Sunday, February 26, 2017

Next weekend- and you can come too

   Last week I asked for suggestions on where to go. I had a lot of suggestions but one that grabbed me was an invitation to go sky diving. I was already in Georgia on my way to Florida when I got it so I turned around and went north to North Carolina. Chasing my destiny, I made it up to the jump zone in Reaford, NC just in time for high winds to prevent any skydiving that day. I was so bummed about it all that I turned around the same day and rode back to Charleston. In the morning I had a clear head and came up with a new plan.
    You see, in 1982, I jumped from a plane in Paris, California. It was the biggest rush I have ever got. I did it with a bunch of Marines I was stationed with at 29 Palms. I've always wanted to do it again but like so many of us, life just got too busy. Well, now I've decided to not wait any longer. I'm going to take the time and make it happen.
    There is another detail that I want to stay true with. In 1982, they had no tandem jumps. You jumped alone. I wanted to do the same now but I got a lot of mixed information. This weekend I learned of a couple different options but it is possible to jump without being hooked up to another person. To me, that is like going on an amusement ride. It might be scary but you are depending on others so it is a controlled situation. I want to be on my own.
   I called around some drop zones closer to Charleston, SC. and found just the place. There is a drop zone in Walterboro, SC called Skidive Walterboro ( 843-549-6660) . I'll be going this Saturday, March 4th. Now the fun part-
   I've always said that I am an ordinary man living an extraordinary life. So I'm wondering if there are any ordinary men or women that would like to jump with me Saturday? I think it would be fun to share the experience with some of my friends . Give them a call, get the details and make your reservation. It will be a day to remember!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tell Bean're where to go!

   Now is your chance. Tell me where to go. It's going to be 80 degrees here in Charleston, SC this weekend and I feel the need to getaway and take a little ride. My "little" rides have sometimes been a little on the long side. Tell me.  Where? Maybe it's to see an old friend. Maybe a new one. Maybe a national landmark. Maybe it's a party or rally. Beach? Mountains? I don't know, that's why I'm asking you.
   Now the good part. Some one will win a Bean're gift package- both my books ( signed of course ), a Team Bean're patch and plenty of stickers. Already got them? well then I'll send them to a friend or family member for you. You make the call. And all for just telling me where to go.............

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Latest update on the coast to coast mini bike world record attempt for Aidan

    The biggest news is that David Uhl has graciously donated one of his signed prints of "The Iron Horse Heist". These are selling for over 3000 dollars now and only a few left before they will sell out and no longer available. You can win this one in a raffle that we will be doing with 100% of the proceeds going to The Aidan Foundation.  There are more prizes to like a Biltwell helmet hand painted by Darren McKeag. There are more prizes soon to be announced. Get you raffle tickets today at The Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation Website.
   Next, we have 3 of the stops worked out as well as the starting point.
   at 8am Sunday, March 19th, we will take off from the end of Main Street at the Beach in Daytona.
   on March 20th at 5;30pm we will have a fundraiser party at Accurate Engineering host by Berry Wardlaw in Dolthan, Alabama.
 On March 23rd at 5:30pm we will have a fundraiser at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum in Minden, Louisiana.
  And on Sunday, March 26, we will be at Rick Fairless' Strokers in Dallas Texas all day long raising money for Aidan.

    Now that we will back track and talk about the BEFORE we leave Daytona. I will be arriving Daytona for bike week and will be doing some fundraising as well as selling raffle tickets at several of the events. You can look for me Wednesday at Bill Dodge's, Thursday at Willie's Tropical Chopper Show and Friday at Robison's at The Biltwell booth.
     I now want to thank all my wonderful sponsors who not only are helping out with some of the costs of this world record attempt, but are also donating to The Aidan Foundation.

AND THE BUDDY JOHNSON GANG

Now what are you waiting for? Click on this link and support The Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation


Sunday, January 15, 2017

We're on a mission from God

  There are several updates on the coast to coast, Aidan's Mini Bike Ride, Guinness World record attempt. First of all, we decided ( Tim Ford and myself) that since we were doing it unassisted and don't have room on our mini bikes to carry hardly anything, including clothes, we would just do it with the clothes we are wearing. We came up with the idea to wear Blues Brother suits the entire way. It just made more and more sense. They were on a mission from God and so are we. They were doing it for a children's charity and so were we. They hate Illinois Nazi's and so do we. We are also trying to promote awareness and education about ALD and what better way to get people's attention along the way. Just look how much attention they drew when they showed up at the state house to pay the back taxes. So for 21 days, Tim and I will be Blues Brothers across America. Have the four fried chickens and a coke ready for when we come through your town- I'll just take dry toast.
    Next is the route. We'll be taking the southern route across America leaving from Daytona and riding across the panhandle of Florida and the gulf coast to Louisiana before heading slightly north to Dallas. Dallas is 1200 miles and we hope to be able to be there in a week but that will be some really long days ahead. There are a few Motor Maids in Louisiana that are going to host a fundraiser around Thursday the 23rd and if time allows, we will also try and visit the state house in Baton Rouge to carry some legislation about mandatory newborn testing. We will then go to Rick Fairless' Strokers in Dallas, Texas where Sunday March 26th, we will have another fundraiser. We are going to travel back down south to Austin and carry legislation to the Texas State House before heading west. I'm going to leave the rest of the route open due to time and logistics of more fundraisers along the way.
      In the planning stages are more fundraisers. Possibly doing some in Daytona before we leave, more out west and even a major rock band trying to spearhead a fundraiser. Also in the developing stages are some of the merchandise from this ride. We are working on tee shirts, patches and stickers of the logo above. They will all be available on the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation website  (www.aidanhasaposse.org/). More info will be coming soon so stay tuned and don't be surprised if The Penguin shows up.
    A big shout out to Biltwell Inc., Rick Fairless' Stokers Dallas and Buddy Johnson who has already gone above and beyond to help get this ball rolling!!!!! Special thanks to Don "Thunder" Baggett who did the awesome illustration of us and our mini bikes.




