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Welcome to June 2017 and the 85th issue of Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa under our watch. June marks our 7th anniversary as the first issue we published was June of 2010. We are starting our 8tth year of publishing Iowa’s Biker Magazine that has always been “About Iowa, For Iowa, and From Iowa” and wanted to say thank you to the sponsors and supporters, the readers, and the dedicated TRMI staff that make this thing work every month. Without all of you we could not do this and be the voice of Iowa’s bikers and the source for information about the motorcycling community in our great state. We all love to see where this thing has come from and where we are today. We have come a long ways.

respectively to try to start fresh from some bad mojo in their home state. Willie bought the rights to Thunder Roads Minnesota, and bought the rights to Thunder Roads Iowa for his boy Joe. Joe needed to relocate to Iowa, and wanted to be in the center of Iowa, so he chose to rent a place in State Center. Not saying that was the wisest choice for being in the heart of Iowa, but it was in Iowa. They set up shop and started up Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa with the first issue by Joe Matthews on the shelf for the December 2009 issue. In early January of 2010, Joe got a hold of Paul at Hawgstock and asked for a press release or any other photos or information on the rally. Paul asked that I write up something and submit to Joe and I did. Joe liked the article and then asked if I could check out this business or that and With the great levels of gratitude that make sure this write some more articles. He also asked if I could go to magazine makes it to the printing presses at Sutherland LeClaire and interview our now good friend Frank Fritz and Printers in Montezuma every month, I thought we would his television partner Mike. We did that and that article was look back a little bit and give you all some insight. Often picked up by all of the other Thunder Roads issues in the we are asked how we got started with this thing we call other states. In a few short months most of the content was Thunder Roads Magazine coming from us on our end, and in April of 2010, Joe and of Iowa, so thought we Willie asked if we wanted to buy Thunder Roads Iowa from could share that with them and just take it over. Our first issue was June of 2010, you right here. I helped just six short months after TRMI started, and we have made out at a rally that many it in to what it is today with all of your help and continued of you may remember support! called Hawgstock outside of Winterset. As I was It sure has been a great ride so far, with no end in sight a Paramedic at the time, as long as we can keep putting Iowa motorcycle stuff on the EMS coverage for our pages that you all like to read and the sponsors like to the rally grounds fell on support. Thanks again to everyone that reads, subscribes, my shoulders and I was advertises, sponsors, works for TRMI, shares the words, glad to volunteer to help articles, jokes and photos in TRMI, follows the website out. Helping out Paul or Facebook page, or is a part of our TRMI lives. It truly and Cat was rewarding means the world to us to have you standing next to us. Take and one hell of a lot care and ride safe, and hope to see you on the road! of fun, and Paul got to know my background Vernon, Melanie, Sabin, Soren, and Violet a bit and knew that I could occasionally have a way with words. That comes into play here in a little bit in this story, but first a little bit of other background that was happening in an alternate reality. Willie Matthews was a good ole boy from Oklahoma with a son named Joe. The pair of them relocated to Minnesota and Iowa 4 - TRMI JUNE 2017

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If you are involved in the smartphone world at all, you’re probably aware of Facebook and how it has influenced the way people communicate. And even more it is changing the way people live their lives. Our daughter was sighing one day about how it seemed like her kids were pressured to do everything with an eye as to how it would look on Facebook.

typically live life to impress the people around us, trying to show them how tough we are or how smart we are or how we have it all together. We don’t have the same control over our real-time life as a person posting on Facebook, but we’re still motivated by the same desire – to project the image about ourselves that we want others to see.

Here’s the uncomfortable truth about all that: the un-seen spiritual world is watching us frantically post to the “wall” of our lives just like all of us riders were watching our little girlfriend post on her phone that day. No matter how much we want to “manage” the truth about ourselves, we can’t hide anything from This phenomenon isn’t limited to kids, either. Not too long the Lord. Hebrews 5:12 & 13 say this: “For the ago, we joined up with a group of riders who all had the word of God . . . exposes same goal for a sunny Saturday: we wanted to meander along some pretty back roads and later eat lunch in a town our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in north of here. We met at one of the gas stations in town and after topping off, Mark and I milled around with all the all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, other riders who were catching up on gossip and laughing and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” I don’t with one another. Well, all but one. She had her face buried in her phone, typing away. I assumed she had some know about you, but I don’t have to think any further back home matters to deal with and didn’t disturb her other than than this day to find a mess in my life. The thought of to say hey. Eventually, everyone saddled up and we set off being held accountable before God for my entire life of mistakes and sin would be terrifying - except that those to enjoy the beautiful day. verses aren’t the end of the story. Verses 14 – 16 go on to say, “We have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God . . We probably hadn’t been on the road for much more than half an hour when I noticed the road captain looking in his . who understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testing we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to mirror more and more frequently. I sneaked a peak in my the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his own mirror and could see a bike sputtering along slowly, mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it but couldn’t tell who was on it. The RC pulled the group most.” over and went to check the situation out. He came back with a slight twitch in his eye. “She ran out of gas,” he said. Apparently, “she” had been so busy texting at the gas What a relief! The truth that I am a mess is countered by the truth that God can fix me, if I will just turn to him. I station that she forgot to refuel her tank. don’t need to Photoshop my life or edit my comments because he has already seen it all and still he loves me. You would have thought that the outcome of that incident would have sent a gentle message for her to pay attention May this truth bring you God’s peace – Karla to life around her, but nope – she continued typing away as we all waited by the side of the road for our RC’s wife to arrive from town with a can of gas, and she typed at the Mark and Karla are Area Reps with the Christian restaurant, and she typed at the subsequent stops the rest of Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at . the day. Someone finally broke through her concentration enough to ask if there was some emergency at home and she said, “No, I’m just posting all about our ride on Facebook!” I concluded that she was more interested in how the ride was perceived by her world of FB friends than she was interested in the ride itself or in the people with her. I’m just wicked enough that I wondered if she had told her FB friends about the gas incident and thought it was pretty silly – right up until I realized that according to the Bible, we’re all engaged in a similar action every day! We 6 - TRMI JUNE 2017

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

Biker Accessories Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916 Leather & Hawgs 316 Main, Hornick, Iowa 121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa

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


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

Marshall County Hangmen DUO ACT AVAILABLE Bike Nights, Bars, Private Parties Large Events & Small Dave Gray 641-691-0822

Calvin Rockett Bar & Grill 2013 South Center Street Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-328-1033 Open 7 Days a Week 11 – Close

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

National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925

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

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

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

CJ’s Bar and Grill 105 E Marion St Monroe, IA 641-259-2222 & Facebook M-F 11am-Close, S-S Noon-Close Homemade Food-Live Entertainment

Metro Harley-Davidson 2415 Westdale Drive SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 319-362-9496

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Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406 Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700 Route 65 Harley-Davidson 1300 S Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 515.962.2160

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

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

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

Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson 55320 Corporate Park Drive Davenport, IA 52807 563-355-6437

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

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

Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 Edwards Motorsports and RV’s 1010 34th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-366-8400 or

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

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Ambro’s Roadhouse 917 Guthrie St De Soto, Iowa 50069 515-468-2236 Great Food! Ambro’s Roadhouse on Facebook American Legion Post 46 1301 S 6th Street Marshalltown, Iowa50158 641-752-3612 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week American Legion Post 111 1101 W 4th Street S Newton 641-792-3353 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 Bailey’s Pub -N- Grub 918 E Euclid Ave Des Moines 515-266-6560 Mon-Sat 6am-2am Sun 8am-12am Home Cooked Food Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern 5546 130th Street NE Lisbon 319-624-2204 Cold Beer, Delicious Food, Good Music & Great Times!

Entertainment Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30

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

Celebrations DJ & Karaoke Services Newton, IA 641-521-8036 Any Occasion /Rally or Event EmCee Facebook/Ray Johansen(Celebrations) Specializing in Weddings & Receptions

C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close

Culvers Marshalltown Car Shows & Bike Nights Thurs Nites April-Sept 5-Dusk 16 Iowa Avenue W Desperados 105 E 5th Street Atlantic 712-243-7087 Home of Cold Beer, Good Times, Pizza & Wings Eddies Tavern 407 D Street Sergeant Bluff, Iowa 51054 Open 11am 7 Days/Week 712-943-9924 Ferg’s Bar & Grill 806 Hwy 30 Grand Junction, Iowa 50107 515-738-5416 Where Good Friends Meet Fore Seasons Golf Bar 6232 HWY S-74 South Newton, Iowa 50208 641-792-1246 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week Greencastle Tavern – Mingo Outdoor Patio – Friendly Service Wed Bike Nights – Fri Steak Night Coldest Beer in Central Iowa Greencastle Tavern/Ryan Maher on FB Grinnell Eagles Club 616 4th Avenue Grinnell, Iowa 50112 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us on Facebook Grinnell Pub 909 State Street Grinnell, Iowa 50112 641-260-8003 Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill 1019 7th St Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook

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Happenings Bar 508 W Market Street Steamboat Rock, Iowa 641-868-2000

Mi Casa Family Restaurant 512 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2258 Enjoy Drinks at the Full Bar!

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

The Buck Snort 419 Sharp Street Glenwood, Iowa 51534 712-520-6454 Buck Snort Glenwood on Facebook

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

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

RJ’s Bar & Grill 228 High Street – Kellogg Mon-Sat Lunch and Dinner 6 AM Breakfast Sat-Sun 641-526-9911

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

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

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

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

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

Ickey Nickel Bar & Grill 4700 41st Street Sioux City, Iowa 51108 712-239-2772 The Ickey Nickel Bar & Grill on Facebook

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

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

The Dog House 402 Main Street Colo, Iowa 50056-7720 Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays 641-485-8425

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

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

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

The Edge 3157 Joliet Avenue M Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-2229 The Edge on Facebook

J.R. Willie’s Gateway to the Beautiful Hill Country Colesburg, IA 563-856-5095 Open Daily Mon-Sun 11AM Home of the Willie Whopper

North 40 Bar Magnolia, Iowa 402-301-8234 Look Us Up on Facebook Come Have Fun at the GYM!

