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Here we are at the heart of the summer, the month of July, the month that we celebrate independence. It is hard to believe how quickly we went from cool, wet, rainy weather to hotter than can be. How can you not enjoy sunrise before six am and sunsets close to nine pm? It sure gives you a ton of daylight hours to do what you love to do, put on more miles! Fifteen hours of daylight per day affords us the opportunity to enjoy those morning rides and evening rides with much better visibility for the creatures that seem to lurk in the night for us on two wheels. Ride as much as you can and capitalize on the weather and the daylight hours. It will start to lessen by next month already, so take advantage while you can. Where do you go while you are enjoying your perfect riding weather? How about hit up a bike night or two! There are plenty of them out there to hit up, just look toward the back of the magazine in the summer months and right next to the FREE Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa EVENT LIST is the FREE Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa BIKE NIGHT LIST. Some of my favorite bike nights are the ones that are at least an hour ride. Who wants to fire up to go five miles to a bike night? Venture out and about and get to some more that are farther away. Utilize the longer days to ride a while, make an appearance at a bike night, and check out the scene and get home or to the home area before or at dark. Broaden you biker horizons and meet some new folks and hit some new spots, see some old friends, and just enjoy the freedom we enjoy as bikers to live our lives. July is also jam packed with events all around the state! If you cannot find something to do that twists your wick, then you are too damn picky! Poker and Fun Runs, concert series, motorcycle rallies, military support events, open houses, grand opening parties, motorcycle races, and so much more! Look in the magazine for the Event List to see what all is going on, check it out on our website, or look at the Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa Facebook page for weekly event updates. If you know of an event that is not listed here, feel free to email the event date, event name, and event starting location to Vernon@ and we will get it listed. This

is all that we have room for on our FREE Event Listing, but if you want more space than that to promote your event, shoot me a message and we can get you hooked up with that as well! We try to have the most comprehensive list of biker events in the state, but we need your help keeping it as up to date as possible. Let us know what is going on and where so that we can share it with thousands of bikers across Iowa. July also brings the second half of the Tall Corn Run. April, May, and June are in the books, with three months remaining. It is never too late to get signed up and get a card! Get a FREE card, get to locations to Check In, and have chances to win prizes every month! Look on the TCR pages in the magazine to see where to get a card at the Registration/Check In locations, and then get your first Check In at that site. Hit up as many of the other spots as you can, up to once per week for multiple chances at winning. Every month there is almost $1,200 dollars worth of prizes given away from participating locations. On top of the thousands of dollars of monthly prizes, if you make it to the grand prize drawing at Okoboji Harley-Davidson on October 15th, all of your Check Ins from the summer turn into chances to win. TRMI will be drawing for a Biker Bar from Sandbothe Firestone in Griswold, three separate $800 paint gift certificates from Air Efex Custom Paint in North Liberty, a $2,500 paint gift certificate from Creative Concepts in Harlan, a 6X10 Wells Cargo Trailer form Fenders Cycle in Des Moines, and last but not least, a 2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim from Okoboji Harley-Davidson. Tons of prizes, tons of riding so get out and about to Check In Sites, and tons of fun. Ride safe and have fun on this summer long event. Have a safe and enjoyable July! Celebrate your independence on two wheels! Vernon and Melanie Schwarte Quote of the month: “According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental, where, of course, men are just grateful.� Robert De Niro

On the Cover For the Patriotic Month of July, we put the cutie pie Tammie posing with a RED, WHITE, and BLUE Panhead owned by Joe Chance. They are set in front of the Rocking Chair in Harlan, the featured business for the Roar Into Harlan Bike Night on July 21st. The folks at Roar Into Harlan Bike Night hold their bike nights on the 3rd Thursday of May-September, with a different theme every evening. July is Antique Bike Night, so bring out your vintage iron and join in on the fun at Roar Into Harlan! 4 - TRMI JULY 2016

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When Mark and I were a young married couple, we were pretty short on cash. Our idea of a big date was to swap babysitting with one of his sisters and go to a movie. Sometimes even a movie was out of the budget, so we’d go to the greeting card aisle in Wal-Mart and read all the funny cards we could find, sharing the especially good ones with each other. It might not sound like much, but we had a lot of fun just laughing together before we took off to find the cheapest place in town to get an ice cream cone. Naturally, this sad financial state meant that we drove junk vehicles. The one that I still remember with gritted teeth was an old custard-colored Dodge Aspen station wagon with wood on the sides. We hadn’t had it for too long before it started acting funny. Every time I’d slow down to turn a corner, the stupid thing would start sputtering and die. I discovered that if I shouted, “Quiet!” at our kids every time we approached a corner, I could hear the first cough of the motor. Then, if I caught it at just the right moment, I could feather the gas pedal like mad and baby it till we got around the corner far enough to give ‘er the gun and roar off. Not the best of solutions, I admit, but I was coping with the situation the only way I knew how.

money scraped together to get the car in with a mechanic. It was a huge relief when the dying problem disappeared and I could stop shouting “Quiet” at every corner. I hate to say it, but this is pretty typical of how we deal with our problems in life. It’s obvious to us that something is wrong, but we don’t even know where to begin to fix it, so the best we can to is just cope with the situation. Or maybe we may have a friend or acquaintance we can talk to who can identify what the problem is, but it’s still beyond our power to change anything. We all know that identifying the problem isn’t the same as fixing the problem and we get stuck in discouragement because there seems to be no fix available for us. Take heart, because John 3:17 tells us this: “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” God isn’t just pointing out the problems; He has provided the fix through His Son, Jesus Christ. Our problem with God’s solution is that we usually want to hang on to part of our broken mess instead of giving it up to God. Mark 10: 17-27 tells of a rich young leader who comes to Jesus, wanting to know how to inherit everlasting life. Jesus has a bit of discussion with him and in the end tells him, “Go, sell everything you have, give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven. Then, come, follow me.” Jesus knew that the young man had put all his trust in his riches rather than in God and yet He still loved the young man and showed him the way to everlasting life. But we are told that “The young man went away sad, because he had great wealth. “ This would be a bit like Mark taking our station wagon to the mechanic and then driving away with the car still broken because he didn’t want the mechanic to take the engine apart so he could get to the broken part. But how many of us do that to God? We want to hang onto the very thing that stands in the way of our fix because we can’t imagine life without it. Is your “thing” money? Your reputation? Your looks? Your toys? Give it up to God and take His fix, everlasting life in Jesus Christ. Blessings – Karla Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at .

In the meantime, Mark went to the library and began researching what the problem might be. After talking to a couple of gear-head friends he realized that even if he knew for sure what was wrong, we didn’t have the tools and shop needed to fix it. But at least they had helped him weed out a few of the possibilities, which gave him some idea of how expensive the repairs might be. We finally got enough 6 - TRMI JULY 2016

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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 REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN SITE FOR THE TALL CORN RUN S CHECK-IN SITE FOR THE TALL CORN RUN

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


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

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

Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern 55546 130th Street NE Lisbon 319-624-2204 Cold C Beer, Delicious Food, Good Music & Great Times!

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

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

Beach Pub Along Highway 22, Buffalo,IA Open Daily 10am-2am Join Us Weekly For HomeCooked Sunday Breakfast

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

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

Bikerz 313 Main Ave. ClearLake, IA 50428 641-440-4255 Noon-2am 7 days a week

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

Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson 553 5320 Corporate Park Drive Davenport, IA 52807 563-355-6437

Bill’s Boat Landing Clayton, C Iowa 563-964-2112 Check C Us Out on Facebook Where the River is Calling & You Must Go!

Fenders Honda 100 South 16th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 515-233-4727

Zylstra Harley-Davidson 1930 E 13th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 515-232-6223

Bootleggers of Millville Awesome Stop, Great Staff, Fantastic Food Tops in Scenic River Rides Check us on Facebook 563-252-7775

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

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

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

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 Big Barn Harley-Davidson 81 NW 49th Place Des D Moines, Iowa 50313 515-265-4444 Brenny’s Motorcycle Clinic 4426 State Street Bettendorf, IA 52722 (563)359-7222 C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494

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Heartland Harley-Davidson 117 S. Roosevelt Ave Burlington, Iowa 52601 319-754-1100

Metro Harley-Davidson 2415 Westdale Drive SW C Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 319-362-9496 Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406 Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700

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 National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925 Okoboji Classic Cars Museum and Restoration Shop 810 Jeppeson Road West Okoboji, Iowa 51351 712-332-802

Food and Drink 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

R/J Performance HWY 63 North Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 641.684.8400

Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook

Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook Buck Snort 310 Dr Van Zee Road Oakland, Iowa 51560 712-355-5315 C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close Captain’s Table Moline, Illinois 4801 River Drive 309-736-9188 Live music Sundays 5-9pm Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600 Cindi Mae’s 101 Main Street Earling, Iowa 51530 712-747-6262 Cindi Mae’s on Facebook 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!

