Volume 8 * Issue 3 * March 2010 * Supporting Our Motorcycle Communities Since 2002

Where There’s Bikes...There’s Going To Be Thunder©





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

Kelly Werrell

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Covering the state of Virginia
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Warren Ells – Art Director, Thunder Publishing Rod the Magificent – Ad Designer

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Reverend Rocky Angone Preacher Rick Saunders Pastor Tammy Hayes Preacher Gordon Bacon

On Eagles Wings

Cathy “BZgal” Clare & Chris “Tigger” Rockhill Laurie Schober

Sound Check

Beth Albert Bo Albert Regina Alpaugh Cathy “BZgal” Clare Ricky Derby Chris “Coyote Killer” Holden Becky Lawson Jeffrey “Grinch” Lee Glenn “Grape Ape” Oldrich Chris “Tigger” Rockhill Dave Sutton Mike “Baddog” Thomas Kelly Werrell Tim Wilmoth William “Wild Bill” Day

* All articles & pictures within Thunder Roads are contributed by our Crew or by freelance writers & photographers.

Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................8 Hot Shots..............................................................12 Clubs & Organizations..................................23 The Joker’s Wild..............................................28 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 NCOM News Bytes..........................................36 On Eagle’s Wings.............................................39 Advertisers Index..........................................40

The 2010 Riding Season has officially arrived folks!... Everyone is so over all the snow & cold weather by now - the warmer temps will be extremely welcomed. To kick off the riding season, there’s something very cool starting on March 15th -Visit any of the 17 HarleyDavidson dealerships throughout the state of Virginia for your chance to win the ultimate H-D experience during the 2010 Virginia H-D Tour. Grab a passport & hit the road to start this incredible adventure which will take you to some of the most beautiful & scenic areas of the state. The journey ends on Sept 15th so hit the road as soon & as often as you can - check out their ad in this issue for all the details. We do our best to bring you reliable & trustworthy businesses for the services & goods that you need & want. We’re always looking for great places to go so if you know of any that welcomes bikers & would like to share them with us, please drop me a line. As always, you’re invited to participate in our magazine by sending in pictures for the Hot Shots, Hot Plate, Tattoo of the Month, Biker Pals or Back in the Day features. We love funnies, cool bikes, silly people, crazy kids or pets, stunts, & just about anything that brings a smile or a gasp. Please keep it somewhat clean so that we can print what you send. Just drop a line to kelly@ thunderroads-virginia.com & we’ll put them in as we have room. Thunder Roads is for ALL bikes & ALL riders. It doesn’t matter what you ride, how fancy your gear is or who you are – life is always good with the rubber side down, shiny side up & the wind in your face. Have a great month on the road for March & we hope to run into you somewhere real soon. May Peace, Love & Happiness be in all your days. See you next month! Happy Trails,

NATIONAL FOUNDERS Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon 1421 Chapmansboro Road Chapmansboro, TN 37035 Corporate Office: 615-792-0040 Fax: 615-792-7580 e-mail: thunderroads@charter.net



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Apr 11th 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 18th Apr 11th Christian Soldiers CB - Wounded Warriors Benefit Ride Virginia Beach, VA Christian Soldiers Christian Brotherhood is sponsoring a ride to support our Troops... especially those that return and are in need of artificial limbs. The Wounded Warrior Project is an incredible way to say “THANK YOU” to our Troops when they come home wounded. All proceeds from this ride go directly to the WWP. The ride is a beautiful route around some Virginia back roads - NOT simply thru town. We end at a great spot and cook some chow for all riders to eat. Route and menu will be on our posters (look for them in town and at TAMA). Possum was served last year and people loved it... kidding). Ride begins in Virginia Beach VA and ends in Chesapeake VA. Registration: 9AM-10:30AM. Kickstands UP: 11AM. Lunch: 12:30PM. Contact ICEMAN for details. 757.515.9595. mikertheebiker@gmail.com. http://www.christiansoldierscb.blogspot. com/ Apr 16th – 19th 15th Annual FL Freedom Rights Rally Monticello, FL 15th ANNUAL FREEDOM RIGHTS RALLY, Monticello KOA Campground, Monticello, FL. Info: 386-943-9610, stateoffice@abateflorida.com, or www.ABATEFlorida.com. You like to ride in Florida? Come on out and show the Legislators in FL that BIKERS HAVE RIGHTS TOO! This rally’s high-point is an escorted ride RIGHT ONTO THE ROTUNDA AT THE FLORIDA STATE CAPITOL IN TALLAHASSEE! Be a part and bring the Bikers’ fight to the Capitol! Free tent camping too! Apr 16th, 17th & 18th JR’s 14th Annual Virginia Beach Bike Classic Virginia Beach, VA Presented by Southside Harley-Davidson, Red Bull & Geico Motorcycles. New location! Northlanding Beach Campgrounds, 161 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA (757)4266241, www.northlandingbeach.com . Overflow site with full hook up at Sandy Point Resort, 176 Sandy Point Dr., Knotts Island, NC, 300 yards away. Michele Smith filming for Two Wheel Thunder for the Discovery Channel. Featuring Live Concerts by Bucky Covington, Darryl Worley, Butter, Krunch, The Righton Band, Tailgate Down, River Boyz. Events Scheduled: Over 100 Vendors. World Famous Bike Builders. Bike Show ($500 1st Place). Parade of Bikes. Wall of Death. Live Music 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Scheduled to appear: Strip Club Choppers, World Famous Celebrity Bike Builders, Wall of Death, Over 100 Vendors, “Big Rick Hoffman” Swede Built Motorcycles and many more… Vendor & sponsor info contact J.R (757) 675-8488 or Mitch (757) 560-0877. Advance ticket pricing: Weekend pass only $35. Fri - $15. Sat - $20. Sun - $10. Tickets purchases during week of event are addl $5. Portions of proceeds to benefit: Vigilant Watch – Helping local Sheriff, Firefighters, Police, EMS & their families. www.VaBeachBikeClassic.com Apr 18th Spring Thaw Poker Run Staunton, VA Shenandoah Valley HOG presents it’s spring thaw poker run. Registration 11am till noon, cost $10. All riders welcome. Weather/hog hotline 540-946-9992. Rain date April 25 Apr 23rd – 25th Barry’s Outer Banks Bike Rally Grandy, NC Description: “Rally at the Nut” Free admission. Vendors on site. Bands on site. Famous for our great food. Cold beer/all ABC permits. 2010 theme “RIDE:EAT:SLEEP:REPEAT”.Pirates of the Currituck ball Saturday Night, April 25th - Costume Contest. Barry’s Bike Rally benefits the Naval Special Warfare Foundation which supports the Special Operations Community. Barry’s Bike Rally specifically supports the families of fallen seals. Your patriotic support of our event is appreciated. Visit http://www.barrysbikerally.com

