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Keep riding them as long as you can. Fall is upon us and the summer riding season is gone. When riding this time of year, be even more cautious as the normal hazards seem worse, plus we have some new seasonal hazards that we need to watch for. Slow moving farm machinery can be found on the road ways, as well as blowing debris from combines and pickers. On top of that, there can be some major debris on the roadways if it has been wet at all and is drug out on the roads by farm equipment. Also, the animals seem to be running, namely the DeerNR herd that are running around more, and being incredibly stupid and horny. Usually the peak of the rut is late October and into November, so watch out for them. Don’t let the sun go down on you when riding this time of year without proper gear. It seems to take a lot longer to get used to shorter days at the end of the season than the longer days at the beginning. Enjoy the awesome fall riding temperatures, but be safe and get home to ride another day. At the time of writing this, we just finished up with the Tall Corn Run for 2017 with the Grand Prize Drawing at Big Barn on September 9th. The program was a success and I think everyone that participated had a great time getting out and about to the Check In Spots. Some Check In spots were great, some were good, and a couple had less than exciting response. We saw that it was directly proportional for the activity at a spot and how much excitement they generated for the program. It is a joint effort between TRMI and the sponsors, and everyone needed to play their part. As the Tall Corn Run for this year is over, don’t forget that those cards do not expire! Keep it in your wallet, purse, saddlebag, or where ever you know it will be safe, as we will be doing another program

next year. Once you are registered for a card, the number stays with you, so keep a hold of it. For 2018 we want to change it up a little bit, and always welcome sponsors and riders’ opinions. Let us know what you would like to see different for next year. Let us know how it could be better or what direction we should take the program. If you have ideas for monthly prizes or for end of the year prizes, let us know. Nothing ever stays the same; it either gets better or gets worse. Help us make the Tall Corn Run better for 2018. Email Vernon@ thunderroadsiowa.com or call 712249-5630 to share your ideas with us. One last thing for this month, we would like to offer a huge thank you and call out for all of the sponsors of the Tall Corn Run and Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa. Without the support of these wonderful Iowa businesses, we could not get the best Iowa Biker Magazine to you each and every month. These places want you to know that they appreciate the bikers of Iowa, so make sure you darken their doors every chance you get. Tell them that Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa sent ya, and thank them for supporting Iowa’s Biker Magazine! Ride it while you can, Vernon Vernon@thunderroadsiowa.com 712-249-5630 Quote of the Month: “I ride way too fast to worry about cholesterol.” Author Unknown

On the Cover I did not think anything was sexier than a bad ass Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, until Desirae stepped into frame. Here she is making Tony Kramer of Bent Wrench Cycles Knucklehead chop look even cooler. The bike has been put together with multiple years of parts, but comes together and looks pretty sleek. After some oiling issues got figured out, it is ready for a trip around the block or around the state! Gotta love the old iron that is still ridden and given some love on the pavement.

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A few weeks back Mark and I were out riding a curvy two-lane road that was lined with rocky cliffs and pretty little valleys. The day was sunny and cool and we were tooling along fairly close to the speed limit when a rider whose mother had never taught him that patience is a virtue came roaring up behind us. He couldn’t even wait for a straight section of road to pass on, but just blasted right by Mark on a tight corner. I’m pretty sure I was gritting my teeth hard enough to flake off some enamel. I want to see people go to heaven, but preferably not right in front of me. Plus, if he had lost control coming back into our lane, we would have been intimately involved in his stupidity because we would not have been able to stop before smashing into him. The laws of physics make that pretty clear. According to one test, the best- case scenario for stopping a bike equipped with ABS brakes and going 60 mph is 3.77 seconds, during which time the bike travels 193.05 feet. That’s the best-case scenario. It has nothing to do with a person’s reflexes or how experienced they are at riding. It’s just the way things are. Knowing that, I’ve spent some time reading books on riding technique and watching videos on riding technique and practicing riding technique. Respecting and understanding the laws of physics enabled me to learn what I can do, not just what I can’t do. So far, the knowledge and practice has helped me to avoid causing major damage to myself or others. However, I will never hone my skills and improve my reflexes to the extent that I will be able ignore the laws of physics. As long as I live, physics will rule my existence. With that in mind, it’s my goal to be “the one who rides well”, not “the one who died in a needless accident”. Another thing in life that can’t be overcome is our inability to live perfect lives. It used to frustrate me to no end to find myself walking right back into old habits –in fact, I became frustrated to the point that I finally gave up even trying to “live right” and went completely back to my drinking and partying. Not only was I unable to be perfect, I couldn’t even manage “legal”. It took being completely down and out and basically sleeping in my car to make me realize that perfection was the least of my worries. Through some friends I came to understand that God already knew I couldn’t be perfect but that he still loved me and had the situation under control.

place on the cross, Jesus offered me the gift of life. Maybe I’m weird, but I have a hard time accepting a gift. Something in me says, “No thanks – I have this covered.” It took a lot of swallowing down my pride to acknowledge that I would never be able to live a perfect life and that it was ok because Jesus already had done that for me. This verse from the book of Romans really stuck in my head: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Talk about a light bulb going off in my head! Instead of feeling like I had to slink off in shame when I failed again, I could go back to God and he would not reject me! Embracing that truth took me to the next step in my relationship with the Lord, which was to grow toward something instead of running away from something. First John states that if we confess our sins to God, he will not just forgive our sins but will cleanse us from all wickedness. I was amazed to find that when I kept taking my failures to the Lord and practiced doing what these verses said, I found myself less and less inclined toward doing wrong and more inclined toward doing right. Instead of being derailed by what I couldn’t do, I began practicing what I could do. I still use these verses daily to make sure that in my failures l turn toward God for his grace instead of using my failures as a weapon against myself. It doesn’t mean I am able to be perfect, because as long as I am alive I will be subject to the temptation to sin, but my sins no longer have the power to destroy me or even to define me. I’m no longer “the problem child”, but “the one who knows God’s love”. You have the same opportunity. Just go to Jesus in prayer. Blessings to you – Karla Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at www.cmausa.org.

In what seems like a completely backward set-up, God sent Jesus here to live a perfect life because I couldn’t. You’d think Jesus would have rated some kind of prize just for that, but nope – instead he took the death penalty for all the wrong stuff he didn’t do. For the stuff I did. For the stuff you did. Because he loved us and knew we were incapable of being anything other than sinners and if he didn’t rescue us no one else would. By dying in my 6 - TRMI OCTOBER 2017

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

Biker Accessories CoolBikerStuff.com 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 HMC Industries, Inc. 702 S. 3rd Ave. Marshalltown, IA 50158 Toll Free: 844-957-1502 hmcindustries.com

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

Dealers

Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1500 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062 www.fenderscycle.com

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

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

Fenders Honda 100 South 16th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 info@fendershonda.com 515-233-4727

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

Desperados 105 E 5th Street Atlantic 712-243-7087 Home of Cold Beer, Good Times, Pizza & Wings

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

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

Eddies Tavern 407 D Street Sergeant Bluff, Iowa 51054 Open 11am 7 Days/Week 712-943-9924

MCA Motors Motorcycles/ Car Sales 4200 E 14th Street DSM 515-291-5223 On Facebook

