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Jeanna Winston adorns the cover this month with a few pooches from Poweshiek Animal League Shelter. Their group wanted to showcase their summer long poker run, and what better way to draw attention to their event than with a couple of nice puppies!


A good friend of mine moved back to Iowa last fall. She had left her motorcycle in Maryland and needed to get it home. She did not want to ride 1300 miles by herself, so asked if we would share the journey with her. We took off on our bike on April 25th, making our first pit stop at the Motorcycle Safety Forum. Harv and Sue were working the Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa booth. We spent the morning meeting some really good people, but eventually took our friends’ advice and hit the road. We set out for the east coast at about 11:30, arriving in Ocean City, Maryland in time for supper. We spent the remainder of Saturday evening at the Da Lazy Lizard, meeting new friends from the Thunder Roads Maryland magazine. On Sunday morning, we took a little tour of the ocean, loaded our stuff, and headed home. This trip turned into an epic adventure, filled with interesting events and new friends. Ask us about the ride; we’d be happy to share the cool stories! We arrived home on Tuesday, April 29th, cold and wet but safe with a tally of 2,697 miles over the five-day ride. I don’t venture out of Iowa often, but when I do, I like to have fun, see new sights, and ride the motorcycle as much as possible. If you are traveling out of state, take time to check out the respective state Thunder Road editions. They are an invaluable resource on the road.

destinations and entertainment in our great state. We continue to grow and expand upon that vision. This month we will increase the number of articles written about historical sites, great food and beverages, and wonderful things to do in our great state of Iowa. Bikers enjoy going out, often with a destination in mind; it is not always just for a giant party. Nothing against the parties, but there are many different opinions of what is cool. We want to showcase as much of Iowa as our pages will allow. If you know of cool places, cool sites, or cool rides, this is the place to share. Let us know what you know. Email Vernon@ thunderroadsiowa.com, or contact one of the staff and we will check it out. When you are out and about, support the sponsors of Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa. These are the people and businesses that put this magazine into your hands. Stop by, tell them TRMI sent you, and enjoy their biker hospitality. Don’t forget to recommend our magazine to friendly businesses that share our passion as well. Tell them about the Biker Friendly Listing. Twist the wick and see where it takes you! Ride Safe! Vernon

Quote of the month: We have enough “youth”. How Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa began four years ago about a fountain of “smart”? Author unknown. with a vision of a biker magazine devoted to sharing

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Vernon emailed me and asked if I would be interested in writing this month’s crew article. Naturally I responded with something like “Sure!!! I’d LOVE to!!!” (OK, maybe it was more like “I suppose I could try to come up with something.”) This started me thinking about how Lynnette and I got started with this wonderful magazine family. You see Lynnette and I have known Vernon for many years through EMS circles. This month being June marks 4 years since I found out that we also had motorcycles in common and that he had taken over Thunder Roads Magazine Iowa. As it turns out, during that time Lynnette and I were hosting the second annual Iowa Ride In focused around the Valkyrie Riders Cruisers Club group that we are associated with. I thought this could be a wonderful opportunity for some publicity! I approached Vernon about covering the ride in and writing up an article in his way cool magazine!!!!! He said he would love to but he had other commitments for that weekend. BUT... (this little three letter word ends up getting me in trouble every time!!!!) if I wanted to take some pictures and write something up he would see to it that my article would get published in the next issue. WHAT?!?!?!?!? ME?!?!?!? I’m no writer!!!! I can barely speak English much less write it!!!! (As a side note... I never thought of myself as bilingual but Lynnette tells me I’m functional in English and fluent in sarcasm! Who knew????) Well, with Lynnette’s help, that article was written... and published. “With Lynnette’s help”... that’s a phrase that I don’t use enough but it accurately describes how I get through this day by day experience we call life! Her importance in my life is only second to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! (If you want to

know more about Him PLEASE ask me!!! I would love to have the opportunity to let you know the wonderful things He has done for me and how you could get in on this action!!!) I have been riding motorcycles since I was 13 years old when my parents bought me my first mini bike. That poor thing got the literal crap beat out if it! Living on a farm and not being old enough to have a license the fields and the ditches were my riding track. (I had delusions of becoming a pro motocross rider! LOL) I credit those same fields and ditches with saving my bacon more times that I know. I have always said that off road riding is the best training anyone can have to learn defensive riding. You see, when off road you learn very quickly that you have to make split second decisions and if you make the wrong decision you end up in a pile! After a while you develop an almost sixth sense about what the right decision is. Lynnette has been on the back of our bike since almost our first meeting. I have been truly blessed with more than just a wife but truly a partner. She is more than just a passenger on the back of the bike... she is a co-pilot! On the back she is another set of eyes doubling our awareness of our surroundings. We have ridden long distance, we have ridden short distance, we have ridden alone, we have ridden in large groups. About the only thing we haven’t done is had our fill of riding!!! LOL We love to ride and we love being around fellow riders! Our biggest complaint is that life seems to constantly move forward and it gets busier and busier so we don’t have the time to spend riding we used to. We still ride every chance we can and we hope to have the opportunity to meet all of you during our travels. Before I close this I want to thank Vernon for offering this opportunity to share with all of you each month. Most of all I want say thanks to ALL of you, our readers, for taking the time to read our magazine (especially my ramblings!!!)! I think I can safely speak for the entire organization when I say putting this magazine out there for all of you is our passion and nothing pleases us more than seeing all of you enjoy it!!!! God Bless You All!!! Ride Safe!!!! Craig & Lynnette Little

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CMA Notes

For all the CMAers in the country, as of last weekend we have another Run for the Son under our belts. I would like to thank all the various groups who took part in a bike blessing, a ride or some other type of support. The RFS weekend was a success and a lot of lives will be touched in 30 different countries as well as in our own country from the effort.

Another event coming up quickly that also includes a bike blessing will take place in downtown Fulton, Illinois on June 1st. The 25th annual ABATE Bike Blessing this year has been greatly expanded to include live music, a street dance, a bike show, and a swap meet as well as shirt and leather vendors. For those of you wondering how to get to Fulton, Illinois, head right across the river from Clinton. It’s okay- you can still see Iowa. Larry and Michele Leonard at Paddlewheel Pizza & Large 1s Pub do a great job helping host this event. If you get the chance, you need to meet and get acquainted with this couple. They also have the finest pizza around which in itself is worth the trip. Karla and I always stop to visit and partake when anywhere near the area. At our bike blessings, we typically have a corporate prayer followed up with individual prayers at each of the bikes. It always amazes me when we do the blessings all the many things people need prayer for. Some are unspoken but others are really burdened with all kinds of things and want to share. When we hear about the addictions, bad relationships, accidents, jobs, health and family problems, it is a good reminder that no matter how things look, everyone has huge needs in their lives. We are all a bit bent and broken and prayer is a comfort to us all as we struggle with the issues in this life. And that’s the way it is supposed to be. God wants us to come to him in times of trouble as well as the times of thanksgiving. Scripture tells us that in this world we will have troubles but to take heart, Jesus has overcome the world. We’re told not to be anxious for anything but with prayer and thanksgiving present our requests to God. Jesus is in the restoration business! He will walk with us through the tough times. I am reminded of the poem “Footprints in the Sand” where when only one set of prints is seen, He was carrying the person but the version Karla likes is the “Buttprints in the Sand”, where He was dragging the person kicking and screaming to where they needed to go. I guess He knows what is best even when we fight it. Our tendency is to focus inward on ourselves, our problems that seem so huge rather than focusing outward on others. Second Corinthians talks of God being the Father of compassion and the God of comfort who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can then turn around and comfort those in trouble with the same comfort we ourselves received. Jesus was and is our example. He died for us all, but will you be one that accepts or rejects that gift? Blessings - Mark Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps for the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at www. cmausa.org. 8 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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Biker Friendly Directory

It’s important for you to know who your friends are out on the road! The Biker Friendly Directory is a list of establishments throughout Iowa that want you to know that they’re here for YOU. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know a business that would like to advertise in Thunder Roads Iowa Biker Friendly Places, please email vernon@thunderroadsiowa.com

Biker Accessories CoolBikerStuff.com 1606 P Avenue Milford, Iowa 51351 877-816-2200 Follow us on Facebook!!

Dubuque Harley-Davidson 145 N Crescent Rdg Dubuque, IA 52003 563-557-3735 www.dubuqueharley-davidson.com

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

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

Whipp Sales and Service, Inc 701 S 8th Street Clarinda, Iowa 51632 1.800.477.0195 www.whippsalesandserv.com

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

Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson 5320 Corporate Park Drive Davenport, IA 52807 563-355-6437 www.wieblers.com

Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1109 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062 www.fenderscycle.com

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

Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916

Harley-Davidson of Mason City 706 South Federal Avenue Mason City, Iowa 50401 WWW.HARLEYOFMC.COM 800.205.7082

J&P Cycles 13225 Circle Drive Anamosa, IA 52205 www.jpcycles.com 800-318-4823

Leer’s Cycle Center 101 Fletcher Avenue Waterloo, Iowa 50701 1-800-870-6058 www.leerscyclecenter.com

Leather & Hawgs 316 Main, Hornick, Iowa 121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa leather@wiatel.net www.leatherandhawgs.com

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

Bringing the Comfort of the Saddle to Your Iron Horse American Made Motorcycle Stirrups, Inc. 212 South 6th Street, Nebraska City, NE 68410 www.motorcyclestirrups.com

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

Dealers

Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700 www.erniesharley.com

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 www.baxtercycle.com

R/J Performance HWY 63 North Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 641.684.8400 www.rjperformance.com

Brown Motorcars 330 NW 49th Place Des Moines, IA 50313 www.brownmotorcars.com 515-282-0123

Route 65 Harley-Davidson HWY 65/96 South Indianola, Iowa 50125 www.route65,com 515-962-2160

C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494 www.cc-cycle.com

Trike Your Bike 503 1st Ave North Altoona, Iowa 50029 515-957-8920 Trikeyourbike.net

Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 www.carrollcycle.com

Uptown Motors Sales, Inc 310 Cleveland St Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2944 www.uptownmotorsales.com

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Entertainment Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30 Knoxville Raceway 1000 N Lincoln Street Knoxville, Iowa 50138 www.knoxvilleraceway.com 641-842-5431 National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925 Nationalmcmuseum.org National Sprint Car Hall of Fame/ Museum One Sprint Capital Place Knoxville, Iowa 50138-0542 www.sprintcarhof.com 641-842-6176 Vintage Sound 93.1 FM Muscatine’s Premier “B Side” Station Request Line (563)263-9393 www.Vintage931.com Listen ANYWHERE with free mobile app

Food and Drink

4th Avenue Grill 115 N 4th Ave. Logan, IA 51546 712-644-3200 Find us on Facebook Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook Beer Barn and Grill 226 State Street Kirkman, Iowa 51447 712-766-3395 Open Mon 4, Tue-Sun at 11 Bikerz 313 Main Ave. ClearLake, IA 50428 641-440-4255 Noon-2am 7 days a week BJ’s Bar & Billiards 110 Ida Waterloo Iowa Home of Full Throttle Thursdays 319-234-9810 Booneville Bar&Grill Waveland West Café 35653 Ute Ave Booneville, Iowa 50038 575-987-2237 Breezy Hills Winery 31735 Tamarack Rd. Minden, IA 51553 712-485-2083 www.breezyhills.com Broken Throttle Saloon 621 Highway K45 Whiting, Iowa 712-455-1096 We are on Facebook Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook Cadillac Jack’s 106 Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-227-3611 Cadillac Jack’s on Facebook C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close

4 Way Good Eats Where Friends Meet Wed - Sun 7 a.m. to close Luxemburg, IA. 563-853-3451 Full menu of All Homemade Goodness!

