Letter from the Owner – October 2022

October? Now that’s Scary!
I can’t believe it is already October! Where did summer go? Soon we will be surrounded by the colors of fall and taking those end of the season color rides through the countryside. As a sit in my office writing this letter I am thinking back on the summer and how I didn’t take enough time to truly enjoy it.
Sometimes we get so busy with the daily tasks of life or with our jobs that we forget to take time out for ourselves to truly enjoy the fruits of our labor. That is something I have been focused on trying to accomplish each day taking a break, stopping to smell the roses and spending time doing the things that bring happiness into my life- at least an hour a day. I encourage you all to do the same.

Soon (in the next couple of months) I will be making a big announcement. So be sure to pick up the magazine each month and stay tuned for that. Meanwhile be sure
to mark your calendars for the events coming up before the next season of hibernation approaches us. All the advertisers in this great publication/ resource tool I am proud to say are truly who I would recommend for that great meal, cold beer, insurance agent, lawyer or
whatever you may be looking for or needing in your life.

So be sure to patronize them and check them out. They are the best!
Make sure to check out the website at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com for all your needs related to Motors, Lakes and Trails.
I appreciate my loyal advertisers and readers support,
thanks to you, Thunder Roads Magazine® of Michigan is
still the #1 Free motorcycle magazine in the state. I have been very blessed to have been the owner for over 10 years now. Thank You!


Now for some “Mo” Advice:
The fear of loss is greater than the fear of gain.
“Jody Mo”

Publisher of Thunder Roads Magazine® of Michigan

Letter from the Owner – September 2022

Lessons in Life

Life is full of lessons. You have a choice in life to grow and learn from them and move forward or to let them get the best of you.  Dealing with difficult situations can be stressful and often times feel like you are being tested and pushed to your limits.  I have dealt with my share of difficulties just like anyone else.   A couple of years ago my now 16 year old daughter bought me a cool little book for Christmas titled, “Life is a Joke- 100 Life Lessons with punch lines”.  Instead of reading this book cover to cover I chose to read a story when I feel like I need inspiration and guidance.  I would like to share the story I read last night as I feel it is a good lesson for us all, especially in these times as sadly it seems like there is more evil and deception than ever before in this world so you need to seek and surround yourself with honest, good souls.  And as I have said before, “That which is in the dark always comes to light”.  Just like truth.  The book was written by the Javna Brothers.  Here is the story I read:

In Confidence

“Education is when you read the fine print, Experience is what you get if you don’t.”
-Pete Seeger

Four lawyers- two senior partners and tow junior associates- were traveling to a conference by train.  At the station, the junior associates watched as the senior partners bought a single ticket.  “How can you both travel on one ticket? Asked one of the younger lawyers.  “Watch and learn,’ said a senior partner.  They all boarded the train and the junior associates took their seats, but the senior partners squeezed into a restroom and closed the door behind them.  Soon after the train left the station, the conductor came around to collect tickets.  He knocked on the bathroom door.  “Tickets please,” he said. The door opened a crack and one arm appeared, holding a ticket.  The conductor took the ticket and moved on.  The junior associates were impressed by this trick.  So on the return trip, the senior partners suggested they try it too.  But as the junior partners were buying their single ticket, they were surprised to see that the senior partners weren’t buying any tickets at all.  “How can you travel without a ticket?” asked one of the young lawyers.  Watch and learn,” said a senior partner.  They all boarded the train, and the junior associates squeezed into one bathroom while the senior partners squeezed into another one nearby.  Soon after the train left the station, one of the senior partners emerged and walked over to the bathroom where the junior partners were hiding.  He knocked on the bathroom door and said, Tickets, please.”

Life Lesson:  The lure of getting “something for free” can cloud your judgment…and makes you really vulnerable to scam artists.  Don’t trust a scammer. Ever.  If they’re cheating another person, it’s a safe bet they’ll do it to you too.  Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re on the same side.  You’re never on the same side as a con man- They’re only out for themselves.  And remember: a good con artist never seems like a con artist.  They seem like someone you can trust- which is what makes them successful.  You don’t realize you’re a victim until you’re left without a ticket on a moving train.

Beyond the Punch Line:  A “con artist” (from “confidence artist”) specializes in gaining your confidence… so they can cheat you.  They may be well-dressed, personable and convincing.  And what they offer you may be incredibly attractive.  But it’s all designed to get your attention and then part you from your money by appealing to two things:  your need and your greed.

