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Covering the Mid-Atlantic region, primarily the states of Virginia, DC & Maryland Beth Albert (804) 536-1299 William Day “Wild Bill” (804) 814-8498 William C. Frohmiller (757) 416-2410 Kelly Werrell (757) 831-2264

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Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................8 Hot Shots..............................................................12 KISS.....................................................................15 Clubs & Organizations..................................23 The Joker’s Wild..............................................28 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 NCOM News Bytes..........................................36 On Eagle’s Wings.............................................39


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The riding season is finally here folks & you’ve got several months ahead of gorgeous weather, beautiful roads to ride, along with some killer events to go to! Our calendar is packed up with rides and events going on all throughout the Mid-Atlantic. The fun is just beginning so throw on your boots, fire up those bikes & let’s get rollin’! Even though most of you riders will be travelling 100’s of miles in and around your local riding areas this season, many will be venturing out well beyond our region, trekking 100’s, possibly even 1000’s of miles from home. We want everyone to have an enjoyable trip to and from, so please be sure to go over your checklists a few times to make certain that you have everything that you need for your journeys so that you will make it back home safe and sound. You know the old saying that Bikers take care of their own? What ever happened to that? I think that some of you have either forgotten about that or you just plain don’t seem to care. I was recently on a business trip with our webmaster, heading down I-95 south and along the way we saw an endless number of cars and trucks, many pulling trailers, that were heading south, (more than likely) on their way to Daytona Bike Week. It was late at night and with I-95 not being a very well lit road in some parts, it’s difficult to see much outside of what’s directly in your headlights. In the distance, we saw the shadows of a guy walking along the shoulder, waving his hands frantically at every car that was passing along, as his bike sat stranded not far behind him. There was a couple of bikes that had just pulled over but every car and truck pulling bike trailers or had bikes in the back of them passed right on by - not a one of them stopped. The other bikes that had stopped, pulled back out when they saw us pulling over. We wanted to see what we could do to help. This stranded traveler was a young guy on a road trip by himself and come to find out, his bike had ran out of gas. Luckily Bill had a full gas can onboard and quickly filled the guy’s tank up for him. One of the most dangerous places to get stuck is on the side of the road at night on a busy interstate with cars & trucks screaming by running 75mph+. The guy, who was just as nice and friendly as he could be, said that he had been standing out there nearly an hour and half trying to flag down anyone who might stop and lend him a hand. After a quick chat and a huge thank you, the guy started his bike right up & was on his way again. Now, isn’t that a damn shame that not one of the vehicles that had seen this guy and his bike, could take a few minutes out of their trip to help a fellow biker in need? Wouldn’t you want someone to stop for you? Please keep that in mind during your travels if you see someone needing some help….someday that could be you. While you’re out riding, please don’t forget to support the businesses who support us here at Thunder Roads – they are the ones who keep our magazine FREE for you each month by either placing an ad with us or being a Biker Friendly sponsor. We wouldn’t be here for you without them. Enjoy all the fresh scents and beautiful sights popping up everywhere as mother nature brings us another wondrous show this Spring for us all to savor from the open road. We wish you all much peace, happiness & love in your lives always. Have a fantastic month & stay safe! See you next time around – Happy Trails

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Did you know that you can post your event FREE? Just go to our website, & enter your event information directly into the calendar. If you post your event online by the 15th of the month, it will appear in the following month’s print issue. It’s never too early to list your event so as soon as you have all of your info…send it on! APRIL Apr 3rd – 5th Blue Ridge Bike Fest – Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center. Weekend Passes $10. 40-206-2414. Friday 3pm9pm Sat 10am-9pm. Sun 10am-5pm. Apr 5th 3rd Annual Benefit Ride – Virginia Beach, VA Police escorted ride from the 15th Street Raw Bar & Grill at the Ocean front to Knuckleheads Roadhouse. Post ride festivities include Live Music by “CRUNCH”, Live auction, food, drink and fun! For more information contact Mike Aselin at: 9:00am-7:00pm Apr 5th 2009 Virginia Bike Fest – Petersburg, VA Apr 11th Chili Cook-Off / Poker Run / Swap Meet – Staunton, *Sponsored by Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell *Lots of used parts & accessories *NO entry fee for shoppers *Fee for vendors $10.00 (provide your own table)/ $20 includes table (10x10) **Call ext. #402 for booth pricing details and additional sizes. Shenandoah Valley H.O.G presents annual Chili CookOff, chili available @ 11am. $5 gets you unlimited chili & bread (while it lasts) & 1 drink. more available. there will be a poker run afterwards (small fee) & weather permitting. H.O.G. Hotline 540-946-9992. Sell your unwanted parts all day 9am - 5 pm(small space fee) tables available for rent contact Andrea 540-213-7433. Chili Cook-off - *Sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley H.O.G. Chapter. Shenandoah HarleyDavidson/Buell, 213 Rolling Thunder Lane, Staunton, VA 24401 540-213-RIDE. Visit for details Apr 11th Spring Open House & Fashion Show – Hughesville, MD Free Food while supplies last, entertainment, sales and a fashion show at All American Harley-Davidson in Hughesville, MD., phone 301-274-5000 Apr 11th Big Daddy’z Cycles Grand Opening Celebration – Hayes, VA Big Daddy’z Cycles in Hayes (Gloucester) Virginia will have it’s Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, Apr. 11th, 2009 ! The Address is: 2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy., Hayes. We will open our doors at 10:00am with many specials and discounts for our customers who come to celebrate with us. We will have food available for lunch and beverages! Music, Giveaways, and a bike show. We have many festivities Planned! So come on by and check us out! Apr 11th Chili Cook-Off / Poker Run / Swap Meet – Staunton, VA Shenandoah Valley H.O.G presents annual Chili Cook-Off, chili available @ 11am $5 gets you unlimited chili & bread (while it lasts) & 1 drink (more available). There will be a poker run afterwards (small fee) & weather permitting. H.O.G. Hotline 540-946-9992 and sell your unwanted parts all day 9am - 5 pm (small space fee) tables available for rent contact Andrea 540-213-7433 Apr 12th Happy Easter! April 16th – 19th 4th Annual Angel City Spring Rally and Thunder Roads Big 10 Bash Angel City Rally will be holding the 4th Annual Spring Rally on April 16th- 19th, 2009. RV reservations and e-tickets are available now. Don’t wait until it’s too late! These sites are filling up quickly. There are no refunds on sites and cancellations are rare so don’t miss your chance to reserve an RV site today! Also, Thunder Roads Magazine will be holding their 10 year anniversary party at Angel City during the rally. This publication is seen and distributed in 20 states and is sure to bring in the people by the masses! Angel City is very excited at all of the opportunities that the New Year is bringing forth. Thunder Roads will be onboard with us during the 4th Annual Spring Rally which is sure to make our event an even larger success. We are working together to bring everyone a rally like no other. Entertainment for the rally will include but is not limited to: The Wall, Big Engine, 2 Finger Jester, Joe Santana and The Other Band, Fairweather Pilot, and The Todd Williams Band. Bike games and bike shows will take place during the event and some new surprises are in store. Make your reservations today! Visit or call 1-800-433-7191 Apr 16th – 19th 4th Annual Angel City Spring Rally and Thunder Roads Big 10 Bash - Unadilla, GA Angel City Rally will be holding the 4th Annual Spring Rally on April 16th- 19th, 2009. RV reservations and e-tickets are available now. Don’t wait until it’s too late! These sites are filling up quickly. There are no refunds on sites and cancellations are rare so don’t miss your chance to reserve an RV site today! Also, Thunder Roads Magazine will be holding their 10 year anniversary party at Angel City during the rally - Saturday April 18th is “Thunder Roads Day”. This publication is seen and distributed in 20 states and is sure to bring in the people by the masses! Angel City is very excited at all of the opportunities that the New Year is bringing forth. Thunder Roads will be onboard with us during the 4th Annual Spring Rally which is sure to make our event an even larger success. We are working

together to bring everyone a rally like no other. Entertainment for the rally will include but is not limited to: The Wall, Big Engine, 2 Finger Jester, Joe Santana and The Other Band, Fairweather Pilot, and The Todd Williams Band. Bike games and bike shows will take place during the event and some new surprises are in store. Make your reservations today! Visit or call 1-800-433-7191 Apr 17th – 19th Bikers for Tykes & Troops – Virginia Beach VA This is a three day event at KOA Kampground ( 1240 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach , VA 23454 ) There will be local bands playing throughout the weekend and a national act on Saturday night. Discounted tickets can be bought ahead of time at Ticketmaster (available soon). There will be a Best Bike contest, Best Tattoo contest, the stunt rider Kane “Insane” Friesen, merchandise vendors and much, much more. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of The King ’s Daughters and the USO of Hampton Roads. Visit for more information. The event starts at 4pm on Friday and ends at 3pm on Sunday. Apr 18th Frogs for Freedom Poker Run – Virginia Beach, VA The ride will start at Papa’s Pub on Shore Drive and Diamond Springs Road, first bike out at 10 AM.. $20 per bike, $20 per extra rider. All riders and passengers receive a free t-shirt and game card. At the conclusion of the ride there will be prizes for best and worst hand, largest group door prizes, 50/50 and an auction. This ride is sponsored by the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. The Foundation supports the families of Navy SEALS and support staff that are killed or wounded. Navy SEALS are beyond the front lines serving around the world in battling terrorism. Please come out and help support our cause. This is a TAMA supported ride. Contact info 757-318-3764 Apr 18th US Military Vets MC Northeast MD, Bull Roads & Shrimp Feast – Rosedale, MD albums/q271/dawnrakowski/?action=view&current=bullroast.jpg Apr 18th Open Road Outfitters “Demo Day” – Sterling, VA 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come see our products in action! Take a free trike demo ride or try pulling a trailer to see how it feels. See our Time Out and Mini Mate motorcycle campers in action and watch our Rampage Bike Lift pull a dresser into the back of a pickup with the touch of a button. Free lunch! Located at 45763 Elmwood Court in Sterling, VA. Open Road is two hours north of Richmond near Dulles Airport. For info/directions, visit or call 1-800-541-6736. Apr 18th Habitat For Humanity Poker Run – Norfolk, VA Registration at Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads, Inc., 900 Tidewater Dr., Norfolk, VA 23504, from 8AM-10AM. (For Pre-Registration form: Cost: Driver $15, Passenger $10. Food & Drinks. Proceeds will help build more affordable decent homes in South Hampton Roads. Prizes: Ride patches, Prizes and trophy to winner of the ride. ** Release waivers to be signed at check-in ** Call 757-640-0590 for more info. Rain date April 25th. Apr 18th “Come out and ride for a Cause and not just ‘Cause!” – Petersburg, VA The American Red Cross, Southside Area Chapter, is having its 5th annual Benefit Ride. The ride will begin and end at the Petersburg Sports Complex which is located at 100 Ballpark Road. Also, a Bike Show will be held. Registration the day of the ride will be between the hours on 8:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. However, call and register early to receive a free t-shirt! Tickets for the riders will be $25.00 and passengers will be $15.00. For More Information, Please Contact Rosalyn Andrews at 1-800-4559283/804-733-5711 or Eddie Vick 434-246-1044. In addition, food will be served and door prizes will be given. Apr 18th World’s Largest Poker Run – Salem, VA The poker run will start and stop at Salem Civic Center. 1001 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Va. 24153. Registration open at 7am. First Bike/car out at precisely 10am. First group should back to Civic Center by about 12:30-1:00. $20.00 per vehicle / $5.00 for extra poker hands. Proceeds will benefit the Fallen Firefighters Survivors Foundation, A non-profit organization that provides immediate financial assistance to the families of fallen firefighters. This Poker Run will be validated by Guinness Book of World Records and go into the record book as the World’s Largest Poker Run. This run will happen at 36 locations in 9 states all at the same time. No other poker run has been attempted on this magnitude. This event is open to all road legal vehicles…cars, trucks, bikes, whatever. Part of this run may be on the interstate, so scooters might think twice. We will have vendors, food, 50/50 raffle & more. This event is Coordinated and hosted by the Red Knights MC. Virginia Chapters 9 and 13. This event is sponsored by Star City Powersports, Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Firm, Iron Sports Custom Cycles, Blue Ridge Rescue Suppliers Roanoke Valley Harley Davidson, Asylum Studios Tattoo and Body Piercing, Twisted Image Pinstriping, Speedy Oil Change, Capt. Party, Firehouse Cycles and more..... Apr 18th Open Road Outfitters “Demo Day” – Sterling, VA 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come see our products in action! Take a free trike demo ride or try pulling a trailer to see how it feels. See our Time Out and Mini Mate motorcycle campers in action and watch our Rampage Bike Lift pull a dresser into the back of a pickup with the touch of a button. Free lunch! Located at 45763 Elmwood Court

