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On The Cover

Mega Mile

August 23, 2014

Calendar Of Events............................................4
Proud To Be An American..............................8
Hot Shots..............................................................12
NCOM News Bytes..........................................16
On Eagles Wings.............................................25
The Jokers Wild..............................................26
Biker Friendly Directory..............................32
Advertisers Index..........................................44
Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon
1528 Matlock Drive
Chapmansboro, TN 37035
Corporate Office: 615-792-0040
Fax: 615-792-7580

Here we are in the big finale month of all the summer

fun with so many exciting events happening this month!
Everyone is going full charge to get the last hoorays
in for the summer of 2014 you wont want to miss
going to at least one of these events: Weve got the
11th Anniversary of the East Coast Motorcycle Rally
going on 8/6 8/10. Also on 8/10, Slades Park has
another action packed day of Dirt Drag racing if you
havent been to one yet this year, you have got to check
it out! From the little tikes on bikes, ATVs racing to the
crowd favorite heavy duty top fuelers screaming down
the trackI love this place! 8/16 is Waugh HarleyDavidsons 16th Annual Big Daddys BBQ for a day of
great eating & fun events. 8/23 is the AMA Pro Racing
Mega Mile @ Colonial Downs where the countrys top
riders will be competing at speeds of 130mph! 8/30 is
Southside Harley-Davidsons Annual Bike Show, Bikini
Pageant, Bike Wash, & Cookout with the World Famous
Free Lunch!...always a good time! Aug 29th to Sept
1st head down to Grandy, NC for all the fun at Barrys
Walnut Island during the 14th Annual Outer Banks Bike
Show with a $1000 Poker Run to help out the Navy
Seal Foundation. Check our event calendar online for
the latest updates on these and all of the rest of the
events going on in the coming months.
As always, wed like to thank you all for being here with
us & please keep all the great pictures & articles coming! Drop us a line anytime & let us know how were
doing or how youre doing or just to say HEY Weve
got some exciting new features & a contest that everyone can get involved in, coming this fall so be sure stay
with us to catch all the fun!
On a personal note, Id like to say a huge & very warm
THANK YOU to all of my friends who have been there
for me through some rough times. Like the saying
FRIENDS, it surely is true & I thank you for sticking
with me & helping me stand my ground & just stand
periodI love you all
Behave & be safe....enjoy your ride & we will see you
out there somewhere real soon!
Happy Trails to you, until we meet again



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Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church,

414 S. Battlefield Blvd,
Chesapeake, VA 23322
First Simple Church Williamsburg is a biker friendly church teaching a
simple Gospel message for a complex world in a friendly, non-threatening
atmosphere. We take Scripture and demonstrate it for todays application.
Come as you are and wear what you want. We combine hymns with
contemporary music. Our pastor and his wife both ride Street Glides and
ride their bikes to church nearly every Sunday. Located off Route 5 in
Williamsburg, (at the Route 5 bridge, 16401 Chickahominy Bluff Road),
services are held Sundays at 10am with a fellowship time at 0930 that
includes hot coffee and fresh breakfast treats. Contact Pastor Sam Frye at
804-829-2002 or visit our web site at for more
information. Come enjoy church as it was meant to be enjoyed!
Liberty Biker Church
Our focus is sharing the Word of God with the motorcycle community,
without all the preconceived ideas that you have to dress a certain way or
look like everyone else. For anyone who thinks you have to fit in or be like
everyone else, guess what: People can be different. And so is Liberty Biker
Church.Come visit us in our new, permanent location in Suffolk! Hangaround
(social) time: 10 a.m. with free donuts and coffee Worship service: 11 a.m.
with contemporary music. Our address is 4165 Pruden Blvd. (Route 460),
Suffolk, VA, contact is Pastor Jim Manner, (757) 376-3612
Leonardtown, Md. Rushing Wind Ministry, 25530 Point Lookout Rd,(Rt.5)
Gordon Bacon Preacher, 240 577 0605, Every
Third Sunday at 2pm-5pm Gathering for a Fellowship meal and Time of
Ministry of the Word of God. Bible study every Wednesday night at 7pm8:30. Home Of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry. Facebook; RushingWind
MotorcycleMinistry. Third Saturday Rushing Wind M/M Ride (All are
welcome to attend). Meet Same Time and Place each month.(contact us for
more info) 240-577-0605.

Tidewater Motorcycles Chili Dog Social

EVERY TUESDAY Free Chili Dogs every Tuesday at Tidewater Motorcycles.
4324 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434. visit
for more info.

Aug 2nd
2nd Annual Pat Pollard Poker Run - Spotsylvania
CANCER RESEARCH At Printpack Inc. 3551 Lee
Hill Drive, Fredericksburg 22408. Registration at 9:00
A.M Kickstands up at 10:30 A.M. LIVE MUSIC, FOOD,
stops in Colonial Beach, Fairview Beach, Port Royal and
Lake Anna. The final stop will be at One Life Cycles near
Lake Anna, 5700 Fenton Road, Spotsylvania 22551. Poker
run: Raffle: Corn hole tournament: *Cost includes meal
ticket $5 ea. $3 single player. $25- per bike. $10 for 3. $5
per team (2 players). $5 per additional rider/hand. Cash
preferred! Credit will be accepted for small additional fee. All
proceeds will go toward Angiosarcoma research. PLEASE


A DONATION. For updates, donations and more information
please visit:
Questions? Contact Randy, (804) 9255188 or Wayne (540) 220-2453
Aug 6th 10th
11th Anniversary East Coast Motorcycle Rally
(formerly known as East Coast Sturgis) Little Orleans, MD
Live Music by the Outlaws! 2 Stages-9 bands! Bike Show
* Tattoo Contest * Vendors * Burn Out Pit * Camping *
Motorcycle Demolition Derby * Motorcycle Stunt Shows *
Local Bike Attractions * Rolling Mountains Poker Run * Field
Events * Scenice Motorcycle Rides * Partying & Much More!
Presented by Apple Mountain Productions. (301) 478-3421.
Aug 9th
Rat Roast Harbinger, NC
Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks
H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 3388866,
Aug 10th
Rural Retreat Vol. Fire Department 7th Annual Poker
Run Rural Retreat, VA 7th Annual Rural Retreat Vol. Fire
Department Poker Run Sunday August 10th. Sign up begins
@12pm Kickstands up @ 1pm. RRFD 210 East Rail Road
Ave. Rural Retreat Va, 24368. Meal provided after ride. For
more info contact C.J.Earles @ 276-617-1439 or cjearles@
Aug 10th
Motorcycle & ATV Dirt Drags @ Slades Park Surry, VA
Gates open at 9am. Admission $15. Kids under 10 not racing
are FREE. Free vendor setup please call 1st. Trophies &
Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at its Best Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes.
No Colors No Glass No Dogs! Race information contact
Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or email
Aug 16th
16th Annual Big Daddys BBQ Orange, VA
Free BBQ from 11am until its gone- live music- vendorschildrens activities- pin striping- patch sewing- DJ and more!
Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson, 385 Waugh Blvd,
Orange VA 22960. 800-88-WAUGH,
Aug 23rd
Elkton Area United Services Annual Motorcycle Benefit
Ride Elkton, VA Its that time again! Elkton Area United
Services (EAUS) is hosting its annual Motorcycle Benefit
Ride. All donations and proceeds provide emergency
assistance to local families or individuals. The benefit will
take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Registration will


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open at 9:00 AM and the ride will begin at 10:00 AM. The cost
is $20 per bike. Any type of motorcycle is welcome! Breakfast is
included! The starting point will be Elkton Area United Services,
218 W Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA and will end with a delicious
lunch served at Merck Park. Rain date will be Sunday, August
24,2014. If you have any questions, please contact Marsha
Deavers 540 298-2900 ext 205.
Aug 23rd
Ride for the Pirate VI Yorktown/Dumfries
6th Annual Ride for the Pirate. Register on-line at: www. $15 per captain (rider) $5 per bucko on
back. FREE T-Shirts!! Party with our DJ!! DOOR PRIZES!! 50/50
RAFFLE!! Two Great Rides for One Great Party! On Saturday,
August 23rd, we will ride to remember Lt. Commander Joe
Rodriguez, a great American hero. Joe was the Godfather of
tactical Law Enforcement in the Coast Guard and risked his
life many times to ensure our freedom. He lost his toughest
battle against brain cancer. All proceeds will be donated to
the American Cancer Society, the Coast Guard Tactical Law
Enforcement Foundation and the college trust funds for his two
sons. Southeastern Virginia Ride Starting in Yorktown, Virginia,
9:00 - 10:00am. Registration for riders in the parking lot of
Hampton Roads Harley Davidson (6450 George Washington
Memorial Hwy., Rte 17, Yorktown, VA 23692). 10:00am Leave
Yorktown along Route 17 to Ricks on the River Restaurant at
Fairview Beach in King George County on the Potomac River
(6338 Riverview Drive, King George, VA 22485). For more info
on the Southeastern Virginia ride: Darren Myers (757) 286-3377, Northern Virginia Ride - Starting
in Dumfries, Virginia. 10:00 - 11:00am Registration for riders
in the Dumfries commuter lot at the intersection of VA-234
and Route 1 (Exit 152A off I-95 - lot is on the left across from
McDonalds). 11:00am Leave Dumfries and take a scenic country
ride to Ricks on the River Restaurant at Fairview Beach in
King George County on the Potomac River (6338 Riverview
Drive, King George, VA 22485). For more info on the Northern
Virginia ride: Okie (703) 586-5926 or Major Tom (719) 310-7660
Aug 23rd
AMA PRO RACING MEGA MILE Colonial Downs Pkwy-New
Kent, VA FLAT. TRACK. RACING. The countrys top riders
compete at speeds of 130 miles per hour over a 1 mile dirt oval!.
Race Day is Saturday, Aug 23rd Gates Open: 12 Noon. Timed
Practice: 1:15pm. Opening Ceremonies: 3:30pm. AMA Pro Racing:
4pm. Advance Ticket Prices-General Admission: $25. Reserved
Grandstand: $35. Reserved Box Seat: $40. Day of, walk up tickets
are available. Colonial Downs: Colonial Downs Parkway:
New Kent, VA 23124. (804) 966-RACE
Aug 23th
5th Annual Levi Memorial Dice Run Blacksville, WV
Annual Memorial Dice Run for LEVI MCVICKER. Registration will
be from 10- 12 at Just One More II in Blacksville WV. Last Bike
in by 6 pm. Live Music and food to follow. Awards given for Best

