Upcoming Events – October 2016

Here are the events I’m aware of for October 2016, primarily occurring in the slightly modified South (basically on/below a line from Kansas to Maryland) since that’s where most of our current readers are located.  I have gone through each of these listings and when possible posted only the actual page the info is on, bypassing any “intro” pages that take up your time and/or only advertise a dealer or sponsor.  Please follow links provided with each entry to determine admission fee (if any), pre-registration information, and any other pertinent information.

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 a substantial information page or flyer, will not be added.  I also do not list “events” that are basically only advertising items for sale at motorcycle 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.

October 2016 Events

1st, Sat – Austin, TX – 2nd Annual Remember My Name Ride – Support for victims of domestic violence. – http://www.radv.org/remember-my-name-ride.html

1st, Sat – Panama City Beach, FL – 11th Annual Tickled Pink Poker Run – Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run – http://thunderangelspcfl.com/tickled-pink-2015.html

1st, Sat – Plant City, FL – 14th Annual Bike Fest – Bike Show with 8 different categories, Competition Games, Crafts, Vendors – http://www.plantcity.org/events/details/plant-city-bike-fest-14th-anniversary-show-10-01-2016-2048

5th – 9th, Wed-Sun – Harbinger, NC – 9th Annual Outer Banks Bike Fest – Five days of Runs, Music, Competitions, Poker Runs, and Beach Fun – http://www.outerbankshd.com/know-our–bike-fest

6th – 8th, Thur-Sat – New Port Richey, FL – Cotee River Bike Fest – Bike Show, Stunt Show, Bikini Contest – http://www.coteeriverbikefest.org/

6th – 9th, Thur-Sun – Harrison, AR – Ride The Ozarks Rally – Bike Show, Guided Rides, Musical Entertainment – http://www.harrisonarkansas.org/calendar_view_custom.php?id=1265

7th – 9th, Fri-Sun – Corpus Christi, TX – Corpus Christi Bike Fest – Rides, Concerts, HD Low Rider S Giveaway – http://www.ccbikefest.com/

7th, Fri – St.Augustine, FL – 8th Annual Think Pink Motorcycle Ride – Benefits Cancer Patients in St.Augustine.  Police Escorted Ride – http://www.thinkpinkinoctober.com/

8th, Sat – Bandera, TX – 6th Annual Texas Hill Country Ride – Benefits Widows and Children Of Fallen SEAL/SWCC Warriors.  Live Auction, 50/50 Raffle, Hill Country Ride – http://texasfrogsforfreedom.com/index.html

8th, Sat – Kingwood, TX – Home Of Hope Ride – Benefits The Home Of Hope, A Home For Girls Rescued From Human Trafficking – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-of-hope-ride-tickets-27594907110

8th, Sat – La Porte, TX Annual “Road To Recovery” Motorcycle Rally – Benefits the Wheelhouse, a bare-bones living environment that offers help to men with drug or alcohol addictions. – http://www.thewheelhouseinc.com/2015/10/2016-annual-motorcycle-road-to-recovery-rally/

8th, Sat – Greenville, SC – 10th Annual Ride For The Ribbon – Benefits Breast Cancer Screening, Early Detection Programs & Assists Breast Cancer Patients During Treatment – http://ridefortheribbonnc.com/

8th, Sat – Orlando, FL – Thunder In The Hills Motorcycle Ride – Benefits the Wayne Densch YMCA’s annual scholarship campaign. – http://www.rideforthey.com/

9th, Sun – Amarillo, TX – 5th Annual Pink Bike Fest, Show, And Run – Benefits Breast Cancer Awareness And Research – https://www.facebook.com/116868338333773/photos/gm.1767757820147474/1189188904435039/?type=3&theater

9th, Sun – Fort Worth, TX – Dallas-Fort Worth Ride For Kids – Benefits The Ride For Kids Program, a part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2647&pg=entry

9th, Sun – Knoxville, TN – East Tennessee Ride For Kids – Benefits The Ride For Kids Program, a part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2633&pg=entry

13th – 16th, Thur-Sun – Daytona Beach, FL – 24th Annual Biketoberfest – Everything you would want in a motorcycle rally and more! – http://www.daytonabeach.com/biketoberfest/

16th, Sun – Adkins, TX – San Antonio Ride For Kids – Benefits The Ride For Kids Program, a part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Escorted ride, rain or shine. – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2649&pg=entry

19th – 23rd, Wed-Sun – Panama City Beach, FL – Thunder Beach Fall Rally – 16th Annual Fall Rally – http://thunderbeachproductions.com/

22nd, Sat – Longview, TX – Rockers, Riders, And Ribs – Entertainment by the Marshall Tucker Band (and others), Massive Rides, Games, Prizes, and BBQ Cook Off – http://www.rockersridersribs.com/

22nd, Sat – Riverview, FL – Operation Dignity First – Benefits The Athena House (The 1st Housing Program For Homeless Female Veterans) and Veteran, Law Enforcement, and Firefighter Memorials in the Tampa, FL area. Scavenger Hunt Ride, Auctions, Raffles, and BBQ Competition – http://vfw8108.us/