Southside Lounge 408 2nd Street Dedham, Iowa Open 4-Close Weekdays Open 3-9 Sundays 712-683-5664

Jerrys 100 W Washington Exira, Iowa 50076 Jerrys Exira on Facebook “The Party Lives On”

Outsiders Pub 207 N. Main Street Roland, Iowa, 50236 515-388-4443 Outsiders Pub on Facebook

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

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

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

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

KC’s Tavern 120 N Main Street Bridgewater, Iowa 50837 Mon-Fri 4:30-Close, Sat-Sun 1-Close Find Us on FB 641-369-2017

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

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

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Knickers Saloon 2186 Central Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563-557-0887 365 Days a Year Knickers Saloon on Facebook L&S Knuckleheads Anamosa, IA 319-462-6999 Like on FB Knuckleheads Pub & Grub Open 11-2 Seven Days a Week-New Ownership

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1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PMPizza Ranch DENISON 510 HWY 39 North Denison, Iowa 712-393-3333 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week

Sundown Bar and Grill 112 W State Street Williamsburg, W Iowa 52361 319-668-2994 Patio Bar and Brick Oven Pizza

The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill 113 W Walnut Street Ogden, Iowa 50212 515-275-9946 The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill on FB The Place2B! 116 N. Federal Ave Mason City, IA 50401 M-F 3p-2a S-S 2p-2a Find Us On Facebook The Roadhouse 105 Washington Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2272 Home of the Marne Burger The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601

Team 36 Bar & Grill 101 2nd Street NW Mitchellville 515-957-0360 Sunday S Funday Summertime Stop Open 7 Days a Week, Weekend Breakfast

The Still Templeton, Iowa 712-669-9445 Check Us Out on Facebook Web Page Coming Soon! Thirsty’s on 3rd 2202 W 3rd, Davenport 563-424-1143 Follow Us on Facebook Daily Thirst Quenching Deals

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

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

The Back Forty 317 Main St. Macedonia, Iowa 51549 712-486-2687

Main Street 519 S Main Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-256-3613 Open 7 Days a Week

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

The Buck Snort Restaurant & Sports Bar 25 Scott Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-328-2825 The Buck Snort restaurant and sports bar on FB

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T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON

Wendl’s Weapons 529 N East Street Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-775-2338

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

Motorcycle Medic 3176 Highway 30 Woodbine, Iowa 51579 712-647-2818 Open Tues-Sat Noon-6PM

Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook

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

Nelson Machine & Forge General Machining, Ornamental Iron, Weld/Fab 70 Washington Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2220

Uncle Harley’s Bar & Grill 202 W Mayne, Blue Grass (563)381-1717 Great Pizza & Food Bikers ALWAYS Welcome Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 Whitetails Bar & Grill 101 N. Main St. Marble Rock IA,50653 641-397-9900 Mon.- Sat. 7am breakfast -2am Close

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

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

Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678

Guns and Ammo Leehey Olson Law, PC Riding & Defending Your Rights for Over 30 Years 877-209-9452

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Travis Cullen President/Instructor 515-771-6323 JLM Shooters Supply 6931 Doublas Avenue Urbandale, Iowa 50322 515-331-1577 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 McCunn Specialty Firearms 74980 Richland Road Massena, Iowa 50853 712-779-GUNS Pistol Pete’s Guns and Ammo Eldora, Iowa 641-858-6878 DISCOUNTS for ABATE Members Eric Ross & Steve Eggleston Stand Your Ground Firearms Sales and Service 2820 N Broadway Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-435-9042

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


Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395

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

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Bigfuuts Paint & Repair Baxter, IA 515-577-6730 Custom Paint & Fabrication After Hours Service & Parts Stereos-Electrical-Repairs Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768 Chuck’s Cycle Service and Repair S&S and Drag Specialties Dealer 714 East 7th Street Washington, Iowa52353 319-461-5278

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

Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231


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

A+ Affordable Heat, Air, Refrigeration & Geo Thermal 22274 Old Lincoln Hwy Crescent, Iowa 51526 712-329-9901 Action Towing Council Bluffs, Iowa 712-325-8235 Discount or FREE Motorcycle Towing AMSOIL Iowa Synthetics Iowa’s Leading Wholesale Distributor Guaranteed Low Prices 641-751-2893 BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344

Cycles Plus Bikes, ATVs, Snowmobiles 300 Walnut Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3987 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 Machine Shop 6821 Fleur Drive Des Moines, Iowa 50321 515-285-4332 RIDE SAFE

Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541 Road Rage BikeWorks 401 High Street Avoca, Iowa 51521 712-307-6111 Road Rage BikeWorks on Facebook SS Collision, Cycle Works & Graphics 2902 11th Ave SW Spencer, Iowa 51301 712-262-3959 Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3076 M-F 8-6 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call Weeks Manufacturing & Powdercoating 2235 400th Street Walnut, Iowa 51577 402-651-6977

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

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

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One of the original experiences in motorcycling, gypsy tours are gatherings of riders from all over the country, converging upon a single destination. One group that organized these kinds of events still to this day is the American Motorcycle Association. The AMA National Gypsy Tours brings like-minded riders together to enjoy the camaraderie of motorcycling, often in a location of particular beauty, historic significance and/or importance to the sport. Gypsy tours originated before the 1920s and the term has been mostly but not entirely replaced by rally or run. The term gypsy was used because the riders would travel long distances and often sleeping in tents around a campfire along the way much like the Hollywood stereotype of gypsies. Some smaller gatherings would converge on a single place as the end point and final gathering for the event. Sometimes these types of events involve vintage motorcycles and their riders. The Antique Motorcycle Club of America has many different chapters and local meets and Road Runs, and also a national level Road Run for the distinct purpose of getting riders of vintage motorcycles together.


showed up without being registered. The event started on July 3rd and they kept gaining steam through the 4th of July festivities. A small police force of one chief and six officers were the only security for all 9,500 people that called Hollister home that weekend. With only so many places to sleep, camping areas were overwhelmed with bikers sleeping on the ground in the city park even. There was a ton of drinking in the streets, and obviously motorcycles riding around everywhere. There were many conflicting stories from the town about what actually happened. Some stated that the bikers “took over” the town and were completely out of control. A July 6th Chronicle headline even read “Havoc in Hollister” to mark the severity in the media’s opinion. That day, The Chronicle reported: “Riders, both men and women, steered their machines into bars, crashing into fixtures, furniture, bottles and mirrors. They defied all traffic regulations, racing full-speed though the Many Gypsy Tours or Road streets and intersections. Runs have been held over the Hundreds loosed bottle years and are still a regular barrages.” A quote from event for many vintage and the police read: “If we modern motorcycle groups. jailed everyone who The annual gypsy tour to deserved it, we would Laconia, New Hampshire have herded them in by near Lake Winnipesaukee the hundreds.” Hollister’s began in 1916 and is the police department only oldest continuous motorcycle had seven men, and they event in the U.S. These long standing events are part of the had little impact on the chaos. Police Chief Fred A. Earle motorcycle culture and it appears will keep going well into said, “It’s just one hell of a mess,” and he requested help the future. from the California Highway Patrol. Forty CHP officers armed with tear gas aided the Hollister police and order One of the most famous or maybe infamous AMA Gypsy was somewhat restored by July 6. By July 7 all of the Tours was located in Hollister, California on July 3rd participants who were not in jail had moved on. According through the 6th of 1947. This one was special for numerous to that day’s Chronicle, Hollister police said more than 50 reasons both before and after the event. This one happened bikers had been put behind bars and an equal number were to be the first Gypsy Tour since the end of WW II. With injured. San Benito Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, was huge popularity in the 1930s, the events took a hiatus while littered with thousands of bottles. Hollister Councilman Bert the United States was helping defend the free world. Now Kirk said, “Luckily, there was no serious damage. These the bikers and returning servicemen were ready to ride trick riders did more damage to themselves than to the again. On the agenda was three days of social activities, town.” motorcycle races, motorcycle hill climbs, and some good ol’ biker camaraderie. What was not planned was the size of The reputation that still holds true today that bikers are the event. Hollister was a quiet town of about 4,900 people rowdy, ruffians, and partiers was born that weekend at the time, and was not ready for the 4,000 motorcyclists in Hollister in 1947. The shots of Eddie Davenport that showed up. (photographed by Barney Peterson) appearing intoxicated on a motorcycle, with a bottle of beer in each hand, and The bikers began to overwhelm the town and the amount surrounded by beer bottles during riots in the San Benito of services available for them. Of the 1,500 that registered County town were published in the Chronicle and then also for the event, it was reported that more than that amount appear in Life Magazine a short while later spawned the 14 - TRMI JUNE 2017

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stereotype. The image portrayed by the news media at that time was so negative and so severe that the AMA had a press release stating that 99% of the people at their events were god fearing and family oriented. The other 1%er were hard riding, hard partying, non-mainstream type people, the outlaws if you will. Thus the term 1%er was born. Some of the early bikers embraced the term and decided to call themselves 1%ers. That definition of that term has been changed and twisted by the media and law enforcement, but still holds true that 1%ers LIVE the biker lifestyle and are more than weekend riders. The gathering in Hollister, also known as the Hollister Riots also inspired the 1953 movie “The Wild One” starring Marlon Brando. Life Magazine’s nationwide influence was extensive in the early television years, and The Chronicle’s photos helped create the biker image seen in countless Hollywood depictions. Most of these depictions of bikers and the biker lifestyle still hold true in this current day and age. The television show “Sons of Anarchy” is proof of that. The “outlaw” life on the screen is far from reality. Many different events throughout history forever change the way things are perceived in the world. How they are reported can greatly influence the public perception of an event and almost create the history in the context of the media. Different events that have forever impacted the world are things such as the assassination of JFK, Watergate, Vietnam, and for bikers, this was the events of

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the AMA Gypsy Tour in Hollister in 1947. The events and reporting of such created and/or changed how the country looked at bikers and the motorcycle community. On the other side of the coin, there were many opinions, eye witness accounts, and experiences that were quite contrary to the newspaper and magazine coverage. Here are a few of the excerpts from eyewitnesses to the events in Hollister that weekend. Catherine Dabo and her husband owned the best hotel in Hollister. When bikers were being demonized in the media, she always defended them. “My husband and I owned the hotel, which also had a restaurant and bar. It was the first big rally after the war. Our bar was forty feet long, and a biker rode in the door of the bar, all along the bar, and through the doors into the hotel lobby! We were totally booked. Every room was full, and we had people sleeping in the halls, in the lobby, but they were great people; we had more trouble on some regular weekends! I was never scared; if you like people, they like you. Maybe if you try telling them what to do, then look out! The motorcycles were parked on the streets like sardines! I couldn’t believe how pretty some of them were. It was great for our business; it gave us the money we needed to pay our debts, and our taxes. They all paid for their rooms, their food, their drinks. They (the press) blew that up more than it was. I didn’t even know anything had happened until I read the San Francisco papers. The town was small enough that if there had been a riot anywhere, I’d have known about it! I had three young children, we just lived a few blocks away, and I was never scared for them. I think the races were on again in ‘51. My husband and I always stood up for the bikers; they were good people.”

