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Well this riding season has certainly been one that has been interesting. If you like riding in the cold, in the rain, in the wind, in the high heat, in the humidity, then you must be one happy camper about now! We have had a plethora of variety in the weather this year to ride and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Despite the weather, it has been good so far. I know I do not have near as many miles on by this time as normal, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will have a long and decent fall to keep racking up the miles on two wheels. Not only are the miles down for the bikers, but the biker businesses are also a little behind. As you get out and about, don’t forget to stop into the Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa supporting businesses, tell them we sent ya!

then it can be found at other locations. If you cannot find it, shoot an email and we will let you know where it can be found in your area. We distribute the last week of the month for the next month’s edition, so you have to get in quick a lot of times to grab one before they are gone. Let us know where we need to be!

August will bring A us some very cool u events to wind e down the main d part of the riding p sseason. Check out the Thunder Roads th Event Listing and E the Thunder Roads th Bike Night Listing B in the back of the magazine. The m highlighted entries h are the Thunder a Roads Magazine of R IIowa supporters, so frequent them as fr much as you can. m When you are out W and about in the a latter parts if the la rriding season, don’t forget to frequent the supporters of Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa. Without them we would not be able to bring you the Iowa content that you all have been asking for. Tell them you saw them on the pages of Thunder Roads! We thank all of the supporters of the magazine; we would not be here Our distribution areas have been changing a bit this without all of you! summer. Our goal is to get the whole state covered with more places to be able to pick up Iowa’s Enjoy the road, enjoy your friends and families, twist favorite biker mag! If you know of anywhere that the wick and live life! would proudly distribute Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa, give one of the crew a holler or email us and Vernon we will see what we can do to get the mag in all the right places. We are at the point right now that we Quote of the Month: Remember to pay as much are still adding distribution points, but it has to come attention to your partner as you do your carburetor. with some advertising dollars back our way. The guaranteed spots to be able to pick up the magazine are of course the advertisers within the pages. The magazines are delivered to the advertisers first and


As we are in the last half of the riding season, there are a few kick ass parties coming up yet! Conesville Thunder in the Sand will be August 29-31st. Labor Day weekend will be the place to be for an old school biker party with some the best fun to be had anywhere. Music, games, killer drag racing, and of coarse some of the most fun contests that you can see. Then come on back to the same spot on September 20-21st for Rumble in the Stalks. This is a Hot Rod party that welcomes any and all hot rods, two, three and four wheels! Rockabilly bands, heads up drag racing, vendors, and just a good ol’ party! See you at Conesville for some fun! 4 - TRMI AUGUST 2013

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After attending this year, it will definitely be on our to-do list for the future. Jefferson is a town of a little over 4,000, located on Hwy 4. When I finally found a parking spot, I realized that there was a lot more going on than I had thought there would be. The cars and trucks that were there for the car show were lined up around 3 different blocks! I love antiques, whether they are bikes or cars, and I was having a hard time not stumbling over my own toes as I walked by all those gorgeous vehicles. Our own Jordan Foster was there with her pink Mustang, but I never did spot her, and I don’t think I even saw all the vehicles that were entered! As I walked around a corner who should I see but the Carroll Cycle Center booth! I stopped to chat for a moment with them, andand then headed out to find the Kiwanis Aktion Club Booth, the people in charge of the Bike Show and Poker Run.

make their way back. We figured that they were just having too much fun at one of the previous stops to leave! It turned out that darn near everyone won something from the Poker Run and good n money was raised for an awesome cause. I stayed for the Bike Show and got to see a couple of my own picks win! The trophies were pretty unique. Not only were they a wood cut with both lettering and design done by burning, they were in the shape of Iowa and they were made by the students in the High School Tech Class, (Wood Shop, in my day). Seems the Kiwanis still had a brand new Bike Lift to draw for. Funniest thing about the winner(s); when they located the fellow, he was ecstatic. A couple minutes later, his dad walked up and said, “Let me see that winning ticket”. Turns out Father and Son both had the same name and one look at the signature and the dad was smiling and the son not looking very excited anymore. Happy ending, the dad gave the son the lift and I think the son’s smile was even bigger after that.

I was having a blast, but getting hungry, so I ventured out to find some food. I knew I would find something The awesome from all of the smells coming from the Kiwanis square. I ended up with an authentic taco with tortilla, Aktion Club it was huge and dripped all over my pants, but I didn’t Mission: To provide adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills, and to serve their communities. So the money that was raised that day went towards this goal. Raising money for charity is something we Bikers do all the time, and this was a pretty cool shindig. Poker Run, Bike Show, Festival, and Live Music to boot! That’s not counting all the other stuff going on over on the Main Square. The Poker Run had a registration count of a bit over sixty and they were starting to trickle back in, shortly after I arrived. The route was 109 miles round trip with stops at Van Walls (breakfast in Perry), Flat Tire (Madrid), Adobe Lounge (Boone), Lucky Pig (Ogden), and at the 209 Main/Tool Bar (Paton). Apparently, there were some riders that started out, but didn’t 6 - TRMI AUGUST 2013

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steps in cadence sound so cool! The Festival is all about celebrating the awesome Bell Tower that was made possible through the donations of Floyd and Dora Mahanay. Those interested in the history of the bell can find tons of information on the City’s web site, and the Festival has a site also. I will say that they sound beautiful when they play, and the next time I go, I’m going to ride the glass elevator to the top of the building (14 stories), to check out the view from the top! One of the bands was starting up and it was already sounding good, so I headed over to the fenced-off beer garden, and picked myself up a libation to sip as I enjoyed the incredible voice of the female vocalist. Happy feet were starting to come on, but it was getting time for this tired lady to head home. I picked care. I just kept wiping my chin and eating, it was up a sandwich and beans, prepared and served by soooo good! some of the Lady Kiwanis, to take home to the old man and I headed out. This event has something to There were carnival rides and numerous vendors, the majority of them seemed to be local organizations offer all ages. There are all kinds of the old fashioned and other folks with some pretty cool stuff to offer. The contests throughout Saturday and a lot to see and do. Masons were offering up free watermelon slices, and Come in the morning for the parade and the rides, the Cattlemen’s Assoc. BBQ Booth had some very come at noon for food and rides and family fun, or good smells coming from it. There were homemade come at night and visit the Beer Garden and listen to jams and candies with jam in them, from the John 15 some music with your friends in the evening, just make Vineyard. I got to meet an author of childrens’ books, sure you come to the Jefferson Bell Tower Festival in (good connection for my library job), pet rescue, old style game booths, face painting, and novelties. There 2014! was a parade with an awesome Drum and Marching Annette Murphy Corp at the end. I just love the drums, and all those Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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it bounced and flew back on to the road, directly into his path. The metal bracket landed squarely under his tire, puncturing it. Luckily, this experienced rider did not lose control of his bike (way to go!) and stayed both upright and on the road. He flipped on his flashers, signaling to his buddy, that he was in trouble. Safely on the side of the road, the two began to assess the situation. Using their flashlights, they located the t-bag, which had been nearly ripped apart, as well as the backrest. Unfortunately, a wallet and a bottle of Gatorade were missing from the bag. The two began to search the ditch.

Angels Among Us Some may think that it isn’t possible to hear the ringing of the guardian angel bell that hangs on many motorcycles. I beg to differ.

