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Dragon Tales
It seems as though the winter weather is already pouncing upon our usual best riding month of the year like my dog on left-over food. In order to keep my sanity I like to think back to the rides of fall seasons past. The beautiful fall colors, the crisp cool air that my ride loves to breathe, the clear empty roads and then the bonfires lit to keep warm as the sun sets ever earlier in the day. I love this time of year. Ok, maybe not the thought of the slow, eventual ending of the riding season but the changes that are apparently clear as the leaves turn colors. The changing of the seasons reminds me of the ever changing lives we all lead and how thankful we ought to feel for all that we have. We need to be thankful for the opportunity we have been given to feel the freedom of road, the wind in our faces, and closeness to nature in ways that many will never understand or have the chance to know. Many have fought and died for us to have those opportunities. I am thankful to those that have given so much, thankful for my family and thankful for my friends, both old and new which now includes you, the readers of Thunder Roads West Virginia. Without you there would be no reason to write this exciting magazine about our great state and the awesome roads hidden here. We all share a passion that now has an outlet for each and everyone one of us. Thank you, West Virginia, for embracing our dream and sharing in it. As I had mentioned before Thunder Roads West Virginia is a magazine about anything and everything motorcycle related in this fine state and we want to hear from you, our fellow riders, about your rides, your favorite roads (if you will actually share that information with all of us), and the events that mean so much to you or your group. We would like to help riders know where and when things are happening before they happen. Face it, we all want to ride and if we can ride to benefit a great cause it makes it even better. So keep us in the loop. With the holidays fast approaching I would also like to remind everyone that there are many who do not have the basic comforts that most of us enjoy so please remember to give where you can. Whether it is your time or money, we all have something to contribute and as I have said before, the biking community does more for those in need than most. Besides, giving to others is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. You can and will make a difference in somebody’s life. Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season! Ride safe and keep the shiny side up!

P.O. Box 606 / Charles Town, WV 25414 www.thunderroadswv.com oWNER / EDIToRS Gary Westphalen, Editor-in-Chief gary@thunderroadswv.com / 304-616-0102 Donna K. Westphalen, CFO / donna@thunderroadswv.com LAyoUT & DESIGN Barbara Laszewski Garner / Thunder Publishing AD LAyoUT Meredith Hancock / Hancock Graphics CoNTRIBUToRS Mary Hendley / Ken Holby / James Irle Jim “Jammer” Marcum / Frank Stull ADVERTISING SALES / DISTRIBUTIoN Donna K. Westphalen - 304-261-1609 / donna@thunderroadswv.com Greg Vernon 304-616-0249 / greg@thunderroadswv.com Moe Vetter - 304-668-9563 / moe@thunderroadswv.com Dave Luksa - 304-268-1315 / dave.luksa@thunderroadswv.com Curtis Humphreys - 276-620-8965 / curtis@thunderroadswv.com Laurie Griggs - 540-353-5695 / laurie@thunderroadswv.com Howard “Pops” Evans - 540-327-6588 / popsthunderroadswv@yahoo.com

Letter From The Editor…...................……..4 Passing Gas Part II……...................………6 BikesTobersFest………...................……...9 Ride For Sight….....................…………….12 Bike of the Month….....................………...13 I Feel the Heat……….....................……….14 Hidden Highways……....................………16 Veterans Day Remembered..................…17 Center Calendar…………....................…..18 Fall Colors Ride………....................……..20 Skin Art…………..........................………...22 Rebel Run…….....................………………23 Dodging Raindrops…...................……….24 Charleston Bike Night…..................…….26 Seats & Saddles…......................…...…….27 Safety Survey….....................……………..28 TNT.............................................................30 K.I.S.S. .......................................................31 Upcoming Events………….......................33 The High Road……........................………35 The Jokers Wild………........................…..36
ON THE COVER James Cosner takes home the hardware from the BikesTobersFest Bike show. His gorgeous horse won both the Custom and People’s Choice trophies. See the full story beginning on page 9.
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“It is a very emotional time for me right now, as I have to announce that the decision has been made that we will no longer be building Buell Motorcycles,” said a choked-up Erik Buell on October 15, 2009 as he announced the end of the line for Harley-Davidson’s foray into the sportbike market. The news surprised everyone in the motorcycle industry, especially the 180 employees in East Troy, Wisconsin who have been building the bikes. Buell has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson since 1998. Buell was founded by Erik Buell in 1983, and has produced over 135,000 bikes. The company line from Harley-Davidson is that this is an effort to strengthen the company by increasing focus on the H-D core brand. Sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles have dropped by a third in the past year, and the motor company has laid off over a thousand employees. The Harley plant in York, Pennsylvania is still hanging in the balance, and it’s fate may be decided within the next few months. “Harley-Davidson will stand behind Buell’s full warranty,” said Erik Buell. Bikes that have already been built will be sold, but it is expected that the Buell factory will be shuttered before the end of the year. There are other individuals who deserve a special thank you. James Irle of Phase2Images. James captures the wonderful images of beautiful West Virginia bikes and girls for our center calendar every month. Bud Swiger from Clarksburg. Bud befriended me the first time I rolled into town for the weekly bike night downtown. He has been spreading the word, and copies of our magazine, like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed. Moe Vetter of Moorefield. Moe contributed articles and pictures before we even published our first issue. He has continued to do so, and now represents our sales division in a 5 county region of east-central West Virginia. My old bro’, Greg Vernon. When I told him what we were doing, Greg bagged his adopted life in California and came back home to West Virginia to manage our advertising sales efforts. Governor Joe Manchin III. When I showed up at the State Capitol in August to cover the story of his Freedom Ride to Summersville, the Governor welcomed me with open arms. The photo of Mr. Manchin smiling and waving as he rode by my camera that day has made our Premier Issue cover the stuff of legend. This list is by no means complete, but I’m out of space. Let’s put it this way. If I know you, if I have met you, if you have read so much as one word of this magazine, you have enriched my life. And I give thanks for you. Gary

I’m not one

to get all squishy and emotional about stuff. But this is November, the month in which we pause to give thanks. So, I do have a short list of people that I would like to thank for their help in making Thunder Roads West Virginia a blazing success in just a few months time. At the top of the list is Donna, my wife and partner in this endeavor. Not only is she the greatest riding partner a biker could ever have (she can wrench with the best of you), but she is a brilliant business person. Her background includes years of running companies of all sizes, including a multi-million dollar international company. I may write and edit the magazine, but she is the boss. Donna, thank you. Next on the list is a tie, but I’ll start with you. Yes you, dear reader of this magazine, thank you. Your support of Thunder Roads West Virginia is the most crucial piece of the matrix. We have received hundreds of letters, e-mails, phone calls, and conversations expressing appreciation for what we are doing here. It is extremely gratifying to be told by our brothers and sisters on two wheels that “West Virginia needs this”, or “your magazine is excellent”, and my favorite “when is the next issue coming out?” In just three issues we have managed to build a fellowship with you in every part of the state, from Harpers Ferry to Huntington, Bluefield to Beach Bottom, and every place in between. Your participation in keeping us up to speed on events, as well as the many wonderful contributions of photos and articles we have already received from you, are the heart and soul of what we do. Thank you, dear reader. The other half of that tie for second place is our advertisers. To our advertisers, thank you. Places like Nan ‘N Pops, Evel Speed, Eagle Rider, and others. Although Thunder Roads Magazine® has been published in other states for as much as ten years, there had never been a West Virginia edition. Yet, even without a proven track record in The Mountain State, these biker friendly establishments believed in us. They put their money where their mouth is, and invested in our first few issues. We would have failed without them. But that investment has paid off for them, as well as us. Their belief that Thunder Roads West Virginia would be a great way for them to put their businesses on the map has proven to be true. And as the advertiser list grows, I continue to be thankful for each and every one of you.

