What you get is an really good time. Last night the Bikers Down Society celebrated its 5th annual Memorial Dance.
The event usually kicks off the biking season with everyone excited about the season to come. Last night was certainly no exception. But there was a twist. The record setting temps of the week before led to boasts of conquests and odometer readings this early in the season. It was nothing short of paradise. If anyone had have told me you could knock off a couple hundred kms`s in shorties and no sleeves in the middle of March in Nova Scotia, I would not have believed them. That was up until last week. The proof is in the pudding. Wednesdays and Thursdays previous highs had been 10 and 11. We posted 28 and 27 all over the province.
You talk about the much-needed mental health break to get your head together after a long winter of no riding. It is hard to imagine that out of the box I did 400 kms the first day and was extremely comfortable. Friday the weather turned, and it was much colder, seasonal and windy. Yes it got a little frosty, but I was on the bike riding the twisties with my best riding buddy. So as they say suck it up princess, nobody wants to hear it… It was all good.
There were 5 bands, The Hitmen, The Deadbeats, After Hours, Kevin Fletcher and the Gents, and Low rider. I have listed them in order of appearance. I do not want to slight anyone who gave of their time and effort to such a great a cause. The volunteers and board members worked to make sure the event rocked. Perhaps the most telling part of the evening was what happened at the venue and something the committee organized.
The venue had to be switched and on short notice, the event had to be moved to the Buffalo Club in Eastern Passage. So what happened when that many bikers showed up at the event to party…nothing but a good time. There was a lot of bear hugs, hand shakes, and back slaps. There was great food on the Barby and some excellent Ezzy Seven pulled pork. It was so nice to go to a venue and feel really welcome and that respect showed, both ways. I would say it is safe to say I have a really good idea where next years party will be. It went off without a hitch.
The other thing will be something that will not get the media attention it deserves. There was a bus organized to shuttle people into town via 2 hotels and you could get dropped off along the route. Yep, bunch of irresponsible rowdy bad ass bikers were doing the socially responsible thing making sure that nobody drank and drove. If you were not on the bus run,
alternative arrangements were being made to make sure we did not lose a brother or a sister, and that nobody was going to make a mistake that could have serious consequences, perhaps even fatal ones.
So the media will not pick up on the fact that we are not what they portray us as.
Actions speak louder than words. Last night they spoke volumes and the mainstream will never know.
They will continue to turn left and say they never saw us. Please be careful out there, it is early in the season, salt and right hand turn drag thrus are an ever-present danger.