I hate to bring this to everyone’s attention but we are down to the last and final page of the 2016 calendar. It has been a good season for riding; the scooter left the garage in March and continued burning up fuel deep into November. Instead of being bummed out about parking the two wheeler, I have decided to focus on my bucket list for the off season. But before we get to the bucket list, you must know that I recently shared with a TRM Iowa reader that the Thunder Road Magazine is available in states other than Iowa. I always knew there were slow readers out there but this guy doesn’t even understand the pictures. Since I have a strange obsession with maps, I whipped out the latest edition of TRMI and showed him the full size page with the map of the USA. I explained how that map outlines each state that has a Thunder Road Magazine. Then I explained how the color coding on the map shows the states that TRM is for sale by the publisher and which states need a publisher in order to have a Thunder Road Magazine. This doesn’t happen very often, but I walked away from that conversation looking like a real Genius. Needless to say, when I travel, I find myself searching for Thunder Road Magazines in other states. Most of the time I pick them up while shopping for a new wardrobe but I have occasionally found them at fuel stops. And just like Iowa, they are always free. I recently came across Thunder Road Magazine Oregon; the cover
alone got me excited, Volume 1 Issue 1. Now since there are readers out there that have no idea Thunder Road Magazine is available in other states, my warped brain thinks it is appropriate to explain that Volume 1 means it is the first year in production and Issue 1 means it’s the first magazine of the year. So Volume 1, Issue 1 in my sick mind is like finding a virgin. This virgin issue of TRM Oregon sparked a burning desire deep inside me. Since my sick mind needs something stimulating to do during the off season I crossed shopping for sunglasses and shining my riding boots off my bucket list and added knowledge. Have you seen or heard about a film called “Project 22”? It is an independent documentary film that can be seen on the World Wide Web and just like TRMI it is FREE! I found it on IPTV, that’s Iowa Public Television for you slow readers. It is about 2 young veterans who set out on a 6,500 mile journey of healing, from San Francisco to New York City. In hopes to do something about the fact that 22 veterans a day are committing suicide. I have managed to squeeze in the first 30 minutes and I’m hooked. Watching this film in its entirety once or twice is a definite must do for the off season bucket list. Then I read an article in the TRM Oregon about Senate Bill 533, they call it the “Dead Red”. In January 2016 this bill became a law in Oregon. It is now legal for a motorcyclist to proceed with caution through a red light if the bike has come to a complete stop, the light has completed a full cycle and the red light never changed because the traffic signal didn’t recognize a motorcycle as traffic. Now this may not seem like a big deal to some riders but I have one of those lights between my garage and my favorite fuel stop. I have spent too much precious riding time sitting at a red light watching it cycle over and over again, giving everyone but me a green. That damn light does not recognize a biker and at times it doesn’t recognize multiple bikes as traffic. It is prejudiced against bikers and I hate it! So the bucket list now includes finding out if Iowa has a “Dead Red” law. Because if I get caught trying to talk my way out of a ticket by quoting Oregon law my status could quickly change from genius to dumbass. I think it’s cool to read about the rides hosted in other states and this issue reinforced the fact that there are a lot of good people out there willing to ride for a lot of good reasons. Since TRM Iowa signs my paychecks, I will remain a dedicated reader and contributor to the Iowa edition. After all there is no place like home, but that isn’t going to stop me from occasionally getting some strange. Start checking things off your bucket list, Iowa will be riding again soon. Shifty LaRue
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