A Memory in Chalk

Many years ago Jay and I stopped by the monthly meeting of PARR – the Potomac Area Road Riders.  We were avid riders and figured it might be fun and interesting to meet other similarly addicted fellows.

Alas.  After 15 minutes of talking about hot dogs for some upcoming event – how the hell do you talk about hot dogs for 15 minutes?! – Jay and I looked at each other, faintly shook our heads, and quietly sidled on out of there.

Those were definitely not our sort of motorcycle people.

I have forsworn organized motorcycle “clubs” ever since.

At least until now.

A few weeks ago I joined the local Fairfax HOG chapter.  And a few days later I took part in my first HOG ride – one out to Antietam battlefield.  I was very impressed both by how that ride was managed and the generally high competence I observed in the riders.

A couple evenings ago I stopped by for the monthly chapter meeting at Patriot HD.  Everyone was very friendly.  And although there was a brief discussion about all the upcoming events, there wasn’t a single mention of hot dogs!

As you might imagine, being the closest major Harley dealer to Washington, D.C., means that Patriot HD is significantly involved in the annual Rolling Thunder extravaganza.  There was a lot of discussion about that.

I won’t be partaking in any of that, of course.  I’ll be heading westward instead with my Chicken Run buddies for our annual Memorial Day weekend trip into West Virginia.

But in keeping with the theme of Rolling Thunder, here’s one more image from my visit to the Vietnam Memorial a couple weeks ago.


a memory in chalk


2 Responses to “A Memory in Chalk”

  1. Martha says:

    Have a great time on the Run, and be safe. Wish I were riding with you.

  2. Jeff says:

    Thanks Mops! Maybe you will one day!

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