Biker Feature {Liz}

Three Christmases ago, Clint bought me a really nice Canon Rebel.   I was stoked!   Took it out of the box, attempted to figure out the manual settings, and then put it back in the box and let it sit.   Thanks for the Christmas present, babe!

This summer I am making a concentrated effort to start learning the ropes, with the end goal of being able to use my camera in the manual settings to produce quality photos of my biker friends that they will enjoy.  Fortunately, I have some pretty great friends who are willing and eager to serve as my guinea pigs and Liz raised her hand to be my first experiment.

Holy crap, I was nervous!  What if I was unable to translate what I saw in my head to my camera?  What if I botched it, completely?  And what about putting it out there for others?   What about the judgement?

All of that aside, we scheduled a date, I chugged a few beers and we went to work.   200+ photos later, I am pleased with what was captured and am excited to share with you a few of the highlights.   Now, to continue to learn and grow.

Thanks, Liz for being the PERFECT “first” for me.   It was a ton of fun.

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Cheers!

12th Annual Biker B!tch Run | 2017

The 12th Annual Biker B!tch Run rolled in hot.

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And rolled out even hotter.

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Literally.

It was 9 million degrees that day. But who ever let a little sun and heat index of stay-inside-and-hydrate stop them?

Clearly, not us.

 

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The Beginning – Sugars in Council Bluffs, IA

Sugars provided us with our morning cocktail blends of bloody mary’s, screwdrivers and red-bull vodkas.  Logical drinks of choice for the 10:30 brunch hour, right?   And can we take a moment to appreciate this pretty BA sign that Candy and Marcy got for me???    This girl has some pretty incredible and oh-so thoughtful friends (even if I had to be reminded WHO actually went in on this bad boy.  Early on-set of Alzeimers, friends.  It’s real.  And I was just so excited for the day!)  Thanks again Candy!  ❤

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After cocktail hour, hugs, hellos and good-to-see-ya again’s… it was time to make that day our b!tch.

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Stop 1 – Tailgators Bar and Grill in Oakland, IA

A smorgasbord of lunch, ice cold beers and temperature regulation, Tailgators served us well.  And leave it to these naughties to find an opportunity in the dumpster.

Because where else, right?

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Finding fun in every moment is what these chicks excel at.

I dig.

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Stop 2: Cruisers in Griswold, IA

I believe we have Cruisers to thank for the kick of feel-good-endorphins.

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It’s a strong possibility those endorphins were brought to you courtesy of little cups of jello thanks to that wild child, Elise.  A little jiggly bucket of magic dust is what we will call it.

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And it’s our civic duty to follow clear directions and common law…

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So we made sure to oblige.

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Cruisers also provided us with a long stretch of street where we could actually set up and snag a few photos while melting under the fiery glare of the sun.

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Oh, but honey…

Griswold never looked so good.

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Let’s not forget our fun little crew taking space in the fun bus.

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I have Hunter to thank for many of the group photos from the road.  I gave her my camera and said “have fun”.

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Anyway, let’s roll on, shall we?

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Tyree always serves as my right-hand woman.  On the road and in life. ❤

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Stop 3: The Rainbow in Red Oak, IA

There is always one community that doesn’t know what to do or how to handle us when we come rolling in.  This year was definitely Red Oak.  Upon entering the town we came up on a sheriff.  Said sheriff pulled into the center turning lane and sat there while each and every one of us rolled on by, following the trusty 25mph speed limit and providing smiles, winks and a few head nods.

I am certain he was just enjoying the view…

Wouldn’t you?

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The Rainbow provided us with some eats and treats before it was time to leave the fine diners of the Rainbow Cafe to themselves again.

Ya, I see you Cyndi.

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Liz was being a badass a few weeks prior and broke her ankle so instead of two-wheels, she got four, courtesy of this little scooter.  And what kinda mode of transportation would it be without a license plate?

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Y’all.  This is my aunt Marla.  My dad’s sista.  I have this B!tch run to thank for getting us connected again.  It’s been so fun having her along for the ride.   Fun fact: she trailored down my dad’s old bike so I could use it in senior pics back in 1999.   Fun new fact: she fed me pizza when I was a toddler and got scolded.   This new fact is brought to you courtesy of Jessica’s conversation starters in the fun bus.

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Let’s ROLL!

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Stop 4: Jaime’s Tavern on Main in Essex, IA

Oh, friends.  FRIENDS!

You don’t even know…

Let me elaborate via visual effect.

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Our smart mouthed but huge heart friend Jenn couldn’t make the run due to work (we were also down a few others due to a trip to MX, a float trip, work and family time) BUT, Jenn busted her butt to get to Essex to have a drink and see us off to the next stop.

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And it’s always about this time where I become huggy.  I believe we can thank those little buckets of magic from earlier.

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Or maybe these baby beers.  Seriously.  Have you HAD THESE YET?

You are missing out.  Don’t miss out.

Don’t be that guy.

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Alright, Alright.  Let’s move along while we still can.

