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November 4th Edition
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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of November 4-11, 2014
Tuesday 67 mostly cloudy, Wednesday 70 mostly cloudy, Thursday 69 chance of rain, Friday 59 clear, Saturday 58 clear, Sunday 54 chance of rain, Monday 58 clear, Tuesday 65 clear (as per www.intellicast.com on 11/4/14)
I love our cover photo this week! It's one from Lester's GALLERY of Biketoberfest 2014. The shadowy riders are like memories to me ... and I do have some fond memories of riding along the Florida coast, riding down in Daytona, riding in The Keys. Good stuff! Can't ya just smell the salt air and feel the sun-warmed wind on your face? Just thinking about it is relaxing.
Lester's account of this year's Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach is also very reminiscent for me. Having gone to several Daytona Spring rallies, I have been to just about all the places he mentions. His story rides me back through my memories there. Yes, good stuff!
There's a challenge to us all written between the lines by Lester today. A challenge to find what he's calling the "firsts." And so I am extending the challenge officially....
How many "Firsts" does Lester point out in his column this week?
The firsts (number of winners to be announced along with right answer) to tell me the CORRECT number (according to Lester,) get TCR Tuffs (those great circular neck/head/face warmers/coolers/protectors all logo'd up!) Email your answers
As for Ron's story today, it, as his ride tales often do, just makes me yearn to go on just that kind of ride. One of those yummy day rides with exploring and food and good people to bring home good memories. May we all have such warm adventures - even on chilly days!
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This is a story of firsts ...
It was a great trip, very exciting and trying in many different ways. We decided with less than a week to go that we would leave on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. That was a first, usually when we make plans we do not alter them, this time we did. Actually I allowed myself to be talked into riding down halfway Tuesday and the rest of the way on Wednesday. I have to kick my own tail for not checking the weather forecast before making the change...
So heading out on Tuesday was a first. A first because it was the first time that I have left out to ride when it was raining. I’m not talking a drizzle, I’m talking a frigging downpour. There were tornado warnings in the area. I suited up and headed out in hopes of outrunning the storm. Looking at the weather radar, the storm stretched from Florida to Virginia. It was moving north to northeast. I was hoping I would run out of it before I got to Columbia S.C. I took 2 hours of vacation at work just to try to beat the storm. I almost made it. By the time I met up with Daryl (my riding buddy this trip), the rain appeared to be set in for the day. We actually ran out of the rain before we hit I-26 headed east. So we only run a few miles in it. We kept our gear on most of the day because it looked like it could start up at any time again.
The ride down I-26 was a nice ride and we made good time, other than stopping for food. The wife and the others caught up with us down around Columbia. They were pulling their trike so the wife left her bike at home and rode with them. This was the first time they had pulled their trike in this new enclosed trailer. I guess Mrs. Lester figured the Chevrolet truck would be more comfortable than my Ultra. Shame on her. Once they caught up with us, they stayed close behind us the rest of the way. We had to stop for fuel just before hitting I-95 southbound, so there we decided to take off our rain coats and full face helmets as it was warming up nicely.
We continued on. Just as we crossed into Georgia we suddenly hit rain again. Another down pour. We were soaked. Before we could get to a decent place to stop, and as you would know, less than a mile after stopping and suiting up, it quit raining again. We continue on ...
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The weather has been great for riding this last couple of weeks. A cold morning lets me wear leather and heavy gloves and then stashing them to ride home in shirt sleeves. So I got a call from my friend Terrell about going for a ride. He said he hadn’t been riding this year and I told him it was his fault that we’ve gone a bit and always invited him. I reminded him that riding isn’t something you wait for convenient time, you just make time and go.
Anyway, I had said Marcia and I were going to Brunswick Ga. for the weekend or even to St. Simon’s Island for barbecue and back in the same day. He said he and Aileen were in, but maybe that was a bit long for one day for her. Then a few others joined in the interest in going somewhere, anywhere, just to get out and ride.
We had Terrell and Aileen, and she doesn’t ride very much and hadn’t ridden at all this year. David and his wife Ruth had something else to do so his grandson Jimmie rode with us. Larry and Donna, and Donna had not ridden since an accident two years ago that left her with some broken bones, pins in her wrist and such, just from turning around at the Tail of the Dragon. We were glad to see her get back on the bike. The last couple was Joel and Stacey and Stacey had not ridden before. She also was a little concerned since her Joel had someone pull out in front of him this summer and he went down ending up with a good case of road rash and a lesson in dressing for the fall instead of the ride. He now wears long pants and shoes (not sandals) and long sleeve shirt.
So the plan was to ride to Walterboro which is only about an hour from our house to the Artisan Center and some antique shops and get lunch and return home in mid-afternoon.
We gathered at our house for some cinnamon raisin pecan pull bread and ...
Today I have news from 2 of our advertising Sponsors - well, one current, one now passed ...
Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson is going to begin offering Riding Academy Classes to the public! Their first class starts December 18th. So if you're interested in taking a class in the Hickory area, give them a call!
Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord has closed its doors. It's the end of an era. What once was "the place for riders" on Wednesday nights is now an empty parking lot, an empty building. Thanks for the memories, QS&L Concord!
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