Upcoming Events – December 2012

Here are the events I’m aware of for December 2012.  If you know of any other events please send me the details, including a valid website link, so I can add them.  Events without their own website, or substantial information page/flyer, will not be added.  I also do not list “events” that are basically only advertising MC dealers or parts stores with only a reference to some brief customer-grabbing event.  I’m not against these retailers, some are close friends, however this type of “event” is considered to only be for the benefit of the retailer.

If you’re looking for an event to attend, but not finding quite what you’re looking for, check back here periodically.  I add new events as soon as possible after I’m informed about them.

New – When Possible, I Will Begin Including A Link To Charities Benefited By Various Events (if the event link does not explain the charity) So You Will Be Able To Check Them Out.

Also, it seems there are more and more “clothing optional” events now.  I have nothing against these personally, however since I am trying to keep this blog/site either “G” or “PG” rated so our youth can come here to learn about motorcycle related events I will not be posting information regarding these events.

Please click HERE for information about Event Photos.

As many of you already know, December is a slow month for rallies and events.  This list will be updated as I learn of additional events.

December 2012 Events

1st – 4th, Thur-Sun – Lakeland, FL – Roscoes Chili Challenge –  http://www.roscoeschilichallenge.com/

1st, Sat – Orlando, FL – 2nd Annual Toys For Tots Open Show –http://www.highperformancepromotions.com/index.php/events/icalrepeat.detail/2012/12/01/49/40%7C34%7C41%7C43%7C42/2nd-annual-toys-for-tots-car-show.html

1st, Sat – Punta Gorda, FL – Toys For Children Trike Shari Memorial Toy Run – Escorted Ride To Arcadia – http://www.facebook.com/events/485436834814911/

1st, Sat – Tallahassee, FL – Capital City Bike Fest & Swap Meet – http://www.ability1st.info/bikefest

1st, Sat – Calhoun, GA – Annual David Burchett Memorial Poker Run & BBQ Cookoff – Proceeds From Event Benefits The United Way – http://www.smokinupthecampground.com/forms/Poker%20Run%20Information.pdf

1st, Sat – Roswell, GA – Born To Ride Toy Drive And Kickoff Bash – Route Is From Roswell to Helen, GA – http://www.borntoride.com/ga/index.html

1st, Sat – Greenville, TN – Greene County Toys For Tots Toy Run – http://www.greenevillesun.com/Neighbor/article/Motorcycle-Run-Set-for-Saurday-id-322193

1st, Sat – Raleigh, NC – Toys For Tots Ride – http://rayprice.com/activities

1st, Sat – Dallas, TX – 15th Annual Mesquite Santa Cop Toy Parade – http://cmascr4.org/pdf/SANTA%20COP%20FLYER%20COLOR%20revised.pdf

1st, Sat – McKinney, TX – DFW Toys For Tots Motorcycle Run – http://dfw-tft-mr.org/

2nd, Sun – Vacaville, AL – ABATE 17 Annual Toy Run – http://www.abate17.org/calendar.html

2nd, Sun – Webster, FL – Webster Swap Meet & Show – http://www.cyclemeet.com/

2nd, Sun – Lakeland, FL – 29th Annual Toy Run & Skills On Wheels Motorcycle Rodeo – http://polk.abateflorida.com/flyers/2012ToyRun.pdf

2nd, Sun – Brooklyn, NY – Annual Senior Citizens Benefit Party – https://www.facebook.com/events/268836539903607/

8th, Sat – Mayflower, AR – 11th Annual Christmas In The Park Parade – http://www.cityofmayflower.com/

9th, Sun – Clearwater, FL – Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Show – http://thunderpromo.com/dealer-days/

9th, Sun – Fort Pierce, FL – 2012 St. Lucie County Toy Run – https://www.facebook.com/StLucieCountyToyRun

More Event Information To Be Posted Soon

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Have You Seen This Bear

Have You Seen This Bear?

