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

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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

 

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

Upcoming Events – November 2012

Here are the events I’m aware of for November 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.

November 2012 Events

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

1st – 4th, Thur-Sun – Grady, AL – Shine In LaPine Motorcycle Rally – * Must Be Over 21 To Enter *http://www.shineinlapine.com/

1st – 4th, Thur-Sun – Galveston, TX – Lone Star Rally – http://www.lonestarrally.com/index.html

1st – 4th, Thur-Sun – Newport, TN – Rally At The Strip II – * Must Be Over 21 To Enter *http://www.rallyatthestrip.com/

3rd, Sat – Peoria, AZ – B.A.D. Ride VIII Arizona – Escorted Ride Benefits The Fight Against Diabetes – http://www.ripsbadride.com

4th, Sun – Webster, FL – Webster Motorcycle & Auto Swap Meet – http://www.cyclemeet.com/

4th, Sun – Lithia, FL – Tampa Bay Area Ride For Kids – Supports The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – http://www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids/events/2012/tampa-bay-area.html

4th, Sun – Wagoner, OK – Wagoner 7th Annual Toy Run – http://eventful.com/wagoner/events/wagoner-7th-annual-toy-run-/E0-001-043624956-2

4th, Sun – Sheperdsville, KY – Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet & Show – http://www.walneckswap.com/event_list_detail.asp?ecode=532831&smonth=11&syear=2012&emonth=11&eyear=2012&location=0&Submit=Search&inputpage=1

4th, Sun – Leesport, PA – Eastern PA Toy Run – Fully Escorted Run Benefits Toys For Totshttp://easternpatoyrun.com/

8th – 11th, Thur-Sun – Camp Wood, TX – Three Sisters Veteran’s Rally – A Portion Of The Proceeds Benefit Heroes Night OutVeterans Resource Center – http://www.threesistersrally.net/

10th, Sat – Walhalla, SC – Rough Riders MC 7th Anniversary Party – Patriot Chapter – Hosting 19th Annual Marshall Rogers/ ABATE Can Food Drive – http://www.rough-riders-mc.com/rrmc/November102012Patriot7thAnniversaryParty/tabid/76/Default.aspx

11th, Sun – Long Beach, CA – So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet – http://www.socalcycleswapmeet.com/

11th, Sun – Lancaster, CA – 16th Annual Toy Poker Run – Benefits Toys For Tots – http://eventful.com/lancaster_ca/events/happenin-hq-16th-annual-toy-run-/E0-001-049038413-1Br

11th, Sun – Lancaster, CA – Happenin’ HQ Toy Run – Benefits Hospitalized Children In The Antelope Valley – http://www.alleygl.org/

29th, Thur – Rockwell, NC – Sonic Cruise In – http://www.motorcyclemonster.com/events/sonic-cruise-in-2012-11-29-Rockwell-NC.html

30th, Fri – Chandler, AZ – Downtown Chandler Bike Night – Appreciation Event For Public Safety And Military Personnel – http://www.motorcyclemonster.com/events/downtown-chandler-bike-night-2012-11-30-Chandler-AZ.html

The Mystery Ride – Aka – Cleveland Ride

Well, I finally had time to take the “mystery ride”.  Today’s destination was Cleveland!  No, not the one in Ohio, the one in Georgia.  The thing is, Cleveland was actually the secondary destination.  The primary destination will be revealed below.  😉

All in all the ride was a good one, yet in a small (very small) way disappointing.  I left home early, in the fog… again.  Not really a big deal as that happens a lot here in the mountains.  I just make sure all of my lights are working properly, as I do before starting all rides, and put on my lime green safety vest with wide silver reflective strips.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to invest in a jacket that does the same thing.  😉  All of the weather services, i.e. the local news, Intellicast, the National Weather Service, AND The Weather Channel told me the night before that “tomorrow” would be the best day of the week with sunny skies and absolutely no chance of rain.  It’s hard to pass up a forecast like that when you’re looking for an excuse to ride!

My first waypoint was a tiny “mom and pop” restaurant called the Hollywood Diner.  I’ve seen this restaurant dozens of times before but never had time to stop.  About 15 minutes before I reached this waypoint the fog began breaking off and tiny patches of blue showed through.

Photo From “Hollywood Ride” Post – 14SEP2012

Finally, a gorgeous day with plenty of wonderful views ahead!  Not.  By the time I got to the restaurant parking lot the fog was almost completely gone, and the sky above me was a deep blue, but virtually all of the sky surrounding that patch of blue was covered with dark clouds and thunder heads.  😦  I wasn’t about to cancel the balance of my ride so I just made sure my rain suit was handy, then went inside to have breakfast.

