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In This Issue:




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


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with FancyFree


Ponderings with Poni: The Thin Blue Line Ride


Golden Opportunities: The Doctor is In!


NC Legislative Issues with Blastoff: Senate Bills Update


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 16-23, 2013

Tuesday 77 p-cloudy, Wednesday 83 p-cloudy, Thursday 80 p-cloudy, Friday 76 t-storms, Saturday 68 am clouds, Sunday 67 sunny, Monday 64 p-cloudy, Tuesday 73 m-sunny (as per on Tuesday 04/16/13)


Lots to Share

Today's edition of The Carolina Rider Scene is yet another overflowing publication thanks to our many brilliant contributors to The Carolina Rider! Grab a cup, a can, or glass and settle in for a read. Here's what you've got to snack on:

  • PoniPrincess's coverage of Saturday's Thin Blue Line Ride

  • Blastoff's report on the NC Senate handling of the Motorcycle Safety and Helmet Choice bills

  • Golden and friends take off on another adventure and Golden writes us all a prescription

You can find all of these online as well plus there's a new contributing writer whose story is online today. "Mike on a Bike" is beginning a ride journal for us covering his ride to California in May. Today you can get to know Mike (and his bike) in his story entitled "Committed" and make sure to keep watching The Carolina Rider Scene for his next journal pages! Thanks so much, Mike, for taking the FancyFree challenge .....


The FancyFree Challenge

You're a rider, right? Tell us what you and your bike/s are up to!

Got a bike? Got more than one bike? Tell the readers of The Carolina Rider about them and show us their pics!

Planning a journey? Give us a report and show us what you see along the way!

Have favorite destinations for food, drink, a night's stay, scenery, socializing? Tell us all about 'em!

New to riding? Been riding all your life? Share your learning and experience with us!

YOU have something to share. Take "The FancyFree Challenge" and write about it! After taking The FF Challenge himself, Mike wrote: "Wow, I haven't written something creative like this since, um, college. Everything was always corporate memos, reports, etc. This was fun." Who know, you might be just like Mike on a Bike and find you actually enjoy providing content to your favorite motorcycle publication, The Carolina Rider!



My bike used to be purple. Still is, actually, underneath all the yellow-green pollen that's taken over our world in the last couple weeks. I'm not complaining, no. It's Springtime in The Carolinas and I'm happier than a guinea in a dust bath (That's one of my girls illustrated to the right!) For the next several weeks we'll weave in and out of sun and clouds, warm and cool, rain and dry and then it'll heat up to our Summertime Sizzle in the South. Just as it should be.

Overheard at The BIG RIDE Bus after Saturday's Thin Blue Line Ride, "The sky was blue, there was just enough chill in the air, and the sun was warming me up just right. It couldn't be a better day to ride!" Everyone's got their own favorite riding weather and right now it's pretty great. Enjoy it out there!


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Saturday & The Thin Blue Line Ride

An unbelieveably sunny and warm day set a perfect beginning for a much needed ride. Well, I didn't as much NEED the ride as I WANTED the ride. I wanted to feel my back heating up in the sun and my hands wrapped around the bars. I wanted to hear six gears effortlessly click into operation. I wanted to see road rolling by and smell spring in full bloom. And as long as I'm wanting stuff I might as well want to ride with 300 buddies and blow through every stop sign and red light I come across because I was being police escorted. Not bad for dreaming, huh? But this dream came true as I attended The Forever Blue Foundation's annual Ride the Line from Cox's Harley in Rock Hill, SC to Harley-Davidson of Charlotte in Matthews, NC. 

This was the largest group ride I have ever been a part of. I heard there were easily 300 riders all out to support the Forever Blue. Frog and I met up with several of his riding buddies from different groups and they all commented on the wonderful work John Ranier and his wife do to assist families of fallen officers. It's one of those "who da thunk" cases where John's loss of a friend and fellow officer has blossomed into a national organization that brings together hundreds of bikers each spring to raise money and awareness.

I arrived at Cox's Harley-Davidson over an hour ahead of ride time just to look around at the bikes gathering and eat the good breakfast from Bob Evans and sponsored by Eric Burns of Jet Metals. It seemed like the bikes had lined up for miles behind the dealership all waiting to process to Charlotte Harley. I was totally impressed with the motorcycle officers that led the precession. There were representatives from Charlotte-Mecklenburg and York County Sheriffs Offices. Both groups displayed riding skills that I humbly bow before and envy! They showed some amazing precision. If you were a bad guy out on the streets there is no way you could escape them. It's like they had wings!

The ride was amazing. I would have never guessed we could go from Rock Hill to Charlotte without EVER getting on the expressway. Well, it did take us 1.5 hours, but that was the best 1.5 hour ride I've had so far this year! We went through small towns and farm towns and down country roads with the most amazing views. I was close to the beginning of the ride and every now and then I would look in my rear view mirror and see a HUGE line of bikes stretched out forever behind me. Most cars stopped in the opposite lane and gave the due respect our group deserved. There were a few people in a pick up truck at the end of their driveway waving to us and videoing it. In one little town, there were groups of people sitting in lawn chairs in the middle of down town just waiting for our parade to come by.