of Show Raffles: 50/50, gift baskets, and more...$15.00 Rider OR

$20.00 Couple. Non- Rider after party pass $10.00. For more info
call Sharon (304)290-9951. T-shirts Sold at Run. All proceeds
will benefit the WV Childrens Hospital and the Levi McVicker
Memorial Scholarship.
Aug 29th Sept 1st
14th Annual Barrys Outer Banks Bike Show Grandy, NC
ALL Bikes & Riders Welcome! $1,000 Poker Run Sat. Aug 30th
11am from Barrys. Show Competition Sun Aug. 31st 12pm to
2pm. For the Navy Seal Foundation. Barrys on Walnut Island.
169 Walnut Island Blvd., Grandy, NC 27939. (252)453-2261. www.
Aug 30th
Southside Harley-Davidsons Annual Bike Show, Bikini
Pageant, Bike Wash & Cookout Virginia Beach, VA
Featuring our World Famous FREE Lunch! Possible $2100.00
payout in gift cards & trophies. Bike Show registration 9am to
11am. 3 Classes, 6 categories. We want to see your Hand/
Home built customs! See our ad in this issue! Southside HarleyDavidson, 385 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462, (757)
Aug 30th
Rat Roast Harbinger, NC
Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D,
8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.
Aug 30th
Garage Party Harbinger, NC
Ladies come check your knowledge and skill with us. Outer Banks
H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866,
Aug 31st
Spirit Antique &Custom Bike Show Vienna, VA
Antique & custom Bike Show To Benefit Jills House, Sunday
Aug. 31 2014, 2:00 until 8:00PM, Vienna Moose Lodge 9616,
Courthouse Rd., Vienna VA. $20.00 Donation-Includes A Great
Buffet, Prizes, Raffles: A Day of Fun For All Ages. Questions on
Bike show Call Boston@804- 761-0765. Event Questions Rob
@703-851 5159
Sept 1st
Fireman Chili CookOff Clifton, VA
10 Fire stations go head to head for best chile. This is in
conjunction with Custom Cruisers Car AND Bike Show. No
admission, Food and Beverage Available. Entertainment by The
Fabulous Hubcaps. Direct questions to 703 472 8107. 800 til ?
Location: The whole Town of Clifton VA.
Sept 11th
Meeting Place for the 9/11 Rememberance Ride - Fort
Washington, MD 9/11- Remembrance Ride. Meeting place
for the ride though D.C. to remember the victims of 9/11. Visit for more information. Harley-Davidson of
Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road Fort Washington, MD
20744. 301-248-1200 | 888-HD-FEVER


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Sept 13th
Rat Roast Harbinger, NC
Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D,
8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866,
Sept 14th
Motorcycle & ATV Dirt Drags @ Slades Park Surry, VA
Gates open at 9am. Admission $15. Kids under 10 not racing are
FREE. Free vendor setup please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All
Classes. Top Fuel at its Best Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors No
Glass No Dogs! Race information contact Joe Brookman (804)
221-3959 or email
Sept 20th
Sinners to Saints Motorcycle Run Danville, VA
Sponsored by the Soldiers of the Cross Club. Registration begins
at 10am at Anglers Park in Danville, VA. Ride begins at 11am.
Entry fee is $10 per rider, plus 2 cans of food. Free Lunch.
Door Prizes. 50/50. Best in Show awarded. Ride route will be
announced at the event. All proceeds go toward the SOTC
Scholarship fund and the Blessed Hope Food Pantry. For more
information please contact Randy Southard at (336) 382-6788
September 20th
3rd Annual Evan Adams Memorial Benefit Ride Louisa,
VA Join us for the 3rd Evan Adams Memorial Benefit Ride in
Louisa, VA. Saturday, September 20th (Rain Date, Sept 27)
2014. Hosted by Court Caf and Pub, Blue Knights VA III and VA
XX MC. This is a complete 85 mile Police escorted ride through
beautiful Louisa county and Lake Anna. *Registration 9 A.M.
Court Caf and Pub, 209 W. Main St. Louisa *Bike Blessing 10:45
A.M. *Kickstands up at 11:00.
Sept 20th
Third Annual Heart Havens Ride for Independence Ashland,
VA Third Annual Heart Havens Ride for Independence at a
new location: Richmond Harley-Davidson 12200 Harley Club
Drive, Ashland, VA 23005. Info and advance registration: www. Pat or Sara: 1.877.442.8368.
Rider: $20. Passenger: $5. Registration open: 9:30am. Ride:
10:30am. Ride led by Hands of Rescue. Kids stuff, prize
drawings, 50/50, food, live music, Family Fun!
Sept 20th
Olde Dominion Chapter POW-MIA Riders WVMC Poker
Run Lynchburg, VA
American Legion Post 16 Greenview Dr. Lynchburg, VA.
Registration at 0900 kickstands up at 1000
Ride through the beautiful foothills of Virginia for a great cause.
Veterans Helping Veterans. Breakfast and lunch served with entry
fee. Contact Tom Bushley for more details. 434-429-1632
Sept 20th & 21st
The Turn Poker Run Manassas, VA
We are a group of local riders putting together a two-day
motorcycle poker run Sept. 20-21, 2014 in the Virginia and
Maryland area. This ride is going to be roughly 500 miles long.
Our goal is to set the record for the longest poker run in The
Guinness Book of World Records. The run will also be raising

money for the research of cervical and breast cancer, a cause

that is near and dear to our groups hearts. We are currently
working on the route and stops and are looking for sponsors and
volunteers. We will have a starting point in or near Manassas,
Virginia and ending back in the same area. The ride will have 5
stops along the route and an overnight stop. Stay tuned as we
publish more info. For More Information Visit our Website www.
Sept 24th 28th
Outer Banks Bike Fest Harbinger, NC
September 24-28th. Beautiful scenic riding. Guided tours. Bike
shows. Pokers run and more! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy,
Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866,
Sept 28th
The Pink Ride Virginia Beach/Chesapeake
We will have our 6th Annual ride with registration at 9:00 am at
Boneshakers Bat and Grill leaving there at 11:30 am to Eagles
Nest Rockin Country Bar. The Pink Ride raises money for our
endowment fund with Bon Secours to assist Hampton Roads
women fighting Breast Cancer with financial needs. Live music,
auction, vendors, custom 2004 Igniter Chopper giveaway. Raffle
tickets still available for $10.00. Registration cost $20.00 per
vehicle, $10.00 per rider. 2 to 4 wheel vehicles welcome! Come
help us make this our best year and enjoy the event!
Oct 4th
ISMC Poker Run Gloucester, VA
Iron Skullz MC is hosting the 5th annual Boys and Girls Club
Poker Run. October 4th 2014. All of the proceeds will go to
the Boys and Girls Club of Gloucester and Mathews County.
Registration begins at 9:00am at Beachcombers Grill, Hiway 17,
Yorktown Va. The run is at your own pace. Last bike out at 11:00
am. Last bike in by 3:00 pm. Ending at Damon & Co. Gloucester,
Va. $10.00 per person. Prizes Best and Worst hand!! 50/50
$CASH$ RAFFLE $2000.00 first prize LIVE MUSIC BY THE
HIGHER GROUND BAND Fresh Baked Goods BBQ Specials
Oct 5th
Motorcycle & ATV Dirt Drags @ Slades Park Surry, VA
Gates open at 9am. Admission $15. Kids under 10 not racing are
FREE. Free vendor setup please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All
Classes. Top Fuel at its Best Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors No
Glass No Dogs! Race information contact Joe Brookman (804)
221-3959 or email
Oct 9th 12th
Colonial Beach Bike Fest! - Colonial Beach, VA
The 1st Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest will be held October
9-12, 2014. This event will feature a variety of activities throughout
that weekend including vendors, live music, bike demos and
much more! How it all beganThe idea of a Bike Fest has
probably been crossing the minds of bikers in the area as well
as businesses in the local Colonial Beach community for years.
However, it just took a couple of local business owners along
with the general manager at All American Harley-Davidson and
disc jockey Ripley from 97.7 The Rocket to address the topic
over dinner and drinks one evening, for this event to hit the