The interior was nothing like what I expected to see, and I’ve been in dozens of small town and/or mom and pop restaurants during my travels to well over two-thirds of the United States.  There is nothing bland about the rustic interior here!  Large inverted water buckets bearing Coca-Cola advertising, converted into light fixtures, were suspended from the ceiling over the counter.  Behind the counter is a glass window with a view into the kitchen so customers could watch their meal being prepared should they wish to do so.  How many restaurants do you know about that actually invite you to watch them prepare the meals?

All of the walls are covered with memorabilia, photos, signs, reproduction serving trays, etc.  The wall to the left of the counter even had the famous classic “Hollywood Diner” retro picture that featured Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean prominently displayed among other pictures of these same people, a classic Route 66 advertisement, and my favorite, an Indian Motorcycle picture.  I don’t know if they planned it that way, but I liked the way they took pictures of the people featured in the primary focal point (the retro picture) and placed them around it.  Good Job!  🙂

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, and conversation with a couple of their patrons I had never met before, I paid the tab and returned to my bike.  By now most of the threatening clouds had moved away leaving a partly cloudy sky that would oscillate between almost completely clear to completely overcast during the balance of my trip.  Just before I fired the bike up my waitress came outside and pointed at the bear on the back of my bike.  “I saw that bear from the window and just had to ask… what’s its name?”  Grinning, I responded, “Smoky”.  “That’s a great name for your bear” she said as she turned to go inside, calling back over her shoulder, “Have a great ride!”

A couple of miles down the road I came to a historic marker which gave information about a nearby tiny dirt road that crossed the portion of “old” Historic US-441 that I was now traveling.

Unless one takes time to travel the back roads that crisscross this great nation a lot of history is lost in favor of the high-speed super highways that, in my opinion, quickly become boring routes filled with billboards, concrete walls, and impatient, often irritated, drivers.  These smaller, lesser traveled routes have long been a favorite of mine, and probably will remain so.

After enjoying a few more curves and hills I came to the town of Clarkesville, GA.  It’s a relatively small town to be the county seat, but it’s not tiny like many of the neighboring towns… “burghs” as we used to call them.

Clarkesville is actually an “up and coming” town.  Not only does it have a memorial near the gazebo pictured above to give tribute to those in the area who sacrificed their lives in wars from World War I thru Vietnam, they also have a fair collection of shops and restaurants.

None of the surrounding towns have a tavern…

And another Oyster Bar/Tropical Themed Grille can’t be found for 60 or more miles in any direction.

The owners even want you to be able to find them again.  If you’ll look closely at the Grille sign you’ll see the GPS coordinates.  LOL  There’s even one little shop (now closed and up for sale) that really brings back memories of the 60’s, and a song about a place bearing the same name.

Fifteen miles further down the road is the town of Cleveland, GA, and as you know this trips secondary destination.  Cleveland is also a county seat (for White County), but significantly larger that Clarkesville, at least in area.  Since it was founded circa 1859 it’s had plenty of time to grow.  😉

The courthouse is quite interesting.  Not only does the exterior reflect the architectural style of its era, the inside has been restored and displays many items of interest, especially if you like antiques.

There are also displays of military equipment, uniforms, and materials spanning from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan.  Where else can you find an original Porta-Potty???

In most of the older courthouses the courtroom(s) is on the ground floor with offices on the 2nd, or higher, floor.  Here the courtroom is upstairs and takes up the entire floor except for 2 offices at the back of the courtroom, one of which is the Sheriff’s office.  Makes sense to me!  I was a little perplexed to have not found some sort of small holding cell attached to, or even near, the Sheriff’s office.  The view from the courtroom must have been magnificent in its day.  Today’s view is nice, but without all the “growth” one can imagine a much prettier view.

After touring the courthouse I headed for the primary destination which was…  The Babyland General Hospital!!  If you have young children, or grandchildren, you probably know this is the home of the Cabbage Patch Kids.

I knew that Cabbage Patch Kids were B-I-G but I wasn’t expecting what I found here.  I assumed this outlet was going to be some store in a strip mall or maybe in some now defunct grocery store.  Instead I found what for all intents and purposes was a huge Southern Mansion.

The front walk is bordered by concrete castings of various Cabbage Patch Kids –

While the interior is, of course, designed for children of all ages, even down to the couches and chairs.

