Annual Rite of Spring

Each year in the northern Delaware area, the Motorcycle Accident Victims Foundation’s Saint Patty’s Day Poker Run marks the traditional kick-off of the motorcycle riding season.  With the mild winter we had this year there wasn’t much of an “off” season, but that didn’t make this annual rite of spring any less monumental.  The event was actually held this year on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, and kicked off at the Rommel Harley-Davidson dealership in New Castle, DE.

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The weather was fabulous for a mid-March day – sunny with temperatures rising into the low 70’s by late afternoon.  It was a perfect day to ride…and for me it was my first opportunity to take the handlebars since Labor Day.  It’s totally pathetic, I know, but work has been kicking my butt all school year.  Even my weekends have been spent doing hours of grading and catching up on some much needed sleep.  Getting my knees back in the breeze was nothing short of spectacular!

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The poker run route planned by M.A.V. led me down scenic Rt-9 though marshland past Augustine Beach and along remote Rt-15 below the canal.  There were stops at Rommel H-D in Smyrna and 301 Cycle in Middletown, with the final card draw at Just Mugs on US-40 in Bear.  Participants enjoyed free food, 50/50, door prizes, and of course camaraderie with fellow riders.  More than 200 participants on all makes and models of bikes enjoyed a fantastic day. 

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Special thanks go out to Vee Marshall and Spunk Amoroso (M.A.V. President and Vice President respectively) and all of the volunteers that made the event possible.  The greatest benefit of the day was all of the money that was raised to help M.A.V. continue their work in the motorcycle community. 

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Founded in 1994 by members of First State HOG Chapter, M.A.V. helps motorcyclists injured in an accident through no fault of their own.  They provide monetary assistance to make sure that the injured’s bills are paid and their families have food on the table while the rider is medically unable to work and waiting for the courts and insurance companies to work out a settlement.  For more information about M.A.V. (or to make a donation), log on to www.motorcycleaccidentvictims.org.  You can also donate through your United Way campaign at work like I do – use pledge number 9615.

As for me, my poker hand was less than stellar, I didn’t win any door prizes or the 50/50, and I spent money I didn’t really have at the dealership…but I enjoyed a wonderful day on two wheels with my favoritest guy in the world, and helped out a very worthy cause at the same time.  So overall it was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time!  I am looking forward to many more days with the wind in my hair and the sun on my face over the rest of the riding season!

3 Responses to “Annual Rite of Spring”

  1. Dear Road Captain:

    What a great event for a good cause! My last poker run saw me in a desperate hand of strip poker with a porcupine. I couldn’t win with a handful of aces. Cool bikes… I love the custom covers. I hadn’t seen these before and hand to run through a few of your blog episodes to see what the deal was.

    If it is okay with you, I’ll add you blog to my “Destination’s List.”

    Fondest regards,
    Jack/reep
    Twisted Roads

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    Jay Green aka Road Captain

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