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Lil' Weather

 

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

 

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Loose Talk with Jon

 

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of Oct 31-Nov 7, 2011

Monday 58 m-cloudy, Tuesday 64 sunny, Wednesday 64 sunny, Thursday 66 few showers, Friday 62 few showers, Saturday 61 m-sunny, Sunday 64 p-cloudy, Monday 67 p-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 10/31/11)

 

 

 

 

When is "Riding Season?"

 

In a conversation with a friend last week, I learned that there is more than one definition of "riding season." Now, I want to make it clear that I know that for many riders, there is no such thing ... and for them, riding is a 365 day delight. And, honestly, in our beautiful Carolinas, that can indeed be the case for most any of us who choose it. Our climate isn't all that extreme in comparison to what else is out there....

Furthermore, there are as many opinions about "ideal conditions" as there are motorcycle owners. Some like it hot, some like it cold, and some lean both ways within personal parameters! Some of us are fairweather riders and some dig the challenge of sizzling heat, slashing rain, and frigid chills.

But for those of us who are a bit more picky about the personally ideal riding conditions, it turns out to be more of a seasonal choice with a few surprise opportunities here and there in what we might think of as the "off-season."

What hit me last week is that I had a totally different perspective on when the season starts and ends than does my friend. I was shocked when he remarked that riding season has just begun. In my mind, we are winding down to the end of this year's season. In his mind, he avoids the heat at all cost and the advent of a chill in the air means time to roll......

So, in YOUR MIND,....when do you say that the Carolina riding season start and end dates would be?

 

 

"Readerville"

... an eclectic little section dedicated to eclectic items sent in by our eclectic readers!

As we move closer to launching The Club Room, I continue to post here what comes in from groups.... And no other group has been more prompt in providing us info about what's up than Biker for Bikers Foundation! Thanks to Mickey and Jeanie we now have a good selection of photos from their events in our GALLERY and, today, we have an article to share as well about their recent Fall Poker Run at Legends Pub. I'm not sure what the big pink pig is but the photo HAD to be published..... Thanks, Jeanie, for passing this info on and keeping us up to date on all that you and BFBF are doing for the riding community!

BIKERS FOR BIKERS ANNUAL FALL POKER RUN


BFBF had their annual Poker Run/Benefit on Saturday Oct. 22 at Legend’s Pub in
Fayetteville, NC. The crew working the event arrived around 10am and set up .
There were 5 events scheduled in the local area . Registration began at 11am & the
first bike arrived about 10:45. Soon after bikes were coming in from Raleigh,
Zebulon, Jacksonville, and of course the local crowd.. The "Save the Ta-Tas" coincided
with our event & had the same stops, so many riders rode in both Poker Runs
at the same time. Stops were Legend's Pub, The Dog House, MugShots, & back to
Legend's. We had 25 actually ride in the Poker Run & about 100 participated the
event off & on through the day. It was a fast paced event with a lot of laughs.
As soon as the riders came in everyone was hungry. Legend's had fried chicken,
cheesy potatoes w/jalapenos, green beans, coleslaw & Carrie had brought on the
best deviled eggs ever. People were trying to figure out ways to hide the eggs &
carry them home! Food was great but, it always is.
Next came the auction. When Ken Nuzum does an auction it is a real show. Not only
is he a great auctioneer but, quite the comedian, too. This man is good! The hot
item of the day was a huge pink State Fair stuffed pig which he auctioned for a
whooping $150 dollars. The best part was watching the winner, Joel, strap the pig
to his bright yellow Harley & ride off towards Jacksonville. The things people do for
their grandkids, right?
Next item on the events for the day was "Mac," Michael Mccollom, a local singer &
musician, was to provide us with some of his tunes. Mac has a beautiful voice and
can hammer the guitar quite well. He is a local biker, member of BFBF, and a Patriot
Guard. By this time the place was packed inside & out & everyone was having a
blast.
The last event of the day was a tradition Holly (owner of Legend's Pub) has. When
one of her patrons passes away she has a toast in their memory & hangs a plaque
with their picture on her "Wall of Fame." This night we toasted Rob Nichols who
had lost his life one year ago in a motorcycle accident. Rob was married to "Cat," a
member of BFBF, and he was a Veteran. The man was said to have never met a
stranger, and about an extra 100 people showed up for the event in his honor.
The day was full of laughter, fun events, and good friends. BFBF got 19 new members
and made some money to help those in need as well.

 

 

 

BEAUTIFUL photos of our Wonderful World of Riding!

Thank you to all of you who have sent in photos. You're just making me wish I was on all of the rides with you to see such beautiful sights!

Do YOU have some great photos you've shot along your rides?

Send in your BEST ride photos. We're going to compile a slideshow accompanied by the Louis Armstrong song "What a Wonderful World." Get your photo in The Carolina Rider slideshow! It will be on our website permanently and featured in The Carolina Rider Scene for several weeks.

Here's what we're looking for....

  • beautiful, touching, inspiring, moving, playful, happy, joy-filled scenes
  • shots must have a motorcycle or part of a motorcycle (or more than one motorcycle) in the shot (a photo that shows a rearview mirror for instance counts as a part of the bike)
  • show us YOUR PERSPECTIVE - what you see and love to see on your rides! - express yourself!
  • the more creative and original you are, the better your chance of getting in the slideshow

if you have questions, contact me

Cue the music ... ENJOY!

 

 

Tomorrow is November. That means toy runs and polar bear rides are showing up on the CALENDAR. Checking today I found a number already on The Carolina Rider Calendar but I'm pretty sure they aren't all listed. If you know of one that's not listed, please help us get the word out about it and submit it today.

For me, as toy runs roll onto the calendar, we move into the quiet season for motorcycles. While there will be the Easy Riders show in January, the IMS show in February, and Daytona in March, most folks won't really be back out on the road again full time until April or May depending on the Winter we have. There'll be a few of those wonderful sunny surprises in January-February-March when the thermometer leans toward almost 80 but, for the most part, my purple bike will be tucked warmly away with my leathers and she and I will just have to get reacquainted all over again come Spring.....

No matter whether you consider this to be the beginning or the end or somewhere in the middle, hop on your bike this week and soak up the ride!

 

"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
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Good Chilly Weekend

 

 

Saturday was a great day - a little chilly but still very nice. First, we were a sponsor of the annual Make-A-Wish ride. I started at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte and ended up at McKoy's Smokehouse and Saloon, (which one news channel referred to them as "that wing place.") I was in The Carolina Rider bus, The Big Ride. My hat is off to the 50 or so riders that braved the cold. It was very cold and WINDY. We had many calls from bikers to let us know that they would not be around because "it was too cold". It was for a very good cause and, as usual, Harley Davidson of Charlotte and McKoy's did things up right. Both businesses go out of their way you to make you feel at home and like you got your money's worth.
I then headed to SBB Smokehouse for the Biker BOOberfest in Concord. By then, the wind had picked up and it felt even colder. After a while the crowd seemed to get there and that event was successful. They had about 50 trophies ... even had a trophy for the loudest stereo contest! SBB Smokehouse is getting to be a great place to have biker events.


Ride long and often folks.....

 

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiney Side Up,
Jon

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton

Publisher, www.TheCarolinaRider.com

 

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