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Letter from the Editor .........................................4 P.O. Box 29 Kimballton, Iowa 51543

AMCA Fall Meet .................................................6 Biker Friendly Listing ...................................... 10

OWNER/EDITOR Vernon Schwarte (712) 249-5630

99 County Tour ................................................. 12 CMA ................................................................... 14


Road Ramblings................................................ 15

Eryka Driscoll Eastern Iowa 563-506-0389

Vintage Iron ...................................................... 18 Calendar ............................................................ 20

Susan Mast SC/SE Iowa 319-931-4546

Girls of Thunder ............................................... 22

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

Will Ride to Eat................................................. 24

From the Woman’s Seat ................................... 23 Military Rider Kandie’s Kidz ........................... 26 Thunder Cam .................................................... 28

Harv and Sue Hunter Central Iowa 515-205-7410

Blast From the Past ........................................... 34 KISS .................................................................... 35

Mark Swearingen Council Bluffs/Omaha Metro 402-651-2471

Joker’s Wild....................................................... 36

Bob Colbert Knoxville 515-579-1343

TRMI Events Listing ........................................ 40

COIR .................................................................. 37

David McCoy Mason City 641-420-1171

CONTRIBUTORS Netty Kawecki Copy Editor

Humphrey Western Iowa 712-592-1720

Nate Ullrich

Jenn Chess Des Moines

Craig & Lynnette Little-Will Ride to Eat

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it this way the last few years and it seems to work well. Once again, without knowing what is going on where, bikers don’t know where to go. If you host or can confirm a bike night, email it to with the day of the week/host site/town information and we will get it added to the master list. March, the month I mean…Not just the mindless trudging through the winter, like marching to a sullen drum beat. That seems to have been the case for a portion of the winter. This winter we have actually had cold, snow, sleet, rain, and general Iowa ick. I cannot complain too much, because the snow never got that bad, but bad enough it kept me off two wheels for the most part. March will be way different though! Time to roll! Spring starts this month, and we have the beginning of Daylight Savings time. Longer days are awesome, no matter what the clock says, so we have to take advantage of the weather when we can. The events listing for the year has started to explode, so if you have any events to list on the FREE event listing, get it to Vernon@ We need the Event date/Name of Event/ Town the event starts in. Feel free to send me fliers, but that basic information is all that there is room for. If you would like some information about advertising your event, mention that in the email. We can help you out there as well. Main thing is to get things on the event listing as early as possible. If bikers don’t know what is going on, they cannot choose what to attend.

As far as events, come and see us at the Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet in Cedar Rapids the first Sunday in March. Stop by the booth and say hey and grab the latest issue. Also check out the World of Wheels in Omaha March 15-17 and/or March 16th at Hawkeye HD in Coralville for their St Patty’s Day Spring Kick Off Party. They are a ways apart, but I think we are going to try to hit both! Why not, it is March, what else do we have to do? On March 22nd you can swing by the Spring Riders Night at Carroll Cycle Center. Events are starting to happen; bikers have the itch to get out, and will be doing so on two wheels whenever possible. Check out the event listing for other happenings across this great state. As you are finishing up your projects for the winter, or planning some spring modifications, or just want to go out and about and have a good time, don’t forget to stop in to the supporters of Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa. They wholeheartedly support this magazine and keep it coming to you every month. Tell them that TRMI sent you, and ask for the latest copy of the mag. I wish everyone a happy spring! Ride Safe! Ride Often! Keep the rubber side down!

On a related note, we are also getting fired up for bike night season. It seems there are a plethora of Vernon bike nights to choose from on last year’s list and we have heard of more already on the way. We are going to be working through March to confirm the nights and locations of the bike nights all over the state, and then print that list alongside the event listing starting in April. We have done

ON THE COVER Nothing sexier than a Panhead, well OK, nothing sexier than a long leg in fishnets, sitting atop a Pan! Here is Theresa Ullrich atop a vintage piece, cannot be beat! Of coarse the shot was taken by her husband Nate Ullrich aka Natanic. Check out more of each of their works in his calendar at

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Gottleib G ttl ib D ttl Daimler i l is i credited dit dit d as the th firstt successful f l builder of the motorized bicycle (or motorcycle) in 1885. Carl Oscar Hedstrom and George M. Hendee set out with the goal of producing a “motor-driven bicycle for the everyday use of the general public.” In 1901, they rolled out the Single, a 1.75-hp motorcycle that could reach a top speed of 25 mph. They also decided to roll out a brand-new trade name for their motorcycles; that name was Indian, and it was the world’s bestselling motorcycle until World War I. The HarleyDavidson eventually made its presence known with its sturdy, strong and durable machines. In 1908, Walter Davidson, riding what came to be known as the Silent Gray Fellow, scored a perfect 1,000 points at the 7th Annual Federation of American Motorcyclists Endurance and Reliability Contest. But 100 years before the notion of combustion engines strapped to a wooden frame with 2 wooden wheels, at the time when our great nation was just being established lived a man called Black Hawk. Chief Black Hawk and the Black Hawk War are at the core of the history of this part of the Midwest. Black Hawk’s name appears often in the Quad City area, and he is much respected for his bravery. It was because of his bravery and dedication to saving his tribe through the Black Hawk War that his name was branded in the early 1900’s on an unfortunately short lived motorcycle company based in Rock Island, IL, the birthplace of the great warrior chief. I know, this is the point that you double-check the cover, yes, this IS Thunder Roads Magazine of IOWA; but if you are familiar with the Quad City Metro area, you know that there is NO difference between either side of the Mississippi 6 - TRMI MARCH 2013

River (ok, taxes and gas prices, but who’s splitting hairs?!). It was also the deep rooted history of the Indian Chi f th Chi Chief thatt prompted a local group of people with a common interest in antique motorcycles to adopt his name as the name of their organization. As hosts of an event known as “the biggest & best motorcycle swap meet in America”, the Chief Blackhawk Antique Motorcycle Club members work hard all year to provide a weekend full of antique motorcycles of all names & brands, parts galore, speakers, demonstrators, vintage dirt track racing & educational seminars. Each year during the Labor Day holiday, antique motorcycle collectors and enthusiasts converge on Davenport, Iowa. Those in need of parts for restoration projects roam the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds where as many as 800 vendors from around the world sell or trade everything from nuts and bolts to complete motorcycles. Bikes such as Harley-Davidson Knuckleheads and Henderson Fours are a rare sight just about anywhere these days, but are common at this meet. Motorcycles and scooters manufactured by little known companies that went out of business during the Great Depression (or earlier) are plentiful at the annual fall swap meet. Last year this show definitely stood up to the hype that preluded it and the 2013 swap meet is gearing up to be the biggest yet. As the plans and vendor list are being finalized for the 42nd Annual Fall Swap Meet, I encourage you to find a spot on your calendar now, making sure you don’t miss out on one of the nation’s best antique motorcycle swap meets held right here, in our back yard!