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This is my current riding companion, Smoky.  While he’s likely to show up just about anywhere he’s most often seen in Eastern TN, North GA, Western NC, and Northwest SC.

Drop me a note if you see him letting me know the “when and where” of your sighting.  You’re welcome to pose for a photo with him if you can get him to stop long enough.  He really loves feeling the wind in his fur.  😉

Fontana Dam

The ride described in this post occurred on Monday, 10SEP2012

After thinking for a couple of days about my last ride, and post, I decided to make this trips destination Fontana Dam in Western North Carolina.  As with most rides in this area, the trip was full of wonderful views and plenty of hills and curves.  Since I didn’t want to travel through the “Tail Of The Dragon” I chose to ride the Western-most portion of NC-28 which passes through the small town of Almond, NC.

A short distance from the Almond Post Office I came across the view below.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen an iron and steel railroad trestle.  This area never ceases to amaze me with sights such as this.

Approximately half-way between this bridge and Fontana Lake is a motorcycle campground called “The Kickstand Lodge“.

Panoramic Photo Courtesy Of Kickstand Lodge

In my opinion it’s one of the best motorcycle campgrounds in the area.  Some others may be a little fancier, but you’ll never find a more friendly, and accommodating, staff.

As I neared Fontana Lake there’s what appears at first glance to be a motorcycle exiting through a small motel’s doorway.

I suppose the point they’re trying to make is that bikers are welcome there, as they are at just about every business in the area.  Fontana Lake draws a lot of boaters and fishermen, but the Tail Of The Dragon brings far more visitors to the area than anything else.

Fontana Lake is a narrow, long lake with lots of “fingers” such as the one pictured below.

With a view like this I couldn’t resist getting at least one photo of my bike with the view in the background.

As you enter the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) controlled portion of the lake that surrounds the dam you’ll see a smaller road to your right.  This leads to a set of bathrooms (no showers) and the marina.

Continuing past this turn you will soon come to the Dam.  Vehicles are currently allowed to drive over the dam.

The Visitor/Information Center, gift shop, restrooms, and showers are all nestled closely together on the left side of the dam.

They’re situated on top of the underground tunnels that funnel water from the lake to the hydroelectric plant.The spillways that feed the tunnels are directly across from the Visitor Center.

Fontana has it’s share of islands such as the one pictured below.

When one is standing on top of the dam they can look past one of these islands down the body of the lake.

Those of us who grew up in the 60’s know what the symbol is on top of this door that leads to the inside of the dam.  Any idea what the circled sign means?  I’ll wait a couple of weeks to see if anyone knows, then I’ll post the answer here.

When I finished looking at the exhibits in the Visitor Center I headed home thinking about where I would like to ride next.  All-in-all this had been a great day for a ride.  The temps started out around 52 degrees Fahrenheit, and by the time I got home they had risen to 73 degrees.  There were a few clouds, as you can tell from some of the photos, but nothing that would bring rain.  Isn’t it great being a biker?!?

Click HERE For Full Size Photos, And Other Photos Of This Ride Not Posted Here

Happy (and safe) Biking!

A Longer Ride

The ride described in this post occurred on Friday, 07SEP2012

A Longer Ride – AKA Popcorn Overlook Ride

Business has now slowed down to the point where I can spend more time riding my bike.  Last night I went over the chrome with a soft rag to remove the little spots left by the rain splashing in the mud next to the bike’s cover.  If you don’t remember my discussing the cover you can click HERE to catch up on that.  Once I was satisfied I got them all I put together some snacks for the upcoming ride, made sure my rain gear was in its place, checked tire pressures, the oil level, and the lighting.  I also checked to see if I had placed the little repair kit I had put together in the side bag next to the Honda tool set, and made sure the spare oil and brake fluid were in the other side bag in case I needed to top something off while I was out.  Everything was as it should have been so I shut off the lights, came inside and went to bed.

