FROM THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT DIRECTORS: G&G MAY ‘03

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Mississippi River at Vicksburg, 2004.

We are having some great riding weather. Hope
everyone is able to be out and enjoying it.
Georgene and I were able to attend the rally in
Eufaula,  AL  although  we  were  only  able  to  be
there for Saturday, we had a great time. (We
got to clown around.) When we left on Friday
afternoon we were real concerned about the
weather, but we made it to our hotel without
getting wet. The town is very beautiful. They
have some  gorgeous antebellum homes. The
flowers were in bloom, and the lake is very nice.
We would like to say thank you to Ray and
Cindy and their staff for their hospitality. We
really enjoyed it. The drill teams are always one
of our favorites.
Georgene and I would like to congratulate
Vernon and Linda and the Chapter ‘V’ staff on
the great job they did on their first Poker Run.
We had a nice ride and great fellowship with all
that we able to attend. We will look forward to
their 2nd Annual Poker Run. Georgene won on
of the grand prizes and several of our chapter
members did rather well. In fact, one of them
won the big grand prize. It was real nice to see
several of the surrounding chapters there.
We will be going to Oxford to Chapter ‘J’s Scavenger Hunt on the 26th. This will be our first
of this type event so we are excited and really
looking forward to a fun-filled day. It is great
to see so many of our chapters out having
fun. Don’t forget to check your calendars. We
still have more fun lined up in the next few
months. If you need to change a date or add a
date  to  the  calendar,  just  give  us  a  call  or  email the info to us. 4
We want to keep our soldiers and their families in our prayers. May they all get to come
home soon.
God Bless the U.S.A

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Mississippi River at Natchez, MS. Taken from the west bank in Vidalia, LA.

For me, motorcycling is a way of life. It is
something I’ve enjoyed doing since a very
young age. Cindy, even though a little reluctant
at first, very much enjoys motorcycling with
me  now.  It  is  a  part  of  life  we  look  forward  to
experiencing on a regular basis. We somehow
manage to share time with our family, do our
jobs, and then shove everything else out of the
way so we can go riding as often as allowable.
For some people riding a motorcycle is a fad
that goes away about as fast as it came
about. We’ve had friends who previously came
into our lives riding motorcycles, but later lost
interest or found another more suitable hobby
for themselves. These were usually the ones
who liked riding around town occasionally, or
maybe a quick interstate trip at high speeds
to and from an event. All too of ten they would
rush to an event, leave the event early, and
then hurry home. I can understand how that
could get old.
Most people don’t realize “The Ride” is what
motorcycling is all about! An event gives us a
destination to arrive at, a purpose to get together and ride, and a group of friends to mingle with once we get there. What our motorcycles make possible for us is “The Ride”.
The  route  we  take  on  any  given  ride  is  of  our
own choosing. We can make it a hard fast ride
or a pleasant memorable ride. I can ride eight
hours on the interstate at 75-80 miles per
hour and feel beat at the end of the day. To
me the interstate is  all business and not a
place to relax and get complacent. On the
other hand, I could take the same trip on
back-roads and take twelve hours to get where
we are going, but feel energetic when I get
there.
I love to see the wild flowers growing along the
road or a field of clover. I love to see well kept
old homesteads. I love to see farms lively with
animals and activity. I love to see the sun rise
over the mountains. I love to feel the cool
mountain air. I love to ride the winding mountain roads and feel as if I’m gliding like a hawk
down the mountain. I love to absorb the
sounds and smells of nature. I love to see the
changing of the leaves when fall comes. I love
to see the leaves as orange as pumpkins blowing across the road and onto us as we ride
alongside it. I love the color of the water in the
Great Lakes. I love to see roadside antiques. I
love to ride old cobblestone streets. I love to
ride the wide open hill country of Texas. I love 3
to ride the Cabot Trail. I love to ride the coast
of Nova Scotia. I love looking for lighthouses. I
love to ride through Vermont and New Hampshire, (the two prettiest places I’ve ever been).
I love riding in Canada and experiencing their
culture. I love riding through the Bluegrass
area of Kentucky and seeing the rock fences
for miles and the beautiful race horses. I love
the fragrance of a new rose. I love my friends
in GWRRA. I love my motorcycles, and I love
“The Ride”.
Motorcycling has made all of the above things
possible for us. Some of the things above
c o u l d b e s e e n f r o m t h e s e a t o f a c a r. Ho w e ve r,
if that was the case, we wouldn’t have gone in
the first place. If it hadn’t been for motorcycling and the love of “The Ride”, we would not
have made most of the memories we hold dear
to our hearts. An older friend of mine once
told me, “I don’t want to get old and be rocking on the front porch in my rocker thinking
back on all of the places I wished I had gone or
the things I wished I had done. I want to be in
my rocker remembering all of the places I’ve
been and all of the things I have done.”
A MEMORY IS SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE
TAKEN  AWAY  FROM  YOU.  LIFE  IS  FOR  LIVING!
BE SURE TO STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES!
MAKE THE TRIPS YOU TAKE WITH YOUR
CHAPTER, YOUR FRIENDS, OR YOURSELF, NOT
BE THE LONGEST IN DISTANCE OR THE FASTEST—BUT THE MOST MEMORABLE!
SEEMS THE OLDER I GET, 
THE MORE I ENJOY “THE RIDE.”
See you on the road.

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