Rolling Thunder Pinstop and 2011 Patriot Tour

Fort washington pin stop rolling thunder 2011

Today was a great day! Saturday May 28th, 2011 was the launch of the 2011 Patriot Tour and the annual Rolling Thunder HOG Pin Stop at Fort Washington Harley-Davidson.

The Patriot Tour opening ceremony took place this morning at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson. For the second consecutive year the Nation of Patriots will send an American flag around the country to honor the US armed forces. The flag will travel from one Harley-Davidson dealer to another traveling 14,000 miles through 48 states in 100 days. HOG Chapters like First State will carry the flag and do most if not all of the riding. This is a fantastic undertaking and I will be receiving the flag at Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson on Fathers Day. I will escort the flag to Harley-Davidson of Washington DC on June 20th with members of First State HOG Chapter. Once there I will pass the flag on to Assistant Director, Dan Claffey, of Fort Washington HOG Chapter. I saw Dan earlier today and got this awesome action shot of him directing traffic.

dan Claffey expert traffic volunteer

Harley-Davidson of Washington DC hosted the launch party and HOG pin stop for Rolling Thunder XXIV as they do every year. Hundreds, if not thousands, of riders congregate at the dealership the day before the Rolling Thunder demonstration. There are vendors, bands, free food and VIP’s from Harley-Davidson. If it weren’t for other local businesses, volunteers and their HOG Chapter the dealership would be shut down. However the Fort Washington HOG Chapter and other volunteers do an amazing job of directing traffic and helping out in a number of ways. I have seen them work the pin stop, help out in the parts department and hand out water bottles. In fact I got a great picture of Director Sandi Claffey aka Sparkles of Fort Washington HOG giving out water to hot ladies walking by. I personally want to thank Sandi for our water and Papa Johns for the mountains of free pizza that they gave out to hungry bikers like me and Diana.

sparkly sandi giving hot diana sparkling water

Doc directing pedestrain crossing

the crowds at Fort Washington

Below is a picture of the band stage, notice there is no orange in this one picture.

the band at rolling thunder XXiV

Here is a picture of two HOG regional managers, one officer of Fort Washington HOG and others working the Harley-Davidson Pin Stop at Rolling Thunder XXIV.

Fort washington hog officer and two HOg regional managers at rolling thunder pin stop

We went to the pin stop in 2010. Click here to read that story. The main reason we traveled down again this year was to test out our ride route for the upcoming Patriot Tour Ride on June 20th. I do not want to ride the DC beltway, too dicey! My goal is to avoid the beltway and take scenic backroads. Many of you may be thinking that there is no way to get to Fort Washington, Maryland without hitting the congestion of being in our nations capital. You might not believe there are scenic backroads in this area. But you would be wrong. I have a pretty good route and I am proud of it. Most of you reading this can handle getting down Rt 301 from Delaware and crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and getting off of Rt 50/301 in Annapolis at the exit for Rt 2 South which is Solomons Island Road. This is the same exit you take for Harley-Davidson of Annapolis.

From Rt 2 South, Solomons Island Road, I do the following:

  1. Take a left at Rt 214 East Central Ave
  2. Take a right onto Rt 468 Muddy Creek Road – Awesome backroad!
  3. Take a right on Swamp Circle Road – this is just a cool little farm road short cut, you can take Rt 256
  4. From Swamp Circle or Rt 256 take a right on Rt 258 Bayfront Road East – Nice backroad!
  5. Get onto Rt 4 North – a very nice parkway!
  6. Get off at the exit for Rt 223 South and follow Woodyard Rd – still nice backroad!
  7. You’ll start to come to some congestion and cross under Rt 5
  8. Woodyard becomes Piscataway
  9. Take a right on Steed Road
  10. Another right on Allentown Road
  11. A left on Tucker Road
  12. Take Tucker to Palmer Road
  13. Follow Palmer across Rt 210 Indian Head Highway and you are there!

The Mrs and I had another fantastic ride, I won’t call it an adventure. But we had a great ride today with the minor exception of riding under a few sporadic rain clouds and Diana getting hit in the eyes by small insects several times throughout the day. Some say she attracts small pests!

God bless all HOG Chapters around the world! Without the great HOG organization and people events like the Patriot Tour and Rolling Thunder Pin Stop might not be able to happen. You guys and gals in Fort Washington are awesome!

We welcome your comments below. Thank you in advance.

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