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The eleventh month is upon us already. How in the hell did it end up being November already? It seems like June just got over. Time flies faster the more the years add up. At least the summer flying by is followed by the winter time flying by. That is what I am going to keep thinking and hoping so that we can get back to normal riding season again shortly! Fall and winter are not necessarily bad though, as it gives us some time to get bikes to the shop for repairs or upgrades. Whether you are buying parts to install yourself, or taking your bike to a shop, don’t forget about the advertisers on Pages 10-12. These are the places that keep this magazine coming to you every month of the year, so darken their doors with your biker needs, and tell them that TRMI sent you. Our event listing is pretty slim right now. That is pretty obvious why with the shorter days, colder nights and deep fall setting in and mama nature setting us up for winter. It is not that biker events as a whole are done, but they are severely limited this time of year. November and December are pretty slim as not many are riding, and most people have family and Holiday things to attend to. We always try to have the most comprehensive event listing around, so if you have confirmed dates for any upcoming events, email them to Vernon@ We want to populate the list of events as early as possible, so get us your events if you are in charge or events that you know of as being confirmed. The event listing is and always will be FREE, just send the date, name and starting town of the event. Anything other than that, we can get you hooked up with some ad space to help further promote your event. We do the FREE listing though because if people don’t know what is going on, they cannot get to your events, or don’t know when to schedule their own events.

Another big thing on my mind for November is Veterans Day. Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half-mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. I personally recommend utilizing the 11th hour, or the 11th day, of the 11th month to stand if at all possible in honor of the Veterans who have fought for our rights we so truly embrace as Americans. Thank you to all that have served for doing what you have done so that we can do what we do. Thanksgiving Day is also a part of November. I would like thank my family for being a part of all of this and standing behind me in good and bad times. When I refer to family, it means my immediate family and my TRMI family, all of which are there for me at any given time. I am truly thankful for the love and support, and thank each and every one of you for being a part of my life. My thanksgiving is about those around me with undying support. Thank you for that, and hopefully each of you can tell those in your lives how you feel and who you are thankful for. Thank you for being a part of this, for reading TRMI every month, and for supporting TRMI. Vernon Quote of the Month: “On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” Dan Lipinski

On the Cover We all went out for a ride around on a gorgeous fall day, and ended up at Pinicon Ridge Park outside of Central City. Seemed like a great place to take a shot of Pete, Tony, Graig, and Cameron from www.thebikerlawyers. com Added to the cover shot is their new logo, which shows their expanded area. They cover more than just Iowa now as the premier biker lawyers. With over 30 years of experience, these cats can help you out. Go to or call 877-209-9452 for any of your legal needs. 4 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2017

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minutes for HOG or AAA, they have stuff that will attack and eat you when you break down. Another interesting conversation And so with a European counterpart quickly it’s had to do with the spread of gone. Ride extreme Islam and Sharia season, like law. He stated he felt sorry all the other for us as a country because good things, we were headed down the is a flash in same road, only 5 to 7 years the pan on our miniscule behind them. It seemed hard time lines of to imagine at the time but not so much now. My favorite life. A brief time, though, had to be when moment ago a gal from one of the -ania we were all countries greeted us and up to our talked. Can’t remember if bandanas in it was Albania or Romania, the whirling but it sounded exactly like vortex of Transylvania. This woman events, road read a large portion, several trips, sleep minutes of scripture, in deprivation, burnt rubber, dust and campfire smoke. I a vampire accent. It was guess in some ways it might be good to give our lungs a majorly cool. She sounded bit of a respite and at this age my eyes are heavier. Who couldn’t use another catch-up nap? It kind of reminds me just like one of the Van Helsing girls. I would buy of raising kids. They are cute when they are little but the busyness, lack of energy and demands on a young family the Bible on tape in a second if she would read it. robs us of the time and fullness of what could be. Of course, then they turn, and like a werewolf at full moon, We were watching an old western called Broken Trail the dreaded teenager emerges to wreak havoc upon all they live with. I think Mark Twain had the right idea when the other night and Robert Duvall’s character made an interesting statement at a funeral for one of the bunch gone laying out his outline for the child-rearing scenario. He said “When a child turns 12 he should be kept in a barrel under. He said: “We’re all travelers in this world. It’s a short trip from the sweet grass to the packing house, birth and fed through the bung hole until he reaches 16… at to death. We travel between the eternities.” To ponder the which time you plug the bung hole.” Of course since he eternity of the past and the eternity of the future gives us a lived long ago and in a simpler time we need to adjust mind-numbing glimpse of the vastness of God our Creator those ages downward considerably. Anyway the thought and how short our time in this life is to be. Scripture being, it’s all wearing when you are in the middle but tells us in Psalms that as a father has compassion on his goes way too fast and the desire to have it back returns promptly. We look at our grandkids and how fast they are children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him: for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that growing. Even the smallest have had the new rubbed off we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish them and are getting stale- I mean maturing. To be able like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it to live life through their eyes, to see their discoveries and new experiences brings us great joy. Do you suppose that is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those God looks on us with that kind of joy and satisfaction? who fear him and his righteousness with their children’s I would like to think so and also like to think we would remember to be thankful for the things he allows us to do children, with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. and be.