in Sterling, VA. Open Road is two hours north of Richmond near Dulles Airport. For info/directions, visit or call 1-800-541-6736. Apr 19th Trivial Pursuit Ride – Northern VA Trivial Pursuit Fund Raiser Ride sponsored by East Coast Virginia Harley Owners Group. The ride raises money for the Boys & Girls Club and is used to sponsor memberships for children unable to afford memberships. The ride is scheduled for Sunday, 19 April 2009. Registration 8:00-10:00, with first bike out at 9:00. Ride is 83 miles through scenic northern Virginia. Contact point is Jim: Apr 19th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park - Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date April 26th. Apr 23rd – 26th 7th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week™ – Outer Banks, NC North Carolina's Largest Motorcycle Rally. Great Riding-80 miles of Beaches-Lighthouses-Pirate lore. Bike Shows, Poker Run, Treasure Hunt, Guided Tours, Vendors, Bikini &Tattoo Contests. Chance to WIN $2000 Shopping Spree! www., 757 397-5550 Apr 24th – 26th Barry’s Bike Rally – Grandy, NC Vendors, Bands, Great Food, Cold Beer, Bike Games. Rally benefits the Navy Seals and Victory Junction Gang Camp. Your support will help our military families and also help critically ill children. We appreciate your continued help and support for this great event - This is our 9th year! FREE vendor space for the Bike Rally (We are asking that vendors make a tax deductible donation to the Naval Special Warfare Foundation) For availability call 252-4532261 (Restaurant) or Email: Event location: Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, 169 Walnut Island Blvd., Grandy, NC 27939. Lodging accommodations visit www. Camping is available – email BarryOBX@ For more info visit Apr 24th – 26th Carolina Bike Rally – Jacksonville,NC The North Carolina Biker Stimulus Package. Live Music, many vendors, biker games on the hour (MC’d by The Ice Cream Man from Hell), free tent camping, Poker run with 3 days to make the stops (so you can enjoy), Ride the Crystal Coast. 60 Acres of Jammin fun. www. Proceeds go to our wounded servicemen in current conflicts. Check out Phone 336-286-4814 Apr 22nd – 26th Spring Carlisle Swap Meet – Carlisle, PA Apr 25 Out of the Box Biker Weekend - Elkins, WV On April 25th and 26th, Covenant Christian Band, chapters of Bikers for Christ, other motorcycle ministries and local businesses in conjunction with the Randolph County Ministerial Association and participation of New Life Fellowship will be hosting the 1st Annual God Rocks, Out of the Box Biker Weekend and bike blessing. Saturday morning, the 25th, we’ll have coffee/snacks available as motorcyclists will be arriving from 10 o’clock on. Biker Preacher Reverend John MulQueen will lead prayer at 11 a.m. for the Blessing of the Bikes. 11:30 it’s kickstands up and we’ll have a two to three hour group ride through the scenic springtime hills of West Virginia. At approximately 3 p.m. as bikes return to New Life Fellowship, we’ll serve a meal with snacks and drinks. Covenant Band will begin service at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Youth and teens invited. Sunday morning service at New Life Fellowship 10am. Thank you for your time and support. Please keep this event in prayer in the weeks ahead that the Lord Jesus will be glorified and souls will be saved. Leah Walker Event Coordinator. #5 APPLE CREEK ESTATES • ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA • 26241, Phone: (304) 636-5625. For more info go to the events page at Apr 25th 5th Annual Big Daddy Leather Poker Run – Hayes, VA 5th Annual Big Daddy Leather Poker Run benefiting The Alice C. Tyler Village of ChildHelp East. Big Daddy Leather 1900 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Registration 9:30am11:00am. Awards and Hand Judging from 3pm-4pm All hands must be turned in at BDL no later than 3pm. All proceeds will go directly to The Alice C. Tyler Village of ChildHelp East in Lignum, VA. $15.00 first hand, $5.00 each additional hand (no hand limit). Lunch stop at UNO’s in Massaponax. Cash prizes for best and worst hand! For more info please email events@bigdaddyleather. com Apr 25th 5th Annual Cpl. Jonathan W. Bowling Memorial Bike Ride & Bike Display Show - Stuart, VA Coordinated by the Red Knights, Chap. 11. Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Patrick County High School, Stuart, VA. Award given for furthest traveled bike and display plaques for the first 150 entrants. Bike Display Show Awards: 1st & 2nd place trophies for the following classes: People’s Choice: Cruiser and streetbikes. The schedule for the bike ride and display bike show is as follows: Bike Show Registration: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; Bike Display Show: 9 a.m.-noon; Bike Ride Registration 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Bike Ride begins at 1:30 p.m. Please see following webpage for more information. http://www. Cpl. Bowling’s biography


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is found on the main page and event information is found in blog section; registration forms are photos in the photos link. Apr 25th Clean Machine Seminar – Ocean City, MD Enjoy insider information from the Harley-Davidson of Ocean City Staff as well as outside experts in how to get your machine clean. Tips on products, techniques and other key information. Free seminar starts at 1 p.m. 410-629-1599 MAY May 1st International Female Ride Day - Come on all you lovely ladies... let’s get out there & ride! May 2nd Freedom Ride for Dystonia (Poker Run/Event) - Laurel, MD The poker run will start and end at Old Glory HarleyDavidson, 11800 Laurel Bowie Road, Laurel MD 20708. Ride registration will open at 9:30 a.m. and cost $30. The last bike must be back by 2 p.m. to qualify for the $250 grand prize for the best poker hand. An event will be held after the ride, featuring food, a live band, vendors, door prizes and a raffle. The first 100 ride registrants get a free T-shirt, and ride registration includes admission to the event. Admission to the event without the ride will cost $20. All proceeds go to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation - - a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting research on and people afflicted with dystonia, a rare, but disabling, movement disorder. Watch brief video at to see how Dystonia can affect people. For more information, please contact Debbi Mack, 301-725-1335, infogirl2k@ or check the Web site at http://freedomride4dystonia. May 2nd Cruise-In/Pre-Myrtle Beach Sale – Staunton, VA*Cruise-In 12pm-5pm *Huge sale in dealership *60’s fashion contest *60’s DJ *60’s dance contest. Shenandoah HarleyDavidson/Buell, 213 Rolling Thunder Lane, Staunton, VA 24401, 540-213-RIDE. Visit for details May 2nd Benefit for the children of Sunshine Royston – Jarretsville, MD Bull and oyster roast - benefit for the children of Sunshine Marie Royston..From 8 pm till 12 at Jarrettsville volunteer fire department 3825 Federal Hill Road Jarretsville MD.21084. 40.00 a person. See you May 2,2009 at 8 pm till 12:00. Tickets may be purchased at razorback customs. 410-538-7555. 901 Philadelphia Road Joppa, MD 21085 see Donna. For more info go to the events page at May 3rd Biker Service and Blessing – Capitol Heights, MD The Kingdom Knights Are Hosting their Annual Biker Sunday, May 3, 2009, 10:AM The Sanctuary At Kingdom Square, 9033 Central Ave., Capitol Hts, Md.20743. This is the biggest Biker Sunday in the area. All are welcome. Clubs and independents. Make this a club and family event. We will be looking to see you there. More info: 301-333-9033 May 3rd Poker Run Salty Dawgs Riding Club – Virginia Beach, VA The Salty Dawgs Motorcycle Riding Club is having there 3rd annual poker run all proceeds benefiting the Fisher House. Registration is from 9am to 11:00 Start point will be determined Va Beach, VA. For more information contact Brian at (757)473-9385 or Pat(757)548-8462 May 3rd 2009 Relay for Life HOPE Ride – Poquoson, VA Team Etching Out A Cure & the B.U.B.B.A. Riding Club proudly host the 2nd Annual Hope Ride, Sunday – May 3, 2009. Poquoson City Pool Parking Lot, 16 Municipal Drive, Poquoson, VA 23662. Registration opens at 10:00AM. Ride leaves at 1:00PM. There is a $10.00 donation per rider & $5.00 for passengers. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Program. The ride will consist of a 65-mile long ride through the beautiful Colonial Parkway in Historic Yorktown to the Jamestown Settlement Visitors Center. This will be a police-escorted ride! The ride will end back at the Poquoson City Pool Parking Lot where there will be food and drinks, as well as Music, Raffle for prizes, 50/50 drawing and much more…ALL ARE WELCOME!!! T-shirts for the event will be on sale! For information, please contact Larry Wainwright at (757) 714-8827 or e-mail or Mark Boesen at (757) 5702209 or e-mail May 8th – 17th Myrtle Beach Bike Week – Myrtle Beach, SC (Since 1940) May 10th Happy Mother’s Day! May 8th – 17th 69th Annual 2009 Myrtle Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally - Myrtle Beach, SC Contrary to False News Reports...The Myrtle Beach May Rally is ON! May 8th - May 17th. Although the City of Myrtle Beach proper has enacted some tough new ordinances to discourage you from coming and while that is true, we want you to KNOW THE FACTS: >> 1.The Grand Strand is 60 miles long-from the NC border to Georgetown, SC. 2. The actual City of Myrtle Beach makes up a very small percentage of the Grand Strand - about 10% of the population in a narrow strip about 15 miles long and 3 miles wide - generally bordered by the Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. 3. The City of Myrtle Beach WAS NEVER the sponsor of the Spring & Fall Rallies and has no right or authority to “cancel” them.<< Hundreds of bikerfriendly businesses both INSIDE and OUTSIDE the City Limits have come together to let you know that you are welcome as