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CMA Notes

I don’t know about you, but it seems like we have an incredible number of friends who are going through really hard things in their lives: one friend has received a 2nd cancer diagnosis; another friend’s marriage is on the rocks; another friend’s dad was killed just before Thanksgiving when a car ran the stop sign and hit him on his motorcycle. I was thinking about how life seems like such a shipwreck a lot of the time and I suddenly realized the truth. Life seems like a shipwreck because life IS a shipwreck! Most of us know the story of the RMS Titanic, the “unsinkable” luxury liner that set sail from Southampton to New York City in April 1912. The largest ship of the day, she was carrying 2,435 on her maiden voyage. The Promenade Suites booked for $104,760 (2012 equivalent) for one-way passage and even her Third Class quarters provided better food and more room than most of those passengers had ever experienced at home; then came the iceberg. In a little over 2 hours, the unsinkable Titanic had sunk completely. Two more hours passed before the arrival of the RMS Carpathia, during which the passengers struggled to save themselves. Some made it into the life boats while many others clung to the flotsam and jetsam that had been part of the glory of the Titanic- a carved wooden door floating here, ornate furniture there, and even dirty chunks of cork from the bulkhead bobbing in the water – none of it capable of carrying the shivering and dying to safety.

The Carpathia was only able to rescue 710 people. 1,514 men, women and children perished that night.

According to the Bible, the Garden of Eden was a type of luxury liner designed to delight Adam and Eve, the first people, and to be a place where God could come spend time with them. Adam’s decision to do his own thing was like the iceberg to the Titanic; instant disaster. Every human born since then has been born into a shipwreck of a world. We’re all floating in the same cold, dark ocean, all grabbing at things that hold some hint of Eden’s past glory in an effort to save ourselves. Some of us are trying to stay afloat with pretty things from the shipwreck – respectable careers, good social standing, talent or looks. Others have grabbed onto less beautiful ways of saving ourselves – too much to drink, drugs to help us forget, hardening ourselves to everyone around us. It’s time to recognize that we need a Carpathia in our lives. And we need to understand that if someone from the rescue ship throws us a life ring and we slip it under our arms but are not willing to be pulled from the water, we will die of hypothermia right where we are. Are you reluctant to be bumped and bruised against the ship as you’re being hauled up? Are you afraid the rescue ship may sink, too? In Luke 4: 18 & 19, Jesus says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to proclaim that the time of God’s favor has come.” It’s time to lay aside fear of the unknown and accept the rescue that God has offered in the here and now. You’ll still get some bumps and bruises because we’re not in Heaven yet, but you’ll be on a ship that’s headed in the right direction. And this ship won’t sink. Blessings – Karla Mark & Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. To learn more about CMA and God’s plan for your life go to www.

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Biker Friendly Directory Convenience Stores/Gas

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It’s important for you to 14410 Frontier Road Exit 440 I-80 Omaha, NE 68138 know who your friends 402-894-3050 The Pit Stop Convenience Store are out on the road! The¬ 421 Main Street Jamaica, Iowa 50128 Biker Friendly Directory Whipp Sales and Service, Inc Gas, Beer, Tobacco & Grocery is a list of establishments 701 S 8th Street 641-429-3101 Clarinda, Iowa 51632 throughout Iowa that want 1.800.477.0195 you to know that they’re Dealers here for YOU. Whether it’s a bike dealer, service Entertainment Baxter Cycle shop, restaurant, bar or 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 any other type of business Book Em Dano’s 712-781-2351 that welcomes our biking 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 community, you can count 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 C&C Custom Cycle on our family of friends to Dancers Nightly 5-1:30 130 E Lincoln always welcome you in. Chariton, Iowa 50049 Ossy’s Show Club 641-774-7494 The staff here at Thunder 1215 Plaza Drive Roads greatly appreciates Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-9102 Carroll Cycle Center our advertiser’s support 1327 Plaza Dr each month. WE WOULD Carroll, Iowa Food and Drink 712-792-1610 NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please give 14th Street Tavern them the support that they Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson & 3418 East 14th Street Motorsports truly deserve for being Des Moines, Iowa 174th and Maple 515-266-3446 with us & drop by to see Omaha, NE 68116 M-F 8am-2pm Sat 10-2 and Sun 402-289-5556 them for a visit. Let them 11-2 know that you saw them Beaver Hut Pub Fenders Cycle and Motorsport here in Thunder Roads. If Happiness is a Wet Beaver 1109 E Army Post Road you know a business that 307 East 7th Des Moines, Iowa 50315 Logan, Iowa 51546 515-256-9062 would like to advertise 712-644-6100 in Thunder Roads Iowa BJ’s Bar & Billiards Hawkeye Harley-Davidson Biker Friendly Places, 110 Ida Waterloo Iowa Coralville, Iowa I-80 Exit 240 please email vernon@ Home of Full Throttle Thursdays 319-545-7495 319-234-9810 Open 7 days per week

Biker Accessories Backroads Biker Leather Shoppe 305 N Main Street Everly, Iowa 51338 712-834-2999 1224 Celebrity Drive Marcus, Iowa 51035 Mention TRMI at Events for a Free Gift

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Loess Hills Harley-Davidson 57408 190th Street Pacific Junction IA 51561 712-622-4000 Holstein’s Harley-Davidson 4940 S. 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68127 402-331-0022 Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406

Do Drop Inn 403 3rd Avenue Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa 50128 515-314-0783 Excuses Bar 405 Main Street Malvern, Iowa 51551 712-624-8233 Excuses Bar on Facebook Foxys Bar 108 East Jefferson Osceola, Iowa 50213 641-342-3700 Visit us at Facebook FOXYS Good Sons 2815 Beaver Ave Ste 102 Des Moines, Iowa 515-681-5375 Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook Haverhill Social Club 202 1st Street Haverhill, Iowa 50120 641-475-3321 Mon-Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 Huffy’s Mule Barn 802 Main Street Anita, Iowa 50020 712-762-9995 Keasey’s Hideaway Lounge 911 Court Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-3001 Lampe’s Pub 608 Iowa Avenue Dunlap, Iowa 51529 712-643-5781 Open 7 days a week at 11 AM

