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Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free




Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of October 2-9, 2012

Tuesday 79 scattered storms, Wednesday 81 p-cloudy, Thursday 80 m-cloudy, Friday 82 m-cloudy, Saturday 81 m-sunny, Sunday 71 p-cloudy, Monday 62 p-cloudy, Tuesday 71 sunny (as per on Tuesday 10/2/12)





Just around the Corner

So not too far back, we passed by the arrival of Fall ... and now we've just pulled right into October. So, as I survey our online Events Calendar ahead, we're not that far away from the beginning of Toy Runs. In fact, I found several scattered around The Carolinas that are happening in October! Yep, while the Calendar is chock-full of great Autumn benefit, freedom, and memorial rides plus a smattering of rallies and dealer events .... from Sylva, NC to Anderson, SC and Myrtle Beach, SC to Mount Holly, NC, ... the holiday motorcycle activities are warming up for a big time in 2012!

The Carolina Rider is happy to be involved in area Toy Runs. We love the warmth that surrounds those cool-weather rides, the good hearts and fun folks who strap teddy bears on their sissy bars and bundle up in full leathers. And as we did in 2011, we'll be at a couple of the larger runs near our homebase at the state line handing out hot chocolate and The Carolina Rider cheer.

Got a Toy Run to Promote?

Are you involved in organizing a TOY RUN in your neck of the woods? Please make sure to contact The Carolina Rider for a variety of ways we, as your event partner, can help you get the word out and produce a successful and profitable event for your not-for-profit! (ranging from simply listing your event on our online Calendar to publishing your flyer in Readerville below to even being on-site with The BIG RIDE Bus!)

A Few Fun Fall Riding Destinations

But most of the holiday runs are still a few miles down the road and even tho this week has begun in rain, the forecast for the rest of the week shouts: get out and ride! Ride in a benefit ride ... or ride just for the fun of The Ride ... or find a fun Fall destination and hit the road. Here are a few fest and fair options...

Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair, Fair Play, SC, 10/2-6

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, North Wilkesboro, NC, 10/6

Albino Skunk Music Festival, Greer, SC, 10/4-6

Pawley's Island Festival of Music and Art, Pawleys Island, SC, thru 10/14

Scotland County Highland Games, Laurinburg, NC, 10/6

Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival, Gaston, SC, 10/5-6

Riverfest, Wilmington, NC, 10/5-7

Duck Jazz Fest, Duck, NC, 10/7

Pumpkin Festival, Pickens, SC, 10/13

Blackwater Ukelele Festival, Cypress Gardens, SC, 10/13

Festival of the Frescoes, Glendale Springs, NC, 10/13

Wooden Boat Show, Georgetown, SC, 10/20

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival, Carolina Beach, NC, 10/13-14 (features GREGG ALLMAN!)

John Blue Cotton Festival, Laurinburg, NC, 10/13-14

Valle Country Fair, Valle Crucis, NC, 10/20

HILLarity Festival, Chester, SC, 10/19-20

As I shared in last week's column, I had never been to the Outer Banks before this past week. What a great place to ride and enjoy the sites! Here are a few that I enjoyed...


Look for the beauty out there this week!


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

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Rider Seeking Ride Partner to The Arctic Circle ...

Gary B writes: "I am looking for a Honda Goldwing rider to have someone to ride to the Arctic Circle with.  Since the Dalton or Dempster Highways can be difficult if wet - I welcome riding with someone that is on a similar mount.  Any help in finding a partner will be much appreciated."

A Reply to Sandy Reece's Question in her recent Column,

The 7 Wonders of the Motorcycle World:

Hair wrote: I've been fortunate enough to travel on two continents (North America and Europe).  The Fjord country of Norway is on the top of my list.


Another Breakdown Story

this one's from Dan R...

My wife Carol and I decided to take one of those spur of the moment short Sunday rides. It was January, and we hadn't been on the bike for a couple of weeks, the sun was shining bright and the temperature was around 50 degrees - a great day to ignore chores and hit the road. We put on our warmest, backed the bike out of the garage, and started to fire it up. It did start, although there was a bit of hesitation - not like normal. For a split second, I thought, "What was that?," although, now it was running, the ride was calling, and so ignoring the first warning, off we went!

