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Observations From Behind Bars

Can You See Me, Now?

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In the Republic, May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and the Texas Department of Transportation has lit up their electronic signs with Share the Road messages.  Notices of the stick-on variety are displayed on the backs of signs that are normally folded up (“Watch Out For Ice on Bridge”, for instance).  The signs can’t be seen while a driver is texting/phoning/reading/posting on Facebook, but a conscientious local biker organized the, “Do You See Me Now?” ride intending to, temporarily, put many motorcycles on a particular stretch of road, making them impossible to ignore.

That lucky Flour Bluff woman and I rode out to Labonte Park, on the Nueces River, to see what was what, and what wasn’t what.
The morning weather was perfect and, though I didn’t have anything to go by, it looked like a pretty fair turnout, to me.

We ran into a number of people we knew, people from all over the city and from across the bay.

There was a true variety of motorcycles and riders represented.

Everyone circled up for instructions on the route and a request for Divine protection and the riders began leaving in small groups, first the clubs, then the unaffiliated.

The ride went from Labonte Park, on I-37 to the busy expressway, past the mall district then a U-turn, after which we made for Gator’s Bar.

I’ll confess that the destination was part of the attraction of the ride since it was my intention to visit Gators that day.  I’d learned that Rebeldes MC was holding their annual chili cook-off, there.  It was early for chili, but there was plenty of cooking going on in the parking lot.  You paid for a plate that had beans and rice already on it, and then trolled the tents for brisket, sausage and chicken. A good system, I’d say.

While making the rounds we checked out motorcycles like this custom advertising the local baseball team, the Corpus Christi Hooks.

I suspect this is the new breed of performance-oriented biker.  Serious sport bike riders are  part of the landscape.

We found a place to eat in the shade of the patio and did  a little plain and fancy people watching while we enjoyed our meal and listed to the band warming up. It had been an enjoyable morning but it was time to get in the wind, there was coffee that needed drinking and rat killing to be done.


Written by fiddle mike

May 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

Posted in motorcycle, Texas

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  1. That was an interesting read Mike, I like the idea of that ride; “Do you see me now?”, that sounds like a good one to get cagers more aware, maybe we can use that here, we certainly need it!
    I like the look of “Gators”, really a place that I would spend time and the chili sounds great, not sure what that is, (is it spicy, hot food?) but I would love to eat some. Cheers Bro.

    Andrew aka the Rider

    May 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

  2. just found this article on 9/21/11 and thought the run and campaign are a great way to raise awareness of the 2-wheelers on the road. I am new to the area and will be looking to participate in the 2012 run. Thanks for the story and pictures.


    September 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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