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Finally things are starting to happen again in the biker world. Although the winter has not been that long really, it seems to have drug on forever. There has been very little to do with other bikers and biker events the past couple of months, so the change is nice. As the February issue comes out before the end of January, there are a few deals coming up worth mention. January 28th is the Welldiggers Winter Ride at Baxter Cycle in Marne. One of our own, graphics guy Jack Randleman is part of this deal and I hope they have a great day for riding the end of January. The next day on January 29th is the Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet at Rock Island at the QCCA. They do this one and one in Cedar Rapids on March 5th and are the best meets for parts selection. The International motorcycle shows fire up in February in neighboring states as well. February 8th brings the ABATE of Iowa Lobby Day to the Capital and is open to all that can make it early that morning. In the middle of February is the Capitol City Custom Cycle Show and Swap at its new venue in Clive. The meet has been moved to the 7 Flags Event Center. There are many more events coming up, and the events listing is expanding almost daily, so keep an eye on the magazine, website, and Facebook page for updates. Look on or look up Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook. Something else coming up in March is the Midwest Motorcycle Show held in conjunction with the World of Wheels in Omaha. The show is March 17th-19th and is the second year that TRMI has sponsored this show, so it is looking at being even bigger and better. Motorcycles from all over the Midwest will be there for display and judging from ISCA and CASI. The show is just over the Missouri in Omaha at the Century Link Center. If you have any interest in showing a bike or being a vendor at the event, email and we can get you some information. We are also gearing up for the Tall Corn Run 2017. Just like last year there will be Registration Sites and Check In Sites. We already have some of each booked but will be continuing to get them locked in over the next month or so

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yet. The Tall Corn Run Cards from last year will be reused, as we already have all of the information on the card holders, so there is no need to reregister. If you need to get a card, we will be at most of the shows and swap meets over the winter and spring, as well as the Registration Sites will be coming on board very soon. The program this year will run from April 1st through August 31st with an end of year drawing to be held on September 9th. The place and time is yet to be determined as well as what the final prizes will include. Some things are still in the planning stage, but as popular as the program was last year, we wanted to let people get the dates in their calendars as soon as possible. If you own or know of a great place for a Registration or Check In Site, let us know at Vernon@thunderroadsiowa. com or call 712-249-5630. As February is the “Month of Love”, make sure that the love of your life knows how much you love them. It is of no consequence if your “love” is the other half, or your ride, but just make damn sure they know they are loved and appreciated. This could be a special meal, maybe a gift, some extra chrome, a full service and lube job, a loving detail and cleaning, whatever it takes to make your love feel special. As February is the month of Melanie’s Birthday, I would like to wish her a Happy B Day on the 22nd, and hope she has a great day! When you are getting out and about this month, feel free to stop by the businesses listed on the Biker Friendly Directory and in the ads in the magazine. Tell them that Thunder Roads sent ya. We could not do this every month without their sponsorship and support, so darken their doors whenever possible. Thanks to the sponsors after all of these months and years. It is appreciated greatly! Be safe and get ready to ride! Vernon Quote of the Month: “All you need is love, except for motorcycles, lots of motorcycles, and then love will naturally follow.” Anonymous

Nate Ullrich AKA Natanic got us some great shots of Lindsey on Rob Robinette’s 1960 Pan/Shovel for the cover and calendar this month. This killer ride will be at the Midwest Motorcycle Show at Omaha World of Wheels March 17-19th. Nothing like an perfectly timed photo to catch a hot bike and hotter Lindsey as well as the reflection in the water. Catching shots like this are not an easy task as it takes planning, picking the perfect location, and making sure you hit the calm after the storm. You can check out some of Nate’s other work and other hotties at Have a great Valentine’s Day and month of February from all of us at TRMI! 4 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2017

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who not only knows who we are, but who we are meant to be in his power. And if we have put our trust in Christ, our VIN The long month of and serial number is the January is about over and the daylight sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. That’s what hours are getting longer. Know what God sees when he looks at us – not our mistakes, that means? No, not riding - swap not our too-tired-to-care moments, not our flatmeets! It’s always out sins. He sees Jesus’s fun to roam the perfect number stamped aisles looking for deeply on us and says, that part you just have to have. Plus, “Yep, that one’s mine!” there’s a good Romans 8:38 & 39 put chance you’ll meet up with friends you it this way: “And I am convinced that nothing haven’t seen since can ever separate us from last fall. God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither I remember the first time I went to a swap meet and I angels nor demons, was amazed at the guys who could root around in a box neither our fears for of sprockets, bolts, and who-knows-what, pull out an today nor our worries item and say, “This would be great to have next time I about tomorrow – not ...” I recognize a motorcycle as a whole, but these guys even the powers of hell know bikes so well that they recognize individual parts can separate us from of different makes and models. It’s a difference not just God’s love. No power due to knowledge, but also due to a passion for anything in the sky above or in the with moving parts. I’m just a rider. These guys know earth below - indeed, their bikes inside and out. However, without seeing the nothing in all creation identifying marks on a bike, it’s impossible for even these knowledgeable and passionate experts to tell if a bike is one will ever be able to separate us from the love specific bike owned by one specific person. of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Every now and then a story crops up of a bike being stolen The difference between humans and stolen bikes is that we and its unwanted parts sold off. Keeping the frame and engine, the VIN and serial number are ground off or altered have the choice of being restored to our original owner. God has made his position clear. He loves us and has made and a “new” bike is assembled around them. Even our it possible for us to be in a relationship with him. What will swap meet experts can’t tell that a swticheroo has taken you choose? place. But the manufacturer’s stamping process punches the numbers and letters deep into the metal – so deeply Blessings to you – Karla that technicians working for a government agency or an insurance company’s recovery unit can make them readable again by applying an acid treatment. Even so, it’s not often Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and that the stolen bikes are restored to their original owners. God’s plan for you at . By that point, checks have been issued, new bikes have been bought and it just becomes too complicated. Like our bikes, we humans are all custom jobs, unique in many ways, even if we don’t recognize it. The Bible tells us that we are “wonderfully made” and that the Lord God saw us before we were even formed inside our mothers. But from the moment of our conception, we have an enemy whose goal is to steal, kill and destroy. You don’t have to look far to see evidence of this: dreams shattered by marriages breaking apart; loved ones dying of cancer; young people being eaten alive by bitterness and despair; peace and security in high demand but never quite achieved. The Lord’s tender care over our beginnings seems to be nothing but a fairy tale as we are gouged by circumstances and ground down by life. But God has a plan. His “recovery unit” is Jesus Christ,


