Clarksville, TN – These are crazy times we’re living in, to say the least. It’s an election year, there’s a deadly virus among us, and unrest in the streets.
The country is in a state of confusion and misinformation, yet still has the time to argue with every Tom, Dick and Harry on the planet. We’ve taken disagreement to another level.
One thing I think we can all agree on though is that Bikers understand diversity and embrace it with love and respect. You don’t have to explain to a biker what it means to respect one another. We come in all colors, sizes and lifestyles.
Clarksville, TN – My insurance company has decided to “total” my motorcycle as a result of the damage suffered in my accident on November 10th, 2019. I’ve got to be honest with you, several of us looked at the bike and NEVER thought it had that much damage.
Just a quick scan of the damage and we had estimated maybe $5,000-$7,000 at the worst. I was somewhat relieved, at that time, that I hadn’t totaled it and could repair it. Apparently that wasn’t the case.
After Harley put it on the rack and surveyed what had happened, the damage was too severe to repair and the insurance company deemed it totaled.
Danville, KY – I discovered the Kentucky State Barbeque Festival quite by accident.
On a trip home from another assignment, I had the greater part of a day to kill. In a search for events in Kentucky, I discovered this festival. It was already in progress, and it was on my way home, so I took a beautiful ride through the Kentucky countryside and discovered Danville, Kentucky.
Danville has a population of just under 17,000. In 2011, Money Magazine placed Danville as the fourth best place to retire in the United States.
It’s the home to Centre College, which hosted the U.S Vice Presidential debates in 2000, and 2012.
Clarksville, TN – I spent three days in Ouray, Colorado with my friends, Kim and Craig. Their hospitality was amazing! Their home is beautiful, and with mountains at the front door, and mountains from the back deck, I couldn’t have been more blessed and fortunate.
We spent the days riding the mountains, visiting Silverton and Durango Colorado and all points in between. My only regret from my time in Ouray, is that i didn’t get out to visit any of the locals, or take a walk downtown. I also didn’t visit one of their famous “hot springs.”
As I said before, this part of the country gives you MANY reasons to come back again, and again.
Clarksville, TN – When I agreed to go to Sturgis, that was all there was to it. I would spend the week at the Rally and come home.
Somewhere along the way, this adventure expanded into a full blown travel itinerary that included stops in Colorado Springs, and Ouray, Colorado.
A couple of years ago, I met an Army veteran and his wife, Craig and Kim Kotzen.
Craig and I met through a mutual friend, and our love for motorcycles developed into a great friendship. We’ve traveled several times to the Smoky Mountains where we’ve gotten to know each other better.
Clarksville, TN – As soon as I started meeting other bikers in Sturgis, who came from all over the country, I quickly learned that everybody comes to this rally for different reasons.
Some came to be with friends that they only saw this time of the year. Others came in groups to have a good time, see all the performers and just let their hair down.
I met many couples who were making their way to the West Coast, where ultimately they were going to ride the Pacific Coast Highway in California.
Me? I came to ride and ride we did.
Clarksville, TN – For those of you who have been to the Sturgis Rally, you know that the presence of law enforcement stands out like no other. There’s good reason for that, and I for one, am glad that security is tight. Not only in downtown Sturgis, but along all of the highways, there were troopers and police.
As we were approaching Rapid City, we started to see a heavy presence of South Dakota State Troopers. The speed limit is 80mph along the Interstate, and although we weren’t traveling at that speed, apparently others felt the need to push that limit.
Clarksville, TN – Since I began this journey, I’ve been committed to traveling as far and wide as I could possibly afford. We all have a bucket list, and if a visit to Sturgis South Dakota isn’t on it, then you might want to re-examine your list.
I was invited to join three other brothers to this year’s 79th edition of the Sturgis Rally. Last year when I was asked, I thought to myself that I had at least a year to REALLY decide if I wanted to go.
Then I paid my hotel fees (which had to be paid in advance) and I realized that I HAD to go now and there was no looking back. I’m grateful that I didn’t change my mind, and I’m blessed by the people I went with and the sites I saw.
Clarksville, 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!
Clarksville, 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.
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