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ground running and the rest is history. Colonial Beach is the

perfect destination for a bike Fest because its centrally located
to numerous biker communities in the Mid-Atlantic Region, has
an awesome layout to accommodate the festivities as well as
beautiful riding scenery and climate in the month of October!
Bringing the Colonial Beach Bike Fest to life, in October 2014, will
bring a community together, raise money for charities, boost local
businesses and become a fun tradition for bikers all over the East
Coast! Make plans now to join in the fun and youll be able to say
you were at the FIRST Colonial Beach Bike Fest years down the

for more information. All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old

Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637, 301-274-5000|888833-2REV

Oct 11th
9th Annual Poker Run Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 392 Presents its 9th annual run /
1st ever Battleship Run in memory of George Myers. October 11th
2014. Registration 9:00--10:30 $10.00 a Rider $5.00 a passenger.
First bike out at 10:00. There will be a $6.00 dollor Breakfast
buffet with drinks, free lunch at the end of the ride, with door prizes
50/50, auctions and more. Dont ride, cant ride, no problem All
Wheels Welcome. All proceeds benefit Cancer Research and
Veteran sponsored programs. We are located at 2408 Bowland
Parkway Virginia Beach VA 23453 behind Ghost Ship Tattoo on
London Bridge Road - VFW Post 392

Dec 6th
Christmas Open House - Fort Washington, MD
Join Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. for their annual
Christmas Open House. Free pictures with Santa! Free Food
(while Supplies last) Visit for more information.
Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road, Fort
Washington, MD 20744, 301-248-1200 888-HD-FEVER

Oct 11th
Rat Roast Harbinger, NC
Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D,
8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.
Oct 25th
Pirates Run Harbinger, NC
Scavenger hunt, Poker run. All proceeds benefit Currituck Kids
First, a great organization that helps kids and families that are
in need. Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC
27941, (252) 338-8866,
Oct 25th
Halloween Open House! - Fort Washington, MD
Join Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. for their Halloween
Open House. There will be costume contest for Adults and
Kids! Free food and free candy for the kids (while supplies last).
Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road, Fort
Washington, MD 20744, 301-248-1200 | 888-HD-FEVER www.
Oct 25th
Halloween Open House! Hughesville - MD
All American H-Ds Halloween Open House is sure to be Spooktacular! There will be a costume contest for all (adults, kids and
dogs)! Free food and candy for the kids (while supplies last)! The
7th Annual H.O.G. Chili Cook-off!- starts at 11am. Tasting over at
1pm/ Awards held at 1:30pm. Sign up by calling the dealership
or contacting the H.O.G. Chapter. Visit

Nov 15th
Currituck Toy Run Harbinger, NC
The Sheriff and Outer Banks H-D have been doing this one for
many years. Help us gather toys for the underprivileged kids in
Currituck for Christmas, all money helps buy toys and goes to the
shop with a cop program. Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy,
Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866,

Dec 20th
Free Pictures with Santa - Hughesville, MD
Join All American H-D for their Annual Christmas Open house!
There will be Free pictures with Santa! Free Food (while Supplies
last) Visit for more information. All
American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road,
Hughesville, MD 20637, 301-274-5000|888-833-2REV

Excerpt from the book Keeping the Promise
by Donna E. Elliott
On 21 January 1968,
my brother, SSGT Jerry
W. Elliott was declared
Missing-In-Action in Khe
Sanh, Vietnam. When
the 55th Joint Task
Force (JTF) investigated the loss site in
1999, his buddy, Mike
Teutschman and I were
After interviewing
two local residents who had scavenged the
Old French Fort, the team presented me with
a charred section of rotor blade from Black Cat
#027. The blade had survived a B-40 rocket
attack, laid undiscovered in the red dirt of Khe
Sanh until found by a farmer, and then spent
years holding up the corner of a cow pen.
Jerry had left his position as doorgunner on a
different chopper to assist survivors from this
crashed and burning helicopter when he disappeared. I brought it back to America.
May 2000, found us in the Pentagon parking
lot with Run For The Wall, waiting to ride in
the Rolling Thunder parade and carry the rotor
blade in a pine box to the Wall.
Many notables mingled with the bikers, but
I never knew the name of the man I remember
the most. He stared at the blade for a long time
before he spoke. He was one of two survivors
from a chopper crash. The other crewmember
had managed to return to the crash and recover
a small piece of stainless steel from the helicopter, which he used to make two crosses. The
vet reached into his pants pocket and a small
piece of silver flashed in his palm. He explained
this cross was never out of his sight; he carried
it with him at all times as a reminder of the
friends he had lost. Tears welled up in his eyes


an American

when he choked out, I dont know why I didnt

die that day; they were all such good men.
SSGT Jerry W. Elliott
Around noon, the lead bikes began to roll
out. As soon as the wheels stopped turning,
strong hands reached out to carry the heavy
wooden box to its final destination at Panel 35E
in an honor guard procession. One by one, the
riders touched Jerrys name with bowed heads
as a silent statement of respect. Overwhelmed,
I left the Wall.
Like a moth to a flame, I later returned.
While bending over the pine box, which now
overflowed with miscellaneous mementos, I lost
my balance and leaned into the Wall to break
my fall. Thats when I saw it. Tucked deep into
a corner of the pine box was the small silver
For reasons unknown, the Vietnam vet from
the parking lot had chosen to leave his talisman
at the Wall in remembrance of Jerry. His gift an
anonymous, selfless act, reminiscent of actions
Id heard combat vets share about their brother
soldiers on the battlefield.
I placed the cross on one end of the blade,
where it gleamed boldly. I hope my nameless
friend from the parking lot walked away from
the Wall that day with as much peace in his
heart as I felt at that moment.
Until they all come home

K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon aka
MaMa Thunder of Thunder Roads Tennessee


*I have been making these since I was 10 y.o. Thought I
invented them, then saw it on some cooking show. Who
1 Ground Beef Burger - however you like it; thick or thin, but
shape it the size to fit your bun and then push down gently in
the middle with your thumb so it will cook evenly.
4 Strips of Hickory-Smoked Bacon
1 X-Large Egg
2 Slices of Baby Swiss Cheese
5 Strips of Vidalia Onion, sauted golden brown
Now, you can grill your burger or fry it in a skillet,
and saut your onions up while frying burger and
pick them out and drain on paper towel. Put your cheese
on burger, add a little water to pan and cover with lid (keeps
moist & melts cheese fast), remove & drain on paper plate;
pile your onions on top, fry your egg in the grease, flip gently
and remove to a paper plate. Butter your buns and toast in
the oven. A toasted bun makes ANY burger better. Now just
build your burger and put the easy-over egg on top
and your favorite topping; mayo, ketchup, whatevva.
I break the yoke and let it run all down over the burger.
Woooeeee! damn, this is slap-ass good!
Compliments to: Michael Symon of The View - ABC (Handwritten while watching)
1/2 Cup of Cornstarch
1/2 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 Tbls. of Old Bay Seasoning (spice aisle or often
by seafood display) Ask grocery clerk
1 tsp. Cayenne
Pinch of Salt
1/4 Cup of Pilsner Beer (will say on label)
1/4 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup of Vodka
This better is awesome for Vidalia Onion Rings!
* Always use Peanut Oil for frying. It just holds
temperature better and gives a good, clean taste.
Dont re-use oil. Always use fresh so your food doesnt taste
like what you last fried.


Banana Pudding: Mix in a cooled glass bowl
1 Box of Vanilla Pudding Mix
1/2 Cup of Whole Milk
1 Whole Can of Condensed Milk
1 Level tsp. of Nutmeg
1 Container of Frozen Whipped Topping
(If you want seriously better taste, make your
own whip cream with 2 Cups of Confectioners
Sugar to 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream and 1 Tbl. of pure
Vanilla Extract. Just keep blending on High until stiff peaks
form and then stop or it will all turn back to liquid.) Tastes SO
much better though than the pre-made. And its so easy!
1 Box of Nilla Vanilla Wafer Cookies
4 Bananas; sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
Mix all ingredients together. Folding in the whipped cream
gently towards the end on low. Mix should be creamy, not
runny. In a larger glass serving bowl, place a layer of the
wafer cookies. Spread 1/4 of the pudding mix over the cookies. Lay 1/2 the banana slices over the pudding mix in a
single layer. Spread another 1/4 of the pudding mix over the
bananas. Repeat. Place any remaining cookies on top, but
break them up into halves, but cover completely.
Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
Great serving idea: Serve in big spoonfuls into very large but
squat heavy glasses or into
Mason Jars and add a scoop of high-quality Vanilla icecream for every great big spoonful of Nanner Pudding. This
is perfect for summer!
2 Cups of Watermelon; cubed
1 Ounce of Gin
2 Tbls. of Fresh Lime Juice
1/3 Cup of Ginger Ale
Full Lime Slices for Garnish
Puree the watermelon cubes & strain
Pour back into blender and add other ingredients
If want a stronger mix, add more gin, want it
lighter, add more Ginger Ale.
For kicks, scoop out some watermelon balls; freeze and add
to a chilled martini glass when serving up your mouth-watering Watermelon
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Learning to ride with a passenger on a motorcycle is vital to making your motorcycle a regular part of
your life. It can be a little scary at first but, using these tips, can be as comfortable as riding solo.
Make sure your bike can handle the extra weight.
Trying to carry a 350 pound man on the back of your Honda Cub is a bad idea, but so is carrying any
full-size adult on a motorcycle without making sure its prepared for the job. The added weight will impact
acceleration, braking, and suspension. While you cant do much about the acceleration, you should
make sure your brakes are in good shape to help stop a heavier load, and that your suspension is set
up for additional weight. Passenger foot pegs are also a must.
Getting on the motorcycle.
Ask your passenger to wait until you tell them you are ready before they try to mount. Make sure the
passenger pegs are down and then instruct them to mount from the left, non-muffler side. Make sure the
motorcycle is completely upright and that your legs are braced to keep it that way before your passenger
gets on the bike. While it may seem more stable when on its kickstand, the bike will be harder to
straighten once the extra weight comes aboard.
Tighter is better.
Instruct your passenger to hold on to you tightly. If they have a loose grip, they will be more likely slam into you when stopping
and also feel like theyre going to fall off when you accelerate. Regardless of how you feel about this technique, be it an added
bonus or it makes you slightly uncomfortable, its better than feeling like your passenger could slip off at any moment.
Even slight movements from your passenger will impact how your bike feels when turning. Inexperienced passengers have the
tendency to lean the opposite direction youre turning, for fear of falling off. Before departing, instruct them to stay as straight
as possible while simply looking over your shoulder to the side you are turning toward. That tiny amount of extra weight to the
inside, plus the consistency in their movements, will give you all you need to adjust your steering inputs accordingly.
Instruct your passenger to keep their feet on the foot pegs when you come to a stop. Your motorcycle is at its most vulnerable
when stopped, as gravity tugs it downwards without any gyroscopic forces pulling it forward and helping to keep you upright. Their
putting a foot down can unsettle the balance you have and tip you over. Also, at the end of your ride, ask them to wait to move until
you let them know you are ready. Then have them dismount the same way they got on toward the left, non-muffler side.
Additional Tips:
If you ride with passengers often, you may want to purchase passenger hand holds, either to wear or to attach to your
Ask your passenger not to turn around or make any sudden movements
Avoid high speeds or dramatic lean angles
If your passenger is able to reach the tank, they should use it to brace themselves when stopping or slowing
Keep in mind your stopping distances greatly increases with additional weight, and stopping will require extra effort on the
Agree on hand signals before you depart. One for, Pull over. Another for, Youre going too fast, slow down. As well as one
for, Im good, keep it up.
Drag your back brake to smooth out the ride at low speeds
As always, make sure anyone riding on a motorcycle is wearing safety gear that fits appropriately


