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--- WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE? ---

THINKING AHEAD - This Week's Riding Planner:

  • The Little Weather Quickie
  • Some Weekend Motorcycle Events
  • Bike Nites & Other Recurring Events
  • Some Differently-Flavored Events of Charlotte & Beyond!

... plus ...

FREE THINKING WITH FANCY FREE

including

  • Question of the Week and
  • Readers Respond

... and ...

KIBBLES 'N BITS - Quick little Links, Stats, 'n News to chew on

... then finally ...

LOOSE TALK WITH JON

..... The Carolina Rider .... a new slant on things!

 

THINKING AHEAD

- This Week's Riding Planner for The Carolinas -

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of May 25-31

Tuesday 78 & few showers, Wednesday 84 partly cloudy, Thursday 89 SUNNY, Friday 86 isolated t-storms, Saturday 84 isolated t-storms, Sunday 80 isolated t-storms, Monday 82 isolated t-storms (as per www.intellicast.com on Sunday 5/24/10)

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SOME WEEKEND MOTORCYCLE EVENTS

(see CALENDAR for more plus full details)...

It's Memorial Day Holiday Weekend - Enjoy yourself!

Warhorse Brotherhood MC Wounded Warrior Poker Run... Elgin, SC

2 Rivers Spring Bike Rally ... Eden, NC

Chicken Rally .... Lumberton, NC

Rally 2 Ridgecrest ... Ridgecrest, NC

Ride for a Cure ... Jacksonville, NC

Piedmont Heroes Ride .... Winston-Salem, NC

It's Memorial Day Holiday Weekend - Enjoy yourself!

 

BIKE NITES & OTHER RECURRING EVENTS

New space-saving feature....click on LINK above to find this listing!

 

 

SOME DIFFERENTLY-FLAVORED EVENTS AROUND CHARLOTTE (& beyond!)

a few events & destinations that you might like to ride to this week....

New space-saving feature....click on LINK above to find this listing!

 


 

Enjoy yourself it's Later than you Think!

As I hauled my produce to the grocery store's checkout line today, the exuberant guy at the cash register exclaimed his greeting question, "Hi! Did you have fun this weekend?"

It was a different angle on the usual question "How was your weekend?" and I loved the energy behind it... but it did take me a moment to consider whether I did or did not have FUN over the weekend that had just passed. Honest answer? Yes, and no. As I told someone else today, it was a "necessary weekend." And we've all got plenty of those in our lives....necessary moments, necessary days, necessary years! Just moments and days and years we've got to get through and move on....fun or not.

"Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think.

Enjoy yourself, while life is in the pink.

The years go by as quickly as a wink.

Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think!"

This song written by Carl Sigmon and popularized by Guy Lombardo's New Year's Eve shows way back when....well, it points us to perhaps a lighter and deeper way of expressing our lives. And, I've noticed that those 2- wheeled beauties in our garages push us out onto the road to do just that: enjoy ourselves!

"I didn't get a chance to ride this weekend!," mourned a friend. "My bike's in the shop," whined another. It's as if the bike itself is what gets us out of ourselves and forces us to have fun! Ok, so be it. If having a motorcycle lightens your load and enlightens your life, all the better! It's way too easy to take life too seriously. It's perfectly natural to let life's heavies drag us down. So if we need a nudge from the roar of loud pipes and the rush of rolling free, well alrighty then!

My very dear friend Jimmy was inspired to purchase a motorcycle when he saw how much fun and freedom my husband was enjoying with his. A retired CPA, he agonized about spending the money and what bike to get and then he was hesitant about test riding the shining red Yamaha but within a week or so he and his new ride were inseperable. Retired from everyday work but leading a very busy lifestyle, we wondered when he'd even have time to ride. But Jimmy, his shining broad grin, and that bike tore up the road and one day he declared it was time he stepped "up" to a stronger ride. So he bought himself a bright red Heritage, stuck an American flag on the windshield and then really clocked some happy miles all over the USA. Symbolically, as an ex-tax accountant, he picked that brand new baby up on an April 15 and his car hasn't left the garage much since. That was a few years back. Today is Jimmy's birthday and last week he purchased a fine Ultra Classic. He picks it up today, of course, and you might just hear him whoopin' and hollerin' all over The Carolinas and beyond. His grin'll tell you he's enjoying himself and not taking the moments and days in life for granted and his bikes have given him a whole new expression of fully living. Happy Birthday Jimmy! And many happy days to all of us who enjoy the ride!

