Monday, April 28, 2008
RALLEY WEEKEND IN HOLT
Going to the Emerald Coast BikeFest is a great way for us to spend our weekend with several friends, old and new, who also share a love, or at least an interest in motorcycles. Many times, these rallies have lots of friends we just haven't met yet!
Harley and I loaded the bikes with enough clothes to last the weekend, some cash in our pocket, and a fully charged digital camera ready to capture some "Kodak Moments". We left Friday after lunch, and made our way south to a little place in Florida called Holt. It was a pretty nice ride through some scenic country side and didn't have any trouble except for a short little rain storm. We just took this opportunity to gas up and get a drink, and were back on the road in about 15 minutes. It only took us about three hours to get there.
When we get to the gates of the event, the Emerald Coast Drag Strip and surrounding property was already buzzing with activity. There were bikers and bikes of all kinds, ATV's and Golf Carts all simultaneously moving around the grounds like a well organized colony of ants. The area for camping was set up in a grid pattern that allowed for traffic to flow easily throughout. It kind of reminded me of being in a small neighborhood in the suburbs, only the homes are all Campers, RV's and tents of all sizes and colors.
We rode past the track and vendor area to go and seek out our friends at the camp site, which is usually way in the back of the camping area. This is good for several reasons, but mostly, it allows us to set up our Campers and RV's (seven this year!) in a circle pattern making our center area great for bike parking, cooking, and congregating with each other throughout the weekend. Also, being this far back has it's advantages with noise levels and privacy. We found our friend Big Ed, who has graciously allowed us to call his Raptor our home away from home. I knew I was in for a great two days when I heard him say as I rode up, "Oh s#@t, here she comes!" I'm the oldest in my family, so I am a big sister to three brothers. Big Ed is like the BIG brother I never had, and he likes to tease me every chance he gets. I try to give back everything he dishes out but, he's just better at it than I am.
To be continued....
This is just the beginning of what I called a great weekend! I have so much I want to share with you, and in the interest of time and read length, I will break down my weekend experience into three part series for you to enjoy. I'll call it the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY! Besides, I've got to sort through my pics, as some are too adult in nature and are not for posting, I also have several pics my friend has to get to me as well. Please stay tuned! Lady R
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