In Southwestern Ontario, whenever that date shows up, it means thousands of bikers (as in motorcyclists) show up in the town of Port Dover on the north shore of Lake Erie. Yesterday police estimated that 100,000 visitors were roaming the streets.
When I pulled into the parking lot of Wimpy’s Diner in St. Thomas, the place was crammed with bikes. I felt myself contract. My past experience, however, told me there was nothing to fear – I’d had many fine conversations with the leather-clad set.
Into Wimpy’s I strolled. I paused at a table of eight. They looked at me, probably wondering if I was a decent guy. “Where are you folks riding today?” One fellow smiled big. “Some port,” he replied. Lots of laughing and then I moved to my regular table.
The restaurant was packed with roadies, most dressed in leather jackets. A guy in front of me was sporting a cool t-shirt … Hmm. Yesterday I memorized the words, expecting to write you about it. Today the words are gone. Phrases that included “biker” and “leather”. I’m disappointed. Where has my memory gone? Oh well.
There was so much laughing at those tables, and it wasn’t gossiping. Just a rollicking good time. And it was great to see so many women. So much for the stereotype of bikers being male, loud and violent. I wanted to be included in their clan but unfortunately I have neither the wardrobe nor the steed. That’s okay.
Driving various roads throughout the morning, I came upon many flows of motorcycles. Zipping over the asphalt with their friends. Good for them. We all need family. I’ll just have to create my own version of togetherness.