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July 9th Edition

 

 

In This Issue:

 

Riding BE-cause - a Focus on Not-for-Profit Events & Efforts

The Ride that Reid Created! - 3rd Annual Pointe to The Children's Home

A Challenge by the Blue Ridge Shrine Club

 

Lil' Weather

 

Free Thinking with FancyFree

 

GatorBites with The Litigator: Independence

 

Ron Lofts: Remembering a Late Winter Ride

 

PoniPrincess: Antiques on Main in Chesnee

 

Loose Talk with Jon

 

Look for much more at www.thecarolinarider.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Report:

3rd Annual Pointe to the Children's Home Ride

by Reid Biggers

My name is Reid Biggers and I created this ride, June 22, The Third Annual Pointe to the Children's Home Ride three years ago when we had some of the children from the Baptist Children's Home at our church to give us their testimony about their lives and how they come out of a  troubled life to graduating high school to going on to college because of the way the children's home have raised them and them accepting God in their lives. Every year it is a different story from a different child that makes me keep wanting to do this ride to help.

This year, we all gathered at the church (Crosspointe  Baptist,) about 7:30am  to start setting up. It didn't take long for myself and some of the other volenteers to polish off the first dozen doughnuts we had, but still plenty left for everyone. Before we could get finished setting up, a few bikes started rolling in and I kept looking up the road for more every time I heard that familiar sound. That sound kept coming slowly till we had 64 bikes total. (Which the first year we only had about 25 so I thought it was a good turn out, but I'm still hoping for 100 next year.)

This was a police-escorted ride to Thomasville provided by the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office and they do a FANTASTIC job getting us there safely. Of course I was the lead bike with my wife Alicia riding with me. What we thought was going to be a scorching hot day turned out to be cloudy and we thought it was going to rain on us before we could even leave. Well the rain held out and it turned into a nice cool ride all the way, and by cool I'm not just talking about the weather. As I said at the beginning of our story, this was a police-escorted ride and not many people get to experience riding up front behind the patrol bike. But as we pulled into Thomasville the officer motioned me to pull up beside of him to ask me exactly where to turn so how cool is it to be riding my bike downtown Thomasville beside of a police bike, streets full of people and traffic, and I reach out and get a fist bump from the officer (PRICELESS!)

(That's me with my goatee blowin' in the wind and my wife on the back!)

When we arrived, other volunteers from our church were there and had already set up tables and chairs so when we got inside the building the riders had several lines to chose from to get the lunch provided by Troutmans BBQ in Concord. About halfway through the meal we had one of the young men there. Keith give us his testimony about his troubled life to accepting God and living as a Christion now. As I was walking through the gymnasiom talking to a few people, I ran into a couple there on the ride and after a little while come to find out the lady named Amy came from a home of domestic violence and was a foster child who spent several years being raised at the Baptist Childrens Home herself. So I asked and she agreed to get up in front of everyone and told us her story. Wow what a blessing to see where she came from to who she is today. Thank You, Amy!!!!!

Shortly after that we started the prizes that I think everyone enjoyed. We had meals to Olive Garden, IHOP, Harley T-shirts and hats, gloves, Tickets to Carowinds, and much more. Also every year I get kidded about having  the neverending Hampton Inn metal water bottle. That's ok, I think it went pretty well.

So, that's our story and why it means so much to me to be able to help these children every year. We have already talked about some changes for next year and hope we can get a better turn out. It is something that is very dear to me and I'm sure if more people met and heard these children's life stories they would feel the same way.

Thanks so much to The Carolina Rider, to everyone from Crosspointe Baptist Church, to all the sponsors that provided us with everything, to The Baptist Children's Home, and a special Thank You to all the riders that participated. Without all of you this event couldn't happen.

 

 

Blue Ridge Shrine Club

Challenges you to RIDE over 1000 in 24!

In 2008, Blue Ridge Shrine Club member Todd Trivette came up with an idea for a unique fund raiser. Having a love for riding motorcycles, he started the Marathon 4 Miracles Charity Ride. While most riding enthusiasts are familiar with the poker runs you see all the time, this event was created to be a bit more, shall we say, challenging....

The premise was simple: Ride a route encompassing over 1,000 miles and do it in less than 24 hours. Donors were solicited before the ride to make contributions and that first year over $3,700 was raised!

The first year, Trivette and Noble Lyman Williams were the riders and endured terrible weather but because of the strong outpouring of support from the donors it was decided to make this an annual event.

 In 2009, Noble Brent Higgins joined Trivette and Williams in the fun and the trio have to date, through the kindness and generosity of donors, raised over $42,000.

The 6th annual ride is scheduled for June 23rd and donations are being sought now through August 15th

If you would like to support these three in their endeavors, please make your check payable to:   
Shriners Hospital for Children
and mail to :  Blue Ridge Shrine Club
PO Box 1504
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

 

 

 

The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of July 9-16, 2013

Tuesday 86 iso t-storms, Wednesday 85 scattered t-storms, Thursday 82 scattered t-storms, Friday 79 scattered t-storms, Saturday 80 scattered t-storms, Sunday 81 scattered t-storms, Monday 80 scattered t-storms, Tuesday 82 scattered t-storms (as per www.intellicast.com on Tuesday 07/09/13)

 

We're Gettin' Around

We've come a long way and we have miles to go .. but I'm happy to report that The Carolina Rider is indeed gettin' around!

We have some new writings in today's edition shared by riders who haven't previously been published here and we're so happy to welcome them to our pages today ...

Reid Biggers attended the seminar we offered earlier this year on putting on bike events for not-for-profit efforts but he'd already had some successful "ride event organization years" under his tires as creator of the Pointe to the Children's Home Ride. As we strongly encourage folks who want to promote an annual event, Reid has provided us an Event Report above complete with some great ride shots and details of the June event which really do inspire you to join up next year when you see their flyer come back out. The annual ride provides some support to the Baptist Children's Home and he's hoping you will join them next year and bring bike numbers up to at least 100!

Ron Lofts of Cope, SC wrote me in response to our call for Regional Reps all over North and South Carolina and shortly followed up with a story of a ride that he and his wife took with friends back in March. It's kinda refreshing to read about chilly weather riding now that we're into rain-soaked muggy heat of July, huh? Welcome to Ron! We look forward to hearing what he has to share from his neck of the woods... (And, in case you're not sure where Cope is, it's down around Orangeburg, SC.)

Join Ron Lofts and others who are becoming active parts of The Carolina Rider Creative and Promotional Team! Here's how you can get involved and make sure riders, rides, and riding in your areas of The Carolinas are represented in The Carolina Rider publications:

 

 

While the weather has stalled out our plans on several occasions lately, we're still trying to make it to as many of our Sponsors' Bike Nites as we can. Tomorrow night we're heading to Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord and, according to Footloose, it's "Even if we have to cage-up!" because they're having their annual Bikini Contest and Footloose Fotos will be on hand to meet and greet. We'll be there next Wednesday evening as well in The BIG RIDE for the final night of the contest.

As you can see, we'll be riding in many directions - from Mountain Island Lake to Sherrills Ford areas and into Southend Charlotte as well as Concord - over the next month. And, in addition to its bikini-rich evening at QS&L next week, The BIG RIDE will make its way to Chesnee for the big Sunday part of Antique Bikes on Main. For more info about that great small town creation, read PoniPrincess's column below and then come join us for one or all of these happenin's. And don't leave home without THE shirt on your back - The Carolina Rider shirt that is! Because, other than the oooh's and ahh's you'll hear from the envious crowds who will throng around you over your choice of attire, don't forget: if you wear our SHIRT, we'll buy you a BEER! (or price-related drink of choice.) Click below to go shopping now....

REMEMBER: If you don't have a shirt yet, get over to our online SHOP and make sure you don't go deeper into the Summer without one!

I finally had time and a rain-free morning to ride this past weekend and it was sublime. An unusual-for-July mix of heavy heat and cool breezy pockets were to be slid in and out of throughout my ride. I couldn't have been happier and had to keep reminding myself to quit grinning so hard (for fear of the bugs in the teeth as well as my jaw just plain freezing like that!) I hope you too found some window of riding opportunity come your way in between rain showers because we've clearly shifted into a "rainforest" climate around here. So if you see the sun out, grab your moment!

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(Editorial Note: Due to last week's special-focus edition of The Carolina Scene, this column was delayed. While clearly late, it is, nevertheless, still a most valid and welcome writing to be shared!)