23rd, Sun – Ridgeland, MS – Mississippi Ride For Kids – Benefits The Ride For Kids Program, a part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Escorted ride, rain or shine. – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2648&pg=entry

27th – 30th, Thur-Sun – Forkland, AL – Bama Bike Fest Fall Motorcycle Rally – * Must Be At Least 21 Years Old To Enter *http://www.bamabikefest.com/

28th & 29th, Fri&Sat – Fairhope, AL – Angel Ride – Benefits the Angel Ride Foundation that provides financial assistance to families of children with unforeseen health problems. – http://www.angel-ride.org/Home.aspx

28th & 29th, Fri&Sat – Ferguson, NC – Rider’s Roost Annual Halloween Bash – http://www.ridersroost.com/index2.html

28th – 30th, Fri-Sun – Mountain Home, AR – Twin Lakes Thunder Rally – Benefits Alpha House Men’s Shelter. Beer Garden, Live Music, Biker Games and more. – http://twinlakesthunder.com/

29th, Sat – Belville, NC – Bikes, Boots, And Barbecue – Benefits Step Up For Soldiers.  Motorcycle Ride, Motorcycle Judging, Rat Rod Show, Contests, Live Music, Food and more – http://www.nbchamberofcommerce.com/eventNEW.html?names=Bikes%20Boots%20and%20BBQ%20%E2%80%93%20October

Advertisements

New URL

For those accessing this blog through the URL (.com address) rather than directly through Word Press – Our .com address has changed. You now need to access us by using this link – http://www.dixiesriders.com (that’s with an “s” between Dixie and Riders)

Upcoming Events – September 2016

Here are the events I’m aware of for September 2016, primarily occurring in the slightly modified (basically on/below a line from Kansas to Maryland) South since that’s where most of our current readers are located.  I have gone through each of these listings and when possible posted only the actual page the info is on, bypassing any “intro” pages that take up your time and/or only advertise a dealer or sponsor.  Please follow links provided with each entry to determine admission fee (if any), pre-registration information, and any other pertinent information.

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 a substantial information page or flyer, will not be added.  I also do not list “events” that are basically only advertising items for sale at motorcycle 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.

September 2016 Events

2nd & 3rd, Fri & Sat – Big Flats, NY – 8th Annual Ride For The Red Motorcycle Run – Benefits the Finger Lakes American Red Cross – www.RedCross.org/CorningRideForTheRed

3rd, Sat – Helena, AR – Legendary Blues Festival and Motorcycle Roundup – http://www.force3radio.com/

8th – 11th, Thur-Sun – Northumberland, PA – Rally On The River Fall – ** Must Be 21 Or Older To Enter **http://www.PaRallyOnTheRiver.com/

8th – 26th, Thur-Mon – Starts in Atlantic City, NJ, Ends in Carlsbad, CA (3,304 miles) –  Motorcycle Cannonball Ride – The 8th and 9th are pre-event (registration, instruction, etc.) days. This is a cross-country ride for motorcycles dating prior to, and including, 1916 ** No motorcycle built after 1916 can run for the prize. **http://www.MotorcycleCannonball.com/

9th, Friday – Asheboro, NC –  Motorcycles For Mammograms Ride – Benefits The Randolph Hospital Mammogram Fund. Sheriff’s Department Escorted Ride.  Raffle for 2016 HD XG500 Street – http://www.coxsharley-davidson.com/check-our-events-schedule–xcalendar

9th & 10th, Fri & Sat – Boone, NC – Boone Bike Rally – ** Must Be 18 Or Older To Enter **http://BooneBikeRally.com/

10th, Sat – Bowling Green, KY – Scoot To Boot Alzheimer’s – Benefits The Alzheimer’s Foundation Of America.  Ride is through the South Central Kentucky countryside. – http://christianfamilyradio.com/event/scoot-to-boot-alzheimers-2/?instance_id=1565401

10th, Sat – North Charleston, SC – 13th Annual Pawker Run – Benefits The Francis R. Willis SPCA – http://www.lowcountryharley.com/fckimages/upcomingevents/SPCA%20Pawker%20Run%202016%2011×17%20poster-2.pdf

10th, Sat – Alexandria, LA – Ride To Bear Arms – Ride to show support for the 2nd Amendment and U.S. Constitution. Non-motorcycle vehicles welcome.  Fully Escorted Ride followed by a Meet And Greet lunch. – http://www.renegadehd.com/blog/2016/July/21/ride-to-bear-arms.htm

15th – 18th, Thu-Sun – Miami, FL – Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run – Benefits The Diabetes Research Institute and Key West Sunrise Rotary Club. – http://www.petersonsharley.com/poker-run-harley-davidson-miami-florida–pokerrun

16th & 17th, Fri & Sat – Salisbury, NC – 6th Annual Biker Blues And Barbecue – Benefits Salisbury Veterans Hospice House.  Includes Poker Run, – http://www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com/

16th – 18th, Fri-Sun – Clarksville, TN – 35th Annual Leslie W. Watson Memorial Toy Run and Benefit Party – Benefits Camp Rainbow (free camping experiences to children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases and disorders) and BWC Children’s Charities. – http://www.bikerswhocare.org/event/bwctoyrun16/

