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Words from our Sponsors

Lil' Weather

Some Event Flyers

Bike Wash Girlzz at Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Nites!

Free Thinking with Fancy Free


Loose Talk with Jon


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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of April 18-25, 2011

Monday 81 p-cloudy, Tuesday 85 p-cloudy, Wednesday 85 pm-t-storms, Thursday 78 few showers, Friday 69 showers, Saturday 80 m-cloudy, Sunday 84 m-sunny, Monday 80 m-sunny (as per on Monday 4/18/11)







Bike Wash Girlzzz

Every Wednesday at The Lube!

This year with a new twist: every month they'll have a bikini contest and this year they will have 2 beautiful bike washers at The Lube.

Come meet the QS&L Bike Wash Gals and get your bike cleaned up at the same time!



Many kinds of riders

... Many reasons to ride

Today as I read the information sent in by Rolling Thunder NC Chapter 2, I couldn't help be moved by the reason for the ride and sincerely amazed at the powerful connections motorcycles have in the world... Connections and relationships that go way beyond the simple two-wheel fun that rises to the surface when the vast majority of people think of bikes.

Rolling Thunder is organizing what I'm sure is just one of many rides honoring fallen heroes...this one honoring one who has been missing in action since I was 8 years old. Pulling words from a website, they "are united in the cause to bring full accountability for Prisoners Of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) of all wars, reminding the government, the media and the public by our watchwords: “We Will Not Forget.” Apparently riding a bike is not a prerequisite but, as you are surely aware, that's what we see out there - riders riding for those who have given their lives. Certainly not why everyone rides but indeed a clear passion for those involved!

Some folks think of motorcyles and the community they are a part of. Some have patriotic or religious associations with their ride. Some of us ride to free our souls from the daily prisons we've created for ourselves. Some of us cut loose and dare the road to take us. Some of us find friendship where we'd never expect it. Some turn to bikes to show off their wealth and abilities. Some ride as part of their job and some ride to work every day. Some of us are fair weather riders and some choose to dare the elements no matter what. Some folks choose to be motorcycle riders so early in life they can't remember why and some are still riding way into late life.

Riders have all sorts of motives and intentions, all means of support and skills. Whatever your reasons, thanks for subscribing to The Carolina Rider Scene. No matter why you ride, we're here for you.

I'm re-running this from last week...and may for a couple more weeks, actually since it's an effort to help you all. Thanks to everyone who sent in requests last week. You'll be receiving your Group Submission Form within the next week!

Attention Riding Groups/Organizations!

Today I send a shout out to all of you who are part of riding groups, organizations, and clubs. It's time for you to show your stuff in THE CLUB ROOM which will be found under GROUP PAGES at! We want to help you get the word out about who and what you are and all that you're doing in our Carolina communities.

Some of you are charitable organizations. Some social riding groups. Some of you band together for a cause. Some of you ride together for fun. Some groups are focused on specific towns, some on specific types of motorcycles. Some are loosely laid-back and some are very defined and formal. It's all cool........

The Carolina Rider CLUB ROOM

The Club Room offers space for motorcycle-related community groups to:

  1. List General information about their organization
  2. Provide membership and contact information for riders to explore involvement
  3. Share periodic reports, articles, stories, photos, and announcements for The Carolina Rider community to enjoy and connect

If you would like your organization represented in The Carolina Rider CLUB ROOM, email me for a submission form today!

We are here for you. Help us help you.


Reader Reports

Ken B. sent this flyer in. While it's months away, I'm betting it'll be here much sooner than we expect. Great cause - Hospice and Community Care do special work and Ken says they function fully on donations.


And the Thunder Rolls...

Jeff P, President of Rolling Thunder Cptr 2 NC sent the following in. Wow....MIA since 1969. That's a moving bit of history and I'm sure a special ride to be a part of....

The times are now set for this Historic escort. As you know SFC Donald Monroe Shue , MIA 3 November 1969, has been found and will return home on April 30, 2011.

The Rolling Thunder Group and everyone else staying in Statesville, will meet at Tilley Harley Davidson in Statesville, NC ( 1226 Morland Drive, Statesville, NC 28677 ), at 07:00 am and pull out at 07:45 am. We will head to the Army National Guard ( 4240 West Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28208). Our assembly time is 09:00 am, we will start our escort at 09:50 am. We will meet the Funeral Home people at the airport and escort SFC Shue to Concord. As we come into Concord we will stop at the City Hall for a brief ceremony then Proceed TO Kannapolis to Whitley Funeral Home.

DRESS CODE FOR THIS EVENT   "BLACK PANTS LONG SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT" .   Can be jeans and t-shirt, also wear your vest. This is for ALL GROUPS. This was a special request.

When we meet at the National Guard all leaders of each organization need to meet ME at the gate, after their group is parked. There will be one representative from each group in the lead group.

After the escort all of the Rolling Thunder group including our guest staying in Statesville, are invited to join us at Outback Steak House in Statesville to have dinner and socialize, dutch of course.