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Gus Deserpa lived in Hollister. He is the smiling young man seen in the background of the famous ‘Life Magazine’ photo. “I was projectionist by trade. I worked at the Granada Theater, which was on the corner of Seventh and San Benito. I would have got off work around 11 p.m... My wife came to pick me up, and we decided to walk up Main Street to see what was going on. I saw two guys scraping all these bottles together that had been lying in the street. Then they positioned a motorcycle in the middle of the pile. After a while this drunken guy comes staggering out of the bar, and they got him to sit on the motorcycle, and started to take his picture. I thought ‘That isn’t right’, and I got around against the wall, where I’d be in the picture, thinking that they wouldn’t take it if someone else was in there. But they did anyway. A few days later the papers came out and I was right there in the background. They weren’t doing anything bad, just riding up and down whooping and hollering; not really doing any harm at all.”

when the rodeo was in town, the cowboys were as bad.” There are two photos published on these pages. The one on the left is one that was taken and published in the Chronicle and in Life magazine. The one on the right was not published anywhere. The differences are obvious, and just the mere existence of the photo on the right suggests that the photo that was published may have been done so with a purpose of making the event more sensational news wise than it was. There are suggestions that the booze laden biker photo was staged to give dramatic flair to the reporting. The upright bottles and the club coat on the photo on the right would sure indicate to me that one of them was more set up than the other, you be the judge of that.

These eyewitness accounts and the discrepancies between the two photos on these pages are quite opposite of the newspaper and magazine photos and stories that were Marylou Williams and her husband owned a drug store published. It seems that “fake news” may not be a new on Hollister’s main street. “My husband and I owned the thing. Everyone’s perception of anything that they see or Hollister Pharmacy, which was right next door to Johnny’s hear is jaded and can be steered many different ways. The Bar, on Main Street. We went upstairs in the Elks Building, events in Hollister and the coverage therein have forever to watch the goings-on in the street. I remember that the changed the public perception and even marketing efforts of sidewalks were so crowded that we had to squeeze right the motorcycle industry as a whole. The bad boy image is along the wall of the building. Up on the second floor of the one that actually sells motorcycles, and is marketed as such. Elks Building, they had some small balconies. They were On the 70th anniversary of the Hollister event, we still too small to step out onto, but you could lean out and get a live within these stereotypes of the biker life. Know your good view of the street. I brought my kids along; I had two sources, do your research, don’t believe everything that you daughters. They were about 8 and 4 at the time. It never see, read, or hear, and most of all, keep riding! occurred to me to be worried about their safety. We saw them riding up and down the street, but that was about all; Vernon

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Well I told you there would be more articles detailing insurance. I know about as much fun as watching paint dry!!!! This month we are going to talk about medical insurance portions of your policy.

of-pocket expenses related to personal injury and other medical bills that may not be covered in your health insurance policy, such as:

Have you ever sat down with your agent and asked what medical coverage is and how can it help you? Did you know most states do not require medical coverage to be added on a policy? I know some of you will read that and say why am I paying for it then? I mean I have health insurance, don’t I? A lot of online insurance companies love to use that fact just so they can get your premiums down and make a sale. Remember when I said last month you get what you pay for in motorcycle insurance? Let’s dive into why this coverage is essential.

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Motorcycle medical insurance helps cover the medicalrelated expenses you incur from a motorcycle accident, even if you’re at fault. Now let that sink in for a bit. How many people do you know who have had an accident on their motorcycle? I know and have seen more of those than I would like! Motorcycle Medical Insurance does not cover the medical costs to treat injuries to others you caused when riding your cycle; those expenses are covered by motorcycle bodily injury liability insurance. See how this all ties together? Medical payments coverage does cover a variety of out-

Health insurance deductibles Co-payments Dental care Psychiatric visits Prescription drugs Home nurse care Funeral costs

Medical insurance can also pay for your medical costs when you’re injured in an auto accident as a pedestrian or when riding a bicycle. Your medical payments coverage could take care of your deductible. If your deductible is lower than your medical coverage you can pocket the rest towards your co-pays or other medical expenses. So, let’s think about this. Most of you probably carry anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 in medical coverage. If you currently have a high deductible health insurance plan of let’s say $12,000 and you pay all costs until you meet that deductible, you can see where $5,000 wouldn’t be enough. Wouldn’t it be nice to know if the worst happened, you would not suffer a financial hardship trying to get the care you need? Take the time to visit about your coverage now so you can ride peacefully and enjoy the season!! You will find it is very cheap to purchase but can save you a ton if done right! Shane Baker…..Rider and Agent….2012 Road Glide….

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 In 2016 we featured a Military Rider by the name of Billy Hoss. His nickname is Bloodhound Billy and in that article we mentioned that after his service in the Army, he got into making leather goods. His business name is Bloodhound Leather and he is located in the beautiful riding area of Logan, Iowa. Right in the mix of the Loess Hills, it was only fitting that with all of the good riding that he would have a leather business geared toward a lot of motorcycle types of things. One of the many hand tooled leather goods that he makes are can cozies. You know, the critters that help keep your cold drinks cold and your hand not all cold and wet. He told us he was going to make us a couple of them when he got a chance, and a while back he said he had something for us the next time we got through Logan or he got over our way. It took a while to be able to hook up, but when we did,

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Bloodhound presented us with these two fine works of art, it was well worth the wait. We now have a couple of badass cozies made right here in Iowa by hand by a United States Army combat veteran. The attention to detail is simply amazing and Billy creates some incredible products. If you need any custom hand tooled leather for your ride, your weapon, a belt, your pocket, or anything of tooled leather, give Bloodhound Leather a call at 712-310-8436, email, or find him on Facebook at Bloodhound Leather. Ride Safe! Vernon and Melanie

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From: 1935 Harley-Davidson Sales Brochure

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99 counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 15 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we will revisit each county as a featured article. We will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark of curiosity for our state of Iowa.

Story County Story County currently has a population of over 85,000 people. It was originally prairie with the exception of some groves along the larger streams in the area. Today Story County has booming metro areas on some of that abundant prairie and is also home to Iowa State University. In 1846 the boundaries of Story County were established. The County has an area of 576 square miles and the county seat is in Nevada. The county was named after Joseph Story, a prominent United States Supreme Court Justice, in 1853. The first settlers came mainly from Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New York; followed later by Norwegians, Germans, and Danes. The first large population inflow occurred during the 1850s. We headed into our first stop in Story County from the north. We chose some scenic county roads that paralleled I35 and took us into downtown Story City. Story City was originally called Fairview, and has strong ties to its Scandinavian heritage. A little more than 3,000 people call Story City home, and it is only about 3 square miles in size. We stopped by Jacobson’s Gun Center downtown at 612 Broad Street and asked for some local guidance. The staff was gracious and catered to our sometimes eccentric questions, and they have some nice weapons to boot! On suggestion we headed over to the HerschellSpillman Carousel on City Park. It was originally built in 1913, is fully operational, and is open at noon daily from Memorial Day to Labor La Day. You can ride it yourself y for a donation to help with operating costs and upkeep, and carousel operators are volunteers. Just across the road from the Carousel is a killer s swinging bridge dating

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back to 1936. The bridge is gorgeous, and is a popular backdrop for photos. There are plenty of fast food options and spots for drink, but if you have the time, stop by Alley’s Pizza on Broad Street…great food, but table space can be somewhat limited, so you may want to grab it to go and enjoy the park or visit the freedom rock. From Story City we jumped on E 18 and stopped in Roland. Roland is a small burg consisting of just over a square mile of land, and around 1,200 residents. There is a great welcoming place called Outsiders Pub situated at 207 Main Street if you need to wet your whistle, or grab one of their amazing burgers. Outsiders is under new ownership, and these guys are the epitome of biker friendly. In addition to great food and ice cold

drinks, they are hosting bike nights every Wednesday, so make sure you take the trip to Roland and say hello to Brian and Karah from Vernon and myself. After our break in Roland we Cruised further east on E 18 and got a chance to crack the throttle a bit on our way through McCallsburg, a sleepy little burg platted on a half mile of small town peacefulness. From here,