After a restless night’s sleep, probably due to my excitement about the upcoming ride, I got up at 6:30am, had breakfast, then double checked the bike’s lighting.  I know I had checked that last night, but since I was starting out a little before dawn, in fog, I felt it wise to make sure I hadn’t missed anything.  I also put on my lime green safety vest with wide reflective strips.  I felt a little silly wearing it, but safety comes first, pride second.  Before I took her off the center stand I reset the previous trip information in the travel computer, turned the key and pressed the start button.  She fired right up as I expected her to, revved up a little to add some more charge to the battery, and warm the engine, then slowed to its normal idle speed.  Time to ride!

As I turned onto the 4-lane highway the brisk morning air felt good.  It’s been hot here recently and the brief coolness was welcomed.  My bike accelerated quickly to the speed limit, then purred softly as our speed evened out.  Being on the road this early in the day is nice.  There’s not a lot of traffic to contend with, and one can hear the rushing of the water in the nearby river along with the soft song of the tree frogs and insects.  As contented as I was to dwell on these thoughts it was now time to decide what today’s destination would be.  I prefer to just ride and go where my thoughts and desires take me, but this time I wanted to time my return to a time I could meet my bike’s PO (previous owner) since he was wanting to see what I had done with his former baby.

I already knew I wanted to head South, but did not have a particular destination in mind.  After considering the different ride times to/from several points of interest I decided upon visiting a place called Popcorn Overlook in North Georgia, a few miles West of Clayton, GA on US-74.  Since I’ve been past there a number of times in my car I knew the ride on my bike would be especially scenic once the fog lifted.

Popcorn Overlook is a nice little rest area that overlooks the Southern spine of the Appalachian Mountains, more specifically the Blue Ridge Mountains.  There are 2 concrete picnic tables and some “interpretive” signs.

When looking out over the split-rail fence, if it were possible to see through a few ridgelines, you would be looking at Fontana Lake somewhere near the hydro-electric dam.

As I pulled into the parking area I was greeted by a Harley owner who was en route to the Georgia State H.O.G. rally a few miles further to the West in Hiawassee, Georgia.  After exchanging pleasantries, and looking over each other’s bikes, he headed off to enjoy the rally, and I decided it was time for a drink and a couple of the snacks I’d packed.

Fifteen or twenty minutes later I cranked up my bike and headed back to Clayton, GA.  A few miles West of the city limits I stopped at the Jones Bridge Overlook near the shore of Lake Burton.

The overlook is actually a tiny picnic area with only two tables, one on either end of the parking area.  What the overlook lacks in size it makes up for in its view of the lake.

After watching a couple of fisherman ride past in their boats I continued my journey toward Clayton.  At the Western edge of the city limit is an old abandoned elementary school the town has put to good use as a City Hall, Police Department, and several other city offices.

A little further along, at the edge of what locals would call “The Square”, which is Clayton’s downtown area, is an appliance resale shop.  This isn’t just any resale shop, it’s one that specializes in antique appliances.

The items for sale there have been restored to like-new condition.  This shop is a “must” for those who are decorating their house, or business, retro style.

From here I went to the local McDonald’s for some sweet tea, then resumed my trip home.  All in all, fog aside, it was a great trip with little traffic and some wonderful views of the Appalachian Mountains and Georgia farm lands.  The weather cooperated nicely with the temps averaging around 75 degrees Farenheit and blue rain-free sky dotted by a few non-threatening clouds.  I could ride a lot with conditions like this!  🙂

Click HERE For Full Size Photos, And Other Photos Of This Ride Not Posted Here

Happy (and safe) Biking!