Mar 13th Red Cross Poker Run Elizabeth City, NC Outer Banks HOG Chapter will host a Poker Run to benefit the Red Cross on March 13, 2010. The ride will begin at The American Red Cross office in Elizabeth City located at 905 Halstead Blvd and end at Outer Banks Harley Davidson on route 158 in Harbinger. Fifteen dollars per hand that includes BBQ lunch. Registration begins at 10:00 AM ride at 11:00 AM. Further details at www.obxhog.com Mar 14th Daylight Savings Time Begins – Spring Forward…move your clocks ahead 1 hour! March 17th St. Patrick’s Day Apr 4th Easter Sunday Apr 9th – 11th , 2010 5th Annual Bikers for Tykes & Troops Motorcycle Rally Virginia Beach, VA KOA Kampground: 1240 General Booth Blvd , Virginia Beach , VA 23451. Featuring: Vendors, Dealers, Exhibitors, Concerts, Contests, Games, Food and MORE. More info: www. bikersfortykesandtroops.org. All proceeds benefit USO of Hampton Roads and Children’s Hospital of The King ’s Daughters Apr 9th – 11th The Blue Ridge Bike Fest Roanoke, VA The Blue Ridge Bike Fest is Virginia’s largest Motorcycle festival, rally, and expo. Join us April 9-11, 2010 at the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, VA. Featuring more than 150 vendors and manufacturers this event has more than doubled in size from year 1. More than 15 bands will perform throughout the weekend featuring Dokken, Great White, SwampDaWamp, Jive Mother Mary and more! The A-Team will perform stunt shows all weekend and the Ms. Blue Ridge Bike Fest Bikini Contest will crown the new spokes model for the show. Bring your custom for the largest custom contest in Southwest Virginia with thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Hours: Friday: 3pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm. Visit BlueRidgeBikeFest.com for more info! Apr 9th – 11th Virginia Bike Fest Petersburg, VA It’s 3 Days of Thunder Action as Virginia Motorsports Park brings you the Virginia Bike Fest. Friday will feature a special Bike Night at the track where bikes can purchase a Sunday Bike Fest event ticket and receive FREE entry on Friday night. Saturday will be Wild Bill’s Suck Bang Blow Poker Run with a $2,000 cash prize up for grabs. The Poker Run will end at Picture Lake Campground next door to the track with the Saturday Kickoff Party. Sunday will be the Bike Fest Main Event at VMP. Drag Racing all day inlcuding everything from Nitro Harleys to Street Bikes. The Poker Run drawing and payout will also take place in addition to the Bike Show, Bike Rodeo, Stunt Show, and Stage Show. The midway will also be packed with vendors from all up and down the mid atlantic showing off their bike products and accessories. Call (804) 862-3174 for more info or check us out online at www. virginiamotorsports.com Apr 10th Shenandoah Valley H.O.G. Annual Chili Cook-off Staunton, VA Chili will be available 11am till it’s gone!!$5 gets you a bowl and a spoon eat all you like drinks and even beer available. In addition there’s a bike show and mustang show Apr 10th 2nd Annual Hospice Foundation Benefit Bike Ride Dillon, SC Saturday, April 10, 2010, Rain date: 4/24/10. Ride start and stop @ Community Home Care & Hospice office @ 805 N. 8th. Ave. Dillon SC. Register 9:30 AM, Ride starts 11:00 AM. $15.00 donation per biker, $5.00 donation passenger. Food & prizes. Call Gary Lucas 910-474-2373. www.communityhch.com



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awarded in the afternoon. Ride Distance: approx. 70 miles. $15/ rider; $5/passenger. Additional poker hands can be purchased for $10/hand. Raindate: May 15 (same times). For more information, contact Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation at 540-984-3030, http://www.scpr.info, or scpr@shenandoahcountyva.us. May 8th Bike Festival Providence Forge, VA Blue Knights of Virginia Chapter VIII is hosting the 2nd Annual New Kent Bike Festival at Colonial Downs Raceway, I-64 Providence Forge, Va. on 5/08/10. Admission is Free! Bike Show with trophies, Car Show with trophies, Live Bands, Motorcycle Skills Demos,Free Anti-Theft VIN Etching, Poker Run, Food Merchandise and Dealer Vendors, Door Prizes. Ride In and Hang Out at this family event. All proceeds support local charities. See our website for more info: http://www.BKVA8.com May 9th Mother’s Day May 15th Armed Forces Day – Thunder Roads Salutes all of the men & women of our Armed Forces May 15th Ride for Ride with Pride Poker Run Fishersville, VA Cruiser Club USA , Chapter 08 will be holding their Inaugural “Ride for Ride with Pride”. “Ride with Pride” helps challenged children and adults overcome huge obstacles through horsemanship. Inaugural ride on May 15, 2009; Rain Date May 22, 2009. Starting/ Ending @ Augusta County Community Center/Wilson Middle School, Fishersville, VA. First bike out at 10 a.m. $15.00 for 1st hand, second hand $5.00. Food, prizes, vendors. Early registration guarantees an event T-shirt. To register or for more information visit the www. CCUSA08.org website or email Sunny@ccusa08.org. Vendors please visit the website. May 22nd Beacons 3rd Annual K2K Virginia Beach, VA Beacons of Tidewater 3rd Annual Kidz 2 Kamp (K2K) motorcycle ride to raise money for underprivelidged children to attend summer camps. All proceeds to benefit Capture the Dream Summer Camp and Camp Hope Haven. Location: Bubba’s Deli and BBQ (next to the Farmers Market) at the corner of Princess Anne and Damn Neck. Registration will start at 9:00 AM. There will be lunch provided, trophies, door prizes and blessing of the bikes. Last year we raised over $3,700.00 and we have a goal this year of raising $5000.00. Please come out and support this worthwhile event. Rain date will be 23 May 2010. May 22nd 4th Annual Robbie Green Charity Ride Powhatan Virginia The Wings of Hope, Heaven’s Saints, and Living Wheels CMA Powhatan Chapter invite you to a day filled with great riding, good food, and music for the whole family. The ride will start at River City Diner at 11430 West Huguenot Road, Midlothian Va. 23113 and ends at Powhatan Volunteer Fire Company 1, 3971 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan Va. 23139. Registration is $15 per bike and is from 9:30am to 11am. Rain or Shine! 50/50, cash prizes, and awards will be presented at the end of the ride. Proceeds going to Project Life Saver and Families of the Wounded Fund. For more information call Ron at: 804-240-5664 or Rodney at: 804-393-0528 May 31st Memorial Day June 11th & 12th 15th Annual South Central Bike Fair Chase City, VA Debuting Working Man’s Biker Build-off - Kent’s Kustom Cycles vs. Route 6 Cycles vs. Moody Motorsicles. Friday:Gates Open 2pm- Hot Rod/Bike CRUZ-IN w/ Live Music, vendors. Saturday: Bike Fair, Rodeo, & Poker Run, 25 class Bike Show--Burnout-Pit, Rodeo--50/50--Contests--Poker Run, Vendors— Tattoos, Live Music. $5 Donation for Poker Run $5 Donation for Bike Show. $15 Weekend General Admission or $10 per day

