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THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE OF IOWA P.O. Box 29 Kimballton, Iowa 51543 (712) 249-5630

Letter from the Editor .............................................. 4 Blessing of the Bikes .............................................. 7 Biker Friendly Listing ............................................ 10 99 County Tour ...................................................... 14

OWNER/EDITOR Vernon Schwarte (712) 249-5630

Anamosa Hill Climbs ............................................. 16


KeepYour Lid! ........................................................ 22

Susan Mast SC/SE Iowa 319-931-4546

Calendar ................................................................. 24

Richard (Murph) and Annette Murphy West Central Iowa 641-524-4808

Military Rider .......................................................... 30

Harv and Sue Hunter Central Iowa 515-205-7410 Mark Swearingen Council Bluffs/Omaha Metro 402-651-2471 Bob Colbert Knoxville 515-579-1343 David McCoy Mason City 641-420-1171

CMA ........................................................................ 18 Road Ramblings .................................................... 20

Girls of Thunder..................................................... 26 Will Ride to Eat ...................................................... 28 Bad Mojo ................................................................ 32 Thunder Cam ......................................................... 34 KISS ........................................................................ 37 From the Woman’s Seat ........................................ 38 Joker’s Wild ........................................................... 40 Blast From the Past_Vintage Rally ...................... 44 COIR........................................................................ 45

ON THE COVER For July we bring you a shot of the lovely Dee Beneda. She likes to hang around with Hairball and Crew at the Midway Tavern in Soldier. On the weekends she runs her place in Volin, SD called W’Dee’s Pourhouse. The bike is a 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna WideGlide that is being raffled off with proceeds going to the Soldier Valley Fire and Rescue Departments. Call the Midway for details about tickets 712-884-2230

Marilee Millang Humboldt 515-890-9423 CONTRIBUTORS Netty Kawecki Copy Editor Nate Ullrich Craig & Lynnette Little-Will Ride to Eat Tony Darveau Carroll Cycle Center 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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Summer is now officially here! The calendar tells us now it is, but the weather has been “summer-ish” for quite some me. Racking up the miles, ge ng out and about, seeing people, a ending events, capturing moments, that is what it is all about. Don’t let summer pass you by, stop and enjoy the people around you, the sights around you, and the biker life that we all love. It is too short, so take advantage of it while we have it. Some of the things that I thoroughly enjoy is throwing the tent out at events. Not for everyone but I see it as a great way to enjoy nature, camaraderie, and biker fun. Not a thing wrong with the camper life either, just makes for less two wheel travel to get it there! While traveling to the events, take no ce of some of the cool stuff that you can see here in Iowa. I dig seeing some of the old windmills, way cool bridges, historic barns and acreages, lakes, rivers, and people of Iowa. Take them in and enjoy while you have the chance. Hell, even stop for a second on the side of the road to capture a moment, to make a las ng memory, to just live. Not for a reason, just because. Go a do that occasionally!

Ute. These are the events that we are planning on hi ng up, so if you see the Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa crew, stop and say hey, and maybe even pose for a picture. The Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa family would like to thank our adver sers for making this magazine what it is. We could not do it without them, so please patronize them early and o en! Tell them Thunder Roads sent ya! We would also like to thank the readers who peruse our pages. We are always open to new ideas, sugges ons, and submissions to keep this your source for biker stuff that is truly “About Iowa, For Iowa, From Iowa”.

No pun intended but July gets started with a bang with Independence day! As the holiday falls in the middle of the week, there are tons of things happening on the weekends Ride Safe! on either side of the glorious day. Hawkeye HD has a run on the 1st that will be cool, the Freedom Rally star ng mid Vernon week through the weekend in Algona, as well as many other unique events that weekend such as the Freeman Ride in Avoca, a Fun Run out of Foxy’s in Osceola, and the Yellow Ribbon Run out of Werner Cycle in Omaha on the 8th. Way cool events that are worth the trip. You cannot be everywhere, but have a blast at the one that you choose! Other major events is Nitro’s Rally in Gravity the following weekend, as well as a run out of Spanky’s in Emerson on the 14th or Goozman’s Westside Poker Run in Harlan, all of those prove to be a blast every year. The 21st in Rockwell City is the Landmark Depot Bike and Car show. Some great folks there host this event for a great cause. The Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally shakes out the last weekend of the month and should be a “grand” me the 26th-28th! Also that last weekend is the MDA run out of Earling, Wheels for Paws run out of Harlan, and a Ladies Poker run out of Spare Times in

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23 years, and now bigger than ever... That’s how things fell together on Sunday, June 3rd, when ABATE of Iowa’s District 21 held their annual Blessing of the Bikes. The very first one was started by area legend Bear and his lifelong partner Julie, who got things rolling with a mere 7 bikes on hand that first year. Although Bear passed away back in 2005, the tradition still goes strong, and with roughly 200 bikes on hand, the growth is evident. The event is held in downtown Fulton, Illinois every year, where the street is blocked off to bike traffic only, in front of ABATE supporting businesses Large 1’s Pub and Paddlewheel Pizza. Large 1’s had plenty of cold drinks inside, served up by beautiful bartenders, along with cold water and pizza slices outside. A couple of Natanic’s darling little calendar models, including 2013 cover model Holli, were on hand signing calendars, and Father Dowley braved the afternoon heat to bless each and every bike and rider individually. The event is typically held the first Sunday every June, so either check in at Large 1’s, or ask any District 21 officer for more info.

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Biker Friendly Directory It’s important for you to Leather & Hawgs 316 Main, Hornick, Iowa know who your friends 121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa are out on the road! The Biker Friendly Directory is a list of establishments throughout Iowa that want Dealers you to know that they’re here for YOU. Whether Baxter Cycle it’s a bike dealer, service 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 shop, restaurant, bar or 712-781-2351 any other type of business that welcomes our biking Brown Motorcars community, you can count 330 NW 49th Place Des Moines, IA 50313 on our family of friends to always welcome you in. 515-282-0123 The staff here at Thunder Carroll Cycle Center Roads greatly appreciates 1327 Plaza Dr our advertiser’s support Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 each month. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson & THEM! So please give Motorsports them the support that they 174th and Maple Omaha, NE 68116 truly deserve for being 402-289-5556 with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let them Fenders Cycle and Motorsport know that you saw them 1109 E Army Post Road here in Thunder Roads. If Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062 you know a business that would like to advertise Hawkeye Harley-Davidson in Thunder Roads Iowa Coralville, Iowa I-80 Exit 240 Biker Friendly Places, 319-545-7495 please email vernon@ Open 7 days per week

Food and Drink 14th Street Tavern 3418 East 14th Street Des Moines, Iowa 515-266-3446 M-F 8-2 Sat 10-2 and Sun 11-2 1889 Saloon 118 Broadway Street Carson, Iowa 51525 Find us on Facebook 712-484-3888 411 Main Street Bar 411 Main Griswold, Iowa 712-778-4111 Scooter Sundays! 4th Avenue Grill 115 N 4th Ave Logan, Iowa 712-644-3200 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 Beaver Hut Pub Happiness is a Wet Beaver 307 East 7th Logan, Iowa 51546 712-644-6100 Beer Barn and Grill 226 State Street Kirkman, Iowa 51447 712-766-3395 Open Mon 4, Tue-Sun at 11