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Stop 5: The Hangout in Malvern, IA

It’s always about this time where folks start tearing off to head home for dinner with their s.o.’s or various other reasons.  It took me a minute to get used to that as the OG days we stayed together until alllllllll hours of the night.  But, a larger group now-a-days equals a wider range of home locations and miles in between plus family obligations, so I have embraced it as the new standard and can totally dig it.  It’s us.  It’s the new way.

And this last official bar always brings the onslaught of photo opps, as for many of these girls, this B!tch ride might be the only time each year that they ride together, which makes the moments and memories even more special.

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A little fact about the below pic.  Cyndi (left) rode in from Cedar Rapids!  I met Cyndi during the summer of 2007 at the Conesville Motorcycle Rally (R.I.P to the #2 ranked most epic of rallies… click here and here for the #1 ranked) so to have her join up this year on her own ride was pretty friggin’ sa-weet!

And Ashley (right) was a Jeeper during the 11th annual and decided then and there that she was going to be on her own two-wheels for the 12th annual.

A woman of her word.  My kinda peep.

Tyree- does this make her MY friend now too?

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Is the photo fuzzy, or have you just been drinking?

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The official stops may be over, but the unofficial stops were just beginning!

Peace out Malvern!

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Unofficial Stop 6: The Backroom Lounge in Lake Ohana/Glenwood, IA

We didn’t stick around here long.  Just enough for Tyree to join some kids in a bounce house, eat some grub, laugh at something on a phone that I am sure wasn’t funny, pass out the lollipops.

GANG, I am SORRY (not sorry cuz more for me) I forgot these earlier in the day… fail.

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OFFICIAL stop 7: Cara’s SURPRISE 30th BIRTHDAY PARTY!

We cruised into her nice quiet neighborhood, frightened her husband, rolled back the throttles because no birthday is complete without the sound of motorcycles hitting their rev limiters and surprised the hell outta this girl.

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We done?

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Some fuel and then I took up whip while Liz led us out to The Mile Away where you should also go for the chairs alone.

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Strong possibility they’ll put you right to sleep too!

Soon after the Mile Away we made our way to Crescent for some grub and good tunes and a final end to the night brought to you courtesy of Kimi’s famous split.  It wouldn’t be a B!tch run without it.  BUT, I shall spare her the pic.  There may be some shirt slippage in there and that’s just reserved for us. 😉

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Year 12 brought the fun.  It brought the renewed spirit.  It brought new friendships and reunited old.  It brought a sense of complete camaraderie and sisterhood that makes the B!tch run what it is and what it was built from.  Friendships united on trust, love, honesty, loyalty, a lil booze, wind and complete and total nonsense.

And 100% fun.

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CHEERS!

 

 

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Special Thanks to:

Courtyard Ink

And all the bars visited, linked above.

 

 

 

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Santa’s Coming! I KNOW Him! {Ugly Sweater Run Ticket Giveaway}

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The Ugly Sweater Run is coming back to Omaha for the Third Year in a row on Sunday, December 14th.

 

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I am such a sucker for themed “fun” races and so of course jumped at the chance to participate again!

How can you pass up ridiculously ugly Christmas outfits, hot chocolate, fun with friends and free beer?

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The event is family friendly as well, with kids under 10 participating FREE!

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And who knows?  You might run into Buddy the Elf himself!

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Just the facts, Jack:

  • Sunday, December 14th @ 11am
  • Starts at the Century Link, Omaha.
  • With registration you receive a vintage hat, unlimited hot chocolate, and choice of a Winter lager, Boston lager or Angry Orchard Hard Ciders.
  • Ugly Sweater Run funds benefit the Save The Children organization
  • After race celebration with all your new Ugly Sweater wearing friends.
  • Since the race will be finishing up around lunch time, make the MOST of your SUNDAY FUNDAY and hit up the Old Market for some lunch and shenanigans with your crew!

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Thanks to the good folks behind the scenes of The Ugly Sweater Run, I have tickets to giveaway!   Oh, yes I do!

Two winners will receive a TWO PACK of tickets for the Ugly Sweater Run.

That’s right!  If you win, you get to choose someone to go with you.   It just wouldn’t be as fun winning by yourself!

HOW TO WIN:

1. Comment below your favorite Christmas movie. (worth one entry)

2. Follow me on Facebook – Harleys & Heels.  (worth one entry)

DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Friday, November 21st.  Winner announced Saturday, November 22nd.

Good luck and see you on the 14th of December!

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Eric Church, Husker Homecoming & A Family Reunion

So, let’s just say my weekends have been so fun, the “Weekend In Reviews” have gotten away from me.

Or… I just have too much on my plate to blog consistently.

Or… I am just lazy.

Whatever it is – I am highlighting a few weekends together.  Starting with Eric Church on September 18th.

Ya, I get it.   Three weeks past.

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Eric Church Pre-Gaming : Brought to you by Joe Banana’s, cute girls and a few dudes who felt it necessary to join our photo.

Concert Beers are pricey.   It’s a requirement to pre-game at a bar prior to the big shows.  The idea is to cut the amount we spend on beers during the event.

Think that actually EVER works?

Ummm, no.