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

Ferg’s Bar & Grill 806 Hwy 30 Grand Junction, Iowa 50107 515-738-5416 Where Good Friends Meet

Metro Harley-Davidson 2415 Westdale Drive SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 319-362-9496 www.metro-motorsports.com Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406 www.nishnavalleycycle.com Route 65 Harley-Davidson 1300 S Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 515.962.2160 www.route65hd.net Struthers Bros Kaw-Suz-Tri 5191 NW 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50313 515-282-3634 www.struthersbros.com

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 www.baxtercycle.com

Uptown Motors Sales, Inc 310 Cleveland St Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2944 www.uptownmotorsales.com

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

Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson 5320 Corporate Park Drive Davenport, IA 52807 563-355-6437 www.wieblers.com

C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494 www.cc-cycle.com

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

Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 www.carrollcycle.com

Entertainment

Edwards Motorsports and RV’s 1010 34th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-366-8400 fullthrottleia.com or edwardsrvs.com

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

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 Newtonamericanlegion111.org Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 Amigosfortdodge.com Baffles Bar & Event Center 300 S 17th Street Ames Open Sundays 515-291-5223 On Facebook 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

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Firehouse Bar 1211 5th Street Downtown Sioux City, IA 712-224-1020 Open Daily at 12:00 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 Grinpub@aol.com 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 www.happeningsbar.com 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

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Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230 www.midwaytavernsoldier.com

Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Email:riversidetap@gmail.com

The Back Forty 317 Main St. Macedonia, Iowa 51549 712-486-2687 facebook.com/thebackforty

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

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

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

The Buck Snort Restaurant & Sports Bar 25 Scott Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-328-2825 TheBuckSnortrestaurantandsportsbaronFB

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

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

Rodell’s Smokehouse 122 John Wayne Drive Winterset, Iowa 50273 rodellsbarbque.com 515-462-4569

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

Johnny’s Pub Lake Park, Iowa Bike Night Tuesdays Thru September Find us on Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

Scooters on Broadway 475 NE Broadway Des Moines, Iowa 515-288-1053 scootersonbroadway@hotmail.com

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

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

Old Timer Tavern 401 S Center Street Marshalltown Mon-Sat 6am-2am, Sun 12pm-2am Outdoor Patio-Live Entertainment 641-753-9854 and Facebook

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

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

Knickers Saloon 2186 Central Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563-557-0887 365 Days a Year Knickers Saloon on Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook

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

The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill 113 W Walnut Street Ogden, Iowa 50212 515-275-9946 The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill on FB

Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill

Mainstreet Bar 204 E. Main Street Terril, Iowa 51364 507-841-0978 Check Us Out on Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCanns Tap NE 14th & 54th Des Moines, Iowa 50313 Bike Parking M-F 2:00 Sat & Sun 11:00 Mi Casa Family Restaurant 512 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2258 Enjoy Drinks at the Full Bar!

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O’Malley Weatlh Mgmt. 5623 NW 86th Street Suite 400 Johnston, Iowa 50131 515-490-0930

CJ Now Plumbing Sewer & Water Specialists 309-786-2002 Serving the Quad Cities Area On Call 24-7

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

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

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Irwin Locker & Catering 502 Ann Street Irwin, Iowa 51446 712-782-3215 irwinlocker@gmail.com

Road Rage BikeWorks 401 High Street Avoca, Iowa 51521 712-307-6111 Road Rage BikeWorks on Facebook

Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 Whatcha Smokin? BBQ+Brew 403 Iowa Avenue Luther, Iowa 50152 515-257-7490 Everyday 11am-9pm Whitetails Bar & Grill 101 N. Main St. Marble Rock IA,50653 641-397-9900 Mon- Sat 7am breakfast 2am Close www.whitetailsbarandgrill.com Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395

Guns and Ammo 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 Craig.2aft@gmail.com JLM Shooters Supply 6931 Doublas Avenue Urbandale, Iowa 50322 jlmgunshop@gmail.com 515-331-1577

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

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

Lodging/Food

Bigfuuts Paint & Repair Baxter, IA 515-577-6730 Custom Paint & Fabrication After Hours Service & Parts Stereos-Electrical-Repairs

Laid Back Manor 312 Parker Street Green Mountain, Iowa (870)484-2561 “A great little place to ride to!”

Photo and Art Ullrich Photography PO Box 1842 Clinton, Iowa 52733 563-243-8715 www.natanic.com

Services A+ Affordable Heat, Air, Refrigeration & Geo Thermal 22274 Old Lincoln Hwy Crescent, Iowa 51526 712-329-9901

Pistol Pete’s Guns and Ammo Eldora, Iowa 641-858-6878 pistolpetesgunsandammo@gmail.com DISCOUNTS for ABATE Members Eric Ross & Steve Eggleston

Action Towing Council Bluffs, Iowa 712-325-8235 Discount or FREE Motorcycle Towing

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

AMSOIL Iowa Synthetics Iowa’s Leading Wholesale Distributor Guaranteed Low Prices 641-751-2893 www.iowasynthetics.com

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BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344 www.brubakercomputer.com

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Walker, Billingsley & Bair 208 N. 2nd Ave. West Newton, Iowa 50208 Corey@WalkLaw.com 641-792-3595

McCunn Specialty Firearms 74980 Richland Road Massena, Iowa 50853 www.mccunnsguns.com 712-779-GUNS

Farm Bureau Financial Services 208 Faith Ave Underwood, IA 51576 Shane.baker@fbfs.com 712-310-7475 or 402-379-3237

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

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 Cycle Clinic 2209 ML King Pkwy Des Moines, Iowa 50314 cycleclinicdm.com 515-288-6954 Cycles Plus Bikes, ATVs, Snowmobiles 300 Walnut Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3987 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 www.fandjracing.com

SS Collision, Cycle Works & Graphics 2902 11th Ave SW Spencer, Iowa 51301 712-262-3959 www.sscollision.com Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3076 M-F 8-6 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call Weeks Manufacturing & Powdercoating 2235 400th Street Walnut, Iowa 51577 402-651-6977 weeksmanufacturing@gmail.com

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

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

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the boring stuff

Winter Insurance

Well summer has passed and it will not be long before we all decide to tuck our bikes in for the winter. I know a very sad thought!!! So, this month we are going to talk about winter storage.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare your bike for storage. 1.

Top off the tank and add some fuel stabilizer

One question I always get is can we alter coverage for the winter months. The answer is it depends on the company. Some companies will let you remove liability, medical and uninsured as well as underinsured during the winter months. If your company does this it can be a good way to save some money during the winter but how much can you save? I mean most policies for motorcycles don’t cost a lot.

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Make sure the rest of your fluids are full

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If you have carburetors drain the float bowls

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Get rid of the old oil

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If your bike has a radiator make sure you check the antifreeze to see it can handle the cold

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Place oil on the stationary tubes to help prevent the rubber seals from drying out

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Conserve your battery’s charge by using a battery t ender

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Tend to your tires. You don’t want to take the bike out on a nice winter day and have tire problems

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Give the bike a good cleaning to include some wax. Minimize rust

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And of course, pick a good spot for storage so no damage happens

Here is the biggest fear I have. We all know that if the weather is nice during the winter we are going to get our bikes out and ride. If you forget to call and place coverage back on your bike, you have none! There is no grace period or exception. For those who store their bike somewhere else, what happens if for some reason the bike catches fire and burns the storage facility down? I mean most of us use a battery tender, right? Will you have liability coverage? I guess what I am saying, is it really worth removing coverage during the winter to save a few bucks. It can cost you way more in the end.

