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Opry Weekend

GWRRA's Weekend at the Opry
August 29 -31, 2014
Nashville, TN

Southeast Region "A" Convention

Southeast Region A Convention
September 11-13, 2014
Eufaula, AL

Mississippi District Convention

Be A Clown
October 16-18, 2014
Gulfport, MS

Florida District Convention

36th Annual Florida Gathering of the Wings
America The Beautiful
Kissimmee, Florida
March 19-21, 2015

South Carolina District Convention

                TO BE ANNOUNCED

Alabama District Convention

Hallowing
A Spring SPOOKtacular!!
Eufaula, Alabama
May 14-16, 2015

Georgia District Convention

Georgia Wing Fling
June 18-20, 2015
Dillard, GA

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When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

-- Lao-Tzu

SafetyRiding Safety Tips

Hot!

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.

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Congratulations to Chapter T --- District and Region Chapter of the Year   More...
Updated: 7/10/2014 12:20:07 PM

Events Events
July - 2014
30,  Wed--T-O-D-A-Y-
August - 2014
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
September - 2014
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)
October - 2014
16,  Thu-GWRRA - Mississippi District Rally (Thru Saturday)
November - 2014
11,  Tue-Birmingham Veterans' Day Parade
January - 2015
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
Events Chapter Meetings
August - 2014
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

Calendar Updated: 7/20/2014 5:07:20 PM

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