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

Biker Accessories 1606 P Avenue Milford, Iowa 51351 877-816-2200 Follow us on Facebook!! Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916

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


Fenders Honda 100 South 16th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 515-233-4727 Heartland Harley-Davidson 117 S. Roosevelt Ave Burlington, Iowa 52601 319-754-1100 Loess Hills Harley-Davidson 57408 190th Street Pacific Junction IA 51561 712-622-4000

Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30 Celebrations DJ & Karaoke Services Newton, IA 641-521-8036 Any Occasion /Rally or Event EmCee Facebook/Ray Johansen(Celebrations) Specializing in Weddings & Receptions Marshall County Hangmen DUO ACT AVAILABLE Bike Nights, Bars, Private Parties Large Events & Small Dave Gray 641-691-0822 National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925

McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson 145 N Crescent Rdg Dubuque, IA 52003 563-557-3735 McGrath Hawkeye Harley-Davidson 120 Westcor Drive Coralville, IA 52241 319- 545.7495 Metro Harley-Davidson 2415 Westdale Drive SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 319-362-9496

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351

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

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

Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700

C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494

Route 65 Harley-Davidson 1300 S Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 515.962.2160

Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610

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

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

Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson 5320 Corporate Park Drive Davenport, IA 52807 563-355-6437 or


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

Okoboji Classic Cars Museum and Restoration Shop 810 Jeppeson Road West Okoboji, Iowa 51351 712-332-8029

Food and Drink American Legion Post 46 1301 S 6th Street Marshallton, Iowa50158 641-752-3612 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week American Legion Post 111 1101 W 4th Street S Newton 641-792-3353 Open to the Public Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 Bailey’s Pub -N- Grub 918 E Euclid Ave Des Moines 515-266-6560 Mon-Sat 6am-2am Sun 8am-12am Home Cooked Food

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


Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern 5546 130th Street NE Lisbon 319-624-2204 Cold Beer, Delicious Food, Good Music & Great Times!

Bill’s Boat Landing Clayton, Iowa 563-964-2112 Check Us Out on Facebook Where the River is Calling & You Must Go! Bootleggers of Millville Awesome Stop, Great Staff, Fantastic Food Tops in Scenic River Rides Check us on Facebook 563-252-7775 C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600 CJ’s Bar and Grill 105 E Marion St Monroe, IA 641-259-2222 & Facebook M-F 11am-Close, S-S Noon-Close Homemade Food-Live Entertainment Desperados 105 E 5th Street Atlantic 712-243-7087 Home of Cold Beer, Good Times, Pizza & Wings Dirty Ernies 201 1st Street NE Farley, Iowa 563-744-4653 Ride your Harley to Farley! Durango Depot 736 Burtons Furnace Road Open 3 to close Best Scenic Road With the Best Food! 563-552-2291 Ferg’s Bar & Grill 806 Hwy 30 Grand Junction, Iowa 50107 515-738-5416 Where Good Friends Meet Fro’s Pub ‘N Grub 309 Cedar St, Wilton 563-732-3977 Fro’s Pub n Grub on Facebook A Surprise Around Every Corner Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill 1019 7th St Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook Haverhill Social Club 202 1st Street Haverhill, Iowa 50120 641-475-3321 Mon-Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12

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

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

Hog Stop BBQ 2327 S. 24th Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-EAT-BBQS Hog Stop BBQ on Facebook

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

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

Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311

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

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

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

J.R. Willie’s Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill Gateway to the Beautiful Hill Country 1500 E 7th Street Colesburg, IA 563-856-5095 Atlantic, Iowa 50022 Open Daily Mon-Sun 11AM 712-243-3606 Home of the Willie Whopper M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PMJerrys 100 W Washington Exira, Iowa 50076 Jerrys Exira on Facebook “The Party Lives On” Just 1 More 515-570-4206 403 3rd Ave Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa Knickers Saloon 2186 Central Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563-557-0887 365 Days a Year Knickers Saloon on Facebook Knuckleheads Anamosa, IA 319-462-2724 Like on FB Knuckleheads Pub & Grub Open M-F 11-2, S-S 10-2 The Knucklehead Burger “Git IT IN YA” Lampe’s Pub 608 Iowa Avenue Dunlap, Iowa 51529 712-643-5781 Open 7 days a week at 11 AM Mi Casa Family Restaurant 512 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2258 Enjoy Drinks at the Full Bar! Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230 Minden Bowl Café & Lounge 209 Broadway Street Minden, Iowa 51553 712-483-2937 Minden Bowl on Facebook Montgomery Street Pub 207 East Montgomery Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-2165

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

The Back Forty 317 Main St. Macedonia, Iowa 51549 712-486-2687 The Buck Snort Restaurant & Sports Bar 25 Scott Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-328-2825 The Buck Snort restaurant and sports bar on FB

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

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

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

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

Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998

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

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

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

Scooters on Broadway 475 NE Broadway Des Moines, Iowa 515-288-1053 Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill 228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865 Shooters Bar 661 Main Anita, Iowa 712-249-7370 Mon-Fri 3:00-Close Sat-Sun 10:00-Close Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534

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

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

Thirsty’s on 3rd 2202 W 3rd, Davenport 563-424-1143 Follow Us on Facebook Daily Thirst Quenching Deals 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 Uncle Harley’s Bar & Grill 202 W Mayne, Blue Grass (563)381-1717 Great Pizza & Food Bikers ALWAYS Welcome Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 Whitetails Bar & Grill 101 N. Main St. Marble Rock IA,50653 641-397-9900 Mon.- Sat. 7am breakfast -2am Close Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395

Guns and Ammo 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 McCunn Specialty Firearms 74980 Richland Road Massena, Iowa 50853 712-779-GUNS Stand Your Ground Firearms Sales and Service 2820 N Broadway Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-435-9042