our guests, to give the motorcycle community the TRUE FACTS regarding the rallies and to help dispel the confusion created by propaganda put out by the City of Myrtle Beach. Please visit www. for all the details! Visit the Community Forum on May 15th – 17th Carlisle Import-Kit/Replicar National - Carlisle, PA Adult Admission: Fr.-Sa. $8 /Sun. $5 /3-day Pass $15. Child Admission: under 12- FREE. Family Friendly Event. 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013, 717-243-7855. Beginning in 2009 we will welcome all vintage (1979 and older) import motorcycles to attend the Import-Kit/Replicar Nationals. A special parking area will be available on the Showfield for all bikes. If you have a 1979 or older Yamaha, BSA, Honda, BMW or other import bike you are encouraged to join over 1,000 import automobiles at IKR. Highlights: New for 2009, vintage (1979 and older) import motorcycle display. Euro-classics to import sports cars·The world’s largest kit car gathering * Special guest Bruce Meyers, father of the modern day Dune Buggy ·Feature vintage and specialty Japanese. Import Vintage Motorcycles Class - http://www. May 16th Poker Run - Smithfield, VA American Legion Riders Chapter 49, Smithfield. 3rd Annual Johnny Threatt Memorial Poker Run In Support of The American Legion Legacy Run. 818 S. Church St., Smithfield, VA. Registration: 9am to 11am / Last Bike Out: 11:15am. Cost: $20:00 Rider / $10.00 Passenger (Lunch is Included). Cook Out: 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Cook Out Cost for Non-Riders: $5.00. 50/50, Door Prizes, Best and Worst Hand. Rain Date: Sunday, May 17th. Breakfast will be available from the Ladies Auxiliary. Contact Info: American Legion Riders Chapter 49, Smithfield. Shawn Ross, Director, 787-869-3602 May 15th – 17th Petersburg, Virginia Suffolk Raceway Nostalgia “Little Guy Nationals” – Petersburg, VAVirginia Motorsports Park: Nostalgia & Muscle Car Show & Shine, Motorcycles Also Welcome!!! Come Show your stuff!!! Saturday and Sunday. Swap meet as well!!! Racin’ the way it was!!!! Heads up racing, Nostalgia Racing, Old style match races!!! Contact info: Doug (804)536-2305,; Johney (252)221-9990,; John (804)526-4267, May 17th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park - Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date May 24th. May 16th Armed Forces Day May 17th Spring Car & Bike Show – Portsmouth, VA Food, Music, All Models Welcome. Bayside Harley-Davidson. Portsmouth, VA. 757 397-5550 May 23rd & 24th Rolling Thunder XXII Reunion Spot - Ft. Washington, MD Stop by Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC for free food (while supplies last), vendors, Official Rolling Thunder XXII T-shirts, pins and patches, Harley-Davidson and Rolling Thunder Officials on site and great entertainment from 10 am to 4 pm. 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD 20744., phone 301-248-1200. May 24th American Pride Yellow Ribbon Ride. Free coffee and donuts available before the Police Escorted Ride leaves at 9 am en route to the Pentagon Parking lot. May 24th Rolling Thunder - Pentagon Parking Lot, Arlington VA. May 24 Rolling Thunder XXII – Washington, DC (Since 1987)

75 miles. Coffee and Donuts 8-10 AM. Raffle and Prizes. Lunch for participants provided by Outback after the Ride. Pre-Register before May 20th and receive a Free T-Shirt. For more information, call the Colonial Heights Sheriff’s Office at (804) 520-9352 or e-mail sheriff@ May 31st 2009 Frazier-Mason “Some Gave All” Memorial Motorcycle Ride – Join the SGA Foundation to Honor and Pay Respect to Virginia’s Fallen and Wounded Heroes of OIF and OEF. Ride starts at Spotsylvania High School and will end at King George High School. This is a police escorted ride. Registration will begin at 8:00am and continue until 10:30 am. Event’s will include Memorial Ride and Ceremony, Food, Patriotic Bike Show, Demonstrations, Exhibits, Bands, Children’s Activities, and much more. All proceeds will go to support Wounded Warriors from OIF and OEF. Ride fee is $20.00 per rider and $10.00 per passenger. Visit for more info. May 31st New Community Church Biker Sunday - Elizabeth City, NC Elizabeth City, NC New Community Church, 100 Kathryn Court. 11:00 a.m. New Community Church First Annual Biker Sunday. Live Music, Lunch, Door Prizes, Bike/Biker Blessing, Bike Show/Judging/Prizes. Wear your leather, these can get rough! Rick McElrath, 252-917-3475, May 31st Summer Splash Poker Run – Ocean City, MD The Summer Splash Poker Run, presented by the Eastern Shore HOG Chapter, begins at Harley-Davidson of Ocean City, Md. The ride covers the unique scenic country side of Delmarva and features escorted rides as well. There will be Door Prizes, a 50/50 drawing, limited free pins, food available. Visit for details May 31st New Community Church Biker Sunday - Elizabeth City, NC New Community Church, 100 Kathryn Court. 11:00 a.m. New Community Church First Annual Biker Sunday. Live Music, Lunch, Door Prizes, Bike/Biker Blessing, Bike Show/Judging/Prizes. Wear your leather, these can get rough! Rick McElrath, 252-917-3475 nccriders@ JUNE Jun 1st – 6th Americade – Lake George, NY (Since 1983) Jun 5th & 6th 5th Annual Chickahominy Bike Classic – Lanexa, VA Rockahock Campgrounds, 1428 Outpost Road, Lanexa, VA 23089, (804)966-8362. And the tradition continues….As with previous years, Rockahock’s 5th Annual Chickahominy Bike Classic will showcase some of the best upcoming and local talent on our amphitheater stage. Come spend the weekend riding, relaxing and enjoying great music, food, vendors and games. Rockahock is excited to welcome back one of 2008’s favorite performers Damon Smith www.damonsmithmusic. com. This year’s lineup features up and coming Nashville talent KingBilly, North Carolina rockers TOYZ and one of America’s premiere southern rock bands, Blackberry Smoke Over the last 12 months Blackberry Smoke has shared the stage with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and countless others. The band has recently finished recording their sophomore effort “Little Piece Of Dixie” to be released in early 2009. Local favorite The Ray Pittman Project and many more will keep the party going all weekend. Stay tuned!!!!! Full entertainment schedule coming soon. Tons of Bike Games throughout the weekend. Come try your luck at some of the crowd favorites including HONEY I’M HOME, SLOW RACE, BALLOON TOSS & IN THE WIND RELAY!!!! Bike Show – Saturday June 6, 2009 TIME-TBD ***REGISTRATION ON-SITE*** Ticket Prices: Friday Only - $15.00. Saturday Only - $20.00. Weekend - $30.00. Full hook-up RV sites, primitive RV sites, tent camping, and Yurt & Cottage rentals available. Call today to make your reservation!!!! For more information visit www. or call us at 804-966-8362. Jun 5th – 7th Southern Maryland Bikers for Christ Third Annual Bikefest – Great Mills, MD June 5-7 2009. Benefit Ride, Saturday June 6, 10:00 A.M., Registration $15.00 per Bike Benefit is For “The Mission”, Great Mills Road, Great Mills, MD. 20619. Live Bands with Rocking Music, Vendors Welcome, Open To the Public, Colors Welcome, No Drugs, No Booze and No Attitudes, Three Great Days In Beautiful Southern Maryland More Information contact Gordon (preacher) bacon 240-577-0605 or Visit For Event Details, For more information contact Gordon Bacon (Preacher) 240.577.0605 Jun 6th & 7th Rallyin’ the Valley 5 – Staunton, VA *Local & regional live music *Lots of food & merchandise vendors *Fun for the whole family! Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell, 213 Rolling Thunder Lane, Staunton, VA 24401, 540-213-RIDE. Visit for details Jun 6th “Outlanders Luau Biker Party” – Luray, VA Michelle Manhart, Playboy Centerfold, Bikini Dream Team, Music by “340 South”, Charmed City Choppers, Morning Poker Run, Vendors, Great food, Free admission. Saturday, June 6, 2009, Noon to 5 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, June 7th). Visit for more info. Jun 6th Sisters of Chrome Women’s MC First Maryland Trauma Teddy Bear Run-Baltimore, MD Sisters of Chrome Women’s Motorcycle Club (SOCWMC) is sponsoring the First Maryland Trauma Teddy Bear Run on June 6th. The event starts with a 20+ mile police escorted motorcycle ride leaving the the Harley Davidson Store, 8845 Pulaski Hwy, Baltimore, MD at 12:00 noon and ending at Long Beach Restaurant and Tavern on Bowley’s Quarters Road. All ride participants will need to register on the day of the event between 10:30 and 11:30 at the HD Store and must bring a NEW teddy bear to donate to the cause. SOCWMC will also be selling Bears prior to the ride for those requiring one. At the end of the ride, all bikes will have secure parking

May 25th Memorial Day May 30th Kidz 2 Kamp (K2K) 2009 – Virginia Beach, VA Second annual Kidz 2 Kamp is an event to raise funds for “Central Virginia Burn Camp”, “Camp Hope Haven”, and “Capture the Dream Summer Camp.” The event will start and end at Bubba’s Deli and BBQ in Virginia Beach, VA. Registration will start at 0900. For more information contact Vincent (757)810-5865 May 30th Community Hospice Foundation Motorcycle Benefit Ride – Dillon, SC Join us for the Community Hospice Foundation Benefit Ride on Saturday, May 30, 2009. The Benefit Ride will start and end at Community Home Care and Hospice at 805 N. 8th. Ave.,Dillon SC. Sign in begins at 10:00 AM with the ride starting at 11:00 AM. The Ride is approximately 100 miles with 4 stops. Drawings for prizes will be made at each stop. One of the stops will include lunch hosted by H.B. Spokes. The Ride will end with a meal and entertainment. For additional information, contact Gary Lucas at 866-826-6830 M-F, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM or 910-474-2373 anytime. Rain date is Saturday, June 6, 2009. May 30th 5th Special Olympics Ride – Colonial Heights, VA The Colonial Heights Sheriff’s Office 5th Annual Special Olympics Motorcycle Ride will be held on May 30, 2009. Registration from 0800-1000 and ride starts at 10 AM. Ride is approximately


