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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:
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 www.intellicast.com 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:
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!
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