I'm so sad and devastated to report to our Ural community that today we lost one of our own in a tragic accident. Daniel Muhs (not sure what Daniels handle on SS is???) and his son, 10 year old Joey were heading back home to Illinois. Traveling with Holly my wife and I as far as Martinsville Indiana. were Holly and I would split off North and head for home. And Daniel and Joey would continue of for home. It happened around 3:45pm today shortly after we left Heindl Engineering's open house. Holly and I were there when it happened and we rendered medical assistance until EMTs arrived and took over. Daniel is in critical condition and undergoing surgery as I type this. Poor little Joey passed away on scene. Joey was such a sweet, happy little boy with an infectious smile. He was his Daddy's side-kick and so excited to be at the Ural gathering. He had just given Holly and I fist-bumps just before we pulled out of Heindl, such a happy boy! I stayed and sat with Joey, running my fingers through his short hair and speaking to him as if he was still with us, I just couldn't bear to leave him there alone by himself while Holly and the EMTs worked on Daniel. There are those things in life that just aren't fair. And it wasn't time for that little man to die. He had such a bright future. Holly and I will never forget Joey. He will always remain in our heart.
Now folks it's time for all of us to step up and help Daniel out. Daniel is severely injured and Joey was his and his wife's only child. I'm planning on going out to Heindl next week and see if we can come up with some sort of charity that can help Daniel and his wife with bills and everyday expenses. I want 100% of the proceeds to go to Daniel and his wife. I'm also going to post a cross at the crash site with a teddy bear for Joey.
UPDATE: Aug 3rd 2016, Today I awaken from yet another heavy hearted wrestles sleep. Yesterday I cut and epoxy glued an oak cross that Holly and I along with several other riders are going to place at Joey's resting spot after the accident. Tomorrow I will cover it in gloss white paint and paint Joey's name on it in royal blue. I invite all who would like to attend. And if there are many. I will make arrangements for us all to meet up at Heindl's. So always check for updates or please, please, please send me a privet message.
My other drive is to remember Joey, Joey and Dan's last name is spelled Muhs. But it's pronounced Moose. And on the front right side panel of Joey's sidecar he was so proud to show Holly and I a large decal of a moose that he had placed there to signify their family name. So in honor of the memory of Joey, I want to start a "Moose-ment"(movement). To have all or friends, family, riders and ruffins as we are all, to place a Moose decal or stick on your rigs, motorcycles, cars, trucks, house, light post, sign/signpost and everything ells you can think of. In the memory of little Joey. When I ride cross country, I want to the "Moose-ment" for Joey.
UPDATE: AUG 5TH
There will be no ride and cross placing tomorrow. The local Sheriff has contacted me and shut me down for safty reasons, and I can understand his reasonings. I suspect on some warm summer night in the wee dark hours of the pre dawn light. Some magical little fairies dressed in riding gear and helmets will forcibly enter my residence. And Joey's cross shall be spirited away, then deposited along a lonely stretch of Ohio Route 725. So if you ever find yourself coming around a bend on such country road to the south, and you see a white cross with blue Engrossers Old English lettering; it just might be Joey's cross Adorn at the top with a blue moose.
UPDATE: AUG 6TH
Sadly last night as the little biker fairies gained entry into my residence. It's seems that one had fallen into despair. Heavy hearted and filled with sorrow from such a tragic event, could not continue on. So by mid morning some old Soldier who's fading away had mustered up the courage, commitment, and strength to wipe away the tears, and honor the memory of our fallen junior Uralist.
With a little help from my Yamaha FJ-09 I was able to get there quickly and "get-er-done" I placed the cross a 39^37'56" N by 84^38'61" W. I place it about 22 inches from were Joey lay because I didn't want the mowing crews to hit the cross. So its along the tree line. Please take a trip and ride past. Give him a salute, a wave or just a silent prayer. But please don't stop to take a pic, or lay a gift of a stuffed moose, teddy bear or flowers because it is such a dangerous curve. We don't want any more trageties to our family.
I then went to see the Heindl's, Jon and Dave and just had to put all manliness aside and give them both big hugs of support. What great people they are. Damn, makes me want to move to OklaHio LoL (aka: Ohio) They normaly close at noon on Saturdays. But they stay open until 3:30pm. The same time Dan, Joey, Holly and I had left for home. I then continued on passing Joey's cross and rendering a big Army Ranger salute. I stopped in Camden to fuel up for the long ride ahead. And ran into another old Soldier who served with the 82nd ABN and served his community Sheriffs Deputy (Hey Tom). We swapped some old Army tails and I told him a little about Joey without letting him know it was me who was there during the accident or the one who set the cross. (I still had to get out of town without getting into to much trouble. wink, wink, shimmy, shimmy) I told him to spread the word. I hopped on the FJ-09 and headed along Ohio SR 725 W to Indiana SR 44 W to Indiana SR 67 S to Illinois SR 50W the same route Dan and Joey had planned to take home. Once I crossed into Illinois, I turned and headed for home wishing that Joey and Dan would have made it. But I promise you all (aka: Ya'll in Illinois slang) Sorry Danny boy Hee, Hee!!!! Both Dan and I will make this trip together when he recovers from his injuries. It may be on our other bikes until he can get a tan Ural CT and re-moose it. Dan has some odd names in his world, Woody Moose, Uxxxn Moose, and when I think of a tan CT, I think of Desert Moose. Humm now I'm picturing moose walking around the Iraqi Desert... Woww that's a weird thought.. but I wouldn't want to give up camel toe for moose knuckle. OHHHHHHHHH
Sorry just trying to get Dan to chuckle.
Update: Aug 14th
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