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March 17th Edition

In This Issue:


Riding BE-cause ~ Charitable & Educational Events in the Carolinas

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Does Riding Make you HAPPY?! - Readers & Writers Respond

TCR Classifieds: Motorcycle PARTS for sale!

Send us your Daytona Stories

Brother Bear reports on a "Motorcycle Club Sunday"

Loose Talk with Jon



James Avery “Rex” Clark was born in June 2012 and passed away in December 2012 just over six months old. He was the victim of a genetic disorder called SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). This disease is a severe form of Muscular Dystrophy. It is also known as "Baby Lou Gehrig’s Disease," and "floppy baby syndrome." SMA is the #1 genetic killer of children under 2 years of age. During this traumatic experience, our family was contacted by a group called Families of SMA (FSMA). This organization helped us more than we could ever explain. They provided information about the disease, medical resources, home care tips, counseling for our older boys, toys specifically for Rex, and so much more. In Rex's memory, we decided to put together a motorcycle ride to support FSMA. During our 3rd annual ride, we are hoping to increase participation and raise more money for FSMA on Saturday, June 6, the day before Rex’s birthday. Rex's story and information, including registration for the ride is online at . This ride is about remembering Rex, while trying to help support a wonderful organization that touched our lives in a way that we could never repay. The ride begins at Crowder’s Creek Elementary School, 5515 Charlotte Highway in Lake Wylie. Kick stands up at 11AM, and will ride to Cox’s HD in Rock Hill, SC. Lunch and t-shirts are included in the cost for riders and passengers. After ride music is provided by the #1 Party Band on the East Coast! If you would like more information on this disease, visit our website at or the FSMA website at Thank you for your time and I hope to see you at the ride!

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of March 17-24, 2015

Wednesday 62h clear, Thursday 48h 70%/rain, Friday 66h fog, Saturday 69h p-cloudy, Sunday 69 overcast, Monday 56 p-cloudy, Tuesday 57 p-cloudy (as per on 3/17/15)

And so it begins

Today is St. Patrick's Day. Mid-March. Plantin' time. At 6:45pm this Friday, Spring arrives. And motorcycle events are beginning to pop up everywhere, just like the shoots of young green life from the dirt around us.

Maybe you rode all Winter long and this is not an earth-shaker for you. But perhaps, like me and hundreds of other riders, the recent appearance of sunny warm days has got your sap risin'!

While The BIG RIDE won't make it out this weekend due to other commitments, I do plan to pop by Carlo's ride for a few to show those devoted folks that The Carolina Rider has their back. Can't make it up to Durham as we'd hoped but we sure are wishing Geoff and the Durham HOG group great weather and a fabulous turnout for this year's Bike Show and Chili Cookoff. This is their 29th annual event and the weather looks pretty great with a high of 68 and partly cloudy.

As Spring arrives in our Carolinas, I'll bet there's something else happening in almost every corner of NC and SC. Some of us like to ride in or to organized events and rides. Some of us riders go it alone or ride for other reasons. It's all cool.

Here's an option for those who aren't really into events but still would like to show some kind of support: If you're out riding anyway, why not roll by a charitable event in your area and give 'em a thumbs up? Let 'em know they have all sorts of support around them and help 'em keep their spirits up; bring them some coffee and/or doughnuts; drop off a check. Take it from one who's done a ton of these things - It's hard putting on events and any encouragement is helpful. Sure, what they'd really like is for you to drop some money in the pot and participate; but it's better'n nothin' and shows them they're cared about.

Off and rolling - have a great events season everyone!

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EDITOR'S NOTE: How can we resist re-running a column on happiness? And so we are ... because it makes us happy!

In the February 10th edition of The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine, FancyFree posed the following questions:

  • What about riding makes you happy?

  • Where and when are the happiest places and times to ride?

  • How does riding a motorcycle relate to happiness in general?

  • And what is happiness anyway?

    Well, as the late Bob Ross, the "happy little tree" painter of PBS fame would say, a happy little flood of responses flowed into our email box and we're happy to share them with you now!

    A Reader Responds:

    This response came from Curt of Andrews Motorsports in Concord ...

1-The feeling of going down that country road you never have time to explore in a car.

2-Blue ridge mountains or any remote twisty blacktop with my high school riding buddies. Then stopping at a cool old café or pub found along the way.

3-The smell, the sounds, the feeling of freedom.

4-My happiness and anyone else’s happiness will never be the same, you can never rely on someone else to make you happy. It can be anything from a certain smell or song that returns a happy memory to an old foggy brain, to watching someone accomplish something that you have assisted them with. (A most happy thought for me is Obama has 3 years left in office.)