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Passing Gas
Highway 55 has long been one of our favorite roads. And now that “Corridor H” has been built from Wardensville to Moorefield, the stretch of what used to be Highway 55 between these two towns is even better. The new super-slab takes all of the chicken trucks and

with higher amounts of ethanol than the 10 percent allowed by law, we hadn’t found any. Over the past month we have continued to test gas from a variety of stations across the state, and still haven’t found any illegally high ethanol blends. You’ll recall that we told you an ounce of water in a gallon of 10% Ethanol gasoline could cause “phase separation”, a condition in which the alcohol chemically bonds with the water and this mixture separates from the gasoline and sinks to the bottom of your tank. If you believe this has happened, you have no choice but to drain the tank and discard the contents. But discussing this issue with mechanics from a variety of shops across the state has revealed some intriguing new facts. And from these facts, some theories have formed. The first thing we’re finding out is that this is not much of a problem for fuel injected bikes. In carbureted engines, the smaller the bike the greater the problem becomes. This gives rise to the theory that the phase separation isn’t necessarily happening in the gas tank. It may very well be happening downstream – in the float bowl of the carburetor. There is only a small quantity of gasoline in the bowl. And the smaller the engine, the smaller the carb and the smaller the bowl. In a float bowl that contains just a teaspoon of fuel, a couple drops of water is all it would take to generate phase separation. One mechanic told Thunder Roads West Virginia about a technique he uses that adds support to the float bowl theory. He says that when a hard to start bike is brought to him, he tips the bike on its side, which allows the fuel in the float bowl to drain out through the overflow vent. Once the bike is uprighted, fresh fuel refills the float bowl. This usually clears up the problem, and the bike will start right away. Since fuel is fed from near the bottom of the tank, and gas floats on top of water, it’s easy to understand that if there is any water in the tank, it will have an easy time finding its way to the float bowl. Although it may not be

enough water to cause problems in the tank, it can easily overpower the small amount of ethanol blended gas at this point. It’s just a theory, but the evidence does seem to lend it some credence. In fairness to ethanol, it does have selling points. It is a clean burning fuel that is a lot greener than the octane boosters of the past – such as lead and its replacement, MTBE. Ethanol proponents also argue that it helps bring down the volume of oil imported by the United States. Ethanol will be around for a while, and we’re likely to see its use increase. So what can you do to protect your bike? There’s no magic bullet, but we have assembled a few suggestions from a variety of sources. If you want to use any fuel additive or octane booster, be sure to read the label. Most of them contain ethanol, and adding extra ethanol to your tank isn’t going to solve any problems. For an added level of security, consider using a fuel with an octane rating of 90 or above. At least then, if phase separation happens in your tank, the remaining gasoline will still have an octane rating high enough to keep your engine running well. Keep your engine in top condition. Follow the manufacturer’s lubrication and maintenance schedules closely. Perform regular checks on fuel delivery system parts that may be vulnerable to ethanol’s solvent properties. Plastics, rubber hoses and seals are most vulnerable. If you have any doubts about the water and alcohol content of the fuel at your local station, test it yourself. Although getting accurate results means accurate measuring of your samples, the test itself is not difficult. Finally, the best advice of all that we have been able to find is to buy your gas from stations that have a high volume of traffic. This means the gas in their tanks is probably fresher and has less water contamination. Even then, the ethanol blended gasoline may have a short shelf life, so – oh, shucks - you’ll just have to keep on riding.

Part II

scenario as we pull into another gas station. The bike had begun missing as though it was running out of fuel, and the switch to the reserve outlet had temporarily cleared up the problem. But it only took a gallon or so to top it off at this second station. So clearly, the bike wasn’t lacking fuel. For the rest of the day it was hard to start, seemed down on power, and was running rough. A quick chat with her mechanic provided the answer: They have been finding a lot of bikes having problems with “Bad Gas”. By this point enough of the gas had been passed that a fill of some fresh fuel was enough to flush away the problem. But this incident set Thunder Roads West Virginia on a months-long journey to examine the matter. In last month’s article, we explained the hazards of the ubiquitous 10% Ethanol blend that we have been forced to pump into our tanks. About how some experts say it has a shelf life of only around three months, how it dissolves rubber and soft metals, how the alcohol can absorb water and separate from the gasoline - sinking to the bottom of your tank, and how it can ruin your bike’s performance and even shorten its life. We also conducted our own test of fuels purchased at a variety of stations around the state. Although we have heard reports of gasoline being sold

minivans, leaving the old highway all but deserted. Riding this 35 mile stretch of mountain twisties without cage traffic always makes us smile. Almost always, that is. It was another picture postcard day as Donna and I threaded our way through the abundant lefts, rights, ups and downs that make up this rollercoaster of a day run. The thick canopy of trees overhanging our nearly-private playground of “Old 55” only breaks as we crest ridge after ridge and get quick glimpses of the next valley filled with farms and hometowns. This is West Virginia riding at its finest. Along the way home, Donna stopped for a fill-up. My bikes larger tank still had more than enough gas to get home, so I passed. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was a wise choice. About 30 miles later, I see her reach for the fuel petcock to switch to reserve as she throws me a “low on fuel” signal. A few miles later, we are both still trying to solve this puzzling

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n early fall nip in the air all weekend presented the perfect backdrop for BikewToBerwFesT, the three-day biker bash in Berkeley County put on by Nan & Pop’s Place, with co-sponsorships by evel speed and Thunder Roads West Virginia. Dozens of bikers from the Mountain state gathered for a poker run and a bike show, laced together with a beer garden, all-you-can-eat pulled pork, music by J-Factor, karaoke, and more biker Bs than you can shake a wrench at.




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grabbed the hardware for Customs and the People’s Choice, validating the opinions of both the judges and the assembled masses. That’s James on this month’s cover. Colby Patterson’s bike took top honors in the Stock category. It was a great line-up of bikes, and Thunder Roads West Virginia would like to thank everyone who entered. In all, BIkewTOBerwFeST was a great success and a lot of fun for all. Nan & Pops have big plans for next year’s party, so save a little vacation time for next October.

