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The MOST Comprehensive Event Listing Published in Texas!

Remembering a Texas Legend

The Musician & The Man Mean Gene Kelton 1953-2010

Also Inside:

 Three Twisted Sisters in November  Organizing a Dinner Ride  Birds of a Feather ThunderRoadsTexas.com  Ride Map: Lampasas-Comanche Loop

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On the Cover 28

Remembering a Texas Legend: Mean Gene Kelton - The Musician & the Man

This Month 8

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Three Twisted Sisters in November

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Organizing a Dinner Ride

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Birds of a Feather

Regular Features

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From the Editor

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Points Across Texas Snapshots

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PigTrails: The Month of Love

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The Scout Report: The Slime Portable Tire Inflator

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Monthly Ride Map: Lampasas-Comanche Loop

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ThunderCam

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Joker’s Wild

Resources 19

Event Listing

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On the cover: Mean Gene Kelton. Picture provided by Joni Kelton. Photographer unknown.


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CORRESPONDENTS Houston & Margaret Pruett - Victoria; Kitti Kluna - Houston; Ron Blansett - Houston; Linda Morris - Houston; Mark Appenzeller - D/ FW; Joyce Siegert - D/FW; Ken Foster - D/FW; Brian “Native NYer” - D/FW; Travis “Blydawg” Blythe - D/FW; Dean Downey - Amarillo; Meghan Heller - Austin; Linda Nilsson - East Texas; Chantelle Sandberg - East Texas; George Darcy - Midland/Odessa; Glenn “Gambler” - San Antonio; Kim Ferris; Pamella Jody - Houston; Sir Richard Vance - Corpus Christi; Randy McCamey - West Texas; Butch Hayes - Houston; Pete Martinez - Houston; Jason English Piney Woods; Sean Kester - D/FW; Roger Bowles - Waco


I’m Ready for Riding Season... It’s almost that time… riding season begins soon! Are you ready? I am!! While it’s not been that bad of a winter weather-wise (at least not like last year), it has been a bumpy ride for me personally over the last few months. But good riding weather is on the horizon and I’m sure that getting back out on the open road will fix my world! One of the things that went terribly wrong… we lost our dear friend Mean Gene Kelton. We dedicate this issue to him, to his music, and with prayers and thoughts for the family. You can read our sentiments and some of our readers’ who were close to him on page 29. There are a lot of great things happening this year. We’re continuing to grow! We have more correspondents and sales people across the state – some of whom came in for the 2010 Lone Star Rally to help us with the booth. It was great to put faces to names. We are always on the lookout for more help from across the entire state. It’s difficult to cover a state this large, but we can because of those who help. We will also continue to support rallies and local events, growing our reach this year even more. We are incredibly thankful for our Thunder Roads Texas team and are looking forward to a great year! We are always open to ideas from our readers. Some ideas we can use; some we want to, but can’t logistically… but all are considered and discussed. If you have an idea, please feel free to let us know. We really do make this magazine for our readers and want you to be happy with what you’re getting. And a call out… you all know we’re a free publication to the reader. As such, we must have some form of revenue in order to continue producing the magazine. We’re not independently wealthy (gosh, I wish I were!). The only source of revenue for a free publication is advertising. We always need more advertisers. With more advertisers, we can provide more content, do more contests with really great prizes, have more freebies to give away, introduce new programs such as our popular Points Across Texas reader rides program, and more. It’s not cheap to run a magazine, but damn, it’s a lot of fun! So, if you’re a business owner please consider advertising in Thunder Roads Texas motorcycle magazine. If you frequent businesses that are not currently advertising (any kind of business that welcomes bikers), tell them about Thunder Roads Texas… you are our best resource for advertising leads – you are our best testimonials. At this point in time, we are the ONLY magazine dedicated solely to Texas motorcyclists, destinations and events. We are truly Texas based (Houston), Texas focused (all content must have a Texas connection), and Texas PROUD! Today, Thunder Roads Texas is the ONLY magazine to reach the majority of Texas riders. Our content is not manufacturer specific and is designed to appeal to a wide variety of people, regardless of gender, religion, bike, club affiliation, etc. We don’t focus on the bike or the technical aspects of a build. We focus on the people who ride – where do you go – what do you do – and who is interesting? Now that all my plugs are over, we hope everyone has a good February; taking advantage of the breaks we get in the weather to get on that bike and ride! Ride Safe & Ride with THUNDER!

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Three Twisted Sisters in November By Joyce Siegert, TRT Correspondent

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t was a brisk 39° when we left Garland for Leakey (pronounced: Lake–e) around 9:00 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving (2010). What better time to go? I got an extra day off and didn’t have to take a vacation day to boot. This is just about the first time we actually left on time. Usually we run a few hours late; ok… I run late. It is just so hard trying to figure out what kinds of clothing to take this time of year when the temperatures can swing so drastically. I packed everything from thermals and leathers to short sleeved T-shirts and a denim jacket. I figured if nothing else I will be wearing the denim when I am not on the bike. Since it was so chilly we opted to trailer the bike. We had a very interesting drive since we don’t drive this way very often. We went through Fort Worth, Benbrook, Granbury, Stephenville and then on to Dublin the home of Dr. Pepper. Dublin even has a Dr. Pepper museum. I would have loved to stop and see what that was all about. It is a quaint old town with lots of Irish Pubs; makes sense with the name like Dublin. This is definitely one of those small town USA locations that are sparse enough for bike riding without lots of traffic or congestion. As we drove through Comanche County, prior to arriving in Comanche proper, there was an abundance of peach and pecan orchards in the outlying areas. I know where I am going to be next spring, although fall would be good for the pecans, too. I also noticed the trees were either dwarf or they kept them this way for easier picking. We also saw a lot more cacti from Comanche on south.

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We drove on further through Menard on Highway 190 and started seeing more of the rolling hills. It is just about parallel with Salado but further west. Also be prepared for sticker shock when you stop for gas in Menard; it was 30 cents higher than it was in Garland. I guess it is due to the lack of easy access to/from the interstates and I guess smaller towns can charge more with the lack of competition like the big cities have. What was $2.52/gal in Garland at that time for unleaded cost us $2.89/gal in Menard. At least Menard had a Wal-Mart. After Menard there were miles and miles of tall fencing. I guess to either keep the deer in for controlled hunting or to keep them out of the roadway. I have a feeling it is more the first option but since I am not a hunter I have no clue and didn’t take the time to ask anyone. The scenery was lovely. It reminded me of going back home to Arizona with all the rolling hills and cacti. The only thing missing was the mountains since I once lived in the mountains of Sierra Vista. Once in Leakey we filled up with gas and started wondering where this place D’Rose Cabins and Inn was located. We didn’t have to wonder long; we looked right across HIghway 83 and there it was. It was not at all what I expected, although I had seen pictures of it -- so much for having a certain vision in our mind’s eye. I thought it would be a little bit more off the beaten path than it was; a bit more in the country. I also thought the inn part of it would be at least a two-story building and not ranch-style. The only thing I really knew not to expect was the standard bed