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

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

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

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

Dexfield Diner & Pub 904 1st Street Redfield, IA. 50233 515-833-2927

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

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

Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close Double R Bar and Grill Quick Ricks Rib Joint 209 East Erie (Highway 30) Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-600-6441

Off Sides Pizza 1119 Thomas Street Redfield, Iowa 50233 515-833-2900 Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015

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Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill 1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PMPiranha Club 1215 Plaza Drive Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-9184 Piranha Club on Facebook Pizza Ranch DENISON 510 HWY 39 North Denison, Iowa 712-393-3333 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week Pizza Ranch HARLAN 613 Court Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2262 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788 Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534 Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226 Tailgators Bar & Grill 621 Willow Street Oakland, Iowa 51560 712-482-6269 The Home Plate Diner 304 E. 30th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50317 515-262-7000 The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook

The Middle of Nowhere 112 Main Street Cumberland, Iowa 50843 712-774-5425 The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601

Third and Main 301 Main Street Manning, IA 51455 712-655-2304/712-210-2304 Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 Wet Goods Food & Lounge 113 N. Chestnut Street Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-2111 Where You Can Grab a Rack, And Not Get Slapped! Venture Inn Blencoe, Iowa 712-452-2205 Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395

Guns and Ammo Dales’ Guns Buy-Sell-Trade-Gunsmithing 109 Main Street Ute, Iowa 712-885-2671 Locked and Loaded Outfitters 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-4867

Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772 Tues-Fri 2-7, Sat 8-3

Healthcare/Wellness Sandra Grace Health Care Team 2884 AAA Court, Bettendorf, IA (563) 343-5344 Massage, Hypnosis, Reiki & more Will travel to your event or office

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

Services Absolute Computer Services 519 Cedar St; Tipton, IA 52772 (563)886-8068; surveillance systems; Comp sales, svc, networking &repair

BC’s Custom Wood Floors Brian Christensen 1908 8th Street Harlan, IA 51537 712-755-2098 BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344 Joe Karsten-Authorized Dealer Cornwell Tools 329 West Street Manning, Iowa 51455 712-310-0765 mobile Larsen Equipment Aaron Larsen PO Box 126 Kimballton, IA 51543 712-310-1762

F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 Flying Eye Psycol Circus 512 Main Street LaPorte City, Iowa 50651 319.495.8016 Metal Ink 911 7th Street Ste 102 Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-2453 Main Street Bikes and Trikes 522 Main Street Granville, Iowa 51022 712.727.3515

Signs & Wonders 101 W Main Street Lockridge, IA 52635-9708 (319) 750-0814

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

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

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

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

Revolution Cycles 120 South Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-507-9250

Traci Davis Real Estate Specialist 319-400-2000 Skogman Realty

Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-5876 M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call

TVC Home Improvements Certified Lead Abatement Contractor

1422 Farnam Davenport, Iowa 52803 866-322-1754

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

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Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231

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

Dead Heads Eng, Fab, Repairs & Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 712-835-3353

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

Throttle Shop LLC 1988 Arion Avenue Arion, Iowa 51520 712-674-3325 XTreme Cycle & Off Road 206 E Main St Panora, Iowa 50216 641-755-4288

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99 Counties on the Wall

99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 65 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we will revisit each county as a featured article. We will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark of touring curiosity for our state of Iowa. Floyd County This month’s T featured county f is located in north central n Iowa, east of I Mason City M and a north of Cedar Falls. C The T county seat and nd tubers can enjoy spending time on Iowa’s first is Charles City whitewater course. It is located on the Cedar River and a it, as well in downtown Charles City at Riverfront Park. Many as a the county, is intersected by b highways 18, 27, 2 218, and 14. Not N a typical mile m square grid road g system here for s sure. This part s of o the country is known to be very flat, agricultural based, and without a large population base, that does not mean there is nothing of interest here though. Over 16,000 people call Floyd County Home. Floyd County was established in 1854 and was named for Sgt. Charles Floyd of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who died in 1804 near what is now Sioux City, Iowa, and who was the only member thereof to die on the Expedition. There is only one golf course in Iowa that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is Wildwood Gold Course at Wildwood Park. It is located in Charles City and this park dates back to 1912 and is historical not for the links, but because it was a Prisoner of War camp for German World War II prisoners. Wildwood Bridge is located on this course and offers some beautiful views of the surrounding area, and is quite an interesting stone arch bridge in and of itself. There is a very beautiful Veteran’s Memorial that is located in front of the Floyd County Court House that pays tribute to Floyd County veterans.. The courthouse, like many in Iowa, is also listed on the National al Registry of Historic Places. In Charles City, kayakers, rafters,, 12 - TRMI MARCH 2013

other types of park entertainment are available as well as a 9-hole disc golf course, stone amphitheater, play area, labyrinth, public art area, and trails to roam on. Makes for a good place to hop off the bike and stretch your legs. If you are into history, you can check out the Legel Collect Collection of artifacts from the Legel Drug Store in Charles City, Iowa. It is a fully restored turn-of-thecen century drug store. This collection co contains apothecary bottles, store fixtures, mixing / compounding / distilling / dispensing apparatus, medical appliances, general merchandise, and ephemera. It was donated to the Flo Floyd County Historical Society and opened as a museum in 1962. Colle Collection spans 1884-1962 and is

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T Take a bit to spin through Floyd County, get off the b beaten path, look around at the history, and take a lo off for a while. load N Next month will be Franklin County, also in north c central Iowa, just southwest of Floyd. P Photos courtesy Ginger Williams Tourism C Coordinator. Other sources available upon request. V Vernon

quite impressive. impressive There are more than 110,000 110 000 items that can be seen, including Hart-Parr tractors as well as an 1853 log cabin with period rooms. One thing really unique to Floyd County and the country actually, is the Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve in Rockford. This is a great destination as it is only one of three “hunt your own fossil” parks in the country. Visitors to the park can collect and take home Devonian fossils. The Devonian Period was also known as the “age of fishes” After digging in the dirt and rocks for a bit, you can hike some trails through native prairies and also check out some beehive kilns used by Rockford Brick and Tile Co.

