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September 22nd Edition

In This Issue:


Riding BE-cause ~ Charitable & Educational Events in the Carolinas

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Mike Lopeman: Bull City R u m b l e !

Sandy Reece: Event Report & Ms Betty's send-off

Your Myrtle Beach Discount Card

From the Mailbag!

Re-published: David Pfaehler's BIG SUMMER RIDE!

Loose Talk with Jon

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      On September 26th 2015 the TOMORROW Organization will be hosting and Memorial Motorcycle Ride, Concert and Cornhole tournament to honor the life of Lauryn Brooke Matherly.  The TOMORROW Organization was created to honor Lauryn’s life by helping other teenagers with depression, bullying, abuse and self-worth.  
Lauryn was only thirteen years old when took her own life on June 29th 2015 and sadly we don’t not know why she chose suicide to confront her issues she was facing and we may never know.  Lauryn always put everyone’s needs and concerns before her own and she would have been one of the biggest supporters of this organization.   
The TOMORROW Organization was founded on July 1st 2015 to create suicide awareness and prevention with our teenagers and the community.  TOMORROW Organization is also a youth group that meets with our teens twice a month to help promote the importance of their lives and to be productive in society with community projects and other charities.
Please join us on September 26th to raise awareness and funds for our teens and to honor Lauryn’s life and to help other teens to find their new day.    

The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of September 22-29, 2015

Wednesday 81h & p-cloudy, Thursday 74h & 60% rain, Friday 67h & 60% rain, Saturday 67h & 60% rain, Sunday 71h & m-cloudy, Monday 78h & p-cloudy, Tuesday 83h & clear (as per on 09/22/15)

An Invitation

We're putting together a little prize package for someone -

Could it be you?

As we begin the transition from the heat of the year to the cooling off seasons, a new sense of riding begins. What's Fall Riding about to you? This question is posed to both riders whose hands are on the handlebars as well as those riding as passengers. You're invited to:

WRITE ... a story of your FALL RIDE, a poem expressing the feel of your FALL RIDE, or whatever else comes from your pen/keyboard

PHOTOGRAPH/VIDEO ... the scenes around your ride, destinations for your ride, experiences on your ride

CREATE ... other artsy expressions of your FALL RIDE experience (and that could include any artistic means you're into .. and you can photograph/video whatever it is to share with our readers!)

The FALL RIDE prize package will include 2 nights at Skyline Village Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway plus a little something extra from some of our Sponsors. The winner will be chosen by our team of creative contributors - our columnists!

Your deadline for to submit your personal creation is November 1st so get your creative hats on and share your FALL RIDE with us!

Feel free to write me with questions or assistance!

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EVENT REPORT: Crimestoppers of High Point-NC Bike Ride – September 19, 2015

Back in the saddle again for a fundraising event!  I have been travelling for work recently and have missed out on some of my favorite ride events.  A friend shared the flyer for this ride nearby my hometown in High Point, NC.  Another connection I have for this event, one of the sponsors (SunGard Public Sector) is the software company which I utilize at work every day. 
Crimestoppers of High Point and other participating local city entities sponsor a reward program.  Reward?   YES!  Help solve a crime and get paid!   Their logo: “Crimestoppers offers CASH rewards to citizens that help to solve crimes while remaining anonymous. Crime doesn't pay, But We DO!!!”

The best way to raise funds to provide rewards… a Police-Escorted Scenic Motorcycle Ride!  A treat for them as well as the participants!  A win-win!

The approximate 2-hour ride was led out of downtown High Point towards the rural backroads of Randolph County with a rest stop at Cox’s Harley Davidson off Highway 220.  We made our way back to the starting point via interstate to make-up time and gather for lunch provided by the many sponsors.  Raffle time after lunch awarded to the many ticket purchasers!  50-50 was won and returned by the lucky winner too!
Enjoyable day all around!

A special note from Sandy: 

If you recall my previous article on “Hugging a Roadrunner”…Ms. Betty Deering.   My dear friend Betty passed away Friday, September 18, 2015.  She was 90+ years old and lived a long and fulfilled life.  My friends Krissa, Debbie, and myself made a trip to visit her recently on September 12th as she and I had unfinished business.

