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Riding season seems to have started months ago for many due to the favorable weather we had the past few months, but usually April marks the official start of riding season. Even though some have been out already, always be extra cautious the first part of the year as the cages are not used to seeing motorcycles on the roadways yet. On top of watching for cars, keep your eyes out for road debris, farm implements, wild life, and the pot holes that seem to get deeper than the Grand Canyon over the winter. Get them out, check them over, and hit the roads, but be safe doing so.

Harlan, Metro HD in Cedar Rapids, and Wiebler’s HD in Davenport. The cards are free, and they are numbered and registered to the holder of the card, this allows us to know who wins when we draw the numbers. All of these sites, and the dozens more Check In sites are right on these pages this month, and will be through September. Take in your card, Check In at as many of the sites as you want up to once a week, and that gives you chances to win prizes each month from each of the sites. At the end of the year party, you must be present to win, but each one of your Check Ins from the summer is a chance to win the big prizes. The more you check in, the more chances you have to win the monthly AND grand prizes at the end. Get out, ride, Check-In, and get chances to win prizes! What could be better?

April 1st is the official start of the Tall Corn Run 2017. The Tall Corn Run is a summer long riding promotion geared at getting people out and about on two and three wheels, and to get to other parts of Other than the Tall Corn Run, when Iowa that they would normally not visit. you are out and about, stop by the other It runs from April 1st through August sponsors of the magazine. These great 31st. Part two of this program will be businesses help keep this going each even more exciting with some different and every month, so darken their doors places, different faces, and a new whenever you get the chance. They are location for the end of the year drawing the ones that make sure you get event on September 9th. This year the grand coverage, jokes, event listings, bike prize is a 2017 Dyna Street Bob. Big night listings, and all of the other great Barn HD is the hosting location this content on a monthly basis. Without year, and is also a registration site, so them we could not do this, and for that, one of the spots that you can stop in and we thank them. Stop in to see them get signed up for a card if you have not and tell them that Thunder Roads sent gotten one already last year or this year. ya! Cards from last year are good and THEY NEVER EXPIRE, so keep them year Ride safe and hope to see you on the after year. If you happened to ditch your road! card from last year, you can fill out a new registration form and get a new one Vernon at one of the registration sites. Other sites besides Big Barn to get registered Quote of the Month: “Let us be and also to Check In are Loess Hills HD in Pacific Junction, thankful for the fools; but for them the rest of us could not Steffens Cycle in Atlantic, Roar Into Harlan Bike Night in succeed.” ~Mark Twain

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Madisyn and MaKayla are just hanging out on the highway outside of Boone with Travis Cullen’s 2016 Road Glide. They wanted to help get the word out about the Sleeping Angels Fun Run on May 6th. This is the sixth year for this run and it is ALWAYS a great time with a great group of folks. They are holding the rifles that are being raffled off this year by the SAFR folks. The rifles were provided by Travis at Amend 2 Defend right here in Iowa to help out the angels Tickets only $10 each. If interested in tickets, the fun run or anything about the Sleeping Angels and the great work that they do, Email sleepingangelsfunrun@gmail.com or call 515-709-0083 4 - TRMI APRIL 2017

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CMA Notes

Sin. Know why we lose your temper with our spouse and children? Sin.

But don’t be discouraged God has a master plan for dealing with this, which is to repair our relationship with him. II Chronicles 7:14 says this: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” God cared for each of us enough to provide Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for our sins. Our part is to humble ourselves and admit that we need Jesus and repent from our sinful, self-centered ways. Then we can go to God and ask for wisdom on how to repair not Her husband took the bike in to the local shop and had just our own lives, but our the fuel system worked on. Still died. I think there was another attempt by the shop to try some other fix. Still died. entire nation. Friends made all kinds of suggestions as to what to work Sin – one root problem that on next. Trying to get to the bottom of the problem was like chasing smoke because nothing could be pinned down. negatively affects everything. Jesus – one root answer that positively affects everything. Then, this February we had a streak of awesome weather and he decided to take the bike out for a ride but discovered ‘Nuff said. the battery was completely dead. After replacing the Blessing to you all, and may this Easter have special battery, he was absolutely amazed at the difference in the meaning to you – Karla bike. No more hesitating. Smooth running. The bike ran better than it has the whole time they’ve owned it! After all Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian the stabbing in the dark at side issues, the whole problem Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and turned out to be the battery. It must have been defective God’s plan for you at www.cmausa.org because it had enough voltage to start the bike, but not enough to keep all the systems running like they should. Have you ever had a problem with your bike’s running system that you just couldn’t track down? I have a friend who rides a Heritage Softail that kept dying on her. It was majorly frustrating to be rolling along slowly, then suddenly – poof! No more motor. One of the times she was turning in a gas station parking lot and the bike died. Not a fun situation when the bike is partially laid over already and you lose your forward momentum.

In a similar vein, President Trump is trying to fix America. He says he wants to make America great again. I think everyone can agree that we have some serious problems, but no one can agree on what the correct fix is. Should we start with crime, education, and gun rights? Or do we focus on the justice system, illegal immigration and the lack of jobs that pay a decent wage? And don’t forget the health insurance problem and the fact that everyone’s taxes are rising – along with an unprecedented national debt. It’s all intertwined in some way and finding the right way to make America great again seems like an impossible goal. However, just like the defective battery was at the bottom of my friend’s many bike problems, there is something specific at the bottom of America’s many problems. It’s our broken relationship with God which leads us into sinful, self-centered behavior over and over. Sin is no respecter of persons. It hits the high and the low. Know why the powerful legislators toss their constituents aside for a bribe? Sin. Know why the young man from the projects gets involved in criminal activity? Sin. Know why the fat cat members Board of Directors of the big firms take care of each other financially on the backs of all their employees? 6 - TRMI APRIL 2017

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The Biker Friendly Business Directory is a list of establishments throughout Iowa that sponsor the magazine. You can pick up your copy here every month. Let them know that you saw them in TRMI. If your business would like to advertise in Thunder Roads Iowa Biker Friendly Business Listing and become a part of the network, please email vernon@thunderroadsiowa.com

Biker Accessories Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916 Leather & Hawgs 316 Main, Hornick, Iowa 121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa leather@wiatel.net www.leatherandhawgs.com

Churches Rebels In His Hands 600 16th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa Mark and Lora Schiller Pastors 712-329-9901

Dealers

Fenders Honda 100 South 16th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 info@fendershonda.com 515-233-4727 Loess Hills Harley-Davidson 57408 190th Street Pacific Junction IA 51561 712-622-4000 loesshillshd.com McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson 145 N Crescent Rdg Dubuque, IA 52003 563-557-3735 www.dubuqueharley-davidson.com McGrath Hawkeye Harley-Davidson 120 Westcor Drive Coralville, IA 52241 319- 545.7495 www.hawkeyehd.com Metro Harley-Davidson 2415 Westdale Drive SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 319-362-9496 www.metro-motorsports.com Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406 www.nishnavalleycycle.com

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 www.baxtercycle.com

Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700 www.erniesharley.com

Big Barn Harley-Davidson 81 NW 49th Place Des Moines, Iowa 50313 515-265-4444 www.bigbarnhd.net

Route 65 Harley-Davidson 1300 S Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 515.962.2160 www.route65hd.net

C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494 www.cc-cycle.com

Uptown Motors Sales, Inc 310 Cleveland St Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2944 www.uptownmotorsales.com

Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 www.carrollcycle.com

Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson 55320 Corporate Park Drive Davenport, IA 52807 563-355-6437 www.wieblers.com

Edwards Motorsports and RV’s 1010 34th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-366-8400

Zylstra Harley-Davidson 1930 E 13th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 515-232-6223 zylstrahd.com

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Entertainment

Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1500 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062 www.fenderscycle.com

Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30

Bill’s Boat Landing Clayton, Iowa 563-964-2112 Check Us Out on Facebook Where the River is Calling & You Must Go!

