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Letter from/to the Editor .................................. 4


Events Page ...................................................... 4 P.O. Box 29 Kimballton, Iowa 51543 (712) 249-5630

99 County Tour ................................................. 6

Owner/Editor Tina (tt) Schwarte (712) 249-5582 EDITOR

Military Rider ..................................................... 8 CMA ................................................................... 9 Biker Friendly Listing ..................................... 10 Monkey Butt .................................................... 12 Big River Rendezvous ................................... 13 Girls of Thunder.............................................. 14

Vernon Schwarte (712) 249-5630 EVENT CORRESPONDENCE/SALES Susan Mast SC/SE Iowa 319-931-4546 Richard (Murph) and Annette Murphy West Central Iowa 641-524-4808 Harv and Sue Hunter Central Iowa 515-205-7410 Mark Swearingen Council Bluffs/Omaha Metro 402-651-2471

Will Ride to Eat ............................................... 15 Thunder Cam .................................................. 18 KISS ................................................................. 21 Day Trips with Doc ......................................... 22 Joker ................................................................ 25 COIR................................................................. 26 Blast From The Past ....................................... 27 From the Woman’s Seat ................................. 30 Honor Flight .................................................... 31

ON THE COVER This month we have the lovely Melissa getting all dolled up for a Christmas party somewhere! She is sharing space with Nate Ullrich’s 1959 Triumph Chopper. Both the Hottie and the Iron can also be found in Natanic’s 2012 Classic Pin-Ups Calendar. You can buy it online at or check his site at

Netty Kawecki Council Bluffs/Omaha Metro 402-657-1734 CONTRIBUTORS Nate Ullrich Craig & Lynnette Little-Will Ride to Eat Day Trips with Doc 515-975-3893 NATIONAL FOUNDERS Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon 1421 Chapmansboro Road Chapmansboro, TN 37035 Office: (615) 792-0040 Fax: (615) 792-7580

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creation of their masterpieces. When the bikes are done, readers will get to vote to crown the winner. More will be coming on this in the future months.

It is hard to believe that we are about to close shop on 2011, it seems it just started! December is here and Christmas is right around the corner. All of us at Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa would like to wish everyone a heartfelt Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Notice the lack of the phrase “Happy Holidays”, as we firmly believe the ideals and concepts this country was founded upon still hold true. God, Country, Freedom, Hard Work, Loyalty, and Dedication are just a few of the pillars that we live by; they are not merely suggestions in our book. With that said, once again, Merry Christmas! In this issue you will see a simple page entitled “Blast From the Past”. A reader, friend, Veteran, and all around cool cat named Dick Bridge, shared some of his old collection of stuff. He sold us a bunch of old Harley Enthusiast magazines that he had collected over the years. Our plan is to scan a page or two from one of these and include in a “Blast” page each month to share with our readers. This is our way of trying to keep a connection with the past, present, and future. We hope you enjoy these pages in this and future issues. The two finalists for the Thunder Roads Magazine Best of Iowa Custom Paint contest are Matt Riha of Fort Dodge, and Sue Hopper from Lockridge. Both have recently been given the tins for the two bikes, and are on their way to the

This year has been an exciting one and we have thoroughly enjoyed our time out and about meeting people, supporting advertiser’s events, and of course, putting miles on the scooters! The end of the year time frame is considerably slower, event and business wise, and a much needed reprieve from the workload has us cutting back to 32 pages this month. We still have a lot of article information in the works, but wanted to take a slight breather before the holidays. Don’t worry though, when biker events start to fire back up, the sky is the limit on how big this publication can get. We do this magazine because we truly enjoy sharing our pages with you. We put things on our pages that reader’s request, so feel free to shoot us your ideas. We pour our blood, sweat, tears, and our own dollars into this magazine, so we hope you continue to enjoy it every month. A giant thank you goes out to the advertisers for their support of our efforts. Without them, we would not be able to share our work with you. Please remember to frequent their shops and stores for your Christmas shopping needs. Don’t forget to tell them Thunder Roads sent ya! We would also like to thank our very own Thunder Roads Crew. They are the best freinds anyone could have, and they are considered family in our book. Don’t ever be afraid to say hey to one of our Thunder Roads Brothers and Sisters! We plan on being out and about during the winter as much as we can. Riding season is over, but bikers do not hibernate in the winter. We want to meet more people and find even more supporters of the magazine. One place we will be out and about is at every swap meet and bike show that we are free to attend. If you see us out and about, or come by our booth, grab the latest issue, introduce yourself, and shake our hands. We would love to meet you! Also, see the event listing below for the rest of the year. It is pretty bleak, but considering it is December in Iowa, it is what it is. Please get us your events for 2012 ASAP so we can start building the list. Email information to vernon@ and we will get it added. As always, be safe, be blessed, and see you around the next curve! tt and Vernon

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Happy Turkey Day – I am thankful for….. Turkey Run Clinton, Iowa Hawkeye HD Black Friday Breakfast Coralville, Iowa Carroll Cycle Center Santa Visits Carroll, Iowa Carroll Cycle Center Guys Night Out Carroll, Iowa Open House Backroads Biker Leather Shoppe Everly, Iowa COIR Christmas Party Broken Throttle Whiting, Iowa Cedar Rapids Chrome Divas “Santa’s Little Divas” Christmas Event Carroll Cycle Center Santa Visits Carroll, Iowa Hawkeye HD Santa Visit Coralville, Iowa Road MC Breakfast Brayton, Iowa Merry Christmas from tt, Vernon & The Crew New Year’s Eve – be safe out there! tt & V


