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    Default Ride for Lightning (Oct. 15-16)... SICK ride and a chance to HELP!

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    We’re back at it again...

    We were so stoked the response to the Revenge Run was and all the friends we made that we’ve been counting the days till next year….. but why wait till next year? The Revenge Run started the year off with a bang so why not go out the same way?

    The Ride for Lightning (October 15th and 16th)

    Initially Ralph and I decided we were gonna do a small ride and camp jam (no sponsors and very little organization) to get back together with all the cool people we met on the RR. But recently, we both caught wind of Lee Bender and his fight against Multiple Sclerosis…… And while neither Ralph nor I know Lee personally, we figured why not help out in whatever way we can. So, we decided to do another proper run and raise as much cash to help Lee out as we can.

    I got into bikes for the same reason I got into skateboards...the brotherhood. And while I don’t know Lee personally I dig what he is doing and feel a certain kinship……….. Lee was a sponsored skater (OJ, Nike, Indy…) who was diagnosed with MS in ’07…. What started as slight numbness in his hands and feet quickly became numbness from chest to toes….. his balance has been affected making skating impossible…although he can still ride a bike (some of you have probably seen his blog – onesickrace.com)…... but the real fear is that MS is a degenerative disease – so, it will likely only progress from here………. but there is hope…….. Lee has found an experimental treatment that has shown real promise in relieving the symptoms of MS and returning those who undergo the treatment to a more “normal” life………… to undergo this treatment Lee has to trek to Poland (the procedure is not sanctioned to be performed in the US)…… To do this Lee needs $11,000…….. he has raised a little over $4,000…….. so, there’s still quite a ways to go……………. And we can all help.


    As for the run route, well, the two coolest things North Carolina’s past has to offer are pirates and moonshine (well, maybe not all in the past). So, it only made sense to pay tribute to NC’s deep moonshine history this time around!

    The Ride for Lightning will follow some old moonshine roads through the mountains of North Carolina. The run will start somewhere near Winston-Salem, go up to Cherokee where we’ll camp for the night and then head down to Pendleton, SC for a blow-out after-party (same as last time – bands, booze, bitches…)…… same recipe as the RR except the first day will be a little shorter………… We will be riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains just as the trees are changing….. no better roads nor view in the country………….


    We are gonna sell some swag and have a few raffles with all profits going to help fund Lee’s fight…………. There is also gonna be a small entry fee to go on the run which will also go to Lee………….. so, you spend a couple bucks and get to go on the run or buy some rad shit and all the while get to help Lee………… how could that suck?

    Next week we’ll have all the details up on the route along with shots of the run.

    For now, here's a general idea.... BUT the final route will be on small 2-lane roads and not on I-40.......


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    Better map...


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    yep, yep. On like Donkey Kong!

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    yeah, i think i'm gonna do this one too. already got my permission slip signed.

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    worthy and geekdub - Glad to hear it!

    Ralphie just got the art finished............



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    So, we are stoked at the response so far........ everyone we've talked to is behind the run and helping Lee 100%.... it's good to see people willing to lend a hand.... we appreciate it for sure....

    The sponsor list is growing by leaps and bounds..... we've still got a few invitations out.... but for now here's the list (in no particular order)... and I know you can read the side bar but I'm gonna re-list them because I'm stoked.....

    The Driven Skateboards
    Freak Out the Squares
    Biltwell
    Low Side Magazine
    Street Chopper Magazine
    FMA
    Death Science
    Atomic Customs
    Image 1
    Iron Horse
    Bandit Brand
    Rusty Knuckles
    Chop Cult
    Violent Choppers
    Vanguard Cycles
    Loser Machine
    High Speed/ High Death
    Front Street Cycles
    Hated of the World
    Death Machine
    Dice
    Bench Mark
    The Haints
    Rigid Hips
    Lords of Loud
    Blue Collar Moto
    Low Brow
    Old Gold Garace Co.
    Blood Falcon
    Eternal Combustion
    Born Loser


    And the AFTER-PARTY is gonna RULE........... I don't want to give too much away but let me say this....... don't forget that Ralph's company Rusty Knuckles just inked a little deal with a true legend in music - Antiseen................... MORE SOON on this and the RUN........