  

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Breaking a Guinness World record AND being a part of Aidan's Posse

   Some of you remember me breaking a world record 2 years ago by riding a 50cc mini bike from Louisville, KY to Sturgis, SD. It was a distance of 1,470 miles and took 9 days. Since then that record has been broke by about 100 miles so it was only natural that I attempt it one more time. The details are what is really going to stand this trip from all the others though.
  First of all I will be riding with my friend Tim Ford. No we won't be riding on the same minibike. We will each have our own stock Yamaha 50cc minibikes. We also will be riding together unassisted in that we will NOT have a chase vehicle the whole way.  That is the plan however according to Guinness rules, it makes no difference whether or not a support team is incorporated.

The distance we have decided is coast to coast. Yes, that's right, we're going to ride from Daytona Beach Florida ( the day after Bike Week) to San Diego, California. a back road distance of 3000 miles. We will be taking 3 weeks to accomplish this.
We are also going to do this for one of the greatest causes ever. Aidan Jack Seeger and The Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation.  On this ride we will spread the message about what ALD is and to advocate for ALD newborn screening in every state. We hope to carry some proposed legislation to several of the state capitals which we pass through. We also are going to attend stops along the way and have fund raisers to help with the Foundation and all the work they do.
We are gathering sponsors for this ride now and scheduling stops onto our course ( which is subject to change as we add new events). We also plan on having individuals pledge by the mileage that we accrue. There will be a page on the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation website for donations.
Much more info will be posted in the very near future. I want to thank Indian Larry Motorcycles, my good friends at Biltwell, Rick Fairless Strokers in Dallas and fellow Texan, Buddy Johnson for their help getting this started. Of course all my regular sponsors on my sponsor page listed here, are always helping me out making it possible to this and all my other projects.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In 2017 I'm going to "Share the Wind"

   I've known for years how much fun sidecars are. I ran one for a year back in 2002. I rode my little brother in mine from Kentucky to California and back. He had the nickname "Sidecar Bob" for years because of it. I even got to take my mom on her first motorcycle ride with me as she felt safe in a sidecar. The problem is that it changes the riding characteristics of a motorcycle, mainly because you can't lean the bike anymore for turns. For this reason I removed it and gave the sidecar to a couple with a special needs child.
   Well now for next year, I will be putting a sidecar rig back into action and will be doing a program that I call "Share the Wind". I will be visiting hospitals, retirement homes, Veteran homes and anywhere else where people are that would like to ride and get in the wind but are unable to do so on their own. My plan is to arrange at least one visit in a town where I am at during my travelling to rallies across America. I will also implement this in Nova Scotia Canada The Wharf Rat Rally where I already visit 7 adult living facilities and hospitals.
   I don't want to do this alone. The more, the merrier so I will be asking that anyone who would like to come along is welcome but would REALLY like it if you also have a sidecar or a trike. A simple ride around a parking lot can make someones day more than you can ever imagine. I will testify that it can also warm your own heart and leave a good feeling that lasts a lifetime.
    I have a Facebook page for this called Share the Wind. Feel free to go there and click "like". Watch for new things in the very near future.
    I also want to acknowledge some friends that are also putting together a sidecar event. Their page is The Sidecar Soiree. Their first even in the end of March with more on the way.
    It looks like 2017 is going to be interesting to say the least.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

an UN-political post

   
I'm really tired of hearing all the political rants especially when they are backed up with internet "facts" and memes. So what am I gonna do-  be a hypocrite and give you my two cents.
    First of all, I believe we ALL want the same thing. We really do. A better world for us and our families. The problem is we all have different beliefs on what is going to get us there. These differences can be healthy in keeping a balanced society. Problem is, the two point of views are getting farther apart and more unwilling to work or even consider the other side. I don't have the answers but I will share one thing that I contemplate regularly.
     This is Philosophy. It can be applied in all avenues of life. One main philosophical question is "Does the end justify the means?"  I happen to believe it doesn't however, I would be a hypocrite in certain situations. In politics, "does the end justify the mean?" is a great question. Do we want a better country for our families no matter who or what we trample? Do we want wealth and security at any cost?  Does it matter if it takes longer to achieve our goals or if we even achieve them at all as long as we play fair? Even when other don't play fair?
    I guess what I am saying is that if maybe we take a deep breath, open our hearts and minds, and do a little soul searching, that gap between the two side may tighten together. I don't think it should come together, but just come towards each other a little. That would be a step in the right direction.
    I'm going to breathe and think about my part.