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Thunder Roads Virginia Magazine - November 2010

Thunder Roads Virginia Magazine - November 2010

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12/28/2012

Thank you Veterans!

OWNER / EDITOR 1920 Centerville Turnpike, Suite 117-270 Virginia Beach, VA 23464 SALES:

Kelly Werrell

Office phone: (757) 831-2264 Email:kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com Website: www.thunderroads-virginia.com
www.myspace.com/thunderroads_virginia

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THUNDER ROADS VIRGINIA’s “ROAD CREW”
For information about advertising in Thunder Roads Virginia, visit the Advertising page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia.com or contact any of our Sales Crew listed below.

SALES CREW

Webmaster William C. Frohmiller webmaster@thunderroads-virginia.com. Layout & Design Warren Ells Art Director, Thunder Publishing

Covering the state of Virginia

Beth Albert (804) 536-1299 beth@thunderroads-virginia.com
(Southern Virginia)

Steve Baxter thunderroadssteveb@yahoo.com (757) 727-3435
(Eastern VA including the Peninsulas & Mobile Statewide)

Rodrigo “Rod” Lobo Guerrero Ad Designer On Eagles Wings Reverend Rocky Angone

William Day “Wild Bill” (804) 814-8498 Thunderroadswildbill@yahoo.com
(Richmond & surrounding areas)

Preacher Rick Saunders

Pastor Tammy Hayes Chris “Coyote Killer” Holden (757) 803-5697 GFYChris@thunderroads-virginia.com
(Hampton Roads & surrounding areas including the Peninsulas & the Eastern Shore)

Preacher Gordon Bacon

Mike “Baddog” Thomas (804) 317-7586 baddog@thunderroads-virginia.com
(Colonial Heights, Petersburg & surrounding areas)

Kelly Werrell (757) 831-2264 kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com Special Thanks to: Warren Ells - our wonderfully talented layout guy who designs our pages & puts all the pieces together for us each month, Rod - for his killer ad designs & Bill of WCFStudios.com, our webmaster, who keeps our site rockin’ on the web. Also many thanks to all of our readers, advertisers & those of you out there that spread the word or pass a magazine to a friend who’s never heard of us before - You ALL are what keeps the Thunder rolling!

Other Contributing Writers/Photographers Beth Albert Bo Albert Ricky Derby Chris “Coyote Killer” Holden Becky Lawson Dave Sutton Mike “Baddog” Thomas Kelly Werrell Tim Wilmoth William “Wild Bill” Day Special Events Photographer Skibo Adams 804-241-9759 skibo362@comcast.net Hog Wild Photography www.hogwildphotography.com
* All articles & pictures within Thunder Roads Virginia are contributed by our Crew, Thunder Road’s national network resources & freelance writers/photographers.

CONTENTS
Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................9 Hot Shots..............................................................12 Clubs & Organizations..................................23 The Joker’s Wild..............................................28 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 NCOM News Bytes..........................................36 On Eagle’s Wings.............................................39 Advertisers Index..........................................44
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Season’s greetings folks! It seems like when November rolls in, a switch gets turned & so many things happen… the days get shorter, the weather turns colder & everyone starts getting busy preparing for their Thanksgiving feasts & Christmas shopping. Be sure to set your clocks back 1 hour as Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov 7th. November is also a special time to honor our Veterans (Nov 11th), as we should every day of the year. We’ve included special tributes throughout this issue to let our Vets know that we appreciate their service, as well as those men & women on active duty. Many of you will be travelling to gather together with friends & family for Thanksgiving. We wish you all safe travels to & from wherever you may be going for the holidays. This month there are also rides & events for Wreaths Across America & Toys for Tots runs, along with several others. Try to make it out to one near you to help support these great causes. Food drives will be in full swing this month – if you are able to pick up a few canned goods or make a donation to help the less fortunate folks enjoy a nice meal, please do. Even though it’s a wonderful thing to participate in these generous acts during the holidays, I always found it strange that during the months of November & December, that people really pour it on to help the homeless & provide food for their holiday meals. Don’t these less fortunate souls have to eat the rest of the year too? Makes you wonder how they survive the other 10 months…. Thanksgiving day is only one day out of the year to devote to giving thanks. I’m so thankful each day for everything in my life. Especially for Thunder Roads. When I took over this magazine 5 ½ years ago, I never dreamed that it would have such an impact on my life. I’ve had the pleasure & honor to meet so many fantastic people within the motorcycle community, have travelled & done so many things that I would’ve never had the opportunity to do if I didn’t hold this position. It has touched my life & my heart in so many warm ways to be a part of a community of people who don’t seem to be bothered with race, color or creed. It doesn’t even matter what kind of bike you ride…we all bond together with the freedom of the open road & that, you can’t find anywhere else. I thought I had felt the most unique & rewarding camaraderie when I served in the US Navy but it wasn’t until I started being a part of & one of our motorcycle community that I realized that it is unmatched by any other. You all are very special to me & my staff…if it wasn’t for your support & readership, we wouldn’t be here. I’d like to say a huge THANKS to my entire staff. They are some of the finest people that I’ve ever worked with…ever! You are amazing!!...many, many thanks to everyone. From all of us here at Thunder Roads, we wish you peace in your homes, love in your hearts & happiness in all of your days. Stay safe wherever you may roam. Thank you Vets & Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Kelly

Thank You Veterans!

EVENTS

List your event free @ www.thunderroads-virginia.com
Poker Run will benefit fallen troops in the Special Ops families. Puts the kids in college. Ride starts at (am at Bayside Harley in Portsmouth,Va and runs thru three tunnels to end up at Rodger Browns Sports Bar in Portsmouth,Va. Coffee and doughnuts, commemorative t-shirts for the first hundred riders, patchs and pins, Will have door prizes, 50/50 and auction. To find out more about the organization go to http://www. Specialoperationswarriorfoundation.com and for info on ride contact Bettye at gemlady7788@hotmail.com or 237-2309. All wheels welcome and would love your support for the families of these troops. Nov 7th Daylight Savings Time Ends – Fall back…set your clocks back 1 hour! Nov 7th Toy Run to benefit New Directions Center Staunton, VA Register 11am-noon Nov 7, 2010. Cost $10 or new toy. All bikes out @ 12:15. All riders welcome. 540-9469992 www.shenandoahhog.com Nov 11th Veteran’s Day Nov 11th Dick Black Campaign Kick Off Ashburn, VA Description: Calling all motorcycle enthusiasts in the Northern VA area! As a past Delegate, Dick Black has been a long-time supporter of bikers’ rights and I am happy to see that he is running for a VA state senate seat. His campaign kickoff celebration will be Thursday, Nov 11, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the home of David and Renee Pillor, address: 43330 Butterfield Court Ashburn, VA 201+7 We would like to see as many motorcycles at this event as possible. I know Veterans’ Day is still a workday for most of us, but if you can ride out to be there even for a short while, it will mean a lot to show our support. Please feel free to contact me if you can attend and would like more information - 540-937-3924 Nov 12th Holiday Laps at Virginia Intl Raceway to Benefit Salvation Army Danville, VA Holiday Laps will be held on Friday, November 12th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with the last group taking the track at 3:30 PM that day. This is the public’s annual opportunity to take their vehicles out onto the historic 3.27 mile VIR track while helping others out at the same time. The cost is $25 per session, which will last from 20 to 25 minutes. Donations of $25 in cash, unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items will be accepted. All donations will benefit the Danville Salvation Army and their Christmas Holiday programs. All donations will be tax deductible. If you would like to donate a service or door prize to make this event even more special, please contact Crista Walker at 434.822.7700 ext 116 or by e-mailing her at cwalker@virnow.com. VIR will also be happy to make special arrangements for local car clubs or other organizations. www. virclub.com