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you can continue on E 18 and hit Zearing, where you will find Dakins Lake and Recreation Area. The lake has areas for camping and trail walking, as well as some nice fishing spots. We chose to jump back on S 27 and head south through Fernald and on in to the county seat of Nevada. Nevada is just over 5 square miles occupied by nearly 7,000 residents. Nevada was platted in 1853. In its history, Story County has had a total of five courthouse structures in use. The first was built in 1856 but was destroyed by fire in 1863. It was replaced by a similar structure. Soon after, a new courthouse was planned, situated on the town square, and was completed in 1877. In the building was a tower could be climbed to see a panoramic view of the landscape, which was later removed due to safety reasons. A modern courthouse was built in 1967 and dedicated on May 18, 1968. A cannon from the Civil War rests on the lawn. Nevada is also home to the Dyer-Dowell Victorian House. At 922 5th Street, this house was originally the Story County jail, built in 1869. It had a jailer’s residence on the first floor and prisoner’s cells above. It was later enlarged and converted into a private home, purchased by Judge George W. and Martha Kellogg Dyer. The property is open on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day. On L Avenue you will find an Alley’s Pizza, so if you missed it in Story City; you get a second chance here! There are also authentic Mexican joints with all the tacos and margaritas you can handle! From here we shot east on E 41 to Colo to stop and see our friends at the Dog House, as well as the Reed / Niland Corner. ReedNiland Corner has served locals and travelers since the 1920s. It is the last remaining “One Stop” where all three components (Gas - Food - Lodging) are still intact along the Lincoln or Jefferson Highways. The Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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café serves traditional diner fare, and the gas station is quite a site, fully restored and can be rented for events. We decided to jump on Old 30 and head back west towards Ames. Ames is the largest metro area in Story County. It is home to Iowa State University and a plethora of places to eat, drink, and be merry. Whether you like mexican, home cooking, irish fare, or Italian…you will have no problem finding exactly what you want. If you need some love for your two wheeled traveling partner, be sure to stop by Zylstra H-D on 1930 E 13th Street or Fender’s Honda at 100 S 16th Street while you are in town…whatever your brand of choice, these guys and gals have got ya covered! Ames was also home to Neva Morris…she was listed as the second oldest person in the world on record at the ripe old age of 114! Another cool place to stop and stretch your legs while in Ames is the Reiman Gardens on the ISU campus if you get a chance. From Ames we headed south on 69 into Huxley.

By this time we were up waaaay past our bedtime, and hit it hard for home. Be sure to tune in next month when we poke around Tama County and see what hidden treasures we can rustle up on our tour. Melanie J Schwarte Sources available upon request

Huxley was incorporated on August 27, 1902, and its 3 miles of land provides homes for nearly 3,300 residents. Huxley is home to the annual Prairie Festival, where everyone is invited to “eat, drink, and be prairie”. Prairie Fest offers fun kids activities like a petting zoo and inflatables, a hypnotist and 5K/10K for the big kids, and of course the annual parade for kids of all ages. Huxley allowed us to hop on 210 W for our last stop in Story County. We ended our tour in the small community of Slater. Slater is home to 1,500 people, and to part of the High Trestle Trail. The High Trestle Trail connects at Slater to the 32-mile Heart of Iowa Nature Trail in Story County. High Trestle Trail is a rail trail running 25 miles from Ankeny to Woodward. The 13 story high and nearly half-mile long trestle bridge provides scenic views and is located near mining shafts that were worked by Italian immigrant families who settled nearby. The bridge was originally built in the 1970’s to carry rail traffic on a Milwaukee Road line. In 2015, the BBC designated the High Trestle Trail Bridge as one of the eight amazing footbridges in the world. Pretty cool for small town Iowa if ya ask me.

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me that an elderly gent had paid for my meal, after noticing my vest. Now, how can we go from being profiled in the most negative ways, to the experience I had at the restaurant? How do we go from the negative perception of what a biker is, to the point where everyone with a cause or charity asks for our help doing fundraisers? Don’t take that the wrong way folks. It’s in the nature of a true biker to help our fellow man and we do it with no strings attached. The really cool part; we love doing it; we get a chance to ride, and help someone out. Cool.

Here we are in full swing with riding season. Kids are out of school, and we are enjoying lovely Iowa weather. Bike Now, in a less than perfect world like we live in, bikers nights everywhere, and everybody with a cause in general are the greatest people in the world. We don’t has tapped into the biker world to help their cause. ask for anything but the freedom to live our lives on our terms. And to ride. Maybe if we put our hair in a man Funny how not that long ago , the term “biker” or even the bun, sprinkled glitter in our beard, and learned to become sight of someone on a bike , or wearing leathers provoked offended by every little thing that we don’t like, we’d be fear amongst the common man . Little does the common accepted to those who choose to profile us. Maybe, just man know, but bikers are just that, the common man. We maybe, instead of God, Guts, And Guns, three things most are not the gun running, drug smuggling thugs one might bikers love, we could run around with our American flag see portrayed by actors wearing bright white Nike tennis transformed into rainbow colors. Seems to be accepted by shoes. There’s a term out there today that really hasn’t society these days. Maybe, instead of leather, doo rags, and shown up in Iowa yet, but we need to be aware of it. That tattoos, we start wearing skinny jeans. Better yet put on a term is profiling. pair of pants 5 sizes too big, pull our underwear up to our chest, put our belt line about knee height. Now this stuff is Profiling. The use of personal characteristics or behavior cool, has to be, society allows it. You and I get labeled all patterns to make generalizations about a person. Ok. In the kinds of nasty crap if we speak up against any of this. What biker world, if you wear a leather vest, have tattoos, long do you suppose would happen if these people were suddenly hair, a beard, or associate with anyone who does, you could the victims of profiling? find yourself being profiled. Turned away from restaurants or establishments because of what you are wearing, or what Ladies and gentlemen, I could care less what you do or how vehicle (your bike) you just arrived on. Not too long ago, a you dress. If it makes you happy, go for it. Just don’t cram group of 4 or more individuals dressed in similar fashion, your lifestyle down my throat and we’ll get along fine. I congregated together, was considered a gang. Think don’t profile you, so do me the same courtesy and leave me about that. Think about people you might see fitting that alone. Most bikers are awesome people, until you cross that description. Police, firefighters, our military, to name a few. line. Could this be another form of profiling? You bet it could, but that’s ridiculous, right? On a different note, I hope to see ya’ll at the Freedom Rally in Algona. Coming up real soon. In the meantime, get out Have any of you ever been a victim of this so called and get some wind. Ride safe. profiling? As I said earlier, we really don’t see much of a problem here in Iowa. I have been exposed to a different Gary “Wildman” Emery type of profiling due to my leather vest. A million years ago District 8 Coordinator when I wore the colors of the American Legion Riders, I ABATE of Iowa was out riding and stopped for a bite. After finishing my Solo Adventures Outdoor Skills and Survival School meal, I asked the waitress to bring my check. She informed Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa

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Motorcycle Caucus The American Motorcyclist Association thanks Senators Joni Ernst and Gary Peters for forming a Motorcycle Caucus. This is a bipartisan effort to advocate for motorcycling issues.

“Some of my most cherished memories include motorcycles, from delivering messages as a young girl to my dad while he was working out in the fields, to riding through the rolling hills of Northeast Iowa with family and friends,” Ernst said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to encourage thoughtful discussion and solutions on behalf of motorcycle riders and manufacturers through my new role as co-chair of the Motorcycle Caucus. “Throughout my 99 county tour of Iowa, I have heard from many of these folks about some of their priorities, including improving safety, infrastructure and energy efficiency. These concerns are shared by folks across our great state and country, and I look forward to working with Sen. Peters toward solutions.”

Ernst said her concern for motorcycles and motorcyclists started when she was a child. PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The American Motorcyclist Association extends its appreciation to U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Gary Peters for establishing the first Senate Motorcycle Caucus. Ernst (R-Iowa) and Peters (D-Mich.)—both lifelong motorcyclists—will serve as co-chairs of the caucus, which will advocate on behalf of both motorcycle riders and manufacturers. “The AMA has long sought the establishment of a Senate Motorcycle Caucus, and we are happy that this bipartisan effort has come to fruition,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. “We look forward to working with the members of this caucus on all the issues affecting the motorcycle lifestyle and the future of motorcycling.”

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“I’ve loved motorcycles since I was a kid, and I started a newspaper route to buy my first motorcycle at age 11. To this day, I believe there is no better way to see Michigan’s beautiful scenery than by bike, whether I’m riding to meet with constituents and small businesses or taking my bike out on the weekend,” Peters said. “Motorcyclists come from all walks of life, and I can’t think of a better way to bring together a diverse and dedicated group of advocates to discuss everything from safety concerns to manufacturing. I’m looking forward to working with Sen. Ernst as cochair of the bipartisan Senate Motorcycle Caucus to foster these important discussions and find common ground with motorcycle lovers across the country.” Peters bought his first motorcycle at age 11.

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Bringing in the heat of riding season is Stumpy from Stumpy’s Bar & Grill in Duncombe with some of his favorite gals alongside of him, and also his HD CVO Street Glide. We ended up here on one of the stops of the 6th Annual Sleeping Angels Fun Run. That awesome ride that day ended stopping both here and at the Riverside Tap in Lehigh. Both Riverside and Stumpy’s are Check –In Spots on the 2017 Tall Corn Run. If you get to Duncombe, they have a bike night on Thursday nights, or stop in to Stumpy’s for some great food and cold drinks. I recommend the tenderloin!


“Outsiders” won’t get this, they can’t understand, “outsiders” being people that are not in the biker community. Biker Community- it’s kind of an open ended term that covers so many bases. It’s a strong powerful force when it responds as one. A force in numbers, sure, political influence, at times and at always a financial one to be reckoned with. It’s not a clearly defined group or community either; it doesn’t have one pure focus, leadership, or really a plan. Hell, we are bikers and one of the reasons we DO RIDE is we don’t want anybody to tell us what the hell we are supposed to do, think, ride, or gasp, act! Its fluid, we kind of have an idea what it is , but we are not close to being able to describe it because it’s a living, adapting, organism. Each rider, each group, club, event, run, bike night and more is its own living and breathing biker community definition. From a “weekend warrior”, or poker run regular, sport bike guy, full patched club member, or whatever; pick a slot, while inside the biker community, divisions happen. Harley guys hate metric riders, touring riders have their own ideals, and a sport bike fan can think a dude riding a 49 Pan has one foot in the grave and so on. While we IN the biker community can easily slot and spot various fractions, those on the outside looking in, all notice one thing, once you swing a leg over, slide on some leather, those that don’t “get it” look at us all as “some biker”. Not all, I shouldn’t make a blanket statement like that, not a end all be all because nothing is that clear cut, but if you’re in the biker community, you know what it is. I mention the influence that we have and generally, the community is at its best when we are a force together. How many millions of dollars each year do bikers raise for various causes? Not just poker runs, which we do a great job with, but so many other causes as well. Or legislation, when the biker communities supports or opposes the political machine pays attention to the strength in numbers.

to have a dinner with one evening a few months back. It was a nice group of people, fun, but again, it had nothing to do with bikers. I think my wife and I were the only riders of the 30 people at this dinner event.

