On Aug. 23, the ICVMC, (In Country Veterans Motorcycle Club) made their annual honor run to the High Ground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville, WI. Memorials rest on a beautiful acre of God’s country to pay tribute to those who served and sacrificed for our freedom. It also honors those who supported them from home, and those left behind. A replica of the Liberty Bell hangs for all to ring in memory of the fallen. Our group counted among a parking lot full of riders on that solemn afternoon.

The NVAO, (refer to web link) held their annual board meeting and reunion in Milwaukee, WI, on the weekend of Aug. 29 – 31. Riders from the reaches of NE to OH, and as far south as AL gathered to relive the experiences of the 2014 NVAR, and plan the 11th annual ride in 2015. Coincidently, the 1st Milwaukee Rally added to the excitement with exhibits and entertainment at the H-D Museum and a big show at the House of H-D. Thunder storms passed timely with our tour of the museum and ride through town and along the lake front. Sunshine graced our parking lot farewells until we meet for the next Ride. Mine returned through the back roads of central WI for another stroll through High Ground, where a rotation of motorcycles, and cars, pass through with gratitude for their freedom.

Regarding the book, Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to The Wall – In the Spirit of Freedom; years of literary study and rewrites bring it closer to print. The extent and depth of the journey grew beyond my imagination and demands. Its presentation improved with each rewrite . As with many of its structural changes, the title and sub-title have been switched, and the home page of the wet site will receive a face lift to fit it. In late September and October, I will present the manuscript for professional edits and evaluations. Their direction and comments will set me on a rewrite for the final edit – and on to print – early in 2015.


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