July 28, 2003 01:12am
Nude Bikers Storm Tennesee
Source: Associated Press
by: Company Press Release
(MURFREESBORO, TN) -- The threat of scrapes and bruises, not to mention sunburn, didn't stop the fledgling North American Nude Bikers club from holding its first rally this weekend.
Events at the Rock Haven Lodge Family Nudist Park in southeast Rutherford County included a barbecue, live music, bike games and a poker run -- where bikers vie for the best hand by drawing cards at stops along the way. They don't actually ride naked. Mostly.
"You've got to be real careful or you're liable to get something burnt or hurt," club Vice President Allen "Anchor" Turner said. Turner, 46, came up with the idea for the group last November.
Participants said the values of trust, respect and freedom are common to both nudists and bikers.
"It's all about living a freer lifestyle," said Turner, who has been a biker for 15 years and a nudist for five.
When not astride their choppers, the bikers mixed with the rest of Rock Haven's members and visitors by swimming in the pool, playing volleyball and soaking up the sun.
Turner said he wanted to dispel the myth that the nudist culture was perverse.
"This is a family park," he said; anyone perpetrating lewd shenanigans in public areas is immediately booted out.