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at the Volunteer Fire Department lot next door to the Long Beach Restaurant. Free Shuttle busses are provided for car parking at St. Johns Business park located on route 43. Middle River MD 21220. Please note that a TICKET is required to enter the event at Long Beach and can be purchased for $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the gate. The gate opens at 11:00 a.m. for those not participating in the ride. We are excited that the lead singer, Fran Cosmo from BOSTON and Anthony Cosmo - songwriter & guitarist of BOSTON will be playing as well as 3 other live local bands throughout the day, plus vendors, food, beer, refreshments. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause and we look forward to seeing you at the event. Please email me or call me if you are interested in purchasing a ticket in advance for $20.00 or if you have additional questions. We expect this event to sell out so please get your tickets beforehand. Thank you! SOCWMC / Chaos, (443) 559-6305, email:, For event flyer & more details visit June 12th - 13th South Central Bike Fair - Chase City, VA then under that put: For more info call 434-372-0092, email, Jun 12th – 14th 4th Annual Iron Titans Rally/Swap Meet Gates open Friday June 12th at 4:00pm in Tazewell County,Va. at The Tazewell County Fair Grounds. Refer to web-site for directions. www. A.T.V Rodeo, Ms. Iron Titans Pageant Bike Games, Bike Show, Car/Truck Show, Food, Beverages, Vendors, Tattoo’s, Music, Kids Bicycle Rodeo, Poker Run. Saturday June 13th gates open at 10:00am and Open Sunday June 14th at 9:00am. $10.00 for Friday or Saturday, $15.00 for Whole Weekend. Proceeds go to help The Shriner’s Hospital in S.C. Jun 13th Ride for The Children – Portsmouth, VA American Cruisers dice run for The Edmarc Hospice for Children. 50/50 raffle, door prizes, prizes for high score and breakfast included. All proceeds goes to Edmarc. Sign in at 9 am last bike out at 10:30 am . Roger Browns 316 High St. Portsmouth , Va. 23707. Jun 13th – 21st Laconia – Laconia, NH (Since 1916) Jun 14th Flag Day Jun 17th – 20th Virginia State HOG Rally – Roanoke, VA Jun 20th Father's Day Bike Show – Elizabeth City, NC Food, Music, Bike Show. This is your weekend. Take a ride in the country then show off your bike. Outer Banks Harley-Davidson. Elizabeth City, NC /US 17 South. 252-338-8866 Jun 20th 2nd Annual Deranged Few M/C Poker Run – Richmond, VA Join the Jeff Davis Legion of the Deranged Few M/C for a historic event to commemorate the 147th anniversary of this great adventure. Ride with us on the very route these brave men rode. Show your rebel pride and confederate loyalty by coming to the rally point at the Dugout on Mountain Rd @ 10am on June 20th, 2009. The ride ends at Bubba’s Restaurant, Willamsburg Rd Richmond. There will be an enlistment fee of $15.00 to include food, fun and a band. For More Information Contact Bob @ 804-329-9163 Jun 21st Father’s Day Jun 21st 1st Day of Summer Jun 21st Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park - Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s BestPro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date June 28th. Jun 25th – 28th Thunder in the Valley – Johnstown, PA (Since 1998) Jun 28th Shop w/a Cop Poker Run – Gloucester Point, VA June 28th--Shop w/a Cop Poker Run (designed to raise money for Christmas gifts for under privilege Children.) Sponsored by District 2 Moose Riders. Sign up starts @ 10:00 am and leaves out @ 11:00 am from Cycle Works at Gloucester Point, Va. Traveling 96 miles through the country side and ending at Damon & Gloucester, Va. with live music featuring “Bad Ace.” $10.00 a hand. Any questions email Paula at “ JULY July 4th Independence Day (Government offices closed Fri 7/3) Jul 4th Fireworks & MORE!!!! – Staunton, VA Shenandoah HarleyDavidson/Buell, 213 Rolling Thunder Lane, Staunton, VA 24401, 540213-RIDE. Visit for details July 9 – 11 Delaware/Maryland State HOG Rally – Gaithersburg, MD
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Fest has been crafted with all motorcyclists in mind. This weekend-long event draws from the V-twin, chopper, foreign, domestic and custom markets. The entertainment, vendors and activities draw thousands of bikers to the Fairgrounds for this show. Highlights: Manufacturers Midway featuring Kuryakin and Demo Rides from Yamaha and Kawasaki. Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover, Biker Billy, “Harley” the dog and much more! Bands on Stage All-Weekend, Stunt shows, Rat Rod Revival, and Carlisle Fighter Fest Motorcycle Giveaways. www. Jul 18th 2nd Annual Weekend Blast - Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park Surry, VA July 18th & 19th. Live Band Saturday. Saturday ATVs ONLY. Sunday MOTORCYCLES ONLY. Double Elimination all weekend. Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. AUGUST Aug 1st Miss Shenandoah Harley-Davidson & Last Band Standing – Staunton, VA *Live pageant *Battle of the bands *Lots of sales and fun promotions. Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell, 213 Rolling Thunder Lane, Staunton, VA 24401, 540-213-RIDE. Visit www.shenandoahhd. com for details Aug 3rd – 9th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Sturgis, SD (Since 1938) Aug 5th – 9th East Coast Sturgis – Little Orleans, MD (Since 2003) Aug 16th 2nd Annual Vetshouse, Inc. Poker Run – Norfolk, VA 2nd Annual Vetshouse, Inc. Poker Run - Norfolk, VA. - Sponsored by VFW Riders of Hampton Roads & Knuckleheads Roadhouse - to support VETSHOUSE, INC., a privately financed transitional program giving a hand-up (not a hand-out) to homeless vets in the Tidewater area. Fee: $15/Rider & $10/Passanger - Register from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at VFW Post 4809 - 5728 Bartee Street, Norfolk (Behind Lone Star Steak House on Military Hwy. at Rt 264. Music - Food - Best & Worst Hand Prizes - Live Auction. Come out and support our homeless vets! For more info - call Bob Staicer @ (757) 681-5765 - or Knuckleheads Roadhouse @ (757) 644-6220. Aug 16th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Aug. 23rd. Aug 20th – 22nd North Carolina State HOG Rally – Mt Airy, NC Aug 21st – 22nd Bayside BIG BASH – Portsmouth, VA National Band, Vendors, Food, Over 100 Door Prizes, VIP Party. The end of summer BIG Bash Party at Bayside Harley-Davidson, Portsmouth, VA. 757 397-5550 Aug 21st & 22nd 4th Annual Hawgs, Hosses & Hinies Roundup – Lanexa, VA Rockahock Campgrounds, Inc., 1428 Outpost Road, Lanexa, VA 23089, 804-966-8362. Three days of live entertainment on our amphitheater stage situated on the banks of the Chickahominy River. This year’s entertainment lineup features the 2009 Triple Threat Tour - Diamond Rio with special guest Little Texas and Restless Heart. This is weekend you don’t want to miss!!! Local favorites will keep the party going all weekend. Enjoy great food and merchandise vendors, bike games, bike show, and much more. Spend the weekend riding and relaxing. At Rockahock you can have it all while you get away from it all! Full hookup RV sites, primitive RV sites, tent camping and Yurt & Cottage rentals available. Call now to make your reservations!!!!! Ticket Prices: Friday Only - $15.00. Saturday Only - $35.00. Weekend - $45.00. For more information visit or call us at 804-966-8362. Aug 21st – 23rd 1st Annual Scooter Trash Mountain Crawl Virginia Beach, VA Friday Evening Pre-Ride Meet & Greet Party at Knuckleheads Roadhouse,401 N. Witchduck Rd. Virginia Beach, VA. 23462.Live Entertainment, Dinner Buffet, Cold Beverages and Great Friends. 7:00 PM til closing. Saturday morning ride leaves Knuckleheads at 8:00AM. The scenic route will run along US 460 to Petersburg, Lynchburg and Bedford,VA. Continuing to Peaks of Otter up the The Blue Ridge Parkway to Shenandoah Harley Davidson, Staunton, Va. The ride will continue to Lexington, Va. to attend Hull’s Drive-In for a Double Feature under the stars 50’s style. We have negotiated an inclusive price of $25.00 pp for Movie Voucher, Hull’s T-Shirt and Back Yard Picnic Buffet. Along the route we will stop at pre-arranged pit stops, places to eat and points of interest. Hotels have been blocked in Virginia Beach, Va and Lexington, Va. for your convenience. For information contact “Grizz” at or Herkman at hwm@ Mailing address Mountain Crawl P.O. Box 60, Montebello, Va. 24464 SEPTEMBER Sept 4th – 6th 9th Annual Outer Banks Bike Show – Grandy, NC Bike Show, Vendors, Bands, Great Food, Cold Beer, Bike Games. This event benefits the Navy Seals and Victory Junction Gang Camp. Your support will help our military families and also help critically ill children. We appreciate your continued help and support for this great

event - This is our 9th year! FREE vendor space - We are asking that vendors make a tax deductible donation to the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. For availability, call 252-453-2261 (Restaurant) or Email: Event location: Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, 169 Walnut Island Blvd., Grandy North Carolina 27939. Lodging accommodations visit Camping is available – email For more info visit Sept 6th 6th Annual Pirate's Run – Elizabeth City, NC $1000 to the Pirate with the key to the Treasure Chest. Live Music, Food, Vendors, Tattoo Contest, Tons of Door Prizes. Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, Elizabeth City, NC. Benefits Camp Celebrate-Camp for burn injured children. 252-338-8866 Sept 7th Labor Day Sept 11th Patriot Day Sept 12th Valley Thunder XVI – Staunton, VA *Premiere of 2010 line of motorcycles *Food & Beverage Vendors *Huge sales throughout dealership. Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell, 213 Rolling Thunder Lane, Staunton, VA 24401, 540-213-RIDE. Visit www.shenandoahhd. com for details Sept 17th – 20th DelMarVa Bike Week – Ocean City, MD (Since 2000) Sept 19th 2nd Annual Fall Motor Show – Elizabeth City, NC Cars, Trucks & Motorcycles-All models welcome. Food, Music, Trophies. Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, Elizabeth City, NC/US 17 South. 252-338-8866 Sept 20th 3rd Annual Pony Run – Harbinger, NC Music, Food, Vendors, Poker Run. To Benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Kitty Hawk HarleyDavidson, Harbinger, NC. 252-491-2091 Sept 20th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park - Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Sept. 27th. Sept 22nd 1st Day of Fall Sept 26th Bikers for Babies-March of Dimes Ride – Portsmouth, VA Live Music, Food, Ride Pin, Vendors. Bayside Harley-Davidson, Portsmouth, VA. 757 397-5550 Sept 26th New Model Year Open House – Hughesville, MD HarleyDavidson of Washington, DC will be celebrating the New Model Year with an event-filled day. Food, entertainment, sales, contests and a great time! 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft Washington, MD 20744., phone 301-248-1200, 10am to 4pm. Sept 30th – Oct 3rd Myrtle Beach Bike Days – Myrtle Beach, SC OCTOBER Sept 30th – Oct 3rd Myrtle Beach Bike Days – Myrtle Beach, SC Oct 2nd – 4th 2nd Annual Outer Banks Bike Fest – Harbinger & NagsHead, NC Bike Show, Poker Run, Guided Tours. Kitty Hawk Harley-Davidson/Nags Head Harley-Davidson. 252-491-2091 Oct 9th – 10th Rumble Through The Tunnels-Fleet Ride – Portsmouth, VA Largest Motorcycle Event to Honor our Troops. Welcome Party, Live Music, Vendors, Miss Fleet Ride Contest, Tattoo Contest. Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Give-A-Way!! Bayside Harley-Davidson. Portsmouth, VA/I-264/Exit 5. 757 397-5550 Oct 15th – 18th Biketoberfest – Daytona Beach, FL (Since 1992) Oct 18th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park - Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Oct. 25th. Oct 31st Halloween Open House & Fashion Show – Hughesville, MD Great winter/fall fashions modeled by the HOG Chapter, costume contest, candy for the kids, sales and more! 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft Washington, MD 20744,, 301-248-1200, 10am to 4pm NOVEMBER Nov 1st Daylight Savings Time Ends – Fall back! Set your clocks back 1 hour Nov 11th Veterans Day Nov 26th Happy Thanksgiving! DECEMBER Dec 12th Christmas Open House & Pictures with Santa – Hughesville, MD Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC., 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft Washington, MD 20744,, 301-248-1200, 10am to 4pm Dec 21st 1st Day of Winter Dec 25th Merry Christmas!

