We lost an important member of our Chapter family but the Werman and Harris families lost an important part of their life. Based on losses I have experienced in my life, I suggest there are no words to affect a miracle cure for the painful emotions. Many things will be different, there will be a void. We have all lost another friend. Russ knew a lot about Friendship, he shared it with so many people. Russ knew a lot about Fun, he brought it to so many people with his ride schedule. Russ knew about Safety, he always had it in mind when he suggested activities for the Chapter. Russ used his riding experience, his life experience and his knowledge for the benefit of his friends and family. Thank you Russ, for the dedication to your friends, and the memories you gave us.
Each loss we experience seems increasingly more difficult. If the struggle makes us stronger, then there is reason in the strife. Questioning, or seeking answers consumes the energy we need to live a full life.
Russ put in his share of energy toward a successful
Mike and Cindy Janes
Good Bye Russ…
Russ Werman you were the ultimate Goldwing Rider. Although you took a lot of ribbing over the years because your bike wasn’t the shiniest mount in the chapter, you kept your bike well serviced and maintained. You once told me you didn’t buy your bike to look at, you bought it to ride – and ride you did. Yes, when it came to pure riding and miles in the saddle, you played second fiddle to no one. It never mattered when or where someone was going, you were always there, ready-to-ride. Like the cold December morning in 2003 when You, Roy, Mike, and I departed the CB Shell in route to Bushtec to pick-up a couple of trailers. It was a finger-numbing 30 degrees that morning when we left and never got above 45 degrees all day. You’ll recall you and I didn’t have any Gerbings, but we fixed that less than a month later. You were there for the ride, camaraderie and to support your fellow riders. Yes Russ, you were the ultimate Goldwing Rider, and a true friend to anyone that ever threw a leg over a bike. We miss you already.
Chris & Linda Miller
A THANK YOU NOTE
|A significant part of a group, or team, ride is the planning process before actual departure|
Remember, a one second stagger (left or right of the bike in front of you) and a minimum of two seconds following distance are rules for daylight and good weather. Double both in bad weather or during the hours of darkness. Anyone not wishing to participate in a team ride but wanting to go to the same destination should distance themselves from any group by at least 200 yards, though 400 yards is preferred.
Knowing your destination is not enough, you also need to know the route and where you are in relation to the destination. This knowledge will prevent wrong turns or unduly long hesitations in intersections trying to determine which way you want to go.
|C.B. radios |
idle chatter, while entertaining, can be downright dangerous
In roadside emergencies the first rider to see the situation should announce the problem to the Team Captain (last bike). The Team Captain should stop and render assistance while the remainder of the team continues on to a safe stopping place beyond the emergency site and wait for the Team Captain to catch up or call for help.
|Communication and concern for others are two of the most important aspects of team riding|
Remember, November 5-6 are the training days for our 2-Up ERC and the Trike Safety Course. Call or email if you have any questions.
Ride Safe & Ride Often
Paul & Susan Neely
Rocket City Wings
2, 3 or 4 wheel Ride information for the Chattanooga Fall Leaf Cruise -Sunday Oct. 23rd
Contact: Julianna Polka jul ipol ka*c hart er:net 256/233-6334
Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"
"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All the food was slow."
"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"
"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.
I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie." When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.
We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.
How many do you remember?
Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.
If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!
I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.
Don't forget to pass this along!! Especially to all your really OLD friends
Information About Our Group Rides
C/B Shell is the Shell station (3490 Wall Triana Hwy) next to the Cracker Barrel just off of I-565 in Madison.
|Sat||Oct||1||Madison Fall Festival parade. Meet for breakfast at Jackson Family restaurant, Madison, at 7:00am, Parade starts at 8:45am.|
|Sat||Oct||1||First Annual Whitesburg Baptist Church Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show from 9:00am till 5:00pm at the Whitesburg Baptist Church Re-creation Outreach Center, 7300 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville.|
|Sat||Oct||1||AL-K meets at Underwood Community Center, Muscle Shoals. 8am to eat 9am to meet|
|Sun||Oct||2|| Breakfast at Mullins, 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville, at 8:30am|
Ride to Leipers Fork, TN, departing Mullins after breakfast or around 9:30am.