On this particular night, a couple from a nearby town were on their way home from their son’s wedding. The couple noticed what looked like flashlights moving in the ditch. As they got closer, they noticed the 2 bikes on the side of the road. Both bikers themselves, they pulled over to help. After hearing the story, they too grabbed flashlights from their truck and began to help search for the wallet, still in their wedding attire. After more than an hour of searching, the items were found. The two promised the bikers that they would go home, hook up the trailer, and return for the disabled bike. The I’m sure that many of you who read this story have a similar two from Tennessee couldn’t believe their luck. Back at their house, story to tell. the couple put the trailer The Biker Brotherhood is a strong one. If you’ve ever and the other been stranded on the side of the road, needed a tool to fix something that has come loose, or any other situation that gentleman’s befalls your ride, you know you can count on a fellow biker bike in the garage and to give you a hand. Friend or stranger, it doesn’t matter. then invited them in to This past Memorial Day weekend, a couple of guys were sleep. With riding through Iowa on Hwy 218/27 south. They houseguests were on their way home to in town for the wedding, Chattanooga, Tennessee. they offered It was dark, cold, damp, and after midnight. Then the two the sofas in the something happened that living room. neither of the two had expected. The rider in the front felt a vibration behind In the morning, the couple heard the entire story. It was Sunday and the two road warriors feared they would have him and then a vacuum trouble finding someplace to buy a new tire. Calls were sensation as his backrest and t-bag flew off the back made, first locally to other bikers, looking for a spare. No luck. Then they found a dealer who had one for a 2002 of his motorcycle. His Softail Deuce and was willing to meet the two later in the buddy behind him saw morning. The home owner gave the two the keys to his something take to the air truck and directions to the town, nearly 2 hours away. Once and hit the median where 8 - TRMI AUGUST 2013

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ridden behind him. After suffering a stroke in 2009, she was no longer able to ride with her husband. Not willing to leave his riding partner behind, he called up to Motorvation Sidecars and Trailers in Sibley, Iowa to order a sidecar. When he tells the story, he says that Mary, the owner of Motorvation, bent over backwards to make sure that his sidecar could accommodate the needs of his wife. The custom build includes a rack that will hold her folded wheelchair and a nose panel that opens the seating compartment, allowing her to enter the sidecar with ease. After the installation, the company asked if they could take photos for an upcoming promotion. Mike agreed and quickly put everything that had been removed for the installation, back on the bike for the shoot. And that’s where the pins come in. Mike had forgotten to put the pins back in the brackets of the backrest to keep it in place. (At this point, he stops and shakes his head and says, “That stupid mistake could have killed my best friend.”) the two returned with the tire, he took them to his nearby shop and helped them get the tire changed and check over each bike to make sure they were ready for the road. After another exhausting day, the couple insisted the two spend the night again before taking off in the morning. What were these two doing so far from home? Mike and Rodney had come to Iowa to pick up a very special sidecar. You see, Mike rides a 2011 Anniversary Edition (#79/#110) Indian Softail. Until recently, his wife had Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

As for the couple who stopped to help the two stranded bikers, they just shrug their shoulders and say “Well, we couldn’t just leave them there!” Keep an eye out on the MOTORVATION website for pictures of Mike’s Softail, newly fitted with a sidecar. And above all, my friends listen for the bell! Susan Mast

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Biker Friendly Directory

It’s important for you to know who your friends are out on the road! The Biker Friendly Directory is a list of establishments throughout Iowa that want you to know that they’re here for YOU. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know a business that would like to advertise in Thunder Roads Iowa Biker Friendly Places, please email vernon@

Biker Accessories Backroads Biker Leather Shoppe 305 N Main Street Everly, Iowa 51338 712-834-2999 1224 Celebrity Drive Marcus, Iowa 51035 Mention TRMI at Events for a Free Gift

Follow us on Facebook!! Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916 Hunter Detail Home of Hunter’s Bug Kutter Your amazing Complete Detail Cleaner. Find us at a Dealer, Event or Order Online or 712-882-4243

Leather & Hawgs 316 Main, Hornick, Iowa 121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa

Dealers Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 Big Barn Harley Davidson I-80 Exit 135 Des Moines, Iowa 515-265-4444 C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494 Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610

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Ossy’s Show Club 1215 Plaza Drive Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-9102

Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson & Motorsports 174th and Maple Omaha, NE 68116 402-289-5556 Dubuque Harley-Davidson 145 N. Crescent Ridge Dubuque, Iowa 52003 563-557-3735 Edwards Motorsports and RV’s 1010 34th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-366-8400

Food and Drink

Double R Bar and Grill Quick Ricks Rib Joint 209 East Erie (Highway 30) Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-600-6441

B & M Bar and Grill 110 W. Main Street Panora, IA. 50216 641-755-2806 Open Daily @ 11:00 am

Doyle’s Place 403 East Street Shelby, Iowa 51570 712-207-2150 Mon-Sat Open 3 PM

Beaver Hut Pub Happiness is a Wet Beaver 307 East 7th Logan, Iowa 51546 712-644-6100

Do Drop Inn 403 3rd Avenue Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa 50128 515-314-0783

Beer Barn and Grill 226 State Street Kirkman, Iowa 51447 712-766-3395 Open Mon 4, Tue-Sun at 11

Excuses Bar 405 Main Street Malvern, Iowa 51551 712-624-8233 Excuses Bar on Facebook

BJ’s Bar & Billiards 110 Ida Waterloo Iowa Home of Full Throttle Thursdays 319-234-9810

Foxys Bar 108 East Jefferson Osceola, Iowa 50213 641-342-3700 Visit us at Facebook FOXYS

Harley-Davidson of Mason City 706 South Federal Avenue Mason City, Iowa 50401 WWW.HARLEYOFMC.COM 800.205.7082

Loess Hills Harley-Davidson 57408 190th Street Pacific Junction IA 51561 712-622-4000

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

Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406

Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook

Captains Quarters 807 Main Adel, Iowa 50003 M-F 2-12, Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 515-993-4417

Greaser’s Drive-In Hwy 52 South Guttenburg, Iowa 52052 563-252-1027 Open Tues-Sun 11-9

Chocolatierie Stam-Dubuque 269 Main Street Dubuque, Iowa 52004 563-690-4320

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

Dew Drop Inn Bar & Restaurant 109 Main Street McClelland, Iowa 51503 712-566-9360 Mon-Sat 11:30-Close

Hawkeye Bar & Grill 110 North 4th Street Mapleton, IA 51034 712-882-1226

Werner Cycle Works 14410 Frontier Road Exit 440 I-80 Omaha, NE 68138 402-894-3050¬

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

Good Sons 2815 Beaver Ave Ste 102 Des Moines, Iowa 515-681-5375

C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close

Uptown Motors Sales, Inc 310 Cleveland St Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2944

Whipp Sales and Service, Inc 701 S 8th Street Clarinda, Iowa 51632 1.800.477.0195

Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close

14th Street Tavern 3418 East 14th Street Des Moines, Iowa 515-266-3446 M-F 8am-2pm Sat 10-2 and Sun 11-2

Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1109 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062

Holtz Kawasaki 331 W. High St Avoca, IA 1-712-343-2177 1-888-803-7693

Dirty Ernies 201 1st Street NE Farley, Iowa 563-744-4653 Ride your Harley to Farley!

Dexfield Diner & Pub 904 1st Street Redfield, IA. 50233 515-833-2927

Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. ~ Sun 12:00 p.m. Hazard County LoungeIowa’s Premier Night Club

(above the BBQ Shack) 203 Main St. Lohrville. Iowa 51439 Open M-S 4pm-close. Sunday 12pm-close (712)-465-3278

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Homers Bar & Grill 207 Main Street Vail, Iowa 51465 712-677-9979 Huffy’s Mule Barn 802 Main Street Anita, Iowa 50020 712-762-9995 Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311 KC’s Tavern 120 North Main Bridgewater, Iowa 50837 641-369-2017 KC’s Tavern on Facebook

Pearl Street Social Club 110 Pearl Street SW Shellsburg, Iowa 52332 319-436-7100 Find Us On Facebook! Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill 1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PMPiranha Club 1215 Plaza Drive Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-9184 Piranha Club on Facebook

Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226 Tailgators Bar & Grill 621 Willow Street Oakland, Iowa 51560 712-482-6269

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

Guns and Ammo

The Home Plate Diner 304 E. 30th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50317 515-262-7000

Dales’ Guns Buy-Sell-Trade-Gunsmithing 109 Main Street Ute, Iowa 712-885-2671

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

Locked and Loaded Outfitters 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-4867

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

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The Middle of Nowhere 112 Main Street Cumberland, Iowa 50843 712-774-5425

Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772

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

Pizza Ranch HARLAN 613 Court Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2262 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week

The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601

Lamp-Liter 143 South Grove Street Walcott, Iowa 52773 563-284-4061

Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788

The Wagon Wheel 521 E 7th Washington, Iowa 52353 319-653-3637 Wagon Wheel Tap on Facebook

Lugger’s 201 N Main Street Kimballton, Iowa 51543 712.773.8620

Rendezvous Lounge 909 Main Street Adel, Iowa 50003 Just West of the Courthouse 515-993-4422

Keasey’s Hideaway Lounge 911 Court Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-3001

Master Griller/The Field House 142 S Chestnut Earlham, Iowa 50072 515-782-5850 Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230

Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p

Millerton Café 10 Miles S of Chariton Hiway 14, 1 Mile East J22

Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill

Millerton, Iowa Tues-Sat 630am-8pm Sunday 630am-3pm 641-897-3536

228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865

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

Shenanigans Nightclub/Event Center

Off Sides Pizza 1119 Thomas Street Redfield, Iowa 50233 515-833-2900 Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015

1805 Maime Eisenhower Ave Boone, Iowa 50036 515-298-0435 Slaby’s Bar & Grill 6020 New Liberty Road Plainview, Iowa 52773 563-843-3443 Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534

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Third and Main 301 Main Street Manning, IA 51455 712-655-2304/712-210-2304 T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3

Tues,Wed,Fri 9-5, Thurs 9-7, Sat 8-12

Healthcare/Wellness Sandra Grace Health Care Team 2884 AAA Court, Bettendorf, IA (563) 343-5344 Massage, Hypnosis, Reiki & more Will travel to your event or office

Legal Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678

Photo and Video Ullrich Photography PO Box 1842 Clinton, Iowa 52733 563-243-8715


Wet Goods Food & Lounge 113 N. Chestnut Street Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-2111

BC’s Custom Wood Floors Brian Christensen 1908 8th Street Harlan, IA 51537 712-755-2098

Where You Can Grab a Rack, And Not Get Slapped! Venture Inn Blencoe, Iowa 712-452-2205

BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344

Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery 350 Commercial Drive Walford, Iowa 52351 319-846-4476 Open 7 Days a Week

Joe Karsten-Authorized Dealer Cornwell Tools 329 West Street Manning, Iowa 51455 712-310-0765 mobile

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Services Continued Larsen Equipment Aaron Larsen PO Box 126 Kimballton, IA 51543 712-310-1762 Smith Urndustries 3615 300th Avenue Dickens, Iowa 51333 712-260-9638 Sound and Service Bike/Car/Home Audio and TV 712 Quint Avenue Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-5403 Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995 Traci Davis Real Estate Specialist 319-400-2000 Skogman Realty TVC Home Improvements Certified Lead Abatement Contractor

1422 Farnam Davenport, Iowa 52803 866-322-1754

Shops and Fabricators Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768 Chuck’s Cycle Service and Repair 714 East 7th Street Washington, Iowa52353 319-461-5278 Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231

Main Street Bikes and Trikes 522 Main Street Granville, Iowa 51022 712.727.3515

Throttle Shop LLC 1988 Arion Avenue Arion, Iowa 51520 712-674-3325

Moser’s 4-Way Service Center Motorcycles.ATVs.Jet Skis Harley-Davidson Certified Luxemburg, Iowa 563-853-3390

Top Gun Customs 607 South Main Street Garnavillo, Iowa 52049 563-964-9899 Top Gun Customs on FB

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

Waderich’s Towing 420 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 Phone 712-263-3687 Cell 712-263-9685

Dead Heads Eng, Fab, Repairs & Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 712-835-3353 Elite Auto Upholstery & Embroidery

Specializing in Motorcycle Seats 1313 Walnut Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-276-4392

Revolution Cycles 120 South Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-507-9250

F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651

Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-5876 M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call

Flying Eye Psycol Circus 512 Main Street LaPorte City, Iowa 50651 319.495.8016

Strip Club Choppers Nebraska/Iowa 2023 North 11th Street Omaha, NE 68110 402-342-4054

Metal Ink 911 7th Street Ste 102 Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-2453

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

XTreme Cycle & Off Road 206 E Main St Panora, Iowa 50216 641-755-4288

Tattoo All Pro Custom Tattoo 1007 E Kimberly Davenport, Iowa 563-323-5765 Crave Tattoo 201 S 12th Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 51501 515-576-8289 FB Crave Tattoo, Inc. Dubuque Tattoo Club 150 JFK Road Suite 5 Dubuque, Iowa 52002 563-845-0767 To buy ad space in our directory, call 712-249-5630 or email

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“Freedom independence “Freedom, independence, liberty refer to an absence of undue restrictions and an opportunity to exercise one’s rights and powers.” That is right out of the dictionary, and could not be a more fitting moniker for this year’s 29th Annual ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally. The Rally is held every year over the 4th of July weekend, and is still going strong after all of these years, primarily because the bikers of the Midwest love to exercise their FREEDOM whenever possible. We are free to come to the Freedom Park and have a blast and hang out with other likeminded bikers and enjoy the weather, camaraderie, motorcycles, music, and all the other stuff that goes along with it.

party, and boy did they! This was one of the largest p Wednesday rally crowds that I have seen, and it was W much needed for some by the way folks partied m hard. The weather was fabulous and could not have h been better, and those there took advantage of it by getting on the party train! Makes me wonder how many dollars’ worth of nickels are left after an event of this magnitude! When the party “officially” started on Thursday, there was more to see and do than there was time for. Live music, Bag Lady Sue, bike rodeo games, bike show, and so much more to keep everyone

This year’s party started officially on the 4th, but that did not stop the crowds from coming in all day on Wednesday the 3rd. Thousands wanted to get a head start on the

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about the social aspect of this party either. Sometimes it is a once a year chance to see old friends and meet new ones. The ABATE districts also pitch in and work in different areas and times over the weekend to help guide people around and make sure all goes smoothly. These folks have the

entertained. Vendors were also on hand to get you about any type of food, drink, trinkets, and even custom pin striping and painting to keep you happy. You cannot forget

thankless job of working to allow w everyone else to have fun. Props to them! On another note, the folks that host this killer party are also the ones that work hard to keep our freedoms in place. They help protect our rights to choose how we want to live, for instance w the helmet laws. It keeps coming up and right now there are some things that ABATE of Iowa is working on to keep the choice alive. They need your help though, and strength in numbers is the key. If you are not a member or need to renew, look right here in Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Page 5 for a form to fill out and send in with w payment. Help by being a member to protect our FREEDOM! See you next year on the 4th of July weekend in Algona! Until then, ride safe! Vernon

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CMA Notes

By now many of you reading this are getting ready to hit the road to Sturgis or one of the alternative can’t-go-to-Sturgis events. It’s always an exciting time but it takes a lot of work to get the bike and the gear ready. What can we take? Or really it’s more likely to be, what we don’t need to take. Shall we pull the trailer and have room for a bunch of things we won’t use or just load up the back fender and hope for the best?

Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

When we head to Sturgis we want to look at a map, know the destination and how to get there. In our spiritual journey our map is the Bible, our destination is Heaven, and the way we get there is through Jesus and his sacrifice for us on the cross. It’s pretty straight forward and AAA couldn’t have planned it better. Also it would be nice if we could enjoy the journey but a lot of the time it takes work on our behalf. It’s up We had dinner with a local bike shop to us to be thankful and appreciate owner and his wife the other night and they the day, the current situation, or are always amazed at the number of people even our traveling companions. who put off their bike work until the last King David in Psalms talks about minute. People wait until a week before “This being the day the Lord has leaving and then the shop is inundated made; we should rejoice and be with panic calls saying they need to get in glad in it. Also to continually give now before they leave. The unforeseeable thanks to the Lord, for He is good is understandable but the tire replacement and His mercy endures forever.” and the routine regular items always These are the key to an enjoyable crop up. The preparation is a vital part of life and successful journey. making a successful trip and of course we also want the journey to be enjoyable. The point being is that God has made a way. His desire is that Even more important is the preparation for none should perish but have the trip into eternity. Ideally we shouldn’t eternal life with Him. And we wait until the last minute to get ready or to want to see our friends and loved even find out where we are going. There ones there when we get there. are no guarantees we will have advance What a comfort to know that there notice for that trip but we have been are those that have gone before us shown what we need to do to get ready. In and that this life is not all there is 1 John the Bible tells us that “This is the to look forward to. testimony: that God has given us eternal Blessings, life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have Mark the Son of God does not have life.” And in the book of Romans we are told that Mark and Karla Cornick are “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Area Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at www.cmausa. org.

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the time to paint about 8 foot of each telephone pole white so if you stop seeing poles you may have lost your way. Something else you might see that maybe isn’t so famous is 99 CounƟes to tour on the bike, 99 counƟes to tour, take one down, drive on around, 60 counƟes to tour on the bike. Tootsie. Tootsie, the locals tell me, is a small deer that has A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through become a town pet. For the last five years Tootsie has been each one of the counƟes of Iowa, and what was found was taken care of by the towns people. She has a fondness for a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we will revisit vanilla wafers, apples and Asian lilies. No one is quite sure why she hangs around but she stays nonetheless. They say each county as a featured arƟcle. We will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a liƩle spark you can actually pet her…let’s just hope she stays in their yards and off the roads! of touring curiosity for our state of Iowa.

