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November 15th Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause ~ Charitable & Educational Events in the Carolinas

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree


The BIG RIDE Bus is goin' Toy Runnin'!

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Rebel Randi - Road Journal Entry #15

Loose Talk with Jon

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of November 16-22, 2016

Wednesday 69h & sunny, Thursday 71h & sunny, Friday 74h & sunny, Saturday 66h & 50% am showers, Sunday 52h & p-cloudy, Monday 54h & sunny, Tuesday 57h & p-cloudy (as per on 11/15/16)

Go Easy ... or you might say:

I Can't Believe I ate that Whole Thing!

Do you remember that commercial? Click on the line above (or photo below) for a trip down TV memory lane. Might help you go easy next Thursday when you're presented with a table full of Thanksgiving foods.

Next week is one of our holiday weeks for the magazine. We won't be publishing The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine as we relax and reflect on all we have to be thankful for ... and that list is really, really long and amazing! I count each one of you on my list. May your Thanksgiving be restful and you get a chance to do something fun and restorative for yourself instead of spending it all getting ready for The Big Eat ... and then paying for all that you consumed!


This is the 6th year that The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine has rolled out The BIG RIDE Bus to serve hot beverages and holiday cheer to riders in area Toy Runs! It's such a fun time to enjoy with riders whatever the weather. Sure, there have been some drippy cold ones as well as some way too hot ones that have been challenges ... but nothing takes the glow off our sugar plums this time of year!

The BIG RIDE Bus Toy Run Schedule for 2016

21st Annual Gaston Co Toy Run, Ranlo

Probably the first toy run we ever served was the Gaston County ride in Ranlo, NC and it's always heart-warming to be there! The bus doesn't leave with the ride but we'd sure like to some day since the ride makes many stops to give out toys to kids on site. Yes! It's not just a drop-it-off kind of toy ride. If you participate in this one, you'll be helping to hand out toys to the children who need and ultimately receive them!

Charlotte CBA & US Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Charlotte

Set on the same weekend as the Gaston Co. ride is the Charlotte CBA ride. We love getting to see folks on both Saturday and Sunday who make it an annual tradition to ride in both rides. This ride gathers at what us old Charlotteans call "The Old Coliseum" and which the rest of you might call Bojangles Coliseum. Just it's location draws a lot of us natives since we know where it is and have tons of memories there including concerts we went to in the 70's! Put on by the Charlotte CBA and the US Marine Corps, it leaves the coliseum and heads to Harley-Davidson of Charlotte for a party.

Windjammers 28th Annual Toy Run, Shelby

Our final ride of the year is in Shelby, NC. We've been happy to serve riders at this ride for a handful of years, except for that year it rained so hard and we didn't make it out. The Windjammers Motorcycle Club makes this one happen for the children of Cleveland County children's homes. They're a dedicated group and there's a large turn-out from the community to ride for the kids. The ride gathers at the Cleveland Mall and in addition to toys, riders are welcome to make monetary donations that go to the children of the Cleveland County foster care system.

What's Goes on at The BIG RIDE Bus?

We started a tradition the first year that we had the original BIG RIDE (which, as many of you will recall, burned a few years back.) We boil gallons and gallons of water and have urns of it for you to make yourself a steaming cup of hot chocolate to warm your hands and belly after your ride to the start of each ride. After years of requests, we added coffee last year. It's FREE to you! No charge!

There's usually some holiday cookies to dunk in your beverage, Christmas music playing over our sound system, and cheerful elves to serve you too!

You know, toy runs can be chilly, drippy, snowy, or steamy here in The Carolinas. As you are surely aware, Fall and Winter temps are up and down and in between. If the heat's up, we may forego the hot beverages for bottled water and a fan!

After the Toy Runs

As our toy runnin' draws to a close, shortly after so will the publishing year for 2016. The magazine (and us!) will be on holiday for a couple weeks preparing for a bang-up 2017. What's the New Year got in store? Well, the annual Easyriders Show is in Charlotte on January 21st. That's our own personal annual party and we hope you'll join us. Keep your eyes open in the next couple weeks' editions of The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine for more info ... and perhaps even something to WIN!

(p.s. There will also be a publishing holiday the week of Thanksgiving which means we have 5 more editions left for 2016.)



Here we are almost at Thanksgiving again. Don't know how the year goes by so fast ... but it does. We won't be publishing the Weekly Magazine next week. Gonna take the week to gather some new steam. Don't even have to worry about the big dinner until next Saturday. My kids and family will be at our place over the weekend rather than on Thursday. If the weather's nice, maybe I'll take me a ride. The weather sure has been beautiful lately. Just right for a little wander down the road.

May you too find some time to wander down the road ....


Happy Thanksgiving!

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