In the greatest land in the world, in what became the United States of America, it was declared on July 4th 1776, that to secure the unalienable rights of men ... "Governments are instituted, ... deriving their powers from the consent of the governed" and if that government becomes destructive of those rights it is the right and the duty of the people to abolish it and "provide new guards for their [the rights] future security." We are days away from celebrating Independence Day which was the day the thirteen colonies in America unanimously declared independence from Great Britain creating thirteen United States of America.

It is critically important; as we remember, thank and pray for all of those who have dedicated themselves to maintaining the Independence of the United States of America, that it is the protection of the rights of the individual, among them: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, that is the basis for this union of states and not the rights of the states or the union. The citizens of the thirteen colonies had a government before July 4th, 1776 and chose to separate themselves from it because it had repeatedly failed to protect these unalienable rights which all people are endowed with. These people, our founding fathers, altered their form of government in order to protect the natural laws that exist for all of mankind.

Concerned that the new form of government might also develop the same abuses of the natural laws, a number of the states "at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its  powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added" to the Constitution. This was the basis for the first Ten Amendments to The Constitution and what we appreciatively refer to as the "Bill of Rights." These amendments set out RESTRICTIONS or LIMITATIONS on the Federal and State Governments and  RIGHTS of the citizens.

We are in an interesting time. I think about people like Edward Snowden. Is he an enemy of the State for leaking classified information or a defender of freedom for informing us of domestic spying by our government? Many say that government domestic surveillance is okay because it is necessary to thwart terrorist plots and help keep us safe. Benjamin Franklin said something along the lines that "those who give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." I agree with Mr. Franklin. We must fear our government as much or more than any foreign (or domestic) terrorist. It is the government we empowered to protect these rights, and so it is only that organization which can effectively threaten these rights. We must always worry if we have put the fox in charge of the hen house. Like those who came before us, we cannot ignore our duty to stay vigilante in protecting  the natural rights of the people, and it is this vigilance that must remain our legacy to those who come after us.

As we enter the month of July, and prepare to celebrate Independence day, remember that the birth of our nation came from the recognition of the need to protect and secure the rights of the individual. It is this collective recognition and the will to see it through that  require me to respectfully give thanks on July 4th. I wish you all a very safe and enjoyable Independence Day.

 

Remembering a Late-Winter Ride to Savannah

by Ron Lofts

March 16 we decided to take a ride to Savannah with our Dyna Wide Glide. My wife, Marcia, met in Bamberg SC with Larry and Donna on their Road King and Terrel and Eileen on his Dyna Wide Glide. It wasn't the best day to ride, but the prediction was great...

When we started out from our little crossroads in Cope, SC it was 43 degrees and prediction of rain. It was low and overcast. We headed down 601 through Bamberg toward the little hamlet of Hampton, SC. The ride was good, albeit cool. We rode through nice farm country with freshly planted fields and stopped in Hampton for lunch. Just outside of Hampton the weatherman turned accurate and it started raining. We stopped alongside the road to put on raingear, well those of us that had raingear. (Seems some left theirs at home or will soon be purchasing some!)

We picked up 17 and into Savannah and found a place downtown on the river. We spent the afternoon strolling the antique shops. (It is a good time to go 'antiquing' on a motorcycle since you can't carry much home!) We visited the other shops and got some carmel corn and refreshment before heading out to the motel. The port is right down from River Street and the ships go right through town. We went to dinner on the river that night where we were told scenes from Forest Gump were shot.

We woke Saturday to a sunshiney warm day and stopped off at Savannah Harley Davidson before heading back home. It was a good thing since when we got ready to leave my bike wouldn't crank due to a dead battery. Seems my regulator went out and I had been running on the battery. They didn’t have one there but did in their Brunswick shop, an hour away; so we spent the next 3 hours in the Harley shop.

We finally got on the road home following the same route, but this time without all the coats and gloves and face masks. The further we went, the more we took off until we were in t-shirts and enjoying the sun. Even with the cold and regulator, it was a great ride with great friends. Now planning the next trip ... we hear it is to Tail of the Dragon and Wheels Through Time!

(My friend Larry and his wife Donna during our Savannah ride. Larry just returned from riding to Grand Canyon with his brother. He takes a trip every year, last year to the upper peninsula of Mich. And the year before to Maine.)

