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Get Out and Ride

Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2008 at 11:35 am    

The snow is finally in the rearview mirror, and serious riding season is fully upon us. If you enjoy participating in organized rides, there are plenty of them out there. One resource I rely upon to find rides is my local Harley store, Metro Harley-Davidson. For example, Metro sponsored a pancake breakfast followed by a 100 mile ride this past Saturday. Perhaps it was because it was a corporate-sponsored ride, but there were no scheduled “watering hole” stops as is the custom for most organized rides.

Speaking of watering holes, I came across a couple excellent spots thanks to an ad I saw in my April 2007 ABATE of Iowa Free Way Flyer. I had already planned a quick weekend getaway to Galena, IL with my wife, my Fat Boy being the chosen mode of transportation. Thanks to my Free Way Flyer, I checked out two great biker bars in Savannah, IL – Poopy’s and the Iron Horse Social Club.

Both places are must-stops if you’re biking along the Mississippi River in Iowa or Illinois. My recommendation is that you swing by the Iron Horse first, check out the antique bikes, catch some great tunes, and toss back a couple beverages of choice. Stop number two should be Poopy’s, which has recently relocated to the highway 84 viaduct in Savannah. Poopy’s has a large restaurant, a store for buying gear or one of their souvenier t-shirts, a shop to service and repair your bike, a tattoo parlor, outdoor stage and covered seating area, and perhaps the highlight: free tent camping. I don’t mean to be a salesman for Poopy’s, but I loved that place. Definitely a destination for future rides.

Oh yeah, back to rides. The ABATE of Iowa Freedom Flyer is chock-full of organized riding opportunities (look under Events). The ABATE Freedom Rally near Algona, IA (June 29, 30, and July 1) promises to be an event worth attending. If you can’t wait that long for an ABATE rally, try ABATE of Wisonsin’s Summer Hummer (official state rally) June 15 – 17. Of course, if you’re really serious about your biker rallies, you have to consider the 67th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, August 6 – 12.

You can find organized rides in Iowa or any other state at Weasel’s Sringfield. The nation-wide listings ensure that you can find a ride wherever you may roam. Another great source of ride information is your local biker bar. In Cedar Rapids, we’re fortunate to have two, the Chrome Horse Saloon & Slop House, and the Fifth Gear, and both regularly have postings of upcoming rides. Bottom line: You should be able to find an organized ride close to home any weekend of riding season.

Enough for today. Hope to see you out there.

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