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Durango Depot J.R. Willie’s 736 Burtons Furnace Road Gateway to the Beautiful Hill Country Open 3 to close Colesburg, IA 563-856-5095 Best Scenic Road With the Best Food! Open Daily Mon-Sun 11AM 563-552-2291 Home H of the Willie Whopper

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

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

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

Scooters on Broadway 475 NE Broadway Des Moines, Iowa 515-288-1053

Ferg’s Bar & Grill 806 Hwy 30 Grand Junction, Iowa 50107 515-738-5416 Where Good Friends Meet

Just 1 More 515-570-4206 403 3rd Ave Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa

Fro’s Pub ‘N Grub 309 Cedar St, Wilton 563-732-3977 Fro’s Pub n Grub on Facebook A Surprise Around Every Corner

Knickers Saloon 2186 Central Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001 556 563-557-0887 6 365 Days a Year Knickers Saloon on Facebook

Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill 1019 7th St Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside 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”

1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PM-

Shooters Bar 661 Main Anita, Iowa 712-249-7370 Mon-Fri 3:00-Close Sat-Sun 10:00-Close

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minden Bowl Café & Lounge 209 Broadway Street Minden, Iowa 51553 712-483-2937 Minden Bowl on Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill 228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865

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Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226 Sportsters Bar & Grill 109 S Madison Newell, Iowa 50568 712-272-4034 11 AM – 2 AM Tues-Sat Sportsman Bar & Grill 103 1st Street Pisgah, Iowa 51564 712-456-2222 FOOD, FUEL, FUN

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Whitetails Bar & Grill Services 101 N. Main St. Marble Rock IA,50653 641-397-9900 A+ Affordable Mon.- Sat. 7am breakfast -2am Close Heat, Air, Refrigeration & Geo Thermal 22274 Old Lincoln Hwy Crescent, Iowa 51526 Suds –N- Jugs Bar & Grill Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 712-329-9901 807 Iowa Avenue 1008 Story Street Onawa, Iowa 51040 Boone, Iowa 50036/ BCS Computers 712-433-4880 515-433-1395 100 Industrial Road Nightly Food Specials Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 Woody’s Roadside Tavern 641-747-3344 The Back Forty 100 West Jefferson 317 Main St. Albion, Iowa 50005 Macedonia, Iowa 51549 (641) 488-2220 CJ Now Plumbing 712-486-2687 Woody’s Roadside Tavern on Facebook Sewer & Water Specialists 309-786-2002 Guns and Ammo Serving the Quad Cities Area The Home Plate Diner On Call 24-7 304 E. 30th Street 2A Firearms Training Des Moines, Iowa 50317 Training to Protect Your 2nd Hoker Trucking 515-262-7000 Ammendment Rights NOW HIRING 641-439-6660 Dixon, Iowa The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave 563-843-2763 Harlan, Iowa 51537 Locked and Loaded Outfitters 712-755-5050 612 Market Street Irwin Locker & Catering The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook Harlan, Iowa 51537 502 Ann Street 712-235-4867 Irwin, Iowa 51446 712-782-3215 The Place2B! 116 N. Federal Ave Mason City, IA 50401 McCunn Specialty Firearms Sandbothe Firestone M-F 3p-2a S-S Noon-2a 74980 Richland Road 1106 Main Street Find Us On Facebook Massena, Iowa 50853 Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-2223 The Roadhouse 712-779-GUNS Sandbothe Firestone on Facebook 105 Washington Marne, Iowa 51552 Pistol Pete’s Guns and Ammo Southwest Iowa Sandblasting 712-781-2272 Eldora, Iowa 641-858-6878 Mike Magers Home of the Marne Burger 65162 Oxford Rd DISCOUNTS for ABATE Members Atlantic, Iowa 50022 The Sawmill Bar & Grill Eric Ross & Steve Eggleston 712-249-3995 Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St I ns ura n ce Shops & Fabricators New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601 Matt McCall Insurance Agency Bent Wrench Cycles State Farm Insurance 911 7th Street Thirsty’s on 3rd 102 East South St, Tipton Harlan, Iowa 51537 2202 W 3rd, Davenport 563-886-6120 712-235-2453 563-424-1143 Bent Wrench Cycles on Facebook Follow Us on Facebook Daily Thirst Quenching Deals Oakland Insurance Agency Butterfield’s M.C. Parts Motorcycle, Home, AUTO, 8025 Blondo Street T.J.’s Pourhouse Commercial, Life, Health Omaha, NE 68134 100 E. Washington Street Specializing in Teen Drivers 402-391-3768 Exira, Iowa 50076 Shane Baker 712-310-7475 712-268-2353 Chuck’s Cycle Service and Repair Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON S&S and Drag Specialties Dealer Legal 714 East 7th Street Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Washington, Iowa52353 Mineola, Iowa Hupy and Abraham sc, pc 319-461-5278 712-526-2078 Lawyers for Bikers Open 7 Days a Week 800.800.5678 Creative Concepts Collision Check Us Out on Facebook 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 Uncle Harley’s Bar & Grill 712.755.2231 202 W Mayne, Blue Grass Leehey Olson Law, PC (563)381-1717 Riding & Defending Your Cycle Clinic Great Pizza & Food Rights for Over 30 Years 2209 ML King Pkwy Bikers ALWAYS Welcome 877-209-9452 Des Moines, Iowa 50314 Vic’s Main Tap 515-288-6954 304 Broadway Ullrich Photography Audubon, Iowa 50025 PO Box 1842 712-563-2122 Clinton, Iowa 52733 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 563-243-8715 Stumpy’s Bar & Grill 423 Main Street Duncombe, Iowa 50532 515-543-4222 Stumpy’s Bar & Grill on Facebook

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Promoting Motorcycling... Abate of Iowa…just what is Abate and why do we need it? Abate has a straightforward, easy to understand mission statement:

ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education. ABATE works for you, the motorcycle enthusiast. ABATE is a non-profit organization. ABATE is a neutral organization that allows ALL riders to unite in brotherhood to safeguard our rights while remaining individuals with differing views.

motorcycling. Today, more than 3 decades later, many of our 50 states have SMRO’s (state motorcyclists’ rights organizations), a majority of these organizations are called ABATE. In 1986, many ABATE organizations came together at a “conference” if you will and began the process of SMROs working together. Eventually, this led to the establishment of the Motorcycle Rider’s Foundation (MRF) which is considered a Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO) based out of D.C. This group of SMROs worked together to eradicate federal helmet law requirements, make sure motorcycles are part of transportation planning, as well as to ensure that motorcycles are allowed on all public roads.

So what is ABATE of Iowa up to all these years later? Well Currently ABATE is a strong supporter of the Rider Education Program. ABATE of Iowa, Inc. sponsors Iowa’s ABATE of Iowa believes that quality Motorcycle Rider all motorcyclists are brothers Education program that is with a common interest... administered by the Office RIDING FREE! of Driver Services of the Department of Transportation. So, with such a simple mission Iowa’s Basic Rider Course statement, seems like ABATE should be a pretty simple (BRC) and Returning Rider Basic Rider Course are both organization. Well nothing could be further from the truth. provided at various locations throughout the state of Thanks to Abate, and its 23 active districts throughout our Iowa, and instructors are Iowa-licensed, MSF-certified, great state, Iowa has remained one of only two states in the experienced motorcyclists. Why take the course? Well how United States without a helmet law. about because the largest percentage of motorcycle riders The concept of ABATE is believed to have originally begun involved in accidents have been either self-taught, or have been taught by family and friends. Whenever you are on with Lou Kimzey, editor of Easyriders magazine in 1972. He along with two wheels, you are extremely vulnerable. A motorcycle rider and passenger are far more likely to be injured in a other bikers and enthusiasts crash than cage drivers. Many of said accidents can be avoided if the rider knows when to zig and when to zag. recognized Bottom line…take a rider education course sponsored by that there was a distinct ABATE…It just may save your life. need for bikers to come Another cool project on ABATE’s plate is Share the Road. The objective of Share the Road is to make sure that together and dispute federal bikers are both seen and heard by providing “motorcycle awareness training to all drivers and soon to be drivers and state restrictions on on the road in Iowa. This training is intended to reduce accidents between drivers and motorcyclists by seeing, respecting, and understanding a motorcyclist’s needs and rights on the highway.” This is an incredibly awesome idea, because growing up; most people are taught to look for other cages….not Th under Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 16 - TRMI JULY 2016

necessarily motorcycles. Training individuals to see and hear motorcycles is just as important as learning to spot cages. A game I like to play on drives with my kids is count the motorcycles…by trying to count the most twowheeled vehicles on a trip, I am hoping that my kiddos will be alert to ALL vehicles on the road long before they are in possession of their own modes of transportation. Everyone can benefit from the Share the Road Presentation, and you can view it on the website 24-7 at

ABATE…who fight for our biker rights every day. Show ABATE some support and enjoy the live entertainment, prizes, vendors, and so much more that they have secured for this year’s rally. Advance tickets are available, but don’t worry…they will always make room for you in Freedom Park. ABATE officers and members are some busy people, planning our favorite party, and for giving us the choice of wearing a helmet on our head…and for that we thank you. Thank you to the organization for putting bikers first and ensuring that we continue to RIDE FREE!