 

The Carolina Rider will visit Antique Bikes on Main

When I was in the process of moving from Jasper, GA to Rock Hill, SC I would frequently make the journey up interstate 85 from exit 115 in Buford, GA to exit 102 in Blacksburg, SC. I could almost name all the exits, their ammenities, and the little towns they heralded from memory. One little town I always remember is Chesnee, South Carolina because it reminds me of a favorite country singer, Kenny Chesney. So I would pay particular attention to that exit. I never knew the beautiful biker secret it held until this past week.

As has been the tradition for the previous nine years, the last weekend in July, Chesnee, SC, popluation 878 more or less, is host to a most amazing bike event, The Antique Bikes on Main. This being their ninth annual event tells me it is well attended and locally supported; two critical components to hosting a motorcycle-related happening. It's a compilation of a prayer ride on Saturday, swap meet Saturday and Sunday, food vendors, music, and if you hang out until Sunday, one of the most awesome displays of antique bikes ever seen in the foothills of this tiny but mighty South Carolina town. You gotta love a town whose mayor leads the Saturday prayer ride and is escorted by the Chief of Police!

I had the chance to speak with Clint Button who is an artist/sculptor in Chesnee and prominent founding partner of this incredible event. Button, as he is commonly referred to, has a wonderful and lifelong friend, Dennis Harris. He and Dennis are both artists but in different genres. Whereas Button takes his tools to a 4-ton piece of rock and sculpts a statue, Dennis takes his tools and builds a motorcycle capable of breathtaking speeds on treturous curves or leisurely putts around the town. Both men enjoy bikes of all types but have a soft spot in their heart and an open stall in the garage for the antique bike. I asked Button what his favorite bike was and he laughed and replied, "The one that is currently working! But I love my old Moto Guzi and my Shovelhead. Those are probably my two favorites." Having assemilated quite a collection over the years, the two men got the wild hair one day (as only a true biker can do) and decided to invite a few friends to town for some beer and to and show off their accumulated Italian model scoots that Dennis had professionally raced.

And from that fun gathering many years ago began a more organized event in 2005 with a tradition of bikes and beer and a good time on Main Street in Chesnee. It has grown every year from humdreds of visitors to now thousands. Button is adamant about about a few things. You will see great, old soul-tingling bikes, you can eat some of the best food and you will NOT break the bank (or have to rob one) to enjoy the day. There are no entry fees, just come pay for your beer and food and maybe get a t-shirt. But I imagine you will want to visit both men's shops. Dennis works on all makes of bikes although he favors the earlier ones through the EVO engines of 2000. There's no telling what build off may be going on the previous livery stable of this town.

You will definitely want to be sure to stop and see what Button may be chiseling on in his studio. He has many clients who deliver a hunk of rock to him and ask for a statue, a mantle, or relief carving to be brought forth. Button cautions that every chunk of stone does not always have a David or pet's headstone in it. He gives careful consideration to the rock type, grain, and size before he commits to a masterpiece. I asked him if he or Dennis ever gets stopped or blocked in their work as some artists have been known to do when the creativity just won't come. He said "Rarely. There is no magic potion to my carvings or Dennis's work with an engine. We both go back to our training when we run into a tough piece. It's no different from making hashbrowns for breakfast. You just stick with the key ingredients and the magic happens."

They definitely stick with the key ingredients for a great motorcycle weekend: great food, good old fashioned fun, and Antique Bikes on Main.

The Carolina Rider BIG RIDE Bus will also be on Main on Sunday, July 28th. So come see us!

 

Motorcycle Safety and Assorted Stuff

The MSF and Riders Edge programs are more than just a good idea, it's life saving stuff. At its core it is a learn how to ride class but it is so much more than that. As I said, it is life saving stuff. I can't tell how many phone calls or emails I have received that go something like this, "I was out riding the other day and I had your words in my mind, 'look out or this or that' and sure enough it happened. The car did what you said and I was ready and it saved my life"

I highly recommend the course, it truly helps keep us safe out on the road. Look into the college program at CPCC or the Riders Edge program at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte or Cox Harley-Davidson in Rock Hill, SC.
I'm headed to a Riders Edge instructor up-date this weekend in Florida and will report back to you if I learn anything new of interest.

We are welcoming a new advertiser today, Cool Thighs. A COOL product that answers a need we all can relate to. Check out their links above and next week look for a product review by PoniPrincess.

 

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