Apr 24th 100 Mile Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Ride Prince George, VA Bikers Against Child Abuse, Virginia Tri-Cities Chapter will conduct it’s annual 100 Mile Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Ride Fund Raiser. When: April 24th 2010 9-5. Where Colonial Harley Davidson 1701 Temple Parkway, Prince George Va 23875. Cost $10.00 donation per vehicle. Please visit BACAUSA. COM . For more information e-mail trexbaca@gmail.com May 1st Red Knights MC hosts Worlds Largest Poker Run Suffolk, VA The Red Knights Motorcycle Club of Virginia Chapters 2 & 6 along with RK Chapters around the United States and Canada are hosting this Poker Run to benefit the Fallen Firefighters Survivor Foundation. Location: Suffolk Fire Station 5, (Hwy 17) 3901 Bridge Rd. Suffolk, VA and ending at 3129 Driver Lane, (Driver Village) in Suffolk. Registration starts at 8:30 AM, bikes released at 10:00 AM. Last bike in at 2:00 PM. Best and Worst Hand Trophies, door prizes, 50/50 drawing. Live music by the Sam Floyd Band, vendors on site, food & drink, T shirts, patches and pins available for purchase. $10 donation per rider, $5 for passenger. Additional hands $5. Last year over 2100 bikes nationwide participated; help us beat that number this year. (Rain date May 2nd, poker run only not to be included in record attempt) Visit http://rkmcva2.powweb.com/id15.html to view flier or email firedawg148@aol.com for more information. May 2nd 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 May 23rd May 2nd 3rd Annual Relay for Life HOPE Ride Poquoson, VA Rain Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010. Event Location: Poquoson City Swimming Pool Parking Lot, 16 Municipal Drive, Poquoson, VA 23662. Registration Opens at 11:00AM First Bike Out at 12:00PM. Last Bike in at 2:30PM. Cost: $10.00 per rider. $5.00 for additional poker hands. $1.00 for BONUS draw. ALL ARE WELCOME!!! Prizes & Awards for Best & Worst Hand. Ride will end back at the Poquoson City Swimming Pool Parking Lot... Where there will be Food, Drinks, LIVE Music from the Hogge Band, Raffle for Prizes, 50/50 Drawing...Plus much, much more. All proceeds are to benefit the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life Program. For more information, please contact: Larry Wainwright (757) 714-8827, Mark Boesen (757) 570-2209, or e-mail us at bullislandunitedbigbikesassoc@hotmail.com May 7th International Female Ride Day 2010 May 8th Rotary Rumble for Kids Chesapeake Virginia Rotary Rumble for Kids - Chesapeake Virginia. The Rotary Club of Great Bridge and the Castaways Riding Club invites you to help in providing much needed donations for six local children’s charities. Charities include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Children’s Harbor Child Care, March of Dimes, YMCA, & Edmarc Children’s Hospice. This ride will be a dice run traveling along country roads. We will have T shirts, a 50/50, auction and live entertainment by Long Shot. Your $15.00 donation will get you coffee and bagels, a T-Shirt and a ride pin. For more information contact Mark Stearns at rumble@greatbridgerotary.org May 8th “Cruisin’ 4 A Flush” Poker Run Maurertown, VA Maurertown, VA--Join Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation for this beautiful ride along Shenandoah County’s winding and scenic country roads while supporting our youth programming! The “Cruisin’ 4 A Flush” Poker Run is a fundraiser for the dept. Event starts at Shenandoah County Park, 380 Park Lane(Route 11), Maurertown, VA. Registration starts at 9:00am; last bikes out by 11:00am. Last bikes in by 3:00pm. Cookout and prizes



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Aug 28th Ride for the Warriors III Yorktown, VA Yorktown, VA The Brothers In Arms MC-Yorktown Chapter is hosting a ride to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty, benefits the Center for the Intrepid, a world-class state-of-theart physical rehabilitation center that serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duty, and the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). For additional details go to www.biamc-yorktown.com. Sept 12th Grandparents day Sept 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 Sept 26th Oct 10th 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 17th Nov 7th Daylight Savings Time Ends – Fall back…set your clocks back 1 hour! Nov 11th Veteran’s Day November 13th 3rd Annual Wreath Ride Outer Banks HOG Chapter and The Sgt. Mac Memorial Foundation present the third Annual Wreath Ride to Benefit the National Wreath Project. The foundation was formed by the parents of Marine Sgt. Eric McColley, killed on February 17, 2006. The National Wreath Project began on Christmas Day 2006, when the McColley family placed 515 wreaths in Quantico National Cemetery where their son is interred. In 2009 the project placed 3300 wreaths in Quantico National Cemetery and Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. This year will mark the 5th wreath placement and the foundations goal is to increase the number of wreaths placed to 5000 in three National Cemeteries. For further information please visit http://www.sgtmac.org Nov 25th Thanksgiving Day Dec 25th Christmas Day

coolers welcome – camping – BYOB, food & drinks available. www. southcentralbikefair.com. Both events held @ Chase City VFD Training Grounds 534 Jonbil Road - Chase City , Virginia 23924. For more info call (434)372-0092 or (434) 210-0325, thethomases4@verizon.net . Benefiting the Chase City Volunteer Fire Dept. June 13th 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 June 27th June 14th Flag Day Jun 18th – 20th 5th Annual Iron Titans Motorcycle Rally/Swap Meet Tazwell, VA Tazewell County Fairgrounds Tazewell, VA Motorcycle, car & truck show, burn out pit, motorcycle/dirt bike & ATV rodeo, tattoo artist, vendors, Ms. Iron Titan beauty pageant, poker run & bug run, live band, swap meet, 50/50, raffles, prizes and contest through out the rally. Tent and RV camping/public showers. Proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville, SC. AMA sanctioned. Tazewell County Fairgrounds Tazewell, VA June 24th – 26th Virginia State H.O.G. Rally Chesapeake, VA. Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Virginia State H.O.G. Rally in Chesapeake, VA. Chesapeake is an undiscovered Natural Wonder Waiting to be explored! You have the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Chesapeake Arboretum, Skate Park, Planetarium, Veterans’ Memorial, Deep Creek Lock Park, Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Fun Forest, Wildlife Refuge, Civil War Trails and much more. The rally is located in the heart of the amazing Hampton Roads region which means adventures and outdoor activities from ocean to river to trails and way, way beyond. Come enjoy great riding opportunities, good time with friends, indoor bike show, wonderful opening ceremonies, aircraft carrier tours and best of all...if you pre-register by May 6, 2010 your name will be entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize! We will be giving away a 2010 Harley-Davidson Nightster. You must be pre-registered and you must be at closing ceremonies. NO EXCEPTIONS! Don’t fret the summer heat. We’ve got you covered with rally activities and indoor bike show at the Chesapeake Convention Center located next door to the rally’s host hotel. Get ready for some fantastic awards. After all, it is “The Roaring 20th” rally and you’ll want to be part of history! Got questions? Visit the rally website or simply call (757) 4713669. If no answer, leave a name and phone number and your call will be returned within 24 hours. June 27th US Military Vets M/C, VA Beach Chapter, Vets Helping Vets Ride Virginia Beach, VA The US Military Vets M/C annual ride to support the VA Beach VetsHouse. The VetsHouse is a place for homeless Vets to stay while getting their lives back together. It is supported solely by donations. Please Come out, enjoy the ride, and feel better knowing that you helped someone in need that once fought for you. The times and locations are TBD. Please contact Ragman at ragman@usmvmcvabch.org FMI. http:// usmvmcvabch.org July 4th Independence Day – Happy Birthday America! Jul 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 Jul 25th Aug 9th – 15th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Sturgis, SD http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com Aug 15th 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 29th


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By Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith Photo credit Maj. Cotton Puryear

Guard Assists Seven States With Winter-Storm Emergencies
Virginia National Guard members brief Gov. Bob McDonnell Jan. 30, in Sandston, Va., on winter storm response operations throughout the commonwealth. The governor received the briefing after severe winter weather dumped up to 14 inches of snow in some areas across the commonwealth, creating a state of emergency. ARLINGTON, Va. (Feb. 1, 2010) -- Winter storms created dangerous conditions across the nation’s midsection late last week and into the weekend, and more than 560 National Guard members were called out in seven states to deal with the mess. Before the units were activated most were placed on standby by their state governors in anticipation of the bad weather. Emergency situations were declared by the governors of Arkansas, Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Virginia. In Virginia, more than 200 Guard members were called out on state active duty with humvees and heavy equipment to assist emergency responders. Snowfall totals of up to 14 inches were reported. Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard spokesman, reported that Gov. Bob McDonnell visited the Guard’s Joint Operations Center in Sandston, Jan. 30, to receive a briefing from Guard members involved in the response. Elsewhere on the East Coast, the same southern storm dumped up to 13 inches of snow in North Carolina and up to a half-inch of freezing rain in Arkansas. Governors in both states declared emergencies and more than 30 Soldiers and Airmen were on duty assisting civilian emergency responders in those states today. Arizona Weeks before those response efforts, severe winter weather blasted northern Arizona with thunderstorms, snow, rain and fog. That hampered the continued relief supply flights of Guard aircraft in reaching cutoff Indian reservations in northern areas of the state, the Arizona Guard reported. “As weather across the state begins to clear and communities start to assess damage from this week’s storms, Arizona emergency management officials continue to respond with life-saving resources for those affected by the consequences of heavy rain and snow,” the Arizona Guard reported last week in a press release. Source: http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/02/01/33843-guard-assists-seven-states-with-winter-storm-emergencies/ The Guard had 79 Soldiers and Airmen still on emergency duty there today, operating heavy equipment and aircraft including humvees, five-ton trucks and wreckers, among others, and a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. “The Arizona National Guard is repositioning trucks, Soldiers and helicopters to transport supplies and assist local agencies and tribal nations,” said officials Jan. 24. A recent request from the Arizona Emergency Operations Center called out seven additional Guard members from the 161st Air Refueling Wing in Sky Harbor to support the storm relief efforts. Midwest In the Midwest, Oklahoma Soldiers and Airmen were dealing with up to one inch of freezing rain that coated trees and power lines in some areas as well as dropped snow and sleet. Hundreds of auto accidents were reported. At one point, up to 82,000 homes were reported without power. Gov. Brad Henry put the Guard on standby with a state of emergency Jan. 27, ahead of the storm. More than 200 Guard members were on state active duty shortly after, delivering food and water and cots to 23 shelters and warming shelter sites throughout the state as well as generators to water plants. South Dakota Guard members continued their support to civil authorities from the winter storm there that brought high winds, snow and freezing rain. Gov. Mike Rounds’ office reported that “at one point in the storm, nearly 12,000 households were without power, and a water delivery system serving a three-county area that includes the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation was out of operation. The water system has since been returned to operation. As of Friday, about 2,000 people remained without electrical power.” The South Dakota National Guard today had 54 members operating heavy equipment including several dozers and wreckers in the operation as well as in other operations including search and rescue and support to civil authorities, officials said. Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith writes for the National Guard Bureau

