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Dubuque Bomb Squad Roller Derby girls Stacy Broadwell and Anne Sigwarth adorning this Custom Chopper being raffled off by Camp Albrecht Acres. The tickets are $50 each, with maximum ticket sales of 750. Proceeds will go to the camp. Tickets can be purchased online at or call 563552-1771 The camp’s purpose is to “Providing a unique environment for people with special needs” and the sales of these tickets will help them continue their work.

Fall is here in all its glorious color. Crisp riding on a fall day is one of my favorite things to do in Iowa. Leather up, hit the road, and be safe. Critters, farm equipment, and road debris are prevalent so be alert! As you are getting your last rides in of the year, keep in mind why you are riding. We all ride for our own reasons; the freedom of the road, the wind in your face, the release from day to day monotony. Whatever your motivation is to swing a leg over your machine; get out there and enjoy the last few miles of the year.

you are riding, you are a biker. Our staff ride different brands, and support RIDING. All of the manufacturers produce some very interesting rides, of all shapes, sizes, and for different purposes. There are good and bad about every make and model, so I recommend hopping on something else occasionally just to see what it is about. If nothing else, doing a test ride on another brand will broaden your horizons and give you ideas of what you like, don’t like, and what you may want different for features someday. Bikes change, people change, riding styles and habits change, don’t keep yourself stuck in one model, one brand, or one mindset. It If you are newer to the riding scene, please also keep in mind never hurts to ride other bikes to gain some admiration for the heritage and traditions of riding. Bikers take care of one those that choose that brand. After all, two wheels are two another. If you see a biker on the side of the road, stop to wheels! see if they need help. It may be you one day and you may need the help. That The event list is looking a little slim but is part of the “code”. Also, be mindful we know that bikers do not hibernate. of your actions when riding, as you are There are fewer events being held but representing every biker in the world. The people are always looking for something events in New York the end of September to do. If you know of any biker related gives all bikers a bad name. The SUV was events, please email them to Vernon@ wrong, the group of riders was wrong, but We are always the mainstream media chalked it up to just trying to keep that list as updated and another group of bikers wreaking havoc. complete as possible. In your travels thru All Germans are not Hitler, all Muslims the month of November, please stop by the are not Al-Qaeda, and all bikers are not supporters of the magazine. They keep out raping and pillaging. The best way to the ball rolling on this every month, so tell combat the ignorance of what you see on them Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa TV and read in the paper is to rise above sent you. We thank them for their support, that stigma and prove those stereotypes and we support them as much as we can. wrong. That starts with taking care of our own, our biker family, whenever need be. Ride Free, Ride Safe, Ride On! It also continues with doing the right thing and not taking matters into our own hands Vernon in public venues. Ride smart, ride safe, and ride another day. Quote of the month: Bikers and Veterans go hand in hand and I can assure you that we never forget. That rumbling sound Along the lines of the respect thing, another topic that comes you hear when a group of bikes come together is not noise to mind is the ever prevalent brand argument. Our official sir, it is the harmony of brotherhood coming together for a stance at Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa is that frankly purpose and cause. ~~ Crysta Baker ~~ we don’t give a shit what badge is on the tank, as long as


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were made and much discussion was had regarding insurance, safety, etc. Larry Meador, from Lanark, IL, agreed to help Kim with her patient’s request.

Hospice care has been around for many years. Whether in a terminally or seriously ill patient’s home or care facility, this service is designed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient, as well as the pain and symptoms the individual may be having. One of the services that many hospice care organizations provide is granting the patient a final wish. These “wishes” can range anywhere from trips across the country to a ride in a semi-truck and trailer. Such is the case of Rick Hopkins of Columbus Junction, IA. Rick wanted one last motorcycle ride. Fortunately for him, one of his HCI Hospice Care nurses was Kim Verrips, RN, CHPN, a motorcycle rider herself. When Kim heard Rick’s wish, she knew she could make it happen, but she didn’t know how. Rick was not strong enough to ride a motorcycle himself or even behind another biker. He would have to ride in his wheelchair, thought Kim. But how? While on a ride with a friend one day this summer, her question has answered. Kim and a friend were taking a break from a day out biking when she saw a man pull up to a watering hole on his motorcycle. His bike was fitted with a custom “sidecar”. What was special about this “sidecar” was that it had a ramp. Kim watched as a young man in a wheelchair backed down the ramp and into the parking lot. At that moment, Kim knew she had the answer to her dilemma. Now all she had to do was convince this guy to drive to Iowa to give Rick his last ride. Introductions


After all of the papers were signed, i’s dotted and t’s crossed, Kim had permission for Larry to take Rick for a ride. A date was set. Word of this significant ride spread amongst the local biker community. Donations were made to help offset Larry’s travel expenses. Several members of Rick’s family were present to witness this event, including his two sons from Sioux City who biked down to southeast Iowa to ride with their dad. Other caring people made sure that Rick had the proper riding gear. A leather jacket, chaps, cap, and goggles were loaned to him for the occasion. Once everything was in place, the wheelchair secured, and the riders were assembled, the ride was blessed by a hospice chaplain and fellow biker. The plan was to take Rick to some local towns and then return back to his care facility. At the time of departure, 28 motorcycles were in place for the ride, many of which did not know Rick or members of his family. They simply wanted to give this man the ride of his dreams. Footnote: Larry’s motorcycle is a 1998 95th Anniversary Edition Harley Davidson Classic. The “sidecar” was built by Kurt’s Sidecar in Mt. Morris, IL. It was an emotional morning for everyone who was in attendance. And Rick was nothing but smiling. - Susan