Cheers II 100 North Franklin Dow City, Iowa 51528 712-674-3746 Coldest Beer Around! Chop’s Old Bank 400 6th Street Waukee, Iowa 50263 515-987-3000 Corner Tap 921 Main Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-993-2240 Crazy Lady’s Café Mt. Vernon, Iowa 52414 319-389-5427 Mobile Unit for Catering & Events Double R Bar and Grill Quick Ricks Rib Joint 209 East Erie (Highway 30) Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-600-6441 Do Drop Inn 403 3rd Avenue Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa 50128 515-314-0783 Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close Excuses Bar 405 Main Street Malvern, Iowa 51551 712-624-8233 Excuses Bar on Facebook Foxys Bar 108 East Jefferson Osceola, Iowa 50213 641-342-3700 Visit us at facebook FOXYS

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

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

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

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

Grapplers Bar & Grill 508-14th Street Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 Grapplers on Facebook 515-202-0766

Backroads Biker Leather Shoppe 305 N Main Street Everly, Iowa 51338 712-834-2999

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

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

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

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

Huffy’s Mule Barn 802 Main Street Anita, Iowa 50020 712-762-9995

Bail Bonds Iowa Bail Bonds 200 4th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-243-4411 1224 Celebrity Drive Marcus, Iowa 51035 Mention TRMI at Events for a Free Gift

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

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

Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa 319-241-0916

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

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

Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill

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

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

Montgomery Street Pub 207 East Montgomery Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-2165 Nitro’s Bar & Grill 310 Main Street Gravity, Iowa 50848 641-418-0004 Home of Sunday-Funday Off Sides Pizza 1119 Thomas Street Redfield, Iowa 50233 515-833-2900 Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015 Phil’s 20oz Prime Rib Friday Nights 9956 Swanson Blvd Clive, Iowa 515-270-0959 Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill 1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PMHARLAN-Pizza Ranch 613 Court Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2262 Open 7 Days a Week Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788 Ron’s Dawg House Sports Bar 2117 E University Ave Des Moines, Iowa 50317 Ron’s Dawg House Sports Bar on FB 515-266-8900 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 Tailgators Bar & Grill 621 Willow Street Oakland, Iowa 51560 712-482-6269

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

Spanky’s Bar & Grill 709 Morton Ave Emerson, Iowa 712-824-7410 Spanky’s Bar & Grill on Facebook Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226 The Home Plate Diner 304 E. 30th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50317 515-262-7000 The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Middle of Nowhere 112 Main Street Cumberland, Iowa 50843 712-774-5425 The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601 The Well Sports Pub 252 8th Ave Wellman, Iowa 52356 319-646-2202 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 Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036 515-433-1395

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Insurance United Group Insurance, Inc. 2 East 6th Street Atlantic, Iowa 712-243-6557 507 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 712-778-2575

Motorcycle Racing Eddyville Raceway Park 3260 Merino Avenue Oskaloosa, Iowa. 52577 Track Phone - 641.969.5596

Knoxville Raceway 641-842-5431

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

Services BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344 Hippie Boy Designs Graphic Design/Website Design 712-898-5220 Joe Karsten-Authorized Dealer Cornwell Tools 329 West Street Manning, Iowa 51455 712-310-0765 mobile Signs & Wonders 101 W Main Street Lockridge, IA 52635-9708 (319) 750-0814 Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995

Dales’ Guns Buy-Sell-Trade-Gunsmithing 109 W Main Street Ute, Iowa 712-885-2671 Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772 Tues-Fri 2-7, Sat 8-3

Shops and Fabricators Baggers MC 1611 Avenue J Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-256-1791 Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768 Dead Heads Engineering, Fab, Repairs,Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 712-835-3353 Doubletake Cycles L.L.C. 2632 9th Ave Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-355-1961 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 Elite Auto Upholstery & Embroidery

Specializing in Motorcycle Seats 1313 Walnut Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-276-4392 Guthrie Auto Body John Beer owner 1804 State Street Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-332-2484 Joe’s Custom Signs 104 South Main Lenox, Iowa 50851 641-333-2675 Award Winning Custom Airbrushing

J & S Custom Cycles 3630 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, Iowa 515-779-4632 M&M Garage 408 Market Street Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2425 Metal Ink 911 7th Street Ste 102 Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-2453 Nelson Machine & Forge General Machining, Ornamental Iron, Weld/Fab 70 Washington Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2220 Revolution Cycles 120 South Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-507-9250

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Events Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-5876 M-F 4-Evening, Sat 8-3 Throttle Shop LLC 1988 Arion Avenue Arion, Iowa 51520 712-674-3325 Trike Your Bike 503 1st Avenue North Altoona, Iowa 50009 515-957-8920 XTreme Cycle & Off Road 206 E Main St Panora, Iowa 50216 641-755-4288

ABATE Freedom Rally Algona July 5-7

Goozman’s Westside Poker Run July 14th

Wheels 4 Paws Harlan July 28

Across the Border Raid Bedford, Iowa August 2-4

Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally Newton, Iowa July 26-29

Winterset Bike Night 3rd Saturdays

Atlantic Fest Ride In Bike Show Atlantic August 11

Ladies Poker Run Sparetime Ute July 28

Avenue of the Saints St Charles Bike Nights 1st Fridays

Landmark Depot Show & Shine Rockwell City July 21

Bike/Car Show Cook Off Lenox August 11th

Nitro’s Bike Rally Gravity, Iowa July 12-14

Bike Down to I Town 3rd Fridays

Old Settlers Days Bikes & Brew Redfield July 6-8


5th Annual Freeman Ride Avoca, Iowa July 7th

Crave Tattoo 201 S 12th Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 51501 515-576-8289 FB Crave Tattoo, Inc.

Circle of Pride Conesville, Iowa

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Cornstalk Music Festival June 29-30

T.I.T.S August 30-September 2

Roar Into Harlan Harlan, Iowa Every 3rd Thursday of the Month May – September Warriors Across Iowa Eddyville Raceway August 25th

