August 30th Edition
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Look what's coming up in Maggie! ...
September 3 & 4,
Maggie Valley Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show
September 9 - 11,
Thunder in the Smokies Fall Motorcycle Rally
VW’s in the Valley
Southeastern Gas & Petroleum Expo, Swap Meet & Car Show
Moonshine Valley F-110’s all Ford Truck Show
43rd Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang & Ford Meet
Spyder Adventures 2016 Rally (private event)
October 15 & 16,
Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts Show
The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of August 31 - September 6, 2016
Wednesday 92h & p-cloudy, Thursday 92h & 60% pm t-storms, Friday 86h & m-sunny, Saturday 85h & sunny, Sunday 85h & sunny, Monday 86h & sunny, Tuesday 89h & p-cloudy (as per weather.com on 8/30/16)
More Haulin' ...
So last week, I shared a photo of Shaggy's bike haulin' his undies (& what-not) on laundry day. I asked if anyone had hauled anything else unique and here's what my fishing line pulled in this week:
Mark G. sent this photo in with the caption, "Pinehurst Country Club. I had this rack on my DL650 v-strom too, but I can't find the picture right now. Ride safe..."
And Shaggy shared another of his hauls as well:
So what have you "hauled" on your bike?
What have you seen hauled, strapped on, carried?
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I find the village of Sugar Grove, NC interesting because my Son lives near a village named Sugar Grove in Ohio and both places are in the middle of picturesque scenery and have many good motorcycle roads nearby. This is another place I found by poring over maps of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. I’ve had people say that maps are outdated with the use of GPS and phone mapping so prevalent. My point is that gps and cell phones give only a narrow view of the area and yes, are superb in traveling, but to see the overall view you need maps. Using maps I’ve found Pensacola and Minneapolis in North Carolina.
But back to Sugar Grove....
The CPRs were there last year looking for some good roads to use in a video. Old US 421 goes out of Sugar Grove and is a fine road to ride and to do video on. To our dismay, Charley tested out the strength of a guard rail and we had to cut short the ride. But we made it this time and did the video and the ride. Actually, Charley and I had ran the route a couple of weeks previous and came upon a section of dirt road that raised our stress level to “GET ME OUTA HERE!” The dirt road section in Sugar Grove part 2 (video below,) is not that road. Part 2 road is a section of dirt road in the Brown Mountain area between Marion NC and the Blue Ridge Pkwy.
My agenda for this ride was to test an audio system I cobbled together and to introduce the guys to the wonderful bakery in Sugar Grove. The bakery is part of a large store there including a gas station. We had never needed gas when there before and hadn’t stopped. While I didn’t need gas the first time I stopped there, I just wanted to take a break and fill-up too. I remember after topping off the gas I went inside to get a cold drink and the smell of fresh bread just out of the oven hit me!! I’m getting hungry writing this! There were small cakes, cookies and loafs of bread on display. I asked the lady jokingly if they had samples. No, she replied but then cut the end off of a loaf she had just pulled out of the oven and handed it to me. Oh wow!! Another treasure found in an out-of-the-way place.
I have included audio in many videos I’ve made but it was just my end of the conversations. I’d tried many ways to include the 2-way talking that went on. I placed a mic beside the speakers in my helmet and, besides not working, it made my ear sore where the mic rubbed against it. I emailed several of the on-line advertisers that have a rider talking with his co-riders and asked them how they did it and got no response. I even placed a mic on the helmet near a speaker and while the sound was surprisingly good, there was too much wind noise when speed built up. I thought the only way was to have a separate intercom with a mic connected to the speakers and to the camera. I had a spare Scala Rider G4 intercom that I used on a spare helmet, removed it from the helmet, and placed the camera mic between the 2 speakers and inserted them into a block of foam rubber to isolate them from the road and wind noise as much as possible. Put this into a small tank bag with the mic lead going to my camera. And LO and BEHOLD----IT WORKS !!! Just enough wind and engine sound to make it interesting and good audio from the riders. The only drawback is that the Scala Rider intercom will only include 4 intercoms. That means whenever the 4 of us ride, I cannot record their audio. I’m still scratching my brain trying to work around that.
If you have an idea of how to or even a different way to record audio on video please email me.
It is now mid-August and HOT, but remember, September is coming soon and right after that, ... wonderful October!