Heading south, we took Springfield Road, picked up Hwy 160 and headed East toward 521. We like to take 521 down to Lancaster and loop back through some of the small towns on Hwy 9, 5 or 21, just for the diversion. We were probably only 5 or 6 miles into the ride and cruising along at 45mph when the bike suddenly sputtered and lost power. Then it regained its strength, powered back up, and we were back up to cruise. At this point, I was concerned, but not concerned enough to turn around and cut the ride short. Warning number 2 - ignored.

We almost made it to Lancaster. Just outside the city the bike started to stumble, with strange popping noises coming from the engine, then firing back up for a few hundred feet and then stumbling again. We limped into a small business's driveway, where the bike died. I tried to turn it over, but there was nothing. I could no longer ignore warning #3. It was then that I thought, "Hmmm, this is Sunday, most Harley dealers are closed, my wife and I are by ourselves on the side of the road with a dead motorcycle 40 miles from home, and I needed someone with a trailer in order to get my bike back to town." Not a good realization. However, I'm a HOG member, and I remembered I had one breakdown towing service available, so I called the number on the back of my HOG card, got hold of an operator, and set up a tow. She said it would be at least a couple of hours, maybe more.  I said OK, no choice at this point.

Once I hung up with HOG Assistance, though, I tried to call my local Harley dealer in Rock Hill, Cox's Harley Davidson. Normally they're closed on Sunday, and I couldn't believe it when they picked up the phone! I made arrangements with them to send out a truck and trailer, and canceled my call into HOG. Soon the truck and trailer arrived, they secured my bike on the trailer, we arranged for a ride home, and off my bike went to the dealer.

On Monday afternoon, I made the phone call to Cox's Harley Davidson. I was prepared for the worst. I figured towing (on a Sunday,)and fixing whatever was wrong with the bike, I could easily be looking at a few hundred dollars. Imagine my relief (and surprise!) when the Service Rep said "Total of $35" for a half hour's labor. I couldn't believe it - no towing charges, no parts - "What was wrong?" I asked. "Loose battery connection" was the reply.  It was then I realized that I had created the entire situation on my own. I had installed a battery tender lead a couple of weeks ago in order to easily hook up my battery charger and hadn't sufficiently tightened down the battery cable.  I felt really stupid, although I didn't mention this to the Service Rep. Instead, I went down to the dealership, paid my $35, thanked them profusely for towing and tightening, and picked up my motorcycle.

Lesson learned - try not to let your enthusiasm overwhelm your logical side when it comes to warning signs. And, thanks to Cox's Harley Davidson for great customer service when you do ignore the warnings!












This Past Week ...

We just returned from this year's NC state HOG Rally. If you haven't heard yet it was in the Outer Banks. The location was really great- beautiful riding along the coast of NC! The rally on the other hand was a bit off. It seems that the local H-D dealership and the state HOG Rally committee were at odds. The dealership decided to have its very own rally at the exact time as the HOG Rally and the resulting confusion hurt both rallies and neither was able to reach its full potential.

Really, it was a crying shame; as the HOG committee did all that it could to make this a good rally.

Despite the event drawbacks, as far as my wife and I were concerned, we were fortunate to have some extra good times with our friends (and TCR Sponsor,) Jason and Andie Taylor - The Litigator. So here's a big Cheers to that!

Looking ahead to bigger and better things ... I hear that next year's rally will be in the Elkin area .... so stay tuned for the NC State HOG Rally 2013 info. You know we'll let you know as soon as we can.

Here are the WINNERS of the prizes we gave away from The BIG RIDE bus this past weekend in Nags Head....

Tina Midget


Paul Hurley

each won a night for 2 at The Maggie Valley Inn- CONGRATS to you both from The Carolina Rider!


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton






Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


SkyLine Inn


Ride Like A Pro



Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro




Cox H-D






Harley-Davdison of Charlotte




SkyLine Inn


Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte




SkyLine Inn


Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D















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