    Run tickets and swag will be on sale next week.............. shit is gonna rule........
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    Sounds good, Tim. I'm not sure how much I can make of the Friday part of the run, but Friday afternoon I'll rip on up through the mountains to catch up with y'all that night and then ride that Saturday.

    Looking forward to seeing y'all again.

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    hell yeah tim. this sounds great. R.R. was killer so i know this will be too. stoked

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    Nubby - you know you are welcome wherever you meet up with us... it's gonna be rad.

    wllgmr - glad you're stoked.....

    The run is really shaping up!

    More news REAL SOON....

    Lot's of GREAT pictures coming too.......

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    Missed RR so i'm def on fer this plus it's the day after my birthday. What better way to celebrate!

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    Uncle Creepy.... Just don't bring Chris Hansen... haha......... see you there!

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    Man, again I can't say how rad it is to have so may people into getting on board with our run.............. We just added a few more amazing people to the roster........

    Chopper Dave's Casting Company
    REAL Skateboarts
    Spitfire
    Cut-Rate
    Shoe's House of Chop
    Dime City Cycles
    47 Industries
    Special 79
    The BDAC
    Hell Mutt's
    Air X
    Ryzart

    By the end of next week we will have the run poster set and up............... this thing is gonna be amazing! We are gonna make some REALLY GOOD shit happen for LEE.........

    Stay tuned....................

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    Ralphie and I finalized the run yesterday and it is AMAZING.....

    We checked out all our routes for the run and made sure everything was solid. The roads are INCREDIBLE... it's a way different ride than the Revenge Run

    It's gonna be cool with the leaves changing.... the roads roll and twist..... it is gonna be SICK!

    The run is gonna start in Hickory... head up to Boone and down to Cherokee along the Blue Ridge Parkway to camp for the night.......... and the campsite is RAD.... right at the edge of a fast-moving creek... Then the next day we ride out of Cherokee along HWY 28 to our final stop in Pendleton SC for a BLOW-OUT after-party........

    You don't want to miss this.....


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    gonna do my best to make this one, and considering it isn't around any beaches i don't think i'll be burying any trucks in das sand. plus get to spread some good karma

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    Im gonna try my damndest to make this one, freshening up the shovel now.

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    burntclutch - hahaha.... yeah, I don't think you will be able to wriggle out of a ticket the second time....... hahaha....

    nic - hope you get it sorted..... this run is pretty rad for sure!

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    FUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKK why did i come down to FL to go to MMI? made me miss the smokeout and now im missin this! damn it!

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    Ok, here's the deal.....

    We are gonna run an open registration with a $20 fee that will cover camping for 2 nights, chase trucks with gas (which people are gonna need) AND a $5 donation to Lee... We are also gonna run 2 AUCTIONS... one online and one on the run... tickets will be $2 each or 2 for $5 with all proceeds going to Lee. We are gonna sell run swag with all profits from their sales going to Lee as well........ and finally we are gonna print some FUCK MS shirts... once again all proceeds going to Lee.

    Our goal is to get Lee to Poland for treatment..... he needs a little over 7G's.......... now, maybe this sounds like a big lump but...... let's make some shit happen..... go on the run.... buy some swag or raffle tickets... it's a couple bucks..... what's the worst you get? An amazing ride or some cool shit and a chance to HELP out! How could that be bad?

    Next week we will give all details on the registration and swag for sale.... and each day we will be running a sponsor bio so you can see the amazing swag up for grabs and get a handle on all the RAD people giving up their own product to HELP Lee out..........

    For now, check out this slide show of shots from the run route...... I'm telling you this is some of the most AMAZING scenery that I have ever seen..... and the roads are made to ride on a bike!


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    Quote Originally Posted by burntclutch View Post
    gonna do my best to make this one, and considering it isn't around any beaches i don't think i'll be burying any trucks in das sand. plus get to spread some good karma
    Haha...just don't roll one off the mountainside. Roads aren't flat or straight around here.

    If anyone needs a place to crash before or after this, I'm about an 55 miles east of Pendleton, SC.

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    Just rode through Maggie Valley into Cherokee today. Very fun ride!

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