I hope this helps you with impending dreaded winter months to come. Now get out there and enjoy the fall riding!!!!

Shane Baker…..Rider/agent……. 2012 Road Glide Ultra…….shane.baker@fbfs.com

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99 counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 11 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.

Van Buren County

businesses are locally owned, and we prefer it this way. What we do have is two State parks that provide great riding. My favorite is Lacy State park, with its large trees shading the roads, which are smooth and well maintained. There are a lot of sweeping curves, and riding

If you have never visited Van Buren County to ride, then you have no clue what you are missing. Van Buren County is located in southeast Iowa, 25 miles west of Ft Madison and the Mississippi river and 95 miles south of Iowa City. The county is intersected by Highways 1 and 2 and has Missouri as the southern neighbor. Over 7,000 folks call the villages and rural areas of Van Buren County home, and the county was named for President Martin Van Buren. The county’s courthouse was built in September 1843 in the style of Greek revival and stands as Iowa’s oldest, and the nation’s second oldest, courthouse in operation.

If you’re looking for four lane roads to ride, busy city streets, or fancy hotels, we might not be the place to visit for you. There is nowhere in the county that has any four lane roadways. We have no big cities, with the largest being the county seat of Keosauqua with around 1,000 people. We have one motel and a p of historic Inns, and couple sev several Bed &Breakfasts or cabins, and WE DON’T H HAVE A WALMART. The only large chain type of store or franchise we have is one Casey’s Ge General Store and one Do Dollar General. All other

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in the park provides miles of beautiful scenery. There are many great places to pull over to take pictures or just take in the beautiful scenery. There is camping available for both tents and RVs. The road from Keosauqua over to Bonaparte is county J40 and is one of the locals’ favorites to ride or drive. You will go through two historic towns along the Des Moines River, Bentonsport and Bonaparte and both are chock full of great little antique shops. Bonaparte is also home to the only restaurant built in the building that housed an old grist mill and has great food and unique architecture. Another one of those hidden little places you might miss is AJ’s Bar and Grill in Mt Sterling. Also known

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as Dog Town, Mt Sterling is located four miles south of Highway 1 and 2 junctions, and is literally a stone’s throw from the Missouri border. AJ’s is home of the biggest tenderloin in SE Iowa, and you can make at least four sandwiches out of just one tenderloin. If you’re looking for the best ice cream, bar none, that’s at Misty’s right off the bridge in Keosauqua. The food there is great, and there will almost always be a bike or two parked there. We have a large Mennonite community in the small burb of Cantril, this is home of the famous Dutchmen Store. The

AJ’s Bar & Grill Linda gave us some great ideas for visiting Van Buren County, but I wanted to get some more information and photos of the area, so I took her advice and headed for AJ’s Bar & Grill in Mt Sterling. As I pulled up on in the parking area, and old graybeard that was crossing the street advised that where I parked the motorcycle was fresh asphalt and if it got too warm, the kickstand may sink in. There were a couple of trikes parked there already, but they don’t have to worry about the kickstand sinking into the fresh pavement. After chatting for a bit with him and moving the bike, I introduced myself to the guy, and his name was Tim. He happened to be the owner of the place, and thanked me for coming to visit his little burg. I asked if he rode and we walked across the street to his garage to show me a couple of his motorcycles. He had other business to attend to, so he shook my hand and said he hoped that I enjoyed my food, and to make sure and let him know if I needed anything while in the area.

I went inside and had a seat at the end of the bar and was looking south through the window at the valley in front of us and the adjoining hill. I asked one of the locals sitting next to me how far we were from Missouri, and he leaned forward and said in a thick southern accent, “ya see that hill there? That is Missoura”. We continued to chat, and some other locals joined in on the conversation and offered some other cool stuff in Van Buren County, but I was here for the tenderloin! I was advised to get a ½ loin, as the full was way too big for one person. I got that and some pepper jack cheese bites. The service was quick and friendly and before I knew it my meal had arrived. Even the ½ was huge, and I could have actually used three or four more buns. The pork was very tender, juicy but perfectly cooked, with a very light breading. I sat there and enjoyed my meal with some company from the locals and enjoyed the rustic décor of the place. I figured I better get moving to see some more of the county, but not before HIGHLY recommending this place that is off the beaten path but well worth the trip! Vernon

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locals know to NOT go on Saturday as it is like Walmart on Black Friday. Here they have the best prices around on bulk foods, meat, yard goods, and about anything you may need. We are also home to a large Amish population all over the county. You will see hitching rails everywhere. Please watch for the buggies. Also watch for the DNR’s deer, we don’t like them and they are everywhere.

Everyone seems to be riding in and around Van Buren County, except the undertaker. A few other things you won’t find here are traffic jams like in any cities. Traffic here is mainly made up of tractors or Amish buggies, and you need to WATCH FOR BOTH. There are no stop lights in Van Buren County, NOT ONE. Another thing we don’t have much of is crime. We have one of the lowest crime rates in the state of Iowa.

You will find you can walk into any bar or restaurant dressed in leather and nobody seems to notice. You might get asked “where ya from” and “where ya heading”, simply because the folks here are friendly that way. You might also notice a lot of bikes riding and parked around the county. Van Buren County has seen a large increase in motorcycle registrations since early 90’s, about a 95% increase. We notice people in general are riding now including doctors, a couple of lawyers, a couple of judges, our local Pharmacist, bankers, teachers, business owners, cops, firefighters, a couple of local Mayors and postal workers.

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We do have our own motorcycle rally held every year at the Van Buren County Fair Grounds. Keosauqua is the home of The End of Summer Rally, presented by Stateline Rally Association. This takes place the 2nd weekend after Labor Day. When the bikers come to town every little old lady sits on their porch to wave. So if you’re looking for a great place to ride, for awesome local people to interact with, and great food, then this is where you want to come and visit. WE WILL LEAVE THE LIGHT ON FOR YA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Linda Kennedy

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Iowa is a small state when you look at the big picture. There are many more miles of concrete across South Dakota, Nebraska, the depths of Missouri or the liquid filled land mass to the north of us with the land of the lakes. Look, Minnesota has 7,326 square MILES of land covered by water, Iowa? 401 square miles. Iowa is only 301 miles LONG, anybody that has ever cracked a throttle leaving Sioux Falls, SD towards Rapid City across the Mt Rushmore State knows it’s a good 350 miles, granted, some of those miles are great to run, but many times it feels more like 500 miles by comparison, the Hawkeye state is small. Or at least on a map it looks that way. But, stats aside, it’s a very different “small” state in many, many ways. Not just from a sense of ideology or political beliefs; clearly Eastern parts of Iowa lean one direction and Northwest Iowa leans the complete opposite, but in our habits when it comes cultural habits too. What is a tradition in one part of the state can be off the radar in another. Here is a perfect example. A Leaf Run. Growing up in Northwest Iowa, cutting my teeth on the highways, by-ways and black tops of the NW corner of the state, you traveled by fields of golden corn, soybeans and the smell of the harvest. My travels across the Midwest offered much of the same, and even when I settled in Southwest Iowa, the riding featured more curves and hills, but much of the same late in the season; corn, beans, great sunshine from time to time, oversized farm equipment appearing suddenly on the road. (Never bitch about farm equipment, America Needs Farmers) The similarities over the years were cool roads which made a scenic view, road side joint or more. A few years back, my buddy Timmy made contact with an old college roommate the same way we all find people we use to know, Facebook. During a ride for wings one evening, he mentions this to me and how his old buddy lived in Eastern Iowa, was a rider and invited him to come out for a weekend. The offer was extended to me to join him for the adventure, so plans were set. An early October road trip was coming up and it was time for one last adventure before the bottom usually falls out of the mercury. October is just that transition month, many times, the first week or so of the month and the weather is perfect for riding, just in that sweet spot, towards the end of the month, all bets are off. We packed for a great ride, forecasted temps all across the state were sunny near 80 and the weather didn’t let us down. We dead headed out of Council Bluffs and bee lined to Des Moines via I-29 on a Friday afternoon. Hitting town prior to

