There is no event quite like this one to light a fire under me to start “talking” again. I miss writing, I miss talking, and I so miss sharing! We’ll talk about the New Year and early resolutions in a bit. Right now, let’s talk about Christmas and one of the landmark events that signal that it is upon us.
Street Bikers United Hawaii joined forces with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, just as they do every year. The fun part is that there are always new surprises and fun things to see.
Every year I wait for this event, just because.
Phenomenons like this one happen across the country. Hawai’i is not the only State to see this happen. Yes, I call it a phenomenon because our bikers just show up with little provocation. I’m obviously not the only one who looks forward to this!
There is just something so delightful about a bunch of toy-carting bikers that is enough to make people’s hearts all warm and fuzzy. Of course that’s after they’re done scratching their heads.
It’s an awesome sight; let me show you!
Since I need to get rid of my wheels (since I have four instead of only 2) before I venture out with my camera, I find a safe spot to get rid of them and go the rest of the way on foot to Magic Island where the event begins.
Many bikers get close to Magic Island but some stop for breakfast before continuing — including Santa and some of his elves.
When I first got there the parking lot was already starting to fill up.
It was amazing to watch the lot fill up and get more and more crowded. Who would have thought that there were even that many bikes on Oahu?
The lot was filling with more bikes, more Santas, more toys, and more enthusiasm. When all was said and done, there were over 6,500 bikes!
As they continued to file in, I kept thinking about just how perfect the weather was for a day like this. It wasn’t too hot but the sun was out and being its usual bright self. 🙂
It was a good thing that it wasn’t too hot because the volunteers directing the influx of bikers were being kept very busy! The bikers dressed in Santa suits must have been baking up pretty nicely as well.
There were more people than bikes because a lot of the bikers had their ladies with them.
Here is Ralph and Wanda — these two go everywhere together! I was looking for them because I really don’t know anybody else personally. I found them! These two are inseparable and theirs is a heartwarming relationship to watch.
Here’s a dad with his little lady. This cutie got a lot of attention from those of us with cameras — you can tell by the shadows off to the right. You can also tell that she was a little embarrassed by all of the attention.
There were a variety of other kinds of passengers too!
All of these characters riding with these ferocious bikers. Terrible, terrible! 🙂
Here is a favorite group of characters! GEICO was there walking around and handing out bandannas. In a feeble attempt to score a gecko scarf I said, “I don’t have a bike but my car is GEICO-insured!”
“It’s all good!” was the response. Hmmm, that was not so feeble after all. I ended up with a couple of crisply-folded bandannas tucked in at my waist — I was a walking advertisement! Trust me, they didn’t mind.
The run/parade was supposed to start at 10:00 am but at 10:30 bikers were still filing into the park.
At the ultimate destination, Kapiolani Community College, the Marines collected the cargo from the bikers and still the smiles of participants and spectators continued to appear on faces old and young.
Here, Santa had the Grinch all tied up!
This Grinch was on the loose.
Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!
At the end of the line the bikes are more spread out so you can see all of the polishing that went on before this event.
You can also see a few more oddities that we missed at the beginning of all this. I’m guessing those are moose antlers but they do quite nicely as reindeer antlers. It’s Christmas time and these “reindeer” can fly! As always, they should fly safely.
Now that I’ve shared all of that, I have to say how happy I am to be sharing this fun event with everyone and I’m sorry that I have not been writing and sharing more recently. The fire has been lit — thanks to Street Bikers United and our Marines! I’m starting early with my resolutions. I hereby resolve to post more often and try not to let a down time like this happen again!
I’ve got two weeks to whip this baby into shape!