Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Roaring Pipes and Cold Beer

By Lincoln Pommert, Joplin, Missouri

To be sure how many times or which years I have attended Bikes Blues and BBQ I would have to dig through my closet and start pulling out shirts.  But, I can say I haven't missed many.

I work construction all over the US.  In January 2013 I took a job in Sioux City, Iowa at a powerhouse, knowing that it would put me halfway to Sturgis, which I planned on attending.  The job was set to be over before the Bikes, Blues and BBQ rally. But like most construction jobs, it went on longer than initially planned.

I made it to Sturgis, meeting a few friends from Joplin there.  But as September rolled around and Bikes Blues and BBQ time arrived, I was still on the job in Iowa, 500 miles away.  I told the foreman, "See you in a week, I'm off to Arkansas!"

I made the trip alone on my 2011 Street Glide.  The ride down was complete with torrential rain, wind gusts, and lightning.  It wasn't all that pleasant but the main point was that I made it!  It was the first year I camped at the Washington County Fairgrounds.  I must say, the barbecue cook-off was awesome! I will definitely be staying at the fairgrounds again in 2014.

I met my good friends Melvin and Alicia Childers and Kevin and Ronda Herlson at the rally. In the mornings we would get up, have breakfast and then take off on a ride.  We rode down around Beaver Lake to Eureka Springs, stopped by Pig Trail Harley-Davidson to check out the vendors and we would stop to have lunch somewhere. We all truly love to ride!

Of course, no trip to Bikes Blues and BBQ could be complete without a trip to Dickson Street. It's crazy how you can live in a town all year and
not see a person you know, and then run into them on Dickson Street. Some amazing creations on two wheels can be found there and the people are always friendly. The sound of pipes roaring is music to a biker's ears and the beer is always cold!

I can tell you that if you've never been to this little corner of northwest Arkansas, you're missing out on something very special. The scenery is breathtaking. The curvy roads are a riders dream, and the people are some of the best around. There is just no better time to experience it all than during Bikes, Blues and BBQ!