99 Counties on the Wall 99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 80 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through each and every one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we will feature a different county, and new things to go see, and hopefully spark a little touring curiosity for our own state. Chickasaw County Iowa Chickasaw County is located in the Northeastern portion of Iowa. As an easy reference it is the third county west of the Mississippi River that runs along the second tier just below the Northern border. It is intersected by Highway 63 that runs north and south, and Highway 18 running east and west. Chickasaw county’s population is listed as 12,439, and is a rural area without any major metropolitan areas, and comprised mainly of row-crop farmland. Some points of interest in Chickasaw county are near Alta Vista, located in the north central part of Chickasaw County. One such sight is the George Darrow Round Barn built in 1916, made from clay. The Barn is sixty-four feet around and it features a two-pitch roof with a fourteen-foot central silo. Very few round barns were ever built in Iowa, and to have one standing yet is quite the sight. I bet the cows had a blast walking around in circles all day! The town of Nashua is located in Chickasaw County but also has a small portion of the town is in Floyd County. Nashua has become known for the tree lined streets and a beautiful lake. Nashua prides itself on small town life. Always quick to send a wave to fellow travelers, and will pull together when the need arises. An interesting fact of Nashua, Iowa is the story of a Dr. William S. Pitts. Mr. Pitts at the time was traveling this area by stagecoach from Wisconsin to visit his finance. During a routine stop in Bradford he took a walk-about in the woodland area to enjoy the woods and the Cedar River. One particular area struck him with a vision of a “Little Brown Church.” Even after 6 - TRMI DECEMBER 2011

returning home he continued to be haunted by this picture of the church. He wrote the song “The Church in the Wildwood” and has been quoted that after the completion of the song he said “and only then I was at piece with myself.” In 1892 he returned with his wife to Fredericksburg to take care of her ailing parents. He was amazed to find the church of his vision had become a reality. He was a teacher of song during 1863 to 1864 for the Bradford academy. He taught his song to his students which was the first time anyone other then himself had sang this song. In 1865 Dr. Pitts moved to Chicago to enroll in medical school at the Rush Medical College. He, at this time, sold the rights to this song for twenty-five dollars to pay his enrollment fees. Dr. Pitts graduated in 1868 and with this the song was forgotten. The town of Bradford started a great decline at the end of the eighteenth century. Bradford was once the county seat. Some contributing factors to the fall of Bradford were the railroad decided to go west three miles through Nashua instead. Also, at this time the flour mill moved to New Hampton to be on a bigger river. The town’s people moved to the jobs elsewhere. This decline also contributed to the neglect of the church and was closed in 1888. In 1914 a formation of the Society for the Preservation of The Little Brown Church was founded. The church reopened and the song that was thought to be forgotten had renewed interest. The song became popular again in the 1920’s through traveling quartets and the locals. This helped spur tourism to The Little Brown Church. Even to this day people come from all over to visit and also to be married here. Two cool people and friends of ours, Mike and Cathy Brown of Cedar Point, Iowa are a couple of fellow bikers that have been married here. Just next to the Little Brown Church is the Bradford Pioneer Museum on Highway 346. This museum dates back to 1836 when the area was scattered with Indians and this location was used for an Indian trading post. This area has supported many businesses through its resources. This area has been supported by the water for the mills, trees for lumber, land for grain. Every year in May a Civil War re-enactment called “Battle of Bradford” is held on theses grounds. The Great Western Railroad Depot was originally

in Fredericksburg on the main line for the Chicago Great Western Railroad. The interior of the depot has “memorabilia from the heyday of the railroad.” The museum is a place to go to see life as it was in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. The Heritage House is a former school that now displays early arts and crafts from the pioneers. I am especially interested in the exhibits of the period clothing and military uniforms from the Civil War era to today’s soldiers. New Hampton is a town almost dead center to Chickasaw County. This town supports many businesses, restaurants, motels, a large swimming pool and campground. The campground holds the Davis Rally each year since 1978. The “Vender Village” had been known for the great amount of items available, although not all biker related. This rally is supported solely from the Davis family. The rally by design is to be a family orientated event. There are many things to see while traveling through this county. One of the places we were told was a must stop for great food, portion sized, and service was The Hideaway located on the main drag. If you stop to visit, tell Jereb Kellogg that tt and Vernon sent you. This business was run by his father and now he has stepped up to take the reins. With this I will close and see you next month in Clarke County. References available upon request. tt


MILITARY RIDERS This month our featured Military Rider is Steve Green from Des Moines, Iowa. Steve is the other half of Janet, whom you may have seen on our pages and on her own Biker Chic News blog; they are both avid biker folks in the Central Iowa area. Steve comes from a family with a strong history of military service. His Father and uncles all served in WWII, and he has kept the tradition of Military Service going in the Green family. Steve is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served from 1967 to 1971. His rank was L/CPL and he served at MCRD in San Diego California, Camp Pendleton, California, the Naval Air station in Memphis, Tennessee, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dong Ha Viet Nam, Northern I Corp, and Okinawa as well as Camp Fuji in Japan. His primary duties were as a 1371 Combat Engineer. His riding history includes many different makes and models, and not being without any for any real length of time. He states that he rode his first motorized two-


wheeled “thing“when I was about 12 years old. It was a buddy’s bicycle with a lawnmower motor attached. He described as “terribly fast and barely controllable!” He adds “I’ll never forget the thrill of power, noise and the wind in your face. I’ve been hooked ever since. I built a neat custom Sportster about 10 years ago, it was a 1974 (AMF-era), but built it to look like a K-model. It confused the heck out of people who saw it!” His latest ride is a 2005 Harley Davidson Softail Classic. He finds it most versatile and loves the way it fits him. He bought the bike at Zook’s in Des Moines, and other than some assorted “chrome bits”, has no plans for any modifications or accessories. Steve belongs to the Patriot Guard Riders of Iowa, and is also a member of the Des Moines HOG chapter. On top of this, he rides with friends. Most of his friends he says ride “some sort of machine”. He also adds that he is a father of three daughters and five grand kids. One of his goals for riding is going on a motorcycle trip with his daughter to Colorado before she is off to college.