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CMA Notes

There is help and hope available to us. Jesus tells us this in Matthew 7:24: “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse I know that I’m about to commit because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my heresy right here in print, but while teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish . . .” We must face looking at the picture of the finished the fact that the picture we have in our minds of God and his product that’s pasted on the outside son Jesus may not be right on and be willing to investigate of a box full of parts and jumping the Bible further. In addition to revealing more about the in without reading the instructions Creator of all heaven and earth, the Bible is full of advice may work for putting a bookshelf on successful relationships, growing in maturity, becoming together, it’s not always the best more generous, dealing with anger, the welfare of our way to plunge into a project on your eternal souls, etc. There is almost no important topic about bike. Especially when the project life left un-covered. is to change the handlebars on your bike, you’ve never done this type of project before, and you’re set to leave for “John” accessed the knowledge and experience of our Sturgis in less than two weeks. Did I mention that ALL the mechanically inclined friend, but it wouldn’t have done him wiring runs inside the bars on this particular bike? I had any good if he had not followed the advice. We all have no idea that you could watch video clips on the Internet the opportunity to make the same kind of decision when it that demonstrate exactly how to do this before our friend comes to following the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s your chance “John” launched into his project. “John” got everything to be wise! put back together the way he thought it should go, and it looked great, but there was one problem. He kicked Blessings – Karla the engine over, gave the throttle a mighty twist and . . . nothing. I think it was about here that he began wondering Mark & Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian if he should have snipped off the wires that he thought were Motorcyclists Association. To learn more about CMA and for the heated grips. (You know how narrow bar openings God’s plan for your life go to are. There were just too dang many wires to fit in easily and only a sissy needs heated grips, anyway.) To make a long story short, after some phone calls to the expert which resulted in the discovery that he should have pulled the gas tank before stripping all the controls off the bars and that he had to pull all the wires out and start over, and after a lot of blood, sweat and fears that he wouldn’t get the bike running in time for the trip, “John” did git ‘er done.

We’re all guilty of living life pretty much the same way. We get a picture of marriage, parenting, work, friendships, etc, from a mishmash of sources: our own parents, our friends, the TV. We may get a picture of what we think God is like from the same sources. Then we take off, assuming that we’re prepared for the situation, but in reality, we often find we’re living on the edge of one disaster or another because of our lack of knowledge. And these are some pretty big issues to be finding out halfway through that you’re way out of your depth and don’t know how to get your head above water. 8 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2013

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Biker Friendly Directory

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

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

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

Dealers Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494 Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1109 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062 Loess Hills Harley-Davidson 57408 190th Street Pacific Junction IA 51561 712-622-4000 Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406 R/J Performance HWY 63 North Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 641.684.8400


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

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

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

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

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

Chocolatierie Stam-Dubuque 269 Main Street Dubuque, Iowa 52004 563-690-4320

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

Dew Drop Inn Bar & Restaurant 109 Main Street McClelland, Iowa 51503 712-566-9360 Mon-Sat 11:30-Close Dirty Ernies 201 1st Street NE Farley, Iowa 563-744-4653 Ride your Harley to Farley!

National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925 Ossy’s Show Club 1215 Plaza Drive Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-9102

Food and Drink B & M Bar and Grill 110 W. Main Street Panora, IA. 50216 641-755-2806 Open Daily @ 11:00 am Beaver Hut Pub Happiness is a Wet Beaver 307 East 7th Logan, Iowa 51546 712-644-6100

BJ’s Bar & Billiards 110 Ida Waterloo Iowa Home of Full Throttle Thursdays 319-234-9810 Booneville Bar&Grill Waveland West Café 35653 Ute Ave Booneville, Iowa 50038 575-987-2237

Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311 KC’s Tavern 120 North Main Bridgewater, Iowa 50837 641-369-2017 KC’s Tavern on Facebook 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 Lamp-Liter 143 South Grove Street Walcott, Iowa 52773 563-284-4061

Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close

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

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

Master Griller/The Field House 142 S Chestnut Earlham, Iowa 50072 515-782-5850

Excuses Bar 4Good Sons 2815 Beaver Ave Ste 102 Des Moines, Iowa 515-681-5375

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

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

Beer Barn and Grill 226 State Street Kirkman, Iowa 51447 712-766-3395 Open Mon 4, Tue-Sun at 11

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

Millerton Café 10 Miles S of Chariton Hiway 14, 1 Mile East J22

Millerton, Iowa Tues-Sat 630am-8pm Sunday 630am-3pm 641-897-3536

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

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

Hawkeye Bar & Grill 110 North 4th Street Mapleton, IA 51034 712-882-1226

Off Sides Pizza 1119 Thomas Street Redfield, Iowa 50233 515-833-2900

Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. ~ Sun 12:00 p.m. Hazard County LoungeIowa’s Premier Night Club

(above the BBQ Shack) 203 Main St. Lohrville. Iowa 51439 Open M-S 4pm-close. Sunday 12pm-close (712)-465-3278

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

Homers Bar & Grill 207 Main Street Vail, Iowa 51465 712-677-9979

Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015 Pearl Street Social Club 110 Pearl Street SW Shellsburg, Iowa 52332 319-436-7100 Find Us On Facebook!

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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

Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226 The Chrome Spur 105 2nd Street Schleswig, Iowa 51461 Chrome Spur on Facebook 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

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

The Middle of Nowhere 112 Main Street Cumberland, Iowa 50843 712-774-5425

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

The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601

Rendezvous Lounge 909 Main Street Adel, Iowa 50003 Just West of the Courthouse 515-993-4422

The Wagon Wheel 521 E 7th Washington, Iowa 52353 319-653-3637 Wagon Wheel Tap on Facebook

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

Third and Main 301 Main Street Manning, IA 51455 712-655-2304/712-210-2304

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

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

Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill

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

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

Shenanigans Nightclub/Event Center

1805 Maime Eisenhower Ave Boone, Iowa 50036 515-298-0435 Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534 Slaby’s Bar & Grill 6020 New Liberty Road Plainview, Iowa 52773 563-843-3443 Softail Saloon 811 Hwy 9 Superior, Iowa 51363 712-858-4500 Softail Saloon on Facebook

Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 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 Woody’s Roadside Tavern 100 West Jefferson Albion, Iowa 50005 (641) 488-2220 Woody’s Roadside Tavern on Facebook

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Guns and Ammo 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 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,Wed,Fri 9-5, Thurs 9-7, Sat 8-12

Healthcare/Wellness Stephen Bayne MD Plastic Surgery Associates 515 Valley View Drive STE 201 Moline, IL 61265

Legal Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C. Riding and Defending Your Rights for Over 29 Years 977-209-9452

Photo and Art JW Custom Artwork 610 Grove Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-577-5264 Ullrich Photography PO Box 1842 Clinton, Iowa 52733 563-243-8715


Ben Franklin/Radio Shack 106 N Wilson Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-4122 Larsen Equipment Aaron Larsen PO Box 126 Kimballton, IA 51543 712-310-1762 Sound and Service Bike/Car/Home Audio and TV 712 Quint Avenue Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-5403 Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995

Shops and Fabricators Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768 Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231 Dead Heads Eng, Fab, Repairs & Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 712-835-3353 Elite Auto Upholstery & Embroidery

Specializing in Motorcycle Seats 1313 Walnut Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-276-4392 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 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 Moser’s 4-Way Service Center Motorcycles.ATVs.Jet Skis Harley-Davidson Certified Luxemburg, Iowa 563-853-3390

BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344


Shops and Fab Cont.