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From Here to There 2010
By Allen Baumgartner Edited by Lelia Watermon My name is Allen Baumgartner. In 2008 I was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, sometimes referred to as the “unknown disease”. Friedreich’s Ataxia is a type of Spinocerebellar Ataxia, a rare and progressive neurological disease that affects the muscle and heart. It causes degeneration of the spine and cerebellum that result in loss of coordination of muscle movements (ataxia) and other symptoms. When I was diagnosed, I asked myself one question: stop or go? I chose to go. Soon after, I made the decision to ride across country from St. Louis, Missouri using an arm-powered bike called a hand cycle, to raise awareness for my disease. I first set out to find a hand cycle. I contacted an acquaintance, which has since become a good friend, Kelly Behlmann, founder of Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA). On that first call, she asked if I had ever ridden a hand cycle before, to which I replied, “Ridden one? I’ve never even seen one.” In fact Kelly has supported me ever since I’ve planned and trained for the trip. Not too long after that phone call with Kelly, I attended my first DASA event, during the 2009 Gateway Games, where I had the opportunity to try out a hand cycle for the first time, and more importantly, meet the children of DASA. To see the DASA kids in action, well, a simple paragraph could not describe the amount of heart these kids have. They are not only the coolest bunch of kids, passionate and driven in they’re chosen sports, but they are truly phenomenal athletes. It was no surprise to learn that DASA has turned out national champions and Paralympics athletes. I left the first DASA event feeling inspired, and I quickly decided that who better to give the proceeds of my trip to than those that inspired me. Since then I’ve been planning and training for this trip. I train daily and average 16-32 miles per ride. In addition to my regular training, I also participated in my first competition this past summer, at the Lake St. Louis Triathlon, and took 2nd place as a part of a challenged athlete team. I’ve also cycled for Bike MS this past October. It was a weekend event, and I cycled 40 miles the first day and 85 miles the second day. I plan to hand cycle from the St. Louis area (Murphysboro, IL), through Washington D.C. to the East coast. I’ll have an assistant who will be driving ahead in an RV, and I will then meet up with them at specific meeting points throughout the day while maintaining constant communication through radios, cell phones and a GPS tracking device for safety. The RV will serve as base camp. I’ll be eating and sleeping there, and when I’m not eating, sleeping, riding or promoting, I plan on documenting the trip via my blog and real-time GPS tracking of the trip via Google Earth. I’m estimating the trip will take approximately two months. My goal is not speed but to complete the trip while promoting awareness for my disease whenever possible while also raising funds for DASA scholarships. The support that I’ve received so far for this trip has been monumental. Getting to the coast is going to take hard work, determination, and a lot of help. With your support, I can make it to D.C. in 2010. For now, mark your calendars for Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 9:00 A.M. for our “From Here to Where?” bike tour to be held at Creve Coeur Park in Maryland Heights, MO. This event is to raise money for the trip. Allen’s big trip starts on April 28 from Murphysboro, IL. Please visit www.fromheretothere2010.com for more info on how to help support Allen and let’s keep him and all those that he is doing this for, in our prayers.



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How Comfortable Is Your Ride?

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

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Just Fred
A cop stops a Harley for traveling faster than the posted speed limit, so he asks the biker his name. ‘Fred,’ he replies. ‘Fred what?’ the officer asks. ‘Just Fred,’ the man responds. The officer is in a good mood and thinks he might just give the biker a break and, write him out a warning instead of a ticket. The officer then presses him for the last name. The man tells him that he used to have a last name but lost it. The officer thinks that he has a nut case on his hands but plays along with it. ‘Tell me, Fred, how did you lose your last name?’ The biker replies, ‘It’s a long story, so stay with me.’ I was born Fred Johnson. I studied hard and got good grades. Dentistry was my dream! Got all the way through School, got my degree, so then when I got older, I realized that I wanted to be a doctor. I went through college, medical school, internship, residency, and finally got my degree, so I was Fred Johnson, MD.. After a while I got bored being a doctor, so I decided to go back to school. Dentistry was my dream! Got all the way through School, got my degree, so then I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS. Got bored doing dentistry, so I started fooling around with my assistant and she gave me VD, so now I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS, with VD. Well, the ADA found out about the VD, so they took away my DDS. Then I was Fred Johnson, MD, with VD. Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my DDS because of the VD, so they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Johnson with VD. Then the VD took away my Johnson, so now I am Just Fred.’ The officer walked away in tears, laughing

Top This One For A Speeding Ticket
Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, just north of the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar. One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching the crest of a hill. The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour. The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then it turned off. Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location. Back at the CHP Headquarters the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the USMC Base Commander. The reply came back in true USMC style: “Thank you for your letter. We can now complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on to your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down. Furthermore, an Air-toGround missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked on to your equipment location. Fortunately, the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position. The pilot also suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech. Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose. Also, the snap is broken on his holster. Thank you for your concern.” Semper Fi









