Rattle the Runway

This ride commemorates those whose lives were taken on September 11, 2001 in four separate highjacked flights, the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon. It is a police escorted ride from the National Air and Space Museum--Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport to the Pentagon, where we will visit the Pentagon Memorial. Lunch will follow at a convenient, nearby restaurant, and then we can decide whether to ride back as a group or individually. We will assemble in the parking lot outside of Starbucks, in the Potomac Valley Shopping Center near the corner of Route 28 (Darnestown Rd.) and Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, and head out to the Dulles area at 8 am for the motorcycle staging. Food and drink are available at the staging area.

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  • Will R.

    I enjoyed today’s ride, it is one to be done at least once just like the Rolling Thunder ride.
    It was a nice group of riders, looking forward to your next ride.
    Thanks Cliff

    September 9, 2013

  • REY

    a lot of fun, first time participating in this event, son crazy riders near DC specially under the tunnel on 66... Food was a good choice, thanks to everyone for a good times.

    September 8, 2013

  • Peter

    Thanks, Cliff, for putting it all together and arranging lunch for us. Nice job!

    September 8, 2013

  • Peter

    While it would have benefited from a more coordinated police presence it was still an impressive ride. I'm glad I participated and enjoyed meeting some new friends.

    September 8, 2013

  • Mike F.

    Apologies for the late notice but ii won't be able to go today ride safe and my heart and mind are with you all let us never forget those we lost on 911

    September 8, 2013

    • Cliff B.

      Sorry you couldn't make it. But it also wasn't as well coordinated as past Rattles. A bit disappointing.

      September 8, 2013

  • Thom

    Missed by 4 minutes. Oh well.

    September 8, 2013

    • Cliff B.

      We'll catch you on the next ride.

      September 8, 2013

  • Anne C.

    Cliff - What a wonderful day on every level. Thanks for the ride. Sorry we lost you at the end! I think we got Torri home safe and sound. Would love to ride with you all again. Anne & Andy

    September 8, 2013

    • Cliff B.

      Anne, thanks for helping Torri get home safely. When the other Andy and I realized we had lost everyone, we doubled back over the bridge back into Virginia. We were both worried about someone having had an accident with all the traffic. But all worked out well. Nice meeting you and your husband. Looking forward to riding with you again soon. Today's ride was very different from our typical group rides into the countryside.

      September 8, 2013

  • Torri S.

    Thanks for an awesome ride Cliff. Wonderful day.

    September 8, 2013

  • Cliff B.

    All, I just made reservations for us at Chevy's Mexican Restaurant, about a 5-7 minute walk from the Pentagon Memorial. We can leave our bikes at the Pentagon and head over there, then ride back together.

    September 4, 2013

  • Cliff B.

    I scouted around the Pentagon today for suitable places to eat with easy parking and came up empty. If anyone has any suggestions for a decent lunch with easy access parking near the Pentagon Memorial, let me know so I can make arrangements. Thanks.

    September 1, 2013

  • Jim M.

    I would love to go on this ride Cliff, but my wife has her family reunion on that day.

    July 21, 2013

    • Cliff B.

      Jim, it's always the Sunday closest to 9/11.

      July 22, 2013

    • Jim M.

      Mark- I did that last year, it didn't go to well.

      July 22, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Wife's family reunion on this date.

    July 21, 2013

  • Peter

    have room for one more???

    July 16, 2013

  • Cliff B.

    George, I do this ride not only to recognize and remember all those who died on 9/11, but also to honor my son Alex, a soldier who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Thankfully, he made it through.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Fred P.

    1 passenger

    July 16, 2013

  • Cliff B.

    We'll be riding on the highway for some of the time in order to get to the staging area. We'll keep a moderate highway pace, so newbies as well as experienced riders are welcome to join us.

    1 · July 15, 2013

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