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

411 Main/Rocket Joe’s 411 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-4111

Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600 www.CatfishCharliesDubuque.com

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Cede’s Bark Bistro 519 W. Main St. Sac City, IA 50583 712-662-8072 2 Wheel Thursday $2 Beers Dew Drop Inn Bar & Restaurant 109 Main Street McClelland, Iowa 51503 712-566-9360 Mon-Sat 11:30-Close Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close Dolly’s Bar & Grill 109 N. Pine Street Auburn, Iowa 51433 712-688-2220 Come for the Food, Stay for the Scenery

Hawkeye Bar & Grill 110 North 4th Street Mapleton, IA 51034 712-882-1226 Hazard County LoungeIowa’s Premier Night Club

(above the BBQ Shack) 203 Main St. Lohrville. Iowa 51439 Open M-S 4pm-close. Sunday 12pm-close (712)-465-3278 Huffy’s Mule Barn 802 Main Street Anita, Iowa 50020 712-762-9995 www.huffysmulebarn.com Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311 KC’s Tavern 120 North Main Bridgewater, Iowa 50837 641-369-2017 KC’s Tavern on Facebook

Durango Depot 736 Burtons Furnace Road Open 3 to close

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

563-552-2291 Ferg’s Bar & Grill 806 Hwy 30 Grand Junction, Iowa 50107 515-738-5416 Where Good Friends Meet Four-Way Good Eats Where Friends Meet Wed-Sun 7am-close Luxemburg, IA 563-853-3451 Full Menu of Homemade Goodness

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

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

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

Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill 1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PM-

The Chrome Spur 105 2nd Street Schleswig, Iowa 51461 Chrome Spur on Facebook

Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. ~ Sun 12:00 p.m.

Do Drop Inn 403 3rd Avenue Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa 50128 515-314-0783

Best Scenic Road With the Best Food!

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

Kelly’s Irish Pub & Eatery 563-344-0000 2222 E 53rd Street #10 Davenport, Iowa 52807 Great Food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere

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

George And Dales Bar & Grill Downtown East Dubuque,IL Open 11 am 7 days a week Wed Bike Night 815-747-8810

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

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

Los Altos Greenfield, Iowa 641-221-9081 Stuart, Iowa 515-523-8000

Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook

Lugger’s 201 N Main Street Kimballton, Iowa 51543 712.773.8620

Greaser’s Drive-In Hwy 52 South Guttenburg, Iowa 52052 563-252-1027 Open Tues-Sun 11-9

Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230 www.midwaytavernsoldier.com

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

Montgomery Street Pub 207 East Montgomery Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-2165 Off Sides Pizza 1119 Thomas Street Redfield, Iowa 50233 515-833-2900

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Pizza Ranch DENISON 510 HWY 39 North Denison, Iowa 712-393-3333 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week Pizza Ranch HARLAN 613 Court Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2262 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788 Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Email:riversidetap@gmail.com Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p

The Edge 3157 Joliet Avenue Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-2229 The Edge on Facebook The Getaway Where to Go When You Need a Break!

221 Main Street Vail, Iowa 51465 712-677-2200 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 Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook

The Middle of Nowhere 112 Main Street Cumberland, Iowa 50843 712-774-5425 The Onion Grove Bar & Grill 502 Lombard St, Clarence (563)452-3030 Check out our fun on Facebook!!

Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill

228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865 www.partyattheeagle.com Shenanigans Pub-Dubuque 3203 Jackson Street Dubuque, Iowa 563-513-4001 Open 364 - 3 pm - 2 am Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534 Slaby’s Bar & Grill 6020 New Liberty Road Plainview, Iowa 52773 563-843-3443 Softail Saloon & Grill 811 Hwy 9 Superior, Iowa 51363 712-858-4500 Softail Saloon on Facebook

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The Roadhouse 105 Washington Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2272 Home of the Marne Burger The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601 The Wagon Wheel 521 E 7th Washington, Iowa 52353 319-653-3637 Wagon Wheel Tap on Facebook T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook

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Uncle Harley’s Bar & Grill 202 W Mayne, Blue Grass (563)381-1717 Great Pizza & Food Bikers ALWAYS Welcome Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395 Woobies 134 W. Main St. New London, IA 52645 319-367-2211 Woody’s Roadside Tavern 100 West Jefferson Albion, Iowa 50005 (641) 488-2220 Woody’s Roadside Tavern on Facebook

Guns and Ammo 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 Craig.2aft@gmail.com Dales’ Guns Buy-Sell-Trade-Gunsmithing 109 Main Street Ute, Iowa 712-885-2671 rustyshot2000@yahoo.com Locked and Loaded Outfitters 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-4867 lockedandloadedoutfitters@gmail.com

Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772 Tues,Wed,Fri 9-5, Thurs 9-7, Sat 8-12

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Healthcare/Wellness Road Weary Muscles?? Stephanie Warren, LMT Suzanne & Co Salon, Davenport, 563-355-4200 eve & wknd appts available

Insurance Matt McCall Insurance Agency State Farm Insurance 102 East South St, Tipton 563-886-6120 www.mattmccall.net

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Legal

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

Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Hupy.com

Chuck’s Cycle Service and Repair 714 East 7th Street Washington, Iowa52353 319-461-5278

IowaBikerLawyer.com Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C. Riding and Defending Your Rights for Over 29 Years 977-209-9452

Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231

Photo and Art JW Custom Artwork 610 Grove Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-577-5264 Jwagoner13@gmail.com Ullrich Photography PO Box 1842 Clinton, Iowa 52733 563-243-8715 www.natanic.com

Custom Paint Specialists 5050 ½ NW 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50313 515-971-4579 Facebook.com/CPSpaint Creative Industry LLC 200 N Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 creativeindustryiowa@gmail.com 515-689-7844 cell Dead Heads Eng, Fab, Repairs & Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 deadheadsmceng@gmail.com 712-835-3353

Services BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344 www.brubakercomputer.com

Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-5876 M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call Trike Your Bike 503 1st Avenue North Altoona, Iowa 50009 515-957-8920 trikeyourbike.net Waderich’s Towing 420 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 Phone 712-263-3687 Cell 712-263-9685

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

Elite Auto Upholstery & Embroidery

Specializing in Motorcycle Seats 1313 Walnut Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-276-4392

Ben Franklin/Radio Shack 106 N Wilson Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-4122 Hometownvarietyinc.com

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

Forbidden Angels Promo Girls 515-505-4888 fmp_operations@yahoo.com Forbidden Angels on Facebook

Main Street Bikes and Trikes 522 Main Street Granville, Iowa 51022 712.727.3515 www.shopmsbt.com

Sound and Service Bike/Car/Home Audio and TV 712 Quint Avenue Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-5403

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

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

Moser’s 4-Way Service Center Motorcycles.ATVs.Jet Skis Harley-Davidson Certified Luxemburg, Iowa 563-853-3390 Moser4way@iowatelecom.net

Tame Your Mane at MY BARBER 7th & Fillmore, Davenport 563-322-8762 Biker Owned & Operated

Revolution Cycles 120 South Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-507-9250 www.rev-ia.com

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Nelson Machine & Forge General Machining, Ornamental Iron, Weld/Fab

United Stop & Shop 810 Hwy 175 Stratford, Iowa 50249 515-838-2833 91% Premium Nolead 6:00am - 10:00pm

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70 Washington Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2220 Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541

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device to not only keep it charged but also play music going down the road. This is a great thing to have but if you like your current ride or simply can’t afford a new one then why not add something to your current ride to bring it a little farther into the technology world. Now H-D has had an iPod interface for the Harmon-Kardon for a couple of years and it is a great item to have. It allows you to plug in your iPhone or iPod touch and run your music through your existing radio controls. Biggest problem people have with this though is the price. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch and you want something a little more inexpensive then Hell’s Foundry has what you need. The Dashlink Integrated Fuel Tank Console is the next best thing to the H-D interface. The Dashlink replaces your stock fuel tank dash and has an integrated docking station for your iPod or iPhone to dock into. It does remove your fuel door and you will have to purchase and vented gas cap if you don’t like the looks of your June is finally upon us. Hopefully we don’t have a current black plastic one being exposed. Installation is total repeat of last years June with the solid rain the entire first half then drought the second. I know we still a breeze that just about anybody could handle on their need the rain with the way it has been the last couple own. Simply remove your seat off of your bike then remove the existing dash. Place the new Dashlink on of years but why can’t it do it during the week and leave the weekends alone. Better yet it can rain during the overnight hours then bright and beautiful during the day. There we go that sounds like a wonderful plan to me. Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world like that. We live in IOWA where the weather changes every hour and you never know when a random storm could just blow upon you. If we didn’t love it though, we wouldn’t still be here. It’s the price we pay to live in the land we love.

Keep on Rockin’ Down the Hiway

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top of the fuel tank in place and fasten it down with the hardware. Next you simply run the positive and negative connections to their proper terminals on the battery. From there you put your seat back on and route the audio wire up the neck on the frame and out by the handlebar on the right side and simply plug it in to your auxiliary jack on the front of the radio. TAH DAH you’re done. Didn’t even break a sweat. If you go to the Hell’s Foundry website at www.hellsfoundry.com you can watch about a five minute video that shows the actual installation. Now you will only be able to control the volume with your hand controls but all you have to do is set up a playlist on your device and hit play and ride away. The dock keeps your device fully charged. You can also use Pandora or some other radio through your device but be careful of data charges from your phone company. Now the Dashlink is water resistant so if you do happen to get caught in one of those sudden down pours it will handle it no problem but your device is a different story. Now there are companies out there such as Liquipel that have a state of the art water protection that can be done to your device. Hell’s Foundry does have other fitments for the Dashlink available and are continuing on with coming out with more. Stop by their website and see what else they have to offer. Many of the items are available through and H-D shop so stop in and check them out. Tony Darveau Carroll Cycle Center

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Governors’ report: Motorcyclist fatalities so many motorcyclists are riding,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “And fell 7 percent in 2013 we hope that these reported declines signal a positive trend in rider safety on nation’s highways.

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- For the second time in five years, motorcyclist fatalities are projected to decrease, according to a report released May 6 by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. Dr. James Hedlund of Highway Safety North, a former senior official with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, authored the “Spotlight on Safety” report, which projects that the motorcyclist fatality total for 2013 will be 4,610, compared to 4,957 reported in 2012. Compared with the first nine months of 2012, motorcyclist fatalities decreased in 35 states and the District of Columbia, increased in 13 states, and remained the same in two, the report states. All 50 states and the District of Columbia provided preliminary motorcyclist fatality counts for the first nine months of 2013, according to the governors’ association press release. The GHSA reported 4,469 motorcycle fatalities in 2009, which represented a dramatic 16 percent decline from 2008. “The decline in rider fatalities is encouraging news, particularly during Motorcycle Awareness Month when

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“But the ‘Spotlight on Safety’ report is short on hard data regarding the factors contributing to the decline,” Allard said. “That is why the AMA is helping fund a comprehensive study of the causes of motorcycle crashes.” The motorcycle crash causation study is being conducted at the Oklahoma Transportation Center, an independent and well-respected research facility at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. Funding for the study comes from the AMA, the Federal Highway Administration and the NHTSA. A final report is expected in 2015. The last major motorcycle crash study was completed in 1980, and it provided a wealth of data that has been used to develop training and strategies to help keep riders safer on the road. In the decades since, the traffic environment has changed enormously, prompting the AMA to begin campaigning for a new study several years ago and leading to the Oklahoma research. The GHSA is a nonprofit group representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Its members are appointed by their governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans

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What Type of Event is Right For You?

forget the live music; that’s one thing I definitely look for at these rallies. Camaraderie amongst brothers and sisters, and lots of parading around on our rides - some sans clothing at that. When they say, “Adult’s only,” they mean it!

