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10 July 2014 hot here on the boat. I Feel like going for a motorcycle ride. Take the dog to my sisters, unload the bike, say "See Ya's in a week" and hit the road north to the North of Lower MI 2 Aug 2014 and they said I could get in free this year. You can get direction's at Hunt's Hog Shop the ad to the right... I called a friend or two, what live along the way, what ain't gonna spend the big bucks for that Black Hills thing. Somebody just to ride along with. I used to go out west when they paid me, but man, I always piss somebody off. The first four times Easyrider's fired me was, I was told, cause nobody liked me. Now I know it wasn't the crowd, but I did have a way of rubing a few of the bosses, the wrong way.
Now I am forced to survive living on this old but big sailboat, by a swamp, in the tropics, having to swim to  the sand-bar at low tide, with a good bird dog that won't be happy till he gets to take a shit on solid ground. Good dog. I got some good pics on the smart phone but they will have to wait to get posted later cause I's be burned out now....

30 June 2014 and it was fun at the fund raiser for Ernie Lancaster. One of the finest guitar players ever done got the big C below is Bob Thanes, keying the boards and making the crowd want to donate. Of course Wink Longnecker of Audio Art did the sound and it was right on sweet...Greek and I went over to visit Ernie and he was getting around better. Arnie and Doc and some of Ernie's picker friends, Jeff too, and he is building custom guitars these days. Cool, bucket list sort of thing for me.Dick Bangem was looking good for a 40 year old...







BobThanes
20 May 2014 and my good friend's wife calls me and says "Bill do you still do that blog thing?". Well almost was my answer and dam it all, what a great early spring here in FL. It's is not a good Idea to touch your lap top when yous be wet with salt water all the time. And then there is the dog. Always wants to go for a walk or swim or get something  to eat right when I  was going to update. So, all is well in Florida and I been riding the O'le Swapmeet Special sweet baby and been working on the pickup. 2500 Dodge Ram 5.9 Cummings Turbo diesel with 334000 miles on it. Runs like a top and still gets over 20 mpg and don't use oil at all except to change it every three to four thousand miles.
Just had to fix the starter, replace the flex plate fly wheel, all chewed up, and go through the trany. Not to mention new batteries.  Next month do the tires, brakes and pack the front wheel bearings. Why, well there is still some things going on in this country even if I ain't working that much any more. Of course if you want me to pick and grin, call or write soon and maybe I can get there if not this year, next year. Life is Good...



Navy and Me

20 February 2014 I loves the Navy and she is why...

30 December 2013 and shit the year is gone almost. I sure ain't been posting much up here for no reason at all. Been haven fun with the Brothers and making a little music. I got enough songs for a new album and even met a song writer. Go figure??? Anyway me and the dog have been eating good and and helped a few and pissed off a few but should have took more Pictures. My res-ah-lution for 2014 is to take more pics and vids. People worry about the GOV be looking. Sad thing is...  to late bitch. They know. Better be doing something good, once in a while, because they know that too...



3 December 2013 and what happened to November? I had a blast Thanksgiving Day making my spicy sweet potatoes for the VFW dinner and then to my Brother Greek's for dinner. Standard turkey and all the trimmings and then a Crown Royal Black evening and Friday hangover on the way to Tampa to meet my Sister and her boy friend Jim for a special lunch at the Columbia, the oldest restaurant in Florida. I spent Friday night with my Brother Weed in Pasco County.


Birthdayparty
NOMADS on SUNSET BLVD


28 October 2013 and man o' man what a Love Ride! My long time NOMAD Brother, Roy Matlin, like 25 years or so, picked me up at the LAX and took me home and gave me a brand new 2013 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Full Dresser, 103 CI with the six speed to ride. It had like 37 miles on it  and he made me go to pick up the new CA plate and put it on for him. That is like new man. I gave it back a week later with over 700 miles on it and full of gas, but it was a little dusty. What a ride. Of course I had to sing a little and party a lot. Friday the 18th of Oct was my birthday and we went to the Rainbow club on the Sunset strip in downtown LA. He road his Pan head chopper and kept up pretty well. He He... Most of my Ugly Brothers were there too and the Party put on by Ugly Parts was a blast to say the least. Little John from the Devil's Diciples MC came by to wish me a happy happy too. Saturday was the pre Love Ride party at Ugly Paul Lax's house, Bar-B-Q and tri tips and  Heineken on draft plus and plus and plus, it was Ugly Doug's birthday party too but I didn't stay for the cake cause I had up be at the lake early and needed to sleep a little more than I had been the couple of daze before. Jet Lag I guess. Love Ride 30 was special for sure and if they never have another, it will go down as one of the best for me and my for REAL BROTHERs for sure. Brother Oliver has raised more than 25 million  dollars in the 30 years he has been doing this stuff, not to mention the several thousand Love Rider's that help raise all that money. That is why he is in the MC Hall of Fame. May God Bless him and his whole Family, the Ugly ones too...

Jackson Brown
Jackson Brown on stage LR30

5 October 2013 and the jury is in and I will be able to make the Love Ride once again Sunday 20 Oct 2013. The guys got together and came up with enough gold dust for a ticket expenses and Oliver is even gonna try and get me a like new Harley Road Glide to putt around on while I be there. Of course I still have to buy a ticket to get in the show, even if they let me  sing one or two songs. God bless the USO and the greatest Nation in the world.

VAhome bill

Hey hi-de hi-de hi-de-ho,
To the Love Ride I get to go!
Hey hi-de hi-de hi-de-de
Thanks for the memory's...


10 September 2013 and maybe my computer will work for a few days longer this time, of course I got to keep it out of the salt water.
Will if you is going to live on the ICW ya have to be careful I guess, but if you is clumzee you need a good cheap replacement source for electronics.. Here I is  smiling... Bill Smile


1 September 2013 and I spilled coffee on the key board of my new PC, oops, $50 screw up and I wonder if it was worse cause I was drinking espresso or what ever that fine ground $10.00 a lb stuff is called. Down to 220lbs, not quite a six pack but not a keg either. Of course having problems with the old out board motor helps. I sure love them ores.... Juries still out on the trip to CA for the Love Ride. USO USO, Hey hi-de hi-de HOO...



15 August 2013 Oops, no go no where for a few more weeks. Sure did miss the most of the guys and all of the O'le Ladies at these lparties I been missing. Damm getting old sucks. But of course the other choice sucks worse'er. Now the last couple of days I been sporting my 105th HD home coming hat that my big Brother Vern gave me when I was at his farm all them years ago. Maybe he will have a extra one this year 110th and all even if I can't make it. This !05th has about had it but I sure like it... I've lost so much weight here lately that I had cut a few more holes in my Belt. Getting healthy and staying that way is work. Go figure. I's working on some pics of whats going on here so stand by more to come later...