ABATE also has a state seminar for its officers and members, called S.T.E.A.M. S.T.E.A.M. stands for “Seminar To Educate And Motivate” and usually takes Melanie J Schwarte place in November. Its purpose is to help educate officers and members on their duties as well as to help renew enthusiasm and the driving force behind current goals. These workshops are open to all ABATE members free of cost. Information about the next S.T.E.A.M seminar can be acquired from the ABATE of Iowa state office. Last but not least…ABATE is the driving force behind an annual destination for Iowa bikers. A celebration that riders look forward to each and every July…The Freedom Rally. This year the Freedom Rally will be held June 30th through July 2nd at the ABATE’s Freedom Park. For anyone who hasn’t been to the rally, the property is located 3 miles East of Algona on Highway 18, then 4.3 miles north on county road P56 or 160th Street. This event is HUGE, and if you are looking for a place to be, where the right to be yourself…a biker in all his/her glory then this is the place to be. Smack dab in the middle of the biggest biker party in the state of Iowa, brought to you by the men and women of Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 26 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. Palo Alto This month’s county Palo Alto, is located in northwest Iowa between Algona and Spencer. The c county intersected by highways 18 and 4. It is home to about 10,000 residents and is similar iin size to many Iowa counties at 569 square miles. It is known as an Irish settlement area, with the county seat of Emmetsburg. Palo Alto County is named for an important battlefield victory in the Mexican War, which was fought on May 8, 1846. The first settlement in the county was at West Bend. In 1857, some men of Palo Alto County joined the relief expedition from Fort Dodge to the scene of the Spirit Lake Massacre. West Bend provided food and shelter for both the military group and survivors of the massacre. In 1875 Emmetsburg was established as the county seat. We began our tour into Palo Alto County on the southwest corner and headed northbound on a decent county pavement road, N28. We rolled into the little unassuming burg of Ayrshire and rolled around a little bit. This quaint little town has a few people, all of which seem to wave and be friendly! A little café on the main drag was open and seemed relatively busy for a Sunday morning. West of town a few miles is one of the counties five natural lakes, Silver Lake. We looked for Silver Town and Joe Dirt, but they were nowhere to be found. Ayrshire’s claim to fame is having the youngest mayor in the USA; Jody Smith was nineteen when he was elected mayor.

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Next on the list was continuing north on N28 and then west on Highway 18. We came in to the town of Ruthven. It is a nice and friendly town that is split by the railroad which may give it more size than anticipated. When pulling into town there is a convenience store and right across the street is the Highway Café and a bait shop. Ruthven is home to the July event, Bully Bullhead Weekend held the weekend after the 4th of July weekend. Lost Island Lake is right north of town, so the town has many businesses that cater to the lake life and residents located there. It seems to be a nice little lake with the lack of major commercialization of the lakes just to the west in the next county. The Nature Center is located on the east side of the lake and offers some very pretty views and one of the coolest little roads in the county with a canopy of trees that almost makes a tunnel. We then rode east and north to Graettinger. Sadly enough the one place we wanted to check out was closed on Sundays. We have heard people rave about the Graettinger Drive Up, but will have to make another trip to check it out. Graettinger is the location of the oldest Labor Day celebration in the state of Iowa. Each year, the town celebrates with a parade, carnival, street dance, variety show, queen coronation, raffle drawing and various other events. Then we rode east a short jaunt and south on a county road N40 to arrive in Emmetsburg. As the county seat, it is the largest town in Palo Alto County and is sort of unique in how it is set up. A long narrow lake called Five Island Lake is a center point in town. Much of the town is located on the banks and around the lake. Residents are awarded many opportunities

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for recreation and living in town and with a small lake. Emmetsburg has capitalized on the location of the lake, the highways, and the railroad to form a busy community with plenty to do and industry to keep it going. The Blarney Stone Courthouse Square, on the edge of the county courthouse lawn, is a statue of the county’s namesake, Robert Emmet, stands next to a Blarney Stone brought to the area by a resident. Paddy Horan Solberg was an Irish resident of Palo Alto County and brought this stone to Emmetsburg in 1966 in a suitcase. Also located in town is an Aluma Trailer manufacturing facility. These Iowa made trailers can be purchased through Aluma dealers, such as Nishna Valley Cycle in Atlantic. It is always nice to support Iowa based businesses. Also in Emmetsburg is a satellite location of Iowa Lakes Community College. They have many different focal points in higher education as well as being the first Wind Energy & Turbine Technology program. They have been on the forefront of this earth friendly technology, and why not educate and utilize the technology right here in Iowa; that on top of powersports and power equipment technology, just to name a few are taught at ILCC. On the way out of town to the south, Emmetsburg has a very nice and unique Veterans memorial. It is visually noticeable on Highway 4 just south of the railroad tracks and worth a stop to check it out.

of the Redemption is the inspiration and life work of Fr. Paul Dobberstein (1872-1954), a Catholic priest who settled in West Bend around 1902. Well worth a visit when you are in the area.

After West Bend, we rolled west to Mallard which is home to Midwest Toys of Iowa, and the largest duck in the state! It only stands to reason that the town named Mallard should have a giant decoy on the highway as We rolled east though Cylinder on Highway 18 and then south down to Rodman. After a little bit of a detour you come into town. I sure hope it does not really draw any other ducks that size into town. That would wreak due to road closings because of bridge construction, havoc on the locals way of life I am sure. With a long we rolled down the county line border road Highway day roaming around Palo Alto, we decided to roll south 15. We rolled into West Bend, which is mainly in Palo Alto, with a little bit of the town in neighboring Kossuth. toward home. The main purpose of this 99 County The first thing that we came across was the Sod House feature every month is to spark interest in getting out and about, preferably on two wheels, and enjoying and Historical Museum. This is home to some very more of Iowa. Despite the fact that a lot of places were interesting items from early settlement days and life closed on Sundays, we will before “smart” devices, or definitely be back! Check out I guess before any devices! Palo Alto and see what other Another cool little gem here is gems you can find. The Villager, a Soda Fountain located on Broadway. There Next month join us for a tour are not many of these left and around Plymouth County…. I we always think they are a cool am guessing we may need to stop when you get the chance find somewhere in Plymouth to visit one. Yet another claim county to get something to cool to fame is that West Bend is us off! the site of the Grotto of the Redemption, a series of nine Sources available upon request. contiguous grottos occupying Vernon a full city block, constructed of minerals, petrifications, and Vernon@thunderroadsiowa. semiprecious gems. The Grotto com Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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dream about. I lucked out that it was along a RIVERSIDE RACEWAY only busy highway with great visibility.” Now Wenck has WINTERSET IOWA After racing motocross his entire life Tony Wenck set out on a mission to raise the bar for local Motocross tracks in Iowa. With a little money he earned from racing he bought a piece of property on the Eastern edge of his father’s farm along Middle River south of Winterset. He had a vision to transform the soggy “not good for much” field along highway 169 into what is known today as Riverside Raceway. The track has been in operation for sixteen years however Tony only ran it for the first three before selling it to move on to other endeavors in the motorcycle industry. It changed ownership again since he sold it but a part of Wenck always wished he still ran it. Last year he bought the business (and property) back and has big plans going forward. In addition to buying his old motocross track he also purchased additional adjoining land to offer Flat Track races starting in July. “The first time I went to an AMA Pro Flat Track event I was standing on the infield leaning on the guard rail in turn one. They came towards me so fast I was shocked! I was instantly a huge fan. Flat Track racers are bad ass and I’m stoked to bring a facility to Iowa for fans and racers to enjoy.” Construction is underway at Riverside and fans can check out both Motocross races and Flat Track races for one ticket price. “You can come down the driveway and pay one price to watch both types of racing. There should never be a dull moment.” Riverside Raceway is considered one of the premier Motocross tracks in the region with nearly a mile long course and has dirt Motocross racers cherish. “When I decided where I wanted to build my track I based it off the dirt alone. It’s a loamy sandy mix. The bikes create ruts that people in other parts of the country 32 - TRMI JULY 2016