The party got started on Friday night with a karaoke contest. On Saturday it was time to put the kickstands up as the bikes rolled out for a poker run to support the WV chapter of the Chief Petty Officers Association of the U. S. Coast Guard. The CPOA provides assistance to the families of Coast Guard personnel who are injured or lose their lives in the line of duty. The organization also supports other local charity efforts. As the bikes rolled from Nan & Pop’s the ride through Martinsburg was non-stop, thanks to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s department escorts. It’s probably a good thing they didn’t see that wheelie one of the bikers pulled downtown. Since the run started at four in the afternoon, the sun was setting by the time the third cards were drawn. Darkness, along with a distinct drop in temperature had settled over the land as bikers returned to the home base. But Pops had the fire pit in the middle of the beer garden blazing away, and hands and noses quickly warmed up. Inside, music by J-Factor was bringing down the house. “Chief” Joe Creager reports that well over $600 was raised for the CPOA. The main event for Sunday was the bike show. While Pops held court around the fire pit, the judges strolled up and down a tasty line-up of scoots just outside the beer garden fence. Anxious bikers couldn’t help but peer over the fence to see if they could read the judge’s minds. The vote was close, but James Cosner rode away with two First Place trophies. He
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Ride for Sight
As bikers, we take our ability to see the road ahead of us as a matter of course. But for the blind and visually impaired, the gift of sight isn’t such a simple thing. They often have to rely on others for help with transportation and other services to help them live a normal life in our society. In the two westernmost counties of the state, that role is filled by the Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind. When the 34-year-old organization was planning its 7th annual “5K Walk/Run for Sight” event to raise funds, Frank Stull had another idea. As a staff member of the Association, as well as First Officer of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club Metro Valley Chapter 067, Stull decided he would rather ride than walk. So, in conjunction with the 5K, he organized a 115 mile “Ride for Sight”. 31 bikes of all makes and models rolled out to, as Frank put it, “enjoy good company, beautiful scenery, and a chance to aid a worthy cause.” They accomplished all three goals, raising $640 for CWAB.

Rodney’s Servi-Car






Harley-Davidson may boast loud and long about the beautiful styling of its modern day line-up of motorcycles, but it was one of the homeliest offerings ever made by The Motor Company that may well have allowed H-D to survive the Great Depression. It was 1932 when the Model G Servi-Car was introduced for a retail price of $450. The Servi-Car became an immediate hit as a workhorse vehicle for everyone from Ice Cream vendors to Police Departments. The trike is also one of the longest lasting models HarleyDavidson has ever made, with production spanning an amazing 42 year period. The trikes were in service for police departments well in the 1990’s. The original 45 cubic inch side-valve V-twin was replaced in 1937 with the 61inch Knucklehead. Over four decades of production, other innovations such as reverse gear, disc brakes and shaft drive made appearances in the Servi-car line-up as well. With a top speed of around 60 miles per hour, the Servi-car was easy to ride, requiring minimal training. It also had the same 42 inch wheel track as most cars of the day, allowing it to make use of their ruts through mud and snow. This 1961 Police Special version is an all-original specimen owned by Rodney McGowan of Inwood. One of the unique features of the police special is the siren, which is mounted atop the front fender. By engaging a lever near the left hand controls, the rotary siren forces a drive wheel against the front tire and things get very loud. By the way, don’t believe the odometer. The cable is broken and Rodney is in the process of getting a custom-built replacement. It’s not exactly an off-the-shelf item for a 48 year old bike. But that little blemish didn’t stop Rodney’s trike from taking first place in the recent Martinsburg Lions Club bike show held at the Almost Home Bar & Grill. Congrats, Rodney

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I feel the

As we turn our calendars to the eleventh month, all but the most stubborn of leaves have dropped off the trees. With the end of daylight savings time, the sun gets off work before most humans do, and the temperature seems to drop over the horizon along with it. The skies and highways are filled with snowbirds heading south. Welcome to November.

The elation lasted well into December. But when the temps fell into the tiny 30’s my legs, and especially knees, would get so bone-chillingly cold that I still had to park the bike. Long before the next spring came around, my gear closet was packed even tighter by the addition of electric over pants. Warm hands, warm legs, I’m good to go. That’s where my story ends, because I’m afraid that if I added a heated vest or jacket, I would never stop riding…to the point where I would probably push my bike’s tires beyond the adhesion point on ice or snow covered roads. Denying myself this next piece of heated gear is a sort of a safety valve. But if you have more self-control, dive right in. It wasn’t that long ago that there were really only two or three brands of heated motorcycle clothing. But do a quick internet search, and you’ll find more than a dozen brands on the market. And it’s not just gloves, pants and vests anymore. Today’s biker can wrap the entire body in active warmth without sacrificing style. There’s even one company that makes leather chaps with an electrically heated lining. The quality has gotten better, too. Early electric gear had stiff, uncomfortable heating wires knit into the fabric. The result was hot and cold spots along with a lot of discomfort from the wires. Today’s gear uses thinner wires and pads that distribute the heat more evenly. It is easy to stay comfortable in ridiculously low temperatures. Installation of the wiring harness for heated clothing is as easy or as difficult as you want to make it. In most cases, power is fed by way of a couple of leads that get attached to your bike’s battery terminals. The controllers for most brands can be permanently mounted on the bike, temporarily mounted on a hook-andloop patch, or stuffed in a pocket and not mounted to the bike at all. Naturally,

the more permanent you mount the controller, the less loose hanging wiring that you have to deal with. The Thunder Roads West Virginia Yamaha FJR has a permanent controller mounted in the fairing, with only a single temperature control knob and the power cord that connects to the clothing visible. Our HarleyDavidson Heritage Softail Classic prefers the unmounted method. There is one issue that you need to pay close attention to when it comes time to give in to the need for heat. You can not run more heated clothing than your bike’s electrical system is capable of handling. Some math is involved here, and even then the answer is a moving target. Let’s look at one popular national brand of high quality heated motorcycle clothing. The jacket draws 77 watts of power from your motorcycle’s electrical system. The pants pull another 44 watts. Throw in the gloves at 27 watts and heated insoles at another 15 watts, and you have a wonderfully warm rider, whose suit is sucking 166 watts from the bikes charging system. But that’s just the start of the equation. You have to add the draw of all of the lights, and other juice-gobbling toys you have hanging on your scoot to the draw from the heated clothes. The total energy used by all of these gizmos must be less than the output of your bike’s charging system. If they aren’t, the battery has to make up the difference. You won’t get very far down the road before the system simply runs out of power. While pushing your bike back home may also keep you warm, it’s certainly not the intended goal.

For example, the charging system on the Yamaha puts out a “nominal” 490 watts at 5,000 RPM, or about half of the red line. With two high beam headlights chewing a hundred watts each, and a half dozen turn signal and marker lights drawing another hundred watts or so, there is somewhere around 200 watts of power to spare. That’s enough to power the heated clothing. But that’s only at “nominal output” at 5,000 RPM. At an idle, does the suit overtax the charging system? Probably, but the machine can handle a negative draw for short periods of time. And if the headlights are on low beam, that’s a few more watts to spare. The equation changes constantly. Most large bikes should have no trouble handling electric gear, but smaller bikes, with correspondingly smaller charging systems, probably can’t handle the load of a full suit. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least a 10% safety margin between power generation and power demand. 20% is even better. Our example on the FJR clears the 10% hurdle, but to keep a 20% margin, we would have to drop the heated insoles. Of course, the suit doesn’t continuously draw maximum power. The rider would be medium-well in no time. That’s where the control unit comes into play. Some are simple On-Off switches. That’s cheap and it works, but you’ll find yourself reaching for the switch all too often. There are more advanced controllers out there that do the switching for you. Most controllers use a system called “pulse width modulation”. The unit isn’t a dimmer, but rather an electronically controlled on-off switch. Full power “pulses” to the garment based on where the knob is set. If you have it set at half power, it will send electricity to the suit for half a second, then turn off for half a second, then back on for a half second, and so forth.

