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.

Please browse the web site and order your copy.

Never Forget.

July 2018

HI!
I hope ya’ll like my new Home Page presentation and enjoyed the new intro video. My full presentation is now on the Video Page.
We had great weather for the Patriot Ride on June 30, and a great turnout for recognition to our fallen veterans and Gold Star families. Never Forget.

At the Patriot Ride Bike Show, I was proud and honored to receive Judges Choice with my new paint on the Fat Boy.

Then, July came on like a blast furnace. The Travelling Wall in Princeton MN held the familiar aura similar to The Wall in D.C. These Walls stand within a realm of their own, a spiritual realm/an emotional realm that takes courage and respect (unimaginable to me) for some to enter. The Algona Freedom Rally rocked under clear skies. Then, I had a blistering ride down to Grand Island, Nebraska (GI, NE) to join NVAR riders to fulfill our mission.

We had a make-up visit to the GI Veterans Home because a storm screwed up our scheduled stop in May. Each year, the guys at the Vets Home look forward to our visit as much as we do. In testament to that, riders from Oregon, Virginia, Florida, and many places in-between showed up for the afternoon visit. And of course, the party afterward. Then was a Poker Ride on Sat. to benefit Mike Manthey with a great mix of the NVAR and the Purple Fish MC. And of course, a party afterward. (Check out the brightness around Mongo, International Pres of the Purple Fish MC. It’s like an aura, or like he’s leading us into the light!!!!)

Don Jenkins, far left in photo of four, and I, have been selected to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery at the culmination of next year’s NVAR. What a great honor to share with Don on the most sacred ground in America, if not the free world.

The silhouette photo is at the Korean War Memorial in Columbus NE. Steel girders from the World Trade Center with an Eagle soaring at the top. Cool, huh!

At the peak of the heat, I guess, a cool front moved in and it kinda feels like fall, but I’ve high hopes for high temps in Aug. I have a few things, like the bike, to pack in the trailer and then I’m off to Sturgis. Yes, I trailer my bike to Sturgis—but I rode it across Vietnam!

Actually, I need to haul books, too, for my book signing at the Rapid City Black Hills HD July 31 – Aug 8.
And as long as I’ve have the trailer, and electricity at my camp site, I bring the tent canopy and a small refrigerator and the micro wave for homey comforts.

Hope to see you all there.
Ride safe & Never Forget


 

2018 NVAR

The 2018 National Veterans Awareness Ride (NVAR)

Any ride for those who can’t is a good ride!

I followed my tracks from years past as far as Gillette WY, where a winter storm forced me south, and then west, away from the Big Horn Mts., Wind River Canyon, and the Grand Tetons, then into Pocatello from the south. In the middle of Idaho,  I rode north, behind the storm, through Sun Valley and then south into Boise; a great trail with sweeping turns through forest and down the mountains. Although, it wasn’t without it’s 10 and 15 mph twisties, too! The sun shined strong from there to the coast, except for the Bay Area, where it was a little foggy at the Golden Gate.

After visits with friends and family, through OR where Don and JoEl took me out for four wheeling fun in the dunes above Coos Bay and a feast with steamed oysters, and then down to CA for rock’n’roll with an old buddy and beers with my nephew Billy, I met up with my NVAR Brothers and Sisters in Auburn for our annual mission; to visit veterans in hospitals and homes across America, to pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, none are forgotten. We visit schools, also, to share our mission objectives with the kids. The ride across America on I80 and a multiple of two lanes is an emotional roller-coaster; it brings out the greatest and deepest senses of camaraderie, patriotism, and compassion.

(I wrote the daily blogs for the ride, which you can find at www.nvao.us )

A winter storm in WY took a day from us for the 2nd year in a row, and Bill Luft, the NE State Coordinator, has scheduled a make-up visit in mid-July to the Grand Island  (GI) Veteran’s Home. That will be a great visit before they move from their beloved and historic home in central GI, and move to a new home in Kearney. He’s also arranged a Poker Run on Saturday to help out with a Brother’s cancer treatment expenses. GI and St. Libory will rock that weekend!

The Mid-East Conflict Wall in Marseilles Il.
This memorial, unknown to many, holds the spirits of all who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in the War on Terror. The memorial and museum sit below a dam on the Illinois River. Sadly, a growing list of names, 7,000 and counting, cut into fifteen walls set on the river’s bank. The eternal rage of the river’s current adds a peaceful sense of solitude to the realm. Like another Wall we ride to, there are strong connections to it.