Keep the rubber on the down side and ATGATT,
EDITOR'S NOTE: Gary rides with the Patriot Guard, devoted men and women who ride for those who have given their lives in service. Patriot Guard is called in by family and not only honors the memories but cares for and supports those grieving. As their website says, "The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security including Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and honorably discharged Veterans. We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn't matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect." This is Part 3 of an occasional series first presented by Gary in The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine in February 23, 2016. We thank Gary and all who ride for those who have passed on and their loved ones.
No. 37 & 38
Husband passes a week after his wife passes after being married 36 years
Marie Morton Edwards, 80 and Robert "Bob" Lee Edwards, 80
Every ride has a “first”. This ride was full of firsts.
Firsts included in this ride: Husband and Wife, lunch with the Pastor, no family member at funeral home, no gun salute at National Cemetery, and full realization that husband and wife can be buried in the same plot at the NC. The name of the wife is placed on the back of the service member’s tombstone.
Marie was to be buried ahead of him in the Salisbury NC but with Bob passing so soon they held burial off for their interment together. Ty and I led the Van carrying Marie followed by the Hearst carrying Bob her husband. Following the hearse was Gordon, Al, and Sparky. The five (5) of us were treated to lunch by Pastor Rick Byerly who rides a 1997 Green Harley Davidson.
(That's the Pastor, not the one being memorialized)
Nineteen (19) Guard Members joined us in Salisbury to escort Bob and Marie into the National Cemetery.
She was buried in a bronze casket and he in a light blue common to most I see for veterans. She with flowers on her casket and he with the US Flag.
Died on the 4th of July
Mr. Michael "Wildman" Pridgen, age 69
Michael L. Pridgen SPC was A Vietnam Veteran who served in the U.S. Army. His awards include a Purple Heart, a Silver and Bronze Star. He was an employee of APAC Oil Company and also a member of the American Legion (Post 31)
Many of us enjoy riding and adventure. This Veteran enjoyed riding on 4 hoofs as opposed to 2 wheels. This was my second cremation. His urn was a beautiful vase, while the previous urn was a square box, which I did not see until it was removed from the front seat of the hearse at the cemetery.
With the heat index in the 100’s most of us stood inside. I spent almost a third of the time outside. Others spent about half or more of the time outside. A few of the VFW stood with us as we made flags available to them. We also recruited a Mason and his son who rode to the funeral.
We had four (4) bikes and six (6) PGR members which was a little disappointing for a Saturday. All Veterans are special with this Veteran having a purple heart, a bronze and a silver star. Only the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross are above these medals – all of which are given for valor.
Haden T. McGurie, 88, USAF, Korea
Mr. McGurie earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant and served in the US Air Force during the Korean War as an Intelligence Photo Radar Officer. He also was awarded the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for his service.
Our orders: "We will stand a flag line till the service starts at 11 am. At this time we will stand down when service begins and prepare to escort Mr. McGurie and family into Sharon Memorial Gardens next to McEwen’s where interment will take place with military honors."
Paying my respects I noticed a block with ‘I Love My Husband’ in the casket. His Son-in-Law walk in with a large coffee cup and two hats. One an Air Force Hat the Other I could not see. His Son-inLaw later told me that he loved coffee and that those were his two (2) favorite hats. His Air Force Hat and His FBI Hat – ‘Firm Believer in Jesus’ and that they were placed in the casket for him.
The VFW Honor Guard came out in force with seven (7) rifles sounding out. Behind the seven (7) rifle man was an Honor Guard with a Sword. The Pall Bearers laid their corsages on the caskets spaced apart so family could lay red roses in the spaces in between. I had not noticed this on early funerals and sense this is a nice touch development.
Wilson T. Owens, 95
I arrived early at 12 to pay my respects and as I parked my bike I could not help but notice workers digging a grave very close to the funeral home. This was Mr. Owens’ Grave.
When I did pay my respects I found Mr. Owens dressed in a blue work jump suit. I found out that he loved to sing and was active in church so I assume he had a suit. I sense it was his wish to hit the ground running working for the Lord when he crossed the Pearly Gates. His son said he was working until the week he died, dying from pneumonia somehow apparently catching it working in the yard.
This was my oldest Veteran Funeral that I am aware of – We stood for a 100 Year Old living Veteran and hopefully in the next 1 to 15+ years I will have opportunity to stand for him, if the Good Lord be willing.
Originally we were to walk the short distance. At the last minute it changed and we escorted the body to the grave by making a loop through the cemetery.
Rest from your Labors
History.com says, "Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894."
We won't be publishing The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine next Monday. It's Labor Day. We'll be paying tribute to all who work, taking time away from our work, and celebrating the ability and freedom to work and earn a living.
Rest, Relax, Ride
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