the weekend, and then ended in the west. We went from Kimballton to Conesville for a couple of days, and then ride almost clear across the state to go to Soldier. On a holiday weekend who would not want to hit a couple of parties and do a bit of riding. For us it usually ended up well over 800 miles and being able to see that much of this great state in one weekend is cool. There are some changes going on over east for the time being, so it looks like the only place to really go and gather in Iowa with bikers is in Soldier at the Midway Tavern’s Events. They have been hosting a Spring Fun Run, and a fall Soldier Valley Run for quite a number of years, and 2014 will be no different. Soldier Valley Run nestled in the Loess Hills of Iowa, welcomes bikers in with open arms. Not only does this town of less than 200 welcome us in, they literally let us stay pretty much about anywhere in town you can set up camp. They do not cordon off areas to put the bikers behind a fence; the whole town enjoys the celebration. The ball park area is good to go for campers and tents, some public areas around town house the same, and a lot of people even let tents set up in their yards and let us be “Soldierites” for a weekend. This is kind of a nice diversion from spots that look down on black leather like we carry the plague. The downtown area is fenced off for only bikes and people, and there is food, drink, vendors, and entertainment. Camp where you want and hang out in downtown Soldier with your new and old friends! The camping is all free, there is firewood available for campfires, and they now even have hot showers at the Midway. Everything you need right here in Soldier! The Spring Fun Run is a laid back little gathering that usually includes a Fun Run through the scenic Loess Hills, BBQ, and a street dance. Plenty to do for a day or two, awesome riding in the hills, and always good friends. Both the spring and fall parties here make for an interesting time. At both events, the small town of Soldier, 28 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook The fall party, the Soldier Valley Run is the big one though. This is Midway Tavernâ€™s big shin dig, and a place to hang out with a few thousand of your closest friends. This year will bring a Battle of the Bands and a unique type of Fun Run with different routes to choose from in the Loess Hills to ride. The downtown area is teeming with bikes and bikers, food, great entertainment, and people that want to party and have a great time. Not that everyone hangs out on Main Street; there are plenty of folks that party at their camps all over town. All in all a great way to spend Labor Day weekend. Check out the events this year on May 24th and 25th, and then in the fall August 30th and 31st. See you there! Vernon Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 29 30 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook Thunder Roads Magazine of of Io I Iowa owa wa on on Facebook Fa F ace cebo ook k www.thunderroadsiowa.com ww w ww w. .th .t th hun unde derr rroa oads dsio ow wa a.c com om TR RMI M FEBRUARY 2014 - 31 TRMI 32 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 34 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine ne e of of I Io Iowa ow wa a on on Facebook Fac Fa ce eb bo oo ok k Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 35 A little boy and girl are sitting in a sandbox playing. The little boy farts and it rufﬂes the sand a little. The little girl asks him, How did you do that? He says, You just gotta push real hard. Sometimes it takes a while. So the little girl starts pushing real hard and starts turning red. After a few minutes she let’s out a huge fart it blows all the sand and the little boy out of the sandbox! Then she passes out from pushing so hard. The boy gets up, brushes himself off and walks over to the girl and lifts her skirt up and says, just what I thought! Dual exhaust! A woman went to her doctor for advice. She told him that her husband had developed a penchant for anal sex, and she was not sure that it was such a good idea. “Do you enjoy it?” The doctor asked. “Actually, yes, I do.” “Does it hurt you?” he asked. “No. I rather like it.” “Well, then,” the doctor continued, “there’s no reason that you shouldn’t practice anal sex, if that’s what you like, so long as you take care not to get pregnant.” The woman was mystiﬁed. “What? You can get pregnant from anal sex?” “Of course,” the doctor replied, “Where do you think politicians come from?” An Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Welshman, a Latvian, a Turk, a German, an Indian, several Americans (including a Hawaiian and an Alaskan), an Argentinean, a Dane, an Australian, a Slovak, an Egyptian, a Japanese, a Moroccan, a Frenchman, a New Zealander, a Spaniard, a Russian, a Guatemalan, a Colombian, a Pakistani, a Malaysian, a Croatian, a Uzbek, a Cypriot, a Pole, a Lithuanian, a Chinese, a Sri Lankan, a Lebanese, a Cayman Islander, a Ugandan, a Vietnamese, a Korean, a Uruguayan, a Czech, an Icelander, a Mexican, a Finn, a Honduran, a Panamanian, an Andorran, an Israeli, a Venezuelan, an Iranian, a Fijian, a Peruvian, an Estonian, a Syrian, a Brazilian, a Portuguese, a Liechtensteiner, a Mongolian, a Hungarian, a Canadian, a Moldovan, a Haitian, a Norfolk Islander, a Macedonian, a Bolivian, a Cook Islander, a Tajikistani, a Samoan, an Armenian, an Aruban, an Albanian, a Greenlander, a Micronesian, a Virgin Islander, a Georgian, a Bahaman, a Belarusian, a Cuban, a Tongan, a