Friday, December 7, 2012

Toys for Tots Dec 2nd

The weather seems to alternate weather good enough to ride every other year, and man did we get our turn this year! What a beautiful, warm day! Joined up with friends for our usual breakfast at the Village Inn down the street from the staging area. Dan even came to breakfast and drop off some toys although his bike isn't running and he had to get home to his wife and new baby.

Certainly a record crowd this year with the good weather. By far the largest we've ever seen! Normally we are waaaay up near the front (we go at the same time every year), but we were far from it this year. Here's a panorma of just a snippet of the staging area:


From left to right: Ditch (Pete), Elkhound (Harry), Carla, Outlaw (John), Ethan, Jen, Karla and I.


Ditch pointed out a bug on Outlaw's bike. This cannot be!! Outlaw rushed to erase the evidence...



Ditch had this HOT pink stuffed pig strapped on his back seat. It was so bright the camera struggled to get the color right!


Outlaw was unable to find his usual rocking horse, so sprung for two stick horses instead


Elkhound sunbathing


Now, does everyone remember what happened to Karla last year? If not, here's a reminder...


Well, Karla went so crazy with her retribution she probably scared the HECK out of the person in the porta potty next to Ethan!!


With that all sorted out, it was time to join our escorted group for the 4 mile slow ride to the Children's Hospital. Someone was taking (and now selling) photos as we pulled out of the staging area. Unfortunately only 2 of the group turned out. Here's Karla and I, can you see Outlaw's head floating on Karla's back seat? LOL!


They snagged a nice one of Elkhound and Carla too


Arrived safely at the hospital. Behind him is a HUGE V8 mounted right behind the solo seat.



Elkhound spotted a "motorcycle" that belongs to his neighbor


Karla testing out the horses...



The entrance to the hospital always looks great


Thousands of bikes roll through


We dropped off our toys, Ethan and Jen got their picture with Santa


Outlaw had to head home, but everyone else went to the HD dealership near our house for $1 beers and free BBQ. What a beautiful day!


Karla and I will be doing this ride again next year as always. After years and years of highly accurate, scientific study, I predict the weather will be terrible and we will have to drive. LOL!

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