rush hour we then snaked our way on back roads to Cedar Rapids, home of Tim’s college buddy. We hit town just about dusk and got to the hotel where we were met with a biker friendly attendant, offering advice on food and refreshments and even the best spots to park our bikes for the most protection overnight. The hotel desk clerk even mentioned they provided rags to wipe the bikes down, should we need them in the morning. Then, he asked, “Are you here for a leaf run?” Not wanting to appear to be even less educated, we both just said, “No, here to meet some friends.” Later that night, over some wings at another biker friendly joint, a poster listed several leaf runs and where to get a map. Leaf run? What the hell is a leaf run! We had never heard of a damn leaf run and it seemed the most out of this world concept. So, yea we are idiots, and took a while to figure it out. Saturday, while at a Hawkeye tailgate party (they were playing Penn State that day) we talked leaf runs with several bikers and thankfully, they didn’t look down on our uncultured nature. What a great idea! Ride the great roads of Eastern Iowa and enjoy the canopy of colors October brings forward and what better way to do that but via a bike. Thankfully, my wife brought along her good camera so she could capture some of the pure beauty we enjoyed later that day. We even learned that there is such a thing as “leaf run leaders” that take groups out, bars/restaurants that cater to “leafers” and several maps with great roads are plentiful. It was a fun, quick and educational weekend for sure, Tim got to hang out with his college buddy/roommate, we hung out with some great local bikers, had some killer wings, found a biker friendly hotel and came home knowing that we would need to return for one of “them leaf runs”. We took the lazy, long way home on a Sunday afternoon, with ample sunshine and perfect riding weather, one of those days when before you know it, you are there, even if you’re not in a hurry. I’ve often wondered how come these types of runs are more promoted in other parts of the state, like the great job Eastern Iowa does with these leaf runs, then I remember, duh, not enough leaves would be the best guess. Get on your bike, make your own leaf run before the weather forces the bike away for the year, and remember, life is short, stop putting off fun. While Iowa might be considered a small state with many different points of views, it was a great weekend for a couple of “Western Iowa” folks to hang out with our brothers and sister in Eastern Iowa and find a common bond. I just don’t know if I want to be called a “leafer”! Sounds way too New England for me. Todd “Crash” Davis

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This month we had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with a friend who is near and dear to our hearts, and who also happens to be a bit of a legend in the motorcycle world. He hails from Sioux Rapids and spent some time in his youth serving in the U.S. Army; during a time that our nation was deeply entrenched in the Vietnam War. While Charlie “Chopper” Gilmore is known throughout the motorcycle world for the amazing machines he builds and restores, he is known to us as the best kind of friend anyone could hope to have. Scurrying into Chopper’s garage on a rainy Saturday morning, we were greeted by smiles and hugs from both Charlie and his beautiful bride Toni. I had to spend some time looking at all of the amazing artifacts that one collects via nearly 60 years on two wheels, and they were gracious enough to share many memories associated with those cherished mementos. But as the Gilmore’s had obligations to the Shayla Bee event later that evening, I had to be reigned back in and focus on the task at hand…getting to the bottom of this motorcycle guru’s military history. Charlie’s first look at the military life came in the form of ROTC in college. He studied hard, and as part of his coursework he took some law classes. Fast 30 - TRMI OCTOBER 2017

forward and he completed his basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas. Life kept on moving, and the Vietnam War was ever present in the daily lives of Americans…some more than others, I am sure. Well, in 1970 Charlie was present when the question was posed if anyone had any law background…. before he knew it, thanks to some of those college courses, Charlie had landed himself a job as the Prosecuting Attorney at Fort Benning. Now, you would think that this would keep a guy plenty busy, but Chopper was either a “I tried my best to forget…to never go back there…at least glutton for punishment… while I was awake.” or a die-hard biker, as he started moonlighting While stationed with 101st by the DMZ Phu Bai & Hue… at Harley shop to boot. things that haunt a Veteran Now, military service wasn’t a family tradition •Snapping of bullets by your ear for Charlie, but he wound •Sounds of M-60s firing in the helicopter as you are landing up as a 1st Lieutenant in a hot landing zone Infantry Officer (1542) in the middle of a Vietnamese •The smell of the jungle, the summer and monsoon Jungle after a stint in a Panama Jungle School. It •Jungle rot – seeing your own flesh rot off was in these jungles that Chopper told us about the •The brotherhood of fellow infantrymen in the field haunting images that he acquired and have stayed •Being snuck home in the middle of the night to avoid confrontation with unappreciative people “unwelcoming committee” with him all these years. To think that U.S citizens •Making a promise to God that if he would let me make it were so unappreciative of home, that I would promise not to complain anymore about the the sacrifices that these heat, monsoon, hard work, taking 80-100 pound rucks up and men made frankly pisses down mountains, sleeping on the ground in the jungle-not even me off. To have to endure a hammock things like jungle rot, amputations, having rats •The site of the wounded and the amputees literally try and eat from your living body while •The enemy leaving heroin for U.S troops to find – sabotage you sleep….only to return •Spiders, leeches, and snakes in the rivers home in secrecy so that no one protests your return, •Bombs coming through the triple canopy of the jungle bethrowing feces at you and fore exploding your brothers. No one deserves to be disrespected •The sound of bombs exploding all night for putting their life on the line for their country… •Rats crawling over you and chewing on your fingers when ever…period. sleeping in the bunker at night www.thunderroadsiowa.com

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Chopper fought for his country, and his platoon…his brothers in arms. Chopper helped out a few of his best brothers, and then left Vietnam for home in November of 1971…and we are damn glad he made it back.

into Sturgis! I asked him how many years he thought he would go to Sturgis, and his answer was simple, “til I go and have fun”…followed by a twinkle in his eye that tells me he probably has waaaay to much fun there every single year!

Once home, he had a lot of work to do, many projects to resume. You see, Charlie had developed a love of two wheels at a very young age. When I asked him if he had ever been without bikes, and he replied “I think when I was born”. Charlie got his first bike when he was 16, a Triumph that he bought from his Uncle’s shop, and he never looked back. Of course he put projects on hold over the years, set things aside for later…making sure that Toni and their family had everything they needed, but his love for antique bikes has kept him always searching for the next cool project. Projects that he jokes are “40 year” endeavors, but worth it just the same. We are pretty sure that Chopper has either ridden or owned damn near every motorcycle ever produced, and as he says, “the rarer the better”.

