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e here at Thunder Roads Magazine West Virginia want to thank all of our readers for your support in helping us bring back YOUR magazine. It is important to us that everyone understands we want you to think of this as your source for all things Biker Friendly. We ask that you feel free to submit photos and stories for consideration. We believe in a strong local presence in the magazine. Please contact us at with any questions you may have on how to help. Hope you all enjoyed the first issue and are looking forward to many more. As always this is only possible with the support of all the great business that are advertising with us to help reach out to YOU. So please support them as well and tell them Thunder Roads West Virginia sent you. Montani Semper Liberi, Big City




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rothers and Sisters, We would like to share a story of a man, John Chapman born September 26, 1774. He was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois well as Northern West Virginia. He became an American Legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways. Chapman’s work resembled that of a missionary. Each year, he traveled hundreds of miles on foot wearing a coffee sack with holes cut out for his arms and carrying a cooking pot, which he is said to have worn like a cap over his head.(ORIGINAL POT HEAD). He was affiliated with the Swedenborgian Church of Sweden. Thousands of acres of apple trees were planted by him but the most important seeds that he planted were seeds of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He attended many open air meetings (tent meetings). He would tell stories to children and spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the adults. Sometimes his reward would be a floor to sleep on for the night or possibly supper. It has been said that his voice would raise denunciatory, thrilling-strong and loud as a roar of wind and waves, then soft and soothing as the balmy airs that quivered the morning glory leaves about his grey beard. Chapman was quick to preach the Gospel as he traveled, and during his travels he converted many Native Americans, whom he admired. The Native Americans regarded him as someone who had been touched by the “Great Spirit”, and even hostile tribes left him strictly alone. He once wrote, “I have traveled more than 4000 miles about this country, and I have never met with one single arrogant Native American”. This man was called Johnny Appleseed. PSLAM 126:6 (He, who goes carrying seed to sow, will return joy, carrying sheaves with him). should be done with the right


negative gospel but one of love and respect and with the utmost concern for a soul. As Christians we should all be a part of the harvest, Paul says some are indeed called to sow, some to water, while others are called to reap. The title of this my brothers and sisters is “THE VALUE OF THE SEED.” What is the value of your seed? Are you a planter? Maybe you’re a waterer. Maybe God has called you into His fields to be a cultivator. And just maybe He has called you to be a harvester. Whatever the calling, it’s time brothers and sisters to do SOMETHING with His seed! As your riding around the beautiful hills of West Virginia and you pass through the town of Romney you may think of the seeds that Johnny Appleseed sowed in that area to create the beautiful apple orchards that bloom in the spring, and then produce that great tasting fruit in the summer. Also remember the seeds of the Gospel that he had sown that are still bearing fruit today! We would like to encourage all born-again believers to start sowing some good seed (the Word of God) in whatever area He has called you into; so that the fruit that only God can cause to increase will go on to be productive in more and more lives. Here at Rushing Wind Biker Church we would like to invite you to stop in and share some fellowship and the Gospel every Saturday night starting at 6 pm with service at 7. May God Bless You and keep you safe in your travels.

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’m writing this article at the end of a very cold and snowy week in January. If you’re reading this I hope the sun is out and the weather is warmer and you and your scooter are headed out for a ride. I hope this article doesn’t offend anyone. I mean it. After the events of yesterday at the Columbia Mall in Maryland I could no longer remain silent. I’m sick and tired of some jackass changing the lives of so many because he is having some problems. What has happened to us as a Nation and a people? When did it become okay to take out your anger or problems on our community? How many of us now sit in front of our televisions shaking our head as another one of these senseless tragedies happens? More often than not they happen so much nowadays you become almost numb to them unless they are happening near you. People glance at the TV and don’t notice anymore. Well to borrow a line from an old movie “I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!” I just couldn’t stay quiet any longer. As I’ve gotten older I have grown to hate two words in the English language. Politically Correct. I have to believe that one of the biggest problems with our country is the fact that we have turned our back on GOD as a Nation. There I said it! I even wrote it down! Before you get mad and stop reading lets think about this for a moment. In a country that has written on its money “In God We Trust” we seem to be more afraid of hurting someone’s feeling than believing in that short but powerful statement. It really gets to me that almost everyone in a school has some money in their pocket with this saying on it yet my kids aren’t allowed to spend a few seconds during the school day in a talk with God. Ironic isn’t it? I’ve thought for a number of years that if maybe God was allowed in school some of these kids feeling alone or bullied might have turned to God instead of lashing out at our communities. Let’s make sure to get this part right I’m not the perfect Christian. As a matter of fact I’ve never met one. I say Merry Christmas and I do a hundred other things that would irritate the politically correct. I can’t tell you how many things I don’t like that others do but I just ignore it. What a concept. Are you really going to get upset with me for saying Merry Christmas? Get over yourself. I don’t expect you to change because I disagree with you. It’s okay to disagree. I respect your right to disagree. Bikers have understood the RESPECT thing for a long time. Now comes the real controversial part of the article. Can there be more? You Bet! I do not own a gun. I’m probably the only member of both sides of my family that doesn’t


own a gun. Most of you know I’m from West Virginia. The common belief is that when you are born in WV you get a gun in the crib before you get a bottle. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been around guns my whole life. I’ve been hunting and shooting many times. I just never found the need to own a gun. Not to mention my wife really doesn’t like to be around guns. I never found it worth the argument. I never really had an opinion on gun rights because I didn’t own one. Events and ones like it over the past few years have really started to help me form an opinion. The Bill Of Rights were put down on paper by our Founding Fathers. Here we go again trying to change things that this country was founded on. We live in a State that has some of the strictest gun laws in this country. (Maryland) We also live in a state we’ve just seen I’m no safer here than anywhere else. I’ve decided to buy a gun. Until we get to a place I can go to the mall with my grandchildren and not be threatened by a nut with a gun I’m going to be a gun owner. I also believe it’s time to move to a state that I can carry legally in. I’ve tried to do it the other way for 54 years. Like one of my partners said yesterday “Wouldn’t it have been nice if the headline was man stopped by citizens before he could shoot innocent people.” I’m tired of the loss of so many innocent lives. There is a great picture going around on Face book about how we need more Mayberry. I can’t think of a better prescription for our country. Sunday morning Church and afternoon family time. Finding ways to help your neighbors instead of hiding from them. Heck, how many of you even know your neighbors much less help in the community? Bikers get a lot of bad press for the way they dress and sometimes we may party a little too much. We are the ones that get out and do what we can for the community. I feel better now that I got this article out of my head. I hope I didn’t offend too many of you. I’m tired of skirting around the issues and worrying whether or not I was irritating someone or group. We are blessed by God to live in the greatest country on earth. We need to stop trying to deny who we are and what we were founded on. Let’s get back to who our founding fathers hoped we would be. I want to send my deepest sympathies to the victims of the Columbia Mall shooting. I ask that we all keep their friends and families in our thoughts and prayers. My most heartfelt prayer is that this is the last time I write about such a tragic event. God Bless us all. Hillbilly

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A fart is a pleasant thing... t gives the belly ease... It warms the bed in winter...And suffocates the fleas. A fart can be quiet... A fart can be loud... Some leave a powerful... Poisonous cloud A fart can be short... Or a fart can be long... Some farts have been known... To sound like a song..... A fart can create...A most curious medley... A fart can be harmless...Or silent...and deadly. A fart might not smell... While others are vile... A fart may pass quickly... Or linger a while... A fart can occur...In a number of places... And leave everyone there... With strange looks on their faces.From wide-open prairie...To a small elevator...A fart will find all of us Sooner or later.But farts are all bad... Is simply not true...We must never forget... Sweet old farts like you! When a friend’s son took the entrance exam for medical school, he was perplexed by this question:”Rearrange the letters P-N-E-S-I to spell out the part of the human body that is most useful when erect.” Those who spelled SPINE became doctors.... The rest are in government. I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner. I took out my wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?” “No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied. “Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?” I asked. “No, I don’t waste time fishing,” the homeless man said. “I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.” “Will you spend this on hunting equipment?” I asked. “Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t gone hunting in 20 years!”

