Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lester....my respects to an old biker..

Lester has been around..wore patches of clubs long forgotten, rode Harley's that would scare most of today's riders to death across the country..Got scares on his face and hands from a day your differences were settled in the parking lot..when all was said and done you shared a beer and it was over..A handshake had meaning..Life was an adventure..

I grew up with his youngest son..They buried Geno 25 years ago..We both still think about him from time to time today..My thrill  in youth was going to Lester's house to spend a Saturday night..when he was home we would sit in the backyard as he was guzzling beer and listen to road stories..Been awhile but still remember a few of the good ones..I still remember how he would laugh and smile as he told them..

Got to go sit in a clubhouse with him a couple of weeks back..Tex-Mex rock blasting..Brothers from miles around paying respects to a man who at 77 can still crank down some throttle and some beer..Didn't get much time to enjoy..He was the man of the night..shared brother hug and a smile..asked him if he had any new stories to tell after all these years..He laughed and told me come by on a Saturday night..You know I'm thinking that is gonna happen..

Thank you Lester for sharing you stories..for teaching the code..for the sons your raised who followed you..I share your losses..Geno and the Chief were true friends..true brothers..you my friend were an inspiration..teacher and a brother..still are today.. Ride free...

4 comments:

FLHX_Dave said...

The young needs the old. The old needs the young. Why is it that neither see it that way.

At least you do. Always love hearing the stories and hope someone is interested in mine when the time comes.

Tribute and cheers.

Arizona Harley Dude said...

Sorry for your loss Rat. I agree with Dave that we forget what and where the old ones have been. If not for them there is no us, or future.

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

The old timers are the best. We all need to sit and listen to them more then we do.

Willy D said...

I’m starting to feel old.