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

All Pro Custom Tattoo 1007 E Kimberly Davenport, Iowa 563-323-5765

Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541 Revolution Cycles 120 South Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-507-9250

Crave Tattoo 201 S 12th Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 51501 515-576-8289 FB Crave Tattoo, Inc. To buy ad space in our directory, call 712-249-5630 or email

Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-5876 M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call Throttle Shop LLC 1988 Arion Avenue Arion, Iowa 51520 712-674-3325 Waderich’s Towing 420 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 Phone 712-263-3687 Cell 712-263-9685


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If you haven’t got out to your nearest dealer and taken a look at or rode one of the new 2014 H-D baggers you better hurry up. What are you waiting for?! There isn’t much time left to ride.

models has increased to 6.5”over the old 5 ¼” ones. Who would have thought that an added 1 ¼” would make such a big difference (Ladies no comments please). Harley’s new 6.5” BOOM! High performance speakers are sure As I said last month, Harley did to bring your bike to the next many changes to the bagger line. level. These two-way speakers Some changes I’m very impressed have a larger than stock cone with and some…. we’ll just say, so they have improved low and not as impressed. Leading the mid-range tones. The 1” tweeters pack on big upgrades is the new are now hid behind the new BOOM! Box 6.5GT Radio in the metal grilles unlike the previous Limited and Street Glide special BOOM! speakers. These speakers models. The BOOM! Box 6.5GT are available for both the front can also be added to the and rear locations so you Ultra and regular 2014 passenger is not left out. Street Glide models as an If this still isn’t enough accessory. This radio alone sound…then for those of is what puts Harley-Davidson on a technological lead over you that have a ’14 model year bike with vented fairing the “others”. Straight out this radio puts out up to 25% lowers; you can add a set of 6.5” fairing lower speakers to louder sounds than previous OE radios. This radio is so your bike. However jam packed with features that I haven’t even figured out yet this will not fit AND I even watched a 4 hour slide show on what it can do! bikes with the Gone is the old CD player of yesteryear. If you can’t find a new Twin-Cooled radio station you like they still have you covered whether motor. you have a MP3 player or enjoy listening to SiriusXM. Of course if you prefer the later you still have to purchase the For riders who just SiriusXM Satellite radio kit to piggy back onto your stock can’t get enough radio. Don’t lose out to static when your favorite song sound out of your comes on. SiriusXM has over 200 digital channels to choose radio. H-D has a from so you are sure to find something to entertain yourself 300w amplifier and/or your passenger. available. This amp produces If you find that the stock stereo still doesn’t have enough 75w per channel power for you don’t worry, H-D still has you covered. They and bypasses the released a full line of new BOOM! audio speakers and internal amp in amplifier kits. We’ll start with the basics, upgrading the your radio to make speakers. sure you get a crisp It’s the clear sound that is easiest and sure to impress. Whether you wish to do this in a “one step most cost at a time” process or go full hog and purchase the BOOM! effective Audio Bagger Amp & Speaker Kit for your bike is up to way to you. upgrade. You may Our days are getting limited so get out there and ride. have Remember to keep your eyes out for the pesky critters that noticed that are on the move and enjoy the changing season. the size of the speakers Tony Darveau on the 2014 Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook


99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 57 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month I will revisit each county as a featured article. I will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark of touring curiosity for our state of Iowa.

569.93 square miles and 17,534 residents. The county seat is Eldora, there are twelve towns and three more unincorporated towns, so there is most likely a little something for everyone!

I came into the county from the southwest and hopped on D65, which proved to be standard Iowa landscape, flat crop ground that looked and smelled like money! On a whim I turned north up S55 because something told me I should Hardin County Iowa go through New Providence. They boast the oldest hardware store in the state, which has been owned, by Tom and Marlene McDonald for thirty-five years. They are great people, eager to share their knowledge and just make nice with any stranger who happens along. The McDonald’s say that there are a lot of bikes that come through the area because S55 is hilly, My favorite motorcycle-riding cousin curvy and far wasn’t able to make the trip with me, but less travelled. somehow I managed to find my way back If you get to Hardin County. You see twenty-one thirsty or years ago I may have been in the Ellsworth hungry on your trip you can stop in, they Community College dorms after check-in, have snacks and about everything else under age and without permission. I might you might possibly need from a hardware have gotten caught by “security” and made store! Another neat happening in New an “example of” to the new residents, my Providence is their Monday morning friend may have given a fake name while community breakfast. It is open to the me, being naive at the time, gave my public, run by volunteers and it’s free will real name. Three weeks later I may have offering. With a town of 200 residents the received a certified letter informing me week we were there they served 150 of that I was not allowed anywhere around them, the campus for five years. The not “too shabby” if statute of limitations has run out you ask me. This year and I found myself dipping marked the towns my toe back into familiar Sesquicentennial; they waters with much more are obviously doing favorable results! something right! Hardin County Iowa is in Central Iowa, has 14 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2013

After riding out of town on S55 I found that S62

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Black Hawk and the Peter Toth Indian Head. Both overlook the river. The Peter Toth head has a decidedly better view, but the Chief Black Hawk statue is a bit more historic. If you need to grab a beverage in Iowa Falls please stop by the 503 Bar & Backyard, they were most friendly when I was trying to find some place to grab lunch.

would take me north to Eldora. Eldora has a very historic town square. It is quite beautiful architecturally and has some great history if you have a moment to stop and look around. I kept on moving east and grabbed S56 north which is actually a county road through Pine Lake State Park. It is quite a scenic ride with plenty of great vantage points to view the river. My dad used to drive through this park every time he came to visit me; I always wondered why…now I understand. Definitely worth the ride! If you have time, a little further up the S56 on the west side of the road there is a lookout to view the highway 20 bridge and the Iowa River corridor. There is a shelter, informational markers and a rest room! I wanted to make it to Iowa Falls so I kept on S56 hoping to hook up with D15. There is a little western jog you need to take on 120th St. D15 lead me right back to the scene of the youthful indiscretion. On this trip I sampled Hardin Counties hospitality as opposed to their “long arm of the law”. Some interesting things to stop and see are the statue of Chief