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Road Ramblings random thoughts of a scooter tramp On February 2nd Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog from Pennsylvania popped his little hog head out of his winter hole and predicted that spring will be coming early. Way to go Phil, this is great news for Iowa bikers! I am not convinced that groundhogs make very good meteorologists but anything that indicates spring will come early is Ok in my book. According to the calendar the official first day of spring is March 20, 2013. From that day forward the sun shines longer each day and the temperatures continually rise. For the Iowa biking community the first day of spring doesn’t mean a lot. But more sunshine and warmer temperatures means the same thing to all Iowa bikers, more handlebar time.

red d li light ht so I did what h t any curious i ffellow ll bik biker would ld ddo. I rolled up beside him, made eye contact, cranked down the window and asked “Why are you out riding on such a frigid day”? He flashed me a cocky smile as he glanced at the light, revved his engine, then popped the clutch and laid into the throttle as he sped off he replied “why not?” There I sat, at a green light in a toasty warm 4 wheeler, choking on a cloud of sand dust that he left behind. Why not? Now why didn’t I think of that?

As I pulled the 4 wheeler into the garage that evening, I spotted the bike sitting in the corner all covered up. I thought about Snow Balls, his cocky smile and quick witted reply, why not? I gently uncovered the bike, maneuvered it out of the corner and pushed it outside. The engine cranked hard but after a few attempts it finally fired up. I swung I was cruising home from the drama factory in the 4 my leg over and sat there letting the engine warm up to wheeler the other day and saw a guy out riding his bike. At idle speed. All the while I just kept thinking, why not? My that exact moment the radio stated it was 18 degrees and heart was pounding at the thought of going for a quick ride; with the wind chill it felt like 3 degrees. He was wearing the mind started to race, which direction should I head, a leather jacket and gloves, no hat, no chaps, no fairing or where should I go, I wondered if any of my buddies could windshield to hide behind. I’ve done enough time behind be ready to ride on short notice? By this time, the sun had bars to know that when it feels like 3 degrees and you’re on disappeared, the wind was blowing harder and my nostrils a motorcycle barely dressed, it’s damn cold. I will admit I were freezing shut every time I breathed through them. Why was a little envious that he was riding and I wasn’t. My first not suddenly turned into why? thought was “now there is a guy with some balls” which immediately turned into an evil chuckle when I realized that According to my hog buddy Phil, spring is coming sooner his balls were probably frozen solid. I decide that his friends than the calendar predicts. There will be warmer days, better must call him “Snow Balls”. days far more suitable for riding. Signs of spring will soon be returning to the roadways and ditches of Iowa. The baby As I pondered what would provoke a guy like Snow Balls calves will soon be bouncing and playing around in green to ride on such a frigidly cold day, my mind started to race. pastures. The trees will be budding out, the wind will be He must have a good reason, maybe the wrenching project warmer and air will start to smell like spring. Why not wait was over and he was just taking the first test drive, maybe until the cage drivers are retrained to look for biker traffic. life had dealt him a bad hand and the only cure he knew was Why not wait for the sand on the roadways, intersections to get some subzero breeze between his knees. Maybe his and stop signs to disappear. Why not wait for a warmer day, 4 wheeler wouldn’t start and he needed to be some place a day far more suitable for riding, those days are coming important? Maybe he was suicidal and figured frostbite by sooner than predicted. I have patiently waited for a warm motorcycle was a good way to go? spring day to ride, no sense in blowing my wad on a day that it’s so cold it will freeze to my leg. Dress warm, be I couldn’t stand the game that my warped mind was playing smart, and ride safe! with myself so I spun a quick U turn and chased him down. I just had to know if his frozen brain was capable Shifty LaRue of explaining it to me. Snow Balls finally got stopped at a

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have a dreaming ability to see the beauty in a pile of rust in the corner. (Except for some Blue Oval circumstances) Anyway I just recently bought a 1977 XLH1000 Iron Head Sportster. Now I Here we are staring March in the face already. Just waiting for any day above 40 degrees to get the bikes out and go for a little trip around the block to kind of kickoff the season. Even if it means having to hose down the bike as soon as you are done to get that nasty salt solution they put on the roads off of your bike. (Which I strongly recommend, I have seen that stuff literally eat a V-Rod). Others might be just getting the stuff to get their rides prepared for the season or setting up appointments to get them ready. Whatever you do, wherever you are, give yourself plenty of time and don’t expect it to get done the day before it is supposed to be 60 degrees outside. It just won’t happen. Ok enough of the preaching, on to this month’s topic. For those who know me, you know that I am not afraid of vintage iron and

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knew that I was going to catch a lot of flak from many

bike that needed changed was the handlebars. They were a really narrow and cheap set of low drag bars that wouldn’t allow for much control of the bike and the bushings were so wore out that they would move a couple of inches when you would push the bike. Not to mention the front master cylinder had a nasty ground down corner that also put a nice slice into the brake line. I knew this was going to be a fun project and possibly a pain in the posterior. So with that I grabbed

people for the purchase, but the price was right, and it was mostly original or came with the original parts. It will make a great starter bike for the girl friend. Now when it came in it was the typical junky looking, oil leaking, pile of bolts you would expect and the guys in back just didn’t see what I saw. I knew that there were so many parts available to help me achieve what I pictured in my mind that I wouldn’t have a problem doing it with a tight budget.

some catalogs and began making a list of stuff I wanted to do and stuff that needed done. Starting with the handle bars, I went with a set of Harley Black mini apes for $70 (I just can’t have too much chrome) and set them on the triple trees with a set of Tucker Rocky 2” risers for $45 and an upgraded set of polyurethane bushings for just a touch more than what The first thing I knew on the the stock rubber bushing

were. The nice part about the poly bushings is they will stand up a little better and will also take out some of the slop the rubber ones still have. From there I went to the controls up top. Now I probably replaced a few things I didn’t need to do which was mainly the wiring and switches. I figured while I was there and since they were 35 years old I might as well just replace them too. V-Twin set me up there for $40 you get all new switches with 40” of color matched wire attached to them which makes switching them out a breeze and well worth it. For the new master cylinder I went back to Drag Specialties and got a new CHROME

Master Cylinder assembly with lever, clutch perch and lever, and also my switch housings for $150. You can only get chrome switch housing for the newer bikes for that much. With the

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taller bars I installed on the bike I of course needed to replace the cables from not only being a touch short but just tired of the service they had. I upgraded my throttle from the old single cable throttle setup to the dual cable setup for $60 including the cables. Now I normally wouldn’t be able to do this but the bike was recently upgraded to an S&S Super E carburetor to help it breathe better than the original carb setup. For the longer brake line and clutch cable I maybe had another $75 in it. I am extremely happy with the outcome and with the upgrades I have started doing I’m sure it will hold up better than ever. Now don’t get me wrong I know there are ways via the internet and swap meets that I could have done it on a tighter budget than that but then you are questionable on what you are getting and the quality of the parts. This is just the beginning of many things to come on the old girl. I know a couple of other guys that are working on some vintage iron of their own that might get a little attention on their rides through all of this. So keep your eyes out for next month’s article about more budget friendly upgrades to the bikes that paved the way for the ones that many of you ride today. Tony Darveau

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The Beauty for March is Kristina Hansen of Carson. She is sitting atop one of Nate Ullrich’s bikes, an Evo Chopper from Hell!