She bequeathed to me a favorite piece of jewelry and she wanted to present it herself.  I am so thankful I made the trip that Saturday and Sunday to visit with her and get my last and final HUG from the Roadrunner herself.  Her spirit rode with me this Saturday as a Roadrunner mounted on my helmet….her gift to me.   RIP Elizabeth Deering.

Looking for Independent Mechanics

Melissa B writes: "My husband and I would love to have some recommendations for an independent Harley mechanic in the Greater Charlotte Area. For maintenance and other issues that may arise with our Wide Glide I would love to have options in lieu of the dealerships."

Got suggestions for Melissa and her husband? Email Melissa

Do you keep Missing the Weekly Magazine?

David B wrote several times asking why he was no longer receiving the Weekly Magazine. We checked to make sure his name was still on our email list then suggested he do some more looking. Here's his reply: "Thanks for getting back to me on this. The problem was on my end. Although I had asked, it wasn’t taken care of here until yesterday. Thanks for all your help, I look forward to reading the magazine again. David B"

David receives his Weekly Magazine at a business email address which was blocking the email due to corporate walls.

For others of you who might be having the same problem, you, of course, may not even see this info; but in case you do or know someone who needs help with this issue, here are some things to consider:

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Viva la France on a Wing!

The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine's long-riding columnist, Gary Burgess, sent us this photo from France on 9/9...

... then followed up with the following short email updates:

Gary's email on 9/14: "9 hours of gravel....some high grade yesterday on the Translab....another hour before civilization  nothing but nature... I am now in Churchhill Falls, NL."

Can Anyone help Gary identify this Giant Panther-like Animal?

Gary's email on 9/16: "I saw what I  thought to be a panther 75 km east of Labrador city . A big panther.... They tell me it was an Ameracat???  Could not find anything on the web....if you find something please share link."

Gary's email 9/19: "I am in Bay City staying with my Sister and Brother in law - seeing family and friends. I crossed the TransLabrador Highway and survived Quebec's Highway 389 both tougher than the Dalton, the Dempster, the Top of the World, the Taylor.  The Wing now has over 1,000 miles of gravel road adding 313.6 + miles this trip. I am trying to find out about the ?Americat? Bearcat? that I saw 75 kilometers East of Labrador City.  The B&B owner that I stayed with in Labrador City, NL said there have been 5 sightings...well now 6.  I asked a police officer that had stopped at railroad tracks shortly after seeing it and he said that they did not have such but was probably a wolf...this looked like a huge fury panther... Second time crossing Newfoundland without seeing a moose albeit is is hunting season and they are driven off the road but there is a lot of road.  Did see some beautiful black bear and smaller animals. Should be leaving for home Monday."

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're re-publishing this great account of a long Summer Vacation Ride by David and his girl Fran. Sadly, in last week's edition, we totally butchered David's last name .. not once but several times throughout his story and our publication. We're sincerely sorry and want to publish again with all the "h's" and "f's" in the right places!

Background Editorial Note: In July 21st's edition of The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine I highlighted some emails I'd received about Summer rides folks were planning. Here's a ride story from David Pfaehler who wrote to say he'd be giving an account of his experience from start to finish saying, "It's gonna be a fun wild adventure!"

Day 1

Packed, packed and repacked.  All gear stowed bike checked and ready to roll.  Ten day whirlwind bike trip ready to begin.
First leg begins in Columbia SC and to end somewhere on I-81 north of Natural Bridge VA.  It was a hot humid muggy SC morning.  Sweating bullets while packing and couldn’t wait to get the wind moving as we ride.  Heading up I-77 it was a clear beautiful morning at 7am.  First leg was going to be a long one.  Not sure if anyone else feels this way, but I don’t feel like I’m truly on vacation until I see the rolling hills of VA.

We made excellent time and my girlfriend Fran was a model passenger as always.  She only put her "super grip" to the test twice and only once was my fault.  Charlotte, as expected, was busy with tons of traffic and this caused the first incident at low speed: a driver in a hurry to get an extra car length ahead tried to change lanes quickly without checking his blind spot.  Of course, as any experienced rider, I knew he was going to do it and gave him some space until he realized the error of his ways.  The second time was purely my fault.  Stopping for gas in VA, I chose an exit with a very short ramp and extremely tight exit turn to the main road.  I entered the ramp too fast and had to quickly apply breaks and downshift to make the turn.  I swear there were no signs warning me of this but I could have missed them.  Luckily we were stopping for lunch and gas so it gave us a bit of time to calm our nerves.