CMA Notes

We just returned from CMA’s annual Changing of the Colors Rally in Arkansas. This national rally is a week-long event at our headquarters on Iron Mountain between Hatfield and Mena Arkansas - a great time with approximately 3,000 CMA brothers and sisters from all over the world. It’s always a chance to recharge the batteries, relax, and hang with people we only see once a year. Also, riding the Ouachita Mountains in the fall is a real treat. Our trips down each year seem to always be eventful in one way or another. Life throws opposition at us, whether health issues, vehicle breakdowns, financial problems or unexpected scheduling emergencies. This year we needed to take the truck and tow the two bikes as we also had tents and camping gear for a week’s stay on the mountain. So 250 miles into the trip while climbing one of the first of many steep hills, the truck started dropping cylinders, shuddering and rapidly losing power while the check engine light flashed wildly. After limping into a gas station, checking the oil and resting the truck we made the decision to strike out for home to switch vehicles as our schedule would not allow getting stuck at some unknown place waiting on repairs. The result was that 500 miles into the trip, the last half being considerably slower, we were again in our own driveway. Our gas mileage for the trip sure took a hit. Thankfully; we were able to repack another vehicle, leave the bikes, and still make it to the event on time.

The Bible is our service manual, the maintenance schedule, and the source of knowledge and help in our lives. It shows us how to do right things as well as pointing out the pitfalls of the wrong things. It points us to God, and teaches us that through Jesus we have access to God and a relationship with Him. Jesus’ sacrifice enabled us to boldly approach God, obtain mercy, and find grace to help us in our time of need. King David in the book of Psalms repeatedly called out to God. If anyone experienced - and caused - troubles it was David. He had more ups and downs than most of us could imagine but he always knew where to turn. In Psalms 121 he wrote, “My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth”. If God is big enough that He made everything, and loved us so much that He then allowed His only son to become a sacrifice for our sins, He is definitely big enough to handle what life throws our way. Like David, turn to Him. He cares and has made a way for you. Blessings, Mark A note that Herb Shreve, the founder of CMA, died on the last day of the Colors rally. 36 years ago when he started CMA he didn’t have a clue as to how big (29 countries and growing) and how greatly the Lord would use him. Little is much when given to God. Thank you, Herb, for your faithfulness and willingness to be used by the Lord. You will be sorely missed by those of us still here. Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at

Upon returning and getting the truck in to the shop, the mechanic’s verdict was bad gas compounded by a combination of old plugs and wires, rotor, and cap. It took experiencing a small problem to prompt us to dig so we’d find the underlying larger issues. How often in our lives do we cruise along unsuspecting, and wham, a situation happens? The old saying: “It’s not a problem until it’s a problem” comes to mind. Granted a vehicle problem, in the grand scheme of things, pales in comparison to health or death issues. Though we can be assured that things are going to change and life will throw us many curves before we check out, the key is to recognize the problem and realize where to turn for help when stuff happens.


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. Whether it’s a bike dealer, service shop, restaurant, bar or any other type of business that welcomes our biking community, you can count on our family of friends to always welcome you in. The staff here at Thunder Roads greatly appreciates our advertiser’s support each month. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please give them the support that they truly deserve for being with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know a business that would like to join our Thunder Roads family of Biker Friendly Places, please email vernon@

Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa 319-241-0916 Jose’s Custom Leather 2715 Kanesville Blvd Council Bluffs, Iowa 712-256-5579 Lazy Mule 2715 Kanesville Blvd Council Bluffs, Iowa 712-256-6939 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 Brown Motorcars 330 NW 49th Place Des Moines, IA 50313 515-282-0123

Bail Bonds Doc’s Bail Bonds Your 24/7 Prescription to Freedom in Minutes Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-4773 Iowa Bail Bonds 200 4th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-243-4411

Biker Accessories

Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson & Motorsports 174th and Maple Omaha, NE 68116 402-289-5556 Hawkeye Harley-Davidson Coralville, Iowa I-80 Exit 240 319-545-7495 Open 7 days per week

Backroads Biker Leather Shoppe 305 N Main Street Werner Cycle Works Everly, Iowa 51338 14410 Frontier Road Exit 440 I-80 712-834-2999 Omaha, NE 68138 www.backroadsbikerleather402-894-3050


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

Crazy Lady’s Café Mt. Vernon, Iowa 52414 319-389-5427 Fully Mobile Unit for Catering and Events

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

Crossroads Wine & Liquor 117 Iowa Ave Dunlap, Iowa 51529 712-643-5336 Mon-Thurs 12-7, Fri 12-8, Sat 10-8

Food and Drink 14th Street Tavern 3418 East 14th Street Des Moines, Iowa 515-266-3446 M-F 8am-2pm Sat 10-2 and Sun 11-2 Amigos 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 B&M Bar and Grill 110 @ Main Street Panora, Iowa 50216 641-755-2455 Beer Barn and Grill 226 State Street Kirkman, Iowa 51447 712-766-3395 Open Mon 4, Tue-Sun at 11 BJ’s Bar & Billiards 110 Ida Waterloo Iowa Home of Full Throttle Thursdays 319-234-9810

Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close Do Drop Inn 403 3rd Avenue Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa 50128 515-314-0783 Good Sons 2815 Beaver Ave Ste 102 Des Moines, Iowa 515-681-5375 Haverhill Social Club 202 1st Street Haverhill, Iowa 50120 641-475-3321 Mon-Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 Hog Stop BBQ 3621 9th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-EAT-BBQS Huffy’s Mule Barn 802 Main Street Anita, Iowa 50020 712-762-9995

Boxer Barbeque 722 Creek Top Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-325-4227 Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 8 pm

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

Cheers II 100 North Franklin Dow City, Iowa 51528 712-674-3746 Coldest Beer Around!

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

Corner Tap 921 Main Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-993-2240

Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230

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

Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226

Nitro’s Bar & Grill 310 Main Street Gravity, Iowa 50848 641-418-0004 Home of Sunday-Funday

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

Off Sides Pizza 1119 Thomas Street Redfield, Iowa 50233 515-833-2900

The Sandbar 103 N. Noyes Mondamin, Iowa 51557 712-646-2300 Open 7 days a week at 10 a.m.

Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015 Phil’s 20oz Prime Rib Friday Nights 9956 Swanson Blvd Clive, Iowa 515-270-0959 Quick Rick’s Rib Joint 406 East Lincoln Highway (Highway 30) Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-600-6161 Tue-Sun 11:00am-8:00pm Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788 Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill 228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865 Shorty’s Playhouse 210 Mulberry Street Little Sioux, Iowa 51545 712-649-2138 Open Noon-2:00 AM 7 Days/Week Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534

Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook Where You Can Grab a Rack, And Not Get Slapped! Venture Inn Blencoe, Iowa 712-452-2205 Wet Goods Food & Lounge 113 N. Chestnut Street Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-2111

Shops and Fabricators Bike Pit Motorcycle Services Trustworthy Cycles 2694 5th Ave, Building B-Unit 2 3781 Balk Road Marion, Iowa 52303 Fulton, Illinois 61252 319-651-8835 563-249-1777 Specializing in Making the “Old Iron” Trustworthy Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Twisted Grip Cycle Omaha, NE 68134 2444 L Avenue (I-29 & 25th St. Exit) 402-391-3768 Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-256-7323 Doubletake Cycles L.L.C. Aaron@twistedgripcycle.omh2632 9th Ave Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-355-1961 XTreme Cycle & Off Road 206 E Main St Panora, Iowa 50216 F & J Racing 641-755-4288 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 Services Guthrie Auto Body John Beer owner 1804 State Street Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-332-2484

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

Joe’s Custom Signs 104 South Main Lenox, Iowa 50851 641-333-2675 Award Winning Custom Airbrushing

Hippie Boy Designs Graphic Design/Website Design 712-898-5220

J & S Custom Cycles 3630 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, Iowa 515-779-4632

Panora Auto Parts Your NAPA Store 518 West Main (Hwy 44) Panora, Iowa 641-755-2266

Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772 Tues-Fri 2-7, Sat 8-3

M&M Garage 408 Market Street Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2425

Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995

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

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

Ransom Graphics By Willie Ransom Irwin, Iowa 712-579-5075

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


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

Guns and Ammo

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

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

Crave Tattoo 201 S 12th Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 51501 515-576-8289 FB Crave Tattoo, Inc. To buy ad space for your business or service in our directory, give us call at 712-249-5630 or email


cool in the warm months. They also have the Tech Series pad; it is their Air series pad with their gel insert. It has cutouts around the thigh to promote air movement and a large cutout in the center to prevent pressure on your tailbone; it’s similar to a hemorrhoid donut.

Have you ever bbeen riding id di andd get that h ““my bbutt is numb but it hurts” feeling?? Or find yourself squirming in your seat like you have ants in your pants? Or even better… you Last but not least is the Air Hawk, my personal favorite. get off your bike and have “swamp ass”. It may be time to Air Hawk pads come from the parent company The invest in a seat pad. ROHO group. The ROHO Group has been producing cushions for the medical industry for over 30 years. This With so many seat pads company’s products are known for their pressure relieving on the market it’s hard to characteristics. This has lead to develop the Air Hawk figure out which option is Cushion. Air Hawk pad consists of a multi-chamber, the best for you. Depending adjustable, neoprene pad which is perfect if you’re the long on what function you are distance voyager. With the multi-chamber bladder it lets the looking for, your options air move to the spots it is needed and provides you with a will cover perspiration pressure free feeling going down the road. They offer many issues aka, swamp ass, and different sizes and the least expensive is the Air Hawk 2. comfort aka, numb butt, The biggest difference between the original and the AH2 and ants in the pants. I’ll is the bladder. Instead of being made with medical grade start off with the H-D’s circulator pad. I’ll admit it when neoprene it is made with polyurethane. The polyurethane this came out I was a little skeptical. After being on a 4,000 doesn’t give all the support that the neoprene version mile trip to Florida in the warm and very humid air at the does but it is an excellent less expensive version of its big beginning of the season I now know exactly the usefulness brother. All covers come with a non-skid bottom on the of this pad. The Circulator is constructed of UV-stable breathable cover over the bladder. material so that it won’t break down or fade in sunlight. Each pad is made up of interconnected pockets to promote Comfort is a critical part for riding. Seat comfort is a must. air flow underneath you as you ride and is thin enough There are many products out there that will enhance your to hardly notice a set height change on your ride. They riding enjoyment. Stop in and I can show you different come in various sizes and even have them available for options of what might work for you. Ride often, ride smart the passenger backrests as well. With a non-slip base and and ride safe! a simple under seat elastic strap. These pads can be easily Tony Darveau removed for cleaning or simply to ride without. Another option is on the other side of the spectrum which is perfect for this time of the year. Pro Pad Inc. has recently introduced their Heated Gel Pad. PPI has been making gel pads and inserts for quite some time so they know what to do and how to do it. This heated pad has the element incorporated in the gel and with the “Smart” heating elements it prevent “hot spots” by redirecting the heat for even warmth. It comes with simple on and off control, heavy-duty fused harness that hooks directly to the battery, and locking barrel plugs for easy removal. The pad only uses 3.5 amps and shuts itself off when it reaches peak temperature. Available in four different sizes and comes in either leather or vinyl covers. If you are a cold weather rider this is the set up for you. PPI also has other gel pads available with various cover options. Their “Sheep Skin” keeps you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Their fabric covers are an alternative to the “Sheep Skin” cover; they keep the temperature fairly neutral through all riding temps. Then there is the leather cover. This pad gives you that extra comfort from the gel without sacrificing the looks of your leather seat. Pro Pad Inc. also has a couple versions of the Harley circulator pad. The first one is the standard air series pad which allows air to flow underneath you and keep you 12 - TRMI DECEMBER 2011