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serving the public for over 100 years. It is admired for its unique post-Civil War architectural style called “General 99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one Grant Gothic”. The courtroom features the original seats and bench which is still used today. down, drive on around, 73 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through Another example of buildings of days long gone is the each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we will revisit Trimble-Parker Historic Farmstead District. This is a historic farm located in Davis County, Iowa, United each county as a featured article. We will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark States near the county seat of Bloomfield. The wellpreserved farm buildings exemplify an early 20th century of touring curiosity for our state of Iowa. stock farm in Iowa. The various stock buildings were built between 1901 and 1952. They housed a variety of stock Davis County types. The barn, which is a local landmark, was designed by Joseph E. Wing who was well-known for his innovative designs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Davis County is located along the Missouri/Iowa boarder farmstead was listed on the National Register of Historic tucked in the southeastern corner of our fair state. It lies as the third county west of the eastern Iowa border. Davis Places in 2003. County is intersected by Highways 2 and 63. It is a rural Mars Hill Church lies off the beaten path seven miles Iowa county with short of 9000 residents, and only four southeast of Ottumwa on a forested ridge near the Des incorporated towns. The County seat is Bloomfield. Moines River. 153 years ago when the old log church was built in 1856, it was on one of the main thoroughfares Like many of the southern tier counties in Iowa, Davis through south central Iowa. That gravel road that passes in County offers great sport hunting year round with a wide front of Mars Hill Church is today the dividing line between variety of game. The main attraction to hunting in Davis Wapello and Davis Counties. Local tradition has it that County is the whitetail deer. Just about any part in Davis County is good for bow hunting with its richness of wooded the Mars Hill Church was used as a hiding place during areas and fields. The deer are plentiful and trophy racks are the Civil War as part of the Underground Railroad. Mars Hill Church preservation is locally significant because it is not uncommon, but make sure you keep your eyes on the one of Iowa’s few remaining hand-hewn log structures that path. authentically represent the early pioneer beginnings of Iowa Another thing unique to this area of the state is that it is an State history. Amish settlement area. There are almost 60 different Amish run businesses in the area that produce many different items Davis county is a rural diamond, that has many beautiful sights highlighting the heart and soul of Iowa. History, that are quite popular these days. Worth the trip to see architecture, wildlife, and artisanal some pristine views of rural Iowa, and check out many of businesses make it worth the ride. the shops to purchase hand made goods. Keep an eye out for the slow moving vehicle signs on the backs of carriages Ride Safe! though. References available upon request Some of the older and more interesting late 1800, early 1900 era architecture calls Davis County home. Many of the historic and gorgeous buildings have been kept up and utilized to this day. Maybe not as originally intended, but they have been maintained with original beauty. The county courthouse is one such stellar example of architecture worth the ride to see. The Second Empire structure was completed in 1877. This building, which is still used as the courthouse, is typical Victorian architecture with wrought iron trim and a belfry. The Goddess of Justice proudly adorns the top of the belfry. The four-sided clock is readily noticeable to anyone entering Bloomfield. The courthouse is striking in appearance and full of personality, even after

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What do you get when you combine a warm, summer day, a steep (200 .), grassy slope, some seriously suited riders, and some built-for-a-bea ng motorcycles? The annual Anamosa Hill Climb, of course! As always, this 63rd annual event was a ended by hundreds of people. While many choose to ride in on their own two-wheelers, just as many come in their four-wheeled vehicles. Si ng on bleachers, lawn chairs, and the grass, the crowd watches as, one by one, rider a er determined rider, try to push their bikes - and themselves - over the top of the hill. Each crash is responded to by a unified “gasp”, a round of applause as the biker gets up a er a spill, and the raucous cheers as the rider disappears over the top of the hill. It’s, literally, a few seconds of entertainment at a me, and people from all over the Midwest are willing to make the drive to witness the event.

Schultz and his family for organizing this event for the past 44 years. Whether you’re on the hill side or the spectator side of the fence, you’re in for a wild ride! Check it out! Susan Mast

Time a er me, riders will tell you 3 things: There’s nowhere to prac ce. They have total support from their family. There’s not another hill more challenging than Anamosa’s, but Dickeyville, WI, comes in a close second. Many riders are nonchalant about their injuries, sigh ng that you can get hurt “walking across the street”. Kawasakis, Hondas, and other makes of bikes line the pit row. Some have come in pickup trucks, their bike tethered in the bed, while others have flatbed trailers, even personalized enclosed trailers. Some bring only one bike to race, while others who like to race in more than one class, bring several bikes to race. Compe ve classes include: 600 Novice: 360cc - 650cc 600 Expert: 360cc - 650cc Four Stroke: 360cc - 650cc (4-stroke only) 700 Novice: 651cc - 750cc 700 Expert: 651cc - 750cc Open class: 751cc - up With the Vintage Rally wrapping up it’s events at the Na onal Motorcycle Museum on Sunday, anyone with a vintage hillclimber was invited to par cipate in the “vintage class”, which was offering a $500 purse, sponsored by the Museum and J & P Cycles. Special thanks go to Wade 16 - TRMI JULY 2012 w ww www ww .tth hu un nde derrrro oa ad ds sio owa wa.c wa.c .com om

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Hope everybody has been able to take advantage of the wonderful ride weather we’ve been having. It seems like none of the weather patterns – hot, cold, dry or rainy – have lasted long enough to get tired of them or to ruin many events. We’ve been able to get to the Moto-Guzzi Rally just across the Mississippi, the Hog Wild Rodeo at the Circle of Pride grounds near Conesville, the Vintage Rally at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, and the 25th Annual Bike Blessing in Fulton, Illinois. All were well attended, enjoyable events where we re-connected with old friends and made some new friends, as well.

trike. Pretty much everything I do well now is the result of the basics I learned during that year. One statistic from the books that I’ve never forgotten is that a rider is the most at risk for accidents when he is in his 3rd or 4th year of riding because he thinks he’s experienced enough to bend the rules and let down his guard. Problem is the laws of physics never change, even if a rider’s respect for them lessens. Loose gravel may still dump a bike. Too little rubber on the pavement during a fast curve will still break loose. Braking when leaned over will drop the bike.

It’s pretty much the same with our lives. When I acknowledged years ago that doing things my own way wasn’t working and I accepted that I needed the help of Jesus Christ to bring me into right relationship with God, I was learning a truth that will never change. When I hung out with a group I really like riding my own bike to these events and am thankful for all the of Christians that had been walking the time and preparation that Mark put into walk about 10 years longer than me, I had the opportunity to see how they making sure I’d be safe on the road. He knew that I’d always wanted to ride responded to life’s challenges and setmy own bike, so after a couple years of backs and tried to learn to do the same. They read books about the Christian life riding two-up, he started pointing out things that change the bike’s grip on the and discussed them as a group. They pavement - wet leaves, freshly mowed sacrificed time and money to help those grass, painted turn arrows, gravel - and who were less fortunate than them. Most of the really important principles the challenges of slow-moving farm equipment, loose dogs, and inattentive that will never change I learned back drivers. That winter he began bringing then: The Lord God loves and forgives us and expects us to do the same for books home by the Motorcycle Safety others.(Col 3:13) Jesus promises to Foundation that we’d read and then stick with us closer than any brother. we’d discuss the riding principles and wrecks he’d seen when people ignored (Prov. 18:24) Do good for those who them. Finally, he signed me up for the are in need. (Matt. 25:35-40) ‘Fess up to the Lord and your fellow man when riding class at the community college. you’ve done wrong and ask the Lord It was a great learning experience and Jesus to help you be a better man. (1 I walked away with my license, but John 1:9) spent the last few weeks of the fall practicing a lot of slow starts, stops, and turns in empty parking lots. When And finally, when you think you have life under control, look out, because the next ride season arrived, I had the privilege of spending the entire summer something’s getting ready to break loose and you’ll be reminded once riding behind Mark and three other experienced guys who were such good again that you need the Lord! (1 Cor. 10:12-13) sports to let me tag along! Besides everything else, I learned to match Blessing to you all – Karla my speed to the speed of the group I was riding with, to watch the more Mark and Karla Cornick are Area experienced rider in the lane ahead of me so I could react to road hazards the Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA way he did, to politely wait my turn to back into a parking space, and to wave and God’s plan for you at www.cmausa. org. to everyone on any kind of bike or 18 - TRMI JULY 2012 ww w ww. ww w.t .th thu un nd de erroa rrrro oa adsiowa a..c co com om m

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Road Ramblings random thoughts of a scooter tramp Throughout the years, being an avid motorcycle enthusiast in Iowa has taught me a lot. I have always prepped the bike for winter by cleaning and servicing it but I never really thought much about the gear left in the saddlebags. Just figured I’m going to need it again next year so leave it there.

