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

This weekend: Thin Blue Line Ride - Charlotte area

This weekend: Operation Homefront Bike/Classic Auto Poker Run - Fort Mill, SC


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with FancyFree


2 Wheels for Warriors in The Carolinas


From the Mail Bag


Loose Talk with Jon



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


Nancy, the event coordinator for the following new event sent in the following today to go with the flyer below we've been running and we're happy to help be a marketing sponsor....

This Memorial Day Weekend, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 25, 2013 to come to Cashiers, North Carolina and enjoy two wonderful events. The 1st Annual Cashiers Valley Poker Run and Blues Brew & BBQ.

The day will start with registration and check in at 9:00 am and last bike out at 10:30 am. Riders will begin and end their 130 mile loop at The Village Commons (the first and last pit stop) located at the intersections of Hwy 107 & Hwy 64W in Cashiers. Breakfast will be available by Wendy's during registration. This scenic route will take riders along our spectacular mountain roads making 3 other pit stops in Maggie Valley, Cherokee and Highlands before returning to the Village Green. Riders will pick up their playing cards at each of the 5 stops. Upon arriving back in Cashiers, participants will turn in their cards. There will be an award ceremony to acknowledge the winners for the best hand ($500.00 Cash), second best hand ($200.00 Cash) and worst hand ($50.00). Entry Fee for the Poker Run is $20.00/Rider which includes a box lunch sponsored by Subway.

A portion of the Poker Run will benefit Wounded Warriors Project.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the First Annual Blues, Brew & BBQ which will begin at 5 pm. This exciting event will feature live entertainment opening with the amazingly talented Lauren Mitchell Band from Sarasota, Florida, followed by our headliner, the legendary Mac Arnold & a Plate Full O' Blues. Come hungry, food and beverages will be served. Admission to the event is free. Bring chairs and/or blankets. This will be a wonderful way to kick off the 2013 summer season. Please join us for this great event and to help support a great cause!

No coolers permitted. This event will occur Rain or Shine. No Refunds.

To register for the Poker Run, please visit:
Late Registration will be available the day of the event.
For more information on this fun filled day or how to be a sponsor, please contact Nancy Albers 704-458-7686, email: or visit and click on events.




The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of April 9-16, 2013

Tuesday 79 m-sunny, Wednesday 81 m-sunny, Thursday 81 m-cloudy, Friday 75 scattered storms, Saturday 70 sunny, Sunday 73 p-cloudy, Monday 74 m-cloudy, Tuesday 79 p-cloudy (as per on Tuesday 04/9/13)


The People I Meet

I am still reeping rewards from my chats with folks at the shows here back in January and February! Today I am publishing two stories from a couple riders who have something they feel moved to talk about. First, an article from a fellow in the Fayetteville area who has a concern about the restrictions on motorcycle riders around Fort Bragg. We stood at The BIG RIDE Bus and chewed over the issue he's troubled over as well as how much he appreciates the connection that The Carolina Rider offers him. The writer chooses to remain anonymous but we thank him for taking the time to write in. See below in the Mail Bag.

The second story comes from Justin Madore who I met at the IMS Show. I have to say that while Justin is definately a most wonderful guy, I was immediately drawn to his buddy Cody and without hesitation or notice of the "Please Don't Pet" badge clearly wrapped around him, I was bending down for a handful of fur and an eye-to-eye with that beautiful canine soul. Cody, a labradoodle service dog, drew me in and paved the way for Justin's very personal story of the re-creation of his life. I encourage you to take time to read Justin and Cody's story below which continues online. You'll surely want to be part of Justin and Cody's work and I'm excited to announce that The Carolina Rider is happy to be partnering in Justin's efforts to bring 2 Wheels for Warriors programs to The Carolinas! So, for more info on how you can help out this fine cause, keep your eyes to The Carolina Rider Scene!


"The Biker Community" is a phrase that's thrown out but rarely defined. Honestly, it's not something that can fully be defined or boxed in, much like its diverse and free-thinking "membership." In fact, there is no membership, no limits to who considers themselves part of "it," and no lines differentiating the biker community from the rest of Creation. We are, as we say, without "cages."

