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28th annual Roscoe’s Chili Challenge: Bringing on the heat

LAKELAND, FLA., NOV. 7–10—The flyer proudly states “World Famous Chili Challenge,” and while I’m not so sure that is the case, in Central Florida it’s definitely very popular. What started as a culinary challenge back in 1986 between Roscoe and one of his friends, Lil Hank, has morphed into a four-day event of debauchery and hedonism. It began as a ...

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13th annual Lone Star Rally: Polishing a Texas pearl

13th annual Lone Star Rally

GALVESTON, TEXAS, OCT. 31-NOV. 3–Known at one time as the Free State of Galveston, the unique positioning of Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico allowed a somewhat riotous culture to flourish since first being discovered. A noted gathering spot for colorful characters ever since the pirate Jean Lafitte landed ashore almost 200 years ago, its history has included prohibition-era ...

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Thunder Beach Fall Rally 2013: Beauty and the Beach

Thunder Beach Fall Rally 2013 - Miss Thunder Beach contest

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLA., OCT. 2-6–The old saying goes, “When it rains it pours.” This statement can be literal or figurative, but usually denotes a plethora of troubles. Thunder Beach Rally owner Joe Biggs suffered a heart attack on August 24, 2013—yep, about five-and-a-half weeks before the fall event. Not your run-of-the-mill outpatient stent insertion scenario, but a full-on knock-you-on-your-butt ...

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Corpus Christi BikeFest

The Iron Horse Sunset Parade packed Shoreline Boulevard Saturday evening

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, OCT., 11-13–Shoreline Boulevard is a beautiful six-lane that skirts the east side of Corpus, a 3×3 that is divided by a grassy esplanade, terminating at the permanent berth of the World War II aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Lexington. The adjoining marina is filled with tall-mast luxury craft, the bay full of sailboats, personal watercrafts and seagulls. And ...

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2013 Ocean City BikeFest

2013 Ocean City BikeFest

OCEAN CITY, MD., SEPT 12-15–The ride to Ocean City on this Wednesday afternoon in mid-September was warm, sunny, and quite relaxing. After some time on the southern section of the Garden State Parkway, a rather peaceful and scenic route that passes through the mysterious Pine Barrens, I rode my bike onto the Cape May Ferry and for the next hour ...

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Delmarva Bike Week 2013

Delmarva Bike Week 2013

EASTERN SHORE, DEL./MD., SEPT 11-15–There’s a welcome familiarity to some of the rallies I attend, and Delmarva Bike Week is exactly this type of event, where the anticipation and planning leading up to the event is part of the fun. But familiarity certainly doesn’t mean sameness, as demonstrated by the 13th iteration of this Eastern Shore favorite. One significant change ...

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2013 ThrottleFest Kansas City

2013 ThrottleFest Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO., AUG. 22-24–After you left the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis this year and, on your way to Harley’s 110th Anniversary in Milwaukee, you needed to take a slight detour to catch this year’s edition of ThrottleFest in Kansas City to fill out your August motorcycle rally dance card. Michael and Angie Ballard, Jesse James Dupree ...

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11th annual American Victory Rally

11th annual American Victory Rally

SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA, AUG. 16-17–The 11th annual American Victory Rally celebrated the 15th anniversary of Polaris building Victory motorcycles in Spirit Lake, Iowa. It was an enjoyable weekend packed full of options for a fun-filled adventure in Iowa’s number-one vacation destination at Okoboji. As with most successful rallies, there was much more to do in two days than one person ...

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8th annual Bikers & Babes at the Beach

Daniel, a.k.a. "Nobody," introduces the Miss Bikers & Babes contestants (from left): Janell. Tamara, Bethany, Katie and Montana

ROCKAWAY BEACH, MO., JULY 20–When I read that the Southwest Chapter of BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) was holding the 8th annual Bikers & Babes at the Beach at Rockaway Beach, Missouri, I couldn’t wait to get there. The heat wave in the Midwest was winding down and isolated thunderstorms were bringing relief from the relentless humidity. It was time ...

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2013 West Virginia MountainFest

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts rock the main stage at Mylan Park

MORGANTOWN, W.V., JULY 24-28–West Virginia MountainFest has become a staple of my summer and a must-do for over 50,000 other riders. The event has always taken place at multiple locations around Morgantown including the host dealership, Triple S Harley-Davidson. This year the dealership’s new location, just off Exit 155 of I-79 at the top of Willie G Drive, helped newcomers ...

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