Riding in Style for Labor Day Weekend

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Jim and I like to keep up with what is going on with our Road King and Harley Davidson and just discovered that Harley Davidson Inc. increased their share price by 33.8%. Honestly, we are not surprised. When we go on our, “Travels with Harley,” it seems like there are always new riders testing out their new bikes.

We love accessories, and although we try to watch our budget find it almost impossible not to buy anything when we, “Window Shop,” at our favorite Harley Davidson dealer, Bourbeuse Valley Harley Davidson.

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I wouldn’t call myself a clotheshorse by any sense of the word, but I do like to look good when Jim and I take the Road King out for a spin. Just last week we were at Bourbeuse Valley Harley Davidson and I found some great gear. If you have been following our blog, you will remember that Jim and I are heading to the 110th Anniversary of Harley Davidson, celebrating 110 years of freedom, in Milwaukee Wisconsin this coming Labor Day weekend. The weather during September is always unpredictable in the mid-west, and I want to buy some clothes that I can layer. I’m also looking for something that I can wear in the parade when we carry our Harley Davidson Bourbeuse Valley Club Charter flag.

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Anyway, I found a couple of really nice hoodies that are quite inexpensive. I do like pink and I have my eye on the Pink Activewear Hoodie. I like the scrolled Harley Davidson Logo on the sleeves and, although I own a few hoodies, I don’t have nothing like this.

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What girl doesn’t need a new pair of jeans? I fell in love with the black curvy boot cut jeans from Bourbeuse Valley Harley Davidson, but what I really like about these jeans is the back pocket. I’m thinking about buying them for the parade, but of course, will have to break them in before that!

We’re not ready to retire yet but when we do…

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Jim and I are counting down the days until Labor Day Weekend. I know that I have talked about it before, but we are honored and actually pretty happy, to be carrying the Bourbeuse Valley Chapter flag in the 110th Harley Davidson anniversary parade in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

The Bourbeuse Valley Chapter always has something going on, in fact, this coming weekend from the 26th to the 28th; the gang will be getting together for the St. Joe Missouri Ride. The ride starts out with a visit to St. Joe Harley-Davidson followed by a scenic ride to the town of Weston MO.

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After a tour and a bite for lunch, the chapter will head over to the Holiday Inn. Jim and I have been to St. Joe and Weston before and have enjoyed the museums, shopping and bike routes. Oh, and the food is pretty good as well!

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On Thursday the 25th, there will be a bike night at Hick BBQ in Cuba, MO. Jim and I have to work, but it would sure be nice to see the bike show, indulge in some drink specials, and maybe even win the 50/50 drawing.

When Jim and I retire we will not only be participating in more Bourbeuse Valley Chapter events, but we will also have time to take our Road King on more, “Travels with Harley.” If you have been following our blog, you know that it is our intention to do a two to three month road trip where we ride, eat, sleep, shop, and enjoy. Jim and I will be sharing our adventures on camera in, “Travels with Harley.”

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Actually, you will be able to catch a glimpse of what our travels will be like when you come with us and celebrate the 110th Harley Davidson anniversary weekend in Milwaukee. Jim and I plan to take lots of pictures and will be filming everything we can, especially the parade!

New Friends and a New Chapter

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Jim and I have shopped at our local Harley dealer, Bourbeuse Valley Harley Davidson, since we first moved to Washington, MO. The dealership is only about 12 miles away and located in Villa Ridge. We bought our Road King there and the staff are really great people. Sometimes we’ll just drop in to window shop and gab with the gang as they treat us like family.

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We have been members of the Harley Owners Group since we bought our Panhead in 2007, but we had not joined our local chapter, mostly because we thought we had to make sure we attended the monthly meetings. We had two Sears stores at the time, and making that kind of commitment would be nearly impossible.

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After the last big round of storms, the Rising River, Jim and I had met a couple who just happened to be members of the Bourbeuse Valley chapter. They told us that there were no mandatory commitments for our local chapter and we would be welcome whenever we could make it, so I sent in our dues and paperwork for the both of us to join. We were both really looking forward to it, as it’s always nice to meet new people that we can ride with.

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It was the end of June and the chapters end of the month ride so Jim and I were able to jump on the Road King and ride along. It would be our first, “Travels with Harley,” with our new local chapter.

The weather held off until the end of the ride, but we weren’t out of the woods yet and got caught in a downpour so we decided to stop at a McDonalds in Columbia, IL to dry out for a bit. Jim and I have lots of rain gear, but because the forecast called for clear skies, we were hoping that we would stay dry, but it seems like every time we do that, it starts to rain. Luckily, the storm passed quickly and we were able to head home without anymore downpours.

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Jim and I really like our new chapter and are quite happy that we’ve been asked to carry the chapter flag in the parade for the 110th Harley Davidson anniversary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin over Labor Day weekend. Jim and I had already made plans to go, so this is going to be icing on the cake. Of course, we plan on taking lots of pictures and I am sure that we will have plenty of adventures to share with you and our, “Travels with Harley.”