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


Insurance Farm Bureau Financial Services 208 Faith Ave Underwood, IA 51576 712-310-7475 or 402-379-3237

Legal Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Leehey Olson Law, PC Riding & Defending Your Rights for Over 30 Years 877-209-9452

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

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


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

Cycle Clinic 2209 ML King Pkwy Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-288-6954

Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3076 M-F 8-6 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call

Hoker Trucking NOW HIRING Dixon, Iowa 563-843-2763

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


Irwin Locker & Catering 502 Ann Street Irwin, Iowa 51446 712-782-3215

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

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

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

Motorcycle Medic 3176 Highway 30 Woodbine, Iowa 51579 712-647-2818 Open Tues-Sat Noon-6PM Nelson Machine & Forge General Machining, Ornamental Iron, Weld/Fab 70 Washington Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2220

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

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


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

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

The Fog Zone Vape Store 420 Chestnut Street Atlantic, Iowa, 50025 712-243-4024

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

Road Rage BikeWorks 401 High Street Avoca, Iowa 51521 712-307-6111 Road Rage BikeWorks on Facebook

To buy ad space for your business or service in our directory, give us call at 712-249-5630 or email vernon@

Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231

SS Collision, Cycle Works & Graphics 2902 11th Ave SW Spencer, Iowa 51301 712-262-3959

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This month for the Blast from the Past page, we decided to make it a little more personal. This is not your typical scan and copy of something cool from the past; this is about a living breathing family in northern Iowa that is noteworthy. This is a pair that you could transport back into the 50’s and they would fit in just fine. This is one of the every once in a while people that you run into in the biker world that you just seem to click with. This couple is the reason that I now know that a Clapper can be either a person or a device to shut off your lights at bedtime.

The Clapper’s are good honest Iowa folks with a passion for keeping history alive. Chad was a picker before picking was cool, and has been doing so since he was a wee tyke. The best bet if you have an old project that you want worked on, get it running, spruce it up, or to have it professionally and painstakingly restored, stop by and talk to Chad. They are pretty easy to find really, just go to the first rural exit north of Clear Lake, exit number 197, and take Hickory Avenue north. It is just a short jaunt on a piece of gravel that runs right next to Interstate 35, and if you see the giant billboard behind a shed, you are in the right spot. For the GPS inclined, Clapper Restoration, 22120 Hickory Avenue, Clear Lake, Iowa, 50428. Chad’s phone number is 641-3572303 or email at Stop out and tell them that Vernon and Melanie sent ya.

Once upon a time we stumbled across Chad and Angie Clapper at the ABATE D7 Motorcycle Expo. Chad had some bikes in the show, and a booth selling some of his rusty, crusty, old bits of motorcycle and automotive history. Shaggy beard, bib overalls, and a cute and sassy blonde by his side they seemed from the word go like they were quite the couple. This northern Iowa dynamic duo has a couple of fine young Clappers as well, one boy and one girl. Now the fact that Chad is only four and a half decades old does not really make him eligible for a Blast from the Past page, but the fact that they own and operate Clapper Restoration does, coupled with the fact that they live and play with as many things from the past as they can. Looking around the shop at Clapper Restoration is like a trip back in time. It may take more than one cold beverage to take in the sights and see everything cool. Chad has an affinity for all things old, and although he spent many years working 14 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2017

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on and restoring cars on top of many other things, his passion is of the two wheeled variety. Vintage motorcycles and also vintage gas pump repair and restorations are just a few of his favorite things. Even Chad’s own motorcycles are old and have a great level of patina. He has a couple of old HD flatheads that you can see him out and about on, and a rigid Panhead chopper that he even rode all the way to Sturgis. Not many these days can accomplish such a feat. All of his rides have nicknames, like one of the flatheads is Bugsy, and the chopper is Rabbit, and he usually refers to them by their given monikers. One may wonder what the hell a Bugsy is, but chat with Chad just a bit and you will get the picture. You may even see a shot or two of his bikes in Natanic’s Pin-Up calendar. Check that out on

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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 19 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we will revisit each county as a featured article. We will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark of touring curiosity for our state of Iowa.

Other than the standard Iowa ag staples of corn, beans, pork, and beet, Sac County is home to quite a bit of popcorn production, and there are towns that even have popcorn festivals to celebrate this important part of the local economies.

We headed into Sac County on M64 and within a couple of miles we were in Wall Lake. The town’s claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Andy Williams. The Sac County is located late singer and TV personality’s house of in northwestern Iowa birth is still standing in Wall Lake. The four counties down from aforementioned Cookies is based here Minnesota and three in Wall Lake as well. Despite the town’s counties east of the name, there is no lake in Wall Lake, only Missouri River. Basically some quarry ponds that are east of town. straight east of Sioux City, It is very friendly and if you get a little Sac County is intersected thirsty or hungry when passing through, by Highway 20 and Doc’s Place on Main Street is a nice little Highway 71. Another well-traveled road that traverses hometown type of place with good food. the county west to east on the south part is Highway 175. Sac County was established on January 15, 1851 Lake View is right up the road to the east, and was named for the Sauk people that were formerly and this town actually has a lake! It has a known as Sac Indians. The completely different name though, which county is around 10,000 we have never been able to figure people strong and is out. Lake Black Hawk and Black Hawk known for rich farmland State Park are located in Lake View. and livestock production. Last we knew the Mayor of this little There are quite a few burg is John Westergaard, who was a different local businesses former Military Rider featured right that have keyed on the on these pages. John has done quite agriculture and food a bit over the years to make sure that service markets to make Veterans are not forgotten and for their marks on the world. making Lake View a better place to There is molly&drewThe live and visit. It has over a quarter of Beer Bread Company a million visitors annually to this little located in Sac City, and lake community. Right across from obviously they make and the lake is a Veterans Memorial that sell beer bread mixes and is simple yet elegant. On Highway dip mixes in thousands 175 on the north side of town, a good of locations across the place for some vittles is the Thirsty country. Another Sac Carp. We know for sure on a Sunday County popular business is Cookies in Wall Lake. They morning there is a brunch there make barbeque sauces and spices and are sold all that will make ya waddle. Go a little over the place. We are sure everyone in Iowa can recite further west on 175 and there is a little mom and pop their tagline from radio and television commercials. type of gas station that has high octane gas, so fuel