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A little further along on F65 I came to Casey. It is a small town with its own charm. They have one of the most It truly is beautiful military murals that I have seen. It is on the north end of Main Street with a gazebo and sitting area. It is really summer worth a stop. While I was taking pictures of this magnificent in Iowa. mural I stumbled upon the Beauty Boutique Rubber Loads of Stamps-Gifts. This business is in a trailer with three doors, hot sunny days to get two of which you can not access unless you are ten feet tall, but once you find the right door you will find more stamping out and do a little supplies then I would have thought possible for such a exploring. dainty establishment. The lovely ladies inside told us about Tootsie, suggested some places to stop in their nice county and also gave us a lead on a great place to eat!

Guthrie County

This month took me to Guthrie County. Having lived in the Southwestern part of the state for the last sixteen years I am familiar with the county, however I was pleasantly surprised at some of their not so famous offerings. The county has beautiful hills, curves, live music and a very welcoming charm.

After leaving Casey I headed further down White Pole Road towards Menlo. Along the way I saw a sign that I had seen in a few places around the county, it referenced a Southern Gospel Sing at the county fair August 2nd and 3rd. I was pleasantly surprised to find such an offering in the county. Moving along I stopped by the Menlo Café as it was lunchtime. Nancy is the proprietor of the café and she is a third generation pie maker. You can eat her pie every Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting items up on her walls but make sure you ask her about the plaque with door knobs on the wall, the story is worth a listen and it reminds you of why we choose to live in Iowa!

Guthrie County is in the west central portion of the state. With its 593 square miles of land you will find plenty of nice roads to ride on. Interstate 80 runs basically as the southern border of the county and Hwy 141 will run you across the northern edge. It was founded in 1851 and named after Captain Edwin B. Guthrie who was a big wig during the Mexican-American After leaving Menlo I shot over to Stuart and it was time to war. head north on P28, which is also an Iowa Scenic Highway. While traveling north I saw a sign that referenced an The county seat is Guthrie Archery Course and Music Hall. I couldn’t help myself; I Center. Although it is not a large town it has some great biker friendly businesses like the Prime Time Steak House had to explore this strange combination. Sure enough back in the hills I found the loveliest couple, Linda and Gary right on Highway 44 along with BCS Computers. If you Thompson. They retired, bought forty are having a technology issue BCS acres and thought hey…this would really knows their stuff and are quite be a great place to shoot at things. So reputable far and wide! they built Raccoon Ridge a fantastic 3D archery course. After a short while I started my adventure in the southwest they thought hey, we love music… portion of the county in Adair; travel they started Coon Ridge Country and north through Adair and you will enter built a music hall. They and a friend Guthrie County. They have the famed started playing music and the people White Pole Road, county road F65, came. They now play live gigs around this road was the states first certified Iowa and once a month you can find state route. Someone actually takes 20 - TRMI AUGUST 2013

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them playing in the hills at their own music hall! I headed further up the road and came across Nations Bridge County Park. It had so much to do. If you need a moment to stretch your legs stop on into this park, they have disc golf, horseshoe pits, volleyball nets and a river you

could dip your toes in to cool off. I shot on up Highway 4 to Yale, east on F25 to P30 and headed north into Jamaica! In the northeast

county through a few little towns and grabbed N54 to head south. What a view! The hills, the sky, I thought, this is why I do what I do, for moments like this. Next month we head to Hamilton County‌I wonder what they will have in store for me? See you there! Sources Available Upon Request D Ring

corner of the county you will find the Do Drop Inn. It is a biker friendly bar that is open in the evenings and is located on the east side of town in the old school house. Their drinks are stiff, their beer is cold and they have a strange sculpture out in front welcoming you in. It was getting late in the day so it was time to head towards home. I took 141 across the north side of the

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Road Ramblings random thoughts of a scooter tramp I think “Mother Nature” has something going on with the local weatherman. He has been all excited lately, smiling and bragging about hooky alerts and “top 10 days” and she has been putting out with some excellent riding weather.

place for miles before we ever came up on it. He does have a talent for sniffing out some good eating, even if it isn’t always pretty.

If you do much riding in Iowa, you know open season on some of the biggest bugs this state has to offer is My warped mind has been curious about the term “top coming soon. After hours of riding “Burrito” pointed out 10 day”. So for the first time in my life, I decided to that he had slaughtered only 3 bugs via windshield. listen to authority and take the weatherman’s advice. Those poor bastards were picked up down south; I like I played hooky from the drama factory in order to to believe they snuck across the border in search of a experience a “top 10 day”. After abruptly deciding to better life before they met up with “Burrito”. obey authority, I started questioning my stability, so I convinced a couple of riding buddies that I was losing No day of riding is complete without a good belly laugh my mind. Since you can count on bikers to do the right and “VD” filled the bill when he told us how his first old thing and look out for each other, they played hooky lady left him after he brought home some bugs in his too and the ride was on. beard. She never did believe his story about picking up crabs by eating seafood. As we raced up and over hills, around curves and down some scenic back roads of this beautiful state We came across another group of riders at a fuel my sick mind was on high alert, secretly searching for stop, of course this included the typical meet and the makings of a “top 10 day”. greet, get to know you type thing. We discovered that they too had decoded the weatherman’s subliminal The air temperature started out at a cool 68 degrees biker messages and were obeying authority. They when the kickstands went up. As the odometers suggested a local watering hole down the road turned over the miles, the sun continued to shine and made a point of telling us to watch out for the brighter. Just as the temperature started to climb to town local. As we walked through the door we were the borderline of being uncomfortably hot, “Preacher” immediately greeted by a guy who introduced himself proclaimed that it wouldn’t last long. A few miles as “Balls”. I made the mistake of asking him how further down the road some big, fluffy, white clouds he got that name. He nodded toward the pool table, rolled in and the temperature dropped down to perfect asked me if I played and said “you buy the drinks if I for riding. “Preacher” just smiled and explained that get my balls off the table before you do”. Considering sometimes “Mother Nature” gets a little strange. that I’m pretty good with the stick, I agreed. As I got ready to make the break, he stopped me. In one quick The roads were awesome, no traffic jams, no movement, his pants went to his ankle, his balls were machinery to fight for road space or to slow us down on the table, he spun around, returned to his stool and and not a single rubber necker to deal with. No traffic he declared himself the winner. “Joker” nearly peed lights, no boot melting pavement and only a handful himself, even he hadn’t thought of that one. of back road stop signs that we slowed down for, and then rolled on through. “Road Dawg” had hooked us As the sun began to set and we headed towards up with some good roads. He claims that good roads home, I came to realize that my mind had made are like fine ladies, nice and smooth, with just enough peace with the curiosity of the term “top 10 day”. We curves, hills and valleys, interesting to look at and had ridden a number of miles, had great weather for easy to roll on. He has rolled down a lot of pavement doing it, traveled some awesome roads, sniffed out through the years and he claims that he has rolled with some dang good eating, the day was spent with good some fine ladies too. I was impressed with the roads, people and we made a few new friends along the way. even more impressed that unlike his ladies, he didn’t Everyone got home safely and the only foul thing that have to put his beer goggles on to find them. crossed our path all day long seemed to be coming downwind from “Nasty” after we ate. Of course every good day of riding must include at least one belly stuffing food stop. I don’t know about As I listened to the engine ping and ding by the light the bikers in the rest of this great state, but my ugly of the moon as it cooled. I decided if the weatherman buddies will ride for miles to test drive a great burger, has something going on with “Mother Nature”, he a kick ass pizza, bragable tenderloin or some lip better keep her happy so she keeps putting out “top 10 smacking barbeque. “Buzzard” found a place hidden days”, because if he pisses her off, she’s going to get in the trees, just off to the side of the road. It didn’t hot. look like much from the outside but we were served up a warm, friendly greeting and humongous helpings Shifty LaRue at a reasonable price. He claimed he could smell that Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook TRMI AUGUST 2013 - 23

