When I Ride I Decide in NC
Photos and Article by FastFred, July 14-16, 2006
Bad Bob and Gwen joined me for this free spirited
ride in North Carolina. We toured the Asheville area and
found some time to see some sights and enjoy a some adventure.
On this trip no one ever wore a helmet; this seemed to really
frustrate one confused North Carolina Biker. I reckon he
figured no one would ride into Lake Lure knowingly without
a helmet. We waved and smiled which only seemed to cause
more bewilderment. You can see the head gear of choice in
the photos below. Other than freaking out one rider on the
way to Lake Lure and Margaritagille
the ride was non eventful.
The ride to Asheville via 74-A through many
small town was more interesting. We missed the highway 25
exit 5A so we took another and rode trough the Grove and
Patton Street area to reach Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria.
Along the way we got stuck in a small traffic jam right
next to an Asheville Police car on Patton Street a block
before highway 25. We waited several lights while inching
towards the intersection side by side with the cop car.
Upon reaching the intersection we turned left while the
officer turned right. It was rather funny as Gwen was adjusting
her hair and bandana all the while the cop was watching
No trip to Asheville seems quite complete
without a trip to the Mellow
Mushroom. I enjoyed a local brew and a couple of slices
of Bob's pizza; thanks Bob. We rode back to Saluda with
no helmets and no hassles through downtown Asheville and
the interstate. While hat riding was fun so was visiting
the countryside and remote but beautiful sights like Big
Bradley Falls and Fishtop.
I took an excursion into North Carolina again
prior to arriving at our Rock
Hill chapter meeting taking I-85 and NC-161. Still no
ticket but I at least I'm enjoying the ride.
If you would like to join in the fun on a
future lidless motorcycle trip in Western North Carolina
let me know.
Crushed remains of a steel bridge
Bad Bob and Gwen in Lake Lure
Mellow Mushroom in Asheville
FastFred riding in Asheville, NC
Crow Bar in Rock Hill
Some core members of ABATE
|Big Bradley Waterfall on July 15, 2006
This day began with a motorcycle ride to reach the trail head to Big Bradley Falls; we decided to not wear helmets. The hike to the Big Bradley Waterfall is a little over a mile through a beautiful forest and across Cove Creek near Saluda, North Carolina. Our first stop was the overlook near the falls in the ... Full Story and Photos
ABATE of SC Rock Hill Chapter Meeting
I enjoyed my visit to the Rock Hill chapter meeting. The attendance was small but a lot of quality material was provided to those in attendance. The Crow Bar provided chicken and fixin's to everyone present. This meeting was part of a 300 mile ride on Sunday. If you would like the State Coordinator to visit your next chapter ... Full Story and Photos