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12th Annual Larry "Mad Dog" Rogers Memorial Ride-Alabama

Written by  August 28, 2018

  On Saturday, August the 11th, riders gathered at Thunder Inn, a favorite local watering hole, for the bikers to make the annual ride over to the final resting place of Larry "Mad Dog" Rogers.

 

  Mad Dog was a treasured friend, a wonderful man with a huge heart with the constant warm, big smile on his face. He loved life, his family, and valued his friends and was the best parts man the Harley shop has ever known. People always knew that he would be there to help out with any parts related problem with your Harley. He seemed to know everything needed to fix any problem on your bike, and he loved sharing that. He liked playing his banjo, and was very active in the Civil War re-enactments and had the largest collection of cast iron skillets I've ever seen. We used to bring him skillets and pots that we would find to add to his collection.

  Even after all these years, he is still so very missed around here. That's made very clear as we all gather and start telling "Dog" stories. I'm sure that brings a smile to his face as he watches from above and listens to us all.

  In attendance today were his family, "Mama Dog", sister Sherri and her husband Randy, uncle “Banjo” Bob, who brought up the rear with a 2nd beer truck, and the "Pup's", son Jacob with his girlfriend Katy and daughter Jenna, along with many of his close friends. There were a few that were missing and missed.

  Some of us still have our "Operation Mad Dog" shirts that we all got during the huge fundraiser we did just before his passing. ALL the Harley shops in the country sent shirts down for us to sell as part of the fund raising efforts, and it brought in the largest amount of money I have ever seen for an individual, and there were over 500 bikes that showed up for his funeral! That's still, just amazing, and just some of the many things that show just how much he IS loved. So now we wash our treasured shirts, put them up and only break them out once a year in tribute to him!

  Someone brought the "Shine" as it has become a custom to have a drink with "Dog" while we are here visiting and to give him a SHOT!