Celebrations DJ & Karaoke Services Newton, IA 641-521-8036 Any Occasion /Rally or Event EmCee Bootleggers of Millville Facebook/Ray Johansen(Celebrations) Awesome Stop, Great Staff, Fantastic Food Specializing in Weddings & Receptions Tops in Scenic River Rides Check us on Facebook Marshall County Hangmen 563-252-7775 DUO ACT AVAILABLE Bike Nights, Bars, Private Parties Calvin Rockett Bar & Grill Large Events & Small 2013 South Center Street Dave Gray 641-691-0822 Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-328-1033 National Motorcycle Museum Open 7 Days a Week 11 – Close 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 C&L Sandbar 319-462-3925 103 North Noyes Street Nationalmcmuseum.org Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Okoboji Classic Cars Hours Daily 11-close Museum and Restoration Shop 810 Jeppeson Road Catfish Charlie’s West Okoboji, Iowa 51351 On the Mississippi River 712-332-8029 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600 www.CatfishCharliesDubuque.com

Food and Drink

Ambro’s Roadhouse 917 Guthrie St De Soto, Iowa 50069 515-468-2236 Great Food! Ambro’s Roadhouse on Facebook American Legion Post 46 1301 S 6th Street Marshalltown, Iowa50158 641-752-3612 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week American Legion Post 111 1101 W 4th Street S Newton 641-792-3353 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week Newtonamericanlegion111.org Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 Amigosfortdodge.com Bailey’s Pub -N- Grub 918 E Euclid Ave Des Moines 515-266-6560 Mon-Sat 6am-2am Sun 8am-12am Home Cooked Food

Ernie’s Harley-Davidson 2613 Hwy 18 East Algona, IA 50511 515-295-7951 www.erniesharley.com

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Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern 5546 130th Street NE Lisbon 319-624-2204 Cold Beer, Delicious Food, Good Music & Great Times!

Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook

CJ’s Bar and Grill 105 E Marion St Monroe, IA 641-259-2222 & Facebook M-F 11am-Close, S-S Noon-Close Homemade Food-Live Entertainment Desperados 105 E 5th Street Atlantic 712-243-7087 Home of Cold Beer, Good Times, Pizza & Wings Durango Depot 736 Burtons Furnace Road Open 3 to close Best Scenic Road With the Best Food! 563-552-2291 Eddies Tavern 407 D Street Sergeant Bluff, Iowa 51054 Open 11am 7 Days/Week 712-943-9924 Ferg’s Bar & Grill 806 Hwy 30 Grand Junction, Iowa 50107 515-738-5416 Where Good Friends Meet Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill 1019 7th St Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook Fore Seasons Golf Bar 6232 HWY S-74 South Newton, Iowa 50208 641-792-1246 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week

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Grinnell Eagles Club 616 4th Avenue Grinnell, Iowa 50112 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us on Facebook

Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230 www.midwaytavernsoldier.com

Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill 228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865 www.partyattheeagle.com

The Dog House 402 Main Street Colo, Iowa 50056-7720 Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays 641-485-8425

Haverhill Social Club 202 1st Street Haverhill, Iowa 50120 641-475-3321 Mon-Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12

Minden Bowl Café & Lounge 209 Broadway Street Minden, Iowa 51553 712-483-2937 Minden Bowl on Facebook

Shooters Bar 661 Main Anita, Iowa 712-249-7370 Mon-Fri 3:00-Close Sat-Sun 10:00-Close

The Edge 3157 Joliet Avenue Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-2229 The Edge on Facebook

Hawkeye Bar & Grill 110 North 4th Street Mapleton, IA 51034 712-882-1226 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. ~ Sun 12:00 p.m.

Montgomery Street Pub 207 East Montgomery Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-2165

Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534

The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook

Mudders in Minburn Coldest Beer in Dallas County Bar Food-Wings-Pizza-ETC 515-897-9223 Open M-Sun 11AM Facebook Mudders

Sportsman Bar & Grill 103 1st Street Pisgah, Iowa 51564 712-456-2222 FOOD, FUEL, FUN

Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015

Stumpy’s Bar & Grill 423 Main Street Duncombe, Iowa 50532 515-543-4222 Stumpy’s Bar & Grill on Facebook

Hog Stop BBQ 2327 S. 24th Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-EAT-BBQS Hog Stop BBQ on Facebook Ickey Nickel Bar & Grill 4700 41st Street Sioux City, Iowa 51108 712-239-2772 The Ickey Nickel Bar & Grill on Facebook Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311

Pearl Street Social Club 110 Pearl Street SW Shellsburg, Iowa 52332 319-436-7100 Find Us On Facebook!

Suds –N- Jugs Bar & Grill 807 Iowa Avenue Onawa, Iowa 51040 712-433-4880 Nightly Food Specials

Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill

J.R. Willie’s Gateway to the Beautiful Hill Country Colesburg, IA 563-856-5095 Open Daily Mon-Sun 11AM Home of the Willie Whopper

1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PM-

Jerrys 100 W Washington Exira, Iowa 50076 Jerrys Exira on Facebook “The Party Lives On”

Pizza Ranch DENISON 510 HWY 39 North Denison, Iowa 712-393-3333 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week

Just 1 More 515-570-4206 403 3rd Ave Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa Knickers Saloon 2186 Central Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563-557-0887 365 Days a Year Knickers Saloon on Facebook L&S Knuckleheads Anamosa, IA 319-462-6999

Pizza Ranch HARLAN 613 Court Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2262 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788

Good Lunch Specials, Cold Beer

Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Email:riversidetap@gmail.com

Lampe’s Pub 608 Iowa Avenue Dunlap, Iowa 51529 712-643-5781 Open 7 days a week at 11 AM

Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p

Mi Casa Family Restaurant 512 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2258 Enjoy Drinks at the Full Bar!

Scooters on Broadway 475 NE Broadway Des Moines, Iowa 515-288-1053 scootersonbroadway@hotmail.com

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Sundown Bar and Grill 112 W State Street Williamsburg, Iowa 52361 319-668-2994 Patio Bar and Brick Oven Pizza

The Place2B! 116 N. Federal Ave Mason City, IA 50401 M-F 3p-2a S-S Noon-2a Find Us On Facebook The Roadhouse 105 Washington Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2272 Home of the Marne Burger The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601 The Still Templeton, Iowa 712-669-9445 Check Us Out on Facebook Web Page Coming Soon!

Team 36 Bar & Grill 101 2nd Street NW Mitchellville 515-957-0360 Sunday Funday Summertime Stop Open 7 Days a Week, Weekend Breakfast

Thirsty’s on 3rd 2202 W 3rd, Davenport 563-424-1143 Follow Us on Facebook Daily Thirst Quenching Deals

The Back Forty 317 Main St. Macedonia, Iowa 51549 712-486-2687 facebook.com/thebackforty

T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON

The Buck Snort Restaurant & Sports Bar 25 Scott Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-328-2825 The Buck Snort restaurant and sports bar on FB

Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook

The Buck Snort 419 Sharp Street Glenwood, Iowa 51534 712-520-6454 Buck Snort Glenwood on Facebook

Uncle Harley’s Bar & Grill 202 W Mayne, Blue Grass (563)381-1717 Great Pizza & Food Bikers ALWAYS Welcome

The Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook

Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3

The Buck Snort Oakland 310 Dr Van Zee Road Oakland, Iowa 51560 712-355-5315 The Buck Snort Oakland on FB

Whitetails Bar & Grill 101 N. Main St. Marble Rock IA,50653 641-397-9900 Mon.- Sat. 7am breakfast -2am Close www.whitetailsbarandgrill.com

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Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395

Guns and Ammo 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 Craig.2aft@gmail.com

Photo and Art Ullrich Photography PO Box 1842 Clinton, Iowa 52733 563-243-8715 www.natanic.com

A+ Affordable Heat, Air, Refrigeration & Geo Thermal 22274 Old Lincoln Hwy Crescent, Iowa 51526 712-329-9901

Stand Your Ground Firearms Sales and Service 2820 N Broadway Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-435-9042

AMSOIL Iowa Synthetics Iowa’s Leading Wholesale Distributor Guaranteed Low Prices 641-751-2893 www.iowasynthetics.com

Hair & Beauty

BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344 www.brubakercomputer.com

Insurance Farm Bureau Financial Services 208 Faith Ave Underwood, IA 51576 Shane.baker@fbfs.com 712-310-7475 or 402-379-3237