Nov 6th Clutch 3rd Anniversary Virginia Beach, VA All Day Celebration with Great Drink and Food Specials from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Live Music Starting at 4 p.m. with Four Great Acts, including: mOcean (Rock), Jacob Vanko (Solo Artist - Americana/Roots), Thinking Cap Quartet with Charlie Austin on Fiddle (Roots Music/Electroacoustic), and The Shifty South (Rockabilly/Americana/Roots). Clutch is located at 1485 General Booth Blvd (Behind Hooters and Wendys) Virginia Beach VA. Nov 6th Historical Event Poker Run Portsmouth VA The Great Cavalry Raid, Graves of the Brave, Portsmouth,VA. A Poker Run where the past meets the present ! A historical Ride where you can fire a 58 cal. musket. $15. also includes Free Ltd. Ed. Ride Patches & flags while they last. Artillery firing, Door prizes, 50/50, Trophies, Civil War vendor. Bring out them Knuckles,Pans and Shovels etc. for a pre 84 ride in bike show. Brought to you by the 13th Virginia Mechanized Cavalry SCV Camp 9. Proceeds for the Graves of the Brave Fund. Rain Date 7th . Registration, Bayside Harley, 9 to 10:30 am, Rt 264 to exit 5, to 2211, Rt 17 South Portsmouth, Va. Contact Mike 757-619-0388 Nov 6th Scorpions M/C 25th Annual Toy Run Danville, VA Gates open at 12noon. 5 bands playing starting at 1pm. Bike show, 50/50 drawings, vendors, food. Event held at Fraternal of Eagles Lodge in Danville VA. located on South Boston Highway (58) approx 7 miles past city limits. Contact Stump 434-251-6352 Nov 6th Honor and Remember 3rd Annual Veterans Ride Chesapeake, VA Pre-register with Brenda (757) 4358777 or Karen (757) 403-6404 or email: vachapter@ honorandremember.org. Rain or Shine. Raffle Prize Board, Awards, 50/50 Raffle, Lunch included. Registration from 8 – 9:30am at Lazy Horse, 565 Cedar Rd, Ches, VA 23322 – Join us for 8am Biker Breakfast specials. Ride over to Gosnard’s Hope Park, 901 E. Little Back River Rd, Hampton, 23669. 2nd stop at the VA Hospital in Hampton (100 Emancipation Dr, Hampton, 23669. Ceremony, lunch & raffle drawing at the VA Hospital. Then ride on back to The Lazy Horse for the afterparty from 3 – 7pm! ($2 Specials). $10 Reg. fee/person + a donated item for the VA Hospital. First 100 registered riders receive a FREE Honor and Remember wristband. The VA Hospital is in need of books, small personal sized toiletries, puzzles and games. Honor and Remember Flag presentations for Gold Star Families with special guest bugler, Bob Havner, performing Taps. Poker Run – Prizes for high hand and low hand. H& R Mini Chopper drawing to be held after flag ceremony. Last chance to buy $5 raffle tickets. Everyone (all vehicles) welcome to ride & support our disabled Veterans. www.honorandremember.org Sign the petition and fly the flag! Nov 7th Toys 4 Tots Poker Run Newport News, VA Description: November 7, 2010 Poker Run put on by the Hampton Roads Chapter of Ladies of Harley to benefit Newport News Toys For Tots! K-Mart, 401 Oriana Rd., First bike out 9:30 and last bike out at 11:30. Ending at HRHDprizes for best hand, worst hand, and Christmas decorated bike. We will have food and entertainment at the Dealership to enjoy...$10 per person plus an unwrapped toy. Come join us in this wonderful Run for the Tots! Contact Jan Lane at 757-8716408 with questions.

Nov 13th US Military Vets M/C Dice Run Virginia Beach, VA The Virginia Beach Chapter of the US Military Vets M/C (http://usmvmcvabch.org) is sponsoring a DICE RUN to raise funds for the Virginia Beach Vetshouse (http://www.vetshouseinc.org) on November 13, 2010. The Vetshouse is a nonprofit organization that provides housing, food, clothing, counseling and other assistance to homeless veterans of the US Armed Forces in order to facilitate their return to gainful, independent, responsible and productive Nov 7th lifestyles. The US Military Vets MC has sponsored several Special Ops Warrior Foundation Poker Run dice runs for the Vetshouse as we strongly believe in “Vets Portsmouth, VA Special Operations Warrior Foundation Helping Vets”. Registration is at the Lazy Horse, 565 Cedar Rd, THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 4

EVENTS
Chesapeake, VA from 0900-1100. The First bike will roll out at 0930 and last bike in at 1500 (3:00PM). There are prizes for highest roller and lowest roller, 50/50 raffle and Sexiest Military Costume (Females Only) with a prize of $100!!! Stops will be in the Chesapeake area. Come on out and support your local veterans and have a good time doing it! Please contact Ragman at ragman@usmvmcvabch.org FMI. Nov 13th Pancreatic Cancer Benefit Bike Show Petersburg, VA Yesterday’s Restaurant/Tavern 3530 South Crater Road, Petersburg,Va. Hosted By: Center Stage Entertainment & Southern Defenders Heritage Riders. Time 10am-4:30pm.

List your event free @ www.thunderroads-virginia.com
February 19-20, 2011 The NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE EXPO presented by KevMarv Productions is proud to announce our new location at Dulles Expo Center Chantilly VA. There will be Motorcycles, Midgets, Little People, and Mayhem and much more. Come see new and used bikes to purchase, vendors with aftermarket parts and accessories, maybe enter your motorcycle in our “Best of the Best” custom bike show for CASH PRIZES, be entertained by our live bands, beautiful models and bizarre guests. Bring the kids we have plenty for them to do. This is one show you will not want to miss. Admission to THE NORTHEAST MOTORCYCLE EXPO is $13 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 yrs old, and children under 6 yrs are free. Expo hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Dulles Expo Center is conveniently located at 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center Chantilly, VA 20151. For further information call 1-978-688-8888 or visit our website at www.kevmarv.com

Nov 14th ABATE Vets Run Hampton, VA The First Capitol Chapter of ABATE of Virginia’s 20th Annual Vets Remembrance Run on Sunday November 14, 2010. Meetup at Hampton Bass Pro Shops, 1972 Power Plant PKWY, from 1030 to 1245, leaving for the Hampton VA Hospital at 1300. $10 donation per adult goes toward Personal Needs Fund at the hospital. For additional info, email Reilly2@cox.net or phone J E Spare at 757-903-6541 and leave message. Jan 14th – 16th 2011 Washington, DC International Motorcycle Show Nov 14th Washington DC Washington Convention Center, 801 Hold ‘Em for Heroes Poker Run Mount Vernon Pl. Washington, DC 20001 Halls D/E, www. Virginia Beach, VA Description: Wounded Wear Hold ‘Em for dcconvention.com. Welcome to a brand new powersports Heroes Poker Run and Auction. Registration Begins at Clutch at event experience from the ground up, custom built for you as 8 a.m. 1/2 off Biker Breakfast Available. Last Bike out at 11:30. a motorcyclist. The Progressive Intl Motorcycle Show is where Party and Fundraiser at Knuckleheads from Noon to 6 p.m. you belong. DIY Garage Seminars-Hands on Experience. Demo Rides in Select Markets – Real life evaluation. New Nov 21st Models – photos don’t do these bikes justice. Rider Seminars 8TH Annual Toy Run Pat Roger’s – leave the show a better rider. Prizes & Giveaways – $100s Speedway Harley Davidson of dollars in Free Stuff! Beat the lines and you’ll always find Kannapolis, NC Starting at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, 2888 the best prices online at motorcycleshows.com – Save $3 with Moose Rd, Kannapolis, NC. (I-85N. exit 63) Registration Promo Code COVER. begins at 10:00 AM. First Bike out at 1:00pm. Must bring a new unwrapped toy to participate in ride & be eligible for door prizes. Feb 11th – 13th 2011 Free food and door prizes. Police-escorted ride. Barmstrong@ Timonium Motorcycle Show rogersnc.com 704-979-RIDE Timonium, MD Every foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturer available in the USA on display...huge custom Nov 25th and antique bike show...100’s of exhibits covering everything in Thanksgiving Day motorcycling. Attendees will be able to meet several nationally known bike builders featured on Discovery Channel’s “Biker Dec 5th Build-off” and Discovery HD Theatre “Two Wheel Thunder” 6th Annual Big Daddy Leather Benefit Toy Run for ACTV throughout the three days. Maryland State Fairgrounds Childhelp Fredericksburg, VA The Toy Run will benefit the Timonium, Maryland - Opens 10am each day, Friday, Saturday children living at the Alice C. Tyler Village of Childhelp in Culpeper and Sunday, February 11th - 13th, 2011. Admission for Adults: County. The children’s wish list items are available at Big Daddy $15, Children 10-15 years $5.00 and under 10 are free with Leather or just bring a toy for a 5 to 13 old boy or girl. The police paying adult. Go to www.cycleshow.net to print-out $5.00 off escorted run starts at Big Daddy Leather 1900 Princess Anne admission discount coupons, good on adult admission only. Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, (540-899-0048). The ride For more info call 410-561-7323, visit www.cycleshow.net or will end at the Americian Legion Post #320 on Brock Road in email info@aldadvertising.com. Spotsylvainia, VA. We will have FREE brunswick stew, cookies, corn bread and drinks for all. We will have door prizes, 50/50 raffle, ATV raffle giveaway too. For more info contact Big Daddy Leather or Wade at 540-399-5076 or whardman@childhelp.org. Time: 11:00am-2:00pm

