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June 21st Edition
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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of June 22-28, 2016
Wednesday 94h & p-cloudy, Thursday 97h & sunny, Friday 93h & p-cloudy, Saturday 89h & p-cloudy, Sunday 90h & p-cloudy, Monday 92h & p-cloudy, Tuesday 91h & 60% scattered t-storms (as per weather.com on 6/21/16)
Here are some things that have come across my desk recently that I'd like to share with you all ...
News from Justin and Cody
Remember Justin who wrote about his life as a veteran in some past issues? Remember his service dog, Cody, who rides with him and is always by his side to help with PTSD night terrors and seizures Justin still experiences? We were both happy and sad to hear from them recently....
Justin wrote: "I wanted to let you know that Cody is going to be retiring as a service dog within the year. I am very saddened by this but he has served me very well and it is his time to enjoy his retirement, K9s For Warriors and I are now in the process of searching for nothing but an amazing family to adopt Cody into their family, so he can enjoy his days of retiremeng. He is only 6 but as a service dog his time is done.
Now the long grueling process of trying to find me another hypoallergenic dog is underway, as you may know it is extremely hard to find a standard poodle or labradoodle or golden doodle that does not shed. If you know of any that are under the age of 14 months please let me know.
I hope everything is going great, I am pumped I am getting 2 new tires for the Harley on Monday at Cox's Harley-Davidson in rock hill so riding season here I come."
If you have any appropriate puppy connections for Justin, write him at BigDawg@TheCarolinaRider.com
Our Montana Contributor is on The Road
Talk reports in from his Ride
We had an email from Talk last week.
He says, "I been on the road a couple weeks. Just went by where Tom Mix died....50 miles N of Tucson. I got pix."
We look forward to seeing those pix, Talk and hearing more about your travels! Just one thing, is that cactus flipping the bird at us?! :)
Motorcycle Crash Data for 2015
Bub sent in this link to "some good info." Check it out!
Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) (http://www.ghsa.org/files/pubs/spotlights/motorcycles_2015.pdf
Thunder on the Rock Bike Rally
July 22 & 23 in Tracy City, Tennessee
Nichole Gibson recently emailed about this event. Thunder on the Rock is planned to be a bike rally and concert festival, full of bike games, a battle of the bands, and live music for any biker enthusiast to enjoy.
You can find the full info on our online EVENTS CALENDAR.
GREENHILL ANNOUNCES 2017 M.A.D
MOTORCYCLE. ART. DESIGN
M.A.D | Motorcycle. Art. Design (February 3 – June 8, 2017) is a multi-media, experiential exhibition combining art, sound, industrial design and cultural elements and is the first major exhibition combining cutting-edge contemporary visual art and some of the most exquisite design accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries related to a modern icon: the motorcycle. Visualize the sleek beauty of these mighty machines and experience the thrill of living in a moment of independence, adventure, and individuality exemplified by an iconic bike. In The Gallery at GreenHill, the air is electric with the excitement of possibility, as 23 motorcycles and dynamic site-specific art convey the history and rich cultural narrative of the motorcycle—a story of open roads, freedom, adventure, fear and flight. Through the artist’s lens, M.A.D explores the quintessential symbol of the modern age.
A site-specific installation created by North Carolina artist Ivan Toth Depeña encompassing the energy, motion and vibrancy of motorcycles. While still in its conceptualization phase, Depeña intends to transform the 7,000 square foot space of The Gallery, transcending the obvious with the subversive. Depeña is an interdisciplinary artist informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology, and design. His work explores new ways of seeing, and creating through the dynamic integration of custom software and digital fabrication methods with traditional materials such as wood and steel. Depeña’s large-scale commissions transform public spaces into colorful landscapes that invite play and wonder. These interactive projects offer a one-on-one response to viewers’ actions, providing an ever-evolving spatial and visual experience.