I will never understand why those signs are set just close enough together a car can’t get through but far enough apart that a bike can zig zag past them. Well I’ve ridden enough Iowa roads to know that those orange diamonds aren’t tossed out of a car window and I have never seen them accidently fall off a truck and land in such precise positions. However, there are riders with tunnel vision, When the much anticipated spring riding season they see a tunnel just big enough to get a bike through so finally arrived a few years back, I discovered a mouse they ride right past them. And there is something really had constructed a winter hideout in the corner of my strange about riding in a pack; everyone believes the saddlebag. He had chewed up 2 pair of my favorite riding leader knows what he is doing, so everyone follows him gloves, shredded several bandanas and devoured the strap through one by one. Not me, I did a U-turn, hit the kill off a pair of goggles. Not to mention, he had built his own switch, dug through my saddlebags in search of my luxury private latrine in another corner. While cleaning up the item and patiently waited. I watched as the crew crested little stowaway’s mess, I discovered an empty bottle of one hill, then another and listened as the motors started to bike cleaner, the corner had been chewed out of it. Makes slowly become more and more faint. me grin thinking about that mouse in his colorful bandana bungalow, lying belly up, gnawing on a piece of glove like Pretty soon I heard it, the pipes were getting louder as the a good piece of jerky, impersonating the Geico Gecko as pack grew closer, here they come, everyone had turned he chews up my insurance card while he gets more and around and they were headed back at me. Of course when more annihilated on bike cleaner. I’m guessing in time they found me parked along side the road, the first thing the fumes must have gotten him but that little stiff corpse they always ask “are you broke down”? I flashed them taught me a lesson. Every winter, I clean everything out of with my magnifying glass and replied “Nope, I’m just the bags just in case he had buddies. reading the fine print on the road closed sign, trying to figure out where it says, Long Haired Freaky People Need Then every spring, I make myself crazy going through this Not Apply”. There we sat, a pack of bikers on a desolate ritual of tearing apart the house and the garage trying to highway somewhere in Iowa, everybody singing, “Sign, figure out what gear I need and where I stashed it. I start Sign, everywhere a sign, blocking out the scenery breaking out with the must have items, sunglasses, clear glasses, my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign”. gloves, bandanas, insurance card and registration. Then I We agreed upon a different route, fired up the engines and round up the would be nice to have items, sunscreen, a soft raced back to the main road. When we came upon the next rag, windshield cleaner, rain gear, an Iowa map and a few set of signs, we did it all over again, after all the signs select tools. Lastly, I hunt down the luxury items, banddon’t always really mean it. aides, couple of bungee cords, a spare hat, bottle of water and possibly a sweatshirt. This year as I repacked the bags, It’s that time of year in Iowa, sign, sign everywhere a sign, I decided to throw in one more luxury item just for fun. It read them, ignore them, you decide, just get out and ride! really doesn’t take up much space and I knew sooner or later I would get an opportunity to use it.


Just the other day, the opportunity arose to put my newly packed luxury item to use. As a pack of us were cruising down an Iowa highway, we came upon “the signs”. It starts out with a small detour sign and suggestions for an alternate route. Every Iowa biker knows, they don’t always mean it! So we kept going. Another mile or two “the signs” got bigger and they sounded even meaner “Road Closed 10 Miles Ahead”. Since we weren’t yet sure if they were serious, we just kept going. A few more miles and the signs got stern, “Road closed to through traffic”, really they can’t mean it, what about the people that live on this road, if they can get through so can we! So, we kept going. Then it happened, 2 really big signs lined with orange snow fence barricading the road, “ROAD CLOSED”!

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I think it’s safe to say that if you haven’t been able to get any riding in within the last month you’re working too hard because the weather has been perfect with the exception of a bit of wind, but hey it’s Iowa. The biggest downside to the beautiful riding weather is the fact that everything has gotten a bit dry. With that being said, I would like to first bring a word of caution to my fellow riders out there. We justt recently had a motorcycle in here with a slight engine noise going on. The customer had recently purchased a used motorcycle from another dealer and when it started making noise he brought the bike to us. Upon breakdown of the motor we discovered that the crankshaft in the motor had broke and needed to be replaced. The customer had purchased an extended warranty when he purchased the bike. We filed a warranty claim with the company. A couple of days later they sent out an assessor to inspect the bike. While he was here he took notes and pictures of the bike to take back with him. The next morning we received a call from them telling us that the warranty was null and void and would not cover anything. When the assessor was here he snapped a couple shots of the trailer hitch that was on the bike. Harley-Davidson Motor Company is very much opposed to the use of trailers and hitches and absolutely does not want them on their bikes. When you are pulling a trailer with the bike you are not only putting the motor under extensive wear but also the frame. To clarify, Harley-Davidson motorcycles are not manufactured to haul a trailer and any issues you may have will not be covered by warranty. This leads me to the reason as to why many dealers will not install hitches onto customer’s motorcycles, including us. There is just too big of a liability for safety…safety for the customer and your ride. I just wanted to heed a warning out to many of you out there and make you aware of the warranty regulations. 22 - TRMI JULY 2012

On another note I’ll present a new product to many riders. Just recently, a customer purchased a new 2012 Street Glide. He, like many of us, sometimes has a problem getting his leg all the way over the saddlebags. Looking for a solution, he decided he did not want to cover up the custom paint on his bike with a pair of leather saddlebag bras, he opted for a set of HogCovers. HogCovers are a clear plastic cover that snaps on over your painted saddlebag lid. Each cover is made of flexible, UV protected plastic and only takes about 5 seconds to install. On the inside ends of each cover is an additional coating to protect your paint from the cover sitting on top. HogCovers create a bubble over the main part of the lid so dust will not scratch or damage your paint. Cleaning involves snapping them off and applying an ammonia-free cleaner, the same cleaner you would use on your windshield. I will admit the protective coating on the front and rear of the covers is a bit more noticeable on the darker colors but if it protects your investment, it’s well worth it. If you get a chance, check out and take a peek at them. Currently they only sell off of their website but once I’m sure they get a little more up and going they will be everywhere. With the riding season in full swing it’s important to be aware of many aspects. Whether it concerns the protection of your warranty or the integrity of keeping your new bike looking great, we encourage you to be safe and educated. We are here to ease you concerns, answer your questions and help you have a great riding season. Ride safe, ride often, and have fun!

