From the Owners/Publishers

Happy Birthday America and welcome Summer! Celebrating the Fourth of July is one of the best parts about summer. You get to barbecue with your family, watch fireworks, go to a parade—take part in all the fun summer activities. But another reason why July 4th is so special is because it’s Independence Day, a holiday celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It’s about celebrating the values that the country was founded upon. It is also a time to remember and honor those first Americans who made sacrifices to create the Republic and then defend it over the years. So have all the fun you want this Independence Day, and show your patriotism by celebrating and watching fireworks and be sure to Thank a Vet!


We attended for the 7th year in a row, the Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride. It was the 21st year and it was so incredible, they broke the attendance record this year and it was a great memorial for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. If you have the chance to attend this event next year, I would suggest that you not miss it, we won’t, it’s a site to see if you’ve never been! Look for the article in this issue for all the details from this year’s event and make plans now to be there next year. The promoters, Ron and Sandy Giddis have already started on next year’s theme and getting the ball rolling, so stay tuned to their Facebook page and website for details for the 2022 ride.


Some of you may know that Scott’s 82 year old mom fell and broke her neck last November and spent weeks in the hospital, then weeks in physical therapy.  As if that wasn’t enough, she broke her ankle in two places in May, then two days later she had a stroke and has been in a rehab facility since being release from the hospital. So if you could, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers, and Scott too, this has been really hard on him. Thanks in advance!


We would like to say how much we LOVE our job, we love and appreciate our advertisers and readers, and the magazine wouldn’t be where it is today if not for you, so THANK YOU ADVERTISERS and READERS, we appreciate you more than you’ll ever know!


On this Fourth of July holiday we remember those who fought for our independence, honor our past and present heroic military members, and wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday!


Ride Hard Live Free,

Denise & Scott