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kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 or CulpeperSharon@Gmail.com. Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting www.ABATEofVA.com. ABATE Coalfield Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Saturday at Caleb & Melissa's garage, Deel Fork, Grundy , VA 24614-9600 . Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Steve Stacy at 276-935-2484 or SStacy@eqt.com ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper , VA 22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tim Dalman at 540-2196366 or TimDalman@comcast.net 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 757903-6541 or JESpare@verizon.net ABATE Iron Horse Calvary Chapter ( Lynchburg , VA) meets 7PM every 1st Tuesday at Mary Jane's Café, 826 Kemper St, Lynchburg , VA 24502-3250. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tronco at 434-993-3197 or EvoTronco1@wmconnect.com ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter (Wise, VA) meets 6:30PM every 1st Tuesday at Mosby's Restaurant, 205 Ridgeview Rd, Wise , VA 24293. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Shag Mead at 276565-4541 or ShageDawg@hotmail.com ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) meets 8PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John's Place, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax , VA 22030-5005. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Bob Seoane at 703-206-0571or NightTommy2@yahoo.com ABATE Olde Dominion Chapter ( Falls Church , VA ) meets 8PM every 1st Monday at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church , VA 22042-2145. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tank Fortner at 703-309-7197 or KeviRF80@aol.com ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) 'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-3898293 or HawgSke@msn.com ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter ( Hampton , VA ) meets 1PM every 1st Sunday at Mugzy's Grill, 1312 E. Pembroke Ave, Hampton, VA. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pete Bulgart at 757-8701517 or John at abateregion3@yahoo.com. Beacons/Christian Motorcycle Association - Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Military Hwy, 6-8 PM. Monthly ride: 4th Saturday of each month, depart from Shoney’s on Indian River Rd. Check our website for ride times and more information: http://cmaner5.org/VA/BEACONSOFTIDEWATER or contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or lenandtwogirls@yahoo.com THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE January 23 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: founder@ mlkm5project.com. Website: www.mlkm5project.com. Motto: We Ride Because We Care Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 www. nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President – Rick Saunders, nvcrmail@msn.com Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with us anyway. It’s not about the meetings. For more information on meetings or rides please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at president@star440.org or go the www.star440.org Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email: kimandbubba1@verizon.net or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: hawgdawgrose@ wmconnect.com TAMA – Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people from all around the area. We’re all working together so that each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December) at the Golden Corral, on the corner of Volvo Pkwy & Battlefield Blvd in Chesapeake, VA. www.tamaevents.com The Sons of God Motorcycle Club Ministry® made up of Christian Bikers who share a vision of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with other bikers. We hold bible study every Monday evening. For more information call TJ (757) 819-3362, Thing (757) 621-4891 or Grape Ape (757) 831-1294. or visit our website at www.sonsofgodmc.org Virginia Freedom Riders - Riders Against Constitutional Erosion (VFRR.A.C.E.) exists as a grassroots State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) dedicated to protecting and restoring motorcyclists personal freedoms, liberties and individual rights. email: membership@vfr-race.com. Website:vfr-race.com

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Jesus Is Watching You
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A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, ‘Jesus knows you’re here.’ He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more , after a bit, he shook his head and continued. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard ‘Jesus is watching you.’ Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

Did you say that?’ he hissed at the parrot. ‘Yep’, the parrot confessed, then squawked, ‘I’m just trying to warn you that he is watching you.’ The burglar relaxed. ‘Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?’ ‘Moses,’ replied the bird.. ‘Moses?’ the burglar laughed. ‘What kind of people would name a bird Moses?’ ‘The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler Jesus.’


A trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order. He said, “I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and pair of running boards.” The brand new blonde waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, “This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. What does he think this place is, an auto parts store?” “No,” the cook said. “Three flat tires mean three pancakes, a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up and running boards are 2 slices of crisp bacon.” “Oh, OK!” said the blonde. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and gave it to the customer. The trucker asked, “What are the beans for, Blondie?” She replied, “I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, you might as well gas up!” After being married for 44 years, I took a careful look at my wife one night and said, “Darling, 44 years ago we had a cheap apartment, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white t.v., but I got to sleep every night with a smokin’ hot 20-year-old girl. Now, I have a $500,000. home, a $45,000.00 car, a comfy King size Sleep Number bed and LED/high-def/60 inch Flat-screen., but I’m sleeping with a 65-year-old woman. It seems to me that she’s not holding up her side of things.” My wife is a very reasonable woman. With no hesitation whatsoever, she gently encouraged me to go out and find the hottest 20-year-old gal possible, and she would make damn sure that I would once again be living in a cheap apartment, driving a cheap car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white t.v. I truly believe the ability to compromise is the reason we’ve lasted so long. (sigh) A couple had been married for 50 years. They were sitting at the breakfast table one morning when the wife says, ‘Just think, fifty years ago we were sitting here at this breakfast table together.’ ‘I know,’ the old man said. ‘We were probably sitting here naked as a jaybird fifty years ago..’ ‘Well,’ Granny snickered. ‘Let’s relive some old times.’ Where upon, the two stripped to the buff and sat down at the table. ‘You know, honey,’ the little old lady breathlessly replied, ‘My nipples are as hot for you today as they were fifty years ago.’ ‘I wouldn’t be surprised,’ replied Gramps. ‘One’s in your coffee and the other is in your oatmeal.

Five surgeons from big cities are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on. The first surgeon, from New York, says,” I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered.” The second, from Chicago, responds, “Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded.” The third surgeon, from Dallas, says, “No, I really think librarians are the best, everything inside them is in alphabetical order.” The fourth surgeon, from Los Angeles chimes in: “You know, I like construction workers. Those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over.” But the fifth surgeon, from Washington, DC, shut them all up when he observed: “You’re all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There’s no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains, and no spine. Plus, the head and the ass are interchangeable.” I finally got around to going fishing this mornin’ - but after a while, I ran out of worms. Then I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth, and frogs are good bass bait. Knowing the snake couldn’t bite me with the frog in his mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog and put it in my bait bucket. Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bitten - I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. His eyes rolled back & he went limp. I released him into the lake without incident, and carried on my fishing, A little later, I felt a nudge on my foot. There was that same damn snake with TWO frogs in his mouth. One morning, before he goes out to the fields, the farmer says to his sweet, albeit ditzy blonde young wife, “The Artificial Insemination man is coming to impregnate one of our cows today. I drove a nail into the two-by-four above the cow’s stall so you can show him where it is, okay?” The Artificial Insemination man arrives. Suzy takes him down the long row of cows until she sees the nail, and tells him, “This is the one. This one right here!” “How did you know this is the cow to be bred?” the A.I. guys asks curiously to the ditzy cute blonde. “By the nail over her stall,” Suzy says proudly. Then the man asks, “What’s the nail for?” Well, duh, I reckon’ it’s to hang your pants on.” A man bumps into a woman in a hotel lobby and as he does, his elbow goes into her breast. They are both quite startled. The man turns to her and says, ‘Ma’am, if your heart is as soft as your breast, I know you’ll forgive me.’ She replies, ‘If your penis is as hard as your elbow, I’m in room 227.


Hot Plate
Myrtle Beach in the Supreme Court February 3, 2010
It is good to have people like Laurie (Carol) and Bill (William) O’Day who step up when their rights are being violated and are willing to take on the government. It is good to have 47 others who are willing to join them in protesting government actions that affect their rights. It is great when you can start early in the process and get things on the record. As I began my argument in the Supreme Court on behalf of the 49 bikers who dared to ride in protest of Myrtle Beach’s Helmet Ordinance I asked the Court to look back to the December 2, 2008 record of the O’Days challenge to the helmet law when they were seeking an injunction. I pointed to the portion of the record where the City agreed that there was a conflict between the Helmet Ordinance and the state law granting motorcyclists the right to freedom of choice. This was important because it clearly established that the City was now trying to convince the Supreme Court that there was no conflict. Listening to the argument of the City it was clear to me their position was that since current law did not mention people over 21 that they could pass a law requiring people over 21 to wear a helmet. It was also clear that they didn’t understand the current law regarding helmets for those under 21. When I spoke I immediately asked the Court to refer to pages 120-121 of the Appendix (documents filed on Appeal) and they would see that the General Assembly never repealed the 1967 universal helmet law they simply amended it taking out the requirement that those over 21 wear a helmet, thereby, expressly granting to those over 21 the right to choose. We consistently went back to the argument that the Uniform Traffic Laws had to be just that – uniform and that anything else would create chaos. The City argued that they had a right to stop a nuisance and that the bike rally had become one but the Justices reminded them that they had other ways of dealing with the rally and had passed numerous other ordinances to do just that. Questions were asked of the City Attorney concerning how they would handle the tickets now that they had no court to hear them in and the city was unable to answer. Based on the questions the Justices asked the attorney for the City, it seems the Court likely will render a favorable opinion for freedom. However, I learned long ago to wait for the opinion before you celebrate. Hopefully, we won’t be disappointed. Tom McGrath


March 15-September 15, 2010; Grab a Passport, Take the Tour, Win the Ultimate H-D® Experience!
The H-D® Tour is your key to great rides, new discoveries, and lasting memories this riding season. Join-up with fellow riders and rediscover the beauty of our great state! Along the way, get your passport stamped at all 17 participating Virginia Harley-Davidson® dealers. Every stamp earns you 1 ticket for the grand prize drawing – the more stamps you collect, the better your chance of winning! Looking for even better odds? Receive DOUBLE STAMPS & TICKETS when you visit all 17 dealers before close-of-business on September 15. Three grand prize winners will be randomly-selected to receive airfare for 2 to Milwaukee, 3-days / 2-nights at the Iron Horse Hotel, a Harley-Davidson® Museum tour, and MORE!