The weekend is approaching, so naturally it’s time to start thinking about where you are planning to ride. Of course, it helps to have some type of guide; perhaps a magazine that has a listing of biker type events. Hmmm, where could a Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa be found? Oh yeah, in the rack in the bathroom. Oh there it is! You turn to the back pages, and look for the date. Holy Schnikes! Look at all that’s going on this weekend. How in the hell am I going to decide where to go? There must be at least 15, nope 16 different events listed for that weekend!

One of my favorite alternatives to hitting a weekend event is checking out all the different Bike Nights at the different venues. Some are held at a public conveyance, like Des Moines Fairgrounds. Some are held at taverns, and some are set up right in the middle of the town. Bike nights are a smaller version of a rally. In some of these towns, all the downtown businesses are involved. They bring in entertainment, as well as hosting contests, rodeos, and different ways for local establishments to help publicize their businesses. Newcomers get introduced to a variety of small communities worth visiting, even when it’s not a Bike Night!

Hmm, better think this one through. How much time do I have? Well, I don’t have to be back to work until Monday. That helps. What’s next? How many duckets can I afford to part with? This weekend has been a long time coming. No limits there! Companionship? Do you want to do a long-distance ride, putting in a lot of miles, with only a few stops? Or do you want to ride to an event, set up the tent and spend the weekend meeting, greeting, eating, etc., taking rides sporadically throughout the day? Heck, there’s even events that combine both of those two types. If you’re not sure if it’s your style of event, there is nearly always a reference resource for an event. Internet research is always a good bet, but if you’re not a PC person, there is usually a phone number associated with an event.

There you are: a variety of events for any and all types of people! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our Thunder Roads of Iowa staff. You never know when you’re going to encounter someone covering an event, capturing all the good times on the camera, as well as all the eye candy, both mechanical and/or human! See you soon, but I’m not telling where! Annette Murphy

Now you get your map out and look at what is going on where. You see that B.A.C.A. of Des Moines is having their 5th Annual 100 Mile Ride. It leaves from Des Moines and ends in Waukee. Nice ride, good people, and the money goes to one of my favorite causes: children and their safety! Looking forward to July, I’m thinking I will be ready for a good old-fashioned biker rally! I can’t think of a better place to enjoy that than the Freedom Rally in Algona. It’s all about adult fun and games with no regrets after the weekend! Adult beverages, adult comedy, adult entertainment, and a lot of adults that are almost as entertaining as the paid entertainment! Bands? Can’t

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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 51 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 I will revisit each county as a featured article. I 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. Jackson County Iowa

We jumped onto Hwy 52 and just sat back and enjoyed the ride along the river. The smells in the air were invigorating. The twists and turns of the river, the railroad tracks and the road took me into Bellevue, Iowa; a beautiful river town with a stunning lookout park! Whenever I am at a place like Bellevue Sate Park I can truly imagine how daunting the idea of crossing that river in a covered wagon must have been during pioneer times!

It was finally that time of year. Just warm enough to take the bike on a tour. Seven hundred and fifty miles in two days, not all of which were in Jackson County but a lot of them were! It was the first of many great rides with many great friends both new and old. The history of the people and the places along the Mississippi River are captivating and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Jackson County is about as far east as you can get in Iowa; out there in the nose of our great state, along the muddy Mississippi River. It was named after Andrew Jackson as I am sure you could have guessed and has almost 20,000 people that call it home.

As I tootled through the town of Bellevue I saw a sign that said James Long Motorcycles. How could I not stop? If you have a love of Panheads or are devoted to Knuckleheads you may have heard of Jim’s work. He is a fascinating fellow to talk to and he is regarded as an expert in these fields. We spent an hour chatting about bikes, engines, dating and marriage. He is one of those people you just want to hang around and absorb the vibe he is putting off. His place had an almost museum quality, complete

We entered the county from the southeast corner of the territory on Hwy 67, enjoying the Great River Road. We came across a Jackson County welcome center that was an old school house so I had to stop. As my luck would have it, it was closed due to illness; nevertheless, it looked like it had a fair amount of great information about the area. At this point in the trip I was a little tired, a little hungry and I believe it is fair with a to say that there was a fair amount of discombobulation going on. Nothing that a stop in Sebula, Iowa’s Island City, for a little breakfast and some aspirin couldn’t fix. 1936 Knucklehead engine. We pulled into the Restaurant, no really that was the name of If you need parts, engines the place, Restaurant and the fixins were good, the company or an entirely restored was good I learned the story of an interesting fellow with Knucklehead you really a gamey smell to him. It turned out that he had been in the should stop and talk to Jim county for the Eastern Iowa Small Animal Swap. He travels about it, just don’t ask about through the area to go to Maquoketa to the animal prices, if you swap every so often, you can find all kinds of truly have to ask exotic animals there. He was a kind, quiet fellow you probably but jjust like all of us can’t afford it. h hhad his story and he hiss was exotic animal hi I had one route bbreeding. You can planned out but find the swaps on after Jim heard Facebook. of my quest he directed me on a It was time to different course and sad sa saddle d back up and I am so glad that he kkeep ke eee heading north. did! We headed back ck 22 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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south out of Bellevue on Hwy 52 for a short mile or so and took Z15 into

nation 2010. It was an easy place to stretch our legs and enjoy the smell of the freshly tilled dirt all around us. Once in Spragueville we traveled Hwy Hwy 64 to Maquoketa. Maquoketa is the county seat and proved to be very biker friendly. A group of riders that we met there gave me some great leads for my future tour in Jones County! A fellow TRMI staffer, Jeff told me about his favorite restaurant Kalmes in St. Donatus. Great eats, biker friendly and huge on supporting their local community. I was not able to eat there but have it on good authority that the grub cannot be beat!

Springbrook then followed E17 to give the bike a chance to show me what she had on the curves and hills. This was followed by some incredible views on down E23Y, the Iron Bridge Road towards Spragueville. The Iron Bridge Road was aptly named as there was a great old iron bridge to cross and the valley’s and hills of the Mississippi River Valley were easy to appreciate. There was a quick stop at the North Bend Community Center a historic old school house that was featured in the documentary, Country School, one school one Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

Next month takes me to Central Iowa and Jasper County. I hear Cadillac Jack’s in Baxter has a great bike night on Wednesdays so I am looking forward to sliding in and enjoying some great music, bbq and beverages. Hope I see you there!

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Lights, hair, make-up, nakedness, and hot chicks: ¦need I say more? “Photo Nate,” as I like to call him, makes plenty of women feel sexy, sultry, and proud to be a part of his work…self included. Nate Ullrich has been involved in photography for over 20 years. In addition to his day job, he maintains his own equipment, and spends countless hours sifting through thousands of photos to find that perfect shot. I have worked with Nate for the last four years and have seen his behind-the-scenes work. The

the average local girl feel like a queen. The smooth words that come out of his mouth such as, “Let’s see that beautiful smile,” or, “Wow, those are some hot ass legs,” makes the shoot feel like minutes when it is really hours. I have modeled in exquisite lingerie, I’ve been topless, and once bared it all (in good taste of course). I loved every minute of it!! Preparing for the shoot is nearly as fun as taking the pictures. The makeup and hair has always been on point. Nate expects nothing but the best so he can show his excellent work. There have been a few setbacks, like the weather… I have posed in sweltering heat and in freezing cold, bundled up, and fanning off between shots. While I’m making sure my hair hasn’t fallen out of place between shots, there’s Photo Nate looking for that perfect angle and scene. I’ve seen him wiping his forehead to keep the sweat from running into his eyes, and on the ground in the mud just to get that perfect shot. Talk about BLOOD, SWEAT and TEARS! He is also the man that schedules everything, from lining up fantastic “holy shit” bikes/cars that most people only ever see on T.V to recruiting model talent. He takes time looking for local girls, gaining their trust and respect, scheduling their hair and make-up, setting up equipment for the shoot, taking hundreds of pictures, tearing down, and then finally beginning the daunting task of sorting through hundreds of photos to find the perfect one. When the work is done, it’s time to for this very deserving man to kick back, have a drink, and relax. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a few drinks with Nate and meeting a slew of interesting people. A few

outcome is flawless, but getting to that point takes time. The first time I met this very talented, longhaired biker dude, he kind of creeped me out. LOL I mean, who comes into a bar and asks the bartender if he could take their picture? But after sitting down with him, seeing a very slim portion of his work, I just knew that modeling was something I wanted to do. I am doing just that! On my first shoot with Nate I asked that his wife be present, just out of nervousness. Fifteen minutes and a few Budweiser longnecks into the session (that’s kind of a requirement for me), I felt totally comfortable. The first pictures sealed the deal for me. I couldn’t wait to be involved in more of his work. Nate makes 24 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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of these party nights have included late night bike rides to grab breakfast, listening to jam sessions, and snagging a two-page spread in Easyriders magazine. I have enjoyed nothing but positive memories working with Nate. I can’t lie; being half-naked is something I never knew I had the balls to do, but Nate has released a natural freedom from me. When I do a shoot or travel to promote his work, I feel on top of the world. I become a sexy little daredevil. It’s like someone else takes over me and I like it! I’ve posed on top of a semitruck in Sandwich, Illinois, as well as in Nate’s front yard while his new neighbors were moving in. LOL! That was a good time, to say the least! The point is, go look at that overworked, underpaid, extremely talented photographer’s work! He attends every Biker/Rat Rod Festival he can fit into his schedule. Or visit his website at www.Lyfebehindbars.com to check out all those hotties and sweet rides. Nate’s newly released 2015 calendar, known as Natanic’s Pin ups, is currently available on the website. You can see me inside the back cover. Don’t be afraid to pick one up and check those racks and assess…oh, and the nice rides too! Nate’s work is limited to the Midwest, so keep your eyes open for someone you may know. Tempting huh? Need I say more??? Nikki – Natanic’s Pin up’s Miss January 2012 and 2015 inside back cover


