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Welcome to November! Hopefully there will be some late fall days that are suitable for riding, but if there are, they are surely numbered. Get on and ride as much as you can before the winter hits. Gear up, be

friends and share the wealth, so to speak. I know that we are thankful for all of the loyal sponsors and supporters of the magazine. We could not put this out to you every month without them and we are deeply

cautious of the late season hazards, and just enjoy. When it is time to put

appreciative of them. We are also thankful for the wonderful TRMI family that we have built over the years. The Thunder Roads staffers are second to none and are a wonderful group of folks to work with. There is a superior level of commitment to the biker lifestyle by the staff and it shows in the end product. One more group of people that we are thankful for are the readers of TRMI. Without an audience, all of the sponsors’ ads, the event coverage, and the monthly features would be for nothing. Thank you to all of the sponsors, readers, and staffers of the magazine and being a part of our lives.

them away for a bit, plan your winter upgrades so next spring you can hit the road without delay. Get your parts ordered, schedule your bike at the shop, drop your Christmas list hints to your friends and family, and get things rolling. Check out the sponsor’s shops, dealerships, and accessory dealers on pages 10-12 and hit them up for your winter needs. It helps to keep things going on this end when you frequent the sponsors on those pages. Tell them that TRMI sent ya!

While enjoying the freedom of riding, Vernon and Melanie or doing about anything else enjoying our freedoms, keep our Veterans in mind. November 11th is Veterans Day, and Quote of the Month: “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what without the service of Veterans past and present, we would he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to not have the freedom to do what we want to do and live get.” Frank A. Clark how we want to live. Not that we should ever forget the sacrifices made by service members for our freedom, but the day to acknowledge the holiday is Wednesday November 11th. Thank a Veteran, or as many as you can find that day, for all they have done. Thunder Roads thanks all Veterans The cover this month we are graced with Pete for doing what you did so that we can do what we do! Leehey, Tony Olson, Cameron Leehey, and

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Another big deal for the month of November is Thanksgiving. It is a time for us to reflect upon many things and be thankful for what we have. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks! It is about a day every year to jump start our attitudes for being thankful for what we have and those that stand behind us no matter what. It is a day to remember that we should live our lives and be thankful on more than just one Thursday in November. It is about being thankful for what we have done and accomplished in the last year. It is a day to spend with family and 4 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2015

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is one of those who have it in for us. We think the Bible is full of rules and instructions to kill our fun and that God is watching for our mistakes so He can rip into us. But what if we’re wrong? Could it be that the Bible’s instructions are for our benefit and for the benefit of those around us? Could it be I was digging through my “junk that Jesus came to demonstrate God’s love for us and show drawer” the other day when I ran us how to really live? Is God available for a one-on-one across my Motorcycle Safety Foundation card that states that I have relationship? And does He truly care if we succeed? “successfully completed a motorcycle Here’s how the Bible addresses those questions: 2 Timothy skill training course” as laid out by 3:16 tells us that the Bible: “. . . is useful to teach us what is the MSF. I still remember the cool fall weekend more than ten years ago true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.” John when I showed up for the riding class 3:17 states that Jesus didn’t come “into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world . . .” 1 Peter 2:21 tells us at the local junior college. There that Jesus is our example, and Psalm 145:1 assures us that were probably 20 prospective riders; some had ridden dirt God is available for a relationship by telling us that “The bikes and wanted to ride a street bike as well, but a couple Lord is near to all who call upon Him . . .”. And how can had only sneaked up and down the alley on a friend’s a few times and one woman had never ridden at all. The instructors God make His interest in us any more clear than He does in were friendly and lively, which made the classroom work go Jeremiah 29:11 where He says: “For I know the plans I have for you . . . They are plans for good and not for disaster, to by fairly quickly. give you a future and a hope.” The next morning, we all headed out to the parking lot Consider this: The MSF instructors gave up a weekend to where there was a variety of small-ish bikes waiting for help shape us into safe riders. God gave up His only son with us. The rest of the weekend went like this: the instructors the goal of gaining eternal life for us. Isn’t such an example demonstrated different principles to us while we watched, and sacrifice worthy of trust in this life? listened, and asked questions. Then, we got on the bikes and practiced. We practiced crawling along while barely Blessings to you – Karla feathering the clutch in and out. We practiced moving our entire bodies around on the bike to perform figure 8’s and we practiced bumping our bikes up over a 2x4 laid out in our Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian driving path. We even practiced one wild maneuver in which Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at the instructors had us roll on the throttle around a curve, at which point they leapt out in front of us so we’d have to stop. The point of that was for us to experience in a controlled environment what would happen if we braked while leaned over for a curve without straightening the bike up first.

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The whole time, the instructors were shouting encouragement, cheerfully answering questions, and giving one-on-one pointers to each student. They could have used the class to impress us with how skilled they were and made us see how ignorant and inexperienced we were, but these guys had a goal. They wanted to turn out responsible riders who would ride well enough to enjoy the sport but also not be a danger to others. To reach that goal they had to educate, demonstrate, correct, and re-train in ways that wouldn’t make us become discouraged. Like some of the riding students, many of us have struggled our way through life having to figure things out on our own. No one demonstrated the best way to order our lives so we could stay upright and headed in the right direction, much less showed us how not to lose it on the curves of life. We’ve taken some hard knocks from parents, teachers, bosses, and the circumstances around us. Too often we believe the Lord God 6 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2015

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

Biker Accessories 1606 P Avenue Milford, Iowa 51351 877-816-2200 Follow us on Facebook!! Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916 J&P Cycles 13225 Circle Drive Anamosa, IA 52205 800-318-4823

Dealers Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 Brenny’s Motorcycle Clinic 4426 State Street Bettendorf, IA 52722 (563)359-7222

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

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


Uptown Motors Sales, Inc 310 Cleveland St Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2944 Werner Cycle Works 14410 Frontier Road Exit 440 I-80 Omaha, NE 68138 402-894-3050

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


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

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

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

Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700

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

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

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

Whipp Sales and Service, Inc 701 S 8th Street Clarinda, Iowa 51632 1.800.477.0195 Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson 5320 Corporate Park Drive Davenport, IA 52807 563-355-6437

Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30 Celebrations DJ & Karaoke Services Newton, IA 641-521-8036 Any Occasion /Rally or Event EmCee Facebook/Ray Johansen(Celebrations) Specializing in Weddings & Receptions National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925 Okoboji Classic Cars Museum and Restoration Shop 810 Jeppeson Road West Okoboji, Iowa 51351 712-332-802

Events John Worthington Memorial Ride Sunday, Nov. 1st, 10:00 am $15.00/Single-$20.00/Couple Leave Hanging Rock 12:00 Noon Ends back at Hanging Rock for Vittles & Libations

