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April 29th Edition

In This Issue:

 

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

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Introducing a new Columnist: Brother Bear

Do you Ride on the Back? ... Tell us about it!

Calendar Girl Week's Highlights

EVENT REPORTS: Bridgette Curtis Ride and Zippers Bike Nite

Justin & Cody: Weather Delays

Loose Talk with Jon

 

Look for much more at www.thecarolinarider.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of April 29-May 6, 2014

Tuesday 84 strong t-storms, Wednesday 79 strong t-storms, Thursday 77 p-cloudy, Friday 69 p-cloudy, Saturday 72 m-cloudy, Sunday 79 sunny, Monday 81 p-cloudy, Tuesday 84 p-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on 4/29/14)

Myriad and Sundry ...

(a collection of varied info)

Welcome Brother Bear!

Welcome to a new writer to The Carolina Rider - Tommy "Brother Bear" Pittard. This fellow sought us out to hear one of his event tales and we're tickled to have him want to become a regular part of our Scene. Today he informs us about a ride that's got some cool historical connections down South and I know you'll enjoy...

Thanks for Sharing, Jay Bird & TJ!

We welcome also Jay Bird and TJ who volunteered a photo journal of a recent Carolina event, the Bridgette Curtis ride. Thanks so much, you guys, for reaching out the The Carolina Rider and letting us all know what's going on in your neck of the woods! It's that simple ... just share your stuff with our readership - 75,000 and ever-growing! Got something you want to share? WRITE ME!

Do you Want the Prize?

There's still time! So far, no one has taken this month's creative challenge to tell your story of riding on the back. Anyone out there? I know there are back seat riders who read this because I've talked to you at many events and so enjoy your tales. Well, there's a great prize package just waiting for someone who wants to share... See the info below

The BIG RIDE Bus Rides Again!

The bus was out for Easyriders in January (altho Footloose and I weren't with it) but until last week, it was taking a breather and getting ready for a big season out and about. After a showing at Out-Skirts Cabaret last week, here's what's coming up soon .... Combat Vets Ride THIS SATURDAY (they say over 500+ bikes and a Nashville recording artist too!) and then Maggie Valley Spring Rally over the weekend of May 23-25.

Independent Benefit Ride

There's a group of guys who've been putting on benefit rides in the Charlotte area for over 20 years. Old school bikers who love bikes and the people all around them, I can tell you that these are some sincere and caring riders. And you'll recognize some or all of their names if you've had anything to do with riding around the area for long - Hollywood Jay Greenfield of Hollywood's Cycles and Ben of Ben's V-Twins are two you'll know.

Their annual ride is scheduled for this Sunday. "It's our 21st year!," exclaimed Ben Edwards in a phone chat today. "We're just a group of small business owners who decided a long time ago that we wanted to do something to give back. And there's still 5 or so of the originals in our group."

Like all past years, this year's ride shows how they take care of each other and the community around them. They'll be riding for a long-time member and founder. Deuce Rushing's wife Rachel is struggling with the big C and the IBR on May 4th is to support her medical expenses and show love and support. "We're supporting good friends who are going through rough times," shared Ben and that's the way it always is with these old school riders.

This year's ride has two new wrinkles:

  1. There are 2 starting points for folks from different areas to choose from. Leave from either Ben's in Matthews or Hollywood's in Gaston County.
  2. Shoot for your poker run card at one of the stops - Shooter's Express. ("Everyone will be using the same 22 weapon," noted Ben!)

Check out their flyer above

I've just rambled around thru myriad and sundry items bobbing around in my mind and running across my desk. May your week be filled with Myriad and Sundry Joys!

I'm on Facebook ... "friend me!"

I have been seeing flyers about the 25th  Annual Bub Lollis Whitten Center Run that was going to take place April Tenth in Clinton, South Carolina. The last time I made this run it was back in 2008. Bub Lollis the founder of the ride and always lead the group from Greenwood to Clinton. Since then Bub Lollis had passed away and his son James Lollis is now in charge of the ride. James and the Greenwood Motorcycle Club was wanting to keep the ride going in his memory.

Whitten Center was founded by B.O. Whitten, M.D in 1920. It is a state run residential treatment facility for approximately 240 people with developmental disabilities and special needs. The Whitten Center also helps the residents’ from medical to spiritual needs.

The Whitten Center Gift Run was started on a cold Saturday morning in 1989 during the Christmas season with only eight riders. In the following years the run was moved to the spring which helped to draw in more riders. Year after year more and more riders joined the Bub Lollis Run to help the people of Whitten Center. Now with two hundreds fifty riders it helped to raise supplies and money for the patients of the center. The Greenwood Motorcycle Club helps to organize the ride each year. All the proceeds will go to the Whitten Center and go directly to help the residents. This is one of the many events that support those with disabilities and special needs at the Whitten Center.

When I was talking to James Lollis over the phone on Friday the weatherman was talking about it being cold and with a chance of rain on Sunday. I asked James if he had set a rain date. He told me that his father never did set a rain date. They rode no matter what type of weather. His father always said “a true biker would ride no matter what the weather.” Now I can tell you with rain in the forecast and with a chill in the air it turned out to be a perfect day to ride....