For many bikers, these signs are Nature’s way of saying that the riding season is fading away. While they may bravely throw on another layer or two and endure the chill for those last couple of rides, the days in the wind are numbered. That trusty steed will soon be stashed away in the smallest amount of garage space possible, back in the corner with the other icons of fair weather – things like lawn chairs, garden hoses, and citronella candles. Now, the Diehards will suck it up, throw on those extra layers, and refuse to give up. Cold noses. Stubborn lips forming words in slow motion. Hands and feet losing all feeling. Body parts so cold that it takes hours to warm up. And is that a biking grin on your face, or is it just frozen that way? The Diehards are a tough lot of bikers, all right. I used to be one. I refused to give in to the cold of winter as long as humanly possible. But there was always a point where, even if the roads were clear, the temperatures would force me to call it quits. Electric motorcycle clothes have been around since the early 1970’s. But no self-respecting biker would wear something as sissy as that, I thought. It wasn’t until just three November’s ago that I realized how completely wrong this was. It turns out that keeping a rider’s body warm and comfortable is the ultimate in self-respect. I started with just a pair of gloves, manufactured by one of the leading electric garment makers. For the first time, I could ride at forty degrees, and still work the hand controls. Whoa! I swore I would never need another piece of electric gear.

The higher you turn it the warmer you get, and the greater the drain on your charging system. For me, it takes a very cold day to be past the 50% point on the controller, and the total power being drawn is quite a bit less than the full rating. So while the maximum draw of the suit cannot exceed the margin of extra power your bike generates, in practice you will almost never draw the full rating of your heated gear. And your bike isn’t always generating the stated amount, either. Chose your gear carefully, install it on your bike properly, and laugh at the cold temperatures as you cruise the winter highways.

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Now more than ever our soldiers and our veterans need our help

as they return home to a less than ideal situation back in the

for our freedoms.

Veterans Day

By Joe Brinn, Thunder Roads Michigan

Time to laugh out loud. The time to sleep quietly and comfortably in their own beds in their own homes. But they had plenty of time to worry about their loved ones. Time to be alone and scared. Time to see their comrades bleeding and dying in a far off land. And time to feel the pain as their own body is decimated by IED’s and terrorist gunfire. And they had the time to pray, that they might come home safe and sound as they fight So I think they deserve a little bit of our time, of your time. And now is the time to help our veterans. You can help by providing your time to assist wherever you can. Maybe it is only helping to pack care packages to send to our veterans overseas. Or driving a veteran to his doctor’s appointment. Or serving meals at a Veterans Hospital or his/her home. Maybe it is just being there when they need to talk. Is that too much to give for

Hidden Highways

US. Many have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihoods upon returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Sure many Americans have lost much of the same during the past couple years as our economy has tumbled and our lives have been turned upside down by greedy corporations and unscrupulous CEO’s. But many of our veterans have lost more than just material things. They have suffered physically as well as mentally. Our government and the Veterans Administration have been

The Other Route 66
“Get your kicks on Route 66…” So goes the oft-covered song about America’s most famous highway. In its hay day, the legendary road was the primary route from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. The 2,448 mile road was commissioned in 1926, and over the years it carried millions on an odyssey of Americana through eight states and three time zones. It fulfilled dreams, it inspired artists, it claimed lives. No longer a contiguous well-marked route from America’s Heartland to the Golden Coast of dreams, Route 66 - THE Route 66 – has become a part of folklore. But in West Virginia, 66 lives on. Though never even remotely connected with the legendary route, the Mountain State version is a mere 17 miles in length. Frankly, some of it isn’t even that much fun as a bike road. Although it rolls through some pretty countryside, the western few miles of State Road 66 is kind of flat and boring. But as the road rises up the western edge of a mountain ridge, the edges of your tires get a workout. At roughly the halfway point of 66, you drop down into the Greenbrier River Valley and the town of Cass. Famous as the “Cass Scenic Railroad State Park”, this quaint little town provides a step back in time to the early 1900’s. Cass was home to the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Mill. It once employed nearly 3,000 men and cut as much as 1.5-million board feet of lumber per week. The railroad lines through here connected the vast stretches of virgin timber on Cheat Mountain to the mill at Cass, and then on to market. The mill is gone now, having burned to the ground in two major fires about three decades ago. But the rails remain, and people come from far and wide to ride the old steam powered trains that take them back in time to the scenic vistas of this incomparable area. Ride the train, stop for lunch, or just cruise on through…it’s your call. Heading east from Cass takes you up and over another ridge, winding through pristine forest until you find the other end of the road, where it T-bones into Highway 92/28. The fun isn’t over, because this is a great road no matter which way you choose to go. But even if you want to go south, do yourself a favor and go a mile up the road towards Green Bank. Here you will find the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The 100-meter radio telescope is the world’s largest steerable antenna. Rising above a seemingly impenetrable forest, the juxtaposition of this gigantic dish with the unspoiled territory surrounding it is a sight to behold. Stop in and take the tour. It’s time well spent. West Virginia’s 66 may not be as famous as the asphalt ribbon of song, but that’s okay. It can be our little secret.

overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of veterans needing support physically, financially and with medical attention. It’s time, we as a nation stepped up to the plate and do what we promised when these military men and women took their oath to defend our freedoms. Almost daily I receive reports and e-mails detailing how our government, their government, looks at ways to cut their benefits to fit our politician’s ideas for a balanced federal budget. Our elected officials have no qualms about cutting into the benefits and programs that many of our veterans need just to survive or to rebuild their lives. Many of these veterans are left alone to fend for themselves as they fight for the rights they were promised. Paperwork and BS block their path as they seek what is rightfully theirs. We can not trust our elected officials and the government to take care of their needs anymore since many of these same politicians worry more about what they can do for themselves and their popularity and not about taking care of our veterans and their needs. So in this time of need, we the American people need to step up and do what we can to provide the much needed support for our veterans whenever and wherever we can. How you might ask? Look around you. There are plenty of organizations who need your help as they go about taking care of our veterans and their needs. And help may not necessarily be in the form of money either although that is surely what they need most. But sometimes all they need is your time. Maybe you think your time is too important to give. Well, our soldiers had the time to give. Time that they had to give up is more like it. The time with their wife, their kids, their families. The time to laugh. The time to shop. The time to be with friends.

