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August cruise in is gone to the dogs

If you don’t want to sell it, don’t price it!

I found this to be true when I sold my Black Betty Road Queen recently. Congratulations to the new owners Jack and Sharry Lovan of Willow Springs. Sharry coordinates a weekly jam session Monday nights at Mugs Coffee Shoppe in downtown Willow Springs, as well as working on monthly bluegrass venues at the theater. They have been enjoying rides into Arkansas and are happy to back in the biker scene.

So, the pursuit was on for a different bike for me with the sale of Betty. When considering a bike purchase, of course you look at the style and color you want, but you also must consider if it fits you. Are you strong enough to hold up the size bike you desire? What is the seat height? How much power do you need? Sometimes these answers are easier sought with the guidance of a sales person for new riders.

I decided I wanted a blue and white Harley Davidson Softtail Deluxe. It is known primarily as a lady’s ride as it has a seat height of about 24-25 inches. While there are several ways to locate bikes, I chose craigslist.com. Shopping by Internet is great when you are just looking, but when it comes down to a purchase of a bike, I wanted to buy in person. Off we went on a road trip north with one deluxe about 400 miles from us and another waiting in Wisconsin if the first fell through.

Surrounded by cornfields on all sides, we pulled up the graveled lane to a nice farmhouse, garage and shop. Trying to act not too in love with the bike, so I could remain neutral during wheeling and dealing mode later in the visit, I looked around outside the garage and noted there was a shooting range at the back of the property. A shooting range in a state with such negative attitudes toward conceal and carry? We were delighted to get a tour of this gentleman’s shooting range, set up with steel targets of all sizes and distances as well as a large hanging plate that resounded in a loud gong when fired upon. Shooting commenced and when the smoke cleared and brass cooled, we found that we had connected with new Illinois friends Kerry and Kathy Smith at Canton, Ill. We did bring the deluxe home and her name is DD.

Area riders from Texas and Howell counties met and road to Big Spring Park at Van Buren. Eleven bikes snaked through the hills and hollers we love to ride and arrived at the park mid-afternoon. Enjoying the beautiful scenery is only part of the ride, as one rider took a dip in the spring. We were amazed that the outflow of the spring, which is noted to completely fill Busch Stadium at St. Louis in 33 hours. Now that’s a lot of water!

A visit to Van Buren is not complete without a stop off at Jolly Cone. After refreshment, we were back on the road, headed home to experience what every rider who rides has to deal with, rain. Donning rain suits, we journeyed on and all returned safely to their prospective homes.

The August cruise-in at Houston will not be held due to our collaboration with Dogs Off the Leash Run and Rally at Eminence, which kicks off Thursday night (Aug. 21). Come down and see all your friends at the rally. Day passes are $15 or weekend passes are $30 with proceeds to Combat Vets Association. The rally kicks off Thursday night (tonight) with establishing camp and karaoke on the main stage. Arrowhead Campground will be full to the brim with vendors and eateries that offer all three meals, specialty items in a family friendly zone. Friday events are the annual float trip and concerts that night with Chris Johnson and the Back Row Revival band and nationally renowned Confederate Railroad. Saturday holds the annual poker run and two new events: A bike show judged by Liam Myrick of Houston, and a veterans parade of bikes. Saturday ends with evening concerts featuring MoJo Kings of West Plains area (with a blues flair) and the ever popular Kricket Alley (from Pulaski County).

Sunday morning biker church with Butch Spacek tops off and concludes the four-day weekend. Check it out on Facebook at eminencedogsofftheleash or online at www.dogsofftheleash.net.

If you don’t ride in the rain, you don’t ride. Keep safe friends.

Kerry York is a lady rider and resident of Houston, who coordinates monthly Houston cruise-in events from spring to fall. Email kyorkrn@ymail.com.

After a warm ride, Houston resident Jody Jones enjoys the cool air while viewing Big Spring near Van Buren.

After a warm ride, Houston resident Jody Jones enjoys the cool air while viewing Big Spring near Van Buren.

 

 

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