One day a man decided to retire, go on a great cruise, and decide what entrepreneurship he would venture into after all the corporate bullshit of 30 years. He booked himself on a Caribbean cruise and proceeded to have the time of his life, that is, until the ship sank.He soon found himself on an island with no other people, no supplies, nothing, only bananas and coconuts. After about four months, he was lying on the beach one day when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rowed up to the shore. In disbelief, he asks, “Where did you come from? How did you get here?” She replies, “I rowed over from the other side of the island where I landed when my fishing boat sank.” “Amazing,” he notes. “You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up with you.” “Oh, this thing?” explains the woman. “ I made the boat out of some raw material I found on the island. The oars were whittled from gum tree branches. I wove the bottom from palm tree branches, and the sides and stern came from a Eucalyptus tree.” “But, where did you get the tools?” “Oh, that was no problem,” replied the woman. “ On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum of alluvial rock is exposed. I found that if I fired it to a certain temperature in a volcanic vent I found just down island, it melted into ductile iron and I used that to make tools and used the tools to make the hardware.”The guy is stunned. “Let’s row over to my place,” she says “and I’ll give you a tour.” So, after a short time of rowing, she soon docks the boat at a small hand built wharf. As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls off the boat. Before him is a long stone walk leading to a cabin and a tree house. While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead, dumb struck. As they walk into the house, she says casually, “It’s not much, but I call it home. Please sit down.” “Would you like a drink?” “No! No thank you,” the man blurts out, still dazed. “I can’t take another drop of coconut juice.” “Oh, it’s not coconut juice,” winks the woman. “I have a still. How would you like a Jack Daniels neat?” Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, and they sit down on her couch to talk. After they exchange their individual survival stories, the woman announces, “I’m going to slip into something more comfortable. Would you like to take a shower and shave? There’s a razor in the bathroom cabinet upstairs.”No longer questioning anything, the man goes upstairs into the bathroom. There, in the cabinet is a razor made from a piece of tortoise bone. Two shells honed to a hollow ground edge are fastened on to its end inside a swivel mechanism. “This woman is amazing,” he muses. “What’s next?”

When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but a bandana around her blonde locks and some small flowers on tiny vines, “Well, I said, “I’m not going to give you money. Instead, I’m going to each strategically positioned, she smelled faintly of coconut oil. She take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.” then beckons for him to sit down next to her.“Tell me,” she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him, “We’ve both been out here for The homeless man was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious many months. You must have been lonely. When was the last time with you for doing that?” He asked. you had a really good ride? She stares into his eyes.He can’t believe I replied, “Don’t worry about that. It’s important for her to see what he’s hearing. “You mean...” he swallows excitedly as tears start what a man looks like after he has given up drinking, fishing and to form in his eyes, Oh, dear sweet woman, hunting.” you found a way to build a Harley? “. THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE WEST VIRGINIA

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The Legend

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any years ago, on a cold December night, a crusty old biker was returning from a trip to Mexico with his saddlebags filled with toys and other assorted trinkets for the kids at a group home near where he worked. As he rode along that night thinking how lucky he had been in life, having a loving riding partner that understood his need to roam the highways and to his trusty old pan that hadn’t let him down once in the many years they had shared the road together. Well, about 40 miles north of the border, in the high desert, lurked a small group of notorious little critters known as road gremlins. You know, the ones who always leave little obstacles like, one shoe, boards, and pieces of old tires on the road, and also dig those dreaded potholes for bikers to run over and crash, thus giving the road gremlins a chance to rejoice over their acts of evil. Well, as the lone wolf of a biker rounded a curve that moonlit night, the gremlins ambushed him, causing him to crash to the asphalt and skid before coming to a stop next to one of his saddlebags that had broken free. As he lay there, unable to move, the road gremlins made their way towards him. Well, this biker, not being one to give up, started throwing things at the gremlins as they approached him. Finally, with nothing else to throw but a bell, he started ringing it in hopes to scare off the dirty little gremlins.


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About a half a mile away, camped in the desert, were two bikers sitting around the campfire talking about their day’s ride, and the freedom of the wind blowing in their faces as they rode across this vast country. In the stillness of the night air they heard what sounded to them like church bells ringing, and upon investigating, found the old biker lying along the roadside with the gremlins about to get him. Needless to say, being part of the biker brotherhood, they proceeded to ward off the gremlins until the last ran off into the night. Being grateful to the two bikers, the old road dog offered to pay them for their help, but as all true bikers do, they refused to accept any type of payment from him. Not being one to let a good deed go unnoticed, the old biker cut two pieces of leather from his saddlebags tassels and tied a bell to each one. He then placed them on each of the biker’s motorcycles, as near to the ground as possible. The tired, old road warrior then told the two travelers that with those bells placed on their bikes, they would be protected from the road gremlins and that if ever in trouble, just ring the bell and a fellow biker will come to their aid. So, whenever you see a biker with a bell, you know that he has been blessed with the most important thing in life—friendship from a fellow biker.


The Purpose of the Bell

Many of us have heard the story about Evil Road Spirits. They are little gremlins that live on your bike. They love to ride, and they’re also responsible for most of your bike’s problems. Sometimes your turn signals refuse to work; your battery goes dead, the clutch needs adjustment, or any of several hundred things that can go wrong. These problems are caused by Evil Road Spirits. Evil Road Spirits can’t live in the presence of the bell, because they get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Among other things, their hearing is supersensitive, so the constant ringing of the bell and the confined space drives them insane. They lose their grip and eventually fall to the roadway. Have you ever wondered how potholes are formed? The bell has served its purpose. If you pick up a Bell of your own, the magic will work, but if your bell is given to you, the power is doubled, and you know that somewhere you have a special friend helping to look after you. So, if you have a friend who doesn’t have a bell, why not give them one? It’s a nice feeling for the recipient to know you care. The bell, plus a good preventive maintenance program by the bikes owner, will help eliminate Evil Road Spirits.

