September 27, 2008 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Cavalcade, Family Reunion, motorcycle, New Zealand, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The hectic times roll…. The first week of August I rode to Charleston to meet up with 4 other Cavalcade riders and of course the one coming the farthest was Richard and his wife, Linda.

4 WV Cades Meet

4 WV Cades Meet

Jim,  , Gar, Linda, Linda & RIchard

Jim, Roger, Gary, Linda, Linda & Richard

They spent a good bit of time traveling around visiting people and places before the week long Cade Raid in Townsend, TN.

On August 16th as we headed to TN we made a prison stop in Beckley, WV along with 33 other bikers.  We were not allowed to take any photos for security reasons so I can’t share any here, but I will say it is something that I will never forget.  The inmates enjoyed our visit and would like for us to come more frequently.  We were all entertained and sang along with a quartet called The Rythm Riders.  Another biker from Ohio gave his testimony of how his life was before Christ and where he lived in the Ohio prison system years before.  The hour we were there went by too quickly for all and we do look forward to returning as soon as we are able to go again.  We had a quick breakfast with some of our friends from Charleston before we were on the road to TN. and they were off to other events locally.

We made a stop in Bristol, VA for lunch with my Uncle Cecil and his girlfriend Peggy and to see his new Harley.

Will, Peggy & Cecil

Will, Peggy & Cecil

Then we traveled on to Townsend, TN to Valley View Lodge where we stayed for the next 5 nights and enjoyed ourselves and met many new friends at the Cade Raid.

Sign from the back of Martha & Ernie's truck!

Sign from Martha & Ernie's truck

You can view many of our Cade Raid photos on the Cade Rade Photo page here on my Blog. We left the Cade Raid on Thursday as on Friday we needed to be in Ripley, WV for the WV State CMA Rally.

Friday was a great day and travel to Ripley went smooth.  We arrived at Parmchment Valley in time to help set up for the rally.



Friday night was set aside for the varied talents and everyone looked forward to the program.

Some entertained with singing and others were able to sing and play.

And the scene was set

for the skit that kept the audience laughing “CMA’S WHAT NOT TO WEAR”

Brenda as “Stacy Lou” and Will as “Clint” were the fashion experts for our “show”.   They should be on TV!

Wrinkled Raisin Rosie (Michele) is escorted onto the stage by Rumpled Randy (Gene) and their disarray was discussed by Stacy Lou & Clint.  Rosie then sat on a nearby “park bench” exhibiting her less than ladylike posture.

We then had Stained Up Stella (Jeanne) make an appearance and she thought herself gorgeous.  She was wearing paint stained clothing and even picked her teeth in public.

Here comes Susan as “Mismatched Molly”.

Then our Regional Evangelist, Rick Steffy, as “Road Warrior Walt” modeled inappropriate Christian biker wear.  The head gear is of course not a DOT approved helmet, neither are sandals or shorts recommended safety clothing.  And of course everyone roared with laughter at his “prison shirt and handcuffs”.

Next came (me) Suggestive Suzie to do some shopping.

After my transition…..

I became Surrendered Sue (Mary).

Entire “What Not To Wear” cast.  I wish I had a video of the entire performance.  We had fun doing it and without a rehearsal we feel it came off great.  Everyone in the skit live all over WV and had only got together that day before the evening performance so it was an adventure.

Liza playing her violin.


The slow race

But of course…I would wear a black t-shirt when it already feels like 100 degrees out.

Where did you put that dime???

I think he is right on top of it!

Help DQ With His Laptop

September 27, 2008 at 10:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

DQ is an amazing 16 year old young man.  He has more gumption than most adults I know.  After spending his 16th summer in the hospital in pain and surgery after surgery he finally got to go home to his “foster family” last week.  DQ has muscular dystrophy and a bad heart.  He cannot walk at all and uses a wheelchair.

You see foster family in quotations because from what I have heard of this family they have been there for DQ as much as any family could be.  His “foster mom and dad” were no longer getting their monthly payments from the system to care for DQ because technically he was not in their home at the moment.  That did not stop them from being by his side during this traumatic time in his life.  This was their child and they were not going to just leave him alone in a hospital 80+ miles away just because some agency quit sending them money.

His mom spent days and nights on end with him while dad was home with the other children (they foster several others and have adopted some too), then they would trade off for a bit so she could spend some time with the other children.  She has had to learn special medical procedures to care for his incisions at home as he still has open wounds that need care.

