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Debbie and I rode our “Army” motorcycle in the 2014 Rattle the Runway ride to support the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Fund.  This commemorative ride is an attempt to honor the memory of the people killed in the attack on the Pentagon.  The ride loosely follows the path of Flight #77 from Dulles International Airport to the Pentagon

The weather for the event was great; I rode in a t-shirt and leather vest (yea I know ATGATT…) while Debbie started in a light jacket and switched to her vest at the staging area.  We left the house a little late this year and missed the opening ceremonies but arrived in plenty of time to make the start.

As always the ride starts behind the National Air and Space Museum – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy CenterIn the past the museum had opened its doors for the riders to stroll through and view the exhibits before the ride starts, not sure if it happened this year as we arrived a bit late.  The staging for the event has riders park their bikes six abreast in an area about three to four hundred years long.  Almost every major and minor brand of motorcycle is represented in this ride, this year I saw:

 

Harley Davidson Honda Iron Horse
Yamaha Star (I know) Suzuki
BMW Motor Guzzi Cam-Am
Victory Triumph Ducati
Stallion MVAgusta

But I must say the turn out this year was about half of what it was last year.  More often than not the bikes fill the staging area, this year my guess would be that the bikes numbered at about 1000.  Maybe that this was the first day of the NFL season reduced the number in attendance.

To reduce the traffic congestion that a ride of 1000+ motorcycles would bring around Dulles airport the ride is broken in serials of about 100-150 bikes.  We were in one of the last serials to pull out and the ride to and past the main terminal of Dulles were smooth and quick.  The ride to the Pentagon was also uneventful with only 2 cars merging through the line of bikes to enter or exit the highway.

When we reached the Pentagon the mood of the group became more somber as we visited the Memorial site.  If you have never been to the Memorial site you should consider adding it to your list of places to visit, at a minimum look at it on line, it is quite well done.  After paying our respects we mounted up and headed for home.

PS…. On the way home we saw the BING version of a Google Street View car. It was pulling onto Route 267 near Reston, VA. I will be keeping a look out on Bing for the updated street view as it should show me flipping the driver the bird because he nearly ran us off the road!!!!

 

 

 

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