someone who has given so much? They do not ask. They do not beg. And many attempt to do for themselves even though they need our help. Veterans are a proud lot, as they should be. But is it not us who should be proud of them and what they did for our country? Volunteer, give money, give time, give assistance so that our veterans can feel and receive the humble honors they so richly deserve. Be proud America, of our veterans and for all they do and sacrifice for us on a day to day basis. But be proud in a way that counts. Show your support with either money or with your time and let them know you care in a way that they can see and feel. Give a little and but gain a LOT. You will forever be rewarded with the satisfaction that can only come from helping those who need your help. As we honor our Veterans on Veterans Day on November 11th, please take a moment and pray that they come home safe and sound to their families. Pray but remember that as long as we have to protect our freedoms from the terrorists and the evil they do, we will have to send our sons and daughters to defend our rights and the rights of our future generations. And if you see a veteran, whether it be WWII, Korean, Iraq or Afghanistan or Viet Nam, or just someone in the military who is serving this great country of ours, walk up to them and shake their hand, give them a big hug, and say “Thank You” so they will know firsthand that a grateful nation does care that they sacrificed so much for so many.
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Hendricks Benefit Ride Wilson Benefit Run

Turkey Bowling in South Charleston


Fall Colors Ride

“Rally for one, Please…”
October is my favorite time of the year to go riding. The cool, crisp air of early fall keeps me comfortable in my riding gear, makes the bike run smoother, and the pictures of the fall colors just that much sharper. So it is with great anticipation that I walk out to the Thunder Roads West Virginia stable early on Friday morning to saddle up for a weekend run to a brand new rally called the “Fall Foliage Mountain Ride”, to be based in Webster Springs. Let’s see. What should I ride? A Valkyrie? Tempting. The Heritage Softail Classic? Also tempting. But it’s a long ride, there may be some weather along the way, and I’m in a mood. The FJR, a super-sport touring bike, is just the thing to face down a mountain rainstorm and to take liberties with the recommended speeds through the mountain twisties. Oh, this is going to be fun. There are blue holes in an otherwise cloudy sky as I roll out of the garage, and the weather forecast says the day should get nicer. But the longer I ride, the heavier the clouds become. The right turn at Seneca Rocks to head uphill on Highway 33 towards Elkins also marks the first rain splat on my faceshield. Within minutes the rain has settled into a steady, but moderate pace. It’s nothing my riding gear hasn’t handled a thousand times before. Raise the electric windshield a few inches, tuck into the dry bubble it provides, and press on. For the next three hours I ride through this light rain. Two things make the weather mildly annoying. First, a day this wet doesn’t make for good picture taking. Second, I’m on some fabulous roads that would be s-o-o-o-o much fun if the pavement weren’t slimy. But tomorrow should be awesome, so this is really no big deal. It’s pushing six o’clock as I roll through Webster Springs and make the left turn down Hoover Street to the Mineral Springs Motel that is to serve as the home camp for the weekend’s rides. Funny thing. I don’t see any other bikes in the parking lot. As I check in, proprietor C. Randy White tells me that I’m the only one at his rally. But the man with a perpetual smile is undaunted by this lack of success. You see, he’s been here before. The motel is situated along side the Elk River. Some years ago, Mr. White got the idea to start a canoe rally in spring when the river is running high. His first year had exactly two canoes. This year he was turning them away. So he knows that it takes persistence to turn an idea for a rally into a successful showing. Randy has prepared a packet of brochures highlighting the fun things to do and places to visit in and around Webster County. There’s the Kumbrabow State Forest, Holly River State Park, State Wildlife Center, Cranberry Wilderness, and on and on. Here’s a brochure that says I’m one week too early for the “Burgoo International Cook-Off”, which is held in Webster Springs each year. It describes Burgoo as “a highly seasoned stew made of any combination of fowl, game, other meats and vegetables.” There’s a lot of latitude in this recipe, and I’m betting the results cover quite a range as well. Randy has done one other thing for this rally of one. He has copied a state map and highlighted three circuitous routes for bikers to make the most out of the phenomenal roads of the Webster Springs area. The map includes notes about places to visit, or to grab a bite along the way. All the elements are in place for a weekend of great fall colors riding. And you missed it. So, okay. There’s no rally here. But being a solitary rider has never bothered me in the least. A lazy evening of strolling around Webster Springs is followed the next morning by an enormous pile of eggs, hash browns, fried onions, cheese, ham, bacon, and sausage all blended together and mounded on a plate simply referred to by the Main Street Café as “Garbage”. I am having a culinary blast at the smallest rally in the world. And you missed it. By now the morning fog has burned off and the day has already warmed to the point where I pack my warm gear instead of wearing it. The sun has risen in a beautiful azure blue sky dotted with white puffys, and the roads have dried off. The rally of one goes kickstand-up at 9:30am and the rest of the day is filled with fantastic roads, blazing fall colors, fabulous mountain vistas, and a riding pace that perfectly matched my personal mood of the day. And you missed it. www.thunderroadswv.com
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Rebel Run


riders signed up for the 3rd annual “Rebel Run”, hosted by the American Legion Post 13 in Clarksburg. The hardy riders started in the Legion’s parking lot and headed off - first to Pine Grove, then Hundred, Shinnston and finally back to where they started, visiting different American Legion Posts at each stop. The morning’s weather started out just like an average fall day with the temperature in the mid 50’s. By the time the last rider made it back, it was close to 70 degrees, which made for perfect party weather. The ride was a tough, long one, but, as far as I know, we didn’t lose any riders during the run. There’s nothing like West Virginia back roads to put dedicated riders to the test. Fee Webb was the winner of the Slowest Bike contest and celebrated by standing on his bike seat with trophy in hand. The food was great and the refreshments offered to wash it all down with weren’t bad either. Mike Layne started the afternoon’s music off with some real nice solo tunes and the DBI band came on a bit later to carry on until it was time to go. I can honestly say I think everybody who attended the event had a good time. The Rebel Run was started 3 years ago to help out a local Legion member, John “Rebel” Lawson. John had developed cancer and needed a little help with his medical bills, so the run was created in his honor. Last year the run was dedicated equally between two needy children, Dalton Dodd and Grace Meek. This year it was held for little Cambria Jozwick, who nearly lost a foot in a lawnmower accident. She was brought to the event and with her small foot all bandaged, It was clearly evident she was in need of a little assistance. Some of the officers of the Legion who helped in this year’s event were: Dale Grimes Jr., Richard “Dick” Fowler, Dede Kelly, Mary Beth Oliverio and Mary McNair and many more members I’m sure I didn’t mention. Our thanks go out to these dedicated people - they sure know how to put on an event! I can’t wait to see what they are going to put on for us on next year’s run.

Story & photos by Ken Holby
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Dodging Raindrops
It’s raining. But a friend is in need and a ride has been organized to help him. So put on the rain gear, along with that maniacal grin that seems to be synonymous with biking in a downpour, and hit the road. That’s what a group of riders from the Grafton, WV area did as they took part in a benefit run for John Jones, a native of Berryburg. It was 45 years ago when John was diagnosed with Hepatitis, but it wasn’t until last year that the disease damaged his liver to the point where he needs a transplant. Umbrellas and rain gear were already out before the ride. Drops were falling hard by the time the bikes rolled out from Grafton, and they wouldn’t stop all day. But the rain didn’t stop the diehards who made the run to Cool Springs, Parsons, Elkins, Philippi, and finally ending at the birthplace of Anna Jarvis in Webster. John and the rest of the bikers were greeted there by a large crowd of dry folks. Food, friendship and Bluegrass rounded out the day. The event raised $3,500 to help John as he awaits a transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

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Charleston Bike Night


And all Tammy had to do to win this 2008 Yamaha 1900 Raider was show up at the final bike night of the 26 week season at Quaker Steak and Lube in Charleston. The bike, supplied by Hidden Trails, was outfitted with a chunky 210 rear tire and a few extra goodies like Cobra swept exhaust pipes. Five contestants were chosen from the bike night crowd each week. Then, at the summer’s last gathering, those almost-lucky bikers picked a compact disc at random and put it in the players provided by radio station “Rock 105”. All but one CD contained a musical fanfare signifying, “nice try, but it’s not your night.” The crowd was treated to the sound of a motorcycle starting when Tammy played her CD, and the Raider was hers. Congratulations, Tammy!