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In the middle of July in Omaha for quite a few years, the Rollin’ Plains Motorcycle Club has organized a ride for the benefit of our soldiers. This ride has been quite the deal as it went across many different jurisdictions, and was one of the largest controlled rides in the Midwest. A plethora of motor patrol and cruisers from area police departments blocked traffic to make this event happen. This Ride went along without a hitch for nine years, up until 2012. After all the plans had been made and things organized, the ride had to be cancelled due to lack of the proper parade permits. This struck quite a blow to the attendees and organizers of the event. The Yellow Ribbon Run for 2012 was a bust, not to ever happen, with serious questions about the future of this ride that raises funds for the Friends of the Family Support Center at Offutt Air Force Base. The ride organizers started on the path in permit land, and low and behold, after an exhausting seven month process, got the permits they needed and the Yellow Ribbon Run 2013 was in the making. This did not all come without a hitch though. There were limits on the number of bikes that could be escorted, as many of the area police departments refused to assist with the run. With fewer officers on duty to help block, the ride could not be as big as it has in the past. In 2011 there were almost

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1,000 bikes, and this year’s event was limited to half that many. These restraints did not stop Tom and Crew at Werner Cycle Works from being the site for the start of the run. It did not stop Kat 103.7 from coming out to play some tunes and have the equipment ready for the opening ceremony. It did not stop the Strategic Air and Space Museum from welcoming the bikers in with open arms to view some unique Military historical items and aircraft. It also did not stop Offutt Air Force Base from allowing a large procession of bikers onto the base around the parade grounds for a ceremony that showed support for the cause. After the visit to the base, the ride proceeded to Good Times bar in Louisville for some free food and prizes after the group ride. With the permit issues, and lack of local police assistance, the Yellow Ribbon Run will probably cease as it has been known. This is a very sad deal for the hundreds of bikers that come out on a Sunday in July to support the Friends of the Family Support Center. This group supports the families of deployed service men and women of all braches. Hopefully the powers that be can get back on board with supporting a wonderful cause and ride for our troops and their families. Vernon

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Here we are in the middle of July already and have only had about threeish weeks of decent weather to ride. I know a lot of people that just broke there bikes out over the 4th for the first time this year. As many of us suspected the weather went straight form cool and rainy to sweltering summer heat like the flick of a switch. With Sturgis right around the corner and the party in Milwaukee a couple of weeks later I’m sure many people will be looking for ways to keep themselves a little cooler cruising down the road. I know I said my next article was going to be about my old ironhead but I’m still in the process of paint so it will have to wait for a later issue. I figured a few helpful hints on maintaining a comfortable ride during the HOT riding season might suffice. The key to staying comfortable is to deflect hot air away and circulate cool air in. Something that came out a couple of years ago is Harley’s Ventilator Windshield. This windshield is available for almost all Harley’s without a fairing. The purpose of this windshield is to vent air in through the adjustable side vents on the windshield itself. The vents are located on the lower half of the windshield so that it aims the air across your chest. If your morning starts out cooler just close the vents and as the day progresses and the heat climbs, just open the vents to get a little cool down. Next up is something for the guys with full baggers or those equipped with fairing lowers. I will admit on cool mornings, having these lowers is a great thing. It keeps the wind and or rain off of your feet and legs and on warmer days you can just open up the built in vents to get a little more breeze coming through. On those hot days it is nice not only for you but for your motor also, to be able to quickly remove these to open it up for a lot more airflow to cool you and the inches between your legs. Harley thought of a way to make them a quick detach part just like so many other products they have now. The kit makes it easy to remove your lowers without needing any tools. Harley also has you covered…(well your lowers covered anyway) with the fairing lower storage bag for when they are not on your bike. These bags feature a felt interior with a sturdy divider to protect your lowers from any rubbing or scratches. To help keep your posterior on the cooler side Harley has their Circulator seat pads. These pads are designed to promote air movement and reduce heat between you and your seat. The thin design allows for minimal seat height change so it doesn’t disturb your stability when at a stop. The pads are a simple Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

on-off style. There is an elastic strip on the front part of the pad that just slips around the front of your seat and the non-slip back works with you to stay on the back. The matching passenger pad hooks onto the rider pad with hook-andloop tabs. If the Circulator seat pad doesn’t do it for you or just doesn’t tickle your fancy, I would recommend Mid-Frame air deflectors. A couple of years ago on a trip to Florida I wished the bike I was on had these. These deflectors mount just under the front part of the seat on the frame right in that hot pocket above the rear cylinder. These are now coming standard on certain touring models and are available for most touring bikes from 2001-current and some Softails. Harley only goes back a few years on Softail models but Kuryakyn has you covered all the way back to 2000. Personally this is a must have if you have a bike new enough for them unlike myself. Last but not least you need to make sure to keep yourself hydrated on the hot days. Harley has a couple of different things available to help you with this. First up is their saddlebag guard bag with water bottle. For those of you with baggers that have guards in front of saddlebags these make a great little storage area for your passenger’s small items but they also come with a water bottle that slides into the one side. They are available for both the left and right side so that the rider and passenger can have their own bottles. If this doesn’t carry enough fluids for you the MC has a saddlebag cooler that can carry up to a twelve pack of whatever desired beverage you wish. The cooler is fully lined and insulated to help keep your beverages cold on those sweltering hot days. No matter how hot it gets, there is always a way to help keep you cool/er going down the road. For those of you going to Sturgis have a safe and fun trip and don’t forget about the big 110th Anniversary party up in Wisconsin at the end of August. Hopefully next month we should start seeing some new products and bike models. Tony Darveau

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Despite the forecasted 80% chance of rain, high temps in the 90’s and a humidity level close to the consistency of pea soup, bikers came out in droves to party along the Mississippi River in June. The spotty rain drops didn’t keep anyone home. This year, the 19th Annual Rally on the River returned back to its original home location along the banks of the Mighty Miss in Davenport, Iowa; and a great time was had by all!

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Saturday afternoon’s activities focused around the Bike Rodeo, brought to us by the amazing members of ABATE D-15. Along with the barrel roll and motorcycle slalom, they added events named “Collect Your Balls” (which should have been won by yours truly), “Weenie Bite Contest” and “Toss Your Keg”. Bikers of all ages got involved in the fun and every participant walked away with a grin from ear to ear There were vendors selling everything from Highway (this one even walked away with 8 stitches, but that’s a Honey bandanas to Tupperware, and everything WHOLE different story). in between. Many different and new food vendors were on hand selling their Casting your vote for People’s delicious vittles and to wash C Choice in the bike show was that Black and Bleu burger a hard decision, with so many down. VanGuard Distributing a awesome entrants; it was was there serving cold, frosty c challenging to pick just one. beverages to the thirsty bikers. B But there always has to be a The fellas from Dyno-Jet pulled w winner and this year the title in with their mobile Dyno trailer o of Best in Show went to a Black and were testing and tuning U Ultra Classic owned by Kirby bikes all weekend. Jim from D Davenport of Kentucky. Along Hetz Studio in Muscatine was w with the bikes, the crowd had th also on hand doing custom the daunting task of choosing M airbrush and pin striping Miss Rally Girl 2013 (I know

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what a horrible job!). Miss Bridget Ehlers, a Davenport gal sponsored by the Carriage Haus, was crowned the winner on Friday evening and will spend the next year assisting in all things Rally on the River.

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Now it’s starting to get dark I tell y’all every year, you don’t know what you’re missing and I have noticed that if you don’t make it to McKinley Parks’ Partying fundraiser Rebyl Road is on stage, so it’s time to get my rear in the summer. Every year it just gets better and better. down there and do some This year we listened to 3 local or semi-local bands. Sydney stepping and snapping. I Lett opened and with all the energy the lead singer had, you always enjoy their sound and they have a lot of fun couldn’t help but feel the music. More country than rock, when they play, always it was toe tappin’ anyway. The best part is they performed a good time when they some of their own material, and I heard that they were perform! Now my feet headed to Nashville to perform in two days! Performing have been doing some next was The Rumley Brothers, they played some wellhappy moves here and there, but they are really getting impatient for that down home Southern Rock. I tell ya, when they came on stage, I closed my eyes and I was back on the field in Santa Barbara, CA listening to Ronnie and the rest playing their hearts out. Jimmie and the rest did the legends of Lynrd Skynrd proud, but they also performed some of their own material. I loved it enough to buy one of their C.D.’s. Awesome performance, and to make it better, they ran a raffle for $1.00 a ticket for a guitar signed by the whole band! Of course, this lady had to stay and get pic’s of the winner of that guitar, and in the meantime, I got my Thunder Roads shirt signed by all the members of the Jimmy Van Zant Band!! Yeeehaw! known and some original country-rock. After listening to the music for a while, I thought it was time to head to the vendors to see what they had to eat and drink. Miller is one of the sponsors and the alcoholic beverages were thanks to them. Brat on a bun sounded interesting, and it was good too, thank you Hy-Vee! There was a booth set up with some folks that were raffling off 2 Victory’s that came from Struther’s Brothers of Des Moines. They belonged to an organization called Endure. This organization assists Iowans with cancer and their families. For the price of $20.00 you could buy a chance to win both bikes! Not a bad deal. These people will be at other events, so if you’re interested in getting a chance at these bikes, look up their web site, www. endureiowa. 36 - TRMI AUGUST 2013