2011

Dec 11th Christmas Open House & Santa Fort Washington, MD Come to Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC in Fort Washington, MD and check out the Christmas Open House! Free pics with Santa! Free food while supplies last, sales and much more! www.hdwash.com Dec 25th Christmas Day

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Holiday Laps to Benefit Salvation Army

Danville, VA October 25, 2010 The 2010 Holiday season is approaching just as fast as the cars at our track, which means it’s time for VIRginia International Raceway’s annual Holiday Laps charity benefit. This is the public’s annual opportunity to take their vehicles out onto the historic 3.27 mile VIR track while helping others out at the same time. Holiday Laps will be held on Friday, November 12th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with the last group taking the track at 3:30 PM that day. The cost is $25 per session, which will last from 20 to 25 minutes. Donations of $25 in cash, unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items will be accepted. All donations will benefit the Danville Salvation Army and their Christmas Holiday programs. All donations will be tax deductible. Several companies have kicked in to help everyone have fun. F and S Photography will be donating a free color 8x10 to every vehicle that participates. TMI Auto Tech will be offering rides in their Ariel Atom performance car (which is made here locally) for $10 a ride, all of which will go to the Salvation Army as well. There will also be raffles held throughout the day. There may even be a visit from Santa again this year. If you would like to donate a service or door prize to make this event even more special, please contact Crista Walker at 434.822.7700 ext 116 or by e-mailing her at cwalker@virnow.com. VIR will also be happy to make special arrangements for local car clubs or other organizations. We invite you to come out and enjoy the fun for a good cause. TV trucks making laps on VIR’s 17 turn circuit may be a sight to remember!

COMING IN OUR NOVEMBER 2010 ISSUE…. A COMPLETE LISTING OF VIRGINIA’S

DEALERS
Coming in our December/January Issues
…FINE TUNE YOUR BIKE AT A LOCATION NEAR YOU!

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ABATE OF Virginia Jim Orange Memorial Poker Run
Culpeper, VA 100 miles scenic ride to benefit the Culpeper Food Closet

DEADLINE!

Placing an ad with us? Listing your event in our calendar? Don’t forget that our deadline is the 15th of every month for the following month’s issue-don’t be left behind!
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Proud To Be An American
thaNk a veteraN at WOrk
Few Americans are aware that only six percent of U.S. citizens have served in the Armed Forces From the VA: With the help of the White House and VA, HISTORY (the History cable channel) encourages the remaining 94 percent to say thank you to the brave men and women who have sacrificed to protect our country as Veterans Day approaches. HISTORY has enlisted the First Lady and Dr. Biden to tape a public service announcement it will run in conjunction with Veterans Day and has joined forces with the VA to encourage companies and organizations to salute Veterans in the workplace this fall through the “Thank a Veteran at Work” program. VA program offices and facilities are encouraged to spread the word about the “Thank a Veteran at Work” campaign to businesses, Veterans organizations and government agencies they work with. A “Thank a Veteran at Work” guide and poster are available on line at http://www.history.com/topics/take-a-vet#a1 and “Thank a Veteran” stickers can be ordered free at veterans@ aetn.com. Additional Veterans Day posters and materials for teachers and students, including a new Veterans Day video, are available on the VA Veterans Day Web page at http:// www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/. National Veterans Day Ceremony The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. From stirring parades and ceremonies to military exhibits and tributes to distinguished veterans, these events serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.

A Brief History of Veterans Day
Where does the term “veteran” come from? Originally, the word veteran meant “a person of long experience” or skill. Derived from the Latin term veteranus, after the American Revolution the word veteran came to be associated specifically with former soldiers of old age who had fought for independence. As time went on, “veteran” was used to describe any former member of the armed forces or a person who had served in the military. In the mid-19th century, this term was often shortened to the simple phrase “vets.” The term came to be used as a way to categorize and honor those who had served and sacrificed through their roles in the military. World War I, also known as the “Great War” was officially concluded on the 11th hour of the 11th Day of November, at 11 A.M. in 1918. On November 11th of the following year, President Woodrow Wilson declared that day as “Armistice Day” in honor of the peace. (The term armistice means “truce” or the end of wartime hostilities.) This day was marked with public celebrations and a two minute halt to business at 11 AM. In 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated in Arlington Cemetery with a ceremony on November 11th. After this dedication, Armistice Day was adopted in many states and at the federal level as a day to honor veterans. This was made official in 1938 when an act of Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday. In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day. For several years in the 1970s, Veterans Day was observed in October by many states but in 1978 it was returned to November 11th. Today, Veterans Day is still observed on November 11th as a national holiday to honor all veterans of the United States Armed Forces. (If November 11th falls on a weekend day, the holiday is observed the following Monday.) Throughout the nation, Americans participate in parades, ceremonies, and observances to pay their respects to our servicemen and women, both past and present.
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Proud To Be An American

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THE SWAP MEET
Buy * Sell * Trade * Personals * Announcements * Classified Ads
Listings will include a bold heading & should be approx. 40 to 50 words or less. Cost per listing is $15 per issue; $40 for 3 issues – add picture for $5 more per issue. Email your listing to kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com, Subj line: The Swap Meet Deadlines are the 15th of each month for the following month’s issue.
First Sunday of Every Month Swap Meet Welcome to Mary Jayne’s Lazy Horse Swap Meet Chesapeake, VA. Always the first Sunday of every month. Year round. No set up fee’s for anyone. Bring the extra bike parts & riding clothing etc and make a buck or spend a buck. One person’s junk is another’s prize possession. Big Fun!!! We open at 9:00am for breakfast and the good times start. 565 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 757-549-0367

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DARWIN MOTORCYCLES DEBUTS THE BRAWLER GT3 AT THE AMD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF CUSTOM BIKE BUILDING
Darwin Motorcycles introduces the new - for - 2011 performanceoriented Brawler GT3 at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building and came away with second place in the Production Class. The motorcycle is inspired by the rubber-mounted HarleyDavidson FXR-styled chassis. Holdsworth, Darwin Motorcycles’ BossMan, designed the Brawler as a convertible. It handles well on long trips or across town. The bike utilizes inverted forks and an FXR style 2-shock design that has been tuned by Suspension Technologies. Mid controls and tracker style handlebars are integrated into the design to deliver a mild, café racer riding position that provides comfort and control. As the gas tank is designed with knee dishes in the Bonneville tradition so the rider can tuck in behind the fat tank to reduce wind resistance. The inverted forks, performance shocks, and extended

swingarm provided a firm yet plush ride. The bike boasts a flagship of American suppliers including Mean Street 56mm inverted narrow front end, Baker FLT oil under tranny, S&S 124” Hot Rod engine, D&D Performance Enterprises’ ceramic-coated concentric-flow baffle system, Brass Balls/Leroy Thompson billet wheels, Brass Balls signature 4 piston calipers and rotors by Wilwood Brakes, Suspension Technologies monotube shocks, digital gauge machined into top tree, Martini head and tail lights, Moto intake air cleaner, and carbon fiber panels by Rahal Letterman Racing.

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HOT SHOTS
If you’ve got some “Hot Shot” pictures you’d like to share with us, please send them to kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com Pictures must be high resolution (300 dpi) in order to print clearly. All are welcome but please keep ‘em somewhat clean so everyone can enjoy!

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September 17, 2010 Stacey Johnson Press Secretary (804) 786-2211 Tamra Talmadge-Anderson (804) 545-5573 Virginia Tourism Corporation

Virginia stay competitive,” said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “Our Virginia is for Lovers brand is recognizable world-wide, and after 40 plus years, still resonates with travelers and represents the promise of a wonderful vacation with loved ones.” VTC accepted the award in memory of Sean McCarthy, former research director for the agency, who passed away suddenly over Labor Day weekend. The State Tourism Office of the Year Award will bear McCarthy’s name and be displayed in a place of honor at the agency.