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MAG Corner “Give me some Fence!” So far we’ve covered a lot of ground about how to keep yourself safe while you and your bike are in motion; but what about when we walk away from our bike? Although we might be safe for the rest of the evening, an unattended motorcycle is subject to a whole new set of scary circumstances- parking damage, tip overs, curiosity seekers (especially the ones that like to have their picture taken on or near bikes they don’t actually own). One important thing that can greatly increase the safety of parked motorcycles in your area is a campaign to promote more designated motorcycle parking at area events and public facilities and businesses. This can actually be a simple task sometimes- often just asking for a designated area is all it takes. Because most of the general public does not ride motorcycles, they don’t think about places to park them either. Contact your area special events staff, and your chamber of commerce and county fair boards in advance and tell them you’d like to see designated motorcycle parking at their next event. Heck, offer to show them where it should be and help them set it up. I promise you they aren’t aware of all of the benefits offering this parking can offer them. Because a dozen or more motorcycles can park in just a few car spots, they free up a number of spaces that would otherwise have been taken up by random bikes- (and you can’t tell me you haven’t heard motorists complain that your one bike is taking up an entire precious car space!) And if your area events become to be known as biker-friendly by offering bike-only parking, they will build goodwill among riders and more of them will frequent their events and businesses. We like it if our bikes are offered safe, suitable parking. Admit it- you’re more likely to relax and spend more time and money if you aren’t worried that your bike is going to end up under somebody’s front bumper.

got to be watchful of where and how you park your ride to give yourself the best odds of returning to a bike in the same condition you left it in. Park in an auto spot in a way that lets other bikes park with you; don’t be the tool that parks one bike dead center in the middle of a parallel parking spot. Allowing room for other bikes give you strength in numbers. Cars that are in a rush to park are more likely to spot a cluster of bikes in a car spot than a single. Also, people are less likely to mess with a bike that’s in a group of bikes than a loner, more chance of people coming back you see. And when you’re looking for a spot, by all means jump in a car spot with another bike or group of bikes already there so long as you’re being there doesn’t restrict the ability of others already in the spot to get out. The only exception I’d offer to this suggestion is to allow a group of parked 1% bikes due respect and not jump in their shared spot. I’ve found it remarkably easy to get along with 1%’ers if you remember a few simple things, one of which is that they don’t like surprises when it comes to their bikes. They like to find them the way they left them and that’s not much to ask. If your ride of choice is an ‘82 BMW with PETA stickers on the tank, then that advice is emphasized. Finally, in terms of parking at the end of a row; in an odd shaped island left over or near a light pole, why not. But again the exception to this comes from personal experience- I’d parked on a busy city street at the end of a row of diagonally parked cars in a small triangle left over before the sidewalk. I returned to find Barney Fife citing me for illegally parking in a place he didn’t think was an actual parking place. I explained that I was trying to keep my bike safe, and save a full-sized spot for a car. After a lot of debate he did finally offer me a parking warning rather than a ticket but you get the point- from here on out I just take a car spot and pray for the best. And feel free to park next to me, there’s strength in numbers. Let’s have a safe riding season out there! Mark Mullins, President, MAG

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Bikers have waited for it long enough. We have suffered through months of cold weather, blowing snow and sub zero temperatures. We have spent hours turning wrenches in preparation, the thunderstorms have finally done their job of clearing the sand from the

tell the difference between wood, trash or leaves burning when you come upon it while cruising down the road. Then you roll past the aroma of a big piece of Iowa corn feed beef sizzling on somebody’s barbeque grill. It’s like an orgasm for your nose! Things have turned green again, the trees and bushes are budding out and

the sweet intersections. It is here smell of pollen fills the and it is in full force, June finally made it to air. If you are fortunate enough to have Iowa. For the non-riding readers in biker lingo that means seasonal allergies, it’s a guaranteed blow job every time “Riding Season” is officially open. The bikes are coming you ride. out of storage and the long anticipated wait for the rubber Writing a monthly column for a biker magazine can be a to meet the road is over. For the readers that ride, if you daunting task, especially this time of year when I would haven’t burned up several tanks of gas by now I hate to be rather be out riding. As I toyed around with a variety of a buzz killer but you’re not really a biker, you are a “bike topics this month my unfocused mind kept stumbling back owner” and there is a difference. to the title of this column “Road Ramblings, Random Thoughts of a Scooter Tramp”. In a biker’s life we all I think the first month of “Riding Season” should be know the importance of the road and how vital it is to referred to as “Riding 101”. The coveted first ride of our well being. In many ways, the road, the path, the the season seems to turn into a riding refresher course. destination that bikers choose mimics the lifestyles that Lesson one, be alert there are a lot of idiots out there that we live. When things get rocky bikers keep moving have forgotten what motorcycles look like! No matter forward knowing that you can ride through anything and how much time was spent through the winter making our eventually everything smoothes itself out. I had to consult bikes look different, they still don’t see us. Lesson two, my writing friend Webster to figure out the Ramblings be prepared for pot holes, those little bastards have been part. According to Webster, ramblings means confused, feeding off of the winter climate for months and they long winded, incoherent, and sprawling. Sounds like the have multiplied in size and numbers. Lesson three, plan late night activity at any biker event I have ever attended. to remove your clothing when you leave home. Dressing And if you don’t understand that, you need to attend more in layers just makes sense, what starts out as a 70 degree events. Check out the Thunder Roads Event List, surely day can quickly warm up to 90 then suddenly plummet you can find something that turns you on. to 40 degrees. Take it off then put it back on. Lesson four, don’t’ forget the rain gear! After all this is Iowa As for the Random Thoughts, here is one. When I started and a thunderstorm can blow in faster than you can ride. this article I planned to write about this hot chic that rode Lesson five, despite the poorest riding conditions after up to me while I was pumping gas at a convenience store months of celibacy if you don’t enjoy the ride, schedule an and eagerly introduced herself. Her name was Michelle, appointment with a psychiatrist and sell the bike, there is she had 400 miles on the brand new Street Glide she something seriously wrong with you! was riding, and she had left Minnesota yesterday pulling a brand new Aspen trailer that matched her bike. She Riding in June could be considered the most climatic referred to the trailer as her office, her home and her month of the entire season. This time of year it doesn’t playhouse. She quickly explained how she was on a 3 year take many miles before the brain suddenly remembers riding tour, headed for Nevada for the Laughlin River Run that the nose is useful for something besides holding up and she had 4 days to get there. She demonstrated the air sunglasses. There is something extremely sensual about lowering kit she had installed on her bike because she was the smells of early riding season. The farmers have been too short to safely come to a stop. She explained how she waiting for this season as long as the bikers have, so they made a living following bike rallies around the country are back to work putting the smell of fresh turned dirt into selling bandanas decorated with Swarovski crystals. She the air. Further down the road that smell turns into fresh had two back tire blowouts last year and quickly learned cut grass, followed by the long forgotten smell of a ripe that back tires don’t last as long as you think they should feedlot filled with cattle. You can’t find these smells in the when you’re pulling a trailer. She said something about winter because shit is frozen. It’s amazing how you can having her bandanas for sale in a number of Harley 30 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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Dealerships and hoped to have twice that many by the end of the year. She handed me her business card, encouraged me to follow her blog on Facebook then said goodbye and rode off towards the interstate just as quickly as she had come roaring up to me. As I rode away trying to refocus my thoughts on my own destination I thought, WOW she was happy and I think she winked at me when she was bragging about the king size bed she had tucked away in that trailer. Apparently my drooling must have scared her off. The moral to the story is, if you’re out and about at a rally or event and happen to bump into “Bandanas by Michelle” make sure you spend a little time chatting her up. Being a biker isn’t just about the bikes and the road, it’s also about the people that your life crosses paths with and the things that you can learn from them in a 3 minute conversation. Another random thought, the “World Ride” takes place this year on June 22nd and 23rd. It was introduced in 2008 by H.O.G. (trademark sign here) as “Million Mile Monday” its purpose was to encourage H.O.G. members around the world to rally together to ride 1 million miles in one day. It was later extended to two days which also changed the name.

make this easier for the “bike owners”, there are plenty of events outlined in the pages of Thunder Roads of Iowa magazine for you to choose from. Then tally up your miles and post them on the TRMI Facebook page. Together the TRMI readers can surely hit 40K. According to my math skills, there are nearly 4,000 people following TRMI on Facebook and 9,000 copies of Thunder Roads of Iowa magazines are distributed every month. That is 13,000 people in Iowa that ride. There will be 4 days of riding, so if each Iowa biker logs just 1 mile of riding each day, together we can exceed the challenge. My momma always said “Shifty your expectations in life are not high enough”. She doesn’t understand how difficult it will be for the “bike owners” to meet this challenge. Before I say “enjoy the ride”, I should probably explain the Scooter Tramp part of this column. I am proud to say that I am a scooter tramp. If it has wheels, I will ride it or I will die trying. Being a scooter tramp does not make me a bad person, I just prioritize life differently than other people think I should. I live for the freedom of living life on my terms, my destination is wherever the road takes me and I chose to travel it on two wheels and to the rumble of pipes. Because I am a scooter tramp people often view me as the black sheep of the family, but because I am a scooter tramp I don’t really give a shit.

Thunder Roads of Iowa does not believe in discrimination regarding club preference or the brand, make, model, style or number of wheels you ride. So I have taken it upon Don’t be a “bike owner”, get out and enjoy the ride. myself to create the first annual “Iowa Ride, 4 Day 40K” open to all Iowa bikers. I challenge the Thunder Roads Shifty LaRue readers to get out and ride as many miles as possible in Iowa starting on June 20th and ending on June 23rd. To Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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a leg over and get out on the road. Different things that we feature in the magazine are testaments to this fact such as the 99 County Tour, Will Ride to Eat, and other local event coverage articles. We love the state of Iowa, and think there are tons of things to see and do here. We are always looking for interesting sites, parties, and places to go.

For the last four years, Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa has been your biker magazine that is not as much about bikes, as it is about the biker lifestyle. We have always contended that we do not care what you ride, but just throw

Earlier this year, traveliowa.com launched an idea to educate Iowans about the travel opportunities right here at home. The economic impacts of tourism in Iowa are nothing to shake a stick at, with over 7 billion a year in revenue; it is something that Iowa businesses and attractions need to keep their doors open. The idea to show people some of the unique gems of Iowa was to take an Epic Iowa Road Trip to different locations across the state. A specially wrapped bus

with Travel Iowa logos embarked on a nine day, 2,100 mile trek around Iowa. The trip entailed hitting 33 counties, 46 towns, and 65 attractions in all areas of the state. On the bus were different Iowa Tourism staff members and a cadre of regional and local tourism partners, as well as different writers and photographers to cover the festivities. Scott Siepker, the Iowa Nice Guy and camera crew were along for the entire journey to get footage of the Iowa adventure. Shonna Bruno, the Western Iowa Tourism Region special events coordinator reached out months ago and asked if I would be interested in riding along on the bus in the Western Iowa segments to cover the trip from a biker’s perspective. I respectfully declined the gracious offer to ride a bus, and instead offered to follow the bus on the motorcycle. That is the best way to get a bikers perspective! The bus was going to be in Perry overnight on the 7th of May, and take off first thing the next morning for the legs in Western Iowa, so the plan was set. Meet the bus in Perry and tag along for a couple days to see more of 42 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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Places in 2001, this attraction continues to draw 100,000 visitors each year. The story of how the Grotto came into being is as moving as are the scenes it portrays. It is generally told as a fact that as a young seminarian, Father Paul Dobberstein (1872 -1954) became critically ill with pneumonia. As he fought for his life he prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for him for the grace of health. He promised to build a shrine in honor if he lived. The illness passed, the student completed his studies and after his ordination he came to West Bend as Pastor in 1898. For over a decade he was stockpiling rocks and precious stones. The actual work began to take shape in 1912. The designed purpose of the Grotto is to tell in silent stone made spiritually eloquent, the story of man’s fall and his redemption by Christ, the savior of the world. This place is truly a work of art in northwest Iowa. This would be a relatively close Iowa and meet other people interested in seeing our great state. Shonna’s office is in Red Oak, and her first thought was to join up with the bus in Emmetsburg, but that posed a problem. The end of the journey for her was in Council Bluffs, so she was dealing with how to get to meet the bus and not leave a vehicle stranded three hours away from home. The bus was going to go through Kimballton on Friday, so I suggested she drive to the Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa headquarters and hop on the back of the bagger and roll with me. She could then hop on the bus in Perry, and then get dropped back off to her car. Problem solved, and Shonna was good to go for a ride, so off we went. Shirley Phillips is the Western Iowa Director, and she said the bus was going to leave the hotel Pattee at exactly 8:00 am, so Shonna and I were off to meet the bus. A nice roll down Hiway 44 and then north to Perry brought us to town at 7:50 and to our dismay, saw the bus rolling away. Not a problem though, as we could catch it at the 169/141 interchange. We blasted past the bus and pulled onto the shoulder just as the bus was approaching the stop sign. Perfect timing! Shonna hopped off and the bus driver reluctantly opened the door. When he saw us blast past, he was scared that he cut us off and that he was going to get an ass whoopin’ at the stop sign. When people on the bus realized it was Shonna in riding gear and not some mean biker chic, all was good. Matt the driver was relived he did not cut off a biker, and away we went north on 169.