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Nikki Haley recently signed a Motorcycle Equal Access Bill
that mandates equal treatment toward motorcyclists across
the state in all public areas. This legislation, sponsored
by Rep. Todd Atwater (R-Lexington), amends the Code of
South Carolina to keep local law enforcement agencies from
denying access to motorcyclists on public highways, bridges,
parking garages and essentially any publicly funded areas.
A lot of local motorcycle groups supported this bill, many
feeling that law enforcement has not treated them right for a
long time and they say theyre ready for a change. Theres
few municipalities, in particular, that want to stop motorcycles from parking in publicly funded taxpayer areas, said
one ABATE spokesperson. If tax payers are paying for a
garage, then they should not be allowed to tell us we cant
park there. Under the bill, cities and counties have to make
reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots
and garages. All this bill is about is equal access, this is
making sure that when you go to any city in this state that if
you have a motorcycle you have a place to park, said the
governor who is also an ABATE member, adding; As long as
I have been in office, ABATE has beenmy friends, and thats
because they fight for all the right things; theyve always
fought for safety, theyve always fought for individual rights,
theyve always fought to make sure that people have the
liberties they should have.

Justice Interim Committee on Wednesday, July 16. Critser,

who has worked in gang enforcement since 2008, said the
proliferation of gangs and gang members could be attributed
to multiple factors. Utah is an untouched state, meaning no
gang has claimed territory as its own. Also, law enforcement
in Utah is unaccustomed to dealing with outlaw motorcycle
gangs on a regular basis, he said. Its like a gold rush. Everybody is trying to get here and establish dominance in the
state so they can run a variety of their criminal activities and
make their money in the state, Critser testified to the committee. The state also is becoming increasingly attractive to
members of outlaw motorcycle clubs because Utah is largely
rural, said Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield), pointing out that
a number of clubs have hosted runs in Utah, including one
where several members racked up citations for multiple violations in numerous counties en route to Weber County, and
By the time they got there, they just turned around and went
home. They didnt want to deal with it any more, Ray said.
Really, youve got to make it expensive and uncomfortable
for these guys and they wont want to stick around. While he
offered no details, Ray said he intends to introduce a gang
initiative during the 2015 legislative session.


Outlawing the motorcycle clubs symbols represents the
latest weapon in a fight to stop Germanys rocker wars. In
the latest salvo of a battle to rein in outlaw motorcycle clubs,
authorities in Berlin are hitting the global Hells Angels brand
where it hurts most: the logo. Last month, the signature
Due to so-called Blue Laws influenced by early religious
winged deaths head and Hells Angels label featured on the
edicts, vehicle sales are prohibited on the Sabbath in several motorcycle clubs cut, or leather vest, were banned in the
states, but Missouri recently joined a growing list of states
capital as the symbols of a criminal organization. According
that are repealing these outdated bans. Governor Jay Nixon
to GlobalPost, a Hamburg judge outlawed Germanys first
signed HB1735 on Monday, June 23rd that will lift a ban on
Hells Angels charter in the city in 1983, but the Hells Angels
Sunday sales of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal
as an organization have never before been banned across
watercraft and other items typically sold by power-sports
Germany. Now the prohibition of the iconic logo has come
dealers. The legislation was championed by motorcycle ridabout through an ironic twist. When a former member of the
ers and at least one Harley-Davidson dealer from the Kansas banned Hamburg charter appealed to the court in April to be
City area, who told lawmakers that he was losing Sunday
allowed to wear the clubs colors, the judge interpreted the
business to a competitor in Kansas. When the measure
original ruling to mean that the Hells Angels logo is illegal not
takes effect August 28, Missouri will join Indiana, Pennsylva- only in Hamburg, but throughout the country. Now, all the
nia, New Jersey, New York and Maryland in removing their
other regions in Germany are thinking about that judgment,
Sunday sales bans over the past few years.Other states
said detective superintendent Matthias Frohn, deputy head
that currently prohibit the Sunday sales of motorcycles and
of the Berlin police division responsible for curtailing the citys
automobiles are Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine,
motorcycle gangs. Frohn says it remains to be seen whether
Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The
the broader ban on the clubs logo will be enough to finally
Missouri legislation does not repeal the states ban on Sunscatter the gang.
day sales of cars and trucks.
The Mongols Motorcycle Club has been formally refused perOUTLAW BIKERS A perceived proliferation of outlaw motor- mission to become a registered incorporated body in South
cycle gangs in Utah has led a veteran police officer to warn Australia. Despite claims by the club that it hosts recreationlawmakers that they need to get ahead of the curve. Theres al and charity events and that it was only formed because of
been a 300 percent increase in the members of outlaw
its members interests in American motorcycles, Acting Liquor
motorcycle gangs in Utah, compared to what we experienced Licensing Commissioner Dini Soulio has refused their applifive years ago, Utah County Sheriffs Sgt. Lane Critser told
cation. Senior legal sources told the Herald-Sun newspaper
members of the Legislatures Law Enforcement and Criminal that they believe the Mongols move was largely tactical and

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aimed at thwarting the provisions of the Serious and Organized Crime (Control) Act should police obtain association or
control orders against any members in the future. SA Attorney-General John Rau has endorsed the decision, made on
public safety grounds, to reject the Mongols incorporation
application. A Mongols source said the club was considering
a legal challenge to the ruling in the same successful way as
two previous legal challenges involving anti-bikie legislation.

ship mark, and Its legally owned by one entity, but held in
trust for the members. Its the votes of club members that ultimately determined who is allowed to wear the clubs patch.
Bikers throughout the state and nationwide identify with the
message being sent out and the ramifications, if the patch is
lost, it will affect us all. In southern California, widely respected members of all major clubs have met to discuss ways to
save the patch. A Facebook page SAVE the PATCH has
been set up since October and it states: It has become time
to further protect and defend our rights to ride, associate, and
enjoy our lifestyle for all motorcycle riders and enthusiasts. To
wear our respective clubs membership insignia, which have
been trademarked, copyrighted, and incorporated by these
organized entities. Representatives from a few of these
clubs in Southern California have come together to make the
initial steps in presenting and organizing the support of all
motorcycle clubs and riders to stand up and work to prevent
the freedoms we all value and enjoy from being eroded further, by an ever more intrusive government apparently bent
on tyrannical control, we all need to become involved and
work to defend that which we all enjoy about our lifestyle, be
it as a club member or independent riders. The good news
is, the passion to ride, the passion for freedom and the passion to preserve the life style is more than enough to unite
the Biker world in whatever stance it takes to SAVE THE
PATCH. To contribute, make checks payable to Trademark
Defense Fund and mail c/o NCOM, 7334 Topanga Canyon
Blvd, Suite 200, Canoga Park, CA 91303.