Big River Rendezvous 2011 As most folks know know, ABATE itself is a great organization to protect the rights of fellow motorcyclist. What’s even better is when 3 neighboring states can work together and create a great event… The Big River Chapter of ABATE of Illinois teamed up with chapters in Iowa and Wisconsin to put together the Big River Summer Fun Run, which is a summer long run with 75 stops in eastern Iowa, northwestern Illinois, and southwest Wisconsin. For every 25 stops made, the person’s name was entered into the cash prize drawings held in September at the Rendezvous in Sabula, Iowa. Anyone who made all 75 stops also was eligible for a separate $1000 drawing too. Along with the cash prizes, the weekend featured live music Friday and Saturday nights, rodeo games Saturday, and a wet T-shirt contest Saturday night. The party will take place again next year, with run booklets due out sometime in April 2012. So hit some local watering holes next summer, and grab yourself a booklet for a goodtime! Na ate Ullrich Ullri rich ch ( ( Nate ww th


of Iowa Thesesa Benjamin 05 Heritage Laurens, Iowa

Jennifer Keuning 2011 Softail Deluxe Ankeny, Iowa

Brandy Beyer 2007 Victory Vegas Ames, Iowa We want you on our pages! If you are an Iowa Girl of Thunder, send us your name, year and model of bike, and where you are form to 14 - TRMI DECEMBER 2011

Ox Yoke Restaurant I-80 & Amana Exit 225 Williamsburg, Iowa Breakfast: 7 – 11 am Lunch, Dinner and Banquets: 11 am – 9 pm

will ride to eat the stress. For the last couple of years we have been meeting at Ox Yoke Restaurant at Amana exit 225 on I-80.

To Grandmother’s House We Go!

Ox Yoke Restaurants have been an Amana Colonies tradition since 1940. They have two locations, Ox Yoke Interstate (the one we visit) and Ox Yoke Inn, 4420 220th Trail, Amana, Iowa. They are equipped to handle gatherings big and small and their meals are served “family style” (welcome back to grandmother’s house!). If you’re not familiar with “family style” you are given an empty plate and your meal is delivered to the table in those seemingly bottomless bowls and platters! It’s kind of like a buffet that comes to you! The food they serve is excellent, roast beef that falls apart with a fork, REAL mashed potatoes, gravy, chicken, ham, corn, cottage cheese... you get the idea. The best part is it’s all made the way grandma made it! (Make sure you try the apple butter!)

With the holidays upon us I thought I would take this opportunity to review a place that not only serves great food but will also help take some of the stress out of dining. Before I jump into reviewing the restaurant I want to share some of my memories of the holidays with you. Like my tag line says “To grandmother’s house we go!” A lot of my memories of the holidays center around grandma’s house with the family all gathering there. The women would all head straight to the kitchen and dive into food preparation (I

This holiday season don’t stress about what or where to eat, let the folks at Ox Yoke Restaurants handle that for you. Let them take you back to “grandma’s house”! For more information visit them on the web at http://www. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!! (Oh, save me a slice of pumpkin pie!!!!) Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! Craig Little

can’t really go into much more detail about that part since even peeking around the corner into the kitchen would get a warning to wait until we were called to the table!). The waiting was excruciating but worth it to finally get called to the table and enjoy those seemingly bottomless bowls and platters of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, potato salad,... I’m sure by now you have your own memories going through your mind. The other thing that stands out about grandma’s house centers specifically around Christmas time, in our family the presents couldn’t be opened until the dishes were done and we didn’t have a dish washer... argh... more waiting!!!! Now all those memories come from my childhood but if we fast forward to the present all the stressors from my childhood have transformed into new stressors. New stressors of what to eat, when to eat, where to eat, extra family, you know... adult stressors! (I would love to once again peek around the corner into the kitchen and be told to wait to be called to the table, instead now it’s more likely to be “come here and help!”) Well, my family has found a way to ease some of PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. oadsiowa com





OLIVE GARDEN LEMON CREAM CAKE (Copycat Recipe) After many internet searches, copycat recipe books and trial and errors; I found this to be as close to the “Real McCoy” out there. Luscious. CAKE: 1 Betty Crocker White Cake Mix LEMON CREME FILLING: 1 Package Cream Cheese; softened 2 Cups of Powdered Sugar 4 tsps. Lemon Juice 1/2 tsp. Lemon Extract 1 Cup Heavy Cream CRUMB TOPPING: 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar 1/4 Cup Cold Butter 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract * Extra powdered sugar for garnish Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 10-inch layer cake pan or springform pan. Mix batter & pour into prepared pan. Bake as directed. Let cool. Filling: In medium size bowl, combine cream cheese and 2 cups powdered sugar with electric mixer until smooth. Mix in lemon juice & extract. In large bowl with mixer on high, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Using a spoon, fold cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream; set aside. Crumb Topping: In medium bowl, combine flour & 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add butter & dribble in vanilla extract. Cut cold butter into flour mixture until mixture is in pieces no larger than a pea. Refrigerate until ready to frost cake. Assembling the Cake: When the cake is completely cool, cut into two layers. Reserve 1/2 cup of the Lemon Cream Filling. Spread the remainder of the filling on the bottom half of the cake. ANY PREMADE MASHED POTATOES ........ Place the second half on top. Frost the top & I’m just going to tell you straight up that while I’ve sides of cake with remaining 1/2 cup of Fillpeeled my share of potatoes, especially when I was ing. Cover the top & sides with Crumb Topping; a little girl and my Mom’s kitchen helper, there are so pressing it onto the sides to cover thoroughly. many pre-made flavors and tubs of mashed potatoes Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. out there that are literally the real deal, just in a tub When serving, cut into V slices and dust with powdered sugar. Once you do this recipe a couand ready to heat in the micro. Basil & Rosemary, French Bleu’ Cheese or Roasted Garlic or Sun-Dried ple times it’s really simple and when you present it everyone does that “oooooooooo” thing. And, Tomato. Just add butter, salt & pepper, fluff up and truly, it is virtually a slice of Heaven on a plate, then heap them up on your plate, with some of the and you should savor every single bite. gravy from up above. Slurp! K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon of Tennessee

