• Anne Hartley

Riding Season Isn't Over Yet

Hello everyone, looks like Fall has arrived along with chilly night, bright autumn colors and pumpkin spice everything. There will still be warm days. So our riding season isn’t over yet, but is riding season ever really over. Some of us still ride in rain, heat, cold and yes even snow. Please continue to ride safe keeping your knees in the breeze.

Motorcycle riding is one of the greatest joys in life. But you need to be okay with the emotional state it puts you in. Motorcycle riding is a combination of exhilaration, fear, relaxation, and pleasure that changes you forever. It’s physical & emotional pleasure, with a layer of anxiety & adrenaline. Riding a motorcycle can even burn calories. The number of calories an average person can burn while riding is between 150 to 600 calories per hour and it depends on a lot of different factors such as your level of movement and effort while riding or the level at which you exercise your muscles while riding.

If you are going to ride in the rain please remember a few things. Easy on the front brake. If you grab a fist full of front brake in wet conditions, you could crash or hydroplane, leave extra stopping distance. Your stopping distance increases in wet weather, wear a full-face helmet, wear proper weather appropriate gear, relax, avoid large puddles, turn on your headlights.

The most spectacular part of riding a motorcycle in the fall is enjoying the fall foliage with an unobstructed view. All those leaves are beautiful to behold—as long as they stay on the trees. Once they fall to the ground, leaves can easily change from being beautiful to being a danger. Fall can be enjoyable for motorcycle trips. The roadways are highlighted with breath-taking colors as the fallen leaves turn from environment-friendly to blazing oranges, stunning yellows, fiery reds, and deep purples. The warm sun on your face and a cool autumn breeze can make for an exhilarating ride.

The highways of East Tennessee flow like ribbons through the Appalachian Mountains. You will get breath taken views of our lakes, rivers, and streams of one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges. From the top of our mountains, you can view the colors of Fall. Fall is the season for all senses. Riding this time of year offers us the feel of cooler temperatures after a long hot summer. A warm, visually pleasing palate of reds, oranges and browns and the smell of wood smoke.

Autumn is one of the best times to ride and experience the splendor of nature. There’s no better way to see the fall foliage than via a motorcycle ride through fields and forests. On a bike, you’re immersed in the ever-changing panorama of foliage colors—unobstructed by a car’s roof and its pillars. Even a convertible places a frame in your line of vision. On a motorcycle, you glide visually unrestricted through the majesty of the trees. Fall foliage season is very symbolic for us riders. It’s a yearly mile marker in our riding season. The swelter of late summer is gone, transformed into the delightful daytime warmth and cool nights of fall. The trees tell us that temperatures are about to fall, as the leaves flutter to the ground.

Useless Facts:

1. If we ever find the end of the Pi number, according to some scientists, that’ll mean we live in the simulation.

2. Dying stars caused that space smells like a combination of diesel fuel and barbecue, according to astronauts.

3. The infinity sign has the name, and it’s lemniscate.

4. Space travel makes mice run in loops.

5. The Eiffel Tower can “grow” to 15 cm during the summer.

6. About 20% of Earth’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon rainforest.

7. A teaspoonful of neutron star would weigh 6 billion tons.

8. Hawaii moves 7.5cm closer to Alaska every year.

9. According to research, fans of classical music and those who love heavy metal have similar personalities.

10. The chills you get when you listen to music are caused by your brain releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that causes pleasure. The brain releases these same feel-good hormones during sex and eating too.

11. There’s music made especially for cats. It seems like cats develop their musical taste soon after they’re born.

12. Music, classical in particular, can help make plants grow faster, according to a 2007 study.

13. The only breed that can’t bark at all is Basenji dogs.

14. Bees have 5 eyes, 3 small eyes on the top of a bee’s head, and 2 larger ones in front.

15. Coca-Cola would be green if there wasn’t coloring.


Local Events:

1. A Fall Pumpkin-Fest Oct 13th – Oct 31st for Sullivan County Animal Shelter 1200 Volunteer Parkway Mon thru Sat 11am -7pm Sun 1pm -8pm

2. Ghost Walk East Hill Cemetery Bristol, TN 7pm -9pm Oct 21st -22nd

3. 7th Annual Jeeptober Fest in the Smokies 10am Oct. 22nd

4. 3rd Annual Halloween in The Valley Car & Bike Show 11am -3pm Oct 22nd Shady Valley, TN Country Store

5. Pharaoh’s Truck or Trick Car Show 140 Euclid Ave. Bristol, VA Oct 25th 5p-8p

6. Cranberry Festival Shady Valley, TN Oct 15th

7. Trick or Treat Downtown Johnson City 4pm to 8pm Oct 26th

Rallies:

1. Thunder Beach fall Bike Rally Panama City, FLA Oct 19th – 23rd

Rides:

1. Lori Nunn Memorial Poker Run Greenville Peacemakers club house Oct 22nd All Proceeds go to NO KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

2. Christmas Bike Ride for Kids Oct 29th at Elizabethton Wal-Mart 10am Rain Date Nov 5th All donations will be for Shop with A Cop Event

3. Shop with A Cop Nov 5th Elizabethton Wal-Mart

Bike Night:

1. Kingsport Moose Riders Every Wednesday

2. 19E Pit Stop Every Wednesday

3. Tulips Grub & Pub Every Friday

4. East Coast Wings Every Wednesday

5. Dog Tag Brigade Every Wednesday at Jonesborough VFW