Legal

IowaBikerLawyers.com Leehey Olson Law, PC Riding & Defending Your Rights for Over 30 Years 877-209-9452

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Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231 Cycle Clinic 2209 ML King Pkwy Des Moines, Iowa 50314 cycleclinicdm.com 515-288-6954 Cycles Plus Bikes, ATVs, Snowmobiles 300 Walnut Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3987 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 www.fandjracing.com

Hoker Trucking NOW HIRING Dixon, Iowa Hokertucking.com 563-843-2763

Machine Shop 6821 Fleur Drive Des Moines, Iowa 50321 515-285-4332 RIDE SAFE

Irwin Locker & Catering 502 Ann Street Irwin, Iowa 51446 712-782-3215 irwinlocker@gmail.com Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995

Shops & Fabricators Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Hupy.com

Chuck’s Cycle Service and Repair S&S and Drag Specialties Dealer 714 East 7th Street Washington, Iowa52353 319-461-5278

Services

McCunn Specialty Firearms 74980 Richland Road Massena, Iowa 50853 www.mccunnsguns.com 712-779-GUNS

Cutters Cave Hair Salon Call for Appointment-Walk Ins Welcome 2820 N Broadway Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-322-2129

Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768

Road Rage BikeWorks 401 High Street Avoca, Iowa 51521 712-307-6111 Road Rage BikeWorks on Facebook SS Collision, Cycle Works & Graphics 2902 11th Ave SW Spencer, Iowa 51301 712-262-3959 www.sscollision.com Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3076 M-F 8-6 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call Weeks Manufacturing & Powdercoating 2235 400th Street Walnut, Iowa 51577 402-651-6977 weeksmanufacturing@gmail.com

Tattoo Skin Mechanix INKorpar8ted 117 No. 16th Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712 256-2847 Check Us Out on Facebook

TIRES

Motorcycle Medic 3176 Highway 30 Woodbine, Iowa 51579 712-647-2818 Open Tues-Sat Noon-6PM

Sandbothe Firestone 1106 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-2223 Sandbothe Firestone on Facebook

Nelson Machine & Forge General Machining, Ornamental Iron, Weld/Fab 70 Washington Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2220

Vape

Bent Wrench Cycles 911 7th Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-2453 Bent Wrench Cycles on Facebook

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Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541

The Fog Zone Vape Store 420 Chestnut Street Atlantic, Iowa, 50025 Facebook.com/fogzonestore 712-243-4024 To buy ad space for your business or service in our directory, give us call at 712-249-5630 or email vernon@ thunderroadsiowa.com

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Iowa Byways

We are heading full bore into spring in Iowa, and that means riding season is upon us. The need to head out on two wheels after the long winter is on everybody’s mind. For most bikers the goal at this point is to get out and about, regardless of where you are going, but if you are looking for ideas or maybe a little direction then you have come to the right place. So if you are ready to get out and spend sometime in the wind, then hold on to your helmet and give your wrist a twist while we take a peek at some of the best road trips in Iowa.

Forest and Missouri Valley may be exactly what you’re looking for. The park is also known as Preparation Canyon, and the views are breathtaking. The park is in Pisgah and Highway 183 is a nice ride between the park and Missouri Valley. If you have never been to Preparation Canyon, make sure you plan to take a little extra time and appreciate the views. They go on for miles, and in some areas you can see a full 360 degrees around you. These hills can be awfully hard to ride away from if you are the outdoorsy type. This stretch of highway gets busy around the Labor Day and Memorial Day holidays, so if solitude is your thing, please plan accordingly.

Iowa stretches from the Missouri to the Mississippi River, and between the two you will find everything from sleepy rural areas to bustling cities. The best part is that anywhere you choose to travel in our great state you will find beautiful scenery and plentiful curves and hills sure to scratch your winter riding itch.

Eastern Iowa also has a nice day trip if you find yourself in the area. Just north of Cedar Rapids is a great run that has been dubbed the Nuke Plant Corners. This ride takes a loop through the area and boasts some great turns and curves that are a lot of fun to ride at higher speeds. A portion of the ride even gives you a nice view of the Mississippi River, which is The first noteworthy day trip you may want to always a beautiful experience. Most of the roads are in good consider is a short jaunt through a south central section shape, but make sure you fuel up before heading out, because of the state. You can actually conquer this spectacular options for stopping on this route are few and far between on. route in about an hour. Indianola to Lake Red Rock provides miles of beautiful small towns and landscape along Finally, Iowa has the Old Lincoln Highway running from the way, with friendly little places for food and drink. At the river to river. Taking OLH allows you to choose just end of this ride is Lake Red Rock, where you can take some how far you want to travel. This route offers some of the time and enjoy the splendor of the water as it crashes into the most peaceful and beautiful farmland regions in the state, rocks in waves. With the bountiful hills and hooks along this regardless of how far you go. This route is well maintained, stretch of Highway 92, this route is never boring. despite its original humble beginnings as a brick highway. There are a lot of straightaways that allow you to blow off West of the Indianola route is a nice 130 mile trip also on some steam and feel the breeze, and it is quite popular in the Highway 92 from south of Des Moines to Council Bluffs. biker community. Along the highway you will encounter You will experience a mix of Iowa Landscapes as you make both burgs and metro areas for fuel, food, and fun. your way towards the Missouri River. This route has a few quiet stretches, but the burgs you encounter along the way Iowa may be known for its cornfields and farming spew hometown values and friendliness and some great communities, but it also has a plethora of fun to offer riders places to stop. So if you love to twist the throttle and avoid as well. Be sure to take some time this riding season to travel everyday hustle and bustle, then this is the ideal route for you. any (or all) of these routes, and just maybe along the way you will discover your own new favorite place to ride. Also in this area you will find the picturesque Loess Hills. The Loess Hills have over 220 miles of scenic byways and Melanie J Schwarte loops that are all amazing to ride, but if you are on a tight Melanie@thunderroadsiowa.com schedule, a short 60 mile loop through the Loess Hills State

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From New Rider to Graybeard It is no miracle how older motorcycle riders have been able to grow old. Well, maybe it’s a few small miracles, but that’s a whole different story. I had wanted a bike my entire life, and finally got my first bike at 25 years old. I grew up watching bike building shows ever since being a young kid and also collecting books with motorcycle artwork with anyone from the biker world like Arlen Ness to Orange County Choppers. The desire was there to one day own my own bike. In the spring of 2016 I bought a 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650. Yes, I know, not anywhere near a custom chopper, work of art, or the type of bike that I wanted to ride forever, but it was a good starter bike. With help from a coworker, I learned how to ride and get my motorcycle license. I had never ridden any sort of motor bike before so the lessons were very helpful, especially from a guy who used to race them. Not that I wanted to learn how to race, just riding on the street was good enough for me. Now that I had passed my test and gotten my license, I was prepared to ride anywhere, or so I thought. I rode for about a month around town and out to nearby towns by myself. This was peaceful and very enjoyable, but I felt like I was missing something. I wasn’t experiencing the biker camaraderie that I had only seen on TV and read about in books and magazines. This was something that I

longed for and part of the reason I wanted to get into riding motorcycles. There was a local bike night coming up in Harlan. Roar Into Harlan had their opening night of the year where everyone who wants to rides in as a group. Let me tell you first hand, I sure looked and felt out of place on my Versys. Almost everyone else riding in to the bike night had a Harley. Talk about feeling like a loner. It wasn’t until later that I learned it doesn’t matter what you ride, as long as you are on two or three wheels and your knees are in the breeze.

