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.

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At Kokomo with my NVAR Bro Patrick

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Kokomo: Headdog leading by example, and Bootlegger with the salute!

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Kokomo: Me & Dan with his Harley Tracks

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Kokomo: My honor to meet Sammy L. Davis, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and his wife, Dixie. He loved Harley Tracks, and I’m reading my signed copy of his story, “You Don’t Lose “Till You Quit Trying”; an amazing story of courage, although, he says he was just doing his job.

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SD Vietnam Memorial 10th Anniversary, Pierre SD

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Pond side of the SD Veterans Memorial

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I rode with a Bob in his 1959 Pontiac Bonneville.

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Met this guy at my stop for breakfast on the way home from SD. 1928 Ford, a barn find that had been sitting on blocks for 30 years. All things considered, it’s in immaculate shape. Price: $5,000

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Memorial at a country cemetery; a peaceful setting.

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The Great Pumpkin Patch in Minnesota, from which the Great Pumpkin will rise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STURGIS 2016

Like last year, I left Mpls MN, for Sturgis, on a Sunday afternoon–after my annual four day weekend at a lake in up north with my brothers. Ya! We visited our last uncle, Lambert, in Grand Rapids, and then enjoyed the 2nd Amendment at a gravel pit; and that’s all I’ll say about that weekend. What happens at the lake, ya know, stays at the lake. Ya!

Long live the Sturgis Rally.

The faithful came. Vendors, and those with services of all kinds, could, and should not have expected a resemblance of last year’s record crowd. (Maybe they’ll find a little humility in that and cut the gouging on prices?) But fear not; more will return in the coming years to keep the flame burning for riders yet to be conceived. Thankfully, fatalities were down, and those who got landed on by an Indian motorcycle launched off a stage at the Buffalo Chip were released from hospitals within days. That noted, Harley Tracks book signings were proportionally better than last year, and I was pleased to hear praise from many who have read it.

Contrary to what some think from the title, it is not a war story. I’m not a combat veteran or a historian. I’m just a guy who likes to ride and saw opportunities that had to be taken. What began as a joy ride evolved into a ride with a playful vengeance. Please check out the About page and readers comments in a drop-down on the Buy the Book page.

Thank you to all who bought Harley Tracks, those who will order it, and the many who shared stories with me. Thanks, also, to Pete and Dave at KNKL Radio and the crew at News Center 1 for the air time.

My drive home had a side trip, naturally. At a truck stop on the prairie, I rolled the bike out of the trailer and rode down to Nebraska to visit some of my NVAR family, who I ride with to Rolling Thunder each year. Bill & Nancy were great hosts to me and their Purple Fish MC family from Australia. In their pasture, we exercised of our 2nd Amendment rights, sized from 38 caliber to a 454 Casull and large bore rifle. The Casull hurls a piece of lead bigger than some meteorites and kicks like a mule….speaking of mules; #1: Nancy’s two mules quickly tossed their riders, and #2: for refreshments after pulling triggers, Mongo, aka Bill, mixed up a concoction called the Moscow Mule, which kicked like a Casull. And that’s all I need to say about that. Ya!

Thanks for the visit. Please browse the site, and hit that Buy the Book button. OK!

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Ride Safe & Enjoy the Spirit of Freedom.

Remember: Never Forget

 

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Sturgis

I’m hauling mine to Sturgis.

BUT–I rode it 41,000 miles across Vietnam–with a playful vengeance for those who gave all.

Browse my web site; check out the photos and read some stories, and read what others have said about Harley Tracks. I’ve posted photos of a few who bought the book last year. One guy read the book in ten days, and I thought that was some serious reading, but last week I got news of a Vietnam veteran who read Harley Tracks in one day. That’s 95,000 words=over 265 pages of text, plus maps and photos. Wow! Many have humbled me with praise, but it’s those I rode for, and their brothers who returned, who deserve a far greater recognition.

I can’t ignore my sense of safety to pack my bike like the Vietnamese pack their 110cc motos (look through the photo albums). So, I trust you’ll understand me hauling my Fat Boy to Sturgis, when I’ve got a ton of books to haul, also. I’ll be back inside the Black Hills Harley Davidson store for book signings throughout the rally. C’mon in for a visit; share a story, check out my photos & slides, and buy a signed copy of Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to The Wall.

Ride Safe & Never Forget

C U All in Sturgis

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The NVAR touched the hearts of thousands of veterans across America, and they touched ours. We found, and recognized, vets from the War on Terror. We shared memorial and patriotic events with hundreds of school kids. In between those pleasures our days ran together with short nights, eat, ride, gas up, ride, eat, ride, gas up, eat, social time, short night > Weather was great and all arrived safely in Washington D.C. for Rolling Thunder.

It was great to meet many people at my presentation of Harley Tracks on Thunder Alley. I talked myself hoarse sharing stories and signed books for many, too. Contrary to a common assumption is that I’m not a combat veteran, and my journey across Vietnam was unexpected, as was the unplanned 6,000 hours to write about it. But I enjoyed every mile and hour. One guy, Doyle, stopped by the second day to say he looked forward to the second chapter.

Monday I packed, and enjoyed a stroll through the Museum of Art before a great seat for the National Memorial Day Parade. Me and Hack are on our track back to Mpls., where I’ve got a presentation at the St. Paul HD store on Saturday.

Memorial Day is not over. Each day our veterans and their families make the sacrifice.

Never Forget
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Our 10th day. Today we ride into D.C.

It’s another great and safe ride; good weather & wonderful visits. Our group has grown to near 100 riders. Police escorts have insured our safe passage from Illinois, through Indiana, and across Ohio to West Virginia. It’s bittersweet that I’m now hauling my bike since Iowa, but for three years I’ve looked forward to presenting my book, Harley Tracks, at Thunder Alley during Rolling Thunder. So, the bike’s tied down with a ton and a half of books.

 

Included in our mission is to seek out Gulf War Veterans at each stop; at hotels, restaurants, hospitals & hotels, or gas stops. Our Vietnam Veterans did not receive the recognition they deserved when they came home from their war, and to insure that never happens again, when we find veterans who’ve served in the war on terror, we present them with a medal of recognition for their service.

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