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AN UNINTENTIONAL PILGRIMAGE

A RIDE TO THE CROSSROADS

ROGUE and Friends
6/30/2023


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 I like the things that my brother Berry Wardlaw comes up with and asks me if I want to be involved in.

Not long ago he asked me what I thought about a Time Capsule with motorcycle history.

 With the way things are changing in our world today and have over the years, I am sure he already knew my answer, as I have been doing some of that in hopes to pass on to our current and future motorcycle riders and others.

 Luckily there are others who think the same way and we have museums and other sources doing it. But having a Time Capsule I believe is a new concept.

 As the discussion continued it was decided that the majority of what went into this specific capsule would be about people who are no longer with us and had an influence on our lives and that of others.

Ride To The Crossroads
Ride To The Crossroads

 While people’s names were being mentioned Charlie Brechtel and Dennis Sanfilippo names came up and the recent motorcycle movie, they did named the “Rough Boys”.

  Berry did an excellent job of making the time capsule, which was not a surprise as all of the work he does he pays attention to detail.

 
 

 The original plan was for Berry Wardlaw, Vivian Charros, Dana Peters and Rogue to bring the completed time capsule to Clarksdale Mississippi and find a place for it.

Spike Cooking At Accurate Engineering
Spike Cooking At Accurate Engineering

 Well people found out what was being planned and wanted to be part of it. That was Great, but from past experience we learned the more people involved, the more confusing things gets, so Berry came up with an Unsupervised Trip. He would let those interested know what our route and stops were going to be. People could meet us at Accurate Engineering in Dothan, Alabama and ride with us, meet up any place along the way or at the Shack Up Inn, in Clarksdale.

 Those wanting items in the time capsule could send them to Accurate Engineering prior to us departing or ship them to us in Clarksdale before the capsule was sealed.

Rogue with Time Capsule
Rogue with Time Capsule

 

 

Prior to us leaving, a group of us got together, sorted and installed items in the capsule.

Tony Pan Clarksdale or Bust
Tony Pan Clarksdale or Bust

Leaving Accurate Engineering
Leaving Accurate Engineering

 

At Hank Williams Museum
At Hank Williams Museum

First destination was Montgomery and joining up with some others and a stop at Hank Williams Museum

Hotel In Tupelo
Hotel In Tupelo

Restaurant in Tupelo
Restaurant in Tupelo

After lunch we headed to Tupelo. People did stay at different places around town but some of us got together for supper.

Elvis Birthplace Group Shot Singing Songs
Elvis Birthplace Group Shot Singing Songs

 
	
Elvis Birthplace Group Shot Singing Songs
Elvis Birthplace Group Shot Singing Songs

 
Jen and Vivian Relaxing At Elvis's Birth Place
Jen and Vivian Relaxing At Elvis's Birth Place

 
It was a short ride for us to Elvis’s birthplace where we met with others and had a group photo taken while we sang songs
 
 

The ride to the Shack Up Inn, 001 Commissary Road, Clarksdale, Mississippi was enjoyable.

 
 
Bikes In Front Of Where We Stayed
Bikes In Front Of Where We Stayed

 
 
Bob and Tena Cunningham
Bob and Tena Cunningham

 

I got to tell ya, I was a little surprised when we pulled into one of the parking places. I did not realize this was where we were going to be staying. I thought we were just meeting more folks here.

Berry Riding Over Railroad Tracks
Berry Riding Over Railroad Tracks

Next, was riding over the railroad tracks to get to the other gravel parking lot.

There was already a bunch of motorcycles there.

Rogue and Vivan Riding To Back Yard
Rogue and Vivan Riding To Back Yard

 
Shack Up Inn Back Yard
Shack Up Inn Back Yard

 

I later found out there was also a road available, DUH.

 
 
 

You really got to see this place to appreciate it.

Rod Performing For Us At The Shack Up Inn
Rod Performing For Us At The Shack Up Inn

 

There was a stage, a bar, cabins and other dwellings all over the place. People had no problem getting situated and started to party. 

 
 
Deaks Harmonica Shop
Deaks Harmonica Shop

 
Berry - Deaks Harmonica Shop
Berry - Deaks Harmonica Shop

 

During the rest of the day and Monday people did whatever they wanted to, many going into town or just riding around the area.

 

BACKING UP A LITTLE – Shortly after Berry had contacted me about doing this, he phoned me again with I Got Ta Tell Ya A Story. It turns out he and Vivian had been out hunting and during all of that there came up a conversation about making her an Amish Woman. Of course, Berry thinks that would be fun and starts saying we can get a horse and buggy, him a hat and her a bonnet. Story is Vivian looked at Berry and said Ya Deaf Ass (or something similar) I Said Honest Woman.

Berry then asked me if I would perform the wedding in Clarksburg. I was honored and naturally I agreed. He told me not to say anything while he put it together. There were only going to be five of us knowing about it, and Vivian was not going to be one of them.

Benny - Athena - Vivian - Charlie
Benny - Athena - Vivian - Charlie

 

The five would be Berry, Athena Ransom as the Maid of Honor, Benny Turner as Berry’s Best Man, Charlie Musselwhite giving Vivian away and me performing the ceremony

Berry Just Proposed To Vivian
Berry Just Proposed To Vivian

 Berry ordered a bunch of Amish Black Hats and White Bonnets and the plan was for him to put on a hat, get on a knee, present her with a bonnet and ask her to be his Amish Woman.

While this was going on the rest of the hats and bonnets were handed out to those attending.

Reverand Rogue Performing Wedding Ceremony.
Reverand Rogue Performing Wedding Ceremony.

 
 
 

Rogue Showing Berry he Is Now Married
Rogue Showing Berry he Is Now Married

Bobby Installing Time Capsule To Wall In The Good Time Room Of The Shack Up Inn
Bobby Installing Time Capsule To Wall In The Good Time Room Of The Shack Up Inn

It was decided to mount the Time Capsule in the Good Time Room at the Shack Up Inn. After the wedding ceremony, I and others put the final items in the capsule and I sealed it. It is scheduled to be opened in 20 years

 
Tony - Benny - Charlie - Jen
Tony - Benny - Charlie - Jen

 
Part Of The Crew Hanging Out
Part Of The Crew Hanging Out

 
 
Berry At The Blues Berry Cafe
Berry At The Blues Berry Cafe

 
Deak Performing At The Blues Berry Cafe
Deak Performing At The Blues Berry Cafe

 
 
Ariving At Wedding Reception-
Ariving At Wedding Reception-

 
Ariving At Wedding Reception-
Ariving At Wedding Reception-

 
 

The Wedding Reception was at the Blue Berry Café in Clarksburg which included some Great Blues Music and Good Food.

As with all good things like this they end, well until we meet again.

People had such a good time there is talk about making this an annual event. Sounds Good To Me.

Delta Sunrise
Delta Sunrise

 

 

If you haven’t seen Rough Boys yet, I saw a youtube recently on the internet at https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=5MnPEeqmOfE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0owX4IhJPPGX91VeWC0u5gwTlXdyZTJXjImsq445fNo5e12WOJHatO1jM . Watching this movie should give you an idea of what we were doing with the time capsule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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What an amazing Journey!!! Yes I would love to do it again every Year!! I was around some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. It was my first time in that part of the south,I fell in love!!???? Thank You Rogue hope to see You on our next journey!!!

Tena Cunningham
Fulton, NY
Saturday, July 1, 2023
Thank you guys for doing this, and posting it. Great to have it recorded,

Barry cooney
Troutdale, OR
Saturday, July 1, 2023
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