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What a day yesterday. It was the 3rd Annual Jessie’s Ride to raise money for the Jessica Lunsford Foundation. The ride started at Gulf Coast Harley in New Port Richey and went to Crystal River Harley in Crystal River. About a 50 mile ride.

My day started with breakfast with a group from CMA at 7 A.M. and we left Spring Hill for Gulf Coast Harley in New Port Richey. We got there at about 8:30 to register. When we arrived there must have been a few hundred bikes already. We registered right away and it only took about 10 minutes. Shortly after that group after group started pulling in. The line to register was real long. At about 10 AM the parking lot and everything in between was full, they started staging bikes in a shopping center across the street from the Harley dealership. We asked one of the people working the event how many bikes there were and they said, right now we have no idea but it’s a lot more than expected.


While I was there I called and spoke to Christopher from who I know from hondashadow.net and told him what was happening. I told him we would be passing near his area so he went up to the Honda Dealer and was going to wait and see the group go by. He was going to try to get a picture of me and he did! Looking for me on my bike was like looking for a needle in a haystack so we’re fortunate that he even spotted me. Take a look at the other picture and see the line of headlights. It’s a looooong line.

By the way, there were lots of Shadows on this run.

I’m sure that Chris will add some more insight from what he saw and did as well.

Two pictures that our own Christopher had taken: (if you don't see 2 pics hit refresh.)
There I go!

Check out the line of bikes.


See the link to an article about the ride.
http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2007/2/24/226330.html
 

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I talked with Steve ( one of our members here ) on the cell phone early that morning and he said " your not going to believe the number of bikes here ". So we saddled our bikes up and rode to the dealer to see the spectacle when they rode by. He was right. I have never seen so many motorcycles in formation riding at 40 mph before.

The whole purpose of going up there was to get some pictures for Steve and to see this massive bike ride. It was harder then it seemed trying to pick Steve out of a long, long line of bikes but I did by chance find him and snapped the picture as he came by waving.

My wife and I decided to jump on our bikes and join them near the end so we waited till a big hole opened up and joined the group. I am still way down on energy from the chemo treatments so I couldn't ride the entire distance but we did have a decent ride with them. Pretty cool blowing through lights and not having to stop. The Sheriff had all of the intersections blocked off for the entire route and also had a number of Biker Officers as escorts. It got hairy a couple times for us cruising at 60 MPH then having to jump on the brakes hard when the line ahead slowed down but overall it was fun. You just had to pay very close attention to the bike ahead of you.

What was amazing was to see so many cars stopped and people lining the side of the roadway waving, cheering and clapping. All the motorcycle cops from Pasco County that led the ride parked their bikes at the county line and all of them stood in line waving to us as we went by. That was really great of them to do that and you could see allot of pride in these guys having just rode with us. They stood through the entire line which took approximately 20 to 30 minutes for everyone to ride by.

Overall it was fun and the ride was for a good cause, but I admit we never intended to ride we just went up there to see Steve and to get some pictures for him as this was his biggest ride yet. We also wanted to take it all in as well. The ride along was just a bonus for us and I have to thank Steve for letting us know about all this.

On one of the local news stations they reported over 3,000 bikes, but this morning one of the news stations reported over 5,000 actually rode. Just an amazing thing to see.

Congrats Steve on a long but fun ride. You did it partner ! I was glad to see you smiling and having fun as you passed.

Chris
 

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A great showing of support,for a Good cause.
 
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