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Observations From Behind Bars

Motorcycling December

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 In the City of Corpus Christi, Texas, the first Friday of the month marks, “First Friday ArtWalk”.  Artists, craftsmen and musicians show and perform along a downtown walking route that also showcases  permanent  downtown businesses. This year was also the “2nd Annual Rolling Art Show” exhibit at House of Rock, a popular concert venue.  My squeeze and I decided to give it a look.

One of the things we appreciated about the exhibit was the variety of motorcycles; we stubbornly cling to the belief that there is more to this motorcycling world than v-twin engines and fat rear tires. 

The limited space of the bar did not make for easy photography but my trusty sidekick did a bang-up job.  I may have to double her pay.

This ’72 Honda 750-4 has been “cafe’d” by a popular local musician. Got to love them bulletproof engines.

There was more than one legend on the place, too.

Some legends are still in the making.  This is the first vertical twin Indian I’ve seen.

The exhibit was well worth going  OTB (over the bridge).  There were a number of slick Harleys, a show room-new-looking 1980 KZ1000 and some vintage daily riders and other customs. As always, we were pleased go encounter like-minded friends and neighbors.

We toured the ArtWalk then headed back to the barn to prepare for another day in paradise.

Saturday dawned gray and damp, a perfect day to join some locals for a ride over to Beeville, Texas to participate in the local toy drive and fund raiser.  HQ for the ride was a bar called B.O.B.W.E, well known to the other riders, a new experience, for me.   That lucky Flour Bluff woman had a previous engagement so there is not much in the way of photo documentation. 

We were led on a ride out in the country,  like a poker run without the poker, then back to Beeville where we picked up a police escort for a parade through town and back to our starting point.

One of the places we visited is way off the beaten track.  The owner joked that the place is “invitation only”. This view is of the busy end of the street:

One of the participants, new to the area, was aboard this personalized Valkyrie. The man was a hoot; you really do meet the nicest, strangest people on a Honda.

Back at B.O.B.W.E, I enjoyed a light lunch and fellowship.  Since I was one of those who didn’t want to make a night of it, and I don’t have a built-in compass, I followed a few of the US Military Vets MC out of Beeville and shadowed them back to Corpus town.

Sunday, ante meridian, the luckiest woman in Flour Bluff swung her leg over the big yella bike’s coochie couch and we made our way to the Texas A&M at Corpus Christi campus, staging area for the Toys for Tots parade along the bay front.  There was a bit more organization, this year, the clubs being lined up first, then the non-affiliated.

It looked to me like a pretty good turnout with cool temperatures and overcast sky.

The “Toys For Tots” event is also old home week, for my missus and me.

Old home week

Since we were already lined up in the parking lot, the start of the parade was not the usual bottleneck/cluster hug seen in previous years. With CCPD controlling the intersections, we rolled along Corpus Christi Bay on one-of-a-kind Ocean Drive.

Then, back into the old concrete plant-cum-concert venue.

It’s always good to see  youngsters immersed in the culture.

We parked near the entrance and walk to the gate where Marines collected the toys we brought and sold us tickets for the barbecue.

No shortage of parking, here.

No shortage of participants, either.

Time for us to  go,  bikes thinned out but there are still  die-hards 

Good time had, good deed done, we retraced our route back to big Bluff.

Good Yule, y’all.



Written by fiddle mike

December 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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  1. Such great photos of some hard to find wonderful bikes. I took a ride on the 1st of December but man was it cold. It sometimes sucks living so far up North. Be safe and let the Ride Continue..


    December 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm

  2. Great stuff Mike, just like our toy run, it’s good to see that bikers all over the world are the same type of people – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; “Bikers are good folk.”

    Andrew aka the Rider

    December 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  3. yeah the vertical twin indian I believe were royal infield owned. Always liked them but people want too much $$$.


    March 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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