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By 2:00 I was hungry so I found D20 and headed west on a hunt for the town of Alden and the Brickhouse. Wow, was this place worth the drive! It had a unique menu and a huge variety to their bar. The food was excellent, but don’t come wanting a burger or fries, you will not find them here. What you will find is great pizza, awesome appetizers and flavorful steaks; they also offer the Eagle City Wineries locally grown and bottled wines. The same gentleman owns a row of businesses and he takes care of them and his employees. I can get behind a guy like that. In the outside area you get a beautiful view of a dam. I hear they have live music from time to time; you can sit on the old high school bleachers or under the grain bin awning. All surprisingly tastefully done! It was getting late in the day and was time to head towards home, so I enjoyed the ease of travel south on state highway 65. As my trip to Hardin County came to an end I reflected on the fact that there comes a time in our lives when one should go back and revisit some old memories, I realized what they have led me to where I am today and that is just fine by me! The December issue will take me to Harrison County. HoHoHo! Sources Available Upon Request D Ring


Road Ramblings random thoughts of a scooter tramp It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, the harvest is in full swing and the critters are on the move. I went out for a short putt the other day, in the back of my mind wondering, “Is this going to be the last ride of the season”. As I rolled down the road, I noticed a large group of geese flying north. My twisted mind decided “them geese are screwed up”. One of them didn’t appreciate my judgment of their intelligence! I believe he was aiming for my head as he cut loose with whatever he had been eating. It missed my head by a couple of inches and splattered down the back of my jacket, onto the seat and rear fender.

back on the calendar were it belonged on November 11th. In 1975 the federal government passed legislation returning the Federal holiday observed as Veterans Day to November 11th but this law didn’t go into effect until 1978. My contract with Thunder Roads indicates I can not start political chaos by using the pages of TRMI as a political sounding board. So all I’m going to say is “For 20 years this country celebrated Armistice Day as it was intended to be, then the government stuck their noses into it, screwed up the date, lost sight of what the people truly wanted and it took the people banding together to get the government to agree that they made a mistake. Even after realizing that they had made a mistake it took them 3 more years to correct it. All this for 2 minutes of time to observe our country’s fallen heroes.”

I passed by a good sized horny deer laying along side the road, he had a nice rack and I swear he winked at me as I cruised by. I pondered that bucks intentions for a mile or two before coming up on a little white car pulled off on the Two lousy minutes, not nearly enough time to honor the shoulder. All of its passengers frantically examining the service our veterans past, present and future devote to this damages that buck had made when he made a pass at them. country. Two minutes, a very small piece of a day, when you consider the time and sacrifice the veterans of our Lastly I noticed a group of wild turkeys, on a mission country have given to us and continue to give us to keep us to fatten up for the upcoming Holiday by grazing the safe and free. Two minutes! remnants of what use to be a luscious green corn field. The loud pipes of my iron horse scared them into a run, Now what does all this have to do with being a biker followed by a short flight. I’m thinking them turkeys in Iowa. Think about it, two minutes can make a big wished they were inbreeding with the geese so they could difference in a biker’s lively hood when a horny deer is fly higher and faster this time of the year. trying to make a pass at you. Two minutes can change the outcome of where the shit lands when geese are dropping Many people think of the month of November as nothing it from above. Two minutes of being able to fly could alter more than a day to celebrate and give thanks by gathering the outcome of the life of a turkey when on the run from a with family and friends to stuff the belly in preparation for butcher. an insane, frantic shopping day. Two minutes of time can alter the outcome of our Unfortunately, so many people are wrapped up in the freedom, our right to decide, and our voices can be heard. details of the “big meal” and their shopping plans; they November 5th is Election Day, spend two minutes voting. skip right over a far more important holiday. In 1918 WWI Or better yet spend two minutes making a phone call to the ended with the implementation of armistice at 11 Am on people running this country and let them know what you the 11th day of the 11th month. The following year the think. president proclaimed this date to be Armistice Day. A day for all business to be suspended for a 2 minute period at 11 Lastly, two minutes can make a difference in the life of a Am in order to honor the heroism of those who have died veteran by simply offering a handshake and heartfelt thank serving our great country. In 1938 congress had to stick you for the service they have given to you and me. their nose into it, so they made it a national holiday, even though at that time they had no control over the states and To the Veterans of our great country, Shifty LaRue thanks they only had the power to declare holidays for federal you! employees. In 1954 the president decided he needed a piece of the action so he changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. In 1968 Congress once again had to screw with a good thing and decided to change Veterans Day from November to the fourth Monday in October. Two states didn’t agree with Congress and continued to celebrate Veterans Day as it was originally intended on November 11th. Then the 70’s rolled in, changing everything. Between 1972 and 1975, there were 44 more states that gave congress the finger and put Veterans Day

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2 Million Bikers to DC 9-11-2013 The 2 Million Biker to DC ride from inception to kick stands up took a mere twenty two days to organize! According to Washington DC Police 1.2 million bikers and people participated in this historic ride yet few outside the biking world have heard of it. The largest political rally in US history and it doesn’t rate a shout out on the evening news. Really?! Actually the disdain displayed by selfserving politicians and the feckless media that protects them, clarifies the rationale behind the ride far better than I ever could.

idea that first drove patriots to debate questioning a King! If each hotel had similar numbers we would be golden. The morning of the Ride our first staging point was at the Harley Dealership in Frederick. Nice people that really went above and beyond. Sitting there shining my bike for the day the 100-200 bikes gathering wasn’t inspiring but after riding 1,300 miles I was seeing this through; the memory of those that died 12 years earlier required nothing less. When our group finally hit the highway toward Washington DC my spirits lifted almost immediately. Every over pass starting at Frederick was lined with supporters and fire trucks. I’m thinking my God it’s an hour’s ride to the staging area and we are already seeing incredible support.

