Sunday, May 25, 2008

Driving by 'Rolling Thunder'

After a lovely brunch with some friends yesterday at La Madelaine, we drove into DC to watch Rolling Thunder, the annual gathering and parade of (mostly) Harley Davidsons. We were a bit late getting in. Driving - let alone parking - turned out to be a nightmare. But we did manage to get a few pics from the car.

The parade thunders down from the Pentagon toward Constitution Avenue past the Lincoln Memorial at the top. The soldier you see standing at attention on the median (in a black and white uniform), saluting the riders, is Marine Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers who stood in that position for nearly four hours yesterday, the Post tells me this morning.

The bikes came in all sorts of cool colors and with myriad interesting attachments.


Many bikes flew the American flag and a dark-colored flag for the POWs and those MIA.


The passenger (off to the side on the left) has a mike in her helmet to communicate with the rider. The passenger seat looked so comfy.

Many streets were cordoned off and bikes lined spaces usually occupied by cars.

A cop and a parade participant exchange notes while a photographer looks on.

14 comments:

Pradeep said...

Breathtaking, it must have been...

Altoid said...

Hiya Sujatha :)

I saw some of the bikers in Harper's Ferry- went back again this weekend for a hike. Hope you had a good Memorial day weekend. Just popped in to say hi...

regards
-altoid

Sujatha said...

Hi Alty! I've been really resisting connecting with you online (save for that FB invite).:) How was the hike? Wait! Don't tell me here!

Sujatha said...

Hi Pradeep! How's namma Bengaluru? And yes, it was awesome. Next year will get there earlier and stay for longer.

choxbox said...

hey sounds awesome. seen a bit of this one time when we were visiting your side of the planet.

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Pallavi said...

Wow I cant get enough of this.. so wish I was there.. :)

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phatichar said...

Wow.

choxbox said...

sujatha, almost 2 months since you did a post..

azman said...

wow fantastic

nick said...

Are you driving by 'Rolling Thunder' for every year? How many bike overthere? Just asking.

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