One of their main concerns was how would they get DQ back and forth to his medical appointments as he is confined to a wheelchair now.  This week God answered those prayers by providing them with the necessary equipped van for his transportation.

I spoke to DQ’s mom two days ago and her own desktop had just broke down and it was in for repairs.  I have not heard back from her yet so it may still be in the shop.

One dream his mom has for DQ is a laptop so that he can do school work and other tasks.  He has already started a fund and has a small amount collected.  A good friend of mine, Wendy, with a large readership on her blog has written more about this here also with a photo of DQ.

I have contacted Dell and got a quote for a Dell laptop, but we are also open to any other suggestions anyone might have.  DQ is very excited about getting a laptop and has been saving what little money he has to go in for it.  Please feel free to contact me with what ever help or ideas you have.   Thank you.

Linda Green

Well It Has Been A Busy Riding Season!!!

September 27, 2008 at 9:59 am | Posted in Cavalcade, Family Reunion, motorcycle, New Zealand, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!!!!!!  Anyway after having Richard come all the way from New Zealand



and tell me I need to update my blog and THAT was about two months ago I suppose I really should get started and fill in some of what has been going on the past 3-4 months before fall comes and goes!

Last post I was in Williamsburg, VA (I think) on a mission trip with We Care Ministries.  That was a great trip and you can read more about it here if you want (no sense in me duplicating stuff).  I think I am going to have to go get my calendar to find out what I did next…my memory is failing me right now.  As soon as I got back home in the first week of June my husband, Will,  and I left for a family reunion in PA.

Me having a refreshing dring of Diet Rite!

Me having a refreshing drink of Diet Rite!

We rode my Cavalcade and had a wonderful weekend.

Will and big sis, Gert

Will and big sis, Gert

Will & I (couple shot)

Will & I

Then the next weekend Will’s company had their company picnic.  The first we could remember in the 9 years we have been here.

Company Picnic (I am in pink hat all the way to the left)

Company Picnic (I am in pink hat all the way to the left)

So we were having a terrific start on the “summer picnic diets”.  That was Saturday,  June 14th when the United States celebrates “Flag Day”.

Dunking booth was the favorite activity during the day

Dunking booth was the favorite activity during the day

On Monday, June 16th we left for Sevierville, TN & Douglas Lake where my family was having their week long family reunion.

Can't do anything without that camera around

Can't do anything without that camera around

(We gather in different locations about every 3-4 years.)  Those of you in the Cavalcade Group will remember my stator failure there.  With the help of some excellent aircraft mechanics and Tracy (mechanic advisor & supplier) my Cade was back in great running order in about 24 hours.

Hair styled by Douglas Lake

Hair styled by Douglas Lake

On the way home Sunday afternoon we stopped in Bluefield, WV where they were holding a benefit ride for our friend’s son Zach who had been in a bad bike accident back over Memorial Day weekend.

Cole HD Parking Lot

Cole HD Parking Lot

On July 12th several of us rode to Boone County, WV and visited the nursing home there.

Ready to roll into the nursing home

Ready to roll into the nursing home

The residents enjoyed riding on a couple of the trikes

There is a 1st time for everything

There is a 1st time for everything

100 year old Queen of Boone County Nursing Home 1st ever Motorcylce Ride

100 year old Queen of Boone County Nursing Home 1st ever Motorcycle Ride

and the nursing home blessed several of the riders with wonderful door prizes of gasoline cards.

A Winner!

Laura's A Winner!

I did not win a card, but I did win many smiles from the residents!  Looking forward to next year!

The next week was the annual Freedom Fest up at Snowshoe Mountain.  We rode up for the day and enjoyed visiting the vendors and walked around the bike show.

Top of Snowshoe Mountain

Top of Snowshoe Mountain

Then the last weekend of the month we went to Mountainman Rally in Circleville, WV where we tried out our new tent, cots and sleeping bags.

Mike (Mountainman in green shirt) is a fantastic artist and people will wait hours at a bike rally to have him paint a mural or other design on their motorcyle

Mike (Mountainman in green shirt) is a fantastic artist and people will wait hours at a bike rally to have him paint a mural or other design on their motorcycle

In between all these rides and rallies we also did some shorter rides with some new local friends on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons each week as we were able to fit those in our schedule.

I have not even got to August and September where we really got busy.  So I will stop this post and begin a new one with those two months!

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