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Great turnout for this ride. People were saying it looked like twice as many bikes as last year, which was 2300, so probably close 4000 bikes!

It was an escorted ride through 10 towns over 60 miles. I cannot believe how many people came out and were lining the road with American flags to cheer us on for almost all of the 60 miles. Every town had two ladder trucks with an enormous American flag hjng between them to greet us. My left arm is sore from all the waving, thumbs up, and peace signs.

Truly a great event, well organized, and for a great cause.



 

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I "get" the 9/11 connection, and it IS great to see such a large turnout, but........

MY question is.......was it strictly the memorial to 9/11 that drew that crowd? What bennies (benefits) were offered for attending?

A concert at the end, by some well
-known band? A great feast of some sort?

Like me, there are many who would AVOID a crowd of such size, just BECAUSE of the size of it. Or maybe THAT is actually the draw????
 

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I "get" the 9/11 connection, and it IS great to see such a large turnout, but........

MY question is.......was it strictly the memorial to 9/11 that drew that crowd? What bennies (benefits) were offered for attending?

A concert at the end, by some well
-known band? A great feast of some sort?

Like me, there are many who would AVOID a crowd of such size, just BECAUSE of the size of it. Or maybe THAT is actually the draw????

Riding in a big crowd is a very small sacrifice to make in order to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives and those that had their lives taken from them on 9/11.
 
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