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up here if needed, as a lot of these small towns do not have premium available if you need it. Downtown there are a couple of places, The Bar and Laney’s Corral. Both of these spots welcome bikers. Next town we came to was Early. This is right on the south side of new Highway 20 on a chunk of road called 471. This was a new one to us but it had something to do about moving the official route of Highway 71 and renaming the old piece 471. Who knows what the DOT does some times. We did have to stop in to the Outlaw Bar & Grill on 471. The owner, Keely was cooking and making some drinks but sure was a friendly soul, taking the time to point out some cool stuff in the area. Stop by and tell Keely that TRMI sent ya! Next stop was Shaller to find something cold to drink. We found a place called Harley’s that is owned by Paula and Jon. Paula was more than gracious to give us a few minutes of her time and point out some of the cool things in and around town. This place is cool as it has a café type of side on the west, and then the bar and beer garden on the east. With a name like this, there is a bit of motorcycle décor, and Paula is true biker mindset helping out a traveler on the way though! All that we needed was something cold and to pick her brain, but she was helpful all the same. We rolled east to Nemaha and noticed many buildings that accounted for the grain elevator. We are sure the flat land around this area produces bushels and bushels of golden kernels and tan BBs alike, and they need a place to store them. The ag industry in this area is quite apparent with many grain elevators and implement dealerships.

the state. Sac City is also home of the World’s largest popcorn ball that weighs almost 5 tons. It is on display by the museum across from the Casey’s gas station. Some spots here to grab some vittles or drinks is at the Viking Bar just north off of the main drag, or the Sac County Cattle Company right on Main Street. We have eaten at both and have had very good luck. It was time to move on so we headed south through Carnarvon and Auburn and headed home. You can check it out yourself, and look for anything else you can find in Sac County. If you find something else cool, let us know about it so we can see it also! Join us next month for Scott County. References are available upon request. Vernon Schwarte

We rolled into Sac City and were just in awe of some of the huge houses along the D36 through town. There is some interesting architecture here, including the Chautauqua building built in 1908, the only existing complete Chautauqua building in

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OK, now that we have gotten past the holidays things can go back to normal. Or have we? It seems like there is a holiday every month of the year anymore. Some actually have meaning. Let’s take a look at some of that. Christmas is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. Where did Santa Claus come from? When did it turn into the black Friday shopping chaos that we see all over? I fully understand the whole giving thing, but when did it become the unwritten rule to drain your finances including your kids’ college fund in order for Christmas to be considered successful? Greed. The chance to make a buck off of society by commercialization of the holiday. Do some research on your own if you really want to know the meaning of some of the traditions we have adopted. In my opinion, New Year’s Eve has stayed true to its meaning. We celebrate the end of the current year, and welcome the new one. Simple enough. But these huge sales we hear about that carry on into the last week of January are a bit much when they are called a New Year’s sale, at least I think so. February has Valentine’s Day. I was curious to see why a day was created for us to show our love for our significant other, when we should be doing that every day. There’s a dark side to this day. From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, and then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain. The Roman romantics “were drunk, they were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile. The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival or longer, if the match was right. Makes you want to run right out and buy flowers and candy. March brings St Patrick’s Day. The day where suddenly everyone finds out they’re Irish, and consumes way too much green beer in an attempt to prove it. Of course it isn’t easy to pick up a twelve pack of green beer at the grocery store, so we venture out to the bars. Bars make money, taxis make money hauling drunks around, cops make money collecting those who are stupid enough to drink and drive. Everybody’s happy. April gives us Easter. The day the Bible says Jesus rose from the dead. OK. Where did this rabbit with the brightly colored eggs come from in that story? Did they go to the tomb, notice Jesus was gone, and say “Jesus has risen, quick hide the eggs”? Still doesn’t explain the rabbit. May has several holidays, but only one makes sense to me. Before I talk about this first one, I am not in any way talking down to any race of people. OK, May 5, Cinco de Mayo. When did we put so much time into the birth date of another nation? In my opinion, it’s only to sell more tacos and tequila. I agree that one should celebrate the heritage of the country from which they come, and most people of the Mexican persuasion do that. But we as Americans have turned this into a day of boosting sales


at the local Taco Bell. It isn’t even a national holiday for the country of supposed origin. Also in May we have Memorial Day, created simply as the official start of summer. How many believe that? Memorial Day to me is one of the few sacred holidays. It is to celebrate the sacrifice of the men and women who have died serving in the military. Period .After the day comes to an end, we seem to forget. And don’t forget the big Memorial Day sales at the stores. July has one day set aside to celebrate our nation’s independence. It’s not observed for the Freedom Rally in Algona. This is a day that should be celebrated each and every day. Too many people forget what this day means. They don’t really teach it in history class anymore. Fireworks, barbecues, and cold beer,are not the reasons for this day, and I bet you can find a few 4th of July blowout sales uptown too. September has the official end of summer, known as Labor Day. More barbeques, cold beer, and Labor Day sales. Not to mention a celebration of the American workforce. Use this day to celebrate the men and women who literally built this country. Halloween is for the kids. Candy and costumes mean big bucks for someone. Just another example of commercialization. But it’s for the kids. And now we are to Thanksgiving. The day we should be gathering with family and friends to celebrate and give thanks. This is usually what happens. For some, it is the day before Black Friday. In places it’s more of a Black Thursday afternoon sale. We give thanks for what we have on Thursday, and go to battle with our fellow shoppers on Friday over the latest cabbage patch doll or whatever. The great thing about this country is you have the freedom to celebrate, or not to celebrate, these holidays however you wish. All made possible by the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces of this country. The same men and women who are not able to celebrate these holidays. I did not cover all the holidays, but I ask that you observe 4 holidays at a minimum. 1) Memorial Day , the last Monday in May , to honor those who died serving this country ,2)Armed Forces Day , Third Saturday in May , to honor those men and women serving in the military at the present time 3) Independence Day July 4 , to celebrate the birth of this great nation ,4) Veterans Day, To honor all those who have served in the military . There’s a difference, as they all have significant and different meanings. You have the right and freedom to celebrate as you wish. But our nation’s armed forces are the reason you can. Let’s not forget that. Big business and big dollars have commercialized these once special holidays. And we as a society have allowed this to happen. How, you ask? By feeding into their sales and gimmicks used to get your hard earned dollar. These big stores don’t care that they have people who are forced to spend time away from their families during the holidays, all in the name of the all mighty dollar. It is a shame that the true meaning of the majority of these holidays have been forgotten because of this. One way to stop this is not to feed into their game. These views are strictly my opinion. Gary Emery aka Wildman