20 July 2013 wind is blowing and the rain is about to fall and all I can think about is The Family Party in Michigan. Of course I be going to Wisconsin for the 110th HD home comming the end of Aug and then to California for the 30th Love Ride in Oct. Three shows and then with any luck, off to the Spanish Lake for the winter. Now I been having PC problems and so don't be supprised it I be late putting up stuff but weather it's up here or not I be doing it... See Ya's on the road...
Gray Sky over the Bow


22 June 2013 and the first full day of summer and Ugly Oliver has shipped the Double, Shongotongo, back to bummer for at least one more shot at the record on the salt. Bummer said he would like to ride it and of course we shall see. The 228 cubic inches have got to be itching to race and my tired broken down ass ain't up to it any more. Here is a pic of  Oliver getting ready to coast down to town to ship it east to Lancing,  MI. Of course they got busted in Markleyvill speeding...
Busted in MarkleyvilleSpread 'em boy...
Twin engine is going home...
Ugly Oliver after a long coast down the mountain to Markleyville.

26 May 2013 Three day weekend, Memorial Day, God bless America and the VFW. I raised the U.S Flag up the main mast up to the spreader. A little more than Half Mast. She looks good Flying Free. I ain't doing anything this weekend except fish, eat and drink. Boats are on the river thick, stiring up the mud and rocking the boat. Of course I love it, makes it feel like the fact that world is moving under my feet much more real...
Pink Head Band BunchThese here guys was helping Le Le not be alone on the run...


20 May 2013 Back in AL at my sister's House trying to get cought up on every thing. The show was wonderfull in Johnson City. Raised $12603.00 for Le Le. She is so sweet and what a trooper!
Bill Le Le
 Rode  the whole Poker Run with one rider or the other. By the time we got to the Sweetwater Club near Benton, IL she was ready to fall asleep.
Angy and PatrickAbove is Angie and Patrick lee Beasley. She is the Boss's Lady and he is that Hot Picker from Tenn and oh what a voice that gave his time and money for this special day...
 I packed Le Le's Mom with me on the Old Swapmeet Special. She is 29 and real sweet too, and we had a blast. The auction was a super success selling the donated products and even a few home made pies. The pies went for $400.00 each and man was they good! By sun down I was sound asleep back at Steve's house where he put me up in his fine camper trailer. A long ass day but a real good one...


8 may 2013 Damm the time flies. Getting ready to see my Mom Sunday, she was 93 years old last December and doing welll. Then it's off to Johnson City, Il for my Ugly Brother Steve's fund raiser for this little girl. Every year they pick someone special and they done good this year. Nothing like a hand full of cash and lots of love from folks to make a Girl feel good. Then I got to go to Lancing, MI to get my maple surupy  from Bummer. I try to get a couple of jugs every year. Man that stuff is good.
Bill and Clyde rowing in dingy...
There is Clyde and me in the dingy. of course I be rowing. don't get me wrong, Clyde would pull the thing if I made a harness... The  Lady that took this picture lives on riverside drive and Just loves Clyde's antics and playing. Of course he swims like a fish... The recoil spring on the outboard  broke. Salt water is hard on stuff. Go figure...


22 April 2013 and the wind is blowing like crazy and free electric like Yeah baby...


12 April 2013 and here we goes' again...

VFW Cancer Concert
The VFW Ladies Aux Cancer Concert and hair revmoving party  raised $5000 for the cause and Ernie and I had a blast, Thank you Ladies. My Bud Gary took this pic of me singing a David Alllen Coe hit. Now why couldn't he have took the pic while I was singing one of my own? Who is that old man playing my guitar? That's what I want to know...


6 April 2013 Just got off the phone with Ernie Lancaster and he sales he gonna meet me at the VFW 4250 in New Smyrna Beach for the fund raising party they haven for the Cancer People. One of the ladies asked me I would sing a few and that made feel good so I said yes and when Ernie found out of course he wanted to come too... Party starts a Noon Sunday or so come early and stay at  least till the drawing. I'll have some pics tomorrow...


4 April 2013 and I missed April fools day I guess, had a tooth pulled and my denist liked to killed me. She was so wonderfull. Why does all the pretty one's hurt you so much. Anyway I be feeling much better now that my smile works a little better. Better is better... The weather has gotten a lot more mild, I still build a fire in the wood stove on these windy, cool and damp mornings. Aurther I-tis, one of my cloesest friends, even if he is a pain, likes the real heat only a wood fire can give.
Full Moon on the RiverIt was a full moon on the river and someone said it was like Zen. Like no shit.

Sundown St Pat"s DAY and just got back to the boat and had a shot with Greek on the phone, that's what Crown Royal Black
is EM Em goood... The corn beef and cabage was great, ol'e Jackie done it again. Joe honey da, number one for sure... Here is a pic of the Ole' Swapmeet Special at my storage place, she ran so good to day, a one kick day...
Blarney stone aside, a one kick day, lucky me...
SMS

St. Patrick's day 2013 and bike week ends with green beer and lots of wiskey for me. My Mom is Irish and she always said that wiskey is the only reasion the Irish don't rule the world. A shot a day keeps the DT's away...
 Larrys Cindi
Now Larry and Cindy showed up last Saturday so we went to our bike week dinner at a local sports bar. The food was great and wasted away again in Margareataville. If only for a few minutes a year, it seems like the old daze aren't that far away for us anyway, when ever we are together.

Of course I kept working on the boat this week but Wedneday, Greek, his Brother and Wife went to the Garlic, it's an Itel-e-ano place and had a feast on Steak and Shrimp with pasta and salad. Oh yeah don't forget the wine!
GreekSt. Pat's Day yeah, and off to the VFW for cornbeef and cabage and maybe some Bud
Draft...Happy Bike Year (:<) bald headed happy guy...
Oh yeah I seen Chickenman at the VFW and he showed me his Vet Honor Flathead Harley... Cool...
Vet Bike
    Chickenman
28 February 2013, work is going well on the boat. And of course the Dog is keeping an eye on it all...

Below is Beau and Clide working on the toe rail.

Beau and Clide

clean rail

 26 February 2013 and the rain falls. Beau and I been working on  the toe rail on my sailboat We will be changing the saftey lines and fixing the bimini top over the  helm. A few more days and a few more jobs the top side will be close to done.

sunset

Now that is the sunset yesterday or so, damm, it sure is hard to take...