Evan Morrison co-owner of Hudson Overall Company, co-owner of its store Hudson's Hill, creative director for Proximity Manufacturing Company and co-owner, independent consultant under the name Revelation Cotton Mills, and owner of a vintage clothing business, Gate City Dry Goods Company, will curate GreenHill’s Infocus Gallery. This space will highlight and exemplify the “lifestyle” aspect of the motorcycle culture featuring a collection of custom wearables and accessories including t-shirts, leather jackets, custom saddles and eyewear. Historical documentation will be highlighted through posters, manufacturers’ advertisements and photographs. Educational programming for adults and children will include studying light and sound waves, tattoo art, studies of motorcycle culture around the world and building a scrap motorcycle.
John Paul Coyne, Director of Scene Design, design and production department at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), and a master class is collaborating on the design and exhibition installation. Coyne explains, “I believe in the importance of the human scale, resonance of design and the essential aspect of collaboration.” All these things will be reflected in the work done by Coyne and his team of UNCSA students.
GreenHill’s mission to promote the visual art of North Carolina is fulfilled in not only in the art installation and the lifestyle area of the exhibition. Through the collaboration with UNCSA on their design of the installation, GreenHill will support local North Carolina art students.
Through M.A.D, GreenHill’s goals are many and varied. Laura Way, GreenHill’s Executive Director explains “We intend the juxtaposition of the motorcyles with the multi-media art installation will bring a convergence of two different audiences to GreenHill: the motorcycle enthusiast will be exposed to new art and the art enthusiast will be exposed to the beauty and history of motorcycle design and lifestyle. Based on the overwhelming popularity of the Guggenheim Museum’s 1998 exhibition The Art of the Motorcycle, we hope to also achieve record high attendance and increase our exposure and raise awareness of who GreenHill is and what we do.” Additionally, GreenHill is partnering with NCMiniGP to offer young children an opportunity to learn how to ride a motorcycle safely, helping to build a future generation of motorcycle enthusiasts.
As an opening kick-off party, GreenHill will host a Leather and Lace party on February 11th. Tickets sold online or at the door. For more details visit GreenHillnc.org/MAD.
Contact: Lauren Davis Gordon Marketing & Design, GreenHill Lauren.Gordon@greenhillnc.org 336-333-7460 extension 106
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third part of a series on Gary's ride to and along the Trans Labrador Highway last year. Ride along as Gary meets all sorts of characters, tours more factories, and checks out the scene from Charlotte to a "close-to-home" France and back! (If you've missed the other two parts, they can be found HERE in our Articles section online!)
Vive la France on a Gold Wing!
... Crossing the Trans Labrador Highway
... Bring Your Own Toilet Paper
... “You think I'd lay down and die, Oh no, not I, I will survive"
Join me as I travel from my home in Charlotte, NC to St. Pierre, France an Island off the South Coast of Newfoundland then cross Labrador on the 892 mile Trans Labrador ‘High Grade Gravel” Highway.
Day 12 - Monday, September 7th, 2015
St. John's, NL Signal Hill and Cape Spear
The Most Easterly Point in North America
Morning brought another buffet and talking to an Instrument Engineer who worked at the Oil Refinery. Coming into port at Argentia brought back fine memories except we were on a ship perhaps 4 times larger than my first arrival and we were looking down on the scenery instead of up.
Checking in at the Information Center I secured a room at the Abba Inn & Gower House B&B at the posted low rate of which the guide was surprised. It turned out very nice with a cooked to order breakfast.
Cape Spear is the Most Easterly Point in North America. Signal Hill had not change much but Cape Spear had to handle perhaps 20 times the traffic as when I was there. The wind that day was extremely strong creating photo opts of waves crashing against the shore. Despite being cold many people would suffer wind burn.
Day 13 - Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Fortune Harbourview Bed and Breakfast
The morning started with an interesting breakfast with travelers.
I had a warm welcome at Newfoundland and Labrador’s House of Assembly or Confederation Building. Few people were around for such a large building. The receptionist called the tour guide who gave me a Coat of Arms of Newfoundland and Labrador lapel pin. I had a personal tour of the building which was very much appreciated after the rude experience in Nova Scotia.
I left with some destination in mind but ended up finding The Colonial Building or the House of Assembly from 1850 to 1959. It was under very serious reconstruction and I assume getting ready for Canada’s 150th Birthday.
I could have parked my bike at the ferry’s secure / fenced parking lot but decided to stay at the B&B two nights. I was allowed to put my bike in the B&B garage. They transported me and others to and from the ferry terminal.