his sights set on a new challenge with the Flat Track crowd. “I think a quarter-mile track is about perfect for the fans and riders. It’s not too big that newbie’s are intimidated to try it yet the fast guys will be able to put on a good show.” In addition to a ton of dirt work, bleachers, new concessions, and viewing areas are being brought in just for the Flat Track portion of the facility. The first Flat Track races will be in conjunction with their Motocross races scheduled July 23-24, then September 2425, and wrapping the season up October 15-16. ABOUT FLAT TRACK Flat Track is the oldest form of motorcycle racing in America and the sport is on an uptick nationwide and for a few reasons. Harley Davidson has ruled the famous mile-long tracks across the country for the past several decades. Now other manufacturers like Kawasaki are getting involved and they’ve enjoyed some real success over the past couple years. With Kawasaki and other motorcycle brands being competitive brings new fans. Another reason the sport is gaining popularity is the newly formed Super Hooligan class featuring basic street legal bikes with minimal modifications. In some states people actually ride their bikes to the races and sign up. This is something Wenck will offer in Winterset at Riverside Raceway and he thinks it will be a big draw. “Guys like famous bike builder Roland Sands are giving Flat track a shot in the arm when they travel the country on these Hooligan bikes. We’ll offer a Hooligan class too with a relaxed rules package so anyone can get involved without breaking the bank. Craigslist is full of old cheap street bikes and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s one of our biggest classes in a year or so.” WHAT TO EXPECT There’s nothing in the world like going to the races. Riverside Raceway has bleachers you can sit in, or bring your favorite lawn chair. Concessions are available but you can bring your cooler. You can even bring a grill and make a day of it. You can camp all weekend at no additional charge and the gates open on

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Friday afternoon with racers and fans filing in all weekend. On Saturday the Motocross races kick off at 9am and typically run until 4pm or so with motorcycles only. The ATV’s take the Flat Track course at 9am as well and will finish up early afternoon. Then the motorcycle Flat track will be the center of attention until the evening hours. Sometimes they have bands on Saturday night when the races are over. On Sunday another round of Motocross kicks off at 9am lasting again until about 4pm. The Flat track races will have motorcycle and ATV classes running back to back instead of all ATV’s then all motorcycles like they do on Saturday. What’s the coolest part? You can watch all this for $10/day or $17 for a weekend pass. Race Dates leŌ for this season are July 23-24, September 24-25, and October 15-16. More informaƟon can be found at Race On! Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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Roar Into Harlan Bike Night is held the 3rd Thursday from May through September. Their theme for the July 21st Bike Night is Antique Bike Night. Bring your vintage ride to the square and let others enjoy the mystique of old iron. Here we have a vintage 1968 FLH owned by Skeeter of Creative Concepts Body Shop in Harlan. He and master painter Joe Chance (Panhead on the cover) are behind one of the paint prizes on the Tall Corn Run this season. The shot is at an antique bridge right in Harlan. Last but not least, thanks to the sexy Tammie for adding a little patriotism to our shoot with her RWB bikini top! See you at Roar Into Harlan Bike Night, also a Check-In Site on the Tall corn Run!

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All I can say is “WOW” how the hell did July get here so quickly! Seems like just a few days ago Iowa Bikers were anxiously waiting for the riding season to begin and now suddenly it is in full swing. For you nonbelievers check out the Thunder Roads Event List it is loaded with great rides all around state. If that doesn’t make your ass itch for some seat time, the pages are also filled with plenty of riding destinations that proudly support and promote the biker lifestyle.

Another thing that makes riding in Iowa super cool is the ever changing sites and smells. Right now every thing is green, vibrant, alive and smelling fresh. It won’t be long before these colors and smells will change, and then they will change again. So you can actually ride the exact same route all season long and experience something different each time. That sounds rather boring, but is very handy for those of us who have no idea which buttons to push on that fancy GPS thing.

In preparation of Big Daddy TRMI breathing down my neck to get this article submitted. I decided to get out and enjoy what I call “my monthly”, think about it this is a biker rag! If I have to explain beyond that you wouldn’t understand. The entire ride is dedicated to sucking in fresh air while trying to convince my sick mind to focus on finding something to write about that will make Big Daddy happy. I was cruising down the Iowa roadways, legs stretched out on the highway pegs, the road was smooth and rolling fast, when my warped brain exploded like a short fused M-80.

During my monthly, I passed a fellow rider who offered up a friendly wave as we briefly shared the road. As I continued on my journey, my mind began to wander about the passenger hiding behind him. I tiny little person sporting a bright pink helmet which matched the tiny little pink shoes that were stretched out just far enough to land on the passenger pegs. Iowa law reads, passenger age restriction “NONE”, the passenger must have a seat and foot pegs. The way I read Iowa law even the helmet on that tiny little head is optional. Now before my distorted views of life instigates a hit man looking up my address. I want to Most Iowa Bikers, myself included; frequently bitch make sure everyone understands that I appreciate the and moan about the temperature, wind speed, rain, fact that the tiny little head was encased in safety. My four wheelers and pot holes. If you haven’t heard it point is that Iowa riders are very fortunate! We have yet you better start learning sign language, those very few laws to abide by which makes the freedom loud pipes might save your life but you’re going deaf. to express ourselves and the lifestyle we choose far Despite all the negative things that hinder Iowa riders’ more enjoyable than many of our neighboring states. ability to do what we live for year round, I suddenly Which is just another of the many reasons why I enjoy realized, I absolutely love riding in Iowa! riding in Iowa. The roadways of Iowa offer up about as many choices for riding as the TRMI magazine. We have a very simple but yet extensive interstate system that can quickly get you to any part of the state. We are blessed with a number of nice, rolling smooth four lane highways which also get you where you want to go rather easily. There are plenty of two lane highways, many of which have a slow moving traffic lane which are handy for encouraging other motorists to get the hell out of our way. Lastly the state is littered with paved county roads; which are hiding some of the discrete off the beaten path places that Iowa has to offer. So no matter where your wheels are headed there are plenty of routes to get you there.

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I recently read an article about a woman that allows her helmeted 9 year daughter to ride home from school as a passenger on the motorcycle of her boyfriend whose resume includes 20 years experience as a motorcycle safety course instructor. Apparently some “do gooder” has decided that this single mom should be charged with child endangerment. I wrote her a letter encouraging her to move to Iowa because that shits legal here. Whatever route you choose and whoever you met along the way, enjoy the ride. Shifty LaRue www. w th hunderr r oaadssio i wa.c wa.c wa . om m

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“Let’s talk about your boots” I’m starting this article out with the assumption that you, as a motorcycle owner with a brain and a bike, wear boots when you ride. If you don’t, we’re already off to a bad start. For example, I know two very credible bikers that are each missing a big piece of a foot from riding accidents, and they both had good boots on at the time. There is no reason to board a motorcycle for the purpose of riding without wearing proper footwear, to include a boot or work shoe of sufficient construction to prevent serious injury to your feet in the event of a fall or wreck. Last summer I saw a guy on a pretty cool old shovel head chopper with a long girder front end. I was going to come up and talk to him about it, when I noticed he was going to ride away on it in a pair of flip-flops. That’s not an easy bike to ride even when wearing proper riding attire. I wouldn’t even try to move it around in the garage in flip-flops. I lost any respect I had for him, and didn’t care if he built the bike in prison and smuggled it out in the mail piece by piece after that. If you ride in flipflops, you’re a fool, no matter what you throw your leg over. Enough said there. I personally favor a pair of engineer’s boots, a tall lace up design with a lug sole. Smooth bottom boots might be just the ticket in a riding arena on top of your favorite roping horse, but out on the roads you need tread when the roads get wet or oily. There is no worse feeling than planting a foot at a red light or stop sign, only to figure out there is oil under your boot and you are losing the battle with gravity. Been there, done that. Lug soles only for me thanks.