10 February 2013


Now as you can see, I got Lisa to fix up the site a little bit, new curtians so to speek. I like it but I is still figuring out how to change things around. Duh, smack to the forhead and all that stuff... Now the Swapmeet Special is all most done, still have to make a cushion for the six gallon one piece tank. And then I would feels better about the weight on the mounting bolts. Now the Katherain Gale is about to get a new toe rail and stay tune up along with new safety lines and topside spruce-up. Waw who it is almost spring...


21 January 2013

Well my brand new LG hot spot phone took a shit and I have to wait till Wednesday to pick up the new one from Metro PCS corp store in Daytona. Damm if it don't piss me off when these Chinees products fall apart. $20.00 bucks for gas to get there and they wanted to charge me $15 more for the warranty service. I raised so much hell in the store they said I could have the first repacement free. Cool I guess wonder how many more I will have to have before I get mad and go back to ATT. Anyway it is nice to have full service on the boat anchored away from shore. All is well in Florida on MLK day and I got the Swapmeet Special running in tip top shape ready for bike week comming up before you know it. Six weeks and all the Yankees well be in town. Actually sooner because Daytona's 500 mile race is in Feb. The third I think. Anyway traffic is all ready crazy cause of the louzy weather in the north this year...

 

5 Janurary 2013
Happy New Year everyone and all is well here in Florida. I got the new kick stand on the Swap meet Special and just about got the new Ignition switch soldered in so she's just about ready to ride. I got offered a really good price for her but I have to take the bike to Europe to get the cash. Now maybe the spring of 2014 for the Swiss Love Ride? Yeah that sounds good. Load the bike after Love Ride 30 in LA, CA this year and head to the Bahamas' for a few months then ride the Gulf Stream north and east to the old country... Nice dream but with in reach... We shall see...


13 December 2012
The wind is blowing and my little wood stove has it warm as toast in this cabin. I got me one of them hot spots on my cell phone so I can get internet out here on the boat now so I don't have to take the PC in when I want to upload stuff to the web site. Now I don't do a hole lot anyway but I got to tell Ya's that that hot spot  feature is the best thing the ever come up with yet. I know some guys were tethering along time ago but this legal way is affordable at last.

 
13 November 2012
And it is so nice out I could just s--t!!!
Anyway we had a great time at the VFW again Vet's Day. Free food and good times for sure.
nov12vd

The clock keeps turning in to the, ag, I mean, ah, well anyway I got to make lunch...

10 November 2012
Is you as happy as  me that the election season is over? No more signs on the highway, like where would you park if you broke down? Anyway the Swap meet Special is needing a little work. The ignition  switch is shot and the kick stand don't lock open, she wants to fall down to easy. Or is that just me? I only had a beer or so... Shit, nobody understands me even my  bike. Well she's a getting older and maybe I ought to retire "The only bike for me", and get one of the new Harleys I seen driving by the Winn/Dixie store.  Heavy duty and sweet to me!
smallboat1
During Hurry_cane Sandy, a friend of mine's  sailboat came unmoored and tangled in my anchor lines and I saved it for him. Here is some pixs of that surprise...
 
dingy

And a storm lunch...

stormlunch

22 October 2012
Love Ride 29 is in the books and I got to send this laptop to the factory cause the HARD DRIVE  is shit I guess but we will see it a week or so. My smart phone is suppose to take care of me but I can't update the web site with it. Or well, big brother is out there somewhere thank God...


16 October 2012
The cold front just made the natural air so cool as to turn off the batfish stuff and God bless America and Florida and thanks for the good wishes on this my 66th birthday. Nothing like cookies from my sister yum, youm.
Nobody likes a smart ass and a guy that looks like shit; so I got  a hair cut and beard trim. Yeah still a smart ass, but I's is working on it. Got some legal business to take care of and the dentist, oh God, the dentist. Planning on raising the hooks and seeing if this boat will make be  feel secure enough to sail it in the deep blue SEA. The sea ain't the place to be stupid. Things has got to eat. I like fish and well you know what I mean. Now the Dog is ready. I got him a special poop pad made out of astro turf, with a piss proof pan under it. What will they think of next?


24 September 2012
And fall is here after a long hot summer here on the Indian River Intercoastal  Waterway. The dog swam to the river beach for his privet time. What a great dog. Of course if I feed him before he goes, he takes his time coming back, chasing water foul and playing with crabs a stuff running around on the beach. I got a face book post thing from Jane that asked if I wanted my stuff put in the my old high school year book. I posted no, if I wanted that I would do it myself. Even the posts are open to every one I guess, and I think if you is gonna do something do it,  don't ask. Another friend who I ain't heard from in many years shows up again online but does not call me but I think keeps making remarks of what others ought to do, in caps, I think that is to make his point as serious. I haven't responded to him because my smart phone had a stroke and I am waiting for the second replacement, first replacement one was junk too, cause I like the mobile smart phone for face book instead of my laptop. I don't internet connect signal on the boat so it is a big hassle having to take it all in to shore Micky D's to post. I wonder if they even know I have a web page and blog? Whatever... Have a shot on me...

Makers Mark

11 September 2012
Well we is all remembering the 9/11 outrage and lowered the Flag to half mast and had a moment of quiet for the lost and had a drink for the survivors and for those still fighting in Afghanistan... Here is the dog  again...

Clyde


3 September 2012
Labor day sunny and dry and who would have guessed, the fish are biting. Got a free gift coming from Harbor Freight, I think I'll get the small tarp in case I get to ride to So Cal for the Love Ride. Of course I still be waiting to know if they got anything for me to do for the show before of after or during but will settle for forgiveness for retiring this year instead of next. I wanted to be there for the George Thorogood show. I bought the LR ticket long ago but the Love Ride needs the money weather or not this Florida boy makes the trip one more time or not. Now my old Swap meet Special is ready. I changed the oil, picked up a spare chain and finished breaking the mirror so I replaced it as well.


28 August 2012
And just had lunch. Rainy and windy but the storm seems to have past us all here, near Daytona. Cool. The stinking Dog is chasing a flea and won't quit looking at me when I eat. So I got to share. Damn it man... Well he is a bird dog for sure, Ate the chicken right of my plate and chewed up my duck tape, bird dog for sure. Looking at a bird dog, bird dog, shit I guess I'll right that song. Maybe Bull 44 jump in and help with the music. Some driven So LA Blues... Duck season just ain't that far away...

Dog Head


26 August 2012 as the storm rages over HEAD. Nothing like HEAD. Over breakfast or even lunch, the dog and I are secure in the cabin; knowing we don't have to go in till
Tuesday. HEAD lines read 'ISAAK inter ups' but we all know it's Mother Nature letting the grand old party pooper's know what her, I say HER vote be....Not  to slip in to ur-bon-iks but it's true... Miz, Miss, MISTRESS Mother Nature, make's it all happen. Think Mother Nature PMS.