You can read more on it, but that sums it up pretty well I think a good life lesson for us all.

My parents raised me to be independent and sometimes that is the better way to go.  With only one cook in the kitchen things are less likely to get burned or even yourself.  I hope you enjoyed this story.  Not a fun one to live, but just another life lesson.  Life’s full of them.

Now back to business, this year marks the 15th year of Bikes on the Bricks, which if you have never attended you really need to check this event out!  The motorcycle skills competition brings in nearly 100 motorcycle police officers from all over the US and Canada.  To watch them compete in the skills challenge is truly unbelievable as they scrape floor boards and show off their amazing riding abilities on their police bikes.  There are many more events left this year so mark your calendars and get out there and ride!  Be safe, have fun and soak up the sun while you can.  

Make sure to check out the website at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com for all your needs related to Motors, Lakes and Trails.   

I appreciate my loyal advertisers and readers support, thanks to you, Thunder Roads Magazine is still the #1 Free motorcycle magazine in the state. 

Now for some “Mo” Advice: 

Never let someone in your kitchen unless you really know and trust them with a knife. 

“Jody Mo”

Publisher of Thunder Roads Michigan

Letter from the Owner – August 2022

It’s summertime

It’s summertime and the weather has been great.
Enjoy it while you can because you know what’s
down the road. Get out there and check out some of
these awesome biker friendly businesses that help
support Thunder Roads Michigan. Also, be sure to
check out our event calendar for some fun events
coming up like Fowlerville, Bikes on the Bricks and
many others. The events this year everywhere are
getting huge attendance, most likely because we have
been cooped up from the pandemic and folks are just
needing to break out and feel that freedom that we all
seek being bikers. If you have been wanting to order
some Thunder Wear be sure to check out the website:
ThunderRoadsMichigan.com or find us at some of
those events mentioned. Enjoy the rest of summer and
mark your calendars for those great events…always a
good time.
If you have a business and are interested in advertising
or becoming part of the team you can also go to
ReasonsToRide.com. It is the one stop shop. Where
you can find out more info on most anything or post
your event or even manage an upcoming show or event
through this site.

Get on board NOW with your business and save
extra for signing up NOW even if it’s just a business
subscription, which is only $20 mth.

Make sure to check out the website at
ThunderRoadsMichigan.com for all your needs related
to Motors, Lakes and Trails.
I appreciate my loyal advertisers and readers support,
thanks to you, Thunder Roads Michigan is MICHIGAN’S
MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE.

Don’t miss a single issue of Thunder Roads Magazine
of Michigan, subscribe today for only $40 (12 issues)
at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com or mail check / money
order to PO Box 1782 in Midland, MI 48641-1782.

Now for some “Mo” Advice:
Holding on to anger is like picking up a hot coal to
throw at someone. You are the one who gets burned.

Letter from the Owner – Sep 2021

Until Next Year…

It is hard to believe we have already come to the September issue!  A friendly reminder that I only publish April thru September issues so I will be back at it next year so be sure to get a subscription so you don’t miss a single issue or plan on picking up your copy at any advertiser.  The easiest way to figure that out is to view the publication online at www.ThunderRoadsMichigan.com and any advertiser will have a copy, but remember it is not a never ending supply so be sure to go that first week of each month to make sure you get yours.  I want to mention as well that when I am taking photos you never know which issue they will show up in.  I have been putting photos in April and May for next year already so be sure to check each month if you were somewhere that I was taking photos.

This issue I wanted to pay respects to those that lost their lives and the families of the 9/11 terrorists attacks.  In this issue we have dedicated many articles to just that.  I hope you will take time to honor those brave heroes that also were there during that tragic day.  Please also remember that each time you see a veteran to tell them thank you for their service. 

I hope everyone has ordered their copy of the September 2021- December 2022 16-month Thunder Roads Wall Calendar.  I hope that you will purchase yours to help support this free publication that you love reading April thru September each year. 

I appreciate my loyal advertisers and readers support, thanks to you, Thunder Roads Magazine is the #1 Free motorcycle magazine in the state.  Please like Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan on Facebook and follow me on Instagram; JodyMoThunderRoadsMI

Don’t miss a single issue of Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan, subscribe today for only $20 (6 issues) at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com or mail check / money order to PO Box 1782 in Midland, MI 48641-1782.