July 12th – 15th West Virginia State HOG Rally – Canaan Valley, WV July 15th Ride To Work Day (Since 1991) Jul 17th – 19th Carlisle Bike Fest – Carlisle PA (Since 2002) Jul 17th - 19th Carlisle Bike Fest – Carlisle, PA Adult Admission: Fri.- Sun. $8 /3-day Pass $15, Child Admission: under 12- FREE, Family Friendly Event, Motorcycles Park Free on Grounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. 717-243-7855. The Carlisle Bike




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Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC and their HOG Chapter Give“The Other Forgotten Soldier” Proper Sendoff Often, there are Special veteran’s, “the other forgotten soldiers”, who served military and law enforcement with important jobs such as, protecting people like the Vice President, First Lady and foreign dignitaries at home and abroad, however, after they can no longer perform their duties, they are euthanized. These “other forgotten soldiers” are military and law enforcement working animals. MWD Alan falls under this category. He is an 8 year old German Shepherd veteran certified as an Explosion Detection Dog (“bomb sniffer”) and a Patrol Dog. He not only protected important political VIP’s, but he was also a vital asset to the security and anti-terrorism efforts on the Ft. Meyer military community. Unfortunately, MWD Alan is no longer able to perform his duties, but instead of being euthanized as assigned, Danny Scheurer, founder of the Save-a-Vet Organization, has found a forever home for MWD Alan and will make sure he receives the veterinary care he needs. He is the 2nd Dog rescued by the Save-A-Vet organization, which is dedicated to the rescue, care and well-being of all military and law enforcement working animals and provides a retirement home for decommissioned K9 veterans. Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC and their Ft. Washington HOG Chapter have always been proud supporters of the military and law enforcement and are ecstatic to participate in MWD Alan’s journey home. On Thursday, March 12th at 9 am, Danny and Alan will be escorted from the dealership, by the Ft Washington HOG Chapter, to Regan National Airport, where this K9 veteran will receive the honorable send-off he deserves, on his way to his new home in Chicago. Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC is honored to be a part of this procedure and donated MWD Alan an official Harley-Davidson, reflective collar and leash. For more information on the Save-a-Vet organization, visit


2009 Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day
The Virginia General Assembly convened, as always, in January of this year. A time that we as citizens of the Commonwealth should be nervous. They tackled everything from budget shortfalls to smoking in public places and all kinds of things in between, with several bills of particular interest to motorcyclists. This year, like the last 17, Virginia motorcyclists convened in Richmond to represent the motorcycling population of the Commonwealth. On January 18th we met at the Holiday Inn and had a prep session led by Matt Danielson of Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group going over all the legislation of interest to Virginia motorcyclists. Matt covered all the ins and outs of the various bills, how we should address the Senators and Delegates, and how to track the various pieces of legislation through the legislative process. Afterward Tom McGrath brought everyone up to speed on the developments in Myrtle Beach regarding his lawsuit against the city regarding a couple of their anti rally ordinances. We adjourned around 4:00 for a couple of hours then reassembled for some of the best BBQ to be had courtesy of the Virginia Bikers Association, Virginia Freedom Riders, and ABATE of VA, and cooked by Stuart Newton of Hampton Roads Harley Davidson. For the record Stuart cooks some of the most mouth watering pig in the world. We socialized, played a little poker (Kelly and Beth are no threat at the poker table by the way) and had a few cocktails. Monday morning January 19 we left at 8:00am and headed for the Capital. We spent the morning visiting our elected representatives talking about the views of the motorcycling community, and getting a firsthand look at how the process works. At noon the Legislators went into their respective sessions for the day and we walked a few blocks up the street to Penny Lane Pub for lunch courtesy of Tom McGrath and his law firm. At the end of the day we had around a hundred motorcycle enthusiasts roaming the halls of the General Assembly, if you weren’t there you should thank those that were, they represented you well. There were three pieces of legislation of particular interest this year, two of which sailed through unopposed and one not so much. HB 1870 would allow motorcyclists to operate two abreast in the same lane. While the wisdom of operating two abreast is debatable the facts are that 48 states allow it and there are no statistics, studies or other information to show this is a bad idea. On top of that add the fact that based on definitions of state code if two motorcycles leave a stoplight or stop sign together they would be guilty of reckless driving, a six point violation that carries up to a $2500.00 fine and up to a year in jail. My 17 year old daughter has her motorcycle learners permit and it’s my responsibility to coach and oversee her as she develops her skills as a motorcyclist, quite often I feel the need to pull up next to her and give some instruction, or tell her to pull over up the road to talk. Certainly not something I should be penalized for. This bill passed out of the House with an amendment that instead of legalizing it, made it a civil infraction with a $25,00 fine. In the Senate it got out of committee and passed it’s first vote on the floor, then it was recalled and defeated. As a result we still have the most draconian law in the country with no evidence to support it. Next is HB1873 a bill to change the way motorcycle endorsements are issued to members of our military. Under existing law if a member of the military stationed outside Virginia were required to come back to the state and either take the written and skills tests at DMV, or take a course licensed by DMV to get their “M” endorsement. This bill requires DMV to issue the M classification to military personnel that have completed a basic rider course provided by the military and documentation that they are stationed outside Virginia by mail. Virginia is the first state to pass legislation specifically to address this issue. The bill went through both chambers unanimous and goes into effect July 1, 2009. The last bill is HB1906 to allow the use of a modulating brake light on a motorcycle. I’m sure you’ve seen them, may have one installed on your bike and never had an issue. Problem was confusion on the part of inspection stations. Some stations were rejecting motorcycles because of the modulators. With this bill there will be no question anymore . This bill passed both chambers unanimous and goes into effect July 1, 2009. Stay on top of these and other issues, and get the schedule for 2010s Motorcycle Lobby Day at or contact Jim Cannon at (804)353-3971 or



Motorcyclist First Aid Kits
Most of us who ride, love to go on trips. The joy and excitement of taking a trip on our bikes, is almost unexplainable. When traveling, some of us have a copious amount of space, and some have limited space. However, there should always be enough space for some type of First Aid Kit (FAK). The three most popular injuries that a biker can come face to face with are Burns, Eye Injuries, and Abrasions. Although, no one likes to be injured, accidents do happen; fortunately, most are minor in nature. This is where a smartly stocked FAK can come in handy. Let’s look at a simple but painful scenario, you and your wife are enjoying a nice ride across the open road and it gets to be lunch time and antique gazing time. You pull in a convenient parking spot and shut your machine off. Your wife starts to dismount, and looses her balance, the inside of her right calve touches the hot pipes. Although painful, your loved one tolerates the pain through lunch. A quick inspection of the burn reveals a small blister with redness around it; this would be known as a second degree burn. What to do? Well, having a well stocked FAK would be good for starters. Take a 4x4 sterile gauze or 4x4 burn dressing and secure over the site with adhesive medical tape. DO NOT pop the blister, this could cause an infection later on in the healing process. DO NOT put any type of oil or burn goo on, this will trap in the heat and cause more pain. After this, it is wise to seek medical attention ASAP. Here are some items listed below for making your own FAK. I assembled mine in a small fanny pack. You can also purchase these kits online, just Google, motorcycle first aid kits. Ace Bandage, Regular Band-Aids, Alcohol Wipes, Antibacterial Wipes, Medical Adhesive Tape, 5x9 Combination Pads, Eye Pads, 4x4 Gauze Pads, Disposable Gloves, Trauma Sheers, 4x4 Burn Dressing, Butterfly Bandages, Qtip swabs, CPR Mask, Roller Bandages (Kling). Also, if you are on a long trip, do not forget your personal medications, and some good ole standbys like, Pain Relievers, Aspirin, Anti-acid, Antihistamine, and Anti-diarrhea. Again, depending on how much room you have, will dictate the size of your FAK. You can be somewhat creative, some of you who do not have any carry bags or pouches at all; you will really have to be creative. Some places in Europe, it is law that you carry a FAK in your vehicle. If there is an accident and several people stop, look at the barrage of first aid kits you have available, good idea, you think? Until next month, ride on, have fun, and be safe. Kevin G. Charleville (Doc)

International Female Ride Day Takes Its Place On Motorcycle Calendar
Flagged for the first Friday of May each year, International Female Ride Day, occurring this year on May 1st, prepares to host its third year celebrating women motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. The event has fast become “the date” in women rider’s agendas, embracing the campaign’s request to simply – just ride. Female Ride Day, the globally synchronized day for women, was designed to emphasize and spotlight the many numbers of women who ride motorcycles, celebrating not only their diversities, but similarities in their shared passion for motorcycling. It became a huge hit at its inception in 2007, instantly identified among women riders and has since tripled in involvement each year. It is now an inescapable campaign, celebrated from all corners of the planet. It now encompasses a range of international cultures and locations including Canada, United States, South Africa, Australia, Greece and the UK to name but a few, with Poland joining in this year. “Women have enjoyed motorcycling since its invention and the numbers continue to increase. I see this as quite simply a natural evolution, perfectly coinciding with women’s changing roles. I often remind people there was a time women were not permitted to vote, unimaginable today,” says Vicki Gray, campaign founder. “On Female Ride Day, women riders from all forms of motorcycling – road, dirt, track are asked to unite in the activity of motorcycling and just ride! By getting out there, women visibly demonstrate and markedly underline the many numbers who ride motorcycles. The day is an awareness building event, each participant a role model by her own example, influencing other women to enjoy the enjoyment and satisfaction motorcycling produces” she adds. “The day is free to enjoy as you wish, with the only request being to get out there and be present on your motorcycle. It has become a terrific incentive for women’s rider clubs and friends to get together and celebrate their common interest in the activity. In some locations, International Female Ride Day signifies the kick-off to riding season. It’s up to each woman to decide how she would best like to celebrate the day – one of the campaign’s unique characteristics and I believe one of the main components of its hugely contagious success. Recognizing that this campaign has been fully supported by the motorcycling industry undoubtedly added to its momentum. Women are encouraged to simply join in, take part, play a role and just ride,” she adds. Riders interested in the International Female Ride Day and what women are planning in their communities, more information can be found at MOTORESS.Com. Source: From News/0903/News0903032.htm


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THUNDER ROADS 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BOURBON GLAZED, BIG THICK PORK CHOPS (Also great on chicken, steak or salmon) 4 Really BIG, Really THICK, Quality Bone-In Pork Chops 1 Cup of Beef Stock 6 Tbls. of Grainy Mustard 1 Pinch of Rosemary Per Each Chop 8 Tbls. Pure Honey 1 Cup of Mulled Apple Cider 8 Tbls. Bourbon Get a good large cast iron skillet or any quality one that distributes heat evenly. Put a few pats of margarine in bottom of pan, melt down, add your chops over medium-high heat and then don’t touch them. Season w/ salt, pepper & Rosemary on each side but let each side just fry up and get truly dark golden brown on each side. When both sides done, remove your chops and add your beef stock and use your wooden spoon and get all the little “goodies” stuck to the bottom of pan. Add your chops back in. In a small bowl, mix up your mustard, apple cider and honey. Mix well. Pour down over chops and blend in w/ stock already in pan. Now, add your Bourbon over top of chops and light w/ those long lighters used for starting fires......stand back and be careful. It will flame up, then burn off quickly and you’ve then got all the flavor of the bourbon but none of the alcohol, which would just make them bitter. Mix all around in skillet. Make sure each chop is covered up. Turn down to simmer and just let go for about 15 minutes w/ an aluminum foil tent over skillet. These chops are so dang tender and the flavor is perfection! You’ll use this glaze for alot more than just chops! KEEP IT SIMPLE SWEETIE SAUTEED APPLES & PURPLE ONION 2 Boxes of Stouffer’s brand Fried Apples (in your grocer’s freezer section with all the Stouffer’s entree meals) 1 Small Purple Onion 1 Shaker of Real Cinnamon & Splenda; Mixed Put your microwave-safe (2) dish packages of fried apples and nuke’ as directed. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, chop up your purple onion and saute’ up in a pat of margarine; when your apples are done in microwave, add them to your purple onions, stir well, add another pat of margarine to melt over top and sprinkle cinnamon/Splenda mixture all over top generously. I make these all the time and they are the perfect partner for pork. Yummy in the tummy.

