April is just around the corner and with it, comes a plethora of happenings. We are blessed to be in the full swing of Spring and an increase of riders on the road bears proof of that! I've been riding to work just about everyday for the last couple weeks, and I'm likely to get "Biker's Elbow" from waving at all of them. Don't worry about me though, it's a good thing!
The first weekend in April will find Harley and a couple of our buddies enjoying a little "boys trip" out to the Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung 500. They plan to ride their bikes over to Houston to meet up with the Lone Ranger, and then they will all ride up to Forth Worth to the track. It'll be a nice little ride for them, but they're looking forward to it. This is nothing compared to some of their previous "boys trips", and don't worry about me, I've got the gurlz coming to my house for our own weekend of revelry!
On April 16th - 18th, the 2009 Alabama State HOG Rally, "Riding the River Region" will be right here in Montgomery this year. They have several guided rides planned throughout the weekend to places like the Blue Bell Ice Creamery in Sylacauga, and the Confederate Memorial Park up near Marbury. Friday afternoon, there will be an Alabama State Highway Patrol demonstration (I wonder what they demonstrate?) and some bike games at the Montgomery Motor Sports Park. An escorted parade through the Historic District of downtown Montgomery will bring you to the host Hotel, the Renaissance. There, you can to up to the roof top to "Party at the Cabana" with 2Daze Gone provided as entertainment. Harley and I may try to go to the Motor Sports Park Friday afternoon to check out the games and maybe ride the parade, but that may be all. Why? I'll tell you.
This same weekend is also the date for the Faunsdale Biker Rally over near Demopolis. This always promises to be a great rally with lots of activity. In fact, their slogan is: "Come on over and be a part of the best Bike Rally in Alabama. It's the most fun you can have without going to jail!" I know some folks who will be there, so Harley and I are definitely planning to make a day of it on Saturday and ride over and check things out. They will have a Poker Run Saturday that we may get in on, or we may just ride around on our own with our friends. The Motor Club they are members of will be there to provide security for the wet t-shirt contest. Sounds like a really tough job, heh? I'm sure there are a few "perks" that go along with it. Woo Hoo!
Our first full weekend to rally will be April 24th - 26th at the Emerald Coast BikeFest which takes place in Holt, Florida, near Crestview. We have a good group of friends that make this an annual trip and we all certainly look forward to seeing each other. The really cool thing about this, is that I just found out the other day, that my beloved mechanic "JB", is a champion drag racer! Duh! How come I didn't realize this before! I will find out in the next few days if "JB" is going to be there, so I can be sure to watch him run. I knew there was a good reason my Glide rides so swiftly and sweetly. She's been handled by a Champion!
Just about the time we think we can't do it anymore, on May 1st - 3rd, we turn right around and go to Panama City for Thunder Beach and the Derby Challenge. I probably will have a limited amount of time for motorcycle activity that weekend, because I will be partying with my Derby Girls! (That's okay, my biker girlfriends will prime me proper during the weekend before!) Harley will keep Big Ed company at the beach with some of our other riding pals, while Red Light Roxanne hosts the Derby Challenge at their place this year. For those of you who don't remember my post from last year, you can review it here, and I can assure you, there promises to be another successful Kentucky Derby in Panama City!
That just about takes care of April and the first week in May. Whew! I'm already tired and we haven't even started yet! If I'm a little thin on the postings during the next 6 weeks, you'll know why. I'm out collecting more post material! I hope to bring you some exciting pics and stories to share and have fun while doing it. I just hope I can keep up with the schedule! So many events... so little time!