Here is another picture of Joe that I love. Taken in May of 2008, Joe was already a highway companion of mine. My unofficial bachelor party trip, we were following up an offer by Dale Walksler at Wheels Through Time museum. I asked him about the history of this JD that was lightened to one cylinder. It was my favorite bike in the museum. He told me I needed to ride it and to let him know next time we were coming up to North Carolina so he could get it down off the display. We returned two months later in May.
A bit nervous about riding a museum piece, after a couple of spins, I thankfully returned the bike, at which point Mr. Walksler said, "No, get the gas from Matt and ride that thing until you are sick of it." So I rode it until I broke it. This would also be the last time we would go the the museum without camping there. That place is heaven. Thanks Dale. Thanks Matt, John, Neely and the whole family at WTT. By the way, 3 days ago Dale just finished his own cross country trek on a 1915HD. He ranked 11 out of 45 (37 cycles made it the whole way) entries to the pre 1916 CannonBall run. You are my hero. If you want to read more go click HERE or here.