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See Lester's full report of Throttlefest below

September 30th Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Gary Burgess's Ride to Vermont/Quebec

TCR Classifieds

Lester: Throttlefest in Anderson!

The Evolution of "CARL"

Loose Talk with Jon

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of September 30- October 7, 2014

Tuesday 80 clear, Wednesday 83 m-sunny, Thursday 83 sunny, Friday 76 t-storms, Saturday 68 sunny, Sunday 70 sunny, Monday 77 sunny, Tuesday 77 am light rain (as per on 9/30/14)

What month has 28 days?

What month always has 30 days?

One of these is just a leg-puller. The other is in honor of the ending of this month; a month I have no idea where it went but it slid in and out of my life like a black racer snake.

The Carolina Rider welcomes back to our pages Gary Burgess who shared with Poni Princess and us his motorcycle journey to The Arctic Circle last year. This voyage aboard his ultra-bright yellow (some of us might say "yaa-ler!") Goldwing ventured to Vermont and (shh! keep this part under your helmet!...) .... snuck over the line just a bit into Quebec. We thank Gary for sharing his detailed ride journal and for inspiring us to get rolling somewhere that matters to us ... and to not forget to stop a LOT and smell the Ben and Jerry's!!

Lester's travels were way closer to home. He barely used a gallon of gas to get to Anderson, SC from his pad in "The G-S" to attend Throttlefest but we're glad he did! It's a first for Anderson as well as for anywhere in our Carolinas - Throttlefest brought to you by those TV characters who drink high octane booze and rock out to Jackyl .... and ride a bit too, I reckon. Check out Lester's "hot bartender" photos....

And check out the weather forecast for the upcoming week. Now THAT'S inspiring!!

The smartass answer, by the way, to "What month has 28 days?" ... all of them!

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This trip added Vermont to my list of GoldWing states as I had missed Vermont on an earlier trip to Newfoundland. Initially the trip looked like it would be delayed a year but a client pushed back my start date.  So, with some rushing, I was ready to “Head Out on That Highway.”

Day 1 – Get Your Motor Running – or - Back in the Saddle

585 +/- miles and 5 States.
I stayed with John Hayes whom I shared an apartment when I worked for Wyeth in Marietta, PA.  We went out to eat with his fiancée – Kara while watching “my” Panthers play “John’s” Steelers.

Day 2 – Albany / Vermont – “You Mean Like a Building”

I made Albany with a little adrenaline rush trying to make the capital before 5:00 PM.  The Albany toll booth operator did not have a clue where the capitol was despite being only 10 miles from it. 
Knowing that I was wrong, I took the first exit that said State Buildings which took me off the toll way.  After some period of thought a lady directed me away from the Capital but on the right road.  The next lady confirmed my sense that I needed to go the other way.  When I asked the next lady – where was the capitol – her response was “You Mean Like a Building.”  I made it to the Capitol a few minutes before 5:00.  I asked two French Canadian Bikers if I could joined them in their space as they were just paying the meter. 
Going through security I then found out that the Capitol was open to 7:00.  I went back to my bike to secure some of my gear.  The Canadians were asking for tape to tape their parking stub to their windshield.  The parking attendant was in the process of issuing a ticket when the Canadian’s produced their certificate.
All this time I was riding on reserve – leaving the Capitol I sought out a gas station.  I programmed my GPS for Concord, NH or my next Capitol.  I think every state has a city named Concord but I could not find New Hampshire in my GPS.  So I asked the 50+/- seemingly educated gas station attendant if Concord was the Capital of New Hampshire – he apologized and said he did not know.
Hungary I ate with locals at Ted’s Fish Fry.  With Vermont now in reach and a chance to camp in a state forest, I headed out with a full stomach. 
Private campgrounds can be expensive and variable in quality.  The sign to the first state park did not seem “governmental” so I continued in the dark passing what seemed like a very nice $40/night motel with mixed emotions.  Stopping in a town just as the Dollar General was closing - I confirmed that, that was the camp ground but found out there was another state park a few miles down the road. 
$20 got me one of the last camping spots with me eager to try all my keep warm tactics mentally developed while being in the cold in Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories the previous year.  I woke to seeing my breath but was comfortable - wool knit gloves, a stocking cap and two 30oF sleeping bags worked.