Virginia Named State Tourism Office of the Year Virginia Tourism Corporation Takes Top Honors from the Southeast Tourism Society Founded in 1983, the Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell announced in its member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, today that the Virginia Tourism Corporation has been Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carnamed the State Tourism Office of the Year by the olina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Southeast Tourism Society Shining Example Awards. Virginia. The membership includes state travel offices, The award recognizes the Virginia Tourism Corporation attractions, hotels, motels, resorts, convention and visifor the record-breaking 40th anniversary of its “Virginia tors bureaus, airlines, bus companies, car rental agenis for Lovers” marketing initiatives in 2009. cies, newspapers, magazines and other travel-related organizations. “This is a great example of a state agency maximizing resources to benefit the Commonwealth,” said Gover- The 2010 Shining Example Awards program was part nor McDonnell. “Tourism is a major revenue generator of the 27th annual for Virginia that relies upon effective marketing to attract STS fall meeting, visitors to communities across the state. This year we held September 9 appropriated additional money to increase tourism in in Greenville, South the Commonwealth. This proactive step will help raise Carolina. revenue, grow our economy and bring more people to this great state. I know in years to come we will con- Tourism generates tinue to see more accomplishments by the VTC.” $19.2 billion in revenue for Virginia, 2009 marked 40 years of Virginia is for Lovers, the lon- supports 210,000 gest-running state tourism slogan in the country. VTC jobs and provides utilized public relations and electronic marketing to $1.28 billion in state bring attention to the state and support tourism through and local taxes for an innovative sweepstakes, statewide travel deals, and communities. a special travel Web site. The 40th anniversary of Virginia is for Lovers marketing achieved record results Visit www.Virginia. including travel guide fulfillment, sweepstakes entries, org for travel inforearned media and Web site visitation. The 40th anni- mation in Virginia or versary year concluded with Virginia is for Lovers being call 1-800-VISITVA inducted into the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of for a free, Virginia Fame after a nation-wide vote. is for Lovers travel guide. “At a time when the economy was having a major impact on travel, the 40th anniversary campaign helped
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10th Annual Outer Banks Bike Show/ $5000 Poker Run & Fall North Carolina Bike Week
at Barry’s Walnut Island in Grandy, NC, Labor Day Weekend Poker Run, Bike Show, Bands, Vendors all to benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp

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Good to Know
Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold! Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of Spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste Of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

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Kelly Chamberlain, Commandant, Marine Corps League, Outer Banks Detachment #1264 36°4’37”N 75°42’17”W, pays a visit to the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Moving Wall in Currituck, NC

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ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 or CulpeperSharon@ Gmail.com. Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting www.ABATEofVA.com. ABATE Coalfield Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Saturday at Caleb & Melissa's garage, Deel Fork, Grundy , VA 24614-9600 . Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Steve Stacy at 276-935-2484 or SStacy@eqt.com ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper , VA 22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tim Dalman at 540-219-6366 or TimDalman@comcast.net ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter meets the 1st Sunday of every month at the Williamsburg Moose Lodge (5429 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188) NOT at Beachcombers in Yorktown. ABATE Iron Horse Calvary Chapter ( Lynchburg , VA) meets 7PM every 1st Tuesday at Mary Jane's Café, 826 Kemper St, Lynchburg , VA 24502-3250. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tronco at 434-993-3197 or EvoTronco1@wmconnect.com ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter (Wise, VA) meets 6:30PM every 1st Tuesday at Mosby's Restaurant, 205 Ridgeview Rd, Wise , VA 24293. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Shag Mead at 276-565-4541 or ShageDawg@hotmail.com ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) meets 8PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John's Place, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax , VA 220305005. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Bob Seoane at 703-206-0571or NightTommy2@yahoo.com ABATE Olde Dominion Chapter ( Falls Church , VA ) meets 8PM every 1st Monday at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church , VA 22042-2145. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tank Fortner at 703-309-7197 or KeviRF80@aol.com ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) 'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-389-8293 or HawgSke@msn.com ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter ( Hampton , VA ) meets 1PM every 1st Sunday at Mugzy's Grill, 1312 E. Pembroke Ave, Hampton, VA. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pete Bulgart at 757-870-1517 or John at abateregion3@yahoo.com. AMBASSADORS FOR JESUS CHRIST MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY (Virginia Chapter) Do you have a love for the lost and a passion for motorcycles? Then the Ambassadors for JESUS CHRIST may be for you. We meet the 4th Saturday of each month (except Nov and Dec) at the Major Hillard Library 824 Old George Washington Hwy N Chesapeake Va at 10am-12pm. For more information contact: Sean “Bronx” 757-338-1974, or Eric “Holyman” 757-237-6018, or www.ambassadorsecmm.org Beacons/Christian Motorcycle Association - Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Military Hwy, 6-8 PM. Monthly ride: 4th Saturday of each month, depart from Shoney’s on Indian River Rd. Check our website for ride times and more information: http://cmaner5.org/VA/BEACONSOFTIDEWATER or contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or lenandtwogirls@yahoo.com Brothers In Arms MC The Brothers In Arms MC was formed to support the members of our armed forces, past and present, create a camaraderie between like-minded men and women from those services, share in our love of motorcycling and support veteran charities and causes. The Yorktown Chapter usually meets on the third Sunday of the month at various locations in the Yorktown area. The Brothers In Arms MC is a neutral, non-territorial club. For more information about the club and contact links, visit the chapter web site at www.biamc-yorktown.com. Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 www.nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President – Rick Saunders, nvcrmail@msn.com Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with us anyway. It’s not about the meetings. For more information on meetings or rides please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at president@star440.org or go the www.star440.org Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email: kimandbubba1@ verizon.net or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: hawgdawgrose@wmconnect.com Road Wench East Coast Women’s Motorcycle Club in Northern Virginia Website: http://roadwenchmc.com/ Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000803818092 TAMA – Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people from all around the area. We’re all working together so that each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December) at the Golden Corral, on the corner of Volvo Pkwy & Battlefield Blvd in Chesapeake, VA. www. tamaevents.com The Sons of God Motorcycle Club Ministry® made up of Christian Bikers who share a vision of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with other bikers. We hold bible study every Monday evening. For more information call TJ (757) 819-3362, Thing (757) 621-4891 or Grape Ape (757) 831-1294. or visit our website at www.sonsofgodmc.org Veterans First, Inc. Chapter 1 Richmond, VA- Non-profit org. whose mission is to assist our homeless veterans back into the mainstream of daily living. Meetings are held every 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:00 pm, VFW Post 6364, 6502 Dickens Place, Henrico, VA. www. veteransfirstinc.org Tigger Mabry, Founder (804) 305-1953. Virginia Freedom Riders - Riders Against Constitutional Erosion (VFR-R.A.C.E.) exists as a grassroots State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) dedicated to protecting and restoring motorcyclists personal freedoms, liberties and individual rights. email: membership@ vfr-race.com. Website:vfr-race.com

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How Comfortable Is Your Ride?
By Kevin G. Charleville I always try to visualize trips that I have taken in the past, and try to think of things that I would do differently. One thing that I learned from my first long trip that I took was to purchase a more comfortable seat. I normally do not have back pain, but I did that trip. I was concerned that purchasing a new seat would not solve the problem. I was concerned that the manufacturer’s claim of a more comfortable seat could be false. However, I was totally amazed and very satisfied of the difference it made. When I first started riding, a close friend of mine from Memphis, Tennessee, told me something that I think about often. He said, “That when a person rides, they need to be as comfortable as possible to fully enjoy the experience” Although quite an obvious thing to say, it does make total sense. I can also see the safety factor in this as well. Being uncomfortable on a bike can cause you to not be as alert as one should be, because being uncomfortable can cause distractions, mentally and physically. I have heard many riders, (riders and passengers) complain of back pain over the years. Some have back pain anyway, whether you ride or not, and some have chronic problems from disease, previous accident, or even stress. Whether going on a long ride or short, and you experience back pain, here are some tips that may help ease the stress on your back. Regular exercise with abdominal and lower back muscle strengthening, talk to your doc about back stretches you can perform, or just Google back exercises and stretches. If you suffer from chronic back pain, there are several over-the-counter medications and prescription medications that may help your cause. However, before you self medicate with over-the-counter or prescription meds, please talk to your personal doc first, because medications sometimes affect people in different ways which could make for a dangerous situation. Finally, there are many products out on the market to help make our ride more comfortable. The best thing to do is try before you buy, and if that is not possible, read the reviews about the products prior to making a decision. Ride free, ride safe, and please take care of the children.

