Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, became the first casualty on President Trump’s watch; keep him, and all before him—not forgotten—pray their sacrifices are not in vain.
Harley Tracks rolls into 2017, with events big and small planned into 2018.
Mar. 10 – 19: Bike Week, Daytona FL. I’ll go to Tampa first to spend a couple days with Doc and Bao Anh. I met them on their wedding day in Dong Hoi, while I was on my first road trip in Vietnam. They have a big part in Chapter 2 of Harley Tracks. Then I’ll be signing books on the 2nd level of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson. The temperatures are already in the 80’s down there. The last time I tried getting to Daytona was 1990, but my Panhead failed in-route on a cold and rainy day. Like I say about going to Sturgis, I’ll haul mine to Bike Week, but, I rode it across Vietnam!
Mar. 25 & 26: The Donnie Smith Bike Show, St. Paul MN. I’ll be at the In Country Veterans Motorcycle Club (ICVMC) booth in the back left corner on the showroom floor. Donnie’s changed things a bit with entertainment, and added tattoo artists to go with the bike show, swap meet, vendors, and the hot rod show.
Apr. 10, 2 p.m.: Otsego MN Prairie Center, Presentation & Slide Show
Apr. 22: The Spring Flood Run. The weather ought to be great for a run along the St. Croix River, with a lot going on at every watering hole beside it. I’ll look forward to sharing stories and signing lots of books at the Naughty Hawg, if I can get in.
Late April to Memorial Day: The NVAR, the ride I look forward to each year. I’ve got reservations from Sacramento to Washington D.C. But first, I have to get there. I’ll leave Mpls for trails across SD, WY, ID, OR to camp and stay with friends and family before I meet up with my NVAR family in Auburn CA. Check out the NVAR link beside this Home Page, and check out photos on previous NVAR blogs in my archives. Whether it’s the NVAR or the Run to The Wall, everybody should make that ride at least once.
June: I’ll find someplace, or do a lot of riding.
July 8: The Patriot Ride, Anoka Airport. This year they make a special recognition to Vietnam Veterans.
August: Sturgis, of course.
September: Labor Day HOG National Rally, Milwaukee, WI.
Sept. The Kokomo Vietnam Veterans Reunion. Many from my NVAR family have been going there for years, and it’s great to join them, and a great party.
Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan 2018: Likely to be more added, with a potential stage presentations on the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. Check back.
I’ll post here and on Harley Tracks Facebook, before the NVAR.
In the meantime, for all you northern riders, use caution on your first rides,. For all you Aussies, me thinks the most of you’s can ride all year, in a bit of a chill, perhaps.
Harley Tracks Facebook: Check out more photos, and give it a LIKE.
Harley Tracks is now available in an E-Book, from Amazon.com, bn.com, and kobo.
Thank you & Never Forget
Our fallen SEAL, Ryan.
Don, Vietnam Vet who bought 2 Harley Tracks at my B&N book signing
Scenes from the International Motorcycle Show
One of my all time greats from the Far Side. No matter how many times I look at it–I laugh!
If it’s cold enough, and it is, it should snow. That would rub out the temptation to ride.
I have no excuse for late posts to social media, I’m just not strongly into it, but I eventually get to my home page. I’ve been busy with Harley Tracks at book signings and presentations; spent the week before Veterans Day at the Branson MO All Veterans Reunion. The town does a great job of recognition to vets. At the Veterans Village, I had the honor to meet Claire Starnes, author of Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories. Men dominated the numbers of those who served in Vietnam, but the women who served as other than nurses deserve an equal recognition, also, and a big Welcome Home. The names of eight women are on The Wall. Thank you Claire for sharing the story.
I left Branson late morning on Nov. 11, because I had a phone interview with Tom Barnard on KQRS radio in Mpls., then I stopped someplace in Iowa for another interview with a station in Denver. Then, on an empty stretch of Iowa interstate, I answered a call from a veteran who bought Harley Tracks at the Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Kokomo IN, in Sept. I enjoyed a long chat with the hands free phone system in my truck. And, last week, another veteran who bought Harley Tracks in Branson called to chat. A couple of fast readers there, and last Monday, I got a long email from a woman whose comments sent me back onto my ride.
As I rode in faith, I wrote in faith, and I’m humbled by every comment; but its those I rode for, and their brothers who came home, who deserve a greater recognition.
Speaking of Kokomo: I had the honor of meeting Sammy L. Davis and his wife, Dixie, there. Sammy earned the Congressional Medal of Honor in Vietnam and wrote a book about it, You Don’t Lose ‘Till You Quit Trying. A fantastic story about courage and the virtuous nature it came from. Two outstanding emotions from it were; sorrow, for those he lost, and pride–pride for Sammy, all he believed in, his service then, and his continued service. Sammy spoke from the stage at Kokomo to share the experience of his return to Vietnam in June, and urged any veterans who thought about a return–to do it. Sammy, also, humbled me with praise for Harley Tracks.
There have been signings and presentation since early Nov, too. On Black Friday, Tom Giannetti and his family at St. Paul H-D welcomed me with a great reception and an invitation to return for their Open House Dec. 10.
Also, to get the Fat Boy ready for the NVAR next April, which is my annual ride from Mpls MN to Sacramento CA to Washington D.C., via SD, WY, ID, & OR to visit friends, I put a new clutch in the starter. I’m proud to say that with 88,000 miles on the Fat Boy, it has never broken down. Good on H-D, and of course, a little preventative maintenance.
Other signings and presentations that reach into 2017:
Dec. 13 at Hopkins Senior Center
Dec. 20 at B & N Edina Galleria
Jan. 7 Tribute to the Troops Meet & Greet at Rockie Lynnes concert in St. Michael
Jan. 21 at Roseville B & N
Hope to see you at one place or the other, & please check back for more.
Wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Never Forget – those who aren’t here to enjoy the holidays, and their families.