Tammy Abbott.

Counting Pumpkins
The great pumpkin count in last month’s issue was a raging success. Thank you to everyone who entered the doo-rag give away. There were a lot of wrong guesses, which just shows how well Mr. Shearon, our layout artist for the October issue, did in hiding those grinning gourds. It wasn’t surprising that many readers missed a few pumpkins, but what scared us was how many counted more pumpkins than were in the magazine. It might be time for some new glasses. The correct count was 13. What other number would we use for a Halloween contest? Just in case you want to go back through your October Thunder Roads West Virginia and see which ones you missed, here’s where they are: The Front Cover, the Inside Front Cover, page 3, two on page 4, 8, 15, 16, 17, 21, 25, 34, & 36.
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Describe Yourself
1. I have been a motorcyclist: A) Less than one year B) Less than five years C) Less than ten years D) More than ten years 2. My preferred bike is a: A) Cruiser B) Tourer C) Sporty D) Dirt 3. I have crashed: A) Once B) Twice C) Three or more times D) Not Yet 4. I have been injured enough to require medical treatment: A) Once B) Twice C) Three or more times D) Not Yet 5. I am a resident of the state of: ______________________


Too many times every day, someone’s ride ends with those sounds and sights. As much as we like to shake this off and tell ourselves that it’s not our number getting called today, we can never be sure. There’s an old saying that goes, “You dress for the crash, not for the ride.” That couldn’t be more true. If we didn’t have to think about crashing, most of us would ride naked, or very close to it. Alas, THE CRASH is a very real part of motorcycling. Ride long enough, and you’ll know. Start looking at safety gear for bikers and you’ll find that there are enough choices to make you dizzy. Thousands of options appeal to a range of forms, functions, and styles. Thunder Roads West Virginia is preparing a series of articles about how to sort through the choices. To get there, we want to know what you have and haven’t chosen, and why. For the purpose of this survey, let’s ignore the fact that our state mandates helmet use. Tell us what you would chose, if you had the option. Whether you are a rider, or a back-seater, please take a few minutes to fill out this questionnaire and mail it back to us at the address listed on our masthead page – or better still, go to our website and fill it out online. You’ll find it at: www. thunderroadswv.com and clicking on the “Safety Survey” link. For questions where more than one answer applies to you, mark all correct responses. To make this a valid survey, please fill it out just one time per person.

9. I don’t like a three-quarter helmet because: A) It is too confining B) It restricts my vision C) It doesn’t fit my sense of style D) I don’t believe it is safe E) It is too expensive F) Other:___________________________________ 10. I don’t like a half helmet because: A) It is too confining B) It restricts my vision C) It doesn’t fit my sense of style D) I don’t believe it is safe E) It is too expensive F) Other:____________________________________

15. The pants I usually wear are: A) Motorcycle leather B) Ordinary leather C) Motorcycle textile D) Motorcycle jeans with sewn-in abrasion pads E) Ordinary textile F) Shorts G) Other:____________________________________

16. The footwear I usually choose is: A) Leather motorcycle boots B) Ordinary leather boots C) Textile motorcycle boots D) Ordinary textile boots E) Dress shoes or loafers F) Sneakers G) Sandals H) Other:____________________________________

11. When the weather is nice, the jacket I usually wear is: A) Motorcycle leather B) Ordinary leather C) Motorcycle textile D) Ordinary textile E) None (skip #12 and answer #13) F) Other:____________________________________ 12. The elbows and shoulders of my favorite jacket have: A) Hard armor B) Soft padding C) Both hard and soft protection D) No extra protection 13. I don’t wear a jacket because they are (skip this if you wear a jacket): A) Too hot B) Not comfortable in other ways C) Not my style D) Other:____________________________________

On Being Seen
17. What do you do to make yourself noticed by cagers? A) I wear an orange or yellow safety vest. B) My riding gear is bright colors. C) I add extra lights and/or reflectors to my bike. D) I hang loud pipes on my bike. E) Nothing. If they can’t see me, they can go screw themselves. F) Other:____________________________________

6. My helmet preference is: A) Full Face (skip #8) B) Three-Quarter (skip #9) C) Half or Shorty (skip #10) D) None 7. My helmet preference is based on: A) Crash protection B) Protection from noise and environmental elements C) Style D) Comfort E) Price 8. I don’t like a full face helmet because: A) It is too confining B) It restricts my vision C) It doesn’t fit my sense of style D) I don’t believe it is safe E) It is too expensive F) Other:___________________________________


14. When the weather is nice, the gloves I usually wear are: A) Motorcycle leather B) Ordinary leather C) Motorcycle textile D) Ordinary textile E) Half gloves (textile or leather) F) None G) Other:____________________________________

See? That was easy. You didn’t even have to cheat. We will be compiling your answers and examining the issues related to safety gear with some experts for upcoming issues of Thunder Roads West Virginia. By the time next spring rolls around and you start thinking about replacing that ratty old gear of yours with some new duds, you’ll at least be armed with the knowledge you need to make the right decisions.

(Editor’s Note: If you have been a Thunder Roads West Virginia reader from the start, yes, you have seen this before. We ran this Safety Survey in our September 2009 Premier issue. At the time, we believed our website would be functional enough for you to complete the survey online. WRONG! But, we’re there now, so let’s try this again. Our series of safety gear stories will begin next month.)
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PORK CHOPS STUFFEd W/ A SUN-dRIEd TOMATOES, SPINACH, GOAT & CREAM CHEESE Virgin Olive Oil (Keep in pour bottle next to stove) 2 Cloves of Garlic; Minced (You can also buy pre-minced garlic in bottle in produce refrigeration aisle) 8 Sun-Dried Tomatoes - Diced (Again, in the dried fruit section of your grocer’s) 1 (10 oz.) Bag of Frozen Spinach; Thawed & Excess Water Wrung Out Into A Clean Kitchen Towel) 1 Full Palmful of Dried Thyme 1 Block of Goat Cheese; Leave Out On Counter for At Least Half Hour to Obtain Room Temp.) 1 Block of Cream Cheese; Room Temp 8 Center-Cut, Boneless Pork Chops 1 Box of Chicken Broth 1 Full Lemon for Zesting & Juicing 4 tsps. of Dijon Mustard Over medium heat, do a few laps around the pan with olive oil spout. Add your garlic and cook out for just a minute. Add the sun-dried diced tomatoes, wrung-out spinach, salt & pepper to taste and thyme. Cook until well combined; another couple minutes. Transfer to med. bowl and add both kinds of cheese and well blended. Set aside. Next, use a sharp knife and cut a pocket onto the thickest portion of pork chops. Do not cut all the way through to back. Just make a pocket. Stuff each pocket with your mixture. Do not overstuff. Pinch pocket closed. Add a few more turns of the olive oil, let warm and place chops back in same medium-hot skillet. Cook apprx. 4 mins. each side until golden brown. Remove to a platter and tent w/ alum. foil. Now, in a small bowl mix up box of chicken broth, entire lemon zest, 2 Tbls. of fresh lemon juice & Dijon mustard. Add broth mixture to skillet. Scrape up all those bottom-ofskillet bits as tons of flavor there. Let cook down only about 5 mins. Spoon some sauce over chops on platter, but also put excess sauce into a gravy boat for people wanting additional........and they will! This is such an easy dish to make and even people who swear they don’t like spinach will love it prepared this way....wait and see. Phenom!

