Mark Winslow, Corydon resident and longtime motorcycle rider and enthusiast was recently awarded the highest award within the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). The MRF is a national organization of state leaders and motorcycle riders from all across the country.
On September 26 the MRF held their Meeting of the Minds conference where over 300 members were in attendance in Indianapolis, Ind. Winslow along with fellow rider and friend Chris Anderson attended the open sessions however in an attempt to make their way back home before predicted storms would hit, they left before the award ceremony had taken place.
“We took off and got about 100 miles west and stopped at a rest area and our phones started ringing,” said Winslow. “I didn’t know what was wrong but I could tell something was up seeing Chris’s face and he told me he had to go back, that we had to go back. So I said sure not knowing what was going on.”
“Generally no one knows who will receive the award, but late morning or afternoon they apparently got nervous wondering where I was because they hadn’t seen me for awhile,” Winslow continued.
Winslow and Anderson turned their bikes around and headed back to Indianapolis. Once arriving back, Winslow’s name was announced as the recipient of the John “Farmer” Eggers award which is the highest honor from the MRF.
Each year this award is given to the individual that works behind the scenes much like that of late motorcyclist John Eggers. Winslow joins only three other Iowans before him that have received this presitious award. He received a U.S. flag that by request of Senator Charles E. Gassley, had been flown over the U.S. Capitol on August 3.
Since June Winslow has been riding his motorcycle across Iowa in an effort to ride in all 99 counties across the state. As of this time he is lacking only six counties approximately from reaching his goal.