Polishing the Bell

It has been a tradition among some of us for a long time to attach a brass bell to our left swing arm, to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone down riding. It’s a small thing, but the reason a brass bell is chosen is that, as we ride, it gets dirty and tarnished. Every time we get down washing and polishing it, we are reminded of friends lost, and our thoughts turn to the meaning of being in the wind. As we ride and hear the bell ring, we know that our brothers and sisters are riding with us, and how easy it would be to join them with a single mistake. And maybe, just maybe, the next time a situation comes up; they will be there to help long as we remember them by polishing the bell.

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got the chance to meet Paul Sr. at The Timonium Bike Show 2014. I really didn’t know what to expect. Like a lot of you I have been watching the show Orange County Choppers for awhile now. I’ve seen the problems live on television that a family had to go through. I was also trying to think of the questions that I was going to ask someone that I felt I sort of knew after watching him on the show all these years. I can tell you that talking to Sr. was easy and he made me feel very comfortable while I was interviewing him. I guess it didn’t hurt that I brought our cover girl Carrie along with me. Thanks Carrie.

HB- When did you start the business and how did you know this was what you wanted to do? PTS- I’m trying not to give my age away. I believe it was around 1968. I loved messing around bikes.


HB- Did you have any idea that you would become this big OCC Business? PTS- No I never thought or had any idea that it would be what it has grown into today. I started with a partner in a steel fabrication business for about 28 years. He was a real biker guy and back then we could do things others couldn’t do because we had the steel fabrication shop. So I came up with procedure for bending the steel and stretching the bike and that’s how it basically started. HB- I don’t want to get into the problems you’ve had on the show especially with family but do you regret having a reality show looking back on everything? PTS- No I have nice cars and bikes and a nice house and have been able to provide for others. HB- Now if someone came to us at Thunder Roads and asked us if we wanted to do a reality show. Would you say do it or whatever you do say no? PTS-It’s a lot of work to do a reality show. We do a lot of stuff behind the scenes that don’t appear on television. Remember every aspect of your life and your friends and family are exposed. I would say yes go ahead and do it. When all things are considered it’s been a good deal. HB- I have three sons and while I watched I couldn’t believe that you were dealing with personal stuff in front of us all. That had to be hard on you all.

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PTS- Yeah I don’t recommend that part.

HB- Do you get tired of doing these meet and greet shows?

HB- What’s your favorite bike that you’ve ever made?

PTS- You know it’s what I do. I hadn’t done them in years and just started to do them again recently. It’s a good way to connect with the fans and thank them for watching. I don’t mind doing them. I’m having a good time. I felt like it was time to get back out here again. I did three this month and I have some more to do in the future. I’m going to try and do a couple bike things a month.

PTS- The next one. HB-Do you have a bike that you wish you would’ve kept instead of selling it? PTS- You know what I have my first two bikes. I have a 1971 Triumph and a 1974 Harley that I kept. I still have them. HB- I was thinking that you have made so many nice bikes there has got to be one or two you really wanted to keep. PTS- Not really. I have a couple of cars that I would like to have kept but the bikes were my business and I could always make another. HB- I saw an episode that JR. surprised you and brought back the first bike you two ever made together and you had the one you had just made together. Watching you smile as you rode with your son I thought that might be one you would like to get back. PTS- That one was from way back and it did bring back some good memories from working with Paul JR. I would like to have that one but as you saw on the show JR, only borrowed it. And we sent it back. That was a nice ride with JR. on a couple of great bikes.


HB- Where do you see yourself going with all this in the next couple of years? PTS- About the same really. We have a restaurant now and we have franchises and we even have a bowling alley in one of our places so the sky is really the limit. Whether you’re a SR. person or you were a JR. person meeting with Paul SR. will be a pleasure for all of you. He was kind and patient and stayed longer than he was supposed to so that he could sign and take pictures with everyone that wanted one. I really enjoyed meeting him and having the time to sip some shine with Paul SR. Now if he will just bring a certain HILLBILLY on his show for a guest shot. What do you think? He could build me a hillbilly bike that makes shine as we drive. AWESOME! SR should know my motto Everything Goes Better with a Hillbilly!! Remember boys and girls always lose the lid and share with friends, a circle usually works best! Miss ya Wayne!

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Upcoming Events

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RAmerican Legion Post 7 Custom

Car & Bike Show Saturday, April 26, 2014    from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Custom Car & Bike Show. Rain Date April 28th. $10.00 Registration. Dash Plaques to the first 100 cars and patches to the first 50 bikes. Free hotdog or hamburger with each registration. 30 Car and 12 Bike Trophies. Open to the public-  Music & Food All Day For more info 302-284-9646 Ride to the Tide Sunday, April 27, 2014 The Blue Knights Delaware Chapter 1 and the Delaware Special Olympics will hold the Annual Ride to the Tide on April 27th ( Rain date will be May 4th ). Ride will depart from the University of Delaware, Newark at 10:30am and from the Delaware Motor Vehicle lanes in Dover at 12 noon. ride-to-the-tide Home of the Brave Poker Run Saturday, May 10, 2014    from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM This is a poker run to benefit Home of the Brave which helps homeless veterans. Cost is $20 for initial entry and $10 per additional entry. There will be various prizes for best hand, raffles and other entertainment. Stops will include the American Legion in Dover, DE, Touchdown Restaurant, Green Stinger Restaurant and Seafood City. This event is proudly sponsored by the Dover, Delaware chapter of the Iron Order MC. For more info: Delaware / Maryland State HOG Rally 2013 (in Maryland) Thursday, June 19, 2014 -  Sunday, June 22, 2014 The 2014 Delaware / Maryland State HOG Rally is being held in Cumberland, MD Go here for more information on the 2014 Delaware / Maryland State HOG Rally www.


2nd Annual Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder/ Wounded Warrior Project Motorcycle Run Saturday, June 28, 2014  8:30 AM 2nd Annual Run To Benefit the Wounded Warrior Project Scenic ride through Delaware’s coastline with a special stop along the way afterwards food and entertainment will be provided

rider pins will be provided 50/50 Door prizes Silent Auction For more info.: Delaware / Maryland State HOG Rally 2013 (in Maryland) Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Sunday, June 22, 2014 The 2014 Delaware / Maryland State HOG Rally is being held in Cumberland, MD Go here for more information on the  2014 Delaware / Maryland State HOG Rally


F Daytona Party Saturday, March 8, 2014   from 7:00 PM  to 11:00 PM Kingsman Presents Our Annual F Daytona Party Music By: Great Train Robbery Great Food - Drinks - Drawings - Tattoo Artist Event Shirts and Much More!!! Donation: $25 per Person, $40 per Couple in Advance or $30 & $50 at the Door See a Kingsman Member for Tickets in AdvanceFor more info.: Hagerstown Maryland Motorcycle Swap Meet, Craft & Vendor Show Sunday, March 16, 2014    from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 1st Annual Spring Motorcycle Swap Meet and Craft and Vendor Fair, Sunday March 16,2014 10am-5pm,Washington County Ag Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD, 21733. Something For Everyone!! We will have a wide Variety of Motorcycle Parts and Accessories from Several Great Vendors!! Also Craft and Product Vendors! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Items will be available, as well as baked goods Admission 5.00 per Adult, Children 12 and under are Free!!! Vendor Spaces: 25.00 per 10x10 spaces set up from 8am-10am March 16, 2014 Call 301-988-6775 or 301-988-9666 or Email For Space Reservation ABATE Annual Spring Open House w/ Charles County Chapter Saturday, March 29, 2014   4:00 PM Silent Auction, Cheer basket Raffle, Jelly Bean Contest, Games and more. Come Join your fellow ABATE members to ring in the riding season sharing stories and upcoming events. Spring Bull/Oyster Roast April 5th, 2014 5pm- 10:00 pm Harley Davidson of Baltimore Presents Benefiting the Baltimore Metro H.O.G. Chapter $38.00 per ticket Gaming / Prizes / Music/ Door Prizes Rosedale American Legion 1331 Seling Ave. Baltimore, MD 21237 410-866-9656 For more info contact Tina 410-238-2003 ext 122 MARCH 2014