Day 3 – Big Beer Horses – Live Free or Die - Saturday

NH’s Capitol was closed for the Labor Day weekend – go figure.  It is small such that you can see much of it by looking in the windows. It is the Nation’s Oldest State House in which the legislature still occupies the original chambers (many Capitols burned).
Across the street is the Presidential Primary Meeting Place where the first steps to the race to the White House are made. 
When asking people for information – the response was typically I am from Connecticut.  When I hit I 93 it was jammed with traffic heading north and I knew why…they were escaping the NYC metro for the tranquility of NH / VT.

Merrimack was my 6th Budweiser tour – Van Nuys, St. Louis, Tampa, Williamsburg, Fairfield and Merrimack.  Clydesdales are at St. Louis, Merrimack and Fort Collins.  Merrimack is a farm which produces horses and horse shit (which New Hampshire is good at recycling). It is now my second farm on my list of 660 manufacturing plants ...


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Hello all! There was an event in South Carolina that our friends to the north probably did not hear about. I’m talking about Throttlefest 2014.

The Tarheel Tornado, has been writing about his past trip to Sturgis as well as his planning for Sturgis 2015.  Sturgis 2015 is the 75th anniversary for that rally.  I have been getting emails already from the Buffalo Chip Campground talking it up. It will be the party of the year.  Myrtle Beach Spring rally in 2014 was its 75th anniversary, and it was big, but nothing will compare to Sturgis 2015.  This will be the rally of all rallies.

Anyway, back to Throttlefest 2014. I guess some of you guys (and girls) have seen the popular TV show The Full Throttle. It is a running documentary  of the world’s largest biker bar, The Full Throttle Saloon.  It is owned and ran by two southern gentlemen, Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree. Michael Ballad is from Eastern Tennessee and Jesse James Dupree is from Northern Georgia. Together they decided to bring the Full Throttle experience to South Carolina.  They decided on Anderson SC. Little ol’ Anderson.  Now I have been to a couple of different things going on at the Anderson Civic Center and they were no big deal, so I had my doubts about this one. WOW, was I wrong !  Michael and Jesse blew it out in Anderson. 

They brought just about the whole experience to Anderson. They had the steel cage with the stunt riders there. Good looking stunt riders also , I should point out.  They also brought all of the Full Throttle merchandise to SC also.  Oh, I forgot to mention that they also brought the bartenders from Sturgis to Anderson. Lots of bartenders, good looking bartenders! They set up a huge beer tent, just to cater to the biker community. They were selling all of the Budweiser products as well as shots of the Full Throttle S’Moonshine and the Jesse James Dupree Bourbon. They were also selling full bottles of each, and I actually saw people walking around drinking straight from the bottles.  There was several food vendors there as well as other ...

Please come ride with me THIS SATURDAY!

Oct 4th Shriners' Ride

Because I want you all to come join us for this ride, I am re-running my column from last week ...

I don't know how many of you know that I'm a Shriner. I have been for many, many years. I was really pleased when MetLife Premier Group of the Carolinas agreed to be a major sponsor of the Shriners charity. The Shriners wear a very stupid little hat but they do a world of good for Children with their Childrens Hospitals. Read this press release the MetLife folks put together.

 When I tell you this will be a big deal, I mean it.

 And did I mention that the "Harley-Davidson LiveWire Event" is at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte that same weekend? Sign up for our charity ride and you can compete for a chance to ride the H-D ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE! There won't be many slots available for folks to sign up to ride because it's going to be PACKED! Cool, huh? ...

Put it on your schedule, THIS SATURDAY. MetLife's new headquarters in Ballantyne is the start. We are going to have a blast!

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