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Good Sunday Morning

 

February 9, 2014 

                                                 Sharing 

I was blessed with a repeat share yesterday, not once, but twice. One of our local Booger Bottom hawks swooped down and perched on a limb on the front side of our house while I was blowing leaves off the walkway. Puzzling as to why the hawk would want to perch close to the noisy blower---just set there majestically taking in the sites. Just set there while Cheryl was summoned from the house, while she went back into the house to retrieve her phone camera and the "true" camera, and while we both crept closer to the bird taking pictures all the while. Majestic is a good word for this bird. It can get a 360 degree view of the land by simply turning its' head, while arching its' neck. Possibly it was just showing off. 

The hawk shared it's beauty a second time when I was walking the dogs. (I said no to keeping them for a week, but you men know how that goes. We have Josh's 3 and Katie's 1) As we topped the hill, hawk swoops in again. As we entered the garden site, hawk comes closer and looks us over. Maybe it was the orange HD shirt that got its' attention, maybe the bald head, who knows.

Anyway, I accepted the "share" and praised God for this beautiful bird. 

As we enter the 2014 biker year, both Moo Cow Biker clubs will be emphasizing continued sharing. We will share much time with each other, time with strangers as we travel the highways and byways of the southeast, parade watchers, the next generation of bikers, not to mention chosen charities of both clubs. 

Bikers, in general, have a good reputation of sharing. Local Harley dealers are great sharers. Moo Cow Bikers are improving in the sharing arena. The Conyers club supported local charities last year. Richard Rhinehart greatly broadened the Fayetteville clubs' participation in the charity field. 

Ephesians 4:28 states: "Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need." 

To the best of my knowledge, Moo Cow Bikers does not have a member who steals, but we do have many who labor, or have labored. Why do we labor? Hopefully not so we can spend it on our pleasures. Sure, we all fall short in this area to an extent. We would not be riding these iron horses if didn't fall short. But we have exhibited a desire to reach out to others. Let's keep it that way. 

Be a blessing to someone today. 

Good Sunday Morning

 

February 16, 2014 

                                           Covering 

If you are a friend on Face Book, you know that yesterday was spent working in the yard stretching and dulling chain saw chains, then stacking the wood for burning. I optimistically requested a burn permit ahead of time, but the city wisely stated "no burn permits today." 

And, yes, my buddy the red shouldered hawk came to visit again. He did not like the noise of the chain saw, however, and flew away quickly. Hopefully, this will not be a set back to our relationship. Some people have a special relationship with God's created "things." Mine is with owls and hawks, evidently--at least the ones in Booger Bottom. Blessed I like to call it. 

As the hope of spring comes forward, bikers begin to plan rides and/or just take a short jaunt to "air it out." When we plan trips, the never ending saga of what to take along and what to leave home continues. I have learned that most hotels have laundry rooms, so trying to take a weeks worth of clothes is not necessary---just an old 35mm film can of quarters does the trick. Fresh as a daisy are the clothes that were not so fresh yesterday. 

If the wife blesses us with her presence, one almost needs a pull along trailer in order to accommodate her wardrobe needs. I do have a beautiful Bushtec trailer, but it was acquired when the 97 mistique green Road King was in residence and color co-ordination is to be considered! 

On Out West trips, the 94 Soft tail Custom was stacked high with camping gear that was never used. Seems that after a 700 mile day, we chose to camp in a local motel. It always took some extra effort to haul all the stuff into and out of the motel. Much time was spent repacking and looking into the rearview mirrors to be sure all equipment was in place. 

Bike cover? Never thought of taking one. Now, most overnight trips include a bike cover. It's not always used, but is good to have. Even if there is no rain, the dew is kept off the seats. The bike can't be viewed by others with a cover on it. I like to think that those who would consider taking the bike home with them might not choose mine if they are not sure what's under the cover. 

Israel had a covering of protection during their years in the wilderness. "He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to illumine by night." Psalm 105: 39 Oh, the joy of being covered and protected. 

Be a blessing to someone today. 

Riding Tips

September 22, 2013
 
Traveling.
 
    Greetings from Booger Bottom.
    Four seasoned Moo Cow Bikers from the Fayetteville club just returned from a week long, 3116 mile ride. Sleeping in my own bed was welcomed.
    Some notes for your edification for your next trip:
 
1. Choose fellow riders who are of similar personalities. All of our wives would consider us to be of the "lone wolf" personality. Aggressive, driven, solitary at times, but social when need be, and yet, willing to accommodate others for the goals of the pack--to a point.
 
2. Be sure everyone is capable of at least 600 mile rides on a given day. That one is important and was not a problem for our group. Our first day covered 610 miles, one day covered 6 states, mostly on the slab. Remember, in order to arrive at a beginning point, many miles must be covered.
 
3. Most can follow a map, but it helps to have at least one rider who is familiar with the territory. We never would have experienced Hwy 39 in VA. and West VA. had Mark not married Carol, who was born in the area.
 
4. Computer expert: Steve and Gary fall into that category. Steve got on one of the servers daily and made our reservations. We had agreed to stay in small towns in order to get reasonable accommodation prices. Either Steve or I plotted the routes daily on the GPS's and most of the time that worked.
 
5. Choose interesting places to stop. We had major sites to visit, but the back roads along the way are the best rides.
 
6. Patience is necessary. We had one particularly irritating truck driver on a back road twisty in West Virginia to deal with. He drove a flat bed hauler. When we came to a rare passing opportunity, he would begin to pull off the road to let us pass, then pull back out into the road. He would fake one way, then go another. We purposely did not give a signal when we reached our main turnoff. He faked a turn in our direction, then thankfully turned the other way.
 
7. See new places. We all saw State College (Penn. State) for the first time. Beautiful. We passed through Accident Maryland. We passed through the Adirondacks, and the Catskill mountains (they are like hills compared to our Smoky Mountains). We Stopped at Lake Placid and saw the Olympic sites. The water in the lakes up north is beautifully clear. We saw windmills on the ridges up north. We stayed in Kingston, NY: very close to Woodstock, NY. Look for World Famous Woodstock Harley Davidson tee shirts!!!!
 
8. Be flexible. We planned to ride the Hudson River and visit West Point, but changed plans and went to Bethel Woods. Great change of plans. Bethel Woods is the site of the Woodstock festival in 1969. This is now a showplace to add to your bucket list. 400,000 free spirits congregating on a farm to listen to 3 days of music. An original stage hand who looks like he stayed there, when asked about food, said food? We were here for a pharmaceutical three days. Food was not needed! Go if you can. It was the highlight of my trip. If you visit be sure to see the 12 minute movie clip on the festival and the entertainers. Some of them made their careers by being there.
 
9. Vary accommodations. We stayed in hotels that might gain a one star, to a three star, to little cabins in the woods in the mountains. All were welcome at the end of the day. A room for each rider works best. We did that and one person's snoring did not bother another rider. Note: the three star did not serve free breakfast.
 
10. Be prepared. I forgot my overnight charger for the phone and had to charge it while riding. Not good for calling home in the morning. Make sure your rain gear works. Saturday's soaking resulted in a leak after lunch. Wet pants!! Had to turn on the heated seat to stay warm. Oh, you do have a heated seat don't you? And heated grips? :)
 
11. Enjoy the ride, the experience, the fellowship, the people you meet along the way. Visiting sites is fun and educational. Meeting new people along the way and interacting with them is mind broadening and "priceless."
 
12. Conyers: watch out for Bill. We met him in the mountains. He is from Covington and has an interest in the Moo Cow Bikers. He saw my shirt. How can anyone not like those shirts?
 
13. Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow