I’ve been busy

May 31, 2008 at 7:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hi,

I thought I would have the opportunity to do a daily log of my activities while here in Williamsburg and it just has not happened and now the time is about gone. If you want to see some of what has been going on you can check it out here as someone else has written up and posted some photos (even some of mine as I was having difficulty getting mine to upload.)

Anyway I will try to get my post on what I have done after I get home on Monday. Have a great weekend!

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Rock & Roll and the Middle East

May 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Ok I know this veers way off road for my blog, but you will find that from time to time. I happen to know of these young men called the Redding Brothers for several years. What is interesting is that I had been on a Yahoo group with Micah for a couple of years and did not even know he was part of a rock group. And even more interesting was that I had met his grandparents and two of his younger brothers on mission trips with We Care Ministries.
Right now these energetic young men have been on a (I am sure exhausting) tour of the Middle East entertaining the troops and trying to provide them with a bit of encouragement in times of despair and loneliness far from home. Please take the time and read a bit about their tour and realize that there are many efforts going out in the Middle East. They all need our prayers and our support especially the military who have been there for a long time and many who have served more than one term of duty over there.
I tried to find a more recent video of the Redding’s music to share but could only find a couple from 2007. You can hear a lot of their latest songs at their website though. They started last year where they were writing one song a week. Enjoy!

And another one…..

Thanks for checking it out!

Follow Up Photos From Run For The Son 2008

May 18, 2008 at 12:08 am | Posted in motorcycle, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On May 3rd we had a terrific ride! The forecast was for rain about 40-60% at different times during the day, but we were truly blessed in that the rain held off until we were back home and parked in the garage. It has taken me a while to get the photos downloaded for the camera and then an article written, but I won’t bore you with all of those details. It seems like as summer gets here there just is not enough time in the day to get everything done that needs to be done along with all that you want to do. I have also taken video of the ride and the fun later in the day, but do not have a video editor so I am still working on that.

This was taken right after we arrived around 1030 in the morning. As you can see quite a few had already gathered by the time our group of four joined them. (We had ridden about 60 miles to just get to Beckley, WV)

United Cycle of Beckley sponsored the run for us and Daniels Bible Church provided a great facility for us to gather and also eat lunch.

Mark Morgan the current president of the Thunder & Praise CMA Chapter was the day’s Road Captain as there were several CMA chapters involved in the run. Mark had several capable assistants to which we were all very grateful as we had a wonderful ride with no mishaps.

The narrow two lane road was very busy with lots of traffic and plenty of curves to keep all of the riders alert.

After taking many, many curves we stopped for a quick break.

I went around trying to count how many bikes we actually had on the run and after counting three times and coming up with three different numbers I gave up. We know there were some where around 30 bikes at the break, but some had not followed the group and had gone back to set up for lunch so the number back at the building was even more.

If I had know my husband was going to snap the photo right then I could have smiled instead of grimaced!

Back to the parking lot..waiting for lunch.

Lunch was great…pizza, fresh veggies & fruit, cookies, brownies, sodas, water & coffee! Thanks United Cycle!!! Lots of great gospel music was provided by the bluegrass band too.

I have decided that I need to find someone else other than my husband to take photos when I want another perspective at an event. He never seems to get one of me smiling…he always waits until the worst possible moment!

Anyway we had a great time and I hope you enjoy seeing a bit of what our day was like. If I get the videos into a decent format soon I will post them. And I do have photos to post soon of my newly finished paint job on my bike.

Thanks for reading!

11,000 Mile Road Trip…..

May 15, 2008 at 9:51 pm | Posted in motorcycle, Uncategorized | 7 Comments
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Well that is not me taking it, but I wanted to write a little about it here and pass on the information about it. There are these really kewl guys down in Florida who have taken it on themselves to ride to the four corners of the United States and then to the US Capitol steps. Why? For prayer for our country. Now that makes me feel special. That these guys I don’t even know care so much about me..yeah me..I am a part of this country…but I know they are looking at a much broader picture too! You see whenever someone prays for our country here or for the inhabitants of the world they are also praying for the individuals. Makes you stop and think. There was someone about 2000 years ago that did something special for the world. He died on a cross for the world…there for for each individual…for me and for you.