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Campfire

Redneck
Hunter

NOvember 11th iS veteraN’S Day thaNk a vet

If you aren’t familiar with our magazine, here’s a little bit about us:
For over 8 years now, Thunder Roads has been supporting Virginia’s motorcycle communities, reaching approx. 45K readers each month, in print & online. The entire production & distribution of Thunder Roads is solely funded by the wonderfully supportive businesses that advertise with us. Our print magazine is an all gloss/all color publication, distributed monthly in biker friendly establishments & bike events throughout the great state of Virginia. All of our articles & pictures are contributed by our staff, readers, freelance writers & other reliable sources. You can also read each of our issues on our website http://www.thunderroads-virginia.com. Yes, we’re a “biker” magazine but we keep our contents in good taste so that we are welcomed anywhere & can be enjoyed by EVERYONE. What’s the best part about picking up a copy of Thunder Roads???...it’s FREE!!!

One day a father gets out of work and on his way home he suddenly remembers that it’s his daughter’s birthday. He pulls over to a Toy Shop and asks the sales person, ‘How much for one of those Barbie’s in the display window?’ The salesperson answers, ‘Which one do you mean, sir? We have: Work Out Barbie for $19.95, Shopping Barbie for $19.95, Beach Barbie for $19.95, Disco Barbie for $19.95, Ballerina Barbie for $19.95, Astronaut Barbie for $19.95, Skater Barbie for $19.95, and the most popular; Divorced Barbie for $299.95’. The amazed father yells: ‘It’s how much?! Why is the Divorced Barbie $299.95 and the others only $19.95?’ The annoyed salesperson rolls her eyes, sighs, and answers: ‘Sir..., Divorced Barbie comes with: Ken’s Audi A-8, Ken’s Malibu Beachouse, Ken’s Danzi Z33 Race Boat, Ken’s Designer Futniture, Ken’s Screamin’-Meanie Platinum Computer, one of Ken’s Best-Looking Friends, and a custom key chain made with Ken’s Balls. A biker is riding a new motorcycle out on the highway, while passing a car, he knocks on the window. The driver of the car opens the window and says, “Yes?” The bike responds, “Ever driven a Honda motorcycle?” The driver says, “No I haven’t.” The biker drives on, until he sees the next car. While passing it, he knocks on the window. The driver of the car opens the window and says, “Yes?” The bike responds, “Ever driven a Honda motorcycle?” The driver says, “No I haven’t.” Then, suddenly, there is a curve, the biker sees it too late. He crashes off the road into a ditch. A car stops and a man runs to the unlucky biker. Looking slightly crunched up and battered, the biker asks, “Ever driven a Honda motorcycle?” The man replies, “Yes I have. I had a Honda for 20 years”. The crashed biker gasps, “Where the hell is the damn brake?” Chopper Zeke was in a bar n’ grill yesterday, feeling no pain and chillaxin’ with a great mellow buzz, when he suddenly realized he desperately needed to fart. The music was really, really loud, so he timed his farts with the beat of the music. After a couple of songs, heI started to feel a whole lot better. He finished his beer, and noticed that everybody was staring at him... Then it dawned on him that he was listening to his iPod. Two blondes living in So. California were sitting on the beach talking and gazing at a beautiful full moon when one blonde says to the other, ‘Which do you think is farther away... Florida or the moon?’ The other blonde turns and says ‘Helloooooo, can you see Florida ???”
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Two bikers; Buster and Bodie rode into a gas station in Kentucky for a fill-up because they heard about a contest being offered by the station to patrons who purchased a full tank of gas. When they went inside to pay, the guys asked the attendant about the contest. “If you win, you’re entitled to free sex” said the attendant. “How do we enter?” asked Buster. “Well, I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 10, if you guess right, you win free sex.” “OK. I guess 7,” said Bodie. “Sorry, I was thinking of 8,” replied the attendant. The next week, the two buddies go back to the same station to get gas. When they went inside to pay, Buster asked the attendant if the contest was still going on. “Sure,” replied the attendant. “I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 10, if you guess right you win free sex.” “2” said Buster. “Sorry, I was thinking of 3,” replied the attendant. “Y’all come back soon and try again.” As they walked back to their bikes, Bodie said to Buster, “You know, I’m beginning to think this contest is rigged.” “No way,” replied Buster. “My wife won three times last week.” A 3-year old boy examined his testicles while taking a bath. “Mom’, he asked, “Are these my brains?” the mother sighed and calmly replied, “Not yet”. Business Slogan of The Year: If Our Service Is Not Up To Your Standards.... Please Lower Your Standards. What do you do with 365 condoms? Melt them down and call it a very Goodyear. What is an Australian kiss? Same as a French kiss.....but down under. What is a man’s ultimate embarrassment? Running into a wall with a hard-on and breaking his nose.
Life is good in the South.

A biker’s greatest achievement was his brood of six kids. He was so proud that he continually called his wife: “Mother of Six”, which pissed her off to no end. But he kept referring to her as “Mother of Six” no matter where they went. At end of a poker run, he shouted across the bar, “Hey, “Mother of Six”, you ready to go home?” His irritated wife screamed back: “Anytime you’re ready, “Father of Four”!”

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BAGGER BUILT FOR SPEED RECORD
Story and Pics By Terri “T” Collier, TRM Oklahoma editor Specs By Sam Wills, Racing Innovations Go, Dog. Go! – written by PD Eastman, Was one of my favorite children’s books as a child. Little did I know, that years later, I’d be repeating that saying over and over in my head as I drove to a motorcycle photo shoot in Oklahoma City. I was headed to do a shoot on a bike built by Racing Innovations for Big Dog Motorcycles and S&S Motors. Sam Wills, a former motorcycle racer, had made up his mind that he could build a bagger motorcycle that could go over 200mph, crushing the world record. In doing so, it was a natural for him to share this idea with Big Dog Motorcycles and S&S since Sam himself, rides the Big Dog Bulldog Bagger. I watched this bike being built over the summer. It was interesting to watch a regular street bike turn into a mad dog on a chain, ready to burst out and eat the world! And that she did! Sam built the bike with the help of Racing Innovations builders, Shaun Norris and Delvin Clark. Before he could try the record at Bonneville Salt Flats, he took it to Sturgis for its unveiling and display. I saw it there with the Big Dog Motorcycles display where many a dreamy eyed rider salivated over it. Mid-week, Sam pulled out of there and headed to the Salt Flats to meet up with the crew, Shaun, Delvin and Bruno. He shared the many challenges which the Salt Flats present which seemed nearly endless as he described them. First and foremost, it costs $600 to enter the motorcycle. Then Sam, the rider, had to be licensed in order to set the record. After a couple steps up in speed from 125 mph, he received his Class C 175 mph license. He must wear full armored leathers with no openings for safety. Then came the rules, plenty of rules are mandated. They have a mandatory 118 octane leaded fuel that must be purchased from the track. The track itself is a feat to get to with nearly 20 miles between the pit area and the 3 mile track. Sad but true, the crew went thru two Four Wheelers in pulling the bike to the starting line and had to resort to pulling it with the motor home towards the middle of the week. They said it was a bit embarrassing at first, but that being said, they became very popular with the pit stewards and people at the track. You see, there is NO shade out on the flats by the track so the crew flocked to the shade behind the motor home as it pulled to the starting gate, often handing out a few cold drinks. Back to the high speed record! It’s no easy street there as you must wait in long lines to get a run on the track. Each person must finish and clear the track ahead of you prior to your positioning. Now remember this track is 3 miles long. Once he made a pass, he was timed at different intervals on the track between the 1 and 3 mile marks. Between 1 and 2 miles and 2 ¼ and 3 miles. Now, once you set in a speed, you have to go all the way back to the tower to get your official time sheet, then rush it to the pit area to register your time within one hour of your setting the time. Now, once this is done, they had to let them impound the bike overnight. They cannot touch it, motor
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or anything. The track put a sealed cable on their heads, so they can’t do a thing there either. Basically, they have to go wait til morning to ride again. Once morning comes, they have to meet or exceed the same speed they registered the day before in order for it to become an official record. The great news here is that Sam set the speed in the first day at 158.766 mph. The second day he hit 162.60. The lower speed of 158.766 is the speed that was set to record. Sam said he wished he would have waited to set the first time, but he was so anxious to simply get a record, that he went ahead and set it in at that as a starting point. As for the 200 mph record, Sam feels that will be another day. He said the most trouble they had with the bike was getting and maintaining traction on the salt. As you could imagine, the salt track is very slick. He told me at one point the bike got so squirrelly due to the slick surface, he wasn’t sure he was going to make it to the end of the track in one piece. They then took as much weight off of the bike as they could, including its ice water for cooling the motor. Although they had not set the 200 mph record in the week they were there, they felt that they learned a lot about their next once a year opportunity at Bonneville. At the time of this publication, they were headed to the Texas Flying Mile, Goliard TX to see what she’d do on a solid paved track. I hope we get to report next month that they broke a 200 mph bagger record there. SPECS FOR BIKE: Bike 4458, Class 3000 MP, Gas at Bonneville Salt Flats Big Dog Bagger Corrected Alt of 6772 Ft. Record Set: 158.766 MPH, Best Speed 162.60 132 CI X Wedge S&S Motor S&S Transmission, 6 speed S&S Clutch Lock up by Aim Garrett T4 Turbo 8.5 to 1 Comp C16 Gas Intercooled with Ice Water Boost up to 20 lbs Crew: Sam Wills, Rider. Delvin Clark, Shawn Norris and Bruno Bike Built by Racing Innovations for Big Dog and S&S Cycles Custom Bulldog Bagger 2010 model Suspension Redone by House of Horsepower Cannon Racecraft Front End and wheels and brakes: GSXR 750 Turbo By American Turbo Power and Racing Innovations Powder Coat by Custom Powder Coating Ceramic Coating by Performance Coatings

