I trust everyone is enjoying a good summer, warmer and dryer in some places than others, but enjoying the spirit none the less.
I’m not getting all the riding I did last year, or the year before that, but I’ve been out and about on some well attended memorial and appreciation rides. And, most of all, enjoying the unblemished highways of America. It’s great to see the highway department out there doing a fantastic job with upgrades and repairs. First off, on my return from a run across American, and Canada, in June, I paid final respects to my old friend Jim who lost out to the friggin Grim Reaper. You gave him a battle and pissed him off before going. RIP Jim.
Weekends to follow I laid tracks with a club up to the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation near Duluth MN for a Veteran Recognition and Appreciation Powwow. They put on a great event true to their culture for recognizing warriors. This was their 20th year for the Powwow. Close to a thousand people camped out to attend the event. 256 veterans were honored one by one. Drums pounded as songs and tales were shouted in their native tongue praising the spirit of the warrior. Throughout the day everyone joined in the traditional dances. It was a true and sincere show of respect from America’s first warriors.
Following was a long day to Appleton, in western MN, not Wisconson. Two friends called to cancel on Friday, so Sat. a.m. I’m on highway 12 West solo for a 200 mile ride there to catch up with 276 other bikes. A 250 mile ride in made in memory of three soldiers from three neighboring communities who gave all in Iraq. Throughout the countryside, people waited along highways and in the smallest of towns to wave flags and cheer us on, in memory of their own. It was a great showing and perfect weather, but next year I’ll plan to camp out to enjoy the evening party. A 600 mile day is getting tough.
Most recently, the ICVMC was invited to make a respectful showing for a ringing of the Bell of Freedom in Hayfield MN. The VFW, as always, pays the greatest of respect for the warriors. No event is to large, or to small, to give remembrance. It was a cool weather day, but the commaderie sp? and hospitality was warm.
Pleasure are rides coming up, but I’ll be missing a couple of big rides; one to Nebraska = I’ll be attending my nephews wedding in Cape Cod instead, then there’s the National Veterans Awareness Riders meeting in Brookeville OH which is just to far on short notice. But, I’m still looking forward to the NVAR in 2014. My friend Mike, who I met up with in Iowa for this years ride, traded his FX something for a bagger.
Work on Harley Tracks goes on. The depth of the motorcycle adventure continues to evolve. I’m busy in a writers workshop and at the keyboards in my office. Writing is a lonely act, but each day it’s great to relive the adventure.
Ride Safe & Enjoy the Spirit.
Remember to thank a Veteran for it.
Thanks for visiting Harley Tracks.