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The Little Weather Quickie

Weekend Motorcycle Events

Bike Nites/Other Recurring Events

Some Differently-Flavored Events of Charlotte & Beyond!

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

Kibbles 'n Bits - Links, Stats, 'n News to chew on

Loose Talk with Jon

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of July 19-26

Monday 89 scattered t-storms, Tuesday 93 isolated t-storms, Wednesday 94 scattered t-storms, Thursday 94 isolated t-storms, Friday 94 partly cloudy, Saturday 92 mostly sunny, Sunday 92 mostly sunny, Monday 87 isolated t-storms (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 7/19/10)



What some of our Sponsors are up to this week



The Carolina Rider will be joining

Steve's Bar and Grille in Fort Mill, SC

for Bike Nite this Thursday Night

Come out to Steve's this Thursday and welcome Janna to our Road Crew!


(see The Carolina Rider Events CALENDAR for many more events plus full details)...

Our brand-spankin' new CALENDAR seems much more user-happy and we encourage you to please look and add your own events when they come up! There's always much to choose from around our Carolinas ...




New space-saving feature....click on LINK above to find this listing!




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!


A Short Ride in I-74 the Time Machine

As I've said before, I'm a Charlottean born 'n bred. Most of my life experiences are rooted in the same Carolina earth as are the pine trees that fill up so much of our landscape. I have lived mostly around the Greater Charlotte area but spending time all over both states, I have North Carolina tar on my boot heels and South Carolina sand in the cuffs of my jeans.

This past weekend Jon and I headed out from Southwest Charlotte into Matthews to say howdy to some Harley-Davidson of Charlotte folks as riders signed up for Our Sister Sylvia ride headed to McKoy's. Leaving there we stopped in Plaza-Midwood for lunch at Dish, one of our favorite food stops, before pointing our bikes to Gastonia Hooters Biker Bash.

Climbing into our saddles with bellies filled with Dish goodness, we discussed which route to take from Independence Blvd in downtown Charlotte to Franklin Blvd in Gastonia. Jon wanted to go I-85 and, of course, I requested I-74. Remember, I'm into the byways not the highways. The vibe on I-85 is way different than that of I-74...much more my scene. This time I succeeded in swaying the vote and 74 it was....!

I-74 is a ride down memory lane. Just the section of Independence to Wilkinson Blvd to Franklin Blvd had me reminiscing big time! While the face of Independence has changed quite a bit over the years, there are still remnants of the past lingering around Amity Gardens and Coliseum Shopping Centers; Ovens, what used to be The Merchandise Mart, and the original Coliseum; and the former Capri Theater that continues to change its name and attitude.

It's like going even further backwards in time as 74's name changes to Wilkinson Blvd. From Remount on out, you time-travel into the 1950's. The eskimo on top of the oldest DQ signals your passage through the door of the time machine. It's Retro City. Vintage single-story motor inns have seen better days but their oldie-but-goodie-signs tell you they have a/c and color tv's. Tattered but still strong old shopping and wearhouse buildings continue to hold their place on The Boulevard that leads down to The River but may now be pawn shops or places to purchase used store fixtures. The Boulevard - it connotes something grand and impressive. Perhaps its grandness is a bit faded but it makes a grand impression on any nostalgic rider!

This is just one small section of a long and winding interstate across North Carolina. Many riders know 74 because it makes for a pleasant ride into the NC mountains. While parts of 74 have been (gratefully) revised for an easier ride, there are still miles of memories to breeze past and enticing antiquated buildings to check out.


Do you have good stories of memories anywhere along I-74? In NC, it goes to the beach and it stretches to the mountains. It's just one of many Carolina roads that haven't completely cleared away the past - somewhere you can be in the present but reflect on the past.

And so, our

Question of the Week .... What do you see when you travel Hwy 74 ... old and new sites and impressions???


Whatever road you travel today and thru the week,

"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....


Quaker Steak and Lube in the news

If you're out of town and looking for a bike night, see if the area you're in has a Quaker Steak and Lube. There are 38 franchises across the states and they all have BIKE NIGHTS which are part of their corporate marketing all over. The first QS&L bike night was held some 20 years ago in Sharon, Pennsylvania, corporate home of the wing chain. The restaurant chain made recent news with its new partnership with Progressive Insurance for The Ultimate Ride Giveaway where 2 winners will win a trip anywhere in the continental US and have their bikes shipped out to them for a week of riding.

Quaker Steak began in the mid-1970's "to preserve the culture of old gas stations and high-powered muscle cars ... and is still rescuing muscle cars, vintage cars, trucks and a vast selection of custom and antique motorcycles, giving them good homes hanging from the walls and ceilings in each restaurant." Their website says they sell over 70million wings a year!

photo of Barbara and Willie at Quaker Steak and Lube Bike Night by Dave Robinson


Anybody Call for a Limo?

Just a little collage of LIMOs we came across

....Thanks to Ron for the initial inspiration....


Jimmy B shares "motorcycle wisdom" from cyberspace ...

Two-lane blacktop isn't a highway, it's an attitude


Riders with and without a Cause

Not all riders frequent bike nites. Not everyone is interested in riding in poker runs. Just because you ride a motorcycle, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll be an active participant in any biker event. Some of us are simply riders without a cause!

I sometimes wonder just how many motorcycle events our communities can honestly handle. In many ways, the calendar seems to be at saturation point. If I wasn't in this business, would I attend as many events as I do? Maybe not. But I'm sincerely glad to do what I do...to get to know the many people I do....to support the many efforts that I can....to experience the many places and activities that I choose!

Currently I'm involved with the Charlotte Firefighters as they pull together their 5th Annual Poker Run Remembering 9/11 and benefitting MDA. It's appropriately scheduled for 9/11/10. A great group of folks who are diligently coming together for something they believe in and want to make happen. I'm happy to be part of it.

The Red, White, and Brew event is an annual Harley-Davidson event that I've had my hands in for several years and which The Carolina Rider is a proud media sponsor this year. It's on the calendar for August 28th and as always includes the Daisy Dukes contest which I know I don't want to miss!

Do you have a motorcycle-related event going on that you want others to know about? Could you use any guidance or assistance in pulling together a successful first time event? Are you interested in being a part of future fun and inspiring rider events with The Carolina Rider? Send me an email. I'd love to hear from you and talk about how we Carolina Riders help each other - even if the cause is simply the joy of the ride.

Until then, keep the shiney side up!!

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


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Steve's Bar & Grille


Jason Taylor, Atty.


Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


Bob Karney Law Firm


McKoys SmokeHouse


NationWide Ins




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SkyLine Inn


Mad Dog Custom Cycles


Team Charlotte


Matthews Fun Machine


Charlotte Honda


Ride Like A Pro


Cox H-D


Superior Ins

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