& breakfast routine. Although it is biker only and they frown against kids (nice), the pricing was a little higher than I expected. Maybe it is more worth it in the warmer months or when a bike rally/ ride is going on. We checked in just before Deb Rose was getting ready to close. In lieu of business cards she gave us two D’Rose koozies. That is a pretty unique idea. But then, why not, for a bunch of bikers who drink beer? We rode around looking for our cabin which wasn’t far from the office. Unfortunately for us, since we ride a Harley, we had the (ahem) Honda cabin. Once inside, our cabin had a queen bed, small round table, two chairs, an end table for the coffeepot, a side chair by the door and a bathroom/dressing room to the right. We also had an air conditioner/heater that really kicked out the heat. It was great having the heater since it was chilly. We definitely didn’t need the extra blanket they included in the room. I would have expected more, at least a kitchenette, but that is just me. The room did offer a micro-fridge and coffeemaker. Other than the lack of a kitchenette the cabin interior was quite nice and homey. Out front we had our own picnic table, grill, and even a hose to wash your bike. Deb provides a lot of the extras which is great especially if you are biking down. There is a room called the Pit Stop where you can get BBQ briquettes, lighter fluid, foil, plates, plastic utensils and various spices to name a few items. Within the compound there is a fire pit, swimming pool and a pavilion that also provides WiFi

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should you need it for mapping out trips in the area from a computer or data device. This is a great addition since I found out there is no data available via 3G in the area, at least not via AT&T.

337. They are all housed in one location with a breezeway between the two for seating and eating. The bike shop has lots of Three Sisters souvenirs. They had shirts, shot glasses, and patches just to name a few.

First impressions can be misleading and I wondered how this place could have been voted in another magazine as one of the top 10 in Lodging for the past 4 years, but the longer you stay the more you see the qualities it abounds in and start to understand exactly why. I can imagine it is hopping during the Three Sisters Rally and the Veteran’s Day Ride, just to name a few.

After we finished the sisters we headed out on another part of our trek starting on Ranch Road 337 east to Boerne (pronounced Bernie) for Javelina Harley Davidson. On our way we drove through Bandera. That is one cool town. I would love to have had more time to spend there. On our drive through there was one cool club, Bandera Saloon & Grill, that I would have liked to have been able to stop and visit for a bit for a few brews. It had a great patio to sit out on and sip a few brews and then they had bands that played there, too. The county courthouse was truly something to see especially when we drove through it on our way back while the sun was setting. Once we got to the Harley-Davidson shop we had to buy one of their cool looking Javelina T-shirts and shot glasses.

Leakey’s high only got up to 48°F our first day. This may be a sign of our ride tomorrow. Either way, we are going. We didn’t come down here just to sit in a cabin all day. The next morning when we woke to go out and un-trailer the bike we found a note on the Jeep’s windshield in regards to parking trailers in front of the cabins (big no-no). We hurriedly removed the bike and moved the car and trailer over by the dumpster (the assigned parking) to the side of the Inn. Deb definitely sticks by her rules and regulations which really isn’t a bad thing. We then rode the Three Twisted Sisters consisting of Ranch Roads 335, 336 and 337 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. It was nippy riding so we donned on our leather jackets, chaps, and gloves, as well as our helmets. I also put on thermals. I was quite toasty. Not too hot and not at all cold. It was a great ride but not the same as Talimena. Talimena has more switchbacks and definitely more hairpin curves. The Sisters doesn’t have any hairpin curves although they had plenty of ribbon roadways, as well as “S” curves, in addition to Left and Right curves around the rock cliffs and formations to even out the ride. There was also some changing of the leaves along the ride. I was hoping for more color but when you are south I guess there just isn’t that much; I imagine a lot of them were evergreens. Along our ride we also saw six deer, luckily none of them jumped out into our path and there were ranches with rivers or cliffs on them. A lot of these properties have hundreds of acres for controlled hunting (which by the way, it was deer hunting season), and there was also at least one stocked exotic game ranch on our ride. Interesting note: as we drove by one of the tall brick fences they had broken glass bottles secured as a way to deter poachers. Once we finished the Sisters we swung by the Bent Rim Grill and Frio Canyon Motorcycle Shop on Ranch Road

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We headed back to Leakey close to 5:00 p.m., and good thing since the sun was getting to that point where it was hard to see and drive. We were driving west directly into the sun and boy were we glad to see the cliffs and hills since they acted as a barrier against the sun. After the sun had set it got colder and colder. My nose, chin, and fingers were getting cold. I was so glad to get back to our cabin which was about a two hour ride from Boerne.

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We had a great time but it was time to wake up and get headed on down the road back to Dallas. The rooster across the way in the trailer park pretty much woke us up anyway. Definitely there was no need for an alarm clock when you have roosters. These guys started at 4:30 a.m. this morning. Egads! Before going home we headed south on Highway 83 past Garner State Park to the Red Barn Steakhouse for breakfast at a friend’s suggestion. She said the breakfast burritos were really good. We had the kitchen sink burritos which had just about everything in them. They were so full you couldn’t even roll them. I just ate off it as if it were a plate. I loved the interior of this restaurant. It hasn’t been open very long and has great possibilities. We finally left for home. We drove along Ranch Road 337 east all along the Guadalupe River through Vanderpool and Medina up Texas Highway 16 through Kerrville and on to Fredericksburg, where we picked up Highway 290 to Johnson City. In Johnson City, we caught Highway 281 to Marble Falls (which by the way, the Blue Bonnet Café

Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop closes at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays) and Burnet. We headed over some other back roads till we hit Interstate 35 in Salado. From there we drove I-35 back to Dallas. Boy, from Temple to Waco the traffic was wicked. I guess it is to be expected for a holiday weekend. Luckily we were going northbound; southbound looked much worse. It was a long and tiring drive but well worth all the back roads and small towns. Still though, I am looking forward to going back and doing more of the Hill Country Loops.

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NEW Destination, Plus Q&A

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t’s only a month into 2011 and as with last year, we already have submitted pictures! Donal Ryan & Gloria Ingram have the honors this year for being the first to submit for the 2011 program! Another great start to our Points Across Texas reader rides program! Announcing a NEW Gold Level Destination Point (worth two points!):

Q. Do the pictures have to include me? A. Not necessarily. However, the pictures do need to include either you or your bike. We understand some motorcyclists ride by themselves, so they can’t be in the picture. But there is no reason their bike can’t be. And remember, add a recent copy of Thunder Roads Texas motorcycle magazine and you increase the chances of your picture being used in a future issue. Q. What about safety?