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So here I am, coming at you from the woman’s seat. Since I started working with Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa last summer, I’ve been asked “where exactly is the woman’s seat?” Right now the woman’s seat is the left side of the reclining couch snuggled under a blanket, with a stiff drink next to me. Thru the summer months, my seat is the back of a Road King Classic; yep, that’s right…. I’m proud to ride b*tch! Since we started riding a few years back, I’ve been asked numerous times “Eryka, why don’t you ride your own bike? You have a strong build, you could do it… c’mon take that rider’s safety class and steal that Sporty from your son.” Truth be told, I have NO desire to operate my own machine, but that doesn’t make me NOT a biker. I love the freedom of the bike, the smell of the road and the beauty that is ‘back roads Iowa’. Sometimes (ok, more often than not) I find myself allowing my mind to wander when we’re out on the bike, most of the time I find myself deep in thought as my husband maneuvers through tight curves and I don’t want to give that up. Let’s face it, even though the controls aren’t in my hand, most of us passengers have learned that we can control the throttle (and brakes, when needed) with a slight squeeze of our knees. Because I am NOT at the helm, I have a lot of time to think about the future, to take mental pictures of the now, and to remember the past. There is just something about the rumble of the pipes that immediately connects you to every other rider; past, present and future. Whether we are talking about the legendary riders of the past or the young ones who sport their shades, chaps and helmets like it was born into their blood, we all share one thing: passion. It is that passion that gives us the courage to get out on the road, absolutely nothing between our bodies and the road, just some protective clothing. It is that passion that gives us the desire Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

to explore new places, a wrong turn is just a scenic detour in our world. It is also that passion that gives us the strength to never let the memory of a fallen brother or sister be forgotten. It’s March now, the snow is starting to thaw, annual events are beginning to confirm their dates on the calendar, we start on the daunting task of cleaning the winter’s dust from the chrome of our bikes, and the phone begins to ring with notifications of inaugural rides in memory of those who we’ve recently lost. When it comes to celebrating the life of a fallen soul, the biker community is hands down the most loving, kind and compassionate group of people out there. In the past, bikers were seen as mean, tough, rough, fight starting, beer drinking, law breaking, and any other negative stereotypical description one could come up with; thankfully, there has been a shift in that way of thinking and the people of the world are realizing that no matter what you look like, where you live, what your hobbies are, there are good and bad sectors of all walks of life. My experience with the biker community has been nothing but positive and I feel that the more we show the world all of the good we do while simply riding our bikes, the easier that negative stigma will vanish. Whether you belong to a bike club or you are just part of a group of people that ride together when they can, the motorcycle is our shared DNA and when a brother or sister is in need, we band together and help them through the hard times. As I stood in line to pay my respects to a fallen sister recently, I had a LOT of time to think. I found myself physically sitting in the pew of the funeral home awaiting our turn to join the line, but mentally I had journeyed off to the last time our group rode together. Donna had been courageously battling breast cancer for 3 years, losing all of her hair through the treatment process and was more times than not too weak to leave the house, but she never lost her prize winning smile. Her passion for life pushed her to get out on the motorcycle as much as she could. Instantly I had been transported from the sorrow of the funeral home to Prospect Park introducing the ‘crew’ to my favorite view of the Mississippi River. Completely un-orchestrated, we all sat in silence for a few minutes, taking in the scenery and the vibrancy of the day. Nothing was ever said about the silence, but you could tell in that brief moment of time our minds had collectively gone right to the thoughts of all the fallen brothers and sisters. As the youngest in the group that includes war veterans, truck drivers, great grandparents and office managers, I opened my eyes wide that day when I noticed everyone wiping a tear from their eye and/or clearing their throat to choke the tears back down. And although Donna will never jump onto her ‘woman’s seat’ again, we all know that she will ride upon our shoulders as an angel for eternity. As bikers, we will continue to ride to keep the memories alive of ALL our fallen brothers and sisters who have returned to their creator. Every day that we are given is a gift, we’re the lucky ones who get to experience it on two wheels; pass it on! Eryka

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will ride to eat

believe me they are far from the old standards redone with a different crust!! I decided on a pizza called 23. Mon - Thurs 5p-9p Fri & Sat 5p-10p Sun 4p-8p Open This particular pizza is a spin- off of another of his pizfor lunch on Wednesdays only 11a-1:30p zas, The Zipper. The Zipper has fresh garlic sausage and sauce, provolone cheese, black pepper and garlic. Generally peer The Zipper turns into a 23 by adding finely chopped pressure does garlic and jalapeño pressed into the dough then add nothing but banana peppers and some pepperoni and “Taa-daa”... strengthen my you have the 23! This pizza is amazing!!!! Trust me, resolve to do you don’t need to add the crushed red peppers to the opposite of these slices, there is more than enough heat there for whatever they most people (yes it brought a few beads of sweat to are pressurmy forehead... I LOVE IT!!!!)! When we were ordering, I almost messed up big time and let our waitress go before asking about the chili dogs! As luck would have it they had some left so I was able to get one. The dog arrived before the pizza and let me ing me to do. (Gee, you never tell you this thing was huge! The pizza would have guessed that about was awesome but the chili dog was the me!) I’m willing to bet a large star of the show. I fancy myself somemajority of you are the same what of a connoisseur of chili dogs (or way. I have discovered that maybe I just REALLY like eating them!) given the right cause, I can be and this was the BEST chili dog I have persuaded by peer pressure! ever tasted... bar none!!!!! I asked if this One of those causes is eatwas a reguing large quantities of GREAT lar sandwich food!!!! I’ve had at least 6 to be added different people advise me to to the menu check out Zipp’s Pizzaria. Well, and was told I don’t need to be told more than a half-a-dozen times that this was about someplace before I decide to check it out (usuprobably ally). Before I get too far into the awesomeness served just a oneat Zipp’s allow me to let you in on a little secret. Check time special. out Zipp’s Pizzaria’s Facebook page. You see, they No amount usually serve something special for lunch on Wednesof begging days and they list this special on and pleadtheir page. This is where Lyning on my nette discovered they had chili part could dogs for lunch that Wednesday change their and we happened to be headminds (and ing there on Wednesday night. I did try, you can ask Lynnette). I was I was gambling that they would told, however that Zipp is working on have some of the lunch special developing a chili dog pizza! I can’t left over for the dinner crowd. wait to try it!!!! We arrived and viewed the menu and much to my dismay there Whether or not you can get the world’s were no chili dogs listed there. best chili dog there is of no conseThere was, however, a selection quence. Go there for the pizza!!! It’s of salads, a few sandwiches, worthy of its own awards!!!! and some deserts. They usually have a homemade pie of some variety available, Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! the night we were there it was rhubarb (not one of my Craig Little favorites so I’ll have to go back another time and try my chances again... dang it!!!). Oh... there were also pizzas listed on the menu (DUH), an entire page of pizza! 17 specialty pizzas to be exact and the list is PS If you have someplace you think we should check growing all the time. Zipp is not one to just resubmit the old standbys to the list. You may see names there out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. that you recognize, like Taco pizza for example, but 24 - TRMI MARCH 2013

