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Bells of Christmas

 

Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

ChristmasI heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

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Dodging the Roadkill: Cheating Death, Part 1

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be writing about another motorcycle accident, just one year removed from my last one.

The range of emotions that I’m experiencing is overwhelming, not to mention the physical pain of my current injuries.  It’s hard NOT to think that God is trying to tell me something.  I’m 66 years old and I don’t need this!  I’ve got a wonderful wife, beautiful kids, and amazing grand children. 

WHAT. THE. HELL. AM. I. DOING?

Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accident

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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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Dodging the Roadkill: When It’s Time To Quit

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – We all started riding for a reason.  It only stands to reason that we’ll all quit for a reason. Whether it from an accident, old age, or we just don’t want to keep doing it. 

I was involved in a discussion the other day about when it’s time to quit riding.  The discussion began with someone commenting on how much more dangerous it is to ride than it used to be.  That’s a no brainer.  The cell phone has been a deadly game changer. 

The guys who were a part of this discussion were riders and former riders.  The ones who had quit had different reasons for stopping.  One, had just had a baby and felt it was time for him to stop the “risky business” of motorcycles.  The other had been in an accident and just couldn’t get back on it anymore. 

Biker sitting on the side of the road.

Biker sitting on the side of the road.

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Dodging the Roadkill: The People I Meet

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – The one recurring theme that runs through this blog is the people I meet.  Since the first time I threw my legs over a motorcycle, people came into my life that I would have never met without it. 

My recent trip to Texas was no different.

We started with 7 motorcycles and 8 people.  From the starting point, I immediately met two veterans who were joining us.  Once we reached our destination, I met two more, and our “group” was set.

I’ve been blessed to ride with, and become friends with, first responders, veterans, mothers, sisters, and businessmen. They don’t want anything from me.  They just want to ride.   

Meeting People on the Road

Meeting People on the Road

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Whitney Johns: The Sweetest Relief

 

SpiritualitySan Diego, CAWhen I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;

When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.

I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;

For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.

He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;

For my Savior loves me so, He will hold me fast.

Oh how I must let God down. But no! His love for me is great! His love for me is patient!

Oh how I must let God down. But no! His love for me is great! His love for me is patient!

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Dodging the Roadkill: The Last Ride

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I recently posed the question on my social media that if you knew it would be your last ride, where would you go?  The answers were varied and covered a lot of territory, but the common theme of all the responses I got was, “happy.”

I’ve shared with you before, that the time I spend on my motorcycle, is the closest I come to being truly in touch with my life.  I have so much time to think of what was, and what will be. 

Things I’ve done, both good and bad, places I’ve been, people I’ve met.  What kind of man have I been.  What kind of father, husband, friend. You have a lot of time to think, especially if you’re cutting across Kansas.  LOL! 

Last Ride

Last Ride

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Dodging the Roadkill: Don’t Be A Fool To Be Cool

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – In just the short time I’ve been riding, I’ve done some pretty stupid things.  Things I’ve thought about when I got home.  I didn’t do them on purpose, it was the nature of the beast as a rookie rider. 

I remember the time I was feeling pretty cocky while traveling through Texas.  Speed limit is 75 and some good old boys in a pick up were acting like, well, two good old boys in a pick up.

I took off around them in the right lane.  As I was giving them the all too famous “look” I quickly realized that I was drifting onto the shoulder of the road.  GRAVEL AND ALL!

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers Exercise Spiritual Endurance to the finish line in Bagram, Afghanistan

 

Written by 1st Lt. Verniccia Ford
101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – For months on end the Lifeliner religious support team has traveled all throughout the Combined Joint Operations Area Afghanistan to ensure that Soldiers feed their spirit through the deliverance of biblical teachings, prayer, and spiritual counseling.

As the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade enters the last quarter of their deployment, Army Chaplains Col. John Murphy and Maj. Jonathan Mcpherson, the chaplain for the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade organized a prayer dinner for members of the brigade to come and celebrate fellowship with their unit counterparts.

Soldiers of the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade bow their heads in prayer during the invocation for a prayer dinner. Attendees rejoiced with their unit counterparts through prayer, live music, and scripture teachings at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (1st Lt. Verniccia Ford, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers of the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade bow their heads in prayer during the invocation for a prayer dinner. Attendees rejoiced with their unit counterparts through prayer, live music, and scripture teachings at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (1st Lt. Verniccia Ford, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Dodging the Roadkill: A Misty Mountain Morning

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I just returned from another visit to the Smoky Mountains, as I wrap up my travel season. 

The beauty of this time of the year, while chasing the colors of the fall, is one of my favorite journeys.

This is how I will remember this time. 

A Misty Mountain

A Misty Mountain

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