14343 Liberty Street Montgomery, Texas 77356 936.449.5285 RetreatHill.com This month we answer questions that have come up since introducing the 2011 program in our December 2010 issue. Q. Explain the “only one picture per location is eligible, even if it falls in more than one category” rule. A. Basically, a picture can only be worth one point. If there are multiple qualified destinations within a single city, as well as the city itself, then you must submit specific pictures for each. There is a more detailed example in the online Destination List and Log (ThunderRoadsTexas.com). Q. I tried to send a picture to the new email address provided in the December 2010 issue but it bounced. A. I messed up and didn’t have the email up and running in time. It’s there and working now. Please use PAT@ ThunderRoadsTexas.com to send all communications regarding the Points Across Texas program.

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A. Thunder Roads Texas always encourages safe riding practices. We don’t want to hear about anyone being hurt on a bike for any reason, much less participating in one of our activities. We have every expectation that while riders participate in the program, they are doing so with safety at the forefront of their minds. So, please be safe… a picture isn’t worth it if you’re harmed in anyway while trying to get it. Q. I ended 2010 with some extra pictures, not making the next level. Can I roll these into 2011? A. No. Each year’s program is different, with new locations to visit, and revising the rules and rewards. So each year is a stand-alone program in regards to the pictures submitted. Q. I notice a different image is being used. Will the patch for 2011 be different from 2010? A. Yes! Each year, a new image and patch will be created for the program. So, everyone can participate year-afteryear and get a different patch. So, if you earned a 2010 patch – it’s time to ride again! Hope that clears up a couple of your questions. We can’t wait to see the pictures of the new destination points!

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The Month of Love hat do you love? Traditionally this is the time of year you take your special someone out to dinner. Buy that big box of chocolates. Roses double in price and diamonds become a girl’s best friend. You don’t have to buy the farm to make it special. Sometimes the little things mean just as much. I think the best idea out there is a homemade coupon book! There are a million things you can put in this little book that will put a big smile on your lovers face. A free back scratch! Nothing is better than that. Free hugs, kisses, a new teddy bear, or even a nice cup of hot chocolate. The list goes on and on. Instead of going out to dinner put your chef coat on and make her dinner. Besides no one knows more about what your partner likes to eat than you! Here is another cheap one… Promise her you will lift the toilet seat for the whole month. Take out the garbage with a smile! I have been married

We have a big Labrador named Shadow and a little Red Healer named Daisy. At least twenty times a day I look at my dogs and think to myself how much fun and enjoyment they add to our life. Our dogs are spoiled for sure. We have been told that we cannot control our animals. I’m not sure if it’s because they have no rules or that they know that we don’t enforce the rules. We don’t have any kids in the house any more so we treat them as if they are our children. Who says that can’t lay on the couch. Most of the time they take up the whole couch! I’ll sit on the chair. I can’t tell you how many times I have been awakened in the

fourteen years to the best wife that ever walked the earth. One thing I am going to do to start off the month of February is to simply give her a big hug and tell her that I love her! Paula you are my world. This month of love is not just for your significant other. When I was thinking of what I was going to write this month I was thinking of all the things that I hold dear in my life. I say spread the love! I know that I love my kids. They are all so precious to me. I have more fun with my kids than I ever imagined. When you are raising kids I think most people want to get to a point when it’s not all about shouting out rules and what is best for them. I think the ultimate goal is that when your kids get older they actually like you. Well I have all that and more! My kids are my best friends. It’s a pure joy to see that they all turned out to be good people. I do believe this year I am going to send both my girls a Valentine’s card and a box of tissue! Treasure, Tabatha, Darren, and Michael, you make my world a better place. I love you! Don’t forget about the dogs! My wife and I are dog people. Page 12

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middle of the night by the snoring of a big puppy with her head on the same pillow as mine! God I love that. Or the times I am sitting at the computer and realize she is sitting to my side just staring at me with this look of total love. We call our little Daisy the “tan bullet”. Sometimes she can’t get one of us to play with her so she runs from one corner of the house to the other at 100 MPH. We just sit back and enjoy the show. Our big ole Shadow girl seems to like the box that the toys are kept in more than the toys themselves! With one swift motion she empties all the toys and proceeds to give the toy box a lashing like no other! You got to love a good dog! They add a thousand smiles to my daily life! Ok folks you knew I was going to get to it sooner or later! Yes we are talking about the love of our motorcycles! The

Steel Horse, the King of the Road, the Master of Disaster, the Blue Pig, the God of Thunder! And the list goes on and on! I’m sure I will think of more as I go along. I spent four hours detailing my Harley the other day and I am here to tell you there was a lot of love going on there! Every square inch was scrubbed to the point that dirt did not even exist as a word. The polish came out and was applied as if it were my own baby that was getting a bath. As I went through this process every part was special to me. I found myself talking to each part and letting it know you are one bad ass starter! What an incredible fender. My tour pack is the greatest one that ever graced a Harley. Before I claimed that I was finished I would stand back a foot or two and look for even a smudge. This machine deserves the love given to a true King! By this time you probably feel that I have a pretty strange fascination with my motorcycle.

I do! Don’t you? It is my best friend, my constant riding buddy, my drinking partner (well I put my beer in the drink holder when I am cleaning the garage). I love telling people how the motorcycle changed my life forever! I love going for an incredible ride with good friends and then spending hours going back over every detail of it when the day is done! Life begins when you get one! Ok let’s sum this up! Love your wife and always make her feel special. After all they have to put up with guys like me. Love your kids because they belong to you! At the end of the day all you have is family. Love me some dogs! From puppy breath to when they fall asleep in your lap there is no better feeling. And being a biker will add love to your life. The love of the open road, the smells, the sights, and sounds! I hope I get to ride forever! And of course the adventure of riding is to ride another day!

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Organizing a Dinner Ride By Ken Foster, TRT Correspondent

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With just a few exceptions, our club president Chris Rice has planned the route, handled the entire MeetUp information and led most of the rides this year. That’s a real chore especially since we never know how many bikes and riders will show up. Even though we have an RSVP for the ride things do happen and someone doesn’t show up or they forget to RSVP and just show up (which is a real treat because we end up with more bikes).

up. We were headed to Snuffers in Rockwall, which from the dealership was only an easy fifteen-minute ride to the east, by highway. However Chris had other plans because who wants to just spend fifteen minutes riding? So we headed north on Highway 75 to McKinney and worked our way through its scenic downtown area. I can’t remember all the roads in McKinney we were on but we ended up on the way to the airport before turning right on FM 546 then turning right on FM 3286, crossing lake Lavon. Eventually we reached a light at a three-way intersection. We turned left on Southview Drive, then another left on FM 2514, which took us into scenic Wylie. After a quick stop for water, we continued, taking a left on Highway 78, then a right on Highway 205 which took us into Rockwall. There we took the fork to FM 740 then right on Laguna Drive and into Snuffers parking lot. It was about an hour and a half ride in the heat and we were all ready for the air conditioning!

