From Andrew Gillman – The Road Connection

First and foremost, thank you so much for your continued support of The Road Connection. We couldn’t do it without you!

We wanted to take a moment to let you know what The Road Connection is up to this month. Our journey continues as we kick off the month at the 72nd Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Curt won’t be bringing his motorcycle on this trip, but we will be there in full force talking to bikers about the need for sustainable infrastructure funding.

As Curt puts it, “Motorcyclists have a lot more at stake than your average motorist – A pothole to them could mean a serious accident.”

A couple of important updates:

  • Attached you will find a press release highlighting our trip to Sturgis.
  • Please take a few minutes to check out our blog ( We have a new blog post featuring John Padoven from Santa Fe, New Mexico who is cycling across the country from Neah Bay, Washington to Key West, Florida. The Road Connection caught up with him in Iowa to ask him a few questions about his travels.

To Sturgis: Connecting with Motorcyclists at the 72nd Annual Black Hills Rally

After stops in the Upper Midwest to visit the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and various media partners of the campaign, The Road Connection truck heads west to Sturgis for the 72nd Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Rally, held from August 6th to the 12th.

Although The Road Connection team applauds the efforts of Congress and the President on MAP-21 (the two year / $105 Billion bill that was signed into law on July 6, 2012), the campaign will be connecting with motorcyclists to spread the message that the country needs to be planning for longer-term, sustainable infrastructure funding. The truck will be on display on the corner of Lazelle Street and 5th Street in the Sturgis Expo Lot, and The Road Connection team will be urging attendees to stop by the booth to talk a little bit about the future of U.S. roadways.

In addition to being an avid motorcyclist and a regular Sturgis attendee, Curt Peterka is also one of the men taking The Road Connection message across the country to dealer events, trade shows, and job sites. He believes that sharing this message with motorcyclists will be an extremely positive experience. “When it comes to poor roads, motorcyclists have a lot more at stake than your average motorist,” says Peterka. “A pothole for a motorcyclist can mean a serious accident.”

After participating in the week-long Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, The Road Connection truck will continue west to Eugene, Oregon to pay a visit to campaign sponsors, Johnson Crushers International (JCI) on August 15, 2012.

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Curt Peterka, one of the key members of The Road Connection team, atop his motorcycle.

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