(photo by our Greenville-Spartanburg rep, Henry "Lester" Donald - Myrtle Beach Fall Rally)
October 21st Edition
In This Issue:
The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of October 21-28, 2014
Tuesday 73 clear, Wednesday 65 clear, Thursday 69 clear, Friday 72 clear, Saturday 71 clear, Sunday 74 clear, Monday 74 clear, Tuesday 74 clear (as per www.intellicast.com on 10/21/14)
Be who you are ... and let's hear from you!
Go anywhere there are motorcycles and you'll see that there are as many different kinds of bikes and people as you can imagine ... and a ton that you can't (or wouldn't want to!) imagine!! Lester's take-away from Myrtle Beach Fall Rally was certainly in line with this observation. "People watching" was the number one activity ... to be accompanied by eating & drinking, of course, and then riding to another spot in the MB area to do more of the same! Yep, that sounds right. You can read up on Lester's fun but you can also see his photos online in our GALLERY now. You'll probably see a lot of different kinds of riders in those shots too.
And you know, the writers of our publication are, like you and the trillions of other folks with a two-wheeler in their life: some of this, some of that, and some of the other too. And Footloose and I couldn't be happier ... unless we had even more diversity springing from our cyber-pages!
In today's edition, we hear from 3 writers who come from 3 different angles but share an affection for motorcycles:
We're happy to have GatorBites back this week by Jason Taylor, an advertising Sponsor, an attorney, a farmer, a family man, a sportsman, and so much more in addition to being a motorcycle rider who likes to ride when it's below 70 degrees.
Lester, mentioned above, is a community-minded professional who you'll rarely see without a circle of family and friends for playmates. He rides in organized rides and just for fun as often as time allows. In fact, his whole family rides!
And Shaggy, well, he's another different kind of bird who rides everywhere and anywhere; mostly alone, and works crazy hours and keeps to himself except when he needs to chew on some greater truth. And chew he does. For awhile in fact as he attempts to anchor his passionate thought in something so he doesn't fly too far away from a place we can all speak from.
I urge you to all read Shaggy's rant. If you're put off, do whatever you need to get around whatever holds you back and really read what he has to say. Then REPLY! We will be publishing responses to Shag's Rant and we'd genuinely like to hear from as many varied viewpoints as we can. That's YOU! You are The Carolina Rider - ALL of you! Let's hear what your thoughts are on what Shaggy has dug up out of the mud.....
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Myrtle Beach Rally, a Great Place to People Watch!
Hello all, If you went, I hope you had as much fun as we did. If you didn’t go, you missed another great ride and a great weekend. I’m talking about the Myrtle Beach Fall Rally. It was extended supposedly to all week but I was told that there wasn’t a lot going on the first weekend. This is the same way at the Spring Rally but even more so for the Fall Rally. It will take a couple more years before the Fall Rally catches up with the Spring Rally. It was close this year on the closing weekend. The ride was beautiful, low 80’s for the temps with lots of sun shine. Perfect !
We headed out on Thursday, just after lunch. When I say we, I mean Daryl, Chester, and myself (Lester)! A guys weekend! We also had another participant this time, Clay from Anderson. Clay is new back into the motorcycling world, after a multi-year absence. He bought himself an American Iron Horse chopper just 2 weeks before the rally. This bike is very different from his earlier years, so it will take some getting used to. For that reason, he went to trailer week. You guys already know how I feel about trailers, so I’m not getting into all that again. Anyway, we left right after lunch, that way we had 2 good hours of riding before Daryl had to eat again. I know you guys think I’m kidding but Daryl had to get a burger at the Thunder Tower exit, just to carry him through. The ride was uneventful, but beautiful. Traffic was not that bad until we got closer to the coast, and that is only because of it being 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The weather was perfect there also.
We had one of the not-so-sober ones come up to us ...