On a recent ride, we left Al Lamb’s Honda dealership (Dallas) at 5:15 pm. It was the hottest part of the day at 104F so only the most hardcore or foolish of us showed

Even with the heat and a low turnout we still had a great time. After a wonderful dinner with friends we split up and three of us made our way back home stopping for a well-

or most of us the infamous dinner ride isn’t about the destination so much as it is about the journey. Of course if there was an organized ride to some local McDonalds or Dairy Queen I’d probably have to pass without bothering to look into the route. Since my discretionary budget for eating out is limited my idea of an organized dinner ride doesn’t involve an eating establishment I can go to anytime. But what does it take to put on a well-executed dinner ride? I can’t speak for other groups but for the one I usually ride with the dinner rides begin with an idea for a destination at our monthly meeting. If the idea is a good one we agree to do it, determine the date, time, and meet up location. Most of our dinner rides are on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Then someone qualified has to volunteer to lead the ride. Next, the ride is posted in our MeetUp.com group. [INSET MEETUP.COM BLURB] But the ride doesn’t end there, as a route for the return trip has to be planned even though most of the riders drop out of the return ride when they reach a turn for their home trip.

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deserved ice cream before saying good-bye. Putting on a dinner ride takes a lot of work and planning before the kickstand goes up. The weather doesn’t always cooperate and rider skill levels vary, as does the turnout for the ride. But spending the evening doing what we love with like-minded friends makes the thankless behind the scenes work worth it.

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Birds of a Feather

By Randy “Harley Doc” McCamey, TRT Correspondent

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t’s a bird…It’s a plane…no, it’s definitely a bird…Yes… No…Yes…now what the *%$!#* did I just see? A fellow biker running through the gears like a bat out-a hell (pun intended) with what looks like a bird sitting on his shoulder! I’m serious; this dude is running 70 MPH with a bird riding on his shoulder! Inquiring minds want to know. So I follow this combo to their destination – the Strand and the 2010 Lone Star Rally in Galveston.

Lucy will put her head inside the collar of my shirt. Ricky is the daredevil and will put his head up behind mine and ride for miles.”

Once parked, I introduce myself to John Clark and his bird. I ask how he manages to ride with the bird on his shoulder. John replies, “It’s his bike! - - just kidding! I’ve been riding with birds for years. People will always ask how they stay on my shoulder and I tell them Superglue or he just landed or something crazy like that.” I ask if he is used to all the attention he gets with the birds. John replies, “Most people want a picture because it is so unusual. People are always inquiring about the bird on my shoulder when I walk up and down the street. Even then, they are surprised when they learn the bird rides or when they actually see the bird riding with me.” John actually has two birds that ride with him, Ricky and Lucy. Both are multi-colored green Quaker parrots he adopted when the original owners decided they no longer wanted them. Being social animals, Quakers bond with humans fairly easily. John said, “It took very little to train them. I started out driving slow just to get them used to the sound and the noises. They just seemed to know to get close to me and hold on.

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out of them during our visit. Beyond just the bikes at Lone Star, these birds were a sight to see.

“While the fact that these birds ride motorcycles is very unique, what else have you noticed about the Quakers”, I ask. “Because of their social nature, these birds have distinct personalities. They are quite jealous of each other and will get mad if one is left at home”, says John. The birds can talk a little and we managed to get a few words

John is a soft-spoken native of the Texas Gulf Coast. He rides there a lot and even up into the east Texas Piney Woods. “The open road is a great stress relief and it gives me a sense of freedom,” says John. You can say that again, brother. As evening approaches, John wants to get the birds home before it starts getting cool. He straddles his powerful steed and rides off into the sunset with his trusted companion by his side…err, I mean, his faithful bird on his shoulder! Adios, my friend. I look forward to seeing John and Ricky and Lucy somewhere along the road again next year. And if you happen to be along the Texas Gulf Coast and see some guy riding with a bird on his shoulder…it’s OK. What else would we expect from “Ricky and Lucy”!

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The Slime Portable Tire Inflator his past December (geez it’s already 2011?), I had a Slime tire inflator as one of the recommended gifts for Christmas for that special biker. Well, I ended up getting one myself, but got a slightly different model. In fact Slime, has about ten different types of portable air compressors that can be used for the motorcycle and even a sports utility vehicle. Slime is known for their green color and quick repair tire sealants, but who wants to fix a flat tire?! What they are not known for is their cool line of portable air compressors. The specific one I got was the 12-Volt Tire Inflator with Gauge & Light! I ordered mine from Amazon.com but they are available in Wal-Mart as well. Upon receiving it, I quickly unpacked it, and took all the components out. I was pleasantly surprised with how light it was. The air tube itself was self contained in a compartment; meaning it can be stored safely inside the air compressor. It came with three different adapters so you can inflate almost anything. This air compressor also had an emergency LED light. The switches were pretty sturdy and worked well. Lastly, the gauge on the side was easy to read, and shows the current pressure in a tire. Overall, this little machine was built well. This 12-volt version I bought, claimed to be a 300 PSI compressor, so I had a couple of test in mind already. I quickly headed to my garage and looked around to see

what I can start inflating. I then realized that it can only plug into the 12volt sockets in cars – there was no regular 110 plug power adapter. So I was forced to plug the compressor into the 12 volt socket located in the trunk area of my SUV. Once it was plugged in, I turned it on. Wow! It was quite loud for such a small machine. I put an adapter on it and inflated a soccer ball first. Within seconds, the ball was full – it should be, with 300 PSI right? Next, I decided to inflate the low tires on a bicycle. Again, it worked pretty fast. No complaints so far. Time for the bigger vehicles! I knew my motorcycle tires were a little low because of the cold weather, so it was next. Once I hooked it up on my motorcycle tire, the gauge showed it was about 32 PSI and I needed 40 PSI for maximum inflation. This time the story was a slightly different as it took about 3-5 minutes to inflate my motorcycle tire, but still it worked like a charm. At this point the machine felt warm and air hose felt hot. I decided to push it to its limits.

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South Texas Motorcycle Show TXBikeShow.com San Antonio Region: Hill Country Metro: San Antonio More stunts, a tattoo expo, contests and special services are added to the already wildly successful kick-off to the 2011 riding season. Swap meet by Texas Scooter Times (TexasScooterTimes. com; 254.687.9066). Bring your bike into the special services section to trick out your bike. Tickets are only $15 for the weekend; Kids 15 and under FREE. Visit the website for a coupon. Sponsored by Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine.