CMA Notes

As I write, we are preparing for the final large event of the season for us, CMA’s annual national Changing of the Colors rally at our headquarters in Hatfield, Arkansas; it is actually an International rally with CMAers from 30 countries that attend. This will be our 5th year interval where we have the opportunity to hang out, fellowship and listen to leaders from all these other places. It is eye opening to hear of the European and South African rallies, the dominate clubs and cultures they experience. One account of African road trips I remember had to do with their road signs. Here we have the “watch out for deer” signs, while there they have the “watch out for hyena” signs. You carry gas and repair kits because unlike most of our break downs where you have to wait 15 to 30 6 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2017

Thank God for His mercies and blessings, Mark Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at

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Food and Drink (Popular Poker Run Locations) American Legion Post 46 1301 S 6th Street Marshalltown, Iowa50158 641-752-3612 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week American Legion Post 111 1101 W 4th Street S Newton 641-792-3353 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 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! Bootleggers of Millville Awesome Stop, Great Staff, Fantastic Food Tops in Scenic River Rides Check us on Facebook 563-252-7775 C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close Calvin Rockett Bar & Grill 2013 South Center Street Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-328-1033 Open 7 Days a Week 11 – Close

Fore Seasons Golf Bar 6232 HWY S-74 South Newton, Iowa 50208 641-792-1246 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week Greencastle Tavern – Mingo Outdoor Patio – Friendly Service Wed Bike Nights – Fri Steak Night Coldest Beer in Central Iowa Greencastle Tavern/Ryan Maher on FB Grinnell Eagles Club 616 4th Avenue Grinnell, Iowa 50112 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us on Facebook Grinnell Pub 909 State Street Grinnell, Iowa 50112 641-260-8003 Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill 1019 7th St Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook Happenings Bar 508 W Market Street Steamboat Rock, Iowa 641-868-2000 Haverhill Social Club 202 1st Street Haverhill, Iowa 50120 641-475-3321 Mon-Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 Hog Stop BBQ 2327 S. 24th Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-EAT-BBQS Hog Stop BBQ on Facebook Ickey Nickel Bar & Grill 4700 41st Street Sioux City, Iowa 51108 712-239-2772 The Ickey Nickel Bar & Grill on Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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99 counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 10 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we will revisit each county as a featured article. We will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark of curiosity for our state of Iowa.

which were usually settled peacefully by the claim committees. Within a month 5,000 people lived in Wapello County. Some years later in late 1881, Wapello County experienced a gold rush. A speculator claimed that he discover gold along Bear Creek. The prices for land and mineral rights skyrocketed until it was proven that it was a scheme. On our travels, we found no gold either in Wapello County, much to our dismay.

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Rolling into Wapello County we saw a handful of unincorporated communities such as Farson and If you are in southeast Bladensburg, and then checked out Agency, as we Iowa roaming around, previously mentioned. We continued to run the Wapello County is worth smooth roads down to Eldon to check out some of the a glance. We had to local history there. As we came into town, there is a check it out on the bike on a very warm fall day, and despite needing something cool to drink, we never did find any Grape Nehi. Not saying it is not sold anywhere there, but we did not find any. The cool refreshing beverage seems to have dropped off the “Radar”, so to speak, but I guess if we really wanted some, we could order it online. We could not go through Wapello County and Ottumwa specifically without mentioning the famous character that the M.A.S.H. storyline stated lived here, Walter Eugene O’Reilly. “Radar” as he was referred to in the movie and on the TV show was only from Ottumwa on paper, really cool view but real life ties of notable people include the likes and bridge that of Tom Arnold being born here, astronaut Steve Bales crosses the Des being from here, Edna Ferber growing up here, and Moines River, and Richard Nixon was once stationed in Ottumwa. despite the fact that it is on the Wapello County is intersected by Highways 34 and edge of town and 63, among other roadways. The county is home to leads out of town about 35,000 people and the county seat is Ottumwa. another direction, Wapello County was formed in 1843 and was named we had to cross after the Fox Indian Chief Wapello, which means it to check it out. “the prince”. He was a highly respected chief and friend of the settlers, and was an admirer of General Joseph Street, so much that Chief Wapello asked to be buried beside the General upon his death. Both men are buried near Agency, Iowa in the Chief Wapello Memorial Park. Wapello County was settled with a little bit different type of approach, as there was a race of sorts for settlers to grab the land they wanted. The county opened at midnight on April 30, 1843 with several hundred eager settlers ca camped along the eastern b border. At the sound of a shotgun, they raced towards the “New Purchase” to make their claim. Many conflicts a arose over the hastily m made boundary lines,


Then we went into town and as it was a hot day, needed to get something cool to drink, and right next

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to a scenic overlook and some cool old trains and a depot, sits Chommy’s. With other motorcycles out front, seemed like a great friendly place to go, and with some great directions for other spots in Wapello, we kept on the search for the day. The depot is a restored Rock Island Depot and museum and a couple of engines. With some other displays, it is a cool place to stop by and check out in Eldon.

who never actually posed together in front of the house. That is kind of an interesting fact knowing that it was simply a work of art, and not a portrait of reality. The painting was one of the first that sparked and American style of painting never before seen.

