NC MRF History Tour - May 13, 2006

Moore's Creek National Battlefield

The second of five scheduled NC MRF History Tours was held on May 13th in North Carolina. The tour started in Garner, NC at Team PowerSports and traveled to the Moore's Creek National Battlefield in Currie, NC which is twenty (20) miles northwest of Wilmington, NC.   21 bikes, and 24 riders attended this tour.

At the start, Bruce Harris, our Tour Director told the riders about the Battle of Moore's Creek, handed out detailed maps of the route, reviewed the proposed route and held a brief safety meeting. We left at 9:30 AM and stopped for a gas/comfort break outside of Wallace, NC at I-40 Exit 385. During that stop, Bruce further enlightened the riders about the logistics of moving an Army across North Carolina in 1776. He then reviewed the next leg of the route and had another brief safety meeting. Once at Moore's Creek, we watched an entertaining audiovisual presentation and then we were lucky enough to get a personalized lecture from local historian Tim Boyd. Tim is the Educational Technician at Moore's Creek and was dressed in period clothing.

After the tour was over, we all headed to a special BBQ spot. Our tour guide Bruce purchased a book that contained the ratings of just about every BBQ joint in NC. At the top of the list was a little place that only serves meals from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturdays ONLY. The "Pink Supper House" is a Ruritan club in Wallace, NC that cooks pigs every Saturday morning and serves them on Saturday afternoons. The eastern NC BBQ was delicious, and the service was excellent. We had a 250+ mile day and enjoyed a good meal and learned more about North Carolina's history.

We would like to thank the riders who came out for this tour. We would also like to welcome Andy Malinowski and David Harry to the MRF. They both joined today during the History Tour.

These riders understand the importance of protecting the things they love. Riding our motorcycles is important to all of us and these riders have shown their love for motorcycling by financially supporting the MRF on this history tour. Between the $50 in new memberships and $170 in donations, the riders raised a total of $220 for the MRF today. All current MRF members ride for free on these tours. However, many of the MRF member also made donations today. A Freedom Fighter donation was made to the MRF with the tour donations and that donation will go directly towards our fight at the federal level for fair motorcycle related legislation. To view the MRF's legislative agenda go HERE. If you are not already an MRF member, please consider joining. The MRF is completely focused on supporting street motorcycling. Join online HERE

The next NC MRF History Tour will ride to the The House in the Horseshoe on Saturday, June 17th. There will be a total of five NC MRF History Tours during 2006.

We would like to thank long-time MRF Individual Sustaining Member Bruce Harris for his dedication to the MRF, his time and effort in organizing and planning this History Tour, and his enthusiasm for creating fun, alternative riding opportunities for North Carolina's riders.

The Battle of Moore's Creek

"King George and Broadswords!" shouted British loyalists as they charged across partially dismantled Moore's Creek bridge on February 27, 1776. Just beyond the bridge nearly a thousand North Carolina patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire.

The loyalists, mostly Scottish Highlanders wielding broadswords, expected to find only a small patriot force. As the loyalists advanced across the bridge, patriot shots rang out and dozens of loyalists fell, including their commanders.

Stunned, outgunned and leaderless, the British loyalists surrendered, retreating in confusion. Wagons, weapons and British sterling were seized by the patriots in the days following the battle.

This dramatic victory ended British authority in the colony and greatly influenced North Carolina to be the first colony to vote for independence. The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, coupled with the Battle of Sullivan's Island near Charleston, SC a few months later, ultimately led the 13 colonies to declare independence on July 4, 1776.

Special thanks to Olivia Ruizamora for taking many of these pictures.

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