Anyway I want to get back to these guys and their trip. They are welcoming other riders to join with them on any part of the trip and also for everyone to join in praying with them. They have a website and a blog so you can follow along with them and see where they are and what progress they are making. From what I have already read about them they are real prayer warriors as they plan to pray as they go by each mile marker while riding! WOW that is a lot of prayer. I must confess that at times I have a hard time concentrating for five to ten minutes without my mind wandering off and having to bring myself back to what I was praying about.
Please check out their site and pass on this information to others. Especially be in prayer for their safety the next few weeks.
I think this might be a great place to post this writing that has been passed on to me several years ago. I have no idea who wrote it, but it gives a lot of insight about bikers:


THE BIKER

I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But, you didn’t see me, put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.
But, you didn’t see me, playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw you, change your mind about going into the restaurant.
But, you didn’t see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when I rode by.
But, you didn’t see me, riding behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you, frown at me when I smiled at your children.
But, you didn’t see me, when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.

I saw you, stare at my long hair.
But, you didn’t see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather jackets and gloves.
But, you didn’t see me, and my brothers and sisters donate our old ones to those that had none.

I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos.
But, you didn’t see me, cry as my children were born and have their name written over and in my heart.

I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But, you didn’t see me, going home to be with my family.

I saw you, complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.
But, you didn’t see me, when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you, yelling at your kids in the car.
But, you didn’t see me, pat my child’s hands, knowing he was safe behind me.

I saw you, reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.
But, you didn’t see me, squeeze my wife’s leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you, race down the road in the rain.
But, you didn’t see me, get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date

I saw you, run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.
But, you didn’t see me, trying to turn right.

I saw you, cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in.
But, you didn’t see me, leave the road.

I saw you, waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.
But, you didn’t see me. I wasn’t there.

I saw you, go home to your family.
But, you didn’t see me.

Because, I died that day you cut me off.

I was just a biker . A person with friends and a family.
But, you didn’t see me.

Re-send this around in hopes that people will understand the biker community.

If you don’t re-send this, all I can say is I hope you never loose someone that rides. I have.

EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIKE US, RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE WHAT WE CHOOSE
AND TAKE A FEW EXTRA SECONDS TO BE SURE WE’RE NOT IN ‘YOUR’ WAY – LIVE TO RIDE. . .
RIDE TO LIVE

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Linda

Technology: Help!!! I Am Being Swallowed!!

May 8, 2008 at 2:01 pm | Posted in motorcycle, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Do you feel as each day passes you seem to get farther behind on what is going on in the world of technology? I know that I have no hope of keeping up or even coming close. How do I cope with it then? There are several ways.

1. Help files. They seem to answer a lot of the same questions I have. Imagine that. There are other people out there with the same questions I have. This applies to my computer and other techie devices that I do not have a 4 year (or more) degree on how to operate. My motorcycle also has a help file with it. It is the owners’ manual. What about my personal and spiritual life? God has given me the Bible to guide me. I can lean on my daily relationship with Jesus to provide me with strength to get through the rough spots in life.

2. Tech support. I noticed recently when my husband had a question about his Verizon email he typed it in and immediately this tech person came back and started asking him specific questions and was going to access his computer to see if he could assist him. WOW! Even before that kind of personal support was available you could dial a number (and after staying on hold for a very long time you could talk to a technical support person and get some assistance) The motorcycle manual also does not answer all the questions I might have. When the manual does not have the answers I need then I can go to the
owners’ group online and ask more experienced owners how they solved
similar problems. Even in my personal life when I feel overwhelmed God has given me other Christians to help me through the rough spots. They are my “tech support” for everyday life. Without them I would have a tendency to get even more “error” messages than I already do.