After we had enough of the Gothic life, we rolled east into Bridge City, also known as Ottumwa. The county seat and home to about 25,000 of the county’s After the Rock Island Depot stop, we followed the residents, is split in half by both the Des Moines signs in town to the American Gothic House. The River and the railroad. No wonder it has the moniker house has come to be known as that because Grant Bridge City with some transportation hurdles like Wood used it for the background in his famous that to cross. One thing in Ottumwa that is cool is 1930 painting, American Gothic. One of the most Lentner Cycle Company. Recently I had to stop by recognizable paintings was based on a house in small there on the way through due to a charging issue town Iowa, and there is the American Gothic House on the bagger. It was a quick in and out and ended Center to help show the history and background of up being a loose ground, but they took good care both the house and Grant Wood. The painting was of me on a Saturday morning and got me back on portraying a father and daughter, with the father the road in short order. They are the oldest family defending his daughter, and his daughter going owned and operated HD dealership in Iowa, serving along with it, but not necessarily happy about it. The area enthusiasts for over 70 years. It is truly a family models for the photo were Wood’s sister and dentist, operation, and worth a stop, even though it is off the beaten path, south of Highway 34 on the west side of town. If you need some food or drink in Ottumwa, Appanoose Rapids, Canteen Lunch In The Alley, Bubba-Q’s or the Tequila Grill can all offer a good meal and some unique atmosphere. Small city vittles at its best, with some of the friendliest staff around can be found at any of these places. Ottumwa also offers some of the most diverse people and examples of architecture. It was interesting just to get off the beaten path and meet some people and see the sights. Some of the neatest vintage houses and office buildings can be found in this rail/river town. As the day was rapidly getting away from us, we had to continue to head west for the day, and rolled through some more of scenic and curvy Wapello County. It is certainly a place that we want to go back and spend some more time. Smooth roads, curvy and hilly, and folks that are as friendly as can be make Wapello County a great place to visit or hang around for a bit. Check it out for yourself if it ever comes up on your “Radar”. Next month we will see what there is to see and do in south central Iowa in Warren County. Sources are available upon request.

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Where is the Beach? By Dick Tremain The bus dropped us off at the American Army encampment and the orange-vested woman directed us one block ahead and two blocks to the left. We walked to that location and found a troop of Boy Scouts blocking the beach road. “Go that way and turn at the windmill,” one scout said. We walked and couldn’t see the windmill. We ran into two German Nazi SS officers that refused to help and the man on the porch said, “Keep going!” How hard is it to find a beach? Really. How hard is it?!?! We found ourselves in a park where we met a “Duck” driver. From atop his amphibious World War II vehicle, he invited us aboard and said he would take us to the beach. He dropped the ladder and we climbed aboard. He started the diesel engine with a smelly puff of smoke and a roar and off we went lurching down the road with a 48 star American flag flapping in the breeze. He drove us through the Boy Scout check point down to the beach. He turned onto a sandy peninsula and drove us into the water. He ground some gears and engaged the propeller. Off we went…boating around a point, up a ramp, onto a street, and he let us off at “fleet landing.”

and hair styles, are part of the festivities. We were there to take in the experience. The trip to Conneaut had special significance for us. Maureen’s father landed at Utah Beach June 6, 1944. What went on that day and the days that followed are impossible to imagine. We try, but our five visits to Utah Beach in Normandy haven’t really helped. The beaches that hosted so much horror so

long l ago are now so peaceful. People swim s in the French surf, horses trot on the th beach, and people sun themselves near n this long stretch of peaceful and undeveloped u sand.

Whew. This was our amazing introduction to D-Day Conneaut 2017. Conneaut is a small Ohio town on Lake Erie four miles from the Pennsylvania border. Each year since 1999, the people of Conneaut stage the largest D-Day reenactment in the world. Thousands of soldiers and airmen; Germans, Americans, Poles, English, and French reenactment enthusiasts recreate the events of June 6, 1944 and the Allied landings in Normandy. Reenactors wear complete uniforms of all types of combatants; German infantry officers and men, SS officers, American GIs, English, Canadian, and so on. Even nurses and women, dressed in period costumes

The T Normandy beaches are peaceful. The Conneaut beaches are not. At the 3:00 p.m. August 19th amphibious landing, thousands of us stood behind German beach emplacements. We watched these soldiers load and fire their weapons, shoot machine guns, and fire Tiger tank rounds. American P-51 aircraft “strafed” the German positions. Then American tanks and troops landed and advanced on the German positions with loud bangs, smoke, and weapons blazing. They advanced on the enemy beach positions and as if on cue, won the battle to the delight of the thousands of onlookers. The Normandy beach was now ours once again. D-Day Conneaut takes place in the middle of August each year. The people are very friendly and there is much to do including riding Higgins boats, learning history from reenactors, visiting troop encampments, seeing weapons demonstrated, enjoying a USO dance, and attending German and Allied field equipment and uniform briefings. World War II history comes alive each summer in Conneaut. Consider a trip to experience it for yourself.


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Shane O’Malley of Waukee is our November Military Rider. Shane served in the United States Navy from 1987 to 1991 and attained a rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class, also referred to as E-4. He completed Boot Camp at the Great Lakes. After that he was in NAS Millington, Tennessee for Aviation Electrician’s School. Then he was stationed at NAS Pensacola, Florida for Search and Rescue FRAMP School. Finally he ended up at NAS Lemoore, California as his Duty Station. His primary duties were working as an Aviation Electrician for the Search and Rescue Helicopters. Shane’s grandfather (UDT) once asked him what he did in the Navy. Shane told him he was stationed in CA and we flew helicopters and picked up wounded hikers and skiers in the Sequoia Mountains, his grandfather asked what ship Shane was stationed on. He informed his grandfather, “I wasn’t on a ship, I was on land duty.” To which his grandfather replied, “Son, are you sure you’re in the Navy?” His crew flew H1 Huey Helicopters. He also worked the air terminal and the transient line. So, Shane had the fortune of working on almost every single aircraft that every branch of the military utilized.

the past 12 months got his first Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was without bikes during his time in the service and after college, as he had to support his family first. He got back into riding though as the dollars were available as he missed it and tells us he will never be without bikes as long as he can physically ride. His latest ride is a motorcycle he bought from a client. Sadly the bike had been sitting in a garage for more than three years, but Shane had the opportunity and the price was right so he got it back on the road. “My 1996 Dyna celebrates the same year I graduated college and highlights my military service. I’m looking to chop out a Sportster and paint scheme it to highlight my history at the University of Northern Iowa.” He has done some modifications to his Dyna, and wants to highlight the blue and silver paint and continue to build the bike to showcase his US Navy history.

Shane and his girlfriend like to go on many rides for causes and to bike nights. They enjoy riding for causes that they support and feel a part of. Although not a member of any clubs or associations, he has the utmost respect and interest in the VFW, American Legion, and Bikers Against Child We asked Shane if Military service has been a big part of his Abuse. He has a ton of friends that ride locally, but he also family and family history, and the answer was a resounding likes to get away to the Quad Cities whenever he can. It yes! Shane states “Having grown up as a child of divorce, is part of the “getting away from home” mentality. It is a I was blessed with three grandfathers. All three of these place he can hook up with some friends and ride and cut amazing men served our country during World War II and loose and have a good time. One of those friends, Joel all three of these men were Navy. My maternal grandfather Werthmann of Pirate Custom Cycle in Moline, IL has taken was a USN Underwater Demolitions Technician during Shane under his wing and helped him tremendously to learn World War II and served with our nation’s first SEAL team; the essence of a Harley, as well as the mechanics and how he assisted in the swimming portion of their training while they function. stationed in the Panama Canal. ” He also adds, “My stepfather was also a Veteran; he used to ride me around on the Shane adds much about his Military service and how it tank of his Triumph Chopper at the age of 5 or 6. He served has shaped his life and who he has become. Shane states, in the US Army and did two tours of duty in Vietnam. This “Unfortunately, we lost a helicopter in training during war affected him greatly and it was often hard to get him to Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and I lost a very good talk about his time served. I know he rarely mentioned it friend, SAR Swimmer Petty Officer Troy Josiah. Losing and he was not active in any Veterans’ organizations. This someone you’ve worked with and been friends with makes was a sad time in American history and we certainly failed you respect the jobs these men and women do even more. to treat our vets fairly or with the respect which they greatly I thank every veteran and active duty military service man deserved, and had earned!” and woman so much for the commitment and dedication they have taken for our great country!” On the riding end of things, Shane got his first ride at age 6, a mini-bike for a Christmas present. Then his uncle Some other things that serving instilled in Shane were the put him on a Suzuki RM 125 at 12 years old and he was importance of giving back. During service he coached hooked! He has owned Hondas, Suzukis, and just within T-Ball and Soccer for Pee Wee teams on base. He was also 26 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2017

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a member of the base Military Color Guard that marched in parades and for funeral services. He still gives back today by regularly assisting with the homeless of Des Moines, chairing a Children’s Cancer Charity Golf outing, and serving on the board for Karsyn’s Crusaders (www. He adds, “The other thing the military teaches you is leadership. From having served as the Recruit Chief Petty Officer for the Color Company in boot camp in 1987 to serving as the President for the Financial Planning Association of Iowa in 2016, my years both in and after the Navy have been spent chairing, directing, or presiding over every association I’ve taken a part of. The military teaches you how to be a leader and a productive member of any and every association.” You may be thinking that Shane’s photo or name looks familiar, well that is because you may have seen Shane on his ad for O’Malley Wealth Management right here on these pages. Another thing that you cannot miss about Shane is his undying love for the country and our Service personnel. Shane has lost some good friends that passed during their service to the United States of America, and he holds them in highest regard. The past year of kneeling in protest is not taken lightly by Shane and many other that have served. Our hats off to you Shane! Thanks to Shane for both his support of TRMI and for his service. If you see him out and about, shake his hand and thank him for his service. Vernon Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook


