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On Saturday Sept. 11 I rode in the "Patriot's Ride" in Atlanta, GA. The ride was organized to honor and help provide financial relief for Georgia military families who have suffered the ultimate loss serving our country since 9-11-01.

The participants assembled in the parking lot for the First United Methodist Church in downtown Atlanta. In the church a very moving memorial service was held to remember those who have been lost. There were a number of bikers (myself included) who had a few tears in their eyes when "The Star Spangled Banner", "God Bless America", and "Battle Hymn of the Republic" were sung.

After the service we went out to our bikes and there was a special fly-over by four army helicopters. Then the church bell rang to signal us to start our engines. There were 363 bikes there for this ride. The noise of all these bikes starting was overwhelming. The only way I could tell mine was running or not was to look at the tachometer and feel for vibration in the grips. Police escort had been arranged all the way to our destination, so when we started rolling, we didn't put our feet down until we got to the parking lot at the end of the ride, almost 90 miles later.

We pulled out of the church parking lot and drove down the middle of downtown on Peachtree Street following the same route that regular parades follow. It was like being in a very long and fast parade. I was somewhere in the middle of the pack. I couldn't see the beginning or the end of the line of bikes no matter where we were on the route. People walking along the streets cheered and waved at us. We quickly got on to I-20 heading west, where the riding pace picked up considerably. The police blocked off the Interstate for our entry and crossover to the left hand lanes. When we got to I-285 (Atlanta's loop freeway - approximately 63 miles around) we turned south and began a counterclockwise loop around the city. Police continued to lead the ride and also blocked entrance ramps that entered our lanes. I have never driven so fast on I-285 before, in a car or on a motorcycle. I looked at my speedometer once and saw we were going over 80 mph. When we got back to I-20 West again, we turned west on it to Thorton Road, where we exited and went another 3.5 miles to the Harley Davidson of Atlanta dealership. Once again where we got off the freeway, intersections were blocked for us by local police and sherrif's department vehicles and people along the road were waving and cheering us. There were no wrecks and only a couple of bikes had to pull off the road in the middle of the ride with relatively minor mechanical problems. What an experience!

At the Harley Davidson dealership lunch (hotdogs & hamburgers) was prepared and a band played live music for us. Ride participants could also get 20 % off on purchases of HD accessories and apparel that day.

The event was organized by a group of Harley Davidson riders, and although it was advertised as "ALL MAKES OF MOTORCYCLES WELCOME", around 95% of the bikes participating were HD. There were a number of custom choppers and even a few three-wheel bikes in the ride. I saw one other Kawasaki; I think it was a Vulcan 1500. My VN 750 appeared to be the only one of those in the ride. As it has been said before, "It's not about the bike, it's about the ride." And this ride was a very good one.

 

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>>I couldn't see the beginning or the end of the line of bikes no matter where we were on the route.<<

I've only experienced this once, and wow, was it an experience!!
Thanks for the excellent ride report Wall... that was great reading!

Jill
 

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Great report Wall! Hey if they do this next year post it on here in advance. I bet a lot of folks (incl me) woudl ride down there for that.

That 1500 may have been our own Moki Man (lives in Dallas GA)
 

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Thanks for the nice comments everyone. I understand the organizers plan to make this ride an annual event. I'll be sure to post info on it next year. Maybe we can get more than one VN 750 in the line.
 

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Nice report, Wally. That sounds as if it might be a regular event. I bet that we can get more VN750's to participate next year. I live south of Savannah, so that would be a good trip for a one-day event, but I'm a native Atlantan so it is tempting.

Ride safe,

Ratty
 
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