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The first stop was at West Bend at the Grotto. I had been to this place as a youngster, but was not old enough to fully appreciate the work and art of this place. Even if you are not religious at all, it is worth a stop. The Grotto; frequently considered the 8th Wonder of the World; The Iowan described it as “a miracle in stone.” Placed on the National Register of Historical Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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Dunigan’s Irish Pub. The pub was named for Emmetsburg’s historic Dunigan and Nolan’s Tavern where Irish tradition and folklore made the old wooden building with its dirt floors & card tables a local icon. The food that day could not be beat, and some from the tour even had time to pull a slot machine arm a time or two. The trip continued on toward Okoboji and the skies began to cloud up a bit and just about at Ruthven, the rain decided to fall. It came out of nowhere, and luckily enough, as I started to get wet, the boys at Spencer Ag were pulling in their trucks and waved me into the building. Good timing as a minute or two after pulling in the winds picked up and we watched the rain blow horizontal. After about 15 minutes, the heavy rain subsided, and it was back on the road.

wooden boats. A must see for anyone interested in boating at all. Also here were rides on the newly restored Legend Rollercoaster. On its 87th anniversary, anyone that has been to Arnold’s Park remembers riding on this wooden gem. From the park we went to see Toby at Okoboji Classic Cars. This old cat is truly one of a kind, and if you are ever in the area, it is worth a stop to check out the cars and motorcycles. In a 65,000 square foot facility, there are two “downtown” streets mocked up to be like days of old.

Leaving the lakes the I arrived at Arnolds Park bus went to Cherokee a little bit behind the bus and roamed around with the group for the 25th anniversary of Hot Dog Days. This is an annual in the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum. This is where appreciation event by over 30 businesses that serve more you’ll find unique artifacts and a rare collection of antique than 6,000 hot dogs that day. An event like this would not be complete without a hot dog eating competition. Sadly enough, the Iowa Nice Guy who competed, did not fare as well as he would have like, but gave a valiant effort. Maybe next time Scott! The schedule was tight, and on to the next stop and overnight stay in Lake View. Boulders Inn and Suites hosted the group, with food and beverage next door at Ryan’s Bar & Grill. Some of the artifacts found in the lake are encased for all to see. It is truly interesting what one may find in an Iowa lake. A nice chat with the Mayor, John Westegaard a former Marine and loves his bike and is not afraid to rack up the miles. He has done wonders in making Lake View a destination and making visitors feel welcomed. The next morning at a sultry 46 degrees, we headed off 44 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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for Manning for the German Hausbarn and Trinity Church. The Hausbarn is a unique structure in that it consists of living quarters not only for the family, with bedrooms, sitting, dining and cooking areas, but also areas for housing livestock, farm equipment and feed. Everything under one roof! Hausbarns were a common form of dwelling throughout several areas of Germany. The Hausbarn at Manning’s Hausbarn-Heritage Park was originally built in 1660. Due to many years of political conflict and boundary changes in Europe, it can boast it stood in Austria, Prussia, Denmark and of course, Germany, before it was dismantled and sent to Manning, Iowa where it was re-assembled in1996. The Historical Trinity Church began as a congregation in 1884 but this church was dedicated in 1913 and remained a church until the congregation decided to close it in 2004. Rather than see it sold or dismantled, the Manning Community Foundation raised $100,000 to move the church in 2006 to its place in the Hausbarn-Heritage Park. The unique thing about the 11 mile of rolling Iowa hills move was that the towering steeple and the contents of the building were moved intact. This church is an ideal spot for a destination wedding closer to home.

majority of mills were deteriorating throughout Europe. Harvey Sornson thought that Elk Horn should bring a Danish Windmill to Iowa and chose Elk Horn because it has one of the largest concentrations of Danes in the United States. Now Elk Horn is host to the only authentic, working, Danish windmill in America. The last stop on the tour for the biker contingency was at Avoca at the Farmall-Land-USA Museum. This is a 35,600 square foot museum which houses an incredible collection of more than 250 IH full-size tractors, pedal tractors, toy tractors, pulling tractors, artist’s prints, and other IH memorabilia. The Jerry Mez collection is a restoration work of art featuring several rare and unusual full size tractors ranging in age from 1917 to the 66 and 68 series. There is also a Tractor Widow Lounge where you can view a large doll collection. Jerry and crew were some of the most gracious hosts, and they love to share their passion for red. Over 500 miles in the two day span, lots of new faces, quite a few new places, and fun was had rolling around with the tourism folks. It just goes to show that if you are bored and cannot find anything in Iowa to do, you are simply not looking hard enough. Don’t be afraid to hop on two wheels and take a day, weekend, or even a weeklong journey of your own. Vernon

Back a bit east and southbound we went, but not without a stop at Albert the Bull in Audubon. Albert was built in 1964 on the south side of Audubon. Albert is a 45 ton, 30’ tall concrete replica of the perfect Hereford bull right down to his toenails. It is usually not the toenails that get the attention though. His rocky mountain oysters have been the target of many pranks over the years. Next stop was in Elk Horn at the Danish Windmill Welcome Center. Lisa Riggs and staff gave a nice presentation on the mill and the Danish heritage of the area. Built in 1848 in Norre Snede, Denmark, this mill and others like it in Denmark and throughout Europe were used to grind grain into flour for farmers in neighboring communities. The vast Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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When Sandy Lee, Muscatine, was injured on the job in 2009 his future on two wheels was in jeopardy. But as they say, you can take the biker off his bike, but you can’t take riding out of his heart. That is just the case with Sandy. He is working hard to get back onto two wheels and hopes to be able to rack up hundreds of (if not a few thousand) miles this year. It seems that once Sandy puts his mind to something, it’s going to get accomplished.

be the first of many trips across this great nation on two wheels. Leaving San Diego behind, he headed up to Bremerton, WA. In late April of 1975 Sandy decided the next destination was Camp LeJeune, NC. Cruising from Flagstaff to Tuscan, AZ he literally encountered an entire year’s worth of seasons in one day. First, as he got closer to the mountains, it began to rain. Then as he gained altitude, the rain turned to sleet and hail. The snow began to fall and that’s when Sandy Sandy graduated from high school in May of 1972 and left threw in the towel and turned around. After descending the for basic training a mere 2 months later. While enlisted, he mountain and heading back to Flagstaff, the frustrated biker fought in the Vietnam War. Serving as security aboard the got one heck of a sunburn. USS Constellation, ported at Yankee Station off the coast Sandy has seen 46 of the continental 48 states on a handful of of Vietnam, Sandy’s military operational specialty was bikes, touring many of the states perched upon a shovelhead. designated as an 0311 (rifleman). Although he didn’t talk The only 2 states that Sandy hasn’t travelled to on 2 wheels much about the time he was deployed, he spoke with me in are Maine & Connecticut. He & Terri have even ridden their lengths about how hard it was to return to the United States. way up to Alaska, pulling a pop-up trailer & dodging moose, Returning stateside, he was ‘greeted’ by protestors and antibear & all those other ‘big & able to hurt you’ animals that war activists in San Diego, CA. After Sandy and all the other call the Canadian Territories home. The favorite motorcycle military personnel spent the last couple years risking their of Sandy’s was a 1995 Softail, citing it was incredibly reliable lives for our safety- they were met at the dock with criticism, & very comfortable. Sandy’s current ride is a 2003 FLHT insults and taunting, a most un-welcoming welcome home. It Standard was that very moment when Sandy realized his path for the Anniversary future. Edition HD that he’s added Vowing to never let that situation happen again to any a few more service man or woman, Sandy has made it his new mission ponies to and to joyfully and compassionately welcome back all returning now boasts a Iowa service personnel; a task that pays nothing monetarily, 116 cubic inch but has filled his heart and mind with peace & happiness. motor. Sandy and his wife, Terri, are members of the Patriot Guard and Sandy is also a member of the Vietnam Vets MC. They Thunder spend many hours each year travelling around the state, Roads welcoming each & every military company home as they step Magazine of off the planes, as well as escorting fallen men & women to Iowa and I their final resting place. thank you for your service, Sandy’s first motorcycle was a 1970 Honda Scrambler 350 & Sandy!! he hasn’t been without since the purchase of that bike. Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, Sandy headed straight for ~Pinky the nearest motorcycle dealer and picked up a brand new 1975 HD Superglide (that his daughter, Melissa, rides to this day). He broke in the bike the way any single, newly free, young biker would and headed out for what turned out to Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com 48 - TRMI JUNE 2014


Gas stations seem to change ownership more frequently than some bikers change their drawers, and the downside of that seems to be some empty, boarded up building shells that just seem to sit and rot. One such building was y 44 in a sitting in Harlan, right on highway nto great location, with nothing to go in into it. The building is at 7th and Chatburn a burn atb (44) and has been sitting empty for or or some time. It is rather limited on what these buildings can be used for with space constraints and such. Casey’s General Stores owned this particular building which used to be a Kum and Go store. The question was asked to someone with Casey’s about plans for the building by the local American Legion and that got the ball rolling. With a generous gift from the convenience store giant, The Harlan American Legion Post 150 0 now has a home.