Thomas Valley Road Ride

Thomas Valley Road Ride On 12AUG2012

AKA The Shake-Down Ride

Finally!  A ride that was mostly for fun!!  Other than my initial ride on this motorcycle shortly before I purchased it, all of my previous rides were to either diagnose a problem, or see if a problem had been fixed, and all but one were less than a mile long, round-trip.  Today’s ride was what I would call a shake-down ride.  In other words, a ride to familiarize myself with my bike, and according to some beliefs a ride to let “her” begin to learn about my riding style and what I expect.  Sure, that might sound corny, but a rider and their bike often become “one”, and depend heavily upon each other.  A persons bike becomes like a family member, a close family member, not like that in-law you might want to take for a last ride.  😉

Anyway, back to the ride.  If you’re planning on taking a ride through the “Tail Of The Dragon“, into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you may want to take a few minutes off of the highway (US-74/441) to check out this short rural road.  Also, if you’re into rafting or kayaking there’s several outfitters for this on the side of the highway near the start of my ride.  I chose this particular road for its topographical characteristics and moderate length.   I wanted my first real ride on this bike to have a little bit of everything I might encounter on any other black-top road in the Eastern TN/Western NC area, but to a lesser degree than often found here in the mountains.

I would have been hard pressed to have found a better August day to take this ride.  The temperature was in the mid 70’s/lower 80’s (depending upon elevation) and the sky was dotted with white, not dark and threatening, clouds.

The Thomas Valley Road portion of my ride began when I left US-74/441 close to half-way between Sylva, NC and Cherokee, NC, by turning onto Barker’s Creek Road which is directly across from the SuperTrac and Exxon gas stations.  I crossed a wide concrete bridge over the Tuckasegee River and traveled about 1,000 feet to Thomas Valley Road on the right, which is just past where the cars are in this photo.  The “Do Not Enter” sign is deceiving.  It is not for Barker’s Creek Road, it is for the turn lane that can not be seen clearly from this angle.

FYI For Bridge Aficionados – To the left of the concrete bridge is the original truss-style one (built in 1920) it replaced.  Instead of tearing the old bridge down when the new one was built the community had it designated as a Memorial Bridge dedicated to Jewel J. Revis.  For those of you who like detailed pictures of old bridges, and those who want the GPS coordinates to the start of this ride, click HERE .

Right off the bat the road seemed to drop out from under me as I took the right-hand split.  Usually a turn or “Y” is somewhat on the same plane as the road it’s leaving, but not this one.  If you were to want to make this turn coming from the other direction on Barker’s Creek Road you would have to make a hair-pin turn and point your nose down at the same time.  After about 100 feet the road levels out, well… level compared to its start.

Thomas Valley Road is pretty typical of other country roads found in the mountains.  You’ll pass a wide variety of houses, some seem to be “homesteader cabins” from a previous era, others much more modern.  One of the first houses I passed on the right was this quaint little one set far back from the road, complete with its little guard dog who seemed more curious about my passing quietly by than guarding the house.  😉

Somewhere around the 2 mile mark I came across this totem-pole.  I’m used to seeing these on and around the Cherokee Indian Reservation, but not on the back roads.

Like all mountain roads this one has it’s twists, turns, hills, and straight-aways.  Of course not all mountain roads have railroads that meander in and out along their path.  For me that’s an added treat.  I’ve always been thrilled by railroad tracks.  Perhaps it’s the old lore of hobos camping out along the tracks, hopping a freight train to who-knows-where, or maybe the nostalgia of when I used to ride the rails on various trips around the country.  Regardless, they call to me much like motorcycles do.  I suppose it’s really the sense of freedom both offer to those who give in to their siren call. 

The ride also took me past old barns and fields where the smell of fresh-cut hay filled the air, and enormous hay rolls dotted the landscape.

Some enterprising person placed their bee hives between the road and the truck farm.  I’m not sure what the bees think about the colors, but to me they sure do resemble Art Deco.  Is that drawers they used?  Lol

I also came across a set of interesting signs.  I won’t say what ran through my mind when I first saw them, but it did make me wonder.

