9th Annual Biker B!tch Ride

July 19th, 2014 marked the 9th Annual Biker B!tch Ride.

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It was a day full of adventure, uncontrollable laughter, new friends, old friends, cocktails and plenty of open road.

Curious on the history of the Biker Bitches?  Find it here.

Our Day Started at Quaker Steak & Lube in Council Bluffs, IA where we convened for Bloody Mary’s, burgers, shirt exchanges and first-time greetings for a few of the gals.   We all were so excited for the day that lay ahead of us.

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We hung out, chatted, soaked up the early sun and soon loaded up the bikes for our first leg of the trip.

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Destination:

DC’s Waterhole

Plattsmouth, Nebraska

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DC’s Waterhole provided us with good service…

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An Outdoor Patio where we met a newly turned 21 year old…

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Plenty of time for girl talk, cocktails, laughter and selfies…

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Me, Kristen and Suze

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Cheezin with Ashley and Kayla

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Jen & Marcy

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It’s a tradition to leave our mark at a bar each year.   Signature Wall it was!

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A little over an hour at DC’s Waterhole and it was time to move on to Stop #2

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Destination:

Steel Horse Saloon

Newhawka, Nebraska

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The Steel Horse is tucked away in a typical small rural town.  A bar, post office and a few houses make up Newhawka.

Oh, and the flag pole placed in the middle of the only paved road that leads in and out of the community.

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Newhawka had NO idea what to do with us.

We had a few drinks and the girls were adorable enough to toast yours truly for arranging the day.

Thanks, chicks.  

I sure love you crazy b!tches.

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A few more drinks and photo opps:

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Tyree, Kristen and I

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Lora & DeAnn

 

Pretty sure we made some ruckus on our way out of this town. 😉  It’s to be expected as the day moves on and the drinks keep flowing.

Just making our presence known is all.

Ahem….

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Destination:

Heron Bay

Louisville, Nebraska

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The owner was in rare form that day, so getting drinks took time and patience.   It’s ok, though.

We know how to entertain ourselves.

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I love Heron Bay for the outdoor seating along the river.   It’s relaxing and peaceful.

…until we take over.

The peace went out the window with this rowdy crew.

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Jen loves boobs and Marcy always makes money.

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Busted: Liz is double fisting it.

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And DeAnn!

Yet another reason why I love these crazy chicks.

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After about an hour at Heron Bay, and knowing we had two more stops ahead of us, we loaded up and headed out.

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Destination:

The Dog House Saloon

Waterloo, NE

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We lost a few gals due to other commitments, so even while our group got a little smaller…

I can promise we got a little rowdier.

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This girls got SKILLS

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Get it, girl

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Iowa gals! 

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Dang I know some hotties.

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And the traditional butt pic.

Funny stuff, friends.

Funny stuff.

Time to move!!

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Destination:

Street Dance

Bennington, NE

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Technically, Bennington was our last stop for the Bitch Ride.   We clearly had a lot of fun by the direction the photos started taking.

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Heidi has the best laughs.

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Drink, anyone?

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Marcy’s still getting dolla bills, yo.

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Oh, good.   We can still take normal pics at the end of the day.

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Most of the crew split ways at this point.  We had a group from Iowa that wanted to get back before the sun went down.

The rest of us?

Well….. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

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Destination:

Dr. Jack’s

Omaha, NE

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We Chair Dance

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We Love

After Dr. Jack’s a few more of us went to Anchor Inn and closed out the night dancing, singing and laughing before calling it a rap at 2:30am.

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Another B!tch Run in the books. 

Another spectacular day with crazy ladies who I love dearly.

And can I say, holy photos?  We took 229 that day.  Clearly, ain’t nobody have time to look at all those.  I spared you.  And I spared some of the girls. Let’s just say, some of those photos are best kept private.  🙂

I say I am pretty darn lucky to know some kick-ass chicks.

Cheers to 2015 and the 10th Annual Ride. 

….Look out.  It’s gonna be crazy.

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Holstein Harley Davidson Women’s Run

Holstein Harley Davidson

Omaha, Nebraska

All Women’s Run – May 31st, 2014

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Each year, Holstein’s Harley puts on a Women’s Only cruise.   It’s a tradition that is holding steady and each year more and more women turn out for it.

Our 2014 route took us through Oakland, Iowa -> Harlan, Iowa -> Neola, IA -> Council Bluffs, IA.

