Thursday, December 16, 2010

Riding Poem

Although I consider myself more of a solo, long distance rider, I do occasionally ride with small groups. Many of my riding buddies also enjoy group rides. I am sure, regardless of riding style, we can all relate to this, each in our own way.

I Rode With My Buddies Today
by Kari Prager

I rode with my buddies today.
We rode in a line of headlights and tailpipes,
not going anywhere special, not even going fast,
just meandering like a herd of elk
to move through the forest at our own pace.
Our sound precedes us, not loud
but unmistakable, the power of
this most romantic way of moving.

The pleasure is in the going, the mobility,
the little acts of control that contrive
to keep us centered on the road.
The crackle of dead leaves,
the burnt bitterness of autumn,
the smell of the moon still shining in the blue of the sky,
magical in the motion of the moment.

I feel my friends flowing around the bends, the line of bikes without
conscious order, in symmetrical array, till we signal the end,
stopping and turning back into individuals, the magic
fading as the motors are stilled, the jackets come off, and we breathe
in the mundane and profane air of the stationary world.

~ Reprinted from The LD List ~

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Anonymous~

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.   ~Woodrow Wilson~

Saturday, December 04, 2010

FDR's Christmas Parade - Potluck Chili Luncheon

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Each year Paducah holds it's Christmas Parade on the first Saturday of December. In conjunction with the Parade, FDR Powersports and The Riders of the Long Table hold an annual Potluck Chili Luncheon. 

Who wouldn't like to find a brand new motorcycle under their Christmas Tree?

Mark Holmes (FDR Co-Owner)

 Sam Williams and Kevin Moran (FDR Co-Owner)

Brittany Nichols & Kristin Holmes

Sweet Pea Stewart

Jan & Charlie Bell

Debbie Essner & Haskell Sheeks

Bob Evans

Brothers Sweet Pea and Ted Stewart solving the worlds problems with Mark Holmes.

Nancy and Charles (Sweet Pea) Stewart

Mike Blevins

Danny McCarty & Charlie Stuart

Lined up on the back pew like crows on a fence.

Fritz Poat, Sam Williams, Terry Denton, Don Massey and Jim Lamphere

Phil Givins & Ken Thompson

Ada Garland & Wayne Duncan

Eddie McCarty & Jan Holland

Terry Denton

There was no shortage of delicious chili and fattening desserts!

Out back, Randy Holmes and Sweet Pea Stewart were in charge of cooking the hot-dogs.

Jim Lamphere and Fritz Poat check out the latest hot items on the sale board.

David Morgan and Kevin Moran man the Parts Desk.

Lucas Keeling - FDR Mechanic

Dustin Medley - FDR Mechanic

Kevin Moran & Mark Holmes 

Wayne Duncan

Nobody was bashful when it came time to dish out the chili.

Don Massey, Sam Williams and Jim Lamphere

Mike Klein caught in the middle of a bite!

It got very quiet when the food hit the table.

Don Massey, Jim Lamphere and Mike Klein 

I might as well throw in some beautiful Eye-Candy.
Kawasaki C-14 Concours 

The all new Honda VFR

I think it can safely be said everyone had a good time and if you left hungry it was your own fault.

Be who you are and say what you feel... because those that matter... don't mind...and those that mind...don't matter!  
~Dr. Seuss~

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.  
~Calvin Coolidge~