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We’re here to end Homelessness

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – At least once a week, I wear one of my OTN shirts that we make for ourselves and to sell. While my “House Keys Not Handcuffs” gets the most comments from strangers, my most worn shirt is a simple, straightforward stencil: “End Homelessness”.

Tshirts "House Keys Not Handcuffs" and "End Homelessness"

Tshirts “House Keys Not Handcuffs” and “End Homelessness”

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Dodging the Roadkill: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Names Co-Grand Marshals

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneySturgis, SD – Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree have been named Co-Grand Marshals of the City of Sturgis 17th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride during the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Ballard and Dupree are from the Full Throttle Saloon and Pappy Hoel Campgound.

“It’s an iconic ride and it has been growing every year, so this is a real honor” said Ballard.  “And this year is the 20th anniversary of the Full Throttle Saloon, so the timing could not be better.”

Proceeds from the ride benefit local emergency services, supporting the men and women who dedicate so much to the Rally week giving aid and keeping all the attendees safe.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Honoring A Brother I Never Knew

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Heading into the weekend, I was looking to “latch” onto a ride, so I called one of the three guys I’m going to Sturgis with this summer, and suggested we get together to discuss our upcoming adventure.   He said he already had plans for Saturday, but I was welcome to join him.

So I did, and I was humbled by what I experienced.

The Benny J. Humphrey Memorial ride was a true testament to the character, love and respect that Benny Humphrey had to those who knew him best.  I now wish I was one of them.

Benny Humphrey Memorial Ride

Benny Humphrey Memorial Ride

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Outreach

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – Angela, one of our interns followed me into the extended stay hotel to meet Clara*. I had never met her but knew that the hotel was a very temporary fix, a gift from a family member out of state.

Clara has three kids but the oldest two are in school and the baby plays Top 40 songs off YouTube on her phone.

An outreach log: Friday morning; between 9:30am – 11:30am.

An outreach log: Friday morning; between 9:30am – 11:30am.

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Dodging the Roadkill: After The Flood, The Rivers Edge Resort

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyEminence, MO – The first year of this journey I’m on, I was like a kid with the new bike he got for Christmas.  I wanted to go EVERYWHERE!

Not knowing much about where to ride, I would just google places of interest and during the summer of 2016, I came across a website, Motorcycle the Ozarks.  The pictures were beautiful, and I couldn’t resist the names of some of the roads to ride. 

How could I NOT go ride the Jesse James Getaway, or the Ozark Hellbender? What was even better was that the destination was only about four hours away and that was something I was looking for.

Arrowhead Campground in Eminence, MO.

Arrowhead Campground in Eminence, MO.

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Paul & Tara

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to bring people into the movement to end homelessness. How do we on the inside bring people with limited or no understanding of complex issues into a conversation that debunks the myths surrounding poverty and mental illness?

It wasn’t the stats or the “success stories” that got me into this work. It was seeing the common humanity and the brokenness of the system. It was meeting people on the street in desperate situations and being broken over their trauma and blown away by their humor.

(L to R) Paul, Tara and Haley.

(L to R) Paul, Tara and Haley.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Tragedy

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – The motorcycle community is reeling this weekend after the news of a horrific accident that killed seven bikers in Randolph, New Hampshire.  The victims were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club which is comprised of former and active duty U.S. Marines.

Witnesses and First Responders said it was one of the most devastating accident scenes they had ever seen.  I’m not going to recount the details of the accident, as you can read all about it here.

When I first read the story, my heart just sank.  My emotions went from anger to sadness in a matter of minutes.  I think we all felt the same way, as we once again were reminded of the dangers of this lifestyle that we love so much.

Jarheads Motorcycle Club

Jarheads Motorcycle Club

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Dodging the Roadkill: Dad

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads and grand dads!  This is the day we recognize your strength, love and hard work to raise your family, and provide them with every opportunity.

My father was the youngest of four boys from Dayton, Ohio.  They lived through the Great Depression with little to call their own, but they had what they needed.

When my Dad turned 18, he bolted from a town that he didn’t want to be in and joined the Army.  He was stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky where he met my mother. 

Family

Family

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Dodging the Roadkill: My Motorcycle, My Music, My Memories

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I’ve posted many articles about how much I LOVE to ride alone.  I’m not anti-social, and I love riding with my “buds” but I ABSOLUTELY love the solitude of just me and the open road.

And deep down inside, so do you.

I’m an early morning rider.  I will get up and hit my favorite coffee shop, then take off for a couple of hours.  I’m also a HUGE music lover.  Forty years on the radio will do that to you.  I have a thumb drive filled with the music of my life.

I was living in Europe as a young man when the Beatles and the great British Invasion landed, so, my music is VERY important to me. Now my motorcycle and my music are helping me relive my life, one song at a time.

Hank and his Harley

Hank and his Harley

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Dodging the Roadkill: Traveling Solo

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I bought my first motorcycle, the first trip I took was to Texas.  I have close friends who live in San Marcos, and I wanted to make sure my first trip was to visit them.  It was one of the most exciting trips I’ve ever been on.  I never thought twice about going it alone.

I’ve traveled all of my life.  As a young military brat, travel was just part of the deal.  I flew from Okinawa to the states in 1969, leaving my family behind to attend a military academy.  It was no big deal, but the world was a different place back then.

When I returned home from Texas, I got numerous calls and texts from friends who told me how proud they were that I did that.  Several made it out to be a really big deal, but I didn’t think anything about it.

Hank Motorcycling in the Mountains.

Hank Motorcycling in the Mountains.

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