 

 

READERS RESPOND...
To last week's question of the week "What cool motorcycle gadgets have you seen (or purchased) lately?," We're going to answer this one ourselves!... Jon and I have the chance to chat very briefly with Anna of Raci-Babi Diva-Do. She was a vendor at Thunder Tower's Anniversary big-do this past weekend and she's invented a cool answer to hair knots that us long-haired riders can suffer from. For some (obvious) reason, Jon wasn't as drawn to the "helmet liners for long hair" as I.....and while I haven't tried 'em myself, they do look to be a positive answer to a pain in the head issue. You (and I) will really need to try one but in the meantime, check em out online at www.2uptouring.com

 

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK for the week of May 25th, 2010:

What do you recommend for June pleasure rides and Carolina events?

 

I soooo enjoyed the bike events I had the chance to attend this past week! Thunder Tower's big Anniversary party was impressive.....a giant flag carried down from a plane by sky divers ("special forces flag jump,") a great variety of vendors and participants, good music, and a beautifully implemented spokesmodel contest. Happy to meet Michelle with Law Tigers and Anna with Raci-Babi Diva-Do and so many kind people of the Columbia area!

I was moved to hear Sandy with the Motor Maids speak in Concord last week also. Without much previous knowledge of that inspiring group of women riders, I came away so very grateful to have made the connection. How nice to meet you, Sandy, Sarah-Anne, Lisa, and Debbie and to learn about your organization that encourages women to be committed riders. Did you know that in order to have a vote at a national Motor Maids convention, you must ride to it and that could mean many thousands of miles? And did you know that there are Motor Maids from way back in the early 1900's who have a million miles on their records? Stay tuned....more on that in future issues! Till then, enjoy yourselves, and ....

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

www.TheCarolinaRider.com


 

KIBBLES 'N BITS

Quick little Links, Stats, 'n News to chew on....

 

  • "Calling all inventors!".....check out this website......then see 'bout making something like this for big kids' motor-bikes! Thegyrobike.com

 

  • Get your bid on!....Jesse James has some of his antique bikes and parts on ebay. Are his marital woes pinching his garage as well as his bank account? Apparently among other items, for sale are a 1937 Elgin Skylark Bluebird and a 1941 Colson Firestone Super Cruiser.

 

 

  • And, speaking of old junk.......with apologies and gratitude to Les Josey who so kindly sent in some pics from the Carolina Classic show several weeks back in Spencer, check out this photo of the trophies they give out....We included another pic of them a couple weeks ago but failed to say what you were looking at. They recycle old bike parts and create trophies out of 'em.

Cool use! Recognize anything?

 

LOOSE TALK

To the right are just a few of the competitors for Thunder Tower's "Ladies of Thunder" spokesmodel contest this past weekend....and I was honored to be able to take some photos of all the loveliness involved! The winner was Candi, second from left.

I enjoy taking photos and video. My cameras are with me most everywhere these days and I might just catch your picture if you're not one of those who hide from me. The couple at the top of this e-newsletter actually stopped me (well, Fancy Free, really,) and asked to have their picture taken on their camera.....but, of course, they had to pay up in trade...and they make a fine welcome shot, don't they?!

But I'm not in as many places as I would like to be and so I appreciate those of you who send us photos of your events and riding experiences. Thanks this week to STAR Chapter #443 for sharing theirs! You know, you hear about riding groups like HOG chapters as they tend to get publicity due to their size and H-D corporate upplay. But it's less likely that you know much if anything about the STAR Touring and Riding Association or its chapters. Last week the Concord local chapter put on a Feed the Children Ride. Check out their photos in our GALLERY.

You can also find pictures from the Motor Maids speaking in Concord and photos from Thunder Tower's Days of Thunder IV. Thanks to all of you for allowing me to take the shot. Glad to have you in the family!

Until then, keep the shiney side up!!

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton
Publisher, www.TheCarolinaRider.com

 

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SkyLine Inn

Mad Dog Custom Cycles

 

 

Matthews Fun Machine

 

Charlotte Honda

 

Ride Like A Pro

 

Cox H-D

 

Superior Ins

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

Bob Karney Law Firm

State HOG Rally

 

Tilted Kilt

 

McKoys SmokeHouse

 

 

 

 

 

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