17th, Sat – Summerfield, NC – 4th Annual Ride To Remember – Benefits The Western Carolina Alzheimer’s Association.  Sheriff’s Department escorted ride. – http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=9614&pg=entry

18th, Sun – Leeds, AL – Birmingham Ride For Kids – Benefits The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.  Escorted ride rain or shine. – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2640&pg=entry

21st – 24th, Wed-Sat – Fayetteville, AR – 17th Annual Bikes, Blues, And Barbecue – The largest motorcycle rally in the U.S. since the year 2000 benefiting local charities. – https://www.bikesbluesandbbq.org/

22nd – 25th, Thur-Sun – Cookeville, TN – June Bug Boogie Too Fall Rally – Three days of partying on private property.  Free camping.  ** Must Be 21 Or Older To Enter **http://www.junebugboogie.com/

23rd – 25th, Fri-Sun – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Bike Week – The first rally in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. Three bikes (a HD, an Indian, and a Suzuki) to be raffled to assist U.S. military veterans in need. – http://www.neworleansbikeweek.com/

23rd – 25th, Fri-Sun – Raleigh, NC – Capital City Bikefest – Free Concerts, Parades, and Rides – http://www.capitalcitybikefest.com/

24th, Sat – Collierville, TN – Dixie Thunder Run – Soldiers Helping Soldiers – https://www.dixiethunderrun.net/dtr/event/dixie-thunder-run/

24th, Sat – Manchester, NH – Veterans Ride Home – Proceeds Go Toward Preventing Homelessness For Veterans And Others – http://www.thewayhomenh.org/news-events/2016-05-13-02-28-26

24th, Sat – Natchez, MS – 6th Annual Natchez Poker Run – Benefits Adams County Search And Rescue – http://natchezpokerrun.com/

25th, Sun – Burkesville, KY – Steel Horse Stampede – Benefits Cumberland County Rescue Squad and We Care Of Cumberland County. Home cooked meal and auction with door prizes. – http://www.steelhorsestampedeky.com/

30th – Oct 2nd, Fri-Sun – Bristol, VA – Ride The Line Motorcycle Rally – The very first bike gathering of its kind in the area, – http://ridethestateline.com/

30th – Oct 1st, Fri & Sat – South Padre Island, TX – South Padre Island Bike Rally – Texas’ true beach bike rally. – http://www.spibikerally.com/

30th – Oct 2nd, Fri-Sun – Beaumont, TX – Lace, Grace, And Gears Bike Rally – At least 5,000 women will meet for this rally to set a world record for the largest number of women riders in one location. – http://www.lacegracegears.com

 

I’m Back… Again

Greeting fellow bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts!  Well, I’ve said this before and am saying it again… I’m back… this time from a very long hiatus*.  It’s hard to believe that my last post was back in June of 2014.  😦 After a major relationship change, some now resolved health issues, and two (2) residence moves I’m ready to get back into the game.  I’ve missed it.  Really.  I love riding and being out in nature on my bike.  I love the camaraderie* of other bikers whether we’re long-time acquaintances or have just met, whether it was at a gas station or rally.  The place or situation rarely matters.  Bikers are bikers.  We’re family.  Sometimes we’re closer than family.  If you’re a biker you know exactly what I’m talking about.  If you’re not, well, you’ll just have to become one to fully understand.  Don’t expect it to happen overnight.  A biker is more than an occasional rider, one who only gets out if the weather is nice, or they have some time they don’t know what to do with so they go for a ride.  Being a true biker takes time.  It takes the right attitude.  It takes the desire to be ONE with the bike, the road, and of course other bikers.  It’s sort of a “right of passage”.  Once you’re there you’ll know it.

That said, I greatly appreciate your patience and loyalty.  I promise to more punctual with my posts in the future.  To prove I’m serious I’ve posted a list of upcoming events in September (2016), and am in the process of repairing the broken links on the “Monthly Events” page.  While away I changed web hosts so all of the links there, and virtually everywhere else on this blog, went away. I will also be copying all of my ride posts to separate pages (bloggers know what I’m talking about here) so they’ll be easier for you to find and reference.  This all takes considerable time and effort so hang in there and wish me luck, i.e. minimal complications.

Additionally, I will be posting more “how to” articles for Honda GL1200s (Goldwings) as I do maintenance and repairs to my bike.  Unfortunately I was only able to ride a couple of times during my hiatus so there’s a lot of “catch-up” maintenance, and a couple of repairs, I’ll need to do before any long rides like the 3,000 mile multi-state ride I did shortly before beginning my hiatus.  There will definitely be shorter rides to report on in the interim so stick around to see what I’m up to.  😉

I’m looking forward to seeing you on the road.

Bear

As always… Happy (and safe) Biking

*Hiatus – Defined as “a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.”

*CamaraderieDefined as “loyalty and warm, friendly feeling among comrades/friends”

Have You Seen This Bear

Have You Seen This Bear?

100_4409-Reduced

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.  😉