Our ride continued through the heartland to our nation’s capital, where we joined hundreds of thousands more like-minded people. In Arlington National Cemetery, we had two wreath laying ceremonies; one at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and one for the son of one of our Brothers, who gave all in the War on Terror. The 911 memorial at the Pentagon was worth the walk while we waited to roll out for Rolling Thunder.

Please, browse through harleytracks, and then nvao.us
And don’t forget to buy a book.

Check back for more news from on Harley Tracks activities; the Patriot Ride June 30, the Traveling Wall in Princeton July 4, 5, 6, the Grand Island visit; then Sturgis, and more.
Thank you & Never Forget
Mike


 

 

 

 

Painted for Posterity

I’m going to piggy back this post for my convenience: May is a month I commit to honoring our veterans across America. I’m currently 3,400 miles into the ride, with another 5,000 to go.

Please visit www.nvao.us to follow our ride.

Thank you & Never Forget

The best rides are those that “just happen”, like mine in Harley Tracks, and the best ideas come in their own time, like those in the fresh paint job on my Fat Boy. Thanks to three talented painters, I’ll ride with a greater pride with this paint job for posterity. These photos are from it’s debut at the Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul MN.

If this is your first time to my site, after you’ve checked out these photos, please browse around and check out the readers comments page, after which, please hit a Buy the Book icon and join the ride. Harley Tracks is available in an ebook from amazon, bn, and kobo.

In five weeks I’ll make tracks over those I’ve laid for the past five years on my sixth ride to Oregon, and then to California to meet my National Veterans Awareness Ride (NVAR) family for our annual pilgrimage across America; for 10 days we visit veterans in homes and hospitals across America, visit schools to share our gratitude toward our veterans, and perform ceremonies at cemeteries and memorials before we arrive in Washington D.C. for Rolling Thunder. It’s a fantastic, emotional, and memorable ride every rider should make at least once if at all possible.

For more about that ride, please click on the NVAO link at the right side of this page.

Scroll below these photos for the previous photos of paint in progress, other stuff, and the archives hold a lot of cool stuff also.

Thank you, Thank a Vet, & Never Forget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2018

Welcome to my web site,

Recognition to Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to The Wall builds with an 8-page article in the March issue of Easyriders magazine. Whoohoo!

Editors at the Vietnam Veterans of America magazine, also, recommend my book; veterans & non-veterans, riders & non-riders, young & otherwise connect with my story. Check out their comments, order your copy and join a ride like no other.

Harley Tracks started 2017 at a Tribute to the Troops event, then to Daytona, Rolling Thunder, the Patriot Guard Ride, Algona, Thank the SEALS, Sturgis, Kokomo, Columbus Expo, and a few others in-between, and closed the year with dusty renovations for the Eagles Healing Nest; a lot events with a lot of people enjoying their freedom with huge support for veterans and veterans families.

I look forward to a lot of miles in 2018 with more horsepower and fresh paint.

I’ve posted a few photos below, and the first couple are self-explanatory!

Then it’s me & Mickey at the Eagles Healing Nest; renovating an old state hospital to make homes for homeless veterans. Mickey smears the mud on, and I sand it off. A lot of community support in these projects.

Tom sprayed fresh anniversary paint on all my tin, and Leah will lay down some awesome graphics for posterity.

Harley Tracks happenings:

Book signings first,

Mar 3, Noon – 2 pm at Blaine Barnes & Noble

Mar 10, 4 – 6 pm at Maple Grove Barnes & Noble

Mar 17 & 18, FM Crusaders Bike Show, pending.

Mar 24 & 25, Donnie Smith Bike Show at the In Country Veterans Motorcycle Club (ICVMC) booth, in the back left corner.

Chats on a couple motorcycle radio shows are in being scheduled, one on 2/25 at 6 pm pacific time. (at the moment, I can’t remember the stations.)

I also have an internet presentation to a senior center in Mechanicsburg PA 2/26, and on site presentations in the Jackson County libraries in April 25.

About May 1, I’ll head west to meet the National Veterans Awareness Ride (aka NVAR) in Auburn CA for a 10 day ride across America and visit veterans in hospitals and homes each day. This is an item for any riders bucket list, and it’ll be my 6th ride. Please, check out my archives from past ride. Hit the NVAR link for more on the ride.

Browse the site, and check out my Harley Tracks facebook link for a lot of photo albums. Give it a LIKE, I post to it almost quarterly, or thirdly.

Thank you, Thank a Vet, & Never Forget

Mike “Track” Rinowski