Photo Scavenger Hunt to benefit the Semper Fi Fund Saturday, April 5, 2014   from 11:30 AM  to 4:00 PM Find an item, do a stunt, get crazy and go nuts....then take a pic and check it off the list. Most points at the end wins! Each item will have an assigned point value. • $20.00 entry fee per participant • All proceeds raised goes to support the Semper Fi Fund providing financial assistance and lifetime support for injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families • Hunt will be from 1-4 PM • Registration opens at 11:30 at Vanessa’s Corner Pub in Taylorsville, MD (Rts 26/27) • After party prizes, Giveaways, 50/50 and Drink specials to follow hunt. For more info: Joe Johnson Truck, Car and Bike Show Saturday, April 5, 2014   10:00 AM This is a charity event helps Joe Johnson Bible Knowledge Awards given out at graduation each year. It has simple categories and free admission to all. Joe Johnson, who is chaplain for the Home and School Association, voiced his idea for getting more community involvement with the Eastern Shore Junior Academy in 2010. He felt that the school should host a truck, motorcycle and car show in early April to start off the season. In 2011, the first show occurred and Joe was there, working the registration table and opening the show. He had a great time and began making plans for the next year. Almost tragically, Joe fell the next day striking his head and triggering a stroke that nearly took his life. Six months of therapy and recovery found Joe a little weaker but still determined to get the show rolling again. For more info. : Spring Scrabble Run Saturday, April 12, 2014    from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM ABATE of Calvert County Maryland Spring Scrabble Run Saturday, April 12, 2014. Registration is $10 per person and starts at 10 a.m. at Traders Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach. Last bike out at 11 a.m. Last bike in at 4 p.m. Play Scrabble on this Run—each stop gets you tiles, highest scoring word wins $$$$$. For more information contact Jeanine Haran evenings 410-286-3147 or email icedrakered@aol. com. Rain or shine - cars welcome. For more info.: Blessing of the Bikes Saturday, April 12, 2014    from 11:30 AM  to 2:30 PM Join the Black Jacket Cruizers at Battley Cycles for a Blessing of the Bikes. A free hot dog cook-out starts at 11:30am. Gather your bikes in the dealership parking lot by 12:30pm. The blessing begins at 1pm. Afterwards, take a leisurely, 1.5 hour long ride on back roads with the Black Jacket Cruizers.


Bikes to the Beach - 4th Annual Thursday, April 24, 2014 -  Sunday, April 27, 2014 Taking place all weekend long throughout Delmarva Look for all types of new exciting biker events for the Spring Rally in Ocean City Maryland! From bull riding, bike shows, custom builders, awesome vendors, great food and lots of drink specials! Great time of the year to come to the beach and get the Spring season revved up! Hope to see you there! American Legion Riders Chapter 276 Blessing of the Bikes Sunday, April 27, 2014   9:00 AM Blessing of the Bikes Breakfast at 9:00am,  Howard L Turner Post 276,  50/50 Raffle,  Event Pins available. 11:00am Blessing immediately following a group ride to Union Hotel. 1282 Susquehanna River road Port Deposit Maryland 21904. For more info.: Apple’s 11th Annual East Coast Motorcycle Rally Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014 Formerly known as the “East Coast Sturgis Motorcycle Rally” Two Stages, GREAT BANDS five days of Colossal Entertainment You won’t Forget!  Featuring The Outlaws & Great Train Robbery Come Early, Stay Late! There will also be a Poker Run, Bike Show, Field Events, Contests and All Kinds of Wild Fun! This is the event that’s taking the country by storm! All the reasons are right. Mountains, Open Country, Good People, Clean Air and the Freedom of the road! The East Coast Motorcycle Rally is the hot spot for motorcyclist to get together for good times, good food, and great entertainment. Come, Camp, Party! NO ONE DAY RATE! Rally Ticket price includes: Camping / Concerts / Tours / motorcycle Demolition

Derby and All other Activities HOT SHOWERS AVAILABLE EVERY DAY : FREE RV’S, CAMPERS, BUSES ETC.. Apple mountain main event grounds for the east coast motorcycle rally has no full hook up sites, RV’s, campers etc are welcome on the main event grounds, self contained. America’s 9/11 Ride, the 13th Anniversary Friday August 15th This is the 14th annual fully police escorted commemorative motorcycle ride to all three of the September 11th crash sites.  It is in remembrance of those who served, protected, lost their lives and to the volunteers of that tragic day.  Our ride takes place in August, respecting each site and the survivors, allowing them to mourn during September. The ride officially starts on Friday August 15th at 7:00am from Highland Harley-Davidson in Somerset, Pa. and rides through the Flight 93 Memorial (but does not stop).  Continuing on to Cumberland, Md. (fuel stop for small tank bikes) and regroup at Rocky Gap State Park (bathroom break).  Then we travel to the Outlet Malls in Hagerstown, Md. for lunch and fuel.  Then the group rides to the Double Tree (host) hotel in Arlington, Va.     Saturday morning we gather at the Pentagon for a 7:00am departure on our way to NY stopping at the Maryland House (fuel), then at Barb’s Harley-Davidson (lunch & fuel) and Applebee’s in Linden, NJ (for closing ceremonies) before completing our journey to New York City.  Once we arrive at the hotel in NY the ride is officially over.  On Sunday morning (for those that want to join us) we ride down (police escorted) to the World Trade Center Memorial. The ride stops about every 70 miles for food and/or fuel.  Pre-registration is required!! Get people to sponsor you, raise $250.00 and we will waive your registration fee, raise more & get extra goodies. Solo riders pay a $150.00 registration fee; passenger pays an additional $40.00.  This covers lunch and tolls for Friday and Saturday, (keep in mind we go through New Jersey) The links for our host hotels will be posted on our website.   This is a very well organized ride, it is fully police escorted, we have a “pumper team” to assist at the fuel stops, we have “road captains” spaced every 50 bikes to maintain the ride and they are in communication with each other.  We have chase vehicles with trailers to pick up bikes that experience difficulties.  We have mechanics & spare parts travel with the ride.