Once we arrived in MB we unloaded the bikes and decided to get some supper and just relax. For this we went down to The Beaver Bar in Murrells Inlet SC. We got us some great seats up on the porch and sat back and let the staff wait on us. We all ate supper, washed it down and just started relaxing. We had a great waitress, Ashley, who took great care of us. The crowd was decent and peaceful. I have never seen a fight there or even a disagreement, so we will keep going back. It is a great place to people watch. There are many different kinds of people there, all kinds actually. Large & small, cute & ugly, sober & not so sober, lol. We had one of the not so sober ones come up to the only lady in the group (we met up with a couple of friends from Woodruff SC) and asked her which one of us was her husband. I immediately told him all of us were. I told him that I had Tuesday & Wednesday, another had Thursday & Friday and yet another had Saturday & Sunday. Someone else told him that she was free on Monday IF he could afford her. I corrected them immediately, telling him that she was never free but she was reasonable, lol. This seemed to confuse the old fellow, so he eventually made his way somewhere else.
Friday we kind of just hung out. We didn’t do anything special, eat and ride, eat and ride. Drink a cold one, eat and ride. Thinking back, that is all we ever do. The wife’s say they get bored, and they want to lay out. We feel like we can lay out at home. Go to the beach? What beach? What ocean? That is not what we go down for. We go down to eat and ride, eat and ride, drink a cold one. That’s it.
Down (to) the Rats Hole
This trip down we rode down to MB to The Rats Hole. It is just outside Myrtle Beach near the old Air Force base. It is in an out of the way place that I’m not sure I could go back to, but it was a great place once we got there and settled in. We got there just in time to watch the motorcycle rodeo. They had barrel rolling for both men and women as well as the slow ride for both men and women. I had never seen a rodeo before so it was quite interesting to watch. If you have never seen either of these competitions, you have missed it. The barrel roll consist of you , your bike and an empty beer keg. You have to ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: For the full un-altered rant (i.e., unedited language,) simply click here!
At the end of a recent ride, I found myself (as I do more often than not) sitting in the corner table of a local strip club watching a large percentage of my graduating class perform a bastardized version of pole polishing. I’ll tell you the truth, aside from the obvious, I’m not all that certain as to why the hell I even come here anymore. The drinks are more overpriced than an HD bandaid and the “talent” is showing more hail damage than a tin roof, yet here I set. Same table, same cigarette, and the same roll of quarters that almost got me kicked out last week. “Sir we don’t accept coins;”... “Why the hell not? You’ve got a coin slot.” Hey %$*! you man, that’ll never get old to me. To all those that are already about to *&%! a brick - chill out or %&!# off; I’m going somewhere with this!
The reason I keep showing up to this shining example of poor lighting and perpetual stickiness is because one day I noticed it was "on the way." After that, I was with some friends running the same route and just thought “well, we are out this way.” Five or six more of those and it just became routine, as a matter of fact the last few times the bouncer just waved me through without even asking for the cover. Now what in the world does all of this mean and why are we reading about it in a motorcycle publication? That’s the point I’m getting to, &%@# stain, now pay attention:
There was a time, and it wasn’t all that long ago, that motorcycles and low rent back ally titty bars were the very poster child of all that was underground and anti-social. I can’t speak for everyone here but damnit to the darkest depth of hell, I miss those days! The days when people actually rode because they wanted or felt the need to and not because
News - what's coming up, what's being unveiled
This year it looks like we are working toward sponsoring and being present for The Gastonia County Toy Run, The Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots, The Greenville Toy Run, and the WindJammers Toy Run PLUS the newest addition to our list: the 14th annual Dorn VA Vets Christmas Charity Ride. We are honored to be a part of all of these rides and can't wait to see all of our friends and to make new friends. This year Easyriders has given us 10 tickets to the show in Charlotte to give away at the toy runs!
Enjoy the chill in the air and lets go riding! ....
This Wednesday we are doing a couple hr ride for a friend of mine who just bought a new bike. We are riding slowly around south Charlotte. If you want to come tag along, drop me an email and I will give you the details but we will be pulling out at 7pm from the south Charlotte area.
Drum Roll, Please!
Last, but certainly NOT least, we're ready to give you a bus update. We have purchased the next "BIG RIDE!" It should be wrapped with its new outer design next week and we are so excited. It's called "The BIG RIDE 2, The Phoenix." Thanks to The Tarheel Tornado for that inspired reminder of "rising from the ashes!"
Here is a sneak peak at the concept of the front of the bus wrap. What do you see there?
More about The BIG RIDE 2 in next week's edition.....
Lookin' forward to seeing you soon
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