24 August 2012 looking for a hurry cain. Check these's storm clouds, weird man, I mean like mean weather ahead...Storm Cloud

Now  today it is breezy and Sunny and I know I pissed off somebody somewhere maybe. At least that is what I do so well so mark up another red letter day. Life is good, Larry got my outboard motor fixed and I stored the ores till the next time. Damn it sure is good upper body exercise...

Ugly Brothers

Now there were several clubs there at that Blue and White fund raiser, I got a blurry pic of one, and these guys are cool...
Now a big line of tropical low pressure areas is coming on. I is glad I have a Sister in the mountains of Alabama. High ground for sure.
Tribe of Juda


13 August 2012 and back in Florida at Wink's cause I got to work on the dingy in the morning cause the Evenrude is getting hot and being so even ruder as to make you use your oars. I'll pull the lower unit and check the water pump impeller and hose out the water jacket if it will let me. Fried mud in the pipe some place maybe. Or Well, big Brother is watching if you is lucky...
So then out to the home boat for a few days and see if I can get  the Cummings turning the wheel...
 
Last Saturday night Traveler was still hanging in there. Maybe I'll get to see him in T-town next weekend. We sure had a good time raising that Three Large for JC, the little girl that has cancer. Her mom was so sweet, she just couldn't get over all he Hardcore Biker's giving her an economics lesson in the kind of Love you can take to the bank or your local Super Market. Of course there was some of the O'le Ladies' showing their t-t-theeth and having a blast!

Three Girls
10 August 2012 and man how can I already be back in Alabama? We had a blast in Michigan, I can't remember feeling so good sitting there playing and singing. Them old tunes coming out smooth, and if the crowd was faking, liking the stuff, they fooled me. Man 65 years old and I thought I was through. If I quit now, I's be a head... O' well, maybe I will quit next week cause we goats that fund raiser near Birmingham tomorrow.

DDMC poker run

Now they are suppose to have 5 bands. I think maybe they will let me sing at least one or two songs if I hang out for a while. It is a real good cause. Anytime we get together for someone so much in need we get blessed. Ain't that cool?

Now I sure have hope that I'll be healthy and wealthy enough to make next year. Thank you Hoggie and Bummer for having me again this year. You's all is cool...
Family Party Flyer




Bill and PartsOn stage in MI



01 August 2012 look out highway, here I come. Well the break job and a new hub on the rear cause the old one et it self cause who knows... Wednesday now and it's almost sun down. But Wink is making me an expressooooo that will work till midnight and the dog and I can crash in a rest area in Motel Six is closed. Now The Family MC, Lansing, MI is having their annual Party North of Lansing and I is on my way. Now these guys and all their Friends and Brothers have been keeping me in  parts for many years so Saturday night we will sing every song  I can remember and a few I ain't wrote yet. Or get drunk... Now on the way back south My Alabama Brothers want me to stop in Tuscaloosa for a sick child. The Devil's Disciples MC is sponsoring this fund raiser and that is the 18 of August 2012. I sure there will be a flyer around. If I get a copy I will post it. Well let's go wear out some parts...

18 July 2012 and I just bought my ticket to Love Ride 29 on line at the link below. I got the LR29 hoodie too. Now what I understand is that if you donate $10 bucks to the Love Ride this year and in my name I get points and a chance to win some prizes including a new Harley. Cool but if you donate $50 bucks your self you can win it, go figure... Well the good cause this year is the USO. I remember seeing Bob Hope at a USO show in Vietnam 40 years ago. He sure took the war away for awhile, like eased the stress in a big way and the USO does donut Dollies too. Don't know what a donut Dolly is? They be cool and pretty too, passing out donuts and coffee and stuff while you wait to get on the plane or boat or train or truck or hike to war. They tell me that is why cops eat donuts or something. Habit forming... Anyway Love Ride time is coming up in October so dig deep and help support the troops if you want.  Ya's all know hardly ever ax for anything but  this is worth asking for. God bless the USA and all who love HER...

10 July 2012 and it is hotter than hell in here in Florida. I been working on the big boat trying to get ready for the big trip. My buddies from the VA, Toby, is a master carpenter and has done me good on the Katherine Gale. Did the deck in the cabin and one wall that was really bad. She spent four months on the bottom of the river. He will do the toe rail and some trim on the inside and replace a couple of port lights for me. I still have to hook up the engine and nav-gear. I have a compass but in the world of GPS, I wouldn't be with out it. Now the dog is getting better every day. He can swim out to the big boat and even climb aboard if the dingy is tied up to her side. Who would have thought I would get a bird dog, got to get my bird gun ready for the bird season...

 3 June 2012 Well I just got the word that Smitty passed away Saturday. Had a heart attack while riding his Harley. The only way to go. He was a long time friend and a fellow Vietnam Vet. To say I will miss him don't quite cover it but he will be missed with out a doubt. I just came from the VA out patient clinic and there is something in my ear. Yeah I know  getting old , but, they made me an appointment for 22 June and I got to get this ear cleaned. Sounds like a siren in the distance and I can't hear myself think. Sunday I got some froze bait shrimp and stopped at a few old holes on the way out to the boat and caught some whiting, sailors choice and a couple of grunts. I filleted them, saw teeded them in some really good Italian dressing and tomatoes, with rice. Heaven in a frying pan... All is well here in the south and me and dog is doing good....


30 April 2012 and the beat goes on. My boat motor gave me fits this month. After got the new ignition installed the fuel line was leaking and letting little pieces stuff get in the carb like every other day. $48.00 later and Wally World will fix you up with a new one. Ball pump and all. You have to pull the recoil starter unit off to get the carb out and the little nuts that hold it on are like really hard to get started again. Nothing like some fool speeding by in their big speed boat while you got the carb apart. Waves rocking and rolling the parts like crazy. Oh well that one finger salute does help. I sure am glad those less than polite people didn't come back and kick my old ass... But the weather has bee so fine it is hard to complain about anything. I am suppose to get a young dog that has been to school Wednesday, they even trained me a little. We will see how this works out. A short hair Lab mix is what the info says and Trueax, the dogs name, sits, stays, lays down, rolls over and will even shake my hand. Kool man I was gitting kinda lonely and the dog pound people are cool. Pictures to come...

