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2010 was a GREAT riding year for me and I had many opportunities to take photos to remember them by. Some turned out pretty well. Many were taken by friends to the point that some of them I can't even remember who took what as we shared them back and forth...especially among the Patriot Guard Riders this last year.

Many times these photos aren't so great and only serve to remember who was there or what the day was like; a useful purpose, but not great for sharing online, yet not bad enough to delete, either. As I perused through many like that I found these three that, regardless of their technical quality, are among my most favorite of the past year because of the pure spirit they captured. Photos that helped show me just how much a man and his motorcylce can mean to both himself and those who ride with him, alongside him or just watch him pass. In the photos below all three apply.

Certain things can only happen on a bike with your brothers... Just ask anyone who's ridden the Run To The Wall, made the pilgramage to protest with nearly a half million other riders in Rolling Thunder, escorted a fallen hero home in the freezing rain for 300 miles or offered a simple ride to a child whose body is failing them. Once in a great while those things can be captured on film.

The three photos below were taken at Kamp Khemo here in South Carolina when Patriot Guard Riders and other rider groups turned up to give an hour or two of care-free fun to kids with way too many weighty matters on their minds.

To be truthful, all us new-to-the-program riders were somber when we showed up, not knowing what to expect from these kids with terminal diseases and not sure how to behave around them either. The kids were apprehensive and nervous, but excited as well.

Things changed when the rumble of the engines started and little heads were placed gently into much too large pots of hardened resin and then lifted behind one of these rough and ready bikers...and...one at a time...it all in just one loop of the road.

You can think a lot about how bad things are for you at any given moment. It was a common activity for me in the service in my early years. But the mind's a funny thing. It will let you remember you went through something bad, but it won't let you conciously remember exactly how it felt. However, that's not the case, it often seems, with good experiences. They become happy "memories." The kind that can be brought back by a sound or smell long from now. I guess that's why women can keep having babies and combat Vets have nightmares. Anyway, I hope these kids get to have the opportunity for these experiences to become memories for them...happy one. I want them to have a long future. I sure am glad they gave these memories to us.

Tell me there's a more beautiful sight than the genuine smile of a child or a more glorious sound than their joyous squeals of delight? I don't think so... :nono:

I hope you get as much out of these "average photos" as we do.

Here's to happy memories. :cheers:
May they come hard and fast for us all in 2011! :patriot:


















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Thanks for sharing. I took my grandson on a ride once and he really enjoyed it, except for the cold hands.

Does that large flag make the bike vibrate much?

Joe
 

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Has anyone ever told you that you look like Paul Sr from American Chopper?
That's not ME! That's Jimmy Stewart "Stewy", SC PGR Ride CPT. Any pics of me probably had kids bawling or something.

And yes, he gets told that ALL the time. And he's got the strongest graveliest Nuu YAWK Italian accent I've ever heard!

Now THIS is me...

 

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Smiles smiles smiles

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Looks like the kids had a great time.

Good work.

JSR in HSV
 

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Does that large flag make the bike vibrate much?

Joe
Depends totally upon your mount and poles. Mine and Jimmy's don't move one iota...even at 80...(dang cop escorts occassionally get a wild hair between their cheeks...that's why we fly $2 flags on the interstate). However, a cross wind can give you a good sideways kick if you're holding the handle bars too tight...gotta stay relaxed.

The biggest danger of big flags is in town and not being able to see the tail and signal lights of the flag bike in front of you. You have to keep a bigger distance to see past them and anticipate what might be up front.

If we see someone with a new untried rig we usually have them bungy the poles to the bike so they don't dismount or break off taking out bikes behind them. NEVER use standard house-mount poles or (god forbid) wooden ones!

Glad everyone is enjoying the smiles...I STILL like looking at them! :D
 

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That's not ME! That's Jimmy Stewart "Stewy", SC PGR Ride CPT. Any pics of me probably had kids bawling or something.

And yes, he gets told that ALL the time. And he's got the strongest graveliest Nuu YAWK Italian accent I've ever heard!

Now THIS is me...

Sorry, my bad...you look like Vince.
 
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