Editor’s Note: Joan Krenning purchased her first motorcycle, a brand new Harley-Davidson Softail Custom in 1986. In February of this year she launched on a 36-month motorcycle tour of America that she calls, the Glory US-A Freedom Ride. Riding a 2013 Street Glide wrapped in graphics of the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence and quotes from Abraham Lincoln about equality, her purpose is three-fold: to promote the purchase of all made in American products, to passionately defend our Bill of Rights and the rights of all Americans and to inspire hope.
Joan is the founder and CEO of DesignWraps Brands, a product line and brand she has built with partner, Elizabeth Woltemath. She says had it not been for the love affair she had with her Harley, DesignWraps would not have taken place. She describes herself as a woman of courage, sourced by faith. When she’s not riding (which isn’t very often), she enjoys watching NFL football, reading, gardening, her family and playing pool.
Can a simple motorcycle evoke incredible emotion in the average man or women?
Are we, as a people, so attached to our machines, especially the Harley-Davidson, that we are drawn in from all directions as one appears on the horizon?
I have found the answer to be yes.
My sweet Freedom Glide opens EVERY conversation for me. Every one!
She is the magnet, the homing device, and the catalyst that brings me together with Americans from all walks of life who walk around her slowly, taking in every facet, and as each one slowly looks up, smiles, and says, “Nice Bike,” I can see the respect in their eyes and hear it in the sound of their voice.
“That she is,” I reply. “She is my trusty steed, my steel horse. She carries me throughout my daily travels, with a joy I can sense as I kick her into gear and ease out onto the road.
It is the motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson, that brings us together for the conversation.
It is the conversations with the people, which makes every day of the Freedom Ride, the awesome experience and the adventure it has become.
Last Friday I pulled out of Kansas City to make my way across our country to participate in Rolling Thunder in Washington, DC.
As I travel, my hope is to meet up with you. To sit down, have a cup of tea, and listen to YOUR story.
Be happy…believe…and ride safe on this highway of life!