Speaking of making me wonder… this was not far down the road from these two signs.  Now, I’ve heard of rain dances to bring the rain (no, I’m not trying to be insensitive to our Native American friends), and I’ve heard of people beating on drums and calling out to the clouds, but this is taking things a whole new direction.  What happens if you’re late on a payment?  Does someone start some sort of repossession proceedings??? 😉

Near the tiny old town of Whittier, NC, which was founded in 1881, I came across this old boarding house.  At least I think it was a boarding house.  It’s next to the tracks not far from where the train depot used to be.  I sure wish I could see a picture of it in its “hey-day”.

Here’s another old house near the edge of Whittier.  I’m guessing it either belonged to a very large family or served as a hotel to the lumber jacks during the lumber boom just prior to the Great Depression.  After that time Whittier lost the majority of it’s residents and dropped its Incorporated status.

This is about all that’s left of the Whittier business district.  There’s still quite a few outlying residences, along with a couple of campgrounds, a bed and breakfast, and a nearby golf course.

Here’s a picture of what used to be the town’s lumber yard, general store, and what we would now call a “home improvement center”.  I didn’t get a picture of the building that would have served as the general store.  😦  I wonder… is this the same Revis the memorial bridge at the start of this ride is named after?

I guess there’s a bit more than initially meets the eye here.  The school the road sign in the picture is named after is now closed and used for other purposes.

Apparently this little town has done fairly well to have 2 cemeteries.

You know, every where you go you find bikers!  What’s up with that?  🙂

Whittier was my turn-around point.  The trip back felt just as scenic as the ride in.  Guess it was the change of direction making everything appear a little different.  I even noticed this magnificent tree I didn’t see before.  I bet if it could talk it would have some very interesting history to relate.

Even though it’s old, probably circa 1900 – 1910, wouldn’t this be a great little house and acreage to get away to for a weekend now and then?

I swear I didn’t notice a curve like this during the 1st half of my trip.  Perhaps I was simply so excited to be riding again it didn’t register with me as being this sharp!

That’s all I have for you about this trip.  Perhaps now that you’ve read about it, and have seen a few of the sights, you’ll want to check this route out in person.

Starting Point = 35.384869,-83.290937 Round-Trip Length = 16 miles.  Riding Time = Approximately 45 minutes if you don’t zoom through but take time instead “to smell the roses”.  Oh… the general store in Whittier serves some great ice cream!  😀

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Click HERE For Full Size Photos, And Other Photos Of This Ride Not Posted

Happy (and safe) Biking!

Road Ready

Road-Ready

After months of repairing mouse-chew damage, electrical malfunctions, and rust-frozen mechanisms my bike is finally road-ready!  Yes, I know, some of you are thinking, “It’s about time!”.  LOL  I finished up all of the repairs that were needed to be able to put it on the road, did a quick cleaning, and loaded it on a trailer to take to a local motorcycle repair shop for a safety check.

Before you ask… I didn’t ride it there because one of the repairs involved the brakes.  I trust my repair abilities, and a cursory check of the brakes showed they were working fine, however it’s been years since I’ve rebuilt a brake system from the reservoir down, and most of my riding for the next couple of months will be in the mountains.  There’s a time and place to be brave, macho, and self-assured, but mountains are not the place you want to hope there isn’t some little thing wrong that a second set of eyes may catch.  A second opinion could keep that little thing from becoming a major thing while headed down a steep grade or around a sharp curve with a 500 or more foot drop only a few inches away from you.  There’s not a whole lot of time to come up with an exit-strategy in situations like those.

When I got to the shop the owner helped me unload my bike, then we discussed what I wanted them to check.  When I finished, he explained what else he would want to address.  I was glad to see he took an interest in my bike, and not treat me/it like it was just another job.  I had talked with him many times before about parts and repairs and felt comfortable leaving this job in his hands.

I headed home with an empty trailer as well as an empty feeling.  I was leaving my baby “alone” under the care of somebody else.  Later that evening when I looked out on the spot my bike normally occupies I felt sort of like a parent whose child was away for their first sleepover.  The shop called about mid-day the following day to let me know they had finished and I could pick up my bike.  When I got there my bike was sitting outside waiting for me.  If bikes could give you the look of “you left me with a stranger”, I would have sworn she did, but I know it was my own mind regretting having to temporarily part with her.