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Cue Jen and her double fisting.

Confession:  We all did it.

So, let’s chat about our tickets.

Our seats were to be Section 222 | Row Infinity.

Want to guess where we actually stood thanks to Ms. Personality Jen?

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Oh heyyyyy E. Church.  I see ya lookin’ at me.  😉

YEP!   If you can’t tell from that photo how close we are, than you my friends are confused, because clearly we are on the

FLOOR BABY!!

 

 

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AHHH!!!

Eric put on an absolutely fantastic show.   He looked genuinely happy to be there, constantly spoke of his gratitude and played the longest set I’ve heard in a long time.

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I had so much fun at this concert that I am going back to see him in Kansas City in December.

Ya, I know.   How many concerts does this make for 2014?  I won’t tell.

Such a concert junkie.

Oh and Officer?  We just want you to know we did NOT touch your randomly parked bike 10 blocks away from the concert.

Promise.

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Now, shall we fast forward a few weeks to Husker Homecoming on September 27th?

Yes, let’s!

This makes the second Husker game I have ever been to and they’ve all fallen in one season.   The Hawkeye in me is cringing a little.   But, I’ll be honest yet again.  We had a TON of fun.   Cold beer at the tailgate, a good first half, entertainment by the Husker Band, and a fighting couple sitting next to us in the stands.

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What more could you ask for on a Saturday night?

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And while we are on a role of skipping weekends, let’s move along to this Saturday, October 4th!   I got up early, went running around Zorinsky Lake, baked a pan of Mallow Brownies and road tripped to Kellerton, IA for a family reunion.

Before we get to the reunion, allow me to have a vain, selfie-PLEASELOOKATME– moment.   But, did you notice in the Husker pics that I cut my hair?    I freaking love it.   Honestly, might go a lil shorter next time.  And you can’t see it, but there is a ton of red in it.  Hello, fall hair.  ❤

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So, back to the family reunion.  First activity involved a hay rack ride (Yes, it was FREEZING) to an old cemetery.

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Word is just beyond that fence line behind the graveyard stood an old wood shed that Bonnie and Clyde hid out in.  They used the shed to bandage up their wounds they had gotten while robbing a bank in Ringgold County.   Read about it here.

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We walked around the cemetery for a short while, looking at the headstones.    There was one loan headstone in the corner that is said to be the first burial and headstone at this location.

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Soon we loaded up and headed back to the farmhouse for dinner, camp fire and small talk.

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Even caught Gr’pa Drake getting into the booze.  ❤

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It was a great day with family!

Now, I promise to not get so far behind from here on out.   I know you are waiting on pins and needles for these weekends updates and all.

Cheers!

Women of Harley: Marcy L.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #7 | Marcy L.

 

Meet: Marcy

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1. How long have you been riding?

Been riding my own for about 6 yrs now!

 

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2. What do you ride?

I ride a 2003 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail

 

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3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model?

This the 3rd bike I’ve owned.

And for the record:  

I didn’t choose it, he chose me.

 

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4. Does your bike have a name?

 

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5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike?

Quite honestly, I got tired of waiting for jerks to come take me for rides.

 

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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?

Many of my “sista’s of the wind” are my inspiration.

 

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But, my daddy?  

He’s my hero.

 

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And my grand-kids?

My heart.

 

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7. What are some of your favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

I love all the awesome people I have met while riding.

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I also love all of the rallies I’ve attended and all the different places I’ve traveled.

Can’t wait to see where the road will take Jared and I next.  

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8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.

One of my most favorite bike trips was a 6 hour ride to Soldier, IA with my girl Chris Yager.   The trip should have only taken maybe a little over an hour.   Let’s just say, we showed some of those country boyz how to greet a biker bitch.

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I also can’t forget the Algona Freedom Rally Trip.   

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

While riding, NEVER let anybody take you out of your OWN comfort zone!

 

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10.There are many “Biker Codes” out there. If you had a favorite what would it be? Or, if you were to add your own code, what would you say?

What NOT to wear while riding is a biker code I like!  Some people just don’t get that flip-flops & shorts are not safe to ride in!

 

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11. Final words?

Marcy didn’t leave you with any final words – but I will.

I met Marcy a few years ago and I can tell you… I have NEVER met anyone like her.

This is one chick that lives life to the utmost fullest and one we could all take lessons from.  

Marcy is full of life, lives in the now, is a true free spirit, never follows the norm, lives the life she wants to live, is loyal to her family and friends, doesn’t know a stranger, lives EACH and EVERY day with such passion and does it all with ZEST, enthusiasm, charisma, passion and a whole heart.

 

If we could all learn anything from Marcy – it would be to not take yourself so seriously and experience everything you possibly can.

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Thank You, Marcy for being you!

You are a true gift to the Biker Community and our little crew known as the Biker B!tches.

 

 

Cheers!

Keep up-to-date on all Biker Bitch Features:

#1: Ashley H.

#2: Jen M.

#3: Chris Y.

#4: Lora J

#5: DeAnn P.

#6: Tyree S.

 

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The 9th Annual B!tch Ride

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