There are a lot of things going on in the world right now that bring along with it a great deal of sadness. First off the TRMI Tall Corn Ride contest has declared a winner again this year. In my warped brain that means the Iowa riding season is quickly coming to a close. Watching the weather and knowing the bikes will be put away soon is a real bummer. But that event is not nearly as horrific as other things happening around us. How about what is happening to our National Anthem, or more commonly known as the Star Spangled Banner surely everyone has heard at least the first stanza of that song a time or two. Well I’m not going to sing it for you because number one, I can’t sing in tune and number two if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you are either an immigrant into my country or you’re deaf and dumb. The entire song is about our flag and what it represents to this country. Now I may have brain damage from multiple blows to the head, or maybe it is the biker blood pounding through my veins that I was birthed into this great country with or maybe because I am a biker I just have a different understanding of the term RESPECT. But in my warped mind when our country’s flag is being raised whether it is going all the way to the top or only half way up that pole, the only respectful thing to do is remove your hat, your do

rag or your helmet and STAND UP, face the flag and put your god damn hand over your heart. Period… End of Discussion…. The song is a patriotic symbol of what this county has been through to protect our freedom and our rights to be a part of this great nation. Bring on the hate mail. It pisses me off that people think they can turn our national anthem and the raising of our flag into “a thing”. It is disrespectful to our nation’s veterans and the men and women of our military forces that put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and free. When the military decides to take a knee to our national anthem and the raising of our flag I will too! Until that time comes, I will continue to respect our country, our flag and every member of the Armed Forces who puts their lives on the line for it. Now that I have gotten that off my chest. Let’s face it, the Captain America bike in Easy Rider is still one of the coolest bikes ever made and to coordinate it with a flag decorated helmet and a matching jacket talk about some eye candy. In my next life, I hope I come back as Peter Fonda, even if it is just for a day. And for those who think it is appropriate to be disrespectful to our flag and our National Anthem by turning it into “a thing”. No one expresses my thoughts on that topic better than Dennis Hopper AKA Billie in Easy Rider just before the rednecks blew him away. If I give you the bird, don’t be offended it’s only one finger away from a thumbs down. Freedom! Bikers get it. When the time finally comes that Iowa bikers are free to make the choice of parking the iron horse for the off season. I will find comfort in knowing that as long as I continue to wake up free, there will be always be another great day for riding. Saturday, November 11th is coming soon. Take your helmet off and STAND UP to show some RESPECT to our country’s veterans for all the differences they have made past, present and future by keeping our country safe and free. Shifty LaRue

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it from there. I decided that chicken and beef combo fajitas would be just the ticket. Lynnette went with the standard beef fajita. Both of our meat skillets arrived first. We were warned to be careful because these skillets are hot! I had made that determination when my skillet was passed in front of me and I could feel the heat, see the steam and hear the sizzling!!! My skillet was covered with a bed of sliced red and green peppers and onions topped with strips of well-done steak and grilled chicken. I must confess, being the first time I had ordered fajitas, that I was surw pprised that they were th ssome-asssembly-reqquired as oopposed to things like burli rritos, that I normally oorder, that come th pre-asssembled. Lynnette’s skillet was almost identical to mine with the exception of the chicken. Next to arrive were our “fix-in’s”; the pico de gallo, ssour cream, guacamole, beans and rice. Last to aarrive were the tortillas. Now that all the playeers were assembled let the games begin!

