Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday the 13th and the Bikers

Happy Friday the 13th everybody. That special day that only comes one or twice a year is upon us. Being summer, the usual 13th ballyhoo is larger than when it falls in cooler weather, not that today is all that hot outside. It seems rather nice out if a bit windy. Not the weather some would have liked, certainly not weather for ogling Ontario's topless swimmers. Though when the wind drops its warm.

What am I talking about you ask? You don’t know what goes on every Friday the 13th around where I live? Well let me tell you. Every Friday the 13th thousands upon thousands (says the news) of motorcyclists descend upon a town call Port Dover for a big gathering. It's been going on now for twenty-one years, counting the earlier date this year, and today. Bikers from all over Canada, and most of the US—especially in summer—come out for this often bi-annual event. I can only guess maybe it's an especially lucky year if there are three Friday the 13ths on the calendar.

What do all these bikers do over there at Port Dover? Other than carouse and get together with people they haven't seen since the last time I have no idea. One might suppose it's not the safest gather to snoop on. Probably a silly misconception, but one that's there nonetheless. Actually they are all well behaved or someone would have tried to put some kind of stop to it by now. People in Port Dover report they don't get much sleep, the bikers stay over the night and ride around the countryside for hours on end. A few hundred go by throughout the day here and we're twenty or more kilometres away.

Addendum: It was reported that 150,000 people (not just motorcycles, since some ride two people) descended upon Port Dover, a town/area of normally 6,000 people!

Mood: happy.
Music: Rainmaker by Iron Maiden and Wild Child by The Scorpions. Today's music is the 13th studio album by each of the bands.

Iron Maiden: Dance of Death
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The Scorpions: Pure Instinct

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