This weekend was Fort Worth Harley’s annual Water 4 Life Ride. This is the 5th year running for this charity event and my 3rd year participating. Water 4 Life is a program through World Vision that drills clean water wells for villages that have none in Africa. For every person on a bike Fort Worth Harley donated $50.00 to the charity. All you had to do was show up, sign in, and they would donate.
The day was cold and overcast which affected attendance this year. It was still a good event and turnout even with rain in the forecast. The ride began at Fort Worth Harley and took a 20 mile route to get to Billy Bobs Texas. There was a police escort to help with safety and block off intersections as the procession rode through. We enjoyed the ride and it was especially exciting riding through the Fort Worth Stockyards. The time was about 12:30 pm when the procession rolled through the stockyards and it was packed with tourists and sightseers. The noise was deafening from the bikes as the exhaust noise echoed off the buildings as we rolled through. People didn’t seem to mind though and were waving and taking pictures and video as we went through.
Upon arrival at Billy Bobs we took our seats in the bull riding arena and listened to a short presentation about the charity. There were drawings for prizes if you had purchased a raffle ticket. Prizes included a cruise, leather jackets, gift certificates, and a 2014 Harley Davidson Street Bob. Between raffle ticket sales, corporate sponsors, and the amount donated by the dealership for each person on a bike, $34,000 was raised.