Now for some “Mo” Advice: 

Don’t settle. Take the time to find your forever.

Die with memories, not dreams.

Letter from the Owner – August 2021

In the Heat of it ~ August in Michigan

I love August in Michigan because we usually have a lot more hot and sunny days, which allows us to take full advantage of all our state has to offer.  You’re not going to want to miss out on this month’s festivities, so make sure to check out the events calendar to see what fun things are happening in Michigan this August.

Have you ever noticed how cheap junk food is and how much more expensive healthy food is?  That’s kind of like life in many ways! It’s actually easier to just ignore people, not say hi, etc which is in comparison is like crappy junk food.  It’s harder to put a smile on your face when you’re going through struggles, or in comparison work out vs. lying on the couch.  It’s harder to be kind when you’d rather tell someone where to stick it.  A goofy comparison I realize, but there’s some truth to it. How does the healthy food make you feel and how does being kind make you feel?  Then ask yourself, is it worth it? I believe it feels much better to be the kind of person that even if you yourself may be going through hell you’ll extend yourself to make someone’s day, because you feel like you helped them when you yourself know you’re experiencing your own hardships and struggles. To help others and to be kind to someone is life altering.  Think about it… it’s a domino effect.  You were rude or mean to someone, which makes them angry, so they become rude and mean to someone else, etc or you smile and say something kind, which makes them feel good and so they in turn do the same to someone else they encounter.  Being the kind of person that puts a smile on someone’s face is way better than being the person that creates tears and sadness. Keep living life in this kind of way because I believe Karma is a bitch to those that don’t. 

Have you ordered your September 2021- December 2022 16-month Thunder Roads Wall Calendars yet?  I hope that you will purchase yours to help support this free publication that you love reading April thru September each year. 

I appreciate my loyal advertisers and readers support, thanks to you, Thunder Roads Magazine is the #1 Free motorcycle magazine in the state.  Please like Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan on Facebook and follow me on Instagram; JodyMoThunderRoadsMI

Don’t miss a single issue of Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan, subscribe today for only $20 (6 issues) at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com or mail check / money order to PO Box 1782 in Midland, MI 48641-1782.

Now for some “Mo” Advice:

When u share your pain, it gets cut in half. When you share your joy, it doubles.

Letter from the Owner – July 2021

Happy 4th of July!

It is so nice to see people’s faces!!  Finally, seeing less and less mask covered people.  This brings a smile to my face.  It really makes you appreciate “normal” whatever that is.  I am deeply sorry to anyone that has lost someone due to Covid or any other reason.  There was a lady I called Agnes my angel that I recently found out passed away due to Covid.  She was such a beautiful person.  It was years ago when I was looking for a place to rent (was in a rush to get in somewhere because I was basically going to be homeless- bad break-up, lesson learned there) and she had a cute little house available.  She was the only person that didn’t require a timely background check, etc.  I was in tears telling her what I was going through at the time and I remember her handing me the keys and telling me, “Go get your shit”!  She was such a cool lady.  She will be missed.  When you think about how certain people have impacted you and your life also think about how You may have done the same!  If you are not, then I believe you may not be living up to your true potential and giving your best version of yourself in this life and to others.  That is my mission in life to affect people in a positive way.  To live life to the fullest.  I hope that people can say that I have helped them and truly made a difference in their life, in even a little way.  Like Agnes my angel did for me many years ago.  Like in the movie, Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman says, “Get to Livin’ or Get to Dyin’”.

I am very excited to announce that the September 2021- December 2022 16 month Thunder Roads Wall Calendars are finally here!  I have been working on this for over a year.  I am very proud of how awesome it turned out and I hope that you will purchase yours to help support this free publication that you love reading April thru September each year.  Plus… thanks to my friend Troy who suggested I offer a Jody Mo wall poster, those will be available for the first time EVER!  My photographer Rob captured some great images during my shoot and I (as critical as I can be about myself sometimes) actually liked several pictures so for a limited time until they sell out you can get a poster with the purchase of a wall calendar if you order at: ThunderRoadsMichigan.com Because I am including the poster and free shipping the cost is $25, but look at all you are getting for that!  Pretty cool, plus it helps support this publication.  I also hope to see you all on Saturday, July 17th (see full page ad this issue) at the VIP Calendar Event.  Be sure to RSVP via either Facebook or email (see all the details on the ad in this issue). I appreciate my loyal advertisers and readers support, thanks to you, Thunder Roads Magazine is the #1 Free motorcycle magazine in the state.  Please like Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan on Facebook and follow me on Instagram; JodyMoThunderRoadsMI

Don’t miss a single issue of Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan, subscribe today for only $20 (6 issues) at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com or mail check / money order to PO Box 1782 in Midland, MI 48641-1782.