Having said that, I am so very proud to be part of this loosely un-defined world of riders and most proud of the meaningful ways The Carolina Rider publications are rooted in and within the community and each of you. I am constantly moved and amazed by the depth and reach of this world of ours. The people, efforts, and emotions covered in today's edition of The Carolina Rider Scene have truly touched me ... and I am sure they will you too.


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The Carolina Rider Partners with Justin Madore and Cody of Two Wheels for Warriors

The Carolina Rider is partnering with Justin and Cody's effort to bring Two Wheels for Warriors, a program that builds custom motorcycles for disabled Vets, to The Carolinas. We've asked Justin to tell his story to help us all know why we are getting involved and to encourage you to join forces with The Carolina Rider, Justin, and Cody, to help get some worthy guys and gals back in the saddle.


Here's Justin's Story:


Cody is a 3 year old Labradoodle, his dad is a chocolate Lab and his mom is a white Standard Poodle and he is my PTSD Service Dog. As for me, well, I am Justin Madore, a Retired Staff Sergeant (E6) from the U.S. Army.

For me, military life is a proud family tradition traceable back to the Revolutionary War. After graduating college in 1999, I married Marie, the love of my life in 2001. I did the whole civilian work life for a while but I knew that for me the Military was in my blood. So I enlisted and headed to Ft. Sill, OK for basic training on May 21, 2001. I then reported to the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell, KY on September 16, 2001. I am a Screaming Eagle till the day I die.

I deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 101st Airborne Division. I'll tell you what it is like you first arrive as a soldier: "The experience in Iraq is surreal. One day you're here in the U.S. and the next thing you know, you're in a 3rd world country, you turn around and you're getting shot at." From day one, the vigilance required to carry out missions and keep our unit safe was never ending. After the deployment, I returned to the U.S., re-enlisted and was off to Ft. Drum, NY home of the 10th Mountain Division.

I was unaware of "PTSD." I just remember that I felt "different." The anger, anxiety, inability to sit still, nightmares, the need to be "on guard" and inability to relax were a constant state of being. This sudden shift back to life stateside made the details of everyday life seem trivial and unimportant after experiencing matters of life and death. Marie helped me seek counseling and I was diagnosed with severe Combat PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In 2006 I deployed to Afghanistan. After a shorter period, I returned home expecting to go to Officer Candidate School. Unfortunately multiple surgeries on my knee and Combat PTSD forced me into early retirement, I was never able to fulfill my dream of becoming an officer. To this day I still feel that my mission is not complete.

Marie and I settled into civilian life with the arrival of my beautiful daughter Alexandra and a new place to live in Charlotte, NC. With my sudden departure from the service that I loved to inactivity heightened my symptoms. The social person, who used to start conversations easily with anyone, well now I just shut myself away from people. Trips outside my home were almost impossible. To go to the store for me would take 8-10 hours for the smallest things. After already having 9 surgeries, 7 on my knee, 1 on my Jaw and 1 on my shoulder and trying to cope with everyday life, routine tests discovered I now had thyroid cancer, and this now required two surgeries and treatment. Bringing my total to 11 surgeries due to my Combat Military Service. While all this is going on, Marie and I welcomed the arrival of our handsome son Lincoln. I knew now that I had to make a change in my life for the better, to become a better husband and a better father I first had to become a better man.

Searching for answers to PTSD, I corresponded online with veterans who had service dogs. I had did all the research and got the permission from my VA Doctors and with my fingers crossed and I applied to K9s For Warriors in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida ...


Letter to the Editor,

I was recently stopped by law enforcement upon entering Ft Bragg as I have done many times over the last 30+ years. I work on Ft Bragg now and I served 13 of my 20 years on service on Ft Bragg mostly in the 82nd. I've been riding motorcycles both on and off road for 40+ years. I can say without hesitation that I have never been stopped by law enforcement on any of my motorcycles until August 2, 2012.

