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In This Issue:





Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


This Saturday: Benefit Run for Justin Melton, Jefferson, SC

July 21: Luke & Logan Benefit Ride, Lumberton, NC

July 28: I Remember Click Ride, Gastonia, NC

August 18: Big Pot Fun Run, Lincolnton, NC

August 25: CMOU Riding for Relief, Concord, NC

August 25: Special Olympics Ride, Caldwell County, NC

Sept 15: Families Helping Families Poker Run, Columbia, SC


GatorBites with The Litigator


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of June 25-July 2, 2012

Monday 91 p-cloudy, Tuesday 82 m-sunny, Wednesday 88 m-sunny, Thursday 95 sunny, Friday 100 m-sunny, Saturday 96 p-cloudy, Sunday 100 iso t-storms, Monday 89 m-sunny (as per on Monday 6/25/12)





The Heat is on....

Next week is July and here in The Carolinas, that means the red will be rising in our thermometers. We've had an amazingly long Springtime ... enough sun to tan our skins 'n warm our souls, but lots of breaks from the sizzle too with plenty of spectacular riding weather! Still, with July "warming up" on the sidelines, the forecast is for HOT! Check it out....yes, those aren't typos (this time!,) there actually are 3-digit temps threatening for this Friday and Sunday! Saturday seems to catch a little break for the event at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte and the bike giveaway by WFNZ as the high that day is a frigid 96. But who knows, though, we have a hurricane down South that might just throw some rain on our heads......

So as July arrives and the heat intensifies, the riding events calendar quiets a bit. Motorcycle events follow wave-like curves through the year ... swelling in Spring and Fall and diminishing in Summer and Winter. Sure, there are MANY regular weekly bike nites (including Fridays with our Sponsor Boneyard Tavern!) and a few rides and runs (see Readerville below as well as our CALENDAR!) roaring through the hot months ... but you and I both know that when it feels like the asphalt of the road is literally rolling up your lower legs, many of us are hiding out in the a/c with a cold one in hand!

This past weekend was pretty warm at Smoke Out #13 in Rockingham and The Carolina Rider's BIG RIDE Bus was like the prettiest girl at the party when folks discovered the cool getaway it can be! With air conditioning set to chill and cans of Budweiser and bottles of water plunged deep in ice, THE BIG RIDE is heaven at a hot event!

It was a lot of fun meeting some new friends at Smoke Out and so good to see those of you I've known before. I apologize, but I got so caught up in the fun of it all that I forgot to take photos of everyone who came by for the Prize Packages but here are the first 4....

Tommy and Anita G were the first to PRIZE ME!

Jay and Caroline came along and said PRIZE ME! later in the day .. and then I let the rest of you down and forgot to snap your pics. Congrats to Barry and all the others whose names I didn't write down and whose photos are omitted. Enjoy your plunder!

Please ... if you won a Prize Package but I failed to take your pic, please write me and tell me who you are!!

And hey, did you see Jon's recent column inviting EVENT ORGANIZERS to write him to get an appearance by THE BIG RIDE and some of our giveaways and spokesmodels? If you have an event coming up, give us a shout! We're going to choose a couple small-medium sized events for some special appearances and perhaps your event might make the cut....convince us that it should!!


... an eclectic little section dedicated to eclectic items sent in by our eclectic readers!


Eric G asked that this event info be shared today ...


Saturday, June 30 - Jefferson, SC

23 year old Justin Melton of Jefferson, SC was in a motorcycle accident on June 2, 2012. He sustained many injuries and was airlifted to Richland Memorial hospital in Columbia, SC where he spent four days in the trauma unit. Justin is a hard working, self employed man; however, he has no medical insurance. This poker run is to benefit him and help offset the numerous medical bills he has incurred.

Now for the fun stuff, the details you need and want

The run will begin at T.O.P(The Other Place) on Hwy 265 in Jefferson. The first bike will leave at 11am and the last bike will leave at 12. Route includes Legands, Hwy 151 Pageland - The Sandtrap, Cheraw - The Curve, Patrick - And ending back at T.O.P where we will announce the winners of the Poker Run. There will be a prize for the highest hand, $100 and the lowest hand, $50.

There will also be a 50/50 drawing, chicken bog plates and a band. Entry fees are $15 for 2 riders and $10 for single riders. For those who are not riding in the run we still want you to come out and help support Justin. So for $5 you get to enjoy the band and the company of all of us and a plate of delicious, homemade Chicken Bog!

Donations and sponsors are greatly needed and appreciated. If you'd like to make a donation or help sponsor this event please contact Krystan Simspson Helms or Elese Simpson Foard. See Facebook listing

This one is a ways off but it gives us all a chance to get it on our calendars early!











Anyone Heading to Sturgis?

Who's going to Sturgis this year? I know our Bling-Bling friend Jane is heading West trailering her bikes ... and I've heard from a reader who's looking for someone else to tag along beside in his ride to The Black Hills. Who else? What are your plans? How much vacation are you taking and is it your first time? I've been once back in 2004 and look forward to returning again someday .. and to hearing YOUR STURGIS TALES too!


4th of July Links

The holiday falls on a Wednesday this year. A curious time to plan for - to decide when your long weekend will fall - before or after?! In any event, while you're figuring it out for yourself, and if you live in the Greater Charlotte area, here's a listing of Independence Day Activities. We'll fly a few more flags in next week's edition as we celebrate the many many Freedoms we have!

Till then, take a ride!

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

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As I sit to write, Independence Day, July 4th, is eleven days away.  Thirteen colonies (including North Carolina) had agreed that they were and should be free states. Thomas Jefferson was given the responsibility of drafting the Declaration which was debated, edited and approved on July 4th, 1776. Many of us are familiar with the brilliant passages early in the document:

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are empowered by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Many of us know or think we know why the colonies felt the need to declare independence. We may remember phrases like "taxation without representation" as an example. I encourage you to read the entire Declaration of Independence this and every  Independence day. After the profound description of "natural law" and an analysis of the function of government, the declaration goes on to give facts to support the position of independence. If  you read the entire document, you appreciate that there was no justice in America:


As a great nation we have many enemies foreign and domestic. As citizens, we have one enemy,  our government  when it restricts our unalienable rights to equality, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. This disrespect for our rights has unfortunately happened many times throughout our history, and it continues and it worsens. We not only let this infringement of our rights happen, but we as a people have been so divided by the politics of government that we have celebrated the restrictions of our rights  in the name of religion & economic growth. The list is endless, we are allowing the government to decide who can marry, who can own guns, who can sue or be sued.  We are allowing the government to tax us excessively, to be unaccountable for OUR money that it spends. We now have a government whose power must be reduced to avoid having to act as our thirteen colonies so clearly needed to act. Speak Up & Act Up! Say It & Mean It! Join me in voicing outrage and requiring change. This is our country, love it enough to help it and protect it, I surely do.





The Smoke Out

The Carolina Rider had a great time at the Smoke Out XIII. We took over 800 pictures. The "clean ones" are posted in our GALLERY. The more adult ones are put at a special link. If you would like to see them, email me and put "Special Gallery Request" in the subject line.

There were a lot of great bikes, cool women, and fun times. I would recommend you make your plans for next year's event now as we have. See you there?

This Saturday

This Saturday, The Carolina Rider's BIG RIDE Bus will be at H-D of Charlotte for WFNZ's motorcycle giveaway and our other main sponsor, Jason E Taylor, will be at Blue Ridge Harley Davidson. So please do come see one or both of us this weekend!!



Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte



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Harley-Davdison of Charlotte





SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D



Harley-Davdison of Charlotte




SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte






SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte






SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D
















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