Lock the welder

Back From Laconia

Well we got home Sunday night after 3 days of hanging out at the worlds oldest bike rally. These days it seems like the worlds oldest people have taken it over though. It is a shame that Laconia has become so bagger/geriatric oriented, because it is an absolutely beautiful place. My hope was that more of the Limpnikie Lot would show up, but it seems like everyone is too exited about the smokeout next weekend. Certainly if the whole lot actually showed up we could have ruled the whole rally, but it didn't happen. A few good things though, we didn't have to pay anyone to set up- awesome! Good thing too because we only sold a few things and if the town goons had raped us like usual it would have been a total bust. We also got to see our friends Leslie, Venom Mike and his crew who have access to a sweet house a few miles from Laconia where we could drink, set off fireworks and catch up. We also got to visit Acme Choppers which was great as usual. Their shop is an inspiration to me- so professional and well equipped. They were even cool enough to give me a frame jig they werent using! Amazing.. I'll post some pics when I get it all set up here. And the best part happened Sat mid day. We were all standing around the Limpnikie rig (basically an 18 wheeler) when all of a sudden there was a huge boom and the whole rig literally hopped up in the air and moved about 3 feet! We ran around and found that a huge tow truck had rammed the front of our truck! This was a big, heavy tow truck too. Anyway.. chaos ensues as a guy opens the passenger side door and slumps out of the cab with a huge gash in his head, and the driver just stays in the cab with a dazed look on his face. After all the cops and EMT people take the two guys away we finally get the low down. Apparently the guys engine stalled about 50 feet away (up hill from us) and the rig just started rolling backwards down the hill. He claimed that when the engine isn't running the brakes are completely useless and there was nothing he could do (?). On the way down the hill he also side swiped a little car and smashed the shit out of my friend Mikes minivan -with him in it, before hitting our rig. Luckily Mike seemed ok and hopped out and began snapping pics of the whole thing (He is arguably the most famous motorcycle photographer ever by the way, www.lichterphoto.com ). Amazingly no one on foot was in the path of this thing when it came down the hill because they would have been squashed into pizza for sure. Anyway, the riding up there is truly amazing and even though I was by myself I had fun just cruising around the lakes and through the fields soaking up the sun (when it wasnt raining). Ok that's all for now- back to bike building to get ready for Sturgis! -L