It was awful! Not the people we were with, but the dinner itself. Sometimes, you just have a bad experience, sure, shit happens. We’ve all been there. We all have our bad days, some while providing a good or service, others while being the customer. That dinner service got out of control as the night went on, tragically, slowly, laughable. We were stuck too, having no choice but to ride it out and that is where humor does come to help. After all, it’s a bad night, eating out; might as well just relax and see how bad it could really get.

Answer? Pretty bad. Now, I bring this up for this reason, while my wife and I were laughing about how bad this place was messing up, we both knew nothing really would come out of it because the people we were with, really didn’t have the passion to care. To them, meh, some were having a bad meal, they were ready to finish up and move on. I joked, this would never happen to a place that bikers like. Not the customer service, again, shit happens, I mean, the non-caring The biker community supports those that support us. We frequent joints that support riders, we stay at rider friendly hotels, hell we hire lawyers that support the cause. When a place supports riders, we spread the word. Doesn’t matter what part of our great roads in Iowa take you or any other place. Word spreads quickly. A business does us good; we tend to tell a few of our friends. A business does us wrong, we will tell EVERYBODY about it. Marketers have often said that if you have a good experience doing something, buying a bike, seeing a movie, staying at a hotel, or a dinner, you will tell 2-3 people. However, if you have a bad experience, you’re likely to tell 10 people. This was long before the advent of social media for sure. The loose knit world of bikers do talk and share tales of the good, the bad and the laughable. If you run across a place, service or whatever that is rider friendly, be sure to spread the good word. The more we can find that support our passion, the more we should support them. Word will spread; our economic power will spur more to support us as well. Then, if they (businesses) are really smart, they will use the right marketing vehicles to reach that economic group of bikers, like placing ads in Thunder Roads!

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THE MUDDY FEST MOTORCYCLES & MUSIC Steve Whitney is an Iowa native that has been living and working in California in the entertainment world. Producing movies, working as an agent for big Hollywood stars, and working on some of the largest grossing movies in the entertainment world, Steve is no stranger to making things happen. While he was back in Iowa working on a film project in the Quad Cities, he found out that the popular biker event on the Mississippi had closed up shop and was no more. He did some checking and thought that this was quite the tragedy, and loved being back in Iowa, so he got to work on planning Muddy Fest, a Motorcycle and Music Festival to be held Jun 16-18th in Davenport. This festival and rally will be the inaugural event, and become the first of many to carry on the tradition of a motorcycle event in the Quad Cities in June. The Muddy Fest features motorcycles, many miles of two lane highway river view riding, group rides with some Hollywood types, some fine regional cuisine, vendors, motorcycle stunt shows, and celebrity appearances at Centennial Park. Camping is available at the historic Credit Island, which is an easy walk from the event. There will also be some amazing entertainment in store for rally goers. Sublime with Rome will be in concert in Iowa for the first time in years during their smash international 2017 Tour.

National motorcycle thrill team, Nan Sens, will perform N aamazing freestyle motorcycle jumps.

Also, Robby Krieger, the A gguitarist of The Doors and ssongwriter of such hits as Light My Fire, Love Her Madly, M aand Love Me Two Times, will pplay, in concert, The Doors legendary music to celebrate the le 550th Anniversary of the group. Krieger’s mother has Quad K Cities C ties, but he has never played in Davenport, so you don’t want to miss this special appearance. Olympic Gold medalist, 15 time NCAA Champion wrestling coach and Iowa legend Dan Gable will do an onstage Q&A with actor Billy Baldwin star of Ron Howard’s Backdraft, Flatliners with Julia Roberts and ESPN wrestling commentator. Gable and Baldwin will both sign autographs and Baldwin will lead a ride. 44 - TRMI JUNE 2017

Sons of Anarchy star, Mark Boone Jr, who played the character of Bobby Monson, will lead a ride and sign autographs. Mark is one of the few actors from the show that were and still are real riders, so this will be a special treat to be able to ride with Mark on the scenic roads around the Quad Cities.

Whitney Entertainment has been involved with such movies as the #1 film Amityville Horror with Ryan Reynolds, Academy Award nominated The Hurricane with Denzel Washington, Academy Award winner Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, the Sundance indie Scratch, and recently, the Golden Globe nominated One Chance produced with Simon Cowell. producer Steve Whitney Film produce was born in Iowa and is a double organ transplant recent dou recipient. He has partnered with the Iowa w Donor Network to promote organ donor awareness and registration at The Muddy Fest. With an accepted rration of 1:11, one donor can save as many as eleven lives. Part of the proceeds of the event will go to the Iowa Donor P Network. N Check out the website for more C information or to buy advance tickets. in

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James Lang is our June Military Rider that hails from North Liberty, Iowa. We first got hooked up with James when Pinky moved clear the hell out to Colorado and James and his business helped her out. He owns and operates Always Moving Forward. Always Moving Forward is a veteran owned and operated moving company specializing in local moves across Eastern Iowa including Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, Dubuque and the Quad Cities. For special people he will make special moves though, just ask Pinky! If you need to get a hold of James you can call 319-7750888 or write to him at james@ James attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant (O2E) in the United States Marine Corps. He served our great nation from 1997 until 2012. His service locations included Kaneohe Bay, Camp Pendleton, TwentyNine Palms, Quantico, Camp Lejeune, Iraq, Afghanistan, and also Okinawa. His Grandpa served in the Army and he has an older Brother and a Brother-in-law who were both in the United States Air Force, so he was following in a family tradition of service to our country in the Military. James started out his USMC career as a 1341 Engineer Mechanic, but then he went to Officer Candidate School and they made him a 0602 Communications Officer.

up his current bike, a 2011 Victory Vegas 8 Ball that he loves! He was looking at the 2010 Victory motorcycles, but he liked some of the changes Victory made to the 2011 models, one of the big changes he liked was the increase in displacement from 100 to 106 cubic inches. He also liked the tear drop head light, 6 speed gear box, and updated gauge package. He liked the looks of the Victory Vegas and it was a comfortable ride for him. James stated that he felt it was a lot of bike for the money, and with year-end clearance and Veterans discounts, it was a deal he could not pass up. He has made some changes to his bike like mirrors, a back seat and pegs, an upgraded exhaust, as well as an ignition remap, but has no big changes in mind.

We asked James what plans he has for the summer, and he said there is always a poker run fund-raiser for the local fire department that he tries to attend, but not much otherwise other than riding whenever he can. James is a member of the Marine Corps League and some others, but not necessarily riding groups. With his business, he has a hard time committing to or doing justice to any group, so he likes to try to ride with friends, like on their Wednesday night rides during the summer. He also says that being the boss allows him to ride to the When James was younger he got started riding on a Yamaha jobsites whenever he wants! Being the boss has to 125 Enduro that his dad bought and he cut his teeth on. have some perks! When he was in college, he bought a Honda V65 Magna, but got rid of that when he went back to active Duty with James added “The foundations of my Military the Marines. When he was stationed in North Carolina, service are now the foundations of my business, he picked up a Kawasaki 250 dirt bike, but got rid of that Always Moving Forward. I am proud to say that when he was reassigned to the West Coast. It became a we are a Veteran owned moving company. I try logistics nightmare to try to get moved with all of his stuff, to help out Veterans as much as I can; we do the and in subsequent reassignments, figured out that moving Veteran’s moves for HACAP and try to hire as a motorcycle was quite a pain. That was one of the things many Veterans as possible.” Thanks for your to go when living in the service and getting moved from service James! If you see him out and about on his base to base. On top of moving around, when James was on Victory, give him a wave, and if you get a chance, active duty, it became difficult at best to deal with the rules shake his hand and thank him for his service. Ride and regulations of riding a motorcycle on base or being seen free thanks to our Veterans and the United States out in town around base, and he states is took the fun and Military. freedom out of riding. After active duty, he gained back a sense of freedom, and wanted to make riding a part of that Vernon freedom and got back on two wheels. In 2011, he picked 46 - TRMI JUNE 2017

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Now that the 2017 Riding Season is officially underway and the bikes are once again rolling down the Iowa pavement, the wheels in my head are spinning out of control while my knees are being reunited with the breeze. All this fresh air and sunshine have led me to the conclusion that I could be rich if I wrote a book called “The Biker Code for Dummies”. “The Biker Code” is well known to many within the riding community; it is a secret unwritten code that I’m pretty sure a number of bike owners have never read. Hold on to your helmets ladies and gentleman, I take the biker code pretty seriously. I have sat along side the road patiently waiting for the silhouette of a biker to crest the horizon in anticipation that a fellow biker will come to my rescue on more than one occasion. Needless to say, those experiences have molded some pretty stern views on the topic into me. Anyone riding a motorcycle that intentionally ignores a fellow biker stranded along side the road losses my respect faster than Trump can Tweet. What really got me fired up about this topic is a story that I overheard at a local ride. It started out with 2 bikers going for ride. They were headed out for a 2 hour ride to a dealership because “Biker A” had made a deal on a new ride and wanted to go pick it up so he asked “Biker B” to join him. About 30 minutes from the dealership “Biker B” stalled out along side the road. “Biker A” was leading the way and just kept going. That’s the first mistake. I believe if you are the leader of the pack, even if it is a pack of 2, you have assumed the responsibility to ensure that your followers are following you, even Charlie Manson understood that.

be coming for him soon. He even gave “Biker A” the benefit of the doubt by saying that he had cleaned his bike out to trade and probably didn’t have anything with him that would be beneficial in helping him get up and running again. I like to call this the denial stage in the death of a friendship. After 3 hours of waiting “Biker A” returned to the scene of the crime, all excited about his brand new ride. He had made his deal, got his new ride, the horns were blown, the confetti had been tossed and the champagne cork had been popped. More importantly he was now ready to lend aid to “Biker B” aka “his riding buddy” remember him, the guy sitting along side the road for the last 3 hours. At that point, my warped brain immediately hit the melt down mode. I have sat along side the road waiting for help. I can not remember a single time that my own riding buddies or the group that I was riding with did not come back looking for me! If I was “Biker B” when “Biker A” returned, I would have been so excited about his new ride that I would have closely inspected it, asked all kinds of curious questions about the machine and inquired about how great of a deal he had scored. Then I would have asked him if he had his insurance in order and before he could even answer, I would have firmly planted my riding boot up against the gas tank of his brand new ride and kicked the Mo Fo over right there along side the road. I would then explain how that’s my insurance policy that anyone willing to leave me sitting along side the road for 3 hours thinks twice about inviting me to ride with them again. Bring on the hate mail; I take “The Biker Code” that seriously.

