Some motorcyclists say it’s good luck to start the year off with a ride on the first day of the year. I don’t know if it’s true but it sure does sound like a good excuse to go for a ride.
My Blue Knights Chapter traditionally has a ride and a meeting on January first every year. That ride is usually what’s called an RTE (Ride To Eat). This year we rode to the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Milton, Georgia and held our meeting after having lunch. This year we decied to try something a little bit different. Instead of everyone meeting in one spot and riding, we met in the two areas where most of our members live and rode in two different groups to the Old Blind Dog. Wow, was that idea popular! I led the group that met in Woodstock, Georgia for the 25 minute ride on two lanes to Milton and the other group rode from Cumming, Georgia. I had eight motorcycles in my group and the other group had nine. We had 27 people at the meeting when you count a new member and prospective member who wanted to join. I know what you’re thinking, that’s 17 motorcycles and how did you do that. Some people rode in cars is the easiest explanation. An explanation for that is that it’s said that a motorcyclist may check the Weather Channel to see how to dress for a ride while a biker may check the Weather Channel to decide whether or not to ride. To see the differences between motorcyclists and bikers see my post on this site, “Are You A Motorcyclist Or A Biker“. A number of the motorcycles also had a passenger on them. The weather may have played a factor for the number of cars on a warm winter day as it was raining shortly before the groups met and for some of the ride. Again, see “Are You A Motorcyclist Or A Biker”. While the rain had moved in quickly, it also moved out just as quick.
I don’t know if really does bring good luck, but it was an afternoon well spent enjoying the company of friends and getting out in the fresh air on the first day of the year and riding.