TONI’S SIMPLE & SWEET, CREAMY COLESLAW 1 Bag of Pre-Shredded ColeSlaw 1 Small Purple Onion; small cube chopped 1 Tbls. of Apple Cider 2 Tbls. of Sugar or Splenda Apprx. 1 Cup of Real Mayo 1/4 Cup of Pre-Chopped Sweet Pickle Cubes Salt & Pepper to Taste 1 tsp. of celery salt Dash of Garlic Powder 1/2 Cup of Whole Milk Add Pre-chopped ColeSlaw to medium sized mixing bowl. Add all the rest of the ingredients and take a wooden spoon (don’t use metal) and mix well. Cover w/ Saran Wrap and put in fridge to get good and chilled. I’ve had tons of comps. on this slaw over the years and it only takes 5 minutes to make. BEST EVER CORN MUFFINS W/ BACON & CHEDDAR BITS..In A Snap! 1 Pkg. of Jiffy or any brand pre-made Corn Muffin Mix 6 Strips of Bacon, Fried Crisp and Chopped Up 1/2 Block of Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Cubed Small Just add your corn muffin mix to a small bowl and mix up as directed on box. After mixing, add in your bacon bits and your cubed cheddar cheese bits. Spoon into muffin pan and bake as directed. These come out so incredible and tasty! Mix up some soft butter & honey to spread on top and you got some happy taste buds! HERE’S TO TEN MORE YEARS & THEN SOME MAC & CHEESE W/ ROASTED GARLIC BREAD CRUMBS 1 Family Size Box of Kraft Mac n’ Cheese; Traditional 1/2 Stick of Butter 1 Medium Size Head of Garlic 1 Cylinder of Bread Crumbs; Regular or Italian 1/2 Cup Whole Milk Cut off the nubs of your head of garlic, drizzle with Olive Oil and place in 375 oven for about 40 mins. Prepare your Mac n’ Cheese according to directions, but be sure to add the milk when mixing up, along w/ some margarine. Place mac n’ cheese in small, glass baking dish, smoosh garlic up smooth and spread over top of mac n’ cheese then sprinkle bread crumbs generously over entire top. Melt down butter and swirl it over top. Bake @ 350 for apprx. 15 mins. till top hot & crunchy.


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THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE® est. 1999 TEN YEARS AND COUNTING...with many, many more to come. I remember back in December of 1999 being so uncertain about our future, but also being more excited than I’d ever been in my life. Brian and I had decided to do a free biker magazine for the biker community of Tennessee. When we told Brian’s dad, M.B. what we wanted to do, he said, “what the hell do either of you know about doing a magazine?”. And, while we didn’t know didley-squat at the time, we set out on the journey that would become THUNDER ROADS. I often reflect on all the water under the bridge, all the mistakes, all the successes, all the knowledge and incredible people that have brought us to this point we are in our lives, ten years later. There was such an incredible amount to learn; printing terminology, costs and types of paper, shipping & distribution methods, layout & design of graphic ads, professional verbiage for ads that work…...thank God I had done administration my entire life since the age of 15; having the glorified title of Office Manger, but in all actuality being the coffee gofer/wrench passer/toilet & floor cleaner, as well as all office duties, for my brother; who founded and operated the first custom chopper garage on Florida’s West coast back in glorious 1969. We had Warren Ells, our now Art Director, do the layout/ design for our Premiere issue but soon realized if this was going to be our career, then Brian was going to have to teach himself how to do layout/design and become a self-taught Graphics Design Artist and to this day, I am still so proud and in awe of how Brian would stay up late every night for the first couple years, just practicing different design methods to see what worked and what didn’t. He couldn’t practice in the day because we were out all day long, hitting every single place we rode up on, selling them an ad in the magazine. We always took the ’85 Wide-Glide, the one Brian’s Dad had given us down in Florida and what inspired this entire venture. We’d do all the deliveries for Nashville with the saddlebags loaded up on the ole’ Shovel and making all our stops along the way and then, we’d keep returning to the freight company to load up and deliver more. We were proud to pass “her” down to our son only 2 years ago. She still lives in our garage, but he owns her now and she is buffed on and loved every bit as she always was, but she too seems to sit a little prouder knowing she was such an important part of starting something that grew so big. This magazine has been a labor of love that neither of us saw coming. We just thought we were going to do a little free magazine for the bikers of Tennessee and we are now currently in EIGHTEEN separate states! But through it all we have never forgotten where we came from and why we began. We are humbled and grateful beyond belief that we get to get up every morning and give back to the biker community we love and believe in so strongly. Our motto has always been and will always be: Keep It Fair In Order To Get There. We base all our business decisions, as well as our personal lives, by what is fair. We’ve lost out on money and deals and this and that, but that’s alright, because we still love and respect one another and sleep very well at night. In all sincerity, Brian and I say it and mean it; that we have never met any other married couple that could have accomplished what we have and grown stronger in unity and love as we have done,

despite all the challenges, adversity and downright mind-boggling surprises this magazine has presented to us both. Brian and I want to thank those loyal few who blindly and bravely, quite literally have been with us since the very first issue and have NEVER dropped out, which made it possible to print the magazine for the bikers each month; Appleton’s of Clarksville, Bumpus of Murfreesboro, Boswell’s (while not every month, still consistently over the years), Cool Springs Harley-Davidson (it only took us calling Ricky Kelly every month for two years before he said yes and then he ran 2-pages every month for many, many years, and Hayes Trailers of KY and Donnie Hall from TN Bike N’ Trike. Also, two people that to this day assist us in whatever way possible towards the monthly production is Cooper “Coop” Chilton and Rebel Ronny Mangrum. But most of all, thank you, the Readers, for your continued loyalty and belief in not just us but this entity that is our heart, our soul and most assuredly our LIFE. We eat, sleep, breathe it and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The hours are long and the benefits are short, but it’s a different kind of exhaustion at the end of the day when you do what you cherish, and we do honestly love this magazine, all the people associated with it, all those we’ve been privileged to listen to their stories along the way and help out in some small way, and we look forward to many more years of friendship and readership. We’re bikers by choice and publishers by sheer determination. Respectfully, Brian and Toni Shearon, National Founders/Owners, Thunder Roads Magazine® Tennessee, Alabama/FL Pan, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, No. Illinois & Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas & Virginia


initial tuning such as ignition timing and carburator adjustments. Let cool. By Steve Taylor #6) Now your ready to ride. I prefer to break in motors on cooler days and I stay away from the stop and go of traffic. Spring is springing around here so that means that it is What you want here is an open road (not free way), that time to start and ride that newly rebuilt (or built) machine. you are able to ride on without someone tail gating you. Not so fast. If you have had your motor rebuilt or built there Early mornings and night riding break ins are perfect for are some basic rules of motor break in that you should me. Don’t exceed 2500 r.p.m.s on the first ride and don’t, I adhere to. The first fire-up of a new motor is when most repeat DON’T ride double. Avoid ANY lugging of the motor. damage will occur, it also will determine the longevity of the Stay in a lower gear as opposed to higher. You want the motor so do yourself and your machine a favor by following motor to run as effortlessly as possible and don’t make it these break-in tips. labor. After approximately fifty or so miles, shut it down and #1) The first start up: Always start with fresh oil. Start and let it cool. The first fifty miles on a motor are the most criticle run motor approximately one minute at 1250 to 1750 r.p.m.s for new pistons and ring break in so this is important. You DO NOT crack the throttle or see how it revs. Do not ride. want this thing to last don’t you? Just hold throttle open to achieve the 1250 r.p.m.s It is at #7) Change the oil. Even though the oil may LOOK clean, this time that head gaskets fail and when most break-in it isn’t. It carries all the metal to metal particles that even the damage will result. Don’t concern yourself with adjustments, best oil filters cannot catch. I prefer to break a new motor in there’s time for that later. Make sure oil is returning back to on non synthetic oil. I have better results with it on the break the oil tank and that there are no major leaks. ins of freshly built motors. #2) After about a one minute run, shut the motor off. Heat #8) Start again and do some fine tuning such as ignibuild up will be excessive so it is imperitive not to go over tion timing and carb. settings. Check hardware like motor a minute. Check again for any leaks or any loose mounts/ mounts, cylinder base and head bolts (if applicable). Go bracketry. Allow motor to cool COMPLETLY. I use a box fan out for another ride (alone), only this time increase the to cool the motor when I perform break ins. I allow the mor.p.m.s to around 3500 or say, sixty or so miles per hour. tor to get ice cold, and then some. Avoid continus steady speeds and don’t lug the motor. You #3) After motor has THOUROUGHLY cooled, start up should also vary the engine speed somewhat continuously again and allow it to build a little heat. Run motor approxithroughout the ride. This time set the clock for five hundred mately three to four minutes and no longer. Hold throttle miles. No hills, no traffic, no stop ‘n go’s. Shut it down and open to achieve approximately 1500 r.p.m.s AGAIN, DON’T let it cool. REV IT UP OR CRACK THE THROTTLE. When the cylin#9) Change the oil AGAIN. Only THIS time I would install ders (not heads) become warm/hot to the touch shut it off. a good synthetic. After that, go for a ride. You can pretty I use an infrared temp. gage aimed at the cylinders, when much ride in a normal, consertative fashion but remember it reads 150 degrees, I shut it off. Let motor get ice cold the heat build up because of the air cooled design of the again. Check for leaks and obvious problems like loose H-D. Be a bit more liberal with the r.p.m.s which is fine for intake clamps, loose spark plugs, etc. every day riding. No Dyno tunes and no drag racing, at #4) After motor is cold to the touch, start again. This least not yet. I would set the clock for another five hundred. time let it get a bit warmer (won’t take long), to maybe 160 After that, check hardware again such as mounts and addegrees. Shut it off and let it cool again. Do this operation justments and any oil leaks. Verify ignition timing, check the three or four times. You also want to increase r.p.m.s to spark plug burn, and any other areas of concern. somewhat around 1700 to 1800 during this phase. You #10) RIDE. Drag race, Dyno tune, ride double going should also start to vary the r.p.m.s after start up/cool down uphill with a trailor. If that is what you are into. is performed at LEAST four or five times. Just roll throttle Keep the shiney side up and thank you for your readerslowly on and no quick turns of the wrist. I keep the box fan ship. on and directed at the motor at all times. After all, it’s an air Steve Taylor of Taylor Made V-Twins can be reached at cooled motor isn’t it? Heat is the enemy here so do every810-324-9000 or e-mail: thing you can to keep it at a minimum. Web adddress: #5) After completing the start up/cool down procedure numerous times (I do them a lot), start up again and do some Break In Tips and Procedures For Your New Motor



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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 Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting 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 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 ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter ( Williamsburg , VA ) meets 9AM every 1st Sunday at Beachcomber's Restaurant, 8811 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown , VA 23692. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Gene Spare at 757-903-6541 or