“Biker B” took it better than I would have, he assumed that sooner or later his buddy, “Biker A” would figure out that he had fallen behind and come back looking for him. After 45 minutes of waiting, “Biker B” assumed that “Biker A” would be at the dealership and a rescue vehicle would

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see them. I sometimes wave, give a thumbsup, or point at my In this month’s article, I’m going to continue eyes so they know I my thread on how to be a better motorist am communicating in order to offer the most courtesy possible with them and see to your fellow motorcyclists while you are them coming. And stuck behind the wheel of a cage. Diligent it’s amazing to watch, readers of this column will recall that last because you can month I wrote about my newest purchase, instantly tell the riders a small blue tooth headset which I now use that are using defensive almost exclusively while driving a vehicle, riding skills. Once which frees up both hands, and more they know they are importantly, both eyes, while driving. This seen, they re-accelerate has been a game changer for me; I truly feel their bikes, uncover I am capable of paying far more attention to their brake levers, and the road while driving, even though I was visibly relax, knowing already very careful about how I used my they are going to cell phone while in a vehicle. This marvel of make it past at least technology was delivered to my doorstep by this guy in the white the Big “A”, the world’s leader in mail order truck today, intact. It’s commerce, for the amazingly low price of $29. As I said last month, it’s only got two buttons, and I only something I would encourage all of us to do when we are the driver in these cases. It makes a world of difference to a rider use one of them because I don’t play music with it. And I can already hear the grumbling about not being able to figure that knows the difference, and for those who aren’t paying attention anyhow I guess there’s no harm done in trying. out technical gadgets. These are usually the same guys that can run a CNC mill blindfolded, and know that they need to crawl on their belly for exactly 352.3 yards downwind before And since we’re recapping some prior information from this column, I think it’s important to note that the DOT is back out popping up to shoot a buck with a muzzle loader. Relax, if with their dreaded Crafco patching system on the highways you can do that, you’ve got this one too. of Iowa. It’s a spray patching system that shoots hot tar and pea-sized rocks into the potholes and cracks of a roadway. It’s So my focus this month is going to be on eye contact. In a the system that has a dump truck with the hoist up, and one prior column I ranted about a couple on a bagger one time guy with a big hose shooting this stream of misery all over that went past me with everything electronic all fired up on our roads. I say misery, because the rocks they shoot are the their portable sofa. Kenny Rogers was singing something, perfect size to destroy the traction of a motorcycle. And they they were chatting on the headsets, and I think they had don’t shoot a few, they shoot piles of them. And the worst some popcorn going in the rear. Long story short, the rider part is, they just drive away when they are done, and let the never once looked at me in my truck as I waited to pull out, cars either drive the rocks into the tar, or scatter them further potentially right in front of them. Nothing makes my blood and wider across the surface of the road. There are no cones boil worse that someone riding a motorcycle like every car or signs when they leave, just a pile of loose rocks and sticky just automatically sees them. A couple of summers ago, I tar. I know several riders that have gone over in this mess, had to stay in Des Moines for a few weeks with a business and they are good riders. It is literally possible to go one associate. He had a couple Harleys in the garage, so we way on a road for an errand or a meal, and come back on the went out a few nights for a ride and a bite to eat. I could tell same road in a matter of an hour or less and have an entirely instantly that we had a different riding style. He rode like new and dangerous road under your tires. The only visual everybody saw him, which made me very uncomfortable. clue is the tan patches of rocks they leave behind, which I was struck with the premonition that if he didn’t change his unfortunately are very difficult to see until you are on top of them. riding style something bad would probably happen, and it did. The next summer, someone backed out of a residential driveway into his path and sent him over the bars and into the So, I’ll see you out there this summer, and when I do see you, hospital. Would my riding style have prevented this? Nobody I’ll be the guy waving and pointing at my eyes. Have a terrific knows for sure, and of course the logical excuse is that he had and safe riding season. the right of way and shouldn’t have been wrecked in the first Mark Mullins, place. But think about this long and hard, why do you think President, Motorcycle Awareness Group tow trucks stay busy? It’s because they don’t even see each other in their 5,000 pound cages. So what makes you think they are seeing you? That’s why eye contact is so important. The two cases where eye contact truly matters, and two of the most dangerous places to be on a bike, are when you are approaching someone at an intersection that intends to turn left in front of you, and when you are approaching someone that intends to pull out from a perpendicular road across your path or into your lane of travel. When I am the driver in those cases, I go out of my way to let the rider know that I 52 - TRMI JUNE 2017

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all at in that fancy interweb thing. P’s also boasts a massive drink menu including delectable cocktails and vast array of beer brewed in local Midwest breweries in addition to the standard players in the suds game. Be sure to consult the pairing chart on the wall if you are unsure which brew will best accompany your meal of choice.

P’s Pizza House 723 8th Street SE Orange City, IA 51041 712-737-9077

A couple of months back we were out and about researching some cool things for upcoming articles when we stumbled across a hidden h gem in a little strip s mall in Orange City. C P’s Pizza P House’s Orange O City restaurant r is located at 723 7 8th Street SE. They also have a second location at 630 8th Avenue SW in LeMars. P’s serves a full menu until 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but don’t come calling on a Sunday, as you will sadly find the doors locked.

By the time we checked out the décor a little and reviewed our research game plan, our appetizer had arrived. We started our meal with the Chislic. Chislic is a generous plate of flash fried sirloin chunks that are seasoned with fresh black pepper and served with a delightfully creamy sriracha dip on the side. This was a satisfying choice, I would even be happy if I had chosen this as my meal! After the appetizer, Niki brought us our entrees, and we were happy to chow down. Vernon ordered the Fifty-Fifty Burger… a juicy half pound burger, cooked to perfection and topped with Havarti cheese, tender smoked pulled pork, caramelized onions, and thick slab bacon…all piled onto a lightly toasted potato bun. As if that’s not enough, the burger comes with a generous side of homemade potato chips. I had chosen to order a deliciously crusty mini wood fired pizza affectionately known as Own the Pig. Fresh San Marzano red sauce under a generous helping of pork belly, bacon, Canadian bacon, house made sausage, and mozzarella cheese. I added pineapple per recommendation, and jalapenos as well because…well I like them. The pizza was everything I could have hoped for…crispy, cheesy perfection on a plate. While we ate, we chatted with Niki, getting some local advice on what to see and do in the Orange City area. I have to say, people like Niki are the reason that this job is so much fun. She was personable, fun, and just as full of it as we always are! The food at P’s is marvelous, but in all honesty, if it had ssucked, I would still go back, just to grab a beer and shoot the shit with Niki for a w while. P’s Pizza House is lucky to have her oon their team! So, next time you are in the aarea, be sure to stop by P’s for some fabulo lous grub and an ice cold beverage…but be ssure to give Niki a hard time and tell her it’s fr from Vernon and I! U Until the next meal… M Melanie J Schwarte M

We pulled up to P’s Pizza House just after they had opened, and stepped inside to find a clean, modern interior and were immediately seated. Once we sat down, our waitress, Niki brought us our drinks and helped us peruse the expansive menu. One thing is for sure, whether you are a wood fired pizza person, or sandwiches are more your speed…this place won’t disappoint. There are so many delicious looking options that we had a hard time choosing, so we decided to order one appetizer, and two entrees that we could share. We finally settled on one appetizer, one of the many burger options, and a mini wood fired pizza. If you want to check out all of their mind blowing menu items, you can find them 54 - TRMI JUNE 2017 om

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este es teerd terd rdday a , ay I was sitting at a long stop light yyesterday, o ke keep e ep thinking about what I would do tto busy during retirement, minding my own business and patiently waiting for the light to turn green, even though there was no on-coming traffic. An old Nissan full of bearded, young, loud Islamic extremist, shouting Anti-American slogans,, with a half-burned American Flag ag dductuctuc ttaped on the trunk of their car, and nd a “Remember 9-11” slogan spray ppainted aiinntted aint d on the side, stopped next to me. Suddenly they yelled, “Allah Akbar! Praise Allah! Death to America” and took off before the light changed. Out of nowhere re an 18-wheeler truck came speeding ingg in through the intersection and ran ddirectly irec ir ectl ec tlyy tl over their car, crushing it completely l and d killing everyone in it. For several minutes I sat in my car thinking to myself, “Man that could have been me!” So today, bright and early, I went out and got a job as a truck driver.

