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Chad Brislawn
A lifelong Muscatine resident, Chad Brislawn has a passion for motorcycles and writing. He writes No Baffles No Brakes, for Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

Leave your spurs at home, this ain’t that kind of rodeo. I recently had the opportunity to attend an old school biker rodeo put on by one of our local MCs. You may not find any bulls or cowboy hats, but if you’re looking for beer and good times, you’re in the right spot. Food, drinks, and motorcycle games. Rain, mud, and horsepower. Big laughs, music, and trophies.

We came rolling in on the back of a rain cloud on a Saturday afternoon. The grub was hot, the drinks were cold. We fell in line with all the other bikes and hopped off to see what this thing was all about, and I got to say, if you’ve never had the chance to witness some old school rodeo games you’re really missing out.

First up was the tire toss, and yeah, it’s pretty much what it sounds like, a round rubber shot put getting flung out into a field. Furthest throw wins. Simple enough right?

Not sure which was my favorite. It came down to the keg push and shovel race, I think. In a keg push, you line a beer keg up with your front tire and push it through the course. First one across the finish line wins. Trust me, this looks way harder than it sounds.

But the one that takes the cake is the shovel race. You plop your money maker down into a scoop shovel. That shovel is attached to a rope. The other end of that rope is tied to a bike. I think you see where I’m going with this. Fun and hilarity ensue! Trophies are distributed to the winners. Cheers, laughs, and celebrating. This all goes down whether the weather cooperates or not, and it’s all in the name of fun and raising a little cash for the right reasons.

Muscatine has a way of rallying around and supporting charities of all kinds, and the Motorcycle Community is no different. It’s rare that you will come across a group of people more willing to dedicate their time and money to supporting causes both local and worldwide. Toys for Tots, abused children, cancer victims, the support of veterans and the armed forces, you name it. If there is an opportunity to give freely of themselves, you can rest assured you will find bikers there.

You hear a lot about brotherhood in the motorcycle world, and it gets tossed around so much it’s hard to really define what that actually means. In my own personal opinion, the best way that I can describe it is that brotherhood is an exercise in selflessness. Whether you are talking about the brotherhood of a club or, more broadly, the brotherhood of mankind itself, it’s all about letting go of your ego and giving to something that is greater than yourself. If riders are known for charity then they are equally known for having a good time, and there’s no reason that those things can’t be intertwined right?

So, if you’re ever out on 2s and you see one of these public events, pop in and say “Howdy y’all.” Strap up your chaps, fire up your bike and get down, clown. I, myself, have got some practicing to do because next year I fully intend on participating in these Motorcycle Olympics. We’re going for the gold. But realistically, bronze has a nice hue to it also. Saddle up!

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