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Pinnacle Creek Trail Off-Road Trip Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Sunday, April 6, 2014 You’re Invited! Come ride with Steve Graybeal, the Diamond Motor Sports Parts Manager! I’ve got a great trip planned for you on the Pinnacle Creek Trail System, part of West Virginia’s greater Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. It’s an awesome place to ride - I’ve been there many times. I’m leaving with a group of 10 to 15, or more, the morning of Thursday April 3rd and returning Sunday, April 6th, which allows several days to explore the trails. It takes 7 hours (about 440 miles) to get to Trails Lodging in Pineville, WV, about 5 miles from THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE WEST VIRGINIA MARCH 2014

the Pinnacle Creek Trail head. I have reserved a house to share lodging expenses, so the more the merrier...and cheaper! For all the great info on the trip, click the pic below or go to On that blog site, I put a map, a breakdown of expected expenses, more pictures, a list of items you›ll need, a rough itinerary and more useful links to see what you can expect. Please sign-up early, so I can firm up the plans for a great trip. I›ll have daily rides planned for both the scenery-seeker and the straight-up adventure seeker. It›ll be a family-oriented fun trip for big kids/adults on ATV›s (250cc & up), UTV›s, and even larger trail bikes if you choose. I hope you›ll ride with me! Call or email me @ 302-697-3222 ext. 237 or Rally in the Valley Thursday, May 1, 2014 -  Sunday, May 4, 2014 Motorcycle Rally in the Winding Hills of Southern WV the 1st weekend in May each Year. You won’t want to miss this! 1st weekend of May All Kinds of Bikes! All kinds of Food! All Kinds of Vendors! All Kinds of Bands! Bike Show! Miss Rally in the Valley Contest! Bike Games! Bikini Bike Wash! 1000’s of Miles of Curves on the Country Roads around Williamson, and Much More!

Upcoming Events

5th Annual Spring Car, Truck & Motorcycle Super Show Sunday, April 13, 2014   from 12:00 PM  to 5:00 PM RAIN DATE: Sunday, April 27th, 2014 Registration Time (day of event): 11a.m. - 2p.m. Event Time: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $12 Pre-registration, BUY ONLINE with Promo Code CARSHOW: https://webhost. Pre-Registration Cutoff Date: April 12, 2014 Day of Event Registration Fee: $15.00 per vehicle $15 registration at the door and free to admire. Stunt Show Wheelie Machine DJ Door Prizes and a 50/50 Drawing, Trophy Classes from 1900-present, Stock and modified cars and trucks including Best of Show and Bosses Choice! Award Presentation Time: 5:00 p.m. Note: if you are using a GPS, do NOT type in WEST. Just type 11113 Baldwin Road, New Market, MD 21774

Blackwater Motorcycle & Music Festival Thursday, May 15, 2014 -  Sunday, May 18, 2014 The cities of Thomas and Davis, as well as the Timberline Resort will host events Check the website below for more info and updates 2014 WV HOG Rally July16th – 19th Canaan Valley Resort The HOG rally has come back to Canaan Valley. Some of the best riding in the country is in West Virginia. Come and enjoy some great riding, great fun and fellowship. Checkout our web site and get registered. With you, we will make this the best rally ever. Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally Wednesday, July 23, 2014  -  Sunday, July 27, 2014 Motorcycle Stunt Shows, Poker Run, Games, Contests, Live Bands, Vendors, Food, and lots more... “MountainFest is the most exciting motorcycle event on the East Coast!” Wild and Wonderful MountainFest is presented by MountainFest, LLC, in cooperation with the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, and our many generous sponsors. MountainFest, LLC is a 501(c)3 non-profit limited liability corporation. MountainFest, LLC is comprised of area residents from all walks of life who value their community and want to share the magic of West Virginia with bikers everywhere. Proceeds from MountainFest go to non-profit Mylan Park, and the many worthwhile public and private projects underway there. Our long-term goal is to make Wild and Wonderful MountainFest one of the nation’s premier motorcycling events. Plenty of Lodging nearby & Camping is available! See the event website (below) for complete information and schedules. 23

The Locals Guide for Daytona Beach Bike Week! There is no greater fun than a bike rally! No matter where it is there is always an abundance of fun and roaring bikes! This is especially true in Sunny Daytona Beach Florida where Bike Week has been happening for 73 years!

M years ago was for Bike Week y first trip to Daytona nearly 7

, I loved the warm weather and beaches so much that I moved here on Hiatus 3-months later; aside from a short 5-years in Maryland I have have been here ever since. Bike Week is near perfect timing. The weather is calm, mid 70-80’s and for those of you who are sick to death of winter Bike Week offers 7 days of sunshine and pure fun (always with a chance of afternoon showers and it pours down here pack a rain suit)! If you come here often you have likely figured out where the majority of the fun is and you have a routine of things you like to see and do. However, for you first timers or if this is first time in a longtime I thought I would dish out a little comfort information to help you really enjoy what our great little town has to offer. Everywhere I list is locally owned and operated, most are veteran owned businesses and none of them are a rip off! One thing you need to be prepared for is paying cash in many locations. Not too sure why but there are a ton of businesses down here that are strictly CASH ONLY! Before I get too deep into things I would like to extend my services to anyone traveling to my town. I Kitty am inviting you to message me through Thunder Roads MD Facebook, or the few of you that have my personal Facebook, and/or via email (at the bottom) if you have any questions or need any “local” assistance. First and foremost if you are going to come on vacation and don’t desire leaving on probation you need to know a few laws. 1.

Florida does not require helmets so long as you carry $10K of insurance on your bike. You are perfectly fine wearing a non-DOT turtle shell here as well.


Ape hanger handlebars are a HUGE NO-NO in Florida and especially Daytona and Port Orange! The law states that your handlebars can not be over the height of your shoulders.


Drinking and Riding, please be extra careful! Do the right thing and call a cab. There are 4-6 cab companies in the area, all are very affordable! Many of them line up outside of event locations for you to easily walk to and get a SAFE ride home.


Dogs, Glass, and booze of any type is not permitted on any of Volusia Counties Beach’s and they LOVE ticketing tourists… There is a dog beach in New Smyrna which you will find directions to later in my local rant here.

Geography & Lay of the Land


There are 4 major areas to Daytona and we are all sort of mashed together and you can’t really tell when you leave one town and drift into another. Starting at the far North where Rossmeyer’s HD aka Destination Daytona, as well as Broken Spoke, Iron Horse, No Name Saloon, and a few others is Ormond Beach, drive south on US 1 or I-95 for aprox 5-7 miles and you are in Holly Hill. I for one am not a fan of this area and I am pretty certain that you won’t be either! Heading south again for about 5 miles you hit Daytona Beach, South 5-8 more miles is South Daytona (where I live) and South of us 4-6 miles is Port Orange. Thereafter you have Daytona Beach Shores, Ponce Inlet , and New Smyrna. Deland has where we locals consider the best bike rally because they barricade Main St. and have live music, beer, contests, vendors, plentiful parking, and Shade! Deland is West of Daytona I believe about 25-30 miles and well worth the ride. Best of the Best & Musts! The following list is where we locals hang out and truly enjoy. I am going to spill the beans on where to get your best breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with entertainment and hopefully I will be able to save you a little money and you will ultimately enjoy your trip just a little more! Naturally we start off with my favorite subject GREAT FOOD! Best Breakfast goes to Pat’s Riverfront Café. This is a CASH ONLY restaurant so NO CARDS! This tiny café packs a punch and serves up home cooked breakfast and lunch right on the banks of the Halifax River! You can find Pat’s 7-or so blocks west of Dunlawton Ave in Port Orange on Peninsula Ave. My second place local favorite is Rosie’s Diner. This tasty eatery can be found on US 1 in South Daytona aprox. 3-miles South of International Speedway Blvd. Your chances of seeing me (Kitty) there for breakfast are pretty darn good! For lunch it’s all fish for us! You can’t come to Florida and not enjoy fresh fish and sea food! We have two local favorites for lunch and each of them are a good 20-30 minute ride from Daytona. Option one is the Dolphin View in New Smyrna Beach. To get to NSB you simply head south on US 1 or if your are in a hurry hit I-95. Dolphin View serves up over 30 types of fish cooked in an array of various methods from fried to broiled or blackened. There is plenty of parking and be sure to go on a sunny day because its 100% outside dining! The name holds t truth while there you usually always see a school of dolphins swimming and playing around in the water happily entertaining you! Dolphins are sacred everywhere but, especially in New Smyrna as it has historically been known for having a high population of sharks and they are ranked highest in number of