Las Margaritas... how can you go wrong at a place named after a drink???? When I heard that name I just knew I had to do a review there! Now, I myself, am not a margarita connoisseur but I’ll bet some of you, my loyal readers, are!!!! (you know who you are!!!! (GEEZ... PUT YOUR We each had 3 tortillas into which to cram two W HANDS DOWN, pplatters full of food. A daunting task to say the YOU’RE BLOCKING least! I tried three different methods of layerle THE SUN!!!!!!)) If you ing to try to determine which yielded the best in are among the margarita flavor. First was coating the tortilla with a layer lovers, you’ve found of beans, sour cream and your mecca!!!! They ppico de gallo layering on blend a large variety two pieces of each of the tw of their own mixtures, so many in fact, they almost constitute cchicken and beef and toptheir own menu! I would suggest trying them all... but that pping with some peppers would be irresponsible of me to suggest anyone consume that aand onions. Second was many alcoholic beverages in one sitting! Visit enough times aand inversion of the laythat you can try a different one with each visit. Fortunately for eers of the first one. Third me margaritas are not the only thing they have here! Mind you, aand lastly was a base of I have frequented more than my share of Mexican food establishments and one thing I can tell you they all have in common peppers and onions with the remainder of the meat on top. The results... all three were absolutely delicious but the third one by is there’s no shortage of food that arrives on your plate. Las it’s sheer simplicity was my favorite! (I am first and foremost Margaritas is certainly no exception!!!!! a carnivore after all!!!) I was able to decimate the meat proAfter being seated and having our drink orders taken one of the vided me but I left some of the toppings behind, not enough to require a box to go. Lynnette, on the other hand had a sufficient waitresses came by with our complimentary chips, salsa and queso. Since cheese is one of Lynnette’s diet restrictions I took amount of meat and toppings left for another lunch meal for the queso bowl and let her have the salsa bowl. The queso was her. A box was procured and brought home. silky smooth with the most delicious flavor, given the opportunity I could see me making a meal of chips and queso alone! Las Margaritas, check them out for their namesake drinks Lynnette shared a little of her salsa with me so I could savor the or their great Mexican delicacies. Either way, you won’t go deliciousness of it and experience the kick that the spices give wrong!!!! it. Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! The menu is so vast it’s almost overwhelming! Instead of mull- Craig Little ing over the menu from front to back a dozen times I elected to ask our waitress what the “You can’t leave here without tasting this!” dishes were. She had several recommendations but when PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in she landed on the “Any of our Fajitas.” I knew I had struck your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. gold! That narrowed the field sufficiently that I could take 32 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2017

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Seven Kinds of Sex The 1st kind of sex is called: Smurf Sex. * This kind of sex happens when you first meet someone, and you both have sex until you are blue in the face The 2nd kind of sex is called: Kitchen Sex. * This is when you have been with your partner for a short time, and you are so needy you will have sex anywhere, even in the kitchen. The 3rd kind of sex is called: Bedroom Sex. ex. This is when you have been with your partner for a long time. Your sex has gotten routine, and you usually have Sex only in your bedroom. The 4th kind of sex is called: Hallway Sex * This Is when you have been with your partner for too long. When you pass each other in the hallway you both say ‘Fuck you.’ The 5th kind of sex is called: Catholic Sex. * Which means you get Nun in the morning, Nun in the afternoon and Nun at night? (Very Popular) The 6th kind is called Courtroom Sex. * This is when you cannot stand your Wife any more. She takes you to court and screws you in front of everyone. And; Last, but not least, the 7th kind of sex is called: Social Security Sex. You get a little each month, but not enough to enjoy yourself.

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A guy is hanging out in his favorite bar w when he spots a fabulous babe walking in on the arm of some ugly man. He asks the bartender aabout her and is surprised to discover that she’s a prostitute. p He watches her the rest of the night, nigh amazed that someone so attractive could be aavailable to him. The next night he goes back to the bar, and sure enough she shows up again, agai only this time alone. The guy gets up his nerve nerv and approaches her. “Is it true you’re a prost prostitute?” “Why, sure, big boy. What can I do for you?” “Well, I dunno. What do you charge?” “I get $100 just for a hand job. We can negotiate from there.” “$100!! For a hand job? Are you nuts?” “You see that Ferrari out there?” The guy looks out the front door, and sure enough there’s a shiny new Ferrari parked outside. “I paid cash for that Ferrari with the money I made on hand jobs. “Trust me, it’s worth it.” The guy mulls it over for a while, and decides what the hell. He leaves with her, and gets the most unbelievable experience he’s ever had. This hand job was better than any complete sexual experience in his miserable life. The next night he’s back at the bar, waiting eagerly for her to show up. When she does, he immediately approaches her. “Last night was incredible!” “Of course it was. Just wait till you try one of my blowjobs.” “How much is that?” “$500” “$500!?! C’mon, A wife got so mad at her husband she packed his bags and that’s ridiculous!” “You see that apartment building across told him to get out. As he walked to the door she yelled, ‘I the street?” The guy looks out front at a 12 story apartment hope you die a long, slow, painful death.’ He turned around building. “I paid cash for that building with the money I and said, ‘So, you want me to stay?’ made on blowjobs. Trust me, it’s worth it.” Based on the night before, the guy decides to go for it. He leaves with her, and once again is not disappointed. He nearly faints My wife and I went to the County Agricultural Show and twice. The next night he can hardly contain himself until one of the first exhibits we stopped at was the breeding she shows up. I’m hooked, you’re the best! Tell me, what’ll bulls. We went up to the first pen and there was a sign it cost me for some pussy?” She motions for him to follow attached that said: THIS BULL MATED 50 TIMES LAST her outside. She points down the street, where between the YEAR My wife playfully nudged me in the ribs..... Smiled buildings he can see Manhattan. “You see that island?” “Aw, and said, “He mated 50 times last year, that’s almost once c’mon! You can’t mean that!” She nods her head. “You bet. a week”. We walked to the second pen which had a sign If I had a pussy, I’d own Manhattan!” attached that said: THIS BULL MATED 150 TIMES LAST YEAR My wife gave me a healthy jab and said, “WOW~~ That’s more than twice a week! .......... You could learn a An elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York lot from him”. We walked to the third pen and it had a sign and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you attached that said: THIS BULL MATED 365 TIMES LAST that your mother and I are divorcing, forty-five years of YEAR. My wife was so excited that her elbow nearly broke misery is enough.” “Pop, what are you talking about?” my ribs, and said, “That’s once a day... You could REALLY the son screams. “We can’t stand the sight of each other learn something from this one”. I looked at her and said, any longer,” the old man says. “We’re sick of each other, “Go over and ask him if it was with the same cow”. My and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister condition has been upgraded from critical to stable and the in Chicago and tell her,” and he hangs up. Frantic, the son doctors say I should eventually make a full recovery. calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like heck they’re getting divorced,” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this.” She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at the old man, A high school English teacher reminds her class of “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing tomorrow’s final exam. She also tells them that there will be until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll no excuse for failing to show up, except for serious injury, both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO illness, or a death in the student’s immediate family. A YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up. The old man hangs up smart-ass jock in the back of the room pipes up and asks the his phone and turns to his wife. “Okay,” he says, “They’re teacher out loud, “What about extreme sexual exhaustion?” coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own fares. Now, The entire class has all it can do keep from breaking up, what do we tell them for Christmas? being barely able to stifle its laughter and snickering. When silence is restored, the teacher smiles sympathetically at the Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at TRMI! 34 - TRMI NOVEMBER 2017