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BIKER FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
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BIKER ACCESSORIES, APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS Virginia

Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson* 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy Yorktown, VA (757) 872-7223 www.hrhd.com
Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 www.outlanders.ws email: outlnd@shentel.net Patriot Harley-Davidson * 9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax, VA (703) 352-5400 www.patriothd.com Pro Street Cycles * 8075 Jefferson Davis Hwy Richmond, VA 23237 (804) 271-7766 (804) 271-7785 – Fax Revolutionary Harley-Davidson * 1915 Pocahontas Trail Unit F-5 Williamsburg, VA 23185 (757) 565-5122 www.hrhd.com Richmond Harley-Davidson * 10441 Washington Highway Glen Allen, VA (804) 550-9280 www.richmondharley.com Scooters* 6906-B School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-321-0037

Affordable Military Services* Patches, Embroidery, Sewing & more 3659 Sewells Point Rd Norfolk, VA 23513 (757) 855-4772-phone (757) 858-0076-fax
Big Daddy Leather* 1900 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (540) 899-0048 www.bigdaddyleather.com

DEALERS, PARTS & SERVICE Maryland All American Harley-Davidson * 8126 Leonardtown Rd. Hughesville, MD 20637 (888) 833-2REV www.allamericanh-d.com Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC * 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD (888) HDFEVER www.hdwash.com Virginia

Cavelli’s Inc 3514 Oaklawn Blvd Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-2016 DIVA Customs* 501 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 428-DIVA (3482) www.divacustoms.com
Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories * 166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 340-4446 Harley-Haven* 1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458 www.hrhd.com

ASX Motorcycle Parts * 17200 Hull St. Rd. (5.5 mi West of Rt. 288) Moseley, VA 23120 (804) 639-1555 Big Daddyz Cycles * 2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Hayes, VA 23072 (In Gloucester County) (4 miles over the Coleman) 804-642-3436 fax# 804-642-1461 bigdaddyzcycles@verizon.net www.bigdaddyzcycles.com Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244 www.departure.com Dennis’ Truck & Trailer Repair, Inc. * 309 Maury Richmond, VA 23224 Phone: (804) 230-7905 Fax: (804) 232-1302
Gary’s Automotive Again * 23220 Airport Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 733-8644

Shenandoah Harley-Davidson* 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA (540) 213-7433 www.shenhd.com Southside Harley-Davidson, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 www.hrhd.com Thunder Road Harley-Davidson * 4960 Riverside Drive Danville, VA 24541-5630 (434) 822-BIKE (2453) www.thunderroadhd.com
Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson 385 Waugh Blvd Orange, VA 22960 800-88-WAUGH http://www.waughhd.com

The Biker’s Depot 612 Nevan Rd Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 962-0159
Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.* 4324 Godwin Blvd Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 255-4200 www.tidewatermotorcycles.net WTF Leather Crafter * Seats, Sewing, Patches, Leather work 1561 Bradford Rd. Suite 102 Virginia Beach, Va. 23455 (757) 439-2813 or (757) 582-4656

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GEICO Powersports* Motorcycle, ATV, RV, Watercraft 1-800-44-CYCLE (442-9253) www.geico.com Tri-Cities Ins. Co., LLC * Jim Mrava – Principal Agent 8901-A Patterson Ave Richmond, VA 23229 Phone (804) 747-4407 Cell (804) 929-1997 Email: mravaj.tci@allstate.com

Jason’s Garage Inc./ Diva Customs* 501 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 428-3482 www.JasonsGarageinc.com

LEGAL SERVICES Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C. 413 W. York Street Norfolk, VA 23610 1-800-9-THE-LAW

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BIKER FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.outerbanksbikeshow.com Thumpers Downtown Bar & Grille* 200 North Poindexter St. Elizabeth City, NC 27909 (252) 333-1243 Virginia Alley Cafe and Sports Lounge* 608 N. Main St. Kilmarnock, Va. 22482 (804) 436-1100 Boneshakers Saloon* 1297 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 961-2812 For booking email amanda_parlays@yahoo.com Check us out on MySpace & Facebook New Owner, New Management, New Attitude
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DJ & ENTERTAINMENT River City Professional DJ’s VirginiaKaraoke.com DJ Reflex Nigel 804-908-0090 All occasion DJ and Karaoke “IT’S ALL ABOUT GOOD TIMES AND MUSIC”

Clutch Bar & Grill* 1485 General Booth Blvd (Behind Hooters) Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 491-2229 www.clutchbarandgrill.com email: info@clutchbarandgrill.com myspace.com/clutchvenue
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Dakota Cobbler’s Shoppe* 7068 Longview Drive Hayes, VA 23072 (804) 642-4138
TOWING Peaco Towing Inc.* 6906 School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-262-1001