! April 2012 and happy April Fools Day!!! Well my row boat finally sprung one too many leaks and the transom is cracked and that was the excuse to buy a new dingy. West Marine had these 10 foot dingys on sale for $499, that's a hundred off reg price so I got the last one in the store. Yeah man it's plastic but I love it. Now all he outboards I have are to much horse power so I is gonna row for a while I guess. I need the exercise my Doctor says, and it's low impact, upper body and robotic. Now  Bike Week is well over but there are still a few campers at the VFW here. The weather is so fine, 60's at night and mid 80's daytime. ya just can't complain. I been catching a few good eating fish and eating a lot of rice and fruit so my low-beat-toe is off the charts. I wish my wife would dump her boy friend and come home... Oh well there is always do-it-yourself projects one can try. Ya's all have a good one and keep it in the wind. More to come in a few weeks...

Everybody keeps asking me if I have the motor in the sailboat running yet and I tell them as soon as I get the motor mounts and fuel tank figured out and that is after I get the dive platform on so I can store stuff in the rear storage locker. Like sails, batteries and pioneer tools; ax, shovel, chainsaw and air compresser. The motor runs and it is in the boat I just ain't got it running in the boat yet. Oh well. Anyway bike week is here and been having a blast with my old friends and Brothers I only get see every year or so. Marty is down again from NY as in yankee and all the Vets that are camping at the VFW. We having a blast... Now the old Swap meet Special is running good as can be. The only problem is the electric starter is dragging. That means the old battery is about had it or a loose connection or the bushings are wore out. Good thing I have kick start and I mean first kick kick start... Here are some pic's and Ya's all have a good spring...
Commings Engine

Weed Cindy Me

7 Feburary 2012 My how time flies... Well I broke my laptop and just got it back and my boat motor wouldn't start and on and on. Well the last thing I did I last year, I think, was party at the club house with my Alabama Brothers from the DD's. Of course we had a blast.  Of course I stayed with my little Sis' while there and she gave me some canned jelly and stuff. Country girl for sure. Visited with my Mom in Huntsville and the up to Michigan to finish the inboard for the sailboat with Tony C. and Bummer. The party at the club house in Lansing has never been better and the party never ends. I should have wrote that song. Anyway we got the motor done, I got to have supper with my daughter Missy and back home on the river at last. The truck ran good and I got a few pic's. I picked up this laptop yesterday so back online again. Sounds like a sit-rep but that's what I is good for. Been fishing and getting ready for bike week. Hell it's great being retired.

Bummer engineTony C

30 December 2011 and tomorrow I'll should be in Birmingham, AL at the DDMC Club House for the New Year's Eve party. 45 years ago today I got married for the first time and man that was  a long time ago.  Sure learned alot since then I guess, still married, to someone else, but hell, I guess we've be split for more than seven years now. Does that mean I have a common law divorce? Or am I a cherry again cause I ain't been doing "it" with anyone? Oh well, maybe I'll get lucky'er next year. 2012 ought to be a blast. Still planning on sailing south in a few weeks so look out down there I's is comming...


15 November 2011 man what a hoot. Working hard on the boat to get ready for the trip to the south even south of Puerto Rico to the British Virgin Islands. Yeah, we will see if we can pull off with this modern stuff what Columbus did with that old ass stuff. Of course I want to take the bike but that is a maybe, because it don't fit under the bunk and I'll have all that weight high and to rear. So lots of test and trial to see what works in the local water, why not...

24 October 2011 and the shrimp are suppose to be running but my net is tore and I got to get a new one I guess. Now the stone crab are good and plenty and so are the cat fish but I just been eating steak and chicken and lots of Ramen noodles; easy in this weather.  Been down to 50 and 60's at night 80's in the day. Really rough on my old bones. Dave Decker, my crew man from CA when we was on the salt, kept me up to date on the Love Ride doings. Small turn out but big on the heart. Of course the NOMADs made a good turn out and helped in every way they could.  I been working on the boat and the old Swapmeet Special. I think I am ready for a wife again just to have someone to holler at me so I can feel loved again. This getting old shit is for the birds...
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Here I is with my Giovani's T-shirt sweating like a dog on the salt, waiting for my next pass...

Thursday, 25 August 2011 and hurry cain Irene is off the coast. It is good to be home after two months on the road but wind and rain? No sweat. Got out on the boat and the batteries were dead. I released the blade on the wind mill and  charge, charge, charge. A small amount of water had to pumped from the bilge and I had to kill a few  bugs that moved in while I was gone but it was sweet to be on board again. Now the Salt Flats popped my bubble a little but I had a blast that few ever get. And I is thankful for the op. My sponsers made it possible.

 From just a hug from a pretty young girl to the encouragement getting a little  cash on the road to the Grand I got from that one guy. All the love, parts and for my friends and Brothers that made it possible what can I say but thank you from the botton of my heart. I also got these white race team  t-shirts with that caricature of me on the Double that Moon created out in LA. Send me $20.00 and I'll send you one while they last. Moon needs some income too... Here is a pic of a neat bike. A twin engine Indian Scout... C00l...
Scout Double

Bummer Double


Monday, 1 August 2011 what a party! The mid Michigan  Brothers turned out once again for The Family MC and I got to sing to them. We got drunk, well not to drunk, but drunk enough to sleep good and we ate like royalty. Back in the shop with the Twin Engine bike and just a few final details and off to Colorado for the open house at Rocky Mountain HD Friday the 5th and on west to the salt. Maybe a few stops along the way. There is the party in the Black Hills and Hulit Wyoming. Not that far out of the way, maybe...

Saturday, 23 July 2011 and it rained last night but the sun dried the track and the drags are on. Tomorrow will be the finals and tonight the parade is going on. This place is packed. Chopper Fest is for real. Living in FL I think some times I get jaded and forget just what fun I missed working or racing at the shows instead of just coming for the good time. The race team had to run for parts and left me to watch our pit area. Got the electric fan giving a little breeze and a cold one in my hand. Just watching all the girls I mean bikes go by... They even have hell-e-chopper rides...

Friday, 22 July 2011 Martin, MI Davidson Express/ Michigan Chopper Fest and AMRA drag Racing  is whats going on now and fun is to the ten's. My team is taking a well deserved break after the last couple of days. Putting everything together for an event like this is a team effort with out a doubt, and we earned our beer today. Bummers first pass on the Hunt's Hog Shop sponsored Crazy Horse Pro Fuel Dragster was sweet.

