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It was not really a rise and shine kind of day, more a rise and stumble type of morning. I was up at 3AM to meet the president of our Star Touring club to connect with other riders who wanted to ride this 911 event in New York. I had the choice of taking more country type roads or mostly highway to meet him and I chose highway with the thought that maybe I would not meet the famous forest rats (deer) that reside in this area, at least that was my theory, but we all know my chances were almost equal with a meet up time of 4:15AM. I met him in Topsfield Ma. and from there we rode to Lawrence Ma. at Denny's for breakfast and to wait for any riders that may show up. Five other riders had showed up by our 6AM departure time and we were off for Windsor CT.

In Windsor me met up with a group that were headed to the same place we were, Greenwich CT where the staging area was for this ride. We joined them and proceeded to Greenwich. As we pulled off the exit ramp to the staging area by chance there happened to be a motor patrol officer at the bottom of the ramp. He saw us coming down the ramp and started his bike, took the lead, and at the next intersection, which we had to make a left turn to enter the staging area, he put his bike in the oncoming lane and blocked for us as we eased into the parking area. Right nice of him.

This has been an annual ride since 911 and the Greenwich fire department has been the sponsor for the staging area. After paying the 20 dollar fee and signing waivers we were met with hot coffee, ice cold spring water, bagels and cream cheese all compliments of the Greenwich fire department, with a boot for donations if you so desired. The ice water was welcome indeed as it was 85 just before we left the staging area at high noon.

At the safety meeting, the fellow that organizes this run had told us that due to the plans that were unfolding for this 10th anniversary in New York, and with all the extra security arrangements, we would probably not be able to go to ground zero like we did last year. However, he told us he had just received a call from a motor patrol officer who had made this ride before, he (officer) had made some calls and just maybe the escort officers could make a slight change of the route.

High noon we started out, perhaps 120 bikes, and away we rolled. Now last year the escort officers had blocked the entire parkways and roads that we traveled on. But this year due the high demand for security the NYPD was short on officers for this event and so as we left CT and motored to the NY line we were given selective lane blocking. We had traffic to our sides but none in our lanes which worked out fine. When we were on secondary roads blockers moved up to merging roads and blocked for us so no traffic could get in our formation. Great bunch of guys and boy can those people handle a motorcycle.

We motored down 134th avenue west to east, and yes we had to stop a number of times, as NY if full of people always in a hurry. And with a stop light every city block it was simply impossible to avoid stopping once in a while.

Eventually we were on the river side of ground Zero and the officers stopped our column of bikes, like hungry army ants marching not for prey but for sights of New York. We were stopped directly in front of ground zero and we were allowed around 10 minutes to get off our machines and take pictures. We were right in front of the 1776 tower being built and the snap of camera shutters filled the air.

We then proceeded to our starting point, where we broke off from the highway for each to go their own way with memories of a fantastic ride and perhaps to think of the tragedy that occurred on a day none shall forget.

My riding buddy and two of the people that met us in Lawrence drove to Sturbridge Ma. and had dinner at Cracker Barrel. It was 8:45 PM and 562 miles when I backed Wanda into my garage. Tired as a worn out vinyl record I shortly crawled off to bed. I drifted off to sleep having felt privileged to have been on such a ride. Lew Wilkie




























 

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wow! What an experience that would be. Thanks a ton for sharing.
 

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wow.... very nice ride post. thank you for sharing.
 

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Love the bike and trailer in the last photo.
 

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Great post! Would have loved to do a memorial ride of some type but freight always has to move. Oh well, I was with all the riders in spirit.
 

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Looks like you had a really great day:thumbsup::applause:
 

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thanks for sharing, great pictures.
 

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great pics man! does my heart good to see harleys and wings, and metrics, all together as one! :thumbsup::thumbsup: keep on winginit rick
 
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