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Riding BE-cause - a Focus on Not-for-Profit Events & Efforts

 

Jane LaVoy: A Road to Recovery!

 

Lil' Weather

 

Free Thinking with FancyFree

 

Loose Talk with Jon

 

 

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And this one we're deep into ourselves - a Brand New Poker Run co-sponsored by The Litigator and The Carolina Rider! ...

Here's a story from The Carolina Rider contributing writer, Jane LaVoy - one that speaks to the value of the Litigator Ride (above flyer) as well as SO MUCH MORE! Start here and continue reading ONLINE....

Well it is official! I am the proud parent of a 2013 Crushed-Sapphire 110th Anniversary CVO Road King! Yes, I bought it for Greg. You could call it his Valentine's gift. After his near fatal accident of August 27th 2012, he has done nothing but be positive and focus on healing. It was the strength of prayer, and the help of friends that made it possible for us to survive situations I never thought would happen to us!

There will be some who won't understand. How could I possibly promote Greg getting back on a bike? Greg without a bike would be like a bird without his wings! The famous quote "If I have to explain, then you wouldn't understand" says it all. I made it clear from the first night in ICU that if you couldn't be positive in his healing and riding again, then just don't bother to call him.

While Greg was still in a wheelchair we were visiting Harley Dealerships. He was determined to ride again. Yes, I pushed him through every Harley door, and I agreed he deserved any bike he wanted. I was so glad he was alive, and I was glad he planned on walking, working, and riding again! There were a lot of doctors who said he wouldn't do any of that ... Greg proved them all wrong! ... (READ ON ...)

 

 

Geoff with the Durham Harley Owners Group shares the folllowing event with us. He says "Proceeds from the raffle support local charities and the bike show is our biggest raffle-ticket event." Please give 'em your support and let them know you saw this in The Carolina Rider!

 

 

Erin, the CVMA Public Relations Officer, sent in this info and flyer about the CVMA & the Combat Vets Spring Run

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 15-2 is hosting a Poker Run on March 30, 2013 to benefit Purple Heart Homes and Matthew Bailey, a local Disabled Veteran. Registration begins 10 a.m. at Pat Rogers Speedway Harley Davidson in Concord, NC with first bike out at 12 p.m. Route includes stops at Sam Bass NASCAR Art Gallery, Twin Peaks Restaurant, Hendrick Motorsports Museum& Shop, and ends at Iron Thunder Saloon for awards presentation and live music. Prizes for Best Hand and Worst Hand, as well as raffle and silent auction. Entry fee is $20 per rider & $10 per passenger. Contact pro@cvma15-02.org for more info.

About CVMA: We are an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Our mission now is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Our focus is to help veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say "Thank You" and "Welcome Home." We sponsor and/or participate in many motorcycle-related charity events each year, and as a non-profit organization, donate to various veteran care facilities and veteran charities.

 

Leon Yard sent in this flyer. He wants to see as many of our readers in this run as possible!

 

 

 

The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of February 26-March 5, 2013

Tuesday 53 heavy rain, Wednesday 59 sunny, Thursday 51 p-cloudy, Friday 54 m-sunny, Saturday 47 p-cloudy, Sunday 46 p-cloudy, Monday 52 sunny, Tuesday 58 m-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on Tuesday 02/26/13)

 

The Club Room!

"Good things come to those who wait," they say; and when it comes to many things, you may as well sit back and get comfortable because there's gonna be a wait! Airplanes, babies, gardens, and holidays ... you gotta wait and they'll arrive eventually. Grab a comfy chair and a good book to read to pass the time, or, as we say in Yoga, "just breathe!"

Way back in my twenties, I worked in a nursing home. There was a woman named Virginia; a lovely lady who smiled and called you "sweetie" like you were her very own grandbaby. She was a pretty happy old gal and was mostly content in her then-sedentary lifestyle. An ultra-polite Southern woman, she'd never be caught complaining or fussing about anything, lathering-on thanks and praise for staff; yet she rarely had visitors and often declined invitations to leave her little room. Instead, she could be heard throughout the day murmering up to a shouting crescendo of "I'm patiently waiting...I'm patiently Waiting! ... I'm patiently WAITING!!!!"

And so it is with many of the things we'd like to do with The Carolina Rider. Be it technical or financial obstacles or time or energy slowing us down, there are things we just have to patiently wait for. And this Club Room thing has definitely been one of those. A concept we introduced a couple years ago when we thought we could just throw it up and there it'd be, it's something we had to back-burner as our web design and human-power made it more possible. And then came PoniPrincess who has graciously volunteered to get The Club Room from "a concept with a few files of info" out into some usable form for you!

Read about it below and please do write in and get your info to us. We're providing you one example of the upcoming pages .. hopefully to inspire you and your group to Join The Club Room!

 

 

It was a very full weekend for all of us at The Carolina Rider BIG RIDE Bus and I'm a tired and grateful rider gal. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say howdy. I had such a great time meeting new and old friends at the IMS! From Wilmington to Spartanburg to Florence to Lagoon to Asheville to Murphy ... as well as Virginia and Tennessee! ... fun and interesting conversations with all of you!

Now some of you said you were going to send me some stories you'd write ... some of you are planning on sending me some photos, maps, and flyers. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Many of you told me I'd see you this coming weekend too for Saturday's seminar and for The Litigator's Ride. Cool......

 

I'm on Facebook ... "friend me!"

Carpe Diem - It's Your Turn!!