Iowa a great place to live. This new permanent post location will serve Veterans and the community as well. Members of the post have aspirations to om make this an outreach location for Veter rran and part of their mission is to Veterans, provid provide dde a safe and comfortable spot for Vetera Veterans aan to gather, socialize, become activ active, vve and be a reunion spots for uuni units if they want to reconnect after se service. To the community it will bbe offered for rent for a small fee ffor small meetings, graduation pparties, or any other type of ggathering. The parking lot is aample and paved with other close oon street parking if needed. T The Harlan Chamber of C Commerce will host a ribbon cu cutting ceremony this summer, wi with iith a dedication of the building and spec special cia events planned for August with a datee to be determined. If you wish to contact th the American Legion Post 150 in Harlan, co contact Bob Cook at 402-515-4889 con or email to rwcook50@gmail.com rwcook50

Previously the Helmer Reyalt Post s 150 st held meetings at the Veterans Auditorium d torium dit offices, or where ever they could find an open spot during meeting times. Now thanks to Casey’s, many anonymous contributors, and the law firm of J.C. Salvo Vernon who handled all the legal actions for transfer, the AL Post is becoming a reality. Locals and members pitching in to make this dream become a reality is what makes small town

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The Port on Lake Panorama

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5405 Chimra Road (1 Mile North of Panora on Highway 4) Panora, IA 50216 641-755-2900, 641-755-4240

here as long as I can remember. It has always been one of my most favorite restaurants. The menu there covers everything from appetizers to entrees including soups, salads, pizza and sandwiches. While I rarely order from the menu, on those rare occasions when I do, I generally choose the steak sandwich. A seasoned 6 ounce top sirloin steak covered with sautéed mushrooms and onions served up on Texas toast. The reason I don’t often order from the menu is because the thing that keeps me coming back time and time again is the Sunday Brunch Buffet! From 10 AM to 1:30 PM Sundays, The Port serves up, in my opinion (and since this is MY article this would be the only opinion that matters... especially since Lynnette isn’t nearby to “correct” it!!!) the best brunch buffet anywhere.

They do change up the offerings to show some variety but there are some things that remain constant. They offer waffles with a variety of toppings, mashed potatoes (REAL mashed potatoes... no boxed spuds here!!!) brown gravy that is seasoned to perfection. All this is on the main buffet line and I haven’t even started with the salad bar, desert table and the best part... the meat. But lest I get ahead of myself let’s take those I have a love/hate relationship with spring. I love it in order. The salad bar... your standard salad bar with because it’s time to get back on the bike and ride for lettuce, dressing and always some of the best potato another season! I hate it because it’s also time for EV- salad I’ve ever had (MY opinion again!)! They make ERYTHING known to man to be happening to prevent their potato salad using grated potatoes and building me from riding!!!! GRRRRR!!! I keep planning to go from there. That’s what makes it special, every fork or places to review and I keep getting reminded of other spoon full is the same consistency as the last. And the commitments that have been made!!! GRRRRR!!! flavor? Perfect is the only word that comes to mind! Deadline is rapidly approaching... Lynnette will be There are usually other types of salads to be had as gone most of the upcoming week... I got nothing!!! well. They vary the selection from time to time with the DOUBLE GRRRRR!!! (here’s a bit of trivia for you... star of the show (the potato salad) as the anchor. if, when spelling GRRRRR, you use more than 5 R’s my software marks it as misspelled! LOL Who knew The dessert table also serves up a variety of offerings. there was a right and wrong way to spell GRRRRR?!? ... anyway, back to the story...) Oh well, its Sunday noon... I guess we’ll just do the old stand by and eat at The Port. I’ll figure some place to review out this wee.... wait a minute!!! The Port!!! We can review The Port!!! So, ladies and gentlemen, I give to you my review of The Port! The Port has been around as long as I can remember. (I guess to be factual the “official” name is The Port on Lake Panorama, but we have always called it just “The Port” so please bear with me and forgive me for continuing to use the abbreviated version.) In fact, I’ve been eating 52 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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I call it a dessert table only because that’s usually when I hit it up... dessert time! A more accurate name for it is probably the sweets table since in addition to the homemade cakes, pies and other dessert items found there you also find doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and other breakfast sweets. And now for my favorites... (drum roll please) THE MEAT!!!!! (trumpets sound, young maidens throwing rose petals in the air... you get the idea.) As with the other sections of the buffet the meat section gets changed up as well, I’ve seen chicken, BBQ ribs, usually some kind of fish (that’s a meat... right?) but the main stays of the meat selection are the roast beef and the ham. Slices carved off nice and thick by a young man in a white butcher’s coat, always offering to dip the beef in the au jus for you and placing it on your plate in a neat pile. Each done to perfection, each so tender knives are rarely needed. From time to time they also offer a made-to-order omelet station. Upon completion the omelets are delivered to your table... by the time I leave they can almost make that trip blindfolded since it’s been repeated so many times!!!! Now that I’ve blathered on about the buffet, let me

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clue you into some of the other things The Port has to offer. They have a full bar and during the summer months (meaning NOW people!!!) they open up their outdoor Tiki-bar with live music on weekends. They have an observation/ dining deck overlooking the main basin of beautiful Lake Panorama. They offer a large meeting/dining room downstairs that can be used for receptions or large gatherings. They also offer lodging at their attached Lakeside Inn hotel. For more details about what is offered go to their website www.experiencetheport.com and check out The Port on Lake Panorama Facebook page! If you visit The Port on Lake Panorama on Sunday for the Brunch Buffet, which I obviously HIGHLY recommend, I suggest you pack some extra appetite in your tour pack... you are going to need it!!!! Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! Craig Little craig@thunderroadsiowa.com PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email.

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Mother Nature was a bit more cooperative with Fred & Jackie Ingraham this year than years past. The 19th Annual F&J Racing Blessing of the Bikes in Marshalltown

w who got down with h her bad self, shaking tthat tush all the way tto the floor. Don & P Phyllis Schearer took h home the award for ““oldest biker-riding in” by showing up to the party on the their Orange Crush trike and Rich Ne Nee won the “longest ride to be he here” award by rollin in from 160 mi miles away. There were a good nu number of bikes that parked ‘up to top’ to be shown off and gawked at. Al Also up the hill in the top lot, Brian Ar Arrowood & other stunt riders from M Marshalltown put on one hell of a sh show throughout the afternoon, ju jumping over 3ft tall obstacles, p pulling wheelies while hopping do down sides of crates and making a w white 50 gallon drum scream with th the back tire.

was greeted by a stiff chilly wind, but that didn’t stop the bikes from rolling into the American Legion Park. The sun popped out sporadically throughout the day keeping us just warm enough to stick around for the entire afternoon. At high noon, all of the bikes/bikers in attendance were blessed for a safe riding season by Chaplain Timothy Prusha, of the Christian Motorcyclist Association. Music from the band “Marshall County Hangmen” kept the d crowd moving creating the much desired body heat that ONE of these days won’tt be such a high commodity around these parts. Comedian “Round Guy” stopped by for some time on stage, giving the crowd a chuckle. However, Moody didn’t let the microphone get too far from his grip and he sure knows how to keep the crowd entertained. Emceeing the entire event and even recruiting the leather clad crowd for gamess and contests, he handed out an arm’s full of awards. Surprisingly, the “female bestt butt” award went to a granny 56 - TRMI JUNE 2014

T The Lovely Forbidden Angels w were on hand all day, selling raffle titickets, taking pictures with the ccrowd and generally pretty-ing up the place. They also als helped out with the live auction le by Nationally led R Renowned A Auctioneer Tom H Harris. The au auction seemed to move along at a sn snail’s pace, with mo molasses moving fas faster than the crowd wa was opening their wal wallets. Despite this draw drawback, which has already been reme remedied for future year years, over $10,000 was raised for local charit charities. The most impor important part of getting vendors togeth together, holding contests, booking band bands, collecting raffle items and all the o other leg work that goes with host hosting a benefit is showing the gen general public the overwhelming gen generosity of this community, our com community, the biker community. Tha That is the reason Fred & Jackie be began this event 19 years ago an and continues to be the driving fo force behind planning for future y years. As always, 100% of t proceeds were donated to the g great causes. The Van Orman H House, which provides shelter i order to empower women to and training in rene live at liberty with a renewed spirit, and the American

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Legion Veteran’s L F Fund both re received checks fo for $5000. $500 w was donated to a family th that lives in Cr Cresco who are struggling to make ends me meet after a dev devastating me medical situ situation. And the rest of the mon money (almost $50 $500) was don donated to the CMA CMA, to help them continue to do the ama amazing things th thatt th they d do ffor allll off us bik bikers. This was the first year in four years that it didn’t rain or snow, let’s all pray for warm and beautiful weather for the 20th Annual F&J Racing Blessing of the Bikes in May 2015! See you there! ~ Pinky

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I started off in Shenandoah, 101 N. Railroad Street at the Depot. The Depot doubles as a distillery and restaurant that utilizes locally grown produce. Some call it a lounge, some call it a microbrewery and some call it a deli. Call it whatever you want to, stop in, check out the scenery and visit with the folks at the bar, they prove entertaining. There is a strong 50’s, 60’s vibe going on with all of the memorabilia on the walls, down the halls and just about every available square inch that can be seen. It would take you quite a while to get through all three rooms to see everything. Getting back to the ale, Katie the owner’s daughter who makes the pies from scratch with as many local organic ingredients as possible was a friendly breath of fresh air. She was full of information and was happy to tell me about the beverages that they had to offer. The microbrewery was not huge but it gets the job done. They have their own ales and if that is not your thing their sarsaparilla will quench your thirst. I brought a friend along who was my resident ale drinker and she spoke highly of the Bock, she said that eating a fried pickle and taking a sip of the Stout was a delightful combination but her favorite is “Katie” a mix of two of the ales that was a nice change of pace, just ask for it by name.

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My next stop on the map took us north on Hwy 59 to Hwy 34 and west into Glenwood to the Keg Creek Brewing Company. Keg Creek Brewing is at 111 Sharp St. in Glenwood. This is the place where to my horror I learned that I am actually to be an ale drinker. Two of Keg Creeks proprietors, Art and Randy were on hand when we wondered into their joint. When offered a sample I politely declined but offered up my friend Tina as the sacrificial lamb, after all she knows her stuff when it comes to ale consumption. When Randy heard me say that he got up from his table, came over next to me at the bar and educated me. Art looked on with a bit of irreverence and At the age of thirty-seven I feel like I have a strong handle on my culinary and ale likes and dislikes. I am a grown women, I believed my pallet to be reasonably refined and trusted my ability to choose whether I wanted to be open to new flavor experiences or not. Well guess what, I was wrong, dead wrong! I embarked on a mission that is turning into a Culinary/Ale trail through Western Iowa and my mouth is excited! Please take a few moments to travel the winding roads of Southwest and West Central Iowa and let’s see what we can find. The State of Iowa tourism office in Des Moines divided all of us up into three distinct regions. Eastern Iowa has twenty-eight counties, Central Iowa has thirty-five counties and Western Iowa has the lion’s share of space with thirty-six counties. That is a fair amount of ground to cover but I am the kind of girl who relishes a challenge. If you are willing to poke around you will find some incredible places and people. 60 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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a smirk on his face; he knew what was about to happen. I am sure he sees that sort of thing all the time, Randy taking a few moments out of his busy life to teach you and make you understand why you are actually an ale drinker. I had to eat my words! They have an IPA that I look forward to paying money to drink and incredible specialty ale, a Scottish style Sesquisippi. This of course is only in limited release and with just sixty gallons of it available I am sure it will be sold out by the time this get’s to press. I will be making sure to make a return trip back to Glenwood be buy a growler before they run out. There is quite a bit of history to be learned at Keg Creek Brewery so make sure to go when you have time to sit around and chat for awhile! Their hours of business are Wednesday through Friday 4:00 – 10:00 and Saturdays from high Noon to10:00 pm. Don’t be afraid to bring a nice piece of meat with you, they have a grill out back on the patio so you and your friends can kick back and relax the afternoon away with good food and good drink but don’t forget a little extra for the bar tender. After learning that I was actually an ale drinker I was ready and open to a little more self-discovery. I grabbed L43 and headed north up this beautiful windy road until I hit H12 and went a short bit west until I found L35 and headed north which lead to I80. At this point I really recommend getting out your GPS as there are a number of equally stunning ways to get to your next stop of Doe’s and Diva’s. It is a bit more difficult to get to at 31140 185th Street in Honey Creek. They are the only registered goat and sheep Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