Next stop was the Natural Bridge.  We did the tourist thing and enjoyed our time stretching our legs and seeing the site. 
It was now time to finish the day and find a hotel.  We road another hour and a half and ended up at Harrisonburg VA.  On the way there, we watched a tremendous storm in the distance and skirted it with only a sprinkle.  Fran and I were both amazed at the great views and how much we enjoyed the ride.   Had dinner at Panos restaurant, put the bike to bed, and fell fast asleep.  Every hotel we stayed at allowed us to park under the awning in front of the hotel which was very nice.  I had decided that at every stop we would cover the bike to keep potential curious folks from looking at it, sitting on it, or otherwise touching it or the gear we would have to leave on it.  I bought a half cover that worked extremely well.  It was easy to get on and off and protected the bike very well without having to worry about the heat of the engine damaging it.

Day 2

Another beautiful morning as we continued to travel north another 3 hours to Hersey PA. This was just a fun stop for us to drive thru, smell the chocolate in the air and take the free factory tour.

Our main destination was Philadelphia that night.  Hersey was a quick stop but allowed us a rest period and time to taste some wonderful treats.  Continuing to Philly we took back roads and wanted to visit the Amish countryside.  This worked out extremely well for us.  Somehow we got lost traveling through the winding beautiful farm roads which turned out to be a fantastic ride and our own personal tour.  Weather was perfect and we saw so many cornfields just weeks away from harvesting.  Dodging horse drawn buggies and kids riding scooters we found the Plain and Fancy country restaurant for a late lunch.  These types of restaurants give you the option to sit by yourself or be seated with others at a long table.  We opted to be with other folks so we joined a family of 7 already seated and enjoyed the family style meal and getting to know everyone.

This portion of the trip riding through the Amish farm land really made us thankful we were on a motorcycle.  We experienced it in a whole new way!

Before it got too late we rode to the big city of Philadelphia.  Even at 8:30pm traffic was still crazy.  At least it was cooling down some but still was a grueling ride with much stop and go traffic.  Our destination was a high rise apartment complex in the center of city where my daughter and her husband live.

As expected parking is a premium in any big city and most don’t own a vehicle.  Those that do own a car in the city pay dearly for a spot or valet their car.  I opted to valet the bike in the underground garage which was pretty comical.  The fella manning the valet dropped his jaw when he saw me pull into the garage.  He said they don’t valet motorcycles because they don’t know how to ride them and don’t want to be responsible.  I told him there was no way in hell he was going to ride my Harley anyway and to just clear a spot as protected from other vehicles as possible.  It took a bit of convincing, but we found the perfect spot protected by 2 walls.  We tucked her in tight, covered her and had no issues.

Day 3

Today was the day of the family reunion.  We rode to Buck Run, PA and spent the day with family and then road back to Philly.  Weather was great but the roads were brutal.  The roads were not smooth and there was much construction which made for a hectic ride. 
Had a good time but once this day was over we were done riding for a few days and it came at the perfect time.

Day 4-5-6

The next three days were spent sightseeing in Philly with my family and 2 days in NYC.  We did the tourist things and relaxed a bit having several great meals.  Road Amtrak to NYC and experienced all it had to offer.  Of course a highlight for me was the Harley-Davidson dealership visit in the heart of NYC on Broadway.  It was a very cool experience.

Day 7

Ok time to ride south now. We headed to Washington DC on our way across the Chesapeake Bay to our hotel in Easton Maryland.

Next we stopped at Arlington National Cemetery to see the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  We were excited to view a special event while we were there:  Unexpectedly they had a wreath-laying ceremony.  I had only seen this on TV but to view it in person was very special.

After Arlington we road thru DC but traffic, construction, and heat were not our friends that day.  We decided to stop in and walk thru the Air and Space Museum, which was great.  Spent a few hours there to cool off and then headed to our hotel a couple hours away.  I had wanted to time our last bit of riding to coincide with the sun setting and going across those long bridges over the bay.  It was a beautiful ride.


