Saturday May 13th 2017 was the date of the annual Alamance County C.B.A. May is motorcycle awareness and safety ride. We started out from Down Home Harley Davidson in Burlington . The great folks at Down Home had free doughnuts and hot coffee for the riders as we gathered outside . The weather was chilly and the sky’s were cloudy but the weatherman said the rain was gone so we all got ready to ride . The pre ride safety meeting was done by chapter President David “Bikerdave” Blum and all the riders were filled in on the ride length and route , then we had chapter member and minister David Andrews give the safe ride prayer and we mounted up . Jason Puryear the chapters Road Captain lined everyone up and lead us out .
The first leg of the route took the pack out through the little town of Alamance and past the Historic Alamance Battle field , turning us onto HWY61 and heading towards or first stop of the day . The riders passed along on 2 lane rural roads across the backside of Alamance /Guilford counties and came into downtown Gibsonville for just a block or so and then we were back out into the country again. Winding past farms and strawberry fields before ending up in Caswell County at the Crossroads tavern on hwy 87. The bartenders were ready with cold beverages for all the riders after we each had pulled our second card for the poker run . After the riders had some time to relax and get a drink it was time to roll out for the next stop . It was at that moment that one of the riders shifter chose to come unbolted from the bike so in true brotherhood all the riders shut down and lent a hand and some tools to get the bike back on the road .
The bike and rider all fixed up and ready to roll we left out heading to our second stop and the next card drawing at our mid point fuel stop . The Alamance C.B.A. has a rule that the rides be at least 100 miles and they never overlook the fact the some folks ride bikes with small tanks so gas stops are always factored into the routs . The pack wound its way out of Caswell county and onto hwy 119 at Banes Store then we rolled out until we got to hwy 86 in orange County for our gas stop . The riders all drew their 3rd card of the day and stretched their legs for a few minutes , the sky was still overcast and the temps did not feel like they were climbing to the top of the thermometer but there was smiles on all the faces of the riders .
The last leg of the ride took the pack down hwy 86 then out across the country to Efland . We passed under the highway and turned to the west still following 2 lane blacktop heading back towards Mebane . At Mebane oaks road the riders turned right and rode out past cow pastures and farm houses until they met up with Hwy 54 . Turning right they were in the home stretch and heading for the Panthers den in Graham and the end of this 101 mile ride across 5 counties .
We arrived at the Panthers Den just in time for the chapters Sgt at arms Richard Phillips to be setting out the Hot dog lunch the chapter had cooked for the riders . Panthers Den bar Manager Michelle and Bar tender Cathy met everyone with big smiles and hugs followed by cold drinks . The riders drew the last
two cards of the poker hands and the best hand was calculated . After everyone had gotten a full plate of Hot dogs and chips in their bellies the winner was announced . The $25 Advance auto parts gift card and $25 cash was won by none other than Cathy the bar tender who bought a hand when we arrived . Cathy is a true friend to the chapter and donated it all back to the next best hand , which was held by chapter member Forey Holt who also donated it back . After a quick look at the card sheets we finally found our 3rd best hand was held by another Bar patron who had purchased a hand when we arrived and he was happy to get the gift card and cash . All the riders were happy and had a great day of riding through the scenic country side . I want to thank the folks at Down Home Harley Davidson / Cross Roads Tavern and the Panthers Den for their hospitality and help with this ride . I would also like to thank chapter members Jason Puryear and his wife Judy as well as Richard and Cathy Phillips and all the Alamance County members who make it possible for us to put these events together . and last but not least I want to thank all the folks who came out to ride and raise motorcycle awareness . Ride safe and ride long .
David “Bikerdave” Blum