All along the route to DC groups of riders would join our group, some from on ramps others waiting on the shoulder. By the time our little group arrived at DC Harley in Fort Washington it wasn’t so little anymore and was about to get a whole lot bigger. I needed gas so I pulled into a station at It started for me when I heard that the Islamic community the end of a group of bikes I assumed were waiting to pull had announced a 1 Million Muslim March to be held on into the Harley dealership for staging. Nope, the dealership 9-11-2013 in our Nation’s Capital. They insisted that the was a mile and a half further up the road and was quickly date was just coincidental but something about their march filling with bikes. Every second that passed I saw hundreds didn’t sit well with the families of the victims of 9-11 nor of bikes pulling into a tight group along the city street. My the veteran community. This was the spark behind the ride. worries that America had forgotten was replaced with dare I Quickly the push back in social media had Islamic extremist admit tears of pride for 10’s of thousands of patriots. rethinking the time and place of their hateful rally but the idea of a ride had already taken hold. We would ride in As you have heard political calculations were to deny our memory of all those that died on September the 11th 2001. permit to ride. Um, wrong answer. A legally registered motorcycle doesn’t need a permit to tour our Nation’s Organizing 2 Million Bikers to DC was a grass roots zero Capital. That being said the Police blocked the first few dollar operation. Many personality conflicts arose in intersections to allow our group to head toward DC. Just those 22 days as did Liberal thinking trolls out to derail our group in Fort Washington took more than an hour to the movement. It’s only fair to admit it was confusing to clear the intersection. This is when politicians thinking too organize using only word of mouth and Social Media. Yet much did themselves in. It was exhilarating to say the least despite all the set back and resistance from the “Smart to finally be on the ride to remember those fallen but I had People” bikers embraced the idea as a worthy reason to ride. no idea where I was going other than to follow the rear tire in front of me. The DC police had “Decided” to abandon Arriving in Frederick Maryland the day before the ride I the last turn directing us onto the beltway around DC which was disheartened by the presence of only 20 or so bikers led to what I will coin as self-induced chaos. At each staying at our hotel. Sure they were from all over the traffic light the group of riders would get more and more United States but could so few make any impact? Talking fragmented. Finally there were groups of bikers going every to other riders in the hotel parking lot some simple math which way and regrouping to do what bikers do best, their started to take hold. Frederick Maryland is more than 50 own thing. miles from Washington DC. We reasoned there must be nearly 1,000 hotels within a 50 mile radius of the Capital. DC was soon choked with overheating bikes at every That’s when it occurred to me that this wasn’t about swarms intersection. Any shade was a reason to stop and share the of people but about collectives of individuals. The very


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joy of the event with those parked next to you. Frustrated police, I’m sure operating on orders, did their level best to issue as many pointless tickets as possible. Yet again biker code trumps conniving politicians. A polite heads up that a cop was coming your way with a ticket book would force traffic clogging groups of bikers to “relocate”. I honestly feel for those fine police officers but their frustration was working to our advantage. It was an ever shift mob of motorcycles and patriots visiting their Capital! You know, that Freedom deal is a pretty groovy thing. In summation the ride was worth the rain, gas and wear on my nerves. On a personal note I skipped the Interstate crossing Iowa on Highway 34 which was as pretty a ride as could be imagined. Next year my plan is to attempt to make most of the trip on the “National Highway” 40 which winds its way to the Capital. Sure it’s about remembering those that fell on 9-11 but if it’s a ride why not make it one to really remember! Ca C arl rl S ch haffner e er Carl Schaffner

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way (it’s why we’re such a great pair!!!!) so she opted for the daily special which on that particular day was a pork chop with mashed ‘taters and gravy, carrots and a roll. After much I love the past, well... deliberation I finally decided on a I love the present... chili dog, baked beans and potato and the future too, salad. When the waitress came to but the past is a take our orders I gave her mine special place. I’m not and she asked if I wanted my chili saying I’m a student dog with regular chili on it or tavof history or anything ern meat. Tavern meat???? What like that, I’m talkthe heck is tavern meat? It’s what ing about nostalgia. they call loose meat (on the order About going back of Maid-Rite style meat). Well, now to a “simpler time.” that When I get the opthere portunity to visit a is a place that takes me choice back to one of those to be simpler times I find it hard to leave. This month’s review had... is one of those nostalgic places and also a reader subwhat mission (thanks again Kay!!!!). Lally’s Eastside Resto do? taurant in Le Mars, IA. Walking through the door is like I had walking through a time warp. Lally’s has been family one of owned and operated since it was opened in 1961. The each!!! building started life as a pool hall, and almost became (I’m a skating rink but it was too close to the railroad tracks. not So it became a restaurant, a restaurant that has begood come known not just city wide, not just county wide, not with just state wide, not just nationwide, but deciWORLD WIDE (WHEW!). Lally’s has sions had a variety of visitors over the years LOL) including dignitaries and politicians My baked beans were nicely sweet and both state and national. (Now that Lynsmokey... the way baked beans should be. The nette and I have been there the list of potato salad reminded me of the kind that nice dignitaries is complete!!!!!!) The decor lady that was your Sunday School teacher as instantly takes you back to the small a child used to bring to the church picnic. Ah, town diner in nostalgia! Now about the chili dog showdown! “wherever you The chili dog with the normal chili was exactly call home”. that... a “normal” chili dog. Don’t get me wrong, You know it was VERY good but as chili dogs go, it was pretty you’re going to much the same as you would get anywhere else that be waited on serves chili dogs. The chili dog with the tavern meat? by a staff that Now that was something special! It’s like eating a hot cares more dog and beef burger together at the same time! What about serving an interesting concept! you a quality Lally’s Eastside Restaurant in Le Mars. The place to go meal at a fair for great food, great service, great prices, family atmoprice then how sphere and most of all a dab of nostalgia thrown in! Go much of a tip they can get. And talk about fair prices! Their basic hamburger only goes for $3.50! The rest of there and be reminded of how things used to be and how they should be again! the menu is just as reasonable. Their specialty is their broasted chicken, always has been and probably always will be. Normally when an establishment has something they are known for that’s what I’ve got to have. The particular day Lynnette and I stopped chicken just wasn’t going to do it for me. (I’m sure their chicken is awesome but you’ll have to verify that for yourselves.) Lynnette was leaning the same


Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! Craig Little PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email.