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Our Mission Statement The purpose and mission of Kandie’s Kidz is to attend to the needs of our Gold Star families, Wounded Soldiers/Veterans, Veterans and their families. Kandie’s Kidz raises money through a variety of fundraising events, bringing to the community a spirit of giving, caring, and participation. Kandie’s Kidz keeps our veterans at the forefront in the community, raising awareness of our soldiers and their family’s needs.

I will continue to help meet the needs of Our Military Family. When we arrived in Nashville, TN for Travis and the others Military Funeral the Soldier waiting for us at the airport said, “WelThis is one of come to the Gold Star Family” it’s one you don’t Kandie’s Kidz, want to be a part of but once you are we will my Stepson always be here for you! I want to “be there” SPC Travis for Our Soldiers and their Families!! In a way I R Vaughn have adopted them all as Kandie’s Kidz! with the U.S. Army 160th Story Behind the Raffle Bike SOAR, a “Night Stalk- Kandie and her organization Kandie’s Kidz is er”. His Chiraffling a customized “Fallen Soldier Tribute” nook crashed motorcycle, decked out with military insignia in Afghaniand tributes to lost and missing military memstan Feb. bers. The bike was offered to Kandie for fun17, 2007, draising by a man whose cousin investigated after his mission was cancelled. There were 22 the helicopter crash in which Kandie’s stepson, aboard, 14 survived and 8 were killed. Since Travis’ death, we have gotten busy healing by helping other Military Families, Wounded Soldiers and Veterans. When you have a Wounded Soldier, the needs for the family to be with their Soldier can range from kenneling their dogs, to helping with gas money, food and lodging. During one of Iowa’s biggest deployments, we helped with things such as snow removal, clogged drains, paying car notes and replacing furnaces. Webcams have also been bought and sent to Afghanistan so Our Soldiers can visit with their families face to face.

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Brad and Kandie had about circumstances surrounding Travis’ death. “Basically, they were on a mission to go get al-Qaida, but they canceled the mission”. Brad stated “The weather just changed too quickly. Over there in Afghanistan, I guess the weather does that.” He and Kandie wondered for years whether the crash resulted from an enemy attack. “It is such a privilege for us to know Todd and talk with him,” Kandie said.. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales over and above Koontz’s cost of labor and materials will go to Kandies Kidz to aid families of deployed, and Brad’s son, U.S. Army Spc. Travis Vaughn, wounded or fallen soldiers with a host of needs, varying from household repairs to cuswas killed. tomized beds for wounded veterans. The motorcycle is the product of Shelbyville, IL designer Steve Koontz. Kandie and Brad met Steve Koontz while on a spring vacation. He offered to design the bike and mentioned the Night Stalkers connection within his own family. When Steve Koontz learned his and the Vaughn’s common connection to the Night Stalkers; he added the distinctive red arrowhead shoulder patch of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) --- of which the Night Stalkers are a part --- to the top of the motorcycle’s fuel tank. The motorcycle also features a white U.S. Army star on the fuel tank the POW-MIA logo and other distinctive markings and military insignia.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 each until a July 20, 2013 drawing. The motorcycle is on display at Rydell Chevrolet in Waterloo, where Brad Vaughn is collision center manager. More information about the motorcycle and raffle is available online at

Steve’s cousin, Todd Koontz, was a member of Travis Vaughn’s outfit, the U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment --- the “Night Stalkers” --- based out of Fort Campbell, KY. Not only did Todd know Travis Vaughn, he was assigned to investigate the crash in which Vaughn was killed. “Kind of a small world,” Brad said. Steve arranged for his cousin Todd to meet with the Vaughn’s to answer any questions about Travis’ death. After that, “the bike was secondary,” Kandie said. The meeting answered some questions Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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1 Quart of Strawberries; pop the tops and rinse 1 Cup of Whipping Cream 1/4 Cup Sifted Powdered Sugar 1 Tbls. Frangelico, or Other Hazelnut-Flavored Liqueur 1/2 to 1 tsp. Grated Lemon Rind

1 Pound of Fresh Mushrooms 2 of Each Chicken Part; Breast, Thigh & Leg 2 Tbls. Cornstarch 1/4 Cup Water 1/4 Cup Olive Oil 3/4 Cup Rose’ Wine 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce 1 Clove Garlic, Pressed 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano Cooked & Buttered Egg Noodles Covered & Set Aside

Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar; beating at high speed until soft peaks form. Gently stir in liqueur and lemon rind. Serve with chilled, fresh strawberries and dip away. STRAWBERRY CUSTARD TORTE

Place sliced mushrooms in a 1/4 inch of olive oil for total browning over medium-low heat. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Add next 5 ingredients, pour over chicken. Slow roast on top of stove for 1 hour or until chicken is done. Serve with buttered noodles. * My mom used to make this same recipe in a cast iron skillet, but she’d jazz it up by adding strips of green, red and yellow peppers and letting it all cook down on top of stove with a cover over 3/4 of the skillet to allow air to flow. Green chilies is a nice addition also. Any way you do it, this dish is fabulous and the key to it is slow and steady. Don’t rush the good stuff. SMOOTHIES 1 Carton (8 ozs.) Strawberry Yogurt 1/2 to 3/4 Cup Cranberry Juice 1-1./2 Cups Frozen Unsweetened Strawberries (1/4 c divided) 1 Cup Frozen Unsweetened Raspberries 3 tsp. Sugar or Splenda In a blender or food processor, combine yogurt and cranberry juice. Add strawberries, raspberries and sugar; cover and process until blended. Pour into chilled, fancy dessert glasses. Serve immediately. These are so rich, you can serve as dessert.