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Arizona Bike Week AZBikeWeek.com Scottsdale, AZ Thunder in the Hill Country BikerRalliesOfTexas.com Bandera Region: Hill Country Metro: San Antonio An ever popular Bandera event! Enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country during prime spring flowering season. Great rides around Bandera, great fun at the rally, held in Mansfield Park. Activities include live music concerts, bike show, biker games, wet T-shirt contest, naughtie nightie contest, tattoo contest, burn-out pit, vendors, food, and more fun! Get a free event t-shirt when you pre-register. $35/ person for the entire weekend. RV sites are going fast, at only $35/weekend, so reserve your spot today.

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April 13-17 Angel City Rally AngelCityRally.com Unadilla, GA May 12-14 Texas State HOG Rally TXStateHOGRally.com Beaumont Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Beaumont May 13-21 Myrtle Beach Bike Week MyrtleBeachBikeWeek.com Myrtle Beach, SC May 14 6th Annual Ride for Troops SARide4Troops.org San Antonio Region: South Texas Metro: San Antonio Benefiting The Fisher Houses, a non-profit organization that provides a home away from home for military families during a time of medical crisis. $25/person, includes 2011 rocker. Check-in 8:00am-9:00am. Previous years’ rockers can be purchased for $5. 100% of all registration fees will be donated solely to the San Antonio Fisher Houses. 50/50 Raffle and door prizes at the finish point. Sponsored by Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine. May 19-22 The Aspen Cash Rally MotorcycleRally.com Ruidoso, NM June 9-12 Republic of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally ROTRally.com Austin Region: Hill Country Metro: Austin June 11-19 Laconia Motorcycle Week LaconiaMCWeek.com Laconia, NH June 20 International Ride to Work Day RideToWork.org International July 14-17 Bikers Adult Rally BikersAdultRally.com Alvarado Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth August 8-14 70th Annual Sturgis Bike Week Sturgis.com Sturgis, SD Find us, Befriend us, Follow us, Join us!

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September 8-11 The Texas Rally TheTexasRally.com Somerville Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Bryan/College Station It’s a Luau and Biker Bash at Big Creek Park & Marina! Free Luau dinner Saturday night. Great live entertainment, biker games, bike contests, feasts, parades, and CASH giveaways! Proceeds benefit the Texas Biker Relief Organization (T-Bro). The Zoo (RV camping) sells out quickly – better reserve today! Sponsored by Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine!

September 28-October 2 Myrtle Beach Fall Rally MyrtleBeachBikeWeek.com Myrtle Beach, SC September 30-October 2 Texas National Motorcycle Rally TNMRally.net Baytown Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston October 7-9 Boo Benefit BooBenefit.org Jefferson Region: Piney Woods Metro: Longview

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This stretch of 281 teeters on the Lampasas/Coryell/ Hamilton county lines and you’re never really sure which one you’re in. Slowing down to 55 MPH to negotiate the “blink of an eye” called Adamsville, I notice the Luke Jones Music Hall is intact and appears to still be in use. If you want to sit in on some of the finest Country & Western and Bluegrass, Luke Jones Music Hall is the place to find it! No drinking, no smoking ... just good clean fun and free potluck smorgasbord! Strangers who walk in get treated just like the home folks. Try it, you’ll like it! Just past Adamsville the morning coffee starts to talk to me a little. I’m not one for stopping at the gas station unless I need gas, so I pull into Hines Cemetery and head for a distant cedar. You know, that’s the best way to deal with “pit stops” in Texas. Seems the old family cemeteries are more plentiful than gas stations, well marked, and just about all are off the beaten path. No running water of any sort but a pocket-sized bottle of Germ-X

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from the windshield bag fits the bill. I pull back out onto 281 North and still feel the 20 MPH southerly wind at my back. Now that makes for great cruising. How comfy can it get! But then it suddenly dawns on me that this same southerly wind will be my worst enemy during the return trip. Oh, well... just part of the biking game. I twist the grip and level off at 70 MPH as the wind continues pushing me towards the southern edge of Hamilton. Turn left at the Hamilton County Courthouse onto Texas 36 and accelerate west towards Comanche. The Texas Highway Department dedicated State Highway 36 as a memorial to the 36th Texas Division in 1944 following the Division’s capture of 175,806 enemy troops while suffering 27,343 casualties. I am reminded of my days providing logistical support to the 2/112th Armor Battalion, 36th Division, during ThunderRoadsTexas.com


late 2004/early 2005 at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Most of the National Guard troops there were from around Fort Worth. I first saw the “COMANCHE” sign on US 183 when returning from the Texas HOG Rally in Abilene in May 2006. I vowed to ride over there someday but kept it on the backburner. This was the day! On the way, Lamkin is another “blink of an eye”; displaying a Lamkin historical sigh adjacent to the Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway sigh, then on to Gustine. That southerly wind has become a cross-wind now and leaning the Harley to the left at about a five degree angle. Occasional gusts from semis and large vehicles are a nuisance but not as bad as a strong headwind.

I was actually able to relax for a minute as I cruised through Priddy at 35 MPH. But as I passed the Priddy General Store on the south end of town I regained my momentum and misery. Keep in mind this will last all the way to Lampasas! That’s about a 70 mile run without any decent excuse to stop, unless you’re just a wimp! Just as I had regained the 75 MPH ground speed plus whatever the winds were now, I see something in the road ahead. I can’t tell what it is but it is on the center lines. As I get about 100 feet away I notice that it is a well camouflaged adult sheep blending in with the gray pavement and just standing there gawking at this loud machine moving towards it at high speed. This is a BAD THANG! There is just no way to predict what any animal will do in any given situation, especially one where its life is in danger. Suddenly,

Mills County Redbud Trail, described by Texas Parks and Wildlife: “It meanders through much of the county, and is best viewed in late February or early March. See the streets and towns of this area draped in a profusion of pink and purple blossoms. Once in full bloom, the redbuds radiate with an explosion of color, marking the onset of spring in Texas.” Texas-based, Texas-focused, Texas PROUD!

I get a little reprieve from the winds as I cruise slowly through the Goldthwaite business district then resume my misery again. Although numb at this point I still have enough of my senses to see the hawks in the tree tops every now and then. It seems the winds have even slowed them down today. I look across a huge pasture and see a small whitetail running full speed towards the distant tree line. What’s up with that? Maybe he takes exception to the trademark “Harley sound”. As I ease through Lometa in comfort I notice a banner advertising their “Diamondback Jubilee” on the last Saturday of March. Having been to it twice, I may have to check it out again this year if the winds allow it. Last year was so windy the vendors couldn’t get their tents and booths set up.