Tony Darveau om

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TJ’s Cafe 307 E 4th Street Villisca, IA 50864 712-826-9342 Monday - Saturday 6 AM - 9 PM

will ride to eat

BOTH HALVES!!!!!! In order to enjoy the toppings along with the loin I folded it in half (which actually fit quite well) and made a double decker out of it. The flavor was awesome When you say Villisca to most people the first thing that and the breading was delicious! After finally finishing off comes to mind are the unsolved axe murders that took place that mammoth Lynnette reminded me that the best part was in 1912. I must admit I am among that crowd... or used yet to come... THE PIE!!!! You see the pie is also homemade. to be! My wife, Lynnette, travels extensively throughout Lynnette had the chocolate pie and I had the blueberry. This western Iowa for her job. During her travels she occasionally was absolutely the best pie I have had in recent memory! has the good fortune to discover some truly astounding culinary treasures. Her trip to Villisca was one of these times. After a quick stop at City Hall she inquired of the lady manning the office if there were any places to eat in town “that I would truly regret having missed”? (and I thought I had a way with words!) The lady walked Lynnette to the door and pointed across the block to TJ’s Cafe. TJ’s is located towards the southwest corner of the town square / city park in the business district of Villisca. You will need to look carefully for it; the front of the building is fairly nondescript with only an OPEN sign in the window and the painted sign above the door. Certainly nothing that gives away the tantalizing pleasures found inside! We arrived a little after 7 on a Friday If you are in or near Villisca, whether it is to satisfy your night and my taste for the macabre by visiting the axe murder house first clue of or any other reason, satisfy your taste for AWESOME what was in FOOD by stopping at TJ’s Cafe! Do what I’m going to do store was that on my next trip there (and there WILL be a next trip!!!!), every booth start with the pie, it’s so good you don’t want to wait in the place until the end!!!!! was occupied! We ended As a parting note pertaining to actual riding, while in up finding a Villisca go to the far south end of the business district table in the and travel the underpass back and on at the railroad tracks. the way there When you come back passed the open kitchen and the salad bar. up take a right and go to I really appreciate an open kitchen, you the T intersection and can see the chef preparing your meal and take another right and go interact with him or her if you so desire. over the railroad bridge. I No closed kitchen keeping the cooking thought it was pretty cool mysteries within here! All the food that can to be able to go under be made there is! Lynnette decided to have and then over the railroad the Jumbo Shrimp dinner, which comes tracks all in the same town! with your choice of potato (she had baked) (doesn’t take much to and one free trip to the salad bar. I saw that amuse me obviously!!!) the Tenderloin was “Fresh and Breaded Ourselves” and that was all it took, I had to Until next month, ride safe have one and so I did. Along with it I chose and eat hearty! criss-cuts and a single trip to the salad bar (you see they have potato salad on their salad bar, one of my Craig Little weaknesses!). The salad bar also came with a surprise; they have jalapeño peppers as one of the salad toppings! That was a first for me but it added an interesting dimension to my salad and I would not hesitate to do it again! The potato PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in salad was GREAT! The only way I can describe my initial your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. reaction when they delivered my tenderloin was shocked. This is served on an approximately 5” diameter bun and is delivered with the bun open and the tenderloin covers 28 - TRMI JULY 2012




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MILITARY RIDERS where they will finally rest in peace.

You served your country through a war, or through peacetime. You expected to receive a military burial, recognition by our government of your commitment to our great country. You expected to have honor and respect paid to you as a result of your service to our great country. Instead, you reside on a shelf in a mortuary or a storage facility at a crematorium.

21 UNCLAIMED AND FORGOTTEN VETERANS ARE GOING TO THEIR FINAL REST The Missing In America Project locates, identifies and inters the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. They provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes. Thanks to the Missing In America Project, these 21 Veterans will receive the military funeral they should have had years before. The Iowa Branch of the MIAP located these Veterans amongst approximately 300 other unclaimed Cremains. The Cremains were housed in cardboard boxes, many with little or no paperwork. They identified those whom were Veterans, and attempted to locate any family of these Veterans. After exhaustive searches no family or next of kin could be found. Through the generous donations of the American Legion, Patriot Guard Riders, AmVet riders and numerous other organizations and individuals, monies were raised to purchase new Military Urns so that the Cremains would go to their final rest with dignity and not in cardboard boxes.

The impetus for our fine program began in November 2006. The Idaho State Veterans cemetery interred 21 cremains of forgotten veterans, with full military honors and the dignity these fallen heroes so richly deserved. Recently, a state hospital announced that 3,500 cremains were on shelves to be identified. (The link to the newspaper article is: On the shelf are cremains for the time span of the 1890’s to 1971. It is estimated, 1,000 of these cremains are veterans. This is happening in every state. This project has just begun. We need to blanket every mortuary and cemetery in the United States and let them know there are people who desire to claim our veterans. We need to let them know it is our desire to see they are interred with the honor and respect they deserve. They served our great nation. It is now our great nation’s turn to serve them. The veterans languishing on shelves need us. They need America to step forward and ensure they are buried with honor. They need America to show their thanks for their service. Without them, we would not have the freedoms we enjoy today. We need your help and support. www. If you need more information about the MIAP here in Iowa, you can contact Bill Lauchlan (Iowa State Coordinator) at

On June 29th, 2012 many Veteran and non-Veteran organizations are gathering at the Sacred Heart School parking lot in West Des Moines. They will escort these 21 Veterans to their final resting place, with their Brother and Sister Veterans, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa. The escort will start gathering at 1100 hrs and proceed to Van Meter at 1300 hrs where Military Honors will be rendered to these no longer forgotten Veterans. The services will begin at 1400 hrs; the Urns will be taken from the hearses, in formation, by uniformed Military personnel, led by the pipes and drums of the McKenzie Highlanders, flanked by many persons holding American Flags, to the remembrance shelter. A short service will be conducted by the Military Chaplain, Military Honors will be rendered and the Urns will then be taken to the location of their interment 30 - TRMI JULY 2012




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It’s Not All Sunshine and Roses by Janet Green

crap sitting around as always, but just enough room for me to pull the bike out from its nook between Steve’s bike and a wooden bar stool with a box fan sitting on top of it. (Hey, I’ve threaded this needle before, and I’ve done it while backing in. This time I’m headed straight out - what could go wrong?) Hop on, start up, start to roll out the door... either my mirror or maybe the brake lever or...well, it doesn’t really matter - something got caught on that box fan, or maybe the leg of the stool, and next thing I know the bars yank to the right, I lose my footing, and the bike is leaned way over to the right almost on the ground - and only my right foot and leg are holding up the weight. Home alone, can’t move my right foot or it will go over... well suffice to say, couldn’t hold it forever, so over she went and I had to phone a friend for help.