Now for some “Mo” Advice:Don’t make promises you can’t keep.  Don’t say you will when you know you won’t.  Don’t think you can’t when you know you can.  Don’t ever bite the hand that feeds you especially when they didn’t deserve it.

Letter from the Owner – June 2021

Hello Summer!

The warmer weather is finally here to stay for a while.  I love summers in Michigan.  There is always something to do and usually there’s multiple things going on and you have to decide which one you are going to partake in.  Also, it makes me so happy to finally see the mask mandate lifting.  I was starting to wonder if we were going to have to always wear them from here on out, which some places like airplanes may continue, but I hope not.  Anyways, be sure to check out the events calendar to see what’s happening in our great state.  Also, a couple of new features this month that I hope you enjoy. 

And…. The 2021-2022 16 month Thunder Roads Wall Calendars are going to be available very soon!  I have only a couple more photo shoots left to do and then it’s off to print.  I am so proud of the 2020 calendar and really felt it was a classy sexy representation of beautiful ladies, but this next one… holy moly… seriously!  Amazing!!!  They will sell for the same cost of $20 as the 12 mth calendar did, but you get bonus months September 2021 thru December 2021 as an extra to kick the year off for 2022. This money helps support the free publication you love… Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan!  I will be posting on Facebook and Instagram when they are available so be sure to follow both:  Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan on Facebook and Instagram is; JodyMoThunderRoadsMI

Don’t miss a single issue of Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan, subscribe today for only $20 (6 issues) at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com or mail check / money order to PO Box 1782 in Midland, MI 48641-1782.

Thank you to my advertisers, loyal and new and to you the readers for making Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan the #1 free Motorcycle Magazine. 

Now for some “Mo” Advice:
Never assume. Never assume someone knows how you feel. Never assume you know what someone else is thinking. Never assume you know anything until you do.

Letter from the Owner – May 2021

My oh May

It is mid-April as I sit in my office writing this letter.  We had a few really nice days, but it has turned back to rainy and chilly, which is to be expected in Michigan.  There is a lot of uncertainty yet in our state and in the world.  We don’t know as of right now if our governor is going to shut us down again or what is going to happen.  This is causing a lot of stress for us all.  Our future, our pocket books, any plans we have made -all in limbo.  I hope that by the time this issue is out, if she did shut our state back down that we are re-opened.  The stress is affecting us all.  Even more if you have kids because I have a daughter in high school and she is back to online learning and all her sports are postponed and most likely for good this year.  What is the positive? 

We must always try to find the positive in every situation, but this one it is truly becoming harder and harder to find the light at the end of the tunnel.  May I remind us all, including myself that it is always darkest before the dawn, this too shall pass and what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and that is some bold, hard truth literally!  No matter what you are going through try to remember that others are also going through this and some even more!  Just because a person wears a smile on their face or sounds happy on the phone, remember they may be suffering and dealing with a lot, but keeping it hidden on the inside.  Just Be Kind! 

Everyone needs to be kind to everyone because right now I can guarantee that the majority are suffering.  Let us be there for one another and as I tell my daughter, “Be the kind of person that makes someone’s day, not ruins it”.  As humans we hold a lot of power.  Our words can do just that; make or break an attitude, make someone laugh, smile or cry… think about this for a moment.  You hold that power!  So let us decide each day to put a smile on our face even when we feel like crying, say something nice to someone even when you may want to throat punch them and make someone’s day, instead of ruining it.  Even if they ruined yours.  This is a viscous cycle and it can be stopped by just being kind.  I hope that this resonates with someone and serves as a reminder that you are not alone. 

Lastly, in my Mo advice letter this month as it appears, I want to remind you all that this month is Memorial Day.  That day is to remind us all of our brave veteran heroes that lost their lives to give us Freedom as an American.  Let us take a moment on that day and as many others as possible to show our gratitude to our living veterans by telling them, “Thank you for your service”!  Please remember also that May is motorcycle Awareness month because it is usually when the weather officially turns nice and the bikes start coming out.  Look twice, save a life.  If you have kids, teach them this. 