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A little boy and his grandfather are raking leaves in the yard. The little boy sees an earthworm trying to get back into its hole. He says, “Grandpa, I bet I can put that worm back in that hole.” The grandfather replies, “I’ll bet you five A man and a woman were approaching their 50th wedding dollars you can’t. It’s too wiggly and limp to put back in anniversary. To celebrate, the woman decided she would that tiny hole.” The little boy runs into the house and comes cook a big dinner for her husband. Then he said they back out with a can of hair spray. He sprays the worm until should do what they did on their wedding night, and eat it is straight and stiff as a board. The boy then proceeds to at the dinner table naked. The woman agreed. On their slip the dying worm back into the hole. The grandfather anniversary night, at the table, the woman says, “Honey, my hands the little boy five dollars, grabs the hair spray and nipples are as hot for you as they were 50 years ago.” The runs into the house. Thirty minutes later the grandfather man replies, “Madge, hon, that’s because they are sitting in comes back out and hands the boy another five dollars. The your soup. little boy says, “Grandpa, you already gave me five dollars.” The grandfather replies, “I know. That’s from Grandma. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t. A daughter asked her mother, “Mom, how do you spell ‘scrotum’? Her mom replied, “Honey, you should have A cucumber, a pickle, and a penis are sitting at a bar asked me last night—it was on the tip of my tongue. complaining about their lives. The cucumber says, “My life sucks. I’m put in salads, and, to top them off, they pour Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not ranch dressing all over me. My life sucks.” The pickle says, putting it in a fruit salad. “That’s nothing compared to my life. I’m put in vinegar and stored away for months, out of sight. Man, my life is A small boy asks his Dad, “Daddy, what is politics?” Dad boring. I hate life.” So the penis says, “What are you guys says, “Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I’m the complaining about? My life is so messed up that I feel like breadwinner of the family, so let’s call me Capitalism. Your shooting myself. They constantly wrap me in a plastic bag, mom, she’s the administrator of the money, so we’ll call her shove me in a cave, and make me do push-ups until I throw the Government. We’re here to take care of your needs, so up. we’ll call you the People. The nanny, we’ll consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we’ll call him the Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few Future. Now, think about that and see if that makes sense.” weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad very edge of the pool and throw them fish? has said. Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has Two hookers were on a street corner. They started severely soiled his diaper. The little boy goes to his parents’ discussing business and one of the hookers said, “Yep, it’s room and finds his mother sound asleep. Not wanting to gonna be a good night, I smell cock in the air.” The other wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door hooker looked at her and said, “No, no. I just burped”. locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father having Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

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A large family was going to have Thanksgiving dinner together. The two grandmas of the family were sick of people eating the pudding the night before, so they hatched a plan: They put BB-gun pellets in the pudding so they could see who ate it. The next morning, Little Johnny came down from his room and said, “Grannie, Grannie, there were BB-bun pellets in my pee pee last night.” Then Little Sally came down and said, “Grandma, there were BB-gun pellets in my pee last night.” Then Big Tom came down yelling, “Help! Help! I just shot my girlfriend in the mouth. She went down fine but came up with a hole going right through her tongue and out the side of her mouth!

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HappyFather’s Day In the month of May, amongst the springing of riding season we celebrated the mothers that we all know and love. The delicate flowers… the fairer sex if you will. Well, June brings us the day upon which we applaud the other half of our parental units. The barbeque kings, the personal mechanics, the guardian of dwellings that we each call home. Dads are a pretty great group of guys, mine being the best of the bunch (not that I am biased or anything). So let’s give Dads their 15 minutes of fame and do a little digging into the origin of their special day.

and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level. But this time she had backing from trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, like tie, tobacco, and pipe manufacturers. And low and behold, by 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council that had been founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers.

Americans resisted the holiday for its first few decades, as they seemed to view it as nothing more than an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial Father’s day is believed to have originated as a success of Mother’s Day. Regrettably, newspapers Catholic celebration of fatherhood as far back as the even featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes middle ages. This celebration was eventually brought about Father’s Day. However, supporters remained to America by the Spanish and Portuguese. Father’s resilient and even incorporated these attacks into Day was not celebrated in the US, outside of previously their advertisements, sometimes calling it a “second mentioned Catholic tradition, until the 20th century. It Christmas for men”. Eventually, American’s seemed was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement to accept the holiday and in 1916 President Woodrow Mother’s Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting. Wilson went to Spokane to speak at a Father’s Day celebration. Wilson wanted to make it an officially After Anna Jarvis’ successful promotion of Mother’s recognized federal holiday, but Congress resisted. Day in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance of a President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that “Father’s Day” was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, the day be observed throughout the entire nation, but he West Virginia. Grace Golden Clayton was mourning stopped short at issuing a national proclamation. Finally the loss of her father following the December 1907 in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first Monongah Mining Disaster. Grace’s father was among presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the 361 men killed in the mining accident; 250 of those the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. And six years men were fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless later, the day was made a permanent national holiday children. Clayton made a suggestion to her pastor when Tricky Dick signed it into law in 1972. So if you that they honor all of the fathers who died. Clayton’s have been racking your brain trying to find a shining event did not spread beyond the Fairmont community moment in Nixon’s presidency…you’re welcome. at that time for several reasons. Independence Day overshadowed most all other events at the time, the I want to say thank you from the first fish eaters all the local church and council were overwhelmed and they did way down the line to Nixon who took the time to not only not even think of promoting the event, and the original honor the favorite men in our lives, but to make sure we sermon was not reproduced by the press and it was lost. get to do it each and every year. Happy Father’s Day to Finally, Clayton was a quiet person, who never promoted all you dads out there! And a special Happy Father’s Day the event and never talked to other persons about it. to my dad, Mike…You were my hero when I was little enough to need you holding my hand, and you will still Other attempts were made to celebrate fathers as well. be my hero when someday you need to hold mine. In 1911, Jane Addams proposed that a citywide Father’s Day celebration be held in Chicago, but she was turned Melanie J Schwarte down. The following year there was another Father’s Day celebration in Vancouver, Washington. In 1915 Harry C Meek (Lions Club International) claimed that he had first come up with the idea for Father’s Day. Meek said that the third Sunday in June was chosen because it was his birthday, and the Lions Club has named him the “Originator of Father’s Day”.

On June 19, 1910, a Father’s Day celebration was held at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran and single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, Sonora told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday to honor them. Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on June 19, 1910, the first Father’s Day sermon was given in Spokane. In the 1920’s Dodd went off to college in Chicago, and the celebration faded into relative obscurity. In the 1930s, she returned to Spokane

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ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally

incidents of altercation. We will be around during the shows or concerts and we will be running around the park day and night. If you have a problem or need help feel free to stop one of us. We are going to have radios at the Steel Bridge, the Wooden Bridge and each guy on a four wheeler.

My name is Doug Smith; I am the new security coordinator for the Freedom Rally. I have an assistant his name is Gary Emery. I will be on at night and Gary is the day Coordinator. I am happy to say that we have been asked to perform this position by the current rally committee. I have been a security chief for approximately This year marks our 33rd Annual Freedom Rally and we have a great rally line up of events for 20 years; Gary has been a security chief you to enjoy such as our bike show and for the past 10 years or so. I hope to rodeo, tattoo and beard contest, burnout help keep the membership safe during pit and sled pulls, duck races and new the rally with the help of my crew. I this year we have midget wrestling and have added a couple more shifts and a helicopter e cop rides along with an couple more people to awesome line up on the help complete the main stage and at the task. You will see beer barn. And don’t us running around forget we have on on four wheelers site first aid, shower or side by sides. house and lost and Stop and say hi if found at our security you see us. We are here building. bu to help. And we will be visible running around the park This year’s main stage bands are or driving around the park. Thursday: Goddesses of Rock, Rukkus, Godd and The Jimmys. On Friday: Chris Janson, Jimmys We are asking the patrons off the party to Iron Cowgirl and Dustin Bogue, and on respect each other and treat each other as HairBall, Iron Cowgirl, and Saturday: HairBal d We should you would like to be treated. Jasmine Cain and the beer barn will feature live by this golden rule, thus having Crosseyed Mary, Tainted, Iron Cowgirl, fewer problems among our people. Also Deliverance, Jammer and Midget wrestling. remember if it is warm/hot out, drink lots And don’t forget the vendors and dyno when you’re of water to prevent dehydration. Alcohol can speed out and about. up dehydration, be safe and stay hydrated. Heat can also bring about sun burn, bring sun block and stay cool. Heat As always ride safe have fun and enjoy one of the best can also bring about attitudes and behaviors. Keep your rallies you’re going to find anywhere. Need more info cool. go to , or http://www. Another area of concern is safe riding. Remember your training courses. If you are not used to gravel roads ride safe, wet grass can be very slick, an out of control motorcycle can injure pedestrians and other motorcyclist. Please be safe.


I really enjoy helping people throughout the rally week whether it’s helping people that are having a problem or helping someone get back to their tent at night. The guys and I on the security detail are going to be helping with road control, accidents, and hopefully few very few

