When I say large group of bikers, I mean there were 137 bikes. Yes, I actually walked down the street and counted them. All these bikers and their ladies came to the Baptist Church, whose grounds abut our back yard, to ensure one of their own was given a proper escort to his final resting place. As I walked the street counting the bikes I took pictures of anything that caught my eye. The Old Salt saw me talking with one of the bikers and joined me on the street and between us we collected some amazing stories to go with the photographs I took. I will be doing more posts over the next few weeks about some of the surprising things we learned.
As I said, there were 137 motorcycles, and many of them were being ridden by couples. That makes for a lot of people. According to a local newspaper article, there were over 300 people who attended the funeral of Phillip Tolliver. Mr Tolliver was a member of both the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) and the Patriot Guard. Many of the bikers parked on our street, as part of the honor guard, did not go inside the church so that increases the number of people attending this funeral considerably. It also made it easier for the Old Salt and me to wander among them learning their stories.
There were bikes (and bikers) of every size, age, color and description among those gathered at the church. I have never seen so many different kinds of bikes in one place. I was surprised at the number of women riding their own bikes and the methods they used to make sure everyone knew their motorcycles belonged to a female. There were beads, teddy-bears, stickers and a whole lot of pink on those bikes. That explains why I chose the following photos for this post which I have linked to Pink Saturday.
This bike is a three wheel trike with pink roses and a bible quote painted on the back fenders, unfortunately that snap did not come out well enough to share. But, the lady left her pink helmet on the seat for all to see.
The lady riding this bike used a pink bandana as a key chain.
This young lady is Lisa. When I explained that I wanted to photograph her because of her pink outfit, she told me that even though her bike is black, most of her riding outfits are pink. In fact, I saw a picture of her in pink leathers. I also learned she just got married in September and rode her bike up the aisle of the outdoor ceremony with her long white dress and veil trailing in the wind.
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