Chopper has ridden in more places than anyone I know, even in Europe. But he says the coolest place he ever rode was in 2001 when he and Toni took 27 days to ride to Alaska…even though it rained for 21 of those days and the road department apparently hired idiots, thanks to the amazing scenery (and Toni’s company) it remains his favorite trip to date. This riding season is slowly coming to a close, but he still plans on attending several swap meets looking for rusty gems he can use on his ongoing projects. And of course as soon as the snow clears in the spring he will be back out on two wheels ripping up roads from here to Alaska.

Besides his involvement with the Shayla Bee Foundation, Chopper also has ties to the VFW, Legion, and Disabled Vets in his area. Recently, he hosted the Omaha Chapter AMCA road ride in the Okoboji area, and everyone involved had a blast. As you can imagine, Chopper has met many people in his riding career and as a result most of his friends ride, and he spends a lot of time tearing up pavement himself. He has gone to Sturgis every year (except maybe one) since 1965, when he rode a triumph up to what was supposed to be a “huge” deal with like 1,500 bikes…so he just” had to go”. The first time he made the trip to Sturgis, there was no interstate to get there, and only gravel roads Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

Chopper was a soldier in the U.S. Army during one of the most difficult times in U.S. history. And though it is now history to us, it remains a part of life for those who lived it. Much respect to Charlie and all who have served, and those who have yet to serve from everyone at TRMI. At this challenging time in our country, we continue to support all that you do, and we thank you for your service! Article by: Melanie J Schwarte Melanie@thunderroadsiowa.com Photo from Fremont AMCA Swap Meet by: Mark Fountain fountainphoto.net and email at fountainua@msn.com

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I was doing time at the Drama Factory last week and overheard a conversation at the water cooler. Ok that’s a lie. I was actually eavesdropping and it wasn’t a water cooler it was a coffee vending machine. Anyway this sweet little good Christian woman was telling a story to her coworker, I only caught a few bits and pieces but I was so intrigued by how emotional she was that I asked her to play it again from the top and it goes like this. Her 21 year old daughter was driving home from college for the weekend. Cruising down the interstate at 80 mph, she came up behind a semi and pulled into the left hand lane to go around it. Immediately after doing so she realized there was a car coming straight at her head on in her lane of traffic. She quickly assessed the situation and realized the right hand lane was not an option because of the semi. Hitting the brakes was not an option because there was traffic behind her also attempting to pass that semi. So she did what any good Christian raised 21 year old girl would do. She said a prayer, closed her eyes and veered onto the shoulder of the road headed for the median at 80 MPH. The head on car continued on their journey straight towards her and nailed her all the way down the right side of the van she was driving. She was spun off the road into the median where she continued to spin in circles for what law enforcement later determined was at least 2 or 3 more times. When she finally opened her eyes, she found a big hairy bearded man covered in tattoos knocking on her window asking her if she was all right. At this point, she was terrified. My sick mind likes to believe her first thought had to be this can’t be what heaven looks likes, I must have went the other way.

The big hairy bearded tattooed man then informed her that the rear end of her van was hanging out into the fast lane of traffic, traffic wasn’t stopping and they needed to get it off the road right now before she gets hit again. The van wouldn’t start so at his command she slipped it into neutral, he then single handedly pushed her and the van into the safety of the median. He then quickly reappeared at her window to assess her condition. Together they determined that although she was an emotional wreck and had been tossed around pretty good, there was no blood, no broken bones and she had survived the impact. The big hairy bearded tattooed man stayed with her until law enforcement arrived; doing his best to keep her calm by reassuring her that she was OK and help was on the way because he had called 911 while running up the interstate toward her van. Shortly after law enforcement arrived to contain the scene the big hairy bearded tattooed man walked back down the interstate about 50 yards where he picked his motorcycle up out of the median. No one is exactly sure where he was at when impact occurred, but the facts remain. He was the first person on the scene and the bike he was riding was laying in the median on its side. For those of us who ride knowing that a bike is in the median of the interstate lying on its side can only be 1 of 3 things. 1. The unsung hero didn’t have a kickstand, or 2. He laid that bike down to avoid impact, or 3. That 21 year old Christian girl prayed for a miracle and she got a biker. The 21 year old college student walked away from the accident with bumps, bruises and a lot of sore muscles. The head on driver and his two passengers all went to jail for being under the influence. The unknown biker, the big hairy bearded tattooed man who never leaves home without unconsciously knowing today could be “the day”, rode on down the road with his angel wings secretly hidden under black leather. Now the mother of this young lady finished the story by saying, “I know bikers have their events to raise money but I always thought that they only did that for their own kind, I had no idea they would help a complete stranger, I know that my daughter had a guardian angel with her that day and he rides a motorcycle.” Shifty LaRue