Now, don’t forget all this fun is to raise money to keep up and keep improving McKinley Park and all it provides. There is an Aquatic Center, a Skateboard Park, plenty of shelters with lots of green to enjoy; adjacent is the campground. Yep, next year I’m seriously considering camping overnight. Getting home at 3:30 in the am, makes for a long day. See ya at the next event! Annette Murphy

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the Convention Center and this is where they have their ‘custom’ bike shows. Destination Daytona is where J&P Cycles & Daytona HD is also located When you are heading out on your long trip to and another “source” of vendors of productions. As Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach Florida, there are many wonderful historic sights to visit. Biketoberfest you leave Destination Daytona and head South, you run into Broken Spoke and Iron Horse, these are is the “mini” version of bike week and is only from very popular taverns with live music and activities. October 17-20, 2013, but stay longer and ride the Cabbage Patch is a ‘tiny’ bar that has a large lot for ‘loop’ or head to St Augustine.

Riding tips for Daytona Beach Florida

One of the “must do” rides would be the Scenic Daytona Loop, this ride takes you thru tree canopies and the scenic route of Tomoka State Park; check out the following URL for the “map” http://www.motorcycleroads. com/75/154/Florida/TheDaytona-Loop.html Daytona Beach Motorcycle Rally is spread out to many areas and needs to have multiple days to really enjoy and see most of everything. Main Street: is the location where you basically do a “crawl” down the main street of Daytona; historic bars and vendors all along the street. Rats Hole is

vendors, service and camping areas near Daytona Speedway. Daytona Speedway is setup with 100’s more vendors. Volusia County Flea Market is usually setup as a swap-meet of various individuals selling used and new items for your motorcycle. Beach Street is another Harley Dealer and more vendors. If you are wanting to just get away, there is a beautiful beach ride north to St Augustine where you can go to the fort or all the “oldest” city of Florida. Things I do to prepare for my trip to Daytona Beach. Google the following addresses, and add them into your GPS, “Cabbage Patch”, “Daytona Speedway” “Destination Daytona Harley”, Ponce Inlet, “Iron Horse”, Broken Spoke” Diva Angel Helene Miller

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Can you believe it? It was 3 years ago this month that Will Ride to Eat began! I decided that in honor of this land mark occasion that I would return to the “scene of the crime” so to speak. A trip back to where it all began... The Rusty Duck in Dexter, Iowa. My first review... I had no idea what I was doing (well nothing has changed in that regard)! If you missed the original review let me briefly recap to bring you up to speed. Lynnette and I had heard that the food at The Rusty Duck was something to be experienced. As you have all learned it doesn’t take much to get me excited about a place to eat (pretty much the promise of food will do it!!!) so off we went. I decided to have this thing they called the Ultimate Cheese Burger mainly because of the toppings listed, peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon and cheese. Without knowing the size of the burger I ordered their Homie Fries and a salad. After seeing the size of the burger I realized that the salad was a grave error in judgment! Ok, that was then and this is now, I am three years wiser, I have seen the size of the Ultimate Cheese Burger, I have conquered it and lived to tell the tale. Tonight will be no challenge! Well... that turned out to be another grave error in judgment. I should have seen the signs going in... the 12” sub I had for lunch was still sitting in my gut like a chunk of half dried concrete... the heat and humidity were enough to sapp anyone’s appetite... well, enough excuses. Yes, folks... I was unable to finish it! Much like the first time I tried and tried to smash this behemoth down to be able to fit it into my larger than average 40 - TRMI AUGUST 2013

mouth but was unable to, so I resorted to the knife and fork. Not only has the size of this monster not changed but the flavor was the same as I remembered as well: The flavor of the peppers, the crunch of the thick cut bacon, the huge chunks of mushrooms, all this tied together with gobs and gobs of cheese. All this lusciousness piled atop one of the biggest and best tasting patties of meat I have encountered! I am ashamed to say that about eight bites (HUGE bites I might add) had to be relegated to the take home box... along with the Homie Fries (*sigh). Last time Lynnette had the special of the evening which was some sort of pasta dish but this time she went for the breaded Tenderloin. This thing is enormous in its own right, hanging off the bun in all directions. Upon its arrival she promptly cut it in half and tasked me with the job of finishing the second half. Well, I guess that will have to wait for another meal!

The Rusty Duck, it’s still there. The Ultimate Cheese Burger, it’s still huge and delicious. They are both still high among my favorites! When you go there be sure to bring your appetite along (or at least enough room in the tour pack for the take home boxes!!!! LOL) Check out their Facebook page and click on the Like button!

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

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After getting out of the service in 1969 I returned to the Midwest, Iowa/Nebraska area, and spent 20 years going through marriage and divorce and gaining a great daughter, then another marriage. The next 23 years were in California as Editor In Chief of BIKER Magazine and I am now Roving Editor for Easyriders Magazine, living back in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I ride a 1999 Road King named Elvis, a 2005 Road Glide named Pearl, and Ol’ Blue my shovelhead chopper. Elvis and Pearl gets lots of miles stacked on ’em, and Ol’ Blue rests most of the time. I have been very fortunate and lucky in my life and it ain’t over yet, brother. I’ll see ya on down the road somewhere. —Gailen ‘Clean’ Dean Shawler USN — 1965-1969 Roving Editor Easyriders Magazine Council Bluffs, Iowa

I received my “Greetings from the President of the United States” in late 1965 requesting I join his Army. Foxholes didn’t sound too appealing so I enlisted for four years in the U.S. Navy to see the World. After a record-rainfall boot camp in San Diego, I was sent to record-ice-storm damaged Norfolk, Virginia, for Communications Yeomen School. The years of 1966-1967 were spent doing an 18-month tour on the Tropical Island of Guam. I was a teletype operator in communications at Nimitz Hill, Admiral Bird’s headquarters. I have papers somewhere stating that I worked in the Pentagon, a location President Johnson set up office on Guam. I personally sent the message from Admiral Bird to President Johnson inviting him to stay at his residence while on the island. The USS Estes was my home the last two years of my stint. We were a communication ship supporting the Commander of Task Force 76. I made two cruises to Vietnam on this ship before it got decommissioned in 1969, and I got a month early out. I had achieved the rate of Third Class Petty Officer in 17 months and didn’t advance any higher because I would have had to change my rate to Yeomen or Radioman, neither of which appealed to me. I know my time in the Navy helped guide the rest of my life. The partyin’ in the many ports was fun, but more importantly was how people overseas lived, loved and worshiped. I am a Charter Member of American Legion Riders Iowa Post 731 and VFW Post 4325, in Mattoon, Illinois. 42 - TRMI AUGUST 2013

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Riding For A Cause June 29th marked the 5th Annual “Veterans Reaching Out To Veterans” Poker Run, sponsored by English River Outfitters. The starting point for this ride was in Brighton at CaMadners Bar and Grill. Throughout the morning, bikes rolled in and out of town to register and sign up for the drawings to be held later that day. Approximately thirty eight bikes registered. Despite the rain, which followed the group the entire afternoon, organizer Chuck Geerst was pleased with the event. With three new stops on the route, he was happy to report that all of the host’s treated the group very well. At the end of the ride, back in Brighton, riders were able to enjoy great food and live music. Prizes were awarded, as well. The proceeds from this ride, a sweet $1,600.00, will be put towards the purchase of a trackchair that will be available for guests to use at the English River Outfitters (Washington, IA) resort for

English River Outfitters Run veterans. They are roughly $4,500 away from their goal. Chuck would like to thank everyone for their “phenomenal support” to this project. For more information about English River Outfitters, sign up for their newsletter at www. Susan Mast

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For the past six years, on the Saturday after the 4th of July, folks in Avoca have held the Freeman Ride. It was initially started as a benefit for the family of a fallen brother, Paul Freeman, but has since evolved into a growing ride that helps out the community. This event is the epitome of small town Iowa coming together for a great cause. The last few years the proceeds from the ride have gone to help with community projects in Avoca, Hancock, Shelby, and Tennant and this year was no exception. The event this year was the biggest ever with almost 300 motorcycles on the ride, some cars, and even some party buses for those that want to support the cause but don’t ride. Well I guess some on the bus just wanted to party hard and do so safely, not a bad idea.

need some more space. It is always nice to see when a town welcomes bikers and does not shun them away.