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shark attacks. Dolphins fight off sharks so where you see one you may find the other! Our second local lunch stop is the Bantum Chef in Bunell Fl. This is North on 95 to the Bunell exit then a few mile West into the town of Bunell. It is a drive in style diner that is defiantly nothing fancy or special but one of the best darn holes in the wall in mid-Florida! While there you can order a number of different things however, Kitty recommends the fish sandwich! Bring your appetite or plan to share because this $4 sandwich is a pleasure but also a huge gut buster! Dinner is where the hard choices come in! There are literally hundreds of eating establishments and more come in during the events! The places I love most are as follows: Best Chicken Sandwich or BBQ hands down, Rossmeyers aka Destination Daytona at the Hog Stand! Best bar and grill on the beach goes to two locations 1 The Ocean Deck (if you go after 9pm you can catch a live band playing on the beach and kick your shoes off to enjoy! No. 2 is Original First Turn, a historic location with Daytona’s racing history, the First Turn is also on the beach, offers both inside and outside dining, plenty of parking, and to get there you take A1A (sounds crazy) but several miles and you’ll see it on the left (I promise!). Feeling like having Chinese or Japanese food there is no other place in town better than Leah’s located on Nova Road about 1 mile south of Bevielle Ave. Now then, as for pizza, we are a divided household the MR. swears the best of the best is Louies Pizza located between Nova & Clyde Morris on Bevielle Ave. However, my favorite is Gisseppies Located on Nova Road in Port Orange one thing you MUST know before you go this is a Steelers fan site! But they have been plenty kind to us Ravens fans! The pact we have made to seal up our differences in the house is Louies for delivery and Gisseppies when dining out I suggest you do the same! Other good eats include B.F.F.R located on Ridgewood (US1) right where Daytona Beach meets up with Holly Hill. We have over 10 American Legion Halls and each one is open to the Veteran and Active Duty public and their +1 at anytime. Where to be entertained? Ready for Entertainment this you can find in the official guide book but your best bets are as follows: Daytime bands definitely Main Street. My personal Favorite is Full Moon Saloon. The Mr. likes Boothill Saloon and yeah you should drop in just for tourist sake! Another great time for killing an afternoon and getting a bite to eat, a cold one, and maybe a few patches sewn on all while being happily entertained is definitely the Iron Horse. Should you decide to stay past sundown you can catch their headliners which are David Allen Coe, Boston, and Bad Company. At 3pm on the 8th & 9th you can catch the Budweiser Clydesdales on A1A near Main Street and if you want something really interesting and fun I recommend taking in a cole slaw wrestling match at Cabbage Patch (next to Cackleberry camp ground). Later at night on Main Street the place to be is Froggy’s! You must be prepared to see beautiful half dressed girls everywhere THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE WEST VIRGINIA

doing outrageous things (Remember Lucky from the Bike Show? She will be there!). You can also catch free concerts at Rossmeyers aka Destination Daytona under the outdoor pavilion this year they have 7-8 different bands with headliners being Vixen & Great White. Best Rides: Riding the loop is okay, it is pretty however, we locals like a few different routes. Message me via Thunder Roads MD DC DE Facebook and I will send you 2-3 different maps! Odds & Ends: Dog Parks: My favorite dog park is named after its location “Reed Canal Park” it is located off of Nova Road on Reed Canal. Reed Canal is located about where South Daytona merges into Port Orange. My happiness with this park comes from their having a good walk path and sectioned off dog areas one for ankle biters and the other for big boys. It’s generally flea/pest free and most people I have run into there are excellent and responsible pet owners. Need a Doctor but not the ER Florida is packed with after-hours walk in clinics. On average there is one within 5 minutes or 3 miles of any major location. Groceries & Best Produce hands down Publix! Liquor stores here are plentiful the Mr. and I generally stick to ABC Liquors located in each of the 4 towns in multiple locations. They are affordable and have a great selection! Cigar aficionados message me and I will tell you where to go based on where you are at. These places are definitely off the map and take a little more detail to explain. There is a new one that just opened on A1A near Port Orange however; we have never been so I can’t speak to it. There is usually one that opens during events only on Main Street however, we have found their cigars to be dry and not well humidified (which is pretty darn hard to accomplish in Florida). Need motorcycle parts or repairs? For essential key parts I recommend Black and Gold on Beach Street. For repairs I trust taking my Harley to the dealership only and occasionally my hubby! A must is the Daytona Flea Market. Honestly you can skip through most of it but there is one place you must see and that is the Leather Shoppe. Ask anyone right when you go in and they will point you in the right direction! This place does custom belts, buckles, vests, chaps, bags, hats, wallets you name it they got it! They do stamping, burning, and all custom fits right there in front of you! Well folks I could continue writing and telling you a dozen more awesome wonders to make your Bike Week experience complete however, I have to get this article finished up and off the printers! As I said in the beginning you are welcome to message me, Kitty through Thunder Roads Maryland’s Facebook or via email kitty@ with any questions, needs, guidance, or just to find out where I and my crew are having a good time at! Be Safe. Have a Good Time & a Great Ride! Don’t forget to send us your photos via Facebook or email! Xoxo! Kitty TRM MD DC DE Facebook

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Dealers & Shops

Biker Friendly Directory

Busted Knuckles Custom Cycles 406 West Race Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 301-260-0070 Cutting Edge Customs 3078 PT. Manion RD #2 Morgantown, WV 304-862-6688 Demotto Honda-Yamaha RT 33W Elkins, WV 26241 304-636-5489 Insane Cycles & Muscle Cars 285 Don Knotts Blvd. Morgantown, WV 26501 304-291-2453 M&J Motor Company 1000 S. Queen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-262-6200 RG Honda-Yamaha 1619 Buckhannon Pike Nutter Fort, WV 26301 304-624-5420 Super Smitty’s RT 33 East Corridor H Buckhannon, WV 26201 304-472-4824


The Twisted Spoke 97 Milford Street Clarksburg, WV 26301 304-326-4644 Triple S Harley Davidson Exit 155 off I-79 Morgantown, WV 304-284-8244 Wiskybilt 137 Harmony Grove Rd. Albright, WV 304-379-BIKE

