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Ride of the Patriots

Meetup at IHOP at 7:00AM (yeah I know it's early). Take a short ride to the staging area near Patriot Harely -Davidson in Fairfax. From there we will watch the parade and attend the opening ceromonies. At 9:00AM the ride begins. The route takes us down Interstate 66 which will be closed to all traffic during the ride (very cool) to the Pentagon. Once at the Pentagon we can either enter the parking lot and wait for the procession to continue into D.C. which begins at noon or we can keep going and all have breakfast together somewhere in the Arlington area. Last year I participated in this ride with two other scooterists, one riding a 50cc Zuma and the other riding a Vespa GTS 250. The procession speed limit is 35MPH so scooters of all sizes may participate. This is part of the Rolling Thunder weekend in recognition of veterans. Last year there were over 4,000 participants in the Ride of the Patriots and around 400,000 particpants in the Rolling Thunder acitivities.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome time!!!

    May 30, 2011

  • Don D.

    Great video, Larry - thanks!

    May 30, 2011

  • Don D.

    The ride was really in two parts. The gathering in Fairfax with 4,000 other cyclists was mind-blowing. Then all 4,000 of us rode together from Fairfax to the Pentagon, with flag-waving, cheering families all along the route. Five stars.
    Ed potted out a very nice ride for those of us who decided not to wait in the Pentagon lot for the noon ride though DC. We had a beautiful ride to River Bend Park, and a nice stop there in the shade. Then he led us through some nice twisty rods to the Viva Vienna festival, where we walked about and enjoyed the atmosphere and a bit of lunch. Five more stars, so how do I rate this day as a ten?

    May 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a pretty neat ride. And I think Patriot Harley really has this event dialed in -- and we should also thank Fairfax City, Fairfax County, and Arlington County. Some Google mapping showed us about .3 miles from the head of the line, and that hill crest west of us about .5 miles way -- and who knows how long the line stretched down the back slope out of sight.

    The 4+ hour wait for Rolling Thunder was a PITA, but once we squeezed out of South Parking, the ride through DC was pretty fast. Next thing I knew, I was under Memorial Bridge and launched onto I-66 heading for home. From the talk with other bikers in line in Fairfax and the chats waiting at the Pentagon, I think people generally liked the idea of scooters in the parades. Hopefully we'll have a larger group next year.

    (We were pretty cool, don't you think?)

    May 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for planning this Ed. This was an experience that I would like to do again next year. Although I did not meet up with the group at after the Pentagon for the group ride, the I-66 ride to the Pentagon was awesome.

    May 29, 2011

  • Spike

    Sorry I couldn't be there--combination of too much partying and a big brief due Tuesday. Looks like you had a great time. Did you see Palin? She looked smokin hot in leathers.

    May 29, 2011

  • Ed C.

    Great ride!

    May 29, 2011

  • Ed C.

    I've got a great ride planned for after the Ride of the Patriots. You don't want to miss it!

    May 28, 2011

  • Ed C.

    RV, don't let 4,000 motorcycles scare you off. We need scooter representation at the Ride of the Patriots. Besides, are they going to have funnel cakes at RFK? They will at Viva Vienna after the ride.

    1 · May 27, 2011

  • Don D.

    Here's an excellent post on coping with heat when riding: http://www.soundrider.com/archive/safety-skills/when_youre_hot.htm

    May 27, 2011

  • Ed C.

    Continued....When the procession gets to the Pentagon parking lot we will not enter. We will head out the GW Parkway to Great Falls for a short ride then head over to the Viva Vienna Festival in Vienna, VA. Here you will find rides, food, entertainment, etc.

    May 27, 2011

  • Ed C.

    Spike has been generous and offered to loan me his Kymco so I will get to ride Sunday. Be surre to arrive at IHOP on time. We will want to get to the staging area before the parade begins at 7:30AM. If you arrive late (please don't), we'll be lined up on Rte. 50 near Patriot Harley Davidson. Just look for the scooters. There will be food for sale at Patriot Harley Davidson.

    May 27, 2011

  • Don D.

    That's a generous offer, Ed. I think you have my number in your cell phone.. Call me if you have a chance.

    May 26, 2011

  • Ed C.

    Okay, I'm the one that organized this and low and behold my scooter is in the shop. If it's not ready in time, I still plan to meet everyone in the parking lot of IHOP in Fairfax. I really want to participate in this ride because it is a fun ride. If I can't ride, if everyone wants to circle back to my house in Vienna for a late breakfast I can get things ready while everyone is riding. After breakfast, there are a lot of twisty roads in nearby Great Falls to explore....just let me know.

    May 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Than you to the young ladies I met this Sunday in Arlington. You were coming out of the HSBC when you saw me and my Vespa. Thanks for telling me about the group! I am looking forward to some cool rides!!

    May 23, 2011

  • Ed C.

    I just hope my scooter is out of the shop by Memorial Day. Actually, I hope it's out of the shop this week so I can go on Kevin's ride on Sunday. Spike, if it's a nice day, it's totally worth it.

    May 19, 2011

  • Spike

    i'll be there, assuming i can drag myself out of bed at that ungodly hour. perhaps we can have a ride afterwards

    1 · May 19, 2011

  • Don D.

    I'll definitely get earplugs if I can make it.

    April 5, 2011

  • Ed C.

    Great! It really is alot of fun. If you don't want to wait in the Pentagon parking lot for the procession into DC you can bail-out. I think there were close to 4,000 bikes participating in the Ride of the Patriots and over 400,000 participating in Rolling Thunder. It is a sight to behold.

    April 5, 2011

  • Don D.

    Reconsidering this - turns out we may stay in NoVA that weekend.

    April 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    would love to, but I'm on shift for Rolling Thunder this year

    March 4, 2011

  • Don D.

    Sounds like fun with earplugs, but we'll be out of town!

    March 4, 2011

  • Ed C.

    For more information, check out this website: http://www.dwcllcsolutions.com/rop/

    March 4, 2011

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