The sign up for the ride was at the Exchange, who loves the bikers coming in and having a blast, and is the ending location for the run as well with food and The city of Avoca, which is located at the intersection live music that was provided by Murphy’s Law. Now of Interstate 80 and Highway 59 in southwest Iowa, this band is quite unique in the fact that the three band welcomes the event every year. They allow the event members own more guitars than razors. The guys in organizers to the band are middle to upper teenage young men that block off the sound and play very impressively, regardless of their main drag in ages. Quite the entertainment at the street dance after downtown a hot days ride! Some great BBQ by Tex and cold Avoca to beverages were flowing. hold the event, but by Next year’s event will be on July 5th so can check it out the looks of on Facebook under Freeman Ride. things, next year may Vernon 44 - TRMI AUGUST 2013

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Every once in a while while riding, I come across something that makes me take note for future reference. An idea or experience that may sound rather simplistic, something that should be obvious but isn’t, and I just thought I would share some of that with the readers. Some of these little “Pearls of Wisdom” have been gained from knowledge, experience, miles, and sometimes just flat out being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I hope that you find them interesting, thought provoking, and maybe even funny.

on TV are for entertainment purposes only and not as a guide to be a biker, non-bikers will never “get” it, rider education courses are good for riders of any age and experience level as something can always be learned, cars suck, people in cars suck worse, turn signals seem to have become optional, asphalt roads with heavy truck traffic are a bitch to ride on dry let alone when raining, concrete roads have pothole sizes proportionate with the age of the pavement, tailgaters in cars do not like pennies “falling” out of your pocket, keep an eye on your fuel level, karma is a bitch, plan for the weather for the day Don’t follow rock trucks, don’t forget sunscreen, but keep in mind it is frequently wrong, good tires are always keep hydrated because dehydration creeps priceless, making power and going faster is a common up on you, to avoid a crappy day don’t follow bull upgrade but better brakes to stop quicker is often racks or campers leaving the campground, keep your overlooked, 100 miles before breakfast makes for a windshield or glasses clean, in the event of tipping great day, life is a choice make it a wise one, if you are over; wearing gloves can save your hands, don’t ride not having fun simply lower your standards, give other tired, don’t ride if you have had too much to drink, bikers a chance because everyone that you meet don’t ride with people you don’t trust, always know may know things that you don’t, it does not matter the speed limit where you are riding, if traveling where the road brought you but more so where it is to a different area make sure you know their laws taking you, nothing is more welcomed than a car wash regarding motorcycles, don’t take out frustration on during a storm, an old graybeard told me years ago your motorcycle, don’t put in more miles in a day than “never pass up a gas station, a bathroom, or a POA”, your ass will allow, there is not much stress that a riding faster than the group means you will get there ride on a motorcycle won’t diminish, riding helps keep alone, ride like you want to ride, stop and check on or a healthy brain as riders keep more physically and help a biker on the side of the road because you will mental aware and this carries over into other parts never know when it may be you that needs the favor of life, bikers have companionship like no other and returned, it is not painful to wave to other bikers. create new lifelong bonds all the time on the road, cool ain’t comfortable, riding is riding no matter what the This has been a short list. If you have any others to make/model/style, horsepower costs money in more share, post them on the Thunder Roads Magazine than one way, old highways are harder on bikes and of Iowa Facebook page. We would love to see your people than newer pavement, riding in the rain sucks, Pearls! there is nothing like a seventy mile an hour wind-chill on a hot day to cool you off, attitudes and the biker Vernon world don’t generally go together well, biker shows

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blast from the past

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From American Motorcycling July 1949

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Two guys are drinking together at a bar and go into the bathroom. Standing at the latrine, Bill notices that his buddy is very well endowed. “Wasn’t always that way,” the buddy says. “It’s a transplant. I had it done over on Harley Street. It cost a thousand bucks, but as you can see, it’s well worth every cent.” So Bill visits the doctor on Harley Street that day. Six months later, the two guys meet up again at the bar. Bill explains, “I took your advice, but you were robbed. I got mine for $500, not a thousand.” They go back to the restroom to compare. “No wonder,” his buddy says, “That’s my old one!”.

A lawyer was cross-examining the doctor about whether or not he had checked the pulse of the deceased before he signed the death certificate. “No,” the doctor said. “I did not check his pulse.” “And did you listen for a heartbeat?” asked the lawyer. “No I did not,” the doctor said. “So,” said the lawyer, “when you signed the death certificate, you had not taken steps to make sure he was dead.” The doctor said, “Well, let me put it this way. The man’s brain was in a jar on my desk but, for all I know, he could be out practicing law somewhere.” ************************************************************* Two high school students are digging a ditch in the hot summer and they’re complaining about it non-stop. “Sheesh, this is hard work. I hate this job!”

************************************************************* A fellow finds himself in front of the Pearly Gates. St. Peter explains that its not so easy to get in heaven. There are some criteria before entry is allowed.

“Yeah. How come we’re down here working our asses off, and the foreman is up there sitting under a shady tree with a cool drink, and making 3 times as much as us? It’s not fair!”

“That’s it! I’m sick of this! I’m gonna go ask him!” So the guy climbs out of the ditch and goes up to the foreman under the shady tree. “How come we’re down there working our asses off in the Was he generous? give money to the poor? Charities? No? St. burning hot sun, while you sit up here under this shady tree Peter told him that that too was bad. with a cool drink?” The foreman says, “Well, it comes down to one word: Did he do any good deeds? Help his neighbor? Anything? No? Intelligence.” St. Peter was becoming concerned. “Whaddya mean, intelligence? You calling me stupid!?” “Well, here. Let me show you.” Exasperated, Peter says, “Look, everybody does something So the foreman holds his hand up against the tree and says, nice sometime. Work with me, I’m trying to help. Now think!” “Punch my hand as hard as you can.” For example, was the man religious in life? Attend church? No? St. Peter told him that’s bad.

The man says, “There was this old lady. I came out of a store and found her surrounded by a dozen Hell’s Angels. They had taken her purse and were shoving her around, taunting and abusing her.

The guy figures, now’s my chance for some payback! He winds up and swings at the foreman’s hand as hard as he can, but at the last moment, the foreman yanks his hand away. The guy nearly breaks his hand smashing it against the tree. “See what I mean?” the foreman says. “Intelligence.” I got so mad I threw my bags down, fought through the “Alright. I get it.” And he goes back to work with his hand crowd, and got her purse back. I then helped her to her feet. I throbbing in pain. then went up to the biggest, baddest biker and told him how His buddy in the ditch asks him, “So whad he say?” despicable, cowardly and mean he was and then spat in his “He said we’re slaving away down here because of face”. intelligence!” “Intelligence!? Is he calling us stupid!? What does he mean by “Wow”, said Peter, “That’s impressive. When did this happen”? that!?” “Oh, about 10 minutes ago”, replied the man.

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His buddy says, “Well here, let me show you.” Seeing no tree around, he holds up his hand in front of his face. “Take your shovel and hit my hand...”

