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Dodging the Roadkill: Shots Fired

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I’ve been in marketing long enough to have seen some classic battles in my day.  Ford vs. Chevy, Coke vs Pepsi, McDonald’s vs. the world.

I’ve written, produced, voiced, edited and everything else you can do to a commercial, so I tend to view them differently than most people.  I enjoy very FEW commercials, because I can see or hear just how BAD they really are.

It’s a curse.

Seldom do I see one brand go after another brand so openly as a recent ad from Harley-Davidson, which read;  “Honestly now, did you spend your youth dreaming of someday owning a Polaris?”

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Dodging the Roadkill: The Sturgis Chronicles – Part 5

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It had been a long hot day for us when we landed in Rapid City. Black Hills Harley Davidson was an absolute CIRCUS!  It was the first indication of the crowds that were to dominate the week at the rally.

I had become separated from my guys somewhere at the dealership and they were wanting to spend more time there than me, so I got back on my bike and punched up the address for the Iron Horse Inn.

I arrived at about 2:30 and even though the reservations weren’t in my name, I had proof of my payment so they allowed me to check in. 

Iron Horse Inn Sturgis

Iron Horse Inn Sturgis

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Dodging the Roadkill: The Sturgis Chronicles – Part 4

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – We pulled out of Wall, South Dakota, having fed our bellies and paid a visit to the Harley Shop, getting ever closer to our destination of Sturgis, and the 79th edition of the annual rally.

I was still trying to comprehend all that I had seen since I crossed the border into this wide open expanse known as the Dakotas.  Navigating the Badlands, then passing through this historic tourist attraction was causing me to process all that I would write about, hoping I could bring the experience to words.

My crew was equally as anxious about reaching our destination, so it was back onto I-90 to compete with the other bikers who refused to do the 80mph speed limit.

Rapid City Sturgis Rally

Rapid City Sturgis Rally

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Dodging the Roadkill: T-Minus Two Weeks

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Two weeks from today, me and my crew will hit the road for the 2019 Sturgis Rally.  I’ve never been to that part of the country, much less the biggest motorcycle rally in the country, so you can imagine my excitement!  

It’s a “bucket list” item.

I committed to joining three other brothers on this trip last year, and I’ve been counting down the days ever since.  I’m mostly going for the amazing riding opportunities, but I can’t wait to soak it all in.

There WAS a time in my life when I was more excited about the late nights, the bars, the concerts, and “mixing” with others, but at this stage of my life, I’ll be lucky to stay up late enough to see the sun go down!

Sturgis at night.

Sturgis at night.

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Dodging the Roadkill: What Does It Matter?

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I decided that I was going to buy a motorcycle, I was ALWAYS going to buy a Harley Davidson.  I’m not paid to say that, it’s just what I wanted to do. 

Since then, I’ve ridden Hondas, Indians, Victory’s and a Triumph.  I would LOVE to ride a BMW, but I haven’t had the opportunity. 

Since I got started late in life, I wanted the Harley experience first.  I’m on my third one. 

In the meantime, it doesn’t make me any difference what YOU ride.  I have two great friends that I travel with and they’re Goldwingers.  It’s an AMAZING machine, but it doesn’t fit me. 

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Motorcycle Group

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Clarksville Police charge Cheri Green for Hit and Run that Wiped Out Three Motorcycles

 

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Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – Clarksville Police say through the public and media’s assistance they were able identify and locate the PT Cruiser and hit and run driver responsible for damage to three motorcycles on a parking lot on Kraft Street

The investigation into the hit and run crash lead to Cheri Chukwu Green, 31 being identified as the driver of the PT Cruiser.

Based on information provided to the investigator, Green had left a lounge on College Street after having a drink.

Clarksville Police charge Cheri Green for hitting the motorcycles on the right then fleeing the scene.

Clarksville Police charge Cheri Green for hitting the motorcycles on the right then fleeing the scene.

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Clarksville Police identify person who hit Three Motorcycles, Fled the Scene

 

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Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – Clarksville Police have identified the woman in at PT Cruiser responsible for hitting three parked motorcycles on Kraft Street and leaving the scene. The incident happened Sunday morning, March 10th, 2019.

The vehicle has been located and the driver has been identified. The lead investigator is setting up a time to meet and speak with the driver and further action will be determined after the interview.

Clarksville Police have identified the woman on the left for hitting the motorcycles on the right then fleeing the scene Sunday morning.

Clarksville Police have identified the woman on the left for hitting the motorcycles on the right then fleeing the scene Sunday morning.

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Clarksville Police report Car Wipes out Three Motorcycles, Flees the Scene

 

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Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – Clarksville Police are trying to identify a woman responsible for hitting three parked motorcycles and leaving the scene.

The crashed occurred around 1:30am, Sunday morning, March 10th, 2019. A gray PT Cruiser traveling on Kraft Street, driven by an unknown female, left the roadway near 491 Kraft Street (near Parham Lane) and crashed into three parked motorcycles.

Clarksville Police are trying to identify the woman on the left for hitting the motorcycles on the right then fleeing the scene Sunday morning.

Clarksville Police are trying to identify the woman on the left for hitting the motorcycles on the right then fleeing the scene Sunday morning.

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Dodging the Roadkill: The People I Meet

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I started this journey three years ago, the first thing I noticed about being a biker was the people I would meet.  As you know, the motorcycle is a magnet for attention.  There’s something about it that draws the attention of everybody.  

As I would stop for gas, or take a break for something to eat, everybody had a motorcycle story.  It was and continues to be the best conversation starter on the planet.

I’m known for taking “selfies” with the people I meet on the road, and emphasizing how “I love the people I meet on this bike.”  Coming out of a career in broadcasting where everybody was selfish and superficial, it’s been so refreshing to meet real down to earth “genuine” people. 

Canadian Bikers

Canadian Bikers

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Dodging the Roadkill: Middle Of The Road

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – There are many dangers we face as bikers.  Since we’re subjected to all of the elements, we take every precaution to protect ourselves.

Wearing the proper riding gear, headgear, and having a motorcycle that’s running at peak performance are just a few of the things we all do to insure the safest riding experience.

But what lies in the middle of the road could be the most dangerous thing we encounter. 

In the three short years I’ve been on this journey, I’ve seen my fair share of interesting things in the middle of the road.  Obviously, roadkill of all varieties is pretty common.  Skunks, deer, dogs, cats, and even an armadillo or two are not uncommon for most bikers.  Huge pieces of rubber are also fairly common, and they’re hard to see at night. 

Asphalt Highway

Asphalt Highway

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