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Food and Drink Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern 5546 130th Street NE Lisbon 319-624-2204 Cold Beer, Delicious Food, Good Music & Great Times! Beach Pub Along Highway 22, Buffalo,IA Open Daily 10am-2am Join Us Weekly For HomeCooked Sunday Breakfast Bikerz 313 Main Ave. ClearLake, IA 50428 641-440-4255 Noon-2am 7 days a week Bootleggers of Millville Awesome Stop, Great Staff, Fantastic Food Tops in Scenic River Rides Check us on Facebook 563-252-7775 Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600 Cindi Mae’s 101 Main Street Earling, Iowa 51530 712-747-6262 Cindi Mae’s on Facebook Cruisers Lounge 411 Main Griswold 712-778-4111 Mon-Thurs 3PM-Midnight Fri-Sat 3PM-2AM Sunday 11AMMidnight Desperados 105 E 5th Street Atlantic 712-243-7087 Home of Cold Beer, Good Times, Pizza & Wings Dolly’s Bar & Grill 109 N. Pine Street Auburn, Iowa 51433 712-688-2220 Come for the Food, Stay for the Scenery

Durango Depot 736 Burtons Furnace Road Open 3 to close Best Scenic Road With the Best Food! 563-552-2291

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

Slaby’s Bar & Grill Plainview, Iowa 563-843-3443 Home of the Famous Jumbo Grilled Pork Tenderloin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311 J.R. Willie’s Gateway to the Beautiful Hill Country Colesburg, IA 563-856-5095 Open Daily Mon-Sun 11AM Home of the Willie Whopper Just 1 More 515-570-4206 403 3rd Ave Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa Knickers Saloon 2186 Central Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563-557-0887 365 Days a Year Knickers Saloon on Facebook

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

Knuckleheads Anamosa, IA 319-462-2724 Like on FB Knuckleheads Pub & Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill Grub 228 East 4th Street Open M-F 11-2, S-S 10-2 Waterloo, Iowa 50703 The Knucklehead Burger “Git IT IN YA” 319-235-8865 Lampe’s Pub 608 Iowa Avenue Shenanigans Pub-Dubuque Dunlap, Iowa 51529 3203 Jackson Street 712-643-5781 Dubuque, Iowa Open 7 days a week at 11 AM 563-513-4001 Open 364 - 3 pm - 2 am Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Sidetracked Soldier, Iowa 206 West Union Street 712-884-2230 Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534

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Stumpy’s Bar & Grill 423 Main Street Duncombe, Iowa 50532 515-543-4222 Stumpy’s Bar & Grill on Facebook The Back Forty 317 Main St. Macedonia, Iowa 51549 712-486-2687 The Edge 3157 Joliet Avenue Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-2229 The Edge 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 The Roadhouse 105 Washington Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2272 Home of the Marne Burger The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601 Thirsty’s on 3rd 2202 W 3rd, Davenport (563)424-1123 Follow Us on Facebook Daily Thirst Quenching Deals Timerz Pub & Eatery 324 E 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51546 Timerz Pub & Eatery on FB Food & Fun Available 7 Days/Week T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook


Uncle Harley’s Bar & Grill 202 W Mayne, Blue Grass (563)381-1717 Great Pizza & Food Bikers ALWAYS Welcome Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 Vista Pub 7205 Vista Drive West Des Moines, Iowa 515-528-2186 Vista Pub on Facebook Whitetails Bar & Grill 101 N. Main St. Marble Rock IA,50653 641-397-9900 Mon.- Sat. 7am breakfast -2am Close 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

Guns and Ammo 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 Locked and Loaded Outfitters 612 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-4867 Pistol Pete’s Guns and Ammo Eldora, Iowa 641-858-6878 DISCOUNTS for ABATE Members Eric Ross & Steve Eggleston Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772 Tues,Wed,Fri 9-5, Thurs 9-7, Sat 8-12 SR Gunsmithing AGI Certified Gunsmith Scott Rule Council Bluffs, IA 402-850-5787

I ns ura n ce Matt McCall Insurance Agency State Farm Insurance 102 East South St, Tipton 563-886-6120 AMK Insurance Agency Motorcycle, Home, AUTO, Commercial, Life, Health Shane Baker 712-310-7475

Legal Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Leehey Olson Law, PC Riding & Defending Your Rights for Over 30 Years 877-209-9452

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Peebles Plumbing & Heating Luxaire & Mitsu 613 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-2417

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

River Street Auto - 118 River St. Iowa Falls - 641.648.5004 Motorcycle Tires & Auto Repairs We Fix Everything Except a Broken Heart

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

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

Shops & Fabricators Bent Wrench Cycles 911 7th Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-2453 Bent Wrench Cycles on Facebook Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768 Chuck’s Cycle Service and Repair S&S and Drag Specialties Dealer 714 East 7th Street Washington, Iowa52353 319-461-5278 Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231

Services A+ Affordable Heat, Air, Refrigeration & Geo Thermal 22274 Old Lincoln Hwy Crescent, Iowa 51526 712-329-9901 BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344

Cutthroat Cycles 221 Broadway, Polk City 563-265-4687 or 515-290-1393 Roadside Repair- CALL ME F#$K Yeah ‘Merica Dead Heads Engineering, Fab, Repairs & Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 712-835-3353

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Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541 SS Collision, CycleWorks & Graphics 2902 11th Ave SW Spencer, Iowa 51301 712-262-3959 Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3076M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call Waderich’s Towing 420 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 Phone 712-263-3687 Cell 712-263-9685

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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 34 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.


completed in 1858, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The courthouse has since been raised. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 470 square miles, of which 469 square miles is land and 0.4 square miles is water.

Mitchell County was founded in 1851. It was named after John Mitchel, an Irish patriot. The county’s courthouse was

There now that crap is out of the way let me tell you about the Mitchell County I have fallen in love with. It is in the top tier of counties in Iowa with Minnesota at its Northern border. Don’t hold that against us though, we do our best to keep them out. Osage is the county seat and where I hang my hat. It sits at the intersection of highway 9 and US 218. It is a quaint little town with plenty of eclectic shops to browse and eateries to patronize. The one that pops into my mind first is Tel-U-Wuts on the main drag. I can verify that nothing I have eaten there is bad. From their burgers to their steaks it is all good. Down the street to the west is a nice bar called Rusty’s Last Call. This is a good old fashioned bar. The bartenders know most, if not all, of the customers’ names and drinks and if yo you’re a local you usually jjust have to walk up to the bar and they will give you a nod and have your drink of choice ready in a second… my kind of place.


