Events of 2019

After a winter restoration, the Fat Boy received a Best Bagger at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, and an honorable 1st Place in the Open Class at the Donnie Smith Bike Show. Great recognition for those I rode for; more to carry into posterity.

Check out the wheels! I wasn’t sure how to get what I wanted. It was a long process, tough on my arthritic hands, but after 40+ hours they turned out as I imagined they would. I like it when that happens!

My 7th ride on the National Veterans Awareness Ride (NVAR) was a fantastic emotional roller coaster, as usual. (Please click on the NVAO link beside the Home Page for a lot more on that) I was honored to be selected to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Ceremony. Standing on the most sacred ground in America, if not the free world. I could hear the bugler’s breath as he blew each note for taps. It was a humbling experience, in which I placed the wreath in proxy for those I rode.

Three weeks later, I rode down to Sierra Vista AZ to meet with Mike Swinscoe, who I met in Vietnam three months before I left there in 2012. (Meeting him was a pivotal role in the completion of my quest, which is detailed in the final chapters of Harley Tracks.) We have ridden coast to coast on the NVAR, and wanted to make a special ride for those who can’t; from the Mexico Border in Douglas AZ to the Canada Border. A great ride, and scenery along Highway 191 is some of America’s best.

The Fat Boy hit 130,000 miles and runs great.

As summer creeps into Labor Day, I’ve received interest for newspaper and biker rag articles. I look forward, also, to a veteran’s recognition affair in St. Paul on Oct. 5

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Thank you,
Mike “Track” Rinowski

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

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Bike Show

I hope you all like my new web site, and I’m honored to announce the Fat Boy was awarded 1st Place in the Open Class at the Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul MN. Whoohoo! Great recognition for those who gave all in Vietnam.

I’ll have more to post in the weeks ahead as I prepare for my 7th departure for CA to meet with the NVAR for our annual ride across America, during which we visit veterans in homes and hospitals every day for the 10 day ride to Rolling Thunder in D.C.

Greetings to all in the year of our Lord, 2019

The Arctic has been persistent, and a bit sadistic, with its blast of sub-zero temperatures; and with a blow the wind chill is frightening. And the snow is getting a bit deep, too. But I can’t complain – I’m here by choice, and it’s too cold to ride out!

So, in times like these I tinker, which this year amounted to a restoration of the Fat Boy. It rolls strong into the 2nd 100 K miles.

While the temperature plunged and the wind howled, my little electric heater was little more than moral support in my unheated garage while I finished off the latest restoration to the Fat Boy. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the wheels, but I sanded and filed, and sanded and filed, then Tom painted, and I polished and buffed. The reflections are as dazzling as I expected.  It’s painted for posterity, because one day it will be titled to the National Park Service as a donation to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, aka The Wall.

Note the little wreath next to 2019 – that signifies the great honor I’ll have when we arrive in Washington D.C. on Memorial Day weekend, which is to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. I’ll cherish that memory.

I was honored with the Best Bagger award at the J & P Ultimate Bike Show during the Mpls Progressive International Motorcycle Show. Tony, who rides across the country to distribute donations to Gold Star Families invited me to join him on a 2 1/2 month ride this summer. I’d love to experience that with him, and will give serious thought to it. But first, I have the expenses for my annual NVAR (click on the NVAO link to the right), and I’d need to sell more books.
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Thank You & Never Forget

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To the men and women who presently serve our country at home and abroad, Thank You, may God watch over you and comfort your families.

To the men and women who have served, Thank You, you’ve made us proud and grateful.

To the men an women who gave all, You Are Not Forgotten.

May God bless all our troops & God Bless America.

September

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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