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Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


August 18: Think Pink, Cancer Stinks, Columbia, SC

August 11: A Celebration of Life Poker Run, Matthews, NC

August 11: BFBF Hotter than Hell Run, Spring Lake, NC

August 18: Big Pot Fun Run, Lincolnton, NC

August 25: CMOU Riding for Relief, Concord, NC

Sept 15: Families Helping Families Poker Run, Columbia, SC


NC Legislative Issues with Blastoff


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of July 30- August 6, 2012

Monday 87 p-cloudy, Tuesday 86 iso t-storms, Wednesday 91 iso t-storms, Thursday 91 p-cloudy, Friday 92 iso t-storms, Saturday 92 m-sunny, Sunday 93 iso t-storms, Monday 90 scattered t-storms (as per on Monday 7/30/12)






Carolina Events that you Might like to Ride to

(an occasional offering by The Carolina Rider Scene)

Get out and RIDE The Carolinas!


8/2-4 ... 57th Annual Robbins Farmers Day- Robbins, NC - Wagon Train Festival, parade of 600+ horses, crafts, entertainment and much more. Thursday 6:30 pm to 10 pm, Gospel Music at Robbin's depot. Friday 6 pm-1 am, downtown street dance. Saturday 8 am-midnight. Entertainment, special demonstrations, arts/crafts and parade at 11 am.

8/2-4 ... 85th Annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival - Asheville, NC - The nation's longest running folk festival. The 85th annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region's traditional and old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups and cloggers.

8/3-5 ... Craftsmen's Classic 30th Anniversary Arts and Crafts Festival - Myrtle Beach, SC - Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend

8/2-30 ... Baseball Art Exhibit - Shelby, NC - All kinds of baseball mements on display at the Art Center.

8/3-4 ... 2012 Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair - Burnsville, NC - Handcrafted items for sale

8/3-4 ... ADRL Dragstock - Concord, NC - The American Drag Racing League makes its inaugural appearance at zMAX Dragway with its most historic race, Dragstock, coming to the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex for the first time!

8/3-4 ... Annual Ashton Co. Bluegrass & Old Time Fiddlers Convention - Jefferson, NC - Preserving and honoring the heritage of our mountain music. Come celebrate at this family-friendly event that includes competitions between musicians from throughout the southeast for over $3,500 in prize money. If you can pick a note or two, you can even join in on a few of the jam sessions.

8/3-4 ... Ed Brown's Champeonship Rodeo - Blacksburg, SC - The rodeo, started in 1968, features bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, bull riding and other events.

8/3 ... Friday Night Thunder at the Farm - Open to any & all! Test-n-Tune street cars, race cars, motorcycles, basically any motorized vehicle! Gates open: 4pm; $5 Admission. Additional $10 To run your vehicle .

8/4 ... NC Transportation Museum All Ford Show - Spencer, NC - One of the museum's largest car shows, this show features a great collection of Mustangs, Thunderbirds, and Fairlanes, Lincolns, Mercurys, and Model A's and T's. Ford "orphan" owners are also invited.

8/4 ... Annual Flem Whitt Beach Music Festival at Hyco Lake- Semora, NC - A one-day beach music festival at Hyco Lake. Admission includes adult beverages.The bands playing are: Band of Oz; The Holiday Band; Jim Quick and Coastline

8/4 ... Sunrise Hike - Pickens, SC - Be an extra early riser and take a unique moonlit hike to the top of Table Rock. After experiencing the nocturnal aspects of the forest we will enjoy the pre-dawn sky from the outcrop as we anticipate the sunrise.

8/4 .... Triad Reggae OneLove Family Reunion Music Series - Greensboro, NC - The event will be held in Aggie Park on the corner of East Lee & Florida Streets, noon - 9 PM. Featuring a children's corner, non-profit groups will have information tables, vendors with arts & crafts and food. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 for two days; and $15 the day of event. Youth 15 & under are free with a paying adult and 2 canned food items. Canned goods will be donated to the Servant Center, local nonprofit serving homeless persons.

8/4 ... Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tours - Little Switzerland, NC - Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. Reservations are recommended but not required. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors.

8/4 ... Shaggin' on the Cooper - Mount Pleasant, SC - Live music from local bands, dancing on the Mount Pleasant Pier.

8/10 ... 31st Annual South Carolina Peanut Party - Pelion, SC - 2-day event includes, rides, parade, contests, and lots of boiled peanuts


Happy 3rd Anniversary

to The Carolina Rider!

