Sunday, November 15, 2009

Friday the 13th

November the 13th, and the bikes are still out. Usually this time of the year the bikes are put away and winterized for the long, cold whiteout in the north.

This past Friday the temperature went up to 12C, so we desided to use the opportunity to go ride.

In Port Dover they have a biker get together every Friday the 13th. This has been a tradition for the last 15 years, so we desided to go see what all the fuss is about.

We left at 10am in the morning, and arrived in Port Dover 90 minutes later, and only sligtly chilled. Needless to say, if you had a bike and it's was not in storage yet, you did the run to Dover. I have never seen this many bikes together before.

We spent about 25 minutes riding round town looking for parking. Eventually we found parking in one of the side streets. After moving the bikes around to fit into the limited space, locking up our helmits and grabbing the camera, we were of to look at the spectacle.

One of the nicest tank paint jobs was one of the Joker. The owner of the bike was also around for some pictures, and one of the younger onlookers could be heard saying: This is treally bad-ass."

There was a Santa with a thong on a bike, who later was seen walking down main street with red leather chaps.

Our son didn't join us on this ride, but there were many amazing sport bikes that he would have enjoyed.

A big part of the whole thing is to be seen. Some people show up and just cruise around to be seen by all the onlookers. As you can see by these two, I dont know who took the longest blowdrying their hair.

It was a good thing to see some other dual purpose bikes as well. I guess this is what all adventure riders do when they don't have money yet to go on more interesting trips.

It was a bit of a chaotic scene, and not realy well organized. Getting anything to eat or drink was virtually impossible. I guess if you were prepared to stand in a lineup for two hours, you woud be able to still your hunger or thirst.

Round 2pm we left and rode to a Tim Horton's out of town to get some coffee, and made our way home.

In the end I must say that it's not realy my scene. But I think now we can say "been there, done that, and didn't get the T-shirt".

We did however have a good time, and it beats going to work anytime.

I think the best part of all is the fact that the weather allowed us to get another ride in.

At this moment it looks like I will be able to commute to work on the bike for another week, but then the bikes will be winterized till April next year.