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really want to try out but that will have to wait for another trip! (Dragon Balls, Shrimp and Bacon Rangoons, and Thai Sticks to name a few!) Then comes the pizza choices... and what choices they are!!!! Regardless, whether you are making your own pizza or ordering one of their specialty pizzas, there are two things you must decide first. 1) Size: you have your choice of 10” or 16” 2) Dough: you have your choice of white or wheat. (I ordered a 16” with white dough). With that decided the world is now your oyster... or pizza or... you know what I mean! There are so many awesome choices to be had it was difficult deciding which I wanted to be my maiden voyage! I finally settled on the Bacon Popper pizza. This culinary feast consists of a cream cheese base with bacon, Graziano sausage, onion, green pep1450 SW Vintage Parkway, Suite 120 Ankeny, IA 50023 per, roasted red pepper, jalapeño and mozzarella. Now this has 515-243-8888 fongspizza.com “popper” in its name so I immediately associate it with jalapeKitchen: Sun - Thurs: 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm ño poppers and I find I am not mistaken but this pizza has SO Bar: Open 1 Hour Later than Kitchen MUCH more going for it!!!!! First off this arrives and I notice it is cut into eight HUGE slices!!! (Some of their lunch specials This month Lynnette and I decided to take a departure from involve one slice or two slices and a beverage. The size of our normal fare of food and try something different. Pizza!!!! these slices set my mind at ease knowing that even the single “Pizza?!?!? What’s different about pizza” you say? Nothing slice people won’t be leaving the table hungry!!!) I also notice usually, but if you add in an Asian twist, you’ll find plenty of that it smells suspiciously like jalapeño poppers (hmmm, this is differences! a good thing!!!). I pull out a slice and take my first bite and my face registers a look of confusion! This look is derived from Fong’s Pizza was founded in 2009 by a group of local ownthe confused state my taste buds are in!!!! You see, my brain ers. The original location is in downtown Des Moines and is knows I’m eating a pizza and has passed that message along housed in what used to be King-Ying-Low, Des Moines’ oldest to my taste buds. My taste buds have prepared themselves for Chinese restaurant founded in 1908. It is this location that what a pizza should taste like and are thereby prepared to enjoy inspired the Asian influence in Fong’s menu and décor. In 2015 this at their maximum!!!! But... this doesn’t taste like a pizza!!! Fong’s expanded to a second location in Ankeny! They hold What type of sorcery is this?!?!? Fully expecting a tomato the honor of being the second restaurant to open their doors in based sauce to be the foundation of this pizza, I am not expectthe fast growing District at Prairie Trail! ing the cream cheese!!! (I should have noticed the lack of any type of sauce listed in the ingredients of this pie!!!) I get past The Ankeny location is the one we visited. Inside the oriental the initial surprise and really start to savor the awesomeness theme is tastefully done without being overpowering. One this delivers!!! Unlike most true jalapeño poppers there is little thing I thought was cool was the framework of carved dragheat to contend with, just enough to remind you where this has ons above the bar! The service was outstanding! Our waiter originated from. As I like things a little (ok, a LOT!!!) on the checked on us every time he went by and was anxious to anhot side I even added some of the crushed red peppers from the swer any question or table dispenser. I plowed through five of those huge slices with fulfill any need! reckless abandon, enjoying the uniqueness of each bite!!! Alas, all good things must come to an end and so it was with my The menu starts pizza. To continue at this point would cause unpleasant overout with what they fullness. At the next passing of our waiter I summoned a box call Openers (we to allow these last three pieces that call them appetizers remain to live, to be eaten another but... potato... zucday. chini er something like that!). We did Fong’s Pizza, check out their try out the onion full menu at their website listed rings because... well, above! Go and experience Far East because! They say (China) meets Not-As-Far East in the menu that (Italy) in a mixture of unbelievable they have a “Fongolian twist”. I’m awesomeness!!!! not taking anything away from these rings; I would put them up against Until next month, Ride Safe and Eat Hearty! any that I’ve eaten anywhere else! I’m just not sure what the “Fongolian Craig Little twist” is... possibly the hint of a bite craig@thunderroadsiowa.com in the seasoning that only shows itself in the aftertaste. 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moment I met him, it was clear I had nothing to worry about. I did feel slightly awkward during my first photo shoot but the awkwardness didn’t last long. Nate helped me pick out wardrobe (or When I was growing up, I was incredibly self-conscious lack thereof) and helped guide me along the way with some and insecure about the size of my butt. My mother would posing directions. It was an amazing experience! There is always say, “Oh Keisha Lynn, you have a nice butt. All the something about being dolled up, looking sexy, and posing boys like bubble butts.” My mother literally nicknamed me with a hot bike that makes me feel empowered. Nate is very “Bubble Butt” and I absolutely hated it! My response would good at making his models feel confident and beautiful. always be, “Uhhh thanks?” Little did I know back then that I have had three shoots with Nate and they have all been my mother’s words were entirely true. fantastic. I met Nate Ullrich in a small town named Soldier, IA. I was living in Harlan, IA at the time and Eryka (a friend and fellow calendar model) had invited me to Soldier for the weekend for a biker rally. Now, up until this point I had never been to a biker rally. I decided to go because well, Eryka is awesome and I wanted to see Melanie and Vernon of Thunder Roads Magazine get hitched. Also, I like beer. There would be plenty of shenanigans to be had so why not join the fun?! I think it is safe to say that I stood out like a sore thumb amongst the crowd that weekend with my victory rolls and winged eyeliner.

I have appeared in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 editions of Natanic’s Pin-Ups Calendar. Every time I’m in front of camera I get a little more confident. Nate is always a trooper at giving me direction and letting me take a beer break when I can’t stand in my heels any longer. I don’t care what anyone says, there is no such thing as a comfortable pair of stilettos! I also enjoy getting to work at Nate’s booth at car/bike shows. It’s fun to meet fans, sign calendars, and converse with all different kinds of people. I met Scary Jerry in Solider the same It poured down rain and stormed something fierce that weekend I weekend in Solider. So after the wedding, the party was in met Nate, the bar so we could all stay warm and dry. I was hanging out little did making new friends when Nate and his lovely wife Theresa I know approached me. They started telling me about Nate’s work that Scary and the calendar and how I would be a good fit for it. I Jerry would didn’t know much about Nate’s work before that evening, become my but they showed me some photos and I got a good idea of BIGGEST what it was all about! When Theresa mentioned putting me fan! Nate in the calendar my first thought was, “What? ME? Really? likes to Hmm..” tease him by sending It didn’t take me long to decide that doing a calendar shoot was something I needed to do for myself. I honestly don’t think that anyone who knows me was expecting me to stand half nude next to a motorcycle. I never him pictures of my butt while I’m expected it from myself but when working the booth. Scary Jerry I was given the opportunity, I should be jealous, Nate always has knew I had to do it. I needed to go the best view! You will find me in outside my comfort zone and see the 2018 edition on the cover. That’s what I could do. right, the cover! The girl who grew up hating her curvy figure and big My first shoot was out on a farm butt is now flaunting her ass on the in Irwin, IA. I didn’t know Nate cover of a bike calendar. very well for this first shoot but I didn’t hesitate to meet this new When I’m not flaunting my butt in front of Nate’s camera, you can find me at my day job as a Revenue Cycle Representative for a Revenue Cycle Management acquaintance i company in Coralville, IA or antiquing with my fiancée. out in the Sorry guys, I’m taken but that doesn’t mean you still can’t middle of look! Pick up your copy of Natanic’s 2018 calendar today at nowhere to Lyfebehindbars.com. pose half I promise you won’t regret it. naked, haha. Nate has been XOXO nothing but Keisha Lynn professional since the Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook Thunder

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During a discussion at Sunday school, a nun asks the children what they think God takes you by when you die. A kid responds, “I think God takes you by your feet, because once I walked into my parents room and my mom’s feet were in the air and she was screaming, “Oh God, I’m coming!!!”

off three iinches for anyone.” An old couple is ready to go to sleep. The old man lies on the bed but the old woman llies down on the floor. The old man asks, ‘’W ‘’Why are you going to sleep on the floor?’’ The old woman says, “Because I want to feel something hard for a change.”

Masturbation is like procrastination, it’s all good and fun until you realize you are only nly fucking yourself!