There’s a room set aside for the premature kids, complete with incubators –

A delivery room nursery –

And for the older “kids” there’s even a school bus.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating, and even as an adult I found the “hospital” interesting.  If you’re trying to think of some place to go where the kids can have something interesting to see and do this winter I would suggest that you consider this as a destination.

When I finished my tour I headed off to White County Park to have lunch.  I saw this on Google Maps when I got directions to the Babyland General Hospital.  The park is fairly large, but doesn’t really cater to people who want an occasional picnic.  There are picnic areas, but all of the ones I found were in large shelters with several other tables.  From all appearances this is more of a sports oriented park.  There’s a gym for basketball and other indoor activities, a baseball field, and I think a soccer field.  Since I couldn’t have my lunch out in a field or by a pond or stream I continued on toward my next destination, Helen, GA.

Before reaching Helen I came across the Nacoochee Mound on GA-17 just a couple of hundred feet from where it splits off of GA-75.  This is an Indian burial ground thought to be the resting place of two young lovers from warring Cherokee and Chickasaw tribes, as well as the burial site of at least 75 others from several different time periods.

As the plaque indicates, this site was visited by DeSoto in 1540, however it dates much further back than that.  Tests on items unearthed there indicate it was built circa 10,000 B.C .

From the mound I rode on to Helen, GA, a German/Bavarian themed community, where I had lunch.  I plan to re-visit Helen so I didn’t take any photos this time.  If things go as planned this will be a “destination” city, and photos will be posted about that another time.

After lunch I resumed my trip toward home, crossing over Unicoi Gap on GA-75 about 9 miles North of the center of Helen.

Unicoi Gap is not only one of Georgia’s higher points, it also serves as a road crossing for the Appalachian Trail, a foot path that extends approximately 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine.

This was the last stop for this trip, other than for fuel.  I already know where the next trip will be.  I’m sure you’ll find it interesting, and if the Fall leaf colors cooperate it will be a beautiful ride as well.

One Thousand Mile Mark

The distance described in this post occurred on Monday, 25SEP2012

I made it!  🙂  Finally reached the One Thousand Miles Ridden mark with my “rebuilt” Goldwing. I took the following pic once I noticed I was nearing the mark because I wasn’t sure where the next safe spot to stop would be.

It’s a good thing I did because I thought the tripometer would record higher trip mileage since this bike is considered a “cruiser” or touring bike.  Oh well.  The odometer tells the story anyway.  There’s a “gadget” on the trip computer that allows one to either track riding mileage by counting up, or counting down.  Perhaps I should figure out how to use it, then use that to track waypoints… at least until I take a full-fledged trip!  😉  The pic below was taken at the first safe spot to pull over after the tripometer rolled over.

This is the view I had at that point.

I hope to be posting a ride report about this particular ride soon.  Once I do I’ll put a clickable link on this post.

Happy (and safe) Riding!

A New Riding Partner

I recently found a new riding partner who will be accompanying me on most, if not all, future rides.  🙂  She’s pretty much all a biker can ask for as a passenger… doesn’t complain about the weather, no “you’re going too fast”, or “can’t this thing go any faster?” comments.  Actually, she’s pretty much submissive all the way around.  Willing to go where I want, when I want, and lets me call her whatever suits me at the time.  Never talks back or gets “sassy”.  Could care less if I make a million coffee stops, or have a cold one after a ride. (Never During A Ride!)  Starting out before dawn doesn’t phase her, nor does getting back in as the stars begin their nightly vigil.

She’s not bad-looking either!  For example, on today’s ride, which I’ll post a ride report about in a few days then link to it here, we got all kinds of attention when I stopped to refuel and to eat.  I guess with me being somewhat of an older rider (in comparison) and her being relatively young, sort of short with nice shiny black hair, beautiful brown eyes, a well tanned complexion, and weight very much in proportion to her height people just naturally want to stare.  Go figure.  There were even a few people who waved as we rode by, and a man almost ran off the road looking at us as he passed.  I’m not naive… it’s not me or this great looking bike they’re gawking at.

I’ve pasted a photo of her below, but if you want to see this gorgeous girl in all her natural wonder I’m going to make you work for it.  I strongly suggest you make sure any children can’t see this screen until you’ve made sure it’s appropriate for their age and maturity level.  Just to be sure – you’re going to have to scroll down a little so there’s no “accidental” viewings.

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“Smoky”

Happy (and safe) Biking!