Happy Memorial Day and do Remember the Fallen!
Today I did a charity ride for the Legacy Fund with 2 other members here on the forum. It started out threatening with the outer bands of tropical storm Beryl looming over head as Spiff717 and ChilliP rode up to gather me for the ride. We headed out and soon met up with about 20 other bikers going to the ride. We stopped for me to gas up a block away from the American Legion and starting point of the ride and we all were impressed with the numbers of bikes showing up. We got the bikes all lined up cattle style with lines of bikes as far as you could see. They treated us to Chick-Fil-a biscuits and drinks and had a very nice Memorial Day service. Then it was "Start your engines" and the Thunder did roar and as it did the clouds parted and the sky turned mostly blue. Then we waited for the 8 minutes of bikes to leave the parking lot and get out on the road and we were half way in the crowd. I was proud to see all the flags flying on the bikes and the people lined up all along the 40+ mile route. We arrived at the small town square in Madison, Ga and basically surrounded the whole square with bikes. It was an awesome sight. They had a very nice service and then it was time to mount up and head back for BBQ and the Soul Purpose Band. The ride back was much nicer as the pace was smoother with less "slinky" effect and some riders peeled off to head home. We had a LEO escort and I am sure we made some people late as they got stuck by the throngs of bikes but mostly it was a very celebrated ride by the riders and bystanders alike. The BBQ was good as was the band. I stepped outside after eating the BBQ and over heard the American Legion Rider's leader saying that they had 789 bikes that registered and that was the most ever!
I just thought NO....they had 786 bikes and 3 SCOOTERS!
I hope ChilliP can post some pics because it was a sight to see.
Literally bikes as far as you could see....out front or in the rear view. http://www.rideforamerica.org