The report was great.  Everything is in good working order with the exception of the throttle.  It works okay, and is not a safety hazard, but it’s not springing back quite as fast as it should.  A new cable will correct that, but it’ll have to wait until I can save up a few extra bucks.  This winter sounds like a good time to do that.  😉 The owner even told me he wouldn’t hesitate to hop on the bike and head off for California.  Not bad for a bike that’s 27 years old!

Unless I’m doing a ride report I’m not typically one to recommend a person or service, but I’m going to do so in this case.  As I said before I’ve had many discussions with the shop owner about parts and repairs.  As picky as I am about my bike(s) I’m not one bit uneasy about recommending this shop, so if you’re ever in the Eastern TN or Western NC area and need to have something done to your bike check with the folks at Precision Cycle Motorsports on US-23/74 in Sylva, NC.  Of course you can always check them out HERE as well.  I guarantee you will be glad you did.

Happy (and safe) Biking!

Upcoming Events – May 2012

Here are the events I’m aware of for May 2012.  If you know of any others please send me the details, including a valid website link, so I can add them.  If you’re looking for an event to attend but not finding quite what you’re looking for check back here periodically.  I add new events as soon as I’m informed about them.

Notice – For Some Reason Several Events Have Been Canceled This Month. Please Check Websites For Information BEFORE Planning To Attend A Listed Event.

May 2012 Events

1st – 31st, Tues-Thurs – Dalton, GA – Womens Rider Contest (Total Miles Ridden Contest) – http://www.mountaincreekharley.com/eventslist.htm

1st – 31st, Tue-Thurs – Chattanooga, TN – Womens Rider Contest (Total Miles Ridden Contest) – http://www.thundercreekharley.com/eventslist.htm

2nd – 6th, Wed-Sun – Panama City Beach, FL – 14th Annual Thunder Beach Spring Rally – http://www.thunderbeachproductions.com/

3rd – 6th, Thurs – Sun – Briceville, TN – Devils Triangle Bike Rally – http://greywolfcampground.net/rally.html

3rd – 5th, Thurs – Sat – Fort Worth, TX – Texas State H.O.G.G. Rally – http://www.txstatehogrally.com/

4th & 5th, Fri & Sat – Ladson, SC – American Biker Spring Rally – http://www.americanbiker.biz/

4th – 6th, Fri-Sun – Luckenbach, TX – Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally – http://www.hillcountryrun.com/

4th – 6th, Fri-Sun – New Braunfels, TX – Texas Rally On The River – * CANCELED * Will Return In 2013http://www.txrallyontheriver.com/events.php

4th – 6th, Fri-Sun – Eight Mile, AL – Bike-O-Rama 16 – http://www.bmcivicclub.com/BIKE-O-RAMA.html

4th – 6th, Fri-Sun – Maggie Valley, NC – Thunder In The Smokies Spring Rally – http://www.handlebarcorral.com/Upcoming%20Events.htm

4th – 6th, Fri-Sun – Pulaski, TN – Twisted Spoke Spring Biker Rally (Rain or Shine) – http://www.twistedspokerally.com/

4th – 6th, Fri-Sun – Arcadia, LA – Annual Spring Blowout – http://www.confederatesmc.net/page3.html

4th – 6th, Fri-Sun – Elgin, SC – Days Of Thunder – http://www.thundertowerharley.com/default.asp?page=EventCalendar

5th, Sat – Appomttox, VA – COPS Poker Run – http://www.appomattoxchamber.org/Events?eventId=449528&EventViewMode=EventDetails

5th, Sat – Chattanooga, TN – Cinco de Mayo Bash – http://www.thundercreekharley.com/

5th, Sat – Tifton, GA – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – http://www.tiftonharley.com/

5th, Sat – Dalton, GA – Cinco de Mayo Party – * CANCELED * http://www.mountaincreekharley.com/eventslist.htm

