First Season of ’17

Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, became the first casualty on President Trump’s watch; keep him, and all before him—not forgotten—pray their sacrifices are not in vain.


Harley Tracks rolls into 2017, with events big and small planned into 2018.

Mar. 10 – 19: Bike Week, Daytona FL. I’ll go to Tampa first to spend a couple days with Doc and Bao Anh. I met them on their wedding day in Dong Hoi, while I was on my first road trip in Vietnam. They have a big part in Chapter 2 of Harley Tracks.  Then I’ll be signing books on the 2nd level of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson. The temperatures are already in the 80’s down there.  The last time I tried getting to Daytona was  1990, but my Panhead failed in-route on a cold and rainy day. Like I say about going to Sturgis, I’ll haul mine to Bike Week, but, I rode it across Vietnam!

Mar. 25 & 26: The Donnie Smith Bike Show, St. Paul MN. I’ll be at the In Country Veterans Motorcycle Club (ICVMC) booth in the back left corner on the showroom floor. Donnie’s changed things a bit with entertainment, and added tattoo artists to go with the bike show, swap meet, vendors, and the hot rod show.

Apr. 10, 2 p.m.: Otsego MN Prairie Center, Presentation & Slide Show

Apr. 22: The Spring Flood Run. The weather ought to be great for a run along the St. Croix River, with a lot going on at every watering hole beside it. I’ll look forward to sharing stories and signing lots of books at the Naughty Hawg, if I can get in.

Late April to Memorial Day: The NVAR, the ride I look forward to each year. I’ve got reservations from Sacramento to Washington D.C. But first, I have to get there. I’ll leave Mpls for trails across SD, WY, ID, OR to camp and stay with friends and family before I meet up with my NVAR family in Auburn CA. Check out the NVAR link beside this Home Page, and check out photos on previous NVAR blogs in my archives. Whether it’s the NVAR or the Run to The Wall, everybody should make that ride at least once.

June: I’ll find someplace, or do a lot of riding.

July 8: The Patriot Ride, Anoka Airport. This year they make a special recognition to Vietnam Veterans.

August: Sturgis, of course.

September: Labor Day HOG National Rally, Milwaukee, WI.

Sept. The Kokomo Vietnam Veterans Reunion. Many from my NVAR family have been going there for years, and it’s great to join them, and a great party.

Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan 2018: Likely to be more added, with a potential stage presentations on the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. Check back.

I’ll post here and on Harley Tracks Facebook, before the NVAR.

In the meantime, for all you northern riders, use caution on your first rides,. For all you Aussies, me thinks the most of you’s can ride all year, in a bit of a chill, perhaps.

Harley Tracks Facebook: Check out more photos, and give it a LIKE.

Harley Tracks is now available in an E-Book, from,, and kobo.

Thank you & Never Forget


Our fallen SEAL, Ryan.

Don, Vietnam Vet who bought 2 Harley Tracks at my B&N book signing

Scenes from the International Motorcycle Show

One of my all time greats from the Far Side. No matter how many times I look at it–I laugh!

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