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One Last Ride


December 21, 2014




One More Ride




    The Moo Cow Bikers are ending the 2014 ride year with The Chick-fil-A Bowl parade on December 31. The parade precedes the football game and is a small part of events planned for fans of the participating teams. Our bikers have enjoyed this parade ride since the event was initially sponsored by Chick-fil-A and was known as the Peach Bowl. Some dress in the school colors of their favorite team, but most dress in full Moo Cow Biker attire. If you are in the Atlanta area on December 31, it's worth seeing the bikes and the riders dressed in Moo Cow Biker attire. The Vice Cow has a helmet with horns that stretch 3 feet across with Chick-fil-A cows hanging from the tips of the horns and one sitting in the center----that's just the beginning. 


    If you want to see the parade, count on being early. The parade steps off at 8:00 AM!!!! This writer suspects that times will change in the years to come. The Moo Cows will depart Fayetteville at 6:30 AM, in the dark, and hopefully in no rain. Though we have had up to 150 bikes participate in the past, this early starting time will result in a huge drop of riders. And pray tell, how many fans will be lining the streets of Atlanta at 8:00 AM on December 31st? Who knows, maybe I'll be wrong here. Possibly this early starting time will provide incentive to start partying early.


    Anyway, The Moo Cow Bikers always look forward to being in the parade. We count it a privilege to be invited. A big thank you to the Head Cow for making so many things possible for our riding group.


    Our last ride was a Toys For Tots ride sponsored by Faith Riders, HD of Atlanta and Fred's BBQ in Douglasville. We Moo Cows donated, but did not take part in the ride. Instead, we found a new BBQ place to eat, followed by a great ride through south Fulton County led by Gene, the Vice Pres. of our Fayetteville club.


    As usual, we all split up and head for our respective barns at the end of any ride. My ride provided excitement and provides safety lessons.


    I turned off of Sandy Creek Road and headed south to Tyrone Road. An SUV was in front of me, possibly a tenth of a mile ahead. While approaching a feeder road, I see another SUV SPEEDING towards our road, and our road has the right of way. "When is this driver going to slow down," says I. At the last second, the driver on the feeder road slams on the brake pedal and does slow down, almost to a stop. The SUV in front of me has drastically reduced his speed, as he was paying attention to the "wild man." He veers into the left lane and slowly continues his route. The "wild man" has eyes about the size of quarters and is watching "good driver" like "good driver" is at fault. "Wild man" never looks to his left to see any other traffic.


    Lesson #1: Leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you so that you can stop and/or slow down enough in order to avoid rear ending that vehicle in front of you.


    As "good driver" has almost stopped, I almost stop. Once "good driver" clears the intersection, I begin to continue south. "Wild man" then guns his vehicle across the intersection still looking at the other SUV. Thankfully, I am not proceeding at speed, but still see "wild man's" gray SUV like a massive wall in front of me. Quick reflexes, anti lock brakes, and my Guardian Angel allow me to avoid a collision, while "wild man" is still looking at "good driver's" vehicle. "Wild man" should never ride a motorcycle!


    Lesson #2: When any erratic behavior is observed while riding, STAY BACK. (You've seen those mud flaps, haven't you?) STAY BACK!!! Don't assume that the "wild man's" behavior will suddenly correct itself when an emergency occurs. "Wild man" never saw the 2nd potential wreck.


     Lesson #3: Knowing that God never needs any reminders of your where abouts, it doesn't hurt to request that His Will includes your safety.




    Looking forward to another year of safe, frequent riding...........




    Be a blessing to someone today.




The Vice Cow







December 7, 2014
    Riding is possible this time of year in Georgia, but most don't make the time to venture out in the cool of day or in the rain/drizzle that frequents our part of the world. Oh, yes, electrics solve the temperature issue and rain gear solves the rain problem, but why bother? Spring is not far away. One must also contend with wet leafs on asphalt. Slippage is always an issue for us bikers, but wet leafs increases the chances of sliding. My limited knowledge of riding motorcycles through the years has revealed that more than two wheels provides added safety in the wet leaf environment.
    An added beauty of living in Booger Bottom this time of year is revealed around 7:00 AM. You see it too, if you are up and about. Harlow and I venture out into the morning air for her early relief walk. Today, we were greeted with a full moon lighting up the western sky, shining brightly through the leafless hardwoods. Growing season would have blocked this sight from view. The pure bright white light stood out in the still dark sky. The fullness of the circle of light contrasted with the dark of the morning sky. As we came to the end of our 27 stepping stones that provide a path towards the driveway, the glow of light originating from the rising, but not risen, sun provided early morning light. The glowing source of light originating in the east contrasted with the bright white on a dark sky in the west.
    "And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. And God call the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day." Genesis 1: 4,5
    Be a blessing to someone today.
The Vice Cow, Moo Cow Bikers


November 30, 2014
    We are all gifted in some aspect of life. Some are gifted with eye/hand coordination that can be used in multiple ways. Take eating for instance: it takes lots of practice using a fork or spoon to load the food, without spilling, then lifting that utensil to the mouth and depositing the desired food into the food locker. The same could be said about tying the laces of shoes. Can you remember back to the day you first successfully tied your shoe laces? Major success.
    Some have the gift of gab. (is that a gift?) The end result can be a politician, a salesperson, a lawyer, a corporate president.
    The extreme eye/hand gifted persons lead me to think of professional athletes. No doubt, their abilities are far beyond the average persons' ability to accomplish sporting activities. We even pay handsomely to watch them perform.
    Yes, we are gifted in different ways, but we must practice to hone those gifts. Most don't think of practice when eating---we just do it. Well, think of how many times you eat each day and for how many years you have practiced. The same goes for all things that individuals excel at. Practice, practice, practice.
    Think about riding that motorcycle. More and more graduate to trikes, but I suspect that riding the trike requires practice too. With the cold of winter upon us, we will practice less and less. When spring arrives, we should all get out alone and refresh the skills attained over the years. Also acknowledge deteriorating coordination and balance. Advancing age results in our inability to perform things, including balance, that we had in younger years. Sad, but true.
    On the other hand, do you think of Spiritual Gifts? "But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift." "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;" Ephesians 4: 7, 11, 12. None of us are gifted as apostles as the first apostles were gifted. We can practice all we want--none of us walked with Jesus or witnessed his assention into heaven.
    How much time have you spent discovering your Spiritual Gifts? Have you spent the same amount of time as you have spent eating? I doubt it. No offense intended, but if honing our Spiritual Gifts was as important as eating, I respectfully submit that our society today would be more pleasing to God and to each other. If you haven't done so, inquire as to current Spiritual Gift tests. The results, if answered truly, will at least provide an beginning point for productive practice. We all should know our gifts and practice at making them better, more so than practicing our motorcycle riding skills.
    Be a blessing to someone today.
The Vice Cow, Moo Cow Bikers