Member Spotlight Archives: Cindy Hodges

Name: Cindy Hodges

Nickname: Fre

Age: 46

Occupation: Medical Transcriptionist

Hobbies/Other interests: Ohhhh the things I love that I've not had time to do much of... hmm. Gardening. Learning about and working more with stained glass. Reading. Helping to bring the motorcyclists of our nation together, all different types of people, all different types of riding styles, to help educate each other about the needs of the motorcycling community and about what challenges face us legislatively on the state and federal level - also about things in regards to rider safety, education, and the education of non-riding motorists who need to be more aware of us on the roads and share those roads with us, safely.

Type of Ride: 1993 Honda Shadow VLX 600

Dream ride: Oh my. Is there ONE? My dream is to ride everything and have a garage full of as many as I can. Though I wouldn't turn my nose up at a fully loaded, FULLY PAID FOR, 2007 Roadglide with the black chrome package... or a nice BMW. Heh.

How long have you been riding?: Not sure how to answer this one. Rode some as a kid, dirt bikes in the summer for a few years. Rode for about a year and a half on my first bike, an old 1976 HD Superglide but it was not consistent riding as something was always wrong with that thing. I have been a passenger, mostly on Harleys, mostly on shovelheads, for the better part of the past 26 years other than the year and a half I had the Superglide. I bought this VLX July 28, 2006 and in less than 4 months had put a little over 4000 miles on it so I'm off to a good start.

Average Miles a Year: LOL! We shall see.

What do you like about riding?: There is no better way to see this country. With each mile, the problems of the day slide off my brain like sand being blown by the wind. You can see, feel, and taste the world around you - sometimes more than you want to if you do not learn to keep your mouth closed. Nothing makes my soul sing like riding. For me, it is better to ask what I like about breathing. I love riding. Always have.

Why did you join the SCRC?: Ahhhhhhh. To be honest I never would have done it had it not been for my husband. I joined when we were doing the long distance dating thing when I lived in Charlotte and he was here in Raleigh. Until then, the only folks I knew in Raleigh were the folks from the Raleigh CBA chapter and CMA chapter that I have known over the years through my involvement in the bikers rights movement. I have come to love my SCRC family. You folks have been there for us when Mike's mother died, you came to our wedding! You care about us and each other. To be honest, since I have no children and I do work from home, SCRC is my only real outlet for socialization. I do not know what I would have done without you folks. I wish I was able to be more available and could make closer friends, perhaps this summer!

What does SCRC mean to you?: People who care enough about their fellow man, who love riding so much, that they do not care if we are from different social strata, other interests, or ideological backgrounds... just that we meet, eat, ride, and especially stay open-minded and friendly towards one another. That's important and in short supply in this ol' world these days.

Rides I like the most: I should be embarrassed but the truth is I'm a member of a riding club who does not really like big group rides. Never have. But I'm going to pay attention this year and hopefully be in town at the right times so I can join in more of the rides. Ask me this question in a few months. For now, I will say the rides I like the most start about 9 a.m. and end about 4 p.m. and have nice long lunch stops, end up at a motel, with a nice ride the next day.

Dream trip: To ride all over this nation whenever and whereever and for as long as I like. Also I'd like to ride in places like France, Italy, England, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and parts of Asia too.

Favorite Quote: "You never quit wrenching on your freedom, till you die." - Karen Bolin.

Anything else you'd like to say?: I would like to thank my SCRC family for their support as I started riding again, for making me feel comfortable. I would like to thank them for taking me seriously or hiding it if they do not, when I go on about our rights, legislation, and governmental regulatory agencies. I know it can be obnoxious but I feel so strongly about some of these things, thank you for listening and thank you also to those of you who joined in the fight. I also want to thank those of you who have participated in the History Tours and thank Frank for mentioning them in his letters to us. And to those of you who I have opened my heart to and shared some of my personal pain at times, thank you so much for being there. I do love my SCRC family. Lastly, but most importantly, I thank God for giving me friends and trying to keep me on the right path. I know I'm a struggle for Him <grin>.

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