As I do at any biker gathering I hovered at the beloved BIG RIDE Bus with all my buddies at The Carolina Rider. Living in Rock Hill I don't get near enough time to spend with the group. It felt good to get back with my peeps and make plans for more ventures.  Next time you are somewhere and see the BIG RIDE Bus, don't hesitate to come say hello and chat for a while. I had to scoot off earlier than I wanted at this ride but I'll be looking for you next time!




The Doctor is in: Riding is Therapeutic
Reflections on a Spring Day's Ride

Wow - last week the temperature was barely above freezing and this week it's barely below the boiling point! But it all makes for good riding weather and that is just what Mickey Moss, Charley Rippy and myself did on Wednesday. And we didn't need our heated jackets!!!! Felt so good to wear light weight riding gear. We had agreed that a ride that wound up at Christa's restaurant around lunch time would be good. Christa's is 95 miles from my home near Gaffney according to MapQuest. So I plotted out a "short" cut that was only 150 miles. We would not have to ride through any towns except Chesnee SC. And it was good.

Rolling through Chesnee on the Cherokee Foothills road (highway 11,) we keep an eye out for Henderson Rd which none of us had ridden before, my GPS says it was just ahead and sure enough it was. It twisted and turned for a few miles and then we turned our trusty Yamahas on Thompson rd. and then Big Island rd. which dropped us off on Baber rd. on up into NC. You know, I've been on Big Island and also Island Ford roads several times and I haven't seen an island yet! No, I wasn't in the Navy but owned a sailboat for a number of years so maybe I'm missing something here. Maybe the early settlers who named these roads were remembering their trip over from the old country and desperately looking for an island or land. Anyway, we crossed over US 74 west of Rutherfordton and rode on to US 64/74A. Made a left turn onto 64 for a few yards and turned right onto Cove rd. For those of you who are riding through Rutherfordton on your way to Lake Lure some fine day, look for Cove rd. turning off to the right just a few miles west of town. You'll be happy you did and if you aren't, well look me up and I'll buy you an ice cream cone at Strawberry Hill. I "know" that'll make you happy!!!

We're cruising along on Cove rd. enjoying the Spring time scenery of budding trees and flowering dog wood, conversing over our intercoms how nice it is, so relaxing and peaceful. Cove is a good motorcycle road, but it'll try to buck you off now and then so you have to keep you senses alert. If you have read some of my previous writing attempts you know that the 3 of us are not young colts and we talk about our medical problems as all good seniors do. Mickey has a problem with keeping his blood pressure in check and he has found that after a ride that his pressure is right where it's supposed to be. In February I had a heart issue and after coming out of the hospital have been in cardio rehab at Spartanburg Regional. Since that time in Feb. my heart rate has been high and the rehab nurses have made me stop at times because it was so high. But you know what??  Whenever I finish a bike ride and check my rate it is low and steady, pressure good too. So it only goes to prove that motorcycle riding is therapeutic and we should all do more of it. Oh, you ask about Charley, the third member of this motley gang? All he worries about are his ladyfriends, I'll tell you sometime about him calling them when we took our west trip last Summer. All their names began with L ... I imagine you can guess what happened.

Back to the ride. We shot by Old Fort rd. and continued on to Dysartsville rd. Went north on it to US 70 and made a short jog over to Power Dam rd. and the beautiful sights driving around Lake James, connected to Fish Hatchery rd., left on US 181 and rode the curves and sweepers up to Christa's. Right at lunch time too.

Remember if you're feeling blue or have a health problem, fire up that iron horse and take off. It may not cure you, but it'll sure take your mind off your problems.

"Doc" Golden







Senate Bill 353 (Motorcycle Safety Act) passed 2nd and 3rd reading in the Senate on Monday night.Under Senate Bill 353, motorists who cause a motorcyclist to crash resulting in "serious bodily injury" to the rider or passenger or property damage of more than $5,000 would face a fine of at least $750, four points on their driver's license, and a possible license suspension of up to 30 days at a judge's discretion. Prior to 2nd reading, the bill was amended on the floor of the Senate to provide that if a judge orders suspension of a person's drivers license pursuant to the act, the judge may allow the licensee a limited driving privilege for a period not to exceed the period of suspension. After passing the Senate on 3rd reading, the amendment was engrossed (made a part of the bill, thereby negating the need for the House to vote separately on the Senate amendment,) and the bill was sent to the House where it passed first reading (a procedural formality) and given a serial referral to House Rules, then, if favorable, House Transportation, and then, if favorable, to House Judiciary Subcommittee B. Referral of the bill to House Rules is unusual, but rumor has it that a tax reform dispute between the House and Senate is causing both chambers to sidetrack the other chamber's bills for the time being until the dispute is resolved. The good news is that S 353 has met the "crossover" deadline and will remain eligible for consideration for the remainder of the session.


House Bill 109 (Require Safety Helmets/Under 21) after having received a favorable report from the House Transportation Committee two weeks ago, remains in the House Judiciary B Subcommittee. That Subcommittee meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m., but H 109 is not currently calendared for consideration on 17 April.






There's a Change in the Weather!


I hope every had a great time on the Thin Blue Line Ride. It was a perfect day for riding, the band was awesome and the cause was righteous. The food provided by Finz in Matthews was really delicious.

Speaking of Finz, rumor has it that they are going to start a Thursday night bike night... more details to follow.

Next week I will do a product report on a new fuel additive and stabilizer that I just found out about, so look for that...

Now, go get out ride.
















































































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