Monday, June 13, 2011

Kickstands Up 2011 Begins With 100 Miles of NC Twisties

Decorate your bike in pink or "ride naked" to the Kickstands Up 2011 launch ride on Saturday, June 18 that begins at Motorcycles of Charlotte and takes in 100 miles of twisties to Robbinsville, North Carolina.

"Sunday morning we’ll ride Tail of the Dragon and then I’ll keep going to Chattanooga, TN — you’re welcome to go as far as you’d like with me," said Tamela Rich, from her blog "Leaning into Life." 

The middle-aged motorcycle adventurer, who took up riding at age 48, will be blogging down the highway, learning "lessons from the road" on a "Conga" across 20 US states and 4 Canadian provinces to raise money and awareness for "The Cause" -- breast cancer research. She will travel about 10,000 miles before her "Kickstands Down" on July 28th.

Conga for the Cause is an ad-hoc fundraising and awareness-building initiative by Canadian and American motorcyclists who raise money in the fight against breast cancer. It’s called “Conga” because it resembles a Conga Line (you may have joined one at a wedding) where people drop in and out as the line snakes around the ball room.

It all begins at 9am June 18th 2011 with coffee and donuts at Motorcycles of Charlotte.

"Motorcycles of Charlotte has graciously provided us with a ride captain, Rich Lodge, who will place us in manageable groups, provide maps, etc. Please email him directly if you plan to ride with us so he knows what kind of crowd he’s in for. Also, if you’d like to take advantage of the group rate we have at the Microtel, go through Rich," said Tam.. the details are on her blog.

Bling your bike!

Please consider decorating your bike in honor of The Cause (breast cancer research) because Motorcycles of Charlotte will donate $25 for every decorated bike!

"If you decide to “ride naked” I ask that you donate $25," said Tam. "Decorated bikes are a great way to raise awareness and money for a disease that afflicts one out of every eight women."

Tam’s Conga 2011 Itinerary: 

Kickstands UP 6/18 to Robbinsville, NC 240 miles.
Sunday, 6/19 Begins with Tail of the Dragon, passes through Chattanooga, TN ends in Florence, AL, 300 miles.
Monday, 6/20 en route to Dallas area (Irving), TX.
Tuesday-Wednesday 6/22 with Conga rider Jenni in Irving, TX.
Thursday, June 23 to Amarillo, TX (1/2 way to Albuquerque – 311 miles).
Fri, 6/24 Albuquerque 300 miles reunion with Conga rider Dusty.
Sat, 6/25 layover w Dusty, fundraiser for The Cause. Will be with Dusty until Wyoming.
Sun, 6/26 Flagstaff, AZ 430 miles.
Mon , 6/27 San Bernadino, CA 485 miles.
Tues, 6/28 to Thursday, June 30 PCH to San Francisco, meetup with Christina Shook and the San Francisco Motorcycle Club.
Monday, 7/4 leave San Francisco for Canada. Meet Nadine in Portland, OR 7/6 or 7/7.
Thursday, 7/14 Arrive Shell/Greybull WY for Conga meetup. Christina Shook will join us there to photograph us.
7/22 Winnipeg, Manitoba with Baha’i friends. From there I’ll head to St. Paul, MN and ride along the mighty Mississippi River to Iowa then cut inland via Indiana to make my way home in Charlotte.
7/28 Kickstands DOWN at Carolina Breast Friends’ Pink House between 5-6pm.

Posted by MJ Lloyd Reynolds/MJR Media marketing services for the motorcycle industry -