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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of August 22-29, 2011
Monday 91 am-clouds, Tuesday 86 m-sunny, Wednesday 86 m-sunny, Thursday 88 p-cloudy, Friday 86 iso-tstorms, Saturday 77 scattered tstorms, Sunday 82 scattered tstorms , Monday 88 m-sunny (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 8/22/11)
Make New Friends & Keep the Old
... So goes the kindergarten song still bouncing around in my head after several decades....
... And so goes the wonderful world of riding!
The Carolina Rider crew, Footloose, and I were planted with The Big Ride bus smack in the midst of this year's NC HOG Rally from last Wednesday thru Saturday and we had the great chance to see friends we've known and new meets too. Rally attendance was low in Hickory and rain storms curtailed hours of fun on 3 days but none of that hurt our spirit of fun or stopped us from greeting and chatting with friends who came by The Big Ride!
Something that stood out for me this year was how many folks were from outside of The Carolinas. Just as Jane mentions in her column below, I too ran into out of state folks - from Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, and several other states hundreds of miles from here. There was a couple who just recently moved to Florida from Nevada and came up here for the NC rally because they like the area. Another guy said he was from Memphis and came simply because he heard he could ride on the airport runway in Hickory. "I heard there was gonna be a ride down a runway so I came just for that and I'm back on the road tomorrow!" grinned the enthusiastic Memphis HOG member whose name I didn't grab. A guy from Tennessee taught me about something I didn't know about a ride in my own state.... "The Snake." I'm certain you know about it but somehow I've missed hearing about that twisty ride that rivals The Dragon and Diamondback too. It's US 421 from Boone to Bristol. I checked it out and found a very enticing website. Thanks for the tip! Sorry, I missed your name too but enjoyed chatting......
I generally like to get names of folks I meet but sometimes my mind can't hold much more information...or I forget to ask in the hustle of bodies moving past our promotional table. When I ask a name I often remember it later. Don't I, Jim? Met him a month or so ago at Mad Dog Custom Cycles Open House and when he breezed by The Big Ride at the HOG Rally, I surprised him and myself by recalling his name pretty quickly.
See the folks at the very top of today's mini-mag? That's Tom and Janet, an effervescent couple who I very much enjoyed meeting. They rode down from Hometown, West Virginia. (Janet says it's just like Mayberry.) There was quite a bunch of WV riders who generally head down this way for the NC rally. I sure enjoyed meeting you 2 as well as so many others who stopped by to say hello, ask some questions, and register for prizes.
Oh and speaking of prizes.... DRUM ROLL, puh-leeze!!!
We've got Winners! ...
Winner of A Night at Maggie Valley Inn and 2 tickets to The Wheels Through Time Museum:
Also winning the same Maggie Valley prize package (one night at Maggie Valley Inn and two tickets to the museum):
And winner of a pair of tickets to the Orange County Choppers Show at Bojangles Arena in Charlotte, NC on Oct. 22:
Readers Share . . .
I've had a number of folks sending in event info over the past couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing!
The info to this first event came from Mel M. who, as he reminded me in last week's email, I met at the Keith Larson Ride for Kids this year. Yes, Mel, I remember talking to you about this and very much appreciate you getting the info in to us....even at this late date!
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the US
Ride for Kids
August 28th - Asheville, NC
More info can be found HERE
One of 40 or so rides around the country each year.
The national headquarters of the Foundation is in Asheville. They are a 501(C)3 and have been around for over 30 years with their charity rides that fund groundbreaking research at Duke U, and several other facilities. Keith Larson and Jack Parks of Matthews Fun Machines are riding in this. We're going up on Saturday because the ride starts pretty early at the Biltmore Square Mall
Brad C. sent this in...
THIS SATURDAY - a charity event for a fallen biker:
Memorial Ride and Raffle for Mary Jo Cooley
Saturday August 27th
Hometown Heroes 10th Annual Road Tour
Hometown Heroes 10th annual Road Tour tell all your riding friends. Enjoy this morning meet the kids and accompany two local kids via police escort as they return to school. Arrive with a full tank of gas in your motorcycle go to the schools in the procession and at our 1st gas stop in Wadesboro we will fill your tank. This leg of the tour will be approximately 80 to 100 miles. Hope to give away lots of money to the kids and their families and honor those who we have helped for the last 10 years.
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