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Since the unveiling of the new Indian® motorcycles in South Dakota the first part of August, there has been quite a bit of talk about the new machines. It is of particular interest here in Iowa, as they are built right here in our great state in Spirit Lake. Since the purchase of the iconic brand by Polaris® Industries in April of 2011, there has been much work put into the new rides. The fact that there is another American, and Iowa built product on the road for the two wheel market is quite interesting to me to say the least. The work put into the final product has been immense, and not without the help of old school Indian® motorcycle gurus, one is Ron Ronfeldt of Harlan, Iowa. On You Tube, if you search for Indian® Heritage Ride you will find a short clip about a group of Polaris® engineers that came to Iowa to ride some of Ron’s old bikes. You can almost say that they built the new bikes from the cues of the old bikes, with updates for current technology, a pretty impressive engineering feat in itself. They come with fully skirted fenders, classic lines, and even an Indian® head on the front fender. Nostalgia meets power and comfort. This all sets the stage for what is being touted as a new choice in American motorcycles. Currently, there is not an Indian® dealership in Iowa, so to get to check out these rides, we had to go up to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to the Indian® Demo Days at Vern Eide MotoPlex aka Mid-America Motoplex. This place offers just about anything to ride on the street, dirt, and even water. It is a powersports superstore. They don’t handle all brands, but they do have most! Just off of I-90 and I-29, this place is easy to find and get to, as well as a wonderful crew that welcomed Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa in with open arms to check things out. They can be found online at The new rides are offered in three different models. The models are the Indian®® Chief® Classic, Indian®® 30 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2013

Chief® Vintage, and the Indian®® Chieftan™. All three new models come in one of three colors, red, blue, or black. They followed suit with the traditional styling by offering traditional colors. All of the specs on these new critters can be found online at www. Indian® so we will not regurgitate all that here. All three models are equipped with the new Thunderstroke 111 motor, which is a monster with 119 ft/lbs of torque. Mated in the engine case is the integrated transmission and primary with a six speed gear box and a gear drive wet clutch set up. The new power train has some similarity to the Victory motorcycle drive train, but with a very different feel, and throaty exhaust note. The bikes come with leather seats that are also akin to the vintage feel of the bikes. The leather is beautiful on its own, with the varied color and markings of actual leather. When throwing a leg over the new motorcycles, despite the weight, it has a wonderful balance and feel to the machine. It pulls up straight and has a nice saddle position and height. The seat height is comfortable for the short to mid-range height riders, but with most motorcycles, the lanky folks may feel a bit scrunched. The different models handlebars each seem to match the seating position well, and unless one feels the need for some higher bars, are quite comfortable as they are produced. The floor boards are large, with a nice width and length to allow rider movement without interference with controls, and allow the rider to change positions for comfort on the long haul. The boards are also rubber isolated to help with long ride comfort. They hydraulic clutch is smooth with positive action, and the brake lever is adjustable for rider comfort. The rear brake pedal is well positioned and easy to find even in emergent situations, and the brake action is smooth and very effective. These things will move, so they followed suit with great brakes, anti-lock brakes to boot. The handlebar controls are large and easy to access, even with gloved hands, with a slight downside of the control boxes being slightly bulky. The fit and finish on the bikes is overall a success with a great look and feel. Many things on the new Indian®s that come stock are optional or only available on the accessory market in some other brands. The handlebar controls and front end are chromed as well as the engine covers, braided stainless brake lines set off the front end as well as white wall tires and laced wheels. Real leather seats and accessories, anti-lock brakes, keyless ignition, and a dash information system similar to most automobiles these days help make the new bikes as much a part of the new technological world as the looks keep it nostalgic. A couple of things stood out though as far as visual appeal. On the Vintage with the windshield, the inner metal support cross piece chrome was lackluster at best. It appears as if the metal preparation was not done the best as the chrome

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followed the pitted metal without a smooth finish. One other small item was the fabulous chrome headlamp nacelle that gives a vintage look is secured with two screws on the top that are not chrome plated. Not anything to keep someone from buying, but noticeable for sure. The hard bags on the Chieftan are spacious and have plenty of room for whatever you want to throw in them, and the style matches the lines of the bike despite being a new addition to the Indian® line. The inner walls of the bags themselves have some flex to them that is alarming and the seal for the lid is three pieces instead of one, so may have some issues with that in the future, but with a five year warranty, these issues should pop up and be alleviated. Overall they have a fit and finish that is wonderful and eye catching. Taking off down the road, the bikes are smooth and nimble. Shifting is effortless with good clutch action, and a toe only shifter. Acceleration is amazing and sets you back in the seat, pretty much at any RPM and gearing. The torque is readily felt and quite impressive. They offer a smooth ride no matter which model, but even with two large riders, they float over most obstacles smoothly. They grip the road like no other and make it a pleasure to dig into corners effortlessly. Heavy crosswinds even on Interstate travel at

high speeds is smooth and without issue. The bikes stay put on the set line and are minimally affected by the wind. Cruising on a warm day, the heat of the motor was not even noticeable even at slower stop and go traffic in town. In town, on the highways, and Interstate travel were all immensely enjoyable. It is hard to put into words the feel of these new bikes. Best bet is to try one out when you have the opportunity. Not as much to try to make anyone jump ship, but to broaden horizons about what else is available. One of the downsides of the brand is the lack of an extensive dealer network found with most other brands. With as much time and money that was spent on building these machines, I would guess they will also spend time and money on dealership expansion. Another drawback is the availability of these machines. In Sioux Falls during the demo days, we were told there were a lot on order, and quite a few pre-sold, but delivery timeframe was uncertain. Overall the new machines have classic styling; they are smooth, powerful, and well built. It is not going to replace any other American brands, but offers another choice in the American market place for heavyweight cruisers. Check them out, it may not be your cup of tea, but I am sure you will start seeing them on the road soon! Vernon

If you’re reading this review expecting to learn about the fancy specs on the 2014 Indian motorcycles, you can stop reading right now. However, if you’re looking for a review of this new line of Chiefs from a lady rider’s perspective, you’ve come to the right place.

If you like all the newest technology, you’re going to love the extras on the Chieftain model, mainly the Bluetooth connectivity and power windshield. I didn’t sync my phone and music but had fun playing with the windshield. Even at its lowest setting, the wind went right over me with no buffeting. Fully extended, I got fresh air through the strategically placed air vents but it didn’t rip my helmet off. In fact, I rode the Chieftain on a super windy day and didn’t even struggle to keep it tracking in a straight line.