That 103in nitro burning cast iron Sporster did 145 in the low nines and made a perfect pass. Being a little conserative is not a bad thing with nitro, next pass with a gear change and some secret shit, we well get her up to a buck fifty in the high 8's. More to come tomorrow on that. I got the Swapmeet Special back together, all but the break light, always something. New tires, new rings and some long over due chassis tune up. All those wore out little things; shifter linkage, kick stand do-da so you can kick it out the first time instead of digging for it. After 20 years, much nicer pipes and luggage rack. Even replaced the real wheel with the one off the Double when I had to buy a good used Duce 17in for the salt flats cause they don't make 16in ZR rated tires any more. Cool I sure like my new disk wheel. Bummer is using my trailer hitch to lean his launch tube on for fire works. dam that shit is loud. Blowing off a little steam. He He....

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 and you should have been there. I mean we had such a good time, doing all them games on the rodeo field and pulling course, at  it is just hard to put in to words. Parts and I done a lot of shows in the past and we think alike just from doing the same thing week after week for years. Like the sled pulls, knowing to set the next pull off up while still in the middle of the current one, keeps things moving. And the winnine bite, well when I explained why we used mustard instead of other condoments, to a family type crowd, there were a lot of blank spots where you have to put in the meaning that works best for you. Or something... The weather was outstanding and all the people at the event were working for free. Just loving Dyamond and having a party at the same time, Antique Acers, Iowa, was the place to be. What a Crew. Should have been there... Here's Barb the Prospects Ol'Lady, wearing that NOMAD Race Team t-shirt that Ugly Steve Fields had made up for me. She is so sweet... He's the Ugly one with the red beard in the back left...
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Tuesday, July 5 2011and the MCM party was a blast. Hard to believe another one is past so quick. It seems to me as I get older the time spins faster, go figure... Here is a pic of the rest area on US 127 headed north and the double on the trailer. Many of the guys at this party made, donated parts or just gave a little money for this project to happen and I felt I needed to take the bike for them to see what we done to update her for this speed trial coming up in August.
I had a flyer of the Crew MC Mid-Summer Birthday Bash/Rodeo and Ride for Dyamond but I screwed it up so I can't put it up here on the page. But, I am headed there Friday. The ride for Dyamond starts at 11:00 AM The Salon Elite in Cedar Falls, Iowa and ends up at Antique Acres for the party. Some of my Ugly Brothers will be there so come on out and enjoy this day of fun and fund raising for one fine young lady. onroad

Monday, 27 June 2011 here again at McDonald's coffee bar and internet cafe doing my wi-fi thing. Coffee is good and the hookup is free and on the way to the 4th of July party in MI. The MCM has been doing this for years and got good at it. here is a pic of Bummer on the launch pad at US131 Dragway last Saturday.
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SMOKE IT BUMMER!Ted

That big guy, A-Head Ted, is the pit crew chief and he is also the guy that made those big ductile iron cylinders for the Double. Here is one of him in the pits.

Saturday 25 June 2011 finds me in MI near Lansing working on Bummers Pro Fuel Race Team for this weekends test and tune session at the  131 Drag strip near Lake Michigan. We decided to check the valves and top end on the Double as long as it was in the shop and the Drag Bike was screaming for a pass or two. The shop here at Hunts Hog Shop does a bunch of tire business and uses up a few tires it's self, racing of course. Here is a picture of my new race helmet that Ugly Steve M. gave me for the salt.uglyhat Anyway, it fits real good... I'll have pictures of this weekend and the Double soon. Oh Yeah I stopped to see Lobo and Shanon in IN, Lobo has his bike running and is just now putting the new paint on. It has been raining here in the north and the blood suckers our out, bugs are us...


25 May 2011 dam, another month has gone by and here I is again. I will tell Ya's this has been a weird last few days, like one of my old so called friends gets on my case yesterday for filling up my water jugs at the  VFW Post for the boat. He told me I was a nothing but a ho-bo bum, didn't that drunk asshole know I was a NOMAD? Of course I'll take what I can get. Ice, water and fire wood that is donated to the vets, I sure take my share. He knows I live on that boat I salvaged and their ain't no fresh water out there unless you bring it your self. Oh well I guess he's just jealous. I ate red fish again this week and it was so good. Got the Memorial Day ceremony's here in New Smyrna Beach starting at 9:00 am Monday the 30th with the post Honor Guard at he Colored Cemetery out on Glencoe Rd then to the Veterans Memorial Park on the River at 11:00. At 2:00 pm we will have one at the Emory L  Bennet  Nursing Home with my Post 3461 and the Vietnam Veterans Ass. Honor Guard doing the gun salute and Taps. Of course we will have the guest speakers from around the town of Daytona and from the bottom of my heart I thank all that give there time to this Day. Lets face it Brothers and Sisters, with out this Countrys fighters, we would be sucking hind tit on the pig of life. God Bless America.


18 April 2011 and the Hog Riding Fool's had a blast April Fools Day. Will this one did for sure too! I took the truck up to somewhere in north South Carolina and asked the cops where the club house is, of course they wanted to ask me all kind of questions about shit I know nothing about and finally gave me the directions I needed except for that country couple of miles turned out to  be nine. The sound of Harley's with riders wearing the right Patch led me to a weekend of fun with friends I ain't never met as well as the Red Beard and his AZ Brothers from Mescal. I got to sing a few songs with that kick ass Blue Grass band, Total Denial that did Dixie so well there wasn't  a dry eye in the house... Then  back home to FL and the River and my home on the Katherine Gale. Got the new tank on the Swapmeet  Special and have a new rear fender to put on once I find the time. Had to have the tank but the fender can wait till it rains or something cause it is so nice out that I must ride when I can and that is now. First to Daytona then to Orlando, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck forever hold your throttle tight! See Ya, Oh yeah here is a pick of the Bud Girls from the Jam On Swapmeet...
Bud Girls

22 March 2011
 so I been lazy again and having lots of fish to clean and crabs to crack I ain't  been keeping this thing up to date. Now a few of the Bike Week'ers pointed that out to me so here I is with the Hospice Chopper Flyer down on the lower  right side of this page.  Just click on it and you can get the whole PDF so's it is easyer to read. We had a blast Bike Week here in New Smyrna Beach at the VFW, with bands, campers partying their asses off all week long. Fancy new bikes and more booze and buzz than you could shake a stick at. Got a new tank for my bike and went to the Jam On Swap Meet and bought a new rear fender. Gonna go head and paint the front fender too so the Old Swapmeet Special should look like it got a face lift and a botox injection, plus holding almost 6 gallons in that Road King gas tank. More to come soon...