Bars & Grills Beander’s 314 Davis Ave Elkins, WV 304-636-6000 Bearskin Inn 1599 Alexander-Helvetia Rd. French Creek, WV 26218 304-924-9900 Classic # Resturant & Bar 1384 Greenbag Rd. Sabraton, WV 26508 304-292-8368 Duckie’s Bar & Grill 2 Locations 100 Ashfield St. Piedmont, WV 26750 304-355-8887 &&&&&&&&&&& RT 28 FT Ashby, WV 304-298-3741

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Giovannis Restaurant 451 US Hwy 33 E Weston, WV 26452 304-269-4563 Hickory House 1137 US Hwy 19 North Jane Lew, WV 26378 304-269-7373 Homewood Bar & Grill “Home of the Purple Monkey” 223 Homewood Rd. Weston, WV 26452 304-997-8666 Joe’s Place 136 Main Ave. Weston, WV 26452 304-918-8557 Jane Lew Junction 43 Mcwhorter Rd. Jane Lew, WV 26378 304-884-6806 Longneck Saloon 3787 Earl L. Core Rd Morgantown, WV 26508 304-241-1174 Lost River Brewing 155 West Main Street Wardensville, WV 304-874-4455 Nan & Pops Place 3485 Winchester Ave. Martinsburg, WV 304-267-2007


Retail/ Fabrication Evil Swing Arms 336-847-2476 Smack Jack & Wack Upholstery 1879 Blue Horizon Drive Morgantown, WV 304-328-5707

Tattoos Derma Doodle Tattoo Studio 355 Meadowdale Rd. Fairmont, WV 26544 304-816-3016 Thinkin Ink 508 Race Street Fairmont, WV 26354 304-366-1279

Legal Services Bills Bail Bonds 401 Spruce Street P.O. Box 4191 Starcity, WV 26504 304-296-5009 Law Offices of Ralph C. Buss 800-582-5577

Weatherholtz Bonding 306 W. Stephens Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-267-5888 If you would like to be listed in the Biker Friendly Directory, please contact Sales and Marketing or email for more information. If you’re a Club, Foundation, or Association would like to be listed in our Directory, please email BFD@TRMDEL.COM with your name and contact information and someone will be in touch with you.

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Road Hogs Saloon 415 Clayton Street Rivesville, WV 26588 304-816-6901 Softails Bar & Grill 3414 US Hwy 19 North Jane Lew, WV 26378 304-269-0669

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If He was your son… At times over the last few years I catch myself thinking about two parents that I have never met but that have become very much a part of my prayers. I wonder what each day in their lives must be like. I think the not knowing would drive me half crazy. Of course I’m talking about Jani and Robert Bergdahl. They are the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl the only American being held captive in the Afghanistan conflict. I have three sons of my own and it was hard to sleep when they would come home a little late as they were growing up. It’s hard to think about what these two parents have been going through for the last 4 ½ years.

First we need to remember that Bowe is not the only missing American. He is the only missing soldier from the current conflict. I think most of you know where I stand on this subject. If there is ever one American missing it is one too many. WE MUST NEVER LEAVE ONE BEHIND! When someone joins out military they do so to defend our freedom. It seems that the least we can do as a people is to make sure they come home. There is no flag I have ever seen that moves me the way the POW/MIA flag does. As most of you know I wear a doo rag almost everyday. It is not an accident that most of them have to do with our POW/MIA. We must not let this issue be swept under some political rug. We as a people must demand that our politicians bring our soldiers home. Every Tuesday for the last three years I have shared on my Facebook page Bring Bowe home. I never thought it would still have to be shared almost 5 years after he was captured. I ride with some friends and we decided to get some of the Vietnam


POW/MIA bracelets only this time with Bowe Bergdahl on them and wear them until he comes home. I had no clue it would be on still. I wear it with honor and hope his parents know they are not alone.

Sgt. Bergdahl was born March 26, 1986 in Sun Valley Idaho. Bowe was assigned to the 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He went missing on June30, 2009 in South East Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. He is believed to be held by the Haqqani network an insurgent group affiliated with the Taliban somewhere in Pakistan. There have been a few videos where he has been seen alive. The latest was dated Dec.14, 2013 and in the video he talks about the death of Nelson Mandela proving that the video was filmed recently. There are also reports out there that ay that he was drunk when captured or that he joined the Taliban. Most of the reports have been denied by the Dept. of Defense. I don’t care about the circumstances. BRING HIM HOME and we can sort all the rest out. In closing I just think that we need to treat our soldiers better. They have no problem signing a blank check to the American people. When we stop taking care of the ones that defend our freedom we lose the part of us that makes us Americans. Bowes parents watched him leave for military service with the belief that one way or another he would come home someday. We need to keep that promise to them. Because like I said at the beginning WHAT IF IT WERE YOUR SON…?

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K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon aka “MaMa Thunder” of Thunder Roads Tennessee i have chosen this name for our monthly recipe page, as that was what my mother, rest her soul, always used to say when I would assist her in the kitchen. mom was an avid supporter of the kiss (keep it simple sweetie) method of cooking. i now, more than ever, truely appreciate her philosophy of always taking shortcuts where you can, as long as your ultimate outcome is that of down home, labor of love cooking.

K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon aka “MaMa Thunder” of Thunder Roads Tennessee

LEPRECHAUN’S STEAK & EGGS BENEDICT 1 Piece a Person of Thick Bread; sour dough or I like raisin bread, a baquette, whatevs. Toast it up. 1 Minimum of a 16 oz. Strip Steak (if you marinade it a half-hour out in mustard & Worcestershire sauce, it makes it a whole lot more tender and flavorful. 8 Large Eggs Quality Margarine (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter) or actual real Butter. Salt & Pepper to Taste BLENDER CHEESE SAUCE: 8 Egg Yolks 4 Tbls. Lemon Juice Couple Dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce Salt & Pepper to Taste 1 Cup of Unsalted Butter or Margarine; melted If you have a grill skillet use it to get the grill marks on the steak. Cook in a tab of margarine, on medium-high until good & caramelized (at least on front side). Once your steak is done the way you like it, put it on a plate and let it rest (resting allows all the juices to go back into the steak), while you make the rest of the recipe. In a separate large, non-stick skillet, put in a couple pats of margarine, let it melt down and skillet get hot and crack your eggs into it. Let cook till outer edges crisp up and flip. Remove not long after flipping. You want the yolks nice and creamy & runny. In blender, add all ingredients for 20 seconds, pour into the lid hole part, very slowly now, the melted butter just a little at a time or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs. Add your salt & pepper last. Cut your steak on the bias (opposite of the way the grain runs) and cut at a slant. Put your buttered toast down, then layer 4 or 5 pieces of steak on the toast then drizzle the cheese sauce all over top. Garnish with some Parsley flakes. OMG! Break your eggs and let it all mix in together and dip your steak in damn, this’ll make you pat your own back It’s that damn good. POT O’ GOLD LIL’ APPLE PIE CRESCENTS 1 Can of Sliced Apples w/ Sauce & Cinnamon 1/2 Cup of Butter or Quality Margarine; melted 1 Pkg. of Your Favoite Brand of Crescent Dinner Rolls 1 tsp. of Nutmeg 1 Tbls. of Light Brown Sugar THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE WEST VIRGINIA

