Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) alum and former communication professor Dawn Larsen has joined a new podcast about Ozark lore and history. The podcast premieres Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 on Podbean.
Clarksville, TN – It’s early in the morning as I sip fresh coffee and reflect on the past several weeks of my life. The pain and discomfort. The constant replay of my accident. The “what ifs” and “what could’ve, should’ve happened.”
That’s how the brain works. That’s just human nature. “Wow, I could have died, maybe I should quit riding, that was close!”
From the moment we were born, we’ve been told “NO” or “Don’t do that.” We’re taught that we can’t and not “yes you can.” I’m guessing the older we get the more we realize that life comes at you fast and you just have to take it as it comes and enjoy it to the fullest. If that means I’m a biker, understanding the risks and willing to conclude that this is how I might go out, then so be it.
Eminence, 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.
Clarksville, 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.
Kerrville, TX – I will always remember the first time I traveled to Texas on a motorcycle.
I was just starting my journey into this lifestyle and was SO excited to visit good friends, and ride the Texas hill country that I had heard so much about.
After making a couple of trips here, I hadn’t been back for over a year, but that all changed this week.
I was asked to join a group of bikers to come ride the Texas hill country, so I jumped at the opportunity.
One of our main objectives was to ride the “Twisted Sisters.” During my previous trips here, I had NO idea about the names of any notable motorcycle routes, I just followed my friends wherever they took me and it was amazing!
Clarksville, TN – I’ve had some close calls in my short time as a biker. When I first started riding, I was pretty anxious out on the road. I’m sure most of you were the same way. Experienced bikers aren’t created overnight. It takes miles and miles of riding to develop great skills.
I’ve found myself at the end of a ride, replaying some of the potential “close calls” of the day and wondering, “what if?”
Here are a few I still remember:
I was riding in Texas, four lane highway, 75 mph. As usual, there was a knucklehead in the left lane, refusing to get in the right lane, and I passed him. As I did, I just HAD to glance over and give the driver that look.
Mountain View, AR – On a hot August weekend in the town of Mountain View, Arkansas, an estimated 10,000 motorcycles arrive for a weekend of food, music, fellowship and brotherhood. It’s time for the annual “Mountains, Music and Motorcycles” festival in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Watch the video here.
This event was started twelve years ago and is operated and managed by volunteers and sponsored by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. This year the event raised money for “Royal Family KIDS” the nation’s leading network of Camps, Clubs and Mentoring for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect.
Eminence, MO – I have landed in the Ozarks, in a little town called Eminence, Missouri. This area is known for it’s tourism bringing thousands of visitors per year to take part in river excursions, horse trial rides, and beautiful mountain road for the avid biker.
That’s why I’m here.
I’ve landed at the River’s Edge Resort that sits on the Jack’s Fork of the Current River. It’s breath-taking. My quarters are in a rustic old motel that fronts the river, wth a balcony that stares out at the beautiful trees and the flowing waters of the river.
Clarksville, TN – The River’s Edge Resort is located in the town of Eminence Missouri, population, 600. It boasts some of the country’s most beautiful landscape and waterways.
With 1/4 mile access to the Jack’s Fork of the Current River, visitors are treated to some of the finest in outdoor recreation. Canoeing, paddling, rafting, fishing, golf, hiking, swimming and most importantly, for me anyway, motorcycle trails.
That’s why I’m here.
Clarksville, TN – If you know me, you know I’ve recently bought a motorcycle. Late last year I became the proud owner of a Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special.
IT. IS. AWESOME!
Now, if you’re a biker, you know how I feel, if you’re not, then don’t wait any longer to answer the call of the open road. You only live once so don’t put it off. If you’ve wanted it, go get it. You won’t regret it.
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