Our new Labor Day tradition is going west to the Chief Blackhawk Antique Motorcycle Swapmeet in Davenport, Iowa.
Matt has been making the trek to Davenport for several years. I joined him for the first time last year. I have never seen anything like it.
A bunch of dudes from all over the world converging… not just buying old motorcycles from the early 1900s to present, but negotiating over the random old crusty parts, as well.
To sweeten the deal, we always pick up quite a treasure chest of vintage stuff for the shop. Beat by the wind leather jackets, priceless antique motorcycle t-shirts and boots worn to perfection.
In every category, there’s much more swapping going on than cash transactions! Thousands of people bartering, a blast from the past.
The most treasured part about the weekend is spending time in the neighboring town, Le Claire, hometown of our dear friends Mike and Jodi and their little one, Charlie. It’s a Mississippi River town, just like the town we grew up in on the Ohio… Henderson, Kentucky. The people of Le Claire have all worked so hard to reinvigorate the once-withering town. It’s a model of revitalization.
The guys get up at the crack of dawn to get to the meet. But, the girls sit out on the porch in Le Claire visiting all morning… just looking at the river.
Hoping you find yourself resting at home with family or with good friends somewhere away this long weekend.
Happy Labor Day.
Carrie + Matt