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1 Packaged Quality Yellow Cake Mix 1/3 Cup of Sugar or Baking Splenda 1 Tbls. Cornstarch 1/8 tsp. Salt 1 Cup Whole Milk 2 Egg Yolks, Lightly Beaten 1 Tbl. Butter or Margarine 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract 1 Carton (8 ozs.) of Frozen, Whipped Topping, Thawed 1 Pkg. (12 ozs.) Frozen Sweetened, Sliced Strawberries, Drained and Thawed Halved Strawberries and Mint Leaves for Top Garnish Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt; gradually stir in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Place half of the whipped topping in a bowl; add strawberries. Split each cake into two horizontal layers; place one layer on a serving plate. Spread with half of the strawberry mixture. Top with a second cake layer; spread with custard. Add third layer; spread with remaining strawberry mixture. Top with remaining cake and whipped topping. Refrigerate overnight. Garnish and serve.

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A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed. She puts on her robe and goes down stairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in front him. He appears deep in thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as hewipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of coffee. “What’s the matter, dear?” she whispers as she steps into the room. “Why are you down here at this time of night?” The husband looks up, “Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 17?” he asks solemnly. The wife is touched thinking her husband is so caring and sensitive. “Yes,I do,” she replies. The husband pauses. The words are not coming easily. “Do you remember when you father caught us in the back seat of my car?” “Yes, I remember,” says the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him. The husband continues...”Do you remember when he shoved a shotgun in my face and said, “Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years”. “I remember that too”, she replies softly. He wipes another tear from his cheek and says... “I would have gotten out today!”

Insert a WHY? at the front of every sentence. do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions filled, while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front of the store? do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a Diet Coke? do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters? do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage? do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten but buns only come in packages of eight? does the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin? can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed? don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’? is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word? do we always stand up and look at our bowel movement before flushing?

do cats always look at their bowel movement before ################################# covering it up thoroughly? TEACHER: Why didn’t you study? STUDENT: A year has 365 days for you to study. After taking away 52 Sundays, there are only 313 days left. There are 50 days in the summer that is way too hot to work so there are only 263 days left. We sleep 8 hours a day, in a year, that counts up to 122 days so now we’re left with 141 days. If we fooled around for only 1 hour a day, 15 days are gone, so we are left with 126 days. We spend 2 hours eating each day, 30 days are used in this way in the year, and we are left with 96 days in our year. We spend 1 hour a day speaking to friends and family, that takes away 15 days more and we are left with 81 days. Exams and tests take up at least 35 days in your year; hence you are only left with 46 days. Taking off approximately 40 days of holidays, you are only left with 6 days. Say you are sick for a minimum of 3 days; you’re left with 3 days in the year to study! Let’s say you only go out for 2 days...You’re left with 1 day. But that 1 day is your birthday. That’s why I did not study. Teacher: Class dismissed.

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is it that doctors call what they do ‘practice’? Gives pause for thought. is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? is the man who invests all your money called a broker? is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food? didn’t Noah swat those two damn mosquitoes hitching a free ride? do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections? You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff? don’t sheep shrink when it rains? are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? if con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

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C.O.I.R. Report

Coalition of Independent Riders

HERE WE GO AGAIN Peter A. Sieben Lt. Commander C.O.I.R of Iowa ABATE of Iowa District 20 Legislative Officer Free Roaming Radical

Don’t kid yourself; if we don’t do our job and contact our legislators then the nanny state will expand once again. First it’ll be helmets on kids under 18 on mopeds, then on all minors operating a motorcycle or as a passenger on a motorcycle. Then, “If it’s good for them, why not all” will take over and we’ll all be told we have to wear one.

Beyond that, a lot of serious injuries can take place that a helmet does nothing to prevent. We’ve all seen the guy on Another year, another new liberty limiting helmet bill. SF37 a sport bike with a full-face helmet, short pants and sandals pulling a wheelie up the highway. If he crashes I think he’ll has been introduced by Bolkom, Hogg, Dvorsky, Hatch, have other problems. Rather than focusing efforts on ‘safer McCoy and Quirmbach. It would require the use of safety crashing’ the state should be investing in rider’s education helmets by certain young people operating motorized bicycles and providing a penalty. If passed it would require and awareness training. that any person under 18 years of age wear a “properly I reject the idea of the state “taking care of me” or adjusted and fastened safety helmet when operating a my family. That’s my job. Making sure our elected motorized bicycle. A violation of the helmet requirement representatives and senators know how we feel and what we is a simple misdemeanor, punishable by a scheduled fine think is a job that belongs to every citizen. of $100.00. It further qualifies the violation as a moving violation and, as such, is grounds for the cancellation of the “It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was person’s license to operate a motorized bicycle or moped. made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern While you and I may or may not agree with the idea of well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good requiring children to wear a helmet, I think we can agree masters, but they mean to be masters.” Daniel Webster that we don’t need a law. If I believe that my kids should wear a helmet, as a parent, I can require them to do so. I certainly don’t want or need the state to raise my kids for me. Have questions or comments? Contact peter@ Part of what’s wrong in our country is that we’ve become too dependent upon the government. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? At this rate, before long the government will be telling us how to dress and what to eat.