|Tue||Oct||4||Supper at Cheeburger Cheeburger, Village of Providence, 103 Providence Way, at 6pm|
|Thu||Oct||6||Bike Night at Sonic’s off Hwy 20 on Wall Triana, Madison, at 6:00pm|
|Fri||Oct||7||Breakfast at Little Diner, 1219 Jordan Lane, at 8:30am. Ride TBD|
|Sat||Oct||8||Fall Leaf Ride to Falls Creek Falls Park, Lunch at Park Lodge. Depart Cowboys, Winchester Road and N. Pkwy at 8:30am|
|Sun||Oct||9||Breakfast Buffet at Western Sizzler, Scottsboro. Depart CB/Shell, Madison, at 8:00am. Ride after breakfast TBD|
|Mon||Oct||10||AL-E Meeting, Fish Creel Restaurant, Hwy 207, Anderson, AL - 6pm to eat, 7pm to meet|
|Tue||Oct||11||Monthly Meeting at OH!Bryan's Steak House, 100 Plaza Blvd, Madison (Just West of Hughes Rd, off Brown's Ferry Rd). 6:00pm to eat, 7:00pm to meet|
|Thu||Oct||13|| Bike Night at Sonic’s off Hwy 20 on Wall Triana, Madison, at 6:00pm|
TN-G meets at Ponderosa, Tullahoma. 6:00pm to eat, 7:00pm to meet
Mississippi District Rally in Biloxi Cancelled
|Sat||Oct||15|| Meet at Favorite Market on Old Railroad Bed Rd / Hwy 72 at 10:00 for ride to Cahots in Fayetteville for lunch|
BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) Fall Poker Run; Half Time Bar & Grill; Hwy 72 and County Line Road, Madison. Registration – 11:00am, Last Bike out at 12:00pm, Last Bike in at 4:00pm. $10.00 per hand; Door Prizes; 51/51 Drawing
|Sun||Oct||16||Breakfast at Gibson’s Barbeque, 3319 Memorial Parkway S, Huntsville, at 8:30am, then ride TBD|
|Tue||Oct||18||Birthday Dinner at Olive Garden, 3730University Drive, Huntsville, at 6:00pm|
|Thu||Oct||20||Dinner at Po-Boy Factory, 815 Andrew Jackson Way at 6:00pm|
|Sat||Oct||22||Meet at Cowboys, N Pkwy & Winchester Road at 8:00. Breakfast at Iron Kettle, 177 Main Street, Lynchburg. Then ride the great roads of TN|
|Sun||Oct||23||Breakfast at Mullin’s, 607 Andrews Jackson Way NE, Huntsville at 7:00. LEAVE Mullins no later than 8:15 for ride to Chattanooga For the Fall Leaf Cruise. Boarding begins at 1:00pm Departure at 1:30|
|Mon||Oct||24||STAFF / RIDE MEETING at Beef O’Brady’s, at 6:00pm|
|Tue||Oct||25||AL-I meets at Tony’s Country Cookin, Hwy 31, Decatur (Just North of the Beltline). 6:00pm to eat 7:00pm to meet|
|Thu||Oct||27||Back Yard Burgers, University Drive, Huntsville, eat 6:00pm.|
|Sat||Oct||29||Ride to Soda Pop junction, Linville, TN, for Lunch. Depart Conoco Station (Favorite Market) at Old Railroad Bed Rd / Hwy 72, Madison, at 9:00am|
|Sun||Oct||30||Breakfast at Mullins, 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Fall leaf ride to Bucks Pocket.|
|Mon||Oct||31|| Happy Halloween|
FYI – On October 31st, 1861, Missouri became the twelfth state to secede from the Union
|Tue||Nov||1||Atlanta Bread Company, 6275 University Dr (Target Shopping Center), at 6:00pm|
|Thu||Nov||3||American Café, Madison Square Mall , at 6:00pm|
|Sat||Nov||5|| 2-Up ERC - 8am to 2pm at the Meridianville Airport Range. First 12 registered, served. $50.00 per rider plus $15.00 for the Co-Rider. Checks payable to GWRRA AL-B, and delivered to Ride Educator no later than our October 11th|
AL-K meets at Underwood Community Center, Muscle Shoals. 8:00am to eat 9:00am to meet
|Sun||Nov||6|| Breakfast at Mullins, 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville, at 8:30am|
Trike ERC – 12:00 Noon to 5:00pm at the Meridianville Airport Range. First 12 registered, served. $35.00 per rider plus $15.00 for the Co-Rider. Checks payable to GWRRA AL-B, and delivered to Ride Educator no later than our October 11th
|Tue||Nov||8||Monthly Meeting at OH!Bryan's Steak House, 100 Plaza Blvd, Madison (Just West of Hughes Rd, off Brown's Ferry Rd). 6:00pm to eat, 7:00pm to meet|