5th, Sat – Warner Robins, GA – Ronald Palooza (Benefit For The Ronald McDonald House) – http://www.ronaldpalooza.com/

5th, Sat – Millen, GA – 3rd Annual Kacey Lane Memorial Poker Run – http://www.southernthundercruisers.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/may19kaceylanememorial.pdf

5th, Sat – Las Vegas, NV – FIM World Championship Supercross – http://www.supercrossonline.com/Events/2012/05/05/Las_Vegas,_NV/

5th & 6th, Sat & Sun – Rockingham, NC – AHDRA Carolina Spring Nitro Nationals – http://www.ahdra.com/schedrockspring2012.html

5th, Sat – Jacksonville, NC – 2nd Annual Poker Run (Benefiting the Armed Services YMCA) – http://www.lejeuneasymca.org/

6th, Sun – Fort Wayne, IN – Fort Wayne Cycle Show – http://paragonspromotion.com/

6th, Sun – Apex, NC – Triangle Area Ride For Kids – http://www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids/events/2012/triangle-area.html

6th, Sun – Torrance, CA – Los Angeles Ride For Kids – New Route! – http://www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids/events/2012/los-angeles.html

6th, Sun – Villa Park, IL – Ride Janie Ride Benefit Ride – http://www.ridejanieride.org/

10th – 13th, Thurs-Sun – Fletcher, NC – Asheville Bike Fest and Blue Ridge Run – http://www.ashevillebikefest.com/

10th – 13th, Thurs-Sun – Newport, TN – Rally At The Strip II (New Venue Location) – http://www.rallyatthestrip.com/

11th – 20th, Fri-Sun – Myrtle Beach, SC – Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally – http://www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com/

12th, Sat – Melissa, TX – Drive For Kids Fun Run (Supplies Children’s School Supplies and Basic Needs Assistance) – http://driveforkidsrun.weebly.com/

12th, Sat – Plainfield, IN – The Angel Ride – Proceeds Educate Teachers/Students About Bullying – (Please Also Check Out Their Home Page) – http://www.angelsanddoves.com/fundraisers.html

12th, Sat – Rose City, OR – Rose City Oregon 500 – A 500 Mile Tour Rally (Not A Race) – http://www.rose-city-mc.org/RCFrameset.html

17th – 19th, Thurs-Sat – Pelham, AL – Alabama State H.O.G. Rally – http://www.alstatehogrally.com/

17th – 20th, Thurs_Sun – Mount Enterprise, TX – Rally In The Crater – http://www.rallys-r-us.com/

17th – 20th, Thurs-Sun – Ruidoso, NM – AspenCash Motorcycle Rally – http://www.motorcyclerally.com/

18th – 20th, Fri-Sun – Grady, AL – Shine In Lapine Spring Rally – http://www.shineinlapine.com/

18th – 20th, Fri-Sun – Baja, CA – Run For The Border III (Advance Reservations Required) – http://www.runfortheborder.net/

18th – 20th, West Dover, VT – MFD Motorcycle Weekend (Benefits Breast And Ovarian Cancer Research) – http://www.mothers-for-daughters.com/

19th, Sat – Paradise, CA – Chocolate Thunder Motorcycle Run – http://www.chocolatefest.us/

19th, Sat – Marquette, KS – Thunder On The Smoky – http://www.kansasmotorcyclemuseum.com/schedule.html

19th, Sat – Saratoga Springs, NY – Ride 4 Autism – * NOTE – Other publications show an Incorrect CITY.  This Is The Correct City For This Event *http://ride4autism.weebly.com/

19th, Sat – Augusta, ME – National Armed Forces Freedom Ride – http://www.nationalfreedomride-maine.webs.com/

19th, Sat – Hallsville, TX – HT Power Show – http://www.powershows.org/

19th, Sat – Chesapeake, VA – Shelter From The Storm Ride And Cookout – http://www.ambassadorsecmm.org/Events.html

