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By Henry "Lester" Donald of TheCarolinaRider.com
This was my second trip to the beach this year, both of which were for the Bike Rallies. I rode down for the Spring Rally as well as the Fall Rally. The weather was absolutely beautiful, low 80’s with lots of bright sunshine. We left in the middle of the day on Thursday so we didn’t see any other bikes until we were on I-95. Then what we saw were bike on trailers and bikes in the back of pickup trucks. Nothing personal guys, but I didn’t see anything on trailers that was nice enough to be on trailers. I’m just saying. If you bought them to ride, ride them. Most of us that ride have a deeper respect for the others that ride. Just so you know, most of us that ride, can tell if the bike is a trailer queen or not.
Anyway, the ride down is uneventful; we take some short cuts to avoid major intersections, and to enjoy some country side views along the way. We rode about 265 miles to Garden City where we were staying. I was riding and staying with Chester and his brother Darrell. BTW, Darrell is a brother from another mother. lol. Chester and I have been working together for nearly 20 years now and that is how I got the nickname of Lester. Together we we’re Chester & Lester.
After we stop in and unload the clothes from our bikes we head down to Murrell’s Inlet to get some supper. As we pass by the SB&B, there are bikes everywhere! We can tell already, it going to be a great weekend. We ride on down and stop at one of the restaurants a little further down. We are surprised, there was a good crowd everywhere we looked but the normal presence of the South Carolina Highway Patrol was non-existent. Man, this is getting better and better. As the night wore on, you could tell that people were getting less inhibited about their partying. It was not long before you could hear distant crotch rockets doing their burnouts as well as the loud pipes of a Harley ripping the treads off a rear tire every now and then. We didn’t stay out too late as it had been a long day, so we turned in early Thursday.
Up early Friday and off to a local eatery for breakfast. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I had an omelet called The Hogger. It is a 3 egg omelet with cheese, bacon, ham and sausage, a side of grits and a big cat head biscuit. It doesn’t get any better than The Hogger! Off we go again. We ride several different places but nowhere in particular, until we wind up at MB Harley Davidson. We walked through the store and through the different vendors, not really seeing anything new, we head back down to Murrell’s Inlet for a late lunch/early supper. Again, bikes are everywhere. We wind up at Russell’s Seafood Grill and Raw Bar. You will be greeted at the top of the steps by either a pretty young lady or Russell himself. It is a great place to eat, and I promise Russell will make certain that you enjoy yourself. He sat and talked with us for quite a while. He even offered suggestions of where we could go while we are in Daytona next weekend. He‘s a super nice guy that takes great pride in his restaurant.
Now with supper out of the way we head out to see what we can find. We get back up towards the SB&B and our great State Troopers are there in full force, slowing down the traffic and helping people cross the street safely. They do a great job and I never saw them hassling anyone. We hit several places, and before you know it, it’s almost midnight. We decide to turn in, so we could start over tomorrow morning.
After another good nights sleep, we head back out to breakfast. After that we decide to head up to Shallotte, North Carolina to go to Beach House Harley Davidson. We had heard on the radio that they were celebrating there, so we headed out. It’s a nice ride, straight up Hwy. 17. We get there and there is a bike wash going on and vendors all over the parking lot. As we walk through one of the vendor tents, I run across a man with his monkey. She was a pretty little girl and better behaved than most kids these days! She was a sweetheart. We walked through all the vendors, bought a few things and find out the Miller Girls were handing out free cold beverages for the young and old. Better than that, the local HOG Chapter was giving out fresh cooked hot dogs upstairs in the lounge. I later found out the Hog Chapter does this every Saturday for lunch. They take in donations to help cover the cost. The dogs are cooked on a grill right there, so it is as good a hot dog as you can get just about anywhere.
From there we head back to Garden City to rest awhile before going back out. That’s what us old men do, we run and we rest, then we run again. After resting we head back down to Murrell’s Inlet. SB&B is rocking the house, bikes everywhere, people walking around, and groups of people catching up on times past. The faint smell of tire smoke tells me that the burnout pit was just abused by someone. There is nothing like the smell of burning rubber that catches a guy’s nose. Burning rubber and beautiful bikes what a combination! Ahhhhh !