So why is this guy writing about this in Iowa? Here’s why- let’s talk about Doug. He’s a longtime friend of mine who was an excellent rider. He put on a pair of “garage boots” last summer. You know the ones, the dusty ones you put on to mow, lay sod or go to the landfill. When he did, he got a nasty surprise. He was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, and to put it mildly, his life will never be the same. We’ll get back to his situation in a minute, but let’s talk about the Brown Recluse and why this matters to Iowans. This spider has not typically been a problem in Iowa in the past. We can debate forever about the cause, but the weather has changed. This spider has moved north of it’s typical habitat, and it’s ready to ruin your life. As the name implies, it’s a recluse. It likes to hide in dark places, and your boots couldn’t be a better home for that. When Doug got bit last year, he had a really bad reaction. Not that anybody has a good Brown Recluse bite, but his was worse. A bite from this spider can often result in the need for a skin graft, that’s how bad the poison is, it literally ruins your flesh. Doug took a dose internally as well, and that’s where his story really gets scary. Wherever the poison went last year, his immune system is attacking this year, because that’s what immune systems do. Unfortunately, that means it is attacking Doug, and he’s quite literally falling apart. When we rode together in the past, Doug was a marvel of balance and speed. He went by me once on his Road Glide so fast I thought my bike had stalled. He rode Glide all of 9 miles this year, and has decided it was probably his last ride, ever. He’s losing control of his hands and feet, can lose his place in a sentence, and is dropping weight daily. He gave me permission to write about his situation simply to prevent anybody else from suffering the same fate.

But since we’re on the topic of boots, I’m going to throw a curve at you- How do you store your boots and what do you So please, take a good look in your boots before you put do before you put them on? I bring this up for an important them on. In my case, the boots I ride in are used just for that reason. As many of you regular readers know, I spent a long purpose. The rest of the time they are in a dark closet. I bet time in Arizona. We had a practice there of dumping out your many of you do the same thing with your motorcycle boots. shoes before you put them on. Shoes are a natural hiding Take my advice, make sure there is not a Brown Recluse in place for insects and small animals, which Arizona is full of. there before you stick your foot in. Bang the damn things As we used to say, everything in the desert will bite you, sting on the floor first and take a peek in there for spider web. you or stab you. Scorpions really liked the residual heat left An odd topic for motorcycle safety to be sure, but nobody in a shoe after you took it off, and the dark shelter it provided should have to sell their bike because of a bug, and nobody also. Immature Diamond Back rattlers just loved a pair of should have to go through what Doug did when a couple of boots to den up in. For the rest of my days, I will pick a pair seconds of precaution can prevent it. of shoes up one by one and bang them down on the heel to make sure there is nothing inside them. It’s a habit I can’t Mark Mullins, President, MAG break. Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 50 - TRMI JULY 2016

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ThanktheSEALs is a motorcycle rcycle ride aimed to create awareness and raise funds for special operations personnel that are transitioning from the battlefield to home. All proceeds of the ride go to the he Your Grateful Nation Foundation, which n, whic ch has been set up specifically for this purpose. Navy SEAL AL L Robert O’Neill from SEAL L Team 6 (he is also the man who shot and killed Osama B Bin in Laden in the historical 2011 1 Abbottabad Pakistan raid) is a member of the board and helped elped ed d to identify areas of need forr thes these se Special Ops Heroes. The first ride occurred in 2015 went Dallas, 015 andd we ntt tto oD all llas, Texas. This ride was planned and organized by Bill Christman and got this whole ball rolling. ing. In all, the ride raised nearly $25,000. The ride that is planned for July 16th, 2016 has the same goal, which is raising awareness and funds for returning heroes. This year organizers have an actionpacked day prepared, with not one, but two rides for you to choose from. The first ride will be led by a highly decorated United States Navy SEAL and will leave at noon from the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, travelling to Big Barn Harley-Davidson in Des Moines. The second ride offered leaves at 1 p.m., and will also be led by a highly decorated United States Navy SEAL. This ride will take a scenic tour of the Des Moines area leaving from Big Barn and ending back at the dealership later in the afternoon in order to meet up with the ride that started in Bettendorf. Once the rides end, the festivities will begin (somewhere around 4-ish). Big Barn Harley-Davidson is opening up their grounds for this huge event that will include food, drink, music, and local bands. Don’t forget that the United States Navy SEALs from SEAL Team 6 will also be on hand for the party! The Navy SEALs will be the special guests, so take some time to hear them talk, get some pictures with them, or just have a great time for a great cause! It is sure to be an action-packed day of fun and patriotism that you won’t want to miss. Curious about what kind of bad asses you might meet? Take a minute to read about the true American Heroes who were at last year’s event…curtesy of

of war. A highly-trained N Navy SEAL, he led the elite and was involved in our military’s most elit nation’s most important campaigns. With impo most of his career shrouded in a classified O’Neill was the man on the cloak, O’N ground we have never heard of but kknow exists. He was one of the th quiet professionals performing the most difficult perf tasks task in the most difficult circumstances, serving his circ remarkable career in the rem shadows and keeping America shad safe iin the process. In his line of work, instant, critical ddecision-making absolute necessity for success, eciisiion-maki king is an abs and he has proven experience in eexceptionally high-risk and fluid environments. Having traine trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill brings this unique expertise to organizations and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments, and how to become the ‘best of the best.’ His mantra is “never quit,” and O’Neill believes this is the single most important factor in determining success. O’Neill reminds us that the servicemen doing the dirtiest work are often making the hardest sacrifices. Decorations. One of the nation’s most decorated veterans, O’Neill has been decorated more than 52 times with honors, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations, and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor. Silver Stars, the military’s third highest honor, are awarded for extraordinary gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. Bronze Stars with Valor are awarded for merit, with Valor signifying a heroic act and direct participation in combat operations. It is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the ninth highest military award overall. Joint Service Commendation Medals are given for senior service on a joint military staff and is the most senior of the commendation medals.

Military History. O’Neill rose to the rank of senior chief petty officer in the United States Navy and served as a team Robert J. O’Neill Team Leader, Naval Special Warfare leader at DEVGRU, positions not come by easily. O’Neill Development Groups has a laundry list of certifications, including instructor, physical trainer, master training specialist, special warfare Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat sniper and breacher, diving supervisor, and survival veterans of our time. He was a team leader with the Naval expert. He was also an officer in charge of small arms, Special Warfare Development Group. He has deployed more demolition, close quarters combat, explosives breaching, than a dozen times, and he held combat leadership roles in fire and maneuvers, and laser systems safety. His military more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters air operations qualifications include high-altitude and highThunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 54 - TRMI JULY 2016

opening free fall jump master, tandem and bundle master, parachute rigger, master naval parachutist, drop zone safety officer, and air operations trainer/examiner and quality assurance inspector. He has completed more than 1000 jumps. Tej Gill Naval Special Warfare Groups Tej Gill is a former Petty Officer Second Class and Warfare Operator of the United States Naval Special Warfare Group, specifically assigned to SEAL Team 5. He served as a Navy SEAL for 10 years, with SEAL Team 5. While at SEAL Team 5, Tej performed more than a 100 direct action missions and more than 500 night vision missions in Iraq. Petty Officer Second Class Gill has completed combat operations and enemy engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal for Valor and Army Commendation Medal for actions in combat, and a host of other medals and accommodations presented to him as an elite member of the SEAL Team 5. Chief Petty Officer Gill’s history and certifications include: • SWAT Team Sniper, Las Vegas, 2015 • Assaulter, Sniper Team Leader, SEAL Team 5, 1997 – 2005 • BUD/S class 210, 1996 His certifications are lengthy, including sniper, master jumper and special warfare sniper and breacher, and survival expert. He is also an expert and trainer in small arms, demolition, close quarters combat, explosives breaching, and fire and maneuvers. Robert H. Clapper II Executive Director for Your Grateful Nation On March 1st 2014, Rob Clapper assumed the role of Executive Director for Your Grateful Nation. Your Grateful Nation is a national foundation committed to the support of US Special Operation combat veterans and their families during and after their transition from the military to civilian life. As an organization dedicated to their successful transition to the private sector, Your Grateful Nation brings together comprehensive resources to address their needs. From direct CEO mentoring to filling gaps in education and family support, we will provide a smooth path for our veterans to apply their valuable leadership and problem solving talents to the next phase of their lives.

embarking on a Chamber career, Rob served as the Director of Fundraising for Presbyterian College and as a Professor of Military Science and Leadership. Upon his graduation from the Citadel in 1996, he began an Army Career that spanned into two decades, including numerous deployments around the world and in the Middle East.

