|10-19-2009, 12:09 AM||#1|
Joined: May 2008
Location: Huntsville, AL
Frank Cheek Memorial, Ride, Pics, and Stories
Frank Cheek was the founder of the Two Wheels Only Motorcycle Resort in Suches, Ga. It was, as far as I know, the first of it's kind in the world. During the eighties and nineties when Frank ran the place, he became known by thousands of motorcyclists who came there from all over the world. On September 30th, 2009, Frank passed away.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend a memorial held for Frank on Sunday, October 18th at High Valley Airport in Suches. I decided to post a ride report, some pics, some stories of Frank, and encourage those who knew Frank to add their stories and pics.
It was with mixed feelings that I prepared to go to the Memorial Service early on Sunday morning. On one hand, I was sad to have lost a good friend who had a great impact on my life over the last 19 years. On the other hand I was looking forward to seeing many old friends who would likely be there. I was also looking forward to going to Suches, it has been one of my favorite places since I first went there and met Frank 19 years ago. Here's a pic of frank and my wife back in 1991.
It was a chilly morning with ice on the windshield of my truck. My wife was also coming so we decided to drive up and put a bike in the back of the truck so we could go for a short ride after the service. i decided to take my old 97 S-10 because it had been sitting in the driveway for about 2 months while my son, who normally drives it, was off at Georgia Tech. I also decided to take my 93 DR250 because I hadn't ridden it much lately.
We left at about 8, plenty of time to make it to Suches in time for the service. A little over half way there, while on GA400, the truck died. What bad timing! I figured I was going to miss the service. There was no way I was going to ask my wife to get on the back of a 250, on the highway, in this cold weather. I didn't have to. She said "Lets just leave the truck, unload the bike and go." So thats what we did. 20 miles of GA400 and 20 miles in the mountains, two up on a DR250. We made it just as the service was starting. Here is our trusty old bike, which got us there.
We arrived just as the service started. It was standing room only; inside and outside.
People who attended included members of Frank's family, friends from the local community, friends from the aviation community, and friends from the motorcycling community. It was an excellent service but I was outside so I didn't get the full impact. I took the opportunity to take some pics.
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