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Rob Robinette aka Bulldog has built A few BSA’s & Trumpets but never a Harley so here is his first attempt. The bike is a 60 Pan/Shovel with electronic ignition & a ratchet 4 speed kicker. He put a starter on her due to the fact he says “my ass is getting older and kicking is starting to wear me out”. Jeremy at Black Rose Machine & my buddy Brad Cramer really came through with their knowledge of Harley engines & talent to bend & shape metal that a garage vice just can’t do. The front end is a DNA with a wishbone front leg from Three Two Choppers, and this really changes the look. Internal throttle and sprocket brake from Exile to really clean things up. Bulldog wanted to do something out of the norm since everything has just about been done to a bike, so he made it so that the mounting tabs and struts stood out instead of hiding them. The engraving credit goes to Otto Carter, truly an artist. Finally the paint, Kevin Terry the owner of “Kev’s Custom Paint” Nailed it, he took Bulldog’s idea and ran with it, and gave the bike the punch it needed. Making the bike look even better we have Lindsey photographed by our very own Nate Ullrich. See the bike at the Midwest Motorcycle Show at Omaha World of Wheels March 17-19th.

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Jake Kessler lives in Marshalltown and is our February featured Military Rider. If the last name sounds familiar, it should because his father Randy was in the January issue. This father son duo both served and both ride! On top of his father, Jake follows in the family footsteps as his grandfather served in the United States Army and is a Korean War Veteran. Jake is currently an Airman First Class (A1C) in the Air National Guard. He serves out of Fort Dodge and has been serving since 2014. He works in the ANG on vehicle and equipment maintenance. Jake completed his Air Force Technical Schooling on Port Hueneme Naval Base. Here he also got to train with the Seabees. True to form, his education and experience in the ANG is brought back to the civilian works as he gets to use the skills leaned in tech school while working as a mechanic at a small shop right in Marshalltown. He uses knowledge learned in the Military working on gas and diesel engines. Jake’s riding history started with a 50 cc chopper and then a 125 cc dirt bike when he was about 10 years old. When he hit 16 years old he got on his first street bike which was a 1981 Honda CB650C. He stepped up a bit in size and power when he upgraded to a 2008 Harley-Davidson XL1200C


Sportster. Then he traded that off for a touring bike and got a 2012 Road Glide Custom and now on a 2017 HarleyDavidson Road Glide. He got his latest ride from McGrath Harley-Davidson in Dubuque, and chose this ride because he loved the color of the bike and the new Milwaukee Eight engine and all of its advancements. Impossible almost to leave a stock bike alone, Jake has gotten many accessories including handlebars and has some plans for powder coating and a Stage 1 upgrade. Jake says that it is too early to

have anything on the books for this riding season for any big rides or events, but he does plan on riding with the many of his friends that ride. He belongs to the American Legion Post 46 and the American Legion Riders there. If you see Jake out riding around on his new Road Glide, give him a wave and better yet, if you have a chance, shake his hand and thank him for his service. Ride safe and ride free, thanks to our Military.

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Bikers of Iowa it is finally here, Hump Month! We have survived December and January, if we make it through Hump Month we will soon be looking at the Non Riding Season in our rearview mirrors. And if that isn’t good news, try this; on

February 1st there will be only 6 more Mondays until the calendar makers officially declare spring. Some people refer to this month as “The Month of Love”, for you slow readers it’s February.

caught dressing or undressing in public places such as convenience store parking lots. Let’s not forget that no one has made fun of me, laughed at me or made up fictitious names for me since I parked the bike. In the true spirit of upholding my optimistic attitude, I sure do miss my

riding buddies. And I can’t wait to explain to or brag about how my new pipes and heated riding gear keeps me warm and can be obnoxiously loud then ask them if that sounds like anyone they know.

When 2017 arrived I vowed to live up to at least one of those damn New Years Resolutions once in my lifetime! So this year I am trying to stay optimistic about the Non Riding Season. In my sick mind being optimistic about the “The Month of Love” can only mean one thing, get out your barf bags and warm up your hate mail pens because I am going to declare everything I love about the Non Riding Season.

Ok so far I’m sure that you are not very impressed with my love list, how about the simple fact that during the Non Riding Season I haven’t cleaned a single bug off my windshield. There has been some necessary snow and ice removal but I have a push button in the four wheeler that does all the work for me. Any pussy with a push button starter on their scooter should understand how that works; bring on the hate mail.

First thing on my list that I love about the Non Riding Season is my sunglass budget. I am rolling in the dough. I haven’t lost or even used a single pair of sunglasses since I parked the scooter. Now that I think about it, I am also saving a ton of money on sunscreen. With no predictions in my future about attending the Daytona Bike Week my pockets will be so full of dough I have been dreaming up some spending plans. Maybe its time for new pipes and heated riding gear so I can hit the road sooner. Whoever said money can’t buy you love obviously hasn’t spent much time on the street corner that I frequent.

Another great thing I love about the Non Riding Season, there are no more tough decisions to make. You know the ones, should I pack a coat along, do I need to wear my coat, do I need to take my gloves, or should I be wearing my gloves? Decision making has been simplified, it’s the middle of the Non Riding Season in Iowa this is a no brainer! A coat and gloves are mandatory apparel every time you step outside even if you are only going outside long enough to fart in the wind. If you haven’t figured this out yet, the cold has caused brain damage, so put on your helmet too.