Grumpy’s Bar & Grill* 3541 South Plaza Trail Virginia Beach, VA 757) 463-5033 HOOTERS Richmond – West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING Richmond – Chester* 2401 West Hundred Road (804) 425-WING Richmond – Midlothian* 1211 Huguenot Road (804) 378-WING J.M. Randalls 4854-16 Longhill Road Williamsburg, VA 23188 (757) 259-0406 www.jmrandalls.com
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FEDS PUSH HELMET LAWS AND MOTORCYCLE-ONLY ROADBLOCKS The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking applications from law enforcement agencies across the country to conduct federally-funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Now mirrored in other states, “Motorcycle-Only Safety Checkpoints” were initiated in New York last year and are set up during large motorcycle rallies or near large biker gathering spots to check not only license, registration and insurance, but also for DOT-compliant helmets and legal exhaust systems. ABATE of New York is working with NY A.I.M. (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists) attorney Mitch Proner on legal actions to halt these discriminatory roadblocks in the Empire State. But police forces across the country may soon receive public funds to target motorcyclists, though U.S. Reps F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI) and Tom Petri (R-WI) along with several colleagues in Congress have written to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking him to suspend funding of the federal grants for the NHTSA checkpoint program. In addition, after learning that NHTSA recently testified to the Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation that “The most important step we could take would be to assure that all riders wear a DOT-compliant helmet,” according to NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, who added “NHTSA will actively work with Congress to promote helmet use,” Congressman Sensenbrenner and fellow Congressional lawmakers have also introduced H. Res. 1498 which “supports efforts to retain the ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ability to lobby state legislatures using federal tax dollars and urges NHTSA to focus on crash prevention and rider education.” The US Defenders have joined with other state and national motorcycle groups in urging riders to contact their Congress members to support H. Res. 1498, and to write DOT & NHTSA to oppose federally-funded motorcycle-only safety checks. “This is one more piece of evidence of the constant profiling attempts targeting our community at large,” said Escondido Paul, National Lt. Commander of the US Defenders, in issuing a nationwide Call To Action through all Confederations of Clubs and coalitions in every state. For further information, consult www.USDefenders.org. BLACK MOTORCYCLISTS AT HIGHER RISK African-American motorcyclists are more likely than others to die in crashes, even though they are more likely to wear a helmet, according to a study done to determine if race had anything to do with motorcycle crash mortality; and the results stood out in black and white. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions analyzed statistics from the National Trauma Data Bank of 68,840 people involved in motorcycle crashes from 2002-2006, and found that black motorcycle crash victims were 1.5 times more likely to die than similarly injured white riders. The findings do not help support the push for helmet laws since African-Americans
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mortality rates were still 50% higher even though they were 30% more likely to wear a helmet; although the highest mortality rates are among African-American motorcyclists without helmets. Whites who weren’t wearing helmets were less likely to be killed in crashes than blacks who wore protective headgear. The study, published in the American Journal of Surgery, raises questions about the efficacy of injury prevention strategies such as state helmet laws that may not be protecting all riders equally. “For reasons that we are still trying to figure out, one size of injury prevention does not fit all groups of people and just wearing a helmet is not enough,” senior author Dr. Adil Haider says in a statement. “Helmet for helmet, African-Americans have more lethal injuries.” Haider suspects several factors -- such as lack of health insurance, reduced access to healthcare, poorer quality of care and a greater number of pre-existing illnesses/injuries -- may be combining to account for the survival gap. It is possible, he says, riders of different races may prefer different types of helmets or style of motorcycles, suggesting that more research is needed. MOTORCYCLE FATALITIES PLUMMET IN 2009 It’s not surprising when accident rates increase in proportion to increased usage and number of miles travelled, but last year motorcyclist fatalities decreased more than any other category of road users despite more motorcycles being ridden more miles! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System reports that 4,462 riders died in 2009, 850 fewer than in the previous year, representing a 16% drop in fatalities despite a 5% increase in miles traveled and 4.5% increase in the number of motorcycles on the road. The Motorcycle Industry Council recorded half a million more motorcycles in use in 2009, up from 11 million in 2008, and according to the MIC 2009 Motorcycle Owner Survey, they were ridden 1.3 billion more miles. There was also a decrease in motorcycle accident injuries, down 6.3% from 96,000 in 2008 to 90,000 last year. Overall U.S. traffic fatalities hit the lowest level ever recorded, since 1950 when the government began tracking such statistics, and the 33,808 road deaths in 2009 was down 9.7% from the year before. All traffic accidents, fatal or not, declined by 5.3% between 2008 and 2009, though motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 3 and 34, NHTSA said. CALIFORNIA ENACTS ANTI-MOTORCYCLE NOISE LAW Motorcycle-riding California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has put his stamp of approval on a controversial law aimed at cracking down on motorcyclists who replace stock exhaust systems with aftermarket pipes that don’t comply with federal EPA noise and emissions standards. Under SB 435 by State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act makes it illegal for motorcyclists to remove and replace federally required emissions equip-

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ment, and motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 2013 will be required to display a readily visible and unalterable label stamped into the pipes that indicates that they meet federal standards. Bikers will still be able to install aftermarket exhausts, but for bikes built after 2013 the replacement parts must be EPA-certified and permanently stamped. Similar anti-noise laws have been enacted recently in Boston and Denver. Illegal tampering with emissions systems in California will be a secondary violation, meaning that motorcyclists would have to first be pulled over for some other infraction before officers could inspect for the presence of the EPA stamp and issue a citation. First time offenders could face up to $100 fine, but it will be considered a “fix-it” ticket and proof of repair would get the violation dismissed, though subsequent infractions could result in fines of up to $250. Pavley’s original bill sought to include motorcycles in the state’s SMOG emissions testing program, but after being stymied by intense lobbying by state and national motorcyclists rights organizations, she later reintroduced the measure to instead force motorcycles into compliance with existing federally-mandated sound and air pollution levels. US SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON PROTESTS AT MILITARY FUNERALS A group of patriotic motorcyclists recently staged a counter-demonstration during the Arlington National Cemetery burial of a local Navy SEAL, parking motorcycles and revving engines to oppose a protest staged by members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas. Similar scenes play out across America, as a grieving family lays their loved one to rest, the funeral of a service member killed in action is disrupted by vocal protesters shouting vindictive and incendiary remarks at mourners and wave signs that read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates the USA”. The motorcyclists, mostly veterans who are members of the Patriot Guard Riders, led the funeral procession and then strategically parked their bikes in between the family and the protesters and revved up their engines to drown their chanting, and saluted in respect as the funeral cortege passed by giving them a thumbs up. The church protesters, who contend that God is killing members of the military because of the nation’s sins, often demonstrate at military funerals, and are now the subjects of a United States Supreme Court case that will decide if the Constitution protects highly offensive hate speech from civil claims filed by grieving relatives. In Snyder v. Phelps, the father of a Marine killed in Iraq in 2006 was awarded $5 million in his lawsuit against the church for “intentional infliction of emotional distress”, but a federal appeals court overturned the ruling on free speech grounds, and now Albert Snyder is asking the High Court to reinstate the verdict. Justices heard oral arguments in the case on October 6th and the Supreme Court is expected to render a decision late next Spring. ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES MORE DEADLY THAN MOTORCYCLES If you think 3 or even 4 wheels are safer than 2, research suggests you think again as more people die after ATV accidents than after motorcycle accidents. According to trauma surgeons and public health researchers in a presentation during the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons, even when the severity of injuries was the same, the patients who had been riding ATVs were 50% more likely to die, and 50% more likely to need treatment in an intensive care unit and mechanical ventilation, compared to the motorcycle riders. Researchers gathered information from a national trauma bank on nearly 60,000 accidents that occurred between 2002 and 2006 (13,749 from off-road motorcycle riding and 44,509 from ATV mishaps). There are somewhere between 800 and 900 deaths due to ATV accidents each year, according to ATVSafety.gov, a government web site. Dr. Adil Haider, a surgeon from the Johns Hopkins Center for Surgery Trials and Outcomes Research in Baltimore, Maryland, who headed the study, said he and his colleagues don’t know yet why the ATV riders are more at risk than the motorcyclists. “We think there are much more energy transfers when an ATV turns over, but we can’t tell whether that is because of the stability of the vehicle or the weight of the vehicle as it rolls over on a rider,” he said in a statement prepared before the presentation. YEMEN BANS MOTORCYCLES DUE TO TERRORISM THREAT Riding a motorcycle is a popular pastime in Yemen, but fearing al-Qaida assassins on wheels authorities in Yemen’s Abyan Governorate, a growing terrorist stronghold in the Arabian Peninsula, have banned motorcycles from cities in the region’s urban centers. “Using motorbikes in terrorist operations to assassinate intelligence officers and security personnel have been massively mounted over the past nine months in the province,” a Yemeni Interior Ministry official told the Xinhua news agency following a series of assassinations by al-Qaida militants throughout Abyan and will affect some 5,000 two-wheeled vehicles. “Motorcycles are typically used by terrorists and insurgents to deliver weapons directly if it’s a suicide attack or to make a quick getaway,” Dr Theodore Karasik, Director for Research and Development at the Institute for Near East Gulf Military Analysis told The Media Line. “The banning of motorcycles is indicative of how the government, with help from US officers, is trying to cut down on the movements of al-Qaida members and tribal members who support them.” But while the Yemeni government has shown some concern over al-Qaida’s presence in the country, this is a relatively recent development seen by many as a ploy to please the United States. QUOTABLE QUOTE: “The world is run by those who show up.” - Anonymous
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Giving Thanks with a Grateful Heart First National Thanksgiving Proclamation Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; Whereas, both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “To recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness!” Now therefore, I do recommend next, to be devoted by the people of the states to the service of that great and glorious being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be, that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country. George Washington, 1779. Psalm 100:3-5 (New King James Version) 3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;[a] We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. “His mercy is everlasting,” For me it is because of the Mercy of God that I am most thankful. When life got to be more than I could bear I looked for ways out many times. But the Mercy of God and the Love of my wife and children gave me strength to get up one more day. “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;” I thank God for making me the way he has. I sometimes want to take my life in my hands and have control. I ended up having my hands slapped more than once and was told to leave it alone. It’s not easy to develop the kind of faith and trust to know The God who made us is also more than capable of keeping us in His care. What we call “our wilderness experience” is our classroom in life that teaches us how to get through the difficult times. How many times have you thought, this is it I just can’t make it another day? Now here you are reading this today. Many of us never thought we would be where we are today in life. We had dreams and plans and now we wonder what went wrong? I never expected to amount to anything but a drug addict or dead in a ditch. I had absolutely no hope for anything! Here we are now for better or for worse but we are still here! For that I am thankful when I consider where I could have been. I learned in my wilderness the gift of Thanksgiving or Giving Thanks with a grateful heart. Today I am so thankful for all the wonderful people the Lord has put in my life. Some of those people are the ones who were the hardest on me. They would not let me just set down and give up. After a long bout with cirrhosis of the liver caused by Hepatitis C, Back in 2003 I was sent home from the Hospital to spend the Last Christmas with my family. At this point I had been on my back for three years. On Christmas morning I heard a voice speak these words “Having to done all to stand I say stand therefore”. I stood to my feet and walked downstairs to watch my grand children open their gifts. When my family saw me standing and walking on my own they burst into tears. From that day on I never cease to give thanks everyday for the life that God gave back to me. I will forever be thankful for everything in my life no matter how small it may seem to be. As you see the proclamation given by one of the founding fathers of our great country at the top, it serves to remind Americans what Thanksgiving