19th, Sat – Augusta, GA – Operation Sandbox Ride For The Troops – http://www.operationsandboxga.com/

19th, Sat – Warner Robins, GA – Rev-Up For Little Ones Charity Mototcycle Ride – http://www.flintenergies.com/Files/RevUp2012.pdf

19th & 20th, Sat & Sun – Atco, NJ – AHDRA Northeast Nitro Nationals – http://www.ahdra.com/schednj2012.html

20th, Sun – Clearwater, FL – Bikeers N Boobs Poker Run – https://bikersraisingawareness.org/Bikers_n_Boobs_Poker_Run.php

20th, Sun – Alexandria, LA – Louisiana Ride For Kids – http://www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids/events/2012/louisiana.html

20th, Sun – Independence, MO – KC Motorcycle Swap Meet – http://www.jwswapmeet.com/kc.html

20th, Sun – Franklin, TN – Middle Tennessee Ride For Kids – http://www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids/events/2012/middle-tennessee.html

20th, Sun – Woodstock, IL – Little Angels Pledge Run – http://www.lapledgerun.com/

20th, Sun – Reno, NV – Ride For The TaTas Motorcycle Poker Run – http://rideforthetatas.org/

23rd – 28th, Wed-Mon – Red River, NM – Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally – http://www.redriver.org/events/view/81

24th – 26th, Thurs-Sat – Texarkana, TX – Talimena Run Rally – http://thunderroadstexas.com/Images2012/Feb12/Flyers/2012TalimenaRun-May24-26.pdf

25th – 27th, Wed-Sun – Beatrice, NE – Nebraska State H.O.G. Rally – * NOTE – Other publications show incorrect date(s) for this rally.  These Are The Correct Dates *http://www.nestatehogrally.com/

25th – 27th, Wed-Sun – Winnemucca, NV – Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle Rally – http://www.runamucca.com/

25th – 27th, Wed-Sun – Maggie Valley, NC – Maggie Valley Spring Bike Fest – http://www.maggievalleyswapmeet.com/bikeshow/

25th – 28th, Fri-Mon – Buckhorn, MO – Mid-America Freedom Rally – http://www.midamericafreedomrally.com/

25th – 28th, Fri-Mon – Gulfport, MS – Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout (Benefits Multiple Sclerosis) – http://www.gulfportmemorialdayblowout.com/main.htm

25th – 28th, Fri-Mon – Sandy Hook, MS – Memorial Day Biker Party – http://www.memorialdaybikerparty.com/

25th – 29th, Fri-Tue – Myrtle Beach, SC – Atlantic Beach Bikefest – http://www.blackbikeweek.us/

26th, Sat – Burnsville, NC – Ride For A Vet – http://www.rideforavet.com/

26th, Sat – Lindon, UT – Fallen Pariot Ride – http://templarknightsmc.com/fpr/

27th, Sun – Jefferson, VT – Vermont Thunder – http://www.vt-thunder.org/

27th – 3rd (JUN), Sun-Sun – Hot Springs, AR – Mid America Bike Week – http://www.mid-americabikeweek.org/Home.html

29th – 2nd (JUN), Wed-Sat – Cookeville, TN – Tennessee State H.O.G. Rally – * NOTE – Other publications show incorrect date(s) for this rally.  These Are The Correct Dates * http://www.tnstatehogrally.com/

31st – 3rd (JUN), Thurs-Sun – Branson, MO – Branson Motorcycle Rally – http://www.bransonmotorcyclerally.com/

31st – 3rd(JUN), Thurs-Sun – Cleveland, AL – Rally By The River – http://www.rallybyriver.com/

31st – 3rd (JUN), Thurs-Sun – Helen, GA – 12th Annual USRider News Reunion Run – http://usridernews-reunion-run12.ettend.com/

31st – 2nd (JUN), Thurs-Sat – Junction City, KS – Kansas State H.O.G. Rally – http://www.ksstatehogrally.com/