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 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 Bikers with Heart Foundation, Inc. 501 ©3 Non-Profit Organization, National Fallen Biker Memorial Weekend, P.O. Box 291 Bryantown, MD 20617, Office: (301) 893-2900 Email: Website: Motto: We Ride Because We Care

Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President – Rick Saunders, Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings ABATE Iron Horse Calvary Chapter ( Lynchburg , VA ) come out and ride with us anyway. It’s not about the meets 7PM every 1st Tuesday at Mary Jane's Café, 826 Kemper St, Lynchburg , VA 24502-3250. Everyone Welcome. meetings. For more information on meetings or rides please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at president@ For more information contact Tronco at 434-993-3197 or or go the 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 ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) meets 8PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John's Place, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax , VA 22030-5005. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Bob Seoane at 703206-0571or 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 703309-7197 or ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) 'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-389-8293 or Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-6917671. Email: or Jeff @ 804892-3346 Email: 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. 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:




A biker is driving down a back road in Florida. A sign in front of a restaurant reads: HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL: Lobster Tail and Beer “Hot Damn,” he says to himself, “My three favorite things!!” A WOMAN’S PERFECT BREAKFAST: She’s sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee. Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box. Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week. Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl. And her ex-husband is on the back of the milk carton Employee: I’m sorry but I just can’t come into work today. Boss: What seems to be the problem? Employee: I’m suffering from Anal Glaucoma. Boss: And what exactly is Anal Glaucoma? Employee: It means I just can’t see my ass coming into work today. For all those men who believe that there’s no reason to buy the COW when you can get the milk for free, well nowadays 90% of women are against marriage, as they have wised up to the fact that for 8 oz. of sausage, it’s not worth buying the entire PIG! Who’s the most popular guy at the nudist colony? The guy who can carry a cup of coffee in each hand AND a dozen donuts. Who’s the most popular gal at the nudist colony? The gal who can eat the last donut. One morning a husband took a pair of underwear out of the drawer. “What the ?? ?” he said to himself as a little “dust” cloud appeared when he shook them out. “Honey,” he hollered to his blonde wife in the bathroom, “why in the hell did you put talcum powder in my underwear?” She shot back: “It’s not talcum powder. It’s ‘Miracle Grow’.” A cardiologist died and was given an elaborate funeral. A huge 7-foot wide heart covered in flowers stood behind the casket during the service. Following the eulogy, the heart opened, and the casket rolled inside. The heart then closed, sealing the doctor in the beautiful heart forever. At that point, one of the mourners burst into laughter. When all eyes stared at him, he said, “I’m sorry, I was just thinking of my own funeral.... I’m a gynecologist.” That’s when the proctologist fainted. A man goes into a cocktail lounge and approaches a Woman sitting by herself. Man: “May I buy you a cocktail?” Lady: “No thank you; alcohol is bad for my legs.” Man: “Sorry to hear that. Do they swell?” Lady: “No, they open !!! Have you ever wondered who the first person was to chase around behind a chicken all day and say, “Gid dang it, I’m gonna’ eat the next thing that plops outta’ that bird’s ass.”

WOMAN’S PRAYER Before I lay me down to sleep, I pray for a man, who’s not a creep, One who’s handsome, smart and strong One who loves to listen long, One who thinks before he speaks, One who’ll call, not wait for weeks. I pray he’s gainfully employed, When I spend his cash, won’t be annoyed. Pulls out my chair and opens my door, Massages my back and begs to do more. Oh! Send me a man who’ll make love to my mind, Knows what to answer to “how big is my behind?” I pray that this man will love me to no end, And always be my very best friend. Amen. MAN’S PRAYER: I pray for a deaf-mute nymphomaniac with huge boobs who owns a liquor store and a bass boat. This doesn’t rhyme and I don’t give a damn. Amen A woman goes to her doctor’s office, afraid of the strange development on the inside of her thighs ... a green spot on the inside of each. They won’t wash off, they won’t scrape off, and they seem to be getting worse. The doctor assures her he’ll get to the bottom of the problem, and tells her not to worry until the tests come back. A few days later, the woman’s phone rings. Much to her relief, it’s the doctor. She immediately begs to know what’s causing the spots? The doctor says, “You’re perfectly healthy -- there’s no problem. But I’m wondering, is your boyfriend a biker?” The woman stammers, “Why, yes, but how did you know?” “Tell him his earrings aren’t real gold.” When Gator was 19, round about 1951, he worked at a gas station and in came a woman on a brand new motorcycle, all white and chrome. She was dressed in all white leather, boots and helmet, the old style; leather with goggles. When she took of her helmet her beautiful long blond hair cascaded down to her waist. She asked him to check something on the engine and as he did he burned his knuckles on a hot nut. He said something like, “dang, that nut sure is hot”. She replied, “Sonny, if you spent as much time between my legs as that engine, your nuts would stay hot too.” (Gator loved motorcycles from that day on). Remember: Some people are alot like Slinky’s. They are not really good for anything, but it’s still fun to push them down a flight of stairs. :) What’s six inches long, two inches wide, and drives women wild? M O N E Y. A LITTLE LAUGHTER GOES A LONG WAY..... ALOT OF LAUGHTER WILL CHANGE YOUR WHOLE DAY. :)


4th Annual Northeast Motorcycle Expo
Feb 14th & 15th 2009 Fredericksburg, VA By Tim Wilmoth The 4th Annual Northeast Motorcycle Expo was the place to be to profess your love for things of the two wheeled variety this past Valentines Day weekend. Sunny skies brought in a pretty good crowd both days of the two day event. The custom bike show, live music & lots of vendors selling most anything you needed kept the crowd entertained. Dave Perewitz was there signing autographs and talking to folks and there was pig & hot dog races for the kids to cheer on a couple of times each day. A NASCAR simulator was on hand for anyone that wanted to give it a shot and take it from me, its not as easy as you might think. Riders performed in the “motosphere” several times each day as well. If you haven’t seen it, two riders on dirt bikes get inside a 20’ diameter, steel mesh ball and go round and round and up and down without running over one another. Just to spice it up a little they got two volunteers to stand inside the ball while they were doing it. I couldn’t figure out who was crazier, the riders or the volunteers. For the $15 price of admission it was a good time. It’s a good way to spend a cold winter’s day hanging around in a motorcycle environment dreaming of the riding days of spring that’s just around the corner. If you haven’t had a chance to get up there and check it out you should plan on it next February. It’ll be too cold to do much else anyway!


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It’s important for you to know who your friends are out there when you hit the road! Welcome to our Biker Friendly Directory. The following is a list of establishments throughout the Mid-Atlantic that want you to know that they’re here for YOU. Whether it’s 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 “Biker 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 advertiser’s continuous support each month - they are the sole financial supporters of this magazine. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please give them the support that they truly deserve for being with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know of a business that would like to join our Thunder Roads family of Biker Friendly Places, please give us a call (757) 831-2264 or email “Where There’s Bikes….There’s Going To Be Thunder - THUNDER ROADS” * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations

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Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244 Early’s Cycle Center, Inc. * Virginia’s Leading Yamaha Dealer 1921 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Gary’s Automotive Again * 23220 Airport Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 733-8644 Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson/Buell * 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy Yorktown, VA (757) 872-7223 Iron Core * 977 Chimney Hill Shopping Center Virginia Beach, VA 23452-3048 (757) 631-8393 Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 email: Patriot Harley-Davidson * 9739 Lee Highway Fairfax, VA (703) 352-5400 Revolutionary Harley-Davidson * 1915 Pocahontas Trail Unit F-5 Williamsburg, VA 23185 (757) 565-5122 Richmond Harley-Davidson * 10441 Washington Highway Glen Allen, VA (804) 550-9280 Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell * 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA (540) 213-7433 Southside Harley-Davidson/Buell, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964

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CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE APPROVES BILL TO PROTECT HEALTH INSURANCE FOR RIDERS On March 4, by voice vote, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed bipartisan legislation to strengthen health insurance coverage for injuries incurred while participating in legal recreational and transportation activities, such as motorcycling, riding ATVs, snowmobiling and horseback riding. “This bill requires health insurance companies to be upfront and honest with their policy holders when limitations or restrictions are placed on benefits,” said Rep. Bart Stu pak (D-MI) who introduced the measure with Rep. Michael Burgess (RTX).. “Many Americans are unaware that their health insurance may not cover injuries resulting from certain recreational activities because their policy is unclear or overly broad.” H.R. 1253, the “Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Clarification Act of 2009”, would establish new disclosure rules requiring health insurance plans to provide a description of limitations and exclusions in their policies. Specifically, the bill requires that coverage exclusions must be “explicit and clear” and that they must be disclosed to plan sponsors in advance of the point of sale. The bill further requires that plan sponsors and insurers must disclose such coverage exclusions to enrollees “in a form that is easily understandable” both before enrollment and upon their enrollment at the earliest opportunity that other materials are provided. In January 2001, a rule was issued that created an inadvertent loophole in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Because of the way the rule was written, it has allowed insurers to deny health benefits for a covered injury resulting from participation in recreational activities such as skiing, horseback riding, ATV riding, snowmobiling and motorcycling. In many situations the exclusions are unclear or overly broad, creating confusion for individuals who may ride motorcycles, horses, snowmobiles, ATVs or participate in other legal activities that could result in an injury. “Passing this straight forward legislation would protect those across the country who ride motorcycles, horses, snowmobiles, ATVs or participate in other recreational activities from being caught by surprise,” Stupak said. Stupak is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health policy. H.R. 1253 awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives, which previously approved the legislation in September 2008, but the bill was not considered by the Senate in the 110th Congress. certain parts of the vehicles unavoidably contain more lead than is deemed allowable on children’s products - for instance, on the battery terminals, brake components and valve stems - and the CPSC has interpreted this to mean that OHVs (off-highway vehicles) present a lead-poisoning threat to children 12 and under. Not only can they not sell the new vehicles, but they’re not even allowed to sell parts for them! Dealers from every corner of the country and other concerned individuals have flooded the CPSC and Congress with calls, e-mails and more than 100,000 letters complaining about the new law and urging support for exclusions from the act for powersports vehicles, parts and accessories. They claim in part that the lead present in their products pose no health risk to children because the only interaction would be by hand, not mouth, and that a toxicologist=2 0study reveals that exposure is substantially less than the intake of lead from food and water. UTAH MAY REWARD HELMET WEARERS In a unique and interesting twist to mandatory helmet laws, the state of Utah is considering a bill that would reward riders who break the law while wearing a helmet. The House Transportation Committee unanimously approved a proposal from Rep. Ronda Rudd Menlove (R-Garland) that would knock $10 off of the fine for motorcyclists cited for traffic violations if they are wearing a helmet at the time. “Instead of just punishment, why not give an incentive for people to use a helmet?,” Menlove told the Standard-Examiner newspaper. The committee also unanimously tabled a bill that would mandate helmet use for all riders in Utah’s largest cities.&nb sp; Additionally, the measure would have increased the age limit at which motorcycle riders in Utah are required to wear helmets from 18 to 21; require anyone riding with a passenger under 21 to wear a helmet; and require riders of any age operating on a learning permit to wear a helmet. A contingent of bikers came to the committee meeting to voice their opposition to the bill. Eric Stine, education coordinator for ABATE Utah, said the focus of motorcycle safety should be on educating the public about watching for motorcyclists while driving. “We believe in accident prevention, not safer crashes. Many sports and activities are more dangerous than motorcycle riding. We will never be able to legislate the risk out of living.”