milking dairy farm in the state. No matter the route that you take, I must warn you there are about five miles of gravel. The drive is worth it, the views are spectacular and the cheese is curiously delicious. Doe’s and Diva’s is a family affair with Janna doing most of the milking her husband Tom doing most of the animal care and their son Matthew selling and marketing at an array of farmer’s markets in the area! They are a truly organic farm, no chemicals, no hormones and rotational grazing. The mixture of sheep and goat milk makes for a creamier cheese. I enjoyed the garlic cheese and the roasted red pepper cheese the most. Janna assures me that if I mix some of the red pepper cheese in with my pasta it will be a sauce unto it’s own. The shop at the farm is always open as long as there is product to sell and you can also find Doe’s and Diva’s cheese, soap and lotion at the Harrison County Welcome Center on Thursdays from 3:30-6:30, also on Thursday at the Council Bluffs Farmers Market on Main St. from 5:00 to 8:00 and any day of the week at the Madison Avenue and Broadway Hy-Vee stores. After sampling the cheese and softening my hands with lotion I decided to check out Breezy Hills Winery. They are reasonably local to where I am from and I am quite familiar with their wine offerings. What I was not familiar with was the fact that they now sell some Iowa Ale and also have some domestic beverage offerings. Breezy Hills is located outside of Minden, Iowa on a hilly, curvy road, 31735 Tamarack Rd. They are a family owned and run entity. At different times during the year you can chill on their patio and enjoy live music. On Friday nights from May thru July they offer www.thunderroadsiowa.com

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grilled chicken wings and wine-a-ritas on the patio. In the early fall Breezy Hills offers harvest grape stomp events. Early on Saturday mornings people come to the winery and pick the grapes, then they stomp them and are privy to the beginning stages of wine making. This is all followed by a lunch, the caveat being the fact that during the entire harvest process you are allowed to consume as much product as you would like. This seems like an event that I would enjoy attending! Check out Breezy Hills on Facebook and Twitter for their lists of events! From Breezy Hills it is an easy slow rolling ride to Elk Horn, Iowa. Just take Hwy 83 east over the gentle hills to Hwy 173 and follow that north to The Danish Inn in Elk Horn. From locals to travelers alike people flock to the Danish Inn to enjoy their authentic culinary offerings. If you are at all Danish or wonder what it would be like to feel Danish even for a moment you need to take a moment and check them out. The Danish Inn is locally owned and operated. There are a multi generation family working hard to perpetuate the Danish way of life through food, friends and family! Tuesday nights embark upon a Danish food extravaganza! Any day of the week you can stop in for some Danish Rye bread. The rye bread is hand made from scratch with rye flour ground across the street from the restaurant in the town’s authentic Danish windmill. You can enjoy Frikadellar, a Danish meatball, Mediserpoles which are a Danish sausage, Morbrod a pork loin stuffed with prunes and apples picked out of a local grove and Dodkal, a red kind of sweat and sour cabbage. However, if Danish fare isn’t your cup of tea then you need to check out a Thursday. On a Thursday night the all you can eat Alaskan Snow Crab legs cannot be beat for $26.99 and that includes beer battered shrimp, homemade crab cakes, hand cut and breaded calamari, Pollock, muscles, salmon and prime rib. My stomach hurts just thinking about this feast. More information can be found online at their web site, www. danishinnrestaurant.com.

exciting opportunities. They can guide you to a good place to eat locally grown food produced by Iowa residents ensuring economic stimulus. They can direct you too a fantastic place to drink, businesses utilizing whiskey barrels from other Iowa businesses to age their products in. They can let you know of a unique place offering products that can clear up your skin and moisten your rough weather beaten hands. If you would like more information about Western Iowa Tourism please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call them or reach out on the World Wide Web. They are always ready, willing and able to inform and educate. I have started my journey through central and southwestern Iowa. Next month I look forward to finding a little more ale and a little more food that tantalizes my taste buds. I am sure I will find some people along the way who will teach me a thing or two about myself. If there is a place that you know of that does a fantastic job of utilizing locally grown fare in their business or has a special gift mixing up an eclectic ale please do not hesitate to drop me an e-mail at dring@thunderroadsiowa.com. Next month I look forward to getting out and seeing what Northwestern Iowa has to show me. See you on the road. Dring@thunderroadsiowa.com

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A pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel between his legs. The bartender asks “why do you have a steering wheel between your legs?” The pirate replies “Arrggh, I don’t know, but it’s drivin me nuts”

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God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.

The bride tells her husband, “Honey, you know I’m a virgin and I don’t know anything about sex. Can you explain it to me first?” “OK, Sweetheart. Putting it simply, we will ll call your private place ‘the prison’ and call my private thing ‘the prisoner’. So what we do is: put the prisoner in the prison. And then they made love for the first time. Afterwards, the guy is lying face up on the bed, smiling with satisfaction. Nudging him, his bride giggles,“Honey the prisoner seems to have escaped.” Turning on his side, he smiles.“Then we will have to reimprison him.” After the second time they spent, the guy reaches for his cigarettes but the girl, thoroughly enjoying the new experience of making love, gives him a suggestive smile,“Honey, the prisoner is out again!” The man rises to the occasion, but with the unsteady legs of a recently born foal.

I was always taught to respect my elders, But it keeps getting harder to find one. A woman asks a man who is traveling with six children,“Are all these kids yours?” The man replies,“No, I work in a condom factory and these are customer complaints”. A three-year-old boy was examining his testicles while taking a bath. “Mom” he asked,“are these my brains?” “Not yet,” she replied. On hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went straight to her grandparent’s house to visit her 95 year old grandmother and comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother replied,“He had a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning.” Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100 years old having sex would surely be asking for trouble.

“Oh no, my dear,“ replied granny.“Many years ago, realizing our advanced age, we figured out the best time to do it was when the church bells would start to ring. Afterwards, he lays back on the bed, totally exhausted. It was just the right rhythm. Nice and slow and even. Nothing too strenuous, simply in on the Ding and out on She nudges him and says,“Honey, the prisoner escaped the Dong.” again.” She paused, wiped away a tear and then continued, Limply turning his head, He YELLS at her,“Hey, its not a “And if that damned ice cream truck hadn’t come along, life sentence, he’d still be alive today!” OKAY! Five days a week my body is a temple. The other two it’s Q:Why doesn’t a chicken wear pants? an amusement park. A: Because his pecker is on his head! Q.What did the penis say to the condom? The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is A. Cover me im going in! that they would ‘hate’ to have to make a living under the Q.What’s the last thing that goes through a fly’s mind laws they’ve passed. when it hits a windscreen? A. It’s arse! I dialed a number and got the following recording:”I am Q.What did one saggy tit say to the other saggy tit? not available right now, but thank you for caring enough A. If we don’t get some support soon, people will think to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please we’re nuts! leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your Q. How can you tell when a women is having a bad day? call, you are one of the changes.” A. She has her tampon behind her ear,and she can`t find My wife and I had words, But I didn’t get to use mine. her cigarette. Q.Why dont blind men skydive? Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your A. Because it scares the shit out of the dog glasses. 70 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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P.S. The good folks at the American Save the Date: motorcycle association have On Saturday June 7th informed me that Abate of Iowa Dist. 20 as of May 1st, the will be having their annual Fundraiser Party and EPA has publically acknowledged that ethanol in Ride. The events will take place at the Ickey Nickel gasoline can damage internal combustion engines (on the North end of town on Business Hwy 75). So by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly what’s going on and why should you care? Let’s see causing component failures. The EPA statements if I can give you some answers. support the AMA position that inadvertent mis-fueling with E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) could The event kicks off with sign in for the fun run starting damage the engines of the estimated 22 million at 10:00 AM. The ride will feature several stops motorcycles and ATV’s currently in operation, as located in the heart of the scenic Loess Hills. Back well as void manufacturer warranties. For more at the Nickel there will be all sorts of biker games information on this check it out at including a rodeo, burn out www.americanmotorcyclist. pit, show and shine, baggo, com/rights and horseshoes. On top of that, volleyball is available Keep in mind that the small on one of the three sand air cooled engines used courts. Later on Jan will be in snow blowers, lawn serving one of her famous mowers, snow machines, buffet style meals and weed whackers, cultivators, Abate of Iowa Dist. 20 will tillers, trimmers, etc. are be putting on an auction to also adversely effected by raise money to continue their using ethanol. In addition, efforts to safeguard our rights the owners’ manuals on my as motorcycle riders. Later yard equipment warn that on Big Dog entertainment using gasoline containing will provide the music. This will definitely be a party. over 10% ethanol (E90) will void the warranties as Abate of Iowa is non-profit organization that invites well. As consumers, we are free to do what we want all riders to unite in brotherhood to safeguard our to. I’m just trying to provide you with the information rights and still remain individuals. Ever since 1986, to make an informed and intelligent decision. Abate of Iowa’s mission has been to make sure that motorcyclists are both seen and heard. All of the Comments? Contact me at proceeds go to help finance an organization that’s peter@riderpromotions.com been working for all of us for over 25 years. Join us and meet some new friends.

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The event will be held in the courtyard located on the east side of the building. A rain date is scheduled for July 27th at 1:00pm. For questions please contact Elyse Schloemer, Activity Coordinator at (641)4564701.

2ndd Annuall Motorcycle l Show h Back by popular demand, the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton is having their 2nd Annual Motorcycle Show on Sunday, July 13th at 1:00pm at 700 2nd Street SE, Hampton, Iowa. The Motorcycle Show started in 2013 when a resident’s son, Darwin, and daughter, Luella, wanted to do a special show for their mother. Both son and daughter share their passion of riding motorcycles with one another and wanted to share it with residents. This sparked memories and socialization among other residents who enjoyed seeing the different styles of motorcycles and hearing the biker’s stories. Some residents had never seen a motorcycle before and other’s had experiences that they shared with the biker’s. This year along with the Motorcycle Show, the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton will be Blessing the Bikes with local Pastor, Jacob Rahrig, from the Church of the Living Word. Each motorcyclist will be blessed with a prayer for safe travels through the season. All motorcyclists are welcome to join the show. Line-up will begin at 12:00pm with the show starting at 1:00pm.