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2017 Meeting Of The Minds The 33rd annual conference presented by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation was held September 21-23 in Williamsburg, VA. The conference was filled with a ton of information on legislative issues es and the “hot topics” the MRF is currently working on. Topics such as women in motorcycling, ycling, membership retention, a session on our ur United States Constitution, recruiting volunteers, including a presentation from the NRA on standing out in today’s politics and so much more. If you have never attended one of the conferences put on by the MRF or even Iowa STEAM, which is put on by ABATE of Iowa, I highly suggest taking the time to participate in one. You will learn so much about how the real work is done in fighting for motorcycle rights from organizations such as the MRF who work at the federal level fighting for us or ABATE who works at the state levels. The theme of this year’s conference was really “moving on from the past.” There have been so many organizations and clubs that for whatever reason, in years past, have had disagreements or issues between each other. However, we have seen over the past couple of years that all of these motorcycling clubs and organizations have started figuring out that we are all in this to achieve the same goal, to keep our rights and freedoms without being profiled or legislated against just because of who we ride with or what colors we wear or what organization we belong to. To achieve

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this we all need to work together and put whatever disagreements there may be behind us. We all can still agree to disagree while working together to help each oother. This was a very good message sent ou out to everyone in attendance and one I completely agree with. If you are not a member of an organization such as ABATE or tthe MRF please take the time and look into it. See what we do plus the how and why we do it. We are working for you, the motorcycling public, and all we ask in return is for you to support what we are doing by spending a few dollars a year to become a member. Maybe you can even get involved and see that it’s not all work, we have a lot of fun too. Thank you to the MRF for putting on another fantastic conference. Without the freedom fighters such as them and ABATE, we as motorcyclists, would not enjoy all the things we do today. Remember strength is in numbers. With the thousands of bikers we have on the roads today the numbers are out there so please join us and be heard! For more information on Joining the MRF or Abate of Iowa please visit the following links. or www. Jeff Hoker Assistant State Coordinator ABATE Of Iowa


dealer in Newton with Kathy, but they wouldn’t let girls test ride bikes even though the guys could. They told her she had to buy it first, so she did, and proceeded to put some 42,000 miles on it before passing it down to her daughter Kelsia. After the Honda V45, Lynn then spent 7 years on a 2005 Shadow. Last spring, I pulled into the Buck Snort in Oakland for a cheeseburger and parked beside two other bikes. Inside sat a gal and guy dressed in leather…thinking there maybe another guy, I waited. Nope, so that told me, the gal rides. I introduced myself to Lynn Lundquist and her son Kyle. It did not take long while talking to Lynn for me to figure out that she’s a true to life biker. She talked of her restless spirt, which riding satisfies, and the love of freedom she gets riding the road with her family by her side. Even when she goes to the grocery store, it is for the bare minimum just so she can ride her bike.

Her husband, Dave Lundquist, rides a good looking yellow Fat Boy (I am kind of partial to Fat Boys and the color yellow). Shortly after getting married, she did something that made a lot of people smile…she rode Dave’s Fat Boy. In 2013 she bought her own Fat Boy Lo and has put 37,000 miles on it so far.