Secondly, during the Non Riding Season, I love that I have had plenty of opportunities to practice my Road Kill skills. In my warped mind, anything that crosses my path right now is playing a game of chance and the odds are in my favor for a change. So instead of swerving and hitting the brakes, I hit the gas, take aim and prepare for impact. I figure every kill made with the four wheeler is one less threat that will have an opportunity to cross my path on the two wheeler. Not to mention, I have nothing better to do than piss off the PETA people. Next up on the list of things that I love about the Non Riding Season, is the simple fact that I have not been 28 - TRMI FEBRUARY F BRUARY FE RY Y 2017

And when the time comes that I am forced to trade the two wheeler off for one of those fancy three wheel models I love the simple fact that during the Non Riding Season I have had plenty of time to practice my stopping maneuvers. I have come to a complete stop over and over and over again without ever touching my boots to the pavement. Stay optimistic, it won’t be long now. Shifty LaRue www. w th hunderr r oaadssio i wa.c wa.c wa . om m

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“You’ll never stop as fast as the car in front of you….”

lot faster than my Milwaukee iron ever will. The photo was taken where both vehicles stopped from 100mph-0. Take a good look at it, because the bike is about three car-lengths or better in front of the little hatchback. And the rider knew the A major motorcycle safety study was just released, and it was stop was coming, and was ready for it. And the road was dry and clear. And he’s all in on the brakes, evidenced by the fact covered by a number of different sources including social media, motorcycle safety web pages and magazines. In order that’s he’s pulling a stoppie. And it’s not even a close contest. And even if you were to substitute a regular four wheeled to prevent any copyright issues we’ll go without naming it today. Having said that, I found some interesting statistics in vehicle for that hot import with sticky brakes, you’re very the study; one in particular absolutely blew me away. Nearly likely into the trunk even under the best of circumstances. 30% of all motorcycle crashes in this study were caused by a motorcycle running into the back of a car. It’s not as common Ok, but I still didn’t understand why this many bikes in the study were ass-ending cars. Then it occurred to me, the vast of an accident in mostly rural Iowa, but the study, done in majority of riders are primarily drivers of motor vehicles. Los Angeles, really opened my eyes. I refuse to believe that And by that I mean that we spend the majority of our driving 3 out of 10 riders are daydreaming and simply plow into a time on four wheels rather than car, so what could be causing this? two. We also very likely learned to The answer I’m afraid is the huge drive in a car first, and then started difference in the stopping power of motorcycling. So we developed what a car vs. a motorcycle. And it’s a far we feel is a safe following distance bigger difference than you might between vehicles while on top of four think. wheels. That’s a hard habit to break, because it’s been ingrained in your Let’s start with the “contact patch” of mind since you got a permit at 14. I’m the motorcycle. That’s how much tire a bit unusual, I knew how to ride a you actually have on the ground. If motorcycle before I could drive, and you can find a spot on your driveway I rode before I drove. So what, I still right now that’s not covered by ice, suck at following distances, because I place a silver dollar and a fifty cent am sure, like everybody else, it’s more piece on the ground. Yep, that’s all appropriate to what should be allowed she wrote, that is roughly how much while driving a car rather than on a of your tires are making contact with bike. And it’s a two-edged sword too, the surface of the road under normal because if you back off too far, a riding conditions. This is why I’m car will zoom around you and fill not a big fan of the early, early the spot in front. I guess the best spring ride. There’s just too much approach is to allow more than you sand still on the road from the think, but not so much as to allow a snow plows. The vast majority cage pilot to plug the spot in front of the readers of this publication of you. Another tool is to recognize likely ride on tires that are designed that your best alternative might be for 95% or better street use. In to veer around the car rather than other words, they’re not worth a just straight lining it right into the fat crap on sand. I personally wait back of them. The old saying says until the first big spring rainstorm it’s better to hit something standing for my season opener. It washes still than something coming at you. all that sand away and the road salt too, which we all know eats chrome for a living. I miss riding Taking that a step further, it’s probably better to ditch it than my motorcycle over the winter fiercely, but I’m not willing to hit a car. I’ll take my chances on a patch of grass over the trunk lid of a Monte Carlo any day. But that’s not always a low-side my bike on a patch of sand over it. choice, and that’s a hard reflex to develop later in life. Next, let’s go to the next most obvious point here. The car has four feet on the ground, you have two. I’ve you’ve ever been So I can’t offer any solution other than awareness. I still get people that argue with me that a bike will stop faster than a on a horse that got startled and dug in with all four you’ll car, but the facts are pretty clear, and that picture is pretty know why I said “four feet on the ground”. If you aren’t compelling evidence. An old habit of mine is to look through paying attention when that happens you’re going over the the vehicle ahead, rather than at it, which probably came from horse. Well, a car is the same thing. You just can’t compete driving heavy crane trucks for a while. Those don’t stop that with just two wheels. well either, even with air brakes. So when the ice and snow melt, and you get your bike out of the shed or the garage, take Let’s move on to a side-by-side comparison. The picture a minute to remind yourself that the car in front of you might we’ve posted in this month’s column shows a road test never be as fast as you from 0-100, but it’s always going to between a pair of BMW’s, one with two wheels and one beat you from 100 to 0, no matter how long you’ve been with four, and both with ABS. The car is no slouch in the riding, or how careful you are. So I’ll see you out there this braking department, it’s an M1. But the bike is one of the spring, right after it rains. most capable super bikes on the planet, an S1000RR HP4. 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Bordenaro’s Pizzeria 6108 Southwest 9th Street Des Moines

