The annual Wise County Toy Run is a great time to meet other riders and ride for a reason. This year Margaret came along and rode her bike to her first large event. We met up with our HOG Chapter at the dealership for the Chapter ride to the event. I think we had about 50 bikes this year from our Chapter. It was a good turn out even though it was down from last year. Upon arrival in Decatur we promptly began taking media footage of the event.
I don’t know how many bikes were there. It seemed less than last year but unless your counting each one there is really no way to know. The admission fee was a toy or $10. We just paid the $10. I figured since the money is used for event expenses its just as important as giving a toy. We wandered around taking video and pictures of bikes, toys, and people. There are a few pictures of patches of MC’s as we wanted to highlight some of the supporting clubs. Right about the time the entire procession left we went to the front of the line and took pictures and video of nearly all of the bikes as they left the parking lot. Then we made our way hastily back to our bikes before we got left behind. We were just about the very last bikes out of the parking lot and they were closing the gates as we rode through them.
It didn’t take long to catch up with the main procession. It was moving quite slow through the streets of Decatur. Cars were parked along the side of the road and people were sitting on their tailgates or lawn chairs waving and enjoying the bikes. For the entire trip to Bridgeport people lined the roads for the event. When we arrived in Bridgeport we found where our HOG Chapter had gathered and pulled in with them. They had left the starting point at the beginning of the parade, we had left at the end, and right as we finally pulled in, they were leaving to go eat. They had already walked to the drop off point and back, geared up, and had the Road Captains in place. I parked our bikes to make it easy to get out and we headed for the toy drop off point.
The toys were piled high, activity was at its peak, a raffle session was taking place, chili was offered, and lots of raffles for various items could be bought. We took some media here as well and stayed for awhile to take everything in.
Margaret and I went our own way back home along some beautiful back roads to avoid the highway traffic. It was an exciting day and the activity level was high. By the time we got home we were both exhausted. I wanted to make sure to get our media online as soon as possible after such a large event. Margaret was overwhelmed by it all, surprised by the enormity of the event, and excited to have taken part in it. It was a great experience again this year and we’ll both be looking forward to doing again.