A wealthy w man was having an affair with an Italian Itali woman for a few years. One night, during A gynecologist notices that a new patient is one of their rendezvous, she confided in him nervous. While putting on the latex gloves, es, that sshe was pregnant. Not wanting to ruin his he asks her if she knows how they make latex reputation or his marriage, he paid her a large sum gloves. The patient says no. The doctor says, “There is a of money if she would go to Italy to have the child. If she plant in Mexico full of latex that people of various hand stayed in Italy, he would also provide child support until the sizes dip their hands into and let them dry. She does not child turned 18. She agreed, but wondered how he would crack a smile, but later she laughs. The doctor says, “What’s know when the baby was born. To keep it discrete, he told so funny?” She says, “I’m imagining how they make her to mail him a postcard, and write “Spaghetti” on the condoms.” back. He would then arrange for child support. One day, about 9 months later, he came home to his confused wife. “Honey,” she said, “you received a very strange postcard Q: What’s the difference between a penis and a bonus? today.” “Oh, just give it to me and I’ll explain it later,” he A: Your wife will always blow your bonus! said. The wife handed the card over and watched as her husband read the card, turned white, and fainted. On the There is a fellow who is talking to his buddy and says, “I card was written “Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti. Two with don’t know what to get my wife for her birthday. She has meatballs, one without.” everything, and besides, she can afford to buy anything she wants. I’m stumped.” His buddy says, “I have an idea. Why don’t you make up a certificate that says she can have two A guy and his wife are hours of great sex, any way she wants it. She’ll probably be sitting and watching thrilled!” The first fellow does just that. The next day, his a boxing match on buddy asks, “Well, did you take my suggestion? How did it television. The husband turn out?” “She loved it. She jumped up, thanked me, kissed sighs and complains, me on the mouth, and ran out the door yelling, ‘I’ll see you “This is disappointing. in two hours!’” It only lasted for 30 seconds!” “Good,” I asked a Chinese girl for her number. She said, “Sex! Sex! replied his wife. “Now Sex! Free sex tonight!” I said, “Wow!” Then her friend said, you know how I always “She means 666-3629.” feel.” Reporter: “Excuse me, may I interview you?” Man: “Yes!” Reporter: “Name?” Man: “Abdul Al-Rhazim.” Reporter: “Sex?” Man: “Three to five times a week.” Reporter: “No no! I mean male or female?” Man: “Yes, male, female... sometimes camel.” Reporter: “Holy cow!” Man: “Yes, cow, sheep... animals in general.” Reporter: “But isn’t that hostile?” Man: “Yes, horse style, dog style, any style.” Reporter: “Oh dear!” Man: “No, no deer. Deer run too fast. Hard to catch.” I was sitting on my own in a restaurant, when I saw a beautiful woman at another table. I sent her a bottle of the most expensive wine on the menu. She sent me a note, “I will not touch a drop of this wine unless you can assure me that you have seven inches in your pocket.” I wrote back, “Give me the wine. As gorgeous as you are, I’m not cutting 42 - TRMI OCTOBER 2017

Grandma and Grandpa were visiting their kids overnight . When Grandpa found a bottle of Viagra in his son’s medicine cabinet, he asked about using one of the pills. The son said, “I don’t think you should take one Dad, they’re very strong and very expensive.” “How much?” asked Grandpa. “$10.00 a pill,” answered the son. “I don’t care,” said Grandpa, “I’d still like to try one, and before we leave in the morning, I’ll put the money under the pillow. “ Later the next morning, the son

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found $110 under the pillow. He called Grandpa and said, “I told you each pill was $10, not $110. “I know,” said Grandpa. “The hundred is from Grandma!”

camel. On the third day out the camel suddenly dropped dead without warning. After dusting themselves off, the nun and the priest surveyed their situation. After a long period of silence, the priest spoke. “Well sister, this looks pretty grim.” “I know, father.” “In fact, I don’t think it likely that They say that during sex you burn off as many calories as we can survive more than a day or two.” “I agree.” “Sister, running 8 miles. Who the hell runs 8 miles in 30 seconds? since we are unlikely to make it out of here alive, would you do something for me?” “Anything father.” “I have never seen a woman’s breasts and I was wondering if I might A guy and girl had sex poem competition. see yours.” “Well, under the circumstances I don’t see that Guy: “Two times two is four, four plus five is nine. I can put it would do any harm.” The nun opened her habit and the mine in yours, but you can’t put yours in mine.” priest enjoyed the sight of her shapely breasts, commenting Girl: “Two times two is four, four plus five is nine. I know frequently on their beauty. “Sister would you mind if I the length of yours, but you won’t know the depth of mine.” touched them?” She consented and he fondled them for several minutes. “Father, could I ask something of you?” “Yes sister?” “I have never seen a man’s penis. Could I see A mom of an eight year old boy is awaiting her son’s yours?” “I supposed that would be OK,” the priest replied arrival from school. As he runs in, he says he needs to talk lifting his robe. “Oh father, may I touch it?” This time the to her about making babies. He claims he knows about the priest consented and after a few minutes of fondling he was development of a fetus, but doesn’t understand the answer sporting a huge erection. “Sister, you know that if I insert to the million dollar question. Namely, how does the sperm my penis in the right place, it can give life.” “Is that true get into the woman? The mom asks the boy what he thinks father?” “Yes it is, sister.” “Then why don’t you stick it up the answer is. The boy says that the sperm is manufactured that camel’s ass and let’s get the hell out of here.” in the man’s stomach, rises up to his chest, then throat, and into his mouth, where he then kisses the woman and deposits the sperm into her mouth. The mom tells her boy A guy’s talking to a girl in a bar. that it is a good guess, but it’s wrong. She gives him a hint He asks her, “What’s your name?” by telling him that the sperm comes out of the man’s penis. She says, “Carmen.” Suddenly, the boy’s face becomes quite red and he says, He says, “That’s a nice name. Who named you, your “You mean you put your mouth on that thing?” mother?” She says, “No, I named myself.” He says, “Why Carmen?” Q: What does the receptionist at the sperm clinic say when She says, “Because I like cars and I like men. What’s your clients are leaving? name?” A: “Thanks for coming!” He says, “Beerfuck.” One day Little Johnny asks his Mum, “How come when I come in to your room you and you’re on top of Daddy, you say you’re making a sandwich, but after a while I come in again, you’re eating a sausage?!”

Dylan was practicing his golf swing in his front yard when he swung a little too hard and sent the ball through his neighbors’ window. Dylan ran over and rang the doorbell three times. After no one answered for a few minutes, he opened the door to see broken glass everywhere, a lamp lying on the ground, and a huge fat Arabian man wearing a A man and his wife go to their honeymoon hotel for their turban sitting on the couch. Dylan asked, “Who are you?” 25th anniversary. As the couple reflected on that magical The fat man replied, “I am a genie you have freed from that evening 25 years ago, the wife asked the husband, “When lamp.” Dylan questioned, “Oh man, do I get three wishes?” you first saw my naked body in front of you, what was The genie replied, “Since you freed me by accident you going through your mind?” The husband replied, “All I only get two and I get one.” Dylan thought about it and wanted to do was to f*ck your brains out, and suck your t*ts realized what he wanted, “I want to be the best golfer ever.” dry.” Then, as the wife undressed, she asked, “What are you The surprised genie said, “You sure? Most people wish for thinking now?” He replied, “It looks as if I did a pretty good money, but okay. Now your wife gets one wish.” Dylan job.” brought over his wife who wished right away, “I want a million dollars every week of my life.” The genie said, “Granted. And now for my wish, I have been cramped up in An old man goes to a church, and is making a confession: that lamp for many years so it’s been a while since I’ve been Man: “Father, I am 75 years old. I have been married for with a woman. I want one day of wild, crazy sex with your 50 years. All these years I had been faithful to my wife, but wife, Dylan.” Dylan said, “No way!” The genie replied, yesterday I was intimate with an 18 year old.” “Not even for a million dollars a week?” Dylan turned to Father: “When was the last time you made a confession?” his wife, who said, “I guess for all that, I should. Well, not Man: “I never have, I am Jewish.” until Dylan leaves.” Dylan said, “Okay, have fun, I guess,” Father: “Then why are telling me all this?” and left. Dylan’s wife then proceeded to have wild sex for Man: “I’m telling everybody!” the rest of the day with the genie. When they were finished, the genie asked how old her husband was. She said, “Fortyfive.” The Genie laughed and said, “Isn’t he a little old to A nun and a priest were crossing the Sahara desert on a believe in genies?” Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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With Labor Day having come and gone, it’s that time of year again when a lot of you are winding down and calling it the end of riding season but ABATE isn’t just about riding and we don’t quit just because the so called “riding” g season ends for the year.

