Friday, August 30, 2013

600 Miles to Bikes, Blues and BBQ

By Luke Shields, Altoona, Iowa

The 2013 Bikes, Blues and BBQ rally will be my first to attend in Fayetteville. I have heard about your rally from friends who have been there, nothing but great things have been said!  I am riding down with 5 of my best friends who also live in Iowa, and meeting another friend at the rally who is from St. Louis. Our wives are driving down the day after we get there so they can join us.  We'll be riding just over 600 miles to get to the rally.  We are all stoked about coming down, and couldn't be more excited get there!

I have been riding motorcycles since I was 13, I am now 32. I currently ride a 2012 Harley Electra Glide Classic. I just bought it last week and had some customizing done. Now its ready for the rally! I traded in my 2008 Harley Street Glide for the classic. Both customized!  My dad got me started on motorcycles. His passion for them rubbed off on me and I have stuck with it since then.

Our plans are to just go with the flow when we get to the rally; eat some BBQ, listen to some blues, ride on poker runs, then see the country! I am looking forward to just seeing all of the beautiful scenery. I have heard it's amazing down there and I really can't wait to see it.  I have been to some local rallies here in Iowa and went to Sturgis last August. Our goal is to attend a different rally every year. I LOVE to travel on 2 wheels!

Ride safe, Luke, see you in September!  Luke will receive a Bikes Blues and BBQ t shirt for sharing his story.  Congratulations!