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This Weekend! ...
THIS WEEKEND! ...
The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of May 4-10, 2016
Wednesday 74h & p-cloudy, Thursday 63h & p-cloudy, Friday 74h & sunny, Saturday 84h & sunny, Sunday 89h & sunny, Monday 86h & p-cloudy, Tuesday 88h & p-cloudy (as per weather.com on 5/3/16)
Events Cranking up!
This edition is filled with info about the events that are getting on the road now since Spring has truly caught on in The Carolinas. Sure, there were events happening before now; but the calendar is plumping up big and bright as the yellow sun.
This Saturday is the Comporium Pioneers 9th Annual Firehouse Run. Our friend Leon Yard makes sure we have a chance to help get the word out about this ride each year and we're happy to do so. Ride leaves from a firehouse! That's Oakdale Fire Station #2 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Check out more details in their flyer above.
More Waves Coming in
We're still getting input from you readers about The Rider's Wave. Check out the new additions to this current topic. It's interesting how this week's answers focused on some logic and science of the wave...
Have a ride-filled week!
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South Carolina United Cerebral Palsy held its 4th Annual Ride for Life April 16. Unfortunately I missed last year but was able to make it – albeit a little late - this year.
The United Cerebral Palsy website explains that “United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina is working to positively support and impact the achievement of a Life Without Limits for people with disabilities. UCP supports the people we serve to achieve better lives, helping them to maximize their potential, encouraging them to explore their aspirations and dreams, and providing ongoing support as they continue a lifelong journey of development and growth.”
This is a great ride for a great cause; but then they are all for great causes. The Ride for Life supports men and women with cerebral palsy in South Carolina and specifically provides housing and day program services for people in the Columbia area.
This year the participants were down, but the income was up. There were many bikers and others that came by at the start of the day to make a contribution and said they couldn’t ride, but wanted to help out. We, (Marcia and I,) were kind of opposite that and missed the start due to a prior commitment and came in at the end to meet up at Shooters in West Columbia. We had a great burger and onion rings and were well hosted. There were the usual offerings of wonderful raffle items to add to the support of UCP SC.
Here's what some of you readers have said:
John shared: "If you raise your arm to wave it is a hand signal for a right hand turn. Most experienced riders will not intentionally put themselves or other motorists in harms way by giving false signals. Also there is less wind resistance with your hand down at an angle than up in the air."
Tommy explained: "Because if you point up or straight out for the wave it would be confused with the hand signal's for turning left or right. As for doing the wave period is to greet the other riders out there with you and to say hello brother I see you even though the cages might not."
Randall emailed: "The consensus is (that it means) keep the rubber on the road and have a safe ride"
Talk said: "on the wave ?....I generally do.....to any riders...my wave is more of a point at you....'I see you, fellow rider'.....I'm watching out for you, if only in passing each other on the road. Hopefully we're all watching out for each other."
Dale shared, "There is (& has been) an unwritten code of conduct for many years pertaining to bikers from bikers for bikers. As I taught it to my son back in the early 2000s when he began riding, it's what I came to know as the Biker's Code of Conduct. I won't go into lengthy detail here on the entire checklist but it does include ALWAYS waving to any biker who you meet on the road, providing it is safe to do so AND ALWAYS stopping to help or offer assistance for any biker, regardless of what they ride when you run upon either a wreck in which they are involved or a mechanical breakdown. Such help can include medical assistance to the extent you are qualified.
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