Ahhhhh ... the final stretch! Lampasas to home. Eighteen miles of cross-wind but a welcome relief from the non-stop headwinds. This time I get to lean five degrees to the right! That should balance out the wear pattern on my tires! I finally pull into my driveway, dismount, and just stand there for a minute to see if my blood is still flowing. EVERY hair on my body is tingling ... you can’t get this at a health spa! And look at the bucks I’m saving! Yep, that was one helluva “white-knuckle” ride coming south! The only thing that could have made it more exhilarating ... the dreaded RAIN!

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While inhaling my Hungerbuster Jr. I can’t help but notice that the weather is changing. The sky is becoming much darker shades of gray and the wind seems to be picking up as well. So I wolf my meal on down, score two points at the trash can on my way out the door, while simultaneously thinking of the headwinds in my immediate future. I mount up and pull into the local Shell station before getting out on the road. I turn left onto Texas 16 and head south towards Goldthwaite. This is a beautiful stretch of road and I’m wishing it was later in spring so there’d be more color and a tad more warmth. This section of Texas 16 is part of the Mills County Redbud Trail.

Supposedly, wind chill doesn’t come into play on your exposed skin until the temp drops to about 40-45 degrees. Well, rest assured that at speeds equivalent to 100 PMH on a 55 degree day you are going to feel a chill! You will soon discover that cold air is swirling around body parts that you didn’t even know you had! I’m talking about places that weren’t even discussed during anatomy class! One technique is to lean your body forward over the gas tank and hunker down as low as you can behind the windshield. Then throw your head back 90 degrees so you can look straight to the front and use your peripheral vision to catch anything that’s gonna clobber you from the sides. See how much of that you can stand ... I only last a few minutes!! Also, while hugging the gas tank like that when you hit a bump you feel that large Harley ignition switch trying to imbed itself into your sternum; another reason not to stay there too long. You might as well let someone smack you with a hammer and chisel. For some reason I can’t figure out, women riders don’t seem to experience this “ignition switch in the sternum syndrome”. Also, at those speeds the wind tends to lift the helmet off your head. Helmets are supposed to fit a little on the snug side and when they move they also jiggle the temples of your glasses making them bob up and down. Now, in addition to everything else you feel like your head is riding atop a pogo stick!

the sheep rears up on its hind legs and simultaneously wheels around to head back in the direction it had come from. As I whizzed past I heard a series of loud bleating four-letter sheep words that only sheep can understand. “Whewwww! Thanks, fella!” The last time that happened to me a small dog-sized whitetail deer decided to commit suicide between my front wheel and engine while I was moving 60 MPH. I only felt a small jolt and as I looked into my rear view, the deer was sliding down the road in the direction it had come from; instant death.

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I pull off the road a couple times before I reach Priddy to capture a few more windmills. Oh, this is a beautiful road ... gently rolling prairie with mesas in the distance. The winds seem to be getting stronger. I shoot the last windmill for the day and hang the speedometer on 75 MPH. This quickly becomes a “whiteknuckle” ride. 75 MPH ground speed and 25 MPH headwind equates to a 100 MPH ride anyway you want to look at it. I don’t care how big your windshield is, your body will be fighting some wind. The grip on the bars gets tighter, knuckles get whiter, and you lean farther forward in the saddle. After about 30 minutes of this your right fingers, hand, wrist, and elbow start to lockup from lack of circulation and muscle tension. Soon, you’re not sure which way you should turn the throttle to slow down. After about 45 minutes of it your entire body becomes tense in an effort to stay relaxed. At that point it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling 60 MPH or 120 MPH, your body doesn’t seem to be able to detect the difference.


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Remembering a Texas Legend The Musician & The Man Mean Gene Kelton 1953-2010 As many of you have already heard, we lost our friend and feature writer, Mean Gene Kelton, in a fatal automobile accident on December 28, 2010. While he had just announced, in the December 2010 issue, that he was forgoing a monthly feature article in Thunder Roads Texas, he also committed to submit articles when he could and would remain part of our team. We first met Mean Gene and Joni (“Even Meaner”) when we took over the magazine with the January 2008 issue. He was on the list of “distribution points” we inherited from the previous owner. We knew that he was a guitarist with a popular band and following, but we also knew he didn’t have a “shop” to distribute from. So we wondered how he got to be a distribution point. Loving to meet new people and vowing to get our “ducks in a row” with regards to distribution (among many other aspects of the business), we set up to meet Gene and Joni in Baytown early in our tenure as owners. Turns out, he was more than just one distribution point – he was many! He took the magazines with him wherever he traveled to play, often going through his allotted quantity early in the month. We found the couple very down to earth, wonderful people; enjoying the lunch so much that we felt fast friends from that point on. His name “Mean” had absolutely nothing to do with who he was a man. Anyone who knew Gene knows that he leaves behind a legacy of sharing and supporting those who needed more than he. He liked (and deserved) to get paid for his musical talents, working very hard for many, many years to get to the point that he was worth what he asked for. But, you could always find him playing a benefit for free… and not just one or two – but many. He Page 28

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had a very soft heart, he was a very kind man. No, the “mean” was given him by another musician after hearing him play a “mean guitar”. After about a year of supporting us and our supporting him, he offered to write a monthly feature article for us. The theme would be, obviously, biker bands in Texas. He always had a unique and humorous take on the backside workings of what a band goes through and experiences in the biker community as seen from the stage. We often read his articles before publishing – laughing our asses off. In December, he was thrilled to play as an opener for ZZ Top. The concert was in Midland-Odesssa. This represented 25 years of hard work… as it was his dream to open for the legendary Texas band. You see, Mean Gene had become a Texas music legend himself. It was about time! The concert was awesome and Mean Gene was on a huge natural high. Not long after that, his book, Gigs From Hell, hit the stands (you can get your copy from Amazon. com). And this Spring/Summer, his first movie appearance is to be released. Originally titled “Marfa Red”, “The Passage” promises to be a true treat for Mean Gene fans. When speaking with Joni, she commented on the change in name of the movie, “how wild is that?” It seems almost a foretelling of things to come. Watch Mean Gene’s website and/or Facebook page for updates on the release of the movie. Who knows, Mean Gene fans may get a special treat. Joni promised a funeral fitting of Mean Gene… and she pulled it off! It included an escorted ride from the funeral home to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown. Mean

Gene was carried by Black Diamond Motorcycle Hearse and followed by hundreds of bikes. The “eye-in-the-sky” camera focused in tight on the casket, which could be seen through the glass sides of the hearse, and one could see that it was covered with hundreds of signatures… all relating personal sentiments and farewells to Mean Gene. What a sight and definitely affecting the emotions of everyone who knew Gene; he would have loved it. The memorial service concluded with hundreds still hanging out until Mean Gene’s casket was placed back on the hearse for a ride back to the funeral home. The next day, Gene was laid to rest with family and close friends only in a small private church cemetery. There will be many benefits in the coming months and Thunder Roads Texas will do its best to make sure our readers know the details. Two have already been set and is sanctioned by the Keltons. Being a musician, Mean Gene was self-employed. That means, he didn’t have insurance to help the family out with final preparations. So these benefits are needed. Additionally, an account has been set up at Beacon Federal Credit Union (BeaconFed.org), for those who can’t make one of the benefits. In talking to Joni, it is obvious that she is not going to let Gene be forgotten, nor his name tarnished or abused. “He worked hard to achieve the level he did and I’m not going to let anyone take that away,” she says, adding, “I got the name of ‘Even Meaner’ from fans watching me dog club owners and not take any shit... now they’re seeing me get even meaner so the legacy of Mean Gene Kelton goes forward without blemish.”