And the following responses came from some of our TCR regular columnists



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Motorcycle Club Sunday was held at the Tri-City Shrine Club Building in Honea Path, South Carolina. I had always missed this event for some reason or another. This year a friend sent me a flyer and told me that I should go to this event. After reading the flyer I took Darlene Sherfield's advice and put this event on my calendar....

On January twenty-four I headed out to Honea Path, South Carolina to cover this event. It was a good thing that I got in the road early to the Shrine Club. When I was within seven miles of Honea Path, my GPS went haywire for some reason. The little dot on my GPS started moving five miles east of the road that I was traveling on. The strange thing about it was that I was not moving. I knew the road that Peach Orchard Road was off of so I made my way in that direction. When I arrived on Peach Orchard Road I could not find a church, a building or see any motorcycles. At that point I could not get in contact with anyone. I decided to go back to Honea Path to find someone tell me how to find the event. When I was going through town I saw a group of motorcycles park on side of the road. I stopped and asked them if they was going to the Shrine Club. To my luck only one of the five knew where they were headed. I was in a hurry to get to my destination and after getting directions I headed out in the direction I thought he was pointing. When I saw a group of bikers going in the opposite direction. I decide to follow them and by the time I turned around everyone was gone even the bikers I first met. Making a long story short, I finally stumbled upon the place after riding through the wood. At the end of the road I saw a sign pointing toward Honea Path so I went back to town.

I was thinking I would not find the Shrine Club building in time. Then a building came into view and the motorcycles caught my attention. I made a u-turn and came back and turned left into the driveway where there was a large group of motorcycles parked to the right of the building. As soon as I parked I pulled my camera out and started taking photos.

In the past years I have never seen this many motorcycles at a church service before. After counting the bikes there were a total of seventy-five motorcycles with their riders standing around their bikes talking. There had to be over two hundred bikers here already. I made my way into the building to checkout the inside. When I walked in the door I noticed that the tables were setup. I started thinking that food might be served today. Over the past few years I have been hearing some talk of churches that was serving beer and wine at biker Sunday in the hope that it would draw in more bikers. This seemed strange to me to hear that the church was serving alcohol beverages at their meeting. When I heard Pastor Wood talking about they had beer and wine to go along with the Low Country Boil I started to pay attention. Pastor Wood told everyone that he was going to take everyone’s advice about having beer and wine to go along with the meal. Then he sat a bottle of Root Beer and a bottle of Cheer-Wine up on the pulpit. The pastor went on to say that the beer and wine will be chilling in the kitchen. Then I knew I had been had by the preacher!

During the service the music was performed by the Ross & Eighty-Three band. When Pastor Wood’s daughter Fran Pettit came on stage she told everyone this was the first time that she had sang in front of an audience in a year. The band was made up of Ross, Fran. Preston Pettit and Drummer Chad.
When the sermon was over it was time to eat. In the kitchen there was all kind of desserts from pies to cakes. The best thing of all was that all the desserts were home made by the ladies of the church. I was getting in position to take photos of the bikers coming in the other door to make themselves a plate but all of a sudden I found myself at the head of the line. Well, what else I could do so I fixed myself a plate and ate! I didn’t get no photos of them coming into the kitchen. I felt bad about not taking photos for a little bit until I started eating. I was wondering who cooked this great tasting Low Country Boil. Later I talked with Pastor Byron Wood. Byron told me it was TOJ MM Mike Cummings of Honea Path who cooked the Low Country Boil.

Pastor Byron Wood is also the Pastor Regional President N&SC TOJ MM. He makes his home in Ware Shoals SC. His Church is in Ware Shoal South Carolina. Pastor Wood studied at Faith Bible Institute in Greenville SC. Sarah Wood his wife of over fifty-three years helps him with his ministry.

This MC Sunday was not like any meeting that I attended with the CMA or Bikers For Christ. As the day went on I witnessed that Pastor Wood and his church was reaching out to the motorcycle clubs of the area. In my opinion this was a good thing to see taking place. This Sunday turned out to be the best day of my life for attending a church service. I got to meet Pastor Byron Wood of the Holiday Church and this was the most awesome thing of the day. I am not even going to count finding the wrong end of Peach Orchard Road.

Later that day I discovered the road ran from a few miles on the west side of Honea Path to three miles on the east side of Honea path. The second best thing of the day is that I got to meet some old friends and hopefully made a few new friends. The noon meal was different from what I had been having at other motorcycle events such (the usual hotdogs and hamburgers.) I can say that Mike made some of best Low Country Boil that I had in a long time. I am looking forward to returning to this event next year!

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