Cambodian, a Qatari, an Azerbaijani, a Romanian, a Chilean, a Jamaican, a Filipino, a Ukrainian, a Dutchman, a Ecuadorian, a Costa Rican, a Swede, a Bulgarian, a Serb, a Swiss, a Greek, a Belgian, a Singaporean, an Italian, a Norwegian and 2 Africans...walk into a very ﬁne restaurant. “I’m sorry,” says the maître d’, after scrutinizing the group... “You can’t come in here without a Thai. “ I was telling a girl in the pub about my uncanny ability to guess the day a woman was born just by feeling their breasts. “Really?” she said. “Go on then... Try.” After about 30 seconds of fondling she began to lose patience. “Come on,” she demanded, “What day was I born on?” “Yesterday?” I replied. A fellow was ordered to lose 75 pounds, due to VERY serious health risks. As he wondered how in the heck he would ever do it, he ran across an ad in the newspaper for a guaranteed weight loss program. “Guaranteed my ass”, he thought to himself, but desperate, he calls them up and subscribes to the 3 day 10 pound weight loss program. The next day there is a knock at his door and when he answers, there stands before him a voluptous, athletic, beautiful babe dressed in nothing but a pair of running shoes and a sign around her neck. She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, “If you can catch me you can have me!” Without a second thought he takes off after her. A few miles later, hufﬁng and pufﬁng, he ﬁnally catches her and has his way with her. After they are through and she leaves, he thinks to himself, “I like the way this company does business.” The same girl shows up for the next two days and the same thing happens. On the fourth day he weighs himself and is delighted to ﬁnd he has lost ten pounds, as promised. So, he calls the company and orders from them their 5 day/ 20 pound program. As expected, the next day there’s a knock at the door and there stands the most stunningly beautiful, sexy woman he has ever seen in his life, wearing nothing but running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, “If you can catch me, you can have me.” He’s after her in a shot. This girl is in great shape and it takes a while to catch her, but when he does, it’s worth every cramp and wheeze. She is by far the best he’s ever had. For the next four days, the same routine happens and much to his delight on the ﬁfth day, he weighs himself and found he has lost another twenty pounds as promised! He decides to go for broke and calls the company to order the 7 day/50 pound loss program. “Are you sure,” asks the representative on the phone, “this is our most rigorous program...” “Absolutely,” he replies. “I haven’t felt this great in years!” The next day there is a knock at the door and when he opens it he ﬁnds a feminine looking male ﬁtness expert standing there wearing nothing but pink racing spikes and a sign around his neck that reads, “If I catch you, I can have you!” Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 36 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Patriotism-Love for or devotion to one’s country Patriotic-Having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country -Describes actions of one who is willing to self-sacriﬁce for the genuine good of one’s country, sometimes mistakenly described as those with blind loyalty and an unwillingness to question authority. “The amount of ﬂags on a front lawn does not determine how patriotic a person is. A healthy mistrust of government is truly patriotic.” Why are they closing? In 2008 the federal EPA Issued new “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for lead” that were 10 times tighter than the previous standard. What does this mean? 1) Ammunition will undoubtedly continue to increase in price- Obama couldn’t pass his radical gun control agenda so now he’s making the bullets beyond the reach of many Americans. Examples? 22 Rimﬁre 2) Matter of National Security- Do we really want to have to rely on recycling or purchases from China or Russia to produce the lead so we can manufacture the bullets we may need to defend our country or ourselves. What is clear is that after the plant closes, the entire manufacture of conventional ammunition, from raw ore to ﬁnished cartridge, will be impossible. According to the NRA- ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) In December, the ﬁnal primary lead smelter in the U.S. closed. Located in Herculaneum Missouri, and owned and operated by the Doe Run Co., the company had been in No matter what your political leanings, no truly patriotic operation since 1892. American can see this as anything but bad. They’re the only smelter in the U.S. which can produce lead By the way, I’m just one private American citizen who bullion from raw ore that is mined locally. Once produced happens to pay attention, does it bother anyone that you into bullion the lead is used by several companies who only found out about it because of me?! WOW…? Or produce conventional ammunition components such as comments? email@example.com bullets, projectile cores, and primers. Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 - 37 Hopefully the Holiday Season treated you well and the new year has found all of you in good spirits and looking forward to a great 2014 and an early start to the riding season, unlike the May snow of last year. Well pretty soon the swap meet season will start and events will start rolling. It’s only two months until Daytona people. The way I look at it we are half way through the bad stuff right now. If you haven’t started planning for spring I area and if I’m not mistaken Vernon was one of the lucky ones to encounter a broken compensator sprocket. Now if I have some of you worried about this, trust me if yours is broken you would know it from the tremendous noise coming from down there. It kind of makes you think your motor is on the brink of laying in pieces on n the e ground. Luckily Luc ckily y it is not an over overly o rly big issue to ﬁx a and cost wise is not compared that bad co ompared replacement to a repla acem ment bottom end d in your ride. If f you u choose undertake to unde ertak ke this project on your own n there the ere will be a few changes nges you will notice to the parts included and take off parts. The big difference in this kit is your tak 2007-2010 models, compared to the old stock for 2007 spring-pack and rotor are not a one piece set up spring-p anymore. Instead they went back to the separate anymore rotor like years ago and the new 3-stage spring pack provides the right amount of torque required progressively pr recommend getting sprocket on the much stouter ramps. Downfall to move the spr a jump on it and get touring models is that in addition to the kit for 2007-2010 t ready nowbefore it’s part #42200064 you also need to also get a new rotor part too late. Not saying you #30041-08A. Th This kit is also a big beneﬁt for the rider that have to do it right now hard miles and also riders with more inches puts on a lot har but plan accordingly. legs. between their le Just remember, spring is around the corner and with a little hope it will be here before we know it so keep your bike in mind. Guy’s, don’t forget Valentine’s Day for the one you love. I’m sure your ride wouldn’t let you live it down if you forgot. Tony Darveau Carroll Cycle Center For those of you out there riding a 2007-2013 touring bike I have a great upgrade for you if you haven’t already done so. I’m talking about upgrading your stock compensator sprocket to a Screamin’ Eagle comp sprocket. The Screamin’ Eagle upgrades you to what the 2014 bikes use and with the bigger motors it is a much needed improvement. For those of you that do not know what the compensating sprocket is; it is the front sprocket in your primary case that goes directly onto your engine crank. This sprocket is what chain drives your transmission and so on. I know we had a few problems with these back in 07-10 38 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2014 www.thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 2014 Jan 25 29th Southern Iowa Motorcycle Swap Meet Ottumwa Jan 25 Big Boys Toy Show Dubuque Jan 25 Big Boys Toy Show Cedar Rapids Feb 1-2 Swap Meet Denver, CO Feb 2 Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Rock Island IL Feb 7-9 J&P Int’l Motorcycle Show Chicago, IL Feb 8-9 Capital City Show and Swap Des Moines Feb 14-16 28th Annual ABATE Bike Show Lincoln, NE Feb 14-16 World of Wheels Kansas City Feb 15 Mardi Gras Party Dubuque HD Feb 21-22 Omaha Chapter AMCA National Swap Meet Fremont, NE Feb 22-23 45th O’Reilly Rod & Custom Bike/Car Show Monticello Feb 26 ABATE Lobby Day Des Moines Feb 28-Mar 2 World of Wheels Chicago Mar 2 Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Cedar Rapids Mar 7-16 Daytona Bike Week Daytona Beach Florida Mar 8 St Patty’s Party Dubuque HD Mar 21-23 Swap Meet Sioux Falls, SD Mar 22 Two Wheel Trauma Class Everly Mar 28-30 World of Wheels Omaha, NE March 29-30 27th Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show Twin Cities, MN Apr 5 Dubuque HD 5th Anniversary Dubuque Apr 5-6 28th Annual North Iowa Motorcycle Expo Mason City Apr 19 Demo Event & Open House Dubuque HD Apr 25 Motorcycle Safety Forum IA Events Center, Des Moines Apr 26 Sleeping Angels Fun Run Boone Apr 26 F&J Racing 19th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Marshalltown May 2-4 Vintage TorqueFest Dubuque May 3 Camp Albrecht Acres Chopper Raffle PartyCatfish Charlie’s Dubuque May 17 National Armed Forces Freedom Ride TBD May 24-25 Midway Tavern Annual Fun Run, BBQ, Street Dance Soldier May 30-Jun 1 Conesville Rallies Redneck Revival Conesville June 11-14 20th Annual Rally on the River Davenport Jun 12-15 HogRock Cave in the Rock, IL Jun 14 ALR/Vodec of Iowa Blackjack Run Council Bluffs Jun 16 National Ride your Motorcycle to Work Day Jun 19-21 Romper Room Fun Run Earlville Jun 20-22 Conesville Rallies Rumble in the Stalks Conesville Jun 27-29 J&P Open House Anamosa Jul 3-5 ABATE Freedom Rally Algona Jul 11-12 English River Outfitters Bike Extravaganza Washington Jul 12 6th American Soldier Past & Present Poker Run Brighton Jul 20 Butterfields M.C. Parts Hot Dog Daze Omaha, NE Jul 31-Aug 2 7th Annual Across the Border Raid Bedford Aug 4-10 South Dakota Party Aug 8-10 Conesville Rallies Redneck Revival Conesville Aug 9 Mighty Mississippi HOG MDA Hope Ride Dubuque Aug 16 Bob Ezarski Memorial Run Hampton Aug 28-30 43rd Int’l Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Davenport Aug 30-31 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier Sep 5-7 Davis Motorcycle rally New Hampton Sep 6 Sidney’s Wish Poker Run Des Moines Sept 19-21 Conesville Rallies Rumble in the Stalks Conesville Sep 27 Carroll Cycle Toy Run/Open House Carroll Oct 16-19 Biketoberfest Daytona, FL This list is what we have found and what has been submitted. Before heading to any event, please check weather and make sure the event is not cancelled for some reason. Not responsible for misprints and typos. 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