Yesterday on our trip to the Shenandoah's the weather was glorious, a great day for motorcycle riders to dust off their wheels and take to the road. We passed many we presumed were heading into Washington DC for the Rolling Thunder gathering. We missed shots of the larger groups but I did take a few photos of riders along the way. Gregg took a photo of these motorbikes above which were parked at our local post office, our first stop before we headed to the mountains.
This is the day when motorcycle riders from all over the country ride through the city. They made an impressive sight whether on their own or in the smaller groups that we saw, and I hope one day we can get into DC to see the actual event. I read that in 1988 there were approximately 2,500 motorcycles participating, this year they were expecting 250,000. If you would like to learn more on how this all started, you can click here and there is a news article on line which you can read here.
Years ago our son spent three weeks in hospital. It was a stressful time for us as you can imagine but one day a group of these riders made the rounds of the children's ward. They were dressed the part and it was an exciting event for our sick boy and the other children. They came laden with toys and books for each patient, gave everyone a baseball cap and generally cheered everyone by their appearance. Consequently I have always had a soft spot for this special group and I will always be grateful for their kindness.