3. Upgrade. It does not seem like long…maybe as soon as you take it out of the box that your model of whatever is already outdated and you have to upgrade it. I know that even when I download a software program I immediately have to download the latest updates to it. The same thing has happened with my motorcycle. Of course my bike is a 1986 model (older than my grandchildren) and the guys that have been riding and working on them for a long time have made some very important upgrades to them. They are safety issues. As soon as I found that out I was there looking at my bike to see if it had been modified yet with these new parts. I really did not want my fork brace cracking as I rode down the highway. I also check my secondary gear oil to make sure it is at the level it is supposed to be so that everything will be running smoothly. What about in my walk with God? That requires a daily upgrade. Communication with Him through prayers, listening to Him through His Word and meditating on what He is saying to me in my life and making those adjustments to my life personally.

All of this seems like a lot to comprehend, but when you do it a little at a time and on a regular basis you don’t really think about it anymore. You probably have virus protection on your computer that also has regular updates etc. That is the same with the other areas of life. When you get into the habit of doing something it is a part of life. You would not go to bed without brushing you teeth (well maybe some bikers would) but you know what I mean!

Life has a lot to throw at us these days and to keep up with. When we incorporate small habits one at a time it makes it so much easier to keep up with all of it. Maintaining our technical stuff, our motorcycles (or other transportation) and our life takes love and care. We need to take care of what we have (especially with rising costs) and the most important thing we have to care for is our own life and others about us. That is why Jesus died for us. I am looking forward to sharing more of this in the near future. If you want a sneak preview check out this link.

God bless and have a wonderful day!

A BIKERS PLEA…

May 4, 2008 at 10:13 pm | Posted in motorcycle, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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I found this on one of my bike groups and thought I would share it here (with some editing of course).

A BIKERS PLEA…

1. I’m just like you. I have friends, family, loved ones and a
responsible job. If I’m not on my bike and not in my gear, you could
not pick me out from anybody else. I am well read and have interesting
hobbies, and …. sometimes I ride my motorcycle. When I ride my
motorcycle, I am not running meth for some outlaw motorcycle gang and
I am not going to/coming from a drinking establishment. Nor am I part
of a stunt group.

2. Bikers ride the way they do for a reason. I’m not talking about
mile long wheelies… but when I whizz by you fast, it is because I do
not ride in anybody’s blind spot. The more time I spend in close
proximity to another vehicle, the higher the probability that
something bad will happen to me. Don’t take it personally that I go by
you with a 20mph differential and then slow down. You drive your
pace… I’ll drive mine and let the tickets fall where they may. And
I’m not passing that 18 wheeler until I can get all the way by him in
one blast… His tires exploding could kill me as opposed to
scratching the paint on my car.

3. Please understand that I do not want to pop a wheelie for your kid
and I don’t want to race you; and please stay off my rear. I
bought this bike because the performance of all production cars were
becoming a little underwhelming. Just because you put a fantastic
exhaust on your car does not mean that I will covet your car, or want
to race.

( well, maybe sometimes, if your GF is along, just to embarass you)
(or your boyfriend;/)

4. I’m looking at obstacles through a soda straw called a helmet and
relying on mirrors that are vibrating pretty good. I’m looking at the
big picture… don’t expect me to interpret hand signals to the rear.
Please give me a little room… please. Oh… and about that helmet…
I’m not hearing anything you want to say to me. Nothing personal.

5. I am simply a guy or gal trying to master a very simple machine
with very complex dynamics. Please don’t assume that the guy or girl
on a sport bike is actually flattered by the extra attention you try
and throw at us while we’re just trying to get to where we’re going.
Trust me… you people have embarrassed yourselves more than once in
this regard, oh and male drivers, stop the hate….seriously.

6. I am more scared of you. Statistics show that if I die on a
motorcycle, more than likely it will be from a driver that did not see
me until it was too late. Why in the world are you scared of me? Just
leave me alone… and give me some room.

7. Oh, and another thing. There is a lever on the left side of YOUR
steering wheel. You can use it to signal your intention to go left or
go right.

USE THE THING!!

8. Riding a motorcycle is so different from driving a car that it can
not be explained. Accept that. Give me some points for riding a
vehicle to work that is three times more efficient than my car and
eases the congestion on the road. Most of all, just give me some
space.

I hope this gives you a few things to think on as it did me and thanks again for reading today. Ride safe.

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