Don’t miss a single issue of Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan, subscribe today for only $20 (6 issues) at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com or mail check / money order to PO Box 1782 in Midland, MI 48641-1782.

Thank you to my advertisers, loyal and new and to you the readers for making Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan the #1 free Motorcycle Magazine.  Stay strong my friends!         

Now for some “Mo” Advice a fitting quote:

“There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.”- Laurence J. Peter. 

Letter from the Owner – April 2021

Everything is changing more and more and in my opinion, well, not for
the good. So as I sit in my office and compose this letter keep in mind
it is currently mid-March.

Here in Michigan we are only half open or half closed, depending on how you want to look at that. I have been to Florida about 4 times in the last couple months, one of those was for work and the others to get away from the cold and chaos that feels like our state has
become. I know the majority of the people out there that I talk to feel the same way as I do, but to be careful to not step on any toes and squash any snowflakes I will not say too much more other than…gosh it sure was nice seeing the businesses fully open in Florida, the sun and people smiling! I can only hope that will be our state sooner than later.

As I worked on this month’s issue it was so nice to see the events coming in and the ads for places that I hope to soon visit. The weather is warming up and the bikes are starting to get out more and more each day as spring arrives. Make sure as “Red” said in her Veteran’s Corner article that you service your bikes before that first ride!

I am running a sale on Thunderwear (lol what I like to call Thunder Roads Merchandise), so please check out that ad in this issue! With most events cancelled last year we all could use the support so be sure to patronize the businesses listed in this issue. We have to look out for each other because I am not sure anyone else is at this point.

Stay Strong! Respect one another’s differences. Just because we do not agree doesn’t entitle any of us to demand they be muted. We all have the right to speak our minds. Our veterans fought for us so we could be free. Let’s try to remember that during these challenging times.

Don’t miss a single issue of Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan, subscribe today for only $20 (6 issues) at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com or mail check / money order to PO Box 1782 in Midland, MI 48641-1782.
We still have a few 2020 Thunder Roads Michigan Wall Calendars available NOW ON SALE and with FREE SHIPPING as well, which you can also order at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com proceeds help to support Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan.

If you have a cool bike or car or would like to be considered as one of the models for the 2021-22 18 month wall calendar be sure to contact me via email by submitting a photo. Stay tuned as I hope to release that calendar early this summer.

Now for some “Mo” Advice:
Don’t slam doors. You never know when you might want to go back.

Jody Mohowitsch
“Jody Mo”

Letter from the Owner – September

Looking Ahead

I am sure like most of you that you wish you could just skip ahead to 2021.  This year has been a very difficult one for all of us.  With that being said I am looking ahead to next year and looking forward to some exciting news… I have decided to have a Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan Rally!  It is about time I am sure many of you are thinking.  It is called Michigan Thunder Fest (See Inside Front Cover for details).  Kris (the owner of Salt River Acres) and I will be working hard to make sure this event is nothing but awesome!  Those that know me know I am all about having fun so you will want to make sure to save the date for next year July 14-18.  You will not want to miss this!  If anyone is interested in helping, being a vendor, performer or a sponsor be sure to contact me.

Once again please don’t forget to continue to reach out to friends and family that may still be struggling during these difficult times. Please help each other.  Please support the advertisers you see in this issue that are still paying for ads and hoping that September brings back life in their businesses.  Without them I would not be able to still publish this magazine for you to enjoy so please be sure to patronize these wonderful people and places.  This is the last issue of the year, but I will be doing online posts/ads throughout the off-season so if you have something going on or would like to advertise your business at an extra discounted rate contact me. 

Don’t miss a single issue next year and subscribe today for only $20 (6 issues) at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com or mail check / money order to PO Box 1782 in Midland to your left on this page, be sure to include item name and phone number in case there are any questions or I can’t read your writing.    

We still have 2020 Thunder Roads Michigan Wall Calendars available NOW ON SALE and with FREE SHIPPING as well, which you can also order at ThunderRoadsMichigan.com proceeds help to support Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan.  If you have a cool bike or car or would like to be considered as one of the models for the 2021-22 18 month wall calendar be sure to contact me via email by submitting a photo.    

Now for some “Mo” Advice:

Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present