Now for the riding; while I haven’t explored the entire county (yet) I have been on some very fun and twisty roads, the best one is River Road, it runs from Highway 9 to Mitchell. It follows the Cedar River for about 5 miles and has some breathtaking scenes. Keep your eyes open though, I’ve seen plenty of deer along this road as well as raccoons, bald eagles, and the occasional opossum. So while you’re taking it all in, be sure to pay attention. Once you get to Mitchell you can throw a tent up and a fishing line out and get some relaxation going on at the Mitchell Dam Park. While the town has a limited population of only 140 souls or so, I’ve seen this park fill up on the weekends. Another thing to do in town is to stop in at Mick’s Town Pump and have a good ‘ol fashioned cheeseburger and fries. From what I hear they usually have a special or two as well. Once again, nothing I’ve eaten there is bad so go all out and eat up! After taking a breather at Mick’s you will want to head east out of town until you come up on US 218 and head north to St Ansgar. Some may say that they are the arch rivals of Osage High school sports but everything I’ve seen is good

natured and fun. If you can, try and make it here around the 20th of June for the town party, Oatmeal Days. What’s fun about oatmeal you ask? Turns out a lot! Head north on 218, when you come upon the very large feed mill looking buildings on your left… that would be Thunder Roads ads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

Grain Millers. Along with making their employees wear all the silly looking hair nets, they also produce the grain and flour that you could use in your everyday baking. Are ya catching on? Oatmeal Days……. Grain Millers?

to see an old cemetery on your right that would be the Little Cedar Cemetery. I think I have some relatives buried there but I can’t promise it. Something like While you are there my Grandma’s be sure and stop to fill cousin’s brother up at the local Casey’s or some stuff because we won’t be seeing a gas station for quite a like that. If you while. After you get your gas, walk across the street have a minute and check out the Veteran Memorial Park along with and like this the Freedom Rock painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorenson sort of thig it’s a III as part of the Freedom Rock Tour. As your headed neat spot to check out with some very old headstones. north out of St. Ansgar, look for 465th street and go east. Ok, so now keep heading east on 430th street until You’re going to come up on a sign that says Toeterville. you come to Walnut Ave, you’re going to want to turn Not really anything in Toeterville right on Walnut Ave and head save for a few houses and a grain back down to Highway 9. Once elevator but it is one of the smallest you get to 9, go east again until towns, with a population of 43, in you get to Riceville. There’s a lot I Iowa that still has its own zip code, could tell you about Riceville, but 50481. it is a town that is split down the middle by the county line…….and Next stop will be Stacyville. Just everything I know about Riceville keep going east on 465th street is on the Howard County half and and you will run right into it. While this rambling is about Mitchell I’m sure there is SOMETHING to do County, soooo… take my word for there, I haven’t spent any time there it when I say it’s worth the time to other than the annual Brat Days check out. Parade that is held each July so I’m not real sure what it would be. In closing I would like to say one thing about this county, if you take Head south out of Stacyville on the time to ride its back roads Monument Ave until you reach you’re going to find quite a few a big ‘ol sweeping curve to the un-incorporated towns that are west. You’re gonna want to go east on 430th Street at small in size but big in heart. While you would have a the curve. If you keep your eyes open you’re going hard time finding any bearded old men yelling “GET O OFF MY PROPERTY”, you won’t have any problem ffinding plenty of good natured folks who would love tto tell you the local legends. Oh yea, we also have a rather big population of Mennonites and Amish. S So when you see a horse and buggy running down tthe main roads give ‘em some space. See ya on the b blacktops! S SCARYjerry

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“Man, Metro is making out like a fat rat with this bike night”. I came to find out later in the eveningthat thought couldn’t Seems like every time I turn around have been further from the truth. Yeah, there’s a new bike night popping up at I am sure Metro made a little money a place I didn’t even realize was “biker through additional parts and clothing friendly”. Flip to the back of this sales throughout the summer, but they magazine any month during the summer didn’t use a bike night to enhance and you’ll find a full page listing of their bottom line, they used their bike bike nights happening every night of night as a way to raise money for the the week, across the great state of Iowa. University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, And I must say, I am torn because of this and boy howdy- did they raise some influx… are these places really biker money in those brief summer months! friendly, do they really want to support Selling tickets for a chance to win a the brotherhood of the two-wheel 2015 Street Glide decked out with a ton nation or are they just looking to jump of accessories at $5 apiece, they raised on the bandwagon and capitalize from over $62,500 and donated every penny. the new-found popularity of being a Metro and the vendors who donated the “biker”? You all read the headlines from accessories chose to live by the code this this past summer’s 75th Sturgis Rally; summer, raising money for the children “Bikes show up in record numbers to of brothers and sisters who can’t do it on celebrate a milestone in Sturgis history” their own. They used tools from their & many other bold font statements own saddlebags to make sure no brother were printed saying the same thing was left along the side of the road, alone. Even though the using different verbiage. I guess it’s now the “it” thing bike was bigger than I am ready to ride and I have never to ride a motorcycle; many of our predecessors would be really won anything substantial in my life, I purchased 2 proud that bikers aren’t all viewed as they once were- the tickets, not in the hopes that I would win, but just because butt of terrible stereotypes, but in the same breath I often I knew my hard earned money was going to a great cause. question whether they’d be proud or ashamed. Many of these folks are throwing a leg over and riding into the sunset That’s living by the code, that’s carrying through the unwritten laws that were established not knowing the battles that, by our brothers and sisters of generations before, had to endure, generations past, that’s who I am, they aren’t learning the code, let and that’s who I wish more riders alone living by it. With so many would be. newbies out there you can’t blame any business for wanting to get It is refreshing to see that a place their hands on some of that dirty with a vested interest in the biker money. I had the pleasure of biker world and biker dollars is attending a bike night in August willing to go the extra mile for a that renewed my faith in the evergreat cause. The fact that we are changing biker world. able to band together and leave such an impact on our nation for This bike night happened once a generations to come is one of the month, all summer main reasons I am long, and I made it proud to be labeled to the last one. As I a biker. When we pulled in, the parking stand united, there lot at Metro HD, is nothing that Suzuki & Can-Am can stop the biker in Cedar Rapids was nation. Whether full of bikes & the you host a bike night adjacent parking lots or just attend them, were really filling make sure you’re up fast, I was there making an impact on almost an hour before something other than the scheduled start a business’s bottom time. All I could line. think as I perused the motorcycles in ~Pinky the parking lot was

Not Just Another Bike Night

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History of Motorcycles The Rides from our Memories The 1960’s brought us what was probably the flashiest, flashiest most forward customization movement in motorcycle history…a movement that continues to this day. It introduced us to some amazing names in the industry that will surely never cease to amaze, be you a motorcycle fanatic or not. But while the 60’s were all about flare, the 70’s brought us some major changes, as well as some significant names out of Japan that would latch on to American motorcycle culture and ride on into the present as standard household names. By 1970 there are approximately 2.8 million motorcycles registered in the United States, so who wouldn’t want to try and get a piece of the American pie?