A few good days go by... then one Saturday I’m out leadin’ the merry band home from Williamson and I see this mysterious black blob up ahead in the road. At first I think it’s roadkill, but even from way back I can see it’s actually moving right to left across our path - or is that a mirage? What the hell is it? Slow way down, it’s definitely moving but really slowly... prepare to go I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel like I need slowly around it on the right - oh holy crap it’s a big black to push the re-start button on this riding season. A few weeks ago, I was getting ready to head over to Sambetti’s to TURTLE! Glad I didn’t hit it, and neither did anyone else in the group. Everyone got slowed in time - but, come to find meet the girls. Thought I was all that, gonna ride the bike. out, I nearly caused a wreck in the back by slowing down as Raise the garage door and survey the situation: a bunch of fast as I did. Not good! Two days later, taking a solo ride, stop on a little asphalt “approach” on the roadside to take a picture of something. Got the shots I wanted, feelin’ sassy until I got back on the bike. Because of the angle of the approach I’m parked on,

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I can’t get the bike leaned over enough to the right to get the kickstand up without it going all the way over. DAMN IT, not again! Try to roll forward and “force” the stand up, but it keeps catching and kicking the bike to the right. And now as I put my right foot down I find I’m very nearly out of asphalt approach and don’t have good footing at all. Now I’m really stuck - can’t go forward, nothing but a little asphalt drop-off and some uneven gravel that way. Can’t roll back, kickstand is still down. Can’t lean to get the stand up, it’ll go over. Don’t dare move my right foot, precarious as the footing may be, because that’s all that’s supporting the whole damn bike. What’s a girl to do? Well working in my favor was the fact that this was a highway, not my driveway on home-alone Wednesday. So I flagged down the first vehicle I could for help. Very nice guy named Troy helped me steady the bike, lift the stand, roll it back, and get me on my way. But come on, people - what the hell is wrong with me? Feels like I’ve made more than a few bad decisions lately - improperly evaluating the circumstances and making the wrong choices. I don’t think I’ve had this much bad riding mojo since my Honda Shadow earned the nickname Tippy back in 2003. Whatever’s going on, I’m making a vow right now to slow down, think, and do what’s smart - not just what’s easy. Hoping the rest of the riding season is troublefree! Janet Green rides a 2010 Harley Davidson Super Glide Custom. She blogs about her adventures - even the mishaps - at

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K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon of Tennessee

CREME BRULEE FRENCH TOAST 1/2 Stick Unsalted Butter 1 Cup of Brown Sugar 2 Tbs. of Corn Syrup Loaf of Italian or French Bread (your preference) 8 Eggs 2 Cups of Half & Half 1 tsp. Brandy 1 tsp. Triple Sec 1/4 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract Melt butter in saucepan. Mix in brown sugar & corn syrup. Stir until sugar is totally dissolved. In a separate small bowl whisk together the eggs, half & half, vanilla extract, triple sec, brandy & salt. Pour both mixtures into a shallow ceramic dish that you can saturate (4) pieces of 1-1/2 inch cut bread at a time. Get skillet hot on medium-high, melt in 2 pats of butter along with a couple dashes of quality olive oil (this helps with even carmelization). Coat your bread well on both sides and add to skillet. Flip when golden brown. Remove and spread generously with honey butter and warm maple syrup. Squirt on some whip cream to really dress it up. Now, this is the way to Daddy’s heart.

SIMPLY SWEET STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE 5 Cups of Sliced Fresh Strawberries 1/2 Cup Sugar or Splenda 1/2 Cup Orange Juice 1 Roll of Grand’s Buttermilk Biscuits Combine strawberries, sugar and orange juice and just let marinade. Squish up with a potatoe masher just a bit to create more of a thicker mixture. Cook your biscuits and when you pull them from oven, sprinkle all over with coarse, large sugar crystals for a sweet bread type of flavor. Butter the inside of your biskits with honey butter and load them up with strawberries and place the tops on. Whisk together 2 cups of heavy whipping cream , 1/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract for homemade whip cream and put giant dollops on top of biscuits. Make sure you get lots of juice on the insides of biscuits. Serve hot and fresh. Totally yummy! FLIPPED-FLOPPED UPSIDE DOWN BACON PANCAKE

10 Bacon Strips; Coarsely Chopped 1/4 Packed of Brown Sugar 2 Cups of Complete Buttermilk Pancake Mix E-Z CREAMY HOT BOW-TIE PASTA 1-1/2 Cups Water 1 Small Box of Large Bow-Tie Pasta - cooked; reMaple Syrup & Melted Butter; combined Cook bacon the easy way. Place bacon strips on serve 1/4 cup of pasta water a rack pan in a 475 degree oven for 15 minutes 1 Roll of Sausage - Mild or Hot; your choice until super crispy. Remove to paper towels and 1 Small Bag of Frozen Peas sprinkle with brown sugar. Combine pancake 1 Small Vidalia Onion; sliced paper thin and water just until moistened. Pour into 2 Tubs of Philadelphia Italian Cheese & Herb Cooking mix pre-heated cast iron skillet. Bake at 350 degrees Creme’ for 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Invert onto After you fry off your sausage and onion; drain cast a plate warmed in the oven. Melt your butter iron skillet, but leave just a coating of oil in skillet. down and mix it into your maple syrup. The Add remainder of ingredients and then add 1 Tub of brown sugar bacon goes so good with the sweet Philly Cooking Creme, along with 1/4 pasta water, if pancake; good contrast. Any man will totally love everything is coated to your liking, then skip adding this giant pancake. the 2nd tub. It’s all a matter of taste. Serve with hot, French bread sticks. This is some good eatin’ and it’s so easy to prepare.

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From the Woman’s Seat

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I went fishing this morning but after a short time I ran out of worms. Then I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. Frogs are good bass bait. Knowing the snake couldn’t bite me with the frog in his mouth I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in my bait bucket. Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bit. So, I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. His eyes rolled back, he went limp. I released him into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the frog. A little later, I felt a nudge on my foot. It was that snake, with two more frogs.

*********************************************** A little old lady went to the grocery store to buy cat food. She picked up four cans and took them to the check-out counter. The girl at the cash register said, “I’m sorry, but we cannot sell you cat food without proof that you have a cat. A lot of old people buy cat food to eat, and the management wants proof that you are buying the cat food for your cat.” The little old lady went home, picked up her cat and brought it back to the store. They sold her the cat food. The next day, she tried to buy two cans of dog food. Again the cashier said “I’m sorry, but we can’t sell you dog food without proof that you have a dog. A lot of old people buy dog food to eat, but the management wants proof that you are buying the dog food for your dog.” So she went home and brought in her dog. She then was able to buy the dog food. The next day she brought in a box with a hole in the lid. The little old lady asked the cashier to stick her finger in the hole. The cashier said, “No, you might have a snake in there.” The little old lady assured her that there was nothing in the box that would harm her. So the cashier put her finger into the box and quickly pulled it out. She said to the little old lady, “That smells like shit! “The little old lady said, “It is. I want to buy a 12 pack of toilet paper.” “Just trying to reassure the management.”

