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Gary

Nickname: Varies, right now I’m going with Renegade (usually a Styx song or lyric).

Hometown: Winchester, TN.

Marital Status:  Married to the love of my life, Evelyn.

Age:  65

Occupation: Retired

Current motorcycle you ride: Harley Davidson Road King

When did you FIRST THINK about getting a motorcycle?  When I was about 10 years old I used to walk down to the corner grocery store almost every day.  Across the street this guy parked what seemed to me the biggest motorcycle I’d ever seen.  Had leather tassels all over it.  I loved to hear him fire it up and drive off.  My mother was not fond of me talking to him about it, but I always thought that one day I would get one of those.  It just took me about 55 years!

What attracted you to your current bike? The old school look.

Fastest you’ve ridden?  100MPH, but don’t tell the wife.

How long does it take you to polish your bike?  Three hours.

Helmet or no helmet?  Both, Florida is hot.

How many bikes have you owned? Two

If you could change something about your bike, what would it be?  More horsepower, better handling.

What is the next accessory you will be adding to your bike?  Not sure yet, still thinking on it.

Favorite road song? Humm, that’s a tough one ‘cause there is a lot of good ones out there.  I’ve got a short play list that I will listen to that has a good sampling.  Examples, Midnight Rider, Allman Bros., Slow Ride, Foghat, Midnight Special, Doobie Brothers etc….then throw in AC/DC, The Band, The Doors, Cream, Blue Oyster Cult, Eric Church, Kid Rock, Stones, Styx, Aerosmith, and on and on and on.

What are 3 lessons you’ve learned about riding safely in the past 12 months?  1.  Don’t try to keep up with Mike.  2.  Don’t try to keep up with Mike.  3.  Hydrate and always wear all of your safety equipment all of the time.  (I don’t always do what I say)

Longest ride:  2,100 miles

What was the worst weather you’ve ridden in?  I’ve ridden in some good downpours but riding down I10 in 100 degree weather for any length of time can wear you out pretty bad too.  Stay Hydrated.

Favorite time of the year to ride?  Fall

Next event you would like to attend:  The Ridge Runner in Tennessee

Ever hit any critters, alive or dead?  Ran over a couple of snakes one night on the Natchez Trace.  Just didn’t see them in time to miss them.

 Do you have a ride bell on your bike?  First thing my wife bought for me.

Why do you ride?  I really love the feeling you get with the wind in your face and feeling alone with the world.

What is your “dream machine”?  I have it.  Harley Road King.  Maybe when I get “old” I’ll get one of those Glides with all the bells and whistles.

If you had only 7 bucks left in your wallet, what would you do with it?  Fill up the tank.

Why did you join the Pensacola SCRC ChapterI was talking with some friends about riding and getting involved with a group.  One of them suggested the Southern Cruisers and I discussed it with Mike Owens.  Mike was really good about bringing me along and I think it worked out good.