25TH IN PORTLAND, OREGON The National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) will host an NCOM Region 1
Meeting & Seminar on Saturday, October 25 at the Holiday
Inn - Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd in Portland, Oregon (503) 256-5000. NCOM Region 1 comprises
the states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and
Washington, and this annual Coming Together will feature a
seminar on the Defender Program & Freedom of the Road
Throughout the Nation talk by Paul Landers, U.S. Defender
Lt Commander and Liaison for COCs Texas; Profiling the
Big Win in Washington by Double D & Twitch - Outsiders
M/C, Washington State COC; and a seminar on Legal Issues
by Washington Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney
Marty Fox and Oregon A.I.M. Attorney Sam Hochberg. A
Regional Meeting will include discussions from participating state organizations, and continue with a Confederation
of Clubs Meeting with reports from representatives of each
Confederation present, and conclude with a Christian Unity
Seminar and Meeting. For further information, contact NCOM
at 800-ON-A-BIKE or visit
Do you identify yourself as a biker, a motorcyclist, or a
SAVE THE PATCH (Excerpted), by Spike The familiar
rider? To some motorcycle riders, the terms are fairly interrumble and roar of a pack of bikes, which is music to our
changeable. To others, the terms are more finely nuanced,
ears, may be a faintly distant tune in the future. The loudas the people behind the Oxford English Dictionary recently
est noise on the streets right now is the buzz and the buzz
discovered. Last February, the online edition for the Oxford
on the streets is SAVE THE PATCH. SAVE THE PATCH
English Dictionary rewrote its definition for biker after reis the culmination of many factors including decades of ever
ceiving complaints from motorcyclists. Riders took exception
increasing discrimination and persecution to Bikers, their orto the old definition which read: a motorcyclist, especially
ganizations and their lifestyle in general. We as bikers have
one who is a member of a gang: a long-haired biker in dirty
widely been subjected to unwarranted highway stops, redenims. nIn a poll of 524 motorcycle riders, nearly threefused admittance into establishments and misrepresentation quarters of them said the definition was inaccurate, while
by law enforcement and the media. The U.S. Department of 60% said it was dated and irrelevant. Another 21% had a
Justice last year filed a lawsuit seeking to seize control of the more passionate reaction, saying they were outraged and
trademarked logo of the Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club LLC, offended. In response, the Oxford University Press, which
arguing that the Mongols are a criminal organization and
publishes the OED, updated the definition to read: a motorthat the mark is used for intimidation; but the Mongols and
cyclist, especially one who is a member of a gang or group:
their attorneys argue that the government is overstepping
a biker was involved in a collision with a car. Were not sure
its bounds with the lawsuit, which they said would infringe
thats much better, but then we dont represent ourselves
on the rights of club members. Theyre trying to destroy
to be the most comprehensive dictionary of the English
the right of men to associate and indicate their association,
said Joe Yanny, an attorney representing the Mongols. Its
absolutely ridiculous. In addition to being a violation of club
QUOTABLE QUOTE: Let us form one body, one heart and
members free-speech rights, more importantly, its a duedefend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty,
process issue. The lawsuit breaks new ground in terms of
and the graves of our fathers. ~ Tecumseh (born 1768 near
trademark law, the attorney said, adding that it may end up at Chillicothe, Ohio - died 1813) Shawnee leader, folk hero
the Supreme Court. Unlike a business trademark controlled
by a single entity, the Mongols logo is a collective member-


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July 31, 2014
This years Virginia Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable will
be held on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Hilton Garden
Inn in Downtown Richmond, which is located at 501 East
Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219. While we understand that
this is Labor Day Weekend, we have no other weekends
available that do not put us to close too the start of the 2015
legislative session.
The Legislative Roundtable is where Virginia Motorcyclists gather to discuss issues of importance to the motorcycling community, and to have input on the 2015 legislative
agenda to be presented to the Virginia General Assembly
by the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists.
The Roundtable will start at 12:00 P.M. and usually lasts
three to four hours. If you can make it we would welcome
your voice in deciding the issues that need to be addressed
in 2015. In past years the Roundtable was the starting
point for legislation such as Virginias red light bill, our prohibition against motorcycle only checkpoints, the modification
of the Virginia Code to allow two two-wheeled motorcycles
to travel abreast in a single lane, legislation improving
Virginias Rider Education Program, and the creation of
the autocycle category in Virginia Code in order to remove
three wheeled automobiles from Virginias motorcycle accident data.
If you are interested in attending we would welcome you
around the table. If you are unable to attend but want to
express your ideas, or if you have any questions concerning this years Virginia Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable,
please do not hesitate to contact me.
On a final note, Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group
is accepting nominations for this years Tom McGraths
Leading Wheel Award. If you know of an individual who
has made an outstanding effort to improve motorcycling or
motorcycle safety, please send me their information and a
description of their achievements. Nominees can be someone who has made a significant achievement to improve
motorcycling, or someone whos body of work over time has
significantly benefited motorcycling or motorcycle safety.
Remember that members of the Motorcycle Law Group are
not eligible to receive the award.
As always, if you have any questions or comments concerning anything that I have written please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group

Do You Know When To Re-Tire?


anywhere from 4-6 years depending on storage conditions

such as humidity and temperature extremes even while its
sitting unused in a storage facility. So, the new tires you
By Matt Gelinske, TRM Indiana
just bought online last month for your bike could actually
Do you know how to find your tire date stamp??? Did you have already been a couple of years old and well into the
disintegration process before you bought them. The tread
know that your tire has a expiration date??? Yes, believe
can even look perfectly fine as if it just rolled off the assemit or not, just like food your tires are not safe to use after
bly line, but the structural integrity can be weakened and
a certain time! Unfortunately for the motorcycle industry
possibly deadly. Then, the dried out rubber being suscepthough, theres no official regulation for this, and there are
tible to the elements, can start to visually dry rot on the
no specific laws against selling older & out-of-date tires. At
outside. Theres no rhyme or reason to how long it takes a
least not in this country, but Europe and Asia have lots of
regulations & laws about this not to mention theres nothing tire from here to actually become unsafe, but who wants to
find out?
in our country that protects us specifically. So I thought I
Online tire superstores and auction sites dont alwould post up some information on the subject and hopeways have NEW/RECENT tires. A lot of times they are the
fully better inform our fellow riders on what to look for and
leftovers from the manufacturers that they dont want to sell
how to determine if you are running out of tire time.
These days everyone shops on the internet and purchas- anymore because they are out of date. Again, I am totally
in favor of finding good deals online and elsewhere . just
ing items for your bike is right up there with saving on that
be aware of the manufacturer dating system for tires and
certain widget you cant live without on Ebay or Amazon. I
be on the look out for OLD and OUT OF DATE tires being
am totally in favor of finding a deal and using the internet
advantageously. So, it only makes sense that more & more sold as new! I admit, my shop was not as big as some of
people are shopping for their motorcycle tires online now in- these large name brand dealers but I NEVER installed a
tire bought from my inventory older than one year after the
stead of at their local motorcycle shop. Just for clarification
manufacture date. Do NOT be afraid to ask your local shop
I have been in the motorcycle industry as a shop owner for
some 11 years and I have had more and more customers of to show you the tire and verify the manufacture date on the
tire before they install it!
late that brings us a set of tires to install for them that they
purchased elsewhere (usually on the net). The problem
I have been seeing is that people are buying motorcycle
bold but I have seen way to many people that cheap
tires from these online superstores and auction sites for
getting the right tire for their bike. Check to make
pretty cheap prices, but they arent always getting what they
THINK theyre getting. Some are legitimate deals absolute- sure that the tire you are buying meets the recommended
manufacturers specs for your bike. I can not tell you how
ly, but others can be a little suspect and some down right
many people have came into my shop with a internet tire
purchase in hand and it was load rated for a bike half the
Motorcycle tires are obviously made of rubber. Rubber
size of what they wanted to mount it on. Just because
of course is an organic material that breaks down over a
the tire size is the same does NOT mean that the tire can
period of time. Ever stretched an old rubber band and its
handle the weight and lateral forces that your bike can put
cracked & just snaps or crumbles? Tire manufacturers like
on it. Of all things on your bike, do not go half-assed on the
Michellin, Dunlop, and Pirelli all produce motorcycle tires
by the 10s of thousands at a time. After they are produced, very thing that connects you and your bike with the road!
The next time you purchase tires look for the number
they are sprayed with an oil-based film before they sit on
on the sidewall and make sure the tire is the right
shelves and in warehouses. This film is a protectant of
tire for your size of bike. Your internet bargain
sorts and is meant to extend a tires shelf life before it ever
kisses the asphalt. When a tire is installed on a motorcycle, may be too good to be true after all. And if its not, at least
you did your due diligence!
the film is quickly ridden off after a couple of miles on the
street. This is why its always recommended to take it easy
on your tires when you first get them. However, even with
the tire film, there still is a slow deterioration process that
is taking place within the rubber compound itself. And
because of this, all tires are required by the DOT to be
stamped with a manufacture date. Very similar to a born on
date on a Budweiser bottle (DO NOT DRINK & RIDE). For
motorcycle and car tires, the date stamp shows the WEEK
and the YEAR the tire was produced. For instance, your tire
might have the stamp 1910 on it which would mean the
19th week in 2010. Heres a visual:
1910 = 19th week in 2010
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Do youknow that you are more than a conqueror? Do you really
The anointing
know that? That is what God says about you, right? This is Gods
Word to you: Rom 8:37 But in all these things we are more than
us; isnt that
conquerors, through him that loved us. We is you and me. We are
more than a conqueror right now.
Its the truth of
The fact that we are more than a conqueror is reality. It is the truth.
Gods Word that
Faith is always now and your faith makes you a conqueror right now! It
sets you free.
is something we are guaranteed because of Gods promise. You and I
John 8:32. Acknowledge that Christ is in you and living His life through
have to make a choice to believe it. It is a very powerful truth.
you. Say this boldly every day: I can do all things through Christ who
To be a conqueror is tremendous. Conquer means to triumph, to
strengthens me and I am more than a conqueror.
overcome, to win, to succeed or to be victorious. Romans 8:37 in the
When you realize who you are in Christ and what you do through Him,
New American Standard is translated, we overwhelmingly conquer
you will never be stopped from beginning a new project. In the past, you
through Him who loved us. This is our victory! The adversary is
might have hesitated because you didnt know how to begin or what to
defeated and can no longer triumph in our lives.
expect. The unknown brings fear and ultimately paralyzes you and your
We are more than a conqueror because the love of Jesus is on the
growth. But now you know; what was it again? Yeah, you can do all
inside of us and this victory is yours by faith, not by works. No matter
things through Christ and you are more than a conqueror; there you go!
what you and I have done or how we may have failed in the past, we
are more than a conqueror. Dont ever forget it.
See yourself under the attacks of the enemy and overcoming all of
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victory and the defeat of the enemy.
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Favorite Quote, We live in a
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real world with real people who
Look into the Word of God to learn who you are in Christ. Then be
are looking for real answers.
so single-minded about who you are that nothing, no person or no
situation can ever change that image. Make a choice to accept your
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You can do it; you can do all things through Christ who strengthens
you; that is a different scripture that we have to trust and stand on,
because it will change our life.
You and I are unbeatable in Christ, not in ourselves. There is nothing
that God wants you to do that you cannot accomplish. It is through the
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that we are more than conquerors.
Fear cannot stay when you realize that you can do all things through
Christ. You dont have to be tormented any more when you realize
the source of your strength. I have to remind myself many times that
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This morning on Hwy. 12, I looked over to my left and