And The River Continued To Rise

The weather can turn quickly and go from sunny to storming, and vice versa out here in Missouri. The thunderstorms that created tornadoes in Oklahoma and Missouri also caused extensive flooding across the Midwest.

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On Saturday, June 1, the weather report said there was a 90% chance of thunderstorms for Salem, MO. Jim and I had planned to go to an auction as the Missouri Conservation Department has a used equipment auction every year and we wanted to see if there were any enclosed trailers up on the auction block.

Although it was pretty cloudy, there wasn’t really any rain to speak of, other than a few sprinkles. Of course, we would have jumped on the Harley if we had known that. Later in the afternoon as we headed back home to Washington, the sun came out and it was a beautiful day.

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We arrived home safe and sound and decided to make use of a Groupon discount coupon that I bought a few months back. One of our local restaurants had changed their name and menu so Jim and I decided to hop on the bike, get a little ride in, and take advantage of the sunshine.

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The restaurant was on the riverfront, so we rode down by the river and took in the view. We were both pretty amazed at how high the water was. There were a few warning signs signaling road closures for the following day, but we would be home long before that. The river was supposed to peak sometime early the next morning. The riverfront park was also underwater and the current was moving pretty quickly, but Jim and I felt that we would be okay and decided to head to the restaurant.

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Jim and I had been to this restaurant a couple of times before, but the atmosphere had always been a bit uptight and formal, certainly not a place where you would feel comfortable in casual attire. The new name and menu had obviously changed everything about the eatery because both Jim and I felt comfortable enjoying our Steak Caesar Salads in jeans and t-shirts. We had a great time listening to a guitarist on the patio, which was the perfect ending to a relaxing day. We also enjoyed watching the river as it continued to rise. The new, relaxed atmosphere and delicious menu, which we will be back for, made a big difference.

What started out as a day that was supposed to be filled with rain showers ended up being another, “Travels with Harley,” kind of afternoon.

We Can’t Wait To Retire

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Last year on the Wild West H.O.G. ride we met some great people and have stayed in contact with a few of them through FB and email. Earlier this year one of those friends, Mike Weiss, told us he was planning to take a ride down the old Route 66. It didn’t take long before one of the other riders, Jon Galvin, who hails from Denver, Colorado decided to join him on part of the ride.

Of course, we were very happy to have them schedule a stop here, although the timing was a bit dicey.

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At one point, they were scheduled to ride into town the day before my store inventory. When we have inventory I never get out of the store until after 7:00 PM and it starts all over again at 6:00 AM the next morning.

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Luckily, Mike and Jon came into town two days after our inventory, so we were able to meet up and do a little riding, I was happy about that as I know that Jim really likes to get out of the store and get in some Harley time.

The four of us agreed to meet at the Arch in St Louis, but when Jim and I got there, we realized that we hadn’t specified where to meet. The Arch isn’t like a local bar, so it could have been a problem, but as fate would have it, we drove down by the riverfront and there they were riding towards us as we came up to the Lumiere Casino right by the parking garages.

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We rode over to the Chain of Rocks Bridge, got off our bikes, and walked halfway across. Mike was setting his camera on the edge of the bridge, as it was the perfect spot for a photo op. After he set the timer he leaned over, and of course, his glasses fell off the top of his hand and landed on the outside of the railing nearly 10 feet down on a ledge.

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We headed back to our bikes to see if we could find something to retrieve his glasses with. If you wear prescription glasses, you know how expensive they are, so you want to do everything you can to get them back. Paper clips and branches lost out to a ratchet strap with a hook on the end. Luckily, Mike managed to hook his glasses with the strap and carefully pull them up to the rail edge.

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All of that careful, “Fishing,” really worked up an appetite so we decided to head off for a bite to eat in St. Charles, MO. If you have been reading my blogs you will know that I am a lover of restaurants and always try to check out what others have to say before Jim and I sample it ourselves.

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Anyway, Allin’s Diner had great reviews on Yelp so we decided it was the perfect place to spend some quality time with our, “Travels with Harley,” friends, Mike and Jon. The reviewers on Yelp were spot on. The food was excellent. I had a lemon pepper Tilapia sandwich

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on a baguette with homemade vinegar based cole slaw. I swear I am going back soon because they have a homemade soup that I want to try. Their chips were crispy and not too oily and were definitely homemade. They tasted just like Kettle Chips. Of course, I could keep on raving about Allins, but unless you plan on heading to St. Charles, MO anytime soon I will only make you hungry.

After lunch, we jumped on our bikes and took the Lewis & Clark trail (94) back to Washington, enjoying some great conversation and much needed relaxation.

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The next morning Mike and Jon were back on the road ready for more, “Travels with Harley,” while Jim and I had to get back to work…Jealous? Um, yeah, to say the least…I am counting the days, months and years until we can retire and head off on the back of our Road King…Seriously, we were born to ride even if it means we have to stop more often to rest our weary bones.