I had the opportunity to test all three new Indian models (Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, and Chieftain) as a demo ride leader. My favorite? How can a girl choose? My specs? I’m a woman rider standing about 5’9” with over 15 years riding experience. My current ride is a 2007 Harley Street Glide.

Besides the obvious fairing, which will cut the wind down, there were 2 major ride differences between the Chieftain and Classic/ Vintage models. Because of air suspension, the ride was much smoother on the Chieftain. Crossing railroad tracks was like driving a Cadillac… smooth as silk.

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When I first threw my leg over the saddle of the Chieftain, I was worried about the weight of the bike. With my feet firmly planted on the ground, thanks to the low 26’ seat height, I stood her up easily. Her balance was impeccable! The bike looked deceivingly heavier than it was. I couldn’t wait to power up the Thunder Stroke 111 motor! Equating to about 1800 CCs, I was a little nervous, as I’d never handled a motorcycle with this much power. However, once I got her on the highway, my concerns were literally blown away. She powered up quickly with a slight turn on the throttle. I noticed right away the clutch control was smooth and effortless. I barely squeezed the clutch lever while shifting, which made it easy getting up to speed. No more shaking out a sore clutch hand. Ever forget what gear you’re in? You’ll never forget on any Chief model. The 2014 Indian displays each current gear as you shift. That was pretty cool… thanks Indian engineers! Love this option! Thanks for the larger floorboards too. I found several riding positions so longer rides will be more comfortable. Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

The 2nd difference was maneuverability at lower speeds. The front tire on the Chieftain is closer to the frame, shortening the overall length of the bike. This makes turning easier and parking lot maneuvers less challenging. This is a plus for lady riders who don’t want to muscle a bike into a parking spot. When I think Indian, the picture that most likely comes to my mind mirrors the Chief Vintage. I love the iconic Indian cut front fender complete with war bonnet, sleek enclosed back tire, and distressed tan leather fringed saddlebags and seat. Beautiful! If you’re not a fringe person, simply rip it off ! The fringe is attached with Velcro! Cool idea… My pick? If I didn’t already own a bagger, I would buy a Chieftain in a heartbeat. Starting at $24K, it’s a turnkey motorcycle where you don’t need to add bling… everything is already chromed. Since I own a bagger, I’d invest in a red Chief Vintage for the pure look of the historic Indian. Might even make me a brand jumper… Lisa Brouwer



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A husband is visiting his wife in hospital where she has been in a coma for several years. On this visit he decides to rub her left breast instead of just talking to her. While doing so, the wife lets out a sigh. Pleasantly surprised, the husband runs out and tells the doctor. “That is a good sign,” suggests the doctor, “Why don’t you try rubbing her right breast to see if there is any reaction.” The husband returns to his wife’s bedside and rubs her right breast which brings a moan from his wife. He rushes out again and tells the doctor. The doctor thinks this is amazing and could perhaps be a real breakthrough. The doctor then suggests the man return to her bedside and performs oral sex. More than happy to accommodate, the husband returns to his wife’s bedside to do his deed. Some five minutes later, the husband comes running from his wife’s bedside screaming for the doctor. “What’s going on?” asks the doctor. The husband yells, “My wife stopped breathing!” “What happened?” asks the doctor. “Everything seemed to be looking good a few minutes ago.” The husband replies, “She choked.”

A woman in her 30’s was taking her mother, who was in her 50’s to the gynecologist. After dropping her mother off, she and her daughter ran a few errands, and then returned to the doctor. While the older woman had her feet in the stirrups, the doctor remarked, “Don’t we look pretty today”, as he performed his examination. The lady was quite shocked, but said nothing. When her daughter picked her up, she was quite upset. The Following conversation ensued: Mother: Do you know what that doctor said to me? He said, “Don’t we look pretty today”, while he was looking between my legs! Do you think that was appropriate? Daughter: No! Are you sure he wasn’t referring to your hairstyle or something? Mother: Well, it still wasn’t appropriate or professional. I wonder if it could be considered sexual harassment. What do you think? Daughter: I don’t know. We’re you embarrassed? Mother: I was very embarrassed. I used some of your FDS this morning, and he may have smelled that, but I still don’t think he should have commented! Daughter: I don’t have any FDS. Mother: Why, sure you do! In the blue can that was on back of the toilet. I used some before the appointment...Granddaughter: That’s my Barbie Golden Glitter Hair Spray!

Two friends meet in the office of one of them, a notorious Farmer Brown goes out one bay and buys a brand new stud techo-geek. “Hey, bud, how are ya?” rooster for his chicken. The cocky young rooster walks over to the old rooster and says: “OK, old fellow, time to retire.” “I’m good. Congratulations, that new secretary of yours is The old rooster says: “You can’t handle all these chickens, beautiful!” look what it did to me!” The young rooster replies: “Now don’t give me a hassle about this old man. It’s time for the “Well, I’m glad you like her. Believe it or not, she’s a old to step aside and the young take over, so take a hike!” robot! The old rooster says: “Aw, c’mon, just let me have those two old hens over there in the corner. I won’t bother you.” “No way, how could that be?” The young rooster snarls: “Scram! Beat it! You’re washed up! I’m taking over!” The old rooster thinks for a minute “Way! She’s the latest model from Japan. Lemme tell you and then says to the young rooster: “I’ll tell you what, how she works. If you squeeze her left tit, she takes dictayoung fellow, I’ll have a race around the farm house with tion. If you squeeze her right tit, she types a letter. And you. Whoever wins the race gets full domain over the chickthat’s not all, she can have sex, too!” en coop.” The young rooster smiles: “You know I’m going to beat you, old man. So just to be fair, I’m even going to “Holy shit! You’re kidding, right?” give you a head start.” The two roosters line up in back of the farm house; a hen clucks “Go!” and the old rooster takes “No, she’s something, huh? Tell you what, you can even off running. About 5 seconds later the young rooster takes borrow her” off after him. They round the front of the farm house and the young rooster is inches behind the old rooster and gainSo, his friend takes her into the restroom and is in there ing fast. Farmer Brown, sitting on the porch, hearing the with her for a while. Suddenly, he hears him screaming commotion looks up and sees what’s going on. Quickly, he “Eeeeyaaaaa! Heeelp Ooooooh! Aaaaaaah! Eeeeeeeeeeegrabs his shotgun and BOOM! The young rooster is blown aaargghhhh!” to smithereens! Farmer Brown sadly shakes his head in disgust: “Damn! That makes the third gay rooster I bought The guy says, “Shit! I forgot to tell him her ass is a pencil this week.” sharpener!” Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 36 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2013

