Monday, November 27, 2023

Ride For The Cure


The Pink Ride for the Cure was a sponsored bike (motorcyle) event at the Treasure Coast Harley store.  

We all met there, signed in, paid our registration fee (donation) and waited for the morning group ride to start. I had never done a group ride, not even with my smaller bikes. There was some apprehension; especially after I saw the large group there. I did gave myself a few minutes to decide if I was really going to do this.  I hung out in the store and with the group for almost an hour before we did "Kick-Stands-Up", at 11. Right on schedule.  I fell in with the long line heading out. 

OMG, what have i gotten myself into?  

With my bike 
I wore a pink t-shirt with a jeans type top over it. Many had gone all out with pink and it was fun hanging out with all of us taking photos.

Some Guys Will 
Think of Any Excuse 
to Wear A Bra
Riding was to be two-up, staggered, with tight spacing, altogether in a line; not easy to maintain. We had local and county police escorting / leading the group and at all stoplights / stop signs we were cleared to keep going.  

Many locals along the route came out to wave as the long, noisy line went by. I am sure all the pink outfits gave away the cause of the day.  Also there was a good number of women rides that day.     

The line was well over 2 miles; 280 bikes. From my position (mid-pack), I could not see the lead riders.

We did a circle loop from Stuart to Vero Beach, heading north along the ocean drive A1A. The return south from Vero was on side-streets along the west, river, side of the inter-coastal.  A beautiful ride both ways. 

The total rides was near 100 miles and with the group's moderate speed, almost three hours long. One very positive that day, was the weather; temperatures around 80 and bight sun.  A beautiful Florida "fall" day for a ride. FYI, we do get to ride all year with our beautiful South Florida  weather.  

After I got back, I was happy to get off the bike and walk for a while. I was not expecting a three hour ride. 

On our return, there were hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and beer for all.  A nice touch - Thank you Treasure Coast Harley.  

I felt good about the cause, my mother died of breast cancer, and I did get to hang out with other women rides. Some that day were breast cancer survives. I believe that the man in the pink bra, wife is survivor and they did have matching bras for the event.    

Next challenge: The "Woman's morning bike ride at Dayton" this March. I was signed up last year, but it was cancelled because of bad weather.  I did not go to Daytona. 

Crazy as it may seem, I fit in.  A fun and interesting bike day; "Escape".


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