many Japanese motorcycle companies, companies Honda offered models that were superior examples of well-crafted machines. They were very popular in the racing world, and for good reason. The Honda “70” was one of the world’s first small 4 stroke, small capacity motorcycles with an engine displacement of only 72 cc. It sported a triangular speedometer and a maximum calibration of 60 mph…Honda constantly upgraded and modified this model. In addition to the “70”, Honda introduced America to the CL100, and the XL250. When it appeared, the XL250 was the first modern 4 stroke enduro First let’s touch motorcycle, as well as on what Harleythe first mass produced Davidson is doing 4 valve model. It was during the decade deemed an “enduro” at hand. H-D because of its dual Motorcycles was purpose…it shared still under the reign many characteristics of AMF at the time, of a dirt bike, but at but that doesn’t the same time was street legal, and intended for both on mean that they were and off road use. An interesting aspect of the bike was its stagnant. To kick off the 70’s Harley introduced the XRnarrow streamlining…they were only 12” at their widest 750 for Class C racing…a Sportster based motorcycle point (excluding the handlebars). The CBX was released which they continued to update and improve upon during the 70’s as well, and was classified as a Superbike. throughout the duration of the decade. 1971 was the The late 70’s Honda brought its CX series to the table…a first year for the FX1200 SuperGlide – a combination of a monumental accomplishment, considering these models Sporty front end and the boasted liquid cooling, frame and power train electronic ignitions, of the FL series. The and dual CV type SuperGlide opened the carburetors. But of door for an entirely new all the models Honda class of motorcycle… introduced us to the Cruiser. In 1977, (and yes, there are H-D makes a very more) the last model public debut of its FXS I will mention is a Low Rider in Daytona very familiar name. Beach, and later the Honda’s touring same year releases Willie G. Davidson’s dynamic version motorcycle premiered of the Sportster, the café racer. Willie’s bike was only in in 1974….the Goldwing. It was introduced at the Cologne production for two short years and was deemed “a sales Motorcycle Show that October, and proceeded to make flop” due to its lethargic performance, but eventually itself at home around the world. Over the course of its became a collector’s item. The FXEF Fat Bob bounces history, the Goldwing has had numerous changes and onto the scene in ’79…appropriately named for its dual upgrades, with most of its sales being made in the United gas tanks and bobbed fenders. So while Harley was States. certainly not the motorcycle company making leaps and bounds at this time, they certainly didn’t stop growing Next in line to try their hand in America was Kawasaki. their ever blooming family tree. These guys were hot on the tails of Honda, and all in when it came to competition. During the 1970’s Kawasaki Perhaps the biggest change in American motorcycle introduced Americans to several noteworthy models. The history in the United States that occurred was the addition S1 Mach1 was a direct result of their previous model (the of so many Japanese bikes to the mix. While many H1 MachIII 500 cc) and was in every aspect a 3 cylinder manufacturers both large and small took their shot at both 2 stroke upgrade. the racing scene and general riding population, we will They also produced keep our focus on the four major Japanese manufacturers the Mach1’s big who jumped in to American culture with both feet…. brother for a short two and managed to find and KEEP their place in American years…a larger version motorcycle history. of the Mach1 with a displacement of 346 cc. First and foremost to enter and succeed in the United Kawasaki also produced States is Honda. Honda entered the US motorcycle world the Z1 in response to like a bat out of hell….and just kept on flying. As with Honda’s CB750…the Z1

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helped to popularize the in-line, cross-frame four cylinder, which would become well known as the “Universal Japanese Motorcycle”. This model was also noted for combining numerous elements previously available on other motorcycles into a single bike, and at the time was the most powerful Japanese 4 cylinder 4 stroke ever marketed…factory direct it had a maximum speed of 130 mph. Not too shabby if I say so myself. Kawasaki continued to upgrade models and added water cooling and shaft drives in the 70’s, always maintaining advanced, and above all, FAST motorcycles. Suzuki and Yamaha joined the Japanese quest for American domination in the 70’s as well. While Yamaha models were somewhat scarcer than that of Honda and Kawasaki, they did have some pretty cool selling points of their own. The engines were air cooled, parallel twins that were even offered in a six speed version in some markets. Another interesting aspect of Yamaha bikes was that all models came equipped with “Autolube” automatic oil injection, relieving the user from the need to mix gasoline and two-stroke oil. One noteworthy point about these bikes…they were far different from Honda’s approach with the dual purpose enduros…Yamaha models varied immensely between street bikes and racing motorcycles. In fact, the frames alone on street models like the RD350 were often upwards of twice the weight of racing model frames. Suzuki brought us an initial lineup consisting of

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the GT380 (the Sebring), GT550 (the Indy), and the GT750 (the LeMans). These bikes offered piston-ported two stroke engines featuring Crankcase Cylinder Injection (PosiForce)…essentially a multi-point oil injection system. The 380 and 550 engines were air cooled and marketed as “Ram Air” by Suzuki. The 750 differed from the previous models in that it was liquid cooled and was nicknamed “the water buffalo” in the US, and also featured dual disc brakes up front (another big “first” for Suzuki). So apparently the Japanese need to be thanked for more than Geishas and sushi…who knew they would create such a surge in competition in the motorcycle industry. Japanese manufacturers pushed the industry and encouraged American manufacturers to step up and polish their chrome if you will. So, I will be the first to say it….thank you Japan, for kicking our ass...We certainly needed someone to light a fire under our somewhat dormant carcasses and regroup. The 1980’s brought us shoulder pads and highly flammable hair-dos…but it also brought us some pretty cool modernizations to our cherished two-wheeled cohorts. Next time we will check out what this decade brought to the table…besides the Rubiks cube. Melanie Schwarte


Well I don’t know about the rest of the motorcycle enthusiasts across the great state of Iowa but I believe that November arrived way too fast. Of course that also means that the end of the riding season is coming to a close much faster than any of us would like. On the bright side, at least the month of November reminds us to be Thankful for what we have and concludes with feast. I am rolling into November feeling extremely Thankful. In order for my fan club to understand why, I need to make a confession! In the last month I have had 2 near misses in the cage driver versus motorcycle arena. Unfortunately, I was the cage driver. Now before you get all judgmental and hypocritical with me please listen to my side of the story.

down the highway maintaining a steady speed of 5 MPH over the posted limit, my rearview mirror indicated that a rider had suddenly appeared on my rear bumper. He was toting along a nice looking blonde with some really nice bare skinned, lusciously tanned, legs. As I traveled along checking out those legs in the mirror my mind began to question. Where in the hell did he come from? I was on a fairly long, flat stretch of road and he appeared mighty quickly. I concluded that he was accustomed to traveling a hell of a lot faster than I was going. If he wasn’t hauling ass, he must be blessed with magical powers to end up on my bumper that quick.

