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In This Issue:

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



Look for much more at www.thecarolinarider.com


The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of July 27-August 3

Tuesday 87 scattered t-storms, Wednesday 91 scattered t-storms, Thursday 94 isolated t-storms, Friday 93 isolated t-storms, Saturday 89 partly cloudy, Sunday 89 isolated t-storms, Monday 90 partly cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 7/26/10)



What some of our Sponsors are up to this week

Bike Nites at

Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord, NC

Buffalo Wild Wings in Gastonia, NC

McKoy's in Charlotte, NC


The Carolina Rider will be joining

Steve's Bar and Grille in Fort Mill, SC

for their last Saturday event this month:

Bikini Contest Saturday July 31st



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

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!


Happy Anniversary to The Carolina Rider dot com!

The Carolina Rider is a magazine; although, not necessarily your parents' and grandparents' kind of rag. Like McCall's that Mama had a subscription to and US News and World Reports that Daddy read on Sunday afternoons, we have glossy pictures and stories and articles and such. Unlike those long-established name-known publications and the thousands more that come to mailboxes and store shelves, we are paperless. And as we approach the first anniversary of The Carolina Rider hitting the internet in August of '09, this online magazine is young and still developing as our community and supporters help mold and shape how we look, feel, and reach out.

This year has been possible only in part by The Carolina Rider owners and staff. And so, in honor of our first anniversary, I will be taking the next several weeks to focus just a bit on some of our "sponsors." You might call them advertisers but we like to call them sponsors because they help make it possible for us to do what we do; and to serve you, the motorcycle riding community of North and South Carolina! We are grateful to have each and every one.

This week's Focus: Steve's Bar and Grille in Fort Mill, SC

He gets it all the time. Everyone thinks his name is Steve - but his name is Rich - and he's the inspiration behind the rider-focused events taking place at this restaurant/bar on Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, SC. Rich Roberge is half of the owner partnership who purchased Steve's in January of this year. Like so many lifelong riders, Rich has been riding since he was 10 and on his XR75 dirt bike in New Hampshire. These days, his ride is a '99 Fatboy and one of his favorite rides was a trip from Charlotte to Panama City, FL in '08. He's got an enviably-sizzlin' bike... but you'll really be green when you hear that he took the whole year off in '09 to ride, ride, ride.... including his longest journey by motorcycle from Charlotte to Sturgis last year. Next trip...he's headed for Daytona in October and will be camping at The Cabbage Patch! Yep, he's into bikes and lovin' the ride.

Rich is an easy-going rider surrounded by warm family and friends. And that's what he says about Steve's Bar and Grille too. "This place is not pretentious. It's just easy and laid-back," shares Rich and I can't agree more. Plenty of motorcycle-only parking. Outdoors there's a pavillion of options for seating and dining and playing and partying. Belly up to the outdoor bar; kick up some sand in the volleyball or cornhole or horseshoe playgrounds; or dine under roof or in the wide open spaces. Personally, I am most partial to two things about Steve's outdoor area: the sweet outdoor stage where quality local musicians entertain and the amazing water misters that make it possible to enjoy the entertainment and the out-of-doors even during this firey Summer we're having!

Free Appetizers to the First 50 Riders at Steve's Bike Nites!

There are plenty of indoor options for your dining and drinking fun too with full bar adorned with numerous tv screens to keep you up on who's winning. Outdoors, Steve's seats around 300 ...and that makes for a total of 500 when you include indoor seating. You won't leave hungry but you may leave with a take-home box because they serve most generous "Greek portions." And, say, if you haven't heard, the first 50 riders who show up for bike nites at Steve's get free appetizers! (Although this deal excludes the big crab leg offering that's on the app menu.)

Bike Nites at Steve's Bar and Grille are every other Thursday. How do you know when the next one is? Why, you check out The Carolina Rider CALENDAR, of course! Also on Steve's calendar for riders are their monthly LAST SATURDAY special events. This coming Saturday, July 31st, they're having a Bikini Contest that you don't want to miss. Sweatin Bullet will play the outdoor stage and drink specials abound. By the way, Steve's Bar and Grille in Fort Mill is home of the 99cent draught...that's Bud Lite, Miller Lite, and Yuengling for 99cents! Where else can you get that?

Fancy Free: "Rich, what else do you want to tell folks about Steve's?"

Rich: "Come out to Steve's and GETUSUM!"


Question of the Week for the last week of July 2010 ....

The National Weather Service has been issuing Excessive Heat Warnings for the last several days, and even though there's a small downward trend in temps over the coming week, it's all just damn hot. So do tell,

Where's the best place in The Carolinas to find refreshment on a hot Summer day?



The air conditioning beckons loudly these days....can you hear it calling you? "Come in, come in, come in from the heat! You really don't wanna ride that two-wheeled contraption do ya?" It's an easier choice to take to the indoors instead of flying thru the thick hot air. But whether you choose to daydream about cooler weather rides or join the melting few on the pavement, you're still a rider. Wherever you are today and through the week, may your week be chill and free!

"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....


Sands Resorts in Myrtle Beach, SC was part of an exciting surprise gift from Operation Gratitude to two deployed US military men. Operation Gratitude sends out Care Packages of goodies regularly to soldiers ...and to celebrate the 500,000th package to go out, 2 sets of keys to brand new Harley-Davidson Sportsters were included in two separate packages as they went out. Like Willy Wonka and the Golden Tickets in the chocolate bars, no one knew where those packages might end up. Well they ended up in the hands of 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers Army Staff Sergeant William Fullerton of Texas and US Army Sergeant Michael Herne of NY. Herne is still in Afghanistan but Fullerton was presented with his bike in Myrtle Beach this past week. The story and pictures HERE will make you smile!


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

You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.

Readers Respond

Craig from Columbia shared this a few weeks back: "Funny you mention riding alone.  I just went on a solo ride last Friday and clocked in just under 400 mile...me, the open road, the trees, the fields, and all the really neat sites that make this country great!  It truly is a great way to de-stress and take your mind off anything you might think is a pressing matter in your life." 

In response to last week's question about riding Hwy 74, Randall commented (and this is paraphrased from a brief conversation): "I'm really new to this area and I don't know many of the roads and places to ride so I just go. I appreciated your words on Hwy 74 and its sights and scenes because every ride I'm on is a new adventure!" (It was nice to meet you briefly last week, Randall!)

Being an MSF/Riders Edge Instructor...

Being an MSF/Riders Edge instructor can be filled with joy. Helping new riders learn the mechanics of riding. Watching them go from "I'm sacred as hell" to " I got this" in just a couple of hours.

It can also be a little frighting when one of you new riders ingores your training and drops the bike. As you run to their aid hoping all is well can shake you up a bit.

Then there is the day your 26 year old son buys his first Harley. Watching him ride around the pratice range with that big 850 lb Electria Glide. Using his push steering, looking trough the turns, I can feel pride swell up in my chest...... Then we take off down the road and I want to impart 40 years of riding experence to him all at once. That never works.

I love being an MSF/Riders Edge Instructor, very rewarding stuff.... Very scary stuff!!

Until next week keep the shiney side up!!

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




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