ORANGE & PEAR GLAZED TURKEY BREAST 1 Extra Large Turkey Breast; unfrozen & skin on 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter; softened 1 Large Can of Whole Pears; juice divided Herb Mix: In a small bowl, add a palmful of: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Basil & Orange Peel Seasoning; (in the spice aisle of any grocery) Preheat oven to 350. Take your turkey breast out of fridge and let it come to room temp. for about half hour prior to cooking. Pat your turkey breast down with paper towels to get good & dry. Next, rub it all over with soft butter. Cover that bird up good. Then, take your bowlful of herb mix and rub it all over the meat, both sides, really good. Layer a larger casserole or broker pan with thick-grade aluminum foil for easy clean up and to catch all your juices. Place your chicken breast in dish; surround it with whole pears and make a foil tent to keep it covrered from burning. Cook for 45 minutes, basting with melted butter and juice from can of pears every 15 minutes. Halfway thru cooking, shake a good palmful of Orange Peel seasoning (or you could actually grate real orange peel) all over the turkey breast. The last 15 minutes of cooking, remove the tent and let it go until the bird is golden brown and crispy skin. Remove from oven, keep tent over it, but not tightly. Let the meat rest about 10 minutes. Take all that luscious juice in the bottom of the cooking dish, add 1 jar of turkey gravy to it, with a big pat of butter and salt & pepper and serve along your beautiful sliced turkey breast, that will be moist, tender and taste incredible with that crispy skin.


day trips with Doc Greetings Brothers and Sisters, it saddens me to look outside and come to the epiphany that summer and our good riding season is over! I have had one fantastic summer and I have met some incredible people through my travels. To all of you, I wish to extend my appreciation of fellowship out there on the open road! We have a bond, all of us who enjoy the sound of Thundering pipes and wind in our faces and ears! The scent of heated asphalt on a summer’s day, rising up to meet you as you blast down a ribbon of hi-way! Our senses excited by the smells of country air and Gods magnificent works for all to enjoy! Yes, yes this has been one year for the books of good memories, and I hope when you sit down with the family to grunge down on the “Meal of the Year” You give thanks for all that you have and are blessed with! May we all!!! As the thought of snow is a concept I won’t grasp until it happens, as I will probably get caught in it on my ride that day, and Mother Nature will get her last say so for the year!!! (Never cuss Mother Nature)! Enough of that!!

aand it’s caretakers! We pointed th the front wheels in a northwest ddirection and rode. IIrwin wasn’t that far off, and I knew shortly into the trip th that this side of our state had ssomething different to offer in the way of geographical llayouts! Gone were the slow rrolling hills of corn and beans, w with sweeping timberlands bbordered with creeks and pponds! The terrain was a little rrougher, less timbered, but had w wide id open views that seemed to fall rright in front of us as we rode, this is just west of the Loess Hills area, oopen prairie for as far as the eye can ssee, I imagined seeing large herds oof buffalo as we rode over the peaks oof some of the hills, grasslands spread out like green acres!!! K Kind of cool to realize that tthis th h wonderful state has so m much diversity! Southeast IIowa, green with timbers and fforests, rivers running through it it! t South West Iowa which is kkind of like the badlands, lots oof hills and rough terrain, C Central Iowa, green with bboth, crops growing, and fingers of timbers growing aalong the creek beds, but they aare nuthin like these Hills!!

I had the pleasure of being a part of a couple things this season, first was a birthday ride, with the head honcho’s of a cool biker magazine. I can’t name any names but we just about had to fire the guest of honor for a day so he would take time off to go! When his wife told me what his problem was, my first reaction was “Awwww geeeze Edith” then I thought…FIRE HIM!? For the day anyway! Hey, she is the HEAD, head honcho so I thought she could do it, what do I know? Anyway...

A After ogling the old Pan and ddreaming of what I could do w with it, and wondering what kind of tales it could tell, I snapped a couple of pics, and we continued our ride westward, stopping in Dunlap for lunch and a stretch at Lampe’s Pub. The menu has a variety of good grunts, out of character for me I ordered the fish basket; most

We met at the “mermaid” in the center of town where they live. Because it had turned out to be a beautiful early fall day, I took a scenic route, so as usual I was late…well almost, so in my thinking I am right on time! And there they were, waiting, and yes there is a Mermaid, fountain and all! Several bikes and their riders were waiting when I pulled up. Howdy doo’s were in order, introductions were brief, and after a few photos we made a plan of attack for the day, you may remember from a couple months back the ‘48 Pan that was on the cover, that was the first stop of the day, I had to see that bike, and since it was on the route planned we roared off in search of Irwin Iowa, home of that beautiful machine 22 - TRMI DECEMBER 2011

of the others went with the traditional sandwich and their favorite beverages! It was a friendly and relaxed place with good service and pocket friendly prices! I was very surprised by this, and that makes this a place to come back to in the future!!! As the party of riders trickled out of Lampe’s it seemed as if all were refreshed and ready to fire up the storm of thunder and make way for another leg of the ride, and set out for Whiting, home to Broken Throttle Saloon, and what must have been Paul Bunyan’s motorcycle! Put together with the scrap metal from some packrats back yard, along with an imagination and a couple of specialty tools, this sculpture is gi-hugic in proportion, comical in its exaggeration of some parts, but a cool work of art anyway!!! I was disappointed to find out Broken Throttle was not open yet, as I was willing to bet there was more to see on the inside. But let that be yet another ride!!!(to be continued) Now I know winter is coming, but I am still looking for cool roads with magnificent views, and sweeping curves to explore! I would encourage all who read these words, to search out the route in your area that makes you say “Holy Buckets; look at that”… I’m counting on another year of adventures, filled with good weather, safe rides, and meeting up with some good friends, old ones as well as those I haven’t met. Starting in the early spring, and I need a list of places to go…so shoot me an E-mail, Hell call me, and let’s make plans for the next year, and let’s start as early as possible!! Till the Tanks Run out of Gas… Doc 515-975-3893