I had the marvelous opportunity to meet a really incredible guy last week. He has a dream and goal of doing something I know you have maybe thought about, fantasized about, and possibly even done some research on just in case you got brave enough to follow through. He is headed to the Arctic Circle on his Gold Wing motorcycle this summer ... and he wants YOU to join him! Yes, the Arctic Circle ... as in the top of the world (the Antarctic is on the other end, silly.) How ambitious, brave and just plain cool is that?! He has always had a dream of completing the Trans Canadian Highway having completed most of it on earlier riders, and this run will do just that.  He has logged many miles on this amazing stretch of road already.

Gary Burgess is an engineer out of the Charlotte area and has had this dream for quite a while now. He started making it come to life about 8 months ago with meticulous research and incredible thought. This is the year all his hard work will come to fruition and you can take advantage of this great opportunity and tag along with him. You'll need to gas up and gear up and be committed to 5 weeks of breathtaking riding, seeing sights you may have never seen before and might not get the chance to ever see again. He has formed a route that will cross this great country of ours going through the Dakotas, into the Great Northwest, into Canada and ferrying along into Alaska and still further north to the highest latitude you could possibly go.

Through the connections of The Carolina Rider, I had the great fortune of meeting up with Gary and two other wonderful biker souls, Ted and Andy, recently to talk in depth about Gary's proposed journey. Ted and Andy made this trip a few years ago with several other seasoned bikers and agreed to talk with us about their experiences. They made the ultimate American trip on Harleys from Alaska to Key West. When I asked them about it they just smiled and said, "What a ride!" I could have sat there for hours more as they told stories of changing road conditions, amazing animal sightings, and harrowing weather conditions. I was hooked and ready to pack for the trip by the time the conversations started winding down. I think you will be too. Really, if you have any inclination at all about making this type of journey (and it will be a journey for sure!,) please contact Gary and talk with him. He's leaving in a few months and would really like to have some well seasoned bikers to share the experience. The Carolina Rider hopes to chronicle this epic trip and would love to include your observations as well.

Email Gary.L.Burgess@gmail.com to begin the conversation

and I want to hear from you, too! poniprincess@TheCarolinaRider.com

Don't let this chance pass you by ... SEIZE THE DAY!!

(Gary on a long-past ride of his life!)

 

Please keep reading - I have more to tell you about below ... !

The Carolina Rider is very happy to announce the grand opening of our newest resource, The Club Room! FancyFree has had this room under construction for a while but with all her other duties at the magazine she just hasn't been able to put on the final coat of paint. But Volunteer Extraordinaire, Poniprincess, (that would be me) is riding to the rescue! We are dang near ready to invite everyone in and have a look around. I just need to decorate and hang curtains. Martha Stewart I am not, so that's where YOU come in....

(Above is an initial example of what you might find in The Club Room in the future. (We used an imaginary club and logo.) The final look and functionality of it have a way to go but this gives you the initial idea. General info sections as well as space to add articles, current events, and photos as well as pertinent announcements and news from your members!)

This is an excellent opportunity for riding groups to promote themselves! Through this portal motorcycle enthusiasts will be able to locate and connect with like-minded breathern and sisters! Please contact me and let's get your riding group visible to 56,000 readers of The Carolina Rider. We have over a million hits to our website each month. Use this FREE tool to increase membership, announce your focus, and get people taking to and about you!

Send an introductory email to theclubroom@thecarolinarider.com. I'll get all your important information assimilated and visible quickly!

Poniprincess

 

Put up or Shut up!!

Holy **** man, last month when I threw out a "what if" idea of a Jap-bike-only bike gathering, I didn't expect to get more than a few piss and moans from Harley riders (which were plentiful.) But what I got was a ****-ton of people practically beating their chest and singing the praises of their sleds. I asked for interest and suppot for this show and what I got looked more like a call to arms. You guys put up your end so come hell or high water, I will give you this show!

The kind folks at Palmetto Cycle Center in Spartanburg, SC are providing us with a location, Jon and FancyFree have agreed to employ The BIG RIDE Bus to provide the tunes, and I'm tracking down everything else as we speak. Thank you guys for this!

Now that the humble bull**** is over, I'd like to address a few things:

As predicted, my last rant caused a few blood pressure spikes in the Harley community. More than a few people brought up the point of patriotism. They seem to believe riding Harley's somehow makes you more of an American than others .... (Shaggy's Rant continues ONLINE NOW!)

 

 

Thanks!

Many thanks for coming by The BIG RIDE Bus as we were parked inside The Charlotte Convention Center at this past weekend's IMS. Friday night was slow as molasses but Saturday kept me and all The Carolina Rider crew busier than a one-armed paper hanger in a wind storm! Sunday had about a three-hour wave of activity but was for the most part a quieter day as well. I shook a lot of hands and got to talk with lots of people who read The Carolina Rider as well as a lot who haven't found us until now. We'll have the weekend's photos up later this week and more to say in next week's e-Magazine but I just wanted to acknowledge our awesome crew and the good folks who came to say hi. Thanks!

Here's your last reminder about the ride that you want to be in this coming Sunday! ...

The Litigator's Ride

This Sunday, March 3rd, is The First Annual Litigator's Ride from Blue Ridge Harley to HorseFeathers Roadhouse. According to the weather forecast, it looks like bright sunshine and just a good day to get out and ride. Let's hope their forecast is right 'cause we have lots of prizes to give away and hope to see a lot of you there. Don't forget, the 1st 10 people to sign up at the dealership for the ride get one of the new The Carolina Rider T-shirts. So, please do put it on your calendar and let's ride!!

Hope to see you this weekend......

www.TheCarolinaRider.com

 

Cox H-D

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D

 

 

 

 

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

 

SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

 

Cox H-D

 

 

 

 

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

 

Cox H-D

 

 

 

 

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

 

 

Cox H-D

 

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D

 

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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