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May 13th Edition

In This Issue:

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

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

New Invitation to Win! - Get High on the Hog!

Poni Princess: Comporium Firehouse Run

Another Back Seat Rider Chimes in

Enter the Spring Rally Photo Contest!

Brother Bear's World of Motorcycles

Quece - Combat Vets Ride

Loose Talk with Jon


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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of May 13-20, 2014

Tuesday 90 iso t-storms, Wednesday 88 m-sunny, Thursday 76 rain/thunder, Friday 75 p-cloudy, Saturday 77 m-cloudy, Sunday 79 m-cloudy, Monday 77 iso t-storms, Tuesday 80 p-cloudy (as per on 5/12/14)

bbq & bikes & the carolinas

What's the connection?

I hear tell that The Carolinas became the home of vast amounts of barbeque because at one time the land in these parts wasn't hospitable to plant farming but did great for the raisin' of pigs. It's something I read somewhere and it might just be true. Whatever the case, our lands have sure nurtured a potent production of fired-up hog. While the old sauce debate rages from the coast to the mountains there are BBQ plates being served up with slaw in just about every point in between.

And one of those places where roasted pig meat reigns king is at motorcycle events. Have ya noticed? Barbecue is more often the meal of choice at area rides. Is that because we live in hog country? Or is it because "hog" riders love the pig?


I'd love to hear your finger-lickin' response to this quandry. In the meantime, have you seen the Q-laden opportunity we're offering for this month's 5th Anniversary party favor? It's a prize package that will satisfy your craving for devinely cooked-up hog, a visual display of some vintage hoggery of the motorcycle kind, and sublime hog riding in the beautiful mountains of The Carolinas!

Maggie Valley is having a BBQ Fest the last weekend of July. Your prize package makes it possible for you to go to that saucy weekend for free with your stay (for 2) covered at Maggie Valley Inn, 2 tickets to Wheels Through Time Museum there in Maggie, and 2 of our extra-cool TCR shirts to wear around the Festival Grounds and "get yer picture took!"

We're excited to bring together all these great rewards for you and there's one more cool bite to share ....

To register, you've gotta get yourself to yet another barbecue and bikes event: Hog Happenin' in Lincolnton on June 6-7. Find us there and sign up. That's the only place and time you can register for this motorcycle-riding Q-lovers treasure trove.



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I sincerely hope you had the opportunity to get out and join one of the many fund raising rides that were offered over the past few weekends. There were so many to choose from but Frog and I decided to stay close to home on the 3rd and went on the Comporium Pioneers ride in Rock Hill, SC. This was the 7th ride they have put on and it was awesome!

The Catawba Pioneer Club was chartered in 1971 with John M. Barnes, Sr. serving as the first club president. The name was changed to the Comporium Pioneer Club in 2003. The Club now has more than 350 local members who participate in community service projects in Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Lancaster, S.C.  The Comporium Pioneer Club is a local member of the national ITPA. The Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association (ITPA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization created by the telecommunications industry. The goods and services they get donated help out animal rescue groups, school supplies to distribute for those in need, toys for happiness, and holiday mail for heros. They are involved in over 20 local events each year ranging from blood drives to Christmas dinners. I just can’t speak highly enough of the great works this group does.

So with all that in mind Frog and I joined in at the Oakdale Firehouse #2 on Dunlap Roddey Road with over 150 bikes on the most beautiful Saturday morning we have had all year. Leon Yard, who is the chapter president, promptly ...

EDITOR'S NOTE: We've heard from Ron and love his wonderfully-detailed tales of rides. And we've seen pics of his riding partner and wife, Marcia. Now, in response to the request for such stories, Marcia speaks up from the back seat and shares her sense of riding bliss....

I am very content to ride (on the back.)  Ron has repeatedly offered to send me to lessons and purchase a bike, but I keep telling him I’m happy riding.  Let me show you why, with a brief introduction to the pictures....

Last Friday Ron had a meeting in Columbia at the State Capital and I rode along. On the way home he said “Bike, Beach?” Of course I said yes which meant that when we got home we would get on the bike and head to the beach.

We are about an hour and 45 minutes from Edisto State Park, which is the closest, or at least the easiest beach for us without going through Charleston.  So we packed up and headed out around 2 o’clock planning to stay there and have dinner around 6 and head home.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves as to why I like to ride, instead of drive.

As a "rider," I can take these pictures of this neat old plantation!

It was beautiful, the sunset on the marsh, the intercoastal waterway, the marsh grass, and of course the live oaks covering the road.

Enjoy the Ride!



I like going to motorcycle rallies and bike events taking photos of bikers doing what they like doing the best. One part of photography that I like the most is shooting any type of motorcycles. I mostly lean toward the older Harley‘s. Over the years I found that the color, the shape and a characteristic that no other motorcycle possess will draw me in and make me want to go to work shooting that bike. Over the years I have seen bikes that look like Buffalo and painted like a cow. I have seen just about any type of bike accessories on a motorcycle maybe even a few car parts. Most of the time if a biker can figure out a way he can put the part on his bike it will happen.

I am not fond of working in a studio shooting bikes indoors. To me it is just not natural. Just think about it - how many bikes do you see people riding in a studio? I like to see the motorcyclist and the bike in its natural habitats. Seeing a bike rumbling down the road or parked in front of ...

The first weekend of May was so beautiful, if you didn’t get to ride I hope you were making money! Mom and Dad chose the Combat Vets ride out of Crossroads Harley Davidson for our Saturday ride.  We got up early so that we could get a good spot in line and hang out with our friends at The Carolina Rider “Big Ride Bus!”

We got a great spot in line…right next to our attorney and friend Jason Taylor “The Litigator “ on his Ultra Classic.  They were lining bikes up almost 16 across and they wound all the way around the back of the building....


On the road

When you read this, I will be on my bike heading somewhere ... destination unplanned and surprises expected. I've packed my camera and rain suit as well as my sense of fun. Let ya know next week how it goes!

Speaking of next week, I'll be packing again next week to go to Sonny Production's rally in Maggie Valley. Come see me! The BIG RIDE Bus will be parked at the Festival Grounds and we'll be registering for someone to win a future night at The Maggie Valley Inn. And, speaking of the Inn, we welcome them back as a Sponsor of The Carolina Rider. Check out their flyer above, their website, and their wonderfully biker-friendly destination. See you in the Valley....

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