Rob gained his active duty army commission, as a second lieutenant of infantry, through the ROTC program at The Citadel, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1996. In 2005 Rob was recognized by the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army with the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for outstanding and unparalleled leadership throughout his Army career, an honor that distinguished him from more than 35,000 Army officers. Rob served the majority of his career as an Army Special Previously he served as the inaugural President & CEO of Operations Officer with service in ‘Operation Enduring the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. As the first CEO Freedom’ and ‘Iraqi Freedom’, the nation’s military response of the newest and largest chamber of commerce in Virginia to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Rob is a and the Metropolitan DC Region, Rob was tasked with highly decorated Army officer receiving the Bronze Star for charting a long term direction and providing support for the combat actions in 2002 as part of Operation Anaconda. business community of Prince William. Previously he served as President of the Greensboro, NC Chamber of Commerce He has served on the Board of Trustees for the US Chamber and CEO of the Laurens County, SC Chamber of Commerce. Institute of Organizational Management, Vice Chairman In Greensboro, Rob worked closely to unveil new initiatives of the Prince William Economic Development Alliance, supporting entrepreneurs and regional partnerships. These a Board member of Leadership Prince William, SPARK, initiatives are what led to Rob being selected as the North and The George Mason University Prince William Campus Carolina Chamber Executive of the Year for 2010. Advisory Board. While serving in Laurens County, Rob took a financially struggling organization led them to the recognition as the 2008 National Chamber of The Year award. Prior to Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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Bar Hours: Monday - Thursday 10am - 10pm, Friday Saturday 10am to 2 am, Sunday 11am - ? Kitchen Hours: Monday - Friday 11am - 1:30pm & 5pm – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm, Sunday 11:30am - 7pm Some of the best riding in western Iowa is in the Loess Hills, and the city of Onawa is located smack dab in the middle of those hills. Just off of Interstate 29 on Highway 175, is Onawa, the home of Suds n Jugs. This unassuming place sits on the east end of the main drag, Iowa Avenue, which is also Highway 175. SnJ is located on the south side of the road, just west of the railroad tracks. Emily is the owner of the place, and she sure makes sure that locals and travelers alike are treated like friends and family. They serve anything from bar type munchies to some killer steaks and prime rib. This particular day that we stopped in we were grabbing some lunch on the way through riding the hills. Sometimes nothing beats a good sandwich and taters and this day was one of those days! Of the three of us at the table, we had a good variety of options to try out. A bacon cheeseburger with all the fixins with a side of pepper jack bites was for one of us. The bun was soft and fresh, and the burger was cooked to perfection, but still plenty juicy. They use a decent blend of ground beef to offer a flavorful sandwich topped with all of the right accompaniments. The pepper jack bites are one of my favorites with that cheese ball flavor and a little kick of pepper.

is the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. Their Phillies come with onions, peppers, and mushrooms, but can be ordered without any one of those items if you don’t care for them. They don’t just throw a bag o’ veggies on the flattop and call it good, they look, taste, and smell like the real deal. The seasoning on the beef is spot on with the right amount of salt and pepper for flavor, but not overpowering. The hoagie is hearty enough to stand up to the fillings in the sandwich, with a slightly crunchy exterior and slightly chewy interior that holds it together well. It is the size of sandwich that is almost difficult to pick up, and could be eaten with a knife and fork, but who in the hell wants to do that? Pick it up, eat it like you are supposed to, and just ask for an extra napkin or two. It is by far the best Philly I have found in the state of Iowa, and well worth the trip, no matter how far that may be. Suds n Jugs offers evening specials every day, with a prime rib special on Saturday evenings, Alicia’s Mexican Food on Fridays, New York Strip Steak on Thursdays, Sirloin and Shrimp on Wednesdays, Ribeye steak on Tuesdays, and Burger night on Mondays. Check out their lunch or supper specials, or just stop in to have a cold one! Tell Emily and crew that Thunder Roads said hey, and that we will be back soon for a Philly! If you happen to stop in to check it out before September 30th, make sure to grab your Tall Corn Run card and Check-In while you are there! Suds n Jugs is a prime Check-In site and a great place to grab a great bite to eat and a cold beverage!

Next around the table was the hand breaded chicken sandwich. Looking at the size of this thing though, I wonder how many chickens they meant! I guess this place wants to be known for the size of the breasts they have. Literally, you could order an extra bun and have two sandwiches without a problem. The hand breading is golden brown and delicious and cooked just right Standing in for Big Little, Vernon Schwarte. with the chicken breast coming out moist and juicy but completely cooked. Add any toppings you want and you Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! have a great sandwich to go with a cold beer on a hot riding day. PS If you have a place you think we should check out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. It happened to be a Friday and the special on Fridays

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A guy is walking down the street and sees Little Johnny smoking a cigarette. He says, “Kid, you’re too young to smoke.”” Johnny looks up but doesn’t say anything. The man asks, “Son, how old are you?” Little Johnny says, “Seven.” Stunned, the man says, “Seven!? When did you start smoking?” Johnny replies, “Right after the first time I had sex.” “Right after the first time you had sex!? thee man exclaims. When was that?” Little Johnny ponders, “Gotta’ say I honestly ly don’t remember….I was drunk”.

ddrink. dr rin rin ink. k. H k. He proceeded to talk up a storm, jitters free. Upon Uppoon his return to his office after the mass, he found f the following note on the door:

1) Sip the vodka, don’t gulp it down, while sweating profusely. 2) There are 10 commandments, not 12. 3) There are 12 disciples, not 10. 4) Jesus was consecrated, not “constipated”. 5) Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not ““bet his ass”. 66) We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the ““Late, Great J.C”. 7) The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not Malcolm O’Reilly hoisted his beer and said, referred to as “Daddy, Junior and the Spook”. ‘Here’s to spending the rest of me life!, between the legs of 8) David slew Goliath; he did not “kick the shit out of me wife!’ That won him the top prize at the pub for the best him”. toast of the night! He went home and told his wife, Mary, 9) When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off ‘I won the prize for the Best toast of the night.’ She said, his donkey, don’t say he was “stoned off his ass”. ‘Aye, did ye now. And what was your toast?’ Malcolm said, 10) We do not refer to the cross as the ‘Big T.’ ‘Here’s to spending the rest of me life, sitting in church 11) When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper he beside me wife. ‘Oh, that is very nice indeed, Malcolm!’ said, ‘Take this and eat it for it is my body.’ He did Mary said. The next day, Mary ran into one of Malcolm’s not say ‘Eat me’. drinking buddies on the street corner. The man chuckled 12) The Virgin Mary is not called ‘Mary with the Cherry’. leeringly and said, ‘ Mal won the prize the other night at the 13) The recommended grace before a meal is not: pub with a toast about you, Mary.’ She said, ‘Aye, he told “Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, Yay God! me, and I was a bit surprised myself. You know, he’s only Dig In”. been there twice in the last four years. Once he fell asleep, 14) Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at and the other time I had to pull him by the ears to make him St. Peter’s, not a “Peter Pulling Contest at St. Taffy’s”. come.’ A truck driver had to deliver 100 penguins to the state zoo. As he was driving his truck through the desert, the truck broke down. After waiting by the side of the road for about three hours, he waved another truck down and offered a good ole’ boy named Bubba $500 to take the penguins to the State Zoo for him.The next day, the first truck driver arrived in town and saw Bubba crossing the road with the 100 penguins walking in pairs of two, directly behind him. The first truck driver jumped out of his truck and said, “What’s going on? I gave you $500 to take these penguins to the damn Zoo!” Bubba boastfully replied, “I did take them to the Zoo, but I had alot of money left over, so now we’re going to see a Disney movie.”

A flat-chested young lady read an article in a magazine that stated Dr. Bumbutu in Africa could enlarge your breast without surgery. So she decided to go to Dr. Bumbutu to see if he could help her. Dr. Bumbutu advised her, ‘Every day after your shower, rub your chest and say, ‘Scooby doobie doobies, I want bigger boobies!’ She did this faithfully for several months, and to her utter amazement she grew a terrific D-cup rack! One morning she was running late, got on the bus, and in a panic realized she had forgotten her morning ritual. Frightened she might lose her lovely boobs if she didn’t recite the ritualistic rhyme, she stood right there in the middle aisle of the bus, closed her eyes and said, ‘Scooby doobie doobies, I want bigger boobies.’ A guy sitting nearby looked at her and asked ‘Oh! Are you a patient of Dr. Bumbutu’s?’ ‘Yes I am.. How did you know?’ He winked and whispered, ‘Hickory dickory dock...’

