One Sunday in October of 2010 the street where I live was suddenly flooded with motorcycles and riders from the Patriot Guard and the Christian Motorcycle Club. The post I did at that time can be found by clicking here. Since that time I have run into several of the bikers I spoke to and photographed that day. On one recent encounter I was given a flyer announcing the clubs upcoming rally. So on Sunday, July first the Old Salt and I headed over to our county seat to attend the Rally. Here are a few of the shots I took that day.
Motorcycles of all ages, sizes and descriptions were
lined up for viewing and judging.
This officer and one other are assigned to patrol the eastern part of the state which includes the St. Louis area and surrounding counties.
There were a few bikes at the rally with for sale signs.
This biker has a constant companion
Free food, prizes and lots of live music were also part of the rally.
The Med Vac helicopter and its crew, above, were also on hand
distributing literature on Motorcycle safety. A short while later we learned it isn't the bikers that need this information. When we left the rally we were behind one of the bikers who was going our way. After several miles I ask the Old Salt to stop so I could photograph something I noticed. About ten minutes later we were sitting in a line of standstill traffic. We finally got a few miles down the road and encounter a serious accident involving the biker we had been following. A motorist making a left turn failed to see the motorcycle and pulled out hitting it. The motorcycle became wedged under the car and bike and rider were dragged a shot distance. By the time we arrived on the site the biker was being treated in an ambulance awaiting for the above Med Vac chopper to arrive to airlift him into a city trauma center. We learned from the story in the local newspaper that the biker was extremely lucky that day and was going to recover.
I also photographed as many of the bearded bikers as I could and they are all included in the Beard Parade slideshow on my sidebar.
I have post a few other shots from this event on my Photo Blog they can be found by clicking the following links.
The post below contain photos taken while attending the rally but are not biker or motorcycle related