 

April Invitation:

Do you "Ride on the Back?"

Write your story and you could win an overnight stay at Skyline Village Inn for you and the one who steers the wheels you ride plus TCR t-shirts for both of you!....

Weather Delays

Well, I'm sad to say we didn't leave Michigan as planned. I hear you all have had a large threat of rain in The Carolinas and we have had rain & more to come up here so chose to not tackle the roads on a new bike and side car this way. So, we will NOT be at bike nite tomorrow night as intended and planned ... but we ARE planning to join The BIG RIDE Bus on Saturday at the Combat Vets Ride and hope to see you there! Cody and I will show you our new ride and introduce you to our friend, Brad, and founder of Two Wheels for Warriors. Please join this great ride!

And check out how we look in the new bike! ...

 

Hello all my fellow bikers in The Carolinas! Calendar Girl here with all the latest information on some upcoming events for this weekend and on into next week. There are zillions of events this week to attend as spring rolls on. More bike nights, and more fun rides to join! Be sure to check out the Events Calendar online….there is WAY more stuff going on than what I have listed here!

Some Events 'n Rides for Saturday, May 3, 2014


1st Annual VFW Post 9960 Poker Run - Swansboro, NC

Second Chances Third Annual Cruzin' for Critters - Asheboro, NC – If you are like me and have a soft spot the size of the ocean for animals you will definitely want to be at this 100 mile ride. Midge Noble, therapist and author, and the team Second Chances, are spearheading a huge effort to put a NO KILL animal shelter in Randolph County. All the proceeds from this ride will go toward to that goal. Midge told me, “I know bikers show up for good causes. They are good people out there trying to do good. If people will lead with love, that love will save an animal’s life.” Go show Midge some love. She has a corn hole tournament, silent auction, food, and music lined up for the after ride party.

Cruising Against Cancer Ride for Sherry Nicks - Clover, SC

7th Annual Forgotten Sons MC Wounded Warrior Run - Port Royal, SC – The Forgotten Sons is a national M/C dedicated to remembering and honoring all veterans who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Joe Folbesi, who rides a 2002 Road King, is the president of this group and he is totally passionate about making sure, “nobody gets left behind either on the battlefield or when they return home. Nobody goes forgotten.” He is a veteran of the Marine Corp and vividly remembers how it feels to be alone and left out. This organization has raised more than $47,000 in the past and is targeting the Independence Fund and Healing Heroes of the Low Country this year. Joe lives by the quote from Calvin Coolidge, “A nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.”

Forsyth Sheriff's Office & Enforcers MC Special Olympics Ride-Winstom-Salem, NC

These and lots more can be found on The Carolina Rider online EVENTS CALENDAR!

 

 

About a month and a half ago, Bridgette Curtis went down in a bad motorcycle crash. She was in a medically induced coma for about a month so she could heal properly. She is still in the hospital and she is now alert and improving.

This bike ride was put together by all her sisters and brothers in the bike community to help raise money for her mounting bills.

 

 

I am feeling really good about my recovery!  Yeah I lost a few back toes, but I didn’t lose my love for riding!

Wednesday evening I was lying in my four poster bed, when Mom came running in the kitchen door.  I knew something was up.  She left the door open and I could see straight into the garage.  She was loading up her bike with Teddy bears and duffel bags, business cards, and biker flyers all kinds of goodies to give away!  I just watched.  But when I heard her open the closet door that holds her boots….I knew.  By the time she got her jacket on, I was already in the garage next to her bike.  I wasn’t about to let her go to Zippers Bike Nite without ME!

She put my special “blingy” Harley Dress on, and a tighter harness, and packed me in!
I am a Hawg ridin’ Dog!  Nothing can keep this Biker Bitch Down! ...

 

Bike Nite Success!

FancyFree and I had a great time visiting a few bike nites last week. Wednesday we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Zippers as their Bike Nite got started. Great people, great food, great music, great bikes. It all worked and the place does a fine job of making everyone feel welcome, caringly served, and well fed! Good running into a number of familiar faces and bikes.... We'll be back for another round of fried flounder and bike nite fun on another Wednesday night soon!

We popped by the Gaston County CBA's bike nite at Rock House and there was a big crowd there too! ...

Friday night we took The BIG RIDE Bus to Out-Skirts Cabaret. PoniPrincess and her Frog joined us there. Tho the weather was throwing out challenges all around the area, there was no rain on their first bike nite of 2014 ... but, weather of course will keep attendance down and we all look for more bike niters at Out-Skirts next time around! Good bar-b-que, cold beer, a couple artists selling stuff plus a tattoo artist, a massage chair, and ET had his dyno machine there and ready too. Sure, the girls at Out-Skirts are usually the draw ... but Dave and Angelo are working hard to offer something beyond the usual club experience and welcome everyone to Out-Skirts Bike Nites on Friday nights!

Quaker Steak and Combat Vets

Sadly, the forecast is shining a dim light on tomorrow night's bike nite at Quaker Steak Concord. If the rains don't come, we'll be there with The BIG RIDE; however Justin and Cody and Two Wheels for Warriors will not be there - but will be joining us Saturday at the Combat Vets ride. Join us there! Don't know about it? Check out this video...

 

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