Back-Door Dealings On September 26th Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. Gun Ban Treaty. This means that our executive branch is ready, and willing to give over our National Sovereignty to the United Nations. Now or at any time in the future, with the full backing of the Obama Administration, our constitutional rights can be given over to the U.N. All it takes is a ratification vote by the Senate. In fact, Article 5 of the treaty mandates countries establish a “National Control List”- or National Gun Registration database. We all know that gun registration is merely the first step toward outright confiscation. How come no national media outlets published this information? It certainly is news. It seems to me that the major networks only report things that make the Obama administration look good. All objectivity has been lost.

turing are up, gun murders, gun robberies and gun aggravated assaults are down. 4) According to the CDC, firearm homicide deaths since 1981 are way down; while the rate since 1993 has been cut nearly in half, except of course for Chicago, the murder capital of the country; where by the way, no-one is allowed to have a gun. Guess that whole gun control thing doesn’t work. 5) FBI statistics tell us that the total violent crime rate has fallen virtually in half since 1992; from 757.7 per 100,000 to 386.3 per 100,000 as of 2011. I wonder why ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. never tell us this information. I guess it’s because these facts conflict with their agendas. Big government folks as a rule don’t like independent thinkers or for people to have the ability to stand up for themselves in the face of tyranny.

We can’t afford to sit idly by and watch our county decline. We need to get in the game and be aware of what is going on. We need to take action. Contact your state senators, talk to the candidates running for the vacated senate seat here in Iowa and make sure we are electing people who will protect out national sovereignty. Make sure we’re electing people who believe in and will protect our 2) Over 99. 995% of all firearms are NOT used in gun homicides each year. So do guns kill people, constitutional rights. or do people kill people? Questions or comments: 3) While both gun ownership and U.S. gun manufac- I thought that this month I’d give you a few facts that the media isn’t providing. 1) According to Pew Research, only 12% of the public knows that gun crime is down. Because of the national media’s bias 56% of folks falsely believe it’s up.

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Independent Trikers, a non-profit organization based in Bloomfield, IA, started about 4 years ago with 10 members that like to ride, camp, build or work on our rides and to help others; our organization has grown to almost 30 members. Some members have been in a BTW, Brothers of the Third Wheel chapter and Southeast Trikers; but here in Iowa we wanted to be on our own so we started our own organization. Our group started as trikers which made most two-wheelers not interested in our group, although we are all independent riders. Now members of our group come from all walks of life from young couples to an older couple in their 70’s, bikers and cagers, ABATE members and AMA members. Dues are kept to a minimum. We have no written rules and only a few spoken ones; no drugs, keep alcohol to a minimum while camping and no drinking and driving or riding. Also, have respect for all. We are an organization not an MC so there is no prospecting and patches are bought not earned, although you will earn it eventually if you help with the projects. Nothing we do is mandatory. Meetings are once a month, 1st Sunday at 1 pm. and almost any mode of transportation is accepted into our group; trikes, bikes, cars, etc. We do not discriminate. We have members from as far away as Muscatine, Iowa, Ft Madison, Burlington, Keokuk, Farmington, and locals. Some of our organized activities include ice cream runs instead of beer runs, camp-ins and rides to various places Helping with various local charities is near and dear to our hearts. Some of the events that we partake in to raise money is; yard sales, a Trike and Bike Show in Farmington at their Strawberry Festival, benefit auctions, breakfast, and softball tournaments among other things. Two of the charities that we help with are; “I Care” which is food baskets and toys for the holidays and Back Pack Ministries which ensures eligible school children have food on the weekends. We donate food, turkeys, or hams to 2 food pantries The Lords Cupboard in Bloomfield and the Farmington food pantry; last year we donated 30 hams to each. We also make monetary donations to some individuals with life threatening illnesses to help with bills or transportation, a cancer foundation Look to the Stars, and this year a toy run to the U of I children’s Hospital. We also like to pay it forward to the community for their help with the stuff we do. On Christmas Day we have a FREE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER, here in Bloomfield. This will be our 5th year. We have all the usual fixins and last most of the day. Our goal is to make sure no one leaves hungry and is for everyone not just the poor, elderly or lonely; it is for the community. In past years we have had people from Central Iowa and Missouri come. We have also had as few as 75 and as many as 300 people in attendance. Our local communities are the greatest and are usually always willing to help with a good cause. People say no one does anything to help anyone any more, well I say they are wrong. Businesses and individuals in our area and in the communities we do stuff for always seem to come through. I think the reason is RESPECT! We respect them so they reciprocate and respect us. That is us, Independent Trikers. This is why we have grown from a few to a lot. Our main rule is RESPECT. We don’t care what you ride or drive, if you are rich or poor, what color you are, or your religion, if you are a member of our organization and you can treat others with respect and want to be treated with respect we are here. Our group claims no territory as to show respect for the MC’s in this state. We respect the MC’s and would like to have their respect for what we do and who we are. Al Fowler Organization Director Independenttrikers Trikers on Facebook 38 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2013

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Vince Salas Benefit Davenport Iowa STEAM Marshalltown Ladies Night Werner Cycle Omaha, NE Ladies Night Out Carroll Cycle Center Guys Night Out Carroll Cycle Center Turkey Run Clinton 7th Annual “Santa’s Lil’ Diva’s” Event Cedar Rapids

2014 Jan 11 Retro Rewind Dubuque Jan 25 ABATE D14 Swap Meet Ottumwa Feb 2 Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Rock Island IL Feb 14-16 World of Wheels Kansas City Feb 22-23 45th Annual O’Reilly Rod & Custom Bike/Car Show Monticello Feb 28-Mar 2 World of Wheels Chicago Mar 2 Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Cedar Rapids Mar 7-16 Daytona Bike Week Daytona Beach Florida Mar 28-30 World of Wheels Omaha, NE Apr 5-6 28th Annual North Iowa Motorcycle Expo Mason City May 3 Camp Albrecht Acres Chopper Raffle Party Catfish Charlie’s Dubuque

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