22 December 2010 I think I fell asleep for two months but I is mostly awake now. Things are good on the boat and I got my wood stove installed just in time to beat the big cool down the end of November. Of course you got to get the ax out and the chain saw and then the right wood. I had some kind of  pine at first but it burns to fast and dirty, soot coming out the pipe and lining it ain't cool. Switched to oak but it is hard to start so in the end I start with a little pine splits and then put on the small oak logs, 6" or less, small stove, and that keeps the pipe clean a and burns all night. Now the old Swapmeet Special is running gooder than shit but since me and Artie Rightus is been together it's rough to ride on the cooler days. It sure is bad to have to ware your long sleeve shirt or even a jacket here in FL just to go to the Bar but sacrifices must be made I guess from time to time. Bummer says the Double is close to completion but with fuel  costs being so high we decided to wait till spring or even June to get her. Just making it to the Salt Flats will be a team effort again this year but all the ducks are in a row and with the power we made last year and the better suspension, 200 mph is within reach if I don't fall off again. Now the fishing here in on the east coast of FL has never been better and I have been eating my share of stone crab, catfish and flounder. I knows there is some shrimp at Oak Hill to dip but it is cheaper to buy it than catch it, damm. I have been thinking of drifting the inlet for reds but lazy gets in the way. Ya all have a great Holiday season and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year... (more to come next year with pictures)


05 October 2010 and what a September. I was supposed to be in Birmingham, AL  for a 9/11 charity  concert but like I told  Sonny when he first asked me 9/11 is on of them days that could be rough to get away from here. I saw him in Indiana and said I could make it I and I thought I would but I get a call at the VFW wanting me  to go sing the National anthem at the Speedway and I just couldn't say no. I calls Tatu and tells him whats up and he says to get a picture if I can I says sure. Well come 9/09 the Speedways calls and to confirm my part and them I find out it is at the county speedway not the International Speedway. So it's to late to change things and the VFW Honor guard is suppose to do the flag thing for me. Later that day the Post CO calls and says the Honor Guard can't make cause of another commitment. So come 9/11 I shows up the the speedway right on time and it is the wrong one.  The county speedway is on Rt 40 west of Daytona and I went to the one at FL415 and 44. Oops! Well I felt bad of course and the guy who lined it up for me was upset and the track did not return my call when I left a message explaining what had happened.
Well Goat used to say don't be supprised if I show up and don't get mad if I don't.  Anyway, if dumb was money, my tax would have been off the chart that weekend. Now the fishing has been gread this fall and I got a couple of stone crab claws for supper tonight. They say the shrimp are running again but big wind is blowing and to choppy to see down to get em. Biketober fest is near and don't forget cream corn wresling at the Last Resort Bar Thursday a 3:00pm that week. Write when you can and God bless the Love Ride. I bought a ticket this year but I can't make the trip. I do plan to be there next year with the twin engine bike to give away. With a 200 mph plus pass under my belt. Time keeps on turning into the FUTURE.

12 August 2010 back from the big trip to the north. Now when I left Daytona July 21, it was a heat index of 105 and looking like rain. I was wearing shorts, boots and a long sleeve, light weight, fishing shirt (for sun protection) and headed to Birmingham, AL to see my Sister  Berta and spend the night. My Mother is 92 this year and lives in Huntsville so it was important to stop and visit the next morning for breakfast. She will feed me if I don't hang out to long. It sure was good to see her and talk. I hit the I-65 about 11:00 am and made it to Lobo's in Marion, IN in time for supper. The next day we changed the oil in my bike and had a few cocktails while I recovered from 1200 miles of jamming. Had a good time and it was nice to see Lobo hanging in there like the old days. Now Saturday the Devil's Diciple's were having their annual Indiana party up in St Joe county and it was an easy putt to there. Great food,  band and some great people I have known for 30 years showed me fine hospitality. The band was awesome and I even got to do a few tunes of course including the song I recorded for them in 1981. Everyone knew the words. Imagen that.

Fat Dog 2010,

Now Sunday morning I slowly climbed aboard the old Swapmeet Special and headed north to Lancing and Bummer's house to tinker with my bike and check the progress on the Twin Engine Bike. Except for a few small details the Double is almost ready for the 2011 Bonneville trials. The faring man was there, Dave Joseph, and had some great ideas for a smaller fiberglass version that is more suited for high speed flow than the current one that may have put to much down pressure on the front end and contributed to the high speed wobble, maybe. Like Willie G. says "Less is more!". So we will try it. Now before you knew it the weekend was there and off to Marion for The Family MC annual building fun or fund party at theirno property. Of course it thunder stormed and the Santana Band's PA took a shit and I ended up doing a single on a small outfit for an hour or so while they fixed on it. Gina got up while I was playing "Bobby Magee" and took over and to the joy of everybody kicked ass, thanks Gina. She was also my pit person out a the salt flats a few years ago and her husband Marve is legion in the motor cycle world of engine building. He's working for Greg Gates now on some awesome projects.
Now the girl below needed her ear cleaned and Lewis was right there. Below that is Uncle Bill and me with the prospects Ol lady on the way to Marion, MI. I have to say that the ten days I spent on te road were the best I can remember in a very long time. From the stop at Lobo's on the way up to the stop in Knoxville and Big John's on the way back south it was wonderful. Thank you my friends again and again...
Lewis tongueNOMAD Bill

7 June 2010 and man do time fly or what? A lot has happened after bike week and I just ain't had time or took the time to up date this page. Maybe just lazy I guess, being semi retarded or what ever they call it helps to put stuff off. I said goodbye to a long time friend May Day in Alabama. When you lose a someone that had such a heavy uninfluenced on your life, Ya just don"t know what to say,  how to feel or what to do sometimes. He taught me many things. After my first Drink, he showed me the way to the CROW ZONE and how to move on. RIP Goat, I will miss you.
Now I got a chance and the honor to go to Johnston City, Ill for that poker run to raise money for a brave little girl whose cancer couldn't take the smile away that day we rode for her. Close to five hundred friends of Steve's Customs Motor Cycles, along with her family showed up and came up with over $15,000 for her and a small, pink Cadillac, batteries included. At first she was a little shy with all those strangers standing around grinning like a possum in a pear tree until she figured out we loved her and where there for her. Wa who, she started having a blast! driving that tiny car around the parking lot, even hauling a young boy around with her. You know how girls just want to have fun.