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shone his flashlight around, looking for valuables, and when he picked up a Blu-ray player to place in his sack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying “Jesus is watching you.” He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight out and froze. When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head, clicked the light back on and began searching for more valuables. Just as he pulled the Bose out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, “Jesus is watching you.” Freaked out, he shone his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot. “Did you say that?” he hissed at the parrot. ... “Yep,” the parrot confessed, “I’m just trying to warn you.” The burglar relaxed. “Warn me, huh? Who the hell are you?” “Moses,” replied the bird. “Moses” the burglar laughed. “What kind of stupid people would name a parrot Moses?” “Probably the same kind of people that would name an ass-eating Rottweiler Jesus,” the parrot replied. ******************************************************** A nun and a priest are riding a camel through the desert. After a few days the camel falls over dead. After looking over the situation the priest figures neither one of them will survive the rest of the journey. The priest asks the nun “I have never seen a woman’s breasts, and at this point it probably wouldn’t matter much, so could I see yours?” The nun agrees and shows him her breasts. “May I touch them?” The nun allows him to. The priest comments sincerely how wonderful they are. The nun then asks “Father, I have never seen a man’s penis before, could you show me yours? The priest drops his drawers. “May I touch it?” After she fondles his penis for a minute he sports a huge erection. The priest says, “you know if I place my penis in the proper place it can give life!” “Is that right” the nun replies? “Yes.” “Then why don’t you stick it up that camel’s ass and let’s get the hell out of here!”

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VINTAGE RALLY IIn addition to the motorcycle show outside, tthere were special exhibits by Ray Price a and Gary “Tator” Gilmore, drag racing professionals. Despite the deafening noise when the guys fired up these “rockets”, people stood in awe at these amazing machines. (Pushing speeds of 200 mph, they really are like two-wheeled “rockets”!)

If you get goose bumps or butterflies in your stomach when someone mentions a bike that was manufactured before 1986, then the Vintage Motorcycle Rally is for you.. This annual event is hosted d by the National Motorcycle e Museum in Anamosa, Iowa in early June. This event was created by John Parham, president of the National Motorcycle Museum. This was the 2nd year for this event and it was just as good, if not better, than the last. Improvements were made for the bike show, ow, which allowed more room for Swap Meet ve vendors. The 2012 show put the bikes on display in a side parking lot. Not only w was it easier to walk around, but the bikess w were more stable on concrete, rather than n gr grass. W With 65 motorcycles in the show, the ju judges had their work cut out for them. Ju Judges for this event were chosen ba based on knowledge of a particular class of m motorcycles, experience in judging, and knowledge of the topic. Judges for this year’s rally were Mark M k M Mederski, Special Projects Director for the National M Motorcycle Museum, Matt Olsen, Ray Sterns, Jim Lo Long and David Lash. Bikes were put into several ca categories for judging: American, Ja Japanese, apanese, European, an and nd British.

In addition to the museum’s celebrity display outside, drag bike racing panel discussions were held throughout the weekend. The discussions were informative and a well-attended. For a more extensive breakdown of drag bike racing history, visit the y National Motorcycle Museum’s new exhibit, featuri featuring vintage drag bikes on display and a very well done timeline. Other special events for the rally attendees included a Then Came Bronson exhibit, which f featured memorabilia fr from the short-lived te television series. Replica B Bronson motorcycles were fe featured at the bike show, bro brought in by die-hard fans of tthe series. While most vendors were featuring hard to find vintage parts, one vendor was introducing the public to HOGSLAYER, a documentary about T.C. Christensen and his double Norton drag bike. Posters were available at the table, while inside, attendees could watch the short HOGSLAYER clip. On Sunday, the Vintage Rally wrapped up the weekend with a vintage ride. Over 20 bikes lined up in front of the museum to make the loop! It was an awesome sight to see these “old” beauties still running and ready to ride!

For a truly e memorable weekend, plan to ntage Furth Further visit the Vintage Rally next year! breakdowns r, for Remember, within each class included le a motorcycle breakdowns by years of production production, to be Minis & Scooters, Competition, Specials & Customs, considered Sidecars, and Best Preserved/Unrestored. An “vintage”, itt additional award was given for Best in Show. The must be 35 presentation of the awards was announced by Mark years old. Mederski, assisted by one of the Motor Maids. The See you awards were sponsored by Motorcycle Classics there! Magazine. Awards for the Café Racer class were sponsored by ACE Café. st Susan Mast 44 - TRMI JULY 2012 com

C.O.I.R. Report Coalition of Independent Riders OPEN LETTER TO: Governor Rich Snyder (Michigan) Thank you Governor, for siding with those of us who enjoy making our own decisions. Thank you for signing the Repeal of Michigan’s Mandatory Helmet Bill. As you said, “While many motorcyclists will continue to wear helmets, those who chose not to deserve the latitude to make their own informed judgment.” The modified law states that riders 21 and older who have 2 years of riding experience, or have passed the motorcycle safety course and carry $20,000 of medical insurance can ride without a helmet. Michigan joins the other 31 states who realize that for a government to pass regulations designed to protect individuals from themselves, is greatly overstepping its constitutional boundaries. Statistically the data proves that neither fatality rates nor accident rates increase with adult choice. Not 1 state has increased its insurance rates since modifying its helmet law. Surrounded by 3 of the Great Lakes, Michigan is encircled by fantastic scenery. Thank you Governor Snyder for unlocking the door and inviting me in. I’ll be seeing you. Respectfully, Peter A. Sieben Lt Commander, C.O.I.R. of Iowa Aside: We here in Iowa enjoy freedoms that many of our neighbors fight for year after year. I’d personally like to congratulate Vince Consiglio the President of ABATE of Michigan, who’s given years in the effort to make this happen. Questions or comments, email :