In a small sauce pan, mix up and heat up, on low, all the ingredients apart from the Crescent Rolls. Heat up oven to 375 degrees. Crack open your can of rolls and smooth out on counter. Add a big Tablespoon of the warm (not hot) mixture to widest part of roll. Spread it all the way across. Slowly and carefully start wrapping. Fold one fold over mixture and gently push in each side to form like a little burrito. Continue to gently fold all the way till the pointed end. Lay out on a cookie sheet or round pan lined with alum. foil (but remember, the reflection makes them cook faster), but cook until golden brown and not a minute longer. Remove from oven and cover with alum. foil and tuck it in around bottom to keep hot while you make glaze. GLAZE: Mix together....... 1 Cup of Confectioner’s Sugar 2 tsps. of Lime Juice 1 Tbls. of Cinnamon Mix until runny-thick consistency. Add a drop of water or two if need be. But dunk each crescent roll into the glaze mixture and let set up on a paper plate. These are exceptionally delicious with your hot coffee in the morning or with hot tea later in the day. Make up a BIG batch. They’re magically deliciious! A WEE HAIR O’ THE DOG THAT BIT YOU.... *This is BOLD & SPICEY & KICK-ASS! 2 & 1/2 ozs. Quality Vodka 3 Ounces of GREEN Tomato Bloody Mary Mix (get at any liquor store) 1 & 1/2 ozs. Green Tomato Juice & Red Tomato Juice, both. 3/4 ozs. Lime Juice 3/4 ozs. Lemon Juice 1 Tbls. Horseradish sauce (in condiment aisle) *I like the creamy style already blended with mayo & sour cream 1/4 oz. Worcestershire sauce 1/4 oz. Green Hot Sauce Large Pinch of Salt Blend it up, baby. Don’t add ice to blender as will just dilute. Pour over cracked ice, or let sit in freezer for 5 mins. in to get icey, icey cold. Have fun but drink smart w/ a designated driver HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY, BIKERS!

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Why Do You Even Want a Patch?


t’s crossed my mind recently about all the clubs that have popped up in the past few years. I understand the allure, trust me. Hell I still stare at my Old Mans club pictures from the 60’s in awe. And it’s what has driven me to participate at the level that I do. But aside from that, I wonder what the true motivation is with all these clubs? The Military Clubs I get. For many, that is what started it all back in the early days. Even with the old Flat Track teams that became some of the largest MC’s in the world, I get it. It’s being a part of a team with the same interests and goals, or it’s the missing camaraderie of former military service. When I joined my first 3 Piece MC Club, I think I was naive. No, I know I was. I really bought on to the entire “Club” Forever Forever “Club” thing. I am not knocking them at all; we still use it in our Club. Hell, I think every 3 Piece club does. But what I’ve learned is that nothing is really “forever” anymore, or it seems that way. Perhaps, and I know that there are some who I truly believe will stay in their organization forever, or at least retire their patch some day, but they are fewer and farther between. Hell I’m guilty! Had I of tattooed that first MC in a “FF” tattoo, It would now be dated. See, I didn’t know enough to understand what it truly meant, and I left them as a member before finally finding my place and where I am currently. This one, will be as forever as possible.

I still get disappointed today honestly. Even in our current club, and some of us have now been together for several years, yet some quit and move on to something else in their lives. It bothers me. Am I as poor as my Old Man was back in his day, no. Am I the “scourge of Society”, I don’t think so.. but do I share the exact same mind set with many of the Original “Columbus Aces MC” and other members of other Clubs that had influence in the 60’s and 70’s of my childhood like Lightning, Fire Clown, Gut, Indian, Mad Dog, Blackbeard, Strut, and Tiny? You bet you’re a$$ I do!

So it got me thinking, with all of these clubs that have started up, do they really understand what it means to be in a club? Sadly, most don’t. It’s a fad, or at the very least a hobby. I don’t think MCs were originally started as a Fad or Hobby, they honestly were a lifestyle. But what does that mean, and why? Well many of those original fellows simply had nothing in their lives, and they banded together with others who had nothing in their lives, and together they had something. It wasn’t a conscious “choice” regarding living that lifestyle, it simply was their actual lifestyle. Does that make sense? And now so many people want to emulate their lifestyle, when in truth, nobody would probably consciously choose their real lifestyle. Like Dad said, back in the day they were the bottom of the barrel. The “scrounge”. They were poor, they lived in the bad neighborhoods, they didn’t have the opportunities to make the money or get the education many in society were afforded, so they banned together almost out of necessity. For Survival. Eat or be Eaten. That’s where it came from, not a desire to do benefits and cancer runs, but simply to survive. Were their recreational motorcycle riders? Sure there were. “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”. Anyone remember that ad campaign from back in the day? The AMA embraced that and many people became their members. But did the “dirty bikers”? No, they had no desire to “fit in” to the society that looked down on them, whether they rode a motorcycle or not. So it’s a very passionate debate isn’t it? So many form “MC Clubs” and they feel it’s their right to do so. Hey, this is America.


Look, I hate Cancer, Sick Kids, Deaths of Friends, and Tragedy as much as the next human being. But that’s not in the least why I joined an MC. See there are many like me, who fight like Hell to preserve the honor of those downtrodden cast outs that really started it all. It is simply because we Respect Them. It’s why we get so pissed off when we see their traditions trampled. When we see what we feel are either the uninformed, or unintelligent flying a 3 piece Rocker with an MC Cube, who have no clue what it even means.

So here’s one old school bikers thought. Instead of diluting the integrity of the history of real MC’s, and instead of putting one together with a few of your buddies who are “Bike Riders”, how about you honor the tradition and work your a$$ off for one that already exists? Make their club better by standing tall, doing your probationary time so you learn if it’s right for you, and they learn if you are right for them. So you can perhaps understand what the true meaning and definition of being an MC is all about, if hopefully they even know. After being elected President of the first MC I joined, there was an opportunity to afford a new chapter a shorter than usual Our 2013 Wetzel Camp probationary period. And I will never forget, during this time I had a conversation with a friend and high ranking 1%er of another club and he asked me; “Tabasco, just out of curiosity, how many days did you probate for your patch”. I answered him. He asked, “How valuable of a time was that for you, in learning about the Club you now lead, and the guys you now call a Brother”? I told him it was “priceless”. So then he said, “Why would you ever consider bringing in any new member into your brotherhood with even one day less of an education that you were afforded”? That’s a wise old Biker that I call a friend. Being offered to Probate for a Respected MC is not so that you are degraded; it is an Honor few will ever be afforded the opportunity in which to participate. Embrace it. Learn to be your clubs next leaders. It doesn’t pay to cut corners. It doesn’t pay to cheat people of their education. It’s a disservice to the history of MC’s, and when I see people doing it, it makes me question, Why Do You Even Want a Patch? Thanks For Reading.. Respect the Traditions. Tabasco

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