It was at that bike night that I had met and talked to a quite a few new people. One of the other riders that I ran into that night was Vernon Schwarte. He answered any questions I had and boy did I have a lot of them. Just getting into this life, I was excited, but needed some more exposure to the life. There was a poker run coming up and he invited me to ride along with their group. It was on that poker run that I learned so many more things about riding. One of the big lessons that day was about riding in a group. I had no idea that riders in front of you signaled for hazards in the roadway to riders behind. That is a pretty handy thing to do and much appreciated for those following. One other thing that I leaned that day is when in a group, keep the group tight or otherwise cars and trucks might try to cut in between the bikes in a group. There was so much knowledge shared that day it was amazing. At every stop during the poker run I got to hear so many stories about bikes people had or have owned, about rides, about riders, about the life. Stories about close calls on the road, and stories about beautiful scenery and awesome people all over the states met on two wheels. One might think those are just stories, but if you really listen, you’re going to hear not only lessons about riding, but lessons about life. It doesn’t matter if you get your first bike at 16 or if you get it at 60. Listen, ride, learn, and respect those that have come before us. Do your best to fit into the lifestyle of being a rider, a biker, and an enthusiast. Never be afraid to ride with a group and ask questions. It is a wonderful way to learn about the life and about riding. They might give you grief about a number of things, but that is part of the deal. Also keep in mind that they didn’t all start out on a Harley and they didn’t know it all in the beginning either. Experience all comes with time, and not just riding, but also the camaraderie. Just remember never think you know it all, because that’s when you will find out you don’t. Pay attention to some of the old riders and glean knowledge from them, and then maybe you can live to be an old graybeard biker as well. Ryan Motes

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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 17 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we will revisit each county as a featured article. We will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark of touring curiosity for our state of Iowa.

Shelby County This month we are perusing all that Shelby County has to offer. I grew up in Shelby County, so having over 40 years to travel around certainly helps a person know where to find cool things to see and do. There are approximately 12,000 people occupying the 591 square miles that comprise Shelby County. The county was formed on January 15, 1851 and was named after General Isaac Shelby who was a hero in the American Revolutionary War and also became the first Governor of Kentucky. Early settling in Shelby County began in 1848 in Galland’s Grove. On February 4, 1855, Shelbyville was designated the county seat and in April of 1859, the seat was moved to Harlan, which happens to be my home town. One year later the first courthouse was erected followed by a second in 1875. In 1892, the construction of the present courthouse began, this time of stone and three stories high. The construction was completed in 1893 and dedicated on September 14th and serves as the courthouse to the present day. We will start our tour in the county seat of Harlan. Harlan is well known for being home to schools that dominate in sports and music competitions. But Harlan is also home to the likes of Mary Lincoln Beckwith whose great-grandfather was President Abraham Lincoln, Washington Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff, and last but certainly not least, Tiny Lund, NASCAR driver and 1963 winner of the Daytona 500. If you find yourself in Harlan on the 3rd Thursday of the month May-September be sure to check out the local bike nite on the square, Roar Into Harlan. Many bike nite sponsors are also advertisers in our fine publication. Cold drinks can be found at The Lounge on Chatburn Avenue, and in the middle of all the bike nite hubbub you can

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get drinks and vittles at Goozeman’s Westside, Pizza Ranch, or Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant. Also located in downtown Harlan is Creative Concepts Collision Center, supporter of the Tall Corn Run, and damn good place to get your car or bike a makeover! From Harlan we headed up Old Hwy 59 (Linden Road) past the burg of Kirkman to the small town of Irwin. In Irwin you will find the finest in hometown butcher shops, the Irwin Locker. There is no better place to get amazing ribeyes and T-bones, and we have found that among the many delicious items offered by the locker, one thing our family can’t live without is their rullepolse…If you have never eaten rullepolse, you haven’t lived. Simply put, it is a spiced meat roll that is sliced paper thin before serving. Make your way to Irwin and get you some! Across the road to the East is O’Hara’s Steakhouse if you need some delicious sustenance or simply to wet your whistle. From Irwin we jumped on F 24 and headed back to Linden Road, where we headed north to Defiance. Defiance is a small town of about 280 people that was founded in 1882 when the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul railroad made its way through the area. Defiance’s claim to fame lies in a former resident being on the TV show “The Bachelorette” and to the much publicized murder of resident Scott Shanahan in 2002. While there not a lot of things to do in Defiance, there is a place just off of Hwy 59 to fuel up and grab a drink if you need to before heading on your way. Our next stop was in Earling. Earling is home to around 400 residents, and has two establishments on the main drag that offer food and drink for the weary traveler. The town was platted in 1882 by the Milwaukee Land C Co m any mp Company and wa was fi irsst first

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known as Marthan. However, there was already a town called Marathon in Iowa, so the name of the town was soon changed to Earling, in honor of Albert J. Earling who at the time was a superintendent of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway. Earling is well known in paranormal circles for being the site of the 1928 exorcism of Emma Schmidt. So if the paranormal is your forte, take a look at the history here as it is an interesting part of local culture. From Earling we decided to head down M-16 past Westphalia, home to Little Angel’s Barbeque Sauce and the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is located at 405 Duren Street and offers food and drink Monday through Saturday. They also have wing Mondays, but Wednesdays are my favorite day to visit, as the tacos are to die for! At Westphalia we hopped onto F 32 and headed west towards Panama, home of Norma Jean’s (a prior Will Ride to Eat subject) and stopped in for a quick drink. Friendly staff and great food at Norma Jean’s make Panama a worthwhile stop when you’re out and about. Now we grabbed state Highway 191 South to Portsmouth. In Portsmouth you will find The Rocket, a small town bar filled with downhome people who have all the time you can spare to shoot the breeze with passersby. A short jaunt on Hwy 44 East allowed us to hook back up with M 16 and we made our way as far South as the county would allow, past the tiny plat of Tennant into Shelby, which consequently lays only half in Shelby County. Shelby has an unusual attraction… a time capsule. The “Centennial Time Capsule” will be opened on July 16, 2020. It is located in Shelby Park near the intersection of Center Street and West Street. The capsule was sealed on July 16, 1970 as part of Shelby’s centennial celebration. Newts Place on the main drag has cold libations, and if you are looking for vittles, Stone Arch Pizza at 514 East Street has some pretty amazing wood fired pizza. By this time in the day we wanted to head a little closer to home, so we jumped on the big road and screamed down I 80 to the Elk Horn exit. Flying North towards home we passed through Elk Horn. Elk Horn is home to the Tivoli Festival each year on Memorial Day weekend. There is always lots of fun to be had and celebrating Danish Heritage in down town Elk Horn. You can also find Larsen’s Pub on the main drag for cold drinks and hot food….try the tenderloin, you won’t be disappointed! If you aren’t a sandwich fan, just up the road is the Flour Mill, serving pizza, pasta, and salads. Either establishment has adult offerings of the liquid variety, so feel free to pick your poison, and tell them that TRMI sent you! You can check it out yourself, and look for anything else you can find in Shelby County. If you find something else cool, let us know about it so we can see it also! Join us next month for Sioux County. References are available upon request. Melanie J Schwarte Melanie@ thunderroadsiowa.com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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Brakes: Ever ridden with someone who at every stop sign, their bike squeals like a stuck hog? A pretty inexpensive fix for something that could save your life when that person, who didn’t see you, turns in front of you. Those brakes can squeal all they want, but that won’t save you if you can’t stop. Make sure your ride is in good mechanical shape. Nothing ruins a great day of riding more than breaking down on the side of the road, or at one of the stops on an organized run. Rode with a guy once who needed us to push start him at every stop. Not a big issue if it happens unexpectedly at a stop, but this guy knew about it before he ever left home that day. I guess he figured he could rely on the “leave no man behind” rule in the biker community. Of course we helped him, but again, how stupid do you have to be?