Lunch Mon, Wed, Fri 11AM-2PM Dinner Mon - Thu 4:30PM-10PM, Fri, Sat 4:30PM-11PM

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cialty Pizzas and Build Your Pizza options! After getting an idea of what the selections were on the way in I knew it was going to take some time to decide on our meal for the evening! We pretty quickly narrowed our choices down to pizza (shocked you there didn’t I!!!!) but that only helped a little since there are so many pizza choices available. Now I’m partial to lots of meat on my pizzas so I naturally gravitated to the Meat Lovers pizza. Sausage, Beef, Cappacola, Pepperoni...what could go wrong???? However, Lynnette likes lots of vegetables on her pizza (do I look like a rabbit?!?!?!?don’t answer that!!!!). A compromise was reached, I sacrificed the beef in exchange for Mushrooms, Onion, Green Peppers and Black Olives. The Bordenaro’s Special it is! Besides, how can we go wrong with the namesake pizza? Of the four sizes, 10” 12” 14” 16”, we decided to go 12” and add on an appetizer. We ordered a small order of their Double Dipped Onion Rings. Small because we have learned that small and large are subjective and change from place to place. Onion rings because you can learn much from the rings served and the “Double Dipped” intrigued me! It turns out the small order was appropriate for 2 of us for an appetizer (we still weren’t done with them by the time the pizza arrived!). If you have a group of 4 or more then the large would probably be the way to go. The “Double Dipped” was interesting...the batter wasn’t as thick as I had anticipated from the name w and a was seasoned unlike any that I can remember! b It was just thick enough to showcase the seasoning but thin enough to let the sweet flavor s of o the onion come through! They were definitely mouthwatering!!!!! The pizza arrived (sliced m into in squares!!!!) and smelled heavenly, we could hardly wait to tie into it!!!! The last couple of h onion rings will have to wait until after the main o course!!!!! Awesome thin, crispy crust. Toppings c piled high. Good and hot, fresh from the oven. p The T flavors of the freshly prepared ingredients all compiled together to create a festival of flavors c that is making my mouth water just m remembering it!!!!!! r My M only regret was not n ordering a 14” as a it was over too soon!!!! s

I like pizza...there I said it. Hmmm... sounds like I may need an intervention!! LOL Really, I do like pizza. Lynnette and I have visited many pizza establishments and have determined the establishments with the best pizza cut it in squares as opposed to the traditional slices. Well once again that theory holds true! Bordenaro’s Pizzeria, established in 1977, is more proof of the theory!!!! Bordenaro’s has 3 locations in Des Moines, the 9th Street Bordenaro’s Pizzeria, B location that we visited, a Forest Ave. location in the Drake authentic old couna area and 3 vendor booths at Wells Fargo Arena. As I indicattry tr Italalian pizza!!! ed we visited the 9th Street location which is their original After having eaten A location. Parking is in the rear of the building as well as the there th I now undermain entrance. Walking in is like entering a time warp back stand why the lines at their Wells Fargo Arena booths are so to a cross between old Italy and home. There are pictures on the wall, menus written out on blackboards and a general much longer than those at the other places!!! It’s my new go to for awesome pizza!!!! It should be yours as well! “Like” welcome feeling that draws you in! them on Facebook, check out their website, call them for catering! Can’t find awesome Our friendly waitress met us at the entrance to the dining pizza in Des Moines? “Fugettaboutit!!!” Go to Bordenaro’s room and seated us in a booth. I was pleased to be handed Pizzeria!!!! menus instead of having to rely on my memory of what I saw on the blackboards on the way in!!!! Between my weak memory powers and the extensive menu I knew remember- Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! ing was going to be a lost cause!!!!! Speaking of the menu, Craig Little pizza may be the anchor but it is far from the only thing on the menu!!! The menu includes Appetizers, Hoagie Style PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in sandwiches, Tenderloins, Pastas, Deserts and of course a your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. variety of pizzas from a mind blowing selection of Spe34 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2017

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TWO WHEEL TRAUMA – A Concept to Save Lives By Anita J. Bailey, Paramedic (retired)

ABATE districts have sponsored TWT at least once. The type and amount of support from ABATE has evolved to the district providing the facility, refreshments, lodging for the faculty and motorcycles for the bike lab. ABATE of Iowa provides a lump sum for instructor travel and stipend. Costs for out of state programs are negotiated with the sponsoring agencies.


The goal of the TWO WHEEL TRAUMA (TWT) Concept is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of motorcycle crashes thru prevention and education. Although the TWT emergency medical services (EMS) continuing education program was developed first, it was clearly evident that this problem is truly complex and requires res more than just the EMS continuing education program. It is critical that all motorists rists drive undistracted and with due caution to o prevent crashes, use appropriate safety gearr and seek first aid training.


Another huge benefit to the sponsoring ABATE district is the relationship they develop with their local EMS, firefighters and law enfo enforcement officials. We routinely recommen recommend that local bikers offer to bring their motorcyc motorcycles, protective gear and helmets into their local EMS meetings. They can help the EMS provid providers refresh skills such as helmet removal. The mo motorcyclists can learn what they can do to be helpful at the scene of a motorcycle crash. We know that many healthcare workers commonly refer to motorcycles as “donorcycles”. They may perceive motorcyclists as careless risk takers, or worse, as criminals. This stereotype is unwarranted and does not promote a good image for motorcycling. The distorted views are changed face-to-face, one person at a time. Blending the motorcycling and EMS communities benefits us all.

TWO WHEEL TRAUMA: A continuing education program for EMS healthcare workers. The original TWT program was fashioned in early 1986 by 3-experienced Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers in rural Clay County, Iowa. Anita Bailey, Dick “Slider” Gilmore and Frank Prowant had attended EMS continuing education programs dealing specifically with auto crashes and farm implement entanglement trauma. Slider, a lifelong motorcyclist, wondered if there were programs that dealt exclusively with the injuries that could be sustained in motorcycle collisions. EMS textbooks of the time briefly mentioned motorcycle mechanisms of injuries in the kinematics of trauma section, but no formal classes were found. The three got to work.

Many EMS providers are unfamiliar with motorcycle design so the bike lab was introduced in early 1989. The local ABATE district provides various makes and models of motorcycles, 4-wheelers and sometimes a snowmobile or jet ski. The bike lab is held just after the Mechanisms of Injury session to reinforce those principles.