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Aug 26 Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association Bike Show Clinton Aug30-Sep1 Davenport Antique Motorcycle Rally Aug 31 Vintage Flat Track Motorcycle Races Davenport Corn Stalk Music Festival, Circle Of Pride Grounds Aug 30-Sep 2 Circle of Pride Thunder In the Sand Conesville Conesville Aug 31-Sep 3 Iron Horse Bike & Music Festival Sabula Roar Into Harlan Fun Run The Lounge Harlan Sep 1-2 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Wounded Soldier Benefit Fun Run Nitro’s Gravity Soldier Iowa Iron Butt Ride Ottumwa Sep 7-8 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand Nationals Knoxville Relay for Life Show-n-Shine, Cruise Shenandoah Sep 7-9 ABATE D25 Pufferbilly Days Bike Show Boone Eric Houston Memorial Run/Dance Moorhead Sep 7-9 Hogs 4 Dogs Benefit Weekend & Ride Ottumwa “Let’s Ride” Cancer Awareness Ride Hawkeye HD Sep 8 Ride for the TaTas Benefit Run w/Cheshire Grin Kirkman Coralville Sep 8 Charity Bike Ride for Sprint Car Museum Knoxville ABATE Freedom Rally Algona Sep 10 East Central Iowa Side Car Rally Anamosa “South by Southwest” Fun Run Foxy’s Osceola Sep 10-11 Cannonball Run Anamosa to Spirit Lake Freeman Ride Avoca Sep 14-16 State Line End of Summer Rally Keosauqua Yellow Ribbon Run Werner Cycle Omaha, NE Sep 14-16 Thunder Roads Magazine Corn Cob 1000 Ride VULCAN RIDERS USA National Rally McGregor Sep 15 Amigo’s Bike Show Fort Dodge Nitro’s Rally Gravity Sep 15 U of I Children’s Hospital Ride for the Kids Dubuque 9th Annual Skidmore Memorial Run Spanky’s Emerson Sep 15 Carroll Cycle Center New Model Open House Carroll Montgomery Street Pub Poker Run Creston Sep 15 2nd Jessica Peine Memorial Ride & Music Festival Muscatine 3rd Annual Co’s Memorial Fairfield Sep 15 ABATE D8 Toy Run Everly Ride for Dyamond Antique Acres Cedar Falls Sep 22 ABATE D10 Toy Run/Auction Fort Dodge The Crew MC Mid Summer Bash/Rodeo Cedar Falls Sep 22 Zach Reiff Memorial Ride Preston Goozman’s Westside Poker Run Harlan Sep 23 Concourse De’ Cornfield Penn Center Church Earlham Moose Riders Club Benefit Poker Ride Cedar Rapids Oct 6 ABATE D25 Biken For Tikes Run Boone Taco Run for Children’s Therapy Center Bettendorf  Oct 6 CR Chrome Divas Breast Cancer Awareness Ride 6th Annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas Fort Dodge Oct 7 Hot Rods & Harleys Car/Bike/Rat Rod Show Hopkinton Make A Wish Fun Run Mason City Oct 7 ABATE D15 28th Toy Run w/USMC Reserves Davenport Down Syndrome Fun Run Knoxville Oct 14 ABATE D4 29th Toy Run Des Moines Make A Wish Run, stops at 1889 Saloon Carson Oct 14 Carroll Cycle Center Fall Color Ride Carroll 4th Annual Woman’s Fun Run Atlantic Oct 20 ABATE D15 Harvest Run Davenport George O. Spain Jr. Healing Run, sponsored by NW Iowa Oct 21 Carroll Cycle Center Toy Run Carroll ALR Le Mars STEAM Marshalltown Landmark Depot 4th Annual Show & Shine Rockwell City Nov 9-11 Nov 16 Carroll Cycle Center Ladies Night Out Carroll Beamer’s Buddies Fun Run Fort Dodge Nov 23 Turkey Run Clinton Patriot Ride Quasqueton Nov 30 Carroll Cycle Center Guys Night Out Carroll Benefit Run for Tracy Brunow Underwood Dec 1 CR Chrome Divas “Santa’s Little Divas” Christmas Event Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally Newton Dec 12 833rd Chopper Raffle Party Ottumwa 2nd Annual Ladies Poker Run Spare Time Ute Make A Muscle Fun Run MDA Benefit Earling Iowa CMA State Rally 2013 Wheels 4 Paws Fun Run Goozman’s Westside Harlan 5th Annual Brooke Barber Memorial Fun Run Mount Ayr Apr 26 Motorcycle Safety Forum Ames ABATE D10 Tin Butt Run Algona  Berkes Bros Memorial Ride for Suicide Awareness & Prevention 5th Ann Across the Border Raid Motorcycle Rally Bedford This list is what we have found and what has been submitted. Before heading Loess Hills Harley Party on the Way to Sturgis Pacific to any event, please check weather and make sure the event is not cancelled Junction for some reason. Not responsible for misprints and typos. If you have any “Event” in South Dakota other events to list, please email them with Date/Name of Event/Location to Atlanticfest Bike Show Atlantic Fall Classic, Show-n-Shine, Ride, Dinner & Street Dance Everly ABATE D15 Too Broke for Sturgis Donahue Hope Ride for MDA Dubuque 2nd Annual Jash Davis Memorial Poker Run Perry American Legion District 9 Legacy Run American Victory Rally Spirit Lake 31th Annual Baxter Days Marne, Iowa Tom Skaff Memorial Sioux City Bob Ezarski Memorial Run Hampton, Iowa ABATE D10 Bikes for Tykes Run Rockwell City Prison Route65 HOG Chapter Fun Run (Open Event) Indianola Motorcycle Day Iowa State Fair Des Moines 8th Annual BTW Trike In Kellogg Warriors Across Iowa to Benefit WWP Des Moines 4th Annual Ride Your Hawgs For The Dogs Poker Run “Where are we at?” Fun Run Foxy’s Osceola Vic’s Main Tap 4th Annual Fun Ride Audubon HarleysNHotrods Cruise for Kids Antique Acres Cedar Falls Shake, Rattle, and Roll Parkinson’s Benefit Run Rhodes Jami Thielen Charity Poker Run Arnolds Park Shane Scroggs Memorial Poker Run Clarinda Make-A-Wish Ride Council Bluffs Children’s Miracle Network Poker Run Ida Grove

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Monday Fireside Grill Altoona Johnny Mac’s Des Moines Tuesday Ron’s Dawg House Des Moines Desperado’s Wheatland Gathering on the Grounds Fairgrounds (Selected Dates) J&P Cycles Cruise Nights (Selected Tuesdays) Anamosa Victory Lane Des Moines Samz Sports Bar Muscatine Brooklyn’s Ottumwa Shenanigans Boone Lynch’s Bar Rockwell City Wednesday Do Drop (Under the Water Tower) Jamaica Amigos Fort Dodge Quaker Steak & Lube Council Bluffs Rusty Duck Dexter Skatterkats Davenport Lynn’s Des Moines Latitude 41 Bar & Grill Johnston Joe’s Night Hawk Waverly OP Clear Lake Cadillac Jack’s Baxter 2nd Avenue at I-80 Des Moines (2nd Wednesdays) Elkhart Pub Elkhart Thursday Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Beer Barn and Grill Kirkman Screaming Eagle Bar & Grill Waterloo The Buck Snort Neola BJ’s Full Throttle Thursdays Waterloo Trophy’s Bar & Grill Des Moines Beach House Humboldt Rides Bar and Grill Fort Dodge Cedar River HD (1st and 3rd Thursdays)

Grid Iron Grill & Sports Lounge Webster City Tapz Pub Clive Michelle’s Des Moines Woody’s Roadside Tavern (3rd Thursday) Albion AJ’s Des Moines Square One Clive Linden House Lynnville Ducky’s Lagoon Taylor Ridge Il. Kings Korner Grand Mound Daytonas Des Moines Crossroads Tavern Kelley (1st and 3rd Thursdays) Friday Spanky’s Bar & Grill Emerson Avenue of the Saints (1st Friday) St Charles Knoxville Bike Night (1st Friday) Knoxville Grapplers Bar & Grill (2nd & 4th) Dallas Center Captains Quarters (2nd Friday) Adel Throttle Down to “O” Town Osceola Fatboyz Saloon (2nd & 4th Friday) Grimes Bike Down to I-Town (3rd Friday) Indianola Ferg’s Grand Junction Hicklin Powersports Dinner Rides(4th Fridays) Grimes Newton Bike Nights (2nd Fri, except July) Saturday Winterset Bike Night (3rd Saturday) Winterset Booneville Bar Boonville Von Tuck’s/Dave’s Place Oelwein AMVETS Post 2 (2nd Saturday) Des Moines Sunday Scooter Sunday 411 Main Griswold Haverhill Social Club (3rd Sunday) Haverhill Ickey Nickel Sioux City Team 36 Mitchellville The Edge Missouri Valley

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Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa July 2012  
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