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ABATE of Iowa and it’s 23 Districts have many different events such as toy runs, casino nights, s, dinner rides, bike rodeo’s,, picnics and camp-outs, hay rides, des, parades, golf tournaments, shoot outs, and even swap meets. Each month each District has a monthly thly meeting and most districts also have some kind of event going on during the month. Events are sometimes on the day of the meeting some are on a different date. As always our meetings and events are open to the public and we welcome anyone who wants to join us to attend. September 9th is this year’s date for the 2017 Remembrance Run. This is a no charge ride to remember our fallen brothers and sisters and after the ride we throw a hog roast/ potluck with live entertainment at ABATE of Iowa’s Freedom Park in Algona Iowa. ABATE stands for -- A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education; September 30th through October 1st is our Bringing back the Brotherhood Camp-out also held at ABATE of Iowa’s Freedom Park in Algona Iowa. This event is held to promote the brother/sisterhood of ABATE and is always a lot of fun as well as a very nice way to relax and see friends we don’t get to see very often as well as meet new friends. ABATE of Iowa - District 15 Toys for Tots Run is coming up soon and I know they would love to have you join them for this awesome event. This year’s date is Sunday, October 1st from 11 AM until 2 PM, and will start at the Wal-Mart located at 3101 West Kimberly in Davenport. Let’s help them out and have a record number of bikes for this event that does so much good for the community. On the education side of things, with school starting back up, our Share the Road Program is in full swing with numbers now looking to surpass last year’s totals for students that we have given the live presentation to. Our Rider Education Program is winding down for the year, with only a couple of classes left before the winter months are upon us. It will also soon be time for our Annual event STEAM held at the Regency Inn Best Western in Marshalltown. STEAM stands for -- Seminar To Educate and Motivate and it is always a good time and a great way 44 - TRMI OCTOBER 2017

In closing I would like to attach a short write up ABATE of Iowa’s District 10 Coordinator sent in about one of their recent events. Remember ride safe and share the road, and as always I hope to see some of you at one of our upcoming p g events or meetings. Kevin Cox Abate of Iowa District 8 Assistant Coordinator Abate of Iowa Assistant State Public Relations Officer

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Abate of Iowa District 10 Family Picnic August 6th, 2017 was District 10’s annual family picnic at Meredith Park near Plover, Iowa. This annual event is designed to bring the district together for food and fun. We hold this event to encourage the members to bring their children and grandchildren. Many times our events are not geared toward being able to include the kids, so this is a fun way to get them involved. Meredith Park offers a beautiful swimming area, horse shoe pits, and a beautiful playground for the young ones to enjoy. The park also seconds as a campground, and has a small cabin that you can rent. However, this year was a bit cool so no one ventured into the water, but the cooler weather did not put a damper on our fun. We have a delicious pot luck where everyone brings a dish and the district provides burgers. This year the Combat Vets had leftovers from their event at Freedom Park, so they graciously contributed to the picnic as well. We are always thankful to have guests, and this year we were graced with the presence of some members from a nearby district. We encourage anyone interested to please attend any of our events. You can find a listing of events on the ABATE website and on the ABATE App. District 10 also has a Facebook page where we put all our upcoming events. Hope to possibly see some new faces at any of our future events! Submitted by Melissa Morey ABATE of Iowa District 10 Coordinator

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Harley Tracks: 41,000 miles across Vietnam By: Mike Rinowski

a job out of the country. I returned to Nha Trang a few days later, and still no call. The 2010 Tet Holiday approached, and from my experience it would be unusual to start a project at that time, and that strange sensation rose to the surface with an opportunity; to ride for our fallen veterans in the spirit of freedom across the land they saw last, on a Harley Davidson. How cool was that, I thought!

My free-spirit led me across a land of beauty and welcome. Faith guided me on a ride with a playful vengeance. *** I went to Vietnam for my first time in 2008—to build golf courses. I was a golf course superintendent working Asia for twelve years, when a job offer in Hanoi interrupted other plans. I didn’t expect the ride I would make, nor could I have planned it. In hindsight, the logistics of it are more complex than the rules of golf. I soon met a guy who could import a Harley-Davidson without tax, and with a three year contract I splurged to ride on my days off. Riding in Vietnam was surreal with a 21st Century that overlapped a developing nation, which included the growth of a motorcycle culture. When I met other riders, they told me that nobody rode alone around there, and they warned me. Then one of them told me about a new highway that nobody used because of robberies, scams to fix flat tires, and too few gas stations. I could fix my own tires, and the next Sunday I rode out alone and found that new highway; a fantastic stretch of trail known as the Ho Chi Minh Road. I grabbed a handful of throttle that day, and returned often. Six hundred miles of it cut through mountains and jungle before it reached the Highlands in the south. Few towns and hamlets sat along it, with little to no traffic. Robberies and scams were old stories, and the only place I carried gas was on the Western Branch; 150 miles through remote jungle north of Khe Sanh. Over the years, I laid tracks on every kilometer of the Ho Chi Minh Road.

Before I packed, I got that call and was in Laos within the week. My quest hung almost two years. At one time it was threatened. Yet, coincidence and opportunity became powerful factors in my work, and in my life. Later, an obligation consumed them. *** After the HOG of Saigon’s 3rd Anniversary Party, I rode out on Christmas Eve 2011. I carried the spirits of our fallen veterans to the top of Vietnam and back. The ride took six weeks. Along the way, winter conditions detoured me from the Central Mountains, I partied with the HOG of Hanoi, rode into Mordor, through the Lunar Realm, and on the toughest road I’d ever taken a Harley. The bike had taken a beating, I walked with a limp, and a particular thought nagged at me—I missed something for those who gave all. But what, and where?

I recovered, and when I returned from my Kashmir intermission, I put my work aside and rode with faith back across Vietnam in search of fulfillment. The solitude of mountains and jungle along the Ho Chi Minh Road was a powerful sensation. I considered the tasks and turmoil of combat veterans with more thought than I ever had. Alone My contract crumbled eight months after the bike arrived, on the land many fought and died, and many remained, I but another job was only a road trip away, and that one rode into a realm I could not have imagined. I bonded with soon came to an abrupt halt, too. Between jobs, my joy the spirits of my generation and began to live vicariously rides reached the end of the trail near a town few people for them. I felt a mix of emotions. I was angry for the joys knew about on the southern tip. I dropped my kickstand they didn’t get, and humility, compassion, and helplessness and thought I’d made the ride of my life from one end of came often, but I didn’t want the ride to be a hateful or Vietnam to the other. It was there I felt a strange déjà vusomber affair. I wanted to celebrate for them in the spirit of like sensation; like the adventure had chosen me—and it freedom, so, I rode with a playful vengeance. Many factors wasn’t over. That was weird because I was preoccupied with could have doomed my ride many times, but they didn’t. the fun of a ride and looked forward to a phone call about On Memorial Day 2013, I rode from Washington, D.C. with fulfillment to my journey. *** If this excerpt interests you, check out Mike’s book, Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to The Wall, available at: www. harleytracks.com, also from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in Hardcover and eBook.

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