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Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally in Anacortes, WA.

It's been my dream since the first time I saw "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man". My own "Harley". For me, Harley Davidson has never been just a motorcycle. It's a symbol. The symbol of freedom, social rebellion and anarchy. And the first place I would take my Harley? Sturgis, South Dakota, where the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (an all- American motorcycle rally) takes place during the first full week of August.

The second motorcycle trip on my list, would be the Oyster Run in Anacortes,Wa. Just like the Surgis, the Oyster Run has been an annual event (this year it will be 29th), and now ,it's the largest motocycle run in the Pacific Northwest (the Oyster Run expects 20,000 bikers to take over town this year). It's held on the last Sunday of September. And though, this is a one day event, a lot of folks come early, stay in the area and make a week-end out of it!
Don't get it wrong. This is not "bikers only", "motorcycle gang members","sons of anarchy" type of event. It's a gathering of like minded people.They are people of different social and professional backgrounds, but they all share one thing in common-the love of motorcycle riding. Last year the run attracted dozens of biker clubs : Christian groups, war veterans from the Korean War to the current Iraq war, groups associated with specific motorcycle brands and even one for deaf bikers.
The performance of the Seattle Cossacks,a not for profit, motorcycle stunt team, is the signature event of this Run.The Seattle Cossacks have been performing for the public since 1938 and the oldest member riding with them is 74 years old ! They still ride vintage Harleys of the 30's and 40's.

Besides, Anacortes is a beautiful little town with lots of things to do and to see. All within walking distance you'll find casual cafes to elegant dining, quirky to sophisticated shopping, art galleries to antique shops and unique accommodations. Whale watching tours, kayaking excursions, sailing, boating, birding, fishing, crabbing, hiking or biking are among a few outdoor activities in that area.

1 comment:

Joel Semanko said...

Thanks for such an informative post, I'm a resident in the Skagit Valley and have been to Sturgis, the 100 year Anniversary Parade for Harley Davidson in Milwaukee Wisconsin back in 2003 and the Oyster Run many times. I've taken my sons on rides throughout the Skagit Valley going the opposite way of the Biker flow so they could experience the sound of Rolling Thunder. You can check out some of our company's Cool Motorcycles at the Oyster Run, just look for the Sidecar Motorcycles selling Ice Cream and Popsicles!