I proceeded to methodically hit my left blinker and began to tap the brakes while slowing down for my turn. Just as I began to make my left turn, I made one The first near miss occurred as I was making a left final attempt to check out those legs. I glanced in the hand turn across traffic. I am very familiar with the look rear view mirror and POOF they were gone! Bike, rider twice campaign and as veteran rider I practice it more and the legs had all disappeared. Being a veteran faithfully in my four wheeler than any other religion in rider I reacted by immediately hitting the brakes hard. my life. I looked twice, didn’t see a thing coming and Yes ladies and gentleman, my left blinker apparently started my turn. As the rear quarters of my vehicle triggered something in the brain of that rider to become crossed through the left hand lane, I heard the ever a hood ornament. I am very thankful that I hit the brakes familiar sound of a horny, pissed off biker. Yep I turned in when I did or we both would have had an entirely front of him. different outcome. In my own defense, when I did see him this is what I observed. The bike and the rider both blended into the background extremely well. Additionally, the bike had a headlight but the headlight was not illuminated, for the slow reader that means it was not working! Of course I felt terrible for cutting the rider off. Thankfully all turned out well, he was able to slow down and safely swerve into the oncoming lane of traffic to get around me. For a brief moment, I considered chasing the bike down and apologizing. However, my warped brain knew my big mouth would eventually defend my actions by explaining how he just didn’t stand out; there was nothing remarkable about him or his bike. That’s not a comment bikers take real well.

November is here, 30 days to examine what you are thankful for. Don’t forget our real Veterans, the men and women of the Armed Forces, past, present and future, they are the true heroes when it comes to keeping us safe. Shifty LaRue

Then my big mouth would likely blabber out something along the lines of “IF there had been a working headlight”, we both would have had an entirely different outcome on this situation. I felt pretty bad about the whole deal and I’m thankful nobody got hurt. In the end, I decided to keep my apology to myself. After all I had already received “the finger” and I didn’t need this incident end with a slap on the face. The second incident again involved my attempt to make a left hand turn across traffic. This time as I was cruising


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Gotta Get Away My wife and I recently took a weekend camping trip. We cheated a little and took the truck because there was a chance of rain, but the destination we chose is easily accessible by motorcycle, although there is some gravel riding to get there. The destination of choice was Martin’s Access in Cherokee county .300 acres of outdoor paradise. There are two entrances into the park, and it depends on which type of camping you prefer as to which entrance to choose. The first entrance you come across is where those who enjoy the adventure of tent camping would pull in. The road into the park at this entrance is rough and steep in places. Honestly, I wouldn’t take a heavy street bike in there. The second entrance is farther down the gravel road, but is better suited to get your bike in there or as we saw, a large camper if that’s how you roll. We chose the steeper and rough first entrance.

expensive toys pull in. The area has tons of room, 16 to be exact, for large campers, and tent camping if you want to hang out there. There are showers, modern restrooms, and if you really want a good time, cabins which you can rent if you forgot to bring you’re sleeping accommodations with you. There is rural water hookup, sewer hookup, and a universal electrical hookup. The fees for renting the cabins are $60 for Friday and Saturday ($120 minimum), $45 for Sunday through Thursday with no minimum. To keep ya honest, there’s a $100 deposit on the cabin. There is a connecting road between the two areas inside the park, but unless you have a pretty rugged 4WD truck, I’d stay away from that.

Fishing on the river is excellent, even though on our trip they seemed to elude us. Bring your own firewood and a good flashlight, as the lights are sparse throughout the park. Firewood can be found however, but some areas are extremely rugged and hard to get to. If wildlife is your thing, you should be pleased to know that there are deer, squirrel, rabbits, an assortment of feathered creatures, snakes, and the majestic Once you enter the park, you’ll notice the bald eagle in the area. The campsites are Little Sioux River winding its way through very clean and you’re asked to leave the the park, as it does from one end to the area cleaner than you found it. The three other. The road winds down one hill and days we were there, we had rain on one back up another, with a curve thrown in morning, but thanks to ample tree cover, and once in a while. The park is heavily wooded the lean to, we didn’t get wet at all. Did I and primitive on this side. There are multiple spots to camp, mention tent camping is only $5 per night? Beats any motel some areas could hold a huge group if needed. Each area I ever stayed in. And the price for a cabin does that as well. has picnic tables, permanent grills, fire rings, and lean to type shelters. There is If you’re looking for a “common” area in a nice getaway where the middle with a ball you actually could field, restrooms, and an “get lost”, I highly awesome view of the recommend Martin’s river from a 100 foot Access, in northern cliff. Ample hiking and Cherokee, west of horseback riding trails Larrabee on county give the adventurous highway C16. The something to do. While park is maintained we were there we saw beautifully for you to a lot of horses being enjoy. ridden. Gary “Wildman” The second entrance to Emery the park is where you’ll find the area where the


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onto your road have their entire forearm up over their eyes, trying to block the sun. If you’re in this situation, you are invisible to cars. It’s time to head north or south or park it for a bit unless you just have to keep going. You might as well be riding in a blow torch. They can’t see you. They can’t see anything. If you want to test this theory, stop and turn around and look back at the road. You’ll see what I mean. I’ve been on a motorcycle over 40 years now. You learn these things. That phenomenon only lasts a short period of time, but as for me it’s shut down time. We can go this way in a hour too, and be alive when we get there I figure. Why not to Casey’s and grab a Pepperoni death wedge and an Easy Riders? But don’t ride into sun-blind drivers. Not if you can help it. We mentioned that people changed habits too. Daylight is shorter now, so chores are a bit more rushed. Drivers may not allow the same following or passing distance as before. People that haven’t been doing yard work on a weekend afternoon have probably been tailgating somewhere. It’s more common to see impaired drivers at night in the summer. It’s also very common to see them in the afternoon in the fall.

