I got to do something I never expected I would this Memorial Day weekend: I rode in Rolling Thunder on Sunday.
Now, I had planned to go for a motorcycle ride over the weekend when my friend Steve (Sionna’s husband) was in town with his bike group for Rolling Thunder, but we had expected to get together on Saturday. Circumstances, however, intervened and he spent most of Saturday at the shop with one of his friends while her bike was getting repaired. And so, I ended up getting to ride along on Sunday.
It was quite an experience. Rolling Thunder was started as an event to draw attention to the prisoners of war and missing in action that never returned from Vietnam, and today it still serves that purpose along with highlighting the current needs of veterans. So, for all of the biker-culture bravado, it is, at its core, a very solemn event. There were people who were clearly vets (as well as active soldiers) along the route, and they seemed genuinely touched by the show of support.
Here are some photos:
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