A crude outline of the course content was developed and assignments were made to build an EMS continuing education program. Slider would teach about motorcycle parts, function and possible mechanisms of injury, the psychological aspects of motorcycle trauma on responders and scene management. Anita would cover the environmental & soft tissue injuries and case reviews of actual TWT scenes, and Frank would research TWT assessment techniques and focus on treatments for those with life threatening injuries. The first TWT was presented in March of 1987 at the Spencer Community Theater with about 70 participants attending. Iowa Lakes Community College awarded the 4-continuing education hours for EMS providers. The agenda included Mechanisms of Injury, Environmental Aspects, Assessment and Treatment and Helmet Removal. The agenda has improved over the years to a full six-hour course that also includes the bike lab, basic skills demonstrations and the Share the Road program. By March of 1988, TWT was again presented in Spencer and was the first program officially sponsored by ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education) of Iowa. Lee McCubbin, then the ABATE State Secretary spent the entire year promoting TWT to the ABATE district leaders. Lee and ABATE State Coordinator Dennis Fields assured members that TWT was a nice fit for the ABATE mission of providing education and preventing injury. Most Iowa Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

ACCIDENT SCENE MANAGEMENT (ACM) Because seconds count when a trauma emergency occurs, it is of critical importance that every motorcyclist learn basic life-saving techniques. Ambulances don’t save lives… people do! If those on the scene of a two-wheel crash fail to manage the victim’s airway or stop profuse bleeding, there may be nothing left for a paramedic or trauma surgeon to do. Slider developed this program and has trained thousands of bikers in how to manage the first few minutes of the two-wheel trauma crash event. His nearly 60 years on motorcycles and 20 years as an EMT lend credibility unmatched by others. The focus of the 3-hour course is “dono-harm” first aid and psychological support. Over the 30-years since the first TWT EMS continuing education presentation, the TWT Concept has evolved. We choose to promote the prevention aspects of TWT to hopefully reduce TWT crashes. Emphasis on the motorcyclist’s responsibilities and the addition of STR (Share The Road) sends the message that, together, we can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with motorcycle crashes. For more information on attending a TWT class contact your Local Abate District or look on Abate of Iowa’s webpage under events for dates and locations, https://www. or at


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A doctor was addressing a large audience in Oxford...”The material we put into our stomachs should have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is full off steroids and dye. Soft drinks corrode yourr stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High trans-fat diets can be disastrous and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. But, there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and d most of us have, or will eat it. Can anyonee here tell me what food it is that causes thee most grief and suffering for years after eating tin ing it?” After several seconds of quiet, a 70-year-old yea earr olld man in the front row raised his hand, and so ssoftly oft ftly ly y said, “Wedding Cake.” Two guys are sitting in a bar. One looks over at the other and asks how his sex life is going. The second guy looks at him blankly for a moment and replies,”Eh, I’m having social security sex.” His buddy looked puzzled for a minute then finally asks “What the hell is social security sex?” “Yeah well I get a little every month but it’s not enough to live on.”

What Wh at ddo o fa ffarmers rmer rm erss ggi er give their wives on Valentine’s Day? Hogs and a d ki an kkisses! sses ss es!! es When Wh en A Adam d stayed out very late for a few nights, Ev E Eve became upset. “You’re running aaround with other women,” she told hher mate. “Eve, honey, you’re being uunreasonable,” Adam responded. “You kknow you’re the only woman on earth.” T The quarrel continued until Adam fell aas asleep, only to be awakened by a strange pai ppa pain i in the chest. It was his darling Eve ppo poking ok him rather vigorously about the to torso. ors rs “What do you think you’re doing?” Ad A Adam da demanded. “Counting your ribs,” sa said aiid d Eve. Valentine’s Day is the day that the “V” and “D” come together. Q: What do squirrels give for Valentine’s Day? A: Forget-me-nuts.

Three men went to Las Vegas and after losing their money at the blackjack tables, the best friends decided to stay off the strip in a not so lavish hotel and the guy that owned it Jewish Boy. An eleven-year-old Jewish boy was failing had 18 daughters so the first man went up to their father and math. His parents tried everything from tutors to hypnosis; said “can I sleep with your 18 daughters?” The father said but to no avail. Finally, at the insistence of a family friend, “no but you can sleep with the pigs.” The second man went they decided to enroll their son in a private Catholic school. to the father and said “can I sleep with your 18 daughters?” After the first day, the boy’s parents were surprised when The father said “ no but you can sleep with the cows.” The he walked in after school with a stern, focused and very third man said “can I sleep with your 18 daughters?” The determined expression on his face. He went straight past father said “yes.” so in the morning the three men and the them, right to his room and quietly closed the door. For father had a conversation over breakfast the first man said “I nearly two hours he toiled away in his room - with math slept like a pig” the second man said “I slept like a cow” the books strewn about his desk and the surrounding floor. He third man said “I felt like a golfer” the father asked why? emerged long enough to eat, and after quickly cleaning his He said cause I got my balls in 18 holes. plate, went straight back to his room, closed the door and worked feverishly at his studies until bedtime. This pattern What do single people call Valentine’s Day? Happy of behavior continued until it was time for the first quarter’s Independence Day report card. The boy walked in with it unopened - laid it on the dinner table and went straight to his room. Cautiously, A dying grandfather tells his grandchild, “I want to leave his mother opened it and, to her amazement, she saw a you my farm. That includes the barn, livestock, the harvest, large black ‘A’ under the subject of Math. Overjoyed, she the tractor, and other equipment, the farmhouse and and her husband rushed into their son’s room, thrilled at $24,548,750.45 in cash.” The grandchild absolutely floored his remarkable progress. “Was it the nuns that did it?” the and about to become rich says, “Oh grandpa, you are SO father asked. The boy shook his head and said “No.” “Was it generous! I didn’t even know you had a farm. Where is it?” the one-to-one tutoring? The peer-mentoring?” “No.” “The With his last breath, Grandpa whispered, “Facebook...” textbooks? The teachers? The curriculum?” “No”, said the son. “On that first day, when I walked in the front door and saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I KNEW they meant After she woke up, a woman told her husband, “I just business!” dreamed you gave me a diamond necklace for Valentine’s Day. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know tonight,” he said. That evening the husband came home with a small Q: Did Adam and Eve ever have a date? package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it–to A: No, but they had an apple. find a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams.” Little Emily was at her first wedding and gaped at the entire ceremony. When it was over, she asked her mother, “Why did the lady change her mind?” Her mother asked, “What do you mean?” “Well, she went down the aisle with one man and came back with another one”. 38 - TRMI FEBRUARY 2017

Q: What did the valentine card say to the stamp? A: Stick with me and we’ll go places! Why did the cannibal break up with his girlfriend? She didn’t suit his taste!

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