“Be careful- It’s Iowa out there”

Farming is in full tilt, the harvest is just kicking into high gear as I’m writing. All the talk this year is the abundant By the time this article reaches you it will be well into moisture in the fields. Well due to that fact, when Ag autumn riding season. I’m going to venture a guess equipment leaves the field this year it’s dragging a lot and say that out of all the 50 states, there are few that more clumps and clods out onto the road. It’s been said change as much from summer to fall as the state of Iowa before but bears repeating, the equipment gets larger does. A vast majority of its ground cover is harvested and wider every year too. It’s just not worth it to barrel away. What doesn’t fall off a tree or bush changes color. over a blind hilltop this time of year. 99 times out of a Deer and other wildlife start moving- and in a big way. 100 you’d probably be fine, but you’re not going to fare The weather can truly be all over the place, even in a well against a combine head or a grain cart. single day. And the people change their habits too. All in all, there’s a lot to consider when undertaking an On a final note, I want to once again thank Thunder autumn tour or poker run. Roads magazine for the opportunity to share our advice and suggestions to motorcyclists all over this state and You might think I beat dead horses for a living, but region. I want to thank the many TRMI readers, other the cold air you feel at night means your garage got motorcycle organizations and fans of this column for all colder too. So your tires need air. There, I said it. Again. your feedback and input. We’re hearing from you, so Go fill your tires. Next, as the air got colder, your bike we know you’re reading us and that’s why we’re doing got a free performance boost. Colder air holds more this. When atomized fuel. Your bike is measurably faster now. every Iowa Roads got colder, so cracks in the pavement may have motorcycle opened up. All in all, you’re on a faster bike on softer rider feels tires and harder, possibly bumpier roads. If you add the as safe and possibility of fallen leaves, dew, frost and or ice on the respected as roads, it’s a new ball game out there. Pay more attention every other now, even to familiar roads. driver in the state, we’ll Then, there’s our old buddy, the sun. It’s a lot lower in all have a the sky now, so a seasonal phenomenon can occur on reason to east/west roads that’s an absolute game changer for celebrate. In riders. When conditions are just perfect, the sun can the meantime, be setting in exact alignment with the surface of the let’s all work road. Asphalt roads are far worse for this than concrete together to it seems, they’re a lot shinier. This can all obviously try to make happen at sunrise too, but here’s the important part- If that happen! you find yourself looking at the reflection of your bike on the road in what looks like a halo ahead of you, and Mark Mullins you have a long, very distinct shadow straight out in President front of you, you’re probably in it. You might not be able North Iowa to stand to look into either of your rear view mirrors MAG (if you have two) because the sun is blinding you from them. But the final clue is that people waiting to pull out


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Bucket List Ride New Hope Village in Carroll is a residential care facility for individuals with disabilities of varying degrees. A couple of the residents there have had a motorcycle ride on their bucket lists for quite some time. Lani Walker cared for a couple of those residents at NHV and as she is an avid rider, wanted to share that riding experience with them, and to help them cross another item off of their bucket lists.

Lani hooked up with Shaun and Jenny Roby of Rockwell City at the Bell Tower Festival Bike Show in Jefferson. One of Shaun’s rigs on display there was his sidecar unit. Lani thought this would be a perfect rig to safely allow a motorcycle ride for these two dudes. Shaun most readily agreed to help out and a date was set that worked for everyone. September 13th was the date, and a message was sent out to friends, family, and

eet riders to meet at the Carrolll Cycle Centerr parking lot at 1300 hours to make it happen. n. That afternoon,, dozens of bikess showed up to make ound the two trips around Carroll with these se cats to help complete e their bucket lists. Carroll roll PD offered to help control ntrol he rides some traffic and the were on! The one ride given was for Eric Frank. Lani talked with him numerous times about her riding her own motorcycle and that he wished to be able to get a ride one day. Eric told Lani’s hubby Ray that he should install some pipes on his wheelchair because that would be the coolest! After their talking for hours on end about riding, that September day Shaun made his wish come true and gave him a ride in the hack. The second ride given was for 66 year old Jim Hulsebus. Jim loved the fact that Lani got her motorcycle license and her own bike, and thought it would be really cool to be able to go for a ride one day. When it was mentioned that he could go for a ride in a sidecar, he lit up and immediately pushed that to the top of his bucket list. A few days before the ride he was so excited and said it had been over 45 years since he was on a motorbike. When on leave from the Military he rode small motor bikes with a bunch of the guys. He has loved motorcycles ever since, but has not had the opportunity to ride. He noted that he loves the roar of the engine, the wind in his face, and that biker chicks are pretty cool as well. He wanted to go to Sturgis for a ride, but around Carroll was going to have to do for a sunny warm September afternoon. Both residents loved the ride, and the bikers that showed up to ride along knew that they did something incredible for these two guys. Jim stated that the next thing on his list is sky diving, maybe a bunch of us biker could go along with him on that adventure as well!

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When Jake Werner, currently living in Durant, enlisted in the Army after completing high school he did so for many reasons. First of all, he comes from a long line of Soldiers with many generations of his family serving our country in wars past. With grandfathers who served in the Air Force & Army, uncles who served in the Marines & Army and a father who saw his time in Vietnam, it was a natural progression for Jake to enlist after high school. Adding to the family tradition of serving our nation was the fact that Jake had no idea what he wanted to do with his life and coming from a modest family with a few siblings, he knew if he was going onto college, tuition would have had to come from his own pocket; what was the point of paying tuition if you didn’t know what you wanted to be when you grew up? But most important in his decision to enlist was the fact that he wanted to serve his nation, as a way to show thanks and honor generations of Soldiers past. There was no better way, in his mind, to honor the sacrifices of United States Soldiers who had paid the ultimate price for his freedom, than to put himself in those same combat boots. Over 27 years of active duty with the Army, Jake did his fair share of travelling, learned new skills and perfected the skills he possessed before enlisting. He met many wonderful people and credits the military with creating his nation-wide web of friends. Serving two tours in Korea, 3 tours in Iraq and 1 tour in Afghanistan, Jake participated in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was also stationed in Alaska for 7 years total throughout his career. While in Korea, Jake met and fell in love with his wife, Brenda, who was also an Army Soldier. She spent her time with the military flying Blackhawk Helicopters and Jake was a Blackhawk mechanic; to hear him tell it, “she broke ‘em and I fixed ‘em”. Whatever spark ignited overseas must’ve been a good one, because Jake and Brenda are the proud parents of 3 children and are still going strong after 18 years. Much like his love and respect for the military developed at a young age, as did the love and respect for motorcycles. At an early age his dad’s collection of Triumphs, Yamahas and Harleys captured Jake’s interest. Like I mentioned earlier, Jake’s family lived a modest life in a smaller house with no garage when he was young, so in the winter, the living room doubled as a garage. That easy access provided hours of endless entertainment for Jake, first as the world’s best jungle gym when he was a lil tike & then learning how to work on engines and bikes at home while he was learning his multiplication tables at school. He fondly recalls his favorite picture with his father and a motorcycle, “I was just a little guy, barely walking steadily on my own two feet, and Dad had taken me out for a ride. Sitting in front of him, I fell asleep on the


