It happened so fast, a million people converged on the Black Hills in a flash, and now it’s in the past.
Thanks again to those who packed Harley Tracks on their ride home. Ken, from WI, was the first to order the book on his return home – Thank you Ken.
Since my return I’ve sent books to a magazine editor for a review and post, and to radio and tv hosts for reviews and interviews. On this cloud covered day, a great review came out of the blue; Henry Zeybel, an editor at Vietnam Veterans of America, sent notice of his review of Harley Tracks published in their VVA Magazine. His words of recognition and praise humbled me. (Read them in the About Page, or a full length in Book Review II at http://vvabooks.wordpress.com) I thought of those I rode for with the urge to ride, but rain, city traffic, and sense kept the Fat Boy in the garage.
It’s 350+ days until the 2016 Sturgis Rally. In the meantime I have book signings scheduled.
Aug. 22: 3rd Annual Ride for the Troops, 65 Pub & Grub, Blaine MN
Aug. 28 & 29: Operation LZ, Forest City IA. I’m not registered to vend, but I’ll be there.
Sept. 12 & 13: Arts and Crafts Fair, Little Falls MN – near the American Legion.
Sept. 17 – 20: Howard County 33 Annual Vietnam Veterans Reunion, Greentown IN.
I look forward to meeting many, and to sharing a great story and keeping in memory those who gave all.
Keep a part of Memorial Day in each day.
It’s over. A million riders left Sturgis with a million memories. Many rode to it, and from the amount of RV’s with trailers, and equal number hauled their bikes. The times they are a’changing.
The H-D store expanded to accommodate a single day’s crowd of 30,000 before the rally officially began, and the crowds kept coming. I met bikers from Main to California, and from Finland to the Philippines. Stories from Harley Tracks intrigued them and I was humbled to receive recognition and praise. Hell, I was in Vietnam with a Harley Davidson and did the most natural thing – I rode it like I stole it.
Store time ended and I rode where the buffalo roam, saw familiar faces, and met an old friend in Deadwood . The Rats Hole Bike Show at “The Chip” shined with art and imagination, and on Saturday, Sturgis was still packed, but not busting at the seams. Mike and I got in for a few scenes, and shelter while a storm blew through. And lastly, on Sunday, we rode to the Devil’s Tower. I was impressed with the ride and amazed at that tower of rock.
Once again, Mike and I bid farewell a day after the party was over 0 like we did the past years after Rolling Thunder; he went to Yellowstone and I hauled my bike and display stuff back to Minnesota. I enjoyed meeting many for introductions and sales of Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to The Wall, and interests for reviews and interviews.
Checks out photos below and on my Sturgis 75th photo album on the link to Harley Tracks Facebook; and don’t forget to click the “Buy the book” button.
Thank you, thank a vet & never forget.
July 23 – 26: an annual brother’s weekend at the lake; it was such a hit last year that we added another day. On Sunday evening, after I drop Matt off at the airport, I’ll tow the trailer into the night bound for Rapid City SD. By Tuesday morning I’ll be set up for book signings inside the Black Hills Harley Davidson store. Tales from previous adventures entertained with comments such as Wow, or crazy; but reviewers have called “Harley Tracks” poignant and epic, brazen, brave and badass. It was all in the spirit of freedom and fun for those who couldn’t ride. Stop by and hear something about the spirits of those who died on that land, as I know them. I’d be happy to sign a copy of my trail tales for you. If you can’t attend the rally, you can purchase “Harley Tracks” exclusively from www.harleytracks.com
Thank a Vet & Never Forget.
Harley Tracks opened at the Birthplace of the American Biker, Hollister CA. Bikers converged on this little town, as they had done since 1947, for an innocent good time. My adventure through Vietnam on a Harley surprised them and I look forward to their comments on the book. Manny, pictured with me in the booth, stopped by a couple times to hear first hand tales and share laughs; and patrons of the Dugout in the VFW Club gave me an encouraging sendoff.
Now for my drive back to Minneapolis and prepare for Sturgis where I’ll do book signings inside the Black Hills Harley Davidson store from July 27 through the weekend, and then at the Buffalo Chip Campground on Thursday thru Sat.
Thank you for the visit, Thank a Vet & Never Forget.
A minor adjustment to the load in my trailer settled things for a smooth drive to Rapid City. At a SD Port of Entry, the trailer weighted in at 6,000 pounds even. The Trailblazer cruised at a surprising 11.5 mpg.
The Black Hills H-D store stands in gold anodize and glass like a monument on a plain of asphalt big enough for a 9 hole golf course. Wow, an impressive sight. Inside, 350 bikes sparkled on the showroom floor. I met Jim strolling among them, and he was quick to show off his new office-a big step from the closet he had used through renovations.
The anticipation for a gigantic rally crowd grows. We discussed details about my set up for the in-store book signings; compact and flexibility were key factors I must prepare for. This is going to be a really big show. I’ll unload a pallet of books in Jim’s warehouse tomorrow and have a larger load when I arrive for the rally on Monday night July 27.
In the meantime; I’m on the road to the Freedom Rally in Hollister CA–the home of the American Biker. Fifty to sixty thousand bikers are expected for the July 3 – 5 event. The Traveling Wall will also be there, and Harley Tracks will be presented at a premier location on the corner of San Benito and 7th St. After three and a half years of writing it’s finally available.
It’s also available through this web site, and arrangements for it’s availability on Amazon.com are in progress.
Thank you & Thank a Vet–Never Forget