By the time ya’ll read this, hopefully winter has finally become a thing of the past. Just seemed like it How many of us roll our bikes out, and take off just as hard was never going to get warm and stay warm. as we can right out of the box? Just like our machines, we With the warm weather upon us, our thoughts turn to getting too can get a bit rusty, when it comes to our skills. Take a moment to let the cobwebs disappear before turning up the the bike out and kicking off the riding season. Our loyal machines have been patiently waiting for the day they come wick. This time of year, cage drivers aren’t used to us being on the road quite yet, and riding like a moron decreases out of hibernation. Let’s treat them right. your chances of making it home. How many of ya’ll gave your ride a thorough look over One thing, in my opinion, that we all need to be doing, before you took off? All of us need to do this. Why? Because OUR lives depend on it. And if you ride with some is look out for each other. I know we do that, but we also need to be blunt and forceful if needed. If we see one of our brothers and sisters of the wind, their life depends on it. If brothers or a sister riding a bike that we feel is unsafe or if you don’t have your bike road ready, you are endangering we see someone riding like a moron. I love this lifestyle, you and everyone around you. and the people I’ve met. We call ourselves a family, but we I’m not going to sit here and preach to the choir, wait, that’s sometimes need to be the cruel big brother or sister if we exactly what I’m going to do. I’ll probably miss an item or want to keep the family safe. I don’t want to hear about any of my brothers or sisters not making it home after a ride. two, but you’ll get the idea. Actually I think I’m going to give you some examples of things I’ve seen in my travels Take my rant here to heart if you want, but I’m here to around NW Iowa. tell you that if you risk your life riding a motorcycle, why would you increase the odds of a catastrophe, by neglecting Tires: The only part of the machine that puts you in touch to perform a few simple things? In my book, that is not with the road. It’s also one piece of the bike I see a lot ignorance, it’s simply stupid. And for those who have read of riders neglect the most. I’ve ridden with a guy, on the my rant from the beginning, you’ll remember the difference. interstate at 70 mph, who had worn his rear tire down to the point where the cords were showing all the way around. Don’t be stupid! It wasn’t a short trip either. Fortunately he made it on this trip. Remember you can’t fix stupid. An old friend of mine As I wrap this up, I’d like to try something different next month. If you have a question or topic you’d tells me stories of a fool proof way to put a stop to this. like my twisted point of view on, drop me an email at Pull out your knife and slash the tire. Suppose that would piss someone off? Maybe, but at least they’ll be alive to be firefighter200463@hotmail.com, find me on Facebook or we can do a question and answer session. Take 15 or 20 pissed off. questions and see what I can come up with for answers. Lights: We are all concerned about being seen on the road. Stay safe my brothers and sisters, and I’ll see you on the road somewhere One of our main defenses is our headlight. Yet there is always somebody who figures as long as they make it home before it gets dark, they’ll be good. Let’s not forget the fact that after a certain model year, a headlight is required at all Gary “Wildman” Emery times. Turn signals. With people not seeing us, it’s probably District 8 Coordinator best to make sure our blinkers work. Anything that helps get our intentions across, is possibly the very thing that lets ABATE of Iowa Solo Adventures Outdoor Skills and Survival School us live to ride another day. Brake lights. Another attention Thunder Roads of Iowa getter. Make sure it works.

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April brings us a great new riding season, and also west central Iowa patriot and rider, Tyson Kuehn. Tyson also goes by the moniker Hawkeye, and is a member of the Second Brigade Motorcycle Club; which is a National Club for Veteran and Non-Veteran members. He served the grand old United States of America in the USAF Air National Guard. He attained the rank of E-7 Master Sergeant by the time he retired from the service in 2013. He completed 20 years of service in the Air National Guard during his watch during 1993-2013. Hawkeye served during multiple deployments in the Middle East in locations of Kuwait, Turkey, and Quatar, as well as serving in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Guam, and Japan.. He worked as an Aircraft Maintenance intenance Specialist in the Air National Guard. He was a Aerial Refueling Tanker Crew Chief working with F-16s and KC-135R aircraft. He comes es from a family with a rich history y eat of serving our great nation in the Military. tary. His father, father-in-law, -in-law, both grandfathers,, and numerous uncles and cousins have served and Hawkeye kept the family tradition adition alive.

a 2002 HarleyDavidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide bbefore his latest ride, a 2011 HarleyDavidson Road Glide Ultra CVO. Since starting out on the mini and dirt bikes, Hawkeye has never been without two wheels. He ppicked up his latest ride at Dillon Bros Harley-Davidson in Omaha. He chose this bbike because it was the colors that he wanted and it was already loaded to the hilt with goodies. The only thing he may change would be

to upgrade the exhaust to a 2-Into1 system system, probably a Thund Thunderheader. W When asked if hhe has any rides or events that he is planning on attending oor hitting up, he stated he will be attending club events in other states and to ride aas much as he possibly can. Along with his fellow club members, he has many friends that ride, m most of them in fact. Hawkeye states that he is eextremely proud to have served the greatest count country in the world. He states that the United States of America is the greatest country hands down down, and he should know, as he has served and been tto a bunch of them! If you see him out and about on his Road Glide, give him a wave, or shake his hand and thank him for his service! Thanks from all of us at TRMI.

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Since the calendar makers choose to ignore bikers, I am making an official declaration. I have spent the last 4 months of my life preparing for this declaration, so here it goes. April is not just for showers that make flowers and fools, it is also the official kick off to the 2017 Riding Season. There you have it fellow riders of Iowa, let the 2017 riding season begin.

I feel like the bike is ready for the upcoming miles it will need to endure. I have spent the last 2 months making sure that my ass still fits in the seat while I practiced humming engine noises. I have meticulously inflated the tires, I have topped off all the lubricants, and I have tested and retested all the lights and blinkers while perfecting my gear

slamming harmony. I even spent some time making sure So now that the riding season is officially underway, that all the nuts and bolts were snugged up tight and what are we going to do with ourselves? First up on my squirted a little Loctite into a few places that I wanted to list is too see how many riding buddies I have pissed be sure stayed tight. Through the years I have heard a lot off by ignoring them throughout the entire winter. I will of guys complain about how riding would be a lot more make some phone calls and tell a bunch of lies about how fun if a certain species would loosen up a bit, I don’t busy I have been with family obligations, overtime at think they were talking about apes. the Drama Factory and finishing up home improvements projects, you know doorways wide enough to fit a Lastly I have come to the conclusion that I need to find motorcycle through them. Now that the riding season and load the bike with all of my necessary travel gear. has finally arrived and all that boring BS is behind me, Now I typically don’t need a lot and I will admit that I should have unlimited time for riding and them. The I prematurely popped my cherry on the 2017 Riding truth of the matter is, I really haven’t been busy at all. Season, I was so excited to ride that I overlooked a few After all you can only spend so much time cussing at the safety issues. After all, I had been preparing the bike weather man before you realize that he really doesn’t mechanically for the last couple of months, so everything give a shit. But I sure have missed riding and I have was good to go or so I thought. The 2017 cherry popping missed my riding buddies. There may be something incident like many things in life brought along with it seriously wrong with me because my sick mind is a few life lessons. Lesson number one, I realized that longing to be verbally abused by my friends. just because I had sunglasses safely stored on the bike last year, does not mean that they are still there. I should have figured that out before leaving on the ride. Shortly after that lesson was learned, I realized how quickly the temperature drops this time of the year and the gloves that I desperately needed were not in the coat pocket where I thought they should be. Then again, my cherry popping excitement might have pushed me just a little too far from home. It was a real wakeup call when I realized how difficult it is to operate a motorcycle when your hands are frozen to the handlebars. And lastly I hate to even admit this one, but don’t’ forget the battery tender. It took about 3 feet before I realized, it will unplug its self. Next time, I’m plugging that damn thing into an extension cord so I have a little more warning. It is official the 2017 Riding Season is finally here. Ride Safe, Ride Smart and don’t forget to sign up for the TRMI Tall Corn Ride. You can’t win if you don’t play, unless of course you enjoy being called a loser by your riding buddies. Get out and ride. Shifty LaRue

