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2015 Riding Season

 

February 1, 2015

 

 

 

Upcoming Season

 

 

 

    If you read President Dave's email on the upcoming riding season, you have to be looking forward to fun and frolic with the Moo Cow Bikers in 2015. While we have an outstanding calendar of rides, they are subject to change, as always.

 

    Kindly take note and prepare ahead for the 1st 3 rides.

 

    1. Valentine's Day is February 18 and it's on a Saturday. Since most wives ride with the Herd, the Ride Committee thought of you to begin the season. We start the year with a bang. Southern Pit BBQ for a late lunch, followed by some "here and there" riding, with a 6:00 PM stop at the Hollonville Opry House. I have never been there, but understand each set has Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel. There is no admission fee, but there is a donation box.

 

Since it is Valentine's Day, those who want, can go home, change clothes, then rejoin the Herd at Hollonville Opry. (How could anyone possible impress a spouse/date more than by dressing in cycle clothing, riding, eating BBQ and taking in a live concert?.)

 

     2. February 21 greets the Herd with a ride to Where There's Smoke. I know BBQ two times in February! You don't want to miss this destination. It will be an easy ride. Jackie B. says that he will be able to drive the car by then, so he plans to meet the group there in a cage.

 

    3. March 6, 7, & 8. This is a Blessing of the Bikes in Charleston, SC. We are trying a 3 day (3rd day optional) ride here. Friday night is suppose to be a free dinner, followed by CFA sponsored biscuit breakfast on Saturday. The Herd should be out in force as we may have a part in the program. Sunday will be optional for those who want to stay another night in Charleston. Some might even consider riding in a cage if that suits your wants/needs better. 

 

    

 

It will be wise for everyone to look over the ride calendar and reserve the rides on your calendar NOW.

 

    

 

    OK, it's Super Bowl Sunday! Hopefully, it's OK to say: "I don't really care." Today is the day our daughter returns to South Carolina, (5 miles from the area where I grew up) to begin a new phase of life. She is leaving the Atlanta/Buckhead area and leaving the "high end" fashion market to work part time at a brand new Cabela's store and start on a Counseling Master's degree. We are so proud that she has "seen the light" and is striving to obtain a goal that she feels will result in helping others. Praise the Lord. 

 

    While others will be cheering on a favorite team to victory, Cheryl and I will be praying that our daughter will be blessed and be a blessing as God has intended for all of us.

 

    We look forward to a great season of riding, eating, fellowshiping, and being a blessing to others every day.

 

    God bless.

 

 

 

The Vice Cow

 

Moo Cow Bikers

 

 

 

Another Beginning

January 10, 2015
 
Another Beginning
 
    Here we go----again----for the 15th time. Yes, this will mark the 15th year for Moo Cow Bikers. It's been a good ride and I envision the Herd just beginning to gather steam.
    Like any organization, we have experienced ups and downs, but we have weathered the clouds of uncertainty and have seen our share of sunny skies. Thanks to those of you who have been there from the start, those who have been long time members and thanks to those who have not joined yet and don't even know about us. The next 15 years should bring much excitement to the Herd.
    Do you ever feel the presence of the Holy Spirit when you ride? If you have been a rider for long, you must admit same. I had one of those experiences on December 31st of this year. The occasion was the annual CFA Peach Bowl parade. While we have had as many as 150 bikes in the parade, this years' numbers were few, what with the early starting time. We left Fayetteville in the dark and arrived in Atlanta in the dark. We were scheduled to be in place for the parade at 7:00 AM, and the Moo Cow Bikers were there on time. Surprise, surprise, the Moo Cow Bikers were the only parade entrants on time!!
    As I tried to find assistance in finding our starting position, one of Atlanta's finest motorcycle officers rode up. I inquired as to finding our starting position and he offered to help. "Just follow me." Blue lights flashing, off we go around Atlanta. We weave through part of the city, weave through barriers, around other police who are directing traffic, turn right and suddenly, I feel the bike jump over a curb. Seems the flashing blue lights had dimmed my night time vision and I did not see the curb. "Well, self, this won't look good. The Vice Cow going down while following a motorcycle officer, trying to locate a parade position." At the same time, I felt the Holy Spirit holding me up and guiding me and the bike onto the street. "Thank you."
    The officer takes us back to the place where we started. Thanks officer, we will take it from here. The good news, besides the presence of the Holy Spirit, was that I was able to meet some people that I had only talked with via phone in the past. And, we were the first to enjoy the breakfast biscuits provided by CFA. Yummy.
    As we plan the coming year, I submit that each of you should come up with your own method of invoking the Holy Spirit before you ride. Yes, we pray before each ride and ask God to protect us and those around us. We pray for alertness of the riders and the drivers of the cages, but what about your personal requests for protection. God wants to hear from each Moo Cow Biker with his/her request. God wants each of us to be close to Him in all that we do.
    Yes, I have my own ritual before each ride. How about you? As we begin each ride, I envision angel wings sweeping our complete route with powerful sweeps of those mighty wings---sweeping all danger out of our path. Sometimes, I forget and invoke the vision after we have begun a ride. When I forget the request early, I ask forgiveness, then move forward. It's a wonderful vision that I have practiced for many, many years. But you need your own private prayer time with God. "Try it, you'll like it." 
    
    Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow

It's The End

December 28, 2014
 
It's The End
 
    Well, almost, for the 2014 year, that is. Have you accomplished the goals that you set for yourself back in January? I hope so. Corporate goals, health goals, family goals, personal goals, riding goals, relationship goals, intimate with God goals. I suggest that you be very serious about that last one.
    We tend to "let the water seek its own level" with our goals--especially in the weight and consumption arena. Some are smart enough to set up a checks and balance system with others. Then we have someone or a system to be accountable to. That seems to work best.
    As I lay in bed early this morning, listening to the rain falling outside (better outside vs hearing it dripping through the roof or hearing it pelting the tent and feeling it creep under the tent and under the sleeping bag) there was a single show of flash lightning. The amount of falling rain did not increase; the wind did not increase. There was no spoken word - just a friendly reminder that God is in control and still there.
    Remember, at first, we had no rain: "This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. The Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground."  Gen. 2: 4,5,6. I doubt that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit modified any goals. I submit that the full plan was put in place from the beginning to the end, with full knowledge of all that would happen in between.
    Rain can bring comfort, relief. A smooth steady rain soaks the earth, brings life to a barren land, and thankfully, we only had one of those 40 day, 40 night torrents. Time will be spent this week remembering the massive flooding of ten years ago. God bless those who lost life, limb, and things.
    We bikers have all ridden in the rain when we should not have. God can protect us from ourselves when He chooses. Thank you.
    As 2014 winds down, there is new hope on the horizon. We mortals tend to like "the hope of tomorrow" while "doing the best we can with what we have." We don't know the hour or the day, but we all know our number gets closer to the top of the pile as each day passes. The plan is simple: know where your eternal life will be spent, glorify Him at all times (now there is an excellent resolution), and live life to the fullest in the meantime. Sounds like a good plan for a biker to have--every year.
 
    Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow