So it Begins - Rolling Thunder!


May 27, 2005, 01:08 PM
I live just inside the Capital Beltway, a short mortar shot [<--that's the firearm-related content :D )away from Rt. 66. The trees are all now leafed in, so the traffic noise has been reduced, at least until the Fall, but this is the one weekend out of the year I don't mind the noise, because Rollihng Thunder is back!

This is a moving tribute to our veterans, and it's a magnificant sight to behold. I'm a die-hard piston head and former motorcyclist, and all the beautiful iron is great to watch, but what I really appreciate is that so many riders come to pay their respects to those who paid teh price for our freedoms. They'll be roaring around all weekend, but the big show is on Monday. It'll start at first light as everyone rondevous at various gather points (the Pentagon is closest to us), and by mid-morning, the left lane of 66 will be nothing but bikes, 2 x 2, from Rosalyn to Manasas. WOW.

Anyway, I just wanted to say "Thanks" to all who ride to remeber all who served!

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May 27, 2005, 01:47 PM
Amen to that. It is interesting to me (my opinion) that a majority of us "Americans" are asleep at the wheel in terms of those that serve and have served to our benefit. I am a grown man, father, and emotions are tough to come by as with generations past, but the pride I feel for this country and the men and women that have served and serve in its service deserve some emotion from us. The collective WE "Shall Never Forget".....

Greg L
May 27, 2005, 01:47 PM
That sounds really cool. We live on a semi-main back road (there is an oxymoron :D ) where once a month or thereabouts on a Sunday (if the weather is nice) a local club or two will go on a ride that passes by here. As long as I'm not trying to get out of the driveway, watching 200+ cycles rumble by is always fun.

May 27, 2005, 08:56 PM
I made that run four times and wish I could still do it.

The run starts in San Diago and I usually joined it in Kansas or Missouri.
A great group to ride with and lots of fun stopping at many small towns etc along the way.
The hospitality of the people along the way was the greatest and I have many fond memories of those rides and the people I met along the way.

One year I left the Pentagon parking lot for the parade with a full tank of fuel (about 5 gal.) and was nearly empty when I completed the parade route and returned to the parking lot. There were still bikes leaving to make the parade route that we just completed and we were about in the middle of the pack.

That is a lot of bikes and bikers and I am proud to say that I have been there and done that.


May 27, 2005, 09:37 PM
Frelling dren Mike. Your headline had me thinking of "Operation Rolling Thunder" from the Viet-Nam era.

Wish I could be there to ride, but work takes priority. :(

May 27, 2005, 10:35 PM
I'm going to be there - leaving tomorrow morning with 13 other bikes & heading for DC from here in SW Pa.

I have 8 friends (6 bikes) that rode from here to Ca to be a part of the run across country.

My pastor is one of them. He did it last year; this year they asked him to act as Chaplin for the run - pretty cool.

Mike - the BIG show is on Sunday when the parade assembles, then departs, from the Pentagon. It is 4 to 6 bikes wide, goes through DC & takes every bit of 3 to 4 hours just to get all the bikes out. Truely amazing. Since I'll have my 23 year old daughter with me, we'll probably do the parade this year. Last year was her first, & we sat on a wall along Constitution & watched it instead of participating (she wanted to get a good look at the American Chopper guys, which she did - they turned around practically in front of us). This will probably be the last year she rides as my passenger; :( she has her own bike now & next year will be ready to do this run as a rider. My wife has been riding her own for years.

I'm kinda proud over that - we make it a family affair to honor our Veterans - and to those that are reading this, God Bless you all for what you've done in the service of this country!

May 27, 2005, 10:45 PM
Made it to DC last year for the weekend. Had a good time with a bunch of guys I have worked with that are all vets. A couple are Vietnam Vets also.

My hat is off to them and Arlington will always bring a chill and a tear to me everytime I go there.

May 27, 2005, 10:52 PM
Kevinch- You're right, it big show is on Sunday, I misspoke. Last year we were on our way to our boat in S.MD on a Sunday morning and had an amazing escort. Had to sell the boat, so weekends don't have the same meaning at the moment, so I'll be around home Sunday. If any THR riders need a little support or hospitality, hit my e-mail and leave your cell #, I'll make a point to check thoughout the afternoon. Shiney side up, mates!

May 27, 2005, 11:12 PM
Kevinch - where in SW PA? Just curious. I am close to Bedford where Pike crosses I 99. Maybe I asked you b4 - quite forget!

I am a biker and would like very much to do that trip but - we have a shooting weekend and so not devoted to biking. Maybe next year. I salute all you guys who go and - hope dearly that everyone come Monday does indeed - REMEMBER - we have a huge debt to so many.

Ride safe and may it stay dry for you.

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