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Redneck Revival Conesville Kick-Off Summer Party Wieblers HD Davenport CVMA Benefit Fun Run Farley Elk Horn Fire Dept Poker Run Elk Horn Demo Day Okoboji HD Okoboji The Patriot Tour Zylstra HD Ames Midway Tavern’s Annual Neal Denny Memorial Poker Run Soldier 2nd Annual Rock Ride Manilla SGT Dan Sesker Memorial Poker Run Ogden Veteran’s Fund Raiser/Auction Zylstra HD Ames Accident Scene Management by Slider Gilmore Harlan Harley-Davidson of Carroll Rock –N- Ride Carroll Kimballton Bike and Car Show & Shine Kimballton ABATE D6 Honoring Our Heroes Vets Ride & Rodeo Marshalltown Ride With Levi Keokuk Joni’s Roast and Ride Big Barn HD Des Moines 3rd Annual Suicide Awareness Benefit/Ride&Drive Waterloo Demo Rides Wieblers HD Davenport Benefit Ride for Scott Moeller Davenport Juice Ride 8 Benefit Ride for Dwight Miller East Dubuque, IL Ride to Fight Suicide Mason City Lewie’s Fun Run for Kids Onawa Manning EMS Poker Run Manning Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Open Bike Drag Racing Tri-State Raceway Earlville Backroads Biker Leather Shoppe Customer Appreciation Day Everly Open House/Swap Meet Big Barn HD Des Moines Bell Tower Festival Poker Run, Tour Rides, & Bike Show Jefferson Vintage Rally National Motorcycle Museum Anamosa Cole Andersen Memorial Ride/Drive Harlan 3rd Annual Ride for the Girls Memorial Poker Run LHHD Pacific Junction Remembering Jacob 4th Annual Ride and Drive Des Moines 1st Annual Combat Vet Charity Ride and Benefit Mt Pleasant Clinton Kiwanis Poker Run/Car & Bike Show Clinton 4th Annual Seu-Mo’s Memorial Ride Grinnell 4th Annual Larry Schlichte Memorial Ride Alton 4th Annual Peanut’s Ride Cedar Rapids Classic Car & Bike Show Okoboji HD Blakely’s Down Syndrome Awareness Ride Walford Open Bike Drag Racing Tri-State Raceway Earlville Awesome Biker Nights Sioux City Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Street Drags Conesville The Muddy Fest Davenport James Buwalda Memorial Roar Into Harlan Fun Run Harlan 3rd Annual Paul “Six” Ladd Memorial Ride & Party The Dog House Colo Freedom Day & Ride Wieblers HD Davenport Keep It Movin’ Ride for MS Iowa Falls Durango Depot Car Cruise & Bike Poker Run Durango 2nd Annual Journey For Hope Poker Run Council Bluffs Remembrance Ride Ionia Buck Grove Bust Poker Run Buck Grove Dan Grover Benefit Ride by Windbags Atlantic CVMA Iowa Chapter 39-3 Bike/Car Wash Davenport Demo Days Big Barn HD Des Moines Ride It Out For Amber Sarcoma Ride & Drive Polk City ALR Post #2 Pets & Vets BlackJack Run Council Bluffs 5th Annual Veterans Freedom Center Benefit & Ride Dubuque 4th annual Mike Garner Memorial Run Bedford Annual Legion Ride Terril J&P Cycles Iowa Rally Anamosa American Legion Dist 3 5 County Freedom Rock Ride Marshalltown

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Jun 29-Jul 1 ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally Algona Jul 1 AMA Sanctioned Flat Track Races Kossuth Co Fairgrounds Algona Jul 2 Open Bike Drag Racing Tri-State Raceway Earlville Jul 2 60th Anniversary Golf Tournament AL Post 46 Marshalltown Jul 3 Crossroads Festival & Ride In Bike Show The Dog House Colo Jul 7-8 CVMA Chapter 39-3 Benefit Ride/Cruise Elkport Jul 8 10th Annual Freeman Ride Avoca Jul 8 Colo Crossroads Festival/Street Dance/Band The Dog House Colo Jul 8 Vets for Valor American Legion Post 46 Marshalltown Jul 8 ABATE Da5 Taco Run for Children’s Therapy Center Wieblers HD Davenport Jul 14-16 2nd A.round I.owa on a M.otorcycle (AIM) Ride Winterset Jul 15 “Ride for Time” with “ Friends of Mine” Baxter Jul 15 11th Annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas Fort Dodge Jul 15 ABATE D18 Mystery Ride for Hospice Burlington Jul 15 Summer Celebration Big Barn HD Des Moines Jul 15 Southern Iowa Wounded Veteran Rally Russell Jul 22 Rally Party Hog Roast Wiebler’s HD Davenport Jul 22 Deaf Poker Run Council Bluffs Jul 22 EFMC Ride In Bike Show Milford Jul 22 Rally Party Hog Roast Wieblers HD Davenport Jul 22 Garwin Legion Riders Ride and Bike Night Garwin Jul 22 Habitat for Humanity Bikers Building Hope Ride Fort Dodge Jul 23 Butterfields M-C Parts Hot Dog Daze Omaha Jul 28-29 CVMA 39-1 Ann Patriot Ride and Rally ABATE Land Algona Jul 28-29 Special Forces Event Big Barn HD Des Moines Jul 29 Paws & Effect Ride American Legion Post 46 Marshalltown Jul 29 Big Barn HD Thank the Seals Motorcycle Ride Des Moines Jul 29 Thank the Seals Motorcycle Ride Bettendorf to Des Moines Jul 29 10th Annual Brooke Barber Memorial Poker Run Mount Ayr Jul 29 Volga City River Run Volga Jul 29 2nd Annual Volga City River Run Volga Aug 3-5 Across the Border Raid Bedford Aug 4 Too Broke for Sturgis Specials Okoboji HD Aug 4-13 South Dakota Party Aug 5 Two Wheels Four Paws Poker Run Walford Aug 5 SPC Jordan M. Byrd Tribute to Our Fallen Memorial Ride/ Cruise Davenport Aug 6 Open Bike Drag Racing Tri-State Raceway Earlville Aug 12 AtlanticFest Ride In Bike Show Atlantic Aug 12 ABATE D15 Too Broke to Go to Sturgis Rodeo Donahue Aug 12 3rd Annual Old Glory Ride Marengo Aug 12 7th Annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run Perry Aug 12 Sauerkraut Days “Cabbage Head” Car and Bike Show Lisbon Aug 12-13 CVMA 39-2 Annual A.P.R. Benefit Ride Coralville Aug 13 Car, Motorcycle, & Tractor Show Manilla Aug 18-20 Annual BTW Trike In Kellogg Aug 18-20 Boji Bike Rally Okoboji Aug 19-20 36th Annual Baxter Cycle Motorcycle Rally Marne Aug 19 Mikey Jones Memorial Dragfest Cordova, IL Aug 19 Tour de Shelby County Motorcycle & Car Scavenger Hunt Harlan Aug 19 Tribute to Our Fallen Davenport Aug 26 Jami Jam VI: Ride For Mental Health Action & Awareness Terril Aug 26 AHeinz 57 9th Annual Ruff Ride Adel Aug 26 Kyle’s Mile Suicide Prevention/Awareness Ride Metro HD Cedar Rapids Aug 26 MIC’s M/S Ride and Park(s) Run Mitchelville Aug 26 2nd Annual Shayla Bee Black Tie Black Leather Affair Okoboji Classic Cars Aug 31-Sep 3 Redneck Revival Conesville Aug 31-Sep 2 Chief Blackhawk 46th Davenport Meet Davenport Sep 2-3 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier dier er Sep 9 Tall Corn Run End of Year Prize Drawing Big Barn HD

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Tuesday Johnny’s Pub Lake Park (Mid May-Sep) Desperado’s Bar and Grill Wheatland Marshallton Legion Car & Bike Cruise (Last Tuesday Apr-Sep)

Wednesday The Buck Snort Neola Cadillac Jack’s Baxter 2nd Ave Bike Night Des Moines (2nd Wednesday MaySeptember) Thirsty’s on 3rd Davenport OP Clear Lake Ride’s Bar & Grill Ft Dodge Greencastle Tavern Mingo The Pour House, Davenport Suds-N-Jugs Bar & Grill Onawa Mike’s Hilltop Tap Muscatine Amigos Fort Dodge Dinner Rides Zylstra Harley-Davidson Ames

Friday Outsiders Pub Roland Bike Down to I-Town Indianola (3rd Friday) Centerville Bike Nights (4th Friday of the Month) Monroe Bike Night (4th Friday May-Aug) Hot Rods & Harleys Knoxville (2ND Fri May, Jun, Jul) Thunder Nites Newton-2nd Friday May – September



Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Fenders Cycle Des Moines (1st Thursday May-Aug) Stumpy’s Bar & Grill Duncombe Eddies Tavern Sergeant Bluff (April-November) Calvin Rockett Bar and Grill Marshalltown (Last Thursday May-Aug) Metro HD Cedar Rapids (2nd Thursday May-August) Screaming Eagle Bar & Grill Waterloo Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern Bike & Classic Car(Last Thursday of the Month, Starting in May) The Back 40 Macedonia (May-August) Barney’s Wadena (May-Labor Day) Des Moines Vintage Bike Night (1st Thurs May-Sep) Mainstreet Bar , Terrill Tip Top Ames (Every Other Thursday) Ottumwa Main Street Bike Night(3rd Thurs Jun-Sep) Culver’s Marshalltown (Every Other Thursday) Trophy’s Des Moines (2nd & 4th Thursdays) Toby K’s Hideaway (Every Other Thursday) Stampedes Prairie City Wilkie’s Garage Prairie City Edwards Bikes on the Hundred Block Council Bluffs (5-18, 6-22, 7-13, 8-17)

Route 65 BBQ & Open House (Sat after Bike Night) Dinner Rides Hicklin Powersports Des Moines Avenue of the Saints St. Charles Bike night (3rd Sat)

Sep 9 Sep 10 Sep 14 Sep 15-17 Sep 16 Sep 16 Sep 16 Sep 16 Sep 17 Sep 23 Oct 1 Oct 1 Oct 1 Oct 7

Des Moines No Nipple Dipple for Hunt of a Lifetime Buffalo Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Motor Madness Bike Giveaway Metro HD Cedar Rapids Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Street Drags Conesville WTF Fun Run Harlan New Model Party Metro HD Cedar Rapids 11th Annual Cedar County Heroes Memorial Ride and Poker Run Tipton Rock-N-Rollie Ride Onawa Concours deCornfield Penn Center Church Earlham New Model Open House & Demo Rides Carroll HD Toy Run Carroll HD ABATE D15 33rd Annual Toy Run w/USMC Reserves Open Bike Drag Racing Tri-State Raceway Earlville Hell on Wheels Chopper Show Franklin

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Sunday Just 1 More Jamaica (Starting in May) Haverhill Social Club Haverhill (3rd Sunday) Team 36 Bar & Grill Mitchellville Exira Sunday BAND Day (2nd Sunday May-September)

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

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ABATE D18 Toys for Tots West Point Fall Harvest Ride Carroll HD Motor Madness Check Presentation @ Wild Hogs Walford ABATE D3 Toy Run Atlantic HOG Roast Metro HD Cedar Rapids Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Street Drags Conesville Trunk or Treat Carroll HD ABATE of Iowa STEAM Ladies Night Out Carroll HD Turkey Run Clinton Holiday Open House Big Barn HD Des Moines Guys Night Out Carroll HD Pictures with Santa Carroll HD

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