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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