there was a woman in a brand new Cadillac doing 65 mph
with her face up next to her rear view mirror, putting on her
eyeliner. I looked away for a couple continue
shaving; and when I looked back she was halfway over in
my lane, still working on that makeup. As a man, I dont
scare easily, but she scared me so much; I dropped my
electric shaver, which knocked the donut out of my other
hand. In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car
using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked
my cell phone away from my ear, which fell into the coffee
between my legs! splashed and burned Big Jim and the
Twins, ruined the damn phone, soaked my trousers, and
disconnected an important call.
Damn women drivers!

Ma was in the kitchen fiddlin around when she hollers

out....Pa! You need to go out and fix the outhouse! Pa replies, There aint nuthin wrong with the outhouse. Ma yells
back, Yes there is, now git out there and fix it. So......Pa
mosies out to the outhouse, looks around and yells back,
Ma! There aint nuthin wrong with the outhouse! Ma
replies, Stick yur head in the hole! Pa yells back, I aint
stickin my head in that hole! Ma says, Ya have to stick yur
head in the hole to see what to fix. So with that, Pa sticks
his head in the hole, looks around and yells back, Ma!
There aint nuthin wrong with this outhouse! Ma hollers
back, Now take your head out of the hole! Pa proceeds to
pull his head out of the hole, then starts yelling, Ma! Help!
My beard is stuck in the cracks in the toilet seat! To which
Ma replies, Hurts, dont it?

Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed

by unforeseen circumstances. While attending a Marriage
Weekend, my wife and I listened to the instructor declare,
It is essential that husbands and wives know the things
that are important to each other.. He then addressed the
men, Can you name and describe your wifes favorite
I leaned over, touched my wife gently, and whispered,
Gold Medal-All-Purpose, isnt it? And thus began my life
of celibacy.........

A pharmaceutical truck that was fully stocked with various

prescription medications was stolen today. The majority of
the inventory consisted of Viagara. The police have asked
the public to assist them by being on the lookout for a group
of hardened criminals.

Four guys go fishing. The conversation went this way:1st

guy: I had to promise my wife that I would paint every room
in the house next weekend to come fishing. 2nd guy: I had
to promise my wife that I would build her a new deck for
the pool. 3rd guy: I had to promise my wife that I would
remodel the kitchen for her. They realized that the fourth
guy has not said a word. So, whats your delio? Whatd
you have to promise? 4th guy: I just set my alarm for 5:00
am. When it went off, I shut off the alarm, gave the wife
a playful little slap on the ass and said: Fishing or Sex,
your choice? And she groggily replied, Be sure and
wear sun-block, honey.


A lawyer boarded an airplane in New Orleans with a box

of frozen crabs and asked a blonde flight attendant to take
care of them for him. She took the box and promised to
put it in the crews refrigerator. He advised her that he was
holding her personally responsible for them staying frozen,
mentioning in a very haughty manner that he was a lawyer,
and proceeded to rant at her about what would happen if
she let them thaw out. Needless to say, she was annoyed
by his behavior. Shortly before landing in New York , she
used the intercom to announce to the entire cabin, Would
the lawyer who gave me the crabs in New Orleans please
raise your hand? Not one hand went up, so she took them
home and ate them.
Two lessons here:
1. Many lawyers arent as smart as they think they are.
2. Many blondes arent as dumb as most folks think.

BACK InThe Day

Come as
you are!

seven cities

freedom biker church

hangout time: Sundays @ 10:00 am

Worship rally:
sundays @10:30 am

Now meeting @ old Blakeleys building

414 s. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, Va 23322

previously meeting in VA Beach

Biker Pals

LuAnn & Jimmy Carr with Chloe Harley Angel Carr


Summertime Cowboy


Thunder Roads sponsored AMA Pro Harley
Davidson Rider Ryan Kerr was excited about
traveling west for his first race at Mazda Raceway
in Laguna Seca, California on July 12th. Kerr
explains, I have never been to the California
track but experts rate the track as one of the
most challenging in the AMA Pro Racing Series.
Following my weekend; the experts are right and
the track put my abilities to the test!
Kerrs practice and qualify times improved with
every lap but a rookie mistake caused the young
rider to crash during the final laps of qualifying.
Fortunately his team went to work and had his
bike race ready. Kerr reflects on the weekend and
states, The weekend was full of ups and downs
but overall it was good. The race was a battle
and I am happy with my 6th place finish and even
more thrilled with my lap times. My times prove
that I can ride with the leaders and become a
top competitor in this series. I couldnt be more
excited for next weekend and my hometown race
at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course! Im hoping to see
a lot of my Thunder Roads family at the track;
stop by and see me at the fan walk and pick up
an autographed poster!
Become a member of the Ryan Kerr Fan Club by
checking out his website at www.Flyinryankerr.
com. Also, take the time to like the Ryan Kerr
Racing facebook fan page to get the latest
information about Ryan and his racing career.

The People Of Walmart


Wild West Walmart you think youre at, but I highly
doubt they allow horses in their store. Can you get
a D.U.I. on a horse? I hope so.


does someone convince themselves that others will be impressed with his 2 foot mohawk
and its totally worth his time and effort?

REDNECK WATERFALL: Look how glorious that skullet is. Magnificent. Ive heard of
flowing locks but a cascading waterfall? Thats
monumental brother.


Looks like Elviss man boobs are trying to
leave the building.

OODLES OF NOODLES: Get this summers hot

new hair style. Go to your stylists and tell em to
give you that cheap Ramen noodle doo. College
kids everywhere will love it.

DONT MIND IF I DO: Every time I venture

into the wild world of Walmart I feel like I need
a nap to recharge my batteries too. I just
happen to wait until I get home, but whatever
floats your boat.

THE BASE COAT: Just getting a quick bronze on

at Wallyworld, no big deal. Push those stomped out
cigarette butts out of the way and youve got yourself an
ideal place to relax, catch some rays and people watch.

ROLL ONE UP HOMIE: Im not sure if you accidentally got some TP stuck to your pants as you pulled
them up or if you actually have an entire roll stuffed
in the back there. That seems like a ton of TP!

THE PRODUCE PRINCESS: See that everybody, they even have Walmarts in a land far, far
away. Thats impressive geographical scouting. Is
there anywhere you dont reach, Walmart?

Check out more of these Special Shoppers at


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Its important for you to know who
your friends are out there when you hit
the road! Welcome to our Motorcycle
Friendly Directory. The following is a
list of establishments throughout the
Mid-Atlantic that want you to know that
theyre here for YOU. Whether its a bike
dealer, service shop, restaurant, bar or any
other type of business that welcomes our
biking community through their doors,
you can count on our family of friends
to always welcome you in. ALL of our
regular advertisers can be found, in bold,
throughout this listing. All of our friends
listed are Motorcycle Friendly & most
of them ride too, so they know exactly
what you want & need. The staff here at
Thunder Roads greatly appreciates of all
of our advertisers continuous support
each month - they are the sole financial
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our Thunder Roads family of Motorcycle
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Outer Banks

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4768 US Highway 211 West

8739 Caratoke Hwy

Luray, VA 22835

Harbinger , NC 27941

(540) 743-2040




Patriot Harley-Davidson *

Bayside Harley-Davidson*
2211 Frederick Blvd.
(I-264, Exit 5)
Portsmouth , VA 23704
(757) 397-5550
Big Daddyz Cycles *
2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy.
Hayes, VA 23072
(In Gloucester County)
(4 miles over the Coleman)
fax# 804-642-1461
Departure Bike Works *
5216 Hull St
Richmond, VA 23224
(804) 231-0244

Rommel Harley Davidson of Delmarva*

22586 Sussex Hwy.
Seaford, Del. 19973
also on Facebook

Harley Davidson of Quantico*

17975 Main Street
Dumfries, VA 22026

All American Harley-Davidson *

(703) 221-3757

8126 Leonardtown Rd.

Hughesville, MD 20637
(888) 833-2REV
Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC *
9407 Livingston Rd.
Ft. Washington, MD

North Carolina
Nags Head Harley-Davidson*
4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail Hwy.
158 Bypass, Milepost 13
Nags Head , NC 27959
(252) 255-5922


Garys Automotive Again *

23220 Airport Street
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 733-8644

Groves Winchester
Harley-Davidson *
140 Independence Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
(800) 777-4275 or
(540) 667-5655
Hampton Roads
6450 George Washington
Memorial Hwy
Yorktown, VA
(757) 872-7223

9739 Fairfax Blvd

Fairfax, VA
(703) 352-5400


Bikers Depot*
612 Nevan Road, Suite 108
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 962-0159

Royal Silver Manufacturing*

Company, Inc.
3300 Chesapeake Blvd.,
Norfolk, VA
(757) 855-6004-phone
(757) 855-0017-fax

Cavellis Inc*
3514 Oaklawn Blvd
Hopewell, VA 23860
(804) 458-2016
1920 Atlantic Ave


Virginia Beach, VA

6906-B School Ave.

