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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!


Question of the Week

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









- This Week's Riding Planner for The Carolinas -


The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of June 29-July 5

Tuesday 93 pm t-storms, Wednesday 85 scattered t-storms, Thursday 82 partly cloudy, Friday 84 partly cloudy, Saturday 86 SUNNY, Sunday 88 SUNNY, Monday 88 partly cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 6/28/10)





A Carolina Rider Sponsor,

Steve's Bar & Grille

is cookin' up a new bike nite

and some hot times

in Tega Cay!


Thursday Bike Nites in July: July 8th and July 22nd

July 31st- Bikini Contest and Last Saturday of the month bike nite

Thursday bike nights in August 5th, 19th

August 31- Motorcycle Leather Fashion Show and Last Saturday of the month bike nite






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


Hollywood's Ride to Sandtrap Sat. Bike Nite !... McAdenville, NC- Charlotte, NC

Freedom Bike Fest ... Fayetteville, NC

Freedom Ride ... Columbia, SC

Mothers Rally, Candler, NC

Lumbee Rally, Lumberton, NC




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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!



Thoughts about Individuals and Groups

Rob, prez of the Greensboro Reconcilers CMA, recently wrote us to share what kinds of group rides are happening in his neck of the woods. They've got a weekly Thursday dinner ride and a monthly Saturday group ride too. (Info's on our calendar NOW.)

As I was taking in this bit of info, I reflected on how many group, club, organizational, and individual rides happen each day, each week, every month. We hear about and publicize as many as we can but there are so many that just a few folks know about.

Jon and I shot over to The Smokeout this past weekend and out old 74Bus saw a sign that made our famished bods take a turn for some lunch. Actually, it was their yard art that pulled us over but it was the promise of a meal that kept us there socializing. Since our front yard is home to a full-sized fiberglass cow named Bessie, their 6' "Foghorn Leghorn"-style rooster, and the kissing and flying pigs caught our attention. Anyway, while we were swapping stories with the locals, I met Lisa who is part of an annual charity ride in that area....and she asked if we have a calendar where she might list her event. "Of course we do!," I happily shared. Wow...another local charity that puts on a ride. Think about how many charity runs happen all over the 2 Carolinas each and every week...So many!

(By the way, The Old Store where we stopped for lunch on Saturday was a treat - cool place, genuine people, good burger and grilled cheese - one of those spontaneous delights along the road.)


There are all sorts of groups in the motorcycle world....clubs who ride together, social groups, religiously-related groups, Vet groups, women groups, work groups, charity-supporting groups. The Carolina Rider dot com is getting ready to kick start new sections just for you guys who are part of riding groups and charitable organizations too as well as the Girl Power section that's been in design for some time now. How do riding individuals become part of riding groups? One way to connect is thru The Carolina Rider GROUP PAGES.... coming soon!


It's the 4th of July weekend ... Independence Day! What better way to celebrate the independent spirit than to hop on your bike and ride alone and free; unemcombered by other people's expectations or needs or input?! In fact, as wonderful as riding in groups can be, there's something pretty damn special about taking to the road alone. Solitary time with your own thoughts, your personal agenda, your sweet ride...now that's the stuff......

Riding a motorcycle might be inspired by other people but ultimately it is a very personal decision and process. You might be in a Rider's Edge or college MSF class with a group but you're totally and completely alone in your learning and practicing. You've got to find your own confident foundation before you can ride with others. Riding in a group throws a whole level of often conflicting demands on a rider...you've got your own riding to focus on PLUS what's up with everyone else.

Celebrate Independence! Celebrate Freedom! Celebrate the joy of YOUR RIDE!

Being a rider is about developing and experiencing YOUR own RIDE...the great ride of life! Have you taken a ride on your own lately? Get out by yourself sometime soon and as the motor roars and your mind gets quiet, you might just find yourself somewhere out there all on your own!

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




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

News YOU shared this week:

Ron sent this in about the Myrtle Beach Exhaust Ordinance:

As everyone knows the Supreme Court of South Carolina invalidated many of the anti-motorcyclists ordinances passed by the City of Myrtle Beach .  However a few of the ordinances remain, one of which is the exhaust ordinance.  Myrtle Beach has passed an exhaust ordinance which is far stricter than that enacted by the state legislature.  The result of this is that motorcyclists whose exhaust systems are legal everywhere else in the State of South Carolina can be ticketed in Myrtle Beach and in some instances have their property confiscated..... On Tuesday, The Law Offices of Tom McGrath filed suit in Horry County asking that the court find the ordinance to be unconstitutional and therefore invalid.  The plaintiff’s in the law suit are numerous residents of the City of Myrtle Beach as well as ABATE of South Carolina, Inc. and ABATE of South Carolina, Inc., Horry County Chapter.


Rob shared this from his Greensboro, NC area CMA:

We have a weekly Thursday night dinner run. We meet at the Big Blue NAPA building @ the corner of HWY 68 and Gallimore Dairy rd. at 5:45 to 6:00 PM each Thursday evening, go on a 30 min. ride and then go to a restaurant for food and fellowship. Everyone is welcome and you don’t even have to own a motorcycle. .... The first Saturday of the month we meet at the same NAPA building @ 9:00 AM and go on a group ride. After the ride we end up at the Moose Café in the Farmers Market off I-40 & Sandy Ridge rd. @4:00 PM for our monthly business meeting. The meeting lasts from 4:00 to 5:00 PM then we stay and have dinner together. Anyone is also welcome to attend this ride or the meeting.


Jimmy B shares "motorcycle wisdom"...

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.



Chillin' with a Holiday Beer ... or Twelve....


I'll keep it short this week. Yes, I know, I can sometimes talk the ears off an elephant, but I'm winding down after some intense work weeks. Glad this weekend's the 4th of July holiday too. Holidays are good times to slow down for awhile and I really really need a long holiday weekend, how 'bout you?

My personal tradition for the 4th is the fireworks show on Lake Wylie. We take the boat out and watch the colors over the water. A great way to chill.

Before I sign off, I want to make sure you check out the new PHOTOS online from last week's McKoy's bike nite, Saturday's bike nite at Steve's in Tega Cay, the Smokeout, and the NC HOG Rally. Be sure and watch the Smokeout Video with a brief intro by Edge!


Whatever your 4th of July holiday tradition - or lack of tradition - I wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend.


Until then, keep the shiney side up!!

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



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