is supposed to be about. It is not about the big sale the day after Thanksgiving and as much as it may surprise you it is not about Football either. All of you have a great Thanksgiving Day and I know you will find many things to be thankful for as well. I know I never said anything about the Thanksgiving Feast that is because the evidence of that fact haunts most of us every day. I want to say Thank you to my wife and loving children as well as to Kelly and all the wonderful staff of Thunder Roads for all they do to make this magazine happen each and every month. Last, but surely not the least thanks to all of my Rushing Wind Church family here in Southern Maryland. 1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a] in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (Acts 2: 1-2)NKJV Gordon (Preacher)Bacon Rushing Wind Ministry rushingwindbikerchurch@ymail.com Facebook 240-577-0605
Gordon (Preacher) Bacon, presently overseer of Rushing Wind Ministry in Southern Maryland and the founder of Southern Maryland Bikers For Christ and also serves as Maryland state elder for Bikers for Christ. Missionary on the Navajo reservation, Pastored in Az, West Virginia, and Lexington Park, MD.As well as establishing a Christian school. Educated at Sweetwater Bible College in Glendale, AZ. Ordained 1983 by Rock Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Married for thirty seven years to Debbie Santanello-Bacon, father of Gordon Deon Bacon(39) Gordon Ellis(Gordy) Bacon Jr. (34), Christina Bacon-Knull (32) and Janine Bacon (30). We have seven grandchildren ranging from nine years old to nineteen years old.

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The People Of Walmart

I get that it’s a difficult decision between whether you are going to tuck your shirt down under your gut or pull your pants up over your gut but remember picking one of them is ALWAYS better than freezing up and not picking either. ALWAYS!

All About The Benjamin - You know why Ben Franklin could pull this haircut off? Because he was smart and invented awesome shit, not because he looked like he lives with his mother and collects Magic: The Gathering cards.

Would You Like To Super Size? Hmm, I guess McDonald’s IS still super sizing. Super Cuts - Let’s have a little contest here. I need to know what this guy said to the barber because I have no idea how someone goes about requesting this haircut. Help me out folks.

Big Momma - I’m wondering what she’s renting. I wanna say Big Momma’s House, but that might just be too obvious and I’m pretty sure Redbox threw away all their copies of that movie. Whatever she is renting, let’s see if we can’t get that to her asap so she can get home and save us all the pain and suffering.

Be sure to check out more of these wonderfully special folks at www.peopleofwalmart.com

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K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon of Tennessee CHAMPAGNE BASTED ORANGE, LEMON, & PARSLEY TURKEY I prepred this recipe a couple years ago, using a large turkey breast only, instead of the entire bird, but it was simple & scrumptious. The secret is to baste baby baste......4 times per hour! 1 Turkey; thawed - (14 to 16 lbs.) 1 Stick Real Butter; softened 1 tsp. Celery Salt Salt & Pepper to Taste 2 Large Whole Oranges; zested & Cut In Fourths 2 Large Whole Lemons; zested & Cut In Half 1 Spice Jar of Orange Peel Seasoning 2 Cups of Ballatore’ Gran Spumante Sparkling Wine 2 Medium Onions; chopped 1 Bunch of Fresh Parsley; Minced 1/2 tsp. Dried Thyme 1/2 tsp. Produce Seasoning 1/2 tsp. Dried Marjoram Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Get a large, high-sided roasting pan. Spray w/ non-stick butter spray heavily and all up sides and coat bottom well. Next, clean out cavity of bird and pat dry w/ paper towels really good. Take real, softened butter, celery salt, salt & pepper and orange and lemon zest (save some zest for basting sauce) from fruits and form a paste and rub all over entire bird generously and inside cavity also. Place bird in roasting pan. Place cut oranges & lemons inside the cavity, squeezing a bit of juice out of them into cavity as you do. Next, rub bird down all over the outside with Orange Peel spice; cover that bird up with orange spice! Place breast side up in pan and bake for 3 to 3-1/2 hours tented with foil. In large bowl combine the butter, Ballatore’, onions, parsley, zests, thyme and marjoram; pour half into roasting pan and keep half for basting. Bake for 3 hours longer; remember to baste 4 times per hour while tented and the last hour of cooking, when you remove the tent. Be sure and tuck wings down under turkey as these burn easily. Remember..... Baste! Baste! Baste! Remove bird from pan and let sit for 20 mins. after removing from oven so that all juices go back into meat. For authentic & simple roast turkey

gravy, mix a good brand bottle of turkey gravy with pan drippings, in the same roasting pan and then pour into gravy boat. Now, you ‘ve got a phenomenal bird & gravy you’ll be proud to serve your Family and it’s totally unique fruity flavor compliments the turkey flavor superbly. LIME BUTTERED BROCCOLI FLORETS WITH PEARL ONIONS 1 Box or Bag of Frozen Broccoli Florets 1 Box or Bag of Frozen Pearl Onions 1/2 Stick of Real Butter; Melted 2 Tbls. of Real Lime Juice & Zest Salt & Pepper to Taste Microwave frozen veggies in a large, serving bowl together until crisp tender but not wilty. Combine lime juice & melted butter & salt/pepper in a small saucepan. Toss butter sauce thuroughly all over veggies when butter melted and nice and hot. *If you’ve got more to feed, just double or triple the recipe. This is so dang easy, but so incredible tasting! MELT IN YOUR MOUTH BANANA & DARK RUM SUNDAES 1/2 Stick of Real Butter; Melted 3/4 Cup Quality Maple Syrup Dash of Ground Nutmeg & Cinnamon 4 Medium-Firm Bananas; Halved & Sliced 1/4 Cup Golden Raisins 1/4 Cup of Dark, Spiced Rum 2 Tbls. Slivered Almonds (or any nut of your choice);* Be sure and grease a cookie sheet and toast up whichever one you choose though. 1 Quart of Premium Country Vanilla All-Natural Ice Cream In large, non-stick skillet, melt butter over med-low heat. Stir in maple syrup, cinnamon & nutmeg until blended. Remove from heat and add the bananas, raisins, dark rum and almonds. Cook over med. heat until bananas are totally glazed, stirring gently. Divide up into individual serving bowls & add ice-cream over top. Slurp! From Our Thunder Roads Family To Yours.. God Bless, Be Grateful & Give Thanks.
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I recently took a class at a conference on the parking of vehicles on highways and roadways during an emergency situation. It was extremely informative, these types of classes usually are. During one of the many videos that we viewed during the class, I noticed that there was a motorcycle police officer that was working an accident on a busy suburban boulevard, along with other emergency vehicles on the scene. Many emergency vehicles are the target of secondary collisions at the original accident

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