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Joni plans to re-release some of the music Gene loved so much, completing projects that were planned and partially executed before Gene’s death. One such project is Texas Red Dirt Country: Americana, offering some fresh recordings untouched and raw made just before his passing. “Gene’s voice, just pure Gene,” Join says. Another is a “rewrap” of Mean Guitar, compiling the “best of” Mean Gene over the years. And yet one more is the long-awaited release of the Southern Fried 4th of July 2009 DVD. Joni is hoping to make these available in the next couple of months. If you know Mean Gene’s music, you should be familiar with “Crusin’ Texas Avenue”, a song about cruising up and down the popular route in Baytown, a long-time favorite weekend pastime. Baytown adopted the idea from the song and, with Gene’s help, started an annual event, “Cruisin’ Texas Avenue”, a weekend long celebration of Baytown. It was one of their big gigs of the year, with Mean Gene Kelton and the Die Hards always the headliner. This year, the Die Hards will still grace the stage on April 9. On April 10, Gene’s birthday, the Hawg Stop will host the Mean Gene Kelton Music Festival. It’s an all day festival of music, formerly known as the Hawg Stop Music Festival, that now continue in Gene’s name yearly. More information is available on MeanGeneKelton.com.

Equusearch, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.” Additionally, Joni plans to donate to and support the Houston Blues Museum, “there is so much of Gene’s life and legacy to share with the rest of the world.” We could write more, we loved the man and the music. But we are not the only ones suffering this particular loss. Mean Gene touched so many lives – literally thousands – and it would simply be selfish to only tell our story. So we reached out on Facebook and asked for stories and pictures, which we share here (below and next page). Thank you to all who submitted. To Joni and the family… and to all feeling this loss… you are all in our prayers.

Joni would like everyone to know how grateful she is for the support and love she has received from all over the world. “I feel so blessed. There are a lot of arms around me, supporting me,” Joni comments. She said the support has come from as far away as Australia, where a radio show dedicated an entire episode to Mean Gene Kelton and his music. She’s received emails from Europe and even third world nations. “Gene never realized how many people he touched in his life,” Joni says. As for the charity work that was such a big part of Mean Gene’s life, Joni vows to “continue on our mission, supporting our favorite charities, Harley’s Angels, Texas

PERSONAL STORIES AND PICS... My name is Bucky “Two Notes” Bishop, friend and assistant road manager. In 2006, for some reason the promoters for the Lone Star Rally had the two headliner bands, Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) & John Kay (formerly of Steppenwolf), set up to play in the state park in Bolivar. Friday, Gene & the Die Hards were the opening band for Mark Farner’s Band. Needless to say, because of all of the bullshit people have to go through to get on the ferry, hardly any people from the Galveston side showed up. There were about 50 people at the show. Mostly campers. Damn shame, people missed out on what was one of Gene’s favorite lines .... “Ten dollars for a million dollar show” Pictured left to right: Die Hard bassist,Wolff (two f’s), Gene, Mark Farner and Die Hard drummer, Russell “The Steamroller” Shelby Bucky

I met Mean Gene Kelton in Mississippi, at Ground Zero Blues Club, where I ran sound when I wasn’t on the road, myself. We struck up a friendship that eventually brought me here to play with him as one of the Die Hards. Since that time I have grown by leaps and bounds as a musician and met the most wonderful people, including my amazing wife, here in Texas. The conversations we’d have on the road, the experiences we had, the things I learned, and the music we made will stay with me for my entire life. I think the high point for our friendship, for me at least, was having him as one of my groomsmen at my wedding to Cherye-Ann. It was Halloween and we went all out for the theme. (Kind of an Undead-Pirate thing). I was worried that it might be a little too “out there” for him. Imagine my surprise when he agreed to the full-face makeup involved in the costuming. Being the good sport and showman he was, he completely embraced the role 100%. There were two sides to him: Mean Gene Kelton, the artist and Gene, my friend. It was an honor to know the artist, but it was a great privilege to have the friend. For that, I am eternally grateful. Wolff DeLong

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I had a benefit for my father who has colon cancer back in March. I wrote him [Mean Gene Kelton] an email out of nowhere in need of a band/entertainer, knowing he was booked the day I needed. His show cancelled somehow and he told me that the picture of me and my dad touched him and he would love to. He didn’t ask for anything from me, he didn’t expect anything. He was a great help to the success of my benefit and helped my father earn the money to pay for many doctor visits since then and a medical deposit for high risk insurance. He [Gene] really touched my heart and it breaks my heart that someone that was a part of prolonging my father’s life has passed. Passed before the person I was trying to save. I think of him as my friend even though we didn’t know each other. He came into my life when he was needed like a miracle, like a friend. Here’s him and I, and a picture that I sent him that day. Kelly

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There are so many [stories], but there are three occasions with MGK that stand out most to me. The first is recalling seeing him at one the first Thunder Roads Texas Bike Nights at Norton’s. He got up to sing “My Baby Don’t Wear No Panties” and all my gal pals and I just bombarded him with panties… panties were flying right and left… hanging from that famous hat and dangling from his guitar… an absolute riot! From granny panties to those edible ones, I believe they were all represented that night.

I am sure some of you are tired of my Gene Kelton posts [FB] so I want to tell you why. Even if I did not like his music I would support him. It’s his spirit that I support, the will to follow your desires no matter what the cost. To put it out there, your passion, and remain true to it. A trait not many of us show. The human spirit against all odds and reason. Richard

The second “highlight” was on March 21, 2009 at the Hawg Stop. It was my first date with this guy I was really interested in. MGK was playing and the guy I was with had known Gene and Joni for many years, so I got an introduction. I immediately felt like I had seen old friends. You know that kind of friend that you haven’t seen in 20 years but you can pick up where you left off when you see them again? That’s how it felt to be with Gene and Joni. There were no airs, no pretentiousness, just this kindness about the two of them that permeated me. I knew that day I had met two very special people. It was a special day all around. Well fast forward about a year or so. The “Crowning Jewel Highlight” was when I asked Gene to play for my upcoming wedding to that special guy (Ken) from the Hawg Stop date. He said “Mary, I’d be honored to play at yours and Ken’s wedding”. And so he did. He rocked the place. I believe I saw my 80 year old Baptist Sunday school teacher mom tap a toe or two. He made a lot of fans that day… people who hadn’t heard of MGK now have him jamming on their iPods. Sweet Mean Gene was there for our first date and there for our most important, our wedding. Gene gave Ken and me the best wedding gift anyone could have and it will forever be one of our most cherished memories. He was a great man, a devoted husband to Joni and a good friend. My life will be forever changed for knowing him. RIP MGK

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here is a factory in Northern Minnesota which makes the Tickle Me Elmo toys. The toy laughs when you tickle it under the arms. Well, Lena, an adorable but scatter-brain, is hired at The Tickle Me Elmo factory and she reports for her first day promptly at 8:00 am. The next day at 8:45 am there is a knock at the Personnel Manager’s door.. The Foreman throws open the door and begins to rant about the new Employee. He complains that she is incredibly slow and the whole line is backing up, putting the entire production line behind schedule.