Ever wonder what a man’s ultimate embarrassment might be? I’d have to say it would be running into a brick wall with a good stiff erection......and breaking his nose. And turn about is fair play...A woman’s would have to be standing on the scales and literally having to reach down and separate her sagging boobs, just so she can read the numbers.

Two little Southern girls were sitting on the front of a grand, plantation-style Georgia home. One was excessively rich, the other humble and poor. The one little rich girl opens her arms wide as she sits in her perfect hand-sewn, imported silk dress and exclaims, “my Daddy owns all this land..... as far as the eye can see, and then thousands of miles even after that”. The other little girl, sitting and rocking away A new Priest at his first mass was so nervous he could in her chair in her rolled up bib overalls and tattered teehardly speak. After mass he asked the Monsignor how he shirt calmly replies, “that’s nice”. To which the little rich had done. The Monsignor replied, ‘When I am worried girl points her finger at the nearby 3-story garage and says, about getting nervous on the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka “my Daddy owns some of the finest automobiles, both new next to the water glass. If I start to get too nervous, I take a and antique, worth millions of dollars”. The other little sip.’ So next Sunday he took the monsignor’s advice. At the girl replies, “my Daddy owns an old motorcycle, but your beginning of the sermon, he got very nervous and so, took a Daddy ownin’ all them cars.....that’s nice”. Then the little 58 - TRMI JULY 2016

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rich girl says, “do you see those stables, my Daddy owns most of the finest racing horses and breeding horses known to man. The other little girl says, “we tried to buy a pony once but they wanted too much, but the fact your Daddy owns all them horses, that’s nice”. The one little rich girl is getting really upset that the poor girl is taking everything in stride so she declares, “My Daddy sent me to Charm School and I was taught manners and etiquette by the world’s most charming, aristocratic women”. The other little girl says, “that’s nice, My Daddy scraped together almost 6 months worth of savings and I went to Charm School myself. The little rich girl bout’ chokes as she sputters out, “Oh, really, and what prey tell did they teach the likes of you in Charm School?” and the little poor girl stares directly in the rich girl’s eyes and casually replied, “they taught me how to say “that’s nice” instead of F*#* You!”. A little old lady from Wisconsin had worked in and around her family dairy farm since she was old enough to walk, with hours of hard work and little compensation. When canned Carnation Milk became available in grocery stores in approximately the 1940s, she read an advertisement offering $5,000 for the best slogan. The producers wanted a rhyme beginning with ‘Carnation Milk’ is best of all. She thought to herself, I know all about milk and dairy farms, I can do this! She sent in her entry, and several weeks later, a black limo pulled up in front of her house. A man got out and said, ‘Carnation LOVED your entry so much, we are here to award you $2,500. even though we will not be able to print it, it was a purely genius marketing slogan”. “Carnation milk is best of all, no tits to pull, no hay to haul, no buckets to wash, no shit to pitch, just poke a hole in the little son-of-a-bitch.” Q: When do you kick a midget in the balls? A: When he is standing next to your girlfriend saying her hair smells nice Q: What’s the difference between your job and a dead prostitute? A: Your job still sucks! Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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Don’t follow the herd. Unless you are the lead dog, the view never changes. Never blindly trust anyone. Ever. Its only money we can make more only goes so far. The only two things you really own are your name and reputation. Protect them at all cost. Nobody can take ’em away, but nobody can fix it for you either.

The Final Report

Respect isn’t free, it has to be earned. What you get for free has little value. If you believe that you will win, or believe that you will lose, you are right. “Can’t” is a fool too lazy to try. Be hopeful, look for the best, but always be prepared for the worst. Finally, the one I learned from my dad many years ago… If a job is once begun, do not leave it ‘til it’s done, be it great or be it small, do it well or not at all.

In the course of doing my job, I see a lot of things, meet a lot of people, and see how they live. I like to think that over Any parting shots? the years I’ve learned some things. One of the things I’ve learned is that I can’t do everything, no one can. Family responsibilities and the state of some ongoing issues force me to cut back some of my commitments. Therefore, this will be my last article. That being the case, I would like to share with you some of the other things I’ve learned. To be successful you need focus, commitment, passion, and most importantly you have to outwork and out think your competition. Competition is good, and it brings out the best in people. That’s why competitive sports are important. It’s also why nobody should ever get a trophy just for showing up. Somebody wins and somebody loses, period. I think it’s important for people to learn both. Life is a competition, only strong survive. As a society, we simply can’t continue to reward laziness. Working for what you have is what made this country great. People who refuse to work or don’t try to find work deserve to have less. America is home to the richest poor people in the world.

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BILL OF RIGHTS Amendment IV The U.S. National Archives & Records Administration

June 8, 2016

The Bill of Rights: A Transcription

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

The Preamble to The Bill of Rights Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine. THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution. RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz. ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution. Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.�

Amendment I

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the people. Government for a redress of grievances. Amendment II

Amendment X

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Amendment III

Editorial Comment: We have run this before a few years No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, back, but even more than ever, it is totally applicable. DO without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in NOT FORGET THIS OR LET ANYONE ELSE FORGET WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO ENSURE THE LAW OF a manner to be prescribed by law. THE LAND. Thanks! Vernon 66 - TRMI JULY 2016

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Relay for Life Windbags Ride Atlantic Conesville Two Rivers Music Festival Conesville Loess Hills HD & Make*A*Wish 1st Annual Benefit Pacific Junction Jun 25 Ride It Out For Amber Sarcoma Ride & Drive Polk City Jun 25 3rd Annual Remembering Jacob Ride Des Moines Jun 25 Rally for the Rock Everly Jun 25 2nd Annual Timothy Ray Teel II Benefit Run Metro HD Cedar Rapids Jun 25 Aububon Fire Department Poker Run Audubon Jun 25 Terril Legion Fun Run Terril Jun 25-26 J&P Cycles Open House Rally Jones County Fairgrounds Monticello Jun 25-26 Victory Demo Rides Fenders Cycle Des Moines Jun 26 Adams Cycles Poker Run Nevada Jun 26 Hubcaps and Kickstands Show Davenport Jun 30-Jul 2 ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally Algona Jul 1 Buffalo Days Ride In Bike Show Buffalo Jul 8 Washing of the Bikes Wilton Jul 8 Bandstand and Bikes Oskaloosa Jul 8-9 CVMA Chapter 39-3 Annual Patriot Ride Elkport Jul 8-9 8th Annual Eagle Riders Rally Shenandoah Jul 9 Water City Concert Series by Okoboji HD Jul 9 ABATE D15 Taco Run for Children’s Therapy Center Wiebler’s HD Davenport Jul 9 9th Annual Freeman Ride Avoca Jul 9 10th Annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas Fort Dodge Jul 9 3rd annual Ride For Lupus Kelley Jul 9 Memorial Ride & Drive for the Girls Waterloo Jul 9 Annual Open House C&C Custom Cycle Chariton Jul 11 Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride NMM Anamosa Jul 15-16 Across Iowa on Motorcycles from Council Bluffs To Muscatine Jul 16 Montgomery Street Pub 11th Annual Poker Run/Pig Fry Creston Jul 16 Grand Opening Road Rage BikeWorks Avoca Jul 16 7th Annual Ryde 4 Tylor in Honor of Mason Martinez Knickers Dubuque Jul 16 NW Iowa ALR George O Spain Jr Memorial Healing Run LeMars Jul 16 Ride for Time Friends of Mine Baxter Jul 16 Route 65 Harley-Davidson BBQ & Open House Indianola Jul 16 Big Barn HD Thank the Seals Motorcycle Ride Des Moines Jul 16 Thank the Seals Motorcycle Ride Bettendorf to Des Moines Jul 16 Bikers for Wishes of Iowa The Lounge Harlan Jul 16 Jesse James Chuckwagon Days Poker Run Adair Jul 16 Benefit Ride for Linn County Homeless Veterans Walford Jul 16-17 Indian Demo Rides Indian Motorcycle of Des Moines Jul 19-20 R/J Performance Indian Demo Days Ottumwa Jul 23 Water City Concert Series by Okoboji HD Jul 23 Goozman’s Westside Annual Fun Run Harlan Jul 23 Summer Celebration Big Barn HD Des Moines Jul 23 American Legion Riders Post 111 Ride to Honor Newton Jul 23 Deaf Poker Run Council Bluffs Jul 23-24 Riverside Raceway Flat Track Races& Motorcross Winterset Jul 24 American Legion Riders-Nation of Patriots Run Post 37 Ames Jul 25-26 Indian Demo Rides Indian Motorcycle of Des Moines Jul 29-31 Central Iowa Hawg Rally Norwalk