Now when I got back to Florida,  I helped my  good friend Ray with this eighty year old Veteran friend of his what had his cataracts removed from his eyes and needed drops put in during the healing process several times a day. Then on Memorial Day, I was honored to sing the National Anthem at Riverside Park here in New Smyrna Beach at he city ceremony and later at the post I sang the Lee Greenwood tune "God Bless the USA" when we raised the Flag to full mast. What an honor. Thank you my fellow Veterans for your service and WELCOME HOME...


bert on baot


22 March 2010 Bike Week is over and people this is the first time I ever saw vacancy signs at every motel in town. The local news  readers claimed there was 500,000 bike lovers in town over the 10 day period but where they were staying or hiding I sure don't know. Anyway the Moving War Memorial was at 600 North Atlantic Ave and I made it there with some other Vets  Thursday morning. God  knows it is important but it just guts me when I read the names of my friends posted on the Vietnam Memorial  Wall again. I just have to when ever I see it, knowing what it will do to me personally. But life must go on and to live well and have a good time is what they gave there lives for. This years Cream Corn Wrestling at the Last Resort Bar in Harbor Oaks was one of the best ever. Of course as the hold by  hold announcer, dedicated it to all the men and women over seas on freedoms frontiers when I led the National anthem and everybody joined in. The girls in the ring fought the best I ever saw and the crowd was with them all the way. Lets face it, nobody knows what is going to happen next and might as well have fun while we are here. The economy makes it hard but for a couple of hours we was in the corn and having a blast. My Brothers managed to get the Twin-engine bike to Lansing, MI for the repairers. Still need to come up with the money for new Z rated tires for them 17" three spoke Buell racing wheels that Red Beard came up with. Well my sister and her grand daughter made it to the Magic Kingdom last week and graced me with a visit on the boat. They said them porpoises was the best show and the eagles and sea birds diving for fish was the best show they saw on the whole trip. The Hogman and Bummer made it down and brought me some boat parts from Parts and a oven and range for the galley on this boat. Man I needed that stuff and Hoggie just loved the Indian River from  my point of view. I just got off the phone with Ugly Custom Steve. He called to remind me of the charity poker run in south Ill 22 May this year. I will be there for sure. Not to get all gushy but I have the best friends in the world...

22 February 2010, just a few more days till Bike Week here in the Daytona area. Already there is a ton of people in town and they have been coming down for the past few weeks. The constant sound of Harley's is of course music to my ears. Now the big plan for me is to do the Cream Corn Event at the Last Resort Bar Thursday afternoon about 1:00 pm, but you can also see me at what they call 600 North Atlantic Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings and maybe even Saturday night. they got all kinds of great cover bands like the Rolling Stones, and such, that sound they make, if it is possible, better that the real thing, I am still working on coming up with the parts for the new front end for the Twin Engine bike and expect to try and make at least one or two of the Monster Mile events at Maxton, NC before the Salt and that clock is turning faster as I get behinder. Man but it is fun.

18 January 2010, it's Monday and we gots the day off cause it is Dr MLK Jr Day. I am on the boat and the wind is out of the west  blowing about 10 to 15 knots and the sun is shining bright on this cool day. I had trout for dinner cause they was moving slow with the freezing temps that you could just pick them out of the water by hand. They were moving so slow, at the surface to get warm, well, it was like garbing fish in a tub. My Brother Parts and Custom Steve are about to take the Double to Lancing, MI to Hunts Hog Shop now that he snow going away. We'll get that front-end installed and let the machinist Bummer do his thing on the two 114" shovel heads and tune the bike for the next try for 200 mph. Of course I am working out and trying to keep this old body in shape to be able to hold on. Eating my veggies and fruit, not to mention that fresh fish. I got to go the Doctor Wednesday in Tampa for consult on by aches and pains not to mention my Brother Arthur who is constantly with me. I know, cry baby cry, it is real, something that if you live long enough, you gots to deal with... Well pain is a sign of life they say, and I sure feel alive...

31 December 2009, so here we sit like birds in the wilderness and nobody really gives a shit? I don't think so, no I think birds get more pussy than pussy's get birds, as we used to say in merry old where ever. Red  Beard sent the Buell 201 or something front end and rear wheel. They are 17 in three spoke racing wheels and we is gonna need new tyres, the ZR rated kind. Now on the last trip we fell down cause the old adjust-a-glide front end went to wobbling and shucks I fell down. NEW FRONT end and dampners are called for for sure. My leather person wants a ton to fix the old Eric Von Zipper jacket from Brooks in Royal Oaks, MI withe the zippered on Easyrider's leather pants what got tore up and to run the ECTA's Monster Mile, Ya's gots to have armored racing leathers for over 175 mph attemps now and Oliver said he wants me to do The Monster Mile for a shake down run before we go back to the salt. Hard surface and trees at the end of the course, so I got to get break calipers for it now as well. I am six-two, 225 lbs, 32 in inseam 36in waste 17 1/2 neck and 34 in reach, to the wrist, 46 at the chest. Now if you got some old leathers laying around or a extra set you don't use any more let me know. I'll need a new hat to, the SCTA kept my old one to study why I ain't dead. Cool...


4 November 2009 and all is well on the Indian River here in Central Florida. My run to the salt started with a stop in Alabama with the DDMC national. Here is pic of Killer, Fat Dog and me singing our song. We  had a blast  like in the old days. It is hard to believe just how many of the Brothers are still around and it is hard to take how many have made the jump to hyper space and remain in our hearts. Oh yeah, welcome to all the new guys. While in Alabama, I stopped by my Moms house for a visit. She will be 90 years old in December and has double breast cancer and has decided to ride this bout with the big C to the end. She says they have cut on her enough and her life has been good, no regrets to speek of and the meds make her feel good enough to read her books and watch Law and Order on TV. I love my Mom. The next stop was in Illinois where I picked up my Brother Ugly Parts and the hang around Gunner. We loaded my bike in Gunners truck and put Parts son's Buell on the trailer with the Double and Gunners iron head Sportser and headed for the Bonneville salt flats. My first pass was 160 plus and at the end of the disappointingly run, I put my hand on the cylinders and they were barely warm. What the hell? Maybe I was running to high octane gas. So with little chance of having to go to tech on a record run, I decided to just cut the 110 with some 89 street gas so it came out to about a 100 octane or so. We warm her up real good and off I went on the next pass. Oh my God that engine came to life like never before. About the one mile marker she went in to a high speed wobble, I guess that old ajust-a-glide wasn't meant for those kind of speeds, and while slowing down from the fastest I ever went, she through me and went down. There were skid marks on the salt from the front tire for about one hundred yards and roll marks after that of me for three hundred yards and the bike slid almost a quarter mile passed where I came to rest. I watched a drop of blood from my slight case of road rash hit the salt and splatter and felt honored to add my donation with all of the really true great racers of our time to the Great White Dyno. I was given a real racing front end for next year from Red Beard, Mescal, AZ. We will do it again or at least that is the plan. More to come on the trip in a few days, of course I road on out to LA on the Swapmeet Special and back to FL. What a trip that was ...


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