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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 for some reason. Not responsible for misprints and typos. If you have any other events to list, please email them with Date/Name of Event/Location to Mar 1-3 World of Wheels Chicago Mar 3 Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Cedar Rapids Mar 8-17 Daytona Bike Week Daytona Beach Florida Mar 9 Flippin for B.A.C.A Flippy Cup Tournament West Des Moines Mar 10 Road MC Breakfast Brayton Mar 14 CMA Knights For Christ Polar Bear Ride Cedar Rapids Mar 15-17 World of Wheels Omaha, NE Mar 16 Hawkeye HD St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Kick-off Party Coralville Mar 16 ABATE D3 Spring Dance and Party Greenbrier Exira Mar 16 Blazin’ the Winter Blues Away Show Mason City Mar 22 Spring Riders Night Carroll Cycle Center Mar 30-31 Swap Meet Sioux Falls, SD Apr 2 B.A.C.A Child Abuse Awareness Kick Off West Des Moines Apr 6-7 27th Annual North Iowa Motorcycle Expo Mason City Apr 6 ABATE D14 TGIS Party Bridge View Center Ottumwa Apr 6 Crazy Carl’s Poker Run McGregor Apr 6 Freedom Quilts Presentation Fonda Apr 7 Hill Blazers Hill Climb Logan Apr 12 Hawkeye HD Women’s Garage Party Coralville Apr 20 Flood Run Lake St. Croix Beach, MN Apr 20 Crazy Carl’s Poker Run McGregor Apr 26 Motorcycle Safety Forum State Fairgrounds Des Moines Apr 27 Fenders Cycle Open House Extravaganza Des Moines Apr 27 Sleeping Angels Ride Boone Apr 27 Memorial Run to benefit JDRF Muscatine Apr 27 ABATE D15 Spring Run Off Davenport Apr 27 Non-Denominational Blessing of the Bikes West Bend May 1-7 Hawkeye HD Customer Appreciation Days Coralville May 3-4 Vintage Torquefest Dubuque May 4 F&J Racing 18th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Marshalltown May 4 Hawkeye Harley-Davidson Spring Open House Coralville May 4 ABATE Bi-State Awareness Ride Moline, IL May 4 Summer Kickoff/Patio Party Papa Joe’s Missouri Valley May 11 Roughnecks MC Charity Poker Run Gravity May 16-18Hog Wild Rodeo Conesville May 18 National Armed Forces Freedom Ride Iowa Council Bluffs May 18 B.A.C.A Annual 100 Mile Ride and Party Des Moines May 18 ABATE D15 Blessing of the Bikes Davenport May 18 Crazy Carl’s Poker Run McGregor May 18 Maiden Voyage 10 Poker Run Dillon Bros HD Omaha May 19 Iowa Thunder Veterans Ride Des Moines May 19 Pearl Street Social Club Bike Show and Party Shellrock May 25 Main Street Bikes & Trikes Open House/Poker Run Granville May 25 4th Annual Poker Run for Pink Ponca, NE May 25-26Midway Tavern 15th Annual Fun Run, BBQ, Street Dance Soldier May 31-Jun 2 Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally Newton Jun 1 Carroll Cycle Center Rock-N-Ride Carroll Jun 2 Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Jun 8 Bubba Shuffle Run Book Ems Denision Jun 8 Sharp 9- Brain Aneurysm Awareness Ride Lampe’s Dunlap Jun 8 5th Bell Tower Festival Poker Run & Cycle Show Jefferson Jun 8 Easton Memorial Run Dillon Bros HD Omaha Jun 8 HOH Summer Bash Clinton Jun 8-9 500 Challenge Sioux City to Anamosa Jun 12-15 Rally on the River QC Davenport Jun 13-15 Awesome Biker Nights Sioux City Jun 15 2nd Annual Poker Run/BBQ/Street Dance Exira Jun 15 5th Audubon Fire Dept Poker Run Audubon

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Jun 15 Crazy Carl’s Poker Run McGregor Jun 20-22 Maquoketa Motor Madness Jun 20-22 Iowa State Hog Rally Clinton Jun 21-22 Rumble In The Stalks Conesville Jun 21-22 Romper Room Run Earlville Jun 22 7th Annual Party in McKinley Park Creston Jun 22-23 J&P Cycles Open House Anamosa Jun 29 WinoPalooza Conesville Jun 29 Ride it Out for Amber Des Moines Jun 29 Day of the Hog Poker Run Dillon Bros HD Omaha Jul 4-6 ABATE Freedom Rally Algona Jul 6 6th Annual Freeman Ride Avoca Jul 11-13 Nitro’s Biker Bash Gravity Jul 13 ABATE D15 Taco Run Davenport Jul 13 6th Annual Moose Riders Poker Run Cedar Rapids Jul 19-20 4th Todd Weaver Memorial Ride and Concert Center Point Jul 19-21 Road Guardian’s 13th River Road Fundraiser Dubuque Jul 13 Goozman’s Westside Poker Run Harlan Jul 20 Warriors Across Iowa Eddyville Raceway Jul 20 Iowa Lakes Scholarship Poker Ride Estherville Jul 20 Military Motorcycle Raffle Reinbeck Jul 20 Crazy Carl’s Poker Run McGregor Jul 27 Pre-Sturgis Poker Run Dillon Bros HD Omaha Aug 1-3 6th Annual Across the Border Raid Bedford Aug 5-11 South Dakota Party Aug 10 3rd Annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run Perry Aug 10 Hope Ride for MDA Dubuque Harley-Davidson Aug 10-11 ABATE D15 Too Broke for Sturgis Donahue Aug 17 Bob Ezarski Memorial Run Iowa Falls Aug 18 Iowa State Fair Motorcycle Day Des Moines Aug 23-25 9th Annual BTW Trike In Kellogg Aug 24 B.A.C.A of Central Iowa Bike Bash 2013 Aug 24 Dillon Bros HD 11th Birthday Bash Omaha Aug 29-Sep 1 Circle of Pride Thunder In the Sand Conesville Aug 31-Sep 1 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier Aug 29-31 Chief Blackhawk 42nd Annual Fall Meet Davenport Sep 1 Crazy Carl’s Bloody Mary Run McGregor Sep 5-7 Davis Rally New Hampton Sep 8 Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Sep 18-21 Bikes Blues & BBQ Fayetteville AR Sep 20-21 Rumble In The Stalks Conesville Sep 21 ABATE D15 Leaf Run Davenport Sep 21 Jessica Peine Memorial Ride/Music Festival Muscatine Sep 28 Hawkeye Harley-Davidson Fall Open House Coralville Oct 5 Crazy Carl’s Leaf Run McGregor Oct 6 ABATE D15 29th Annual Toy Run Davenport Oct 6 ABATE D-15 29th Toy Run w/ USMC Reserves Davenport Oct 11-12 Iron Invasion Woodstock, IL Oct 12 Crazy Carl’s Leaf Run McGregor Oct 17-20 Biketoberfest Daytona Beach Florida Oct 25-26 DH Cycle Swapmeet and Bike Show Sioux Falls Nov 29 Turkey Run Clinton

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