(757) 425-2458

Richmond, Va 23228

Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.*

Harley-Davidson, Inc. *
385 North Witchduck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 499-8964
Waugh Enterprises
385 Waugh Blvd
Orange, VA 22960


Tom McGraths
Motorcycle Law Group*
The Firm That Rides
Dedicated to protecting
the rights of injured
Office Locations:
Virginia - Richmond,
Newport News, Roanoke
South Carolina - Cayce,
Surfside Beach

4324 Godwin Blvd

Suffolk, VA 23434
(757) 255-4200

Rider Insurance
For Riders. By Riders
North Carolina
Barrys Walnut Island
Restaurant, Lodge,*
Sports Center & Marina
169 Walnut Island Blvd
Grandy, NC 27939
(252) 453-2261
Alley Caf and Sports Lounge*
688 N Main St.
Kilmarnock, VA 22482
(804) 436-1100

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Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill *

7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy,
Rt 17 North
Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218

Contact Joe Brookman

(804) 221-3959 or
fax (804) 737-0616


Game On Sports Bar & Grill

15532 WC Commons Way
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 794-9500

North Carolina

Goochland Restaurant
2966 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063
(804) 556-9990
Home of the Bulldog Burger!
Gullivers Crossflight
Restaurant *
11931 Centre Street
Chester, VA 23831
(804) 796-3259
Jens Place
4027 Bainbridge Blvd.,
Suite 401
Chesapeake, VA 23324
(757) 962-1629

McKenney, Va. 23872

(804) 469-9003

Barrys Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,*

Sports Center & Marina
169 Walnut Island Blvd
Grandy, NC 27939
(252) 453-2261

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301 S. Railroad Ave
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 752-4688



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P.O. Box 16910
Chesapeake, VA 23328
24 Hour Service
Toll free 1-800-GET-MY-BAIL

Alternative Investigation*
A Private Investigations
Office (757) 410-5645
Gale (757) 274-3074
Brenda (757) 572-6701


Peaco Towing Inc.*

6906 School Ave.
Richmond, Va 23228

McKenney Kuts
20710 First Street

Outlanders River Camp*

4253 US Hwy 211 West
Luray, VA
(540) 743-5540


Graffitis Ink Gallery

3 locations &
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Tattoo & Piercing
Custom Tattoos by Rex
(804) 240-2114
Sandston VA
111 W. Williamsburg Rd
Sandston, VA 23150
(804) 328-6989
7122 Mechanicsville Tpke
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
(804) 559-4658
2311 Hungary Rd
Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 261-5689


Journey Ministries
12114 Boydton Plank Road
Dinwiddie Va. 23841
Services are Wednesday
night bible study at 6:30 and
Sunday morning Sunday
school at 9:00 and Worship
at 10:00.
Contact Pastor Tammy
Hayes @ 804-712-3245


M & Bs Towing
M & T Towing
Buzzys Towing Service Inc.
Office 1: 817 48th Street
Newport News, VA 23607
Office 2: 317a Bypass Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 771-7959

Rushing Wind Biker

Church Monthly Meeting
All Are Welcome
First Sunday monthly
from 11am to 12:30
Location Leonardtown Grill, 25470
Point Lookout Rd,
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Facebook; RushingWind

Seven Cities
Freedom Biker Church*
414 S. Battlefield Blvd,
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Bikers Depot
Slades Park

612 Nevan Road, Suite 108

Dirt Drag Racing

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

1111 Mount Ray Drive

(757) 962-0159

Surry, Virginia 23883

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By Dennis Martin
Back in early July, Harley-Davidsons Project LiveWire, The Experience Tour began to
cross the country along Route 66. I was able
to get a close up look of the electric motorcycle labeled LiveWire in Kirkwood, MO
at Docs Harley-Davidson. This was one of
the early stops on the 30 stop tour. Keep in
mind that these electric motorcycles are not
for sale and this tour is to get feedback from
the riding public. The largest hurdle at this
point is in the technology of storing power in
batteries that are small and can charge rather
quickly. Once a leap in technology happens,
the market of electric vehicles will most
certainly take off. The current electric vehicle
batteries are big and heavy in order to have
a user friendly product. Whether or not an
electric vehicle is meant for you certainly
depends on how you intend to use it. Higher
rates of speed uses more power from the
battery, so an electric car on a highway doing
60mph may only go 200 miles before recharging. On the flip side of that, a city driver that
may only see speeds of 30mph will be able to
go about 350miles. Then there is the added
weight to the vehicle to take into account, as
well as the recharging time. As you can see
there are many variables thus this Project
LiveWire is a great way to collect information
from the consumers.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff
Richlen, the Chief Engineer - New Product

Delivery, of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The 33 electric motorcycles on tour are demonstrators and were specifically built for the demonstration experience. The main focus is
getting the riders input of an electric motorcycle, so that if they
were to go to the market in the future, H-D wants to meet the
riders expectations of a great electric motorcycle. They could
have built a prototype, put it on display with ropes around it for
everyone to look at it, but thats not the Harley-Davidson way.
Since they are going to take the voice of the riders, they want
everyone to be able to touch it and sit on it to get a true experience.
Project LiveWire is certainly doing what they want it to do.
Everyone was able to make their own assessment by seeing,
touching and listening to the motorcycle. Simply go to project., so that everyones voice will be heard with
this customer-led product. When the LiveWire goes into production, the performance and specifications will be much different than these demonstrator models. Breakthroughs in technology happen all the time and Harley-Davidson will be prepared to
capitalize on the electric motorcycle market with an outstanding
ride. To find out when the tour is coming to your area, go to the
website Some locations are now
allowing demo rides.
A few specs on these demonstrator motorcycles:
Top speed
92 MPH
50 miles
under 4 seconds
52ft lbs constantly
Hp equivalent 74 @ 8500rpm
direct drive, Single speed no clutch
Charging time 3.5hoursw/ level 2 charger when fully discharged



Scripps Institution of Oceanography

alumnus Kristian Gusayson on his
racing motorcycle powered by a 50/50
blend of biodiesel derived from algae
and cooking oil waste from UC San
Diego. On March 24. 2012 Gustayson
and team member Devin Chatterjie established the fastest (and only known)
algae-fueled motorcycle speed records
at The Texas Mile land speed event in
Beeville. Texas. Photo: RED i Nation
Below the Surfaces Driving Innovation Team established the first
official algae-fueled motorcycle speed
records during The Texas Mile land
speed event on March 24th, 2012.
Team leader Kristian Gustayson
reached 94.6 mph using a 50/50 blend
of biodiesel derived from algae and
cooking oil waste from the University
of California at San Diego (UCSD).


Fellow team member, Devin Chatterjie, reached 96.2 MPH on 100%

algae-derived Green Crude diesel fuel
supplied by Sapphire Energy Inc., one
of the worlds leaders in algae-based
oil crude production. Together, they
established the fastest and only known
records to date for an algae-fueled
The Driving Innovation Team rode
a unique turbocharged, 800cc diesel
powered Track Motorcycle manufactured in Holland. The bike was shipped
from Holland to the US last fall courtesy of FedEx Express in a show of
support for the project. They rode five
times, registering 94.6, 95.1, 95.2,
95.6, and 96.2 MPH. Their next official
speed trial will be in El Mirage, Calif.,
on May 19th.
The Texas Mile organizers, racers,
and spectators were extremely supportive of our team during the speed
trials and I would really like to thank
them for the warm welcome and opportunity to put algae fuel to the test. I
am excited to work with them more in
the future, said Gustavson.
In a project entitled One Barrel for
Baja, Gustayson led a team of UCSD
students to make a portion of the
biofuel themselves under the supervision of Dr. B. Greg Mitchells Scripps
Photobiology Group, with assistance
from the San Diego Center for Algal
Biotechnology. The students grew and
harvested algae using a sponsored
Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) unit
supplied by World Water Works from
ponds at the Carbon Capture Corporations facility near the Salton Sea and
at a greenhouse facility on the universitys campus.
After the algae harvest, its biomass
was isolated and sent to Dr. Skip
Pomeroys Laboratory at UCSD. In
the laboratory, the lipids and tats were
then extracted and further converted
into usable diesel fuel by the Biofuels

Action and Awareness Network.

