Happy Trails

Happy Trails

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This being the last column of the 2019 season (before I start back up in March of 2020) I chose to focus on a topic that actually goes beyond motorcycling. Yet it is also actually very much a part of what riding a bike is all about (at least to me). I’m talking about simply finding time to unplug from your normal weekday routine to just enjoy the “ride” of life.

Recently my riding buddies Mike, Sam and Greg (who appeared in my Woodstock column earlier this season) reached out about doing another scenic weekday ride. Things at work were going okay so I figured I could afford to join my moto-crew for a day off from work, and on our bikes. (Truth be told, I was not totally unplugged this trip¬– my Bluetooth-enabled helmet assisted me in actually getting some work done!) However, we still all carved out time from our busy schedules to ride and that’s what counts in my opinion. With that spirit in mind I invited another previous MotorMouth star Scott Duboys (former drummer for Nuclear Assault, Cities, The Cycle Sluts from Hell and Warrior Soul) to come along. Scott in turn, invited Steve Morse and Enrique Iglesias’s drummer Van Romaine! Van could only do part of the ride but rest assured we shall ride again one day!

Greg, whose mellow demeanor belies the unrelenting power of Grayskull he secretly wields, suggested visiting Bill’s Old Bike Barn in Bloomsburg, PA. As it turned out, this museum was truly a spectacle to behold and transcended just bikes. Sure, there are close to 200 amazing vintage motos and bikerelated items to check out at Bill’s, but his picking interests go way beyond that. Bill recently turned eighty years old and surely must have been picking antiques his entire life to build the insanely large collection we beheld.

Established in 1998, Bill’s Old Bike Barn is actually not a barn at all but rather a (billsbikebarn.com) We discovered a whole bunch of 1939 New York World’s Fair memorabilia housed along Main St. in “Billville” which is a little village actually constructed inside the building. Billville has its own mini-mansion, smoke shop, music store, police station, fire station, Matchbox car collection, Coca Cola shop, and even a 1939 New York World’s Fair bar. Bill’s Old Bike Barn describes itself this way: “From military displays to vintage riding clothing, thousands upon thousands of posters and memorabilia, from John Wayne to John Deere and everything in between.”

55,000 sq. ft. complex literally filled to the rafters with extraordinary antiques from around the world. The place is in a constant state of evolution with new items and collections continually being added. There are unique gems like a 1939 German Kattenkrad, a 1914 Triumph and a 1913 Harley Silent Grey Fellow alongside vintage European carousel horses and pristine Moto Guzzi’s. Believe me… You’ve never seen anything like Bill’s Old Bike Barn and you should experience it (billsbikebarn.com) We discovered a whole bunch of 1939 New York World’s Fair memorabilia housed along Main St. in “Billville” which is a little village actually constructed inside the building. Billville has its own mini-mansion, smoke shop, music store, police station, fire station, Matchbox car collection, Coca Cola shop, and even a 1939 New York World’s Fair bar. Bill’s Old Bike Barn describes itself this way: “From military displays to vintage riding clothing, thousands upon thousands of posters and memorabilia, from John Wayne to John Deere and everything in between.”

After a long while we embarked to enjoy wicked twisty roads, amazing weather, fantastically light traffic (all hail riding during the week!) and the kind of moto-comraderie that is something only like-minded riders understand. Ride-wise we slabbed it to where Route 11 crosses Route 80 in PA and then worked our way back to NJ on backroads eventually through Jim Thorpe and Allentown, PA. It was truly a magical day and had I not taken the opportunity to make this 400+ mile Thursday happen I would have missed out big league. Simply put; every now and then you should take a day off to do whatever it is you like to do and just enjoy being alive while you still are.

See you in March!

ALAN TECCHIO

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