A 70 year old fiesty woman checked into a 5-Star hotel and saw a flier in the room for “discreet full-body, fully satisfying massages; simply dial #7”. She did, and a very sexy man asked, “how may I serve you this evening?”. Wow, she An apparently very drunken cowboy lay sprawled thought, it’s been a lonnggg time, let’s go for it. She told the across three entire seats in a posh Amarillo Theman, “I want it hot and I want it dirty. I want all the oils, all ater. When the usher came by and noticed him, he the toys and everything necessary to get my total freak on. whispered to the cowboy, “Sorry, Sir, but you’re I want the biggest one you have on staff and I want you to only allowed one seat.” The cowboy just groaned, make sure he can keep it hard for at least 3 hours. I plan on but didn’t even budge. The usher became more riding him like a clown on a pony. And make sure he likes impatient and insistent: “Sir, if you don’t get up getting spanked while getting whipped cream squirted up from there, I’m going to have to call the manager.” his anus. You got all that? The desk attendant said, “yes Once again, the cowboy just groaned. The Usher maam’, I certainly get a very vivid mental image, but I marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a mobelieve you meant to dial #7, you dialed #9, and this is the ment he returned with the manager. Together the hotel front desk. two of them tried repeatedly to move the cowboy, but without success. He just laid there in a dazed stupor. Finally, they had enough and summoned the ******************************************** police. A Texas Ranger arrived, surveyed the situation briefly then asked, “Alright buddy what’s your Letter to a Men’s Helpline... name?” “Sam,” the Cowboy moaned. “Where ya’ll from, Sam?” asked the Ranger. With terrible Hi Bob: pain in his voice, a grim expression, and without moving a muscle, Sam said, “The balcony.” I really need your advice on a serious problem: I have suspected for some time now that my wife has been ************************************* cheating on me. The usual signs: if the phone rings and I answer, the caller hangs up; she goes out with the girls a lot. First-year students at the Royal Veterinary College were at- I try to stay awake to look out for her when she comes home tending their first anatomy class with a real dead cow. They but I usually fall asleep. Anyways, last night about midall gathered around the surgery table with the body covered night I hid in the shed next to my Harley. When she came with a white sheet. The professor started the class by telling home she got out of someone’s car buttoning her blouse, then she took her panties out of her purse and slipped them them, “In Veterinary medicine it is necessary to have two on. It was at that moment crouched behind the Harley that I important qualities as a doctor. The first is that you not be noticed a hairline crack in the swing arm. disgusted by anything involving the animal’s body.” For an example, the professor pulled back the sheet, whipped Is that something I can weld or do I need to replace the on his white latex examination gloves, stuck his finger in whole swing arm? the butt of the cow, withdrew it, and stuck his finger in his mouth. “Go ahead and do the same thing,” he told his ******************************************** students. The students freaked out, hesitated for several minutes, but eventually took turns sticking a gloved finger in the butt of the dead cow and sucking on it. When every- Will never hear church bells ringing again without smiling! Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed one finished, the Professor looked at them and said, “The second most important quality is observation. I stuck in my away, Katie went straight to her grandparent’s house to visit middle finger and sucked on my index finger. Now learn to with her 95-year-old grandmother and comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather had passed away, her grandpay attention. Life’s tough but it’s even tougher if you’re mother replied in her sweet, soft voice, “He had a heart atstupid.” The class puked; simultaneously, tack while we were making love on Sunday morning, dear”. ******************************************** Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100 years old having sex would surely be asking for trouble. “Oh, no, my dear”, replied granny. Many years ago, realizHEALTH ALERT! ing our advanced age, we figured out the best time to make When you drink Vodka over ice, it can give you kidney failure, love was when the church bells would start to ring. It was When you drink Rum over ice, it can give you liver failure, the perfect rhythm. Nice and slow and even. Nothing too When you drink whiskey or Scotch over ice, it can give you strenuous....simply in on the ding and out on the dong. She paused to wipe away a tear and looked up at Katie, “He’d heart problems, When you drink Gin over ice, it can give you brain problems. still be alive if that f***ing ice cream truck hadn’t come along!”. ALERT!! Apparently, ice is really bad for you. Warn all your friends as soon as possible!


C.O.I.R. Notes The Promise = Liberty By: Peter Sieben Lt. Commander C.O.I.R of Iowa (Coalition of Independent Riders)

all adopted at the same time and are known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15th, 1791. Amendment 1: Protects the People’s right to practice religion, to speak freely, to assemble, and to petition the government and freedom of speech.

The Constitutional Convention of 1787 resulted in the most enduring written constitution ever created by men. The men, who were in Philadelphia, that hot summer hammered out a document that was the result of dozens of compromises and shaped to endure the test of time.

Amendment 2: The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

The Preamble to the Constitution has no force in law; it establishes the “why” of the Constitution. “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.”

Amendment 4: Protects the People from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Article I: Establishes the Congress as a bicameral or two-part body and includes outlines on House and Senate elections as well as how a bill becomes law. It also lists the specific powers of Congress (power to establish and maintain an army and a navy, establish post offices, create courts, regulate interstate commerce, declare war and raise money). In addition, Article I places certain limits on Congress and prohibits the states from several things. Article II: Establishes the Executive Branch of government including the offices of President and Vice - President and enumerates the powers and responsibilities of the office(s). Article III: Establishes the Judiciary Branch, the Supreme Court and lower courts. It also limits what kinds of cases that may be heard in federal courts. Article IV: Mandates that all states will honor the laws of all other states. In addition it ensures a ‘republic’ form of government, synonymous with ‘representative democracy’. The State derives its power from the People and guarantees that the Federal government will protect the states against invasion or insurrection. Article V: Details the methods of amending or changing the Constitution. Article VI: Sets the Constitution and all laws and treaties of the United States to be the supreme law of the country and requires all officers to swear an oath of allegiance to the United States and the Constitution when taking office. Article VII: Details how the Constitution was to be ratified. The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution were 26 - TRMI DECEMBER 2011

Amendment 3: Guarantees that the army cannot force homeowners to give them free room and board.