Remember Kathy Jo Bissell? She is the older of the two sisters, and she started riding at the age of 15 on a mini bike she called a little Indian. She soon had her Honda Trail 70 riding pastures and back roads trying to stay away from the local police. Kathy was always getting into Lynn spoke about how many members of her immediate trouble, so her dad would chain and lock the bike up. She family ride motorcycles and when the count got to eleven, and Lynn would then sneak away and get into even more I thought there may just be a story here. So plans were trouble. After she got her license, she would ride into town made for a photo shoot. Being from the Corning and and follow the guys on bigger surrounding areas, she came bikes around. They never up with Atlantic as a meeting seemed to mind a girl on a place, which was perfect for mini bike chasing them. me being only 17 miles north. I picked the old train depot In 1973 Kathy told her dad down town for the back drop. she wanted to buy a bigger bike and all he said was Lynn started riding in the “what kind “. They went to the late 70’s on her sister, Kathy’s dealer and brought home a Honda Trail 70. It wasn’t long 350 Honda. With Kathy being after that she bought a used Kathy, her Dad decided it Honda 360 and rode it until needed a crash bar, which the motor locked up; now she turned out to be a good idea. had her eye on a brand new As she got older, being a shy Honda V45. Back then you did girl, the motorcycle gave her not see too many girls riding the confidence to walk into a motorcycles. She went to a bar and would end up giving


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the boys rides on her bike. After graduating from school, she put 20,000 plus miles on that bike in just two summers. With settling down and having kids, riding slowed down a bit but she never lost the thrill. She would put her kids on the front of her bike as soon as they could sit up and give them short rides. Could you imagine your first bike ride at age three? Kyle Phillips, Lynn’s son, is married to Liz and they have 2 girls, Adalynn and Leah. Kyle also started riding on that Honda Trail 70 and then the Honda V45 of his mom’s. He now rides a 94 HD Low Rider.

air and pulled her back on to the bike. Did that scare her? Nope, Emma started riding herself with Randall teaching her. The first ride didn’t go too well with running into a brick wall and burning her arm, but that didn’t stop her either. Emma is fearlessly riding a Kawasaki Vulcan now. Justin Bissell, Kathy’s son, is married to Jennifer Bissell. (Yes, there are two Jennifer’s in this family). Justin is on the Street Glide.

Aaron Turlock, Kathy’s son, is married to Cassidi Turlock. Aaron also grew up on the back of his mom’s bike. His first ride was down a long hill and into the ditch. He got up, Kelsia Linthicum is Lynn’s daughter and she rides a yellow rode out, and has not looked back since. He rides a red Magna. Sportster that he got from his mom. Jennifer Shinkle, Kathy’s daughter, is married to Wade Shinkle. Jen used to ride on the back with her mother, putting the biker spirt in her blood. She dearly wanted her own bike and she made it happen. She is on the blue Fat Boy and she rode the Dragon Tail two years ago. Wade recalls riding gave him wonderful times and adventures with his father. It also gave him the chance to meet and fall in love with his wife. Wade is on a red Soft Tail Deluxe

This is certainly one great family. Now there is a song about “mommas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys”. I agree. Now if you want them to grow up to be bikers, give them rides on your bike, buy them mini bikes, let them help wash your bike, and give them a wrench. Then when they grow up a biker, there is a really good chance they will learn respect. That is the key…respect of country, respect of community, respect of their elders, and respect for fellow bikers. But the most important of all is Jennifer’s son Randall Pingree was riding a dirt bike at the the respect of what it takes keeping together and being age of 4 and at 15 he was on a Suzuki Marander. When FAMILY. his dad bought a new bike, he got his 97 Super Glide which he still rides. . Emma Pingree, Jennifer’s daughter, See you on down the road. recalls riding on the tank of her father’s bike at age 4. A car pulled out in front of them and dad hit the brakes. She Ben Simpson started to fly off the bike and he grabbed her out of the Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook


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Bell Tower Festival Poker Run, Tour Rides, & Bike Show Jefferson Ride With Levi Keokuk ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally Algona Trike Fest Farley CVMA 39-3 Annual Patriot Ride Elk Port 5th Annual “Ride for Time” with “Friends of Mine” Baxter CVMA 39-1 Annual Patriot Ride and Rally ABATE Land Algona 39-4 CVMA SPC Jordan M. Byrd Tribute to Our Fallen Memorial Ride Davenport Broken Spokes MC Annual Children’s Hospital Ride Thirstys on Third Davenport Iron Invasion Woodstock, IL

Retro Rewind Dubuque Colorado Motorcycle Expo Denver Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Rock Island IL Capitol City Custom Cycle Show & Swap 7 Flags Clive 32nd Annual Lincoln Bike Show Lincoln, NE Omaha Chapter AMCA National Swap Meet Fremont NE 49th Rod & Custom Bike/Car Show Monticello Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Cedar Rapids TRMI Motorcycle Show at World of Wheels Omaha 31st Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show St Paul, MN 32nd Annual North Iowa Expo Mason City Vintage Torque Fest Dubuque


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Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa November 2017  

Iowa's Biker Magazine! About Iowa, For Iowa, From Iowa

Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa November 2017  

Iowa's Biker Magazine! About Iowa, For Iowa, From Iowa