Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Our new Road King Classic! This pretty little bike ( I mean, cool looking 'Man Machine'/Harley-Davidson) will be getting a side car to match so that little miss Marissa will have somewhere to ride. Because it won't be on the back of this bike. Marissa loves to ride the 4-wheeler with dad around the yard and was a bit distressed when she couldn't ride on the HD. Robert rolled it out of the garage so I could take some pics and then he went for a solo ride. And, yep, he put on his helmet. Since he moved to Alaska he hasn't ridden, but he rode a lot when living in Florida. He'll be taking a refresher course soon and then next summer we'll be on the open roads of the lower 48. Yipee!!! We both really like the vintage styling of this bike. As soon as I saw it online I knew it was my choice. Coincidentally, the local Harley-Davidson dealer had the same bike on the showroom floor. ;) All they need to add is that little backstop pad for me so I don't fly off the back. :)

In Rememberance of my Dad

Our visit with dad in summer of 2007 in Illinois.
L to R: Marissa, Me, Cody & Dad

Elementary photo

Ron Durnell
11/02/1943 - 06/25/2009

Some memories of my dad:
Serving his country in the Army National Guard.
Saturday morning cartoons, Bugs Bunny and Road Runner were favorites.
Living across from the family business, a concrete plant.
Riding with my dad in the early mornings in the 'big' trucks.
The big yard on Forest Street with the weeping willow tree, the field of daisies and goldenrod,which he was allergic to. But, he always took the 'flowers' I picked for him.
His love of cars and racing.
Always letting me explore and create.
He had great penmanship and loved to draw and draft. Always a stickler for details in his work. He was such a hard worker, no matter the project.
I have so many memories and stories that I can't possibly share them all here, but I will leave many of them in a book about him for my kids.
He had many dear friends and a large family that loved him so much. He will be missed tremendously.