Gustavson, a recent graduate of
the Center for Marine Biodiversity and
Conservations MAS Program at the
Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
is a co-founder of Below the Surface,
a non-profit organization dedicated to
exploring waterways and educating the
public about issues pertaining to water.
He started the One Barrel for Baja
Project in order to synthesize enough
algal biodiesel to compete in various
speed trials and the grueling Baja 1000
race this fall (
Blogl/ Blog-l-Baja.html). Below the Surface is committed to finding solutions
to pollution and believes that biofuels
from algae can help reduce run-off going into Americas waterways.
The Driving Innovation team is supported by: Dr. B. Greg Mitchell and his
team from the Scripps Photobiology
Group. Phitec, FedEx, Sapphire Energy, RED i Nation, Fun Bike Center,
Clif Bar, Earth Protect, World Water
Works, Carbon Capture Corporation,
the BIOCO\1 Institute, Goal Zero,
Screwed Industries, Dockers, New
Leaf Biofucls, SD-CAB, BAAN, and the
UCSD Student Veterans Organization.
* We saw this on Science Channel
Worlds Strangest. Great show with
hi-tech, amazing intel.

Your Outer Banks Rally Headquarters

7th Annual Outer Banks Bike FestTM 24-28 September, 2014

100 Miles of scenic Barrier Island Lighthouses Vendors
Wright Brothers Memorial Pirate Lore Pin Run Poker Runs
5 Days of
Guided Tours Live Music Bike Shows Bikini Contests Tattoo Contests

Non Stop
Events &

Mark your calendar now

Outer Banks Bike WeekTM
18-26 April, 2015


Flyin Ryan Kerr
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that our deadline is the 15th of every month for the
following months issue-dont be left behind!



We all know the old adage that its not

good to eat right before going to bed. If
youre like me & cant fall asleep if youve
got the hungrys, the best thing is to grab
a little something. The following are the
best somethings to eat before catching
your zs:

Greek Yogurt - Greek yogurt has long been

heralded as a perfect snack, and trust us,
its perfect for right before bedtime. Greek
yogurt has a lot of calcium and protein,
and a small amount of it fills you up. You
can even add some honey or maple syrup
to sweeten things up a bit.

Milk - If youre
falling asleep
on your feet
and you dont
have time to
get a snack
for yourself,
at least gulp
down a glass of
milk. Calcium
is effective
in stress
reduction and
stabilization of nerve fibers, including
those in the brain.

Nuts - Besides being filling and incredibly

delicious, nuts have tryptophan, that
amino acid that sends you into a food
coma after Thanksgiving dinner. Trytophan
converts to serotonin and melatonin, the
brains natural relaxation chemicals.
Edamame - It may seem unorthodox, but
the natural estrogen-like components in
lightly salted edamame can combat the
restlessness that plagues many people in
sleep. Eat a bowl while reading before bed,
and enjoy your dreamless sleep.

Crackers & Peanut Butter - People usually

pick carbs if they decide to eat anything
before they go to bed, but the issue with
simple carbs is that they can cause a sugar
crash and wake you up in the middle of
the night. So go with whole wheat crackers
to fill you up & spread on your favorite
brand of peanut butter for the added
benefit of protein.
String Cheese
- Not only is
string cheese
delicious and
fun to eat,
but it also
provides lean
protein, which
will leave you
calm and less
frazzled while
keeping your blood sugar on an even keel
throughout the night.

Raw Vegetables - You might not find baby

carrots, red peppers, and cucumbers all
that appealing, especially right before bed,
but drizzle some balsamic vinegar on them
and youll be singing a different tune.
Cherries - Scientists arent entirely sure
why, but cherries, particularly tart cherries,
can boost the bodys supply of melatonin,
which can help people with insomnia.
Having a serving of fresh, frozen or dried
cherries before bedtime cant hurt.

Chamomile Tea - Obviously you want to

avoid any and all caffeine before bedtime,
but some decaffeinated teas can sooth you
and relax your system. Hot liquids send a
Bananas - Easy and incredibly effective,
warmth coursing through you, which can
bananas naturally relax you and slow your
help you fall asleep.
pulse so you can to concentrate on what
humans do best: sleeping.

How I Spent My Winter Vacation

(Part 3)

By Joe Sparrow
Note: The first two parts ran in the June and July
issues of Thunder Roads. If you missed them, you can
find them online at Part1
tells of Joes initial trip to Viet Nam and the bike he
bought, part 2 tells more about his tour of the country
with Kevin Beanre.
The best part of the trip was going over there, buying a small motorcycle and taking that street bike
through things it was not designed to do. In deep
rivers I drowned the bike several times, crashed it
several times. I had the most fun of my life doing that.
There were horrible, horrible roads, pouring rain, not
knowing if we would find a room at night. Never really
knowing where the next city was. I only camped one
night and that was a great experience with people
I didnt even know. I met them just riding down the
road, I passed them, they passed me and we would
stop and talk. After passing back and forth several
more times we stopped for the night and camped.
Gasoline was about $5 per gallon, they sell it by the
liter so that s the converted price. You can find gas
everywhere, one time I had to lay the bike totally over
to get the gas to the petcock which took me another


mile up the road where somebody was selling gas.

They sell it on the side of the road with small visible
gas pumps. The gas pumps up into a glass container
where you can see how many liters you are putting
in your motorcycle. People would also sell gas out of
1-liter soda bottles and there were regular gas stations
everywhere. My bike had a speedometer that actually
worked (most of them are broken); I would guess I got
about 75 miles per gallon. The gas was 92 octane, it
was good gas.
I worked off Wi-Fi and I didnt make phone calls at
all. I had an international plan but didnt use it. When
we got rooms at night, we asked if they had Wi-Fi and
generally, they did. If they didnt know what we talking
about, they didnt have it and we would go to a different hotel. Anytime the Wi-Fi needed a password it was
usually 12345678, I used that several times. Anywhere
I stopped at cafes or hotels they were all willing to
give me the Wi-Fi code.
I put the equivalent of 3,300 miles on the 100 cc bike
in two months to the day. That would be like going
from coast to coast in the US. When I left to return
home, I donated the bike to a needy family.
To follow Kevin Beanre is unbelievable, he has an
uncanny knack for directions. He found stuff I dont
think normal people could find. We were coming
across Laos heading back to Viet Nam, we missed
a dirt road we wanted to take. But we ended up on a
highway which was another dirt road, we went over
7 or 8 river crossings and drowned the bikes several
times, crashed the bikes several times which was just
unbelievable fun. It is hard to relate what an experience it was
There were a lot of caves over there that surprised
me. The worlds largest cave was discovered there
about 8 years ago and they did a whole National Geographic story on it. To take a guided trip through that
cave is over $3000 and the shortest trip is six days,
that how big that cave is.
We ate in a lot of varied places, we didnt go anywhere fancy, I just wanted to go where the locals eat.
They dont give the meat any growth hormones, the
vegetables come right out of the fields nearby. Ive

never been a liver eater so I did not have that over

there and there was some strong tasting fish that I
didnt care for, but everything else was very good.
We had a lot of noodles and rice. You couldnt tell
what kind of meat it was and the people were not able
to communicate what it was very well. If the street
vendor had five kinds of meet that were putting on
top of noodles, you could just point to which one you
wanted. Other times you would make the motion for
eat food and they would give you whatever they had,
there were no choices. I really enjoyed the food there
and they spice the food up. They can take horrible
cuts of meat and make it taste good. In Ho Chi Min
City, they had Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken,
but the chicken at KFC was not like in the US. It was
broiled and served with rice, it was fresh chicken, they
dont use frozen chicken or anything with preservatives added to it.
There were a number of people I met over there that
just went by themselves and never had a motorcycle
before, bought a used bike and learned how to ride
over there which is amazing to me. They would meet
other foreigners over there, start riding together in
groups, and meet other people. They were mostly
young people who wanted to the other side of the
world and have an adventure. I still keep in contact

with some of the people I met there. Traveling with

Beanre was interesting, he could make a friend in a
fistfight. He was easy to travel with; we would take off
on a footpath or dirt road or anything if he thought he
could get a good vantage point for a picture we would
take. He wasnt afraid to go anywhere, do anything; he
would try anything that sounded like fun.
The worst part was the fight over there and the flight
back; Im not good with foreign airplane terminals.
The scariest part of the whole trip was trying to find
my connecting flight in a strange airport, but I have
always been that way.
If I did it again, Id do more planning. I saw some
beautiful places and met some great people, if I knew
ahead of time about the great caves and some of
the waterfalls. I plan to visit. A little bit of research
wouldnt hurt, but we found some unbelievable sights
you wouldnt find with research, so we got lucky there.
I would absolutely recommend this trip to others. If
you want to do it on the cheap, it is there. If you want
nice stuff, they have it also. The cheapest room I got
was under $4 and the most expensive room I got was
$198. They have resorts there that will rival any five
star resorts. That same $198 room would cost about
$500 in the US. The total trip cost of the trip, I paid
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$1300 for the one way trip there with two days notice and $800 coming home with two weeks notice. With enough advance notice, you
could probably get a round trip ticket for around $1000. If you sent
$2000 over there in two months, you would be having a good time. I
brought $3000 with me and I came home with $800. You could retire
over there very easily. The food is very cheap and there is nothing
processed over there, everything is as fresh as it comes. This winter
I would like to go back to northern Viet Nam, we didnt make it all the
way to Hanoi, because we werent prepared for the cooler temperatures through the mountains. I know what to expect now and Id be
more than happy if anyone wants to go along with me.



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Colonial Downs is Located at I-64, Exit 214 in New Kent

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