When I got thru the entrance/checkpoint (where you show ID issued by the Post authorizing you to be on the Post,) I and all motorcyclists coming through that gate that morning were directed to corded off area just inside the gate area for a "safety inspection." Mine started with, "Get off your bike and let me see your license and registration."
I probably should not have pointed out that this "safety inspection" is illegal in North Carolina. I was quickly reminded I wasn't in North Carolina, I was on Ft Bragg!? After running my driver's license and plates, a Post safety employee wanted to see my MSF card. That is required for most people to ride/drive motorcycles on the Post. I don't have one and I am not required to have one as a retired soldier. But 15 minutes of arguing Department of Army requirements and Ft Bragg requirements, I was allowed to "be on my way." Others were not as lucky. In the approximately 20 minutes I was delayed, others were being ticketed for various reasons related to their license plates saying they have no vehicle insurance, no motorcycle endorsement, no proof of registration. All were ticketed and most important their motorcycles were impounded and towed away! No, you cannot have someone come get your vehicle or leave the Post with your vehicle (and ticket.) Their vehicles were towed away and were not to be released back to them until the offense had been corrected.

I am attaching a recently published article in the Post paper about the "safety inspections." I do not think it was right to stop only motorcyclists. Why not 1 in 10 cagers to make it fair and equal? How can Ft Bragg enforce the local state laws and not obey them?

(Click above image to read full article from

The AMA is fighting to put in place laws to stop this harassment of motorcyclists. Maybe they should look at the Federal level first. I do not know what can be done about it now and I'm still mad/angry/offended ... whatever you want to call it. One guy had his bike towed because his helmet did not have a DOT proof mark on it and it was a full face helmet.

Thank you for your magazine and for listening,

Concerned Rider

More info about Cashiers Valley FIRST Blues, Brews, BBQ Poker Run

I've been to Cashier, NC before many moons ago. It's a beautiful part of our mountains! I know the area is brimming with waterfalls and the town of Cashiers itself (which I was told is pronounced ca-shers rather than ca-sheers but I'm sure that's up for debate!,) is lovely. In any event, The Carolina Rider was contacted by the coordinator of a new motorcycle event in that area. It's a Blues, Brews, and BBQ Poker Run to benefit Wounded Warriors and it's to happen on May 25 rain or shine. We've been running their flyer in Riding BE-cause above and we've added a little article from Nancy, the Event Coordinator, today to get you revved up even more. Consider this one as part of your Memorial Day weekend plans.....


We published the following last week, but we're re-running it along with a reply that came this week ...

"I'm Bill S., a member of the Sun City Motorcycle Club. I went to breakfast with you in the "bus" on New Year's morning. I have become increasingly concerned about the four wheelers that are texting and talking on cellular phones. Is there some way to get a program moving that will inhibit the use of cell phones while driving?"

A Reader Responds ...

Randall S emailed: "The only ways possible to restrict cell phone use while driving is either by law (with penalties if caught) or voluntary non-use. I have heard of some auto insurance companies either dropping coverage or increasing the cost for any policy holder having an accident and a cell phone was used during the accident. I work for Sprint and they have a program ( This is a voluntary choice by either the actual user or for the owner of the account on any phones on their account (i.e., teenage driver.)"





Thin Blue Line!


I'll see you there. Let's ride the line together THIS SATURDAY, April 13th. Flyer above gives you all the info you need. Forecast above tells you it's gonna be exactly the weather we need (70 and sunny.) Pre-registrations look good. The cause is worthy and the event is always a good time.

See you Saturday. I'll be with The BIG RIDE Bus!

And remember, if you're somewhere else in The Carolinas and you have something else going on this Saturday ... or anytime really ... please send in your story and photos. We're here to represent you too. Let us hear from you!

Today I'm out teaching folks to ride so I'm keeping this short and to the points. I truly enjoy being a riding instructor and every time I teach I am reminded how much I wish all riders would take the class and a refresher every once and awhile. Take the class and enjoy your ride!















































































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