On Sunday May 1, 2011 we will leave Tilley Harley Davidson of Statesville at 11:45 am, to go to the Whitley Funeral Home in Kannapolis, NC. The service is for the family and friends, the rest of us will be on the flag lines until time to escort him to the cemetery. The service will be held at 1:30 pm.

Those not leaving from Tilley's needs to line up on Hwy 3 at the Whitley Funeral home around 1:00 pm. All bikes are welcome and we need everyone we can get on flag lines as we come into each City.


Gaston CBA at Hooters Every Wednesday for Bike Nite!

Gaston CBA is set up at Hooters Bike Nites every Wednesday. Shooter wrote that they're going to have weekly bike shows and will be giving away stays at motels! Ride over and support the CBA.....


Read Online

Head over to www.TheCarolinaRider and stick your nose into some good reads.......

Jane Shares

Our Jane LaVoy participated in a ride in support of the family of Makayla Woodard. The ride was organized by a big-hearted group of riders in Rock Hill, SC, The Extended Biker Family. In addition to sending you over to read Jane's story, I want to shout out some praise for the work that this loving group (seen in top picture of today's publication) does for so many. Thanks, Jules and all of the Extended Biker Family - sisters and all!




Wesley Writes

Wesley has 2 more great reads online now! Read about Hugh's Handbuilt - a really wonderful story of a fellow following the call he feels inside to do the work that is his gift and passion.....and dive into Wesley's own Zemplivin' Thoughts for April. Wesley is following what he loves and believes in and it comes through bright and clear in all of his writing.



Stealth Reviews

Stealth's Custom of the month is also featured on the home page and you know if Stealth's behind it, it's a cool ride! This month is The Heavy Hitter which was recently published in this The Carolina Rider Scene.


I'm happy to share another awesome edition of artsy-fartsy, our monthly exhibit of photos, creative writing, and other artsy creations by and about riders and their rides. If you're artsy-inclined, please consider submitting something! We'd LOVE to highlight your work here next month!

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

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"The only way I can be artistic

is with a camera in my hands."

by DeLane Hoppes of Shelby, NC

DeLane shares: "I was down in Alabama for the Trail of Tears run when I took this photograph. The Trail of Tears motorcycle ride commemorates the atrocities of the Cherokee Indians after the 1830 Indian Removal passed. It took a number of years because of legal issues before the removal of the Cherokees in 1838/1939. The Trail of Tears bike ride reminds us of the 4,000 out of 17,000 Cherokee men, women, and children, who died during this forced exodus."

" The Trail of Tears Ride begins in Chattanooga TN and ends in Waterloo AL which is about a 230 mile ride along the Trail of Tears path. I was in Waterloo where the ride ends.  I saw this guy sitting down by the river with his bike parked up on the bank.  It was a very peaceful image I thought.  I have a friend, Double D, who works for a major motorcycle manufacturer and I have had the opportunity to travel with him to different biker events.  When I am at an event such as this, I always have my camera. I love motorcycles and ride as much as possible, which is usually everyday!  I love to ride and I love photography and sometimes the two come together to capture a moment such as this one!"







Please support our Sponsors

I'd like to first welcome two new Sponsors to The Carolina Rider. Welcome to Hot Rods and Harleys and to Ricky Hendricks Performance Honda. Remember, businesses who sponsor our publications make it possible for you to access our CALENDAR, articles, photos, and many valuable connections to what's happening around our states. They further make it possible for you to receive this weekly mini-magazine FREE SUBSCRIPTION to The Carolina Rider Scene! You can show your appreciation by turning to these businesses when you need them.

Marty at Hot Rods and Harleys has been putting custom paint jobs on Harleys for years and does a great job. Give Marty a call to see if he can help you pick out the right paint for your ride, 704-782-9096

Ricky Hendricks Performance Honda and Tony Jennings have been a fixture in the motorcycle business forever. They have a great selection of bikes but if you want to sell one they are looking to make you an offer, give them a call at 704-889-3500

On another note, if you are politically motivated here is what you need to do regarding a bill that is making it's way around the state capital regarding helment laws.

The following came to me from Doc Ski, Legislative Director of NC CBA/ABATE:

Call to action: S 480 Let Those Who Ride Decide

Senate Bill 480, Let Those Who Ride Decide has been assigned to the Senate Rules committee. There are a large number of bills on hold in this committee. If our Bill is not heard before May 12, it will not crossover to the House in time to be eligible for consideration. Please write to the chair of the Rules committee, Senator Tom Apodaca ( ), and ask him to please consider SB 480 for scheduling for a hearing on the committee as soon as possible.

Please be courteous when writing. It is also important to be brief. An example of an appropriate note is below:

Honorable Senator Apodace,

Senate Bill 480, Let Those Who Ride Decide is awaiting scheduling in the House Rules committee. This bill is important for returning responsibility to adult motorcycle riders in North Carolina. Please consider scheduling this bill for discussion and resolution by the committee as soon as possible.

Thank you for all you do for the citizens of NC.


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If you are so moved, do your part. If not, you still have a voice in what's happening. Got an opinion? Write me!

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiney Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton







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Ride Like A Pro



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