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EVERY LEPRECHAUN’S FAVE SLOW COOKER MAC n’ CHEESE 2 Full Cups of Elbow Macaroni 1/2 Stick of Real Butter; Cut Into 4 Pieces 2-1/2 Cups of Grated Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese 3 Eggs; Beaten 1/2 Cup Sour Cream 1 Can Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup Salt & Cracked Pepper to Taste 1 Cup of Whole Milk 1/2 tsp. Dry Mustard Boil the macaroni until tender. Drain thoroughly. In medium saucepan, mix butter & cheese. Stir until the cheese totally melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, cheese soup, salt/pepper, milk, and mustard and stir up well. Then add drained macaroni and stir once again to incorporate. Set slow cooker on low. Allow to cook for apprx. 3 hours, stirring occasionally. This is like the richest, creamiest mac n’ cheese you’ve ever tasted! * If you want, sprinkle bread crumbs all on top and spray with butter spray and just stick your crock-pot under broiler till crumb topping is golden brown. Serve up with some good, crusty hot bread. Now....that’s a meal in itself!

SUPER SIMPLE GRILLED SHRIMP SALAD 1 Bag of Gorton’s Frozen Pre-Grilled & Spiced Shrimp (in any grocer’s freezer) Thawed & Warmed In A Small Skillet 1/2 Cup of Finely Chopped Celery 2 Tbls. of Minced Green Onion (shallots) 1-1/2 Tbls. Fresh Lemon Juice 1 Cup Real Mayonnaise Salt & Cracked Pepper to Taste Just combine all ingredients above and Viola! Shrimp salad is so refreshing and great to eat any time of year and with this recipe it literally takes you 10 mins. to whip up a batch. So get whipping! :)

A CREME-Y, DREAMY, CLASSIC TREAT 2 Cups Orange Sherbet; Softened 1 Pkg. Philly Cream Cheese; Softened 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk 1/2 Cup Orange Juice 1 Tub (8 oz. ) Cool Whip; Thawed SPICY PIZZA FRITTATA Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with foil. Spread sherbet onto 1 Pkg. Cream Cheese; Softened 6 Extra Large Eggs botom of prepared pan to form even layer. Freeze for 10 Salt & Cracked Pepper to Taste minutes. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese in large bowl 1/2 tsp. Dried Basil with mixer until totally creamy. Gradually add condensed 1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano milk and orange juice, beating until blended. Gently stir in 3 Tbls. Real Butter Cool Whip. Pour over sherbet in foil covered pan. 1 Package of Fresh, Sliced Mushrooms Freeze for no less than 3 hours. To un-mold, invert pan 1 Can of Green Chilies 1 Package of Round Pepperoni discs, Coarsely onto plate. Remove foil slowly and make sure no pieces Chopped (in any grocer’s deli section) remained on sherbet topping. This is so delicious and Beat cream cheese, eggs, salt & pepper & seasonings until refreshing! and only 30 calories and 3 grams of fat per well blended. Melt butter in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet on medium heat. Add shrooms’ and chilies; cook and stir until serving. You could even lighten that up w/ no-fat cream cheese & Lite Cool Whip. Serve with a twisted slice of crisp-tender. Stir in chopped pepperoni discs and cream cheese mixture. Cover, cook 5 minutes or until center is al- orange on top. Pretty as a picture! most set. Heat broiler. Uncover Frittata. Place skillet under broiler for apprx. 2-3 minutes, depending on how crisp you want it. Remove and let cool slightly to set-up. Serve up slices with individual little bowls of pizza sauce for dipping. The chilies give this pizza style frittata a total zing!

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 kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com “Where There’s Bikes….There’s Going To Be Thunder - THUNDER ROADS” * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations DEALERS & SERVICES Maryland All American Harley-Davidson * 8126 Leonardtown Rd. Hughesville, MD 20637 (888) 833-2REV www.allamericanh-d.com Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC * 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD (888) HDFEVER www.hdwash.com Virginia

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Coleman Power Sports * 14105 Telegraph Rd. Woodbridge, VA (703) 497-1500 www.wherethepoweris.com

Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell * 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA (540) 213-7433 www.shenhd.com Southside Harley-Davidson/Buell, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 www.hrhd.com Thunder Road Harley-Davidson * 4960 Riverside Drive Danville, VA 24541-5630 (434) 822-BIKE (2453) www.thunderroadhd.com
LEGAL SERVICES Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C. 413 W. York Street Norfolk, VA 23610 1-800-9-THE-LAW

Allstate Insurance * Frank Ciambrone Jr. - Agent 2726 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 486-8660 FCiambrone@allstate.com GEICO Powersports Motorcycle, ATV, RV, Watercraft 1-800-44-CYCLE (442-9253) www.geico.com Tri-Cities Ins. Co., LLC * Jim Mrava – Principal Agent 8901-A Patterson Ave Richmond, VA 23229 Phone (804) 747-4407 Cell (804) 929-1997 Email: mravaj.tci@allstate.com
BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.outerbanksbikeshow.com

Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244 www.departure.com
Foley Motorsports 8151 Mechanicsville, Turnpike Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 559-4282 www.sportvehicles.com

* Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations


Virginia Alley Cafe and Sports Lounge* 608 N. Main St. Kilmarnock, Va. 22482 (804) 436-1100 Clutch Bar & Grill* 1485 General Booth Blvd (Behind Hooters) Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 491-2229 www.clutchbarandgrill.com email: info@clutchbarandgrill.com myspace.com/clutchvenue Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218 www.damonsbar.com

Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell * 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA 24401 (540) 213-8026 www.shenandoahhd.com
POWDER COATING Virginia Iron Core Powdercoat 9802 Hosier St. Suite C Newport News, VA 23601 (1 mile north of the James River Bridge) (757) 595-0157 ironcorepowdercoat@gmail.com FUN PLACES TO STAY North Carolina Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.Barrysbikerally.com Comfort Inn Oceanfront South 8031 Old Oregon Inlet Road Nags Head, NC (800) 334-3302


Graffiti’s Ink Gallery – 3 locations * 2311 Hungary Rd. Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 261-5689 www.graffitistattoo.com
111-A W. Williamsburg Rd. * Sandston, VA 23150 (804) 328-6989 www.graffitistattoo.com 7122 Mechanicsville Turnpike * Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 559-4658 www.graffitistattoo.com PERSONAL SERVICES Kuttin Station * For ALL your hair needs! 13509 Boydton Plank Road (Route 1) Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003 T-SHIRTS Virginia Wild Bill’s Custom Screen Printing * Owner William Ward Official Screen Printer for Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic T-shirts * Hats * Sweat shirts * Jackets Aprons * Tote Bags * Lunch Bags * Stickers * Magnetics * Vinyl Lettering and much more…. Office: (757) 961-7576 * Fax: (757) 490-5471 wildbillscsp@gmail

Grumpy’s Bar & Grill 3541 South Plaza Trail Virginia Beach, VA 757) 463-5033 HOOTERS Richmond – West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING
Knuckleheads Roadhouse * 401 North Witchduck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 644-6200 www.knuckleheadsvb.com

Lisa’s Place * 7424 Brook Rd. Richmond, VA 23223 (804) 447-3994
Smackwater Jacks * 3333 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452 Tel # (757) 340-6638 Facebook: SMACKWATERJACKS@MAIL.COM MySpace: WWW.MYSPACE/SMACKGIRL333

