GWRRA's Weekend at the Opry
August 29 -31, 2014
|Southeast Region "A" Convention
Southeast Region A Convention
September 11-13, 2014
|Mississippi District Convention
Be A Clown
October 16-18, 2014
|Florida District Convention
36th Annual Florida Gathering of the Wings
America The Beautiful
March 19-21, 2015
|South Carolina District Convention
TO BE ANNOUNCED
|Alabama District Convention
A Spring SPOOKtacular!!
May 14-16, 2015
|Georgia District Convention
Georgia Wing Fling
June 18-20, 2015
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
by Jackie Vaughan
Hot summer days make a convection oven look positively chilly. Riding in hot weather presents its own challenges. However, rather than staying home and missing all the fun, with a little planning it is still possible to enjoy our favorite roads.
Dressing properly is very important. A T-shirt and shorts are not the answer. Exposed skin is not only dangerous in a crash, it’s a major source of dehydration and sunburn. Add to that the long-term danger of skin cancer and covering up becomes the clear choice. Cover all exposed skin to reduce dehydration. There are some specialized clothes that purport to have UV resistance built in, but they are a bit on the pricey side. A long-sleeve cotton shirt, cotton jeans, and gloves, all normal safety wear, are the clothing of choice. Many riders use the old biker’s trick of soaking the body of a heavy cotton sweatshirt in water, leaving as much water in the shirt as possible. The sleeves are left dry from the elbows down, as well as from the waist down, to allow for moisture wicking down. The wet shirt becomes an evaporative cooler that leaves the rider in blissful comfort for at least an hour.
Apply plenty of sunscreen to the face and back of the neck, and if gloves are not worn, to the backs of the hands. Look for a product that is strongly water-resistant so it won’t run into the eyes from perspiration. Use at least SPF 30, and since sunscreen loses potency with age, make sure it’s fresh. Most people fail to put on enough sunscreen and do not reapply throughout their ride.
Start the ride well-hydrated, taking in at least a quart of liquid before departure. Contrary to logic, this will not necessitate extra pit stops. Take in at least a quart of liquid such as water or sports drinks every hour. If the temperature or heat index is very high, double that intake, since fluid loss can top a gallon an hour. Riders who do not need to make a pit stop every couple of hours are dehydrating and should sharply increase their fluid intake.
Break the ride into segments with extended cool-off periods every couple of hours. These can be refreshment stops, points of interest, or just spending 30 or 40 minutes in a cool gas station, sipping a sports drink. Caffeine tends to increase dehydration, as does alcohol.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion (profuse sweating, dizziness, flushed face, weakness, muscle cramps) and heat stroke (no sweating, pale face, shallow respiration, collapse). Riders and co-riders should watch for them in themselves and in others. At the first signs, seek a cool place and cool the victim down as quickly as possible. In heat stroke, seek emergency medical help.
With a little preparation and common sense, beating the heat is a lot more fun than staying home.
Copyright © 1996-2005 by Jackie Vaughan.
Updated: 7/25/2014 2:08:24 PM
Congratulations to Chapter T --- District and Region Chapter of the Year More...
Updated: 7/10/2014 12:20:07 PM
|30, || ||Wed||-||-T-O-D-A-Y-|
|1, || ||Fri||-||Air Force Day|
|4, || ||Mon||-||Sturgis Rally (Thru 10th)
-- Sturgis, SD|
|7, || ||Thu||-||World's Longest Yard Sale (Thru Sunday)
-- Covington, KY to Gadsden, AL
(Warning: Heavy Congestion)
| ||-||Dairy Queen - Miracle Treat Day
-- All proceeds for purchased Blizzards are donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals|
|16, || ||Sat||-||Watermelon Festival
-- Franklin County|
|1, || ||Mon||-||Labor Holiday|
|6, || ||Sat||-||Alabama District Picnic
-- 10am - Confederate Memorial Park, 437 Chilton County Rd 63, Marbury, AL|
|11, || ||Thu||-||GWRRA - Region A Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|14, || ||Sun||-||Ride for Kids|
|25, || ||Thu||-||GWRRA - NC District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|16, || ||Thu||-||GWRRA - Mississippi District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|11, || ||Tue||-||Birmingham Veterans' Day Parade|
|1, || ||Thu||-||Chapter-A Annual New Years Day Ride
-- 9:00am - Leave from Exit 13 (Hwy 158) & I-65 at the Wal-Mart Parking lot - Destination: Ezell's Catfish Camp, Lavaca|
| ||-||AL-M New Year's Day Ride-In
-- ride flyer|
|1, || ||Fri||-||AL-J Tuscaloosa (Bama Wings) Meeting
-- The Front Porch Restaurant, Highway 43, Northport - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|2, || ||Sat||-||AL-N Gadsden (Coosa Valley Wings) Meeting
-- Western Sizzlin, Route 77, Rainbow City - Eat 5:00pm / Meet 6:00pm|
| ||-||AL-M Phenix City (East Alabama Touring) Meeting
-- Buffet City, Just off Highway 280, Phenix City - Eat 6:00pm(ET) / Meet 7:00pm(ET)|
|5, || ||Tue||-||AL-G Samson (L. A. Wings) Meeting
-- PO Folks, Enterprise - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|7, || ||Thu||-||AL-D Anniston (Model City Wings) Meeting
-- Western Sizzlin, Hamric Dr, Oxford - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
| ||-||AL-S Russellville (Cedar Creek Wings) Meeting
-- Panda Buffet, 14633 Hwy 43, Russellville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|9, || ||Sat||-||AL-L Thomasville (Road Runners) Meeting
-- Gaston's Grill, 33801 Hwy 43, Thomasville - Eat 8:00am / Meet 9:00am|
|12, || ||Tue||-||AL-B Huntsville (Rocket City Wings) Meeting
-- OH%21Bryan's, Highway 72 E, Huntsville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
| ||-||AL-U Dothan (Cruisin' U's) Meeting
-- Golden Corral, Highway 231, On the circle, Dothan - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
| ||-||AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting
-- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|14, || ||Thu||-||AL-Z Prattville (Fountain City Wings) Meeting
-- Ryans Family Steak House, In front of Walmart parking lot - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|15, || ||Fri||-||AL-T Hueytown (Tri-County Wings) Meeting
-- Home Plate Diner, 2780 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, Hueytown - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|16, || ||Sat||-||AL-H Athens (Athens Eagle Wings) Meeting
-- IHOP, Athens - Eat 8:00am / Meet 9:00am|
|19, || ||Tue||-||AL-Q Millbrook (Coosa River Wings) Meeting
-- Habaneros Restaurant, I-65 exit 181 go east about 3 miles on left - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|21, || ||Thu||-||AL-F Montgomery (Capitol City Wings - F Troop) Meeting
-- Chappy's Deli, Perry Hill Place - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|26, || ||Tue||-||AL-A Mobile (Dixie Wings - Alabama's First Chapter) Meeting
-- Morrison Cafeteria, I-65 and Airport Blvd, Mobile - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
Updated: 7/20/2014 5:07:20 PM