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October 8th Edition
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BOTH OF THESE ARE ON OCTOBER 19TH ...
A good ways down the road ...
The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of October 8-15, 2013
Tuesday 64 showers/wind, Wednesday 66 pm showers, Thursday 71 m-cloudy, Friday 79 p-cloudy, Saturday 77 p-cloudy, Sunday 73 m--cloudy, Monday 72 p-cloudy, Tuesday 75 p-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on 10/8/13)
I can smell the salt air. I can feel it too! I can even smell the pluff mud Ron talks about in his column today. Mmmm... a spontaneous "let's get out of here" ride to the beach! Oh how I WISH I could pull off one of those right about now. Don't you? "Don't hate me because I did," Ron might say to our envey-fueled rolled eyes. And so we can't. We can't throw off on their spontaneity just because we aren't having any of our own, now, can we?
Nope. I am truly and honestly thrilled for those of you who CAN and ARE heading out on your bikes to hither and yon. Problem is, right now, Footloose and FancyFree are a little less than our names. We're a bit hog-tied (to play on some words.) Now, truth be told, I can hop on my bike and take me a ride. And I will. But, in addition to that, what I'm yearnin' for is a longer 2-person ride somewhere without much plan involved and filled with a whole lotta chilled-out riding and stopping and enjoying the scene.
It's been just about a year since we've had that luxury. No way, really? Yep. Jon's bike went in the shop for painting around Thanksgiving last year and didn't come back out for 6 months. Then on its first ride out sportin' it's shiny new TCR logo'd paint job, he hit that damn tie strap that sent him and his ride sliding to the curb. He's been parked since then waiting on his beloved to return from Goose who's doing his magic to bring the tattered engine back to life. So, as it sits, we're a one-bike home right now and there's no riding him bitch on my bike, that's for sure!
Write Something! ... Share YOUR photos!
And so, it is with great mixed feelings that I enjoy reading about what you all are up to. So keep sharing! Write something for us or send in some photos like the fine photos that Sandy shot for us at the Bikers for Boobs ride in Asheboro. Uncle Roy's been out on some long-range riding for several weeks off and on and, for him, it cranked up his creative itch and out came today's Reno Slade Adventure. Next week we get to hear about our favorite canine contributor when Quece returns to tell us about her tail-waggin time on the Blue Ridge Parkway and I'm pretty sure we'll soon be hearing about all the sweet Autumn riding that PoniPrincess and her Frog have been enjoying in upstate South Carolina. You know Golden and friends have more road-curvy tales from their ice-cream topped rides through in the hills and Lester's exploring in the big G-S too.
Yep, it's a rider's world out there for sure ... enjoy!
And how 'bout go take a ride for Footloose and me and let us know what we're missing?
Got a LEAF RIDE Story or Photo Journal?
After a warm past week, a big shift in the air floated in overnight and it's definitely feeling like Fall around my area. How about yours?
QUESTION: Where are the most colorful leaves right now?
Let us know! Send us a leaf ride story or share a photo journal of Autumn in The Carolinas 2013!
Hope your week is filled with color ......
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Reno Hears a "Ribit"
A Reno Slade Adventure
It is an unfathomable paradox: humans thrive on physical activity, yet the nature of the vast majority of humans is to employ extreme tactics to avoid any physical effort - with the possible exception of copulation - whenever and however they can. History and experience clearly exhibit that all of what we call "progress," is born of a desire to get work done, without doing any work. While mechanized labor makes it possible to shop at Wal-Mart, and ride Harleys, we err when we forget that in life there is no free lunch. Since sitting on one's ass is almost universally preferable to sweating, grunting, and panting; when the opportunity to become largely sedentary - and still eat - became possible, mankind jumped on it like a pit-bull on a pork chop. America, that at one time lauded the merits of hard work, toughness, and rugged individualism, now accomplishes a large part of her work by pushing a button, "clicking" a "mouse," or "touching" a screen. Even the most mundane of tasks are now routinely accomplished using some specialized machine or other.
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