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The above photo was entered in the Spring Rally Photo Contest by Chuck Cavanaugh.

See the winning photos BELOW!

July 1st Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Winning Pics! - Spring Rally Photo Contest

Orangeburg Ron: Riding Around in Amish Country

ENTER NOW: Name "the Codgers" Contest!

Sandy Reece: The Traveling New Englanders!

Loose Talk with Jon

Look for much more at





The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of July 1-8, 2014

Tuesday 92 p-cloudy, Wednesday 95 iso t-storms, Thursday 90 scattered t-storms, Friday 89 p-cloudy, Saturday 88 p-cloudy, Sunday 86 iso t-storms, Monday 90 p-cloudy, Tuesday 93 m-sunny (as per on 7/1/14)

Spring Rally Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Just below my column you get to see our winners of this year's Spring Rally Photo Contest. It was a humongous challenge to limit our judges to top picks as there were so many photos we loved. Our panel of 4 judges had fun but were truly challenged by the number of great photos. Winners were chosen because they caught the spirit of a rally/bike week ... and there's a lot of varied spirit shown here.

Thank you to others who entered photos - Waterbird, Austin, and Robbie - for a great bunch of awesome fun in their photos too! We'll have all photos in a GALLERY in the next week but till then,

here's a sampling of runners-up ...

Whatever you're up to, may you have a restful, playful, and safe-full INDEPENDENCE DAY holiday weekend! As I do each year, I urge you to take a freedom ride sometime if you can ....

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Bill's First-Place-Winning Photos:

These 2 clearly go together .. and count for one work of art and the TOP PICK of our judges!

As one judge said, "how could I NOT choose the nuns on bikes pics??!"

The following colorful tank photo won second place ...

"Works of art photographed into a work of art!"


Chuck's Second-Place-Winning Photos:

These 2 shots caught the eyes of our judges as well as the crowd.

Catching the spirit of bikerdom ... can't beat the great characters and sexy bodies of bike weeks!

As one judge said, "It's not just the obvious that make these great ... check out the photographers and the wide-eyed guy in the backgrounds!"

Had to have this biker beach scene ... Judge comment: "After a long ride, kick off your boots and take to the surf ... welcome to bike week!"

We usually go to Michigan to our farm during Memorial Day. Our farm is in southwest Michigan about halfway between Kalamazoo and South Bend Ind.  The town is Marcellus and is very small, but has the neatest bank. Built in 1877 and the story goes that it was built from a huge rock that was broken up and hauled into town to build the bank, and a house for the Jones Family (who still owns the bank.)  The front is the field stone, but the inside is all marble and iron bars, and reminds me of a movie set out of the old westerns.

There is more to the story and it is told on a mural painted on a water tower as you go into town. It seems that one of the young girls from the family had gone out to bring in the cows for milking and gotten lost.  She spent the night by a large rock for warmth and was watched over by an Indian from the local tribe (I think it was Pottawattamie- we have a nice collection of indian arrowheads, ax heads and others that Marcia’s father picked up from the fields over the years.  The most interesting is a boulder about the size of a basketball that has a deer hoof print in it!) Anyway, back to the story, ... the rock was located on the back side of Marcia’s family farm, and the girl is related through marriage to her.

That’s enough about the town and so on to our ride through the Amish country....


When you start planning a trip…sometimes you hear “Can I go?” or “Don’t Leave Me Behind from this Trip Plan!”  Such is the case for Nancy and friends.  I met Nancy on Facebook through a Maine transplant.  She is a joy to converse with via social media.  Once I heard her plans to visit the Carolinas travelling from Massachusetts…I was excited to finally be able to meet her face-to-face!

This group of New Englanders (Massachusetts and Rhode Island) planned a nice motorcycling trip starting from Manassas, Virginia to North Carolina.  They trailered to Virginia to save travelling time due to work constraints.  So… starting on Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley area – they made their way across to the Blue Ridge Parkway continuing into Boone, NC. Of course they had a wonderful itinerary of sights to see: Grandfather Mountain and Cherohala Skyway just to name a few.  They even managed to find Highway 221 by accident and experienced plenty of switchbacks and curves on that route.

But of course, the main highlight of the trip was “Deals Gap…The DRAGON!”  Once the ride was complete…they pulled into the parking lot and said…“That was it?”  OK… so maybe after a challenging trek up a mountainous gravel road in pouring rain to arrive at their place of residence during their stay in the NC area, the “Dragon” wasn’t so bad after all.  The photo shots from Kilroy are definite keepsakes! 

Where to next?  Leaving the mountains in the rearview mirrors, they make their way across Highway 64 ...

Share your 2-wheeled Summer Vacation

& Win Tickets to the Maggie Valley Summer Rally!

I've got a challenge for you all who are out there riding for your Summer Vacation:

Are you taking a week or a two to see the country on two wheels? Are you rolling your bike across borders and checking out what's outside the US? Are you taking your time to see as much as you can see while kicking back and enjoying the ride?

Send FancyFree a story with photos of your Summer Motorcycle Vacation! Not all of us have the time or money to take one of those long relaxing play-filled rides so we need YOU to share yours with us. Tell us all your good tales and show us some of the sights.

We've got tickets to the Summer Rally in Maggie Valley happening August 15-17 waiting for you and we'll probably throw in some other goodies that may include one or two nights' stay, Wheels through Time tickets, shirts, and more. The Summer Rally is about bikes and cool cars too. They've got bands booked for Fri and Sat night and The BIG RIDE Bus will be there hanging out too.

Send your story and photos in by the end of July.

Happy 4th of July to you and yours!




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