My time in the Marine Corps was fulfilling even though it had its ups and downs. One of the down times was in 1982 when I was in my primary Military Occupational School (MOS).
My wife at the time, my daughter and I had no where to live, so we lived in our car for a short period until I could save enough money for rent; which I did. The travel from CA to NC used all the money we had until I was reimbursed for the trip. I enjoyed Camp Lejeune so much that I reenlisted for another 6 years.
I spent a lot of time in the Far East: Japan, South Korea, Philippines and Okinawa. The Post Exchanges overseas sold Harley-Davidsons that you could buy and pick up in the USA and the prices were thousands of dollars less than the US prices.
I had always wanted a Harley since I was a kid; in my younger years my bikes were sport bikes and I had quite a few of them. It wasn’t until after I retired from the USMC that I bought my first Harley. Unfortunately, my wife of 24 years passed in 2004 and I used the life insurance money to purchase my Heritage Classic Softail.
My ex-wife had always wanted a Harley instead of foreign motorcycle and this was her gift to me. The Good Lord used her passing for something we had both wanted; as it reads in Romans 8:28 “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”
Since that time I have been traveling to the big biker events: Sturgis, Rolling Thunder, Daytona, Arizona Bike Week, West Coast Thunder and still have a few to go.
Also, along my travels, I met my current wife; she is not sure of what to make of this arine-Biker, but we leave that in the Lord’s hands. Until next time: Keep the rubber side
down and the shiny side up.
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