Another Busy Weekend - The
Parade and the Lite Bike Ride
Saturday morning we assembled and rode
as a group to the preparation area for the Safety Harbor Holiday Parade. When we
arrived at our designated location we found that we had been allocated an area about 15 by
30 feet to park 30 bikes, some with trailers in tow. Fortunately we were able to
work around this predicament. By the time the Parade started the skies had started to
clear and we found it necessary to rid ourselves of the heavy attire we thought we would
The parade route was lined with many
folks both young and old. Everyone was in the holiday spirit and seemed to enjoy
seeing our decorated bikes.
At the end of the parade route we
grouped up and made preparations for our chapters Lit bike Ride which we would conduct
that evening. Some of us headed home in order to complete some last minute lighting
effects on the bikes. Betty and Buzz offered to feed those that would like to stop by
(What is going on here ?)
As the afternoon turned into early
evening we reassembled at the entrance of Park Royale. We then headed south into
some of the townhome communities in St. Petersburg. We were greeted by many well
wishes and happy faces. Then we headed northward and made a quick tour through Candy
Cane Lane, were we viewed the communities many well decorated homes. Again we headed
northward and proceeded with our lighted bikes through Park Royale. Many of the park's
occupants were standing outside and wished us holiday cheer as we passed by. A quick
stop at the community clubhouse gave us a chance to shed some outer garments as the
anticipated cooler weather never materialized. At the clubhouse we enjoyed speaking with
many of the communities residents and were told how much they enjoyed seeing our groups
lighted bikes as we paraded through their community.
Following our parade though Park Royale
we headed out into rural northern Hillsborough County and the superb lighting
display on Rawls Road. Joseph Ayo the owner permits us to park our lighted bikes in
among the display at his home. His display is definitely one that you need to view.
He has won the national first place award for his display.
here to view a video of his display
Click here for photos
After viewing this amazing display we
headed back to Clearwater and a quick morning snack, as Saturday had turned into Sunday.
As we passed the location were we had gathered for the parade Saturday morning, Rich
commented that it was exactly 12 hours ago at that spot that we had started our day.
Tired, but content we head home. It had
been a great day. Nice weather and lots of fun.
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