SHOW-ME FREEDOM Missouri is the latest state looking to give adult motorcycle riders the choice of wearing a helmet KIDDIE BIKE BAN COULD COST BILLIONS The new lead- while riding. The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation content rules that have banned the sales of many youth mo- that, if signed into law, would repeal their decades-old helmet torcycles and all-terrain vehicles could cost the industry over law and allow motorcyclists 21 and older the option to ride $1 billion in lost economic value this year, predicts the Motor- without a helmet. Many feel the bill stands a good chance cycle Industry Council. Last year, more than 100,000 of the of passing because Senators this year tacked the helmet youth-oriented vehicles were sold. Today, more than 13,000 provisions onto a larger bill regarding motorcycle insurance. dealers nationwide are stuck holding onto millions of dollars The bill, sponsored by State Senator Luann Ridgeway of in inventory as the off-road industry now finds itself crippled District 17, was approved with little debate and is expected and rather confused in the destructive wake of the CPSIA in to pass easily in the House, whic h generally has been more an already harsh economy. Motorcycle dealers across the receptive to efforts to repeal helmet requirements for adults. country are fuming, saying the ban couldn’t have come at a According to Freedom of Road Riders (FORR-MO), a nonworse time, making sluggish sales in a tough economy even profit motorcyclists’ advocacy group, the change in legislatougher. Powersports manufacturers are advising their deal- tion would be a welcome one. In the meantime, several ers to pull the banned models off the sales floor or risk heavy other states are reviewing motorcycle helmet laws, including fines under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Arkansas where a proposal to require motorcyclists to wear of 2008, which went into force February 10th. Intentionally or a helmet or carry thousands of dollars in health insurance otherwise, the CPSIA has effectively banned the production, failed to make it out of committee. Senate Bill 29 by Sen. importing and sale of kids’ motorcycles and ATVs because Kim Hendren (R-Gravette) would have compelled motorcyTHUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 36

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clists to provide proof of at least $10,000 in health insu rance coverage if they opted to not wear a helmet, but the proposal failed to get a motion recommending its passage and died in the Senate Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs Committee. Legislators were overwhelmed by calls to committee members from motorcycle enthusiasts, lead by ABATE of Arkansas, who argued that the measure would unfairly target them, negatively impact tourism, and would drive business away from the state’s motorcycle dealers. In Nevada, Assemblyman Don Gustavson (R-Sparks) has introduced AB300 to repeal state law which has mandated helmet usage since 1971. In seeking to modify current law to allow choice for motorcyclists 21 years or older with at least one year experience, Gustavson is citing studies which prove that mandated helmet laws injure the economy while doing little to increase safety. Using California as an example, Gustavson said the death rate was 2% higher after passage of mandated helmet usage, while revenues continually declined due to loss of registration fees and sales taxes from weakened motorcycle sales. “Our neighbor suffered a 26% drop in new motorcycle sales in 1992-93 after passage of their mandatory helmet law resulting in job loss and costing the state nearly $17 million in lost tax & fee revenue.” Gustavson said that tourism will increase in Nevada after the law is modified. Using Pennsylvania as an example, Gustavson pointed out that “Thunder in the Valley” saw attendance jump from 70,000 to over 100,000 the very first year after their law was modified. Gustavson also emphasized that repeal of current law will add jobs and multiply revenues to Nevada through additional sales and payroll taxes without increasing any new fees or taxes. After Florida reformed their helmet law, motorcycle sales jumped 143% in Florida in five years generating $166 million in sales tax revenue. Last November, Assemblyman Gustavson was selected by the NCOM Board of Directors to receive the Silver Spoke Award for Government at the upcoming NCOM Convention, May 7-10, 2009 at the Nugget Casino & Resort in Reno, Nevada. For more information, call the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or visit the motorcycle-riding team demonstrated improvements in memory, space recognition and other functions of the prefrontal area. The area covers memory, information processing and concentration functions.=0 A “The group that rode motorbikes posted higher marks in cognitive function tests,” Kawashima said. In a test requiring the men to remember a set of numbers in reverse order, the riders’ scores jumped by more than 50 percent in two months, while the non-riders’ marks deteriorated slightly, he said. The riders also said they made fewer mistakes at work and felt happier. “Mental care is a very big issue in modern society,” said Kawashima. “I think we made an interesting stir here as data showed you can improve your mental condition simply by using motorbikes to commute.” In 2003, Kawashima authored “Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain”. More recently, he teamed with Toyota to help develop intelligent cars designed to help seniors drive safely.

SMOG CHECKS MAY INCLUDE MOTORCYCLES SB 435, introduced by California State Senator Fran Pavely (D-Beverly Hills), would include motorcycles in the state’s Smog Check Program. In a review of the Smog Check Program, the California Inspection and Maintenance Review Committee’s recommendations included “implement a non-loaded mode biennial Smog Check inspection on motorcycles.” In a brief explanation of their strategy, the report states:“Inspection of Motorcycles: Include motorcycle inspections as part of Smog Check. Studies indicate that motorcycles are subject to high rates of exhaust system tampering which subsequently increases the vehicle emissions.” Existing law exempts motorcycles from inspection “until the department implements test procedures applicable to motorcycles,” which the legislation seeks to accomplish. If passed the new emissions law would require motorcycle owners in California to get Smog checks for their motorcycles once every two years. The law would take effect January 1, 2012 and cover all on-highway motorcycles model year 2000 or newer. Opponents say the bill is simply a thinly veiled attempt to levy yet another fee to offset the states record budget deficit and point to a recent raid of the OHV trust fund of $90 million RIDE SMART - MOTORCYCLES IMPROVE BRAIN FUNC- dollars for non-OHV related expenditures.20The bikes poTION Riding motorcycles helps keep drivers young=2 0by tentially affected are in fact the cleanest in the nation, having invigorating their brains, the scientist behind popular “Brain already been required to meet the stricter California CARB Training” computer software said recently, citing a new emissions standards years prior to similar requirements bescientific study. “The driver’s brain gets activated by riding ing adopted nationally by the federal EPA. For a long time motorbikes” in part because it requires heightened alertness, the Golden State has been granted special waivers from the Japanese neuroscientist Ryuta Kawashima said after his re- Environmental Protection Agency to enact stiffer emissions search team and Yamaha Motor conducted a string of experi- regulations for autos and motorcycles. During the Bush adments involving middle-aged men. “In a convenient and easy ministration, a dozen other states requested EPA waivers to environment, the human mind and body get used to setting increase their own regulations to match California’s, but were the hurdle low,” he warned. “Our final conclusion is that riding denied. It is expected that the new Obama administration motorcycles can lead to smart ageing.” Kawashima is the will reverse this decision, which may lead to variable emisdesigner of “Brain Training” software, which incorporates sions rules from state to state for automobiles, and potentially quizzes and other=2 0games and is available on the Ninfor motorcycles. tendo DS game console under the name “Brain Age”. A selfprofessed motorcycle fan, 49-year-old Kawashima cited a QUOTABLE QUOTE: “Twenty years from now you will be new study conducted jointly by Yamaha and Tohoku Univermore disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the sity, for which he works. One experiment involved 22 men in ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the their 40s and 50s who held motorcycle licenses but had not safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. operated a cycle for at least a decade. They were randomly Dream.”Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens,1835-1910), split into two groups, with one asked to resume riding motor- American writer & humorist cycles in everyday life for two months, and another that kept using bicycles or cars. Kawashima says research showed


sand.” In this fight for my righteousness, there is “no retreat, no surrender” to evil. Join in at thousands of locations all over the country for the April 15th “Tea Party”, to protest the taxation AMERICA that our liberal government is pushing down our throats. I do I am a husband, father, brother, relative, friend, and an assorted and sundry number of things that proper decorum not want to hear “there is nothing I can do.” May the road rise up to meet you won’t allow me to mention. My main calling in life is to be May the wind always be at your back a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring His May the rain fall gently upon your fields message of love, mercy, and grace to this fallen world. May the sun shine gently upon your face My God has blessed me by giving me this great country Until we meet again, May GOD hold you as my home. I am a citizen of the greatest nation God in the hollow of His hand has put on the face of this planet. We enjoy freedoms and liberties that are unknown to the rest of the world. We Rev R.J.(Rocky) Angone, Jr. can travel, move around, work, play, and worship in any manner we choose. As long as we do not endanger others Circuit Rider BlackHorse Trooper we are free to engage in almost any enterprise we desire. Pointman International Ministries However, over the past 50 years or so, evil has been slowly creeping across the land. I will call this evil apathy or Wreaths Across America; Richmond National Cemetery Thunder Roads Magazine “there is nothing I can do.” It has been said that “for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.” “Good Christians,” South Richmond Harley-Davidson and I include myself, have stood by as countless atrocities (H)804-796-6626 (w)804-745-3445 (C)804-586-5060 have taken place in the past and continue to happen, even today. Scripture is quite clear that these atrocities are an abomination, a sin against God, man, and nature. We have elected men and women to run our country who have only their interests at heart. They do not seem to care about the long term good of the country. They have abandoned the God of our fore fathers and have chased after the gods of lust, money, and power. They have put our beloved land in such deep debt that our children’s children will never be able to pay. There are many other deep concerns that trouble our nation, but who cares? What can one person do against the giant we call government? What could one shepherd boy do against a giant with only 5 small stones and a sling? What could Gideon do with only 300 men against all the Midionites? How could one man raise his staff and part the Red Sea? How could marching around a city, blowing trumpets cause the walls to collapse? The answer, as you know, is man alone could not bring about the victories I speak about. The answer to our country’s problems is a return to God! Return to the principles that made America great. Return to true freedom Rev R.J.(Rocky)Angone,Jr in Christ. He is our only hope as Godless people are Circuit Rider - BlackHorse Trooper - Pointman International Ministries - Wreaths leading us down this path of death and destruction. Across America - Richmond National Cemetery - Thunder Roads Magazine (H) 804-796-6626 (w) 804-745-3445 (C) 804-586-5060 What can I do? You can pray for our country, our leaders, and each other. I condemn violence, but we can Rocky is an ordained minister, a Vietnam vet, and an outpost leader for Pointman International Ministries. He serves as a counselor and a staff member at rally. We can vote evil out of office. We can call for our East Gate of Richmond. Rocky leaders to respond to the will of the people. We can protest Dominion Counseling and Training Center at the Ministry and is a board member is a graduate of the Elijah House School of Prayer liberal judges that legislate from the bench instead of of the Richmond Area Coalition of Men’s Ministries. He and his wife Donna live in following the law. We can demand that “ career politicians” Chester,Virginia and together have five children and twelve grand children. Rocky is the Business Manager for South Richmond Harley-Davidson and rides a 2002 begin serving the people instead of lining their own Heritage Softail Classic.He and Donna belong to Cornerstone Assembly of God pockets. There is a lot we can do. I pray that we begin to Church and is a member of the Christian Motorcyclist’s Association, the South Richmond HOG’s, and the Patriot Guard Riders. He is also associated with the do it. Prayer, “ At Ease Ministries” Join me as I commit to do something. I will not sit by and Richmond International House ofon “ Beauty From Ashes” withof Fort Lee and can be seen weekly on Comcast TV Bertha Hinson. do nothing. I will fight for my country. I “draw my line in the A veteran’s advocate, Rocky invites your participation in this article. Share your POINTMAN PERSPECTIVE
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