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C.O.I.R. Report

Coalition of Independent Riders

INDEPENDENCE Sometime between June 11 and June 28, 1776 Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. After living under the tyranny of English rule without representation he summarized the feelings of a not yet born America. I believe that from time to time it is important for citizens today to review the founding documents as I believe they point the path to where this country is supposed to be going. The following is an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, --that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government,…” It is good for us to remember that the government was intended to serve the people, not the other way around. It

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is therefore, our duty, as Americans to be involved in our government, if for no other reason, to remind them that we the people are actually in charge. Take a look in the mirror, have you done all you can. Take a look at your children and grandchildren. Don’t we owe them at least as much freedom as we have come to enjoy? Your local newspaper or talk radio station can provide information on “Town Hall” style meetings conducted by various politicians over the summer. In addition you’ll find many of them at your local county fair. Believe me, once they’ve met you and know who you are, your opinion matters a whole lot more to them. When you meet or call them or even email, just remember to:  Be professional and courteous 

Be concise


State what the issue is


State your concerns

 State what action you are requesting Each time you do it the more comfortable you’ll be. Believe it or not you may even find out that you like it. Right now we are facing a new, mostly invisible threat to our liberties. New vehicles are being equipped with event data recorders without establishing who owns the information. According to the American Motorcycle Association on June 18, U.S. Reps Mike Capuano and Jim Sensenbrenner introduced HR2414- the “Black Box Privacy Protection Act.” It would require manufacture to disclose if an event data recorder is installed in or on the vehicle (including motorcycles), the data collection capabilities of the device, and how the data may be used. It establishes that the owner of the vehicle owns the information. In other words, consumers would have the ability to turn the black box on or off. The National Highway Traffic Administration has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking requiring black boxes in all cars manufactured after Sept 1, 2014. Please take action. Check it out at or shoot me an email.

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Tuesday daay Desperado’s Wheatland Lynch’s Bar Rockwell City Outfield Richland Tallyrand Keota Krazee Kafe Des Moines Missippi Brew Muscatine Chrome Horse Cedar Rapids (2nd Tuesdays) Century Bar Alta Wednesday Do Drop (Under the Water Tower) Jamaica Beer Barn and Grill Kirkman Shenanigans Boone Wild Hogs Walford Quaker Steak & Lube Council Bluffs Rusty Duck Dexter Joe’s Night Hawk Waverly OP Clear Lake Cadillac Jack’s Baxter Rides Bar and Grill Fort Dodge BluePort Junction Davenport Shuey’s Shueyville The Pour House Davenport Antlers Pub N Grill Clare Thursday

Friday Avenue of the Saints (2nd Friday) St Charles Thunder Nites Newton-Second Friday May thru September Knoxville Bike Night (1st Friday) Knoxville Captains Quarters (2nd Friday) Adel Spanky’s Bar & Grill Emerson Bike Down to I-Town (3rd Friday) Indianola Woody’s Roadside Tavern Albion last Friday Starr’s Two Wheel Tap Davenport Shipwrecked Saloon Guthrie Center (3rd Friday) Saturday Winterset Bike Night (3rd Saturday) Winterset The Buck Snort-Biker Breakfast Sat AM- Neola Rendezvouz Lounge Adel Von Tuck’s/Dave’s Place Oelwein Rumors Mt. Pleasant Cruise Into Madrid (Selected Dates) Sunday Haverhill Social Club (3rd Sunday) Haverhill Scooter Sunday 411 Main Griswold Team 36 Mitchellville Broadway Sports Bar & Grill Des Moines The Bonneville Lounge Danville Greenfield Bowl Greenfield (Aug 24th) American Legion Bike Night Garwin (Aug 17th)

Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Screaming Eagle Bar & Grill Waterloo The Buck Snort Neola BJ’s Full Throttle Thursdays Waterloo Iron Saddle Saloon Dayton Dexfield Diner & Pub Redfield Throttle Thursdays Dillon Bros HD Omaha (1st Thursdays) Gathering on the Grounds Fairgrounds (Selected Dates) Bronson Bar Bronson Beach House Humboldt Ducky’s Lagoon Taylor Ridge Il. Kings Korner Grand Mound Daytonas Des Moines McGrath Cedar Rapids (Last Thursdays) The Wagon Wheel Washington Crossroads Tavern Kelley Brooklyn’s in Ottumwa inside the Bridge City Bowl The Wagon Wheel Washington Crazy Coyote Burlington, (3rd Thursdays) Krazee Kafe Des Moines Crossroads Tavern Kelley (every other) Jesse’s Saloon Silvis, IL Grid Iron Grill Webster City 60 - TRMI AUGUST 2013

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Sep 20-21 This list is what we have found and what has been 21 submitted. Before heading to any event, please check Sep Sep 21 weather and make sure the event is not cancelled for Sep 21 some reason. Not responsible for misprints and typos. Sep 21 5 If you have any other events to list, please email them Oct Oct 5 with Date/Name of Event/Location to Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 11-12 Oct 12 Oct 17-20 Nov 29 Dec 7

Rumble In The Stalks Conesville ABATE D15 Leaf Run Davenport Jessica Peine Memorial Ride/Music Festival Muscatine Super Saturday BBQ Route 65 Indianola Roger Bellville Memorial Ride Cedar Rapids Battle On the Bluff Help Us Fight For Savanna Dubuque Crazy Carl’s Leaf Run McGregor Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Ride Cedar Rapids ABATE D-15 29th Toy Run w/ USMC Reserves Davenport Iron Invasion Woodstock, IL Crazy Carl’s Leaf Run McGregor Biketoberfest Daytona Beach Florida Turkey Run Clinton 7th Annual “Santa’s Lil’ Diva’s” Event Cedar Rapids

Jul 27 Pre-Sturgis Poker Run Dillon Bros HD Omaha Jul 27 Doc’s Roadhouse Memorial Poker Run Logan Jul 27 6th Ann Brooke Barber Memorial Poker Run Mount Ayr Jul 27 Deb Laughlin Memorial Ride Dubuque 2014 Jul 27 Team Hagy Ride for the Cure Fruitland Aug 1-3 6th Annual Across the Border Raid Bedford Jan 11 Retro Rewind Dubuque Aug 3 2nd An Lorimor Volunteer Fire Dept Poker Run Lorimor This list is what we have found and what has been Aug 5-11 South Dakota Party Aug 9 Rumble Run Party DubuqueHD submitted. Before heading to any event, please check Aug 10 AtlanticFest Ride In Bike Show Atlantic weather and make sure the event is not cancelled Aug 10 3rd Annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run Perry Aug 10 Hope Ride for MDA Dubuque Harley-Davidson for some reason. Not responsible for misprints and Aug 10 Rocktastic 2013, Stuart typos. If you have any other events to list, please email Aug 10 Two Wheels, Four Paws Poker Run Cedar Rapids them with Date/Name of Event/Location to vernon@ Aug 10-11 ABATE D15 Too Broke for Sturgis Donahue Aug 16-17 American Victory Rally Spirit Lake Aug 17 Ride to Live 4 Gibbie Fun Run Boone Aug 17 Bob Ezarski Memorial Run Iowa Falls Aug 17 ABATE D21 Rodeo and More Miles Aug 17 Badger Fireman’s Ball/Fun Run Badger Aug 17 Super Saturday BBQ Route 65 Indianola Aug 17 “Where are we at?” Poker Run Foxy’s Osceola Aug 17-18 32nd Annual Baxter Days Marne Aug 18 Iowa State Fair Motorcycle Day Des Moines Aug 18 Iowa Make A Wish Ride Council Bluffs Aug 23-25 9th Annual BTW Trike In Kellogg Aug 23-24 Big Barn Demo DaysDes Moines Aug 24 Backroads Biker Leather Shoppe Fall Classic Everly Aug 24 AHeinz57’s 5th Ride Your Hawgs for Dogs Run Adel Aug 24 Shake, Rattle, & Roll Fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease Roland Aug 24 B.A.C.A of Central Iowa Bike Bash 2013 Aug 24 Dillon Bros HD 11th Birthday Bash Omaha Aug 24 Big Barn Fall Open House Des Moines Aug 25 6th Annual QC Ride for the Cure Aug 28-31 Circle of Pride Thunder In the Sand Conesville Aug 29-31 Chief Blackhawk 42nd Annual Fall Meet Davenport Aug 31 Vic’s Main Tap 5th Annual Fun Ride Audubon Aug 31 Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Poker Run Madrid Aug 31-Sep 1 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier Sep 1 Crazy Carl’s Bloody Mary Run McGregor Sep 5-7 Davis Rally New Hampton Sep 7 Silly String Run East Dubuque Sep 7 Piranha Club Poker Run Carroll Sep 7 Sydney’s Wish Poker Run Des Moines Sep 8 Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Sep 8 10th Anniversary Ride Hogs 4 Dogs Ottumwa Sep 13-15 Ink & Art Expo Dubuque Sep 14 2nd Alzheimer’s Poker Run/BBQ/Street Dance/Rally Exira Sep 14 1st Annual Last Hope Animal Rescue Poker Run Marion Sep 18-21 Bikes Blues & BBQ Fayetteville AR

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