I had almost forgot Samantha Morgan was gone - until I saw this tribute last week. I met her once with Goth Girl in Sturgis at Lavallee & Spina's paint booth, and saw her ride many times. The first time I saw her ride the "Wall of Death", I just couldn't believe her skill. She could ride a motorcycle. We talked for a minute or so . . . but, we kept getting interrupted because everyone knew her, they were friends from all over - a true VIP. When I heard she was sick and had passed - I was taken aback a little - 'cause she seemed so invincible. I saw the "Wall" crew in Davenport this spring - and said hello to Jay . . . (who's had his own bout with health problems). It's a rough life on the road riding the wall - but, they will always be our true heros - in life and in death.
Stopped in to see Cole and the boys - what a place ! Pre-1929 Harleys, Indians, Popes, Cyclones - totally cool. A very professionally run operation. Museum and collectibles up front - and high end restorations and machine shop in the back. I saw the "Wheels Through Time" rig parked out back and realized - Hey, this is the place they told me about. I could work here !?!?
The Black Hills Rally is that special time of year when everyone gets together. Friends meet up to party, check out the bikes, the babes, eat some grub, go to the races, ride the hills . . . and camp out. Cool shit. My lil' Sporty digger got selected at The Horse Show . . . I helped Chris Carr and crew for a bit at the 1/2 mile . . . hung with Spina and the gang for a few days (that was classic) . . . got to shoot-the-shit with Bacon and Bill Dodge, Negotiable Tim ain't changed one bit . . .and even took a day to go with Big Noot and crew through Spearfish Canyon - awesome ride ! Everything went great - the week was just too short. More pics later . . .