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.
Harley Tracks covered a lot of miles in 2016. I wish my Fat Boy would have logged as many! Summer blasted past, but memories remain. I was humbled by comments from many readers I met on my return to venues I attended in 2015. Those who gave all–are not forgotten–with a story like no other.
However, the year is not over. I have a busy schedule in they final 10 weeks, and invitations continue to come in. Besides personal presentations, I connect with groups via a Zoom program over the internet. Pretty cool! I enjoy the audience’s curiosity with questions and chats that extend my 40 minute presentation up to two hours.
Great news this morning with an invitation from KQRS for a chat with Tom Barnard on his morning show at 8 am, Nov. 11, (Veterans Day). It will be a phone interview because I’ll be at the All Veterans Reunion in Branson MO. More good news: Because Harley Tracks is now available through Barnes & Noble, I have a book signing at the Maple Grove store on Oct. 29. I’m a small guy with a big story, and hope for a hometown preference for a stage presentation at the Minneapolis International Motorcycle Show in Feb. 2017.
Harley Tracks is also available now from Amazon.com, and an e-book is in the works. Except for the e-book, your cost is about the same, shipping and handling charges vary among my site, Amazon, and B&N, and my take from Amazon, and especially B&N is less. Keep in mind, the more I sell from this site, the more I’ll have to share with veteran’s and civic causes, as those I rode for would be happy about.
I’ve posted a few photos from recent travels, and there’s more at Harley Tracks Facebook, just click on link, (posted on the Home Page), and CLICK on LIKE.