RACING & EVENTS Dirt Drags at Slades Park 1111 Mount Ray Drive Surry, Virginia 23883 PHONE: (757) 357-9269 E-mail: info@sladespark.com Virginia Motorsports Park * 8018 Boydton Plank Rd Petersburg, VA 23808 (804) 862-3114 www.vmpdrag.com

TOWING Virginia Peaco Towing Inc. 6906 School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-262-1001

Steel Horse Bar and Grill * 1920 W. Hundred Rd. (1/2 mile east of I-95 on RT 10) Chester, VA 23836 (804) 706-6600 www.steelhorseva.com Thunderbird Grill * 201 Battery Park Road Smithfield, VA 23430 (757) 357-7001 www.ThunderbirdGrill.com
MOTORCYCLE RENTALS Virginia Eagle Rider Winchester * 140 Independence Dr Winchester, VA 22602 (540) 662-9292 www.EagleRiderWinchester.com

* Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations

We will never forget... We are Virginia Tech


Saturday May 1-2, 2010 Join the “HOKIE HOG” on the third annual charity bike ride to Va Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Help raise awareness and funds for the scholarship funds in memory of the 32 lost on April 16, 2007. See hogs4hokies.org for info. It’s a one-day ride from Northern Va or Richmond to Blacksburg and optional next day ride back (accommodations not included). Or meet us in Charlottesville around 10:00am Saturday, May 1, 2010.
Tentative Schedule: 6:00-8:00 sign-in/breakfast by Manassas Hooters (8503 Rixlew Drive) all out by 8:00am. 6:00-8:00 sign-in/breakfast by Steel Horse Bar and Grille (Chester) all out by 8:00am. 10:00-10:30 quick stop in Charlottesville. 11:00-12:30 lunch (while supply lasts) and Harley shop at Shenandoah HD. 3:00-4:30 ceremony at Va Tech Drill field (center of campus). 5:00-8:00 dinner/raffles New River Valley HD Christiansburg, Va. (next door to Quality Inn (540-382-2055) where we have a block of rooms for Saturday night)

RSVP by email to get on the mailing list! Register-donate on-line hogs4hokies.org

Let’s Go Hokies!

Frank P. Salzano, P.E. VT Class of ’83.
703-999-7880 cell 703-815-2994 fax


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BIKERS SUPPORT BROWN IN HISTORIC SENATE VICTORY Scott Brown captured the national spotlight in his bid to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, and he is a modern American success story, rising from relative obscurity to be the first Republican in decades elected to the U.S. Senate in the most liberal Democratic state in the country. Paul Cote of the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association joined newly-elected Senator Scott Brown at his victory celebration at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston following his shocking election upset. The MMA worked with Sen. Brown’s campaign in gratitude for his support of motorcyclists’ legislation over the many years he has served in the state legislature. “Since last September, when the Massachusetts Motorcycle Political Action Committee (MMPAC) supporters started gathering signatures to get Scott Brown on the ticket for the US Senate Special Election, we have knocked on doors, stood outside grocery stores and even ‘hung out at the landfills’ to get Scott elected,” said Rick Gleason of MMPAC. Not only is Brown a biker-friendly politician, but he rides a Victory motorcycle! S.C. SUPREME COURT HEARS MYRTLE BEACH HELMET LAWSUITS South Carolina’s highest court heard oral arguments Wednesday, February 3 over whether a city can require motorcycle riders to wear helmets, despite the lack of a state law requiring the practice. State law doesn’t require riders 21 and older to wear helmets, but in an effort to get rid of two bike rallies held there each year, the Myrtle Beach city council voted unanimously in 2008 to pass 15 ordinances intended to dissuade bikers from coming to town, including the controversial mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders and passengers of all ages. Justices peppered an attorney for the city with questions over what they seemed to view as the intent of the ordinance -- not to make Myrtle Beach’s roads safer for bikers, as had been argued, but to drive the bike rallies away from the Grand Strand. Representing his brother Bart, who leads a pro-bike rally group of business-owners and is challenging a ticket he received for not wearing a helmet, State Representative Thad Viers argued to the five justices that a state law governing traffic ordinances spells out what local governments are allowed to do regarding traffic laws. Viers filed more than 30 pages of briefs containing multiple sections supporting his various legal arguments against the city helmet ordinance. But Virginia-based A.I.M. Attorney (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists)Tom McGrath, who argued before the court representing 49 helmet law protesters who were ticketed, filed a much shorter brief, saying, among other things, that most of the arguments don’t matter because the city’s ordinance is at odds with state law, and for that reason alone it should be tossed out. “The gist of the city’s arguments is that it has

the right to do whatever it wants to do as long as it declares something to be a public nuisance and decides to abate it,” McGrath’s brief begins. “...If the ordinances conflict with state law, the ordinances are void. If the ordinances are void, their underlying merits are irrelevant.” Now it remains up to the State Supreme Court to decide the issues, and it may take months to render a ruling. McGrath has his hopes up; “Based on the questions the Justices asked the attorney for the City it seems the Court likely will render a favorable opinion for freedom. Hopefully, we won’t be disappointed.” MOTORCYCLE CLUB WILL SEND PATCH INTO SPACE The South Houston chapter of the Los Carnales / La Familia law enforcement motorcycle organization has been given the opportunity to send items into space on the Space Shuttle Mission STS-134 on July 29th this year. It will be the first motorcycle club represented in space. The club has developed a special patch for the occasion. It has Los Carnales / La Familia Nation with both the state of Texas and California on it. INDUSTRY REPORTS BAD YEAR FOR CYCLE SALES 2009 was a bad year for bikes, with the Motorcycle Industry Council reporting the lowest sales in a decade. The MIC noted a 40.8% drop in sales from the 2008 season, with roughly 520,502 bikes sold in 2009 compared to 880,000 that were sold in 2008. The MIC reports monthly sales of most major motorcycle manufacturers, including: BMW, Harley-Davidson, Buell, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Triumph, Yamaha, Suzuki, Victory, and the Piaggio Group. The MIC also creates estimates on all non-reporting manufacturers. With non-reporting sales included, the total sales for 2008 was 1.1 million according to the MIC, and though last year’s total hasn’t been tabulated yet, it is expected that 2009 will break a six-year streak of sales above the 1 million mark. The biggest drop in sales occurred in the scooter category. Scooters boomed in 2008 as gas prices reached record highs. As the economy begins to stabilize again, the MIC predicts that motorcycle sales will begin to increase. TENNESSEE “LEMON LAW” MAY SOON INCLUDE MOTORCYCLES Tennessee’s “Lemon Law” may soon be extended to include motorcycles, if the legislature takes action on a measure sponsored by Representative Vince Dean, of East Ridge. Dean says motorcycle buyers should have the same rights as people buying cars and trucks that don’t perform properly. He says any mechanical and structural problems can be more dangerous for motorcycle riders. The measure moved forward in a House Committee in early February, and a companion bill is awaiting consideration in the Senate Transportation Committee.

