Gold Wing Road Riders Association 
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  Chapter AL-J  -  Tuscaloosa, AL     Alabama District  -  Region-A  -  Gold Wing Road Riders Association  
Couple of the Year 2016
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Next Monthly Gathering
Friday, August 5, 2016
Bama Wings gathering -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 north, Northport. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
July - 2016
30,  Sat--T-O-D-A-Y-
 -Chapter Ride -- Pickle Barrel, Amory, MS-PNC Bank 4:00pm
August - 2016
3,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's Northport-10:00am
5,  Fri-Bama Wings gathering -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 north, Northport. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
6,  Sat-Breakfast Ride -- Roebuck Landing-leave PNC Bank, Skyland Blvd 7:30am
10,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's Northport-10:00am
12,  Fri-Chapter Meal -- Shrimp Basket, McFarland Blvd-6:00
13,  Sat-Breakfast Ride -- Charlies, Fayette-Nortport Civic Center-7:30
17,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's Northport-10:00am
19,  Fri-Chapter Meal -- LaFeista Mexican Grill. 6521 Highway 69 South-6:00
July - 2016
9,  Sat-Buddy West Birthday
13,  Wed-Patty Ratliff's Birthday
20,  Wed-Billy & Lisa Bagwell's Anniversary
25,  Mon-James Robinson's Birthday
28,  Thu-Jackie Ratliff's Birthday
29,  Fri-Rita West Birthday

Calendar Updated: 7/27/2016 12:17:57 PM

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AL-T Hueytown (Tri-County Wings) Meeting
-- Home Plate Diner, 2780 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, Hueytown - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Friday, August 19, 2016]
AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting
-- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 9, 2016]

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Strange but True

The five most stolen items in a drugstore are batteries, cosmetics, film, sunglasses, and, get this, Preparation H.  Apparently people are just too embarrassed to purchase the last item.  And, just in case you are curious, one of Preparation H's main ingredient is shark liver oil.  The oil not only helps shrink hemorrhoids, but will shrink any tissue.  As a result, many older women in Florida use the stuff to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles!

Safety Tips

Unexpected Intersections
Street Strategy
--Motorcycle Consumer News

by Ken Codon

It has been over a decade since you last owned a motorcycle, and you are anxious to ride a two-wheeler once again. You were tempted to forego rider training since you already know how to ride a motorcycle, but you suspect there are things you may not know, so you sign up.

The class was worth taking, because you were able to relearn basic control skills and practice emergency braking. Brushing up on these skills was great, but the course was also very beneficial in making you aware of things that are of particular concern to motorcyclist, such as conspicuity.

You began commuting to work the Monday after passing the course. Over the next few weeks you keep the lessons about visibility in mind as you negotiated the workday traffic. So far, the lane positioning techniques you learned appear to be working, as other drivers seem to recognize your presence. Today, you will learn one more lesson about the complexities of riding in traffic.

You are riding in the left lane of a divided, four-lane roadway. You slow as you approach an intersection controlled by a traffic light that turned red only a moment ago. A line of cars is forming in the right lane as you roll forward to stop behind the car ahead. You notice that a car to your right is stopping quicker than seems necessary. You continue forward when you suddenly see the front bumper of a car emerging from between the line of cars in the right lane and is about to cross in front of you! You squeeze the brakes the way you were taught in the safety course and are able to stop before contacting the driver side door.

The driver you nearly collided with was exiting a gas station to your right with the intention of crossing into your lane so he could make a left-hand turn at the intersection. He took advantage of a gap in the line of traffic provided to him by a courteous driver, but failed to see you among the other vehicles.

Had you noticed that car was waiting to enter the roadway from the gas station and recognized the significance of the driver in the right-hand lane slowing more abruptly, you may have been able to predict the hazard. This information should have triggered an alert and prompted you to begin slowing much earlier. Instead, you were faced with making an emergency stop. Thankfully, your recent training kicked in and you avoided a crash.

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