We hang out at several places for a little while and talk with some old friends while making new ones in several places. Before we know it everyone is hungry again, so we set out to find us something to eat. It’s after dark and I’m not too familiar with the local places like Chester and Darrell are, so Chester picks us out a place to eat. Come to think of it, Chester picks out all the places to eat! Chester picks out the places, and Darrell will eat everywhere you stop. I swear Darrell will eat every two hours, if you will let him. After a burger and some karaoke head in for the night.
After another good night’s sleep, it’s time to pack up the bikes, eat breakfast and ride off towards home. Chester had decided that we would go to The Beaver Bar for their Sunday morning buffet. I wasn’t expecting much, but I have to admit, for a $5.00 buffet, they made certain you had plenty to eat. They had eggs, grits, hash browns, pancakes, french toast, along with bacon, sausage links. They also have donuts and different danishes. Coffee and water to drink is included. Not bad for the money!
The ride home was also uneventful and the weather was beautiful. It’s days like that, that make me realize that God has created this beautiful earth for us to enjoy. It is much easier to enjoy them riding a motorcycle. You get the visuals, along with the smells and the sounds that you just do not experience when you are in a cage. A great weekend, spent with great friends. It doesn’t get any better than that. All total we rode about 750 miles. A good practice ride for the trip to Daytona on the 16th. I’ll tell you about it in a couple of weeks.
by SSG Justin Madore, US Army (Ret) of TheCarolinaRider.com
Cody and I are going to Eagle Rock Camp Sunday October 27th!
Hello fellow Carolina Riders! Cody and I have been on a whirlwind of a summer with an appearance in Chicago to hang with the cast of Chicago Fire to help raise awareness of the use of Service Dogs for Warriors who have been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury,) with the help of K9’s For Warriors and Wendy Diamond. That was very exciting for the both of us.
Cody and I also had the honor to meet Dave Barr who, like many of you, is a Veteran. However he is also a Guinness Book World Record Holder for riding his motorcycle around the world. One more thing, he is also a double leg amputee as well. I was lucky enough to meet David and learn about the Patriot Express tour through Beth Fairchild co-owner of Lucky Street Tattoos in New Bern, NC at the Rockingham Smoke Out while hanging out at The Carolina Rider Bus. Thank You to The Carolina Rider for the meet!
It has been a busy summer for Cody and I and it will not stop coming this fall. I have the Honor to introduce to our readers a new adventure out there for either you if you are active duty, retired or a Veteran or if you know somebody that served this great country. This great organization was brought to my attention by a fellow Veteran and rider Scott Cole who rides with US Veterans MC NC State. Its called Eagle Rock Camp. What is Eagle Rock Camp, you ask? When talking to Lynn Miller, the Founder and Camp Director, I was overwhelmed by her selfless acts of kindness and service to our men and women in uniform as well as the families.
As a Veteran of two wars myself, I have seen a lot of organizations geared toward taking care of the Veteran. However, at Eagle Rock Camp they want to take care of the whole family by hosting six-day retreats in a traditional camp environment that utilizes a proven therapeutic model of Diversion Therapy. This means a lot to a Veteran, to have your family included, your spouse, your children or your caregiver. Its helps with the process of reintegrating back into society if your family can better understand where you are coming from and what you have been through.
Now, what does this all have to do with motorcycles, you may ask? Eagle Rock Camp is hosting its 1st Motorcycle Rally to support the reconnection of wounded warriors and their families coming up this Sunday, Oct 27. The Ride To Reconnect will start at The Blue Ridge Harley Davidson in Hickory, NC with registration from noon till 12:45pm, kickstands up at 1:00pm with a 2:30pm arrival at YMCA Camp Harrison in Boomer, NC. Kickstands headed for home at 5:30pm. There will be a great cookout, a zip line, hiking, wagon rides, 50/50 raffle, LIVE BAND and Much More. The cost to ride is only $20 per Rider and $10 per passenger. For more information, I strongly encourage you to check out the flyer and website.
I am asking all of you to come on out Sunday October 27th and support this amazing cause and when you are they’re come over and say hi to Cody and I. We would love to meet all the readers and take a picture with you. Cody just got a new trim so he’s ready to show it off to all his friends.
Eagle Rock Camp is a non-profit, faith-based sports camp where “wounded warriors” and their families reconnect. In the Camp’s secluded setting, free of the daily distractions and associated stresses of busy lives and electronics, warriors with both invisible and physical wounds, along with their families, enjoy learning new sports skills (and relearning others) in a traditional camp environment.
Keep Riding, and we hope to see you on the road!
Justin & Cody
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