ride and by the time we got back I was nestled up between the gas tank and my dad’s arm.” Jake’s pretty sure that’s the exact moment he was bit by the motorcycle bug. Stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas but serving a tour in Afghanistan in 2013, Jake got notification that he was going to be headed back to the states soon. Those papers re-ignited the motorcycle flame within his heart and immediately he ordered a new motorcycle from his AAFES Rep in the dessert. When he got back to Kansas, he bee-lined over to Junction City HD and picked up his 2013 Street Glide. Jake has spent the past 2 years taking care of some aftermarket customization and isn’t through with the modifications. Paying homage to his adult beverage of choice, the Jack Daniels® themed motorcycle is expecting a Stage 1 and 2 upgrade soon. And there’s been chatter about upgrading the motor to a 110 in the future, but that’s more of a dream than a reality at this point. Crediting his time in the service for the great friendships he’s made from coast to coast, Jake likes to plan iron butt rides and catch up with friends along the way. One of his favorite rides started out in Kansas, Jake headed to St. Louis to get some riding time in with his dad, and then he rode onto Indiana and grabbed a buddy, Rick. He and Rick then rode though Kentucky and onto Tennessee to spend some time in the Smoky Mountains with a few of his Army buddies. Next day, the group was off to Lynchburg to visit the birthplace of the best whiskey and sample some of the wares. From there, the group parted ways and all rode in different directions to get home. He’s lived all over the place and loves getting out and seeing our great nation. Jake’s only been living in Iowa for a few short months (I believe he said there may still be some boxes packed), but planning on being here for a while, he’s already begun to get out and familiarize himself with our curvy, twisty, beautiful Iowa two-lanes. Jake’s life has been dedicated to the service and now that he’s retired from the Army, he continues his service only now in a civilian fashion. Along with being a member of the 82nd Airborne Division Association and 1st Infantry Division Association, Jake is also a member of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association 39-3, Eastern Iowa Chapter. Additionally, Jake is a life-time member of the NRA and actively supports our 2nd Amendment. And when he’s not riding his bike for any number of great causes that are supported here in Iowa, he is an active parent helper with his son’s Boy Scout Troop and hopes to take on more of a role with the troop now that he’s retired from the Army. Jake believes that supporting past, present and future Soldiers is imperative to our country and we couldn’t agree more! Iowans- Jake is new to our great state; I know I can count on you to welcome this Soldier with open arms and helpful hands! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Welcome to the greatest state in the nation, Jake, and thank you for your service!! ~Pinky

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that’s the special, bring it on!” While waiting for my food to come out of the kitchen, I asked about other specials that they might do throughout the week. So, here’s a quick 280 North 1st Street run-down: there is a Fort Dodge 50501 daily lunch special every Open mon- sat 7am to 2am week day $6.95 includSundays noon-2am ing drink, Tuesdays are taco nights, bike nights I found myself tooling around the are on Wednesday nights Fort Dodge area one day this past and that’s also when they summer and strangely enough crank up the smoker and I noticed a slight rumble in my serve their fall off the tummy. This is strange for me as I bone smoked ribs (someam never hungry until the sun starts times if you are lucky, to set, I hadn’t planned on lunch in they have leftovers that the Dodge, so I was ill-prepared for you can pick up through this hunger attack and had no idea the week- stick em in a where to go. Thank goodness I had a few issues of Thun- crock pot and head out for a 4 hr ride, Viola- dinner is der Roads Magazine with me and since I am not familiar served!) and on Saturdays the only thing that comes out with the area (at all), flipped to the biker friendly listings of the kitchen is pizza. The customers that I spoke with and found a bar & grill that was actually right down the had nothing but rave reviews of the hot beef (brisket) road from where I had pulled over to sift through the sandwich served with mashed potatoes and smothered mag. Along the banks of the Des Moines River, I ultiin gravy. I was also informed that this was one of the best mately enjoyed my solo date at Amigo’s Bar & Grill. places in the area to get a pizza and they don’t scrimp on the toppings (or as we call em in our family, groceries). I As a female, or a weird person, or whatever you’d clasfiled that tid-bit of info in the brain for the next time I was sify me as, I rarely eat alone in public, but by this time the in town and am thankful I did! hunger pangs were not going away. I walked in the door and was immediately greeted by a smiling bartender Before any time had passed, there I was… staring down “how many today?” she inquired and like I was ashamed the most gigantic foot-long hot dog, smothered in chili or something, I hung my head slightly & replied “Just & shredded cheese and placed atop 2 hot dog buns. I me”. Realizing that I obviously wasn’t thrilled about eat- knew this was a job that was going to take patience, ing solo, she told me to belly up and quickly grabbed me stamina and a fork to conquer. Served alongside a handan iced tea. Looking around the bar I noticed a bunch ful of kettle chips and a pickle spear, I knew this wasn’t of construction workers, a group of elderly ladies, a few going to be easy, in fact I began feeling defeated halfcops and a group of suits…. Quite an eclectic group of way through my plate and threw in the napkin with only a patrons, and judging by the range of customers, I thought few bites to go (there was just NO more room in there!). to myself this must be a great place to eat. It is obvious that the owner, Mark, takes pride in his business and genuinely wants to make sure you never leave I have been wrong on a few occasions, but this time hungry. He walked over and struck up a conversation wasn’t one of them. After glancing through the menu I with every table that was occupied, ensuring everyone had the options of the basic deep fat fried appetizers, was enjoying their meal. This is a great place to enjoy homemade pizza, a burger cooked many ways, some a meal whether you are on two wheels or four, alone or chicken (strips or wings, any sauce), various meat sand- with a group. The atmosphere is comfortable and the pawiches & wraps, and a plethora of Hispanic dinner plates. trons were very friendly. The service is top-notch, all the I was so hungry after reading the menu that my stomach employees are welcoming and know the menu and most had my mind on over drive and I grabbed the waitress’s of all, although I entered and left the establishment alone, attention. She rapidly read the confused look on my face I never felt lonely the entire time I was there. Sitting in and asked if I wanted to hear the daily lunch special. for Big Little. Why not, my mind was already swimming with options ~Pinky and my mouth salivating from the scents that were wafting out from the kitchen. I glanced around the place and Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! Craig Little noticed that many patrons had a delicious looking foot long chili-cheese dog setting in front of them, at variPS If you have someplace you think we should check out ous stages of the munching process. Without giving the in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. waitress time to finish her spiel, I interrupted her with “if



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The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~Henry Cate, VII~ Two parents take their son on a vacation to a nude beach. The father goes for a walk on the beach and the son goes and plays in the water. The son comes running up to his mom and says: “Mommy, I saw ladies with boobies a lot bigger than yours!” The mom says: “The bigger they are, the dumber they are.” So he goes back to play. Severall minutes later he comes running back and says: ay ys: ys s “Mommy, I saw men with dingers a lot bigger ger ge er than Daddy’s!” The mom says: “The bigger they are, the dumber they are.” So he goes back to play. Several minutes later he comes running back and says: “Mommy, I just saw Daddy talking to the dumbest lady I ever saw and the more and more he talked, the dumber and dumber he got!” Two old ladies are discussing their dead husbands. ‘Tell me,’ says one. ‘Did you have mutual orgasms?’ ‘No,’ says the other. ‘I think we were with the Prudential.’

broke, brok keee, so he killed the last ten with his bare hha hands.” The teacher looked a little shocked. After clearing her throat, she asked what possible moral there could be to this story. “Well,” Johnny replied, “Don’t fuck with Uncle Ted when he’s been drinking.” A Lawyer and the Pope died at the same time, both went to heaven. They were met at the Pearly Gate by St. Peter who conducted them to their rooms. The Pope’s room was spartan with bare floor, aarmy cot for a bed, and a single bulb for light. They came to the Lawyer’s room. It was huge with wall to wall carpeting, king sized water bed, indirect lighting, color TV, stereo, Jacuzzi and fully stocked bar. The Lawyer said, “There must be a mistake. This must be the Pope’s room!” St Peter said, “There’s no mistake. This is your room. We have lots of Pope’s, but you’re our very first Lawyer!”