 

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The event is organized by Kristen, Holstein’s Motorclothes Manager.    She put together a flawless event this year, covering every detail imaginable.  From creating a route with the least resistance, fuel stops perfect for those with peanut tanks, solid 25 mile or more distances between each stop, lunch details to raffle prizes – the girl had it all.

Unfortunately, Kristen’s father passed away unexpectedly the day before the event.   As Kristen dealt with the loss of her father, numerous women stepped up to the plate to help out in anyway possible.   Kristen’s dear friend, Suze, reached out to Tyree to help her lead the pack and Tyree in return asked for my assistance as the route hit up all the Iowa bars that I was used to.   Several ladies stepped up and helped with the check-in and announcement making.

A biker community banding together – one of the many reasons I love the two-wheeled life.

Good people.

After we dedicated the ride to Kristen and her dad, we loaded up and headed out.

Thanks to Holstein Harley for the first three pics

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There we go!  Front of the pack!

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Watch out fellas.   Us chicks know what’s up.

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Thanks to the Riders for Christ in the road blocking assistance.  We made it out of Holstein’s safely!

The first goal of the ride was to just get out of the Omaha Metro area.  We crossed the bridge into Iowa and stopped briefly to get the girls back together again.   Street lights in Omaha are abundant!

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Marcy’s Posse 

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This is Marcy and her new man, Jared.   😉

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Next up?  Oakland, Iowa!

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(thanks Traci – I swiped your photo)

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Marcy’s Posse (Thanks Kim- swiped your pic too!)

Next up: Harlan, IA

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Clearly the red cage didn’t get the memo

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Thanks Lora for the pic!

Next up: Neola, IA

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Last Stop: Salty Dog, Council Bluffs, IA

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The day was a big hit and a ton of fun!  New friends, many miles and memories to last a lifetime.

 

Thanks Tyree for letting me be a co-pilot with you.  I think we did alright!

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I’ve got you, babe.

Oh, You Ride a Motorcycle?

We’ve all been there.  We meet someone new and we attempt to start a conversation.  Often the conversation starters default to career choice or the weather.  Other times the topic might be connected to something more personal, like what the person is wearing or what they are driving.

And then you have the conversations revolving around the fact you ride a motorcycle.

While I  respect the attempt at striking up a conversation, there are just some things better left unsaid.

In the spirit of keeping this lighthearted, take my opinions with a grain of salt

and a shot of tequila.

Keep Talking

Top Annoying Questions to Ask A Biker

1. Can I Sit on It?

Checking out motorcycles is what we do.  Whether at the store, outside a restaurant, bike night or a rally; bikers walk around, look at others rides, dream, take mental notes, make wish-lists and maybe even snap a few pictures.  Guaranteed you will find someone making lovey-dovey looks at another persons bike.

That is where the admiration ends.  Don’t be that guy and ask:

“Can I sit on your bike?”

Maybe next time I get that question I should answer with —>  “Sure you can sit on it!  Can I have the keys to your car as well?  I’d love to get in it, maybe take a few selfies behind the wheel, turn the radio on, roll the windows down… you know”.

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2. Did You Ride Today?

Maybe a few coworkers know you ride.  Or, you’re at the grocery store and you have some Harley-Davidson gear on.   Outside, it is noticeably miserable and not ideal riding weather.    Naturally, someone will ask

“Did you ride today”

…..as they chuckle and give you a little elbow nudge.

Yep, buddy.  Sure did!

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3. “YOU know how to ride THAT?”

Oh, no, no, no.  Don’t be silly!   It has this cute little button that when I push it, the bike magically goes VROOM down the interstate in the direction I want it to go.

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4. A little too much power for a woman, don’t you think?

What does that even mean?

Please, let me introduce you to these lovely ladies, who, as a matter of fact ride their own machines.

Now, what was that question, again?

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5.  So You’re An Organ Donor.

I don’t know how many times I have heard “You know that doctors and nurses call bikers organ donors don’t you?”

Great!  But, please tell me how riding a motorcycle makes me any more of an organ donor then a runner, or a cyclist, or a person walking across a major intersection, or a person changing their tire on the side of the road?   At any time freak accidents happen.  Aren’t we all essentially walking organ donors?

But, thanks for the heads-up on what other people say about us.  I was very concerned.

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6. Don’t Crash

Well shit… There goes my plan for the evening.

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And Lastly:

7. What About All the Bugs That Hit You?

They Die.

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Trying to find a way to strike up a conversation with a biker?  Perhaps, when did you start riding, might be a good place to start.

Or even better… Why do you ride?

We may stick around to tell you all about it!

 

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Your Turn!

Have any you’d add to the list?