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The new metal-flake green Harley remained housed in the garage as I rode my other Harley in Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Parade Saturday. The weather was perfect and I had a blast! I imagine it would've been even better from the saddle of a Heritage Softail Classic, or most any other Harley for that matter. (The Harley in the garage isn't ours, and my other Harley is a Schwinn!)
Even though it's been 20 years since I owned my black Sportster, my black Schwinn-ster still takes me places where only bikes roam, and is a bit cheaper to maintain.
Saturday morning I took Greenfield to just this side of State Fair Park. Parking on 89th St., I removed the bike from the back seat and, after a little searching, hopped on the Hank Aaron State Trail. It's a gentle rail trail at this point, but when I worked in Milwaukee a few years ago it meandered along W. Canal St. and the Menomonee River ending at Miller Park, so I knew it would take me right where I wanted to go: Miller Park for the 10:00 parade start and the Harley Davidson Museum at Sixth and Canal after.
Seeing six to seven thousand Harleys with riders from all over the world in one relatively tight group in one of Miller Park's parking lots is quite the spectacle. Morning sunlight reflection off all that chrome was blinding!
I took up parade watch position in fhe comfort of the shade under the Hwy. 41 overpass knowing full well the unmuffled Harley echos would reverberate in it's caverns long after their passage. It was a good place to be because I forgot the sunscreen, but a bad place to be because I also forgot ear plugs!
My planning for this was thrown together just a couple of days prior. My only goal was to follow along with wherever my cameras took me. Figured the worst that could happen is a flat tire and some really bad video, but if things turned out right I knew the bike would get me places pedestrians only dream of.
The more I filmed the greater the feeling I was capturing something really important and historic. After carefully editing down two hours of video and 230 photos I'd say I'm rather satisfied with the result.
Spending hours in the sun without sunscreen, and in close proximity to 7000 Harleys without earplugs was the dumbest thing I did. Riding the bike downtown for the parade was the smartest thing. At half hour the video's a little long, but while watching it you'll notice it really does look like I'm riding my "bike" in the Harley parade... and it felt a lot like it too!
I have nothing but good things to say about the out-of-town visitors. Hope they all had a good time and return soon. Just would've been nice to see a few in Waukesha.