SUPER EASY, CREAMY PASTA W/ BACON 1 Pkg. of Linguine 1 Med. Onion; Chopped (can buy pre-chopped) 1 Tbls. Olive Oil 2 Garlic Cloves; Minced (can buy pre-minced) 2 Tbls. All-Purpose Flour 1-1/2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream 3 Eggs; Beaten 8 Strips of Crisply Cooked Bacon 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan (buy in tub in cheese section at grocer’s) Cook linguine pasta. In a large skillet saute’ your onion in olive oil until tender. Cook your bacon on your broiler pan like I told you before, 350 degree oven, 15 mins. and it comes out perfect! Add garlic to your skillet, cook another minute. In small bowl, whisk flour & cream until smooth; stir gradually into skillet. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Reduce heat down to med-low and let go for another minute until it thickens up. Remove from heat. Stir in a small amount of hot mixture into bowl w/ eggs to incorporate it so you won’t end up w/ scrambled eggs; return all to the skillet. Bring to a gentle boil & cook apprx. 2 mins. longer. Add your drained linguine to skillet. Stir in crumbled bacon & cheese. Mix thoroughly. This is an authentic skillet supper and is meant for (4) but with two healthy appetites it is gone, baby gone! Slurp!! TOFFEE POKE CAKE 1 Pkg. Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix 1 Jar Butterscotch-Caramel Ice Cream Topping 1 Large Tub of Cool Whip 3 Large Size “Heath” Candy Bars; Chopped Make cake according to directions. Cool, then place on serving plate. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, “POKE” holes all over cake top. Pour 3/4 cup of warmed caramel topping down into holes. Pour rest all over top of cake. Top generously with Cool Whip. Sprinkle entire cake with chopped Heath Bar candy. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving. How simple is this? and this is such a perfectly blended taste. Enjoy.

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UpComing EvEnts
November 7 – Inwood, WV Benefit Ride for “Crazy Larry” Hendricks Starting at Iffie’s Sport Bar 7113 Winchester Avenue, Inwood, WV the cost is $15.00 per rider, $20.00 for two-up. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. with kick stands up at 12:00 p.m. This scenic benefit ride ends at 2:00 p.m. at Evel Speed Custom Machine & Motor Sick’l Shop where riders can register for a bike show and enter biker games. For more information contact Mike M. at (304) 261-8397 or Dwain at (304) 229-0987. November 7 – Needmore, WV The Christian Wilson Benefit Run and Auction Christian is a 13 year old boy who is about to undergo his fourth operation for a spinal disorder. The run will begin and end at Steve’s Broken Spoke on Old Route 55 in Needmore, WV with kickstands up at Noon. Following the run there will be an auction of donated items, as well as food and drinks. To make donations of cash or items for the auction contact Steve Bosley at (304) 897-7706 or by email at sbosley@hardynet.com November 21 – S. Charleston, WV Turkey Bowling The Turkey Bowling will be held on November 21, 2009 at the Harley Davidson of West Virginia in South Charleston, West Virginia (WV) Don’t miss an exciting and interesting time of bowling with Turkeys!! For more information about this event contact 304-768-1600, or visit http://www.wvharley.com


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Iron Horse Bar & Grill HC 84 Box 33 (Cutoff Road) Keyser, WV 26726 (304) 788-7522 Nan & Pops Place 3485 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25405 (304) 267-2007 www.main.NanandPopsPlace.com Petie’s Pub & Grill 304 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0698 Owner - Beverly Opas Steve’s Broken Spoke 14977 SR 55 Needmore, WV 26801 (304) 897-7706 email: sbosley@hardynet.com William Nighthawk Hull FREE CELL PHONES & FREE SHIPPING www.nighthawkswireless.com Native American Tribal design artist/tattoos Native American Artist & Craftsman (304) 702-5805 or email: nighthawk_hull@yahoo.com Tri-County Honda 135 South Main Street Petersburg, WV 26847 (304) 257-4420 www.tri-countyhonda.com

By Jim “Jammer” Marcum
THANKS AND GIVING: Thanksgiving is approaching, but what is the true meaning of “thanks” and “giving?” We should give thanks for our food, but there are those who forget about the second part, “giving.” For example, when the tires on our bike start to wear and have little tread remaining we get new tires. Should we dispose of the old ones or give them to someone who’s tires are bald and can’t afford new tires? They’ll be thankful for tires that have at least some tread left on them that will carry them a few more miles. Most of us will have a feast on Thanksgiving which usually results in an overabundance of food. We’ll eat leftovers for several days and then dispose of it after we get tired of eating the same food. Here’s a thought. Just like the old tires, why don’t we take our leftovers to a needy family? They may not have any food and will be thankful they at least have some food. Better yet, why not stick an extra turkey in the oven and give it to them? Want to truly bless them? Why not invite them to your house for Thanksgiving dinner? In Isaiah 58:7 it says, “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and to bring to your house the poor who are cast out?” Here’s the important part. You should give from your heart, not out of guilt or obligation. As stated in Matthew 14:18, Jesus fed five-thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. This was truly a miracle that could only come from God, but if Jesus was able to do so much with so little, then so can we! Be a blessing and be blessed.

Art by Weeze Custom art on bikes, leathers, helmets, auto, canvas & murals Martinsburg, WV (304) 264-4604 Email: sheila@artbyweeze.com www.ArtByWeeze.com

Vetter Photo 1675 Cold Spring Road Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-6855 www.vetterphoto.com

Doug’s Sport Shop New and Used Guns, Sporting Apparel and Aigner Products 220 North Main Street; 743B Hawse Plaza Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-6496 email: dougssoprtshop@frontiernet.net

Evel Speed Custom Machine & Motor Sick’l Shop 7323 Winchester Avenue Inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-0987 www.EvelSpeed.net O.B.’s Motorsports 1019 7th Street Parkersburg, WV 26101 (304) 420-0910 Motorcycles Shipped FREE www.obsmotorsports.com Romney Cycle Center 51 Industrial Park Romney, WV 25757 (304) 822-3933 Email: romneysales@frontiernet.net www.romneycycles.com Skip’s Honda 580 South Mineral Street Keyser, WV 26726 (304) 788-1615 The Little Shop of Harleys Service & Accessories HD Certified Mechanic 44 Bay Berry Lane Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 (304) 258-3909 TRS Fabrication Custom Painting & Collision Repair 109 Rainbow Hill Road Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 (304) 258-0816 or 240-674-2985 email: trsfabrication@aol.com

Happy Thanksgiving.
Jim “Jammer” Marcum resides in Charleston and has been involved in motorcycle ministry for nearly 15 years and serves as Clergy within Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry.