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WASHINGTON BILL ADDRESSES BIKER PROFILING In a monumental and historical vote, the Washington State House of Representatives passed HB2511 - a bill addressing “Motorcycle Profiling” - by a margin of 96 to 2. This landslide vote provides an indication that legislators are actually getting the idea that profiling is real and needs legislative relief, while the lack of opposition was seen as a silent show of support from Law Enforcement. During the legislative process, “It was remarkable to hear the legislators mention the organized and well presented information from the motorcycle community,” reports Donnie “Mr. Breeze” Landsman, Legislative Affairs Officer for ABATE of Washington. “Motorcyclists aren’t looking for special rights,” Landsman said. “We want the same rights that are afforded to every other section of the population as American citizens and as citizens of Washington State. We aren’t being given that.” The group found a champion in Rep. Steve Kirby (D-Tacoma) who introduced a bill that would force local law enforcement agencies to adopt a written policy designed to condemn and prevent the profiling of motorcyclists and to institute training to address the issue. It’s illegal to profile minorities, it should be illegal to profile motorcycle riders, the bikers said. The Washington State Patrol uses a training brochure called “Basic Biker 101” that starts with the statement “Bikers are dangerous” and gives instructions on how to gather information about them during traffic stops, according to David Devereaux of the Outsiders Motorcycle Club. To further substantiate their claims of harassment, Devereaux said that when bikers showed up en masse last year their annual “Black Thursday” lobbying day to find sponsors for the anti-profiling bill, state troopers surreptitiously took down all their license plate numbers. Next, the bill goes over to the Senate for consideration and will be assigned to a hearing committee, most likely Judiciary. “This has been a very good year for ABATE of Washington and the US Defenders of Washington,” said Landsman. “We have worked together to make this happen, and are truly on the same page.” OREGON RIDERS CONVERGE ON CAPITOL Motorcycle club members, independent riders and even non-riders alike came together in solidarity in Portland to protect rights specific to bikers. The first “call to action” by the US Defenders motorcycle group brought out over 70 bikes to the Oregon State Capitol recently, making a positive statement of unity between clubs and independent riders. Quiet Mike, the Information Officer for US Defenders said he was pleased with the show of bikes, “It was an excellent turnout, the most motorcyclists we’ve had here for a long time.” US Defenders is a movement formed from within motorcycle clubs from individual states to implement and support motorcycle rights. The grass roots organization is supported through the Confederations of Clubs across the country, and is composed of state “citizen biker manpower” from Motorcycle Clubs and Coalition of Independent Riders (C.O.I.R) representatives. Quiet Mike, who also serves as Vice-Chairman for the Oregon Confederation of Clubs said this was a well-planned event. “We set up in the capitol so people could come and meet with their state representative or state senator. Several people set up appointments in advance, and they were able to express their concerns about how bikers’ rights are being affected.” Many people were there to discuss helmet laws, others for civil rights where profiling motorcycle club members is concerned, and some brought up that motorcyclist fatalities caused by car drivers should carry more serious charges than just a traffic fine. ADULTS IN KANSAS COULD BE FINED FOR KIDS RIDING WITHOUT HELMETS Adults could soon be fined in Kansas for allowing minors to go without wearing helmets while driving or riding a motorcycle. It is already illegal in Kansas for anyone under 18 to operate a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, but currently it is the youngster who gets a ticket. Under provisions of the new Senate bill, it would become illegal for owners of a motorcycle or motorized bicycle to permit a person under 18 to drive or ride on their vehicle without wearing a helmet, so the adult would receive a citation too. Use of motorcycle helmets has been on the rise nationally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which reported that 67% of motorcyclists wore a helmet in 2009, compared to just 48% in 2005. SAVE THE DATE - MAY 6-9, NCOM CONVENTION The 25th annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-9, 2010 at the Orlando Airport Marriott, 7499 Augusta National Dr., Orlando, Florida. This annual gathering will draw bikers’ rights activists from across the country to discuss topics of concern to all motorcyclists, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $89.00 by calling (800) 380-6751. Meetings, seminars and group discussions will focus on safety issues, legal rights, legislative efforts and litigation techniques to benefit our right to ride and Freedom of the Road. Registration fees for the NCOM Convention are $75 including the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet on Saturday night, or $40 for the Convention only. To pre-register, call the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com. QUOTABLE QUOTE: “For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished liberty is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while yet there was time.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland (1862- 1942)




Understand Adversity Sometimes it’s hard to understand adversity -- but there’s a purpose! Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. I suppose one of the hardest questions to answer is: “Why do I have to deal with so much adversity?!” One of the best answers I’ve ever come across was written by C.S. Lewis in his book, Mere Christianity. Lewis likened God’s use of adversity to walking a dog. If the dog gets its leash wrapped around something and tries to continue running , he will only get tangled up more. Both the dog and it’s master are after the same thing. They both want to move forward. But the master must resist the dog by pulling him opposite of the direction that he wants to go. The master, sharing the same intention, but understanding better than the dog where he really wants to go, takes an action opposite to the dog’s will. It is in this way that God uses adversity! We really don’t like being pulled and corrected by the Lord -- but when we understand there’s a greater purpose involved, then we can come through adversity with hope, expectation and steadfastness knowing these events are for our good! Let’s learn from the trials and tribulations we go through because God has a purpose in them. We may not enjoy it, but when all’s said and done, enduring trials faithfully will produce perseverance, character, and hope. And hope will not disappoint us for the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit...[Romans 5:45] We truly can trust in the God who loves us with an everlasting love because He knows the direction we need to go, AND He knows exactly how to get us there! Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Gordon (Preacher) Bacon / BFC Maryland State Elder Southern Maryland Bikers For Christ Rushing Wind Ministry 29025 Three Notch Rd. Mechanicsville, MD 20659 240-577-0605

We’d like to send a warm welcome aboard to Preacher Gordon Bacon. He’s joined our incredible team of On Eagles Wings writers, who bring messages of spiritual hope & inspiration to our readers every month. We’re very happy to have him with us!

Gordon (Preacher) Bacon, presently overseer of Rushing Wind Ministry in Southern Maryland and the founder of Southern Maryland Bikers For Christ and also serves as Maryland state elder for Bikers for Christ. Missionary on the Navajo reservation, Pastored in Az, West Virginia, and LexSunday Meeting 10:00am to 10:30am Coffee/Fellowship ington Park, MD.As well as establishing a Christian school. 10:30 to 12:00 Bible Teaching Educated at Sweetwater Bible College in Glendale, AZ. Wednesday 7:00pm Bible Teaching and Sharing Ordained 1983 by Rock Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Married for thirty seven years to Debbie Santanello-Bacon, father of Gordon Deon Bacon(39) Gordon Ellis(Gordy) Bacon Jr. (34), Christina Bacon-Knull (32) and Janine Bacon (30). We have seven grandchildren ranging from nine years old to nineteen years old.


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I recently took a class at a conference on the parking of vehicles on highways and roadways during an emergency situation. It was extremely informative, these types of classes usually are. During one of the many videos that we viewed during the class, I noticed that there was a motorcycle police officer that was working an accident on a busy suburban boulevard, along with other emergency vehicles on the scene. Many emergency vehicles are the target of secondary collisions at the original accident

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The Morning After Mardi Gras

GEICO presents the 5th Annual Benefiting: Benefiting:

April 9-11, 2010
KOA Kampground 1240 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Motorcycle Rally and Concerts

Motorcycle Vendors, Exhibitors and Dealers ~ Tattoo Contest ~ Freedom Ride Best Bike Contest ~ Cornhole and Ladderball Tournaments ~ Poker Run Nightly After-Parties at Diesel ~ Games ~ Bikini Contest ~ And much more!

4:00pm-9:00pm $5 Advance/$10 Gate

Fri, April 9th

The Mike Proffitt Band
Suburban Key Party
with Special Guests with Special Guest

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Show a Valid Military I.D. to receive advance prices at the gate! Children 12 and under FREE! Weekend passes available: $20 Advance $25 Gate

11:00am-8:00pm $10 Advance/$15 Gate

Sat, April 10th

Lee Brice

Tailgate Down and David Cynar

11:00am-5:00pm $5 Advance/$10 Gate

Sun, April 11th

Rock Star Parking
with Special Guest


Registration: 9:00am Ride Departs: 11:00am

April 10, 2010
Ride Entry: $10 per rider $5 per passenger Bayside Harley-Davidson
2211 Frederick Blvd Portsmouth, VA 23704

For more details and pre-registration information, visit: usohr.org

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