Atlanta Peach State Riders
By Carol Waters
Atlanta Peach State Riders was founded 31 years ago and has a rich history. If you had the time at the Ride-In™, I hope you got to listen to Cathy Davies’ adventures “Riding Around the World.” Also, I hope sometime you get to hear Marilyn Vershure, Laura Mitchell, Billy Jean King, Lois Wyatt, June Reeves and others tell some of their stories about riding in Mexico, Alaska, and other parts here and there. You will enjoy it and laugh a lot. I have been a member of APSR for five years now and enjoy these ladies immensely. Last year, I served as Co-Director and I’m serving as Chapter Director this year. I feel very fortunate to be a member of this Chapter as we are a very active group. We ride, meet, eat, socialize, laugh and enjoy ourselves. So much so, that I would like to share the start of our year with you.
In January, we kicked off the year with a lunch meeting at the Smith House in Dahlonega. This is family style southern eating with the obligatory black-eyed peas and collard greens to ring in New Year’s Day. If you have never been to Dahlonega, please try to visit. It is a small city in northern Georgia, but rich in history. There is a Dahlonega Gold Museum in the 1836 courthouse, which chronicles mining in the area from discovery of gold in 1828. There is also a mine shaft in the basement of the Smith House if you decide to eat there. The courthouse block is surrounded with shops and is a pleasant afternoon just looking at all the wares for sale. Amicalola Falls and regional vineyards are all in the immediate area. It was 28 degrees New Year’s Day, so we did not ride our bikes, but the roads in the area are some of the best. The Suches area has GA-60, GA-180 and GA-19, which in my opinion all rival the Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee.
In February, we hosted our annual PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) weekend with the Indoor Shootout. Fifteen of us attended and we all practiced our skills for an hour, and then we had our competition. Gwenn Gee (our secretary for 2018) designed the competition target. We all took six shots, five at the motorcycles and then the frog was the tie breaker. Luckily, we didn’t need a tie breaker as no one actually hit the target for the frog. We shot off toes and fingers, but I just don’t think the ladies and gents could bring themselves to shoot our kind of mascot. Gwenn won the women’s shoot with Hazel in second place and Eve in third place. Dave won the men’s shoot. Gift cards were awarded for prizes. Afterwards we all went to a local pizzeria (Alessio’s) for supper, drinks and socializing.
On March 24, we had a Chapter ride to the Jarrell Plantation in Juliette, Georgia (Jones County). The plantation is one of the last remaining examples with its authentic nineteenth and early twentieth century plantation buildings typical to Middle Georgia. We ate lunch at the Whistle Stop Café which was the featured restaurant in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. We had 13 members and one guest enjoy the afternoon. The roads are not as twisty as the North Georgia Mountains, but very enjoyable, scenic riding.
See page 10 for the rest of the story…