The Personnel Manager decides he should see this for himself, so the two men march down to the factory floor. When they get there the line is so backed up that there are Tickle Me Elmo’s all over the factory floor and they’re really beginning to pile up. At the end of the line stands Lena surrounded by mountains of Tickle Me Elmo’s. She has a roll of plush Red fabric and a huge bag of small marbles. The two men watch in amazement as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and begins to carefully sew the little package between Elmo’s legs. The Personnel Manager bursts into laughter. After several minutes of hysterics he pulls himself together and approaches Lena, “I’m sorry,” he says to her, barely able to keep a straight face, “but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday…” “‘Your job is to give Elmo two TEST tickles.”

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fter being married for 44 years, I took a careful look at my wife one night and said, “Darling, 44 years ago we had a cheap apartment, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and whiteTV, but I got to sleep every night with a smokin’ hot 20-year-old girl. Now, I have a $500,000 home, a $45,000 car, a comfy king size Sleep Number bed, and a LED/high-def/60 inch Flat-screen. But I’m sleeping with a 65-year-old woman.” It seems to me that she was not holding up her side of things. My wife is a very reasonable woman. With no hesitation whatsoever, she gently encouraged me to go out and find the hottest 20-year-old gal possible, and she would make damn sure that I would once again be living in a cheap apartment, driving a cheap car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV. I truly believe the ability to compromise is the reason we’ve lasted so long. (sigh)

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The first man married a woman who was Polish. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away. The second man married a woman who was Italian. He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done and there was a huge dinner on the table. The third man married a woman who was Irish. He ordered her to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot meals on the table for every mealtime. He said the first day he didn’t see anything, the second day he didn’t see anything but by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye, and his arm was healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher

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young woman brings home her fiancé to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother tells her father to find out about the young man. The father invites the fiancé to his study for a drink.

“So what are your plans?” the father asks the young man. “I am a Torah scholar,” he replies. “A Torah scholar. Hmm.” the father says. “Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in as she’s accustomed to?” “I will study,” the young man replies, “and God will provide for us.” “And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring such as she deserves?” asks the father. “I will concentrate on my studies,” the young man replies, “and God will provide for us.” “And children?” asks the father. “How will you support children?” “Don’t worry, sir, God will provide,” replies the fiancé.

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The conversation proceeds like this, and each time the father questions, the young idealist insists that God will provide. Later, the mother asks, “How did it go, honey?”

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $25,000.

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man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

He asked her about the contents. “When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.” The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness. “Honey,” he said, “that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?”

The father answers, “He has no job and no plans, but the good news is he thinks I’m God.” couple had been married for 50 years. They were sitting at the breakfast table one morning when the wife says, “Just think, fifty years ago we were sitting here at this breakfast table together.’”

“I know,” the old man said, “We were probably sitting here naked as a jaybird fifty years ago.” “Well,” Granny snickered, “let’s relive some old times.” Where upon, the two stripped to the buff and sat down at the table. “You know, honey,” the little old lady breathlessly replied, “My nipples are as hot for you today as they were fifty years ago.” “I wouldn’t be surprised,” replied Gramps, “One’s in your coffee and the other is in your oatmeal.”

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*Team Mancuso Powersports - Gulf Fwy 10222 Gulf Fwy Houston, TX 77034 281.486.4604 TMPGF.com *Team Mancuso Powersports - SW 7537 SW Freeway Houston, TX 77074 713.955.9944 TMPSW.com * VIP Apparel 504 25th St Galveston, TX 77550 VIPBikerApparel.com 409.457.8316 *West of the Brazos Bar & Grill 23220 Hwy 36 Damon, TX 77430 979.742.3100 MySpace.com/WestOfTheBrazos

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*Thunder Alley Cycles 416 NE Wilshire Blvd Burleson, TX 76028 817.295.0955 ThunderAlleyCycles.com

*Bully’s Grill 8542 Seymour Hwy Wichita Falls, TX 76310 940.689.9195

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*Flying V Creations 1903 College Ave Snyder, TX 79549 325.436.0197 MySpace.com/FlyingVCreations *Lubbock Custom Motorcycles 11804 South University #A Lubbock, TX 79423 806.745.7167 LubbockCustomMotorcycles.com *Midessa Motorcycles 8100 West Highway 80 Midland, TX 79706 432.563.4109 MidessaMotorcycle.com *Rolling Thunder Bar & Grll 6441 County Road 2173 Fluvanna, TX 79517 325.573.HAWG (4294) RollingThunderBarAndGrill.com

PINEY WOODS *Cycle Heaven 3770 Hwy 69N Lufkin, TX 75904 936.634.8404 CycleHeavenTX.com

SOUTH TEXAS *Caliente Harley-Davidson 7230 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78245 210.681.CALI (2254) CalienteHarley.com *Cowboy’s Alamo City Harley-Davidson 11005 IH 35 North San Antonio, TX 78233 800.397.7875 CowboysAlamoCityHarley.com *Insurance Lady Agency 642 W Rhapsody, Ste A San Antonio, TX 78216 214.403.2216 InsuranceLadyInc.com *Joe Harrison Motorsports 9710 I-35 North San Antonio, TX 78233 210.656.9400 JHMS.com *Kent Powersports 15664 I-35 Selma, TX 78154 210.656.9400

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Outlaw Dave Show 9*5*0 AM in Houston 950KPRC.com to listen online. OutlawNation.us

* Motorcycle Tire Shop 1917 S Hackberry San Antonio, TX 78210 210.533.BIKE (2453) Motoorcycle-Superstore.com

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*Yamaha of San Antonio A Kent Powersports Company 15664 I-35 Selma, TX 78154 210.655.2625 KentPowersports.com

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February 2011 issue of Thunder Roads Texas motorcycle magazine.... featuring a tribute to Mean Gene Kelton (1953-2010).