September 2012, What the tuck, man summer is all most gone...
again, dam getting less young, with proper medication, still
sucks. Ha Ha... Well I didn't make it to Michigan this year but
my heart was. The smell of wood smoke on a cool evening with the
best is good for my back. Now here in New Smyrna Beach I was
forced to go to scuba gear to finish work on the boat short of
taking it out of the water. It would have been cheaper in the
long run to have it hauled out, but I sure got some nice diving
gear and the job done. Getting back to where I didn't go; San
Francisco is off the list but Love Ride 31, here I come. I's got
a plane ticket from my Brother NOMAD Roy and a good used all
black 110 Cubic in" Super Custom Ultra Classic five speed with
three years left on the extended warren-tee, with a fresh
engine from HD in it.toget ride aroun on when get there. Like
sweet as Russ used to say. Of course I had to get a new butt
hole scan so I could get through security faster according to
the lady at the travel store. And she made me take her to my
boat for a few daze to make sure I was who she thought I was,
just to get the discount. I love captializzem's. "West to
10 August 2014 and well I didn't make it to Michigan and shit.
But still might make it to Duddly Perkins HD in San Francisco
come Sept. And the Love Ride is pretty sure to happen for me
again, this year for sure, between my Redeye and Roy Boy, Uglys
both, I got a plane ticket and expenses. But don't tell nobody
cause it is a secret and you have to do what I say.
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...
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
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.
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 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
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
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...
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...
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...
Spread 'em boy...
Ugly Oliver after a long coast down the mountain to
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...
These 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!
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.
Above 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
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
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...
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.
It 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...
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...
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!
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...
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.
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.
Now that is the sunset yesterday or so, damm, it sure is hard
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
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.
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!
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...
And a storm lunch...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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!
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.
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
SMOKE IT BUMMER!
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. 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...
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
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
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
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...
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...
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
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
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 ...