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Tuesday

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Desparado’s Wheatland Brooklyn’s Bar & Grill Ottumwa Lynch’s Bar Rockwell City Century Bar Alta Starr’s Two Wheel Tap Davenport Kitty’s Long Branch Saloon Atalissa The Outfield Richland Wednesday SOS Clubhouse Muscatine Slaby’s Plainview Wiebler’s HD (Alternating weeks) Davenport Greencastle Tavern Mingo Shenanigan’s Boone OP, Clear Lake Cadillac Jack’s Baxter Ride’s Bar & Grill Ft Dodge Shuey’s Shueyville Joe’s Nighthawk Waverly The Pour House Davenport Quaker Steak & Lube Council Bluffs Samz Sports Bar Muscatine 2nd Ave Bike Night (2nd Wednesday) Des Moines Joe’s Night Hawk Waverly Fro’s Wilton Dee’s Catfish Cove Davenport George and Dales East Dubuque The Edge Missouri Valley

Thunder Nites (2nd Friday) Newton May thru Sep Knoxville Bike Night (1st Friday) Knoxville Dubuque Harley-Davidson (Last Friday May-Aug) Spanky’s Bar & Grill Emerson Bike Down to I-Town (3rd Friday) Indianola Woody’s Roadside Tavern Albion last Friday Biscuit’s Bar and Grill Buffalo Onion Grove Clarence Breezy Hills Wings & Wine-a-Ritas Minden Saturday Winterset Bike Night (3rd Saturday) Winterset Von Tuck’s/Dave’s Place Oelwein Taylor County Bike Night (July 26th) Gravity Gravy’s Bar and Grill Davenport Sunday Dolly’s Auburn The Edge Missouri Valley Haverhill Social Club (3rd Sunday) Haverhill Scooter Sunday 411 Main Griswold Team 36 Mitchellville Icky Nickel Sioux City Captains Quarters Bike Days Adel Avenue of the Saints (2nd Sundays) St Charles

Thursday Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Harlan Ferg’s (Last Thursday) Grand Junction Krazee Kafe, Des Moines Chrome Horse Saloon/JP Cycles (2nd Thursdays) Screaming Eagle Bar & Grill Waterloo The Buck Snort Neola BJ’s Full Throttle Thursdays Waterloo The Wagon Wheel Washington Crossroads Tavern (every other) Kelley Crazy Coyote (3rd Thursday) Burlington Ducky’s Lagoon Taylor Ridge IL Jesse’s Saloon Silvis IL Throttle Thursday Dillon Bros HD (1st Thurs) Omaha 76 - TRMI JUNE 2014

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May 24 Main Street Bikes & Trikes Open House/Fun Run Granville May 24 Summer Kick-Off Bikes & BBQ Wieblers H-D Davenport May 24-25 Midway Tavern Annual Fun Run, BBQ, Street Dance Soldier May 25 9th Annual Dan Sesker Memorial Poker Run Ogden May 30-Jun 1 Eastern Iowa Ain’t Playin’ Possum Party Muscatine May 31 Carroll Cycle Center Rock N Ride Carroll May 31 Marty Davidson Memorial Poker Run Oskaloosa May 31 ABATE D23&16 Ride/Fun Run Waterloo May 31 Honor Flight Benefit Ride Blairstown Jun 1 65th Annual Hill Climb & Swap Meet Anamosa Jun 6-7 VMC (NC) Regional Meet Werner Cycle Omaha,NE Jun 7 Loess Hills Harley-Davidson Anniversary Party Pacific Junction Jun 7 Juices Ride 5 Dubuque Jun 7 ALR Post 166 Charity Ride Shellsburg Jun 7 ABATE D12 The Pig Out Lake Rathbun Jun 7 TeamZ Poker Run Alden Jun 7 Dillion Naslund Memorial PTSD Awareness Run Alta Jun 7 Ride For Life Ride Elkader Jun 7-8 Vintage Rally and Bike Show Anamosa Jun 8 20th Annual Iowa Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ride Coralville Jun 12-15 HogRock Cave in the Rock, IL Jun 13 Vintage Motorcycle Races Knoxville Jun 14 6th Annual Bell Tower Festival Poker Run & Cycle Show Jefferson Jun 14 ALR/Vodec of Iowa Blackjack Run Council Bluffs Jun 14 Old Glory Poker Run Adel Jun 14 Rigid River Run Dubuque Jun 14 ALS benefit for Greg Leonard Jamaica(IA) Jun 14 Wallace Winkie Post 39 Legion Poker RunBelle Plaine Jun 14 Iowa City Eagle Riders Poker Run Jun 14 Shayla BeeRamblin Roadshow Run Spencer Jun 14 Abbey Spanjer Benefit Run Lake View Jun 15 AMA Grand National Flat Track Racing Knoxville Jun 16 National Ride your Motorcycle to Work Day Jun 19-21 Romper Room Fun Run Earlville Jun 19-21 Awesome Biker Nights Sioux City Jun 19-22 Throttle Fest Chicago Jun 20-21 Big Barn H-D Spring Open HouseDes Moines Jun 20-21 RJ Performance Victory Demo Days Ottumwa Jun 20-22 Rumble in the Stalks Conesville Jun 20-22 3rd Blackhawk Lake Trike-In Lakeview Jun 20-22 Central Iowa Hog Rally Waukee Jun 20 Relay for Life Ride by Wind Bags Atlantic Jun 21 ABATE D14 30th Baldy Memorial Ride Fremont Jun 21 ABATE D14 29th Anniversary Party What Cheer Jun 21 Big Dam River Run Omaha, NE Jun 21 Rally for the Rock Everly Jun 22 8th Annual Angels for Sam Benefit Ride Des Moines Jun 22 GWTA Motorcycle Ride Hastings Jun 27-28 Maquoketa Motor Madness Maquoketa Jun 27-29 J&P Open House Anamosa Jun 28 Roar Into Harlan Fun Run Harlan Jun 28 Shenanigans Pub Freedom Ride for the Veterans Center Dubuque Jun 28 Ride it Out for Amber Polk City Jun 28 Girls Ride Waterloo Jun 28 Lady’s Cancer Ride Mason City Jun 28 First Annual BDADD Awareness Cruise & Concert Des Moines Jun 28 Okoboji Harley-Davidson Old Iron Cruise In Party

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Jun 28 Blown Budgets Club Cruze Night Muscatine Jun 28 Operation Comfort Warrior Ride Waukon Jul 3-5 ABATE Freedom Rally Algona Jul 4 Blues,Brews & BBQs Festival Glenwood Jul 5 7th Annual Freeman Ride Avoca Jul 5 Patriots for Pets Ride Mason City Jul 5-12 Summer Open House Metro H-D Cedar Rapids Jul 11 Goozman’s Westside Poker Run Harlan Jul 11-12 English River Outfitters Veterans Bike Jamboree Washington Jul 12 6th American Soldier Past & Present Poker Run Brighton Jul 12 Fun Days Poker Run Calamus Jul 12 Angel Ride to Save the Tatas Fort Dodge Jul 12 Goozman’s Westside Poker Run Harlan Jul 12 5th “Co” Smith Memorial Ride Fairfield Jul 12 Jeff Ernzen Ride and Benefit Farley Jul 13 2nd Annual Bike Show Rehabilitation Center Hampton Jul 19 MurphFest Panora Jul 19 Women’s Ride by Wind Bags Atlantic Jul 19 Ride 4 Time Baxter Jul 19 Patriot Ride Quasqueton Jul 19 Hogging for Heroes Hoopla Anamosa Jul 20 Butterfields M.C. Parts Hot Dog Daze Omaha, NE Jul 26 7th Brooke Barber Memorial Poker Run Mount Ayr Jul 26 Christmas in July Toys 4 Tots Ride Anamosa Jul 26 2nd Annual Onion Fest Clarence Jul 31-Aug 2 7th Annual Across the Border Raid Bedford Aug 2 2nd Annual Ride to Live 4 Gibbie Fun Run Boone Aug 3 School Supply Ride Mason City Aug 4-10 South Dakota Party Aug 9 AtlanticFest Ride In Bike Show Atlantic Aug 9 Mighty Mississippi HOG MDA Hope Ride Dubuque Aug 9 4th Annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run Perry Aug 9-10 ABATE D15 Too Broke to go to Sturgis Rodeo Donahue Aug 15-16 American Victory Rally Spirit Lake Aug 16 Lu Brown’s Hep C Ride Richland Aug 16 Bob Ezarski Memorial Run Hampton Aug 16-17 33rd Annual Baxter Days Marne Aug 22-24 Party in the Pasture Softail Saloon Superior Aug 22-24 BTW 10th Annual Trike In Kellogg Aug 23 AHeinz57’s 6th Ride Your Hawgs for Dogs Run Adel Aug 23 Vic’s Main Tap 6th Annual Fun Ride Audubon Aug 23 Old School Bike Show and Rodeo Muscatine Aug 23 B.A.C.A. Bike Bash Des Moines Aug 23 New Model Party Metro H-D Cedar Rapids Aug 23 Big Barn H-D Fall Open House Des Moines Aug 23 Challenge Run Dolly’s Auburn Aug 23 4th Annual Bill Vincent Memorial Ride Keota Aug 23 Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS) Fun Run Grinnell Aug 24 Children’s Miracle Network Fun Run Ida Grove Aug 28-30 43rd Int’l Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Davenport Aug 30-31 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier Sep 5-7 Hogs4Dogs Benefit & Ride Ottumwa Sep 5-7 Davis Motorcycle rally New Hampton Sep 6 National Motorcycle Museum SideCar Rally,Anamosa Sep 6 Sidney’s Wish Poker Run Des Moines Sep 6 3rd Hope for Hayley ITP Benefit Ride Kelley Sep 6 U of IA Children’s Hospital Poker Run Davenport Sep 11 911 Ride Mason City Sep 12-14 25th State Line End of Summer Rally Keosauqua

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Sep 13 7th Cancer Benefit “RIDE FOR THE TA TAS” Kirkman Sep 13 Celebrate Freedom Run Catfish Charlies Dubuque Sep 14 Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Sep 19-21 Rumble in the Stalks Conesville Sep 20 Fall Open House Wieblers H-D Davenport Sep 20 Cedar County Heroes Memorial Ride Tipton Sep 21 Concours de Cornfield Antique Motorcycle Show Earlham Sep 24-27 Bikes Blues & BBQ Fayetteville, AR Sep 27 Carroll Cycle Center Open House Carroll Sep 27 Chosen Few MC End of the Year Party Cedar Rapids Sep 27-28 RJ Performance Fun Day Eddyville Raceway Park Sep 28 Fall Balltown Ride Wieblers H-D Davenport Sep 29 Big Barn H-D 7th Annual Summer Ride ends Des Moines Oct 2-5 Hog Rock’Toberfest Cave in the Rock IL Oct 4 Tailgate Party Wieblers H-D Davenport Oct 4 2nd Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Ride Cedar Rapids Oct 4 Toys for Tots Mason City Oct 5 Big Dog Wine Run with Dogs on Skis Tama Oct 5 30th Annual Toy Run w/USMC Reserves Davenport Oct 5 ABATE D19 Toy Run Denison Oct 5 Carroll Cycle Center Toy Run Carroll Oct 12 ABATE D4 31st Toy Run Des Moines Oct 16-19 Biketoberfest Daytona, FL Oct 19 Eagles Toy Run Atlantic Oct 31 Halloween Party Metro H-D Cedar Rapids Nov 7-9 ABATE of IOWA STEAM/BOD Mt. Marshalltown Nov 21 Carroll Cycle Center Ladies Night Out Carroll Nov 28 Turkey Run Clinton Nov 28 Carroll Cycle Center Guys Night Out Carroll Nov 28 Black Friday Metro H-D Cedar Rapids Dec 13 Carroll Cycle Center pictures with Santa Carroll Dec 13 Santa Metro H-D Cedar Rapids

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