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“A tale of two crimes” This month we’re going to talk about some crimes and the relative punishment that is assigned to each of them. I’m going to warn you that although the column contains political content, it is not intended to be a political commentary or endorsement. If you’re not confused yet, I’m just not trying hard enough, so let’s just move on to the issuesFirst let’s meet one Rosa Maria Ortega, a current resident of Tarrant County, TX. That’s her in the photo below. She’s the most unlikely of political figures you’re going to read about this month, I guarantee it. She’s a Republican Green Card Holder. In other words, she faithfully votes for the party most likely to deport her, but this is a free county, so you knock yourself out Rosie. Where it gets complicated is the fact when she applied for the right to vote in Texas more than ten years ago, she filled out her voter registration card incorrectly according to Texas Election officials. On her voter application form, there were two choices “citizen”, and “non-citizen”. Using the information available to her at the time, which was her Green Card, she chose to mark “citizen” on the voter form. This was because her Green Card states her legal status as “legal resident”. She’s voted Republican five times since being registered this way. Are you bored with rules and legal mumbo jumbo yet? Wonder just where the hell I’m going with this? Well I’ll tell you. Because she checked the wrong box ten years ago, she voted illegally in the eyes of the Texas Election officials. Oooo, bore me some more right? Well you won’t be bored when you hear her punishment. She’s been sentenced to eight years in prison for these 5 votes, and then is going to be deported to Mexico when her sentence is served. Read that again: 8 years in Prison, then deported from the USA for checking the wrong box. So what is the punishment for cutting down a motorcyclist and ending their life? Often times it is just a traffic ticket for Failure to Yield, which with court costs and everything added in, comes out to less than $300.00. So to recap, casting a vote, which in a big state like Texas affects the outcome by 1/26 millionth, will get you sentenced to prison and deported. Ending the life of a fellow American while too distracted or ignorant to pay heed to our right of way, $300 with enough left over for Arby’s. You get caught with a plant in your pocket; you lose your driver’s license. Which astonishes me because if anything it makes the driver go slower and likely to eventually just end up at a drive-thru for munchies. This is just isn’t right. These crimes don’t fit the punishment. We are worth more than a box on a form aren’t we? If you feel this way then speak up. You know who you voted for, tell them how you feel about this.

(Motorcycle Cops were exempt for example). Now why do you think they targeted just motorcycles, and why did they pick those hours? Well aside from the fact that most people sleep during those hours, the other obvious thing that’s going on during those hours is motorcycles coming home from bars, or going from bar to bar. And we all know what that sounds like. We all go out of our way to ride respectfully, nobody racks their pipes at an intersection, and absolutely nobody rips through the gears going through neighborhoods at 1 o’clock in the morning. Well if nobody does that, then why was this proposed law almost passed? Because out of all those nobodies, somebody is making a lot of noise. I live close to a factory that runs 24/7. One of the guys there works the graveyard shift and parks a sweet Victory bagger with aftermarket pipes right outside. He parks it next to a steel sided building. Essentially, he’s got the recipe there to wake up the entire neighborhood if he felt like it. But you know what, he doesn’t. He warms his engine up for a couple minutes, and then he rides down 3rd St. like a boss, quiet as you please. I’m actually going to leave him a thank you note this spring, and tell him how much I appreciate his manners, and possibly a copy of this article. We can all do it, just like he can. And the time to do it is upon us. As I’ve said many a time before, there’s miles of open country in Iowa, if you want to let the dogs out when you’re in the sticks, go for it, I’m probably out there doing the same thing. But if the only time you want to ride like that is in front of the general public, then you’re nothing but a show off that’s going to ruin it for the rest of us. So remember your life should be worth more than a check mark on a sheet of paper, and remember to tell your legislators that specific thing this year. Heck, jump on your bike and ride down there and talk to them. And please remember to ride respectfully when you leave the parking lot at the state capitol. That building echoes like a son of a bitch. Mark Mullins, President, MAG

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could eat. Melanie got the Carne De Res. Also served with the traditional sides, but this mix of tender beef, onions, and peppers is a world apart from the traditional fajita combo of the same ingredients. Tortillas come with the dish, but with or without them, the delicious sirloin and veggies is sure to please even the pickiest diner. Tina chose a monstrous burrito, which boasts availability in either the chicken, beef, or shredded beef varieties…any of these options will melt in your mouth with a perfect meat to cheese ratio, and topped with a delicious red sauce. Jack opted for a tamale and enchilada combo, both of which were fresh and hot. If you are a tamale fan, be sure to give the ones at Mi Casa a try, you won’t be disappointed. If you aren’t a fan of foods from south of the border, they do have offerings your every-day gringo can appreciate. Whether you prefer steak or a burger and fries, the Mi Casa crew can help you with that as well.

While running around Shelby County for the 99 County article, we got a little hungry and needed to find some place for beans. It only seemed fitting to go see Ulises and his crew at Mi Casa in Harlan. They have recently moved locations from the west side of the square to a spot northeast off the square, and it was a great move for them. A completely remodeled and much larger and nicer space make for a great place to gather for food and drink no matter what size the crowd. We happened to be running around that night with Jack and Tina and had to get started with a margarita. They sure hit the spot, and our usual order of the margarita on the rocks with good tequila was a great choice. Their margarita is a great mix of tequila, sweetness, saltiness, and the perfect amount of citrus acidity. Different folks have different tastes they prefer for margaritas, but these are for sure one of our favorites. If margaritas are not your thing, they also have a full bar and a great selection of non-alcoholic beverages.

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The chips and salsa were also delivered to the table like in most Mexican style restaurants. Warm chips and freshly made salsa with just a little bite of pepper make for a great combination. If salsa isn’t your favorite, they also make a

Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. craig@thunderroadsiowa.com

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ut ooff A man had been slipping in and oout coma for several months, but his wife stayed at him every single day. One day he finally opened his eyes and said to his wife: “You’ve been always with me through the bad times. When my y business failed, you supported me. When I got fired, you were there. Also when I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost ou ourr house and my health started failing, in ng, you were still by my side. So you u kn know ow what it means?” “What, my darling” liing ng”” hi hhis is wife asked, smiling bravely. “I think you’re really bad luck,” the man said.

robe. robe ro bee. Poor Bob breaks out into a sweat trying t to maintain eye contact. After a few minutes, he places her hand on his arm and says, “Let’s go to my apartment. I hear someone coming...” Bob follows her into the apartment. Once inside, she leans against the wall w allowing her robe to fall off completely. co Now completely nude, she shhe purrs, p pu “What would you say is my bbe best est s ffeature?” e tu ea ture re?” re ??”” Th T The he fl he flus uustered, us te embarrassed Bob stammers, cclears cl eaars r his throat several times, and finally squeaks sqquee out, “Oh, your best feature has has to t be your ears!” She’s astounded! “Why “Whh my ears? Looks at these breasts! “W They’re They Th ey full, they don’t sag, and they’re 100% 1000% 0 natural! My butt is firm and doesn’t does do es sag, and I have no cellulite! es So, Soo, why S w in in the world would you say my y eears a are my best feature?” Clearing his hiis throat th hro r once again, Bob stammers, “Because, when we were in the hallway you said you heard someone coming... that was me!”

“I had an accident opening a can n ooff alphabet spaghetti this morning,’’ sa said aid d Mike. ‘Were you injured?” inquired uiire uire red Pat. “No, but it could have spelled disaster,” concluded Mike. Q: What do you call a cheap circumcision? A: A rip off.

A lady goes to the doctor and complains that her husband is losing interest in sex. The doctor gives her a pill, but warns her that it’s still experimental. He tells her to slip it into his mashed potatoes at dinner, so that night, she does just that. A girl realized that she had grown hair between her legs. About a week later, she’s back at the doctor, where she says, She got worried and asked her mom about that hair. Her “Doc, the pill worked great! I put it in the potatoes like you mom calmly said, “That part where the hair has grown is said! It wasn’t five minutes later that he jumped up, raked called Monkey, be proud that your monkey has grown hair.” all the food and dishes onto the floor, grabbed me, ripped …. the girl smiled. all my clothes off, and ravaged me right there on the table!” At dinner, she told her sister, “My monkey has grown hair.” The doctor says, “I’m sorry, we didn’t realize the pill was Her sister smiled and said, “That’s nothing, mine is already that strong! The foundation will be glad to pay for any eating bananas.” damages.” “Nah,” she says, “that’s okay. We’re never going back to that restaurant anyway.” Q:What did the sign on the door of the whorehouse say? A:Beat it, we’re closed.

Two men visit a prostitute. The first man goes into the bedroom. He comes out ten minutes later and says, “Heck. My wife is better than that.” The second man goes in. He comes out ten minutes later and says, “You know what? Your wife is better.”