Day 14 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
St. Pierre, France / Prefecture No. 11
France was very nice and you can essentially much of it in a day. Unfortunately I only had a half a day. I did make it to the Prefecture or the Capitol of this North America extension of France. France is divided into Regions and Prefectures instead of States or Provinces. I walked much of town, had a very nice lunch and later a dessert at a fabulous French Bakery.
Day 15 - Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Rocky Harbour, NL
Evergreen B&B and choice of 7 different Home Made Jams & Jellies
This would be a ride across Newfoundland on the Trans Canadian Highway except this time it did not rain all day so I had chance to enjoy the rolling country side in hopes to see moose and other wildlife with no avail.
I was the only guest as typical for this time of year at the B&B. My room was one of the kids room. The Dad worked for the Government in Wildlife. Breakfast was very nice and essentially eating with Mom as Dad had already left for work. She made and sold local Jams & Jellies which I wish I could have bought. They included in order below; Bakeapple / Cloud Berry, Partridge Berry, Squash Berry / High Bush Cranberries, Raspberry, Blue Berry, Cherry and Plum.
I kidded her that the Information Center guaranteed that there would be moose in their backyard. She said on rare occasions they would see them despite moose having to cross at least two insignificant roads to get to their wooded back yard. This is something to take into account when selecting a B&B. Most are in Town but some are on the edge of town and offer more of a chance to see Wildlife.
Day 16 - Friday, September 11th, 2015
Red Bay, NL
BNL Enterprises / Gros Morne National Park 7500 year old Burial Site
The day started out with a coast drive through Gros Morne National Park which is a World Heritage Site and Newfoundland’s Pride & Joy. Time only allowed getting to Saint Barbe, NL / Blanc-Sablon, Quebec to catch the ferry to Labrador.
My plans before leaving included visiting L’Anse Amour 7,500 Year Old Burial Mound and World Heritage Site.
In this case I was told to stop at BNL Enterprises without any further details. It turned out BNL Enterprises had a small sign on the side of the combination gas station / convenience store. This was the first of three business in Red Bay. They had two (2) rooms in the basement that they rented out. The owner and her husband owned the gas station. He worked in Churchill Falls at the Power Plant for a few weeks on and a few weeks off. I was told how to enter the house – no keys were required nor did I have a key to the room I selected. I chose it as it overlooked the Bay and my motorcycle.
I ate at the Whalers Restaurant / motel / gift shop which was interesting. Red Bay had a fish cannery and was a port for Whalers. Much of the names that you come across are descriptive of the area unlike some of our
invented names such as Charlotte’s Newest Restaurant – Rusty Bucket in Charlotte’s Upscale South Park. I assume there was never a Rusty Bucket involved in this restaurant.
Day 17 - Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Port Hope Simpson
Campbell's Place B&B
Again I had breakfast with the Wife as the husband was working 550 miles away. Breakfast was good but a little Spartan. I would have a short day and / or extremely long day ride if I wished to go on to Happy Valley – Goose Bay that day. The later would have been a major mistake as there is nothing after Port Hope Simpson except gravel road.
Day 18 - Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Happy Valley – Goose Bay - Valley B&B
Bring Your Own Toilet Paper ... You think I'd lay down and die, Oh no, not I, I will survive
Leaving in a light rain I ran harder than I should have.
About midday I stopped to use the pay toilet alongside the road, wait there are no toilets for 246 miles. The first thing I noticed was my “Crest Pro-Health Advanced Mouthwash with Extra Whitening, Energizing Mint” i.e.
mouthwash and ‘Certified Water Bottle’ was gone. I had travel 1000’s of miles never losing it under my cargo net. The Trans Labrador Highway - TLH washboards had it, which meant no water until I reached Happy Valley – Goose Bay or no water for the rest of the day.
This is when you realize you are in the middle of nowhere; ‘Route Failed: No road near start point ‘as in above.
As I came off the gravel I saw Momma and Baby Bear. It was cute when Baby tripped over a branch and tumbled down the hill trying to catch up to Mom.
It was bitter sweet to see the newly paved road. Each year there will be 40+ miles less gravel.