Day 8

Outer banks here we come destination Kitty Hawk NC.  Traveling US13 to Virginia Beach we road across and under the entrance to the Atlantic again using many bridges and 2 long tunnels.  This road had the most expensive toll we experienced at $13 but had excellent riding, fun and beautiful view.  Back on solid ground we continued into NC and across to Kitty Hawk.  Right before we got there we pulled into the Outer Banks Harley dealership just in time to change clothes and dodge a torrential downpour that lasted 15 minutes.  We checked into our hotel and decided to try to find the wild horses on Corolla Beach.  We rode up US12 until it turned into sand and stopped.  Four wheel drive only from that point on so we were out of luck.  Talked to nice officer patrolling that area and he said that normally the horses are another 10 miles up the beach and kept from coming south.  It was getting dark so we found a place to grab some seafood and relax a bit.  When we left the restaurant it started to rain on us.  We suited up for the first and only time of the trip and rode back to the hotel in a torrential rain storm.

Day 9

We visited the Kitty Hawk flight museum first thing on our way south out of town which I really enjoyed being an aviation enthusiast.  Our goal for this day was to make it to NC main land.  This required taking 2 ferry rides.  First one was a short 40 minute ride on a fairly small boat with no fee but the last was a 2.5hr ride on a large ferry which cost $10. 
Riding a motorcycle allowed us to get on and off the ferry’s easily and without having to wait in line.  They always put us up front.  We did have reservations for the second ferry but didn’t need them as it wasn’t full.  It was exciting, relaxing and in the beginning a bit nerve wracking as we wanted to make sure the bike was going to be stable on just its kickstand.  It turned out to be uneventful.  We enjoyed the trips on the ferries and talked with some other bikers to pass the time.  We then travelled on to Jacksonville NC and got a good night’s sleep.

Day 10

Purely a travel day, we were ready to get home.  Took about 5 hours to get back to Columbia SC.

Some facts about the trip:

  • 1930 miles, 6 states and DC
  • Traveled by Motorcycle, Uber, Subway, Amtrak, Water Taxi, Ferry and our feet

Items purchased in preparation for trip:

  • Touring ½ Motorcycle Cover
  • Nelson-Rigg GWR-1200 Rear Motorcycle Rack Pack
  • Heavy Duty Motorcycle X-Grip Mount for Garmin nuvi 40LM
  • Universal Mobile Battery charger (for GPS since I had no aux power on my handlebars)
  • Most valuable accessory we took was the stretch cargo net with 6 hooks.  We used this to secure our extra bags and gear on top of the trunk bag.  Having the net made getting to some gear quickly and easily.

Thanks to the other motorcycle friends we met along the way that provided us great info:

  • “Captain” from NYC
  • Mike from Charleston, West VA
  • Tom from Lowesville, NC

This Weekend

Hello bikers. The weather is changing; one of my favorite times of year to ride. Places to go, people to see. Events going on around The Carolinas and tons of great destinations and exceptional riding to be enjoyed.

This weekend, The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine will be present for 2 events. Paul and Caroline will be down at Cox H-D in Rock Hill, SC supporting The Tomorrow Organization's LBM Memorial Ride on Saturday. Make sure to look for our hot pink logo that stands out on our black tent and say howdy to our team. They'll be registering folks for another drawing for a night at Skyline Village Inn!

Friday and Saturday, The BIG RIDE 2 Bus will be in Raleigh for the Capital City Bikefest put on by Ray Price Harley-Davidson. Supposed to be, as The Donald would say, H-U-G-E! FancyFree and I will be up there with The Carolina Rider poodles and look forward to meeting some new folks and making some new friends as well as seeing some of you who live up that way.

Only thing wrong with these plans is that Mother Nature has some opposing plans. They might be good plans since we're all in dire need of hydration, but rain doesn't really mix well with outdoor events ... or with motorcycle riding. If you can, though, plesae do put on some of your riding gear and come visit with The Carolina Rider .... in Rock Hill or Raleigh!

If you can't make it out, look back next week for exciting photos!

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