Three friends were arguing which of them had the better memory. The first man bragged, “I can remember the first day of first grade.” “Oh yeah?” the second man countered. “Well, I can remember my first day of nursery school.” “Hell, that’s nothing,” the third man said. “I can remember Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources going to the dancing party with my father and coming home Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the MIT, “And with my mother.” what starting salary are you looking for?” The engineer replies, “In the region of $150,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.” The interviewer Q:What do you call a redneck bursting into flames? inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of five A Fire Cracker! weeks’ vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?” Bob after splitting with his ol’ lady is forced to rent an The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you apartment and goes to the lobby to put his name on the kidding?” group mailbox. While he was there, an attractive young lady The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.” comes out of the apartment next to the mailboxes wearing A drunken guy had a bit too much to drink. Walking into a robe. Bob smiles at the young girl, so she strikes up a a courthouse he yells “All lawyers are sneaky thieves!” A conversation with him. As they talk, her robe slips open, man stands up and says “Hey, don’t talk like that to me!” and it’s quite obvious that she has nothing on under the The drunk shouts back “Why, you’re a lawyer?” “No”, says 48 - TRMI APRIL 2017

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the man “I’m a sneaky thief.” Biker bro walks into a pharmacy and is looking around for condoms... after not finding them he walks up to the counter. “May i help you find something?” Asks the cashier. “Yeah, i am looking for condoms” he replies. “Oh, we keep them behind the counter. How many boxes would you like?” She asks. “How ‘bout two!” He replies with a smirk. She grabs two boxes, rings him up and asks “would you like a bag today?” And he replies “Nah, she ain’t that ugly!”

that one nun is trying to cut in front of another! St. Peter sees this and asks the Nun “Sister Susan, what is this? There is no rush!” Sister Susan responds “Well if I’m going to have to gargle this stuff, I’d rather do it before Sister Mary sticks her ass in it!”

A young man was showing off his new sports car to his girlfriend. She was thrilled at the speed. “If I do 200mph, will you take off your clothes?” he asked. “Yes!” said his adventurous girlfriend. And as he gets up to 200, she peeled off all her clothes. Unable to keep his eyes on the road, the car skidded onto some gravel and flipped over. The naked girl was thrown clear, but he was jammed beneath the steering wheel. “Go and get help!” he cried. “But I A bus full of Nuns falls of a cliff and they all die. can’t. I’m naked and my clothes are gone!” “Take my They arrive at the gates of heaven and meet St. Peter. shoe”, he said, “and cover yourself.” Holding the shoe over St. Peter says to them “Sisters, welcome to Heaven. In a moment I will let you all though the pearly gates, but before her pubes, the girl ran down the road and found a service station. Still holding the shoe between her legs, she pleaded I may do that; I must ask each of you a single question. to the service station proprietor, “Please help me! My Please form a single-file line.” And they do so. boyfriend’s stuck!” The proprietor looked at the shoe and St. Peter turns to the first Nun in the line and asks her said, “There’s nothing I can do...he’s in too far.” “Sister, have you ever touched a penis?” The Sister Responds “Well... there was this one time... that I kinda sorta... touched one with the tip of my pinky finger...” St. Peter says “Alright Sister, now dip the tip of your pinky What do a bungee jump and a hooker have in common? finger in the Holy Water, and you may be admitted.” and she They’re both cheap, fast, and if the rubber breaks, you’re pretty much screwed. did so. St. Peter now turns to the second nun and says “Sister, have you ever touched a penis?” “Well.... There was this one What do you call two jalapeños getting it on? time... that I held one for a moment...” “Alright Sister, now just wash your hands in the Holy Water, Fu#%ing hot! and you may be admitted” and she does so. Now at this, there is a noise, a jostling in the line. It seems

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S.T.E.A.M. Every spring bikers from the Motorcycle Right Movement descends on a mid-west town to come together for Heartland S.T.E.A.M (Seminar to Educate and Motivate). Heartland S.T.E.A.M. is a regional seminar for the officers and members of the heartland region Motorcycle Rights Organizations (MRO), the AMA, MRF and the COC. The heartland region consists of Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and St. Croix Valley Riders. Its purpose is to help educate states MRO officers and members how to work with and be leaders in the political arena. The seminar also brings together the various states MRO’s to encourage discussion on political issues pertaining to motorcycle rights. These discussions provide insight to those states fighting those issues in their legislatures and gives fresh ideas and the motivation to deal with them. Timing is determined by a general consensus of the attending state coordinators and directors. Each year a different state takes its turn hosting the seminar. The states are asked to each teach a workshop if possible. Abate of Iowa will be hosting the 28th year of Heartland S.T.E.A.M. Freedom fighters from across the heartland states will be heading to Sioux City, Iowa in early April to come together to discuss problems that face the motorcycle community in each of these states and across the country. They will listen to speakers on issues that are facing the freedoms of the motorcycle community like motorcycle profiling. There are also break out meetings on different topics to learn things that they can take back to their own State to help keep the motorcycle community riding free. Topics included are public relations, knowing your insurance, new items in rider education and a Smart trainer which is a motorcycle simulator.

advocates to improve effectiveness at the state and local levels. The MRF works together with State Motorcyclists’ Rights Organizations (SMROs), assisting them with state and local agendas as well as working with them to influence Washington, DC – from the Congress to government departments and agencies to the Office of the President of the United States. If you want more info check us out on our website: www. abateofiowa.org or check out our app on your mobile device. If you love riding and love the freedom, we have with riding look at joining a group of freedom fighters and join the fight for your motorcycle freedoms. There are three way you can do this by joining and SMRO (ABATE), joining the MRF, or/and joining the AMA. Join one, two or all three and protect your freedoms as a motorcycle rider. David Duffy “Duff” Assistant State Coordinator of ABATE of Iowa

Beside Heartland S.T.E.A.M. being a meeting to help freedom fighters with learning to help their motorcycle community. It is also a fundraiser for the MRF. I hope most of you know about ABATE but you may not know about the MRF. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. We are also committed to educating rights

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Fenders Cycle/Indian of Des Moines Spring Open House ABATE D15 Two Wheel Trauma Genesis Heart Institute Davenport ABATE D6 WTHWDOH Ride F&J Racing Marshalltown 30th Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show St Paul, MN CMA Polar Bear Ride Cedar Rapids ABATE D7 North Iowa Motorcycle Expo Mason City Abate of Sioux Falls Motorcycle Expo Sioux Falls, SD Hill Blazers Hill Climb Logan ABATE of Iowa Heartland STEAM Sioux City Fenders Honda Spring Open House Ames Freedom Quilts Presentation Fonda Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Street Drags Conesville Easter Egg Hunt Metro HD Cedar Rapids Blessing Of The Bikes Wieblers HD Davenport Tom Simpson Birthday Run Shooter’s Anita ABATE D15 Blessing of the Bikes Davenport Bike Blessing Route 65 HD Indianola Shalya Bee Southpark Mall Motorcycle Show Spencer Bike Blessing Big Barn HD Des Moines Spring Season Opener Wieblers HD Davenport ABATE D18 Leather Run Ft. Madison Blessing of the Bikes Ames Vintage Torque Fest Dubuque Sleeping Angels Fun Run Boone HOG Pancake Breakfast Metro HD Cedar Rapids May 6 Hog Roast Zylstra HD Ames 3rd Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Motorcycle Awareness Fun Run Council Bluffs AMVETS Riders Motorcycle Awareness Ride (Veterans Fund Raiser) Cedar Rapids Bike Blessing Northwest Christian Church Council Bluffs 11th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Blue Grass F&J Racing 22nd Annual Blessing of the Bikes Marshalltown ALR Post 232 Barnstormers Veterans Ride Des Moines Sgt Kearney Memorial Motorcycle Run Emerson Biker Bed and Breakfast Grand Opening Green Mountain IDOT Motorcycle Safety Forum Ames Little Timmy Teel Ride Metro HD Cedar Rapids Armed Forces FREEDOMRIDE Loess Hills HD Pacific Junction ABATE D15 Music & Memory Ride for Iowa Masonic Bettendorf Chrome for Kids Ride Benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids 8th Annual Armed Forces Day Toy Ride Legion Post 1 Spencer B.A.C.A of Iowa 8th Annual 100 Mile Ride Pleasant Hill Music & Memory Ride for Seniors Bettendorf Spring Balltown Ride Wieblers HD Davenport Iowa Thunder Ride 2017 Des Moines Redneck Revival Conesville Kick-Off Summer Party Wieblers HD Davenport Midway Tavern’s Annual Neal Denny Memorial Poker Run Soldier Veteran’s Fund Raiser/Auction Zylstra HD Ames Harley-Davidson of Carroll Rock –N- Ride Carroll Vintage Rally National Motorcycle Museum Anamosa ABATE D6 Honoring Our Heroes Vets Ride & Rodeo Marshalltown Ride With Levi Keokuk Joni’s Roast and Ride Boone 3rd Annual Suicide Awareness Benefit/Ride&Drive Waterloo Demo Rides Wieblers HD Davenport Benefit Ride for Scott Moeller Davenport Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Open House/Swap Meet Big Barn HD Des Moines