It was August of 2009 when we first went online with Since then, this e-Magazine, The Carolina Rider Scene, has joined our website to be the publications for riders in The Carolinas to find out about events, read about riders & riding pleasures, enjoy photos of motorcycle events and enthusiasts as well as some real Carolina Beauties, and stay current on some pertinent Carolina issues. In this business-challenged world, we're proud to still be here .. more proud to be growing, thanks to our Readers, our Sponsors, and our Creative Contributors!

As we move into and through our Anniversary month, we'll be highlighting some special folks and resources that make what we do possible .... and probably telling you a few inside stories too!




... an eclectic little section dedicated to eclectic items sent in by our eclectic readers!


Rhonda H sent in this info ...

We are having a poker run for a local Matthews police officer,Tommy Jordan. Tommy and his wife Brenda lost their daughter in April of 2012 after a year and half battle with a double lung transplant ....




Peake Fowler (an event sponsor below) is one of the Sponsors of The Carolina Rider - give 'em some good support!






Whether you're riding to the grocery store, to work, or for some long lazy relaxation fun, I do hope you enjoy THE RIDE.

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

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We're Making Progress!

Civil Disobedience Seems to be Paying off ....

  Civil Disobedience - does it help or hurt? Well, I guess the answer is a bit complicated. There are a lot of factors to consider; too many to get into here. Let me just say what my experience has been. First and foremost, as I have said before, our Country and CBA/ABATE of NC were both founded on civil disobedience. So, there are two pretty good examples. But does on-going episodes of such behavior benefit or hinder the cause? I have recent evidence to make me feel pretty strongly that some of our recent peaceful protest activities have been beneficial to us, at least here in Gaston County.

We originally had 5 men running for the House seat being vacated by the retiring Dr. Bill Current. The primary elections narrowed the field to 2 candidates, Wil Neuman and Dana Bumgardner. Just a week or two before the second primary votes on July 17th both men had an invitation to participate in an on-line forum, each man on a different day, that was being sponsored by our local newspaper, The Gaston Gazette. People were able to log on and ask questions of the candidate and get an immediate response and an opportunity for further discussion. The discussion was moderated by a staff member of the Gazette. As I had come to know both candidates pretty closely, and 1, Wil Neuman, is a Gaston CBA member, I was very interested in both discussions.

I was not able to log on due to work obligations; however, both interviews were published in the Gazette. As I was reading the discussions, I was very pleased to find that the moderator had asked both men how they would feel about legislation to repeal the NC motorcycle helmet law and the NC seat belt law. I was especially happy to see that question in there as I had never seen it come up in any of the public forums I had attended. Of course, my initial reaction was just plain curiosity as to why the question would come up. Then I thought: "Oh, yeah. Now I remember." The Gazette staffer most likely knew about the 6 Helmet Law Protest Rides the Gaston CBA Chapter has sponsored. Yes. SIX acts of civil disobedience. 5 in a row with no citations issued. There may have been some other reason the question would come up, but I am not able to think of one. And, both men were at the line up of our protest ride this year and both men have been guests at our Chapter meetings and both men had been asked that same question at those meetings. As our members already knew, both men have said they would support such legislation.

Now I have this nice, warm, bubbly feeling that our Chapters acts of civil disobedience have helped to drive the conversation. To me, when we couple that fact to the answers of both candidates, I have to conclude that, yes, at least in this instance, civil disobedience can be beneficial to our cause. If it is done right. And, as an after thought, I want to add that another member of the NC House was at the end of our ride, John Torbett and his wife, Vidia. Both are Gaston CBA members.

We are making progress.

Ride Often - Ride Free - Ride Sober,

Bill "Blastoff" Starnes.










Countdown to RW&Brew

This is the 7th year of the Red White and Brew event sponsored by Budweiser and Harley-Davidson of Charlotte. There's always a big crowd at these - in large part because there's a BIKE to be WON!

The date for this year's RWB is August 25 and that gives you just 26 days to get registered to win. Unlike Publisher's Clearing House and the lottery, it's clear there's a REAL WINNER of this prize. You can watch and partcipate as they count down to the final name drawn and see the absolute true surprise and delight of the one whose name gets pulled last.

It's a good time all-in-all. See the flyer above off all that's going on. And, of course, our bus, The BIG RIDE will be there to greet you as well.

To get registered between now and then, many local bars will have a Register-toWin Box onsite. So do it! You can also register at the event.

Get the event on your schedule. Get registered now. Maybe you'll win!

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton



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