I had assumed Happy Valley – Goose Bay would have a car wash as cars typically had a ¼” of dust on the back of them. You cannot assume things in the extreme North. Happy Valley – Goose Bay and Churchill Falls did not have such. Labrador City may have but time did not permit locating with Hwy 389 ahead.
I also assumed that I would have my choice of where to stay – much to my surprise there were flight delays and everything was full. Some kids on motorcycles led me to a B&B that had one room left. One seems to be the magic number for ARCTIC1 and myself.
Day 19 - Monday, September 14th, 2015
Trish’s Place B&B - Salmon
As I closed in on Labrador City I realized that I had yet to see a moose having traveled across Newfoundland twice and now Labrador. I started scanning the side of the forest for moose and sounding my horn on occasion to hopefully draw them out. Riding into a sun that had begun to set, I swear I saw a huge panther. The problem is that Labrador does not have panthers. If it was not a panther it had to be a huge, huge wolf with straight legs or a thin tall bear with narrow legs. Since I have seen numerous bear in my travels I swear it was a panther.
The manager of Walmart in Labrador City told me of a B&B that was nice and reasonably priced as her sister used it regularly. Unfortunately most women are not good at directions and although very close to the Walmart it took a bit of trial and error to locate, even a person on the same block did not know about it.
This turned out to be the best B&B on the trip. They had one regular boarder who was an Eye Doctor who flew in every other week or so to service the people of the area. The husband, who had worked at the iron ore mine that largely put Labrador City on the map, had lost his job with the mine’s decline. He was well read and very interesting. We had breakfast together and truly expected me to take advantage of his entire home.
Time only allowed me to get a meal at Jordan’s Family Restaurant in the Carol Inn as I had not had fresh Canadian Salmon and it would be a shame to leave the area without doing so. My host recommended the restaurant. I walked into an empty restaurant. I think the desk clerk came to wait on me when another couple came in. He may have cooked the meal and served it – the key is many in the wilderness areas many people have to wear many hats and businesses have to be multifunctional. The wild salmon was excellent so it was a good night.
Day 20 - Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Motel Manic 2000
After a nice but somewhat limited breakfast as I did not want to cook anything (apparently a Trish Place Requirement to make you feel like you are at home) I was on my way.
On the second 60 mile section the road was graded on both sides for several miles such that you had an inch +/- of loose stone / dirt. This quickly packs and becomes a smooth road. Unfortunately I was just behind the grader and few trucks had gone through to make it a ‘reasonable’ for a 1000 pound motorcycle with Dunlop Elite almost treadles tires. The 60 mile section has a break with a few miles of pavement. I thought my host was off when at 57.9 miles I hit payment. I of course had some disappointment along with some relief when I finished.
with about 2 miles of gravel. You actually finish with a 16% grade gravel section that ends in a hair pin turn at the ‘Daniel-Johnson Dam and Manic-5 Generating Station’ just outside of Manic-Cinq. Manic-5 is the highest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world.
I stopped for gas and a candy bar in a combination gas / convenience / gift shop / restaurant / motel. Everyone spoke French – and all of them expected me to speak French. With the ‘Natives’ not being real friendly I left.
It was now around 7 PM and another 135 miles to Baie-Comeau or Civilization with essentially nothing in between. Gas was no longer a concern and I headed south having to negotiate dark, winding, rolling, sometimes bumpy roads putting me into Baie-Comeau cold, tired, hungry and happy – I had crossed the Trans Labrador Highway. It was 5 days and 892+ miles of sometimes all day riding at speeds as low as 5 mph. I made a couple of calls and located a hotel that met my needs.
Read it & Remember
As FancyFree shares above in the Mail Bag, Bub sent us a link to an article he'd come across about Motorcycle Crash Data from 2015. It's worth a once-over. Not to focus on the morbidity of it all ... but to give us a kick in the butt. Riders should NEVER become complacent. Should NEVER forget their training, the good-sense-foundations of a rider to remain aware at all times. We can't ever let our guard down even if we are relaxed, kicked-back, and enjoying ourselves.
Riding can be relaxing. Doesn't have to be stressful. But it does require constant vigilance on behalf of the rider.
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