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Bell Tower Festival Poker Run, Tour Rides, & Bike Show Jefferson Jun 10 Cole Andersen Memorial Ride/Drive Harlan Jun 10 3rd Annual Ride for the Girls Memorial Poker Run LHHD Pacific Junction Jun 10 Remembering Jacob 4th Annual Ride and Drive Des Moines Jun 10 1st Annual Combat Vet Charity Ride and Benefit Mt Pleasant Jun 11 Blakely’s Down Syndrome Awareness Ride Walford Jun 15-17 Awesome Biker Nights Sioux City Jun 16-18 Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Street Drags Conesville Jun 17 James Buwalda Memorial Roar Into Harlan Poker Run Harlan Jun 17 3rd Annual Paul “Six” Ladd Memorial Ride & Party The Dog House Colo Jun 17 Freedom Day & Ride Wieblers HD Davenport Jun 17 Keep It Movin’ Ride for MS Iowa Falls Jun 17 Durango Depot Car Cruise & Bike Poker Run Durango Jun 17 2nd Annual Journey For Hope Poker Run Council Bluffs Jun 23-24 Demo Days Big Barn HD Des Moines Jun 24 Ride It Out For Amber Sarcoma Ride & Drive Polk City Jun 24 ALR Post #2 Pets & Vets BlackJack Run Council Bluffs Jun 25 American Legion Dist 3 5 County Freedom Rock Ride Marshalltown Jun 29-Jul 1 ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally Algona Jul 2 60th Anniversary Golf Tournament AL Post 46 Marshalltown Jul 7-8 CVMA Chapter 39-3 Benefit Ride/Cruise Elkport Jul 8 10th Annual Freeman Ride Avoca Jul 8 Colo Crossroads Festival/Street Dance/Band The Dog House Colo Jul 8 Vets for Valor American Legion Post 46 Marshalltown Jul 8 ABATE Da5 Taco Run for Children’s Therapy Center Wieblers HD Davenport Jul 14-16 2nd A.round I.owa on a M.otorcycle (AIM) Ride Winterset Jul 15 “Ride for Time” with “ Friends of Mine” Baxter Jul 15 11th Annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas Fort Dodge Jul 15 ABATE D18 Mystery Ride for Hospice Burlington Jul 15 Summer Celebration Big Barn HD Des Moines Jul 22 Deaf Poker Run Council Bluffs Jul 22 EFMC Ride In Bike Show Milford Jul 22 Rally Party Hog Roast Wieblers HD Davenport Jul 23 Butterfields M-C Parts Hot Dog Daze Omaha Jul 28-29 CVMA 39-1 Ann Patriot Ride and Rally ABATE Land Algona Jul 28-29 Special Forces Event Big Barn HD Des Moines Jul 29 Paws & Effect Ride American Legion Post 46 Marshalltown Jul 29 Big Barn HD Thank the Seals Motorcycle Ride Des Moines Jul 29 Thank the Seals Motorcycle Ride Bettendorf to Des Moines Jul 29 10th Annual Brooke Barber Memorial Poker Run Mount Ayr Jul 29 Volga City River Run Volga Aug 3-5 Across the Border Raid Bedford Aug 4-13 South Dakota Party Aug 5 Two Wheels Four Paws Poker Run Walford Aug 5 SPC Jordan M. Byrd Tribute to Our Fallen Memorial Ride/ Cruise Davenport Aug 12 ABATE D15 Too Broke to Go to Sturgis Rodeo Donahue Aug 12 3rd Annual Old Glory Ride TBA Aug 12 7th Annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run Perry Aug 12 Tom Fugle Memorial Ride In Bike Show Ickey Nickel Sioux City Aug 18-20 Annual BTW Trike In Kellogg Aug 18-20 Boji Bike Rally Okoboji Aug 19 Mikey Jones Memorial Dragfest Cordova, IL Aug 19 Tour de Shelby County Motorcycle & Car Scavenger Hunt Harlan Aug 26 Jami Jam VI: Ride For Mental Health Action & Awareness Terril Aug 26 AHeinz 57 9th Annual Ruff Ride Adel Aug 26 Kyle’s Mile Suicide Prevention/Awareness Ride Metro HD Cedar Rapids

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Tuesday Johnny’s Pub Lake Park (Mid May-Sep) Desperado’s Bar and Grill Wheatland Marshallton Legion Car & Bike Cruise (Last Tuesday Apr-Sep)

Wednesday The Buck Snort Neola Cadillac Jack’s Baxter 2nd Ave Bike Night Des Moines (2nd Wednesday May-September) Thirsty’s on 3rd Davenport OP Clear Lake Ride’s Bar & Grill Ft Dodge Greencastle Tavern Mingo The Pour House, Davenport

Thursday Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Fenders Cycle Des Moines (1st Thursday May-Aug) Stumpy’s Bar & Grill Duncombe Eddies Tavern Sergeant Bluff (April-November) Calvin Rockett Bar and Grill Marshalltown (Last Thursday May-Aug) Metro HD Cedar Rapids (2nd Thursday May-August) Screaming Eagle Bar & Grill Waterloo Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern Bike & Classic Car(Last Thursday of the Month, Starting in May) The Back 40 Macedonia (May-August) Barney’s Wadena (May-Labor Day) Des Moines Vintage Bike Night (1st Thurs May-Sep) Mainstreet Bar , Terrill Tip Top Ames (Every Other Thursday) Ottumwa Main Street Bike Night(3rd Thurs Jun-Sep) Culver’s Marshalltown (Every Other Thursday)

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MIC’s M/S Ride and Park(s) Run Mitchelville 2nd Annual Shayla Bee Black Tie Black Leather Affair Okoboji Classic Cars Aug 31-Sep 3 Redneck Revival Conesville Aug 31-Sep 2 Chief Blackhawk 46th Davenport Fall International Meet Davenport Sep 2-3 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier Sep 9 Tall Corn Run End of Year Prize Drawing TBA Big Barn HD Des Moines Sep 9 No Nipple Dipple for Hunt of a Lifetime Buffalo Sep 10 Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Sep 14 Motor Madness Bike Giveaway Metro HD Cedar Rapids Sep 15-17 Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Street Drags Conesville Sep 16 WTF Fun Harlan

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Friday Bike Down to I-Town Indianola (3rd Friday) Centerville Bike Nights (4th Friday of the Month) Monroe Bike Night (4th Friday May-Aug)

Saturday Avenue of the Saints St. Charles Bike night (3rd Saturday)

Sunday Just 1 More Jamaica (Starting in May) Haverhill Social Club Haverhill (3rd Sunday) Team 36 Bar & Grill Mitchellville Exira Sunday BAND Day (2nd Sunday MaySeptember) This list is what we have found and what has been submitted. Before heading to any event, please check weather and make sure the event is not cancelled. Not responsible for misprints and typos. If you have any other events to list, please email vernon@thunderroadsiowa.com

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New Model Party Metro HD Cedar Rapids 11th Annual Cedar County Heroes Memorial Ride and Poker Run Tipton ABATE D15 33rd Annual Toy Run w/USMC Reserves Hell on Wheels Chopper Show Franklin ABATE D18 Toys for Tots West Point Motor Madness Check Presentation @ Wild Hogs Walford ABATE D3 Toy Run Atlantic HOG Roast Metro HD Cedar Rapids Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Street Drags Conesville ABATE of Iowa STEAM Turkey Run Clinton Holiday Open House Big Barn HD Des Moines

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