The Good Fight in WNC, Pickens, Cowpens, and Rock Hill
Photos and article by FastFred Ruddock
What a long strange trip its been... This
trip began in Charleston but the first stop was in Bryson
City North Carolina. The weather gods were very kind to
provide spring like weather for the ride to court in the
mountains. Exercising my sense of humor and in an effort
to make a point it is about choice: I wore my full-face
DOT helmet all the way through South Carolina. However when
I reached Saluda North Carolina just over the border I removed
the full face helmet and replaced it with my more comfortable
North Carolina "safety helmet" like the one in
I spent the night at Sleep Inn in Bryson City.
I thank Rick Nelson for covering most of my lodging expenses.
I just wish my day in court had been as smooth as his in
Georgia. I overlooked several technicalities which could
have gotten my ticket tossed out of court in a quest to
make a constitutional challenge. We were at court all day
long. I'll save the other details of the trial for another
article. After court the rain came and we rode to Asheville
where I intended to buy a few beers for my friends but FU
had other ideas and paid the tab when no one was paying
attention. Roger came to visit and we gave him a copy of
the brief used in court.
Screwy, Jic Jac, and the bikers of High Country
held a productive and interesting meeting. I was greatly
impressed and enjoyed my time with these fine folks. Next
trip I hope to have more time to enjoy an after meeting
ride with local members. This ride took a lot out of me
as the miles racked up and the weather was extreme at times.