Mommy Bear and Daddy Bear were in divorce court. The judge looked down and asked the Baby Bear, “So Baby A blind man enters a bar and find his way to a barstool. Bear, do you want to live with Daddy Bear?” “Oh, no,” After ordering a drink, and sitting there for a while, the Baby Bear replied, “I don’t want to live with Daddy Bear. blind guy yells to the bartender, “Hey, you wanna hear a He beat me.” “Well then, you should live with Mommy blonde joke?” The bar immediately becomes absolutely Bear,” answered the judge. “On, no, I don’t want to live quiet. In a husky, deep voice,the woman next to him says, with Mommy Bear. She beat me.” “Well then, Baby Bear, “Before you tell that joke, you should know something. The who do you want to live with?” Baby Bear said, “I want to bartender is blonde, the bouncer is blonde and I’m a 6′ tall, live with the Chicago Bears. They don’t beat anybody!” 200 pound blonde with a black belt in karate. What’s more, the fella sitting next to me is blonde and he’s a weightlifter. A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her The woman to your right is a blonde, and she’s a pro husband. Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen. wrestler. Think about it seriously, mister. You still wanna “Careful,” he said, “CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! tell that blonde joke?” The blind guy says, “Nah, not if I’m Oh my gosh! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO gonna have to explain it five times.” MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I President; I’m beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow~ said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? One day at the end of class, little Johnny’s teacher asks the Have you LOST your mind? Don’t forget to salt them. You class to go home and think of a story to be concluded with know you always forget to salt them. Use the! Salt. USE the moral of that story. The following day the teacher asks THE SALT! THE SALT!” The wife stared at him. “What for the first volunteer to tell their story. Little Suzy raises in the world is wrong with you?You think I don’t know her hand. “My dad owns a farm and every Sunday we load how to fry a couple of eggs?” The husband calmly replied, the chicken eggs on the truck and drive into town to sell “I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m them at the market. Well, one Sunday we hit a big bump driving.” and all the eggs flew out of the basket and onto the road.” When the teacher asked for the moral of the story, Suzy Bill Clinton and his driver were cruising along a country replied, “Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket.” Little road one evening when a pig ran in front of the car. The Lucy went next. “My dad owns a farm too. Every weekend driver tried to avoid it but couldn’t. The pig was killed. we take the chicken eggs and put them in the incubator. The President told his driver to go up to the farmhouse and Last weekend only eight of the 12 eggs hatched.”; Again, explain to the owners what happened. About an hour later the teacher asked for the moral of the story. Lucy replied, the driver staggers back to the car with his clothes in total “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” Next up disarray. He was holding a bottle of wine in one hand, a was little Johnny. “My uncle Ted fought in the Vietnam cigar in the other and smiling happily. “What happened?” war, and his plane was shot down over enemy territory. He asked the President. “Well,” the driver replied “the Farmer jumped out before it crashed but could only take a case of gave me the wine, his wife gave me the cigar, and their beer, a machine gun and a machete. On the way down, he beautiful daughter made mad passionate love to me.” “My drank the case of beer. Then he landed right in the middle God, what did you tell them?” asked the President. The of 100 Vietnamese soldiers. He shot 70 with his machine driver replied: “I’m Bill Clinton’s driver, and I just killed gun, but then he ran out of bullets! So he pulled out his the pig.” machete and killed 20 more. Then the blade on his machete 34 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2015

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my right to make my own decisions. I will always insist that government plays by the rules.

GATHERING MOMENTS At the ripe old age of 56 (almost 57) I’ve come to the realization that happiness lies not in accomplishing the big goals, but rather by gathering moments of happiness and ignoring the rest. What that means is you can’t plan how things are going to look several years down the road. You can try, but good luck to you. All you can do is to accumulate experiences until you have a basis to weigh a decision, and then find someone to pay you for what you know. For me what I’ve just outlined in a very crud fashion is the definition of stress. So why am I talking about this? A couple weeks ago a guy asked me why, in an environment where people insist on being distracted playing with their personal computer phones instead of paying attention to their driving, do I ride a motorcycle? Here’s my answer: When I ride, especially on an interesting ribbon of blacktop I concentrate on what I’m doing. My mind is forced to ignore the rest of the world. It’s just me, my motorcycle, and the road. Period. It’s something I can trust. Step back and take a look. I can’t say that about a whole lot of things but if you can, congratulations. You never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist’s office. We’ve all heard it and said “that’s right.” I’ve just outlined the reason why I ride. Life will relentlessly challenge each of us. We all need a ‘mind eraser’. That is why I ride a motorcycle; that is precisely why I will ALWAYS defend


Folks, we are entering a new state legislative session. Let’s pay attention. We’ve got over a dozen presidential hopefuls trolling the waters here in Iowa. Let’s make the effort and go see them, ask them questions and put in the work required to return America to a place where what you put in reflected what you got out. In other words, let’s ensure a place where hard work or overtime was rewarded not penalized by jumping your tax rate. We have the opportunity to figure out who the right person is for the job. Don’t leave it to the talking heads. Do the work, if not for yourself how about for your kids or grandkids. Over the past 7 years we’ve sat on the sidelines watching our constitution be ignored and even betrayed. A ‘pen and phone’ have replaced the legislative process. The federal bureaucracies like NTHSA and the EPA, not to mention the whole healthcare debacle, have unilaterally created rules with the power of law completely without a legislative process. We all have to know that “That’s Not Right.” At some point we all need to say enough is too much and do something about it. It’s time to get off the couch and into the game. Once again we’ll be facing the threat of a helmet law and who knows what else. It always amazes me that anyone would want to give over their right to make their own decisions to some nameless and faceless bureaucrat. In the spirit of our forefathers I would like the government to very much limit its influence in everyday life. Stick to the rulebook, and get out of people’s bedrooms, etc. Let’s stop giving our rights away simply because many of us won’t accept the responsibility that comes with rights. I absolutely hate lowest common denominator thinking. Stop dumbing down my America. I’m trying to rile you up. I hope it’s working. Questions or comments?

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