DFM Special Tee House “The Biker Shack” Helmets, Shirts, Chaps, Jewelry 2 Locations: 162 Nancy Jack Road, Gerrardstown, WV 25420 & Barnwell Mini Shops 874 Chesire Road (Rt. 51) Bunker Hill, WV 25413 (304) 229-7609 email: dfmdbikershack@aol.com East View Variety Shop We have everything from A - Z, old and new 715 Philippi Pike East View, WV 26301 (304) 622-6701 Insane Leather Apparel 37 Eastship Road Dundalk, MD 21222 (410) 491-0020 Email: insaneleather22@yahoo.com www.insaneleather.org The Smoking Head 835 E. Washington Street Charles Town, WV 25414 (304) 724-3033 email: smokinghead@yahoo.com

Bob’s Tire Service Inc. 812 East Moler Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-2797 www.bobstireservice.net

Meridian Development 55 Meridian Parkway, Suite 101 Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 263-1000 www.meridianwebsites.com

Our website is getting better and better every day! After a herky-jerky start to getting the Thunder Roads West Virginia website up and running, we are very happy to say that it’s now coming along nicely. We have been able to obtain the services of a brilliant webmaster who is working diligently to make our site the best on the web. By somewhere around the middle of the month, he’s going to be rolling out a stimulating site that you will want to bookmark, or even make your homepage. and months ahead, including videos, blogs, forums, and an online store where you will be able to order all kinds of Thunder Roads West Virginia goodies. Here’s where it stands at the beginning of the month. You can see the online version of the current issue of our magazine. You can fill out the safety survey online, of which the printed version is elsewhere in this issue. Our online collection of photos is also being streamed. Ultimately, you will be able to view photos of specific stories and events as separate collections. The events calendar is working nicely and is continually updated. E-mail the info about your events to us, and we’ll get them up on the calendar. Links to our advertiser’s website are also working. These are the people who make it possible to bring you this free magazine each month, so please support them. Many more improvements will be made to the website in the weeks

Clubs & Organizations
C.E.’s Helping Hands (Old Fields, WV) is a non-profit organization enlisting the help of other good hearted people wanting to contribute to the cause of helping others in need. Recent donations have gone to local families with serious health and financial challenges. The organization holds monthly meetings and several fundraising rides every year. Donations are always appreciated. For more information visit our website at www.cehelpinghands.com. Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry (South Charleston, WV) For more information email Jim “Jammer” Marcum at: harley4me2@verizon.net

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A man asked an American Indian what his wife’s name was. He replied, “She called Four Horse”. The man said, “That’s an unusual name for your wife. What does it mean?” The Indian answered, “It old Indian name. It mean, NAG, NAG, NAG, NAG!” A sheriff stops at a ranch and talks with an old farmer. He tells the farmer, ‘I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.’ The old farmer says, ‘Okay, but don’t go in that field over there.’ The sheriff verbally explodes saying, ‘Mister, I have the authority of the Sheriff’s Department with me.’ Reaching into his rear pants pocket and removing his badge. The officer proudly displays it to the farmer. ‘See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish on any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?’ The old farmer nods politely and goes about his chores. Later, the old farmer hears loud screams and spies the sheriff running for his life and close behind is the farmer’s bull. With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer. The sheriff is clearly terrified. The old farmer immediately sets down his tools, walks to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs.........’Your badge!...... Show him your badge”! We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the ‘seniors’ special’ was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $2.99. ‘Sounds good,’ my wife said. ‘But I don’t want the eggs.’ ‘Then, I’ll have to charge you three dollars and forty-nine cents because you’re ordering a la carte,’ the waitress warned her. ‘You mean I’d have to pay more for not taking the eggs?’ my wife asked incredulously. ‘Yes, exactly’ stated the waitress. ‘I’ll take the special then,’ my wife said. ‘How do you want your eggs?’ the waitress asked. ‘Raw and in the shell,’ my wife replied. She took the two eggs home and baked a cake. * DON’T MESS WITH SENIORS!!! They’ve been around the block more than once! A blonde was shopping at Target and came across a shiny silver thermos. She was quite fascinated by it, so she picked it up and took it to the clerk To ask what it was. The clerk said, ‘Why, that’s a thermos..... it keeps hot things hot, and cold things cold.’ ‘Wow, said the blonde, ‘that’s amazing...I’m going to buy it!’ She took it to work the next day. Her boss saw it on her desk. ‘What ya’ got in your thermos?” The blonde proudly proclaimed, “two popsicles and some cocoa.”
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Note * (You have to read this joke with a full-on Forrest Gump accent) The day finally arrived. Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. He is at the Pearly Gates, met by St. Peter himself. However, the gates are closed, and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper. St. Peter said, ‘Well, Forrest, it is certainly good to see you. We have heard a lot about you. I must tell you, though, that the place is filling up fast, and we have been administering an entrance examination for everyone. The test is short, but you have to pass it before you can get into Heaven.’ Forrest responds, ‘It sure is good to be here, St. Peter, sir. But nobody ever told me about any entrance exam. I sure hope that the test is not too hard. Life was a big enough test as it was.’ St. Peter continued, ‘Yes, I know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions. First: What two days of the week begin with the letter T? Second: How many seconds are there in a year? Third: What is God’s first name?’ Forrest leaves to think the questions over. He returns the next day and sees St. Peter, who waves him up, and says, ‘Now that you have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers.’ Forrest replied, ‘Well, the first one -- which two days in the week begins with the letter ‘T’? Shucks, that one is easy. That would be Today and Tomorrow.’ The Saint’s eyes opened wide and he exclaimed, ‘Forrest, that is not what I was thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I did not specify, so I will give you credit for that answer. How about the next one?’ asked St.. Peter. How many seconds in a year? Now that one is harder,’ replied Forrest, ‘but I thought extra hard about that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve.’ Astounded, St.. Peter said, ‘Twelve? Twelve? Forrest, how in Heaven’s name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?’ Forrest replied, ‘I counted, there’s got to be twelve: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd... ‘ Hold it,’ interrupts St. Peter. ‘I see where you are going with this, and I see your point, though that was not quite what I had in mind....but I will have to give you credit for that one, too. Let us go on with the third and final question. Can you tell me God’s first name’? ‘Sure,’ Forrest replied, it’s Andy.’ Andy?’ exclaimed an exasperated and frustrated St. Peter. ‘Ok, I can understand how you came up with your answers to my first two questions, but just how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as the first name of God?’ ‘Shucks, that was the easiest one of all,’ Forrest replied. ‘I learnt it from the song, ANDY WALKS WITH ME, ANDY TALKS WITH ME, ANDY TELLS ME I AM HIS OWN.’ St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates, and said: Run, Forrest, Run.’


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