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Jul 29-31 Jul 30 Jul 30 Jul 30 Jul 30 Jul 31 Aug 4-6 Aug 5-6 Aug 6 Aug 6 Aug 11 Aug 11 Aug 8-14 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 14 Aug 19 Aug 19-20 Aug 19-21 Aug 19-21 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 27 Aug 27 Aug 27 Aug 27 Aug 27 Aug 31 Sep 1-3 Sep 1-4 Sep 2-4 Sep 2-5 Sep 3 Sep 3 Sep 4 Sep 9-10 Sep 9-11 Sep 10 Sep 10 Sep 11 Sep 11 Sep 11 Sep 16-17

CMA State Rally Ft. Dodge Solidarity Ride (8 Seconds That Night) Metro Cedar Rapids CVMA Chapter 39-1 Annual Patriot Ride Van Meter Volga City River Run Volga 3rd Annual Garwin Legion Riders Ride and Bike Night Garwin 3rd Annual Low Key Bikini Bike Wash Des Moines 9th Annual Across the Border Raid Bedford Mikey Jones Memorial Dragfest Cordova, IL CVMA 39-3 Memorial Run/Fundraiser Davenport Bikers Building Hope Ride Fort Dodge Hot August Night Car, Truck, Motorcycle, & Tractor Show Jefferson Free Show & Shine during Knoxville Nationals South Dakota Party AtlanticFest Ride In Bike Show Atlantic ABATE D15 Too Broke to Go to Sturgis Rodeo Donahue CVMA Chapter 39-2 Annual Patriot Ride Cedar Rapids 2nd Annual Old Glory Ride Oxford 6th Annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run Perry Wish Ride Council Bluffs ABATE D15 Too Broke to Go to Sturgis Mex Memorial Fun Run Donahue Water City Concert Series by Okoboji HD Boji Bike Rally Okoboji 35th Annual Baxter Cycle Motorcycle Rally Marne 12th Annual BTW Trike In Kellogg Tour de Shelby County Harlan Baylee’s Bike Run for Lupus Davenport Operation Comfort Warrior Ride Cresco Route 65 Harley-Davidson BBQ & Open House Indianola Vintage Motorcycle Auction Marne Black Tie Black Leather Affair Okoboji Classic Cars Jami Jam V: Ride For Mental Health Action & Awareness Terril AHeinz 57 8th Annual Ruff Ride Adel Ride Your Ass Off for the Donkeys Run LHHD Pacific Junction Kyle’s Mile Suicide Prevention/Awareness Ride #3 Metro HD Cedar Rapids Joni’s Roast and Ride Des Moines 4th Annual Ride to Live 4 Gibbie Suicide Prevention Ride Boone New 2017 Model Party Metro Cedar Rapids 45th Davenport Fall International Meet Redneck Revival Conesville Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier B.A.C.A. Legacy Run Adel Shooting for HEROES Anita Madrid Labor Day Fun Run to Benefit Muscular Dystrophy Biker Bash Lake Park Davis Motorcycle Rally New Hampton Rustemberfest Pacific Junction 4th Annual Ride for U of IA Children’s Hospital Davenport CVMA Chapter 39-1 Freedom Rock Ride Des Moines Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Hogs for Dogs Ride Ottumwa Adams Cycles Poker Run Nevada Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Drags Conesville

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The Hunt of a Lifetime Buffalo ABATE D15 Leaf Run Davenport Route 65 Harley-Davidson BBQ & Open House Indianola “Rock & Rollie” Benefit Ride Onawa Concourse de Cornfield Antique Motorcycle Show Earlham 4th Annual Dubuque Ink & Art Expo Bikes Blues & BBQ Fayetteville, AR 10th Annual Cedar County Heroes Memorial Ride and Poker Run Tipton Carroll Cycle Center New Model Open House Carroll 2nd Cruise Night Heartland H-D Burlington Riverside Raceway Flat Track Races & Motorcross Winterset R/J Performance Fun Days in Eddyville ABATE D15 32nd Annual Toy Run w/USMC Reserves Davenport Carroll Cycle Center Toy Run Carroll Fall Open House Heartland H-D Burlington 3rd Waypoint Gentleman Ride Cedar Rapids Carroll Cycle Center Fall Harvest Ride Carroll Tall Corn Run End of Year Prize Drawing Okoboji HD Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Drags Conesville

Oct 15 Oct 15-16 Oct 22 Nov 11-12 Nov 18 Nov 25 Nov 25 Dec 10 Dec 17

ABATE D15 Harvest Run Davenport Riverside Raceway Flat Track & Motorcross Races Winterset Hog Roast Metro Cedar Rapids ABATE of Iowa STEAM Marshalltown Carroll Cycle Center Ladies Night Out Carroll Carroll Cycle Center Mens Night Out Carroll Black Friday Metro Cedar Rapids Santa Visits Metro Cedar Rapids Holiday Open House Big Barn Des Moines

Tuesday Fenders Honda Ames (1st & 3rd May-Sept) Fenders Cycle Des Moines (2nd and 4th May-Sept) Whistling Donkey Woodward (2nd & 4th Apr-Aug) Johnny’s Pub Lake Park Desperado’s Bar and Grill Wheatland

Wednesday The Buck Snort Neola Cadillac Jack’s Baxter Slaby’s Plainview Amigos Fort Dodge 2nd Ave Des Moines (2nd Wed May-September) Thirsty’s on 3rd Davenport OP Clear Lake Ride’s Bar & Grill Ft Dodge Greencastle Tavern Mingo The Pour House, Davenport Harley Corin’s Bettendorf Gravy’s Bar and Grill Davenport

Thursday Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Mainstreet Bar , Terrill Stumpy’s Bar & Grill Duncombe Metro HD Cedar Rapids (2nd Thursday May-August) Screaming Eagle Bar & Grill Waterloo Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern (1st Thurs Start April) The Back 40 Macedonia (May-August) Barney’s Wadena (May-Labor Day) Des Moines Vintage Bike Night (1st Thurs May-Sep) Mcgrath Hawkeye HD (1st Thursday May-August) McGrath Dubuque H-D (2nd Thursday May-August) McGrath Powersports (Last Thursday May-August) Crossroads Kelley (Every Other Thursday) Spartans Pub Davenport Ottumwa Main Street Bike Night(3rd Thurs Jun-Sep) Calvin Rockett Bar and Grill Marshalltown (Last Thursday May-Sep) Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

Friday Fro’s Wilton (Starting in May) Knoxville Bike Night Knoxville (1st Friday) Bike Down to I-Town Indianola (3rd Friday) Woody’s Roadside Tavern Albion (Last Friday) TJ’s Pour House Exira (2nd Friday of the Month) Centerville Bike Nights (4th Friday of the Month) MX Revival Mitchellville (1st Fri June-September) Monroe Bike Night (4th Friday May-Aug) Thunder Nites Newton-2nd Friday May – September Ames Main Street (4th Friday May-September)

Saturday Avenue of the Saints St. Charles (3rd Saturday)

Sunday Just 1 More Jamaica (Starting in May) Haverhill Social Club Haverhill (3rd Sunday)

This list is what we have found and what has been submitted. Before heading to any event, please check weather and make sure the event is not cancelled. Not responsible for misprints and typos. If you have any other events to list, please email

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avenue of the saints ST CHARLES BIKE NIGHT W do you have going on the third Saturday of each What month? During riding season, when the sun is shining, m II’m sure your answer in some way involves two wheels. Do you like fun? How about cold drinks on a hot day? D Maybe you just like socializing with other two-wheel M aaficionados. Well if you said yes to any of these, then I have the place for you to be…St. Charles Bike Night. Festivities are in full swing from 5 p.m. til 9 p.m. We F hhad the pleasure of attending recently, and I can say for ssure that we will be back. Avenue of the Saints picked up this prime bike night A aand ran with it. Located on St. Charles Road, Avenue of the Saints has TONS of space, an amphitheater for concerts, cold beer, hot chicks, and a great menu if you need some vittles. I need to mention, that getting there is a cakewalk as well. Only 15 minutes South of Des Moines, you can get there via interstate if you’re in a hurry, or take the back roads and enjoys a little scenic bliss. Either way, the ride is smooth. If you happen to find yourself ready to head for St. Charles and Mother Nature isn’t cooperating….not to worry. If a Saturday ends up getting rained out, they have rain dates on Sundays (noon-5p.m.) so you can spend your Sunday Fun-day at Avenue of the Saints. Regardless of the day, make sure you stop by at least once and check it out…we’re pretty sure St. Charles will quickly become a favorite on your bike night list!

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