Amendment 5: Protects People from being held unless they have been properly indicted, protects against double jeopardy and guarantees that people cannot be forced to testify against themselves. Amendment 6: Right to a speedy trial, that the accused can confront witnesses against them, and the right to have a lawyer. Amendment 7: Guarantees a jury trial in federal civil court cases. Amendment 8: Guarantees that punishments will be fair, and not cruel, and that extraordinarily large fines will not be set. Amendment 9: Statement that other rights aside from those listed may exist, and just because they are not listed doesn’t mean they can be violated. Amendment 10: The powers not delegated to the Federal government by the Constitution, belong to the States or to the People. This 220 year old document is what separates the United States of America from all others. Within it lies the “rule book” of how our government is to operate and limit it’s interaction with the People. As members of the Coalition of Independent Riders we defend the liberties outlined in the U.S. Constitution. We encourage and help train our members to become true modern day patriots. “I predict future happiness for America if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the People under the pretense of taking care of them.” - Thomas Jefferson It’s my feeling that it’s our responsibility to protect and enhance the freedoms we have and preserve them for future generations. We’ll be glad to show you how. Just shoot me an email to peter@ or come and join us at our C.O.I.R Christmas party on December 3rd at the Broken Throttle Saloon in Whiting. Hope you will circle this date in your calendar and come join the fun!

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From the Woman’s Seat The morning starts out with a bitter coolness in the air. A crispness is felt as the sun pokes above the horizon to continue to climb a path high into the sky. As I stand for a moment to be witness to the beautiful golden rays that hold a hint of redness my mind starts to wonder what will the day bring. Then as the saying goes “red at night; sailors delight; red at dawn; sailors be warned,” starts to travel through my brain. New questions arise if the bike should be ridden or not. Then, ‘logic’ comes into play that this may very well be the last ride of the season so telling myself not to hold back now. A decision is made to ride.

cage traveler is not likely to expect a motorcyclist to be traveling, especially after we have had snowfall. Turning left at the bottom of the hill to go north out of town. I hear the roar of the engine come to life and feel of the cool crisp air instantly hit my nostrils. Taking it all in, even the freeze of the air as it starts the travel through my body; at this point, the feeling of a great inner peace comes over me.

The clean smell of the air is truly intoxicating. The view of open fields with patches of snow covering the corn stubble reminds me that we have not hit true winter yet but far enough into the season that Spring Chaps applied. I get on to the bike and just sit for a is not too far from my reach. The differing shades moment. With the feel of leather between my legs of brown viewed as I continue my travels shows a I gain an almost instant ache to be traveling down sharp contrast of a four legged creature feeding on the road. I slowly back the bike out from the garage, the exposed corn, he looks up briefly from his position instantly I knowI have made the right decision to ride. almost appearing to look eye to eye then drops his I quickly glance over the bike to ensure the bike is how head and returns to his feast. I’m feeling the need to I had left it. Scanning to make sure it is in neutral, I kick it up a notch at this very instant, anticipating the then flip the kill switch to the down position and press next hill opening up to a perfect stretch of road to let the start button downward. Then engine comes to life this machine show its full muscle, exhilarated by the like a Phoenix fully engulfed in flames waiting to take sight, smells, and a perfectly tune machine. The day flight. My bike has life bursting from within as heard feels brighter, lighter, and at this moment I am able with the deep throaty rumble of a mighty machine; the to take that deep breath to allow my shoulders to fall strong fierce sound of the engine and the rumble of back easier. All the tension of life has seemed to melt bike as it sits idling to give it some time to warm up away at this very moment. before the ride. I step off the bike to finish layering for this occasion. Heated coat liner then a hoody I Letting off of the throttle approaching a stop sign had gotten this Fall from Backroads Biker Leather and then to ease into traffic of the small Iowa town. Shop that has a great graphic about the support of our Noticing some looks from other travelers of “what military. Then to apply the last layer of a leather coat, the heck” and some thumbs up or even getting an leather gloves, hat, and neckie; with this it is time to enthusiastic wave coming from the ones that do not ride. need an explanation. With no exact plan except to travel the open road I turn to experience the curves, Approaching the bike with great anticipation I place my hills, and valley’s one last time of the Loess Hills and left leg over the seat and slowly settle in. Reaching for Pioneer Forest. The western part of Iowa I have the handlebars and giving it that humph as I raise the always felt a true belonging too. To be able to travel bike to an upright position. It is time to place the bike this on two wheels has only intensified this feeling. into first and allow it ease out of the driveway; starting out nice and easy to allow for the temperature. I head The miles seemed to pass by effortlessly with the down the long hill approaching each intersection with sun starting to sink into the western sky it was time to even more awareness due to this time of year the return back to society; return knowing that this very trip will stay with me and carry me through the snowdrifts, the scraping of windows, the continuous need for washer fluid. The land has now turned hard with many colors of tan, auburn, and some striking contrasting shades of brown. In previous years I would get so sad at this change wanting everything to stay green and warm. This year has been vastly different. The overwhelming feel of the power from Mother Nature and knowing that the ground is not dead just resting and regrouping for another day gives me strength. This very day will be instilled in my memory to carry me through to my next ride. tt ; )



Vietnam and Korean War Veterans joining the World War II Veterans for the journey. Gathering of motorcycles was requested from Noon to 1300 hours, and at the time of arrival at around 1130, there were over 70 motorcycles lined up and raring to go. Bikes kept pouring in and overall there were just short of 200 motorcycles and riders to lead the parade from the Iowa Speedway to the school in Newton for the ceremony. Short of 1000 people were on hand to offer their well wishes to the Veterans before send off.

The Newton Iowa Speedway was a gathering point for the latest Honor Flight procession for Jasper County Veterans. October 23rd was the date, and the weather that day was anything but perfect for the event with late season warmth and sunshine. A processions of motorcycles led the group of Veterans on buses in a parade through the town of Newton, ending up at the school for a pre-send off ceremony. The Veterans were gearing up for a trip to DC, to view memorials and be honored for their service to our great country. Honor Flight Organizers raised almost $90,000 to send 162 Jasper County Veterans to Washington DC for the event. This was the community’s way to give back and to say “thanks” to those that have served our country during wartime. The one day trip for the Veterans is unique in that the Jasper County Honor Flight is the only one to include


Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa December 2011  

Iowa's Biker Magazine

Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa December 2011  

Iowa's Biker Magazine