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In This Issue:


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


NC Legislative Affairs with Blastoff


Riding Solo Cross-Country by Barbara Zimmerman


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of March 5-12, 2012

Monday 52 sun/WIND, Tuesday 55 sunny, Wednesday 62 p-cloudy, Thursday 68 am clouds, Friday 61 scattered t-storms, Saturday 61 cloudy, Sunday 2 cloudy, Monday 68 showers (as per on Monday 3/5/12)






New Writers ~ New Writings!

I am happy to have several new articles and features to share with you today...


Welcome to Holly J!

Holly J is a new staff member of The Carolina Rider. If you came by The Big Ride during Easyriders or IMS or even this past weekend in Florence's Myrtle Beach Bike Week West, you might have had the pleasure of meeting this lovely addition to The Carolina Rider! In addition to being involved in promotions such as these, Holly J has taken on the task of gathering more information about riding groups/organizations for The Club Room which is still very much under contruction and awaiting your input. Additionally, Holly J is a gifted writer who will offer a variety of perspective pieces, product reviews, and event reports for our publications during this riding season. Today she's providing us with a product review of some jeans she found at this year's Easyriders show - something many women riders will be happy to read about. Footloose and I are very excited to have Holly J on our team. Please give her a welcome and if you are part of a riding group (social, charitable, or otherwise,) please give her a holler and help her help us all get The Club Room online with full listings, links, and stories from The Carolinas many organizations! She can be reached at

The Carolina Rider welcomes Holly J!


Barbara Z's Ride

As promised, Barbara Z's story about riding solo across America is in both today's e-magazine and with a full version online. Barbara, who I mistakenly credited for a bit older than she is, wrote me, "Thank you for your interest in my riding. I took up motorcycling at 52 years old after a divorce. It was the best thing I ever did. The friendships and rides became a huge part of my life and have given me a world of fun!" I so enjoyed reading about Barbara's adventures and know you will too. Check out the beginning of her story below and continue reading online today!


The Buford Massacre Story from Sun City Carolina Lakes M/C

Also online today is yet another wonderful story from our friends of Sun City Carolina Lakes Motorcycle Club. As I shared a few weeks back, they have taken on several projects for and about their surrounding communities and one of those is the upkeep and further support of an historical site that they happened upon during one of their local rides. In addition to their own involvement in cleaning the battlefield, they involved local school kids making their project reach even greater! Much appreciation to Bill Shephard of SCCL M/C for sharing this great article. If you'd like to get involved in this interesting project or in their riding group, do give them a shout! There's been a wonderful stir around their initial article and we at The Carolina Rider are most grateful to have connected.


And more Online Today!

Motorman provides some interesting pieces to The Carolina Rider. Today you'll find a new edition of his Tips, Tricks, and Techniques as well as a review of 2012 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXDC DYNA SUPER GLIDE CUSTOM. Give 'em both a gander at your leisure!

Jeff E's "Shrimp Sandwich Ride" that appeared in last week's The Carolina Rider Scene is now online on our front page. Enjoy!

Finally, Blastoff is blasting off again today - see below. How valuable is the work that Bill Starnes and his fellow CBA/ABATE members do locally and across the states?! Truly good work in support of those of us who take to the road on two wheels. Thank you, Bill - and to all of you who are active with your local CBA/ABATE organizations! Thank you, Bill, for keeping us informed and inspired to get involved!




... an eclectic little section dedicated to eclectic items sent in by our eclectic readers!



Robert D sent the following in. He had come by The Big Ride during the International Motorcycle Show and told us about this project and upcoming event benefiting the kids of this children's home in Kannapolis. Take a moment to read what he's shared and put this valuable ride on your calendar if you can.....

Church of God Children's Home in Kannapolis NC is a wonderful place that takes care of children who find themselves in a situation not of their own doing. The people who run this home try to make the children's stay as normal, safe and happy as possible. They need help sometimes to make things happen for the children. Most people are extremely generous at Christmas time, as it is the giving season, but what about the rest of the year? We were as guilty, only helping at Christmas. We have discovered these children are forgotten when summer rolls around. All children love to go to a movie, roller skating, bowling or even swimming, but money is tight at the Children’s home. THAT'S where we come in, let's make this summer a little more fun for these kids and let them do what regular kids do.



Whew! What a full and fulfilling day! I am truly grateful to all who contributed to this e-mag and our online resources as well. And I'm betting you have a story or two to tell as well. Write me and see how you can share the joys of the ride with others who "get it!"

"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
Fancy Free, Site Editor

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I'm the woman from the Sun City Carolina Lakes Motorcycle Club who rode cross country solo last summer. My good friends from the club, Robert and Ken, misinformed you; however, I am not in my 70's. I was 68 when I made the cross-country trip solo. I turned 69 in December and, yes, I'm on that downhill slide to 70, but not until this coming December.

I left Indian Land for San Diego on July 15, then rode north along the coast, heading inland occasionally, then back to the coast, up around the Washington state peninsula, then back on a diagonal returning to South Carolina on August 29, 2011.

I ride a Honda Pacific Coast. I've owned four of these wonderful machines, just having driven my latest, a '98, home from Missouri where I purchased her two weeks ago. In July I'll be meeting other women riders from my club in New Jersey, Spokes-Women MC, Inc., in St. Louis, MO to ride to the AMA's Women and Motorcycling Conference in Carson City, NV.

I love long distance riding. I rode with the Spokes-Women from New Jersey to Missouri, Georgia, South Dakota, other states along the way, Canada, twice, and Nova Scotia. I have now ridden in all 48 continental states of the United States. I rode the AMA's Polar Bear Grand Tour every winter for years until I moved to South Carolina 3 1/2 years ago. But I did ride to see my Polar Bear friends in Lewis, DE in November 2010.

I ran into one of my Polar Bear friends from New Jersey, Leo, at Americade in Lake George, NY a couple of years ago. At age 93, Leo finally gave up his Pacific Coasts for a trike. I hope to ride as long as Leo!


For the FULL STORY and see more photos of my ride last Summer please go to







Myrtle Beach Bike Week West


My rainy weekend was great,

how was yours?

It was a rainy weekend in Florence, SC but Sonny Productions put on another great event this past Friday and Saturday. The Myrtle Beach Bike Week West Bike Expo was held at the Florence Civic Center. It was a a 2-day event with bike vendors and a concert. The concert was Genevive, All My Rowdy Frends- a Hank Willians Trubute Band, and Nantucket. You know what - Nantucket rocked the house and we did not let a little rain slow us down.
I hear that they are already working on a Fall version so stay tuned to your resource for what's up in The Carolina Rider world.......



Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton




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











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