Thunder Valley Rally 2018

By Perry & Traci Nelson

September 14th and 15th is still a pretty hot time of the year where we live in Phoenix, Arizona; well over 100 degrees. Traci and I really look forward to heading up to Cottonwood for the Thunder Valley Rally. It takes about an hour and 45 minutes on our Road King.

Thoughts running through my head that this is the perfect name for this motorcycle; it truly is the King of the Road; especially while passing semis …dropping it down a gear and then clicking it back up to 6th as you motor on by that big rig…hearing that low purr of our Screamin’ Eagle pipes…and finally my woman waving… and the truck driver waving back with a smile and a flash of his lights…

Riding “up the hill” as we call it; going from about 1,000’ above sea level to over 3,300’ above sea level brings the temperature down a bit. There is really no better feeling for an Arizonian than that first blast of cool air on your way up through the mountains… riding on that “big 2 wheeler.” This is as good as it gets.

The Thunder Valley Rally was in full swing when we rolled in, bikes everywhere, I said it last year and I’ll say it again this year: “This rally just keeps getting bigger!” Hezekiah Allen and company put on a great rally this year to benefit Police and Fire, The Fallen Heroes charity and Verde Valley Military Service Park

Freedom Bird Entertainment park was the epicenter of this huge rally. Camping and vendors surrounded the stage area. The musicians included Jonny Lang to headline Friday night, and Blackfoot featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ricky Medlock to headline Saturday night. Blackfoot’s lead singer Jeff Shields killed it with their famous song “Train” for the final encore and the place went nuts!

The “Ride the Vine” poker run had huge high and low hand prizes of $1,000 each; Michelle Stevens was the lucky winner for the high hand and Scott Trainer brought home the cash for the low hand.

An autographed guitar went for $3,000.00 (to charity).

Dozens of “Pin-ups” and “Biker-chicks” were in attendance for a very interesting Miss TVR contest organized by Jessie Lynn. Double D’s Scottsdale Indian provided the on stage motorcycle for the pose-off.

And the winners:

1st Misty Brook ($500.00)

2nd Elizabeth Reese ($200.00)

3rd Desire Happei (Calamity Bell)

People’s Choice- Erin Adams

We can’t wait till next year’s rally!