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August has taken summer with it, but memories of people, places, events, and always–those who gave all, will stay with me.
Sturgis was a blast; first with hail that layered the Black Hills, along with the usual rain storms, and then heat, lots of heat. That might have steered more people inside the Rapid City HD store where I had record sales. Whoohoo! One morning, I met Biker Bob Cooch, who MC’s the Rat’s Hole Bike Show at the Buffalo Chip. An interesting fella, whom I share a lot in common with; to include visits to the Mid-Eastern Conflicts Wall in Marseilles IL. It’s a wonderful tribute to veterans who gave all in the war on terror. I was humbled to receive a plaque for my bike at the show–recognitions for those I rode for.
Then came a book signing at the Eagles Healing Nest in Sauk Centre MN, where the Moving Wall stood for emotional visits for all. The Nest is a fairly new facility to accommodate homeless veterans, with a Nest in progress in Anoka, and another in negotiation.
Within days of the Nest visit, I was in Milwaukee for the Harley Davidson 115th Anniversary Celebration. The people at Milwaukee Harley Davidson were generous to host a successful book signing. The Fat Boy captured plenty of attention at the HD Museum Bike Show, while two other awesome Fat Boys claimed Runner Up & 1st Place for the Stock category. Riders from across the America’s, (North, Central and South), Europe, Asia, EurAsia, Russia, and other distant corners of the globe were there. It’s amazing at how small our world is with our connections. I met people from distant places who know people I know, and people who know my Fat Boy from the Pentagon Parking lot during Rolling Thunder, and of course, new connections with readers.
I’m thrilled with the sale of each Harley Tracks, and humbled by comments from readers at all events. Thank you all.
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We had great weather for the Patriot Ride on June 30, and a great turnout for recognition to our fallen veterans and Gold Star families. Never Forget.
At the Patriot Ride Bike Show, I was proud and honored to receive Judges Choice with my new paint on the Fat Boy.
Then, July came on like a blast furnace. The Travelling Wall in Princeton MN held the familiar aura similar to The Wall in D.C. These Walls stand within a realm of their own, a spiritual realm/an emotional realm that takes courage and respect (unimaginable to me) for some to enter. The Algona Freedom Rally rocked under clear skies. Then, I had a blistering ride down to Grand Island, Nebraska (GI, NE) to join NVAR riders to fulfill our mission.
We had a make-up visit to the GI Veterans Home because a storm screwed up our scheduled stop in May. Each year, the guys at the Vets Home look forward to our visit as much as we do. In testament to that, riders from Oregon, Virginia, Florida, and many places in-between showed up for the afternoon visit. And of course, the party afterward. Then was a Poker Ride on Sat. to benefit Mike Manthey with a great mix of the NVAR and the Purple Fish MC. And of course, a party afterward. (Check out the brightness around Mongo, International Pres of the Purple Fish MC. It’s like an aura, or like he’s leading us into the light!!!!)
Don Jenkins, far left in photo of four, and I, have been selected to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery at the culmination of next year’s NVAR. What a great honor to share with Don on the most sacred ground in America, if not the free world.
The silhouette photo is at the Korean War Memorial in Columbus NE. Steel girders from the World Trade Center with an Eagle soaring at the top. Cool, huh!
At the peak of the heat, I guess, a cool front moved in and it kinda feels like fall, but I’ve high hopes for high temps in Aug. I have a few things, like the bike, to pack in the trailer and then I’m off to Sturgis. Yes, I trailer my bike to Sturgis—but I rode it across Vietnam!
Actually, I need to haul books, too, for my book signing at the Rapid City Black Hills HD July 31 – Aug 8.
And as long as I’ve have the trailer, and electricity at my camp site, I bring the tent canopy and a small refrigerator and the micro wave for homey comforts.
Hope to see you all there.
Ride safe & Never Forget